Poland (Polish: Polska), officially the Republic of Poland (Polish: Rzeczpospolita Polska), is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Lithuania and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north. The total area of Poland is 312,679 km² (120,728 sq mi), making it the 69th largest country in the world.
The first Polish state was baptized in 966, within territory very similar to the present boundaries of Poland. Poland became a kingdom in 1025, and in 1569 it cemented a long association with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by uniting to form the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth collapsed in 1795. Poland regained its independence in 1918 after World War I but lost it afterwards, as the Soviet Union invaded it for the second time, after losing the first war in 1920 after the Battle of Wistula river.
Red Alert universe
Second World War
The Soviets have reshaped the territorial borders of Poland, annexing most of the Eastern territory into the Soviet Ukrainian Republic, while in turn annexing Germany's eastern territories to Poland in exchange for relative peace. Though supposedly an independent nation, Poland was effectively controlled by the Soviet Union and treated little better than a satellite state, with all significant decisions made at the Kremlin and an extremely harsh occupation levelled on the common man. While Polish forces loyal to the legitimate Republican government in exile in London did conduct a guerrilla war against the occupying Soviets and their local auxiliaries and many other Poles defied the Communist regime covertly, such actions were punished brutally and Soviet reprisals exacted a grisly cost for even the most minor resistance.
One example included the case of Toruń shortly before the outbreak of open war between the Allies and the Soviets, where villagers who had escaped from an inhumane Soviet chemical weapons test were sheltered by civilians and the local underground in a village just outside the city, which led Stalin and Marshall Gradenko to order the complete destruction of all settlements on the outskirts of Toruń and the immediate execution of all caught nearby, an order that was savagely carried out by the Soviet Air Force and its paratroopers. Poland also acted as the staging grounds of the USSR attack on Germany.
Unfortunately for Stalin, the war turned against him. The Allies, most notably including American forces led by General Carville, liberated Poland in conjunction with the surviving Polish resistance as the puppet regime collapsed while the Red Army fled.
Third World War (first iteration)
|The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 2 and might contradict canon.|
After the Soviets successfully repelled an invasion by the Republic of Korea on Vladivostok, President Michael Dugan called upon the European Allies to fight against the Soviet onslaught. French and German forces reportedly gathered along the Polish border, before the Soviet attack on Paris.
When the First Tiberium War begun, Poland became a battlefield once more, this time in the war between Nod and GDI. Białystok, a peaceful farming city in the eastern parts of the country was made famous during the First Tiberium War, as it was the site of the civilian massacre which was later made public in a broadcast manipulated by Nod, which blamed the deaths of "peace loving peasants" (an obvious misinformation) on GDI forces. The event was known as the Białystok scandal.
With the proliferation of Tiberium, southern Poland gradually turned into a Yellow Zone and the Bieszczady mountains slowly turn into a Red Zone. As of 2047, half of Poland is designated as a Yellow Zone, part of the Y-1 Zone, and the other as Blue Zone B-1/B-3.