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POLL: The New 'Graveyard of Empires'?


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Scorpio Inactive Member writes:

Then again, Afghanistan isn't really a graveyard of empires, either:

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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Afghanistan
18
10%
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Africa
13
7%
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American Midwest
2
1%
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Balkans
1
1%
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Basque Region
1
1%
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Canada
4
2%
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Chechnya
1
1%
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China
2
1%
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East Africa
0
0%
 
Eastern Asia
1
1%
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Horn of Africa
8
5%
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India
0
0%
 
Indonesia
1
1%
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Iran
4
2%
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Iraq
1
1%
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Ireland
1
1%
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Kashmir
0
0%
 
Kazakhstan
0
0%
 
Korea
16
9%
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Kurdistan
0
0%
 
Los Angeles
8
5%
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Mediterranean coastline
0
0%
 
Middle East
19
11%
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Mongolia
0
0%
 
Moon
4
2%
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Nation of Georgia
0
0%
 
North Caucasus Region
4
2%
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Pakistan
3
2%
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Poland
0
0%
 
Russia
1
1%
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Scotland
2
1%
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South America
1
1%
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South Pole
1
1%
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Taiwan
0
0%
 
Turkey
0
0%
 
Ukraine
0
0%
 
United States of America
3
2%
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Vietnam
0
0%
 
Wales
5
3%
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other
7
4%
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no Graveyard of Empires
21
12%
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no opinion
21
12%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP opines...

For roughly 200-odd years, Afghanistan has been known by the above title (and is still proving worthy).

My question is intended for Near-Future Wargaming scenario/campaign fodder and absolutely is not meant to be a political op-ed discussion by any means.

So, aside from Afghanistan, which country (or political region) stands the best chance of causing the largest drain of resources (men, material and money) over the next coming century? I'm thinking at the dawn of the next century, say 2100AD. If your answer is not a seemingly more obvious one, then please give a brief explanation or potential scenario why. If you really feel Afghanistan will likely retain its "title" for the next 100+ years feel free to state why and who will fight there.

For me? Taiwan, Pakistan, Iran, and Kashmir might all seem to be sure bets, but more interesting (to me) is the North "Caucacus" Region. It still looks a lot like a powder keg or a volcano waiting to re-erupt.

I couldn't settle on just one country, but then the conglomerate of "states" (ethnic regions? provinces?) nestled in between Georgia and Russia seem to change their names every 40-50 years or so anyway.

And while Chechnya hasn't proved to be a death bringer to the Russian government (though nearly), I think we've far from heard the last of it as a Russian military front (and graveyard). Case in point (for the above scenario sake), when the US and allies do leave Iraq and Afghanistan, where will all the unemployed "Muj's" go? Why not back to the futile North Caucacus and the old (second favorite, to the US) enemy... the "Godless" Russians?

Thanks for any input!

(Nominations taken from this pre-poll discussion.)