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@demifiend: if you got the idea from that Stephen Alten book, liopluerodon isn't really that big. Meg has a large size advantage, whereas a plesiosaur is both smaller and designed to eat things smaller than itself, whole. Meg is built to assault large creatures and eat them in bites
Demifiend hasn't been around for over two years by now.
@strigidae_22: East Asia also does really well. So far, the only East Asian country still stuck in a quagmire is North Korea and Burma.
And that's mainly because they're fascist hellholes (The North Koreans have long ago dropped any pretensions to socialism internally) who closed themselves off from the world out of a desire for self reliance (foolish) and a more sensible fear that their regimes will topple if exposed to the outside world.
Of course, East Asia's system is to take what the west does, then put the nose to the grindstone and engage in some social engineering to get the kind of culture that creates the desired work force. In East Asia, getting As makes you super-attractive in school and getting degrees makes you desirable for marriage while working and an odd mix of competitiveness and collectivism is encouraged in the people.
Even in play it's common to take things as seriously as you would in work. Saying that Starcraft and LoL champions in South Korea are minor celebrities is no exaggeration. You can build a career out of professional gaming. Of course, they're every bit as cutt-throat as professional sports if not more so.
The west seems to get by without pushing it's people so hard though.
@strigidae_22: Russia and China have the strangest love-hate relationship. To the point that I'd go as far as to say the countries are Tsundere for one another. The future relations of the CIS and EU on the other hand will likely bear watching.
Russia has very close ties to India, but India is foolishly squandering it's chances to undergo China's miracle by making the astoundingly stupid decision to skip industrialization and go right to service economy.
@strigidae_22: Well, if Germany was united during the cold war, it could have been the economic third power of the world if not quite the military one (population wise, Russia and America could drown it in bodies). Both countries knew it, and the rest of Europe knew it. France was actually the most strongly opposed to the idea of German reunification in the entire world (but hey, with the two's history) and the most in favor of ensuring that West Germany never militarizes to the same extent as Nazi Germany or Imperial Germany.
That being said, it's still the fourth greatest economic power of the world and the heart of the E.U (even if Merkel's austerity policies are misguided), and has a lot of weight to throw around. A more unified E.U could very well be a major contender in the world stage. And the axis for any such strengthened E.U would almost certainly pivot on Germany. France may have the strongest military in Europe, but Germany has more people and more money.
Of course the elephant in the room is Eastern Europe, which has always been...different. If the former Soviet Union joins the E.U, the balance is likely to tip away from Germany for the simple fact that Russia has by far the most people in Europe (almost as much as France and Germany together!) and a lot of Eastern Europe is pretty Pro-Russia.
It still remains to be seen if Russia will pursue stronger ties with BRICS in lieu of any joining with the E.U though.
@strigidae_22: The Axis economies only really tanked when boots started getting on their soil. Factories may be surprisingly hard to put out of commission with bombs, but infantry capturing them tends to take them out of their hands well enough.
@strigidae_22: They gut a civilian population and wreak havoc in the rear. It's everything allied strategic bombing wished it could be except much more horrifying. Of course, given that German GDP actually grew in the face of Allied strategic bombings that's not a very high bar to pass.
Heroes and Demagouges want to protect their people. Chryssalids and other terror units are a way of breaking their will by showing that no, they can't protect them.
@strigidae_22: Chryssalids were created to be terror weapons. Imagine a thousand of them dropping in new york city and the sheer, bloody panic that would erupt afterwards as a thousand becomes a hundred times that in minutes and that hundred thousand becomes ten million and more and more, all while raising the dead as superfast, superstrong murderbugs rampage across the area hunting down anything that can fit so much as one egg (with a preference for large, preferably intelligent prey).
As they are effectively animals, they can't be reasoned with, they can't be turned away, and their minds are proofed against manipulation. Oh and they don't technically have to impregnate something with eggs, that just provides the babies with their first lunch and a toughened meatshield.
There's a reason why Tombstone recommends usage of nuclear or greater scale WMDs any area where they've been even if there are civilians. Once they've established themselves it's pretty much game over for that neighborhood.
@strigidae_22: Chryssalid zombification happens immediately upon oviposter impregnation. They typically do this by cutting your throat to make for a bigger passage and then essentially force vomiting down eggs into you. It's like a much less subtle version of Genestealers or H.R Giger's aliens.