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World War I Romania World War I was said to be inevitable For years there was controversy and quarrels between European countries On June 28 1914 in Sarajevo Gavrilo Princip a young Serb belonging to the secret society of the Black Hand shot and assassinated Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie The killer was a Serbian So Austria-Hungary decided to use the murder as an excuse to teach Serbia a lesson with help from its ally Germany This was now the begging of World War I Soon countries were forced to pick a side in which to side with Romania before World War I asserted its independence well and tried to expand its borders A couple years before the war they had confrontations with Bulgaria Serbia and Greece over land in the Balkan Wars In doing so they got aid from the Ottomans They won some areas such as Soslistra and other areas of Dibruja At the start of the war both the Central Powers and the Triple Entente tried to bribe Romania with sweet promises of land to join their side Romania was unable to pick because of treaties signed before hand and declared a policy of armed neutrality until they could see an outcome of the war With the wait and see policy in effect an imaginable thing happened King Charles of Romania died in October 1914 If it had not been for the war Romanians would have grieved for the end of his forty eight-year reign which brought Romania the most prosperous and peaceful period in their entire history His successor Ferdinand continued the wait and see policy until they could predict the outcome of the war Romanias rival Bulgaria joined the side of the Central Powers and in unsision with Germany attacked Serbia Allied promises of land and fear of Germany finally convinced Romania to join the side of the Allies Romania hoped to gain provinces of Austria-Hungary
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