@cernel I have to agree with you about the mech units. On the one hand it seems wrong to depart from Puli’s vision but on the other it does seem historically inaccurate.
In tanks, the Chinese vs Japanese were around 200 v 1000. Given the huge scale in geography and manpower this is a tiny number. If each unit is a division then China should start with about 80 infantry and 1 armoured. China had more than 10,000 men per tank!
Should the map have fewer mech units and increase their cost?
Slowing the troop movements would also help to add emphasis to the railways.
Artillery was crucial but again less numerous than the game implies. Maybe we should equate the game’s Light Artillery to really being mortars, which could explain their numbers, although I don’t understand why they move at speed 2, unless they have some speedy trucks to carry them? Should heavy artillery also cost more?
The planes were also around 200 v 1000 so maybe are represented almost fairly although the Japanese may have slightly too many in the game. Maybe it should be 2 vs 10 and make them cost a bit more?