You say: If the Axis declare war on the USSR then providing Finland has a pro-Axis leaning then it will enter the war. Alternatively, Finland will join the Axis providing it has a pro-Axis leaning and Axis forces have a unit within 1 hex of either Pskov, Ostrov, Polotsk, 4 hexes of Leningrad or 5 of Novgorod.
For me it is not clear the meaning of Alternatively: in both statements Finland has a pro-Axis leaning so, what triggers really the Fins entering the war? In my past games as soon as the war was declared by Germany past June 1941, say July or August (late Barbarossa) it will automatically declare war, seriously disrupting my original Russian setup.
So I checked the event scripts and it's exactly as Bill says:
- if the Axis DoW Russia and Finland is Axis-inclined at that time, Finland will join
- if at any time Russia is in the war (by any method, DoW or no Dow) and the Axis has troops near those cities, and Finland is Axis-inclined, Finland will also join the war
This also explains what you are seeing.
< Message edited by The Land -- 6/6/2020 11:55:17 AM >