Jowy Atreides wrote:
Well, what do you consider recent times? Depending on what years you're talking about, The First Bringer War was not that long ago. Something else I forgot to consider was the Higheast Rebellion, which was also partially orchastrated by Harmonia. Also, there's the time when the Warriors Village was founded (it was a while ago, but still). And there's also the time when they invaded Sanadia, which was pretty recent too.
recent between the time from suikoden II to the end of suikoden III as the topic is on about what may happen to harmonia after suikoden III. Harmonia did aid the higheast rebellion but their actions were small, letting mainly the loyalists do the work. If Harmonia was truly hostile/aggressive than they would had invaded the city-states once the states had defeated Highland (by than they would be incredibly weak) point is Harmonia's role has been nothing more than to help those who request it.
Your point kind of contradicts itself a litte. Being that Harmonia show their readiness to attack another nation when asked for it. This way they can decimate another land, take any True Runes, and if it goes wrong, they can always fall back with no loss of face as they were only "helping".
Not totally, for example in suikoden II the force Harmonia was in still had to abide with Highland's militry stragedy, they can fall back (which they did) but it was clear that Harmonia was acting as a form of support and was limited to execute any acts of self agenda upon the war itself. What I'm saying is that if a game was made after III is that Harmoina would be more prepared to intervene rather then wait for a request.