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Poland was a country in Europe.
Early history Edit
In the 19th century, Poland was controlled by Russia, but was at one point taken over by Napoléon Bonaparte. In 1812, Bonaparte invaded Russia in anticipation of a Russian attempt to retake Poland, but was defeated by the Russians. (AUDIO: Mother Russia, A Thousand Tiny Wings) At some point in the 19th century, Poland was governed by a Viceroy, who was known, among other things, for his liaisons with Lola Montez. (AUDIO: Whiskey and Water)
20th century Edit
Poland, which had not been an independent country for some time at that point, was recreated by the Allies in the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I. (PROSE: Illegal Alien) The Nazis saw it as a state created in a draconian treaty in order to punish the Germans. (AUDIO: Just War) Prior to World War II, Adolf Hitler defied the Versailles Treaty by reoccupying the Rhineland. Winston Churchill thus grew fearful of Hitler's plans for Czechoslovakia, Poland and, in time, all of Europe. (PROSE: Players)
When Germany invaded the country on 1 September 1939, an event which was recorded by the Matrix as being a part of the Web of Time, (AUDIO: Neverland) they effectively started the War. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus) The invasion lasted a month. Brigadier Kraus gained a reputation during the invasion as the Butcher of Krakow. (PROSE: Illegal Alien) On 3 September 1939, the United Kingdom and Germany entered into a state of war because Adolf Hitler's Nazi government did not withdraw his troops from Poland. (PROSE: Exodus)
In 1989, the Communist regime in Poland was overthrown, and Poland became a democracy. (COMIC: The Broken Man) According to Lucie Miller, this was due to a "bloke with big bushy moustache" saving the day. (AUDIO: The Curse of the Fugue)
21st century Edit
In the 21st century, Poland joined the European Union (AUDIO: The Curse of the Fugue) and many Poles emigrated to the United Kingdom (TV: Day One) – like Trepper, who worked at the ATMOS factory (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem) or the family of Matteusz Andrzejewski, a student at the Coal Hill Academy. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die)
At some point in the 21st century, Poland was in economic crisis. Cities like Elbląg and Kalisz faced vast unemployment, with many people having limited access to such basic commodities as fresh water, food and petrol. Many Poles sought work in Eurozone countries such as the United Kingdom as illegal immigrants. Some of them, like Stefan Radek, were kidnapped and experimented upon by Alex Marlowe who tried to genetically engineer a new strain of Krynoid. (AUDIO: Hothouse)
In the 22nd century, the Wronsdehj conquered Poland, along with the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy and France. They were eventually defeated by the Fourth Doctor and Romana I. (PROSE: Life from Lifelessness)