by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted
Never underestimate a wounded and decaying Empire collapsing in real time.
Imperial functionaries, even in a “diplomatic” capacity, continue to brazenly declare that their exceptionalist control over the world is mandatory.
If that’s not the case, competitors may emerge and steal the limelight – monopolized by US oligarchies. That, of course, is absolute anathema.
The imperial modus operandi against geopolitical and geoeconomic competitors remains the same: avalanche of sanctions, embargos, economic blockades, protectionist measures, cancel culture, military uptick in neighboring nations, and assorted threats. But most of all, warmongering rhetoric – currently elevated to fever pitch.
The hegemon may be “transparent” at least in this domain because it still controls a massive international network of institutions, financial bodies, politicos, CEOs, propaganda agencies and the pop culture industry. Hence this supposed invulnerability breeding insolence.
Panic in the “garden”
The blowing up of Nord Stream (NS) and Nord Stream 2 (NS2) – everybody knows who did it, but the suspect cannot be named – took to the next level the two-pronged imperial project of cutting off cheap Russian energy from Europe and destroying the German economy.
From the imperial perspective, the ideal subplot is the emergence of a US-controlled Intermarium – from the Baltic and the Adriatic to the Black Sea – led by Poland, exercising some sort of new hegemony in Europe, on the heels of the Three Seas Initiative.
But as it stands, that remains a wet dream.
On the dodgy “investigation” of what really happened to NS and NS2, Sweden was cast as The Cleaner, as if this was a sequel of Quentin Tarantino’s crime thriller Pulp Fiction.
That’s why the results of the “investigation” cannot be shared with Russia. The Cleaner was there to erase any incriminating evidence.
As for the Germans, they willingly accepted the role of patsies. Berlin claimed it was sabotage, but would not dare to say by whom.
This is actually as sinister as it gets, because Sweden, Denmark and Germany, and the whole EU, know that if you really confront the Empire, in public, the Empire will strike back, manufacturing a war on European soil. This is about fear – and not fear of Russia.
The Empire simply cannot afford to lose the “garden.” And the “garden” elites with an IQ over room temperature know they are dealing with a psychopathic serial killer entity which simply cannot be appeased.
Meanwhile, the arrival of General Winter in Europe portends a socio-economic descent into a maelstrom of darkness – unimaginable only a few months ago in the supposedly “garden” of humanity, so far away from the rumbles across the “jungle.”
Well, from now on barbarism begins at home. And Europeans should thank the American “ally” for it, skillfully manipulating fearful, vassalized EU elites.
Way more dangerous though is a specter that very few are able to identify: the imminent Syrianization of Europe. That will be a direct consequence of the NATO debacle in Ukraine.
From an imperial perspective, the prospects in the Ukrainian battlefield are gloomy. Russia’s Special Military Operation (SMO) has seamlessly morphed into a Counter-Terror Operation (CTO): Moscow now openly characterizes Kiev as a terrorist regime.
The pain dial is incrementally going up, with surgical strikes against Ukrainian power/electricity infrastructure about to totally cripple Kiev’s economy and its military. And by December, there’s the arrival on the front lines and in the rear of a properly trained and highly motivated partial mobilization contingent.
The only question concerns the timetable. Moscow is now in the process of slowly but surely decapitating the Kiev proxy, and ultimately smashing NATO “unity.”
The process of torturing the EU economy is relentless. And the real world outside of the collective West – the Global South – is with Russia, from Africa and Latin America to West Asia and even sections of the EU.
It is Moscow – and significantly not Beijing – that is tearing apart the hegemon-coined “rules-based international order,” supported by its natural resources, the provision of food and reliable security.
And in coordination with China, Iran and major Eurasian players, Russia is working to eventually decommission all those US-controlled international organizations – as the Global South becomes virtually immune to the spread of NATO psyops.
The Syrianization of Europe
In the Ukrainian battlefield, NATO’s crusade against Russia is doomed – even as in several nodes as much as 80 percent of the fighting forces feature NATO personnel. Wunderwaffen such as HIMARS are few and far between. And depending on the result of the US mid-term elections, weaponization will dry out in 2023.
Ukraine, by the spring of 2023, may be reduced to no more than an impoverished, rump black hole. The imperial Plan A remains Afghanization: to operate an army of mercenaries capable of targeted destabilization and or/terrorist incursions into the Russian Federation.
In parallel, Europe is peppered with American military bases.
All those bases may play the role of major terror bases – very much like in Syria, in al-Tanf and the Eastern Euphrates. The US lost the long proxy war in Syria – where it instrumentalized jihadis – but still has not been expelled.
In this process of Syrianization of Europe, US military bases may become ideal centers to regiment and/or “train” squads of Eastern Europe émigrés, whose only job opportunity, apart from the drug business and organ trafficking, will be as – what else – imperial mercenaries, fighting whatever focus of civil disobedience emerges across an impoverished EU.
It goes without saying that this New Model Army will be fully sanctioned by the Brussels EUrocracy – which is merely the public relations arm of NATO.
A de-industrialized EU enmeshed into several layers of toxic intra-war, where NATO plays its time-tested role of Robocop, is the perfect Mad Max scenario juxtaposed to what would be, at least in the reveries of American Straussians/neo-cons, an island of prosperity: the US economy, the ideal destination for Global Capital, including European Capital.
The Empire will “lose” its pet project, Ukraine. But it will never accept losing the European “garden.”
Pepe’s article may have been written before the “dirty bomb” announcements, but in my opinion, that is a tremendous (and the biggest) threat facing everyone at the moment.
Russia officials continue to raise the issue, so obviously it is considered a major concern.
That phrase was not coined by Mr. Z. That came directly from the mouth of the US neo-cons in D.C. We needn’t mention their names as they are well known.
As to Pepe’s reference to the plight of the EU, he should have noted that the economist Dr. Michael Hudson referred way back in February of 2022, specifically noticing that the US Financial Hegemon is out to rape the lands of both the UK and in particular, Western European nations. He stated that the chief target was Germany as it is the powerhouse of all EU nations in terms of industry, and trade. This pertains, especially, to Italy.
All of this is perpetrated by not only the US Financial Aristocrats, but with their brethren in the UK/EU tribe. The intention is re-colonize these citizens into a look-alike model of what they’ve done to millions of Americans: part-time low wage jobs; huge costs for auto/home/rental/medical insurance, and the privatizing of all hospitals, clinics, and publicly funded universities. Yet, there are very few Europeans who are even aware of what is happening to them. All they have to do is spend a few moments learning how these Financial Bosses have, essentially, destroyed a highly indebted American society.
Nice comment. “Thank you.” Some smart people here.
“That phrase was not coined by Mr. Z. That came directly from the mouth of the US neo-cons in D.C. We needn’t mention their names as they are well known.”
Actually, as a matter of survival, the Hegemon needs to be named, and named always. The only way to deal with evil is to summon it.
To go from using biochemical weapons on “the battlefield” to “dirty bombs (or tactical nuclear weapons), is a natural progress of a terrorist hegemon — that should be named and be named always. We all should be asking what comes next after tactical nuclear weapons have been deployed, because it’s always something.
“This is actually as sinister as it gets, because Sweden, Denmark and Germany, and the whole EU, know that if you really confront the Empire, in public, the Empire will strike back, manufacturing a war on European soil. This is about fear – and not fear of Russia.”
Are they finally beginning to wake up? They look out from their tarnished and crumbling towers and see the spectre of what they have enabled, a monster of deluded entitlement not living in Kiev, but alive and threatening all from within the Beltway in Washington, D.C.
It is too easy to say they deserve their fate, although indeed they do. But do the people of Europe deserve this fate, to be so callously lead, or is it herded, off the cliff of a dying and Godless hubristic folly?
Yes they do deserve that. No one else to blame but themselves for allowing psychopaths in Brussels place interests of nazis in Ukraine before their own interests. Winter is coming.
I agree with you. Europe has depleted their stocks of natural resources needed to power what passes for a modern industrialized society — natural gas, oil, coal, minerals, and rare earths — which Russia has in “shameful abundance.”
Interesting is how the fully owned mainstream media of the Hegemon is predicting a mild winter in Europe. All thanks to Greta and Climate Change? “Control the weather and you control the world.” — US President Lyndon Johnson in 1962.
Perfect. Bravo Escobar. There are several prophecies that depict a Europe, in particular Italy and Rome, torn apart by Islamic terrorist gangs. Due to these prophecies, I could not believe that Islamic terrorist gangs could arrive from the East to invade Italy and more. But here is Escobar’s right suggestion: as in Syria, the American bases, the fulcrum and breeding of terrorist gangs to follow the perennial American hegemon policy.
Most likely the Zionist-Nato clown Zelinski, seeing how the entire world is focused on the Donbass situation, makes terrorist threats and apocalyptic announcements such as the use of dirty bomb to keep everyone fixed on the Ukraine. Now that the Europeans have decided to commit suicide then it would be appropriate just before the official arrival of the winter season, somehow all oil/gas shipments from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe be stopped right away. That should teach them a good lesson. The US and the European still think they are number 1. A nice freezing experience without imported energy should make them think straight. Wonder where all those Ukrainians would be emigrating to when they see their host countries in Europe are not doing any better than their own.
– A nice freezing experience without imported energy should make them think straight.
Thinking like a Leninist
I support free nat-gas for Germans, as a gift from their Russian friends. Maybe by railways, maybe by trucks.
Russians and Germans have a common enemy, Britain and US.
Yes but the Germans somehow don’t seem to understand what’s going on and when they do it is always too late. The last time Germany got back stabbed by the Anglos, was in WW1 followed by another nice back stabbing in WW2 and now this one is the third time. They just can’t figure out how the Anglos keep giving it to them.
Exactly. And RAND planned a 3rd round against the Germans.
RT denies RAND report as if they are CNN light.
What’s that old Kissinger saying: “It’s dangerous in being an enemy against the US, but it’s fatal in being a friend of the US.”
What Kissinger has not said [yet] is that
the only way is to be the
“Commander of the US et al.”…
Well, they will have time and motivation to figure it out over the winter. A purging of the ‘Elites’ and a thorough de-nazification of former BDR will go a long way.
Germany is as much a willing and complicit slave to the USA and NATO as any other EU stooge.
When Germany and Russia negotiated behind the curtains US and UK panicked. A boeing type airplane attacked Nord Stream 1+2.
Russia and Germany have another thing in common — they have no friends, and now only enemies.
By destroying NS1 and NS2 the Hegemon just declared war on Germany outright, in the open, all for the world to see. All the while blaming “Russia. Russia. Russia.”
And the world? It has been a month since the United States declared war upon Germany. And the response from Europe? Crickets.
If they lived in Europe they would realize that capital steals from workers 360°, that is, they rob us of wages, our lives, they kick us out if we have what we love most: having children; we work endless hours without having a family life and having children is something for the rich… we are going extinct but that is what the immigrants are for to replace us.
But this comes from very far thanks to the Bronze Law of Wages (or Iron Law of Wages) is an economic theory that many classical economists have proposed between the 18th and 19th centuries. This theory states that real wages have a natural tendency towards a minimum level that corresponds to the minimum subsistence needs of workers. According to this theory, any increase above the subsistence level in minimum needs causes families to have a greater number of children and increase in population, therefore an increase in competition for a job and wages will be reduced again to the minimum . We can name several main authors who dealt with this topic, but without a doubt one of the most important was David Ricardo.
POR ESO VEO A LOS RUSOS COMO LIBERADORES
Thank you Oscar, for reminding us that the Iron Law of Wages is still in play – they just don’t mention it any more as awareness of it might stoke revolutionary fires.
Here we learn free market is an “extreme ideology”. No, I am not making this up, and I have not falsified video. Now we have a whole generation of US students who believe a free market does not work.
Just as the Keynesian economics did not factor in the human factor and failed as a result, the Iron Law of Wages does not factor in real world dynamics.
The charterers and owners of the oil tankers delivering crude oil to countries all around the world, countries who rely upon this “cheap” energy to run their economies, are in a bind themselves.
The costs, in terms of wages for the crews that man these ships make up to 50-percent of their operating costs. This is just for US Flagged Vessels. You get the impression that every dollar spent on labor costs is money being “stolen” out of the pockets of these ship owners.
So, if you are a ship owner you look for ways to cut costs. The result? Not many US Flagged tankers around anymore.
Ship manning agencies go to places that can provide the cheapest crew out there. This used to be the Philippines. Just like China used to be the best place for cheap labor to keep all these out-sourced companies going. They have all priced themselves out of the marketplace. The latest move is to automation, robots, and AI.
The Russians must face the same economic realities as everyone else. Cold pragmatism must recognize that conventional warfare has become too expensive. Armies cost too much money, eat up too many irreplaceable resources. And the enemy has become too numerous. I am thinking civilian populations as well. Armed resistance fighters, underground guerilla warfare; all forms of resistance eat up profits.
Once you reduce your labor (and population) costs to zero? What’s next? And can this be accomplished before the whole system prices itself out of existence?
Nuclear war seems to be the cheapest option, killing many birds with one stone.
An interesting piece as usual. But I disagree that the reason Sweden and Germany are keeping mum about the NS1 and NS2 sabotage is because of the fear that the empire would cause a war in Europe. The European elites don’t care what becomes of Europe as long as they can find a place for themselves and their families across the Atlantic.
I think the reason might be that one: Sweden played a role in the sabotage (that would be in character. From collaborating with Nazi Germany during the second world war to being the errand boy of the CIA ever since then, Sweden has remained a trusted fixer. Betraying Julian Assange is just one of the recently known services to the empire.).
And secondly the EU leadership is totally corrupt and morally bankrupt, most probably the empire has all the incriminating evidence in hand. So this corrupt elites have no other choice than to obey the master.
Trust me most of these people are pedophiles and worse.
“But [The Empire] will never accept losing the European “garden.” ”
Only the omniscient have the power to “never accept”. The Empire will be ***forced to accept*** the failure of their Neocon Empire. The Wolfowitz Doctrine is, even as we speak, being “cancelled” in Ukraine. So “acceptance” is not up to the dying Neocon tyranny. The only instrument of “non-acceptance” remaining is nuclear annihilation. The professionals at the Pentagon will step in before allowing the Neocon psychopaths to cross that line.
And remember who is “behind the curtain: the Straussian Neocons are the Zionists, having recovered their “homeland”, now forever in pursuit of Global Supremacy. The Straussian Project is merely the current version of a multi-millennia project: the conquest and subjugation of Russia, Germany, Europe … actually … the entire world.
Which of course is psychopathic supremacism, with a record of five-thousand years of failed attempts despite their talent and persistence.
My suggestion: Annihilate Israel, in accordance with the Chinese dictum: “Strangle the chicken to frighten the monkey.” Perhaps that will slap some sense into the European masses and motivate them to take back their homelands from the oligarchy.
Ok, ok, Kaput Israel but their influence and strength is outside of Israel; being millions in several countries
In Mein Kampf we are told the Germans are at war with “the Jews”. Propaganda movies presented father Rothschild as some conspirator who sent his sons out in the world to “control money”.
Just junk, but people still believe it
Could you name any of those ‘professionals’ at the Pentagon jeff? What if there’s only one and he’s on holiday when the SHTF?
I take comfort in the knowledge that when the Evil Empire’s bluff is called, they tend to run.
I’d like to believe there is a way to pop the MIC bubble.
Zelensky’s dirty bomb is nothing more than a Nazi project: “Amerika Bomber” and its “radiological” bomb to be dropped on New York, in a flying-wing plane, with the world’s first stealth technology, designed by the Horten brothers . The amazing thing is that the damage map that the bomb could cause along with the information about Walter and his collaboration in the development of B2 (He died in 1998 a year after the launch of B2) has disappeared from the Internet, they have erased everything .
Would this be a good time to cash in my high yielding Euro-premium bonds?
The Cleaner (aka Victor) was a character in Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita. Jean Reno plays him in the 1990 original. Harvey Keitel plays him in the 1993 English language version. This was before Pulp Fiction.
There are 3 things you’re guaranteed in this life, death, taxes and an invisible (unless you’ve had the privilege of a personal visit) American jackboot up your arse.
Witness the Ukrainian-American Nazi gestapo patrolling the rear of the frontline in Donbass, jackboots wedged firmly into the butts of 56th Fodder Brigade, or, if you prefer, a bullet in the head, with no death benefits to the family. What’s the life expectancy of the pressganged, had 3 weeks training at a carnival rifle range, greenhorn?
Looks like the bastards want to go out with a bang, this after the indignity of 3 years long Covid forced hibernation.
There will be no Noah’s Ark or Underground Palace for thee.
A dirty bomb or tactical nuke makes sense. A radioactive Ukraine is much better than a Ukraine where the Black Sea coast, the industry, the mines and the agriculture are in Russian hands. In any case the war is going largely as planned. The US never believed for a second Ukraine would win. A mercenary army to suppress revolt in Europe? Now that’s a stretch. The economic collapse of Western Europe has been the goal from day one–not the military defeat of Russia (the war is the means not the end). The consequences have been predictable from the get go–the European elite has been bought off, but the suffering masses will of course rebel. Massive social unrest and political crisis as industries collapse, capital flees, factories close and energy costs skyrocket. What a surprise! Too bad those stupid Americans and the European “leaders” didn’t foresee that. Of course it’s impossible not to have foreseen it. Mercenaries won’t quell it. What we’ll see is the rise of fascism–the state wedded to capitalism with a veneer of nationalist populism–financed by the US and the big money men. Part of the plan, no doubt. The US will continue to do what it has always done, lie, distract, blame, twist, mislead, subvert, propagandize, sanction, murder, and sow confusion and terror. It breaks the toys it can’t have. Since WW2 it doesn’t “win” wars. It destroys countries–North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria. I love the smell of smoking ruins in the morning–it smells like victory. And it’s not a crusade, it’s just business.
Still think the best response to the current US-EU psychological warfare, lies and bellicose postures would be when those evil doers completely lose their access to cheap oil/gas from their Arab middle eastern gas stations. Following Russia’s direct involvement against NATO in Ukraine at this moment, the empire’s lifeline is totally dependent on the flow of energy from the Persian Gulf Arabian sheikhdoms. Once that route is cut off then everything will quickly unravel in the west shutting the empire’s big mouth forever, likely without a major war. Of course the Arab sheikhdoms will be given all the benefits including full political and military protections and new non-$ trades contracts from their Eurasian, BRICKS partners (Iran, Russia, Brazil, China, India, Pakistan…), also countering US’ regime change scenarios there.
“A dirty bomb or tactical nuke makes sense. A radioactive Ukraine is much better than a Ukraine where the Black Sea coast, the industry, the mines and the agriculture are in Russian hands. In any case the war is going largely as planned. The US never believed for a second Ukraine would win.”
This is my fear that the Hegemon will resort to destroying the earth in order to maintain its power and control. And by Europe going silent they are in on this. “In silence there is agreement.” Qui tacet consentit. Europe has “gotten with the program.”
“. . . the suffering masses will of course rebel.”
The Hegemon has anticipated this, too. Planned for it. And is counting on it. How can you rebel when you are dead, when your cities have been reduced to rubble, when the air you breath, the water you drink, the food you need to eat — all poisoned. Patria Potestas.
Tactical nuclear warheads will be used, if for no other reason than the Hegemon threatening: “Don’t mess with me.”
“But it will never accept losing the European garden.”
That may be so. But I expect them to lose Eastern Europe. When Vladimir Vladimirovitch said that Russia shall roll back NATO back to its 1997 borders, he wasn’t bluffing or puffing – he was dead serious. And, as anyone following his track record would attest, he usually does what he says he’ll do. This is a very bad news for comprador eastern european “elites”, but is a good news for the population there.
All this talk of Garden and Jungle looks like straight from the movie Mother!, which star Jennifer Lawrence says resembles the Garden of Eden .
This movie is an icon of the Greens, who believe the Garden is being ruined.
Hmmm, that would make Ursula von der Leyen, Eve.
I knew we were watching theater!
That movie by Aronovsky followed his Noah :
Are we living in a Hollywood cinema, or what?
Russia did not by tickets to the show!
They need a harvest, they need a fall guy,
the night is getting old and long.
I would hate to miss it, or be me why?
As the chairs disappear one by one,
and the tears and eyes sigh.
Ursula von der Lügen certanly did her bit to get the citizen of EU kicked out of their ‘Paradise’. Wonder who’s Adam in this story ?
“The imperial modus operandi against geopolitical and geoeconomic competitors remains the same: avalanche of sanctions, embargos, economic blockades, protectionist measures, cancel culture, military uptick in neighboring nations, and assorted threats. But most of all, warmongering rhetoric – currently elevated to fever pitch.”
It takes your breath away, this shotgun approach to hegemony. I am reminded of the Blitzkrieg — “the [kind of] surprise attack using a rapid, overwhelming force concentration [consisting] of armored and motorized or mechanized infantry formations, together with close air support” back in World War II. Eventually, the allies found ways to deal with this kind of “shock and awe,” the use of overwhelming force.
Here at “home” in the United States, I remain convinced you cannot have a country run on threats of endless war and endless warmongering. Eventually, the people go insane.
Re Nordstream the simple question is who benefited?
1, Russia? They could just turn the tap of, it was not in their interests to blow up an asset worth billions that had the potential to generate billions in income. But a word of warning when Europe is impacted by winter expect the Russians to be fingered in some way.
2 Germany? No benefit at all, they are now forced to face a grim winter along with other European nations that relied on that gas supply. There are no replacement shipments of LNG etc that can possibly replace it.
3. The EU? Revolt against this bloated organisation grows by the day but the loss of the pipeline will only accelerate this as winter sets in. They have no army, no police force and cannot impost their will if people start to rebel. I cannot see the armed forces and police of these European nations turning on their own to enforce EU dictates.
4. The Green movement who hate fossil fuels? About to be exposed as the scam they are, they will produce next to nothing during winter and the reality of how pathetic it is will be driven home.
5. China? Is the EU competition for China, hard to see, they way they conduct themselves is odd and they clearly want to have more say but taking out a major trading partner at a time when they are still adopting a zero covid policy, issues in their property markets etc would make it odd timing but they do play the long game.
6. The USA? If you believe that the USA is the ‘deep state’ with its allies and it wants a war to weaken Russia and Europe you could argue it makes sense. Its a long bow to draw, I have no doubt about the corruption in America but to do this to a so called ally is a huge risk, the backlash would be huge and in this day and age suppressing information is not easy, it would get out. And if you look at the Democrats in particular, they could not organize something like this, they are collectively some of the dumbest people on the planet.
6. So that leaves some shadowy organisation behind the scenes. There are many theories, Mason’s, communists, Satanists, Nazi’s, world economic forum etc, take your pick but this is too well co-ordinated to be by chance.
But remember one very important fact, they can only succeed by the use of divide and conquer, black against white, females v males, christian v muslim, Russian v America and so it goes. As we have seen throughout history people will unite and rebel against oppression. Right now we are all being oppressed or are being targeted for oppression.
Stop targeting each other, its what they want and start working together.
PS I am not an American but I have worked for American firms and most are damn fine people, just like the Russians I now do some work for. My work has seen me interact with pretty much most so called races and they all want pretty much the same things, roof over their heads, food on the table, a future for their kids, holidays and income security.
Remember that and rise above the total crap we are being fed by the media and our so called leaders. And war is a total waste of time, no one wins and its not a form of state craft.
Odd no mention of the British? Who now by the way demonstrate ‘state craft’.
My shilling is on the Lettuce.
The alliance of MI6, the CIA and the Banderites
Meyssan put out that exact warning in Apr 2022 :
“We are waiting for Nazi attacks to begin in Western Europe before we wake up.”
there is a video of NATO’s Secret Order Centuria Ceremony. German, American, British, Canadian, French and Polish officers are among them.
“The foul beast is already here, among us.
How can we be so blind?”
Meyssan’s warning I hope was seen all over the EU.
My take – the foul beast is already in the Garden.
Is there any actual data supporting this claim that 80% of Ukranazistan’s frontline forces are NATO, even if only in certain sectors? I have myself predicted for years that by failing to denazify Ukraine in 2014-15 Russia would have to fight a NATO force in Ukrainian uniform, but 80%, or even 40, seems wildly excessive. Entire NATO brigades would have disappeared from their posts.
I suppose Pepe Escobar includes the many thousand UAF recently trained at NATO bases like Ramstein.
It is de-facto NATO anyway.
These are not necessarily mercs, some are Polish regulars.
Anyway they will all be listed MIA, that is cheaper, for the accountants in D.C.
To have an US military base in the country is ease, but dismantle it is very difficult. This is easily seen worldwide, where even strong economies can’t be free of these terrorists (yes, I consider US a terrorist State).
The temperature is rising. The imperialist from west will not accept to lose their privileges of ruling the world and will use all the evil tools to keep the slavery states under their dominance.
As I posted in previous texts, the next 2-3 months will be decisive.
Midnight in the garden of Evil and Vassals?