Yes, moved and positioned like a few have mentioned. Now at turn 5 two main fleets, J in Philippines and US in Pearl are poised. So I suppose the next move is upon Japan. Europe side as some have mentioned, I have a few transports and cover at Gibraltar, not enough to take and hold but enough to redirect Germany off of USSR a bit. So I think by happenstance its panning out sort-of textbook in nature.
Concerned that J will bring his fleet down on my Pearl fleet but I think loss or marginal win I, the US, will win due to IPC superiority. Japan sitting at roughly 44 and US at 75. These next couple turns later today will determine. India is not threatened to heavily as his fleet does not have enough ground troops to do anything.
If you are playing face to face, you might offer up some table talk that you don’t think your fleet in Hawaii would survive a Japanese attack.
The reason I say that is as follows: You are much better off as a defender in a naval battle than the aggressor. Japan sacrifices much in attacking a large US fleet with that considered. So acting like you don’t expect to win may encourage the Japanese player to attack you in Pearl - which is exactly what you want.
Why? The US can replace her fleet much easier than Japan can. And generally, if Japan loses her fleets, the war in the Pacific results at worst in a stalemate, and at best Japan convoyed out of the game and isolated on her little island chain.
So, act like there’s no way you can win and mention offhand that you’re going to have to figure out what to do when you lose Pearl.
Just my thoughts, let us know how it goes.
On the contrary, once japan is in control of the dutch islands (income ranging from 65-70), they can much easier afford the losses than the americans.(It takes 2-3 turns before newly made american ships to really threaten Japan) America has to knock japan out before they work on Europe or both at the same time. A good Japan player can have a strong force in position to counter the americans if they move too close (like a premature caroline attack). The US has to be careful and not move up too fast. If japan wipes out a stack on caroline with reasonable odds, they will likely to still have a good handful of surface ships + carriers left, not including their buy. If they slow down the americans by wiping out their fleet, then they can have some quality time with india/china. By the time that the US/Anzac are able to bring in another strong navy, India would have likely fallen and now Japan would be able to spend over 90% of their income to pressure Hawaii/Sydney and keep the americans from reinforcing Europe in strength.
(I like to have an airbase in kwangsi and the majority of surface ships in Phil with a carrier, and the other 2 carriers off malaya. Combine these with recent buys off seazone 6, means that there will likely be 12 or so japanese planes plus a large variety of subs and surface ships on a US2 or US3 caroline attack.)
This is usually why I like to sit in queensland with the american navy untill I know Caroline is safe.