Let me set the stage then:
Japan is going for India Crush - Ending its turn with the majority of its aircraft and fleet in SZ36 and Kwangsi. It has TT in SZ6 staged to move into a NB on say… Hainan.
US1 ended with a NB on Johnston Island. It combined its fleet in SZ30 and retreated its SS and DD to SZ54.
India ended its turn with its BB running to SZ54. It ran its Ftr to Guam and has 2 CV staged off W.USA
Anzac took DNG and didn’t buy anything. It has 3 Ftr and 2 Inf on DNG, but Japan has no ground units on TT close enough to land there unless it gives China back the Burma Road.
Now as J2, what do you do?
India Crush is wide open and the US is staging off Anzac. It even gave you a free run into Philippines with only 2 Inf on it. Deal with the fleet later, consider sending units to the Philippines. No Convoy threat on SZ6 - perfect!
Anzac does have a DD and CR sitting off DNG with a TT, but thats not too relevant, they are probably buying a BB or CV and maybe going after Java or Celebes. Besides, they only have 2 Inf on the TT and those Ftr can’t reach anything important - well maybe a stray TT you risked to take a DEI?
Do you want to Convoy India or do you want to collect as many IPC as possible for taking Calcutta? Do you move your fleet forward? Maybe make a landing on Malaya or just go straight for the heart of India and take out NO objectives later (more money if you let India keep Malaya)
Banzai! You hit both Kwang and Flip, taking both with no losses. You grab FIC too so Anzac can’t land Ftr there trying to hit your ships you plan to stage in SZ36.
US2 buys 3 Bombers for W.USA. DOW on Japan! Moves its CV w/ 2 Ftr (fly the other from Guam and leave the TacB in the Air in SZ30), 1 BB, 2 CR, 2 DD, 2 SS and 2 TT to DNG. The two CV from US1 stage in SZ30 and accumulate aircraft from Hawaii W.USA and the Tac left behind. The CR from SZ28 joins the fleet there.
India continues its Turtle with max Inf. Things are looking good for the Crush.
Anzac… wait buys an AB on DNG? Hmmmm… thats interesting. Let me count the fleet there…
1 CV w/ 2 Ftr, 2 BB, 4 CR, 3 DD, 2 SS, 2 TT AND now 3 Anzac Ftr to scramble. DNG also now has 4 Inf, 2 Art on it. Hmmm. Decision time. What is in range? Ships in Flip - Not many. But most of my fleet is still in SZ36 and SZ37. Okay this looks better. But wait, India is there for the taking… do I crush India or not? If I do, the Allied fleet can land anywhere north of SZ36 and I can’t reach them if I take India to counter it. Hm… or I can go after DNG now before those two CV arrive.
That is the Jist of it. Do you want to lay out your fleet on DNG and give up India crush? Possibly, but you don’t have a NB to work from meaning you are stuck going back to the Caroline Islands with your surviving ships. Even worse is that your aircraft on Kwangsi cannot reach DNG unless you have a AB on it so you are squaring off Fleet versus fleet - and the US has a fleet in position to mop up ships if you do in fact attack the DNG fleet. The only unfortunate thing is that the US2 3 Bomber purchase cannot reach DNG on US3.
No matter how you cut it, its the perfect trap. Japan can go after DNG - which gives India some breathing room and probably denies it from Japan for the game. Any surviving fleet is subject to a US counter that consists of 2 CV, 1 CR, 3 Ftr, 1 Tac, 1 Strat. Japan is going to start taking heavy losses that it cannot replace. Anything left after that limps back to the Caroline Islands to hopefully repair - but the damage is done - the US fleets are sleeping with the Japanese fleets it cannot replace. All by the end of US3 and all the US did was purchase 2 CV, 1 NB and 3 Bombers…