Ok, I think I get this. So with the 1916 start all factions are at risk with a 24 NM loss each year. This game has become very interesting.
Initially after the Great Power dropped, it was Italy, Belgium and Persia versus Turkey.
A Russian factions has joined.
Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Australia all can build troops, but with no commanders.
Italy exited the war.
The situation is very odd, but fun.