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(Talking Points Memo)   22 maps that explain the history of conflict in Eastern Europe. Needs more Golden Horde Mongols   ( talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line
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2014-03-03 06:15:03 PM  
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LemSkroob: Gough: LemSkroob: Look at the damn mess right in the  middle there.

A great German word, Kleinstaaterei. There were times when there were 300+ German states.

Kleinstaaterei - Where every asshole with a horse and a sword declares their own nation.

Where every one of your 18 sons needs a chunk of Dad's inheritance.  4 generations a century times 9 centuries, and towards the end your slice of the pie is half a pig farm outside Oberpfalzenburgorttrup-kerflunkenschtatl.
2014-03-03 04:31:00 PM  
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LewDux: Can you just declare yourself Jewish if didn't descend from the Hebrews or marry into the tribe?

Sure you can, but first you have to give the rabbi a tip.
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2014-03-03 12:32:43 PM  
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Look at the damn mess right in the  middle there.

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2014-03-03 12:18:24 PM  
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Cybernetic: Wow, central/western Europe was just a mess of tiny little countries for a few hundred years.

If you wanted to put a deck on your house you had to annex the neighbouring country.
(Calling it Johio was optional).

They were all nominally part of the Holy Roman Empire (that thick black line surrounding them and bisecting Austria and Prussia), but that didn't stop them going to war with each other.  They all had stupidly long hyphenated names.  The first thing Napoleon did when he started annexing the German states was to combine them into slightly more manageable statelets.  Prussia continued the process after Nappy got Waterlooed and eventually welded them into the Prussian Empire.  The King of Prussia called himself Emperor (Kaiser = Caesar), and the British looked at Germany, looked at their possessions all over the globe and went "You call that an empire?"  Then they added Empress of India to Queen Vickie's titles.

Penis-waving is a time-honoured custom in international diplomacy.
2014-03-03 12:06:24 PM  
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Damn Mongols.  They keep spawning new family members, and if you take their last city they run halfway across the map and revert to wandering nomads, so you have to chase them down and wipe them out one stack at a time.

Don't get me started on their damn horse archers who scurry around the battlemap just out of reach of your cavalry, and refuse to rout.  Fight them takes a lot of missile cavalry.
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