Chancellor honors hero's of war
The Chancellor made a trip to the Peoples Hero Cemetery, which is the resting place of all soldiers in the Eflistan Military that have gave their lives for the State. In an address held in front of the Hero's Monument which has a list of all the names of those lost during the continued war effort the Chancellor stated, "All those that lay down their lives for the State are hero's of the people and of the State. They are the shining light in the darkness of a world filled with evil. We shall never forget the bravery and honor that these men and women showed or the lives they gave in the service of their families and their nation."
The Chancellor handed out medals to the family members of those that had earned them through the ultimate sacrifice of life for the State. Currently to date over 10,000 fallen Eflistan Soldiers lay at rest in the Cemetery. Though with constant warfare it is expected to reach higher in only a few days.
Shortfall of food production blamed on need for expansion
The Department of the Interior along with the Department of Agriculture announced that numbers show a shortfall in food production for the State of Eflistan in the coming months unless something is done to curve the downward trend. The Department of the Interior has stated that the need for new lands and expansion of Infrastructure to allow the construction of more State Farms would take care of the problem and would also bolster overall crop production. The Department of Agriculture has stated that they would agree to the expansion of the State Farms as well as increase production through more land, but they also blame the increased population boom recently a continued issue that effects their ability to produce food.
Officially the State has taken a loose stance on the issue of population control and for the most part does not openly engage in any attempt to control the population. Chancellor Asher has stated that several times in speeches and writs that, " now is not the time to worry about population growth, we are a small nation and need the people to ensure our nation grows and prospers."
There has been talk among the ruling party if population control is needed. The majority has stated that they are in agreement with the Chancellor with only a small amount speaking out saying that they believe that the State needs to "monitor the situations closely".
The flames rose higher and higher next to me, as I curled up into a ball, helpless.
That was 27 years ago. I stood helpless then.
I stand helpless now. But I don't plan on staying so any longer.
It's time to found a nation.
But, I can't do it alone.
The Qin Dynasty was a known global superpower in Central Asia, and it had been only many decades since it was formed, but the newly founded British island planned to invade the worldwide phanomanon known as the Qin Dynasty. It was 1708 when the English sent a battalion of fully armed soilders, fully armed, into the central Asian empire. The Dynasty did not cccept this, and retaliated after many of their warriors had been massacred. Hindreds upon hundreds of steel covered soilders made their way to a British camp, burning down the English army, making them fall into the hands of defeat in 1710. But, the Qin was a tad compassionate of the small island, giving the British isles a small portion of land. It wasn't much but it helped grow an Empire.
Changes came to the newly formed Asian colony, named Beshi, as the British began to grow into a new global superpower, and by 1732, the powerful nation barely used their fellow Chinese servants, so the marvellous nation called "France" assumed that Benshi's leader had just abandoned it, making a great opportunity to expand for them. France sent its wide army through middle eastern nations, some of which were disturbed. The General of the French battalion planned a tactical route that surrounded the Benshi troops, so they execute the plan. Luckily for them, their plan worked to take control of the small population of 4,000 citizens, subsequent to Frances gargantuan army.
(Catho is a kingdom of animals)
What branches of military do I have: Catho Royal Cat and Boar Force, Gatho Owl Fighter and Eagle Bomber Force, Royal Naval Seal Force, and the Wolf sniper squadron
the Catho Royal Cat and Boar Force or CRCBF is often tasked with the most dangerous attacks and take the brunt of the deaths
the Gatho Eagle Fighter and Owl Bomber Force or GEFOBF are always tasked for taking out most of the military
the Royal Naval Seal Force or RNSF most often used for blockading the enemy and attacking from sea the Wolf sniper squadron or known as (in Catho) my White Spies
All animals of either gender must have to serve in the military
Cathoian military does not allow mothers that have pups or cubs or kittens or chicks to serve until the babies are strong enough to fend for it self
The Cathoian military is only for animals that have no jobs that work in the medine and stores and the Red Mark or what humans call it the Red Cross
So on to the orbis one
Catho was founded by Cathoice the 1st, whenever he buys some house for people,and people turned up in thin air so yeah people popping out of nowhere to fill thoses house one day Cathoice was chilling in some where else and the nation had been destroyed in war but earlier Cathoice applied to join Deus Vult alliance AKA Knights Templars and the nation was good at staying alive that it went broke
this is the history of Catho
Catho was a country created by me as based on polandball
Current Catho stats
big food farmer
starting to get more urban places
lots of soldiers for defending and quieting down revolts
will be soon running out of food because of mass nuking in my area
First chapter of Catho
Catho name used to be Catlandia (but not in Orbis)
Catho has one comic created by me
the first (and last part)
was about Catho rising into a pizza empire (don't ask why)
BREAKING: Gavin Dotson Resigns Amid Allegations to Consulting in secret to other Foreign Nations
Another Conway Admin member has resigned, amid allegations that he consulting with other nations in attempt to make a deal for resources in return for government funds that the EPA Head cannot touch. such deals could be disastrous, leading to war if getting out of context. Kellyanne Conway is yet to hold a conference on this matter.
Earlier today, the President and the Conway administration has introduced a new 'cleaner world act'. the act is aiming to "eliminate all sources of pollution" from Chorrol and nations abroad. sources tell us the first nation the conway admin has contacted is Drandalia. President Daveth is yet to comment. . this comes as the Conway Administration has been under fire after completely Legalizing Recreation Marijuana for use to anyone over the age of 18.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Joey Mathes had some chilling words for Mrs. Conway. "If Madam Conway thinks for one second giving millions of dollars over to other nations to help reduce all pollution is what they are going to do with the money, she shouldn't even be in office in the first place! she has been a disaster for this nation and this next election is where its all going to change."
we have reached out to the Conway Admin. for comment, more updates as they become available.
This is the Anbrian Report. Today is January 26th, 2017. This is the news.
Anbria released a report on the Zavod Anti-Socialist movement, showing that only 591 citizens are in support. The Anti-Socialist movement is not expected to pick up among other cities, but the movement may become increasingly popular among the fringes of the nation.
Anbria will officially begin the rebuilding of cities when the Chief Monarch returns from the Canislavic vacation, as the bill passed authorization in the House of Srevo, the House of Ghren, and both sections of the Anbrian Democratic Committee. Rebuilding is suspected to cost above $500,000, and increased tax flow will be needed, as well as possible outside government grants and loans.
Thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing you next week.
The Anbrian National Press has created this weekly report as a way to reach out to other nations in an effort for publicity.
Anbria has recently joined the League of Imperialists among tension between the VE and the Yugo-Pact that led to the dissolution of the Yugo-Pact. Former member states have went their ways, with most transferring to the League of Imperialists. The tension could have escalated into an international war, and was quickly averted on behalf of the Yugo-Pact. The situation was de-escalated, and now is frozen, with minimal conflict. The situation stands as is, and Anbrian officials are working to gather more information on the subject.
The Anbrian king has recently taken a vacation to Canislavia, and the Parliament approved of a 14 day vacation. This comes as the nation was partially evacuated due to an impending attack by a foreign government. The situation is resolved, and Anbrian residents have nothing to fear.
Anti-Socialist protesters displayed the right to protest under Article 4, Section A, Line 2-A; protesting in front of the Parliament on Tuesday, effectively shutting-down government offices through this morning. The Anti-Socialist movement has picked up support in Zavod, after the invasion, but less than 1 percent of Zavod citizens have guaranteed support. The police were called to move the protesters, and were soon peacefully disbanded.
This has been the Anbrian newsletter. Thank you. We look forward to next week's issue.
In previous posts on the rise of TEst, I regarded TEst's paperless policy as political ingenuity. I still hold that to be true. However, the recent war and the dog piling against TEst merits some observation as to why the paperless system failed in otherwise a successful system. After all, this is the same paperless alliance that went from a small, insignificant alliance at the beginning of the year to the top alliance post Silent War, and at the end of the year is expected to be rolled back into obscurity.
What went wrong:
The paperless system was a flexible system that allowed TEst to dance between two blocs by a complex system of backchanneling that requires hyperactivity and charisma on part of TEst's leadership. But the paperless system thrives only in the context of two spheres who are locked in bitter combat against each other. The dissolution of the Rose sphere proved to be the end of the paperless system. TEst needed to present itself as harmless and innocuous, not as a potential second sphere. Failing that, TEst needed to form an opposition sphere against the Syndisphere. In both instances, TEst has failed.
TEst rolled any and all potential allies, thus alienating herself. Due to her "friendly relations" with the Syndisphere, TEst's targets were limited to everyone unrelated to the Syndisphere, ironically the same alliances which could have helped her in an eventual fight. TEst's aggressive actions also cemented in the minds of others that TEst is a powerful alliance worthy of becoming a new bloc leader, thus failing the need to present herself as harmless.
Paperless was a system that was good under a specific circumstance. Absent of that specific circumstance, and TEst is left without allies against the hegemon.
Why should TEst form a new sphere?
The system of PnW (and its potential flaw) is that it forces all the players into a realist paradigm (see "international realism") but forces the players to propagate the system willingly. The realist paradigm states that a closed international system with multiple alliances forces war upon one another until an eventual hegemon emerges. The collapse of the Paracovenant marked the rise of the Syndisphere as the hegemon, a natural conclusion to all realist paradigms. However, TEst, due to its paperless policy, was in the fringes of the sphere.
In a post on "Old FA vs. New FA," Pre posted
"You don't get to tell us how to play the game. You can't make us form a sphere to counter you. You can't make us stop fighting people who piss us off, even if you view those as wars of boredom. Enjoy sitting on top, we don't care that you're there."
and his reasoning, strictly speaking, is correct. The Syndisphere cannot make TEst form a new sphere to counter them. However, under the circumstances of the realist paradigm, if TEst is interested in maintaining its standing and its power garnered through the paperless policy during the Rose/Syndicate wars, she must do so to counter-balance the hegemon. If not, TEst risks the possibility of being a target of attack from a sphere several times its size.
TEst et. al. may be forced to abandon the paperless system and reach out to the alliances not affiliated with the Syndisphere. This would ironically require TEst to negotiate with alliances who only recently fought bitterly against the paperless hegemon in wars seemingly designed to flaunt TEst's power. Her negotiation will likely prove unsuccessful until those alliances face the brunt of the Syndisphere war machine themselves. It may be several months before another sphere may be formed.
There in lies the problem of games such as these: the game sets itself in the realist paradigm, yet has no means of naturally dissolving a hegemon from power without the conscious consent of thousands of players. TEst member posts argue (and rightfully so) that the hegemonic nature of the Syndisphere will eventually end the game (again, a natural conclusion to the realist paradigm). Therefore, one of two things must happen in the new year:
1. TEst manages to assemble a motley crew of everyone she rolled to counter tS in a new sphere or 2. The Syndisphere needs to willingly break up to maintain the realist paradigm.
Both of which is highly unlikely. Though in this writer's personal opinion, the former may be more so.
TEst needs to make the argument to everyone she rolled that TEst is today, everyone else may be tomorrow (a very convincing argument, in light of Mensa's dire need to water their holy Dio tree with blood often).
As I stood holding my guitar yesterday following our Sunday morning worship service, our pastor stood up and started talking about how we as a nation (USA) really need to take time to pray for this election coming in a few weeks.
He continued, saying, that Daniel spent 21 (Daniel 10) days praying and fasting after a great revelation. Daniel fasted often in other parts of his book, in response to events going on within his country, albeit a foreign country. His statements had me thinking about praying and fasting, even before he asked our church to join him in fasting something of value to us up to the elections.
I remembered how Daniel wasn't the only one who fasted. We can read in the book of Esther, how the Jews in Susa (Esther 4) fasted for three days to give her wisdom. Nehemiah fasts after hearing about the status of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1), Ezra fasts for safe passage back to Jerusalem (Ezra 8), and the entire city of Nineveh fasted after hearing Jonah's word (Jonah 3). There's plenty of other scriptures dealing with fasting that I won't flood the page with it.
So this is a simple request, I'm not looking for pledges, I'm not looking for political arguments or discussions, and this is not about which candidate should be in office.
Now what do you fast? Often people fast food, but it doesn't have to be food, fasting in this case, is giving up something that you do daily, and this can be from 5-10 minutes to a couple hours, whatever you feel comfortable doing to replace that time with prayer. For me, I'll be giving up my personal project time in the mornings before I go to work.
If you're willing to fast, I encourage you to find something over the next few weeks to fast and pray for our country. It's not about praying that a candidate in particular wins, throw all the politicians and opinions you know out of the equation.
This is praying that God will protect our country and help us to focus on the right direction, to break down the internal barriers in our country and provide resolve so that we can be united again. To give our leaders guidance on where we can improve, and knowledge on handling crisis when it rears it's ugly head. To see our country to lift up the broken, to encourage the weak, and to be a positive light to help change the world in which we live.
If you're not from the US, I'd still encourage you to join in prayer for our country, as we need much of it, but to also pray for your own countries, and the world as a whole, that we can make this world increasingly better for the next generation, and that God will continue to show our world leaders how to solve the problems that arise, and find the best solution for those involved now, and in the future.
Thank you, Restius
And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.
â€” Acts 4:32
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
â€” Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program
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With new testimony coming to light, I felt an update was necessary:
The 168 Day War was one of the many conflicts between the Rose and Syndisphere blocs. The war itself never brought the same decisive victory as seen in the Silent War, however, it is notable in that Alpha makes its debut on the world stage. Arising from the war is the formation of Sparta as an upper tier alliance sided with Alpha, and the grudge between the Syndicate and Alpha over treaty clauses and obligations. Partisan notes in the blog "We were perfectly fine with [Alpha] entering in Roz Wei. We were not okay with [Alpha] entering on SK after [Alpha] had promised the former." This would become a "catalyst" for Steve's War.
On April 16th, Seabasstion, then the leader of Sparta, staged an intricate military drill which faked a combat scenario with Terminus Est. This involved a number of Sparta's allies, including the dominant upper tier alliance Alpha.
In Pre's blog on the "real" TEst, Seabass confessed an ulterior motive: to purge Spartan leadership and merge with TEst. Seabasstion felt that the majority of the leadership in Sparta was "poor" and the military drill was designed to throw Sparta into "chaos" to "cut the fat." In my own post on the same page, I extrapolated that Seabass didn't inform any allies of the drill because there was a possibility that the news it was fake could inform back to Sparta and Spartan leadership, which was not challenged. For Seabass, "[The drill] wasn't designed to hurt Sparta's allies. It was designed to destroy Sparta itself." His hopes were that Sparta would go to a "better place" (topic/12297-sparta-announcement/). Lo Pan's post notes that "The only deception on Terminus Est's part was not announcing t(o) the public that both Sparta and TEst were discussing a merge for a couple months before we actually did."
The military drill, along with the subsequent demilitarization following the announcement of Terminus Est on the evening of the 16th, placed Alpha and her allies in a position of unpreparedness.
*It is now worth noting that Seabasstion, the former leader of Sparta, steps down and said that he will leave. He will join TEst following the Spartan merge.
On April 18th, the Syndicate, Mensa HQ, and Terminus Est begin militarizing to settle old grudges. On April 22nd, Terminus Est and the Syndicate launch an attack on Alpha. Terminus Est cited the Rose leak as the casus belli (https://politicsandwar.com/forums/index.php?/topic/12330-press-release-from-the-syndicate-on-alpha-and-recent-events/?p=232159). Syndicate cited Alpha's attempt to "isolate" the Syndicate as the CB. On April 23rd, in light of the rapid demobilization from the staged drill and Rose Sphere's unwillingness to fight, Alpha declares it will not ask allies to join the fight. On April 26th, with minimal losses, Terminus Est leaves the conflict.
*In previous posts, I have alluded to the possibility that Seabass was a Terminus Est plant designed to weaken Alpha's ally and give Terminus Est a casus belli to roll Alpha. I retract those statements. I now believe that Seabass was an independent actor who wanted to weaken Alpha's ally and accidentally gave Terminus Est a CB to roll Alpha. To which I said, "[there was] no conscious genius on [seabass's] part [for the demise of half the sphere]."
Terminus Est quickly disposes the majority of Alpha's conventional military troops and withdraws from the conflict, thus avoiding further losses from Alpha's nuclear stockpile, leaving The Syndicate and Alpha to incur losses of their own and to slug out the grudge of the 168 Day war. Seabasstion, in preparation for several months to try and merge with TEst behind the backs of the rest of Spartan leadership and membership, achieves his goal when Sparta surrenders to the Black Knights in the following NPO war.
The consequences of Steve's War is most reflective in hindsight: With a dash of luck, TEst is given a unique opportunity to roll an alliance they expressed interest in attacking for a while (Alpha) in almost a 3 to 1 with the backing of the Syndisphere and later almost doubles its membership from the Spartan merge.
Usually threads involving paperless conversations end up in a lot of shit-posting so per request of what my next blog should be about, what is paperless was suggested. Simply put paperless is having an alliance structured around the idea that you have no official treaties with the exception of protectorates.
Protectorates get an exception in this case because the point of a protectorate is to dissuade alliances from attacking the one being protected. If you look at an alliance in the 30's ranking and see they're protected by someone your far less likely to want to raid them. The power in the protectorates protection comes from its existence being known.
Now to the meat of it all. With VE's recent jump to paperless, lets focus on that for a moment. VE could become paperless and not move what-so-ever on the political spectrum if they so wished. They could still back up Rose in the next war, and Rose could back them up if need be. But in the same vein they're not honor-bound to fight a large war that doesn't match up to their desires. The problem with treaties is time, in my opinion. Usually in the phases leading up to signing a treaty the activity between alliances is very high, one side is typically courting the other in a manner of speaking. Once the treaty is signed there's a honeymoon period where everything is great and your talking. Then a few months in your like an old married couple who only seem to talk to one another when there's a fight about to happen. The romance is dead. This is what spawned the concept of paperless for me. Without that piece of paper, should relations fall off or have highs and lows, you can act on what is right for you at that time. You could fight more, fight less, and the repercussions of your actions are yours and not several other alliances.
Lets say an alliance your friendly with takes an action you don't like for war, you can support them, not, go against them. Should you support them it would be because you feel committing to a war you don't agree with is worth the relationship between alliances at this time. Should you not, you risk your relationship souring with said alliance. And obviously should you go against them you might face their wrath. You can make the decision based on what is right for your alliance, not because you committed to banging 7 months ago before they went bat shit crazy and starting RPing a snake, or something. I typically hate treaties that have been around forever, that you just keep because you have had them for so long. Don't act a certain way because you've had a treaty forever, act for what is best for your alliance and alliances you deem worthy of your support. What is best for your alliance can change quickly, and what alliances you support also can as well. Paper chokes this process. Paperless helps give you the option to pivot easier, however it's still not easy.
Paperless alliances require strong, active leadership. You have to keep up with lots of alliances simply for the sake that your friends one day might be against you on the battlefield the next (even if they remain friends). It's also a lot riskier. Should you make a major misstep and get your alliance dog-piled, there will be few people lining up to bail you out because there will be little political pressure for them to do so from outside sources. You won't get people trolling you for not honoring a treaty, or not supporting a side people believed you should like recent examples with Alpha (when tied to Rose/tS) and TKR (when tied to NPO was it?). This fits that paperless suits a proactive leadership style, and PnW-wise a proactive military style. You want to be the one on the attack.
I could go on, and maybe I will in a follow-up blog but lets try to wrap this one up. Paperless is very much like paper, it's just not out in the open like everyone else and you can change where you stand much easier. You need the right people to do it well, and need to be an alliance that stands by your word because that's all you have, your reputation. I find the best way to do it is talking to people about possible scenarios and where you stand so your friends and enemies alike know where you stand on issues, because your enemies might become your friends and vice versa quicker than you think. Or not. It's really up to you and your alliance, which is why I like this system more than the traditional.
Terminus Est has recently made it their mission to keep Neutrality out of the top 15 alliances. A noble cause especially when continued war on certain factions has yielded success to the secondary goal: Forcing the neutrals to involve themselves in the metagame in order to receive protection from events such as this.
However, The Fighting Pacifists have fought the good fight. The Flame of Activity outweighs the importance of extinguishing Neutrality and TEst are currently doing their best to ensure that TFP lose interest in our world rather than get involved for protection.
This is the line I draw between a righteous Great Neutral Crusade and a cruel one. Forcing terms upon an alliance that you aggressively attacked is in poor taste, especially when the terms lack practicality. They have fought the good fight, and now continue to refuse the terms given to them. Yet TEst has decided that, rather than concede the silliness of their terms and agree to white peace, that they will call upon the rest of the world to assist in the indefinite Occupation of another alliance.
At what point do we draw the line between funny and cruel? At what point do we recognize that we do more harm than good to continue? This unjustly prolonged war only serves to foster disinterest in our community, removing the very purpose the Crusaders sought to pursue.
In light of all this, I call upon Terminus Est to grant White Peace to the Fighting Pacifists. You declared an aggressive war, you won, now move along.
With Caecus writing several entries about TEst a couple weeks ago, I figured I'd create my own little blog to write about the real TEst. First things first, the TEst I lead is different than the real TEst. Jodo and ElPinchazo (and probably Phiney) can only be the leaders of the real TEst as they've lead the alliance during the longest periods of time. The real TEst is slightly less concerned about the world around them and more willing to throw caution to the wind and march to their own beat. The TEst I lead is similar to that but I'm a bit more pragmatic and keep more channels of communication to other alliances. Neither is superior to the other, I simply took what I could from TEst and and added it to what I see as my strengths as a leader. Combine my strengths with TEst's play style as best as you can and you have the current Terminus Est.
My goal for this alliance is simple, give the members what they want. TEst has been involved with 4 (5 if you count Arrgh) wars since I took over, Alpha, GPA, Pantheon, and TFP. All four of those alliances were targeted for a combination of reasons. First, one thing all four have in common is being atop our "who do we want to fight", poll. It's funny when you look at those threads because it's less about wanting to fight someone because you dislike them, and vastly more about who would be a good fight. At the time of each, really, all of those alliances had the one of the most impressive top tiers at the time. When we decided on Alpha, about a month later we felt reason was given enough through that whole debacle with Sparta and the fake logs drill which resulted in a plan to roll TEst by several alliances, which resulted in those Rose forum leaks about them getting the impression they wanted to roll TEst regardless. That combined with being atop of our bingo list, we attacked. We teamed up with Syndicate who also had their own reason for attacking which kept them engaged much longer than us, as TEst often leaves shortly after the conventional warfare wraps up. GPA and TFP we hit because they had big neutrals, and TFP was right after Pantheon so it made it easier to just do it then since everyone was still itching for more fighting. Pantheon was hit for two reasons, like Alpha they were atop out bingo list (the list gets re-voted after every war with the previously rolled alliances excluded) and second we were paid. I'm not going to say who paid but someone took us up on this thread.
It's really an interesting thing, how we operate. We don't fight for political reasons, except to maybe make some new friends through bloodshed. We really don't take things too seriously and are an alliance that keeps their word. We willing to work with most anyone if they've something worth fighting for, money in some cases and shared interests in others. We're just here to have fun, so feel free to stop by and shoot the shit with us. https://discord.gg/z2BWuzV
"Prefontaine and his band of merry idiots" - Hereno
Yet again, the Silent War is another example of Terminus Est consolidating its hold on the sphere. With a relatively exhausted Pantheon now finishing up the conflict against the VE, Terminus Est, along with Roz Wei and Arrgh descend on the weakened force. Likewise, the superior numerical advantage, combined with an already weakened military force leaves Terminus Est and allies with little significant damage.
With Alpha's declaration on Mensa HQ in defense of NPO, the Syndisphere had three choices regarding deployment of military reserves: to honor treaty obligations with Pantheon and attack Terminus Est and her allies, to defend Mensa HQ against Alpha's attack or both. It is this writer's suspicion that there was backroom dealing or pure intimidation on the part of Terminus Est to have the Syndisphere choose to attack Alpha. No doubt the previous 2 month conflict and Alpha's personal history also played a part. In light of Terminus Est's previous cooperation with TS during Steve's War, Terminus Est and the Syndisphere may have also come to an agreement to have the events play out as it did.
Regardless, the final nail in the coffin was complete. Alpha, still exhausted from the onslaught from the previous wars, suffers further decline. Pantheon surrenders to Terminus Est. Terminus Est now dominates the upper tier unilaterally. Both from a tactical and strategic standpoint, it is clear Terminus Est is the ultimate victor of these last few wars.
*It is worth noting that Seabasstion, the former leader of Sparta, now resides in Terminus Est.
Terminus Est will likely surge ahead of Alpha and Pantheon for the foreseeable future, and will likely capitalize on the aftermath of the Silent War. Pantheon and Alpha alone cannot challenge the numerical superiority of Terminus Est in a conventional war, disregarding the unlikelihood of the two alliances becoming partners.
Challenges for Terminus Est in the future is maintaining political relations in backdoor channels. With the rise of the Syndisphere as hegemon and the breakup of Paragon, it is imperative for Terminus Est to not present itself as a second sphere. The paperless policy helps obscure any potential formation of a second sphere, and the artful use of the policy has been exhibited by Terminus Est leadership for some time now. With Pantheon (the only real contestant still remotely capable of posing a threat to TEst) battered in the aftermath of the Silent War, Terminus Est can expect some time of peaceful growth before a potential conflict looms.
Terminus Est's strengths has been the quiet manipulation between two spheres to always find easy victories that consolidate its power. From Steve's War to the Silent War, Terminus Est has placed itself as a military reserve force to be used by one side or the other to decisively turn the odds of any given conflict. Their strength is also their weakness, since Paragon has been decisively defeated and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Having connections to both spheres and playing on the two sphere's focus each other, it will be in the interest of Terminus Est to either prop up Paragon, or at least maintain a myth of a reborn Rose sphere.