# A Series of Wars

We come from two different factions, as unlike as can be.
We support the factions' armies, but not necessarily our own.

At the start of the war, half of us supported nobody.
Those remaining were split between supporting their own faction and supporting the opposing faction.

As the war commenced, our allegiances changed.
We supported whichever army was passing through at the time.
As casualties mounted, more and more of us ceased supporting anybody at all.

Finally, one side was victorious, but our lives were unaffected.
We merely wait for the next war, which will play out differently, but the same.

Who are we?

• Ha, I thought for sure it was the United States electorate... – Slider345 Jun 18 '15 at 18:01

We are

Chessboard squares, which are black and white (like chess pieces) but support (physically) whatever piece is standing on it at the moment, regardless of its color

• Haha wow, 3 minutes! Too easy I guess. How far into the riddle did you get before you figured it out? – VictorHenry Jun 17 '15 at 16:27
• @VictorHenry: it's ok, I play "what, where, when" competitively :) Can't tell exactly how far I got, probably "supported nobody" put me on the right track. – Quassnoi Jun 17 '15 at 16:31

I think they are

A deck of Cards, in the game of War.

We come from two different factions, as unlike as can be.
We support the factions' armies, but not necessarily our own.


The deck is split up at the start of the game, between the two players. The cards don't have their own army, in a sense.

At the start of the war, half of us supported nobody.
Those remaining were split between supporting their own faction and supporting the opposing faction.


Again, deck is split in half and dealt to each player. They support each player, but only when getting played.

As the war commenced, our allegiances changed.
We supported whichever army was passing through at the time.
As casualties mounted, more and more of us ceased supporting anybody at all.


As the game plays, cards go from all the players to one, on each hand. They are passed around continuously until one player has the whole deck.

Finally, one side was victorious, but our lives were unaffected.
We merely wait for the next war, which will play out differently, but the same.


When a player wins, the cards are put back, and can be used for another "war", as long as it was not a violent game that bent the cards.