Just trying the game out for the first time and this is a bit unclear. Do country counters that have been defeated go back into the bag for future wars or are they simply eliminated? (I'm assuming the latter but want to confirm.)
Thanks. One more quick question if you happen to know--is there a requirement for a minimum opening bid? Can you propose an alliance and bid zero gold? (I'm assuming yes.) . Or do you have to start with at least one gold?