Who would benefit the most from an IC and where would you put it?
Some say UK India, UK S. Africa, UK Norway, US Norway, US Sinkiang, JPN FIC, JPN Kwangtung, JPN Manchuria.
I was just wondering what some of the pro’s thought.
I would put an IC on the moon. Because then I could make drops from low orbit. And you couldn’t stop me.
Oh, but you say I can’t put an IC on the moon? Well, watch this (turns around, pulls down pants, puts an IC on top)
Yeah. Who’s superbad now?
UK India IC is good if you have it at the START of UK1, so you can instantly produce units there, but even then, you’ll need the US to back you up.
UK S. Africa is good early game if each player’s performance is individually rated based on territory, and if you think your allies are idiots. It’s also good late game if the Allies are doing well, but at that point, an IC is really academic.
UK Norway’s moderately good if UK has an income of 36 or so, and has 4+ transports. That gives UK 11 production slots. It’s no good making an IC for Norway if the UK has income 30-33 - infantry are useless without support (you can already HAVE support, but UK support units get chipped away, especially artillery/tanks) - if you have 30-33 income, produce better units with your 8 production slot capacity.
US Norway is good, but it’s hard to swing. Germany certainly won’t want the US pumping out three tanks a turn at Norway, so you can expect either for Germany to try finishing Moscow or retaking Norway for a turn.
US Sinkiang - again, only if supported. Even if you have US and UK building ICs, Japan can use tanks to hit either target on the same turn, making it difficult/impossible to defend both. (If you bulk at both, Japan continues to build, and you have to build 2 defenses to contend with Japan’s 1 army. If you don’t bulk at one, Japan hits it, then comes back to threaten the other one.) Probably you’d want to see a US and/or UK Pac fleet if you have Allied ICs. Not always. Mostly.
JPN French Indochina is probably better than most others, because it allows Japan to press on India harder and earlier. There are times and places for a Kwangtung or Manchuria IC instead. Generally, though, unless you’re tank dashing, you should try not to build two ICs among those three territories - try to get one at India if you can.