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  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Some countries and political movements in the mod are labeled as National Socialist even if they aren't directly associated with the German Nazis.
    • The Reform Bureaucrats in the Japanese government, headed by Kaya Okinori, are totalitarian, corporatist, militaristic, and support colonialism over pan-Asianism. They are categorized as National Socialists, while the Taisei Yokusankai mainstream is categorized as Fascist.
    • While initially Alparslan Türkeş's brand of Kemalism in Turkey was directly influenced by successes of the German Nazism, he distanced himself from any connections to the Nazi ideology when Turkey became hostile to the Reich.
    • Ba'athists in the Arab world have little to no German influence, yet their nationalist and populist rhetoric closely align with Fascism and National Socialism, which they are classified as in the mod.
    • The Jewish nationalist paramilitary Lehi led by Avraham Stern seeks to create a pure Jewish ethnostate in the Middle East, and forcibly remove all other ethnic groups from their lands. Despite being Jewish, Stern's ideology is said to have been inspired by Nazi Germany itself.
    • The Hui warlord state, led by Japanese general Masanobu Tsuji, is ideologically completely separate from National Socialism, yet the sheer brutality of Tsuji led to it being categorized as a National Socialist state.
    • Ivan Serov, the leader of the Ordosocialists of Komi, blends Marxism-Leninism with radical Russian nationalism and even elements of Nazi Germany (with him arguing that this is "learning from the victors"). This bizarre blend of fascism and communism is ultimately classified as National Socialist.
    • Ultranationalism is in gameplay a different ideology from National Socialism, but many Ultranationalists share National Socialism's militarism, rabid nationalism, and ethnic supremacism.
  • Napoleon Delusion: Russian warlord Nikolay Krylov in Kemerovo claims to be the second coming of Rurik, the semi-legendary founder of the Old Russian state.
  • NEET: As Nazis began utilizing forced labor to fix the crumbling economy, it became common for an ordinary German to not have any job, to the point where an entire generation was raised on the spoils of the slave system.
  • Necessarily Evil: Himmler makes no qualms that his nuclear plan is ultimately villainous. He does, however, sincerely believe a nuclear apocalypse will bring a better world after (though one with only Aryans as the sole surviving race) and believes nuclear war is a merciful alternative to an actual genocide, after witnessing German actions on the Eastern Front during World War II.
  • Neutral No Longer: If Göring establishes his rule over Germany, he can ensure that Switzerland, Sweden, and other nations of Europe, who gained advantage from being neutral during the worst conflicts on the continent, won't enjoy their benefits for too long.
  • The Neutral Zone: Following the start of the German Civil War, Rommel and Speidel assemble forces loyal to them in a neutral state centered on Germania and managing any remaining unaffiliated German client states. Whether or not they can successfully sit out the war and willingly join with the victor is another matter.
  • Nintendo Hard:
    • Picking Heydrich as the successor, e.g the player character when Hitler croaks is THE most difficult faction to play with, bordering on Unwinnable by Design: even Nation Française has a chance to lick its wounds from Burgundy, and Omsk and other warlords start in a quiet wasteland to build up and expand for decades. Not only you start around Luxembourg and Strassbourg with a bunch of lightly armed fanatics, but in full-scale war versus a superpower that is made of three fighting giants with fully mechanized, fully industrialized country of 100 million. Exploit an opening and start expanding, and ALL FOUR will join in an alliance against you, particularly painful since you have no cores during the fight, eating whatever tiny garrison force you can trickle down. If by some inhuman luck (or cheating) you dismantle the three-way alliance and win the fight, the center of Germany, Speidel's "Schutzzone" declares that "Germany will not accept a monster like Heydrich", unleashing the sleeping Wehrmacht remnants. Why is Heydrich's path so hard? Because if Heydrich wins this fight too and becomes the Führer, he will be shown Himmler's plans and he will agree to them without question, and he will get a single short focus tree all about helping Himmler finish his plans and nuke the world, ending the world in 3 months.
    • Rather realistically, it’s incredibly difficult for any U.S. President to achieve all their goals to perfection and ensure their party wins re-election. Barreling through without compromise typically table your popularity and ability to achieve future goals.
    • The Western Insurrection led by Long Yun's National Protection Army against the Republic of China is an extremely difficult war rivaling Heydrich's Germany in terms of difficulty.
      • Firstly, the war sees a tiny country with limited industry and manpower waging a war against the combined forces of both China and Japan, the latter of which, mind you, is a superpower.
      • Secondly, the country has a devastation value, which goes up over time and causes increasingly severe debuffs as it goes up, and many of the focuses in the country's tree increase devastation as a cost to granting bonuses. If devastation reaches 100, everything, from unit stats, industrial production, to stability, to war support, all get cut by 75%, meaning that the player has to play an extreme balancing game.
      • Thirdly, the war is a Timed Mission; not progressing the war will result in the leader getting assassinated and the country collapsing, so the player is forced to be recklessly aggressive just to survive.
      • Lastly, the war has specific timed objectives for totally taking over specific provinces (as in, occupying every tile in a province), that if failed, will result in huge penalties to stability, war support, and devastation. If the country loses some victory points and does not hold on to their total control, then devastation growth will rapidly accelerate. Even single tiles can cause a crack in the entire country and snowball the country into defeat.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: Aside from being annexed by another country, The New Order also has a start of nuclear war as a game over condition. If you're playing as Burgundy, however, this is instead your ultimate victory condition.
  • No Fair Cheating: The German starting tree disappears right after the failed assassination of Hitler, and there is no way to go past the first focus other than console commands. If the player uses focus.autocomplete to unlock The Speer Plan, a special event has Speer try to introduce his plans to work with the USA against Japan... only for Hitler to storm out of his room (still wearing his nightgown) and screaming about the player cheating, chewing them out for using console commands when HE conquered all of Europe without them, before telling them to restart the whole game, and play FAIRLY this time. Speer, completely baffled as to what Hitler is screaming about, decides to restart the heating system, hoping that Hitler's mental breakdown was just a lapse in the air conditioning.
    "Mein Gott! Had he taken his pills yet?"
  • No Place for Me There: Himmler believes that he doesn't have a place in the Aryan post-apocalyptic "utopia" he seeks to create and doesn't try to save himself if nuclear war actually happens.
  • Not Quite Dead: When Dirlewanger escaped from Speidel to the Urals, many in the Reich assumed that he couldn't survive the Russian frozen wastelands and angry Slavic hordes in it. To dismay of the Urals' population, they were wrong.
  • Nuke 'em: Should the German Anarchy be triggered, any combatant in the war (first Göring, then Bormann, Heydrich, Speer) may make the decision to employ nuclear missiles against the other participants in the civil war, devastating Germany no matter the victor.
  • Odd Friendship: Reichskommisar Müller has one with the leader of Free France, Jacques Massu. If Reichskommisar Huttig takes over the African states and tries to have Müller killed, Müller flees to the Free French territories and is greeted with open arms by his friend, and becomes a general for Free France.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Komi in Russia has two potential leaders named Svetlana who are also daughters of two different Soviet leaders (Bukharin and Stalin respectively).
    • The conservative Ino clique in Japan has two members named Ikeda. One is Ikeda Hayato, who is a deputy to the Prime Minister and the other one is Ikeda Masanosuke, another influential politician of the Conservative faction of Yokusankai and a potential Prime Minister after the Ino government goes down.
    • There are two Government of National Salvations; one is the German puppet regime in Serbia at game start, the other is the militarist government revolting in Portugal during the Iberian Wars.
  • Ominous Fog: Smog blankets the skies of Kaukasus, created by massive heavy industry. The effect is intentional on the part of Reichskomissar Josias. In-game, this is represented by a special weather type.
  • Ominous Mundanity: The "Burgundian System" is a mundane and euphemistic name for an unimaginably extreme form of totalitarianism which effectively turns all of society into a massive concentration camp.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Heinrich Himmler wants a global nuclear apocalypse because he believes it will pave the way for the Aryan Master Race to recolonize the world.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • Of all the potential successors to Hitler, Albert Speer is by far the most sensible, despite still being a Nazi and a Holocaust perpetrator in the past. He can enact major reforms in the Reich, putting a stop to the Nazis' insane obsession with racial purity and getting rid of its pointless military excesses. He can also do what none of the others would and enact the necessary economic changes to save the Reich's ailing economy as well as significantly improving its international image. Doing all this results in him facing massive opposition from die-hard National Socialists and potentially being overthrown, but if he makes the right choices, necessary compromises and stays clear of Himmler's schemes, he can reform the Reich into a semi-democratic institution, abolish slavery and racial hatred, and even create a version of the United Nations. Until it's revealed that he's doing all that to sustain Nazism forever, ensure German dominance, and in private, Speer is still very much a Nazi and absolutely despises genuine democratic reforms, leading to an inevitable showdown between him and the true reformers - his own cabinet.
    • Sablin and Alexander Men are this initially for the Far Eastern Unifiers, being the only genuinely benevolent figures in a battle between various tyrannical figures within NKVD-led Irkutsk and the Harbin three. At regional unification however, it is possible for less despotic figures to take over Irkutsk, Magadan and Chita, while Sablin's regime can fall to authoritarianism and Men's regime can collapse in a failed coup.
  • Operation: [Blank]:
    • Göring is very fond of naming his military campaigns. Operation Isabella, Operation Herkules, Operation Sea Lion II, Fall Rockwell...
    • Burgundy's plans for its global operations are all titled Globalplan [Animal]. For instance, there are plans named Globalplan Kondor, Globalplan Wolf, and Globalplan Löwe.
  • Painting the Medium:
    • Burgundy is a nation that is immensely secluded, difficult to judge, and very, very secretive about its operations. To reflect this, the names of their national focuses are hidden when playing as anyone but them.
    • In Speer's Germany, Germany's map color changes depending on its internal politics; its shade of gray gets darker as the conservatives get stronger, but lighter as the reformists get stronger.
    • In Sergey Taboritsky's Russia, his officers cover up his death in a desperate attempt to keep his state together. Because of this, his portrait changes into an looping animation with distorting effects after this.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • Some of the Russian warlords can adopt Ultranationalism, and even analouges of National Socialism, so they can take revenge in the most gruesome manner upon Germany for two decades of cruelty and humiliation brought to the Russian people.
    • Dirlewanger is a noted rapist and in one of his many death events, this may come back to bite him in the ass as over 50 revenge-seeking women sneak into the camp in the dead of night, kill Dirlewanger, and tear out all of his organs to sell on the black market.
  • Peace Conference: The Italians and Iberians can reach a compromise solution during the Algerian crisis to prevent war from breaking out, and create a jointly-ruled condominium known as the Algerian Mandate, led by Messali Hadj.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Oddly, the US led OFN has an element of this. The Organization of Free Nations, despite its name, has less independent countries than the Unity-Pakt at game start. While some nations are willing participants, other countries, like Iceland and Guyana, are forced into the alliance at gunpoint, because the US fears that they will defect from the alliance or even join the Nazis if they get total freedom.
  • Player-Exclusive Mechanic: Burgundy has several mechanics that, if not dealt with well, will lead to Burgundy's collapse. You'll only have to deal with this if you're playing as Burgundy, though; the AI will never collapse as a result of failing to deal with these mechanics properly. Enforced, as Burgundy is an integral mover of world affairs, and them collapsing early would throw the story off the rails.
  • Please Select New City Name:
    • Most cities in Europe have been renamed to their German equivalent, and with Soviet cities having been outright named after German Generals and leaders.
    • The city that was known as Stalingrad during real World War II is now renamed into Paulusburg, named after German General Friedrich Paulus who was routed at the city during the West Russian War. Before that, the city was known as Voroshilovgrad, as Kliment Voroshilov was one of the Red commanders led the defense of this city against the White forces during the Russian Civil War. A certain other commander who also led the defense of Tsaritsyn, fell out of favor of Bukharin's government.
    • Berlin, the center of the new Reich, became Welthauptstadt Germania (or just Germania), in accordance with Hitler and Speer's vision for the city.
    • Vyatka during the Soviet period was known as Rykov (instead of Kirov), named after one of Soviet high officials and Bukharin's allies, Alexey Rykov. Communist unifiers of West Russia change the name of the city back.
  • Point of Divergence: The Russian Civil War goes on longer than in reality and Nikolay Bukharin comes to power and continues the New Economic Policy, which fails and leaves the Soviet Union under-industrialized, allowing Germany to steamroll Russia during World War II. This also allowed Hoover to defeat Roosevelt in the 1932 American presidential elections due to unflattering comparisons of Roosevelt's New Deal with Bukharin's NEP, paving the way for conservative candidate Joseph P. Kennedy to win the 1936 elections, causing the United States to remain isolationist and completely unprepared for the war with Japan and Germany.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In a world where fascism is the dominant ideology, racial hatred and genocide are commonplace. Himmler invokes this trope to the eleven. He goes on a full-on racist rant about Japanese and Jewish people after the assassin he sends fails to kill Hitler.
  • Poor Communication Kills: After the total victory of the OFN during the South African War and the US establishing military control over the former territories of the African Reichskommissariats, the OFN starts to shoots itself in the foot by not even trying to reach out to the native African leaders and allowing their racist prejudices to stand in the way of their mission. In particular, General Westmoreland welcomes the African representatives to "Salisbury" (a European colonial name for Harare) and some MPs refuse Idi Amin entry into a bathroom because it is for white people only. As expected, the conference ends disastrously, with the African leaders quickly withdrawing from the negotiations and taking arms against their supposed "liberators".
  • The Promised Land:
    • There are 3 territories that potentially can become a Jewish homeland.
  • Precision F-Strike: One of the Ostafrikan trees ends with a focus named "Everyone is Fucking Useless".
  • Press X to Die: Some nations have paths or focus trees that can only end in the country's destruction whether it be waging an unrealstic war or forcing unrealistic policies on the domestic populace. As TNO is narrative-driven, there is little to nothing you can do to prevent it as you're instead following the story of a nation's downfall. For example, Omsk's endgoal is war against Germany, and pursuing that path will lead to nuclear destruction.
  • Pride Parade: The Trope Codifier of this trope in real life, the Stonewall Riots, can occur in the US under similar circumstances.
  • Proxy War: Many, in true Cold War fashion. If you are participating in one, you can send a group of "advisor" divisions (from a small amount of volunteers of 1-3 divisions to 50, effectively replacing home military with your own) to a faction you support. While it starts simple enough, further escalation of war can lead to some inconvenient events, like growing unrest at home and potential diplomatic crisis with other superpowers, which can turn out in a nuclear conflict in especially unlucky outcomes. Some examples of such wars in the mod:
    • The South African Civil War between the OFN-backed South African government and the Axis-backed Boer rebels serves as this timeline's version of The Vietnam War, complete with American soldiers trudging through hostile terrain while guerrillas hide out in the bush, as well as the expected peace protests and political bickering back home.
    • While Burgundy lacks an opportunity to have a strong presence in the German Civil War, Heydrich's Germany is essentially a proxy side for them, as the German SS is unquestionably loyal to Himmler rather than Heydrich, himself a little more than Himmler's puppet.
    • The Indonesian Civil War between Sukarno's government backed by Japan and Hatta's coalition of anti-Japanese rebels backed by the USA.
  • Puppet King:
    • Edward VIII is the powerless collaborator head of state of the Kingdom of England, his legitimacy coming entirely from the Nazis.
    • Even being the Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai is still completely dependent on Japan.
    • Hermann Göing's been retconned from a frothing militarist to this. He allied with the militarists for political power, but upon winning the German Civil War, he finds himself being dragged along in endorsing more wars, because if he doesn't they'll find a Führer who will.
  • Puppet State: Most of Europe and Asia starts as this to Germany and Japan respectively.
  • Purple Is the New Black: The ideology color of Burgundian System is purple, as Black was taken by Ultranationalism.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Should the German Anarchy be triggered, whatever faction is the last one standing will be left with total control of a devastated, famine-riddled, potentially radioactive German Reich.
    R 
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits:
    • The English Resistance is made up of a smattering of ideologies with members ranging from former British military veterans to random civilians sick of the regime.
    • The Cornwall Garrison can turn into this if they decide to open up their military to mercenaries and criminals.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Dirlewanger leads a bandit army that seeks nothing more than to loot the surrounding world with his gang of brigands. So disinterested in actually establishing a state are they that they destroy all infrastructure and factories in any states they take and loot them for immediate gains in supplies.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: There are at least three contradicting interpretations of the Cape Town massacre (should it happen after you decide to crush the protests as South Africa). The police claims that it's the ANC who started the fire, the ANC claims that the army, as soon as they reached the city, started to slaughter the protesters and Albert Hertzog claims that the massacre was a mere excuse to launch crackdown on the Boer nationalists. The only thing that is clear is that at least 47 people died and every side calls for blood for that event.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Strangely, the nuclear apocalypse ending is this once it's clear that civilization has returned and that the nightmare of the Nazi-victory world is long forgotten. Especially since one event implies that Earth will return to a point where men can land on the Moon once more.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: The trailer for ''Corpse of Art'', an in-universe Japanese documentary that tells about the hardships jazz musicians face in the corporate and exploitative world of Japan.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The series of Hand Waves that allowed Germany to win WWII comes to an abrupt halt almost the day the Atlantropa is completed and the house of cards that is the German economy comes tumbling down and the German empire is thrown into chaos as the political scheming and infighting of Hitler's underlings intensifies, with what's left being held together entirely by Hitler himself. When that final pillar of stability collapses, civil war breaks out, the Reichskommissars seek out their personal agendas, and the areas that were once unable to organize due to constant bombardment start to get their act together.
    • The Atlantropa project, created without the approval of the Mediterranean nations, led to the total collapse of the Mediterranean economy as coastal ports suddenly found themselves miles inland and unable to trade. To make matters worse, the sheer cost of the project meant that the German economy essentially ceased to exist almost as soon as the project was completed, forcing the Germans to abandon the project and hand control of the Gibraltar dam to the Iberian Union, who found that there were so many faults with the dam that it threatened to burst and cause a flood of biblical proportions (although it can later be fixed by Iberia). The whole debacle has caused the three Mediterranean powers to turn on Germany and form their own faction, the Triumvirate.
    • If Himmler gets his nuclear war and ends the world as we know it, it turns out that it does not bring about the "Aryan paradise" without "lesser races" he dreamed of because it turns out that in reality, unlike Himmler's delusions, neither blonde hair nor blue eyes grant any sort of resistance to nuclear explosions and radioactive fallout. In fact, after the nuclear apocalypse, a new Jewish homeland can be built on the ruins of Germania, and when the surviving descendants of Burgundy emerge from their nuclear bunkers, they're so thoroughly convinced that only Aryans could have survived the nuclear holocaust that they assume every person currently alive was Aryan too, and peacefully assimilate with the rest of the world, essentially ensuring Himmler's deluded crusade of racial purity is forever defiled.
    • Should Sōkichi Takagi become Prime Minister of Japan, it becomes possible to set the Empire down the path towards genuine democracy through reforms and liberalizations. It's made clear, however, that having such changes stick requires not only compromises with other factions within the Diet but also presenting these as being consistent with Japanese nationalism. More sweeping changes would inevitably require much more effort, and would also be more likely to backfire if handled poorly. Going too far or too fast, however, will not only discredit Takagi but also spark massive social and economic unrest that would give Nobusuke Kishi even more cause to execute Order 44.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica:
    • It's implied this is what happened to Reichskomissar Emil Maurice in Reichskomissariat Madagaskar, who only got the job because the SS demanded he be removed from Germany for his Jewish ancestry. Maurice is suitably unhappy with the position.
    • Lazar Kaganovich, the leader of the former leader of the Stalinist Communists, was sent to govern Western Siberia to diminish his influence in Moscow politics. However, after the war, and by extension the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kaganovich managed to carve his own domain behind the Urals, where he plots to reclaim the Soviet Union.
    • One of the approaches Bormann can take to the South Africa War is sending various dissidents to the Reichskommissars in the hope they die in the fighting. These dissidents include Waffen SS remnants, militarists, and reformists.
  • Reassignment Backfire: Hitler made Himmler the leader of Burgundy so that it would diminish his political influence in the Reich proper, but it ended up giving Himmler a place to consolidate his power out of Hitler's sight.
  • Reference Overdosed: A good portion of Dirlewanger's death events consists of references to many other fiction works, up to Whole Plot References.
  • Resurgent Empire: If a Socialist warlord unifies Russia, it can restore the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. If Vyatka (under Tsar Vladimir III), Kemerovo (under Rurik II) or Chita (under Tsar Mikhail II) unifies Russia, it can restore the Tsardom of Russia.
  • The Remnant:
    • After the Nazis' triumphant march into Moscow and subsequent annexation of most land west of the Urals, the Soviet Union broke apart. All former Russian territory not annexed by Germany or Japan has been taken over by a myriad of squabbling warlords, mercenaries and supposed successor states following every ideology under the sun. Former Soviet politicians and military leaders were scattered across the country; many still hold on to Communism, though others have moved away from socialism and can no longer be really considered remnants of the Soviet Union. Major Soviet remnants can be found in the West Russian Revolutionary Front, Komi, Magnitogorsk (though they've pretty much thoroughly abandoned socialism there), Tyumen, People's Revolutionary Council, Irkutsk, Kyzylorda, and Tajikistan. WRRF and Irkutsk themselves are remnants of earlier times when they were much stronger Soviet successor states.
    • Free France is still around, although their situation is even worse. Their previous territory in North Africa has either annexed by the Axis or been glassed by the Luftwaffe so hard that most of inland Africa is just labeled as "Anarchy". Their last remnants are located on the Ivory Coast, and they are struggling to hold on to even that.
  • Restart the World: A major theme of The New Order is that the world is so utterly broken by an Axis victory that it will never recover, and that the only real way for the horrors of Fascism to end is for the world to be destroyed in nuclear fire. Many of the post-apocalyptic events take an unusually optimistic tone, and the ending overall takes a more positive outlook than even an ending where democracy sweeps the Earth. The implication is that, over time, the sins of the past will be lost to history and mankind will move on and rebuild. In a very twisted way, Himmler is right.
  • The Reveal: A post-nuclear ending event reveals the final fate of Bukharin, who has been living in isolation over his inability to lead Russia to victory after the mod shrouds this question in mystery.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Kovner's United Partisan Organization, the only non-Nazi starting faction during the Ostland Civil War, are absolutely unambiguous in their goals to burn the entire Ostland down and kill all the Germans here.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman:
    • Claude Auchinleck and William Alexander of the English Resistance qualify. Auchinleck, a relatively obscure British general who after World War II retired after what some would consider a mediocre career, and Alexander, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War and World War II who would found the British Communist Party which obviously never took any real power in Britain, both now lead the largest resistance cells on the isles. Both of them can help overthrow the regime and throw the Nazis out, and have gone from obscure historical figures to possibly the heroes of England, and maybe the rest of the Isles as well.
    • Meanwhile, actual Richard Nixon is the president of the United States for the Republican-Democratic Party... in 1960.
    • John F. Kennedy is Nixon's Vice-President and, aside from that, he is mostly the same Jack Kennedy as we know him in real life, but he is very unpopular among the American population because of his father's reputation (who led America to disastrous defeat in WWII) and because of rumors of his family's ties to the Nazis.
    • Rudolf Hess was executed by Nazis for treason during the German occupation of England, while Joseph Goebbels was assassinated in Paris under mysterious circumstances during 50s.
    • Georgy Zhukov, Alexander Vasilevsky, Kliment Voroshilov and other famed Soviet generals ended up as Russian warlords in their own right.
    • Famed Soviet firearm designers Mikhail Kalashnikov and Yevgeny Dragunov (designers of the AK-47 and the SVD Dragunov) are the duumvirist leaders of Zlatoust, a Russian state.
    • Georgy Malenkov, the interim leader of the Soviet Union between Stalin and Khrushchev, is now a councilman in the Worker's Council of Orenburg.
    • West German Chancellors Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Helmut Schmidt and Ludwig Erhard are liberal politicians in the Nazi Party. They form three of the "Gang of Four", Albert Speer's closest aides who architect his major reforms. They are aided by their fourth member, Henning von Tresckow, a German officer best known for multiple failed attempts to assassinate and overthrow Hitler.
    • Two real life Popes make appearance outside of the affairs of the Holy See: Karol Wojtyła (John Paul II) is still a Catholic priest and one of co-leaders of the Slave Revolt, while Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) is a priest in Germany who becomes a victim of Bormann's anti-Christian crackdown.
    • Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, is a minister under Andreas Meyer-Landrut's Vereinigte Ostlandliga.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Bormann and Göring believe in a wild conspiracy theory in which Switzerland is attempting to weaken the Reich through market manipulation, a wild conspiracy theory which happens to be completely true, except that the actual Swiss motivation is ensuring they can't be invaded rather than so they can have power over Germany.
  • Rightful King Returns: The Russian Empire can be restored by the warlords in Vyatka and Chita under the crown of Tsar Vladimir or Tsar Mikhail respectively, both of them belonging to House Romanov. Sergei Taboritsky tries to pave the way for this to happen with Aleksei, constantly trying to disbelieve the fact he's been dead for decades.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • The Black League of Russia has adopted an Ultranationalist ideology, focusing on the total war to wage vengeance against those who laid Russia low. Should they reunify Russia, they can declare a war of extermination on Germany to avenge the massacre of the Slavic race, followed by war against the Japanese for their part in the war, and can even go as far to wage war against the former Allies for their failure to help Russia defeat the Nazis.
    • The Western Insurrection headed by Long Yun's National Protection Army is focused on reclaiming all of China and building a enormous army for a massive war of revenge against the Japanese. Like Omsk, Long Yun is also Ultranationalist.
    • Abba Kovner in RK Ostland wants to take revenge on the Germans for enacting the Holocaust and genociding the Jews. He leads an extremely brutal resistance group called the United Partisan Organization, and his ultimate goal is to burn Ostland to the ground and pay back every one of the six million lives with German ones.
  • Rousing Speech: Winston Churchill can return to England from exile in Canada to deliver one to the House of Commons if HMMLR prevails in the English Civil War.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: In one of the Apocalyptic Logs a native tribe discovers the ruins of New York with a survived Empire State Building, which becomes the throne for their new empire.
  • Rule of Cool:
    • The German faction in the Cold War is technically called the Einheitspakt, but in game it's referred to as the Unity-Pakt, even though it doesn't make sense from a linguistic perspective, since it combines an English and German word at the same time. The name is kept because it just sounds cool.
    • Paris is actually cut into Northern and Southern halves by the Seine, so the term "Ost-Paris" doesn't make much physical sense. It is more thematically fitting for Burgundy however, since it's on the East side of France.
  • Rule of Drama: The creation of the Iberian Union has no real life basis, and it was unlikely for Spain and Portugal to unite into a single country just because of German aggression. Iberia exists in some ways purely to fuel narrative needs for political drama and allowing the Iberian Wars to happen.
  • Rule of Symbolism: In the post-nuclear apocalypse ending, humanity manages to rebuild and forget about the horrors and hatred inflicted by the Axis victory, unwittingly creating a benevolent civilization based on the opposite of the values the Nazis and Fascists admired. This new humanity even manages to put people on the moon once more, with the Astronauts being confused by a white flag already on the moon placed before them. Said flag is the same one the Nazis placed on the moon in the beginning of the game, but years of exposure to the Sun has bleached it white and removed all traces of the actual Nazi flag. Not only does said bleaching symbolize humanity moving past and forgetting a hateful era, but it also turns the Nazi flag into the white flag of surrender. Thus, the Astronauts taking it down and replacing it with their own flag symbolizes the old world surrendering to the new one for good.
  • Russian Guy Suffers Most: While nobody got it easy in the New Order, the Russians (and other peoples of the USSR) got it among the worst. Not only was the European part of the former Soviet Union ravaged and enslaved by the Germans, but areas beyond them fell into anarchy and became divided among numerous warlords. Even if Russia reunifies, it will be long until the country heals the scars of her past.
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    S 
  • Schmuck Bait: There are some paths in various nations' focus trees that end only in misery, exacerbating the nation's problems (or at least doing nothing to solve them) and ultimately plunging them into chaos. Fans often jokingly refer to these paths as "REALLY GOOD IDEAS".
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The unification event for the Far East if Yagoda unites it features this with an NKVD executioner.
  • Shown Their Work: An absolutely astounding amount of historical research is done to flesh out the setting of Russia. A huge amount of Russian military men, ranging from the famous to the really obscure, were dug out of historical archives and added to TNO as generals in Russia. Most of the Russian generals have no English source, some have no commonly available photographs, and a select few are so obscure, information and photos of them could not be found outside of specific Russian digital archives.
  • Slap-on-the-Wrist Nuke: Averted, unlike vanilla Hearts Of Iron IV. Any degree of nuclear warfare is devastating for the participants, and a large enough nuclear exchange will lead to a Game Over for not just your country, but the entire world, as civilization collapses from the bombs, fallout, and chaos caused by the war.
  • Slave Revolt: A massive slave revolt across the entirety German-controlled Eastern Europe in 1970 is the key moment in Albert Speer's Germany campaign. The slave revolt, officially named Armeerverband "Freies Europa", or Free Europe Army in English, is an alliance of many Eastern European partisan groups led by German dissident Willy Brandt.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Two democratic nations in Russia, Komi and Tomsk, occupy radically different ends of the spectrum, in regards to democracy. Komi is way on the cynical end of the spectrum; their democracy is massively unstable, with people of all sorts of foul ideologies willing to take power. They can use democracy to gain power, only to cast democracy aside once they have it. Even the democratic faction in charge of Komi at game start isn't above using foul play, up to assassination, to maintain their power. Tomsk, on the other hand, is very idealistic; the republic is rooted so tightly to democratic ideals, that some of the parties are, for instance, named the Modernists and Bastilists. Democracy has very widespread support in Tomsk, and this keeps authoritarians out of their politics; as long as Tomsk is independent, they will always be democratic.
    • The mod itself falls right into the middle of the scale. On one hand: The world is as crapsacky as it gets, there are dozens of tyrants accross the world, The United States of America can commit plenty of questionable and amoral acts even though they are the "good guys", and the world can get even worse depending on the player's actions. On the other: It's a World Half Full where things can get better (if enough effort is put into it), there are also dozens of leaders who do want to fight nazism and tyrants and can liberate their countries from them and at it's core, one of the messages of TNO is that dystopia IS hard and they are bound to fall given enough time. The post-nuclear endings even take on a idealistic tone, with humanity forgetting the old hateful regimes and creating a new society based on peace and understanding.
  • Soviet Superscience: Perhaps more closely post-Soviet Superscience, but the Mad Scientist Trofim Lysenko, a remnant of the old Soviet Union, possesses all manner of insane and advanced technology, and as a result of Lysenko's brilliance/insanity and his abandoning of any ethical limitations he ever had, his nation of Magnitogorsk gets a massive 25% reduction in research time, all but assuring that Magnitogorsk will always be on the cutting edge of global technology.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The Thermonuclear War superevent plays an excerpt from Lu Ann Simms's rendition of "Love Me as Though There Were No Tomorrow" right after the sounds of nuclear blasts and people screaming in terror, which makes the whole situation even more unnerving.
  • Space Cold War: By the start date of the mod, there is an ongoing three-way Cold War between Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and the United States.
  • Space-Filling Empire:
    • In case of a total OFN victory during the South African War, the US can establish a single Central African Republic on the occupied territory of former Reichskommissariats (aside from parts which are annexed by South Africa) under a military ruler. This doesn't end well. If the war ends without the Reichkommissariats being kicked off the continent, Hüttig will essentially do the same thing by creating the Großafrikanischer Reichstaat. It ends just as poorly.
    • Göring's conquests employ a lot of this as he installs Reichskommissariats to govern over large swaths of territory without any concern for geographical and cultural differences of the conquered countries.
  • The Spartan Way:
    • Spartanism is one of the key elements that distinguishes Himmler and Heydrich's Burgundian System from ordinary National Socialism, and is an application of The Spartan Way onto civilian society. Spartanism, in short, is an extreme form of Social Darwinism that rejects every kind of weakness within an Aryan society, no matter how small these "weaknesses" are. In both Burgundy and Heydrich's Germany, entertainment, freedom, and excess are seen as decadent, so all welfare, property, culture, and entertainment are stripped out of normal civilian lives, and everyone is forced to either work in the industries or in the military. Life is reduced to its bare minimum, with homes replaced by minimalist communal barracks, and even clothing regulated to militaristic basics. Laziness is equated to crime, and crime is instantly punished by permanent banishment to the slave camps. The adherents of the Burgundian System believe that this system of state oppression and absolute control will create a perfect race of hardworking Aryans.
    • The lowest poverty development level is named "Spartan Ideal" (implied to represent 100% poverty level), and unlike all the levels before it, grants bonuses instead of penalties. This represents the idealized version of Spartanism that Burgundian System adherents believe in. In reality, this development level can not be achieved, no matter how hard the BurgSys nation endlessly represses its people.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: One of Dirlewanger's many death events will have leaked footagenote  of him suddenly igniting while he is giving orders, baffling scientists.
    "Maybe hell had simply claimed him."
  • Standard Snippet: Brief parts of musical pieces play when a super event shows up.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Göring wants to apply research purely on superweapons, developing some crazy Wunderwaffen like the the Sun Gun. However, it's implied none of these experimental weapons will work, with the Sun Gun in particular falling out of orbit and serving as ANOTHER death event for Dirlewanger when parts of it crush him flat.
  • Succession Crisis:
    • While Hitler makes it clear whom he wants to see as his successor (be it Speer, Bormann, Göring or Heydrich), other candidates don't quite agree with him and rally their forces to take the Führer's mantle by themselves after Hitler's death.
    • South Africa starts as a de jure monarchy and part of the British Empire, but the throne remains empty, as supporting the claims of either Edward VIII and Elizabeth II means they have to side with either the OFN or the Unity-Pakt and abandon their neutral stance, something which the South African government wants to avoid at the beginning date.
  • Success Through Insanity: Siberian Anarchist Communes, or Siberian Black Army, can crowdfund nuclear weapons, per their anarchist libertarian ethic with references to Kerbal Space Program. The program has foci implying that the SBA literally goes door to door and takes everyone's opinions about how to build a nuke. Including peasants. Named EMANTSIPATSIYA (Emancipation), it can actually work.
  • Suddenly Significant City: Orenburg, a rather ordinary city in the Ural Mountains, becomes one of the richest and most important cities in the entirety of Russia (due to being untouched by the war and protected with mountains from pillagers), accordingly named "the Venice of Russia". Unfortunately, this reputation also attracts the vilest marauders of the Urals...
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  • Take Over the World: The goal of Göring's Germany, and the German militarists in general, is to take over as much of the world as possible through military conquest.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When Germany collapses into a civil war, the three mainland African RKs will form the Afrika Schild in an attempt to cling on to power as their lifeline is cut. The leaders do not get along however, and Hans Hüttig especially views his comrades as incompetent and will eventually turn on them.
  • Televised Torture: Kovner's United Partisan Organization records and broadcasts the torture and killings of German prisoners as it happens after other factions are defeated.
  • Title Drop: Helmut Schmidt uses the phrase "the last days of Europe" in an event near the end of Germany's Authoritarian Democrat route when discussing the possible consequences of Speer's Villainous Breakdown with Willy Brandt.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Himmler doesn't have any illusion that he (or the Burgundian state, for that matter) will survive the nuclear war he pursues. In fact, he gladly accepts such fate, since he doesn't believe himself to be Aryan enough.
  • The Theocracy:
    • Seeing how both the secular Tsars and godless Communists failed to perform Russia's divine duty of protecting and promoting the Orthodox faith and were both punished for their sins, several Russian warlords, including those in Gayny, can launch a crusade against infidels in order to restore His rule over the Christian people and form Russia as a nation ruled by the Church.
    • Likewise, during the Iberian Civil War, as a reaction to governmental fecklessness which caused this conflict, the National Redemption Front wants to take over the peninsula to create a Catholic state, the "Kingdom of God on Earth".
    • Under the rule of Nikolay Zabelkin, Kostanay becomes an Islamic theocracy wanting to launch a jihad against the infidels of other parts of Kazakhstan.
    • If its original leadership is overthrown, the Aryan Brotherhood can become a totalitarian neopagan theocracy named Hyperborea.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In one of the post-apocalyptic events, surviving SS members within a Ukrainian military base decide to destroy the world again and create another nuke, only for a nameless aged man to kill them all (and himself) by detonating the nuke right then and there.
  • Uncertain Doom: Bukharin disappeared without a trace after the Soviet collapse. There are several versions of his further fate in the mod. It is finally revealed for certain in a post-nuclear ending that not only has Bukharin been alive the whole time, but living in the middle of nowhere out of shame for failing to save the world. While he survives the initial nuking, an aged Bukharin only further laments his inability to save Russia and the world from its fate.
  • Unexpected Successor: Heydrich is the least expected successor to Hitler, and when he is declared as such, hardly anyone outside of the SS approves of the decision, due to Heydrich's personal unpopularity and ties with Himmler. Similarly, an AI controlled Heydrich has basically no shit uichance to win the civil war, and presents a major challenge to a human player.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The game is quite different than the vanilla game; rather than focusing on combat only, the mod is more of a series of mini-games similar to vanilla Britain's change to fascism focus. Combat does occur, but it's more of an inconvenience or a minigame in itself as the world cannot descend into all-out war for fear of nuclear apocalypse. The player is forced to make choices, investigations and decisions to influence the world and advance its agenda, especially when playing as Ordenstaat-Burgund.
  • Unishment: When Chita is conquered by Sablin, Father, or Matkovsky, its "leader" Mikhail II Romanov's sentence is exile back to Australia. Which, as these leaders are fully aware, is a reward dressed as a punishment to outsiders, because Mikhail was effectively kidnapped, held hostage and forcibly crowned by the White Army remnants and wished desperately for nothing but to go back home.
  • United Europe: With Nazi Germany's victory in WWII, most of Europe, especially Continental Europe, became unified under the Greater Germanic Reich, whose network of colonies, puppet states, client states, allied states, and generally pro-German countries stretch across almost all of Europe. Even after Italy split with Germany, Germany is still the biggest player in Europe, and their Unity-Pakt (officially Einheitspakt) bills itself as a Pan-European alliance of European Brotherhood and Unity, guided by the German hegemon.
  • Unwinnable by Design: While extremely difficult, most of Göring's tree can be successfully executed by the player, allowing the Reich to control more of the world than any other force in history. However, the final plans to invade Japan and America are quite simply impossible and serve as merely traps for the world to fall into a devastating nuclear war that will likely obliterate civilization.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The Indian Raoists are willing to engage in violent suppression of opposition, forceful de-urbanization, and harsh rule to bring about their rural socialist utopia.
  • Vestigial Empire:
    • Nazi Germany is ailing, falling at the seams, has a failed economy that is seeing no signs of improvement, relies on a constantly rebellious slave caste for its industry, has fallen behind militarily and diplomatically to Imperial Japan and The United States, and its entire sphere seems to be planning out the best ways to break away and invade each other.
    • France, both Nazi puppet and Resistance flavors:
      • The French State is partially balkanized with an independent Britanny and one third occupied by Himmler's Burgundy. For their colonies, Japan took French Indochina, Germany took French Congo, Iberia and Italy jointly occupied French Algeria (leaving France with just the tiny coastal capital), while the rest of their colonies went independent.
      • Free France got it even worse; having already lost of almost all of their territories to the French State, the only territory still under their effective control is the Ivory Coast in West Africa, which is also bombed into oblivion daily as training by German pilots to prevent any threats rising. By 1962, they only control a tiny strip of coastal land on West Africa, and are also teetering on the edge of a further political crisis.
  • A Villain Named Khan: Abu Dusukhambetov, the leader of bandits in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan, named himself Abu Khan to invoke the glory of warlords of the past, such as Genghis Khan.
  • Villain Protagonist: Most major countries have this to an extent; if you play as them, you will perform horrible actions to gain supremacy on the world stage. A playthrough as Burgundy, though, will 100% cause you to be this.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Hitler's assassination attempt, Himmler flies into an uncharacteristic fury. It turns out Himmler orchestrated the assassination to gain control of Germany, and as a result creates a new plan...
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Even the most peace-loving and diplomatic Russian warlords more often than not have to rely on force and warfare in the reunification of Russia, since they are still surrounded by states who outrightly reject their values or are not inclined towards peaceful resolutions at all, like Omsk.
  • War Is Hell:
    • The German Civil War, especially if it reaches the state of Anarchy, is shown in the mod in all its numerous horrors: millions of dead, major cities are absolutely wiped out, famine and diseases spreading across the country, and possibly even the nuclear annihilation of all of Germany.
    • The Great Asian War, an unavoidable war between Japan's Co-Prosperity Sphere and Asian countries revolting against it led by China, is a war that involves so many people and so many nations that it will be deadlier than World War II. If Japan wins the war, then very, very bad things happen.
  • We ARE Struggling Together:
    • The Triumvirate faction formed between the Mediterranean powers - Italy, Iberia, and Turkey - out of a mutual hatred of Germany and a desire to work together and fix their broken economies. However, now that Germany is declining, the threat (and thus the whole reason for their alliance) is fading too. Add to that border disputes between Italy and the other two, and Iberian resentment at the other two for 'not paying their fair share' to keep Atlantropa from flooding the Mediterranean, and the Triumvirate seems to be on its way out.
    • The National Progressive Party in America is a bizarre combination of Socialists and Progressives allied with Dixiecrats and Fascists, united in common cause against the political establishment and America's reluctance to engage Japan directly. Depending on what direction the Republican-Democrats take with regards to the civil rights movement, one wing or the other will win out in the NPP, turning it into either Progressive or an outright Socialist party, a Far-Right party, a Fascist party that may or may not support the Reich, or potentially a more moderate variant of either extreme.
    • While members of the United Partisan Organisation in Ostland are united under the banner of resistance to Nazis, many of them take issue with Kovner's occasional brutality against the natives (especially those who aligned with Vituska) and his disregard for any means as long as it accomplishes his desire for revenge.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Adolf Hitler dies in a year or so after the start of the game, leaving his place to be taken by the strongest.
    • Sultan Farouk of Egypt chokes to death at a party after completing his first focus tree.
    • Prince Amadeo, Viceroy of Italian East Africa, is on his deathbead at the game start.
    • John F. Kennedy, Nixon's VP and successor after his resignation, is assassinated by a radical Guyanese nationalist before 1964.
    • Josef Tiso, dictator of Slovakia, dies three weeks into the game of a heart attack while watching the German moon landing.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Göring's militarist allies believe that all problems that Germany faces on the moment, including degrading economy, mass youth protests against the Nazi regime and succumbing to Japanese and American influence, are happening because Germans got used to peace for too long, and, since it's a full-scale war that made Germany rich and powerful, the Reich needs to declare a global war again, preferably with the rest of the world, so it can re-achieve the lost greatness.
  • Wham Line:
    • One of ending slides for the Ural League in the Old World Blues demo tells about the encounter between the Ural League and the restored Soviet state in the West. At first, the League prepares to defend themselves from the very same state that once put them in Gulag. But as it turns out, this is not the case.
    Georgy Zhukov: Comrade Mendriks, I've come to bargain.
    • In the final focus of Burgundy's focus tree after Hitler's assassination attempt, Himmler divulges his ultimate plan:
    The Reichsfuhrer SS has a vision for a new world, one where the corrupt have been wiped away and the lesser races have been purged. A world where the Aryan is free to settle as he sees fit, building a new society within the framework of National Socialism.
    And it is a world forged in the fires of global thermonuclear war.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The Ural states form an extended reference to Fallout: New Vegas and its Old World Blues expansion. No surprise that the demo release for TNO set in Southern Urals is named Old World Blues...
    • Orenburg is the Mojave in general and New Vegas itself in particular — a loose collection of city-states with no real central government outside of the central city itself, which is heavily influenced by a genius industrialist, that their neighbors are fighting over. Furthermore, much like the outlying Mojave communities, the outlying villages of Orenburg are highly autonomous, often technologically lacking compared to the city and the neighboring states, and chafe under both greater control from the city and against the prospect of greater influence from their "benefactors" in the Ural League.
    • The Dirlewanger Brigade is a stand-in for Caesar's Legion — an organized and brutal force founded by an aging member of a semi-autonomous entity within a larger power who was presumed missing, and which is as much a raiding army as a state and seeks to acquire the riches of Orenburg. Furthermore, Dirlewanger himself parallels Caesar, as a member of a hegemonic nation from the west that was lost and presumed dead in lands further east, but in actuality, was carving out a new empire, and has designs of conquering his old homeland if his more immediate goals succeed. The biggest difference is that Dirlewanger and his men have no real desire to settle, making them something more like a Legion held together by Lanius rather than Caesar.
    • The Ural League is the New California Republic, or at least the Mojave detachment thereof — they're a highly professional force that has declared its intent to protect Orenburg and any refugees that may seek to join them, regardless of if Orenburg wants their protection. However, their training limits their forces in the field and like the NCR in the Mojave, they're largely based out of old world military bases and fortifications and waited out the end of the old regime in fortified bunkers (vaults for the NCR and gulags for the Ural League).
    • Magnitogorsk, led by the Mad Scientist Trofim Lysenko and based out of the Black Mountain, is a clear stand-in for the Big MT and the Think Tank that leads it, wielding technologies similar to those developed by Big MT for the Sierra Madre and with Lysenko acting more or less as the unchained Think Tank from the Old World Blues Bad Ending with tinges of Father Elijah.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace:
    • Germany may have done far better than it ever could have hoped in World War II, but there are still active partisan groups in its Eastern territories in the 60s, and the horrendous economic-political structure of the Nazi Party has led to an economic crash in the 50s and will cause an inevitable civil war in the 60s.
    • Neither the OFN nor Afrika Schild find themselves in an ideal situation should they achieve total victory in the South African War. If the OFN is victorious, they end up in control of a massive area of ruined land, still crawling with African guerillas, many of whom had willingly joined the SS brigades. They, along with the still-unhappy Boers, will pose a lasting nightmare for South Africa and the US military administration of Central Africa. Meanwhile, Afrika Schild and the Boer State are left holding control of a massive ANC-aligned population if they win, and without the threat of the OFN have every reason to turn on one another. In addition, Huttig no longer needs the other two R Ks as allies.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A Russia reunited by either the ultranationalists of the All-Russian Black League or a West Russian Revolutionary Front led by Mikhail Tukhachevsky has suffered a lot owing to German and Japanese actions and will unleash a great degree of suffering on the world, up to and including the possibility of launching a nuclear armaggedon in the name of "revenge".
  • A World Half Full: The world of The New Order may be genuinely horrific, but it is possible for good to prevail. Himmler's schemes can fail, the Reich may either reform or collapse, and democracy and freedom can sweep the planet once again. As the Star Wars event chain demonstrates, as the 1980's approach people are genuinely beginning to develop a new hope for a bright new century for humankind. Even the worst-case scenario, the nuclear apocalypse, has humanity rebuilding, building a society of love and equality, and letting go of the hatred that led to near-extinction.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • If Heydrich takes too long to win the German Civil War, Himmler can kill his disciple and annex Heydrich's Germany into Burgundy.
    • When his forces are overwhelmed by Kovner's partisan organization in Ostland, Jeckeln with his followers tries to board a helicopter with escaping Burgundian SS advisors. Instead, Himmler's agents throw them back onto the helipad and leave the failed SS leader to the justice of mob.
  • Young and in Charge: Valery Sablin, the warlord leader of Socialist Buryatia, is only 22 by the start of the mod.
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