From: South Carolina, USA
I wish Ernie would change the MFN for Finland.
However this would still not really solve the problem. There has been a standing house rule in GD1938 that no-one can declare a war against a minor that is MFN with an ally, or even a potential ally. There have been instances where a nation would declare war, a "friend" would get the units to fight, but not vigorously fight them, and the attacker would happily pick up the minor. If France took Finland when you attacked one could wonder if they would not be glad in their hearts to see a possible invasion path for their Axis enemy dry up. When Germany attacks Poland it becomes French and may as well be 20 miles from Paris. Poland is gone and France has property in Eastern Europe. This would be the case with Finland, and Germany would have reason to be unhappy if either France or the Soviets were in Finland. We expect the French and Soviets will be fighting Germany together at some point in our game. At this point Germany is at war with France, and your attacking Finland (France) would not work well with our stated goal to have a game rather like WW2 actually happened.
When this game was designed we made allowances for the partition of Poland and the Nazi-Soviet pact, followed by a peace between Germany and the USSR, and a peace between the USSR and France, and any allies involved. We did not consider the Finnish situation.
Ernie wants to avoid having minors fought by the AI for technical (memory) reasons. Having human players do the fighting is also problematic, as we see. There is no easy answer, but the USA will stop influencing Finland where we are at 511+5 per month. It will be many months before any other nation can get that many points and switch MFN. Because of the complications I think the right nation to be MFN is Germany, but Rufus will have his own diplomatic agenda. If he sees fit he can use 5+5 points a turn to try and sow discord, and buy influence, but he has to want to do it, and if I were him I would not.
No easy answer, but an attack on the USA would be a horrible one. It would really mess up the premise of our game.
Ernie, this USA MFN for Finland needs to be re-examined I think.