Could a house rule on the Euro side of say 6 VC's be a linchpin. If the axis reach 6 VCs (on Euro side) then they are allowed to invade true neutrals (w/o consequences of flipping them all). I noticed that all the true neutrals on the Euro side have an even number of infantry. If the axis have 6 VC's they have to fight 1/2 the inf shaded on the map and kill them. The other 1/2 join the invader (just place units on the board of the invaders color after the win). In case of Turkey, you fight 4 inf, then get the other 4 inf in your color.
Likewise in the same scenario (axis have 6 VCs), the UK or Russia (US not allowed) can also invade w/o consequences of flipping the other neutrals. They would be rushing in ahead to def against the axis intruders. This wouldn't be a smooth operation, so resistance would be expected. Same thing happens, you have to kill 1/2 the standing army, then the other 1/2 joins your side.
In the event the axis have 7 VCs (on Euro board) then there is more pressure for the neutrals to join the axis. The axis now don't have to defeat 1/2 the standing army, they just NCM in, and the standing army joins them. Likewise the allies (Russia/UK) can make a last ditch effort to take the country over, but would have to defeat the entire standing army.
By making it that only the UK & Russia are allowed to take over true neutrals the US can't push their weight around. The S American neutrals would be difficult for other powers to get to, and the African neutrals are only worth 1 IPC.
IDK, it could be interesting, but I'm sure there are some holes. Maybe it could be more of a regional VCs. Like Adding India to the mix when talking about neutrals in the Middle East. Have India count towards your 6 VCs (or 7 VCs) to gain access to the true neutrals in the Mid East (Saudi, Turkey, and Afghanistan).
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