I haven’t seen this strategy fully implemented yet, but I’m wondering how the Allies actually win the game when using an Asian wall strat, and how hard it is to contain Germany when you’re spending so much money in Asia. Can Russia really hold off the Germans?
Well, it really isn’t spending THAT much money in Asia… it IS spending more than one might normally spend but let’s look at it from a purely statistical point of view: for those who have played a decent amount of games, I think we can agree that a key for the Axis is Japan ransacking Asia. Germany alone can go one-on-one with Russia but by turn 2 or 3 (at the VERY latest) the UK is pumping troops into Russia to help with defense and the USA has taken back Africa. With Russia strafing German troop buildups it’s only a matter of time before Germany starts to feel the economic heat, especially if either the USA or UK (or both!) also starts an SBR campaign even if it’s not all out… just enough to keep Germany from stacking.
The key to the vast majority of games is Japan vs. Russia. Japan has to put tremendous pressure on Russia from the East in order to stop Russia from being able to bring its full strength (admittedly not a whole lot but enough) on Germany. Without the Asian territories, Japan is in a lot of trouble economically plus besides which they will have a fun time slogging through Russia proper from Buryatia on the long way to Moscow.
Thus Asian Wall, if properly implemented, will give Africa to Germany if the latter wishes it (which can even be defended on US1) but will slow down/ stop the Japanese attack. Even spending money in Asia, the US can bring about a tremendous force on Germany within a few turns and the UK can keep pumping troops into Russia to aid in the defense.
Yes, we’re still going with a KGF overall strat, but I think Asian Wall slows Japan down enough to allow Germany to go down even faster plus it forces Germany to make some risky moves because Germany usually just tries to hold out until Japan can bring the uber-Economy and forces to bear on Russia.