Field Marshal Hotzendorf wrote:So in this game for example, if you are playing as Great Britain and you wish to use diplomacy to stay neutral or even try to form an alliance with France, would this be possible? How open ended will the game play be? Thank you.
Field Marshal Hotzendorf wrote:You know, in 1939 it shocked the world when Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. Not many people predicted that. So, sometimes weird things come together in times of war.
Shri wrote:European Diplomacy is full of Flip-Flops, with Russia providing several of them.
Allying with Frederick post the death of Czarina Elizabeth, Allying with the Germans in 1939, allying with Prussia/Germany post Crimean War (understandable) and then allying with the UK in WW1 (UK and RUSSIA fought the GREAT-GAME a precursor to the Cold War), several more.
French did the same, prominently in the 30 year war, allied with the Protestants in order to curb the Hapsburg power in Central Europe.
But Still, Considering that it was the young Mr. Pitt who led England in the years preceding the start of the game, i.e till 1804, there is absolutely no chance of them allying with France. In fact- England and France should be absolute Faction leaders with chances for all others to change sides.
Eg: Turkey- Promise them a free hand in Egypt and some Gold/WSU against Russia/Hapsburg and Turkey may ally with the French.
Same with Sweden, show them the Russian threat but help them in the Baltics (difficult esp. with the Loch Ness Monster called as Royal Navy)
Denmark & Poland are 2 other possible allies.
Prussia may be neutral if it gains territory in the Rhineland/Westaphalia.
Spain again may remain allied/neutral if the cards are played rightly.
Russia again, may remain neutral (but very difficult, esp. if Swedish and Turkish Gambits are chosen by the Frenchmen then Russia will be a sworn enemy).
Austria is more or less sworn enemy.
Italian states can be easily conquered and swayed. etc etc.
FENRIS wrote:the Loch Ness Monster called as Royal Navy) Excellent !!!
BigDuke66 wrote:Here I would like to strongly suggest that a look should be taken to the real process of conscription and army building, usually in the French army there was an annually call for conscripts and not a monthly "inflow" like money or goods from which the player can also monthly form some new units are replacements, conscription was defined in the French law and any overused should likely have consequences(war weariness, lower NM, etc and maybe even some kind of prerequisite on a political level.
And the player should have a wide option to either form untrained units fast(like it may be necessary after such events as a failed Russian invasion) or that he can take time to build a trained unit.
Some conscript number of France:
Here it's unclear if the French minor allies contribute to these numbers.
Another source, conscription numbers from "Histoire Militaire de la France" Vol. 2 from Jean Delmas:
An VIII(1799-1800): 36.714
Ans IX-X(1800-1802): 80.223
Ans XI-XII(1802-1804): 77.930
Levées supplémentaires: 33.465
An XIII: 41.554
An XIV/1806: 114.140
Exédent 1806-1810: 3.556
Rome et Trasimène: 500
Réservistes 1809-1812: 90.490
Classe 1814: 158.141
Réservistes 1807-1814: 74.224
Gardes nationaux: 101.640
Hollandais (1813): 4.293
Levée des 30'000 (August 1813, Dep. méditerranées): 32.865
Lévee des 120'000 passé à 165'000 (Oktober 1813): 181.740
Lévee des 300'000 (November 1813): 71.032 (partis)
Classe 1815: ?
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