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Pre report explanation that will be useful

To build in a city, a player needs an Industrial Complex, but an IC alone only allows to build AT and AA.
With an IC and barracks, the player can also build Infantry units.
With an IC and infrastructure, the player can build armors, artillery and self-propelled AA and SP Arty. You need infrastructure level 1 for AC, Light Tanks and self-propelled AA & SP, infrastructure level 2 for medium tanks and Tank Destroyers, level 3 for heavy tanks.
With an IC and an airbase, you can build plane. The air base level 1 only allow you to build fighters, the air base level 2 allows you to build naval bombers and tactical bombers, and the air base level 3 allows you to build strategical bombers (that no one uses)
With an IC and a naval base, you can build ships with the same kind of progression.
Some more rare units need more complex mix (eg Mechanical infantry needs Barracks level 3 AND infrastructure, paratroopers barracks & airbase), and of course late game there are nuclear reactors to build :)
The only units that can be built with IC but with only barracks is the Militia, but I am not in a geographical situation where I need it.

High level IC builds units faster (and a barrack also increase building speed by +25%, but costs food to maintain), all other building bring something else in addition to "building more type of units)

Unrelated :

From now on, I ll use the game descriptions:
A division is a group of regiments, a regiment (or brigade for AC) is the smallest "unit" in the game (=infantry regiment, artillery regiment, etc)





Morning of day 5 (23/03) - Uniting India

The end of the day on 22/03 had been totally uneventful. I regrouped my Southern force in Indore :



And in British Odesha, I could see South India's movement, mostly regrouping a force of ... anti-tank ?




On the morning of the 23rd, the Daila Lama ordered the attack, based on 3 factors :-
- The enemy had been building large [level 2] airports, which indicated the start of an South Indian air force
- The enemy seemed to have built a lot of anti-tank (maybe against the army composition of the late British Odesha) and given Tibet had almost no armor, South India seemed particularly weak at the moment
- Tibet was on borrowed time with Persia being currently allied to all his Western neighbours, which meant that it had to get rid of a dangerous neighbour now - or never.

The offensive plan was layed out like this :



In the North, the 11th artillery division (which was more infantry than artillery) would move South, avoid contact with the enemy and capture as soon as possible the two cities in which South India had rebuilt the industry. This would force the enemy to move to attack rather than the other way around

In the South, the 13th infantry division would avoid the fortification the enemy had built on our border by going through the remains of the North India lines and beeline to the cities where the enemy had built airbase, ideally destroying the planes on the ground.

In addition, in the West, the 5th artillery division (2 INF, 2 Arty), which had captured Sninagar late in the day before, engaged the weak forces from Kathiawar :



Bombarding them from afar and forcing them to come against our prepared infantry should give us an easy victory.

Finally, in the North of Tibet, the 14th anti-tank division and his accompanying armored cars from the 3rd AC Brigade was standing guard against any offensive action from Sichuan, and protecting the strategic province of Lashung (=50% of our rare material production, but right on the border).

 
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Day 5 (23/03) - The Battle for India

So you may remember the Daila Lama's battle plan :




Launched at 8:15, the offensive met absolutely no reaction initially. The only "not according to the plan" part was that the Northern force kept meeting new garrison - in general AT - in enemy-held cities. For this reason, a small infantry task force was detached to attack Dacca



The only initial surprise was the resistance of minor countries : the North Indian garrison held one more hour than expected, and more surprisingly, Kathiawar launched a counter-attack (ca. 11H20)



At 13:35, the Southern forces reached Nagpur - and seized a full light tank brigade on the assembly line [you can't capture enemy units in Call of War, but if you seize a city while it is producing units, the unit is yours on completion]

The enemy still did not react :



South India only started to activate its units around 14:45. In the North, a force of unknown composition moved to meet the Tibetans :



Some of moves seemed irrational, in particular the sortie of several garrisons - AT were useful in cities, but they were also slow and vulnerable in the open.

The unknown force moving toward the Artillery division in the North soon proved to be ... a full armored division, with accompanying infantry ! The Tibetan high command was in full alert, and the Northern force was ordered to immediately pull back.

It is where South India made a critical mistake :
- The tank force would have had the speed to catch back with the artillery division and maul it in the open... but they neglected to detach their ONE infantry regiment slowing them down.
- Instead of closing the retreat route, the AA/INF mixed division more to the North decided to pull back



This gave the Tibetans a chance to regroup and survive the ordeal !

At 16:15, it was the turn of the Southern force to be in high alert :



While the unit that sortied from Hyperabad turned out to be an artillery detachment, and was immediately destroyed by the Armored Cars which did not even had to stop (this time, the Tibetan forces were lucky), two new medium sized forced had appeared : one heading toward Nagpur, one (with tanks) heading toward Indore. To counter the former, the AA/INF force was ordered to fall back. To counter the later, there was nothing. Absolutely nothing.

In addition, another anti-tank detachment from Kathiawar was also moving toward Indore !

In the East, the advanced Armored Cars used the fact that the garrison had sortied from Balasore to seize it without difficulty. Everything valuable in the city [=buildings & units were in production] were seized [=cancelled to get back the production cost], while Dacca was under Tibetan assault !


By 17H45, new hostiles appeared every where, and the Tibetan assault of Dacca was going nowhere, but the Norther Artillery division was escaping to the North-East and was about to merge with the incoming reinforcement. It was soon the time to turn back and destroy the pursuers.




At 19H20, it was done. The infantry took position on an hilly ground which gave no advantage to the enemy armored force. Six artillery regiments prepaed their guns. The enemy would be destroyed here !



In Dacca, the situation was dire, as the Tibetan infantry was now overwhelmed.

In the South, Tibet was lucky again.Nagpur was reached on time, and more critically, the Kathiawar detachment had seized the province South of Indore first. The South Indian division armored force could not carry on its advance without either negotiating a free passage agreement with Kathiawa (which could take days), or without attacking them. For the moment, it was stopped :



At 21:15, the situation was way better for Tibet. South India had missed the opportunity to corner the Tibetan force, and it was not engaged in a losing battle at the foot of the mountains of Nepal, in the valley of Gangtok. The battle of Dacca would be lost by Tibet for a time, but this would only be a delay.
In addition, an armored car raid was driving deep in the defenseless North of India, and any time soon they would seize the target industrial centers.



Similarly, in the South, the new conscripted Light Tank regiment and the Armored Cars had avoideed enemy contact and were now going at full speed in undefended territory, while the battle of Nagpur was getting won.




By the end of the 24/03, at 22:10, the South Indian capital was seized by the fast armored cars, and here again the valuable were seized. In the North, Allahbad was also taken, with Armored Cars on the assembly line, which would be the following day conscripted into services. The war against South India was all but won.




If you remember the beginning of the assault, less than half of the enemy units had been spotted, and South India was outnumbering Tibet 2:1 in defense. Yet, their positioning was poor, and critically their reaction to the attack terrible, giving to Tibet a decisive victory in one day.



Tomorrow, Tibet would only have to mop-up the remaining forces.
 

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Day 6 - 24/03/2020

By the morning of the 24th, the Daila Lama could look with pleasure at the situation in India :




The enemy amies in the North had been totally destroyed, and the Indians had nothing to reassert control of the former British Odesha. The Southern tip of India - including the former enemy capital - was still fully under control.

South India forces were only relevant around Nagpur, which the Daila Lama had ordered to evacuate as his last order before sleeping - the city was under bombardment by an unknown force. There was still an Indian armored division running amok.

General orders were given to wipe out the remaining forces, except the armors against which Tibet had nothing available at the moment.

The Daila Lama then did his press review, and the news were good :

- Tibet had lost only 1 men for every 2 men the defending South Indians had lost so far



- The economic pages of his newspaper mentionned Tibet as the second most important industrial power, after Persia.



- Tibet was now the largest country, with Persia second :


All the other countries in the top 5 were in the Americas

Persia looked like a looming threat, and the Daila Lama embraced the situation in Eurasia.

- Kazakhstan seemed like a lost cause - a secondary power already, a fairly unskilled leader too. The Daila Lama ignored it,
- Ukraine seemed an interesting prospect, a large country with a competent leader - though not an industrial power. if it could defeat Turkey, Persia could be weakened.
- Germany was further away, large country, good leader and a significant industry.

There were even stronger powers in Africa (in particular Gabon, which I am sure I am going to talk about again within 5 days), but they were further away. In addition, the Persian allies in Africa were weaklings.

The Daila Lama tried to communicate with the leaders of Ukraine and Germany :




... but he was very disappointed. Germany accepted the share map agreement without a word, and the diplomats did not quite understand what Ukraine said, except that they liked meat. Maybe Tibet should send some food surpluses to Ukraine ?

All he gained for his effort was a better understanding of what was happening in Europe, through share maps agreement.




It looked like his diplomatic predicament could only find its resolution through a deeper entente with Persia. He wrote to the Shah once again :



This was more promising indeed.


Meanwhile, the Daila Lama's troops were still conquering the rest of India :

By 18H30, there were only a few patches that were not under the Daila Lama control, and one real fighting force remaining : the tank division around Bombay. Kathiawar as well had been significantly reduced.



As I write this message at 21H00, the Daila Lama gave new orders : the Shah assurance was enough and Xinjiang in the East would wait - the next target would be Sichuan, and troops were regrouping on the border.



On the way through the Gangtok pass, some Tibetans took upon themselves to raid Bhutan. This was certainly not an issue for the Daila Lama - the army against Sichuan was not ready yet and there was still a wild Indian tank division to get rid off
 
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Day 7 - Trade time

In the morning, the Daila Lama received reports that Kathiawar could be considered defunct, but that the South Indian armored force had left a trail of destruction behind it, reached Madras through Bangalore and was now embarking to an unknown destination :



With South India out of the picture and only a few remaining provinces held by North India to wipe-out, it was time for a post-mortem. Overall, the war had been a major success :

- The enemy force had been underestimated, in quality but also in quality. The Tibetan high command expected planes, and thus had built AA rather than AT. It was met with tanks, and only one fighter wing. On the other hand, as expected, the lack of any significant infantry force had crippled South India

- Losses had been way below expectation : 13K men. Six infantry regiments (including 2 in the assault to Dacca) and one anti-tank division had been lost. In addition, one armored car detachment and the Light Tank brigade that had been captured had been extremely depleted.



- On the other hand, the offensive had captured countless materials, including the light tank brigade and two armored car detachments. Several buildings were in production in the cities captured, and the building materials were seized.

- Overall, the whole deal was probably a net positive in all resources, except manpower and possibly food.

- On the more negative side, most industrials centers had changed hands several times, and were thus totally destroyed. Of the 8 cities once held by South India, only Allahbad and Patna in the North kept some sort of industrial capacity. The six other cities were empty shells, and rebuilding industrial capacity from the ground up in any of those cities - and let's not talk about all of them - would be totally unprofitable.

- Critically, Tibet did not have any coastal city with production capacity, so building a navy was not feasible.

- Finally, it was clear that Tibet had been lucky, and a better usage of the 5 Light Tanks units available to the South Indian would have probably left the Tibetans unable to complete their fast offensive.


Tibet's government then checked the economy (from left to right) :
- Food production was low but was expected to grow rapidly as Darchoï, the main food production province, was building an industrial complex
- General goods were still in short supply vs the needs (everything need general goods),
- Manpower level were good,
- The situation had stabilized on the steel front,
- Oil production was still terrible, though oil was not critically necessary yet. This would change soon though as Tibet launched the production of a first medium tank brigade and started to develop its airplane industry,
- Rare materials production was also really low, but sufficient for current consumption



The market price showed that the world had an high demand in food, and that general goods were available on the market at an acceptable pice, while oil was cheap.



Conclusion :
- Sell food at a Premium
- Buy conservatively supplies
- Buy as much oil as possible




Back to the military front - it looked like South India was trying to flee in Sri Lanka, possibly try to conquer it :



... this means that everything was clear for an attack on Sichuan, to be launched... now !



The plan was to push an army as large as possible (mostly infantry and artillery, with some AT) directly into Sichuan, while the armored cars would quickly cross the mountains in the North into the former territory of the Ma-Clique, with the objective of making any counter-offensive coming from the North so slow it would be easily countered.

It was a crude plan, but a casual look at the intellligence report showed that Sichuan had not industrialized nor made any significant technological progess, and therefore most probably almost defenseless. Tibet needed to be quick, because the Persian attack on Kazakhstan had started, and the Daila Lama wanted to keep up with his neighbour !
 
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Day 7 - Eerie offensive


The offensive into Sichuan would long be remembered by the Tibetan for they met...

... nothing.

For hours, the Tibetans would drive in an almost empty wasteland, with the exception of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, where unknown force were FINALLY located at 17H20 :



At 18H30, the forces in Chengdu were reported as being 3 units of Light Tanks - and still no other forces were seen.



By 21H00, it was clear that all the former Ma-Clique territory had been left totally defenseless, and that Sichuan had built but not deployed tanks in all its cities :



[Tanks and in general armors in cities are a terrible idea : they have half their HP AND they fight at half their capacity, so basically they are 75% weaker than they would be outside a city]

Sichuan only started to react at 23H00 and even then, the reaction was mild and incomplete. The force in Chengdu - which had already been bombed, sortied to meet anti-tank units head-on. The force in Chongqing tried to pursue the Armored Cars. That was all :




One hour later, it was clear that the war was won already.




Meanwhile, in India, the last strongholds of North Indian and South India were getting wiped out. Yet, South India claimed they would try carry on the resistance ... from Sri Lanka :



Of course, the Sri Lankese would object. The Daila Lama ordered his Light Tank units to embark and investigate the situation, and more importantly the construction of a very expensive port capacity in Bangalore, lest a landing would be necessary :



This event made the Daila Lama realize he would not, in the foreseable future, lead a naval power. He needed to ally with a Naval Power without ambition to become a land power. There were several candidates :

- Japan, but Japan had started to land in China and had invaded Korea, so it could become a rival quickly:
- Indochina, which obviously had a strong holdout on the continent,
- Sumatra, which was invading Australia and whose only holding on the continent was Kuala Lumpur and the immediate surrounding.

It would be Sumatra :

 

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Day 8 (26/03) - The seizing of Sichuan, Tibetan military doctrine

In the morning, the situation in Sichuan was almost as expected :



The unknown force North of Chengdu turned out to be an AA division (3 regiments), which was immediately under the Tibetan artillery.
In addition, it turned out that Sichuan had some very limited force in the Ma-Clique territory : in Jinchang there was a garrison of armored cars and infantry. The Tibetan armored cars which entered the city were destroyed.

There was really little to say about the end of the conquest of Sichuan. By 14H30, the AA division had been destroyed and Chongqing was under the fire of Tibetan artillery.



By 19H15, only three cities remained. They would fall during the night.



On the other hand, the Daila Lama was dismayed by the opinion of his experts on his real military force :

While the largest nation and probably by this point the most industrialized, Tibet was only the 14th military power in the world, while Persia was first with 3 times the forces of Tibet.



Things had to change fast, and Tibet accelerated its military program. Though currently few cities could produce Medium Tanks [they need infrastructure level 2] any city that COULD produce them would produce them from on.



It is time to focus a bit on the Tibetan military doctrine.

The choice of going for Armored Cars rather than Light Tanks, and in general to build almost no armored units, is fairly unconventional, but comes from the specific situation of Tibet :

- Almost no oil. There is only ONE oil province, that is NOT on a city (which means Tibet had to spend 2 days and incredible resources to build an industrial complex in the province to maximize production)
- Lots and lots of mountains, where the armored units don't go faster, or only marginally faster than infantry.

Compare for instance the speed in mountains of Day 8 tech for Light Tanks, Infantry and Anti-tank :







The Light Tank only goes 5% faster than infantry or anti-tank in mountains, and with the -25% combat capacity of armors in mountains, its only advantage versus infantry that would be fighting it in defense is that Light Tanks are 33% sturdier.

Since there are still plains around, I still need a fast unit that I don't want to waste in combat, hence the armored cars - 20% less expensive in oil



The "20% less expensive in oil" is an understatement, because under my doctrine Armored Cars don't fight (and with their speed they can indeed avoid combat), so I don't need to replace them. Tibet only lost two of these units so far, one against Pakistan, one against Sichuan.

On the other hand, Tibet has a lot of steel, and so does its neighbours (Bhutan : 1 province, Nepal : 2 provinces, North India : 3 provinces, including one double-provinces) which means Steel is relatively plentiful. In addition, given Armored Cars cost way less steel than Light Tanks, Tibet can build a LOT of artillery and anti-tank, which can use the slow speed of its opponents in mountains to destroy them as they come.

Hence the Tibetan doctrine up to day 8 or day 9 : Armored Cars, Artillery, Infantry - stockpile oil for industry and in the future planes.

The doctrine now starts to change a bit for three reasons :
- Tibet is now out of its mountains, mostly, so fast force becomes useful,
- The price of food has skyrocketed, and infantry // foot artillery cost a lot of food
- On the other hand, Tibet has bought a lot of oil, and by a lot I mean more than one week of production, at a cheap price, which means it can relax its rules a bit on oil economy.

So the current strategy is to build up these :



Mostly useless in the mountains, the Medium Tanks will be able to counter anyone that has relied on Light Tanks so far. The price increase is steep on steel, but Tibet happens to have a lot of that now.

The plan is now to build a sizeable Medium Tanks (10-12)
- Half of it will be accompaned by self-propelled Artillery and will conquer the steppes
- Half of it will be accompanied by self-propelled AA and will remain as a mobile defensive reseve against Armored Cars / Light Tank rushes.

Once this force is built, plane production (which started already) will be moved to 100%
 
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Day 9 (27/03) - The partition of Nationalist China


On the morning of the 27th, Sichuan was no more.



On the East of Sichuan, Nationalist China was being assailed by all side : from the South by South China, but also by Japan. Japan had had conquered a few stronghold in the previous days, but was pushed back on the 26th to only Shanghai. It seems it was now coming back.

The Tibetans had to participate, and troops - including a light tank unit "captured" from Sichuan - moved into Nationalist China.

Meanwhile, the situation of Sumatra had degraded. Yesterday master of two-third of Australia, Sumatra had been pushed back significantly, though it still held a vast territory.


[and by "Malaca" above, I mean "Sumatra" ^^]

Finally, South India had been thrown back to the sea by Ceylon - it was no more. Tibet decided to also get rid of Nepal :




Back in Nationalist China, it was a race to grab as much territory as possible :



What the Tibetan recon units could see of South China was not too worrying - an handful of light tanks and infantry. The Japanese force seemed stronger though, with multiple units of unknown size initially...

... until the Tibetans realized the Japanese had a real army on the field : 12 infantry regiments, 2 motorized infantry regiments.

While Tibet had enough forces in Sichuan to deal with such an army - it would need its slow artillery for this, and advancing the artillery in Nationalist China would expose them to a flanking move from South China. Japanese and South Chinese cooperation could thus destroy all the Tibetan force - if they cooperated.

The Daila Lama decided not to give them a reason to, and ordered all forces to be pulled out of Nationalist China :



A rearguard of scouts remained a bit behind the rest of the force, to evaluate better the size of the Japanese army. In addition to the massive infantry force, a sizeable armored force (4 light tanks brigades, 3 medium tanks brigades, 2 motorized infantry) was spotted :



By the end of the 27th, a new threat emerged : Indochina had penetrated deeply into Buma, including by a naval landing directly in Rangoon !



It looked like Tibet had to accelerate its military build-up...
 
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Day 10 (28/03) - Military build-up


28/03 was a day of respite. In the morning, Indochina had absorbed almost all of Burma, only keeping a thin layer of territory between them and Tibet :



As war with Indochina was imminent - and Indochina had been ranked a few days prior 2nd military power after Persia, the military build-up carry-on accelerating. The factories were not allowed to stop, and units were preferred vs industrial expansion :



In addition to medium tanks, the factories were also building self-propelled artillery now. Self-propelled AA was being actively researched.

Several countries (South China, Japan, Indochina) had proposed, without any other comment, "share maps" to Tibet. The Daila Lama would never accept such out-of-the-blue offer. But Indochina had the nerves to ask - twice :



On the other hand, discussion with Sumatra had gone well, and maps had been exchanged the day before :



But by then, Sumatra was only holding a last outpost in Australia, though it was extremely well fortified :



In the East, new diplomatic development pleased the Daila Lama : Japan and South China were not cooperating. Rather, they were fighting over their shares of Nationalistic China :



All in all, an uneventful day. Late in the day, Indochina proceeded to wipe out the last remains of Burma.

 
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Now you did. I appreciate that Persia plays the part :)

A bit irritated at having swapped the word "temporal" instead of "secular"

I'm not that good in English, but both temporal and secular should fit there, since both means non-religious
 

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Day 11 - Jungle warfare


The day began with mixed news for the Daila Lama :



- Tibet was not the Imperial beacon of the world any more
- Its future opponent, Indochina, was technology state of the art (Tibet was at 15%)
- In addition, Indochina had swallowed the remaining of Burma, and was now "on the border" :



For the first problem, the Daila Lama knew the situation would improve soon somehow, as he gave the go for the invasion. Xinjiang was barely industrialized, and the attack would be an uninteresting walk in the park - we won't talk too much about it.



The situation with Indochina was more interesting. The Daila Lama did not found it virtuous to attack Indochina too much by surprise, and sent a clear warning to its Governor :



Meanwhile, the general enemy deployment had beeninvestigated :



It was overall a good situation for Tibet. The enemy force was extremely spread out - almost criminally so. The only strong Indochinese asset was its air force, in particular its bomber wing, which was larger than the Tibetan one. As Tibet lacked anti-air (there were only three batteries immediately available, and one on the way) the production of five new batteries was immediately launched), it would have to rely on its fighter wing in the initial stages of the assault.

Four hours later, a reply came from Indochina. It was not too much of a surprise attack anymore - and the Indochinese attaché received a surprising memo :



The attack started



Four AA batteries had been mostly produced, but none were any close to the front, so the fighter wings and the few available AA guns would have to do the job.

The Indochinese reaction was quick, but not very organized. The troops more to the North were wisely pulled back, while in the South a pointless counter-attack was organized. The bulk of the Indochinese air force had been pulled away from the front when the first Tibetan message arrived, but a few isolated air wings sortied, and were quickly destroyed without significant Tibetan losses.




The Indochinese pleas for truce were answered, but not in the way the Indochinese wished :

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Still, the Indochinese had kept away from combat the bulk of their airforce, and while Tibet could compete, it could not dominate the air as massively as it wished

Tibet had been lucky the previous days as the price of goods had collapsed, but by now Tibet had run out of cash and could only launch limited production - only two new bomber wings were planned.



The solution would be technological : the planes had to be better or at least as good as the Indochinese ones :




In any case, by 20:00 it was clear the battle on the borders had been won decisively. The air was fully Tibetan, and the enemy forces did not manage to build up any consistant counter-attack, rather trying limited delaying actions with grossly insufficient concentration.



To be noted the presence of a commando unit moving North, which had not been spotted by recon', and which would be destroyed by air before it could do too much damage.

By 23H15, half of Burma was liberated or about to be liberated :





Some Indochinese units would have their retreat cut-off, while the anti-tank fleeing by ship were shadowed by the one Tibetan submarine, which hoped they would regroup with other convoy units for a more interesting kill-tally.

The Tibetan air force was sent back to Lhassa for the night.

There were, however, two developments :

- As the government of Saudi Arabia had fallen to Revolution [player went inactive] the Daila Lama opened up to Persia, for a deepening of the mutual relationship. After all, the Persian hunger would now lead that country toward Saudi Arabia, and then Egypt :



Tibet discovered that Persia had a whooping 142 units on the map, vs Tibet's mere 92 units. More will be said about this tomorrow.

- There were no more news from Sumatra, Indochinese warships were crossing the straights of Malacca unopposed and there were rumors that the government was about to fall. If so, Tibet would have no ally to help it control the sea...




...except... maybe... an Indochina cut to size ? What does the Council of the Codex think of this ?
 
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What does the Council of the Codex think of this ?

This esteemed member of the council think that Tibet should not debase itself on the level of asking help of an inferior who rejects our rightful temporal dominion over Asia.
 

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Day 12 (30/03/2020) - A lost day

The 30/03 the Daila Lama mostly spent taking some rest and exchanging a few diplomatic messages.

The morning had been highly satisfying to the Daila Lama :

- An Indochinese surprise attack through Southern China had broken on the fortified (formerly) Sichuanese cities. Commando were also trying to go through the mountains to Tibet. Self-propelled artillery would get rid of the former, and tactical bombers of the later.



- The submarine who was shadowing the fleeing AT had met and sunk on its initiative an convoy transporting armored car, the AT convoy and crippled a convoy of irregular volunteers. Sadly the submarine had been cornered and was about to be destroyed :



Still a good trade, no one wants an armored car landing on behind the lines. The size of the Indochinese navy forced the Tibetan to research the naval bomber technology though, as with only one military port there was no other way to assert some control over the sea.

- The main front had mostly not moved.

The main army was ordered to chase the Indochinese from Burma, and wait until further negotiation proceeded. The Daila Lama in particular now envisionned Indochina not as an enemy to destroy, but as a friend to work with :




The initial answer seemed positive, and the Daila-Lama proposed a GENEROUS peace agreement :





The Tibetan army advanced until they reached the proposed border :



STRANGELY, this was not seen as generous by the ambitious Indochinese Sergeant-Governor, and he carried on his attack, including a landing in Berhampur in India, which was quickly destroyed by Tibetan motorized infantry.

More interestingly, the Indochinese foolishly attacked from air the bulk of the Tibetan army in Indochina, where they were received my no less than 6 AA divisions and the rifles and machineguns of thousands of men. The Indochinese air force was more or less wiped out, for the loss of only 3 infantry regiments and 1 artillery battery.





So Indochina would not help Tibet achieve greatness. Sad, but expectable. It would therefore be destroyed... It would be easy, it was the Indochinese airforce which hampered the Tibetans to just push their armors (lacking SP AA) deep into enemy territroy. This would happen...



... tomorrow - as the day had advanced a lot already and the Daila Lama did not like night operations.

Here is an inventory of the situation at midnight :

Army Group INDOCHINA :




- 14th Artillery division, commanded by General Bäud

1 Armored Car Brigade
6 Anti-Air Batteries
13 Artillery Batteries
10 Infantry Regiments

Ordered to wait two more hours in position, then retreat for the night to Mandalay

- 20th Armored Division, commanded by Lieutenant-General Andjord

1 Armored Car Brigade
3 Medium Tank Brigades
2 SP Artillery Batteries

Ordered to take position North of Rangoon (which had been retaken while the Daila Lama was negotiating peace), engaging with artillery any target in range

- Dacca's Garrison

2 Infantry
1 AA Battery

Initially protected the strategic airport of Dacca, this unit has been ordered to connect with the 14th artillery division as the airport is unsafe (in range of naval bombardement).


Army Group SICHUAN



- 31st Armored Division, commanded by General Avernite

1 Armored Car Brigade (currently detached to seize territory)
1 Motorized Infantry regiment (currently detached to seize territory)
5 Medium Tank Brigades
4 SP Artillery Batteries


Orderedto stay in reserve to punish any South Chinese move.

- Garrison EAST

3 x 2 anti-tank regiments. The defense of Lanzhou, less exposed, are being transfered to ChongQing and Chengdu


Army Group NORTH-EAST




- 6th Armored Division, commanded by General DeathSheep

The Division was scattered around but included :
1 Armored Car Brigade
5 Medium Tank Brigades
2 SP Artillery Batteries

- 25h Hippomobile Division, commanded by Lieutenant General Fenring

The Division was scattered around but included :
1 Armored Car Brigade
5 Infantry Division
3 SP Artillery Batteries
1 Hippomobile Artillery


STRATEGIC RESERVE

- The Air Arm, commanded by Colonel Hyme
7 Fighter Wings
5 Bomber Wings


- Indian Garrison
1 Motorized Infantry Regiment
4 Infantry Regiments
1 AT Brigade

Lhassa Imperial Guard

- 1 Motorized Infantry Regiment
- 1 Anti-Air Battery
 
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What does the Council of the Codex think of this ?

This esteemed member of the council think that Tibet should not debase itself on the level of asking help of an inferior who rejects our rightful temporal dominion over Asia.

Oh boy, I was late with the Vignettes, I am totally going to use this one for Day 11.
 

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What does the Council of the Codex think of this ?

This esteemed member of the council think that Tibet should not debase itself on the level of asking help of an inferior who rejects our rightful temporal dominion over Asia.

Oh boy, I was late with the Vignettes, I am totally going to use this one for Day 11.
:oops: Sorry. At least there's a few more plane on plane action in the first book. Also nice reference to 20 000 leagues under the sea.
 

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Day 13 (31/03/2020) - To the Pacific :

The morning of the 31st looked a lot like the night of the 30th :




The only event of notes were the continuous attempts at landing isolated units, including motorized infantry and commandos, in India. They would last for a good half of the day, and while totally ineffective, they would keep most of the Tibetan bombers away from Indochina for the day. Later in the day, my first naval bombers would be put into service, sinking a destroyer.

In Indochina, the attack could resume, though the 20th Armored Division was slowed down by constant bomber harassement...

... which stopped a couple hours later as they are intercepted and destroyed by the Tibetan figher force :




At that time, reconnaissance planes flying over South China recognized how poorly defended this country was. As it had been most certainly warned by Indochina of the incoming storm, and that it was used by Indochina to launch attack in the Sichuan, a decisive order was given at 12 :



By 15H00, the Tibetans reached Indochinese core territories, were a last large Indochinese units was protecting the road to Hanoi. While large, it was considerably smaller than the Tibetan 14th Artillery division, and very short in long guns.



At 16H00, the Indochinese tried a desperate sortie from Hanoi (the image does not show it, but it included one medium armor brigade and 2 foot divisions) - the Tibetan artillery has been split in two groups because more than 8 artillery (or infantry, AA,...) in one units decreases its efficiency.



At 18H15, as their last counter-attacked had been reduced to ashes by the most accurate Tibetan guns, the Indochinese government saw the writing in the wall, and left by ship. Destination : The United States of Mexico !





The Daila Lama vividly reproached to the Mexicans their involvement in foreign affairs, but there was little to be done :




By 18H40, South China had virtually collapsed without fighting, while the last defenders of Indochina were still inflicted some very limited losses to Tibet :



At 21H00, irritated at the tenacious Indochinese resistance to his artillery division, General Bäud of the 14th Artillery division detached his infantry for a frontal assault, which finally won the day :



By 23H, it was now a rush toward South Indochina, as refugees tried everything they could to flee Pnom Penh for Mexico before the Tibetans arrived.

By that point of time, Xinjiang had totally disappeared from the map, and the core of South China had been thorough fully plundered, yielding :
- no less than 2 medium tanks brigades captured while being built (though they would not be ready before the 1st of April)
- considerable (>150 000) cash when the capital was seized
- critically, an incomplete Battleship in Canton ! Sadly, it cannot be completed at the time due to the damages supported by the Port.



You may wonder : "who is that United States of Mexico ?" "What is the international situation ?" Well, here is it :



This shows almost all the active leaders whose countries that are not on the brink of destruction. The number below the country is the KilL/Death ratio of the leader. As always, it is not a perfect way to know the skill of a leader but generally, people above 1.0 matter, people above 1.4 can usually punch way above their weight.

I am at 2.35 myself ^^.

There are 3 missing countries : Japan at 0.88, New South Wales [Australia] at 0,70 and Khabarovsk (part of Russia, North of Manchukuo) at a terrible 0.29.


There are also 3 coalitions,
- one with Turkey, Algeria, Persia and Libya, Libya has been reduced to 4 or 5 provinces after having been destroyed by South West Africa and Germany (which seized its Italian holdings). Persia fully carries this coalition, and I don't think the isolated Algeria will last
- one in Europe with Ukraine, Germany, UK and Archangelsk - Ukraine and Germany looking like the only worthwhile countries (and players) in that coalition)
- one in South America with Amazonas and Maranhao - I am not sure about its relationship with Mexico,

As for the great powers,
- Mexico while powerful on the map did not develop economically his core territories - except the cities - so I don't feel critically threatened at the moment. His victory rate is fairly low too (6/74)
- Saskatchewan 1.34 looks impressive but a deeper investigation in its leader history shows that it has been padded a bit [lots of "tutorial maps"] played.
- The real killers seem to be South West Africa and Benchuanaland who have a lot of valuable experience, a significant number of victories AND good stats.
- Germany and Ukraine despite their excellent K/D never won anything, so I don't think they will be good in the "mid-game". For "coalition leaders", it generally correlates with leaders who don't support each other
- Maranhao is the opposite, mediocre stats but a great number of victories (36/122 so 29%). I believe he will be (with Amazonas) a real challenger, as much or more than Mexico

Finally, there is Persia. He almost never won (2/177), his K/D ratio is good but not extraordinary...

... and he is now declaring war against Ukraine :



An interesting test for the European coalition indeed. My bet is on a total victory of Persia due to lack of support from Germany and Archangelsk, and then the other members of the coalition getting picked one after the other.

Edit : As the 01/04 started, Archangelsk, Illinois, Carribeans, Algeria and Japan moved to AI control.
 
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the Indochinese government saw the writing in the wall, and left by ship. Destination : The United States of Mexico !


What Mexico gains by doing this? They're giving away territory and annoy another player
 

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Finally, there is Persia. He almost never won (2/177), his K/D ratio is good but not extraordinary...

... and he is now declaring war against Ukraine :
So......perfect moment to stab him in the back? :oops:
 

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Finally, there is Persia. He almost never won (2/177), his K/D ratio is good but not extraordinary...

... and he is now declaring war against Ukraine :
So......perfect moment to stab him in the back? :oops:
In theory it would and I would win. And sometimes I backstab...

... but I backstab idiots, people who poorly communicate or for who "alliance" means "you don't attack me I don"t attack you and we both do stuff on our side.

Here, I saw Persia fly to the help of Turkey and Saudi Arabia early game, the guy is LARPing when talking to me - really I don't think the guy deserves this. He is also the ONLY fun guy of the whole map (which is way more boring than I am used too, and where the average level of players is also below average)

So I guess I ll try to win with making the points in need from territories not under Persian control...
... and I happen to have a casus belli with Mexico :)
 
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the Indochinese government saw the writing in the wall, and left by ship. Destination : The United States of Mexico !


What Mexico gains by doing this? They're giving away territory and annoy another player
- They annoy another player, which can trigger rash and poorly thought-out decision,
- If Indochina has lot of cash, it allows them to transfer their capital away so the cash is not stolen when the capital is taken,
- If Indochina has some cash and an already develop set of spies, it allows them to carry on financing their spies (they are more expensive to send than to maintain),

I did not mention it, but I got some industrial sabotage in my cities day 11, so I paid for anti-spies day 12 (with Xinjiang's money !) and I caught a few Indochinese saboteurs indeed.
 
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