From: Virginia, USA
ORIGINAL: Mike Solli
My goal is a million HI for late game. (That's unlikely, but ya gotta have a goal, right?) Remember that your war machine runs on HI and fuel, and your combat units run on fuel and supply. Turn off your HI factories and you save fuel, but lose supply and HI. In the late game, when the Allies control the sea lanes, you have to survive on what you saved. If you run out of HI, your economy comes to a screeching halt. So does you military. Remember that whatever off map pools you have, the Allies can't touch (HI, aircraft, engines, to name a few). They can keep your war machine running after your merchant fleet can't.
1 million? I would shoot for something more than that. It is easy enough to get to 1 million by early 1943.
Also, HI is not the be all and end all you make it out to be. HI is important because it makes stuff. It is the stuff and the ability to use it that is important. Most importantly, there is a trade off between feeding industry and feeding the fleet. If you produce lots of HI and use it to make every ship you possibly can, but don't have any fuel to move those ships around, all that HI will have been wasted. So keep in mind you need to consider the balance between HI production and fuel consumption by the fleet.