RUSSIA: Very experienced, classical player
USA: Very experienced, unorthodox player
UK: Experienced but not partially good at the game
GERMANY: Extremely inexperienced player with no hope of doing well
JAPAN: Myself; very inexperienced player with some hope of doing well
GOAL: Last as long as possible, putting in a respectable game, with possible upset of at least one country
DETAILS: There is absolutely no way the Axis can win this. The player with Germany doesn’t understand the game after 3 attempts, so I’m not looking to try and win, but to have fun and put forth a good effort. The player with UK will most likely go with the Africa strategy (but I could be wrong). We will be playing Germany goes first (i.e. Russia missing their first turn), so the very experienced players won’t make any moves until end of first round. There is a very high probability the USA player will do something completely unexpected (last time as Japan he took Alaska first turn; he’s very good and is unorthodox just to “see what happens”). Myself and the German player are allowed to talk beforehand but not table talk once game has started.
With all this in mind, I’m looking for some suggestions/advise on how I should play this. Thanks kindly!