Belgian Politics. There is nothing as complicated about this place as their political history so you would expect it to be a sore spot for lots of people. Just this past year, however, we set a new world record for the longest time a country has survived without a government. There were no riots, maybe a few grumbles but for the most part 'Do we have a new government yet?' became an informal greeting and life went on as usual. Now that's peaceful living.