The imperial powers who dominated the developing world left their languages there. People all over the world speak such languages as English or French due to the colonial powers that ruled those countries for years. Imperialism also played a major role in drawing the maps of the developing world. The maps of the modern Middle East were drawn according to the mandates of the victorious Allied Powers, not according to the religious differences of the people who lived in the region. The map of Africa was drawn arbitrarily as well, with nearly the whole continent being used for the benefit of European powers. Imperialism played a role in World War I as it was one of the factors that led to the naval arms race between Britain and Germany. Both Britain and France were able to use indigenous peoples from colonies to help fight in the trenches of Europe and abroad. Imperialism also played a role in World War II as Japan sought to become the primary power in Asia at the expense of European colonial powers. Imperialism also played a role in the Cold War as new nations seeking to gain independence, such as what would become North and South Vietnam, looked to the Soviet Union and the United States respectively to provide international legitimacy, arms, and money. Imperialism has been one of the dominant forces shaping world geography and politics.