Was Crocodile stronger at Marineford? Or was he holding back in Alabasta?

 During the Alabasta arc, Crocodile displayed a level of power that was initially considered overwhelming by the Straw Hat Pirates. He possessed the Logia-type Devil Fruit called the Suna Suna no Mi (Sand-Sand Fruit), which granted him the ability to control and transform into sand. He had a reputation as a Shichibukai and controlled the desert kingdom of Alabasta from the shadows. His strength was showcased through his battles with Luffy and others. At Marineford, Crocodile was present as part of the war that took place at Marine Headquarters. While he did participate in the battle, he didn't display the same level of dominance as some other powerful characters present. This has led fans to speculate that he might not have been as strong as initially portrayed in Alabasta. It's important to note that power scaling and character abilities can be subject to interpretation and development by the author. Oda often keeps details deliberately open-ended to keep the story intriguing.

What do you think could have been done differently in the DDR?

 The German Democratic Republic (DDR), also known as East Germany, was a communist state in Eastern Europe that existed from 1949 to 1990. There are many factors that contributed to the collapse of the DDR, and it is difficult to say what could have been done differently to prevent this outcome. However, some potential actions that could have been taken to address the challenges faced by the DDR include:

Reforms to the political and economic system: The DDR's economy was heavily controlled by the state and was inefficient, which contributed to economic problems and widespread discontent. Some analysts believe that the DDR could have attempted to implement economic reforms to address these issues, such as allowing more private enterprise or decentralizing economic decision-making.

Improving relations with the West: The DDR was isolated from the rest of Western Europe due to the Cold War, and many East Germans were attracted to the prosperity and freedom of the West. Improving relations with the West and increasing contact between East and West Germans could have potentially improved the DDR's reputation and reduced the desire to leave the country.

Addressing social and political issues: The DDR faced significant social and political challenges, including a lack of political freedom and the suppression of dissent. Addressing these issues and allowing for greater political and social pluralism could have potentially improved the DDR's stability and legitimacy.

It is important to note that these are just a few potential options, and it is difficult to say with certainty what impact they would have had on the DDR's future. Ultimately, the collapse of the DDR was the result of a complex combination of factors, and it is difficult to pinpoint a single cause or potential solution.