From the RAW.
9.1 Neutral major powers
A major power is a ‘neutral major power’ if it is not at war with any other major power. If it is at war with at least 1 major power, it’s called an ‘active major power’.
Units controlled by a neutral major power can only enter hexes controlled by that major power, by a minor country aligned with it, or by a minor country it is at war with.
They can also go to sea. A neutral major power can’t co-operate with any other major power (see 18 Co-operation).
Neutral major powers must always pick either a pass or a combined action (exception Germany in 1939 ~ see 10.1 Action types). Each naval unit a neutral major power moves (rather than each task force) counts as 1 naval move - every 5 convoy points counts as a naval unit (SiF option 9: every 2 convoy points (or any spare point) is a naval unit).
9.7 Controlling new minors
You now allocate control of minor countries declared war on this step, to a major power on the other side (see 19.2 Entering the war), in order of declaration. The minor country is at war with everyone its controlling major power is at war with, as well as the major powers that declared war on it. Who ever takes control of them in or sets up its forces immediately (see 19.4 Minor country units).
19.2 Entering the war
A minor country enters the war when:
A major power declares war on it (it joins the other side); or
It aligns with a major power (see 9.8 Aligning minors).
If a minor country aligns with a major power, it is controlled by that major power.
If an Axis major power declares war on a minor country on the American map, it may only align with the USA.
When Germany makes her compulsory declaration of war on Poland (see 9.3 Compulsory declarations), it may only align with the Commonwealth.
In every other case, when one or more major powers declare war on a minor country, choose an active major power on the other side to align with it.
If there is more than one eligible major power, offer the minor to the major power whose capital city is closest to the minor’s capital (any home country in the case of the Commonwealth). If it declines, offer it to the next closest, and so on.
If every eligible major power declines, the minor (and all its controlled minors and territories) is immediately conquered by the attacking major power (see 13.7.1 Conquest).
How Neutral major powers resolve aligning minor powers that have been DoWed
Neutral major powers units can only enter hexes controlled by a minor country it is at war with.
Since the USA is a Neutral major power and has not made a DoW against Venezuela. It cannot enter Venezuelan controlled hexes with USA Units (see 9.1 Neutral major powers).
Japan an Active major power has made a DoW against Columbia.
Columbia is at war with Japan (a major power) and its minor powers (Venezuela) (see 9.7 Controlling new minors).
What happens if Japan DoW's France or the Netherlands
US Entry action 33. Japan declares war on the CW, France or Netherlands (Ja) 3 & 5 ~ Two US entry chits for the Japanese pool with 80% chance of another.
3) The USA also picks 1 extra chit a turn for each action (except conquests by surrender). It must go into the marked entry pool.
5) Rolled once per city, major power, neutral minor country or search.
When Japan invades Columbia what if they use: (the Vassal maps make it easier to find these at this time)
Hiva Qa (minor port), Marqueasas Islands - the East Pacific sea zone (Fr) it is next to the Gulf of Panama sea zone.
Papeete (major port), French Polynesia (Fr) ~ the Austral sea zone (Fr) it is next to the East Pacific sea zone (Fr).
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