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The thread has bounced off the main page, so I'm not sure whether I should continue this timeline. What do you think, comrades?
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Nearly a year ago I tried to write a new history of the Cold War based on a game I played, but discovered that my records were horribly smudged and the rules broken badly. So this time, I've decided to try again, documenting a game I played against Chris Withers on wargameroom (with a 2 IP bid). So, we'll try to write our people's history of the world again!

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4 USSR influence added to Poland, now at 4
1 USSR influence added to East Germany, now at 4
1 USSR influence added to Yugoslavia, now at 1

4 USA influence added to West Germany, now at 4
3 USA influence added to Italy, now at 3
2 USA extra influence added to Iran, now at 3
The Second World War has ended, only for two former allies to confront each other in what will be known in history as the Cold War-- a conflict of influence and diplomatic pressure rather than direct war, yet one not without moments when the latter seemed possible, almost inevitable. The post-WWII Soviet government is swift to preserve her sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, using a combination of military and economic aid to bring East Germany and Poland within the Soviet orbit, setting up pro-Soviet Communist regimes. Yugoslavia, of key strategic significance due to its proximity to the Mediterranean region and Italy, also receives some Soviet aid. The American government strives to defend Western Europe against Soviet aggression by deploying military and reconstruction aid to the frontline states of West Germany and Italy. Mindful of the strategic role Asia and the Middle East will play in the future Cold War, it also backs up the Iranian Shah with heavy arms support.

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Soviet Headline Card: #1: Asia Scoring
American Headline Card: #102 Ops 2: Defectors (USA)
The Defectors card cancels out the Soviet-played Headline Event.
In a first blow to American delusions of supremacy, the Soviets plan for a Conference to be held between Asian nations, demonstrating Soviet dominance in the region. Yet a Soviet diplomat in Peking defects to the Nationalist government, allowing the US to pressure the USSR into making the conference a harmless discussion of trivial matters.

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Turn 1, USSR action round 1

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#105 Ops 2: Special Relationship (USA)
2 USSR influence added to Afghanistan, now at 2
The Americans use the USA event played by the USSR
American influence in France increased by 1, now at 1

Turn 1, USA action round 1

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#100 Ops 2: Formosan Resolution * (USA)
1 USA influence added to Malaysia, now at 1
1 USA influence added to Lebanon, now at 1
Afganistan's Zahir Shah is overthrown by direct Soviet military aggression in collaboration with socialist and Islamist elements in the nation. The country becomes a satellite of the USSR and will remain so until the end of the Cold War. America, however, puts Europe first in its global strategy for the moment and brokers a UK-France economic agreement granting America a foothold in France. Immediately afterwards policy is refocused globally, with the US offering aid to British Malaya's people in preparation for future decolonization. In addition, it lends military aid to Lebanon in order to stabilize the unstable country.

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Turn 1, USSR action round 2
The Soviets play the following card for Ops
#4 Ops 3: Duck and Cover (USA)
They elect to have the American event occur first.
DEFCON Level lowered to 4
VPs up 1, now at 1

The Soviets use the Duck and Cover card to place influence:
3 USSR influence added to Pakistan, now at 3

Turn 1, USA action round 2

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#24 Ops 2: Indo-Pakistani War
India invades Pakistan...
USA success on a modified die roll of 4-6; USSR modifer is -1
** Die roll: 4 (-1) = 3 -- no effect **
American Military Operations for this turn increased to 2
The United States declares an aggressive preparedness campaign to defend against the nuclear threat presented by the Soviet nuclear arsenal. Despite the strong pro-US publicity granted in the incident, the Soviet government does not hesitate in intervening in the newly independent Indian region, partitioned into Pakistan and India. Pakistan, unwilling to turn to its former colonial masters for help, enthusiastically receives Soviet military, political and economic assistance, and becomes a key anchor of Soviet influence in the region. In the chaos ensuing decolonization, America plays a cynical game of playing off India and Pakistan. India invades Pakistan wit tacit American support, but with Afghan-Pakistani solidarity the war goes nowhere and India is forced to accept defeat.

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Turn 1, USSR action round 3
The Soviets play the following card for Ops:
#106 Ops 3: NORAD * (USA)
They also play UN Intervention to cancel the American event

The Soviets play the following card for a coup attempt:
#106 Ops 3: NORAD * (USA)
Coup attempt in Iran (stability 2):
** USSR die roll = 4 (+3) = 7
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 3.
American influence in Iran reduced by 3, now at 0
DEFCON Level lowered to 3
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 3

Turn 1, USA action round 3

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#34 Ops 4: Nuclear Test Ban
2 USA influence added to Thailand, now at 2
2 USA influence added to France, now at 3
Learning of US plans to construct a system defending North America from Soviet nuclear threats, the USSR engineers a UN resolution in favour of peace to be passed, deterring such US intentions. At the same time, they demonstrate stunning hypocrisy by sponsoring Iranian nationalist Mohammad Mosaddegh's bid for power in Iran. A leftist politician, he is aided by Soviet troops who seize Tehran and remove Shah Pahlavi in a violent coup d'état. Mosaddegh is unable to seize power in the ensuing chaos, however, and a military transitional regime takes control. Meanwhile, America supplies Thailand with heavy military aid to gain a foothold in Southeast Asia, and helps it in developing a post-war political order. It also offers political support to France, as well as a generous supply of foreign aid for reconstruction.

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Turn 1, USSR action round 4
The Soviets play the following card for Ops
#19 Ops 1: Truman Doctrine * (USA)
They elect to have the American event occur first.

** The Truman Doctrine card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in Yugoslavia now at 0

The Soviets use the Truman Doctrine card to place influence:
1 USSR influence added to India, now at 1

Turn 1, USA action round 4

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#9 Ops 2: Vietnam Revolts * (USSR)
2 USA influence added to Thailand, now at 4
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA

** The Vietnam Revolts card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in Vietnam increased by 2, now at 2
American President Harry Truman speaks in support of European liberty and freedom in his Truman Doctrine, and emphasizes political liberation in the Balkans, where Tito understands the need for reconciliation with the US and takes a more independent policy line. India, recovering from the earlier Indo-Pakistani war, receives a small amount of economic assistance from the Soviet Union as South Asia becomes increasingly important with Europe tilting American. America catches on to this as well, and heavily bolsters Thailand with military deployments and assistance in civil affairs before encouraging the French to retreat from Vietnam, where the Viet Cong are taking power.

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Turn 1, USSR action round 5

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#15 Ops 1: Nasser * (USSR)
1 USSR influence added to Laos/Cambodia, now at 1
1 USSR influence added to Burma, now at 1

Turn 1, USA action round 5

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#26 Ops 1: CIA Created * (USA)
1 USA influence added to South Korea, now at 2
The struggle for Asia becomes ever more heated, with the Soviets supporting Communist insurgencies in Laos, Cambodia, and Burma, where colonialism is clearly in the descendant. America, meanwhile, emphasizes stability on two fronts-- Northeast Asia and South Asia, and commits itself to economic assistance in post-War South Korea.

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Turn 1, USSR action round 6

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#14 Ops 3: Comecon * (USSR)
2 USSR influence added to Iraq, now at 3
1 USSR influence added to Syria, now at 2

Turn 1, USA action round 6
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#10 Ops 1: Blockade * (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.

** The Blockade card is permanently removed. **

The US player discards the following card to avoid losing all Influence in West Germany:
#17 Ops 3: De Gaulle Leads France * (USSR)

The Americans use the Blockade card to place influence:
1 USA influence added to South Korea, now at 3
The Americans are 1 military operation short of the DEFCON requirement of 3
VPs down 1, now at 0
DEFCON Level raised to 4
Anxious to gain influence in the Middle East, the USSR aids Iraq politically and militarily, bringing the government within the Soviet orbit. Syria, too, falls under Soviet control with military support in stabilizing the formerly coup-ridden country. The USSR, however, also mounts a farcial blockade of Berlin, which leads to formerly nationalistic de Gaulle of France speaking in favour of freedom and democracy in Europe, losing them an opportunity to gain traction in Europe. The blockade is such a failure that the Americans are able to dedicate emergency funds for the Berliners to aiding the Koreans in terms of reconstruction.
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Re: Rewriting History-- the Cold War (2nd Run)
[q="sirhumphrey"] Yet a Soviet diplomat in Peking defects and flees to Taiwan, allowing the US to pressure the USSR into making the conference a harmless discussion of trivial matters.

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Very nice recounting of your game! I would very much like to do this some time, but I do not know if I have the necessary patience...it is much easier to take cheap shots at your great narrative.
Look at the paragraph I quoted. In late 1945 (Turn 1 headline phase), the Chinese Civil War had not re-started in earnest yet, and the Nationalist Chinese still controlled most of the country, so a defecting Soviet diplomat would not need to go to Taiwan.
 
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Thanks-- fixed!
 
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(This afternoon on wargameroom I was asked which side I took. I played to US, but I assure you that the CIA played no part in this history essay's support of freedom, liberty and democracy throughout the world! ninja)

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** Turn 2 Headline Phase **
Soviet Headline Card: #28 Ops 3: Suez Crisis * (USSR)
American Headline Card: #25 Ops 3: Containment * (USA)

USA Headline Event: #25 Ops 3: Containment * (USA)

The Americans use the Containment card as an Event:

** The Containment card is permanently removed. **

All further operations cards played by US this turn add one to their value (to a maximum of 4).

USSR Headline Event: #28 Ops 3: Suez Crisis * (USSR)

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#28 Ops 3: Suez Crisis * (USSR)

** The Suez Crisis card is permanently removed. **

American influence in France reduced by 2, now at 1
American influence in Israel reduced by 1, now at 0
American influence in United Kingdom reduced by 1, now at 4
Crises around the world in China, Europe and the Middle East push the United States government to formally recognize the need for direct foreign policy confrontation with the Soviet Union, and President Truman thus makes "Containment" of Soviet aggression a integral part of his foreign policy. Under his leadership, American forces are galvanized over the next few years and continue to play an active role in fighting Communism. However, the fact that "Containment" is aimed at restricting Soviet influence in pro-Western or non-aligned countries is not lost on the Soviets, and they swiftly exploit a inter-alliance disagreement between the colonial powers and Egypt in the Suez Canal dispute. With the Americans failing to reconcile the two, American influence wanes in France, Israel and the UK, if only slightly.

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Turn 2, USSR action round 1

The Soviets play the following card for a coup attempt:
#27 Ops 4: US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact * (USA)
Coup attempt in Thailand (stability 2):
** USSR die roll = 2 (+4) = 6
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 2.
American influence in Thailand reduced by 2, now at 2
DEFCON Level lowered to 3
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 4
The Americans use the USA event played by the USSR

** The US/Japan Mutual Defense Pact card is permanently removed. **

USSR may no longer make Coup or Realignment rolls against Japan
American influence in Japan increased by 3, now at 4

Turn 2, USA action round 1

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#23 Ops 4: Marshall Plan * (USA)
2 USA influence added to France, now at 3
1 USA influence added to United Kingdom, now at 5
1 USA influence added to Thailand, now at 3
The Soviet government mounts a coup d'état in Thailand, hoping to unseat the present, pro-American government and replace it with a cadre of leftist military officers disgruntled with the Thai government. The coup fails miserably, resulting in a harsh crackdown on the would-be plotters, but the Thai government recognizes that an overwhelmingly pro-American government is likely to be toppled by the Soviets, and instead takes a more moderate policy direction while yielding security, political and economic concessions to the US. As if to bolster Thailand's confidence, the US also signs a treaty with Japan ensuring the latter's defence by the former in times of crisis. The move ensures American dominance in the Japanese political scene. Immediately afterwards, the US announces a massive security aid plan to support states that were not receiving the full extent of American backing, including France, the UK and Thailand.

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Turn 2, USSR action round 2

The Soviets play the following card for a coup attempt:
#13 Ops 2: Arab-Israeli War (USSR)
Coup attempt in Panama (stability 2):
** USSR die roll = 3 (+2) = 5
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 1.
American influence in Panama reduced by 1, now at 0
DEFCON Level lowered to 2
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 5

Turn 2, USA action round 2

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#2: Europe Scoring

*** Scoring in Europe ***
USSR: 3(presence) +2(battlegrounds) = 5
USA: 7(domination) +3(battlegrounds) = 10
VPs up 5, now at 5
In a second move demonstrating the militancy of the Soviet regime, the oligarchy of commercial interests in Panama is toppled by popular uprising sponsored by Soviet agents provocateur, and in the face of popular rebellion, the Panamanian government undergoes radical restructuring with a relatively apolitical, technocratic-military regime taking power. In an anticlimax to the wave of instability in the Third World, the nations of Europe call a summit in London and pass a statement acknowledging "the importance of American security and economic interests in the region and the development of mutual interests", a polite way of acknowledging US domination in the region.

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Turn 2, USSR action round 3

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#33 Ops 3: De-Stalinization * (USSR)

** The De-Stalinization card is permanently removed. **

1 De-Stalinization influence removed from Finland, now at 0
1 De-Stalinization influence removed from Vietnam, now at 1
1 De-Stalinization influence removed from Poland, now at 3
1 De-Stalinization influence removed from East Germany, now at 3
1 De-Stalinization influence added to Chile, now at 1
1 De-Stalinization influence added to Venezuela, now at 1
1 De-Stalinization influence added to Angola, now at 1
1 De-Stalinization influence added to Panama, now at 1

Turn 2, USA action round 3
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#7 Ops 3: Socialist Governments (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.
American influence in West Germany reduced by 2, now at 2
American influence in France reduced by 1, now at 2

The Americans use the Socialist Governments card to place influence:
2 USA influence added to Angola, now at 2
1 USA influence added to West Germany, now at 3
This civilized culture in world affairs, however, was not to be continued. With Stalin's death, a coalition of Politburo members-- headed by Nikita Khrushchev-- denounce Stalin's atrocities during his tenure of leader of the Soviet Union and begin a rigorous process of de-Stalinization. The cult of personality so widely believed in Soviet satellites like East Germany, Poland and Vietnam is dismantled, earning the Soviet government some enmity from these governments who have lost a vital tool in their ideology arsenals. A string of diplomats from Finland associated with Stalin's policies are also herded away by angry Finns, upset with the Soviet invasion of Finland years ago. However, under the banner of non-Stalinist Communism, multiple insurgency movements gain traction in the Third World much to the benefit of the USSR. These include the Communist popular movements in Venezuela, Chile and Panama as well as the violent Angolan Communist insurgency which seizes the newly de-colonized capital of Luanda and declares Angola a People's Republic. To compound matters, left-wing parties gain traction in elections in West Germany and France, while the US attempts to conduct public diplomacy in West Germany, ensuring that the West German government stays on a pro-US foreign policy track. At the same time, it sponsors a rival insurgency in Angola that, together with colonial commercial interests from Portugal, seize Angola and abolish the short-lived People's Republic.

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Turn 2, USSR action round 4

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#110 Ops 2: The Cambridge Five (USSR)
2 USSR influence added to Zaire, now at 2

Turn 2, USA action round 4

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#16 Ops 3: Warsaw Pact Formed * (USSR)
1 USA influence added to West Germany, now at 4
1 USA influence added to Israel, now at 1
2 USA influence added to South Africa, now at 3
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA

** The Warsaw Pact Formed card is permanently removed. **

2 USSR influence added to East Germany, now at 5
2 USSR influence added to Poland, now at 5
1 USSR influence added to Yugoslavia, now at 1
The Soviet government is quick to react to developments in Angola, and instead of attempting to restore the Communist regime there to power it launches an effort to "liberate" Belgian Congo, marching in Soviet troops and showering the Communist insurgencies there with military aid. A Communist government soon takes over, and becomes a key Soviet ally in the region. On the European front East Germany, Poland and Yugoslavia both participate in signing the Warsaw Pact, organized by the USSR to rally Eastern European client states. The move increases Soviet influence in the region quite dramatically and more than makes up for the enmity caused by the Soviet leadership' denunciation of Stalin. However, the US also aids West Germany to protect it against perceived Soviet aggression, while mending ties with Israel and aiding South Africa's process of gradual democratization and development.

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Turn 2, USSR action round 5

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#12 Ops 1: Romanian Abdication * (USSR)
1 USSR influence added to Brazil, now at 1

Turn 2, USA action round 5

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#22 Ops 2: Independent Reds * (USA)
1 USA influence added to France, now at 3
2 USA influence added to Algeria, now at 2
The Soviet Union makes good use of the momentum effect created by the strength of socialist popular movements in Latin America, and aids a large and influential Communist movement in Brazil that gains traction with the public there. Mindful of the same model of Soviet intervention taking hold in Europe and North Africa, the Americans swiftly mend ties with France severed in the Suez Crisis, and aid the French in nation-building in Algeria, soon to be independent. Through careful politicking, the US successfully sets up a pro-American transitional regime-in-waiting.

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Turn 2, USSR action round 6

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#8 Ops 2: Fidel * (USSR)
1 USSR influence added to North Korea, now at 4
1 USSR influence added to Burma, now at 2

Turn 2, USA action round 6

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#18 Ops 1: Captured Nazi Scientist *
1 USA influence added to Saharan States, now at 1
1 USA influence added to Taiwan, now at 1
The Americans are 2 military operations short of the DEFCON requirement of 2
VPs down 2, now at 3
DEFCON Level raised to 3
Following their successes in the Third World, the USSR trains its eye again on Asia, signing even more agreements with North Korea supporting Kim Il-Sung's dictatorship there. It also aids the Burmese insurgency in seizing Rangoon and gains a new foothold in Southeast Asia. With an eye towards encircling resource-rich Nigeria, the US supports local political elites in the Saharan states in gaining political influence there while aiding Taiwan's Chiang Kai-Shek militarily to ensure that the Taiwanese stay safe in the face of Communist Chinese aggression.
 
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In turn 2 round 3, the US played Socialist Governments (3 ops). 1 put 1 influence back in West Germany to 3/0; the log shows 2 influence into Angola. How did the US use 2 ops to get 2 influence in Angola when the USSR had control via De-Stal?
 
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In turn 2 round 3, the US played Socialist Governments (3 ops). 1 put 1 influence back in West Germany to 3/0; the log shows 2 influence into Angola. How did the US use 2 ops to get 2 influence in Angola when the USSR had control via De-Stal?
Remember in the headline phase the American played Containment so Socialist Governments would become worth 4 ops, not 3, allowing the USA to spend 3 ops in Angola and 1 in West Germany.
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jaysachs wrote:
In turn 2 round 3, the US played Socialist Governments (3 ops). 1 put 1 influence back in West Germany to 3/0; the log shows 2 influence into Angola. How did the US use 2 ops to get 2 influence in Angola when the USSR had control via De-Stal?
Remember in the headline phase the American played Containment so Socialist Governments would become worth 4 ops, not 3, allowing the USA to spend 3 ops in Angola and 1 in West Germany.
Ah, right, forgot that. Thanks.

And to the OP, I should have said first: great narrative! I look forward to the next turn.
 
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Awesome narrative! This really brings the game to life with the accompanying storytelling.

Question about the game - How did you place the extra influence in Iran to start the game? Is that a variant to help the US player?
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Chris: Many give the US a certain number of extra influence to put where it already has influence to balance play a bit. The Wargameroom league default right now is optional cards +2 IP to US.
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** Turn 3 Headline Phase **
Soviet Headline Card: #30 Ops 2: Decolonization (USSR)
American Headline Card: #18 Ops 1: Captured Nazi Scientist *

USSR Headline Event: #30 Ops 2: Decolonization (USSR)

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#30 Ops 2: Decolonization (USSR)
Soviet influence in Nigeria increased by 1, now at 1
Soviet influence in South Africa increased by 1, now at 1
Soviet influence in Thailand increased by 1, now at 1
Soviet influence in Indonesia increased by 1, now at 1

USA Headline Event: #18 Ops 1: Captured Nazi Scientist *

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#18 Ops 1: Captured Nazi Scientist *

** The Captured Nazi Scientist card is permanently removed. **

USA progress on the Space Race Track is now at Earth Satellite
VPs up 2, now at 5
Decolonization becomes the order of the day in early 1953, where Nigeria and Indonesia, both former colonies, are fully liberated by their former masters, anxious to relieve themselves of the colonist's burden and focus more on their domestic affairs. With the aid and support of the KGB, socialist elements there are able to band with local political elites and take control of the governments there-- Indonesia's Sukarno, in particular, receives KGB backing to consolidate his rule and becomes a key icon of Third World socialism. The KGB also aids anti-Western movements in Thailand and South Africa, both countries of key strategic significance. In other news, however, the US launches a satellite into the atmosphere in a showcase of technological superiority, anxious to find an ideological triumph to counter the success of the Soviet Union in Africa and Southeast Asia on the ground.

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Turn 3, USSR action round 1
The Soviets play the following card for Ops:
#29 Ops 3: East European Unrest (USA)
They also play UN Intervention to cancel the American event

The Soviets play the following card for a coup attempt:
#29 Ops 3: East European Unrest (USA)
Coup attempt in Angola (stability 1):
** USSR die roll = 5 (+3) = 8
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 6.
American influence in Angola reduced by 2, now at 0
Soviet influence in Angola increased by 4, now at 5
DEFCON Level lowered to 2
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 3

Turn 3, USA action round 1

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#31 Ops 4: Red Scare/Purge
1 USA influence added to South Africa, now at 4
2 USA influence added to Nigeria, now at 2
To further enhance its doctrine of "Liberation of the Third World", the Soviet Union sponsors once more Communist insurgency in Angola. Just a few after being driven back into guerrilla warfare, the Angolan Communist insurgents are aided heavily by the Soviets and once again seize Luanda, implementing a Communist regime with the Soviets sending the new regime heavy aid, and extending Communist rule all over the previously fragile country. In response, the US further supplies South Africa with economic aid, geared at developing the economy and quelling unrest, as well as arms to develop South Africa as a bulwark for stability and democratic development in the region. At the same time, the Americans develop an alliance with the Saharan states and local Nigerian insurgencies to take control of the latter country. The civil war there comes to an end with a coalition of right-wing insurgents taking control of the country.

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Turn 3, USSR action round 2

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#6 Ops 4: The China Card
4 USSR influence added to Thailand, now at 5

Turn 3, USA action round 2

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#5 Ops 3: Five Year Plan (USA)
2 USA influence added to Thailand, now at 5
The next few months see a frantic effort by both superpowers to jockey for geopolitical position in Thailand. The USSR supplies Thailand with a large and persuasive aid deal, complemented by a skillful and cunning move to support the socialist movements there to such an extent that the military government is forced to accept their present and integrate pro-Soviet policies into their governance. In response, the US promptly aids the Thai military government and the military clique, unnerved by the fragile political balance in their nation, carefully walk a political tightrope.

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Turn 3, USSR action round 3

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#21 Ops 4: NATO * (USA)
3 USSR influence added to Thailand, now at 8
1 USSR influence added to Iran, now at 1
The Americans use the USA event played by the USSR

** The NATO card is permanently removed. **

USSR player may no longer make Coup or Realignment rolls in any US Controlled countries
in Europe. US Controlled countries in Europe may not be attacked by play of the Brush War event.

May not be played until Marshall Plan or Warsaw Pact Formed (either one) has been played

Turn 3, USA action round 3

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#22 Ops 2: Independent Reds * (USA)
2 USA influence added to Egypt, now at 2
The struggle over Thailand, which thus far has caused limited instability in the streets and a severe divide within the Thai government, concludes momentarily with a Soviet-instigated uprising in the streets, resulting in socialist elements to take full control of the government, sidelining military factions, in a bloodless coup masterminded by the KGB. The USSR also passes a generous aid for the Iranians, a move aimed at gaining the support of its relatively nationalistic transitional regime. Washington responds by increasing the confidence of her European client states by forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, a military-political alliance between Western European states as well as the US. In addition, it signs a comprehensive trading and military pact with Egypt's Naguib, gaining it another key ally in the Middle East.

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Turn 3, USSR action round 4

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#15 Ops 1: Nasser * (USSR)

** The Nasser card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in Egypt increased by 2, now at 2
American influence in Egypt reduced by 1, now at 1

Turn 3, USA action round 4
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#8 Ops 2: Fidel * (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.

** The Fidel card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in Cuba now at 3

The Americans use the Fidel card to place influence:
2 USA influence added to Libya, now at 2
No sooner has Naguib signed the agreement, however, than Egypt falls victim to "liberation" by the Soviets, becoming aware to this emerging geopolitical threat to their position in the Middle East. Abdul Nasser, Egyptian socialist and nationalist, seizes power in Egypt and deposes Naguib. The regime quickly becomes pro-Soviet, and the US seemingly lets the Egyptian uprising slip. There is a second Communist uprising in another part of the world, Cuba, where Fidel Castro overthrows the Batista regime and takes power in the nation at the United States' door, posing a major security threat to the latter. Responding to the Egyptian crisis, however, the US is quick to respond by aiding the Libyan King, setting up the North African country as a counterbalance to Egyptian influence in the region.

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Turn 3, USSR action round 5

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#20 Ops 2: Olympic Games
1 USSR influence added to Egypt, now at 3
1 USSR influence added to Iran, now at 2

Turn 3, USA action round 5

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#3: Middle East Scoring

*** Scoring in Middle East ***
USSR: 5(domination) +3(battlegrounds) = 8
USA: 3(presence) +1(battlegrounds) = 4
VPs down 4, now at 1
The Soviet Union fully takes control of Egypt by cementing their partnership with Nasser in a friendship and co-operation treaty, while further increasing their clout in the Middle East by extending a similar offer to the Iranian government. Fearful of suffering something like a second Anglo-Soviet invasion, they swiftly sign the agreement. The US has been holding off a conference on Middle Eastern affairs for quite some time through diplomatic efforts, but at this point they are forced to accept a summit at Tripoli where the participating nations pass a statement praising "active Soviet participation in regional affairs for the good of the people and the governments that call the Middle East their home", acknowledging Soviet dominance in the region. It is a major prestige victory for the Soviets.

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Turn 3, USSR action round 6
The Soviets play the following card for Ops
#23 Ops 4: Marshall Plan * (USA)
They elect to have the American event occur first.

** The Marshall Plan card is permanently removed. **

American influence in Finland increased by 1, now at 1
American influence in Austria increased by 1, now at 1
American influence in Canada increased by 1, now at 3
American influence in France increased by 1, now at 4
American influence in Spain/Portugal increased by 1, now at 1
American influence in Turkey increased by 1, now at 1
American influence in Greece increased by 1, now at 1

The Soviets use the Marshall Plan card to place influence:
1 USSR influence added to Panama, now at 2
1 USSR influence added to Venezuela, now at 2
1 USSR influence added to Brazil, now at 2
1 USSR influence added to Argentina, now at 1

Turn 3, USA action round 6
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#12 Ops 1: Romanian Abdication * (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.

** The Romanian Abdication card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in Romania now at 3

The Americans use the Romanian Abdication card to place influence:
1 USA influence added to Jordan, now at 1
The Americans are 2 military operations short of the DEFCON requirement of 2
VPs down 2, now at -1
** The Mid War cards are added to the deck **
To contest the so-called Soviet domination of the old world, the US announces a massive aid plan for the nations of Western Europe, the Marshall Plan. Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Canada, Finland, Austria, and France all receive a share of economic aid for reconstruction after the war. At the same time, however, Communist political movements gain weight in Latin America, with these movements taking full control of Panama, Venezuela and Brazil after waves of strikes and protests. Encouraged by these successes, the Argentinians start their own leftist political movement in protest of the current regime. In an event that cements Soviet dominance of the Eastern European region, the Romanian King abdicates in favour of a socialist government that is effectively a Soviet satellite. The Jordanian King, fearful of a similar bloodless coup, enlists the political help of the US to maintain leadership in the nation.
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** Turn 4 Headline Phase **
Soviet Headline Card: #49 Ops 2: Missile Envy
American Headline Card: #36 Ops 3: Brush War

USA Headline Event: #36 Ops 3: Brush War

The Americans use the Brush War card as an Event:
The target country is Argentina
USA success on a modified die roll of 3-6; USSR is -0
** Die roll: 3 -- USA victory!
VPs up 1, now at 0
Soviet influence in Argentina reduced by 1, now at 0
American influence in Argentina increased by 1, now at 1
American Military Operations for this turn increased to 3

USSR Headline Event: #49 Ops 2: Missile Envy

The Soviets use the Missile Envy card as an Event:
The American exchanges the following card for the Missile Envy:
#56 Ops 4: Muslim Revolution (USSR)

The Soviets use the Muslim Revolution card as an Event:
American influence in Libya now at 0
American influence in Egypt now at 0
Following a period of sustained and relatively nonviolent confrontation between the two superpowers, the world enters a state of increased volatility as the superpowers resort to more direct, aggressive strategies to pursue dominance. The United States sponsors a violent insurgency against leftism in Argentina, led by conservative and pro-American political and economic forces in the region. A wave of political violence, riots, and strikes are aimed at destroying leftist elements in the country. The political movement is largely successful, and results in causing a dramatic turn in the political atmosphere of the country towards right-wing political thinking. However, America would suffer domestic malaise of its own-- radical feminist protesters surround government buildings in Washington, protesting the very concept of the Cold War as possessing "patriarchal" undercurrents. As the American regime scrambles to conduct propaganda efforts on domestic soil, they are forced to let up on managing multiple fermenting crises in the Middle East. The Soviets ruthlessly exploit this opportunity, encouraging Muslims to rise up in revolt against the moderate royal government in Libya as well as engage in a sort of self-coup, instigated by Nasser, purging American elements in the name of protecting Islam.

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The Soviets play the following card for a coup attempt:
#78 Ops 3: Alliance for Progress * (USA)
Coup attempt in Nigeria (stability 1):
** USSR die roll = 6 (+3) = 9
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 7.
American influence in Nigeria reduced by 2, now at 0
Soviet influence in Nigeria increased by 5, now at 6
DEFCON Level lowered to 2
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 3
The Americans use the USA event played by the USSR

** The Alliance for Progress card is permanently removed. **


Turn 4, USA action round 1

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#49 Ops 2: Missile Envy
1 USA influence added to Saudi Arabia, now at 1
1 USA influence added to Argentina, now at 2
In yet another demonstration of its willingness to resort to force, the Soviet Union sponsors a coup d'état in Nigeria, using KGB connections to solicit leftist military officers in a pact involving the use of Soviet forces to seize strategic targets. The coup turns out to be a massive success, with Soviet troops aiding the Nigerian coup plotters seize full control of the formerly unstable country and initiate policies that are Communist at least in style. Having fully dealt with the feminist political crisis, the United States manages to muster enough strength to develop their influence worldwide, aiding the rightists in Argentina to seize full power in that country, while making a key deal with the Saudi royal family on matters of resource supply and security protection.

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Turn 4, USSR action round 2

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#60 Ops 3: U-2 Incident * (USSR)
2 USSR influence added to Chile, now at 3
1 USSR influence added to Uruguay, now at 1

Turn 4, USA action round 2

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#46 Ops 2: How I Learned to Stop Worrying *
2 USA influence added to Paraguay, now at 2
Faced with anti-Soviet movements taking control of Argentina, the USSR is quick to act by aiding populist political parties in taking power in Chile, doing anything from rigging elections to assassinating key figures and forming front political organizations. In a move to create increased geopolitical pressure on Argentina, they also sponsor the Uruguayan regime with military and economic aid, in hopes that the government will participate in applying diplomatic pressure on the Argentineans. The US responds by backing up Paraguayan autocrat Strossener with military and intelligence support, in an attempt to gain Argentina an additional ally in power struggles over the Southern Cone.

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Turn 4, USSR action round 3

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#102 Ops 2: Defectors (USA)
1 USSR influence added to Uruguay, now at 2
1 USSR influence added to Libya, now at 1
The Americans use the USA event played by the USSR
VPs up 1, now at 1

Turn 4, USA action round 3

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#66 Ops 2: Puppet Governments * (USA)
2 USA influence added to Saudi Arabia, now at 3
The leftist faction of the Uruguayan government take full control of the nation with some Soviet support, immediately receiving support from the Chilean leftist government. At the same time, they aid the new Islamist government of Libya militarily and politically, helping it solidify its hold over the nation. To counter the tide of socialism in the Middle East, the Americans further aid the Saudis, promising to buy oil from them so that the Saudi regime can utilize its profits in stabilizing the regime and strengthening its military.

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Turn 4, USSR action round 4

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#75 Ops 2: Liberation Theology (USSR)
2 USSR influence added to Mexico, now at 2
1 USSR influence added to Costa Rica, now at 1

Turn 4, USA action round 4
DEFCON Level raised to 3

The Americans play the following card for a coup attempt:
#57 Ops 4: ABM Treaty
Coup attempt in Mexico (stability 2):
** USA die roll = 2 (+4) = 6
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 2.
Soviet influence in Mexico reduced by 2, now at 0
DEFCON Level lowered to 2
American Military Operations for this turn increased to 5
After more than a year of turbulence in the Middle East and Southern Cone, a new development in the field of Catholic doctrine brings the superpowers' attention to Central America. The left-wing school of thought of Liberation Theology, a socialist way of interpreting the Bible, surges in popularity in Mexico and Costa Rica after relevant texts are distributed to clergy and the laity become aware of how their beliefs can be tied to their present strife. Thus, pro-Soviet elements ride the currents to win out in PRI power struggles in Mexico and start a socialist movement in Costa Rica. The US is quick to react, signing an Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the USSR in exchange for one political favor-- the full withdrawal of Soviet influence from Mexico in a US-backed "palace coup" in which centrist factions within the PRI retake control of the Mexican government.

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Turn 4, USSR action round 5

The Soviets play the following card for an attempt on the Space Race track:
#67 Ops 2: Grain Sales to Soviets (USA)
** Space Race Die Roll (1-3 needed): = 5 **
No effect.

Turn 4, USA action round 5

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#61 Ops 3: OPEC (USSR)
1 USA influence added to Iraq, now at 1
1 USA influence added to Taiwan, now at 2
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA
VPs down 3, now at -2
In an attempt to gain international prestige, the Soviets then attempt to launch a satellite into space, but fail to do so. However, they do find some success on Earth with the organization of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which adopts resource nationalism as one of its guiding beliefs. Iran, Egypt and Venezuela are among the participating countries and drive the movement towards a pro-Soviet direction. Iraq is temporarily dissuaded from joining the organization by a last-minute deal containing American arms and financial support, sent from the embassy in Baghdad. The Americans also send an aid package to Taiwan's Chiang Kai Shek under pressure by the diaspora lobby.

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Turn 4, USSR action round 6

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#55 Ops 2: Willy Brandt * (USSR)
1 USSR influence added to Iraq, now at 4
1 USSR influence added to India, now at 2

Turn 4, USA action round 6

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#11 Ops 2: Korean War * (USSR)
1 USA influence added to Taiwan, now at 3
1 USA influence added to Canada, now at 4
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA

** The Korean War card is permanently removed. **

USSR success on a modified die roll of 4-6; USA modifer is -2
** Die roll: 2 (-2) = 0 -- no effect **
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 5
Outraged at Baghdad' non-cooperation with Soviet aims in resource diplomacy, Moscow tightens the diplomatic strings of aid and political support to Iraq in order to exert pressure, and Iraq soon issues an additional statement emphasizing the Soviet foreign policy line. In addition, the socialist movement in India gains traction and calls for nationalist-populist policymaking are high. Encouraged by these developments in the Third World, North Korea's Kim Il-Sung invades South Korea in an attempt to unify the Korean Peninsula under Communism, but before he can do so the United States rushes to the aid of Taiwan and Japan, the strategic hinterland of the South Korean defence. The war is rapidly lost and Kim Il-Sung is forced to accept the status quo of the Korean Peninsula, a sadder but wiser man.

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Turn 4, USSR action round 7

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#43 Ops 3: SALT Negotiations *
1 USSR influence added to India, now at 3
1 USSR influence added to Nicaragua, now at 1
1 USSR influence added to Sudan, now at 1

Turn 4, USA action round 7
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#110 Ops 2: The Cambridge Five (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.
No scoring cards in the USA hand: no effect.

The Americans use the The Cambridge Five card to place influence:
2 USA influence added to Mexico, now at 2
DEFCON Level raised to 3
Riding on the slogan of Asian Nationalism and inspired by the South Koreans' nationalism, the Indian socialist movement finally gains enough traction to take full control of the government there. Two other violent revolutions in which the people, seemingly spontaneously, overthrow their governments occur. In Sudan and Nicaragua, leftist governments friendly to the USSR sweep to power. Anxious of such a revolution tking hold in its Southern neighbor, the US subsequently rushes an aid package to Mexico and allows its military to maintain and enforce stability, assisting the centrist elements there in pursuing a pro-US foreign policy.
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My apologies everyone. First I went on vacation for a few weeks and then my computer broke down and had to be taken for repairs. I've decided to wrap things up now. So sorry friends!

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The Americans use the Ussuri River Skirmish card as an Event:

** The Ussuri River Skirmish card is permanently removed. **


The Americans use the Ussuri River Skirmish card as an Event:

** The Ussuri River Skirmish card is permanently removed. **

2 USA influence added to North Korea, now at 2
2 USA influence added to Thailand, now at 7

USSR Headline Event: #54 Ops 1: Allende * (USSR)

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#54 Ops 1: Allende * (USSR)

** The Allende card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in Chile increased by 2, now at 5
In what is simultaneously a demonstration of Asian nationalism and a blow to the USSR's attempts to utilize such an ideology for political ends the region, the Chinese Communist regime reacts violently to a border scuffle with the USSR at the Ussuri River region, for a moment threatening to invade the Soviet Union out of rage. The conflict is eventually resolved through negotiations between the two parties, but nuclear tensions run high. China and the United States act on the opportunity to rush aid and military support to North Korea and Thailand, easing their anxiety about being the first casualties in the Chinese-Soviet scuffle as Soviet puppet governments on or near the Chinese border. This also opens a path to possible reproachment with the United States. In Chile, charismatic socialist leader Salvador Allende comes to power in the democratic socialist government there, adding legitimacy to his nation's domestic and foreign policy agenda with his shrewd political machinations. He is swiftly recognized as the figurehead for the growing "red tide" in South America.

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Turn 5, USSR action round 1

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#39 Ops 3: Arms Race
2 USSR influence added to Thailand, now at 10
1 USSR influence added to North Korea, now at 5

Turn 5, USA action round 1

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#6 Ops 4: The China Card
4 USA influence added to North Korea, now at 6
The Soviet government, faced with the possible loss of two key allies, acts swiftly to back up the Thai leftist regime with military aid and diplomatic support, intent on using it as a bulwark to cement Soviet domination of Southeast Asia. Out of concern that North Korea's Kim, being an erratic military strongman, might disregard the USSR's support of his regime and turn to an alliance with the US regardless, they only make a half-hearted effort at signing an additional co-operation treaty with Pyongyang. The United States seizes on this opportunity, but rather than rely on the wishes of the above-mentioned erratic strongman, they utilize the newly opened diplomatic channels with North Korea to create a broad-based alliance with popular groups and moderates within the Party in order to pressure for increased reforms as well as reproachment with the US and South Korea. North Korea remains fairly stable, but its future political alignment is anybody's guess. Concerned by the geopolitical threat posed by a unified and pro-US Korea, China reverses its diplomatic stance and apologizes for past aggression towards the USSR, hoping that a closer partnership will afford China security.

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Turn 5, USSR action round 2

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#1: Asia Scoring

*** Scoring in Asia ***
USSR: 7(domination) +3(battlegrounds) = 10
USA: 3(presence) +2(battlegrounds) = 5
VPs down 5, now at -7

Turn 5, USA action round 2

The Americans play the following card for a coup attempt:
#100 Ops 2: Formosan Resolution * (USA)
Coup attempt in Zaire (stability 1):
** USA die roll = 5 (+2) = 7
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 5.
Soviet influence in Zaire reduced by 2, now at 0
American influence in Zaire increased by 3, now at 3
DEFCON Level lowered to 2
American Military Operations for this turn increased to 2
After the situation in North Korea turns uncertain, the Soviet Union ceases to delay a conference between Asian heads of state, anxious that the geopolitical scene there will only turn against them further. Asian heads of state rush to acknowledge Soviet participation in regional affairs at a summit held in Jakarta, resulting in a major gain in Soviet prestige. The United States is merely recognized as an international actor with a stake in regional politics. Turning its eyes elsewhere, however, the US also sponsors a coup by military elements and reactionary political forces in Zaire, with the coup-plotters rapidly seizing Kinshasa and establishing control over the country with heavy American support. In a bloody massacre, Soviet expatriates and advisors to the original Zairean government are shot dead, and blood flows in the streets.


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Turn 5, USSR action round 3

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#80 Ops 2: 'One Small Step...'
2 USSR influence added to Botswana, now at 2

Turn 5, USA action round 3

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#79: Africa Scoring

*** Scoring in Africa ***
USSR: 1(presence) +2(battlegrounds) = 3
USA: 1(presence) +3(battlegrounds) = 4
VPs up 1, now at -6
After the dramatic developments in Zaire, the Soviets are quick to react with by sponsoring the moderate government in Botswana in exchange for support of the USSR in regional affairs, creating an alliance of Angola and Botswana against the regional power of South Africa. The United States responds, in a similar vein to the USSR's regional affairs conference, by sponsoring a regional summit in Johannesburg where the USSR gains a much-limited prestige victory against the US in a politically expedient move to limit Soviet advances in the region.

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Turn 5, USSR action round 4

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#52 Ops 2: Portuguese Empire Crumbles * (USSR)
2 USSR influence added to North Korea, now at 7

Turn 5, USA action round 4

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#34 Ops 4: Nuclear Test Ban
4 USA influence added to North Korea, now at 10
With North Korea's future still uncertain, the Soviet Union decides to back up the North Korean government with military and political support. This is futile, however, as the United States finally manages to organize a grand coalition of forces inside and outside of the political system to push for Kim to enact reforms and begin reunification with the South. In a fiery social campaign in which thousands take to the streets, Kim is forced to acknowledge the need for him to preserve his personal safety by stepping down after enacting economic and social reforms.

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Turn 5, USSR action round 5
The Soviets play the following card for Ops
#72 Ops 1: Sadat Expels Soviets * (USA)
They elect to have the American event occur first.

** The Sadat Expels Soviets card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in Egypt now at 0
American influence in Egypt increased by 1, now at 1

The Soviets use the Sadat Expels Soviets card to place influence:
1 USSR influence added to Libya, now at 2

Turn 5, USA action round 5

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#45 Ops 1: Summit
1 USA influence added to Egypt, now at 2
In a second major concession to the United States following the peaceful transformation of Korea, the USSR allows Egypt's formerly Islamist ruler Sadat to pursue a more pro-US course of foreign policy by expelling Soviet diplomats. At the same time, however, it prevents a similar transformation from taking place in Libya by fully propping up the regime there with military and political aid. America responds by embracing Sadat's change of heart and implicitly acknowledges the "regional Cold War" in North Africa between Islamist Libya and moderate Egypt.

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Turn 5, USSR action round 6

The Soviets play the following card for an attempt on the Space Race track:
#63 Ops 2: Colonial Rear Guards (USA)
** Space Race Die Roll (1-3 needed): = 1 **
USSR progress on the Space Race Track is now at Earth Satellite
VPs down 1, now at -7

Turn 5, USA action round 6

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#44 Ops 3: Bear Trap * (USA)

** The Bear Trap card is permanently removed. **

On the next action round, USSR player must discard an Operations card worth
2 or more and roll less than 5. Repeat each USSR player phase until successful
or no appropriate cards remain. If out of appropriate cards, the USSR Player may
only play scoring cards until the next turn.
Looking to the skies to regain some of its lost reputation as a guarantor of the stability of friendly regimes, the USSR launches an satellite orbiting the Earth into space. Yet in another major policy blunder, it simultaneously invades Afghanistan out of concerns that the newly elected government there might be turning away from them. They almost immediately face violent resistance from the Afghan people and military, but continue to invest resources into the war, leading to a quagmire.

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Turn 5, USSR action round 7
The USSR discards the following card because of Bear Trap:
#71 Ops 2: Nixon Plays the China Card * (USA)
Bear Trap ends on a die roll of 1-4: ** Die Roll = 6 -- The Bear Trap continues.

Turn 5, USA action round 7

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#68 Ops 2: John Paul II Elected Pope * (USA)

** The John Paul II Elected Pope card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in Poland reduced by 2, now at 3
American influence in Poland increased by 1, now at 1
The Soviets are 2 military operations short of the DEFCON requirement of 2
VPs up 2, now at -5
A new Pope, John Paul II, is elected by the Catholic Church in an environment when believers and non-believers alike are troubled by the high degree of instability, international hostility and domestic repression in the world. The Pope, the first Pole to be elected to the office, call for the Communist government in Poland to pay attention to the needs of the people and to listen to their voices, increasing the power of a reformist public in that nation.

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** Turn 6 Headline Phase **
Soviet Headline Card: #47 Ops 2: Junta
American Headline Card: #106 Ops 3: NORAD * (USA)

USA Headline Event: #106 Ops 3: NORAD * (USA)

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#106 Ops 3: NORAD * (USA)

** The NORAD card is permanently removed. **


USSR Headline Event: #47 Ops 2: Junta

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#47 Ops 2: Junta
Soviet influence in Argentina increased by 2, now at 2

The Soviets play the following card for a coup attempt:
#47 Ops 2: Junta
Coup attempt in Argentina (stability 2):
** USSR die roll = 5 (+2) = 7
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 3.
American influence in Argentina reduced by 2, now at 0
Soviet influence in Argentina increased by 1, now at 3
DEFCON Level lowered to 2
To strengthen existing partnerships and alliances across the globe and ensure security at home, the US government launches NORAD, a plan to defend the Western Hemisphere from nuclear attacks. However, the focus on domestic defense means that the government overlooks a violent socialist revolution in Argentina, toppling the pro-US government there and replacing it with a model of "guided democracy"-- leadership by a junta of leftist military officers under a sham democracy.


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Turn 6, USSR action round 1
The USSR discards the following card because of Bear Trap:
#74 Ops 2: The Voice of America (USA)
Bear Trap ends on a die roll of 1-4: ** Die Roll = 5 -- The Bear Trap continues.

Turn 6, USA action round 1
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#58 Ops 3: Cultural Revolution * (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.

** The Cultural Revolution card is permanently removed. **

VPs down 1, now at -6

The Americans use the Cultural Revolution card to place influence:
1 USA influence added to Malaysia, now at 2
1 USA influence added to Philippines, now at 2
1 USA influence added to Jordan, now at 2
Aware of the threat of radical leftism and Soviet-sponsored unrest, the United States rushes to the aid of Malaysia, Philippines and Jordan, frontline states in regions where aggression by Soviet client states is increasingly severe. The three governments receive additional military and political aid, aid to support them in the struggle against left-wing terrorism and insurgency. A brutal political campaign by the name of the Cultural Revolution begins in China, however, and this galvanizes leftist youth across the globe, interested in "struggles of liberation".

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Turn 6, USSR action round 2
The USSR discards the following card because of Bear Trap:
#24 Ops 2: Indo-Pakistani War
Bear Trap ends on a die roll of 1-4: ** Die Roll = 4 -- The Bear Trap is over!

Turn 6, USA action round 2

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#38: Southeast Asia Scoring *

** The Southeast Asia Scoring card is permanently removed. **


*** Scoring in Southeast Asia ***
USSR: 1(Burma) +1(Laos/Cambodia) +2(Thailand) +1(Vietnam) +1(Indonesia) = 6
USA: 1(Philippines) +1(Malaysia) = 2
VPs down 4, now at -10
Meanwhile, prudent decisionmaking finally leads to an end to the Soviet war in Afghanistan, leaving its foreign policy options more flexible again. Resonating this trend is its participation in a major regional conference in Southeast Asia, where Soviet power in the region is implicitly acknowledged by the large number of pro-Soviet regimes there. Only Philippines and Malaysia speak in favour of increased US involvement in the region, leading to a major prestige victory for the USSR.

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Turn 6, USSR action round 3

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#35: South America Scoring

*** Scoring in South America ***
USSR: 6(control) +4(battlegrounds) = 10
USA: 2(presence) = 2
VPs down 8, now at -18

Turn 6, USA action round 3
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#13 Ops 2: Arab-Israeli War (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.
USSR success on a modified die roll of 4-6; USA modifer is -3
** Die roll: 4 (-3) = 1 -- no effect **
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 2

The Americans use the Arab-Israeli War card for a coup attempt:
Coup attempt in Sudan (stability 1):
** USA die roll = 4 (+2) = 6
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 4.
Soviet influence in Sudan reduced by 1, now at 0
American influence in Sudan increased by 3, now at 3
American Military Operations for this turn increased to 2
Following the Southeast Asian conference is a similar summit in South America, where all the established regional powers-- Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela-- acknowledge the critical importance of Soviet participation in the region, and the conference ends in a strongly worded statement condemning "imperialist aggression" and praising "the USSR's efforts n promoting social justice and human development across the region". It is a massive propaganda coup for the Soviet Union. Once again using militancy as a distraction for international setbacks, the United States stages an armed intervention in Sudan following a bungled insurgent attempt to attack Jerusalem. Supporters of the incumbent Sudanese regime are purged with a wave of bloody violence in the streets by the Sudanese right wing who were handed control of the nation by US forces.

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Turn 6, USSR action round 4

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#62 Ops 1: 'Lone Gunman' * (USSR)
1 USSR influence added to Panama, now at 3

Turn 6, USA action round 4

The Americans play the following card for a coup attempt:
#69 Ops 2: Latin American Death Squads
Coup attempt in Nicaragua (stability 1):
** USA die roll = 1 (+2) = 3
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 1.
Soviet influence in Nicaragua reduced by 1, now at 0
American Military Operations for this turn increased to 4
After these developments the two superpowers step down involvement in global affairs briefly, in the interests of increased focus on domestic affairs. In the following months the USSR only approves a small aid package to Panama to cement Soviet influence there, while the US funds the Nicaraguan opposition sufficiently that the leftists there recognize the need to found a cohabitation moderate government that follows a relatively independent foreign policy.

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Turn 6, USSR action round 5
The Soviets play the following card for Ops
#64 Ops 1: Panama Canal Returned * (USA)
They elect to have the American event occur first.

** The Panama Canal Returned card is permanently removed. **

American influence in Panama increased by 1, now at 1
American influence in Costa Rica increased by 1, now at 1
American influence in Venezuela increased by 1, now at 1

The Soviets use the Panama Canal Returned card to place influence:
1 USSR influence added to Venezuela, now at 3

Turn 6, USA action round 5
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#7 Ops 3: Socialist Governments (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.
American influence in West Germany reduced by 2, now at 2
American influence in France reduced by 1, now at 3

The Americans use the Socialist Governments card to place influence:
2 USA influence added to Panama, now at 3
In an effort to spread some international goodwill, the US announces a plan to return the Panama Canal to Panama, which creates a ripple effect of pro-US sentiment in the neighbor states of Costa Rica and Venezuela. However, in the more strategically important state of Venezuela, these sentiments are rapidly stifled by an USSR-sponsored political movement to rid the society of "reactionaries"-- a brutal purge to redirect the attention of Venezuelans. In elections held in Western Europe, the power of pro-US, right wing parties is weakened in France and West Germany, leading to the rise of moderates who are more wiling to pursue moderate foreign policies. The US, however, does sponsor aid to and support of the Panamanian government, in an attempt to replicate the "North Korean" model of peaceful change to pro-US states of government.

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Turn 6, USSR action round 6

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#14 Ops 3: Comecon * (USSR)
2 USSR influence added to Panama, now at 5
1 USSR influence added to Poland, now at 4

Turn 6, USA action round 6

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#51 Ops 3: Brezhnev Doctrine * (USSR)
1 USA influence added to Cuba, now at 1
1 USA influence added to Colombia, now at 1
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA

** The Brezhnev Doctrine card is permanently removed. **

All USSR operations cards increase their value by one (+1) for the remainder
of this turn (Maximum of 4).

The gambit fails, however, with the USSR launching diversionary domestic political campaigns in Panama. It also ratchets up the political pressure on dissent in Poland before the US can further exploit the priority. The US responds to this, and the newly announced "Brezhnev Doctrine" of hardline Soviet foreign policy by offering reproachment to Cuban authorities and sponsoring a coalition of moderate and democratic political forces to take control of Colombia, so that it may act as a focal point for change in Latin America.


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Turn 6, USSR action round 7

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#2: Europe Scoring

*** Scoring in Europe ***
USSR: 3(presence) +2(battlegrounds) = 5
USA: 3(presence) +2(battlegrounds) = 5

Turn 6, USA action round 7
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#53 Ops 2: South African Unrest (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.
Soviet influence in South Africa increased by 2, now at 3

The Americans use the South African Unrest card to place influence:
2 USA influence added to South Africa, now at 6
DEFCON Level raised to 3
In the first diplomatic event that does not explicitly favour the Soviet Union in years, a regional conference is called by the powers in Europe, which continue to push for moderation and independence in foreign policy. This bit of non-news is supplanted by a US plan to reconciliate the South African government with the blacks in the nation, after a wave of unrest in the region. As a result, South Africa becomes more stable and pluralistic, but still pro-US in foreign policy.
 
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Soviet Headline Card: #40 Ops 3: Cuban Missile Crisis *
American Headline Card: #4 Ops 3: Duck and Cover (USA)

USA Headline Event: #4 Ops 3: Duck and Cover (USA)

The Americans use the Duck and Cover card as an Event:
DEFCON Level lowered to 2
VPs up 3, now at -15

USSR Headline Event: #40 Ops 3: Cuban Missile Crisis *

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#40 Ops 3: Cuban Missile Crisis *

** The Cuban Missile Crisis card is permanently removed. **

DEFCON Level lowered to 2
Two major political crises emerge on the horizon-- one domestic in nature, one foreign. The United States, in a show of defiance to Soviet aggression, launches an aggressive campaign against the so-called "nuclear threat" posed by the USSR. While this manages to demonstrate to the world the resolve and preparedness of the US, it also manages to heighten world nuclear tensions. It is this cavalier attitude to leads to US aggression against Cuba when it is suspected to be hiding nuclear weapons, and in turn a confrontation with Brezhnev over the issue. The crisis is resolved, however, with the USSR removing missiles only with huge US concessions. US aggression is seen as the primary source of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and huge domestic and international pressure prevents the US from overreaching overseas in the near future.

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The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#73 Ops 3: Shuttle Diplomacy (USA)
1 USSR influence added to Cuba, now at 4
1 USSR influence added to Nicaragua, now at 1
1 USSR influence added to Haiti, now at 1
The Americans use the USA event played by the USSR
Play in front of US player. During the next scoring of the Middle East or Asia
(whichever comes first), subtract one Battleground country from USSR total,
then put this card in the discard pile.

Turn 7, USA action round 1

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#59 Ops 4: Flower Power * (USSR)
1 USA influence added to Guatemala, now at 1
2 USA influence added to Honduras, now at 2
1 USA influence added to Ecuador, now at 1
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA

** The Flower Power card is permanently removed. **

USSR gains 2 VP for every subsequently US played 'War' Event Card
(Arab-Israeli War, Korean War, Brush War, Indo- Pakistani War or Iran- Iraq War), unless
the card is played on the Space Race, or the war made unplayable by a subsequent card.
This event cancelled by 'An Evil Empire'.
Worried that existing pro-US elements might manipulate the latest international developments for their own benefit in Central America (however unlikely), the Soviets rush foreign aid and political support to Cuba while helping leftist parties win elections in Haiti and Nicaragua to secure the region for Communism. The US responds by sending military aid to Guatemala's right-wing government, which rapidly starts a purge of leftist elements lest a third regime change occur in the region. The American President also announces a plan to meet more Asian and Middle Eastern leaders during his term, emphasizing the fact that strong personal ties are a key to diplomatic success in the many autocratic and even semi-democratic regimes there (the term used in public, of course, being governments with strong leadership). However, growing voices against the US staging further wars overseas are acknowledged by the same seemingly hardline President, who pledges to limit war to the best of his ability.

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Turn 7, USSR action round 2

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#37: Central America Scoring

*** Scoring in Central America ***
USSR: 3(domination) +2(battlegrounds) +1(adj. to USA) = 6
USA: 1(presence) +1(battlegrounds) = 2
VPs down 4, now at -19

Turn 7, USA action round 2

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#41 Ops 2: Nuclear Subs * (USA)

** The Nuclear Subs card is permanently removed. **

US actions do not affect the DEFCON track for the remainder of this turn
(does not affect Cuban Missile Crisis).
With the US distracted with placating pressure groups at home, the USSR sponsors a regional conference in Central America, where regional powers acknowledge the need for continued Soviet participation in regional political affairs-- a familiar and even boring tone to even the most casual of observers. Yet it is the very proximity of one of the world's most prominent Communist regimes, Cuba, to the US that prompts an additional decline in international prestige for the latter. Perhaps in response to the naval power of coastal or island Communist states like Cuba, the US also announces a technological breakthrough in nuclear-powered submarines that, they posit, will greatly aid overseas military operations in the future.

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Turn 7, USSR action round 3

The Soviets play the following card for an attempt on the Space Race track:
#105 Ops 2: Special Relationship (USA)
** Space Race Die Roll (1-4 needed): = 3 **
USSR progress on the Space Race Track is now at Animal in Space
The Soviets may now make two space race attempts per turn

Turn 7, USA action round 3
American influence in West Germany reduced by 2, now at 0
** Cuban Missile Crisis over! **
The Americans play the following card for Ops
#17 Ops 3: De Gaulle Leads France * (USSR)
They elect to have the Soviet event occur first.

** The De Gaulle Leads France card is permanently removed. **

American influence in France reduced by 2, now at 1
Soviet influence in France increased by 1, now at 1
France is not affected by NATO for the rest of the game.

The Americans use the De Gaulle Leads France card for a coup attempt:
Coup attempt in Venezuela (stability 2):
** USA die roll = 5 (+3) = 8
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 4.
Soviet influence in Venezuela reduced by 3, now at 0
American influence in Venezuela increased by 1, now at 2
DEFCON remains the same due to Nuclear Subs
American Military Operations for this turn increased to 3
While the US dives into the sea, the Soviets take off into space. Several dogs and cats are taken from different Soviet satellite states in a show of internationalism, and placed into a space shuttle which is subsequently launched-- with great success. France's leader Charles de Gaulle reacts to this by calling out to the French people that only a more independent foreign policy can lead to similar technological and economic advances. The pro-Soviet regime of Venezuela, however, would not flourish with the Soviet space programme. In response to different third-world nations looking towards de Gaulle as a leader of worldwide nationalism, the Venezuelan government is overthrown and replaced by pro-American generals. The US denies involvement, but the newest models of her nuclear submarines are sighted off the Caribbean coast, providing intelligence and arms to right-wing elements.

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Turn 7, USSR action round 4

The Soviets play the following card for an attempt on the Space Race track:
#108 Ops 2: Our Man in Tehran * (USA)
** Space Race Die Roll (1-3 needed): = 5 **
No effect.

Turn 7, USA action round 4

The Americans play the following card for a coup attempt:
#112 Ops 3: Che (USSR)
Coup attempt in Brazil (stability 2):
** USA die roll = 6 (+3) = 9
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 5.
Soviet influence in Brazil reduced by 2, now at 0
American influence in Brazil increased by 3, now at 3
DEFCON remains the same due to Nuclear Subs
American Military Operations for this turn increased to 5
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA
Coup attempt in Colombia (stability 1):
** USSR die roll = 6 (+3) = 9
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 7.
American influence in Colombia reduced by 1, now at 0
Soviet influence in Colombia increased by 6, now at 6
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 3
The coup is successful: the USSR may make another coup
Coup attempt in Saharan States (stability 1):
** USSR die roll = 1 (+3) = 4
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 2.
American influence in Saharan States reduced by 1, now at 0
Soviet influence in Saharan States increased by 1, now at 1
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 5
Further USSR attempts to launch a lunar probe, however, are met with failure in contrast to their previous successes. American nuclear submarines are once again seen, this time near the South Atlantic. Another right-wing junta opposing the socialist policies of the government come to power, declaring that their nation will resume cooperation with the American government and become a staunch US ally. Allegations of US human rights abuses and attacks of civilians during he recent coups and its support of regimes like Guatemala, however, prompt revolutionary Che Guevara to travel outside of Cuba, to lead a revolution in Colombia in which the relatively weak pro-US government is replaced by a radical left-wing and Communist regime to which the Soviets rush aid. After this successful but brief campaign, Che leaves to lead a trans-Sahara insurgency against the present government. It is less successful, with the same state of "semi-government" with little government control over many areas persisting under a string of newly established socialist governments. Nevertheless, these uprisings have given huge momentum to Communist insurgencies across the globe.

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Turn 7, USSR action round 5

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#65 Ops 2: Camp David Accords * (USA)
1 USSR influence added to Panama, now at 6
1 USSR influence added to Poland, now at 5
The Americans use the USA event played by the USSR

** The Camp David Accords card is permanently removed. **

American influence in Israel increased by 1, now at 2
American influence in Jordan increased by 1, now at 3
American influence in Egypt increased by 1, now at 3
VPs up 1, now at -18

Turn 7, USA action round 5

The Americans play the following card for a coup attempt:
#42 Ops 3: Quagmire * (USSR)
Coup attempt in Argentina (stability 2):
** USA die roll = 3 (+3) = 6
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 2.
Soviet influence in Argentina reduced by 2, now at 1
DEFCON remains the same due to Nuclear Subs
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA

** The Quagmire card is permanently removed. **

On the next action round, US player must discard an Operations card worth
2 or more and roll less than 5. Repeat each US player phase until successful
or no appropriate cards remain. If out of appropriate cards, the US player may
only play scoring cards until the next turn.
Following this, however, the USSR decides not to provoke the US further by presenting additional crises that could cause a nuclear response. They turn to aiding the Polish and Panamanian allied governments instead, while the US too spends its time on brokering a partnership between Egypt, Jordan and Israel, historically critical to minimizing Arab-Israeli enmity and confirming the US' prestigious role of mediator of international conflicts but in terms of superpower relations, a relatively minor development. The US stages an additional coup in Argentina, hoping that a third junta would come to power there and allowing the US to dominate the region, but the coup merely causes a rapid crackdown and the government to make minor foreign policy concessions. The US responds by diversionary war-- a much-belated invasion of Vietnam to deter the Communist regime there. It slowly turns into a foreign policy trap for the US, drawing in political, military and economic resources.

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Turn 7, USSR action round 6

The Soviets play the following card to place influence:
#26 Ops 1: CIA Created * (USA)
1 USSR influence added to Argentina, now at 2
The Americans use the USA event played by the USSR

** The CIA Created card is permanently removed. **

The American gets to look at the Soviet Hand:
Coup attempt in Argentina (stability 2):
** USA die roll = 2 (+1) = 3
The modified roll does not exceed the doubled stability -- no effect.
DEFCON remains the same due to Nuclear Subs

Turn 7, USA action round 6
The USA discards the following card because of Quagmire:
#50 Ops 4: 'We Will Bury You' * (USSR)
Quagmire ends on a die roll of 1-4: ** Die Roll = 1 -- The Quagmire is over!
Luckily, in response to international developments an intelligence agency is founded by the US-- the Central Intelligence Agency. In a demonstration of respect of the institution's advice, the war in Vietnam is rapidly ended. The USSR again aids the embattled Argentinean government, while the US stages an additional bungled coup attempt against the country.

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Turn 7, USSR action round 7
The Soviets play the following card for Ops
#77 Ops 3: 'Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You... * (USA)
They elect to have the American event occur first.

** The 'Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You... card is permanently removed. **

The American player discards the following cards to be replaced:
#48 Ops 1: Kitchen Debates * (USA)
#100 Ops 2: Formosan Resolution * (USA)

The Soviets use the 'Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You... card to place influence:
1 USSR influence added to Argentina, now at 3
1 USSR influence added to Zimbabwe, now at 1
1 USSR influence added to Poland, now at 6

Turn 7, USA action round 7

The Americans play the following card for a coup attempt:
#14 Ops 3: Comecon * (USSR)
Coup attempt in Argentina (stability 2):
** USA die roll = 2 (+3) = 5
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 1.
Soviet influence in Argentina reduced by 1, now at 2
DEFCON remains the same due to Nuclear Subs
The Soviets use the USSR event played by the USA

** The Comecon card is permanently removed. **

Soviet influence in East Germany increased by 1, now at 6
Soviet influence in Poland increased by 1, now at 7
Soviet influence in Czechoslovakia increased by 1, now at 1
Soviet influence in Yugoslavia increased by 1, now at 2
** The Late War cards are added to the deck **
Following the embarrassing retreat from Vietnam it is apparent that the US needs a restructuring of priorities, but in this respect the US President demonstrates amazing political prowess in turning it into a huge political opportunity bringing him popular approval and support. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union bolsters the Argentinean and Polish regimes with further aid while finding an ally in Zimbabwe's Mugabe to expand Communist influence in Southern Africa. The Argentines easily defeat an additional attempt at destabilization by the US with this support. In response to the perceived atmosphere of hostility, the USSR organizes Comecon, a political and economic organization for her Eastern European satellites. Some beneficiaries of aid and trade include East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
 
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Might as well finish it now, instead of putting it on the back burner and then forgetting.

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** Turn 8 Headline Phase **
Soviet Headline Card: #53 Ops 2: South African Unrest (USSR)
American Headline Card: #49 Ops 2: Missile Envy

USA Headline Event: #49 Ops 2: Missile Envy

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#49 Ops 2: Missile Envy
The Soviet exchanges the following card for the Missile Envy:
#96 Ops 3: 'Tear Down this Wall' * (USA)

The Americans play the following card as an Event:
#96 Ops 3: 'Tear Down this Wall' * (USA)

** The 'Tear Down this Wall' card is permanently removed. **

American influence in East Germany increased by 3, now at 3

The Americans play the following card for realignment rolls:
#96 Ops 3: 'Tear Down this Wall' * (USA)

Realignment roll in France: USA modifier = +3, USSR modifier = +0
** USA die roll = 4 (+3) = 7
** USSR die roll = 4 (+0) = 4
Soviet influence in France reduced by 1, now at 0

Realignment roll in East Germany: USA modifier = +0, USSR modifier = +2
** USA die roll = 6 (+0) = 6
** USSR die roll = 1 (+2) = 3
Soviet influence in East Germany reduced by 3, now at 3

Realignment roll in East Germany: USA modifier = +0, USSR modifier = +1
** USA die roll = 4 (+0) = 4
** USSR die roll = 1 (+1) = 2
Soviet influence in East Germany reduced by 2, now at 1

USSR Headline Event: #53 Ops 2: South African Unrest (USSR)

The Soviets use the South African Unrest card as an Event:
Soviet influence in South Africa increased by 2, now at 5
Signs of political openness in the Soviet Union lead to a confirmation of Tocqueville's old saying that bad governments are never more dangerous than when they are trying to change-- a new wave of feminism ripples across the nation, causing the Soviet Union to waste valuable time developing a response to the rising political challenge. The US seizes on this opportunity as her President immediately travels to East Berlin, calling for further political reforms and the opening up of Eastern Europe. Citizens take to the streets and call for change, leading to a massive reduction in Communist power as the regime promises further policy concessions in the economy and political structure. Even the French are inspired by the protests and call on their government to expel Soviet diplomats and reject Communist influence in the nation if they are truly to become nationalist, independent global power. The South Africans, however, are less impressed. In their own struggle for racial equality, blacks there stage protests and riots not for more US-sponsored rule, but less. The crisis is quelled only by an increased commitment to political pluralism and racial equality in the nation.

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Turn 8, USSR action round 1

The Soviets play the following card for a coup attempt:
#49 Ops 2: Missile Envy
Coup attempt in Zaire (stability 1):
** USSR die roll = 5 (+2) = 7
The modified roll exceeds the doubled stability by 5.
American influence in Zaire reduced by 3, now at 0
Soviet influence in Zaire increased by 2, now at 2
DEFCON Level lowered to 2
Soviet Military Operations for this turn increased to 2

Turn 8, USA action round 1

The Americans play the following card to place influence:
#107 Ops 3: AWACS Sale to Saudis * (USA)
3 USA influence added to South Africa, now at 9
In a statement of solidarity with their South African counterparts, Zaireans also stage a violent revolution in the streets against the pro-US government there, resulting in blood on the streets and a new, Communist government coming to power. The Americans respond by ensuring the new, reformist ruling elites in South Africa that American support will not cease despite changes in the domestic political atmosphere.

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Turn 8, USSR action round 2

The Soviets play the following card as an Event:
#3: Middle East Scoring

*** Scoring in Middle East ***
(-1 to Russian battleground total due to Shuttle Diplomacy)
USSR: 3(presence) +2(battlegrounds) = 5
USA: 3(presence) +2(battlegrounds) = 5

Turn 8, USA action round 2

The Americans play the following card for an attempt on the Space Race track:
#61 Ops 3: OPEC (USSR)
** Space Race Die Roll (1-4 needed): = 6 **
No effect.

Turn 8, USSR action round 3

The Soviets play the following card for an attempt on the Space Race track:
#81 Ops 2: Solidarity * (USA)
** Space Race Die Roll (1-3 needed): = 1 **
USSR progress on the Space Race Track is now at Lunar Probe
VPs down 2, now at -20
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The USSR player wins the game!!!
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A regional conference in the Middle East is called despite a relatively stagnant scene in the region, and thanks to careful US diplomacy including exploitation of personal ties with pro-USSR autocrats, the regional powers manage to agree that the presence and involvement of both superpowers is necessary for the continued prosperity and stability of the region. The US fails to launch a satellite into space in an attempt to rally support domestically, but these efforts are too little, too late even in themselves. The USSR, too launches a lunar probe into space, but with great success. This is the last straw that finally affirms USSR superiority in technology, and coupled with a hugely favourable international environment with nationalism and socialism sweeping the globe, capitalist regimes in decline or turning to socialist reforms, and the USSR having critical and beneficial alliances with the major powers and strategic pivots of the globe, it is now the undisputed most powerful nation in the world, even with the rise of minor powers that, too, are accommodating themselves to the USSR's unquestioned dominance.

The Cold War has been won by the Soviet Union.
 
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