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The New Order has arisen, and Europe may not live to see the daybreak.
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The New Order: Last Days of Europe is an upcoming Hearts of Iron IV Game Mod that is set in an alternate timeline where Nazi Germany utterly wins World War II but quickly loses the peace. Currently unreleased, The New Order is a narrative-driven mod that focuses on the fallout of an Axis victory and its disastrous effects on the world, and it leading to a three-way Cold War in the 60s. The mod is known for being incredibly ambitious and features many new mechanics and large amounts of events, paths, and characters.

The year is 1962. World War II ended twenty years ago with a Greater Germanic Reich dominating most of western Europe. France and Britain are under control of Nazi puppets. The Soviet Union has shattered into several dozen warring splinter states. America was humiliated under a combined assault from Imperial Japan and a nuclear-equipped Germany. Germany was at the top of the world. Such is their power, that they've fully embraced Atlantropa and reshaped the Eurasian continent at their will. From the looks of things, the Reich ought to be invincible and unbreakable.

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In reality, these are dire times for the thousand-year Reich. Over the first thirty years of a golden age that Hitler promised would last a millennium, the Reich has gone from being the world's preeminent superpower to teetering on the brink of collapse. Germany's economy, built on cruelty, plunder, and corruption, experienced a disastrous crash in the 1950s from which it has failed to recover. With the advent of the 1960s, the country's politics are about to dramatically worsen due to the Führer's advanced age and rapidly-failing health. With Hitler's death imminent, the Nazi Party is bitterly divided over what direction the decaying Reich needs to take if it wishes to avert total dissolution. Unless preventative measures are soon taken, the kindling is in place for a fire to burn down the whole Reich... and perhaps the rest of the world along with it.

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Outside Germany, the international scene has become a nightmare like never before. Iberia, Italy, and Turkey, the former allies of Germany in the Mediterranean, formed the Triumvirate to counteract Germany in response to their increasing hostility and the failures of Atlantropa. The other superpowers, America and Japan, have developed their own nuclear weapons, creating a three-way Cold War between the German-led Unity-Pakt, the America-led Organization of Free Nations, and Imperial Japan's Co-Prosperity Sphere. Civil wars are breaking out across the globe. Despotic rulers oppress their people and struggle to maintain control. International tensions threaten to collapse the global order into an all-consuming nuclear war. The world now hangs on a thin line that could break at any moment. What will happen in such dark times?

The mod is currently still in development. The released demo version of the mod, called Old World Blues and set in the Southern Urals, can be found on Steam and ModDB. The mod's community can be found on Reddit and on Discord.

Compare with another mod in development, Thousand-Week Reich for a more down-to-earth and balanced take about a German victory in WWII.


This Game Mod provides examples of:

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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 damages a fully realized Atlantropa project can cause reach far beyond 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 desertifying. These parts of Atlantropa are not portrayed in the mod.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist:
    • Kaukasia under Josias can launch expeditions in search of ancient artifacts of bygone era. While those artifacts. if they even exist, have little practical use for Josias, such expeditions launch various event chains with different outcomes, from gaining prestige and new friends to wasteful loss of many resources and international humiliation.
    • Dirlewanger may act as hired muscle for Josias in his expeditions and potentially meet his end doing so. Furthermore, if he 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 Himmler, in which case this is your goal.
    • Already the case with the ex-USSR. After their defeat and the establishment of the Reichkomissariats in much of their former territory, the Soviet government dissolved and civilization broke down. Everything east of Reichkomissariat 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:
    • The South African War is a muddy, murky conflict where the United States intervenes to save a southern nation from their northern counterpart who threatens to begin a domino effect that will spread its hostile ideology across the world anew. The United States, despite noble intentions, ends up committing its own share of atrocities and the American public begin to wonder why they're even in this jungle war. The war is equal parts Vietnam, Korea, and even Iraq.
    • 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 a purge. The personality cult Goering builds is also very Stalin like.
    • 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.
    • Speaking of India, the Raoists are essentially Maoists with an Indian accent with their focus on the countryside and the fact they can launch a Cultural Revolution. They take after the real-life Maoist Naxalites in more ways than one.
    • 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 Trotsky.
    • 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, Ukranian partisan fighter Lyudmila Pavlichenko), and Dirlewanger's Famous Last Words 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.
    • Heydrich's Germany and DSR both have elements of the Khmer Rouge's brutal rule in Cambodia. Heydrich wants to engineer a "Spartanist" German society (a kind of primitivist fascist society), mirroring Pol Pot's desire to engineer an agrarian socialist utopia, with both forcibly evicting people from the cities to de-urbanize. DSR more generally reflects the genocidal purges that the Khmer Rouge enacts during its reign, leading to systematic killings of people accused of being enemies of the state.
    • 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 Alcatraz: Heydrich will turn Germany's slave camps into inescapable fortresses where prisoner and guard face the same lifestyle, and the only theoretical escape is a lifetime of hard labor.
  • 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.
  • Alternate History: The general timeline is as follows:
    • The Point of Divergence involves 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 1944, 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, Himmler attempts a failed coup and was forced into Burgundy. In the United States, the Democratic Party collapses and was replaced by the NPP, and its remnants joined the Republican Party.
    • 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. 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.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Free Aviators, a group of female Soviet pilots stationed in Tazovsky, 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.
  • Ambition Is Evil:
    • Played straight with Heydrich, whose ambitions for power and influence leads him to work for Himmler (widely recognized even in the Reich as one of the most evil men on the planet) and if he becomes Führer desires to extend his rule over the German territories, with himself at the head of a Spartanist Reich.
    • Implied to be subverted with Speer, who might well be doing what he does in much out of a desire for glory and influence — but between his relatively sane, sensible outlook on things and his choice of allies, that leads him to be by far the most peaceable, liberal candidate to claim the Führership.
  • Amoral Afrikaner: Although the alternate end of WWII lead to the National Party failing to attain control of South Africa or implement Apartheid, the interests they represented continue onward to the point of a Boer rebellion in the 1960's.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos:
    • 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.
  • Anti-Villain: Albert Speer genuinely seeks to reform the Reich into something that is half decent, and if successful can reverse most of the Nazi racial policies, revive the economy, reconcile with Italy, and even start the mod's equivalent of the United Nations. However, he still remains a strict authoritarian, and can later turn into an Authoritarian Democrat at best or a Fascist in an Italian manner at worst.
  • 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 main principle of Göring's policy is that everything can be achieved with enough brute force. Dissenters are rioting in the streets? Loose 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 Göring's 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 and also one of the most cruelest Reichskommissars (which says something) and a proponent of Burgundian System.
  • 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 maybe Andreas Meyer-Landrut), as they are Nazis of different flavors who contributed to all of the genocidal horrors happening in Ostland.
  • 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 their 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.
    • Following the Soviet defeat in WWII, the territory of the former USSR consists of 4 Reichskommissariats and around 60 independent states in the Urals and beyond. The Luftwaffe engages in constant terror bombing to prevent any major power from trying to reunite the Soviet Union, creating large amounts of warlord states and local dictatorships. Kazakhstan alone shattered into seven pieces.
    • 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 and Galicia. The North African territories of Iberia can also break away into Morocco, Rif Republic, and a West African Islamic Republic, who are also likely at war with each other. In some cases, even the Gibraltar Dam declares independence, and the exiled Iberian Government might find a footing and start their own new state. In a worst case scenario, civil wars break out simultaneously during the balkanization and fight themselves into a stalemate, leaving behind even more states on the map.
    • The Reorganized Government of China de jure governs all Chinese territory excluding the Japanese-controlled Manchuria. In practice, RGOC 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.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Reichskomissar Josias was apparently once a competent and relatively 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, whom seeks to move the world towards nuclear war. The game revolves around not letting him to do that.
  • 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.
  • Black Helicopter: Heydrich can create 'Gestapo Helicopter Teams' using these.
  • Blood Knight: Goering seeks to militarily reassert control over Europe, and possibly start a Forever War with the rest of the world if he takes power in order for Germany to regain its military and economic strength. Assuming he wins the post-Hitler power struggle.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In one of his death events, Dirlewanger realizes that he is being controlled by "one man above" and rambles something about alternate timelines. The story ends after Dirlewanger threatens to kill everyone who put him through this hell, starting with the player, only to instead be killed by his confused and shocked fellow bandits.
  • 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 player's choices, the couple is lynched by the angry mob.
  • 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.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Due to the alternate history, a large portion of West African nations got their independence early. When the German terror bombing in North Africa stops, a bunch of new states also pop up in what is formerly Anarchy. These nations have completely different names compared to real life, many of which are based on names of ethnic groups:
    • Senegal is known as Wolofia, named after the Wolof people of Senegal.
    • Gambia is known as Jola, named after the Jola people of Gambia.
    • Guinea is known as Susu, named after the Susu people.
    • Sierra Leone is known as Mendi, named after the Mendi (or Mende) people.
    • Côte d'Ivoire is a subversion; it's currently the only piece of the world under Free France leadership so it's known as Free France.
    • Ghana is known as Ewe, named after the Ewe people.
    • Benin and Togo are one entity known as Gbeland, named after the Gbe languages.
    • Nigeria is Yorubaland, named after the Yoruba people.
    • Cameroon is an aversion, as it is known as Cameroon African State.
    • Burkina Faso is known as Mossiland, named after the Mossi people.
    • Averted with Mali, which is known as Malian State. However, some cities in Mali have very odd names; their capital city, apparently supposed to be Bamako, is instead named Bambara, which is an ethnic group in Mali (even more oddly, there is an actual Bamako marked in the Malian State, but it's nowhere close to where the real Bamako is). When Mali splits into Malian State and Kayes Government, the Kayes Government's capital is, despite their name, not named Kayes, but instead named Soninke, name of another ethnic group in Mali.
    • Mauritania (when it forms after the end of German terror bombings) is known as Trarza, name of a region in southwest Mauritania. Trarza is however literally all Mauritania owns when they first form, as the rest of their IRL territory are owned by the Iberian Union, Azawad, or Mali.
    • Kanem loosely corresponds to Chad (its name is the real life name of a region in Northern Chad, which is all Kanem has), though actual Chadian regions are owned by the Cameroon African State.
    • Averted with Azawad, Songhai, and Aïr, who do not completely correspond to real currently existing countries. Azawad encompasses the Tuareg regions in real-life Mali (plus a bit of Mauritania), Aïr (likely named after the Aïr Mountains) encompasses the Saharan Tuareg-Berber regions of real-life Niger, and Songhai (named after the Songhai people) encompasses the sub-Sarahan regions around the Niger river (meaning that Songhai is somewhat of a Niger analogue).
  • Call to Agriculture:
    • A core tenet of Heydrich and many German adherents of the Burgundian System is that the German way of life is a simple one on a farm, with a subservient wife and many children. They see urbanization as inherently immoral.
    • Raoists in India believe that gentrification and urbanization are inherently bourgeois and that the ideal Socialist Future should be fully or almost fully an agricultural one.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • To achieve his ominous goals, Himmler is capable of manipulating other countries into doing his bidding and making questionable decisions on the world scene, which at first sight contradict his interests (such as support of the British Resistance against the Nazi collaborationist regime), but ultimately contribute towards increasing world tension to the point of nuclear war.
    • 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 his army during the Civil War, especially if the Anarchy happens.
  • Cincinnatus:
    • If Speidel restores order in Germany during the Anarchy, he will allow the Reichstag choose the new Führer by themselves, since he doesn't believe that the military should have a massive role in government. However, the Reichstag will likely beg Speidel to stay in power, and if he agrees he will resign from his military position.
    • After Kyzyl Orda reclaims all Kazakh lands, leader of the Kazakh Red Army Bauyrzhan Momyshuly can resign from the government and let the civilian leadership of the Communist Party to take charge in the new Soviet Kazakhstan.
  • Civil War: An absolutely astounding number of countries can collapse into big multi-sided civil wars:
    • The German Civil War is guaranteed to break out between Speer, Bormann, Göring, and Heydrich upon Hitler's death. If the civil war drags on into German Anarchy, then the DSR, Schörner, and Speidel can also join the civil war.
    • Reichskommissariat Ostland shares political instability with Germany but with a much stronger internal struggle. As such, after Lohse dies and the German Civil War breaks out, a 6-way Ostland Civil War occurs 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, 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.
    • An Indian Civil War can break out when the political tensions in India reach a breaking point before or after the first election, fought between the central government and right wing and left wing radicals. Pakistan also secedes during the civil war, while the competing Azad Hind Government keeps their eyes close on the war.
    • The Iberian Wars is in its basic form a series of wars of independence between Spain, Portugal, and several regional separatist powers. However, if things truly go out of hand, Spain and Portugal will also collapse into civil wars, adding a layer of wars onto the independence wars. In a worst-case scenario, even the regional powers will collapse into civil wars.
    • Egypt can collapse into its own multi-sided civil war due to the incompetent rule of Sultan Farouk. As many as five different Sudans can emerge from the civil war.
    • RK Madagaskar can collapse into a four-way civil war between the RK government led by Emil Maurice, the native Malagasy led by Gabriel Ramanantsoa (Republic of Madagascar), Jewish partisans led by Zvi Ofer (Hitnagdut Movement), and the German garrison led by Werner Goldberg (Militärstaat Madagaskar). However, it should be noted that the Jews and the Malagasy are not at war in this civil war.
    • HMMLR, the English resistance, can start a Second English Civil War against the collaborationist regime.
    • Following the assassination of the President and a bombing at the courthouse in Baghdad, Iraq can break into a civil war between the authoritarian ruling Golden Square Party led by President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, the democratic July 14 Movement led by Saddam Hussein, and the pan-Arab populist Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party led by Yasser Arafat.
    • A royalty-flavored Hungarian Civil War can occur in the Kingdom of Hungary between the ruling Miklós Horthy Jr. and Hungarian Royal Pretenders.
    • Mongolia is in a civil war between the Tsagaan Mongol Ulus and Mengjiang.
  • 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.
    • Despite being against the Nazis of Germany, the DSR often comes close to the Nazis in terms of policy (mostly due to having no idea what communism actually is outside of scattered black market pamphlets and Nazi propaganda) - specifically, some DSR leaders actually AGREE with the Nazis policies on the slave and caste system.
    • 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.
  • Conscription:
    • While a normal part of many countries' military policy, it reaches comical levels for Ultranationalist warlords in Omsk in Russia, whose strategy consists of mass conscription of every man, woman or child and sending them straight into German machine guns and tanks while equipped only with shovels and scythes, trying to overwhelm them through sheer numbers.
    • This is also the premise behind Ferdinand Schörner's Volkssturm, which drags in civilians with no training, arms them with whatever guns could be found (or with "simpler weapons" when there aren't enough guns), and then throws them into the maw of the enemy. Originally a measure brought about by the German Anarchy, Schörner claimed the draft would be disbanded after his victory... but makes it clear soon after it was all a lie, as the Volkssturm get drafted into every war that Schörner's Reich gets into afterwards (such as the invasion of Italy).
  • Cool, but Inefficient: The Wunderwaffe is essentially this.
  • Cover Album: The music mod for New Order partially consists of covers of popular music of the 1960s-1980s.
  • The Coup:
    • If Göring's Germany can't win the German Civil War in a satisfactory time, the Wehrmacht generals with Ferdinand Schörner at the helm can decide that they don't need Göring anymore.
    • Ngo Dinh Diem can launch "the Night of the Truncheon" and kill the Emperor Bao Dai together with over a hundred government officials, completely consolidating his iron grip over Vietnam.
  • Crapsack World: As a result of the total Axis victory, the power balance of the world had dramatically shifted towards the oppressive side, with brutal and oppressive leaders becoming the new norm across the world. Despite this, political instability is 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 had became 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, rampant deaths due caused by starvation and disease, and the endless and indiscriminate Luftwaffe terror bombing campaign, who use civilian structures for target practice.
    • Reichskommissariat Kaukasia is an oppressive state under the leadership of Nazi Reichskommissar Josias, and his unrestricted industrial development absolutely decimated the environment, causing endless smog that makes life unbearable.
    • Ordenstaat 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 gone utterly insane. Believing Nazism was too far left, he created an extreme Spartanist ideology, which he calls the Burgundian System, and, after his attempted coup against the Reich failed, created Burgundy as a state to implement his brand of insanity. Burgundy is a Nineteen Eighty-Four styled dystopia where the SS maintains a tight grip on the lifestyle of every citizen through mass surveillance and extreme punishment, the Spartanist lifestyle prohibits any societal excesses and freedoms, and has the Nazi tenents of racism and slavery 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 North 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 still remains in the area have 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. In the long run, he might take over all of the RKs in Africa and head straight down the path of Ultranationalism.
  • Critical Failure: Bormann's path involves a branch where he can pump money into the Wunderwaffe in hopes of developing new and powerful technology, such as converting lead into gold and landing on Mars (in the sixties!). As one would expect, these usually go disastrously wrong.
  • Cruel Mercy: As the victor of the Civil War, a lot of Heydrich's focuses concern this sort of "benevolence". The soldiers are denied their pensions and turned into penal units, but are spared the purges that he foists on the officers and may someday be forgiven. The wealthy are allowed to live...so that they may serve as the model examples of the Spartanist lifestyle, their prosperity confiscated by the state. The students, if Heydrich does not simply execute them all, are instead sent to the slave camps to serve alongside those they fought for. Denmark, Bohemia, and Poland are subjected to military invasion, but are not purged as the rest of the rebellious puppets are.
  • 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.
    • Diem's Vietnam also installs a cult of personality, but one based more on the Kim's of North Korea.
  • 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 isn't counting the fact that Burgundy starts the game as the 4th strongest military in the world, hardly beat out by Germany, and gets a healthy amount of modifiers during the war to boot. To make it even worse, the mod isn't set up to handle France managing to hold off Burgundy (just for starters much of France's focus tree is unlocked by the defeat), so if/when a player manages to pull it off it breaks things in the mod.
  • 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.
    • If Germany falls into anarchy as a result of the German Civil War, Speidel may attack the other factions and attempt to restore order on his own.
    • If Speer takes too long to win, a far-left coalition of Communists and Socialists will launch a coup against him, which could lead to them taking over his faction or appearing in the civil war as a faction themselves, and they can win against the other factions.
  • 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".
  • Deal with the Devil: The British resistance can seek foreign support to build up strength for the eventual revolution. There are three main options for foreign contacts, the first two of which are the US and Japan. However, their distance and reluctance to piss off Germany makes their aid unreliable. This leaves the third option... make a deal with Himmler. Being so close, possessing one of the most powerful military forces in Europe and having a vested interest in destabilizing the German world order, Himmler seems like a pragmatic option for the resistance to take aid from. Of course, working with Himmler brings them under the influence of his schemes, and if they do not carefully contain his influence in their movement, the resistance may just fall for Himmler's schemes.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 here. 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.
  • 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 Ordenstaat Burgundy, he decided Nazi Germany was too far left 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.
  • Different World, Different Movies:
    • Star Wars can still be released in 1977, with some major differences from the OTL movie, depending on political (for example, the Death Star can become an allusion to Göring 's Sun Gun) and practical (like if George Lucas isn't allowed to go to Tunisia, he will go to Guatemala and make Yavin IV the home planet of Luke Skywalker instead of Tatooine) circumstances.
    • Captain America was largely forgotten after the US suffered a humiliating defeat in World War II, but Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revive the First Avenger in the 60s for the young American generation, featuring him in stories that involve enemies of America as the main villains, like 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.
    • 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.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: While you can bring the war to the bitter end as any side in the South African conflict, the best outcome for the OFN or Afrika Schild is to make ceasefire on their terms, since otherwise keeping peace on newly-acquired territories will be a far more difficult task than winning the war for either side.
  • 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 over-expectations for his new toy...
  • 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 others and become Führer... bad things will happen. However, it seems that while Heydrich is a supporter of Himmler's Burgundian System, he is unaware of Himmler's true intention.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Heinrich Himmler if Reinhard Heydrich wins the German civil war. Although Ordenstaat Burgund is technically part of the Reich, and Himmler is technically subservient to the Führer, Heydrich is strongly advised to fulfill Himmler's many requests. Further represented by the fact that Heydrich's Germany ends up depicted in-game as a puppet of Burgundy.
  • The Dreaded: Oskar Dirlewanger, the leader of Black Bandits in the Urals, is as hated as he is feared.
  • 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: 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 all aspects of civilian life around militarism and spartanism. 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 surviving Aryans to rebuild civilization on the ruins of the old world.
  • Dystopian Edict: Heydrich can issue a "One Child Policy", which allows every German family to raise their first for themselves, with all subsequent ones being considered party property to be sent to work in the military or industry when they grow up.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Reichskommissar Siegfried Müller of Zentralafrika loves to hunt for the most exotic and rarest animals of Africa so much, he often disregards his duties as a ruler of country so he can shoot another elephant.
  • Emperor Scientist:
    • Trofim Lysenko of Magnitogorsk, a former Soviet biologist and ardent believer in Lamarck's theories, who took over a small mining city with his small group of scientific supporters and performs all kinds of unethical experiments on humans in order to defeat the Germans.
    • Aleksander Burba of Orenburg is a much saner example. A talented engineer, he is responsible for rebuilding the city after the war and turning it into the Venice of West Russia. If he takes charge in Orenburg, he will try to transform Orenburg into a shining beacon in the wasteland and reform the Orenburg Communes into a representative democracy, heavily influenced by engineers and scientists.
  • Empty Quiver: The German Civil War affords Himmler the chance to raid German nuclear stockpiles, assisted by Heydrich. Should Heydrich actually win the war, he will continue to deliver German nukes to SS Burgund, making them a major nuclear power and greatly advancing Himmler's ambitions.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • If Heydrich is on his way to winning the German Civil War, there's a chance for this to be triggered between Speer, Bormann, and Göring in the form of a temporary coalition as they and the entire world would prefer any other outcome than his and Himmler's victory.
    • If Germany threatens the Russian warlords, they can set aside their disagreements and temporarily unite their military forces to resist the Nazi forces.
    • Speer's less internationalist, more pragmatic foreign policy route has him seek a downplayed version of this — he will seek détente with the USA, and by extension the OFN, so as to allow both sides to focus on their common enemy, Japan.
  • The Evils of Free Will: A core belief of Heydrich's is that liberalism and democracy is tyranny in and of itself and that a dictatorship firmly guiding the people is the only way towards a more perfect, safer, and happier society for all involved. As long as they don't step out of line, at least.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Nearly everybody fair or foul recognizes that Himmler is dangerously insane and will only work with him out of desperate necessity. Even within Nazi Germany itself he is recognized as a rogue element protected only by Hitler's sympathies, and his candidate for succession Reinhard Heydrich has no genuine public support. This goes so far that if Heydrich is made successor, the Reichstag will break with Hitler's orders and only confirm his position by the space of a few votes instead of the expected unanimous agreement that all other candidates receive.
    • If Ngo Dinh Diem, the Nazi leader of Vietnam, goes too far with his "reforms", the Japanese will demand that he put an end to his "mindless violence" or they will invade Vietnam.
  • Evil Colonialist: Reichskommissar Hans Hüttig is the most ruthless Nazi colonial ruler in Africa, ruling Reichskommissariat Ostafrika as a concentration camp.
  • Evil vs. Evil:
    • Germany is engaged in a Cold War not only with the US, but also with its former ally, Imperial Japan, whom has carved out an empire in Asia.
    • In the German Civil War, even the least bad side (Speer's forces) are still Nazis, if less brutal ones than the other sides, and the only non-Nazi side, a communist takeover of Speer's forces, may have to engage in even more purges than Heydrich to stabilize their victory.
    • Dirlewanger, one of the vilest Nazis both in the OTL and in TNO and the ruthless Bandit King of Western Russia, will likely go to war with Trofim Lysenko, a Lamarckian Soviet scientist who had gone batshit insane and abducts entire villages of civilians for cruel human experimentation.
    • In another round of Evil vs. Evil for Dirlewanger, if his conquest of the Urals goes as planned, he may seek to push further west and come into conflict with Nazi Germany and its assorted Reichskommissariats.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Bormann's political ambitions to reassert Nazi control over Europe inevitably put him in conflict with Himmler, whom wants to destroy the world through nuclear war. This could lead to a Nazi invasion of Ordenstaat Burgundy or Burgundy being cut off internationally.
  • Failure Is the Only Option:
    • Bormann:
      • Before re-tool: If Bormann wins the civil war and takes power, there is nothing he can do to save the Reich unless the player purposely does not go down most of his focuses. Instead, most of his focuses worsen the problems already faced by the Reich in the first place, thereby setting the stage for a greater collapse down the road. This is because Bormann himself believes the Reich is as powerful as ever and outright denies many of the structural and economic problems plaguing it.
      • After re-tool: Borman is now a Gorbachev-like equivalent to the Reich who thinks that it can be fixed without rocking the boat too much, but his reforms and improvements are nowhere near enough pull out Germany out of the death spiral, and a competent player at best can only delay the collapse to the post-game epilogue.
    • Similarly, there is no ultimate victory condition for Göring. Even if he brings to heel the entire European continent, his military adventures will sooner or later put him in direct conflict with the US and Japan, which can end only in nuclear war and the destruction of both the Reich and human civilization in the process.
    • In many cases to do with Himmler, it is impossible to stop his designs, as befits a character designated as the diabolical mastermind of the mod and so endowed with the ability to bypass the reality that hit the Nazis after their victory and get the benefits but not negatives of ruling the kind of state Burgundy is — for example, it is impossible to stop him from stealing German nukes.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: Germany's existence writ large since WWII has been one of suffering the consequences of victory, culminating in the crisis at the start of the game. Should Bormann win the civil war this will only intensify. Speer's Fascist path is a twist on it in that it is relatively efficient compared to what the various National Socialist, Ultranationalist, and Spartanist candidates have to offer (IE, stagnation and/or repression). The entire point of Speer's arch is arguably that Nazism is so inefficient that moving away from it is the only way to truly save the Reich from destruction. Speer's reforms are successful not because of the inherent superiority of Speer's moderate Fascism, but rather because the mere act of leaving the Nazi system behind is an instant improvement for the country's politics and economy.
  • Fictional Political Party:
    • After the Democratic Party was disgraced for the failures during World War II and vanished from the American political scene, the newly-founded National Progressive Party, a broad coalition of left-wing and right-wing hawkish movements, with Socialists and Fascists as a fringe minority, took its former place.
    • Meanwhile, the Republican Party merged with those Democrats who refused to affiliate with the new party, forming the Republican-Democratic Party.
  • Fictional United Nations: Nothing like the United Nations exists when the game beginsnote , but one of Speer's diplomatic paths is spearheading the creation of the Koalition der Nationen, a clear analogue to the UN to the point of potentially having a security council of the most powerful members.
  • Final Solution: The actual Final Solution was stopped after the German officials realized it is much more effective for the ruined post-war economy to use "sub-humans" and "degenerates" as a slave workforce than simply exterminating them. However, Himmler seeks to relaunch it by extermination all other races through nuclear war.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: The Aryan Brotherhood in Russia, a group of people who became so fascinated with the Nazi Germany, they started to imitate it in every aspect of life, including the ideology.
  • Forever War: Hermann Göring's reasons that, since the Reich was it its peak during WWII, the best way to restore Germany to its former glory is to wage war against everyone forever.
  • For Science!:
    • All of the Führer successors can do this to an extent, but none of them compare to Martin Bormann, who can throw excessive amounts of money at German scientists to research insane projects such as turning lead into gold and launching a mission to Mars in the 1960's, all of which at best have the slimmest chance of doing something marginally useful and at worst just blow up and kill the research team.
    • Lysenko and his technocratic elite of Magnitogorsk believe that their human experiments help to advance the humanity and can open the way to create human supersoldiers, but for the most people it's a little more than excuse for kidnapping and torture of innocent men, women and children.
  • From Bad to Worse: Germany's civil war is already a terrible event that severely damages the Reich, but should it last too long the country shall fall into total chaos - the German Anarchy. If this happens, things start to get really crazy.
    • Goering may get overthrown by some of his dissatisfied generals, who will then form the Government of National Reconstruction led by Ferdinand Schörner. Schörner, as the leader of newly founded military junta, will try to impose the conscription law for all Germans and organize militias of masses of untrained civilians into the Volkssturm, building his road to victory on the countless bodies of poorly armed men, women and even children.
    • Speer may face a surprise insurrection from the far-leftist wing of his former supporters, who rise up in a Communist revolt as the German Socialist Republic (DSR). These Communists may end up even worse than the Nazis themselves, given that their conquest of a nation so devoted to National Socialism will probably require an extreme amount of purging to remove counterrevolutionary elements.
    • Heydrich may get killed by Himmler for his failure to win the war in a satisfactory time. This takes him out of the war, but Himmler and Burgundy annex the Rhineland.
    • Worst of all is that any one of the factions can decide that launching their nuclear arsenal at their opponents is their only chance of winning the war. If this happens, any chance of Germany returning to its former power is gone as the country is turned into a radioactive failed state.
    • Witnessing all this, Speidel and Rommel may decide that their neutrality in Germania has gone on long enough and mobilize their forces to strike all four factions and attempt to restore order to Germany. Though they have only a small force, theirs is still fully equipped and fresh while all the other factions have been worn down by years of fighting and possible nuclear devastation, meaning that they stand a chance of victory.
  • The Fundamentalist: Nikolai Zabelkin was once an ordinary bandit warlord in Kostanay in Kazakhstan, before he was captured by rival bandits and left to rot in deserts. He survived the experience, but through his suffering he rediscovered God and decided to remake his domain in conformity to His will and launch a holy war against infidels who control the rest of Kazakhstan.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The resistance against the collaborator regime in England is known as Her Majesty's Most Loyal Resistance (HMMLR). If they make a deal with SS-Burgundy for support for an ambiguous price.
  • Future Imperfect:
    • One of the post-apocalyptic events tells a story about descendants of the German soldiers in Central Africa who settle around the northern coast of Africa and whose leader names himself after the legendary warrior and God-King Desert Fox, who once conquered the deserts.
    • In another event, some native tribe fills abandoned New York City and discovers the untouched Empire State Building, which they believe to be the centre of some ancient Empire, and make the building the capital of their own state, naming their new Empire appropriately the Empire State.
  • Gaia's Lament: Heavy industrial development and mining works under Reichskommissar Josias made Kaukasia one of the most polluted nations in the world, complete with a constant smog filling the country and neighbors, making life in Kaukasia even more unbearable for the oppressed native population.
  • General Ripper: Ferdinand Schörner, who can come to power after an anti-Göring military coup during the German Civil War, is insane enough to be classified as an Ultranationalist in the mod. A militarist dictator, Schörner holds the belief that every man, woman and child is duty-bound to be conscripted and die for Germany and anyone who can't hold a rifle has to be shot.
  • Ghostapo: Some German adherents of the Burgundian System, influenced by Himmler's personal quirks, have a special interest in the occult and mystic practices. One of them, Reichskommissar Josias of Kaukasia, can even launch expeditions in search of magical and powerful artifacts of the ancient past.
  • Godzilla Threshold: When the Civil War reaches the point of Anarchy, every participator in the war can take the most desperate means, including nuclear attacks on their enemies, conscripting every civilian (for former Göring's Germany under Schörner) and even proclaiming the Communist revolution (for a breakaway state from Speer's Germany). Even Germania under Speidel, which starts as The Neutral Zone, can declare war upon all contenders just to put an end to the continuous bloodshed.
  • Going Native: Post-apocalyptic events describe how the survivors of the nuclear destruction and their descendants are starting adopt the tribal way of life, travel across the wastes, form tribal federations, wage wars with other tribes and explore the ruins of the modern world. What was once known as human civilization is destroyed, but life continues on...
  • Government Drug Enforcement: Under Diem's regime, Vietnam becomes one big opium plantation and heroin factory, which potentially can single-handedly create a heroin epidemic in Southeast Asia.
  • Government in Exile:
    • Queen Elizabeth II and the British Government in Exile are still being fostered by the Canadian government, and most of the nations of the Isles have a path to try and restore them to power.
    • Free France still has some remnants of the French colonial empire, but otherwise acts as a claimant government-in-exile of France.
  • Great Offscreen War:
    • Aside from alternate WWII, there was a West Russian Revolutionary War in the 50s between Germany and the warlord state of the West Russian Revolutionary Front (supported by the US and Japan to prevent the German expansion outside of Europe) which expanded into territories of RK Moskowien and intended to reclaim the entirety of Russia. Germany emerged victorious in the war and pushed the West Russians beyond the A-A Line, but the price for victory was too high for the Reich.
    • The in-game British revolution is referred to as the third Battle of London, and several mentions are made to a poorly run, disastrous rebellion in the 50s that nearly led to England being utterly destroyed and as the largest reason the Cornwall Garrison still exists.
  • The Gulag:
    • Germany's concentration camps ended up developing a system of not-as-lethal slave camps not dissimilar to the historical Gulags, after economic insolvency rendered extermination unpopular in the 50s.
    • On the reverse, several Soviet gulags liberated themselves after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the former guards and prisoners united to form the Ural League, with many of their former prisons being converted into formidable military fortifications.
  • He Who Fights Monsters:
    • Some of the Russian warlords have adopted extreme ideologies in their desire to reunify Russia and take revenge on Germany. While none of them actually adopt Nazism (as doing so would mean bowing down to Germany, a big no-no for these revanchist warlords), some of their ideologies are so extreme that they're comparable to and in some cases even worse than Nazism.
    • For 20 years of guerrilla warfare against the Nazi occupiers in Ostland, Jewish partisan Abba Kovner became as vindictive and brutal as Nazis he swore to fight against, putting genocide of Germans as his sole purpose of existence.
  • Historical Villain Downgrade: Heydrich is through-and-through a puppet of Heinrich Himmler. In reality, Himmler is said to have feared Heydrich, who was his ambitious and ruthless Hypercompetent Sidekick and second-in-command. If anything, the reverse is a more probable scenario.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade:
    • Heinrich Himmler, while already being one of the worst Nazis in our world, is elevated to the point of being even worse than Hitler himself. A full on Manipulative Bastard who creates a form of Nazism that's more extreme than Nazism, and who pulls at the strings of world politics all in the name of causing nuclear apocalypse, he is if anything more genocidal and warlike than the real deal, even taking the timeline alterations into account. Himmler serves as the true main antagonist of the mod.
    • Hermann Göring terrifies even his own men and decides to start a war with the rest of the world. While the real Göring was an amoral, self-serving kleptocrat who committed crimes against humanity for his own gain, he was one of the more jovial and laid-back members of the Nazi inner circle. He was also exceptionally good-humored for being a top-ranking autocrat in an authoritarian government, as he enjoyed hearing the jokes the German people would make about him (even ones directed at his weight), merely viewing it as evidence of his popularity.note 
    • The leaders of the Red Army Faction in real life lead the Deutsche Sozialistische Republik in TNO. In real life, the RAF was a far-left militant group responsible for 34 deaths and many more bombings. In TNO, the RAF leaders are even more radical and violent, and DSR under their rule will engage in a positively brutal Reign of Terror that rivals the worst excesses of the Khmer Rouge.
    • Related the above, Ulrike Meinhof in real life was a subordinate to Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, the real leaders of the RAF. Her role was overstated by the media and led to the nickname Baader-Meinhof Group. In TNO however, she is the unambiguous head of state of the DSR, with even Andreas Baader being under her.
    • A lot of the more radical and brutal post-Soviet warlords are based on obscure Soviet veterans (many of which are Heroes of the Soviet Union recipients) with largely unknown real-life personalities. Leaders fitting this description include Mikhail Antipin of Gaynskiy, Alexander Medvedev (Andreas Maier) of the Aryan Brotherhood, Nikolai Onoprienko of Khromtau, Nikolai Zabelkin of Kostanay, Abu Dusukhambetov (Abu Khan) of Kokshetau, and Safa Gazizov of Aktau. There is also a case of "clearly gone insane" in the form of Rurik II of Kemerovo, formerly Soviet general Nikolay Krylov.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: Nixon's administration can employ comparisons with Hitler as a smear tactic against the NPP.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When cornered by fighters from the Ural League in his laboratory, Trofim Lysenko can try and release his human experiments, claiming they are now super soldiers and will protect him to the last. They rip him to shreds instead.
  • Home Guard: The English Home Guard fought bravely during the war, and still remains active under the Collaborators as the nation's self defense force.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: To get collaborationist France's focus tree unlocked, you have to suffer defeat during the invasion by Himmler's Burgundy first, which starts right after the beginning of the German Civil War. Given absolute military superiority of Burgundy in terms of numbers, training and organization over the French State, you won't miss it.
  • Hostile Terraforming: Shortly after their victory in the war, the Germans embarked on the Atlantropa project, an effort to reshape Europe and Africa by creating four new dams: one in the Strait of Gibraltar, one between Sicily and Tunisia, one in the Dardanelles, and one in the Congo River. The result of the four dams lowered the Mediterranean water level, creating a huge desert in what used to be the Adriatic Sea, and created a huge lake in the Congo Basin.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: German bomber pilots utilize defenseless civilian centers in West Africa and the remains of Russia as target practice.
  • Identical Stranger: Wolofia (Senegal analogue) and Trarza (Mauritania analogue) have the same yellow-star-and-crescent-on-green flag, the only difference being that Trarza's star and crescent is a tiny bit smaller.
  • I Have Your Wife:
    • If Heydrich tracks the Wehrmacht officers for their treason and incompetence after the civil war, he won't spare their families as well.
    • During the Anarchy, Göring threatens to those workers who don't fulfill their quotas not only with their execution, but with killing of their families as well.
  • Inevitable Mutual Betrayal:
    • The anti-Heydrich coalition that may form during the German Civil War can involve the cooperation of all other factions, but this path cannot lead to a true peace between the factions and no path can. There may only be one victor.
    • As soon as their common enemies are defeated, Dirlewanger Brigade and Magnitogorsk immediately turn on each other.
  • In Name Only: Quite a few of the Russian warlords still consider their states successors to the USSR and use Soviet symbols while allying with Voroshilov's forces, but their governments are labelled authoritarian democrat or despotist since they don't actually employ socialist policies and are straight up juntas. They do have large degrees of socialist and communist support however to reflect the possible attitudes of the people and politicians, but this is contrasted by the warlords who actually managed to implement socialist policies.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Germany was at its best during the war. So clearly the way to restore Germany to greatness is to declare war on everybody. This is Göring's plan anyway.
  • In Their Own Image: Himmler wants to set the entire world on fire of nuclear apocalypse, destroying the entire Human civilization in process, so the Aryan race, as the strongest and fittest to survive the nuclear war, can recolonize lands and build the new world for themselves.
  • Invading Refugees: The Kazakhs of eastern (former) Kazakhstan see the hundreds of thousands of Poles that were resettled there as invaders and oppressors, making the local Kazakhs a minority in their own homeland.
  • Irony: In our timeline, the US supported right-wing rebels in Latin America and elsewhere to fight against Communist and left-wing governments. In this timeline, they supply Communist rebels to fight the Nazis and other far-right governments. This goes as far as the US supports the Viet Cong against the Japanese collaborationist regime, and Castro's Cuba is mentioned to be a firm ally of the US.
  • Japan Takes Over the World: Not without hardships and sacrifices, Japan can come up as the strongest (if not the only) superpower in the world and kick out all their rivals from the world stage.
  • Karma Houdini: This is the strongest dark element of Speer winning and successfully reforming the Reich to the fullest extent possible. Although this path is obviously great for Germany and the world, it does mean that many Nazis who contributed to the horrors committed before Speer took charge will never face justice for their crimes, as Speer needs to compromise with and pardon many of them in order for his reforms to work, and Germany does not face up to the horrible crimes done in its name.
  • Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: When Arizonian priests in a post-apocalyptic event discover a pre-war nuclear missile site, they decide to ensure that no one else would ever enter and learn the true purpose of this foul place.
  • Keystone Army:
    • The entire Ordenstaat Burgundy is dependent solely on Himmler. If there is no Himmler, Burgundy will be disintegrated in no time, to everyone else's relief.
    • The personality of Dirlewanger is the only thing that unifies bandits of the Dirlewanger Brigade. If Dirlewanger dies, the further fate of the Black Bandits will be a short one, even if another bandit comes in charge.
  • King of Thieves:
    • Oskar Dirlewanger is considered the bandit king of Western Russia.
    • Abu Khan in Kokeshtau is one of the most successful bandit warlords of Kazakhstan, who models his forces after the nomad conquerors of the past, with himself as the Khan of the new Horde.
  • Klingon Promotion: It is implied that Heydrich had some... convenient deaths on his way of becoming the head of the German SS.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: One of the main purposes of the Republican-Democratic party in foreign policy is keeping America from direct military conflicts with Germany and Japan and to avoid escalation of the Cold War into "hot" as long as it ever possible. Since, according to CIA reports, Germany and Japan are slowly deteriorating and will likely collapse by themselves in 70s and 80s respectively, the R-D governing elite hopes to peacefully reclaim the captured ports and force back all the rival superpowers afterwards. However, the National Progressive Party has a different opinion on this matter...
  • La Résistance: Speer's faction in the German Civil War has the advantage of wide popular support, leading to spontaneous militia uprisings in German cities no matter which faction controls them. The leftist subfaction within the Speerists further takes this roll if they break with him during the German Anarchy.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Trofim Lysenko, a real-life proponent of this trope, becomes even more obsessed with Lamarck's ideas, believing that not only grains can grow better under extreme duress, but humans can do it too. And he has a lot of them to experiment on for his theory...
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: If in power, Bormann can create elite "Red Squadrons" for the Luftwaffe, which are elite pilots trained in the tactics perfected by the Red Baron during World War I.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Most of Europe is dominated by these, most noticeably England, where the Collaborators are the only party and the nation maintains a German military garrison, which itself is hardly holding on for survival.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black:
    • Albert Speer, though still a Nazi, is the only candidate to succeed Hitler who has a realistic chance of bringing Germany off the path of inhumanity and averting WW3. If successful, he can free the enslaved populations, restore native rule to the Reichskommissariats, pull Kaukasus into line one way or another, found a badly-needed analogue to the United Nations, and confront Himmler directly. Even so, at his lightest he remains an authoritarian democrat and is most likely to be a fascist in the Italian manner instead.
    • Alfred Rosenberg and Theodor Oberländer are this for the Reichskommissariat Ukraine. While Rosenberg is still a Nazi and one of the chief ideologues of Nazi racial theory historically, he views the Slavs as Aryans themselves instead of subhumans to be enslaved or exterminated. Assuming his coup against the government of Reichskommissariat Ukraine succeeds, he can improve the living conditions of Slavs in the Ukraine, and he can liberate other Reichskommissariats in the East in order to form a Slavic-German state. Theodor Oberländer (a former staunch supporter of the Reich), on his part, has become disillusioned with Nazi ideology, and if he succeeds Erich Koch as Reichkommissar of Ukraine can either invite Rosenberg in to take over (bypassing the need for Rosenberg to launch a coup) or go for a less ambitious programme that leaves the rest of the Reichskommissariats untouched but moderates, liberalizes and expands Ukrainian political influence in Reichskommissariat Ukraine to the point of Ukrainian rule over Ukraine being a possibility.
    • Assuming Alfred Rosenberg and Theodor Oberländer are seen as being light enough to cross over to dark grey, Alfred Freuenfeld steps into this role amongst potential leaders of Reichskommissariat Ukraine, being more-or-less the status quo candidate, aside from wanting direct control of Crimea — which in the Ukrainian context means he's open to making deals with Ukrainian collaborators, and has no real plans to launch major purges to bring Burgundian System (a surviving Erich Koch's plan) or brutally escalate Germanization and seize the Generalgouvernment for more slaves if the Reich falters (Hans-Adolf Prützmann's plan).
    • While the Co-Prosperity Sphere is controlled by an Imperialist Japan, Japan's rule is overall less brutal than Nazi Germany's rule over Europe (though this is in part due to Japan's own struggles with control). Nations under the Co-Prosperity Sphere generally have fewer overtly horrific paths to go down, and more opportunities for peaceful reforms.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: TNO features a humongous list of nations at the start of the game, all playable with their own focus trees and events. Depending on the events of the game, successor states and breakaway states can multiply the number of playable nations by several times. The former Soviet Union alone has almost 70 existing and formable nations.
  • Long List: In a Dirlewanger Brigade's event about missing men, there is a long list of factors that could explain differences from a regular number of the brigade, but still don't explain such large numbers of missing men.
    Even accounting for administrative incompetence, desertions, routine disappearances, bear attacks, stray German bombs, communist raids, executions, poxes, frostbite, trips, falls, suicides, bonfire accidents, loot disputes, the common cold, black plague, flu, food poisoning, alcohol poisoning, regular poisoning, irregular poisoning, assassination, STDs, heat stroke, hypothermia, rockslides, science experiments gone wrong, science experiments gone to plan, kidnapping, dog attacks, rabies, aggressive reindeer, raid casualties, gambling arguments, race wars, building collapses, spontaneous combustion, vehicle collisions, shooting competition misfires, target practice, infected wounds, the occasional killing on accident, the much more common killing for fun, stabbings, shootings, Prussian cavalry sabre rampages, crate crushings, lynchings, brain aneurysms, slave revolts, duels, and the general inability for most bandits in the brigade to count past the number of years they’ve lived, this statistic is still far out of the ordinary.
  • Lottery of Doom: In the best Roman traditions of decimation, Heydrich can order execution of every tenth Wehrmacht officer after the Civil War as a measure of punishment for their betrayal of the new Führer.
  • Mad Scientist: Trofim Lysenko, a brilliant yet delusional and immoral biologist, who took over the city of Magnitogorsk in order to kidnap and experiment on the local people. In the mod proper, Magnitogorsk under Lysenko starts with a "Mad Scientist" spirit, which lowers research time and improves defenses for the country but decreases the growth of manpower.
  • Make the Bear Angry Again: A variation. After being teared apart by warlordism following the German defeat for over 20 years, Russia can emerge as a strong and united power once again and become vindictive against Germany and, to a lesser extent, Japan.
  • Man on Fire: If caught by Kovner's partisans, Drechsler of Ostland is killed by immolation.
  • Mighty Whitey: In post-apocalyptic events, former Reichskommissar Siegfried Müller becomes a member of an African hunter tribe, which he teaches how to hunt, how to make fearsome weapons and tells them about his glorious hunting adventures. After his death, Müller becomes a legend for the tribe, believed to be a guardian spirit.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Himmler sees all the non-Aryans that populate most of the world and wants to exterminate all of them. To this end, he manipulates powers in an attempt to trigger a nuclear war to kill everyone.
  • Monumental Damage:
    • Speer, Göring and Heydrich have an option to demolish the Volkshalle in Germania and put the material for another use. In addition to that, Heydrich can completely remodel the Reichstag to make it more spartanist and demolish other historical monuments, putting monuments to himself and the SS instead.
    • One of the first things that Schörner does after overthrowing Göring during the Civil War is launching artillery attacks on the German historical monuments in order to exterminate every single soldier nearby.
  • Monochrome to Color: Most of the event pictures in the first years of the game are black and white, but as the time goes on, more and more pictures become colorized. By the end of the 70s, almost all event pictures are colorized.
  • Multiple Endings: Depending on the events in game and choices made by the player, the world can end up in a variety of situations.
    • In the worst case scenario, Himmler succeeds in his plans and brings about a nuclear war that causes the total devastation of human civilization. Not fun for anyone involved, except maybe the player. Alternatively, Heydrich successfully reunifies the Greater German Reich, turning Germany and colonies into one big concentration camp, or Goering manages to re-assert control over Europe militarily and successfully turn Germany into a nation economically powered by warfare that can continue to plague the world for decades to come. Various events outside of German borders may also tip the Balance of Power in favor of the Nazis, such as the Nazi collaborators maintaining control of London or the resistance being killed off by Himmler assuming he exerts too much influence on them, as well as America being taken over by the far-right wing or Yockeys of the National Progressive Party, allying with Germany against Japan.
    • In the best case scenario, Speer reforms the Reich into a halfway decent country, or perhaps the German nightmare finally just crumbles under Bormann or Göring. The Japanese Empire falls apart, the British throw off the shackles of the German garrison, America returns stronger than ever and Russia is restored to some semblance of its former glory. It is a bright new world, but one marred by such sorrow created by the evils of old.
    • Any other myriad of outcomes both good and bad.
    • Old World Blues features ending slides which tell about the outcomes of your actions taken during the game. Some of them tell about the relationship between a victorious Ural state and the rest of Russia and what is about to come.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In Hearts of Iron IV, focus trees are generally used for managing the development of player's nation. In the New Order, focus trees can be used to represent trivial yet still very impactful processes, like organization of state-level parties.
    • The opening tree for Egypt consists of nothing but of King Farouk's most luxurious adventures across the globe. Dealing with the economic impact from it, however, becomes an issue of the Egyptian king's successor.
    • One of Manchuria's trees is focused on the organization of the Chinese Economic Union Conference, with player having to pick focuses about choosing the music for performance, inviting speakers for the conference, bringing food and so on. Like Farouk's adventures, this can prove to be a heavy burden for the Manchurian economy.
  • Murder by Mistake: After the Assassination Attempt on Hitler, several assassination plots against government officials prematurely fire, since their planners assumed that the Führer had been killed and aimed to seize power.
  • Mutually Assured Destruction: Triggered when the core territories of a nuclear state are occupied by foreign forces. The exact degree of response and whether a threat actually proceeds to a launch comes down to event decisions, but there is a very high risk of escalation into apocalypse.

    N-Z 
  • 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.
    • Aktau in Kazakhstan stands on the principles of hatred to foreigners (especially to the Russians and Poles) and devoted loyalty to their Glorious Leader, Safa Gazizov.
    • Ba'athists in the Arabic world have little to no German influence, yet their nationalist and populist rhetoric makes an almost literal case for National Socialism, under which they are classified in the mod.
  • 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 started to actively utilize forced labor to fix the crumbling economy, it is common for an ordinary German to not have any job and 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 got advantage from being neutral during the worst conflicts on the continent, won't enjoy their benefits for too long.
    • If the German Civil War drags on too long, Germania may break their neutrality and try to end the chaos themselves.
  • 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: Existing as Free France. As Germany annexed most of the French colonies in North Africa or bombed them into the Stone Age, the only territory which the French Resistance managed to withhold is a small part of the Ivory Coast. As such, mere survival and reclaiming the lost possessions in Africa, let alone returning to the French mainland, would be a Herculean task for player.
  • Nonstandard Game Over: Aside from being annexed by another country, The New Order also has a start of nuclear war as another game over. Of course, if you're playing as Himmler, this is your victory condition.
  • Noodle Incident: The so-called "Sicily Incident" was so utterly dreadful that all the nations involved dare not speak of it. To that end, the actual events that transpired in the Incident are deliberately left vague by the mod.
  • 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).
  • Ominous Fog: Smog blankets the skies of Kaukasus, represented by a special weather type and created by legions of heavy industrial processes. The effect is intentional on the part of Reichskomissar Josias.
  • Ominous Mundanity: "Burgundian System" is a mundane and euphemistic name for an unimaginably extreme form of totalitarianism which effectively turns an entire 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 fascist. 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.
  • Operation: [Blank]: Göring is very fond of naming his military campaigns. Operation Isabella, Operation Herkules, Operation Sea Lion II, Fall Rockwell...
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • Some of the Russian warlords can adopt National Socialism and even Ultranationalism, 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.
  • 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.
    • A city that was known as Stalingrad during real World War II is now renamed into Paulusburg. 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.
    • The exiled Poles of Nowa Polska have renamed the city of Oral to Nowa Warszawa.
  • Point of Divergence: Stalin loses the power struggles to Bukharin in the 20's, who 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 unready for war.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In a world where fascism is the dominant ideology, racial hatred and genocide are commonplace.
  • The Promised Land:
  • Precision F-Strike: One of the Ostafrikan tres ends with a focus named "Everyone is Fucking Useless".
  • 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.
  • 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 and directly takes orders from real Emperor Hirohito.
  • Puppet State: Most of Europe and Asia starts as this to Germany and Japan respectively.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Should the German Anarchy be triggered, whoever is the last man standing will be left with total control of a devastated, famine-riddled, potentially radioactive German Reich. And that person may be Bormann or Heydrich.
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits:
    • The British 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.
  • 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. The whole debacle has caused the three Mediterranean powers to turn on Germany and form their own faction, the Triumvirate.
    • If the communists manage to win the German Civil War, they face rule over a nation that has known over 30 years of harsh Nazi rule and vigorous anti-communism. To stabilize the Deutsche Sozialistische Republik, the communists will need to engage in levels of purging of reactionary elements that rival or possibly even exceed the scope of the purging of "undesirables" that Ultranazis would engage in (especially as the circumstances of their emergence means that the DSR is hated by many of the other German anti-Nazis for killing Speer). To top it off, the DSR's leadership is dominated by students without any experience in actually governing. It also turns out due to decades of vigorous censorship by the Nazis, the DSR in fact have little idea of communist rule should look like outside of scattered black market Marxist texts and viciously anti-communist Nazi propaganda. Their utterly brutal style of governing leads to actual communist nations fiercely denouncing them.
    • Many focuses of the democratic Socialist Indian government seem very attractive at the beginning: complete abolishment of the caste system, universal healthcare, full workers' rights... Unfortunately, such hasty attempts at radical changes tend to produce some unexpected and undesirable results. Even though the Socialist government in India can achieve its goals in one form or another, it usually takes much longer time for their reforms than just one focus.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reference Overdosed: A good portion of Dirlewanger's death events consists of references to many other fiction works, up to Whole Plot References.
  • 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, many of whom claim to be the rightful rulers of Russia and who can potentially make a push to reclaim their country if the occupying powers grow weak enough.
      • The West Russian Revolutionary Front was once powerful enough to wage war against Germany in 50s and try to reclaim Moskowien, but it was defeated and since then their territory was reduced to Arkhangelsk with a loose control over several other warlord states, like Zhukov's Ukhta.
      • Kyzyl Orda claims to be the remnant of the Kazakh SSR and if they successfully reunite Kazakhstan, they can move to the Russian lands in order to restore the Soviet Union.
      • Magnitogorsk became a refuge for a group of Soviet scientists and former NKVD division, that still believes they serve the Soviet Union, even though their leader, Trofim Lysenko, is more interested in performing human experiments rather than reinstitution of the Soviet power.
      • Tajikistan is one of the few nations of Central Asia which stayed loyal to the principles of Communism and maintained the Soviet apparatus, but rather than claiming succession of the dead superpower they are waiting for a new Soviet Union to emerge and rescue their weak, poor and isolated country.
    • Free France is still fighting, although their situation is even worse. Their previous territory in North Africa was either annexed by the Axis or it's bombed daily by the Luftwaffe so hard (doesn't matter if it's actually Free French troops or a local native village) that the entire area is just labeled as "Anarchy". Their last remnants are located on Ivory Coast and they are barely holding on to that too.
  • 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 Revolution Will Not Be Civilized:
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman:
    • Claude Auchinleck and William Alexander of the British 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 rumorous ties of his family with 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.
    • Key figures of the Red Army Faction, such as Ulrike Meinhof, Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin, can lead the German Socialist Republic in the Civil War, breaking away from Speer's faction during the Anarchy.
    • Georgy Zhukov, Alexander Vasilevsky, Kliment Voroshilov and other famed Soviet generals ended up as Russian warlords in their own right.
    • Yevgeny Dragunov, designer of the SVD Dragunov sniper rifle, is the Market Liberal leader of Zlatoust, a Russian state.
    • Similarly, a map released by the developers the West Russian War implies that Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47, is a general in WRRF. In real life, Kalashnikov was only a tank commander during WW2.
    • Georgy Malenkov, the interim leader of the Soviet Union between Stalin and Khrushchev, is now a councilman in the Worker's Council of Orenburg.
  • 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 of Romanovs can be restored by certain warlords.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Some of the Russian warlords can adapt National Socialism and even Ultranationalism to their own ends, focusing instead on Slavic supremacy and 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.
  • Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue...: "Roses are Red" and "Violets are Blue" focuses for India open different paths for social democrats (alliance with the left radicals and centrists respectively) after their victory in the second Indian elections; meanwhile, "Social Democracy Rises Anew" opens the way for compromise with both factions.
  • 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 name of Unity-Pakt doesn't make sense from a linguistic perspective, since it combines an English and German word at the same time, but it's left unchanged because it sounds cool.
    • The flag of Collaborationist England is taken from Oswald Mosely's Union of Fascists. In TNO's timeline, Mosely and the Union of Fascists are an irrelevant group of exiles in Canada, but their flag is still used because the dev team thinks it looks cool.
  • 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 (if ever) until the country heals the scars of her past.
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  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: The Poles of Nowa Polska can choose their place on the scale as they try to balance their traditions and their desire to not be driven out of a second homeland. They may abandon their traditions to form a union with the other Kazakh states, for example, abandoning their long-held Catholic traditions and converting to Islam to unite with the fundamentalist Islamic state of Kostanay and gain protection against the Khanate, or they may resist that and stick it out and fight to maintain their traditions, guaranteeing war with Kostanay. Through cynical realpolitik, they may preserve the Polish people and avoid senseless bloodshed at the cost of their identity, while taking the idealistic course of action, they can hope to preserve their Polish identity, but at potentially great cost in actual Polish (and Kazakh) lives.
  • Sound Off: Khromtau can strike uranium while expanding mining as part of their crash industrialization, and the acknowledgement text for the event reads "Well, I don't know, but I've been told / Uranium ore's worth more than gold."
  • 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.
  • 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 Civil 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...
  • The Spartan Way: Spartanism is a key element of the Burgundian System, best shown in the ways Heydrich completely reforms the German society after he becomes the Führer. In Spartanism, entertainment, freedom, and excess are seen as decadent, so Heydrich completely de-urbanizes Germania, strips away all welfare, property, culture, and entertainment, and forces all the citizens 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 is regulated to militaristic basics. Laziness is equated to crime, and crime is instantly punished by permanent banishment to the slave camps. The Burgundian System believes that such a total oppression and control from the state would create a perfect race of hardworking Aryans.
  • Standard Snippet: Brief parts of musical pieces play when a super event shows up.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler:
    • Subverted. Bormann, if he takes power, tries to have German scientists commit to the creation of superweapons, super cities, and a mission to Mars as soon as possible. However, most of these efforts are useless, achieving something only marginally useful or backfiring and even leading to the deaths of the research teams assigned to said projects.
    • Also subverted with Göring, who wants to apply research purely on superweapons, including the Sun Gun. However, it's implied none of these experimental weapons will work either, 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.
  • 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 maradeurs and robbers of the Urals...
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Relationships between India under BJS and the US is essentially a love-hate relationship, even though their relationships can fare much better than under other Indian far-right regimes.
    • 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 torture and killings of German prisoners as it happens after other factions are defeated.
  • 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 secular Tsars and godless Communists failed the divine mission of Russia to protect the Orthodox faith and how they were punished for their sins, several Russian warlords, including those in Gayinskiy, 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.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In one of post-apocalyptic events, survived SS members in an Ukrainian military base decide to destroy the world again and create another nuke, before some aged man decides to kill them all (and himself) by destroying the nuke right here.
  • Timed Mission: Himmler can give Heydrich timed requests, fulfilment of which would be very advisable for the latter.
  • Totalitarian Utilitarian: The Raoists are willing to use totalitarian methods to mold the rural socialist society they want.
  • Totally Radical: To increase the fading popularity of their military regime in all but name, the American military garrison in Iceland can institute the COOL (Civilian Outreach and Opportunites for Labor) system, the purpose of which is to make the United States Forces in Iceland attractive among the youth, with usage of hip and groovy slang in official releases and adoption of many awesome symbols that surely will get the chillest Icelandic kids on-board. The failures of that system can actually lead to the creation of the first modern memes.
  • Uncertain Doom: Bukharin disappeared without a trace after the Soviet collapse. There are several versions of his further fate in the mod.
  • 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 this decision, due to Heydrich's personal unpopularity and ties with Himmler. Similarly, Heydrich has the smallest chance to win during the German Civil War, even lesser than reformer Speer.
  • Un-person: DSR tries to erase the memory of Speer, a Fascist who rallied the future DSR leader in the first place, from history.
  • 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, though perhaps Yockeys might give the slight possibility of world domination.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While Heydrich shares the same values with Himmler, he isn't aware about his ultimate goal. Yet, Heydrich still does anything for Himmler's nuclear plan to proceed as smoothly as possible and carries out any Burgundian demands, sincerely believing in Himmler's best intentions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Göring believes 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 reachieve the lost greatness.
  • 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 it absolutely botched everything after, and is on the verge of its death by 1962.
    • The core of the German Civil War is the different answers the full contendersnote  have to this. Bormann denies there is an issue and acts as if Germany is still going strong, Göring reasons that since Germany did so good during the war and then things went bad when it ended Germany should wage war on more-or-less the rest of the world, Speer wants to reform Germany and its alliance system into something more sane and coherent (with four different combinations on how far he goes) and Heydrich desires to reshape Germany into a Spartan society and reunify the Reich (but his patron, Himmler, actually desires global nuclear apocalypse).
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • You Are What You Hate: Himmler is so infatuated with the idea of Aryan supremacy that when he orders Heydrich to build a massive bunker complex in the Alps, supposedly for the SS and the German government in the face of a nuclear war, he actually plans on barring the doors to all non-Aryans of his choosing. Himself included.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zerg Rush: The small Ultranationalist state of Omsk doesn't let the ruined state of their country get in the way of their Roaring Rampage of Revenge. They're perfectly happy to throw legions of Russian soldiers armed with sticks and shovels at machine gun nests and Panzer divisions if it means they get to kill a few Germans. Given the ruinous state of Germany at the time, this strategy could actually work.

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