So, I give this speech every war, and I will give it again, because its really become a pet peeve of mine.
Lets start with IC-OOC.
World Affairs and Alliance Announcements are in character. That means, of course, that as you post there, you are expected to post as the leader of your nation within the game.
Why is this important? Well, to me it seems simple. We allow, in this IC forum, people to spew nonsense about a classy war declaration, or an honorable war declaration, or that any particular alliance or bloc is acting with honor.
To a man, every alliance in this game, in war time, will jump at the chance to, and encourage members to, nuke nations whether they have nuked you, or even have the capability to nuke you. On an individual basis, nobody ever really takes note of who is doing this, and I am o.k. with that. I trust we will all concede that EVERY alliance does it, and encourages it in this world. Now, do not get me wrong, I am not here to suggest that nukes should not be used, even in this example. My issue simply lies in the painting of ANY alliance (because we all do it) as "classy" or "honorable" in war.
That a member can nuke another nation for 6 days, and kill 300-400K troops, and 20-30K citizens through loss of Infrastructure, and do so as per the instructions written in his alliance's war guide, and still be deemed to be "classy" or "honorable" , seems to indicate the permeation of an OOC sense of honor permeating the IC forums. If IC, you are to hail an alliance who you KNOW will order and encourage nuclear nations to nuke non-nuclear nations (and they ALL do it), then it seems to me that you would, IC give up any claim to outrage at the way a war may start. If you are to talk about class and honor in the game in an IC forum, fine, but be consistent, and expect class and honor, and express outrage at the lack thereof in EVERY instance, or simply stop talking about class and honor, especially in war time. Why? It does not exist in this game, and it never will exist, and thats the way it should be. It is a game.
End Rant. See you again next war.