From: Ottawa, Canada
It's almost always a bad decision for the USSR to go fight Japan unless it's 1941 and the Germans are already enmeshed in Spain or the UK. The game is won or lost on the Eastern Front, where in 1941 every Soviet land unit counts, and not in China. China can fall and Japan will be big and strong, but the Allies still have a hope, because in 1944-1945 the US is still big enough to smack Japan around. (*) If the USSR crumples, so do the Allied chances of victory.
(*) At a WiFCon many years ago, after my game had ended I took over Japan for half a day. That Japan had run riot, and was on the verge of conquering Lan-Chow to finish China off, had invaded India (I myself seized Calcutta) and had conquered Soviet territory from Chita on east.
All the same, during the two turns we managed to play, the US systematically lined up invasions of first the Marshall Islands and then Truk with such overwhelming force that there was nothing I could do to stop it. (It didn't help, of course, that so many Japanese land and air units were tied down defending all their vast conquests, and the Japanese fleet was split up so part of it could support the Indian campaign.)
If that game had managed to go on any longer, I daresay the situation would have got quite bad for Japan in the Pacific, although I'm sure I would have also conquered Lan-Chow, and the Axis would still have won the game.
< Message edited by composer99 -- 3/15/2019 2:50:29 PM >