|People's Republic of Poland|
|Notable events:||European Civil War|
|Current status:||Dissolved state|
The Polish People's Republic (Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa) was a pre-War state aligned with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Established in 1952 after the end of World War II, it experienced great strife during the late 20th Century, as various movements fought against the government with the aim of freeing it from the Soviet sphere of influence, that culminated in a civil war between communist hardliners, a coalition of movements that aimed to make Poland part of the European Commonwealth, and a faction within the Polish People's Army that aimed to restore a version of the pre-1939 government, a military junta that ensured that the nation would be able to defend itself against foreign enemies in the increasingly tense world. Fielding the forces of the LWP, this faction, which became known as the Government of National Salvation, quickly won out, and continued to rule Poland until 2077. Although it continued to pledge loyalty to the Soviet Union in order to secure military and economic aid, the military junta's main goals was the restoration of the Polish state's pre-WWII borders and to ensure that Polish interests were not subservient to Soviet ones
During the 21st century, although not part of the European Commonwealth, the PRL found itself as part of the European Civil War as its neighbors invaded to annex oil fields in the country's interior. With the aid of the Soviet Union, the People's Republic repulsed these attacks. Although the nation had no nuclear weapons of its own, as it was home to Soviet-controlled nuclear weapon sites, it was later nearly completely destroyed during the Great War, although some rural areas of the country survived thanks to their isolation and lack of strategic value.
Formation and Growing Pains(1945-1956)
In 1945, at the end of the Second World War, the Soviet Union, aiming to solidify a sphere of influence over the nations of Eastern Europe, began a campaign to install Soviet-loyal communist governments in each of these nations. Among these was Poland. Formerly known as the Second Republic of Poland, it had been ruled under a pseudodemocratic system, with a military junta as the power behind the throne, until its partition by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during the opening months of the war in September and October 1939. Throughout the war, Polish forces had fought both within and without Poland, loyal to the government-in-exile in Paris, the Soviet-controlled Polish Committee of National Liberation, or to their own vision of a postwar Poland as in the case of the National Armed Forces, a resistance movement inside of Poland.
Although the Yalta Conference had mandated that free and fair elections be held in Poland, the so-called 'Three Times Yes' referendum and the parliamentary elections of 1947 were anything but. Coupled with purges and the removal of rights from any opposition parties, the Polish United Workers' Party, PZPR, obtained a monopoly on political expression. Although the initial reconstruction and land reforms had been popular among the lower strata of Polish society, the population became deeply unsatisfied with the current state of affairs as anyone who dared voice support for any other ideology than the Stalinist ideology that PZPR espoused was kept from having a voice in politics, or worse. In response, the remaining resistance groups that had not been purged by the Soviets and their Polish allies sprang to take advantage of dissatisfaction, and formed into the National Military Union, NZW to oppose and attempt to tear down the new communist government.
Brushed off initially as 'bandits', these groups became increasingly organized as the 1940s came to a close and the 1950s dawned, with the United States of America sending advisors and supplies to the NZW's constituent groups. What had started off as attacks on isolated Red Army and Polish communist internal security patrols turned into much more organized and brazen attacks. Although NZW took a publicly hardline stance against communists of any sort, the organization's leadership privately knew that in order to win, they would have to ally with the those communists who espoused a "Polish way to socialism" in order to keep the Soviet Union from intervening to keep the Stalinists in power. To this end, the NZW's leadership directed that a campaign targeted specifically against hardline Stalinist government officials be instituted, with specific instructions to leave those known as moderates unharmed if possible, and for prison breaks to include breaking out imprisoned reformists, including Władysław Gomułka, who would later become General Secretary. These assassinations and the ramp-up in attacks against Soviet and Polish communist internal security forces did not go unnoticed by Soviet authorities, who directed tens of thousands of Soviet troops into Poland, and ordered Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky to utilize them to "...completely eradicate the rightist-nationalist menace".
Civil War (1980)
Government of National Salvation (1981-2077)
Great War (2077)