Hi @franklin_cain looks as if you’re talking Global 40 game. My observation is that most people don’t like the oob Neutral rules, although I see why they did it that way. Since you’re in House rules, I suggest checking out
There are other neutral ideas out there as well, including some in that thread. Sure there are other ideas that have been discussed over the years as well.
As far as Afghanistan goes, i’d say the old “The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend” probably holds true : )