USTA - Construction on the Pan American Highway nears completion, both ferry points in central america are loaded with freighters and the docks are expanded to handle the larger ships.
The reorganization of the military is complete. There is now a Western Command and Theater, and an Eastern Command and Theater. Each with a National Guard, Latin Army, tactical air assets, and light naval vessels. The next step is to outfit the units with proper artillery and equipment, then better training for both national, and latin troops. Then Garrison the coastal cities and outlying islands and territories with SMG and HMG units, and construct naval patrols for the massive coastline. 2 SFTs per large coastal city should be enough.
But before any of that happens, production must be fully upgraded. I produce 250 PPs a turn now, and just got the 700 PP upgrade to my production bringing it up to a whopping 150% efficiency. Next will be the 1000 PP upgrade to non national production, and then an upgrade to 175% production.
The goal is to produce 350 pps a turn, to stay as up to date with tech as possible and snag all the upgrades before the war starts. Im off to a good start 10 turns in.
Once the war starts, I can use that massive PP income to produce factories, and let those do the building of the equipment that will be needed, leaving cities to produce more PPs for more factories for supply and fuel.
Depending on how aggressive the axis, and ussr become, we may be able to try and seize and opportunity to 'paint the world blue'.
And who knows, perhaps the soviet union and axis throw their hats into the ring together. From the sea of Japan, all the way to the tip of the Iberian penisula would be a bloc of power. Thats the only way I see the US being seriously rivaled.
Somewhere along the line, ill of course save england, and whats left of french africa, but thats a minor concern. I dont want to get caught up fighting a naval war of attrition with Japan, because I plan to use those ships in the Atlantic preventing the total collapse of the allies. If Japan were to happen to take all the allied holdings in the south pacific, that would just give the USTA a chance to "liberate" them. Self deemed 'Fortress Luzon' surely wont be falling. I can stage all kinds of nastiness from the Phillipines and Samoa.
40mm Bofors guns imported from Sweden down a large number of low flying japanese aircraft. A few pilots were captured and interrogated about japanese plans, but they refused to talk before being executed. The Japanese technological advantage continues to rear its ugly head however, as another 22,000 Chinese are killed, or maimed by bombardments and attrition. The Anti Air units should begin to limit this as they arrive at all front line units. Chinese workers begin hand assembling field guns en masse, its hoped large formations of these cheap field pieces can be a match for the smaller but much more advanced pieces of the Nipponese army.
In manchuria, survivors of the raiders trickle back across the mountain range and receive much celebration by national chinese forces that have moved into place to support them. Some of the experienced cavalry crews receive upgrades to their horses. Now they ride tankettes. A newly created offensive army moves up the line west of the mountain range towards manchuria to also take part in the action. Returning raiders report the construction of a fuel facility along the same rail line as the supply factory. Its critical that an operation sever this rail link once again.
If successful, that operation, an other operations, will have kept the Japanese army in place for an entire year.
Its been almost two years since Chaing Kishek foolishly crossed the Marco Polo bridge in a failed attempt to push the Japanese out of Manchuria. The world had seen it, and fortunately his troops as well, as Japanese aggression, not Chinese aggression. It was just the first of many offensively minded defensive tactics. But deep down Chaing knew it was a failure. He had hoped his troops had the skill and training, not just the willingness, to beat the japanese forces all the way back into Korea. But it appears the Germans were right, even if they lost the great war. You need well trained rifle divisions.
In the hills a peasant farmer named Mao claims that "In protracted war, it is Men, not Weapons, that are the deciding factor", Kishek scoffs at this idea, and wonders if Mao has ever seen a formation of 300 Japanese planes.
Learning his lesson, the conscript armies are no more. While China is the industrial and technological inferior to Japan, it has one solid hope. That the world sees Japan as the aggressor, and Japan lacks the resources of industrial base of the western nations. If China can make it bloody enough, and hold out long enough, Japan may be forced to the table, or attacked by the western powers.