When the Berlin Wall came down in 1990 the people of Germany experienced a sense of euphoria and freedom which they had been dreaming about for years. Unfortunately their thrill with life was short-lived. It wasn't long before people began to realize that the reunification of Germany would not be seamless. West Germany was a successful state while the people of East Germany lived impoverished sheltered lives. The wall's elimination opened the eyes of all German people to the differences that had evolved over the years. West Germany was far more successful and as such West Germans began to take over the failing businesses in East Germany and in doing so robbed already poor people of their livelihoods. Survival of the fittest was the mantra and most of East Germany was not nearly as fit as the people in West Germany.
[...] There is a thread of commonality between all of these fun facts, however, aside from the fact that they all pertain to Germany. All of these facts are significant in terms of the nation's capabilities in terms of a war. Sure a military and those forces are essential to the process but even if Ethiopia had the largest army in the world, without food or technology to sustain the people and power the ideas, they would be worthless in a war. [...]
[...] Taking inventory of each country's resources is the first step in determining the options that each country has. Right now Germany has the upper hand because it knows that it wants to make a move while France does not. The question is, “what kind of move should it Given its resources, it could toss a bomb into France, say, “there's more where that came from if you don't hand over Alsace-Moselle” and hope that France gives in immediately. However just because one can do something doesn't mean one should. [...]
[...] It had to carefully weigh how much of a dent that would make in its own economy against the benefits that the dent in France's economy would yield for Germany long term. Fortunately for Germany, it works out for the best. France on the other hand had to consider whether its economy was worth Alsace-Moselle. Once France considered the situation carefully and realized that the embargoes were hurting it far more than it was hurting Germany it realized that this could go on for a long time with the only party getting hurt being France. [...]
[...] We believe that Alsace-Moselle has been used as a pawn for too long and we have no desire to uproot and upset the people of the region again. We feel for the people of East Germany and wish them the best but we are sorry to say we simply cannot put our people in a compromising situation to help your people out of theirs. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to continue working with you on other fronts. [...]
[...] Comparing this list to the list of Germany's exports, one will notice that three of the five resources on France's import list are also on Germany's export list. Further research shows that Germany provides the bulk of these resources to France by a landslide. Germany accounts for of France's imports with the second leading country at only 9%. If Germany were to close off its export services to France, the French would be stuck at least for a bit. The next point of consideration for Germany is what would they lose? [...]
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