All tagged Europe

Continental Circumstance

This constant state of war required technological progress - falling behind in an arms race is an easy way to lose everything your people had, and as militias transitioned into men-at-arms transitioned into mercenary companies transitioned into regiments transitioned into corps, the military technological gap between Europe and the rest of the world widened. By 1500, Europe propelled its conquests across the oceans so that European powers could have more resources to fight each other. Europe didn’t conquer because it was united; it conquered because it was divided…

The Brexit Mulligan

…If the arguments for Leave were not made in good faith; if the results of the election were altered by a foreign power; if the impact of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union has been made more apparent, wouldn’t a Brexit do-over be appropriate? There is the very reasonable concern for democratic tradition and integrity if the result of an election were reversed before its effects went into place. On the other hand…

Storm in a Vacuum

…with no domineering power in the world, regional powers will aspire to become superpowers. And as regional powers clash in this aspiration, the apocalypse that was suspended in the Cold War risks a return to relevance. If America does withdraw back into a shell, the world will likely have China be the most important country in the world, Russia the most aggressive country in the world, and Europe either shattered into pro- and anti-Russian alliances or united vigorously against Russia…

A Quiet Continent

The European Union is an ambitious project. 28 states, 510 million people and the world's third largest economy didn't come easy. It formed in spite of centuries of mutual enmity. One only has to skim the table of contents of a history book to know that Europeans absolutely loved to go to war with one another...