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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:43 AM

In the tight confines of the Med, my subs have less luck than average:
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There's at least three major fleets currently swishing about in this sea, one French, one British and one American.  My subs cleverly bumped into two of them.  Slightly overconfident.

Even out in the Atlantic, my subs aren't safe:
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The Canadians may not be able to summon dozens of aircraft carriers, but what they do have is lots of small ASW groups, which have the North Atlantic tied up tight.  Even my nuke subs are taking a beating.  I added another four production runs of nuke subs, given the startling casualty rate.

First instance of carrier versus carrier:
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Note the nav bombers weighing in.  I'm actually quite pleased with that result, four carriers and two flotillas of destroyers for no losses (though three carriers and various screens were seriously damaged).  That's exactly the sort of action I need to win in the naval sphere.  Mind you, that's usually what happens when an 18-ship/flotilla fleet meets a 7-ship/flotilla fleet, nav bomber support or not.

Ooooh, nasty:
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My 18-strong Med fleet bumped a 30-strong Yank fleet, and this is the nasty result.  Yes, I sank seven American carriers, and other ships besides, but I lost three of my carriers, and with the Suez blocked, I can't send replacements.  More to the point, the Yanks can afford to lose seven carriers, I can't afford to lose three.  A few more victories like that and I'll have to get out of the pool altogether.

The British, squashed out of Hong Kong, launch an assault on Asia:
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This was stopped and thrown back into the sea in short order, but still.  Thank God for the Siamese.  If that had been in strength, I would have been in trouble, as my transport fleets are either trapped in the Middle East, or busy shipping my troops out to assault American islands.  I also made a MASSIVE cock-up of my first amphibious assault, sweeping the route once with a carrier fleet and then moving on, only for a sneaky Yankee fleet to send a pair of transports (and the inf divs on them, experienced veterans) to the bottom.  By the time my carriers returned, the Yanks had fled the scene and my TPs had to skulk back to Japan to lick their wounds.  This happened again with another fleet of TPs, and I lost another two, and the divs on them.  I was absolutely furious with myself and genuinely considered reloading.  True, it was only four TPs and four inf divs, but it was such a schoolboy error.

France take Potsdam from me:
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Enjoy!  I've instituted a bit of back-and-forth here, letting them take Potsdam, and then counter-attacking from Straslund, Berlin, and Cottbus.  Never going so far as to take Potsdam back, though, meaning they keep pushing into it and I keep knocking them back.

Things are getting desperate in the ME:
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I dismissed the smaller Arab nations, which was a bit of a mistake.  Their forces may be small and provincial, but they still exist, and they're causing me trouble.  I've got Iraq locked down, thanks once again to my paras, and 'stan forces, but the Brits are coming out of Kuwait City, and the Yemenis and Omanis are prodding away at me too.  If the Empty Quarter wasn't there, they'd have Saudi captured already.  I only have one inf div at Medina, which, as high tech and hardcore as it is, won't be able to hold.  I need Medina, as I've got a carrier fleet sailing out of there, blocking the Red Sea just as effectively as the Brits have blocked the Suez.

I need to get some inf divs in there, and it just so happens I have some spare, in Japan.  But, the TPs I have spare are in Bandar Abbas, my Persian port.  The chances of them making it from the ME to Japan are fairly small, I would say.  I can't spare a fleet to escort them, either.

My battleship fleets, guarding the Chinese coast, are doing rather well.  They may be old school and not up to taking on modern carriers, but they are tough, and more than up to putting a crimp on the Allies' naval shenanigans.  They tend to deal out and take heavy damage, rock back to port, get repaired, and rock back out into the sea lanes, crew obviously sake-insulated against the horrors of war.

Speaking of drunks, my fighter pilots are doing terribly well, having put almost a complete stop to bombing in Europe.  They've taken all comers, and done fearsome damage to the lot of them.  French, British, Canadian, American, Australian, Phillipino, you name 'em, my boys have peered at them through an alcoholic haze and engaged them in combat regardless of the amount of vomit covering the cockpit.

I simply don't have enough nav bombers.  I thought doubling the size of my nav bomber force a few years ago would do the trick, but it hasn't.  The Pacific alone would require about a third as many again to get good coverage.  Add in the Med, Black, Red, and Indian seas, and they're stretched thin.  I also thought putting them on constant patrol of a hotspot would work, but it doesn't.  The enemy use the fiendish trick of going around my forces, which means my nav bombers happily cruise the friendly skies while enemy ships slip by.  I've started using them as a QRF, sending them out solely to support my fleets when they engage enemy ships in combat.

The Pacific is massive.  I've underestimated it completely.  I have nowhere near enough ships to patrol it, even if I used my battleship fleets and the obsolescent odds and ends hanging around.  My carrier fleets are fast and hit hard, but they can only cover so much ground.  Bracketing American islands with them works well, as Yank naval patrols and TPs sail right into my ships, but that means their forces are also free to sail the wide expanses left open (one small fleet got far too close to Japan before being bombed to pieces, no threat in itself, but it exposed just how vulnerable my islands are if my carriers aren't patrolling).

I can't lose the ME, it's the home to two nice big ports (and the only ports I am likely to have there without a major land offensive) and it's the only naval link between Asia and the Black/Med seas.  More to the point, I have to hurry up and capture the Suez.  Paras to the rescue again...?

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:56 PM

Well, here is my lonely, isolated little fleet.
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3 carriers down (the newer models, too, I might add, but not the newest), and no reinforcements on the way.  Could get unpleasant.  If, y'know, I didn't control the Bosporus.  Har har.  Non entree, Yanquis!  So I have all the time in the world to fix those damaged ships.  Unfortunately, that won't do me any good if the fleet never has the might to sail the Med again.  Which it doesn't.  Three more carriers must be drafted in to bring the fleet back to full strength.  But in order to get them there, I must!

TAKE THE SUEZ!!!
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This unassuming canal will birth my victory.  Only practical way to get to it is by parachute.  So once my paras have finished mopping up the entire Middle East...

The Americans show total and utter disregard for anything as girly as tactics, deploying a fleet entirely made up of carriers:
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30 aircraft carriers.  30.  Bastards.

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 12:17 AM

Wow, 30 carriers?  That's one big, giant, male sexual organ to be swinging around.
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 02:46 AM

I sally out a wee bit and capture La Spezia, cutting Franco-Italy off.
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Won't do much, but they'll have to go to the effort of running some convoys.  Anything to be a pain.  :D

A one-two battleship fleet combo knocks a superior American fleet down:
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All the first fleet has to do is keep the enemy busy, and when the second fleet arrives, it deals the real damage.

A sneaky American fleet catches my nuke subs fixing up in port:
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They knocked the port down a few levels, but didn't stick around to sink any boats.

Second try at Guam:
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The first was disastrous, because in my arrogance as Emperor of All Water, I sent in transports unescorted.  Kissed two escorts and two good inf divs goodbye.  Not this time.  Carrier fleet waits patiently as the boys wade in.

After the garrison is knocked flat:
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Ah, 99 year lease you say?  No, I'll just take it.

A Greco-British force slaps Turkey one:
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I'll rush some more paras there, shall I?  You fought like demons against me, you bunch of wimps...

My inf get a bit carried away in Italy:
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Delicious as it is, I can\'t let it become yet another front for the Allies to fight me on.  Strictly harassing/diversionary stuff.

"We will pash through the American patrolsh, pasht their shonar netsh, and lay off one of their citiesh, and lishten to thish music they call 'grunge'."
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Not just done for laughs, convoy raiding is paying off, I'm sinking plenty of American transports and paying only a light toll in subs now that I'm relocating them after every sucessful attack.

Second time lucky in the case of Guam:
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Ashore with only light resistance encountered, and very little trouble from enemy ships...
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Until a few hours later when a fleet of 51 ships, more than half of them carriers, turns up.  Nice one.  Thanks to heavy nav bomb cover, my fleet managed to get away with only a savaging.  No ships lost, but the fleet will be out of action for weeks, with every ship damaged, most of them badly.

"Two American fleets off the coast of China, eh?  Beating my battleship fleets hollow?"
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Whose idea was this war anyway?

My Pacific plans hit a minor snag:
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That's a whole carrier fleet gone.  At a conservative estimate, that will take two years to replace.  I had three carrier fleets in the Pacific.  Two are out of action, badly damaged.  That was the third.

Armenians, Uzbeks, Georgians and Azerbaijanis move south, and my paras move north, crushing Iraq.
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At a meeting between British and Japanese generals to discuss a truce in Iraq.
Lt. Gen. Kawabe: You know, we are sitting here, you and I, like a couple of regular fellas. You do what you do, and I do what I gotta do. And now that we've been face to face, if I'm there and I gotta put you away, I won't like it. But I tell you, if it's between you and some poor bastard whose division you're gonna turn into a graveyard, brother, you are going down.

Gen. Montgomery-Massingberd: There is a flip side to that coin. What if you do got me boxed in and I gotta put your army down? Cause no matter what, you will not get in my way. We've been face to face, yeah. But I will not hesitate. Not for a second.

Kawabe: Maybe that's the way it'll be...or, who knows?

Montgomery-Massingberd: Or maybe we'll never see each other again.

Nice bit of Brit fair play, sending an evenly matched fleet to fight me.
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Doesn't end well for them, as not only is my fleet superior, I use my nav bombers.
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Lose some destoyers in exchange for two battleships and change?  Oh, go on then, cheeky.

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 12:08 PM

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"... namely rice. And stay off my hair, Chopsticks...", I suspect, is the general message that goes with that pummeling. ;)

Uncal Sam churn out yummy carrier like this? Pop quiz: "Inflastluctchah nuke and sake downing no mix?". We now lesume legula plogamming...

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:29 PM

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"We will pash through the American patrolsh, pasht their shonar netsh, and lay off one of their citiesh, and lishten to thish music they call 'grunge'."

LOL, gotta love some Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius from The Hunt for the Red October.

But remember...Ramius defected, with an entire Soviet sub...might want to increase your political officers on your subs just in case some of your mighty Japanese submariners decide that yes, they would like some fries with that and land in LA to get a paint job for their sub by some Mexican garage monkey.
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:34 PM

Paras, my own personal fire brigade:
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Just recently strategically redeployed, only at half org, they climbed aboard their birds, and several hundred miles later, jumped out into the midst of an enemy offensive and stopped it hours shy of cutting off Istanbul.  Best IC I ever spent.

Azerbaijan is in a rush:
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I didn't want Iraq anyway.  Still, it's small, easily policed.  Yeah, right.  Anyway, it's Azerbaijan's lookout now.

Well this is a bit of a shocker.
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Thanks to multiple nukings, the US was suffering rather high dissent.  I tried sponsoring a few revolts, which came to nothing, and then tried funding a coup.

It worked.

The US has pulled out of the war.  Their president is now Fritz Kuhn.  I can take it a bit easier now.  The pressure is off in the Pacific.  There has never really been any pressure on me in Europe, but now I can go on the offensive.  I think it's the first time funding a coup has actually worked for me.  I don't care if it's a bit of an anticlimax, I was looking down the wrong end of about 60 aircraft carriers there.

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 05:19 PM

Wow...what?  Are you kidding me?  What was J. Edgar Hoover doing...he must be dead in your bizarro world.  He wouldn't have let that happen.
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 11:14 PM

Shortly after the change of government, the US broke out in partisans:
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They were quickly quashed.

My paras, just shy of the range to drop onto Suez, hit Beirut:
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That's one less port you've got, Francey boy.

A quick bash down Italy:
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Next to no resistance, apart from a landing at the heel which was quickly pushed back into the water.  Recapturing the Crater of Rome, great.

And wonder of wonders, now that the US has a different government:
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Well, I think I'll call that the end.  Whatever happens after isn't like to be much of a challenge at all.

I think the moral of the story is, don't fight your enemies, subvert their government and then enlist them on your side.  Is that even a moral?  I suspect that would go down like a pork sandwich at a bar mitzvah to anyone concerned with morals.  Still, that's what I'm taking away from this experience.  Thanks for reading, ladies and gents.  It's been fun.

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 10:00 AM

Moral of the story? How about, "If you can't beat them, join them!" :)

They were nuked into fine powder and the survivors are now left facing radiation for centuries. Their grudge is not so much against you, it's against the ruling politicians that allowed it to happen with their silly notions of bravado and blind stubbornness...

The price was simply much too high and couldn't be tolerated - thence the coup's success.

Sheer genius I must say, FA. Sheer, unadulterated genius! All bow before the god-emperor!! :D

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And he went happily on to embrace capitalism - with a successful chain of karaoke bars...

The End. ;)

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 04:47 PM

Aw, it's over.  I'm all sad face now.
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 08:11 PM

Might start a new one in the new year.  Don't know who to play though!  All of the top-tier powers I've played with some degree of success.  Might try Italy or Nationalist China.  Any suggestions?

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 08:38 PM

Nationalist Chinese sounds good.
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 02:33 AM

Italy sounds good. Or Sweden/Finland? :D

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 10:05 AM

Great played as Japan..!!!! Hirohito must be very proud of you..!!!



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