GERMANY: 5,000,000,000 Marks

German headline writers attached exclamation points to such belligerent polysyllabic as "MAJESTATSBELEIDIGUNG!" (High Treason!) Wrathy editors distilled their venom into starkly brutal paragraphs. The week brawled out into a stramash of contention—all because some millions of Germans were preparing to seek the polls and cast their ballots upon the following proposition:

"The German people, through popular initiative and referendum, decree the following law:

"Article 1—The entire fortunes of the princes who have ruled in any one of the German states until the revolution of 1918, as well...

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