The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
The scale is all wrong for this to work. The 1930s trades were fairly low key,a bit under 200 million Reichsmarks spread over 4/5 years. For scale an Admiral Hipper class heavy cruiser is 80-85 million RM. Those trades pretty much cleared the old Soviet debts from the 20s.
The first year of the mad panic Germany-has-run-out-of-everything trades was 620 million RM, in just one year. And it still wasn't enough as Hitler was announcing "Export or Die!" as his industrial policy because Germany still needed more resources from non-Soviet sources. And it's not like Germany could expand the deal, because they couldn't even really pay for what they asked for were always behind making payments. Even the payments Germany did make were not repeatable (you can only sell the plans for Bismark once, only transfer an industrial or agricultural tech once, etc).
Fundamentally Stalin will know Germany is desperate and is not going to get more generous, he will start turning the screws and there's not much Germany has left to offer. One of the very minor arguments in favour of Barbarossa was that the Soviets were thinking of scrapping the deal because they wanted to get paid and were getting sick of German delays. I've seen a timeline in another place that has Germany forced to sell the family silver (Tirpitz, plans for Pz III and IV and working prototypes, and all the hydrogenation and octane fuel tech) just to keep the agreement going, something which seems all too plausible.
Didn't Germany also sell some cruiser hulls to the Soviets to pay for the imports?
The French knew they needed Britain's support in any conflict with Germany, but they also knew the British were reluctant to make any kind of continental commitment. Even as late as Munich the British wouldn't commit to sending any divisions at all to aid France and instead suggested France just extend the Maginot Line to the sea. Over-simplifying the British plan was that the French army would fight on the ground, under cover of the AdA, while the Royal Navy would rule the waves, the RAF would strategically bomb Germany and the City of London would finance everything.@El Pip
I just started reading Case Red by Robert Forczyk, and one of the first things that I'm struck by is the state of how distrustful the French were of the British, which plays well with what's going on TTL. I was wondering about your take on it given that it always seems like the AI is just taking their leave of any sense or programming!
Congrats! So in which part of USA we can DUI and overspeed and do other unlawful stuff and still be ok?Just wanted everyone to know that yesterday, 14 June 2019, I graduated the Hanover Criminal Justice Academy to become a Deputy Sheriff...
Now that that training is over, I'm moving into the normal rotation of shifts (five days on, five off) and will be able to advance this story more regularly! I'm already plotting some curveballs, trying to make the challenge harder for the Axis...
Congrats! So in which part of USA we can DUI and overspeed and do other unlawful stuff and still be ok?
Congratulations indeed, the thin blue line just became a bit stronger. I will henceforth imagine you wearing a proper Sheriff's hat at all times and occasionally dispensing literary justice across the forum.
While I know nothing of policing, I do know shift work and it can be ideal for writing so I look forward to your enhanced productivity.
Congrats my friend. It seems service is in the veins - good luck with your new career.
Congratulations Wraith, sensational work
Very many congratulations
My brother is a police inspector here in Brussels. His uniform does look very different. He definitely doesn't get to wear a hat like that oneThat picture does rather remind me though of the rather different nature of UK and US police forces.
That picture does rather remind me though of the rather different nature of UK and US police forces.
Seems I'm a bit late to the party. Regardless, congratulations are in order (the very thing you'll be maintaining).
My brother is a police inspector here in Brussels. His uniform does look very different. He definitely doesn't get to wear a hat like that one
Hope the project is (like mine, now that I am back from my long trip) just in temporary abeyance and about to restart soon.