Aye this is intended I believe. Chances are the full functions of sally out are not yet implemented and is simply there to try and force a field battle for now. For highly mobile focused armies like the Aesari and Khuzaits this could be a saving grace for the period of non proper sally out
A good thing to keep in mind is everyone should be allowed to think what they want on the issue of the game's state.
Personally, I find the game fun and am on the side of 'it's early access, give it time', but I still find validity and common ground with people who think it should have been...
I was able to get some cash together without it affecting living, but because of how translation of euro to aud and usd to aud is different, I can either afford it or not. Do we have any confirmation on what the regional pricing for Australia is?