This means that if GK want to protect themselves, they can either go after Faq and destroy the side that is openly attacking them, or they can go after TV and cut off Faq's funding then go after Faq. Since cutting off the funding after Faq has already built their army wouldn't really help, it only makes sense that GK would pursue Faq first.
Actually, the right tactical decision would be to take down banrupt and divided TV first. Like Charlie pointed out, you want to strike where your enemy is weakest first. If you can choose before destroying an enemy force or an enemy supply resource, the second is a much better target. Because then Jillian will be left in the cold whitout any choice to sustain her army but keep raiding, in wich case GK will be waiting for them.
That depends if GK are happy to take the losses from Faq, who will presumably continue to fight GK during the turns in takes for GK to wipe out TV. If Faq had not yet built an army, then I'd agree that going after their supply would kill two birds with one stone.
If it were me, I'd slam Faq first, and get them off my back. TV wont have enough time to build up a resistance, so there's no real danger there.
I mean, say it takes 2 turns to end either side.
You can attack TV first, and have Faq attack you for two turns.
Or you can attack Faq first, and have TV basically powerless to hurt you.
It buys TV time, (during which they hope that GK will fall,) before GK turn their attention on TV, at which point they need to consider accepting terms.
If all they could do is hope that GK falled by itself, then they should've consider accepting terms from the begginning, instead of giving even more reasons for GK to want to wipe them out.
Im not suggesting that Don expects GK to fall over a log and break its neck. I'm suggesting that Don is contributing his part to the RCCII, which he hopes will topple GK. Faq alone couldn't be expected to do it, but there's also FoxMUD, Sofa King, Hobbittm, Hyatt and whatever is left of Jetstone. Don's hoping that the combined effort of all these sides will be enough to remove the GK threat.
GK finding out that TV has been backing its established allies shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. It might make an alliance/surrender a bit harder to attain, but that's not their priority. Their two main priorities are:
1)Keeping people fighting GK
2)Keeping GK fighting people (who are not TV)
TV are not pretending they are neutral, they are just staying far enough back that there are better targets for GK to attack first.
But there were already other targets. GK was kinda busy stomping on the big arrogant royal sides. And once GK had crushed all major resistance, Charlie would be next on the list of things to do. TV could've just stood watching them bash each other and then allying with whoever won.
If you accept that TV want to fight GK one way or the other, then were it not for Faq being the proxy, TV would be
one of those arrogant Royal sides.
You're not taking into account that TV wants
GK to fall. Yeah its an option to let your long standing allies bite the dust then ally with the enemy, (or let your allies struggle to throw off a super power without your help, and expect them to remain
your allies) but thats not the decision that was made. TV are staying true to their existing alliances and fighting GK with everything they can spare, they're just being sneaky about it. Considering that TV are (I believe) geographically closest of all the RCCII sides except Faq, I think thats a reasonable position for them to take.
Im not saying that withdrawing from the GK conflict altogether isn't a valid option, but since the decision was made to opt into that battle, using Jillian wasn't a terrible way of doing it.
Don was outright blinded and is now just stumbling and improvising. There was never another plan besides "Royalty will surely prevail!".
If that's your interpretation, that's fine (seriously). Personally I'd rather explore the possibility that Don is better than that. I could be wrong, but its still possible - that's all I'm saying.