Czechoslovakia is a landlocked minor power in Central Europe. They are in an unenviable position, being a small democratic country surrounded by powerful potential enemies while enjoying only token protection by the erstwhile Allied Powers of France and the United Kingdom, who both prioritize maintaining peace with Germany over guaranteeing Czechoslovakian sovereignty.
Czechoslovakia was founded in October 1918, as one of the successor states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I and as part of the Treaty of St. Germain. It consisted of the present day territories of Bohemia, Moravia, Slovakia and Carpathian Ruthenia. The new country was a multi-ethnic state. The population consisted of Czechs (51%), Slovaks (16%), Germans (22%), Hungarians (5%) and Rusyns (4%). Many of the Germans, Hungarians, Poles and some Slovaks, felt oppressed because the political elite did not generally allow political autonomy for minority ethnic groups. This policy, combined with increasing Nazi propaganda especially in the industrialized German-speaking Sudetenland, led to unrest among the non-Czech population. Foreign minister Beneš became the prime architect of the Czechoslovak-Romanian-Yugoslav alliance (the "Little Entente", 1921–38) directed against Hungarian attempts to reclaim lost areas. Beneš worked closely with France. After 1933, Czechoslovakia remained the only democratic country in central and eastern Europe. The German Reich demanded Sudetenland in September 1938, which it was granted by the Munich Agreement, part of the Allies' overall policy of appeasement. Southern Slovakia and Carpathian Ruthenia were ceded to Hungary in November 1938 during the First Vienna Award. Later in March 1939, the German Reich established the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and turned Slovakia into the Slovak Republic, a puppet state.
- Main article: Czechoslovakian events
- Main article: Czechoslovakian national focus tree
Czechoslovakia, along with three other nations situated between the German Reich and the Soviet Union, gets a unique national focus tree as part of the Death or Dishonor expansion. Without the expansion, Czechoslovakia utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.
Czechoslovakia's unique focus tree has 7 distinct branches:
- Fortification Studies: This centers around land fortifications needed to successfully defend against German aggression. Note that some foci in this section set the fort level in provinces instead of adding extra forts. Building forts is not advised, as they will be overwritten when a new fort level is set.
- Industrial Legacy: This provides Czechoslovakia with additional factories and industrial bonuses.
- Political Direction: Here Czechoslovakia is given options for steering politics & diplomacy towards one of the major factions or a faction of its own.
- Strategy Decisions: These foci are similar to the political section but provide more interaction on cessions and research sharing.
- Land, Air & Naval Branches: Each section is devoted to one branch of military power and research. Note that the Naval branch cannot be started until Czechoslovakia gains a coastal province
Czechoslovakia in 1936 begins with the following researched:
|Army Technology||Naval Technology||Air Technology||Electronics|
|Land doctrine||Naval doctrine||Air doctrine||Industrial|
Czechoslovakia is a neutral country.
Czechoslovakia is not in any alliances or factions. However, it can join the Little Entente via French event.
The Little EntenteEdit
The Little or French Entente is a faction that can be formed by France. When this faction is formed, France won't join the Allies. Potential members are France, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Romania.
Czechoslovakia is a democratic country with president Edvard Beneš as the leader.
- Can declare war on a country with the same ideology group without a war goal.
- Can guarantee other ideologies.
- Lowers World Tension with Guarantees.
- Can puppet a country.
- Can justify war goals against a country that have not generated world tension.
- Generate war goal tension limit: +100%
- Join faction tension limit: +80%
- Lend-lease tension limit: +50%
- Send volunteers tension limit: +50%
- Guarantee tension limit: +25%
- Take states cost: +25%
- Annex cost: +50%
- Election every 5 years
Note: When puppeted by Germany, the name changes to "Reichsprotektorat Böhmen-Mähren". There are also dynamic name changes for when Slovakia breaks loose but Czechia still remains for democratic and communist governments, namely the Czech Republic and the Czech People's Republic, respectively. Political Parties, however, do not change.
Czechoslovakia, along with other nations situated between the German Reich and the Soviet Union, gets unique National spirits as part of the Death or Dishonor expansion. Without the expansion, Czechoslovakia starts with the level one "Fortification Focus" national spirit.
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- Factory output: +10.00%
|Conscription Law||Economy Law||Trade Law|
| Volunteer Only
|| Civilian Economy
|| Export Focus
Czechoslovakia starts with 50% National unity, but can increase it to 70% by removing the National spirit Divided Nation.
Staff and DesignersEdit
|Designer||Type||Effect||Cost ( )|
|9 Military Factories||0 Naval Dockyard||17 (8) Civilian Factories|
These numbers represent the available factories for production at start of the game. In parentheses are the complete numbers including those lost for Consumer Goods.
|4 (2)||0||0||2 (1)||42 (21)||4 (2)|
These numbers represent the available resources for production at start of the game. In parentheses are the total resources available for production, accounting for those lost to trading.
|16 Infantry Divisions||4 Cavalry Brigades||2 Mountain Divisions|
Examples of alternative division template names for Czechoslovakia include:
- Mountaineers - Horská Divize
- Marines - Námořní Pěchota
- Paratroopers - Výsadková Divize
- Motorized - Motorizovaná Divize
- Mechanized - Mechanizovaná Divize
- Armor - Rychlá Divize or Tanková Divize
Czechoslovakia doesn't own a navy as it is a landlocked nation.
|144 Interwar Fighters||48 Close Air Support||72 Interwar Bombers|
Strategies and GuidesEdit
Czechoslovakia starts out in a peculiar position, and the one thing that will guarantee your survival is fortifying the Sudetenland. Using the Sudetenland Fortifications focuses, you will have level 7 land forts along the German border and it continues through the Sudetenland to Bratislava. The Czech Entente focuses get you some backing, and you get Yugoslavia and Romania on your side. Having the two biggest armies in the Balkans on your side is crucial to your survival as Czechoslovakia. Or, hope the French go down the Little Entente path and invite you to the Little Entente, but this is much more likely when you have Historical AI Focus off. Keep note that you don't need Historical AI focus to get Czechmate or The Munich Disagreement. Then wait around and build up your army until the Germans come in, and the Wehrmacht has to take in the fact that the Sudetenland is mountainous and going into the Sudetenland forts would be a suicide mission! While waiting for the Germans to invade, hope that France and Britain back you and build up forts in Bohemia and Moravia. If time allows, go ahead and build forts on the Polish and Hungarian borders. When the Germans make an invasion attempt of Czechoslovakia (if they do), those forts are going to help you out. With those forts backing up the Germans and your allies keeping the German invasion of Czechoslovakia weaker, go for Munich and you will get The Munich Disagreement achievement. Continue through Germany with as many divisions as you can, get the Germans to capitulate (nukes do not help with captitulation, they just kill more people) and when the treaty comes, take as much land as you can.
Getting that new land will get you sea access, boost your industry and increase manpower, plus no threat of invasion from the west. Now go ahead and take care of Hungary. By this point you and your allies should surround Hungary, so invading Hungary should be easier. Just put all your divisions on the fronts, get your allies into the war and head for Budapest. Pecs and Debrecen will be captured along the way. If Italy backs them up, send an invasion there too. If you really want to get Czechmate, wait for world tension to build up (if you're democratic), justify war on the United Kingdom and begin. Via France you can do a joint naval invasion of England from northern France, and wait for your navy to build up for you to navally invade Egypt (or if you have Libya, head for the Suez Canal), invade Gibraltar, secure the Mediterranean by capturing Malta and Cyprus, then invade a bit of the Raj and East Africa if you wish, but since you really want to get Czechmate, focus your navy on getting to Western Australia. Land near Perth, and you will get the achievement Czechmate. Then occupy the rest of Australia, and don't worry about Canada. Just don't invade them unless you really want to. Then seize as much of the British Empire as you can, and inevitably you will face the Soviet Union. Go ahead and attack them if you want to, but potentially it is a suicide mission. And for this, produce as much equipment as you can to face the British Empire.