Finished: 05 AM Thu 03 Aug 17 UTC
We didn`t start the fire
1 days, 12 hours /phase
Pot: 306 D - Autumn, 2019, Finished
World Diplomacy IX, Rulebook press, Anonymous players, Sum-of-Squares Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game won by DealMerchant (911 D)
30 May 17 UTC Spring, 2007: [India]:Nay it's towards the light blue nazi
30 May 17 UTC Spring, 2007: [Europe]:Du hurt mein feelings! Gassolini's the Nazi, not us!
31 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2007: [Europe]:BBC WORLD REPORT: Spring 2007

- Argentina Declares War: Tens of thousands of troops shipped off to South African Antarctica!
- REMEMBER 7/11: Large American peacekeeping force lands in Mauritania, setting up a base of operations in the capital, Nouakchott.
- Ghanan Central Government re-asserts control over breakaway republics, declaring the civil war over.
- Near Eastern war machine sputters in Africa, Ukraine, but gains ground in Central Asia.
- South Africans win first major victory in years, with successful campaign to recapture Zaire.
- Anti-Arab politicians in India warn that the nation is being 'encircled by the heathen near-east".
- Indian forces re-capture important trade hubs in South China.
- Australian "bloody fucking pissed" after ambush by Canadian fleet off the coast of Japan.
31 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2007: [Europe]:DAILY MAIL WORLD REPORT

- US President caught 'wilin out' to the song 'Bombs Over Baghdad' in the White House situation room.
- ARE MOSLIMS TRYING TO ESTABLISH SHAKIRA LAW IN EUROPE???: Survey results may shock you!
- INDIA SIGNING ITS OWN DEATH WARRANT! EU policy experts warn of impending betrayal.
01 Jun 17 UTC Autumn, 2007: [Europe]:People of every nation, marching side by side.

Marching cross the fields where a million Saudis died

You're bound to lose, Nesr East, you're bound to lose.
01 Jun 17 UTC Autumn, 2007: [Near-East]:Anything's possible!
02 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [India]:Damn
02 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [Europe]:Hate to say it, but I told you so.
02 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [Europe]:BBC WORLD REPORT: Fall 2007

- USA moves to annex the rest of South America! Argentine resistance crippled by loss of Chile and Uruguay!
- EU forced to withdraw from Ukraine, after troops there suffered "unsustainable" casualty rates at the hands of Saudi artillery and air strikes.
- POTUS says "fuck it", enters WWIII on the side of European allies.
- Near Eastern Coalition receives second kick to the teeth in Africa, after Libyan government surrenders to NATO invasion force.
- India brutally attacked by ally! The siren song of Indian spices proves too much for the Saudi king.
- Canadian Prime Minister signs declaration of war against Australia, beginning Island hopping campaign in the pacific.
- Argentinian forces conquer South Pole, then freeze to death.
02 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [USA]:The last bullet just made my day!

Thank you Europe for those moments. They're hilarious :-)
02 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [Europe]:My pleasure!
02 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [India]:Damn it near East no means no
02 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [India]:We will raise tax on spices We ship you from now on
03 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [Near-East]:Europe's right -- those incredible spices were the final temptation that tipped my hand. King Abdullah's palace is clouded with them as we speak... And yet, his hunger for savory, indulgent experiences is whetted only for a few, starving moments.

The constant negative press covfefe eventually drove him to look in the mirror, see who he was, and take up a more grandiose life style of large-scale criminal villainy. His carbombs will block out the sun. . .

USA is just as cynical, but the media glosses over it. Tune in next time -- Al Jazeera, and our new subsidiary Infowars will open your eyes to the truth!

And somewhere in Riyadh, a memo is circulating, and two words are spoken across the city among dark minarets..: "Reactivate Gassolini"
03 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2008: [Europe]:Coffee went out my nose fam! :D
04 Jun 17 UTC Autumn, 2008: [Europe]:BBC World Report: Spring 2008

- American forces besiege Buenos Aires, Argentine government remains defiant.
- Brutal indecisive fighting continues, from the Mediterranean to Moscow.
- South Africa invades Guinea for "humanitarian reasons" as another wave of civil unrest hits Ghana.
- Bloody stalemate continues in Central Africa.
- Refugees from Bangladesh tell horrific tales of Saudi war crimes.
- Asia's pacific coast remains in state of chaos, despite impending Saudi invasion.
- Indian troops liberate Beijing from Saudi control.
07 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2009: [Europe]:BBC World Report

- Noam Chomsky: "US empire spreads across four continents, must be resisted from within."
- American forces annex remainder of South America,
- EU marines forced to evacuate from Algiers in the face of overwhelming Saudi invasion force.
- Large swathes of Ukraine and Serbia reduced to a smoldering husk, amid prolonged, brutal fighting.
- South African juggernaut carves path through Zaire before settling in Tanzania.
- Australian forces invade coastal China in search if the perfect soy sauce.
- Pacific Ocean swarming with Canadian fleets.
- Eccentric American billionaire buys New Zealand.
07 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2009: [Oz]:Hey buddy, I don't know if *you've* been drinking or not, but New Zealand is Aussie, and shall remain Aussie :)
07 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2009: [Oz]:But the perfect soy sauce has been located!
07 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2009: [Europe]:Awww, that's only my second reporting error this game.
09 Jun 17 UTC Autumn, 2009: [Europe]:BBC World Report

- EU troops take back Ukraine in bloody spring offensive, find selves cut off from reinforcements by Saudi thrust into Central Europe.
- Near Eastern carrier sunk off Algiers! European Navy retakes vital trade routes to Africa.
- Saudis send several new regiments to Central Africa!
- Zulu-Kenyan War bogs down into monotonous trench fighting once more.
- Stranded Indian regiments continue to hold out in Malaya, China and Southeast Russia, despite government's capitulation to Near Eastern Coalition.
- Grand Canadian Fleet probes coastal defenses of Australian China.
12 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2010: [Europe]:BBC World Report: Fall 2009

- Monaco, Toulouse and Marseilles leveled by Saudi missiles! French government surrenders.
- South Africans make another breakthrough in Zaire. But can they maintain it?
- European tanks roll into Moscow once more! President Putin captured and executed on the spot!
- Canadian marines storm Vladivostok, taking exhausted Indian garrison P.O.W.
- Near Eastern forces make triumphant return to Beijing!
- Australian PM sees approval ratings plunge after Indian mercenary army takes over Hong Kong.

SPECIAL REPORT!

Benzino Gassolini was found 'not guilty' on 103 counts of corruption after the ICC's government's key witnesses all died in unrelated, freak accidents. He's expected to be released later this year after completing a prison term for lewd conduct and posession of a controlled substance, stemming from a leaked videotape involving crack cocaine and some Turkish strippers.
15 Jun 17 UTC Autumn, 2010: [Europe]:BBC World Report!

- New Ghanan Empire seizes Guinea! Emperor promises to rid Africa of European and AmeriKKKan imperialists.
- Australians sponsor far-left coup in Colombia, to protest the Indonesian coffee industry.
- GASSOLINI RETURNS: Fascist dictator's blackshirts seen manhandling peaceful citizens of Rome!
- Increasingly desperate EU commanders launch successful, but costly Minsk Offensive.
- Revolution in South Africa! Apartheid government overthrown!
- Car bombs block out the sun as Saudi caliphate continues to spread across Eurasia. Can the Mad Dog of Riyadh be stopped?
23 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2012: [Europe]:BBC World Report

- US President announces withdrawal from Morocco, citing concerns that "it's even more terroristy than when we got here."
- BritIsh Government reforms the Home Guard, amid fears of Saudi Invasion.
- BATTLE OF BREST: EU forces fail to establish beachhead in occupied France.
- European fleets scuttled amid financial and military crisis.
- Saudi Cleric: "Liberation of Africa was Allah's will, not King Abdullah's."
- Vladimir Putin killed in his cell, shortly before liberation of Moscow.
- New Kenyan offensive leaves swathe of destruction though Zambia.
- A dark day for Indian civilization, after last pocket of Hindu resistance crushed in Myanmar,
- Australian admiral fired for being drunk on the job, amid multiple naval setbacks on Asian coastline.
23 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2012: [Oz]:I'm a tad curious as to how many times Vladimir Putin is going to die in this match? lol I think we're at two or three right now
26 Jun 17 UTC Autumn, 2012: [Europe]:I did? Well reports of his death must be greatly exaggerated.
27 Jun 17 UTC Autumn, 2012: [Near-East]:I thought game lore was that there's a refrigerator-submarine full of his clones in the waters off the shores of the Caspian Sea, and Abdullah has been steadily feeding them out to various theaters of chaos to create discord and menace.
27 Jun 17 UTC Autumn, 2012: [USA]:For posterity, I'd like to point out that I was unable to enter one order I intended to for this turn (Autumn 2012), due to a bug. The order I want is apparently not considered valid by the software, although it definitely is. I have contacted the mods about 24 hours ago but did not receive an answer so far.

I might end up telling what it was I wanted to submit, but obviously not before doing so cannot give away any (more) information about my plans.
02 Jul 17 UTC Autumn, 2013: [Near-East]:BBC has been acquired by Al Jazeera Newscorp. (press f to pay respects to dearly departed Europe's highly enjoyable news reports)

Al Jazeera World Report:

- Speedboats of balaclava-wearing mamluk militias seize key Norwegian fjord sub bases with assistance of local saboteur cells.
- The British-Colombian 3rd mechanized makes landfall in Western Siberia and begins securing logistical beachheads, fresh from extensive winter training amid the quonsets of Greenland.
- Kamikaze passenger airliner strikes Westminster mid-parliamentary session. "Infrastructure Reduction" Saudi air campaign begins against final E.U. holdouts.
- Vast, dust cloud spewing convoys of toyotas bearing 50 cals and colorful flags with arabic script emerge from the grasslands of the central asian steppe.
- Canadian naval battle group surprised and destroyed at harborage by Australian marines in Busan as WC Armada arrives in the sector, encircling the encirclers.
- Fleets of dreadnoughts and swirling naval air corps decorate the reefs of Australia with new drifts of blasted steel. Australian Prime Minister gives a boozy, grim-faced, but stirring television address to the nation to defend the home islands.
- South African bush fighters tenaciously frustrate Indian Gulf Coalition thrust into central Botswana, enabling a rearguard evacuation of wounded and supplies to Johannesburg.
- K.K.S. Lion of Africa put to see amidst great national fanfare, leading Kenya's newest battlegroup on a shakedown voyage to Madagascar.
- Diplomatic cables fly furiously around the globe as Pan-American Union ground troops drill relentlessly in Magna America.
04 Jul 17 UTC Spring, 2014: [Kenya]:Hey all, on the 10th-16th of June I'll be going on a 150 miler. I won't have any access to webdiplomacy. I know I'm not a major power right now, but I was hoping we could set up a pause that week when the time comes
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

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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 (1618 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 (214 D)
Survived. Bet: 18 D
1 supply-centers, 2 units
Argentina
MajorMitchell (1016 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 (1361 D)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
Quebec
Me2d (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 18 D
Russia
Tugster (8706 D)
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
Civil Disorders
SaulNachim (113 D)Kenya (Autumn, 2000) with 2 centres.
irelandball (134 D)India (Autumn, 2010) with 1 centres.
gouzous (121 D)Ghana (Autumn, 2009) with 2 centres.
xy4 (100 D)Russia (Autumn, 2005) with 0 centres.
Kropotkin (0 D X)Europe (Spring, 2013) with 3 centres.
ComradeGrumbles2 (0 D X)South-Africa (Spring, 2010) with 10 centres.
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