ORIGINAL: Hubert Cater
Essentially the AI tries to make "good choices" with its reactions to the dynamic flow of the game. When the flow is more or less historical from the Entente side, so too will the reaction be by the AI and vice versa. If the game play diverts from the historical, the AI will do its best to react accordingly and in the end it may mean that it too diverts from the historical in order to do what it thinks it must to survive.
I'm playing a modified veteran level (no spotting, 0.5 experience, 10% MPPs), so perhaps as I ratchet up the settings for the AI in future games, maybe I'll see something more challenging in the West for the first 4-5 turns. On another note, you implied that the Russian advance in the above picture diverted from the historical course, which caused the CP to do likewise, but I don't see anything unhistorical with the Russian advance since Lemberg fell on Sept 3rd, but A-H still holds it on the Sept 5th turn. As you know, the German strategy was to crush France first while A-H did its best to divert the expected Russian offensive against the CP, and the Russian strategy was to unhinge the German attack on France. So historically speaking, the Russians are where they need to be in the picture, not the Germans, which was somewhat disappointing given that this scenario is the France first strategy. Historically speaking, the only redeployment to Galicia was the A-H 2nd Army from the Serbian Front, and although the Russians eventually overran most of the province, the front stabilized along the Carpathians until the Germans came to A-H's aid by invading Russian Poland from Silesia AFTER they failed to defeat France in late September. Anyway, is it possible to make the AI commit most German units to the advance in the West for several more turns regardless of what's happening in the East? A-H should be able to handle the Russians for a while longer on their own without gravely impairing their empire as happened.
Appreciate your feedback and will continue the fight...lol!