submit to reddit
Pin it
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
of Austro-Hungaria (1863-1914)

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the presumptuous heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated by a Serbian militant named Gavrilo Princip. This lead to a chain of events that ignited the powder keg of European mutual defensive pacts and triggered the first World War.

And war was never the same again.

Horses were replaced with mechanized, armored tanks for the first time. Radio was used to triangulate artillery bombardment without a direct line of sight. Land mines halted enemy advances. Air planes patrolled the skies for the first time and dropped bombs and rained machine gun fire onto soldiers. Chemical and biological weapons were deployed for the first time with horrendous results. War stopped being the close, personal, visceral evil that it had been since the beginnings of human history, and it became distant and impersonal. Armies could fight each other from a distance through crosshairs and scopes. War could be waged with bombs and machines at a global level with industrial killing efficiency.

When the dust had settled and peace had come, the nations of the earth were so horrified with what had transpired, that they declared this "the war to end all wars".

They were wrong.

They created the League of Nations in order to promote peace and cooperation.

They failed.

The terms of peace were harsh and made the defeated nations bitter and resentful towards the rest of the world. On the other side of the world, in Asia, nations that were just becoming industrial saw that these new technologies could make the entire Pacific Ocean their exclusive domain.

A mere twenty years after the Treaty of Versaille ended "the war to end all wars", the world was once again pulled into a global war on an even grander scale. World War II saw death on an unprecedented scale and culminated with the unleashing of the most terrifying weapon the world had ever known: the atomic bomb.

Mankind had finally created the power to destroy itself - and the world.

On this day, one hundred years ago, war changed forever.

The concept of a global conflict on the scale of the World Wars is absolutely terrifying to the modern world. Such a war would almost certainly result in nuclear exchange that would potentially turn the earth into an uninhabitable wasteland incapable of supporting human life. Yet the nations of earth (the United States in particular) still spend hundreds of billions of dollars, and countless manhours of work, research, and labor, creating new weapons, training new soldiers, and waging smaller-scale wars. People, groups, and nations all over the world still use violence as a tool for their own gains, even though they know full well what the consequences could be.

Will it ever stop?

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft
from those who hunger and are not fed,
from those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children.
   -President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1956)

Let us all hope that the people of earth must never suffer through another world war again.

Contribute Comment


We'll incarnate your avatar from the services below.
PlayStation Network Steam Xbox LIVE Facebook MySpace Pinterest Twitter YouTube deviantART LiveJournal

  • Comment
  • Preview

Grid Clock Widget
12      60
11      55
10      50
09      45
08      40
07      35
06      30
05      25
04      20
03      15
02      10
01      05
Grid Clock provided by trowaSoft.

A gamer's thoughts

Welcome to Mega Bears Fan's blog, and thanks for visiting! This blog is mostly dedicated to game reviews, strategies, and analysis of my favorite games. I also talk about my other interests, like football, science and technology, movies, and so on. Feel free to read more about the blog.

Check out my YouTube content at

Follow me on Twitter at:


If you enjoy my content, please consider Supporting me on Patreon:

FTC guidelines require me to disclose that as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases made by clicking on Amazon product links on this site. All Amazon Associate links are for products relevant to the given blog post, and are usually posted because I recommend the product.

Without Gravity

And check out my colleague, David Pax's novel Without Gravity on his website!

Featured Post

The Humanity of NCAA Football's In-Season RecruitingThe Humanity of NCAA Football's In-Season Recruiting08/01/2022 If you're a fan of college football video games, then I'm sure you're excited by the news from early 2021 that EA will be reviving its college football series. They will be doing so without the NCAA license, and under the new title, EA Sports College Football. I guess Bill Walsh wasn't available for licensing either? Expectations...

Random Post

Ultimate General: Civil War tests whether a nation shall long endureUltimate General: Civil War tests whether a nation shall long endure09/12/2017 I've asked on numerous occasion for Creative Assembly to build a Total War game based on the American Civil War. I thought for sure that Total War: Shogun 2's second expansion Fall of the Samurai -- with its focus on industrialization, trains, telegraphs, gatling guns, and ironclads -- was setting the series up for a Civil War...

Month List

Recent Comments

Comment RSS