- May 13, 2003
Unlike MIL, GAR has a decent suppression value, and most of those VP locations also contain resources. The suppression of Revolt Risk will often provide sufficient additional resources to pay for the garrison, and significantly reduce the risk of revolt near the cities, without having to pay the expense and Leadership cost of a separate MP brigade. A 2xGAR division will defend as well as, or better than, a 3xMIL division (but is garbage on offense), and it's a rare thing to have a single Partisan division break a 2xGAR that's had sufficient time to gain a "dug in" bonus. Getting defeated and then overrun simply isn't a problem against Partisans in this scenario. Since China was annexed, not "occupied", it can't create partisan "sleeper cells" to erupt on command simultaneously, and the individual single-division revolts don't pose a threat. The few revolts in the worthless gaps between the occupied cities can be crushed at my leisure with a CAV division, without any fear of interruption of resources.I have never quite understood the point of GAR divisions. I just build a few 2 brigade CAV divisions and station them in a rather haphazard and lazy manner as an occupation force under local Theater command. For example, in an annexed China I would probably use three CAV. Nothing else. Is there something here I am missing? Let me explain my reasoning.
I find CAV more than enough to deal to partisans, their mobility and low supply draw is advantageous. In the event of an enemy invasion GAR divisions are doomed anyway, unless one sends a substantial regular infantry reinforcement. Once a GAR division is defeated in battle its over for them as their speed is so slow. They get overun and wiped. Meanwhile CAV can maintain contact yet withdraw in time to avoid overrun, sneaking in around flanks to retake provinces if the enemy begins to leave gaps.
There are several ways to deal with Revolt Risk, and each has its advantages and disadvantages, with no single clear-cut "right" answer. This is one, mobile partisan hunters are another, and stationing a single TAC in a vicinity (or a lone AC at one airfield in each area) can cover it as well.