Oh thanks a lot of these clarifications! I have accepted the draw and it felt a bit nuclear as the map suddenly disappeared and found myself with a blank page. I see that after this brief disappearance, the game is now in "after-game chat" mode. Interesting.
I was wondering if Austria was included in the draw because his country did not appear in the "Draw proposal for" line. And while his situation was bad, it was far from hopeless. I was playing France on 12 centers, England was my ally on 9 centers and austria was on 8. He stood to lose 2 and gain 1 in the current year. I stood to gain 1 and England also stood to gain 1. So a hypothetical 13, 10 and 8 for France, England and Austria respectively. Already not a desperate situation.
But the dynamics of the game is what made this draw offer even more surprising. A back stab by England looked imminent and I was totally unprepared for it. No immediate center loss but completely on the back foot and that would have forced me to call off my attacks on Austria (beyond the one center I was threatening and that was doomed). Certainly, the future was looking rosier for Austria. Alone and facing a France/England coalition, he stood no chance but that was likely to be over. The draw was offered in the spring and a fleet build by England (Lon) would have tipped him off and signaled a back stab.
Does this draw proposal, which, if I understand properly is a surrender to two players, make any sense to you? Could it be that Austria did not read England's build as a potential back stab and gave up hope? I find rather odd that Austria would initiate this proposal.
In any case, I thank you again for the clarifications. I needed to make sure I understood what was on offer and if any decisions by other players to accept a draw could be reversed.
Also, I think I alluded to it in my original message but your answers on one particular point only gave me part of the picture. Given that all powers but France and England lost in a drawn match, does this affect the losers of the game in any way? I see that the site has a rating system, which looks like chess-style Elo ratings. Are the ratings of the losing powers affected in different ways if they lose to a 2-way rather than a solo?
Oh and sorry to bombard you guys with 1000 questions but how would players go about agreeing on a 2 or 3 way draw, ie agreeing to take on all remaining powers together and share the win? I imagine one would initiate a proposal and all involved would then vote. But would all parties sharing the draw know if their allies really did in fact vote for the proposal? I'm not entirely sure how much information I, or any of the allies, would get in that situation. When the vote is a secret ballot, does it mean that the proposal is hidden from the non-participants in the draw or does it mean the player voting on it do not know how their allies voted?
It's all a bit confusing now but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it eventually.