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France vs Germany

Posted by RB Kollannur on July 4, 2014

The year was 843. The place was Verdun (Verdun-sur-Meuse in present day France). Three brothers; Lothair, Louis and Charles, assembled to divide the largest German nation among themselves. The Carolingian Empire covered present day France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland, northern half of Italy and parts of northern Spain. Amassed over a century, it was one of the largest nations in Europe since the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

The three brothers, along with a fourth brother Pepin who died in 838, had been fighting the Emperor Louis I the Pious since 818 for control over his vast domain. For most part, thought, they had lost. But in 840, Louis I died and the brothers inherited the Empire from their father. In true Frankish custom, the realm had to be divided between the sons.

The eldest, Lothair, received the imperial title and Middle Francia, the middle part of the empire. Louis, also called the German, received the eastern part and Charles, the youngest also called the Bald, received the western part. As time progressed West Francia became France and East Francia became Germany.

Lothair died in 855 and Middle Francia was again divided between his three sons. But it didn’t take long for their uncles to attempt seizure of their lands. Since then the nations created by Louis the German and Charles the Bald – Germany and France, have been locked in battle for Lothair’s land. Recently the fighting has been largely limited to Alsace & Lorraine, currently in France, but have switched sides a few times the past two centuries.

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France vs Nigeria

Posted by RB Kollannur on June 30, 2014

Most of us became familiar with everything French while we were young, thanks to that very creative comic series called Asterix by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Ironically, the Asterix and his fellow Gauls were completely different from the French who live there now. The Franks, as they were then called, were one of the many German tribes that settled in a collapsing western Roman empire.  They were also the first German nation to accept Catholicism, while the others remained Arian.

Nigeria is one of the largest and the most populous regions in Africa, especially with the oil rivers of River Niger. Curiously, this large delta was one of the last places that the Europeans set for colonizing. French and British were among the first to set up companies to colonize the area. But in 1884, the French had to shut shop unable to match the financial backing of their across-the-channel rivals. The next year in Berlin, Europeans decided on an all out conquest of Africa.  With Britain having the upper hand in Nigeria, French lost all subsequent say in the area.

Incidentally, France had conquered pretty much the entirety of  West Africa by 1900 and for most part, Nigeria was encircled by the French. Hopefully, that won’t happen in the game.

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