Depots follow a fairly banal process for finding a supply origin. It starts by checking if the armybase they have been assigned to is serving; if not, then they try rest of the CP’s armybases. But they only check remote links in when it is an offensive depot (depot.side() != cp.side()).
This means that you can’t spawn the Antwerp-Schilde Depot if Antwerp belongs to your country and you pull your brigades out of Antwerp to Schilde.
If you take a few minutes to think about it, the reasons why it works this way ought to be fairly obvious, but I’m not so convinced they still outweigh the reasons for depots always falling back to their link when a local AB can’t be found.
Changing this rule would primarily affect No-Mans-Land towns and thus softcaps, one of the beauties of the No-Mans-Land scenarios is that both teams fight from outside of town. So maybe the addition needs to include a contention check?
Great in theory but our players seem to be seriously disinclined towards forms of defense that involve travel time. No-mans-land fights can be great fun, but there’s no certainty that the fight will last, for either side, so they struggle to reach that critical “fun” mass, and the flurry of people passing thru doubles the sensation of it not being a real fight.
Plus the enemy will just rush your spawnables first, meaning the players who might have been teased in will be bumped back to a firebase or all the way back to their adjacent town, and they won’t like that. Never mind that by going for your spawnable instead of their own, the enemy has retained the same handicap.
Perhaps we could make it so that in a softcap you can only open up the contention with linked depots? That adds lots of complexity (“why can’t I bump this table?”, “why isn’t this table up?”) it also makes what is supposedly an unoccupied/undefended enemy town rather difficult to capture as the enemy probably only has to guard a single building. Pro: ups the likely investment required in softcapping, con: ups the amount of troops people will find themselves investing in uncontested softcaps.