This is the arsenal of democracy:
That's not why we're here. This is Arsenal of Democracy:
It is a World War 2 grand strategy game of the first degree; some of you might know it better by the name Hearts of Iron II1
. The whole world is your playground, and any nation your agent. It doesn't simulate things down to the level of something like War in the Pacific, as featured in a certain thread
which may be responsible for getting my WW2 juices flowing enough to consider attempting this, but the focus on a broader scale brings things like production, research, and national manpower into play. Combat is handled on the level of provinces and divisions. Naval and aerial combat are abstracted to some degree; you build the forces and send them at each other, but that's about it.
The reason I'm a fan of the game is because it's basically a 'what if?' machine. My last game was as Italy, in which I first succeeded in Ethiopia, avoided any alliances with the Germans, and then spent my time building up a land army from 1940 to 1942 or so, hitting the Germans in the flank while they were deeply engaged in the Soviet Union. That game ended with Italy sweeping across Europe all the way down to France and Spain, leaving me to face the Soviets in Europe and the British and Americans sidelined in Belgium. In a few days, one of my friends is going to see if France can make it to Berlin while the Germans are busy in Poland. The hypothetical situations are great fun.