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  • The '60s: The game's start date is an alternate 1962 where the world is locked in a cold war between America, Germany and Japan. Soon, Germany collapses into civil war after the death of Adolf Hitler causes a Succession Crisis and depending on the route taken, things will change for better or for worse.
  • 100% Heroism Rating: The Free Aviators of northern Siberia are beloved by all Russians for their resistance against the Luftwaffe's bombing campaign. Though the Aviators are themselves socialists, they are respected by almost all the warlord states regardless of ideology — even the Ultranationalist fanatics of Omsk will help them out if one of them crash lands in the state's territory, although in this case the respect is a one-way street.
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Himmler thinks that nuclear apocalypse is a worthwhile price for complete annihilation of non-Aryan races.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality:
    • The Gibraltar dam is described as being a ramshackle mess left behind by the collapsing Reich and only barely maintained by the Iberian Union. One can only imagine the sheer devastation that could be unleashed upon the Mediterranean if the dam were breached... unfortunately (or fortunately, if you are more compassionately inclined), this cannot happen in game, due to the limitations of the game engine.
    • The setting of the mod, as with most Axis-victory fiction, takes a great number of liberties with regards to realism. The completion of Atlantropa in just a few years (whereas realistically it would have taken decades) is one such feature, as is the success of Operation Sea Lion and Nazi Germany getting nuclear weapons first. However, this can be handwaved as creating a good story. And in any case, reality hits hard going into the 1950s, with the Reich coming to a point of almost being a failed state and Atlantropa being the disaster that anyone could see it to be with a moment of sensible thought.
    • The environmental damage a fully realized Atlantropa project would cause would be far greater than just creating a new desert in the Adriatic Sea. Some estimations say that if Atlantropa was fully realized, everything in Europe South of the Alps would completely desertify into an extension of the Sahara desert. Burgundy wouldn't just be an oppressive hellhole, it would be a steaming hot oppressive hellhole that is slowly turning into a desert. These parts of Atlantropa are not portrayed in the mod.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: If Oskar Dirlewanger betrays Lysenko, his looting of the Black Mountain is basically a higher-tech take on the trope, as Dirlewanger attempts to loot the great technological wealth Lysenko created.
  • An Aesop: TNO is a game fundamentally about how wrong human society can go, and unlike the base game and mods, takes advantage of being narrative-driven to hold absolutely no punches in getting its needed messages across while denying the player mindless conquests that would undermine it:
    • Hate destroys. The victory of the Axis has enabled the idea that ideologies based on hatred can be successful, with this mentality even infecting those violently opposed to the Nazis, who have come to the conclusion that committing genocide is the only way to solve your problems. The game makes it clear these ideas are not sustainable and can only lead to suffering and collapse.
    • As per the lore of Omsk wishing to avenge the genocide of Russians with their own extermination campaigns against the Germans, the mod makes it clear that responding to genocide with genocide of your own solves nothing.
    • Attempting to appease fascists and other extremists will never work in the long run, as they will never be satisfied with anything other than fully achieving their goals. This is particularly seen in South Africa, where attempting to appease the pro-Nazi, pro-Apartheid hardliners will only make things worse when they try to seize power anyway.
    • Authoritarianism isn’t always doomed to failure. An "effective" Fascist empire under a pragmatic leader of the likes of Speer and Balbo remains harsh and repressive, and may be even more insidious than openly insane dictators because they have the ability to survive for the long term and thus potentially legitimatize very toxic ideologies and worldviews associated with Fascism and Nazism. Political reforms started by Fascist dictators will never create real liberation, as dictatorships are fundamentally self-serving and interested in keeping their own power rather than bringing power to the people.
    • As noted by Wargamer, TNO makes it clear that Stupid Jetpack Hitler will absolutely not happen in a nation where ideologies inherently based on pseudoscience prevail. The Axis and its focus on ideologically and racially driven crackpot theories, alongside its persecution of intellectuals for political reasons, actually will not be creating a technological powerhouse any time soon. TNO effectively destroys the idea of Repressive, but Efficient, considering the theme of advanced Fascist societies in Science Fiction can essentially be taken as an excuse for the ideologies and an abandonment of ethics in science, and the first thing that the player may notice about the Axis is how its nations are crumbling with all their projects falling on their face as their foundations are based on bunk.
    • A big tent anti-establishiment party unifying the far left and the far right against the political establishiment is not a stable prospect. As demonstrated by the NPP, such parties are prone to instability when the first disagreement rears it's head, particuarly with the NPP-C and NPP-L's divergent views on race relations in contrast to the NPP-FR and the NPP-Y. While it is possible to compromise on key issues, this often involves watering down policies enough to appease the other side and turning a blind eye to their excesses rather than pushing as hard as you can on these issues, with RFK pushing as hard as possible on these issues leading very likely to assassination.
  • After the End:
    • After the defeat of the Soviet Union and the establishment of the Reichskommissariats in much of their former territory, the Soviet government dissolved and civilization broke down. Everything east of Reichskommissariat Moskowien has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland divided between warlords, scavengers, mercenaries and looters.
    • If nuclear war break out between nuclear-armed superpowers, the player is treated to some post-apocalyptic flavour events, detailing the reaction of individual characters or groups to the end of the world. The events received vary depending on where in the world the player is.
      • In the American Midwest, the people emerge from bunkers like the one under Cheyenne, Wyoming. From there they embark on a nomadic lifestyle, learning to roam the land and wrangle the free-roaming horses and buffalo. Eventually they come into conflict with other tribes, form tribal federations, and make their own claims over the lands of their ancestors.
      • New York City eventually becomes the seat of the Empire State, with the eponymous building (one of the last left standing in the city) as its throne.
      • A small army of German soldiers and their families find themselves lost and abandoned in central Africa. Under the leadership of one of the last living German generals, they spend nearly two generations fighting their way north through the dense jungles and hostile tribesman who by now view the remnant Nazis as demons. Eventually they find their way up the Nile, only to reach the salt basins of the Mediterranean, with no sight of their German promised land. The grandchild of the original general forges the now mighty band of warriors into a new Kingdom in North Africa, taking the name Desert Fox after the legendary God-King he had heard stories of. This new king's exploits become feared and legendary, and eventually the characters of the old Desert Fox and the new blend together in legend.
  • Allohistorical Allusion:
    • Burgundy is an angry, insular state seen as an international pariah that's building a nuclear arsenal to ward off an invasion, just like North Korea (except North Korea, at least so far as we know, doesn't plan a World War III).
    • Goering's death mirrors the death of Stalin almost exactly, down to his guards being too afraid to check on him for fear of being purged. The personality cult Goering builds is also very Stalin-esque.
    • Iberia can collapse into multiple warring ethnic groups that it is supposedly an equal union of, much like Yugoslavia.
    • Many of Goering's Wunderwaffe were actually attempted by the US military.
    • Speer can be assassinated by an ice pick while in exile, a parallel to Leon Trotsky's real-life assassination by Stalin. Trotsky, meanwhile, was killed by a sledgehammer according to the lead developer.
    • One of Dirlewanger's death events references the shooting of Ronald Reagan, by having the assassin be a crazed man trying to impress a woman (in this case, Free Aviators leader Yevdokia Bershanskaya), and Dirlewanger's last words to his surgeons being "I hope you are all Germans."
    • Instead of the Red Scare, there was an anti-Fascist Grey Scare, which was as inquisitorial as McCarthyism was in real life, although ultimately more cursory and less intense — if not for that if the Yockey wing of the NPP employs the Southern Strategy, Nixon can propose restarting the Grey Scare...
    "Are you or have ever you been a member of the German-American Bund?"
    • The Yockeys of the NPP can employ the Southern Strategy to attract the dissatisfied White voters from the South, so they can both increase their electoral base and shift the (mostly left-wing) party to the extreme right.
    • The 1960 U-2 incident almost happens in this timeline (complete with Gary Powers flying the spy plane in question), but in this timeline, the incident is over England, the U2 plane is able to escape the Luftwaffe sent to shoot it down, and one of the German pilots that almost shoots down Powers' U2 is Hermann Graf.
    • Speer's popularity among Germany's university students is similar to the Chinese politician Hu Yaobang's rise to infamy in the late 1980's. Like Speer, Yaobang was an older party official who was more moderate and reform-minded than his peers. He was a major proponent of economic liberalization and free market reforms under Deng Xiaoping, which were fiercely opposed by party hardliners. Yaobang's young supporters were spurred by his death to stage large-scale protests against the Chinese government, which led to the famed demonstration at Tienanmen square.
    • The tale of Huang Kecheng, who was a high-ranking Red China general in real life, but became a holdout of the Chinese Communist forces who refused to believe that Mao Zedong died in Chongqing and continued his partisan struggle against the Japanese for decades is an obvious allusion to Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who did not believe that Japan surrendered in 1945 and continued to hold out in the Philippines for 29 years.
    • Speer is supported by a "Gang of Four", consisting of Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Helmut Schmidt, Ludwig Erhard, and Henning von Tresckow; unlike the real Gang of Four during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Speer's Gang of Four are all reformist, more reformist than Speer in fact.
    • In one possible post-nuclear war event, anthropologists consider the apocalypse, to them called the Post Antediluvian Collapse, as a mysterious, sudden collapse of human civilization, with many differing theories on why it happened, similar to the Bronze Age collapse. None of the locales and university terminologies however, make sense to a man from our time.
    • In the early 1970s, the Oil Crisis hits the world of TNO. The Oil Crisis is the result of several civil wars in the Middle East, the death of Italian oil giant ENI's leader Enrico Mattei, and the subsequent crash of ENI's stock prices. This leads to a major hike in oil prices, which in turn causes the superpowers to shift their geopolitical attention to the Middle East, setting the stage for a new decade of conflicts in the 1970s. It is a direct mirror of the 1973 oil crisis, though the cause of the crisis is completely different.
    • The doctrines put in place by Japan's ruling Taisei Yokusankai, especially in relation to family planning, are ironically reminiscent of the People's Republic of China and its One Child Policy. Conversely, the social, economic and political reforms that can be endorsed or instigated by Takagi are very much reminiscent of how Postwar Japan evolved in real life.
    • While Ian Smith is assassinated early in-game, there are a number of references to Rhodesia when it comes to anything involving Africa. Whether it's the potential rise of the Italian-run Republic of Correntia, or how there are nods to Rhodesian War songs like "What a Time it Was" in the focus trees for South Africa ("Votes for all the Folks") and Iberia's handling of its portion of Algeria ("Talks about the Talks").
    • One of the approaches the USA can take to ending the South Africa War is Africanization. Which involves the gradual withdraw of US troops and the strengthening of South African troops to allow them to handle the war.
    • A successful Fascist Speer path in which he's managed to both defeat the Gang of Four and put the Nazi hardliners in their place bears more than a passing resemblance to Deng Xiaoping's reforms. With the implications being that Speer's reinvigorated Reich becomes analogous to the modern People's Republic of China.
    • Two cultural event chains for the United States replicate the Stonewall Riots and the Manson Family murders (with some of the Beach Boys being their most famous victims, instead of Sharon Tate and her friends).
    • When the states of Russia participate in the 1968 Olympics under a single team, they do so under a "United Team" similar to what happened in the 1992 Olympics after the the end of the Cold War in our world.
    • One of the events for Kemerovo has Rurik II send a gloriously scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech in the form of a letter to whoever is in charge of the Third Reich, addressed "Soldiers of Rus to the German Fuhrer". This is a reference to a semi-legendary event in 1676 known as the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks.
  • The Alliance: The Organization of Free Nations is the reformed remnants of the old Allies of World War 2, initially formed by the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Greenland, and Iceland. The OFN is also supposed to be this timeline's version of NATO.
  • The Aloner: One of the post-apocalyptic events indicates that Nikolai Bukharin, erstwhile leader of the USSR, survived his country's collapse and is living in self-imposed exile somewhere in Russia, partly out of guilt for failing to prepare the Soviet Union to resist Nazism.
  • Alternate History: The general timeline is as follows:
    • The Point of Divergence involves the Russian Civil War lasting longer than OTL and Nikolay Bukharin becoming the leader of the Soviet Union in the 20s, which leads to a weak Soviet Union and an isolationist United States.
    • During WWII, without the Soviet Union and the United States, the Axis easily defeats the Allies in Europe. The Soviet Union completely collapses: Bukharin was ousted from power, a civil war erupted, and German terror bombing reduced its territory into a wasteland.
    • In the Pacific, Japan still attacks Pearl Harbor and brings an unprepared (though still powerful) USA into the war. As the USA plans for a counteroffensive in Australia, Germany develops the atomic bomb first (in some ways another Point of Divergence) and nukes Pearl Harbor in 1945, defeating the US. Without the rest of the Allies, Japan also defeats China and Southeast Asia. The Allies were completely defeated.
    • In the 50s, Germany suffers a massive economic crash. The Axis disbands, the remnants of the Soviets almost recapture Moscow in the West Russian War, and Himmler attempts a failed coup and is made leader of Burgundy. In the United States, the Democratic Party collapses, and its remnants unite with the Republicans to form the Republican-Democratic Party. Two new post-war parties, the left-wing National Progressive Front, and the right-wing Patriotic Party, merge to form the National Progressive Party after R-D President Dwight D. Eisenhower achieves a massive majority.
    • In the 60s, when the game starts, Richard Nixon is the current US president. America forms the OFN to counteract Japan and Germany. Japan's global ambitions grow, leading to them putting nukes in Hawaii and starting the Hawaii Missile Crisis (which is resolved at the start of 1962). Germany is increasingly unstable, with a young generation beginning to protest against the failures of Germany.
  • Alternate History – Nazi Victory: The entire premise of the mod. Germany wins the Second World War, but has a hard time taking advantage of their victory and is heading straight into a three-way Cold War and a German Civil War.
  • Alternate History Wank: Zigzagged. The mod creators acknowledge the many logistical implausibilities of an Axis victory, playing the trope straight as far as the war is concerned because it's about the only way to get a crushing Axis victory that would allow for the game's premise. However, as soon as the war ends, the timeline stops giving them breaks: the Nazis' corrupt and overextended system almost completely collapses and the rest of the Axis powers don't fare much better, preventing them from doing something completely ridiculous like conquering the entire world.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees:
    • The Atlantropa project wasn't just some random insane mega-construction thought up for the sake of the mod, but rather, it was an actual proposal to expand European land and increase the control European nations could exercise over their African colonies. Of course, in reality, everyone realized that the project was insane and it never left the drawing board, whereas in The New Order, the Nazis are actually insane enough to do it.
    • On a similar note, the concept of "Ordenstaat Burgundy" seems a little implausible at first glance but it was something Himmler proposed in real life. It's hard to say if the project would have ever come to fruition given that it was just one of many outlandish ideas Himmler had, but he was definitely interested in creating a rigidly national socialist sub-state administered directly by the SS.
    • Brittany as an independent puppet state of Nazi Germany also isn't too far fetched since the real-life Breton National Party were fascist collaborators that blended German Nazism and Breton nationalism together.
    • One Aryan Brotherhood path involves Zigfrid Schultz, i.e. Valery Yemelyanov, taking over. He professes the idea that Slavs descended from alien Hyperboreans, and that the Nazis are actually controlled by the Jews. This seems like something that was conjured up for the mod, yet in real life he held the exact same beliefs.
    • Many people found the inclusion of a mass human sacrificing, cannibalistic, Satanist warlord terrorizing Omsk after the fall of the Holy Russian Empire to be absurd and unrealistic. However, during the Liberian Civil War, one warlord gained worldwide infamy for being exactly that.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Free Aviators, a group of female Soviet pilots stationed in Surgut, still spread terror among the German pilots and shoot any German bomber in the Urals that make their way past. The legends among Germans tell that they seek to avenge their dead husbands and sons.
  • America Takes Over the World: While it can't literally take over the entire world, the US has the easiest way to become the sole superpower in the world, since their system is not nearly as dysfunctional as those of the Nazis and Japanese.
  • Amoral Afrikaner: Although the alternate end of WWII lead to the National Party failing to attain control of South Africa or implement Apartheid, the interests they represented continue onward to the point of a Boer rebellion in the 1960's.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos:
    • After the Thermonuclear War superevent, you can watch the rapid deterioration of every state on the map into anarchic zones, until the whole map turns black.
    • Downplayed by Orenburg, where organisation can be maintained at the village or township level but they have a hard time communicating with each other and the central city.
    • Outright defied by the Siberian Black Army, who are practically Anarchy is Order: their communes are very well-organized, able to provide an excellent standard of living (for post-Soviet Russia anyway) and even build a first-rate military to contend with other powers. There is a nice event which shows a Wartime Wedding between two women from different anarchist communes that devolves into a punch-up between the two families, but it does not go all the way into a massacre even though everyone present is armed - because they know they are all allies in anarchism at the end of the day and need to present a unified front.
  • Anti-Villain: Albert Speer is an unscrupulous liar, a major Holocaust perpetrator and a champion of the slave system that swept most of Eastern Europe - both in real life and in TNO. You'd think he would be a straight villian, but in TNO, he is presented as the best option among the Führer contenders, as he is the only one who is willing to embark on major reforms to eliminate the worst of Nazi excesses (such as reliance on the slave labor, unchecked militarism, and political stagnation), understanding that Germany will not last if she continues her destructive path. Being the leader of the reformist forces in the Reich, Speer, while still definitely no angel, is a major hope for Germany to turn into a remotely decent country. In the end, Speer turns out to be as much as a devil as the other Nazi candidates by revealing that he seeks to simply create his own vision of a Nazi utopia, and is opposed by the genuine reformists - his own cabinet.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: One of the reasons why Germany just doesn't crush the rioting students by the start of the game is that the government doesn't want to make it look like they are killing pure German Aryans and their children, and they only try to contain the protest. Of course, there are people in the Reich who think that students should be dealt in a much more blunt manner, and they usually can be found among Göring's or Heydrich's loyalists.
  • Appeal to Force: The militarists who Göring's has aligned himself with believe that everything can be achieved with enough brute force. Dissenters are rioting in the streets? Sic angry soldiers on them like a pack of hellhounds! The state doesn't have enough money? Grab it from the citizenry and bankers while giving them empty promises, and ensure that they will never ask for debts again! Nothing left to take from the population? Loot foreign nations for wealth! Diplomacy? There is no diplomacy in their vision, only war! Of course, this policy can easily backfire if Germany shows any sign of weakness and the success of Göring's Reich depends on the balance of military victories abroad and maintaining stability at home, which gets harder as enemies of Germany become stronger (up to nuclear nations like the US and Japan) and the Reich's economy becomes more and more unsustainable. Or if Göring suddenly dies...
  • Apocalyptic Log: Fittingly, one post-apocalyptic event describes a Siberian hunter going about his daily routine. Being so remote, he does not even notice that the world has ended. The most he notices is that the clouds look a bit darker and that all the radio stations have gone silent...
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Reichskommissar Josias is a descendant of the noble house of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who can declare himself the Kaiser of the Fourth Reich. He also one of the cruelest Reichskommissars (which says something) and a proponent of Spartanism.
  • Artistic License – Politics: In the USA, after RFK and Hubert Humphrey are assassinated, Strom Thurmond blackmails the speaker of the house into declining the presidency, leaving it to him. This chain of events assumes that Strom Thurmond is the pro tempore of the Senate. However, there are several problems with this:
    • First, to be pro tempore, you traditionally have to be the longest serving member of the majority party in the Senate. The above events occur even if the NPP is the minority party in the Senate.
    • Second, Strom Thurmond isn't even the longest serving NPP senator, and so he almost certainly would not be Pro Tempore even if the NPP holds the Senate. note 
  • Asshole Victim: There are over a hundred death events for Oskar Dirlewanger, with various degrees of gruesomeness and hilarity, from dying in battle and falling from a cliff to being hit by Göring's falling Sun Gun or dismemberment by enraged Russian women. Such a myriad of ways to die for Dirlewanger was intentionally put in by the developers to make justice for one of the most despicable Nazi war criminals, both in real life and the New Order.
  • Athens and Sparta: In Russia, there are Tomsk and Omsk. Tomsk is a beacon of democracy in Siberia, one of the last refuges of the Russian cultural and scientific tradition, ruled by a Wide-Eyed Idealist caste of intellectuals and artisans who prefer diplomacy to unify Russia (but won't back down if threatened by force) and seek to spread the fruits of the democratic enlightenment to every corner of Russia (fittingly enough, Tomsk was called "the Siberian Athens" in real life). Meanwhile, Omsk is a highly-militarized, barrack-type Citadel City that is fully committed to the forceful unification of Russia and the destruction of Germany and is led by highly cynical and Ultranationalist generals who believe that absolutely nothing short of the total obliteration of Germany is needed to ensure Russia's prosperity.
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  • Back from the Brink: Russia, ravaged by the Germans occupants and internal struggles for 20 years, can be reunited by one of their warlords through warfare and diplomacy and become a power in her own right once again.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The worst historical bad guys, in fact. And this is before the game even starts in earnest. Depending on how things go, you can create a timeline where Yockey wins the Presidency of the United States, Russia is reunified under an insane neopagan Evil Luddite, and Hans Hüttig manages to dominate sub-Saharan Africa and give the "Dark Continent" a new terrifying meaning. This mod is Hearts of Iron turned into a horror game and chillingly showcases how cruel and monstrous human beings can be to each other.
  • Balkanize Me:
    • After several German invasions, the United Kingdom capitulated and partially collapsed. Scotland and Wales both went independent, Ulster became autonomous under Ireland, and Plymouth was placed under a German garrison.
    • In the aftermath of the USSR's fall, the Russian SFSR (not including the parts annexed by Finland, Germany as part of RK Moskowien and Kaukasien, or Japan as part of Manchuria) was divided into four successors: the West Russian Revolutionary Front in European Russia, the West Siberian People's Republic in Western Siberia, the Central Siberian Republic in Central Siberia, and the rump USSR in the Far East. These states later succumbed to infighting and conflicts (including the West Russian War and the Sibieran War), and by 1962, Russia is divided into around 40 warlord states. Although most of the time this is a temporary state of affairs until one of these warlords can reunify Russia, it is possible for Russia to be divided for good if all four regional de-unifiers emerge victorious (resulting in the division of each region into new warlord states with no ability to expand):
      • In West Russia, if Finland and Onega defeat the region's unifier in their war to reclaim Eastern Karelia, then Onega will take over the northern half of West Russia and divide the southern half into 8 friendly client states. If they get invaded by the West Siberian unifier and manages to defeat them too, they will also shatter Western Siberia while taking over Vorkuta; this time however the resultant states are missing many content and only have generic leaders and names.
      • In Western Siberia, if Zlatoust defeats all three unifiers in defensive wars, then they will annex some Ural territories and release four puppet states covering the rest of Western Siberia; while if Omsk unifies the region but fails to deal with Pavel Batov's insurgency, it will lose control over all territories outside Omsk itself and Vorkuta to three other warlords.
      • In Central Sibiera, the Siberian Workers' Federation rises up if Central Siberia is not unified by the Siberian Black Army. If their revolution succeeds, parts of the SWF will break into three more socialist countries.
      • In the Far East, the Father's Divine Mandate of Siberia, after initially unifying the region, can collapse into four independent countries if Pavel Sudoplatov launches a failed coup that accidentally kills the Father.
      • In Kazakhstan, if Nowa Polska defeats all other Kazakh factions, they will create a friendly Republic of Kazakhstan in Eastern Kazakhstan and a puppet buffer state called Republic of Aktobe between the two countries.
    • Iberia's breakup is so extreme that it makes the real-life Yugoslav Wars look simple in comparison. The new independent territories that can break away from Iberia includes Spain, Portugal, Basque, Catalonia, Asturias, Galicia, and even Andalusia. The North African territories of Iberia also breaks away into Morocco and Rif Republic, who are also at war with each other (while Trarza invades to liberate Mauritania). Even the Gibraltar Dam declares independence as a Protectorate under an Admiral. In a worst case scenario, the civil wars that break out alongside the balkanization can fight themselves into a stalemate, leaving behind even more states on the map.
    • The Republic of China de jure governs all Chinese territory excluding the Japanese-controlled Manchuria and Guangdong. In practice, the ROC only governs the Eastern parts of China; the rest of China is divided between lots of warlord states and Japanese-occupied areas that are de facto independent.
    • The total collapse of Fascist colonial governments will often result in large amounts of new nations being spewed out of their remnants, with the African colonies being the most notable ones, such as Italian East Africa or Hans Hüttig's empire.
    • Burma can find itself stuck in a quagmire of minority revolts plus a communist revolt, creating dozens of regional separatist powers that engage in insurgencies against the central government.
  • Being Good Sucks: Doing the right thing is hard to do in this game. This is represented by the "good paths" for certain factions either being subjected to an Early Game Hell (such as Sablin's revolution against Yagoda), or having to constantly juggle reform proposals with concessions to other political parties (such as the Gang of Four's attempts to reform Germany getting them targeted by Albert Speer, who attempts to purge them after considering their reforms antithetical to National Socialism, and either succeeds in the Fascist path or fails in the AuthDem path, or RFK trying to pass the Civil Rights Act and Universal Healthcare in the United States and running a high risk of being assassinated if he doesn't attempt to pass his laws through moderate tactics, which would result in Strom Thurmond undoing whatever reforms RFK had passed while accelerating racial tensions in the United States), but rewarding success despite these odds with the closest things the game has to a Golden Ending (such as Sablin establishing a democratic socialist USSR, the Gang of Four ensuring Germany's eventual transformation into a democracy after reducing Speer to a powerless pen-pusher, ensuring the legacy of Nazism will die with him, and RFK managing to honor JFK's legacy by passing Civil Rights while avoiding the Kennedy Curse himself)
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Reichskommissar Josias was apparently once a competent and decent candidate for a ruler (decent as far as Nazis go, anyway). However, shortly after taking his post in the Kaukasus he was kidnapped by local partisans and subjected to unimaginable torture. The experience not only left him severely scarred, it also broke his mind. Now he rules Kaukasia as a smog-covered hellscape of brutality that makes North Korea look sensible.
  • Beneath the Earth: Warlords of the Black League in Omsk can establish a complex metro system designed to protect the population from German nuclear attacks.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Lysenko's Magnitogorsk and Dirlewanger's Brigade, in cases where they make an alliance, become an existential threat for all other factions in the Southern Urals.
  • Bile Fascination: In-Universe, an alternate history book called the The Greatest Story Never Told was published by an pseudonymous Neo-Cofederate about a history where George Lincoln Rockwell was never assassinated. The book is basically inane rambling that espouses insane ideas, like the idea that the Nazis are actually controlled by the Jews, and ends up selling just because people want to find out if the book is really that bad.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Three Russian unifiers use the song March of the Siberian Riflemen in the Superevent where they reunify Russia, but each of the three uses different sections of the song and have different lyrics that reflect different meanings:
    • Magadan under Matkovsky:
    No tiredness nor fear,
    They fight for night and day,
    Only the grey papakha
    Fell on one side.
    Only the grey papakha
    Fell on one side.
    • Magadan under Petlin:
    Freedom of Rus is bound to rise
    Blazed by our faith
    And this song will hear
    Walls of ancient Kremlin.
    And this song will hear
    Walls of ancient Kremlin.
    • Chita under Mikhail II:
    Just remember, Siberia, in the dark times
    As an ode to old glory
    The honor of gorgeous folk
    Your sons will defend.
    The honor of gorgeous folk
    Your sons will defend.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Weirdly, the post-apocalypse events turn the Non Standard Game Over into one, as humanity survives and rebuilds to a spacefaring civilization that has no idea the Nazis ever existed or destroyed the old world.
    • If Himmler carries out his final solution, the ones that come out of it are tolerant to everyone, as they believe that since all of the inferiors were purged by the nukes, all of the survivors are aryans, and thus, equals.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: Many conflicts in the setting stand out as such, including:
    • The United States of America does various morally questionable things at best and outright villainous things in their own light at worst during the Cold War-in addition to having supplanted the Icelandic government and replaced it with an oppressive puppet military dictatorship out of fear of them possibly being drawn to the Reich's influence, they have been stated to simply not care about African democracy or the well-being of the native Africans if the OFN liberates them from the Nazi Reichskommissariats, as they attack Angola if it is released, and in the wake of a total OFN victory in South Africa, establish puppet dictatorships that are only concerned about extracting wealth from the land at the Africans' expense rather than worrying about pesky things like "democracy" and "human rights". They are heavily condescending to the liberated Africans at best, and outright hostile and openly racist against them at worst if the Africans don't simply bow down to America's imperialism, all of which easily turns Africa into just as much of a mess as it was prior to their arrival. The developers have stated that the United States could've easily been the Big Bads if it weren't for the fact that they're going up against literal Nazis, brutal Japanese imperialists, and a madman who wants to nuke the world.
      • The Cold War with Germany and Japan can become outright Evil Versus Evil if Wallace or Yockey takes over the presidency. Alternatively America can become a A Lighter Shade of Grey if they push for a negotiated ceasefire rather than enforce neocolonialism (even through they will still overrun Angola if Schenck's plans succeed) in the South African War, and elect either the C-NPP or a far-reaching Lyndon Johnson presidency to enact Civil Rights for all and a social democratic economic system, with the LBJ presidency being followed up by a Harrington presidency reducing poverty in America.
    • The conflict between Amur and Magadan. On one hand you have a extremely repressive Russian Warlord state run by Russian Nazis that's willing to work with Imperial Japan and even the Reich itself to reunify Russia. On the other hand you have a Fascist state willing to work with the OFN.....that's also extremely repressive.
    • The German Civil War, which crosses over into outright Evil Versus Evil since all of the factions are Nazis. On one hand you have Speer, who leads the reformers and is somewhat remorseful for his role in the slave system but is still willing to deny his culpability in some of Nazism's worse crimes and is not willing to go as far as possible with the reforms. His opponents are various Nazis far more willing to reinforce a horrific system. The only non-Nazi faction are Communist students that will potentially need to launch more purges than Heydrich. It ultimately turns out that Speer is just as bad; the real Grey here is the Gang of Four, who end up betraying him and effectively silently corrupting the government from within through underhanded means to create a true democracy, which in the Authoritarian Democrat path ultimately works.
  • Blood Knight: Goering and the militarists seeks to militarily reassert control over Europe, and possibly start a Forever War with the rest of the world in order for Germany to regain its military and economic strength.
  • Book Burning: One post-apocalyptic event titled "The Cursed Book" has scribes tasked with recording pre-apocalypse knowledge obtain a "Book of Danger, one tied to the great horror of the Fire itself," filled with "magicks and demonic utterances". The scribes proceed to burn it in a pyre in their hamlet's ceremonial public square reserved for executing murderers. As the book is incinerated in the event's final line, it is revealed that it is none other than Mein Kampf.
    "Ancient evil must be handled with extreme prejudice."
  • Bookends: One of the first events of the game involves the Nazis successfully landing on the moon. In the post-nuclear war ending, more men are able to land on the moon many years after civilization recovers. The astronauts on the moon find a bleached white flag, likely the Nazi one, and take it down. Their lack of knowledge of what the former flag means symbolizes humanity finally overcoming the horrors of the Nazi victory, and the cruel world it created.
  • Bury Your Gays:
    • In Orenburg, there is an event chain about a lesbian couple that meets misunderstanding and rejection by their fellow villagers. In the worst outcome of the chain, depending on the player's choices, the couple is lynched by an angry mob.
    • In the HMMLR route, Olivia and Matilda are brought together as a lesbian couple. Should the collaborators win, Matilda will sacrifice herself to save her HMMLR division.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: One of post-apocalyptic events talks about astronauts who slowly watched the nuclear destruction from their spacecraft. As they see the first signs of restored civilization, they die with sad smiles on their faces, destined to float in their tomb forever.
    C 
  • Central Theme: Hatred leads to destruction, but love and compassion lead to strength and renewal. This is especially apparent after the post-apocalypse when nearly all of the events are about humanity rebuilding and overcoming hatred, with everyone looking out for one another and completely shedding any hatred or racist views.
  • Child Soldiers: Speer doesn't shy from assembling children for his army during the Civil War.
  • Cincinnatus: After Kyzyl Orda reclaims all Kazakh lands, leader of the Kazakh Red Army Bauyrzhan Momyshuly can resign from the government and let the civilian leadership of the Communist Party to take charge in the new Soviet Kazakhstan.
  • Civil War: An absolutely astounding number of countries can collapse into big multi-sided civil wars:
    • The German Civil War is guaranteed to break out between Speer, Bormann, Göring, and Heydrich upon Hitler's death.
    • Reichskommissariat Ostland is united almost entirely by the existence of Reichskommissar Hinrich Lohse. When he dies as the German Civil War breaks out, his ambitious underlings seize power, causing a 6-way Ostland Civil War to break out. The war is fought between Stahlecker's government forces, Kovner's United Partisan Organization, Vituska's Central European Council (the UPO and the CEC are initially not at war, though their relations can easily break down due to Kovner and Vituska), Drechsler's Generalbezirk Lettland, Meyer-Landrut's Vereinigte Ostlandliga (United Ostland League), and Jeckeln's SS-Oberabschnitt Ostland. Depending on the circumstances, this 6-way civil war can then escalate up to a 12-way civil war.
    • The South African War inevitably breaks out between the central government, Nazi-backed Boer rebels, and, depending on circumstances, the African National Congress. The Civil War quickly becomes a proxy war between the Afrika-Schild and the OFN.
    • If the Afrika-Schild totally wins the South African War, Hans Huettig of Ostafrika will try to take over the entire continent and form the Grossafrikaner Reichstaat. However, when he tries to annex the Boer Republic, General Magnus Malan launches a coup against the weak Boer government and declares that they are no longer working with Germans, and the situation soon unravels into a Second South African Civil War.
    • The Iberian Wars is a comination of a series of separatist wars and two civil wars. The Iberian Union first collapses into Spain, Portugal, Basque, Catalonia, and Galicia, and then, the Government of National Salvation revolts in Portugal, while Republicans and Falanigists rise up in Spain. If the war drags on, and the War Exhaustion for several of the factions rise really high, then additional factions will spawn; these new factions include Portuguese Democrats and Socialists, the Fundamentalist National Redemption Front, and even Catalonia can even collapse into a civil war with Socialists (several factions also get couped by radicals should they drag on for too long). Depending on who the faction is, their final objective in the Iberian Wars may be to take over their own ethnic territories, take over Spain or Portugal, or take over the entire Iberian peninsula.
    • During the Iberian Wars, Iberian North Africa also collapses into its own separate sub-civil war between the Kingdom of Morocco, Rif Republic, and Trarza (Mauritania).
    • Egypt can collapse into its own multi-sided civil war, with Nasser's revolutionaries and Qutb's Islamists duking it out with the government. Egyptian Sudan collapses into a three-sided civil war between Sudanese Nasserists, Sudanese democrats, and the Sudan Defense Force, while Egyptian Southern Sudan collapses into a two-sided civil war between Anyanya and Azania Liberation Front.
    • RK Madagaskar can collapse into a three-way civil war between the RK government, the German garrison (Militärstaat Madagaskar), and a coalition of the native Malagasy (Republic of Madagascar) and Jewish partisans (Hitnagdut Movement).
    • HMMLR, the English resistance, starts a Second English Civil War against the collaborationist regime.
    • Mongolia is in a civil war between the Mongolian People's Front and Mengjiang at start.
    • Pan-Arab revolutionaries in Northern Yemen can revolt against King Muhammad Al-Badr.
    • Oman can fall into a two or three sided civil war between the Sultanate and revolutionaries in Dhofar, and sometimes the Imamate too.
    • Indonesia will inevitably fall to a civil war between Sukarno's government forces and Hatta's alliance of democrats, communists, Islamists, and disgruntled generals.
    • Serbia can have a civil war between the German garrison and the nationalist Serbian resistance.
    • Iraq, after the assassination of its president Qasim, will collapse into a civil war between an Italian emergency government in Baghdad, Iraqi Republicans, moderate Islamists, Ba'athists, and Kurdistan.
    • In the late 60s/early 70s, Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi will be assassinated, and a coalition of Iranian revolutionaries rise up in Iran, only for the alliance to then quickly collapse, causing a multi-sided Iranian Civil War.
    • In the Speer and Bormann paths, if Bormann/Speer helps the French State invade Brittany, only for the invasion to drag on and fail, then the remnants of the French State will fall into a French Civil War between the tattered remains of the French government, the socialist French Resistance, and the French State's secret police, OAS.
    • In Italian East Africa, the colony can collapse into a multi-sided civil war/anti-colonial rebellion if it is mismanaged enough
  • Cliffhanger: As the initial verison of the New Order was released with the first ten years playable out of planned twenty, it features events that set the ground for the next decade and give a look at changes ahead.
    • Germany:
      • For Authoritarian Democratic Speer, the Gang of Four takes the reins of power in the Reich, debilitating the NSDAP and reducing Speer to a little more than a puppet, implying that he won't last long in this world. For the first time in history, it appears that democracy can truly flourish in Germany and Nazism can be outlived by the reforms, but the struggle has not yet ended.
      The NSDAP has been given a mortal blow and Speer himself, bitter and increasingly more withdrawn at his loss of influence, is not long for the world. The Gang of Four emerged victorious from the battle with their Führer. Whatever the future may grant, it will be a struggle - but should the right people prevail, it will be one of hope.
      • For Fascist Speer, Speer overcomes the influence of the Gang of Four and now reigns unfettered in his new Reich, implenting his own vision of National Socialism, purged of its undermining flaws.
      It seems that some things never die, as the NSDAP under Speer was shaken but appears to be on the path to recovery. The Gang of Four, however, is being put under the heel by the Führer. Whatever the future may grant, it will be a struggle - but should the right people prevail, it will be one of National Socialism.
  • In the United States, it is the the 1972 Presidential election and the Presidential inaguration, indicating the change of policy for America in the growingly turbulent and chaotic world. Moreso if it is Gus Hall or Francis Parker Yockey who are elected, signaling that Nothing Is the Same Anymore for the strongest democracy in the world.
  • For Russia, it is the total reunification of the non-occupied Russian territories under a single warlord and preparation for the final conflict with Germany.
  • For the democratic Italy, it is the kidnapping of Aldo Moro by an unknown force, coming as the culmination of political violence has that has been growing since the Piazza Fontana bombing.
  • For China, it is the Conference with several leading administrators to decide on domestic policy, military policy, and the creation of a new United Front to oppose Japan.
  • Commie Nazis:
    • The American National Progressive Party. Though it started as a party of former New Dealers and Dixiecrats, it was quickly infiltrated by Fascists ("Yockeys") and radical Socialists and now has a loud minority of both a far-left wing espousing Communist ideals and a far-right wing espousing Fascist ideals. The latter group is being directly funded by the Reich, and seeks to take revenge on the Japanese for their defeat in World War II through an alliance with Germany. Depending on player or AI actions either the far-left or Yockey wing of the NPP may end up in power, and impose Socialist or Fascist ideals upon the American populace.
    • The Ordosocialist Movement of Komi, led by Ivan Serov, blends Marxism-Leninism, radical Russian nationalism, and a degree of nationalist corporatism. Serov maintains some Marxist-Leninist goals and policies, but also suppresses the rights of minorities (and outright persecuting some of them), and depending on choices in the focus tree, can institute a borderline class collaborationist fascist-styled corporatist rule.
  • Cool Shades: A large number of characters wear shades in their portraits.
  • The Coup: If Göring's Germany can't win the German Civil War in a satisfactory time, the Wehrmacht generals with Ferdinand Schörner at the helm can decide that they don't need Göring anymore.
  • Crapsack World: As a result of total Axis victory, fascist governments are commonplace in TNO, with brutal and oppressive leaders becoming the new norm across the world. Internal political tensions are higher than ever, with multiple countries across the globe on the verge of civil wars and conflicts with each other. With a three-way Cold War occurring between three nuclear-equipped superpowers, the threat of a nuclear holocaust looms over the horizon. In this world, some of the more notable crapsack places include:
    • The former Soviet Union has become a massive bandit country, with numerous insane tyrants, bandits, mad scientists, or just regional warlords all clawing at each other's throats. The civilians meanwhile are stuck between the bloody wars waged by the mad warlords, the rampant deaths caused by starvation and disease, and the endless and indiscriminate Luftwaffe terror bombing campaign, which involves civilian structures being used for target practice.
    • Reichskommissariat Kaukasia is an oppressive state under the leadership of Nazi Reichskommissar Josias, and his unrestricted industrial development has absolutely decimated the environment, causing endless smog that makes life unbearable.
    • Ordensstaat Burgund (Burgundy) is a country so oppressive that even the Reich finds them insane. Burgundy is under the total control of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, who has come to believe that the German Reich grew too complacent and decadent, and created his own purist version of National Socialism built on the extremely brutal Sparta, which he calls the Burgundian System. Germany gave Himmler Burgundy after his attempted coup against the Führer failed, giving him a state to implement his brand of insanity. Burgundy is a 1984-style dystopia where the SS maintains a tight grip on the lifestyle of every citizen through mass surveillance and extreme punishment, the Spartanist lifestyle enforces total militarization and prohibits all leisures as degenerate excess, and the Nazi tenets of racism and slavery are taken to even greater extremes. Worse, the Burgundian System has spread across the SS, and some of their officers can take control of countries (like the aforementioned Josias), meaning that a significant portion of Europe may come under the Burgundian System depending on who takes power.
    • A large section of Africa is under a Nazi-instigated decades-long aerial bombing campaign (like in the Soviet Union) to extinguish the remnants of Free France.
    • Much of Central Africa is ruled by three colonialist German Reichskommissariats, who exploit the locals as slave labor and profit off of their suffering. Hans Hüttig's Ostafrika is the most brutal of the three RKs, and runs his RK like a massive concentration camp - he actually has the National Idea "Just Another Camp." In the long run, he might take over all of the RKs in Africa and head straight down the path of Burgundian Spartanism.
  • Cult of Personality: After winning the Civil War, Göring can try to make every German citizen love their new Führer, with every German family having Göring's portrait in their house or workplace.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During the German Civil War, Burgundy's invasion of the French State counts as this. France's military is forced to be nothing more than a small and disorganized militia thanks to German treaty stipulations, they have no real air force or navy, oversights in their treaties with Germany mean they are not even able to militarize their border with Burgundy, their capital is on said border, the government is widely disliked and incompetent and has no means to manage such a crisis, the French resistance still fights to disable what little military forces the nation can maintain, the economy is dead in the water, and if that wasn't enough, Brittany invades as well. This doesn't even consider the fact that Burgundy starts the game with the 4th strongest military in the world, nearly on par with Germany, gets a healthy amount of modifiers during the war, and has a couple of nuclear weapons on top of that. To make it even worse, the mod isn't set up to handle France managing to hold off Burgundy, so if/when a player manages to pull it off it breaks things in the mod.
    D 
  • Darker and Edgier: It goes without saying that due to this being set in an Axis victory scenario, the game is darker than the main game and other popular mods such as Kaiserreich and Fuhrerreich. Since it's also centered around a Cold War, the hope of conventional warfare ending the Fascist great powers is next to zero, since nukes will be involved. Also quite literally too since the game uses darker colors and filters for its map compared to the other mods and base game.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Out of all candidates for Hitler's successor, few people expect that Heydrich, widely hated and feared for being exceptionally brutal even by Nazi standards and believed to be Himmler's puppet, can actually win Hitler's favor. If he does, hardly anyone outside of the SS will support the Führer's will and even the Reichstag confirms Hitler's decision by a margin of a few votes, instead of the unconditional support which other candidates receive.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Burgundian cabinet ministers who betray Himmler's trust are stated to be "disappeared". This being the SS, they were either killed or hauled off to the camps.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The leader description of Hans Frank is very snarky in regards to the Governor-General.
    ''Hans Frank has no found solution to this, instead ruling from Krakow with methods described as 'borne with panic' and 'showing utter incompetence'. Thankfully, Hans at least has the power to shoot those who say it in public, truly the sign of political brilliance".
  • Deconstruction: According to a Reddit post by the lead developer, The New Order deliberately tries to subvert the common gameplay elements of Hearts of Iron and tries to depict the consequences of the endless militaristic ventures in normal Hearts of Iron gameplay. Mindless military conquest (or "map painting") naturally leads to extremely oppressive and dysfunctional societies, the threat of nuclear war means that attempting to conquer the world can be a global death sentence, and conquest as a whole is a precedent to extreme bloodshed and brutality.
  • Defector from Decadence: Himmler views himself as one, believing that the Nazi Party has become stagnant and prone to failure, and that it is his duty to take up the ideological torch.
  • Determinator: Nowa Polska is a nation of those. During the 40s Germany deported many Poles without food and supplies to the frozen wastes of Siberia and deserts of Kazakhstan to let them die. Instead, they managed to organize themselves under the leadership of Marian Spychalski in desolate lands and formed a settlement in Western Kazakhstan, refusing to die without a fight.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • If you use the focus autocomplete command to finish any focus of the initial German focus tree beyond the first (which is usually impossible as an attempt on Hitler's life changes the focus tree before any other focuses can be completed), the game acknowledges you've done so with a joke event.
    • Similarly, if Wales defeats England in a war, which is unlikely given how outmatched Wales is by England, you get another joke event.
    • Russian states that cannot unify Russia are completely outmatched by the unifiers, and, if they go to war with them, usually quickly lose. Nonetheless, if the non-unifiers of Onega and Zlatoust manage to conquer their regions, a unique situation happens; the regions "unified" by the non-unifiers are split up back into several states, including a stronger version of the non-unifier. They don't do anything until a unifier of a different region comes knocking.
  • The Dictatorship: Every nation that is part of the Einheitspakt, follows National Socialism or another form of Fascism are automatically a totalitarian dictatorship. But Ordenstaat Burgundy takes the cake as it is an isolated, closed state run by the SS that practices an extreme form of Nazism known as the Burgundian System, which emphasizes outright cruelty to make the German people "stronger", ethnic cleansing of non-Aryan groups and outright subjugation, especially if Himmler's plans for nuclear war go through.
  • Different World, Different Movies:
    • A New Hope can still be released in 1977, with some major differences from the OTL movie, depending on political (for example, the Death Star can become an allusion to Göring's Sun Gun) and practical (like if George Lucas isn't allowed to go to Tunisia, he will go to Guatemala and make Yavin 4 the home planet of Luke Skywalker instead of Tatooine) circumstances.
    • Captain America was largely forgotten after the US suffered a humiliating defeat in World War II, but Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revive the First Avenger in the 60s for the young American generation, featuring him in stories that involve enemies of America as the main villains, like the Nazis and Japan. However, some parts of the NPP criticize Captain America comics for having racist caricatures of the Japanese.
    • Astro Boy still gets released both in anime and manga format, with the main focus being on Astro Boy protecting the Japanese overseas territories from foreign invaders.
    • Similarly, Mobile Suit Gundam still exists, but is named Space Defender Zaku and is focused on the Principality of Zeon's fight against the corrupt democratic Earth Federation. The show is so successful, it spawns a series of plastic models known as Zakpla, similar to how Gundam led to Gunpla IOTL.
    • The Beatles exist as a band in occupied England, and many believe they secretly have anti-government messages in their songs.
    • The Beach Boys exist in America, but after Charles Manson kills Brian and Dennis Wilson, Mike Love breaks up the band.
  • Disaster Democracy: In spite of societal collapse and anarchy following the defeat in WWII, several states emerged as democracies in the ruins of the Soviet Union and can maintain their ideals in the face of challenges, sometimes even going on to unite all of Russia.
    • Tomsk is one of the largest states in the region and starts as a Social Conservative democratic state led by Boris Pasternak.
    • The Komi Republic managed to establish a representative democracy under former Soviet bureaucrat Nikolai Voznesensky, but it stands on a very fragile foundation, as the numerous enemies of the democracy are more than willing to use the democratic institutions of the republic. Should the democracy falter, the power vacuum in Komi will be left to be filled by extremists of every shade.
    • Pavlodar is led by Kazakh nationalists who want to rebuild Kazakstan on democratic principles and liberate it from the tyranny of local warlords, even though their opposition from both within and without is very formidable.
    • Orenburg under Aleksander Burba can be reformed into a technocratic representative democracy, putting an end to political chaos in Orenburg.
  • Doorstopper: TNO is easily the largest HOI4 mod ever created in terms of sheer volume of text. Single Russian warlord states often have more localization than superpowers from the base game.
  • Double-Blind What-If:
    • At some point, Kaganovich commissions a book which describes an alternate history in which Stalin came to power in the Soviet Union instead of Bukharin. The book follows almost exactly the same direction as real life (The Soviet Union wins against Germany, forms the "Budapest Pact" against the alliance of Western powers called "North Atlantic Treaty Coalition", the British Empire decolonizes, the Soviet Union itself lasts until the 80s when Stalinist orthodoxy loses against the free market, and post-communist Russia invades Ukraine decades later). The novel is universally panned outside of Kaganovich's Russia, with critics considering its events utterly implausible.
    • George Orwell (living in exile in Canada) wrote a series of Alternate History novels titled Legacy of the Weltkrieg, set in a world where Russia is fascist, Britain and France are communist, and the German Empire survived the Great War. The latest book, The Red Twilight, is set in the Sixties. Seems in The New Order, Kaiserreich is a series of Orwell's novel...
    • Another such story is "Heirs of Babylon" by Cornish author Antony Beevor. Here, the divergence is Hitler being killed in 1935, which eventually leads to a three-sided Cold War between the Imperial Dominion of Britannia (which claims the thrones of France and Germany), the United American Federation (which controls all of the Americas) and the Pan-Eurasian Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The actual plot follows a James Bond-esque character who seeks his missing wife in Red Europe, leading him to Gibraltar in the middle of a political crisis between Britannians and Soviets (who apparently control Spain). Much like other similar stories, the answer is "What a childish fantasy."
  • Do Well, But Not Perfect: While both the OFN and Afrika Schild can, respectively, totally conquer the Reichkommisarts or South Africa in the South African War, the best outcome for both sides is to merely extend their territory without fully defeating the other side, as controlling the entire turf of the former enemy will be very difficult and fraught with unforeseen consequences.
  • Doomsday Device: Göring's Sun Gun: a satellite system equipped with a concave mirror, which in theory is able to concentrate rays from the sun to a small area on Earth and is capable of destroying an entire city. Luckily for the Reich's enemies, harsh reality won't match Göring's expectations of his new toy...
  • Downer Ending: Each country has their own set of bad endings (also known as failstates) that can be reached while following specific routes.
  • Draft Dodging: Akin to The Vietnam War, the Draft Dodging Movement becomes one of the major problems for the US during their participation in the South African Civil War, and as with the Vietnam War Muhammad Ali becomes a major figure in the movement.
  • The Dragon: It is an open secret that Reinhard Heydrich, one of the potential candidates for Hitler's successor, is under the thumb of Himmler. Should he successfully defeat the other candidates and become Führer... very bad things will happen.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Even without knowing about his ultimate agenda, the Germans treat Himmler and the SS with fear, suspicion (more often justified than not) and undisguised hatred. Same goes for Heydrich, as his unbounded brutality (so much that it horrifies even the most hardcore Nazis) and ties to Himmler are widely known.
    • The name of Dai Li, the former Chiang Kai-shek's head of secret police known in his heyday as 'China's Himmler', who has been regarded as dead since the 50s, strikes terror in the hearts of the Japanese officers and politicians by the mere revelation that he was apparently Not Quite Dead all along and allegedly leads a secret conspiracy within both China and the IJA, seeking to coup the Republic of China and bring Japan at the brink of chaos. It's revealed later on that he is dead, but successfully set up the entire conspiracy and died after putting step one into motion; resulting in Japan being thrown into terror and hysteria over a dead man.
    • Oskar Dirlewanger, the leader of Black Bandits in the Urals, is as hated as he is feared.
  • Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: The four major contestants of the German Civil War all wear different uniforms in their portraits that give hints to their allegiances.
    • Speer wears a civilian suit, showing his reformist leanings.
    • Bormann wears a brown NSDAP uniform, showing his committment to conservatives in the Nazi Party.
    • Goering wears a grey military uniform, showing that his allegiance lies in the militarists in the German military.
    • Heydrich wears a pitch-black SS uniform, and is clearly the leader of the Burgundian-allied Schutzstaffel.
  • Driven to Suicide: The reveal of the grand corruption scheme between the Zaibatsu-controlled Yasuda and Minezaka banks and the branches of the Japanese military by the end of the Japan investigation chain event causes mass suicides among the employees of the said enterprises.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • In the late 50s, Nazi Party propagandist Joseph Goebbels was mortally wounded by partisans in Moskowien, and was finished off by his friend Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorff.
    • Svetlana Stalina's leader description mentions that her father, Josef Stalin, died in an industrial accident that is largely believed to be orchestrated by the orders of Bukharin.
  • Due to the Dead: Lenin's mummified remains are held in a city in the Urals. Capturing the place unlocks a decision about out to treat his mummy, depending on the player's nation or ruling idelogy (socialists are able to give Lenin a ceremonious burial, while non-socialists can choose to desecrate his corpse).
  • Dystopia: While Nazi states and Ultranationalists states can still have some sensibility amidst their rampant oppression, the states under Esoteric Nazism, especially the ones following Burgundy and the SS's line of Spartanism, embrace openly insane all-oppressive governmental policies. The developers have stated that the closest analogue to the Burgundian System is the world in 1984.
  • Dystopia Is Hard: Another one of the mod's central themes alongside hate being unable to do anything but corrupt and lead to ruin. Many of the unhinged and genocidal regimes that exist at the start of the mod are clearly at their death bed as a state based on constant hatred, paranoia and oppression is unsustainable in the long run as people demand freedoms and rights. Their only way out of collapse are reform (even though the mod also points out that an evil state that hides is dystopian excesses can be just as unnerving as an outright one as in the case with Speer) or falling to hardliners that will usually accelerate the demise of their nation. Dystopian regimes that can often come to power later on in the mod also tend to result in Downer Ending failstates which cripple a nation or have its hardliners do something to end the world rather than give into reform.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means:
    • Followers of the Burgundian System, described by one of the developers as the people who want more gas chambers than houses, believe that the Reich grew too soft and tolerant, and as such seek to rebuild society on total state control of power, extreme racial oppression, and enforcement of militarism, purism, and spartanism on all aspects of civilian life. Even the Aryans in the Burgundian System live like prisoners and work like slaves.
    • In Himmler's case, in addition to creating and adhering to the Burgundian System, he also aims to obliterate the Earth in nuclear fire, leaving the surviving Aryans to rebuild civilization on the ruins of the old world.

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