History UsefulNotes / TheEuropeanUnion

11th Aug '16 8:15:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Director of the European Union plays an important role in the expansion for ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''. This being an AlternateUniverse, the EU is implied to be stronger though we don't get much info. We do, however, see a flag which is a combination of EU and UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} flags.
** And he's evil, to boot.

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* The Director of the European Union plays an important role in the expansion for ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3''. And he's evil, to boot. This being an AlternateUniverse, the EU is implied to be stronger though we don't get much info. We do, however, see a flag which is a combination of EU and UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} flags.
** And he's evil, to boot.
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11th Aug '16 8:13:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic -- also a 2004 entry. Formerly CommieLand, when it was part of Czechoslovakia. Prefers to think of itself as "Central Europe" than "Eastern Europe". Literary greats Creator/FranzKafka, [[TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing Milan Kundera]], and Václav Havel (who became the country's first president) are from here, although Kafka might have looked at you funny if you called him Czech (he was a German-speaking Jew). Mostly famous for its beautiful capital, Prague.

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* UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic -- also a 2004 entry. Formerly CommieLand, when it was part of Czechoslovakia. Prefers to think of itself as "Central Europe" than "Eastern Europe". Literary greats Creator/FranzKafka, [[TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing Milan Kundera]], and Václav Havel (who became the country's first president) are from here, although Kafka might have looked at you funny if you called him Czech (he was a German-speaking Jew). Mostly famous for its beautiful capital, Prague.



* UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} -- Joined in 2004. Famous for goulash [[note]]actually, it's called gulyás, and you've probably only had TheThemeParkVersion[[/note]] and other things with paprika, as well as many notable academics. Rather good at water sports despite being landlocked (it has got two large rivers). Known for the 1956 uprising against the Soviets, which was brutally crushed. Its language is from a completely different linguistic group to most of the rest of Europe except, bizarrely, Finnish and Estonian[[note]]This is explained (mostly) by their nomadic roots[[/note]].

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* UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} -- Joined in 2004. Famous for goulash [[note]]actually, it's called gulyás, and you've probably only had TheThemeParkVersion[[/note]] and other things with paprika, as well as many notable academics. Rather good at water sports despite being landlocked (it has got two large rivers). Known for the 1956 uprising against the Soviets, which was brutally crushed. Its language is from a completely different linguistic group to most of the rest of Europe except, bizarrely, Finnish and Estonian[[note]]This is explained (mostly) by their nomadic roots[[/note]].



The EU today is essentially a free trade and movement area (with a lot of common standards, including electricity at 230 V plus or minus 10%, although this isn’t really a variation from previous standards used and old toasters still work), but also covers a considerable number of other areas, such as social policy, the environment and increasingly foreign affairs. The mantra is “free movement of people, goods, capital and services”. You can emigrate and work freely within the Union (as well as vote in local and European elections wherever you live) – between certain countries, you don't even need a national ID. This group of countries are the “Schengen Countries” you might see referred to in airports – although it's worth noting that this is not specifically an EU thing, and some countries, notably Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, are in the Schengen area but not the EU; and vice—versa, Britain and Ireland are not.[[note]]Ireland wants to be in it, but to do so would mean that the British would either have to join - [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10060032/Schengen-visa-campaign-waste-of-time.html#disqus_thread which they’ll never do]] – or create a physical border – which neither nation wants to do.[[/note]]

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The EU today is essentially a free trade and movement area (with a lot of common standards, including electricity at 230 V plus or minus 10%, although this isn’t isn't really a variation from previous standards used and old toasters still work), but also covers a considerable number of other areas, such as social policy, the environment and increasingly foreign affairs. The mantra is “free "free movement of people, goods, capital and services”. services". You can emigrate and work freely within the Union (as well as vote in local and European elections wherever you live) -- between certain countries, you don't even need a national ID. This group of countries are the “Schengen Countries” "Schengen Countries" you might see referred to in airports -- although it's worth noting that this is not specifically an EU thing, and some countries, notably Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, are in the Schengen area but not the EU; and vice—versa, vice-versa, Britain and Ireland are not.[[note]]Ireland wants to be in it, but to do so would mean that the British would either have to join - [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10060032/Schengen-visa-campaign-waste-of-time.html#disqus_thread which they’ll they'll never do]] -- or create a physical border -- which neither nation wants to do.[[/note]]



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* UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories: for a long time, while the EU only had twelve members, paranoid Americans of a fundamentalist religious bent considered this to be the Satanic conspiracy represented in the Book of Revelation by the twelve-headed monster emerging from the sea, which would be the Anti-Christ's most loyal supporter. The emergence of the EU was thus a God-given sign, for those with eyes to see, of the Armageddon and the End of Days. This theological nuance has gone out of fashion somewhat after the EU gradually expanded to twenty-eight members.
** Others claim that it will be the last and final kingdom to rise and fall before the Kingdom of God in the End Times Prophecy - the EU is apparently a resurrected Roman Empire. Whilst some Eurofederalists have suggested incorporating Turkey and the North African nations into the EU (which would, like the Roman Empire make the entire Mediterranean enclosed by the EU), and still others have suggested moving the capital from Brussels to Rome, these are generally fringe or far-future positions.

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* UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories: for a long time, while the EU only had twelve members, paranoid Americans of a fundamentalist religious bent considered this to be the Satanic conspiracy represented in the Book of Revelation by the twelve-headed monster emerging from the sea, which would be the Anti-Christ's most loyal supporter. The emergence of the EU was thus a God-given sign, for those with eyes to see, of the Armageddon and the End of Days. This theological nuance has gone out of fashion somewhat after the EU gradually expanded to twenty-eight members.
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** Others claim that it will be the last and final kingdom to rise and fall before the Kingdom of God in the End Times Prophecy - the EU is apparently a resurrected Roman Empire. Whilst some Eurofederalists have suggested incorporating Turkey and the North African nations into the EU (which would, like the Roman Empire make the entire Mediterranean enclosed by the EU), and still others have suggested moving the capital from Brussels to Rome, these are generally fringe or far-future positions.


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6th Aug '16 2:55:39 AM EdibleSamurai
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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further. For the record, LEAVE won, 52% to 48%. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets, Brussels, and a lot of British business. The formal exit process has yet to be initiated by the British government and this will not happen until the beginning of 2017, as the cabinet of Prime Minister UsefulNotes/Theresa May, successor to UsefulNotes/DavidCameron (who announced his resignation after the vote) has stated.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further. For the record, LEAVE won, 52% to 48%. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets, Brussels, and a lot of British business. The formal exit process has yet to be initiated by the British government and this will not happen until the beginning of 2017, as the cabinet of Prime Minister UsefulNotes/Theresa May, UsefulNotes/TheresaMay, successor to UsefulNotes/DavidCameron (who announced his resignation after the vote) has stated.
6th Aug '16 2:55:21 AM EdibleSamurai
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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further. For the record, LEAVE won, 52% to 48%. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets, Brussels, and a lot of British business. The formal exit process has yet to be initiated by the British government and this will not happen until a successor to Prime Minister UsefulNotes/DavidCameron (who announced his resignation after the vote) is chosen at the earlies.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further. For the record, LEAVE won, 52% to 48%. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets, Brussels, and a lot of British business. The formal exit process has yet to be initiated by the British government and this will not happen until a successor to the beginning of 2017, as the cabinet of Prime Minister UsefulNotes/Theresa May, successor to UsefulNotes/DavidCameron (who announced his resignation after the vote) is chosen at the earlies.
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29th Jul '16 7:01:19 PM JamesAustin
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->''"Why should there not be a European group which could give a sense of enlarged patriotism and common citizenship to the distracted peoples of this turbulent and mighty continent? And why should it not take its rightful place with other great groupings and help to shape the onward destinies of men?"''\\
--'''UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill'''

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->''"Why should there not be a European group which could give a sense of enlarged patriotism and common citizenship to the distracted peoples of this turbulent and mighty continent? And why should it not take its rightful place with other great groupings and help to shape the onward destinies of men?"''\\
--'''UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill'''
men?"''
-->--'''UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill'''
7th Jul '16 5:49:35 AM SilentHunterUK
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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further. For the record, Vote Leave won, 52% to 48%. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets, Brussels, and a lot of British business.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further. For the record, Vote Leave LEAVE won, 52% to 48%. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets, Brussels, and a lot of British business. \n The formal exit process has yet to be initiated by the British government and this will not happen until a successor to Prime Minister UsefulNotes/DavidCameron (who announced his resignation after the vote) is chosen at the earlies.
26th Jun '16 8:20:09 AM MrThorfan64
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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further. For the record, Vote Leave won. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets and Brussels.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further. For the record, Vote Leave won. won, 52% to 48%. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets markets, Brussels, and Brussels.a lot of British business.
25th Jun '16 5:47:02 AM FordPrefect
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* ''{{Literature/Beatles}}'', a Norwegian novel written in 1983, tells the story of four teenage boys living in Oslo in {{the sixties}}. The debate heating up to the referendum keeping Norway ''outside'' the then-EEC, features prominently in the last chapters, as the main story ends referendum night, September 25 1972. The standing result of 53,7 percent for the "no" side is a {{happy ending}} in the book. Quite ironic in hindsight when describing the lasting sentiment in the same country that later handed the NobelPeacePrice to the same union.

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* ''{{Literature/Beatles}}'', a Norwegian novel written in 1983, tells the story of four teenage boys living in Oslo in {{the sixties}}. The debate heating up to the referendum keeping Norway ''outside'' the then-EEC, features prominently in the last chapters, as the main story ends referendum night, September 25 1972. The standing result of 53,7 percent for the "no" side is a {{happy ending}} in the book. Quite ironic in hindsight when describing the lasting sentiment in the same country that later handed the NobelPeacePrice NobelPeacePrize to the same union.
25th Jun '16 5:46:20 AM FordPrefect
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* Crops up quite often in Axis Powers Hetalia fics, although it rarely gets a character of its own. One notable use of it is in the fanfiction ''[[http://hetalia-kink.livejournal.com/15769.html?thread=41560217#t41560217 Margins]]'', an AU in which Nations are physically barred from crossing their boarders unless they in some way belong to another country (in which case they can go anywhere within that country's boarders as well). [[spoiler:The EU's formation at the end provides some of the most far-reaching freedom the Nations get and is represented by a cute little brown-haired girl that Belgium and Austria find.]]

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* Crops up quite often in Axis Powers Hetalia fics, although it rarely gets a character of its own. One notable use of it is in the fanfiction ''[[http://hetalia-kink.livejournal.com/15769.html?thread=41560217#t41560217 Margins]]'', an AU in which Nations are physically barred from crossing their boarders borders unless they in some way belong to another country (in which case they can go anywhere within that country's boarders borders as well). [[spoiler:The EU's formation at the end provides some of the most far-reaching freedom the Nations get and is represented by a cute little brown-haired girl that Belgium and Austria find.]]
23rd Jun '16 9:35:59 PM Digifiend
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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it will be holding a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} -- properly, the United Kingdom -- see UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem. Joined in 1972. They wanted to join earlier, but France (specifically [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle Charles de Gaulle]]) put the kibosh on that, one excuse being that Britain wasn't a part of Europe. [[FrenchJerk Twice]]. Known for being HeterosexualLifePartners with America and its former colonies (including a couple of minor wars they both fought in), [[ASpotOfTea tea]] and for possessing the largest [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire empire]] ever. Has quite easily the most [[UsefulNotes/WithEuropeButNotOFIt antagonistic relationship]] with the Union due to its status as an island nation and its pride for the many contributions its people have given the world such as [[UsefulNotes/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], among other things. In 2016, it will be holding held a referendum on if it will be leaving the EU. Due to how passionate many are on either side of the issue, it would be [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment best]] if the issue is not discussed further.
further. For the record, Vote Leave won. Cue OhCrap from the stock markets and Brussels.
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