I'm not sure it's O.K. to post this here, it's kind of a what if, and relates to a computer simulation, but I figured this was the best place to find some rougues interested in the PTO. Moderators and Trustees, if I am in error I apologize and move this to where you feel it is appropriate. Here's your briefing: Situation-It's November 30th 1941. All the historical situation remains unchanged. You are in command of Japan's military and have control over it's economy. You have every ship, aircraft, merchantship, troop formation, etc that historically existed. Question-What strategy would you use to carry out Japanese Imperial ambitions? How would you secure the necessary resources? Would you attack the US? Where would you focus your industrial capacity? What weapons would you research and develop? I've been playing War in the Pacific: Admiral's Edition for months now. I've tried my hand at most of the scenarios that came with the game. The game comes with a very good game editor and includes incredible detail. What I'd like to do now is examine what Japan might have achieved had she adopted a different strategy. Japan had a very formidable military in 1941, if she'd made different choices could she have drawn out the war sufficiently to achieve a negotiated settlement with the U.S. What I'd like is a couple members to be the Japanese Army command, a couple for the Navy, a couple that must decide on political, economic, and industrial areas, and maybe a trustee or someone appointed as kind of a Prime Minister to resolve disputes. What I mean by "resolve disputes" is the Navy wants to go with plan A, the Army with plan B. Each side makes it case and someone decides which course or combination is carried out. The Navy wants tankers, the army wants transports, the industrial board is short on steel and might have to suspend the manufacturing of bombs to undertake one or the other, but has a source of steel in X that is not being fully utilized and can't be without reallocating shipping assets from campaign Y. That sort of thing. If we have additional people interested we could even assign someone to command specific theaters or commands. The commander in China is asking for X assets to undertake his plan. The commander in SOPAC has conflicting but pressing needs, where do you allocate the military assets and shipping? I think we can all learn a lot about the war by understanding the strengths and limitations that the protagonists faced, and what factors that might have been changed that would have made a difference. A better pilot/aircrew training program? A change in submarine doctrine? Build more merchant shipping? Implement convoys early on? Research and build more advanced aircraft? Remember you start with the historical resource, industrial base, merchant shipping and economy. Do you focus on seizing and developing more resources? Improve your industry? Build new industry and where? All questions are welcome and will help me flesh out how to pull this off?