1) How quickly does the REF show up after you've declared independence? Do you need to be ready to go in the next few turns? 2) How highly promoted are the REF units, on average? Do they all start with Veteran 1 and Leadership? 3) Does declaring independence void defensive pacts with natives (the same way delcaring war within the colonies does?) 4) Is there a cap on the growth of the King's REF? If so, how many units is it? Are units weighted differently, or does a Man-o-War rank the same as a Regular?