In the last couple days I’ve been writing and reprinting two opposite approaches.
1. Surrender immediately!
2. Mid-level powers should try to assert their power!
Not really contradictory, just two different categories of people and nations.
Powerless people should avoid exciting psychopaths into a killing frenzy.
People with some power should use it carefully.
DeSantis showed the correct balance. At first he surrendered to the Faucians instead of protesting and getting slaughtered. Magufuli of Tanzania heroically resisted and got slaughtered.
After DeSantis determined the boundaries of available action, he started regaining control step by step, steadily and calmly, explaining his actions at every step to bring his people with him. No mystery, no Delphic utterances, no backdowns.