Ordensstaat Burgund (Order-State of Burgundy) is an SS-controlled state split off of the Western parts of the Reich, in what was once Eastern France and Belgium. Originally conceived by SS leader Heinrich Himmler, Himmler and his faction of the SS were forced to accept Burgundy and remove themselves from the German political scene after their attempted coup.
Under the madness of Himmler and the Burgundian SS, Burgundy became Himmler's private playground to build his radical totalitarian Spartanist society. Himmler's Burgundian System turned Burgundy into an isolated kingdom of nightmares the world had never seen before.
While officially subservient to the Reich, Burgundy's true master is Himmler alone. The insane leader, dreaming of a new world of purity, plans for an armageddon on an unimaginable scale. With their actions shrouded in intense secrecy, Burgundy's shadow looms upon the world, driving the world ever closer to the dawn of the doomsday.
- Dark Is Evil: Himmler's Burgundy is the single most evil country on the planet, and their flag and map color are both pitch-black.
- Death Is the Only Option: To win as Burgundy, you should strive for Himmler's goals and let the entire world burn in nuclear fire. Otherwise, Burgundy will just be dismantled as soon as Himmler dies.
- Empty Quiver: If Heydrich is losing the Civil War, the Burgundian divisions will attempt to steal several nuclear weapons for Himmler's... personal use. If Heydrich wins the Civil War, he will supply Burgundy with a sufficient number of nukes for Himmler's ambitions.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While Burgundy is nominally a part of Unity-Pakt, they do not answer to Germany and are secretly working against Germany. Because of this, as well as the fact that Himmler got Burgundy as a result of an attempted coup, most German leaders see Burgundy as a traitorous rogue state.
- Keystone Army: Himmler is Burgundy and Burgundy is Himmler. Should Himmler die, Burgundy collapses quickly afterwards.
- Kick the Dog: After the start of the German Civil War, Burgundy will declare war on the French State to take their land. Burgundy doesn't really have a need for more land (in fact overextending their administration hurts them), and the French State is far too weak to pose any sort of resistance to Burgundy. Burgundy more or less does it just because they can.
- Painting the Medium: To represent the intense secrecy of Burgundy's operations, Burgundy's tree is completely hidden when playing any other nation.
- Playing Both Sides: In several conflicts, like a war between Göring's Germany and Sweden, Himmler is happy to provide aid to both sides.
- Purple Is the New Black: It is not like Burgundy has a shortage of black, either, but purple is also widely used in Burgundian focus icons, and the color of the Burgundian system on the ideology chart is also purple.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: Himmler's SS-land Burgundy is de facto independent from the Reich's control. They are also so insanely radical that just about everybody inside Germany except the German-SS hates them.
- The Spartan Way: Burgundy is built on the ideals of Himmler and it shows. The Aryan people in Burgundy are under constant watch, obliged to serve in factories or the army, are not allowed to have too many luxuries and experience constant rationing. Needless to say, for non-Aryan people (about half of the population of Burgundy), the situation is even worse.
- State Sec: Burgundy is the personal fiefdom of the SS.
- Walking Spoiler: Burgundy's actions are central to the fate of the entire world. The developers have stated that players should not choose Burgundy as their starting country.
In the 1950s, the Reich was in deep trouble. Their economy is crashing, and they're losing the West Russian War. Heinrich Himmler, having been loyal to the Nazi Party for decades, had a crisis of faith. He became convinced that Fascism was a failed ideology. It was corrupt, decadent, and far, far too soft, and it is his mandate to right Germany back on course again. From Paris to Moskow, Himmler's Schutzstaffel prepared to topple the government and take control of the Reich.
The coup was a failure, thanks to intervention by Hans Speidel's loyalists; however, Himmler's SS was too strong to simply be dismantled, and so Himmler's plans for Ordensstaat Burgund were fulfilled, where Himmler and his branch of the SS can live out their mad fantasies without disturbing Germania. When the 60s came, Himmler and Burgundy became more isolated, more powerful, and more unhinged. With loyal SS cohorts across Europe, Himmler's grand plans are closer to completion than ever before.
- Bad Boss: Himmler doesn't tolerate failures and treats faulty subordinates in a pure Spartanist manner. Heydrich can learn it the hard way.
- Big Bad: As the manipulative instigator of nuclear war between the superpowers, Himmler serves as the main villain of the mod. As long as you have some control over the situation, one of the main goals in the mod is not falling for his schemes and preventing a nuclear apocalypse (unless, of course, you're playing as Himmler).
- Dragon-in-Chief: Formally, Burgundy is a subject of Heydrich's Germany. In reality, Germany under Heydrich becomes a de-facto puppet of Himmler.
- Evil Overlord: Checks all the major boxes: a powerful despot with significant resources sitting in a fortified, secluded, and oppressive kingdom, planning for global destruction.
- Final Solution: Himmler sees non-Aryans across the world as a problem, and his solution is a global nuclear war that would exterminate all non-Aryans.
- Kicked Upstairs: Himmler was put in charge of Burgundy to distance him away from German politics as far as possible. For Himmler, that only meant he had to strive for his goals behind the curtain, and the military potential of Burgundy is more than expedient for his plans.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Himmler's actual agenda is known only to Himmler himself and his very narrow circle of supporters. Even Heydrich, his protégé, isn't aware of Himmler's true motives.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Himmler hates almost the entirety of humanity (aside from a small group of Aryans) whom he deemed as sub-humans and he is absolutely willing to subject the world to a nuclear holocaust in order to completely exterminate them.
- No Place for Me There: Himmler believes that he doesn't deserve to live in the post-nuclear world and allows himself to die during the nuclear apocalypse.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Himmler seeks to destroy all lesser races, as well as the entirety of human civilization, through nuclear means, so the Aryans can restart the world, recolonize the Earth and create a utopia.
- Sanity Slippage: Age, horrifying experiences during the West Russian Revolutionary War in the 50s and watching over the slow decline of the Reich made Himmler more and more entrenched and certain of his Spartanist and omnicidal beliefs, with the German Civil War being the breaking point for him.
- Thanatos Gambit: Himmler doesn't see himself as Aryan enough to deserve living in the post-nuclear apocalypse world and he considers himself and Burgundy perfectly disposable as long as his plan proceeds.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: Against Burgundy right after the beginning of the German Civil War. France is under heavy military and industrial restrictions from Germany and has only a few weak militia squads to protect themselves, while Burgundy has one of the strongest armies in the world, secondary only to the world superpowers.
Breton nationalists had been actively collaborating with Germans since WWII, but their wishes were not granted after the war, and Brittany remained a part of French State. When France was forcibly torn apart to create Burgundy however, Olier Mordrel, founder of the Breton National Party, proposed to the Reich that an independent and loyal Brittany would be far more useful to the Reich than the ruined French State. Within weeks of Burgundy's formation, an international conference declared Brittany's independence, which France was not invited to.
When the Reich slipped further downwards into recession during the 50s, Brittany was dragged down with it. Mordrel reluctantly decided to illegally smuggle in goods from the United States to keep Brittany afloat, despite the embargo between America and Germany. However, Brittany soon found that selling their imported goods to the starving people of the Reich was an incredibly lucrative business, and the Reich soon became reliant on its imports. The Black Market expanded without bounds, and Brittany is now the key port from which a pipeline of illicit goods flow into Europe.
- Black Market: Brittany is like a government-run black market with its own territory. They sell everything to everyone.
- Internal Reformist: Raymond Delaporte wants to return to Enlightenment virtues, scale back the Bezen Perrot, and use the black market for good.
- Only in It for the Money:
- Most of Brittany's focuses involve attempting to profit off of whatever is happening. They can either go the evil route and profit off of wars, organized crime, and Burgundian collaboration, or do some good while making money by selling things cheap to the people in need.
- Olier Mordrel represents the profit and power-focused path for Brittany, making deals that are both good and evil and playing the foreign powers of off each other so Brittany can come out with more money and power.
- State Sec: The Bezen Perrot militia is an SS-affiliated militia group founded during WWII. After the war, Célestin Lainé, leader of the Bezen Perrot, was inspired by the military power of the Reich, and militarized the Bezen Perrot and into his own private army modeled after the SS. He had since massively radicalized and aligned himself with Burgundian values, wanting to shut down the Breton black market.
- We Used to Be Friends: Mordrel, Delaporte and Lainé, the original founders of Bezen Perrot and leaders of "independent" Brittany, used to be associates and allies. Now, as times for Brittany and Europe change, the Breton leaders distanced themselves and became opposed to each other.
- La Résistance: Contrary to Hans Frank's claims, there is a large group of Polish resistance which is ready to take action against the Nazi occupants as soon as the Reich starts to crumble.
- Paper Tiger: The Hans Frank government supposedly Germanized 70% of Poland and completely destroyed all partisans, but in reality the Generalgouvernement is a failing state; the Polish Underground State survives fair and healthy inside Generalgouvernement, and had not yet rose up only because of the presence of the German garrison. Once the German Civil War begins and the German garrison is pulled out, the Polish general uprising happens and the Generalgouvernement instantly collapses.
- Implausible Deniability: Frank pretends that his realm is as stable as ever and that the Polish population is largely Germanized and loyal to the Germans, even if his country falls in front of his eyes, and tries to shoot anyone who suggests otherwise.
- Rebel Leader: Sosnkowski leads the Polish Home Army and the Polish Underground State, which survived in the Generalgouvernement underground.
- Renaissance Man: It is noted that in addition to being a resistance leader, Sosnkowski knows how to speak French, English, German, Russian, Italian, classical Greek and Latin, and is also a master at piano, chess, painting, hunting, football, and horse riding.
- Civil War: Ostland starts with a 6-way civil war after Lohse's death, but, depending on the course of events, it can potentially (even if rarely) escalate up to a 12-way civil war.
- Death by Despair: He dies by a heart attack after hearing about the German Civil War.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death allows the civil war in Ostland to happen.
Franz Walter Stahlecker
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After being captured by Kovner's militants, a physically and mentally broken Stahlecker tries to beg for forgiveness on broadcasting radio. The United Partisan Organization has none of it.
- Asshole Victim: Even if his untimely demise is pretty gruesome on the hands of Kovner, he's still an unapologetic Nazi who wants to maintain Ostland's repressive policies.
- Disney Villain Death: After his attempt to beg for his life falls flat, Kovners militants hurl Stahlecker from the top of the radio tower he was broadcasting from, the radio still transmitting his screaming, all the way until his body splatters on the ground.
- Meet the New Boss: Stahlecker avowed to continue the policies of the previous government without radical changes.
- Blood Knight: Drechsler is a passionate militarist who seeks to militarize Ostland even further.
- Man on Fire: If Kovners militants defeat Drechsler, they burn him to death.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Despite being a reformist even beyond Speers most radical proposals, Kovner doesnt spare Meyer-Landrut if he defeats him, having him tossed to a mob of his militants to be literally ripped limb-from-limb.
- Internal Reformist: Meyer-Landrut wants to implement radical liberal reforms (even more radical than those of Speer's) in Ostland.
- Token Good Teammate: Of all the characters associated with the Unity-Pakt, Meyer-Landrut is the most moderate and even-handed. Although he's classified as a fascist, his desire for reform and political liberalization stand in sharp contrast to the authoritarian leanings of his compatriots.
- Bungled Suicide: Jeckeln tries to take a pill in an attempt to kill himself after losing to Kovner and being abandoned by Burgundy, only to be captured by partisans before the pill takes any effect.
- Gutted Like a Fish: If Kovner defeats Jeckeln, his militants tear out the SS commanders entrails, all while recording it with a video camera.
- State Sec: Jecklen is the leader of the SS in Ostland, with everything that implies, from unconditional support of the Burgundian System cause to loyalty to Himmler before the Reichskommissar.
- Ambition Is Evil: Vituska is ready to take any sacrifices to become the sole ruler of Ostland, even if that means burning the Reichskommissariat to the ground.
- Body Double: Vituska has some body doubles to spare to his enemy's wrath in cases of defeat.
- Playing Both Sides: For 20 years, Vituska acted against the German administration with the hands of anti-Nazi partisans and his own faction and vice versa (of course, leaving his involvement and true intentions unknown to anyone) in order to advance his power in Ostland.
- The Quisling: Vituska is a high-ranking Belarusian collaborationist, but his ambitions go far beyond that.
- Badass Israeli: Even though Kovner is hardly a moral paragon, it is hard to argue that he is a strong-willed and strong militant as well as an efficient leader of his partisan organization who has been waging a successful 20-years guerilla campaign in Ostland and still has all opportunities to emerge victorious in the Civil War against all other factions.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Kovner was a partisan fighter fighting against Nazi Germany's genocide of the Jews. Unfortunately, decades of fighting had radicalized him into a revenge-fueled maniac, wanting to pay back every death of the Holocaust with German blood.
- Historical Villain Upgrade:
- While the real Nakam conspired to kill six million Germans, they never achieved any actual kills, and Kovner left Nakam after his first attempt failed, eventually becoming a poet. In TNO, Kovner didn't back down on his ideas of revenge, and fights a war of revenge with his partisans.
- The United Partisan Organization (or Fareynikte Partizaner Organizatsye), a Jewish resistance born during WWII in the Vilna Ghetto, never became Nakam-like under the leadership of Kovner. Presumably fighting a much longer resistance campaign made all of them radicalize into an analogue of Nakam.
- La Résistance: Kovner leads the largest group of anti-German militia units called the United Partisan Organization.
- Not Quite Dead: Kovner was reported dead at least 16 times, only to bring new problems for the Ostland authorities afterwards.
- Persecution Flip: If Kovner wins the Ostland Civil War, the entire racial hierarchy of the RK immediately turns upside down. The Germans are deemed to oppression and genocide, while Jews and natives (at least those who stayed with the United Partisan Organization without questioning Kovner's quest for revenge) stay in Kovner's good favor and have a chance to survive and possibly even escape after Kovner finishes to Salt the Earth.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The name of his Holocaust revenge conspiracy group in real life, Nakam, translates from Hebrew as "revenge". In TNO-verse, if Kovner's United Partisan Organization emerges as the winner, he sure will bring revenge to the Germans for the Holocaust and other atrocities...
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Fighting a guerrilla war against the Nazis for decades has hardened his heart. It's telling that his portrait makes him look much older and more haggard than he actually was in the 1960's.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Kovner saw his Jewish kin murdered and enslaved by Nazis for more than for 20 years and decades of desperate fighting made him a far more vengeful and bitter person than he was OTL. While this doesn't justify his own genocidal crusade against the Germans, you can see the tragedy of his character.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Kaukasia can launch expensive archaeological expeditions for alleged artifacts of the ancient past. While the artifacts, if they are even found, don't have much practical use, such expeditions can bring international prestige and new acquaintances, though they can also lead to humiliation and a pointless waste of resources.
- Crushing the Populace: The Burgundian System government doesn't spare any means to completely subjugate the population of Kaukasia, be it either full-scale terror, draconian laws or ruining the local environment.
- Forbidden Zone: Kaukasia is a very closed nation, even from the Reich.
- Gaia's Lament: Mining works and unrestricted industrialization practically destroyed the environment of Kaukasia, making it one of the most polluted nations on the planet.
- Ominous Fog: Heavy industrial development without any regard for the environment created constant smog blankets over the entire nation, making the life of the local peoples even more insufferable.
- Polluted Wasteland: Under Josias' rule, the Caucasus is turned into a massive industrial wasteland with constant smog.
Josias von Waldeck-Pyrmont
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Josias is the descendant of the princely house of Waldeck and Pyrmont and one of the most brutal rulers even among fellow Reichskommissars. He is also the only one who starts as a Burgundian System adherent.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Josias can fully embrace his noble blood and declare himself as the Kaiser of the Fourth Reich and King of Kaukasia.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: At first, Josias was quite decent at governing Kaukasia (as is ever possible for a Reichskommissar), but then he was captured and tortured by Caucasian partisans. He was saved by the German garrison, albeit visibly deformed, but the experience made him even more brutal against the native population, to the point of fully embracing the Burgundian System.
- Facial Horror: His facial scars are very gruesome, as can be seen in his picture.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face was horribly scarred during his torture. He became completely unstable as a result and became one of the most brutal rulers in the world of TNO.
- The Horde: The Don Cossacks led by Ivan Kononov worked under Nazi Germany during WWII. After WWII, they were allowed to settle in the Donbass region under the autonomous rule, where they raid the poor locals on horseback. However, as of 1962, the Cossacks are beginning to raid German towns outside of the autonomous region. RK Ukraine will either have to appease them or crush them.
- Les Collaborateurs: The wing of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists led by Andriy Melnyk (OUN-M) fully collaborated with the Nazi occupants. As such, every important Ukrainian member of administration, military or police is a Melnykite.
- La Résistance: The Banderite branch of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists led by Stepan Bandera (OUN-B), also known as the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, split with the OUN and are radically anti-Nazi. They wage a guerrilla resistance campaign from the underground, actively sabotaging German administration and plans for a full Ukrainian uprising.
- Sanity Slippage: If Koch survives the assassination attempt, he will go insane and align himself with Himmler's Burgundy, purging his party of any moderates.
- Authority in Name Only: At the start, Frauenfeld is governor of Crimea of Southern Ukraine, but that title doesn't mean anything because Crimea is directly annexed into the Reich.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While Fraunfeld isn't a liberal, he is ready to make some concessions to the Ukrainian population in order to make achieving his political goals (namely obtaining Crimea from the direct rule of the Reich) easier.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: While still a National Socialist, Oberländer is the liberal reformist option for Ukraine.
- Broken Pedestal: Oberländer was a committed National Socialist during the war, but since then he became disillusioned with the ideology and seeks to reform and liberalize the Reichkommissariat rather than continue the policies of his predecessor.
- Internal Reformist: Oberländer's tree allows for more liberal reforms in Ukraine, possibly even granting self-rule to the local Ukrainians.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Like Oberländer, Rosenberg is a less oppressive Nazi leader option for Ukraine. Unlike Oberländer, Rosenberg is less about social reforms and more of a weird Nazi that unintentionally creates social liberties due to his unusual belief that Slavs are also Aryans. Because of this weird idea, should he lead Ukraine, he will reverse Nazi influences and can build a joint Slavic-Germanic state in Ukraine, and can even try to liberate other Nazi colonies in Eastern Europe.
- Evil Colonialist: Prützmann as the leader of Ukraine will double down on the Germanization of Ukraine, and can even capture Poland for more slave labor.
- Foil: He and Josias von Waldeck-Pyrmont, the Reichskommissar of Kaukasia, are positioned as opposites of one another. Both of them have people in the Reich proper calling for their removal (with the primary protection being the question of who would replace them), and both of them narrowly averted being killed by partisans — but where Josias was tortured and descended into brutality even by the standards of the eastern Reichskommissariats, Siegfred managed to evade the partisans and became one of the least brutal Reichskommissars, dropping most of the Germanization and annihilation plans in favour of massively expanding the involvement of Russian collaborators and mostly just spending his time trying to keep the Germans and Russians from actively murdering one another.
- Not Even Bothering with an Excuse: The only Reichskommissar who sends honest reports to Germania, admitting monthly his lack of any progress towards Germanization nor any plans to advance it further, having long since dismissed the death threats he gets in response.
- Retired Monster: He's still a Nazi, with all the beliefs that entails, and still runs what amounts to an apartheid state. He just doesn't care about living out those beliefs anymore.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At some point, Siegfried, being sick of his job as the Reichskomissar just leaves Moskowien for Florida with a fake identity.
- Stopped Caring: After his near-death experience, Kasche decided that Nazism in the real world was impossible and from that point forward ran Moskowien without regard to Germania's wishes.
- Vetinari Job Security: The Reich would love nothing more but to get rid of Kasche, but there's nobody else who would take the job, let alone keep Moskowien from collapse.
Gouvernement der Krim
- Military Coup: Dönitz overthrows the civilian government in Crimea during the German Civil War so he can secure it from being controlled by Speidel's government in Germania.
- Undying Loyalty: While most of the German fleet join other factions (many of them defecting to Speer) during the German Civil War, Dönitz refuses to acknowledge anyone but Bormann and launches a coup in Crimea so he doesn't have to take orders from Speidel.
The Atlantropa project hit Italy harder than all other nations. When the Mediterranean was dammed, the Adriatic Sea quickly dried up, becoming a massive, useless desert. Almost all of Italy's trade ports were shut down by the lowering sea level. Atlantropa completely destroyed the Italian economy. Furious at Germany's acts, Mussolini left the Axis and allowed the immigration of refugees, untermenschen, and dissidents to spite Hitler.
After Mussolini dies, his reform-minded son-in-law Galeazzo Ciano took over the leadership. Under Ciano's lead, Italy became much less politically extreme, and joined Turkey and Iberia to form the Triumvirate, united in their resent against Germany. With the Triumvirate on their side, Italy began its slow economical recovery. However, by 1962, hints of conflicts have risen up within the Triumvirate, and the annual Malta Conference is just a few months away. Time would tell if Ciano can implement his reforms and maintain the Triumvirate, or if something much worse might happen.
- Gaia's Lament: More so than other Mediterranean factions, Italy has been left holding the costs of the Atlantropa Project, both unable to trade goods with its ports all miles inland and managing vast areas of unusable former seabed.
- Hostile Terraforming: The Atlantropa project turned out to be a complete disaster for the Italians, since the main trade port in Venice found itself blocked and the salt deserts of the drained Adriatic Sea were of no use for Italy.
- Only Sane Man: Between Iberian economic posturing and Turkish territorial disputes, Italy remains the only member of the Triumvirate who focuses on the reality that Germany will come after them all the second their alliance collapses.
- Pet the Dog: As the last Take That! against Hitler, Mussolini, right before his death, welcomed thousands of Jews and other "undesirables" who were escaping from the Reich.
Following Mussolini's death, Mussolini's son-in-law and Italian foreign minister, Galeazzo Ciano, took up the position of Il Duce. Ciano's loyalty to the Fascist ideology has been declining since the death of Mussolini, and his policies have been increasingly moderate and reformist. As tensions rose within the Triumvirate, it is in his interests, and his duty, to keep the fragile alliance together. If he could keep the Triumvirate together, keep Italy stable, and recover Italy, Ciano might have a real chance to have Italy completely leave Fascism behind.
- Cool Shades: Ciano's portrait gets sunglasses if he takes the radical paths of reforming Italy.
- Internal Reformist: Duce Ciano has a fading loyalty to the fascist system in the wake of the German-Italian split. If not convinced otherwise, he will peaceably bring Italy out of Fascism in time.
Leader of hardliners of the National Fascist Party, who oppose the democratic reforms of Ciano.
- Rising Empire: Turkey's expansionist policies target all their neighbors, creating much tension with Italy, who owns some of that land.
US Forces Iceland
- Police State: Iceland under USFI (US Forces Iceland) military administration is a very oppressive "democracy". When Iceland's populace voted against the USFI and protested, USFI instantly declared martial law to preserve their power.
- Totally Radical: USFI can create the COOL (Civilian Outreach and Opportunites for Labor) system in an attempt to attract the kids to a "hip and groovy approach to governance", creating Cool Cat as their mascot.