Solution Combine two in a simple fashion by creating a complex echonomy but making it capable of being automated and delt with easily therefore those that want depth have it and those that want to ignore it can.
Same idea with city building gov's can be automated so long as they stay in the city and thusly it can build for its self and manage its self according to a simple diagram you lay out *build defensively build economically etc.*
I hope we can at least get a compromise because if the Dev's ignore side b entirely it will simply cause alot of infighting possibly canceled preorders etc. and none of this really works well for us as we all want to play the game and we all want to enjoy it.
your compromise is actually kinda worse than either option. if the game goes full micro, then at least you gain some advantage by micro-ing (though lord knows I hate it). If you can click a button to abstract the micro away, then what the hell are you doing all that micro for? Why did the developers spend countless hours implementing, debugging, testing, and documenting that feature? And then spend countless more hours implementing, debugging, and testing the abstraction setting?
please keep in mind the following:
A. player time is zero-sum. Time spent micro-ing caravans is time taken away from playing other aspects of the game.
B. developer time is zero-sum. Time spent developing a feature that most players are going to choose to abstract is time taken away from developing new features that will make the game distinctive.
C. the mechanic you suggest can be abstracted to formulas saving player time and dev time.
from what I've seen posted in the forums here, you're not getting micro caravans. I'm sad for you.
honestly, I feel like you are spitting in the wind a little bit here. you want a lot of micro. I think Frogboy and Stardock are trying to take out a lot of the "needless" micro, so that player time is focused on higher level (read "fun") things like building, exploring, questing and fighting.
oh, and here's a forum pro-tip for you: if you want anyone to take you seriously, it's probably best not to threaten to cancel your pre-order.