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I'm not exactly what this means, but the day Poland declared war on Russia shall remain infamous in eRepublik history. Now, I've been on this ePlanet for almost a year (I know, I'm a youngun), but up until recently, I only recall Russia being in a handful of actual wars. They battled the old Baltic alliance ABC a few times before growing bored, and they recently dueled Iran alongside their new CoT buddy FYROM. Yet, the war I remember the most was an epic battle against Poland. It was one of the first great battles I witnessed, as Polish and Russian forces duked it out for Mazuria, the northeastern home region for Poland. The Poles were victorious, yet the war came soon to an end. But now, even after Russia has clearly switched sides from a Terra alliance dedicated to battling ONE to a CoT alliance actually aligned with TWO towards a common objective, they still find themselves against glorious Poland. Sooo glorious -_-
So, before anything else, why would Poland decide to attack Russia, technically on their side? Well, CoTWO’s main purpose is to defeat EDEN, whom they believe to be a hideous stain on the face of the earth. Frankly, I like Albania and Bosnia, but whatever. While nations like Croatia have retreated to friendlier lands, others have been subject to permawipe, and others still have cut ties with the once-prosperous alliance (cough cough Argentina cough cough), there has always been one mighty EDEN bastion of hope, a powerful 100/100 nation that has stood strong while others have fallen. What would that nation be? Why, none other than our good friend China!
China has had its share of troubles. First off, the RL Chinese government banned eRepublik (blasphemy!), and the problems have shown, as their net influence took a noticeable hit. Though China themselves have held strong, their neighbors have fallen and enemies loom closer than ever. American troops stationed in Taiwan, Macedonian troops in Iran, and good ol’ Indonesia in the Philippines, China has to be a little worried that when the time comes, things may not go their way. Heck, China has had a few direct wars to keep its sovereignty, as Brazil, Spain, and Indonesia have all taken the Filipino path to take their shot at the big Asian target. Yet, China has managed to hold off their adversaries time and time again.
Obviously furious with the lack of results, Poland decided that enough was enough, and that it was their time to go after the mammoth nation. Perhaps they would have a better shot. After all, Poland has a enormous amount of damage, and the extra front would give a lot of support to the war effort. Besides, not like Russia would even want to attack China, much less have the guts to. However, there was one major obstacle. Unlike before, when Russia and Poland were enemies and Poland would have no qualms with attacking a hated rival, this time around the two nations had at least cool relations, much better than can be said of their time in enemy alliances. Perhaps this wouldn’t be a problem. Simply ask for Russia to let the Polish through, and down goes China, right? Only one problem.
They said no.
This left Poland in a conundrum. They desperately needed to gain a border with China to help erase the last mighty nation in EDEN, yet couldn’t peacefully go through Russia. The Polish came up with a simple, yet stunning solution.
They NE’d Russia.
There had tensions evergrowing between CoT and TWO for quite some time, yet the two alliances had always put aside their differences. Up until now, that is. Sure, Russia hasn’t been fully aligned with CoT for that long, nor have they had a tight history with any of the nations besides Bulgaria. But still, this is the first open declaration of war between a CoT and TWO nation. And especially with it being the two nations that it is, it has caused shockwaves of repercussions.
First, let’s talk about Russia. With its strong and in some ways unequaled close relations to the USA, matched perhaps only by Brazil, the Americans, oft ridiculed for bending over to TWO’s requests (cough Ctrl cough), has finally done something right for once, and publically backed their Russian ally. While this does not necessarily mean a Poland NE (the Americans already have a war and may not go THAT far), it does give Russia a fighting chance against the Polish. This also represents a break between CoT and TWO. Poland is, of course, the stronger nation, and had CoTWO been a fully united dual alliance, it would have been far simpler to forge some blame on the Russians and use that as an excuse to support Poland. But the CoT-aligned Americans have instead chosen the moral path, standing by their close friend in their time of need. With America being such a big influence, it may lead CoT as a whole to support their Russian brother against the Polish. CoT was founded as an alliance to protect weak nations against the tyrannical oppression exhibited by a few mighty nations. Though Russia is no chump, this is exactly the kind of situation that CoT was created to help out in. Not helping Russia would not only being dishonorable and disrespectful, but a clear sign that CoT has forgotten its ways. Honestly, I sincerely doubt it. CoT really has no option but to back Russia against Poland, even if that means battling TWO.
Now, let’s talk about the nation on the other side, Poland. Yes, Poland is a very powerful nation, and yes, they can definitely beat Russia in a war. Indeed, Kaliningrad seems destined to fall against the Polish invaders, as Poland pushes the initiative. However, victory comes at a price. Like their fellow Spanish and especially Serbian friends, they have been blessed with good fortune in previous wars, and have conquered regions to show for it. But conquering land is a double-edged sword, as it also comes with resistance wars, the sole mechanic keeping this game from absolute imbalance. Already, Poland has control over vast chunks of France, Netherlands, Germark, Sweden, and Finland, and none of these nations are anything to scoff at. Well, most of them There’s no way Poland can possibly hope to hold down all the RWs while simultaneously conquer Russia, so the only thing they can do is to concede defeat in the regions. And concede they have, with all but Germark reclaiming regions, due to their warmer relations and reluctance to start fighting a stronger enemy. Frankly, Germark is the key to western European liberation. As keenly pointed out in this article here, Poland’s massive empire has two key chokepoints in Saxony and Scania. There’s no doubt that Sweden will fight to the last man to liberate all of their regions, including the latter region, but even without Germarkian support, it is highly likely that a well-funded RW will pop up with sizeable frequency in an attempt to cut off Polish access to all of western Europe. And if Saxony falls, Poland will have a hell of a time getting it back, that’s for sure.
Wait wait wait, you may say. Poland is a mighty force not to be reckoned with or taken lightly. They can simply waltz through Russia, beat up China, then come back and then retake western Europe with the flick of the finger, right? Well, Europe has fallen to TWO forces only because America has turned a blind eye and let Poland occupy all of France and Germark. Granted, America has had little motivation to help their former Terra brothers. Sure, they’re friends, but with France and Germark not being the strongest or most helpful allies, as well as Serbia being on the southern border threatening to invade as well, America has had a strong and just reason not to liberate the French. But now, with brother Russia being invaded as well, and the front in Taiwan growing evermore stale by the minute, it may just be a little too much for the Americans to ignore. So yes, Poland can easily take back their colonies if there’s no interference. But if America decides that enough is enough, it may just break CoT and TWO apart irreparably. And in that case, who knows what will happen?
Until next time, take care!
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