1965 – 1970
A term reportedly coined by the poet Allen Ginsberg, “flower power” came to represent the nonviolence and peace movements of the 1960s. The classical context for the phrase was the placement of daisies into rifle muzzles, and the anti-war slogan “make love, not war.” Flower power is also representative of the general ambivalence to the use of military force that resulted from the American experience in Vietnam.
Time: Mid War
Removed after event: Yes
It is hard for me to imagine when I would ever play this for the event. Conceivably, if I used Lone Gunman to spy on the US hand, and saw that they had literally a ton of “War” cards, then Flower Power would be worth it. Conceivably.
Otherwise, the benefit is just way too speculative to pass up 4 Ops. As a 1 Op card, I might take the chance. As a 4 Ops, you’d have to be crazy, desperate, or most likely, both. Like NATO, this is one of those events you have to hope the opponent triggers for you.
Like the USSR, you are probably not going to pass up the 4 Ops from this card. Unlike the USSR, you’re going to have deal with its ill effects later on: chances are, you’ll probably draw at least one or two “War” cards and be forced to space them or lose 2 VP per. Fairly annoying, and everyone has forgotten about Flower Power at one point or another and lost 2 VP without realizing it.
Generally I’ll just space the War cards, which isn’t a big deal until you have other cards you want to space as well (or if you’re Purged). Brush War is of course the main exception.
Usually I don’t end up playing An Evil Empire for the event unless I also have a lot of “War” cards in hand with An Evil Empire. And it goes without saying that if you draw Flower Power with “War” cards in hand, you should play all the Wars first.
Note that Arab-Israeli War, if prevented by Camp David Accords, does not count for Flower Power and is a safe play.