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Thousand-Week Reich is an Alternate History – Nazi Victory mod for Hearts of Iron IV, based on AP246's Thousand-Week Reich timeline. Most of the lore of the mod is based on the original timeline, but with some adaptations to better suit the game.

Compare and contrast with The New Order Last Days Of Europe, another Alternate History – Nazi Victory mod for HOI4, which is more narratively-driven, and features more ambitious and outlandish scenarios and mechanics.


The mod's community can be found on Reddit and on Discord.

Thousand-Week Reich (the Game Mod) provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Deviation: Some details in lore differ between the mod and the map timeline:
    • The NATO analogue is named Toronto Accords instead of Atlantic Union.
    • Four atomic bombs were dropped on Japan as part of Operation Downfall, instead of eleven.
    • Instead of a Council of Nations being formed after the German Civil War, the United Nations is formed by the Toronto Accord and many non-European countries soon after WWII.
  • Alternate History: While Thousand-Week Reich itself is an alternate history, the player can choose to deviate from AP246's established timeline (from 1952, the mod's start-date, onward), effectively creating an alternate history within an alternate history.
  • Balkanize Me:
    • If Japan goes too far left or too far right and gets invaded by the Toronto Accord, Japan will be divided between several occupation zones, which transition into a Japanese Confederation made up of 5 chunks.
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    • The collapse of RK Kaukasus results in this battle royale between 14 different factions, consisting of Nazi remnants, Soviet remnants, and regional powers.
    • By 1952, the former British Raj had become completely divided up between eight countries, consisting of a Bose-led Republic of India in the North, the competing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the South, a seceded Pakistan bordering Bose's India along the Indus River, and the independent states of Hyderabad, Mysore, Bengal, Kashmir, and Sikkim.
    • If French Authority (the former Free France and French West Africa united into one government, puppeted by the British) goes fascist and declares the creation of Republic of Lazarie (a Rhodesia-styled "rightful white nation in Africa"), they will renounce all of their claims on the colonies and move into Dakar. This creates a power vacuum, leading to many newly created African nations securing their independence.
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  • Black and Grey Morality: The US does questionable things during the German-American Cold War such as support right wing dictators and invade Iceland if it falls under a Socialist government wanting nothing to do with either side. Their opponents are the Nazis.
  • Civil War:
    • As in the official timeline, Germany can collapse into a German Civil War. The primary contending factions in the normal civil war are the Rightful Government (gathering most of the government), the SS and the Emergency Wehrstaat (a military junta of Wehrmacht officials), with resistance movements in occupied nations taking the opportunity to launch uprisings. If the civil war drags on the German Resistance can gain enough support to launch an uprising, establishing their own contender dubbed People's Germany — and potentially quickly snowballing against the exhausted other factions.
    • The French State is likely to fall into civil war roughly around the time Germany is likely to, between collaborators and a Resistance uprising.
    • RK Moskowien, RK Ukraine and RK Kaukasus collapses after Hitler's death, with remnants of the Reichskommissariat fighting against native uprisings, and some conflicts between various groups of rebels (with Caucasus the worst off in that regard. In Ukraine's case it is also possible for a collaborator faction to appear in some circumstances, fighting their fellow Ukrainians on the side of the Nazis because they believe it to be the best shot at a better deal for Ukraine). RK Ostland is somewhat more stable, only collapsing if the German Civil War begins, but the sides haven't been revealed yet.
    • Turkestan collapses shortly after the mod begins when its extremely old leader, the 94 years old Eshon Babakhan ibn Abdulmajikdan, dies and his son proves incompetent. Multiple separatist rebellions appear, and supporters of a united Turkestan divide into two factions (loyalists to Eshon's ideals, and liberals wanting a republic) — the separatists are far more likely to win than not, but this does not necessarily mean the end of the fighting.
  • Commie Nazis:
    • Otto Strasser is a potential leader for People's Germany and can reintroduce a form of left-leaning Nazism should he take power.
    • Zaytsev becoming leader of the Soviet Union leads to an indirect case — Zaytsev's rule is a blend of socialism and neo-feudalism, but he does take direct inspiration from Strasserism (Strasser's ideology took some weird turns while in exile) and is apparently a fan of Strasser.
  • Corrupt Politician:
    • Syngman Rhee is the US-backed autocratic president of the Republic of Korea, who runs a sham democracy and suppresses protesters against his unpopular and corrupt rule.
    • Nobusuke Kishi, the America-backed former economic manager of Manchukuo and war crime suspect, can come to power in Japan through the Liberal Democratic Party platform. Kishi, with American support, state controlled corruption, and collusion with the Yakuza, will eventually ban the communists and the social democrat opposition, and purge his opponents to establish a one-party "democracy" dominated by the LDP.
  • The Coup: In the event that Li Zongren comes to power in China but fails to hold on to power during his opposition purge, he will be couped by KMT spymaster Dai Li. Dai Li, an admirer of western fascist ideals, would proceed to reshape China into a fascist nation, as he enforces Han supremacy, creates "summer camps" for minorities, installs Chiang's son Chiang wei-kuo as a puppet, and ends the red threat with a great purge.
  • Cult of Personality:
    • Gotenland (Nazi-ruled Crimea) is headed by the ruthless Reinhard Heydrich, who had created a major cult of personality surrounding himself and Hitler.
    • A cult of personality around Hitler exists in Germany proper, although it has been implied that it can somewhat cursory depending on event choicesnote .
  • Dark Horse Victory:
    • The player can allow Oswald Mosley and his controversial Union Movement to be elected to power in Britain (which will never happen with AI players), beating out both the Labours and Conservatives.
    • It is possible for People's Germany (a coalition of democrats, socialists and disillusioned ex-Nazis), a faction which doesn't even exist unless the war drags on and spawns controlling a single state, to win the German Civil War.
    • The primary contenders to re-unite Russia is the Russian Republic in the Far East, and the rump Soviet Union holding on to the border with Nazi-occupied Russia, but between the two are several warlord states — two of which can, in the hands of someone sufficiently capable, also bring Russia together.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Although not perceived as such in-universe, this is effectively what the German Civil War is for Nazi Germany on a strategic level. A quick, decisive conflict can clear out a lot of the tensions and competing factions, allowing a more efficient Nazi Germany that has a better chance of competing with the Toronto Accord (especially since avoiding the civil war means making compromises that exacerbates some of the issues)... but if the Toronto Accord takes the opportunity to intervene, or they don't but the civil war drags on, Nazi Germany runs a significant risk of collapsing from it, while if they avoid the civil war they can usually limp on.
  • Dirty Communists:
    • General Ivan Konev leads a faction of "Ultravisionaries" in the Soviet Union, who are totalitarian to the max. If Konev comes to power in the Soviet Union, he will immediately launch a massive purge, arresting Bulganin's rightists, Kruglov's moderates, and empower the NKVD. He will begin mass surveillance, launch show trials, and pull a Pinochet/North Korea combination by throwing his enemies off of planes and shooting them with tank cannons. He concludes his NKVD Tree by giving Zhukov a plane ride. Konev's reclamation strategy involves bombing Siberia with either tactical nukes or poison gas. He even has a focus tree for unethical human research. It was said by the developers that many of his awful ideas can result in the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    • Admiral Nikolai Kuznetsov (who has apparently become more unhinged due to bad experiences during the German-Soviet war) can come to power by couping the rightist Bulganin, and he will proceed to run the country to the ground. He will conduct mass arrests on a huge scale, and stuff the gulags so full that he literally has entire focus branches where he creates gulag labor towns, gulag army divisions, and gulag penal fleets. This will eventually trigger a revolt against him.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means:
    • Heinrich Himmler and his SS are one of the major participants of the German Civil War. Should the SS win, they will turn Germany into a massive Police State dominated by the SS, with things like "A Nation of Fear", "Thought Crimes", "City-Sized Camps", and "Living is a Reward" being some of the focuses in his tree. Even their economy tree is explicitly dystopic with their heavy focus on slave economy.
    • If Himmler dies during the German Civil War, but the SS still wins the Civil War, Reinhard Heydrich can take over and also turn Germany into an SS police state (the most dystopic focuses are in fact shared between Heydrich and Himmler), though with less paganism.
  • Faction-Specific Endings: Spain can go down almost every ideology in the game, be it sticking with Franco's autocracy, transition into a liberal democratic republic, replace Franco with a Falangist hardliner, replace Franco with the monarchy (which in turn can go down pro-German National Socialist, autocratic neutral, authoritarian neutral, democratic, or even social democratic paths), or even straight up have a revolution and turn into a Stalinist state.
  • Fictional United Nations: A counterpart to the UN exists in the form of... the United Nations, sharing the iconography, name and rough organisation of the OTL UN, but with very few members in Europe, implied to have somewhat different Security Council makeup (given the USSR and France's situations) and having emerged in a somewhat different warnote .
  • Full-Circle Revolution: It's possible for People's Germany to either become a dictatorship driven by perpetual emergency law under Erich Mielke, a communist military dictatorship under Marshal Willi Stoph's junta, or even revert back to a form of Nazism should Otto Strasser take over.
  • The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek of the Republic of China is a military dictator who maintains an indefinite martial law to purge the socialists and remove his opponents. He will build a Cult of Personality, make himself President for Life, and eventually try to implement dynastic politics and make China a Hereditary Republic with the Chiang family in power forever.
  • Going Native: Ernst Jünger, German author famous for his Storm of Steel WW1 memoir, was exiled by Germany into the Soviet rump state due to his unconventional beliefs during the war. He proceeds to learn Russian, adopt a Russian name (Fyodor Ivanov), and works with Georgy Zhukov to develop Zhukovism (a sort of Patriotic Socialism).
  • Government in Exile: The Dutch government has been exiled from their homeland and is now based in Indonesia.
  • Internal Reformist: Reformist leader options in the Soviet Union include Yuri Orlov and Frida Vigdorova. They are ideologically categorized as social democrats, and if they come to power, they can put the Soviet Union onto a more free and liberal path than the Soviet Union ever did in real life, to the point where Orlov can embrace social progressivism. Georgy Zhukov and Fyodor Ivanov are also reformists, though they are Zhukovists and are thus different from Orlov and Vigdorova.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Zhukov removes the NKVD from the Soviet politics by giving them a whole country to rule - the Siberian Isles Soviet, located on the nearly unpopulated Arctic islands of Novaya Zemlya, which Zhukov proceeds to use as a nuclear test site.
  • Military Coup:
    • Portuguese reformist general Humberto Delgado can launch a coup against Salazar to create a democratic pro-TA government.
    • Elements of the US Army can launch a coup, implied to be triggered by the President and his cabinet appeasing Nazi Germany. This can either lead to the Speaker of the House (who is second in the line of presidential succession, after the Vice President) temporarily assuming the presidency before a return to normal democratic process, or a temporary military administration, with four potential military presidents (one which always restores proper democracy, one which sets up a pseudo-democracy with the military holding influence in the background and a coalition government that dominates regardless of elections, one which has a choice between those two options, and one which sets up an outright permanent military dictatorship).
    • The Japanese National Police Reserve (a predecessor to the JSDF) can be invited to launch a coup during the Japanese elections when the Social Democrats are rumored to be committing election fraud and forming a coalition with the Marxists, letting the police create a right-wing government. The coup is based on a real planned coup against PM Shigeru Yoshida.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Strom Thurmond as the President of the United States is a mix between President Evil and President Buffoon, as his mismanagement of the Civil Rights Movement causes what's basically a low-level race war in America (the "Civil Rights War"), and his response is to arrest the civil rights activists and make the situation even worse.
  • Persecution Flip: If Yakov Dzhugashvili, one of Stalin's sons, manages to take control over former RK territory liberated by the USSR, he will take revenge on the Germans by forcibly deporting every German out of Eastern Europe, and turn the place into an oppressive North Korea lite.
  • Pretext for War: China isn't too happy with there being a Communist government in Vietnam — so it provides support for the VNQDD (a KMT-inspired party that after falling out with the Vietnamese communists had many of its members flee across the border to China) to launch an uprising in northern Vietnam officially setting up a Vietnamese Republic, then steps in to aid their 'fellow republic'.
  • Reality Ensues: The Volkshalle, an overly-large structure built on unstable ground, can dramatically collapse and completely demoralize Germany.
  • Realpolitik: Hermann Goering, an opportunist with a weaker belief in the Nazi ideology, will seek a détente with the west while keeping the status quo of the German internal politics if he becomes the new Führer.
  • La Résistance: The ones in the original timeline still exist, and if the course of history diverges from the timeline, other resistance movements can gain prominence. Such as, if the German Civil War drags on long enough, the German Resistance.
  • Revolving Door Revolution: Ending up with a People's Germany led by the FDJ (Free German Youth, Freie Deutsche Jugend) involves a long series of government replacements, starting with People's Germany winning the German Civil War, the Councilists coming to power and then getting couped by the Revolutionäre Kommunistische Front, who put Marshal Willi Stoph's junta in power, and ending with the FDJ couping Marshal Stoph when they're sick of his dictatorship.
  • Space Cold War: The mod primarily focuses on a cold war between the Toronto Accord and Nazi Germany (whose faction is named Neuordnung, or "New Order" in English). While the cold war lasted only 10 years in the official timeline, it can go on for much longer in the mod as player and AI decisions can avert Germany's downfall in its civil war. The later years in the mod, especially if Nazi Germany as in the canon has collapsed by then, is likely to feature the beginnings of a cold war between China and the USA.
  • Start My Own: In response to Germany collapsing in its civil war, the two SS-Ordenstaats of Banat and Gotenland can set up their own Reichs (Greater Reich of Donau-Schwaben and Greater Gotische Reich, respectively), crossing this trope with The Remnant. Banat, by far the weaker of the two, has another possible response (try to cut a deal with Hungary or Romania and set themselves up as an autonomous region). Gotenland, under the ambitious Heydrich, does not, and can even extend its domain over the other eastern Reichskommissariats.
  • Succession Crisis:
    • The struggle to succeed Hitler is intense enough that there's a special mechanic for it, with Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Göring, Albert Speer, Martin Bormann and Heinrich Himmler all jockeying for when Hitler dies. To make it even more complicated, even when someone comes out on top in the initial struggle, it isn't necessarily over — if the German Civil War starts, the various leader figures in the "Rightful Government" still struggle for influence while trying to defeat the other military factions, the SS is in most circumstances led by Heinrich Himmler but has three possible replacement figures (Reinhard Heydrich, Hereditary Prince Josias, and Hans Lammers) should he die, and even the Wehrstaat is split between the Military-Nazis under Erich von Mannstein and the Moderates behind Hans Speidel.
    • The rump Soviet Union is initially led by Beria, but he soon dies, setting off a power struggle between Bulganin, Molotov, Zhukov, Kruglov and Konev.
  • Warhawk: If the fanatical Joseph Goebbels becomes the new Führer, he will seek to reignite nationalist fervor and begin a total war with their enemies, turning the Cold War into a Hot War.


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