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Hello! Before you read below and/or post to reply please note that this is a request for information from an out of character point of view. I've been very out of the loop and really not caring about CN politics for several years (a few of which I hadn't an active nation), and I now see that there's a lot of activity around FTW, i.e. the Freehold of The Wolves. I am curious about them and I don't know how I could or should interact with them (if at all) in game (in this sense this inquiry has one IC aspect as well). My confused and incomplete (and maybe incorrect) knowledge of the FTW is that they are the result of alliance mergers, that their history (this far) involved several wars with so-called "micros" (small alliances), that they're part of the RFI bloc (with Legion, GATO, Claws?... Who else has been part of it?), that they're currently at war with COBRA and Non Grata (and...?) What is their relationship with Oculus? Their FA ties? I'll be grateful to anyone that can enjoy provide explanations or tell stories about them and their history. (If some want just to post jokes and factoids, well, by any means please do! Jokes are funny, jokes are good...)
Cross Atlantic, INC, World War lacks victory, Red Pacific, North Arctic, Ivan Moldavi Neutral Menace, breathing air, ODN and Legoinaires Update blitz, tank war, oath of fealty ICSN (gets bombed) ICP and IRON Prodigal_Chieftain and the LUE Invasion Independence Council, GATO tosses Grenval UFO, NpO, Yaridovich says goodbye We didn’t start the fire, It was always burning since the world’s been turning We didn’t start the fire No we didn’t light it but we’re trying to fight it Getting jumped by Legion, Yoda’s in the Coven No reps, apologize, peace achieved at last Pacific’s back to number one, Tyga now Electron Sponge, GOONrush, Drinking Buddies, Pantsless Thunderbolt Cheiftain’s overthrow at the hands of Bilrow, Depraved tries his hand, GATO loses forums CNARF, Grenval’s back, AoA gains Nordreich ICP fights Maroon, Kaiser Martens backs down We didn’t start the fire, It was always burning since the world’s been turning We didn’t start the fire No we didn’t light it but we’re trying to fight it Power blocs start with GUARD, NDF which breaks apart League, WUT (Not TI), Senator New Reverie Norway’s song, NoR’s rebuked, League won’t fire any nukes, Fark’s secret ally, WUT has instant Anarchy GOONS smiley, \m/ thong, Fark fights really long DramaNations Meter, St. Patty’s Day is murder Cat is WAE, Great War Three, Aegis is the enemy, Paper Tiger, Flatliner, /b/ombing of the server We didn’t start the fire, It was always burning since the world’s been turning We didn’t start the fire No we didn’t light it but we’re trying to fight it Stormfront, Nazi ploy, ONOS under viceroy, VE, OE, GGA kills Green Team, Operation Overlord, yellow dye seeds discord, Kicked out, VietFAN, Moldavi Rebellion Modgate, WUT cracks, ascending by the Unjust Path, Squiggly, OOC, FAN gets beat up by 1V We didn’t start the fire, It was always burning since the world’s been turning We didn’t start the fire No we didn’t light it but we’re trying to fight it Blue control, Continuum, Orders in control again, NoWedge, Woodstock, Illuminati gets rocked, LoFN, Ephie’s ampersand, Kaos government was banned, GATO forced from cover, Moo makes hell freeze over De Profundis, Doitzel’s cry, helping found Vox Populi, FBI, NoCB, Wars considered separately Grämlins and their allies bail, Bastion cannot help but fail Roll a six, the Karma War, I can’t take this game no more We didn’t start the fire, It was always burning since the world’s been turning We didn’t start the fire But when we are gone Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on
I'm transcribing my post here from the monster thread currently raging in Alliance Politics (I still can't called it Alliance Announcements, it's weird). Sequence of the build up to the war from SF's perspective as presented in a rough amalgamation of faux conversations based on what was said at various points in our discussions: Step 1: "Grämlins is going to leave Q" "What the $%&@ are they doing? Half of Q hates them, they're going to get rolled!" "What the hell do we do?" "We should stand firm with them and nobody'll be able to start !@#$." "$%&@. No way this isn't going to spark a war, but fine." "Ok, time to start buying nukes and finding allies. We need to circle the wagons or we're going to get stomped." Step 2: "Anyone else getting felt out in that familiar failure-to-be-subtle way to see if we want to get closer to Q and/or think Grämlins suck?." "Yeah, Dilber asked Fark and Rok if they'd like an invite to Continuum." "Well don't tell him no. We don't want them thinking we'll side with Grämlins if/when it comes down to it or we paint a target on ourselves." "Oh hell, Dilber found out we told SF and now he's pissed because he told us not to tell anyone." "He thought you wouldn't tell us? What the hell kind of blocs has he been in?" "Oh $%&@, Grinch just log-dumped Hoo saying we'd side against NPO." "What? Why the $%&@ was Hoo talking to Grinch about anything?" "So there goes any chance of flying under the radar." "We are so going to get targeted." "Oh for $%&@'s sake, now Hoo is retiring. God dammit, Hoo." Step 3: "Bud seemed like he was fishing for information so Xiph told him we were going to attack Continuum and then destroy Grämlins to see if it gets spread around." "Well this will end well." "You should probably tell Grämlins." "Already did." "Ok cool." "Oh lord, Continuum is going around to all your allies with it now." "God this is funny. They think Xiphosis is trying to mastermind their destruction." "So anyway, it seems we've stumbled on a bunch of other people trying to form a bloc." "We've got FOK, Umbrella, MHA, and Sparta in talks with us." "They're trying to get Grämlins and maybe TOP." "Ok, so TOP thinks it's stupid." "Ugh, now some people in Umbrella are worried because TOP doesn't like it." "Oh for god's sake, MHA wants to bring in NPO." "Oh damn Vox! They plastered it all over the forums. Are they trying to kill this?" "Alright, well MHA won't do it without Grämlins. Grämlins won't do it without MHA and Umbrella won't do it without either." "Now Grämlins just don't want to join it." "Ok, well that idea went well." Step 4: "Rok is having some problems." "Awesome." "Hal says TailsK might go defect to NPO or something." "Jesus Christ..." "And... Hal just went and joined Valhalla." "And he's sending us taunting PMs telling us we're all talk and if we wanted a war we should go start one. Also that he screenshotted our boards." "..." "Is he high?" "Now VE and the International are going at it. Can we keep people we need with us from killing each other please?" "Oh god, Continuum are so going to turn this into a PR disaster for us." "IRON just gave VE notice." "And VE just canceled on NPO and GGA." "So, guys, Kait decided this would be a good time to cancel on their NPO treaty." "Well, this is going to be interesting." "And there goes the FA blitz." "We've got three NPO diplomats on our boards right now, and two of them are Dilber and Triyun." "Yeah, we have Moo on ours." "Jesus, everyone I talk to has an NPO Q&A going on." "Holy !@#$, they're scared..." "Oh man, they gave back MK's first strike policy for a PIAT?" "Apparently they asked for an MDP and the membership shot it down hard." "Yeah, that PIAT really accomplished alot. Especially since Archon keeps saying he wants to stay out of this anyway." "Eh, I don't think his membership will let him, but we'll see." Step 5: "Hey guys, a bunch of people in Valhalla are in peace mode." "Oh !@#$, more are dropping in." "TPF, too." "Most of Q." "Jesus, this could be legit. I'd get everyone to Defcon 1 ASAP." "Vanguard says TORN is shopping around a CB against OV but they won't say what it is. Apparently they requested MK help them but didn't have a lot of luck." "Any idea what the CB is?" "At the moment it's something about spying on TPF, but the details keep changing." "So it's BS?" "Probably but they won't commit to anything so we don't even know what their CB is let alone what its validity might be." "Well we'd better try to find out." "They're rebuffing all offers of mediation saying to wait closer to update." "What?! Are we supposed to find out what the CB is in their DoW?" "Well it's not like we have a lot of options here." "I could always cancel our PIAT with them citing manufacturing a CB. Getting that out their now would make it near impossible diplomatically to declare tonight. Buy some time." "Yeah, but we don't know for sure it is manufactured because we don't know what it is, and that would come back to bite us." "I could always change CB to war. If withholding any information on a casus belli and rebuffing any attempts at diplomacy until the universally recognized declaration time isn't trying to manufacture a war, I don't know what is." "Yeah, that works." "Well, we got them into talks finally. Apparently, OV is being accused of signing a treaty with Blackstone, spying on TPF and on NPO." "Do they have any evidence?" "They're saying OV has to admit to and if they don't before evidence is presented it means they haven't learned anything." "What a load of horse !@#$." "Apparently, TOP and MHA are leaving Continuum. Grämlins say they should be free of obligations by Monday." "Oh my god, mhawk just told Impero to roll the hard six in talks." "You have to be joking. That is !@#$@#$ hilarious." "Dammit, they actually did accept a screenshot from Blackstone." "Oh hell. That's just going to let them dig in despite having jack to back up their accusations." "They've basically dropped all the other issues now that they have something to latch onto that they didn't make up, even if it is stupid." "Gotta love how TORN and TPF have been negotiating with OV over a screenshot of NPO's forums. Yep, they definitely had real grievances before this all started, because that's exactly what would happen." "Chill thinks the CB is legit and won't vote in favor of a war." "So, everyone else in Grämlins is for it." "They require a unanimous council vote to declare war or something. However it works, it basically gives Chill veto power over declaring war." "!@#$" "Grämlins is basically revolting, they've got a poll going that's ridiculously in favor of war but it doesn't mean anything legally." "With Grämlins looking like they won't come in, a lot of people are saying we should just let them have OV now and they don't want to fight." "You have got to be !@#$@#$ kidding me. We can win this, and now it's going to fizzle out. An entire coalition built itself up this weekend. No way in hell is that going to happen again." "We've still got preparations going on. If we let them ZI the guy that accepted the screens, we can take another stab at this later." "I already did that once with iClean. No way in hell am I doing that again." "Agreed. KasMage was supposed to serve a single ZI sentence, then had it switched to PZI when he reached it. We're defending our our friends." "Alright, find out who will still go in and everybody prepare to pull a FAN." "C&G is still in. So is VE." "Sparta is with us. I gave Tulak plenty of outs to avoid getting stomped but he's still coming in." "Anyone still have a link to the topic where I outlined ideas for fighting an indefinite guerrilla war?" "Oh, someone pointed out that TPF had to accept info to find out OV accepted the screenshot. Chill says he'd back an offer of exchanging expulsion from OV and ZI for the identity of person who gave the info to TPF, or mhawk's ZI if they can't or won't give it up." "What?" "Well, this'll be interesting." "Yeah, that isn't going to go over well." "At least our side has settled down a bit." "Honestly, I'm not sure this is going to break out in a war. They've already been worked down to accepting a single ZI sentence. I can see them turning over the informant." "Guys, look at the war screen." "No way." "Did they seriously just declare war in the middle of negotiations?" "Well, here we go!" "You know, I think there's a chance we might survive this after all."
Most people complain about the state of the current treaty web. For those of you living under a rock (although I don't know how you found this blog if you are) the current web could best be described as less of a web and more of a giant wad of twine. Essentially everyone with aspirations of political relevance is connected to it and most people are so tangled they can't seem to move. It has been charged for some time that this political landscape, such as it is, is stifling the game. I'm not going to talk about that. The subject is dead and the horse beaten into glue. Maybe I'll try breathing life back into it at a later time, but right now I'd rather focus on something more interesting, namely, how and why things developed to this point. At its root, the current situation is an outgrowth of some very basic drivers and is almost certainly an inevitable result of this drive being left unchecked. To gain an understanding of what I'm talking about, let's look back to the dawn of time. All that exists is a scattering of small nations. No alliances or treaties of any kind. Now, let's take a look at one very special nation. We'll call it Smithtopia and its ruler's name will be Jack. All of the nations around Smithtopia are constantly getting into small battles as either the attacker or victim. Most nations that remain peaceful wind up victims and most attackers will fall prey to opportunists or a not quite victimy enough victim. There really is no secure strategy to guarantee the safety of his people. But Jack is an innovator, he reaches out to a neighbor and they agree to protect each other. Now there is no single nation that can destroy either one. They begin bringing in more neighbors to strengthen their security and the first alliance is born. Jack is no longer just leader of Smithtopia, but the head of The Alliance with unprecedented strength set to defend him. Seeing this success, others follow suit and alliances begin to dot the landscape. Of course, now Jack has a problem. The Alliance is no longer indominable. There are other entities with the strength to challenge them. It requires more skill and a mentality more inclined to cooperation to build an alliance than it does a nation, so wars between alliances are fewer but much larger and more destructive than the simple one on one skirmishing. Now the number of alliances is significantly less than the number of nations. Peace treaties can be shopped around to individual alliances to help deter conflict as a fairly efficient tactic. Unfortunately, this only moitigates threats and does not secure against new or future opposition. Once again, Jack reaches out, this time to a neighboring alliance and an ageement to defend each other is reached. The Alliance now has an ally, and cannot be conquered by any single opposing alliance. Once again, others play catch up and begin pulling together allies. The process continues building upon itself and Jack brings in a group of allies to form The Bloc. His enemies, unwilling to be left behind and exposed, quickly do the same. We're now back to square one of the cycle but on a much higher plane. Wars between allied blocs of alliances become truly massive and unbelievably deveststing in their effects. Individual blocs begin to overlap and become tied together in an effort to keep from losing such devestating battles. Now, this cycle could go on indefinitely. In CN, however, the resources ran out at the Superbloc level. There are only enough players and alliances in the game for a single Superbloc the size of the current web to exist. At this stage, the fictional Jack would now be sitting on top of the world, all but having ensured the security of Smithtopia for generations to come. Any future struggles would simply be directed at remaining on top and preventing it all from collapsing by weeding out any structural weaknesses, a much simpler task than building it from scratch. Jack does not, of course, exist in CN. His role is encompassed by dozens of individuals from as many alliances over the course of the game. The pattern is still the same. Each stage makes wars larger and less frequent. Each stage collects more of the world's resources into collective groupings. Unfortunately, the resources are finite, and the competition which drives this process begins to die when there are no longer enough resources left to feed competing entities. Because humanity thrives on strife, the death of this arms races between separate entities brought about the end of what so many viewed as their entertainment, the public drama of opposing sides.