1c, 2b, 3c, 4a, 5b I go for those, only change to your own choices being 4a, which stands for the same reason tempuraki gave. I like AI fighting one another. And it will give the enemy another target other than you, so they won't send all their units on you. But pushing alex to the war might mean pushing bren to the war, if bren likes alex so much, very likely that alex may bring him to the battle. Which may be bad, as stated. Still... worth the risk. And although I do agree that a sidekick can be fun, I think this tale is more about conquering everything there is. I'm looking foward to see the rest of the world although. I hope you don't get wiped out in this war.