Italy should never have an easy early game. They can do well in the mid game if Germ went Sealion and captured London. Italy should never take Gib I1. It is in UK’s interest to use those french ships as blockers, and the only way to do that is to block the sz off Tunisia with a UK ship. Now Italy can not go west, and the capture of Gib is the easiest way for Italy to control the Med.
My opponent uses his UK fleet units in the Med to slow Italy and force them to be more methodical. He completely hems in the Italian fleet, putting 1 blocker in sz’s 94,96,99. He has even put a CV alone or with 1 ftr to try and force Italy to attack that sz instead. What this does is give UK 2 turns to mess with Italian NO’s, if they can eek out another turn then USA will join the war and take over the role of squashing the Italians.
On the Mideast NO’s, I think its a horrible idea to have them as allied NO’s. Considering that in my games 10% of the time Iraq/persia are held by the axis, 10% of the time they are un-captured….80% of the time UK takes Persia UK2, then attacks Iraq UK3 and the Axis never even wander close by. These ipcs are already UKs, why give them extra per round as an incentive to capture that area?