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A rather comprehensive history of Cyber Nations, currently from January 6, 2006 until the end of August 2007, compiled by several members over time and is known to be fairly accurate.
Part 1: The BeginningEdit
Cybernations was started on January 6, 2006. It premiered to pretty much no fanfare and only a handful of nations joining over the next few days. After a week there were about 100 nations, who were mostly a friendly and tight-nit community. From the beginning, Alliances have been the cornerstone of the game. Though there were a sizable number in the early days, the ones of significance were two: The Cross Atlantic Treaty Organization founded by Depraved, and the Imperial Nations Coalition created by Ninja, henceforth known as CATO and INC, respectively. After massive growth, CATO changed its name to the Global Alliance and Treaty Organization, or GATO, the name it is known by today.
Both alliances grew in numbers, yet the tension between them also grew. On the forums, members of both sides were baiting each other, GATO members pointing out the significant lack of organization in the INC, which was really a loose group of nations who followed the orders of Ninja, the group’s president. On the private GATO forums, some nations began discussing war with the INC.
They did not realize Ninja had a spy in GATO, and heard it all. When he heard about the murmurs of war, he panicked and declared war upon GATO, coining the name for this conflict, “World War I.” While World War I was a relatively small conflict in scale compared to later wars, it was the first true alliance v. alliance war. Nobody really won the conflict.
Eventually, the Vice-President and Co-Founder of the INC, Chris Miller, decided the conflict was pointless and negotiated peace with GATO. Significantly, after the war, GATO continued to boom while the INC slipped into steady decline. After the INC folded, GATO was left the Cyberverse’s sole hyper power, a monopoly of strength yet unmatched by any alliance. But they would only occupy the throne for a brief time.
There was going to be a boom in the number of nations, and the only question was when. This “when” came when the game was discovered by the community of NationStates, a far larger (but inferior) nation simulation game. Members of NS were fascinated by the new potential of Cybernations, and came in masses, opening the doors on new alliances. The first of these was the Greenland Republic, which would become better known by its later name the National Association for Arctic Countries (NAAC). There was also the FCS Foreign Legion, later renamed the Legion. But there is one of these alliances more powerful than the rest. It is arguably the most powerful, controversial alliance in CN history: The New Pacific Order, the NPO.
Part 2: Rise of the OrderEdit
The NPO was founded by Karpathos on the Red Team as a buffer zone for those coming from the similarly named NPO of NationStates, and as such, grew rapidly, soon outdoing GATO in size and power. The idea of basing an alliance on one team was started by the NPO, and soon the alliances chose their footholds, the NAAC Blue, the Legion went Purple, and GATO went Brown. The NPO's public face was the controversial Emperor Ivan Moldavi, who would soon become one of the most powerful figures in CN. It quickly achieved a rosy relationship with GATO, signing the first Non-Aggression Pact (NAP), known as the Dove Doctrine, and the first Mutual Defense Pact (MDP), the Unity Covenant. But such friendly relationships were not shared with other organizations. Namely, the NAAC.
After insults were traded between the NPO and NAAC for a week, the NPO decided on war as an action. In a late night blitz, the NPO launched a stunning assault on the NAAC with an unprecedented show of cohesion, cooperation, and power, crippling the NAAC war machine in a matter of minutes. After a brief war, the NAAC surrendered, effectively becoming governed by Ivan Moldavi and the NPO until it was released from their control by imperial decree.
The next alliance to get on the wrong side of the NPO was the Orange Defense Network (ODN). Their conflict with the Order dated back to Nationstates, where the ODN was known as the ADN. The conflict came with them, and for a while, there was a bit of tension between Red and Orange. When an ex-ODN member Automagfreek provoked and was pounced upon by the NPO, the ODN government discussed war and was plotting an attack. But, a nuke launch by the ODN member KD, and the discovery of ODN espionage within the NPO’s ranks brought war to CN once again.
With their now trademark midnight blitz the NPO attacked the ODN, and drove them into the corner, from which the ODN fought a long guerilla war before surrendering to the NPO. Though granted sovereignty unlike the NAAC, the ODN was forced to sign a humiliating oath to the NPO, and all future members were forced to take the oath for months to come, which became a source of anti-NPO sentiment within the ranks of the Orange Defense Network.
Although the NPO continued its meteoric rise to power, GATO still held a vicelike grip on the most powerful nations. That was changed when three nuclear rogues in the red team fired their payloads upon two Legion members and four GATO members in early April. This was the first truly coordinated rogue attack in Cybernations history, and caused an uproar amongst the community. It may have been the first, but is certainly not the last attack.
As Cybernations continued to grow, more alliances were sprouting up. The Green Protection Agency was founded on the Green Team, where it gained a reputation for complete neutrality, and the LUEnited Nations, founded by the (in) famous community Life, the Universe, and Everything, gaining a reputation as a flamboyant alliance with many low-tiered nations. The Grand Global Alliance was founded on the Green Team, where it became the largest Green alliance.
But, back to the NPO dealing with alliances that get on their bad side. The next target was the International Coalition of Socialist Nations (ICSN), the first ideological alliance formed in Cybernations. During a time when the ICSN was experimenting with party organizations, it was discovered the ICSN was operating a spy within the NPO. After the NPO declared war, the most prominent party formed a new alliance, the International Communist Party (ICP). The NPO located the spy and tired with the war, leaving a fractured ICSN which would later merge into the ICP.
Entering May, Cybernations was thriving like never before. But May would prove to be a month CN would leave very different than it came in.
Part 3: WTF MayEdit
Entering May, a series of incidents would change the face of politics in CN. The LUEnited Nations and the Orange Defense Network were discovering how similar they were. This close relationship would culminate in United For Orange, an MDP between LUE and ODN later on in the month. It also resulted in the first Mutual Defense Alliance, the Independence Council. Largely founded to combat the growing power of the superpowers GATO, NPO, NAAC, and the Legion, it left these organizations scurrying to play catch-up with the ODN, LUE, GGA, and United Civilized States (UCS).
The Entente Cordiale was a proposed MDA between GATO, NPO, the Legion, and the NAAC, and had it gone through would have made a super alliance unchallengeable by any potential attackers. However, due to wording which meant that an alliance HAD to go to war if an ally in the EC was attacked, it was vetoed by GATO’s Assembly Chairman Jormungand and voted down by the Legion.
Uproar between GATO and the NPO broke out when Chris Kaos, the GATO Minister of Defense, curtly informed the NPO in an IRC chat that it was not up for discussion and left the NPO fuming when he walked out of the conversation. The flames only gradually died down, and NPO would later join the Independence Council and destroy it from within.
Next was an embarrassing scandal for LUE. One of the leaders of LUE, bros, and a member of the same alliance, IForget2, decided to try and provoke a GATO-NPO War by exploiting bros’ [LN Board] admin powers to change IF’s username to Ivan Moldavi, where he posted as Ivan to make it look like the NPO was going to war with GATO. LUE Co-Leader Yaridovich expelled both members and made the scandal public. Since then, IF created his “Rogue Alliance,” and become the most notorious rogue in CN history, and intended to nuke high-level nations, though the successes of his master plans were a failure, as he was beaten to it in The Great War.
It is the third and most serious event of May that left CN very different, when a couple of NAAC members revealed to the NPO that one of the NAAC leaders, Arctic, had a spy in the NPO. When the response to this espionage from the NAAC was deemed unsatisfactory, the NPO declared war. The Second Polar War was on. With their trademark midnight blitz, the NPO devastated the NAAC. In their wake came GATO, who declared war after it was revealed that the NAAC had a spy in their ranks. The Legion came in at the request of the NPO as per the terms of the Imperial Accords, the Legion’s MDP with the NPO. After being triple-teamed, the NAAC had been whittled down to under 50 members, but refused to surrender. Eventually the trio that had teamed together to tackle the NAAC ended the conflict, but not before Ivan would make one of the most controversial decisions of his career as Emperor of the New Pacific Order.
Having decided to stabilize the Blue team after it had been derailed by the war, Ivan announced the formation of a new alliance, the New Polar Order, as a haven for nations fleeing the war-torn NAAC. It was hailed by supporters as a return to stability for the Blue team, and decried by its opponents as nothing more than an imperialist power-grab. Many more powerful nations of the NAAC left for the NpO, as it was called. Most notably, the new GATO assembly chairman Vercingetorix published a public statement condemning the new alliance and calling for its dissolution, causing a diplomatic rift between GATO and the NPO. The controversy began to die down, as tension replaced open argument. And so, Cybernations left WTF May with the NAAC crippled and the NpO the new masked alliance of the blue team, and past buddies NPO and GATO tensely opposed to each other.
Part 4: Turning up the heatEdit
As May passed by, the chaos that pervaded in May was replaced by a deep tension in June. GATO began stepping up on the foreign scene, passing two new MDPs, the LUEnacy Covenant with LUE and the Free Love Accord with the ODN. LUE passed a (now infamous) MDP with the GGA called the Snakes on a Plane Treaty, which was well known for its briefness and simplicity, such as the famous clause “Don’t be an a**hat, I will cancel.”
The next scandal was an embarrassment for GATO when the Domestic Affairs Minister, Grenval, made a fatal mistake. Although he had been flamebaiting the NPO on CN forums for quite some time, he took it one step too far when he made a faux announcement of a “Global Alliance Red Organization” or GARO. Intending to parody the announcement of the New Polar Order, Grenval set off a firestorm of controversy, as the NPO took the announcement seriously. Grenval was forced to resign, and, as a result, Ivan Moldavi suspended the Unity Covenant. The NPO and GATO were both no longer allies.
There were many other scandals in June as well, including LUE suspending Snakes on a Plane over remarks the GGA’s emperor Prodigal Chieftain made to a new Green Alliance, the Coalition of Green States (initially comprised primarily of former GGA members). Also was the discovery that Lord Sam, an alliance councilor for the NpO had been spying for the infamous IForget2’s rogue alliance.
A few new alliances were coming to prominence, such as the Independent Republic of Orange Nations, or IRON, who had secretly grown to become a large alliance on the orange team, and would later receive a mask.
But, for the most part, June was relatively quiet. As June came to a close, and July came, many were beginning to become bored of the humdrum daily routine, and many wondered if something would shatter this peace. They weren’t going to wonder for long. July would prove to be a month filled with war.
Part 5: CataclysmEdit
July started with a bang. Literally. The Legion found itself being attacked by a minor group called the Warpstorm Alliance. This war would be a footnote, were it not for the unprecedented amount of nukes launched in both directions. Although the Second Polar War saw the first widespread use of nuclear weapons, it was surpassed by the WSA War, and would remain on top until the Great War.
Also, LUE made an announcement with potentially devastating proportions on July 11: According to a PM conversation between NPO Viceroy Vladimir and a spy in LUE, it appeared that the 2nd in command to Ivan Moldavi had accepted information about LUE. The announcement was accompanied with an announcement stating that LUE would cut ALL diplomatic ties with the NPO. Vladimir later explained that he was trying to see if the guy was serious or not, and had no intention of spying on LUE. Nonetheless, it took significant damage control to get the situation repaired and caused bad publicity for the organization.
Although Cybernations appeared to be peacefully growing and the alliances were getting along okay, in reality there was tension between the alliances, a sort of war of nerves that although did not exist on the battlefield, existed in the forums where both sides exchanged insults. Soon, this powder keg would explode, and it did so as a result of an ancient LUE tradition back on their home of GameFAQs, the LUEicide.
Back on GameFAQs, the Terms of Service were strictly upheld, and an offender could be quickly banned for violations. If a LUEser (LUE User) was tired of GameFAQs, he knew how to leave with a bang. In a LUEicide, a user tried to break as many stipulations in the Terms of Service as possible, so he would almost certainly be banned.
After LUE was cut off from new membership, LUEicides became less and less common. It seems that there was no longer an interest in this bizarre LUE tradition, and so it remained for quite some time. That is, until July 15, 2006. One of the Co-Leaders of LUE, Yaridovich, wanted to leave CN and do it with a bang. He decided to LUEicide.
What followed was a post of his containing a graphic set of stories, most notably of Pope Pius XIII raping Rysonia, the Empress of the International Green Coalition (IGC). Also, there was an inappropriate photo after the stories. The Moderators jumped on the topic, and quickly deleted it, but not before it was seen by much of the users online at the time.
The NPO went ballistic and demanded an apology from LUE, which it got, but was deemed unsatisfactory because a handful of LUEsers were laughing at the story in their IRC Channel. Later on, key members of GATO and the ODN met with an incensed NPO delegation. All three condemned the story, and GATO planned to suspend the LUEnacy Covenant, and ODN said its leadership would have to convene before it could make any promises. The ODN would later suspend their MDP with LUE.
Things might have gone down differently, were it not for a nuke. Tygaland, the emperor of the NpO, launched a nuke against LUE member Duffman04. Ivan Moldavi, deciding that this graphic story and the response he deemed lackluster was the straw breaking the camel’s back, declared war on LUE. The Leaders of LUE knew they were screwed without backup, and went to their allies GATO for help. As the LUEnacy Covenant had not yet been suspended, GATO was bound to it, and declared war upon the New Pacific Order. All bets were off. This was an all-out war.
Over the course of the next few days, an astonishing number of alliances came out of the woodwork to join the fight against the NPO. On one side was the self styled Coalition of Justice, the NPO and NpO, as well as the IGC, although the latter would leave the conflict after receiving an apology from LUE. Against them were the alliances LUE, GATO, CDS, SRI, Federation, ICSN, APA, DDA, AoAN, GGA, TAGA, OIN, NAAC, PrF, ODN, FIS, ONOS and LOSS, styling themselves the CoaLUEtion.
This of course, begs the question: Why did so many alliances join in? The first camp states that the NPO had so much power, and these alliances were jealous of its power, and wanted a piece of the pie. The other camp maintains that the NPO was an imperialist warmonger who inspired hate amongst the lower ranks treated with contempt by the NPO, and that these alliances rose up, releasing their hatred of the alliance in a frenzy. Others joined because they felt obligated as a result of MDPs.
Whatever the reason, the war was nothing short of devastating. Roughly three-hundred nukes were launched by both sides, and in the lower ranks nations were prone to gang up on other nations of the opposing force and ripping them apart. In the top ranks, it was an all-out war with nukes tossed between both sides in vicious cycles of destruction. The exact tally may never be known, but the damages incurred by the war must at least be in the billions.
On the 21st of July, Sei Pistole, one of the NPO’s Alliance Councilors, announced Alliance Councilor Nosedondekistan was being ousted as a traitor. What followed was the unraveling of a secret society called the Coven, a group akin to the Illuminati, which had high-ranking members in key alliances. There was Nosedondekistan in the Alliance Council, EvilCartyen, the Director of Intelligence for the Legion, and, perhaps most shocking of all, the Assembly Chairwoman of GATO, Yoda, was in on the scheme. In the aftermath of this revelation, both sides declared a ceasefire to sort things out, but unable to come to terms, and continued to fight.
However, at this point, the war was at a stalemate, both sides having fought each other to a standstill. There appeared to be no clear victor, and neither side was willing to budge. Then, in a move that left everybody stunned, the Legion declared war on the NPO, as a result of an IRC conversation in which key government figures in the NPO discussed getting back at the Legion for not coming to their aid.
The Legion involvement was brief. After about 2 days, a separate peace deal was reached. After an apology by Ivan and Tyga, and the resignation of Tyga as emperor, the Legion would cease attacks. The NPO and NpO followed through, with Tyga resigning and appointing Electron Sponge as his successor.
Though the Legion would be in the fight for a brief time, it left the NPO seriously damaged, and the Legion the world's most powerful alliance. With NPO declining down the ranks quickly, they went to the peace table, and after much politicking with the CoaLUEtion, achieved peace and so the Great War ended. The NPO was devastated, and the Legion was (for now) the world superpower.
Part 6: PeaceEdit
With the war over, the next step was rebuilding, which each of the combatants did with a vigor. In a breathtakingly short amount of time, NPO has risen from the ashes of war, and with Pacifican funds flowing through alliance nations, the NPO quickly rebuilt and by the end of the month, the NPO had surpassed prewar strength.
Unlike before, however, they no longer had a giant gap in front of all competitors. GATO was hot on their heels, having also recovered spectatularly, and behind the top two was the Legion, once again in number three.
However, to claim that these alliances alone were of the only importance is fraud. Many other alliances were taking their places amongst the big wigs. The ODN was a slower growing but tight-knit organization of older members. The Independent Republic of Orange Nations (IRON) had joined the ranks of masked alliances, as had the NAAC and Coalition of Dark States, having changed their name and moved to the Black Team. The ICSN became part of the International Communist Party (ICP), creating the largest left-wing alliance since the ICSN hemorrhaged most of its membership after the NPO attacked.
There were also new alliances, such as the Green Viridian Entente (VE) and most notably the Goon Order of Neutral Shoving (GOONS). Hailing from the 80,000 member strong Something Awful community, they quickly commenced what has been described as an "OMGGOONRUSH" and quickly gained several hundred members, an astonishing feat.
New pacts were being made, with so many NAPs being signed they cannot all be listed here. Most notably, the Legion and ODN signed an MDP making them tight-knit allies. New lines were being drawn as old allies drifted apart and found new comrades.
With the end of August, outright war had become a thing of the past, replaced by peaceful competition between alliances. The NPO regained the top spot, but this time there was a close competitor. New alliances had joined the fray, and a new web of alliances was being spun. It was a time of prosperity after the war, rebuilding and growth.
Part 7: Shattering the IceEdit
As like August, the month of September was passing slowly and without much event. A few rogue nukings, a few treaties (Notably the solidification of an ODN-NAAC-GATO-Legion power block). While there was the notable founding of /b/, an alliance intending to destroy but deciding that the job was much more than they bargained for and decided to go legit. But overall, an uneventful month. Until the last weekend.
In a stunning turn of events, Ivan Moldavi of the New Pacific Order resigned from his post as Emperor on September 30, appointing Dilber as his successor. The event left most CNers stunned. Moldavi had been a constant, running the NPO since its inception. Now, for the first time, he was no longer the Emperor and retired to the backrooms. It also resulted in some shuffling of the internal structure of the NPO.
In another shocking move Grand Global Alliance staged a coup which resulted in the removal of Prodigal Chieftain as Emperor and Empress Atherton leaving the alliance. The overthrow of power was due to continued grievances against the GGA, such as disregard for the Charter and Government, as well as insulting the newly appointed Emperor of the NPO. The GGA became embroiled in an internal power struggle as Prodigal Chieftain did not go down gracefully.
Upon the departure of Prodigal Chieftain and Atherton, The New Pacific Order, who has always been hostile in diplomatic relations with the GGA, officially recognized the new government. As far as the New Pacific Order was concerned, PC was the only real problem they had with the Grand Global Alliance. Shortly after things settled down, an MDP between the GGA and the NPO was announced, the Roundtable Accords. This was an unprecedented move which sent the Cyberverse reeling, as within hours of PC's removal, former enemies were now allies. In addition, an MDP between the CDS and the GGA, The Brothers-to-Brothers Pact, was signed, a surprising move as the CDS had started out as ex-GGA members disgusted with their emperor.
As September drew to a close, a period of rapid change had left the Cyberverse struggling to comprehend the extent of what had happened. Perhaps only time will tell in that regard.
Part 8: COUPToberEdit
By October, the lull that had persisted since the Great War continued, as the longest period of peace in the history of Cybernations worked into an unprecedented third month. However, by October, peace would be somewhat of a misnomer, as tensions would continue to rise between major alliances. The aftershock of OMG Weekend would continue to be felt, as a flurry of activity smashed the icy peace that had dominated September. The first was the signing of a full-fledged alliance between the New Pacific Order, New Polar Order, and the GOONS. This self-styled Axis of Awesome™ would be subject to divided opinion: those who thought it was a great diplomatic success for the newly crowned Emperor Dilber, and those who attacked it as a group cemented by hubris and jingoism.
Dilber clearly showed that he was not going to pursue the diplomatically isolated style of his predecessor. In addition to the alliance with GOONS, he signed a pact of Mutual Defense with the Green alliance Viridian Entente. As with the previous treaty, this pact had mixed reactions, with the cyberverse either congratulating the two alliances or attacking it. However, Egore, founder and leader of the VE, announced that they did not consider themselves a member of the Axis of Awesome™ and asserted their independence, in an attempt to end the criticism of their alliance.
With OMG Weekend to crack the ice, it seemed that the quiet of the previous month had been discarded by the side of the road. The next major event would concern the New Polar Order, and GATO. This controversy would arise due to none other than Grenval, the formerly disgraced Minister of Domestic Affairs. Since the GARO controversy, he had gradually rehabilitated his reputation within the Global Alliance to the point that he was able to make a successful run for Foreign Minister. His election provoked an incredulous response from the international community. One observer was seen to remark “You elected Grenval for Foreign Affairs!?” Nonetheless, GATO gave their confidence to him.
Things would not go well this time for Grenval either. For a while, it seemed he would have a promising term in office. However, things were about to be turned upside down. In the midst of a scandal which had already erupted, Grenval would inadvertently set off a firestorm once again.
Chado Kun was one of many people who set about attempting to infiltrate an alliance. In his case, he succeeded in gaining membership in NPO. While there, he found the jewel of any spy’s stash of information: the GOONS personal calculator, which could tell the user what trades to obtain, what to do with the money they would gain. In other words, it told the user how to maximize their nation to its fullest potential. Before Chado Kun would be able to obtain the veritable mass of information the likes of the Coven would collect, however, he was exposed by the administration for having two nations, and as a result, after having both nations deleted, Chado Kun posted the calculator and made it downloadable for the public. Although the moderation staff deleted the topic, it had already been downloaded by several people.
It was at this point that Grenval would make a post describing GATO’s thoughts on the fate of Chado Kun. Almost immediately, members of the NPO and NpO emperor Electron Sponge began belittling Grenval, calling him a "f***ing troll". In the course of the ensuing debate, Grenval claimed GATO had secretly harbored a policy of not recognizing the NpO. Though GATO officials denied the charges, the damage was done. A firestorm erupted which resulted in the resignations of Grenval and GATO’s Assembly Chairman Letum, the former for his remarks to the NpO, the latter for stating the Global Alliance recognized the NpO without the approval of the General Assembly. What followed was a confusing period where nobody was exactly sure of GATO’s policy. In the end, it would be announced GATO would discuss the issue among themselves and make their announcement when a consensus was reached. Rather than die down, however, the flames only got worse.
Electron Sponge, after about a week of waiting for a decision, became impatient and made an ultimatum. According to Sponge, GATO had 24 hours to make a decision or else. He had grown tired of conflicting and confusing statements from GATO leaders and it only took so much before his patience finally snapped. GATO resolved to ignore the ultimatum as an attempt to put them on trial before the Cyberverse, and let the deadline pass by. In response, ES announced a severing of diplomatic relations with GATO, annulling a GATO-NpO NAP which was part of the surrender terms after the Great War, and revoking the recognition of GATO, instead considering them as a puppet of the LUEnited Nations. The NPO and GOONS would sever diplomatic ties with GATO, but did not revoke recognition. Electron Sponge’s announcement resulted in derision by members of the international community, particularly by LUE and GATO, the latter referring to themselves as “LuE” to mock the NpO. Later, Letum (who had regained his position of Chairman by this time) made an announcement in which GATO recognized the NpO as a sovereign political alliance, but not a military one. In other words, they would act independently of the NPO on political matters, but would tag along on military ones. Many viewed the announcement as a response to the going threat of a possible war, but GATO did not.
At this point, it seemed the issue would burn for a short time, and then die out to be replaced by high and mounting tension between the two sides. However, it was not to be. Events were about to take a more bizarre turn.
COUPtober was so-called because of the number of coups that seemed to take place. While there were many, including a joke LUE one (The RevoLUEtionaries v. Soviet LUEnion) it would be the GATO coup which would cement this name in CN history.
The catalyst was Depraved. Disgusted with the state of GATO, he returned to the alliance he founded, with the intent to sort things out. Most assumed he would run for a position in the up-coming Cabinet elections. None were prepared for the course of action he would take. After regaining administrative powers on the GATO forums, he took the offsite board offline. When they came back up, Depraved had removed all administrative powers other than his own, and had demasked all government officials. He made a post in the Assembly Lobby declaring that the old government deposed and that he would take control of GATO as a dictator until further notice. At first, the Letum government attempted to keep things quiet while Chris Kaos, who had returned to GATO during the NpO-GATO furor, tried to play double agent to stop Depraved’s coup. However, Depraved then made an announcement of his coup on the public forums, bringing the issue into the spotlight.
If Depraved thought his coup would gain the support of GATO, he was mistaken. Despite his fiery rhetoric asking for support in a reformed GATO, he found himself with virtually no support from the alliance. While some members of the international community (rather notably the Axis of Awesome™) supported the coup, others rejected it. condemned the attempted seizure of power. GATO’s allies for the most part continued to recognize the old government. GATO made a new board and, with the help of some foreigners, managed to inform the majority of members about the new forums. With little official support from the international community or GATO, and with a new board rapidly growing, and having been branded as a traitor by GATO's leadership, Depraved closed the old forums and joined GOONS.
It is important to note, however, that it was not the goals of Depraved's coup which effectively erased support within the alliance. Rather, it was widely agreed the Letum government had serious problems within it and something had to be done. However, the coup was viewed by many as being contrarian to the ideals of GATO, and as such the vast majority of the membership rejected his coup.
In the midst of this chaos, the Nationalistic Germanic alliances Volksleitung and the Prussian Federation merged to form a new alliance, the Nordreich, rapidly gaining over 150 members. After signing an MDP with the NpO, Nordreich became a proud member of the Axis of Awesome™.
As October drew to a close, tension was growing and the lull of the previous months was shattered. Whether or not they realized it, most alliances were digging their trenches.
Part 9: Tension of OppositesEdit
November was a month of opposites. Planet Bob saw a clash of left and right during the maroon wars. Additionally, it saw the epitomes of rogue and anti-rogue. CNARF will live on in infamy as an example of controversial anti-rogue action. Likewise, Project Entropy will long be remembered for its daring plan to show Planet Bob the true power of nuclear rogues.
Jeebus provided the inspiration for the members of Project Entropy after leaving the game in a nuclear blaze. San Marco, PHD89, Lord Snow, x.lt, St. Patrick, wooster and Phoenix89 decided to follow his example. They planned to hit GATO and the LUEnited Nations with approximately 200 nukes on a historically significant day (the one year anniversary of CN‘s creation, Thanksgiving, November 5, etc.). However, Project Entropy did not proceed as planned.
Security was incredibly lax at Entropy’s headquarters in the hope of attracting more nations to take part in the strike. While this provided the group with a few new accomplices (notably Smoked, who had 11 nukes) it lead to easy infiltration by spies. Soon, Project Entropy had become the laughing stock of nearly every alliance. Anti-Entropy action was planned, but poorly carried out. San Marco was attacked multiple hours before the other members of Project Entropy, allowing them a chance to ready their defenses. Adding to the confusion, multiple non-Entropy members were accidently attacked.
Estimates concerning the number of nuclear weapons launched vary widely - CNQ claims approximately 25 were launched, while San Marco firmly believes the number hovers around the 50 mark. Regardless, the Global Radiation Level was heavily impacted. Project Entropy nations soon disbanded, with most of them sending their technology to the Orders. Their choice was based on the Great War; members felt that the Orders had been just in their attacks.
While San Marco and Project Entropy wound down, a new conflict seized the attention of the Cyberverse. By November, the Green Team was no longer considered the Balkans of Cybernations. With the departure of Prodigal Chieftain, the Green Team had quickly improved relations with each other to the point that the flame fests of lore had become a thing of the past. VE, CIS and /b/ were becoming major green alliances and all five managed to co-exist peacefully. However, a new team came to the forefront; at first, with MDC, Nordreich, ONOS, TTK, and a variety of other alliances getting along, Maroon seemed to be peaceful.
When the admin team announced the new one sanctioned alliance per team policy, maroon jumped to secure their sanction. It was immediately suggested by Cheyenne that a treaty be written up to protect the maroon sanction from outsiders, and Ferrous, with the help of King IB, quickly wrote one up for ratification. The treaty signing was going rather slowly until ICP announced intentions to move to maroon.
Immediately the alliances saw the semi major alliance as a threat and signed the treaty rapidly, until almost every Maroon alliance had become a signatory of the Balkans Accords. They threatened to sanction any ICP member who made the switch to Maroon, which was considered an act of war by the ICP side. Next, Nordreich revealed a detailed intelligence report which showed the hostile intents of the ICP, leading to the revelation there was a spy in the ICP. It looked for the moment as if war would break out with a fury. It did.
At the height of Maroon-ICP tension, a member of the ICP defected and minutes later nuked Kaiser Martens, emperor of Nordreich, who immediately responded by declaring war on the ICP, and was swiftly followed by their allies in the Balkans Accords. While the ICP had considerable numbers on their side, the Nordreich and their allies had the advantage of numbers from the beginning, even when ICP called in their MDP partners, SRI, EoS, S37 and ODS. With more communist alliances joining, AoA alliances GOONS and NpO joined their allies Nordreich and attacked the ICP. It looked like the ICP and company would face harsh terms of peace. Team Maroonica, as the maroon warriors had dubbed themselves, seemed to have full control of the war and could have imposed virtually any requirements for peace. But it was not so.
News of a full and unconditional peace from Team Maroonica came only two days after the NpO and GOONs joined the assault. Considering that Nordreich had previously demanded the dissolution of their enemies before the NpO and GOONS joined, this was a surprising move. At first nobody outside of the Maroon Alliances knew why, but the truth soon came out. NAAC and several other CoaLUEtion alliances had begun plans to defend the ICP, and Nordreich did not want a war with the CoaLUEtion, and as such offered peace to prevent a Second Great War.
It shortly came to light that NpO and GOONS were not at all happy wth the unconditional peace, and their relations with Nordreich deteriorated accordingly. However, other than in this regard, the episode ended happily. The ICP wisely chose to move to Pink, where they were welcomed by fellow pink alliance LUE, who signed an MDP with the ICP. Maroon continued to grow and unite, with the Northern Defense Front being signed between many Maroon alliances. Over the coming weeks, Nordreich and the ICP would put aside their differences and begin to work towards better diplomatic relations.
The third and final controversy of November surrounded the Cyber Nations Anti-Rogue force (CNARF), which was founded by prominent GATO member Walford (future Minister of Defense). The membership was open to any people of any alliance, and included many members from other CoaLUEtion alliances such as NAAC. The stated purpose of CNARF was to defend independent nations from rogues, and just like the debated definition of a rogue, many people were quick to criticize the actions that CNARF would undertake, and their possible selective process against rogues.
However, the most debated criticism of CNARF involved the inclusion of GATO into the organized attacks. After the Rogue was attacked, if the member of CNARF was attacked by the rogue, GATO would send military and financial aid to assist the CNARF member. Mainly members of the Goons and New Pacific Order criticized such actions, calling CNARF the militant wing of GATO, and another attempt at a “world police force.” (bucked from wikipedia) The given purpose was to deter their targets from gathering a group to counter-attack. Critics countered that participants should be denied protection from their alliances and that CNARF functions as an alliance.
The Peak of the CNARF controversy occurred when GGA Triumvir Bilrow and Elder Statesman Kevin the Great announced that GGA would begin a war games exercise against unaligned nations. The obvious purpose was to provoke CNARF, stating implicitly the issue that if CNARF attacked the GGA, it would escalate into a global conflict. However, the war games were cancelled when it was revealed that the remaining Triumvirs and Elder Statesmen had not consented to the war games, thereby stating that Bilrow and Kevin had acted unconstitutionally. Though they were forced to take a leave of absence, the damage was done.
The actions of the GGA drew a huge amount of criticism, mainly from their Allies in the CoaLUEtion side of the web. Ultimately, LUE and NAAC cancelled their Mutual Defense Pacts with the GGA, and due to NPO emperor Dilber’s statement defending GGA neutrality, the GGA was ultimately pushed toward the Axis of Awesome side of the MDP web.
And so with the peace of the preceding months shattered, the cyberverse would edge ever closer to chaos in the eternal dance of fate, which wound its way into December
Part 10: Beyond the PrecipiceEdit
The months of December and January would see the Cyberverse driven to the brink, and then beyond it. By the end of December, war was inevitable. By the end of January it had passed. The turn of events that would come to Cybernations would permanently alter the political landscape, leaving behind a world once again transformed. These two months would usher in a new era, for better or for worse, for the Cyberverse.
The month of December on its own is of little significance. It was largely a series of near misses that came within inches of bringing chaos to Planet Bob. Perhaps most significantly, the month of December would give rise to the Cyberverse’s first true power blocs. Before, alliances had been held together by a tangled and confusing web of Mutual Defense Pacts which served mainly to befuddle those who attempted to understand it. This web was more or less replaced by four major power blocs. They were the Grand Union of Alliances for Rapport and Defense (GUARD), the Initiative, the Northern Defense Front (NDF), and the League.
GUARD was the first of these extended alliances, jointly founded by the North Atlantic Defense Coalition (NADC), the Organized Nations of Superiority (ONOS), and the Commonwealth of Sovereign Nations (CSN), as an alternative to the confusion of the MDP Web. They would later be joined by The Templar Knights (TTK), the Tri-Color Federation (TCF) and the United Sovereign Nations (USN). While the eldest of these blocs, it would be dwarfed by its successors.
The Initiative was the second of these major power blocs. It began as a four-way MADP between the alliances of FAN, GOONS, NPO, and NpO, but more alliances would be invited to join until it became the largest and most powerful of the power blocs. At its height, the Initiative consisted of the NPO, NpO, GOONS, FAN, \m/, VE, TOP, GGA, CIS, MDC, and NoR (who by now had made amends with their former allies.)
In the aftermath of the Maroon Wars in November, the Maroon sphere found itself more unified than ever. They would come to coalesce into a power bloc consisting of many, but mostly weaker alliances, known as the Northern Defense Front. After the collapse of relations between the Nordreich and the Orders, the NDF severed its ties to the Initiative and League and became a neutral alliance dedicated to the protection of its own members. Many Maroon alliances would join the ranks of the NDF, but internal conflict between OIN and the other members over which side of the web to side with in Great War II would led to division. The Maroon Defense Coalition was the first to leave, convincing Nordreich to follow - both would join the World Unity Treaty later. After the departure of Nordreich, the pact was dissolved. All signatories would go on to participate in Great War II, in a twist of irony, the majority on the side of the World Unity Treaty.
Months before any of the other power blocs had formed, in the offsite forums of ODN, the alliances of ODN, GATO, LUE, CDS, NAAC, and the Legion began discussing the possibilities of an extended Mutual Aggression Pact. This was in no small part intended to counter the increasing number of allies the NPO was bringing into its fold. This pact never came to fruition due to opposition from the ODN and Legion to the idea, fearing the Aggressive aspects of the pact, but it would serve a purpose. The Spectrum Defense Accord as it was known would lay the groundwork for The League, an extended MDP between LOSS, NAAC, GOLD, LUE, GATO, ICP, CDS, and ACID alliances.
Besides the cementation of the power blocs, it was a near miss that almost triggered a massive war that would stand as the major event of December.
In November, the LOSS member New Reverie began a mass-messaging campaign to earn himself a seat on the Red Senate. To the surprise of many, he succeeded, infuriating the New Pacific Order. In response, the NPO issued a decree that stated they more or less owned the Red Team and informed New Reverie and LOSS that he must leave or LOSS and New Reverie would face dire consequences. The incident seemed to be a minor one, as New Reverie was thrown off the Red Team Senate and the NPO toned down its harsh policy in the face of international criticisms.
In December, the controversy would again rise when Emperor Dilber of the NPO published several PMs from New Reverie which attempted to rile up the independent red voters against the NPO. Citing this and the previous incident, they demanded New Reverie leave the Red Team or face dire consequences. LOSS censured New Reverie but did not follow through with the NPO’s demands. Tensions neared the boiling point. The Legion, in opposition of the world’s climate, ordered most of its nations into peace mode in a gesture of protest to the growing threat of war.
It would not be grand gestures but the unpredictability of Planet Bob that prevented war. Just when it seemed hostilities would break out, the server crashed and burned, remaining down for a number of days. By the time Admin (Peace be upon him) had managed to restore the server, the threat had passed. But not for long.
This time, the world would go to war over the issue of the alliance Farkistan, who came to CN in early January. A long-standing feud between Something Awful and FARK, the home site of Farkistan and GOONS ensured Farkistan would be controversial from its very inception. When several posts by Farkers talking about attacking GOONS and a LUEser who said he would bankroll them found their way to the GOONS, they immediately attacked Farkistan. From there, things went downhill.
LUE, who felt it wrong for GOONS to attack another alliance over feuds which had nothing to do with CN, intervened by declaring war on the GOONS members attacking the Farkers (It should be noted at the time of the GOONS attack Fark had no treaties with any alliance). Over the following night, trickles of Initiative nations quietly began to attack LUE members who had attacked GOONS nations, but were quickly noticed. In response, the alliances of GATO and NAAC declared war on the Initiative. From there, the remaining alliances on both sides jumped aboard the bandwagon: GWII had begun.
This time, it was the League, consisting of mostly CoaLUEtion nations, which fared worse. Having jumped in quickly, GATO in particular were ill prepared for the war, and were hit badly. The small but highly efficient, organized TOP wreaked havoc on the GATO upper ranks, while FAN blunted the NAAC assault. The Initiative quickly proved they were far more prepared for this war than the League. The war ended quickly after LUE left the League, recognizing they were bogging down their allies in the League by refusing to declare peace, and vowed to continue their war against the NPO. Many were surprised with how quickly the proceedings came to a conclusion.
Indeed, some maintain calling it a “Great War” or “World War” is inaccurate due to the short length of the conflict. Also, it has been noted that with the exception of nuclear rogues, the conflict was largely kept from going nuclear. The war officially ended on February 4, when LUE accepted the surrender terms of the Initiative, but the war between GOONS and Fark is still ongoing.
Controversy remains over the cause of war. The Initiative maintains that a war-hungry League, led by GATO and LUE, aggressively attacked them with no valid legal reason for doing so. The League disagrees, maintaining they involved themselves because GOONS had no right to dictate whether or not an alliance should exist. Truly, the blame falls in the lap of both groups, who wanted war and were looking for an excuse for it. If the world had not come to war then, it would have been later and for a different issue.
By the time January had concluded, LUE was gone as a military power and all but done for as an alliance, the League was unraveling at the seams, and the nations of these alliances were crippled by the war. All the while, the Initiative quickly rebuilt itself and was prospering. The NPO had risen from its post-GWI nadir and had once again climbed to the top of the pile.
Part 11: Total Annihilation Edit
After GWII, an uneasy peace took hold of CyberNations. A defeated League disbanded, its alliances reverting to its traditional defense pacts, while the Initiative not only consolidated its power, but began to find new friends in small and upcoming alliances. Hatred remained between each side—the former League alliances decrying Initiative misuse of power while WUT signatories attacked the petty corruption and covert attempts to undermine the group. The months of March and April 2007 would be the most destructive months in the history of CyberNations, suffering its greatest single conflict and the disbandment and color relocation of numerous alliances.
On February 24, 2007, Sister Midnight, the President of the Independent Republic of Orange Nations, revealed and condemned the LUEnited Nations, still crippled from the previous war, for posts on the website 4chan.org that not only derided the New Pacific Order, but also made jokes pertaining to racial slurs. The condemnations from other alliances were countless and, after a few days, LUE ejected Pointicus, Buzzard, and SolarS from the alliance, reaffirming that it in no way condoned or supported the statements on 4chan or the resulting discussion in its own IRC channels. However, the damage was done, and the incident cast a shadow over the post-war leadership of LUE.
As the world discussed potential future “Great Wars”, the international community was shocked by the revelation of private logs between Sir Galahad, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Legion, and Vincent Xander, Assembly Chairman of the Global Treaty and Alliance Organization. In the conversation, Vincent Xander proposed, argued, and demanded that Legion assist GATO in undermining the New Pacific Order and the Initiative diplomatically. Sir Galahad responded with little interest and chastised Xander for attempting underhanded tactics and being obsessive about the Orders. In response, the government of GATO fell under intense criticism from Initiative alliances while Sir Galahad and Legion were hailed for their even-handedness and honesty. Initially interpreted as a desire to attack the Order militarily, Xander retorted that he only wished to combat them diplomatically, but was never able to sufficiently appease his critics or regain Initiative trust—a failure that would ultimately prove fatal. In an infamous “apology”, Ivan Moldavi, Commandante of the NPO with the passage of the War Powers Act, stated “If the Order followed my will the nations of GATO would be at war with the nations of Pacifica as I type this. Your irreverent attitude towards myself and those that stand beside me is unacceptable and intolerable. It is a failing that you are not answering for your actions.”
The post-GWII peace was finally broken with the outbreak of the Saint Patrick’s Day Massacre. On March 17, Nordreich launched a surprise attack against the Libertarian Socialist Front, noting its recent and incessant accusations of Nazism within NoR ranks. The war quickly escalated when FCO, Global Democratic Alliance, and The Syndicate joined in on the side of NoR and Byzantine Empire, Socialist Workers Front, and EC joined on the side of LSF. The fighting ensued for about two days when the Internationale (or “Leftist Bloc”) surrendered. The first to surrender was BE, and after that a 24-hour ceasefire was declared. Soon, the EC surrendered, and finally, the LSF and SWF accepted a white peace with NoR, the Germanic alliance attaining a decisive victory over its historic rivals.
Two days after the initial declaration from Nordreich, the Third Great War began. By far, Great War III was the bloodiest, most destructive, and widespread conflict in the history of CyberNations, involving over 50 alliances and thousands upon thousands of nations. The military casualties of Great War III alone outnumber all the casualties of all other conflicts in CN history—combined.
On March 19, 2007, Emperor TrotskysRevenge of the New Pacific Order declared war on the Global Alliance and Treaty Organization, along with \m/, the Grand Global Alliance, and the Maroon Defense Coalition, along with statements of moral support from other Initiative alliances, starting the Third Great War. After a day of neutrality declarations, the war exploded in earnest on March 21, with declarations by the National Alliance of Arctic Countries (who would primarily fight the New Polar Order), the Legion (the Federation of Armed Nations and the Order of the Paradox), We Are Perth Army (\m/), the League of Small Superpowers (the Viridian Entente), and to the surprise of many, /b/ (the Viridian Entente), against various Initiative alliances, both actively engaged and passively supporting. Initiative alliances railed against the alliances intervening on GATO’s behalf, ridiculing them for engaging alliances who were not actively involved in the war, and berated /b/ for breaking its neutrality. In response for the later, the Viridian Entente declared that it would fight until /b/ disbanded, espousing cautious support from its allies and criticism from GATO and its allies. A few hours after the Legion declared war, the Global Democratic Alliance declared war on the Legion honoring it's Mutual Defense Pact with the New Pacific Order.
The war continued to expand on March 22, with declarations by countless alliances from both sides, including the mobilization of the Sphere, a bloc of small alliances led into the war by the Blue Turtle Alliance, against the Confederacy of Independent States, the declaration of the Orange Defense Network against the Goon Order of Neutral Shoving, the entrance of the LUEnited Nations and Coalition of Defensive States against the Initiative, and the expansion of the “Green Civil War”, or the fight between the Viridian Entente and /b/, by declarations of the Cross-X Alliance, the Multi-Colored Coalition Force, and the Illuminati against /b/. The last major declarations occurred on March 23, with the entrance of the Socialist Workers Front against the Initiative and Nordreich against the SWF—only five days since the beginning of the previous and short Second Maroon War.
Giving themselves the moniker of “AEGIS”, named after the unbreakable mythological shield of the Greek god Athena, GATO and its allies formed a loose coalition of alliances bent on breaking Initiative power, but the true optimism or belief in the mission has been called into question as of late. AEGIS forces, while numerous and constantly growing with the entrance of other small alliances (most notably Ronin and Old Guard), were outgunned statistically and completely out maneuvered by Initiative forces. Legion alone regularly lost anywhere from 250,000 to 750,000 total nation strength a day while never dealing more than 200,000 NS to FAN and TOP—its primary targets. Surrenders on the part of AEGIS alliances began on March 27, beginning with a trickle of minor alliances, followed by the exit and disbandment of the Sphere MDP bloc on March 29.
/b/ leaders eventually lost interest in the war and with little warning, started raiding the forums. The evening of the 30th, members of /b/ spread child pornography, animal mutilation, and bestiality throughout the forums—including the /b/ Emperor, Raptor Jesus. Acting quickly, Imperial Regent Furseiseki, who wasn't directly involved in the attacks, disbanded the alliance in an attempt to protect uninvolved /b/ nations from repercussions. AEGIS nations immediately disassociated themselves from /b/ as the incident took place, with NAAC declaring that it would cease offensive operations temporarily, despite an Initiative response that their attacks on the alliance would continue.
During a short period immediately following this incident, the Cyberverse descended into a short “Dark Age”, a period from which no records can be found. Theories around this period vary from the suggestion that Planet Bob suffered interference from a Coronal Mass Ejection aimed directly at it, to the religious proposition that God cast the world into shadow. Survivors of the period tend to be quiet in reference to it, stating simply that everybody went on vacation.
As Planet Bob emerged from the Dark Age, the war continued. However, the outcome of the war had become very clear to all alliances involved and AEGIS alliances began to surrender en masse. New Reverie, Consul of LOSS, attempting to find a way out of relocating to the Pink Team as demanded by the Initiative, surrendered once to terms that had already been withdrawn, requiring it to surrender twice to the Viridian Entente and its allies. GATO and Legion eventually surrendered to Initiative forces while the National Alliance of Arctic Countries, the LUEnited Nations, and Socialist Workers Front, either unable to find peace or unwilling to accept it, ultimately disbanded. AEGIS was defeated.
The Third Great War ended with the entirety of Planet Bob exhausted and wearied from war. Historical alliances disappeared from the Cyberverse and the Initiative remained entirely uncontested—not only were their enemies defeated, but completely destroyed. Initiative dominance was completely secured and unchallengeable.
Part 12: The Post-War and Realignment Edit
After Great War III the question pervading Cybernations was simple in concept, but infinitely complex to answer—now what? Of the once major AEGIS powers, only the Orange Defense Network, The Legion, and the Global Alliance and Treaty Organization remained of any significant strength, the three each residing between 1 and 3 million NS. Fueled by hope, jealousy, or foresight, the single greatest prediction was that the Initiative would turn on itself, no longer held together by a common enemy. While a singular WUT Civil War did not occur, the post-war period proved to be a time of enormous change for the Initiative, and all of Planet Bob, as alliances left it by various means—free will, forced ejection, and disbandment.
The post-war period received its first surprise before all fronts of the war had officially concluded when the Viridian Entente announced that it was not only canceling its signature to the World Unity Treaty, removing it from the Initiative, but was also canceling all of its other previous Mutual Defense Pacts with the New Pacific Order, the Confederacy of Independent States, and the Grand Global Alliance. The response was nothing less than absolute shock as, save for a handful of Initiative leaders, none had been informed of the planned move. In its announcement, the VE reaffirmed its friendship with its old allies, but maintained that “its time in the Initiative had passed.” Leaders of AEGIS and former AEGIS alliances celebrated the move and hailed Egore, the Lord of the Viridian Entente, for it. Conversely, while Initiative alliances professed that the relationship between them and the Entente was still strong, they criticized the realignment as being foolish and shortsighted.
The first signs of post-war tensions emerged on April 11, when Furytear, the Secretary of State for the Independent Republic of Orange Nations, made an announcement regarding Maccers the Great, a former IRON member who had moved to the Orange Defense Network, who had apparently released confidential information in a public channel. After approaching ODN in an attempt to have him diplomatically removed from the group before attacking him, Maccers began to mobilize a military and purchase additional nuclear weapons. Rather than wait and allow their target to continue to purchase nukes that would be presumably used against them, IRON attacked Maccers before ODN could finish investigating him. The resulting response a day later, on April 12, from ODN was not one of Maccers’ ejection, but rather ODN’s complete surrender to IRON, canceling the long standing NAP and PIATs between the two groups. In the peace negotiations between the two, Maccers finally declared his boredom with the Cyberverse and departed it, granting his nation to the ODN to be used as a bank. IRON accepted the transaction of power as acceptable and the issue concluded. Relations between the two alliances would heal quickly, as evidenced by their signatures, along with The Order of the Paradox, to the Orange Unity Senate Treaty on April 26.
Late April saw a flurry of new treaties and friendships as former AEGIS alliances coped with heavy surrender terms, often prohibiting the signing of new Mutual Defense Pacts. One significant example was the establishment of Coral Accords on April 25, a multi-lateral Treaty of Amity pulling together the new major powers of the Pink Team in the wake of the disbandment of the LUEnited Nations: the League of Small Superpowers, the Libertarian Socialist Federation, United Nations of Outsider, M. Carter Brown, and the Phoenix Police Force. Another would be the disbandment of The Sphere MDP bloc very shortly after its withdrawal from the war, the alliances once comprising it distanced by the revelation that the reasoning used by Master Debater of the Blue Turtle Alliance to bring the bloc into the war was actually false. Alliances that had fought on the side of the Initiative also enjoyed change; the Multi-Colored Coalition Force and the Cross-X Alliance, who had fought against /b/ in the war, had grown extremely close and, on April 25, merged into the Multicolored Cross-X Alliance, or MCXA.
However, the biggest event of April 25, although it did not quite appear to be so at the time, would be in regard to Nordreich. Wartides14, the NoR Minister of the Interior, declared to the public that Nordreich had unveiled a plot by Stormfront, a white supremacy group, to undermine NoR and turn it into an alliance to promote and promulgate racist ideals. NoR immediately declared on those it had determined to be Stormfront members, in addition to declaring on the Shield Wall alliance, supposedly the Stormfront stronghold. The situation continued to complicate when, on May 1, Leviathan XIII, Reichsmarschall of NoR, revealed that the Stormfront infiltration of the group was far greater than previously expected, declaring that Sigmund Ceowulf, the root administrator of the NoR forums, as well as NoR member Humanophage, where the primary leaders of the planned Stormfront coup. Nordreich moved to new forums and continued on. However, later that evening, Kaiser Martens, the Reichskaiser of Nordreich, announced that Leviathan XIII had been manipulating him for his own extremist ends, declared Leviathan an enemy of NOR, and apologized to Sigmund Ceowulf and Humanophage. While the public supported Martens, a handful began to suggest that not all was well within NOR, and that the issue had still not yet been settled.
Finally, on May 2, Kaiser Martens publicly announced that it was he who had orchestrated the entire mess, expressed regret for betraying his friends, and in one final act, removed Nordreich from the Initiative, before vacating office and leaving NoR, announcing his intent to create and lead a new Germanic alliance in the near future and stating that all those who remained in NoR were Nazis. While the surprise of the event echoed through the Cyberverse, the New Pacific Order, along with the rest of the Initiative, backed Martens’ Nazi accusation with arms, voicing threats of war soon to come to those who did not leave the group. While a handful of long-time NoR members, such as Velka Fatra and Imperial-Cubanacan attempted to save the group, the threats served as the final nail in the coffin; nations began to pour out of the crumbling alliance and, for all intents and purposes, Nordreich disbanded, its nations scattering, with many following Kaiser Martens to his new alliance, Norden Verein.
The evening of May 3 also resulted in the departure of a WUT signatory: The Confederacy of Independent States. Over the weeks prior to its ejection from WUT, the CIS had been internally discussing and debating its options in regard to its alignment and place in the Initiative, with many members feeling that perhaps it would be better to remove itself from the group. With the end of the Third Great War, the CIS' MoFA approached the Orange Defense Network, discussing various ideas about aligning if and when the Confederacy left the Initiative. These discussions led to the proposal of an MDP between the two, which the CIS proceeded to vote on while ODN continued to discuss it internally. While the voting was taking place, a few Initiative alliances caught wind of the Confederacy’s ideas and approached the CIS about them, at which point Spakistan, Supreme Councilman of the CIS, who notably had been inactive for several days prior to the incident stated in a private conversation“"no MDP [had been] written". Later that day, Spakistan proposed the idea to the entire Initiative, oblivious to the extent at which the idea had progressed, at which point his earlier statement was attacked for being a lie.
In addition to this, logs between Kevanovia, Minister of External Affairs for CIS, and Soccerbum, Deputy Secretary General of ODN, discussing ideas pertaining to submissive/assistant alliances were leaked to Initiative leaders, who interpreted it as a suggestion of CIS becoming a submissive alliance to the ODN. However, nowhere in the discussion was CIS ever mentioned, both parties attesting that it was no more than idle speculation and a suggestion that the ODN create a new alliance submissive to itself—without anything to do with CIS other than that it was the idea of a CIS member. It should be noted that no evidence of such logs was ever made public. Nonetheless, the Initiative voted to expel the Confederacy of the Independent States a few days later. Strangely enough, in the public announcement of CIS’ ejection, Confederate leaders claimed that they had already voted to leave the Initiative voluntarily, but had simply delayed in publicly announcing it. In addition to removing the CIS from the Initiative, the Grand Global Alliance proceeded to cancel its signature to United Green, the MADP between itself and CIS (as the VE had already canceled its signature), effectively cutting CIS off from WUT.
April ended with the world stage shifted—the World Unity Treaty had lost three of its signatories, two of them being original founders, and shrunk considerably. New treaties shaped the landscape, with the GUARD bloc and the now independent Viridian Entente/Confederacy of Independent States taking a more proactive role in international affairs. Despite the internal upheavals of some alliances, April passed in peace, alliances still rebuilding from the Third Great War, and preparing for the constant conflict, surprise, and complete chaos that would define May.
Part 13: The Ephemeral Joys of Victory Edit
As April faded into May, the Cyberverse was still reeling from the effects of Great War III. The victors relished in their complete and total victory, while those less fortunate, burdened with heavy surrender terms, faced a long road of recovery. The Initiative now stood as the epitome of power in Cybernations, the Cyberverse having bidden a final farewell to the days of the intense rivalry between the League and the Initiative; a fact that many would reflect upon with melancholy as the days went by.
Despite the crushing defeat of AEGIS by the Initiative, all was not well in the World Unity Treaty. The Initiative had recently seen three former signatories, the Viridian Entente, Nordreich and the Confederacy of Independent States depart from the World Unity Treaty for reasons as diverse as the alliances themselves. The fourth of May saw the leaders of The Initiative expel the CIS from the WUT after accusations that they were becoming too close to the Orange Defense Network. Nordreich disbanded after an infestation of Stormfront members was unearthed and the Viridian Entente had decided that the confines of the Initiative were simply too restrictive for their ambitions.
In early May, Nordreich folded after the infestation of Stormfront members was discovered, though Nordreich would not die completely, as Kaiser Martens disbanded it and created a new alliance called Norden Verein with many of the same government members. NoV would soon gain protectorate status with the NPO, setting the stage for one of the most controversial events in Cybernations history in the not so distant future.
In spite of all the lost signatories to the WUT, the Initiative still found itself at the top of the Cyberverse, with most of the strongest alliances retaining their signatures. It would suffer little from the loss of its former members; instead, it would be the Viridian Entente that would set the stage for the upheaval that would define May. Since the end of Great War Two, the Viridian Entente had been considering the possibility of a colony alliance in another colour sphere in order to stay below their self-imposed member limit of 400, but still have a place for prospective Entente members to expand their sphere of influence.
Unfortunately for them, the Viridian Entente had a few minor altercations with the Goon Order of Neutral Shoving before the announcement of their Colony Alliance was made. Had it been otherwise, events might have gone differently. Two separate incidents involving nations being admitted to the Viridian Entente while remaining on the “Enemy of Goons list” created a small rift between the two former allies, a slight that was further compounded by the existing animosity created by Entente’s abrupt exit from the Initiative. When the creation of the Obsidian Entente was announced, the GOONS would have none of it. Despite 404 Error’s alleged permission for the Obsidian Entente to exist on the Black team, the GOONS quickly ordered the Obsidian Entente to vacate the black sphere, else they would be attacked “probably in like a day or so.” Rather than enter into a futile diplomatic catastrophe with GOONS, the Obsidian Entente left the Black sphere for the Aqua sphere and rebranded themselves the “Oceanic Entente.” Despite this move, the damage was done, and the Viridian Entente had tasted the last of its post GWIII victory.
Since the Viridian Entente left the World Unity Treaty, huge rifts between the former allies opened with surprising rapidity. Just before Update on May 24, the alliances of Viridian Entente, Northern Treaty Organization, Confederacy of Independent States and the Grämlins signed the Green Solidarity Act, a pact of Mutual Defence, just as war seemed imminent. Citing various issues with the Viridian Entente’s leadership and their encroachment of the GOONS-owned Black Sphere, the Grand Global Alliance declared war on the Viridian Entente, Confederacy of Independent States and the Northern Treaty Organization on the 25th of May, just eight minutes after the Green Solidarity act was posted on the Open World Forums. The announcement was followed by declarations of war from \m/, the Maroon Defense Coalition, Genmay, GOONS, the Federation of Armed Nations and the New Pacific Order. The Grämlins never entered the conflict, but the Viridian Entente and NTO issued announcements that they acknowledged the war and intended to fight to remain on the Green team. The Obsidian Entente, despite being made up of some of the most loyal former members of the VE, never entered the conflict, but gave their moral support. They initially closed admission for a week to dissuade former VE members from joining and to prevent an incident with the Initiative, but eventually were allowed to admit former VE members possibly due to bad press from the war, which would later be called, "The Viridicide."
Instead of fighting and having its members destroyed, the Viridian Entente officially disbanded later that day around 10:00 PM. CIS surrendered and relocated to the White sphere, as did the NTO who moved to the Brown sphere. The disbanding of the VE passed the sanction mask to the North Atlantic Defense Coalition, and the Oceanic Entente would eventually secure its place on the Aqua sphere after negotiations between the Initiative and the Mostly Harmless Alliance proved auspicious. The GOONS would later express regret for the incident, and Bilrow of the Grand Global Alliance would later apologize to CIS for his role in their attack. Despite all of this, the face of the Green Sphere was irrevocably tarnished, and the event would leave a chip on the shoulder of many former Viridians which they would take with them to their new homes.
May had still not seen its last days of controversy, as the Federation of Armed Nations and the Global Organization for Liberty and Defense would enact a new piece of legislation in the waning days of May that would capitalize on their mutual control of the Yellow Sphere. The new policy would be known as Yellow Number 5, and it protected all independent Organizations on the yellow sphere from tech raids, to be enforced by the aforementioned alliance’s militaries at will, with little to no notice to the attacking nations. FAN and GOLD paid little attention to who was actually attacking the yellow nations, and openly attacked members of their own allies who had tech raided yellow nations. Despite protests from their allies in the Initiative, FAN continued enforcing their policy and paid little heed to the growing anger that their actions fuelled. It would not be until June when FAN’s actions would eventually cause the heat of friction to reach the melting point.
Part 14: Out of the Frying Pan Edit
However, the early days of June would have the spotlight shone on a different alliance. The newly sanctioned Organized Nations of Superiority were an up-and-coming alliance known throughout the Cyberverse for their good-humoured spam and affability. ONOS sought an independent foreign policy, or at least one that would not have them tied to the traditional powers of the Cyberverse. Together with the North Atlantic Defense Coalition and the Commonwealth of Sovereign Nations, ONOS had founded the neutral Bloc GUARD in December 2006, a group that enjoyed the status of the second largest bloc in the Cyberverse for much of its existence.
ONOS would not be able to maintain its strong growth however, as internal disputes wrenched several top government officials out of the alliance. Da Choice, one of those displaced members, eventually joined the New Pacific Order, and allegedly made accusations that ONOS had been operating a spy ring within many of the top alliances, including the NPO. Despite these accusations however, the NPO would cite the theft of one of their confidential nation-building guides by ONOS as the principal cause of strife between the two. The NPO offered ONOS an ultimatum, which stipulated the acceptance of an Ivan Moldavi viceroyalty and the payment of 800 million in cash, or a war would ensue. As the GUARD constituencies were reviewing the evidence, ONOS submitted their resignation from the Bloc in order to spare their allies from attack by the Initiative.
ONOS accepted the NPO’s ultimatum, but this would not be enough: the NPO had found evidence that Michael4, the highest-ranking government member of ONOS, had altered the ONOS forums prior to Ivan Moldavi’s masking as Viceroy, and had offended the Emperor of the NPO by addressing him as “Moo-tang,” a name the Emperor would later ironically embrace. The NPO declared War on ONOS on June third.
After a short period of fighting, ONOS surrendered and again accepted the terms given by the NPO. ONOS would never be the same however, and despite restrictions placed on members leaving ONOS after the war, ONOS’ numbers declined dramatically until their eventual merger with the Defenders of Unity and Light to form the Confederation of Radical Elites.
The furore raised in the Cyberverse by these events soon subsided, but just as before, issues had a way of springing-up out of the blue, and this was exactly what happened on June sixth 2007, a date which just happened to be the anniversary of a certain battle in a far away universe. That day, the Federation of Armed Nations, a group staunchly linked to the personal weapons culture movement, posted an ambiguous declaration of war on the Open World Forum. The true implication of that declaration was not understood until sometime later, as FAN had attempted to make the move as clandestine as possible. It was revealed sometime later that FAN had declared a large number of wars on Norden Verein, an alliance founded upon the precepts of Ultra-Nationalism, thus setting the stage for the re-enactment of that storied struggle of long ago and far away. The battle would be later known as 'Operation Overlord.'
The negative stigma borne by Nordreich from their earlier debacle had carried over to Norden Verein, so at first, the war was met with passive support from most of the Cyberverse and it was not until the issue of the NPO protectorate was brought up that things began looking down for FAN. Norden Verein was still a protectorate of the New Pacific Order, and FAN had attacked apparently in complete ignorance of that treaty. The NPO approached FAN about this, and after diplomatic discussion cleared the air, FAN began pulling out of the war, leaving NoV in shambles.
Ostensibly, everything appeared normal between FAN and NPO, and general public opinion favoured FAN, with other nations often letting NoV know that NPO had saved them from certain destruction. The New Pacific Order however, did not appreciate such an abrupt and meaningless attack on their protectorate right underneath their noses. FAN had swung for the second time and missed again. It would take one more incident for FAN to finally strike out.
It was revealed sometime after Operation Overlord that the Federation of Armed Nations had entered into a secret agreement with the National Alliance of Arctic Countries before the Third Great War without the knowledge of the rest of the Initiative alliances. In brief, the agreement was that FAN and NAAC would avoid each other when selecting opponents in GW3. Indeed, FAN and NAAC did not initiate any wars between themselves during the entire span of the war. When the Initiative leaders discovered this, they became outraged that FAN had mad secret dealings behind their backs with an enemy alliance in order to help minimize their [FAN’s] losses.
On June fifteenth, The NPO and GGA withdrew from the “For the Love of God, Think of the Children” convention, an agreement that prevented nuclear first strikes during war. It became clear that any war with FAN would soon become a nuclear catastrophe. The Federation of Armed Nations reacted quickly to its rapidly worsening situation and on June seventeenth FAN cancelled the its Yellow#5 policy. However, this proved to be a classic case of too-little-too-late, as FAN was expelled from the World Unity Treaty the following day. That same day, FAN found themselves at war with The Initiative, IRON and many smaller alliances. The war that would come to be known as the FAN-WUT war had begun.
The Initiative, knowing that the Federation of Armed Nations had one of the largest nuclear stockpiles of any alliance, and doubting their ability to handle FAN on a strictly conventional basis, ordered a pre-emptive nuclear strike against FAN as soon as they could push the button. The Initiative then ordered nearly all of its nations fighting FAN to send peace offers to their opponents because of the fact that they were still unsure of their ability to defeat FAN in any reasonably short period of time. FAN leadership urged their membership to accept the peace offers. Shortly afterward, the Initiative reengaged their FAN targets and began an all out nuclear war against FAN, with an untold number of nukes being launched in both directions. Because of the nature of the war, and the way in which nuclear hostilities began, FAN would drive the war well into the coming months and thus making it one of the longest wars in Cybernations History. Only days after the conflict began, FAN would find itself outside of Sanction Status and the NPO would drop to third behind GOONS and GPA. It would not be until late August when the Cyberverse would finally start to see the ferocity of the war subside
Part 15: Eye of the Storm Edit
With the FAN-WUT war occupying the thoughts of most of the major alliances, and indeed, practically everyone with an ear tuned to Cybernations politics, the month of July would see very little aside from the war that trumped all others in terms of nuclear devastation. What wasn’t initially obvious to the rest of the Cyberverse, however, was the stress that the war put on the Initiative. While they did a good job of projecting an image of control, the war was a heavy burden upon the World Unity Treaty signatories. Despite a rapid decline in alliance rank, FAN was able to inflict significant damage and would continue to do so for the remainder of the conflict. In the mean time, doubt began to surface among certain Initiative alliances about the correctness of their move. Once seen as the most steadfast and staunchly allied alliances in the Cyberverse, the signatories of the World Unity Treaty were beginning to show signs of polarization both in private and in public.
While the war between the Initiative and FAN certainly received the lion’s share of attention on the Open World Forums, another much less significant event managed to steal the spotlight for a few days: on the first of July, trotsky announced the reformation of the International Communist Party. The ICP was once a Sanctioned alliance, and had played a major role in the Maroon Wars of late 2006. After nearly a year, many of its former members had decided that the ICP, once the most successful leftist alliance, was due for a return to the world stage. Despite reassurances that the new ICP would take a much less assertive role in Cybernations politics, it would never be able to shake the animosity it incurred in its previous form.
Although the ICP had allegedly secured promises from both Kaiser Martens of Norden Verein and the Emperor of the New Pacific order that they would not interfere in the reformation, Norden Verein, along with the Golden Sabers, soon made it clear they would not tolerate another incarnation of the ICP, issuing a joint declaration of war on the ICP on July fifth. Two days later, the ICP surrendered and disbanded. The Casus Belli offered by the two aggressors was: “its [the ICP] existence defies the laws of nature.” Others would conjecture that the Norden Verein, comprised of many Maroon Wars veterans, simply could not put aside old grudges and allow the ICP to be reformed. It was not until much later when Kaiser Martens announced his resignation from Norden Verein that he would offer the following explanation for the war: “for the hell of it.” Many months later, Arcades057, who had been a member of Golden Sabres at the time of the conflict, would state that he had to persuade Kaiser Martens to cooperate with the attack, and that he “had to convince him to agree with the plan,” suggesting that Norden Verein may not have been the principal proponents of the war. Nevertheless, the reformed ICP would prove no match for the stigma of its past.
Norden Verein remained as assertive as they ever were, and this continued into the latter parts of July. The German Empire, a newly formed alliance drawing many of its traditions and inspiration from the fictional “Nation of Germany”, was approached by Norden Verein with the intention of creating diplomatic relations. Although the two alliances shared a fundamentally different heritage, they both seemed to agree that they shared many similarities, and at first, strong relations between the two seemed inevitable. However, the Kaiser of TGE suddenly broke off relations between the two alliances, stating that he felt threatened by Norden Verein’s aggressiveness. Norden Verein’s leadership took personal affront to inflammatory remarks made by a TGE member causing an immediate cessation of diplomatic relations and Norden Verein’s refusal to recognize TGE as an alliance. TGE soon made an apology on the Open World Forums, but words could not bridge the divide that now separated the two alliances. It would be many months before the conflict would prove to be too much for Norden Verein to chew.
Part 16: The Road Less Traveled Edit
As August descended upon the Cyberverse, the Initiative was still the premier power on planet Bob. The war with FAN had entered the long drawn out stage of guerrilla warfare which typically characterizes such conflicts, but FAN now presented no more than an occasional diplomatic nuisance on the Open World Forum. While the war had certainly caused extensive damage to the Initiative, particularly the New Pacific Order back in June and July, ostensibly, there were no public signs of any internal instability inside the Initiative at that point. Aside from the occasional quip from one alliance to the other, there were no obvious signs of dispute between any of the other signatories.
However, from an internal perspective, things were much different. Beginning at the end of the Third Great War, the collective philosophies of the various Initiative alliances began to diverge. Ideas of how diplomacy should be handled, how much freedom alliance members should have and the general comportment and behavior of the initiative alliances began to gravitate to two distinct ends of the scale. While the traditional allies in the New Pacific Order and the New Polar Order continued their use of comparatively more formal methods of diplomacy and a stricter comportment in the forums with regards their members, some alliances began to take a more casual stance toward diplomacy by following a significantly more capricious tendency when making foreign policy and membership decisions. Those alliances, particularly the Goon Order of Neutral Shoving and \m/, began to realize their similarities and began moving in a direction that brought them closer together.
Their newfound ideology, particularly after GWIII when the Initiative was the only institution of significant power left in the Cyberverse, prompted the aforementioned alliances to capitalize on an almost free reign to do whatever they pleased to the rest of the Cyberverse, with little to no short term repercussions. While some alliances maintained their air of reserved foreign policy, the GOONS began a string of controversial public moves that would take advantage of the non-initiative alliances’ inability to fight back. The most significant of these was “Shark Week,” a week long policy in which the GOONS would attack outright anyone they saw as nuisance or troll, at their discretion, with no warning to the target. Any nation that was attacked by the GOONS would need to plead their case on the GOONS’ forums. Also controversial was their Tech Raid Lottery in which random unaligned nations were selected to be attacked for the purpose of raiding their tech. While not altogether different from the traditional forms of tech raiding, the targeted nations were brought out into the public eye and humiliated when they protested. The Goonland Security Act, which outlawed any Senators other than those sanctioned by GOONS, also presented controversy.
The GOONS’ audacious policies and practices did two things: they brought the alliances inclined to apply a similarly bold attitude to foreign policy and membership issues closer to GOONS, while making the alliance which practiced more formal policies uncomfortable. This had the effect of polarizing the Initiative into two separate groups with very few alliances left in the middle, and certainly none with any significant clout in the bloc.
In early August, an important but extremely controversial series of events took place. It had been long known that some of the moderators of the Open World Forums maintained separate and independent nations that were, under no circumstances, ever to break the line between moderator and leader. It was, therefore, an extremely sensitive matter, and oftentimes leaders were condemned for simply speculating on the identities of the moderators. When it was alleged that a high ranking member of \m/’s government was feeding logs of moderation discussions to his alliance, a major controversy erupted in which accusations of moderator bias and speculation of mod identities were openly discussed on public forums. Because of the extremely sensitive material being discussed, and the fact that leaders could be banned for simple speculation, many high ranking members of GOONS and \m/ who had speculated or accused the moderators of bias were subsequently banished indefinitely from the Cyberverse. Two major powers of the Initiative suddenly found themselves with leaders who were unable to appear in public, and who could not legally lead a nation in the Cyberverse. “Modgate,” or the “Black Friday Bannings” as the entire ordeal was later named, would prove to be a major fracturing point between the Initiative alliances, particularly alienating the GGA and NpO.
On August 9, 2007, Ivan Moldavi, the onetime Emperor of the New Pacific Order, made an announcement on the Open World Forums. In it, he asked that “the leadership of FAN contact me regarding the terms that were provided to them a couple of days ago with the status of their passing.” In it, he not only revealed the fact that the NPO was negotiating with FAN for peace (a notion considered laughable at the time,) he signed the short message with: “Ivan Moldavi, Emperor of the New Pacific Order.” The announcement was followed by a string of posts by high ranking NPO members, including ex-Emperor Trotsky’s revenge, confirming that Ivan Moldavi was indeed the Emperor of the New Pacific Order once again. But as is often said about Cybernations, nothing is ever as it seems on the outside. Five days after Ivan Moldavi announced his ascension to the throne, Trotsky’s Revenge posted an announcement stating that he had reclaimed the throne of the NPO, Ivan Moldavi was expelled as a traitor to the New Pacific Order, and Electron Sponge, Emperor of the New Polar Order, had been condemned over his support of Ivan Moldavi who had since joined the NpO. The thread erupted into a profound dissonance of personality conflicts as one side blamed and bashed the other. The NPO forums, having been owned by Ivan, were moved to a different server. The following days would see multiple alliances declaring support for either side of the dispute, most notably GOONS declaring support for Trotsky’s Revenge and the NpO declaring support for Ivan Moldavi. Despite all of the commotion and events that were played out in the previous five days, the NPO and NpO would at least partially reconcile, issuing joint statements that there would be no military conflicts between the two, and later, that the two sides had reconciled.
However, the damage was done. Ivan Moldavi, while he was still in command, pursued a policy of not communicating with the leaders of GOONS and \m/ who had been banned from the Cyberverse, citing personal ethics conflicts. Despite the fact that Trotsky’s Revenge would later retake the throne, the “Moldavi Rebellion” had further convinced them that the relationship between the Initiative alliances was not as impervious as they had believed.
Despite the intensity of the Moldavi Rebellion, it was only a footnote in the history of the tensions between the two sides of the Initiative. Even if the Moldavi rebellion had never happened, bigger things had been set in motion long before the events of early August. The day after the Moldavi Rebellion took place, the Goon Order of Neutral Shoving, \m/, The Phoenix Federation, Gen[m]ay, the Golden Sabres and the recently formed Mushroom Kingdom would announce the signing of a new bloc, The Unjust Path. Formed by four significant members of the Initiative, the bloc would create even greater tensions within the Initiative, and the addition of the controversial Mushroom Kingdom, which was popularly seen as a reformation of LUEnited Nations, further exacerbated the issues. Despite assurances by the UjP members that the bloc was not created in opposition of the rest of the Initiative alliances, it was only inevitable that relations would get worse from there. On August 17, the New Polar Order would officially leave the initiative, followed shortly thereafter by the GGA who did the same the next day. Both alliances cited the opinion that GOONS and \m/ should have been castigated or punished by the Initiative after the events of Modgate.
As a result of the formation of the Unjust Path and the seceding of the NpO and GGA from the Initiative (of which GOONS and \m/ were still members,) the last days of August were characterized by an omnipresent sense of uneasiness. Those who had experienced the liminality of the weeks preceding the major great wars of the past recognized the familiar feeling of tension in the air. Official diplomatic responses invariably feigned ignorance of the oncoming storm, but their attempts of suppression had no effects. Nearing the end of August, the proverbial explosion needed naught but a spark. As August faded into September, the Cyberverse buckled down and prepared for the worst.
- Parts 1-10:
- John Michaels, Chronicler
- Mary the Fantabulous, Chronicler
- Part 11:
- Ardus, Chronicler
- Lennon789, Chronicler
- Part 12:
History Team, Parts 13—16Edit
- History Team Leader: Theoden
- Writers: Sorum, Snagglepuss
- Editors: Tyerial, Sorum, Nolissar
- Historical persons (those who offered information to our writers): Rebel Virginia, Sooner Nation, Salt, John Rocker, King Srqt
- Part 13, May 2007: The Ephemeral joys of Victory
- Credits: Snagglepuss (writer), Theoden (editor), Sorum (editor)
- Part 14, June 2007
- Credits: Snagglepuss (writer), Theoden (editor), Rebel Virginia (historical person), Sorum (editor)
- Part 15, July 2007
- Credits: Snagglepuss (writer), Nolissar (editor)
- Part 16, August 2007
- Credits: Snagglepuss (writer), Theoden (editor)