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Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself.
About this creation
All yellow captions, plus the opening tagline, by Niccolo Machiavelli.

Puff of smoke effect on the firing tanks shamelessly ripped off from Cthulthu's Skeleton Crew and miniaturized.

My Dad, seeing it 99.9% completed, asked "Can a layman make a suggestion?" Upon being informed that he could, he made a good one and it was followed, improving the look of the intersections.

The rest, for better or worse, is all me.

(Except of course for the music -- added July 31, '08)



No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.







There are two methods of fighting, the one by the law, the other by force: the first method is that of men, the second of beasts; but as the first method is often insufficient, one must have recourse to the second.






However strong your armies may be, you will always need the favor of the inhabitants to take possession of a province.







Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed out drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.






The ambition of men is such that; to gratify a present desire, they think not of the evils which will in a short time result from it. Nor will they be influenced by the examples of antiquity.






Every student of ancient history well knows that any change of governments, be it from a republic to a tyranny, or from a tyranny to a republic, must necessarily be followed by some terrible punishment of the existing state of things.






To incur hatred without any advantage is the greatest temerity and imprudence.







In proportion as the founders of a republic or monarchy are entitled to praise, so do the founders of a tyranny deserve execration.







There are but two rules for making war against a republic: one, the desire to subjugate her; the other, the apprehension of being subjugated by her.







Whoever impoverishes himself by war acquires no power, even though he be victorious, for his conquests cost him more than they are worth.







In a thousand ways, and for many reasons, acquisitions of territory may prove injurious; for one may well extend one’s dominion without increasing one’s power, but the acquisition of dominion without power is sure to bring with it ruin.






If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.






Get off the road! Get out of town! Don't you know you're being invaded?








Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society.


Buildings not currently destroyed or under attack -- yet:


Authority which is violently usurped, and not that which is conferred by the free suffrages of the people, is hurtful to republics.









A wise ruler ought never to keep faith when by doing so it would be against his interests.







Politics have no relation to morals.










Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil.










There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.








An example of one of the generic buildings you may notice in the background of some of the shots, in an attempt at forced perspective. These ones with the stacked wedge plates are a royal pain to take apart.







Some of the working titles that were considered during building: The Occupation Begins, Sneak Attack, Unprovoked Aggression, The Invasion, and The Sack of (insert city name here).



All kinds of government are defective.












Comments

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  July 6, 2011
Sounds a bit like Nannan Z...
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  February 25, 2010
Adorable! I mean besides the tanks, that seems like quite a charming town! Very nice job, I always enjoy seeing these micro-scale creations. The "Sly's" sign is my favorite part!
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  September 20, 2008
This is the work of a mad genius...The commentary is crisp and intelligent; I can say I agree with the moral. Ahhh..."Mars, the bringer of war" brings back some fond memories...thanks for the laugh/"makes me think" moment. Yours brickly, Nick
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  July 2, 2008
Amazing, absolutely perfect, though (time for constructive criticism) the tank looks kinda disproportionate, with that huge head on such a small body: if I were you, I would either resize the body or shrink the head, but this is only a minor flaw. Great background statements, they relate very well to the topic of this MOC city.
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  June 26, 2008
as the smiley-score says, excellent! and also, i just have to add that the little white van looks like a sheep... and the yellow one looks like a sheep that was..... uhhh... whizzed on? possibly?
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  May 26, 2008
A masterpiece of miniscale MOC ! The colors are great. I think I would make a space base in that style one day (It won't be as good lol)
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  April 23, 2008
the amount of detail on such a small moc is incredable. i like the commantary as well . come take a look at some of my stuff
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  April 14, 2008
Wow! This is amazing, I like the tanks. Hey, thanks for the review on my battle. I listened to your tips, made a v.2, and it turned out pretty well! Thank you so much. The only thing I wasn't able to do that you mentioned was the SNOT rock. I will for sure do that in the future though.
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  April 12, 2008
YEAH YEAH, FIRE FIRE! I am the great Cornholio... Sorry, B&B flashback. I love this! What's a great lego town without a little mayhem and chaos backing it up. All this needs is some innocent civilians getting in the way and being mowed dowN! I can just hear the General now... "Next stop, Shannonia!" Muhahahaha! Later ~ Chris.
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  April 11, 2008
Brilliant. The mini buildings are amazing, the tanks are sick, the action shots with the fire is awe-inspriring. 5/5
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  April 8, 2008
this is great. the action - the edge of the display - the architecture - everything - oh, and the tanks are great. only downside is the mega trees ...
Shannon Young
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mikey permin
  April 7, 2008
shannon you are as awsome as the word boring!!! oohh... whoops i uh... sorry. any ways it is very boring! i uuhh... COOL you are COOL and this is COOL too. sorry that your boring =( uugg... COOL i mean COOL. P.S. look at my boring moc's please! =)
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  April 7, 2008
NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! First Shannoia,now this! You need to stay away from Microscale city stuff for awhile. How about some good ole, Microscale walls?Or sci-fi?Or crappy warthogs?Oh well,nice Moc,I like the mini-truck.
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  April 7, 2008
I think you must be the most popular MOC builder of all time.... Brothers brick installation & all... Congrats on another awesome build.
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  April 7, 2008
"All kinds of governments are defective" Amen, and a great note to finish on. And may I scream at those black and therefore evil tanks: "Noooooo, not "Sly's!! Where will I get my double deep fried crusty burger now?!"
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  April 7, 2008
This is really cool, do you think you could make instructions for the tanks? If so please tell me by emailing me or posting a review on my page. :)
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  April 7, 2008
Hahaha, I love this man. Sweet work as usual.
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  April 7, 2008
Is really awesome, i love the use you do to pieces. Very creativity
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  April 7, 2008
The tanks are nice, but I like the micro architecture even more. And, indeed, the message.
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  April 7, 2008
THIS is awesome!!!! I love those smoke clouds and little tanks!! Buildings are really good too! You should make more of these, like in jungle!
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  April 7, 2008
Deserving of a rare "wow". I feel it is one of your best ever - thanks. Lee.
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  April 7, 2008
Quite a meaningful poem in today's society. The model itself is fantastic and matches up quite nicely with the words.
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  April 7, 2008
The Prince and the Discourses is in my collection, but one I've yet to read...it seems I should really try to make the time. Another exceptional build...Shannonia grows up. Love some of the techniques here, particularly the simple stack of wedge plates. Once again the fascinating scenario played out in your post leaves me wanting more. Great job!
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  April 7, 2008
This is great! Don't think my Federation will fall like this.
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  April 7, 2008
You stil haven't lost your touch Shannon. It will be interesting to see what empires fall to such mistakes.
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  April 7, 2008
A great build and I think I learned a thing or two. How about that...
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  April 7, 2008
Flawless and astonishingly detailed... and Machiavelli was a really bad guy and that's an understatement :)
 
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