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    Pablius got a reaction from DreDay in Moscow Victory Day (70 Years) Parade   
    While I´m happy that the West won the Cold War and don´t consider myself to be anti american, I`ll take a moment to comment on this from the point of view of my corner of the world, Latin America
     
    It´s true, I think, that being in the US sphere of influence is more like having a Boss than a Big Brother, it´s more about money than soul crushing servitude, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of innocent blood spilled over that
     
    The US backed/supported/tolerated some of the worst butchers in history in Latin America during the 20th Century, and that has a cost, the cost is the monumental anti american sentiment in the region
     
    There were, of course, exceptions, when those butchers sometimes turned on the US or when some US President occasionally decided to call them out on human rights abuses (Carter did it to no great effect, but at least spoke of it)
     
    Paradoxically, this is the reason why Cuba is seen as a beacon of hope for so many in Latin America, as the one country that stood against the empire, it may sound crazy, but for many at the other end of the US foreign policy it is not
     
    In my personal case I was just a kid in the 70s and 80s when all of this was still going on, but friends of my family disappeared at the hands of the State and members of my family were forced into exile
     
    I put the blame of it more on our own shortcomings than on the US or any other foreign power, but the narrative the US propagates about being about democracy and freedom sounds completely hollow for most people here, it´s just the way it is
     
    In other regions of the world it may well be the other way around, having endured the tyrants imposed by the USSR.
     
    In the end the big powers play their game, they may not be equally evil but the simple truth is that their interest come first and the lives of the people in smaller/weaker countries comes second, it`s the nature of the nation-state model, certainly in a smaller scale similar dynamics occur everywhere, smaller/weaker countries are not blameless 
     
    Sadly, after the Cold War the international community was not able to find a working status quo and today`s stage is even more complicated by the appearance of non-state actors and global economics, I don´t think the US or any other country has enough power to shape the world, and would probably be better served by using it in a targeted form that apply the notion of personal responsibility and not collective punishment or on the basis of broad regional consensus (like against ISIS) and not by large scale interventions in most cases
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    Pablius got a reaction from L0ckAndL0ad in Moscow Victory Day (70 Years) Parade   
    While I´m happy that the West won the Cold War and don´t consider myself to be anti american, I`ll take a moment to comment on this from the point of view of my corner of the world, Latin America
     
    It´s true, I think, that being in the US sphere of influence is more like having a Boss than a Big Brother, it´s more about money than soul crushing servitude, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of innocent blood spilled over that
     
    The US backed/supported/tolerated some of the worst butchers in history in Latin America during the 20th Century, and that has a cost, the cost is the monumental anti american sentiment in the region
     
    There were, of course, exceptions, when those butchers sometimes turned on the US or when some US President occasionally decided to call them out on human rights abuses (Carter did it to no great effect, but at least spoke of it)
     
    Paradoxically, this is the reason why Cuba is seen as a beacon of hope for so many in Latin America, as the one country that stood against the empire, it may sound crazy, but for many at the other end of the US foreign policy it is not
     
    In my personal case I was just a kid in the 70s and 80s when all of this was still going on, but friends of my family disappeared at the hands of the State and members of my family were forced into exile
     
    I put the blame of it more on our own shortcomings than on the US or any other foreign power, but the narrative the US propagates about being about democracy and freedom sounds completely hollow for most people here, it´s just the way it is
     
    In other regions of the world it may well be the other way around, having endured the tyrants imposed by the USSR.
     
    In the end the big powers play their game, they may not be equally evil but the simple truth is that their interest come first and the lives of the people in smaller/weaker countries comes second, it`s the nature of the nation-state model, certainly in a smaller scale similar dynamics occur everywhere, smaller/weaker countries are not blameless 
     
    Sadly, after the Cold War the international community was not able to find a working status quo and today`s stage is even more complicated by the appearance of non-state actors and global economics, I don´t think the US or any other country has enough power to shape the world, and would probably be better served by using it in a targeted form that apply the notion of personal responsibility and not collective punishment or on the basis of broad regional consensus (like against ISIS) and not by large scale interventions in most cases
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    Pablius got a reaction from niall78 in Moscow Victory Day (70 Years) Parade   
    While I´m happy that the West won the Cold War and don´t consider myself to be anti american, I`ll take a moment to comment on this from the point of view of my corner of the world, Latin America
     
    It´s true, I think, that being in the US sphere of influence is more like having a Boss than a Big Brother, it´s more about money than soul crushing servitude, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of innocent blood spilled over that
     
    The US backed/supported/tolerated some of the worst butchers in history in Latin America during the 20th Century, and that has a cost, the cost is the monumental anti american sentiment in the region
     
    There were, of course, exceptions, when those butchers sometimes turned on the US or when some US President occasionally decided to call them out on human rights abuses (Carter did it to no great effect, but at least spoke of it)
     
    Paradoxically, this is the reason why Cuba is seen as a beacon of hope for so many in Latin America, as the one country that stood against the empire, it may sound crazy, but for many at the other end of the US foreign policy it is not
     
    In my personal case I was just a kid in the 70s and 80s when all of this was still going on, but friends of my family disappeared at the hands of the State and members of my family were forced into exile
     
    I put the blame of it more on our own shortcomings than on the US or any other foreign power, but the narrative the US propagates about being about democracy and freedom sounds completely hollow for most people here, it´s just the way it is
     
    In other regions of the world it may well be the other way around, having endured the tyrants imposed by the USSR.
     
    In the end the big powers play their game, they may not be equally evil but the simple truth is that their interest come first and the lives of the people in smaller/weaker countries comes second, it`s the nature of the nation-state model, certainly in a smaller scale similar dynamics occur everywhere, smaller/weaker countries are not blameless 
     
    Sadly, after the Cold War the international community was not able to find a working status quo and today`s stage is even more complicated by the appearance of non-state actors and global economics, I don´t think the US or any other country has enough power to shape the world, and would probably be better served by using it in a targeted form that apply the notion of personal responsibility and not collective punishment or on the basis of broad regional consensus (like against ISIS) and not by large scale interventions in most cases
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    Pablius got a reaction from Lee_Vincent in Armata soon to be in service.   
    Ok, as a (Non US) lawyer I´ll try  :
     
    In the case of Armata Vs. Skeptics the Court finds as follow:
     
    - That given the complete lack of evidence to support anything resembling technical specs, the only thing we deem proven is that Armata exist...sort off
     
    - In light of the preceding ruling, on the question of who will have custody until majority of age, the Court awards it to LockandLoad because he cares about it the most
     
    - The previous decision notwhistanding Steve is allow visitation rights to check on it from time to time and keep it honest on the question of future module inclusion
     
    - And finally, Panzer, while not very fond of it, is appointed tutor, to teach T-14 how to be a proper tank and not some hybrid nonsense that every other tank in the yard will mock and bully
     
    - No damages are awarded to any party since the only things affected are egos and prides and the Court finds that those have no monetary value on the Internet
     
    And if everybody is unhappy with the ruling, we´ll know I did a good job  , as any lawyer knows usually the worst settlement is better than the best ruling
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    Pablius got a reaction from Nerdwing in Armata soon to be in service.   
    Ok, as a (Non US) lawyer I´ll try  :
     
    In the case of Armata Vs. Skeptics the Court finds as follow:
     
    - That given the complete lack of evidence to support anything resembling technical specs, the only thing we deem proven is that Armata exist...sort off
     
    - In light of the preceding ruling, on the question of who will have custody until majority of age, the Court awards it to LockandLoad because he cares about it the most
     
    - The previous decision notwhistanding Steve is allow visitation rights to check on it from time to time and keep it honest on the question of future module inclusion
     
    - And finally, Panzer, while not very fond of it, is appointed tutor, to teach T-14 how to be a proper tank and not some hybrid nonsense that every other tank in the yard will mock and bully
     
    - No damages are awarded to any party since the only things affected are egos and prides and the Court finds that those have no monetary value on the Internet
     
    And if everybody is unhappy with the ruling, we´ll know I did a good job  , as any lawyer knows usually the worst settlement is better than the best ruling
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    Pablius got a reaction from Douglas Ruddd in Armata soon to be in service.   
    Ok, as a (Non US) lawyer I´ll try  :
     
    In the case of Armata Vs. Skeptics the Court finds as follow:
     
    - That given the complete lack of evidence to support anything resembling technical specs, the only thing we deem proven is that Armata exist...sort off
     
    - In light of the preceding ruling, on the question of who will have custody until majority of age, the Court awards it to LockandLoad because he cares about it the most
     
    - The previous decision notwhistanding Steve is allow visitation rights to check on it from time to time and keep it honest on the question of future module inclusion
     
    - And finally, Panzer, while not very fond of it, is appointed tutor, to teach T-14 how to be a proper tank and not some hybrid nonsense that every other tank in the yard will mock and bully
     
    - No damages are awarded to any party since the only things affected are egos and prides and the Court finds that those have no monetary value on the Internet
     
    And if everybody is unhappy with the ruling, we´ll know I did a good job  , as any lawyer knows usually the worst settlement is better than the best ruling
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    Pablius got a reaction from sburke in Armata soon to be in service.   
    Ok, as a (Non US) lawyer I´ll try  :
     
    In the case of Armata Vs. Skeptics the Court finds as follow:
     
    - That given the complete lack of evidence to support anything resembling technical specs, the only thing we deem proven is that Armata exist...sort off
     
    - In light of the preceding ruling, on the question of who will have custody until majority of age, the Court awards it to LockandLoad because he cares about it the most
     
    - The previous decision notwhistanding Steve is allow visitation rights to check on it from time to time and keep it honest on the question of future module inclusion
     
    - And finally, Panzer, while not very fond of it, is appointed tutor, to teach T-14 how to be a proper tank and not some hybrid nonsense that every other tank in the yard will mock and bully
     
    - No damages are awarded to any party since the only things affected are egos and prides and the Court finds that those have no monetary value on the Internet
     
    And if everybody is unhappy with the ruling, we´ll know I did a good job  , as any lawyer knows usually the worst settlement is better than the best ruling
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    Pablius got a reaction from Wicky in Armata soon to be in service.   
    Ok, as a (Non US) lawyer I´ll try  :
     
    In the case of Armata Vs. Skeptics the Court finds as follow:
     
    - That given the complete lack of evidence to support anything resembling technical specs, the only thing we deem proven is that Armata exist...sort off
     
    - In light of the preceding ruling, on the question of who will have custody until majority of age, the Court awards it to LockandLoad because he cares about it the most
     
    - The previous decision notwhistanding Steve is allow visitation rights to check on it from time to time and keep it honest on the question of future module inclusion
     
    - And finally, Panzer, while not very fond of it, is appointed tutor, to teach T-14 how to be a proper tank and not some hybrid nonsense that every other tank in the yard will mock and bully
     
    - No damages are awarded to any party since the only things affected are egos and prides and the Court finds that those have no monetary value on the Internet
     
    And if everybody is unhappy with the ruling, we´ll know I did a good job  , as any lawyer knows usually the worst settlement is better than the best ruling
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    Pablius got a reaction from agusto in Armata soon to be in service.   
    Ok, as a (Non US) lawyer I´ll try  :
     
    In the case of Armata Vs. Skeptics the Court finds as follow:
     
    - That given the complete lack of evidence to support anything resembling technical specs, the only thing we deem proven is that Armata exist...sort off
     
    - In light of the preceding ruling, on the question of who will have custody until majority of age, the Court awards it to LockandLoad because he cares about it the most
     
    - The previous decision notwhistanding Steve is allow visitation rights to check on it from time to time and keep it honest on the question of future module inclusion
     
    - And finally, Panzer, while not very fond of it, is appointed tutor, to teach T-14 how to be a proper tank and not some hybrid nonsense that every other tank in the yard will mock and bully
     
    - No damages are awarded to any party since the only things affected are egos and prides and the Court finds that those have no monetary value on the Internet
     
    And if everybody is unhappy with the ruling, we´ll know I did a good job  , as any lawyer knows usually the worst settlement is better than the best ruling
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    Pablius got a reaction from xIGuNDoCIx in Armata soon to be in service.   
    Ok, as a (Non US) lawyer I´ll try  :
     
    In the case of Armata Vs. Skeptics the Court finds as follow:
     
    - That given the complete lack of evidence to support anything resembling technical specs, the only thing we deem proven is that Armata exist...sort off
     
    - In light of the preceding ruling, on the question of who will have custody until majority of age, the Court awards it to LockandLoad because he cares about it the most
     
    - The previous decision notwhistanding Steve is allow visitation rights to check on it from time to time and keep it honest on the question of future module inclusion
     
    - And finally, Panzer, while not very fond of it, is appointed tutor, to teach T-14 how to be a proper tank and not some hybrid nonsense that every other tank in the yard will mock and bully
     
    - No damages are awarded to any party since the only things affected are egos and prides and the Court finds that those have no monetary value on the Internet
     
    And if everybody is unhappy with the ruling, we´ll know I did a good job  , as any lawyer knows usually the worst settlement is better than the best ruling
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    Pablius got a reaction from agusto in Your Favorite CM: Black Sea Vehicle?   
    The M1200 Armored Knight! Just for the cool name...
     
    Can´t believe they wasted that cool name in a vehicle that:
     
    1) It´s not (really) armored
    2) It´s not doing anything resembling a knight
     
    It should be call the M1200 Stalking Archer...but maybe then no one would want to ride on it
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    Pablius got a reaction from Vanir Ausf B in Who Would have Guessed This 12 years Ago   
    Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations (Sometimes shortened CMANO or CMNO)
     
     
    A game about watching strange icons moving on a map and spreadsheets at the same time 
     
    Alternatively, it could be looked at as a Database you purchase, that happens to have a game attached to it
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    Pablius got a reaction from DreDay in T-90 tank documentary (2014 in Russian)   
    I´m from Argentina and I can tell you that having a conscript army didn´t prevent a single military coup in the 20th century (if you really want to look at it, start with the first coup in the modern sense in 1930 and laugh or cry your way to the last one in 1976-83 and every other folly in between)
     
    Latin America in general experienced long decades of high levels of political instability from local an foreign factors, coups were common occurrences, having conscript units didn´t prevent Generals to turn the Army into a de facto occupation force on it`s own soil, enough NCOs and low and mid level officers went along just fine with every crime and atrocity committed for various reasons, too long to go into in this thread
     
    We now have a volunteer armed forces, there`s no more conscription since the early 90s and the probability of a military coup has never been lower than in the last hundred years
     
    There are social, economical and political considerations for or against one model or the other, but I would venture to say that the composition of the armed forces is a relatively small factor on the odds of a constitutional breakdown, at least in modern times
     
    I would put more value on universal civic education, general awareness of civic and political rights, the ability of civilian political entities of managing internal conflict, etc.
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    Pablius got a reaction from nsKb in No American AAA?   
    Ther was a thread about this topic still active a few days ago
     
    In a few words, the argument made by people that know about this stuff is that the US doesn't have this systems because it counts on the air force to do the job
     
    So, basically the game assumes a situation that wouldn't be possible (or likely) in real life, except for a few very lucky Russian planes in the whole theater that would probably be shot down returning home anyway, but because this is a game it takes some liberties 
     
    I won´t start an argument about this, since I don't claim any special knowledge about it,  but in the interest of not starting another never ending thread on this I would suggest you check that other thread, specially the arguments put forward by US officers and see their reasoning for how things are the way they are
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    Pablius got a reaction from Wicky in No American AAA?   
    Ther was a thread about this topic still active a few days ago
     
    In a few words, the argument made by people that know about this stuff is that the US doesn't have this systems because it counts on the air force to do the job
     
    So, basically the game assumes a situation that wouldn't be possible (or likely) in real life, except for a few very lucky Russian planes in the whole theater that would probably be shot down returning home anyway, but because this is a game it takes some liberties 
     
    I won´t start an argument about this, since I don't claim any special knowledge about it,  but in the interest of not starting another never ending thread on this I would suggest you check that other thread, specially the arguments put forward by US officers and see their reasoning for how things are the way they are
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    Pablius got a reaction from Shorker in Please NO Marines or NATO forces module !   
    Marines is a given, they probably sell better than anything else and in CMSF they feel different enough, specially with their big infantry platoons
     
    In one of CMSF modules, they included US light infantry formations that were a challenge too, and fun to play
     
    And I would like for the French to be included at last, not very familiar with their stuff, but I´m not counting on it, UK, Germany and Poland are much more likely
     
    In any case, every module should, and probably will, include some red forces, airborne, naval infantry, separatists are all good candidates, special forces (as in seals, spetnatz, etc.) I´m not sure are a good fit for this games
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    Pablius got a reaction from LUCASWILLEN05 in We need snow.   
    Winter is Coming....Sorry, wrong forum
     
    But, yes, a vote for winter war
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    Pablius got a reaction from nsKb in US Anti Aircraft defences   
    I second the motion for standoff air mission option!!
     
    I was thinking about it the other day while reading this thread after playing a couple of missions
     
    It is somewhat strange it is not there in some form, given the capabilities of the systems involved and all the effort put into them to do exactly the opposite of what they do in game right now,
     
    It is like giving the tanks a range limit of 1000m for no good reason other than to add suspense
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    Pablius got a reaction from Blueonblack83 in Red campaign only 5 missions long?   
    I guess they assumed that it was better to do one for each side, with a total close to 15, than a big one for just the US plus some Ukrainians attached, but it does feel short and you don´t care so much about loosing core units this way, save for tanks maybe...perhaps 7 or 8 missions long campaigns, with some replacements available a some point would have been the sweet spot for tactical diversity, I think I got more "attached" to my units in CMSF, but I guess story telling is not the central point of a wargame
     
    Those poor russian recon guys were used as "one-time enemy detectors" for the most part without much consequence...wish I could split one man sections for maximum detecting!
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    Pablius got a reaction from Spitzenhund in sell on Steam?   
    Without the intent of fueling a hot topic I just want to add that it would definitely be convenient for BF games to be on Steam, at least to me as a costumer
     
    I recently bought Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations in their last sale, a very niche game/simulator, and it´s definitely a plus not to be hunting patches/fixes, I hope it soon gets Steam Workshop support
     
    Paradox Interactive is another big success story about their transition to Steam, and so AGEOD it seems, since they are in the same group as Matrix and Slitherine
     
    I won´t argue about it with BF, I don´t have the numbers nor data nor the entitlement feeling to tell them what to do, just my experience with other small/medium strategy focused companies that made that move, and it´s being positive so far, again, as a costumer
     
    And I´ll keep buying BF games I like one way or the other
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