26.11  The crisis phase consists of the following segments:

A. AXIS AGGRESSION: Italy and Germany may each conduct one aggression, provided no restrictions apply (27).

B. ALLIED RESPONSE: Britain and France, acting in concert, must either:

C. MINOR COUNTRY RESISTANCE DETERMINED: If Britain and France threaten war, one tile is drawn at random and the value of the tile added to the minor country resistance to determine the exact resistance level of the minor country that is the target of the aggression (28.5).

D. AXIS RESPONSE: Once the resistance level of the target is determined, the Axis aggressor reveals any secret support events it has and must either:

E. ALLIED ULTIMATUM: If the aggressor continues with the aggression, Britain and France reveal any secret support events they have and must either:

F. PULLING BACK FROM THE BRINK: If Britain and France issue an ultimatum, the Axis aggressor must either:

G. RESOLVING AXIS AGGRESSION: If the Allies either acquiesce in the Axis demand or back down after threatening war, the Axis aggression is resolved and its effects implemented (30).

26.12 PRE-EMPTIVE DECLARATIONS OF WAR: Subject to meeting threshold requirement for declaring war, once any crisis triggered by an Axis aggression has been resolved, including by the outbreak of war:

A. GERMANY: Germany may declare war on the Allies, provided the Allies did not declare war on Germany or Italy in response to an Axis aggression.

B. ALLIES: The Allies may declare war on an Axis major power that did not conduct an aggression.

C. RUSSIA: Russia may declare war on Germany.

26.13  WAR ENDS THE GAME: Gathering Storm ends when two or more major powers go to war. If Italy and Germany both conduct aggressions on the final turn of Gathering Storm, it is possible for the Allies to declare war on both Axis major powers as the game ends.

26.14  RUSSIA:

A. RUSSIA AS AN ALLIED MAJOR POWER: Russia is considered to be “Allied” in a crisis if the Nazi-Soviet Pact has not been signed, Germany is carrying out an aggression against Poland, the Baltic States or a minor country containing at least one Russian flag, and Russia decides to oppose the aggression. The benefits (27.62, 27.82) or costs (27.72) of opposing the German aggression are applied to Russia regardless of how the crisis is resolved from the Allied point of view.

B. NAZI-SOVIET PACT: If Germany makes a demand against Poland, it may negotiate a non-aggression Pact with Russia (31.21A). This is a one-time event.