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Coiler12
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12:27:35 PM Nov 28th 2011
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Do not bring disputes from other boards here.
Browning
03:10:29 PM Nov 28th 2011
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You are in breach of the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment. To quote that rule "You stepped on the toes of the vast majority of the wiki, the people who really want to avoid flamewars. This doesn't mean that 99% of the wikians agree or disagree with your opinions. It just means that 99% do not care for side-issue battles." Nor do we care for people who brings conflicts from outside this community here. For the most part (trolls aside), people want to maintain a peaceful environment. This means that anything that rubs a little too harshly will be wiped away.

You should note that your previous entries were flagged for the attention of a moderator who deleted them.
Salmon
05:30:42 AM Nov 29th 2011
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What Browning said. Also, Complaining About Shows You Don't Like is also strongly discouraged especially when people come here with no other purpose in mind. In the section on Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement you will find the following comment.

While this wiki is built upon being relaxed and carefree, it is still not a forum.

Coiler12
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05:32:40 PM Sep 16th 2011
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Salmon
07:33:31 AM Oct 1st 2011
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The whole point of the Caliphate Arc is that it is a Subverted Trope. On the TB Overse stories, it is suggested that the often-suggested Caliphate is completely imptractical and if it was formed, it would tear itself apart in very short order. In the stories it does so,"the Caliphate" in its original form falls apart within 15 years of its formation. It should, however, be noted that the policies, attitudes and objectives of the early "Caliphate" were based on documentation captured when the Taliban fell in 2001 and the US got access to its records in Afghanistan. The TB Overse's "Caliphate" is what al qaueda and the Taliban wanted; the stories show why they would never have got it.
WiseBass
09:11:07 PM Oct 8th 2011
I'm not sure I buy that explanation. The author claims that the Caliphate is a turmoil-ridden confederation that only stays together because of outside pressure, but the actual depiction that we get of the Caliphate in Crusade (among other novels) is of a unified, central government.
Salmon
09:35:31 AM Oct 9th 2011
edited by Salmon
No, it isn't. The first appearance of the Caliphate government in Crusade explcitly states that the various sub-units of the group were constantly maneuvering against each other in attempts to gain power and influence; and that those maneuverings frequently escalated to something approaching open warfare. The only constraint on them was explicitly stated to be the risk that maneuvers too aggressive and violent would bring about the alliance of all the others against the person in question. In The Ride of the Valkyries, its explicitly shown that the various groups have different policies, different approaches and their allegience to the center is little more than nominal. At the time of that novel, the religious council that had earlier run The Caliphate had been rendered virtually impotent due to its blunders and it then sat in Teheran issuing orders that nobody pays any attention to. One of the sub-groups even has its own nuclear program that it hasn't told the rest about.

It is very clear in all three novels that actually feature "the Caliphate" while the perception from outside is that it is a unified government and governments dealing with it act on that belief, the reality from inside is that it is a chaotic rabble with only a nominal degree of unity. This complete misjudgement is one of the errors that takes place in Crusade and brings about an otherwise avoidable catastrophe. In Ride of the Valkyries, the completely different response of the various sub-groups in The Caliphate (some sit it out, remaining neutral and the one sthat do fight have completely different strategic and operational concepts of how to handle the situation make it apparent that the central authority in teh Caliphate is extremely weak and disorganized.
Salmon
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05:49:38 AM Aug 23rd 2011
edited by Salmon
  • Fridge Logic: Whatever the author thinks of German technology, you'd have thought that giving them YEARS of access to 'superior' allied/British technology might have improved things.
    • Germany gained access to British technology at a 1940 level. They gained and used that (in one book there is mention of a Sunderland flying boat being used by the Germans). However, the access to 1940 British technology has no impact at all on the 1944-45 German efforts; time and technology has simply moved beyond that point. In any case, the so-called wonder-weapons were either nothing very special or were no more than outlines on pieces of paper - hence the generic name "napkinwaffe"
    • Similarly, the lack of a Tizard mission (or any of the follow ons) has absolutely no impact on America's ability to build its own wonder weapons.
    • It is actually mentioned in the text that large numbers of British scientists left the UK between 1940 (when Halifax signed an armistice with Germany) and 1942 (when the Germans occupied the UK) the route being across the Northern Ireland, across the border into the Republic and then by Pan-Am flying boat from Shannon to either the US or Canada. There is extensive mention of the impact (good and bad)this exodus of skills had on both the UK and the US/Canada/Australia. So, the equivalents of the Tizard missions did take place, on an even more extensive basis. By the way, there are no US "wonder weapons", everything that is used in the story actually existed as real hardware.
    • This has been covered in more detail in the latest book, a prequel entitled "A Mighty Endeavor".

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