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Subject: May the holder of a captured leader refuse return during the Ransom Segment? rss

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Frank Riskey
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A point of contention in a current game. An army leader was captured. My understanding is that during the Ransom Segment the power holding the leader has no choice - the leader must be returned for a random card draw from the power owning the leader.

9.3 Ransom of Leaders
The second segment of the Diplomacy Phase allows a power to
regain a captured army leader whose return was not negotiated in
the Negotiation Segment. The power that captured the army leader
randomly draws one card (the ransom) from the hand of the power
requesting the leader back. Place that army leader in his capital if
possible; if not place him in a friendly home key. Any number of
army leaders may be ransomed in this segment. However, there
is never any requirement to ransom an army leader; a power may
choose to let him remain a captive indefinitely.

Is my understanding correct?
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Kristian Thy
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Yes. The captor has no choice in the matter.

If the captor could refuse, the entire ransom segment would be pointless, as you can always negotiate the release during diplomacy.
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