North-South-West-East. Clearly a North/West Bias.
But obviously the picture changes, when you need to distinguish between enemy and friend which are respectively in the east and the west. The use of North-South-West-East in German.
Or when the South and North are in a conflict as was the case in the American Civil War (1861-1865).
It’s Qaddafi when Libya is an enemy and Gaddafi when Libya is a friend? So France, what is it today?
Germany the Enemy?
Btw for English speaking authors there have been two important wars in the past century: WWI and WWII.