I think you are giving the Japanese wayyyy too much space to do as he wishes. Retreating means that you are not putting any pressure on Japan at all.
No, it means not putting pressure on Japan until you (the Allies) have the Advantage.
Think of it this way, what can do more damage, the Russian inf scattered throughout Asia or one big stack of them on Novo on R5? The stack is more valuable b/c now you have support from all the Russian armor you were buying in the rds 1-5 that get placed in Mos or Cauc. Your early advance by Japan is meaningless b/c once you get through China you have to stop until you are certain you have enough force to move or merge your stacks. Which is easier said than done considering Japan starts extremely weak in Asia and usually makes Phil/Aus a J1-2 priority. You’re 50-60 income earned in J3-4, etc, doesn’t hit Russia until Round 7, 8, 9, etc.
If the UK/US retreat and let Japan have their way, those fighters will be in StalinGrad on turn 4/5, along with Japanese Infantry and/or Tanks. And moving those paltry four UK units from India to Ukraine is not going to change that.
No, those 4-5 UK units now get back up from 2-4 ftrs + bom stationed in Cauc. Again, it is not that easy for Japan to simply march 1-2 inf stacks through Ind, Chi, and Northern Russia. For Example if I stack Per and Japan moves 2-3 inf in Ind I can counter with 1-2 + 3-4 planes and wipe those guys out. Or I further my retreat and strike when you try to go to Per.
Yes, and in those 5 turns, Japan grew into a monster, receiving 55-60 PC a turn, moving the Japanese fleet into position near Italy, buyng bombers to start threatening Moscow (and with any luck on the Japanese side, those will be Heavy Bmbers), having a Factory in India turning out 3 tanks a turn to throw against Ukraine along with a smattering of infantry (another idea I’ve seen is to build a Factory on one/two islands, producing another 4 units).
The Canal need to be open for Japan to help Ita, and the Canal is permantely closed by UK4 (units landed in Alg on UK2/US2).
Japan needs to buy bombers first, which cost money. Then invest in the Tech and then get it. If we are playing that game I might as well say well, either the UK or US will have HB at this point too and Germany and Ita will have no income.
I do like a Japan factory on EI, the earlier the better, but factories cost IPC as well, which are not units marching on Mos.
Infact I like the EI + Ind combo for 7 units, but you still need Ger/Ita to hang in there for 6,7,8 rounds and remain a threat to Russia.
You might get there when? About turn 4/5? Precisely in time to get kicked out by the Japanese, who will take Egypt with an insane amount of planes and several tanks.
The flow of US troops through Afr is constant from round 2 on. Japan cannot push the Allies out without pulling pressure off Moscow. UK/US land in Alg in rd 2 and rd 3, the US continues while UK goes to Sz 6. Ita must be protected with at least a token force from a sneaky US attack and by rd 5 Japan must make a serious commitment to even attempt to contest Afr. I’ll gladly trade US inf for Japan inf b/c UK is reinforcing Russia by landing 8 units per turn in Kar.
IMHO a good Japanse player will know what to do with the room that he is given. Japan can do a lot, and if its allowed to run free through the pacific it will conquer the pacific in 2-3 turns at most. By that time, its fleet and airforce is positioned near India, its army has pacified large chucks of chineese territory. A turn later Japan might even think about conquering Hawai just to deny the US its National Objective.
Japan can defintiely do a lot, but can the crack the defense of all 3 Allies combined in The Cauc/Per/Kaz/Mos area?
You’ll need more than just a 10-20 ipc unit lead for several turns to do so, and I think that is easier said than done.
I certainly think it can be done, but it is no gimmie that it is automatically over if Japan hits 60-65. You still have to make good moves.