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  • 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.
    • The sheer endurance of Burgundy, especially when controlled by an AI, stretches the Willing Suspension of Disbelief quite a bit with a healthy dose of The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard. Burgundy, a totalitarian state with no external support, who trades exclusively through black markets, controls massive portions of Western Europe, actively oppresses their French and Belgian populations, engages in ruthless self-purges among its foreign ruling class, all the while spending massive amounts of resources trying to manipulate world events, would realistically be a state so extremely deep in the Fascist, but Inefficient hole that it would likely collapse before Nazi Germany (in fact, the gameplay of Burgundy is all about trying to prevent the country from collapsing while trying to raise tensions to start a Third World War). And yet, an AI-controlled Burgundy will perfectly last until the 80s, never even having a little revolt during this entire time; tag change console command reveals it never suffers the bad effects of "Rodomo Worker Shortage Mechanic" and doesn't consume supplies during "Globalpläne".
  • 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.
  • After the End:
    • In some cases, the game may end in a nuclear exchange between the major powers. Nuclear warfare will cause severe penalties to nations targeted by nukes and if sufficient damage is taken, the nation will collapse into broken states as human civilization itself collapses. The majority of the gameplay revolves around trying to prevent this ... unless you're Burgundy, in which case this is your goal.
    • Already the case with the ex-USSR. After their defeat 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 does break out, 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.
    • 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.
    • India is being courted by all of the various powers who see it as being of the highest strategic importance, and generally sucks up to each one only long enough to get a better offer from another, much like Egypt.
    • 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 Famous 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.
  • 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 (as detailed in the POD trope below).
    • 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 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 USA. 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. However, as soon as the war ends, 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • An Aesop: 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.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos:
    • Should the German Civil War drag on for more than a few years, the badly stretched logistics of the various factions will all collapse, leading to extreme negative events and internal strife for the faction heads.
    • Much of West Africa is labelled Anarchy on the map, and lacks much government above the village level... as German bombers regularly fly overhead and bomb any sign of civilization to stop threats from emerging and as target practice. Once the African War starts, the pilots stop their campaign, allowing nomads and Touareg people to establish countries with any significance.
    • After the Thermonuclear War superevent, you can watch the rapid deterioration of every state on the map into anarchic zones, similar to the West African example above, until the whole map turns black.
  • 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 the Burgundian System.
  • 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.
    • In the case of Kovner's victory in the Ostland Civil War, all other leaders, aside from Vituska, die horrible, horrible deaths. However, even considering the boundless brutality of Kovner himself, it is very hard sorry for all of them (aside from Andreas Meyer-Landrut), as they are Nazis of different flavors who contributed to all of the genocidal horrors happening in Ostland.
  • 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.
  • 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 Cornwall (actually most of South West England) was placed under a German protectorate.
    • In the aftermath of the USSR's fall, the Russian SFSR (not including the parts annexed by Finland or Germany as part of RK Moskowien and Kaukasien) 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, and by 1962, Russia is divided into 40 warlord states (not including the unorganised territories of Northeast Siberia).
    • Several factions in the former Soviet Union can "deunify" their regions, as they defeat all unifiers in their regions and create new countries with no expansionist paths, preventing the full unification of the Soviet Union. These are:
      • In West Russia, if Onega defeats the region's unifier in a defensive war, then they 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.
      • In Central Sibiera, the Siberian Workers' Federation rises up if a non-Libertarian Socialist faction unifies Central Siberia. If their revolution succeeds, parts of SWF will break into three more socialist countries, and none of the four countries have expansionist paths.
      • 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. In practice, 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.
    • In one extremely obscure path, Goering's Germany can collapse into many German Warlord states if it first collapses into the Second German Civil War then sees the civil war go even worse.
  • 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: Heinrich Himmler. Ruling Burgundy with an ideology so extreme that even the most hardcore Nazis consider it insane, he and his SS influences the entire world throughout the game. If you're a major country, odds are you're going to be affected by Burgundy, whether you know it or not...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 vs. 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 vs. 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."
  • Book-Ends: 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.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: The Cornwall Garrison can do this in preparation for the English rebellion, opting to reuse any old British weaponry they can scavenge from the scrap yards.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • To achieve his ominous goals, Himmler manipulates numerous other countries into doing his bidding and making questionable decisions on the world scene, which seemingly contradict his interests, but ultimately play right into his hands.
    • Michal Vituska has been building up his power in Ostland for 20 years through manipulating both the regional administration and partisans, provocations and assassinations, and by the beginning of the Ostland Civil War he has amassed enough forces to become a contender for power in his own right.
  • Child Soldiers: Speer doesn't shy from assembling children for his army during the Civil War, especially if the Anarchy happens.
  • Cincinnatus: Should Ciano successfully reform Italy into a democracy, his final act will be to resign from his position as Il Duce, opening the way for free elections to be held.
  • 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. If the civil war drags on into German Anarchy, then the DSR, Schörner, and Speidel can also join the civil war.
    • 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 the Ba'athist State of Sudan, Republic of Sudan, 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 under Saddam Hussein, 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 path, if 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.
  • 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 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 worst outcome for Japan, Nobusuke Kishi and his allies among hardline politicians and hardcore militarists launch a coup against the incumbent Japanese government and issue Order 44, establishing Kishi's full control over the Empire and purging thousands of Japanese politicians, officers and civilians who oppose Kishi's vision of the "National Defense State".
As the Devil of Showa sits on his throne triumphantly, an entire generation is condemned to eternal damnation, scorched for eternity under the flames of the Rising Sun
  • 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.
    • A far more moderate examples is found in the Authoritarian Democrat ideology. Unlike Kaiserreich, Authoritarian Democrats in this mod are likely to also consist of people who have vaguely left-wing inclinations, but are too busy running a military government to implement socialism as is the case with and multiple Soviet warlords that fly the hammer and sickle. Case in point, these authoritarian democrats have very high degrees of socialist popularity in their ranks even though they use a method of government associated with the right in Kaiserreich.
    • 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, such as Koreans whom Serov believes are hatching a secret conspiracy inside Russia), and depending on choices in the focus tree, can institute a borderline class collaborationist fascist-styled corporatist rule.
    • Pan-Arab factions in the Middle East cover a diverse range of ideologies, and includes both Authoritarian Socialists like Nasser and Ba'athists categorized as National Socialists or Fascists.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In the game's lore and statistics, Burgundy is an icon of Fascist, but Inefficient, being practically a death cult fueled by little more than endless slave labor and foreign exports from neighboring Germany. If the player tries to play as Burgundy, they will find themselves stuck taking massive penalties due to Burgundy's horrible ideology (and trying to reform it to be less terrible tends to just cause it to collapse) and badly stymied by its stagnant economy and lack of food, and it will require a lot of work just to keep Burgundy from collapsing entirely or losing its remaining allies. However, when controlled by the AI, Burgundy mysteriously gains a bunch of boosts that let it ignore all the penalties it should be taking, and won't ever risk collapse on its own terms until 1981 (when its leader, Heinrich Himmler, dies).
  • 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 extreme Spartanism, 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 Nineteen Eighty Four-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 listed simply as "Anarchy", because the Nazis instigated a decades-long aerial bombing campaign (like in the Soviet Union) to extinguish the remnants of Free France. Whatever civilization that existed in the area has already been bombed back into the stone age.
    • 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 System.
  • 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.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: While there are a myriad of paths and outcomes in the mod with an equal attention to details, there is an established vision of the canonical timeline for the mod which involves the collapse of the Reich and Japan and a total OFN dominance. Among other things, it includes:
    • Hitler choosing Heydrich as his successor, but Bormann winning the German Civil War, eventually heading Germany to downfall.
    • Russia being united by the West Russian Revolutionary Front and rising as a power in her own right once again in the 70s.
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  • 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. Although you are given several choices for Hitler's successor, Heydrich is the canonical declared successor of Hitler, though not the canonical winner of the German Civil War.
  • 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:
    • The fascist regime in Italy under Ciano is slowly fading as the government begins to take an increasingly moderate policy, even going as far to accept persecuted refugees of various cultural backgrounds from the German sphere. Given time and with the right decisions, it is possible for Italy to peacefully transition to democracy.
    • 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.
  • Devour the Dragon: If the Civil War doesn't go well for Heydrich, Himmler can "relieve" his unlucky protégé of his duties, annexing his Rhineland territories into Ordensstaat Burgundy.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Heinrich Himmler is possibly the most evil human in the mod. Leading Ordensstaat Burgundy, he decided Nazi Germany was too liberal and created an entirely new ideology based around being as far into fascism as one could possibly imagine. He also believes in using nuclear war to exterminate the Human race, which he believes will lead to the Aryan race recolonizing the Earth and finally making utopia. In fact, some focus icons literally portray Himmler as a devil!
  • Different World, Different Movies:
  • 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 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 a Watsonian sense, the absence of Joseph Goebbels at the beginning of the mod is caused by his murder at the hands of the French partisans in late 50s when he was stationed in Paris. In a Doylist sense, it was made because the developers considered that it was logical to assume that not every Nazi leader would made it to the 60's alive.
    • 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 an Ural's city. 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: Every single nation under the Burgundian System. The developers have stated that the closest analogue to the Burgundian System is the world in Nineteen Eighty Four.
  • 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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