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Review of 2010


Bob Janova

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2010 was bookended by wars that almost blew up: at the end, NEW's botched raid on the disbanded Dark Fist (protected from escalation by the policy of their allies), and at the beginning, the TPF war, initiated over claims of a black-ops plant alliance (Zero Hour) during Karma (Athens's DoW contains the contemporary declaration of CB), which was prevented from escalating by the unwillingness of TPF's allies and their coalition to actually declare real wars, as summed up by this declaration from coalition coordinator LiquidMercury.

The middle eleven months of the year have been relatively quiet, with only a small number of political events of any significance and one military one.

The military one that leaves the largest mark on the annual history is, of course, the Bipolar War, named for the actions of the New Polar Order, which ended up fighting on both sides of the war, though not at the same time. It also set one precedent that is likely to resonate through the next few years of CN: pre-emptive attacks are not acceptable. The war started by NpO taking \m/'s bait and declaring war, which quickly resulted in an escalation to include PC and FOK. Detailed analysis of various parts of the early phase of the war can be found in previous entries.

What later became the main focus of the war was started when a sub-coalition led by TOP and IRON declared war (TOP's DoW is used as it contains the full reasoning) on C&G, pre-empting what they believed to be an inevitable declaration in the opposite direction once they had entered the war in a more traditional fashion. This was met with a peacing out of the previous main front of the war, extended war, and eventually NpO switching sides and declaring on them, not to mention the loss of several important allies (notably MHA, Grämlins and Umbrella) and the large reparation payments. The sure outcome of that is that no-one will be trying a pre-emptive attack for a long time.

There are two political events that will make a difference. The second is the formation of Pandora's Box in October, a large bloc that pulls together alliances from various of the previous power clusters. As we go into the new year, it's the single largest bloc, and the one around which politics is polarising. The first, just a week before, was MK leaving C&G as part of the cancellation of all their treaties. While some of those treaties have subsequently been re-signed, MK have not rejoined the bloc, and that has reduced the political weight of the bloc. (Fark leaving Superfriends is superficially a similar event, but they remain firmly tied to most of the members and it hasn't made such a difference.)

Within Viridia, it's been a year of largely incremental change since the Bipolar War, which we played an important role in during the early phase. We played a small part in the Six Million Dollar War, but other than that we have been streamlining internals and maintaining our political relationships and friendships.

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Most of TPFs allies were unwilling to declare wars that would mean anything. How's that? Some were quite willing to jump in and charge the enemies with 2 bullets in the clip and the safety still on.

Woefully unprepared, terminally overconfident, highly inactive....most think a warchest is an armored bra.

I think that about sums up the planning room. As much as people whine about LiquidMercury's plan, it's really the only thing that kept the "Ex Heg" and those pulled by treaty obligations from getting their heads cracked pre-BiPolar.

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Well, they didn't declare real wars, did they? Maybe unwilling is the wrong word, but an agreement was come to within that coalition that ensured that they didn't, and that's why the war didn't escalate.

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In your review of 2010 it would be nice to read some of your thoughts on the breakup of Citadel and the decline of Gramlins, both notable events in the year. Always interesting to read your blog Bob, hope you update it more in 2011

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TPFs allies were ready to roll on day one. You havent the slightest clue what you are talking about honest Bob. Oh wait, its you so its just a cheap PR stunt

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Well, they didn't declare real wars, did they? Maybe unwilling is the wrong word, but an agreement was come to within that coalition that ensured that they didn't, and that's why the war didn't escalate.

We declared on athens and many other alliances declared on the same day. Unfortunately It ended too quickly, hows your memory honest bob?

http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/TPF_War

I count 22 alliances including TPF on our side in the "real" war

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You may remember that most of those 'DoWs' were in fact ghost declarations. For example I don't see any wars from BAPS declared on them [Edit: on Athens] at all. I've already agreed that it was a coalition decision and not cowardice that caused the war not to be expanded.

Thorgrum: I was deliberately stepping around that since I was told by various people I was talking too much about it earlier in the year. I think there's some past entries that cover most of that ground.

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Well, they didn't declare real wars, did they? Maybe unwilling is the wrong word, but an agreement was come to within that coalition that ensured that they didn't, and that's why the war didn't escalate.

The agreement can be summed up like this: TPF insisted that we follow LiquidMercury's plan. Some of us thought it was wrongheaded but they were, after all, the alliance under attack and so we went along.

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There are two political events that will make a difference. The second is the formation of Pandora's Box in October, a large bloc that pulls together alliances from various of the previous power clusters.

How far back are you looking at these 'previous power clusters' anyway? Of the six alliances in Pandora's box, they were ALL on the same side of Karma and the Bi-Polar war, with exception to GOONS, whom I don't believe fought in the Karma war, which is understandable considering that they had just formed.

So they were all on the same side of the web, all Pandoras Box did strengthen the connection between those, otherwise, it did not change a damn thing.

Also, I don't know what you were smoking during the TPF war to have gathered such a delusional version of it.

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What makes you think TPF's allies were unwilling to declare real wars, as you put it?

That's pretty outrageous propaganda, even for you.

Come on Haf I was tracking the events that day and more alliances declared war then actual nations did in that blitz... and it was a planned blitz too... it took a full week to line up.... by which time TPF was already heavilly damaged. If you cant manage to get more then one nation from each alliance (on average) to declare war then it will be remembered.

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Thorgrum: I was deliberately stepping around that since I was told by various people I was talking too much about it earlier in the year. I think there's some past entries that cover most of that ground.

Yes there are plenty, it was talked to death but its begining to fade away into the lore of CN. Anyway, cheers and happy new year bob

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Come on Haf I was tracking the events that day and more alliances declared war then actual nations did in that blitz... and it was a planned blitz too... it took a full week to line up.... by which time TPF was already heavilly damaged. If you cant manage to get more then one nation from each alliance (on average) to declare war then it will be remembered.

You also have to remember that the offensive of TPF's allies (and their allies) was limited to 65k+ nations.

But at the end of the day, it will be remembered that regardless of how it happened, it worked, as Athens et. al. very quickly began discussing peace.

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We declared on athens and many other alliances declared on the same day. Unfortunately It ended too quickly, hows your memory honest bob?

http://cybernations.wikia.com/wiki/TPF_War

I count 22 alliances including TPF on our side in the "real" war

More alliances declared war that night than nations in your coalition and NEW had roughly half the wars declared. Not much of a willingness to engage if you ask me. Maybe you should have grabbed a couple of NEW's spots if you were so eager.

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More alliances declared war that night than nations in your coalition and NEW had roughly half the wars declared. Not much of a willingness to engage if you ask me. Maybe you should have grabbed a couple of NEW's spots if you were so eager.

War coalition members dont just do as they please. TPFs allies were begging to get in on day one but were told to stand down and wait, we didnt like it but was in order to organise the coalition at short notice at Christmas. So we waited, there was no unwillingness to fight there was a strong desire to attack straight away but we did as we were told and waited. Im sure even MKs members are able to do what their ally is asking without breaking rank and doing their own thing when the outcome of a major war is at stake I also dont think MK members can fight while waiting impatiently for their peace mode to end. Dont be so naive.

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Youch. Welcome to the spotlight, Bob, IT STINGS dunnit?

It does when he tries to use most of his post to talk about that non war so he can smear the opposition with a cowards brush in a pathetic propaganda attempt

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How far back are you looking at these 'previous power clusters' anyway? Of the six alliances in Pandora's box, they were ALL on the same side of Karma and the Bi-Polar war, with exception to GOONS, whom I don't believe fought in the Karma war, which is understandable considering that they had just formed.

Karma wasn't really a power cluster, it was more a coalition of convenience to fight off the hegemony of the time. The power clusters that I'm talking about (in the terms I used on my web at the time) are SF/Maroon, C&G and Citadel. I take your point though that in Bipolar it wouldn't have made much difference. What it does do is make it less likely that those clusters will drift apart in the near future.

It does when he tries to use most of his post to talk about that non war so he can smear the opposition with a cowards brush in a pathetic propaganda attempt

Most of the post? Now you're just raving ... it's half of one paragraph, and really all you people are just whining about 'unwillingness'. (The Bipolar War gets two whole paragraphs, four times as much space as the TPF war.) And to quote myself: "I've already agreed that it was a coalition decision and not cowardice that caused the war not to be expanded". Now who's trying a pathetic propaganda attempt?

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Most of the post? Now you're just raving ... it's half of one paragraph, and really all you people are just whining about 'unwillingness'. (The Bipolar War gets two whole paragraphs, four times as much space as the TPF war.) And to quote myself: "I've already agreed that it was a coalition decision and not cowardice that caused the war not to be expanded". Now who's trying a pathetic propaganda attempt?

This is correct.

Alterego's remark does however describe the majority of the comments from your side of the web on the topic though.

And Alterego is right about what happened. Thankfully LiquidMercury is back on you guys' side of the web, we don't have to deal with him anymore.

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But at the end of the day, it will be remembered that regardless of how it happened, it worked, as Athens et. al. very quickly began discussing peace.

Oh c'mon MP. You know as well as anyone that the reason Athens and co. started discussing peace was that they finally realized they weren't going to get to curbstomp all of NPO's former allies again, because all our lower-end nations were in dove.

So they waited for Bipolar instead.

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This is correct.

Alterego's remark does however describe the majority of the comments from your side of the web on the topic though.

And Alterego is right about what happened. Thankfully LiquidMercury is back on you guys' side of the web, we don't have to deal with him anymore.

Yah...because LM not being involved would have changed what? Purplol and the others would have charged in with their pants around their ankles and gotten spanked, instead of just TPF taking damage that you guys could help rebuild.

Give me a break.

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Yah...because LM not being involved would have changed what? Purplol and the others would have charged in with their pants around their ankles and gotten spanked, instead of just TPF taking damage that you guys could help rebuild.

Give me a break.

We might actually have come up with a plan that worked, like you know, declaring wars on nations that were attacking TPF.

TPF was still destroyed. All LM's plan did was ensure that TPF was the sole victim.

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