One of the aspects of an insurgency is the political war. In Ici, one of the tough decisions that you have to make is what political chit to play.
Will you play something that will affect the hotheads among elite forces and the pied-noirs (local French)? This is important, if they run amok they will seriously lower the political will of the armed forces (which will result in less amount of operation points each game turn).
Will you play something that will affect the efficiency of the FLN? The lower the efficiency the lesser chance there is for FLN to succeed in their attacks and the more difficult it is to recruit new fighters.
Will you decide on something that will get the international politics support you? This usually affects the loyalty among the moslems in Algeria. This is important, not just in how willing they are to become recruited by the FLN but also whether if they, by the end of the game, will wish to stay with France or become independent.
Will you go for something useful on the battlefield? Getting the upper hand in the regions of Algeria will allow you control the people living there. For the French it is a matter of finding and fighting the FLN fighters out there. They will do that by advancing their tactics and the technology of war.
All these are crucial but you will have to choose one chit only each game turn and, of course, it matters if you play first or second.
Later I will go into the matter of recruiting.
Ici is due for printing in 4-6 weeks from now