1856: Dutch sailors land on what is know Kuwundi and establish a Dutch colony called Dutch Afrika.
Flag of Dutch Afrika
1859: The Dutch construct a town on the coast to serve as the colony's main port and call it Poort Nederland.
1872: Dutch Afrika prospers under Dutch rule and attracts over 200,000 Dutch settlers who are lured by the promise of fertile land and endless natural resources.
1886: The Dutch move inland and establish a number of small farming towns.
1887: The Dutch make their first contact with the native population. Many natives are taken back to Poort Nederland to work as slaves. This enrages the native population.
1888: During the night of January 5th, Poort Nederland and a number of other towns are attacked during the night by the natives.
1888-1891: A civil war breaks out between the Dutch and the native population. The war ends after a treaty is signed between the Dutch and the natives which states that the Dutch can not move into Native territory and the Dutch must relinquish any natives they took as slaves.
1891-1909: The Dutch and native population co-exist peacefully and establish a trading system.
1910-1911: Dutch Afrika is invaded by Germany. The Germans are quickly losing control over German South-West Africa and decide to turn Dutch Afrika into a new German colony. After a bitter battle between the Dutch and the Germans, the Dutch eventually flee.
1911-1918: Dutch Afrika is disbanded and the Germans rename Dutch Afrika as German Afrika. The Germans also rename all towns, cities, natural landmarks, rivers and lakes with German names. Poort Nederland becomes Afrika-Stadt. The German rule proves to be difficult for the native population who discover that the treaty they signed with the Dutch is no longer valid and as a result the Germans move inland pillaging the land of its natural resources and shipping them back to Germany. German-Native relations become bitter and many natives go into hiding in the jungle.
Flag of German Afrika
1918: Due to Germany's economic collapse following World War 2 they are forced to relinquish the colony.
1918-1925: For the first time in its history the colony becomes an independent nation. The native population take control of the former colony. Those who are well educated became government leaders. German Afrika is renamed Kuwunda which in the native Tsuwu dialect means "where the rivers end". However, due to inexperience and disorganization Kuwunda's infrastructure and economy collapse and the country becomes a poor nation. Corruption, crime and violence become rampant and tribal clashes break out. In addition to this, deforestation by the Germans has caused much of the country's land to become dry and infertile. In 1923, a disease outbreak causes the deaths of over 100,000.
Flag of the newly independent Kuwunda
1925: After many years of hardship, the Kuwundans decide that it might be better if they became a colony again (a thought which was rare in Africa during a time when most colonies were fighting to become independent). A group of Kuwundans head off to Europe to see if any country would be willing to make them a colony. After being rejected by Belgium, the Netherlands and Great Britain they eventually turn to France who agree to form a French colony in Kuwunda in order to maintain their disappearing empire. After much discussion of how to use Kuwunda as a colony in a way that would promise economic, political and cultural equality for native Kuwundans as well as the French an agreement is finally drawn up and France takes possession of the ravaged country.
1925-1939: Kuwunda is renamed Kuwundie Francaise (French Kuwundi) and the former city of Afrika-Stadt is completely rebuilt and renamed Malako. Malako becomes one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities in Africa. The French also rebuild a number of crumbling towns around the country and give them Kuwundan or French names. Due to the large number of Dutch descendents living in Kuwundi, the French allow towns with large Dutch populations to retain the Dutch name. The French also keep the Dutch name of the Van der Loop River in respect to the many Dutch-Kuwundans who live along its banks. After only a few years, Kuwundi encounters rapid growth
Flag of French Kuwundi.
1939-1945: During World War 2, over 150,000 Kuwundans head to Europe to fight alongside France. The French also use the many resources in Kuwundi to construct supplies for the war effort. During the war, a massive influx of immigrants enters Kuwundi, mainly European Jews wanting to escape persecution in Europe. By the end of the war over 400,000 immigrants come to Kuwundi.
1945-1978: Following World War 2, Kuwundi continues to prosper and its towns and cities continue to grow and develop. Kuwundi also becomes more and more multicultural due to the large number of immigrants who arrived during and after World War 2. Following the war, a number of French companies such as, Renault, Citroen and Air France establish a presence in Kuwundi. In addition to this, the French government transforms the Kuwundan transportation network by extending rail lines, building new stations and airports and constructing an extensive highway network.
1978-1983: On July 16th 1978 a number of bombings take place in major cities and towns around the country including Malako, Fort d'Afrique, Lanos, Frenchport and Kwatunga. The bombings kill over 130 people and were committed by a Kuwundan nationalist group known as the Kuwundan Liberation Front. Following the bombings, the French and Kuwundan people launch an attack on the group which rapidly escalates into a civil war. During the war, Malako becomes a war zone and a large portion of the country is controlled by guerilla fighters. On April 6th 1983, the French finally drive the KLF out of Kuwundi. However, following the war the French government decides that it can no longer afford to keep Kuwundi as a colony due to rising costs to the government and an increase in violence and ethnic tensions. After a week long meeting between French and Kuwundan officials, French Kuwundi is given independence and becomes the Republic of Kuwundi on August 12th 1983.
1983-1985: Following the declaration of independence, the country goes into a state of chaos. Fearing that the equality and wealth that existed under French rule will disappear, a number of Kuwundans flee Kuwundi to France, the Netherlands, South Africa and North America. The most notable group to leave during the exodus were the Whites. Many Whites believed that they would be treated as minorities and persecuted by the government of the newly independent Kuwundi. Since all Kuwundans were given French citizenship many decided that it would be better to head to France rather than take the risk of staying in Kuwundi. Others believed that a civil war might break out between the various ethnic groups while others chose to stay. During the mass exodus period, over 1.2 million Kuwundans flee the country.
1985-2000: Like many had feared, Kuwundi begins to go downhill politically, economically and culturally. For the first time since Dutch rule, racism, violence and discrimination towards people of other ethnic backgrounds, especially the Whites increases rapidly. As a result many Whites continue to flee Kuwundi while others head inland to live in smaller, isolated towns and villages in order to try and live a peaceful life. After a long election campaign, Kuwundi elects Marcel Antonbasa as president. For a short time it seems that Antonbasa would calm tensions in Kuwundi and return the country to the way it was during French rule. However, after a year in power President Antonbasa slowly turns Kuwundi into a communist state. During this time President Antonbasa puts a freeze on all Kuwundan and French travel documents in order to prevent anymore people from leaving the country. He then begins using money to expand the country's army. After a few years, President Antonbasa rules Kuwundi with an iron fist. Statues of him are erected around the country and he personally renames countless buildings, squares and parks after himself. The Republic of Kuwundi becomes isolated from the rest of the world and the country soon falls into a state of despair.
Flag of Kuwundi under communist rule
2000-Present: After 15 years of communist rule President Antonbasa is assasinated by a group of freedom fighters.After a week long attack on government buildings, a group known as the Kuwundan Freedom Fighters seize the Kuwundan government. The leader of the group, Pierre Sanwatu is elected as president in the country's first democratic elections in 15 years. Following Sanwatu's election, Kuwundi has slowly restored its status as the wealthiest, cleanest, safest and most developed country in Africa. Today, the president of Kuwundi is now Fréderique Monbosi and is leading Kuwundi into the future.
Kuwundi's current flag