It technically still exists, I suppose. Not like the page for it suddenly vanished out of thin air. Heck, the page still lists several nations as part of the alliance. It's supposedly still there. But we all know it. EDEN has died.
The alliance had been under continuous bombardment since TWO and CoT put aside their forces to battle their common foe as one unit, as more and more nations left the alliance following failures to defeat the growing opposition. However, after Romania's surprisingly not-so-shocking extension of friendship with Serbia, the writing was on the walls. EDEN had little hope left.
Romania soon left the alliance, and with them left any chance of turning the Balkans around. Unsurprisingly, other nations soon quietly headed for the doors, and bid EDEN adieu for the final time. If there was any doubt before, there certainly wasn't any guessing room now. Any thoughts that even without Romania EDEN could survive were silenced when Croatia too left their merry nakama in their alliance of what seemed like eternity. Now, though EDEN still exists, they have but the outskirts of the Balkans and China left to their name. The glorious alliance EDEN has at long lost passed on.
What to Do, ex-EDEN?
There are a few options the various former members can take. There seems to be a bit of sentiment that CoT and TWO will simply pilfer EDEN nations and split them out amongst them. While that may be true to a certain degree, as seen by Croatia's sudden interest in MPPing Russia and USA, it's not particularly likely that all the friendships built up during the years in EDEN suddenly defaulted overnight, right? Romania may have already found its niche in TWO, but other nations may not be so hurried to find a new way.
What's mostly unarguable is that Albania, Bosnia, and Croatia tend to function as a unit, thanks to their endless time under Serbian occupation. Due to their disdain of Serbia, it's only logical that Croatia may seek out some friends in CoT. Certainly, with Albania's close ties to the Americans, it would make sense at least to fraternize with America.
Greece and Turkey both have their eternal feuds with CoT nations, Greece having FYROM (or, if you prefer, Macedonia) and Turkey having Bulgaria, and as such many players are already pinning the Greeks and Turks as soon-to-be TWO nations. Seems all but logical. However, the EDEN flame dies not with the simple death of the alliance. There are also proponents for a new alliance, keeping the powerful core nations of Greece, Turkey, and Croatia intact.
However, even if Albania and Bosnia are tossed into the melding pot as well, it still leaves a chunk of nations. Italy has long been mostly occupied by Slovenia and Serbia, but have remained in peace, salvaging relations enough to have training wars with the former. Ukraine has long been occupied by Hungary, but will they put up the good fight or attempt to find peace? And where does China fit into all this? Surely their new relations with Pakistan and proximity with Croatia and the minor Balkan states would encourage them to keep friendship with their longtime partners.
EDEN may be dead, but the years of friendship won't be gone in an instant. New friends may come, but the core of the alliance won't die so easily.
Miracle at Saxony
Not like it lasted that long. But it's still impressive to note. Poland was hit with a massive series of revolts, the leading one being in Saxony, long known to be Poland's weakness. While Poland cured the glaring flaw in their empire awhile back with their conquest of Czech Republic, with the return of Czech independence came the return of the flaw as well. Massive groups of MUs and mercs hounded Saxony, Brittany, and Western Netherlands, hungry at the chance to bash in Polish skulls. Western Netherlands was secured by Poland in a ridiculously close battle, and Brittany was released, seeing as France and Poland already had an open front to return regions ceded earlier. The main war was Saxony. And lo and behold, the Saxons were won by the revolutionaries, cutting off Poland central from its colonial empire.
What were the long term effects? It's unclear as of now. Without the Dutch winning their battle, there's no extra front for Poland to deal with. Brittany is being quickly returned, and Saxony has already been gobbled back up. It's unknown whether or not Germark will see any detriment because of this, though they may lose a few regions thanks to the front before being returned. That is, if Poland does not pin the blame on them. With CoT and TWO splitting apart, who knows what Poland will do?
American Taunts Spain
Spain's large armies probably could have made a difference in Saxony, most likely saving the region. So why didn't they? Spain was up in flames as well, thanks to America. While the American government themselves didn't fund a war on Spain, many of the independent MUs did, organizing themselves under the name of US-AIM, going in guns a-blazin' in Norte, Portugal; North-Eastern Venezuela, Venezuela; and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Asgard and Portugal alone had been a tough battle for Spain, but with a large chunk of Americans supporting the war as well, Spain was overpowered, barely holding onto N-E Venezuela but ceding both Canadian and Portuguese regions.
This was a symbolic move for US-AIM, attempting to support rekindling the famous Brolliance between Canada and America of old. However, this was also an attempt to bait Spain into a war. With the Spanish occupying neighboring regions, it would certainly be in America's best interest to rid themselves of such belligerent neighbors and restore their longtime friend Canada to their home regions. Of course, it's too difficult for the American government themselves to even support belligerence against the Spanish, with Serbia and Poland also sitting wistfully on the border. US-AIM did what the government could not, taking a shot at a TWO nation to help out old friends. Whether Spain decides to pin the blame on the American government remains to be seen. Either way, they may see more support from US-AIM going Canada's and Portugal's way. Will Spain take action or back down?
A Historic Rivalry
India and Pakistan, of course, have a long history of RL anger. For better for worse, the two nations have avoided conflict for most of the game, thanks to China's colonies blocking off any potential border between the two nations. However, with the airstrike, Pakistan has taken it upon themselves to give their Indian friends a visit. The war rages on in India, as Pakistan's early gains have been under fire, with India and, in one instance, Belarus, have made attempts to free India from the occupation. Pakistan retains its fierce grip on the three regions, however. It seems that without much support from any nations, India will be the playing field for many nations. Of course, India still owns the region of Gujarat, so they are not as desperate for victories as they would be if they were wiped, but the point remains: India is in an awful position.
The Resistant Irish
The Irish are surely no match for the Brits, right? Right? Well, even if that's the case, they're surely not letting the Brits without a fight. With massive support in unison with the large-scale Polish and Spanish RWs, the Irish were able to secure Cork in the whole scrub. Unlike most of CUA, whom have been fighting against CoT nations, Ireland fights against a TWO oppressor, which creates a bit of conflict of interest between them and the other members. While Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay have reportedly looked into working alongside TWO in order to liberate their nations, of course Ireland is not in the same boat, continuing its war with the Brits after a period of attempted (failed) peace. Of course, if the Irish find peace, it would allow CUA to lean slightly towards TWO without issue. However, their isolation in terms of geographic location and difference in enemy could make them possibly switch to another friendly alliance, one with differing goals.
Ireland naturally needs to find a way to get rid of their British neighbors. Of course, if wiping the Brits is not an option, the only solution is to find peace. A wise man once said that it's never smart to negotiate from a point of weakness, so it's natural to think that Ireland must find some push, no? Whether the Irish can find it with CUA or somewhere else remains to be seen, but that's what they must do. Retaking Cork is a first step, but by far not the last.
Asgard and Russia
Russia joined CoT. As a trial member, sure, but they are affiliated with CoT. Remember that. So when Russia and Sweden opened hostilities, the average player may have assumed that Lithuania was getting a helping hand by their new ally. Wasn't that the case? In fact, it was quite the opposite. With Russia's intimate relations with the Scandinavian countries, Russia was in fact cutting Lithuania off from reaching Sweden again. The Swedes have since liberated their regions, and with Russia holding onto the border region of Scania, all hostilities have ceased.
Asgard and CoT are reportedly pursuing some sort of peace. With Sweden and Finland finally at peace and liberated, Asgard has shifted focus both to a sustained peace in the region and to liberating its other nations. Norway has since liberated Sorlandet from Germarkian occupation, while Canada has regained NFL from the Spanish. Asgard's numbers may be small, but a continued focus on every man has certainly benefited the members well. Though there were periods in which every member was wiped, it may have been worth the struggle. All four nations now have regions.
(On an unrelated note, there are talks of another nation interested in Asgard. But there's not much more that can be disclosed )
Spain Rebels from the Path
There have long been rumors that Spain is dissatisfied with TWO. Handfuls of players are pointing out Spain's interest in joining CoT, while others are vehemently denying it. Whether it's true or not remains to be seen, to be sure, but Spain is certainly not following the TWO mold. While fellow alliance members have fallen head over heels for their Romanian ally, fresh out of EDEN, Spain has been much more wary over what appears too good to be true. Unlike Serbia, and soon afterwards UK and Poland, the Spanish have not allied themselves with the Romanians, and while they have stated that they wish for it to be a non-issue, they have made it equally clear that they have no interest in signing an alliance with Romania. Kinda harsh.
The drama could have ended there, but it continues, as Spain renewed their friendship with Bulgaria. Now, at least in theory, Spain will be fighting on different sides as Serbia and other TWO members in the Bulgaria-Romania war. This could spell great trouble if the other TWO members decide to make a huge fuss over it, and might fracture TWO internally. TWO is one of the most powerful alliances, with some of the most expansive set of nations in the world. However, if one of its members rebels on them, could it spell trouble?
Running for CP
If there's anything I should cover that I didn't, let me know and I'll toss it in! And as always...
Until next time, take care!
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