Tribal Strongman>Pragmatist, Grass-Roots, 'Legitimate'
two kinds of local support, two kinds of effective resource management, hard to kill, and a "just" or at least even hand
Loyal Army>Local Militia x3, Motorized(civies) x2
a thousand men, a hundred cars, and guns for everybody.
quite specifically, my soldiers are loyal to the local populace and to me because i protect them.>Tribute, Government Co-op, 'Managing' Aid
takeover of the government in all but name.>The Greater Kongo
good place to stabilize
the basic plan here is to render the area utterly intractable to competing warlords.
to do this: arm the populace!
to not get shot: hold loyalty among the people.
to keep loyalty: keep your people in good condition
this is the tribal system in a nutshell, and it is strong.
imagine a new warlord trying to roll into town!
his two dozen men in army trucks show up...
there are fifty men in this village who know what the invaders wish to do with their wives and daughters...
all fifty of those men have rifles and a simple plate of armor under the window of their house.
the wives are untrained, but are willing to pick up that gun if the husband falls; they can expect to go to a new family as second wife and be cared for.
the children have been taught to start fires if their parents die; any that escape will be cared for if they did their duty.
maybe the invaders win, but casualties and costs are massive, and nothing is left worth taking.
The second strategy is to improve the area.
build roads, protect schools, build factories.
make sure that when foreign aid sends doctors, teachers, or engineers, they are protected.
make sure the teachers are teaching an appropriate history though...
foreign powers will not like this, but with luck it will be so unexpected that nobody notices till it is too late.