HoI4 Japan 1936 Asia Resources Analysis
Hearts of Iron 4 (HoI4) is a grand strategy world war 2 PC game. There are many AARs and information online about HoI4 but there are very few serious analysis on the mechanics and the distribution of resources and forces. Some players may enjoy more the detail and the strategic planning and observations needed for a successful (and more immersive) campaign. Unfortunately, the AI and other problems of current version of HoI4 may prevent us to have a perfect SP game, but it is matter of time that new patches and DLC can make a better game.
We have to bear in mind that new Paradox update will come more aluminum resources in Asia, which is essential to construct airplanes for Japan.
The Empire of Manchukuo and Korean peninsula have rich resources in steel. In my impression the Eastern of Manchukuo is important for Japan and should be protected properly against the Soviet Union. In addition to steel, it has cadmium, aluminium, oil, rubber and tugsten. The Korean peninsula is also rich in tugnsten. Northern part is less rich but still provides some resources.
Here, in the Southeast Asia is where most resources are accumulated. In particular about rubber, oil and tugsten. The most impressive reserves are in Dutch East Indies (rubber, oil), Singapore (tungsten and rubber), Siam (rubber) and south of French Indochina (oil, rubber, steel). Lack of aluminium is notorious with the exception of one area. Most oil is located here too. It is a “rubber” giant resource center too.
Perhaps south Beijing area and central China states have the largest resources with a moderate amount of each product. In terms of resources, and compared with Southeast Asia, it is hard to justify a large military operation. Maybe the cadmium is the most valuable product which does not exist in the South. Historically, the Imperial Japanese Navy was supporting Southeast expansion and campaign. IJA, in contrast, proposed expansion in China and northern against Soviet Union.