Most Militarily inept nation

#1
A recent discussion on all things Belgian got me to thinking that there can be few countries with such a dismal record of performance in war as Belgium. Granted they've only existed since 1830 but they don't seem to have ever actually won at all. Even the French haven't always been that hopeless.

Any other contenders?
 
#3
If Scotland becomes independent, they will surely qualify. The welfare state which has developed to keep Jakies in Buckfast has to be paid for somehow.
 
#4
Back in 2000 I did the French Commando course in Givet in the Ardennes with our Recce troop. Also there at the same time doing the course were about 30 Belgian Para Commandos from a close Recce platoon. (A guess, but all their rank slides had a vertical black snake through the middle). Anyways, long story short, they were fit as ****, completely batshit crazy, and possibly the most professional soldiers I've seen when it came to getting on ex in the field. I rate them very highly. On another note, I've no idea what your average Belgian squaddie is like, but as for the Para Commando guys, top class, great lads and BIG drinkers and party animals.
 
#5
Belgium was invented as a European version of being behind the bike sheds, Neutral Territory for a kick off between the big lads. I would suggest Holland has a lesser performance level seeing as they brought the popcorn in the first unpleasantness and sat down early in the second unpleasantness.
 
#8
Costa Rica - no military forces.

There are others.
 
#12
Belgium has some of Europe's best beer, some of its most gorgeous women and many fine restaurants within the budget of the non-millionaire diner. That they concentrate on nurturing those attributes rather than in preparing to give Fritz a good kicking, is not currently an issue that much concerns me.
 

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#13
A recent discussion on all things Belgian got me to thinking that there can be few countries with such a dismal record of performance in war as Belgium. Granted they've only existed since 1830 but they don't seem to have ever actually won at all. Even the French haven't always been that hopeless.

Any other contenders?
Totally crap soldiers the Belgians:
Adrian Carton de Wiart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
#16
We were very good, then very ****, then very good again. This interim period of wankness is known as the SLR effect.
 
#17
The Belgians had troops on the Western Front right through WW1. They got new recruits, out of occupied Belgium, via the Netherlands. Pretty sure, on a percentage basis, the Belgians had higher casualties than almost any other nation in WW1.

My tip would be the Ottoman empire. At the end, they had (approximately) 200 years of disastrous defeat after disastrous defeat. Austro Hungarian and Russian Empires had their run of outs too.
 
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