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4-4 IN THE WAR OF SMOKE AND SOUR!

WE HAVE CLIMBED TO THE TOP!

RFCP started the day with a friendly (but losing) tournament battle with our dear friends, the EGCP. Prior granted General Sha the command for this battle, and encouraged tossing them some looooove tactics. Tactics included: “We are EDUcated” and “WE LOVE EGCP.” EGCP replied with “FULL RESPECT TO OUR RFCP BROTHERS.”

But then real business began.

Only thirty minutes later, LGA attempted to invade our capital, Northern Lights. Prior, obliged to an appointment in real life, asked his dear friend and fellow leader, feliks of the EGCP, to assist his officers in leading this battle. The rally for our defense was overwhelming. RFCP maxed 24 and crushed in the first room, responding to offenses of the LGA with rapid speed. “AND PRIOR IS SCARED” LGA chanted….

Then a bizarre event occurred. As RFCP entered the next room, the Ski Village, LGA troops began to disappear. They rage-quit.

LGA leader, Zeke, stormed to the CPA Discord and said “Not fighting five armies.” They called it a “strategic retreat,” and the battle was ours. Red Rebellion swept in to “put the LGA remaining out of their misery.”

This launched almost all of CPA into a heated argument, however. Accusations against the RFCP included that we are making it “no fun” by calling upon our allies. And yet, LGA has allied with the top dog of the army world, Rebel Penguin Federation. RPF on CPATG only have a small strike force, however, which maxes about 20 compared to their CPR maxes of about 50.

To RFCP, it felt like the ire was only raised once we began to win, and it felt like our army was being criticized for having friends, something Prior feels LGA struggles with due to their volatile behavior.

The War of Smoke and Sour, and this Defense of Northern Lights, evoked such discussion that the admin DMT posted about it on the CPA blog.

Although Prior disagrees with much here, he feels it is important that it be read by RFCP soldiers to understand the tension of our political situation. He also acknowledges that DMT revised his blog since the original posting to address inaccurate and negative representations of the Commander that Prior pointed out. Emboldened comments are Prior’s additions.

The blog post is below:

KLONDIKE, Club Penguin Armies Offices- Over the past few months, the community has realized the importance of foreign affairs in the army scene.  However, are armies abusing their relations?

The DMT Doctrine is an editorial series that comes from the mind of CPA Spokesperson and Administrator DMT.  Thus, the concepts conveyed in this article do not represent the viewpoints of Club Penguin Armies as an organization.

As of writing this, the dust has settled on the latest battle in the war dubbed “the war of smoke and sour”.Lime Green Army’s invasion of Northern Lights from the Recon Federation empire was unsuccessful after an early forfeit from the attackers.  In the wake of the ending, a flurry of messages rolled into the battle room from both sides.  LGA leader, Zeke, had had it with the war.  He made his troops log off early because, in his words, “we’re tired of fighting a whole alliance”.  Emotions running high, the conversation ended with more questions than answers.

Roughly two weeks ago, RFCP leader Prior Bumble messaged me privately, asking how wars work.  I explained the process of declaring a war, and how the declaring army declares the terms in a war.  Whilst providing the example of a common condition being “no allies”, Prior interjected, asking if allies were welcome.  A bit puzzled, I said yes.  Just like that, the declaration rolled in, with Prior adding “allies are welcome!”  Just a few days later, Recon Federation joined the New Viking Alliance.

For me, it was foreign concept to not only allow, but to encourage allies in a war.  In the original community, wars were used to test the strength of singular armies.  War battles were a showcase of which army was stronger and which army was lead better.  Back then, we had no server map, and land designations were hard to come by.  Most armies had their capital and a small handful of servers they recognized as their own, but that was it.  The one thing that fueled wars was pride.  Armies fought to prove that their army was better than their enemy.  Evidently, things have changed.

When allies would get involved in wars, it would be as separate entities scheduling their own invasions.  Their would be some crossover troops, yes, but armies never had their entire player-base back their allies in a battle.  Actually, their were alliance battles, but these battles went under the name of the respective alliances.  Alliances such as the Red Dawn Alliance, the Triple Entente, and the Great Alliance would host events as a single group, with their own alliance uniform.  Armies were represented by their own users, not by their allies.

The war of smoke and sour has had all the emotions of a war from days past, but the presence of allies greatly influences these emotions of anger and hatred.  The war no longer feels like Recon Federation vs Lime Green Army, but an open ended battle where anyone can support any side they liked.  I’m always aware of when a battle is ready to start, because the allies of the respective armies ping their discord servers to help their allies out.  Thirty minutes will pass, and I will strap in to judge another battle where I will be criticized and ridiculed regardless of what I judge.

It’s tiring, but there’s nothing to be done about it.

This is where the question arises: do allied battles lose integrity?  The answer will depend on who is asked.  If someone asked me, I would say yes, because allied battles go against what I’ve thought war was all about.  If someone asked another, perhaps they would say no, because armies are just taking advantage of their foreign affairs.  It’s not an easy question to answer, and it falls back to the complicated mess of subjectivity that is present in many problems within the community.  When going on the facts, allied battles are perfectly legal and do not break any physical rule.  But do they break a moral law?

I’m inclined to believe so.

I’m doing my best to not attack individual armies in this post, but I find it quite silly when an army posts a training session that gets ten troops, and then posts a land battle that gets twenty five troops.  Honestly speaking, it’s deceitful.  Those troops are not a part of the army, they are simply under the guise of the uniform.  I guess that makes it physically “clear”, but it still strikes me the wrong way.  How can someone call that “their army” when over half the troops are not registered within the army?  How can that army hold sole possession of a server that was earned by a collective group of armies?

As much as armies are about foreign affairs, they’re about images and morals too.  The community experienced this with the Templars.  Despite their claims of being clean, the tainted history of the Templars brought their downfall within the community, resulting in their death.  In the same way, the morals and image of the Army of Club Penguin were thrown into a loop after leading the charge in the acts of “Order 67”.  More information can be found out about that event in time HERE and HERE.  Point being, the way others in the community perceive other armies is a big deal.  The actions that armies take, and the people who represent it, shape their future interactions in the community.

This war will go down in history as the first war in the Club Penguin Armies v2 Era, but it will be remembered as the war that demonstrated the stance on allied battles.  The majority of the community has made it clear they are O.K. with the idea of fully allied wars.  Maybe there’s an army out there that shares my sentiments that will remember this war, and declare war on the attackers down the road with a no ally rule.  The image of the Recon Federation (LGA has continuously expressed their disdain for allied battles) will now be viewed as an army that rose to power on their strong connections, but that’s it.  Perhaps I’m struggling to accept the changing climate in the community, as I am just an administrator of a news site.  What I say will not have as much power as an army leader.

I present to the new community an idea from days past.  Building an army becomes much more fun when the leaders must rely on recruiting instead of allies for success.  Judging the strength of the army makes the community interactive, and it gives leaders a reality check on their grasp on the community.  If every army relies on their allies, are we really an army community anymore?

DMT

Comments quickly bombarded the post:

There was even an incidence where a troll posing as RFCP sergeant, Rareanimal, left a comment saying, “I completely agree with Greeny!” RFCP was appalled at how low this was.

Nonetheless, after our victory which climbed us to a tie stance in the War of Smoke and Sour, RFCP proposed a 1 week ceasefire with LGA ending on Thursday, July 25th, so both armies could focus on the second week of the Summer Circuit tournament.

LGA agreed.

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