The enemy army stands firm and readies itself for battle

two armies clash on the Strategy Map and a real-time battle is fought, if you wish. See Battle Mode on p.33 for details.

Note: You are given the option of letting the game automatically calculate the result. However, a human general is invariably a far wiser general than his Artificial Intelligence stand-in.

• The enemy Daimyo decides it is prudent to withdraw. He draws his forces back to a castle, thus forcing you into a siege situation (see Castles and Sieges section on p.29). If he has no castle, he may retreat to a neighbouring province (if it is part of his territory), so saving himself from an inglorious defeat.

Note: As Sun Tzu makes clear, to withdraw does not mean your enemy is beaten. Almost invariably, he will be back, and in greater numbers.

• There is no enemy army. If there are no enemy troops defending the province or garrisoned in the castle, you can take the province unopposed.

Note: After you have conquered a province, you will need to station troops there to cement your authority as a firm and powerful ruler (see Population Loyalty and Revolts section on p.30).

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