At the time of the Ring of Fire, five European powers had colonies in the New World. By 1632, all of these powers were aware of the growing military power of Grantville and its allies, and of its dependence on oil (and more precisely, gasoline and diesel fuel) to energize its vehicles of war. In the Baltic War of 1634 (NTL), France demonstrated its awareness of the military importance of petroleum by launching the Turenne raid, which destroyed the oil stocks . . .

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- The Grantville Gazette Staff