Wars are usually fought over resources & territories – territories that either possess resources or are a route by which resources shipped.
Wars are usually fought over resources and territories – territories that either possess the resources or are a route by which the resources are shipped. Enter banking when the territories, the resources, and the shipping of the resources are monetized.
The plans to acquire them are monetized first. The entrepreneurs and/or conquistadors borrow the money from banks or investors in order to harvest the resources, claim the territories, and set up means of transportation and commerce. If the banks like the idea, they monetize it with a loan. Given that the people from whom the resources and territories are acquired don’t usually surrender their resources and territory voluntarily, there is a war.
The bankers often instigate the war and then monetize (lend money to) both or all sides so that they can collect on as many debts as possible. The payment of debt by the losing side is called reparations. Rebuilding what their constabulary has destroyed is the jewel in the bankers’ crown, especially if the defeated country was not previously in their web of debt, which is usually the case.