It's Friday, and that means it's time for another AHD dev diary! Today's DD is about China. As most of you know, getting China into your Sphere of Influence could be a massive boon to your economy since all those Chinese pops buy your produced goods first. Perhaps not quite a “Win” button, but it was a big advantage.
Our solution to this was to split China into several parts. Some of the parts are still pretty populous and so are still good SoI targets, but they are not quite as huge as the old China was, and of course multiple GPs can now Sphere separate parts.
So what have we done? Well, we've added something called a “Substate”, a Substate is basically an unbreakable puppet. While a Substate can be conquered, while it exists it cannot be broken away from their masters. It's possible to form CBs on Substates, but to use them you must declare war on China and fight the combined armies of China and their Substates. In other regards, they act as puppets do. Those of you you have played a Daimyo in Divine Wind should find the concept somewhat familiar, although in this case the Emperor is the largest and most powerful state rather than a figurehead.
China can re-unite itself though, an event will be fired when they Civilise, annexing all Substates on good terms with China. Substates that refuse will also Civilise, but will suffer a large relations hit with China, and since they have cores on all the Substates dissenters may be in for interesting times. If a Substate manages to Civilise first China and the other Substates will also become Civilised, but the country will not unite.
For anyone not interested in China, perhaps this might tickle your fancy? Troops now once again speed up Colonisation! Cunning coding has been done to convince the AI that sending out troops to colonial areas may indeed benefit them, so it should no longer be a free ride for the player. However, no one likes having competition in their colonial ventures, so when two or more nations are trying to Colonise the same state they will also find it easier to generate CBs on each other, and adding troops into the mix only increases this bonus.