Eventually Russia and European powers did them in, empire was rotting for centuries...
(Turkey's Erdogan is now trying to be the Sunni leader, only to be opposed by Saudi Arabia, which was pwnd by the Turks for centuries.)
The full story is quite interesting, involving people risking death to subvert Ottoman attempts to protect their coffee monopoly's "Intellectual Property", which was fertile non-roasted coffee beans.
Well, not for the general population. But they did it lots of times...
"They began as an elite corps of slaves made up of kidnapped young Christian boys who were converted to Islam"
The Russian winter is the only major European power that has never lost a war.
IIRC they got pwned pretty good by the Russian winter (well, the post-winter mud season) at some point in the 1500s(?) though.
There's another sign for an insurance company, Aachen & Munich, below it.
> Annelisa Stephan on December 18, 2018 at 12:07 pm
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