What’s the point of using the conscripts? Compared to mercenaries they are both more expensive and in short supply. Moreover the system lacks any rule about replenishing them (besides population growth, but it is not really a replenishing method). I feel that it encourages overreliance on mercenaries that does not really fit the era that the game is based on (i know that fantasy ain’t history but Auran Empire is obviously based on late Rome/early medieval Byzantium) in which professional (or semi-professional farmers/soldiers) armies were still a used and viable option.
As this is my first post I want to clarify that I do like the ACKS and if my question may sound rough or too critical it is probably because I lack fluency in English.