This is a timely thread as I'm almost ready to PBEM and I want to understand this notion of "restricted units" and political points. To date I have only played AE as Allies so my examples will only touch on them. As I understand the resricted units...1) some are unable to be moved in any fashion outside their defined area, 2) some units can be moved to a different HQ thereby making them available eg. many of the West Coast squadrons. For these to move them you must pay the politcal points the computer asks for. 3) What about many other units that are assigned to say the South West Pacific command....say for example the 81st infantry division assigned to SW Pac. I can still physically move 81st and use them it in say Alaska, for example. Is this considered one of the moves that would require me to change HQ to, say North Pacific, before being able to use that unit in that area? If so I better grasp this before play by em. If this is what is meant by such restricted tranfers/political points then where is the master map defining these command areas??
The HQ for air and land units is listed in the upper lefthand corner of the unit's information window. If the listing is in white, the HQ cannot be changed and cannot be moved to a base not under the same HQ's command. If the HQ listing is in yellow, it can be clicked on, which will bring up another window. On the new window are listed the side's headquarters. To the upper right on this window is the Political Point cost for changing the unit's HQ to another HQ under the same command HQ and for changing it to another command HQ.
An unrestricted unit (like the 81st Division) can be moved anywhere you want (like Alaska), but if you move it someplace far from its HQ, it will not derive a command benefit if it becomes engaged in combat. (For air units, there are ramifications regarding acquisition of replacement and upgrade aircraft.)
The map for the various commands is the large theater map accessible from the top menu bar.
Addendum: If I understand the manual correctly, there are 2 types of semi-restricted units-- one that can immediately be unrestricted thru the use of Political Points for a change in HQ, and one which requires the unit's HQ to itself be changed to a different Command before its subordinate units can also be changed.
< Message edited by Capt Hornblower -- 2/14/2013 10:02:02 AM >