Other than that, once, neither of the other big powers could make it to the game, but the Secretary still simulated what Stalin did, and revealed that the USSR had began producing destroyers.
Now you see, one thing about our system is that, whenever you do an action in phase 2, you roll. Not to see if it works, but you instead roll to see if you manage to keep it secret.
The more spies you send in a nation, the better are your chances to know what others are doing.
So, upon hearing about this, I decided to form my own alliance. With the two other minor powers on my continent, I announced that we would no longer "Bend the knee in face of warmongers", and offered a continental defence pact which every other guy on my continent soon signed. We spent the rest of the session working together toward making a united army, capable of facing the larger threat that presented himself as the "Oversea warmonger"
Now, Stalin got wind of this, and immediately got a little pissy, So he signed a form of 'Molotov ribbentrop' pact with the German major and proceeded to intimidate my allies, by proposing to pay for their every expenses, and some by menacing to lay to ashes their cities and salt their crops.
This had for immediate consequence the fact that both of my italian friends immediately switched side.
But I was prepared. once my turn came, I announced that "The continental sovereighty of Drenleq would not be threatened" sent an ultimatum out to the others, who sticked close to Stalin. Stalin also declared in response to this public Ultimatum "The 2nd warm water fleet shall dock in the capital of Alaskiaa to do some... Peacekeeping"
Fine by me, I announced that 300 of the 400 halftracks I had in reserve would motor out toward Alaskia. The rest of my troops would stand at the ready, and that all reserves would be mobilized.
As expected, Stalin was bluffing. He said "You know what... We're leaving port."
and now the Italys were alone...