In Dark Templar Saga #2, the consequences of being both the most powerful force and not being as strong as before were clearly pointed out in Valerian's PoV chapters. The part where the protagonists escaped from the Brontes floating scrap yard was a good one.
Mengsk probably lied to them. "I won" when it was really "Kerrigan let me live".Or why people large enough to form an empire would even want to continue to follow Mengsk after he clearly couldn't handle the position the Dominion was stuck in during Brood War.
After all, even if he couldn't beat the zerg, who else could? Raynor? That guy is leading less than 400 people. A destructive civil war would weaken the Dominion at a time when people were afraid of the zerg and the UED.
The same rationale applies to the USA's Patriot Act. People were so afraid of terrorists that for a number of years few people would question its abuses. Was it more than four years? Quite possibly, I haven't kept track of Patriot Act polling data.
Everyone?Everyone seems to be depending on the theory that Mengsk seems to keep a large force stored somewhere or that his forces are spread out amongst all worlds controlled by the Dominion.
Duran's comments right before mission 2 made that clear. Forces had to be called to the New Dylarian Shipyards, which, incidentally, was a big fat target and yet there wasn't a single active battlecruiser there until the UED had already stolen the majority of the inactive ones there. Either Mengsk is an idiot or he has good reason not to guard every place, like not having enough troops to do so.
Captain, Vice Admiral Stukov has informed me of your flawless sortie upon Braxis. I must commend you for beginning our campaign with such a decisive victory. Our Tac Teams have decrypted the Dominion's datalink and have gained access to Mengsk's most guarded files. However, our work is not yet complete.
We have ascertained the location of the Dylarian shipyards. These shipyards, serving as a fueling and repair station for the Dominion, house a number of functional Battlecruisers in dry-dock. To assure that our domination of this sector remains uncontested, you are to assault the shipyards and liberate as many of these capital ships as possible.
Gentlemen, I recommend that you launch this attack using the utmost caution. Dominion Command can typically reinforce its outlying bases within sixteen standard hours. You should expect some sort of reprisal from Emperor Mengsk shortly.
Ah, the turncoat. I suggest that you pay keen attention to rank when you address the Captain and myself, Lieutenant Duran. Is that understood?You never put all your troops in the same place, especially when you have allies to "take the lash" (Kerrigan specifically said her forces would lead the attack) and you don't put all your forces where Kerrigan can destroy them all when she inevitably turns.Wouldn't you think that THESE are the men Mengsk rounded up to retake Korhal in the mission Duke was killed? It was a mission to retake the Dominion Capital world; I think that's a good enough reason to round up who you could.
(People make Mengsk out to be a fool for trusting Kerrigan, but his comments indicated he never did. He was forced, and was cooperating for his survival.)
Again, you never commit all your forces to an attack. You can never assume you have a 100% chance of victory. What if he'd deadlocked with Kerrigan? Well now he's got an empire that can be easily taken from him via civil war since he didn't leave troops at home. What if the UED showed up (well they did) but attacked Mengsk in preference to Kerrigan?And if he had men stored somewhere then why would he have to depend on calling a bunch of random mercenaries to form a ragtag fleet to fight Kerrigan in the final battle? It's because he already called in those men he had in storage for the retaking Korhal mission, which were killed off already; causing Mengsk to resort to hiring mercenary groups.