Really enjoying this series.
There is a surprising lack of “multiple people play grand strategy” streams.
Often, if people are roleplaying or streaming grand strategy anything, it’s multiplayer, with folk divided up to different factions/nations.
I think my favorite aspect of this stream is the moral questions the crew are encountering, and how it intersects with current politics.
There is a recent article by the Atlantic, where the author, Sigal Samuel interviewed moral philosophers whether there was an ethical way to act in Syria.
What exactly was the moral course of action?
Most of them describe what they would believe would make for a just war policy.
- You need to have a just cause.
I think the crew and audience are pretty unanimous on removing slavery as a just cause.
How far should the Striven go?
Should they install independent anti-slavery governments, or directing take on the former slaves as new citizens, granting them their utopian policies, “fully funded food, housing, income, & education,” that an independent new government might neither afford or implement.
- the intervention has to achieve more good than harm.
This is a tricky question with regard to the mechanics of the Stellaris. Everything is abstracted.
You could look at policies, the living conditions of species in the nation, and at the happiness of the population units to get a general idea though.
You could argue that forcing an anti slavery change in the government of a nation, would move generations of slaves and pops to happier lives and living conditions.
The harm would be potential loss of life by military action, and the general unhappiness and unrest of installing a new government. In less dramatic affairs, there’s diplomatic harm to the Striven. Other nations view military actions poorly, and mechanically it raises “threat”.
3.A rightful intervention must also have a reasonable chance of success.
As Austin, and Rob have pointed out. The Striven want to proceed without their own citizens becoming slaves. They neighbor marauding slavers, that further complicates the success of military intervention. Will the Striven be successful if it’s military ignores the slavers stealing Striven Citizens, due to war exhaustion from entangling with a foreign power.
Currently, it seems like the Marauders host fleets that can’t be challenged, but the fleet tech will soon catch up, & it will become a real consideration.
4. The intervener has to have the right intentions.
it’s possible for a leader to do the right thing for the wrong reason. But if he’s not imbued with virtuous intentions, he may get one action right and yet be likely to get the next several actions terribly wrong.
Are the intentions of the crew to entertain an audience with a challenging military scenario?
Is the intention of the Striven, mostly to land grab neighboring hostile nations?
I think the intention to remove slavery is legitimate, but it might be something for the Striven to keep in mind as they progress.
I’m interested in seeing how this Stellaris campaign shakes out!
Thanks for putting time out to share it with us!