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Government type:
Non-Aligned, Despotic


Bulgaria is a small country in the Balkan Peninsula in Europe. To the north, It is bordered by Flag of Romania Romania. To the south is Flag of Greece Greece and Flag of Turkey Turkey. To the west is Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia. It is mountainous in the west while on the east is forest and plains.

Historical background[edit | edit source]

As one of the defeated central powers of the First World War, the Kingdom of Bulgaria was subject to the Treaty of Neuilly, taking from it lands which contained many ethnic Bulgarians, especially Macedonia, Thrace, and Dobrudja, which were respectively given to Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia, Flag of Greece Greece, and Flag of Romania Romania. Bulgaria was further forced to pay reparations and limit its standing army, much in the sense of Versailles for Flag of Germany Germany and Trianon for Flag of Hungary Hungary. By the 1930s, Tsar Boris III had ruled Bulgaria for several decades alongside a parliament and prime minister.

In the early months of the Second World War, Boris III and his government declared Bulgaria to be neutral, but increasing Axis pressure and promises to return Thrace to Bulgaria led to the country joining the Axis powers in March 1941. Boris III did not wish to actively engage in the conflict (perhaps because of the massive trauma the country sustained in the first war), but welcomed the bloodless return to Bulgaria lands lost after World War I, which Germany obliged once Yugoslavia and Greece fell to Axis forces. However, by December 1941, Bulgaria was compelled to declare a token war against the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom and Flag of United States United States. Bulgarian land forces did not participate in the Axis invasion of the Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union, although the Bulgarian Royal Navy engaged in skirmishes against the Soviet Navy in the Black Sea. Bulgaria under Boris was notable in its constant, yet subtle, defiance of German demands, especially concerning the almost nonexistent effort of destroying the Bulgarian Jewish population (except for those in Macedonia, Thrace, and Dobrudja) and Bulgaria's lack of participation in Axis war efforts, the latter of which greatly infuriated Hitler. Boris himself is reputed to have saved many of his country's Jews by having them work to build up Bulgarian infrastructure, thus sparing them the fate that awaited many millions of other Jews in Central European concentration camps.

In 1943, Boris III suddenly died (some in the Bulgarian government suspected the Germans of poisoning him), leaving his six-year-old son Simeon as Tsar and a regency governing in his place. In September 1944, with Romania defecting to the Allies and Soviet troops massing at the Bulgarian border, Bulgaria was in political turmoil. The government failed to achieve peace with the Allies, and as Soviet demands to evict German troops from Bulgaria were unanswered, the Soviet Union declared war on Bulgaria and invaded, while an almost simultaneous left-wing uprising deposed the monarchy. By the end of the month, the country was in-firm Soviet control and the royal family had fled the country. However, Bulgaria itself was largely spared of the ravages of the war, unlike most other countries in Europe, and even added to its territory by being given Southern Dobrudja, thus being the only Axis country to have added to its lands after the war.

Events[edit | edit source]

Main article: Bulgarian events

Because Bulgaria is currently a generic nation, It has a very little amount of events. The current events deal with Romania and Yugoslavia giving land to the Bulgarians.

National focus[edit | edit source]

Bulgarian national focus tree.
Main article: Bulgarian national focus tree

Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria gets a unique national focus tree as part of the Battle for the Bosporus expansion. Without the expansion, Bulgaria utilizes the Generic national focus tree.

The Bulgarian national focus tree can be divided into 2 branches which can be divided into 13 sub-branches:

Acquire Modern Tools Branch
This branch upgrades Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria's industry and military capabilities.
  • Improve the Road System Sub-branch
This allows Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria to upgrade its industrial capabilities alone or with the help of foreign powers.
  • Georgi Benkovski Aircraft Repair Facilities/ Negotiate Bulgarian Rearmament Sub-branch
This allows Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria to upgrade its army and airforce as well as gain design companies that can be enhanced with the national focus Prussia of the Balkans focus Prussia of the Balkans.
  • A Black Sea Fleet Sub-branch
This allows Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria to gain technology boosts with its navy.
  • Prussia of the Balkans/ Supremacy on the Bosporus sub-branch
These focuses give Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria a strong national spirit, defensive buildings in the Bosporus, and War goalwar goals against nations bordering the Adriatic, Aegean and Black Seas.
Oppose the Royal Dictatorship/ Power to the Tsar Branch
The political branch of the focus tree allows the manipulation of faction loyalties within Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria as well as giving or taking Tsar Boris III's power in government.
  • Appoint Communist Ministers Sub-branch
The CommunistCommunist sub-branch allows sending volunteers to the Spanish Civil War, asking the Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union for assistance, befriending Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia and creating the People's Republic of Bulgaria.
  • Full Voting Rights for Women Sub-branch
This is shared between the CommunistCommunist and DemocraticDemocratic sub-branches. Depending on which sub-branch is chosen, this gives a bigger boost to the respective ideology.
  • Democratic Principles Sub-branch
The DemocraticDemocratic sub-branch allows the cooperation or abolishment of the Tsar as well as befriending Flag of Kingdom of Greece Greece
  • Ban Far-Right Organizations/ Restrained Paramilitary Organizations Sub-branch
This is shared between the DemocraticDemocratic and Non-AlignedMonarchist sub-branches and it manipulates the internal factions of the country.
  • Liberalization of Trade Policies Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows the assassination of Tsar Boris III and brings either the return of Tsar Ferdinand I or the rule of Tsar Simeon II under a regency.
  • The Tsar's Regime/ Appoint Right-Wing Ministers Sub-branch
This shared Non-alignedMonarchist and FascistFascist sub-branch allows the increase of power to Tsar Boris III or his deposition. It also asks Flag of Germany Germany and Flag of Italy Italy for foreign assistance.
  • Follow the Stalinist Doctrine/ Balkan Federation of Socialist Republics/ A Balkan Confederation Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria to join the Comintern , form an independent CommunistCommunist faction, or a democratic confederacy. Bulgaria may ask for the annexation of the other Balkan countries to form the Flag of United Balkan Federation United Balkan Federation
  • Approach the United Kingdom Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria to join the Allies, ask the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom to transfer historical Bulgarian states from allied members and guarantee other Balkan states.
  • The Fate of the Balkans/ Join the Tripartite Pact Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria create the Greater Bulgarian Federation or join the Axis. Bulgaria may form the Flag of Third Bulgarian Empire Third Bulgarian Empire.

Technology[edit | edit source]

Bulgaria starts with 3 research slots.

Army technology Naval technology Air technology Electronics & Industry
  • Infantry Eq. I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Motorized I
  • None
  • Fighter I
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None

Cosmetic names[edit | edit source]

Bulgaria has a number of unique names and appearances for its military equipment, listed here. Note that generic names are not listed.

Infantry & motorized techs
Type 1918 1936 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Infantry Equipment Mannlicher M95 Karabiner 98k ZK-383 Schmeisser MP41

Politics[edit | edit source]

In 1936, Bulgaria is a non-aligned nation with no elections.

Bulgaria has the following political parties:

Political party Ideology Popularity Party leader Country name Is ruling?
United People's Progressive Party democracy Democratic 5% Nikola Petkov Republic of Bulgaria No
Bulgarian Communist Party communism Communist 0% Georgi Dimitrov People's Republic of Bulgaria No
The Union of Bulgarian National Legions fascism Fascist 35% Hristo Lukov Legionnaires Bulgaria No
Tsar Boris Loyalists neutrality Non-Aligned 60% Boris III Bulgaria Yes

National spirits[edit | edit source]

Bulgaria starts with three national spirits with the Battle for the BosporusBattle for the Bosporus expansion enabled. Otherwise it starts with none.

Second National Catastrophe icon
Second National Catastrophe
  • StabilityStability: -10.00%
  • Weekly StabilityStability: -0.30%
  • War supportWar support: -10.00%
  • Will be removed if Greater Bulgaria is restored:
  • Has full control of Sofia, Plovdiv, Moesia, Burgas, Southern Serbia, Macedonia, Central Macedonia, Thrace, Dobrudja.
Following our defeat in the Great War, the Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine forced us to cede vast territories that now belong to Yugoslavia, Greece, and Romania, and until recently the League of Nations required us to prioritize the payments of large sums of war reparations, crippling our economy and inevitably increasing the debt of our country. The national spirit has never really recovered from this blow, so it is no wonder why this treaty is popularly known in Bulgaria as the Second National Catastrophe...
Army Restrictions icon
Army Restrictions
  • Factory Output: -25.00%
  • Factory Output: -25.00%
  • Cannot increase conscription law
    or declare wars.
  • Cannot train units, disband units,
    or edit unit templates.
  • Cannot produce Armor, Aircraft or
Another consequence of the Treaty of Neuilly-sur-Seine are the severe restrictions imposed on our army, not only do they prohibit compulsory military service, limit the amount of troops and officers in our forces and prevent us from maintaining any advanced equipment, they also prohibit any military maneuvers or campaign planning and even stipulate the number of rifles we can use.
IMRO icon
The constant fratricidal crimes committed by the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization have seriously damaged our international relations and led in 1934 to the military crackdown of the IMRO stronghold in Petrich, dealing a critical blow to the organization and forcing most of their leaders to flee abroad. However, some revolutionary cells are still active in Bulgaria, and most of our diplomatic relations remain in a poor state.

Diplomacy[edit | edit source]

In 1936, Bulgaria has no diplomatic relations however, several focus trees of neighboring nations have focuses relating to Bulgaria. Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia, if forming an entente of their own, can get a war goal. Flag of Romania Romania may puppet or annex depending on Bulgaria's choice. Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia may annex Bulgaria if they take the Western focus while if they chose the communist path, they may ask for an alliance. Flag of Italy Italy may ally and influence Bulgaria to fascism while Flag of Germany Germany may give Bulgaria Romanian, Greek or Yugoslav land.

Staff and designer[edit | edit source]

Political advisors
Advisor Type Effect Cost
Konstantin Muraviev Compassionate Gentleman
  • Improve Relations Opinion: +15.00%
150 pp
Dobri Bozhilov Captain of Industry 150 pp
Georgi Ivanov Kyoseivanov Backroom Backstabber
  • Political Power Gain: +5.0
  • Ideology drift defense: +15.0%
150 pp
Vasil Petrov Kolarov Communist Revolutionary
  • Communism Support: +0.1%
150 pp
Nikola Dimitrov Petkov Democratic Reformer
  • Daily Democracy Support: +0.1
150 pp
Aleksandur Tsankov Fascist Demagogue
  • Daily Fascism Support: +0.1%
150 pp
Tank designers
Designer Type Effect Cost
Armor Company Tank Designer
  • Armor Research Time: -10.0%
  • Armor: Reliability: +5.0%
  • Armor: Soft Attack: +5.0%
150 pp
Ship designers
Designer Type Effect Cost
Naval Company Ship Designer
  • Naval Research Time: -10.0%
150 pp
Aircraft designers
Designer Type Effect Cost
DAR Light aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10.0%
  • Fighter: Agility: +10.0%
  • Fighter: Max Speed: +10.0%
  • Carrier Fighter: Agility: +10.0%
  • Carrier Fighter: Max Speed: +10.0%
150 pp
Medium Air Company Medium aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10.0%
  • Heavy Fighter: Reliability: +20.0%
  • Tactical Bomber: Reliability: +20.0%
150 pp
Heavy Air Company Heavy aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10.0%
  • Strategic Bomber: Strategic Bombing: +10.0%
150 pp
Naval Air Company Naval aircraft Designer
  • Air Research Time: -10.0%
  • Naval Bomber: Operational Range: +10.0%
  • Naval Bomber: Naval Attack: +10.0%
  • CV Naval Bomber: Operational Range: +10.0%
  • CV Naval Bomber: Naval Attack: +10.0%
150 pp
Materiel designers
Designer Type Effect Cost
Small Arms Company Infantry Equipment designer
  • Weapons and Equipment Research Time: -10.0%
150 pp
Motorization Company Motorized Equipment designer
  • Motorization Research Time: -10.0%
150 pp
Artillery Company Artillery designer
  • Artillery Research Time: -10.0%
150 pp
Industrial concern
Designer Type Effect Cost
Industrial Company Industrial Concern
  • Industrial Research Time: -10.0%
150 pp
Designer Type Effect Cost
Kiril Stanchev Military Theorist
  • Land Doctrine Research Time: -7.0%
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.05
150 pp
Ivan Gaidimitirv Air Warfare Theorist
  • Air Doctrine Research Time: -7.0%
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.05
150 pp
Georgi Petsov Naval Theorist
  • Naval Doctrine Research Time: -7.0%
  • Naval Experience Gain: +0.05
150 pp

Economy[edit | edit source]

Industrially and resourcefully, Bulgaria is weak compared to neighboring countries.

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 0
Rubber.png Rubber 0
Steel.png Steel 0
Tungsten.png Tungsten 0
Type No.
Civilian factory Civilian factory 10
Military factory Military factory 3
Naval dockyard Naval dockyard 0
Sofia has 6 civilian factories, Burgas has 2 civilian factories and Plovdiv has 2 civilian factories and 3 military factories.
Bulgaria has only 2 aluminum in its capital state, Sofia.

Military[edit | edit source]

A short description of the status of the nation's armed forces.

Type No.
Infantry cropped.png Infantry 10
Cavalry cropped.png Cavalry 2
Motorized cropped.png Motorized infantry 0
Light tank cropped.png Light tank 0
Marine cropped.png Marine 0
Mountain cropped.png Mountaineer 0
Paratroop cropped.png Paratrooper 0
Army experience.png Total divisions 12
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 48
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 48
Bulgaria's Army consists of infantry with 9 units and an engineering company and cavalry with 4 cavalry units and 2 motorized.
Bulgaria has no navy.
Air force
Bulgaria has 48 interwar fighters.

Strategies and guides[edit | edit source]

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

You will want to invade Greece as they are your weakest neighbor so turn Fascist or Communist and justify upon them (fascism is advised as the Axis are bordering you and are potentially more useful allies and the manpower gained from militarism is a good buff). Do not puppet Greece as Italy can get a war goal on them and it would take a large naval buildup to challenge the Italian Navy not to mention that Italy would call in Germany providing they are both Fascist and Germany would be very difficult to hold off. If the world tension is low enough or ww2 has started, justify on Turkey. You should navally invade as the Bosporus straits are difficult to cross. After this, you could invade Yugoslavia although you may want to be quick because they tend to join the Axis or Allies. You could potentially invade Romania but they may join the Axis so go in at your own risk. After this, you could join the Allies, Axis, or Comintern and potentially change the course of ww2. The choice is yours.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Balkan Problem Solved icon
Balkan Problem Solved
As Communist Bulgaria, form the United Balkan Federation and own all Balkan states as cores.
I Captured the Bosporus and All I Got Was This Lousy Achievement icon
I Captured the Bosporus and All I Got Was This Lousy Achievement
As Greece or Bulgaria, own both sides of the Bosporus. As Turkey, subjugate both Greece & Bulgaria.
Master Puppeteer icon
Master Puppeteer
As Bulgaria, complete the focus The Fate of the Balkans while having 5 or more Balkan puppets.
Now This is Getting Childish icon
Now This is Getting Childish
As Yugoslavia or Bulgaria, be at war while both countries are ruled by a child.
Prussia of the Balkans icon
Prussia of the Balkans
As Bulgaria capitulate Turkey while also controlling the rest of the Balkans, including Greece.

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