but unless you can supply players across every border to porvide a 'rear echelon threat' it's simply not fair to allow them to ignore the risks they woudl face.
Absolutely, Gallus. There would have to be some sort of limitation to what had to be kept at the borders to deter other countries preying on this "weakness". A good mechanic for this his tough - you seemed to have arrived at one.
I would think perhaps aome reaction rolls modified by the forces that Rethem for instance could still put forth on the Kandian/Thardic Borders. Leave to little and you risk an invasion, though it's not always going to happen, and depends much upon current relations.
Of course, I would think a good option for a Kuboran campaign might be to levy 1/5 or so of the knights and yeomen - and pay them as mercs after their obligations have been fullfilled. Perhaps also get one of the miltary orders that has lands that are close to the Peran border, and offer them Kuboran lands following a sucessful campaign.
Then you still have 4/5 of the levy available for Tharda/Kanday, though the expense of keeping a "regular army" for the Kuboran campaign could be detrimental to the crown.
To really do this right one would need some sort of method for figuring the macroeconomics of the crown and it's "war chest". I do think "special aids" could be levied as well, these were common in the middle ages for war (or even buying off viking attacks
). I'm not sure if canon has a provision for this though.
Intuitively the scale of the ambushing force must have an impact. My FoD tweaks never dealt with that because Rethemi battles are typically among hundreds, rather than thousands of warriors.
Yeah, small scale ambushes with forces in the numbering of a few hundreds would be much easier to tactically figure than trying to do so with forces numbering in the thousands.