13.6.10 Leasing neutral shipping
Convoy points owned by neutral minor countries are available to be leased. Each convoy point costs 1 build point to lease. The lease is permanent - for all purposes the convoy points join the forces of leasing major power. In the production phase, the build point(s) are simply announced as paid (no need to transport them anywhere) and on the next turn, leased convoy points (use the major power's convoy markers) will appear as reinforcements in the minor's home country, ready to be moved by their major power. If the minor is later aligned, the number of starting convoy points is reduced by the number that have been leased. No more convoy points may be leased than are available to the minor at set-up (see 19.4) minus two (the minor will keep the last 2 convoy points for its own uses).
Background/Purpose: this was a longstanding tradition, practiced most by the Commonwealth in both World War I and II. Although the shipping was legally 'leased,' for game purposes once control passed to a major power, that major power would never have released control for the duration of the war. The cost is the same as if you build the convoy points, you just have immediate access.