1839, the Treaty of London is signed, while Belgium and Luxembourg's independence is recognized. What would happen, though, if the Treaty's details did not make Belgium forever neutral?
Tensions Mount ...
Some Belgians thought that Belgium should also get Vlissingen and also Luxembourg. The Belgian economy is not doing well, while Netherlands is blooming. There are some minor fights between civilians on the border, to both states station troops on the border
Start of the War
So in November 1839, the Belgians launched a surprise invasion on Luxembourg with supplies from Prussia, whom they agreed upon would split the Netherlands in half and also their territories. Luxembourg, which only had an army of 100, was quickly defeated and conquered within three days.
Nations per Side
Austria and Denmark both decided to help the Netherlands because they were enemies of Prussia. France did too. England, seeing a chance to get back to France, supported Belgium.
1839August 8th: Surprise attack on Luxembourg by Belgium.
August 11th: Luxembourg conquered.
Then the other European countries began to step in ......
October 2nd: Surprise attack on Netherlands by Belgium.December 4st: Netherlands loses first battle against all odd due to the help of Belgian militias.
1840February: French troops arrive and begin to attack Belgium. At about the same time, Denmark ships arrive and attack Belgian coasts. Dutch soldiers arrive by the thousands to Belgium. Belgians are weakened and lose lots of land.
April: England steps in and sends supplies to Belgium while assaulting French troops.
May: Prussia supports Belgium and invades the Netherlands.
June & July: Poland, Switzerland, Russia, Ottoman Turkey, the Balkan countries, and the Scandinavian states stay out of the conflict.
August: A Swedish vessel, accidentally recognized as a Belgian vessel, is sunk by the French.
September: After failed negotiations, Sweden declares war on Belgium. Meanwhile, France and England fight on another front, the English Channel. The English have the upper hand as their navy is superior.
October: Spain joins the war on Netherlands' side but sends only small amounts of troops while Portugal joins Belgium's side.
December: Italy joins on Belgium's side.
January-June: The war continues and drags on. Belgium's side lost some land in the initial stages of the conflict, but due to the brilliance of a certain British commander, the tide turns in Belgium's side.
July-December: Both sides began to feel weary about the war as neither side is making progress, but war has taken many lives and several countries' economies are not doing well.
January-Junes: Protests and marches take place in London, Paris, Madrid, and Berlin to stop fighting the war. The governments, however, each believing that they are so close to winning, do not cease fighting.
July-December: Several countries have now started rationing supplies and their economies are on the edge of collapsing. Protests start in Prussia, Portugal, Rome, and Sweden.
The United States, Russia, Ottoman Turkey, and China, begin to seize some of the European colonies (mostly Spanish and French). War continues in Europe and some of their colonies.
Norway and Finland begin to start colonizing pieces of land as most of the other European nations have withdrawn their troops in the colonies to fight on the European front.
1844More war. Neither side making progress. Dutch and Belgian economy collapses. Prussian and French economies on the brink of collapsing.
- Dutch-Belgian border *****Major
- Spanish-Portuguese border **Minor
- English channel (England beat France in the channel and managed to take a small piece of land onshore called Britfrancia) ****Medium
- Dutch-Swedish border ***Medium
- Austrian-Prussian border ***Medium
- Italian-French border **Minor
- American-Canadian border *Minor (USA attacks British colony Canada since most of the troops are sent back to England)
- Chinese-Vietnamese **Minor China invades the borders and take some of the French West Indies.
- South East Asia *Minor conflicts.
- Egypt *Minor conflicts between Ottoman Turkey and British forces there.
- Alaska *Minor Russia expands their forces there into Canadian territory.
- South America ***Medium Most of the countries there declare independence and overthrow Spanish government.
- Caribbean **Minor France loses many colonies there (such as Haiti).
- Scandinavian Americas *Minor Norway and Finland send small numbers of ships to colonize tiny amounts of land in the Americas - mostly the uncolonized islands of OTL Canada and a few islands in the Caribbean.
Both sides now wish for the war to end as it has done no good but do not wish to back down and surrender. Switzerland calls for peace and Russia and Ottoman Turkey support the Swiss. A second Treaty of London is signed and all land in Europe is given back to their respective countries, except for Britfrancia which will continue to be there. All colonies, however, lost or gained, will stay as they are as of 1845/3/4.