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  1. If a game has such a limited number of active alliances, it's an indictment of its ability to retain interest and you have a very liberal definition of active of here. I would say it's a single digit number of alliances that are active and not on the high end of single digits. The point is, the game was going in this direction independently of any political set-up and every major war including the biggest ones usually saw massive declines in player count, which contradicts the whole narrative. I'm sorry people aren't as willing to spend hours on end marshaling coalitions of inactives as in the past in a game where most veteran players stopped caring years ago and there was no one to replace them, which is the bigger issue. Most alliances have skeleton crews in gov now. The entitlement people have here to dynamic politics when there is barely any general activity in the game is puzzling.
  2. Yeah, this is what it comes down to. People warned about this 5 years ago and it's been a slow bleed. admin's response was "I didn't expect this to last six months and we still have 20k players, so don't worry and have fun." People can talk all about how it's due to the current political situation, but frankly that's not the case at all and even Disorder War was basically the inactive olympics and we could see how little people already cared by then.
  3. The Children of the Morrighan, AGW Overlords, and the Hillbilly Coalition surrender to the forces of SLAP, Umbrella, The Dark Templar, Viridian Entente and New Polar Order. CoTM will refrain from providing military, financial, or any other form of assistance to any combatant during the on going conflicts. Current wars between the belligerent alliances will continue until they expire or the individual nations agree to peace. For the Children of the Morrighan: The Morrighan - Cerridwyn of Greenpeace The Morrigu: The Battle Crow - Randalla of the HieLands Macha, The Hearth of Home - BigKif of Kifland Nemain, The Great Bender - ConRed of The Crimson Republic For The Hillbilly Coalition: President : Rattlehead Vice President : Shavar Director of Internal Affairs : AtomIkZ Director of Military : Thom98 For AGW Overlords: Unruly of Republique de Buja Signed for Sovereign League of Armed Powers, The Blood God - Banned The hand that opens - Supreme Emperor Daeg The hand that fights - Eviljak The hand that feeds - Javier360 The hand that guides - claude Signed for The Dark Templar, TiTaN Terrence Krillins StarCraftMazter Signed for the New Polar Order, EateMUp, Emperor Signed for Umbrella, Signed for the Viridian Entente, Supreme 142, Lord of the Viridian Entente Austrailia, Duke of the Entente Azure, Secretary of Defense Blkandwhtlion, Secretary of Economics
  4. So, basically most CBs ever used. There is a difference when alliances have several treaty links to one side and aid that side and other one-off deals. If we have motive to hit someone and they provide a CB, why not?
  5. The only true repeats were Sparta, NADC, and Invicta and the latter two came in of their own volition. TTK,CRAP, Legion, Old Guard, KoRT, Alpha Wolves and RIA all hadn't fought in global wars for over 2 years.
  6. People are saying they'll disband on their own and that the decision has already been made.
  7. No wonder you can't sympathize with #thestruggle.
  8. If anything, them roguing you was actually counter-productive since it reduced the number of nations in range, but they just wanted to do their thing and leave the planet.
  9. We're the natives of the black team. It's are country. When CotM send its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you.They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing bad proposals. They’re bringing crime. They’re tech rate inflators.
  10. >taking intentionally over the top post seriously. Since it seems to be not really getting caught by people, there have been issues brewing on the black sphere due to differences on proposals and other reasons to take action were given this time.
  11. That's the spirit!
  12. I think we have a misunderstanding here. I'm not saying we're desperate for it to occur. That discussion started because Kapleo mentioned the world was on the brink of something. The replies to it were pretty dismissive and sarcastic. Here's what I'm getting at it, it's not that just no one is willing to move: it's very few people are capable of moving at all. Inertia is the reason many people keep existing here. Part of the reason Oculus appealed to people is because people got tired of herding cats with coalitions that were more akin to amorphous blobs with low overall commitment/activity and getting outcomes that weren't truly decisive or backfired. There hasn't been any ideology for quite some time. Pragmatism has ruled the day for years. The thing with grudges is you end up repeating the same thing over and over and a lot of the times the differences are ones that can be worked through or fade over time. Usually a grudge will be something only certain parties are particularly invested in, while a war based on single alliance's grudges is a coalition effort so someone is having to marshal a coalition of people who usually aren't as committed and would come up short in terms of objectives. So when grudges faded, repeating the same wars became a pointless endeavor. That's kind of the issue with it being largely the same people and everyone knowing each other. There haven't been any new power players popping up on the scene which is symptomatic of a general decline in interest. The decline in interest has been there for years and it was evident even when there was a bipolar dynamic. Certain parties had to carry more and more of the burden. Even they have experienced huge declines in interest over time. You keep misreading the issue since it's really not one of the politics killing the planet here, it's the planet's decay due to lasting so long that has eroded traditional politics. I'm pretty sure the sanction requirement for alliances had to be changed before Oculus. Since you seem to think basically the same alliances should fight each other constantly as they'd be the only ones capable of taking each other out, it'd lead to a similar stagnation and eventually one side would no longer be capable of providing resistance. Again, I didn't say it was necessarily possible to win vs Oculus. Other people have been able to minimize the overall impact Oculus has on their existence and operate in almost parallel systems. There are also always adaptations people can make to be more effective even when the odds are against them. There's no real reason for anyone to go out of their way to make things interesting currently for its own sake.It's more likely more and more people will just depart and alliances will fold and it won't be because the politics, it'll be because they don't care about the planet itself to the extent the politics are immaterial. For the average person who has been a sustaining member of an established alliance, you'll find very little interest in the details of politics and it has always been like that and when they depart they'll have just tired of the routine and not make time for it like they previously had or it will be an afterthought. The alliances that are going the strongest are ones where the internal community is the main way people engage. Outside of a very niche demographic, settings like these inevitably lose their luster. The only thing that would make it more sustainable would be a lot more fresh blood, not anyone going out of their way to please the small slice of the population that currently reads these forums for a short period of time before another centralization of power would occur.
  13. So you're saying it wouldn't be worth the effort? I mean I agree with that then. Going to be honest, a recurring theme in your posts is an assumption of an energy level that just isn't there on this planet. Junka has pointed out it doesn't exist within your alliance and it doesn't exist in many more so relying on other people to be willing to put in the hours you are not willing to put in yourself is pretty foolhardy. The longevity of this world encourages people to stick around even when they've checked out because their nations are keepsakes, meaning very little of the population is willing to seriously engage. The barrier to entry makes it so newer people who would be more energized can't impact things. Expecting a Karma-level of engagement when the appeal is no longer there for most is dumb. If it's not worth the effort, then don't complain.
  14. Wars lasting for months has been a thing for over half a decade. Not sure what you mean by exceptionally harsh. In the wars Oculus has fought, the terms haven't really been particularly punitive. I mean, a lot of people have had a few years without any wars at all, so I'm sure they'll be able to go back to whatever it is what they were doing in good time.