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Samiente Kongeriket Norge/United Kingdom of Norway

Population

5,000,000

Capital

Trondheim-Nordstern

Head of State

King Wittekind of Norway, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont

Ruling Party

Fedrelandslaget (1943-1951), Norsk Nasjonalsosialistisk Samling (from 1951)

Head of Government

Ingolf Elster Christiansen (1940-1943), Victor Mogens (1943-1964), Vidkun Quisling (1964-1976), Ragnar Skancke (1976-1978), Gulbrand Lund (1978-1979), Henrik Rogstad (from 1979)

HistoryEdit

Invaded by Great Britain and then Germany in April 1940, with Germany emerging victorious after a few days fighting. Having rejected the Nazification of his country, King Haakon VII, brother of the Danish king Christian X, was forced to abdicate. This provoked a constitutional crisis, as his crown passed first to his son, Olaf, then to a Regency Council.

Both King Haakon VII and the Labour Party government fled to Great Britain, leaving the running of Norway to an Administrative Council, headed by Ingolf Elster Christiansen until his death in 1943 and by Victor Mogens from 1943 onwards. The pro-German Vidkun Quisling was forced onto the Council as Defense Minister by German fiat. From June 1941 he agitated for Norway to join with Germany in the war against the USSR, following the lead of Finland, Sweden (after the Midsummer Crisis) and Denmark (after November 1941). Norway joined the invasion of the USSR in December 1941.

The German occupation of Norway officially ended in 1947. By 1951 the Fedrelandslaget was unified with National Unity and other smaller parties and transformed into Norwegian National Socialist Unity, in fraternal relations with Germany's NSDAP.

By German fiat, Norway received the formerly Russian islands of Gaselandet and Fridtjof Nansen Land.

The crown of Norway was first offered to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, the grandson of the Swedish King, Gustav V and great-grandson of Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, who turned it down in order to succeed his grandfather as King of Sweden.

Other nominees being ruled out, the crown eventually found its way to Prince Wittekind of Waldeck and Pyrmont (born 1936). Wittekind is the son of Prince Josias of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1896-1970), an SS General and Duchess Altburg of Olenburg (born 1903). His grandparents are Prince Friedrich of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1865-1946) and Princess Bathildis of Lippe (1873-1972) and Grand Duke Frederick Augustus II of Oldenburg (1852-1931) and Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg (1869-1955), Both the House of Oldenburg and House of Mecklenburg claimed the throne of Norway based on their decent from Euphemia of Sweden (1317-1370), granddaughter of Haakon V of Norway (1270-1319).

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