Let's say two players try to establish a Protectorate in the same area, and they both refuse to back down during negotiations.
Now they would have a mutual Cause of War. But let's say neither of them wants to go first with declaring war.
Do they both declare war on each other? Who goes first with the War Declaration is important because it could determine culpability for starting the Great War, and whether or not various Offensive/Defensive alliances are activated.
I can think of some alternate ways of handling this scenario, but I'm curious what other people say on this.
Thanks. But what if both players dig in, refuse to downgrade their marker, and also refuse to declare war first during the Negotiation or War phase (because they are aware of the Great War penalty, or alliance politics)?
"It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater or more lasting effects upon the history of the world.” — Sir George Otto Trevelyan on the Battles of Trenton and Princeton
Then they BOTH downgrade to Influences when they allow their Casus Belli expire.