I have been reading some threads on WWI, and it got me to thinking. What if Germany inflicted a quick, decisive defeat on France, along the lines of 1871? What would happen to France if this were to happen? It would be clear that France would be dealt a hard blow by this type of defeat. They would lose another war to Germany, as well as most likely lose territory and colonies. Would the rest of Europe and the world see France as a country rapidly losing prestige and influence? More importantly, how are the French going to view themselves, their government and the rest of the world? Secondly what of Germany? Today, despite losing two world wars, the Treaty of Versailles, the loss of all their colonies, massive territorial losses in Europe, being divided for over 50 years and having to carry the stigma of Nazism, Germany is still the most powerful economy in Europe. If they win WWI quickly, and decisively are they on their way to becoming a superpower? What are your thoughts and opinions?