Because Russia can't force peace unless Japan takes Vladivostok, the Japanese can DoW, surround Vlad (but wait to actually take it), and pour every spare troop into Persia, taking the oil Russia was aiming at, or at the very least, making Russia very weak against a '41 Barbarossa. The extra front Russia must defend, plus possible losses in Siberia and Persia, could prove problematic if the Axis plays right. Japan is always itching for something to do with their forces early in the war, and Russia is more attractive than China, since the Germans are helping squeeze from the other side; conquest is much more likely in that scenario.
As to the Finnish Borderlands and/or claim on Bessarabia, that extra space helps the Germans early in Barbarossa. Resolving the Balkans especially is helpful for rolling on Greece, and clearing up the political situation. When I first started playing WiF, as Russia I did go after Persia and Iraq. Nowadays, I prefer claiming Bessarabia early (1st Impulse 1940), to keep the Germans uncomfortable in the Balkans. A 1940 Persia and Iraq will still succeed if necessary (Germans take Suez for instance).
It is true though that the Iraqi oil is France's, and Russia is well served by taking it at the right time, if the Axis doesn't oppose Russia's Persian maneuvers. Though I admit I haven't seen a Japanese reinforcement of Persia on turn one, I've looked at it and the next time Russia tries that, I will put it to the test.
Has anyone seen Japan reinforce Persia like that (during an early Russian invasion)? I am very curious about the implications.
< Message edited by coregames -- 11/8/2004 1:53:50 AM >