Last month, Supercoolyellow asked me to help him out in the Ragnarok Embassy. We had been asked the question about what happened during the events of early 2009 when MCXA history took an enormous turn. There is always more than one side to any story and RoK were interested when they learnt the story from my side, that is somebody who respected the existing government, yet was kept in the dark about the events that were about to unfold. This wasn't the first time Supercoolyellow was asked however. Time and time again, people wanted to know what happened and how we were coping. So today, I write this blog about it. I do expect to be trolled by TSO and others wishing to correct me, but fudge it, this is my take on it.
This is what I wrote in the RoK embassy (there was a question about sam, which is why he is mentioned right from the start)
Baden-Württemberg, or "sam" as he would be known on IRC, was a Co-Chancellor of the MCXA for a long time. When I first joined the MCXA Oloiqui was the other Co-Chancellor. Oloiqui's nation name was "The Sweet Oblivion" and served as the basis for naming the splinter group. Both of these people, along with many other prominent MCXA members such as Dragonaspect, SleepiB, Lakie and Celt (whom later was appointed as a chancellor and spearheaded the TSO movement) were simply unhappy with the way the MCXA was headed and started plans to leave to make a new, small and exclusive alliance. This is the part I simply don't understand, how could they be so displeased with the operations of the alliance that they lead? Not that they ever marketed TSO that way, often making it out like they were persecuted as hardworking public servants who all made a snap decision to leave simultaneously. Gimme a break.
That basically outlines my thoughts and emotions, still to this day. However, the TSO seperatists would say I am missing something. That thing is a person named nc1701.
nc1701 was the High Councillor who exposed the planning for TSO. It didn't come in the form of logs posted all over the MCXA forums but rather through appealing to the new and active members. The keyword used in his speeches was 'transperancy'. It worked a charm. The General Assembly was fired up and the High Council freaked. There were the people who all of a sudden hated the HC, there was the HC who hated the plebians, there were the HC who wanted to stay, there were the GA (like me) who trusted the HC. On top of that were the people who were just jumping ship anyway. And there were a LOT of those.
So the TSO ship sailed and we weren't left with much. There was somebody who tried deleting all the TSO evidence by hacking our forums. There was sup4, there was Francesca (ironically, both dating at the time in real life). Those three worked together to make the MCXA be the way they wanted it, making their own IRC channel to establish plans to create discontent with Gopherbashi, Dr. Fresh and KingEd as part of a campaign to gain governmental control of the alliance; although were unsuccessful on two attempts on polling day. These plans may have been all and well if it wasn't for a radical by the name of Maxfiles, who pulled out the Francesca/nc1701 conspiracy and released the logs to those who could do something about it. Although, to his credit, sup4 was never really wanted to take over with nc and fran. NC left during his expulsion hearing and then left to join the Mushroom Kingdom.
Of course the Karma War was another major hit. The new government was determined to maintain its honour to the alliances of One Vision and The Continuum which had supported it over the years and throughout the TSO split and entered the war knowing that it wouldn't be an easy battle. By then, Francesca had left to the Viridian Entente (due to the High Council's decision to back the Hegemony, if memory serves me right) and we more or less had a clean fight against VE, NV, 1TF and GLOF.
That's pretty much it from the drama side of things. Yet there are a couple of other things I think I should mention.
Not long after forming (and evidence pointing to one of their members spying on and sabotaging our forums), TSO offered us a goodwill aid package of 1.7 billion CN dollars. Was this a bribe to stop us and OV from stomping them? Of course they had the TOP protectorate which complicated things a little bit. But I'll leave that in the hands of the Hegemony-era CN philosophers to debate. Of course after TSO took the side of Karma, there wasn't much anyone could do, except for the invisible hand of CN inactivity itself.
At the time, I was the Minister of Finance for the MCXA, voting against the aid package. Sam and Celt had reiterated that it was a small package, being the size of each of their nations' war chests. Nonetheless, the MCXA High Council were keen to accept it and I was keen to take my time in making sure it targeted the right nations. (Only made more difficult among forum hacks, the withdrawl of Berzerkerweb and members leaving left right and centre). A couple of TSO financiers pressured me for 'lists' threatening to send the aid without specified targets. One even thought the draft list I copypasta'd into an IRC query with SleepiB was the final and complained that it wasn't formatted neatly. The TSO bluff was called in the end and the aid continued to flow in past my term as Minister of Finance.
I think that's it. I'm sure somebody will remind me of something else and I welcome them in doing so. But I think that it is appropriate that I post my thoughts.
I think that somewhere in there, TOP were embarrassed with the behaviour of TSO during their declaration of existence, especially with an inconsiderate rickroll. Perhaps deep within they thought twice about their decision to protect TSO after the controversy of their creation, which was only mentioned on the Continuum leadership forum a few days prior to the DoE. In fact, Moo and Electron Sponge discussed it on the CN Talkshow, both showing sympathy towards the MCXA left behind, but their comments reassured me: Gopherbashi and Dr. Fresh would take good care of the MCXA. And that, they did.
These days, I am Chancellor of the MCXA. I understand that TSO too has a new government and that new government wishes to seek ties with MCXA. We can always be friends, we could always fight on the same side of a major war. But I'm not interested in a treaty. Whilst every now and then, there's a small mention of MCXA being boring in the modern scope, I don't care. We're not out here to troll and/or comment on every OWF thread, we're here to be the best we can be.