It has been an interesting 24 hours for us. Having been kicked from Sirius, there is understandably quite an uproar among many citizens about the events that have transpired. In this article, I will try to explain my point of view.
The USA has, in the past few years, attempted several times to establish a relationship with Spain. We viewed Spain as "friendlier" than the other nations we faced during the TWO invasion. This has been the case since our signing of the Asturias Accord and the failed attempts to make CTRL and Imperium.
Fast forwarding to January 2014, the much anticipated split between Poland and Serbia finally took place. A lot of reasons could be given for this, but the heated exchanges between Spain and Serbia over a large variety of issues were a major reason for this split. It was time for new alliances.
As an anti-Serb country, USA’s choice of an alliance inclination was always clear: we would go with Spoland, Croatia and co. Contrary to what has been believed though, we were not involved in the initial group of countries that would make Sirius. It was only after a few heavyweights showed reluctance to join and eventually declined that we were invited to join as the sixth founder
After we joined Sirius USA discovered why most of TWO, and most of the world, found Spain challenging to deal with. The nation’s top diplomats, who are generally eager to maintain relations with you on the opposite sides of the fence, showed a complete and utter disregard of the USA and in fact, of the entire alliance, on many occasions.
Spain’s demands started immediately during week 1 in the alliance. They began by asking for Brazil to be included. The Sirius logo, which was originally meant to have the name alongside founder countries’ flags, was scrapped for a simpler version. After many tears, ragefits, and a compliant SG, Spain was able to get Brazil membership in the alliance near the end of the first month. Brazil were unanimously accepted by all member states, including the USA. The Spaniards figured that they’d secured their South American flank and all would be well.
It was not to be so. Despite a spirited attempt by Sirius to help Brazil achieve congress, including a Brazilian airstrike into Pakistan, Brazil failed. Bad diplomacy by the Brazilian government towards eChina played a role. However, Argentina was finally removed from the Baltics, which was a nice side effect. This result, however, meant that the Argentines would concentrate completely on South America in the coming months. Furthermore, determination in a few regions had been reset - favoring Argentina.
Lizan was elected as the Spanish CP in the following month. Sirius was also able to elect a Brazilian Military Commander, RegisAjr. It was assumed that this would be the month where we’d go all out to get success for the Brazilians. However, Brazil still did not succeed. This was mainly due to Lizan’s derogatory and sexist remarks towards the Sirius SG among others, and Spanish representatives openly claiming they did not recognise at least 3 member countries as “Sirius” anyway. Brazil signed a basic NAP with Argentina, which included them getting 2 regions. Brazil was winning one of the RWs, but Argentina’s Congress didn’t approve the NAP and they fought back. Sirius found out less than 12 hours before regions locked for Congress, leaving insufficient time to send enough support to the RW. This resulted in another month of no Congress for Brazil and rising frustration in South America.
These developments did not affect Spain well. Having your ally on the southern flank wiped for 9 months does not reflect well. Lizan (Spanish CP) proposed Argentina as a NE which passed in the Spanish Congress. The Spaniards were on the back foot right from the start, with rumours that their CP had intentionally not attacked Argentina at the right time, around day change. Brazil ended up signing a NAP towards the end of the month, without alliance approval. It is also pertinent to mention that Spain, Portugal, and Venezuela also signed a NAP without alliance approval before Congressional elections.
As May approached, Sirius had become quite fractured. Brazil left at the start of the month, wishing the best of luck to the alliance. The Brazilians have now signed an MPP with Argentina and been accepted into the South American regional pact, guaranteeing support to Argentina if it is attacked in its core regions. Spain, meanwhile, was wiped and unable to accomplish much. Because of an admin competition in which Argentina achieved second place, Argentina was able to airstrike and wipe out Croatia from India with x2 determination. They now share India with CUA and LETO allies.
It was around the 21st of May, that Sirius initially asked us to “help” Spain by NEing Argentina. It took around half an hour of tedious explanations to get individuals to realise that an 11th hour NE on Argentina would be insufficient to get Spain a region (and Congress) before 02.00 on the 23rd (when regions lock).
Meanwhile, Spain’s discontent with Sirius continued to mount. Nations that are used to full bonuses, as Spain was during TWO, do not handle themselves well when wiped. Furthermore, Spain had no real source of night damage left, except the USA against Argentina, as Chile had refused to help Spain.
A few other things need to be mentioned here. The ever-present Finland-Estonia struggle that had been temporarily halted by Russia’s intervention in Finland, was restarted. As Russia holds Lapland, Poland repeatedly threatened USA representatives with a NE of Russia - a move that would remove practically all of Poland’s Aurora and night time MPPs. This, coupled with rumours of a silent deal involving Poland and several Asterian powers, did not help USA’s confidence.
It took a bit of research from our state department but we finally figured out that the famed Asteria plan to wipe the USA was, for now, a myth. Having been lied to by our alliance HQ, the USA leadership felt slighted. One thing led to another, and we felt satisfied with a NAP agreement with Argentina, to safeguard our borders. As other Sirius countries had been readily signing NAPs, both official and unofficial, why wouldn’t the USA be able to do the same?
As the USA NAP with Argentina went public, Spain threw a fit and their reps quit the alliance channels. This was followed by Spaniards starting a vote in their meta-Congress to leave Sirius - a vote that passed. To prevent Spain from leaving, Sirius SG Iain Keers (with support from member countries) voted to remove USA from the alliance instead. It was made clear to everyone that if Spain left, Poland and the UK would leave with them, and any recognizable form of ‘Sirius’ after that would be lost.
So here we are, being accused of taking the easy road once again. While Sirius has lacked direction and cohesion for a long time, accusing the USA of being a terrible ally and blaming it for alliance issues is a joke. Regardless, this move is best for both the United States of America and for Sirius, who can now devote all their energies to getting Congress for Spain despite the fact that they now have now zero night damage. USA can now start looking for friends that actually care for it instead of resorting to threats when they do not get as they want.
I am sad to see Sirius go the direction it did. I also know that given our history, USA is a very convenient target and easy to blame for alliance mishaps. That being said, I feel that our side of the story had to be told.
An American soldier,
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