So I finally got the game installed on my new PC and to celebrate I figured I'd document my first game on the new box here. This is probably only my 2nd or 3rd RTW2 game.
Fleet size is set to very large
Varied technologies is enabled
Here are the initial conditions a month in (I forgot to grab a screenshot before ending January).
I let the game generate my starting fleet. The results were...not great imo. It looks like the US chose to not build any ships they couldn't build in their own shipyards. Since everyone except Japan has larger shipyards at the start of the game this has left the USN having to make trade offs with their largest capital units relative to the other major powers. Current in-service ships have only 80 rounds for each main gun, and are slightly slower (1-2 knots) than the world norm.
New York Class:
Jan 1900 - Feb 1916
Jan 1900 - Feb 1916
The New Yorks emphasize a heavy secondary battery over armor protection.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2020 2:38:05 GMT -5 by knightraf
The Oklahoma class make the opposite trade, reducing the secondary battery relative to the preceding New York class and reducing the protection on that battery to increase main battery and main belt protection significantly.
Mar 1901 - Dec 1918
The new Nevada class finally uses every bit of displacement that US domestic shipbuilding can provide to increase the main battery ammunition supply to 95 rounds per gun and to push speed up to 18 knots while maintaining the Oklahoma's standard of protection further de-emphasizing the secondary and tertiary batteries, letting them fall to only ten guns each.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2020 18:27:36 GMT -5 by knightraf
These three new armored cruisers that are under construction look to be fairly decent matches for everything except the largest British CAs currently in service. Hopefully still true by the time they finish building.
These ships were selected for conversion into experimental CVLs.
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Tensions with Germany spiraled rapidly over the past year and the United States hovers on the brink of conflict. Tensions with France, Italy, and Great Britain are also slightly elevated, though they seem unlikely to join in the conflict that looks to erupt with Germany. Germany has unfortunately added six cruisers to its fleet over the past year and started construction on three new battleships and one new armored cruiser. Against this the USN has only added one additional armored and one additional protected cruiser. Construction was also begun on two new Ohio class battleships, and designs have just been finalized for a new armored cruiser and new protected cruiser. This new construction is unlikely to be available during the potential conflict unless tensions stabilize or the conflict is quite extended, however.
Oct 1902 - Jan 1918
Jul 1903 - Jan 1918
The Ohio class represents an evolution of the Nevada class inherited from the previous administration. They give up a little armor from the secondary battery and the entire tertiary battery in exchange for two additional 6" guns in the secondary battery.
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After eight months of war the balance between the US and Germany has not changed significantly. Germany has landed troops on Guam due to their surprise decision to position over half their fleet in the Pacific for the start of the conflict. US and German troops continue to fight over the island and two US battleships, the New York and Delaware, fought an inconclusive duel with a German battleship off the island. Cruiser actions have also been fought in the Central Pacific and the Caribbean. The US lost the armored cruiser San Diego in an action off Pensacola and a destroyer in an action off Guantanamo. In return the Germans lost the armored cruiser Hansa, the light cruiser Bremen, and three destroyers. Tensions with France and Russia remain elevated but our diplomats remain confident that they will not join the war.
Oct 1903 - Jan 1918
Oct 1903 - Jan 1918
Nov 1903 - Jan 1918
Aug 1904 - Jan 1918
The new California-class battleships represent an evolution of the previous Ohio design. They move the secondary battery to single turrets instead of casements, add two additional guns to the secondary battery, and bring back the tertiary battery of the Nevada-class. They also have a full 100 rounds for each main battery gun. Upon entry into service, it was discovered that these ships were unable to make their designed speed.
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The Louisville is a response to the fact that virtually every foreign armored cruiser with heavy guns (main battery larger than 6") is faster than any of our current armored cruisers with heavy guns. Compared to the previous Chester-class the Louisville drops 500 tons displacement, reduces the secondary battery to twelve 5" guns from sixteen 6" guns while moving those guns to single turrets, dispenses with the tertiary battery, and drops 1" of belt armor. In exchange it gains two knots of speed.
Tuscon-class protected cruiser:
Sep 1902 - Dec 1918
Aug 1902 - Dec 1918
The Tuscon-class is just a Flint-class with slightly upgraded engines for one more knot of speed.
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Three US armored cruisers led by the Pittsburgh, which had already had the busiest war of any US ship engaged the German battleship Brandenburg in a running fight that lasted for several hours between Guam and Saipan. The battle of Atchung Point resulted in a US victory with the Brandenburg and three destroyers being sunk in exchange for the loss of the Pittsburgh.
The German navy attempted to attack a US convoy off Guam. The heavy US escort managed to drive off the German attack, sinking the armored cruiser Scharnhorst in the process. The US navy sustained no losses in the action, though the battleship New York was heavily damaged by a torpedo hit.
The US and Germany have reached a negotiated settlement that resulted in no territory changing hands. The navy has been forced to temporarily halt construction on the battleships Connecticut and Wyoming due to budget cuts.
Last Edit: Jan 19, 2020 19:43:51 GMT -5 by knightraf
Tensions between the US and Germany remain slightly elevated in the aftermath of the US/German Pacific War. Tensions are also slightly elevated between the US and Great Britain, though the reasons are somewhat unclear. Due to the long building times of the battleships laid down early in the conflict the US navy did not start construction on any new ships this year, lacking the funding. Great Britain continues to enjoy a massive lead in naval power and doesn't look to be challenged by any other power in the foreseeable future. Germany has far more battleships currently under construction than the US, but can not have the funding to complete their current construction program in a timely manner unless they are lying about the funds being allocated to the navy. The US navy is at roughly parity with the other major navies except Japan, who is slightly weaker than the US.
The US and Great Britain concluded a 5-year security treaty during the past year, eliminating the chance of conflict between us and the world's strongest naval power for the immediate future. Tensions with Germany, however, are quite high after we forced them to abandon the idea of invading Morocco. As expected, Germany has still not completed more than half of their previous wartime construction program, allowing us to close some of the gap between our projected strength. Over the past year we added four additional battleships to the fleet, and started construction of two new battleships.
New Mexico-class Battleship
Jan 1906 - Oct 1919
May 1906 - Oct 1919
The New Mexico-class represents a significant upgrade relative to the proceeding California-class ships. These ships add an additional two knots of designed speed, and move to a secondary battery of eight 9" guns arranged in two twin turrets on each broadside. The tertiary battery has been upgraded to sixteen 4" guns as well. Armor has not been reduced in any way either.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2020 20:18:13 GMT -5 by knightraf