The Ultimate Naval War AAR will be a game intended to experiment with creating a truly colossal war at sea. The AAR will be a largely AI-run one. I will be regularly tagging between countries and I will remove the fog of war so as to observe all action. I will be changing construction and research plans of various countries to make them more naval-oriented and having several nations align to factions earlier than normal. In some nations, I will use noneutrality to allow for greater IC usage. I will also alter war goals as I see fit. Otherwise, the AI will run all combat and I will simply be observing to see how it turns out.
Countries I plan on further navalizing than normal are as follows:
Germany, UK, France, USA, Soviet Union, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Siam, Nationalist China, Cuba, and Poland.
Some general ideas on various countries:
Germany: Something along the lines of the Z Plan. Full blue water navy of carriers, capital ships, and submarines. One SHBB as Hitler's ego-boat. Nice big force of naval bombers.
UK: Historical naval buildup plus cancelled designs like the Lion-class BBs and the Audacious and Malta-class CVs.
France: The battleships and battlecruisers of real life, plus new carriers Joffre and Painleve.
USA: Already builds a monstrously large carrier fleet as an AI; will ensure the addition of the full lineup of post-treaty battleships, the Alaska-class BCs, and the cancelled last two Iowas and the Montana-class SHBBs.
Soviet Union: New CAs, BCs, and BBs. Some CVLs and perhaps one or two CV.
Italy: Big lineup of BBs (beyond real life), a few BCs, a few carriers.
Japan: Big lineup of CVs, three SHBBs (Shinano included), a few new BBs and BCs.
Netherlands: An obsolete BB (for practical), a newer BC, and a CVL if I can squeeze it in.
Sweden: A newer BC, some new German-licensed escorts. A CVL if I can manage it.
Brazil: A new BC or two, plus escorts. Maybe a CVL.
Argentina: Another BB, a few Italian/German CLs, maybe a CVL.
Chile: A new CA, maybe a CVL (every minor deserves a CVL )
Australia: A BC. That'll be fun. And a CVL.
Canada: Cruisers and a CVL.
Mexico: License some DDs and a couple CLs, maybe one or two CAs.
Ireland: License some DDs and a CL or two. Hope they only run into U-boats.
Portugal: A CA and a couple new escorts.
Spain: Newer CA or two, a CVL
Greece: A battleship. Why the hell not?
Turkey: A second BC would be cool.
Siam: Maybe a CA.
Nationalist China: A few DDs and CLs, maybe a couple CAs (scrap iron all of it, but helps balance the IC hit Japan's taking on more ships)
Cuba: A couple licensed DDs, maybe a CL
Poland: A few licensed DDs, and a couple CAs (if they can be squeezed out in time)
I expect a lot of these fleets will be little more than fodder for the top-tier navies. I also have more than a sneaking suspicion the Allies win this. Nonetheless, I expect this to be awesome, and for there to be a few surprises along the way. If you've noticed, the USA and the UK will not be getting as proportionately huge a boost in naval expansion as the Axis countries, but this is just because they already have such a huge lead and I'd like the war to be a bit closer than usual. I think this is a great setup because normally Germany, Italy, and the Soviets screw themselves on land when they try to really build up their navies, but since everyone will be taking the IC hit to their ground forces, I am hoping things will stay more or less as they should on land.