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Redesigned the United Nations flag to while away the dull hours between study breaks. Yes, I know the UN doesn't play a part in the (formally determined) storyline, but hey what the hell. If you gents don't like it, too bad so sad for me. The heavens do not fall for such a trifle. If you gents do like it, great.
Uploaded a few variations. They're not in order of personal preference.
Apologies about the late reply. I'll reply by paragraph:
- And its handy for Russia to have a nice region of instability between them and the EU while they sort out their homefront.
- Been playing a nation management sim recently. Never quite observed how once you're in government you don't care where the labour comes from as long as it arrives.
- Agree completely. Lets not forget how unhelpful Europe has already been in the Arab Spring. They'll do virtually nothing but protect their most important interests when the pressure is on them. There's plenty of inspiration to be had in the world at the moment and I think we have room to make some really great scenes here.
- I was considering Turkey acting as a buffer a bit but with fewer restrictions and allowing another 10 years growth in Eastern Europe its plausible (they aren't as bad as they were now and would be greener still as immigration options in future).
Nail on the head here Dai. Complete agreement.
Presumably noncombatant nations. It's plausible for the Federation to have forced a UN resolution during the Russian period of unrest in order to stick a useful bulwark between it and the coalition. A convenient pretext would be the creation of a 'buffer zone' for refugees from rapidly destabilizing Middle Eastern countries awaiting formal immigration procedures into European nations. (Naturally, the nations subject to the refugee influx would complain - but the major EF economic powers can easily throw around their control over economic stimuli as leverage... as they're doing now.)
A concentration like that would be convenient for economically powerful EF nations (France, Germany, Italy) who want to gain access to cheap labor without the increase in crime rate, cultural dilution, and inflation that accompany hordes of foreign refugees (cf. Sweden). The refugee containment zone would simultaneously serve to 1. create an area where European multinational corporations could access cheap labor in an area of ambiguous national/legal sovereignty (it doesn't even violate Schengen), 2. create a buffer between the EF nations and the Eurasian union state, and 3. protect EF domestic interests. To sweeten the pot, the area would be under UN control... 'neutral' territory, protected by international law. But of course.
This dovetails in well (with some modifications) with what we have so far. The PMCs could have been contracted by the EF to safeguard the European side of the containment area perimeter while the EF goes resource-hunting in Africa (cf. French intervention in Cote d'Ivoire, EU airstrikes on Libya). Neocolonialism, driven by Union Global private interest groups and a desire to head off China in the race to industrialize Africa (something I had in mind while designing the Hexcam patterns, naturally. You failed to notice that the first in the series was labeled 'Congo'?). The refugee area, of course, would be hectic; radicalist ideas would be quick to spread. We could easily replace the now-implausible concept of the MET with a looser coalition of extremist populist factions - an anti-European-Federation front protesting the inhumanitarian treatment of Arab-world refugees. The human cesspool that would inevitably result would be the perfect environment for diseases, too. All in all, it's an excellent way to highlight the crises occurring around the globe in one geographically limited location.
You seemed rather skeptical about the refugee question, but really - looking at the news, all that has to happen is for a few Arab nations with large populations to collapse. You know that there've been back-room crises over Schengen, of course? With my successful prediction of domestic trouble in Azerbaijan, I'm feeling rather confident about my historical analysis abilities right now.
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UN isn't really dead, just impotent (as in more impotent than currently).
Love the logo, very nice. Vector would fit nicely on some kind of shoulder badge. The globe reminds me of the AT&T globe, an inspiration?