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  1. Rush Sykes
    So, I have been asked several times, by several folks to do this again, it has been... 18 months, or so? since my last edition. With war breaking out all across Planet Bob, now is as good a time as any. So... here goes...(neutrals will be excluded.)
    IRON - When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. IRON made plenty of lemonade between last war and this war. They were, for all intents and purposes, intentionally set up to fail post-war. But, the best laid plans of our would be masters(the winners of the last war), were as abject and abysmal a failure as their (the winners of the last war) post-war FA efforts. IRON did not get bailed on by everyone. They worked hard and received a 1-UP from all of their allies, promising to make the changes that were needed to prevent them from being used to create their own demise again. When mere survival seemed to be the best IRON could hope for, they received support from their allies and thrived. The coming months will determine whether the gamble taken by allies and allies of allies was the right move, but to IRONs credit... they were supposed to be the ones getting rolled now, and , here they are NOT getting rolled. So right now its IRON: 1... Those who set up IRON: 0
    NPO - Nothing but absolute love for these guys. With the target forever on their backs, they show an organizational ability like no other to thrive under pressure, and to ALWAYS rise back to the top. The results of the last war SHOULD have broken NPO, but failings by those who won the war, let the sharper, brighter, more active minds in NPO turn the gambit totally around, and now stand on the precipice of the title of "Most Powerful Alliance" (at least IMO.) Kudos to you my friends.
    New Polar Order - For the umpteenth time in Planet Bob history, the world was theirs for the taking. There is not one person who can objectively look at the last year in CN history, and give NpO any grade other than an F. They made no FA Moves to secure their alliance, they made no FA moves to secure their allies positions, they made no internal moves to put someone in charge of some aspect of FA , who might even give off the slightest indication that they care. Congratulations NpO, you have been held back again, by your own selves.
    SNX - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. When you combine poop with poop, you get poop. The end.
    RnR - Not just me, but nearly EVERYONE in the world wondered when you would break out of the shadows of SF. Seriously, long after SF abandoned, people still viewed RnR as the silent member of SF who really make no moves of their own. Not anymore though. A few subtle moves by R&R were important to forging the path to this current war, whether they realize it or not (I think they probably know though), it is, literally, the 1st time I can recall in RnR history where they actually forged their own path. Kudos to you. You have some great great FA guys, you could conceivably take on a much broader role in world politics, I hope you decide to give it a try, because everyone should try at least once when they are in the position. Do your members and yourselves a favor, try not to spend the next few months (when the current war ends) trying to soak up honor by simply being well-liked. You can be well-liked AND a player. Try being a player, I think it would be fun to watch. Good luck.
    ODN - If ODN has one weakness, it is that they try too hard to explore EVERY possible FA Move. They play the game far more real-politik than ANYONE else. It serves them well, it just seems to me like it might be more fun to once in a while dive blindly into something. CN is a gaming experience, I think the current ODN tries way too hard to be way too careful. All of that being said, some of my most favorite people in CN are in ODN. I have a long-standing love affair with them, and that will not end any time soon. If you(the reader) or your alliance do not have a relationship built with these wonderful folks, you are missing out on some of the greatest social interaction, and useful in-game insights that are available to the world. Did I mention I love ODN?
    Sparta - Over and over you try. And you fail. But you get an A for trying between these last 2 wars. While so many of your allies and tertiary allies stood pat and did nothing, you guys saw the need to expand your reach, and you did try. Sadly, you also were faced with the realization that proximity to some of your current allies really do limit your options, as very few alliances really seriously considered even touching you. Whether it be due to your past branding as whiney to an extreme, or incompetent, or just plain apathetic, who knows. At least, for the 1st time since I have know Sparta, they showed a spark of life and effort. Do yourself a favor and build on it. The game is more fun when you can move freely about.
    Umbrella - Let me be clear, I HATE the last minute side change(and lets be blunt, that is what it was), but this is a Roquentin-led Umbrella, and the move made total sense. It is not a move I would have made, but I can objectively look at it and see WHY they made it. There is a common ground among the Platysphere allies towards one group in particular, yet the core will not extricate itself from that group. Umbrella extricated itself. There is a lesson for all of those in Platysphere leadership to learn there. Will they learn? Who knows. As for Umb themselves, I have no love lost for them, my allies iN NPO have asked me to show faith, and so I shall. I withhold my judgement on them, and will address them when I have had more time to observe.
    TOP - If NpO got an F, TOP gets an F-. Why? Because TOP has far more proven FA-enabled minds than Polar has, and those minds have (or had) deep sentimental connections all over the map of Planet Bob. So how is it that they completely failed to land even ONE significant tie between the last war and now? Oh yeah, it would be because they essentially stabbed their entire tertiary sphere from the 2 years prior, square in the back. The quote "C&G is expendable" was used often by me as a rallying cry to warn anyone remotely in C&Gs tendrils as to how disposable certain tertiary ties are to the mental giants in TOP. And those sentimental ties? All of those MK people? They chose to stay in an alliance that viewed their most historically loyal allies as expendable, as they were CALLING us expendable, then had the nerve to actually act surprised that we did not embrace the King Brandon's of the world when they came calling based on longstanding sentimental friendships. Sorry former MK-ers in TOP, I love all of you, but you CHOSE this, and you CHOSE for us as well. Time for some big boy panties if you want to fix anything going forward. But as of this moment, your entire alliance has earned the pox on you that prevented anyone from wanting to touch you.
    VE - Everything I said about Polar applies to you as well. While you didnt exit the last war with the political clout that Polar did, you spent the entire year seeing the way the winds were blowing, knowing standing pat, and basically doing nothing. Its just easier not to dislike your inaction, when the inaction of much stronger alliances politically so far outweigh your own, and if you are content staying where you are, that is fine as well, I am content seeing you there.
    DT- The sleeping giant. I look down the roster, I see so many folks that I worked with in old-school C&G and GR specifically, yet I feel no real kinship, and that makes me sad. That being said, you guys certainly did not stand pat and make nothing happen. Despite perceptually being a passive alliance, you made meaningful moves that cemented not only YOUR security, but the security of your bloc. It was very reminiscent of old-school C&G, and tugs at my heartstrings. You MAY come out of this war as one of the top 3 strongest alliances politically, so the NEXT year, for those like me who are watching you, will be FAR more interesting than this past year.
    Fark - Only you know the truth. But you have a reputation on the Doomsphere side of the web of being the member of XX who wishes they were not a member of XX, not because of anything that you find particularly distasteful about the XX members, but their tertiary connections, you loathe them. Like I said, only you know if that is true, but it is a prevailing opinion on this side. You are active, capable fighters, and you send out some good recipes(2 wars back I made an all Fark meal for my family from hand picked recipes sent to me). As for how I will judge you, right now your hands are tied, I will judge you, and the validity of the rest of the worlds opinion , in the months following this war. Make no mistake though, this is no slight on your alliance, you guys are capital, and well-organized, and should be proud of that, regardless of future FA.
    NATO - You remind me alot of Athens. Loyal almost to a fault. Be wary though, that same loyalty can break down an alliance, and it is a slow and painful breakdown. Like many other alliances on Planet Bob, you appear to be an alliance that is content to stand pat and soak up honor. It would be fun to see you throw some honor aside, alas, I do not think you have it in you. This is not a knock on you, most alliances do not have that in them. It is more of a symptom of what we sow by throwing words like honor around for 8 years.
    I will edit in DBDC and the rest of the top 30 tomorrow.
    Edit Addition:
    DBDC : Lots of familiar faces there, few familiar personalities. Listen, the reality is, these guys are playing a different game (tier-wise) than the rest of us. They are basically untouchable, but they have found unique ways to make their presence felt on the global stage. Like it or not, they should receive kudos for that. They also do not come without an upside. Their presence alone, in a coalition can cut down on a significant portion of down-declares at the top tier of a coalition. Cuba seems to have an "end-game" goal in mind. People who dismiss this alliance as niche, are fools, and in many cases, are the same fools who celebrated them as a splinter group in another day and age (funny how that works, is it not?) Like it or not, these guys change the game with their presence, and in war-time they change both coalitions(the one they are in and the one they are fighting.) These guys 100% completely and totally out-played the powers-that-would-be between last war and now. They are not going away any time soon, get used to them.
    MHA - Literally, you are MHA. I cannot even troll you guys anymore, because when I got to you on the list my only though was, "wow, they are still this high up? I hear literally nothing from or of them anymore." The consummate "soak up honor" alliance.
    Valhalla - An alliance with no direction. Content to meander between the lines of both sides even as they get more clearly drawn. I get the feeling that nobody there really cares. Much like my alliance, it appears that Valhalla is a retirement community. I honestly expected them to play the game much more after their reformation, instead, they went the easy route (get in position to roll NPO, then stand pat.) In some ways though, they earned the right to their own apathy, because they DID make things happen once, and perhaps they believe, as I and so many others do, that it is time for others to make things happen.
    NEW - Seriously, as long as they have been around, I really know next to nothing of them. I heard on 467354 different occasions that they were going to rogue out, or disband, or both, and yet there they sit. Kudos to them on survival, it cannot be easy, as anyone who has dealt with them knows, the language gap can be maddening.
    GOONS - My how times have changed. So many people there that I love, but they have changed. Sardonic has become mostly detached, Ken, while one of the nicest guys in all of CN, really is naive on the political landscape. They went from an entertaining collection of top-notch guys to an alliance whos most vocal public face and voice the last 18 months, has been Marx. Marx and his "NPO MUST ALWAYS BE THE ENEMY" rhetoric. A part of me feels bad for the position GOONS is in, and a part of me realizes they chose this route. Either way, they are right where they WANT to be, so good for them I guess. I WANT to be angry with GOONS, but I have too much history and sentimentality with them to be truly angry. That being said, I would never trust them again.
    Non Grata - Just a fun bunch of folks. Loyal almost to a fault, but they are developing a little bit of what ODN has (over-analysis of ALOT of things.) They are politically astute though, much moreso than most people give them credit for. They are still my favorite alliance in this game. They have almost as perpetual a target on their back as NPO does in this day and age, yet they thrive in the environment. If you have not taken the time to get to know this fine bunch, and just base your opinion on OWF rhetoric, shame on you.
    GLOF - If DT is the sleeping giant, GLOF is the awakening mammoth. Personally, I find it embarrassing that I know as little about these guys as I do, and before I do another of these blogs , I will try to take some steps to rectify this. I really cannot comment at all on GLOF, I know nobody there. You know, when I looked and saw MHA, I was like..."wow MHA is still pretty high up statistically, lol, but still MHA".. when I saw GLOF I was like "wow, where did THEY come from." I will do my homework on GLOF, and have a better picture of them next time.
    FAN - They do their own thing, which inherently makes them better than most of us (seriously). I think , though, in regards to the game itself, they are detached and irrelevant, AND, they are satisfied with that. They did the work long ago, and earned their respite.
    Legion - I know nothing of the current Legion, but they are still Legion.Historically they have not had one saving grace, and I feel like that is probably still true today.
    Nordreich - Damn but that kingzog is one handsome guy. In all seriousness, the last nail was in the coffin of this alliance like 2 years ago, wasnt it? The one AA splintered from them, massive internal strife, the whole world hedging on NoR disbanding. Whoever stepped up and held them together should get some sort of a medal. Not only did they survive, they thrived. Much to the chagrin of many folks (and I dont like the chagrinned folks, so I salute NoR for surviving.) In regards to the current game, NoR is trying to forge lines and paths that put them and their allies in better positions, not bad for an alliance that was written off.
    Mi6 - Goals Chim told me he had for MI6.... 1) Hyperactive alliance with bustling membership (success). 2) Play the game differently (miserable failure)... 3) Be kings and not kingmakers. (failed even more miserably.) Look, congrats on the activity levels, that is not easy to sustain. But lets be honest about the GAME of Cybernations. YOU are the toxin. YOU are the reason NOBODY will even entertain TOP and Polar overtures. Proximity to your alliance is an UNDESIRED position by 70% of the planet. There is a REASON for that. Alliances are often accepted for being smug pricks, but in EVERY instance, the smug prick alliances have at least freaking accomplished something worthy of the smug prickness. You guys waltzed in, assumed the mantle of smug prickness, then were all SHOCKED when nobody would touch you. You are not kings, you are not kingmakers, but you are INDEED, thronebreakers, only you broke the throne of those alliances whom you purport to be friends with, simply by showing not one modicum of respect publicly or privately to ANYONE outside of Platysphere. Lesson to be learned: Do something to EARN your rep before you flaunt your rep.
    NADC - I really know little of NADC, but they are still NADC... so PFFT.
    FTW- I know a decent amount of FEAR, although I n ever really was close to them. I knew next to nothing about Wolfpack (I think was who merged with them.) So it would be grossly unfair for me to comment on these guys right now. Much like with GLOF, I will do some homework and get back to the world on these folks.
    TPF - Like TLR, mostly a retirement home now, not really much to say.
    GATO - The leaner GATO is something I like to see. I think they will see it this war as well, the bloated numbers of being too large makes it really hard to manage. Still though, these are the most loyal guys in all of CN, bar none. They dont really cause trouble for anyone (except for electing max to gov) and they are always their when their allies need them.The one thing I would like to see is for a GATO AC to step outside the box and try to stir the pot a little. Like I said a thousand times in this blog, EVERY alliance should try this at least once, GATO are no exception. Make magicninja AC for 2 terms and see what happens.
    Knight of Ni! - I raided you guys once.
    STA - Solid, loyal allies. Mostly extremely nice folks, but, moreso than ANY alliance on Planet Bob, they are the most content to be "honor soakers." Please never ever fight on both sides of a war again, it is dumb, and you are NOT dumb, so do not do dumb things(I know it was long ago, but I dont have a relationship with you to draw on to write this so I needed more words to fill to look like I made some effort here )
    More to come: TTK on down through where I decide to stop. Maybe tomorrow.
    And let us continue....
    TTK- I am actually ashamed that I do not know these guys better as my allies have steadily become more enamored with them. I blame it mostly on my laziness. That being said, I have a few friends there. Historically, a very quiet alliance, almost too quiet. Same advice I have given so many others... try really stirring the post, I promise it will be fun. Also, you have been warned, expect me to stop by your forums for a short visit.
    NSO- I am almost ashamed to type this. I look down the NSO roster, and I see tons of people that I am quite fond of. Then I look down the gov, and I am like .... I really do not know all of these folks. Look, NSO play this game for all the right reasons. Their members and the enjoyment of their members for playing the game, is their top priority. They are big on politics, but not on real-politik, and I mean this to be a compliment in the highest order, more people should forego the notion that they must always perfect politics. I have gone from hating these guys to being very proud to be allied to these guys... and THEY have not changed much... and I have not changed much... if I were to ever leave my alliance.. NSO is so high on my short list of destinations. (I imagine they are praying at this point I never leave my alliance.) NSO learned what so many of us so quickly forget... CN IS A GAME. Learn from them the rest of you.
    Invicta - Puppets with delusions of grandeur. Nothing more. Never once making their own path, never once standing up to an ally, they simply lay down before the enemeis of their allies.
    The Seven Kingdoms - These guys make me laugh. Not because they are funny, because they are inept. They were inept as HB, they are inept today. They have meandered through the treaty web in search of a successful combination of allies (read this as "always looking for the next winning side") and as soon as they find it... their allies crumble. Protip guys: Do not count on your allies for your FA.
    RIA - Like R&R, they are still widely viewed with the SF tag. Unlike R&R though, they are having trouble finding their way out of that type-casting. That is not to say that they do not have some capable leaders. Despite my clashes and interactions with their leadership over the years, I have found them to be able politically and militarily, the only issue is they seem to be afraid to lose "honor" (God the concept of honor really does ruin this whole game.) People think that losing honor means acting with dishonor, when it really does not. Honor is fleeting. Major props to RIA for their war stats program. Seriously, I would hug each and every one of you (even Ogaden!) for that. I literally begged for something like that for YEARS. It created whole new levels of propaganda possibilities. I see RIA as an alliance ready to shed the honor-soaking, but unsure of how to actually proceed. Here is my advice guys : Talk to your allies in NSO. You dont have to be like NSO, but aside from the "we are good friends and allies" with NSO... REALLY talk to NSO. I promise you you will have more fun in CN if you dont put the fake "honor" within a GAME above everything else.
    CCC- I really do not know anything about them, except that they willingly throw themselves to the wolves as Polar meatshield every single war. CCC is probably the 1 alliance in all of CN whos FA has made zero movement in 6 years. I mean not one iota. You know what that says? They soak up honor. Sigh.
    TLR- Home sweet home. Look, we are a retirement community. We enjoyed our prominence, we have no desire to re-attain that prominence. We are perfectly content to let others take the lead. Like the TPFs and Valhallas of the world, we have earned our respite. Maybe , some day, I will get interested enough, or Kestral will, Or Elly will, or heaven-forbid, AirMe will... and we may get involved, but here is a protip... Do not hold your breath. Troll away at us, the truth is we have accomplished more that 95% of you could have ever dreamed of.
    Atlas - The world is starting to take notice of you. This is both good and bad.You are that make or break moment for your alliance in terms of legacy. Watching where you go with it will be fun. Something else for you guys to fear, you are ALSO on my short list of destinations if I ever leave TLR. Fear that and pray. Seriously though guys, enjoy the moment at hand, and do not fear directional decisions going forward. Mistakes do not wreck an alliance's legacy nearly as much as doing nothing wrecks it. Survey the world, look for your spot in it, then go take your spot. I wish you all the best, sincerely.
    AI- Retirement home. They cannot beat us in Shuffleboard though. Most because we cheat. The way I see it... AI formed with 1 purpose. They may not even know that they had that purpose when they formed. They fulfilled the purpose, and pretty much just stopped. History will decide if their respite was earned, I wish there could have been more though.
    Sengoku - For all intents and purposes, Sengoku are weird to me. Their FA seems haphazard at times. They also have a brief history of thinking they are more important than they are on the FA stage... and then... suddenly they make you question if maybe they are not smarter than we all think they are. I am admittedly curious now, and I think the next year will bring many many answers as far as Sengoku is concerned. It may just be that I have been wrong about these guys all along. Remember that next time I make this blog... because it will be addressed with much more knowledge.
    INT- I still adore these guys. They still are the source of my largest CN headache ever. Yet chock full of people I count as friends. I think INT is largely intentionally keeping a low-profile. I think they know their FA is like a meandering fish in a strong current. 2 years ago I could have wrote an entire diatribe on INT, now I am just studying, looking for what their intentions are. Little do they know though... they make my short list as well (My short list is really 7 alliances.)
    DoD - Went from fighting them 9 months ago, to fighting alongside them now (Thank you TOP-Polar incompetence). I was largely neutral on them back then, largely neutral on them now. What they are is competent fighters. What they are not is political movers and shakers. Think NEW minus the language barrier 4-5 years ago.My opinion on DoD will be created over the post-war era, because they (and their allies) will have difficult choices. So make a mental note of this for next time I do this. I will be paying much more attention to DoD.
    Argent - Janax is back.. Omni is out... they can ONLY get an A+ from me. They would get that A+ even if they were squarely on the other side of me this war. Seriously, Janax is somewhat a CN legend, and among the people in this game that I respect the most. Much like TLR, the whole world though a y ear ago, that Argent would not exist today. Suck it world. Can Argent's future be as bright as its pre-Omni past? Who knows, but I would not bet against them. They have some smart players. If they can maintain their interest (which requires others to help to create interest), they can do much pretty much anything they put their minds to.
    Doom Squad- Widely regarded as MK 2.0, you would all be wise to stop thinking of them in that regard. Lots of MK faces? Sure. But this group plays the political game a little different. Subtle and effective, not the "in your face" style of the old MK. However, they have the same level of effectiveness. It is like their kinship with DBDC makes up everything that made Doomhouse right, while shedding all the political albatrosses that Doomhouse had. Keep an eye on this alliance, because their stock is rising.
  2. Rush Sykes
    This will be a long , nearly WoT-esque blog. Usually, between wars, one or more "Grade other alliances" threads pops up on the OWF. This blog is sort of inspired by those, but instead of me rating 1-10 on any given alliance, I am just going to give a couple sentences (maybe more in some instances.) opinions on all of the non-neutral top 80. This is mostly because I am bored today, my SWTOR server is down for maintenance , and i have nothing better to do. So, off we go.....
    IRON- Blind. A blind squirrel who is happy with finding one nut, never knowing that there is an entire planter's factory there for the taking. You blindly run down a path that is leading to your own demise. On one hand it is funny to watch. On the other, it is sad. How many of your long time gov members have to leave your alliance because even they see the tiny light of the freight train coming at them through the dark tunnel, before the light bulb comes in one of your heads, and you finally get it?
    New Pacific Order - Like a fungus you have grown on me. Not because of what you once were, or who you are now, but because the reality is, you have so many people whom I look at and consider to be a friend. Sadly, despite so many sectors of CN who want to claim to want something new, you will always be the alliance they fall back on to galvanize a sphere. In a way, it is sad. It does, however, say without a doubt, you have done SOMETHING right to garner that much ire, and you should keep on doing it.
    New Polar Order - An enigma. For all of your claims, you still seem to always fall down 1 of 2 paths, almost as though you do not know how to follow another path. You have the potential to be so much more than you are, but you seem to find a way to fall when you get to the precipice. You are once again ascending the mountain... It will be fun to see what you do this time.
    Orange Defense Network - To be completely honest, this is the most underrated alliance in the game. They have an almost fanatical member base. They have done literally everything they know to do to shed the image of the past, and no matter how many times they prove they are not the same alliance, mouth-breathers will not let it go. To that, I say kudos to my allies, when you can inspire a disdain from the peanut gallery that persists for as long as it has, it really shows more of a jealousy on the part of many other alliances (not all).. for the community and loyalty you have built among your community. I truly do love you guys.
    RnR - You anger me. But not for the reasons you may think. I spent 3 years with the attitude that RnR is the only part of SF that doesn't suck. Now that SF no longer exists, I have no real identity for you. So curse you for allowing SF to dissolve. In all honesty, there is much more to like, than to dislike about you. I have, truly, always been a closet fan. Mostly because of that Bambi character. Curse him for that.
    MHA - Seriously. One word. Useless. You may have once been a proud alliance that brought something (anything) to the table. Now, you are just a joke. Even to your closest friends and allies, you are a joke. That pretty much sums it up.
    Fark - So much potential. So little motivation. You guys seems to always meander your way across the treaty web, which in and of itself, is not that unusual as lots of alliances do this. But you have squandered opportunities to lead, while simultaneously condemning those who had the courage TO lead. Alliances like yours, with the activity, and ability to lead, who refuse to even try to lead, inevitably do more harm to this community than good. Here you are, once again in a position to take something of a lead. Do it right this time.
    GATO - Solid, loyal allies. Your one true weakness, is the constant turnover in government. You tend to elect govs that support an almost complete 180 every 9 months or so. Change is good, but it needs to be change with purpose, not just change for the sake of change. Magicninja, for all his huffyness, probably best exemplifies the kind of strong (nearly jerkish) voice that you need to center all your new govs. I honestly truly love you guys, and would happily shed every pixel of my nation in your defense. I just wish for a little more clarity and stability.
    That wraps up my judgement of alliances in the top 10 (non-neutral)... stay tuned for 11-20. I know you cannot wait.
  3. Rush Sykes
    Basically, this will be the last installment, in which I cover all significant remaining AAs. If your AA was not covered,. then I find you to be less relevant than even the crappiest of those I have covered(or you are just not in the top 80!.) So...
    On we go...
    TTK: I look back, and I cannot recall anything significant that you have done in the shaping of, or participation in , the larger political game. I do not say this is a disparaging comment about you, but you guys seem to be completely devoid of any drama with other alliances that can tag you as an alliance trying to maneuver to get something (or someone) that they want in the cross-hairs. At some point, playing simply for friendship should not be enough to keep people interested. Its also funny, cuz I know some of you. You have some talented people. I challenge you to leave a legacy of something other than "they were good allies"... As Doctor Who once said to Amy and Rory... Make sure they remember you.
    DBDC : I like your style. Alot. If more alliances played the game that way, it would be a more interesting world. Well, I dont know that it would be more interesting, It is a supposition, but it would be massively different. Sadly, I do not see a world existing where playing the game the way you play it, is sustainable. I hope you prove me wrong though, because you offer an alternative to simple realpolitik.
    NSO- Good grief, where to begin. You blew into this world with an all-star lineup, vowing to play the game differently, then the 1st thing you do, sign with one of the central world powers. It is an easy trap so be untied from everything for 5 minutes, and say you will be different, but in the end, it is ALWAY a failed endeavor. The good thing about you though, is that while you did, in the end, conform with the societal norm of the game, you did so with enough talented people in leadership, that you could stand and play the game that you tried to avoid playing. Kudos for the quick adjustment on the fly. Kudos also for the sheer amount of hate you have managed to garner just simply by existing. Based on what you blew into the game claiming to be... you failed. Based on what you became once you realized you could not play that game within the game, you are a massive success.
    NPL - You have some folks that I like. Really you do. Every time I start to think you may not be so bad, I think back about 2 years or so ago, when you threatened INT over something so stupid. I can't even take you seriously without looking back at that and laughing at the idiocy that was that threat.
    [9:27pm] KemMo[NPL|Trium]: "The Nuclear Proliferation League hereby demands that the two nations from The International send peace."
    Every time I read that line on the C&G forums, I cannot take you guys seriously. Have you learned better since then? Almost without a doubt. For that, I can say I respect where you have come. But the 1st impression, is the 1st impression. It cannot be changed until enough of a communication exists to change it. Since that does not exist from either side, all I can see when I look at your alliance, is a gov that demanded that INT not defend its own nation when your nation attacked them 1st. Kudos on learning how the game is played since then though. Also, you will never be better than GOONS .
    Terran Empire : "I cannot ask my guys to participate in tech deals with anyone, because they may quit the game" I'd call you a joke, but I do not want to insult alliances that I feel are jokes. You are even below them.
    DoD. : For the most part, you are an OK lot. That Griff guy needs to take the game less seriously though.
    GOD : It is a shame how far you (and myself, I am not immune) have fallen from where we once were. Seems we both have capable leadership who are incapable of the time needed to invest in this game. It is sad for your alliance, and even sadder for the game. The game needs to stop losing people who can actually play it in the back channels to lack of time. Pity that can never really happen. Regardless, you have , forever, earned your place in the echelon of worthy alliances to have graced this realm. For your contributions in that area, the entire game owes you a thank you for your efforts.
    Mushroom Kingdom : Still on page 2. Thats quite an accomplishment in and of itself. Despite times that I literally wanted to RL strangle some of you, no finer alliance or ally has ever, or will ever, exist on this realm. I want to personally thank you for all the fun that simply associating with you has provided me over the years. If I had to hand out an award in these judgments for the most significant alliance ever, you would edge out NPO.
    Thats a wrap folks. Nobody else in the top 80 is worthy of my time. Sorry for the lazy finish to this, but such is the state of this game, that beyond writing the 21-30, this began to seem more like a chore than an enjoyment.
  4. Rush Sykes
    31-40.. Off we go....
    House Baratheon - When I look down the member list, I see just about everything I liked about old CSN. That is a plus. You guys dont really make much of an effort to be heard though. That is not a bad thing, its just a cookie cutter thing, and some would even say its smart, because we all know that those who do something are universally hated. We have some common allies, but we have no real common ground or knowledge. I may get back to a judgement of you at a later date, just that right now, I dont really have the knowledge.
    NEW - Difficult. It is the only word I can use to describe you. You are difficult to deal wtih, and not merely because of a language barrier. You have this unwillingness to compromise that really makes handling even the simplest of matters, very difficult. Aside from that, you seem to be a really ok group. Learning some diplomatic tact would benefit you.
    STA - I never got to fight you. This saddens me. You are the last alliance on my list of alliances that I WANT to fight. Oddly, I dont even really want to fight you anymore. You guys have the personalities to make things happen, it seems that they do not want to expend the energy to actually make them happen though (not that I can blame you for this, I feel the same way.) It relegates alliances like yours (and mine) to simple military arms for other alliances.
    UPN - One thing sums up everything I have ever thought of UPN.... that thing is... LOL. The end.
    Knights of Ni! - You gave me my single biggest headache in CN history, and you didnt even try to. Kudos on that. Other than that though, nothing of real note here. I suppose you are ok, or I suppose you could completely suck. I dont know. I dont know anyone else who knows. Stand up and be heard at some point!
    CCC - You have some ok folks. But you seem to lack any independent thought. Just another long-lived cookie cutter alliance. That is not intended to be insulting, its only intended to be truthful. I can usually look at most alliances, and attribute a single notable moment in time to them.... Nothing for you guys though.
    RIA - I suppose you folks are ok. Much like TLR, you seem to be a shell of your former selves. Such is the state of the game. Your leaders of the years, are a bit strange in terms of reactions. I remember when Londo did his joke Supergrievances thread in World Affairs.. you guys played along in the thread... then got outraged when you discovered Fark was inexplicably outraged. It left a sour taste in alot of mouths in C&G. So we look at you guys, and we wonder who you really were. And in addition, we wonder who you really are now. Time will tell.
    INT - By far, this is the hardest one to write. So much to love, so much to loathe, and no real way to accurately pick the ground in between. You have the weirdest democracy dynamic though. In that you seem to almost always re-elect to gov... those who leave you and come back. Im not saying its a bad thing, i am just saying that you guys stand out for the number of times it has happened. We have been through hell and back together, and I would not trade in one moment of that for any different outcome. I truly do love you guys, and I do not think many people in this world besides me, really appreciates how wonderful you guys are. Sadly, I think you think they do. Oh well, it is what it is.
    Anarchy Inc - I want to be positive about you guys. I want to like you guys. I just dont know if I can. I cannot dislike you though. Every single personality that made AI what it was.. is gone. Every single Olympus member that I counted amongst my friends... is gone. I look at your alliance, I recognize the name. I dont recognize the alliance. Will you fade? I think you probably will. Can you prove me wrong? Only you know the answer to that. You know what though? I want you to.
    Invicta - Did you ever see the Robot Chicken Star Wars episode.. Where George W. Bush was a jedi? Thats how I envision Invicta. You keep going for what you want, but you never really have the power to get it. Except after X number of failures, you stumble into a good situation and you get the tacos that George got. Enjoy your tacos.
  5. Rush Sykes
    Picking up where I left off.
    TOP- Unquestionably the best military in the game. Anyone who debates this is a fool. This is your 2nd attempt at trying to be an empire-builder, and I honestly think it will fail this time. Not because you have poor FA people, not because you are inept, or incompetent, rather because you have built your foundation on a house of cards. You now need to rely on a vast assortment of people whom you are either a) in the process of rolling or b) have far more loyalties elsewhere than to you (because you have done nothing ever, to truly earn any loyalty) to fortify your position after this war. The one thing you have going for you, and the one thing that can make me be wrong... is that you have Ardus.
    NATO - The word underrated probably applies more to your alliance than to anyone else. Sometimes, it is difficult for me (because I am old and crotchety) to accept that this is not the same NATO that tried to power play all of Aqua because of the NPO ties, back in the ICE days. The problem was, we looked at NATO with so much disdain for their whole "Umm, we are with NPO, so we run Aqua" attitude, that is really did jade every opinion about you post-Karma. If I stay in this game past this war... you guys have become my new mission. Not to try to make you love, and or even respect me.. but for me to determine exactly how different you are from NATO circa 2008. Expect me to be around if I stay. And feel free to totally reject me, after my treatment of you for better than 4 years, I wouldnt blame you. Hell, its what *I* would have done. But, I AM, once again, old and crotchety.
    Umbrella - Filth. Complete filth. And it is so hard for me to believe that. I look down the list at individual members, and I see so many people I call a friend. But as a collective, you are completely unappreciative filth who feel like you are entitled to worship from others because of a collection of stats. You come across to everyone (even your own DH allies said it many times).. like your own feces do not stink. In the same war, I and my alliance burned for you, I and my alliance championed your cause in regards to terms. Truth is.. the egg is on our (mostly my) face, because your gov didnt even have the common decency to offer up a thank you. It was much more important for you to quickly begin the planning phase to sweep up those who just worked to defend and save you. Classy. Never change.
    TIO - Let's be frank. I dont like you. You dont like me. The dislike began when we (Athens) hit an ODP partner of yours 4 wars ago (while holding an ODP with you). While I do understand that, I think that you guys now are starting to realize why no alliance should allow treaty ties on the other side of a war to handcuff their actions in a war. If you are not realizing that now, then there truly is no hope for you. Still, oddly enough, I look down your list of members, and I see several people I count as friends. So it makes the alliance-alliance dislike, quite uncomfortable.
    Sparta - Literally the only good thing about your who alliance is Londo (for some unknown reason) chose to join you over TOP. The truth is... that is massive step down for Londo, as your own alliance gov has said 2 wars in a row now, that you are "happy to be lapdogs". Congratulations on your happiness.
    Non Grata - I could sit here and type love all day long, and it would not adequately communicate how I feel about you guys. That you manage to ruffle so many feathers, is a badge of honor. That you manage to be such a polarizing entity affirms that you play the game properly. The game is not about always winning, but is about having the courage to take the chance.
    Legion - essentially sitting out most of the last 2+ years of the game, you still managed to live up to your years old reputation of not being able to field a proper offensive, even while possessing such superior numbers. All your alliance is, and all it can ever be, is simply a pawn in other folks machinations. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as 95% of the alliances in this game fit that bill. But, you seem to indicate both that you a) want to be more... or b) think you are more. Either of those 2 realities make you the punchline of a joke. If you possess a strong leader, you need to find him and give him the reigns.
    LOSS - If a new WAE were held today, you would win hands down. How any single member of yours can look at these last 2 wars (the means by which you entered, the allies whom you abandoned, simply to be on the winning side) and hold your head up high and say " I am proud to be a part of this"... is mind boggling. The even more mind-boggling thing is that you could still have achieved your noble goal of simply being on the winning side, without defecating in the faces of your allies in public. What a joke.
    Valhalla - You are trying to play the broader political game, and for that effort, I applaud you, because very few ARE trying. I survey the world now, and I cast a leaf to the air to see the way the wind blows. I am not sure that you guys can see the forest because those pesky trees are in the way. The truth is, I will either be right or wrong in my assessment, and we will both know by Spring. If I am wrong, I will be the 1st to admit it. Jury is out on you.
    Dark Templar - Nothing but respect for you guys. I just wish you would also try to take more of an active leadership role in the broader world. I only wish this because I know you have the people who can. You also have enough of a broad respect among all factions that you could inject yourself as a centralizing power.
    Stay tuned for 21-30. I know you cannot wait for my further insights!
  6. Rush Sykes
    Here we go
    Pax Corvus - Um who??? Seriously, I dont even know who you are. Are you neutral?
    TPF- Puzzling. But what nobody can say about you is that you jump to winning sides on a whim. IRON could learn a few things, sadly they will not. I spent so long hating you guys, its hard to let go of, and I am not sure if I am capable of it. But I at least respect you. So it's a start. Much like my alliance, our better days are probably behind us, it does not, however, make us not useful.
    GOONS - For the most part, I love you guys. I think having Marx as your loudest voice right now, does your alliance a disservice, as he lacks the tact needed to see handle allies effectively. Sardonic is the best of the best, in GOONS, and in this game. You guys strive to create peace-time drama, and for that you make peace time more bearable. Much like MK, those who want you gone, do not realize exactly what it is this community would lose if that happened.
    VE - Pretenders to the throne. Always overestimating either how big they are, or how big the pond they play in is. Completely unable to build bridges, rather relying on others to build the bridges, then hitchhiking along for the ride. Unable to weigh bravery with strategy. You could use a little more flexibility, rather than just trying to live off the masses who say "well at least they went all out." All of that being said, the game is better off with you, than without you.
    GLOF - I really do not know enough about you to form an opinion. By all observances, you seem to function as an added military arm of IRON. Let's see if that changes when winter thaws into spring.
    MCXA - Almost as useless as a neutral. You really neither add anything to the game, nor do you strive you. The best than can be said about you , unlike others who fit your mold, is at least you dont think you are a big fish in a small pond. You seem to be content with who and what you are in terms of the overall game, and that, in and of itself, puts you ahead of alot of the other useless alliances.
    FAN - Are you guys even there? Seriously.
    TLR- for obvious reasons, I will skip this one.
    Nordreich - Forever wrestling with that pesky OOC-IC line. Allegations of racism and white supremacy. Not completely unfounded, we all saw the sheer # of 88's that were in the names of your members over the years. You beg the community the question... do we as a community get outraged over something that has nothing to do with the game, or do we say ... its just a game. I dont have, or offer an answer, I simply do not care. In game, you have never crossed me. So for this, I cannot feign IC rage at your alliance. I do, however, offer up that your best days are long over, and suggest that merging somewhere or dissolving might be a better option for everyone in your alliance.
    NADC - An absolute joke of an alliance. With even bigger jokes as members. Gleefully at this moment, sucking off the TOP teat, thinking in the back of your heads that they really do respect you and they really do appreciate your "sacrifice" on their behalf. It fits in with what you have always been, and always will be. A pawn of the powers that be in whatever sphere you park yourself in.
  7. Rush Sykes
    Truth is, I am guilty of the implications of the title of this blog as well, so everyone understand, I am not coming down on anyone at all.
    But seriously.. when did the management of FA become so lazy? I have spent a few days talking with alliance VIPs and leaders from everywhere on Bob asking if there were examples of FA moves by allies and close knit partners sprung on them at the last minute (either by themselves or others).... I found that nearly universally, every alliance has holes in their communication processes.
    What do I mean by this? Well, back in the day, when you were pursuing new FA options, part of that process included discussion with your current allies about the impact of the new signee on your current relations. It really does seem like nobody on any side of the web cares much about this anymore. It is now less about building a sphere (or extending your influence within an existent sphere)... and more about just adding a few more NS for the coming conflict.
    I will only provide examples that I personally witnessed , those whom I talked to may choose to, or not to include the examples they gave to me, its completely up to them. NG signed with UPN, told no allies about it till 5 mins before signing. INT leaves C&G, tells nobody in TLR gov until it is already posted. GOONS signs TOP with about 6 hours notice to us. Believe me when I tell you there are exampled just like these rampant on each side.
    When did FA change? When did how FA is managed change? If these things had happened in 2006-2011 ... it would have caused uproar and outrage, now one example just begets another, and laziness has become the norm. There is a new generation, it seems, that is looking to make its mark on this game. Are these types of examples to be the norm from now on? Thoughts? Opines?
  8. Rush Sykes
    I commented in an earlier OWF thread about the use(misuse) of the term lapdog as it applies to the politics at large of CN. It is almost as if people refuse to see reality. In every conflict, there are two sides. No more, no less. Even if you have 15 distinct spheres of power, a conflict comes down to two sides. 95% of all alliances will choose one of the 2 sides and fight (the other 5% that want to pretend to be above everyone else on honor, will foolishly help no ally, by fighting for all allies on all sides.) Whether or not you are a lapdog, is by and large determined by what side you fight on. Alliance 1 choosing to fight on side A, will be a lapdog to the central alliance on side A, regardless of what their own political goals and agendas are. It is literally impossible, in the eyes of EVERYONE on the losing side, and in some of the eyes of those on the fringe of the winning side, for an alliance to have supported a move, because there was a clear and measurable benefit to THEM. It can ONLY be that it was because alliance X said jump, and you said "how high?" It is further, impossible, for such a relationship to exist, that simplifies the political goings on of the world, so that a group of several alliances can all clearly see a path that is superior to them, versus another path.
    TLR (athens, et.al.) supported VE's war on Polar because we were lapdogs of MK. We then supported TOPs war on Polar because were lapdogs of MK. We then supported MKs war on CSN because we were lapdogs of MK. It is not possible, in the eyes of those in alliances on the losing side that we supported VE's war on Polar because... quite frankly, we hated Polar. It is not at all possible we supported TOPs war on NpO because... we hated SF. And last but not least, no way did we support MKs war on CSN because ... well.. are you ready for this? We still hate SF. It can only be lapdog syndrome, it cannot be separate alliances sharing the same set of enemies and working together to kill those enemies.
    People, at the end of the day, are very disinterested in who is, or is not, a lapdog. People care only about the perception from which their alliance currently sits. There is a massive segment of the player base on the other side right now, that eagerly await an AI led rolling of MK and friends. Literally, all of you are, by your own definition, sitting awaiting the opportunity to lapdog yourself out to them, so that they can finally do for you, what you all failed so miserably at for 3 years, and that is putting up any sort of a challenge. Certain segments of prominent alliances on the other side, whom absolutely hate everything there is to hate about Duckroll, sucking up so hard to them right now, that it is even funny to folks in Duckroll gov, trying to maintain a smile on their face as they hope to get themselves close enough to Duckroll to ride the coattails if Duckroll makes all of their dreams come true and finally slays the beast that is MK. Hypocrisy in CN is a grand thing. We all do it. I have done it. Every last one of you have been doing it. And until the day that this world is no more, we will continue to do it. Why? Because none of this is real. It is a game. And when you play a game, you get freedom to do as you choose in that game. Carry on lapdogs, wannabe lapdogs, and lapdogs to be.
  9. Rush Sykes
    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.
  10. Rush Sykes
    War. It is what it is. Its not meant to be pretty, its not meant to be honorable. We are in such a poor shape on planet Bob that we literally hail people who follow their treaties as honorable. Stop it Planet Bob, just stop it.
    The job of a military in a war is to win. You win by killing people and breaking things. Friendships, treaties, all of that nonsense aside, you have two sides in a war. If you are not the same as a friend, you know what that makes you? An enemy. It may sound brutal, and the reality does not lend itself to pretty propaganda pieces about how alliance A is stabbing alliance B in the back by attacking alliance B's friend. Its ok that you are on the other side. And its ok that you let the coalition on your side use your friend on the other side to pick and choose entry points that specifically cripple your friend on the other side's ability to help their friends that they are fighting on the same side with. In this situation, you placing your friend on the other side in a bad position to help your side gain an advantage is STRATEGY. Its not dishonorable at all, not ONE IOTA, to be part of a planning channel, that SEEKS to put your friends on the other side in a bad position. You maintain your honor in this. But then, your friend on the other side decides that they want to do what they can to help the people they are fighting with, on the same side, to do the unthinkable (win a war, SHOCKING ISNT IT), and they decide that they will not let an ally of an ally cripple a war effort, so they do the unthinkable, and hit an ally of an ally. They are treacherous. They did not allow their friend on the other side, to enable their friends on the other side to make their decision making about who to hit difficult. This is not strategy, this is dishonor. And should incite rage. Stop it planet Bob, just stop it.
    HOW DARE YOU TRY TO WIN A WAR.
    This just in, doing what is best to win a war is horrible. News at 11. Oh yes, and while we are talking about Sparta talking about honor. The morning before ODNs horrific pre-empt on Spartas ally in MHA, Sparta gov approached Olympus. About getting a blanket peace on the olympus front. Why you ask? So they could...are you ready for this.... hit ODNs ally in MK. Honor, indeed. Stop it planet Bob, just stop it.
  11. Rush Sykes
    So, when exactly does any alliance on this game achieve the not-so-clearly-defined state of having paid for their mistakes?
    9 months ago, to the day, Athens raided Knights of the Ni!. A dark moment in Athens history to be sure. So dark, in fact, that the single incident now stands as a rallying point to consolidate hatred of Athens as an alliance. I make no bones about the mistake that occurred. A select few members of our alliance grew bored, arrogant, and borderline stupid, all at the same time. The incident brought threats of war, brought internal bickering over the direction of the alliance, shame and embarrassment all to Athens doorstep. Since that time, we have been pretty quiet. Careful not to offend anyone, rediscovering the humility that brought us to our presence on the world stage, helping friends and foes alike diplomatically. Regardless of anyone's thoughts on the CB in the TPF war, it is not as cut and dried a situation as Ni!, in which we screwed up massively. Given the varying world opinions on the CB through allies and enemies alike, it is clear that that CB is debatable at best, and at worst, in the realm of Athens hatred. Always, it still comes back to Ni!.
    Financially, we paid for the Ni! raid. In the realm of public opinion, we paid for the Ni! raid. Still, I hear about it daily. Is a military defeat the sole means by which this world can put that incident in the past and look at Athens as she stands now? If you believe a military defeat is the only way to pay for that crime, explain to me why? I ask that everyone compare and correlate their opinions with where they stood in the past on alliances who committed "crimes"(for lack of a better word).
  12. Rush Sykes
    Here we sit, yet again. Waiting for the next controversial CB that 3/4 of both sides will think is absolute BS but will cite "obligations" as a reason to join the winning side (and lets be honest, there will be plenty of treaty conflicts, hence the winning side CAN be legitimately picked by anyone.)
    Whoever started this nonsense of needing a "valid CB" to advance the political game here on Planet Bob should be stabbed in the face repeatedly. Its a broken, boring system. Yet here we all sit, playing by the broken, boring system, with nobody willing to act on their general dislike of the people and leaders in other alliances, because it is not "politically expedient." When a war does break out , some alliances will opt out, citing treaty conflicts(basically saying that this is not a smart political move for us at the time) and will be labeled as cowards, even though all of us (myself included)... sit here with our hands tied waiting...endlessly. We are all cowards, we are all hypocrites. Planet Bob is dying, it is our fault, and there are actually still enough egos out there within certain areas to think that the game is doing just fine. Shame on us all.
  13. Rush Sykes
    Tonight, my dear friends, we rest.
    When we began this merger endeavor so many weeks ago, we had several discussions on what we predicted the final alliance would look like statistically. I am so pleased that we exceeded even the most generous internal expectation.
    I am here before you tonight to report that the merger is complete. I am also here to inform the entire world, that the 3 alliance affiliations of Athens, League of Shadows Treaty, and Greenland Republic are all cleared and empty of members. Those of us who lived on those three AA's for so much time, have come together to drink one last toast to the past, and bury into eternal slumber, those three proud alliances.
    From this day, going forth, any nation moving to either of those 3 alliance affiliations, without the express consent of The Last Remnants(and this will be almost impossible to gain), will be considered to be committing an act of war against The Last Remnants, and will be dealt with the same as a rogue attack. We protect what we once were, now, and so long as we exist. On behalf of all of the members of The Last Remnants, we want to offer one last thank you from Athens, Greenland Republic and League of Shadows Treaty to all friends, enemies, lovers and haters that we racked up over time. We ask that you all respect our wishes to let these three AA's rest in eternal peace.
    Ladies and gentleman, merger complete. Goodbye sweet princes.
  14. Rush Sykes
    Since my rise to the position of MoFA of Athens, I have always made it a point to protect and repair Athens image in all of my dealings. To this end, I am exceedingly polite and diplomatic in all of my dealings. Even to the point of leading nearly every diplomatic inquiry with an apology for having to take peoples' time. In the end, this is a game, and those people within the game have a life going on around them. Today, my faith in the simplest of diplomacy was shattered.
    You see, Back near the end of April, I was looking around for tech dealers to buy tech from. I found a thread in the Black Market forum started by the alliance FAR. It listed no frills tech sellers. The instructions, if I recall correctly, said simply to send them the money, and I would receive the tech. I forget the exact date, but I will assume it was April 30(you will see why later). I clicked on one of the linked nations in the post(this nation....http://www.cybernations.net/nation_drill_display.asp?Nation_ID=392444)... and sent the $3 million. On May 9th, I received the following message from this nation (it will be pasted in IRC Query format... I had originally saved the message on CN, but it only saves for 30 days.)...
    The message was standard, and at the time I received it, it was no big deal to me. The next day went by. No tech. The following day, no tech. Another day... no tech. After several days, I sent this nation a friendly in-game reminder. Pointing out to him that the other 4 had all received their tech, and that I had not. I assumed it was just an oversight, so again, at the time, no big deal, I explained to him, in the message, that sending all the offers out at once is ok, cuz if he doesnt have the tech to fill it, the offer will stay in place till he does, and doing so will not waste precious days on the aid slot. Day after day goes by, he doesnt even open the message. His nations inactivity days are mounting up. They got in the high teens , so I assumed he just quit the game. It is not my style to hold FAR as an alliance, responsible for 1 bad seller who quits, so, at the time, I wrote it off as a loss. A few days later, however, I checked his nation to see if it had deleted. It was now at 2 days inactive. He had collected. Meaning, he totally just blew off my message. Did not even open it or make any effort to address it. It was, at this point, I contacted FAR government. During this contact, I had a pleasant chat with StealingPandas. Log:
    This happened on June 1. As of the writing of this blog, my aid slots date back to May 21. On June 1, they would have dated back an additional cycle. It was clearly visible to anyone who looked that I had received no tech from this nation. Following this conversation, day after day went by, I did not bug FAR repeatedly because I trusted in what I was told. I still do trust in what I was told. As such, I can only conclude that Great1 did not reply to the message even from his own gov concerning this issue. Again, his inactivity days began to mount. Once again, I figured he was probably quitting, as he had ignored his own gov this time. Today, however, I checked in on him again. Back to 2 days inactive. He again collected. He has now ignored 2(it might even be 3, i really dont remember) in-game messages from me, and at least 1 from his own gov. Surely, now this matter could be resolved. I again approached FAR seeking to have this nation released to Athens military, as it was clear I would never see my tech from him. In the midst of what was a rather pleasant conversation with Sir Exodus concerning this incident, I received a query from Fernando. It was, at this point.. the pleasantries ended. Log:
    Essentially, I was called a liar. What should have been a simple matter of diplomacy, ended with me being called a liar. Lesson learned... sometimes some involved parties do not want simplicity. For my part, it began with one nation screwing me over in a tech deal. And ended with an entire alliance supporting such action. And Athens are the bad guys.... Diplomacy FTL.
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