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The New Order: Last Days of Europe is a 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. 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. It can be downloaded here.

The year is 1962. World War II ended with a Greater Germanic Reich dominating all of Europe. France and England 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. 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 experienced a disastrous crash in the 1950's from which it has yet to recover. The Reich struggles to reassert control over its unruly eastern colonies and a massively powerful SS, which had effectively gone rogue under the leadership of Heinrich Himmler and now plots to reshape the Reich under fundamentalist National Socialism from their bastion in Ordensstaat Burgundy. The internal politics of the Nazi Party grow increasingly bitter and adversarial as Hitler's death looms, with a deep factionalism reflecting the broader rifts in German society. 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 of Germany, things are bad in the international scene and they're rapidly getting worse. The Axis alliance has collapsed amid mounting tensions and resenment. 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 failure 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. The world now hangs on a thin line that could break at any moment, with the result being nuclear war, and the death of millions. What will happen in these dark times?

The mod is loosely based on a Facepunch Alternate History RP called A New Order.The mod's community can be found on Reddit, on Discord, and on Twitter.

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


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  • 100% Heroism Rating: The Free Aviators of northern Siberia are beloved by all Russians for their resistance against the Luftwaffe's bombing campaign. Though the Aviators are themselves socialists, they are respected by almost all the warlord states regardless of ideology — even the Ultranationalist fanatics of Omsk will help them out if one of them crash lands in the state's territory, although in this case the respect is a one-way street.
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Himmler thinks that nuclear apocalypse is a worthwhile price for complete annihilation of non-Aryan races.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality:
    • The Gibraltar dam is described as being a ramshackle mess left behind by the collapsing Reich and only barely maintained by the Iberian Union. One can only imagine the sheer devastation that could be unleashed upon the Mediterranean if the dam were breached... unfortunately (or fortunately, if you are more compassionately inclined), this cannot happen in game, due to the limitations of the game engine.
    • The setting of the mod, as with most Axis-victory fiction, takes a great number of liberties with regards to realism. The completion of Atlantropa in just a few years (whereas realistically it would have taken decades) is one such feature, as is the success of Operation Sea Lion and Nazi Germany getting nuclear weapons first. However, this can be handwaved as creating a good story. And in any case, reality hits hard going into the 1950s, with the Reich coming to a point of almost being a failed state and Atlantropa being the disaster that anyone could see it to be with a moment of sensible thought.
    • The environmental damage a fully realized Atlantropa project would cause would be far greater than just creating a new desert in the Adriatic Sea. Some estimations say that if Atlantropa was fully realized, everything in Europe South of the Alps would completely desertify into an extension of the Sahara desert. Burgundy wouldn't just be an oppressive hellhole, it would be a steaming hot oppressive hellhole that is slowly turning into a desert. These parts of Atlantropa are not portrayed in the mod.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: If Oskar Dirlewanger betrays Lysenko, his looting of the Black Mountain is basically a higher-tech take on the trope, as Dirlewanger attempts to loot the great technological wealth Lysenko created.
  • After the End:
    • In some cases, the game may end in a nuclear exchange between the major powers. Nuclear warfare will cause severe penalties to nations targeted by nukes and if sufficient damage is taken, the nation will collapse into broken states as human civilization itself collapses. The majority of the gameplay revolves around trying to prevent this ... unless you're Burgundy, in which case this is your goal.
    • Already the case with the ex-USSR. After their defeat and the establishment of the Reichskommissariats in much of their former territory, the Soviet government dissolved and civilization broke down. Everything east of Reichskommissariat Moskowien has become a post-apocalyptic wasteland divided between warlords, scavengers, mercenaries and looters.
    • If nuclear war does break out, the player is treated to some post-apocalyptic flavour events, detailing the reaction of individual characters or groups to the end of the world. The events received vary depending on where in the world the player is.
      • In the American Midwest, the people emerge from bunkers like the one under Cheyenne, Wyoming. From there they embark on a nomadic lifestyle, learning to roam the land and wrangle the free-roaming horses and buffalo. Eventually they come into conflict with other tribes, form tribal federations, and make their own claims over the lands of their ancestors.
      • New York City eventually becomes the seat of the Empire State, with the eponymous building (one of the last left standing in the city) as its throne.
      • A small army of German soldiers and their families find themselves lost and abandoned in central Africa. Under the leadership of one of the last living German generals, they spend nearly two generations fighting their way north through the dense jungles and hostile tribesman who by now view the remnant Nazis as demons. Eventually they find their way up the Nile, only to reach the salt basins of the Mediterranean, with no sight of their German promised land. The grandchild of the original general forges the now mighty band of warriors into a new Kingdom in North Africa, taking the name Desert Fox after the legendary God-King he had heard stories of. This new king's exploits become feared and legendary, and eventually the characters of the old Desert Fox and the new blend together in legend.
  • Allohistorical Allusion:
    • Burgundy is an angry, insular state seen as an international pariah that's building a nuclear arsenal to ward off an invasion, just like North Korea.
    • Goering's death mirrors the death of Stalin almost exactly, down to his guards being too afraid to check on him for fear of being purged. The personality cult Goering builds is also very Stalin-esque.
    • Iberia can collapse into multiple warring ethnic groups that it is supposedly an equal union of, much like Yugoslavia.
    • India is being courted by all of the various powers who see it as being of the highest strategic importance, and generally sucks up to each one only long enough to get a better offer from another, much like Egypt.
    • Many of Goering's Wunderwaffe were actually attempted by the US military.
    • Speer can be assassinated by an ice pick while in exile, a parallel to Leon Trotsky's real-life assassination by Stalin. Trotsky, meanwhile, was killed by a sledgehammer according to the lead developer.
    • One of Dirlewanger's death events references the shooting of Ronald Reagan, by having the assassin be a crazed man trying to impress a woman (in this case, Free Aviators leader Yevdokia Bershanskaya), and Dirlewanger's Famous Last Words to his surgeons being "I hope you are all Germans."
    • Instead of the Red Scare, there was an anti-Fascist Grey Scare, which was as inquisitorial as McCarthyism was in real life, although ultimately more cursory and less intense — if not for that if the Yockey wing of the NPP employs the Southern Strategy, Nixon can propose restarting the Grey Scare...
    "Are you or have ever you been a member of the German-American Bund?"
    • The Yockeys of the NPP can employ the Southern Strategy to attract the dissatisfied White voters from the South, so they can both increase their electoral base and shift the (mostly left-wing) party to the extreme right.
    • The 1960 U-2 incident almost happens in this timeline (complete with Gary Powers flying the spy plane in question), but in this timeline, the incident is over England, the U2 plane is able to escape the Luftwaffe sent to shoot it down, and one of the German pilots that almost shoots down Powers' U2 is Hermann Graf.
    • Speer's popularity among Germany's university students is similar to the Chinese politician Hu Yaobang's rise to infamy in the late 1980's. Like Speer, Yaobang was an older party official who was more moderate and reform-minded than his peers. He was a major proponent of economic liberalization and free market reforms under Deng Xiaoping, which were fiercely opposed by party hardliners. Yaobang's young supporters were spurred by his death to stage large-scale protests against the Chinese government, which led to the famed demonstration at Tienanmen square.
    • The tale of Huang Kecheng, who was a high-ranking Red China general in real life, but became a holdout of the Chinese Communist forces who refused to believe that Mao Zedong died in Chongqing and continued his partisan struggle against the Japanese for decades is an obvious allusion to Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who did not believe that Japan surrendered in 1945 and continued to hold out in the Philippines for 29 years.
    • Speer is supported by a "Gang of Four", consisting of Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Helmut Schmidt, Ludwig Erhard, and Henning von Tresckow; unlike the real Gang of Four during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Speer's Gang of Four are all reformist, more reformist than Speer in fact.
    • In one possible post-nuclear war event, anthropologists consider the apocalypse, to them called the Post Antediluvian Collapse, as a mysterious, sudden collapse of human civilization, with many differing theories on why it happened, similar to the Bronze Age collapse. None of the locales and university terminologies however, make sense to a man from our time.
    • In the early 1970s, the Oil Crisis hits the world of TNO. The Oil Crisis is the result of several civil wars in the Middle East, the death of Italian oil giant ENI's leader Enrico Mattei, and the subsequent crash of ENI's stock prices. This leads to a major hike in oil prices, which in turn causes the superpowers to shift their geopolitical attention to the Middle East, setting the stage for a new decade of conflicts in the 1970s.
  • 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 the Russian Civil War lasting longer than OTL and Nikolay Bukharin becoming the leader of the Soviet Union in the 20s, which leads to a weak Soviet Union and an isolationist United States (as detailed in the POD trope below).
    • During WWII, without the Soviet Union and the United States, the Axis easily defeats the Allies in Europe. The Soviet Union completely collapses: Bukharin was ousted from power, a civil war erupted, and German terror bombing reduced its territory into a wasteland.
    • In the Pacific, Japan still attacks Pearl Harbor and brings an unprepared (though still powerful) USA into the war. As USA plans for a counteroffensive in Australia, Germany develops the atomic bomb first (in some ways another Point of Divergence) and nukes Pearl Harbor in 1945, defeating USA. Without the rest of the Allies, Japan also defeats China and Southeast Asia. The Allies were completely defeated.
    • In the 50s, Germany suffers a massive economic crash. The Axis disbands, the remnants of the Soviets almost recapture Moscow in the West Russian War, and Himmler attempts a failed coup and is made leader of Burgundy. In the United States, the Democratic Party collapses, and its remnants unite with the Republicans to form the Republican-Democratic Party. Two new post-war parties, the left-wing National Progressive Front, and the right-wing Patriotic Party, merge to form the National Progressive Party after R-D President Dwight D. Eisenhower achieves a massive majority.
    • In the 60s, when the game starts, Richard Nixon is the current US president. America forms the OFN to counteract Japan and Germany. Japan's global ambitions grow, leading to them putting nukes in Hawaii and starting the Hawaii Missile Crisis (which is resolved at the start of 1962). Germany is increasingly unstable, with a young generation beginning to protest against the failures of Germany.
  • Alternate History – Nazi Victory: The entire premise of the mod. Germany wins the Second World War, but has a hard time taking advantage of their victory and is heading straight into a three-way Cold War and a German Civil War.
  • Alternate History Wank: Zigzagged. The mod creators acknowledge the many logistical implausibilities of an Axis victory, playing the trope straight as far as the war is concerned. However, as soon as the war ends, the Nazis' corrupt and overextended system almost completely collapses and the rest of the Axis powers don't fare much better, preventing them from doing something completely ridiculous like conquering the entire world.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees:
    • The Atlantropa project wasn't just some random insane mega-construction thought up for the sake of the mod, but rather, it was an actual proposal to expand European land and increase the control European nations could exercise over their African colonies. Of course, in reality, everyone realized that the project was insane and it never left the drawing board, whereas in The New Order, the Nazis are actually insane enough to do it.
    • On a similar note, the concept of "Ordenstaat Burgundy" seems a little implausible at first glance but it was something Himmler proposed in real life. It's hard to say if the project would have ever come to fruition given that it was just one of many outlandish ideas Himmler had, but he was definitely interested in creating a rigidly national socialist sub-state administered directly by the SS.
    • One Aryan Brotherhood path involves Zigfrid Schultz, i.e. Valery Yemelyanov, taking over. He professes the idea that Slavs descended from alien Hyperboreans, and that the Nazis are actually controlled by the Jews. This seems like something that was conjured up for the mod, yet in real life he held the exact same beliefs!
  • Amazon Brigade: The Free Aviators, a group of female Soviet pilots stationed in 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.
  • Amoral Afrikaner: Although the alternate end of WWII lead to the National Party failing to attain control of South Africa or implement Apartheid, the interests they represented continue onward to the point of a Boer rebellion in the 1960's.
  • An Aesop: Hate destroys. The victory of the Axis has enabled the idea that ideologies based on hatred can be successful, with this mentality even infecting those violently opposed to the Nazis, who have come to the conclusion that committing genocide is the only way to solve your problems. The game makes it clear these ideas are not sustainable and can only lead to suffering and collapse.
  • Anarchy Is Chaos:
    • Should the German Civil War drag on for more than a few years, the badly stretched logistics of the various factions will all collapse, leading to extreme negative events and internal strife for the faction heads.
    • Much of West Africa is labelled Anarchy on the map, and lacks much government above the village level... as German bombers regularly fly overhead and bomb any sign of civilization to stop threats from emerging and as target practice. Once the African War starts, the pilots stop their campaign, allowing nomads and Touareg people to establish countries with any significance.
    • After the Thermonuclear War superevent, you can watch the rapid deterioration of every state on the map into anarchic zones, similar to the West African example above, until the whole map turns black.
  • Anti-Villain: Albert Speer is an unscrupulous liar, a major Holocaust perpetrator and a champion of the slave system that swept most of Eastern Europe - both in real life and in TNO. You'd think he would be a straight villian, but in TNO, he is presented as the best option among the Führer contenders, as he is the only one who is willing to embark on major reforms to eliminate the worst of Nazi excesses (such as reliance on the slave labor, unchecked militarism, and political stagnation), understanding that Germany will not last if she continues her destructive path. Being the leader of the reformist forces in the Reich, Speer, while still definitely no angel, is a major hope for Germany to turn into a remotely decent country. In the end, Speer turns out to be as much as a devil as the other Nazi candidates by revealing that he seeks to simply create his own vision of a Nazi utopia, and is opposed by the genuine reformists - his own cabinet.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: One of the reasons why Germany just doesn't crush the rioting students by the start of the game is that the government doesn't want to make it look like they are killing pure German Aryans and their children, and they only try to contain the protest. Of course, there are people in the Reich who think that students should be dealt in a much more blunt manner, and they usually can be found among Göring's or Heydrich's loyalists.
  • Appeal to Force: The militarists who Göring's has aligned himself with believe that everything can be achieved with enough brute force. Dissenters are rioting in the streets? Sic angry soldiers on them like a pack of hellhounds! The state doesn't have enough money? Grab it from the citizenry and bankers while giving them empty promises, and ensure that they will never ask for debts again! Nothing left to take from the population? Loot foreign nations for wealth! Diplomacy? There is no diplomacy in their vision, only war! Of course, this policy can easily backfire if Germany shows any sign of weakness and the success of Göring's Reich depends on the balance of military victories abroad and maintaining stability at home, which gets harder as enemies of Germany become stronger (up to nuclear nations like the US and Japan) and the Reich's economy becomes more and more unsustainable. Or if Göring suddenly dies...
  • Apocalyptic Log: Fittingly, one post-apocalyptic event describes a Siberian hunter going about his daily routine. Being so remote, he does not even notice that the world has ended. The most he notices is that the clouds look a bit darker and that all the radio stations have gone silent...
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Reichskommissar Josias is a descendant of the noble house of Waldeck and Pyrmont, who can declare himself the Kaiser of the Fourth Reich. He also one of the cruelest Reichskommissars (which says something) and a proponent of the Burgundian System.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • There are over a hundred death events for Oskar Dirlewanger, with various degrees of gruesomeness and hilarity, from dying in battle and falling from a cliff to being hit by Göring's falling Sun Gun or dismemberment by enraged Russian women. Such a myriad of ways to die for Dirlewanger was intentionally put in by the developers to make justice for one of the most despicable Nazi war criminals, both in real life and the New Order.
    • In the case of Kovner's victory in the Ostland Civil War, all other leaders, aside from Vituska, die horrible, horrible deaths. However, even considering the boundless brutality of Kovner himself, it is very hard sorry for all of them (aside from Andreas Meyer-Landrut), as they are Nazis of different flavors who contributed to all of the genocidal horrors happening in Ostland.
  • Athens and Sparta: In Russia, there are Tomsk and Omsk. Tomsk is a beacon of democracy in Siberia, one of the last refuges of the Russian cultural and scientific tradition, ruled by a Wide-Eyed Idealist caste of intellectuals and artisans who prefer diplomacy to unify Russia (but won't back down if threatened by force) and seek to spread the fruits of the democratic enlightenment to every corner of Russia (fittingly enough, Tomsk was called "the Siberian Athens" in real life). Meanwhile, Omsk is a highly-militarized, barrack-type Citadel City that is fully committed to the forceful unification of Russia and the destruction of Germany and is led by highly cynical and Ultranationalist generals who believe that absolutely nothing short of the total obliteration of Germany is needed to ensure Russia's prosperity.
  • Back from the Brink: Russia, ravaged by the Germans occupants and internal struggles for 20 years, can be reunited by one of their warlords through warfare and diplomacy and become a power in her own right once again.
  • Balkanize Me:
    • After several German invasions, the United Kingdom capitulated and partially collapsed. Scotland and Wales both went independent, Ulster became autonomous under Ireland, and Cornwall (actually most of South West England) was placed under a German protectorate.
    • In the aftermath of the USSR's fall, the Russian SFSR (not including the parts annexed by Finland or Germany as part of RK Moskowien and Kaukasien) was divided into four successors: the West Russian Revolutionary Front in European Russia, the West Siberian People's Republic in Western Siberia, the Central Siberian Republic in Central Siberia, and the rump USSR in the Far East. These states later succumbed to infighting and conflicts, and by 1962, Russia is divided into 40 warlord states (not including the unorganised territories of Northeast Siberia).
    • Several factions in the former Soviet Union can "deunify" their regions, as they defeat all unifiers in their regions and create new countries with no expansionist paths, preventing the full unification of the Soviet Union. These are:
      • In West Russia, if Onega defeats the region's unifier in a defensive war, then they will take over the northern half of West Russia and divide the southern half into 8 friendly client states.
      • In Western Siberia, if Zlatoust defeats all three unifiers in defensive wars, then they will annex some Ural territories and release four puppet states covering the rest of Western Siberia.
      • In Central Sibiera, the Siberian Workers' Federation rises up if a non-Libertarian Socialist faction unifies Central Siberia. If their revolution succeeds, parts of SWF will break into three more socialist countries, and none of the four countries have expansionist paths.
      • In the Far East, the Father's Divine Mandate of Siberia, after initially unifying the region, can collapse into four independent countries if Pavel Sudoplatov launches a failed coup that accidentally kills the Father.
      • In Kazakhstan, if Nowa Polska defeats all other Kazakh factions, they will create a friendly Republic of Kazakhstan in Eastern Kazakhstan and a puppet buffer state called Republic of Aktobe between the two countries.
    • Iberia's breakup is so extreme that it makes the real-life Yugoslav Wars look simple in comparison. The new independent territories that can break away from Iberia includes Spain, Portugal, Basque, Catalonia, Asturias, Galicia, and even Andalusia. The North African territories of Iberia also breaks away into Morocco and Rif Republic, who are also at war with each other (while Trarza invades to liberate Mauritania). Even the Gibraltar Dam declares independence as a Protectorate under an Admiral. In a worst case scenario, the civil wars that break out alongside the balkanization can fight themselves into a stalemate, leaving behind even more states on the map.
    • The Republic of China de jure governs all Chinese territory excluding the Japanese-controlled Manchuria. In practice, ROC only governs the Eastern parts of China; the rest of China is divided between lots of warlord states and Japanese-occupied areas that are de facto independent.
    • The total collapse of Fascist colonial governments will often result in large amounts of new nations being spewed out of their remnants, with the African colonies being the most notable ones, such as Italian East Africa or Hans Hüttig's empire.
    • In one extremely obscure path, Goering's Germany can collapse into many German Warlord states if it first collapses into the Second German Civil War then sees the civil war go even worse.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Reichskommissar Josias was apparently once a competent and decent candidate for a ruler (decent as far as Nazis go, anyway). However, shortly after taking his post in the Kaukasus he was kidnapped by local partisans and subjected to unimaginable torture. The experience not only left him severely scarred, it also broke his mind. Now he rules Kaukasia as a smog-covered hellscape of brutality that makes North Korea look sensible.
  • Beneath the Earth: Warlords of the Black League in Omsk can establish a complex metro system designed to protect the population from German nuclear attacks.
  • Big Bad: Heinrich Himmler. Ruling Burgundy with an ideology so extreme that even the most hardcore Nazis consider it insane, he and his SS influences the entire world throughout the game. If you're a major country, odds are you're going to be affected by Burgundy, whether you know it or not...
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Lysenko's Magnitogorsk and Dirlewanger's Brigade, in cases where they make an alliance, become an existential threat for all other factions in the Southern Urals.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Weirdly, the post-apocalypse events turn the Non Standard Game Over into one, as humanity survives and rebuilds to a spacefaring civilization that has no idea the Nazis ever existed or destroyed the old world.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Many conflicts in the setting stand out as such, including:
    • The United States of America does various morally questionable things at best and outright villainous things in their own light at worst during the Cold War-in addition to having supplanted the Icelandic government and replaced it with an oppressive puppet military dictatorship out of fear of them possibly being drawn to the Reich's influence, they have been stated to simply not care about African democracy or the well-being of the native Africans if the OFN liberates them from the Nazi Reichskommissariats, as they attack Angola if it is released, and in the wake of a total OFN victory in South Africa, establish puppet dictatorships that are only concerned about extracting wealth from the land at the Africans' expense rather than worrying about pesky things like "democracy" and "human rights". They are heavily condescending to the liberated Africans at best, and outright hostile and openly racist against them at worst if the Africans don't simply bow down to America's imperialism, all of which easily turns Africa into just as much of a mess as it was prior to their arrival. The developers have stated that the United States could've easily been the Big Bads if it weren't for the fact that they're going up against literal Nazis, brutal Japanese imperialists, and a madman who wants to nuke the world.
      • The Cold War with Germany and Japan can become outright Evil vs. Evil if Wallace or Yockey takes over the presidency. Alternatively America can become a A Lighter Shade of Grey if they push for a negotiated ceasefire rather than enforce neocolonialism (even through they will still overrun Angola if Schenck's plans succeed) in the South African War, and elect either the C-NPP or a far-reaching Lyndon Johnson presidency to enact Civil Rights for all and a social democratic economic system, with the LBJ presidency being followed up by a Harrington presidency reducing poverty in America.
    • The conflict between Amur and Magadan. On one hand you have a extremely repressive Russian Warlord state run by Russian Nazis that's willing to work with Imperial Japan and even the Reich itself to reunify Russia. On the other hand you have a Fascist state willing to work with the OFN.....that's also extremely repressive.
    • The German Civil War, which crosses over into outright Evil vs. Evil since all of the factions are Nazis. On one hand you have Speer, who leads the reformers and is somewhat remorseful for his role in the slave system but is still willing to deny his culpability in some of Nazism's worse crimes and is not willing to go as far as possible with the reforms. His opponents are various Nazis far more willing to reinforce a horrific system. The only non-Nazi faction are Communist students that will potentially need to launch more purges than Heydrich. It ultimately turns out that Speer is just as bad; the real Grey here is the Gang of Four, who end up betraying him and effectively silently corrupting the government from within through underhanded means to create a true democracy, which in the Authoritarian Democrat path ultimately works.
  • Blood Knight: Goering and the militarists seeks to militarily reassert control over Europe, and possibly start a Forever War with the rest of the world in order for Germany to regain its military and economic strength.
  • Book Burning: One post-apocalyptic event titled "The Cursed Book" has scribes tasked with recording pre-apocalypse knowledge obtain a "Book of Danger, one tied to the great horror of the Fire itself," filled with "magicks and demonic utterances". The scribes proceed to burn it in a pyre in their hamlet's ceremonial public square reserved for executing murderers. As the book is incinerated in the event's final line, it is revealed that it is none other than Mein Kampf.
    "Ancient evil must be handled with extreme prejudice."
  • Book-Ends: One of the first events of the game involves the Nazis successfully landing on the moon. In the post-nuclear war ending, more men are able to land on the moon many years after civilization recovers. The astronauts on the moon find a bleached white flag, likely the Nazi one, and take it down. Their lack of knowledge of what the former flag means symbolizes humanity finally overcoming the horrors of the Nazi victory, and the cruel world it created.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: The Cornwall Garrison can do this in preparation for the English rebellion, opting to reuse any old British weaponry they can scavenge from the scrap yards.
  • Bury Your Gays: In Orenburg, there is an event chain about a lesbian couple that meets misunderstanding and rejection by their fellow villagers. In the worst outcome of the chain, depending on the player's choices, the couple is lynched by an angry mob.
  • 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.
  • Central Theme: Hatred leads to destruction, but love and compassion lead to strength and renewal. This is especially apparent after the post-apocalypse when nearly all of the events are about humanity rebuilding and overcoming hatred, with everyone looking out for one another and completely shedding any hatred or racist views.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • To achieve his ominous goals, Himmler 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 play right into his hands...
    • Michal Vituska has been building up his power in Ostland for 20 years through manipulating both the regional administration and partisans, provocations and assassinations, and by the beginning of the Ostland Civil War he has amassed enough forces to become a contender for power in his own right.
  • Child Soldiers: Speer doesn't shy from assembling children for his army during the Civil War, especially if the Anarchy happens.
  • Cincinnatus: Should Ciano successfully reform Italy into a democracy, his final act will be to resign from his position as Il Duce, opening the way for free elections to be held.
  • Civil War: An absolutely astounding number of countries can collapse into big multi-sided civil wars:
    • The German Civil War is guaranteed to break out between Speer, Bormann, Göring, and Heydrich upon Hitler's death. If the civil war drags on into German Anarchy, then the DSR, Schörner, and Speidel can also join the civil war.
    • Reichskommissariat Ostland is united almost entirely by the existence of Reichskommissar Hinrich Lohse. When he dies as the German Civil War breaks out, his ambitious underlings seize power, causing a 6-way Ostland Civil War to break out. The war is fought between Stahlecker's government forces, Kovner's United Partisan Organization, Vituska's Central European Council (the UPO and the CEC are initially not at war, though their relations can easily break down due to Kovner and Vituska), Drechsler's Generalbezirk Lettland, Meyer-Landrut's Vereinigte Ostlandliga (United Ostland League), and Jeckeln's SS-Oberabschnitt Ostland. Depending on the circumstances, this 6-way civil war can then escalate up to a 12-way civil war.
    • The South African War inevitably breaks out between the central government, Nazi-backed Boer rebels, and, depending on circumstances, the African National Congress. The Civil War quickly becomes a proxy war between the Afrika-Schild and the OFN.
    • If the Afrika-Schild totally wins the South African War, Hans Huettig of Ostafrika will try to take over the entire continent and form the Grossafrikaner Reichstaat. However, when he tries to annex the Boer Republic, General Magnus Malan launches a coup against the weak Boer government and declares that they are no longer working with Germans, and the situation soon unravels into a Second South African Civil War.
    • The Iberian Wars is a comination of a series of separatist wars and two civil wars. The Iberian Union first collapses into Spain, Portugal, Basque, Catalonia, and Galicia, and then, the Government of National Salvation revolts in Portugal, while Republicans and Falanigists rise up in Spain. If the war drags on, and the War Exhaustion for several of the factions rise really high, then additional factions will spawn; these new factions include Portuguese Democrats and Socialists, the Fundamentalist National Redemption Front, and even Catalonia can even collapse into a civil war with Socialists (several factions also get couped by radicals should they drag on for too long). Depending on who the faction is, their final objective in the Iberian Wars may be to take over their own ethnic territories, take over Spain or Portugal, or take over the entire Iberian peninsula.
    • During the Iberian Wars, Iberian North Africa also collapses into its own separate sub-civil war between the Kingdom of Morocco, Rif Republic, and Trarza (Mauritania).
    • Egypt can collapse into its own multi-sided civil war, with Nasser's revolutionaries and Qutb's Islamists duking it out with the government. Egyptian Sudan collapses into a three-sided civil war between the Ba'athist State of Sudan, Republic of Sudan, and the Sudan Defense Force, while Egyptian Southern Sudan collapses into a two-sided civil war between Anyanya and Azania Liberation Front.
    • RK Madagaskar can collapse into a three-way civil war between the RK government, the German garrison (Militärstaat Madagaskar), and a coalition of the native Malagasy (Republic of Madagascar) and Jewish partisans (Hitnagdut Movement).
    • HMMLR, the English resistance, can start a Second English Civil War against the collaborationist regime.
    • Mongolia is in a civil war between the Mongolian People's Front and Mengjiang at start.
    • Pan-Arab revolutionaries in Northern Yemen can revolt against King Muhammad Al-Badr.
    • Oman can fall into a two or three sided civil war between the Sultanate and revolutionaries in Dhofar, and sometimes the Imamate too.
    • Indonesia will inevitably fall to a civil war between Sukarno's government forces and Hatta's alliance of democrats, communists, Islamists, and disgruntled generals.
    • Serbia can have a civil war between the German garrison and the nationalist Serbian resistance.
    • Iraq, after the assassination of its president Qasim, will collapse into a civil war between an Italian emergency government in Baghdad, Iraqi Republicans under Saddam Hussein, moderate Islamists, Ba'athists, and Kurdistan.
    • In the late 60s/early 70s, Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi will be assassinated, and a coalition of Iranian revolutionaries rise up in Iran, only for the alliance to then quickly collapse, causing a multi-sided Iranian Civil War.
    • In the Speer path, if Speer helps the French State invade Brittany, only for the invasion to drag on and fail, then the remnants of the French State will fall into a French Civil War between the tattered remains of the French government, the socialist French Resistance, and the French State's secret police, OAS.
  • Commie Nazis:
    • The American National Progressive Party. Though it started as a party of former New Dealers and Dixiecrats, it was quickly infiltrated by Fascists ("Yockeys") and radical Socialists and now has a loud minority of both a far-left wing espousing Communist ideals and a far-right wing espousing Fascist ideals. The latter group is being directly funded by the Reich, and seeks to take revenge on the Japanese for their defeat in World War II through an alliance with Germany. Depending on player or AI actions either the far-left or Yockey wing of the NPP may end up in power, and impose Socialist or Fascist ideals upon the American populace.
    • A far more moderate examples is found in the Authoritarian Democrat ideology. Unlike Kaiserreich, Authoritarian Democrats in this mod are likely to also consist of people who have vaguely left-wing inclinations, but are too busy running a military government to implement socialism as is the case with and multiple Soviet warlords that fly the hammer and sickle. Case in point, these authoritarian democrats have very high degrees of socialist popularity in their ranks even though they use a method of government associated with the right in Kaiserreich.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: While there are a myriad of paths and outcomes in the mod with an equal attention to details, there is an established vision of the canonical timeline for the mod which involves the collapse of the Reich and Japan and a total OFN dominance. Among other things, it includes:
    • Hitler choosing Heydrich as his successor, but Bormann winning the German Civil War, eventually heading Germany to downfall.
    • Russia being united by the West Russian Revolutionary Front and rising as a power in her own right once again in the 70s.
  • Crapsack World: As a result of total Axis victory, fascist governments are commonplace in TNO, with brutal and oppressive leaders becoming the new norm across the world. Internal political tensions are higher than ever, with multiple countries across the globe on the verge of civil wars and conflicts with each other. With a three-way Cold War occurring between three nuclear-equipped superpowers, the threat of a nuclear holocaust looms over the horizon. In this world, some of the more notable crapsack places include:
    • The former Soviet Union has become a massive bandit country, with numerous insane tyrants, bandits, mad scientists, or just regional warlords all clawing at each other's throats. The civilians meanwhile are stuck between the bloody wars waged by the mad warlords, the rampant deaths caused by starvation and disease, and the endless and indiscriminate Luftwaffe terror bombing campaign, which involves civilian structures being used for target practice.
    • Reichskommissariat Kaukasia is an oppressive state under the leadership of Nazi Reichskommissar Josias, and his unrestricted industrial development has absolutely decimated the environment, causing endless smog that makes life unbearable.
    • Ordensstaat Burgund (Burgundy) is a country so oppressive that even the Reich finds them insane. Burgundy is under the total control of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, who has come to believe that the German Reich grew too complacent and decadent, and created his own purist version of National Socialism built on extreme Spartanism, which he calls the Burgundian System. Germany gave Himmler Burgundy after his attempted coup against the Führer failed, giving him a state to implement his brand of insanity. Burgundy is a Nineteen Eighty Four-style dystopia where the SS maintains a tight grip on the lifestyle of every citizen through mass surveillance and extreme punishment, the Spartanist lifestyle enforces total militarization and prohibits all leisures as degenerate excess, and the Nazi tenets of racism and slavery are taken to even greater extremes. Worse, the Burgundian System has spread across the SS, and some of their officers can take control of countries (like the aforementioned Josias), meaning that a significant portion of Europe may come under the Burgundian System depending on who takes power.
    • A large section of Africa is listed simply as "Anarchy", because the Nazis instigated a decades-long aerial bombing campaign (like in the Soviet Union) to extinguish the remnants of Free France. Whatever civilization that existed in the area has already been bombed back into the stone age.
    • Much of Central Africa is ruled by three colonialist German Reichskommissariats, who exploit the locals as slave labor and profit off of their suffering. Hans Hüttig's Ostafrika is the most brutal of the three RKs, and runs his RK like a massive concentration camp - he actually has the National Idea "Just Another Camp." In the long run, he might take over all of the RKs in Africa and head straight down the path of Burgundian System.
  • Cult of Personality: After winning the Civil War, Göring can try to make every German citizen love their new Führer, with every German family having Göring's portrait in their house or workplace.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During the German Civil War, Burgundy's invasion of the French State counts as this. France's military is forced to be nothing more than a small and disorganized militia thanks to German treaty stipulations, they have no real air force or navy, oversights in their treaties with Germany mean they are not even able to militarize their border with Burgundy, their capital is on said border, the government is widely disliked and incompetent and has no means to manage such a crisis, the French resistance still fights to disable what little military forces the nation can maintain, the economy is dead in the water, and if that wasn't enough, Brittany invades as well. This doesn't even consider the fact that Burgundy starts the game with the 4th strongest military in the world, nearly on par with Germany, gets a healthy amount of modifiers during the war, and has a couple of nuclear weapons on top of that. To make it even worse, the mod isn't set up to handle France managing to hold off Burgundy (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.
  • Darker and Edgier: It goes without saying that due to this being set in an Axis-Victory scenario, the game is darker than the main game and other popular mods such as Kaiserreich and Fuhrerreich. Since it's also centered around a Cold War, the hope of conventional warfare ending the Fascist great powers is next to zero, since nukes will be involved. Also quite literally too since the game uses darker colors and filters for its map compared to the other mods and base game.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Out of all candidates for Hitler's successor, few people expect that Heydrich, widely hated and feared for being exceptionally brutal even by Nazi standards and believed to be Himmler's puppet, can actually win Hitler's favor. If he does, hardly anyone outside of the SS will support the Führer's will and even the Reichstag confirms Hitler's decision by a margin of a few votes, instead of the unconditional support which other candidates receive. Although you are given several choices for Hitler's successor, Heydrich is the canonical declared successor of Hitler, though not the canonical winner of the German Civil War.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Burgundian cabinet ministers who betray Himmler's trust are stated to be "disappeared". This being the SS, they were either killed or hauled off to the camps.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The leader description of Hans Frank is very snarky in regards to the Governor-General.
    ''Hans Frank has no found solution to this, instead ruling from Krakow with methods described as 'borne with panic' and 'showing utter incompetence'. Thankfully, Hans at least has the power to shoot those who say it in public, truly the sign of political brilliance".
  • Deconstruction: According to a Reddit post by the lead developer, The New Order deliberately tries to subvert the common gameplay elements of Hearts of Iron and tries to depict the consequences of the endless militaristic ventures in normal Hearts of Iron gameplay. Mindless military conquest (or "map painting") naturally leads to extremely oppressive and dysfunctional societies, the threat of nuclear war means that attempting to conquer the world can be a global death sentence, and conquest as a whole is a precedent to extreme bloodshed and brutality.
  • Defector from Decadence:
    • The fascist regime in Italy under Ciano is slowly fading as the government begins to take an increasingly moderate policy, even going as far to accept persecuted refugees of various cultural backgrounds from the German sphere. Given time and with the right decisions, it is possible for Italy to peacefully transition to democracy.
    • Himmler views himself as one, believing that the Nazi Party has become stagnant and prone to failure, and that it is his duty to take up the ideological torch.
  • Determinator: Nowa Polska is a nation of those. During the 40s Germany deported many Poles without food and supplies to the frozen wastes of Siberia and deserts of Kazakhstan to let them die. Instead, they managed to organize themselves under the leadership of Marian Spychalski in desolate lands and formed a settlement in Western Kazakhstan, refusing to die without a fight.
  • Devour the Dragon: If the Civil War doesn't go well for Heydrich, Himmler can "relieve" his unlucky protégé of his duties, annexing his Rhineland territories into Ordensstaat Burgundy.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Heinrich Himmler is possibly the most evil human in the mod. Leading Ordensstaat Burgundy, he decided Nazi Germany was too liberal and created an entirely new ideology based around being as far into fascism as one could possibly imagine. He also believes in using nuclear war to exterminate the Human race, which he believes will lead to the Aryan race recolonizing the Earth and finally making utopia. In fact, some focus icons literally portray Himmler as a devil!
  • Different World, Different Movies:
  • Captain America was largely forgotten after the US suffered a humiliating defeat in World War II, but Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revive the First Avenger in the 60s for the young American generation, featuring him in stories that involve enemies of America as the main villains, like Nazis and Japan. However, some parts of the NPP criticize Captain America comics for having racist caricatures of the Japanese.
  • Astro Boy still gets released both in anime and manga format, with the main focus being on Astro Boy protecting the Japanese overseas territories from foreign invaders.
  • Similarly, Mobile Suit Gundam still exists, but is named Space Defender Zaku and is focused on the Principality of Zeon's fight against the corrupt democratic Earth Federation. The show is so successful, it spawns a series of plastic models known as Zakpla, similar to how Gundam led to Gunpla IOTL.
  • The Beatles exist as a band in occupied England, and many believe they secretly have anti-government messages in their songs.
  • Disaster Democracy: In spite of societal collapse and anarchy following the defeat in WWII, several states emerged as democracies in the ruins of the Soviet Union and can maintain their ideals in the face of challenges, sometimes even going on to unite all of Russia.
    • Tomsk is one of the largest states in the region and starts as a Social Conservative democratic state led by Boris Pasternak.
    • The Komi Republic managed to establish a representative democracy under former Soviet bureaucrat Nikolai Voznesensky, but it stands on a very fragile foundation, as the numerous enemies of the democracy are more than willing to use the democratic institutions of the republic. Should the democracy falter, the power vacuum in Komi will be left to be filled by extremists of every shade.
    • Pavlodar is led by Kazakh nationalists who want to rebuild Kazakstan on democratic principles and liberate it from the tyranny of local warlords, even though their opposition from both within and without is very formidable.
    • Orenburg under Aleksander Burba can be reformed into a technocratic representative democracy, putting an end to political chaos in Orenburg.
  • Doorstopper: TNO is easily the largest HOI4 mod ever created in terms of sheer volume of text. Single Russian warlord states often have more localization than superpowers from the base game.
  • Double-Blind What-If:
    • At some point, Kaganovich commissions a book which describes an alternate history in which Stalin came to power in the Soviet Union instead of Bukharin. The book follows almost exactly the same direction as real life (The Soviet Union wins against Germany, forms the "Budapest Pact" against the alliance of Western powers called "North Atlantic Treaty Coalition", the British Empire decolonizes, the Soviet Union itself lasts until the 80s when Stalinist orthodoxy loses against the free market, and post-communist Russia invades Ukraine decades later). The novel is universally panned outside of Kaganovich's Russia, with critics considering its events utterly implausible.
    • George Orwell (living in exile in Canada) wrote a series of Alternate History novels titled Legacy of the Weltkrieg, set in a world where Russia is fascist, Britain and France are communist, and the German Empire survived the Great War. The latest book, The Red Twilight, is set in the Sixties. Seems in The New Order, Kaiserreich is a series of Orwell's novel...
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: While both the OFN and Afrika Schild can, respectively, totally conquer the Reichkommisarts or South Africa in the South African War, the best outcome for both sides is to merely extend their territory without fully defeating the other side, as controlling the entire turf of the former enemy will be very difficult and fraught with unforeseen consequences.
  • Doomsday Device: Göring's Sun Gun: a satellite system equipped with a concave mirror, which in theory is able to concentrate rays from the sun to a small area on Earth and is capable of destroying an entire city. Luckily for the Reich's enemies, harsh reality won't match Göring's expectations of his new toy...
  • Downer Ending: Each country has their own set of bad endings (also known as failstates) that can be reached while following specific routes.
  • Draft Dodging: Akin to The Vietnam War, the Draft Dodging Movement becomes one of the major problems for the US during their participation in the South African Civil War, and as with the Vietnam War Muhammad Ali becomes a major figure in the movement.
  • The Dragon: It is an open secret that Reinhard Heydrich, one of the potential candidates for Hitler's successor, is under the thumb of Himmler. Should he successfully defeat the other candidates and become Führer... very bad things will happen.
  • Due to the Dead: Lenin's mummified remains are held in an Ural's city. Capturing the place unlocks a decision about out to treat his mummy, depending on the player's nation or ruling idelogy (socialists are able to give Lenin a ceremonious burial, while non-socialists can choose to desecrate his corpse).
  • The Dreaded:
    • Even without knowing about his ultimate agenda, the Germans treat Himmler and the SS with fear, suspicion (more often justified than not) and undisguised hatred. Same goes for Heydrich, as his unbounded brutality (so much that it horrifies even the most hardcore Nazis) and ties to Himmler are widely known.
    • The name of Dai Li, the former Chiang Kai-shek's head of secret police known in his heyday as 'China's Himmler', who has been regarded as dead since the 50s, strikes terror in the hearts of the Japanese officers and politicians by the mere revelation that he was apparently Not Quite Dead all along and allegedly leads a secret conspiracy within both China and the IJA, seeking to coup the Republic of China and bring Japan at the brink of chaos. It's revealed later on that he is dead, but successfully set up the entire conspiracy and died after putting step one into motion; resulting in Japan being thrown into terror and hysteria over a dead man.
    • Oskar Dirlewanger, the leader of Black Bandits in the Urals, is as hated as he is feared.
  • Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: The four major contestants of the German Civil War all wear different uniforms in their portraits that give hints to their allegiances.
    • Speer wears a civilian suit, showing his reformist leanings.
    • Bormann wears a brown NSDAP uniform, showing his committment to conservatives in the Nazi Party.
    • Goering wears a grey military uniform, showing that his allegiance lies in the militarists in the German military.
    • Heydrich wears a pitch-black SS uniform, and is clearly the leader of the Burgundian-allied Schutzstaffel.
  • Driven to Suicide: The reveal of the grand corruption scheme between the Zaibatsu-controlled Yasuda and Minezaka banks and the branches of the Japanese military by the end of the Japan investigation chain event causes mass suicides among the employees of the said enterprises.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • In a Watsonian sense, the absence of Joseph Goebbels at the beginning of the mod is caused by his murder at the hands of the French partisans in late 50s when he was stationed in Paris. In a Doylist sense, it was made because Goebbels wasn't featured in the RP the mod was based on and his presence wasn't accounted for in the German lore.
    • Svetlana Stalina's leader description mentions that her father, Josef Stalin, died in an industrial accident that is largely believed to be orchestrated by the orders of Bukharin.
  • Dystopia: Every single nation under the Burgundian System. The developers have stated that the closest analogue to the Burgundian System is the world in Nineteen Eighty Four.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means:
    • Followers of the Burgundian System, described by one of the developers as the people who want more gas chambers than houses, believe that the Reich grew too soft and tolerant, and as such seek to rebuild society on total state control of power, extreme racial oppression, and enforcement of militarism and spartanism on all aspects of civilian life. Even the Aryans in the Burgundian System live like prisoners and work like slaves.
    • In Himmler's case, in addition to creating and adhering to the Burgundian System, he also aims to obliterate the Earth in nuclear fire, leaving the surviving Aryans to rebuild civilization on the ruins of the old world.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Reichskommissar Siegfried Müller of Zentralafrika loves to hunt for the most exotic and rarest animals of Africa, to the point where he often disregards his duties as a ruler of the RK 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 hand over all German nukes to Burgundy after learning about and accepting Himmler's plans for the world.
  • 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.
  • 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 and his state of Burgundy are considerer rogue elements 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.
  • Evil Colonialist: Reichskommissar Hans Hüttig is the most ruthless Nazi colonial ruler in Africa, ruling Reichskommissariat Ostafrika as one of the concentration camps he used to run.
  • Evil Reactionary: The Ultranationalist ideology is this, but with different flavours depending on the country that adopts it. They favour very aggressive military action towards neighboring countries, a dogmatic adoration of the government and generally take a negative outlook towards minorities and those who question their actions. Their reactionary attitude shifts between plain old racists like Schörner to extremely aggresive military leaders who glorify war like Yazov to even insane Fundamentalists like the National Redemption Front who will purge any secular content from their nation in a effort to keep their faith "pure".
  • 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 Reichkommissariats.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: One of Dirlewanger's patrols can come across a wandering bear, and its commander can try and pet it. If it goes well, he gets a sweet new ride, but if things go poorly, the inevitable result of confronting a wild predatory animal ensues.
  • Failure Is the Only Option:
  • 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.
  • Fantasy Conflict Counterpart: 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.
  • 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. 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 Country: Interestingly, when RK Ostafrika collapses, two independent countries, Gazaland and Rombesia, appear in Mozambique (and Malawi); the in-game provinces also makes it impossible to create an independent Mozambique with old Portuguese Mozambique (i.e. OTL Mozambique) borders.
  • 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 Germany realized it was 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.
    • If Japan wins the Great Asian War against China, there is a very high chance that they will repeat the Nanking Massacre on a nation-wide scale to erase the Chinese identity forever.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: The Aryan Brotherhood in Russia, a group of people who became so fascinated with Nazi Germany, they started to imitate it in every aspect, up to espousing Nazi ideals themselves in spite of the fact they, as Russians, would be considered untermensch under the Nazi racial hierarchy.
  • Forever War: Hermann Göring 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!: 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.
  • 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 the desert. He survived the experience, but through his suffering he rediscovered God. Afterwards, he decided to remake his domain in conformity to His will and launch a holy war against infidels who control the rest of Kazakhstan. Zabelkin is the Islamic option for Kazakhstani reunification.
    • The National Redemption Front is a group of violent fundamentalist Catholics that can arise out of the Iberian Wars. They desire to create a fundamentalist theocratic Kingdom of God, and brutally repress the people of Iberia to "cleanse" their lands of heresy. Their extreme religious fundamentalism results in them being classified as Ultranationalist in ideology.
    • Radical Islamists are still present in the Middle East, including the followers of Sayyid Qutb in Egypt.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The resistance against the collaborator regime in England is known as Her Majesty's Most Loyal Resistance (HMMLR).
  • 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.
    • Another post-apocalypse event sees the descendants of Burgundy emerge to rebuild Aryan society, but have determined that everyone who survived the nuclear war is Aryan by default, thus negating Burgundy's original racial ideology.
    • Yet another event details what future anthropologists thought caused the end, known to them as the Post Antediluvian Collapse. Some think that a drastic drop in birth rate caused civilizational collapse on a world wide scale. Others think a radiological event caused the Collapse. Other theories range from a plauge, to a collapse of oxygen levels, to an alteration in solar activity, to an asteroid impact. Others think that the pre-collapse world is just a myth.
  • 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. As Burgundy advances in the plotline, it soon becomes a similar factory of evil.
  • 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 seeks to prolong and escalate the Forever War of the Reich and destroying the "Volksverräter" that he believes undermines it by any means.
    • Portuguese general Kaúlza de Arriaga is a hardline Portuguese nationalist, and the downfall of the Iberian Union made him believe that Salazar's government had utterly failed Portugal. As the Iberian Wars unravel, Arriaga tries to coup the Salazarist government, which always fails, and he retreats and leads another uprising in northern Portugal, kickstarting the Portuguese Civil War. If he succeeds in taking over Portugal, he will turn the country into a hypermilitaristic Stratocracy and take revenge on all the other countries that wronged Portugal.
  • Genre Shift:
    • Compared to the base game and other popular mods, TNO is more narrative focused (with the narratives of many countries having a political/conspiracy thriller feel), especially since the devs have made it clear that war in a Cold War setting between big powers will result in nuclear destruction and game overs. This is quite well reflected in the focus trees of nations, which while in the main game and other mods are used to develop a nation to prep it for warfare, are instead used to progress a central story.
    • The game even experiments with horror, both in terms of its setting, creepypasta-esqeue Apocalyptic Log events, and the nuclear war supervent. Much like Nineteen Eighty Four, the horror comes not from anything supernatural, but plain old twisted human ideals. Notable examples are the Russian Warlord states Magnitogorsk which has its events written like scientific documents like the SCP Foundation and the Burgundy System Komi which is written like a Psychological Horror story due to its leader being utterly depraved and insane.
      • And after the apocalypse, the game genre shifts into post-apocalyptic story texts, which verge on fantasy at times. At least until humanity recovers to a more modern state.
    • The game, as a whole, has far more in common with Political Strategy Games like Crisis in the Kremlin than Paradox Grand Strategy Games. The actual military strategizing part of HOI4 is significantly downplayed in TNO (all of the manual military actions like justifying war goals are disabled in TNO), and becomes secondary to the political simulation (for example, sending volunteers as USA, a normal mechanic in base game HOI4 with no political impact, is tied to US-specific mechanics that simulate anti-war sentiments in TNO). Most countries have their own specifically engineered political simulation mechanics designed to reflect the differing situations in each country, usually involving managing the relative influences of political factions within the country in order to guide the country towards a desired ending.Examples include:  Even countries that don't have these specific mechanics often also have divergent event paths that loosely simulate politics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good vs. Good: The Azad Hind Government and the Republic of India remain the most bitter rivals even if they both are ruled by democratic and generally well-intentioned factions.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: One of the final events in the Japan investigation chain is presented in a form of the final letter of a Yasuda bank worker to his wife before he hangs himself.
  • 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 in West Africa, but otherwise acts as a claimant government-in-exile of France.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language:
    • A lot of German and Italian satellite states are named in German and Italian. The most gratuitous of which is Regno d'Egitto, which has the perfectly normal and common English name of "Kingdom of Egypt".
    • Non-English political parties almost always use latin transliterations of their original language names in the political menus. The West Russian Revolutionary Front for example has the ruling party of ZRF - Zapadnorusskiy Revolyutsionny Front.
  • Great Offscreen War:
    • Aside from alternate WWII, there was a West Russian War in the 50s between Germany and the warlord state of the West Russian Revolutionary Front (supported by the US and Japan to prevent 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, but the price for victory was very 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:
    • The Black League of Omsk, motivated by their despair at the Russian defeat, their hatred of the German foe, and their desire for revenge, has developed an Ultranationalist ideology so extreme that they're comparable to and in parts even worse than Nazism.
    • After 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 one of the worst Nazis in our world, has gotten even worse in the world of TNO, becoming even worse than Hitler himself. He is a full on Manipulative Bastard who creates an even extreme form of Nazism, and pulls at the strings of world politics all in the name of causing nuclear apocalypse, and is if anything more genocidal and warlike than the real deal. Himmler serves as the true main antagonist of the mod.
    • 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 Gayny, Nikolai Onoprienko of Khromtau, Nikolai Zabelkin of Kostanay, Abu Dusukhambetov (Abu Khan) of Kokshetau, and Safa Gazizov of Aktau. Rurik II of Kemerovo is also the moderately obscure Soviet general Nikolay Krylov, though it is uncertain if he had genuinely gone insane or is just acting.
  • 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 the French State'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 the 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.
  • I Have Your Wife: 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.
  • I Will Fight Some More Forever: Huang Kecheng, a former Chinese Communist soldier and follower of Mao Zedong, refused to believe that the Chairman was killed during the battle of Chongqing and continued to resist the Japanese rule for decades, surviving due to banditry and raids in villages in Eastern Shandong. Eventually, he is captured by Kempeitai and executed.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: The difficulty levels have been renamed (from easiest to hardest) Defcon 5, Defcon 4, Defcon 3, Defcon 2, and Defcon 1.
  • 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, the Dirlewanger Brigade and Magnitogorsk immediately turn on each other.
  • In Medias Res:
    • Richard Nixon has been a President for a year by the mod start date and has already made impactful decisions that can't be reverted in the game. It is represented by pre-starting focus trees that show what actions he took during his tenures and possible alternatives he could take but aren't available to the player, including playing safe towards the NPP, enforcing either racial integration or segregation instead of toeing the middle line and embarking on the "California Plan", a blitz attack to reclaim the Japanese-controlled ports.
    • The Hawaiian Missile Crisis, the analogue of the Cuban Missile Crisis and one of the hottest points of the Cold War, has reached its peak before the start and comes to an end and peaceful resolution by 1962.
  • In Name Only: Sverdlovsk and Magnitogorsk still consider their states successors to the USSR and use Soviet symbols, but their governments are labelled authoritarian democrat and despotist respectively since they don't actually employ socialist policies and are straight up juntas.
  • 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 supporting 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. Speer may try persecuting some Nazis but it won't end well for stability. Given that Speer's true intentions are definitely not good and he prides himself on upholding Hitler's legacy, it's a given that he'd never want the sheer extent of Nazi crimes to be revealed.
  • 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 the foul place.
  • Keystone Army:
    • 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.
  • Kill 'Em All:
    • In Japan, if the government fails to resolve the crisis caused by the Dai Li Conspiracy, a group of hardline politicians and aggressive IJA generals under Kishi Nobusuke execute Order 44, which leads to the assassinations of every Japanese Prime Minister candidate, as well as thousands of politicians, officers and mere civilians who stood in opposition to the Military Coup, leaving Kishi as the only one to claim the leadership in Japan.
    • Thermonuclear War also results in this, as every country on the map, and presumably most of humanity, perishes in nuclear hellfire.
  • 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: Heydrich paved his way to the heights of the SS and Hitler's favor through a mountain of corpses. The brutality and unscrupulousness of Heydrich towards his competitors made him very admirable in the eyes of Hitler, a firm Social Darwinist and encourager of the most fierce factionalism in the Reich.
  • 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's hawkish right wing 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 role 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...
  • Les Collaborateurs: Most of Europe is dominated by these, most noticeably England, where the collaborationist Royal Party is the only party allowed to govern 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 total inhumanity. If successful, he can free the enslaved populations, restore native rule to the Reichskommissariats, 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. At heart, he's still a Nazi and a fascist, who did away with the old system so he could remake Nazism in his view of how it should be, while opposed by his own cabinet, who are genuine democratic reformers.
    • 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.
  • 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 It Look Like an Accident: Josef Stalin died in an industrial accident in 20s. Many people In-Universe believe that the "accident" was orchestrated by Bukharin in order to eliminate his would-be political rival.
  • Make the Bear Angry Again: A variation. After being teared apart by anarchy 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 one of the 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.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: The storyline of Japan starts with an investigation of a seemingly minor case of murder near the docks which ends in a grand reveal of high levels of corruption between the government, military and large bussiness families, leading to the collapse of the government and economic crisis.
  • Mini-Game: There are many decision-based minigames in TNO, used to metaphorically represent political struggles. Some of the notable examples include:
    • The Italo-German Great Game, a variant game of sette e mezzo used to represent competing Italian and German influences over neutral-leaning countries in Europe. For each country, Italy and Germany exchange five rounds of diplomatic influences, represented by a point for each side; a diplomatic action can grant a random amount of points, and at the end of a round, if one side has more points than the other, they win that round. However, if a side's points go over 10, they lose that round. At the end of the 5 rounds, the side who won more rounds gets to turn the neutral country to their side; if a tie is reached, then the neutral country goes into isolation.
  • 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: Heydrich destroys the Volkshalle during his war with Speidel.
  • 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.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Russia is a home to the many of heroic and villainous types in the book. There are genuine idealists, like Tomsk, Sablin's Buryatia and Father Men who try to follow their moral values even in a Crapsack World that's the warlord-era Russia. Then, there are otherwise heroic countries that are undermined by serious flaws, like democratic Komi, or are the Good Is Not Soft types that are willing to Shoot the Dog when necessary, like Zhukov's WRRF and Batov's Sverdlovsk. There's neutral countries whose morality depends upon the player's actions such as Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk. There are villanious countries who are nevertheless shown with redeeming qualities and are able to head the positive changes, like Fascist Magadan, Samara and Irkutsk. Finally, there are pure evil factions that could come from sympathetic background (Omsk), if even that (Amur, Aryan Brotherhood, Taboritsky's Holy Russian Empire).
  • Multiple Endings: Most of the countries can follow multiple paths, and some of them can end in disaster.
    • Old World Blues demo release features Fallout-styled 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. It effectively served as a Foreshadowing for the diplomatic/military reunification mechanics for non-Southern Ural Russian states that they can use to gain their favor in the full game.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • The Reform Bureaucrats in the Japanese government, headed by Kaya Okinori, are totalitarian, corporatist, militaristic, and support colonialism over pan-Asianism. They are categorized as National Socialists, while the Taisei Yokusankai mainstream is categorized as Fascist.
    • While initially Alparslan Türkeş's brand of Kemalism in Turkey was directly influenced by successes of the German Nazism, he distanced himself from any connections to the Nazi ideology when Turkey became hostile to the Reich.
    • Ba'athists in the Arab world have little to no German influence, yet their nationalist and populist rhetoric closely align with Fascism and National Socialism, which they are classified as in the mod.
    • The Jewish nationalist paramilitary Lehi led by Avraham Stern seeks to create a pure Jewish ethnostate in the Middle East, and forcibly remove all other ethnic groups from their lands. Despite being Jewish, Stern's ideology is said to have been inspired by Nazi Germany itself.
    • The Hui warlord state, led by Japanese general Masanobu Tsuji, is ideologically completely separate from National Socialism, yet the sheer brutality of Tsuji led to it being categorized as a National Socialist state.
    • Ultranationalism is in gameplay a different ideology from National Socialism, but many Ultranationalists share National Socialism's militarism, rabid nationalism, and ethnic supremacism.
  • Napoleon Delusion: Russian warlord Nikolay Krylov in Kemerovo claims to be the second coming of Rurik, the semi-legendary founder of the Old Russian state.
  • NEET: As Nazis began utilizing forced labor to fix the crumbling economy, it became common for an ordinary German to not have any job, to the point where an entire generation was raised on the spoils of the slave system.
  • Necessarily Evil: Himmler makes no qualms that his nuclear plan is ultimately villainous. He does, however, sincerely believe a nuclear apocalypse will bring a better world after (though one with only Aryans as the sole surviving race) and believes nuclear war is a merciful alternative to an actual genocide, after witnessing German actions on the Eastern Front during World War II.
  • Neutral No Longer: If Göring establishes his rule over Germany, he can ensure that Switzerland, Sweden, and other nations of Europe, who gained advantage from being neutral during the worst conflicts on the continent, won't enjoy their benefits for too long.
  • The Neutral Zone: Following the start of the German Civil War, Rommel and Speidel assemble forces loyal to them in a neutral state centered on Germania and managing any remaining unaffiliated German client states. Whether or not they can successfully sit out the war and willingly join with the victor is another matter.
  • Nintendo Hard:
    • Picking Heydrich as the successor, e.g the player character when Hitler croaks is THE most difficult faction to play with, bordering on Unwinnable by Design: even Nation Française has a chance to lick its wounds from Burgundy, and Omsk and other warlords start in a quiet wasteland to build up and expand for decades. Not only you start around Luxembourg and Strassbourg with a bunch of lightly armed fanatics, but in full-scale war versus a superpower that is made of three fighting giants with fully mechanized, fully industrialized country of 100 million. Exploit an opening and start expanding, and ALL FOUR will join in an alliance against you, particularly painful since you have no cores during the fight, eating whatever tiny garrison force you can trickle down. If by some inhuman luck (or cheating) you dismantle the three-way alliance and win the fight, the center of Germany, Speidel's "Schutzzone" declares that "Germany will not accept a monster like Heydrich", unleashing the sleeping Wehrmacht remnants. Why is Heydrich's path so hard? Because if Heydrich wins this fight too and becomes the Führer, he will be shown Himmler's plans and he will agree to them without question, and he will get a single short focus tree all about helping Himmler finish his plans and nuke the world, ending the world in 3 months.
    • Rather realistically, it’s incredibly difficult for any U.S. President to achieve all their goals to perfection and ensure their party wins re-election. Barreling through without compromise typically table your popularity and ability to achieve future goals.
    • The Western Insurrection led by Long Yun's National Protection Army against the Republic of China is an extremely difficult war rivaling Heydrich's Germany in terms of difficulty.
      • Firstly, the war sees a tiny country with limited industry and manpower waging a war against the combined forces of both China and Japan, the latter of which, mind you, is a superpower.
      • Secondly, the country has a devastation value, which goes up over time and causes increasingly severe debuffs as it goes up, and many of the focuses in the country's tree increase devastation as a cost to granting bonuses. If devastation reaches 100, everything, from unit stats, industrial production, to stability, to war support, all get cut by 75%, meaning that the player has to play an extreme balancing game.
      • Thirdly, the war is a Timed Mission; not progressing the war will result in the leader getting assassinated and the country collapsing, so the player is forced to be recklessly aggressive just to survive.
      • Lastly, the war has specific timed objectives for totally taking over specific provinces (as in, occupying every tile in a province), that if failed, will result in huge penalties to stability, war support, and devastation. If the country loses some victory points and does not hold on to their total control, then devastation growth will rapidly accelerate. Even single tiles can cause a crack in the entire country and snowball the country into defeat.
  • Nonstandard Game Over: Aside from being annexed by another country, The New Order also has a start of nuclear war as a game over condition. If you're playing as Burgundy, however, this is instead your ultimate victory condition.
  • No Fair Cheating: The German starting tree disappears right after the failed assassination of Hitler, and there is no way to go past the first focus other than console commands. If the player uses focus.autocomplete to unlock The Speer Plan, a special event has Speer try to introduce his plans to work with the USA against Japan... only for Hitler to storm out of his room (still wearing his nightgown) and screaming about the player cheating, chewing them out for using console commands when HE conquered all of Europe without them, before telling them to restart the whole game, and play FAIRLY this time. Speer, completely baffled as to what Hitler is screaming about, decides to restart the heating system, hoping that Hitler's mental breakdown was just a lapse in the air conditioning.
    "Mein Gott! Had he taken his pills yet?"
  • No Place for Me There: Himmler believes that he doesn't have a place in the Aryan post-apocalyptic "utopia" he seeks to create and doesn't try to save himself if nuclear war actually happens.
  • Not Quite Dead: When Dirlewanger escaped from Speidel to the Urals, many in the Reich assumed that he couldn't survive the Russian frozen wastelands and angry Slavic hordes in it. To dismay of the Urals' population, they were wrong.
  • Nuke 'em: Should the German Anarchy be triggered, any combatant in the war (first Göring, then Bormann, Heydrich, Speer) may make the decision to employ nuclear missiles against the other participants in the civil war, devastating Germany no matter the victor.
  • Odd Friendship: Reichskommisar Müller has one with the leader of Free France, Jacques Massu. If Reichskommisar Huttig takes over the African states and tries to have Müller killed, Müller flees to the Free French territories and is greeted with open arms by his friend, and becomes a general for Free France.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Komi in Russia has two potential leaders named Svetlana who are also daughters of two different Soviet leaders (Bukharin and Stalin respectively).
    • The conservative Ino clique in Japan has two members named Ikeda. One is Ikeda Hayato, who is a deputy to the Prime Minister and the other one is Ikeda Masanosuke, another influential politician of the Conservative faction of Yokusankai and a potential Prime Minister after the Ino government goes down.
  • Ominous Fog: Smog blankets the skies of Kaukasus, created by massive heavy industry. The effect is intentional on the part of Reichskomissar Josias. In-game, this is represented by a special weather type.
  • Ominous Mundanity: The "Burgundian System" is a mundane and euphemistic name for an unimaginably extreme form of totalitarianism which effectively turns all of society into a massive concentration camp.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Heinrich Himmler wants a global nuclear apocalypse because he believes it will pave the way for the Aryan Master Race to recolonize the world.
  • Only Sane Man: Of all the potential successors to Hitler, Albert Speer is by far the most sensible, despite still being a Nazi and a Holocaust perpetrator in the past. He can enact major reforms in the Reich, putting a stop to the Nazis' insane obsession with racial purity and getting rid of its pointless military excesses. He can also do what none of the others would and enact the necessary economic changes to save the Reich's ailing economy as well as significantly improving its international image. Doing all this results in him facing massive opposition from die-hard National Socialists and potentially being overthrown, but if he makes the right choices, necessary compromises and stays clear of Himmler's schemes, he can reform the Reich into a semi-democratic institution, abolish slavery and racial hatred, and even create a version of the United Nations. Until it's revealed that he's doing all that to sustain Nazism forever, ensure German dominance, and in private, Speer is still very much a Nazi and absolutely despises genuine democratic reforms, leading to an inevitable showdown between him and the true reformers - his own cabinet.
  • Operation: [Blank]:
    • Göring is very fond of naming his military campaigns. Operation Isabella, Operation Herkules, Operation Sea Lion II, Fall Rockwell...
    • Burgundy's plans for its global operations are all titled Globalplan [Animal]. For instance, there are plans named Globalplan Kondor, Globalplan Wolf, and Globalplan Löwe.
  • Painting the Medium:
    • Burgundy is a nation that is immensely secluded, difficult to judge, and very, very secretive about its operations. To reflect this, the names of their national focuses are hidden when playing as anyone but them.
    • In Speer's Germany, Germany's map color changes depending on its internal politics; its shade of gray gets darker as the conservatives get stronger, but lighter as the reformists get stronger.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil:
    • Some of the Russian warlords can adopt Ultranationalism, and even analouges of National Socialism, so they can take revenge in the most gruesome manner upon Germany for two decades of cruelty and humiliation brought to the Russian people.
    • Dirlewanger is a noted rapist and in one of his many death events, this may come back to bite him in the ass as over 50 revenge-seeking women sneak into the camp in the dead of night, kill Dirlewanger, and tear out all of his organs to sell on the black market.
  • Peace Conference: The Italians and Iberians can reach a compromise solution during the Algerian crisis to prevent war from breaking out, and create a jointly-ruled condominium known as the Algerian Mandate, led by Messali Hadj.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Oddly, the US led OFN has an element of this. The Organization of Free Nations, despite its name, has less independent countries than the Unity-Pakt at game start. While some nations are willing participants, other countries, like Iceland and Guyana, are forced into the alliance at gunpoint, because the US fears that they will defect from the alliance or even join the Nazis if they get total freedom.
  • Player-Exclusive Mechanic: Burgundy has several mechanics that, if not dealt with well, will lead to Burgundy's collapse. You'll only have to deal with this if you're playing as Burgundy, though; the AI will never collapse as a result of failing to deal with these mechanics properly. Enforced, as Burgundy is an integral mover of world affairs, and them collapsing early would throw the story off the rails.
  • Please Select New City Name:
    • Most cities in Europe have been renamed to their German equivalent, and with Soviet cities having been outright named after German Generals and leaders.
    • The city that was known as Stalingrad during real World War II is now renamed into Paulusburg, named after German General Friedrich Paulus who was routed at the city during the West Russian War. Before that, the city was known as Voroshilovgrad, as Kliment Voroshilov was one of the Red commanders led the defense of this city against the White forces during the Russian Civil War. A certain other commander who also led the defense of Tsaritsyn, fell out of favor of Bukharin's government.
    • Berlin, the center of the new Reich, became Welthauptstadt Germania (or just Germania), in accordance with Hitler and Speer's vision for the city.
    • Vyatka during the Soviet period was known as Rykov (instead of Kirov), named after one of Soviet high officials and Bukharin's allies, Alexey Rykov. Communist unifiers of West Russia change the name of the city back.
  • Point of Divergence: The Russian Civil War goes on longer than in reality and Nikolay Bukharin comes to power and continues the New Economic Policy, which fails and leaves the Soviet Union under-industrialized, allowing Germany to steamroll Russia during World War II. This also allowed Hoover to defeat Roosevelt in the 1932 American presidential elections due to unflattering comparisons of Roosevelt's New Deal with Bukharin's NEP, paving the way for conservative candidate Joseph P. Kennedy to win the 1936 elections, causing the United States to remain isolationist and completely unprepared for the war with Japan and Germany.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In a world where fascism is the dominant ideology, racial hatred and genocide are commonplace.
  • Poor Communication Kills: After the total victory of the OFN during the South African War and the US establishing military control over the former territories of the African Reichskommissariats, the OFN starts to shoots itself in the foot by not even trying to reach out to the native African leaders and allowing their racist prejudices to stand in the way of their mission. In particular, General Westmoreland welcomes the African representatives to "Salisbury" (a European colonial name for Harare) and some MPs refuse Idi Amin entry into a bathroom because it is for white people only. As expected, the conference ends disastrously, with the African leaders quickly withdrawing from the negotiations and taking arms against their supposed "liberators".
  • The Promised Land:
    • There are 3 territories that potentially can become a Jewish homeland.
  • Precision F-Strike: One of the Ostafrikan trees ends with a focus named "Everyone is Fucking Useless".
  • Press X to Die: Some nations have paths or focus trees that can only end in the country's destruction whether it be waging an unrealstic war or forcing unrealistic policies on the domestic populace. As TNO is narrative-driven, there is little to nothing you can do to prevent it as you're instead following the story of a nation's downfall. For example, Omsk's endgoal is war against Germany, and pursuing that path will lead to nuclear destruction.
  • Pride Parade: The Trope Codifier of this trope in real life, the Stonewall Riots, can occur in the US under similar circumstances.
  • Proxy War: Many, in true Cold War fashion. If you are participating in one, you can send a group of "advisor" divisions (from a small amount of volunteers of 1-3 divisions to 50, effectively replacing home military with your own) to a faction you support. While it starts simple enough, further escalation of war can lead to some inconvenient events, like growing unrest at home and potential diplomatic crisis with other superpowers, which can turn out in a nuclear conflict in especially unlucky outcomes. Some examples of such wars in the mod:
    • The South African Civil War between the OFN-backed South African government and the Axis-backed Boer rebels serves as this timeline's version of The Vietnam War, complete with American soldiers trudging through hostile terrain while guerrillas hide out in the bush, as well as the expected peace protests and political bickering back home.
    • While Burgundy lacks an opportunity to have a strong presence in the German Civil War, Heydrich's Germany is essentially a proxy side for them, as the German SS is unquestionably loyal to Himmler rather than Heydrich, himself a little more than Himmler's puppet.
  • Puppet King:
    • Edward VIII is the powerless collaborator head of state of the Kingdom of England, his legitimacy coming entirely from the Nazis.
    • Even being the Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai is still completely dependent on Japan.
    • Hermann Göing's been retconned from a frothing militarist to this. He allied with the militarists for political power, but upon winning the German Civil War, he finds himself being dragged along in endorsing more wars, because if he doesn't they'll find a Führer who will.
  • Puppet State: Most of Europe and Asia starts as this to Germany and Japan respectively.
  • Purple Is the New Black: The ideology color of Burgundian System is purple, as Black was taken by Ultranationalism.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Should the German Anarchy be triggered, whatever faction is the last one standing will be left with total control of a devastated, famine-riddled, potentially radioactive German Reich.
  • 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.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Strangely, the nuclear apocalypse ending is this once it's clear that civilization has returned and that the nightmare of the Nazi-victory world is long forgotten. Especially since one event implies that Earth will return to a point where men can land on the Moon once more.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: The trailer for ''Corpse of Art'', an in-universe Japanese documentary that tells about the hardships jazz musicians face in the corporate and exploitative world of Japan.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The series of Hand Waves that allowed Germany to win WWII comes to an abrupt halt almost the day the Atlantropa is completed and the house of cards that is the German economy comes tumbling down and the German empire is thrown into chaos as the political scheming and infighting of Hitler's underlings intensifies, with what's left being held together entirely by Hitler himself. When that final pillar of stability collapses, civil war breaks out, the Reichskommissars seek out their personal agendas, and the areas that were once unable to organize due to constant bombardment start to get their act together.
    • The Atlantropa project, created without the approval of the Mediterranean nations, led to the total collapse of the Mediterranean economy as coastal ports suddenly found themselves miles inland and unable to trade. To make matters worse, the sheer cost of the project meant that the German economy essentially ceased to exist almost as soon as the project was completed, forcing the Germans to abandon the project and hand control of the Gibraltar dam to the Iberian Union, who found that there were so many faults with the dam that it threatened to burst and cause a flood of biblical proportions. The whole debacle has caused the three Mediterranean powers to turn on Germany and form their own faction, the Triumvirate.
    • If Himmler gets his nuclear war and ends the world as we know it, it turns out that it does not bring about the "Aryan paradise" without "lesser races" he dreamed of because it turns out that in reality, unlike Himmler's delusions, neither blonde hair nor blue eyes grant any sort of resistance to nuclear explosions and radioactive fallout. In fact, after the nuclear apocalypse, a new Jewish homeland can be built on the ruins of Germania, and when the surviving descendants of Burgundy emerge from their nuclear bunkers, they're so thoroughly convinced that only Aryans could have survived the nuclear holocaust that they assume every person currently alive was Aryan too, and peacefully assimilate with the rest of the world, essentially ensuring Himmler's deluded crusade of racial purity is forever defiled.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica:
    • It's implied this is what happened to Reichskomissar Emil Maurice in Reichskomissariat Madagaskar, who only got the job because the SS demanded he be removed from Germany for his Jewish ancestry. Maurice is suitably unhappy with the position.
    • Lazar Kaganovich, the leader of the former leader of the Stalinist Communists, was sent to govern Western Siberia to diminish his influence in Moscow politics. However, after the war, and by extension the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kaganovich managed to carve his own domain behind the Urals, where he plots to reclaim the Soviet Union.
  • Reassignment Backfire: Hitler made Himmler the leader of Burgundy so that it would diminish his political influence in the Reich proper, but it ended up giving Himmler a place to consolidate his power out of Hitler's sight.
  • Reference Overdosed: A good portion of Dirlewanger's death events consists of references to many other fiction works, up to Whole Plot References.
  • Resurgent Empire: If a Socialist warlord unifies Russia, it can restore the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. If Vyatka (under Tsar Vladimir III), Kemerovo (under Rurik II) or Chita (under Tsar Mikhail II) unifies Russia, it can restore the Tsardom of Russia.
  • The Remnant:
    • After the Nazis' triumphant march into Moscow and subsequent annexation of most land west of the Urals, the Soviet Union broke apart. All former Russian territory not annexed by Germany or Japan has been taken over by a myriad of squabbling warlords, mercenaries and supposed successor states following every ideology under the sun. Former Soviet politicians and military leaders were scattered across the country; many still hold on to Communism, though others have moved away from socialism and can no longer be really considered remnants of the Soviet Union. Major Soviet remnants can be found in the West Russian Revolutionary Front, Komi, Magnitogorsk (though they've pretty much thoroughly abandoned socialism there), Tyumen, People's Revolutionary Council, Irkutsk, Kyzylorda, and Tajikistan. WRRF and Irkutsk themselves are remnants of earlier times when they were much stronger Soviet successor states.
    • Free France is still around, although their situation is even worse. Their previous territory in North Africa has either annexed by the Axis or been glassed by the Luftwaffe so hard that most of inland Africa is just labeled as "Anarchy". Their last remnants are located on the Ivory Coast, and they are struggling to hold on to even that.
  • Restart the World: A major theme of The New Order is that the world is so utterly broken by an Axis victory that it will never recover, and that the only real way for the horrors of Fascism to end is for the world to be destroyed in nuclear fire. Many of the post-apocalyptic events take an unusually optimistic tone, and the ending overall takes a more positive outlook than even an ending where democracy sweeps the Earth. The implication is that, over time, the sins of the past will be lost to history and mankind will move on and rebuild. In a very twisted way, Himmler is right.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Kovner's United Partisan Organization, the only non-Nazi starting faction during the Ostland Civil War, are absolutely unambiguous in their goals to burn the entire Ostland down and kill all the Germans here.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman:
    • Claude Auchinleck and William Alexander of the 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 because of rumors of his family's ties to the Nazis.
    • Rudolf Hess was executed by Nazis for treason during the German occupation of England, while Joseph Goebbels was assassinated in Paris under mysterious circumstances during 50s.
    • Georgy Zhukov, Alexander Vasilevsky, Kliment Voroshilov and other famed Soviet generals ended up as Russian warlords in their own right.
    • Famed Soviet firearm designers Mikhail Kalashnikov and Yevgeny Dragunov (designers of the AK-47 and the SVD Dragunov) are the duumvirist leaders of Zlatoust, a Russian state.
    • Georgy Malenkov, the interim leader of the Soviet Union between Stalin and Khrushchev, is now a councilman in the Worker's Council of Orenburg.
    • West German Chancellors Kurt Georg Kiesinger, Helmut Schmidt and Ludwig Erhard are liberal politicians in the Nazi Party. They form four-thirds of the "Gang of Four", Albert Speer's closest aides who architect his major reforms.
  • 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 the warlords in Vyatka and Chita under the crown of Tsar Vladimir or Tsar Mikhail respectively.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • The Black League of Russia has adopted an Ultranationalist ideology, focusing on the total war to wage vengeance against those who laid Russia low. Should they reunify Russia, they can declare a war of extermination on Germany to avenge the massacre of the Slavic race, followed by war against the Japanese for their part in the war, and can even go as far to wage war against the former Allies for their failure to help Russia defeat the Nazis.
    • The Western Insurrection headed by Long Yun's National Protection Army is focused on reclaiming all of China and building a enormous army for a massive war of revenge against the Japanese. Like Omsk, Long Yun is also Ultranationalist.
    • Abba Kovner in RK Ostland wants to take revenge on the Germans for enacting the Holocaust and genociding the Jews. He leads an extremely brutal resistance group called the United Partisan Organization, and his ultimate goal is to burn Ostland to the ground and pay back every one of the six million lives with German ones.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: In one of the Apocalyptic Logs a native tribe discovers the ruins of New York with a survived Empire State Building, which becomes the throne for their new empire.
  • Rule of Cool:
    • The German faction in the Cold War is technically called the Einheitspakt, but in game it's referred to as the Unity-Pakt, even though it doesn't make sense from a linguistic perspective, since it combines an English and German word at the same time. The name is kept because it just sounds cool.
    • Paris is actually cut into Northern and Southern halves by the Seine, so the term "Ost-Paris" doesn't make much physical sense. It is more thematically fitting for Burgundy however, since it's on the East side of France.
  • Rule of Drama: The creation of the Iberian Union has no real life basis, and it was unlikely for Spain and Portugal to unite into a single country just because of German aggression. Iberia exists in some ways purely to fuel narrative needs for political drama and allowing the Iberian Wars to happen.
  • Rule of Symbolism: In the post-nuclear apocalypse ending, humanity manages to rebuild and forget about the horrors and hatred inflicted by the Axis victory, unwittingly creating a benevolent civilization based on the opposite of the values the Nazis and Fascists admired. This new humanity even manages to put people on the moon once more, with the Astronauts being confused by a white flag already on the moon placed before them. Said flag is the same one the Nazis placed on the moon in the beginning of the game, but years of exposure to the Sun has bleached it white and removed all traces of the actual Nazi flag. Not only does said bleaching symbolize humanity moving past and forgetting a hateful era, but it also turns the Nazi flag into the white flag of surrender. Thus, the Astronauts taking it down and replacing it with their own flag symbolizes the old world surrendering to the new one for good.
  • Russian Guy Suffers Most: While nobody got it easy in the New Order, the Russians (and other peoples of the USSR) got it among the worst. Not only was the European part of the former Soviet Union ravaged and enslaved by the Germans, but areas beyond them fell into anarchy and became divided among numerous warlords. Even if Russia reunifies, it will be long until the country heals the scars of her past.
  • Schmuck Bait: There are some paths in various nations' focus trees that end only in misery, exacerbating the nation's problems (or at least doing nothing to solve them) and ultimately plunging them into chaos. Fans often jokingly refer to these paths as "REALLY GOOD IDEAS".
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The unification event for the Far East if Yagoda unites it features this with an NKVD executioner.
  • Shown Their Work: An absolutely astounding amount of historical research is done to flesh out the setting of Russia. A huge amount of Russian military men, ranging from the famous to the really obscure, were dug out of historical archives and added to TNO as generals in Russia. Most of the Russian generals have no English source, some have no commonly available photographs, and a select few are so obscure, information and photos of them could not be found outside of specific Russian digital archives.
  • Slap-on-the-Wrist Nuke: Averted, unlike vanilla Hearts Of Iron IV. Any degree of nuclear warfare is devastating for the participants, and a large enough nuclear exchange will lead to a Game Over for not just your country, but the entire world, as civilization collapses from the bombs, fallout, and chaos caused by the war.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Two democratic nations in Russia, Komi and Tomsk, occupy radically different ends of the spectrum, in regards to democracy. Komi is way on the cynical end of the spectrum; their democracy is massively unstable, with people of all sorts of foul ideologies willing to take power. They can use democracy to gain power, only to cast democracy aside once they have it. Even the democratic faction in charge of Komi at game start isn't above using foul play, up to assassination, to maintain their power. Tomsk, on the other hand, is very idealistic; the republic is rooted so tightly to democratic ideals, that some of the parties are, for instance, named the Modernists and Bastilists. Democracy has very widespread support in Tomsk, and this keeps authoritarians out of their politics; as long as Tomsk is independent, they will always be democratic.
    • The mod itself falls right into the middle of the scale. On one hand: The world is as crapsacky as it gets, there are dozens of tyrants accross the world, The United States of America can commit plenty of questionable and amoral acts even though they are the "good guys", and the world can get even worse depending on the player's actions. On the other: It's a World Half Full where things can get better (if enough effort is put into it), there are also dozens of leaders who do want to fight nazism and tyrants and can liberate their countries from them and at it's core, one of the messages of TNO is that dystopia IS hard and they are bound to fall given enough time. The post-nuclear endings even take on a idealistic tone, with humanity forgetting the old hateful regimes and creating a new society based on peace and understanding.
  • Soviet Superscience: Perhaps more closely post-Soviet Superscience, but the Mad Scientist Trofim Lysenko, a remnant of the old Soviet Union, possesses all manner of insane and advanced technology, and as a result of Lysenko's brilliance/insanity and his abandoning of any ethical limitations he ever had, his nation of Magnitogorsk gets a massive 25% reduction in research time, all but assuring that Magnitogorsk will always be on the cutting edge of global technology.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The Thermonuclear War superevent plays an excerpt from Lu Ann Simms's rendition of "Love Me as Though There Were No Tomorrow" right after the sounds of nuclear blasts and people screaming in terror, which makes the whole situation even more unnerving.
  • Space Cold War: By the start date of the mod, there is an ongoing three-way Cold War between Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and the United States.
  • Space-Filling Empire:
    • In case of a total OFN victory during the South African 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...
    • Göring's conquests employ a lot of this as he installs Reichskommissariats to govern over large swaths of territory without any concern for geographical and cultural differences of the conquered countries.
  • The Spartan Way: Spartanism is the key element that distinguishes Burgundian System from ordinary National Socialism. In Spartanism, entertainment, freedom, and excess are seen as decadent, so all welfare, property, culture, and entertainment are stripped out of the lives of normal citizens, and everyone is forced to either work in the industries or in the military. Life is reduced to its bare minimum, with homes replaced by minimalist communal barracks, and even clothing regulated to militaristic basics. Laziness is equated to crime, and crime is instantly punished by permanent banishment to the slave camps. The adherents of the Burgundian System believe that this system of state oppression and absolute control will create a perfect race of hardworking Aryans.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion: One of Dirlewanger's many death events will have leaked footagenote  of him suddenly igniting while he is giving orders, baffling scientists.
    "Maybe hell had simply claimed him."
  • Standard Snippet: Brief parts of musical pieces play when a super event shows up.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Göring wants to apply research purely on superweapons, developing some crazy Wunderwaffen like the the Sun Gun. However, it's implied none of these experimental weapons will work, with the Sun Gun in particular falling out of orbit and serving as ANOTHER death event for Dirlewanger when parts of it crush him flat.
  • Succession Crisis:
    • While Hitler makes it clear whom he wants to see as his successor (be it Speer, Bormann, Göring or Heydrich), other candidates don't quite agree with him and rally their forces to take the Führer's mantle by themselves after Hitler's death.
    • South Africa starts as a de jure monarchy and part of the British Empire, but the throne remains empty, as supporting the claims of either Edward VIII and Elizabeth II means they have to side with either the OFN or the Unity-Pakt and abandon their neutral stance, something which the South African government wants to avoid at the beginning date.
  • Suddenly Significant City: Orenburg, a rather ordinary city in the Ural Mountains, becomes one of the richest and most important cities in the entirety of Russia (due to being untouched by the war and protected with mountains from pillagers), accordingly named "the Venice of Russia". Unfortunately, this reputation also attracts the vilest marauders of the Urals...
  • Take Over the World: The goal of Göring's Germany, and the German militarists in general, is to take over as much of the world as possible through military conquest.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When Germany collapses into a civil war, the three mainland African RKs will form the Afrika Schild in an attempt to cling on to power as their lifeline is cut. The leaders do not get along however, and Hans Hüttig especially views his comrades as incompetent and will eventually turn on them.
  • Televised Torture: Kovner's United Partisan Organization records and broadcasts the torture and killings of German prisoners as it happens after other factions are defeated.
  • Title Drop: Helmut Schmidt uses the phrase "the last days of Europe" in an event near the end of Germany's Authoritarian Democrat route when discussing the possible consequences of Speer's Villainous Breakdown with Willy Brandt.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Himmler doesn't have any illusion that he (or the Burgundian state, for that matter) will survive the nuclear war he pursues. In fact, he gladly accepts such fate, since he doesn't believe himself to be Aryan enough.
  • The Theocracy:
    • Seeing how both the secular Tsars and godless Communists failed to perform Russia's divine duty of protecting and promoting the Orthodox faith and were both punished for their sins, several Russian warlords, including those in Gayny, can launch a crusade against infidels in order to restore His rule over the Christian people and form Russia as a nation ruled by the Church.
    • Likewise, during the Iberian Civil War, as a reaction to governmental fecklessness which caused this conflict, the National Redemption Front wants to take over the peninsula to create a Catholic state, the "Kingdom of God on Earth".
    • Under the rule of Nikolay Zabelkin, Kostanay becomes an Islamic theocracy wanting to launch a jihad against the infidels of other parts of Kazakhstan.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In one of the post-apocalyptic events, surviving SS members within a Ukrainian military base decide to destroy the world again and create another nuke, only for a nameless aged man to kill them all (and himself) by detonating the nuke right then and there.
  • Uncertain Doom: Bukharin disappeared without a trace after the Soviet collapse. There are several versions of his further fate in the mod.
  • Unexpected Successor: Heydrich is the least expected successor to Hitler, and when he is declared as such, hardly anyone outside of the SS approves of the decision, due to Heydrich's personal unpopularity and ties with Himmler. Similarly, an AI controlled Heydrich has basically no chance to win the civil war, and presents a major challenge to a human player.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The game is quite different than the vanilla game; rather than focusing on combat only, the mod is more of a series of mini-games similar to vanilla Britain's change to fascism focus. Combat does occur, but it's more of an inconvenience or a minigame in itself as the world cannot descend into all-out war for fear of nuclear apocalypse. The player is forced to make choices, investigations and decisions to influence the world and advance its agenda, especially when playing as Ordenstaat-Burgund.
  • United Europe: With Nazi Germany's victory in WWII, most of Europe, especially Continental Europe, became unified under the Greater Germanic Reich, whose network of colonies, puppet states, client states, allied states, and generally pro-German countries stretch across almost all of Europe. Even after Italy split with Germany, Germany is still the biggest player in Europe, and their Unity-Pakt (officially Einheitspakt) bills itself as a Pan-European alliance of European Brotherhood and Unity, guided by the German hegemon.
  • Unwinnable by Design: While extremely difficult, most of Göring's tree can be successfully executed by the player, allowing the Reich to control more of the world than any other force in history. However, the final plans to invade Japan and America are quite simply impossible and serve as merely traps for the world to fall into a devastating nuclear war that will likely obliterate civilization.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The Indian Raoists are willing to engage in violent suppression of opposition, forceful de-urbanization, and harsh rule to bring about their rural socialist utopia.
  • Vestigial Empire:
    • Nazi Germany is ailing, falling at the seams, has a failed economy that is seeing no signs of improvement, relies on a constantly rebellious slave caste for its industry, has fallen behind militarily and diplomatically to Imperial Japan and The United States, and its entire sphere seems to be planning out the best ways to break away and invade each other.
    • France, both Nazi puppet and Resistance flavors:
      • The French State is partially balkanized with an independent Britanny and one third occupied by Himmler's Burgundy. For their colonies, Japan took French Indochina, Germany took French Congo, Iberia and Italy jointly occupied French Algeria (leaving France with just the tiny coastal capital), while the rest of their colonies went independent.
      • Free France got it even worse; having already lost of almost all of their territories to the French State, the only territory still under their effective control is the Ivory Coast in West Africa, which is also bombed into oblivion daily as training by German pilots to prevent any threats rising. By 1962, they only control a tiny strip of coastal land on West Africa, and are also teetering on the edge of a further political crisis.
  • A Villain Named Khan: Abu Dusukhambetov, the leader of bandits in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan, named himself Abu Khan to invoke the glory of warlords of the past, such as Genghis Khan.
  • Villain Protagonist: Most major countries have this to an extent; if you play as them, you will perform horrible actions to gain supremacy on the world stage. A playthrough as Burgundy, though, will 100% cause you to be this.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Hitler's assassination attempt, Himmler flies into an uncharacteristic fury. It turns out Himmler orchestrated the assassination to gain control of Germany, and as a result creates a new plan...
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Even the most peace-loving and diplomatic Russian warlords more often than not have to rely on force and warfare in the reunification of Russia, since they are still surrounded by states who outrightly reject their values or are not inclined towards peaceful resolutions at all, like Omsk.
  • War Is Hell:
    • The German Civil War, especially if it reaches the state of Anarchy, is shown in the mod in all its numerous horrors: millions of dead, major cities are absolutely wiped out, famine and diseases spreading across the country, and possibly even the nuclear annihilation of all of Germany.
    • The Great Asian War, an unavoidable war between Japan's Co-Prosperity Sphere and Asian countries revolting against it led by China, is a war that involves so many people and so many nations that it will be deadlier than World War II. If Japan wins the war, then very, very bad things happen.
  • We ARE Struggling Together:
    • The Triumvirate faction formed between the Mediterranean powers - Italy, Iberia, and Turkey - out of a mutual hatred of Germany and a desire to work together and fix their broken economies. However, now that Germany is declining, the threat (and thus the whole reason for their alliance) is fading too. Add to that border disputes between Italy and the other two, and Iberian resentment at the other two for 'not paying their fair share' to keep Atlantropa from flooding the Mediterranean, and the Triumvirate seems to be on its way out.
    • The National Progressive Party in America is a bizarre combination of Socialists and Progressives allied with Dixiecrats and Fascists, united in common cause against the political establishment and America's reluctance to engage Japan directly. Depending on what direction the Republican-Democrats take with regards to the civil rights movement, one wing or the other will win out in the NPP, turning it into either Progressive or an outright Socialist party, a Far-Right party, a Fascist party that may or may not support the Reich, or potentially a more moderate variant of either extreme.
    • While members of the United Partisan Organisation in Ostland are united under the banner of resistance to Nazis, many of them take issue with Kovner's occasional brutality against the natives (especially those who aligned with Vituska) and his disregard for any means as long as it accomplishes his desire for revenge.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye:
    • Adolf Hitler dies in a year or so after the start of the game, leaving his place to be taken by the strongest.
    • Sultan Farouk of Egypt chokes to death at a party after completing his first focus tree.
    • Prince Amadeo, Viceroy of Italian East Africa, is on his deathbead at the game start.
    • John F. Kennedy, Nixon's VP and successor after his resignation, is assassinated by a radical Guyanese nationalist before 1964.
    • Josef Tiso, dictator of Slovakia, dies three weeks into the game of a heart attack while watching the German moon landing.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Göring's militarist allies believe that all problems that Germany faces on the moment, including degrading economy, mass youth protests against the Nazi regime and succumbing to Japanese and American influence, are happening because Germans got used to peace for too long, and, since it's a full-scale war that made Germany rich and powerful, the Reich needs to declare a global war again, preferably with the rest of the world, so it can re-achieve the lost greatness.
  • Wham Line:
    • One of ending slides for the Ural League in the Old World Blues demo tells about the encounter between the Ural League and the restored Soviet state in the West. At first, the League prepares to defend themselves from the very same state that once put them in Gulag. But as it turns out, this is not the case.
    Georgy Zhukov: Comrade Mendriks, I've come to bargain.
    • In the final focus of Burgundy's focus tree after Hitler's assassination attempt, Himmler divulges his ultimate plan:
    The Reichsfuhrer SS has a vision for a new world, one where the corrupt have been wiped away and the lesser races have been purged. A world where the Aryan is free to settle as he sees fit, building a new society within the framework of National Socialism.
    And it is a world forged in the fires of global thermonuclear war.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The Ural states form an extended reference to Fallout: New Vegas and its Old World Blues expansion. No surprise that the demo release for TNO set in Southern Urals is named Old World Blues...
    • Orenburg is the Mojave in general and New Vegas itself in particular — a loose collection of city-states with no real central government outside of the central city itself, which is heavily influenced by a genius industrialist, that their neighbors are fighting over. Furthermore, much like the outlying Mojave communities, the outlying villages of Orenburg are highly autonomous, often technologically lacking compared to the city and the neighboring states, and chafe under both greater control from the city and against the prospect of greater influence from their "benefactors" in the Ural League.
    • The Dirlewanger Brigade is a stand-in for Caesar's Legion — an organized and brutal force founded by an aging member of a semi-autonomous entity within a larger power who was presumed missing, and which is as much a raiding army as a state and seeks to acquire the riches of Orenburg. Furthermore, Dirlewanger himself parallels Caesar, as a member of a hegemonic nation from the west that was lost and presumed dead in lands further east, but in actuality, was carving out a new empire, and has designs of conquering his old homeland if his more immediate goals succeed. The biggest difference is that Dirlewanger and his men have no real desire to settle, making them something more like a Legion held together by Lanius rather than Caesar.
    • The Ural League is the New California Republic, or at least the Mojave detachment thereof — they're a highly professional force that has declared its intent to protect Orenburg and any refugees that may seek to join them, regardless of if Orenburg wants their protection. However, their training limits their forces in the field and like the NCR in the Mojave, they're largely based out of old world military bases and fortifications and waited out the end of the old regime in fortified bunkers (vaults for the NCR and gulags for the Ural League).
    • Magnitogorsk, led by the Mad Scientist Trofim Lysenko and based out of the Black Mountain, is a clear stand-in for the Big MT and the Think Tank that leads it, wielding technologies similar to those developed by Big MT for the Sierra Madre and with Lysenko acting more or less as the unchained Think Tank from the Old World Blues Bad Ending with tinges of Father Elijah.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace:
    • Germany may have done far better than it ever could have hoped in World War II, but there are still active partisan groups in its Eastern territories in the 60s, and the horrendous economic-political structure of the Nazi Party has led to an economic crash in the 50s and will cause an inevitable civil war in the 60s.
    • Neither the OFN nor Afrika Schild find themselves in an ideal situation should they achieve total victory in the South African War. If the OFN is victorious, they end up in control of a massive area of ruined land, still crawling with African guerillas, many of whom had willingly joined the SS brigades. They, along with the still-unhappy Boers, will pose a lasting nightmare for South Africa and the US military administration of Central Africa. Meanwhile, Afrika Schild and the Boer State are left holding control of a massive ANC-aligned population if they win, and without the threat of the OFN have every reason to turn on one another. In addition, Huttig no longer needs the other two R Ks as allies.
  • A World Half Full: The world of The New Order may be genuinely horrific, but it is possible for good to prevail. Himmler's schemes can fail, the Reich may either reform or collapse, and democracy and freedom can sweep the planet once again. As the Star Wars event chain demonstrates, as the 1980's approach people are genuinely beginning to develop a new hope for a bright new century for humankind. Even the worst-case scenario, the nuclear apocalypse, has humanity rebuilding, building a society of love and equality, and letting go of the hatred that led to near-extinction.
  • You 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.

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