In my current game I have managed to build up a couple of fully kitted out MG Infantry Corps with supporting armor that I built up while winning a very grindy battle against a pretty powerful minor regime. I have since been able to take out two other minor regimes without much of a struggle; all I did in both cases was to keep the status as 'unclear', march my forces up to his capital, surround it, and launch a massive assault against it. In both cases, not a shot was fired until the enemy's city was surrounded. A human would certainly view a large army marching into it's territory as a threat and not allow it to surround it's capital city without firing a shot. I imagine the AI realized that my forces were more powerful than his, so it didn't want to mess with me. In my head I pictured Eric Idle from Monty Python leading the army saying to the defending forces - "don't mind us boys, nothing to see here, just passing through!"
I think some changes will need to be made to the 'unclear' status so that the AI will declare war more quickly once it realizes that the players forces are gobbling up its territory and has a sizable army near its capital, regardless of the strength of that army.
I must add that I have just started playing the game. Over the past few days I have been doing pretty much nothing but playing the game, watching Das Tactic videos on Youtube, and reading the manual. I finally feel like I have a handle on what is going on, although there are certainly many small details I don't yet understand. Having said that, I am playing on 'beginner' level, so I don't know if the AI would behave differently on a higher level.
< Message edited by jeffad -- 7/6/2020 3:10:12 PM >