The United Kingdom was a key member of the Allies in the Second World War. Despite the stubborn resistance of its army and the tremendous support from its Empire, the German boot eventually landed onto Great Britain with a successful Operation Sea Lion and forced the country to negotiate terms. Britain's defeat left a lasting legacy: their Empire collapsed, Scotland and Wales seceded, and Ireland took Northern Ireland. London now only controls the Kingdom of England, a shadow of its former self.
At present, the nation is headed by the collaborationist Royal Party, who work with Germany out a fear for another devastating war like WWII. Anti-German rebels regularly challenge the Royal Party's rule, while Germany garrisoned Cornwall in order to watch over both the collaborators and the rebels. King Edward is an unpopular figure, while his niece Elizabeth exiled in Canada is becoming popular with the rebels. With chaos within and without, will Britannia become free and prosperous again? Or will it crash and burn with the world around it?
- Balkanize Me: After the success of Operation Sea Lion and the loss of its colonies and Northern Ireland, what was left of the United Kingdom was partitioned between the Kingdom of England, a German client state, and an independent Wales and Scotland.
- Civil War: England will inevitably descend into a civil war between the collaborationist government and the Resistance.
- Les Collaborateurs: England is a nation ruled by Nazi collaborators of the Royal Party, who are watched by the German garrison in Cornwall.
- Defector from Decadence: Following the collaborators' victory in the civil war, the reformists within the Royal Party, led by Harold Macmillan and Reginald Maudling, break away to form United England, out of opposition to the Royal Party's authoritarianism and corruption.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Most English collaborators in reality resent the Nazis and given the chance, would seek to do away with fascism, albeit much more slowly. They justify their continued cooperation with the Reich, however, by claiming that it's the only way to ensure England's survival.
- Propaganda Machine: The collaborator government can launch a large propaganda campaign in order to defame the Resistance, focusing on their brutal actions (especially those committed by Communist partisans) and that they would simply be crushed by Germany harder if they broke free.
- Realpolitik: If democratic reformist collaborators take power after the English Civil War, they can align themselves with Germany and the reborn Unity-Pakt instead of with the US, as an OFN presence on the Isles would put the country at odds with Germania and could potentially provoke an invasion from the Cornwall Garrison.
- Short-Lived Leadership: Alec Douglas-Home's government has the distinction of being the only government to last more than four years since the end of the war with Germany.
- Vestigial Empire: By 1962, the once-mighty British Empire is but a shadow of its former glory. All of its colonies, as well as the other Home Nations, are either independent or under German, Italian or Irish rule, and England itself is a client state (Mitstreiter) of Germany. Although England can free itself from German influence, restore the United Kingdom and partially regain some importance on the world stage, its days as an empire are definitely over.
HM King Edward VIII
- 0% Approval Rating: No one likes Edward, especially not the resistance. Bill Alexander's government seeks to harshly punish Edward for collaborating with the Nazis.
- Abdicate the Throne: If the English Civil War ends in victory for the collaborationists, Edward will abdicate and leave the throne to his brother, the Duke of Gloucester, who becomes King Henry IX.
- Break the Haughty: While hes clearly going through the motions by 1962, should Elizabeth II assume the throne following a Resistance victory, shed find to her dismay that her uncle is but a hollow shell of the man she knew as a child.
- Broken Pedestal: He's revealed to be this for Queen Elizabeth II should HMMLR win.
- Contempt Crossfire: The collaborators think Edward is too close to the resistance, but the resistance thinks that Edward is a collaborator. Nobody likes him in the end.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Apart from wanting to save England from destruction, a major reason for him going along with the Reich is out of a desire to reclaim his rightful place on the throne and preserve his dignity.
- Gilded Cage: Edward's current position has been described as "the world's most finely-garbed prisoner"; he is a king, but he's powerless, and cannot leave his position no matter how much he wants to. This becomes even more literal after a Resistance victory, as he winds up spending the rest of his days under house arrest. Despite otherwise comfortable trappings, he knows no one would stop any attempt to kill him the moment he tries to escape.
- Puppet King: King Edward is nothing more than a figurehead for the Collaborator government. The Crown has no power whatsoever. Should Elizabeth II become Queen following a HMMLR victory, he'll even warn her against become this to the Americans and OFN.
- The Quisling: Edward is rightfully perceived within England and abroad as a despicable traitor. The government officials he answers to in Germania don't respect him either, seeing him as a mere pawn they can use to facilitate their domination of Europe.
- Reluctant Ruler: After abdicating and leaving the throne to his younger brother Albert (who became King George VI), Edward was forcibly crowned as a German puppet after they capitulated the UK.
The current Prime Minister of England.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Lord Home is perhaps the archetypical representative of the Royal Establishment, who believes that the Resistance will only make things worse, since even if England regains independence, the Nazis might simply invade again and tighten their grip over the Isles.
- Passing the Torch: After the collaborators defeat HMMLR, Home resigns from his position and names Margaret Thatcher as his successor as the Royal Party's leader.
Harold Macmillan was formerly a prominent member of the Conservative Party, and like many others joined the Royal Party after the war. He leads a reformist faction in the Royal Party, aiming for the slow liberalization of England and guiding the country to a better tomorrow.
- The Atoner: Macmillan is the only defendant at the Oxford Trials who pleads guilty. In his statement, he expresses his regrets for not joining the resistance, admitting he was foolish to believe he could successfully reform the country from the inside. He ends with a heartfelt apology for not doing more.
- Egocentric Team Naming: Macmillan's clique in the post-Civil War United England party is called Macmillanists, a collection of people personally loyal to Macmillan's word.
- Famous Last Words: If sentenced to death after HMMLR's victory, Macmillan remains in disbelief to the very end, convinced that his death sentence must be some sort of mistake. His final words to the executioner is a simple "Why?".
- Gone Horribly Right: His efforts to rid Parliament of Fascism turn out to work a little too well. Effectively resulting in a one-party regime under the Macmillanists.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Macmillan doesn't find any satisfaction in removing Reginald Maudling from United England, but feels such an act necessary to stabilise his government. When announcing this to Maudling, Macmillan raises his own glass to Maudling's with a bittersweet smile, before allowing his old friend to leave the office with what dignity he had left.
- Internal Reformist: Macmillan aims to slowly liberalize England, and opposes the right-wing hardline National Front. He may even decide to break off from the Einheitspakt and join the OFN instead.
- President for Life: Viewing all opposition parties as either Fascist or Fascist-adjacent, Macmillan effectively creates a single-party state.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His efforts to stop Fascism can gradually lead him down an authoritarian path such that by the end of his second term, he pretty much becomes a dictator in all but name.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Should HMMLR win, one outcome for the Oxford Trials involves him being exiled to the US. While his efforts to liberalize England from within the collaborationist government would be lauded, his erstwhile compatriots would still see him as a traitor for being complicit in that same regime.
- Internal Reformist: Maudling is one of the most prominent reformists within the Royal Party, and believes that things have to be drastically changed, but prefers to achieve this through reform, not revolution.
- Redemption Quest: A major theme in Maudling's path is to clear the taint of collaboration and reform the United Kingdom as a democratic country, truly free from both the German and American boot.
- Token Good Teammate: Maudling commits no major acts of treason during his tenure on the cabinet. This becomes evident in an HMMLR victory during the Oxford Trials. While the jurors debate their verdict during his trial, they all agree his activities in government were the same as many other Collaborator MPs whom they'd already allowed to walk free, and are all convinced he'll be pardoned anyway. Even David Stirling's clique, despite wanting to put every single collaborator to death, is forced to lower their proposed sentence to exile once the rest of the jury deems it ludicrous.
- You Can't Go Home Again: If sentenced to exile following HMMLR's victory, Maudling spends the rest of his life in America in obscurity.
- Allohistorical Allusion: Thatcher can pass a law to provide milk handouts in schools, a nod to her real-life role in abolishing free milk in schools as a minister. Towards the '70s, however, her more extreme measures increasingly echo Augusto Pinochet.
- Cutting Off the Branches: Thatcher is the canonical successor to Alec Douglas-Home after the collaborators defeat HMMLR in the civil war.
- Historical In-Joke: Many of her policies are based on her actual views and actions as Prime Minister in real life, albeit applied decades early.
- Iron Lady: TNO's Thatcher, if anything, surpasses her real-life counterpart.
- The Pardon: If HMMLR wins the Civil War, Thatcher is spared execution as a collaborator politician because she's too unimportant.
- Red Baron: Should Thatcher become Prime Minister of England following the collaborationists' victory, she becomes known as the Iron Lady, just like in real life.
- The Starscream: Given the opportunity, she'll break off from the Einheitspakt altogether and succeed where the Resistance would fail.
- Villainous Breakdown: If Thatcher loses a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons and is removed from office, she has no witty retort or hyperbolic broadside at the ready, and can do nothing but sit stunned and defeated as her life's ambitions come crashing down.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Towards the end of her second term, Thatcher becomes increasingly dictatorial and can even subvert democracy entirely. If she gets to that stage, she's popular enough to cow Parliament and her party into submission (for now, anyway).
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She not only seeks to cleanse England of the fascist taint, but also bring Britannia back to its rightful place on the world stage by any means at her disposal.
Arthur Kenneth Chesterton
- Contempt Crossfire: Chesterton is one of the most reviled men in England, despised by both rebels and collaborators alike.
- Hate Sink: He is the vilest member of the collaborationist goverment, who is described as a bootlicker, an antisemite and a coward, and his Britain is described as the worst of all possible unifiers.
- Historical In-Joke: If the government defeats HMMLR, Chesterton breaks from the Royal Party and founds the far-right National Front, a party he also founded (and re-founded) in real life.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: If Chesterton is sentenced to death following his trial, he is hanged. The trap door drops him before he can finish his last words, wishing that England's death will soon follow his own.
- Neck Snap: If Chesterton is sentenced to hang, the drop will fail to break his neck, leaving him suspended and struggling as he suffocates.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: If collaborationists win the civil war, Chesterton leaves the Royal Party and founds the fascist National Front.
- State Sec: The Blackshirts, originally founded by Oswald Mosley and now serving Chesterton, are a paramilitary group known for their ferocity and devotion to the fascist cause.
- Token Evil Teammate: Chesterton is the leader of the hardline fascist, overtly pro-German faction within the Royal Party, whose other members have no love for the Germans and only collaborate out of necessity.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the event of an HMMLR victory, Chesterton remains stoic throughout his trial, even after he is found guilty. This façade is broken, though, if he is sentenced to death. Upon seeing the gallows from which he'll hang, he collapses to his knees, and has to be carried by the guards as he shakes with fear.
- Villainous Legacy: He represents a continuation of Oswald Mosleys British Union of Fascists, and proudly upholds that legacy.
- Face Death with Dignity: If HMMLR sentences him to death following their victory, Montgomery respectfully salutes the firing squad and cries out 'God save the Queen!' just before the firing squad ends his life.
- Fallen Hero: The Resistance sees Montgomery as England's former greatest champion before he signed the treaty with Germany following the fall of London and personally ordered Claude Auchinleck to lay down his arms. If he had died in the invasion, he would be forever remembered as a hero.
- I Did What I Had to Do: During his trial following HMMLR's victory, Montgomery justifies his collaboration by explaining that his duty as an officer is to protect the English people in the face of tyranny and evil, even if it means to sacrifice values you hold dear.
- Military Coup: Montgomery overthrows the Prime Minister and turns England into a military junta if it fails to defeat the Cornwall garrison after the civil war.
- Allohistorical Allusion: Should HMMLR win the civil war, they can put the major collaborators on trial in Oxford, echoing the Nuremberg Trials.
- Back from the Brink: Whether liberated England retains the monarchy or abolishes it, it has the potential to rise from being a ruined backwater into a regional power.
- Chummy Commies: In the dark days of collaborator rule, the socialists of Bill Alexander, one of the most powerful English Resistance groups, are considered as potential allies by the conservative-leaning and royalist HMMLR, not as enemies. Once the collaborators are overthrown, under the leadership of Harold Wilson's reformists the Socialist Labour Party will promote democratic socialist reforms instead of calling for a violent revolution.
- Enemy Mine: Conservative royalists and revolutionary socialists would normally be political opponents, but are instead allies in England, and form a united resistance against the collaborators, their common enemy in Britain.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Due to their political differences, Claude Auchinleck and Bill Alexander distrust each other at first, but eventually they get along well, and are more than willing to work together to end collaborationist rule. They can even become close friends, if their alliance holds after they win independence for England.
- Fun with Acronyms: The full name of the biggest Resistance group in England is Her Majesty's Most Loyal Resistance (HMMLR). The acronym is acknowledged by Heinrich HMMLR, HMMLR's Burgundian System leader who resembles Himmler wearing a British Army uniform, and can only appear if the console is used.
- Kangaroo Court: While it's pretty clear in the Oxford Trials following a HMMLR victory that all the collaborators being found guilty is a predetermined outcome if not outright a formality, the proceedings could nonetheless easily devolve into this. Should the thirst for revenge overtake any desire for reconciliation or mercy, almost all the defendants could face summary execution, regardless of what they did. Just about the only exception is Margaret Thatcher, by virtue of being perceived as Beneath Notice.
- Military Coup: The Young Democracy Law is designed by Bill Alexander and Claude Auchinleck so that, in case of great crisis or crass incompetence, a selection of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Resistance leaders could take temporary power with the help of the armed forces. The hope is that the non-partisan nature of the Young Democratic League and the respectability of its leaders would add a degree of legitimacy to what amounts to an unelected dictatorship.
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite the name, Her Majesty's Most Loyal Resistance is ironically not united by a dedication to the restoration of the Queen.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: HMMLR is a diverse organisation, one made of promises and compromise rather than any definite political ideology.
- La Résistance: England has one of the strongest, if disorganized at the start of the game, anti-Nazi resistances in Europe. Mostly represented by Claude Auchinleck's royalist HMMLR and Bill Alexander's Left Resistance, the Resistance seeks to reconnect its various cells, search for foreign aid and convince the English population to join their struggle. If they succeed in their goals and oust the English collaborationist government, they can overthrow the Nazi yoke and reclaim England's independence.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Left Resistance barely manages to work alongside the rabidly anti-communist David Stirling.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: If HMMLR loses the civil war and Auchinleck is put on trial, as soon as the judge sentences him to death, Auchinleck drinks a flask of poison and dies within moments, denying the collaborationists the satisfaction of executing him.
- Cyanide Pill: Auchinleck carries a flask of poison on his person, which he'll drink if he's defeated and sentenced to death by the collaborationists.
- Old Soldier: Like Bill Alexander, Auchinleck has been fighting fascism for many years by the time the game starts.
- Passing the Torch: After HMMLR's victory in the civil war, an elderly Auchinleck nominates George Jellicoe as the National Democratic League's new leader at the first democratic elections in twenty years.
- Rage Within the Machine: Due to his popularity as a national icon, Auchinleck was elected as the Royal Party MP for Hampshire in 1947, despite also being the commander-in-chief of the National Resistance Coalition.
- The Spook: Known to most simply as 'the Boss', almost nobody outside HMMLR's upper ranks is aware that the leader of the greatest rebel group in the Isles is Auchinleck, and they would like to keep it that way.
- Chummy Commies: He's a radical socialist but one who believes in democratic representation rather than authoritarianism.
- Eagle Squadron: Alexander once led volunteer armies in the ranks of the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, and later the Red Army during the West Russian War.
- Old Soldier: Bill Alexander has fought against Fascism for more than twenty years. First joining the International Brigades against the Francoist forces in the Spanish Civil War, Alexander later fought against the Nazi invaders in Britain, and volunteered in the Red Army during the West Russian War, even becoming an acquaintance of General Zhukov himself. He's been fighting against the collaborators ever since, and he won't stop until Britain is free.
- Passing the Torch: After the Resistance wins the civil war, Alexander decides that the time has come for him to leave behind the leadership of the Socialist Labour Party. His last act is to give one last speech, where he puts his confidence into Harold Wilson to continue his hard work.
- Combat Pragmatist: After fighting the Nazis and collaborators for decades, Stirling doesn't put much weight on honorable methods of confronting an enemy he sees as deserving no mercy. If it means saving more lives, he and his men aren't above doing wetwork."The traitors have no honour, and we sure as hell won't give them any."
- Elite Army: According to Stirling, the Royal Army should focus on small, highly trained strike teams, each expert in a single aspect of warfare: with specialised support and state-of-the-art equipment, these units can inflict much more damage to the enemy than an entire platoon of average soldiers, at a fraction of the cost.
- Great Escape: If HMMLR loses the English civil war, Stirling is captured by the collaborationists, but manages to break free of his prison and escape to Scotland.
- Immigrant Patriotism: Despite having been originally from Scotland, Stirling has fought for England for more than two decades, since the original German invasion.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Years of constantly fighting Nazis and collaborators had made Stirling vindictive by 1962. It only gets worse from there, as he begins endorsing, and resorting to, ever more brutal measures to avenge Britain's loss.
- Psycho Sidekick: Titled the "Mad General", Stirling is driven by Revenge. He is responsible for much of the Resistance's dirty workand has no qualms about mocking his victims' corpses. If HMMLR wins the war, he pushes for the execution of every collaborator and enters politics as leader of the reactionary Movement in Support of the Army.
- The Remnant: Stirling and his Commandos are the largest military unit in England which has never surrendered following the fall of the UK.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Stirling's Britain reunification superevent plays a soundtrack of a crowd of people getting gunned down by machine guns, while the upbeat marching song Soldiers of the Queen plays in the background.
- The Unfettered: Stirling is far more willing to resort to dubious means and endanger civilian lives than the other two Resistance leaders. However, Stirling is the only one of the three to dissent from a plan to reserve the power to launch a military coup if they think democracy is in peril, even telling them to "stop trying to make an extreme solution to a theoretical problem".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Should he assume power, he's shown to resort to increasingly drastic measures to maintain order and reunite Britain. Even if that extends to establishing a military junta and gunning down any dissenters in sight.
- Fake Defector: After being captured during Operation Sea Lion, Jellicoe pretended to renounce his loyalty to King George VI and was put in a civil service position in the Foreign Office. In truth, he never actually did so, and currently serves as one of the main contacts between HMMLR and the OFN.
- Goodbye, Cruel World!: If HMMLR is defeated by the collaborationists, their agents track down Lord Jellicoe only to find him already dead, with a will reading that he requests to be buried next to his father, and entrusts his remaining assets to his wife.
- Good Old Ways: A man dedicated to his Queen, his country and his party, Prime Minister Jellicoe plans to turn England into something resembling its former glory.
- Historical In-Joke: Some of Powell's quotes are excerpts from his real "Rivers of Blood" speech.
- Not So Stoic: Should HMMLR lose, Powell eventually snaps upon finding out that he's not seen as "important" enough for the victors to even try him.
- Retcon: In older versions, the collaborationist Prime Minister of England was Enoch Powell, but this had to be changed as the real Powell would never have worked with the Germans. As a result, he was replaced in this role by Alec Douglas-Home and became a member of HMMLR.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Due to his problematic views on religious freedoms and on immigration, Powell is widely disliked within the NDL, but Prime Minister Jellicoe is forced to keep him on his side due to his significant influence in England.
Norman St John-Stevas
- Open Secret: Stevas's homosexuality is widely rumoured among the political elite, but he counts on the dirt he has on other politicians being enough to dissuade them from telling the public.
- Chummy Commies: The SLP under Wilson run on a platform of free healthcare and education, gender equality, secularism, religious freedom, and the continuation and strengthening of democracy.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: If HMMLR loses the civil war and puts Wilson to death, as he's escorted to the gallows, he starts singing Labour's old anthem The Red Flag, but does not get to finish before the trap door opens.
- Preserve Your Gays: As part of Wilson's modernization of England, he and the SLP will pass a law decriminalizing homosexuality.
- The Purge: In order to cement the Commonwealth of England's democracy, Wilson will have to purge Reg Birch and his hardliners from the Socialist Labour Party, preventing them from getting into power and ruling with an iron fist.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Wilson is willing to make compromises and concessions to win over conservatives, social democrats, and socialists alike, rather than be stuck up in pushing communist dogma.
- Dirty Communists: Birch is a hardline communist who despises democracy and seeks vengeance against all so-called monarchists, collaborationists and revisionists (which can be anyone who disagrees with him). Through, given that his Superevent hints at the far-right launching terrorist attacks against his supporters, his reaction does have some justification in seeking to protect his rule from reactionary threats.
- The Dreaded: Everyone in HMMLR fears Birch, as his reach is second to none.
- Illegal Religion: Birch's hardliners advocate for state atheism, believing that letting the Anglican Church run free will turn the proletariat hostile to the socialist cause.
- Principles Zealot: While far from the most repressive Authoritarian Socialist (especially when compared to the likes of Genrikh Yagoda or Lazar Kaganovich), Birch is still a dogmatist who views his interpretation of Communism as the only right way forward. Suslov is the usual point of comparison.
- The Spymaster: In England, the reach of Reg Birch is second to none, thanks to his infiltration of the collaborationist intelligence apparatus and a network of trade union contacts spread around the nation. When Bill Alexander returned home in 1958, Birch proved his utility when he provided the names of every mole in the Left Resistance seemingly out of nowhere.
- Uncertain Doom: If the collaborators win the civil war, while most of HMMLR's leadership is captured, Birch seemingly vanishes into thin air: the collaborators cannot find him, yet he's not present alongside Arthur Harris and Kim Philby during their meeting to rebuild the resistance.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Birch can build a Britain with a higher quality of life for working people than Thatcher or Stirling's Britain. However, he will launches purges of those that disagree with him and his interpretation of Communism.
- Abdicate the Throne: If the Socialist Labour Party wins the first election after HMMLR's victory, the monarchy will be abolished, forcing Queen Elizabeth to abdicate and become Elizabeth Windsor the citizen. That said, the option is then given to let her keep some special privileges, so that "Citizen Windsor" can still help the nation's PR and serve as a bridge for those less-comfortable with the radical breaks from tradition.
- Foil: To King Edward VIII. On top of being genuinely respected by many within and beyond Britain, including socialists, she actively makes an effort to live up to her birthright. These stand in stark contrast to her uncle, who longs for respect yet gets none, and seeks to uphold his claim to the throne, only to constantly feel weighed down by the reality of his situation.
- Modest Royalty: Downplayed, but it's made rather clear that Elizabeth isn't too stuck on on old protocol or regal pretentions. Rather, she's much more focused on not only being representative of her people throughout the former Commonwealth, but also acting the part.
- Politically Active Princess: The majority of the former Commonwealth favors Elizabeth over Edward, and Elizabeth has been very politically active, and actively tours former British Empire territories to let herself known to the world.
- Puppet King: Edward VIII warns her against becoming a puppet for the Americans and OFN should the Resistance win.
- Rightful Queen Returns: Assuming the loyalist British resistance prevails in the country, Elizabeth II can return from Canada to take her place as Queen of England.
- Elite Army: For the most part, the Cornwall garrison is well trained, well disciplined and ruthlessly efficient.
- Suddenly Significant City: Due to Germany's desire to garrison Great Britain, Cornwall turned from a minor English county into the home of a significant German garrison who watches over the collaborators and the Resistance.
- Old Soldier: Halder's military service for Germany has spanned 60 years since 1902, and he is a seasoned veteran of both world wars, having fought in Poland, Denmark, Norway, France and Russia.
- Disaster Democracy: Compared to the unstable collaborationist government of England, the authoritarian rule of Plaid Cymru in Wales and the Nazi-ruled Cornwall, Scotland is actually a fairly stable republic, albeit one that has not held an election since independence.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Since the fall of the UK, many English refugees have crossed into Scotland, the last place on Britain where human rights and freedom are respected. However, most do not support Scotland's independence, especially once the UK could be restored, which could result in complications if HMMLR manages to overthrow the collaborationist regime.
- The Purge: Not even 24 hours into Mayne's new government, its perceived enemies are already being purged. By day's end, Mayne has crossed off nearly two hundred names off a list of untrustworthy officers.
- Improperly Paranoid: The Scottish Armed Forces led by Field Marshal Douglas Wimberley are very paranoid of a German invasion. This paranoia has resulted in negative incidents in the past, and might lead Scotland on a dark path in the future.
- Military Coup: If he feels like the country is being threatened by German fascists, Wimberley will launch a coup and turn Scotland into an anti-German military dictatorship.
Wales enters times of difficulty in the '60s, as Lewis's rule had become reclusive and autocratic, Plaid Cymru became massively factionalized, and a coal crisis cripples Wales' vital coal industry. The future of Wales is an uncertain one.
- All for Nothing: The moment the English come knocking and decide to reunify Britain, Wales has no choice but to either accept their demands or face a Hopeless War against a nation with several times the population and industry that will make it a quick Curb-Stomp Battle. (There actually is an event◊ for Wales beating England in the war, but it is so unlikely that the event even lampshades it, suggesting that Wales made a Deal with the Devil to win or that England had been struck down by God or karma as justice for its sins.)
- Post-Peak Oil: Or at least, Peak Coal. Wales' coal mines are being tapped out, and Lewis' attempt to cover it up leads to his downfall. A key part of the economic program of his successor is trying to find a way to move the Welsh economy beyond its dependence on coal exports, with Emrys Thomas' Cymru Goch party investing in steelmaking and sheep farming and John Morris' Unionists investing in manufacturing and selling the country out to the English.
- Glory Days: After many years serving as Wales' President, Lewis has lost all of his zeal, and has left Cardiff for the countryside, there to continue writing, forcing his cabinet to cling to power through authoritarian means. In early 1962, a vote of no confidence finally ousts him as President.
- Head-in-the-Sand Management: When Wales' coal reserves began to deplete, Lewis saw the writing on the wall but responded by fabricating and destroying records so the public wouldn't know, but they eventually got him, finally leading to a vote of no confidence that ousts him.
- Chummy Commies: The most left-wing option for Wales, complete with nationalized industry and a parliamentary alliance with the communists, who are permitted far more freedom than they ever were before.
- Internal Reformist: Thomas seeks to turn Wales into a democratic socialist nation through reforms.
- Culture Police: Half of his tree involves stamping out Welsh culture in favor of promoting English culture so that Wales can be made to rejoin England, and a good chunk of the rest involves cracking down on the nationalists who respond to this as one might expect them to.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He realizes too late that he was just a stooge of wealthy English interests who wanted to submit Wales to English authority once more. All he can do is quietly sulk.
- Puppet King: He doesn't have much real power, and more or less does what his backers tell him. By the time he realizes what they have in store for Wales, the nation is already done for.
- Voluntary Vassal: Morris is a Unionist whose tree is centred around ensuring that Wales can be annexed by England as smoothly and bloodlessly as possible.
- The Coup: Cayo-Evans comes to power through a coup against Morris's Unionist government.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Downplayed. The vast majority of times, Cayo-Evans' effort to turn Wales into an anti-English dictatorship will be crushed by England (a nation with several times Wales' resources) when it begins to reunify Great Britain, except in the very rare case where collaborationist England failed to kick the German garrison out of Cornwall (resulting in Montgomery's coup).
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Free Wales Army can rapidly turn from a minor nuisance at best, to assuming power over the country. Which is much more than the real life equivalent.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: In real life, Cayo-Evans and his Free Wales Army were a tiny group of paramilitary Welsh nationalists known primarily for making wildly exaggerated claims about their own importance. In TNO, the FWA became far more prominent after Wales went independent, and Cayo-Evans has a good shot at taking over Wales during the coal crisis and cement Wales' separation from England by segregating the Anglos and purging Unionists.
- Propaganda Machine: Under Cayo-Evans the Committee against Anglo Domination spreads propaganda in the form of posters, radio shows and books with the goal of creating "greatly increased hostility to Anglos".
- The Purge: After he seizes power, Cayo-Evans purges Plaid Cymru, accusing its members of being liberals and Anglophiles.
- Western Terrorists: Cayo-Evans is the leader of the Free Wales Army, a paramilitary force that operates out of Cardiff's control and reach. Espousing fanatical anti-English sentiments, they have frequently attacked Englishmen both inside Wales and near the border, straining relations between Wales and its biggest trade partner.
The Republic of Ireland under Taoiseach Éamon de Valera sided with Germany late in World War II, and united all of Ireland with German aid. Following the war however, Ireland's friendship and economic ties to Germany led to significant troubles as the German economy crashed in the 50s. As the 60s come, the ruling Fianna Fáil under Seán Lemass has increasingly resorted to authoritarianism to protect Irish democracy and independence, while paramilitary violence have resurfaced in the northern counties.
- Allohistorical Allusion:
- The Ulster Arms Crisis, a political crisis that defines the latter third of Ireland's storyline, is largely based on the Arms Crisis in real life.
- Ireland's operation to declare martial law and pacify Northern Ireland is called Exercise Armageddon, named after the real military exercise of the same name.
- But Thou Must!: If Paisley takes over Ulster, Ireland's focus tree presents an option to attempt to negotiate with Paisley, but doing so only pops up an event where Paisley demands the full independence of all of the six counties of Northern Ireland; the Irish leadership finds this demand completely impossible and is forced to confront him in war, and the event will then bypass the other mutually exclusive focus in the focus tree to go down the war path.
- The Coup: If Lemass fails to crush Twomey's SÉ in 60 days, the country will completely destabilize, with socialist riots across the country. Eventually, the SÉ paramilitary will march into Dublin, and coup Lemass and de Valera.
- Crazy Enough to Work: The decision to arrest and force Paisley and Twomey to negotiate is recognized as the craziest plan in Lemass's three options in the successful Arms Crisis investigation scenario, but it is the only option that allows for the peaceful resolution of both the Arms Crisis and the paramilitary violence in North Ireland.
- Detective Drama: The main event chain that decides Ireland's political path is a series of four N.I.C. investigations on terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland, led by Inspector Eamon Doherty. Successfully solve all four cases, and the conspiracies of Blaney and Twomey will be revealed, allowing the government to respond to them. Fail them, and Twomey's conspiracy will go as planned, resulting in him taking over Ulster.
- Hidden Villain: The leader of the Real IRA, as shown when hovering the cursor over Ireland's ideology pie chart, is listed as [REDACTED], showing the lack of intel Ireland has on the secretive RIRA. During The Reveal, it turns out that the RIRA is a front organization for the Saor Éire, meaning that its leader is actually Seamus Twomey.
- Kicked Upstairs: Former Taoiseach de Valera was reassigned to the largely ceremonial post of President of Ireland when Lemass took over.
- Mega-Corp: German megacorporations own a significant portion of the industry in Ireland.
- Military Coup:
- If Lemass tries to handle the Ulster Arms Crisis by declaring martial law in Ulster, arresting Blaney, and putting General James Kelly in charge of Ulster, Kelly will then coup Lemass just before Blaney's trial, since Lemass will declassify documents that will implicate Kelly in the Ulster Arms Crisis. Kelly, belonging to a pro-German faction of the Irish Defence Forces, will then institute a Germanophilic rule over Ireland, with Neil Blaney as their puppet Taoiseach.
- If Lemass fails to crush Paisley's UVF in 60 days, Lemass will be couped by IDF Chief of Staff Sean McKeown for failing to maintain the Ireland's territorial integrity.
- Minigame: Ireland has special mechanics for managing popularities in the Dáil Éireann (to pass Bills that grant national spirits, change laws, or give other bonuses), managing German investment in Ireland, and managing its interactions with paramilitaries.
- Mood Whiplash: Ireland's initial focus tree ends on a celebratory note, with the country united and moving towards a better direction. However, the German Civil War will break out soon after the end of the initial focus tree (provided that the player progresses the focus tree at a normal pace), causing an economy crash that throws the nation into chaos.
- Multiple Endings: Ireland has a large amount of possible outcomes despite being a relatively small country. All of is political paths branch off from the Ulster Arms Crisis, when the Irish government uncovers a plot that suggests that far-right members of the Irish government are supplying the Real IRA with arms, and the Real IRA is planning an uprising in Dublin to topple the Irish government.
- If the investigation into the Ulster Arms Crisis succeeds (requires both the third and fourth case to be successfully solved), it is confirmed that Blaney is giving the RIRA arms so they can fight the Protestants for him, and it is also revealed that the RIRA is a Saor Éire front organization aiming to cheat the guns out of Blaney and use them for an uprising in Belfast, with the Dublin plot being a decoy intended to distract the Irish military. Lemass has three options from here:
- Assassinate Twomey and cripple the SÉ. This causes a power vacuum in Northern Ireland, and the Ulster Volunteer Force under Paisley launches an uprising and takes over Ulster. Ireland will be forced to go to war with Ulster. If they lose, IDF Chief of Staff McKeown will coup Lemass due to his incompotence and make peace with Ulster, while Paisley will move Ulster onto the track of Unionism; if they win, Ireland will be reunited, and the FF will gain a lot of popularity, at the cost of widespread Protestant persecution.
- Declare martial law in Northern Ireland and clean out all the paramilitaries. Blaney will be arrested, but before his trial can commence, Brigadier General James Kelly will coup Lemass to prevent himself from being implicated, and form a pro-German regime with Blaney as his puppet.
- Arrest both Paisley and Twomey and force them to negotiate and compromise. Against all odds, Paisley and Twomey work out a peace deal, since both see Germany as a shared enemy. By having Ireland leave the Einheitspakt, the paramilitaries will make peace. The subsequent Good Friday Agreement sees the end of all paramilitary activity, and the reognition of Protestants as equals to other Irish people.
- If the investigation into the Ulster Arms Crisis fails, the Saor Éire's conspiracy will be successfully executed, and they will launch an uprising and take over Ulster. Twomey uses Ulster as a bargaining chip to demand Ireland's full withdrawal from the German sphere and the pardon of all SÉ members. Lemass can choose to agree to the demands or go to war with Ulster.
- If Lemass agrees to the demands, Ireland will leave the Einheitspakt and lose all German economic support, and Ulster will be reintegrated, while the FF's popularity tanks.
- If Lemass goes to war and win, Ulster will be reintegrated, but Lemass faces scrutiny due to his gratuitous use of force, and he is ousted in a vote of no confidence and replaced by the pro-German FF hardliner Charles Haughey. If Lemass loses, Ireland will destabilize and Twomey will coup Lemass, and he will institute an autocratic Irish nationalist rule with British and German influences purged.
- If the investigation into the Ulster Arms Crisis succeeds (requires both the third and fourth case to be successfully solved), it is confirmed that Blaney is giving the RIRA arms so they can fight the Protestants for him, and it is also revealed that the RIRA is a Saor Éire front organization aiming to cheat the guns out of Blaney and use them for an uprising in Belfast, with the Dublin plot being a decoy intended to distract the Irish military. Lemass has three options from here:
- Pyrrhic Victory: Although it technically won World War II by being on the side of the Unity-Pakt, Ireland has lost more than gained from its victory. Tying the economy to Germany's has been a disaster, as Ireland has been in stagnation since the German crash, and the country can do nothing about it, while the OFN wants nothing to do with a Pakt member.
- Shout-Out: The event where both Paisley and Twomey are arrested and they meet in a police truck has Paisley say "Hey you, you're finally awake." to Twomey who wakes up from unconsciousness inside the truck.
Seán Francis Lemass
The incumbent Taoiseach of Ireland, and Éamon de Valera's chosen successor.
- False Flag Operation: If Lemass chooses to arrest Paisley and Twomey and force them to negotiate, he will launch a false flag operation with members of the military posing as terrorists, who will take over Hillsbrough Castle and burn the files inside that shows government collusion with IRA, ensuring that nobody will know about them and the negotiations can progress smoothly.
- My Greatest Failure: Lemass is haunted by how he convinced de Valera to join the Germans to reclaim the Six Counties, and now has to watch as Ireland becomes more and more dependent on the Reich.
- Pyrrhic Victory:
- If the SÉ takes over Ulster, and Lemass manages to defuse the situation by succssfully negotiating with Twomey, he will prevent the outbreak of a war inside Ireland and reintegrate Northern Ireland, but at the cost of tanking the FF's popularity and having Ireland leave the German sphere, which is its economic backbone.
- If Lemass manages to successfully militarily crush the SÉ uprising, Ireland will be reunited, but his usage of force inside Ireland causes his own popularity to tank, and he is ousted by a vote of no confidence, with Charles Haughey replacing him as Taoiseach.
- Like a Son to Me: Seán Lemass sees Haughey like a son to him, the only man he can trust outside of his son Noel.
- President for Life: If Haughey takes over Ireland after Lemass crushes the SÉ uprising, his bio states that he will pass a "National Stability Bill" that will permanently cripple the opposition (and the Irish democracy), so that he can rule unchallenged and totally integrate Ireland into Germany's economic system.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Haughey genuinely believes that it is in Ireland's best interests to remain in the German sphere and become a one-party dictatorship with himself at the helm.
- Cincinnatus: After couping Lemass due to his failure to crush the UVF's uprising, McKeown aims to restabilize the country and build a less embarassing IDF, and eventually hand powers back to the Irish democracy.
Ireland's governorship of Antrim, Down, Derry and Armagh, the four majority-Protestant counties of the formerly British Northern Ireland.
- Allohistorical Allusion: If Lemass's government peacefully resolves the Ulster Arms Crisis (by arresting UVF leader Ian Paisley and SÉ leader Seamus Twomey and forcing the two to negotiate), the resultant peace agreement is called the Good Friday Agreement, just like the real life Good Friday Agreement that ended The Troubles.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: The North Irish Constabulary (N.I.C.) is a subdivision of the Garda exclusively focusing on paramilitary affairs in Northern Ireland. Due to the dirty nature of its work, it is understaffed, underfunded, and highly corrupt.
- The Coup:
- If the investigation into the Ulster Arms Crisis fails, the SÉ conspiracy is allowed to progress, and they will eventually coup Blaney and take over Northern Ireland.
- If the investigation into the Ulster Arms Crisis succeeds, but Lemass chooses to assassinate Twomey to resolve it, the UVF will take over Northern Ireland in the resultant Evil Power Vacuum.
- Covert Group: The Real IRA is extremely secretive, and the investigations reveal little about their true nature. It is later revealed that the RIRA is a front group set up by Twomey intended to trick the pro-German Blaney and Irish military into supplying the SÉ with arms.
- Enemy Mine: If Paisley and Twomey are forced to negotiate, they will come to the conclusion that Germany's presence is the cause behind the current tensions in Ulster, and will agree to make peace if Ireland leaves the Einheitspakt.
- Faking the Dead: High-ranking IRA member Ruairí Ó Brádaigh appears to die in a car bombing in one of the earlier NIC investigation event chains; he isn't actually dead, and the whole operation was actually set up by the SÉ.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: The UVF, a small paramilitary group in real life, is in TNO a descendant of the British Auxiliary Units in Northern Ireland who went underground after Ireland conquered Northern Ireland.
- Satellite Character: The NCSZ has no content itself; all of its content and political changes occur in relation to progresses and developments in Ireland proper.
- Western Terrorists: There are three major paramilitaries in the NCSZ: the far-left Irish nationalist IRA splinter Saor Éire, the far-right IRA splinter Real Irish Republican Army, and the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force.
- Puppet King: In the path where the IDF coups Lemass, the Brigadiers will put Blaney in power as a powerless puppet Taoiseach.
- Unwitting Pawn: Blaney has been secretly providing arms and funds to the far-right pro-German Real IRA so they can fight the Protestants for him; he's unaware that the Real IRA is actually a front for the far-left Saor Éire; who are planning to use his materials for an uprising in Northern Ireland.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If the SÉ takes over Northern Ireland, Blaney gets shot by the very men he (unknowingly) armed during their takeover.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Kelly was a Captain in real life, and in TNO he became a Brigadier General.
- Military Coup: If Lemass declares martial law in Northern Ireland to pacify the Ulster Arms Crisis, Blaney will be arrested for colluding with the IRA and Kelly will be appointed to lead the NCSZ. However, Lemass intends to declassify secret documents in Blaney's trial, which will implicate Kelly in the contact between Blaney and IRA; he thus coups Lemass and puts Blaney in charge as his puppet.
- The Spymaster: Kelly is the deputy chief of staff for Military Intelligence in the Northern Counties, and has German intelligence training as well as connections in the Abwehr.
- Reconcile the Bitter Foes: O'Neill is a politician with credibility among Irish Catholics and Protestants alike, and will work to resolve the Catholic-Protestant conflict in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday Agreement.
- The Chessmaster: Twomey has been secretly manipulating Blaney and the Irish government so he can take over Northern Ireland and force the Irish government to negotiate.
- Cincinnatus: If Twomey takes over Ireland, he intends to transform Ireland into a bastion of Irish nationalism, with British and German influences purged, and after that he'll retire and go back "to watching football matches."
- False Flag Operation: After the SÉ takes over all of Ireland, the Communist leader of the SÉ, Cathal Goulding, is assassinated by a "German infiltrator in the IDF"; however, it is quite clear that Twomey orchestrated the whole deal so he can cripple Communist influence in the SÉ and take full control.
- Ironic Name: The "Real" IRA is actually a fake organization.
- Just the First Citizen: Twomey's official rank is the Chief of Staff for the Irish Defence Forces in his socialist Ireland, despite being a quasi-dictator with ultimate veto power.
- Kansas City Shuffle: The SÉ crafted a plot that suggested that the Real IRA is planning to march into Dublin and overthrow the Irish government; if the government's investigations do not discover that the Real IRA is the SÉ, they will buy into the disinformation and move their troops back to Dublin, leaving Belfast, the SÉ's real target, open to attack.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Real IRA is initially set up as the primary antagonist during the Ulster Arms Crisis, but it is eventually revealed that it's just a front organization for Twomey's Saor Éire.
- Occupiers Out of Our Country: Twomey is mainly motivated by a desire to have Ireland be fully independent from Germany and remove German influence from the isle.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: Twomey's "Republic of Ireland" is a "grassroots democracy", but Twomey himself retains ultimate veto power as Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army, resulting in his in-game ideology being classified as Despotism.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Twomey and the Saor Éire have adopted terror tactics in their effort to start a revolution in Ireland and kick out the Germans.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Downplayed: If Paisley wins the war with Ireland, he will reinstitute democracy (changing his ideology from Ultranationalism to Authoritarian Democracy), but continues to carry out anti-Catholic purges and repressions.
- Evil Power Vacuum: In the path where Twomey is assassinated and the Saor Éire is purged for causing the Ulster Arms Crisis, the UVF is able to rapidly consolidate power in the power vacuum in Ulster now that the SÉ is gone. With the help of the location of some SÉ weapons caches and mass defection from the SÉ and the North Irish Constabulary, Paisley is able to launch a critical strike on the Irish garrison (who are going through a self-purge to root out collusion) and take over Ulster.
- The Fundamentalist: Paisley is a Protestant minister who despises Roman Catholics and regards Protestants as the true servants of God.
- Large and in Charge: Paisley was quite tall in real life (6'5, to be exact) and was known for his commanding demeanor and his loud, booming oratorical style.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: As was the case in real life, Paisley has a bitter hatred for Catholics, gay people, leftists, and especially Irish republicans.
- The Purge: If Paisley takes over Ulster, he plans to purge Ulster of "the elements he has marked for destruction", i.e. the Irish Catholics.
- Sinister Minister: Paisley is a fundamentalist Presbyterian preacher and the leader of a far-right terrorist group.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: If he takes over Ulster, Paisley's bio states that he has attempted to negotiate for eighteen years, but because of the revelation that the Irish government is colluding with the IRA, he is no longer going to negotiate, and will go all out in killing his way to Protestant independence.
- Voluntary Vassal: If Paisley takes over Ulster and survives the 60-day war with Ireland, he secure Ulster's independence and work towards unionism with Great Britain. If his negotiations with London succeed, Ulster will become a puppet state of England.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Though Paisley is violently extremist, from his perspective, he's trying to protect the Ulster Protestants from the Irish overlords who collaborated with Nazi Germany, took over his land, and are oppressing the Protestants by funding the IRA.