Eastbourne, England (Yankee go home!)
Our latest game of TK has resulted in Germany playing Pact of Steel and obtaining Poland as an ally in Pre War, then in order to attack Russia with Operation Otto; declared war on the Baltic States in winter of 37-38, so that in Spring of 1938, could play Operation Otto as a pending card. Then moving through the Baltic States, smashed the Russians in the Summer of 1939 with Operation Otto and playing Ostland Accord in Fall 1939. Is this a correct rule sequence? I don't see how it's possible Germany declared war that soon. It's still prewar, no declarations of war are allowed. Generally speaking, this can only be done from special demand card effects related to 'country resists' or in the case that Germany plays mobilization card 6, which can't possibly be done until 1940. Moreover, it's the allies that will dictate the pace of these possibilities, other than the allowed play of German card 6.
And after Ostland Accord ends, are Germany and Russia at war or at peace?
Otherwise, Ostland accord has specific effects as listed in rule 16.2.2. If you have a specific question about how that rule works, please so indicate
12.1 Pre-War Effects
Europe at Peace: The Axis faction cannot end a Policy by performing
certain “voluntary” actions (as defined in 18.104.22.168).
Clarification: An “involuntary” action (as defined in 22.214.171.124) that
ends a Policy is okay.
No faction can Declare War in its War & Peace Segment (6.1).
No unit can move or attack outside of its Country or Dependent. No
support unit or Airdrop marker can be placed in a hex, Naval Zone
Box or Strategic Warfare Box.
Clarification: A Convoy marker can be placed in a Convoys Box.
Option Card Selection Restrictions: A faction can only select a blue
Pre-War option card.
ps sorry for the edits I had trouble quoting your question