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The answer to Chalkboard Trivia #23 is:

Great Britain

(All through World War One, the British and the French angled and schemed to keep control of the Middle East after the war was over. But once they were in control through the Mandate system, they discovered that ruling indirectly in the Middle East was a real burden. By the way, when you watch "Lawrence of Arabia," pay especial attention to the part played by Claude Rains. He plays the role of a French government representative charged with advising the British military commander Lord Kitchener, played by Jack Hawkins.)

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