But is it worth the trouble? Japan will have taken India by now, making up for the IPC losses.
Exactly, if USA as no support in Asia it will be easy for Japan to gain early IPC there. And just taking Borneo is not enough, USA needs a long term plan. Only when USA finally matches Japan naval power, usually Japan as pretty much as many IPC then USA and a stalemate happens. During this time UK will have a very hard time building a fleet alone to be able to send boots in Europe and to prevent Germany from taking Africa and getting to 50+ IPC (which Russia would not be able to handle). To beat this, Germany builds Infantry for 2-3 turns then switches to tanks and usually Moscow will fall around round 7-8. The Pacific should still be stalemate at that point (with Borneo taken by USA at worst with no threat on Tokyo)
On the other hand, if Russia sends help in Asia or UK builds an Industrial Complex in India, Japan won’t get those IPC in Asia. Moscow is weakly protected in this strategy though and a blitz (with a previous 1-2 turn of Infantry) as a very high chance of taking Moscow by turn 6.
KJF is not a viable strategy against an axis players who knows when to press with Germany and how to balance naval builds with Japan with Asia pressure.
In Revised play, I think it’s misguided to attempt a USA Pacific without an Asian land component (not necessarily an IIC or Sink IC, but at least some Russians committed), except in cases of extreme J1 dicing. It can work if you can get a surprise 9vc win but in general Japan will outearn the USA while getting no resistance on the mainland, and should be able to hold off the USA down the stretch or survive long enough for Germany to bail them out. Naturally, if early dice are favorable to Allies, anything is possible, but I would challenge those who think USA-only-to-Pac is a good strategy to try it against an expert in low luck and see if it works in that setting.
Given that Revised/42 map dynamics are virtually identical, and that Russia can hardly afford to divert substantial forces into Asia, my feeling is the India factory is possibly the key to a viable KJF strategy for Allies, if KJF is viable at all. But once I got in the GTO ladder I didn’t see the India factory in elite play. There was one guy (“donaldtrump”) who I thought had developed a very interesting aggressive IIC KJF strategy but I don’t know what his win percentages are against elite players who know when to start buying tanks as Germany. There’s no question his strategy was predicated on high risk gambles (starting with UK1 Fic) but the tactics were fun to see.
When the game came out I tried to develop my own IIC KJF Allied strategy but it soon became apparent I couldn’t beat an expert player in low luck, and I needed luck to beat an expert in dice. So I switched to hard KGF and have been playing that with a much better success rate.
Maybe if we start getting Allied bids (say, inf to Ind) we might see more KJF attempts.