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The Kingdom also currently controls several colonies including Create in the Mediterranean Sea; British Honduras and Mosquito Coast in North America; British Guyana, Dutch South America (Suriname & (former French) Guiana) in South America; the islands of St. Helena, Ascension, Sao Paulo, as well as the Falkland Islands and the Tristan Da Cunha islands in the Atlantic Ocean; Cocos islands and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean; in Asia there are the colonies of the British Raj (India & Sri Lanka), British Indochina, Brunei, the Dutch East Indies (the islands of Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi, the Moluccas islands, and a few other smaller islands in the East Indies archipelago); in Africa there are the colonies of Anglo-Dutch Western Africa, the Sultanate of Egypt, Dutch Equatorial Guinea, Central South Africa, the Comoros islands; and Dutch Polynessia in the South Pacific. The Kingdom of the Netherlands also has the Sultanate of Oman as protectorates of the kingdom under UK protection.
The Kingdom is a hierarchical, constitutional monarchy system spread across 11 countries and 22 colonies spanning 6 continents. Each country has two chambers of parliament: a house of Representatives and a Senate. Below is the provincial councils for each of the provinces which make up the nation (these councils discuss matters of local & regional/provincial importance). The people vote for the representatives for each of the constituencies in that country and the leaders of provincial councils; whereas the Senate members are chosen by the provincial councils of that nation. The majority party in the house of representatives chooses a leader to become prime minister of that country (usually the party leader, but it isn't always the case). The prime minister then chooses ministers from the house of representatives to form a cabinet (the prime minister can choose whoever they want to be in their cabinet regardless of party affiliation, but usually the cabinet is made up of people from the same party of the prime minister). Furthermore the prime minister/leader candidates in a party usually will have to show their party a list of the ministers who will form their future cabinet & this is the main say in who party members vote for in leader/prime minister elections, and is also used by the political parties in order to get votes from the people for representatives.
Above the national chambers their is the Royal Council which is made up of the prime ministers of each nation in the Kingdom, and an experienced/senior member of each party in the house of representatives with more than 20% of the house. The Royal Council's actions are then sent to the Monarch to approve (note the monarch has the power to veto actions & repel old laws but this veto can be challenged & sent to a referendum of the people or referendum of all ministerial positions across the Kingdom (provincial council members, representatives, senate members, and royal council members). The monarch will usually just green stamps decisions though. The Royal council members are usually working on behalf of their party in their country and often just pass forward ideas to the Royal council to fast track it to royal assent.
No one can sit in more than one chamber with the exception of the prime minister. Nobility can sit in any chamber too and are treated as just normal people by the political system, with the exception of the monarch. Direct family of the monarch cannot sit in a ministerial position par provincial council membership of where that member of the royal family usually lives. Legislation is formed in the house of representatives when it is then sent up to the senate to be approved to be implemented in that country; the legislation can then be chosen to be sent up to the Royal Council which then if it approves of, can force the implementation of the legislation in all member nations of the Kingdom. The Royal council though is usually dealing with big issues like diplomatic issues, national-multinational issues (issues which affect one or more of the nations in the Kingdom greatly), war, taxes, important legal issues etc.
The United Kingdom's combined army of all of the member nations currently stands at an army of 1,230,000 regulars, 50,000 elite forces, and 3,650,000 reserve troops. The army stems from all parts of the Netherlands' global kingdom. The navy is also the most powerful in the world and has 5,017 iron clad ships, and loads of older galleons, sloops, and around 2,000 new cruiser ships.
Major industries in the Kingdom include Gold & Diamond mining in the Boer states; rubber, coffee, & cocoa plantations in Guyana, Dutch Congo & Dutch South America respectively; sand extraction in Dutch North West Afrika & Oman; manufacturing plants in England, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands proper, and Ethiopia; ship building in Europe; as well as agriculture, fishing, farming, logging, and banking. The UK is the world's richest nation because of all this, and its powerful financial centre of London.
- 1894: The nation is formed following the marriage of the King of the Netherlands and the Queen of Great Britain, and an act of Union is passed joining the two nations together as the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland. The two nations begin to integrate into one another, and the English adopt the Dutch constitution so that England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland both have nation status in the UK. Dutch South Central Afrika and British North South Africa are combined into the Colony of Central South Africa. The Union of South Africa itself gains nation status in the UK, and British & Dutch West Africa are combined into the Colony of Anglo-Dutch Western Africa. The UK offer their territory in Manitoba to the highest bidder.
- 1895: All of the UK's Caribbean nations and colonies in the lesser Antilles are joined together as the Lesser Antilles Confederation. It is given nation status in the UK too. The colony of Acadia gains nation status too. British Malaysia is renamed Brunei too. The military is amped up as well.