At first, I wasn’t actually too impressed with ODN’s actions lately, in the UPN incident. I was extremely vocal about this, which in retrospect I wish I hadn’t been, because my viewpoint is now very different from before.
There were numerous motivations behind OsRavan’s recent actions. Firstly, and there isn’t any particular order to this, Os did not believe that the #stratego coalition had a chance versus GOONS, PB and the rest of PB’s assorted allies. ODN really cared about UPN, who were at the time our MDoAP partner. Os didn’t want to see UPN (or Polar, for that matter, who we’ve become more close to recently) commit to a suicidal war which could easily be resolved by diplomatic means. The #stratego coalition acted in the hope that MK would remain neutral in the event that one of its former allies was attacked, and even speculated that C&G itself would remain neutral. This lead to their belief that they could somehow win the war, and in turn led to resentment towards ODN when Os stepped in and intervened, because they didn’t realise that he’d actually just saved their alliances. This is just my personal opinion, but it seems unlikely to me that MK would just stand by while one of its former allies was attacked. MK and GOONS are very close. Anyway, I’ll draw the discussion on who would’ve won to a close, and state that it’s unimportant when one assesses whether Os should’ve acted as he did, because he *believed* that the #stratego coalition didn’t have a chance.
Secondly, OsRavan really believed that UPN had a poor casus belli, and didn’t want to see a war over such a minor issue (in his eyes) when it could easily be averted by diplomatic means (as it was.) This was particularly important when you realise that the #stratego coalition would’ve been rolled had they attacked GOONS, as I described above. It would’ve been a retarded war, and it did not need to happen. Historically, the Coalition came under heavy fire in the No-CB war for what I’ll term frankly as a pathetic excuse for a casus belli. Surely we should remain consistent in our standards? I’ll note here, too, that whether or not the casus belli was valid, OsRavan believed it was not, and therefore his actions were justified.
It’s a pity that OsRavan had to put so much pressure on Peggy to avert the war, and I understand the hurt and frustration which resulted in her cancellation of the treaty. However, Os had the best of intentions. While I don’t believe that the ends always justify the means – personally, I believe that depends on both the ends and the means involved – in this case, his methods were justified by his motivations.
It is my hope that UPN, and the rest of the people who are currently pissed off with us, will come to understand that we actually did them a massive favour.