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All I Want For Christmas

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-12-25 08:53:24

Merry Christmas!

The strip is a day early for Christmas! Dire Santa is not on his own "nice" list.

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-12-25 09:15:38

Diplomacy - Fall 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 "Gang of Three" (Germany, France & Russia) remains the significant power. A probatory thrust into Austria was thwarted, but England was dislodged from the North Sea, and the British do not look long for this world. Italy continues its madcap treacheries, by allying with Austria against Germany, but failed in this latest venture.

England has lost the North Sea and face imminent invasion by the Go3. They erroneously gambled that one of the members would break rank. "Monday morning quarterbacking" isn't fair, but even without the hindsight of how events turned out, I was thinking that England should've given up the North Sea (which was lost anyway) to attempt reclaiming Norway. This would've forced Russia to disband a unit, possibly signaling their doom. Now, barring a miracle, the British Isles are just a Christmas ham to be carved up.

France dutifully played their part in driving England from the North Sea. They appear to have given up their initial initiative in exchange for playing meticulously and cautiously. Their early game advantage has dissipated, but they do still remain strong and with an array of options.

Italy's incursion into Austrian territories proved to be a ruse, as they allied with Austria to attempt an invasion on Germany. If that alliance had simply switched roles, we'd be seeing Austrian troops in Munich right now. By virtue of this failure, the traffic-jammed Italian troops did, in fact, seize an Austrian supply center. Now with five units, Italy continues to be a wild card, but they are rapidly running out of hands to play.

Austria has been the sneakiest player in the game thus far. They allied with Turkey against Russia, and Italy against Germany. Their position is precarious, however. Their peace with Turkey relies on their ability to deliver Russia, and who knows what the Italians will do next? They appear irretrievably aligned against the Go3, or at least Germany and Russia. The entire Italian/Austrian/Turkish vs. Germany/Russian front appears deadlocked, and Austria's fortunes remain in massive doubt.

Turkey continues to push on Russia, but will be unable to take it without allied support. Facing this potential deadlock, they must be facing temptation to turn on their Austrian allies.

Russia is balling up into a fortress, while continuing to contribute to the Go3. Every decision continues to reinforce the impression that they are playing for prolonged survival, and not to win.

Germany is clearly the primary beneficiary of Go3 actions. Their borders are secure for as long as that alliance holds. A tentative thrust into Austria failed, but a counter-invasion was likewise thwarted. They are leading the naval charge to end England, and while placed in a precarious situation should their alliance falter, Germany remains one of the preeminent powers for the now.

The image below is the current state of the map. A larger version is available for viewing by clicking on it. The gingerbread house is the Swiss consulate. The Geneva embassy welcomes all nations of the world to come celebrate Christmas together!

Players, note the following:

England - Fleet North Sea Retreat Yorkshire
Italy - Build Army Rome, Fleet Naples
Turkey - Build Fleet Constantinople

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