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Old October 9 2012, 11:13 PM   #126
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Re: TP: Brinkmanship by Una McCormack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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I don't has any advantage from catching another party off guard only lasts until the other party gets used to it,

Even then how exactly do they get an advantage against another party just by being different than usual?
Seems pretty obvious. Prevent their attempts at face-saving backroom deals from staying in the back room. That's exactly what they did to the Khitomer powers in Brinkmanship, albeit unintentionally.
Okay I'll give you that, but I don't see how that advantage wouldn't go away as the other powers got used to it.
Because the need of other powers to engage in face-saving backroom deals is going to continue so long as both sides use small powers like the Venette Convention as proxies in their cold war. Only if both sides make a specific effort not to drag the Convention into their diplomatic spats will that need disappear. (Assuming one side or the other doesn't win the overall Khitomer/Typhon cold war, of course.)
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