Just to add some clarifications here, the way the game is designed is to take into account player actions as well as balance that within the overall historical context.
With this in mind, if we were to always have the US join the Allies on or near December 7th due to the historical attack on Pearl Harbor, it would:
A) be a-historical as Bill mentioned since Germany declared war on the US.
B) potentially disregard any player actions, outcomes, surrenders, declarations of war, liberations, diplomacy, aggressions and so on up until that point.
C) potentially lead to numerous complaints mainly because of A) and B) above.
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For A), the German player can still honour the Tripartite Pact and declare war on the US, this hasn't changed, and we leave it up to the German player to decide to do so. If they do not, we do take this into account in game as US mobilization will continue to rise and even more so starting in 1942 and eventually the US will join the war on its own. Under typical historical game play this usually leads to the US joining in late December 1941, or early 1942 such as January. There is some variability here but it typically falls within that range under normal game circumstances.
For B), if the Axis have played less aggressively, for example declared war on fewer countries, have made less of an advance on the various fronts, then US interest in the war is reflected in this and it can push back or delay US entry accordingly. But again, this is not indefinite and eventually the US will still enter the war. Long answer short here is that the game tries to take these divergences from history into account as is applicable.
As mentioned above, if an Axis player was interested in trying out a strategy of less aggression and playing differently than what happened historically, we try to have the game recognize this, and if the game always has the US enter the war on December 11th, then there is essentially no point in ever playing any differently, or ever considering alternative facts on the ground from a particular game. For example, and in the opposite direction, an Axis Sealion may have the US enter the war earlier than the historical date, which would also be potentially lost if we just have the US always enter against Germany on December 11th.
In agreement with Bill, I too would ask if this is what players really want?
< Message edited by Hubert Cater -- 5/19/2020 6:33:53 PM >