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  • Russia went through Hell and back multiple times in TNO, being ravaged by Germany and warlords alike for more than 20 years. Yet, it still can overcome the rule of thuggish despots and be reunified by a more sensible state, which can turn the New Russia into a democratic republic, a British-style constitutional monarchy, a sensibly run and peaceful anarchist free territory guarded by popular militia, a benevolent near-anarchist state inspired by Christian principles but not forcing them on anyone or a sincere Soviet democracy with free elections and liberate the oppressed people of the former Soviet Union from Germany (but preferably not beyond). Even if scars of the past won't be healed for a long time (if ever), Russia in New Order can prevail over the Nazi and warlord horrors and become a free and strong nation.
    • Even better, as per developers invoking Cutting Off the Branches for the different start dates of the mod, Russia is canonically reunited under Zhukov's reform-minded West Russian Revolutionary Front, ensuring that Russia's efforts were not all for nothing and its unifier being one of Russia's most beloved OTL heroes.
  • In a very unusual case, there is one for Adolf Hitler himself. During the opening of the Adolf Hitler Art Gallery where the best works of German artists are demonstrated, Hitler, presenting his new painting, breaks in tears as he speaks about how much it means to him for his art to be appreciated and how he much hopes to inspire a new generation of the most talented Aryan painters to follow their dreams and passions, no matter. Even though it is still one of the most monstrous persons of the XX century, it is hard to not feel sympathy for Hitler as a human being, with his own simple aspirations to be admired and loved for his work, something that is common for many people.
  • Despite the Nazis ruling for nearly 20 years longer then OTL there are still people in Germany and the Reichskommissariats that want to make a change for the better and ultimately make the world a better place. People that want to reform and liberalize the political system. The most prominent being Speer who can end the slave system, start the transition of Germany towards democracy, and create the world's version of the United Nations.
    • As it turns out, Speer is not as committed to those things as he seems. The Gang of 4 on the other hand are in essence Nazis in name only and are absolutely committed to democratizing Germany, abolishing the slave system and building a genuinely more peaceful world. And while Speer is vehemently against their more radical reforms, in certain paths he doesn't have any choice but to sign off on them, laying the groundwork for sanity to return to Germany.
  • Germany has another Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Awesome combined in Speer's scenario. By solving the Slave Revolt by executing the renegade militarists, and negotiating with Schmidt alone, not only can slavery be abolished and the uprising be resolved peacefully, but the prospects of a new and democratic future are all but assured. In one event, Antonin, a slave who was deprived of family for two decades can finally earn his eventual freedom and find his soulmate Anna. The icing on the top, is the "Eignikeit, Recht, and Freiheit" focus tree, which would certainly dismantle Nazism once and for all.
  • From the various nuclear endings:
    • An old couple married for 50 years watching the end of the world together. Crosses over into Tear Jerker with the wife dying of insulin deprivation the night the bombs fell and the husband implied to have died not soon after.
    • The Queen of England is heavily implied in one event to have stayed behind to help their people flee into the bunkers, with her last radio broadcast calling on God to bless her people. Her last radio address is discovered by the survivors and she is remembered as a martyr and a hero by the descendants of those that survive the apocalypse.
    • Rival Hockey teams in the ruins of what was once America working together to rebuild society
    • A Chinese couple watching fireflies (or embers) dancing in the forest not long after the missiles go off.
    • A caravan of soldiers and survivors from Nowa Polska making their way back to their ancestral homeland, then encountering another group of Poles from that very country, marking a long-awaited reunion. Even after the apocalypse has wiped out the old world, Poland is not yet lost.
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    • Some Native American tribes returning to their ancestral homelands nearly two centuries after being forced out. While they are unsure what will happen when they arrive, they know one thing:
      No more tears.
    • In post-apocalypse Austria (called "Osterland" in the event), a girl implied to be of Jewish descent kisses a boy with romantic feelings for her, but who had feared telling her his fearings in fear that he'll be rejected due to his Nazi ancestry. They get married with their entire village blessing the marriage and live long and happy lives.
    • If Omsk's Black League was the one to reunify Russia and inevitably caused the apocalypse, we get one of his far-off descendants telling their child a Fairy Tale version of the war against the Germans, and how Yazov finally came to his senses once it was over, dedicating him and his survivors to rebuilding the world they had destroyed, making sure this burden was passed on through the generations.
    • The descendants of some of the Nazis chosen by Himmler to survive the apocalypse in the alps see everyone that they meet in the post-apocalyptic world as Aryan, and subsequently abandon their racial hatred, providing aid to everyone.
    • Two siblings become the first of the post-post-apocalyptic age to rediscover the airplane, and manage to take flight for a few seconds.
      For a brief moment, Debrya had the sensation of being watched from above. Almost as if generations long-dead were smiling upon them. It was a strange feelings, but a hopeful one.

      Two siblings claim the skies together, just as it was long ago.
    • Far into the future, post-apocalyptic civilization manages to land men on the moon once more. As astronauts proudly jump onto the lunar surface while millions watch, they pause as they spot something in the distance. A flag, bleached white by the sun. The astronauts replace the ancient flag with their own, and take it back to Earth.
      And as their ancestors dreamed, they dreamed.
  • Sablin's Buryatia faces one of the worst uphill battles in order to reunite Russia, but if they successfully take down Yagoda's Irkutsk, Sablin and his allies hear the news over a radio, and celebrate with a wild party. Bonus points for detailing how each member of Sablin's government rejoices in their own way:
    Sitting down, Sablin looked around happily. Markheev was joking with his men, Ulanovskaya downed glass after glass of vodka, even Braun was smiling for once. Catching Pechuro's eye, Sablin shot her a smile. She grinned back at him, raising her glass in a mock salute. "We did it, Valera!" she shouted, already slurring. Sablin smirked; she'd always been a lightweight.
    The Dream of a Better World: "We thought nobody would hear us, or that they would share our dream. But they did."
  • A more meta example: For a long time, the fandom largely speculated and guessed as to what the mysterious "Father" of Northeastern Russia was like. Given the ominous nature of hints about him, namely that he was a religious leader in a remote part of Siberia where true authority has been established. Given that TNO, especially the Russian storylines, takes place in a Crapsack World, the fandom's most popular interpretation of The Father was that he was a theocratic tyrant akin to a Christian ISIS or some other esoteric cult. Post gameplay revealed that he was actually a Bait-and-Switch Tyrant and quite the opposite of what was thought, a Good Shepherd benevolent religious leader who wants Russia free of warlords and to focus on Jesus Christ's message of love and charity. His actual governance is notably libertarian and even tolerant of non-Christians. Needless to say, the fandom was taken by surprise, but in a really positive way.
  • Similarly to Germany, the fact that despite decades of militarist rule under the Taisei Yokusankai, there are still many in the Empire of Japan (even within the Taisei Yokusankai itself) that want to bring genuine reforms, whether in the name of Japanese pride, truly living up to their own rhetoric, or generally making the world a little bit better. Takagi's AuthDem path is particularly notable, not only for allowing something like OTL Postwar Japan to emerge through liberalizations (including women's rights), but also in laying the groundwork for the Co-Prosperity Sphere to live up to its name.
  • In addition to how the Poles, whether in their homeland or in Nowa Polska, can potentially succeed in reclaiming their place in the world after decades of shame, there's also how a certain Karol Wojtyla (the man known in OTL as St. John Paul II) is among the leaders of the slave revolt against Nazi Germany. Seems like no matter the timeline, he still fights for what he believes to be just.
  • As tragic and pitiful Puyi's fate is in TNO, despite nominally being Emperor of Manchukuo, the fact that Emperor Hirohito himself was among the handful of delegates present at the former's funeral speaks volumes. Despite being all but forgotten by the outside world, the last Emperor of China still received a dignified send-off, with the added implications that the Japanese monarch had been corresponding with the man in life.
  • Should the Resistance win the English Civil War, an aging Winston Churchill walks into Westminster for the last time, giving a rousing speech praising Britain for never surrendering. Even more heartwarming is how, after having failed his countrymen during the Second World War, he’d been expecting justified spite, only to be treated instead as a hero finally coming home.
  • As with Orenburg, the Siberian Free Territory will face the question of LGBTQ rights. But where the best outcome for Orenburg is decriminalization, with homosexuals tolerated as long as they stay quiet, the Siberian Free Territory already has legal protections (viewing homophobia as reactionary), and their choice is simply how soon full acceptance comes. And when it does, it is beautiful.
  • One of the endings for the Ural League has the soldiers preparing for an invasion by the West Russian Revolutionary Front under Georgy Zhukov. Many of the League's soldiers and leadership were former prisoners from Bukharin's and Voroshilov's reigns before the West Russian War. However, when the WRRF finally arrives, they are not there to invade, but to begin peaceful negotiations for a cooperation between the two states.
    "Comrade Mendriks," General Zhukov would say, "I've come to bargain."
  • After Kemerovo unifies Russia as the Kingdom of Rus, King Rurik II is on his deathbed surrounded by all three of his children, including the feuding Yuriy and Lydia, where they assure their father he has done everything in his power to assure that the people of the Kingdom are strong and ready for the eventual 2nd West Russian War. Content with doing all he could for Russia, Rurik's final words to his children is admitting that perhaps his "whole charade was Worth It in the end" though while his children note that even if his last words was just one last bout of madness it didn't matter. Russia was made nearly whole and strong again for the first time in nearly twenty years, The Good King having done all he could to ensure such.
    His children didn't question his final words. Perhaps assuming it was madness like others has done since the beginning. Perhaps it was madness, but that didn't matter. Russia was nearly whole again, united and strong. He had done all he could for the people, his heir would do so much more, of that he was certain. While he had his regrets, Rurik II, King of the Rus, was satisfied with what he had built.

    And so Nikolai Ivanovich Krylov closed his eyes for the last time, his duty finally ending.
  • Part of the narrative for the HMMLR focus path is told from the perspective of Matilda and Olivia, two 19 year old women who fell in love, but have to keep their romance a secret due to societal attitudes surrounding the LGBT+ at the time (let alone in a country whose government is actively collaborating with the Nazis). The two join the resistance in the hopes a free England will be more tolerant of their relationship. The two survive the civil war, and even move in together. They then visit their old school where they used to secretly meet and kiss behind the bike shed, where Matilda proposes to Olivia. Even though Olivia points out it's not legal, Mattie doesn't care, and says it'll be between them, and them alone.
    • Can become even better if Harold Wilson and the Socialist Labour Party are elected into government. Part of their reforms is to legalize homosexuality (Similarly, for a restore United Kingdom under George Jellicoe's National Democratic League, if Stevas and his liberal Whigs have at least 30% influence in the party, the government could decriminalise homosexuality). While we don't hear more from their story, we can assume Matilda and Olivia are jubilant that their relationship is accepted in the eyes of the government.
  • When homosexuality is decriminalized in Englandnote , this event triggers detailing two women finally mustering the courage to come out to their parents.


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