Happiness Is Boring.
Robert Cormack

There are a few misconceptions about the whole «fleeting» thing…

The Huns threatened to invade Rome, not the Mongols – they weren’t paid off, and they didn’t attack later (Attila famously died of a nose bleed in his camp, and the Huns left shortly after).

The Franks were first raided by vikings when they attacked Paris in 845, and paid them off so that they would leave *after* they had already sacked the city. The vikings came back years later in 885, but failed to get into Paris. Then 26 years later in 911, the Franks created the Duchy of Normandy to allow the vikings to settle in France.

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