France is non playable, either Vichy France or the Free French Forces. Vichy French units just defend their territories on land battles and whenever an amphibious assault takes place from the sea zone with their sea units. Whenever a non-occupied territory joins (through diplomacy) the Allies (Free France) /or is captured you place one Free French token on that territory. The more of these tokens on the board, the higher the probability other territories (and their units) join the Allies through diplomacy: At the end of each round you roll one die for each non-occupied Vichy territory and these join the Allies on a roll of the same value or lower than the number of tokens on the board.
Joining the Allies means you can change the units for either US or UK equivalent units. The IPC income of these territories goes to the UK if its French West Africa or Madagascar. The occupied territories of France or Morocco-Algeria don’t join the Allies through diplomacy; these territories have to be captured.
The text on the Free French Cards is not the final and correct one but almost. These are not quite National Advantages like for the other powers but rather events and rules for France.
“Tactical bombers could be a lot of fun if done right, although I find it very odd that they are allowed to bomb airbases / naval bases but not factories. Bombing air/naval bases is a very niche move that rarely pays off – I would like to see tactical bombers that can do at least some damage to factories, and strategic bombers that are of little or no use in regular combat.”
Correct, they can bomb factories as well in my rules.
Air bases can make a difference as they allow air units to defend on adjacent sea zones and allow interceptor fighters. On the Pacific side they re crucial for movement as well. Naval bases, they limit the places where you can repair capital ships as well as where you can build new sea units if you have a factory as well. Also for increased movement. These can only be used for movement during non combat movement.
9 NA for the main 5 powers, 3 for Italy and 3 for China.
Some of the national advantages: