From: OH, USA
Yap, Palau, Naha, and Formosa are ungarrisoned for island raiding duty. The Marshalls unfortunate need to contribute to blockades with their transports. Remember, 5 ships per blockade.
1. Tough choices here. Ponape garrison can no longer reach Lae for a cheap landing, so an SNLF has to manage it. 5 ships barely reach Moresby to blockade. Alternatively, you could let Moresby sit supplied, land a small force at Lae turn 2, then land with an army turn 3. I decide to be proactive here and let 12th army (from Formosa) land on turn 2. Unfortunately, the 2 strength landing in Bougainville means that Tenshin paras sit in Japan freezing next turn and won't be able to drop for at least 4-5 more turns, with naval supply.
2. I think Wake could've been taken, but the transport went to blockade Fiji. It and Midway are RSVPd for next turn, while Canton island (in range of USN) is taken.
3. Here is the major difference from vanilla. Noumea can't be fully blockaded without sacrificing something else (to see whether this matter; Canberra can offer naval bombardment support, for example). I took Fiji as a major goal, although I could have picked the two minor islands. I think this isolates the airgroup, but not sure.
Overall, a much weaker turn 1, and with the transport nerfs, India isn't under major threat (Burma to be shown next turn).
< Message edited by eskuche -- 7/23/2021 10:08:31 PM >