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Government type:
Non-Aligned, Despotic


Albania is a minor power in Southern Europe. Historically, it was attacked and militarily occupied by Italy from 1939-1943. It is led by King Zog I. It only exists in the 1936 start.

Albania is in the lower Balkans Region, which is part of Southern Europe. It is made up of 2 states: Albania and Northern Epirus, the latter of which is claimed by Greece. Since By Blood Alone they also have a core on Kosovo. To the north and east they border Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia and Flag of Greece Greece to the south. They are not landlocked, with a large border on the Adriatic Sea. Its most important area is the border with Greece, which is used as an attack point for Italy when invading Greece. Albania is mostly (over 70%) made up of rugged mountains and hills all over. The coasts have small plains and beaches. There are small lagoons and wetlands as well.

It will end up annexed by Italy (or another player-controlled country) unless controlled by a stubborn player.

Historical background[edit | edit source]

Albania was a new nation formed after the First Balkan War. It was previously part of the Ottoman Empire. It's most notable leader was Ahmet Muhtar Zogolli, better known as King Zog. His title was, at first, Prime Minister, then President, and finally King. He ruled for 17 years. The Italian invasion and subsequent annexation of Albania ended his rule. Albania and Ethiopia would end up being the only countries Italy would manage to defeat by itself.

Albania only had an army equipped with obsolete weapons and a tiny navy that was composed of 2 old German gunboats and 4 Italian torpedo boats. Its quick defeat was no surprise, yet the Italians had some trouble with such a small army.

When the Italians surrendered in 1943, the Germans took over control of Albania for a brief period, it's status similar to Slovakia, a client state of Nazi Germany.

National focus[edit | edit source]

Generic national focus tree.
Main article: Generic national focus tree

Flag of Albania Albania, lacking a unique national focus tree, uses the generic national focus tree instead.

The generic focus tree has 5 main branches:

Army Effort branch
Gives army experience and research bonuses to army research.
Aviation Effort branch
Gives air experience, builds air bases, and research bonuses to air research.
Naval Effort branch
Gives navy experience, builds naval dockyards, and research bonuses to navy research.
Industrial Effort branch
Builds civilian and military factories (usually even if building slots are already full), infrastructure and grants extra research slots.
Political Effort branch
Gives the country choices on which political path they will take.

Technology[edit | edit source]

Albania begins with the following researched:

  • Basic Equipment
  • Support Equipment
  • Recon Company I

Politics[edit | edit source]

Diplomacy[edit | edit source]

Albania is a mostly isolated country, with all diplomacy values revolving around "Different Ideology", "Same Ideology" and "Same Ruling Party". The only exception is Italy, which starts with a -25 opinion because Italy claims Albanian provinces. They have a land border with Flag of Greece Greece and Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia. They have a coast and therefore are not land-locked. Greece also has a claim on Northern Epirus if you have the new DLC.

Albania does not have any alliances to begin with. It is guaranteed by Flag of Italy Italy.

Ideology[edit | edit source]

neutrality House of Zogu

  • No Can force government of another country to adopt the same ideology.
  • No Can puppet a country.
  • Generate war goal tension limit: +50%
  • Lend-lease tension limit: +40%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: +40%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +40%
  • Join faction tension limit: +40%
  • Ideology drift defense: -30%

Political parties[edit | edit source]

King Zog of the non-aligned House of Zogu leads completely unopposed in the 1936 scenario, holding 100% popularity. Albania no longer exists in the 1939 scenario, having been annexed by the Kingdom of Italy earlier that year. By Blood Alone DLC it gives Albania 20% fascist popularity and reduces non-aligned House of Zogu political party to 80%

Political party Ideology Popularity Party leader Country name Is ruling?
House of Zogu neutrality Non-Aligned 80% King Zog Albania.png Albania Yes
Pavarur democracy Democratic 0% Eqrem Belishi Albania.png Republic of Albania No
Partia e Punës e Shqipërisë communism Communist 0% Enver Hoxha Socialist Republic of Albania.png Socialist Republic of Albania No
Partia Fashiste e Shqipërisë fascism Fascist 20% Tefik Mborja Greater Albania.png Greater Albania No

Staff and Designers[edit | edit source]

Political Advisors
Advisor Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Fiqri Dine War Industrialist 150
Mehmet Shehu Communist Revolutionary
  • Daily Communism Support: +0.10
  • Gain Event Communism On The Rise
Mustafa Merlika-Kruja Fascist Demagogue
  • Daily Fascist Support: +0.10
  • Gets event Fascism on the Rise.
Jocelyn Percy Prince of Terror
  • Effect of partisans on us: -25 %
  • Foreign subversive activities efficiency: -30 %
Enver Hoxha Democratic Reformer
  • Daily Democracy Support: +0.10
  • Gain Event Move Towards Democracy
Midhat Frashëri Popular Figurehead
  • National unity: +15 %

Economy[edit | edit source]

Laws[edit | edit source]

Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Volunteer Only.png Volunteer Only
  • 1.5% Recruitable population
Civilian Economy.png Civilian Economy
  • 35% Consumer Goods factories
  • –30% Factory construction speed
  • +30% Factory (type) conversion cost
  • –40% Fuel gain per oil
  • –25% Fuel capacity
Export Focus.png Export Focus
  • 50% Resources to market
  • +5% Research speed
  • +10% Factory/Dockyard output
  • +10% Construction speed
  • +20% Civilian intelligence to others
  • +10% Navy intelligence to others
1 Military factory Military Factories 0 Naval dockyard Naval Dockyard 2 Civilian factory Civilian Factories
Oil.png Oil Rubber.png Rubber Steel.png Steel Aluminum.png Aluminium Tungsten.png Tungsten Chromium.png Chromium
0(7) 0(0) 0(0) 1(3) 0(0) 1(3)

*These numbers represent the available resources for production at start of the game. In the bracket are the complete numbers including those lost for trading.

By Blood Alone Update, in 1939 scenario, if Albania is released as Italy, it will get the Oil access back. And, should Italy take the Albanian related focuses, Albania gains additional oil and gets 1 amount of Rubber.

At this point, it would have 12 Oil, 1 Rubber, 4 Aluminium and 6 Chronium.

Military[edit | edit source]

Manpower totals 15.07K, with 5.57K Free Manpower.

Type No.
Infantry cropped.png Infantry 1
Army experience.png Total divisions 3

Strategies and Guides[edit | edit source]

Strategy The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Albania. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.

Though Albania is in a better situation than Austria (another nation under threat of annexation), the improvement of survivability is very thin. With a very small population and unlikely event to expand, it's clear that interventionist branch of liberty ethos is completely inadequate at best and a burden at worst.

The best option to improve your army performance against Italy is to build coastal forts and just in case land forts (should Italy naval invade around the port). But even then Italy can simply go through Yugoslavia, and there's very little Albania can do unless it went to the nationalism branch.

So the best survival strategy is to turn fascist and try to join Germany before Italy either attacks or joins the Axis first. Once the Anschluss is done, both of them have a direct land border, so the war will probably end with Italy utterly defeated, thereby removing your only active threat. It is unlikely that you will be able to claim many Italian provinces though.

After that, if you're feeling lucky and world tension is still low, maybe try and declare war on Yugoslavia or Greece. The rest of the Axis will do most of the heavy lifting, but with this being a land war you should be able to actually get some war score to make claims. Although it does have the potential to rope you into a war with the allies, so keep that in mind. Then you can leave the Axis and build your army. Being a fascist nation allows your to implement war economy on industry and higher conscription laws in peacetime, while the national focus provide massive manpower boosts.

Another viable strategy is to turn communist after finishing 'Nationalism focus', where you civil war into communism and keep the fascist branch. Though this will require either both Yugoslavia and Romania to turn communist or Turkey to join the Comintern.


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