My “friend” didn’t give a damn about the Pact and in the third round hit Novo. Non-aggression pact my commie-red backside! :x
Right. gotta watch the backside!
I usually trigger Non-Aggression pact J3-J4 ish with overwhelming hordes from Japanese transports.
You will eventually want to invade Russia, and when you do, it’s a lot better to force Russia to lose those infantry to a coastal invasion than having thse infantry in, say, Novosibirsk or Kazakh, or even Caucasus.
My son has 5inf in Bury. I was thinking of being tricky and triggering the Pact in Kaz or somewhere and then crushing Bury the turn after, but I’m not sure that will help.