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[Twilight Struggle] - Game 7 - Game Over - Soviets Win The Arms Race

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    edited December 2013
    geth roll 1d6 for spaceman Castro

    Fidel's ship is rocked by an explosion, hurling it into the atmosphere of the planet below. He pulls himself from the wreckage, adrift a vast ocean. He spots an island in the distance and swims to it, where the natives begin worshiping him as a god fallen from the sky. He learns that they call this land..."Cuba".

    edit: oops, forgot that events should be rolled by host. I'm perfectly fine with that being rerolled ^_^

    spaceman Castro:
    1d6 4 [1d6=4]

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  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Formosan Resolution as 2 ops. Anyway this Nationalist Chinese seems to have given up to the Popolar Republic...
    +1 Malaysia
    +1 western Germany


    Also, Yes you keep 2 cards if you play china. Useful to keep defcon suicide cards if have them and defcon stops you from play them (better to get rid of them if you have the chance...).
    Also, little tip: space race is not worth it. You go there only if you're desperate for point or have to get rid of a nasty blue event (there are some...). Specially in early war, 2 extra influence on the map worth at least 3 times 2 extra point.
    @stever777 to eventually reroll space race (don't matter to me) and wrap up the turn.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Much cheaper to just fake your moon landings. Eh, America?

    stever777
  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    edited December 2013
    MrBody wrote: »
    China card. 2 influence in South Korea, 3 in Taiwan.

    Oops!
    You can't place in Taiwan.
    You have nothing next to it.
    What will you do with the 3 ops or should we back it up?

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  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    He can @stever777 . He placed 2 in south corea the round before.

  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    edited December 2013
    OOPS!
    NM!

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  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    independent-reds.jpg?w=640

    The Communist Information Bureau, COMINFORM, expelled Yugoslavia for Marshall Tito’s refusal to conform to Moscow’s wishes. Albania would ultimately follow a similar tack, breaking with Yugoslavia, then Khrushchev’s USSR. While remaining within the Soviet structure, Ceausescu’s Romania would also test the limits of Moscow’s patience with occasional flares of independence and nationalism.

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    An embarrassment among allies, the Suez Crisis ended any remaining doubt that the old system of Great Power imperialism was dead. Threatened by Nasser’s nationalization of the Suez Canal, Israel, France and the United Kingdom conspired to alter Egyptian policy at bayonet point. They failed to appreciate Eisenhower’s aggravation at their unannounced initiative. Though initially militarily successful, the three powers were compelled to withdraw under American pressure.

    the-china-card.jpg?w=640

    The People’s Republic of China played a pivotal role during the Cold War. While the PRC’s influence was largely limited to satellites in Asia, the country was important to the uneasy balance of power that ultimately descended upon the post-WWII world. While beginning as an ally of the USSR, China became a counter-balance to Soviet influence in Asia during the later stages of the Cold War.

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    Sparked by fears that the “enemy is among us,” the “red scare” hit its apex with Senator Joseph McCarthy, and the hearings on “Un-American activities” in the House of Representatives during the 1950s. Soviet purges were a notorious aspect of power transition within the Kremlin. However, Stalin was the true master; 12 million people were imprisoned in his camps at the time of his death in 1953.

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    While Europe may have been the object of the Cold War, Asia was the battleground. From the Chinese Civil War, to the Korean War to Vietnam and Afghanistan, Asia was the place where the Cold War came closest to growing hot. For this reason, Asia is the second most significant region for scoring.

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    The Soviets attempted to increase pressure on the Western allies to dissuade them from creating an independent “West” German government in their zones. The primary pressure point was a blockade of West Berlin. In response, the UK and US launched the Berlin Airlift, which at its peak during the “Easter Parade,” had a cargo plane landing in Berlin every minute.

    fidel.jpg

    Coming to power after deposing the corrupt Batista, Castro disenchanted the US after it became clear he was leading a Marxist revolution. The US tried various schemes to depose or assassinate Castro, culminating in the disastrous “Bay of Pigs” invasion. Ultimately, communist Cuba would lend support to Marxist governments in Angola and Ethiopia.

    formosan-resolution.jpg?w=640

    Reacting to the “loss of China” the United States Congress extended to President Eisenhower open ended authority to defend Taiwan—technically known as the Republic of China on Taiwan—with military force. The resolution came at a time when the United States faced challenges from the People’s Republic in Indochina as well as the Korean peninsula. Effectively, Taiwan sat under the US nuclear umbrella, and the balance of power within the Taiwan Straits would now remain a question of strategic importance to the United States.

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    I think I should be at 8 VP. I was at 2 for the olympics, then Asia scoring gives me +7 for domination +2 for two battleground regions, and US gets +3 for presence for a difference of 6 points my way.

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    I have afghanistan witch is next to URSS, 1 extra point for me.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Stupid Afghanistan

  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    Headlines chosen. U.S. has higher Ops so American event goes first:

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    On June 5, Secretary of State George C. Marshall announced to the world the US plan to reconstruct all of Europe. Due to Soviet pressure, Eastern European states did not participate. However, for the 16 nations of Western Europe that did, the Marshall Plan marked the first step on the road to recovery and ultimate victory in the Cold War.

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    Preceding the start of the Cold War, citizens of the Eastern bloc fled or defected to the West. Defectors came in two primary archetypes. Spies and double agents who had been discovered or needed to “come in from the cold” would frequently flee to their masters and allude capture. Examples of this type of defector include KGB Deputy Chief Yuri Nosenko and KGB London Bureau Chief Oleg Gordievsky. Perhaps more embarassingly, and certainly more publicly, many talented Soviet artists defected while on tour in the United States or Europe. While the West also suffered occasional defections, particularly from westerners involved in espionage, it never reached the same proportion or the same level of public spectacle.


    Americans to place their influence.
    Soviet card has no effect.

    Then, Soviet Action Round 1.
    @Preda

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Defective defectors.

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Add 1 to:
    Turkey
    Greece
    Italy
    Spain
    Great Bretain
    Canada
    Western Germany


    @MrBody your first round.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Arab-Israeli war for ops. 2 influence in West Germany.

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Special relationship for ops. +2 Inf West Germany.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    edited December 2013
    Socialist Governments undoes your 2 influence in West Germany! Plus another one knocked off of Turkey.

    Does the geth roll of the space race stand or was it going to be redone in vassal?

    MrBody on
  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    MrBody wrote: »
    Does the geth roll of the space race stand or was it going to be redone in vassal?

    VASSAL also rolled a failure for Fidel so there was no problem.
    I guess he just wasn't meant to rule the Moon!

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Let it not be said that Fidel doesn't keep trying.

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    While URSS lose time long range planning, I Play Five-Year plan for ops and undo exactly what Socialist govenment did.

    Another little pro tip: whatever you use this turn, will be reshuffled and could come back at the end of the turn.
    Whatever you use the next turn will come back on turn 7...

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    edited December 2013
    Nuclear Test Ban for ops. I believe it's 5 to 2 influence in West Germany? If so, +4 influence to West Germany.

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  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Korean war for 2 influence in Western Germany. Then trigger the event.

    I really hope you've truman in hand, or that could turn in a really bad move for you...

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Regardless how that turns out, DeGaulle for ops, +3 to France.

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    edited December 2013
    Ok, that's a better play. But I don't care for it. You'll probably get 2 point now, then 1 point every time we score Europe for the rest of the game.
    China for ops.
    +2 influence in Pakistan
    + 3 influence in Thailand

    Preda on
  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    We have decided to scale back our space program to something less ambitious: sending a turtle into space.

    Duck and Cover into space.

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    @stever777 I need the result of corean war before going on...

  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    Sorry.
    Tiring Holidays.
    Probably get to this tonight, in the snowy Chicago time zone.

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  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    arab-israeli-war.jpg

    The State of Israel was virtually born of war. After the end of the British mandate, Israel was thrust into conflict with its Arab neighbors. Israel prevailed in all such wars, excepting its invasion of Lebanon in 1982, from which it ultimately had to withdraw. Arab success was nearly achieved during the surprise attacks of the Yom Kippur War, however these too ultimately failed. While superpower intervention was frequently threatened on both sides, ultimately success or failure in the conflicts rode upon the relative capabilities of Arab and Israeli militaries.

    special-relationship.jpg?w=640

    The Special Relationship is a phrase used to describe the exceptionally close political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, military, and historical relations between the United Kingdom and the United States, following its use in a 1946 speech by British statesman Winston Churchill. During the Second World War, the development of the atomic bomb required collaboration and trust between the British, Canadian, and American governments to a degree perhaps previously unimaginable. Additionally, in 1943, Britain made the crucial decision to share ULTRA codebreaking results directly with US intelligence. This relationship blossomed into the BRUSA Agreement, whose terms guided intelligence sharing throughout the Cold War. Even today, the UK and US remain the closest of allies, sharing military bases and economic ties throughout the world.

    socialist-governments.jpg?w=640

    Beginning with the end of the Second World War, the US was challenged by democratic leftist movements within its sphere. Italy, under de Gasperi, was particularly contentious with communists and socialists participating in government. The CIA funded an extensive propaganda program against these movements. Socialist governments would be the topic of concern again during the 1960s in France, and with left-wing labor party in the UK.

    five-year-plan.jpg?w=640

    Beginning in the 1920s, the Soviet Union became obsessed with centralized planning of its economy and industrial development. Twelve such plans were adopted by the USSR during its history. While economists differ, it is largely agreed that these plans caused more dislocation within the Soviet economy than they resolved.

    nuclear-test-ban.jpg?w=640

    The first Nuclear Test Ban treaty owes its origins to the de-escalation process that followed the Cuban Missile Crisis. It prohibited further nuclear tests in the air, underwater or in space. International pressure for such a ban mounted in the 1950s as scientific evidence began to document severe environmental damage caused by earlier atmospheric testing by the nuclear powers. Underground testing remained an allowable methodology, but all forms of “peaceful nuclear explosions” were also banned, tightening the non-proliferation regime.

    korean-war.jpg?w=640

    Sparked by a North Korean invasion across the 38th parallel, the Korean War would be the first war sanctioned by the United Nations. There were 15 nations beyond the US and South Korea with combat forces attempting to defend South Korean independence. MacArthur’s campaign to the Yalu River provoked a Chinese response that reset the war to its starting positions on the 38th parallel.

    de-gaulle-leads-france.jpg?w=640

    Founder of France’s Fifth Republic, De Gaulle’s role during the Cold War is generally viewed through the lens of his second presidency. While still a western ally, De Gaulle attempted to establish France as an independent voice within the confines of the western camp. He developed an independent nuclear deterrent, withdrew from NATO’s unified command structure, and criticized US policy in Vietnam. He also pursued increased trade and cultural relations with the Soviet Bloc. He sought in all things to restore France to her former place of greatness in world affairs.

    the-china-card.jpg?w=640

    The People’s Republic of China played a pivotal role during the Cold War. While the PRC’s influence was largely limited to satellites in Asia, the country was important to the uneasy balance of power that ultimately descended upon the post-WWII world. While beginning as an ally of the USSR, China became a counter-balance to Soviet influence in Asia during the later stages of the Cold War.

    duck-and-cover.jpg?w=640

    The US Congress passed into law the Federal Civil Defense Act, in reaction to the first Soviet tests of nuclear weapons in 1949. Duck and Cover is perhaps the most memorable of a variety of civil defense efforts to raise awareness of nuclear attack. Ironically, such films may have assisted in increasing the possibility of nuclear war by making the possibility of such a conflict “thinkable” by the general public.



    *** American plays Korean War* Event ***
    * American changes Soviet Military Ops to 2.
    * Die-roll modifier: 0
    * Soviet Die = [1] *** <American>
    * South wins Korean War.



    *** Soviet plays Duck and Cover in the Space Race for 3 Ops.
    * Soviet Die = [4] *** <Soviet>
    * Space Race attempt not successful.


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  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Since the North Corean military seems to be totally useless, I feel the need to match them, so I'll play Indo-Pakistani war for ops and uselessly coup Iraq

    geth roll 1d6-4 for hopeless revolt in Iraq

    hopeless revolt in Iraq:
    1d6-4 1 [1d6=5]

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Remove 1 urss influence from iraq. Wow not totally useless! I love geth....

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    CIA Created to put that influence back in Iraq. Doesn't really matter when event happens.

    My only remaining card is Truman.

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  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Iraq isn't next to any URSS influence point.
    The only place you could put influence in ME are Syria and Israel.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Iraq isn't next to Syria! Ha ha, okay, Twilight Struggle.

    1 influence to Israel

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    There are some adjacency strangeness in the map...
    Anyway, I'll play Vietnam Revolts for points (event after, but don't matter) and place (considering also the cia point):
    1 influence in Western Germany
    1influence in Pakistan
    1 influence in Laos/Cambodia


    @stever777 to wrap up the turn.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Isn't Vietnam Revolts only 2 points?

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Yes, but the third come from the Cia you played immediately before.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    You can't expect me to actually read these things.

  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    indo-pakistani-war.jpg

    From the time of India’s independence from Britain, the Muslim and Hindu elements of this former colony have been in conflict. Pakistan has traditionally been on the losing end of these conflicts, but has relied on US and PRC support to maintain military credibility against a more robust Indian defense capability.

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    In an effort to bring to a close the inter-service bickering that marred U.S. intelligence during WWII, President Truman created the United States’ first independent agency capable both of intelligence analysis and covert operations. Its 40 year cat-and-mouse game with its Soviet counterpart, the KGB, would be the stuff of legend, and one of the hallmarks of the Cold War.

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    Ho Chi Minh tried repeatedly to enlist the aid of the Truman Administration for independence. His letters never received a response. The French government, with support from the US and Britain, attempted to reestablish its colony in Indochina. The attempted was doomed and would lead to disaster at Dien Bien Phu.


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    * Discards shuffled back into Draw Pile.

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Should the DEFCON be at 4? Couping Iraq lowered it to 3.

    stever777
  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    I Agree. Was my only reason to do it...

  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    Sorry, All!
    RL has been crazy & work actually made me do programming.
    WTF! Who do they think they are??!!
    I should get this back on on a day or two, if I'm not too drunk...

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