Aww, peaceful little belgium.. For those of you who don't know. During the imperial age of the late 1800s, king Leopold of Belgium had gained his independence f
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Aww, peaceful little belgium.

Aww, peaceful little belgium.. For those of you who don't know. During the imperial age of the late 1800s, king Leopold of Belgium had gained his independence f

For those of you who don't know. During the imperial age of the late 1800s, king Leopold of Belgium had gained his independence from the united netherlands and the spanish. However, like every european power, he wanted a colony. So the belgians first tried to colonize Hawaii, which they didn't succeed in and would instead acquire Congo through military force. Congo became the private property of Leopold II and from Congo he would extract valuable rubber. The reason you see a bit of Congo cut off in the above picture is because during Belgium's possession of Congo, they forced it's people to gather rubber from the trees. If a person, no matter age or gender did not gather enough rubber, this person would lose a limb. And also because so many were forced to gather rubber instead of hunting or gathering, millions would die from starvation. But everything changed when the fire nation attacked.

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#1 - anon (08/29/2013) [-]
Belgian here.

And that ****** true, our royal family got at least part of its vast capital from exploiting the Congolese population.

What gets my goat, though, is that the incredible atrocities of that time caused an outcry after British propaganda made it known, simply due to the fact that the Belgians beat the British to Congo. The British were outraged over the fact that the rubber production of the world wasn't entirely in their hands at this point, and started a campaign to make a diplomatic 'solution' be offered by a union of European nations, as an armed conflict would be unsightly.

Anyway, the British were just as bad, look at the concentration camps in South-East Asia, slave trade well into the 20th century, and genocides that make the (admittedly atrocious) Holocaust seem like a light-hearted affair.
**** our old king, though, that guy was a cunt.
#14 to #1 - anon (02/09/2014) [-]
Britain outlawed slavery in 1807 and rid our Empire of it by 1837 being the first country in the world by a long way to do so.

And yoou lot have produced this tosser-
User avatar #2 to #1 - shadir (08/29/2013) [-]
Also, we are so awesome that we hold the record for being the country without a government for the longest time, 541 days, **** yeah
User avatar #3 to #2 - Firenter (08/29/2013) [-]
God I love being belgian.
User avatar #9 to #3 - minecraftlamer (08/29/2013) [-]
my fellow belgians ^^
User avatar #13 to #2 - wereking ONLINE (08/29/2013) [-]
and let's not forgot the Beer museum with over 1200 kinds of beer

Scholl en als 'em leeg is doet 'em dan nog maar is vol.
User avatar #5 - dreadedsin (08/29/2013) [-]
British person here.

We don't own countries apart from our own, Australia chose to include our flag as it was done during a competition in Melbourne in 1901, and was first flown on 3rd of September 1902, which is now Australian national flag day.
User avatar #8 to #5 - sanosauro (08/29/2013) [-]
We have a national flag day?
**** me I had no idea.

May sound like sarcasm but i genuinely had no idea. Thank you for the information sir, have a thumb!
#7 - waps ONLINE (08/29/2013) [-]
Koel verhaal broeder.
User avatar #4 - gilliam (08/29/2013) [-]
Rubber? we got more than we bargained for there, we got some dope-ass diamonds and other gems from there, it's through that era that Antwerp turned into (and still is today) the diamond capital of the world.
User avatar #6 to #4 - fuzzyballs (08/29/2013) [-]
"we"? what the **** did you do to contribute to "your" country?
User avatar #10 to #6 - gilliam (08/29/2013) [-]
With "we" i'm just pointing to Belgium as the country, the entity, the history, the actions of going to colonise where not the initiative of just that one man you know.
#11 - anon (08/29/2013) [-]
It reminds me of when the Spaniards arrived in the Americas for gold. The explorers to the new world would force the locals to find gold and they'd cut off their limbs if they didn't bring enough.
#12 to #11 - satoshimiwa ONLINE (08/29/2013) [-]
It's still interesting to note that, despite all the Black Legend around the Spaniards, unlike the English they didn't systematically genocide the natives
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