During the month prior, we had gone to war with Taiwan to aide Brazil, and at the end of this campaign, had occupied the four original regions of Taiwan, which we still control to this day. Following this, CoT and TWO began moving countries into position for a strike on the EDEN supply base, China (PRC). The United States is trying to toe a very thin line between aiding CoT, and fighting against TWO, so we had minimal interest in joining the attack on China. From our desire to help CoT, Operation Gangam Style was born.
But six weeks later, very minimal progress has been made. Taiwan remains entrenched in South Corea, yet has experienced loss of territory in Japan, down to just two regions that are not connected to the capital, making them relatively valueless.
How did we get here? And how is it possible that a nation with the military strength of the United States has been stymied by Taiwan? Let me explain.
While the United States is among the largest countries in terms of damage output in the world , our population is very heterogeneous. We have large groups of foreigners from EDEN nations, CoT nations, and even TWO nations that are here legally. We have many other foreigners that have come here illegally in an attempt to destabilize and in essence, defeat in the only long term way possible, the United States through Political Takeover. The end result here is that there some severe fractures in this large damage output. On the other side, Taiwanese damage is very hard to measure due to the fluid nature of RoC and PRC citizenship. Ultimately, the difference between the eUSA damage output compared to Taiwan isn't as large as one might think.
Compounding this situation are the game mechanics. It is far easier for an occupying nation to defend against an invasion. So while the United States was able to conquer the actual Taiwanese regions, attacking occupied territory is a far trickier proposition. Adding to our woe, the unique geography of South Korea means that only one region connects the island of Taiwan to South Korea’s territories, Joellenam-Do, creating a choke-point. Taiwan has employed a careful strategy of disengagement, and executed it fairly flawlessly. Each time we get a border, they've been able to declare war on us seconds before we can, and more often than not, beat both allied and American attempts to start Resistance Wars elsewhere but the choke-point. Once they have secured initiative, they return the region to South Korea.
I personally want to applaud the Taiwanese for their precision and discipline, as they appear to direct their damage exceptionally well and lose every battle they want to, while winning the ones they absolutely must. It is highly impressive. Kudos where kudos is deserved.
So, the USA has not made progress, and where do we go from here? There are a few choices.
The first is, as it is in all situations, to remain with the status quo. Continue making attempts to NE Taiwan each time they wipe and free, wipe and free, over and over South Korea. I've seen some people argue that the United States cannot afford to remain at war with our budget problems, but frankly, it really doesn't cost us anything. Every 3-5 days we’ll get a battle or two to work on True Patriot medals, and a chance for more.
One of the more aggressive options is sending our forces to fight against the Taiwanese attempts to give regions back via Resistance War, or even to RW one of our own Taiwanese regions back while Taiwan is engaged in a Natural Enemy battle on South Korea. Both of these ideas have merit, but it is my personal opinion, from my many months as the head of America’s Military that these operations would require more resources than we are presently able to commit.
The last option is to negotiate a settlement with Taiwan. The USA has no real interest other than helping out our alliance partners, and a settlement where USA returns Taiwan in exchange for South Korean regions could be a solution. While I personally lean towards this solution, there would be 4 nations involved, and getting them all to come to a consensus could prove difficult.
I’d also like to take a moment to congratulate Albania on their epic battle, we came so close to victory my friends. In addition, I always have an open door policy, so feel free to drop me a pm or preferably an irc chat.
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