Finished: 10 AM Wed 21 Oct 20 UTC
Took pity and hired me
1 day /phase
Pot: 150 D - Autumn, 2013, Finished
Fall of the American Empire IV, Draw-Size Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game won by Zaphod336 (506 D)
06 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 1999: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
07 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 1999: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
07 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 1999: Sorry for the delay from my predesessor all. I will reply to my press in the comming hours and we can get this game going!
08 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1999: Should I do an update on the state of the map every few turns?
08 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1999: Im looking forward to it!
08 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1999: Alright, I'll start after this next turn
09 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1999: The Game So Far:
Right off the bat, we have both Mexico and Peru with their sights set on Hawaii. Who will come out on top is anyone's guess right now. Texas and British-Columbia both seem to be leaving their neighbors hard pressed early on, leaving Mexico and California quite vulnerable. Heartland's western expansion could prove costly due to the aggressive moves by New York. The most peaceable players in the game thus far seem to be Quebec and Cuba, though they could have devious plans that I'm not aware of. Finally, we have our eastern wildcard, Florida, who could shake up the game big time. That's all for now, and I'll see you next time on (I haven't come up with a name yet)!
10 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2000: Haha great status update Cali, I was hoping to glide under the radar without being noticed but I guess I have been rumbled!
10 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2000: Your choice to build all fleets is notable too Florida!
11 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2000: I don't like these updates!
11 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2000: You don't have any devious plans, do you Quebec?
16 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2002: Alright we're back with another map update!

Shots ring out in a three way naval battle for the Caribbeans, and Cuba with it. It's a bit unclear, but either Peru and Florida have reached an agreement to divide up Cuba, or both are racing to snatch those supply centers. However, don't count Cuba out yet, as they're threatening the coast of Florida, and could turn the tide (get it, because they're on the ocean?). Things are looking grim for Quebec, squeezed between the two superpowers of Heartland and New York. There's some minor border skirmishes between Mexico and Texas, but both might want to watch the seas, as Peru fills up the coastline with their ships. Finally, California and British Columbia seem to have reached some sort of agreement between them, with both groups retreating to their side of the border. The question is, are they merely at a ceasefire, or do they have some devious plan cooking up? We'll find out soon as the game progresses. And remember, with a little diplomacy, this could still be anyone's game!
18 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2002: Diplomacy eh?

Anyone want to ally with Greenland?

What I lack in armies I make up in land mass.
18 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2002: I will ally you! I offer you hawaii as a safe haven.
18 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2002: Hawaii AND Greenland? Sounds a little overpowered to me
19 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2002: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
20 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2002: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
23 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2003: Can we get an update Cali?
24 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2003: After the retreats and builds, it would be my pleasure
25 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: Alright, we're back with another state of the game update!

Starting with the West this time, California seems to have turned on it's long time frenemy British Columbia for the final time, pushing deep into their territory with the help of Heartland. However, as long as their fleets can keep California's out of Alaskan waters, Anchorage may prove a safe haven for them, unless Heartland wants to commit a significant number of forces for a single supply center, which doesn't seem likely. Down South, Mexico makes it's final stand in Guadalajara, keeping Peru at bay with the help of the Texans for now. Speaking of Peru, they're running out of easy SCs to snatch up, and these next few turns could determine who will face the wrath of this superpower, with it's formidable navy. Texas must've seen this as well, shifting their army down South to deter a Peruese (Peruvian?) invasion, aside from a heated skirmish over Oklahoma of all places with Heartland. Heartland, meanwhile, is the strongest force on the board at the moment, with their inland army making it difficult for their greatest rival, Peru, to strike them. Aside from their attacks on BC, the only great battle they're locked in at the moment is over Oklahoma, though they've started to manuver their armies in position to either sweep Texas or California, either who they may choose. Cuba is our first player eliminated, though they put up a valiant fight until the end. Their death, however, has left the Caribbean sea an absolute mess of ships, being the main front of both Peru and Florida. However, the East coast is looking a whole lot like the Civil War at the moment, with both New York and Florida fighting for supremacy. Finally, we have the player that has the whole board quaking in their boots, the one poised for a solo victory any turn. That's right, I'm talking about Greenland, who is fiercely fighting back New York all by itself. That's all for now folks, and remember, with a little diplomacy, this could still be anyone's game (except Cuba)!
25 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: Ahh the hightlight of my day. Thank you!

Too bad you picked up on my desire to go after hearthland, the cat is out of the bag now!
25 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: What have I ever done to you, Peru? We even seem to have a common enemy.
25 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: I have my eyes set on your lakes, but lets discuss this common enemy in a more private setting!
25 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: I've heard those lakes are great.
25 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: Hahaha brilliant update!
25 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: @ Heartland and Peru: I will take all comers and look forward to facing you on the field of Honor! (I had a stressful day at work and got drunk immediately on returning home, looking for a fight, good time to take advantage.)
26 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: California and Florida supporting Peru? Perfect! An opportunity to fight literally everyone around me. Get down here BC and Greenland, you must join the melee as well.
26 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2004: That’s the Texas spirit!
30 Sep 20 UTC Spring, 2005: This continent's looking a little too blue for me
30 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2005: Pink actually has more, and fewer places to go with them.
30 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2005: I just hope the entire continent is blue this november.
30 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 2005: ditto
03 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2006: After these retreats and builds, get ready for the first newsletter from our new offices in Hawaii
03 Oct 20 UTC Autumn, 2006: There are offices there? When I left there was nothing but Palm trees and Margarita's...

Feels like things took a turn for the worse. I wonder what the offices put out for newsletters...
06 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
07 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: I fear the newsletters joined the us ballots.
07 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: It's incredibly tacky when people just drop out once things go badly for them. Just finish off the damn game! Total lack of respect for the other people playing.
07 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: next time, make the game anonymous
07 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: How would that help?
07 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
07 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: Well this is interesting. As the new leader of California, I promise to go down with this sinking ship that was underwater before I even stepped aboard. I am very out of the loop so the Californian Dispatch will not be published this turn.
07 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: Haha that's the spirit
07 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2007: In the event that an actual hot war broke out among various regions of the Americas, retiring to Hawaii and ignoring everyone else sounds like an optimal decision tbh.
15 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2010: Who could have guessed that Greenland would be controlled by Peru and later California in this game?
18 Oct 20 UTC Autumn, 2011: Frost glittered on the radio as Californian President Garlic Jack huddled over it, twisting the dial this way and that, hoping to pick up a signal from the mainland. Ever since he and the last dregs of his army had arrived on the freezing rock of Greenland, he had regretted ever leaving the sunny climes of Hawaii. His men had succumbed to the cold or to starvation, and now a mere skeleton crew manned their base, listening desperately to the news from those still trapped on the continent.

The Texans had finally gone quiet yesterday. Jack marvelled that they had survived this long; crushed between Heartland and Peru, they had nonetheless clung on, albeit at the limited mercy of the great blue monster. Now, it appeared that that mercy had run out. A static-ridden message had been picked up last night, thought to be orders from Peruvian generals occupying Mexico, the last Texan stronghold. New York had chosen to fight Heartland, not that it had done them much good. The Quebec battalion, which had been successfully defending Ungava, had been cut off from the surrounded capital. Already, desperate waves of refugees had arrived on the shores of Greenland, defecting from their starving armies. Garlic Jack had nothing for them.

Further south, the Floridians were holding a sombre celebration. Four years ago, they had been driven back to Georgia from the north by the treacherous New Yorkers, with their southern flank exposed to the marauding Peruvian fleet. Now, against the odds, the weakened nation had repelled its invaders, and grown strong again - with the help of their new ally, Heartland. However, the party was quiet. Though they were free now, the government knew it was just a matter of time before their new ally deemed them surplus to requirements. The war was almost over, but the next one could break out at any time - and there would be no question as to who would win.

The only messages Jack heard nowadays were from De Wimp in Peru. The President had been agonisingly out of reach, unable to strike at Heartland’s core, forced to watch on as New York and Texas were devoured. Their naval supremacy meant Heartland could never hope to challenge them. But Heartland didn’t need to. As his armies hit the great blue wall in Mexico and ground to a halt, De Wimp knew that the war was lost.

And what of the victor, Zaphod, leader of Heartland? The President of that esteemed nation was sat alone, awaiting news. News of the siege of Washington DC, expected to be over any day now. News of the Peruvian ambassadors, who were preparing to sign a peace treaty. News of the Californians, who had been spotted, freezing to death on Greenland, of all places. There had been moments of tension in the not-so-distant past, moments when Zaphod had to make hard decisions. But now, there were no hard decisions. The war had been won. A united front had failed to form amongst the minor nations, too busy bickering amongst themselves to notice the looming threat. New York had left their centres open, had allowed Heartland to build a fleet, too afraid to challenge them. California and British Columbia had fought against each other right to the bitter end, even as a blue tide washed towards them from the east. Texas had abandoned their north to Heartland, choosing to drag Peru down with them.

Jack warmed his hands over the sputtering fire. A Heartland fleet had been sighted in the Sea of Labrador, circling Greenland like a shark around a dying whale. The radio crackled with static to his left. Jack leaned over, fiddled with the aerial, the signal suddenly sounding clear, the voice of President Zaphod booming from the machine.

“-the old American Empire has fallen. A new one has risen. The war is over.”
18 Oct 20 UTC Autumn, 2011: Doshy, that was great. It has been a pleasure playing with all of you--best of luck in your future games.
18 Oct 20 UTC Autumn, 2011: And the Pulitzer goes to Doshy.
18 Oct 20 UTC Autumn, 2011: Good game everyone!
18 Oct 20 UTC Autumn, 2011: That was terrific, what a game to join
19 Oct 20 UTC Spring, 2012: That was a good read and account of the recent events and situation! Good game all

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Heartland
Zaphod336 (506 D)
Won. Bet: 15 D, won: 150 D
37 supply-centers, 32 units
Peru
De Wimp (456 D)
Survived. Bet: 0 D
17 supply-centers, 17 units
Florida
Browncow (542 D)
Survived. Bet: 15 D
4 supply-centers, 6 units
British-Columbia
Heffomite (1182 D)
Defeated. Bet: 15 D
Quebec
Grackaroni (263 D)
Defeated. Bet: 15 D
New-York
Doshy II (260 D)
Defeated. Bet: 15 D
Texas
Defeated. Bet: 15 D
Mexico
drfrazier (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 15 D
California
GarlicJack17 (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
Cuba
Tehepiccat (95 D)
Defeated. Bet: 15 D
Civil Disorders
TheDustor (100 D)Peru (Spring, 1999) with 3 centres.
AugustusCaesar4141 (100 D)California (Spring, 2007) with 2 centres.
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