Long time fan of TL-191 series here, very looking forward to this mod.
I am also curious about several aspects:
1. In the original book, the trench warfare mainly happened in the Kentucky Front (stable) and Virginia-Maryland-Pennsylvania Front (lots of back and forth), and I wonder how their scale will correspond to the in-game hex numbers. Currently the in-game Western Front trenches are about 20 hexes long (as in the 1917 campaign).
It’s about 30 hexes from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi.
2. USA and CSA had lots of "naval" fights on the Mississippi. How will this part of the naval campaign represented in the map? Turn the Mississippi into sea hexes with the same width as the Red Sea?
I considered this but in the end concluded that it would look bad and that the monitor combat is not something that the game can model well anyway. I’ll probably include some colour events about it though.
3. I love your idea that the wartime economics of CSA and Canada will based on significant foreign trade. However in the original books Turtledove overlooked the convoy and commerce raiding part of the war.
It’s briefly mentioned by other characters, though the Roger Kimball submariner character (and to a lesser extent George Enos destroyer man character) centres around it. In game terms, though, it has to be in-game otherwise you wouldn’t really care about the naval war.
In the books, the CSA only had a small navy which focus on coastal defense and commercial raid, mainly composed of cruisers and submarines. If the Royal Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy did not get the main USA naval vessels into large scale battles, the much larger USA Navy can easily annihilate the CSA fleet. How will this balance of the fleets represented in a North America only map, not resulted in the USA Navy destroy the CSA Navy and raiding all the CSA convoy lines at ease?
I basically consider the CSA to be a more technologically advanced version (in military/naval terms) of France. The CSN will therefore consist of about the same size of force as the French navy in the base game, but with more subs and dreadnoughts instead of pre-dreadnoughts. The main threat to the USN, though, will come from the Royal Navy.
Mexico will also have a small navy (a pre-dreadnought and a cruiser squadron at most) built with CSA support similar to that which the Ottomans built with German support.
As for Canada, IRL, the main port for British sending supply into Canada is Halifax. In both War Plan Red and Defence Scheme No. 1, both American and Canadian war planners had considering the control of Halifax a crucial part of the war, as if Canada lost her Atlantic ports, her economic strength of continuing an all-out war with USA would be fatally reduced.
However, Turtledove wrote that the USA took the Maritime Provinces at the beginning of the war, and reach to the south bank of St. Lawrence River before 1915. The Canada in his works continued to fight till 1917 even without sufficient British supply, but I doubt that this scenario will happen in the game (unless turn Canada into a MPP powerhouse). How will you address the importance and defense of Maritime Provinces in the mod?
New Brunswick and Quebec south of the St. Lawrence should fall quickly. From memory the books do discuss Nova Scotia as still being partly Canadian-held a bit later (1915?) so it should be possible to hold up the US on the Isthmus of Chignecto (eg Amherst may be a fortress). PEI will not be that important but may require a naval invasion to take.
Ultimately, though, the St. Lawrence line, which will be impassable along most of its length (by making it sea hex if there is no other way) will be the key position for Canada east of the Great Lakes, and Quebec City will be main trading port.
One thing I hope to do extensively in this mod is to provide substantial numbers of Canadian militia/ CSA state militia whenever the USA penetrates into a new area. Anyone playing as the USA should never feel that they’ve won simply because they’ve moved the front forward a bit, and the war should definitely carry on longer than 1916 in any event.
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