I have a question regarding the game mechanics behind AI nations. How do AI nations work - in other words, how do they survive? Take Bhutan, for example, an one-province nation. How do they meet their resource needs? Do they constantly buy resources from the market? Where do they get all the money to buy from the market? If my nation was conquered and reduced to one province, then I would naturally be plagued with countless rebellions, due to extremely low morale. In this respect, how are the AI nations different? Basically, how do AI nations not collapse after a few days?
How Are AI Nations Surviving? How Does It Work?
They try to buy from the markets, late game if the markets go empty you can even see their moral drop (and sometimes even to rebel levels) because they can't maintain their nation.