Empire Surrender

Empire deletion is going to be rewritten as empire surrender. This will introduce the following changes:

  1. Nobody will ever be literally deleted. A surrendered empire’s history, news, and messages will be preserved.

  2. The empire maintains a place in the family member list, but as a dead empire with 0 planets and networth.

    • This is for history only, they won’t take up spots.
  3. The empire’s owner can not rejoin the galaxy.

    • It already works this way, but the logic would be simplified.

A surrender is just like deleting or being killed off: it can be done manually, forced in HC mode, or automated via the inactive script.

This change is partially to clean up existing deletion code, but also partially to help us preserve data, and to set the stage for related upcoming features.

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