I'm still not sure I fully buy that the Dutch could get their hands on the Mackensens and then not being forced to scrap them, but as I said, your treaty timeline neuters their power somewhat. A happy side effect however with Dutch Mackensens would be that it could justify the completion of newer ships by the treaty nations (your extra battleship tonnage).
This is a really minor thing but...
I'd like to point out that who started the war and why doesn't have to be the same as in the real world in your mod. There's no reason a fascist Germany has to be the one that starts WW2. The only thing that matters in the context of WitP:AE is that some kind of conflict is going on at the other side of the world to explain the lacklustre response by the European powers and the USA and that the allied side is, in general in control of the Atlantic. But who attacks whom and how the conflict exactly evolves isn't set in stone. Having it close to the real world timeline is of course the easiest answer though, especially when you have a bunch of nations hardcoded already on the Allied side.
Ah, hadn't seen your new post. The thing with France is that it has both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean to worry about, along with its colonial possessions. It was the second largest navy at the start of the century and the fourth largest (USA and Germany had passed them) by WW2. Being put as an equal to Italy in the Washington Naval Treaty wasn't exactly a great result for them and probably only acceptable due to their economical situation and the neutered German force. In your mod though the Germans are stronger and if they'd somehow would get an alliance with the Netherlands then they'd be ahead, and that's on only one "front" (Atlantic). As I said, not really such a big deal for the Pacific war, but still.
Yeah, you said about 120k, so it depends on what tonnage figure you deal with. If you say that they only get to keep completed ships then it isn't a big deal anyway, as none of the Mackensens nor the two new Bayerns were complete.
The Derfflinger upgrade is especially underwhelming because they only get a radar and it would be odd to have left one of the few German capital ships they have without radar by that time.
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