Death and Taxes
Tonight I am fuming. I am fuming because we have made a NAP with Poland. I don't have an issue with a NAP with Poland per se, but the NAP I would have agreed it was on the lines of 'our congress was having a laugh really and we'll just sign a deal and promise not to directly attack you again'. Instead we have an agreement that effectively bans us from assisting our friendly countries in their RW's against Poland.
This is the standard modus operandi of Poland. By agreeing to this we have helped them significantly. Now our government and our politicians will tell you it's the best deal we could have got. They will say that we can still CotD against Poland. That Poland will turn a 'blind eye' if we support our alliance and MPP friends. That they just wanted to sign a NAP to end a war that they didn't want.
There is truth in this. But the greater truth is that Poland cannot afford to have multiple RW's going on at the same time. For example, Here's a current screenshot on what Poland is facing at the moment:
Rather a mouthful you'd think. Earlier on, they had Mayo as the CotD. Why? Simply to put as much pressure on the government as possible. They wanted us to cave in, sign the agreement, so that they could concentrate on the more important battles. With the NAP signed they now can concentrate in killing off Portugal.
So let's make this clear. Poland works by invading a region (preferably if the target does something stupid like NE it or attack an ally like say, the UK). They then wipe it. Then they ask for a conditional surrender. The conditional surrender is aimed at ensuring that the victim agrees to hand over some of its territory (if useful to Poland) but most importantly of all, it bans them for RW'ing regions back.
Free of unnecessary damage drains that subjugated nations give, they are then free to move on to the next region and repeat. This is rinse and repeat on a very large scale and they are very good at it. In fact, calling it a Polish mechanic is unfair to Poland and the Polish (a land and people I happen to like a lot), it's more like this................
Make no mistake, we have been assimilated..
The consequences for nations assimilated that dare to disobey their lot is to wiped completely, and France as you may know has just been NE'd by Poland because they didn't play the rules. So the danger with us is similar, if we do something that they don't approve it's wipeout time.
So no, I don't approve this NAP on these terms. All we are doing is helping The Borg to continue dominating Western Europe. If that's your thing, then well and good. Because the only way we can beat them is over a long extended series of RW's with all the nations bleeding them dry.
What's interesting is that today Poland were at a breaking point. Too many RW's, too many damage sinks. What really got them was the NE proposed by the US (currently failing) in response to their own NE against France. This NE and the subsequent war would have really screwed Poland, and it was at that time that we should have got the NAP we really wanted. Opportunity lost.
How come EDEN can easily win best balloon award but fail to deal with this issue with Poland? Well it's very simple. Let's say EDEN makes Poland vs Ireland their no#1 prio in Scotland.
It goes out to each member nation. But some nations don't have good communications with EDEN so for some it doesn't get passed on. For those that it does, some nations will decide that there are more pressing matters than a minor conflict with a minor nation. Even if they agree, the individual MU's don't bother making it their DO for the day. So what you have is dwindling percentages of influence until you get to the sum being vastly weaker than its parts.
= Poland wins.
The only way this Borg machine of Poland is going to be defeated is if the US enters the war (unlikely) or if collectively, all the nations under subjugation rise up, tear up the NAP's and damage drain Poland to death. We have a right to exist on the map, that's what EDEN is supposed to do. We used to be the Fighting Irish, now we're the Wimpy Irish.
The NAP has been signed. I agree to the conditions laid down, because I will not have anyone say that the Irish do not keep their word. But I reserve the right to object to it in every way.
NB. This may not reflect the opinions of the Malcontents, or individuals within. It is my own opinion only.
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