ea train wrecked their two biggest franchises. There's a huge difference between good sales and expected block buster sales. This is a desperate attempt to make up lost sales from a dying M3.
Holiday sales...wait for it! The new ultramega box ME and DA franchises all in one BOX! (minus the dlc).
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.That is easy.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.It works the same way in any country.