Theobald von Bethman-Hollweg, the dapper gentleman in the comic above was the German Chancellor leading up to the Great War. In addition to the stuff he did in the comic, he also told the Russians to stop doing military maneuvers because they could lead to Germany preemptively coming over and kicking their butts. He also felt that a good, old-fashioned war would allow Austria-Hungary a chance to get their own back and help the German population become more unified and less concerned with things like socialism.

However, unlike most of the high level bureaucrats and ambassadors in the July 1914, he didn’t go on holiday and let the world burn.