From: Republic of Cascadia
It will currently move the US 3-5% away from the Entente.
I quite like the idea of a second capital as I think that will reduce the great incentive for the sudden strike? Not to say it won't still be useful, but rather than it being game over for Bulgaria is Sofia is taken, it could make for a new and interesting area for everyone to fight over?
OK, so you have got that idea covered. Is 3-5% enough, do you think? A second capital sounds like a good idea too. Plovdiv or Varna? I think I would prefer Varna.
Yes..Varna would probably serve well. It won't stop some of us, ahem, 'aggressive' Entente players from striking Bulgaria in a preemptive attack, because it could give us wiggle room in defense of Serbia and further isolate the Ottomans for example. But, it would give the Central Powers player a chance to defend themselves.
An alternative option would be to just have a corp repositioned in to Sofia. Looking at Dazo's Bulgarian OOB chart shows the largest Bulgarian Army Group positioned to strike Nish, which currently is just an open road straight to Sofia. (This is the main avenue to pull off The Bulgarian Gambit.) Also, this repositioned corp probably should be entrenched or have adequate ground cover. Edit: I'm starting to lean slightly to this option but would like to hear from others about these ideas.
Anyway, I personally believe Bulgaria has just as much 'back bone' as Serbia or Romania, who have the chance to have their seat of government moved. Bulgaria won't be in a better position if this is implemented, for they will be even more cut off from Austria-Hungary and Germany, but at least, they can have a fallback position..and hope that they're stronger allies will rescue them.
After thinking about this more and doing some research, I'm leaning more and more that adding a second capital for Bulgaria would NOT be such a good idea for the following reasons.
Bulgaria finally surrendered in 1918 because the Entente finally broke through the Salonika Front..leaving Sofia open. In game terms, this would probably result in the occupation of the city by an Entente unit, and Bulgaria would surrender as is the norm. If the second capital 'fix' was implemented, then the Entente would have to continue on, probably to Varna or what ever location was chosen. This would be way ahistorical.
The whole problem with the Bulgarian Gambit is the early surprise attack by a war declaration and invasion from Nish and vicinity. There is only a detachment there, and even with the new patch of giving it improved ground cover...that really isn't enough to stop a one turn take down. According to Dazo's post with the OOB of Bulgaria, a large percentage of Bulgaria's forces were arrayed in and just west of Sofia facing Nish. The rest of the forces that deploy in Bulgaria upon war entry are correct, but some kind of repositioning of the current forces in the west side of the country could be changed somewhat...perhaps the corp nearby being in Sofia, and the detachment shifted west.
This is just an idea of course...but it probably needs a little more tweaking to make it harder for the Entente to alpha strike Bulgaria.
< Message edited by OldCrowBalthazor -- 12/22/2020 9:54:46 AM >