At the start of the Spring and Fall turns, each Great Power receives one Diplomacy Point (DP) for each SC it controls, up to a maximum of three DPs per turn. During each Spring and Fall turn, each Great Power may allocate none, some, or all of its DPs to minor powers that still have units on the map. For each DP allocated, the allocating Great Power submits an order for that particular minor power.s unit. A Great Power may also consolidate all of its DPs (if it has more than one) into a single order. A Great Power may only order a minor power to hold or support. A minor power may not be ordered to move or attack.
Unused DPs may not be carried over into the next turn. They are simply lost.
DP allocation is not published in the adjudication, and is not revealed by the
Master to any player during the game; only the end results are published.
In recognition of the religious divisions in Europe and the Mediterranean world in 1763, there are restrictions on how players may allocate their DPs to minor powers. Players may allocate DPs to any minor power in the game. However:
- the Papal States may only be ordered to hold or support a unit belonging to a Catholic state (i.e., Austria, France, Poland & Saxony, Spain, Tuscany, Two Sicilies, and the Republic of Venice).
- a Muslim minor power (i.e., Algiers, Crimea, Morocco, and Tunis) may not be ordered to support an attack by a Christian Great Power into a space that is occupied by a Muslim unit (i.e., a unit of the Ottoman Empire or one of the Muslim minor powers) at the start of a turn.
- a Christian minor power may not be ordered to support an attack by the Ottoman Empire into a space that is occupied by a Christian unit (a unit of any Great Power or minor power not listed as a Muslim unit above) at the start of a turn.
In the event of a conflict, an order for a particular minor power's unit is followed if it is supported by more DPs than any conflicting order. In case of a tie, the minor power unit will simply HOLD.
If, during a Spring or Fall turn, a Great Power allocates more DPs to minor powers than it is entitled to, all of that Great Power's DPs are forfeited for that particular turn.