"The madness of excessive power" Summer Palace Tip by solopes
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You will hear the story of empress Cixi, that used the money available to build a naval fleet to build... a marble boat. The war was lost (of course) but she won an extra decoration in her luxurious garden.
The boat is beautiful, but, looking at it, I wonder: using that money, how big would the fleet be? Maybe so small that it would fatally end in the bottom of the sea.
Well, that's Cixi's only excuse!
Another VTer (lozolo) corrected me, explaining that the spent budget was used to build the whole garden and not only the marble boat. It makes sense, but the mistake is already generalized in guides and many sites in internet. Anyway, it's just an economic difference, the insanity remains...
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