I'd like to talk about morale in S1. In general I like how morale works in the early to mid game. All of the buildings having an affect on raising morale, and having the Propaganda office to help offset morale in newly conquered provinces. As you expand you need to put effort and thought into raising newly conquered territory as well as building and upgrading on the home front to keep morale high. However, by late game I constantly run into a major problem with morale, and it frankly becomes an exhausting grind to keep my morale up. To the point where I feel like I am playing the game of morale management and not a war game.
My issue is that at some point, the expansion penalty catches up to me and gets so high that it becomes unruly (usually around the -110 mark). Then once my provinces fall to a low morale (or newly captured provinces) it seems almost impossible to raise them again. It takes days to build new buildings, with the build penalty on low morale provinces. And i need to get them to a point where they have at least a +100 affect on morale to off set the penalty. Not including other penalties (neighbors, waring neighbors). To me it seems the expansion penalty is too high or the build penalty to high. I'm at the point now where i'm considering abandoning territory and just huddling in urban provinces until I can get this under control.
Now, I obviously haven't perfected my morale management strategy yet, so I am willing to say I could be handling things better. In general I try to keep my core area high (above 150ish) and then try and get newly conquered areas to 100. I focus on trying to get the urban centers high by building propaganda offices and factories/etc for the morale boost. In double resource provinces I try and up them with Instructor and as needed propaganda offices.
Am I the only one finding morale management so difficult? How do other players manage the morale of their provinces, especially once you start getting large and have to manage a large penalty across all of your territories. Is there some guide on the meta that I should be following to manage morale?