From: Land o' Lakes, FL
I agree, China is borked, and I hate it. That being said,
I have 3 (stock) games where China is "stood down", and 2 games (CHS) where it is active.
For CHS, I think it's too soon to tell whether China is borked or not (to form an opinion on my side). I think it's far better than stock, but I -still- think it needs considerable work (and I've got one game as Allies and one game as Japan in CHS).
That being said, here are some suggestions that are an amalgamation of the house rules (not using all in all my games)...
1. No bombing strategic facilities in China by either side from Chinese/Manchui AFs. Note if the Allies are ever able to secure AFs in SE Asia, this -would- allow them to bomb Japanese held strategic facilities -from SE Asia".
2. Japan must "do her utmost" to maintain proper garrisons at all cities. All cities have a garrison requirement, alto the only ones you really "need" to garrison are the ones with resources and the AF that you want to use. Not garrisoning the "worthless" cities (cities with unused AFs and no resources), frees up quite a few troops, and it only means an unusable AF (because the non-garrison will demolish the AF). But if you at least require a garrision everywhere, it's a bit more realisitic and spread out (drains) the offensive strenght of Japan by about 15%.
3. In one stock game, we created a "DMZ" - Japan couldn't adance past a certain line. Frankly in stock, China is easy pickens for Japan. So basically we said you can capture the first row or two of cities, and that's it. At the very least, you should not allow the isolation or capture of Chungking. Don't get me wrong, it difficult to actually "utterly destroy" China. But you can knock her out (by taking most everything -but- Chungking) fairly easily. This can free up a lot of troops that can be deployed to fight the western Allies.
4. No moving China or Manchuko troosp to another theater (such as Burma or between China/Manchuko) without paying PPs. Japan can march thier ChiCom divisions thru SE Asia and throw them at Burma/India (overland), to limit this, you pay PPs to move a ChiCom Div anywhere (either to Southern Area or wherever). The 5 Allied Chinese Divs initially assigned to SEAC -may- move into Burma however.
5. Allied Fighers and 2e bombers may move into China. Neither side is paying PPs to move aircraft INTO China. There's nothign stoppng Japan from committing large numbers of aircraft to support a major offensive in China. Allied powers should be able to allow similiar commitment levels. Given the abyssmal supply situation in China (at least for Allies), it's not like you're going to be able to stage a war-winning bombing campaing in china (again attacks only vs. AFs/Ports/Ground). But you can fight fire with fire.
< Message edited by Feinder -- 10/18/2007 4:28:19 PM >
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