And does it change based on the difficulty level? In my last game on Normal difficulty, I had six countries at maximum panic (5/5) at the end of the month, but only two decided to leave the project. Is that a fixed number? Would all six countries have left if I was playing on Classic or Impossible difficulty?

  • @Chris - Sorry, I meant maximum panic. All six countries had 5 bars filled in.
    – au revoir
    Jan 4, 2013 at 14:50
  • I may have been wrong but the clarification is worth it anyway. I'll delete my comment now since its no longer relevant. :)
    – Chris
    Jan 4, 2013 at 14:51
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    From what I understand, when you have multiple countries at max panic, each one has a chance to leave the council.
    – SaintWacko
    Jan 4, 2013 at 15:06
  • Unless I'm misremembering, I had a four or five countries leave at once, with several, but not all of them at maximum panic, on impossible difficulty. I understood it as one of the leaving max-panic countries convincing a few others non-maxed countries to go with it.
    – Fadeway
    Jan 4, 2013 at 15:40

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In the ini files, there are the following settings:

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    Does this mean "HARD" is Classic difficulty and "CLASSIC" is Impossible difficulty? Jan 4, 2013 at 15:48
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    @StrixVaria Yes.
    – Sterno
    Jan 4, 2013 at 15:55
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    So yes, if you manage to screw up absolutely spectacularly, you can lose the game by defections in a single month. Jan 4, 2013 at 16:08
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    @spartacus - That's modding for you. Though according to various XCOM modding threads, there is a bit more involved, as the INI file is stored within the EXE as a resource, so you have to get it out, modify the value and then put it back.
    – au revoir
    Jan 4, 2013 at 16:40
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    @spartacus in addition to what Jason said about extracting the ini file, we have no idea what the code looks like that consumes this value. That code may interpret 0 as unlimitted.
    – Amy B
    Jan 4, 2013 at 18:15

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