ive played AAR alot and the one thing i will miss is NAs their so cool like germany buying subs to kill US UK income.
Well I concede they add flavour... but I've always been skeptical of NAs as they tend to favour repeating the war, ignoring the potential for ahistorical game developments.
For instance, making Marines an American NA (rather than a unit anyone can purchase or develop) seems to me IMTO to be the wrong way to model this capability.
Making Partisans a Soviet NA raises the question: are we saying the Mexicans couldn't have conducted guerrilla warfare against a Japanese occupier?
And of course NAs tend to reek of game balancing... "OK everybody but the Italians have five NAs, quick stop editing that battlestrip and come up with a 5th for Italy!"