South Africa

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South Africa
South Africa.png
Capital:
Pretoria

Government Type:
Democratic Government

Faction:
Allies

South Africa is a Dominion and member of the British Commonwealth, so it is a starting member of the Allies. It is a minor regional power in southern Africa.

Historical Background[edit]

Eight years after the Second Boer War (1899-1902) the British Parliament created the Union of South Africa and granted it nominal independence. After the Statute of Westminster in 1931 the dominion was granted full sovereignty and got a new democratic regime. The National Party and the South African Party merged to be called the United Party and was elected into office. When the war came in 1939, the president didn't want to join the war so he was replaced and South Africa joined the war on the side of the allies on the 4th of September 1939. Although the Afrikaans-speaking white population was substantially anti-British, a very large percentage of the "English" population served in many different theaters of the war (most notably North Africa) and aided in the war in the air.

Events[edit]

Main article: South African events

National focus[edit]

South African national focus tree.
Main article: South African national focus tree

Flag of South Africa South Africa, along with other nations of the British commonwealth, gets a unique national focus tree as part of the Together for Victory icon.png Together for Victory expansion. Without the expansion South Africa utilizes the Generic national focus tree.

South Africa's unique focus tree has six main branches:

War Measures Act
South Africa makes war preparations, mustering its industrial capacity as well as constructing strategic defensive forts. The first focus of the branch requires more than 20% world tension OR an authoritarian government. The final focus of the branch, Expand the Cape Corps, removes the recruitment factor penalty imposed by the ‘History of SegregationIdea saf history of segregation.png national spirit, bolstering its army reserves available for muster, though it is mutually exclusive with another focus, Outlaw Strikes, which increases industrial output.
Support the Policy of Appeasement
The democratic path, this branch reinforces cooperation with the rest of the Commonwealth. Secure Interests in Africa, the final focus, can create Kenya and Zimbabwe as South African puppet states if the United Kingdom agrees to transfer its faraway possessions.
Support the Afrikaner Broederbond
The fascist path. This branch opens the possibility to switch to fascism immediately by starting a civil war. The player can go for greater cooperation with Germany, which comes with substantial benefits, or start a faction of its own, with a policy of revanche targeting the United Kingdom. In either case, former British king Edward VIII can be selected as the head of state.
Empower the Workers
The communist path. One branch aligns South Africa with the Soviet Union. The other is the most unique of the focus tree, Anti-Colonialist Crusade: South Africa declares war on the colonial powers to liberate all of Africa from their rule.
Army
Provides bonuses to weapons, artillery and land doctrine research.
Air
Provides bonuses to aircraft and air doctrine research.
Navy
Focuses on the Navy, giving bonuses to ship models and naval doctrine research.


Technology[edit]

South Africa starts out with many of the 1936 technologies. While strong on ground, they only start out with the Destroyer I and Transport Ships researched; fortunately, the nearest threats are the distant Italians and Japanese and these destroyers suffice for engaging any convoys passing off South Africa's coast. They start out with the Grand Battleplan land doctrine and the Fleet in Being naval doctrine. At the beginning of the game they only have two research slots, but more can be obtained by obtaining national focuses.

Technology 1936
Army Technology Naval Technology Air Technology Electronics & Industry
  • Rifle No.4 MkI (Infantry Eq. I)
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I
  • Vickers II (Light Tank I)
  • QF 18-pounder (Towed Artillery I)
  • V/W Class (Destroyer I)
  • Transport Ship
  • Gloster Gladiator (Interwar Fighter)
    • Hawker Nimrod (Interwar Carrier Fighter)
  • Armstrong Whitworth Whitley (Interwar Bomber)
  • Hawker Hector (Close Air Support I)
  • Fairey Swordfish (Naval Bomber I)
    • Blackburn Shark (Carrier Naval Bomber I)
  • None
Doctrines
  • None
Technology 1939
Army Technology Naval Technology Air Technology Electronics & Industry
  • Lewis Mk. III DEMS & SBML two-inch mortar (Support Weapons II)
  • Rifle No.4 MkI (Infantry Eq. I)
    • Improved Infantry Eq. I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I
  • Matilda Local Pattern (Light Tank II)
  • Crusader Local Pattern (Medium Tank I)
  • Vickers A1E1 'Independent' (Heavy Tank I)
  • QF 18-pounder (Towed Artillery I)
    • Interwar Artillery
  • V/W Class (Destroyer I)
  • Transport Ship
  • Hawker Nimrod (Interwar Carrier Fighter)
  • Hawker Hurricane (Fighter I)
  • Hawker Hector (Close Air Support I)
  • Fairey Swordfish (Naval Bomber I)
    • Blackburn Shark (Carrier Naval Bomber I)
  • Vickers Wellington (Tactical Bomber I)
  • Radio Detection
  • Computing Machine
  • Advanced Machine Tools
  • Dispersed Industry II
  • Construction II
  • Improved Oil Processing
Doctrines

Research and production[edit]

These are the choices of design companies and theorists for Flag of South Africa South Africa.

Tank designers
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Iscor Medium Tank Designer
  • Armor Research Time: -10 %
  • Armor:
  • Reliability: +5 %
  • Soft attack: +5 %

By selecting this Design Company it will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Ship designers
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Naval Company Ship Designer
  • Naval Research Time: -10 %
150
Aircraft designers
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Light Air Company Light aircraft designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %

Fighter:

  • Agility: +10 %
  • Max Speed: +10 %

Carrier Fighter:

  • Agility: +10 %
  • Max Speed: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company it will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Medium Air Company Medium aircraft designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %
  • Heavy Fighter: Reliability: +20 %
  • Tactical Bomber: Reliability: +20 %

By selecting this Design Company it will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Heavy Air Company Heavy aircraft designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %
  • Strategic Bomber: Strategic Bombing: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company it will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Naval Air Company Naval aircraft designer
  • Air Research Time: -10 %

Naval Bomber:

  • Operational Range: +10 %
  • Naval Attack: +10 %

CV Naval Bomber:

  • Operational Range: +10 %
  • Naval Attack: +10 %

By selecting this Design Company it will permanently affect capabilities on all equipment researched while they are hired.

150
Materiel designers
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Motorization Company Motorized Equipment Designer
  • Motorization Research Time: -10 %
150
Small Arms Company Infantry Equipment Designer
  • Weapons and Equipment Research Time: -10 %
150
Artillery Company Artillery Equipment Designer
  • Artillery Research Time: -10 %
150
Industrial concerns
Designer Type Effect Cost (Political Power)
Industrial Company Industrial Concern
  • Industrial Research Time: -10 %
150
Theorists
Theorist Type Effects Cost (Political Power)
J. F. van Rensburg Military Theorist
  • Army Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Land Doctrine Research Time: -7 %
150
S.P. Le Roux Air Warfare Theorist
  • Air Experience Gain: +0.05 daily
  • Air Doctrine Research Time: -7 %
150

Diplomacy[edit]

In both start dates, South Africa is a member of the allies with particularly strong diplomatic ties to the UK, but because of domestic politics it is not certain that South Africa will join the war.

With Together for Victory Together for Victory, South Africa starts as a Dominion.pngDominion of the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom and at 40% of the progress towards independence. This almost guarantees being brought into the war unless drastic action is taken to break away before that happens.

Politics[edit]

National Spirits[edit]

By default, South Africa has no national spirits. However, with the Together for VictoryTogether for Victory DLC activated, the country will have the Ossewabrandwag and History of Segregation national spirits at the start of both the 1936 and 1939 scenario. These national spirits can be modified depending on which national focuses South Africa chooses throughout the course of a game.

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%


Laws[edit]

1936
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
1939
Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Volunteer Only.png Volunteer Only
  • 1.5% Recruitable population
Early Mobilization.png Early Mobilization
  • 30% Consumer Goods factories
  • –10% Factory construction speed
  • -25% Fuel Gain per Oil
Export Focus.png Export Focus
  • 50% Resources to market
  • +5% Research speed
  • +10% Factory/Dockyard output
  • +10% Construction speed

Political parties[edit]

Political parties, 1936
Id. Party name Popularity Leader Ruling
Democratic United National South African Party 64.23% J. B. M. Hertzog Yes
Communist South African Communist Party 4.23% Moses Kotane No
Fascist Gesuiwerde Nasionale Party 20.01% D. F. Malan No
Non-Aligned African National Congress 11.35% Pixley Ka Isaka Seme No
Id. Party name Popularity Leader Ruling
Political parties, 1939
Democratic United National South African Party 88.19% Jan Smuts Yes
Communist South African Communist Party 0.00% Moses Kotane No
Fascist Gesuiwerde Nasionale Party 00.01% D. F. Malan No
Non-Aligned African National Congress 11.69% Pixley Ka Isaka Seme No

Ministers[edit]

South Africa has the choice of six ministers, which are the same in both the 1936 and 1939 scenarios.

Advisor Type Effect Cost
Sir Patrick Duncan Democratic Reformer Daily Democracy Support: +0.10
Gets event 'Move Towards Democracy' (if not Democracy Democratic)
Together for VictoryHas completed focus Support the Policy of Appeasement
Political Power 150
Abram Fischer Communist Revolutionary Daily Communism Support: +0.10
Gets event 'Communism on the Rise' (if not Communism Communist)
Together for VictoryHas completed focus Empower the Workers
Political Power 150
J. F. van Rensburg Fascist Demagogue Daily Fascism Support: +0.10
Gets event 'Fascism on the Rise' (if not Fascism Fascist)
Together for VictoryHas completed focus Support the Afrikaner Broederbond
Political Power 150
Nicolaas Havenga Captain of Industry Civilian Factory construction speed: +10.00%
Infrastructure construction speed: +10.00%
Refinery construction speed: +10.00%
Political Power 150
D. F. Malan Backroom Backstabber Political Power Gain: +5.00%
Ideology drift defense: +15.0%
Political Power 150
E. G. Jansen Silent Workhorse Political Power Gain: +15.00% Political Power 150

Economy[edit]

Resources[edit]

Total resources 1936
Oil.png
Oil
Rubber.png
Rubber
Steel.png
Steel
Aluminum.png
Aluminum
Tungsten.png
Tungsten
Chromium.png
Chromium
0 0 8 0 0 170
Total resources 1939
Oil.png
Oil
Rubber.png
Rubber
Steel.png
Steel
Aluminum.png
Aluminum
Tungsten.png
Tungsten
Chromium.png
Chromium
0 0 8 0 0 188

These numbers represent the available resources, depending on trade law a certain amount may be traded away.

The seemingly large potential for Chromium exports should not be allowed to impair economic growth by trade policies that allocate too much Steel for export and require active Steel imports. This is particularly a concern if South Africa does not remain loyal to the British Empire.

Industry[edit]

Factories 1936
Military factory
1 Military Factory
Naval dockyard
0 Naval Dockyards
Civilian factory
9 Civilian Factories
Factories 1939
Military factory
1 Military Factory
Naval dockyard
1 Naval Dockyard
Civilian factory
11 Civilian Factories

Military[edit]

1936[edit]

Infantry.png
6 Infantry Divisions
Air Skirmish.png
30 Interwar Fighters

In 1936 South Africa has a very small and poorly equipped military consisting of only three six-Infantry battalion divisions (Cape Force), three three-Infantry battalion divisions (Cape Brigade), and a single air wing of 30 Gloster Gladiator interwar fighters stationed in Transvaal. The army itself only has 30% of the equipment needed to operate at full capacity, but due to its small size and South Africa's steel industry its divisions can be fully equipped with domestically produced rifles by the end of October, if a second military factory is built. South Africa lacks a navy in 1936 and only has a small convoy fleet of 25 with no naval dockyards. However, by far the greatest hindrance to South Africa fielding a powerful military early on is their History of Segregation national spirit, present in both the 1936 and 1939 scenarios, which effectively reduces the nation's recruitable population by 55%. Despite this large penalty South Africa still has the largest recruitable population of all of the British Dominions, second only to the British Raj.

1939[edit]

Infantry.png
6 Infantry Divisions
Air Skirmish.png
75 Fighters
Naval Strike Tactics.png
12 Naval Bombers
Bomber.png
12 Tactical Bombers

In the 1939 scenario South Africa's army has not increased in size compared to 1936, is still poorly equipped, and the country has not yet developed a navy. The South African Air Force has grown significantly, however, and now consists of four air wings: one wing of 45 Gloster Gladiator Interwar fighters, one wing of 30 1936 Hawker Hurricane fighters, one wing of 12 1936 Fairey Swordfish naval bombers, and one wing of 12 1936 Ju 86 Tactical Bombers. Vickers Wellington 1936 tactical bombers are also available to be manufactured, but with only one military factory in the entire country, their production would divert resources that might be put to better use strengthening the army.

If campaigning in low infrastructure/high attrition areas, (almost anywhere in Africa or the Middle East) it is recommended to use Field Hospitals and Maintenance Companies to conserve limited manpower and equipment.

Military staff[edit]

These are the Military Staff candidates for appointment in South Africa.

Chief of Army
Candidate Type I Type II Effects Cost (Political Power)
Leonard Beyers Army Defense (Expert)
  • Division Defense: +10 %
150
James Mitchell-Baker Army Maneuver (Expert)
  • Division speed: +10 %
150
Chief of Navy
Candidate Type I Type II Effects Cost (Political Power)
Cornelis van Zuigenbrogge Commerce Raiding (Expert)
  • Convoy Raiding Efficiency: +15 %
150
Pierre Oliver-Knoll Naval Maneuver (Expert)
  • Naval Speed: +10 %
150
Chief of the Air force
Candidate Type I Type II Effects Cost (Political Power)
Pierre van Ryneveld Ground Support (Expert)
  • Air Superiority: +10 %
150
Adolf Malan All-Weather (Expert)
  • Bad Weather Penalty: -20 %
150
Military High Command
Candidate Type I Type II Effects Cost (Political Power)
C. de Weenburg du Toit Armor (Expert)
  • Armor Division Attack: +10 %
  • Armor Division Defense: +10 %
150
Robert Palmer Army Regrouping (Expert)
  • Division Recovery Rate: +8 %
150
Jeannot de la Tourier Screens (Expert)
  • Screen Attack: +10 %
  • Screen Defense: +15 %
150
Marinus van Osterkamp Naval Strike (Expert)
  • Naval Bombing: +3 %
  • Naval Targeting: +3 %
  • Naval Agility: +3 %
150

Strategies and Guides[edit]

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In multiplayer, it is very common to see South Africa use her strong chromium deposits to construct heavy tanks. These can play an important role in holding Africa's northern coast from falling to the Italians.

Achievements[edit]

Crusader Kings icon
Crusader Kings
As South Africa, finish the A King for our People focus and take Jerusalem.
Crusader Kings 2 icon
Crusader Kings 2
As South Africa, finish the Anti-Colonialist Crusade focus, release all European colonies via the focus, and take London.
District 9 icon
District 9
As South Africa, have 9 civilian factories in Transvaal.
I Am the Tong Master icon
I Am the Tong Master
As South Africa, break free from the UK and puppet another nation.
Rule Britannia icon
Rule Britannia
As any British Subject state, conquer all of Britain.