This is a very interesting project. If you are planing on this new Europe map working in conjunction with your alternate history USA map, you are pretty much forced to dump the diamond shape aren’t you? I for one would like to see Africa stay in tact if you can, just shrink in down so these maps might be used for other scenarios later. Keep an open mind so you could add the Pacific portion as a 3rd map linking them all as one big world map later. I would think this new project/map would have rail lines, but don’t over do it lol (spiderweb effect).
To get the ball rolling,
-Poland should not have a coastline; this should belong to East Prussia.
-Bulgaria should have an Aegean Sea coastline
-St. Petersburg should be reflected as a capital and a spawn site.
protevangelium has some great suggestions, but what I was most disappointed in was we finally got a game that included Turkey (w/multiple territories), and the map/rules omitted the importance of the choke points of the Dardanelles and Bosporus straights. I would also like a couple more sz’s in the Med (split up sz17), and maybe a 3rd sz in the Black sea as well that circles out and borders only Constantinople and Bulgaria in the Black Sea. Enlarge this area and slit-up sz20 into maybe 3 sz’s, and splinter off a part of Constantinople to make a new territory that would include the Gallipoli Peninsula and the NW corner of Asia Minor (so the allies can’t attack the Turkish capital from the Aegean, they have to first capture this new territory to gain passage through the Dardanelles).
1a) The territory of Constantinople controls passage though the Bosporus straight (splitting 2 sz’s). The Black Sea side I will call sz30, and I like I said this new sz would circle out and border only Constantinople and Bulgaria splitting the Black Sea into 3 sz’s (30, 19, and 20). The Marmara Sea would be sz31.
1b) Split up the territory Constantinople so the allies can’t attack the Turkish capital from the Aegean (I want a Gallipoli campaign as the first step to taking the Turk capital by sea). Splinter the southwestern portion of European Constantinople (including the Gallipoli Peninsula) to create a new territory that would run the Turkish Aegean coastline from the corrected Bulgarian border in the north, and include the northwest coast of Asia minor in the south. This new territory separates sz31 (Marmara Sea) from sz32 (Aegean Sea) giving passage through the Dardanelles.
With this set-up the Turks would be able to drop ships in either the Black Sea (sz30), or the Marmara Sea (sz31) and get mines for both. The Allies would need to capture and hold this new territory (Gallipoli ?) to come through the Dardanelles and it could go back-n-forth for some time keeping the allies out of the Turkish Capital.
- The Danish straight should also be considered (although Denmark starts neutral), and “The Rock” should also have some importance controlling the sea routes in/out of the Med (not part of the orig game?).