While a single victory does not change anything in terms of "damage" for a country, a victory of this magnitude it changes the outlook towards the game and ones place in the big picture.
Of course from the opposition there will be the claims of the sorts: "CoTwo have 70% of the damage", "they spent 3 million to win the battle" or any other excuse you can think of. Yes India does not have the military power to fight on even footing with Croatia and win be it a direct attack or an RW and yes many helped India in that battle.
However the ability to rally such support to your cause is also a sign of prowess and this is where the big qualitative change has happened. Keeping in mind that many of the people who readily fought for India in this epic battle were not too long ago across the trenches it is a testament to India's integrity as a nation and country in the game regardless who their current opponents or allies are.
It is no secret that India is what you would call a small country in the game and it is no secret that it is mostly the big countries who are the driving forces behind events in the game, which in a sense is logical of itself. Everyone has a different style of playing the game and often the strong of the day are viewed as egoistic, imperial and so on. True or not, everyone has the right to make their own future in the game and every country is fighting for what they believe is their best interest and is best for their own country and community of players as they should.
I'm not going to make excuses for the big countries, however being top dog also means being an easy target as well, something that small countries don't have to deal with always. They can coast below the radar and be free of taking hard decisions or involve themselves in events more then as prescribed by others.
Often this situation is facilitated by bigger countries treatment of smaller countries, thus often smaller countries look for a "bigger brother" to look over them. This is the main diference that this victory has brought on for India. It has seen that there is a different way the game can be played, that it can be an equal partner and that it does not need a bigger brother to lobby for it to achieve great things.
India earned that victory on it's own. Yes it is inexperienced in waging such battles, yes it is unsure in it's own abilities and yes it has a long way to go until it can compete tactically or militarily with many bigger countries in the game. However it showed poise, patience and unity which resulted in this great victory. Maybe it is enough to say that the plan for the RW was to be a drain battle for the main objective winning the initiative in the direct war. Still it was carried out almost flawlessly, which lead to the opportunity to be contested and ultimately won. It was by design that this possibility arrose and this is what shows the growing up of India on the battlefield.
Most importantly however India saw that it does not need lobbying to be able to go knock on others doors and find support. People came to fight for India, not for someone else.
Now however the hard part begins. Croatia has regarded India as a resource colony which could be trampled without effort and hence has not put any thought into their planing or campaign in this war, assuming that India will roll over for them or/and they cannot gain support for their cause. Oh how wrong they were about that as they ere in their treatment of their former ally. Still they now know and they will change their approach, they will no longer underestimate Indian potential and so the battles that will come will be much harder but as much fun as this one.
In essence India has already won this war, from this point on it matters not what happens, India has garnered the attention of the world and win or loose it has changed it's outlook on the game as well as the way others look upon it. This should not be reason to feel satisfied however but a stimule to do even better.
Most importantly India has tasted what it is to be an independent entity and that taking a position is not the end of the world, everyone is equal no matter of size or pretences in this game and so the appetite can only grow from here.
I believe this is the beginning of the birth of yet another great country in the game, which in the long term is beneficial to everyone, friend or foe as it will bring more variation and make the game more interesting for all in the future.
Only thing left is to make a BB and gain the most important resource in the game, the players themselves. Something some have forgotten or overlooked for a long time.
I think this victory is what will make this BB posible as it has energized a community who has seen that it can and the coasting of the past will give way to the ambition of the future. Time to build the new India, time to make this country as great as it can be.
I know you can India and after today so does the whole world!
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