For those who have never played with a bid before, a bid adds money that can be spent by a side on units and cash that can either go into their bank to be used during purchase units or placed with any naval units or on any territory they start with. ie: Japan could put a transport in SZ 33 because they have an Aircraft Carrier and Destroyer in SZ 33. Russia COULD put an infantry in Rostov even though they dont have any units there yet because they control it at the start of the game and it is a ground territory. (Note, used to demonstrate only, Russia would not be getting the bid as they are an allied nation and all options are for the axis to receive a bid.) One could also place more than one unit in a territory with a bid, if Germany had 8 IPC bid, they could place 2 Artillery in Romania. Bids can also be split: 15 IPC could be 1 Infantry for Japan, 1 Infantry in S. Italy, 1 Infantry in N. Italy, 1 Infantry in W. Germany and 1 Infantry in Germany.