This is the first varient I ever actually completed (I have a lot I've started.) The original idea to make this varient came from Tom Swider who said if I had a lot of knowledge on something then go ahead and make a varient on it. As a game, the varient Balkan Wars III had a big influence on developing this game, as both situations seemed alike. It also made for a quicker play as a game rather than a long drawn out stalemate. As a subject matter, I have found the subject interesting in the same light as most of us are interested in an auto accident. We are horrorfied by it but we want to know what happened. I have found that most of my fellow Americans know very little about what is going on in Northern Ireland. Well, this game won't teach you much, but it is a small step. Most are not aware of any other combatant other than the Provisional Irish Republican Army and the British Army, nor that there are actually two IRAs.
The rules are meant to keep this game simple. Situations are still represented in abstraction. Although America is a free center, when taken, it is not conquered by a power. The American center is there to provide more strength to the power that invests the effort to gain American support. In other words, if the British take America, they have succeeded in convincing the Yanks into not only cutting support for the Irish, but also in helping the Empire. If an Irish player has control of the American center, then American opinion is in that player's favor.
After running this game a couple of times, I favor the Black press and Blitz Move option. But I now wish I had named Holywood ->BANGOR.
The British player can be eliminated. This doesn't mean that the U.K. had been conquered, but that British public opinion is so fed up with the war that the British pull out of Northern Ireland. Continued support by the English supply centers represent support by those parties who reside there. Likewise, if any Irish power finds itself eliminated, it will probably mean they have been neutralized..at least for a while.
A historical background on all the positions.
More notes: Please read Brief historical Background.
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