Free France

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Free France
Free France.png
French Guyana (Random)

Government type:
Democratic, Conservative


Flag of Free France Free France or the Free French forces is a country that is neither releasable nor formable and is instead created through an event chain which will start if Flag of Germany Germany defeats Flag of France France (allied to the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom) in a war.

Free France acts as the counterweight to the collaborators of Flag of Vichy France Vichy France and is tag-wise considered to be the original France, while Vichy France uses a dynamic tag. Free France will seek to contest the Vichy regime's authority and eventually usurp it and reassert itself as the legitimate government of France. Free France, however, starts off at a major disadvantage compared to Vichy France; while they do not have to worry about occupation costs or colonial unrest, Free France starts off with very little territory and resources and is considered to be a government-in-exile, meaning that if all other major powers in the allies capitulate, Free France will capitulate as well and Vichy France will become the legitimate government of France.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

After the Fall of Flag of France France and the Second Armistice of Compeigne, French General Charles de Gaulle rejected the armistice being negotiated by Marshal Philippe Petain and fled to Britain. In London, he broadcast the Appeal of 18 June (Appel du 18 juin) over the BBC, urging the french to resist against the Axis powers of Flag of Germany Germany and Flag of Italy Italy and, by extension, the Flag of Vichy France Vichy Regime.

While many french colonial territories rejected the appeal and reaffirmed their loyalty to Vichy, a good part of them, namely the French Equatorial Africa, the French Pacific possessions, French Guyana and French India, heeded the appeal and came to form the basis for an overseas french resistance movement led by de Gaulle. Over the course of the war, Free France would continue to gradually build up a military composed of colonial recruits, exiles from Metropolitan France and other anti-vichy rebels and resistance members and, with significant assistance from the British, begun to contest the Vichy regime's rule over french overseas territories. Throughout the war, the Free French navy served as an auxiliary force to the other Flag of United Kingdom British Royal Navy and the other dominion navies of the Flag of Dominion of CanadaFlag of AustraliaFlag of New ZealandFlag of South AfricaFlag of British RajBritish Empire while the Free French army engaged the axis powers alongside the British Army in both Africa and elsewhere.

Events[edit | edit source]

Free France, like Vichy France, is created through an event chain which will start if Flag of France France is democraticdemocratic, allied to the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom, and capitulates when at war with Flag of Germany Germany. If this happens, France is given the option of collaborating with the Germans (which will create Flag of Vichy France Vichy France if the Germans approve), continuing the fight regardless (which will allow them to continue on as Flag of Free France Free France) or proposing a union with Britain (which will create the Flag of United Kingdom Franco-British Union if both sides approve).

Regardless of choices made, France will be split into both Vichy France and Free France and both sides will begin to contest each other over who is the legitimate successor to France.

National focus[edit | edit source]

Free French national focus tree.
Main article: Free French national focus tree

Flag of Free France Free France, has a unique national focus tree as part of La RésistanceLa Résistance. Once Free France completes the tree, however, it will switch over to the regular French national focus tree (with the Review Foreign Policy path unlocked), Without the expansion, Free France will continue to use the regular French national focus tree.

Technology[edit | edit source]

Like Vichy France, Free France will inherit all technologies already researched by France.

Politics[edit | edit source]

National Spirits[edit | edit source]

Free France starts off with the following national spirit.

Defeatism icon
Recruitable Population Factor: -50% Resistance Growth in our states Occupied by the enemy: -25%

Political Parties[edit | edit source]

Unlike Vichy France, which has its government set to fascismfascism, Free France will inherit whatever political party makeup that France had before capitulating.

Political party Ideology Popularity Party leader Country name Is ruling?
Parti Radical democracy Democratic 64% Charles de Gaulle Free France Yes
Parti Communiste Francais communism Communist 20% Maurice Thorez French Commune No
Mouvement Franciste fascism Fascist 1% Philippe Pétain Nation Française No
Non-Aligned neutrality Non-Aligned 15% Generic Bourbon France No

Diplomacy[edit | edit source]

Since Free France can only be created by having France be allied with the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom and is a government-in-exile hosted by the UK, it will remain in the Allies.

Military[edit | edit source]

As for the Free French military, the situation is even more unpredictable than with Flag of Vichy France Vichy France. While Vichy France will usually retain control of at least a portion of the metropolitan, Free France on the other hand may, at best, recieve control of a few colonial units and, at worst, nothing at all, forcing them to rely on colonial conscription and government-in-exile mechanics to build up a functional military. This also means that Free France's military performance will be depedent on how effective the Allies are in the war and how well the Vichy government is able to stop Free France's attempts to contest and take over territory.

Economy and Territory[edit | edit source]

Free France will retain whatever laws and ideas France had before capitulating.

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

When it comes to territory, Free France is a bit unusual. Free France will by default be granted control of French Guyana and the French Pacific and Indian possessions, which grants them some territory to operate from. Additionally, however, Free France will also gain control over all french-owned and french-occupied territory not awarded to Vichy that is not a core state of the former occupier or any belligerent nation. This means that if France, for example, conquers and occupies Italian Libya (which is not a core state of Flag of Italy Italy while Libya itself does not exist) and then capitulates, then all of French North Africa will be handed over to Vichy France but Free France will retain control of Libya and even potentially establish its capital in Tripoli. This means that if France occupies territories not cored by the original owner or any other belligerent before capitulating, Free France can gain additional territory to use for resources and manpower.

Strategies and Guides[edit | edit source]

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Achievements[edit | edit source]

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As France, have at least 150 Destroyers and research the maximum torpedo launcher technology, before 1945.

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