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One effect of the invasion of the Ruhr is that it had a negative impact on Germany's economy. Due to the fact that Germany had declared that they could not afford to pay the war reparations enforced by the Allies, for three years, French and Belgian troops marched into the Ruhr area in 1932. The Ruhr area was Germany's richest industrial area and the French and Belgium troops seized all of its raw materials, including; coal, iron ore and steel. As a result, the German workers put up a 'passive resistance,' where they refused to have anything to do with the French and refused to work. This stopped Germany's production of raw materials in the Ruhr area and resulted in the country losing all of the goods that the region would have usually provided them. Therefore, the invasion of the Ruhr had a negative impact on Germany's economy because they were no longer able to produce the raw materials that generated huge amounts of money for the country, resulting in the government printing huge amounts of money to pay the reparations and resume control of the Ruhr area, in order to resume production and stop the country from struggling economically. However, the government's printing of money caused hyperinflation and in fact led to the country's economy struggling more.