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

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

    captured-nazi-scientist.jpg?w=640

    Code named “Project Paperclip” in the United States, the victors of World War II scrambled to “recruit” former Nazi scientists into their own research establishments. In the West, such efforts involved shielding scientists from war crime investigations. Perhaps the most famous case is Wernher von Braun who is thought of as the father of America’s rocketry program. Stalin was reportedly confounded by Soviet failure to grab this knowledge base first.


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    Some Cold War historians view the entire struggle, costing millions of lives, untold trillions of dollars, and conflict around the globe, as a struggle for the future of Germany. While that view may be too myopic, it is clear that Europe always remained in the forefront of strategy and emphasis. Defeat in Europe ultimately meant defeat in the Cold War.


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    *** Soviet plays Captured Nazi Scientist* Event ***
    * Soviet changes Soviet Space Race to Earth Satellite.
    * Soviets gain 2 VPs.
    * Soviet changes VPs to 11 Soviet Victory Points.


    *** American plays Europe Scoring Event ***
    * U.S.S.R. has Presence in Europe for 3 VPs.
    * U.S.S.R. Controls 3 Battleground countries in Europe.
    * U.S. has Presence in Europe for 3 VPs.
    * U.S. Controls 1 Battleground countries in Europe.
    * Soviets gain 2 VPs.
    * American changes VPs to 13 Soviet Victory Points.


    Soviet Action Round 1
    @MrBody

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  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    China card to coup Pakistan

    MrBody on
  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    Oh yeah we can roll for those.

    geth roll 1d6

    1d6 3 [1d6=3]

    stever777
  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    3+5-2(2) = 4

    4-3 = -1

    All 3 US influence removed from Pakistan. 1 USSR influence placed

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    US/Japan mutual difense pact as ops.
    3 Influence In Pakistan
    1 in Burma

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    De Gaulle rides into India for a 3 op takeover.

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    East european unrest as ops
    1 influence in Burma
    1 influence in Malaysia
    1 influence in Indocina,

    claiming all 3.

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    Indocina?

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    Decolonization event

    1 influence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Burma

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    I meant Indonesia. Too small on the map to read and too early in the morning to remember geography...
    And even If I didn't want to, Containment as ops
    1 influence in Indonesia, Laos and Burma, taking them back again.

    Preda on
  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    NORAD + UN intervention for 3 influence to take over Philippines.

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Better to score Asia now for no points before the situation get worse...

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Warsaw Pact event

    2 influence to Finland
    2 Influence to Romania
    1 influence to Hungary

    MrBody on
  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    The Cambridge Five for totally useless Coup in Israrel Just to lower defcon and get 2 much needed war operation points. The event will do nothing since I've no more scoring card.

    I woudn't even roll, since even with 6 nothing will happen.

    Preda on
  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    Arab Israeli war for ops to peacefully place 2 influence in Israel

    Turn done!

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Throw De-Stalinization right into the space and get rid of it till turn 7 when it will be useless.

    Now the turn is ended.

    @stever777 to roll space and wrap up the turn.

  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    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.

    us-japan-mutual-defense-pact.jpg

    On September 8th the United States quietly extended its nuclear umbrella to its former Pacific rival. In doing so, it also soothed the nerves of Japan’s neighbors about a remilitarized Japan appearing on the world scene. In exchange, Japan played host to America’s forward presence in Asia. Japan effectively became an unsinkable aircraft carrier for both the Vietnam and Korean wars. Obviously, US reliance on Japanese products during the ensuing conflicts greatly aided Japan’s economic recovery and eventual economic might.

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    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.

    east-european-unrest.jpg?w=640

    Captured most visibly by Nagy’s attempt to withdraw Hungary from the Warsaw Pact and Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring of 1968, members of the Warsaw Pact frequently sought to loosen the reins of Moscow. When taken too far, from the Soviet perspective, the effects could be devastating. Soviet tanks became a universal symbol of Soviet determination to hold on to Eastern Europe, through undisguised oppression if necessary.

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    While it is hard to put precise dates on the decolonization process, those dates chosen represent two of the most significant decolonization successes. Sparking the retreat from empire was Britain’s fulfilled promise of independence for India in 1947. At the other extreme, Rhodesia’s first majority elections spelled doom for the apartheid system.

    containment.jpg?w=640

    A term coined by diplomat and Sovietologist George Kennan, it came to form the cornerstone of US policy toward the Soviet Union during the early Cold War. It found early application in the Truman Doctrine and sought to “contain” Communism to those areas where it already existed.

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    The United Nations remained generally unable to influence the struggle between the superpowers due to Security Council veto power throughout the Cold War. However, it occasionally stood as a gauge for world opinion, and could mediate in stalled conflicts throughout the Third World. It was also the backdrop for a number of quintessential moments of the conflict, including the Soviet Korean War walkout, the “We Will Bury You” speech, and of course, the Cuban Missile Crisis—don’t wait for the translation Mr. Zorin!

    norad.jpg?w=640

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command is a joint military organization sponsored by the governments of Canada and the United States. Its mission is to jointly monitor and control the air space over North America from unfriendly incursion. It was founded initially to protect against the threat of low flying Soviet bombers attacking from the Arctic region. During the Cold War, the Command was famously housed in the Cheyenne Mountain facility depicted in the film Wargames. At its height, NORAD commanded 250,000 military personnel. The command illustrates the full integration and cooperation of US allies into the US nuclear umbrella and alliance structure.

    asia-scoring.jpg?w=640

    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.

    warsaw-pact-formed.jpg

    A reaction to perceived Western aggression by the creation of NATO, the Warsaw Pact was a Russian-dominated military alliance that included all of the states of Eastern Europe except Yugoslavia. It integrated both tactics and equipment throughout the alliance along Soviet models. Albania withdrew from the Pact in 1968.

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    The Cambridge Five (Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, John Cairncross, and Donald Maclean) were British civil servants who, unbeknownst to the British government, had become Communists while at university, and recruited as Soviet agents shortly thereafter. The spy ring was one of the most effective Soviet intelligence efforts of the Cold War, as all five rose to positions of great responsibility and trust in the civil service. Maclean, in particular, was privy to a large number of nuclear secrets; the information regarding the size and readiness of the Western nuclear arsenal played a key role in Stalin’s decisions to blockade Berlin and to arm the North Koreans for their invasion of South Korea. The spy ring fell apart when the U.S. VENONA project exposed Maclean; he and Burgess defected in 1951. Philby was able to elude exposure until 1963, passing secrets all the while; he too managed to defect. Blunt was unmasked around the same time, but secretly gave a confession, exposing other agents (including Cairncross).

    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.

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    During the 20th Party Congress, Nikita Khrushchev openly attacked Stalin’s leadership of the Soviet Union. It was seen both inside and outside the Soviet Union as the beginning of a new era. This proved to be a particularly bloody assumption for Nagy’s Hungary. Khrushchev had no intention of “liberalizing” Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, even if he was trying to bring an end to the cult of personality that had characterized internal Soviet government.


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    *** American plays Asia Scoring Event ***
    * U.S.S.R. has Presence in Asia for 3 VPs.
    * U.S.S.R. Controls 3 Battleground countries in Asia.
    * U.S. has Presence in Asia for 3 VPs.
    * U.S. Controls 2 Battleground countries in Asia.
    * U.S. Controls 1 countries adjacent to U.S.S.R.

    *** American plays De-Stalinization* in the Space Race for 3 Ops.
    * U.S. Die = [4] *** <American>
    * Space Race attempt not successful.

    * DefCon to 3.
    * Coups and realignments now allowed in Asia.
    * Mid-War Cards sent to Draw Deck.


    PM me your Headline cards for the Khrushchev turn.

    stever777 on
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  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    I think the DEFCON and military ops are off.

    I did a 5 point coup in Pakistan, lowering the DEFCON to 3.

    US did a 2 point coup in Israel, lowering the DEFCON to 2.

    I think?

    MrBody on
    stever777
  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Mr Body is right. Defcon is 3 and he got enough operation, so no point loss.

  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Headlines chosen. Values are tied so American event goes first:

    abm-treaty.jpg

    The Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty sought to cement the system of mutually assured destruction as the lynchpin of strategic balance. The ABM treaty restricted the ability of the two superpowers to defend themselves from nuclear strike. In theory, this made a first strike to prevent the introduction of destabilizing defensive systems unnecessary. Both nations were allowed to defend either their capital or one field of ICBMs with a missile defense system. The Soviets deployed such a system around Moscow. Ultimately, the US abandoned its system deployed in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

    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.



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    * DefCon to 4.
    *U.S. to play 4 Ops.

    stever777 on
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  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Thanks for the extra VP, America!

    About the military ops. I don't think either of us fell below the necessary ops. The DEFCON was lowered to 2 when America pulled a coup in Israel. I had 5 ops, he had 2.

    MrBody on
    stever777
  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Argh! This will be the game where I own the world and lose for the russian rush...
    Also, yes, the defcon was lowered to 2 by my 2 point useless coup in Israel, just to don't give him points...
    That said, straight on my road to damnation, I'll reallign.
    geth roll 1d6+2 for US reallignment in Israel
    geth roll 1d6+1 for URSS reallignment in Israel

    US reallignment in Israel:
    1d6+2 7 [1d6=5]
    URSS reallignment in Israel:
    1d6+1 3 [1d6=2]

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Israel cleaned out, than Syria:
    geth roll 1d6+2 for US reallignment in Syria
    geth roll 1d6+ for URSS reallignment in Syria

    US reallignment in Syria:
    1d6+2 8 [1d6=6]

    Preda on
  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    wrong spelling...
    geth roll 1d6+2 for US reallignment in Syria
    geth roll 1d6+1 for URSS reallignment in Syria

    US reallignment in Syria:
    1d6+2 4 [1d6=2]
    URSS reallignment in Syria:
    1d6+1 4 [1d6=3]

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Damn! Next will be Malaysia:
    geth roll 1d6+4 for US reallignment in Malaysia
    geth roll 1d6 for URSS reallignment in Malaysia

    US reallignment in Malaysia:
    1d6+4 8 [1d6=4]
    URSS reallignment in Malaysia:
    1d6 2 [1d6=2]

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Malaysia cleaned and controlled, now back to Syria:
    geth roll 1d6+2 for US reallignment in Syria
    geth roll 1d6+1 for URSS reallignment in Syria

    US reallignment in Syria:
    1d6+2 4 [1d6=2]
    URSS reallignment in Syria:
    1d6+1 6 [1d6=5]

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Nothing to do, Syria remains red.

    @MrBody get defcon to 5 and get 2 points than has the 1st round.

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    Realigning sounds good!

    Brush war for 3 realignment ops

    Target: West Germany!

    geth roll 1d6+3 for USSR
    geth roll 1d6+1 for US

    USSR:
    1d6+3 5 [1d6=2]
    US:
    1d6+1 2 [1d6=1]

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    -3 US influence in West Germany

    In the words of the immortal Hans Gruber, "Hit it again"

    geth roll 1d6+4 for USSR
    geth roll 1d6 for US

    USSR:
    1d6+4 7 [1d6=3]
    US:
    1d6 5 [1d6=5]

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    -2 US influence

    One more time!

    geth roll 1d6+4 for USSR
    geth roll 1d6 for US

    USSR:
    1d6+4 10 [1d6=6]
    US:
    1d6 3 [1d6=3]

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    US influence wiped out!

    West Germany goes red!

    (After the Test Ban headline, I believe the score should be 15 USSR)

    MrBody on
  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Better to Lower defcon before too serious consequences come...
    China Card as 5 ops to coup South Corea
    geth roll 1d6-1 for US coup in South Corea

    US coup in South Corea:
    1d6-1 4 [1d6=5]

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    South corea URSS influence wiped out, Defcon at 4 and 5 military ops for me.

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    Kitchen Debates for ops
    1 influence in Israel


    US does not control more battleground countries. Event fails. No chest-poking.

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Let's have peace in the middle east with Camp David Accords as event witch means 1 extra influence for me in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, no more nasty arab invasion on Israel and a juicy point for me, getting the score to 14 URSS.

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    Indo-Pakistani war for 2 ops. Coup Iran

    geth roll 1d6

    1d6 6 [1d6=6]

  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    6! <3

    6+2=8
    8-4= 4 influence shift

    2 US influence removed, 2 USSR influence added. Bye bye to that nasty old Shah.

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    edited January 2014
    Damn Mujaeddin... Let's go all or nothing: We will bury you as event first, lowering defcon to 2 and leaving URSS up for 3 extra point unless I play U.N. intervention next round.
    Than 3 Inf in Iraq and 1 extra in South Corea

    Preda on
  • MrBodyMrBody regular Registered User regular
    Two 4 cards!

    Truman Doctrine. 1 influence in Romania to take control.

    US to decide where to do event.

  • PredaPreda regular Registered User regular
    Having the enormous chance to choose between Hungary and... Hungary I choose Hungary. Than I play Romanian abdication as one ops to get the last needed influence in South Corea to control it. Than the event gives you control of Romania, witch you already have, so you get nothing. But since I didn't play U.N. you get 3 point getting the score to 17 URSS...

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