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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-12-22 05:01:02
I understand the imperative to bailout the financial sector - it's the very mechanism by which our entire society functions. However, I'm wary about tossing money at the auto industry. Hopefully we learn from the banking crisis, but we've been down this road with Detroit before. I just hate the thought of throwing OUR money (have you ever considered how much evaporates from each of your paychecks?) at the car manufacturers, only to have to revisit another bailout situation in another fifteen years or so.
Webcomics though, do require a handout. The Direman Press PayPal account has sadly yet to receive a single deposit... You comedy freeloaders!
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-12-22 08:18:42
That makes one loyal reader!
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-12-22 11:45:52
Diplomacy - Spring 1902
For anyone following along at home, these forums will give you all the information you need to keep track. The roleplaying thread is, quite frankly, better comedy than our comic strips.
The major surprise was the mad Italians reversing course to betray the Austrians. Aside from that, the cooperation between Russia, Germany, and France ("The Gang of Three") remains strong. The latter two in particular, appear to be the players currently with the most viable shot at victory. The intrigue will arise from which of the three will break ranks first. Currently, it seems unlikely Russia would do so, while already fully engaged with Turkey. Germany probably wouldn't relish a multi-front war, either. France, however, has innumerable options, and remains an intriguing mystery.
England has been thrust out of Scandinavia by the Russians with German aid. French fleets are approaching, and it appears that "The Gang of Three" is soon to eliminate England.
France convinced Italy to head eastward into Austria, and appears prepared to invade England with German and possibly Russian support. I'm honestly surprised they didn't decide to simply sweep Italy aside, and claim the four supply centers in the area. Coming to an agreement with Italy did nothing to strengthen their position, but did greatly assist their German and Russian allies.
Italy has been awkwardly parading its troops back and forth, until finally invading Austria this turn. While not currently a contender for victory, this action has huge ramifications. It strengthens the already powerful Germany, by weakening a bordering threat. Also, it most likely saves Russia from destruction. The combined push of Austria and Turkey would likely have accomplished this, but the Italian aggression puts this outcome in severe doubt.
Austria has its hands full with the Italian treachery and potential German invasion.
Turkey is suddenly in a difficult position. Without Austria's assistance, Russia can hold off the Turkish push.
Russia has been an enigma. After a strong opening, Russia has surprisingly decided to give up Sevastopol for Norway. No doubt, this was at the behest of his fellow "Gang of Three" members, but this was clearly not in Russian best interests. Nonetheless, the Italian invasion of Austria has granted them a badly needed reprieve to regroup.
Germany has jockeyed for allies well, and looks prepared to assist in the destruction of England. A concurrent push into Austria, now that Italy has weakened them, isn't out of the question either.
The image below is the current state of the map. A larger version is available for viewing by clicking on it.