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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2014 1:22 p.m. PST

Article on Slate today -- vintage boardgame and relic of France's colonial past: link

Since France's colonial empire collapsed within 25 years, not many players must have been successful at this game!

willthepiper28 Feb 2014 2:21 p.m. PST

Not quite gone – the French still have St Pierre et Miquelon, Guyane and French Polynesia (including Tahiti) and they still have a military presence in Africa, including in Djibouti, Mali and the Central African Republic.

I thought it was interesting that the game was published in 1941. Probably would have been a nice distraction from other things going on at home.

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2014 2:58 p.m. PST

Everyone knocks 'empires', but then some of them last a very long time in some shape or another (think Rome).

Smart countries know when and how to 'let go', while others strive to hold on.

Look at the Russian attempt to not only hold on to what they still have, but struggle to regain what they once had. The arc of history suggests that they'll fail, but millions of people will suffer first.

Dan

Streitax Inactive Member02 Mar 2014 5:12 p.m. PST

Yeah, geography was a lot easier when it was just French Equitorial Africa, French West Africa, etc., etc.

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