So one of the things that kinda bugs me specifically is what happens when you take a city from a major regime - namely, the zone borders imploding, as they probably had been doing since you started advancing into the zone. You usually end up with your poor border zone suffering enormous administrative strain, while the zone of the newly conquered city is usually kind of a hot mess of barely functioning assets due to mass worker emigration so they can't take up their old assets immediately without worsening the worker situation. This is made doubly bad if the the AI had for whatever reason relied on a supercity with one single gigantic zone stretching from pole to pole, which means that you couldn't give them all their old assets without bogging them down with admin strain anyways (makes you wonder how the AI was managing - I don't think the AI bonus specifically includes dealing with admin strain, does it? Does the AI ever colonize?).
Is anyone else bothered by this? I mean, yeah, I could probably get by through aggressive use of zone rebordering and asset shutdowns but it's still kind of a tedious pain, especially if you conquered a massive new zone before getting to the city and have a lot of borders to redraw. Also gets kinda weird when the city in question was the regime's last city and you instantly lose all recon on their territory because now they don't have a zone to send spies TO.
Not sure where you are from Tomn but I can guarantee that the productive capacity of any UK city on behalf of the new occupiers that had been militarily conquered by a foreign power would be derisory. It may be inconvenient but it is both realistic and well designed.
History also shows huge movements of refugee populations ahead of a city being conquered. Syria today exhibits the same trend.
You simply cannot expect to take over a fully productive city with a ready workforce.
Oh, you misunderstand. I don't really mind the cities being less productive for a while, or needing to station a garrison there and maybe deal with the odd rebellion. Price of doing business.
What I DO mind is the bureaucratic tedium of rezoning vast swathes of conquered territory to adjust to new conquests because the zoning of the new conquests are a fraction of their former size (presumably to make assets not shut down completely in the face of a reduced workforce). It's an irritating bit of busywork when I've got a war to fight and populations to suppress.
Edit: The suffering of a conquered population is nothing to the carpal tunnel syndrome I get from signing documents, damnit!
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