Axis and Allies 1914: Portugal

is a territory meaning little to the Central Powers.  However, to the United States it is a launching pad to northern and southern Europe as well as Africa.  It is one of the safest place to temporarily base your troops as you bide your time planning your next turn.  We take a look and often over-looked nation of Portugal in World War 1 with sessions of Axis and Allies 1914.

Portugal, minor aligned power to France.
IPC value of 2.
Adjacent to sea zone-14.  No sea mines.
Borders neutral Spain.

Historical background
Initially neutral, skirmishes in African colonies with Germany prompted Portugal to send troops, transported by British ships, into Angola and Mozambique.  With British encouragement, by 1916 Portugal interns Central Power’s ships in Lisbon and Germany declares war on them shortly after.

Axis and Allies 1914 strategy
Distant from the objectives of the Central Powers, Portugal is a very safe and stable territory.  When pulled into the war with France, it provides an easy 2 IPC to the Allied economy.  It is a convenient 2 sea-zones from the eastern shores of the United States.   The United States can easily take advantage of their ports to launch strategic maneuvers to a number of fronts.

Sea-zone 8: Picardy, to shore up firewalls near Belgium to counter Germany.
Sea-zone 15: Brest, a desperate, second option to defend Paris.
Sea-zone 16: Marseilles, defending France’s southern flank to counter Austria-Hungary.
Sea-zone 16: Algeria or Tunisia, providing support into Africa to counter Central Powers insurgencies.
Sea-zone 17: Piedmont, to shore up firewalls near Venice countering Austria-Hungary from advancing towards Rome or Paris.
Sea-zone 17: Tuscany, a desperate, second option to support a firewall defending Rome at the expense of France.
Sea-zone 17: Naples, a desperate, third option to retake Rome after falling to Central Powers.
Sea-zone 17: Libya or Egypt, going on the offensive in Africa or engaging the Ottoman Empire with a new front.
Sea-zone 17: Albania, opening a new front driving a stake into the heart of the war putting both Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman on notice.    A bold maneuver yet dangerous if outnumbered by Central Power troops.
Sea-zone 17: Greece, a second more dangerous option to open a new front near Albania.

The distance the United States must endure offers a subtle advantage of time.  With troops stationed in Portugal, it offers opportunities to pivot and change strategies and destinations.  If you’re guessing your own next move, so will your opponent.

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