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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PW: Syndicate Drops Long-Time Allies

This week the Syndicate exited contracts with multiple allies; Rose, Pantheon, and Knights of Malta, a protectorate. Both of these exits came after signing NPO into the sphere after NPO broke off from their long-time home in IQ.

Related: PW: Draining the Swamp of Political Stagnation

Politics & War Alliance Affairs Forum Announcements:

As we continue to see cuts through the new Syndi-NPO Sphere – it is clear that The Syndicate is pushing to form their own mini-sphere of alliances. We will continue to update on Syndicate and other alliance movements as this new age of dynamic politics sweeps across Orbis.

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ORB War Tracker – Live

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Updated 11/12/2018 – 0026 CST

Today we added lines (purple) to show United Hoods’ departure from the front lines.

It would also seem that the 12th Global War on Orbis is now officially being called Knightfall…although there seems to be some issues with the poll not staying open long enough for the community to come vote.

That is it for today folks – we seem to have hit that brick wall of war.


Updated 11/8/2018 – 2130 CST

It has been 11 days since our last ORB War Tracker update! Where have we been?

Truth is, not much has happened or changed dramatically within the war – you do have plenty of people walking the path of saltiness, you got others trying to urge others to get into the war, and you got some people just straight up getting bored.

Let’s face it – when we are sitting out of these wars, we are constantly begging for one to happen and once it does, there is some minor excitement, huge spur of activity, and then just like that we are bored again.

BUT..

Something a bit exciting for you might have been the numerous posts, which may have been a push to get Vanguard to join the war?

All of these posts seem to follow the same theme of “I identify as…” – but this is pretty much just old news – all of these fake news DoE posts were sent to the forums on November 1st, by the aggressors of this war.

We saw Sketchy from TGH post on ‘behalf’ of Polaris again…

We watched as Fezza got ripped apart on the forums – apparently looking to gather a lot of support from his side, which fell…quickly & Rozalia is back?

On Sunday, we all got Fraggle’d again – hearing from ChuChu Fraggle in the Alliance Affairs section of the PW Forums. Looks like Fraggle’s 1 man alliance is now a 2 man alliance.

One last thing we want to report on today, which relates to the war is stats! A lot of people thought that ORB Weekly would post and keep up with war stats – unfortunately that was never in our plans, we wanted to keep up with the action and the story – luckly, there are many awesome people in the world who love stats and work hard to produce those stats – today we stumbled upon a post by Frawley in Orbis Central. It would seem that NPO, Lord of Darkness, and Frawley have designed a pretty awesome tool for war tracking – fits in nicely with a clean ui, searchable stats, very easy to use. Frawley says in his post that “this tool tracks every single attack made in the game, it tracks the infra prior to and immediately after attacks.” This system also uses the daily average traded resource price for all loot calculations, resource use costs, and rebuys.

They even have awesome graphics:

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Frawley announced that they will have leaderboards for Unit Kills, Most Damaging Beige’s, and list of individual attacks coming soon – plus more!

All stats are available through NPO’s forums right here, have some fun and check out your stats!

 

 

 


Updated: 10/28/2018 0240 CST

Nothing crazy has been happening on the war-side of things besides the continual grind and issue with the ‘war slot line’ – people aren’t finding slots anymore. That is what happens when you have so many people going for so few targets.

Multiple sources are citing that there are not going to be further counters in this war and that this war set up will continue till both sides come to an agreement – BUT – that doesn’t mean there will be changes to directions of aggression.¬† Stay tuned.

Map Changes/Additions

  • Added public neutral parties.
  • Changed Federation lines to purple to indicate there was aggression, but now they are out of the war.

 


Updated: 10/26/2018 0015 CST

We have updated some lines and aesthetics of the tracker.

 


Updated: 10/24/2018


Updated: 10/22/2018 1747 CST

We are back with another update – looks like we have some action kicking up in the protectorate circles. It should be noted that we apply those who we see (At the time of posting) are attacking those who created war declarations, if we missed anyone let us know! We will slap them on the map too!


Updated: 10/21/2018


Updated: 10/20/2018

We have updated the war tracker Рplease be advised that we are keeping this as simple as possible. If you follow the game politics & follow the war progression in our The Brink reports, it would be clear and obvious who the sides are. RED lines will mark the aggressors, blue lines will mark those on the opposite of the aggressors. If we end up with side wars throughout, we will add them with a different color. It is also to be assumed that those alliances who did declare war on another  would be retaliating against each other Рso there are no double lines being drawn.

Updated: 10/20/2018

Understanding the Tracker:

In efforts to make this a lot simpler for everyone now and into the future when people look back at wars, I decided to create the main DoW lines (aggressors) Red. The Defenders will be in Blue. Blue lines created for offense are only for alliances that were not apart of the main declaration – for example – those that are going to war based off their ally being hit. It would be assumed that if an alliance hits another alliance they would be sharing declarations on each other – so there are no extra lines drawn.

Neutral Parties will be placed on the tracker later on.


Updated: 10/19/18

We have finally come to the point we have all been waiting for – GLOBAL WAR. ORB is pleased to announce that, if you’ve been following our “The Brink” posts, we correctly delivered the scenario!

We have seen a multitude of declarations posted on the Politics & War Forums – due to an appearance on the GreatJob! show tonight, my work to get you guys this updated war tracker was a little bit delayed.

Please, if there are any errors – let me know ASAP so they can be corrected.


Updated: 10/18/18 0215 CST

Multiple reports have been sent in to Orbis Weekly over the last 12 hours that indicated war would be happening today. As of update, no shots have been heard. In addition to those reports, we also heard rumor to ‘watch out for midnight’ – with no specific timezone indicated. We waited here at Orbis Weekly till 0000 CST – still, no sign of war.

There is still war on the horizon, don’t think of this as just a dud. Right now, each side of this war are trying to make the other side jump – so far nothing is working. The staring contest continues.

We have entered a cold war-era time.

Stay with us as we continue our report in this post.


Original Post 10/17/18

It’s that time of year, the time for war!

Orbis Weekly has been reporting to you about upcoming war for some time now in our ‘The Brink” reports. It has come to our attention that this war is about to kick off, in time with our theory. (The NAP end on the 18th).

The good news is, we are going to track every aspect of this war and get as many details as we can to keep you all in-tune with all war operations, even when you’re busy with your own.

Stay Tuned.

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