Jim D Burns
From: Salida, CA.
I think the best solution for the problems with different countries going on different turns, thus negating any chance of allied cooperation in combats, is to simply allow countries to lend forces to each other.
For minor countries, it should be automatic. If their units enter a major powers territory, they become units of that major country automatically. They’d still retain all their national characteristics and tech of course, but they’d move and be controlled by that major power until it opted to return the unit.
Then add in force pool limits (prevents over-building) and don’t allow minors to have more than half their on-map army outside their home borders at any one time, and it would go a long way to making allied cooperation a nice part of the game instead of the headache it is today.
For major powers, lending forces should be optional instead of automatic, but there should be a way for an ally to select an allied unit in his controlled territory and ask for its control if he doesn’t already have it. But only if he controls the territory, if his ally controls the territory instead of him, then he should be lending his units to the ally, not vice versa.