From: PDX (and now) London, UK
If you build your entire fleet, and have them at CRUISE speed, they potentially can use 83,970 fuel/day, at mission speed that is 251,908 fuel/day.
What do all these numbers mean?
The IJ fleet needs to be disbanded in port as close to 95% of the time as you can possibly do so to conserve fuel.
Oh, dear. There are certainly some things here that new players on the Japanese side should learn RIGHT AWAY. They should be put in bold along any document talking about the economy.
1. I have always known that more fuel was consumed by mission speed as opposed to cruise speed. I didn't know it was 3x as much!! That is crucial. I've often used mission for important CS fuel convoys traveling great distances because I thought the extra fuel spent would be more efficient than getting the ships spotted and sunk tooling along at cruise speed. I have some work to do. Luckily I've already decided to severely limit the number of ships built, and I'm just now about to turn off a lot of merchant production.
2. Something is always happening with the fleet. In the beginning this was extreme, and because of some early successes I was eager to try to push farther. Looking back at my inexperience I realize now that this is BAD for the Empire if you plan to keep it going into 45, which I still hope to do.
3. The shortest route should always be taken. I spent a lot of time and fuel bringing resources from places like Nauru, simply because it was there and as a new player I though Japan should always maximize it's use of resources/fuel/oil/HI. Now that's not looking so good. There is just enough in China/Manchuria/Hokkaido to keep things going with the occasional convoy returning from the DEI hauling stuff back to maximize it's use. This was one of the justifications for the Nauru convoys a well, that from Truk other returning convoys could haul resources, but collectively it still adds a lot to fuel use over a year or more.
4. The expansion of HI should be carefully considered. Also, maybe for the late game in Japan A LOT of LI should be expanded before mid-42, so that HI and refineries will be supplemented by the time they start to be targeted and/or get low on fuel. I mostly expanded HI in the DEI, but did a bit in China as well. This is holding on for now with enough fuel fro local sources, but just barely. Some of this seems to move to Manchuria as well, because the refineries there are only sporadically working, but the HI is churning along. I just checked and I have 7711 in global HI production factories now. So I assume that's a lot for scenario 1 in terms of fuel use.
< Message edited by obvert -- 1/16/2013 4:48:31 PM >
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