HQs, generals and admirals
Three critical concepts in warfare are Headquarters, Generals and Admirals. See also: Character
HQs (Headquarters)[edit | edit source]
There is a nominal HQ (or headquarters), for each strategic region. This isn’t a building or a place, but rather an organizational concept under which all of the battalions or flotillas in the barracks, naval bases and conscription centres in a region are collected in reserve until they have been assigned to a general or admiral. After battalions or flotillas are assigned to a general or admiral, then they will stay with that general or admiral as they follow the orders given to it.
So, for example, continental France is split into three strategic regions – France, Occitania and Rhine – and has a HQ for each. If it has barracks buildings employing people in all three regions, and has not yet recruited any generals, then each of those HQs will have battalions assigned to it.
Importantly, for naval invasions, admirals can only launch naval invasions with generals from coastal HQs. If playing a nation that is likely to undertake naval invasions, it is worth bearing this in mind when decided where to build barracks and naval bases, to ensure that adequate flotillas and battalions (under admirals and generals) can be matched together for an invasion.
Generals[edit | edit source]
Generals lead battalions, and are the principal unit of land warfare (they can be thought of as abstract ‘stacks’ of units). When a general is recruited, they are assigned to a HQ, to which they are attached permanently. Given this, when recruiting a general, use the table to see which HQs have the most unassigned battalions available as a useful guide as to where the general should be assigned (while it is possible to recruit a general to a HQ with no available battalions, in the vast majority of cases this is unlikely to be a productive use of the bureaucracy that pays for the general).
When recruiting a general, the starting traits of that general are shown – many of these traits have substantial modifiers attached to them (which can be both positive and negative) with which it can be worth becoming familiar. Once recruited, each general has a maximum number of battalions they can command, which is influenced by their rank (see below) and sometimes by their traits. Note that this capacity is separately calculated for regular and conscript battalions.
Each country can recruit up to 20 generals at a time.
Admirals[edit | edit source]
Admirals are the naval equivalent of generals, and when it comes to recruiting and leading units operate similarly to generals, except that they lead flotillas rather than battalions, and that there no conscript flotillas (so there is only one type of command capacity, for flotillas). Like generals, admirals are assigned to a HQ on creation and remain with that HQ permanently, and like generals there is generally no reason to assign an admiral to a HQ that does not already have spare flotillas ready to command.
Each country can recruit up to 20 admirals at a time.
Promotions[edit | edit source]
Generals and admirals, as recruited, both start with a relatively low command capacity, which can be increased by promoting them. Both have five levels of promotion, with command capacity increasing with each. Each level of promotion increases the bureaucratic upkeep of the general, but in terms of sheer numbers of battalions under command, it is more efficient in bureaucratic upkeep to promote a general to a higher rank, than recruit a new general.
It can be valuable promoting a general or admiral with powerful traits to command a large number of battalions, but it is worth bearing in mind that the general/admiral can only be in one place at a time, and sometimes it may be more useful strategically to have two lower-ranked generals/admirals for a HQ rather than one higher-ranked general/admiral.
|+2% Interest group political strength
|Brigadier General||+20 Regulars |
|+5% Interest group political strength
|Major General||+40 Regulars |
|Rear Admiral||+40 Flotillas|
|+10% Interest group political strength
|Lieutenant General||+60 Regulars |
|Vice Admiral||+60 Flotillas|
|+15% Interest group political strength
|General||+80 Regulars |
|+20% Interest group political strength
|Field Marshal||+100 Regulars |
|Grand Admiral||+100 Flotillas|
|+25% Interest group political strength
|Commander-in-Chief||+50 Regulars |
Political Impact[edit | edit source]
All admirals and generals support an interest group and grant a bonus to the political strength of that interest group, with the bonus increasing significantly as the admiral or general is promoted to higher ranks. Admirals and generals that have high popularity can potentially become the leader of their interest group and apply their personal ideology to the interest group. If a revolution breaks out and is backed by one or more interest groups all admirals and generals affiliated with the insurrectionary interest groups will defect to the revolutionaries.
With these points in mind the player should take heed of a potential admiral or general's interest group affiliation, popularity and personal ideology as well as their actual command skill when choosing which candidates to recruit. For example it may be worth hiring and promoting less skilled commanders in order to bolster particular interest groups, or avoiding a very skilled commander that is affiliated with an interest group that is likely to oppose the player in a civil war. Consider the personal ideology of candidates that have high popularity and the consequences of that commander one day becoming the leader of their interest group.
Although popularity and personal ideology are not immediately displayed on the recruitment window they can be seen in each candidate's tooltip.
Death and Retirement[edit | edit source]
Like all characters, generals and admirals grow old and die, and when this happens the battalions under their command will first be attributed to any generals assigned to the same HQ with spare command capacity, and then be returned to the HQ and remain there in reserve as a garrison force.
It is also possible to remove generals and admirals prior to the end of their natural tenure, by retiring them. Both generals and admirals can acquire negative traits over the course of their careers, and removing them can open the way for replacements with better characteristics. However, be mindful that retirement comes with the cost of making his interest group unhappy. The unhappiness is proportional to his rank (1 to 5) for 5 years.
- Prior to version 1.2, naval invations could only take place with Generals and admirals from the same HQ