Yea, they are great replacements. Snipers, or like you said, just a cool pose.
Bonus Infantry Goals
Suggested as one-time unit bonuses for obtaining specific territorial targets. To represent “liberated” peoples turning on their former occupiers. Tracked by tokens removed when the bonus is claimed.
India - 10 infantry. Had Japan conquered India it would have found no shortage of natives willing to help stop the British getting back in.
Western USA: 3 infantry (liberated internees)
Each USSR tt outside Russia proper - 4 infantry. (Local nationalists e.g. Ukraine, Baltic states)
Each USSR tt inside Russia - 2 infantry. (anti-Communists)
Eastern USA: 3 infantry. (DAB volunteers)
Each non-USSR tt liberated from Germany/Italy - 2 infantry (e.g. Finland, Romania, Yugoslavia, Poland anti-Germans)
Each Chinese tt liberated from Japan - 2 infantry (Communist infiltration)
France: 4 infantry, 1 tank, 1 fighter. (French patriots armed with American equipment. This is more authentic than a restored France being able to “build” new units) [in my rules captured factories are removed and cannot be rebuilt] Applies even if France is physically liberated by the UK.
(Chinese units) 2 infantry for each Chinese tt liberated from Japan, that is Chinese tts starting under Japanese occupation.
Egypt: 3 infantry (Arab nationalists)
I very much like the overall idea. I think you’re doling out too many infantry in too many different places, and the effect will be disruptive to players’ strategies and will require a lot of bookkeeping.
I would cut the bonuses roughly in half, and apply them to only a handful of specific countries that are relatively easier to remember. I would also limit the bonus to territories that start the game in enemy hands, so you don’t get weird see-saw effects as ownership changes hands.
I like the idea of having Paris yield bonus units rather than ‘re-igniting’ the French economy.
India – 5 infantry
French Indo-China – 1 infantry
Western US – 1 infantry
Ukraine – 2 infantry
Baltic States – 1 infantry
Egypt – 2 infantry
Yugoslavia – 2 infantry
Romania – 1 infantry
Manchuria – 1 infantry
Poland – 2 infantry
Norway – 1 infantry
Holland/Belgium – 1 infantry
Paris – 3 infantry, 1 artillery, 1 fighter
Southern Italy – 2 infantry
Okinawa – 1 infantry