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    Default Diplomacy - Phoenix Rising

    The year is 1901, and the great powers of Europe are eyeing each other warily. Conflict is coming, but none know how things will fall out!

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    Welcome to the game! Since there are some newer players to the game, the first year I will contact players to clarify any possibly miswritten or ambiguous orders. Starting in 1902, you will be responsible for ensuring your orders are written correctly.

    As mentioned in the recruitment thread, I will be giving 3 days for orders, and 1 day for retreats/builds. If anyone needs an extension, please ask. As long as it's reasonable I don't think anyone will object. Waiting to hear back from another player is NOT sufficient reason.

    I will adjudicate the last set of orders sent in, so I recommend sending in one set of orders fairly quickly, then sending in another (if necessary) when you get closer to the deadline. This will ensure that you at least have SOME orders. Anyone who NMRs (no moves received) twice in a row or 3 times total will be out, and an alternate will take their place.

    I'm not trying to be mean, but as I mentioned, player involvement is crucial towards keeping things moving. Most of the reason the last bunch of Dip games died was player apathy.

    For the newer players, Diplomacy can't be won on your own. You must work with other players and, should you want to go for a solo win, choose the right moment to "stab", or betray, your ally. The rules for Diplomacy are fairly straightforward. The strategy and tactics, however, are always changing. Be ready!

    As this is the "IC" forum, please try to do a little role-playing as your power. A fun thing to do is post headlines (aka "Press") safter each season.

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    So, without further ado:


    Spring 1901



    The Powers:

    Murska - Germany
    Maugan Ra - Russia
    GnomeGninjas - France
    AmidusDrexel - Turkey
    Zjoot - Austria
    Exthalion Splynn - England
    HedgehogRanger Eldan - Italy

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    Order Submission: In the subject line please include the game name (you can use DPR for short), your power, and the season.
    E.g. DPR - France, Spring 1901
    This will help me filter out the other stuff when adjudicating.
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    Deadline for confirmation: 6 am (est), August 6th

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    In Moscow, Tzar Maugan greets his assembled Generals and leads them into the War Room, where the large and detailed map of Europe awaits. He idly picks up one of the small markers representing his armies, and smiles.

    "So. This is how it begins."
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    In Paris everyone is going about their daily lives. France is doing well economically and is enjoying a period of peace. In the war room it is a different story. President, Prime Minister and other high ranking generals meet to discuss the impending war.

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    "Bwahahahaha!"

    A booming laughter echoes through the bustling forest.

    "So you expect to challenge me? The Kaiser?

    I like your spirit, boy. We'll hunt in two packs, see who catches the old grunt. Ja!"


    His great vitality and massive stature clearly recognisable from his retinue, Kaiser Murska leads yet another hunt.

    Later in the evening, the catch being prepared by an army of cooks, he sits behind a large, solid wooden table. His advisors have been pestering him for hours about the troubling movement of European Great Powers, whispering even of the possibility of war.

    "Mmm... Fine. If there is a fight brewing, Germany will be ready. A contest of men, where states exert their utmost strength to prevail. Honour and glory, boys - we'll show them how Teutons fight."
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    I say we completely leave our fate in the hands of the trustworthy Murska and continue in complete safety.

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    In his Swiss office, Chairman yugi24862 of the International Monetary Fun reads news reports of the rising tensions, and smiles. War is expensive, and surely the combatants would have to come for loans. And, if they lapsed on their repayments, the IMF would have to do some ... restructuring of that countries leadership. A opportunity for some lucrative bonuses for him, aswell. With that thought, the Chairman writes some more letters and smiles.

    (Not sure if you wanted a confirmation from me, but here it is)

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    The man walked into the room. "Sir, I've been ordered to bring you to the war room. The king has requested your presence."

    "It must be pretty bad if he wants me back," the other man replied.

    "Oh, it is sir."

    "Very well. Just give me a moment." The ex-general turned plumber sighed. He supposed he could do this one last job, and then retire for good. He put on his red hat and walked out the door.
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    In Istanbul, Sultan Drexel and his generals settle in the war room, and couriers are sent off to other parts of Europe with letters and gifts for the continents leaders.

    "Are we all ready?" He looks at each commander in turn, then says, "Then let us begin."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amidus Drexel View Post
    In Istanbul....
    Not Constantinople?

    Anyways, having arrived from the funeral of government official and dear friend Hans Herdinand, the Austrian emporer pens a letter to the other world leaders reading, "It's ok, I don't blame you at all" Then goes to inspect his shiny new tanks.

    (Austria's ready to go)
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    The United War Room of Great Britain and Ireland was an almost ethereal lattice of steel and glass. Exthalion the Emperor and his imperial ministers sat on throne like chairs around its perimeter, looking down at the great world island of a dymaxion map. The empires of the great powers was identified in vibrant colors, with Exthalion's own picked out in vibrant lapis.

    "...the periphery is Ours by the grace of God and gun. Now We must concentrate Our attentions. Europe is the center of all, and before Us that center cannot hold.

    Already the sun never sets on Our glorious empire. As We rise to Our zenith it is imperative that We ensure that the light of Our noontide illuminates forever eternal day of Our reign.
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    With all the leaders having convened their war councils...err "Future Planning Commitees", the table is set. Let negotiations begin!

    SPRING 1901 orders due Sunday, August 11th, 8pm EST.

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    Edit: Moved back the due date for first turn to make sure people had sufficient time. I will adjudicate orders if they're all in before that and everyone confirms they're good to go.
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    Wow.

    Wish I had checked my PMs earlier. Subscribed; look forward to watching. Feel free to tap me again should you run out of alts (though hopefully that won't happen!)

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    Hey Splynn. Welcome to the audience.

    Hopefully we won't need you (I like to think I was pretty clear on participation expectations), but happy to add you to the alt list.

    The only downside to running a game is you have no idea how much activity is going on. I'm hoping everyone is sending lots of messages and having fun.
    Remember, if any of you have any rules questions, you can ask me.
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    The minor nations near Germany - Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark and Switzerland - had all recently received a formal invitation to a regional conference hosted in Münich, to discuss 'the current political climate and mutual cooperation for the continuation of beneficial diplomatic agreements'.

    At the conference itself, the diplomatic elite of the nations in question meet the Kaiser himself, dwarfing his own foreign ministry with both his physical stature and his sheer presence.

    "I am known not to be a diplomat, and I will leave the actual work here to you after today. But before that, to give you the right assumptions going forward, I wish to state my own expectations and reasons for this meeting.

    Europe has been relatively at peace for years now. But it has been a peace of preparation, of worsening tensions, military build-up. This bubble is about to burst on us, and being in the middle of everything, our nations are likely to be dragged in this conflict against our will.

    Now, my opinion is that if a fight is needed to resolve the new pecking order in Europe after the German and Italian unifications, so be it. Let the strongest win, as long as everyone follows the rules of war and acts with honour and spirit. What more noble pursuit is there for a ruler than to strive for the ascendancy of his realm and the influence and standing that comes with being recognized the greatest?

    Yet, the tides of war do not always spare the bystanders. I am willing to take you under the wing of the German eagle, our ascendant and industrious nation that rules by right and by strength over the lands of the Reich. We are new, both willing and able to challenge the old, dusty status quo that has left your nations as little more than satellites or buffers for the Great Powers. If you follow my star, I will lead us all to greatness!



    Well, this was a somewhat novel way of doing diplomacy. Surprisingly, also rather effective - of the nations present, both Denmark and the Netherlands accepted the offer and only Switzerland refused outright. Whether this was because of the political realities at play, those leaders having no-one to back them up, or because of the charisma of the Kaiser...
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    I say we completely leave our fate in the hands of the trustworthy Murska and continue in complete safety.

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    "OOC":

    Order Submission: In the subject line please include the game name (you can use DPR for short), your power, and the season.
    E.g. DPR - France, Spring 1901
    This will help me filter out the other stuff when adjudicating.

    I've also included this in the first post.
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    Hmm. So...

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    I say we completely leave our fate in the hands of the trustworthy Murska and continue in complete safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murska View Post
    Hmm. So...

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    This is your

    38 hour notice!

    For those who submitted preliminary orders, don't forget to send in updates if you want them changed.
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    The Russian Empire is content with it's submitted orders. And just to make sure I'm getting this right, after this the turn length will be reduced to 3 days?
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    As I mentioned when you asked, my orders were quite adequate for any but the most baffling diplomatic situations. As such a crisis has not arisen, they'll suffice in their unmodified state.
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    I say we completely leave our fate in the hands of the trustworthy Murska and continue in complete safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maugan Ra View Post
    The Russian Empire is content with it's submitted orders. And just to make sure I'm getting this right, after this the turn length will be reduced to 3 days?
    Correct. Before the first turn there tends to be a lot more negotiations and "feeling out" of each other, so we'll usually give a fair amount of time.

    After that, things get a bit more rushed.
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    Okay, I've got orders in for everyone. For those who haven't yet, please confirm you're good with me processing them ahead of time, otherwise, they'll go at 8pm. So far, only Russia and Germany have confirmed.
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    It is fine if you process ahead of time.

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    I'm fine with it
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    It's fine with me.
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    I'm good to go.
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    Spring 1901 - Headlines

    *** Europe Mobilizes for WAR! ***
    *** Independent Nations Invaded! ***
    *** Alliances Remain Mystery! ***


    Spring 1901 Moves


    Spring 1901 Results


    Results for Spring, 1901

    Austria:
    A BUD - SER
    F TRI - ALB
    A VIE - GAL

    England:
    F EDI - NWG
    A LVP - EDI
    F LON - NTH

    France:
    F BRE - ENG
    A MAR - SPA
    A PAR - GAS

    Germany:
    A BER - KIE
    F KIE - DEN
    A MUN - RUH

    Italy:
    F NAP - ION
    A ROM - APU
    A VEN Holds

    Russia:
    A MOS - STP
    F SEV - RUM
    F STP/sc - BOT
    A WAR Holds

    Turkey:
    F ANK - CON
    A CON - BUL
    A SMY Hold

    Looks like we're off to an interesting start!

    Fall 1901 orders due Wednesday, August 14th, 8pm!
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    Tensions Mount in the South-West

    Nerves began to fray earlier this week as an Austrian army was sited moving into Galicia, putting it perilously close to Russian borders. The Tzar's office has released no official statement, but an inside source has confirmed that numerous diplomatic and military packages were sent out shortly after news was first received.

    Meanwhile, elements of the Russian Navy moved into ports all along the Rumanian coastline, formalizing the agreed-upon alliance between the two nations. Official word is that this is currently only a temporary measure, designed to offer security for the smaller nation in the face of increasingly unstable times.
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    German-led Greater Reich Alliance expands to include Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and Denmark!

    The Kaiser has expressed his relief in the triumphant conclusion of the Middle-European Conference, as only Switzerland has decided to remain neutral. The Imperial Army is due to link up with the national forces in the Lowlands for several parades and general jubilation, while the Danish navy is being bolstered by the Hochseeflotte.

    "Germany wishes to emphasize that there is no intention to change the taxes of the Sound let alone close the straits for merchant traffic..."


    Rumours of a high-level conference between the Emperors of Austria and Germany abound...

    Sweden fears for their national integrity in the face of military maneuvers by the...

    British naval exercises in the North Sea cut short by news of La Royale deployment in the Channel...
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    Spain and Portugal Shall Fall Before 1902

    Vive la France! Vive la République!

    The French invasion of Iberia is a major success! On May 23 the French Tricolor was raised over Madrid after nine days of fighting. Portugal is expected to surrender with minimal violence and the remaining Spanish resistance can only last a few more months.

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    Sorry for the slight delay, but this is your

    22 hour warning!

    Please ensure you get them in on time, and remember to format the subject so I know the game, power, and season.
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