You box select units.
You use the "draw front line" tool on a border.
You draw a "plan" of attack.
You declare war and watch as your dudes automatically carry out the plan while you afk and watch national foci complete.
You modify the crap basic division to be 7 inf and 2 arty
If you have industry and doods you make it like a 14 inf and 4 arty, and eventually toss in a tank destroyer. This makes you invincible last I tried.
You enable NATO logotypes to feel like you are a real general and not just a larper with a broken game.
You invade Japan and kill yourself from the pain that is to actuly do it.
You decide that vanila is not worth it and play mods.
You, just maybe, finally have something that can be called fun.
Ok. Half way through that I realized that I was starting to spill too much bile but fuck it. The game isn't hard to get into really. I imagine you'll try vanila either way, but my advice is just don't and go for Kaiserreich as the first experiance. I think playing something like the Bengal Commune might be a good starter experiance, as it gives you a nice early medium-scale personal war with mostly equal sides to dip the feet in. Perhaps Central States of America are also good in that, but the war is smaller and might be more fiddly.
Anyway, to get mods for your cracked version, go to https://steamworkshopdownloader.io
then find the mod you want on steam page, copy url, download, find your cracked files and using the launcher menu create a mod folder to store the files. Currently on mobile, but there was a proper explanation for this in the bumplpcked thread.