With a new year the USSR-Japanese pact is one year older. And, as I understand it, the practical requirement to be allowed to break the pack and DOW the other is now 4:1 in garrison rating. And the area where the garrison is checked is within 3 hexes of the common border.
And I want to make sure that we agree on what is counted as common border. I marked what I think is the common border between Japan and USSR in the picture below. There are a few common border hexes outside the picture in Northern China and on the island Sakhalin as well. I marked the Soviet pact area with red, and the Japanese pact areas with black. And, as I see it, only two Soviet stacks are in the pact area, as well as two Japanese stacks (The 4 stacks are marked with arrows).
So, in my humble opinion, the Soviet garrison is currently 2, and the Japanese value is at the moment 2.5. (Hence USSR would, at the moment, need 10 to break the pact while Japan needs 8)
Are we agreed on this or did I get something wrong?
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