I took a gander at HBG’s global 1914 map today. And I realized something.
The 1914 map actually accommodates more potential players than A&A G1940, 2nd ed. At present, G1940 includes nine powers, two of which are “full” minors that usually do not survive the first round of play: US, China, UK, ANZAC, Soviet Russia, and France. They are arrayed against Germany, Italy, and Japan. Some players add a UK FEC as another, major power.
On the 1914 map, all of these powers are viable, plus at least two more: Austria Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. You also get a more robust China. Further, I think it would be possible to add the Portuguese Empire, giving them Brazil, along with Argentina. Given that France will presumably stick around a few more turns, you can then add the BeneLux, with its colonies in Africa and the DEI.
You can, of course, by adding HBG pieces, play from '14 through '45.
Has anybody ever tried this?