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Finished: 05 AM Thu 03 Aug 17 UTC
We didn`t start the fire
1 days, 12 hours /phase (slow)
Pot: 306 D - Autumn, 2019, Finished
World Diplomacy IX, Rulebook press, Anonymous players, Sum-of-Squares Scoring
Game won by DealMerchant (911 D)
04 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2014: [Western-Canada]:I hit pause for when you need it, but I'm pretty sure you need it for July (not June)
04 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2014: [USA]:I'm fine with a Pause, from 10th-16th July, yes. We should then have unpaused by July 17th, 11:59pm Anywhere on Earth.

(IIUC, mods like to have a very clear statement of when the pause should end in the message log, in case not everyone comes back.)
04 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2014: [Kenya]:Thanks so much guys, and yes I do like the clear unpause
05 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2014: [Near-East]:Kenya has well earned a pause.

Al Jazeera World Report::
- Benzino Gassolini crowned croney king of New Rumelia (previously European Union), a vassal state of the N.E.C. Amid domestic upheaval, new conscription efforts announced. Queen of UK lost at sea in sinking of E.U. blockade runner off the coast of the Canary Islands.
- West Canadian 3rd Mechanized obliterated in West Siberia. With supply caches destroyed by raids and resupply impossible after submarine predation, newfoundland boy regulars hunted down to extinction in lonely arctic blizzard by N.E.C. militants.
- Shanghai raided by Canadian "free merchant" noble privateers, rescuing hundreds of indentured servants from House of Saud war factories.
- Indian Gulf Coalition forces re-secure old russia's pacific coast amid furious air campaign. 5th Vladimir Putin clone (self described pacifist and war protestor) confirmed K.I.A. amongst Vladivostok bombing casualties.
- BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA BEGINS : Daring American landing campaign orchestrated by Marine Gen. "Rabid Dragon" Maddis splits landmass in half; promises decisive end to liberation of South Pacific from Australian mineral plutocracy.
- War Fatigue at all-time reported time lows in Pan-American Union in Quinnipac poll
- Kalahari Airlift begins : South African commandos isolated, pinched away inside of old Botswanan nature reserve as escape road to Johannesburg closed off in "Botswanan Pocket' by Kenyan mechanized units in I.G.C blitz. Negotiations begin to prevent needless loss of human life, valuable ivory.
08 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2015: [South-Africa]:Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk! Hey Moe! What's that over there? gameID=201566
09 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2015: [Near-East]:Al Jazeera World Report::

- British-Columbian logistics beachheads burned up and down along Siberian coast. West-Canadian polar invasion force staggers, but stands.
- Swirling naval skirmishes embroil northeast-asian coastline as Australian pirates and Hudson Bay Co. cruisers fight for deep water harbors. W.C.S Hudson Bay boarded, seized at anchor by jihadis in Beijing.
- Kingdom of Ghana is ceded Algerian protectorate in N.E.C. cooperation agreement. Reigning monarch of Ghana announces expansion of realm's education budget in stirring anti-war speech to U.N. summit.
- Botswanan Pocket overrun with tremendous damage to nature preserve by I.G.C coalition. South African prisoners begin long march to Dar Es Salaam.
- Battlegroup led by dreadnought-carrier 'Lion of Africa' photographed in explosive naval engagements off the coast of Port Mawson in the South Indian Ocean. Kenyan minesweepers clear path for armada's advance.
- October 3rd, 2014 - Kurdish snow-troopers make landfall in Vostok.
- BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA burns on...
- Pan-American Union forces headed by Gen. "Rabid Dragon" Maddis seize eastern Australian coast in deft, swift combined arms campaign. Stars and stripes and South-Africa-in-exile banner raised over Victoria and New South Wales.
- Ozymandian Regime forces escape destruction of major cities, forming autonomous war parties inland and off-coast. Ayer's Rock converted to "unassailable" citadel known as 'The Anthill'...
- Australian Prime Minister fulfills wartime promise, liberates Australian sailor prisoners from Casey in midnight raid.
10 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2015: [Oz]:So how about that pause?
10 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2015: [Near-East]:Likely after this phase and possibly next if retreats are fast. Kicks in tomorrow.
10 Jul 17 UTC Autumn, 2015: [Oz]:South Africa, we are waiting on you.
14 Jul 17 UTC Autumn, 2015: [South-Africa]:so everyone should have voted to unpause by now except for the one that left. otherwise this game will stay frozen and that sucks
15 Jul 17 UTC Autumn, 2015: [Kenya]:Alrighty awesome
15 Jul 17 UTC Autumn, 2015: [Kenya]:Thank you so much guys
21 Jul 17 UTC Autumn, 2016: [Near-East]:Al Jazeera World Report - Fall 2015 to Spring 2016 ::

ASIA:-
- Eastern Siberia and Vladivostok secured by the horde of Toyota technicals. King Abdullah announces on Saudi state television that civilians have a year to abandon Yakutsk's regional capital and swear fealty before missile bombardment begins.
- Iranian battle group harried, savaged, and eventually destroyed in the Sea of Japan by West-Canadian naval air corps. Tehran mourns, Vancouver celebrates as news of naval draft riots in Seattle are suppressed. 2 fleets recalled to restore order.
- Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines promises to align with whomever wins oncoming battle for the South China Sea

BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA continues...:-
- Navy Seals storm and occupy 'The Anthill' following South African counter-logistics campaign. Saudi troops fail to intervene after getting too high on captagon.
- Victoria rises up, expelling token American occupying force as Australian navy returns to Sydney, banners streaming in a patriotic wind.
- New South Wales follows in the spring, isolating Gen. "Mad Dragon" Maddis in the country's southern interior. Australian tabloids circulate rumors that Oz President is embracing his responsibility, getting sober, considering memoir.
- Indonesia's populace passes decisive political referendum, joining the Eurasian Caliphate. Pan-American Union "island watchers" report N.E.C. fleet movements in Straits of Malacca and near Rabaul.
- United States Navy fleets pack the southwest Pacific with carrier battle groups, submarine raiders.
- New Zealand taken by USA in an elegant and forceful landing by the Marine Corps. McPresident promises kind treatment for fellow members of the Anglosphere.

WAR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD:-
- Maasai tribe Mechanized Infantry divisions make landfall on the Antarctic shelf outside of Mawson, seizing key base facilities from South Africa-in-Exile as monstrous snowstorm consumes eastern half of the polar continent.
- "Snowpocalyptic vortex" isolates Casey, Norwegian Dependency areas as Kurdish, U.S. troops seek each other in the white-out to give battle -- but to no avail.
- U.S. Navy seeks 'any port in a storm', commandeers Len to survive the tempest.
- South African navy scatters mines in the Africa-Antarctic passage, settles in to defend final holdouts.

AFRICA:-
- Ghanan cruisers spotted maneuvering in training exercises with Kenyan task force off coast of Johannesburg.
- King of Ghana announces capture, retrofit of South African privateer vessels that raided merchant shipping off Acra in Fall of 2015, turning "weapons of the aggressor against them".

EUROPE and THE AMERICAS:
- N.E.C and Pan-American Union continue to invest domestic spending on hard power via naval hardware as the respective empire's fleets skirmish around Iceland, looking for openings.
03 Aug 17 UTC [Near-East]:Al-ḥamdu lillāh! Abdullah sips nectar tonight in Riyadh!

And a new coronation anthem plays out from the gold-lined minarets of this new, pan-imperial city, as the world's major powers meet swear in a new, Saudi world order:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFTLKWw542g
and
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAYlEH8V0AEKXeg.jpg

Thanks to you all, my fellow world domination enthusiasts for a great match. This one had epic sweep, and great storytelling. And big thanks to Ghana and Kenya for facilitating Oz's final survival, and happy retirement in NSW.

I've been very busy with work recently so I haven't kept up with Europe/Kropotkin's news updates as we finished up the game, but I'll type them up in the next day or two, and would love to otherwise swap musings, insights and banter on the game.

I personally would award "GAME's Most Influential Player" title to Pacific Russia / Bladerunners, who seemed to go from World-Class power to "sick man of Asia" in the space of 2-3 years in a series of staggering moves/defeats.

Putin's (final White Russian army) flight across Siberia was a momentous thing, and changed the outcome of the match dramatically. Quite the "poison pill"!
03 Aug 17 UTC [Pacific-Russia]:Congrats DealMerchant! ya this game went downhill fast. i created it but it but that didn't seem to help :-) Lack of interest in diplomacy from some players didn't help but that's pretty common in world. The first European player with BBC updates was highlight for me.
03 Aug 17 UTC [USA]:Congrats indeed. It was a nice game. The BBC updates were awesome :-D
03 Aug 17 UTC [Western-Canada]:I sense some unmasking here. Now I know it was DealMerchant behind those cables to Moscow. We need a Congressional inquiry!! Anyway, congratulations DM! A solo in world is a sight to behold. But to temper it down a bit, one of your opponents was Captain Brad so it's not like a "real" solo. ;)
03 Aug 17 UTC [South-Africa]:well well well. i survived and major mitchell didn't
03 Aug 17 UTC [South-Africa]:oh, hauta, how much did you spend to play?
03 Aug 17 UTC [Oz]:Damn, I can't believe I made it to the end! Thanks for a great fight Hauta and sjrd. I learned a lot. Fantastic job, DM. You the man
Near-East
DealMerchant (911 D)
Won. Bet: 18 D, won: 306 D
44 supply-centers, 40 units
USA
sjrd (468 D)
Survived. Bet: 18 D
23 supply-centers, 22 units
Western-Canada
Hauta (1646 D (S))
Survived. Bet: 18 D
9 supply-centers, 9 units
South-Africa
CAPT Brad (40 D X)
Survived. Bet: 0 D
4 supply-centers, 4 units
Kenya
Scrub (241 D)
Survived. Bet: 0 D
3 supply-centers, 5 units
Ghana
teh_duke (814 D)
Survived. Bet: 0 D
2 supply-centers, 3 units
Oz
YanksFan47 (236 D)
Survived. Bet: 18 D
1 supply-centers, 2 units
Argentina
MajorMitchell (978 D)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
Brazil
wildwolf (1214 D)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
China
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
Europe
Kropotkin (0 D X)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
Frozen-Antarctica
Egathetos (337 D)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
India
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
Libya
La Rage (108 D)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
Pacific-Russia
Bladerunners (1287 D)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
Quebec
Me2d (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
Russia
Tugster (6667 D)
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
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