The threadmarks are out of order, but this is interesting.
Obviously, but in the scenario as set up it's not about the Russians "letting" East Germany have nuclear weapons so much as the East Germans not letting the Russians know they have nuclear weapons, or are even pursuing nuclear weapons.I really don't see the Russians letting the East German government having any sort of nuclear weapons capability giving what Germany did to them during world war two
Fixed now?First post is still the last threadmark...
Otherwise I find it hilarious that the "bad little GDR" managed to pull the wool over both big alliances as well as the FRG...
Lastly, inside joke... GDR... GroßDeutsches Reich... poor East Germans being settled with that
From what I could tell, it was easy to figure which storage bunkers had the 'special' weapons. They were the ones with the alert guards who didn't look sloppy, like the other sentries who were only slightly happier to be doing that, rather than the other make work deals in W.Germany, like painting rocks, picking up cigarette butts or polishing the paint on vehicles. Yes, I saw stuff with glossy OD paint over there.Finally, the troops guarding the bunkers in West Germany are-well, you're largely dealing with the demoralized Vietnam era and post-Vietnam era US Army and Air Force.
It honestly doesn't matter who the Chancellor is; the whole setup is just a vehicle for telling a story.Interesting.
I am keen to learn who the chancellor is, and when she takes office.
Obviously not Merkel.
The newly elected head of government being informed of some crazy secret is a bit of a cliche, but if it was good enough for Joanne Rowling ...
It’s a very justified cliche, though. If there are crazy secrets, then there’s going to be a “revealing this to the new head of government” moment. Truman didn’t know much, if anything, about the atomic bomb until after FDR died.The newly elected head of government being informed of some crazy secret is a bit of a cliche, but if it was good enough for Joanne Rowling ...
The better analogy here is to the apartheid era South Africans, not the North Koreans (who want to be left alone and use their nukes as a means of extortion).So, Germany's nukes are akin to Israeli nukes IOTL?
The interesting part is the day when the media discover that FRG have nuclear weapons, but ironic it’s pretty easy to deal with... just deny, deny and deny. Which would place Germany in the interesting situation of having Schrödingers nuclear weapon.The better analogy here is to the apartheid era South Africans, not the North Koreans (who want to be left alone and use their nukes as a means of extortion).
A small arsenal of tactical weapons serves three purposes:
a) For Honecker, they're a personal bargaining chip for that fateful day when the German Democratic Republic may buckle and collapse. He has no intention of going out like Hitler did. This is much, much less applicable to the Federal Republic.
b) For both East Germany and the Federal Republic, their small arsenal is a vehicle to be revealed to get their enemies (probably the Russians) to think twice about doing something really stupid. Or to get their "allies" to aid them. Ask the Ukranians how well giving up their nukes worked for them of late. Treaties are only as good as the nations that sign them, but you can always rely on your arsenal for self defense.
c) If either Germany was left isolated to themselves (NATO breaks down/USSR and WarPac collapse) and the shit really hits the fan, they're a last resort. A dozen tactical nukes, used judiciously, will stop pretty much any army cold. It's also enough to inflict a hell of a countervalue strike against population centers.