Am I reading this correct? It seems to invalidate the claims made on the mod page about Japan needing to secure DEI ASAP due to a critical fuel/supply situation, which was supposedly the cost/justification for Japan's greatly expanded OOB and war-making abilities.
I posted my reply to this message before the edit.
First of all: sorry again if I have opened the Pandora box of Japanese economy in your AAR!
There is NO justification for that.
I make an example which should be quite self-explanatory.
I am in one of my 2 afromentioned Jap PBEMs in mid-May 1942. I have KB which is going to strike NZ in a couple of days. It's coming directly from an engagement near Colombo. Refuel with AOs south of Cocos, then Perth, then Melbourne and now NZ.
Look at the map to see NZ.... It's quite "far" from everything.
Now imagine that I have heavy committments all around the map since 7 DEC. I have never stopped for real, just to repair some engine and sys damages. I haven't done even upgrades to anything so heavy are my naval committments in this brutal start of the game.
I have been using EACH capital ship (10xBBs + all the CAs minus Maya, sunk some days ago) since the very first day. Not a single day of pause. I have them followed by AKEs and they bomb enemy fortresses. Now, for example, it has been one month they bomb everyday Sidney under siege.
Still, my fuel and oil levels are not even close to the "alert" level. I simply don't care since so far it's ok. I made very long and complex calculations in industrial terms and so I know what I am doing (somehow...). What I mean is that even stretching so much the fuel consumption, I have no troubles.
And I haven't done a single OIL/FUEL shipping from DEI to Onshu so far. Instead, I shipped 200k from Onshu to Truk (again, it's not blasphemy, I somehow know what I am doing: did my homework).
EDIT: I have shipped roughly 300k from DEI to Australia to feed HIs (and fleets) there, though.
So, even in a "normal" Scen1 game, there is little need to conquer DEI immediately in terms of fuel. Even if you overextend like a mad and you don't ship back to Onshu for the first 6 months.
That's why I am 300% sure in what I say when I say that "conquering immediately DEI" is a plain lie. Completely. With no possible interpretation otherwise.
Japan can run its fleet and industries for quite a long time even without shipping a single oil point back to Onshu. Clearly, there are many many many considerations to do for not doing that, but, in case, it's completely possible with little concern. [provided you are able to ship bigger quantities than usual afterwards, of course]
I am probably a mediocre player, but if John has to say something, I am completely able to subscribe what I said in this topic and debate with him. I know that what I am saying in regards to this matter is right and I'm plentiful of Scen1 data recorded to demonstrate what I say.
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