When you get involved in a military conflict (war) you musn't
forget about all the diplomatic options at your disposal. Also,
don't be stupid by committing your total army in an attack. When
you go to war, don't forget to note for yourself what your aims
are. Do you want to utterly annihilate your opponent? Do you want
only a certain portion of his country? Do you seek those
'natural' borders? Do you want to destroy his type of government?
All these aims mean a different way of waging combat. Know what
you want and then figure out how to get it. And don't get fixed
on only one type of action.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that your military power
can only be used military. It should be quite clear that simply
mobilizing your army or starting military maneuvres near
someone's border may send out a signal which will have the same
effect as a diplomatic offensive.
Invest in your relationships with strong friends. No country, except a
fully militarized USA, is capable of facing the world alone. Find yourself
some allies, but don't forget to dump them when
they are becoming a nuisance or a risk. In the game you can
sign any treaty you wish and NOT keep it. However, this will have
its consequences. It will mean loosing respect or prestige in the
world. If you consistently break treaties no-one may be willing
to trust you; that will be your punishment when you need others
later. And if you're part of a democratic regime, you will loose
popularity as well.
Even if your country and allies are strong, it may be dangerous to provoke
neutral countries and thus multiply your enemies. It may even be fruitful to
your own position if you don't help one of your allies, if that means the
sleeping giant (USA) is alerted by your help.
BALANCE OF POWER
Watch closely when someone is trying to destroy the 'balance
of power'. There are many balances of power in the game and
it is for YOU to decide which ones are essential to be kept in
place in order for you to achieve your goals. Don't let someone
destroy an essential balance of power unpunished! It is better to
team up with a local enemy than to let an outsider destroy both
DIMENSIONS OF THOUGHT
To analyse a situation, it may help to look at the different
dimensions of the event or problem. Not only should you look at
the person, but at much more. Suppose you are wondering if a
neighbouring country might attack you. Then look at the leader's
personality, the government type, the economy, social groups, the
military, the relations of that country with other countries and
the world system (how many great powers are there? Which of them
can influence that country? How much effect has that influence?).
This way can give you more security in an insecure world.