This is an observation I've seen from a lot of people completely underestimating damages done to a nation if it becomes battlefield for a war.
This is something that happened to the Empire during the Great War.
During Great War, damages suffered by Aldmeri Dominion is almost exclusive to military.
Arannelya's army, Naarifin and his army. They are all damages done to military.
Damages done to Empire due to Great War being fought inside Cyrodiil and Hammerfell is far greater or greatly underestimated by many people are hinted by the fact that a lot of times you are told by Imperials themselves that AD would've destroyed them. This would be collateral damages to the structure in addition to the damages done to the military.
Battle of Red Ring was a necessity to keep Empire from falling apart because entering negotiation table at that time or entering negotiation table if Red Ring had failed would result in AD taking over whether the Thalmor had enough power to keep a tight leash on all of their new Empire slaves.
Battle of Red Ring tipped the scales, but not to give Empire equal footing. Empire was still at great disadvantage.
This is not to justify any side. This is just something I want to put out to get people thinking about collateral damages in war.
To put into a perspective that most of you can probably understand
Imagine an asshole who came into your house and tries to rob you.
You fight the person who is evenly matched with you. In the end you managed to drive the person out of your house but at the expense of your living room and own room's furnitures, your phone and comp used to access internet, access Skyrim wiki being smashed.
You got a black eye from the fight but the bastard got black eye and a bloodied nose and he ran away scotfree, police couldn't find the bastard now.
Do you still think you obtained a total victory over the robber?
As a thumb of rule before you start posting.
This topic is intended to talk purely about all the damages that can be done to the Empire and Aldmeri Dominion during the Great War. Leave politics between Stormcloaks, Imperials and Thalmor out of this Thread as far as possible.
For example, I have mentioned Reachmen conquering Markarth for a few years as a result of the damages done to the Imperial Legion. It is okay to mention anything that are detriment to the Empire or the Province as a result of the Great War. BUT when you start shifting the topic to point fingers to blame one of the three factions in the Politics I mentioned. Then that is a problem.
I believe that while getting too enthusiastic and unwttingly shifting the topic in that direction. As long as it wasn't your intentions and you don't deliberately make the topic shift even further into the Stormcloaks, Imperials and Thalmor/AD talk. It will be fine with me.
Another rule: Talking about this topic needs to shut down or attacking the thread is not welcomed. Instead of trying to deny other people their right to free speech why not you pack up and go away. Agree to disagree and get lost.