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Annexation . Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself. . All yellow captions, plus the opening tagline, by Niccolo Machiavelli. Puff of smoke effect on the firing tanks shamelessly ripped off from Cthulthu's Skeleton Crew and miniaturized. My Dad, seeing it 99.9% completed, asked "Can a layman make a suggestion?" Upon being informed that he could, he made a good one and it was followed, improving the look of the intersections. The rest, for better or worse, is all me. (Except of course for the music -- added July 31, '08) No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution. There are two methods of fighting, the one by the law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts; but as the first method is often insufficient, one must have recourse to the second. However strong your armies may be, you will always need the favor of the inhabitants to take possession of a province. Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed out drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more. The ambition of men is such that; to gratify a present desire, they think not of the evils which will in a short time result from it. Nor will they be influenced by the examples of antiquity. Every student of ancient history well knows that any change of governments, be it from a republic to a tyranny, or from a tyranny to a republic, must necessarily be followed by some terrible punishment of the existing state of things. To incur hatred without any advantage is the greatest temerity and imprudence. In proportion as the founders of a republic or monarchy are entitled to praise, so do the founders of a tyranny deserve execration. There are but two rules for making war against a republic: one, the desire to subjugate her; the other, the apprehension of being subjugated by her. Whoever impoverishes himself by war acquires no power, even though he be victorious, for his conquests cost him more than they are worth. In a thousand ways, and for many reasons, acquisitions of territory may prove injurious; for one may well extend one’s dominion without increasing one’s power, but the acquisition of dominion without power is sure to bring with it ruin. If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. Get off the road! Get out of town! Don't you know you're being invaded? Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society. Buildings not currently destroyed or under attack -- yet: Authority which is violently usurped, and not that which is conferred by the free suffrages of the people, is hurtful to republics. A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests. Politics have no relation to morals. Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil. There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. An example of one of the generic buildings you may notice in the background of some of the shots, in an attempt at forced perspective. These ones with the stacked wedge plates are a royal pain to take apart. Some of the working titles that were considered during building: The Occupation Begins, Sneak Attack, Unprovoked Aggression, The Invasion, and The Sack of (insert city name here). All kinds of government are defective.

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