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* While there are many problems with the Draka-verse, its primarily the contradiction between their society and their domination of much of the world that causes the biggest problem. Namely there is no way that what is essentially a feudal society could ever have the industrial power to match the west. The Draka are supposed to be slaveowning Americans crossed with white South Africans back in the 1700s that grew into a superpower. Both parts were horribly inefficient societies that crumpled in the face of conflict. The American South was an agrarian society that, while the plantation owners were fabulously wealthy, could never produce anything except raw materials and had to import all manufactured goods. South Africa under apartheid seemed to be first world, except they basically impoverished 90% of the country in order to make the other 10% well off. South Africa in particular, once the divestment campaign really got under way, was shown to be unable to produce the most basic consumer goods on their own without massive importation. There is no way a combination of those societies could produce enough war materials to take on the world and win.
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* There is in fact, large, ''large'', '''large''' number of problems with Draka timeline
** In 1786 Drakian Legislative Assembly passes Indentured Labor and Master and Servant Acts. Hm? This seems to be a little odd for a colony which still has to answer to Britain for everything its government does. In fact, I think an act of that sort would probably not be passable by Drakia by itself at all - at the least, explicit approval of the British government would be necessary. For such an act, it might not be forthcoming.
** Slave Code of 1797 grants all freemen power of life and death over all slaves and "other bondservants". I am pretty sure that Drakia cannot pass such an act itself - it would have to be passed by the British Parliament. And it would take massive alterations in British society and government for that to happen. For Drakia to attempt to pass such an act despite British opposition could be considered treason, and the British Army would go in with guns blazing. First Janissary Legion recruited from slaves bought in West Africa, also the Militia act establishes peacetime conscription and reserve service till age 60. This is going to look pretty odd to the people in London - such is the army of a conquest-oriented state.
** 1800-02 - conquest of Egypt (occupied by French) and Ceylon. French colonies in West Africa seized. First, how the hell do the Draka get there? The only way is by ship, and no way do they have the rather largish numbers of ships required to support such a substantial invasion. Hypothetically they could get the ships from Britain - but this would mean a significant expansion of British shipbuilding, a more powerful British economy, which would have various repercussions. Second, where do they get the men and equipment? The French forces in the area at the time would hardly be pushovers, and it would require the mounting of a substantial force, in addition to what the Drakians need to maintain control of their own territory. Quite an expedition even if they scare up the transportation. Second, why is it allowed? Drakia is thoroughly under the control of the British government, and Crown colonies simply do not go out on independant expeditions of conquest, adding foreign territories under the colony's administration. And last of all, if they do somehow manage to conquer it, they don't benefit from that. It would take yet another act of God for Egypt to be administrated under the control of Drakia (which is itself a British colony), Egypt would be administered as a seperate Crown colony. That's the way things work in the Empire, especially since Cairo is actually much closer to London than it is to Archona.
** 1803 - revolt in Egypt suppressed, 300,000 rebels deported to work on Suez Canal. Even if the Drakians are unified administratively with Egypt, they are still a crown colony. Their behavior towards the locals is going to start raising a lot of eyebrows in Britain, especially because the Egyptians are a comparatively "civilized" people rather than a bunch of "negro tribesmen". Around this time the British government, even if it somehow has not already cracked down, will start - behavior that will be permitted in southern Africa won't have the same blind eye turned to it in Egypt.
** 1815-16 - Peace of Vienna confirms Africa as British/Drakian preserve. It's improbable for the rest of the countries accept Britain as sole ruler of Africa, which is a rather large (and, as the Drakians have shown, potentially lucrative) piece of the world, since they get nothing out of it. This is a big net gain for Britain - lose the Canadas and gain a continent - and the rest of the world is going to see that pretty fast. Also, the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique are purchased. Why do the Portuguese sell them? I frankly can't see any reason they would (and again, other countries would probably rather object to them going to Britain of all states).
** 1820-40 - Abolitionist sentiment in US and Britain against Draka "depravity" produces defiant anti-borgeois sentiment in Drakia. Yeah, right. In OTL, the much less depraved slave trade produced strong enough opposition that it was outlawed throughout the British Empire, and Britain definitely has the power to elimenate the Drakian slave trade. If it does not do so outright due to the essential nature of it to the Drakian economy, it will do it more slowly and subtly maybe, but it will happen and Drakian disagreement and defiance doesn't matter (unless they rebel, in which case they're cut off from Britain and are international pariahs). The only alternative I can see for the Draka is rebellion and leaving the Empire - which would very likely succeed, and would fit in with their independant worldview. Unfortunately this would make them an independant power which would have to tread much more carefully in the future - but the Draka wouldn't care about this since it's rather improbable for them to be plotting world domination at this time. Not to mention, this period in OTL South Africa was one in which the British Government cracked down on slavery there, basically guaranteeing a bunch of essential rights for servants (explicit slavery was by this time illegal). This caused the Great Trek of the Boers, who basically wanted to keep "proper relations between master and servant" and so they left British-controlled areas.
** 1883 - 150,000 serfs killed in revolt in Alexandria. The sort of thing that makes the world, especially Britain, revile you rather thoroughly. In OTL Britain in fact, there was pretty strong moral crusading against atrocities happening in some backward countries at the time - this would be even more potent directed at the Draka. However, again the world turns a blind eye. I can see an AH Gladstone campaigning against the Draka atrocities rather than the Bulgarian, but this doesn't seem to happen. By this point, there is effectively no way that relations between the Domination and a state even remotely like OTL's Britain can continue. Popular opinion will revile them, political leaders will fear their combination of growing military power, expansionism, and reluctance to heed the wishes of Britain, and with normalization of relations with the US and the catching up of much of the rest of the world to Britain's industrial economy, Drakia loses more and more of its leverage as a trading partner.
** 1914 - Dominion of Draka, US have nearly identical GNP - the US population 140 million, the Draka 28 million plus 210 million serfs. This begs the question of exactly WHAT the Draka are producing to have such a high GNP. Their local market - even with a large military and a life of luxury for the Citizens - won't be nearly as great as that of the US, and if they are a very export-oriented power then it seems their ability to say "screw the rest of the world" (and the rest of the world's lack of concern for their goings-on) is much less likely. They also must be unusually good at getting the serfs motivated to work - in a way that no regime OTL, even with brutal repression and fear tactics, has gotten anybody to do if the fruits of their labor primarily benefit another and they cannot significantly enhance their station in life. I think that industrial slave labor could work, but not quite as _well_ as it seems to for the Draka. A core assumption of the Draka series, which I think is in error, is that it is possible for both slave labor and centrally-planned economies to work much, much better than they ever have in our history.
** The Draka should be immediately recognized by any world leader (unless they are both blind AND insane), as exactly what they are - the most expansionistic nation in the world, with one of the most effective militaries in the world, which has just conquered a very large amount of land and people, including the most important oil reserves in the known world. One of Stirling's characters says that as late as 1940, nobody was afraid of the Draka, because it was unthinkable that they could treat Europeans as serfs. '''This, however, is totally irrelevant.''' Very few conquering nations have been nearly as bad as the Draka, at least in the modern world, but they have still been feared, or at least watched extremely closely, because they are simply a potential threat with a large military that is sitting very close to you, one of your colonies, or one of your allies. And in this timeline, after their WWI expansion, it's plain that the Draka have almost nowhere else to go except to attack one of the major powers, their colonies, or their close allies. Given this, it is very highly unrealistic that the Draka build up an even more massive and very modern military, while the rest of the world does nothing to keep up (the only nations that have military buildups do so not because of the Draka, but because of their own plans of conquest, and their buildups seem to happen in complete isolation from new tactics and equipment developed by the Draka). The most likely occurrence around this time, by far, is the formation of several defensive alliances against the Draka.
** 1925 - Domination invades and annexes Afghanistan. Apparently nobody cares, and the continued Draka drive to dominate Asia - which now puts them right on the borders of India, for example - does not drive the rest of the world into increased militarization and wariness about the Domination like it should. IOTL, Great Britain got into conflict with Russia partially because it was wary that Russian military presence in Persa/Afghanistan/Tibet could threaten Raj. Draka gets free pass.
** Domination attacks Italy with tacit consent of Germany. First off, why on Earth does Germany give "tacit consent"? Hitler is bound to be fond of the Domination "master race" ideology, but he is not stupid and was liable to see absolutely everyone as a potential enemy. It is rather unlikely that he would not fight against a very strong foreign power who invaded an Axis ally which happened to be right on the border of Germany, not incidentally giving that foreign power its first inroad into Europe. And even if he DID do that, ironically, the very bad Draka treatment of the Italians is likely to have made Hitler, and the world, see what the Domination does. There is an internal inconsistency - the journalist character, quoted from his memoirs, writes that in the early 40s it was inconceivable that the Draka could bring their enslaving ways into the very heart of Western civilization, however, that is just exactly what they did in Italy (various massacres, raping and pillaging, looted all the artistic treasures, shipped off everyone as slaves). In fact they are mentioned as having shipped off a Catholic bishop to become a slave. The Church is likely to be VERY unhappy about that sort of thing, and to publicize it. A year before the Draka attack on Germany, everyone in the world is likely to know just what the Draka are capable of doing.
** Imperial Japan also attacks, and does quite a bit of damage to the US even though it is larger than our timeline. One has to wonder _why_ Japan attacks the United States. OTL, they attacked out of sheer desperation because they were trying to conduct a war in China, but did not have sufficient oil reserves to maintain the war and couldn't seize more without getting into a war with the US.
** The Draka make further conquests, then "outrun their logistical train" and both sides pause (the Germans because they have taken many losses). Among other things the German pause is unrealistic - OTL, it took a LOT of pounding before they lost the ability to counterattack, and during the "respite" that there supposedly is in this war, it would be a matter of weeks or maybe a month before a major German counteroffensive to take advantage of the long Draka supply lines.
** Then, however, plausibility utterly flies out the window. Hitler is assassinated and a coalition government of mostly non-Nazis takes power, and gains support from other European countries. This is not unrealistic. However, now begins the period where the Allies are bashed right in the face with the Draka in the process of conquering the world, and sit back and let them do it. Supposedly the Draka secretly threaten to ally with Japan if western powers make a seperate peace with Germany. This is a proposal that would be totally ignored by any Western leaders with any brains at all, since the defeat of Japan is merely a matter of time (the US has three times its economic power and is not worried about direct invasion), and the Draka would be cutting their own throats if they tried to fight the Allies and the Germans at the same time. The Allies have the opportunity to make a favorable deal with Germany, getting back the conquered nations and burying most of the Nazi party influence forever, in return for fighting against the Domination in a rather small way. They don't. This is downright stupid. They don't even try to, say, make a simple deal that Germany will cease occupying Norway, France, and the Low Countries and ship Allied troops in as a "protective force".
** The Allies that are left at this point are the maratime powers - the US and the British Commonwealth. At this point they shouldn't care one whit if the Draka declare war on them. Draka ground forces are engaged in Germany, and even if they weren't the only Allied possession left in Eurasia is India - which has just rebelled and declared neutrality anyway. Well, and the remains of Russia, which won't have much voice anyway. The Domination is a continental, not a naval, power, and has no ability to challenge the Allied naval might at sea, or to land troops on any Allied nation. In addition, all allied nations are out of range of Domination airstrikes - even Britain has all of German-controlled Europe between it and the Domination. In short the Allies have very little to lose by going to war with the Domination, and a heck of a lot to gain (They could probably get the German conquests in Scandinavia and Western Europe back in return for military assistance, they prevent the Domination from growing very much stronger by conquering Europe, they keep Germany as a buffer between them and the Domination). The only explanation for the Allied behavior is that some sort of alien brainsuckers have removed all basic common sense, strategic knowledge, and spine from the collective Allied governments.
** 1943 - Alliance begins thoroughly kicking Japanese ass. Military production of Alliance for Democracy outpaces that of the Domination and Third Reich combined. Obviously the Alliance is quite likely to win any war with the Domination, or at the very worst to be able to isolate it. At this point intervening on behalf of the Germans, or making peace and going to war with the Draka, would result in the Draka losing, and losing badly (when fighting against an enemy who is resisting reasonably well, if you then go to war with another party with more arms production than you and your enemy combined, you are going DOWN). The Draka continue to advance.
** By the end of the year, the Draka are marching through Germany. The German government is defunct, and a new "pan-European" emergency government convenes under Daladier in Brussels. What happens? "DeGaulle returns to continent". That's it. The Draka are now at war with a government that is headed by a Frenchman (member of a former Allied nation), headquartered in Brussels (city of a former Allied nation). The Draka show no signs of stopping with the conquest of Germany. The Nazis are basically crushed. The Alliance has overwhelmingly more military resources than the Draka, and is winning handily against its only current real enemy, Japan, whom an alliance with the Draka cannot save. Given these factors, it is utterly ridiculous that the Alliance leadership would not immediately ally itself with the "pan-European" government, begin shipping troops to the continent, and tell the Draka to halt their advance immediately. It'd take not only an act of God, but the assistance of all his ministers and angels at once, for the Alliance to sit back and watch as the Draka continue to advance.
** 1944 - Alliance detonates fission bomb. Draka do so within a month - QUITE improbable given the traditional Draka weakness in pure sciences, the fact that the US got a tremendous boost from all the German scientists who fled the Nazis, and the massive spending on the Manhattan Project. This is very unrealistic, and happens only to preserve the semblance of realism, so that the Alliance will not possess a nuclear advantage and, with the protection of an atomic big stick, utterly crush the Domination. Which, of course, is exactly what would realistically happen... but can't, because the Draka have to conquer the world. Not only do the Draka get nukes really fast, but within one month of their first, they have five weapons not only built but ready for use, and they use them.
** From this point on, it is a constant litany of the Draka attacking people and the Alliance doing nothing (despite the fact that the Alliance can nuke Draka positions and posessions while most Allied nations remain quite safely out of range of counterattack, especially the US). The Draka conquer western Europe, including Spain, and the Alliance does nothing.
** 1946 - Sweden, Norway, Netherlands conquered by Draka. Actually it just says "Sweden surrenders", but this would only happen if Sweden was attacked. Two former allied nations and one historically neutral power conquered by the Draka, and the Alliance does nothing. The Draka somehow manage to very rapidly transfer a huge amount of troops to the Far East, conquering the Japanese in China (still the Alliance does nothing as the Draka gobble up a huge amount of additional territory... by this point they control the majority of the world's landmass, population, resources, etc. and it is a great chance for the Alliance to attack, while the Draka are overextended all over the place. The Alliance, of course, does nothing (Jesus came down from heaven and declared that the eleventh commandment is "thou shalt not attack the Domination of Draka", I guess).
** 1947 - Switzerland surrenders to Draka after mass famine. Evidently the Draka blockaded it... and the Alliance did nothing. Finland is crushed by the Draka, but the Alliance does nothing. (why did Finns not recognize their predicament, join the Alliance, and have Alliance military forces shipped to them - ditto with the Swedes. All the Alliance would have to do is declare these neutral powers "under its protection", or even invade them preemptively the way the British tried to do with Norway in OTL, and the Draka would have to stop or get into a war). But no, it doesn't occur to any of the surviving European countries, the Draka armies nearing their borders every day, that given the Draka history of not caring whether you are neutral or not, they should join the Alliance.
** Also, at some point in time, Siberia is overrun and conquered. Big problem... the Timoshenko Junta should still be an Allied power. The Draka attack an Allied power, and the Alliance does nothing. Not to mention that, considering the massive commitments the Draka have all over the place, an invasion of Siberia should be anything but a footnote. (As for the Alliance supplying it by dirigible over the pole... there is this thing called the "Bering Strait"...)
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*** The Draka are allowed an incredible level of independence by the British government from the earliest days, which freely hands them administration of all conquests in Africa, and seems to let them keep a large independent military and campaign against foreign powers independent of Britain itself. In fact it seems that for over a century, the primary goal of the British colonial authority is not to extent British influence and control over the world, but to hand the Draka as much territory and independence as it possibly can.
*** The British Empire, which in OTL had great objection to slavery and even to mistreatment of non-slave servants, and cracked down greatly on this in the early 19th century, allows the Draka free reign in doing whatever they want. Essentially one of the more civilized and progressive civilizations of the 18th century lets one of its colonies act more depraved and barbaric than anyone else in the world (it should be noted that the Draka habitually treated misbehaving slaves much worse than most other slaveholder nations, including brutal mass executions following revolts).
*** The Draka have an uncanny ability towards conquest from the start - they seem to have no form of military weakness whatsoever, and always have equipment equal to or better than their opponents, even when fighting powers that IOTL were technological leaders. The Draka advantage in tactics and equipment is compounded by the fact that nobody else seems to copy, or respond to with new developments, the Draka innovations.
*** The Domination of Draka is NEVER, EVER attacked. Throughout its entire history all wars it fights are entirely on its terms, and it is always on the offensive. Not once does anyone else attack the Draka, no matter the provocation, or even stand up to them in a meaningful way... giving them a position unique in the history of major powers. Even more stupendously unlikely considering that they give other nations far more reason to attack them than most.
*** The Draka are able to advance through, and industrialize, the continent of Africa very quickly. They totally ignore the diseases and various other difficulties that kept OTL advances into Africa as small "outpost empires" rather than true control of most areas. The start from zero (a small number of settlers and a continent of untamed wilderness, jungle and desert), and within the space of under a century, become a world technological and industrial leader. In fact within 80 years of first settlement they are providing substantial, advanced military technology to the Confederates in the American Civil War. It should be noted that this means the economic growth of the Domination is considerably higher than that of the United States for quite some time.
*** The Draka manage to develop technology and industry at a rapid pace, despite having the worst sort of society for it. They industrialize despite having cheap slave labor which can produce the products of early industry more cheaply than early industry, and despite having the majority of their population in such a state of low income that there is little internal market for the products of industry (the Draka themselves will demand a lot of goods, but mostly high-quality luxury stuff, not the basic products of early industry). In addition they manage great technological development despite the majority of their populace being kept in a delibertely uneducated state (and brutally repressed at that), and the remainder of the population emphasizing military prowess in the education system and in life. I'm not saying that a slave society couldn't manage to tolerably keep up technologically, but it is unlikely to become a world technological leader - especially when starting essentially from scratch.
*** The Draka maintain an unnaturally high level of control of their territories. Stirling may be somewhat excused for this - he wrote this book while the Soviet Union, an excellent example of long-term repression, had not yet fallen and was portrayed as a great threat. It isn't until now that we fully realize how even the best regimes encounter great problems - their technology turns out to be backward, and their citizens are on the verge of revolting all over the place and are in general often unproductive due to repression. Essentially any real Domination-type society would be beset with minor wars all over the place, resulting in great difficulties to the Draka. For example in Afghanistan supposedly they killed 65% of the populace and everything was then OK. In reality they would have taken great losses of their own while doing this, and the territory would never really be fully pacified, and would be liable to erupt at some later date, and is certainly no recipe for producing any kind of productive area at any rate. The Draka eventually manage to hold their conquests in Eurasia - a newly-conquered area with a population of over 500 million - with an army of 10 million. WHILE mounting an offensive in the East with 4 million of those soldiers. And it wasn't 10 million either... that was the Draka army strength at its peak in 1943... it had suffered additional losses and been slightly demobilized by the time of the Eastern assault. A massive continent with a hostile, mistreated populace of over 500 million, outnumbering the troops supposed to keep them in line by at least 100 to 1. This is in reality a huge recipe for disaster, and with even the low level of Alliance aid to the locals which Stirling acknowledges, the Draka should find themselves totally unable to maintain control of all this territory. Running the numbers one finds that they could occupy France with about as many troops (Citizen and Janissary) and Order Police as the Germans did in OTL. Sure, you say, the Germans managed to occupy France thoroughly - but unless you were a Jew or similar persecuted minority, the Germans basically left you alone as long as you supported the institutions of the occupation. The Draka literally treat everyone like slaves, and are engaged in a rapid and complete restructuring of society, turning the entire area into plantations and compounds and shipping people all over the place while imprisoning huge numbers of potential dissidents. There is simply no way that they have the resources to maintain this level of control over their large conquered areas - while maintaining a large military operation in the East, and later while maintaining a tremendous technology race with the Alliance.
*** It's just plain unrealistic that the Draka arise in the first place. They go from a bunch of slave owning but thoroughly loyalist British settlers, to atheistic, militaristic, ultra-repressive supermen in between one and two generations. This scale of social alteration - completely without an unusual stress to cause it (fighting a bunch of bushmen in Africa doesn't count as unusual stress) - is unprecedented in human history for that short a time. The realistic result of the migration to South Africa would be a cosmopolitan cross between British and southern American culture, but instead we get the super-Nazis out of the middle of nowhere.
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** There are comments made by Draka characters toward the end of ''The Stone Dogs'' that the next century will be very hard, partly due to the damage done to the ecosystem by the Final War, and that the space colonies will be critical for rebuilding. This is a major motivation for Eric von Shrakenberg to offer Metic citizenship to Alliance personnel in space who surrender--not only does he want the war over with, he needs their talent and resources to keep Earth from collapsing.
** There are comments made by Draka characters toward the end of ''The Stone Dogs'' that the next century will be very hard, partly due to the damage done to the ecosystem by the Final War, and that the space colonies will be critical for rebuilding. This is a major motivation for Eric von Shrakenberg to offer Metic citizenship to Alliance personnel in space who surrender--not only does he want the war over with, he needs their talent and resources to keep Earth from
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**** The Allies had their hands full with Imperial Japan, which in the Draka world had been building its empire and tooling up for WW2 since the turn of the century, rather than the early 1930's. They not only bombed Pearl Harbor, but invaded and occupied Hawaii as well and made direct assaults against the West Coast. They weren't tied down by a protracted occupation in China, the Indonesian territories they captured were not undeveloped rain forests but highly industrialized nations and could be turned to support their war effort, nor presumably were they suffering from crippling resource and fuel shortages. Compounding this was the complete and total inability of the Red Army to contain the Nazis due to the need to defend the long southern border with the Domination. In short, the Allies' job was much, much harder than in real life. It's easy to forget that we know a hell of a lot more about the conflict than the combatants did; Allied leaders were truly worried about losing even to the lesser real life foes. When the Draka ostensibly entered the war on the Allied side, no way, no how would they look that particular gift horse in the mouth (this was actually mentioned in MTG). Could just as easily say that the real life US and British unwillingness to continue WW2 by invading the USSR (Operation Unthinkable) was a RealLife case of the IdiotBall, seeing as how they had nuclear superiority and failing to do so resulted in the 50-year ColdWar.
**** The Allies had their hands full with Imperial Japan, which in the Draka world had been building its empire and tooling up for
WW2 since the turn of the century, rather than the early 1930's. They not only bombed Pearl Harbor, but invaded and occupied Hawaii as well and made direct assaults against the West Coast. They weren't tied down by a protracted occupation in China, the Indonesian territories they captured were not undeveloped rain forests but highly industrialized nations and could be turned to support their war effort, nor presumably were they suffering from crippling resource and fuel shortages. Compounding this was the complete and total inability of the Red Army to contain the Nazis due to the need to defend the long southern border with the Domination. In short, the Allies' job was much, much harder than in real life. It's easy to forget that we know a hell of a lot more about the conflict than the combatants did; Allied leaders were truly worried about losing even to the lesser real life foes. When the Draka ostensibly entered the war on the Allied side, no way, no how would they look that particular gift horse in the mouth (this was actually mentioned in MTG). Could just as easily say that the real life US and British unwillingness to continue WW2 by invading the USSR (Operation Unthinkable) was a RealLife case of the IdiotBall, seeing as how they had nuclear superiority and failing to do so resulted in the 50-year ColdWar.
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**** True, but you say that with hindsight knowledge of how things ended up turning out. There've been lots of threats that nations should have paid attention to but didn't, and conversely, ones they became positively monomaniacal about when they shouldn't. For instance, knowing what you do now, would you have given up your life to defeat the vile, barbarian Hun in WW1, as Anglo-American & French propaganda depicted them? After the fact, we know full well that it was pretty much the 2nd largest piece of butchery in history, but lacking any semblance of the righteousness of the followup conflict. It was entirely an ArmchairGeneral war, driven on by alliances and a simple unwillingness to cut losses, not by any real conflict. But going by popular opinion of the time, you'd have thought they were in a fight to decide the fundamental fate of civilization. In any event, this is mentioned heavily in MTG. The Draka freely admit that they are the larger of the threats to the Alliance, and that while they have almost no traits in common with the 3rd Reich and the Japanese Empire, an innate antagonism towards liberal democracies is one of them. The American reporter likewise recognizes the threat the Draka represent, but rightly points out that it is a long term consideration, while the Axis nations must be defeated in the short term for that to even be a problem. In UtY, it is brought up again, that once the Japanese were put down, the Alliance could have muscled the overstretched Draka forces out of their new gains, but by that point nuclear weapons were in play (and how!) and it would have cost the Alliance several of their largest cities. Yes, in hindsight (from the Final War in TSD) it would have been worth it, but they quite reasonably chose instead to buckle down on their R&D (which they had an advantage in over the Domination) and wait until they had an edge that could give them a less bloody victory.
**** True, but you say that with hindsight knowledge of how things ended up turning out. There've been lots of threats that nations should have paid attention to but didn't, and conversely, ones they became positively monomaniacal about when they shouldn't. For instance, knowing what you do now, would you have given up your life to defeat the vile, barbarian Hun in
WW1, as Anglo-American & French propaganda depicted them? After the fact, we know full well that it was pretty much the 2nd largest piece of butchery in history, but lacking any semblance of the righteousness of the followup conflict. It was entirely an ArmchairGeneral war, driven on by alliances and a simple unwillingness to cut losses, not by any real conflict. But going by popular opinion of the time, you'd have thought they were in a fight to decide the fundamental fate of civilization. In any event, this is mentioned heavily in MTG. The Draka freely admit that they are the larger of the threats to the Alliance, and that while they have almost no traits in common with the 3rd Reich and the Japanese Empire, an innate antagonism towards liberal democracies is one of them. The American reporter likewise recognizes the threat the Draka represent, but rightly points out that it is a long term consideration, while the Axis nations must be defeated in the short term for that to even be a problem. In UtY, it is brought up again, that once the Japanese were put down, the Alliance could have muscled the overstretched Draka forces out of their new gains, but by that point nuclear weapons were in play (and how!) and it would have cost the Alliance several of their largest cities. Yes, in hindsight (from the Final War in TSD) it would have been worth it, but they quite reasonably chose instead to buckle down on their R&D (which they had an advantage in over the Domination) and wait until they had an edge that could give them a less bloody victory.
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****** WW1 was primarily caused by German leadership's shameless intent to solve all problems with the neighbors by military power, as soon as a reasonable-looking pretext presents itself. And resisting that lacks any semblance of righteousness?
WW1 was primarily caused by German leadership's shameless intent to solve all problems with the neighbors by military power, as soon as a reasonable-looking pretext presents itself. And resisting that lacks any semblance of righteousness?
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