- Aug 11, 2010
Hello and welcome to my Japanese AAR utilizing the Historical Plausibility Project Mod starting in the January 1936 scenario! This is only my second true HPP play-through and my first as Japan, so I expect to learn a thing or two. I also known little to nothing about naval warfare in this game, so I hope to become an "expert" at managing the IJN by the time this AAR is wrapped up.
My ultimate goal is to gain dominance over most (if not all) of Asia. Whether this be by outward control or puppet governments, I hope to extend Japanese control from India to China to Southeast Asia and beyond. Preferably, I'd like to extend Japan's sphere of influence into Oceania, as well, and perhaps even to Australia or New Zealand if I am feeling ambitious. Of course, all of this will start off with a bloody war against the most populous nation on Earth (China).
I hope to have fun with this. I have never really played a full game with Japan before, so this should be interesting. I get some action right off the bat against China and pretty much can pick and choose what conflicts I want to get myself involved in. I can attack the Allies and attempt to seize their colonial possessions. I can escalate the border incidents with the USSR in 1939 and precipitate a full-scale war against the Bear. I can antagonize the USA just as in real life. I can join the Axis Powers. I can join the Allied Powers. Or, if I so choose, I can stay neutral! I can even just sit back and have peace reign in our time and not attack anyone as Japan.
Essentially, I have a lot of options!
I will run this concurrently with my Italian AAR, which is also run using the Historical Plausibility Project. I really am loving this mod as it gives the game a much more sandbox feel, which I like. While I don't want complete wildness to reign supreme, I also prefer that things do not go exactly historically, so I really love this mod as it provides a great balance between historical and sandbox modes of gameplay.
I am starting this game in January 1936 and Japan is currently a neutral nation that leans slightly towards the Axis. I am going to plan on Normal Difficulty and we shall see how it goes. Will the "Rising Sun" from the Oriental East grow into one of the great powers of the Earth or will the Empire crash and burn much like in real life? Tune in (or read on?) to find out!
Thank you for following along and enjoy!