Or maybe a better question would be why can't I stop? I was invading Jovanus when they offered me a cease-fire. I am at war with 3-4 others, so being able to bring my forces to bear on other fronts seemed good. Yet my fleet won't move. I've given it orders several turns now and no dice. I'd think during a cease fire you'd want your enemy to move their forces away...

Stuck in a Cease-fire

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Noticing the icons on the strings in your screenshot, it looks like your opponent's fleet is blocking enemy movement. So the only way to get away is if your opponent either moves that fleet away, stops blocking or you sign a peace treaty with them.

  • Are you sure that you have to be at peace, and not just in a Ceasefire? I was under the impression that it only blocked hostile or unaligned fleets.
    – rsegal
    Jan 18, 2013 at 16:33
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    @rsegal There are 3 basic diplomatic statuses: peace, cold war and war. Ceasefire sets the relations to cold war, so that fleet counts as hostile.
    – Ral Zarek
    Jan 18, 2013 at 17:21

Here's a relevant situation I often run into, with a similar lack of feedback.

Scenario: As you probably know, systems that have been promoted to full Colony have this aura in your faction color called Influence. Influence defines the borders of your empire. In certain diplomatic scenarios (namely, having a Ceasefire but without Open Borders, such as you probably are now), those borders are impassable. I suspect that's the situation, because there aren't any other colors on the Strings leading to this planet. If you try and order a fleet to make a move that would require you to String Travel across those borders, your fleet will simply not respond, with almost no feedback. Hmmph.

Solutions: If this is where you are now, there are four ways to get your fleet back: three diplomatic and one research. The first diplomatic solution is to wait out the "cooldown" period after accepting the ceasefire and making a deal that involves Open Borders, which will allow you to move through their empire (and they through yours). The second diplomatic solution is less likely, but it's possible that you could bargain for them to give you planets to make a corridor to free your fleet. In case you hadn't seen it, planets are considered valid bargaining chips in diplomatic deals. The last diplomatic option is one you probably don't want, but if Pink is a PC instead of an AI you could coordinate to Declare War, retrieve your fleet, and then declare a new Ceasefire. Finally, the research solution is to research your faction's String-less Travel research (usually tier 3-5 in the Colonization tree).

I don't know the details of your situation, so I can't tell you which solution is best for you, but those are all the ways I can think of.

  • While this is true it's not the answer here. In the screen shot the purple ship has the world blockaded. Nov 21, 2013 at 19:43

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