That’s one.... well two including me. . Please folks, keep’em coming.
So I’ve put a little more thought into what I would imagine as a game. Here goes my somewhat more extende description:
So if this were done, I’d like to see it encompass the area from the western half of Iran in the east, down to Yemen in the south, maybe Azerbaijan or Chechnya in the north, and out to somewhere between central Egypt to Morocco. The map could be smaller and have some countries represented ‘off map’ so perhaps extending all the way to Morocco wouldn’t be necessary.
The game would probably start in 1947, although there would be other possibilities. For example, in addition to the Arab-Israeli Wars, the game could be ostensibly extended be to the Greco-Turkish war that followed the First World War. Anything before that would be a real problem, but 1919 would be an interesting alternative start date. However, 1947 seems like the most logical choice. With this time period and geographic range, he following wars could be simulated (and probably more):
1. 1948 Israeli War of Independence- not only controlling the military affairs, all the participants would have significant political decisions to make. Does Transjordan push for annihilating a embryonic Israel knowing that they may not be able to hold their gains? Do the Egyptians push as hard as they did historically knowing that failure will endanger their monarchy? And how do the Israelis deal with a mountain of problems: getting weapons, fighting in multiple fronts, and simply building a nation while fighting a war? One the war is finished all of the nations will need to build their economies, armies, align themselves in the greater Cold War conflict, etc.
2. 1956 War for the Suez and Sinai- so do the Egyptians still nationalize the canal and bring a hammer down on their heads? It might be a military fiasco, but politically it was a major win! And do the Egyptians still block the Straits of Tiran knowing that it will compound their problems? But how can they not when public sentiment is so strongly against Israel? And does Israel consider this a Casus Belli? Will other Arab nations get involved this time, or I should Egypt fighting three nations alone again?
3. 1967 Six Day War
4. 1973 Yom Kippur or October War
5. 1982 Lebanon War
6. All the smaller conflicts between Israel and groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.
7. (If the map expanded west to Algeria) Algerian war for independence.
8. Egyptian involvement in Yemen
9. First Persian Gulf War
10. Second Persian Gulf War
11. Iran-Iraq War
12. Syrian Civil War
13. The various Kurdish rebellions.
14. 1970, Jordanian Civil War
15. The Azeri-Armenian conflict
16.I am sure I am missing some.... what am I forgetting?
There are also a host of hypothetical wars that could be simulated as potential events. One would be the possible collapse of Iran into its ethnic components and/or the Azeris trying to take the Azeri majority areas. And, of course, moving the edges of the map/timeline would allow for adding or subtracting possibilities.
As for the military, I’d suggest the base unit for armies be the Battalion, the squadron for air power, and single ships for navies. It would be nice to track resource and logistics such as fuel use and reserves as well as a nation’s ammo supply. Of course, to do this an economic system would need to be created. I would make nations produce mostly abstract things like technology points, consumer goods points, raw material points. Etc.
As time goes on, it becomes necessary, as with all entities, to have to choose between investing in today or tomorrow. Invest too much in today and you fall behind tomrrow—invest too much in tomrrow and you may not survive to see your investments mature.
I have more to write, but I’d prefer to just make this a fun little discussion of ‘what could be’ and see if people like it. Btw, anyone from Matrix reading this?