Hey thanks guys. Really it helps a lot.
No, it doesn't. Your pain will only increase, not decrease, with experience. This game has a lot of - ummm - "features" that will confuse, bemuse, and abuse you for as long as you choose to play it.
The only advice I have is that the first turn is the big problem (just like the first blank page is the big problem for beginning writers). It takes forever (particularly on the Japanese side) to wade through everything, even in small scenarios. Once you get through it, ensuing turns are quicker to execute, and the game seems much smaller.
WitP is not as big or as complicated as many try to make it seem. There's just a lot of rigmarole to be dealt with, but you get that on track pretty early, and it flows from there.
Put my faith in the people
And the people let me down.
So, I turned the other way,
And I carry on anyhow.