ftl wrote:Where are you getting the idea that his loyalty was "never on solid ground to begin with"?
Caesar's "airy-voiced impression of their sovereign was just barely on the respectful side." This is the turn right after Gobwin Knob and he's already "barely on the respectful side". Don hasn't even decided to pop an heir. At this point, Caesar is the heir, the only heir, and has no reason to think Don is in any way displeased with him. He's the Chief Warlord of TV and he just failed Don King's command to get Stanley. One would think Caesar would maybe feel... remorse for failing? Maybe sympathy for the plight they are now in? No. He is acting contemptuously of his king in hearing range of the other warlords, and in range of a non-TV (Jillian).
And two turns later, Caesar strides through the palace, says some "terse words" to Don and then leaves abruptly, while the other warlords kiss Don King's ring, go on bended knee, etc.
That doesn't sound like Loyalty that's on solid ground to me.
Jinren wrote:Currently TV seems to be on a defensive footing and losing ground; you don't have to be a bubble kingdom to be surrounded on most sides by allies, enjoying good productive output and in the process of delivering the finishing blow to the one side that wouldn't fall into line. e.g. Life in Spacerock during Book 1, or people staying at home in Gobwin Knob itself at the moment, are technically in a state of war but the conflict isn't being perceived as a direct threat to life and limb in the same way as TV's current situation.
What's TV's current situation? It's not directly involved in the war with Gobwin Knob. For all we know, GK will take out Haggar and Carpool before going after TV. TV's situation is that Carpool currently has the upper hand in their turf war, and Don blew a lot of Schmuckers on Jillian and wanted to do the same for Jetstone.
Life and limb? Not yet. Only because we happen to know that GK is the real threat -- something Caesar and the other TV warlords don't really seem to understand.
So, if this the best time to be changing philosophy? Maybe not. Was lending money to Jetstone a bad idea. Most definitely. But I don't think Don King thought he'd have a better time.
He first came up with the idea 40 turns after the volcano. 14 turns later, he decides pop a new heir. It's been 14 turns since that point, and the heir still isn't popped. This is a long term decision. When Queen Bea dies -- spurring Don to pop an heir, things were as peaceful as TV had ever had it. It was only since then that Carpool starting getting aggressive. Don's not going to abandon the plan now (especially since the plan, in part, is living up to his Noble lineage, which involves all sorts of self-sacrificing tendencies). It would set him back 28 turns at least, and while TV might survive that, I don't think Don thinks he's got another 28 turns left in him.