After Germany'sconquest of Poland, the indigenous population of the country was relocated and put to work as slave laborers. Unlike Jews, Poles survived into the 21st century, but their population was steadily declining and was thoroughly marginalized.
In the town of Wawolnice, a small troupe of actors portrayed interwar Poles who lived alongside Jews. Both the Jewish and Polish "characters" were based on exquisitely careful and exact research by German historians, and the actors spent so much time in character that they sometimes began to think of themselves as their parts. Thus, Polish history and culture was kept alive in some small way.
In 1916, Germany established a client Kingdom of Poland on historically Polish territory conquered away from Russia during the Great War. Though officially aligned with the Central Powers, the Poles were ambivalent in supporting the German-backed kingdom because they traditionally considered the Germans enemies on an equal level with the Russians. When the Second Great War broke out between Germany and Russia in 1941 and Russia invaded Poland, some Poles supported the Germans and their client king while others supported the Russian invaders. Both great powers attempted to support their own Polish factions by providing them with weapons.
After the war against the Raceended, Poles saw that they could live comfortably under the Race's relatively benign colonization policies despite ethnic tensions with the Jews and the lingering nationalistic wish for their own sovereign country. The Poles maintained an independent militia, and promised the Race that they would offer its services to the Race in the event of another war against either Germany or the Soviet Union. In 1965, when Germany attempted to conquer Poland, the Polish militia was as good as its word. Along with the Jewish militia under Mordechai Anielewicz, the Poles provided the majority of the Race's infantry forces in their successful defense against the Germans.