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   | The Olympia Times                                       issue g2-166 |
   | April 18, 2000                                                       |
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   | turn 166  244 players                            http://www.pbm.com/ |

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Leadership of the Southwest Tollus Company is hereby transferred to Count Tajacu [6246], still residing in Redwine. The original STC is going to join the others in the afterlife. All treaty arrangements continue through the office of Tajacu.

Filip Mignon Founder, STC

-- SouthWest Tollus Company [bg8]

Hello Fellow Olymipians,

This is Cudgel, the gruff but lovable Minister for Interior Security for Crimson Dragon. I'm skipping my usual post this week to comment a bit on the state of world affairs. The war has sort of shaken itself out into two camps revolving around the PLATO and RM alliances on one hand and the CD and LOTC on the other hand. There are a lot of more or less neutral alliances out there, mostly content to let us beat each other over the head. I'm pretty comfortable that I know which way a given alliance would jump if push comes to shove, but this war is too big already. The last thing it needs is more factions wasting their time on it. (I've ommitted various lesser alliances who are or have been involved with the major ones. At this point, I don't think anybody remembers them all.)

The last couple of turns have seen a series of battles around one of the RM's remaining castles. While the last word isn't said quite yet, looks like the Lords won this round. Both sides managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory a couple of times, and burned up thousands of noble days of troops and such in doing so, but in the end the Lords seem to hold the upper hand, although with a _much_ smaller army than either side started with.

The amount of gold, material, troops, aura, and Noble days wasted on this war is staggering, as we knew it would be. Our reasons for joining in can be found in the back issues of the Times, and on the discussion lists. They still seem valid to me. The general result for the CD is an increase in our lands and resources as we capture PLATO territory and take territory that PLATO had seized from us and others by acts of both bad faith and war. Be advised that we place no stock in any grant made by anyone but us on Camaris. You can review my regular posting for the contact information on that. It is your responsibilty to get any claim validated, and your risk if you do not. Given that PLATO remains a credible military threat, it is also your risk if you do. It's not safe here.

Will this war ever end? Well, Oleg has indicated it will not, and on this point alone I believe him. I think we will continue to reduce the oppositions scope and assets while increasing ours. I do not think we will win more, rather we will continue to lose less. In the end we will be dominant, but there will always be dangers from this war. Camaris will always, to some extent, be a war zone.

-Speaking mainly for my moderately influential self,

-- Cudgel [9129]


Who Me? Okay.


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