I keep encountering this. I'm on my 6th start now and four of those games were lost due to being absurdly outnumbered within the first 10 turns.
I just ran into it now, in fact, just a few minutes ago. In this case, on turn 3 or 4, a force 2x my size ran all through my territory, cutting off my supply lines and entirely surrounding some of my units. I've had no combat, no losses, no disasters, nothing like that. All I've been doing is exploring. This screenshot is from turn 5 or 6. (I really wish it would just say what turn number we're on in the top right.)
This is on the easiest difficulty.
How am I supposed to contest this? What am I missing, what am I supposed to be doing?
I've uploaded it here to imgur because we have this anemic 200kb upload limit. But it's within seven days since my tenth post, apparently, so the system still thinks I'm a bot. I've uploaded a cropped image here too.
Don't expand too quickly. Most times you have a metal and water hex directly next to your city. Place troops on your city and this two hexes, the npcs stop in front of them. As soon as you mine the hexes you can build troops that are strong enough to deal with the minor regimes and secure longer borders.
You also get a strategem card with something like "make peace". This works not only if you are at war but also on minor regimes with "unclear" relations (white borders). As soon as you have peace the borders are fixed and they don't wander through your territory anymore.
< Message edited by Che12 -- 6/7/2020 2:30:20 PM >