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Poland after the 1772 partition.

Poland is a nation in Eastern Europe. Its capital city is Warsaw.

Polish history dates back to the 10th century, when King Mieszko I converted to Christianity in 966. Over the next four centuries, Poland suffered fragmentation until being reunited by King Władysław I in the early 14th century. Poland was united with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1569 to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Over the course of the 17th century, the Commonwealth gradually came under Russian control.

In 1772, five years before the Battle of Saratoga, King Frederick the Great of Prussia engineered the First Partition of Poland, resulting in the loss of thirty percent of Poland's territory and one third of its people to the Kingdom of Prussia and the Austrian and Russian Empires. There were presumably one or more additional partitions after the Battle of Saratoga resulting in the complete loss of Polish independence.

The Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski traveled to North America in 1777 to fight under General George Washington in the North American Rebellion, taking part in the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown. After the end of the Rebellion, he may have taken part in the Wilderness Walk to Jefferson.

Poland regained its independence following the Russian Revolution of 1900. By 1912, Poland had concluded a defensive alliance with the Germanic Confederation directed against the Russian successor states. Poland came under German domination during the Global War, and there was an anti-German uprising in the Polish capital of Warsaw in November 1944 in the wake of a similar uprising in Paris. Under Chancellor Heinrich von Richter, elections were held in conquered countries, presumably including Poland, and pro-German governments established by 1948.

Poland presumably remains a German client state as of 1971. Poland has no entry in Sobel's index.


In For All Nails, Poland is a monarchy under a branch of the Hohenzollern family, and a German client state.

IOW, Poland underwent two more partitions in 1793 and 1795, the latter resulting in its disappearance. Napoleon created a French client state called the Duchy of Warsaw in 1807. After Napoleon's defeat, Poland was again partitioned between Prussia and Russia. Poland regained its independence in 1918 after the end of World War I, was again partitioned between Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, became a Soviet client state in 1944, and regained full independence in 1989.

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