40 Facts About League Council

1. In 1923, contrary to League Council rules, the French and the Belgium's invaded the Ruhr—Germany's most important industrial zone.

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2. The League Council intervened and gave the area surrounding Memel to Lithuania but they made the port an "international zone".

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3. In 1923, contrary to League Council rules, the French and the Belgium's invaded the Ruhr—Germany's most important industrial zone.

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4. The League Council intervened and gave the area surrounding Memel to Lithuania but they made the port an "international zone".

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5. The League Council approved an ordinance change that would allow alcohol sales at Bullens Field on collegiate game days, eliminating the need to apply for numerous one-day permits.

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6. The League Council clearly failed on this occasion, primarily because it was seen to be involved in breaking its own rules.

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7. In 1923, contrary to League Council rules, the French and the Belgium's invaded the Ruhr—Germany's most important industrial zone.

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8. The League Council was called on to help and decided that the bulk of the town should go to Poland while Czechoslovakia should have one of Teschen's suburbs.

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9. The League Council sent doctors from the Health Organisation to check the spread of disease and it spent £10 million on building farms, homes etc for the refugees.

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10. The League Council intervened and gave the area surrounding Memel to Lithuania but they made the port an "international zone".

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11. The League Council could order League Council members not to do any trade with an aggressor nation in an effort to bring that aggressor nation to heel.

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12. Thus the League Council decided to evaluate the separation of technical and political activities.

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13. The League Council established a Commission for Refugees in 1921 and Nansen was the first High Commissioner.

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14. The League Council appointed an Advisory Committee of Experts, and instructed the Secretariat to collect full information on the steps taken to apply the 1912 Convention.

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15. The League Council adopted report presented by the Fifth Committee of the Second Assembly and invited a distinguished Committee on Intellectual Cooperation to meet in Geneva, August 1922.

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16. The number of nonpermanent members of the League Council was increased from four to six by Assembly resolution of 25 Sep 1922.

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17. The League Council proved powerless to protect its members in the face of a resurgent German state, and in September 1939 World War II broke out when German troops invaded Poland.

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18. The League Council failed to prevent Japan from establishing the Manchurian province in north China as a Japanese-controlled puppet state or to force Italy out of Ethiopia.

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19. Until the mid 1920s, the League Council contained as many minor powers as it did major ones, but in 1926 Germany joined the League and stayed until 1933.

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20. The League Council proposed a peace treaty, which both sides rejected, and then an arms embargo.

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21. The League Council was established in 1920, and ironically, the US Senate voted against joining, because most Senate members agreed that the United States was already involved in too many of Europe's disputes and conflicts.

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22. The League Council was a product of World War I in the sense that that conflict convinced most persons of the necessity of averting another such cataclysm.

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23. The League Council finally sent observers, but only after Japan formally withdrew from the League.

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24. The League Council was originally designed to have nine members: the five great powers.

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25. The League Council began operations in Geneva, Switzerland, with Sir Eric Drummond its first secretary general.

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26. The League Council was further weakened when major powers left in the 1930s.

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27. In January 1920, when the League Council was born, Germany was not permitted to join because it was seen as having been the aggressor in the First World War.

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28. The final significant act of the League Council was to expel the Soviet Union in December 1939 after it invaded Finland.

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29. The League Council condemned the Greek invasion, and called for both Greek withdrawal and compensation to Bulgaria.

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30. In March 1921, the League Council abandoned plans for the plebiscite.

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31. The League Council adopted the recommendation and decided on 16 December 1925 to award Mosul to Iraq.

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32. In December 1923, the League Council appointed a Commission of Inquiry.

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33. The League Council examined the dispute, but then passed on their findings to the Conference of Ambassadors to make the final decision.

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34. The League Council sent a commission of representatives from various powers to the region.

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35. In June 1921, the League Council announced its decision: the islands were to remain a part of Finland, but with guaranteed protection of the islanders, including demilitarisation.

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36. The League Council secured a commitment from Ethiopia to end slavery as a condition of membership in 1923, and worked with Liberia to abolish forced labour and intertribal slavery.

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37. The League Council met, on average, five times a year and in extraordinary sessions when required.

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38. On 1 November 1920, the headquarters of the League Council was moved from London to Geneva, where the first General Assembly was held on 15 November 1920.

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39. The League Council lasted for 26 years; the United Nations replaced it after the end of the Second World War and inherited several agencies and organisations founded by the League.

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40. The League Council lacked its own armed force and depended on the victorious Great Powers of World War I to enforce its resolutions, keep to its economic sanctions, or provide an army when needed.

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