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World War I was called the war to end all wars. This was the war
that would decide if monarchies would reign during the age of
industrialization. This was the last time the old European ideals
World War I was called the war to end all wars. This was the war that would decide if monarchies would reign during the age of industrialization. This was the last time the old European ideals would fight. It would bring an end to the internal conflicts which had been going on in Europe for centuries.
In the real timeline, Germany brought Russia into civil war, caused distress in France, and almost broke the allies in 1917. The victory of the Allies over the Central Powers was the reason USA became a major force in the 20th century. But what if Germany and the Central Powers had won in an alternate timeline?
In 1914 when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serb nationalist, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. This caused Germany to declare war on Russia and France who were allies. There was one military decision that Germany made, which certainly lost them the entire war - invading Belgium. Since the border between France and German at Alsace-Lorraine was heavily fortified, the Germans decided to bypass the French defenses on the border by invading the undefended Belgium.
But Germany ignored the one key friend Belgium had: Britain. The British just had one single condition that it stressed shouldn't be broken- don't violate the Belgian neutrality. But Germany believed more in military action than in diplomatic consequences and marched anyway. It was this one single move that brought on the wrath of the British Empire, redefining the absolute scale this war would be fought on.
In the alternate timeline for Germany to not lose the war, one major step is to simply not invade Belgium. By doing this, Germany avoids immediate conflict with Britain. This wouldn't guarantee that the British would stay out of the war because the victory of the Central Powers would mean German dominance in Europe. But it would buy Germany enough time to gain a major advantage over France and fight the Russians in the east. Without the aid of the British, France wouldn't have the population to sustain a German offensive. In the alternate timeline, Germany's army keeps France at bay through the small border they share at Alsace-Lorraine while the majority of their forces fully mobilize against Russia aiding their Austrian Allies. Whether this alternate strategy would work is another question, but it would keep Britain out of the war for a while.
The German forces on the eastern front now come to the west, millions of troops would fight in a small area until one of them finally breaks. And without Britain, that side would most likely be France. Germany invades France, and soon, Paris falls. The war on the west and the east is officially over. Both sides tried to fight Germany and lost. Would Britain just sit back and allow Germany to defeat two nations in a war and establish complete dominance over mainland Europe? Probably not. They'd declare war. It's unlikely however that they'd win. While the British were the masters of the sea, the Germans were the dominant military of the land. America just stays out of the war.
In exchange for a ceasefire, an agreement is made. Germany and Austria-Hungary now cease Poland, the Baltic states, Belarus and all of the Ukraine and Crimea. Most of Europe by now is either a Germanic puppet or in the empire.
Here are the stats on how much you could consume before it
Alcohol - 13 shots
Water - 6 liters
Seasoning - 48 teaspoons
Cherry pit - 2
Here are the stats on how much you could consume before it becomes lethal
Chocolate - 85 bars
Marijuana - 22kgs
Sound - 185 decibels
Mercury - 200mg
Polonium - 1 gram
The reason sleep is considered such a taboo is maybe because the general consensus is that we don't do anything much during sleep. We certainly don't move or do any of the conscious activities we normally do when we're awake, but there is much more to sleep than what we think. In fact, while we are asleep is when our body restores, refreshes and rebuilds our entire system. When it's dark outside, our body produces sleep-inducing chemicals like adenosine and melatonin, telling our nerves to slow down and relax. Sleep is also when our DNA is repaired. On an average, an individual needs 7-8 hours of sleep, but this can differ. Some people only need a meager 4-5 hours to function perfectly during the day, but some may need a solid 9 hours. This is even higher in adolescents.
But what would happen if you forced yourself to be awake for a long period of time?
On the first day, you would experience increased fatigue and muscle pain.
The second day, you would lose eye focus and things will start to look blurry.
Next, you would lose the ability to identify things by touch. By day three you would be moody, anxious and uncoordinated. As more days pass without sleep, you would struggle to concentrate, have trouble with short-term memory, become paranoid and start hallucinating. It can also result in stress, hormonal imbalance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, low sex drive, and in extreme cases, death.
So.........maybe it's time to get some sleep.