XVI JAPAN INTERVENTION
From January 19, Siberian player will have the option to request Japan military intervention. The option will cost 3 EPs.
In the next 4 turns, there’s a 15% chance Japan accepts to enter the Civil war by releasing the Japanese divisions guarding the Transsiberian railway.
However this option will enforce:
- A 6 loss for Allied Intervention Level
- A NM loss between 15 to 30 if Siberian Whites NM is superior or equal to 80
- A 15 NM gain for Reds
- Regional Policies will not be playable between Vladivostock and Irkutsk
Notes: during Autumn 1919, several attempts were made by Whites to Japanese officials to get their military support . Siberian troops were in disarray and the help should have been backed by substantial territorial and economical concessions to Japan in the Far-East.
Japan declined, seeing no profit in a full military intervention. Moreover, France, Great Britain and United States were very concerned by any Japanese extension in the Far East and would have taken very badly such an alliance.
The option has so many huge bad effects for Whites, in order to limit player’s desire to use it, unless desperate situation.
Japanese intervention may seem very limited in size but logistical problems would have limited Japan presence on a Frontline close to urals to an handful of divisions at best…
XVII SIBERIAN WHITES VPs
From March 1920 if the Siberian player has chosen the historical path and January 21 if he plays under unhistorical path rules, Siberian will get VPs each turn for the following cities: Omsk (2), Ekaterinburg (2), Ufa (4),Perm (4), Orenburg (4),Kazan (5), Samara (5), Syzran (5),Saratov(5)
Notes: this new rule solves 2 problems.
The first belongs to Siberian Whites interest to be played.Indeed, if the Siberian player fails to fulfill the conditions for Allied reconnaissance, he will have yet a chance to win, by holding at least in part the Volga bend.
The second is usual when you propose in a game an alternative option: 97% of players will choose it, and it’s very difficult to balance a untested in RL path…The difference in starting dates will be an incentive to discard the unhistorical apth and try to perform better than the faction…