''[[http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?476220-Siegerkranz-Germany-s-Place-in-the-Sun Siegerkranz: Germany's Place in the Sun]]'' is an AfterActionReport of ''HeartsOfIron II''', chronicling an AlternateHistory Germany that manages to be both plausible and unexpected. Currently still ongoing.

It all begins in [[TheThirties 1933]], with UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler ''failing'' in becoming Chancellor. Instead, a Field Marshall by the name of Kurt von Schleicher remains in control. But even as the WeimarRepublic unravels, with both the Nazis and Communists only ''part'' of the problem, he and his colleagues manage to keep it together...only reform it into a more powerful Germany.

The result is a Third Reich that is [[{{Prussia}} very]] [[RightfulKingReturns much]] [[ImperialGermany different]] from what our world would recognize. But if there is a trait similar with NaziGermany, it's a fierce determination to undo a humiliating defeat and rise back to glory...no matter the cost.


!!This work contains examples of:

* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler: Serves as one of the villains
* AlternateHistory
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Germans come across as more sympathetic and heroic, although some of their methods in regaining their place in the world are at times questionable.
* BlueBlood
* TheChessmaster: Apparently the Hohenzollerns' bread and butter. Wilheim III in particular catches on to Schleicher's reputation early on and eventually dumps him.
* CivilWar: Both the Nazis and Communists attempt to pull this off to usurp the Republic early on. [[spoiler:They both fail.]]
* DemocracyIsBad: What some, including Schleicher seem to think. Though given the [[TheThirties time period]] and context of inter-war Germany, it's not like you could blame them.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The Reich, while decidedly more pleasant (and arguably more liberal) than NaziGermany, is rather paternalistic with shades of sexism being brought up.
* EnemyMine: Schleicher's other ''modus operandi.'' He even resorts to bringing in Nazi turncoats.
* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler:Schleider's]] death in the Spanish Civil War is this, although it's shown that it deeply pained the [[spoiler:Kaiser]] despite knowing why [[IDidWhatIHadToDo it had to be done]].
* ForWantOfANail
* GameMod: The AAR makes use of Mod33, which moves the game's starting date to January 1933.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The covert attempt to reinstate the Ottoman Sultan was originally intended to build a bridge that would complete the Berlin-Istanbul railway line. Instead, it helped unleashed a hybrid Islamist-Secularist powerhouse [[spoiler:that forces the Kaiser to change course]].
* HighClassGlass: Some among the Prussian military caste still use monocles.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
* ImperialGermany: Much of the first parts of the AAR was part of a wider plan to restore it via the Constitution. [[spoiler:It worked beyond Schleicher's expectations.]]
* InSpiteOfANail: There are still some similarities with NaziGermany such as the disdain over the Treaty of Versailles [[spoiler:as well as a (later) Anschluss]], though these are relatively few and far between.
** It's revealed later on that like their Nazi counterparts in real life, the Imperial Germans renounce Versailles...but for different reasons. [[spoiler:Namely it happens much earlier and that it was meant to salvage their Turkish adventures.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Schleicher's success owes much to being this. He would not hesitate to shift allegiances at the drop of a hat if it serves his goals. Although this does come back to bite him later on [[spoiler:as the Kronprinz effectively ousts him from power ''for that very reason'']].
* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* NaziNobleman: Many of the leading figures, although none of them have any love for the Nazis.
* PluckyGirl: Hanna Reattach
* {{Prussia}}: A WorldWarII version of it.
* ThePurge: Schleicher has the Nazi and Communist factions banned.
* RagsToRiches: The [[OriginalCharacter Volkmann family]], while not exactly dirt poor had gained much from the Restoration, becoming more prominent at least in the military.
* TheSoundOfMartialMusic: The Habsburgs are restored in Austria, at the cost of becoming an autonomous part of the Reich. Given Otto's options however, he considers it a tolerable trade-off at least.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Effectively sidelined and suppressed.
* VictoryIsBoring: The German Empire finds itself in a situation like this later on, with various socio-political consequences.
* WeimarRepublic: The first parts of the story take place at the tail end of it.