Here's the situation. It's early period III, Poland DoWs Russia (Event III:4 in Risto's rewrites.) England controls neutral Poland (who was not on England's track) and does not enter the war against Russia. (He can't.) Poland takes 5 Russian provinces. They get to peace.
Russia surrenders unconditionally, but with some kind of secret deal England asks for money rather than provinces. Is that allowed?
I ask because in 50.15 (minor peace) it says...
F. Consequences of Peace
If the peace is signed, no Stability level is gained (exception: if this minor declared war to the player by an event). The player that controlled the minor does not earn anything.
If the minor country is the victor, the player that controls the minor country chooses the ceded provinces (if any). He must do so in priority among those located the closest from the minor country’s territory, in terms of movement points (a sea zone “costing” 3 MP for this calculation).
The sticking point may be the phrase "the player that controls the minor country chooses the ceded provinces (if any)." This could be read two ways:
1) It could be referring to if you get a level zero peace, where there is no province transfer.
2) It could be referring to the player controlling the minor can choose to not take provinces, rather taking money.
Which way do you read this?