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The One Ring

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-04-01 06:59:04

Diplomacy V - Fall 1904

Austria continues to expand, and is poised to seize an inordinate amount of supply centers should he decide the time is opportune to stab his allies. Russia's underbelly in undefended, and Italy is poorly positioned. In addition, a new Austrian fleet is bound to strain relations with his hitherto staunch Italian ally. Barring concerted political opposition, this is Austria's game to lose.

England continues to lose ground; the only realistic ambition remaining to her is to be as major an annoyance to her oppressors as possible.

France survived his precarious opening position, and a healthy combination of aggression and luck has made him a significant player. While another unlikely cycle of initiative and fortune is required to place him among the front runners, it's astonishing to see France as strong as he is. France has been scrambling from turn one, and finally has the opportunity to begin consolidating his position, as opposed to being forced into emergency reactions.

Germany is hunkered down behind his gates, even as they creak from the battering ram impacts. How long will his timber hold? The only salvation is a diplomatic solution.

Italy saw another autumn pass without growing, and allowing France to grow. Yes, insinuating a fleet into the English Channel offers strategic benefits, but came at the cost of allowing Portugal to remain in French hands. With a new French fleet in Marseilles, and a second Austrian fleet, Italy's Mediterranean dominance is now challenged. Italy is clearly powerful, but just as clearly vulnerable.

Russia has opted to buy some time by serving the Austro-Italian bloc. He's being used to crack the German lines, and is likely to be unmolested as long as he remains useful. I feel compelled to assert that while you cannot win if you don't survive, you also won't win if you just play to survive.

Farewell Turkey; we hardly knew ye.

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