Sparta was the world’s first proto-fascist state, demanding absolute, lifelong loyalty and obedience from its citizens. It was organized for one exclusive purpose – crafting and maintaining a powerful, dependable military.
The courageous and crucial Gran Sasso rescue of Mussolini during the midst of the allied invasion of Italy in World War II remains one of the most impressive and important rescue missions of all time. Led by Otto Skorzeny, a high ranking SS colonel, an elite group of German commandos successfully infiltrated deep into Italy and rescued Mussolini in a daring raid.
Seeking their own, independent Tamil country free of oppression in the north-east Sri Lanka in the 1980s, the ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils founded a militant organization to wage war against the government called the Tamil Tigers. At the height of their power, the Tamil Tigers were a powerful, funded group with an extremely well-developed, efficient militia.
You probably can’t even place Paraguay on a map (its in the middle, next to Bolivia), but during the 1800s it was poised to become the most powerful country in South America. Today Paraguay is a weak, landlocked country, but in the 1860s it was a fledgling regional power with an industrialized, self-sufficient economy, protected by a powerful modernized military.