Here is an alternate thought…
In 8 VC, you HAVE to go KJF as the Allies.
Karelia is a no-go. It is too darn expensive to hold onto being so close to German’s build limit of 16, and only 2 moves for 10 INF. UK needs a MASSIVE dedication to even think about TRADING Karelia. And Paris/Berlin/Rome are far from easy Allied targets.
So you go KJF…
Surrender Karelia giving the Axis a 7-5 VC edge. Then IC and defend India. Russia trades while it can, then holes up in Caucuses and Moscow. THey need not worry about Japan as they have massive help coming from the UK and USA.
UK drops the IC, pulls out of Africa, fleet consolidation off India (not long at all, but they try), and try to get 2 INF from Australia to India without the TRN getting spanked.
USA builds the Sinkiang IC for FIGs, with Russia East Asia INF for defense, and the occasional ARM thrown in to drive Japan back.
Meanwhile, the US is also doing major Naval builds in teh Pacific, and brings their ATLANTIC units to the Pacific (reverse of normal KGF).
You make the grab for Phillipines by sea, and the grab for Kwang by land. USA handles Phil, all 3 Allies team up on getting to Kwang.
With those 2, you are at 7-5 Allies, with Germany being secure in Karelia and threatening Moscow.
Then, try to flot the UK ships from India to the Red Sea, take Egypt and T-J at the same time, and the US follows up with a quick sail through the canal to land in Rome… both done in the same turn, after Germany’s move, so that the Axis is basically powerless to stop it.
8 VC Allies.