I figure we need a break from the serious discussions, so here's something that could be fun. In this tournament, you will be making the case that your chosen military force is the best that history has ever seen. To sign up, simply list the following:
- Country of Origin
- Time Period
- Main Opponents
Up to 8 people may sign up. If there's a lot of interest, maybe we'll do 16 next time.
The debate will last for 3 rounds, and will be conducted as follows:
- Judges are picked from among volunteers. Each debater gets to pick one judge, and the debate moderator picks a third.
- Each side makes an "opener" stating their respective positions on the issue.
- The first rebuttal: each side gets a chance to refute their opponent's opener. (Round 1 ends here.)
- The second rebuttal: each side gets a chance to refute their opponent's first rebuttal. (Round 2 ends here.)
- The third rebuttal: each side gets a chance to refute their opponent's second rebuttal.
- The judges each issue a vote, stating three reasons why they favored one debater over the other. (Complete sentences, please. :P) The winner is determined by simple majority.
Before and during the debate, the debate moderator may ask that specific information and/or clarifications be included in a debater's next post.
The debaters will consider and address the following:
- How your chosen military measured up to its contemporaries. The modern US army doesn't win against the Pre-Marian Roman legions just because it has guns and tanks.
- How the military performed under pressure. An untested army with better equipment can still be defeated by hardened veterans with armament that is "good enough."
- How the leadership (both military and civilian) utilized the forces at their disposal. WW1 European armies had fantastic equipment and discipline, but their leaders left much to be desired.
Any other topics are left to the debaters' own discretion.
I will list participants here as they sign up. Let's do this shit!ModeratorVolunteer JudgesDebaters
- TomFoolery (Rome, 88bce-284ce)
- GrinningYMIR (USA, 1941ce-1945ce)
- Gerard (Dutch Republic, 1584-1713)