In 1936, the British Raj is one of the largest countries in terms of manpower, area and natural resources. However, they are still a puppet of the United Kingdom and their fate is inevitably tied to that of the UK.
- 1 Historical background
- 2 Events
- 3 National focus
- 4 Technology
- 5 Politics
- 6 Staff and designers
- 7 Economy
- 8 Military
- 9 Strategies and guides
- 10 Achievements
The British Raj was the result of piecemeal annexation of Indian princely states by the British East India Company. After a series of failed mutinies in 1857, the British Government took control of India from the BEIC and the Raj was born with Queen Victoria being given the title of Empress of India. Modern day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar form part of the British Raj in 1936. Although some territories like Rajputana were independently governed under British suzerainty, they have been abstracted under the overall control of the Raj for game play purposes.
During World War II, British India fielded the largest volunteer army in the war, and used it to contain the Japanese advance into the Indian Ocean basin, as well as stopping Japanese advances into the Indian subcontinent. The Battle of Imphal was a critical victory that stopped the Japanese army's advances from occupied Burma. The war, however, was not without consequences to the people of the Raj, as wartime needs for the military often superseded any civilian concerns. A massive famine in the Bengal region was blamed upon British refusal to send food supplies there in favor of sending those supplies to the European and African theaters.
The British Raj suffered politically during the war as different groups vied to command leadership of the then flourishing Indian independence movement. The Muslim League and the Indian National Congress disagreed on their opinions on supporting the British war effort, with the League backing the British and Congress calling for supporting the British in exchange for concessions. Eventually, the British government agreed to consider Indian independence after the war ended. The last Viceroy of India, Louis Mountbatten, left in 1947, just two years after the war.
- Main article: British Raj events
- Main article: British Raj national focus tree
British Raj, along with other nations of the British commonwealth, gets a unique national focus tree as part of the Together for Victory expansion. Without the expansion, the British Raj utilizes the Generic national focus tree.
The British Raj has a unique focus tree with 3 main branches:
- Provincial Elections
- Focuses on gaining independence and modifies the debilitating national spirits of the British Raj.
- Lessons of the Great War
- Focuses on expanding the army, establishes the air force and gives elite infantry divisions.
- Great Indian Peninsula Railway
- Focuses on building infrastructure, naval dockyards, and gives extra research slots.
The British Raj starts with the fewest technologies in the Commonwealth, lacking any tank or naval technologies whatsoever.
|Army Technology||Naval Technology||Air Technology||Electronics & Industry|
The Raj starts with only 2 research slots. It can get a third quite quickly, but can't unlock any more until becoming independent. However, with Together for Victory it does get access to technology sharing from being in the Commonwealth. Becoming a dominion will increase the maximum cost reduction to -50% from -25%.
The British Raj in 1936 is beset with communal divisions between the Hindus and the Muslims, and the Burmese in the extreme east outright rejects any affinity with the Raj, insisting that they are a separate nation that was unreasonably incorporated into the Raj by the British only because of geographical proximity. In the game, this is represented by the states of Peshawar, Punjab, Quetta, Baluchistan and Sind in the west, and Mandalay and Burma in the east being classified as occupied states, which significantly reduces the amount of manpower, resources, and industrial capacity the player can utilize from these states.
With the Together for Victory expansion enabled, the British Raj starts with the following national spirits in both the 1936 and 1939 scenarios. Otherwise, it does not start with any national spirits and the ones it gains are dependent on the choices it make in the generic national focus tree.
Princely States and Marginalized Muslim Community are automatically lost on becoming independent peacefully (including the more beneficial versions of these traits unlockable via focuses). Princely States and Risk of Famine are also removed if India becomes communist or fascist. Agrarian Society can't be removed.
With the Together For Victory expansion it is now possible to leave the Commonwealth. India can choose to join the Comintern or Axis via the Swaraj branch of its national focus tree. This will lead to a civil war which will be backed by its new allies.
In both the 1936 and 1939 scenarios, the non-aligned Indian National Congress is the ruling political party in the British Raj with Lord Linlithgow acting as the Governor-General and Viceroy of India with overwhelming popularity.
Staff and designers
|Armor Company||Tank Designer||
|Industrial Company||Industrial Concern||
|Electronics Company||Electronics Concern||
|Conscription Law||Economy Law||Trade Law|
| Volunteer Only
|| Civilian Economy
|| Export Focus
The Raj can't increase its conscription law past Volunteer Only until it becomes independent.
Industry and resources
- Although the British Raj starts with a total of 14 civilian factories, 1 of them is unavailable at game start due to insufficient compliance. All in all, it has 47 free slots, enough to build up a much larger industrial base.
- The Raj starts with significant reserves of rare earth minerals and enough steel and oil to field a sizeable force. Note that since its tungsten reserves are entirely located in Burma and Mandalay, both of them occupied states, only a fraction of tungsten is available for use at game start.
In 1936, the British Raj starts with a small and under-equipped army, as well as a small air force. It does not possess a navy. Due to its starting national spirits vastly reducing its recruitable population, it only has a total manpower of 353.41K, of which 99.00K is tied up in the army, and 1.60K in the air force, leaving 252.82K available for recruitment.
|Close air support||80|
- The British Raj starts with 11 infantry divisions made up of 9 infantry battalions.
|Bren Carrier||Mechanized I||1940|
|Universal Carrier||Mechanized II||1942|
|Windsor Carrier||Mechanized III||1944|
|Name||Type||Techyear||Variants TD / SPA / AAA|
|Mark V||Great War Tank||1918|
|Vickers II||Light Tank I||1934|
|Matilda||Light Tank II||1936|
|Valentine||Light Tank III||1941|
|Crusader||Medium Tank I||1939|
|Cromwell||Medium Tank II||1941|
|Comet||Medium Tank III||1943|
|Vickers||Heavy Tank I||1934|
|Churchill||Heavy Tank II||1941|
|Black Prince||Heavy Tank III||1943|
|Tortoise||Super Heavy Tank||1943|
- The British Raj does not possess any warships.
- The British Raj starts with 80 close air support I stationed in Delhi.
|Tech Year||Close Air Support (Carrier Variant)||Fighter (Carrier Variant)||Naval Bomber (Carrier Variant)||Heavy Fighter||Tactical Bomber||Strategic Bomber|
|1933||Hawker Hart||Armstrong Whitworth Whitley|
|1936||Hawker Hector||Hawker Demon||Fairey Swordfish (Blackburn Shark)||Bristol Blenheim||Vickers Wellington||Handley Page Halifax|
|1940||Hawker Typhoon||Supermarine Spitfire (Fairey Fulmar)||Fairey Albacore||Bristol Beaufighter||Bristol Beaufort||Avro Lancaster|
|1944||Hawker Tempest||Supermarine Spiteful (Hawker Sea Fury)||Fairey Barracuda||de Havilland Mosquito FB||de Havilland Mosquito B||Avro Lincoln|
|Jet Engine Technology|
|1945||Gloster Meteor||de Havilland Venom|
|1950||de Havilland Vampire||English Electric Canberra||Vickers Valiant|
Strategies and guides
- See /common/on_actions/01_tfv_on_actions.txt
- See /common/ideas/British_Raj.txt