zkl wrote:my point is: this makes diplomacy basically a klick-as-fast-as-u-can-in-the-beginning contest, i dont think that this is intended
Click as fast as you can to do what? I guess you must mean leave the alliance--which is about the most foolish thing I can imagine.
If I leave the alliance as quickly as possible, nobody sees my placements, it's true. But now I'm not a member of the alliance, so everybody is gunning for me, and I have no idea where their assets lie. Myself, I'd much rather sit back and wait for everybody to place their units, then think hard during defcon 4 about where I should place my units to best counter those, and who I should try to convince to leave the alliance with me later. If I leave right away, well, I'm just asking for my country to become a radioactive crater.