Oh if only Euria treated its heroes this way…
While there was much more talking in this episode I am willing to tolerate the slower pace since they seem to be laying down some ground work for future conflicts. It turns out that Fan Hulic’s victory was unexpected as Euria had put Fan Hulic in command to be the face of their defeat. While Tytania and Euria has not worked out a deal prior to it seems that the current regime on Euria had only assented to battle as a means to save face. They were not going to win, but at the same time surrendering without having fired a shot would have been politically unthinkable. Even amongst the four dukes it seems that competition between them is about to heat up big time now that it seems that Ariabart slipped up, right now it seems of the four that Juslan seems to be the favored candidate, mostly because he doesn’t fall on any given extreme.
Elan will do for you what it did for the French and the Japanese, I hope you enjoy parading your men as mountains of corpses, Brownie.
So Fan Hulic victorious does not get a heroes welcome as the draftee admiral from the Merchant Marine was meant to be the public face of a Eurian defeat. They cut him a check but he flees into exile, seems the bubble gum genius has as many problems holding stable employment as he has with womenfolk. While he lacks employment now there are probably other interests groups that would be keen on employing him in order to bring down Tytania. Conversely now that he is famous he will also be hunted down by Tytania who are willing to give him a job, and it is quite clear that they intend to make Fan Hulic an offer he can’t refuse. While right now only Ariabart has problems with trying to hire Fan Hulic the rest of the Tytania clan are willing to bring another talented commander into their fleet. Pride matters little when the chance to enhance Tytanian military power presents itself. I have to say it’s a more sound policy militarily and politically, given how it would send a message to every ambitious commander that Tytania is willing to offer quarter and employment to the talented without holding a grudge. Militarily it makes those good commanders more willing to surrender at the first sign of trouble and it saves military resources that would have otherwise been spent annihilating such talent.
But I want to see…
Ajman seems to view this Fan Hulic issue as a way to test the four dukes to see which of them has their head on straight. While their after action was largely correct in dissecting what Ariabart did right, Idris and Zalisch both drew the incorrect (IMHO) conclusion as to why Ariabart lost. Zalisch harps on the mysterious unknown quantity that is spirit saying that Ariabart should have essentially punched his way through the Eurians, while Idris preaches that it was Ariabart’s arrogance that lost him the battle. I think that it was mostly due to surprise and a massive intelligence failure than anything else, the lack of spirit probably staved off an earlier defeat while arrogance seems to have only aggravated the problem once Ariabart ignored the first suspicious sign of the ponderous movements of the Eurian Fleet. That said it seems that the Tytanian fleet was not completely lost since the last remnant of Fan Hulic’s was only 600 ships while Tytania out numbered him heavily from the start. Unless the subs or wonky it seems that while 600 ships was a significant loss it was not the whole fleet that Ariabart took with him, but that one blow by the Whigerd Canons was sufficient to force a Tytanian withdrawal. In light of that having lost tactical control it was better to disengage rather than stick around while trying to reform what was left.
Defeat is the best tonic against complacency.
Right now it seems that Zalisch is more prone to relying solely on military power to rule whereas Idris operates under the assumption that subtler methods like media manipulation and secret police can be relied upon as the primary means of Tytanian control. While bother have merit the happier middle ground that Juslan seems to occupy is favored by Ajman. Ariabart right now, seems to crumble under pressure and defeat and thus seems to have blundered badly in the race to succeed Ajman. I am not sure exactly what to make of Juslan, right now he seems observant but he is also cognizant of the fact that he does not have all the answers, and his admission that he probably could not have done better against Fan Hulic seems to confirm this. Ajman might be publicly allowing the four dukes to handle it but I don’t think he is going to stop keeping tabs on Fan Hulic, given how coffee is the working drink of this series Ajman is going to be spending much more time to resolve the Fan Hulic threat. Juslan prophecies that he will be called upon to lead Tytania, but at the same time it will have signaled a significant shift given how it seems that Juslan believes in little niceties like giving quarter. I don’t think that we can write off Ariabart off just yet since even in defeat as long has he can draw the correct conclusions from that defeat then he will be better off for it.
Looks like the hero of Eurai will have to take what he can get…
One of the more annoying things this time was shoe polish girl whose presence was an annoyance from beginning to end. Judging by the preview it seems that women might have more of a role to play seeing how Juslan has Francia and hopefully Fan Hulic will meet a lady friend instead of some fabulous dude. Guess Lydia will have more company after all on the female bench. In light of the Eurian capitulation I don’t think that there will be any bastions of good government for us to see, not even Tytania is doing anything wholly terrible given how the current policy is based on carrot and stick, and they seem less prone to go to war if a favorable arrangement can be worked out. Certainly right now Euia seems to be run by political hacks, while the Empire is run by an incompetent aristocracy. Tytania is an amoral regime to be sure but even with the purges it was not all that different from Euria sacrificing its fighting men to save face, on the contrary it seems a bit more honest.
Hello are you by chance his Adjutant?
Other than you curling your hair…no.