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A faction is a coalition of nation states that are allied to each other.

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RulesEdit

A country may only create a new faction if the respective country rule is enabled. At the start of the game only the three existing faction leaders   Germany, the   United Kingdom and the   Soviet Union have this rule. Other nations gain the capability to form their own factions through their national focus trees. Joining a faction is again limited by country rules. Depending on ideology and national spirits, countries need various amounts of world tension before they can join or ask someone to join a faction.

Faction members share military access with one another and see accurate intelligence in the diplomacy screen of their allies.

Factions rules can amend some country rules such as the ability to justify war goals on other countries of the same ideology or which actions are allowed in peace conferences.

Faction members can choose to leave a faction, but this causes a significant relations modifier faction traitor (-75 relations). A faction member cannot leave while fighting a war on the side of other members. The faction leader may kick another country out even while at war or disband the faction altogether if it contains no other members than themselves and their subjects. If the faction leader ceases to exist, the largest remaining member takes over.

If a country fights alongside major allies, it will only surrender once all of the majors have surrendered. For instance if Poland joined the Allies, it will not surrender before the United Kingdom and France surrender.

Faction leaderEdit

A faction leader in HOI4 is the leader of a faction. The default faction leaders in-game are the   United Kingdom leading the Allies,   German Reich leading the Axis and the   Soviet Union leading the Comintern. They are usually joined by   Japan leading the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, and   China leading the Chinese United Front.

If the faction leader ceases to exist, the largest remaining member takes over.

Diplomatic ActionsEdit

The faction leader may kick another country out even while at war or disband the faction altogether if it contains no other members than themselves and their subjects.

Assuming LeadershipEdit

To be able to take over leadership in the faction they are in, a country must:

  • Have more than twice the deployed manpower of the faction leader (subjects count, but at varying strength depending on autonomy)
  • Have more than 150% of the factories of the faction leader
  • Be in every war the faction leader is currently in
  • Not having capitulated already

After paying 200  Political Power, the country can become faction leader, with all the benefits it entails.

AlliesEdit

The Allies are the main democratic faction, led by the United Kingdom.

Start date members
1936 1939

AxisEdit

The Axis are the main fascist faction, led by Germany.

Start date members
1936 1939
  Germany

CominternEdit

The Third Communist International, abbreviated as the Comintern, is the main communist faction, led by the Soviet Union.

Start date members
1936 1939

The Chinese United FrontEdit

The Chinese United Front is a smaller faction that may be formed by Nationalist China in order to unite the Chinese against the Japanese invaders. Note that it does not exist in the 1936 start date. The United Front will be formed by   China, which will annex the Warlords states (except Sinkiang) and   People's Republic of China will annex   Shanxi. With   Waking the Tiger, the Chinese United front can be formed by both   China and   Communist China (With many different names depending of who forms it) and will not only include those two nations but also the Warlord cliques (  Shanxi,   Xibei San Ma,   Yunnan,   Guangxi Clique and   Sinkiang).


Start date members (Without  Waking the Tiger)
1936 1939
Start date members (With   Waking the Tiger)
1936 1939

Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity SphereEdit

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (formerly known as Daitoa Kyoeiken) is a faction formed by   Japan after following the focus Purge the Kodoha faction and Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. It's formed with the objective of creating a pan-Asian bloc led by Japan.

Starting members
Start date members)
1936 1939

Other possible factionsEdit

All countries (except the   British Raj with  Together for Victory, though this may be an oversight) can acquire the ability to create factions through their national focus tree. In general, these have no default name, with the player choosing a name when inviting the first member. Several specific factions, inspired by counterfactual history, do have pre-set names, however, and are listed below.

Novus Imperium RomanumEdit

The Novus Imperium Romanum (New Roman Empire) is a faction that may be formed by   Italy after taking the National Focus 'Italy First'.   Bulgaria will be an initial member.

Possible members

The Berlin-Moscow AxisEdit

Can be created by the German Reich after the National Focus 'Alliance with the USSR', this alliance will be comprised of   Germany and the   Soviet Union.

Possible members

Asian Communist SolidarityEdit

( Waking the Tiger) Can be created by   Japan with the   People's Republic of China after going communist.   Sinkiang is also a potential member if not in a faction yet.

French-Entente AllianceEdit

The French Entente is a faction that can be formed by   France with the 'Little Entente' National Focus. When this faction is formed, France won't join the Allies. Based on the real life alliance with the objective of preventing Hungary rearming and/or a Habsburg restoration in Austria.

Possible members

MiędzymorzeEdit

Active with Poland's unique focus tree available through the free DLC with the 'Between the seas idea'. It will be formed by   Poland and can be expanded to include the Baltic states. The faction has bases on the historical idea of the Intermarium, in polish Międzymorze, a plan created by politician Józef Piłsudski in which the eastern European countries that broke free from Russian control would create a federation between the Baltic and Black seas. In the game, however, the Międzymorze is only a military alliance.

Possible members

Northern Sovereignty CoalitionEdit

( Together for Victory) If   Canada chooses to become independent from the   United Kingdom and become fascist it can either join the Axis or support fascism in   Mexico and create the Northern Sovereignty Coalition. Doing this can give a favourable outcome in a war with the   United States.

North-American AllianceEdit

( Together for Victory) If   Canada remains democratic but becomes independent and leaves the Allies, it can invite the   United States into a new democratic faction called the North-American Alliance.

The South-West Pacific InitiativeEdit

( Together for Victory) An independent, democratic   Australia can invite the   United States into this faction.

Western Pacific SphereEdit

( Together for Victory) An independent, fascist   Australia can invite   Japan (if not yet in the Axis) into this faction.

African People's UnionEdit

( Together for Victory) An independent, communist   South Africa can form this faction. It has no default members and will have only South Africa at the game start, however, they can conquer colonies from   Portugal;   Belgium;   United Kingdom and create puppets.

Possible members

French AllianceEdit

If the Little Entente has not been created but   France backs   Czechoslovakia in the Sudetenland crisis (or   Yugoslavia in the ahistorical Slovenia crisis), and Britain does not, then France will create a faction called the French Alliance, and invite Czechoslovakia/Yugoslavia.

Domination FrançaiseEdit

If   France becomes fascist, it can invite   Italy (via the 'Woo Italy' focus) into the 'Domination Française' faction.

Pan-Slavic Worker's CongressEdit

( Death or Dishonor) If   Yugoslavia becomes communist, it can invite   Bulgaria and   Albania into this faction. It should be noted that Albania isn't a Slavic country, although former communist head of state Enver Hoxha did fear a Yugoslavia annexation.

Czech EntenteEdit

( Death or Dishonor) An independent, democratic   Czechoslovakia can invite   Romania,   Yugoslavia, and   Hungary into this faction.

Pact of RomeEdit

( Death or Dishonor) An independent, fascist   Hungary can invite   Austria and   Italy into this faction. However, it is important to note that   Italy will still be able to form its own faction.

Central European AllianceEdit

( Waking the Tiger) If   Germany chooses to oppose Hitler and reestablish democratic elections, it will eventually create the Central European Alliance in opposition to the Soviets and eventually offer membership to a number of non-fascist, non-communist countries across Europe. Potential members include   Austria,   Czechoslovakia,   Hungary,   Yugoslavia,   Romania,   Netherlands,   Belgium,   Luxembourg,   Norway,   Sweden,   Denmark,   Estonia,   Latvia,   Lithuania,   Poland, and   Finland.

Central PowersEdit

( Waking the Tiger) If   Germany chooses to oppose Hitler and reestablish the German monarchy, then it will form this faction and attempt to restore   Austria-Hungary and reestablish monarchy in   Italy. The German Empire in this case will very likely attempt to regain its 1914 borders while Austria-Hungary will be going after its old imperial possessions in central Europe (  Czechoslovakia,   Hungary and parts of   Yugoslavia). All other Non-Aligned nations in Europe are eligible candidates for membership.

Mutual Assistance BlocEdit

( Waking the Tiger) If   Communist China decides to go down the "Agrarian Socialism" route of its focus tree, they will eventually create this faction. Potential members are any communist nation in China, like   Sinkiang.

Cordon SanitaireEdit

( Death or Dishonor) When   Romania chooses the focus of the same name, this faction will form, with   Poland being invited.

Anti-Communist BlocEdit

( Waking the Tiger)   Germany can take the focus "Tackle the Communist Threat" to create this faction.

Anti-Soviet PactEdit

If the   Soviet Union attacks a signatory of the Anti-Soviet Pact, Germany can create a faction of the same name.

Balkan EntenteEdit

( Death or Dishonor) If   Romania doesn't accept the Hungarian Rearmanent they can create the Balkan Entente with   Czechoslovakia and   Yugoslavia.

Balkan PactEdit

( Death or Dishonor)   Hungary can create this faction by taking the focus of the same name and later invite   Romania.

Bucharest AccordsEdit

( Death or Dishonor)   Romania can create this faction after taking the focus "Align Hungary" if   Hungary agrees.

Daitoa KyoeikenEdit

( Together for Victory) If   New Zealand offers to join   Japan, the latter can form this faction with them.

Government of National DefenseEdit

( Waking the Tiger) If   Communist China takes the focus "Government of National Defense", they can form this faction with main China.

House BernadotteEdit

( Death or Dishonor) If   Hungary takes the focus "Elect a Democratic King" and becomes democratic, they or   Sweden will get the option to form a faction if the other one is at war.

The New InternationalEdit

( Waking the Tiger) If after   Japan completes the focus "Join Comintern" the   Soviet Union is not in a faction or not communist, Japan will form this faction.

The Old AllianceEdit

( Waking the Tiger) If after   Japan completes the focus "Rekindle the Old Alliance" the   United Kingdom is not in a faction or not democratic,   Japan will form this faction and invite the   United Kingdom.

The People's FrontEdit

( Waking the Tiger) If the   Soviet Union decides to support a warlord,   Communist China doesn't accept defeat and they are separated by another country (typically   Xibei San Ma), that country may support   Communist China and form this faction.

Union of Communist SovietsEdit

( Death or Dishonor) If   Hungary takes the focus "The Revolutionary Council", they will form this faction.

West Pacific Treaty OrganizationEdit

( Waking the Tiger) If   Japan takes the focus of the same name, they will form this faction.

Treaty of Reciprocal AssistanceEdit

( Man the Guns) If the   United States takes the focus "Hemisphere Defense", they will form this faction and automatically invite all Latin American nations of its ideology into it.

Anglo-Italian PactEdit

( Man the Guns) If the   United Kingdom becomes fascist, they can invite   Italy to this faction.

British Communist AlternativeEdit

( Man the Guns) If the   United Kingdom becomes communist but doesn't align with the Soviet Union, they can form this faction.

Commonwealth of NationsEdit

( Man the Guns)   Canada automatically creates and invites   Australia and   New Zealand to this faction if the   United Kingdom becomes fascist, communist or non-aligned.

Hispanic AllianceEdit

( Man the Guns) If   Mexico becomes fascist under the Gold Shirts, it can invite Latin American countries to this faction.

Synarchist PactEdit

( Man the Guns) If   Mexico becomes fascist under the synarchists, it can invite Latin American countries to this faction.

Bolivarian AllianceEdit

( Man the Guns) If   Mexico becomes communist, it can invite Latin American countries to this faction.

4th InternationalEdit

( Man the Guns) If   Mexico becomes communist and decides to create a new international, they can form this faction.

Community of NationsEdit

( Man the Guns) If   Mexico becomes democratic and decides to take the focus of the same name, they can form this faction with the   United Kingdom if the   United Kingdom is not already in a faction.

BeneluxEdit

( Man the Guns) If the   Netherlands chooses to become democratic but doesn't align with Britain, it can invite   Belgium and   Luxembourg to this faction.

European UnionEdit

( Man the Guns) If the   Netherlands chooses to become democratic but doesn't align with Britain, it can invite all democratic nations in Europe to this faction.

Generic faction namesEdit

The following names are used by AI countries when creating ad-hoc factions and have no particular historical background:

DemocraticEdit

  • The <continent> Association
  • The <continent> Entente
  • The <faction leader> Concordat
  • The <faction leader> Union
  • <continent> Coalition
  • <continent> Federation

CommunistEdit

  • The <faction leader> Compact
  • <continent> Syndicate
  • The <continent> Combine
  • The <continent> Pact
  • The <faction leader> Bloc

FascistEdit

  • Brotherhood of <continent>
  • <continent> Group
  • The <continent> League
  • The <continent> Confederacy
  • <continent> Confederation

Non-alignedEdit

  • <continent> Defense League
  • The <faction leader> Congress
  • The <continent> Alliance
  • Confederate <continent> Nations
  • The <faction leader> Coalition