Not attacking Yunnan means:
- 1 fig alive (super good for China)
- 1 inf alive at Yunnan
- 1 more inf you pop
Really, none of these things are all that bad for Japan.
Keep in mind that as long as you take out the other 3 Chinese inf (or even 2 of them), China will only make 2 inf on round 1 and another 1 inf on round 2. That’s it. With Japs in Fukien, Hupeh, and FIC/Burma at the end of J1, that fighter is dead on J2 unless it retreats to Sikang. On J2 you plop down a factory in FIC and advance your troops, now you force the Chinese to retreat to Chinghai with a grand total of 4 inf and 1 ftr. The Allies have surely won now :roll:. What’s so scary about China when you have them backed into a corner with 4 inf and a fighter, and no reinforcements in sight? A few Russians helping out? C’mon. Try playing it out, its really nothing to worry about at all.
But more importantly, what you’re not seeing is what can be gained by not attacking Yunnan. You free up the inf from FIC and the 2 fighters to do other things, possibly better things.
For example, how about getting more ground units in range of India on J2? If you take East Indies, Borneo, and Burma you can have 8-9 ground units plus fighters ready to move into and hold India on J2. That means a factory can be built there on J3. If you don’t attack Burma J1, you’re looking at J4 or later before you can hold India against a competent Allied player.
So what’s more important: getting a factory in India up and running as soon as possible, ready to put pressure on Caucasus early on, or killing an inf and a fighter in China? Maybe killing the fighter is more important, who knows. Right now, I can’t see how, so I’m inclined to think that not attacking Yunnan is an acceptable sacrifice for getting India earlier than the Japs would otherwise. I’m not sure yet, but I doubt you or anyone else has conclusive answer on this yet either.
Now, you might argue that Burma and Yunnan can be attacked. This is true, but now you need to give up either Philippines or the 4 IPC British islands. Plus you won’t get the second Japanese NO. Neither is an acceptable trade though.
Alive chineses mean more free time to soviets against Germany
This is exactly what you’re hoping to prevent by not attacking Yunnan J1. Except you don’t get at the Soviets through China (not immediately anyway), you go through Persia.
BTW, you never told me what you consider to be the optimal J1 open.