Well you could argue that he didn't need to kill Ansom, he could have just skipped to the Volcano-trap, but somehow I dont think a WMD would stand up well in this discussion.
Skipping to the volcano trap would have been the dishonorable thing. Parson calculated that the death of Anson (removal of his CWL bonus) and the losses to the RCC from tower down, walls down, tunnels down was not sufficient to allow GK to win. The volcano was his sincere weapon of last resort.
Smoker wrote:It [violating parley] just means that you have to accept the consequences thereafter: You wont be trusted, and you cant rely on others to extend courtesies that you have abused.
Sure. But as others have pointed out, Queen Bea did so, and Jillian did so. That places the count evenly for the RCCII and GK, if you count pooping on the roof to be a violation of parley (I do. It is an offensive act when the poop is an attack mode, I was merely attempting humor.)
Smoker wrote:Even if the Royals did come to regard GK in a more favourable light, I still think Parson's actions will make Parley's strained at very (very) best. Really, if I were to parley with Parson, I would fully expect to get my throat slit by a Deceit Golem, halfway through offering him a beer.
The real challenge would be unbending Jetstone enough to allow for any kind of parley as equals looking for a path forward for both Sides. Look at the dialogue:
Tram: "How often did you rail against Stanley's dishonor? His "loathsome, crawling deceit and cowardice" I believe was the sort of thing you used to say."
His nickname amongst the RCC and RCCII: Stanley the worm.
Someone did a great job demonizing GK in preparation for the RCC, when all Jetstone had as a beef with them were a couple field unit clashes. Oh, and that whole inconceivable fact that a non-royal had a Side of respectable size. When ideology is used against other Sides, the RCC and now RCCII is fine with it. But they like not at all this concept that Toolism denotes a higher and more direct mandate, through attunement.
cheeseaholic wrote:It's not like he's [Parson] killing civilians; everyone is a soldier and this is a war of extermination (unless he can make it otherwise).
Actually, the GK Side is the only one who isn't fighting a war of extinction. Via the powers of the 'Pliers, the fallen rise and continue on. It's the RCCII who would be putting all the GK forces who surrendered to the sword.
Sieggy wrote:North Korea is a bad example to use. Because of the unique circumstances of their geography, NK is holding the capital of SK and its population hostage. They can do pretty much whatever they want and if the world takes any action - the Kims have no compunctions whatsoever about killing millions as a deterrent, or to further their aims. NK and the Kims aren't so much a state as a family run criminal organization with a gun to the heads of their deadliest enemy. They know that if anyone pulls a trigger, hundreds of thousands of civilians will be killed. The Kims have as much honor and restraint as a mexican drug gang. They don't wage war, they run a gang.
If Seoul were out of artillery range, things would be quite different. And if the Chinese weren't backing them, same thing.
North Korea is a perfect example, for all of the reasons you cited. A few minor corrections: Japan is also within range of their massive artillery barrage. They have very sophisticated (not first world quality, but very good) long range ballistic transport capabilities. They have plutonium nukes. They have an advanced uranium enrichment facility which they purposefully revealed to a western scientist.
Their entire reason for continuing on as a ruling regime is their strategy of threats and brinkmanship. They wanted
to have their new uranium enrichment facility known to the west. Why? Because it is just one more saber they can rattle to gain concessions.
Sieggy wrote:Personally, if I were running things, I'd amass an absolute crapload of IR seeker heads attached to dumb bombs. Wait until immediately after an exceptionally severe winter storm, then put up everything capable of carrying a load and drop 500 pounders on every heat source above a campfire. The only heated buildings in NK during the winter contain military brass and party officials, and the heat signals would make a decapitation strike fairly simple.
I've been in Korea during the winter, and let me tell you, NOBODY is going to be conducting ground operations after one of their blizzards. Especially if ever time you crank up an engine (or even better, a BUNCH of engines) and get them warm enough to move out, you get a bomb through the roof. And that's assuming you can even GET an engine started . . .
There would be a very nasty, bloody 24 hour period, but with the party leadership out of the way, the inherent inertia and total lack of initiative among the lower ranks would prevent any coherent response. And the world would be a MUCH safer place . . .
That's a solution which should have been planned for over the past 55 years. Soul built expensive condos right up to the DMZ when there should have been an effort made to harden all new construction, build underground as much as is possible, and/or establish a new city location out of range. Then your solution would be viable. Without that preparation I do not believe that South Korea, Japan, or the US is willing to accept that bloody 24 hour period, despite the potential annihilation of a brutal regime and the message that this would send to other nations such as Iran that there is a limit to the pushing that can be done before the gloves come off.
The most aggressive semi-military option I've heard was to make repeated air approaches to NK, forcing them to spend their limited stocks of fuel and lubrication on scrambling their air forces over and over. But is that even realistic if you don't intend to follow up with anything more telling? All that NK needs to do in response is start a limited shelling of Seoul and call for an end of the air approaches. And then they'd have done what they are best at: Engaging in threats and brinkmanship and forcing others to act to accommodate them