Joel Uckelman on 24 Mar 2003 03:50:00 -0000

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Re: [eia] POW

Thus spake "Kyle H":
>     So let's say that Britain ceded Portugal to some other country that
> France is not at war with (Spain for instance).  Would the Portuguese factor
> be turned over to Spain immediately (since France would no longer be at war
> with Portugal's controlling power)?  Or would that only happen if/when
> France and Spain concluded a peace treaty?
> kdh

This is one of those things that the rules appear not to handle well. As 
far as goes, it seems that the only way for minor factors to be 
repatriated is for their captor and their patron to make peace. So if we 
followed that rule to the letter, the Portuguese in your example would 
remain POWs until the next time France made peace with Spain (which may 
never happen, if France and Spain never again go to war). This is very odd, 
and I doubt what was intended. It would make more sense for the Portuguese 
be repatriated during the first reinforcement phase after which France is 
no longer at war with Portugal's controlling power.


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