West Siberian Unifiers
Tyumen is the remnants of the West Siberian People's Republic, led by the Old Bolshevik Lazar Kaganovich. Kaganovich was a supporter of obscure Soviet official Joseph Stalin, and an opponent of General Secretary Nikolai Bukharin, which earned him a reassignment to West Siberia. However, after the Soviet collapse, Kaganovich used his position to his advantage, managing to accumulate power and form the West Siberian People's Republic. This republic would be short lived however, as Rokossovsky and Karbyshev seceded from the republic, leaving Kaganovich with a rump state in Tyumen.
- Egopolis: Lazar Kaganovich renames the town of Ishim to Kaganovichgrad after himself.
- The Famine: The Five-Year Plans are great programs of industrialisation that put a strain on Tyumen's agriculture, rendering it more vulnerable to famine.
- Nepotism: Lazar Kaganovich's brother Mikhail is the starting Economy Minister of Tyumen.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: Kaganovich officially styles his Stalinist dictatorship the 'West Siberian People's Republic'.
- The Remnant: Aside from containing large portions of the defunct Communist Party, Tyumen is the last remnant of the West Siberian People's Republic, which used to be far larger before it was reduced to Tyumen.
- Vestigial Empire: Once, right after the Soviet collapse, the West Siberian People's Republic encompassed most of Western Siberia. By 1962, it controls only Tyumen and the surrounding territories after Rokossovsky and Karbyshev rose up against Kaganovich's rule, forming Sverdlovsk and Omsk respectively.
Lazar Kaganovich is a surprise contender in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union, going from a sidelined political opponent to the leader of one of the most powerful post-Soviet states. Despite the collapse of his short-lived republic, and being surrounded by enemies on all sides, Kaganovich's revolutionary zeal remains high. He will not stray from his vision of the all-embracing proletarian state, and follow the paths set by Vladimir Lenin and his greatest disciple Joseph Stalin to resurrect the Soviet Union under the Stalinist model.
- Allohistorical Allusion: In addition to Kaganovichs policies being based on OTL Stalinist ones, the mans personality and views are almost unchanged from real life.
- Book Burning: Kaganovich bans and burns many texts (including Russian literature, history books and certain foreign novels), some of which aren't political in any way, for anti-party thought. Possession of them is punishable with a trip to the gulag.
- Defiant to the End: If defeated by Sverdlovsk, Kaganovich, after he is sentenced to death◊, declares in a tirade that he should have purged Rokossovsky when he had the chance and denounces the trial as one carried out by "fascists and capitalists". He also claims that the revolution will be carried out one way or another after the judge tells him to sit down.
- Dirty Communists: Kaganovich wants to unite Russia under a Stalinist-like dictatorship, viewing Stalin as a role model to zealously emulate, with all that entails. Russia united by Kaganovich is widely considered to be the worst incarnation of the USSR, even when compared to Genrikh Yagoda, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, or Andrei Zhdanov.
- Double-Blind What-If: If Tyumen unites Russia, Kaganovich commissions an Alternate History novel where Stalin succeeds Lenin instead of Bukharin and defeats Nazi Germany in World War II.
- Hero-Worshipper: Kaganovich is a great admirer of Joseph Stalin and zealously follows in his footsteps.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Kaganovich was a high-ranking Soviet official and unrepentant Stalinist in real life, with the USSR itself outliving him by roughly five months following his death in July of 1991. In TNO, his personality and views are unchanged, but this time, he actually gets a chance to rule in Stalin's place.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: An ardent supporter of Stalin over Bukharin, Kaganovich became one of Bukharin's political arch enemies, and was thus reassigned to West Siberia. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed, Kaganovich used his position in Siberia to consolidate power and build the Western Siberian People's Republic.
- Reassignment Backfire: Kaganovich was sent to govern over the wastes of West Siberia by Bukharin's government, hoping that he couldn't influence Moscow from Siberia. The central government didn't expect, however, that the whole Soviet government would be driven east by the Nazis and that Kaganovich, being far away from the frontlines, would establish his own powerbase in his domain.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: While not as potentially insane as Lysenko, Kaganovich agrees with his pseudoscientific belief in Lamarckism, due to his disdain for the "thinly-veiled capitalism" of Darwinian theory. This is a reference to the fact that Lynsenko's IRL influence was made possible due to Stalin's support of his theories.
- Villain in a White Suit: Kaganovich is the closest person to a Stalinist dictator in Russia and he wears a white uniform, evoking IRL Stalin's fashion.
- Allohistorical Allusion: Khrushchev's drive to undo Kaganovich's work and change the Party is very similar to how he handled Stalin's legacy in OTL.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Although Khrushchev is very authoritarian, taking total control of the government after deposing Kaganovich, he is far less repressive than Kaganovich is, ending all forms of discrimination, granting ethnic minorities autonomy and lifting all restrictions on artistic expressions. Under his USSR, the average citizen has a lot of cultural freedoms, if no political ones.
- Chummy Commies: Khrushchev's regime in Tyumen is more moderate than that of Kaganovich and is less repressive with cultural freedoms guaranteed and progressive values upheld as Kaganovich's worst crimes are undone.
- The Coup: Khrushchev can come to power by having NKVD officers arrest Lazar Kaganovich, accusing him of incompetence and treason against the Party.
- Internal Reformist: Khrushchev is a reformist who seeks to tone down the Kaganovich regime's worst excesses and uphold progressive values.
- Irony: Chairman Khrushchev, the man who famously denounced Stalin and his Cult of Personality in real life, rehabilitates Stalin as an egalitarian, honest revolutionary whose legacy was perverted by Kaganovich.
- Walking Spoiler: There is no indication that Khrushchev can overthrow Kaganovich and take Tyumen down a more moderate path until the regional phase.
A provisional Red Army military government led by Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky, broken off from the Western Siberian People's Republic.
- Anti-Mutiny: The transformation of the Ural Military District into a traditional military junta has caused a great deal of dissent within the Third Army's ranks. Thousands of deserters, viewing Konstantin Rokossovsky as a traitor to socialist ideals, have defected to Tyumen to fight for the revolution once more. Lazar Kaganovich can take further advantage of this with a propaganda campaign aimed at encouraging further dissent amongst Sverdlovsk's socialists.
- Black and Grey Morality: While a Red Army junta, Sverdlovsk definitely has the moral high ground over the Stalin-idolizing totalitarian communists in Tyumen, let alone the psychotic Ultranationalist regime in Omsk. A victorious Sverdlovsk, run either by Batov or Yeltsin, executes both Kaganovich and Yazov after they unify West Siberia for their crimes as well.
- Defector from Decadence: Sverdlovsk used to be part of Kaganovich's West Siberian People's Republic, before the latter's decline and collapse forced them to create a new goverment.
- Elite Army: The 3rd Army is amongst the best military forces in Russia and has lots of experience from years of war.
- The Remnant: If Omsk defeats Sverdlovsk, many of the Ural Military District's members (including Pavel Batov, Ivan Bagramyan and Hamazasp Babadzhanian) will go underground and continue to resist the Black League as part of the National Salvation Commission.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: Sverdlovsk continues to extensively use Soviet heraldry and iconography (including the name Red Army and the hammer-and-sickle), even though in practice it is a regular military junta that has cast aside most communist policies (its in-game ideology is Authoritarian Democracy, instead of Authoritarian or Libertarian Socialism).
- Four-Star Badass: Rokossovsky is one of the most distinguished and well-known commanders of the former Soviet Union, his military record nothing short of brilliant.
- Start My Own: Witnessing the stagnation and collapse of Kaganovich's West Siberian People's Republic, Rokossovsky gathered forces and started his own government to reunite Russia with.
- Cincinnatus: After unifying Western Siberia, Batov voluntarily agrees to hold democratic elections. Despite his power, he refuses to rig the elections to favour himself, and if Boris Yeltsin wins, Batov will transfer power to him, and continue working to protect the freedom and democracy of the new state.
- A Father to His Men: Batov is a humble commander with a great fondness for the soldiers under his command, who in turn call him 'our Suvorov'.
- The Lancer: Batov is Rokossovsky's close friend and professional aide.
- La Résistance: If Omsk defeats Sverdlovsk and unites West Siberia, Batov forms the National Salvation Commission to resist against the insane Black League, which would then have to deal with him.
- Take Up My Sword: Batov vows to carry on Rokossovsky's cause after Rokossovsky dies after uniting West Siberia.
- Un-person: If the National Salvation Commission is defeated, the Black League will kill Batov and erase all evidence of his existence.
- Allohistorical Allusion: Yeltsin was President of Russia in the 1990s, and can reunite Russia under his banner in this timeline, though in a very different way. When he does so, his version of the Russian unification superevent has a snippet of the Patriotic Song playing, which was the Russian's Federation's anthem during his term as president in OTL. In addition, his Head of Government, Yevgeny Primakov, was also Prime Minister of Russia historically under his Presidency.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: In real life, Boris Yeltsin was President of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1999, and was utterly incompetent at the job with his presidency a disaster. Here, he can reunify Russia and lead it to a new era of democracy and prosperity.
- Historical In-Joke: Boris Yeltsin, despite being far more competent than he was historically, still loves vodka and believes that "shock therapy" is what Russia needs in order to have prosperity. He also even in this timeline forms a friendly relationship with Bill Clinton.
- Irony: Yeltsin's Economy Minister is Aleksandr Tizyakov, who historically was one of the leaders of the August Coup, which Boris Yeltsin helped thwart.
- Vodka Drunkenski: Despite having a Historical Badass Upgrade from his OTL self, Yeltsin is still an alcoholic, with one event having him sneak off to the bathroom to get some "contingency vodka" during a boring trade meeting. Hilarity Ensues when the bathroom also had an aide to the Americans washing his hands when he came in◊, and Boris, initially failing to come up with an excuse, simply decides to produce a second shot glass to bribe the aide with drinks. When he leaves to rejoin the meeting, the American ambassadors aren't fooled (due to the aide in question being utterly sloshed - and only after two, not even full-to-the brim, shots), and it's revealed that the aide in question is a young Bill Clinton.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: With few available leaders to maintain order in Khanty-Mansi after Zlatoust divides Western Siberia, Antonov-Ovseyenko's cabinet consists of former Soviet dissidents like himself, priests and even common criminals.
Omsk is a fortified city broken off from the Western Siberian People's Republic. It is led by the All-Russian Black League, a militant organization aiming to reunite Russia and prepare it for the Great Trial, a final conflict between Russia and Germany that will decide Russia's ultimate fate.
- Absolute Xenophobe: Their ultranationalism reaches such fanatical levels, that not only do they want to take revenge upon Germany, some of them also want to attack America as "revenge" for their "refusal to help Russia".
- Anti-Mutiny: After Omsk unifies Western Siberia, many members of its Old Guard will defect from the Black League to join Pavel Batov's insurgency, believing that Dmitry Yazov has betrayed Karbyshev's ideals.
- Badass Creed: The Black League's oath of allegiance.◊I believe, before all else, in Russia, one, united, and invincible.I believe in my own strength and the strength of my comrades.I reject the lies of the First Trial, and embrace the Black League as Russia's one and only salvation in the coming Trial.When the day of the Great Trial comes, I will stand shoulder to shoulder with my comrades.I will face the enemy without fear, and I will put my nation before my own life.I will be the sword and shield of Russia, by which justice will be done for the fallen.I swear this oath by my sacred Motherland.
- Balkanize Me: Should Omsk fail to put down Pavel Batov's uprising after the Black League forms the West Siberian Provisional Authority, the country breaks apart◊ into an independent Russian National Reconstruction Committee (Sverdlovsk and Tyumen), the Vorkuta Provisional Authority, Surgut (the former Free Aviators territory), and Omsk itself being reduced to the territory it started with.
- Beneath the Earth: Envisioning a future nuclear exchange with Germany, Omsk will construct complex subterranean bunker and metro systems beneath the Omsk oblast that can withstand nuclear blasts. When the Great Trial comes, and Russia and Germany finish exchanging their nukes, Omsk's soldiers would emerge from these bunkers, charge their way into what remains of Germany, and wipe out those remnants to utterly destroy the concept of Germany.
- Blatant Lies: The All-Russian Black League tell the wider world that they are practicing "developmental authoritarianism" and that they plan to institute a democracy after reuniting Russia. Needless to say, this is a lie as the Black League, as shown in the event where Yazov is tried and executed by a victorious Sverdlovsk, believes that democracy weakens Russia in is struggle against Germany.
- Citadel City: The city of Omsk is likened to a fortress, within which the Black League militarizes and makes preparations for its war with Germany.
- Dark Is Evil: Omsk is ruled by the Black League, has a lot of black symbolism, including in their flag, and is also one of the most violent states in Siberia.
- Deconstruction: The lore and actions of the Black League serves as this to The Power of Hate trope. One of the themes of the mod is how this trope can only bring upon suffering and destruction, which Omsk clearly reflects. The Russian people have suffered immensely at the hands of the Nazis whose hatred for them drove them to genocidal extremes, with many Russians in turn being unable to feel anything but a seething desire for revenge. Omsk is that desire turned into a nation, as its entire mission and purpose is to see every German slaughtered no matter what it takes, even if it means oppressing and sacrificing Russia itself for eternity, giving into the same worldview of the Nazis. Omsk is thus not only a horrible place to live as its people have no purpose but to hate and destroy Germany, but will effectively punish the world as well with a nuclear holocaust for the sake of wiping Germany off the map to seethe its desire.
- Determinator: Nothing, not even the threat of nuclear apocalypse, will stop the resolve of the Black League to bring revenge upon Germany.
- Democracy Is Bad: The ultranationalists of the All-Russian Black League show outright disgust towards democracy, believing that any state with a semblance of it is weakening themselves in their efforts to fight Germany. If Sverdlovsk is victorious against Omsk, Yazov will simply declare in his trial that a democratic state will never be able to stand united against Germany.
- Devil in Plain Sight: When Omsk reunifies Western Siberia and begins to become visible on the global stage, they conceal their Ultranationalist ideology and goal of launching the Great Trial underneath an appearance of defensive militarism. They even give themselves a rather nondescript regional unifier name called "West Siberian Provisional Authority".
- Downer Ending: Omsk is the worst possible Russian unification path for the whole world, tied with the similarly-Ultranationalist Hyperborea. Whereas other bad paths will result in rampant internal oppression but relatively few external conflicts, the Black League intends to prepare the Russian people for the Great Trial, which is an inevitable war with nuclear-equipped Germany, while also developing a nuclear arsenal (also known as revenge weapons) of their own, with the showdown ultimately resulting in a nuclear apocalypse.
- Earn Your Bad Ending: A Russia united under the Black League is easily one of the worst scenarios for the whole world and undoubtedly a "bad ending", but to actually do so takes a lot of effort since Omsk has to fight an uphill battle against other unifiers and cannot engage in diplomacy with them.
- Evil Wears Black: All of Omsk's officers wear black military suits with gold highlights, just like their flag.
- Four Is Death: Karbyshev developed three theses as the foundations of the Black League's ideology. One is that the Great Trial is inevitable. Two is that Russia will be destroyed by the Great Trial if it is not prepared. Three is that the Black League is the only organization capable of preparing Russia for the Great Trial. Yazov, amidst his relentless self-doubts after learning that Karbyshev actually committed suicide, developed a Fourth Thesis: Russia should not simply wait for the Great Trial, but start it when she was ready. The Fourth Thesis cements the Great Trial as an offensive war rather than a defensive war, one fought to completely wipe the very concept of Germany from the face of the Earth through weapons of mass destruction.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: While their ideas are certainly scary, Omsk almost never stands a chance against its more powerful rivals in the region and almost always quickly disappears from the map. However, if they unite Russia thanks to the player's efforts, there is little the world can do to spare itself from the wrath of the Black League.
- General Ripper: The officers of the Black League view no cost, not even global thermonuclear war and the end of the world, as too great to wipe out the hated German people from the face of the earth.
- Gone Horribly Right: Should Omsk push through with the Great Trial, not only does the Black League survive the nuclear apocalypse, but proves stable enough to actually go through with it, only for Yazov to have a change of heart upon seeing the devastation he helped cause.
- Guilt-Free Extermination War: The endgame of Omsk is exterminating the Reich and the German people in a war of vengeance for the atrocities they committed on Russia. The Black League will stop at nothing to see their revenge through.
- Hard-Coded Hostility: There's no way for the Black League to diplomatically unify Russia. They have to conquer nearly every other warlord by force; everyone else is an enemy or a future enemy (with the exception of the Free Aviators).
- Historical Villain Upgrade: While most of Omsk's generals were part of the KGB historically, and many of them were quite ruthless in real life, their real-world equivalents certainly did not advocate the destruction of Germany and killing every German in the world (which they do in this world).
- Ironic Echo: When Omsk reunites Russia, the resulting superevent is accompanied by a quote of Pavel Batov, a man that the Black League had to kill and erase from all records when stabilising Western Siberia for leading the resistance to their rule.
- Living Weapon: After uniting to the superregional stage, the Black League develops new strains of anthrax and smallpox, under the supervision of Major Yuri Ovchinnikov, as Weapons of National Vengeance against the hated Germans.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
- The name "All-Russian Black League" immediately suggests radical Russian nationalism and embrace of Dark Is Evil, immediately telling you that the warlords of Omsk are not nice people.
- Their regional unifier name, "West Siberian Provisional Authority", is a justified aversion of this trope, since Omsk wants to maintain a positive image and doesn't go too deep into their evil ambitions.
- Their superregional unification name, "Russian National Reclamation Government", goes back to being an example, though in a far more subdued manner. The unusual phrase National Reclamation is fairly mundane but has ominous implications, and seemingly signals a future conflict (i.e. the Great Trial that is being kept secret to the public) in the name of "Reclamation".
- Obviously Evil: The black military uniforms with gold highlights, along with their national flag, very clearly indicates that the Black League is up to no good.
- Ominous Mundanity: A Russia reunited under the banner of Omsk is called the "Russian National Reclamation Government" and signifies the goals of the Black League in how they announce their goals in the name of "reclamation".
- The Political Officer: The Black League views commissars as one of the old Union's few good ideas, and will form their own commissar unit, tasked with enforcing discipline without compromise.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Omsk makes genuine efforts at reconstruction and even half-hearted attempts at diplomacy to the USA and Japan so they can build a large and powerful army that can launch the Great Trial successfully.
- Rainbow Speak: Every mention of the Great Trial is highlighted red in Omsk's in-game text. This wiki has also decided to go along with it too.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: The state that is now Omsk used to be a part of the West Siberian People's Republic before Karbyshev's Black League launched a mutiny against the government in Tyumen.
- Revenge Before Reason: The spectre of nuclear war is not something the Black League fears in their revenge plot against Germany for not even the fact Germany has nuclear weapons (and will launch them) stops Omsk from invading Germany.
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: A remarkable amount of the Black League's generals were members of the KGB or the KGB Spetsnaz in real life.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Omsk's path is one big quest for revenge against Germany and the world for all the suffering and humiliation Russia endured for more than 20 years.
- Secret Police: The Black Hand is an internal security directorate integrated with the League and answering directly to Dmitry Yazov, with the purpose of ensuring the security and stability of the League, rooting out dissidents and those not fit to serve.
- Tested on Humans: The Black League tests their biological weapons on their own people, something which horrifies even Yazov himself.
- The Power of Hate: Aside from Omsk being a Deconstruction and embodiment of this trope, this is also one of their national spirits called "Fueled by Hate" in-game, which gives Omsk buffs in both recruitable population and Division Attack.
- Tragic Villain: Omsk represents what happens when hatred and anger consume people. Having witnessed firsthand the failure of Russia to beat the hated German butchers and the suffering and humiliation it subsequently endured, the officers of the Black League came to believe that only the most extreme measures could save the Motherland from her enemies, although this certainly doesn't excuse for their own genocidal intentions toward the German people.
- Training from Hell: After defeating Vorkuta, the Black League turns the old gulags into training facilities for the cadres, where they could experience the worst punishments that the Motherland is capable of inflicting upon her unruly children, and emerge as iron-hearted killers with ice in their veins.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The leaders of the All-Russian Black League have seen their homeland destroyed by German invaders and the brutalities the Germans had inflicted on the Russian people. However, it does not justify the insanity of the Great Trial or how the Black League advocates destroying Germany and killing all Germans in the world with not even nuclear war standing in the way of revenge.
- Worthy Opponent:
- Despite their opposing ideologies, the Black League respects the West Russian Revolutionary Front for having fought against the Germans for decades, after most had given up or turned traitor, and is willing to give amnesty to and recruit the WRRF's officers and generals after 'retraining' them.
- They also respect the Free Aviators, who still defend Russia from Luftwaffe bombers and because the Aviators likely have a large body count of Germans. In fact, the Free Aviators are the only warlord state to get extended an offer of unification rather than being invaded and subsequently annexed.
The founder of the All-Russian Black League, Dmitry Mikhaylovich Karbyshev's past is one of tragedy and suffering. An honorable Soviet officer in WWII, Karbyshev was captured by Germans and subjected to the worst forms of torture in their concentration camps. While his body miraculously survived, his heart was frozen cold.
After his escape, Karbyshev was adamant that Germany will inevitably re-invade Russia in a war he termed the Great Trial, and founded Black League upon his survivalist beliefs, believing that only its leadership can see Russia survive the Great Trial. But by 1962, Karbyshev has realized that his creation was not a guardian, but a monster; the radical officers of the Black League have twisted his words and usurped their dying leader.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Just before his death, Karbyshev realizes that he is ultimately a dying, powerless old man, and he has deluded himself into thinking that he can guide Russia into a new era. So he decides to take a stroll outside in the cold night, find peace in his last moments, and let a cold little creek take him.
- Driven to Suicide: As Karbyshev realises that he has lost control over the monster he created and that there is nothing that he could do about it, he takes a walk outside at night, and takes his own life by stepping into a cold creek.
- The Extremist Was Right: Karbyshev's belief that Germany will return to Russia is realized if the militarists under Goering and Schoerner took over Germany, who will re-invade Russia in an operation named Fall Rot.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Since a country and its leader always share the same ideology in Hearts of Iron IV, Karbyshev is classified in-game as an Ultranationalist, even though the developers have stated that his actual ideology is Authoritarian Democracy, as the officer clique under Dmitry Yazov has turned him into a puppet, and Ultranationalism is actually Yazov's ideology, not Karbyshev's. Likewise, his supporters (Chernaya Liga - Loyalisty Karbysheva) are shown to be a different party from the officer clique.
- Left for Dead: Like in real life, Karbyshev was doused with cold water and was left to die outside of the Mauthausen concentration camp. In TNO, he survived and escaped back to Russia.
- No One Could Survive That!: Karbyshev was brutally beaten, tortured and exhausted by inhumane labor in German concentration camps for five years and eventually was doused with cold water in the winter. Nobody expected him to survive after what he had endured, yet he not only survived, but also made his way from Austria to his hometown Omsk.
- Our Founder: After Karbyshev's death, Dmitry Yazov has a memorial to him built at the centre of Omsk.
- Puppet King: By 1962, despite being its founder and de jure leader, Karbyshev has lost control over the Black League, becoming no more than a puppet for the officer clique who hold the true power.
- Token Good Teammate: Karbyshev originally founded the Black League with the ideology that conflict with the Germans was inevitable and that Russia needed to be prepared under a strong military; the Great Trial as envisioned by Karbyshev is a defensive war. However, in preaching this rhetoric, he only managed to recruit extremists who twisted his original vision into a need to exterminate the German people for what they did to Russia. Karbyshev himself actually opposes these radical measures, but can't do anything about it, having lost control over the monster he created.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Old and enfeebled by his past life, Karbyshev dies at the end of Omsk's first tree.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Karbyshev founded the militant Black League with survivalist and not genocidal intentions, beliving that the unyielding ideology of the Black League is the only hope for Russia to survive the German re-invasion. Unfortunately, his well intentioned goals were twisted by the radical officers into a genocidal one.
Dmitry Timofeyevich Yazov is Karbyshev's protégé, a brilliant general and a true patriot dedicated to the tenets of the Black League. As Karbyshev's last days approach, Yazov is tasked to take up the Black League's leadership and realize Karbyshev's dreams to prepare Russia for the Great Trial.
However, unbeknownst to Karbyshev, Yazov and his fellow officers have found a new understanding in Karbyshev's words. The motherland has suffered so much under the Germans, that having the Great Trial be merely a defensive war would be an injustice to all that was lost. Fueled by hate, with nothing left to lose, the Great Trial shall be the day when Russia delivers total revenge upon Germany.
- Decapitated Army: If Yazov is assassinated by Pavel Batov's insurgency, the Black League breaks down and becomes a collection of feuding generals, each seeking to grab their part of Karbyshev's heritage.
- Defiant to the End: After being captured, put on trial and sentenced to death by the Sverdlovsk junta, Yazov declares that Sverdlovsk destroyed Russia's chances of survival, claiming he is the only person who could lead Russia through the Great Trial and denouncing Sverdlovsk as "weak" for its political system.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Although Dmitry Karbyshev is still the nominal leader of the Black League by 1962, it is Yazov who truly calls the shots, as Karbyshev has lost control over the monster he created. Karbyshev's death only serves to make Yazov's position official.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: If defeated and captured by Sverdlovsk◊, Yazov claims that a democratic system of government only weakens Russia in its struggle against Germany, the Great Trial that the All-Russian Black League believes will see Russia destroy Germany.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Yazov is a ruthless and brutal ruler, but even he is stunned and horrified◊ at the experiments performed by the League in order to create and weaponize a drug-resistant strain of hemorrhagic smallpox.
- Future Imperfect: Should the Great Trial succeed, it's heavily hinted that Yazov's exploits and background blend with Karbyshev's over time, until he and his predecessor are one and the same.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Yazov in real life was a Soviet hardliner who had a hand in the violent crackdowns in the last years of the Soviet Union, and, as Minister of Defense, took part in a failed three-day coup by Communist Party hardliners when the Union was dissolving in 1991. In TNO however, the emergence of the Black League in his home city resulted in his life trajectory going in a completely different direction, and he became a committed Black League Ultranationalist who advocates for the destruction of Germany and the death of all Germans in the world (something the real Yazov certainly did not advocate for).
- The Generalissimo: Yazov is formally the Glavkoverkh (literally Commander-in-Chief) of Omsk.
- My God, What Have I Done?: If the Black League successfully carries out the Great Trial, ending the world in the process, it is implied that the Black League still survives, but Yazov is soon horrified by the destruction he helped cause. This prompts him, once enough Germans are killed, to instill a sense of collective guilt onto his surviving compatriots, which is passed on to their descendants.
- Villain with Good Publicity: After the Black League unites West Siberia, Yazov makes statements of returning Russia to a pre-war quality of life, and is described as having a good amount of popularity and support for doing so.
- Defector from Decadence: Never particularly dedicated to the Black League's cause, Grigoriev is one of the first to jump off the sinking ship and side with the enemy when war erupts between Zlatoust and the Black League.
- Historical In-Joke: The flag of the Omsk Reconstruction Authority is the real-life flag of the city of Omsk.
- Puppet King: Despite becoming mayor and warlord of Omsk after Zlatoust defeats the Black League, Grigoriev is but a puppet of the Zlatoust Republic.
- Walking Spoiler: Grigoriev is the leader of the Zlatoust-puppeted Omsk.
A merchant state led by firearm-designer-turned-mayor Yevgeny Dragunov, who is focused on profiting from arms manufacturing and keeping Zlatoust prosperous and stable.
- Arms Dealer: Zlatoust supplies weapons to many Russian warlords, allowing them to gain massive profits and prosper among the warlord states.
- Cool Guns: The flag of Zlatoust prominently features Kalashnikov's AK-47 rifle.
- Dark Horse Victory: Zlatoust has no expansionist focuses and no desire to unify Russia, but if it manages to defeat all the other unifiers in defensive wars, the devs have created a special "unification" scenario for Zlatoust◊, where it annexes most of the Urals, renames itself the Ural Republic, and creates several puppet states (Omsk Reconstruction Authority, Protectorate of Tyumen, Khanty-Mansi United Front, and Republic of Nenetsia), all of which are members of the Siberian Mutual Assistance Compact alongside the Ural Republic itself.
- Merchant City: Zlatoust is ruled by weapon manufacturing magnates and lives through the arms trade.
- Private Military Contractors: Zlatoust hires mercenaries from Yugra as an expendable force to police its borders and fight bandits.
- Puppet State: If Zlatoust pacifies Western Siberia, it does not unite the region but instead sets up petty puppets in Tyumen, Omsk, Nenetsia and Yugra.
- Realpolitik: In order to ensure Zlatoust's peace and prosperity, its rulers made deals with ruthless warlords, providing them with weapons of war. However, as a result of these morally dubious acts, the Zlatoust Republic is legitimately peaceful and prosperous.
- Shown Their Work: The logo on Zlatoust's flag is the logo of Izhmash (full name Izhevsk Machine-Building Plant, currently Kalashnikov Concern), the company (formerly Soviet gun plant) that manufactures AK firearms in Russia. The logo came from the factory rollmarks of Izhmash.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Dragunov's first and only concern is profit, and any actions he takes to ensure the safety of the territory under his control stem from his goal of expanding his industry and increasing his share in the post-Soviet arms market.
- Merchant Prince: Dragunov and Kalashnikov are the diarchs of Zlatoust who assured their indisputable dominance in the city's politics solely through the wealth acquired from arms dealing.
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Yevgeny Dragunov is a firearm designer in real life, and famously designed the SVD Dragunov sniper rifle. Here, he has also become a politician, and rules the Zlatoust Republic.
- Grim Up North: Vorkuta is the northernmost warlord state in Russia, as well as a frozen, totalitarian hellhole of gulags where the NKVD under Vasily Blokhin hold absolute power.
- The Gulag: Vorkuta is notable for containing the Vorkutlag, one of the largest Gulags in the former Soviet Union, which Vasily Blokhin rules over with an iron fist.
- Shown Their Work: The symbols on the left side of Vorkuta's flag represent deer antlers, a pattern used by and representative of the Nenets people, which features on the flags of the modern-day Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, both of which are located near Vorkuta.
- 100% Adoration Rating: The Free Aviators are loved by almost every warlord in Russia, from the Communist WRRF to the Ultranationalist Omsk.
- Amazon Brigade: The Night Witches are an all-woman regiment. After the defeat of the Soviet Union, they now patrol the Russian airspace and shoot down German terror bombers.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: When first teased, the Free Aviators were known as "Besplatnyye Aviatory", which means "free of charge aviators". This led to relentless mocking from the community, and the devs have since changed it to the English "Free Aviators".
- Chummy Commies: In addition to protecting Russia from Luftwaffe terror bombers, the Free Aviators are one of the few Russian warlord states that continue to adhere to socialism.
- The Remnant: The Free Aviators consist of remnants of the Soviet Air Force who continue to fight German bombers terrorising Russia.
- Old Soldier: Bershanskaya has continuously been fighting the Germans for 21 years, since she was assigned to the Night Witches in 1941.
A criminal kingdom ruled by Georgian mafioso Jaba Ioseliani. They are a client state of Zlatoust, having made a deal with Zlatoust offering protection in exchange for weapons.
- The Mafiya: Yugra is a land ruled by criminals, originating from the vory v zakone gangsters in the Vorkuta gulags.
- Scoundrel Code: When the USSR collapsed, a group of criminals in the Vorkuta gulag refused to break the thieves' code to work with the prison guards to survive. After some brief but bloody skirmishes, they fled to Yugra, far away from their jailers. When Jaba Ioseliani started working with the arms dealers of Zlatoust, many within the prison hierarchy view this as a betrayal of the Vory code.
- Shown Their Work: Yugra's flag consists of a star and a cat, both of which are prominent symbols for thieves in Russian criminal tattoo designs.
- Totalitarian Gangsterism: The Thief Territory of Yugra is a lawless place where criminal syndicates hold total power.
- King of Thieves: He is the chairman of the thieves who run many of the gulags' criminal networks.
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: In real life, Istomin was a Nenets writer. In TNO, if Zlatoust divides Western Siberia, he'll become a politician and leader of the newly-independent Nenetsia, due to his status as a popular intellectual.