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[R&F] [Story] An Account of Dutch History

Discussion in 'Civ6 - Stories & Let's Plays' started by Leyrann, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Leyrann

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    The Dutch mentality has changed. And I do not mean that in a bad way. In the past, as Anna van Amsterdam wrote, the Dutch drove to explore and expand. To explore every corner of the world, and to overcome all challenges, both nature and human. Our explorers bore names that have gone down in history. Even more recently, it was the Dutch who first built an airplane. And these days, many nations and people around the world turn their eyes toward the stars, looking to conquer space.

    It would be wrong to say the Netherlands have fallen behind. We have all the knowledge other countries have. But this is where we see the change of mentality. These days, the Dutch are not looking to explore, but rather to cultivate and express. While those other nations are already experimenting with rockets, only now Dutch scientists are looking into the mechanics to build them. On the other hand, their advances in computers - ahead of any other nation - have elevated the knowledge of the beauty the Netherlands have to offer, both from nature and manmade. National parks are being formed, seaside resorts are built, and museums are filled with art that would pride any nation.

    ~Part of a political article written by Rachel van Rotterdam in favour of increased funding for arts and environmentalism over science.

    Edit: Let's just say the Netherlands are devilishly beautiful.

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    Edit 2: And this one happened as well.

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  2. Leyrann

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    "An allied friend reported Brazil just stumbled on the Matterhorn natural wonder."

    Well, so much for advertising.
     
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    In a way though, traditional wars are of the past. Nowadays, the biggest war is not fought on the ground, with thousands or even millions losing their lives. No, this war is fought with technology. Most importantly, the technology of space exploration. Already, Scotland and Poland have put people on the moon, and Australia's first moon landing is scheduled in the very near future. As well, the Netherlands and Japan follow them, and the Aztec have recently begun their own space program as well. The holy grail of it all seems to be a permanent base on Mars.

    There is also a different, even more invisible war going on, however. It is a war fought between the Netherlands, Brazil and Poland primarily, and it is that of cultural influence among other nations. And though Brazil's many sea resorts and Polands wonders indeed gather many tourists, this is a war that the Netherlands are winning. Hundreds of thousands of people every year travel to the Dutch national parks, in particular the famous "Matterhorn Corridor", a corridor from the Matterhorn almost to The Hague, famous for it's beautiful forests, mountains and wildlife. And millions of other people travel to The Hague, Amsterdam, Susa, Utrecht, Groningen or yet another city to marvel at the many great works of art that have over the years been created by Dutch people, or aquired from other nations. And to top it off, the Netherlands are still considered a worthy contender with Brazil for it's countless beaches.

    In fact, the Netherlands are envied such, that the cities of Shizuoka and Toronto elected to join the Netherlands, over remaining with Japan.

    ~An excerpt from "Modern Warfare" by Peter Bakker

    The Matterhorn Corridor:

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    The Cliffs of Rotterdam:

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    "The History of the Netherlands" by Julia de Vries

    The earliest histories of the Netherlands are uncertain, as with all ancient empires. It is well established, however, that the first signs of civilization date from about 4000 BC, nearly six thousand years ago. In the early years, contact has been established with a number of nearby empires, namely Persia, Sumeria, Australia and Scotland, as well as some minor tribes.

    It is in these times, that Peter Bergsma speaks of the first wars with Persia. These wars, primarily fought around present-day Susa, were about control of Susa's river area, situated in between the hearts of the Netherlands and Persia. Though Persia was originally the stronger party - as shown by Susa's ethymological history, which shows roots of the now-extinct Persian language - the Netherlands eventually gained the advantage and conquered the city.

    However, the wars had severely weakened the Netherlands, and dark times fell. A new form of government, however, appeared, and with the better coordination that the oligarchy granted, the Dutch managed to push on in a new war with Persia. Aided immensely by the Australians, who invaded Persia from the east, they managed to conquer Pasargadae, the capital of Persia. Though the Netherlands had to relinquish control to Australia soon after, this marked a change for the Dutch, soon followed by the first naval explorations and the discovery of the captivating Cliffs of Dover. As science became more and more respected in the Netherlands, times started to look much, much brighter.

    The medieval era, for the Dutch, is characterized by king William IV and consul William I, whose policies of expansion and infrastructure characterise most of that time span. When the medieval era started, what is now considered the very core of the Netherlands - Amsterdam, Susa, The Hague and Utrecht - was the entire empire. When the medieval era ended, the reach had expanded all the way to the west coast, to Delft and Batavia.

    The end of the medieval era, however, was the start of a downfall. Though leadership attempted to avert this by turning the nation's eyes toward a thinly justified war with Sumeria, creating belief and hope these times would continue, it soon turned out the Dutch army was thoroughly underequipped and stood no chance against the Sumerian army. After a hasty peace deal was made, the Netherlands turned their attention towards the east coast of the Oostzee. And then it turned out that even what was considered barbarian tribes could hardly be defeated by what was considered an army. After hardfought battles and many losses, Maastricht and Rotterdam were settled, but at the dawn of the industrial era, the Netherlands were but a shadow of their former glory. Technological advancement had come to a standstill, Dutch culture was not much more well known, and the infrastructure was no more advanced than it had been in medieval times.

    In these dark times, it was David de Jonge who single-handedly brought the Dutch civilization back on track. He showed the Dutch that their glory was not to be in war, but rather in exploration and expressment of themselves, and encouraged trade and infrastructure. In barely more than a lifetime, the Netherlands turned from a backwards country into a scientific, indistrial and cultural powerhouse, set to conquer the future. It's achievements in these times may not have been the biggest, but they were numerous, and in all areas, and it was said there was no citizen to be found who had not been impressed by something that had happened in his or her lifetime, and together they looked toward a bright future.

    The great minds and artists of the world had started to flock to the Netherlands, and they showed no sign of stopping. The first communistic - and later democratic - state in the world was founded. Archeologists started uncovering secrets of the past. And perhaps most importantly, the Netherlands were the first to realize that age-long dream of flight. In these times, the Dutch culture became well-known all over the world, and it's environmentalist movement started designating national parks for all to enjoy - Dutch and foreigners.

    It is often said that no times as great as these came over the Netherlands any more, but that is simply because it is impossible to compare to those generations who overcame their many troubles to achieve greatness, as certainly the many Dutch writers, artists and muscians of recent times created many works to envy. Indeed, such has been the influence of Dutch culture, that all over the world, people wear Dutch clothing. They listen Dutch music. They use Dutch expressions in almost every sentence. They go on Holiday to the Netherlands.

    What does it matter if the Netherlands are not the first to reach Mars? For certainly, we have conquered the world. It is no overstatement, when looking at Dutch history, to say that the peaceful Dutch influence has been what has brought many nations of this world together, to achieve something that approaches world peace.

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    :run:I WON ON DEITY!!!!!:run:
     
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    Don't forget about how many children around the world aspires to go speed skating these days.

    Dutch speed skaters become household names throughout the world even.

    There's the Efteling, which became the theme park all other theme parks around the world attempt to emulate.

    Every child wishes to visit the Efteling.
     
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