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Vichy France is a country in Europe that is neither releasable nor formable and is instead created through an event chain which will start if Germany defeats France (allied to the United Kingdom) in a war.
Once created, Vichy France will find itself in control of southern Metropolitan France as well as most of France's colonial empire. They will, however, also be shouldered with the heavy occupation costs levied by the Germans. They will also be lacking in industry compared to France and will also have to watch out for Free France, a french resistance movement led by general Charles de Gaulle who will try to contest the Vichy regime's control over France and seek to overthrow it.
While weakened, if properly played, Vichy France is still capable of digging itself out of this morass and then either joining the Axis as an equal to Germany after asking them to end the occupation, defecting to the Allies and uniting with Free France, or taking a third option and regaining their honor by defeating Germany by themselves.
After the defeat of the allied armies in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg in 1940 and the British evacuation of their forces from Dunkirk to England, the French front collapsed. The forces of Germany were able to quickly overrun northern France, capturing Paris without a fight. With the French military teetering on the brink of collapse, the French government (having been evacuated from Paris to Vichy) concluded a ceasefire and subsequent armistice with Germany, effectively surrendering the whole country. The French government was allowed to remain in power, but its effective jurisdiction was limited to the unoccupied "Free Zone" in southern France— constituting roughly 45% of France's pre-war metropolitan territory.
In the following months, the French government was extensively reorganized. Marshal Philippe Pétain became "Chief of State" (effectively making him both head of state of and head of government at the same time with both offices being merged into one), and a new constitution was drafted giving Pétain extraordinary powers. Using his extensive powers, Pétain effectively abolished the Third French Republic and replaced it with the "French State" (French: État Français) or the "French Nation (French: Nation Français)—colloquially known as Vichy France (French: Régime de Vichy)—a unitary authoritarian dictatorship.
The Vichy regime would remain in place from its inception in 1940 to 1944, during which it attempted to carry out a series of social/societal transformation programs named the "National Revolution" and "National Regeneration". The Vichy regime enjoyed diplomatic recognition from the majority of the Axis and Allies and was recognized as the official government of the entirety of metropolitan France except for Alsace-Lorraine and Savoy, which were occupied and annexed by Germany and Italy, respectively.
Vichy France is created through an event chain which will start if France is in a faction with United Kingdom, at war with Germany and Germany controls the state of Ile de France (16). If this happens, France is given the option of collaborating with the Germans (which will create Vichy France if the Germans approve), continuing the fight regardless or proposing a union with Britain (which will create the Franco-British Union if both sides approve).
If France elects to collaborate with Germany, Germany will be given the choice between establishing the Vichy Regime and warring France into the ground. If Germany agrees to establish the Vichy Regime (which they most likely will), France will be split into Free France and Vichy France. Both countries will load up a new National Focus Tree.
- Main article: Vichy French national focus tree
Vichy France, has a unique national focus tree as part of La Résistance. Once Vichy France completes the tree, however, it will switch over to the regular French national focus tree (with the National Regeneration path unlocked)
When formed, Vichy France will inherit all technology previously researched by France.
When formed, Vichy France starts off with the following national spirit.
This national spirit can be removed though the national focus tree.
In La Résistance, Vichy France starts off as independent and is initially not part of any faction. At the end of its National Focus tree, however, it will receive the choice between joining the Axis, defecting to the Allies, or starting down on the path towards creating a Latin Entente with Italy, Spain and Portugal.
As for the military, Vichy France's military situation is a bit unpredictable, as Vichy France is only created if France is capitulated by Germany, which will cause the majority of the French military to be dismantled. Vichy France will gain control of a portion of the French forces but it is not possible to predict what divisions Vichy France will get. Regardless of what Vichy France gets, it will usually only be left with a few leftover fragments of the previous french military and will thus have to rebuild it.
Economy and Territory
Vichy France will start off with the following economy laws:
|Conscription Law||Economy Law||Trade Law|
| Volunteer Only
|| Civilian Economy
|| Export Focus
Vichy France will also retain whatever industry and resources that end up within its zone of jurisdiction (the rest will end up under German occupation).
Vichy France's zone of jurisdiction is initially limited to the following states within Metropolitan France:
- Rhone (20)
- Languedoc (22)
- Limousin (25)
- Auvergne (26)
- Centre-Sud (33)
- Corsica (1)
- Provence (21)
- Midi Pyrenees (31)
- Alpes (32)
- Savoy (735)
In addition to these, Vichy France will also gain control of most of France's colonial empire (Free France will gain control of French Guyana and a handful of other island territories)
Once Vichy France completes its National Focus Tree, however, they will regain control of all of Metropolitan France with the exception of Alsace-Lorraine and Savoy, which will be annexed by Germany and Italy, respectively.