Command Penalty Capacity
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Command Penalty Capacity (i.e. the -75% penalty)
- When you group your armies its essential that you understand that each leader has a Command Penalty Capacity (CPC).
- This is a parameter for each stack. It is worked out separately for each stack. Stack is defined above as the number of units/divisions in a province.
- If the total number of units in the stack exceeds the Command Penalty Capacity when attacking, then the excess units in that stack receive a -75% penalty.
- For each attacking stack, it is the capacity of the most senior leader in the stack.
- if the most senior leader is an FM, then it is 12
- if the most senior leader is an GEN, then it is 9
- if the most senior leader is an LT, then it is 3
- if the most senior leader is an MJ, then it is 1
- For a defending stack it is the sum of all the leaders present in the stack. (Unless you are being attacked by aircraft- according to the manual defence from aircraft is handled as per attack- each stack is assessed individually)
- Thus if we have 13 units in an attacking formation commanded by a FM (display of 13/12), one unit will have a -75% penalty. If the units were defending the display would also read 13/12. If we have 13 units units in a territory, but 12 of them will be under a FM and the 13th will be under a LT and the stack was attacking (from one territory) then the display would read 13/12 - the 13th unit would be at -75%. If the same units were defending then the CPC will be 15 (FM 12 + LT 3 = display 13/15) thus no unit will get a -75% penalty, but ONLY if they are defending.
- The stack capacity for all the formations in a province may be doubled by an HQ adjacent or in the same province. The HQ does not have to be present at the start of the combat - as soon as the HQ becomes adjacent to or present at an existing combat, the combat efficiency values alter accordingly.
- if the most senior leader is an FM, stack capacity is doubled to 24
- if the most senior leader is an GEN, stack capacity is doubled to 18
- if the most senior leader is an LT, stack capacity doubled to 6
- if the most senior leader is an MJ, stack capacity is doubled to 2
- Note that stack capacity and formation capacity are different things as explained below in the HQ, skills, and traits section.
- Thus in the same situation, but with a HQ present as one of those 13 units, we would have a CPC of 24 if one formation was commanded by a FM, and a CPC of 30, if a second formation was commanded by a LT. No unit will get the -75% penalty command capacity penalty.
- The units receiving the penalty are the lowest ones in the formation list for a stack.
- There is a limit to the number of ATTACKERS in one stack - 24 per territory (under an FM with a HQ present - 18 if the highest is a general with HQ and so on). If there is no HQ in the area then the CPC will be max 12/FM, 9/G, 3LT & 1MJ. So in the above example if 13 units (12 for FM and 1 LT) attacked from one province with a HQ the display will read 13/24.
- This means that if you attack with an FM+23 units from one direction, and an FM+25 units from another direction, the combat screen will show 48/48 (if a HQ is present/nearby province), but in fact one of your units will get a -75% penalty.
- There is no limit to the amount of DEFENDERS in the stack as long as you have enough command capacity to cover all the units.
- There is no extra benefit for NOT using the full CPC - i.e. placing 9 units under a FM (9/12).