Fascist (Axis) Strategy
The Axis powers are the have-nots in this world, which means they lack
a number of things when compared to the other major powers: land, people,
resources, money, and most of all status. And ideologically the fascists
have no reason to cooperate with anyone - each fascist state sees itself
as the most superior nation. Remember these weaknesses.
However, the Axis powers have some advantages. First of all military strength.
Secondly, the political will and means to use that power, the advantages of
not having to lead a democracy. Thirdly, a common foe: communism, and to
a lesser extent: the Western democracies. This enables the Axis to form a
plan to gain what is not theirs, to execute that plan, and to use it on
the declared enemies. Before that: you are free to cooperate with anyone,
just remember that cooperation is temporary and conflict the ultimate goal.
Democratic (Allied) Strategy
The Allies, or if we exclude China, the Western democracies, are a very
powerful group of nation-states. Each of them has a large population,
which is highly educated and wealthy. Each of them has a potentially
powerful economy and could build up strong military forces. Each of them
is well-known in the diplomatic world. So given time, the Allies will
always win any conflict. Remember those advantages.
However, the Allies are divided internally and between themselves. Britain
and France may have joined forces together by close diplomatic counsel, but
the United States is in isolation. Next to that, internal power struggles
are a logical consequence of being a democracy. That means that planning
a grand strategy will often be frustrated by sudden power shifts in domestic
politics. A slow building up of defenses and alliances is therefore the
most logical thing to do. Buy time, do not enter a conflict alone or too
rapidly. Just remember that conflict is temporary and at the end of the
day it is cooperation and confidence in each other that counts.
Communist (Soviet) Strategy
Although communism will eventually be victorious (an inevitable historic
truth as Marx and Engels formulated it), there is no need to rush.
The Stalin doctrine means that the Soviet Union, the first nation to
accept communism as its guiding principle, will have to be strengthened
before the worldwide revolution can take place. Caution must therefore
prevail. And temporary alliances with others, preferably the leftist
democratic movements in Europe, is necessary. This also
goes for the greatest asset of the Soviet Union - the communist parties
throughout the world.
Chinese strategy should not be unlike that of the Soviet Union. China
has only recently been reunited after a civil war, although Manchuria
and Formose are still in the hands of Japan. That country is thus
your greatest external enemy, but don't forget about internal enemies.
The Communist Party may be viewed as your greatest threat.
You have several options, but none seem very convincing: (1) Fight
the communists and try to receive aid from the Axis powers, or
(2) Fight Japan and receive help from the communists, or
(3) Reform your country and receive help from the USA.