Speaking of the CyCon, we need to seriously discuss what we will do with them in the long term. By this I refer to their desire for a joint-victory pact (AKA permipact).
I will say this now, we will not betray the Drones (not that anyone has suggested such a move), discussion of such a nature at this point would be ludicrous given that we have committed so much to our alliance, and furthermore the ethical dilemma (for you moralists out there) with breaking the Drone pact would be much more complicated than using the CyCon.
My stance on the issue remains that we should utilize the CyCon as a tool for as long as possible. This implies that if lies become necessary so be it, we will lie. If betrayal becomes necessary (which at some point it will) we should betray them. This in essence advocates the Machiavellian approach to foreign relations with the CyCon. I am well aware that certain individuals (you know who you are) have objections to this policy on moral grounds. Iím afraid I will need more convincing than simply moral arguments against such an approach. What I am looking for in this discussion tends toward rational arguments in favour of whatever policy toward the CyCon one might support. If it can be demonstrated that we gain more via a non- Machiavellian policy then we will adopt such a policy for it would be the rational approach.
Now to get to the specifics, in the short term a Machiavellian policy would require that we lie to the CyCon and accept their joint-pact. This will allow us to use them more closely for our own gains, the downside being that if the CyCon request of us an action which we cannot do (i.e. attack the Drones) our incorporation makes the pact null and void, and hence our objectives of using them fail. Now the chances of this seem rather unlikely if we operate on rational principles and steer CyCon policy so that we do not encounter ourselves in such a position, IMO this can be done, and the risks of attempting so remain negligible enough (since the CyCon themselves will act rationally, or at least the probability that they will remains high) and the potential rewards remain high, we should adopt the Machiavellian approach.
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