I noticed the revised forum has been kinda dead lately so I figured I would put forth a new Japanese strategy that involves an IC for East Indies. Ive only tested it a few times but I have had great success.
Turn 1 Japan purchase 2 IC’s, one for the mainland and 1 for east indies. Since your going to be pouring quite a bit of money into the indies a 2nd IC for the mainland will help you keep a presence there. Now lets take a look at the offensive utility of an East Indies IC.
- In a position for newly built transports to hit Australia, India, Egypt, Madagascar, Persia.
- Since East Indies starts with 2inf, a turn two purchase of 2trans 2tanks/2art nets you two full transports in a position with many options for turn 3 Japan.
There are also some defensive advantages as well.
- Should the US decide to go Pacific, the IC in the Indies will insure its safety allowing the Imperial Navy to posture itself in Sz 60 where it can protect Tokyo and hit Borneo/Manila.
- Any potential UK island hopping is deterred as well.
Now my suggestion for the mainland IC is to place it in FIC for better synergy with East Indies. You can set up an effective shuttle system for moving inf to Persia at a faster rate to be able to follow newly built FIC tanks. Later in the game when japans area is secured an India IC will help assist in massing troops quicker. A few men from FIC to china will allow you to simply trade Sinkiang with the Russians since your focus is down south towards caucus via India. Now the only thing you really have to keep an eye on is the 6 russian inf in bury. They can be a pain if all your troops are down south which is why a fleet parked off FIC needs to be prepared to hit Manchuria with some drop offs from Tokyo should they press forward. A bid of Japan 7 is perfect for this strategy as well. It will insure the allies don’t throw you off and make bad rolls in china more forgiving. And with the East Indies threatening Africa, the loss of a German bid is negated. However regardless of a Japanese bid, it should work just as well.
I like that, idea, like I’ve done it once as well and landed in Madagascar, South Africa, India, Midway, and Hawaii because of that IC so it is a good idea, but I forgot about it.