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We had some questions about Pax Baltica.
Replacements: are RP losses from events permanent? (We assumed not - that the gains and losses only applied to the next Replacement Phase. Only the loss of provinces leads to a continuing loss of 4 RPs per home province conquered by the enemy.)
No. As said, they are only valid "during forthcoming year". If the event occur 1705, the losses occur during 1706 - only.
Starting forces: when a nation joins the conflict, at what strength does it do so? (We assumed that the nation would receive its normal RP allowance, even if entering in mid-year (eg. Poland if entered by Sweden or Turkey) and could use this to deploy blocks from its force pool.)
You assumed correctly. They start with their RP table allowance.
Can blocks be unloaded in an unfriendly harbour, eg. the Swedes in Gdansk (Pomorskie) at the start of Scenario 2?
Yes. However remember that this triggers Poland to join the allies.
Does loading or unloading, which counts as an Action, also count as movement for the land and/or sea blocks involved?
No. Movement cost 1 Action, Loading/unloading 1 Action. So for 3 Actions you could move a block to a harbour/port territory (1 action), load upon a warship (1 action) and move the warship (1 action).
Sea Retreats: can land blocks sea retreat onto ship blocks in harbour, and/or onto ships in an adjacent sea area?
Land blocks can not retreat onto warships in harbour (since they could have done sea retreats themselves).
Please clarify the other part of question.