The Shan State Army-North and Shan State Army-South are in a long-running battle for control of territory in northern and central Shan State.
Min Aung Hlaing and Yawd Serk, leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State, are two strongmen locked in a dysfunctional relationship.
Also this week, the regime shows once again it is living in fantasyland, discussing plans for food security and tourism, even as it undermines both.
Many ethnic armed organizations are boycotting the talks with the regime in the capital Naypyitaw.
The Karen National Union is accused of being willing to swap drugs for weapons, despite having no history of narcotics trafficking.
Bo Thanmani, the leader of Yinmabin PDF and an ex-abbot, is accused of abducting, torturing and killing fighters from other resistance groups in Sagaing Region.
The UWSA is consolidating a new Wa state that will bring Chinese influence near Thailand and set a self-rule model for other ethnic rebels.
The United Wa State Army has deployed hundreds of soldiers to southern Shan State, raising fears that it will clash with the rival Restoration Council of Shan State.
Any future peace process must be genuinely inclusive and not repeat the mistakes made by both military and civilian governments of the past.
A regime-controlled newspaper claims that ethnic armed groups are taking advantage of political turmoil caused by the coup to further their own military goals.