After 150 days where no Politicians could agree to form a governing coalition, Belgians have voted to just forget it and give up. In a landmark piece of legislation, drafted by the tea lady that keeps the country ticking over, the public were polled in a referendum and agreed that they should all just forget it. The country will be officially closed down as from July 14th.
Given that the country was originally formed to keep the warring nations of Europe apart, the land that constitutes the current Kingdom of Belgium will be turned into a giant sports centre incorporating 3 football stadia, 7 olympic-sized pools and a velodrome. Spa-Francorchamps circuit will be listed on eBay and be auctioned off to the richest sheikdom in January. The national specialities, beer, chocolate and waffles will be made available to everyone under a GNU license agreement.
Belgium's history, short and chequered as it is, will be even distributed between France, the Netherlands and Germany, while its riches will be returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the original owners. National Hero and cycling legend, Eddy Merckx has already pledged his future to Luxembourg, and president of Europe, Herman van Rompuy will now represent Malta.
"It's a sad day for Belgium, but I don't think most people will notice." said Bart De Wever, leader of the N-VA party and the man responsible for the political failure.