Heydrich's Germany contains far more twists and turns than it initially seems. There are major unmarked spoilers ahead! You Have Been Warned!
...unless the orders themselves demand otherwise.
- 0% Approval Rating:
- Downplayed. His sheer brutality makes him widely hated within Germany, outside of the German SS. However, most of the German SS only supports him because Himmler does and, if Himmler orders his execution, hardly anyone objects to this.
- If Heydrich wins the German Civil War, when he betrays Himmler, he alienates the entirety of the SS and loses whatever little support he has left. When both Germany and Burgundy break up into multiple warlord states, none of the warlord states are loyal to him at the start (aside from Herbert Otto Gille if he takes control of the Kommandostab Waffen-SS). Most of the SS-Idealist warlords are loyal to Himmler, most of the SS-Pragmatist warlords pursue their own agendas over Heydrich's, and the GCW faction remnants and the slave revolt definitely don't want to associate themselves with Heydrich. Heydrich has to use significant effort to win the warlords' allegiance so he can fight Himmler.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Even a person as brutal as Heydrich still fears death, and especially death at the hands of his master. If the Civil War enters the Anarchy stage and Himmler considers eliminating him, Heydrich will attempt to beg him for both forgiveness and more time to win the Civil War.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite being one of the most horrendous and brutal Nazis both in-game and in real life, Heydrich's final storyline is very somber and portrays him in a sympathetic light as the plot advances. Initially, he vomits after he reads Himmler's plans, utterly shocked at the madman's goal. A few days later, the stunned Heydrich scrambles for what little officers he can scrounge up, and starts to eat meat, smoke, and drink himself to stupidity, defiling what little Spartanist ideals he had. As days pass, and confrontation between Himmler advances, his health rapidly deteriorates from the sheer tobacco and alcohol abuse, unable to look in the eye of his family. If he wins the confrontation, he realizes his entire ideology was built on bunk since he had to cooperate with even "subhuman" Poles who showed nothing but honesty in their dealings, spilled more "Aryan" blood across two civil wars than any supposed Jewish plot ever did, and his idol was nothing but a utter maniac with no grasp on sanity. He kills himself from the mental breakdown. If he loses the nuke supremacy during the confrontation, giving Himmler enough arsenal to start the global holocaust, he screams the names of his children in horror and agony, trying to find a safe place to send them, even the "Jewish United States" in tears. Even Evil Has Loved Ones indeed.
- Amazon Brigade: One of the focuses in Heydrich's Deutsch-SS path in his civil war tree sees Heydrich allow recruitment of women into the military due to the difficulty of their situation, spawning an elite division of female soldiers and "liberalizing" the women military law from "Banned From Service" to "Combat Roles"; he justifies it by saying that ancient Germanic tribes brought women into their battles too. It's amusing in a very dark way.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: A key contributing factor to Heydrich's Heel Realization is that, thanks to him, two different civil wars resulted in more spilled "Aryan" blood than any perceived Jewish plot (to say nothing of Himmler's psychotic plans to wipe the entire world out with atomic fire).
- Authority in Name Only: Germany under Heydrich falls into a de facto state of warlordism; Heydrich's authority exists in name only and only encompasses the region around Germania, while the rest of the country is controlled by a multitude of regional leaders with differing allegiances.
- Assassin Outclassin': In this timeline, Heydrich survived the assassination attempt that historically claimed his life in 1942. In 1950, he survived another assassination attempt, with the would-be assassin dead before he even entered the same building as Heydrich.
- Fitting with the Wham Episode-heavy nature of Heydrich's Germany, Heydrich's starting tree (which involves Bunker/Missile production focuses and focuses to deal with the Berzerkers and the Children of Spartakus) is a bait focus tree that cannot be completed. His decision-based minigame to build bunkers and nukes is also a bait and also cannot be completed.
- Heydrich maintains his Spartan composure in the event where he first reads Himmler's nuke plans, and casually comments that he will see the projects completed. In the very next event, he reveals that he was acting the whole time, and he's actually disgusted by the nuke plans.
- In a meta way, Heydrich's pre-Cutting Room Floor focus tree sees him fully embrace Himmler's nuke plans (with the event of Heydrich first reading of Himmler's plans being present and played straight) and immediately hand over all of his nukes to Himmler, ending the world in a short three-month-long focus tree. His real tree shows that the pre-CRF tree was a meta decoy.
- Balkanize Me: After Heydrich betrays Himmler and manages to repel a Himmler coup attempt at Germania, he loses control over the SS administrations around the country, and Germany and Burgundy both fractures into over 20 small warlord states. Most of these warlord states are SS factions, though there are also a few Speerite, Bormannite, and Göringite remnants. None of them are overtly friendly to Heydrich, and many of them are clearly Himmler-aligned.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: After Heydrich betrays Himmler, his efforts to work with anyone to stop Himmler, and his extreme stress during the whole war, leads him to quickly abandon the Spartanist ideals that he preached so hard before his victory.
- Broken Pedestal: Has this reaction when Himmler reveals his plans to cleanse the world in nuclear fire, and to a lesser extent to Hitler only approving of him for his ruthless cruelty.
- Capture the Flag: The Heydrich playthrough ends in a confrontation game of this; ten areas full of nuclear silos are present all across Germany, and both sides have to diplomatically convince the SS warlords to throw their lot with them, though some invasions can happen in specific circumstances. If Himmler captures more nukes than Heydrich, he instigates global thermonuclear war, ending the world. If Heydrich keeps the nuclear supremacy, a final war of confrontation will still be necessary as Heydrich can still lose if Himmler takes territories with silos during the war. The nukes are said to be moveable but the mod is bugged, so it doesn't work.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: Heydrich starts smoking a lot after he learns about Himmler's plans and decides to stop him. One event mentions him smoking over eighteen cigarettes over one stressful and sleepless night.
- Civil War:
- The "SS Civil War" is actually used to describe the initial balkanization of Germany after Heydrich gets outsed as a traitor. The actual civil warfare begins when either Himmler or Heydrich converts enough forces to their side and declares war on the other.
- After Himmler's defeat, Heydrich's suicide plunges the Reich into a third civil war between Herbert Otto Gille and Hans Speidel (or Reinhard Gehlen if Speidel is dead).
- Cutting Off the Branches:
- According to the developers, canonically, Adolf Hitler appoints Reinhard Heydrich as his successor because of Heydrich's brutality, and his survival of several assassination attempts. Of course, this does not necessarily means he wins the ensuing civil war (in fact, Bormann is the canonical winner of the German Civil War), and a player Germany can always pick someone else.
- In-game, the player going down Heydrich's path will force a number of Germany's satellite states down certain paths, as Heydrich's focus tree is written with these paths in mind. For example, RK Niederlande will always go down Feldmeijer's path and become SS-Staat Niederlande, while Vituska in Ostland will get a massive artificial power boost so he's guaranteed to win in Ostland.
- Dark Horse Victory: Outside of the SS and some marginal Wehrmacht circles, Heydrich doesn't have any genuine support, which is why Hitler proclaiming him as successor comes as a shock to so many people in Germany. Because of said small support, Heydrich cannot win the Civil War at all unless the player is playing as him.
- Decapitated Army:
"There is only one more barrier preventing this truth from becoming known to all, and I intend to remove it."
- When the German Civil War reaches the Anarchy stage and Heinrich Himmler eliminates Heydrich, the chain of command in the German SS immediately breaks down, with Gruppenführer launching power plays and desperate last stands.
- Chain in command of Germany also collapses after Heydrich wins the SS Civil War, in which he commits suicide in despair and leaves the nation to descend into warlord states again. He Lampshades in his suicide letter to his wife;
- Downer Ending: Will happen, regardless of who emerges victorious in the Himmler-Heydrich struggle. If Heydrich destroys Burgundy and kills Himmler, he commits suicide due to his crisis of faith. Immediately afterwards, Germany collapses into another Civil War between Herbert Otto Gille and Hans Speidel; the player doesn't get to play it and is forced into observation mode, and over time this civil war collapses into anarchy, wiping Germany from the map. As head dev Pacifica states, the total victory and subsequent total collapse of SS Germany will cause a massive humanitarian crisis and thoroughly destabilize Europe, with untold numbers of nuclear warheads now leaking out into rogue states and the underworld. And if Heydrich fails to destroy Burgundy? Well, Himmler can then execute his nuclear plot and kill untold numbers of people anyway.
- The Dragon: Heydrich is the closest subordinate of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, who trusted him enough to hand over the German SS to him upon being sent to Burgundy, and regards him as his Plan A to get access to Germany's nukes.
- Driven to Suicide: At the end of his route, after being abandoned by his loved ones and realizing that his ideology was misguided all along, chooses to end his life. This plunges Germany into its third Civil War of the decade.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: Heydrich seeks to turn Germany into a Spartanist totalitarian state under the Burgundian System, and is probably the most fanatical Spartanist of any SS officer. He ultimately realizes how barbaric the system is after barely stopping Himmler from destroying the world, and realizing how much of the death and suffering he caused was his own fault.
- Empty Quiver: After Germany collapses into SS warlordism, Heydrich loses control over Germany's nuclear silos located around the country, which are now controlled by the warlords. The locations of the nukes are randomised in each playthrough, and reclaiming them is the key to prevent Himmler from nuking the world.
- Enemy Mine: In his path to stop Himmler's nuclear plot, Heydrich will be forced to work with Speerite, Bormannite, Goeringite, and even the Untermenschen (if things are getting truly desperate), so he can reconsolidate his power, secure the nuclear silos, and build an army large enough to counter Himmler's.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: One of Heydrich's motivations is his family - part of his Heel Realization is realizing how his devotion to the Nazi system made him utterly absent from the lives of his children, and how his three surviving children all hate him (his two daughters demanding the civil rights promised by Speer, and his surviving son immediately hanging up rather than say one word to him). If Himmler wins the nuclear arms race, Heydrich will be begging for his children to be taken somewhere safe, even going so far as to beg the "jewish United States" for help.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Heydrich is exceedingly ruthless and a very loyal Nazi, but Himmler's crazed plans to annihilate the world is completely beyond his plans for Germany, and is so destructive that even he is unable to accept it.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: The ultimate showdown between Heydrich and Himmler counts as this.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Heydrich is held in both contempt and fear by pretty much all of the Nazi Party, because even they consider his brutal ways, views and opinions a tad too extreme. The only reason why he still has some political weight to throw around is because Himmler has his back, and therefore the Waffen-SS has it too. Even Himmler doesn't really like him and plans to curtail his power — if not outright dispose of him — as soon as he finds it convenient.
- From Bad to Worse: Unlike his real life counterpart, this Heydrich survived the attempt on his life in 1942. He became even more paranoid and brutal as a result.
- Goodbye, Cruel World!: The final event in Heydrich's victory has him write a suicide note to his wife, explaining how his devotion to Nazism caused untold suffering for Germany, almost let Himmler carry out his apocalyptic scheme, and made Heydrich irredeemable.
- Heel Realization: As Heydrich goes down the path of betraying Himmler and sabotaging his nuclear plot, his faith in National Socialism becomes increasingly shaken. In his last moments, Heydrich realizes how wicked the Nazi ideals are, and how horrible his actions during the last 20 years were. He also realizes with this that any redemption he would desire is beyond his reach.
- Here We Go Again!: The story of Heydrich's Germany begins with the collapse of Nazi Germany into the German Civil War, and ends with Germany collapsing into its third civil war of the decade after Heydrich's death.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Heydrich was already a ruthless Nazi who had a major hand in organizing the Holocaust, but here he's taken his belief in National Socialism to ghoulish new extremes, outright embracing the fanatical insanity that is the Burgundian System.
- Klingon Promotion: Unlike Hitler's other potential successors, who reached their position through various degrees of merit, personal ties and political cunning, Heydrich became the leader of the German SS mostly through butchering his competitors, which greatly impresses Hitler.
- A Lighter Shade of Black:
- Inverted. From the potential successors to Nazi Germany, Heydrich is the one that represents the SS and is known to ally closely with Himmler and his circle. While every other successor practices National Socialism, he follows the Burgundian System.
- Played Straight when he rejects Himmler's plans and begins to see the error in his fanatical beliefs. While a fervent supporter of the Burgundian System's ideals and the SS, even he doesn't want to plunge the world into nuclear annihilation, and he will desperately spearhead a coalition against Himmler.
- Lowered Recruiting Standards: In all three of his civil war focus tree branches, Heydrich is forced to expand the recruitment standards of the SS in order to address his manpower issues. The Waffen-SS branch in particular sees Heydrich allowing mass recruitment of non-Aryans into the military to fill his manpower gaps.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Gets a heavy dose of this after he wins the power struggle against Himmler. Among other things, he's forced to accept that the "subhumans" he's preached against were honorable allies who he couldn't have succeeded without.
- The Political Officer: In the Waffen-SS branch of Heydrich's civil war tree, the increasingly degrading organization of the Waffen-SS leads Heydrich to take a page out of the Red Army's books and create a Waffen-SS Kommissar corps to manage his multi-ethnic and hastily conscripted Waffen-SS horde.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Not exactly by choice, but Heydrich's difficult position amidst the German Civil War forces him to broaden conscription for the Waffen-SS and welcome women into the ranks.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When he wins the SS Civil War and confronts Himmler, the latter will cry out that he was only doing what he believed needed to be done. Before Heydrich pulls the trigger, he responds, "As did I."
- Puppet King: It's an open secret that Heydrich is a puppet for Himmler, before he discovers Himmler's plot to nuke the world and decides to betray his erstwhile master.
- Pyrrhic Victory: While Heydrich could potentially kill Himmler and Burgundy for good, it comes at the cost of Germany plunging into a third civil war following his death, if not complete anarchy that destroys the very idea of a German nation.
- Red Baron: The Blond Beast, the Butcher of Prague, the Man with an Iron Heart, the Young Evil God of Death, Himmler's Evil Genius...
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: After he wins the second civil war, he will confront a defeated and worn-down Himmler, who proceeds to throw every insult that he can muster at Heydrich while crying out that preventing his plan will only bring ruin. Heydrich responds by beating him mid-sentence and readying his pistol.
- The Social Darwinist: Cruel and acknowledged by Hitler for his ruthlessness, Heydrich climbed to ranks of the Reich while killing those who got in his way.
- Stress Vomit: After reading the Ragnarök Project presented to him, he keeps a straight face until he is home alone. Then he pukes his guts all over the carpet and collapses.
- Unexpected Successor: Canonically, he is appointed as Hitler's successor despite having the least support out of all the factions in Germany. This is Subverted as he does not truly get the position of Führer after being appointed since Germany breaks into civil war over the position, but it can be Double Subverted should he win said war.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the end of the Burgundische-SS path in Heydrich's civil war tree, the focus descriptions become increasingly desperate as Himmler becomes more and more dissatisfied at Heydrich's failure to win the civil war and starts to slow down and eventually withdraw his support.
- Wham Episode: Heydrich's path is features a series of highly unexpected turns and twists.
- After an entire pre-Civil War setup and a brutal Civil War where Heydrich shows his utter loyalty to Himmler, the end of his first focus tree reveals that Heydrich is disgusted at Himmler's nuclear plot and plans to betray Himmler.
- After that, for a while it seems like Heydrich will continue running Germany and fulfilling Himmler's demands while conducting his own operations in secret... until plot of Heydrich's betrayal leaks out, and Germany completely collapses into the SS civil war, with dozens of factions occupying every inch of Germany and Heydrich's own power being restricted to Germania.
- Finally, when the SS Civil War concludes, Heydrich enters another breakdown where he realizes that everything he stood for was what really caused so much bloodshed, and in order to prevent Himmler from ending the world, he had to betray said beliefs and make allies of those he despised the most. He believes that the only way he can correct his mistakes is to end his own life, after which Germany descends into a third civil war that collapses the nation into anarchy.
- Wham Line: The first confirmation that Heydrich's beliefs have been shaken occur in the final two lines of the event where Heydrich collapses◊ after reading about Himmler's plot:He solved problems... it's what he had always done... He found his way through things, it's what he did, damn it!
SS Civil War - Northern Germany
Karl Dönitz's warlord state in Schleswig-Holstein.
- Elite Army: The 1st Panzergrenadier Division, Germany's chief special forces and counter-terrorism unit, is made up of some of the most elite soldiers in Germany.
- The Remnant: The 1st Panzergrenadier Division is the largest remnant group of Speidel's loosely-reformist Wehrmacht forces in Germany after Heydrich's victory.
- Token Good Teammate: The Berzerkers, despite being ideologically classified as Fascist, are explicitly portrayed as heroic within the nightmarish Burgundian System Germany.
- Undying Loyalty: If Heydrich's forces save Speidel and turn him over to his side at the onset of the SS Civil War, Speidel can make contact with Wegener and the Berzerkers, who will immediately join Speidel and Heydrich, instantly maxing out their loyalty to Heydrich and allowing him to immediately annex them.
- Allohistorical Allusion: Ulrich Wegener in OTL was a West German police officer famous for founding the elite counter-terrorist unit GSG 9, and was the commander of the GSG 9 during their assault of the hijacked Lufthansa Flight 181. In TNO, he leads the elite forces of the Berserkers, which is Germany's main counter-terrorist special forces in TNOTL.
- Cool Shades: Wegener wears a pair of large aviators in his portrait. Interestingly enough, these aviators are photoshopped in, as he wasn't wearing any glasses in the original image source of the portrait.
- La Résistance: Wegener and his Berserkers went into hiding in the sewers beneath Germania to escape the Schutzstaffel's hunt, waiting for a chance to strike back and return some sanity back to Germany.
An upstart SS-Ordensstaat located to the west of the Rhine led by SS-Obergruppenführer Theodor Eicke. Eicke has professed his absolutely loyalty to Himmler and openly declared Heydrich a traitor, and started his own Order-State to realize the Burgundian vision.
- La Résistance: Since Eicke's Ordensstaat is located around Essen, which used to be Speer's centre of power, Heydrich can decide to exploit that and aid the Speerite rebels so he can subvert Eicke.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: After Heydrich betrays Himmler and the ideals of the Burgundian System, Eicke believes that now he must take up the mantle, start his own Order-State, and enforce Spartanism.
- Undying Loyalty: It is practically impossible to convert Eicke to Heydrich's side with the "No Longer A Pawn" focuses. It is significantly easier to just support the Speerites and have them overthrow Eicke for Heydrich to gain control over Lotharingen.
An SS command in Westphalia headed by the newly promoted Obergruppenführer Fritz Klingenberg. Klingenberg's SS units have become increasingly divided between pro-Heydrich and pro-Himmler elements, and Klingenberg himself is becoming increasingly desperate.
- Big Fancy Castle: Originally the brainchild of Heinrich Himmler, the Wewelsburg Citadel was a planned expansion of Wewelsburg Castle to a massive scale, so that it would serve as the new capital for the Aryan race. Though the project was never begun before the West Russian War, Klingenberg has made accomplishing the Reichsführer's vision his top priority. He hopes that, upon seeing his ability to carry out such a massive project and seeing his dream come to vision, Himmler will grant Klingenberg control over more land across Germany.
- Enemy Civil War: Klingenberg's hardline SS partisan hunters have begun to suspect and accuse one another of being the enemy. What these men used to scour forest hideouts and basements searching for partisans, they now scour the patrol bases and headquarters of their fellow units, suspecting one another of being one of Heydrich's traitors.
- Shout-Out: Heydrich's first focus to deal with Klingenberg is called "Man in the High Castle".
Otto Ernst Remer's fiefdom in Hannover, who had seized the leadership of the German Militarist remnants after Heydrich's victory resulted in the death of Göring and the disappearance of Schörner. Remer, who declared himself a Generalfeldmarschall, plans to crush the traitor Heydrich and Schörner (whom Remer believes is plotting a pro-Heydrich conspiracy), and is searching through every inch of Hannover to root out traitorous activities, even taking up Burgundian support in his crusade against treason.
- The Coup: If Heydrich provides enough resources to Schörner, he will come out of hiding, coup and personally execute Remer, and declare total loyalty to Heydrich (maxing out their support to Heydrich).
- The Remnant: Hannover is the base of the German militarist remnants formerly under Göring during the German Civil War.
- Villain Team-Up: Heydrich can back Schörner's remnants and have him re-seize power over the militarists from Remer; this is also the only way for Heydrich to establish control over this warlord state, since the alternate path (showing the nuclear plan to Remer) increases Remer's loyalty to Himmler instead.
Otto Ernst Remer
SS Civil War - Eastern Germany
A state located in Prussia headed by the current head of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, Adolf Eichmann, who has restarted systematic extermination of the local Untermenschen.
- Asshole Victim: Heydrich has two options to deal with Freistaat Prußen; either reunite with it diplomatically, or conquer it by force. The player is incentivized to forgo the diplomatic option and instead conquer it by force, since it is quite hard to convert Eichmann to Heydrich's side, and also because Freistaat Prußen is the most explicitly genocidal warlord state in the SS Civil War, and declaring war on them greatly increases native factional opinion, giving Heydrich a chance to negotiate with the Children of Spartakus.
- Ascended Extra: In playthroughs where Heydrich loses the German Civil War, Eichmann is a Burgundian official who is in charge of the investigations into Burgundy's domestic enemies. As of the Cutting Room Floor patch, Heydrich's path allows him to take control of an entire warlord state and is given a unique portrait.
- Final Solution: Eichmann intends to fully exterminate racial degeneracy in Prussia, and has restarted the camps and expanded the extermination targets to everyone who fails to live up to the ideals of the SS.
- Villainous Friendship: Implied to have one with Heinrich Himmler, as shown when he includes a postscript in one of his letters to Himmler, mentioning how much he enjoyed having dinner with him and his wife.
A Polish slave resistance based in Königsberg. As Heydrich's Spartanist rule commits endless German-on-German violence, they have seized the chance and risen up.
- La Résistance: The Children of Spartakus is an anti-German resistance group made up of Polish slaves, and is easily the hardest group for Heydrich to attempt diplomacy with.
- Slave Liberation: The Children of Spartakus is a Polish slave revolt that occurs shortly after Heydrich wins the German Civil War.
- Reality Ensues: It should be no suprise that a group of former Polish slaves want nothing to do with Reinhard Heydrich. However, peacefully engaging in diplomacy with them, regardless of it works or not is one of the prerequsities for getting Poland's support.
Gestapo functionary Klaus Barbie's pro-Himmler warlord state in Danzig.
- Paper Tiger: Despite its menancing lore, Barbie's warlord state has a tiny amount of divisions, and it's one of the warlord states that can be conquered by Heydrich, meaning that Heydrich can easily crush it and annex it.
- Police State: Barbie and his men use extremely savage and brutal methods to suppress the partisans in Danzig.
- Red Baron: Just like in real life, Barbie is known as the Butcher of Lyon due to his brutal tortures of enemies during his time in Vichy France.
- The Spymaster: Klaus Barbie is Himmler's eyes and ears in East Prussia, his intelligence operatives siphoning all of the information passing over the region and sending them to Himmler.
A Waffen-SS command based in Posen.
- Faction-Specific Endings: The leader of Kommandostab Waffen-SS is determined by which path Heydrich went down in his German Civil War focus tree; Herbert Otto Gille corresponds to Deutsch-SS, Sylvester Stadler corresponds to Waffen-SS, and Paul Hausser corresponds to Burgundische-SS.
Herbert Otto Gille
- Evil Old Folks: At 81, he's an adherent to Burgundian System and loyal to Himmler.
The Gaue of Upper and Lower Silesia under the leadership of Gauleiter and SS-Gruppenführer Karl Hanke, who actively collaborates with the industrial magnates in the region to keep their position secure and silence slave dissent.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Silesia is the fiefdom of industrial magnates who constantly remind their slaves of their places and shoot anyone who disagrees, lest they revolt like what happened in Prussia.
- One Nation Under Copyright: Silesia is ruled by a clique of industrialists using the local gauleiter as their ally.
A warlord state based in Dresden led by the egocentric and cynical Nazi socialite Hermann Fegelein, who has sided with Himmler and broadcasts anti-Heydrich propaganda through his propaganda machine.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: In "An Appeal To Degeneracy", Fegelein will sell out Himmler and side with Heydrich when Heydrich offers him some material concessions. Immediately afterwards, in "Dealing With Degeneracy", Heydrich will have Fegelein executed and annex his warlord state.
- Shout-Out: Heydrich's first focus for interaction with Fegelein is called "Fegelein, Fegelein, Fegelein...", echoing Hitler's infamous rant from Downfall where he learns about Fegelein's desertion.
- No Woman's Land: German and Czech women are being abducted or forced at gunpoint to become "volunteers" in Henlein's Lebensborn program. Even Heydrich finds this quite reprehensible, and has to force himself to temporarily tolerate Henlein when Himmler is still standing.
- Super Breeding Program: Henlein has restarted the Lebensborn program due to his obsession with Aryan qualities.
- The Resenter: Since his appointment as Reichstaathalter of the Sudetenland in 1938, Henlein has seen Heydrich as his rival, and resents the fact that Heydrich continues to rise in power while he remains in the Sudetenland.
SS Civil War - Southern Germany
An SS garrison along the Burgundian-German border in Alsace-Lorraine, shielding Burgundy against the German refugees who in Mohnke's eyes might be traitors or saboteurs.
- Praetorian Guard: Judging from the name, the unit likely serves as Heinrich Himmler's personal bodyguard, in the same way that Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler served as Hitler's guards in OTL.
- Spare a Messenger: If Heydrich tries to make a deal with Mohnke so his troops can move through Alsace-Lorraine, Mohnke will shoot all the guards accompanying Heydrich's envoy, and send the diplomat back to Heydrich, telling him that he will never abandon his duties.
- Undying Loyalty: Mohnke is absolutely loyal to Himmler, and Heydrich has no way to turn Mohnke over to his side; his only two options to deal with him are either to attempt to negotiate a deal and withdraw some pro-Heydrich manpower from Mohnke's territory, or attempt to assassinate him.
- Shout-Out: The name of Steiner's warlord state ("Attack Group Steiner") appears to be a gag on one of Hitler's quotes in the memetic Original Bunker Scene from Downfall.Hitler: Der Angriff Steiners war ein Befehl! (Steiner's attack was an order!)
The city of Nuremberg under the rule of high-ranking SS official Ernst Kaltenbrunner, who has turned the entire city into a massive Konzentrationslager in his efforts to survive the Reich's collapse.
- Citadel City: Nuremberg, having been turned into a massive concentration camp, is heavily fortified and guarded on all fronts.
- Penal Colony: Kaltenbrunner has expanded the activities of KZ-Lager Flossenbürg right up to the borders of city, effectively turning the entirety of Nuremberg into a concentration camp and all of its inhabitants into prisoners.
- Karmic Death: When Heydrich liberates Nuremberg, Kaltenbrunner is hanged on his own gallows.
- Undying Loyalty: As with Mohnke, Kaltenbrunner is also fully loyal to Himmler, and the only way Heydrich could deal with him is to either declare war on him or subvert his dominance over Nuremberg from within.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: Is "merely" fascist instead of being an Ultranationalist, Nazi or Burgundian System adherent.
- Covered in Scars: Steinhoff still suffered his disfiguring flying accident as in real life, resulting in burn scars all over his face and body.
- Defector from Decadence: Upon Heydrich's death, the Deutsches Reich drops all pretenses of loyalty and openly seek to reunite Germany under a reformed, if not democratic state.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: Is "merely" fascist instead of being an Ultranationalist, Nazi or Burgundian System adherent.
- The Remnant: As the SS civil war engulfs Germany, reformists and conservatives, who once supported Speer and Bormann during the first Civil War, flock to Ravensburg, finding common cause in defending the Fatherland from Himmler's bloody grasp.
A fiefdom carved out in Bavaria by former Burgundian-SS commander Sepp Dietrich, who has lost hope in the Reich and abandoned all of his duties. He has now declared himself the "Duke of Bavaria" and retires to the Neuschwanstein Castle, while his troops and his newly-formed "Volkswache" are allowed to freely plunder Bavaria.
- Army of Thieves and Whores: Dietrich's subordinates and his "Volkswache" (prisoners who have declared their loyalty to Dietrich in exchange for a pardon) run wild in Bavaria, and are allowed to do anything they wish on the populace.
The northeastern portion of Austria under the rule of SS commander Otto Skorzeny, who has decided to stay neutral in the SS Civil War.
- Elite Army: Skorzeny has brought his elite Commandos, who have served him for more than twenty years, from Burgundy to Vienna, and has no interest in raising more.
- Historical In-Joke: When reviewing the loyalty of various SS commanders, Heydrich remarks that Skorzeny would probably even work for the damned Jews if their terms were good enough, alluding to how the real Skorzeny ended up working for Israel after World War II.
- Team Switzerland: Skorzeny has decided to stay neutral in the Himmler-Heydrich rivalry, and wait out the conflict to see who comes out on top.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Peiper is a ruthless SS commander whose unit was infamous for its long history of massacres. However, he too finds Himmler's nuclear plot difficult to swallow, and his support to Heydrich will max out if Heydrich reveals Himmler's nuclear plot to him.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Peiper committed many war crimes during World War II, and currently in Southern Germany he is guarding the German-Italian border and killing traitors trying to flee south.
- Villainous Friendship: Heydrich can leverage his personal friendship with Peiper and arrange a meeting, during which Heydrich will show Peiper Himmler's nuclear plot and try to use that to bring him over to his side.