UK had nearly 50% of her GDP generated by her colonies and they need to be attacked by subs to simulate an ability to starve the British into submission.
UK convoy box in indian ocean, cape horn, and south atlantic are needed.
Not looking to start the IPC discussion here, but the need for convoys is based in IPCs, so I will mention them here.
The only way to starve the UK into submission here is going to be to take away all of her land. Â If you count the current on-board IPC values for each country you get the following:
Italy-27 Â Â Â Â Â Axis total-119
USA-71 Â Â Â Â Â Allied total-184
Just compared to Revised and Classic, UK is not that much of an industrial powerhouse, and I think that bares out historically too.
Now, this is large part because many territories have been changed/added since the original inception of this variation
but deepblue was right when he said,
I am assuming that the boxes are use in some part to augment the â€œoff mapâ€ resources of the nations for these smaller theater games.Â So adding all of them from both games into one map is a bit over kill.
In both AAP and AAE, the rules state that convoy zones represent income and materials from other parts of the globe. Â Here we have just about the entire globe and all of those countries are represented. Â So, if Convoy Zones are to be kept in the game, then the territories that the materials represent must be in some way affected, or else there is double materials coming from somewhere.Â I think that this has to be part of the rationale for having convoys or not.
Currently, UK has 9 convoy zones totalling 22 ipcs. Â italy has 12 territories and 1 convoy totalling 27. Â UK certainly had more income, industry and trade than italy, this is more to point out the amount of ipcs that the UK is gaining from these convoys while still gaining IPCs from the 65 territories (Axis have 60 total) that UK controls on the map.
Â In the smaller scale variations of AA, the Axis were able to attack the supply routes of the Allies via the Convoy Zones because the territories with the materials were not on the map. Here we can actually take over the country that they are shipping from.
I like the Convoy Zones, but I wonder how much they are needed when you can take the actual territory. Â And to use Convoys, I think you have to adjust the value of territories to balance, otherwise the Allies are getting double payment when they control territories and still getting payment when they have the convoy and not the territory. (In AAP, there is a Russian Convoy that is out of play when a particular territory is taken, Karelia I think)Â Â In some cases this might mean that there are numbers of territories without value, or much value, like I could see happen in Africa. Â Are they going to be a worthwhile target with that depleted value?
I could see if a Convoy represented materials from South America, which is neutral and not going to be attacked by the Allies, though it could be attacked by the Axis and if the Axis took Brazil, then the Allied Convoy didn’t count anymore.Â In a way, the German Baltic Convoy would line up too, from the ore from Sweden.
On the current convoy locations:
the Alaskan convoy needs to be moved farther out from North American coast.
move the Caribbean convoy to take the place of the UK one
Baltic convoy for Germany
Moving convoy from Spain to West. Med
Move convoy northwest towards finland