Rzeczpospolita Trojga Narodów
Claimed borders of the Polish-Lithuanian-Ruthenian Commonwealth during the January Uprising
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Belarusian Greek Catholic Church
Ukrainian Catholic Church
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o January Uprising
|January 22 1863|
The Polish National Government of 1863-64 was an underground Polish supreme authority during the January Uprising, a large scale insurrection during the Russian partition of the former territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It had a collegial form, resided in Warsaw and was headed by Karol Majewski. This was a normal administrative institution with many ministries and departments.
During 1863-1864 it was a real shadow government supported by the majority of Poles who even paid taxes for it, and a significant problem for the Russian secret police (Okhrana). "It organized one of the world's earliest campaigns of urban guerrilla warfare", according to Norman Davies. It became the prototype for the Polish Secret State during World War II.