essentially, Russia and Japan start at war. Neither side are bound by the restrictions associated with not being at war, and contrapositvely there is no advantage in not declaring war, because the other side is not restricted. A declaration of war is only meaningful in this game if the other side cannot.
The peace treaty is just nonsense!
“It’s up to the Japanese and Soviet players to work out the details of such an agreement”.
Doesn’t this all just amount to Russia-and-Germany-can-attack-each-other-but-don’t-have-to? This is how it’s always been with any two opposing nations.
I realise this is mostly for historic flavour, but it seems silly. The rulebook encourages diplomacy between opposing sides in a strict win/lose game. Almost like a role playing game.