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As France, for instance, it's fairly easy to defend against an extended "frontal" attack in the north by England and Germany, by covering the connected zones, Burgundy, Picardy, and Brest. Fortunately I've never had to do this, but it seems harder to defend against a simultaneous attack by England, aimed at Brest, and Italy, aimed at Marseilles, on a northwest to southeast axis.

As Russia, it's relatively easy to defend against a two power attack from the west or southwest, say by Austria-Hungary, allied with either Germany or Turkey. That's because Sevastopol, the Ukraine, and Warsaw form a natural defense line. The one to fear seems to be England and Turkey to both the north and south. Then Russia is split in two directions, and easy game if one of the Germanic countries becomes a third attacker.

Has anyone had the experience of being victimized by "divergent" attacks at both ends of the Empire? Or more to the point, gone out of their way to create these kinds of problems for their opponents?

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It's definitely the case that fighting a two-front war is more than twice as hard as fighting on one front. Besides the obvious reason, that you need twice as many units, there's the support-cut effect too. Most empires, especially early, aren't 3 provinces wide, so even an unsupported attack on one side can strip a unit on the other side of the support it needed to hold.

One place this is borne out is in the aggregate results of Russia. Russia has the highest solo rate of any power, and the second highest elimination rate. If Russia can't turn their initial two-front (North and South) exposure into a one-front war, they're done for in a blink.

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Yes, I have had success with Russia by abandoning ST.Pete to England and taking out Turkey quickly. –  Pieter Geerkens yesterday

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