Doug’s Darkworld 1.01
OK, here is a more cleaned up better researched version. I fixed a few minor problems, and did research on most of the countries to make sure I had them assigned correctly. I added a new colour, light grey, to symbolize countries where major fighting is going on without major involvement of outside armies. However, here is the key explained again:
First, the three great powers. Green is the Free World or the New American Empire depending on the reader’s frame of mind. Red is Russia, yellow is the Chinese sphere. Turquoise are countries which are trying to remain non-aligned, pink are countries that are in active defiance of the world order and/or have anti-American governments. Black and grey are nations where war is raging, black being countries that have been invaded, grey are countries with civil wars. (And yes, a lot of thought went into the selection of colours, my apologies for those who might be offended by the use of non politically correct colours, I felt clarity trumped offended sensibilities in this instance.)
There is fighting elsewhere, notably in the Sudan and Chechnya. Sudan should actually be half grey and half pink I guess, that’s for the next version. All is all I’m pretty happy with this and will be going on to adding some resources and military power.
And yes, it does look like a Risk game. The similarity is not a coincidence, I only referenced it to Chess in my previous post because I don’t know how well known Risk is outside the USA. To carry the Risk analogy further though, yes, after 911 the USA decided they were just going to go for broke and “take over the world” by capturing those pesky pink countries. And as sometimes happens in Risk, a few provinces have put up unexpected resistance (Iraq and Afghanistan) and so far our great plan is stalled. In fact a good case can be made that our turn is almost over, and we have spread ourselves very thin and left ourselves open to our enemies’ counterattack.
Yes, it is a tortured analogy, in fact that is one of the biggest flaws in America’s foreign policy since 911. The USA acted as if it was a simple game of Risk: We could just conquer the remaining few pink countries and it would all be over. It was a simplistic strategy, and has failed miserably so far. (Two pinks and a grey went to black, three greens went to pink.) Like I said, I won’t be criticizing Bush anymore, but discussing and pointing out the myriad flaws and weaknesses in recent American geopolitics is fair game.
A reader commented that the USA shouldn’t even be trying to take over the world. I agree. In fact that is one of the greatest tragedies of our age. The USA has had three unprecedented opportunities in the last century to lead the world into a new age of international relations and peace, a world where everyone would have benefited, including American industry. The first was at the end of World War Two, the second at the end of the Cold War, and the third after 911. Instead in all three cases we decided to make the world safe for corporate America and the arms/oil industries. And we have gone from being the most popular nation in the world to be one of the most feared and despised in the process.
However, for good or for ill the US decided to rule the world, the so called New American Century plan. Stay tuned, will more countries go pink, grey, or black? Or will the green steamroller regain its momentum? In any event, this is enough for now. There is other news of the world I will cover tomorrow. Scientists think they will be able to revive the dead soon, a big excited thing was discovered in space, Britney Spears is finally going to be locked up, yadda yadda yadda. Have a great day everyone.
(Image Copyright © Doug Stych 2007, All Rights Reserved. And yes, New Zealand was cut off to save space.)