As was expected, FEAR and WFF have entered in defense of NEW. I think we can all be happy that somebody had the balls to do it.
Over the past day, a considerable amount of evidence has surfaced that says maybe NEW didn't explicitly ask PC/iFOK to stay out after all. FEAR and WFF apparently never received such a message, NEW might have given them an option in stating that they 'didn't have to die with them', but I have yet to hear anybody involved say that either FEAR or WFF received the same directions from NEW as PC/iFOK claim to have.
So I'm wondering whats going on here? There are obviously two contradicting stories, with PC/iFOK staying out on NEW's alleged 'wishes', meanwhile FEAR/WFF entering as NEW supposedly didn't make the same demands of them. I've come up with three possible scenarios for what could be going on.
1. Perhaps NEW told two sets of allies different things.
NEW telling their allies different things? Seems implausible.
2. Perhaps FEAR/WFF and PC/iFOK interpreted NEWs words differently.
Different Interpretations? As English is not NEW's primary language, it's possible, but both FEAR/WFF and PC/iFOK should be both used to communicating with NEW, you would assume the translation and familiarity would be good enough that this would not happen.
3. Perhaps PC/iFOK are lying through their teeth.
PC/iFOK lying? Why in the world would they do that, unless true to my blog post from yesterday, they are indeed cowards, or perhaps they have some ulterior political motive.
I'm in none of the aforementioned alliances, so I don't truly know which of these scenarios is ultimately true, but I do have a hunch based upon a number of chats over the past day.
Lets assume for a moment that NEW did in fact go and tell their allies that they could stay out, if they wanted to. By no means is that not a mandate, its an option. It's a lot different then what NSO did a few short months ago, and it is certainly a far cry from what PC/iFOK are claiming happened, if it's indeed true. While it was plenty generous of NEW to give an option, even if this is a war of their own creation, a great deal of good allies, such as FEAR/WFF, and as PC/iFOK used to repetitively claim they were, would hear the 'option' to stay out and enter the fray anyway.
I suppose it makes sense why PC/iFOK might want to stay out. Why fight the people who are crucial to your grasp on control? It makes no sense to assist a split between the power spheres and create a more interesting world, particularly when your already at the top and it's easier to promote the status quo and routinely unite against a perceived 'common threat'. I guess it's shame that PC/iFOK had no other way to do this then ditch an ally in their time of need. It says a great deal about how much easier it is to sign a treaty when it extends your power then it is to honor a treaty when doing so threatens your power.
I cannot imagine an amount of spin sufficient enough to make this look good. I suppose you can adhere to the goldieax25 philosophy and go around calling it 'not activating an oA clause', but covering your head and telling yourself something repetitively does not make it true. (If it was, I would probably try it on a few things.) NEW never asked for help with raiding DF nations, and NEW did not initiate a war against the alliances of Fark, TPE, or the International (although they obviously provided them with a legitimate CB.)
Bottom line: NEW has allies fighting on their behalf. As quick as PC/iFOK have been in the past to tell everybody what great allies they are, you have to wonder why they are allowing others to show them what honor is really about.
*memoryproblems rubs his mustache