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In the political menu, current national spirits can be seen to the right of the leader portrait.

A national spirit is a modifier that describes unique advantages or disadvantages of countries. A country can have several national spirits at the same time. They can be acquired, removed, or modified by finishing national focuses or through certain events. National spirits can be viewed in the political menu. Some countries already start with national spirits as can be seen below.

Starting national spirits[edit]

Major nations spirits[edit]

Flag of France France
London Naval Treaty Signatory icon
London Naval Treaty Signatory
  • Carrier Max Cost: 9500
  • Cruiser Max Cost: 5300
  • Heavy Ship Max Cost: 10000
We have signed the London Naval Treaty and accordingly are restricted in the size of our capital ships.
Victors of the Great War icon
Victors of the Great War
  • Recruitable Population: −0.3%
  • War Support: -5%
  • Land Doctrine Research Speed: -75%
Having emerged victorious from the Great War, the army has developed a dangerously complacent attitude which causes strategic developments to come slowly and with some reluctance.
Disjointed Government icon
Disjointed Government
  • Daily Political Power Cost: +0.8
  • Stability: −10%
  • Surrender Limit: -50%
The state of French politics is far from stable. While reforms are needed and welcome, the nation is divided and getting drawn into a conflict would put it at great risk.
Protected by the Maginot Line icon
Protected by the Maginot Line
  • Max Planning: +25%
  • Planning Speed: −25%
Having fortified the border gives France the opportunity to plan and prepare carefully, but it does sacrifice some flexibility in the event of something unexpected.


Flag of Germany Germany
Bitter Loser icon
Bitter Loser
  • Ideology drift defense: +50%
  • Yes.png Can create factions
Bitterness over defeat in the Great War dominates the politics of this nation.
General Staff icon
General Staff
  • Division Organization: +5%
  • Planning Speed: +25%
The German General staff was responsible for the continuous study of all aspects of war, including the drawing up and reviewing of plans for mobilization or campaign. This contributed to a higher level of Organization in the army.
MEFO Bills icon
MEFO Bills
MEFO bills were promissory notes created by Hjalmar Schacht to enable the government to fund rearmament, acting through the balance sheet entity Metallurgische Forschungsgesellschaft to hide this rearmament from French and British eyes. These bills must be extended for six-month periods, or their recipients will have to be paid when they fall due.


Flag of Italy Italy
Victor Emmanuel III icon
Victor Emmanuel III
  • Stability: +5%
The "Soldier King" remind the Italians of their recent victories in the Great War. His presence and their loyalty to him is a great source of unity for the people.
Vittoria Mutilata icon
Vittoria Mutilata
  • Acceptance of Communist Diplomacy: −10
  • Acceptance of Democratic Diplomacy: −10
  • Acceptance of Fascist Diplomacy: +10
  • AI Modifier: Focus on Offense: +50%
  • Justify war goal time: −5%
Our allies betrayed Italy and stabbed us in the back when they broke the Pact of London. We sacrificed so much blood at the Isonzo for their victory and they in turn denied us what was ours by right. Now Italy will take her destiny into her own hands and ensure that justice is done.
London Naval Treaty Signatory icon
London Naval Treaty Signatory
  • Carrier Max Cost: 9500
  • Cruiser Max Cost: 5300
  • Heavy Ship Max Cost: 10000
We have signed the London Naval Treaty and accordingly are restricted in the size of our capital ships.


Flag of Japan Japan

Japan starts with four national spirits in the base game:

State Shintoism icon
State Shintoism
  • Factory Bomb Vulnerability: −10%
  • Division Recovery Rate: +10%
Since the Meiji Restoration we have sought to use the worship in Shinto shrines to promote imperial loyalty and aid in nation building. This has allowed us to build up a country that is ready to sacrifice much in the name of the state.
Zaibatsus icon
Zaibatsus
  • Daily Political Power Cost: +0.25
  • Trade Laws Cost: +25%
  • Economy Cost: +25%
  • Civilian factoryCivilian factory Construction Speed: +5.00%
  • Military factoryMilitary factory Construction Speed: +5.00%
  • Naval dockyardNaval dockyard Construction Speed: +5.00%
  • Consumer Goods factories: 5%
Duplicate Research Efforts icon
Duplicate Research Efforts
  • Air Research Time: +10%
Militarism icon
Militarism
  • War Support: +20.00%
  • Mobilization Cost: -25%
  • Justify War goalWar Goal time: -20.0%
  • Research Time: +5.00%
  • Civilian factoryCivilian factory Construction Speed: -10.00%

With the Waking the TigerWaking the Tiger expansion enabled, Japan starts with an additional national spirit:

Interservice Rivalry - Balanced icon
Interservice Rivalry - Balanced

With the Man the GunsMan the Guns expansion enabled, Japan starts with an additional national spirit:

London Naval Treaty Signatory icon
London Naval Treaty Signatory
  • Carrier Max Cost: 9500
  • Cruiser Max Cost: 9500
  • Heavy Ship Max Cost: 9500
We have signed the London Naval Treaty and accordingly are restricted in the size of our capital ships.


Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union
Trotskyite Plot? icon
Trotskyite Plot?
  • Stability: −20%
Paranoia and pathological distrust stemming from old power struggles impact the leadership of this nation.
Home of the Revolution icon
Home of the Revolution
  • Ideology drift defense: +50%
  • Yes.png Can create factions
Comrades, with the defeat of the vile Trotskyite counter revolutionaries we were able to focus on defending the revolution. Our goal, our hope, our slogan is Socialism in One Country. We will build a bountiful socialist utopia here in the Soviet Union and the rest of the world will inevitably embrace it.


Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
London Naval Treaty Signatory icon
London Naval Treaty Signatory
  • Carrier Max Cost: 9500
  • Cruiser Max Cost: 9500
  • Heavy Ship Max Cost: 9500
We have signed the London Naval Treaty and accordingly are restricted in the size of our capital ships.
British Stoicism icon
British Stoicism
  • Ideology drift defense: +50%
  • Yes.png Can create factions
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same. Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, and - which is more - you'll be a man, my son.
The War to End All Wars icon
The War to End All Wars
  • Recruitable Population Factor: -25%
With the Great War in recent memory, both the nation's people and leaders are reluctant to send another generation to die in the trenches.
King George V icon
King George V
Popular Figurehead
Stability: 15%
Rallying around the King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, as well as Emperor of India, the British people stand united and proud of their imperial legacy.


Flag of United States United States
London Naval Treaty Signatory icon
London Naval Treaty Signatory
  • Carrier Max Cost: 9500
  • Cruiser Max Cost: 9500
  • Heavy Ship Max Cost: 9500
We have signed the London Naval Treaty and accordingly are restricted in the size of our capital ships.
The Great Depression icon
The Great Depression
  • Daily Political Power cost: +1.00
  • Resource Gain Efficiency: -20%
  • Recruitable Population Factor: -50%
  • Consumer Goods Factories: +30%
  • Join faction tension limit: +20%
Although a worldwide phenomenon, the Great Depression started with a stock market crash in the United States and has caused unemployment rates to soar and tax revenue to plummet. The American people and its government have enough to worry about without getting involved in another war.
Home of the Free icon
Home of the Free
  • Ideology drift defense: +20%
  • No.png Cannot join factions lead by another ideology
  • Yes.png Can create factions
USA considers itself a bastion and maybe even the cradle of democracy and liberty. Whatever they choose to be, their values are difficult to compromise, however tempting some opportunities might seem.


Together for Victory[edit]

Flag of Australia Australia
Great Depression icon
Great Depression

  • Consumer Goods Factories: 20%.
  • Stability: -10.00%
  • Factory output: -15.00%
  • Dockyard Output: -15.00%


Flag of British Raj British Raj
Princely States icon
Princely States
  • Daily autonomy progress gain: -0.1
Marginalized Muslim Community icon
Marginalized Muslim Community
  • Stability: −10%
  • Recruitable Population Factor: −20%
Agrarian Society icon
Agrarian Society
  • Recruitable Population Factor: −69%
The local administrators believe that their agrarian lifestyle has made a large part of the Indian population simply unfit for military service or warfare of any kind. They maintain that we should only recruit from the so-called "martial tribes". This belief is so wide-spread and well-entreched that it will require at least a generation to overcome. For the foreseeable future, we must accept that they would simply ignore any order to draft farmers.
Risk of Famine icon
Risk of Famine
The Indian system of food production is very fragile. Even a small interruption might cause a collapse.


Flag of Canada Canada
Great Depression icon
Great Depression

  • Consumer Goods Factories: 25%
  • Factory Output: −20%
  • Dockyard Output: -20%
Conscription Crisis among French Canadians icon
Conscription Crisis among French Canadians
  • Recruitable Population Factor: −30%


Flag of South Africa South Africa
Ossewabrandwag icon
Ossewabrandwag
Daily Fascism Support: +0.01
Factory Output: -10.00%
Dockyard Output: -10.00%
History of Segregation icon
History of Segregation
Recruitable Population Factor: -55%


Death or Dishonor[edit]

Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Škoda Works icon
Škoda Works
  • Factory output: +10.00%
Divided Nation icon
Divided Nation


Flag of Hungary Hungary
Treaty of Trianon icon
Treaty of Trianon
  • Recruitable Population: -0.50%
  • Military Factory construction speed -50.00%
The Treaty of Trianon is, in many ways, similar to the Treaty of Versailles, crippling our military and preventing rearmament. Seeing it altered or abolished must be our premier goal. We can do this by seeking a Rapprochement with the Little Entente, proposing the Bled Agreement, or by renouncing it altogether. The last option will be widely considered as very aggressive and may provoke a strong response.


Flag of Romania Romania
King Carol II's Lifestyle icon
King Carol II's Lifestyle
King Carol II is well known for his expensive tastes and his willingness to indulge the even more lavish tastes of his mistress. He has caused considerable scandals in the past, and will likely continue to do so unless he is replaced or shown the error of his ways.
Neutral Foreign Policy icon
Neutral Foreign Policy
  • Join faction tension limit: +100%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: +20%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +100%
  • AI Modifier: Threat receptivity: +1%
  • AI Modifier: Desire to be in or expand a faction: −100
Neutrality is sometimes viewed as a craven stance, but this nation trusts that when the dust settles, those who didn't take sides may be better off than those who did.


Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
Croatian Opposition icon
Croatian Opposition
  • Stability: -30%
The political representatives of Croatia have been pushing for a federal organization of the Kingdom. Unless their demands are met, they will continue to oppose every move by the central government. They might even launch an uprising if they believe the time is right.
Macedonian Opposition icon
Macedonian Opposition
  • Political Advisor Cost: +25%
  • Trade Laws Cost: +25%
  • Mobilization Laws Cost: +25%
  • Economy Cost: +25%
The Macedonians have not quite accepted their identity as Serbs and keep demanding special rights. Political support from Bulgaria no doubt plays a role.
Slovene Nationalism icon
Slovene Nationalism
  • Production efficiency.png Production efficiency growth: -10%
Slovenes have long since wanted their own state. Although they have accepted our rule, they are not particularly enthusiastic about it. Slovene industrialists rarely invest in local businesses and seem to prefer to spend their money abroad.
Serbian General Staff icon
Serbian General Staff
  • Military Leader Cost: +50%
  • Max planning: +10%
Anti-German Military icon
Anti-German Military
  • Ideology drift defense: +5%
Factions within the Yugoslavian Air Force are opposed to cooperating with Germany. They may attempt to overthrow the regime if the country opens their borders to or enters an alliance with the Third Reich.


Waking the Tiger[edit]

Flag of China China
Communist Uprisings icon
Communist Uprisings
The tensions between communists and nationalists are present in all corners of the country. If communist support in the country goes too high, the communists will take control of a state.
German Military Advisors icon
German Military Advisors
  • Land Doctrine Research Speed: +10%
A German military mission led by Alexander von Falkenhausen is present in China, and its advisors are assisting us in bringing our army up to Western standards.

With the Waking the Tiger Waking the Tiger expansion enabled, China starts without Communist Uprisings but retains German Military Advisors. In addition, it also starts with the following:

Nine Power Treaty icon
Nine Power Treaty
We still labor under the effects of the Unequal Treaties that formalize the "Open Door Policy" towards China. The foreigners still have extraterritorial rights, and we are not in full control of our economy.
Army Corruption icon
Army Corruption
  • Division Attack: −50%
  • Division Defense: −50%
  • Mobilization speed: −30%
Our armed force are rife with corruption and nepotism. If we want to turn them into a potent fighting force, we will have to engage in a lengthy and expensive program of army reform.
Ineffective Bureaucracy icon
Ineffective Bureaucracy
  • Recruitable Population Factor: −35%
The chaos of the civil war has disrupted the creation of an effective state apparatus. More than a third of available recruits are not drafted, simply because no one knows they exist. Reforming the examination process will ensure that we hire competent people.
Incompetent Officers icon
Incompetent Officers
  • Daily Command Power Gain Multiplier: −70%
Our officers are not yet up to the task of managing a modern war. Hard lessons will have to be learned before they are truly equal to their counterparts in other nations. Educating them will be part of a bigger programm of army reform.
Low Inflation icon
Low Inflation
  • Consumer Goods Factories: 5%
  • Factory Output: −5%
Our economists have noticed a slight increase in inflation. We should keep an eye on that.


Flag of Communist China Communist China
Aftermath of the Long March icon
Aftermath of the Long March

  • Factory Output: -15.00%
  • Construction Speed: -50.00%
The long retreat into Shanxi has depleted our forces, and the Yan'an Base Area is not yet ready to support a major uprising. It will take time or outside help to recover.
The peasants have suffered hard in the civil war. If we want to become accepted as the legitimate government of China, we must first win their support.
Power Struggles icon
Power Struggles

  • Political Advisor Cost: +25%
  • Trade Laws cost: +25%
  • Mobilization Laws cost: +25%
  • Economy cost: +25%
The party is internally divided about the best way to proceed. Struggles between various factions have erupted and will continue until one of them reigns supreme.
Red Army Weakened icon
Red Army Weakened

  • Army Organization Regain: -10.00%
  • Training time: +20.00%
  • Reinforce Rate: -1%
Exhausted from the Long March, our Red Army is not fit for combat just yet. We must form new units and form a new Army of Liberation.


Flag of Manchukuo Manchukuo
Banditry icon
Banditry
  • Stability: -10%
  • War Support: -10%
We are engaged in low-intensity warfare with partisans, defectors and republican terrorists. We should focus on pacifying the countryside in order to hunt these bandits down.
Kwantung Veto icon
Kwantung Veto
  • Political Advisor Cost: +25%
  • Trade Laws cost: +25%
  • Mobilization Laws cost: +25%
  • Economy cost: +25%
After the 1905 seizure of Dalian from Russia, the Kwantung (Kantō in Japanese) garrison placed there became politicized, with expansionist generals taking the initiative in seizing more land for Japan. This culminated in the Mukden Incident in 1932, when the Empire of Manchukuo was carved out of the petty warlords of the north-east. The Kwantung Army continues to dominate the area and places the interests of their generals above the needs of Manchukuo. We will only resolve this by getting the Japanese army to recognize us as equals, or by throwing them out by force.
Low Legitimacy icon
Low Legitimacy
  • Stability: -50%
  • War Support: -50%
Emperor Puyi is the legitimate descendent of the Qing emperors who ruled China for three hundred years. The Xinhai Revolution which deposed him in 1911 was very popular, as the late Qing government was powerless against both the foreigners stealing Chinese land and the regional governors establishing themselves as warlords. Emperor Puyi's installation as Emperor of Manchukuo is not yet accepted by the Manchurian populace, let alone the rest of China. We will have to establish the Emperor's independence from Japan to rally the nation under him.


Flag of Guangxi Clique Guangxi Clique
Government Corruption icon
Government Corruption
  • Political Power Gain: -10%
  • Stability: -10.00%
Ineffective Bureaucracy icon
Ineffective Bureaucracy
  • Daily Political Power Gain: -0.25
The chaos of the civil war has disrupted the creation of an effective state apparatus. More than a third of available troops are not drafted, simply because no one knows they exist. Reforming the examination process will ensure that we hire competent people.


Flag of Shanxi Shanxi
Government Corruption icon
Government Corruption
  • Political Power Gain: -10%
  • Stability: -10.00%
Ineffective Bureaucracy icon
Ineffective Bureaucracy
  • Daily Political Power Gain: -0.25
The chaos of the civil war has disrupted the creation of an effective state apparatus. More than a third of available troops are not drafted, simply because no one knows they exist. Reforming the examination process will ensure that we hire competent people.


Flag of Sinkiang Sinkiang
Government Corruption icon
Government Corruption
  • Political Power Gain: -10%
  • Stability: -10.00%
Ineffective Bureaucracy icon
Ineffective Bureaucracy
  • Daily Political Power Gain: -0.25
The chaos of the civil war has disrupted the creation of an effective state apparatus. More than a third of available troops are not drafted, simply because no one knows they exist. Reforming the examination process will ensure that we hire competent people.


Flag of Xibei San Ma Xibei San Ma
Government Corruption icon
Government Corruption
  • Political Power Gain: -10%
  • Stability: -10.00%
Ineffective Bureaucracy icon
Ineffective Bureaucracy
  • Daily Political Power Gain: -0.25
The chaos of the civil war has disrupted the creation of an effective state apparatus. More than a third of available troops are not drafted, simply because no one knows they exist. Reforming the examination process will ensure that we hire competent people.


Flag of Yunnan Yunnan
Government Corruption icon
Government Corruption
  • Political Power Gain: -10%
  • Stability: -10.00%
Ineffective Bureaucracy icon
Ineffective Bureaucracy
  • Daily Political Power Gain: -0.25
The chaos of the civil war has disrupted the creation of an effective state apparatus. More than a third of available troops are not drafted, simply because no one knows they exist. Reforming the examination process will ensure that we hire competent people.


Other national spirits[edit]

Flag of Finland Finland
Sisu icon
Sisu
  • Division Recovery Rate: +25%
  • Division Attrition: −10%
  • Division Attack on core territory: +20%
  • Division Defense on core territory: +20%
Sisu is the uniquely Finnish expression for the resilience of the nation's people. Finland has faced harsh odds and will do so again.


Flag of Sweden Sweden
En Svensk Tiger icon
En Svensk Tiger
  • Ideology drift defense: +10%
  • Justify wargoal time on us: +10%
If Sweden is to be like a tiger on the prowl then those who spy on us must not know what we do. In these time of conflict and strife it is the patriotic duty of every Swede to keep silent.
Neutral Foreign Policy icon
Neutral Foreign Policy
  • Join faction tension limit: +100%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: +20%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +100%
  • AI Modifier: Threat receptivity: +1%
  • AI Modifier: Desire to be in or expand a faction: −100
Neutrality is sometimes viewed as a craven stance, but this nation trusts that when the dust settles, those who didn't take sides may be better off than those who did.


Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Neutral Foreign Policy icon
Neutral Foreign Policy
  • Join faction tension limit: +100%
  • Send volunteers tension limit +20%
  • Guarantee tension limit +100%
Neutrality is sometimes viewed as a craven stance, but this nation trusts that when the dust settles, those who don't take sides may be better off than those who did.


Generic spirits[edit]

The following spirits are more generic in nature and can apply to more than one nation (they can be found in the generic focus tree).

Collectivist Ethos icon
Collectivist Ethos
  • Daily Democracy Support: −0.02
Deterrence icon
Deterrence
  • Land Fort construction speed: +20%
  • Coastal Fort construction speed: +20%
  • Anti Air construction speed: +20%
  • Military Factory construction speed: +20%
Standing alone, we rarely benefit from war. Fortunately, we know that the best defense is one so well-known you never have to put it to use.
Interventionism Focus icon
Interventionism Focus
  • gets the rule: Yes ‘Can send volunteer forces’.
Foreign Expeditions icon
Foreign Expeditions
  • Divisions required for sending volunteer force: -50%
Ideological Fanaticism icon
Ideological Fanaticism
  • Stability: +5%
  • Division Attack on core territory:+10%
  • Division Defense on core territory: +10%
  • Yes 'Can Create Factions'.
  • Allows rule Yes Kamikaze strikes
Indoctrination icon
Indoctrination
  • Stability: +5%
Having established our ideology as based on the truth, it may be taught as truth. Education and media must reflect this lesson."
Liberty Ethos icon
Liberty Ethos
  • Trade deal opinion factor: +20%
Militarism icon
Militarism
  • Recruitable Population: +5%
  • Effect of partisans on us: -10%
  • gets the rule: Yes ‘Can send volunteer forces’.
Military Youth icon
Military Youth
  • Recruitable Population: +2%
Neutrality icon
Neutrality
  • Join faction tension limit: 100%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: 20%
  • Guarantee tension limit: 100%
Neutrality is sometimes viewed as a craven stance, but this nation trusts that when the dust settles, those who didn't take sides may be better off than those who did.
Paramilitarism icon
Paramilitarism
  • Division training time: -10%
Political Commissars icon
Political Commissars
  • Division Recovery Rate: +10%
  • Commmunist or Fascist Party Popularity: +20%
Political Correctness icon
Political Correctness
  • Foreign subversive activities efficiency: -75%
People who think correctly are much harder to influence for foreign powers.
Volunteer Corps icon
Volunteer Corps
  • Divisions required for sending volunteer force: -25%
Why we Fight icon
Why we Fight
  • Stability: +10%
  • War Support: +10%
  • Yes 'Can Create Factions'.