From: Winnipeg, MB
Resource points and LI production
There is 80 LI at Pearl Harbor that needs resource points to produce supplies. As I understand it, each LI needs 15 resource points per day to produce. So, Pearl Harbor needs 36,000 resource points to produce for 30 days and it will generate 2,400 supplies over that period of time.
Given the fact that I could simply drop off 36,000 tons of supplies instead of resource points is there any reason why I would consider trying to keep the LI here operating?
Is my math right?
Your math looks right. The issue is availability and vulnerability of ships hauling from the US plus the lack of escorts at game start. So using a couple of xAKLs to haul resources from Hilo (using coastal routing to keep in shallow water) is a good way to get supply from the LI for a while. But if any LI is damaged I would not bother repairing it.
Other locations on the map have some nearby resources that would help with their supply paucity. I am thinking of Australia, which can get resources from Pt. Hedland or Noumea to the rail lines at Geraldton and Brisbane respectively (if the fuel usage is affordable).
But in most cases you are right - it is better to haul supply rather than resources.
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