@thedesertfox I really don’t see the advantage of this mIC. You say it allows more unit distribution. Sure you could put 3 more units in the south, but why would you?
Germany will either be in W.Ukraine or Belarus with the majority of its forces. At the end of G4. Approx 28 inf, 11 art, 14 mech, 7 tanks + 5 mech and 5 tanks in E. Poland and 5 tanks + 5 mech in Germany.
The Russians are facing off with 62 inf, 6 art, 2 tank, 2 mech, 2 ftr, 1 tac, 4 AA with fully conservative buys at the end of R4. 6 inf are in Novosibirsk having walked from Siberia.
I would delay the 12 other inf just to keep Japan honest…but that is for another discussion. For this, they are in Timguska.
Russia buys the mIC, but when?
R1 would buy in Novogord+Ukraine+ Moscow–no need for mIC,
R2 could be same but any units bought in Novogorod can get cut off, but still can use Volgograd to reinforce so still no need for mIC.
R3 Ukraine and Novogorod are typically indefensible for long term. Any Russian counter would be at a distinct disadvantage, but can probably set up to trade one of these back and forth for a turn so that Germany loses the factory).
So R3 is first time I can see this would be used. Put 3 guys there for two turns R3+R4
And if you’re going to reinforce down south, I would assume that you are putting 3 guys in Volgograd as well R3+R4.
So 4 guys off the board for mIC. 58. Of these, 12 are not in Moscow. 6 could be in Tambov+Rostov , the other 6 are in Volgograd+Caucasus.
G5 move to Bryansk with 28 inf, 11 art, 12 tank, 21 mech+ Luftwaffe 5 sb 2 tac 2 ftr.
R5 you can’t attack the German invasion so you have to turtle. 10 units to Russia. Even with that, G6 is 80-20 battle. The Siberian units are one turn away…
G6 – now that you turtle, I gobble up all the surrounding territories, bomb you and bring in more fast movers, and thank you for the extra mIC to help attack the Middle East.
This scenario just gets worse if you spend to buy more offensive items than inf, as you have fewer defenders for G6. The Germans can get ~278TUV of units to Bryansk G5. The Russians can get about the same in the regions around it. Since all the ground units defend better than attack, the Germans will win if the Russians attack. So they turtle…you just don’t have the time and money to outflank the Germans with a Southern offensive/defensive strike. Any units added to the south at this point will not defend Moscow and once it falls, this mIC is a liability.