PRELUDE TO WAR
I know no way of judging of the future but by the past
I offer this as a piece as an educational observation. My former alliance learned some hard lessons in 2008. It would behoove other alliances to learn some of these lessons as well. The NADC/BLEU War was full of valuable lessons and examples. It would be a great disservice to ignore them.
What ACTUALLY happened (Oh the treachery!)
- First of all, it must be understood that NADC was a political mess before the BLEU War. A large faction of the NADC was tired of Charles and wanted to join a bloc like BLEU. In addition, Charles had bouts of inactivity that were very inconvenient. Into the power vacuum swept Otto V. Bismark, who desired complete control of NADC.
- Otto V. Bismark (then Internal Affairs Minister of NADC) sought to undermine the government of Emperor Charles. He fabricated evidence that included the theft of Polar war guides. Also, he instigated nuclear spy attacks. Then, acting as a whistleblower, he informed Polar of various "anti-Polar" events in NADC. in all actuality, it was OVB that was behind the anti-Polar events.
- Partly based on the fabricated evidence supplied by OVB, BLEU attacks NADC.
- OVB fails to gain control of NADC, but continues to plot for NADC's demise by feeding evidence to Polar leaders.
- Finally, OVB outs himself to Polar, when Farung reveals his involvement.
- Polar and BLEU eased their war activity and demands. Charles is allowed to stay in power, but OVB is sentenced to ZI for his incitations.
So, here is the summary of what happened. Polar was given very good reason for attacking NADC. It also helped that destroying NADC was a beneficial political move for BLE and Polar since NADC a huge blue alliance that refused to join the bloc. So, when OVB provided a powerful, seemingly air tight Cassus Belli, Polar and BLEU were quick to jump on it. As it turned out, the CB was conjured by an ambitious rogue spy within NADC.
Alliances can learn a few things from this.
Lesson 1 - Political instability and inactive leadership can lead to massive problems internally and externally. It was Charles' inactivity and lack of oversight that allowed OVB to wreak all the havoc that he did. When selecting leaders, alliances would do well to remember activity as a huge factor.
Lesson 2 - Never trust a spy. It was revealed that OVB was spying alot during this whole debacle. He got a lot of glee out of being able to fool powerful people and big alliances. Alliance leaders would do well to remember, if a person will spy on your enemies, he will also spy on you. The knife cuts both ways. The filth of espionage is best used in small doses.
Lesson 3 - Don't make things worse. After the war started, NADC Military Operations Commander, Sayeret, ordered then Blue team Senator Gunninglike of Belgi to sanction MCXA alliances. At this point, the writing was on the wall and such an action could only extend the pain. Alliance leaders need to remember to react with the wisdom of cool headed long term planners, instead of emotionally volcanic quickdraws.
Are there other lessons you can think of?