A couple days ago the Romanian airstrike on Mexico failed. I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to write about this, but I’ve had RL commitments which have kept me away from my keyboard. Now I’ve seen a lot of articles about this already- the usual bumf from CoT trolling, the political commentary within Romania about what it says about the current pro-TWO foreign policy, and also comments from the likes of Croatia and co about how it’s the Romanian government’s fault for “betraying” them.
The truth is often something which is given in drips and drabs, and reluctantly. A lot of people are going to try and exploit this situation for their own goals- whether that is to try and prise RO away from TWO into neutrality or to try and steer their actively anti-TWO element into power. At least I am honest about my feelings on the matter. I want RO in TWO.
So I won’t try and give you an agenda, just the truth. The truth is that TWO let Romania down. We had the power to beat Mexico, despite the problems. The advantages CoT had in lower divisions are what lost us the battle, and despite hard fighting from Romania, Mexico had a lot more support from CoT than RO had from TWO.
This is indicative of the longstanding problems between various TWO countries and Romania. Despite what people have said, Serbia and the UK both had RO as priority 1 throughout the day. The Serbian President shouted all through the day for troops to attend, both the largest MU coalitions in Serbia were hitting for RO, as well as the UK national army. Slovenia too was fighting for RO, returning the favour they gave in Italy a few days before. However Polish, Hungarian and Spanish damage was largely missing from the battlefield, and that did make a huge difference.
The reasons for this are obvious really. Spain has a long issue with Romania dating back to EDEN times, Hungary obviously is the traditional enemy of Romania and Poland has had a number of fights with Romanian MUs over Saxony. The fact that these problems exist doesn’t undermine the fact that TWO failed, but it does explain it.
All day I tried hard, as did TWO HQ, to secure damage for RO. We saw it as a huge embarrassment that by midday the battle was only marginally in our favour, despite the fact that during the daytime hours the combined forces of TWO, Romania and her allies is almost double the strength of CoT. It was a devastating situation, and in my opinion it’s by far the most crucial battle of this war so far and the fact we lost is a huge advantage to CoT.
Now if being this honest gives CoT a lot of ammo to use against TWO so be it. They were better organised, more unified and more committed to their ally. TWO fought half-heartedly and by the time the server issues began my hope of Romanian victory was slim at best.
To Romania the defeat is a bitter one, and HQ is pretty much agreed that Romania has every reason to blame TWO. In your situation, we would be seriously thinking about abandoning the alliance which apparently doesn’t care about you. I obviously hope you don’t make that decision. We’ve made mistakes, and it’s shown where our weaknesses are. Relationships between our members and Romania are not good, and if Romania in TWO is something we do want, fixing that has to be an absolute priority.
Our problem now is that it’s hard for us to make amends. Romania needed support against Bulgaria- in the end they had to go to Greece. They needed support in the airstrike- and they didn’t get it. Asking them to trust us a third time seems to be a bit of a joke. Even I am nervous that if Romania does agree and starts another attack somewhere history will repeat itself and we’ll fail again. We can’t let that happen.
As an alliance TWO must recognise that Greece and Romania have both extended a hand of trust not just toward Serbia but toward the whole alliance. Every country must recognise the enormous value of the trust they’ve shown and begin to repay it. What’s more, even in terms of self interest the Romanian airstrike is a disaster for the likes of Poland and Spain. With one less ally on the Western battlefront, it may be that those countries are forced to step into a direct war they don’t want. Their intransigent behaviour has resulted in more problems for themselves.
The future of the Romania-TWO relationship is not easy to see, but I’ll continue to campaign hard for Romania within TWO, as I have since the end of last year. I believe Romania to be one of the best allies in the game. Committed, strong, well organised and loyal, it would be an irreplaceable friend to TWO. But that relationship is on rocky ground because of unwillingness from certain TWO countries to push through early growing pains and recognise that a future where Romania is in TWO is to the advantage of both sides.
Romania- please take this as an apology from me. I am sorry for the mistakes we made as an alliance, for our failure to support your airstrike. We asked you to help us and you did without hesitation, yet when it came to be our turn we let you down. I hope that this won’t be the end of our friendship, but I understand that trust will take time to rebuild.
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