- The entire premise of the mod is that the world has turned to this because of the Axis victory. Our modern world was forged in the aftermath of World War II which saw Nazism and Fascism discredited for the horrors they inflicted. The creators of the mod hold no punches in showing how fascist ideology has corrupted practically everything in the Crapsack World it has created— a dark mirror to the world we live in, a world forged by the Allied victory. With all the creepy narrative events and focus trees added, TNO turns Hearts of Iron into a horror game.
- One of the few songs from TNO's OST currently released is Burgundian Lullaby, and it is a perfect lullaby for the nightmare that is the world of TNO. Light bells play an SS marching tune on top of deep and oppressive bass, while muffled electronic echoes provide a suitably dreadful ambiance. It's a lullaby for a nightmare, and perfectly suited for the oppressive world of TNO.
- The Thermonuclear War Superevent. The BGM suddenly grows silent and is replaced by a horrifying ambience, complete with Interface Screw and the final screen which is showing images of a child jumping a rope reminiscent of a nuclear shadow, two creepily grinning children playing with their toys, a destroyed city corner and an EAS screen showing an Emergency Action Notification, all flashing faster and faster and faster. This is then accompanied by an SFX of civil defense sirens blaring, nukes detonating and people all over the world screaming in terror, as the in-game world slowly dies out in nuclear hellfire, represented by darkness spreading across every single country until the entire world goes black. After all the horror is over, it forces you either to observe a dead world (there are several post-apocalyptic events for those who wait a while after the end) or simply quit the already doomed campaign. If you're playing as Himmler's Burgundy, this is your victory condition.So long.
- Doubling as a Tear Jerker, the World War 3 superevent combines the outro of 99 Luftballons with sounds of church bells ringing, air raid sirens, and jet planes taking off, before fading into distant gunfire. It's a fittingly chilling and sad superevent for what will likely be the lead-up to nuclear war.99 Jahre Krieg
Ließen keinen Platz für Sieger...
- As pointed out in the comments, it's a war between three nuclear superpowers, two of which are both willing to endure utter annihilation rather than surrender. In OTL, Japan was nuked twice and on the brink of collapse and the leadership still refused to stop until the threat of a third and a counter-coup, and Hitler and his leadership were prepared to let the German people die for losing "their" war. And the US in this timeline has seen the fate of nations that lose wars to their enemies (France for the Germans, China for the Japanese) and will be more determined themselves. The depths all three nations might plunge to avoid defeat, even removing the nukes from the equation, is honestly horrifying on a level the human mind is beyond comprehending.
- Even the launch screen come After Midnight is eery, with singleplayer's image being a Russian CBRN soldier with a strange mask, multiplayer having a shattered globe on top of a massive pile of gas masks and rubble, and quitting the game having an abandoned and overgrown train station.
- The existence of the Order-State of Burgundy and all the horror it entails. A state within Nazi Germany, it has its own ideology known as the Burgundian System—a nightmarish, totalitarian, oppressive dystopia where the SS controls every single aspect of life, only the barest necessities of life are granted, and the population is controlled through fear and brutality. It is even worse for non-Aryans, who are forced to be slaves. Even worse, little is known about Burgundy's plans and its focus tree will be hidden if you're not playing as them. Meaning you won't know what Burgundy is up to until it's too late.
- And should you play as Burgundy, the focus tree and every decision will be a tanker full of Nightmare Fuel all around, a complete opposite to the politically neutral base game. Even the earliest societal decisions will post events upon completion about how a German mother's baby was executed, the news delivered by the apathetic nurse who clearly ignores her agony. It only gets worse with every plot focus: initially unlocking death camps using "skilled workers", a.k.a disposable, educated Frenchmen pre-WW2 being worked to death to build Burgundy's Brutalist cities, weapons factories and infrastructure. Then as Ukraine is freed from Nazi control, more Burgundian population is needed to be worked to death to produce food to offset the upcoming famine. The game makes it very clear that the locals need to be worked to death to cull their numbers so the player doesn't experience a rebellion, and investigate and interrogate slave workers who are reported off-hand as "having their weak hearts not withstand a mere seven-hour torture".
- Burgundy's establishment of Industriebezirk Rodomo will need "skilled workers" actively shipped per month in later foci as the factory complex will collapse and damage your industry otherwise. You have to literally sacrifice people each month there to improve your production, feeding human lives into work conditions that are beyond inhumane as if they were merely grist for the mill.
- The focus tree of Burgundy itself◊. Unlike the focuses in vanilla HOI4, which are bright and colorful, Burgundy's focus tree is almost all colored a monochrome purplish-gray broken up by the occasional flash of bleak violet lighting or black shadow. Combined with the copious use of the Burgundian swastika and the Black Sun, as well as the recurrent motifs of skulls, watching eyes, and mushroom clouds, it creates an ominous, oppressive look as befits the most evil nation in TNO.
- Combining with Fridge Horror, Burgundy not only shows parallels with North Korea in terms of abject horrors on display, but also demonstrates how Himmlers policies and reliance on slave labor would entail the deaths of just about every educated Frenchman and Belgian, and the total destruction of the old social structures. In the process, being very reminiscent of the Khmer Rouge, except that unlike Cambodia, there might not be enough locals left alive to restore a semblance of society once Himmler dies.
- With the exception of the Red Poppy Movement, it's telling how almost all of the various SS Collaborator Legions within Burgundy are labeled as "Ultranationalist". While each of them object to Himmler's efforts to erase cultures that don't align with his Aryan image, they're only slightly less deranged themselves after decades under the Burgundian System. Should either of them triumph in the event of a civil war, for the average citizen it'll just be a continuation of their living nightmare, only now under mildly different management.
- Of the collaborators, SS-Charlemagne is notably the most loyal to Himmler, despite being seen as barely better than untermenschen. Should Reinhard Heydrich win the German Civil War, defeat Burgundy and subsequently die, however, not only would the surviving elements of SS-Chalemagne remain organized and cohesive enough to become the last holdout of Nazism in the ashes of the dead Reich, but they could potentially take on and usurp the rump French State to the south. Ensuring that even in a warped Francified form, Himmler's legacy would endure.
- If Göring pushes through with Fall Rockwell, a haunting rendition of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" plays amidst the sounds of gunfire and soldiers dying, culminating in a rousing charge as the song reaches the climax. While representing American defiance in face of the Nazi foe, it might as well also symbolize the last days before the nuclear warheads are launched, sparking Armageddon. Fall Rockwell sits at the end of Göring's focus tree after he's done conquering Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, so the superevent drives home how apocalyptic the war is about to become.
- Should the Second German Civil War drag on for too long, with neither Göring, Spiedel or Schörner able to stop it, the situation devolves even further into an outright German collapse. As the name suggests, the Reich falls apart into nigh-perpetual warlordism that's even worse than Russia's, with the various factions too busy squabbling over the ruins. The hardline militarists, thus, get their Forever War, but at the cost of destroying the very concept of a German nation-state and people.
- Combining this and Fridge Horror, a successful Speer run that ends in him consolidating power and purging the Gang of Four is one of the most unsettling endings for the mod, even if it doesn't seem terrifying at first glance. Not only does Fascism remain in place in Germany, but the reforms cast off the most blatantly self-destructive and overtly violent aspects of Nazi ideology, allowing it to exist well into the future and potentially win the Cold War.Hitler may have set the grounds for Germany's wings to fly high, but Speer will make sure that it will fly victorious.
- The Reichsländer, which function like the old Reichskommisariate in all but name, aren't due to German settlers coming in combined with genocide and mass enslavement as they would be under a more purely Nazi regime. Instead, the racial supremacist laws and the notion of Aryan dominance still remain, being codified and continued through other less noticeable means. While they may look free on the surface, complete with local/native collaborators in charge, the Slavs remain second class citizens subservient to Germany. They are potentially given harsh jobs, and to be taxed to death by a government that finds cheap labour more effective as a source of revenue and believes them to be incapable of self-governance.
- And in setting up the KdN (TNO's equivalent of the United Nations), Speer subverts the goal of one of the potentially hopeful organizations in the setting by making it a instrument for Fascist dominance. The KdN could sanction nations for having racial integration or being led by left wing governments while funneling aid to pro-German parties, tinpot banana republics and generalissimos, governments with racial stratification, and outright fascists. This essentially allows Fascist governments to be strengthened by international institutions on the world stage, an ending that is potentially worse than global nuclear holocaust. This time, fascism and National Socialism, philosophies which OTL regards as inimical to civilization, are codified as the accepted way of life.
- It gets worse if Speer actually falls during the 70s....but to a Russia led by Matkovsky or Shafarevich. Even if Germany loses round three with Russia, Fascism lives on, under people equally pragmatic, competent, and willing to sugarcoat their ideology rather than self-destructive nutcases. Europe not only remains Fascist, but remains dominated by an ideology that has both ruined and transformed the Russians into the New Orders new hegemon.
- A victorious Speer combined with Sergey Taboritsky uniting Russia is possibly the worst scenario for the world considering how Taboritsky destroys the idea of a united Russia, ensuring that Germany's eastern flank is secured for the forseeable future and increasing the chance that Speer's Germany wins the Cold War, especially if America and Japan have their own troubles.
- If Oberländers Nazi hardliners gather enough influence, not only does Speer become little more than a Puppet King at their mercy (as opposed to the Gang of Fours),but they then proceed to implement their take on orthodox National Socialism, undoing the reforms done under Speers watch, erasing all traces of dissent, completely censoring the media other than for official propaganda, and making sure no one goes in or out of the Reich. In effect, turning Germany into a blend of Maoist China and North Korea. While its likely doomed to collapse and lose the Cold War, until then, the outside world would be completely unaware of whats going on within.
- Even if the Gang of Four succeed in turning Speer into their rubber stamp and put Germany on the path to democracy, Speer's new bio◊ in the Cutting Room Floor update suggests that he's not finished and still has the potential to undo everything the reformists seek to accomplish right as Germany seems to emerge out of the darkness.... the Gang treats him as a fool and a puppet, a disgrace to Hitler's vision and nobody of importance.
How foolish they are.
- Should Ulrike Meinhofs DSR win the German Civil War, it might seem at first glance that her antifascist and socialist cause might be an improvement. It soon becomes very apparent, however, that she and her lackeys would give Abba Kovner a run for his money in just how far theyre willing to go to cleanse Germany of the fascist taint. Given that after decades of Nazi rule, that would ultimately mean purging just about everything and everyone in the former Reich. All while being just as ruthless and brutal as their erstwhile foes.
- Even if Meinhof doesnt succeed in winning the Civil War, she and her clique (as the Red Army Faction) can still cause mayhem through brutal terrorist acts, especially in a Bormann victory scenario. On top of echoing what the RAF did in real life West Germany and, ironically, the Brownshirts of the SA, these further underscore how, not unlike Kovner, their hatred and spite for all things Nazi have made them just as vile as their enemies.
- Among the African Reichskommisariate, Hans Hüttigs Ostafrika is described as being especially brutal, being ruled as the concentration camps he used to run. African natives are routinely discriminated, enslaved, and oppressed in all spheres of life. The Anglo-Rhodesian colonists left behind when the Reich took over fare little better, and are barely accepted because of the need for non-German administrators. It only gets worse from there, as not only can Hüttig emerge as the dominant force in the Afrika-Schild, but transform it into the continent-spanning Großafrikanischer Reichstaat, complete with his own variant of the Burgundian System. While its doomed to collapse, however, his deteriorating sanity and increasingly horrific measures give the Dark Continent moniker a whole new meaning.
- RK Zentralafrika isn't much of an improvement, either. While Siegfried Müller is indifferent at best to the plight of natives, his domain is a glorified playground for foreign corporations and mercenaries, many of the latter being disgruntled Belgians taking their anger over the loss of their homeland on said natives. The only real reason why it's more tolerable is because Müller would rather indulge in safaris and hedonistic exploits than actually rule.
- The African Devastation superevent, which plays should Hüttig's Reichstaat collapse bloodily after his extensive attempts at purging it, drives home how this is a failstate for the entire continent. Much of Sub-Saharan Africa is thus turned into a wasteland of perpetual warlordism and barbarism, whose inhabitants may never have a moment's peace. At the highest level of Devastation, some of the leaders of the new African countries were OTL involved in atrocities such as Francisco Macías Nguema, Théoneste Bagosora or John Okello and are TTL advocates of Ultranationalism, further revealing how brutal would be the post-Hüttig Africa.
- Germany under Martin Bormann's rule is not as dramatic or overtly horrifying as other potential paths, as it can even undergo some piecemeal reforms and concessions that allow the Nazis to remain in power. Unlike Speer, however, he doesn't actually change the inherent, self-destructive flaws in the ideology. In certain respects, he doubles down in upholding orthodox National Socialism, such as persecuting Christians and any religion not in line with the State. While his more pragmatic policies serve more like stopgaps or damage control than a viable, long-term plan. Combined with Ulrike Meinhof's RAF becoming increasingly active and Bormann being diagnosed with terminal-stage cancer (with at most two years to live), the result by 1972 is a Reich that's steadily hurtling towards collapse, and there's little that can be done to stop it.
- Crossed with being a Tearjerker, but the Reich's fate in Reinhard Heydrich's path, should he succeed in putting an end to the Burgundian nightmare, is anything but pleasant. Upon experiencing a grim revelation and finally committing suicide upon concluding that he's beyond any kind of salvation, a fractured land is plunged into a Third Civil War between the remaining SS warlords and the last vestiges of sanity (led either by Hans Speidel or Reinhard Gehlen). But unlike previous conflicts, you get to watch Germany die, as it proves to be one too many, and the formed cliques quickly collapse into anarchy. The result is that much of Europe is reduced to a thorough post-apocalypse with the whole territory, echoing Post-Taboritsky Russia, not even worthy of a name. Some of the warlords of the SS civil war qualify too as Nightmare Fuel:
- Ernst Kaltenbrunner turned Nuremberg into an entire city-sized concentration camp.
- Konrad Henlein restarted the Lebensborn program, this time by kidnapping Aryan women and forcing them to mate with Aryan men, not out of ideological fanaticism but merely to get a promotion from Himmler.
- To top it off, Adolf Eichmann decided the first thing to fix the ailing Reich was a second Holocaust.
- In contrast to Ulrike Meinhof's DSR/RAF, the Revolutionäre Zellen is described as far more insidious, being a diffused network of Communist partisans and spies that strike at Nazi institutions with precision. This also translates into indiscriminate killings and terrorist attacks, however, with the perpetuators simply disappearing amongst the crowd. Such is their secrecy that no one in positions of power even know who is leading them.
- The initial situation in Russia is nightmare fuel enough by itself. Take a post-apocalyptic setting with warlords, and make it cover an entire continent where life, security and liberty hangs by a thread; in the South Urals, if the rapist bandits of Dirlewanger don't get you, then the insane scientists and their NKVD goons will. West of central Siberia is the Bosnian Siege on steroids: Luftwaffe pilots will drop a bomb on anything that looks bigger than a house (and sometimes they aren't even that picky), just claiming to do their job to terror bomb entire cities and exterminate thousands of innocents per week. Even the children are inured to the horror of the very possibility of being blown up any time, and one cannot even farm potatoes in peace to avoid starvation as shown in WRRF foci.
- The scientists' abode in question, Magnitogorsk is an industrial factory of horror.
- Most of events and focuses of Magnitogorsk are written in a very dry, technical style, similar to those of the SCP Foundation. Cruel torture and lethal experiments imposed on masses of "test subjects" are written as mundane scientific reports, making the whole affair even more horrifying as you read the text of events and focuses more and more thoroughly and realize the whole implications behind it. It doesn't help that many parts of the reports remain edited out, leaving the whole process solely to the imagination of the reader.
- One of Lysenko's experiments is a direct reference to the infamous creepypasta about the Russian Sleep Experiment. If you have read it before, you know how it goes: five subjects, under the promise of freedom by the end of experiments to calm them down during the whole process, are forced to stay awake for a duration of several weeks in an isolated chamber. At first the prisoners show no signs of discomfort during the first five days, but at the sixth day, they start to experience serious psychological issues, including paranoia and psychosis, only for symptoms to suddenly cease near the end of the experiments. When the NKVD guard personnel and researchers try to enter the chamber, expecting the experiment to be finished, the subjects attack the entering group and murder most of them in cold blood before they are terminated by the NKVD guards.
- In one of the final events for Magnitogorsk, there is a list of captured documents. One of them is a letter of a child to his father held in Lysenko's laboratories, which is discarded as "propaganda".
- The Dirlewanger Brigade is infamous in OTL for their brutality and many atrocities. In The New Order, the Dirlewanger Brigade escaped during the West Russian war and destroyed any towns they encountered during their travels before settling down in the Urals. Now known as the Black Bandits, they are feared across Southern Russia and seek only to pillage and loot as much of Russia as they can.
- The warlords of Omsk, the Black League, are one of the most brutal factions in Russia. Fanatical ultranationalists to a man (with many of them historically being brutal KGB officers, even if they did not champion destroying Germany or killing every German in the world in OTL), they seek to avenge the suffering and humiliation Russia has gone through in the past 20 years by exterminating the Germans and destroying everything else that stands in its way. Absolutely nothing will make Omsk stop, not even a nuclear apocalypse. It's even worse for its founder, Dmitry Karbyshev: he founded the Black League on the idea that Russia needs to build its military might in preparation for the coming battle against Nazi Germany, only to helplessly watch as the hardliners of the League transform it into an engine of genocidal war.
- It gets worse once you realize that the people of Russia are going to suffer a lot under the rule of the Black League, considering that the Ultranationalist regime of Omsk wants to mobilize all of Russia for the impending Great Trial against Germany. In fact, they believe democracy is an impediment to fighting Germany, as shown in Yazov's trial at the hands of a victorious Sverdlovsk, where he declares that a state with any semblance of democracy cannot stand strong and united against an enemy like Germany, and their events show them developing a brutal secret police force, giving Pavel Batov the Un-person treatment after defeating his rebellion, brutally mobilizing the masses of Russia for total war, and purging all their political opponents.
- Woe to the Luftwaffe pilot who ends up crashing on Black League territory, of all places, in an event. He only has time to spot three soldiers in black uniform and plead for mercy before his face is stomped by boot. Even if said pilot was involved in terror bombing Russia for ''target practice'', it's still a brutal way to die.
- Late-game content also reveals that Omsk has been working on biological weapons, including weaponized smallpox, as part of the preparations for the Great Trial. The event showcasing the smallpox development◊ (codenamed "India") has them deliberately infecting their own population to ensure the strain is potent, and even Yazov recoils in disgust... While he still carries it out, it's clear not even he can justify this.
- Unlike most of the Russian unification events, which feature triumphant or joyful music, the Omsk reunification event is set to a sinister tune ("The Battle on Ice" from Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky") and the prompt says "The End Begins", hinting at the apocalyptic goals of the Black League. The only other reunification events that have the same sinister feeling to them are the ones for both branches of the Aryan Brotherhood and the one for the Burgundian System adherent in Ust-Sysolsk. The updated Cutting Room Floor version also has the sound of radiation analog detectors ticking, making it clear that under the Black League of Omsk the nukes will fly, right along other horrendous weapons both chemical and biological, if it means achieving their ultimate goals.
- If Omsk actually pushes through with the Great Trial, ending civilization in the process, one post-apocalyptic event◊ heavily implies that the only reason why it doesn't overrun the world is because Yazov finally comes to his senses, realizing too late the horrors of the apocalyptic devastation he helped cause. While he ultimately fosters a sense of collective guilt on his surviving citizens, who pass it on through stories to the generations to come, it's still harrowing how it took Armageddon to finally snap sense back into Russia.
- The Aryan Brotherhood follows an insane ideology which claims that being Aryan is a mental state and that Russia needs to "Aryanize" (read: adopt the ways of Germany) to survive. The warlords of the Aryan Brotherhood are stated to be even worse than the Black League in Omsk, which says a lot about the horrors of the Aryan Brotherhood owing to the Black League's apocalyptic goals. Oh, and the Aryan Brotherhood's generals and leaders (except for Vagner and Schultz) were historically Heroes of the Soviet Union stripped of their medals for crimes like murder (of superior officers or their wives/children) or rape.
- Emphasis on how the Aryan Brotherhood's Russkiy Reykh somehow achieves a level of horror and dystopian totalitarianism worse than Yazov's Russian National Reclamation Government or Rodzaevsky's Russian National State: The Aryan Brotherhood carries out massive purges of all their political opponents, enslaves anyone in Russia they declare to be non-Aryan, and wants to erase non-Aryan cultural elements and ban the Russian language. Their beliefs regarding being Aryan also claim true Aryans are fearless warriors who believe Might Makes Right, which in practice means initiates end up killing each other to demonstrate their "Aryan" ruthlessness."In a hundred years time, perhaps, a great man will appear who may offer them a chance at salvation. He'll take me as a model, use my ideas, and follow the course I have charted."
- Even worse is if Zigfrid Schultz (Valery Yemelyanov) leads a coup against Gutrum Vagner, and imposes an even more openly batshit crazy society with Hyperborea - while he does free most of the people that Gutrum Vagner enslaved (due to his Slavo-Aryan belief that Russians are the true Master Race, and the Germans being Jew-controlled "Asiatics"), he's still overall more brutal than Vagner, going from National Socialist to Ultranationalist. Under Schultz, now calling himself "Velimir", Hyperborea can start Project SVETOVID in order to create their own nuclear weapons and possibly trigger the nuclear apocalypse by making plans to invade the spheres of all three superpowers (Germany, to destroy false Aryanism; Japanese Asia, to subjugate Asian subhumans; USA, to depose the "Jewish citadel" of the world), and the "Aryan homeland" of Palestine, making the regime as much a danger to the world as the Black League in Omsk. In fact, the reunification event explicitly declares that Hyperborea's reunification of Russia is a "cause for significant alarm internationally" from its leader's insane ramblings. What's even worse, is that much of that aforementioned Slavo-Aryan batshit craziness is unchanged from the man's actual views in real life.
- Emphasis on how the Aryan Brotherhood's Russkiy Reykh somehow achieves a level of horror and dystopian totalitarianism worse than Yazov's Russian National Reclamation Government or Rodzaevsky's Russian National State: The Aryan Brotherhood carries out massive purges of all their political opponents, enslaves anyone in Russia they declare to be non-Aryan, and wants to erase non-Aryan cultural elements and ban the Russian language. Their beliefs regarding being Aryan also claim true Aryans are fearless warriors who believe Might Makes Right, which in practice means initiates end up killing each other to demonstrate their "Aryan" ruthlessness.
- The image for Yagoda uniting the Russian Far East shows an NKVD executioner pointing a gun at the screen. Even if Yagoda is not the worst communist warlord in Russia (let alone the worst warlord in Russia), the image is still somewhat terrifying, especially considering the executions of Sablin, Ochirov, Mikhail, Rodzaevsky, and Matkovsky which occur after Yagoda defeats them. Not helped by the reaction text:The Reign of Terror marches on.
- Becomes a Jump Scare if you haven't been paying attention to Russia. You're commanding troops, thinking decisions over, then WHAM—smash-cut to ominous music and a guy pointing a gun at you.
- While Yagoda does eventually implement his own reformist ideas to make the Bukharinist regime prosper, it becomes apparent that it serves to ensure that his authoritarian USSR would be resilient enough to be a major power well into the 21st Century. That it also comes across as a Communist version of Albert Speers Dengist plans drives the point home.
- Among the most amoral versions of the Soviet Union, lays the one reunified by the Red Napoleon, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, who will reconstruct the union as authoritarian and militaristic as possible in order to have a chance of victory against Germany, all while using the the Red Army as a political force to eliminate dissent, using poison gas on partisan-occupied villages, commiting ethnic cleansing in Karelia, executing his enemies in 5 minute mock trials, murders a teenage girl for being the daughter of the Romanov claimant to the Russian throne who he defeated, and playing a dangerous game of chicken involving nuclear and chemical weapons with the Reich.
- Regarding who has the dubious reputation as the worst communist warlord in Russia, Kaganovich's Tyumen idolizes Joseph Stalin and seeks to implement the vision of his mentor and idol when it comes to the reunification of Russia. As such, his regime burns books Kaganovich deems to be full of "anti-Party thought", including Russian literature, history books and certain foreign novels, and a Russia united under his banner has been stated to basically be Stalinist Russia, complete with totalitarian communism.
- Konstantin Rodzaevsky, the warlord of Amur, is a mentally unhinged lunatic who leads the "All-Russian Government of Amur", a brutal fascist dictatorship which openly collaborates with Imperial Japan and believes that Nazi Germany is a useful ally in eliminating Bolshevism in Russia. He is a paranoid maniac who builds one of the cruellest and most brutal incarnaions of Russia, and has Tsar Mikhail publicly hanged while he begs to be allowed to go home to Australia after torturing him. What is worse is that he kills Matkovsky without a second thought even if they were allies for decades and even punches him in public and constantly purges the government of Amur of anyone he deems insufficiently loyal to him, which ensures that Amur does not have much of a competent government.
- What's even worse than that is how, as time passes and almost in a perverse reversal of Taboritsky's Sanity Slippage, Rodzaevsky begins to get more composed, drop his more self-destructive habits and generally become much more sane, though no less vile. Russia united him would not only be a totalitarian danger to the world, but it would be one that's run by someone stable. This makes the Russian National State possibly worse than Yazov's Russian National Reclamation Government, Velimir's Hyperborea, Vagner's Russkiy Reych, or Taboritsky's Holy Russian Empire in how it is a more sustainable entity than either of these regimes. While both the Russian National Reclamation Government and Hyperborea have a high likelihood of ending the human race in nuclear flames, the Russkiy Reych is likely to collapse from its oppression of most of Russia's population, and the Holy Russian Empire will collapse when Taboritsky dies, the Russian National State will probably remain a stable entity after Rodzaevsky dies and have relatively restrained goals regarding reclaiming lands from Germany, giving it a longer life expectancy than all four of these regimes.
- His reunification Superevent, once merely tragic thanks to the melancholic Gnossienne No. 1, is made actively unnerving; the song plays as distant, muffled screams of a panicking crowd being gunned down can be heard, with the crackling of a fireplace closer by; someone, presumably Rozdaevsky, pours himself a drink only to shatter it after a brief pause...
- Though not as violent and crazy as other Far-right unifiers, nevertheless, Mikhail Oktan's Russian State is certainly not a pleaseant place to live, for it is a Kleptocracy Fascist Stratocracy, where various corrupt governors appointed by Oktan rule like feudal lords, even waging war on each other, where Jews, Tartars and other minorities are oppressed and exhorted on a daily basis, and where the central government is more interested on squeezing all money possible out of the Russian populance than helping them.
- Russian unification under Novosibirsk, should Vasiliy Shukshin fail in seizing power from the siloviki, may not be overtly horrifying on the surface. If anything, it could even be described as one of the more stable and relatively prosperous outcomes for the fractured nation. At the same time, however, it's a particularly bleak one, wherein Mega Corps run roughshod over the environment, while an atmosphere of almost total pragmatism and cynicism have crushed any real sense of freedom or higher aspirations.
- On a similar note, a Russian Empire founded by Boris Shepunov's Chita might not be that bad a place to live in and could be described as a stable place. However, Shepunov's Chita is the closest thing there is to a restoration of a Romanov absolute monarchy in Russia, meaning that all the sacrifices and actions of the past half-century or so would have been All for Nothing as a stratocracy trying to recreate the pre-Revolution political system reunifies Russia.
- The Ultravisionaries in Komi, under Andrei Zhdanov, are basically totalitarian communist mad scientists driven by a belief that a utopian communist society requires large-scale technological development and the pursuit of science. The results, to put things mildly, are suboptimal as many of their scientific experiments end in catastrophic failure and the horrible deaths of the human test subjects who serve as unfortunate guinea pigs for the mad scientific ventures of the Ultravisionaries. And unlike Lysenko's ventures into insanity, the Ultravisionaries can reunite Russia, meaning these atrocities in the name of science can continue far into the future, and with all the resources and available population that control of the entire country can bring them.
- Igor Shafarevich's Russian Republic, similarly to Albert Speer's Reich, isn't immediately disturbing on the surface, but is insidiously unnerving. Although a nominal democracy (albeit with Shafarevich being the only name on the ballot) and the least deranged outcome among those aligned with the Passionariyy, his regime is also one of the most stable and sustainable ways in which an ethnosupremacist strain of Russian nationalism could survive as a viable system. That his rule is also the most pragmatic means that it has the potential to not only be the most long-lasting among the Passionariyy (even compared to Serov's Ordosocialism), but also outlast Nazi Germany itself. All the while, Jews and "Russophobes" are quietly targeted, with none the wiser.
- The Russian National Soviet Republic of Ivan Serov is a totalitarian dictatorship combining Marxism-Leninism with fierce ultranationalism, advocating an ideology where only Russians are deemed capable of adopting socialism. Therefore, to the ruling Ordosocialists, "Hereditary Reactionaries" (read: all non-Russian ethnic groups) aren't "worthy" of gaining the benefits of the socialist utopia that the Ordosocialists intend to build for the Russian people. It gets worse when you realize that Serov is personally torturing political opponents as part of his rule over the country. His Cutting Room Floor update reunification song also replaces the song My Army (which at least gives the front he's restored the USSR, albeit with heavier militarism and nationalism) in favor of the Iron Foundry by Alexander Mosolov which sounds like a supervillain theme and highlights its true face. While not perhaps evil to the extent of the Russian National Reclamation Government, Holy Russian Empire, or the Russkiy Reych, the Russian National Soviet Republic is much like Amur's Russian National State in that it has the chance to remain stable and normalize its ideology, in this case a version of Marxism mixed with National Socialism, and like the Russian National State remains an oppressive and discriminatory place.
- The State of Eurasia is not just a brutal dictatorship with goals of a massive Eurasian Empire (and therefore is classifed as Ultranationalist), but it is one with a rigid social hierarchy straight out of the Middle Ages as part of their ideal of a "Masterocracy", making social mobility in such a state almost (if not entirely) non-existent. What makes things worse is how the underclass of Eurasia is treated practically as slaves with little, if any, rights while a small elite lords over them.
- The superevent announcing that Eurasia has reunited Russia is ominous in itself with how it has a quote describing Attila the Hun as the "Scourge of God", hinting that Eurasia might be just as dangerous to the wider world as the Russian National Reclamation Government or Hyperborea as a result of its hyperaggressive foreign policy. Fittingly, like Omsk or Hyperborea, Eurasia is Ultranationalist in-game.
The story of the infamous mad regent begins before the release of the mod, when the devs began to hint at one particular path in Komi which they said would be "the worst path for Komi and Russia as a whole". Considering some of the unifiers included the crazed ultranationalists of Omsk's All-Russian Black League, the Stalin-idolizing totalitarian communists of Tyumen, the Nazi fanboys in the Aryan Brotherhood, the NKVD securocracy in Irkutsk, and the unhinged All-Russian fascists in Amur, the fans were left to wonder just what sort of horror was to be unleashed. Come the release and the reveal of Sergey Taboritsky, the Burgundian System adherent in Komi, their questions were answered in the most horrific way.
- In addition to believing that a prince who has been dead for fifty years is still alive and in hiding, Taboritsky wants to implement the Burgundian System in Russia, creating a theocratic totalitarian dictatorship which purges anyone he deems not to be a "true Russian", with special emphasis on the Jews. His constant brutalization of the populace gets so bad that he eventually gets a -100% population growth debuff from all the killings. Taboritsky also begins deploying copious amounts of Deadly Gas from the Syktyvykar Arsenal, ranging from tear gassing Komi's legislative assembly to locking Mikhail Suslov and his inner circle inside Suslov's own house before turning it into an impromptu gas chamber. As Taboritsky grows in power, he commissions the creation of deadlier chemical agents: the worst of them, called "Taborite", is so potent that it melts people's flesh into slurrynote . And they're used more and more often, until post-collapse surveys indicate vast areas of the Russian wilderness will be unable to sustain life again for at least thirty years from how utterly poisoned the land has become.
- Then there's what happens to The Mad Regent when Komi's other rulers take control and decide the fate of their opposition. If he is exiled, he makes his way westward to meet the Aryan Brotherhood, whose antics align quite closely with that of OTL Taboritsky's, and he makes sure to keep eight bullets on him, which all get used by the time he reaches his destination. He's never heard from again from that point, and we don't know who he killed on his way. If he is to be assassinated, he self-immolates in a small chapel he's hiding in before the squads have a chance to kill him. The least horrifying and most merciful ending for Taboritsky is sending him to prison, which shows him being comforted by a vision of the Virgin Mary and Alexei.
- The superevent accompanying Taboritsky's successful unification of Russia is nightmare fuel in itself. While most Russian unification superevents are underscored by a triumphant musical fanfare, Taboritsky's is underscored by a combination of loud clock ticks, a lone bugle, discordant piano keys, and "Psycho" Strings, fitting the absolute nightmarish insanity that Russia has become. It became even worse in the Cutting Room Floor update, with the old image being replaced by a grainy picture of an abandoned church and gallows, and where the song is interrupted after a bit by the sound of shattering glass and raspy breathing (possibly a man being hung, once you put the sound and image together, or Taboritsky dying from shock, with the clocks being foreshadowing of what will happen to him later), with a clock still ticking in the distance...
- In case one needs proof that TNO is essentially a horror game, Taboritsky's entire shtick is going further and further into utter madness, hallucinating and rambling incoherently as he crowns himself regent and "purifies" Russia for the long-dead Alexei Romanov to take over. It involves bombing every last hostile human settlement in Russia and Kazakhstan with gas, burning priests at the stake when the Church opposes Taboritsky's terror, disappearing anyone who might oppose the Regent, genocidal campaigns against all Russian minorities, murdering disabled children, to declaring that the idea of innocence does not exist and punishing every offense with death after a show trial.
- From the moment Western Russia comes under his thumb, an ominous clock begins to tick, and once it reaches midnight◊, a mad Taboritsky sees a vision of Alexei as a grown man ready to take over, only for him to turn into a pile of little bones topped with a skull with a bullet hole and rags of blood-stained finery, a reminder that he was shot as a boy back in 1918. The revelation drives Taboritsky to die from shock and despair, and his portrait becomes a looping graphic, as if it was being broadcast by a disrupted signal. "Taboritsky" then "gains" a post death trait, "The Silent Regent", representing the cover-up of his death by his officers; it cripples everything Burgundian Komi can do, and as a mechanic slowly, permanently decays the Burgundian System's own control, guaranteeing the collapse of the regime in the near future.
"God save Russia, for no one else can."
- There's more pertaining to Taboritsky's portrait. Digging through the game's files shows unused assets◊ for a blinking◊ version. It's not known what this would have been used for, but it is possible that it was going to be a sign of Sanity Slippage for the player's perspective; a hallucination only seen in the corner of one's eye while going through his nightmarish reign.
The Collapse of the Holy Russian Empire
- The Regent's death is only the beginning of the nightmare train. In addition to that, a reference in a certain political compass posted by a developer (aptly named Post-Taboritsky Meta-Horror Neo-Warlordism) and the very specific name of his pan-national 'creation' is strong foreshadowing that what happens next is going to make the warlord period look like heaven compared to the utterly broken, dysfunctional and horribly twisted hellscape that is now Russia which Taboritsky has created. Then in November 2020, a patch added an event chain which begins after Taboritsky's death, and the slow descent into nationwide madness it depicts is nothing short of horrifying:
- First, an event called "Daybreak" shows his servants starting worrying in abject terror as Taboritsky rants and raves and shakes fists in the air as he passes by. Then the daily left food trays and papers before his door (for NO ONE in his right mind would dare to face a schizophrenic that could stab you in the face thinking you are Cain) are untouched...Then one day, even the guards and servants look at each other, worried, as the scent of rot emanates from his locked room.
- A "purification platoon" who executes entire Yakutsk and other Siberian Asiatic people's villages stop getting new orders, radio op citing "a temporary confusion in chain of command". With no supplies, the platoon keeps killing, and soldiers start losing their sanity a la Heart of Darkness...
- "The End of Eden" describes how a beautiful forest ecosystem near a village would transform into a wasteland. A battalion had received orders to strike partisans with chemical artillery, and the Colonel leading the forces decided to strike the forest under the threat of punishment for wasting weaponry and the possibility that anybody could be hiding in them. In only five hours, the ecosystem is devastated into being unable to support any life, rotting the trees and tainting the grounds. This situation essentially repeats across much of Russia as the chain of command collapses and pushes the forces into continuing with their operations.
- "The Last Shift" is about a munitions factory where the workers are made being to work themselves to death because the regent died just before their shift ended and the order to dismiss them never came through. After having worked for three days without reprieve next to the putrefying corpse of a co-worker who was shot by a guard because he passed out from exhaustion at his post, one of the poor workers has just accepted that he's going to die in that factory, wondering if fatigue or thirst will claim him first, and quietly lamenting that he will never see his son again.
- He only wished someone would tell him why this happened. All he wanted now as a reason.
He would not get one.
- The event "Prodigal Son" explains all by name: a "purification platoon" member, Ivan, realizes he has killed his own parents for "impurity", and loses his mind.
- After the events depicting the collapse of command, demilitarized zones where no troops can enter begin appearing all across the map. Then the 'Silent Regent' changes to become 'Radio Silence' after some time, Taboritsky's distorted portrait completely disappears to leave only the standard Anarchy portrait - an unlit, abandoned hut in the middle of nowhere - and the ministers themselves slowly disappear. Then, the flag disappears, and finally the name of the nation itself as all of Russia becomes a demilitarized zone, while the player's army is permanently stuck in the capital province. In the end, the collapsed Holy Russian Empire looks not like a Balkanized warlord state, but rather a blackened out, nameless wasteland of the sort only seen after the Thermonuclear War; the nation is as completely, eternally dead as if Armageddon had descended upon it. And the 'Radio Silence' trait implies there is only one broadcast to leave the Russian borders, presumably forevermore.
- Remain calm.
The Regent endures.
The Holy Russian Empire shall endure.
There is much to be done.
- Unlike the other anarchies, the ideology of post-Taboritsky Russia is not Socialism, but Ultranationalism. Mechanised infantry, state-of-the-art small arms, flamethrowers, heavy artillery and mustard gas all lie in the hands of roving bands of indoctrinated fanatics who are so desensitised by the endless killing that one of the soldiers doesn't even recognise his own executed family anymore. They wander through a gigantic charnel house of a country that is nothing more than ruined villages, ghost towns, poisonous swamps and dead forests filled with dead bodies that never rot because not even bacteria can survive in a land saturated with all manner of nasty chemical agents, killing anyone they can find.
It will never stop because fear of him and his system keeps the murderous cycle going, and the fact that you can be killed too by displaying even a hint of doubt means nobody will ever try to stop or find out what's going on. The dev team has explicitly stated that what Taboritsky does to Russia is so deeply awful in terms of casualties, destruction and ideological madness that it destroys any chance of Russia uniting, or existing as a sovereign nation ever again.
After Midnight UpdateWith the release of the After Midnight update, we finally see some of the post-collapse Russia in all its horror and insanity, and the suffering is nowhere near over.
- Much of the nation still remains pitch black, covered in bombardments of chemical artillery and other Salt the Earth policies, ensuring that Russia will not come out unscathed from the rubble and will still be prevented from becoming whole, thanks to the scars left from Taboritsky's reign.
- There are several bandit groups that pilfer the corpse of the once vast and oppressive regime. One, the Imperial Airborne Brigades, uses their air power to loot whatever's left, a stark contrast to the Free Aviators that wanted to use their powers to help the Russian people.
- The Holy Russian Empire, while nowhere near its power, still has agents and influence. From troops and squadrons mobilizing to finish their last orders to a couple self-proclaimed successors with varying degrees of power.
- On the other side of the coin are the opposing ideologies that have survived Taboritsky's entire reign. Some bodies become Well-Intentioned Extremists that wish to purge Russia of everything pertaining to the HRE, ultimately becoming no better themselves.
- The Black League has an heir in form of the Redeemed Black League, who were surviving on bunkers and sheer hatred until the HRE could fall. Seeing their fellow Russians commit atrocities in the style and name of a system exactly like the very worst of their enemies made the Black League radicalize even further, impossible as that may seem. Now they have another Great Trial to enact before their original plans can be carried out, in the form of exterminating any and all Russians that do not follow their exact tenets — which they want to accomplish by killing everyone outside of their own border.
- The Kazakh Purification Army is another such horrific mirror of the Holy Russian Empire's genocidal policies. Their ranks are filled with vengeful Kazakhs that survived Taboritsky's extermination and witnessed its horrors, and possibly suffered during the Soviet Union's initial foundation as well. Safa Gaziz, their leader, has witnessed all this along with them, and decided that the real root of the problem is Russia itself. And the only solution is to march out and systematically exterminating the Russians and any traces of their culture, in order to finish off the very idea of Russia while it's still reeling.
- One faction is made up of surviving Shturmoviki in Omsk, whose leader found joy from the HRE's mission to destroy "subhumans". However, he became enraged upon discovering Taboritsky's Jewish background and came to the conclusion that his entire movement was a lie that Jews perpetuated to lead to the destruction of Russia. Feeling "deceived", their leader swore off his original identity and their previous regime, adopted Satanism, and vowed to see the destruction of Christianity, even partaking in human sacrifice to achieve it. Naming themselves the Brotherhood of Cain, they have effectively become a worse Bogi Smerti. And THIS faction may just be the highest-octane source of Nightmare Fuel in the game. Its national spirits "Deranged Cult" and "Evil Unbound", combined with the "Salted Earth" damage Taboritsky left, does its best to decrease the population of the regions they rule. A sizable chunk of the world will be depopulated if the Brotherhood, christened the "Kingdom of the Hellborn" at hypothetical national reunification, took over it. Even Taboritsky's Empire valued someone, the idealized Russian peasant, and believed they had fundamental value. This monstrosity is run by literal Satanists, mass murderers who kill because they enjoy it. They eat flesh, drink blood and rape/flagellate/sacrifice still living, screaming Russian girls kidnapped by their forces with scenes taken straight out of Hollywood horror movies.
- Andrey Dikiy, one of the previous HRE vestiges mentioned above, declares his territory to be the true successor state as the regency for the true Alexei II, and he is enraged to see Michał Goleniewski, a Polish-born former NKVD agent, rally people together as "Alexei II". While Goleniweski is shown to be genuinely benevolent, Dikiy himself is a sadistic and dreaded despot that found glee from serving the HRE's cruelty, and after biding his time until its collapse, he intends to rule whatever's left with an eternal regency.
- Combining this with Fridge Horror, the international repercussions of the collapse of the Holy Russian Empire are terrifying to ponder as the Second West Russian War will determine Germany's future status as a world power and a Russian victory will signify a collapse of Germany's status as a world power. With Taboritsky's regime destroying the idea of a united Russia ever again owing to how it devastates Russia, it is likely that a competent and pragmatic German leadership, with its eastern flank secured, might be able to win the Cold War. This is especially the case if Taboritsky's actions are combined with America seeing either Yockey or Hall elected as President and Japan seeing Order 44 and/or Chinese victory in the Great Asian War happen. In short, if Germany finds itself having effective leadership, Taboritsky might not just have destroyed Russia, but doomed the world with how Germany's chances of victory in the Cold War increases in such a scenario. The silver lining is that, from a few hidden events, there will still be people dreaming of a unified nation, but only time will tell if that can actually happen.
- The superevent that introduces Nobusuke Kishi can be a bit of a scare when it occurs, as it plays "Psycho" Strings over the sound of gunshots and agonized screaming. And it's not just an empty scare: his very first act as Japan's leader is to brutally purge the politicians and civilians who stood in his way. Not for nothing does the Superevent's reaction text say "the Devil of Shōwa rises from hell" — for under Kishi, Japan becomes Hell on earth.
- The really bad part? This actually fits Kishi's historical views. As one Redditor points out, Kishi wasn't just the "Economic Manager" of Manchukuo who forced Chinese men into back-breaking slave labor, and the women into "a much, much crueler and unfortunate fate", all while having racist and sexist views on Chinese and Korean women to the point of declaring the Chinese should be nothing more than "Slave Robots". He also frequented brothels and even pressured luxury establishment waitresses into having sex with him. When he was Prime Minister in OTL, he HATED democracy, and felt that it was only temporary - it was only with the strength of Japan's democratic institutions (and the uproar he caused among factions of the LDP, students, and others) that he was forced to resign before he could make good on his beliefs. In TNO, where he has the IJA gun down any opposition, there's nothing stopping his faction of the Taisei Yokusankai, comprised of brutal generals and Reform Bureaucrats, from exporting Kishi's Manchukuo model to the rest of the empire. While the details of what happens after he purges all his opposition hasn't been put into the mod yet, everything points to nothing but brutality and horror coming from his totalitarian rule over Japan and its Empire.
- There's also how this could happen if the leadership fails to address the various issues facing the Empire. Which can make it all the more shocking when this happens even in a liberalizing Authoritarian Democratic Japan, if the player fails to handle it right.
- The Great Asian War between the Japanese Empire and Gao Zongwu's China, while not in the first release, has been stated to be a conflict which will kill more people than World War 2 with over a hundred million people dying as the entire Asian continent goes up in flames as the countries of the Sphere side with China or Japan, India joins the war against the side Azad Hind is in, a newly reunited Russia joins the Great Asian War in a bid to reclaim its lost territories in Outer Manchuria, and both Germany and the United States fan the flames of war by supporting China in its conflict against Japan. And that is not even going into what Japan would do if they win the war, which has been stated to be the Rape of Nanjing on a national level as a victorious Japan, wanting to permanently secure their hegemony over Asia, will seek to erase the Chinese national identity.
- A small glimpse of the horrors of the Great Asian War could be found in how Long Yun, who was overthrown, tortured, and imprisoned by his cousin, has become completely insane from the suffering he has endured and now leads an ultranationalist faction in China dedicated to the elimination of the Japanese and their hanjian collaborators. His regime in Yunnan is comparable to a Chinese version of the All-Russian Black League in Omsk in how it is driven by revenge and hatred and desire to destroy Japan with brutal industrialization being carried out to fight off the Japanese and the collaborationist (as Long Yun sees it) regime in Nanjing.
- The Empire of Manchuria, aka Manchukuo, is an absolute hell state despite its Crapsaccharine World exterior. While Puyi rules In Name Only, in reality it's a glorified industrialized slave state under the control of the Kwantung Army, which not even the government has full control of. What's especially horrifying isn't just that Unit 731 is still active (with complete report events about processing "logs"), how much of this state of affairs is attributed to Kishi's tenure as "Economic Manager", or that he and his supporters in the Kwantung Army consider it perfectly acceptable. Rather, it's that he, along with his fellow National Purists, a coalition of hardline reform bureaucrats and radical generals, intends to export this dystopian nightmare throughout the Empire and Co-Prosperity Sphere after executing Order 44, seeing the system in Manchukuo as the model for a "purified" Japanese Empire.
- The accompanying superevent of the Piazza Fontana Bombing is chilling. It first depicts a normal bustling city scene that is slowly replaced by the sounds of ambulances, frantic shouting, and screaming. It is then followed by a news anchor speaking, likely referring to the bombing, and the sound of ominous bells, while the ambulance sounds continue in the background. All of this foreshadows the disillusionment of the new Italian democracy and the growing political crisis that engulfs the country from that day forward. That the event in question also happened in real life, which further set the stage for the infamous Years of Lead, also bodes ill for the country's prospects as a power in any capacity.
- Niccolo Giani's fascist regime has been described as being the "worst path for Italy" with the devs stating that Giani's regime "will take away your soul" with it being implied that he would brainwash the entire population of Italy into fanatical Fascists. It gets worse as teasers regarding Giani's regime would note that he is a talented orator who would use his mastery of rhetoric to brainwash the populace and uses anti-Semtiic rhetoric in his speeches and policies.
- In the rare event that the Socialist Revolutionaries win and maintain power in the face of a Nazi invasion, they can go in all directions, some genuinely benevolent, others not so much. The worst of these however can potentially give Giani a run for his money in the horror department as far as horrific Italian routes go, being described as the Italian equvilent of Pol Pot. Considering what Pol Pot did IRL (for the unaware, it ended with the genocide of at least one fifth of Cambodia's entire population) and how Giani's regime has been described as "taking away your soul", it is extremely unsettling to think of what atrocities and horrors they will unleash on Italy.
- Israel in this timeline can go in several different directions, some obviously worse than the others. Of these paths, the worst of these is the Kingdom of Israel under Lehi and Avraham Stern. Stern is fanatically dedicated to the cause of building a Jewish ethnostate and removing all non-Jewish people from Israel so as to keep it pure for the "true Master Race", the Jews — exactly like the Nazis who oppressed them. As one Redditor puts it:Building Israel on the model of the Reich means capitulation to the idea that might makes right, and that any price is worth paying for the triumph of the Chosen People. It means accepting the cruel logic of Nazism, and appropriating it for the purposes of the Jewish homeland.
And that will be the final victory for the Reich over the Jewish people. In spirit, if not in body, they will have been conquered and assimilated by the Nazis.
- Crossed with being a Tearjerker, but there's a grim sense of finality should the Poles, whether in Poland itself or Nowa Polska, fail in their struggle for independence. As a loss would almost certainly mean the destruction of the entire idea of a Polish nation, and perhaps the end of the Polish people; horrifying considering how Polish nationalism is literally intertwined with the Polish identity.
- Even if Nowa Polska manages to unify Kazhakstan, they might be invaded by a Russian unifier and once again lose the independence they fought so hard for. It becomes even more horrifying if they are conquered by an oppressive Russian warlord like the Russian National State, the Russian National Soviet Republic, the Holy Russian Empire, a Union of Soviet Socialist Republics reformed by Kaganovich, Tukhachevsky, Yagoda, or Zhdanov, or the Russkiy Reykh, in which they are condemned to face the same oppression as their fellow Poles back home.
- Should the Resistance win the English Civil War, the ensuing Oxford Trials have the potential to devolve into a Kangaroo Court should the victors give in to their thirst for revenge. Just about all of the captured collaborators, with the exception of Margaret Thatcher and Reginald Maudling, could wind up facing summary execution regardless of what they did. Instead of justice, what ensues is a showcase of man's inhumanity to man, especially as the victims of the Oxford Trials, with the exception of A. K. Chesterton, were not ideological collaborators with the Nazis.
- The cut English Catastrophe Superevent plays a dissonant and particularly chaotic rendition of "A Day in the Life", amidst the sounds of gunfire. Said to have been set to play after Claude Auchinleck is assassinated by Burgundy, thanks to HMMLR relying too much on their aid to fight the collaborationist government. Claude's death would result in another civil war starting right after the previous one with the BUF, the Socialists, and the militarists all going at it. The choice of music truly underscores just how much of a death spiral England's failstate would've been, from which the British Isles may never recover.God Save England
- Over half of the reworked British Reunification superevents mirror Kishi's Order 44.
- Thatcher's event replicates it perfectly, as "Rule Britannia" gives way to a helicopter, police sirens, and a sudden knocking at a door, causing a woman to gasp in shock, nervously walk over to open the door, and then a Dramatic Gun Cock and the song abruptly ends with a gunshot and the thump of a dead body.
- The other two superevents only get worse from there, with Reg Birch and David Stirling's reunifications both having full-on machinegunning of screaming crowds to the upbeat "The Red Flag" and "Soldiers of the Queen", respectively. Meanwhile, Arthur Kenneth Chesteron's is scored with the downbeat "The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1, Op. 1a: VI. Slumber Scene", which halts on two gunshots and Chirping Crickets, ending with a woman's sobs to ram home Britain's fall to fascism.
- Crossed with being a Tearjerker, but if Francis Yockey wins the US Presidency, what plays is a Dark Reprise of the "Star-Spangled Banner" amidst the sounds of screams, gunfire and police sirens. With policies that make Wallace's attempts to institutionalize segregation look tame, it's made clear that with his ascension to power, Fascism has finally triumphed over the American Dream. Unless some other major power has reformed, whoever wins the Cold War from then on, everyone loses.
- There is an Early-Bird Cameo of Yockey if Margaret Smith splits the NPP; she gets the option to reunite it through working with Yockey... a Deal with the Devil if there ever was one, because he achieves it through spewing fiery anti-Japanese rhetoric and generally uniting the nation against Japan in the most virulent way possible, which results in hate crimes in city streets and general assaults on Japanese immigrants. One of the events even shows a couple of Japanese-American store owners burning to death in their own shop when an angry mob sets it ablaze. And the game relishes in rubbing it in Margaret's face.A picture of a burning building flashed through her mind, along with the names of the victims: Taichi and Miyoko Tomoro, a family of two. The roar of the crowd, spurred on by her lies, came crashing back.
- There is an Early-Bird Cameo of Yockey if Margaret Smith splits the NPP; she gets the option to reunite it through working with Yockey... a Deal with the Devil if there ever was one, because he achieves it through spewing fiery anti-Japanese rhetoric and generally uniting the nation against Japan in the most virulent way possible, which results in hate crimes in city streets and general assaults on Japanese immigrants. One of the events even shows a couple of Japanese-American store owners burning to death in their own shop when an angry mob sets it ablaze. And the game relishes in rubbing it in Margaret's face.
- The Superevent for Gus Hall's Presidency is just as unnerving, with simmering unrest and riots lurking beneath a cover of "Which Side Are You On?" A foreboding taste of the nightmare America is about to enter, which it might never recover from.
- His very first events revealed later on show just what kind of path he's taking. One of the first things he does is purge the FBI and CIA of reactionaries of all sorts, including the heads of both orgs pretty much on principle. Admirable idea in paper, worrying in practice because of timing; taking the CIA out of the global picture for extensive maintenance while the Reich, the Empire of Japan and Burgundy are running their own plans cannot bode well. And he'll do anything to get rid of these enemies he perceives, trampling anything that gets in his way... even his own principles, as the Lavender Scare he invokes to get J. Edgar Hoover out of his way shows.
- Another American example is not in the game yet, but nonetheless foreboding. The developers have confirmed if Francis Parker Yockey or Gus Hall becomes president, something in America has gone very wrong. While the specific details are unclear, the expectation? A Waco-level event every week. While not as downright hellish as some other events, that level of domestic instability will certainly be horrific for the American people and may prevent the US from being able to continue working on containing fascism overseas.
- Wallace himself attempting to enact segregation across all of America is this given the description of the idea making it clear that besides the obvious chaotic riots, emboldened American fascists have begun to arrest and attack black children for the "crime" of going to school. At the end of the description, the game itself calls out the player by asking "Was it worth it, Mr. President?" in red text to emphasize that it's not just giving a Take That! to Wallace, but you as well for choosing this horrifying route.
- The myriad ways the South African War could backfire on the US come to mind, especially in a seeming total victory. Prolonged involvement in the conflict can lead to growing anti-war protests that could exasperate social tensions, which only worse should the OFN Mandates be set up. That said Mandates would either devolve into military dictatorships or become glorified puppets at the mercy of foreign companies could only set both the Africans and Americans alike down a dangerous path that would lead to more bloodshed.
- Upon completing the National Focus Clean Up Passageways, you get treated with an event titled Dunes and Doom. It describes the story of a surveryor named Pablo who was in the process of clearing up roads to pave the way for Portuguese colonisation of Algeria in the hopes of holding back Italy. In the midst of this however, he comes across a green structure, which is revealed to be a car buried by the sands. Within it, he finds two corpses, assumed to be a couple, occupying the Driver's seat and Passenger's seat. Their corpses were discorvered to have smiles on them despite their emaciated nature, and were also found to have been Holding Hands. The discovery is made even more horrifying as a third, much smaller corpse is found, held in the wife's hands and still being covered with the tattered remains of baby clothes. This event ends with the question of what could have sent this assumed family to their doom.
- Should the Iberian Union fail to reform or dissolve itself peacefully, the result is the Iberian Wars, in which the entire country violently collapses into various factions and breakaway states. This is considered to be Iberia's failstate as it marks the beginning of a multi-front civil war, one that has the potential to become even worse as the war drags on and more radical factions such as the National Redemption Front or the Government of National Salvation rise up and enter the fighting. The accompanying superevent, which doubles as a Tear Jerker, features Adagio for Strings played over sounds of gunshots and chanting soldiers, highlighting the total collapse into chaos that occurs. And if you know enough of Spain's history to recognize some of the actual chants, things get more chilling, as many are straight from the first civil war, and terrible signs of death and disunity to the older Spanish generation.
- At the start of the mod, West Africa has been subjected to a decades-long bombing campaign by Germany to destroy Free France's control over the region. While similar bombings have been conducted in Western Russia, its effects are even worse here, as the region is in total anarchy and nearly been blown back into the stone age. Even on the map, the entire area, aside from a couple of states along the coast, is represented by a giant black spot to show how devastating the bombing campaign has been. Thankfully, the bombings eventually stop when the Einheitspakt collapses and new countries pop up to restore some level of authority there.
- The Oil Crisis, on top of destabilizing the Arab world, can potentially send it into a variety of paths, some of which are harrowing. In addition to the risks of Islamists like Ruhollah Khomeini ascending into power amidst the turmoil, much of the region could potentially be brought under Ba'athist rule. The fact that this bears more than a passing semblance to Ivan Serov's Ordosocialism (and receive aid from him should the Russian National Soviet Republic unite the old USSR) also heralds a particularly ominous future for the Middle East.
- October 2020 gave us the Halloween update, which features a special event: a massive Zombie Apocalypse with the decaying corpses of historical figures. First taking Burgundy out to prevent ensured nuclear disaster from foiling their plans, the Horde is led by an undead Joseph Goebbels and intends to consume and/or assimilate the world into their numbers.