OOB shows Russia’s aggression, and they are “RED”. However, I think that Russia (as an aggressive nation) should be given the right to invade any of the remaining neutrals that it can get to w/o a DOW w/Japan.
Well… Maybe to simulate Russia’s aggression, it should have a different diplomatic relationship than the other allies with regards to neutrals. Specifically, proallied neutrals are hostile to the USSR and are only friendly to the Western Powers (UK, ANZAC, US, France), which makes sense, considering that “control” is given under the assumption that the neutral power maintains sovereignty. And as history demonstrated, nations that the Soviets liberated were certainly not necessarily sovereign after ww2.
So russia can “attack” whatever pro allied or proaxis neutral it wants from the outset of the game, but they are all attacks, have to be combat moves, and they can NEVER gain free units from those territories (gotta attack them, or let a western ally control them). So after round 1 maybe they’ll be allowed to get Persia, but it will involve an attack and they don’t get free fodder.
I still wish that the rules, with all this DOWs and such, simply added some Russian diplomatic rules. Bar them from having US or UK units in original USSR territories (instead remove them immediately and USSR can buy them at half cost rounded up the next round and replace them in their territories). And similarly, they just should not be allowed in original Western Power’s territories EVER. Russia should not be so simply “ally”. It was a far more complicated and distrustful relationship of Axis and Allies and Russia.