The Russian forces achieved major victories this month, for the Motherland! The seeds of glorious communism are spreading into Poland, as Russia has jumped to claim the lands that she is entitled to before the fascist forces can gobble it all up for themselves.
Behind the pro-Communist & pro-Motherland propaganda, there is a real feeling of relief in the Russian command, despite the fact that tensions with the Germans will be elevated by this move. Stalin felt that giving the Germans all of Poland would put them too close to Kiev, Minsk, Moscow, and other major Russian cities. There are rumors that major industrial bases could be moved further east in case of an invasion, but without this buffer zone, Russia would hardly have time to react.
Having created this buffer, Stalin now pleads with his fellow rulers, especially those in the League of Nations, to bring hostilities to an end. There should be... "peace in our time".
Okay, a very strange turn. I checked my diplomatic options, and France is the buddy of Estonia, who only had a 33% to capitulate. So I planned to use that war with France to take the Polish lands. I planned to take Estonia and any Polish lands I wanted in one turn (the two minor cities in the east -- Lvov and Vilnius).
Weirdly, Estonia surrendered. Very unfortunate (though a 1/3 chance isn't that shocking). After a long period of thought, in which I dangerously left my game running overnight, although no crashes thank goodness, I decided to declare war on France to achieve the conquest of Polish lands. I hope this is taken for what it is -- an attack on Poland, not the Allies -- but I'm interested in seeing how things develop from here.
I'm willing to discuss my actions from a game-balance standpoint. I have put out a peace request to the Allies after taking the Polish lands I wanted as a buffer. Germany may be disappointed about this as I think they wanted all of Poland, but I don't feel too bad about playing along more or less with what I think Stalin would have done -- and in fact, did -- but if Germany decides to launch an early attack on Russia, well I'll have to live with that as a consequence.
One final note: Chuck, please check your private messages. I made a mistake on the Chinese border once we went to war -- it may need your attention.
Lots of fun so far!
< Message edited by tortugapower -- 10/21/2016 5:30:29 AM >