With what you said Rogue, I am going to bring up something that has been on a few peoples minds. Basically some of us are not that keen on how the last game went in the fact that both CATO and MESS formed into one solid block and forced the game into a cold war which enver really went anywhere. I can respect that people want to form alliances with others but I for a fact don't really want to see that repeated over again in a new setting. I want to see new alliances etc. I am just bringing it up as it is a cornern for some.
Yeah, I know. In my scenario, we would have no real alliances. Maybe at best a 'proto-MESS' between Tian Xia, Shinra and Wilkonia. However, with the PoD I mentioned above, there would be serious question as to whether the MESS would ever even form. As the 'proto-MESS' is little more than an agreement by the various American powers to not fuck with each other (too much) and that if anyone tries to mess with America, they'll get the shit kicked out of 'em. Sort of like a Monroe Doctrine if Canada and Mexico had signed on to it with the US or something.
As far as alliances or the lack thereof, it depends on the setting. WWI could have been quite ugly, and might have been all over the world, in a sense, in that the OC conflict 'inspired' others to make a play for something, so it'd be more a collection of wars all over the world that occured at around the same time. That should leave some pretty good scars on the international playing field. Depending on how the wars went, and who fought who, that would determine who would be in good relations, who has an uneasy trust/distrust mindset...and who is looking over the border just waiting for the next flashpoint.
Of course some things wouldn't last: the NFT, PacUnion, and UCSR come to mind. Still, I think it would be interesting to see the F-ing Continent back in the days where they were agitating for their freedoms.
I just spent an entire game getting walked over by Great Powers whilst trying to work myself up from a position of insignificance. I think I'll pass on a game where my hard-earned status is once more reduced to that of a colony.
Well like I said, it was an option for people who wanted it. And we have enough new landmasses out there you can pick a new nation and a new destiny if you don't want to go that route.
EDIT: And way back in the day I mentioned to Steve that a Round Three could have us retain memories of being somebody plucked from a message board to run a nation (because I kinda like that element of 'fish out of water' except Q would blank our memories of it. So far as we know, it was 2008 when we left and this is only Round 1. And as an added bonus, he'd have us believe we're the only person there is in this scenario, and would put in mental blocks to make sure that the more unimaginitive country names *cough*Wilkonia*cough* wouldn't tip us off to the fact there are other Players in the game. With a judicious bit of mod-fu to make sure nobody can make the connection/say the wrong thing to someone and realize "Holy shit it's you!" or anything like that.
Essentially divorcing us from "so-and-so were friends on SDN so they're allies here" while letting us keep the 'holy shit what the fuck am I doing as a leader?' thing. And would enforce more realism on our actions, since as far as we know, all the other leaders are actual leaders and we're not just fucking with other SDNers (which was to be the intent of this game, but actually enforced in Round Three).
Just my overly complicated idea.
"How can I wait unknowing?
This is the price of war,
We rise with noble intentions,
And we risk all that is pure..." - Angela & Jeff van Dyck, Forever (Rome: Total War)
"On and on, through the years,
The war continues on..." - Angela & Jeff van Dyck, We Are All One (Medieval 2: Total War)
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