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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

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.


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