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Government type:
Non-Aligned, Centrism


Flag of Austria Austria is a mountainous, medium sized country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Flag of Germany Germany and Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia to the north, Flag of Switzerland Switzerland to the west, Flag of Italy Italy and Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia to the south and Flag of Hungary Hungary to the east.

Historical background[edit | edit source]

The Republic of German-Austria (Or Republik Deutschösterreich or Deutsch-Österreich) was formed in 1918 after the abdication of the Emperor Carl I with the Social Democrat Karl Renner as Chancellor of Austria. And as one of the defeated powers of WWI Austria was forced to signed the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The territory of Austria was greatly reduced to 25% of its original territory, forced to reduce the army to 30 000 and to pay war reparations. Ethnic Germans were separated from Austrian lands as a result. To make it worse, the newly landlocked Austria lost their ability to trade via the sea, causing their economic situation to collapse. Austria also became dependent on its neighbors for trade, particularly the newly formed Weimar Republic to the north.

In 1927, during a political clash in Schattendorf, an old man and a child were shot and killed by Heimwehr. On 14 July 1927 the shooters were acquitted and left-wing supporters began a massive protest during which the Ministry of Justice building was burned. To restore order police and army shot and killed 89 people and injured 600. The huge protest is known as the July Revolt of 1927. Social Democrats called for a general strike which lasted four days.

After the 1927 events the conservative elements became stronger and violence in Austria continued to escalate until the early 1930s when Engelbert Dollfuss became Fuhrer.

In 1938 Austria was annexed by Flag of German Reich German Reich.

National focus[edit | edit source]

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

Flag of Austria Austria, 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]

Austria starts with 3 research slots.

Army technology Naval technology Air technology Electronics & Industry
  • Infantry Equipment I
  • Mountaineers I
  • Support Equipment
  • Engineer I
  • Recon I
  • None
  • Interwar Fighter
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None

Cosmetic names[edit | edit source]

Austria has various unique cosmetic names for its equipment, listed here. Note that generic names are not listed.

Infantry equipment list
Name Type Techyear
Steyr M95/30 Basic Eq. 1918
Steyr Stutzen M95/30 Weapons I 1936
Steyr MP34 Weapons II 1939
Steyr MG30 Weapons III
Artillery techs
Tech year Anti-Air Artillery Rocket Artillery Anti-Tank
1934 7,5 cm M. 15
1939 15 cm schw. FH M.15
1942 15 cm Autokanone M. 15/16

Politics[edit | edit source]

Austria is a NeutralityNon-Aligned nation. It has no elections. Austria has the following political parties:

Political party Ideology Popularity Party leader Country name Is ruling?
Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs democracy Democratic 1% Karl Renner Republic of Austria No
Kommunistische Partei Österreichs communism Communist 1% Alfred Klahr Austrian Soviet Republic No
DNSAP fascism Fascist 50% Arthur Seyss-Inquart Deutschsozialen Austria No
Vaterländische Front neutrality Non-Aligned 48% Kurt Schuschnigg Austria Yes

National spirits[edit | edit source]


Diplomacy[edit | edit source]

Under the Flag of Germany German national focus tree, Germany may annex Austria in their fascismfascist branch, return the Habsburgs to their throne in their NeutralityMonarchist branch or ally Austria in their DemocracyDemocratic branch.

Under the Flag of Hungary Hungarian national focus tree, Hungary may restore the Flag of Austria-Hungary Austro-Hungarian Empire in their NeutralityMonarchist branch via war or referendum or guarantee Austria via their FascismFascist branch.

Austria has claims on the Flag of Italy Italian states of Alto Adige and Trentino.

Austria may form Flag of Austria-Hungary Austria-Hungary by controlling all of Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia, Flag of Hungary Hungary, northern Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia and western Flag of Romania Romania

Staff and designer[edit | edit source]

Political advisors
Advisor Type Effect Cost
Arthur Seyss-Inquart Prince of Terror
  • Effect of Partisans against us: -25.00%
  • Foreign Subversive Activities Efficiency: -30%
  • Non-core Manpower: +2.00%
Leopold Figl Popular Figurehead
  • Stability: +15.0%
Julius Raab Captain of Industry 150
Franz Koritschoner Communist Revolutionary
  • Daily Communism Support: +0.10
Adolf Schärf Democratic Reformer
  • Daily Democracy Support: +0.10
Wilhelm Miklas Fascist Demagogue
  • Daily Fascism Support: +0.10
Hans Meyer Illusive Gentleman
  • Operative slots: +1
  • Agency upgrade time: -15%
Tank designers
Designer Type Effect Cost
Steyr-Daimler-Puch Tank Designer
  • Armor Research Speed: +15%
  • Armor: Reliability: +5.0%
Ship designers
Designer Type Effect Cost
Naval Company Ship designer
  • Naval Research Speed: +15%
Aircraft designers
Designer Type Effect Cost
Light Air Company Light aircraft
  • Air Research Speed: +15%
  • Fighter: Agility: +10.0%
  • Fighter: Max Speed: +10.0%
  • Carrier Fighter: Agility: +10.0%
  • Carrier Fighter: Max Speed: +10.0%
Medium Air Company Medium aircraft
  • Air Research Speed: +15%
  • Heavy Fighter: Reliability: +20.0%
  • Tactical Bomber: Reliability: +20.0%
  • Scout Planes: Reliability: +20.0%
Heavy Air Company Heavy aircraft
  • Air Research Speed: +15%
  • Strategic Bomber: Strategic Bombing: +10.0%
Naval Air Company Naval aircraft
  • Air Research Speed: +15%
  • Naval Bomber: Range: +10.0%
  • Naval Bomber: Naval Attack: +10.0%
  • CV Naval Bomber: Range: +10.0%
  • CV Naval Bomber: Naval Attack: +10.0%
  • Carrier Fighter: Range: +10.0%
  • Carrier Fighter: Agility: +10.0%
  • Carrier CAS: Range: +10.0%
  • Carrier CAS: Naval Attack: +10.0%
Materiel designers
Designer Type Effect Cost
Small Arms Company Infantry Equipment designer
  • Weapons and Equipment Research Speed: +15%
Motorization Company Motorized Equipment designer
  • Motorization Research Speed: +15%
Hirtenberger Artillery designer
  • Artillery Research Speed: +15%
Industrial concern
Designer Type Effect Cost
Industrial Company Industrial Concern
  • Industrial Research Speed: +15%
Electronics Company Electronics Concern
  • Electronics Research Speed: +15%
Designer Type Effect Cost
Otto Meixner von Zweienstamm Military Theorist
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.05
  • Land Doctrine Research Speed: +10%
Julius Yllam Air Warfare Theorist
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.05
  • Air Doctrine Research Speed: +10%

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

Industry and resources[edit | edit source]

Type No.
Aluminum.png Aluminium 2
Chromium.png Chromium 0
Oil.png Oil 2
Rubber.png Rubber 0
Steel.png Steel 8
Tungsten.png Tungsten 0
Type No.
Civilian factory Civilian factory 9
Military factory Military factory 3
Naval dockyard Naval dockyard 0
Austria has 5 civilian factories and 3 military factories in Lower Austria, 3 civilian factories in Upper Austria and 1 civilian factories in Tyrol. It has 3 more building slots each in Upper Austria and Tyrol.
Austria's Oil is in Lower Austria while its other resources are in Upper Austria. With the Waking the Tiger expansion, Austria gains decently amounts of oil that can be acquired via resource prospecting decisions

Military[edit | edit source]

Austria has a military roughly as strong as Hungary. However, it's weak in comparison with any of its other neighbors.

Type No.
Infantry cropped.png Infantry 4
Cavalry cropped.png Cavalry 1
Motorized cropped.png Motorized infantry 0
Light tank cropped.png Light tank 0
Marine cropped.png Marine 0
Mountain cropped.png Mountaineer 4
Paratroop cropped.png Paratrooper 0
Army experience.png Total divisions 9
Type No.
Destroyer.png Destroyer 0
Light Cruiser.png Light cruiser 0
Heavy Cruiser.png Heavy cruiser 0
Battlecruiser.png Battlecruiser 0
Battleship.png Battleship 0
Submarine.png Submarine 0
Carrier.png Carrier 0
Convoy.png Convoy 0
Navy experience.png Total ships 0
Air force
Type No.
CAS.png Close air support 0
Fighter c.png Fighter 42
Heavy fighter.png Heavy fighter 0
Naval bomber.png Naval bomber 0
Tactical bomber.png Tactical bomber 0
Strategic bomber.png Strategic bomber 0
Transport air.png Transport 0
Air experience.png Total planes 42
Their Infantry has 9 units with engineer companies, their mountaineers have 6 units with engineer companies and their cavalry has 4 units.
As a landlocked nation, they do not have a navy.
Air force
They have 42 fighters.

Strategies and guides[edit | edit source]

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

Austria is an extremely difficult nation to play. The Germans are on your border, and will attempt to annex you. You have until around 1937-1938 to prepare. Focus on the industry branch of the focus tree, getting as many military factories as possible. You should then focus on the political branch. Going democratic or communist is ideal, so you can join a major faction when the Germans invade. Remaining fascist can get you manpower though, if you decide to remain fascist, ally Italy if possible, or Japan, though allying with Japan is less rewarding. You should make a lot of weaker infantry divisions, instead of trying to get ideal stats. This tends to make the AI hesitant to attack your lines. When the Germans attack you will mainly want to hold out in the mountains. If you are not playing iron man, you should save before the Germans press for Anschluss, because if the Germans make it through the mountains, they will have a stronger attack. Once you make your defensive line, you can just wait until the German AI overwhelms itself. Joining the Allies or Comintern will speed this up. Once you defeat the Germans, your army should be big enough to establish dominance in central Europe.

It is possible to avoid Germany's attempt to annex you. If you go fascist and ask to join the Axis, Germany will accept you into the faction, however, this alone will not save you because if you refuse their annex request, Germany will kick you from the Axis and declare war on you. The way around that is to be in a war with another nation with whom Germany is also at war. If you refuse the request, Germany will still kick you from the Axis, but because you both have a common enemy and are both fascist, they send you an invite to join the Axis right after kicking you. You aren't entirely safe because Germany does maintain a war goal against you until February 1940, but if you can ride that out or strengthen your position, perhaps by forming Austria-Hungary, they are likely to look elsewhere.


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