- May 24, 2013
A beast of an engine for 11. I think that will even get a reaction out of the grumpy mechanic on base. That being said, Shest makes a convincing point. It's fairly obvious she's heavily traumatized or an extremely good actor, but in the end which one she is will matter little. The fact is she's been in both German and American custody, and could theoretically be compromised by either one. I'm not sure keeping her on base is the best course of action, either; if she happens to be compromised, she could do incredible damage by staging the assassination of multiple members of the Committee or intercepting communications. In the worst-case scenario, the Germans have one or two divisions in the rear per each on the line and are waiting for our bulk to be withdrawn to attack, at which point she would attempt to disrupt our chain of command as much as possible to prevent an effective response. I don't necessarily believe this to be the case, but it is the worst-case scenario short of the entire Committee being assassinated.
Either way, two options are open to us. Either feigning weakness and pulling the bulk of our forces back from the border to form a defense in depth and hope the enemy takes the bait, or launch our own offensive. I don't think whether 11 is compromised or not really has an effect on this, beyond the precautions regarding her we might be wise to take. Now, as has been discussed many times before, the Germans attacking would be the optimal outcome. To do that, we need to make them believe our troops are going to be engaged in the East - leak information of something called Operation Sun-Eater or something equally striking, and they'll be convinced we're going to hit Japan. Pull all high-value troops, such as armour, guards and motorized units, as well as the more veteran divisions, off the front line. The Japanese should be shitting their pants and calling the Germans to hit us. If that doesn't work, we'll have to start things ourselves.
I'm currently writing the next big update, there will be many answers in that as to what happens next, interesting how close you get to it in your comprehensive commentary. 'Odinatsat' may well be compromised, though 'Shest' is definitely not impartial in this, considering their history. In any case, getting her away from the base is probably a good idea. The assassination of, or at least spying in Committee members is a risk to consider, despite our low profile, there is always a chance someone finds out something... especially if 11 is compromised.
Thanks for the input, it's helping me to clarify some of my choices for the upcoming update.