Switzerland

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Switzerland
Switzerland.png
Capital:
Berne

Government type:
Democratic, Conservative

Faction:
Neutral

Historical background[edit]

Switzerland is a minor country in Europe. It shares borders with 3 of the game's 7 major powers: Flag of France France on the west, Flag of Italy Italy to the south, Flag of Germany Germany to the north, and Flag of Austria Austria to the east. Switzerland has the longest-standing policy of military neutrality in the world, dating back to the Vienna Congress in 1815, where the European coalition powers agreed that Switzerland should be neutral, and the country has remained so ever since.

Despite being landlocked, wedged between three European major powers and located smack-dab right in the middle of a continent ravaged by war, Switzerland stayed neutral and aggressively maintained that neutrality in both world wars, earning it the reputation of being the ultimate neutral country as it was never invaded even once in either war, whether due to successful deterrence, economic concessions and due to bigger things being at stake.

To maintain said neutrality in World War II, however, Switzerland practised a form of gold trade with both the allies and the axis powers (the latter of which surrounded Switzerland) which, in the case of the axis, could be interpreted as a form of money laundering as the gold bought by the swiss was plundered from national banks across Europe and the swiss francs sold to the axis were used in commerce with other neutral countries. This, in turn, earned Switzerland something of a reputation of cleverly taking advantage of other peoples' wars for personal profit, with swiss banking being emblematic for Switzerland, along with chocolate, watchmaking, the Alps and neutrality. For all its faults, Switzerland remained a free democratic country throughout the war and was also a rare safe haven for refugees.

An armed neutrality was maintained throughout the Cold War and remains in place to this day by Switzerland not being a member of either NATO or the Flag of European Union European Union, despite still being surrounded by European major countries and all of the political, economic, diplomatic, geographic and military intrigue that that entails.

National spirit[edit]

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.


Diplomacy[edit]

As a Democratic country, Switzerland has slightly positive relations with the same ideology (+10), and more strongly positive relations with countries that share the same ruling party (+20). Switzerland has a slightly negative relationship with all Communist, Fascist, and Non-Aligned countries (-10).

Switzerland does not have claims or cores on foreign soil.

National focus[edit]

Main article: Generic national focus tree

As a minor nation, Switzerland uses the generic National Focus Tree, covering Army, Aviation, Naval, Industrial and Political branches.

Politics[edit]

Switzerland starts in 1936 as a democracy with elections every four years; the next fall in October 1939. The directorial Federal Council is in power, which makes Switzerland the only country without an exact person as a leader at the start of the game, instead, it's governed by a collective head of state of seven individuals.

Switzerland has the following political parties:

Political party Ideology Popularity Party leader Country name Is ruling?
Federal Council democracy Democratic 96% Federal Council Switzerland Yes
Kommunistische Partei der Schweiz (KPS) communism Communist 2% Fritz Platten United Cantons No
Fronten Bewegung (FB) fascism Fascist 2% Dr. Max Leo Keller Swiss Imperial Confederation No
Freisinnig-Demokratische Partei (FDP) neutrality Non-Aligned 0% Ernest Béuin Switzerland No

Economy[edit]

Switzerland begins the 1936 campaign with limited industrial capacity and lacks access to most resources, only having aluminium on its land.

Industry[edit]

Factories 1936
Military factory4 Military Factory Naval dockyard0 Naval Dockyards Civilian factory7 Civilian Factories


Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Limited Conscription.png Limited Conscription
  • 2.5% 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

Resources[edit]

Total resources 1936
Oil.pngOil Aluminum.pngAluminium Rubber.pngRubber Tungsten.pngTungsten Steel.pngSteel Chromium.pngChromium
0 53 0 0 0 0

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

Technology[edit]

Switzerland begins with three research slots available to the player.

Latest Technologies Researched 1936
Army Technology Naval Technology Air Technology Electronics & Industry Doctrines
  • Infantry Equipment I: Karabiner K31
  • Mountain Infantry I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I

None Researched

  • Interwar Fighter
  • Close Air Support I

None Researched

None Researched

Cosmetic names[edit]

Switzerland has many unique cosmetic names for its equipment, listed here.

Infantry & motorized techs
Type 1918 1936 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Infantry Equipment Schmidt-Rubin M1911 Karabiner K31 Hispano-Suiza MP43/44 SIG MP46
Motorized Berna L275/10
Mechanized Saurer M6 GMC AC 454 Saurer MH4

Military[edit]

Switzerland possesses a modest military for its size and resources, which consists of 20 land divisions, 12 close air support planes, and 36 interwar fighter planes.

Unlike many other Democratic countries, Switzerland begins with Limited Conscription in place. However, given the country's size, Limited Conscription only provides a mere 399 of free manpower.

Army[edit]

13Leg infantry.pngInfantry Divisions 2Cavalry.pngCavalry Divisions 5Mountaineers.pngMountaineer Divisions

Total: 20 Divisions

Manpower.png Manpower Used: 100.40K

Navy[edit]

Switzerland is a landlocked country and has no Navy.

Air Force[edit]

Aircraft 1936
Close air support.png
12 Close Air Support
Air Skirmish.png
36 Fighters

Total: 48 Planes

Manpower.png Manpower Used: 960

Strategies and guides[edit]

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  • Keeping good relations with surrounding countries helps to deter an eventual invasion of Switzerland, especially from the German Reich and Fascist Italy.
  • Build up your industry (both civilian and military) as that allows you to build fortifications and equip and field a larger army and airforce, both as a deterrent against invasion.
    • Since the game does not mandate historical gameplay, it is possible to change ideology to fascism and use the Generic National Focus Tree to gain +7% more recruitable manpower to mobilize, in addition to making more extreme conscription laws more freely available.
      • At that point, however, there arises the question about whether or not to abandon neutrality altogether and actively join the axis to try and profit off the war and earn a slice of the cake in the form of annexed land or puppets. It is up to the player to decide that.
  • Fortifying the country (especially the borders) by building Land Forts and Anti-Air makes the AI less likely to attack you. At Fort level 6 and above, the AI will straight-up refuse to attack your defensive line.