From: Florida, USA
Every once in a while I have a fleeting thought that I would like to try playing the Japanese in this game. I see that they have 3 different types of shipyard: Naval, Merchant and Repair Shipyards. What's the difference?
It also seems that some at least of those shipyards exceed the size of the West Coast Shipyards. It seems unlikely that Japan had more ship building repairing capability than the US. In answering the first question I might get the answer to this one but what gives with that?
In simplest terms -the naval shipyards produce points that go toward building new naval ships, ie. Yamato, CV's, DD's, subs, etc. No naval shipyard points, no new naval ships arrive. Likewise, merchant shipyards produce points to build new xAK, TK, etc. And repair shipyards are used to repair heavily damaged ships and do most conversions and upgrades. Any IJN BB heavily damaged early in the game will have to return to Shanghai or the Home Islands to get fixed. They can't get up river to Saigon. Hong Kong may shorten the trip, if it's RSY is not too damaged during capture.
I can't speak to the relative shipyard sizes, Japan vs. US. It's a game and some of the sizes may be nerfed to make it playable.