Could Russia help the UK with air support???
Another thing is that I think the game is pretty unbalanced this way:
- Ger does not have to defend their eastern border for 5 whole turns… So they can easily build up their troops, not really fearing the UK or the USA. After 5 turns Ger sledgehammers into russia => GG
- The Allies lose a lot of income really fast this way without hope of retrieving it fast… Germany can commit a lot of troops to africa for at least 3 turns means the UK is down 9 pretty fast. Japan takes India, Aus and NZ means another 6 down, leaving the UK with a grand income of 15 without hope to retrieve this anytime soon.
- Easy build up for Japan, they take sinkang and China pretty easy and gain a head start against mobilizing inf to the Asian mainland. So when turn 6 begins Russia is under even more pressure than normal…
- A little math, Russia starts with 19 inf, 3 arms, 2 figs in Kar +24 inf (6 turns = 72 IPC income = 24 inf) So they have 43 inf, 3 arms and 2 figs. Lets say Germany builds on average 10 inf per turn (rest they save or invest in arms/figs/bombs from their extra income Africa provides) Means they have around 55 inf, 10 arms, 5 figs and 1 bomb (even a low estimate, but ok) to invade Kar with on turn 6!Â Game over… The point is that Germany and Japan don’t have to go for the UK and the USA, they can use this time much better to prepare pawning Russia on turn 6.
All you do with this variant is to give the Axis a lot more time and one opponent less to take care off. It is to easy for the Axis to just gain economic supremacy and build up huge stacks then to go for Rus. Going for the UK is a suker bet… just wait 5 turns, have way more inf than Rus, kill Rus with a one two punch and it is over in like 8 turns total… IMO a waste of my time…