I was thinking about a rule (maybe just a house rule) that allows Russia to split it’s major ICs (all three of them) into 2 separate minor ICs, mobile industry if you will. It has been stated by a few that no minor on Stalingrad, or Leningrad just feels weird and the Russians certainly don’t have the income to build there, and the majors in both Karelia & Novo might be over kill. The major in Kar handcuffs the Russian forcing them to defend either Kar (major IC), or Leningrad (Spain turns axis) it’s like being between a rock and a hard place. Plus if the Russians start pumping out more then a couple units from Novo to send east (Japan) that also seems weird.
What if the Russians could split their major ICs into 2 minor ICs, and move one. One of them would have to stay in its original space (and be captured w/new revised rules), but the other is allowed to move 1 space in the NCM (each turn) to relocate part of their industry. This would open up the Russians play book, and make playing them much more fun. You could move your industry towards the front, or down to the Mid East in (case of Sea lion), or back away from the German onslaught.
Some guidelines to govern these mobile minors:
- If you split a major IC, one of the minor ICs must stay in the original territory.
- The mobile IC can only move 1 space in the NCM (each turn), and only Russia can move them.
- The mobile IC can produce units the turn it moves (NCM is before mobilize units). May retract this one (see # 10 below)
- The mobile IC can’t leave Russian red soil.
- The mobile IC can produce 1 unit if it is on a 1 IPC territory (is allowed to be on a 0 IPC territory, but can’t produce). If captured while on a 0 or 1 IPC territory it is removed (so there is no question of if the axis can use it).
- The mobile IC can produce 3 units again if it gets to a 2 IPC (or more) territory.
- The mobile IC can be upgraded to a major if it is on a 3 IPC (or more) territory following normal rules.
Some other things I’m thinking about:
8a) If a mobile IC is moved to Ural (worth 1 IPC) it is immediately upgraded to a 2 IPC territory (collect 2 IPCs from that turn on as long as the mobile IC is there). This gives the mobile IC minor status (can produce 3 units). Much of the Russian industry was moved to the Urals. You can’t build a minor on Ural to raise its income level, only move IC to it.
8b) Maybe even give +1 IPC income to any territory that is adjacent to the Ural Mts that has a mobile IC on it. That would allow those 0 IPC territories to produce 1 unit w/mobile IC on it (see #5 above).
You can move up to two minor ICs to any Russian territory, but only one can be used, unless your on a territory worth 3 or more IPCs. In that case then you can produce from up to 2 minor ICs (6 units total). If you move a mobile minor to a territory w/Major then only one can produce (your choice), this could effect SBR as well.
Considering not allowing the mobile IC to produce units the turn it moves.
Being that Moscow can be split with mobile industry, you could say that the minor IC on the move also holds the Russian government and 1/2 its bankroll (axis can capture the other 1/2 if they take Moscow w/minor IC). This would slightly change how Russia can relocate its capital, and what the axis need to do to squash them.