China proper - 9 Armies, 3 Corps.
Manchuria and Korea: 3 Armies, 4 Corps
Forces at home/sea: 1 Army, 2 Corps, 1 Special Forces.
In total: 13 Armies, 9 Corps, Special Forces.
Additionally, 3 Carriers (6 strikes), One Medium and Tactical Bomber, one Fighter.
8 Armies, 15 corps. One Fighter.
At first glance, it's even 23 land units vs other 23. But if you look at composition, it's a disaster - Japan has 4 more armies and SF unit. What is more, JP has 2 offensive planes, especially effective against CHN corps.
After thinking about this some more, I am beginning to think the real issue isn't that Japan has too many land units relative to China; the issue is rather that this theater as a whole has too many units relative to the European theater.
I am not sure why this decision was made, but the numbers are way, way off in historic terms. For instance, in 1939 Japan had fewer than half the divisions than either Germany or France had. In fact, the number of Japanese divisions, if I recall correctly, was comparable to that of Italy. Yet, here Japan has more armies than Germany and France combined - not to mention more than quadruple that of Italy! Likewise, the number of Chinese Nationalist units have been correspondingly inflated beyond its historic accuracy in order to balance the Japanese inflation. It's a true mess.
The only rationale I can imagine for the current state of affairs is that more units were needed in the Chinese theater, because the Chinese theater is so big - with only two participants. In this vein, Japan having 3 armies and 5 Corps - like Italy - for instance, would have likely meant that the Chinese theater would see no movement, as there are not enough troops to concentrate at all - much less in multiple salients the way you can do so now.
Being a history freak, I would like to see this addressed, but frankly the adjustment needed would be so massive as to be too much work at this stage. If you scale the number of units down in the Chinese theater to the same proportion as in the European theater, then the game would not be playable in the Chinese theater. So you would likely need to also increase the number of units in the European theater to ensure that you do not have to scale down the Chinese theater to an unplayable state. And it will be obviously a pain in the arse to balance all this.
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