Your kidding right ?
Both GB and Russia could cripple the fleets, before they even gets to move ?
You do know GB gets to chose its naval-move order during reinforce-phase ?
And Russia always moves naval before all the others.
If both GB and RUS fleetss hit the Danish/swedish fleets, France gonna bleed heavy on PPs.
If thats enough, im sure he could talk to GB.
GB is likely happy that Russia offers his help vs the French threath, no ?
So if France got control, he could easy loose 4-8 PP, if he didnt go hide.
No, I'm not kidding.
The game starts in January, 1805. Winter. Russia's fleets are totally useless until March.
But, war with Sweden doesn't have to occur immediately. Once it does, however, Russia must move all her naval factors into a blockade of Sweden's port where the fleets are.
GB should NEVER be going first unless there is a good reason to do so. So, she won't be the one doing the blockading. She is now dependent upon Russia not only blockading, but also winning the interception.
This might be considered a "good reason", however, for GB to go first. But, there's always a risk there (which is why I said she never should): That France will attempt to break out of all ports, potentially succeeding in one of them. Statistically, the best GB can do blockading 7 French ports (the ideal setup for France, including Sweden and Holland) is 7 x ~83% win battles. The odds suggest that France will actually WIN one of those. With GB having gone first, the game is close to over for her.
This actually happened to me as GB, which is why I am so acutely aware of the risk. GB was in PSD position 40 after 5 wins and one loss (the seventh did not make the attempt), but with a French corps sitting on the west coast of GB. At this point, Spain saw her big chance at glory, and joined in the war the next month. Realizing what a disaster Russia had potentially unleashed upon GB, Russia grabbed all available factors (that WERE destined to conquer Sweden, and dropped them into London. Russia lost the first land combat, but dropped the French corps down a few troops (this was in the boardgame, so there were always 10 factors). The Russian presence plus a few Brits for morale eventually turned the tide, and the French were beated off of the island. But, it was NOT a given, by any stretch. Far too risky, IMO.
The Spanish decided that this was a good time to go to war with GB. However, her fleet was intercepted on the way by an under-powered GB fleet (which won anyhow), and the corps with was sent packing back to Spain. With the Russian help (desperately needed), GB wound up winning the war against Spain. But, it cost the Russians dearly: Half of her ships were gone (along with half of Spain's and 2/3 of Frances, by the end). GB went on to coast to victory in that game (although, five players actually won that game).
But, the risk at the beginning was very high.
Thats alot of French forces to keep in ports all game, waiting for just that move.
Also unless Russia and Gb allies, this variant only gives France +2 to control sweden/Denmark. Meaning it doesnt always happen... And France appearnly would count on it.
Only a small part of French navy can actually carry anything mentionworthy.
France with 39H+15H-Hollandish ships +20 transports.
At best thats 6 invasion fleets ? If you can settle for ~10i corps.
And if your want around 15 faktor corps, its 4 invasion fleets.
If GB and Russia allied and if France setup that way, GB could also ask Russia for some troops in GB before Russia starts invading something in Scandinavia.
Im not so sure a French invasion goes as well, if GB and some Russian 10i-corps with ok Russian-Leader around. If france doesnt manage to land 2 corps, and thats not on good odds.