From: Stillwater, OK, United States
My original plan was not to include them, based on 1) lack of ships, and 2) I had used all the ship device slots. After some rediting, and cleaning, there are enough device slots to add in a small French contingent. I am against this for 3 reasons.
1)It would set me back 1 or 2 weeks to collect resources, add the ships, do the graphics, and then put them in all 5 scenarios/campaigns.
2)The US Asiatic Fleet/China station is fairly big, consisting of about a dozen subs, a good number of destroyers, a couple of armoured and protected cruisers, and a number of gunboats. They should handle all of FIC's garrison requirements.
3)With the Royal Navy in the game, Japan is going to have a tough enough time attempting to win. I really do not want to unbalance things further.
That said, I am already planning after WPO's release to add in the French Navy, but right now its something I want to skip (as it was not in the original design) to try and get WPO to you guys as soon as is feasable.
Designer of War Plan Orange
Allied Naval OOBer of Admiral's Edition
Naval Team Lead for War in the Med
Author of Million-Dollar Barrage: American Field Artillery in the Great War coming soon from OU Press.