Playing the USSR in 1936 scenario. Got to the "Great Purge" and since I'm trying to play mostly historical I let it happen. There is a long list of "Soviet Union gears up for war" events shown when hovering over the choice to allow the purge which are, I assume, supposed to make up for the loss of ground unit organization.
Sept 4, 1939 "The Soviet Union gears up for war!" event happens with +5 organization bringing it to a miserable 28.
Not sure of date - I never declared war on Poland, but got the territory. Something about Hitler deciding somthing or other, maybe "Only Poland" or some such.
Sept 25, 1939 another "The Soviet Union gears up for war!" awarding +5 organization - but the organization DROPS by 5 back to 23. Also an ominous note about "Soviet Union gears up for war doesn't happen" which I assume to be one or perhaps the whole chain of remainin events that should increase ground unit organization.
No events related to Finland, so Feb/March 1940 timeframe I declare war on Finland, make short work of them, refuse their offer of peace and puppet the country to make it an ally.
No events to change the borders with Romania or the Baltic States occur and USSR has not attacked any of them. I seem to remember from a previous game there were something like "border adjustment" events.
My spies say Italy has 131 Infantry divisions 9 battleships and 110 smaller ships - sounds like alot of army and navy for Italy. The Red Army consists of 214 divisions of which 162 are Infantry (all at least 1936 model) and maybe half are brigaded with ENG, AT or ART.
It's now 17 DEC 1941 and Germany has not attacked the USSR, Japan has not attacked USA. Large stacks (looks like 15-17 divisions) of Ger/Rom/Hun/Bulgarian units are standing along the German-Soviet border in what used to be Poland (5 provinces) and there are 11 Hungarian divisions in its single border province with the USSR. Each Soviet border provence has a 3 division Corps, then another layer of provinces with 3+ divisions each. Along the Romania-Sovet border there are only 2-3 Romanian divisions in each border province. Up in the Fin-Norwegian border there is one province with 2-3 German divisions, one with none, and the Soviet/Finns have 3-4 divisions in each border province. After getting land doctrine and using the 1940 political table move toward standing army Soviet grund unit organization is at 29. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. What can I do about this??
Elsewhere the Italians have taken Egypt, Syria took and then lost Jordan and the Sinai, Brits now hold the province of Suez and Italy holds the western side of the canal. Italy took much of Africa but is being pushed back north and the Brits have taken most of Libya.
Japan has taken Fr Indo-Chian and is at war wih Nationalist China.
Axis has took Yugo and Greece in 1941. France, Low Counties, Denmark and Norway fell to Germany in 1940.
What I consider "issues"
- size of Italian army and navy
- lack of German attack on USSR in 1941
- lack of Japanese attack on USA (so far)
- Soviet Union ground unit organization at 29 - I wouldn't have allowed the purge had I known this
Are these situations out of the normal? Suggestions?
Did I need to declare war on Poland? Baltic states?
Should I have accepted Fin peace offer? (Part of my long range war plan was to somehow not have them threatening Karelia and Murmansk, either by puppeting or not fighting the Winter War.)