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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenWall View Post
    Might does not make right, but it lets you get away with it while your counterpart gnashes teeth. Remember however, we have longer memories than our ingame counterparts...
    Not today, but 1000 years ago, might did make you right. There is a reason why we have a saying that goes "History is written by the victors".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowdale View Post
    Not today, but 1000 years ago, might did make you right. There is a reason why we have a saying that goes "History is written by the victors".
    You are confusing kings getting away with stuff de facto with de jure. The people who got their asses whuped by the mongols certainly did not recognize any "right" of the barbarian heathens to burn their city, nor did their neighbors, regardless of the awesome might of the Khan of Khans. What they did was accept the fact that they could not resist the mongol atrocities, not the right of the mongols to commit them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenWall View Post
    Well, multilateral, but so have a bunch of our NAP's been. At any rate the union treaties clearly have clauses forbiding wars, etc, between the signatories, yet are not alliances.
    Well, if you consider UN to be an NAP, then it's another example of one that's been broken
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irsh Faq View Post
    Well, if you consider UN to be an NAP, then it's another example of one that's been broken
    The fact that people break the law all the time does not mean that breaking the law is acceptable.

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    And the UN sucks anyway. Down with the UN! Down with the EU!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeYoshi View Post
    Down with the EU!
    First we burn down the ECJ for their interpretation of European Community first pillar law supremacy! Burn them I say!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irsh Faq View Post
    Also, haven't people been excommed already for breaking treaties in this game? I thought I remembered reading of such, though since there was not such a big thing made of it as this time, I don't remember the details.
    There has been only one breach-of-treaty excomm, namely of Carillon for assassinating a Komnenos. But he wasn't at war and seems to have weathered the effects reasonably well. Before that, Frosty also killed a Komnenos heir while we had a NAP, but that was settled by compensation, with no excomming. (In hindsight I should have gone for the excomm and DOW, and taken back the Levant; c'est la vie.) That said, nobody is arguing that Jakalo shouldn't have been excommed, had he declared war on Frosty; that was always perfectly clear. The question is whether he would have, or should have, acquired a lot of human badboy for breaking a promise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenWall View Post
    The fact that people break the law all the time does not mean that breaking the law is acceptable.

    -You stole my car!
    -Chill dude, everybody's doing it...
    But the law doesn't apply! That's my point. International treaties or what not are so very different than a citizen breaking the law.

    Plus you can't talk about morality in erms of relations between nations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by King of Men View Post
    There has been only one breach-of-treaty excomm, namely of Carillon for assassinating a Komnenos. But he wasn't at war and seems to have weathered the effects reasonably well. Before that, Frosty also killed a Komnenos heir while we had a NAP, but that was settled by compensation, with no excomming. (In hindsight I should have gone for the excomm and DOW, and taken back the Levant; c'est la vie.) That said, nobody is arguing that Jakalo shouldn't have been excommed, had he declared war on Frosty; that was always perfectly clear. The question is whether he would have, or should have, acquired a lot of human badboy for breaking a promise.
    Hey that Komnenoi was a jerk, they deserved it. That excom was actually not bad, the second one I got was more troubling. Thank god that king died soon after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carillon View Post
    But the law doesn't apply! That's my point. International treaties or what not are so very different than a citizen breaking the law.
    They aren't different when they are enforced by punishment from a higher authority. Take away the mandatory excomm for breaking any treaty and then you have a point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carillon View Post
    But the law doesn't apply!
    Blasphemer! Are you not bound by your word before Almighty God? Has he not set forth the Law for every man to follow through his prophets?

    Plus you can't talk about morality in erms of relations between nations!
    Nations? What are these "nations"? I am talking about the sworn word of a Sovreign Ruler to another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeYoshi View Post
    They aren't different when they are enforced by punishment from a higher authority. Take away the mandatory excomm for breaking any treaty and then you have a point.
    They still are though, mainly because of the voluntary aspect of the treaties that you are entering into. Its almost, if not entirely impossible to find a spot not governed by a societys laws. You can't really avoid the higher authority in that case.

    For the NAP's and other things that we agreeing to, it is entirely voluntary. Not only do you not have to enter into agreements, you also don't have to make them official. You could definitely agree to a NAP or alliance and not have it written up. The whole enterprise is quite different than the law for these very reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carillon View Post
    They still are though, mainly because of the voluntary aspect of the treaties that you are entering into. Its almost, if not entirely impossible to find a spot not governed by a societys laws. You can't really avoid the higher authority in that case.

    For the NAP's and other things that we agreeing to, it is entirely voluntary. Not only do you not have to enter into agreements, you also don't have to make them official. You could definitely agree to a NAP or alliance and not have it written up. The whole enterprise is quite different than the law for these very reasons.
    I forget. What is it we're debating?
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    I forget. What is it we're debating?
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    I'm not sure what Carillon is arguing against. I think we all agree that breaking a NAP is breaking a promise not to attack each other, and therefore the one doing it (or stating he'll do it) will lose some of the trust of the other players. Right?

    Wheter it's a formal NAP or a secret agreement between two players simply determines who is affected, not the fact that you'll still lose the trust of the one you "lied" (read: broke your word) to. With a broken secret agreement you lose the trust of the other "signatory". With a broken NAP you'll lose the trust of the other signatory and everyone else who can be arsed to care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by von_Rundstedt View Post
    I'm not sure what Carillon is arguing against. I think we all agree that breaking a NAP is breaking a promise not to attack each other, and therefore the one doing it (or stating he'll do it) will lose some of the trust of the other players. Right?

    Wheter it's a formal NAP or a secret agreement between two players simply determines who is affected, not the fact that you'll still lose the trust of the one you "lied" (read: broke your word) to. With a broken secret agreement you lose the trust of the other "signatory". With a broken NAP you'll lose the trust of the other signatory and everyone else who can be arsed to care.
    Hah, I'm just saying there's no moral imperative not to, and that we shouldn't be shocked when someone breaks a NAP. Sure they lose trust, but its not like its earth shattering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carillon View Post
    Hah, I'm just saying there's no moral imperative not to, and that we shouldn't be shocked when someone breaks a NAP. Sure they lose trust, but its not like its earth shattering.
    I think that was the only point. Losing trust. Do it more often and you'll have a hard time getting any agreements with other players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carillon View Post
    Hah, I'm just saying there's no moral imperative not to, and that we shouldn't be shocked when someone breaks a NAP. Sure they lose trust, but its not like its earth shattering.
    Well duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carillon View Post
    we shouldn't be shocked when someone breaks a NAP. Sure they lose trust, but its not like its earth shattering.
    Thing is there needs to be some expectation a ruler will keep to his word, or diplomacy becomes pointless.
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