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Hearts of Iron IV has 92 different achievements, all using the Steam achievements mechanics. Achievements have no in-game effects; the achievement just pops up in-game, and is then added to the player's Steam profile. It is possible to see the achievements sorted by the percentage of users that managed to complete each achievement by going to the game's global achievements at Steam.

The difficulty of each achievement varies; some achievements are very easy (e.g. joining a faction), while some are more difficult (e.g. invading Spain as Mexico). The below list groups the various achievements by a difficulty level as assessed by the wiki editors (uncategorized - UC - achievements haven't been assessed yet).

Achievements can only be gained in single-player Ironman games, with the 1936 start, on regular, veteran or elite difficulty. (30 Minutes of Hel can only be completed in the 1939 start date.) They can be earned while playing older versions of the game as long as said achievements were present in that version. They can also be earned with Historical AI Focuses set to off. They are also still available in games which run past the end game screen in 1948 or later.

It is not possible to gain achievements if the checksum has been changed - either by tampering with game files, or by running the game using mods that affect gameplay mechanics (graphical mods do not affect checksum), or a corrupted installation.

List of achievementsEdit

The "Notes" column lists helpful short tips/strategies.

The   column denotes achievements which can't be completed without the use of DLC mechanics (currently 33 out of 92). Multiple expansion icons mean either can be used.

The "Ver" column indicates in which version a certain achievement was added. Achievements cannot be earned prior to the version they were added in.

The "DI" column is for difficulty as assessed by wiki editors. IE = Insanely Easy, VE = Very Easy, E = Easy, M = Medium, H = Hard, VH = Very Hard, I = Insane, UC = Uncategorized.

Achievement Starting conditions Requirements Notes   Ver DI
Transport Tycoon
Have at least 1000 convoys.
  Has convoys > 999 Just set all of your dockyards as the U.S. to Convoy production and idle. 1.0 IE
Friends in Need
Join a faction.
  Country flag achievement_has_joined_faction is set Choose   Sinkiang click on the Soviets, click Join Faction, and click yes on the pop-up. It's that simple. 1.0 IE
As Canada, complete the Send in the Zombies focus.
  Playing as   Canada   Focus   "Send in the Zombies" is completed   1.3 VE
Canada First
Join Axis as Canada.
  Playing as   Canada
The faction need not be Axis, but must be led by Germany. Although Together for Victory is not required; the achievement is much easier with it. 1.0 VE
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
As China, puppet and then annex Yunnan and Guangxi Clique.
  Playing as   China   Integrated the   Guangxi Clique and   Yunnan through making them a puppet.
  • With   DLC:

Pick the "Subjugate the Warlords" focus from "Three Principles of the People" branch. Yunnan and Guangxi will either subjugate (and will become your puppet) or will refuse - then you will get a wargoal against them. You may annex the majority of their states, however, it is important to puppet them.

After subjugating warlords, a series of "Integrates the Warlords" decisions will be opened ; just make decisions for Yunnan and Guangxi.

1.6 VE
Mine is bigger than yours
Lead a faction with at least 20 members.
  •   Is a faction leader
  •   Members of faction > 19
This suggestion requires   DLC.

As   United Kingdom, release all releasable nations.

1.0 VE
District 9
As South Africa, have 9 civilian factories in Transvaal.
  Playing as   South Africa   Has civilian factories >8 in the state Transvaal (275) Convert military factories into civilian factories in Transvaal. Follow the Focus tree for free civilian factories. They may give Transvaal the required Factories. If Transvaal runs out of building slots, follow the Dispersed/Concentrated Industry tech tree to get more building slots. 1.3 VE
Do You Mined?
Lay at least 1,000 mines on the coastline of an enemy nation.
  Any country is at war with player: has more than 999 mines on their coastline.

Can be done immediately at the start of the game as Italy. Remove your divisions from one or both of Ethiopia's shores, and lay mines with your starting navy.

  1.6 VE
Lethal Straight
Have a production license from at least 5 of the 7 major powers.
  Is licensing from 5 of the below: As any country, preferably recommended to select neutral nations ( ), as to avoid the “Strategic reasons” diplomatic boon (–100 value), that may block the “Request License Production” option, improve relations with five of the seven major powers then license the basic infantry weapons.

Yugoslavia can pick the focuses "Reinforce Old Alliances" and "Ban Slovene Nationalist Parties" to improve relations with three of the five countries.

Can also be done as part of any big victory after puppeting or allying five countries.

  1.4 VE
No country for old men
Reach 0 manpower with Scraping the Barrel as Conscription Law.
Can be accomplished by having the law after capitulating and controlling no territory (e.g. do nothing as Luxembourg). You can also spam recruitment of divisions until you've used up all your manpower, wait a few ticks for the achievement to trigger, and then cancel them all again (if you want to continue your game). You can start training a ton of 1-battalion divisions, and boost the template later. 1.0 VE
Nothing Wrong with our Bloody Ships
As the United Kingdom, have at least 9 battlecruisers.
  Playing as   United Kingdom   At least 9 Battlecruisers Battlecruisers are built with Heavy Ship Hulls and Battlecruiser armor. 1.5 VE
The Balkan Powder Keg
As Yugoslavia, start the Second World War (i.e. be part of either the Axis or the Allies and at war with the other faction in a war you started).
  Playing as   Yugoslavia   Declared war on Axis/Allies while part of Allies/Axis (respectively)
  • Choose Fascist Demagogue as your first Political Power spending, turn Fascist (skip Civil War option) and join Axis
  • Start Justifying War on UK and when it's done declare war
  • When playing with   DLC before joining Axis get "Invite German Military Mission" Focus to avoid Civil War
  • Can be done before 1938
1.4 VE
Time is on our side
Reach 1948.
  Date is > 1947.12.31 Play as any South American nation if you want to AFK. 1.0 VE
To Arms in Dixie!
As the U.S.A., start a new civil war as the South.
  Playing as   United States   USA_civil_war_fired_democrats

Abstain from Continue the New Deal until the 1936 election, choose Republicans, and Reestablish the Gold Standard. Go down the America First path to trigger the civil war.

  1.6 VE
We'll Build it in a Day
Research Construction V.
  Has researched  Construction V 1.0 VE
Arsenal of Democracy
As the U.S.A., have more than 300 military factories.
  Playing as   United States   Current ruling party is  Democratic

  More  Military Factories than 300

To get extra building slots, the War Powers sub-branch gives war goals even as a democracy. Save up Political Power. Do not do the building quests while Roosevelt is in power because when Alf Landon becomes president, The Congress Support will be high. Take all statehood decisions when the Political Power reaches 100. When Landon becomes President, go straight to America First. Once complete, take the new advisor. Then go to American Institute of Sciences. When Fascist support gets to 30.10%, it will be possible to take War Powers Act. Change the Advisor to Democratic as soon as that focus is taken. Take Anti-Fascist Raids decision whenever available. When War Support reaches 35%, take Seize Cuba and Eliminate the Southern Threat for Cuba and Mexico. When Fascism reaches below 20%, take Ban Fascism to be able to take Neutrality Act for factories. 1.6 E
Better Than Szent István
As Hungary, have Miklos Horthy as a Naval commander and build a battleship.
  Playing as   Hungary
  •   Has the unit leader Miklos Horthy
  •   Has at least 1 Battleship
  • As Hungary you start without a coast. Getting to the coast is easiest through either Yugoslavia, or Romania. There are several decisions in the focus tree, giving claims, but to make Miklos Horthy a Naval Commander you need to take the Habsburg Prince Focus Path.
  • All you need to do after, is build at least 1 Battleship, (you need to research that tech, because Hungary starts without any Naval Tech in 1936) and assign Miklos Horthy to that fleet.
  1.4 E
As the United Kingdom, put Edward VIII in power, ally Germany and fully control Paris.
  Playing as   United Kingdom   Has completed focus The King's Party

  Is in faction with   Germany
    France has capitulated or does not exist
  has full control of Ile de France

Follow the focus tree to Alliance with Germany Justify against France and Naval invade Normandy. It is not neccessary to call Germany into the war. This can be done with the Last for a Thousand Years achievement.   1.6 E
Cut The Strings
Break free from your overlord as a puppet.
  Playing as a puppet   Is not a subject With   /   DLC:
  • As British Raj build military factories, invest tech in newest infantry weapons, mass produce it and lend lease them to UK for autonomy points (technology above UK level will net more points).
  • Can be done together with "Our Words Are Backed With Nuclear Weapons" (declaring independence after dropping the nuke) - requires  .
  • WARNING! Cannot be done as Egypt (possibly because starting a game as UK).
  • Can be done as Manchukuo by following the focus tree to declare war on Japan - requires  .
1.3 E
Destroyer of Worlds
Deploy a nuke.
  Country flag achievement_has_dropped_nuke is set 1.0 E
En Svensk Tiger
As Sweden, acquire a production license for a Tiger or Tiger II tank from Germany.
  Playing as   Sweden   Is licensing from   Germany either:
  • Heavy Tank II (Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger)
  • Heavy Tank III (Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. B)
  • Choose Fascist Demagogue as your first Political Power spending and turn Fascist (skip Civil War option)
  • Join Axis and help them in a war (Germany has to survive until they research Tiger tank - at least late 1943)
  1.4 E
I Am the Tong Master
As South Africa, break free from the UK and puppet another nation.
  Playing as   South Africa
  •   Is not a subject
  •   Has subjects >0

With   DLC:

  • Get the Communist focuses with Anti-Colonial Crusade and Liberate Portuguese Colonies.
  • Declare war on Portugal, take their land in Africa, wait for the event about free Angola or Mozambique and choose the first option to release either of them as your puppet.
  • Can be done before 1939.
  • Alternatively, declare independence from the United Kingdom, and release Namibia as your puppet.

Without   DLC:

  • Turn Fascist
  • Produce few subs and some extra convoys
  • Justify and Declare War on Liberia and puppet them in a peace deal
1.3 E
Make a Man Out Of You
As a Warlord, have at least 1,000,000 manpower queued up for deployment.
  Playing as either:   More than 1,000,000  manpower in deployment queue
  • You can only train 75% of the manpower currently on the field with a minimum of 100.00K. So that means you must have at least 1,333,334 Manpower on the field to do this achievement.
  • It may be best completed with the Battlecry achievement.
1.5 E
Master of War
Fully research a land, naval and air doctrine tree.
  Has researched a full branch in each of the tech fields:
  • Air Doctrine
  • Land Doctrine
  • Naval Doctrine
If you think you should have got this and haven't, double check you haven't missed one that wasn't mutually exclusive on the same row of the tree. 1.0 E
As Mexico, host a government-in-exile.
  Playing as   Mexico   Any country is exiled in   Mexico

In order for Mexico to host an exiled country, it has to be Democratic, and the faction leader needs to be Democratic. Although Mexico does not have to be the faction leader, it still needs a powerful army or economy to host exiles.

  1.6 E
Monarchy is Back in Fashion
As Germany, Bring back the Kaiser and ensure that Italy is controlled by Victor Emmanuel by killing Mussolini.
  Playing as   Germany  Wilhelm II is the current country leader

    Italy: Victor Emmanuel III is the current country leader

Follow the "Return of the Kaiser" and the "Focus on the True Enemy" path in the "Oppose Hitler" tree until you get to the "Assassinate Mussolini" Focus. Wilhelm II must be your leader and he must not die before the focus is complete.   1.5 E
Our Words Are Backed With Nuclear Weapons
As India, develop and deploy a nuke. You must have the Quit India Movement national spirit.
  Playing as   British Raj
  •   Country flag RAJ_quit_india_movement is set
  •   Country flag achievement_has_dropped_nuke is set
  • RAJ_quit_india_movement country flag is set by Quit India Movement national focus
  • Develop, build and deploy a nuclear bomb (remember about getting some strategic bombers and fighters for air superiority). You have 2 focuses giving you boost in that area. If China falls you can alone keep Japan away at the border and look out for Siam cos it can turn Fascist by Japanese Focus.
  • Can be done together with "Cut The Strings" (just do it after dropping the nuke).
  1.3 E
As a warlord, be at war with all Chinese nations simultaneously.
  Playing as either:   At war with: This is best with the  Waking the Tiger DLC because without it, the warlords will be annexed by   China and   Communist China.

Easiest to do as   Sinkiang because of the possible alliance with   Soviet Union

1.5 E
Team America
As the U.S.A., drop a nuclear bomb on Paris.
  Playing as   United States   Dropped a nuclear bomb on Paris As a democratic nation, build a lot of planes, namely strategic bombers and fighters, and rush nuclear technology. Germany will control Paris. When in the allies, place planes on Great Britain and set them on mission to Northern France when the nuclear tech is ready and one nuke is available. Nuke Paris when ready. 1.6 E
The Empire Strikes Back
As Britain, declare war on one of your former subjects.
  Playing as   United Kingdom   At war with either:
  • With   DLC:

Any sub-branch of the tree under 'A Change in Course' causes the Dominion to break ties with the United Kingdom and leave the Allies.

  • Without   DLC:
    • Turn Fascist - that will prompt your allies to leave faction
    • Justify and Declare War on one of these: Canada/Australia/New Zealand/South Africa
1.3 E
Tojo Shot First
As Japan, Nuke a core territory of the US before the US develops nuclear weapons.
  Playing as   Japan     United States does not have technology: Nuclear Bombs

  Dropped a Nuclear Bomb on a core state of the   US

  • This is best done with the Sunrise Invasion Achievement.
  • When you have nukes, release the US and go to war with them.
  • To make the war easier to re-annex them, finish off the allies and Comintern so the US does not join their faction but it is not necessary.
1.5 VE
Treading the Narrow Path
As the Netherlands, do not cave to the Germans, continue the Zuiderzee works, and do not lose control of any of your continental European states until 1945.
  Playing as   Netherlands   Has not completed focus Cave to the Germans

  Has completed focus Continue the Zuiderzee Works
  The   Netherlands has not lost one of its starting states
  Date is > 1945.1.1

Can be achieved easily by going communist and declaring war against other low countries just before Germany does to get an Axis invitation.   1.6 E
Underpaid, Undersexed, and Under Eisenhower
As the U.S.A., assume faction leadership of the Allies, and have over 50 expeditionary divisions from the United Kingdom.
  Playing as   United States   Is in faction with the   United Kingdom

  Is faction leader
  Received at least 50 expeditionary forces from the   United Kingdom

You need 50% more factories and fielded manpower than the UK, which shouldn't be a problem after a few years of buildup. The UK will accept to send the 51 divisions you need if they have ~160 divisions, you can send them some of your own troops as expeditionary forces to get them past that number.   1.6 E
United Netherlands
Conquer Belgium and Luxembourg as Netherlands.
  Playing as   Netherlands   Own and control the states:
  • Vlaanderen (6)
  • Holland (7)
  • Luxembourg (8)
  • Wallonie (34)
  • Brabant (35)
  • Friesland (36)
1.0 E
Vive la France
Reach 1948 as France without capitulating or surrendering.
  Playing as   France
  •   Date is > 1947.12.31
  •   Global flag achievement_france_surrender is not set
  •   Has not capitulated
1.0 E
Vive la Jeune Ecole
As France, have at least 150 Destroyers and research the maximum torpedo launcher technology, before 1945.
  Playing as   France   Date is < 1945.1.1

  Has at least 150 Destroyer
  Has technology Modern Ship Torpedo Launcher

Can be achieved easily by rushing the fascist route in focus tree and joining the Axis. Concentrate on civilian factories. Wait for Germany to declare war on Poland. You can also annex Spain for more coastal provinces and factories while you are waiting. Join the war. Britain doesn't have a chance to oppose you, so it will be an easy war. Make sure that you took as many coastal provinces as you can. After that concentrate on building naval dockyards and make sure that you researched Modern Ship Torpedo Launcher technology. If everything done correctly, you can get this achievement by 1942.

  1.6 E
Research all rocket, nuclear and jet technologies.
  Has researched:
  •   Advanced Rocket Engines
  •   Jet Engines
  •   Nuclear Bombs
1.0 E
Assuming Direct Control
Starting as a minor power, assume faction leadership of the Allies, the Axis, or the Comintern.
  Not playing as either:   Has assumed faction leadership from:

  is Faction leader

  • Assuming leadership on the diplomacy screen requires 50% more factories and fielded manpower than the current leader. Canada and Mexico probably have the best shot at doing it early, with a quick war against the US and lots of puppet manpower.
  • Faction leadership is also transferred to another major if the current leader capitulates. Join the Comintern as a minor and get enough factories to become a major. Do not help the USSR and wait for them to capitulate.
  1.6 M
As Australia, own all core territory of Hungary.
  Playing as   Australia   Conquered all   Hungarian core territory
  • Turning off  Death or Dishonor DLC will prevent Hungary from obtaining cores aside from those it started with.
  • Turning off  Together for Victory DLC will make Australia be an independent faction member of the allies rather than a dominion under the United Kingdom.
1.5 M
Crusader Kings
As South Africa, finish the A King for our People focus and take Jerusalem.
  Playing as   South Africa
  •   Has   Edward VIII national spirit
  •   Control the state Jerusalem (454)
  • Take Fascism route for independence, justify war on Portugal (don't leave Allies) and take their colonies - should be done before start of WWII.
  • Leave Allies justify war on UK (or if possible join Axis) and attack them from behind.
  • This should make UK lose in Egypt as they have to send some troops to fight you. If that's the case Italy will take Palestine so ask for control over it (if you don't have enough war score just kill more Allies). If not, drive straight for Palestine (get some ports along the way so you won't get cut off from supplies).
  • Remember to defend your ports - basic District Brigade (3xINF) will do the job nicely. It's the only quick way to lose cos it will take ages for Allies to get to you through land (way longer than your troops going for Palestine will take).
  1.3 M
Crush the Dream
As a Communist United Kingdom, crush the American Dream by puppeting the U.S.A.
  Playing as   United Kingdom   Current ruling party is  Communist

  Has completed focus Crush the Dream
  The   United States is a subject of The   United Kingdom

Take the Move to Secure the Dominion focus as soon as you switch communist. Move your army to Canada and declare martial law to prevent it from seceding. Attack the United States from the Canadian border.   1.6 M
As Egypt, go from puppet to a free nation using the autonomy system.
  Is   Egypt
  • Country flag achievement_EGY_colony is set
  • Country flag achievement_EGY_dominion is set
  • Country flag achievement_EGY_free is set
  • Start as UK (don't unpause) and release Egypt as a puppet (check "Play as" when the checkbox appears).
  • Produce some units to fight Italians in Africa. After you are secure the fastest way to gain autonomy points is to mass produce infantry weapons and Lend Lease them to UK (it will give you more points if you have better tech than them so rush those next level weapons).
  • Fighting in Europe also give you nice autonomy boost (not as large as Lend Lease) but remember that if you win too soon you will be stuck with only 0.5 autonomy daily from focus.
  1.3 M
Forge of Victory
Have 50 factories as Belgium.
  Playing as   Belgium   Has factories > 49
  • Naval dockyards count toward this total
  • This total can be reached with an early fascist or communist invasion of the Netherlands, combined with normal industrial build-up. Also easily accomplished as fascist as Germany will use your territory to bypass the Maginot Line typically resulting in your control of northern France upon their capitulation.
1.0 M
History Repeated Itself
As the U.S.A., Win against the Confederate States. Again.
  Playing as   United States   The Second American Civil War has started

  Confederacy of American States: Does not exist

Go down the leftmost, Communist path of the United States' focus tree to trigger a civil war with the Confederacy. Their territory appears in the same southern states as the original American civil war.

  1.6 M
Last for a Thousand Years
As the United Kingdom, accomplish the federation of the entire British Empire.
  Playing as   United Kingdom   Has completed focus Imperial Federation

Can be done as any ideology, but going down the King's Party path and fomenting imperialist revolutions in your dominions will result in integrated puppets, and no need to reduce autonomy. Make sure to improve relations and save up a few hundred political power before starting the imperial conference. 300-400 is a good number to have saved before starting.

  1.6 M
Made in China
As Communist China, have over 100 military factories.
  Playing as   Communist China   at least 101  Military Factories This achievement can be taken with The People Have Stood Up! achievement.
  • After the war with China, Build a lot of Military factories. Japan may justify war on you. Just have your ports well guarded or naval invade them.
  • Military factories from offmap do not count as they are considered occupied factories.
1.5 M
As Colombia, form Gran Colombia and have 10 Carriers and 10 Battleships.
  Playing as   Colombia   Has taken the decision to form   Gran Colombia

  At least 10 Battleships   At least 10 Carriers

Play on Historical AI to prevent the US from interfering with your conquests until mid-1944
. Requires the Restore the Bolívar Union decision.

  1.5 M
Nobody expects...
As Nationalist Spain in Axis manage to take Paris before the Germans.
  Playing as   Nationalist Spain
It is viable to begin justifying the moment Franco takes power, win the civil war, and then launch naval invasions against Paris. You can join the axis faction after the conclusion of the war. It can be completed in the same run with the The Bell Tolls For Us achievement simply drifting towards communist or democratic after you capture Ile de France (16). 1.0 M
Northern Light
As a Scandinavian country form your own faction, and have Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in it.
  Playing as either:
  •   Is a faction leader
  •   Is in a faction with:
Try rapidly puppeting the other three as Sweden and forming a faction with Spain before the third war ends.

Option 2: Go Fascist / Communist ASAP (before 1937). Justify and declare war on Norway/Denmark/Finland in that order. Take all but one province in each peace deal and puppet them. If WT goes above 25%, cancel your justifications b/c France/Britain will almost certainly guarantee. Boost fascist/communist popularity and stage a coup in either Aland (for Finland) or Faroe (for Denmark). They should be able to survive. When WT hits 50%, invite the rebels into your faction.

1.0 M
Once More Mate
Occupy Gallipoli as Australia.
  Playing as   Australia   Control the state Istanbul (341) The easiest strategy is to join the Comintern and attack Turkey from the USSR. If in the Allies, simple occupation will not work due to Greece having cores on Istanbul. 1.0 M
As Imperial Germany, conquer a Caribbean island.
  Playing as   Germany   Has completed focus Our Place in the Sun

  Conquered an island in the Caribbean

Requires   Germany to follow the  Monarchist branch of their focus tree

  1.5 M
Poland Can Into Space
Finish all Rocket Technologies as Poland.
  Playing as   Poland   Has researched  Advanced Rocket Engines Give into German and Soviet demands for territory. Stay out of WWII. Stay on speed 5 the whole time. Research rockets.

With   DLC, Even when you get overrun by German and/or Soviet. You can exile to Britain. As long as Allies still exists, you can get the achievement even when you are an exiled government.

1.0 M
Pride and Extreme Prejudice
Sink the British Pride of the Fleet.
  Not playing as   United Kingdom   Sank the British Pride of the Fleet

Can be done quickly as Japan. In the 1936 start The Japanese fleet is immediately capable of sinking not only the Hood, but the entire Royal Navy. Choose to purge the Kodoha faction and justify on the UK as soon as possible. Ask Germany for docking rights, and move your entire fleet to their port nearest to the UK. Use the bulk of your fleet as a strike force, with three groups of destroyers patrolling the naval areas around the UK. When the justification has finished, declare war on them. If Germany invites you to the Axis you should accept for the opportunity to move your planes to their airfields. From there it is only a matter of time until your fleet sinks the Hood for the achievement.

  1.6 M
The bell tolls for us
Win Spanish Civil War as Republican Spain.
  Playing as   Spain
  •   Country flag achievement_won_spanish_civil_war is set
  •   Is not fascist
Must win the war, and then must be non-fascist, but not necessarily at the same time. You can delete military factories on the nationalist side before the revolution starts. 1.0 M
The Good, the Bad and the Weird
As Manchukuo, have max level infrastructure in every owned state and generate at least 15 units of oil.
  Playing as   Manchukuo   At least 10  Infrastructure:
  • Heilungkiang (714)
  • Liaoning (715)
  • Jehol (610)
  • Kirin (328)
  • Sungkiang (717)

  At least 16  Oil

May be done in conjunction with the Hail to the Qing and the The Dragon Swallowed the Sun achievements.

  • Hulunbuir and Liaotung's infrastructure does not need to be increased to 10
1.5 M
The Munich Disagreement
As Czechoslovakia, occupy Munich while at war with Germany.
  Playing as   Czechoslovakia
  • Turn Communist and join the Comintern
  • Follow the focus tree until The Polish Division and go to war with Poland and take as much warscore as possible.
  • On peace deal, give the Soviets a contiguous border with Germany and Czechoslovakia. The Soviets will only help with the next if they border Germany.
  • Build up Sudetenland to lvl 7 forts via focus, prepare for war against the Axis and refuse Germany's demand for it.
  • It is easier with historical AI turned off (there is a good chance of Hungary taking Austria and/or allying with Italy so Germany will be weaker)
1.4 M
The Puppetmaster
Have at least 51 subjects.
  Has subjects >50 This suggestion requires   DLC.

Play as the   United Kingdom, as they can release about 40 nations as puppets. But don't do this yet!

  • Turn fascist as soon as possible, and then declare war on the   United States.   France is very likely to join the war.
  • Force the United States to capitulate, and then focus on France, if they joined the war.
  • In the peace conference, be sure to puppet atleast one province in each country.
  • After this, join the Axis and help them in their wars. Puppeting countries cost less war score than annexing, you can get puppets very easily.
1.3 M
The Revolution Triumphant
Have Germany as a puppet of Soviet.
  Playing as   Soviet Union     Germany is a puppet of   Soviet Union

Must be unified Germany. West Germany or East Germany don't count.

  • Justify and declare war on Poland to border with Germany
  • Then justify and declare war on Germany, then Puppet on Peace Conference
1.0 M
True Blitzkrieg
As Germany have both Poland and France surrender before January 1st 1940.
  Playing as   Germany
  • Does not exist
  • Has capitulated
  • Global flag achievement_france_surrender is set
Both nations need to be either in a capitulated state or annexed to trigger. Neither of them can be a puppet. 1.0 M
William Wallis
As the United Kingdom, put Edward VIII in power, enforce an American monarchy, and have both it and Scotland as subjects.
  Playing as   United Kingdom   Has completed focus The King's Party

    Scotland is a subject of The   United Kingdom
  The   United States is a subject of The   United Kingdom
  Installed an American monarchy

Hidden requirement for Installed an American monarchy

  1. You need ensure Royal Marriage, so Wallis would be Queen Wallis
  2. You need take focus Unite the Anglosphere
  3. You need either annex all USA core states, or puppet USA and let it have Maryland. Puppet USA is probably better choice if you are sharing war scores with other countries.
  1.6 M
Awake and Angry
As China, reconquer all of China and Manchuria and force a Japanese surrender.
  Playing as   China     Japan was forced to sue for peace after losing all of Manchuria and Korea

  Conquered all core territory of   China and   Manchukuo not including the states of Hong Kong(326) , Macau (729) and Guangzhouwan (728)

Do not accept cooperation with Communist China until the Japanese are about to attack. Then, form the Chinese United Front and accept all invites. Quickly rush to Korea and push them off the continent. After they have offered peace, accept it, and kick Communist China from your faction. Declare on them and annex them as soon as possible, before they start war against you. Do the same with the other faction members, leaving Sinkiang for last. Dismantle the faction, declare war on the Soviet Union after Germany is pushing east. Join axis. They will be easy to capitulate with all their forces in the west. Take as much territory and then join their war against the allies. 1.5 H
Bearer of Artillery
Gain Vojtek as commander.
  Playing as   Poland   Country flag POL_vojtek_commander is set Vojtek is a special commander that appears with the Polish event "Wojtek Never Drops A Crate". 1.0 H
Big Entente
As France, complete the "Little Entente" National Focus, and have all German cores owned by you or someone in your faction.
  Playing as   France
One possible way to achieve this is refuse   Germany's Remilitarization of the Rhineland while   United Kingdom refuses it. This will cause a Civil War in France. Place Divisions on the Maginot and around Northern and Central France where the civil war spawns. As soon as war starts with   Germany, Capitulate the civil war first and push into   Germany. Once   Germany capitulates, annex all. Then follow the focus tree until Little Entente. 1.0 H
Duce Nuked'em
Nuke Los Angeles as fascist Italy.
  Playing as   Italy
  •   Country flag achievement_has_nuked_california is set
  •   Is fascist

After securing the Mediterranean, it can easily be done with a small 1944 strategic bomber fleet (without any escort) by taking control of the following provinces : Gibraltar (118), Azores (698), Bermuda (696)

1.0 H
Georgia On My Mind
As the U.S.A., own and fully control all three Georgias.
  Playing as   United States   Owns and fully controls the states of:
  • Georgia (365)
  • Georgia (231)
  • South Georgia (720)

The USA starts with the first Georgia, and needs the other two from the Soviet Union and United Kingdom. Because of this, collaborating with the Axis is the simplest route to achieving this. Help the axis capitulate the allies and comintern, and grab South Georgia (an island off the coast of Argentina) from the British, and Georgia (a Soviet state in the Caucus region) from the USSR. Reaffirm Monroe Doctrine focus unlocks a decision to ask the UK for, notably, South Georgia.

1.6 H
As Manchukuo, restore the Qing dynasty.
  Playing as   Manchukuo   Has completed focus Claim the Mandate of Heaven

May be done in conjunction with the The Dragon Swallowed the Sun and the The Good, the Bad and the Weird achievements.
requires the Assertiveness Sub-branch of the focus tree

  1.5 H
As Greece, Form Byzantine Empire.
  Playing as   Greece   Formed the   Byzantine Empire

Only requires the Restore Byzantium decision.

  1.5 H
It's 1812 All Over Again
As Canada, take and hold Washington D.C.
  Playing as   Canada   Control the state of Maryland (361) This suggestion requires   DLC.

Pick Patriation and Swastika Clubs as your first focuses. Go for Synarchist Baja when you switch, get Mexico in your faction and attack the United States on the East Coast. The United Kingdom will be too busy in Europe to do much against you, so it is possible to declare war on the UK first to unlock War Bonds and get some of your powerful industrial focuses before invading the US.

1.3 H
Med plutonium...
Nuke Denmark as Sweden.
  Playing as   Sweden   Is   Sweden
  • Country flag achievement_med_plutonium is set
  • The nuked state must be both owned by and a core of Denmark.
  • The Faroe Islands (and Iceland, and Greenland) are Danish cores, and within air range of Sweden, so there is no need to prevent Germany from invading mainland Denmark.
1.0 H
As Romania, make it to 1942 with all the states you started it with and control either Moscow or Berlin.
  Playing as   Romania
  •   Date is > 1941.12.31
  •   Has not lost any of the starting states
  •   Control either state:
  • Brandenburg (64)
  • Moscow (219)
1.4 H
New World Order
Make all nations fascist.
  All existing nations are fascist
  • Be wary of puppets as they will never change ideology, even if their overlord changes it, except by war (note that this makes this achievement difficult as the USA and the UK as they start with non-fascist puppets).
  • Neutral nations forced into your faction might create neutral puppets.
  • Avoid accepting anyone into your faction who is not fascist, as you can't go to war with them later to change their ideology.
1.0 H
One Empire
Unite the entire world under the British Empire.
  Playing as   United Kingdom
  •   Is a faction leader
  •   Every state in the world is controlled by either:
The straightforward, but boring and slow, approach is to defeat the Axis, then go to war with the Comintern and defeat them (note that the PRC will declare war on China one year after the end of the war with Japan, so you can use the focus to get China democratic and add them to the Allies before that war starts) - this should add lots of countries to the Allies, and then trigger coups everywhere you can. Once there's been a civil war, the winner has created world tension and you can justify against them. It takes a very long time, and, once you've won WWII, it's obviously going to work eventually, so it's very boring. 1.0 H
Operation Sea Lion
Control British mainland as Germany.
  Playing as   Germany   Control the states:
  • Scottish Highlands (120)
  • Lothian (121)
  • Wales (122)
  • Cornwall (123)
  • East Anglia (125)
  • Greater London Area (126)
  • Sussex (127)
  • West Midlands (128)
  • East Midlands (129)
  • Yorkshire (130)
  • Northern England (131)
  • Lancashire (132)
  • Lanark (133)
  • Aberdeenshire (136)
  • Gloucestershire (338)

Can be done with or without Italy

  • Have enough Transport Planes to paradrop and produce more Fighters than the UK before WW2 1939.
  • Capitulate France and the BeNeLux Countries first, and use their Air Bases against the UK. Have air superiority and paradop around the ports in Sussex, have your navy set Escort Mission to bring in the rest of your army to britain and annex them in Peace Conference.
  • If possible, establish Vichy France for lesser navy encounter in the English Channel.

This achievement can also be done along with True Blitzkrieg achievement.

1.0 H
Party like it's 1520
Occupy Stockholm as communist Denmark.
  Playing as   Denmark
  •   Is communist
  •   Control the state Svealand (141)
Use a naval invasion to the two provinces adjacent to Stockholm, but leave one division in Copenhagen with land forts to defend the strait. 1.0 H
Putting the Raid on the Medway to Shame
As the Netherlands, ensure the United Kingdom has no capital ships (carriers, battleships, battlecruisers, or heavy cruisers).
  Playing as   Netherlands   The   United Kingdom has at most 0 capital ships With   DLC:

Cave to the German, join the Axis and take your naval focuses. Build warships and planes, use naval bombers to sink the British fleet once you have gained air superiority. Some capital ships might escape to Malta, East Africa or the Caribbean, use carriers with naval bombers on Port Strike to find and sink them. The achievement will also trigger if the United Kingdom has been fully annexed and no longer exists.

1.6 H
As Japan, conquer Mexico then Europe before 1945.
  Playing as   Japan   Before 1:00 1 Jan, 1945

  Annexed   Mexico before taking any territory in Europe   Conquered a coastal state in Europe

  • Ignore China and earn enough Political Power to justify war goal on Mexico for generating lesser World Tension, then declare war as early as possible. Being at war with the USA is unnecessary but unavoidable as they have guaranteed Mexico, but is very easy to takedown early game.
  • Prepare your navy and your marines to the closest islands owned (Marshall Islands) to naval invade Hawaii then to West Coast America. Primarily in California for the Lv10 Naval Base. USA, Mexico, and the Philippines can be annexed in 1938.
  • Once the USA and Mexico have been annexed, dismantle your faction and join the Axis to fight off the Allies.

Can be done before WW2 1939. Tojo Shot First achievement can be done after this achievement.

1.5 H
Sunset Invasion
Occupy a coastal province in Europe as Mexico, and if in a faction have it contain only South American members or puppets.
  Playing as   Mexico
  •   Country flag achievement_failed_sunset_invasion is not set
  •   Control any coastal state on the European continent
  • Achievement will fail permanently if any non-puppet country with capital outside South America is ever in a faction with the player.
  • Turn fascist. Rush into Submarines III. Start justifying on Denmark as soon as Mexico become fascist. Build ~10 submarines and when justification will end, declare war. Capture port in Greenland and then invade Iceland. Achievement will pop after landing in Iceland.
1.0 H
The New Home of the Revolution
As Mexico, put Trotsky in power and puppet the Soviet Union
  Playing as   Mexico   Leon Trotsky is the current country leader

  The   Soviet Union is a subject of   Mexico

When the Trotsky seeks refuge event pops up, choose to invite him into the government. Follow the right most side of focus tree to become communist and put Trotsky in charge. Wait for Germany to start the war against the Soviet Union and finish the Smash the Bureaucrats focus which gives a puppet wargoal against the Soviets. Declare war on the Soviets. To gain warscore against them, ask Germany for military access and put your troops on their front line. Alternatively, try to naval invade Soviet's far east front and capture a few victory point provinces. In patch 1.6.0, German is very likely crush the Soviets without trouble in one or two years. During the peace conference, the Fascists will focusing on grabbing land, so it is possible to puppet the Soviet Union.

  1.6 H
The Revenge of Montezuma
Restore the old borders with the USA as Mexico.
  Playing as   Mexico   Control the states:
  • Texas (375)
  • New Mexico (376)
  • Arizona (377)
  • California (378)
  • Nevada (379)
  • Utah (380)
Rush Fascist and justify wargoal on Philippines, if you try to justify on a major country like the United States world tension will skyrocket but because Philippines is a puppet the US will automatically join when you declare war upon them. With this you should have no problem overrunning the country with either infantry or cavalry. Try to poke holes in the US line as they will have a tough time manning a long border and encircle their troops. They will have no way to real way to grow their military until they remove isolation so it should be trivial to win this way. 1.0 H
As Manchukuo, Break free from Japan and annex your former Overlord without being in a faction.
  Playing as   Manchukuo   Annexed   Japan

May be done in conjunction with the Hail to the Qing and the The Good, the Bad and the Weird achievements.
requires the Assertiveness Sub-branch of the focus tree

1.5 H
As a warlord, conquer all of China and Japan.
  Playing as either:   Conquered all of   China,   Manchukuo and   Japan not including the states of Hong Kong(326) , Macau (729) and Guangzhouwan (728) . Following the Cooperation With the Nationalists branch allows this achievement to follow Awake and Angry as the tags do not change when becoming   China 1.5 VH
As the Netherlands, liberate the continental Netherlands after relocating the government to the East Indies.
  Playing as   Netherlands   Current ruling party is  Democratic

  Has completed focus Liberation

  1.6 VH
As Czechoslovakia, occupy Canberra while at war with the Allies.
  Playing as   Czechoslovakia

With   DLC:

  • Turn Communist, join Comintern and take Romania to have border with Soviet Union
  • Build up Sudetenland to lvl 7 forts and don't give up Sudetenland
  • When Germany attacks hold on till Soviets arrive and beat them (if you are quick Italy will not join Axis)
  • Take the best Germany provinces (by resources and IC), build up your forces and take Italy, Balkans and France (avoid fighting with Allies if possible)
  • Build up you navy, attack Allies and island hop to Australia
  • It is easier with historical AI turned off (Hungary can take Austria and/or ally with Italy, France may not join the Allies)
1.4 VH
As Romania, own a slice of all your starting neighbors.
  Playing as   Romania   Has Carol II as country leader

  Has not completed any of the below focuses:

  Own at least one core province from all of your starting neighbors:
  1.4 VH
As Yugoslavia, occupy all your neighbouring countries (Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Italy and Greece).
  Playing as   Yugoslavia   Every state in the world is either: It is only necessary to occupy the land required so it is possible to have this achievement fire whilst at war. 1.4 VH
Miklos Horthy and the Habsburg Prince
As Hungary, Restore Austria-Hungary.
  Playing as   Hungary
  •   Is cosmetic tag   Austria-Hungary
  •   Own and control the states:
  • Lower Austria (4)
  • Bohemia (9)
  • Franche-Comte (17)
  • Neiderschlesien (66)
  • Oberschleisien (67)
  • Sudetenland (69)
  • Western Slovakia (70)
  • Eastern Slovakia (71)
  • Zaolzie (72)
  • Carpathian Ruthenia (73)
  • Eastern Sudetenland (74)
  • Moravia (75)
  • Upper Austria (152)
  • Tyrol (153)
  • Lombardy (159)
  • Emilia Romagna (161)
  • Tuscany (162)
  • Palestine (454)
  • Lebanon (553)
  • Southern Slovakia (664)
  • You have to go for "Restoration of Austria-Hungary" Focus Tree and have to have a navy so it is a perfect match to do with "Better Than Szent István" achievement
  • Take Austria and Czechoslovakia ASAP to weaken Germany. The focus "Reintegrate the Railroads" has a hidden effect that increases the chance of a peaceful annexion.
  • Hungary starts with more aluminum than it will ever need: build a large airforce to support your ground troops
  • You can let the German have the Sudetenland, they will leave you alone after that
  • Conquer Yugoslavia, then Romania and Greece: the oil fields will supply your army, while chromium can be used to build battleships and heavy tanks
  • Construct ships and naval bombers as soon as you have a coastal province, destroy buildings to make room for more dockyards if necessary
  • Find a good time to backstab Germany once they are at war with the USSR and join the Comintern. Attack the Allies immediately after the defeat of the Axis
  • You have to own the provinces, not just occupy them - watch out for them in a peace treaty, do not let AI take them or you will have to go to war again
  • As of patch 1.6, the United States might stay out of the war entirely if not attacked by Japan.
  1.4 VH
Rule Britannia
As any British Subject state, conquer all of Britain.
  Playing as either:
  •   Is not a subject
  •   Control the states:
  • Scottish Highlands (120)
  • Lothian (121)
  • Wales (122)
  • Cornwall (123)
  • East Anglia (125)
  • Greater London Area (126)
  • Sussex (127)
  • West Midlands (128)
  • East Midlands (129)
  • Yorkshire (130)
  • Northern England (131)
  • Lancashire (132)
  • Lanark (133)
  • Aberdeenshire (136)
  • Gloucestershire (338)
Can be done in conjunction with the It's 1812 All Over Again achievement as Canada. After capitulating and annexing the United States, prepare a naval invasion force and fleet to attack the UK. Annexing the US may help industrially and the Send in the Zombies focus may help with recruitable population. If Iceland gets released, it may be necessary to justify against them. Try to take the UK before Germany or Italy tries a naval invasion. If the peace conference triggers before the achievement does, try to annex all of Great Britain as the other Axis members may take required territory. It may be advisable to create a faction with Mexico instead of joining the Axis to make it harder for Germany to take British states in the peace conference.

With Historical Focus Off, the UK has a chance of becoming fascist or non-aligned. In that case, a democratic Canada may form a faction with the   United States.

1.3 VH
Sun Tzu Reborn
As Any Chinese Nation, Have a level 9 field marshal.
  Playing as either:   any army leader:
  • Is a field Marshall
  • Skill Level more than 8
  • This achievement is best done with a world conquest game or with the achievements "Awake and Angry" or "Battlecry"
  • If a General becomes level 9 before your main field marshal, you may promote the General to field marshal and you will get the achievement.
1.5 VH
With Mao as your leader, win the Chinese Civil War.
  Playing as   Communist China   Conquered all of   Nationalist China's Starting territory This achievement does not require all the Chinese cores. 1.5 VH
The weapons of the Third Emu War
As Australia, use a nuclear bomb on core Australian territory.
  Playing as   Australia   Country flag achievement_AST_nuke_self is set
  • Turn off DLCs TfV and DoD - will allow you to leave Allies instantly. Do not engage any factions or wars then.
  • Don't develop any political branch in national focus tree.
  • Invent and build fighters, bombers and nukes.
  • Prepare and launch civil war.
  • Nuke yourself.
1.3 VH
30 Minutes of Hel
As Poland in the 1939 “Blitzkrieg” scenario start, inflict over 1,800,000 casualties to Germany to beat the 2018
  Playing as   Poland

  Start date is 1939.8.3

  The   German Reich has more than 1.80M Casualties inflicted by   Poland 1.6 I
As South Africa, finish the Anti-Colonialist Crusade focus, release all European colonies via the focus, and take London.
  Playing as   South Africa
  • SAF_released_ANG
  • SAF_released_COG
  • SAF_released_KEN
  • SAF_released_MZB
  • SAF_released_ZIM
Achievement may require the event to release the nations rather than the release nation button on the occupied territory screen.   1.3 I