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Caesar first observed the Germanic tribes in 51 BCE

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Caesar first observed the Germanic tribes in 51 BCE, and marked them as a possible threat.  German tribes were clan-based, with blood-loyalty the basis for all bonds. Living intermittently  in settled forest clearings called hamlets, they engaged in mixed subsistence cultivation of crops  and animals. Cultivation was rudimentary given the hard clay soil and use of implements more  suited to Mediterranean areas. There were no food surpluses, so population remained small,  around one million. Without much occupational specialization, they were an iron-age culture  emphasizing war.  For the first century CE, they were not a real danger to Rome: 1)Poverty ensured poor armor and  weapons; 2) they had limited tactics, consisting of ambushes and a mass charge; 3) Divisions into 
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