Reasons for War and its Counter Strategy
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- There are five reasons why wars are started and which affect the nature
of each war:
- To contend for fame: leading to righteous warfare
- To contend for benefits and advantages: leading to bullying warfare
- To seek revenge: leading to angry warfare
- Internal strife: leading to plundering in war
- Famine: leading to contrarian warfare
- Counter these wars with the following methods:
- Righteous warfare: use propriety
- Bullying warfare: use deference
- Angry warfare: use verbal persuasion
- Plundering warfare: use your wits
- Contrarian warfare: impose your authority
War happens for a reason, though the reason is not always the same. By
understanding this, you can determine how it will be fought and what the best
strategy for your forces should be.
- Seeking fame and glory may be driven by an egotistical rules, though it
may also be used to distract populations from closer concerns.
- Benefits and advantages are often driven by a sense of superiority,
which leads to bullying. Pandering to a stronger bully requires humility
which may keep them from the worst of their excesses until you have the
strength to drive them away.
- Revenge warfare can be a repeating pattern in feuds. Diplomacy can be
used to seek to break such cycles.
- Plundering forces can act like animals and may be beyond reason, and
like animals they may be defeated by intelligence and craftiness.
- When people are hungry and seek to take your food, their focus is on
that food more than strength, so a strong and authoritarian response may
sufficient to control them.
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