Greetings to both cousin Maltese Falcon and the community as a whole. Howdy M.F.! Well sir, in respect to your postings of Thursday - September 06, 2018 - 3:07pm and Saturday - September 08, 2018 - 7:13am, old yours truly is of the school of thought that the economic and military relationship between Vichy France and National Socialist Germany will go through an incremental transformation after the overwhelming success of Operation Barbarossa in the summer and autumn of year 1941. With the Ukraine and Transcaucasia firmly in its hands, National Socialist Germany has achieved economic independence not only for itself, but also for the continent of Europe as a whole. With its agricultural, mineral and petroleum sustenance now secured, National Socialist Germany will begin to tone down its assorted demands on its satrapies within its sphere of influence in a now Fascist dominated Europe. On the dark side of the ledger, as with the Government General of Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, being true to fashion, the Golden Pheasantry of National Socialism will also manage to systematically alienate the disparate peoples who reside between the Berezina and Volga Rivers. As a result, with Joseph Stalin's enthusiastic collusion of course, guerilla resistance will become a thriving cottage industry across the length and breadth of the Fatherland's newly acquired living space. Sooner or later, given the sheer vastness and primeval character of the "Eastern Territories", the German Army will be compelled to start the process of withdrawing occupation forces from Western Europe to combat the exponential spread of partisan resistance. This will certainly come as welcomed news to the Fascist leadership of Vichy France, Belgium and the Netherlands who are naturally seeking a modicum of autonomy from Berlin. Such an opening might prove especially fortuitous for Vichy France. This might even be THE golden opportunity for Prime Minister Pierre Laval to extricate Vichy France from National Socialist Germany's sphere of influence with the intent to realign itself with Fascist Italy's sphere of influence. After all, like Fascist Italy, Vichy France has no fewer than five extraterritorial possessions that border the Mediterranean Basin. Collectively speaking, the economic interests of the nations of Italy, Portugal, Spain and Vichy France ostensibly gravitate to the continent of Africa and not to the primordial depths of old Mother Russia. It's just something to ponder. Well, that's my latest two centimes worth on this expansive topic of interest - for now anyway. In any case, I would like to bid you an especially copacetic day up in your corner of the GREAT WHITE NORTH that is Canada - EH!?
"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it" - Robert E. Lee