|Alignment is||Liege||Associated Group|
|1 place removed||0%||0%|
|2 place removed||-15%||-5%|
|3 place removed||-35%||-20%|
lawful evil - lawful neutral = 1 place removed
lawful evil - lawful good = 2 places removed
lawful evil - Chaotic good = 3 places removed
In what world could CG be 3 steps removed from LE? LE->N->CG is clearly 2, while LE->LN->N->NG->CG is clearly 4.
Well, as it happens, the answer is is clear display on page 119 of the Players Handbook:
Where the path LE->LN->NG->CG is clearly visible across the small bars that connect Neutral to the extreme alignments (LG, CG, CE, and LE):
This obviously also implies that a character can move directly from LN to NG as part of a gradual drift, something I don't think I've ever seen discussed before. It seems odd at first glance but when it comes down to it, neither L->N nor N->G is in itself a particularly big leap. But it does slightly undermine the normal vision of alignment directly mapping onto the Great Wheel of the outer planes, where it is not a simple step to go from Nirvana to Elysium, even using the DDG map.
It's still not perfectly clear: it seems that landing on the bars that connect Neutral with the extremes is not allowed and they simply mark the border, but that aspect of the graph seems a bit iffy to me.