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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-04-05 06:35:43
This is the joke that Vargas made when he first saw the script of PonFarr knocking up a hobbitess. Wouldst I had the wherewithal to punch him in the face. It'd be for his own good.
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-04-04 06:19:30
Diplomacy V - Spring 1905
Austria is holding the bulk of the puppet strings. Both Italy and Russia are extremely vulnerable to any potential Austrian aggression, and I'd wager a healthy sum that when the time comes, it'll be Russia that gets gutted first. A couple more well played turns, and he'll hit critical mass.
England is doing her all to throw her spite into France's teeth. This escalating slapfight continues to provide Italy's teeth with a huge respite from unwanted armed conflict.
France moved a second army onto the British Isles. While this does mean that a simple defensive hold guarantees flipping yet another supply center away from England, it also ensures that the Austro-Italian alliance can methodically proceed with felling Germany as the next domino to world conquest.
Germany lost Berlin, and the rest of his supply centers are all but certain to follow. France and England, and Germany and Russia need to set aside their disputes in order to counter the Austro-Italian pact, but it would appear that none of them possesses the political capital or will to forge that necessary counter-alliance. Once Germany is eliminated, that opportunity will have largely passed.
Italy has been VERY patiently nurturing France's ambitions against the British, in order to keep safely pounding away at Munich. That battering ram should finally succeed in the next turn: a critical fall offensive. That should incite the flashpoint marking the move toward endgame. It'll be entertaining to see if the clockwork cooperation between Italy and Austria continues unabated, or if some jockeying for position or an outright stab creates new political bedfellows. I'd bet on the betrayal coming later, as the other players have made this game too easy for the central neighbors.
Russia is doing to Germany what France is doing to England. Russia is doing for Austria what France is doing for Italy. It's an elegant symmetry, really. Both are vulnerable to treachery at the hands of their benefactors, but both should receive badly needed conscripts to stave off such stabbings. Ironically, this modest strength only serves to reinforce the ties between Italy and Austria. I'd be genuinely surprised if one of those two fails to run the table.