The Highest of Horses

On April 27th, Placentica of the alliance Alpha shared his official Recognition of War announcement to the Politics & War gaming community via the PW Forums. In Placentica’s ‘return’ to the game, Oblivion and Arrgh – both alliance notorious for raiding and warring – decided to have some fun with Alpha. Within his recognition announcement, Placentica states “hitting nations who are just coming back to play a game is in poor taste and reeks of cowardice. When I was lobbying to have the [Spanish Armada] folks rejoin the game, one of the selling points was a new political environment and not the same boring ones.” – yet as we dug further into the background of this little war, we found that Placentica may have bit his own tongue on that statement.

This war, in total, consisted of Alpha and Church of Atom vs Oblivion and Arrgh – with the latter side being the primary antagonists. Alpha and Church of Atom, collectively sent 69 offensive wars to Arrgh and Oblivion while Alpha received 36 defensive wars – 5 from Arrgh and 31 from Oblivion. Checking out the stat summary of this war, it is obviously clear that Alpha would claim victory by the numbers, dealing $7.6 Billion in damage versus Oblivion’s $2 Billion damage. Arrgh did drop out two weeks before the final end of this war when Alpha received their status victory over Oblivion – but not before lengthy peace talks.

From our investigation peace talks began around May 1st where Placentica spoke to DTC from Oblivion and outlined terms for peace. These terms consisted of the following:

  • 3 Month Non-Aggression Pact (NAP)
  • Oblivion repays (reparations/reps) part of the damage which was calculated at the time by Placentica as $1.5 Billion.
  • Official surrender to Alpha.
  • Admission of defeat, which would be posted by Placentica to the PW Forums.

Upon submission of terms from the Alpha side, DTC countered with simple White Peace – which generally means both entities end the dispute, no further wars, active wars are continued, peaced, and/or beiged – Placentica stated that White Peace wouldn’t work for Alpha.

On May 10th, Placentica and Ockey continue peace talks. During this time Ockey explains to Placentica that Oblivion would not be paying reps, but accepted all of the other previously laid out terms – however – Placentica believed that because Oblivion was the antagonist in this war, they must pay for the damages and the cost of the war. “When you raid someone, usually it is customary to pay reps for the damages done. In this case, we aren’t even asking for the full amount and we know you have it.”  Ockey stands by his position to accept all the terms excluding paying reparations, but Placentica continues his course by saying, “we can keep zeroing your guys out and selling down to hit them and that’s fine with us.” This same day, Placentica requests Ockey to hand over his Foreign Affairs duties to someone else because he thinks Ockey isn’t active enough to navigate peace talks and in the following days, Placentica reaches out to Oblivion’s friends and allies in attempts to push motivation on the Oblivion front.

On May 15th and 16th, Placentica was in touch with Sweet Ronny D of Grumpy Old Bastards – an alliance tied to the same sphere as Oblivion with The Golden Horde, Empyrea, and Knights Templar. Placentica claims that peace talks are silent and they are having trouble finding anyone in Oblivion who is active to perform peace talks. “I just want to make sure you and their allies are aware that we are not stalling or looking for perma-war,” Placentica told Ronny – who replied that the hold up might be due to the stall on Alpha wanting reparations while Oblivion refuses those terms. Placentica states to Ronny that, “the problem is more that they aren’t even responding. So, we can’t wrap up the war until they come back to negotiate peace.” – All this, even though Ockey and Oblivion representatives did acknowledge terms sent by Alpha and countered with an acceptance of those terms, excluding the reparations.

On May 17th, Placentica and Ockey discuss peace terms again – Ockey clarifies that they offered a counter, but Placentica didn’t accept it. Placentica dismisses the counter again and implies someone else needs to take over peace talks and states that Oblivion’s counter is not a counter. “Not sure if you understand how this goes. Just saying something you are not doing isn’t really much of anything other than wishful thinking,” Placentica told Ockey – in which Ockey clarifies their position once more, “clearly states we are not paying reps, and the rest [of the terms] is fine.”

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Placentica continues to push Ockey into a corner demanding reparations to be included in the terms or they will continue to attack till their loot equals or passes the amount Alpha demanded in the original peace terms. “It’s sad to see your alliance disintegrate due to your pride. I know it sucks to lose, but suck up your pride for the good of your membership, whatever is left of it that is,” Placentica said to Ockey during the continued negotiations. Placentica is now pivoting to demanding reps to demanding Ockey provide some type of peace term that would compensate for no reps to be paid.

At this point in the peace negotiations, Placentica changes from the sincere party contacting Oblivion’s friends and allies, negotiating peace and claiming victim who wants to ‘wrap up the war’ to someone who seems to enjoy argument, does not wish to see the war wrapped up in a timely manner, and continues to push the losing party around. To be clear, within peace negotiations it was observed that Ockey noted he didn’t win and it was also noted that all terms originally pushed were accepted by Ockey, excluding the rep terms. Placentica wanted a quick solution – but now changes pace by asking Ockey to take a few days and asking Ockey to pick his own peace terms to counter. “It’s not just going to be surrender and NAP though. That’s letting you off too easy for your unprovoked attack on an alliance just leaving VM coming back to the game. That was a shitty thing to do, wasn’t it?” Placentica said to Ockey in negotiations – Ockey replied; “nope, the game has changed since you left and no one considered it a shitty thing to do. As I said, we accepted everything, but reps.”

They go back and forth during these talks with Placentica saying Ockey needs to offer something substantial for a counter while Ockey explains he is fine with the terms, just doesn’t want to pay reps and then tells Placentica “[I’ve] got nothing you want, so make something up to please yourself,” to which Placentica replied “The problem is you fucked up and now you are still acting like you won this war. I’ll give you some time to figure out a counter offer.”

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Peace was finally negotiated with reps not being included and Alpha was able to claim their victory over Oblivion. Even though the aggressive stance of Placentica within these negotiations, Oblivion stood their ground on their counter offer for peace terms. One could say that Placentica is entitled to reparations, but another could say that reparations really are a thing of the past when it comes to warring. Our world is currently in the position to have ‘fun wars’  – no reps and most times, alliances will brush off reps.

Moral of the story here is, Placentica had a million options to exit this war, accept the win, while both parties part ways. Oblivion is known for warring and not giving a fuck, why Placentica thought this case would be different – we aren’t sure. Coming back into this world from a vacation, lobbying previous active nations to come back to a fun game and then complaining about being attacked is not the way to go about being dynamic, as that is what Placentica claimed to be doing. We would even push further and say that Placentica enjoyed the argument he was getting with Ockey and somehow felt that while on his high horse, he was in the position to dictate and sway the negotiations.

We know that Oblivion is a no fucks alliance and we know that Oblivion did knowingly join this war – so they were the antagonist with Arrgh, there is no doubt about that – however – Placentica spent a whole lot of time running around to other people complaining that peace terms are taking too long, someone else needs to take over, and he wants to just end the war and not be perma-war with Oblivion only to turn it right back around, bullying Ockey into a corner, and prolonging peace negotiations. From our view, it was Placentica’s ego, pride, and self-given high horse status that prolonged this war – not Ockey’s.

We reached out to Placentica who has not commented/replied to our questions.

For your convenience, here is a log compilation of peace negotiations between Ockey and Placentica. Let us know who you think is at fault for a prolonged and unnecessary draw out of peace talks – was Ockey right or was Placentica?

For those of you interested, here is the video Ockey sent to Placentica during the closing of negotiations. Please be aware that this is NSFW, there is the use of ‘era terminology.’

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‘Surfs Up’ KETOG Strikes Chaos

Knights Templar member, RAM of Dark Castle was the first to kick off the war on May 25th in-game time, between the KETOG and Chaos blocs striking The Knights Radiant. Keegoz, Knights Templar leader posted KETOG’s Declaration of War at approximately 7 pm CST on the Politics & War Alliance Affairs forums.

Boredom has once agains struck our shores. The months of inactivity, consolidation and posturing have left this game quiet and boring. We have therefore decided to ride the boredom wave straight into Chaos. People who we believe know how to have some fun, fight and put on a good show. – Keegoz

KETOG houses Knights Templar, The Golden Horde, Grumpy Old Bastards, Guardian, Empyrea – with connections to Oblivion. Chaos houses Seven Kingdoms, Church of Spaceology, The Knights Radiant, Soup Kitch – with connections to Nova Riata and Valinor. Theodosius provided an early look at tiering for both sides on the PW Forums:

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The famous NPO-Owned War Statistics tracker is not currently housing stats for this war, we assume they will add this war to their roster soon. tracking the current stats of the war which is being called ‘that’s bait’ – you can check out those stats on NPO’s stat tracker.

Here is a graph for current (close to the beginning) stats for dealt and received.

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During the peak of the massive political changes that hit Orbis, many alliances promised more wars, frequent skirmishes, and a bit more fun – the only other example of a fun war that Orbis received from these promises was SOUP declaring war on WTF and Fark.

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We reached out to all the parties involved in the current conflict to get initial reactions andogd just a few words from the frontlines. Charlie of SOUP and Squeegee of Seven Kingdoms shared the same image – quickly solidifying the fact that this is a fun war, and there are more memes to come. Squeegee added that they are having fun and “fires burn in all the right places 😉 ”

When we spoke with Schirminator from The Knights Radiant he told us “Overall, it’s fairing alright. We have a lot of newer members getting their first taste of war and so far, KETOG has been pretty respectful towards us. It’s a good and fair fight and I look forward to being a part of it.” Schirminator also added “even though I got triple dec’d and I’m personally losing my fight XD” Adrienne told us that it’s “been hectic of course, but pretty fun so far and I’m enjoying the chance to go up against some old friends hahaha.”

Church of Spaceology leadership, Ripper, told ORB (jokingly) “This time, GOB will really have to change their acronym.”

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Keegoz from the other side of the war, Knights Templar said: “I hope it is a fun war and so far it is going as predicted, we’re securing the top/whale tier and they are trying to secure the mid to lower tiers.”

Buorhann from The Golden Horde had a little bit more to say; “The plan of the war was to find someone that we thought we’d have fun fighting. After seeing the effort done between SOUP and Fark, we figured we’d give it a shot on fighting Chaos as a whole.”

If you remember from before SOUP hit WTF and Fark and the exchange was handled as peaceful and fun as possible.

“Already, they’re using their upper tier nations to down declare and make the use of their military as much as possible before they’re zeroed out, which is a smart idea on their part.” Buorhann also added that “they can do memes, we’re going to do memes, and we hope to entertain everyone.”

Empyrea had a little bit of a rough start themselves when a member was given permission to mess with perms on their discord server – all war channels were suddenly public. We spoke with CitrusK who said “I think the war against CHAOS is going great so far. I’ve yet to turn beige which is a really good sign, and it’s just fun.”

Thanks to all the leadership for being good sports with us on this, we look forward to keeping up with y’all as the war progresses.

We will keep you in the loop with any updates on this war.

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Political Posturing

This story starts August 19th, 2014 with the formation of Brotherhood of the Clouds, also known as BoC. Situated on the White Sphere, BoC pushed through many years of politics, war, and development before merging with The Chola to form Zodiac – about a year later, Zodiac quietly disbanded with most of its membership joining Black Knights and others forming the Chola Empire.

Nearly 4 years later, Brotherhood of the Clouds reannounces their existence, reviving their status within Orbis on August 20th of 2018. At this time, they announce a triumvirate government of Frostsword, Fistofdoom, and Thomas with four ministries run by Morgan, Viselli, Otto Von Bismark, and Kublai Khan as Ministers. Shortly after, BoC announces its protectorate agreement with Rose and continues its course to place their mark on Orbis. Pushing through the early history of BoC2 you’ll find a few bullet point changes; new charter, trium abolishment, Thomas crowned as King, and an official upgrade from protectorate status to MDoAP with Rose after nearly 7 months which activates the Cloud Garden Party.

BoC engages in a short war with Afrika Corps after launching attacks on an Afrika Corps’ protectorate known as Boeing and two months later Thomas, the First King of BoC, steps down due to inactivity – DustyDart takes the crown in what BoC2’s Wikia page describes as a ‘secret crowning.’ Three days later, Brotherhood of the Clouds cancels its MDoAP treaty with Rose and confirms connections to the Black Knights Sphere with current connections being protectorate with Black Knights and MDP with Camelot – this is where our story truly starts.

The BoC Wikia describes the events of May 6th, 2019 as “BoC cancels its MDoAP treaty with Rose after allegations that Rose tried to help install a Nova Riata low gov member to the King of BoC who would have merged the two alliances.” ORB is here to shed a bit more light on that story and prove that although larger alliances claim to maintain their course and be dynamic, they will still engage in political posturing of smaller sphere politics for their own benefit. #puppeteering

Thomas Resigns

Thomas’s resignation came in the form of impeachment orders from Morgan after Thomas declares a former BoC gov member, Viselli, (current low gov member of Nova Riata) the heir to the throne. It is found out that Viselli had the plan to take reigns of BoC and quietly merge the alliance into Nova Riata. At this time, Rose as well as The Knights Radiant, Nova Riata’s protectorate, jump on board with this merger plan and pressure BoC to allow Viselli to return to BoC and be crowned king.

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It has been noted that Thomas took nearly 90% of the BoC bank prior to leaving, transferring these funds through alliance banks – but also did return a load of resources back to BoC bank on May 3rd.

Pressure Continues

During this scuffle of power, DustyDart is crowned Second King of Brotherhood of the Clouds on May 3rd, 2019 and with knowledge of their treaty partner, Rose, posturing into BoC politics, DustyDart cancels the MDoAP with rose on May 6th, 2019. As tension continues to build, it is hinted to BoC that Nova Riata will declare war on BoC to force their merge if they do not install Viselli as the ‘rightful’ King of Brotherhood of the Clouds. ORB is told that BoC went to TKR diplomatically to see about these allegations to which TKR replied that BoC shouldn’t be concerned.

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There was a noticeable buildup in the Nova Riata military, but as of recently, Nova Riata declared war on Pantheon. To ensure that facts are provided within this story, we cannot confirm nor deny that Nova Riata was actually planning on assaulting BoC. This could have been further posturing – however – we have confirmed from several sources that if Nova Riata was successful in their attempt to force BoC to merge with war, The Knights Radiant would provide Nova Riata with $8 Billion (post-pantheon war) towards rebuild costs. (But BoC shouldn’t be concerned.)

Political Posturing

Once Rose found out about Thomas’ announcement to have Viselli take the reigns as Second King of Brotherhood of the Clouds, they were quick to act and give their blessing to Nova Riata to provide pressure to BoC. Rose is not connected to the Chaos Bloc with Nova Riata and The Knights Radiant and only holds one paper connection to the Black Knights Sphere – an ODP through The Fighting Pacifists, you can easily write that off as a disconnect. It is understood that Rose did not wish to be present within the BK Sphere of politics and perhaps, Brotherhood of the Clouds signing paper with Camelot, a life-long member of the BK Sphere, pushed their hand to act in the manner that they have shown. We could even speculate that Rose administration does not get along or does not support the current BoC administration and sees it fit to be dismantled. We would be entering the realm of petty speculation – but maybe there is something a bit further, perhaps Rose has paperless agreements with Chaos Bloc and/or The Knights Radiant? Removing the heavy speculation, you are really only left with petty maneuvers of Rose administration working against a 7-month protectorate relationship and mutually agreed upon upgrade with Brotherhood of the Clouds.

As far as The Knights Radiant – why wouldn’t The Knights Radiant promote being new and dynamic while still keeping hold of their ‘world policing’ foundations it has prided itself on in the past? Not only would their protectorate show their worth within their Chaos Sphere, but if the merge did happen either by force or by Viselli taking the throne, Nova Riata would climb the ranks and the Chaos Sphere would gain quite a few members to their tiers. Not to mention the fact that The Knights Radiant also applies a price tag for Nova Riata should this merge be successful – which just so happens to rest on a payment date post-pantheon war.

Brotherhood of the Clouds, now positioned fairly stable within the BK Sphere has MDP benefits from Camelot and also tied itself to Black Knights through a protectorate agreement – we doubt we will see Nova Riata flipping switch and hitting BoC to force this merge and BoC administration has no desire to bow to requests from previous allies or members to install Viselli as a King. That being said, we could say that Nova Riata and The Knights Radiant were completely blindsided to the fact that BoC could tie themselves with BK – of course stacking up members with a forced or civil merge would be quite the win for Nova Riata. It is pretty obvious that Nova Riata and The Knights Radiant are approaching an update to their treaty – we don’t see a reason why Nova Riata would push out of the Chaos Bloc, this looks more like an attempt to prove worth through that sphere. We can expect to see a full upgrade between Nova Riata and The Knights Radiant when the Pantheon war comes to completion.

BoC played their cards smart, with pressure from larger alliances and a possible war at their doorsteps, they cleared out the drama within the alliance and formulated a new political path for themselves which secures them, for now. This only sheds light on the true dynamics of the PW political arena – large alliances will still posture themselves into smaller sphere politics. Cut your strings.

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