From: Leiden, the Netherlands
WITPtracker is very important for me to keep track of the Japanese economy. One of the things that I'm missing is a clear overview what the actual condition of Japan is. It is nice to see how much resources there are for example, but if these resources are not at the home islands they don't mean anything. The plot below shows the amount of supplies, fuel, resources and oil at Honshu and Kyushu. These are connected by a railroad and form the hart of the Japanese economical infrastructure.
Supplies are slowly decreasing. This is the result of the construction of factories. Especially vehicle and engine factories are being expanded rapidly. Also some aircraft and armament factories have been build. It is important to expand factories strategically. Expanding factories that at a later stage are shut down are expensive in terms of supplies. Also factories that are being expanded at a very late stage of the game are expensive. Ideally one would like the factories to produce during as many turns as possible. But on the other hand, one does not want to fight with obsolete units. Therefore I'm currently investing in vehicle, engine, aircraft-that-auto-upgrade and armament factories.
From the plot you can see at which point I started to ship fuel from the DEI to the home islands. I was actually hoping to see an increase in fuel, but instead it seems to stay level. This is not good, as a lot of fuel is produced by refining oil that is present at the home islands. It is important to mention though that the largest fuel convoy was moved to Hokkaido, which was running out of fuel at the moment. Also I'm moving some fuel to Kwajalein, Truk and Babeldaop. All warships have more or less been disbanded in port and the overall fuel consumption should decrease. If this is indeed the case the AOs will also reinforce the TKs in shipping fuel to the home islands.
As mentioned earlier, after increase of the port of Ominato moving resources to Japan is more efficient. You can easily see this from this graph. Resource levels are safe with the current strategy.
Oil levels are rapidly dropping in Japan. I'm only shipping little oil to Japan. Fuel seems to be quicker to load and since it flows more easily to other ports, it can be shipped from larger ports and therefore faster. Overall fuel + oil levels are dropping. This is worrysome. Most tankers did only one run so far. I will monitor these numbers carefully during the rest of the campaign. Any thoughts?.....
Edit: I dumped 80000 fuel at Hokkaido. Hokkaido now has sufficient fuel for 427 days and does not need anything for the rest of teh year. Taking this into account, things may just be fine.
< Message edited by dennishe -- 12/30/2013 11:58:51 PM >