- Apr 27, 2003
Semi-Lobster said:While Africa did produce rubber I am disappointed that Vietname got all the rubber production. During the French protectorate era Vietnam produced very little rubber, infact, in HoI terms, they only produced around 5 rubber. Rubber should be moved from Vietnam to Cambodia since it's inaccurate to show Vietnam as a rubber producing region, what they did have was ore, steel and an actual industrial base. The French preferred the Vietnamese over the Cambodians and Laotians. Vietnam had great infrastructure and real industry, unlike Cambodia and Laos who's only industry was rubber (so Laos and Cambodia having 1 IC is accurate)
OK, going off of memory here (and someone correct me where I err please). IIRC, the industrial base in Vietnam was mainly in the Hanoi/Haiphong area, with moderate build ups around Da Nang and Saigon. So, 2-3 in Hanoi/Haiphong, 1-2 in Da Nang and Saigon. Main resource production was Iron/Coal for Tonkin region, tin for Annam/Central Highlands, and Rice (with some rubber) in Cochin. Cambodia was the main rubber producer, especially along the Mekong river (ease of access to plantations/transport to Saigon). Laos was mainly minor tin and iron mines, though some rubber just north of Cambodia isn't unreasonable. So, as a thought, give the Tonkinese provinces Steel and coal (10-15 of each), the central Annamese province 5-10 Steel, and probably Ranch Gia and Saigon 5 rubber each. Boost the Cambodian rubber provinces with those taken away from Vietnam. Give Laos 5-10 Steel, and 2-5 rubber.