City sizes are not a simple population indicator.
Also taken into account are Economy [supply and ammo sources] and GeoPolitical importance.
Thus New York and Philly are 'bigger'...
The Boston area is a special case:
- In the original release, Boston was part of the region now called "The Heights, and was bigger [and Salem/Cambridge were smaller]
- This caused a somewhat ahistorical situation: The Brits could sit forever inside Boston, but the Rebels couldn't sustain the siege due to poor supply!
- Additionally, British ships could freely sail in and out of port with no fear of any emplaced artillery nearby [the infamous "Double Adjacncy Rule": aka "DAR"]
- Our solution
- Create a separate region for Boston, and another for Boston Harbor
- Reduce size of Boston to recreate the supply dilemma faced by Gage and Howe
- Increase size of nearby towns, thus "distributiing" the Economic and Geopolitical value of the Boston Area
- Add a blocking link so troops in boston can only move toward The Heights [forcing use of amphibious ops to attack north: can you say Bunker Hill?]
- Add a Major River Crossing link between Boston and The Heights to simulate the difficulty of attacking across the Boston Neck
- Boston Harbor adds a water region adjacent to The Heights, so the DAR works to interdict shipping
- Reduce British supply units to fewer elements in the setup, to prevent easy building of a Depot
- Establish Rebels as well fortified force on the heights. They can now build a Depot to survive there, and artillery can be moved there to interdict shipping.
- The AI couldn't figure out what to do as GBR, so the "Boston Evacuation" AI-only event set was added.
So, Gage "starving" is WAD.
City sizes are WAD.