Supreme Ruler of Northern California
Having grown up in Northern California I was curious to see how it would fare in a Supreme Ruler scenario. At the start of the campaign mode, where the gamer will start with a small region and take it all the way to dominate the world, California is split into four distinct regions, and the game map is simply a map of California itself, with the surrounding states being non-traversable.
The San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles are their own regions in this scenario, and the rest of California is split between North and South.
Playing as Northern California, it was immediately apparent that this rural portion of the state is strongly agriculturally based, and severely threatened by heavily populated San Francisco - which also boasted a significant military presence. Accordingly, I chose to build my military forces quickly, opting to build M1 tank battalions, cheap A10 ground attack aircraft squadrons, and cruise missiles.
A reunification vote was scheduled in one year I was dead last in the polls due to my small population base. There was little hope of winning a conflict by invading the southern half of the state, so I targeted San Francisco, judging that its population and my resources would be sufficient to win the vote.
I sent battalions of tanks and infantry backed by air power and artillery through the southern and northern portions of San Francisco's territory. San Francisco's capital was on the western peninsula, guarded to the east by military bases in Oakland. My forces rapidly seized Santa Cruz in the south and Marin county in the north while holding off counterattacks from Oakland.
Everything went swimmingly as I moved my battalions up Highway 101 to seize San Francisco, supported by artillery firing over the Golden Gate Bridge. But as I seized the capital, the seat of government moved to Oakland, smack dab in the center of heavily defended urban territory.
From there it was a knife fight. I pushed east across the Bay Bridge - and was repulsed by fire coming from destroyers in the Bay. In the end, I won - but only after firing my entire stock of cruise missiles into the Oakland area, causing tens of thousands of civilian casualties - not a proud moment.