As it has become slightly apparent that the executive wanted war for the sake of war, to fulfill the carniverous needs of others to use rockets for the UK and not for allies despite having a training war with Ireland just over a week ago, there has been some debate - albeit political - about why Norway was chosen as our latest target.
Advice is something that should be taken in and considered before doing anything. I stand personally on the position that any war should've at least had a few days discussion. As far as it goes, however, it seems like this idea of an invasion of Norway was only an idea that was put into action impulsively on the desire to have war once again. Why do I say this? Firstly, it striked me when neither of the current Ministers of Foreign Affairs actually knew about the war.
However, advice is something that can go fatally wrong. The reason why I say this is that our CP says NEing Norway was the advice of TWO. This is probably the only time our CP has even considered the advice of foreign affairs people, mainly because it was in his interests but it was never considered that two days later we'd have three fronts open as a result of the war and perhaps two more fronts to be established later. The Netherlands, a country who has been our ally in the past, who has never bothered itself with the UK for many years, has decided to join in. Russia, who told our CP that they were fine about the war, may join in. France, who are currently winning a resistance war in Picardy, may join in. It was never considered that these countries would get involved, simply trusting an enemy nation based on their word.
We now stand somewhere that we have tried so hard to correct, where every natural border we possess with countries in this game are enemy nations or we have angered in some way. We shoved off Belgium in December. Norway was sitting by as a neutral nation to us. Germany are fond of Asgard and treat them as allies. France may be wiped consistently but they are still our enemy. The Netherlands may be wiped a lot of the time but are friends with Norway. The USA is joining CoT as a trial member but they have some serious reservations against the UK. Canada is Canada. The Irish population despise our CP. Yet it is not actually clear if anything will be done to solve this issue. We are screwed if the alliances shift again in their favour but it's okay if people want to use their rockets in January 2013.
Fondness of Scandinavia
I feel as though I should do some explaining on why I said I would refuse to fight against Norway. To clarify, I would only fight against Norway when their regions are under attack from us or they are trying to get their regions back. They may have the ability to attack our home regions and they have every right to do so.
I have had a fondness of the Scandinavian region ever since becoming a Swedish citizen in February last year. As a member of Nationalgardet, I supported some of their policies, one of which being the formation of a Scandinavian alliance, which is now known as Asgard. I still hold my Swedish friends in high regard. I respect them as a nation on the whole. While I was there, Stakerauo had managed to convince me that Norway was a lovely country, which it is and I fought for their political independence at the time of PTO through battles with Finland and Russia, who were helping the country out. Thus, I had my reservations in fighting against a country I respect and admire. The same cannot be said for Canada, where I would happily fight against. I have been fond of Scandinavia ever since I was there myself and I will continue to be fond of Sweden and their neighbours while their nice, little community continues to exist. Sweden was our ally and that may not be the case now but I would happily go back there.
We all have countries we admire, like or respect... and countries we hate, dislike or don't respect. Norway is part of the first group for me.
What this whole incident with regards to Norway is respect. We are in this for "fun", we are told. "We". Norway are simply trying to get on and exist after months of PTO and PTO threats. "We" expected to simply walk over Norway with blatant disregard and diplomacy being thrown out the window. "We" expected this to be a walk in the park, a simple invasion of a country just over a tenth of our strength.
As an act of respect, I want to say well done to Norway for winning - or at the time of writing, close to winning - Sorlandet. You took on a nation ten times your strength and managed to win against heavy alliance odds. As far as I can tell, our government's expectation was to wipe you with ease. There was no other plan.
I'd hope that there will be some serious considerations over future wars in that we should not expect to win them immediately. Don't become what we are fighting against. In our opponents eyes, we are the evil of the world - TWO/CoT/ONE/Phoenix/PEACE. By believing that any opponent smaller than us can simply be stamped on and spat on, we are becoming EDEN. I hope valuable lessons will be learned not only for the administration but for the country in the future.
You got your war.
I don't really go out of my way to write a critical article on things but having every neighbour as an enemy due to the foolish act of one person is quite significant. Ultimately, this'll turn into a political bawwfest, so I'll end it here.
All in all it's just a...nother brick in the wall
Update 1: I was just told by a member of TWO HQ that the war with Norway wasn't actually approved by anyone in HQ. So this seems more and more like a simple "We can defeat them so war time" thing.
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