Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe and the senior member of the Kingdom of Denmark. It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark borders both the Baltic and the North Sea. The country consists of a large peninsula and many islands. Copenhagen is the capital.
Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. Denmark has a state-level government and local governments in 98 municipalities. Denmark has been a member of the European Union since 1973, although it has not joined the Eurozone. Denmark is a founding member of NATO and the OECD.
Denmark was a member of NATO when World War III broke out in 1951. For most of the war, Denmark played a supporting role, housing U.S. airbases and radar stations. It did not send troops into the actual fighting.
With the death of FührerKurt Haldweim and his replacement with reformer Heinz Buckliger in 2010, the Danes began demanding independence. In 2011, two men were arrested in Copenhagen for carrying an anti-German poster through the streets demanding full independence for Denmark.
Denmark, a Protestant nation in Europe, was ruled by King Christian IV. Following the conquest of England, and the installation of a Spanish-backed Catholic regime in 1588, many dissatisfied English Protestants took refuge in Denmark. Other exiles escaped there for their own reasons, including Anthony Bacon and his young lover Tom, who found that the Danes were more willing than the Spanish to turn a blind eye to "sodomite" activities. Baltasar Guzmán believed Spain should send an army to conquer Denmark and restore Catholicism to it as it had England and the Netherlands.
Denmark had not taken part in a war for more than 70 years when a broad European conflict broke out 30 September 1938. Naturally, Denmark proclaimed neutrality one more time and remained confident that the belligerents would respect it, an attitude that continued even after Germany invaded the neutral nations of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg one month later, sunk the also neutral American liner SS Athenia on her route to Copenhagen in January 1939 (though German propaganda denied responsibility of the event) and made things difficult for civilians from non-belligerent countries that were trapped in the Reich such as Peggy Druce to escape to Denmark.
Germany finally invaded Denmark in Summer 1939, primarily to use a springboard for the invasion of Norway. As the Danish Army wasn't even mobilized, the country was easily overrun, with German ships sailing unopposed all the way to Copenhagen's port and landing troops right next to Amalienborg Palace, the residence of King Christian X. Some Danish civilians at first thought that they were watching the filming of some movie rather than an actual invasion.
Denmark's occupation was unusually kind, as neither the Danish government nor the King were formally forced to cede any power. The Germans claimed that the country was fully independent and that their forces were there to protect Denmark against aggression from Britain and France, with German military governor Leonard Kaupitsch even refusing to hang the Nazi flag on his headquarters as to not anger the Danish.
Although soft, most Danish civilians still disliked the occupation. They also considered it shameful that there were enough pro-fascists in their country to form the collaborationist Free Corps Denmark.