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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeYoshi View Post
    The last time Blayne was threatened with a permaban was a bit under 4 months ago, after EU3 had started.
    I have no recollection Blayne to be threathened by any banning aside some casual moderating conversion threads in ederon, which hardly count as "true" threahts?

    And anders, don't troll blayne when you are not even playing in this game any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollevainen View Post
    I have no recollection Blayne to be threathened by any banning aside some casual moderating conversion threads in ederon, which hardly count as "true" threahts?
    April 26th.

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    I think perhaps this has gone far enough. Further discussion of Blayne's converter can take place at Pdox, where the mods are considerably quicker than me to come down on rudeness. Blayne, the next time you call someone a liar, Qin gets a new player.
    http://forums.ederon.net/default.aspx?g=posts&t=2217

    Almost exactly 5 months ago. Sorry for that miscalculation.

    But let's get back on topic.

    You really think I lack nuance, oddman?
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    But let's get back on topic.
    tct, tct, it took four post for you to get to the rigth answer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollevainen View Post
    tct, tct, it took four post for you to get to the rigth answer
    And you never admitted you were wrong in the first place.
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    weell. Enough of that. Please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeYoshi View Post
    You really think I lack nuance, oddman?
    Yes, yes I do. I don't mind it much myself, and you are quite capable of remaining reasonable in the face of others' lack of nuance - a combination of traits I recognize from the me of 5 years ago. Also, if anything, you are improving.

    As is Blayne, by the way.

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    OOC: I can't tell the voices of Golle and Jodokus apart. Golle seems more committed. Both are fairly laid-back.
    This.
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    Me neither! Usually I assume it's Golle talking until proven otherwise.
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    The Career of Honour

    If the Komnenoi were organised into a pyramid, that pyramid was still the very tippy-top of their society, resting on a flat desert of non-citizens. These residents of the Roman state had, of course, their own internal hierarchies. Although the tribes were fairly egalitarian as humans go, they still observed a distinction between free warriors and slaves, and between warriors and chiefs. As for the settled peoples under Komnenoi rule, with their much greater economic specialisation, they naturally fell into an ordinary pattern of stratification by some combination of wealth, birth, and education - which of course tended here as elsewhere to go together. No such distinctions, however, were known to Roman law, which, when it was done outlining the privileges of the different ranks of citizens, consigned everyone else to a single category marked `Other'. After the reforms of Achilles, it was possible for non-citizens to join the Equestrian order through military service, but since the privilege was not hereditary, this did not greatly expand the citizen class.

    Such a system might have bred resentment, if it were flaunted. But apart from exacting tribute and levies, the Komnenoi kept themselves to themselves, leaving their subjects to manage their own affairs. Each tribe and each city kept its own law, and even a limited amount of horse-stealing and skirmishing for grazing rights were tolerated, as long as it did not cut deeply into productive capital. In effect, New Byzantium had set itself up as simply a pre-eminent tribe, which did not interfere in the internal affairs of others provided the tribute was paid; a truly minimal night-watch government. Nevertheless, one cannot run an empire without some sort of government; subjects who are allowed to forget that their government exists might decide to forget about their tribute payments as well. Thus each tribe and each city in the Roman Khanate had assigned to it a single Envoy, representative and sole functionary of the government. In practice the Envoys, at least in the settled lands, tended to acquire a small staff; but on the steppes many tribes did indeed have a single man as their only contact with their nominal government. Such service was the first step in the ladder of the Cursus Honorum, the Career of Honour by which ambitious Komnenoi men advanced to, ultimately, the Senate. After serving as Envoy for a few years - three was the minimum, but promotion after such a short period wasrare in peacetime - the budding politician (sometimes still shy of twenty years) would be posted to a Legion. After at least five years in the military, he would become eligible for transfer to the civil service in New Byzantium; but in practice most Komnenoi served in the Legions for at least ten years, and twenty was not unusual. The reasons were twofold: First, military service was the prestige posting, the raison d'etre of the entire citizen class; and second, a short military service was a liability in New Byzantium's politics. Finally, after ten years in the Administratum a civil servant could be elected Senator. In theory, then, the minimum age was 34, but in fact the youngest Senator on record is Telemakhos son of Hercules, who achieved election at the unheard-of age of 44.

    The powers of the Envoy were theoretically vast and practically constrained. As the sole holder of Imperium, right-to-command, in his region, he could in principle order his subjects flogged and (in time of war) beheaded; hence the Fasces badge of his office. In practice this right was almost never exercised against civilians, for the good and simple reason that the Envoy could not very well act as his own lictor against any sort of resistance; to enforce a flogging he needed the cooperation of the locals, and that was usually only forthcoming when some local law had been broken - in which case the Envoy's right did not need to be invoked. An exception to this rule was when someone had behaved in such a way as to scandalise his neighbours, but without strictly speaking breaking any law, as in the famous Xian Lu Incident, where the eponymous Xian Lu was driven to suicide by her schoolmates. There was no law against mockery and bullying; but Ioannes son of Alexandros, the local Envoy, ordered the guilty parties flogged, to widespread satisfaction. Exceptions could also occur when a faction in local politics managed to suborn an Envoy and have their opponents whipped; but this usually led to the recall in disgrace of the Envoy, and was therefore rare.

    Likewise, in principle an Envoy could call for military support - up to and including the entire thirty-Legion armed force of the Roman Khanate - to deal with threats ranging from bandits through rebellion up to invasions by Great Powers. Again, however, most threats were dealt with at the local level; no city benefited from having bandits nearby, and New Byzantium's policy of crucifying liberally after any rebellion that required Legion intervention meant that neighbouring cities were often willing to send their militia to crack heads if a riot got out of hand. Thus the enormous army that an Envoy could in theory call upon served mainly as a deterrent, ensuring that the velvet glove could usually be kept on the mailed fist.

    To load such responsibility on boys not yet out of their teens tended to produce a binary outcome set: The Envoy either cracked under the pressure or grew up very rapidly - which was, of course, the intention. The Komnenoi were (and are) not a numerous people, and loved by none; they had no room for deadwood. Hence, for example, the famed coolness under pressure, expressed in laconic wit, of those who had served their time as Envoys. The response to the invasion of Bengal, for example, is classic; the panicked Bengalese, faced with expeditionary forces outnumbering their armies three times over, had begged for ten Legions as well as invoking their alliance with Qin. The actual Roman response was rather smaller; as their leader said: "Of course the Senate knows that Kongo is invading with a hundred thousand men, that all of India is on the march, and that the situation is very serious. That's why they sent two Komnenoi."

    In this case, laconicism was reinforced, presumably, by the knowledge that New Byzantium was bound by treaty to make no war on Kongo, had only a minor interest in the exact location of the Indian border, and in any case could not have supplied any ten Legions across the Himalayas. Still, by all accounts the response to the Russian invasion in 1714 was similar: The various Envoys reported an aggregate of a quarter-million men coming across the border, and calmly retreated their tribes eastwards, poisoning wells and setting grass fires as they went. When the Khanate's armies eventually met the Russians in battle, the peasant conscripts of the latter were exhausted and hungry, easy prey for the well-fed kataphrakts; the initial invasion was turned back almost without loss to the Khanate, leaving tens of thousands of dead behind along with a hundred guns.

    The enormous manpower of Russia enabled it to absorb such a blow where a smaller state would have been forced to sue for peace. Nonetheless, the point remains that perhaps three dozen young men, none of them above the age of twenty-three, had by their collective decision moved a hundred thousand nomads, at least a million head of cattle, and many millions of horses and sheep; had rendered hundreds of square miles impassable to formed units; and had, in effect, defeated the foremost, or at any rate largest, army of the day - long before the Khanate's regular troops closed with the starving remnants of the Russian regiments.

    The particular circumstances of the Russian Vengeance War were rare, and not many Envoys actually had to make such weighty decisions in their few years of service; but they were all required to be ready for them, and in the pinch, the Komnenos ethos of firm decision came through. The entire government of the Khanate was composed of such men, and indeed any lesser mortals might well have found it impossible to impose the will of thirty thousand men over one-fifteenth of the land surface of the Earth. One shudders to think what they might have accomplished, had they been numerous enough to send two Komnenoi to each tribe.


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    Jodokus asked me to post this:

    "While the Komgoloids retreat in disorder, brave Manchu regiment had the cuts to engage over half a million Novgorodian troops!"

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    What disorder? That was a fighting retreat the whole way; no stack was ever forced out of a battle, and I inflicted far more casualties than I took, while keeping 800k screaming Russians busy.
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    The world is in flames. We went 8 years and here's all the wars that broke out.



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    Quote Originally Posted by King of Men View Post
    What disorder? That was a fighting retreat the whole way; no stack was ever forced out of a battle, and I inflicted far more casualties than I took, while keeping 800k screaming Russians busy.
    Russia lost 100k more men than the Mongols due to battle during the war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King of Men View Post
    What disorder? That was a fighting retreat the whole way; no stack was ever forced out of a battle, and I inflicted far more casualties than I took, while keeping 800k screaming Russians busy.
    "Spring 1722. Incapable of resisting the overwhelming advance of the Russian Блицкриг, Komgolian Legions are brushed aside in a matter of months, forcing the rest of the depleted Legions to make a rapid, humiliating and shameful retreat towards the edges of the Gobi desert. Gobi desert had become the only refuge in the face of the unstoppable advance of Novgorod. While the Russian Army is getting ready to invade the desert the Komgolian command is desperately trying to come in terms with the situation. It's tactics, armament and commanders have been proved antiquated in the face of the vastly superior Russian army. An urgent rethinking of the army is essential to turn the tide of the war. An audacious plan is approved for the creation of an special unit of elite Manchurians. Experts in suicide attacks and handling all types of spears, Manchurians of great initiative. Able to cope and adapt in to the most demanding situations. Only the best and most highly trained, only men of Manchuria. Their mission to become the rearguard of the Komgolian Ceasars , the meat wall of the retreat that would lead to the defeat of the Komgolian Legions. The Manchurians are slain." - Epilogue from the book Manchurians: Meat Wall of Courage.
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    Russia lost 100k more men than the Mongols due to battle during the war.
    Right. My point precisely. That's while I was actually outnumbered, you'll notice. Incidentally, I actually got a well-timed event from a high-level advisor; most unusual! My level-5 discipline guy's event triggered during the war, giving me +10 Discipline for the duration.

    Cease your silly propaganda Ike, you weren't even in the war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King of Men View Post
    Right. My point precisely. That's while I was actually outnumbered, you'll notice. Incidentally, I actually got a well-timed event from a high-level advisor; most unusual! My level-5 discipline guy's event triggered during the war, giving me +10 Discipline for the duration.

    Cease your silly propaganda Ike, you weren't even in the war.
    Nope but I read the book that the Manchurians wrote. And most of that epilogue is true anyways, your retreat eventually lead to your defeat and the Manchurians were slain.
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    I was perfectly capable of keeping up the fight against Russia for the next five years. The alliance surrendered because Qin was being overrun by the combination of Ethiopia, Croatia, and Kongo.
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    Cata, breaking terms of a NAP invaded the USA this session (which through private talks was still in effect, and ends up being his word against mine, and well he has had a record of breaking deals where as I do not). Outnumbered on Land and Sea at the wars start, I think things went alright. My navy took out about as much as I lost (minus the 200 or so transports I lost), and on land, I pushed back his initial landings. While the war is not going great, I am certain I can keep this up for several decades.

    The reason I am so reluctant to peace out Cata for his demands of 7 provinces, is his breaking of our understanding of a NAP.
    I my view, he can no longer be trusted what so ever (the cumulative effect of him repeatedly breaking deals, crowned with his largest yet).
    Further his demands include total control of the choke points leading further into North America, AND his plans to move his capital into North America. That leads me to believe he is planning further wars, and why on earth would he move his capital to another continent unless he was planning on acquiring much more of it.

    If anyone can provide a logical case for actually peacing out, that doesn't involve my systematic destruction (See Malaya, or the begins of such destruction vs Punjab, Bengal and China) please speak up.
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