What would happen

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JMISBEST
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What would happen

Postby JMISBEST » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:58 pm

What would happen in a war if a hard of hearing Colonel was told to bomb the Village directly east of a major river that was entirely occupied by terrorists, but misheard, thought his superior said the Village directly west of the river his superior used as a reference and accidentally wiped out a entirely occupied by civilians, all due to him not realizing that his hearing aide was playing up and before his war-crimes trial proof of that was discovered that would be sufficient to convince any reasonable person that he had only did it cos he misheard due to hearing aide playing up
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Re: What would happen

Postby Darkmoon » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:30 pm

If it was real life - there would be many questions asked, if its ingame - you decide as GM.

Not really sure what kind of answer you are looking for as (upon reading the many questions you have asked), I think the only question you havent asked this forum is what you think you should have your players call their characters.
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Re: What would happen

Postby Yatima » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:09 pm

Darkmoon wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:30 pm
Not really sure what kind of answer you are looking for as (upon reading the many questions you have asked), I think the only question you havent asked this forum is what you think you should have your players call their characters.
Can we not all agree to simply ignore this nonsense? Please. I've stopped visiting these forums as much as I used to because I can feel my IQ actually drop reading some of this stuff.

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Re: What would happen

Postby Old School » Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:37 pm

Many of his questions are odd, but he does provide liquidity on a board that doesn't get much traffic.
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Re: What would happen

Postby Condottiere » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:56 pm

Get it in writing; if it's a known ailment, and this isn't the technological level three, his superiors could text him, or he has a hearing aid.
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Re: What would happen

Postby steve98052 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:29 pm

First, they're would be a cover up. Eventually, a whistleblower would take the story public. Then politicians would set up a commission of inquiry. It would find that proper procedures were not followed:
- Verbal orders should have been repeated back to confirm that they were heard correctly.
- Orders of any complexity at all should have been relayed or repeated in writing, with map coordinates, not just vague instructions like east or west of a river.

The colonel and the generals who gave him the orders would get quiet reprimands, and some unfortunate lieutenant with lousy lawyers would be set up as a fall guy.

Citizen activists would be outraged, and politicians would pressure the military into clarifying standard operating procedures, so that no such incident could ever happen again. And then when the standard operating procedures were eventually disregarded, it would all happen again.

(For further inspiration, do a web search for the No Gun Ri Massacre, the My Lai Massacre, etc. Or go back further into history and look up the Massacre at Béziers.)

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Alternatively, under certain types of governments, the people in power would just say, "Oh, well, these things happen in war. They were just civilians anyway. Civilians are expendable, particularly if they are enemy civilians."
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Re: What would happen

Postby Rikki Tikki Traveller » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:10 pm

Absolutely nothing.

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