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|Official languages||English, French|
|Largest Cities|| Toronto: 2,800,000|
|Nation formed||July 1, 1867|
|Currency||Canadian Dollar (CAD)|
|Prime Minister||Bill Graham (Liberal Party)|
|Our Timeline Equivalent||All of Canada as well as a portion of southeastern Alaska|
Canada is a large nation in North America. Tracing its roots to a handful of British and French colonies founded in the 17th and 18th centuries, Canada eventually grew to become one of the largest of Britain's holdings in North America following the defeat of France in the French and Indian War of 1754-63 (called the Seven Years' War in Europe) and eventually became the largest holding of the British Empire in North America following the American Revolutionary War and subsequent independence of the United States of America. Although playing host to several conflicts throughout the 19th century (most notably the War of 1812), Canada grew and prospered relatively peacefully throughout the century and was granted Dominion status upon unification in 1867. Canada eventually grew even larger, encompassing an area reaching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and north to the Russian territory of Alaska as well as the natural resource-rich hinterlands of the polar Arctic.
As an active Commonwealth member, Canadian troops contributed greatly to the Allied war effort in World War I and played an even larger role bolstering British forces in Europe during World War II. Canadian forces also fought gallantly on their own soil and in Soviet Alaska, repulsing invading Japanese forces from the frozen north and salvaging most of the Alaskan landmass for the Allies in one of the few lasting victories against the Axis during the war.
Following the defeat of France at the hands of Germany in 1940, millions of French citizens who had opposed the Nazis and their puppet regime in Vichy fled the country with many settling in Quebec, one of the few remaining francophone communities in a free and democratic state. Although tension exists to this day between the French expatriates and not only the majority Anglophone population but also the long-established Quebecois community, French influence has made an undeniably apparent mark on Canadian culture. The current Canadian flag, introduced in 1965 after a long and contentious debate, represents the descendants of both British (red) and French (blue) settlers and immigrants throughout the course of its history, joined together by the Maple Leaf, an enduring symbol of Canada embraced by Anglophones and Francophones alike.
Since the end of the war Canada has enjoyed decades of relative peace and prosperity, avoiding the most severe effects of the depression suffered by its southerly American neighbor and its mother country across the Atlantic. New waves of immigrants and refugees from across the Axis-oppressed world continue to arrive in many of its urban centers, creating a harmonic racial and ethnic mosaic unseen in other parts of a world largely defined by ethnic strife and conflict. Canada is today among the most progressive and prosperous nations on the planet, although it is still largely overshadowed on the world stage by both the monolithic Axis superpowers as well as its much more powerful ally, the United States.