seems like the game favours the Axis, and it seems the NOs help them more than they help the Allies (though I haven't put this to the test).
That said, I do not place the blame on the NOs, and I like how they motivate play. The balance issue is a combination of rules and the set up. You could just as easily blame japan's strength at the onset, or Russia or China's weakness. To sum up, I like the number five for strategy motivation, and It wouldn't be the first thing I'd change for balance considerations.
I've yet to try with the optional rule closing the Turkish passage. I think that would help the Allies quite a bit (but maybe or maybe not enough).
Agreed. Fault of unbalance is the reasons you said, and the NO sistem in fact is OK
rockrobinoff said 8 bid is too much. With a unlimited bid probably yes because the bid would go to Egypt or western USSR, unbalancing precisely the theater that is balanced and probably leading to a KGF fanmania again
Restrict bids to asian mailand (exclude any soviet territory west of kaz-novo-eve line, maybe also exclude TRJ), Pacific islands, ANZAC and Indian and Pacific Oceans (Atlantic being between z25 and z27) and it should work. It would add units where the unbalance is while still giving some freedom of choice