The Lousiana Purchase. A cash purchase of real estate that more than doubled the area of the United States. Probably the first time in history that a nation has acquired territory by other than military means.
Alaska. Purchased from Czarist Russia, mocked as “Seward’s Folly”, it has proved to be a treasure-trove of minerals, fuel, timber & resources.
Both bought at bargan prices. Totally non-violent teritorial gain, at least in principle. This qualifier added for the nit-pickers in the peanut gallery.
Why not do it again? Why not now?
The USA is very rich. There are some countries that are in need of capital investment funds to develop their infrastructure. Said infrastructure developement would boost the world economy.
Let’s buy us a new state or three!
How about the Kamchacka Penninsula?
Part of Russia, this penninsula is remote, with poor or unusable transportation connections to the rest of Russia.
On the flip side, it has mineral, agricultural, & timber resources. Also tigers!
we obviouly need tigers.
Russia needs funds to catch up with the industrialized West, & has little to get these funds with except land.
If not suggest other parts of the world this could work in.