This is a very small channel that is simulating a conflict (excepted to grow up to a full war) between China and the USA over the Spratly Islands.

First episode was released about 10 days ago, which showed the first day of the war. As of yet we are still waiting for day 2.

The scenario pits two players against each other, and I think it’s of interest because of the detail he goes into when describing weapons, aircraft, and even the rules of engagement. Notably the conflict starts with only air-to-air engagement allowed, but expect that to evolve as the series goes on.

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I’ll put my opinion in the comments so people can reply to it. First I think this simulation lacks a dialectical approach; both sides are already “warmongers with no regards for human life” at the start. In real life this would be a very reasoned decision – wars are dialectical, and mount up in intensity as they go on (Clausewitz). In the early stages, such as the first day shown here, we can expect that both sides would not want to get their units blown up, so as to use them again later. They will also not want to commit the whole of their forces at the start, unless there is a need to.

I sincerely hope the author doesn’t move into imperialist apologia as time goes on, because so far he’s been very fair to both sides. Of course we realise the imperialist nature of the US regime and understand they have no business in the South China Sea, but I lower my expectations and take it for what it is.

But overall, once again, I must stress the detail the author goes into. Really makes you understand all the variables that go into warfare and what kind of equipment a modern army needs. Really makes you think about the scale of it too.

I might check out the simulator he used (Command: Modern operations) and see what we can do with it. Though it feels like a headache to learn lol.

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