Under 2nd editition rules to decide who won at the end of the game you calculate production totals for production phase 46 without blockade effects.
This was intended to avoid 45 Dow's on the West as a "cheapo" way to reduce the Wests production base for the end calculation.
Now we have the problem that the West can Dow the Axis in 45 ( if resources should be the limiting factor ) without repercussions from the "self inflicted" blockade.
Any proposals to correct this ?
I don't have a lot of experience with the rules yet, but I'm not convinced this needs fixing.
1. Is it really that common for the Axis player to reach '45 without being at war?
2. This is already something that exists in the first edition rules. The USSR always had exactly the same incentive to declare war on the Axis in '45 and cause this production drop. The West also had the same incentive as long as they felt that they could break any Axis blockade.
The blockade worry for the West is gone now, but that at best means that one of the Axis' two rivals now has a slightly greater incentive to declare war in a fairly niche situation. That doesn't seem particularly game-breaking - I suppose it means that the Axis should put a slightly greater priority on acquiring resources.