Lipkin wrote:I think as units level, their upkeep rises. So if they train up, but don't go out and conquest, eventually they will have a shortage of smuckers, as they have no new income coming in. I think it unlikely the smuckers produced by cities would be enough to support a standing army. Faq couldn't manage it, needing to send Jillian out on merc contracts, though that example is far from perfect due to the number of casters on the side.
True, but no one says they have to train and level up and therefore raise their upkeep (which of course leads to the being a soft target and easier to conquer - which is the downside). Although its possible just doing your daily responsibilities, even without additional "training" could cause you to level up slowly over time (we know this is the case for casters - since most of them level without being in battles).
Its just interesting to consider that if you didn't have to defend yourself against others, would it be possible to not train and therefore not level up; and to not pop more units, such that your sides upkeep does not exceed its smuckers/farm/mine production? Most likely not I suppose.
A very small side like Faq, if it didn't have so many expensive casters, might be able to pull it off...if it could find some way of guaranteeing that its neighbors wont just invade it. That's the tricky part. Its almost like peace on Erf would work if everyone was a small side, and everyone agreed to play by a non-agression treaty. Downside is the minute one guy breaks truce, they'd all break it (to train/fight for defense if not to conquer)