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Germany has dominated the world and united Europe forever under one banner! Oh no.

The New Order: Last Days of Europe is an unreleased 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 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's community can be found on Reddit and on Discord.


This Game Mod provides examples of:

  • Absolute Xenophobe: Himmler thinks that nuclear apocalypse is a worthwhile price for complete annihilation of non-Aryan races.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality:
    • The Atlantropa 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 construction of Atlantropa in just a few years (whereas realistically it would have taken decades) is one such feature, as is the very concept of Axis victory itself. However, this can be hand waved 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.
  • 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: 9 times out of 10 the result of any 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 they were broken and the Reichkomissariats were estabilished, the soviet government dissoluted and civilization broke own, everything east of Reichkomissariat Moskowien became a post-apocalyptic wasteland divided between warlords, scavengers, mercenaries and looters
  • 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. Kaukasia also fits.
    • Goering's death mirror's 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.
    • The Iberian Federation can collapse into multiple warring ethnic groups that it is supposedly an equal union of, much like Yugoslavia.
    • India is being courted by all of the various powers who see it as being of the highest strategic importance, and generally sucks up to each one only long enough to get a better offer from another, much like Egypt.
    • Many of Goering's Wunderwaffe were actually attempted by the US military.
    • The Beatles exist as a band in occupied England, and many believe they secretly have anti-government messages in their songs.
    • Speer can be assassinated by an icepick while in exile, a parallel to Trotsky.
  • 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: Nazi Germany winning WW2 and taking Europe on a ride afterwards.
  • 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 Dam wasn't just some random insane megaconstruction 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.
  • 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 an Ultranational Socialist 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 success of Göring's Reich depends on 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 Reich's economy becomes more and more unsustainable. Or if Göring suddenly dies...
  • Apocalyptic Log: The player is treated to some of these in the form of in-game events should nuclear war break out, 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.
    • One 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...
    • 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.
  • 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 Ultranational Socialism.
  • 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 falling Göring's Sun Gun and dismemberment by enraged Russian women. Such a myriad of ways to die for Dirlewanger was intentionally put by developers to make justice for one of the most despicable Nazi war criminals, both in real life and the New Order.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Heinrich Himmler, whom seeks to move the world towards nuclear war. The game revolves around not letting him to do that.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Hitler dies on his birthday, in 20 April 1962, the date which, instead of the day of major celebration, turns into the day of mournig and legitimate fear for the future of the Reich.
  • 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 to have Germany regain it's 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 himself to 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.
  • Call to Agriculture: A core tenet of Heydrich and many German Ultranational-Socialists is that the German way of life is a simple on on a farm, with a subservient wife and many children, and see urbanization as inherently immoral.
  • The Chessmaster: For achieving 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 to increasing of the world tension to the point of nuclear war.
  • 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 military should have a massive role in the government. However, the Reichstag will likely beg Speidel to stay in power, and if he agress, then 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.
  • Commie Nazis: The American National Progressive Party. Through it started as a successor to the Progressive and Socialist parties, along with the American Communist party, it was quickly infiltrated by Nazi sympathizers and now has both a far-left wing espousing Communist ideals, as well as a far-right wing espousing Strasserist (left-wing Nazism) ideals, the latter group being directly funded by the Reich, and whom 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 far-right wing of the NPF may end up in power, and impose Communist or Nazi ideals upon the American populace.
  • Conscription: While a normal part of many countries' military policy, it reaches comical levels for Ultranational Socialist Russian Warlords, whose strategy consists of mass conscription of every man, woman or child and sending them straight into German machine guns and tanks only equipped with shovels and scythes.
  • Cool, But Inefficient: The Wunderwaffe is essentially this.
  • 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 won't need Göring anymore.
    • Ngo Dinh Diem can launch "the Night of the Truncheon" and kill the Emperor Bao Dai together with over hundred government officials, completely consolidating his iron grip over Vietnam.
  • Crapsack World: A natural result of a total Axis victory.
  • 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 make every German to love his new Führer, with every German family having Göring's portrait in house or workplace.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During the German Civil War, Burgundy's invasion of the French State counts as this. France's military is forced to be nothing more than a small and disorganized militia thanks to German treaty stipulations, they have no real airforce 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 for 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, a 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, and if he does, hardly anyone outside of the SS will support Führer's will and even Reichstag confirms Hitler's decision with a margin of a few votes, instead of the unconditional support which other candidates recieve.
    • If Germany falls into anarchy as a result of the Nazi 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.
  • 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 under Himmler's direct control.
  • 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. Germany during 40s 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 himself 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 territories into Ordensstaat Burgundy in process, so he can win the war by himself.
  • 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 productional (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 than 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 on the Japanese.
    • Astro Boy still gets released both in anime and manga format, with the main focus on Astro Boy protecting the Japanese overseas territories from foreign invaders.
  • Doomsday Device: Göring's Sun Gun, a satellite system equipped with concave mirror, which, in theory, is able to concentrate rays from the sun to a small area on Earth and capable to destroy an entire city. Luckily for Reich's enemies, harsh reality won't match Göring's overexpectations for his new toy...
  • 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 Ultranational Socialist ideology, he is unaware of Himmler's true intentions.
  • The Dreaded: Oskar Dirlewanger, the leader of Black Bandits in the Urals, is as hated as feared.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Ultranational Socialists, 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, they seek to rebuild society on the principles of enforced spartanism, militarism as a major part in all aspects of human life and vigilance against any undesirables and Untermensches in the country. Or, like in Himmler's case, to obliterate the Earth in nuclear fire, leaving survived Aryans to rebuild civilization on the ruins of the old world.
  • Dystopian Edict: Heydrich can issue "One Child Policy", which allows every German family to raise their first for themsevles, with all subsequent ones being considered party property, who will be sent to work in 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 any kind 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, turning it into a Venice of West Russia, and, 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.
  • Enemy Civil War: The German civil war between the various successors of Hitler upon his death.
  • 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 Goring 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.
  • 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 from him to 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 it's 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 the Ultranational Socialists to stabilize their victory.
    • Dirlewanger, one of the vilest Nazis both OTL and in TNO and the ruthless Bandit King of Western Russia, will likely go to war with Trofim Lysenko, who has become an absolutely insane Mad Scientist, abducting random civilians or even entire villages 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 puts 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:
    • 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. Rather 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.
    • 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 the direct conflict with the US and Japan, which can end only in the nuclear war and the following destruction of the Reich and human civilization in process.
  • 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 coalition of loosely aligned political movements, from Communists to Liberals to Strasserist-type National Socialists, 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.
  • Forever War: Herman 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). Word of Godinvoked states that 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.

    Yes. The DSR will purge almost every single group in Germany. They'll in total kill more than Heydrich ever dreamed of. They'll even round up and execute all of the former Speerians, because obviously the DSR just killed their posterboy and they're not fans. Heydrich at least only purges half of the German groups as punishment, not with purging in itself as the goal, and he has some long term plans and dreams for German society and a level of competence to see that his reforms are carried through. And in the end, Heydrich, while a useless yuppy falling into evil out of a banal need to please others, does have some noble intentions at heart, dreaming of every German peacefully living on a farm somewhere with a strong and noble military to protect them.

    • 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 of factions can decide that launching his nuclear arsenal at his 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 Kustmay 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 the 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, they can possibly become little more than puppets of Himmler.
  • 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 Buidling, 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 anti-Göring military coup during the German Civil War, is insane enough to be classified as an Ultranational Socialist 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: Ultranational Socialists, 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.
  • 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 another tribes and explore the ruins of the modern world. What was once known as the human civilization is destroyed, but the 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.
  • 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 can adapt Nazi ideology and even Ultranational Socialism themselves in the efforts to reunify the Russian territories and take revenge on Germany.
  • 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, Himmler serves as the true main antagonist of the mod.
  • 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 weak militias, you won't miss it.
  • Hostile Terraforming: Shortly after their victory in the war, the Germans embarked on the Atlantropa project, an effort to dam up the Strait of Gibraltar and drain the Mediterranean Sea to create huge quantities of new land as well as create hydroelectric power. This required them to pressure their erstwhile Mediterranean allies in Spain, Italy and Turkey to accept this. The result was the total collapse of the Mediterranean economy as coastal ports suddenly found themselves miles inland and unable to trade. To make matters worse, 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 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.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: German bomber pilots utilize defenseless civilian centers in West Africa and the remains of Russia as target practice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Goring'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.
  • Istanbul (Not Constantinople):
    • Most cities in Europe have been renamed to their German equivalent, and with Soviet cities having been outright named after German Generals and leaders.
    • Berlin, the center of the new Reich, became Welthauptstadt 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 conquerers 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 Reichskommissariats untouched but moderates, liberalizes and expands Ukrainian political influence in Reichskommissariat Ukraine to the point of Ukrainan 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 Ultranational Socialism (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).
  • 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.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Ultranational-Socialism, the ideology of Himmler and his allies, starts with the premise that the Nazis were too compassionate and peaceful and goes from there. The devs have described it as wishing for a world with "more gas chambers than houses", and endless war to perfect what remains of humanity.
  • 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 , Himmler succeeds in his plans and brings about a nuclear war that causes the total devestation 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 of the National Progressive Party and them suppress any attempts to pass forward Civil Rights legislation, allying with Germany against Japan.
    • In the best case: Speer reforms the Reich into a halfway decent country, or perhaps the German nightmare finally just crumbles under Bormann or Goring. 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.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Some countries and political movements in the mod are labeled as National Socialist and even Ultranational Socialists even if they aren't directly associated with the German Nazis. One of the examples is Aktau in Kazakhstan, which stands on the principles of hatred to foreigners (especially to the Russians and Poles) and devoted loyalty to their Glorious Leader, Viktor Boychenko.
  • 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.
  • Nonstandard Game Over: Aside from being annexed by another country, The New Order also has a start of nuclear war as a 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.
  • 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, Bormann may make the decision to employ nuclear missiles against the other participants in the civil war, devastating Germany no matter the victor.
  • 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.
  • 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 and even Ultranational Socialism, so they can take revenge in the most gruesome manner upon Germany for two decades of cruelty and humilation 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.
  • Point of Divergence : Stalin loses the power struggles to Bukharin in the 20's, who continues the New Economic Program, which in turn fails and leaves the Soviet Union underindustrialized, allowing Germany to steamroll Russia during World War II. Kennedy also defeated Roosevelt in the US elections, causing the United States to still be isolationist and completely unready for war during Pearl Harbor.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In a world where fascism is the dominant ideology, racial hatred and genocide are commonplace.
  • Proxy War: Many, in true Cold War fashion. 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.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The series of Hand Waves that allowed Germany to win WWII comes to an abrupt halt almost the day the Atlantropa dam 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
      • Kyzyl Orda claims to be the remnant of the Kazakh SSR and their leader, Bauyrzhan Momyshuly, if he successfully reunites Kazakhstan, can launch military operations in 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 the succession of the dead superpower they are waiting for the new Soviet Union emerging and rescuing 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.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: One might think somewhat highly of the German Socialist Republic compared to their Nazi peers, except that Germany has been ruled by Nazism for over a generation, and turning sharply from that path will require very harsh measures, up to and including mass purges.
  • 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. And John F. Kennedy is his Vice President.
    • Rudolf Hess was executed by Nazis for treason during the German occupation of England, while Joseph Goebbels was assassinated under mysterious circumstances.
    • 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Some of the Russian warlords can adapt National Socialism and even Ultranational Socialism 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.
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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 Kustmay and gain protection against the Khanate, or they may resist that and stick it out and fight to maintain their traditions, guaranteeing war with Kustmay. 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.
  • The Spartan Way: As Führer, Heydrich principally employs a "spartanist" interpretation of Ultranational Socialism, carried out by way of mass punishment of all elements of German society for their post-WWII decadence and total life militarization.
  • 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.
  • 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 Ural Mountains, becomes one of the richest and important cities in the entire Russia (due to being untouched by the war and protected with mountains from pillagers), named "the Venice of Russia" accordingly. Unfortunately, this reputation also attracts the vilest maradeurs and robbers of the Urals...
  • 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.
  • 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. Simularly, Heydrich has the smallest chance to win during the German Civil War, even lesser than reformer Speer.
  • 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, sincerly believing in Himmler's best intentions.
  • 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 indepedent Britanny and other one third occupied by the SS Ordenstaat Burgund (The SS's personal fiefdom), with their only colony begin the city of Algiers and surroundings while the rest of Algeria was annexed by Italy. Free France got it even worse; the North African possessions were taken by Italians and the Central African were taken by the Germans, West Africa, the only remaining territory is daily bombed into oblivion as training by German pilots to prevent any threats rising, their only territory still under their effective control is the Ivory Coast.
  • 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 Communists and progressives allied with Strasserists and Nazis, 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 an outright Communist party, a Far-Right party that may or may not support the Reich, or potentially a more moderate variant of either extreme.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Adolf Hitler dies four months after the start of the game, leaving his place to be taken by the strongest.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Goring 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.
    • 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, but 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, with Lysenko acting more or less as the unchained Think Tank from the Old World Blues Bad Ending.
  • 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 use whatever means possible to gain global hegemony (but his patron, Himmler, actually desires global nuclear apocalypse).
  • 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 do this to him.
  • Zerg Rush: The Russian Nazis/Ultranazis don'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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