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5.  ECONOMICS

5.1     BRP BASES

5.2     GERMAN FACTORIES

5.3     EFFECTS OF MOBILIZATIONS

5.4     BRP LEVELS

5.5     OIL

5.1  BRP BASES:

5.11  BRP BASES: The starting BRP base of each major power in A World at War is determined by its number of military factories. Each military factory is worth 10 BRPs of base.

5.12  BRITISH DOMINIONS: Britain adds 40 BRPs to its initial BRP base to reflect the contribution from the Dominions and India.

5.13  RUSSIA:  The first two Russian military factories generate 20 BRPs of Russian BRP base. In A World at War these are reflected by the two key economic areas in Siberia.

5.2  GERMAN FACTORIES:

5.21  NUMBER OF GERMAN FACTORIES: Germany begins Gathering Storm with 12 factories, and can acquire additional factories by:

A. Remilitarizing the Rhineland.

B. Occupying Austria.

C. Incorporating Czechoslovakia into the Reich.

5.22  If war breaks out between Italy and the Western Allies before Germany has remilitarized the Rhineland, is it considered to remilitarize the Rhineland in the first turn of A World at War and gains the idle factory for the Rhineland.

5.23  If Germany has not gained control of Austria or Czechoslovakia during Gathering Storm, before the outbreak of war, it acquires the factories associated with those countries factories during A World at War if it achieves a “10” diplomatic result (alliance) for Austria or Czechoslovakia. For each such diplomatic result, Germany’s BRP base immediately increases by 10 BRPs and Germany adds one 4-6 armor unit, two AAF and two 3-3 infantry units to its force pool as allowable builds after the normal mobilization delays (six, four and two turns, respectively).

5.24  CONQUEST INSUFFICENT: A German conquest of Austria or Czechoslovakia during A World at War has no effect on the German BRP base and force pool.

5.3  EFFECTS OF MOBILIZATIONS:

5.31  BRP BASES: A major power’s BRP base is increased by 10 BRPs for each civilian or idle factory it mobilizes.

5.32  BRP LEVELS:  A major power’s BRP level is increased by 10 BRPs for each civilian or idle factory it mobilizes.

5.33  FORCES:  When a major power mobilizes, it increases its force pool in accordance with A World at War rule 36.

5.4  BRP LEVELS

5.41 BRP LEVELS: Each major power’s starting BRP level in A World at War is the total of the following components:

A. PRORATED COMPONENTS: The total of the following values is prorated to adjust for the season in which war breaks out (100% if the first A World at War turn is Spring, 75% if Summer, 50% if Fall; 25% if Winter).

B. NON-PRORATED COMPONENT: Each major power then adjusts its starting BRP total as follows:

C. BRITISH AND FRENCH PACIFIC COLONIES: Britain and France do not count the BRPs from their Pacific colonies until the 1940 YSS (Britain: 40 BRPs; France: 10 BRPs). If the first turn of A World at War is Summer 1940 or later, the BRPs from the British and French Pacific colonies are prorated.

5.42 BRP VALUES OF TERRITORIES: Territories have their normal A World at War BRP values, except as follows:

A. POLAND: If Poland is divided by Axis aggression or as a result of the Nazi-Soviet Pact:

B. BALTIC STATES: If the Baltic States are divided:

It is possible, although unlikely, that the Baltic States might be divided as a result of the Nazi-Soviet Pact. The A World at War mapboard overlay does not cover this remote possibility.

5.43  GERMAN ECONOMIC INTEREST IN RUSSIA: The Nazi-Soviet Pact concession level is always rounded to the nearest number divisible by five (Gathering Storm rule 31.33). This rounding determines the extent of Germany’s economic interest in Russia in A World at War:

A. If the Nazi-Soviet Pact concession level is rounded down by two, Germany does not receive an economic interest in Russia.

B. If the Nazi-Soviet Pact concession level is rounded down by one, Germany receives an economic interest of 5 BRPs in Russia.

C. If the Nazi-Soviet Pact concession level is not rounded down, Germany receives an economic interest of 10 BRPs in Russia.

D. If the Nazi-Soviet Pact concession level is rounded up by one, Germany receives an economic interest of 15 BRPs in Russia.

E. If the Nazi-Soviet Pact concession level is rounded up by two, Germany receives an economic interest of 20 BRPs in Russia.

F. The prorated value of the German economic interest in Russia is added to the starting German BRP total (5.41A).

5.44 SUPPORT LEVELS: The starting A World at War BRP levels of major powers that go to war in the final turn of Gathering Storm are increased or decreased as follows. These adjustments are not made for major powers that are neutral when A World at War begins.

A. Each warring major power compares its support level to that of the opposing major(s) with which it is at war.

B. If a major power is at war with two or more enemy major powers, their support levels are averaged before the comparison is made.

C. Each warring major power adds 3 BRPs to its starting A World at War BRP level for each support level higher than its adversaries and subtracts 3 BRPs from its starting A World at War BRP level for each support level lower than its adversaries.

D. Fractions are rounded to the next highest (for support advantages) or lower (for support disadvantages) number.

EXAMPLE: Germany, Italy, Britain and France all go to war, with the following support levels: Germany (8), Italy (3), Britain (6) and France (7). Each warring major power then compares its support level to the average of the opposing coalition.

The Axis average is 8 + 3 = 11/2 = 5.5. The Allied average is 6 + 7 = 13/2 = 6.5.

Germany has a support advantage of 8 - 6.5 = 1.5, which rounds to 2. Germany adds 6 BRPs to its starting total.

Italy has a support disadvantage of 3 - 6.5 = -2.5, which rounds to -3. Italy subtracts 9 BRPs from its starting total.

Britain has a support advantage of 6 - 5.5 = .5, which rounds to 1. Britain adds 3 BRPs to its starting total.

France has a support advantage of 7 - 5.5 = 1.5, which rounds up to 2. France adds 6 BRPs to its starting total.

If Italy remained neutral, this would have no effect on the German BRP adjustment, but Britain would subtract 6 BRPs and France would subtract 3 BRPs.

5.5  OIL

5.51   OIL CONSUMPTION: Major power oil consumption is tracked in accordance with A World at War rules, with the following exception: if war breaks out without the Nazi-Soviet Pact having been signed, the Axis track oil consumption normally from the start of the war.

5.52  GERMAN SYNTHETIC OIL PLANTS: Germany is considered to be constructing synthetic oil plants throughout the time covered by Gathering Storm. The status of Germany’s synthetic oil plants in A World at War therefore depends on when war breaks out:

 

German Synthetic Oil Plants - 5.52

Year

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

1935

0 (2)

0 (2)

0 (3)

0 (3)

1936

0 (4)

0 (4)

1 (0)

1 (0)

1937

1 (1)

1 (1)

1 (2)

1 (2)

1938

1 (3)

1 (3)

1 (4)

1 (4)

1939

2 (0)

2 (0)

2 (1)

2 (1)

1940

2 (2)

2 (2)

2 (3)

2 (3)

The turn indicated is the final turn of Gathering Storm, in which war breaks out (the first turn of A World at War is the following turn - Fall 1939, historically).

The first number indicates the number of German synthetic oil plants. The second number indicates the number of A World at War credits towards construction of the next synthetic oil plant.

Germany may assign RPs to complete a partially built oil plant in the first year of A World at War, regardless of the turn in which war breaks out.