After Germany was defeated in WW2, it had been divided ever since. The country was sectioned into 4 parts controlled by the U.S., Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. While the first three wanted the same thing for their zones, the Soviets wanted theirs to join communism. This lead to the forming of NATO, which led to the Warsaw Pact, then finally a Communistic E. Germany and free W. Germany. W.Germany joining NATO made the country a defense system in Europe and symbolized a reunited Germany.