They are trying to assert PB is no longer on the project due to supposed bugs and Spellbound was chosen to elevate Gothic beyond the supposed buggy state. When in fact, the game was just released in Beta state, so NO SHIT it had bugs, Du'h. Secondly PB refused to continue to patch the game without payment, i.e. they couldn't continue to work for FUCKING FREE, as the piece of shit publisher insisted.
People can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That's 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.