The history of Romania is long and complex, with many significant events and developments. The first ruler of Moldavia, Carol I, united the two regions into one kingdom, and Romania was officially established under him. The royal family became a fundamental part of Romanian politics and social constructions, shipping its politics and social constructions throughout the country in the 20th century. Romania experienced the horrors of World War II just like every other European nation, losing many casualties and enduring occupation. However, giving power to a dictator, Nikolai Chanchesku, proved a mistake, and after 45 years, Romanians overthrew him. After some turbulent years, Romania began to recover its economic prowess in the late 20th century. In the early 1990s, Romania began to take its first steps toward entering the European Union, but it took 17 years before it could officially become a member. Romania is a rich and complex history, with many significant events and developments. The future of Romania is still unknown, but full of promise.