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Well, it's Christmas Eve, and I am sad to announce that this will be my last blog of the year 2013. But to finish off this year let's refute the third and final part of JoshOfBaldes's "Why the Empire Should Prevail Over the Strormcloaks!" series. Let's begin! 

"Another reason the Stormcloaks shouldn't be allowed to come to REAL power in Skyrim is a matter of Economics. First off let's focus on Whiterun Hold, specifically the City of Whiterun, home to everyone's favorite Jarl (maybe) Jarl Balgruf the Greater. Whiterun Hold and the City specifically, are where the majority of Skyrim's trade with Cyrodiil comes in should the Stormcloaks control such a pivitol point trade with Cyrodiil would cease therefore hurting the local economy and the economy of Skyrim as a whole. A well known fact is Nations run on Currency something like that would severly cripple Skyrim's."

He's certainly not my favourite Jarl, but that's beside the point. I have no idea where he got the idea that Whiterun trades the most with Cyrodiil, for I have never seen any in-game evidence of this. To answer his question, yes Skyrims economy may not be AS good without the help of an Empire, but that's hardly something to consider when the Empire is doing nothing while the people are oppressed. Anyway, Skyrim does have a lot of natural resources like Iron & Steel, so I think they'll manage either way. 

"Another well known fact is that the East Empire company (after re-opeing) creates alot of work and productivity and cash flow for Skyrim and being an Empire funded company it can easily be removed from Skyrim by a snap of the Emporer's finger. Do you really wish to damage Skyrim's economy and force the people into a poverty and sickness stricken life all for the sake of Talos Worship? A noble cause it may be, but highly un-nessesary."

Now when I think of it, why would the Empire STOP trading with Skyrim? They rely on Skyrim too. If they stop trading both sides will loose important things, the Empire will loose the Iron & Steel in Skyrim, while Skyrim will loose the food from Cyrodiil. It would be down-right stupid for either nation to stop this trade simply because they are two different governments. And it's not just for Talos Worship, it's for freeing the people of Skyrim from tyranny (possibly even all of Tamriel too). 

"Now let's be theoretical and say the Stormcloaks prevail. Who will they trade with? Cyrodiil will cut them off so that dooms Whiterun, and High Rock still belongs to the Empire, so Markarth, Solitude, and possibly Falkreath can kiss all that money and matieral bye-bye. Hammerfell has all but fallen apart and is to busy dealing with the Aldmeri Dominion too worry about giving resources to Skyrim. Black Marsh and Elsewyre are too far, Morrowind is no-more and assuming it was operational would never lend aid to the Nords (due to their long rivalry)."

This argument is extremely one sided for the reason I explained above. Josh basically acts like Skyrim has nothing valuable, and can't survive without Cyrodiil. It's survived for thousands of years without Cyrodiilic help, it can manage. It addition, there's no reason for the trading to stop, even if they do succeed. You're argument as to why Hammerfell won't be able to trade with Skyrim makes no sense. If they were hurt by the Dominion, wouldn't they NEED resources like Iron & Steel? And Morrowind doesn't have a "long rivelry", sure they've fought before, but every race in Tamriel has. 

"So where does that leave Ulfric? It leaves him with a free Talos worshipping Nation full of hungry, poor, sick, and angry vagrants who want answers he isn't able to provide. Thus starting a revolution in the name of the Empire. It'll all come full circle people so save time, lives, and money and just go enlist in the Imperial Legion to crush these foolish usurpers."

That's what would happen with the Empire. People are oppressed by the Dominion, and nothing is being done about it. So in order to stop that join the Stormcloaks and free Tamriel! 

And that's it. All three of Josh's blogs refuted. I might do something similar to this in the future. But for 2013 I am done with Blogging. Have a wonderful Christmas (Or what ever Holiday you celebrate in December) and a happy New Year. Feel free to comment on this blog.