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They had no reliable access to celts. The British empire relied on the Scots and Irish to go on colonial expeditions for them etc. the Spanish Empire (really the Castilian empire) relied on the Basque people (celts) to be seafaring etc. The French relied on the Breton peoples etc. by the coast to help their colonial aims, the Portuguese on the celts too. Dutch had Celts in the south. The Germans however didn't have celts, neither did the Scandinavians. This is why they couldn't have empires. Celts are good at raiding and colonizing but they infight a lot so you need anglos to keep them in line (which is why the Hasburgs existed). This is the reason the Germans never had colonies.