Okay, as we all know from reading the rule books (yes plural) that when China takes an industrial complex from Japan, they cannot use it. Why?
Are they too uneducated to use the machinery? That does not seem plausible, Chinese people are just as intelligent as the rest of the world’s people.
Have they no experience with machines of war and thus, cannot figure out how to use machines that make the machines of war? That does not seem plausible, how did they liberate the territory if they do not know what the machines of war are?
Yes, those are maybe pretty bad arguments. They are placed only to sedate those who feel the game should be “historical” even if it is not “balanced.” Balance wise, perhaps capturing a complex and using it is “unfair.” I don’t really know, personally, but I have some thoughts.
A) China liberates a territory with a minor complex on it.
B) The complex is immediately capped with 6 damage markers. (Represents damage done to the complex from the defenders sabotaging it as they retreat.)
C) China may repair the complex if it chooses and use it.
D) China may then purchase Infantry, Artillery, Armor and Fighters. (I left Mechanized Infantry and Tactical Bombers out on purpose. I feel those units are better associated with major powers such as USSR, USA, UK, Germany, Italy and Japan.)
I wonder what impact would happen if every industrial complex that was captured was not only downgraded to a minor complex but also had 6 damage tokens placed on it? Perhaps, to make it a bit easier to remember, all airbases and naval bases should also have capped damage on capture?