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Subject: Specific cards: Pershing II Deployed rss

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Philip Thomas
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Background: In the early 1980s the Soviets began to deploy intermediate range missiles in Eastern Europe. West European governments complained the USA was letting the strategic balance tilt away from them. When the USA responded by deploying the Pershing II, their own intermediate missile, West Europeans complained about nuclear proliferation. No pleasing some people? Actually it was different groups who did the complaining and in fact at the government level the Pershing II Deployment had considerable support: the Soviets found it much more difficult to exploit than the 'neutron bomb' issue a little earlier.

Effect: Soviet 3 OPs starred event. Remove 1 influence from 3 countries in Western Europe. Gain 1 VP.

Strategy. A variant on Socialist Governments- can't remove 2 influence from one country but get a VP as consolation, and crucially not prevented by the Iron Lady. Useful ammunition in the fight for Europe that can develop in the Late War.
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