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0000 July 1st 1946.
Imperial Palace. Tokyo, Japan.

"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen. We have two months worth of reports to get through today as there was no meeting in June for operational reasons." Hideki began the meeting. "Diplomacy first please."

"Your Majesty, Gentlemen, good morning." began Mamoru. "I have an update on our puppet Nations to show what they are currently up to."​

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"Manchukuo continues to be our largest puppet in terms of production and contribution. They have a good industrial output and are providing troops to our cause fairly regularly. They are researching a new model of Infantry which will allow us to carry out our own research quicker once they provide us with the blueprints. We have no Mountain troops of our own so that topic is directed towards their own forces.

Siam has an energy shortage which we are not aiding them with as we have our own problems in that department. Mengkukuo has more production than normal because they claimed the former Mongolian territory. Both of these Countries are providing us with a limited amount of ground troops on occasion and they are researching their own Land Doctrines. Nothing more from me." Mamoru concluded.

"Industry next please."

"Your Majesty, Gentlemen, good morning. Our production is largely unchanged with just one new Naval bomber squadron added to the May list. This is to replace a lost squadron." Ginjiro began.​

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"Transport Capacity is still very much overstretched although not as badly as it has been. We do not anticipate capturing much territory with high partisan activity in the near future so it should remain fairly steady. The Soviets lack of progress in China means that we still have to control the unrest across most of that Country.

Our resource stockpiles are in fairly good condition but we are once again losing a lot of energy on a daily basis. There are very few friendly Countries that we can trade with to obtain even small amounts of this commodity. Oil is also dropping but the Imperial Japanese Navy has concluded most of its operations so should be using less of this for a while. We can obtain more from some Countries by exchanging supplies. Both Rare Materials and Metal are growing and are of no concern. We are a little short on Supplies and I am trying to increase our stockpile to allow for offensive operations which are using large quantities right now to hold the Red Army at bay.

Manpower is my biggest concern and it is dropping quicker than I would like. Should we get involved in a major battle in Asia then we could easily use up most of our reserves. The current reinforcement requirements are for five of our manpower pool, mostly for the Imperial Japanese Navy which sustained some damage in the Pacific.

Our convoy system is handling all overseas supplies with a healthy surplus and we could possibly halt production of new merchant ships soon as we may not need many more for some time. Losses have dropped to zero since our advances into the Pacific and the loss of territory in the Middle East.

Upgrades are exclusively for Interceptor squadrons at this time. We are currently researching a new model of these aircraft which will require another level of upgrade in the next few months but this last upgrade should provide us with a longer ranged and modern Interceptor that can handle enemy bombers a lot easier.

Current production includes three Destroyer Flotillas, two Light Carriers, three Convoy Transports and one Naval bomber squadron. We will need to modernise the entire Imperial Japanese Navy over the next few years but this process also requires research into more modern ship variants. I can begin production of new Aircraft Carriers as we are fairly well advanced in this area but any other ship types are too far behind modern vessels being used by our enemies. With a new model of Close Air Support aircraft almost researched I would like to upgrade these before starting on new builds."

"New Carriers can wait a couple of months, concentrate on upgrades for now." Hirohito stated.

"As you wish your Majesty. That is all from me for today." Ginjiro concluded.

"Intelligence please."

"Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen." Kuniaki began. "I have managed to add some agents overseas which has made some reports a little more accurate."​

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"Soviet industry has increased by one factory complex captured in Manchuria. They have completed three research projects over the last two months. A better Computer as well as improved versions of both Anti-Air Artillery and Anti-Tank Artillery.

Their Army is larger than the numbers shown in May but this is due to redeployments arriving in the east. The current numbers are thought to be fairly accurate and display the total Soviet ground forces all deployed. This indicates the loss of around fifty infantry divisions since they declared War. We do not think that we are facing all of the Red Army quite yet. An estimate would be somewhere between 50 and 70% of their total ground forces on our borders or close to them. The remaining troops may well be walking from the west and could take months to arrive.

Not much change to either their Airforce or Navy."​

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"The United Kingdom seems to be receiving some Rare Materials on a more regular basis from the United States which is allowing its industry to run a little better but it does still suffer shortfalls. I think they completed five new research projects but it may actually only be four depending on what Admiral Cunningham is currently researching.

Their Armed Forces show a slight increase in most areas with the only major question mark being against the supposed increase in Battleships. I do not think they built four new Battleships over the last two months and it is likely to be unchanged. Reports from the United Kingdom are still very inaccurate due to a lack of agents in that Country."​

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"United States industry is unchanged. They completed four research projects and have switched to largely Naval research. This could well be in response to our efforts against their fleets. All of their completed projects were for brigades.

They have lost a few Infantry divisions and Fighter squadrons according to the numbers. Our efforts in the Pacific could easily account for these losses. At one stage they had five Aircraft Carriers that we knew about. We sank one and my intelligence indicates they now have eight. It looks like they produced four new Carriers in June which is not a good situation given the problems we had with the four we found around the Hawaiian Islands. On a more positive note we do seem to have reduced their smaller ship numbers which includes Transport Flotillas."​

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"No new enemy spies have been destected in Japan. We have also not completed any research projects over the last two months. Close Air Support aircraft should be completed in the next week as we are using German blueprints for this project. Nothing else is likely to be finished in July. Nothing more." concluded Kuniaki.

"On to a Military briefing then. You Gentlemen have been busy."

"A little yes Prime Minister. Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen." Tanigawa began. "All of our planned operations have concluded successfully. Operation Mystery was the last to be completed as it required the ending of Operation Obsolete to supply the forces required. Hawaii was its objective and we now hold all of that island chain. We have no plans to further our holdings in the Pacific especially now that we know the Americans have more Carriers. A large part of the Imperial Japanese Navy got damaged during operations and we do not wish to engage new enemy fleets unless we have to for the time being.

We continue to hold the Red Army very well in most areas. They are making small gains but in the main we are containing their aggression by using repeated attacks against their forces as they try to muster across the various Fronts. The forces in north western China in particular are not being pressed as hard as thought. A large part of the enemy force that was on this border when War broke out seem to have left for other areas. We have killed quite a few divisions but not enough to account for the numbers currently facing us. I will hand you over to Minster Satoru for a more detailed briefing." Tanigawa concluded.

"Thank you Minster Tanigawa. Good morning your majesty, Gentlemen. I will begin with our current position and thinking for Asia." Satoru began.​

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"This map shows the current Front against the Soviet Union. It has not changed much at all since April. Small gains for them in north west China and Manchuria with mengkokuo gaining Mongolia in the center. I will break the Front down a little to show more detail."​

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"India has seen an awakening of the British forces in the west. They are slowly advancing on Karachi under constant bombing from our Tactical bombers. We do not anticipate any real problems in this area and the enemy forces are very likely to be totally destroyed before they can advance passed Karachi. We have eight Tactical bomber squadrons operating from Ahmadabhad."​

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"Sinkiang in north west China is holding up pretty well although I think our forces are still badly outnumbered. Our troop strength is shown as is what we know of the enemy strength. Our main holding point is Urumqi where we have been using the fourteen divisions there to force any enemy troops to retreat that we can. A large force is now occupying Altay to the north of Urumqi which prevents us from attacking there. Should we try to attack elsewhere this force could also counter attack us so we are at a stalemate for now. Our eight Close Air Support squadrons continue to kill enemy formations as and when they can.

We intend to continue to force the enemy back whenever possible particularly in Khobdo in former Mongolia which is the province next to Mengkokuo territory on this map. Should they gain a strong foothold in this province then they could easily overwhelm our light forces to the south and east which would in turn force us to abandon Urumqi to prevent it being isloated. The enemy has made absolutely no attempt to attack in the south and advance into northern India."​
 

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"The center largely covers former Mongolia. The Soviets continue to try and advance into Ulan Bator and we make them retreat every time to delay their advance. Attacks over the Soviet border have been stopped as a much larger enemy force arrived which prevents us from attacking. Our very large force in the east of this area is in open territory which makes it slightly more vunerable but we do not expect any major attack against it yet as the enemy does not have sufficient forces available. There has been some evidence that this area is being heavily reinforced over time but our counter attacks have greatly delayed their build up. We will continue to try and hold our current positions for the time being."​

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"Manchuria is the hardest pressed area by far right now. The Soviet build up in tihs region has been most impressive but they are still trying to position themselves as far as we can tell. Several attacks have been directed towards Harbin in the center and all have been repulsed. The enemy attacks have been contained with more ease as time progresses due to added defensive troops and a much better part of that force being heavily entrenched. I still think it is just a matter of time before the Red Army uses overwhelming force in this area and we will be forced to withdraw a little. Harbin remains the linch pin in our defences and as long as it holds we are unlikely to be moved backwards.

We have eight Tactical bombers and eight Interceptor squadrons operating in this region at this time. Eight further Close Air Support squadrons are recovering south of Mengkokuo after flying back from the Pacific. We will allow them to rest and possibly upgrade before they are committed. Soviet forces are still out of range for these aircraft in almost all areas. An unknown enemy force recently arrived in Hailar province and we have not been able to ascertain its size as of yet.

We have yet to see most of the Soviet armoured forces with only sporadic sightings along the Fronts. Once they actually have the majority of their Army in position things will become a lot more tricky for us. At the current rate of deployment it may well not be until next spring that we see the full force of the Red Army. Moving on to the Pacific."​

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"In the extreme north we have American territory and the only port and airbase facilities that they control in the Pacific. Attu and Umnak Islands are their only two bases in the entire region. Wake and Midway Islands are shown as a reference point and also to point out that we captured Midway during Operation Mystery. We might try and take Attu Island again at some point but with the current state of the Imperial Japanese Navy and its need to protect Hawaii this may be delayed for some time."​

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"Moving on to the eastern Pacific. As you can see we now control the Hawaiian Islands but most of the small island chains to the south are still American owned. None of these islands contains any substantial enemy forces and we may leave a Transport fleet in the eastern Pacific to slowly take some of these islands. None of them have any type of port or airbase facility and are of little consequence as a result. Some of these islands are of some strategic value and the United States may wish to keep a hold of them. The numbers in brackets denote our current defensive forces on those island chains.

All four of our Heavy Cruiser Divisions are patrolling their designated areas and are meeting few enemy vessels at all which tends to suggest a lack of such ships being in the area.

The current philosophy for the Pacific is to wait and see how the enemy responds to the loss of Hawaii while we repair our ships. The thinking behind Operation Mystery was to target the enemies forces towards Hawaii so that they ignore the remainder of the Pacific. Should this prove to be the case then we would be able to reduce the island garrisons we currently have and use those troops in Asia against the Soviets. We will wait for a month to see what occurs before moving most of these troops but some can be moved now as their islands are not threatened."​

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"The Central Pacific shows out domination of the area that was contested heavily back in 1944. We can probably remove the garrisons from the Bonin Islands and Taiwan with little risk immediately. Indonesia also seems fairly safe for the time being but we shall await developments before stripping the Marianas or Carolines or anything further east. Australia will retain its nine division garrison to control partisans on the island. The Philippines only has two Headquarters divisions defending it and they may well be moved to Japan and disbanded as we could need the manpower.

Two of the three Transport fleets will move back to Japan and pick up the troops mentioned on the way back. One fleet will stay in the Pacific as a reaction force for enemy invasions or to allow us to capture some more islands in the south and east."​

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"Nothing has changed in the Indian Ocean where our Submarines remain on picket duty. The Americans have tried several invasions towards Colombo all of which have been easily repulsed by the small defending garrison. Colombo is about as impervious to amphibious attack as it is possible to make an island. The Submarines patrolling off the coast are harrassing the enemy Transport fleet as well but have been unable to sink any ships. Our various enemies have shown no other inclination to advance into this area but we shall remain vigilent."​

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"The Hawaiian Islands need a little more in depth mention. When we detailed the forces required for Operation Mystery we included the ground force strength we wished to provide a defence for the islands. We asked for eleven divisions as a garrison force and used that force to capture the islands. There is no plan to further strengthen this force which will have three divisions guarding Pearl Harbour and two divisions apiece protecting the remaining islands including the two Marine divisions. Eleven divisions should be adequate to prevent an enemy invasion for some time.

BB Division 1 is currently in Maui and will remain there where it can sail at a moments notice to aid any invasion on the eastern most islands. This Battlefleet is undamaged.

Carrier Groups C and D are in Pearl Harbour and contain six active Carriers. They will provide the same protection for the western islands. BB Division 2 is also in Pearl Harbour but most of its ships are damaged and are undergoing repairs. We also have one badly damaged Carrier in this port."​

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"We had hoped to utilise our Naval bombers from Pearl Harbour as an advance sighting force but enemy air activity has put this area off limits until our Interceptors upgrade. Our Naval bombers have moved to the Fiji Islands where they have two targets to keep them busy. Arorae is the northern target and is thought to contain enemy Transport fleets forced to withdraw by CA Division 4. There were enemy infantry forces also on this island which seem to have been moved, probably during the attempt to defend the Hawaiian Islands. The second target is Samoa where we know there are still several Submarine Divisions undergoing repairs. That concudes my report so I will hand you over to Minister Osami for a Naval report." concluded Satoru.

"Thank you. Good morning your Majesty, Gentlemen." Osami began. "The last two months have seen a lot of Naval action as has already been mentioned. I will cover losses and the current state of the Imperial Japanese Navy."​

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"Losses over the last two months have been relatively mild due in part to a lack of targets for our fleet. We did lose one Aircraft Carrier.

Japanese Losses

1 x Aircraft Carrier - IJN Unryu.

Canadian Losses

1 x Transport Flotilla.

British Losses

2 x Transport Flotillas.

Soviet Losses

3 x Submarine Flotillas.

American Losses

1 x Aircraft Carrier.
2 x Heavy Cruisers.
2 x Light Cruisers.
2 x Submarine Divisions.
5 x Destroyer Divisions.
13 x Transport Divisions.

Thirty two ships or flotillas in all more than half of which were American. A significant number of Transport fleets were sunk which is keeping the enemy numbers of such ships to a minimum and stopping them launching any major amphibious assault. They also are struggling to reinforce any area of conflict although they did fairly well in and around Hawaii."​

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"The Imperial Japanese Navy suffered a fairly large amount of damage during Operation Mystery but only lost one vessel. Several are badly damaged and will need months of repair including one Carrier, three Battleships and one Battlecruiser. Until these are repaired we are down to one offensive gun fleet which limits our options as far as night fighting are concerned. IJN Katsuragi, which is the most badly damaged ship, will take almost six months to repair. Due to the repair times of the major ships we might bring them back to Japan to conduct their refurbishment which would keep them safe from enemy port strikes. Nothing more from me or the Armed Forces." concluded Osami.

"Very good Gentlemen. Now all you have to do is stop nearly six hundred Soviet divisions and keep the United States Pacific fleet down to managable proportions." stated Hirohito as he stood and left the meeting.​
 

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"Thirty two ships or flotillas in all more than half of which were American. A significant number of Transport fleets were sunk which is keeping the enemy numbers of such ships to a minimum and stopping them launching any major amphibious assault. They also are struggling to reinforce any area of conflict although they did fairly well in and around Hawaii."

The AI always keeps a transport or two up its silicone sleeve

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Now all you have to do is stop nearly six hundred Soviet divisions and keep the United States Pacific fleet down to managable proportions.

Ever the pragmatist, this Hirohito.

Congratulations on successfully completing Operation Mystery. I'm glad that I can now keep my head. With it, I look so much better on photos. :)

Also congratulations on destroying 50 Soviet divisions. 25 per month is not bad for a start, though it might need to improve in the long run.

Why are you wasting 8 IC. And on production and upgrades, of all things possible. Are you loosing IC due to bombing so that you need to keep a buffer? If not, you schuld talk to Ginjiro and explain to him how to properly allocate your resources.
 

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Nice monthly update. :p

Keep it up Rembles. :cool:
 

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So, perhaps pick off a few of those islands as and when.
 

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Since Spain won, putting me in a good mood, here you go:

GREAT JOB REMBLE!!
 

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Since Spain won, putting me in a good mood, here you go:

GREAT JOB REMBLE!!

Spain won what? :confused:

By the way, Remble, what's Japan's official status with Portugal?
 

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Nathan Madien said:
Spain won what? :confused:

By the way, Remble, what's Japan's official status with Portugal?
The soccer.. And here I was hoping that Germany would blitzkreig their face...
 

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Nathan Madien said:
Spain won what? :confused:

By the way, Remble, what's Japan's official status with Portugal?

For those of us fuming at the loss, a little revenge on their Iberian brothers might not be out of order...but to my mind they are at peace - there was never an official declaration of war here or IRL (if I recall), but the Portuguese holdings in Osttimor were 'invaded' by the Dutch and Australians as a preventative measure in 1941, then the Japanese invaded.

As of this scenario it is represented as having been 'liberated' and returned to Portugal so remains an irksome green dot in an otherwise yellow sea.
 

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We will need to modernise the entire Imperial Japanese Navy over the next few years but this process also requires research into more modern ship variants. I can begin production of new Aircraft Carriers as we are fairly well advanced in this area but any other ship types are too far behind modern vessels being used by our enemies. With a new model of Close Air Support aircraft almost researched I would like to upgrade these before starting on new builds."
I would strongly recommend that you don't waste research on naval units. Naval units is the area that least benefits from technological progress (well OK, it is so bad they negative improvement). The focus should be excellent air tech, good land tech, good doctrines all round and last (and least) naval tech. I would strongly recommend a little expansion using older models rather than waiting for new technology.

Another issue is the HQs. I have recently looked at the value of HQs and worked out that their supply effect and boost to combat events amounts to 5-10% improvement in combat effectiveness of forces within their command zone. This would indicate that the manpower in your HQs is far more effective providing the HQ boost than being dissolved and incorporated elsewhere. Comabt events are a much neglected area of the game which starts to become quite significant with late game doctrines.
 

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Just catch up :p This is an epic AAR my friend. Keep up the good work.
 

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Kanitatlan said:
This would indicate that the manpower in your HQs is far more effective providing the HQ boost than being dissolved and incorporated elsewhere.

Although I never did any maths about this I would have said the same. Especially with an overall low combat effectiveness the ESE-bonus of an HQ is valuable. I mean: 120% or 125% doesn't matter, but 50% instead of 45% is a very helpful bonus.


Good luck in the Pacific, hopefully the USN doesn't make a big move, with so few IJN-ships undamaged it could hurt a bit. And as always: Have fun with the Reds :)