From: South Carolina
Actually when doing a surrender the AI works from the top down on your surrender list and takes the 1st in each list that can be done. Each column can be ordered. I will provide a visual here:
LOL you jumped in before the visual. OK so in this example Spain surrenders to me unconditionally next turn but I am a military genius and have totally destroyed all her armies and fleets plus Portugal fell. So the computer starts with my Conditions lists and picks the 1st 3 that work. Cede 3 provinces - looks OK, so it goes over to the Provinces to annex list and it sees that Portugal is already mine (actually it would not see it because Portugal would drop off the list) and I am granted Old Castille, Aragon, Catalonia. 1 pick down. Next pick - 2 fleets, they are gone so SKIP. Reparations all - Spain now owes me $32 (the ORIGINAL amount they were getting in 1805, no more no less) which might bankrupt them, cost them some PP but also cheat me on some of my $. 2 picks down. Next is Remove 3 Corps - all corps dead, SKIP. Next is 1/2 reparations I already got Full so I cannot get this too. As a matter of fact why did that stupid human even put that here in this list (because it looks cool and harsh and I feel like I am salting the fields even though in reality it doesn't matter so long as ALL is above 1/2 ) S K I P. No trading - OK Spain cannot trade and if they do anyway France is free to immediately declare war on them again. That is 3. DONE! NEXT!
It should be noted again that each list is in order. If Castanos dies, Blake is my back up to remove a leader. If I do not check Blake and Castanos dies, I will not get the remove a leader option. Also keep in mind that if there are several nations being surrendered to they pick 1 at a time in the order they are on the PP chart so keep these screens ordered or you may fight a very long war only to see your allies take 3 provinces, get the loot and you get left with the victim's ugly nagging daughter for your royal marriage ("In England we had bathrooms INSIDE the castle." So go home, I really didn't want you anyway, but I had to take SOMETHING from the caslte and unfortunately you were all I could find since that coward father of yours had fled to St. Petersburg to 'visit his cousin'.)
PORTUGAL MAY BE A BUG. In the board game you could always take any minor but provinces (taking the main parts of the victim nation) had to be adjacent to land you already owned or you had to have a corps in it.
< Message edited by Murat -- 1/5/2008 8:02:41 PM >