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The Duchy of Warsaw, Warsaw, commonly referred to as Poland, is a nation in Europe, with colonies in Oceania. It was created in 1807 by Napoleon , who rewarded the poles for their services to the French Empire . The country is in personal union with the Kingdom of Saxony, a member of the Confederation of the Rhine. Warsaw is a member of the FN, the Organisation of European States, and the Organisation of Australasian Nations.
The Duchy of Warsaw was officially created by Napoleon in 1807 by the Treaty of Tilsit. It was intended as a French client state with limited independence, but with enough to keep the Poles happy. Warsaw happily supplied troops for Napoleon's many campaigns. During the reign of Napoleon II, Warsaw, along with France's other client states and protectorates, gained a greater degree of independence from the French Empire. That independence grew throughout the nineteenth century, so by the turn of the twentieth century, Warsaw and the other protectorates were fully functional independent nations.
Warsaw began colonisation in 1850, when a settlement was founded in New Caledonia. Initially used as a penal colony, New Caledonia became a profitable colony a few years later with the discovery of nickel. The colony expanded into mainland Australia in 1855, when New Krakow (OTL Cooktown) was founded. By 1875, the entirety of Cape York was a Polish colony. The South-East of New Guinea was colonised in 1879, and the Solomon Islands not long after. The Australian colonies continued to expand southward down the coast, bringing Warsaw into conflict with New South Wales, which was busy expanding Northward up the coast. The Polish War (1911-1915) was a victory for the Poles. Warsaw gained the settlements of Mackay and Rockhampton, as well as pushing the New South Welsh back to Moreton Bay.
The Duchy was deeply involved in the Asia-Pacific War, protecting its colonies. The war was a drain on the population and the economy, which was not helped by the post-war depression. However, successive post-war governments helped Warsaw grew into a strong modern nation, both militarily and economically.
The head of state of the Duchy of Warsaw is the Duke, Aleksander, who is simultaneously the King of Saxony. The Duke's role is mainly ceremonial, but he does hold some reserve powers.
The real running of the country rests in the hands of the bicameral Sejm (parliament). The lower house, also called the Sejm, is the main legislative body, its members are all elected. The Senat - the upper house - approves or disapproves legislation, as most senates do. The Duke appoints half the members of the Senat, who hold their seats for life. The rest are elected for four-year terms. The Prime Minister is directly elected by universal suffrage.
The Duchy of Warsaw has a group of four overseas territories in Oceania which are loosely confederated into the Polish Pacific. The confederation is organised thusly:Polski Pacyfiku (Polish Pacfic):
- Nowa Kaledonia (New Caledonia):
- Półwysep Wettinowie (Cape Wettin):
- Polski Nowa Gwinea (Polish New Guinea):
- Polski Mwlanezja (Polish Melanesia):
The four territories are largely self-governing, with the PP confederal administration dealing only with matters of importance to all four territories. In recent years, the Polish government has delegated more customs, border control, defence and economic powers to the confederal administration.