Just my second post… But i’m reading the topics about this Historical edition and like allot of it… I don’t know if it is OK that I reply here, or that it will be of any use… we will see…
I have some thoughts on Neutrals;
First I think there’s was no such thing as a Neutral country in the War. One was more neutral then others but they all had contacts with both Axis & Allies. I think neutral countries should be included with IPC values and there own forces.
Both Axis and the Allies will have the opportunity persuade Neutrals to their side. However the Axis should have a head start. Countries like Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Argentina all had strong connections with the Germans ( Spain and Swiss also with Italy) Countries like Venezuela and Peru should be leaning to the Allies, but are far less valuable.
In the first three years of the war, Sweden and Switzerland helped Germany allot. ( Later in war, they moved more to the Allies) They allowed transports true their land (railway) and delivered essential goods for their war industry. Switzerland also white washed German money.
Proposal for rules;
When Germany is in controll of at least all it’s own territories then they are allowed to persuade some Neutral countries into joining their side in the war. To do so the German player should roll one dice and for each 1 or 2 rolled the attempt is successful, and the Neutral and all of its colonies will join their side. ( on the revised map Portugal is part of Spain, so I think their colonies of Mozambique, Angola and Rio the Oro should belong to Spain) All troops and the IPC value now belong to Germany or should be controlled like Minor Axis like Romania and Finland for example. For every 3 rolled they receive only their IPC value for that round. On a 4 or higher the attempt failed. (maybe this is to high and should it be 1 and 2 but I also want a militairy option for the Axis) The German player is only allowed 1 roll of the dice per round, and only for 1 country per round. Spain should be the strongest militairy I think.
Axis should also be allowed to attack neutrals without having to pay for it. The difference with dicing for it, will be that there are no territory restrictions. They can attack at all time, only colonies will not (or the mainland if colony is attacked join them. But join the Allies as free forces.
Allies are never allowed to attack neutrals. After joining a side, their neutrality ends and then also Allies are allowed to attack.
There should be more thinking about troops, IPC values and Allies rules for preventing more countries joining the Axis. But maybe this is something to use…