Mock Berlin Conference Territories Egypt • Mostly desert • Has a small area that is extremely fertile • Holds the Suez canal, an extremely important trading passage • Ruled by Muhammad Ali (not the boxer) • Ali has unified Egypt into a strong country and will take a lot of armies to conquer. East Africa • A good amount of diamonds and gold • An important trade route between the Arabian Peninsula and Africa • The southern portion holds the Zulu, a warrior tribe of Africa that will take a small amount of armies to take over. Madagascar • An island off the east coast of Africa • Holds a moderate amount of timber, gold, and diamonds. • A decent stopping point for traders from Europe • No human inhabitants. Does not require a military South Africa • The most Diamonds and Gold in all Africa are here. • Fairly good trading port that can be used instead of the Suez Canal. • Held by the Boers. They are unwilling to compromise and will have to be removed. They are a bunch of Dutch farmers and have no military training. The Congo • A jungle wasteland where there are no gold or diamonds. The trees are unsuitable for lumber. • A huge population of wildlife in the entire region. • A small coastline connected to a river • Held by a large population of hostile natives that would be extremely difficult to remove from the jungle. Southwest Africa • Was used primarily to extract slaves. However the slave trade has declined since its abolishment in the U.S. • Still holds some gold and diamonds • The trade infrastructure is still intact and is a decent stopping place for traders • Since so many slaves were taken from here, only small force is needed to take the entire region. Saharan Africa • A desert wasteland • No foreseeable resources • Traders coming through here often die from starvation or thirst • Takes 0 armies to conquer it. The Gold Coast • As its name would imply, there is a wealth of gold in the region. • Great trading point for those going to South Africa. • The docile natives can be taken by a small military force. West Africa • Home of Timbuktu, a place that houses the earliest university. • Small pockets of gold in the region • Small coastline where trade takes place • Docile natives, only needs a small force to take it. Northwest Africa • Very few natural resources • A moderately used trading route • Mostly unpopulated and can be taken with even a small force Strait of Gibraltar • Very few natural resources • THE most important trading route in all of Africa. Those who own this strait control trade from the Mediterranean Sea to the rest of Europe and North America. • Because of how close it is, Spain currently holds this valuable property but it can be taken from them by force or through negotiation. North Africa • Some natural resources such as gold. • A very important area for trade. It governs much of the trade that happens along the Mediterranean Sea. • Because of how close it is, Italy currently holds this valuable property, but it can be taken from them by force or through negotiation.