THE THINGS I REMEMBER FROM HIGH SCHOOL LIT: YOUR ENGLISH OVERVIEW
England’s a pretty good country. Gave us America, after all. In terms of Diplomacy, it has arguably the least complex path to the top out of any nations, though build choices are crucial to earning big tops. It has 3 viable alliance options that can deliver strong midgame position. On the downside, England has two great vulnerabilities -- the channel in 01 and covering Liverpool in the midgame. I don’t give a shit if France showed you his orders, Neville Chamberlain, cover your backside.
ENGLAND’S FINEST HOUR: THE NUMBERS OF ENGLISH SUCCESS
As mentioned above, England is a very top-friendly nation, ranking first historically in top percentage and tied for first in average dots. HOWEVER, last season was not too kind to England, as it ranked fifth in tops and 6th in average dots.
I’ll lead with my favorite weird correlation: England is Italy’s 2nd worst, whereas Italy is England’s 4th worst. That means English success is much worse for the Italian than vice-versa. See more about this in WOW: Italy.
England has a positive correlation with Turkey (1), the second strongest in the game behind FR. Austria (2) is a suitable replacement. Italian (3) success can be a nuisance but isn’t a huge deal -- if you’re worried about Iberia, you’re having a good day. Russian (4) and French (5) success are about equally bad for Britain, while German (6) success is the worst for English prospects.
Though few English tops are explosive due to its difficulty getting armies on the continent, both Nate Cockerill and John Gramila have soloed with England (click name for game link). Jim O’Kelley also did before we moved to the Queen’s scoring system, Sum of Squares.
ACTUALLY USEFUL ENGLISH LITERATURE
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