I’m just about to wind down a week-long game as the Soviet Union. The war had an odd start in 1939 as Poland decided to create her own faction. This meant that they couldn’t be protected by the Allies, so Poland and her pal Romania fell pretty swiftly to Germany. After Poland’s fall, Hitler violated the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, giving me a justification for war. I was able to jump in and catch Germany off guard, but it still took me quite a while to finish European Germany. France and the UK joined in late, allowing me to grab just about everything east of France with the exception of the Baltics and Scandinavia.
Meanwhile, Japan declared war on me, which, for some reason (troops helping Japan in the Far East?), gave Germany a large base in China. The campaign against Japan turned into a real slog, but maybe I’m just not grasping the intricacies of how the mass assault doctrine works. My boys were just dreadful against every other army but my weight in numbers started to push them back. Well, I suppose that’s the point of the mass assault doctrine – allowing for large armies to push forward while ignoring some of the normal frontage and supply limitations. The terrain did not help but I did manage to have air superiority. UK and France eventually helped and I managed a daring para-drop into northern Japan, allowing me to quickly seize a port and funnel in reinforcements. We wrapped up the war against Fascism in 1945 and I managed to puppet most of the world, including Germany, Eastern Europe, Korea and Japan.
The world plunged into a tense cold war with the USA justifying against Socialist Japan but never triggering war. Communist China did go to war against China, which was in her own faction. Mao joined my faction and away I went to a war with China. By autumn 1947, I had most of northern China under the control of Communist China but the Chinese nationalists were able to take the communist capital. Communist China capitulated, leaving all of my 100+ divisions in the middle of China with no link to supplies. That’s when I decided to call it quits… after all, I got a few achievements out of this playthorugh and performance was a bit slow by now. I wish that control reverted to me instead of defaulting to Nationalist China once the communists bowed out – this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
A fun and rewarding experience, but still some systems and bugs to iron out. I kept getting a popup about UK interference in the Balkans at the start of every game, and Germany decided to declare war against the western countries even though they were on the ropes in a war against me; questionable logic by the AI.