Okay i've come across something in my recent game that has given me a little cause for concern.
first just let me get out the way the suggestion of adding a few/normal.many/insane option on the spawn rates of the random world monsters because so far i've been SO BUSY continually fighting the monsters spawning on my borders and charging my cities that I simply dont have time or resources left to fight the neighbours..
anyway back to the topic at hand.. WHY do the monsters not attack the other factions cities? I've put this to the test in my current game.. 3 outposts as close to each other as can be.. one mine, one gilden and the other tarth. Mines has a 4 man squad of archers guarding it. The gilden outpost has nothing but a caravan in it and the tarth outp[ost has a single peasant guarding it.
So suddenly we get a group of trolls spawn on one side of the gilden outposts influence between them and me were the gilden outpost and the tarth outpost yet the trolls made a bee-line straight for my outpost. Ignoring the totally defenceless gilden outpost and the single peasant guarded outpost.
This made no sense to me at all as those were easy kills for it (and considering the resources in the area would have been doing me a HUGe favour as i didnt want to attack my allies)... but nope the troll group totally ignored them and went for me. So I realoading the turn and ran it again thinking maybe it is just a random factor but nope again headed straight for me. So I reload the turn a third time (now wary as an out of memory is no doubt imminent) and I use the teleport cheat to move the trolls to a different position to see if that would affect thier intention, but nope again straight for me.
So there it is.. why do monsters not attack the NPC's towns and armies? It seems they will go for mine without fail even when mine are a far greater threat than the npc factions nearby. The npc factions themselves will attack each othes armies and cities and even monsters but why do the monsters only target the player and never the npc sovereigns lands and units?