Winter Wars: A Scandinavian Expansion

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Game modification: Winter Wars: A Scandinavian Expansion
Winter Wars: A Scandinavian Expansion
Type
Expansion

Author(s)
Elfangor567

Status
Released

Forum
Steam workshop

A mod for Hearts of Iron 4 that adds focus trees and events for the Nordic countries of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

About[edit]

Winter Wars aims to create a balanced addition to the game by following the design philosophies of Paradox Interactive. Winter Wars hopes to create scenarios that are plausible and within reason for the country involved, avoiding overpowered focused or paths that seem completely outside the realm of possibility.

Countries[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Historical Background[edit]

During the first world war, Denmark remained neutral, carefully playing Britain and Germany off of one another in order to maintain trade relations with both. Although Denmark ended up making slightly more concessions to Germany than to Britain, they managed to stay out of the conflict. When the Great Depression hit, Denmark was not left unaffected, and the government had to take some drastic actions in order to try and keep its population fed and employed, including by making deals with the socialists and communists. During the interwar years, Denmark had been hit with a strong wave of anti-militarism. Denmark, it was felt, was too weak to ever properly defend itself from a serious threat like Germany, and they could not count on the wary British for protection. This led to the philosophy of Defenceless Neutrality, spearheaded by politician Peter Munch. It claimed that the best way for Denmark to remain neutral was to appear as non-threatening as possible, and to make sure that the favorable trade practices of WWI were continued. After all, who would want to take over a country with no weapons or the capability to make many, especially when they were lucrative trade partners?

National Focus[edit]

Denmark's unique tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 1/3.
Danish Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 2/3
Danish Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 3/3

Denmark has 4 main branches

Internal Focus
The historical path. Denmark focuses on itself rather than the outside world, either by continuing it's path of neutrality as it did in real life, or by preparing itself in case of war and either joining the Allies or trying to create its own faction, the Nordic Pact.
External Focus
The fascist/communist path. As a communist, Denmark can either join the Comintern or embrace anracho-communism, beginning a stateless revolution in Scandinavia. As a fascist country, Denmark re-instates the powers of the king and reasserts its claims over Scandinavia through blood and iron.
Industry
Denmark improves its industry, both at home an in what remains of its colonies.
Military
Upon removing Defenceless Neutrality, Denmark can again go about reclaiming its military pride and readying themselves for war.

Politics[edit]

Denmark starts as a non-aligned nation under Thorvald Stauning. Although only democratic has any real support, it is possible to go fascist or communist as well.

National Spirits
Defenceless Neutrality icon
Defenceless Neutrality
  • Join faction tension limit: +150%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: +50%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +100%
  • Justify war goal time: +100%
  • AI threat receptivity: 1%
  • AI get ally desire factor: -100
  • Military factory construction speed: +33%
This country believes that by refusing to arm themselves they will be too unimportant for any other country to want to ally them, forcefully or otherwise.
Christian X icon
Christian X
  • Unity factor: -5%
  • Drift defence factor: +5%
The king of Denmark. His authoritarian views and his causation of the Easter Crisis of 1920 has caused some Danes to question whether or not Denmark even needs a royal family.


Iceland[edit]

Historical Background[edit]

Iceland has only recently begun to realize its long held dream of home rule, granted in 1904 by the Danish government, Iceland still remains nominally under the Danish crown. However, most Icelandic people wish to break completely from Denmark as nationalism surges into the small Scandinavian country. As a small country, Iceland knows that it cannot significantly alter any conflict that may arise, and as such have taken a stance of strong neutrality, refusing to get involved in any conflicts that may arise. Finally arising to the world scene, Iceland has many decisions to make, namely, how far are they willing to go in order to defend their newfound independence and their commitment to neutrality?

National Focus[edit]

Icelandic Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 1/2
Icelandic Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 2/2

Iceland has 4 main branches

Industry
Iceland expands its industry and infrastructure, possibly with help from Denmark, although they will have to forego any hopes for immediate independence in order to do so.
Politics
Iceland has to determine how it will interact with the outside world. Will they maintain their policy of neutrality or open themselves for more possibilities? If they have decided to follow Denmark's policies, then they too will be able to follow their overlord's path, whether it be fascism or communism.
Home Defence
Iceland does not have a military to speak of, here they prepare themselves for the worst.
Coastguard
Iceland has neither an air force nor a navy, instead relying on their coastguard to take care of both duties for them. If they wish to protect themselves, they will have to expand their coastal defences.

Politics[edit]

Iceland starts as a non-aligned nation under Hermann Jónasson. Although only democratic has any real support, it is possible to go fascist or communist as well.

National Spirits
Icelandic Neutrality icon
Icelandic Neutrality
  • Join faction tension limit: +100%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: +50%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +100%
  • Justify war goal time: +75%
  • AI threat receptivity: 1%
  • AI get ally desire factor: -150
  • AI join war desire factor: -2000
This country believes that by refusing to arm themselves they will be too unimportant for any other country to want to ally them, forcefully or otherwise.
Christian X icon
Christian X
  • Unity factor: +5%
Despite his controversial status in Denmark and Iceland's growing desire for freedom, Christian X remains one of the most popular Danish monarchs in modern Icelandic history.


Norway[edit]

Historical Background[edit]

Despite its long history, Norway has only been independent since 1905 when it became separated from Sweden. Once free, Norway decided upon a parliamentary government with a King, choosing Prince Carl of Denmark, who has chosen for himself the regal name Haakon VII, and whose wholehearted embracement of Norwegian culture has endeared himself to the entire population. During the Great War, Norway remained officially neutral, but their trade policies and diplomatic actions clearly favored the British, earning them the moniker; "The Neutral Ally". However, twenty years and a Great Depression later, and Norway is no longer so inclined towards the British. With war once again looming, Norway will have to decide between once again choosing a side, even unofficially.

National Focus[edit]

Norwegian Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 1/3
Norwegian Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 2/3
Norwegian Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 3/3

Norway has 5 main branches

Industry
Norway can expand its industrial base, deciding to either do it through a balanced budget, or by taking loans to be able to afford extra buildings.
Politics
Norway has to choose which pass to follow, take a stand against fascism, defend their neutrality, embrace the Nasjonal Samlin, or turn to the communists.
Rehabilitate The Military
Norway needs to ready itself for war. Mobilizing the military, prepping the defences, and otherwise readying themselves for the inevitable.
Audit The Air Force
Norway's air force is split between the navy and the army. Both need to be expanded if Norway wishes to protect its skies.
Modernize the Navy
Norway has one of the largest merchant marines in the world, but its aging navy cannot offer them the protection they deserve. Norway should update its navy into the modern age.

Politics[edit]

Norway starts as a non-aligned nation under Johan Nygaardsvold. Although only democratic has any real support, it is possible to go fascist or communist as well.

National Spirits
Norwegian Neutrality icon
Norwegian Neutrality
  • Join faction tension limit: +150%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +100%
  • Justify war goal time: +25%
  • AI threat receptivity: 1%
  • AI get ally desire factor: -150
This country does not wish to get involved in any wars. While they may send more aid to one side than another, they will not outright join any wars or entangling alliances.
Haakon VII icon
Haakon VII
  • Unity factor: +15%
  • Drift defence factor: +15%
The king of Norway. Elected to become king in 1905 via plebiscite, Haakon VII is extremely popular, beloved by most norwegians. Although not Norwegian by birth, Haakon VII has committed himself heart and soul to his new country.


Sweden[edit]

Historical Background[edit]

Sweden remained neutral during the Great War, along with Norway and Denmark. Sweden has adopted a very internal focus as of late, reforming the government, focusing on social welfare, and limiting foreign interactions to trade agreements. As one of the larger suppliers of steel and tungsten in the world, Sweden maintains a sizable military and navy in order to ensure their continued security. As war draws closer to Europe once again, Sweden will need to decide of maintaining their neutrality is truly a viable option, especially with Finland under threat from the Soviet Union. Many call for their defence against the encroaching Soviets, others clamor for a closer alignment to Germany. Sweden lies at a cross-path.

National Focus[edit]

Swedish Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 1/2.
Swedish Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 2/2

Sweden has 4 main branches

International Relations
Sweden determines its relations with its neighbors via its own internal policies.
Folkhemmet
Sweden makes strategic governmental decisions, including its relation with Britain and Germany and their possible internal reforms.
Industry
Sweden expands its military and industrial capacity.
Military
Sweden reforms its military, compartmentalizing it in a way that was a couple decades ahead of other countries.

Politics[edit]

Sweden starts as a non-aligned nation under Per Albin Hansson.

National Spirits
En Svensk Tiger icon
En Svensk Tiger
  • Drift defence factor: +10%
  • Enemy justify war goal time: +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.
Swedish Neutrality icon
Swedish Neutrality
  • Join faction tension limit: +150%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: +100%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +100%
  • Justify war goal time: +50%
  • AI threat receptivity: 1%
  • AI get ally desire factor: -150
This country does not like to involve itself in the affairs of other countries, keeping to itself. It is highly unlikely that this country will join any factions unless attacked.
Gustaf V icon
Gustaf V
  • Unity factor: +5%
  • Drift defence factor: +5%
The king of Sweden. Although nominally still in charge of the country, he lost the last of his power after using his authority to try and appoint a conservative Prime Minister to a liberal government in 1917. However, he is still well liked by most Swedes and is a national symbol of unity.


Finland[edit]

Historical Background[edit]

Finland broke away from the the corpse of the Russian Empire in 1917, only to immediately fall into civil war between the royalist whites and the communist reds. The royalists won and selected a king from Germany's House of Hesse, but the defeat of Germany forced Finland to become a republic instead. With the establishment of the Soviet Union, Finland's foreign policy has been entirely dedicated to protecting its newfound independence. This drive for independence has led to a very nationalistic mindset among its people, which has led to a call for greater Finnish unity. In 1920 the Finnish won the right to keep the Aland Islands, despite their population largely being Swedish speaking, and in 1932 the semi-fascist Lapua group led a failed coup-d'état against the government. Now, with the Soviet Union solving its internal problems, they once again put their eyes upon Finland, especially the Karjala region, which lies directly above Leningrad, and would great defensively to have...

National Focus[edit]

Finnish Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 1/3.
Finnish Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 2/3
Finnish Focus Tree (part of the Winter Wars mod), 3/3

Finland has 3 main branches

Industry
Finland begins to industrialize, moving away from its heavily agrarian and wood based economy.
Government Affairs
Finland can try and forge foreign allies against the Soviet Union. Or they can submit to the Soviets.
Military
Finland readies itself for the inevitable conflict with the Soviet Union.

Politics[edit]

Finland starts as a democratic nation under Pehr Evind Svinhufvud. Unlike most other countries, Finland does need to particularly look after its government type, as few focuses are locked behind any sort of government path.

National Spirits
Sisu icon
Sisu
  • Division recovery rate: +20%
  • Army attack 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.
Lotta Svärd icon
Lotta Svärd
  • Attrition: -20%
  • Division recovery rate: +5%
  • Recruitable Population: +10%
Founded in 1918, the Lotta Svärd is the largest auxiliary organization in the world. Here, Finnish woman are allowed to serve their country by serving in hospitals, air raid stations, anti-aircraft batteries, and other army positions. This frees up more men for the front line, as well as establishing a powerful behind-the-scenes corps that ensures that all the unseen necessities of war are met."


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