Commanders are very important in that only they
can lead your forces during the offensive. This
quite simply means that without commanders your
units are forced into the defensive. So, if you
wish to take the offensive, place your units into
an army, fleet, or group which is commanded by
a general, admiral, or air force general.
Commanders are so valuable because each commander
has a certain level of skill, which can range from
idiot to genius. However, you can
train your generals by conducting large scale
military excersizes or by having them fight a war.
Another element of commanders is popularity. This is
the ability to rally the men under their command and
it can range from hated to adored.
Popularity is not just an asset in that it can restore
morale to the men, but it could also mean a threat
to the political leadership: that is to you. Popularity
can be increased by promoting a commander, or by
increasing the amount of victories he scores on the
Loyalty is yet another element of commanders. If
possible, take this into account when assigning
commanders to armies. Those commanders who are both
disloyal and popular may be considered dangerous.
In a dictatorship, where the rule of law is replaced
by the rule of the strong, disloyal and popular commanders
may even attempt to overthrow your regime.