The 5GW of the Orcish Hoardes

Roleplay or Landgrab? As the Elf Council Debates, only the Orcs Know for Sure!!!,” by Urizenus, Second Life Herald, 20 December 2005,

It seems to me that the Soviets used 5GW…,” by ZF, tdaxp, 17 January 2005,

First, the story:

In the hall of mirrors that is Second Life, what does it mean when a band of plug ugly Orcs invite the peaceful elven folk to a game of combat roleplay? Is it all in fun, or does something more sinister lurk beneath the surface? Elven Queen Forcythia, seeing the good in all, says it is all in fun. But wise – some would say jaded – Elven King Wayfinder is not so sanguine, as documents exposing a deep rift in the Elven council were leaked to the Herald:

“Role play? What role play? Don’t buy that story. The Orcs are trying to take over Elven Lands, pure and simple. Forcythia is always ready to believe the best in everyone. Don’t buy the Orc claim that this is role play. Elven are not so easily fooled.” –Wayfinder

When the battle finally took place, of course the servers were overloaded, prims vanished, and the Elvenlands server had to be reset. Gosh, now there’s a surprise.

This reminds me of ZF’s comment from a post on SecretWar

It seems to me that the Soviets used 5GW, as you descibe it here, against us for a long time.

They directed and often financed thousands of “useful idiots” both in support of their explicit goals and to resist identification of their efforts by stridently proclaiming that all the USSR sought was ‘peaceful coexistence”, etc. Surely the objective was to create the conditions for a win or a series of wins on their side, while convincing us that we were not even involved in a serious conflict and that those who claimed we were should be called out (just as Winston Churchill was) as “warmongers”.

So the Orcish Hoardes in Second Life, like the Soviet Horde during the Cold War, were trying to deform a conflict into a 5GW. Is this interpretation consistent with 5GW Theory?

Even if both cases do show an attempted phase change into 5GW, they are attempts to transition out of different styles of war. The Soviet conflict from the early Cold War to detente was a 4GW – mass ideological conflict that emphasizes moral warfare. The Orcish attacks, by contrast, appear to be a Pre-Modern War, based on sheiks and super-empowered non-ideological individuals.

Could Orcs be 5GWarriors? Makes as much sense as rock starlettes.

And the Anonymous Expert of tdaxp is…

Twice I have relied on an “anonymous expert’ here at tdaxp. Once on a discussion of visualizations for the OODA loop, another time in my post on the Magic Cloud. His insightful point on the OODA loop made Mark Safranski comment:

Your anonymous expert had a deep and incisive criticism there on more than just flowchart design.

And discussing phase and state changes, the anonymous expert also wrote

Originally, Boyd and the fighter community defined the “state” of a fighter as its airspeed, altitude, and direction. “Maneuverability” was defined as the ability to change state, that is, airspeed, altitude, or direction in any combination. This is what E-M (energy- maneuverability) diagrams show. “Agility” was then defined as the ability to change maneuver state, which would make it the second (time) derivative of the state function. So A = d2(S)/dt2.

So who is this masked man?

Dr. Chet Richards
– of –
Defense and the National Interest

Dr. Richards has already been mentioned by name in other posts, and pre-release material for his latest book greatly informed my article, “Embracing Victory.”

I had promised to publicly thank him for his help as soon as he would allow it. He finally did, so here is my chance to say

thank you

To not just a brilliant strategist, not just the man who stills helps push Boydian theory, but also a man who has gone far out of his way to help me and answer my questions. Once again:

Dr. Richards, thank you

Chet Richards maintains two top-notch websites, Belisarius which focuses on “War, Chaos, and Business,” and of course Defense and the National Interest.

Additionally, the good Doctor has kindly responded to my questioning of liberal education, which I first posted on ZenPundit

Thank you.