February 2, 2009
Probably as a means to pay off a debt or to create one in someone else.
Russia, it is the weakest 9 center power on the board and has been taken down to zero too many times when I reach that point for me to be real comfortable with it.
Germany at the moment (I generally use 5 year cycles of favorite countries)
After playing the game since 1965, the technology here was pointed out and I stumbled my way through my basic anti-geekiness to get to it.
If you are at all tempted to learn to play Diplomacy or to play it with all levels of experience possible, this is the group.