Oberon wrote:His Duty to Stanley will force him to break away from being Stanley's loyal unit? Wait, what? You realize that the Overlord of another side owes Stanley nothing at all, right?
Unless a new Side is formed, every GK unit in the hex is doomed to croak. Parson and Antium would croak in the inferno, and the red dwagons would be croaked either by the RCC2 during the remainder of their turn or by Charlie during his turn (as a mercenary mission billed to the RCC2).
I think I can show that if Parson were to form a new Side and be totally selfish, there would be some benefit to GK (well, to be precise, to Wanda's Side) that is an improvement over the above scenario, particularly since Parson has a personal interest in seeing Jack decrypted.
There is no way for Parson to found a new Side at Spacerock and maintain control of Spacerock. The only person who can save the city from burning down is Sizemore, and the only person would could potentially enable the city to be defended until the end of the RCC2's turn is Wanda.
I don't think we know whether Antium and the dwagons would automatically turn to the new Side. If they wouldn't, then Parson would be forced to negotiate an alliance in a Mexican standoff. (It's a standoff even though Antium & dwagons could easily croak Parson or hold him off without croaking him, because given Maggie's lack of juice and the negotiation in the MK, only Parson can ask Sizemore and Wanda to come in through the portal. Antium probably doesn't even known about the option of grabbing Parson's eyebook and impersonating him, while keeping Parson alive and uncaptured so that the portal remains open.)
Even if Antium and the dwagons would become Parson's units, if Wanda comes in, the units she can decrypt would easily overwhelm them all.
If Parson wants to remain alive and independent, he must escape to the MK. Overlord Parson + Wanda + many corpses = decrypted Parson. Spacerock without Wanda = RCC2 re-capture of Spacerock before the end of the RCC2 turn.
Given the above, what GK has to gain in the situation is at least the decryption of Jack, since Parson would carry his body into MK just as a friend. If GK wishes to take the risk of sending Sizemore and Wanda into Spacerock after making a deal with Parson, then GK would also get to decrypt Ace and bring him back to GK. GK would also force the RCC2 to expend resources re-taking Spacerock from its decrypted defenders, and if those defenders last until GK's turn, then some of them would have a chance of escaping back to GK territory. Razing Spacerock is another option.
However, I do concede that GK Parson might consider it dangerous to GK for a barbarian Parson to exist, because Wanda could be tempted to turn to whatever Side he ends up in, especially if it's Charlescomm.
Funny thought: If Parson is creative enough, his Duty might compel him to have Antium tie him up before he founds the new Side. Then he wouldn't be able to escape to the MK.