Category Archives: Statecraft

XII: STATECRAFT

 XII

STATECRAFT

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Kings
Governance
Elections
Cabinets
Ministers
Envoys
Espionage
Warfare
Fortification
Generals
Army
Strategy
Dispositions
Battle

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Kings -/- Governance

12:1
Kings

Government cannot properly operate
Without executive power

Fearlessness, liberality, wisdom, energy:
Encapsulates astraean sceptersway

Frequently conducting inspectorial tours
Renders monarchy accessible

Subjects serving unkind kings
Deserts lacking rainfall

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Exposing omnishambling presidential fauxpas
Upsurges universal indignance

One nation’s illustrious avatar
Another’s terrible terrorist

Cunning auotocrats foster opposition
They’ll glorify overcoming


12:2
Governance

Governance’s inalienable, implementable rights:
Life, liberty, property

Towards improving civic institutions
Channel state resources

Prefer persuading antipathetic minds
Before regulating lifestyle

Wind, waves, sea, magma:
Ample power provide

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Economies expand like plants
Water roots accordingly

Resolutely taxing burgeoning riches
Feeds needy children

Where hearing hunger’s howlings
Lower taxes immediately

Elections / Cabinets

12:3
Elections

Elect ministers thro’ merit
Not partisan politics

Whichever departments interest voters
Encourage opinionated discourse

Perusing individual candidate credentials
Electorates choose efficiently

Each guild’s elected leader
Cabinet seats command

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As antholes collapse embankments
Civilians topple governments

Governments create provisional contracts
Signed by voters

Thro’ the perfect election
Each voice heard


12:4
Cabinets

Exchequer chancellors attend economies:
Taxation, pensions, employment

While judges guarantee justice
Generals defend populations

Chief practitioners protect health:
Hospitals, doctors, research

While professors disseminate education
Quarterconsuls dripfeed nations

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Transport managers unclog arteries:
Roads, rails, flightpaths

Culture, media, enterprise, sport;
Social wardens dynamize

Cabinet’s vitally important responsibilities:
Energy, environment, climachange

Ministers -/- Envoys

12:5
Ministers

Minsisterial ability clearly revealed
Handling troubled times

Soundly advising ignorant leaders
First ministerial duty

Complicated issues seldom settled
Without detailed discussions

Clever cabinets cast out
Winking, whispering turnoats

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Faultlessness, scrupulosity, patriotism, sinophobia:
Esteem’d ministerial attributes

Firmness, respectability, lucidity, persistence:
Moulds good ministers

Approachablity, erudition, energy, decisiveness:
Edifices of office


12:6
Envoys

Loyalty, wisdom, infallibility, eloquence:
Indispensable ambassadorial attributes

Erudition, energy, eloquence, etiquette:
Empowers impressive emissaries

Decorum, timing, delivery, balance:
Define chief envoys

Purity, respect, posipraxis, honesty:
Complement faithful diplomats

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Deliver unto bellicose realms
Cleverest, uncontroversial consuls

Words – flawless, flattering, focused –
Elucidate royal replies

Exemplifying, soundly, diplomacy’s art
Destroys enemy joys

Espionage -/- Warfare

12:7
Espionage

Fearlessness, invisibility, firmness, eloquence:
Elevate able spying

Concealants dress’d as ascetics
Freely probe undetected

Whenever spies concur unwittingly
Deem data correct

Before fearing bladed foes
Beware friendly traitors

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Knowing everybody’s daily business
Statesmanship’s unceasing duty

Caning one’s secret agents
Prevents doubting outings

Publicly praising successful spying
Exposes secret agents


12:8
Warfare

Maintain, like beloved children,
Battle’s diabolical enginery

Promptly, at war’s onset,
Perish defenceless kings

In statecraft act straightforwardly
In warfare, craftily

Spirited, prudent, swift, decisive:
Combat’s optimum conduct

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Infinities of petty circumstances
Disappoint military planning

No greater misfortune exists –
Underestermating one’s enemies

Enmitial capabilities absolutely essential
When waging war

Fortification -/- Generals

12:9
Fortification

If borders left unguarded
Sophisticated nations fail

Supercitadels blend heroic garrisons
With plentiful supplies

Massive castles easily defendable
Decay enemy courage

Exquisite fortresses merely rubble
Without excellent inmates

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Height, strength, width, inaccessibility:
Characterize important citadels

Fortified features demotivate aggressors;
Impregnability, defendability, stockpiles

Water, elevation, firewood:
Defence’s veritable essentials


12:10
Generals

Surfing battle’s intense obscurities
Intelligent generals thrive

If commanders acting ignorantly
Excellent troops useless

Gigantic battalions exist ephemerally
Without competent leadership

Whereas archers unleash arrows
Generals focus armies

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Wise, courageous, fatherly, subursine:
Define favourite commanders

Unscrupulousness, impetuousness, cowardice, vanity:
Stains feckless officers

Energy, speed, resolution, foresight:
Envelop excellent generals

Army -/- Strategy

12:11
Army

Armies perish without subsistence
Supplylines ceaselessly secure

Preparing warriors for fatigues
Avoids embarrassing despondancies

Good iron never nails
Good soldiers, cannonfodder

Adorning swine in armor
Battletuskers never creates

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Deem fearless, dignified forces
Regalism’s foremost riches

Corragio, loyalty, honour, tradition:
Pervades professional platoons

Valorous veterans never envisage;
Defeat, desertion, disgrace


12:12
Strategy

Whencesoever victory beckons, fight!
Otherwise ingenuities employ

When dividing one’s enemies
Synchonise wide-fronted attacks

Before engaging armies militarily
Study past wars

Sharks: invincible in water,
Powerless on land

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Speeding along unanticipated roads
Renders planning unfathomable

Prefer inferior enemy forces,
Never oppose impregnability

Never interrupt one’s enemies
When making mistakes

Dispositions -/- Battle

12:13
Dispositions

Offering combat fronted widely
Thins enemy forces

When enemy forces concentrate
Consider imminent attacks

Deem no army indestructable
Defeat detachments piecemeal

Unless obtaining advantageous terrain
Aggressive activities avoid

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Powerless armies become powerful
Choosing private battlefields

Engagement among cramped places
Demoralizes massive armies

Mountainous territory denies wings
Carving armies equal


12:14
Battle

Properly conceiving battlefield tactics
Supplements strategic manouvering

Where enemies make effort
Send timely reserves

Bulwark useful battlefield achievements;
Evaluation, preservation, improvement

Pacy, cleverly placed counterattacks
Panic confident belligerents

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Pursue routing enemies tirelessly
Time rejuvenates swiftly

Assisting one’s bleeding enemies
Surpasses battlefield triumph

Delaying denoument defers advantages
Reinforcements rapidly entrench