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What happens if an army is holding and has more support than an army attacking it? It didn't say in the copy of the rules on Wikipedia.

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    What outcomes are you trying to decide between? I don't see where there is any ambiguity.
    – bwarner
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 13:18

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A unit holding that has more or equal valid support to hold than its attacker stays put (wins). Here are some examples:

Example 0: Greater Valid Support To Hold

  • Army Gascony -> Paris
  • Army Brest supports Gascony -> Paris
  • Army Paris Holds
  • Army Belgium supports Paris
  • Army Ruhr supports Pairs

Paris's support plus itself is 3 strong, and Gascony's support plus itself is 2 strong, so the defense is greater and Paris holds

Example 1: Equal Valid Support To Hold

  • Army Gascony -> Paris
  • Army Brest supports Gascony -> Paris
  • Army Paris Holds
  • Army Belgium supports Paris

Paris's support plus itself is 2 strong, and Gascony's support plus itself is 2 strong and the tie does to the defender so Paris holds

Example 2: An invalid support

  • Army Gascony -> Paris
  • Army Brest supports Gascony -> Paris
  • Army Paris Holds
  • Fleet Belgium supports Paris (* invalid -- you can only support where you can move *)

Paris's support from Belgium was invalid, so it doesn't exist. Paris is at one strong, and Gascony's support plus itself is 2 strong and so Gascony wins and Paris is dislodged.

Example 3: A support of a move instead of a hold

  • Army Gascony -> Paris
  • Army Brest supports Gascony -> Paris
  • Army Paris Holds
  • Army Belgium supports Paris -> Brest (* invalid -- Paris isn't trying to move to Brest *)

Paris's support from Belgium wasn't to hold, so it doesn't help. Paris is at one strong, and Gascony's support plus itself is 2 strong and so Gascony wins and Paris is dislodged.

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Units can move to another area. If the area is occupied, it is seen as an attack. And that needs to be resolved.

Each unit (either moving or held) has a value of 1. And each unit that successfully supports a unit, adds 1 to the total value. And the total values are compared.

There are now three possibilities:

  • The attacking unit has a higher value. The attack wins and the defending unit must retreat (or is disbanded).
  • The attacking unit has the same value as the defender. The attack fails. Both units stay at their own area.
  • The defending unit has a higher value. The attack fails. Both units stay at their own area. (There is no additional advantage to the defender because of the higher value).
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    To be precise, your statement should read (my emphasis) "So if the defender has greater or equal power, the attack fails". Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 4:32
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    I reworded the answer. Hopefully it is more clear now. The central point is that there is no added advantage because of the overwhelming defence. Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 7:55

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