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Custom difficulty

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When setting up a game of HOIV, players are able to modify specific elements of the game's difficulty settings by clicking the Custom Game Rules button.

Location of the custom game rules button.

Note: Most modifications to these game rules will result in achievements being disabled.

Major Nation Buffs[edit]

Major Nation Buffs allow the player to increase the strength of HOIV's major nations, which include: Germany, Italy, the Soviet Union, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan (along with Mengkukuo and Manchukuo), and China (both the Republic of China and Communist China). These buffs are implemented via sliders, which confer powerful bonuses on the selected country (countries) when the slider is maxed out, with the buffs being weaker if the slider is less than max (if slider is halfway, 50% of buffs get applied).

The full list of buffs is available here.

Increasing the strength of any of these major nations will disable achievements.

AI Behavior[edit]

Players wishing to have a different HOIV experience can modify the behavior of several AI nations. These options include ensuring historical accuracy or prompting countries to pursue alternative paths.

Some nations are only available for modification upon purchase of certain DLC. These requirements are marked by an icon next to the name of the nation.

Bulgaria Battle for the Bosporus[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Historical Tsar Boris III will lead the country towards the Axis, relying on German arbitration to expand Bulgarian borders peacefully, eventually signing the Tripartite Pact and delaying Bulgarian participation in the war. Yes
Communist Bulgaria will attempt to join the Comintern and fight together with its Soviet comrades against fascism and capitalism in Europe. No
Communist - Balkan Federation Bulgaria will attempt to form a Balkan alliance, influencing its neighbors to embrace the revolution and ultimately unifying the Balkans. No
Fascist As fascism rises in the country, right-wing leader Hristo Lukov will attempt to join the Axis, eventually overthrowing the Tsar and imposing a military dictatorship. No
The Return of Ferdinand I Following the death of Tsar Boris III, his father Ferdinand I will sit on the throne once again, seeking revenge against those who wronged him decades ago. No
Democratic - Socialist The government led by Nikola Mushanov will follow socialist policies, seeking to improve its relations with neighboring nations to form a Balkan Confederation and defend the Balkans against foreign aggressors. No
Democratic - Liberal The Bulgarian Democratic Party will attempt to join the Allies as it conspires against Tsar Boris to remove him from power and for a pro-Allies regency council. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

United States Man the Guns[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The US AI will attempt to turn communist by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Democratic - Historical The US AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Democratic - Alternate The US AI will attempt to take a more active role in world affairs by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Fascist The US AI will attempt to turn fascist and take over the world through the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Germany Waking the Tiger[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Fascist The German AI will remain fascist and attempt to take over Europe by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. Yes
Democratic The German AI will attempt to create a constitutional monarchy by going down the relevant paths in the national focus tree. No
Restore the Kaiser The German AI will attempt to return the Kaiser to the throne by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Soviet Union[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Historical The Soviet AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Alternate The Soviet AI will focus on the Capitalists first and aim its blows against the weaker targets in the Middle East, by going down the relevant branches of the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Japan Waking the Tiger[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The Japanese AI will attempt to turn communist and support other communist regimes in Asia by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Neutrality The Japanese AI will attempt to strike north against the Soviet Union and make common cause with the Axis by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Democratic The Japanese AI will attempt to reform into a democracy by going down the relevant path in the focus tree. No
Fascist The Japanese AI will attempt to strike south against the western allies by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. Yes
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Italy[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Fascist - Historical The Italian AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Fascist - Alternate The Italian AI will attempt to form an alliance with Spain before joining the Axis, by going down the relevant branch in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

France La Résistance[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The French AI will attempt to turn communist and join the Comintern by going down the relevant branches of the national focus tree. No
Democratic - Historical The French AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Democratic - Alternate The French AI will attempt to form the Little Entente to contain Germany. Should Czechoslovakia create that faction, they will join it instead. (Death or Dishonor "Death or Dishonor" DLC required) No
Fascist The French AI will attempt to turn fascist and make common cause with a fascist Germany, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Monarchist: House of Orléan The French AI will attempt to restore the French monarchy and place the Orléanist pretender on the throne by going down the relevant path on the focus tree. No
Monarchist: House of Bourbon The French AI will attempt to restore the French monarchy and place the Legitimist pretender on the throne by going down the relevant path on the focus tree. No
Monarchist: House of Bonapart The French AI will attempt to restore the French monarchy and place the Bonapartist pretender on the throne by going down the relevant path on the focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Poland[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The Polish AI will attempt to come to an understanding with the USSR to protect itself against aggression, by going down the relevant paths in the national focus tree. No
Historical The Polish AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Fascist The Polish AI will attempt to reconcile with Germany for protection, by going down the relevant paths in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Australia Together for Victory[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The Australian AI will attempt to turn the country communist and ally with the Comintern by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Democratic - Historical The Australian AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events and decisions in the national focus tree. Yes
Democratic - Alternate The Australian AI will attempt to gain full independence from the United Kingdom and become a major force in their region, by going down the relevant paths of the national focus tree. No
Fascist The Australian AI will attempt to turn fascist and ally with Japan by going down the relevant path of the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Canada Together for Victory[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The Canadian AI will attempt to turn communist and support the workers of the world in their struggle by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Democratic - Historical The Canadian AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events and decisions in the national focus tree. Yes
Democratic - Alternate The Canadian AI will attempt to gain full independence and create an alliance with the United States, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Fascist The Canadian AI will attempt to turn fascist and ally with Germany by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

South Africa Together for Victory[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The South African AI will attempt to turn communist and liberate the peoples of Africa from colonial rule, by going down the relevant path of the national focus tree. No
Democratic - Historical The South African AI will follow the historical plan as much as possible. Yes
Democratic - Alternate The South African AI will attempt to remain democratic and take a more assertive role in the relationship with the mother country, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Fascist The South African AI will attempt to turn fascist and come to an arrangement with Germany, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

New Zealand Together for Victory[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The AI will attempt to turn communist and join the Comintern by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Democratic - Historical The AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Democratic - Alternate The AI will attempt to remain democratic and establish full sovereignty by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Fascist The AI will attempt to turn fascist and ally with Japan by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

India (British Raj) Together for Victory[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The Indian AI will attempt to gain its independence by allying with the Soviet Union, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Historical The Indian AI will remain loyal to Britain and attempt to follow the historical chain of events. Yes
Fascist The Indian AI will attempt to gain its independence through an alliance with with fascist countries by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Hungary Death or Dishonor[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The Hungarian AI will attempt to become a communist nation and ally with other major communist nations by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Restore Austria-Hungary The Hungarian AI will attempt to restore the Austro-Hungarian Empire by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Democratic The Hungarian AI will attempt to become a constitutional monarchy by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Fascist - Alternate The Hungarian AI will attempt to form its own faction with Italy and Austria by going down the relevant path in the focus tree. No
Fascist - Historical The Hungarian AI will progress down the path of the national focus tree that most closely resembles history, and attempt to join the Axis. Yes
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Romania Death or Dishonor[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Balkans Dominance The Romanian AI will attempt to establish supremacy over their Balkan neighbors by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Democratic The Romanian AI will attempt to reform the country into a functioning democracy and ally with other major democratic powers by going down the relevant paths in the national focus trees. No
Communist The Romanian AI will attempt to forge an alliance with a major communist power by going down the relevant paths in the focus tree. No
Fascist - Historical The Romanian AI will attempt to follow history and join the Axis by going down the relevant paths of the national focus tree. Yes
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Yugoslavia Death or Dishonor[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The Yugoslavian AI will attempt to reform the country into a communist republic by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Democratic The Yugoslavian AI will attempt to maintain a democratic government by going down the relevant paths of the national focus tree. No
Fascist The Yugoslavian AI will attempt to grow closer to the fascist nations of Europe, aiming to eventually enter into an alliance with them. No
Historical The Yugoslavian AI will follow the historical chain of events most closely. Yes
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Czechoslovakia Death or Dishonor[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Communist The Czechoslovakian AI will attempt to reform the country to communism and enter into an alliance with the Soviet Union or another major communist nation. No
Democratic The Czechoslovakian AI will attempt to remain democratic and focus predominantly on its internal development by going down the relevant paths of the national focus tree. No
Democratic - Alternate The Czechoslovakian AI will attempt to form a faction of its own to defend itself while remaining democratic, by going down the relevant paths of the national focus tree. No
Fascist The Czechoslovakian AI will attempt to turn the country fascist and enter into an arrangement with Germany by going down the relevant paths in the national focus tree. No
Historical The Czechoslovakian AI will follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Nationalist China Waking the Tiger[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Historical The Chinese AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Alternate The Chinese AI will attempt to consolidate power in China by taking over the warlords before picking a fight with the Japanese through the relevant branches of the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Communist China Waking the Tiger[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Historical The Communist Chinese AI will attempt to follow the historical chain of events as much as possible. Yes
Alternate The Communist Chinese AI will try to create a coalition government with the Nationalists by going down the relevant path of the focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Manchukuo Waking the Tiger[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Obedience The Manchu AI will attempt to remain loyal as much as possible and follow the relevant branch in the national focus tree. Yes
Independence The Manchu AI will attempt to break free and take over all of China by going down the relevant branch of the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Britain Man the Guns[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Democratic - Historical The British AI will attempt to protect Poland and lead the allies in their defensive war against the Germans, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. Yes
No More Appeasement The British AI will attempt to stop its policy of Appeasement and replace it with democratic interventionism, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Concede to the Trade Unions The British AI will attempt to make concessions to the Trade Unions and become communist, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Empower the King's Party The British AI will attempt to support King Edward VIII's marriage to Wallis Simpson and empower the King's Party, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Organize the Blackshirts The British AI will attempt to organize the blackshirts and become fascist, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Netherlands Man the Guns[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Democratic - Historical The Dutch AI will attempt to join the Allies once invaded, but not relocate their government to the East Indies, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. Yes
Continue the War in Batavia The Dutch AI will attempt to remain democratic, but move their capital to Batavia once capitulated, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Continue the Zuiderzee Works The Dutch AI will attempt to remain democratic, but focus on continental build-up instead of their colonies, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Lead the Minor Democracies The Dutch AI will attempt to remain democratic and lead Europe's minor democracies in the creation of a European Union, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Legacy of the "De Zeven Provinciën" mutiny The Dutch AI will attempt to revive the legacy of the "De Zeven Provinciën" mutiny and go communist, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Oranje Boven The Dutch AI will attempt to support monarchism and put Queen Wilhelmina in power, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Cave to the Germans The Dutch AI will attempt to cave to the Germans in the trade war, and ally them once becoming fascist, by going down the relevant path in the national focus tree. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Mexico Man the Guns[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Secular Republic The trend towards moderate secularism and the rule of law will be strengthened in Mexico, with the country aligning itself towards America. Yes
Social Catholicism Moderate reformers within the Catholic Church will create a new concordat within Mexico, bringing an end to the social strife of totalitarianism and aligning Mexico towards Britain. No
Fascist Dictatorship Plutarco Calles, Saturnino Cedillo, and the other military strongmen will abort Mexico's nascent attempts at democracy, aligning towards Germany. No
Theocratic Order The Synarchists and Cristeros will take power in Mexico, creating a new Latin American order to purge the continent of heretics. No
Soviet Republic Mexico will align itself towards the Soviet Union, spreading the Revolution into Latin America at the tip of a bayonet. No
Cárdenismo Lázaro Cárdenas and his left-wing successors will create a Bolivarian Alliance and strike at the Yanqui imperialists. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Spain La Résistance[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Francoism Franco will take control of the nationalist front in merge the Falangist and Carlist ideologies in a new and unified Spain, attempting to stay neutral in the World War unless attacked. Yes
Second Republic The democratic government of Spain will maintain the Second Republic, rejecting both Fascism and Communism. No
Falangism The Falangists under José Antonio Primo de Rivera will reject the Carlism and seek to restore Spanish imperialism. No
Carlism The Carlists under Manuel Fal Conde will reject Falangism and ensure a return to the absolutist monarchy of old, under its rightful Carlist king. No
Anarchism The Anarchist communes in Aragon and Catalonia will band together to vanquish the Fascists in Communists alike and resist the very notion of a nation-state altogether. No
Independent Communism The POUM and there Anarchist allies will cast off the Stalinist yoke and seek their own independent communist ideology after the Civil War. No
Stalinist Communism The true Communists, taking their orders from Moscow, will resist the Anarchists in Fascists, curb the influence of the Independent Communist, and usher in a new age for the Second Republic under Stalinist guidance. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Portugal La Résistance[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Historical Under the regime of Salazar, Portugal will strengthen the Estado Novo and will attempt to remain neutral during the World War. Yes
Fascist Rafael Pereira will take control of Portugal as a Fascist dictator, supporting the Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War and attempting to join the Axis afterwords. No
The Fifth Empire The Portuguese government will embrace Fascism, fight against the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War and attempt to recover its lost territories in Africa, Asia and America, raising as a major power once again. No
Monarchist After the restoration of the monarchy in Portugal, King Duarte will appeal to the Brazilian monarchists and attempt to restore the Empire of Portugal and Brazil. No
Democratic With the influence of the United Kingdom, a democratic government will overturn the regime of Salazar and, aided by the British, focus on develop the country before joining the Allies. No
Communist Portugal will align itself towards the Soviet Union, supporting the Spanish Republic, and attempting to join the Comintern. No
United European Socialist Republics Communists will overturn the government and fight against the Spanish Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War, unifying the Iberian Peninsula as the United European Socialist Republics, the last European bastion against fascism. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Greece Battle for the Bosporus[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Historical Greece will pursue a policy of neutrality while developing the ideas of Metaxism. Yes
Monarchist Greece will become an absolute monarchy and seek to join the Allies. No
Join the Central Powers Greece will become an absolute monarchy and seek to join the Central Powers with Germany or Austria-Hungary. No
Stalinist Greece will attempt to join the Comintern and spark a battle for the Bosporus with Turkey. No
Communist Greece will attempt to fight fascism in Europe alongside communist Yugoslavia. No
Venezelist Greece will fight for the right to forfill the Megali Idea. No
Fascist Greece will become a National Socialist republic and attempt to join the Axis alongside Turkey. No
Anatolian Fascist Greece will become democratic, suffer a collapse in government, and then go on to aspire for the grandest of ambitions... No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Turkey Battle for the Bosporus[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The AI will make decisions based on other gameplay settings, such as the option to force historical focuses and other gameplay scenarios. This is the same behavior as in version 1.5 and earlier. Yes
Historical Turkey will pursue neutrality for as long as possible under the leadership of İsmet Inönü, and then attempt to join the Allies. Yes
Alternative Kemalist Turkey will appoint Fevzi Çakmak to follow in Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s footsteps as President, and will pursue neutrality for as long as possible before attempting to join either the Axis or the Allies. No
Democratic Kemalism Celâl Bayar will transition Turkey into a Kemalist democracy and attempt to join the Allies. No
Democratic Conservatism Adnan Menderes will transition Turkey into a conservative democracy and attempt to join the Allies. No
Kemalist Fascism Recep Peker shall transition Turkey into a fascist dictatorship and attempt to join the Axis. No
Militaristic Fascism Fevzi Çakmak shall transition Turkey into a conservative quasi-fascist dictatorship and attempt to form a faction with Italy. No
Communism Turkey will install a communist government and attempt to join the Comintern. No
Independent Communism Turkey will adopt a communist government that maintains its Kemalist qualities and attempt to form a faction of its own. No
Safeguard the Balkans Turkey will commit itself to maintaining security in the Balkans and attempt to form a faction with Greece, Romania, and Yugoslavia. No
Restore the Ottoman Sultanate The Republic of Turkey will collapse and from its ashes the Ottoman Sultanate shall be restored to power once again. No
Random The AI will randomly decide on a game plan at the start of the game and attempt to execute it. No

Foreign Policy[edit]

Wargoals[edit]

Players can determine how limited countries are in generating wargoals.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Always Free Wargoals are unrestricted for any ideology at any World Tension. No
Limited Wargoal generation is limited by ideologies and World Tension limits. Yes
Free at 25% World Tension Wargoal generation is disabled below 25% World Tension, but is available for all nations afterwards. This overrides any ideology restrictions, but still allows gaining wargoals through focuses. No
Free at 50% World Tension Wargoal generation is disabled below 50% World Tension, but is available for all nations afterwards. This overrides any ideology restrictions, but still allows gaining wargoals through focuses. No
Free at 75% World Tension Wargoal generation is disabled below 75% World Tension, but is available for all nations afterwards. This overrides any ideology restrictions, but still allows gaining wargoals through focuses. No
Free at 100% World Tension Wargoal generation is disabled below 100% World Tension, but is available for all nations afterwards. This overrides any ideology restrictions, but still allows gaining wargoals through focuses. No
Focuses Only Wargoals can only be gained from national focuses, events, and decisions. No

Military Access and Docking Rights[edit]

Players can determine how limited countries are in granting military and docking rights.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Free Countries can gain military access and docking rights from any other country. Yes
Same Ideology Only Countries can gain military access and docking rights from countries that share the same ruling ideology. No
Blocked Countries can never gain military access and docking rights from any other country outside of a faction. No

Release Nations[edit]

Players can determine whether countries can release nations that are within their territory.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Free Countries may always release nations unless specifically prevented. Yes
Only While at Peace Countries may only release nations while at peace. No
Blocked Countries can never release nations. No

Production Licenses[edit]

Players can determine how limited countries are in giving/receiving production licenses.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Free Countries may acquire production licenses from any country. Yes
Same Ideology Only Countries may only acquire production licenses from countries that share the same ruling ideology. No
Same Faction Only Countries may only acquire production licenses from countries in the same faction. No
Blocked Countries may never acquire production licenses outside of special decisions and events. No

Lend Lease[edit]

Players can determine how limited countries are in sending lend-lease.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Free Countries may lend-lease equipment to anyone at any World Tension level. No
Limited Lend-Lease is limited by World Tension and ideology rules. Yes
Same Ideology Only Countries may only lend-lease equipment to countries of the same ruling ideology. No
Same Faction Only Countries may only lend-lease equipment to countries in the same faction. No
Blocked Countries may never lend-lease equipment to any other country. No

Volunteers[edit]

Players can determine how limited countries are in sending volunteers.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Free Countries may send volunteers to any country regardless of World Tension. No
Limited Sending volunteers is restricted by World Tension and ideology rules. Yes
Same Ideology Only Countries may only send volunteers to countries that share the same ruling ideology. No
Blocked Countries may never send volunteers to any country. No

Guarantee Independence[edit]

Players can determine whether countries can guarantee the independence of other nations.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Free The independence of any country can be guaranteed at any time, regardless of World Tension. No
Limited Issuing a guarantee of independence is restricted by World Tension and ideology. Yes
Same Ideology Only Countries can only guarantee countries that share their ruling ideology. No
Blocked Countries can never guarantee other countries. This does not affect guarantees that exist at the start of the game or which are issued through national focuses. No

Revoke Guarantees[edit]

Players can determine whether countries can revoke guarantees of independence.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Allowed Guarantees of Independence can be revoked. Yes
Blocked Guarantees of Independence can never be revoked outside of national focuses. No

Leave Faction[edit]

Players can determine whether faction members can leave their faction.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Allowed Fully sovereign countries may leave a faction while at peace. Yes
Blocked Countries may not leave a faction except through national focuses and events. No

Kick From Faction[edit]

Players can determine whether faction leaders can kick members from their faction.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Allowed The leader of a faction may kick any country from the faction. Yes
Blocked The leader of a faction may not kick any member of the faction. No

Take Over Faction Leadership[edit]

Players can determine whether countries can take control of a faction when certain conditions are met.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Allowed Countries may take over faction leadership if they fulfill the criteria. Yes
Blocked Countries may not take over faction leadership. No

Covert Actions[edit]

Coups[edit]

Players may modify the situations in which coups are allowed.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Free Countries may prepare and execute coups freely. Yes
Against AI Only Countries may only prepare and execute coups against nations not played by a human. Yes
Blocked Countries may not prepare or execute coups in any nation. No

Boosting Party Popularity[edit]

Players may modify the situations in which boosting party popularity is allowed.

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Free Countries may boost party popularity in any other country. Yes
Against AI Only Countries may only boost party popularity in countries not played by a human. Yes
Against Player Only Countries may only boost party popularity in countries with a human player. No
Blocked Countries may not boost party popularity in any country. No

Gameplay Rules[edit]

Paradrops[edit]

Players may allow or block the ability of paratrooper divisions to use their ability to be dropped into provinces via aircraft. However, this does not disable the ability to recruit and deploy paratrooper divisions. Choosing to block paradrops will disable achievements.

Maximum Fort Level[edit]

Players can set the highest level of forts (both land and coastal) that can be built manually. The setting may be left alone (allowing for forts up to Level 10), or set anywhere between Level 1 and Level 9. However, pre-existing forts, and relevant national focuses, decisions, and events are not constrained by this setting. Note: Changing this setting to anything but normal will disable achievements.

Game Setup[edit]

Americas Colonization Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The world is colonized as historical. Yes
Americas Decolonized All releasable colonized nations in the Americas are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No

Africa Colonization Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The world is colonized as historical. Yes
Africa Decolonized All releasable colonized nations in Africa are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No

Asia Colonization Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The world is colonized as historical. Yes
Asia Decolonized All releasable colonized nations in Asia are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No

Oceania Colonization Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default The world is colonized as historical. Yes
Oceania Decolonized All releasable colonized nations in Oceania are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No
Polynesian Empire Polynesia will be united into a single country at game-start. No

United Kingdom Fragmentation Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default No nation-states are fragmented into their constituent parts. Yes
United Kingdom Fragmented All releasable constituent nations comprising the United Kingdom are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No

Spanish Fragmentation Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default No nation-states are fragmented into their constituent parts. Yes
Spain Fragmented Catalonia, Galicia, and Navarra will be released as free and independent states upon game-start. No
11th of November The borders of Spain will be redrawn into something familiar. No

French Fragmentation Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default No nation-states are fragmented into their constituent parts. Yes
France Fragmented All releasable constituent nations comprising France are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No

Yugoslavia Fragmentation Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default No nation-states are fragmented into their constituent parts. Yes
Yugoslavia Fragmented All releasable constituent nations comprising Yugoslavia are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No

Soviet Union Fragmentation Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default No nation-states are fragmented into their constituent parts. Yes
Soviet Union Fragmented All releasable constituent nations comprising the Soviet Union are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No

India Fragmentation Status[edit]

Option Description Achievements enabled?
Default No nation-states are fragmented into their constituent parts. Yes
British Raj Fragmented All releasable constituent nations comprising the British Raj are released as free and independent nations upon game-start. No