So, when exactly does any alliance on this game achieve the not-so-clearly-defined state of having paid for their mistakes?
9 months ago, to the day, Athens raided Knights of the Ni!. A dark moment in Athens history to be sure. So dark, in fact, that the single incident now stands as a rallying point to consolidate hatred of Athens as an alliance. I make no bones about the mistake that occurred. A select few members of our alliance grew bored, arrogant, and borderline stupid, all at the same time. The incident brought threats of war, brought internal bickering over the direction of the alliance, shame and embarrassment all to Athens doorstep. Since that time, we have been pretty quiet. Careful not to offend anyone, rediscovering the humility that brought us to our presence on the world stage, helping friends and foes alike diplomatically. Regardless of anyone's thoughts on the CB in the TPF war, it is not as cut and dried a situation as Ni!, in which we screwed up massively. Given the varying world opinions on the CB through allies and enemies alike, it is clear that that CB is debatable at best, and at worst, in the realm of Athens hatred. Always, it still comes back to Ni!.
Financially, we paid for the Ni! raid. In the realm of public opinion, we paid for the Ni! raid. Still, I hear about it daily. Is a military defeat the sole means by which this world can put that incident in the past and look at Athens as she stands now? If you believe a military defeat is the only way to pay for that crime, explain to me why? I ask that everyone compare and correlate their opinions with where they stood in the past on alliances who committed "crimes"(for lack of a better word).