I have an old friend who was a commercial lawyer in London who was the World's best negotiator when it came to buying and selling airports and powers-stations. Heck, somebody has to do it and you might as well give the business your best effort. Years ago we were comparing notes over a bottle of red and he told me of a recent coup when, after 3 days of hot and heavy negotiations, at 0230hrs on the last possible day to strike a deal, his team added [or subtracted, I forget] a clause in the contract which was worth $1,000,000 [or ¥1,000,000, it doesn't matter] to his company's bottom line. The amount doesn't matter so much as the sense of putting one over on the opposition. I guess it was framed as "Okay okay, we're all tired, we'll give you THIS, if you concede that", and sleep deficit, the need for shower and a glass of orange juice clouded their judgment.a lot of dark pink territory. In 1930, a wide swatch of pink joined Cape Town and Cairo even if the projected railway between the two never quite materialise. One of the key outcomes of WWI for this project was the gain of Tanganyika from Germany at the treaty of Versailles. On the other side of the continent German Cameroon was partitioned between the victorious British and French; while the protectorate of Togoland was ceded entirely to the French. I'm focusing on Lake Malawi now because my Philips Schoolboy Atlas has revealed another [prev China - Korea - Russia triple point] peculiarity in the borderlines. I can't easily show you the evidence because Africa is a double-page spread and L. Malawi is mostly in the gutter margin. But the map [here R] indicates the scope of the issue. My [British] Atlas shows the border tracking the lakeshore from the Songwe River in the NW all the way down to the border with Mozambique. From there, the border jinks abruptly into the middle of the lake, which is shared between the two countries.
A. Because the Heligoland–Zanzibar Treaty / Helgoland-Sansibar-Vertrag was signed 1st July 1890.
This treaty ceded two islands central to the political ambitions of the German and British Empires. Helgoland [170 hectares] guards/threatens the entrance to the Kiel Kanal and the posts of Hamburg and Bremen. Zanzibar [250,000 hectares] otoh has a lot of cloves Syzygium aromaticum. The