They can stay in peacemode as long as they desire? Personally I think DOOMHOUSE's solution to the problem is preferrable. Though I wouldn't mind seeing NPO, Legion, TPF, Invicta, and Co. strangling themselves with their own "strategy" while our side continues to grow out of reach.
Oh, and while they continue to deliver the war that we've promised our smaller members for some time, boosting ranks like what...40% over the last month?
The Hopeless Coalition is the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand. Keep imagining were not here, keep imagining this war didn't happen, keep imagining you can walk away if you just keep your head buried.
This post is the summary of what you misunderstand about the position that you're in, Pacifica and allies. Even if you can prove that we have no due cause for making this war against NPO, which you can't because we do, you can't sit back and justify that you are in a war of defense by virtue of aggression you've made. If you're not capable of handling what happens when you have to actually fulfill your obligations under that shiny MDP you signed for giggles and appearances, then don't sign it. Perhaps choose allies that are less likely to be attacked for their past transgressions. You didn't get dragged into this. You chose to be here.
This is more clear in the Legion case than any other. They wanted the MDP, they wanted all of the diplomacy, the benefits, and the self-righteousness, but when it came time for them to do their part, they left their allies to twist in the wind. I can only imagine the hilarity that would have ensued if we had had cause to attack Legion instead, and when NPO and allies came to their defense (if they had come to their defense since NPO leadership thought we were trying to "drag" them into war [by the way no, if we want you in war, we attack you, as I think you see now]) and then what? Would Legion still have locked 99% of their NS into peace mode and disengagement and left everyone to do their fighting? What's your MDP worth, Legion?
I will give you some legitimate respect, NPO. You've done some fighting. There are plenty of targets for me at my range among your ranks. You've lost half your NS over the course of the war and you didn't do that hiding in peace mode. It might even be more accurate to say that the delegation you have hiding in peace mode is the part of your contingent that is cowardly, not that the entirety of you is cowardly. Granted, that's an extremely large percentage of your overall strength, so the point must still stand.
The primary front that we've been engaged on this entire conflict though is a war of slander. We have never wavered on our intent, dedication, purpose in this war. Doomhouse served NPO with a valid declaration of war, pursued it to its end with full commitment and resources, and defended itself against an onslaught of comers as a result. Our coalition and our alliances have accepted the consequences of their actions from day one. We all knew the risks and responsibilities and we have fulfilled them and are emerging victorious. Your allies are not with you, and join you in making excuses. While you sit and wonder and complain why Doomhouse could have possibly done this to you, your allies sit in the backfield, some fighting, some not, and all of them going 'Man, that sucks, those guys sure are bullying you' and not living up to the full nature of the agreement that they made. The MDP looks great on paper, until no one is there fighting for it.
Twelve alliances jumped in on GOONS in honor of various defensive or offensive agreements, be it for NPO or their allies. Those of you who have fought and fought well, you have been logistically and financially left high and dry by your allies. Those of you who have not dedicated yourselves to the fight, have joined NPO's upper remaining echelon in abandoning them.
Our cause is solid. Our determination is solid. Our support for one another is solid.
You have lost this war. This is the truth of things right now. Accept it and negotiate terms with us.
Source: A Statement from Doomhouse