After some careful, and caring, thought...
Let me pivot by offering a concise analogy that speaks simultaneously to the 3 grounds upon which I disagree with the course of action followed here vis-a-vis not including the document of this thread with every game distro and instead just having it posted in this forum and considering that as being sufficient to the copyright holders complete GPL license terms and the primary source factual history of the game.
Let me posit this analogical framework:
~ WZ 2100 = US History
~ The stock GPL in the distro = the US Constitution
~ The GPL Exception + WZ History of the README Doc of this thread = the 27 Amendments to the Constitution & their history.
To widely distribute this US History with the US Constitution text but NOT include the 27 Amendments would be an egregious mistake on grounds moral, common sense reason & legal.
Obviously the foregoing is an effort at an elegant argument to demonstrate my position sans emotion. However, I have also striven in my compression to be mindful of NOT, inadvertently, committing any fallacies..
Be that last as it may, perhaps this post may serve, at the very least, as a constructive reference point going forward with a discussion shaped by cogent reasoning towards a resolution of the issue raised that does indeed do justice to all aspects and stakeholders (past, present & future).
- Regards, RV