Kyle H on 29 Mar 2003 03:47:01 -0000

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Re: [eia] combined movement problem

    I agree that under no circumstances should we take this combined
movement snafu to have the consequence that GB, Spain, Prussia, and Turkey
cannot combine their movement.  They are all on each other's lists, and so
their clear desires to combine with one another must be respected.  However,
the group is less clear about its desires to combine with Austria.
Unfortunately, that leaves Austria as the odd person out.  (If it's any
consolation, I'm sure that Austria's allies won't let that mistake happen
again!  And if you like pseudo-real-world explanations, you could explain
this event by saying that the Austrians initially had trouble adapting to
the immense military bureaucracy required to coordinate the actions of 5
different nations.)  I don't see any other solution but to leave Austria out
of the British Coalition's combined movement.

Let me see what they say about this on the EIH mailing list...


----- Original Message -----
From: "Joel Uckelman" <uckelman@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <eia@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 8:36 PM
Subject: [eia] combined movement problem

> I need to know how combined movement is going to be handled before I do my
> reinforcements. While I agree with Everett that combined movement is blind
> only out of expedience, the rule also is insufficiently explicit. I
> the following criteria for dividing groups for combined movement, giving
> the first priority over the second:
> 1. If two powers did not mutually request combined movement, they cannot
> move together.
> 2. The powers should be divided in a way that minimizes the number of
> unfulfilled preferences for combined movement.
> Thus, on the supposition that Spain was requesting combined movement with
only his allies he knew to be in the war:
> Austria may combine movement with neither Prussia, Spain, nor Turkey.
> That leaves only Great Britain for Austria to combine with. Should Austria
> and Great Britain combine, however, no one else can combine with Great
Britain. Thus, 6 preferences cannot be fulfilled---3 of GB's, one each for
Prussia, Spain, and Turkey.
> Combining GB with Prussia, Spain, and Turkey yields only five unfulfilled
preferences: 4 of Austria's, and 1 of GB's.
> If we accept the criteria I suggest, I believe that would dictate that
Austria moves alone, as I see no way to reject fewer than 5 expressed
> --
> J.
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