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The game map, showing only countries with non-generic focus trees.

National focus trees serve as a replacement for the mixture of decisions and triggered events which directed countries in previous iterations of Hearts of Iron.

The focus trees allow the players (and the AI) to direct the development of their nation. Each country has a focus tree, representing a number of progression paths (branches) available to that nation. These paths may be based on actual historical situations or on alternative historical possibilities. The individual options can range from political, diplomatic and warfare-related focuses to more economic and research-related focuses.

Due to the semi-random nature of the AI it ensures that no two games will play out in precisely the same way. Players wishing to have a more historical-based campaign can choose to do so by ticking the Historical AI Focuses option on the country selection screen (map) just before the start of a new game. It is important to note, however, that player nations are not bound by this and as such their in-game actions can still force the AI to pick somewhat less than historical choices.

The seven great powers (and Flag of Poland Poland) have a unique national focus tree in the base game. Additional countries - as detailed below - received a unique focus tree as part of different DLCs. All other nations use the generic national focus tree.


National focus trees (click on a country name to get to its section)

Contents

Mechanic overviewEdit

 
The Generic national focus tree has 5 different branches.

Branches in a focus tree revolve around a common theme or goal with the individual focuses within intended to help in achieving that goal. Although branches are mostly isolated from each other, they will be connected (locally) if they happen to coincide over a common point.

Only a single focus can be taken at a time. A focus requires   70 Political power to complete at a progress rate of   –1 Political power per day - this means a focus would usually be completed within   70 days. When completed, the player may go up to 10 days without picking a new focus and still have those days (and their accumulated   Political power) count towards the new focus.

Aside from the branches' top level focuses, most other focuses have additional requirements in need of fulfillment before they can be picked. If a requirement of an on-going focus has become invalidated, the focus will either be paused until the requirement is restored (if possible) or outright be cancelled when such a thing is not easily possible. For cases such as the latter, focuses will have bypass conditions to allow the player to proceed past them - the player will be notified of the bypass within a few days (they will display a golden bracket as if completed regularly). For example,   Motorization Effort can be bypassed if the   Motorized Infantry technology has already been researched beforehand.

Once a focus has started, the player can't manually stop or replace it, unless the player has the   Man the Guns expansion. If, due to circumstances, the focus has been invalidated, the resources already spent are lost. As such, it is immensely recommended to check all requirements and conditions regarding a focus to assess if/how they may be affected within its completion time-frame.

Accessing a focus' expanded details can be achieved by clicking or hovering over the focus. Among the information presented there are: the flavor description, its requirements, bypass conditions (if applicable) and the expected completion effects.

Visual indicatorsEdit

  • Bracket color - Players can check at a glance a focus' completion status by the background color of its name bracket. Grey bracket means available for picking, brown bracket indicates as of yet unavailability and golden bracket denotes completed focuses. On-going focuses will feature a shining overlay effect over them.
  • Connection lines - Focuses are connected by colored lines. The color indicates whether its preceding focus is completed (green) or not (light-blue). The connection may also appear as a solid or dotted line, with the former indicating a logical AND and the latter a logical OR. For example, to pick   Special Forces would require all 3 of the focuses preceding it while picking   Technology Sharing requires only one of the 2 preceding it.
  • Mutually exclusive - Some focuses may have the   mutually exclusive icon appearing in-between them. The icon denotes that only one of two may be selected. Further more, depending on the focuses outgoing connections it may also exclude from picking any of the focuses connected to them further down the line. For example, choosing between   Collectivist Ethos or   Liberty Ethos will make any of the other side's subsequent connected focuses unavailable for picking up until   Technology Sharing (linked to both sides by an OR connection).

Continuous focusEdit

 
The continuous focus panel.
Main article: Continuous focus

A continuous focus is a special type of focus that is unlocked once 10 regular focuses have been completed. There are a total of 9 continuous focuses available.

Having an active continuous focus comes at the expense of pursuing a regular focus as only one focus can be picked at a time regardless of its type.

As opposed to a regular focus which provides one-time effects, the effects of a continuous focus benefit the nation whilst the chosen focus remains active. An active focus requires a maintenance cost of   –1 Political power per day. The focus can,however, be deactivated or switched with another at any time for no additional cost.

National focus treesEdit

Base game treesEdit


Generic treeEdit

 
Generic national focus tree.
Main article: Generic national focus tree

All nations lacking a unique national focus tree use the generic national focus tree instead.

The generic focus tree has 5 main branches:

  • Army Effort gives army experience and research bonuses to army research.
  • Aviation Effort gives air experience, builds air bases, and research bonuses to air research.
  • Naval Effort gives navy experience, builds naval dockyards, and research bonuses to navy research.
  • Industrial Effort builds civilian and military factories (usually even if building slots are already full)and grants extra research slots.
  • Political Effort gives the country choices on which political path they will take.


Note: The generic focus tree also acts as the default tree for nations which received a unique focus tree in a DLC if said DLC is not enabled.

FranceEdit

 
French national focus tree.
Main article: French national focus tree

  France, as one of the seven major powers, got a unique national focus tree.

The French national focus tree can be divided into 5 branches and 7 sub-branches:

Devalue the Franc Branch
This branch offers the possibility to develop Metropolitan France and the overseas colonies, as well as add two more research slots.
Begin Rearmament Branch
This branch, which focuses either on defensive or offensive expansion of the military. The defensive focuses give army and fortification bonuses while the offensive focuses give army and air bonuses. They end with the shared focus   Army Reform which removes the starting national spirit  Victors of the Great War.
Form the Popular Front/Revive the National Bloc Branch
This branch develops French industry. The left side of the branch adds factories to various states, completely removes   Inefficient Economy and leads to the  communist sub-branch. The right side of the branch develops construction speed, manipulates party popularity, and leads to the  fascist and  monarchist sub-branch. Both sides lead to the historical  democratic sub-branch of the focus tree and Intervention in   Spain decisions.
Invite Communist Ministers Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows France to become  Communist, gain manpower and political power. The Reconciliation section gives stability and political power. It leads to the Anti-Fascist coalition section which allies with neighboring or Balkan  Communist and  Democratic nations and manpower. The Revolution to the Utmost gives war support and a civil war. It leads to the Loyalty to the Cause section which gives war goals against the   United Kingdom,   Spain,   Germany and   Italy. Both the Reconciliation and the Revolution to the Utmost leads to the Loyalty to Moscow section which allows France to join the Comintern. This section and the Anti-Fascist coalition section leads to a focus that gives war goals against all neighboring  Fascist nation.
Leftist Rhetoric Sub-branch
This sub-branch is only available if the  La Résistance DLC is not enabled. This allows France to become  Communist.
The Blum-Viollette Proposal Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows France to core Algeria, gain non-core manpower and compliance or lose the national spirit   Full Employment. Depending on the choice of the colonies, the French Union focus allows France to annex and core its colonies or increase resistance.
Review Foreign Policy Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows France to either create the Little Entente with   Czechoslovakia,   Yugoslavia,   Romania or   Poland, support   Finland in their war, join the Allies or create the Stressa Front with the   United Kingdom and   Italy.
Utilize the Leagues Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows France to become  Fascist, gain claims on various nations and make alliances with other European nations. The Latin Entente section allows France to ally with   Spain,   Portugal and Italy for French Somaliland, gain claims on   Greece and war goals on   Germany,   Belgium and the   Netherlands. The Towards a New Europe section allows France to join the Axis, gain claims and war goals on   Belgium and   Canada. Both sections lead to war goals claims and subjugation on the Middle East.
The Council of Rambouillet Sub-branch
This sub-branch restores the French monarchy from either the House of Orléans (Orléaniste), Bourbon (Légitimistes) or Bonaparte (Bonapartiste). The Orléanist section gives war goals against   Germany and   Italy. The Légitimist section gives an alliance, an annexation or wargoal on   Spain. The Bonapartist section gives war goals against   United Kingdom,   Belgium,   Netherlands,   Germany and the   Soviet Union. It also has a focus to split   Germany into 7-9 different countries.
Right Wing Rhetoric Sub-branch
This sub-branch is only available if the  La Résistance DLC is not enabled. This allows France to become  Fascist.
Naval Rearmament Branch
This branch includes focuses which grant experience and research bonuses that improve the navy.
Air Focus Branch
This branch includes focuses which grant experience and research bonuses that improve the air force.


If   France capitulates to the   German Reich, it will be divided into   Free France and   Vichy France, with both regimes receiving a unique national focus tree as part of the   La Résistance expansion. Without the expansion,   Free France retains the French national focus tree, whereas   Vichy France utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

Free FranceEdit
Main article: Free French national focus tree

Free France's unique focus tree has 2 main branches:

Refus Absurde Branch
This branch focuses on cultivating resistance in the occupied French territories, as well as making it harder for the occupiers to gain compliance.
Appeal To the French Nation Branch
This branch focuses on recovering a measure of war capacity and contesting with   Vichy France for control over the French overseas territories, so as to lay the groundwork for the ultimate restoration of   France.
Vichy FranceEdit
Main article: Vichy French national focus tree

Vichy France's unique focus tree has 1 single branch:

Emergency Powers To Petain Branch
This branch focuses on rebuilding and revitalising a war-torn   France with the ultimate objective of reasserting control over all occupied territories, either by collaborating with the   German Reich, or by actively fighting against them.

GermanyEdit

 
German national focus tree.
Main article: German national focus tree

  Germany, as one of the seven major powers, has a unique national focus tree.

The German national focus tree can be divided into 6 branches and 3 Sub-branches:

Four Year Plan Branch
This branch improves   Germany's industry, adds a research slot, builds fort lines around Europe and allows the creation of puppets.
Air Innovations Branch
This branch improves   Germany's air force and speeds up research of nuclear weapons and rockets.
Army Innovations Branch
This branch improves   Germany's land forces and allows for an alliance with the   Soviet Union.
Rhineland Branch
The  Fascist branch allows war with the   Soviet Union, and friendship with   China or   Japan. It leads to the Anschluss sub-branch with more annexation and war options.
Anschluss Sub-branch
This sub-branch under the Rhineland branch allows   Germany to annex several states and to ally with or declare war on several countries.
Naval Rearmament Branch
This branch improves   Germany's navy and befriends Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands.
Oppose Hitler Branch
This branch allows   Germany to remove Adolf Hitler as leader via civil war and pursue a  democratic or  non-aligned path. It requires  Waking the Tiger.
Return of the Kaiser Sub-branch
This sub-branch restores   Germany's  monarchy under Wilhelm II, gives war goals against the   British and the   French, and allows for restoring the   Italian and   Austro-Hungarian monarchies; Germany can also choose to be subordinate to the   British and to fight against communist   France. It also allies with eastern nations in order to fight the communist threat of the   Soviet Union. It requires  Waking the Tiger.
The Monarchy Compromise Sub-branch
This sub-branch creates a type of  constitutional monarchy; it can happen under both Kaisers Wilhelm II and Wilhelm III. It creates a faction with   Austria,   Czechoslovakia,   Hungary,   Yugoslavia,   Romania,   Netherlands,   Belgium,   Luxembourg,   Norway,   Sweden,   Denmark,   Estonia,   Latvia,   Lithuania,   Poland, and   Finland in order to fight the   Soviet Union and other communist forces. It also adds one more research slot than the regular five slots and gives boosts to nuclear technology. It requires  Waking the Tiger.


ItalyEdit

 
Italy's national focus tree.
Main article: Italian national focus tree

  Italy, as one of the seven major powers, gets a unique national focus tree.

Italy has an interesting national focus tree with five different branches:

Ethiopian War Logistics
A smaller tree which focuses on industrial build up.
Army Primacy
Strengthens your army research.
Mare Nostrum
The big naval strengthening tree.
Light Ship Focus
Destroyer & Submarine benefits.
Triumph in Africa
The big political and diplomatic tree, where you have lots of different choices on who to befriend and conquer.


JapanEdit

 
Japanese national focus tree.
Main article: Japanese national focus tree

  Japan, as one of the seven major powers, has a unique national focus tree.

The Japanese national focus tree can be divided into 7 branches:

The Unthinkable Option Branch
The  Communist branch and is organized around the idea of establishing a Communist state in Japan with the possibility of either joining the Soviets or forming a faction with the Chinese Communists. It requires  Waking the Tiger.
Purge the Kodoha Faction Branch
The historical  Fascist tree, it focuses around the aggressive conquest of China, Indochina, Indonesia and the Philippines and an alliance with Siam.
National Mobilization Law/ National Defense State Sub-branches
Two Sub-branches that is used for both the Purge the Kodoha Faction Branch and the Support the Kodoha Faction Branch. It Increases economy law and allows Kamikaze Strikes.
Support the Kodoha Faction Branch
The  Non-Aligned Branch is focused on building up to a war with the   Soviet Union and joining the   German Reich's faction.
Strengthen the Civilian Government Branch
The  Democratic branch starts a civil war with the fascists and installs a Constitutional Monarchy. It also liberates   Korea, the   Philippines and allows Japan to puppet or annex   Dutch East Indies,   British Malaya or Indochina. It requires  Waking the Tiger.
The Manchurian Project Branch
If   Manchukuo is a subject, this branch expands   Manchukuo's Industry.
Army Expansion Law Branch
This branch expands   Japan's army while also giving it the Bicycle Infantry, a unique unit for Japan.
Fighter Modernization Sub-branch
This sub-branch expands   Japan's Airforce and connects to both the Army and Naval branches.
New Naval Estimates Branch
This branch expands   Japan's naval research and industry.


PolandEdit

 
Polish national focus tree.
Main article: Polish national focus tree

  Poland gets a unique national focus tree as part of a free DLC. If the DLC is not enabled, Poland will use the generic national focus tree instead.

The focus tree can be divided into 5 main branches:

Central Region Strategy - The Four Year Plan
This branch offers the possibility to develop the nation's infrastructure and factories as well as enabling up to two additional research slots.
Prepare For The Next War
This branch has options to keep pace/modernize the Polish ground forces with/ahead of its neighbors.
Air Base Expansion
This branch includes focuses which grants several research bonuses to improve aircraft. The first focus of the branch adds an air base.
Develop Polish Ship Building
This branch includes focuses which grants several research bonuses that could potentially specialize or widen the range of ships available for service soon. Includes research bonus for naval doctrine advancements.
Strengthen The Polish State
This branch contains various diplomatic focuses and focuses to change the ideology of the government. This branch has mutually exclusive choices that enables the player to forge an alliance or create one of its own.


Soviet UnionEdit

 
Soviet national focus tree.
Main article: Soviet national focus tree

  Soviet Union, as one of the seven major powers, has a unique national focus tree.

The Soviet focus tree includes four, both historical and alternative, branches:

  • Finish the Five Year Plan focuses on development of infrastructure and factories
  • Stalin Constitution focuses on manpower and research
  • Found the PCDI is the main diplomatic tree that focuses on international relations
  • Permanent Revolution / The Great Purge focuses on internal restructuring to unlock the full power of the Soviet Union.


United KingdomEdit

 
British national focus tree.
Main article: British national focus tree

The British national focus tree can be divided into 5 main branches and 6 distinct sub-branches:

Cryptologic Bomb/Limited Rearmament Branch
This branch gives technology research bonuses, factories and an extra research slot.
General Rearmament Sub-branch
This sub-branch gives air and naval research bonuses along with providing a collection of air bases and dockyards.
Reinforce the Empire Branch
This branch is centered around the industrial development of the colonies and the fortification of key territories, with the ultimate end goal of creating an Imperial Federation, which will have the United Kingdom annex all the colonies and gain cores on their territories.
Encourage Colonial Elite Sub-branch
The "Fortify East Asia" side of the sub-branch focuses on developing in Asian colonies, influencing   China and gaining a war goal against   Japan. The "Commonwealth Ties" side focuses on developing the Dominions, Autonomy or Independence for the   British Raj and forming the Imperial Federation.
Mediterranean Bastion Sub-branch
This Sub-branch focuses on the development of the Mediterranean colonies, coercion of Balkan countries and   Turkey, and gaining a war goal against   Italy.
Steady As She Goes Branch
The  Democratic branch of the Focus tree. The UK will stay democratic and maintain the current government structure.
Home Defense Sub-branch
This  Democratic sub-branch focuses on intervening against (and puppeting) the Scandinavian and Benelux countries, securing   Iraq and   Iran, and eventually war with the   Soviet Union and   Germany.


Revisit Colonial Policy Branch
This Branch focuses on decolonization, which effectively amounts to dismantling the British Empire, with some colonial territory kept as puppets, in exchange for getting more manpower and industry in the British homelands, and allowing the UK to concentrate on dealing with European affairs.
Global Defense Sub-branch
This  Democratic sub-branch focuses on placing Winston Churchill into power early, ending appeasement, eradicating pacifism and mobilizing the country for war followed by gaining war goals against countries with oil, Major European countries who caused World tension, and allowing justification against other  Democratic countries.
A Change in Course Branch
This branch focuses on changing the government structure of the UK by switching the ideology of the government to  Monarchist,  Fascist or  Communist.
  • The  Monarchist path focuses on setting up King Edward VIII as an absolute monarch, allying with   Germany and gaining war goals against   Italy and the   Soviet Union. This path also allows the United Kingdom to gain a war goal against the   United States to reinstate British rule by installing an American monarchy.
  • The  Fascist section focuses on securing alliances with other European fascist nations against   Germany. The "God Save The King" section is shared with the Monarchist path and focuses on retaking the Dominions after they gain independence and gaining a war goal to annex the   United States.
Concessions to the Trade Unions Sub-branch
The  Communist sub-branch will cause the United Kingdom to become communist and opens up the choice between allying with the   Soviet Union or forming a new faction and then moving on to turn other European nations to  communism, with the end goal of going to war with   Germany and the   United States and installing puppet regimes in each. It also forces the   United Kingdom to take the decolonization focus and complete it within 2 years of becoming communist as otherwise a civil war will break out.


United StatesEdit

 
American national focus tree.
Main article: American national focus tree

The American national focus tree can be divided into 4 branches and 3 Sub-Branches:

Continue the New Deal/ Reestablish the Gold Standard Branch
This branch allows the United States to remove the effects of the Great Depression, increase research, change political leanings or increase production. The closer the focus is to the edge of the branch, the more  Communist or  Fascist the focus is while the closer to the center, the more  Democratic the focus.
Suspend the Persecution Sub-branch
The  Communist sub-branch. It focuses on changing the political party to   under threat of Civil War, allying with other Communist Factions and decolonizing the Pacific. It requires  Man the Guns.
America First Sub-branch
The  Fascist sub-branch. It focuses on changing the political party to   under threat of Civil War and gaining war goals against other American countries and all other major powers. It requires  Man the Guns.
War Plans Division Branch
This Branch mainly gives the the United States decisions that give attack and defense bonuses against certain countries.
War Department Branch
This Branch gives army and air technology research boosts
Two Ocean Navy Act Sub-branch
This Branch gives naval technology research boosts and production cost modifiers


Together for Victory treesEdit


AustraliaEdit

 
Australian national focus tree.
Main article: Australian national focus tree

  Australia, 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, Australia utilizes the Generic national focus tree.

The Australian national focus tree can be divided into 7 branches:

Additional Militia Training Branch
Focuses on providing research bonuses for Land Doctrines, Infantry equipment, Support Companies and Armour.
Expand the RAAF Branch
Focuses on improving the Air Force, including research bonuses for aircraft and air doctrines.
Cockatoo Island Shipyards Branch
Looks to upgrade the Australian Navy, focusing on ship and naval doctrine bonuses.
Standard Gauge Railway/ Industries Assistance Corporation Branch
Form a joint tree focusing on improving infrastructure and industrial capacity.
Establish Advisory War Council Branch
Acts as a domestic politics tree, providing means to lift the country out of the Great Depression, and additional research slots.
Support the Policy of Appeasement Branch
Keeps Australia within the Allies, providing access to Commonwealth technology sharing bonuses.
Never Another Gallipoli Branch
Causes Australia to leave the Allies, giving further options to remain a Democracy, or to realign with either Fascist or Communist ideologies.


British RajEdit

 
British Raj's national focus tree.
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.


CanadaEdit

 
Canada's unique NF tree (part of the Together for Victory expansion).
Main article: Canadian national focus tree

  Canada, 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, Canada utilizes the Generic national focus tree.

Canada's unique focus tree has six main branches:

Industrial and Internal Politics
A large, interwoven tree that serves to increase industrial capacity, resource availability and to lift the country out of the Great Depression. This first part of the tree is the most powerful, but most of it is locked behind War Bonds and Defense Regulations, which respectively require war and some world tension. These focuses should be picked as they become available to start the industrial expansion. Another key focus is Commit to War, which is necessary for any conscription law above Volunteer Only and mitigates the Great Depression penalties. Finally, the Canadian player must choose between Send In the Zombies to significantly increase their manpower pool, or National Steel Car to unlock their full industrial potential.
Army Modernization
The ground forces branch. Focuses on research bonuses for infantry, armor, artillery and support divisions. Requires Send In the Zombies from the industrial tree for the last focus tiers.
Strengthen the Commonwealth Ties
The historical path. Keeps Canada within the Allies, providing bonuses to Commonwealth technology sharing and other buffs to industry and resources.
Patriation
Canada severs ties with the United Kingdom, thereby allowing allowing Canada to leave the Allies. The first, democratic branch builds an alliance with the United States; the others are the fascist and communist paths. A notable option in the fascist branch is to bring Mexico over to fascism and mount a two-pronged invasion against the United States.
RCAF Station Borden
Provides bonuses to radar, aircraft and air doctrine research.
Halifax Shipyards
Focuses on the Canadian Navy, giving bonuses to ship model and naval doctrine research.


New ZealandEdit

 
New Zealand's unique NF tree (part of the Together for Victory expansion).
Main article: New Zealand national focus tree

  New Zealand, along with other nations of the British commonwealth, gets a unique national focus tree (part of the Together for Victory expansion). Without the expansion New Zealand utilizes the Generic national focus tree.

New Zealand's unique focus tree has five main branches:

The First Labour Government
Acts as the political tree, providing both a means to deal with internal issues, and mutually exclusive branches on whether to remain within the Commonwealth, or to push for Independence as a Democratic, Fascist or Communist country.
Transfer the New Zealand Division
Focuses on developing a navy through construction of dockyards and bonuses to ship and naval doctrine research.
Expand the NZPAF
Provides bonuses to aircraft and air doctrine research.
National Roads Board
Acts as the industrial tree, buffing industrial capacity, resource extraction and research slots.
Army Reforms
Focuses on bonuses for Infantry, Armour and Artillery, and construction of military industry capacity.


South AfricaEdit

 
South African national focus tree.
Main article: South African national focus tree

  South Africa, 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 it utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

South Africa's unique focus tree has 6 main branches and 2 sub-branches:

War Measures Act/Support the Policy of Appeasement
This branch focuses on war preparations, mustering   South Africa's industrial capacity as well as constructing strategic defensive forts. The other half of the branch reinforces cooperation with the rest of the Commonwealth.
Abandon Westminster
This branch focuses on independence from the Commonwealth, with a choice of becoming either a   Fascist or   Communist country.
Support the Afrikaner Broederbond
The   Fascist sub-branch. This branch opens the possibility to switch to fascism by starting a civil war. The player can go for greater cooperation with the   German Reich, which comes with substantial benefits, or start a faction of its own, with a policy of revanchism targeting the   United Kingdom. In either case, former British king Edward VIII can be selected as the head of state.
Empower the Workers
The   Communist sub-branch. One path aligns   South Africa with the   Soviet Union. The other is the most unique of the focus tree, Anti-Colonialist Crusade:   South Africa declares war on the colonial powers to liberate Africa from their rule.
South African Railways
This branch focuses on improving infrastructure, expanding industrial capacity, and providing additional research slots.
Special Service Battalion
This branch provides bonuses to weapons, artillery and land doctrine research.
Commit to the Five-Year Plan
This branch provides bonuses to aircraft and air doctrine research.
Seaward Defense Force
This branch focuses on the navy, giving bonuses to ship models and naval doctrine research.


Death or Dishonor treesEdit


CzechoslovakiaEdit

 
Czechoslovakian national focus tree.
Main article: Czechoslovakian national focus tree

  Czechoslovakia, along with three other nations situated between the   German Reich and the   Soviet Union, gets a unique national focus tree as part of the  Death or Dishonor expansion. Without the expansion, Czechoslovakia utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

Czechoslovakia's unique focus tree has 7 distinct branches:

  • Fortification Studies: This centers around land fortifications needed to successfully defend against German aggression. Note that some foci in this section set the fort level in provinces instead of adding extra forts. Building forts is not advised, as they will be overwritten when a new fort level is set.
  • Industrial Legacy: This provides Czechoslovakia with additional factories and industrial bonuses.
  • Political Direction: Here Czechoslovakia is given options for steering politics & diplomacy towards one of the major factions or a faction of its own.
  • Strategy Decisions: These foci are similar to the political section but provide more interaction on cessions and research sharing.
  • Land, Air & Naval Branches: Each section is devoted to one branch of military power and research. Note that the Naval branch cannot be started until Czechoslovakia gains a coastal province


HungaryEdit

 
Hungarian national focus tree.
Main article: Hungarian national focus tree

The   Kingdom of Hungary, along with three other nations situated between   Germany and the   Soviet Union, gets a unique national focus tree as part of the Death or Dishonor expansion. Without the expansion, Hungary utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

The Hungarian national focus tree can be divided into 3 branches and 6 sub-branches:

  • Political Branch
This branch allows Hungary to change its political stance.
  • Strengthen the Monarchists Sub-branch
This branch allows Hungary to elect a Democratic, Fascist, or a Habsburg King and could potentially re-create the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  • Strengthen Fascists Sub-branch
This branch allows Hungary to become Fascist and create Greater Hungary and either join the Axis or create their own faction with Italy.
  • Council of People's Commissars Sub-branch
This branch allows Hungary to become Communist and join the Comintern.
  • Industrial Revitalization Branch
This branch allows Hungary to develop its industry and unlock research slots. One of its sub-branches is connected to the Establish the Air-Force sub-branch.
  • Secret Rearmament Branch
This branch allows Hungary to cast off the Treaty of Trianon and start researching military tech.
  • Establish the Air-Force Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows the research and licensing of the Airforce.
  • Army Maneuvers Sub-branch
This sub-branch gives research bonuses for various types of Army equipment.
  • Naval Warfare Sub-branch
This sub-branch deals with the Navy but requires that Hungary controls a coastal state as they lack one in 1936.


RomaniaEdit

 
Romanian national focus tree.
Main article: Romanian national focus tree

  Romania, along with three other nations situated between   Germany and the   Soviet Union, gets a unique national focus tree as part of the Death or Dishonor expansion. Without the expansion, Romania utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

The Romanian national focus tree can be divided into 7 branches:

Preserve Greater Romania Branch
This Branch allows   Romania to join the Comintern, Axis or Allies or create the Cordon Sanitaire with   Poland and   Czechoslovakia. Unlike other focus trees, the separate ideologies in this tree are not mutually exclusive.
Industry Sub-branch
This branch allows   Romania to develop its industry. To start this branch, one must start the "Preserve Greater Romania" or the "Balkans Dominance" Branch.
Balkans Dominance Branch
This branch allows   Romania to puppet, annex, split or declare war with   Bulgaria,  Greece,  Yugoslavia,  Turkey,  Hungary or   Czechoslovakia.
Institute Royal Dictatorship Branch
This Branch handles the King and political ideology popularity. the ideologies are not mutually exclusive with each other.
Expand the Airforce Branch
This branch allows the research and licensing of the airforce.
Army Maneuvers Branch
This branch gives the player free division templates and a general as well as army research.
Expand the Galati Shipyards Branch
This branch researches the navy.

YugoslaviaEdit

 
Yugoslavian national focus tree.
Main article: Yugoslavian national focus tree

  Yugoslavia, along with three other nations situated between   Germany and the   Soviet Union, gets a unique national focus tree as part of the Death or Dishonor expansion. Without the expansion, Yugoslavia utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

Yugoslavia has a unique focus tree with 5 main branches:

  • Western Focus / Recognize the Soviet Union branch is the main political branch and the choice of what path the player wants to take, joining either of the main three factions.
  • Industrialization Program branch builds up the country, gives resources and factories, improves infrastructure and gives the option of focusing more on the main Serbian provinces or improving the country equally.
  • Modernize the Air Force branch improves the air force and builds military factories for aircraft production. The player can choose between producing their own aircraft or licensing foreign ones from other countries.
  • Army Modernization branch expands the army and gives bonuses for army research.
  • Expand the Shipyard branch expands the navy to better protect the homeland and gives bonuses for naval research.

Waking the Tiger treesEdit


ChinaEdit

 
Chinese national focus tree.
Main article: Chinese national focus tree

  China gets a unique national focus tree in the   Waking the Tiger expansion. Without the expansion, China utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

China's unique focus tree has 4 main branches:

Three Principles of the People
Focuses on the internal social affairs of the nation and regional political relations.
Military Affairs Commission
Focuses on military and fortification reform.
Unified Industrial Planning
Focuses on economic and technological build-up of the nation.
Invite Foreign Investors
Allows for expansion of foreign investment aimed at increasing Chinese power. This branch is shared with   Communist China and   Manchukuo.

Chinese minors that destroy or displace the Chinese national government and declare themselves the legitimate government will adopt this national focus tree. Players of Chinese minors should review their own focus tree and that of Nationalist or Communist China when planning their game.

Communist ChinaEdit

 
People's Republic of China national focus tree.
Main article: Communist Chinese national focus tree

The   Communist China gains a unique national focus tree in the   Waking the Tiger DLC. Without this DLC enabled, Communist China uses the Generic national focus tree instead.

The Communist Chinese national focus tree can be divided into 3 branches:

Strengthen the Central Secretariat Branch
This Branch allows   Communist China to either befriend the   Soviet Union, join with   Nationalist China, or go an independent path.
Land Redistribution Branch
This Branch allows   Communist China to increase research slots, increase their popular support, and deal with External Politics.
The Yan'an Base Area Sub-branch
This Branch allows   Communist China to deal with the   Japanese threat, ally and infiltrate   China, and increase military power.
Invite Foreign Investors Branch
This Branch allows   Communist China to ask Major Countries for industrial support.


ManchukuoEdit

 
Manchu national focus tree.
Main article: Manchu national focus tree

  Manchukuo gets a national focus with the  Waking the Tiger expansion. Its "Invite Foreign Investors" branch is shared with   China,   Communist China and the Chinese Warlords if they change their focus tree.

The Manchu national focus tree can be divided into 2 branches. Their unique branch contains 2 sub-branches:

Pacify the Countryside Branch
This is the beginning of   Manchukuo's unique branch.
Obedience Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows   Manchukuo to stay obedient to the   Japanese and allows for becoming independent without going to war with   Japan.
Assertiveness Sub-branch
This sub-branch allows   Manchukuo to declare war against   Japan for independence, reclaim the Mandate of Heaven and restore the Qing Empire.
Invite Foreign Investors Branch
This Branch allows   Manchukuo to ask Major Countries for industrial support. It is shared with the other Chinese nations.


Chinese warlordsEdit

 
Chinese warlord national focus tree.
Main article: Warlords national focus tree

The Chinese warlords (  Yunnan,   Sinkiang,   Guangxi,   Shanxi, and   Xibei San Ma) share a unique national focus tree in the  Waking the Tiger DLC. Without the expansion the warlords use the Generic national focus tree instead.

The Warlord national focus tree can be divided into 2 branches and 3 sub-branches:

Secure Internal Politics Branch
This branch begins the political focuses for the Warlords.
Cooperation With the Nationalists sub-branch
This branch allows the Warlords to side with   Nationalist China. This will replace the current focus tree with the Chinese national focus tree.
Cooperation With the Communists sub-branch
This branch allows the Warlords to side with   Communist China and be able to replace and annex them with   Soviet Support. When replacing   Communist China, The current focus tree will change into the Communist Chinese national focus tree and all Their national spirits will be yours.
Opposition sub-branch
This branch allows the Warlords to instigate Border Clashes with the other Chinas, side with the Japanese and then proclaim a rival government different to   Nationalist and   Communist China
Industrial Investment Branch
This is the Industrial branch of the focus tree.


Man the Guns treesEdit


MexicoEdit

 
Mexican national focus tree.
Main article: Mexican national focus tree

  Mexico gets a national focus in the Man the Guns DLC. Without the expansion, Mexico uses the Generic national focus tree.

The Mexican national focus tree can be divided into 2 Branches and 4 Sub-branches:

National Bank Branch
This branch focuses on infrastructure, removing the threat of the Caudillo civil war or changing the political party to  Communism.
Military Budget Review Sub-branch
This Sub-branch focuses on military technology.
Oil Field Expansion Sub-branch
This Sub-branch deals with foreign relations with major countries and joining their faction.
Plan of Agua Prieta Branch
This branch focuses on switching the political party to either  Democracy,  Fascism or  Communism. The  Fascist or  Communist focuses increase or decrease Church Power respectively.
Control the Army Sub-branch
This sub-branch deals with increasing or decreasing the power of the Church.
March Southwards Sub-branch
This sub-branch gives war goals against other countries within the Americas.


NetherlandsEdit

 
Dutch national focus tree.
Main article: Dutch national focus tree

The Dutch national focus tree can be divided into 3 branches and 5 sub-branches:

Obtain Foreign Colonial Investments Branch
This branch expands Dutch industry in the colonies and allows the Dutch to move their government to the   Dutch East Indies in case it capitulates and gain war goal against   Venezuela.
Abandon the Gold Standard Branch
This Branch allows the expansion of the industry in the European Mainland and removing the De Crisisjaren national spirit.
Overturn Military Budget Cuts Sub-branch
This sub-branch focuses on removing the pacifism in the country and increases military technology.
Form New Government Branch
This branch allows The Netherlands to choose either   German or   British influence or head a neutral path.
Volk en Vaderland Sub-branch
The  fascist sub-branch allows the Netherlands to ally with   Germany, Placate the   Japanese with the   Dutch East Indies or gain war goals on former colonial holdings and other Benelux nations.
Legacy of the "De Zeven Provinciën" Mutiny Sub-branch
The  communist sub-branch allows the Netherlands to release its colonial holdings, Join the   Soviet or   French faction and gain war goals on non-communist western major nations and the Benelux.
Oranje Boven! Sub-branch
The  monarchist sub-branch allows Netherlands to make Wilhelmina head of government, gain guarantees from the   United States and take manpower from the   Germans.
"Unity Through Democracy" Sub-Branch
The  democratic sub-branch allows the Netherlands to form the Benelux faction, invite other democratic European countries and create the European Union.


La Résistance treesEdit


PortugalEdit

 
Portuguese national focus tree.
Main article: Portuguese national focus tree

  Portugal gets a unique national focus tree with the   La Résistance expansion. Without the expansion, it utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

The Portuguese national focus tree can be divided into 5 branches and 5 sub-branches:

Colonial Assimilation Policy branch
This branch focuses on managing the Portuguese colonies and their industries.
Continue the Public Works branch
This branch focuses on industry expansion in Portugal, additional research slots and land and air military research boosts.
Second Navy Reequipment branch
This branch focuses on the naval industry expansion, additional research slot and navy research boosts.
Army Reorganization branch
This branch focuses on military infrastructure and land doctrines.
Popular Front/Estado Novo branch
This branch allows Portugal to choose its ideology, ruling party, and stance about the Spanish Civil War.
Nation in Arms sub-branch
This sub-branch allows Portugal to become communist and join the Comintern.
Support the Spanish Republic sub-branch
This sub-branch allows Portugal to become communist and spread it in South America.
Strict Neutrality in the Spanish Civil War sub-branch
This sub-branch allows Portugal to go democratic and join the Allies.
Support the Spanish Nationalists sub-branch
This sub-branch allows Portugal to join the Allies, remain unaligned, join the Axis or become the Fifth Empire.
A Royal Wedding sub-branch
This sub-branch allows Portugal to become a monarchy.


SpainEdit

 
Spanish national focus tree.

  Spain gets a unique national focus tree with the   La Résistance expansion, which will be split into two separate trees once the Spanish Civil War breaks out. Without the expansion, it utilizes the Generic national focus tree instead.

Nationalist SpainEdit
Main article: Nationalist Spanish national focus tree

The Nationalist Spanish national focus tree can be divided into 11 sections. 1 pre civil war branch leading into 3 main branches and 2 shared branches. A post civil war sub-branch can be split from each of these Branches:

A Great Spain Branch
This pre Spanish Civil War branch gives Spain popularity to the  Fascist and  Non-Aligned parties,  Political Power, garisson control over various Spanish states, and various divisions during the Spanish Civil War. Unlike the   Republican Spanish national focus tree, these focuses take 28 or 35 days rather than 70 days.
 The Phalanx Ascendant Branch
This branch allows the   Falangists to take power, increase  Stability, create minor uprisings against   Republican Spain, gain a research slot and gain  Civilian and  Military factories. This path will force the   Carlists to declare war making another faction to fight against in the civil war.
The National-Syndicalist State Sub-branch
Once the Spanish Civil War is over, this sub-branch allows   Falangist Spain to expand its navy, gain a research slot, gain factories and give army bonuses in recruitable population and training time. It recreates the Spanish Empire with war goals against   Portugal and its colonies,   United Kingdom,   France,   Italy, The   United States, former Spanish Colonies and   Brazil.
  The Corpo Truppe Volontarie/The Condor Legion Branch
This branch is shared between the   Falangists and the   Nationalists. It allows   Italy and   Germany to send more volunteers to aid in the civil war. It also gives forts on the   French border, stability, political power and research bonuses.
The National And Popular Army of Spain/Join the Axis/National Recovery sub-branch
Once the Spanish Civil War is over, it gives the   Falangists and the   Nationalists research bonuses for the army, factories, infrastructure, reduces the effects of the "Recovering From Civil War" national spirit and gives national recovery bonuses.
 Unify the Nationalist Front Branch
This branch focuses on aligning the  Falangist and  Carlist factions under the leadership of Francisco Franco as   Nationalist Spain. It gives stability and war support, and combat bonuses. It will also bypass an impending   Carlist revolt. There is also a focus that allows   Portugal to send more volunteers which leads to two focuses that can only be done once the Spanish Civil War is over. These two focuses allow Spain to ally   Portugal and create the Latin Bloc which also allies with   Vichy France,   Italy and other Iberian countries if they are available.
Join the Allies/Adopt the 26 Points Sub-branch
Once the Spanish Civil War is over, it allows   Nationalist Spain to join the   British or   American faction, which gives naval bonuses, factories, boosts national recovery and removes the "Recovering From Civil War" national spirit. It adds a research slot. The Adopt the 26 Points sub-branch leads to a section that is shared with   Carlist Spain. The   Nationalist Spain exclusive section allows Francisco Franco to become dictator for life and leads to focuses that allows the sending of volunteers and wargoals against   France and the   United Kingdom.
  Utilize the Intellectuals Branch
This branch is shared between the   Nationalists and the   Carlists. It gives a research slot.
Restore the Monarchy Sub-branch
These focuses can only be selected after the Spanish Civil War is over. If the   Nationalists take this branch, Alfonso XIII becomes leader of the  Non-Aligned party. If the   Carlists take this branch, it fulfills the choice made in the Settle the Succession Question focus and creates the Kingdom of Spain. Jaime IV replaces Alfonso XIII if the focus is not taken by February 28, 1941. The rest of the branch gives air buildings and forts on naval bases. These focuses must be taken by   Nationalist Spain in order to unlock the wargoal for Gibraltar and West Africa.   Carlist Spain cannot take the focuses following these.
 Supremacy of the Communion Branch
This branch allows the   Carlists to prepare insurrections in the civil war, gain army bonuses, gain air and army research bonuses and civilian factories. This path will force the   Falangists to declare war making another faction to fight against in the civil war.
Settle the Succession Question Sub-branch
After the Spanish Civil War, this sub-branch allows   Carlist Spain to chose between Alfonso XIII or Javier I as King of Spain. Jaime IV replaces Alfonso XIII if the focus is not taken by February 28, 1941. It also gives naval research bonuses, a research slot and war goals against the   United Kingdom, the   Netherlands,   Belgium,   Luxembourg, the   United States,   Cuba and the   Philippines. If France has Alphonse I as King, they may decide to become a Spanish Puppet. Otherwise, Spain gets a wargoal.   Portugal may also chose to be annexed and cored by Spain or give wargoals.


Republican SpainEdit
Main article: Republican Spanish national focus tree

The Nationalist Spanish national focus tree can be divided into 12 sections. 1 pre civil war branch leading into 3 main branches and 2 shared branches. A post civil war sub-branch can be split from each of these branches. The post civil war Communist Branch can be divided into 2 separate sub branches:

The Popular Front Branch
This pre-Spanish Civil War branch gives Republican Spain army battalions when the Civil War begins as well as disadvantages to the   Nationalists. It also gives political power. These focuses take longer than the Nationalist pre-war focuses so it is in the player's best interest to extend the pre-civil war preparations until all the focuses are complete (The final focus will start the civil war).
 Regional Defense Council of Aragon Branch
The  Anarchist branch of the focus tree allows beneficial modifiers to the   Anarchist Society national spirit as well as the special  Collectivized Society economy law and "Council" government advisors. This branch also creates an Anarchist civil war in   Portugal which may lead to its annexation and coring of all its core states.
Torchbearers of Tomorrow Sub-branch
Once the Spanish Civil War is over,   Anarchist Spain may rebuild its economy in preparation for future wars. This branch also gives bonuses to war goal justification time and decisions to create anarchist uprisings in foreign nations as well as the coring of states with high compliance.
  International Brigades/Seize the Gold Reserves Branch
This branch is shared between   Anarchists and   Communists. It allows a weekly manpower boost during the civil war, the seizure of gold reserves for factory output and factories and will lead to another front against the rival ideology within the Republican side of the Civil War. It is required in order to progress through the focus tree.
Collective Recovery Efforts Sub-branch
Once the Civil War is over, Spain can take the   Collective Recovery Efforts focus in order to progress to the rest of the post civil war focuses. The other two focuses give bonuses to the navy.
 The Anti-Fascist Worker's Revolution Branch
The  Communist Branch of the focus tree splits into two sections. The left path allows the creation of a  Communist alliance against the   Soviet Union and the creation of   The Spanish Commune. This allows the ability to take the focuses shared with the   Anarchists and the All Must Do Their Part Sub-branch. The right path allows the alliance with the   Soviet Union and the creation of   The People's Republic of Spain. This allows the ability to take the focuses shared with the   Republicans and the Red Bulwark in the West Sub-branch.The center of the branch is shared with both paths and allows bonuses in the industry. The Focus   Increase Arms Production may be taken by the   Republicans if they take the   Communists in the Government focus.
All Must Do Their Part Sub-branch
This post civil war sub-branch allows   The Spainish Commune to recover from the Spanish Civil War, make an alliance with other  Communist nations not in Asia, and get war goals against every European  Fascist nation,   Mexico and the   Soviet Union.
Red Bulwark in the West Sub-branch
This post civil war sub-branch allows   The People's Republic of Spain to try to increase its autonomy if it is a puppet of the   Soviet Union, gain war goals on   Portugal,   France and all other nations who sent volunteers to the   Nationalist side. This sub-branch is also shared with   Republican Spain if they take the   Communists in the Government focus and may be done before the civil war is over this way.
  Strengthen the Euzko Gudarostea Branch
This branch is shared between the   Communists and the   Republicans. It seeks aid from the   Soviet Union for the civil war and in return, Spain will become a puppet under them. It also creates a third faction in the civil war from the   Anarchists.
Soviet Recovery Aid Sub-branch
This post civil war sub-branch further increases military development if the Spain is still in a faction with the   Soviet Union.
 Maintain the Second Republic Branch
The  Democratic branch allows   Republican Spain to increase  Stability and military strength. It also asks   France's help in lend lease. Spain may   Oppose the Communists which leads to independence from the   Soviet Union and allows Spain to stay  . Spain may also allow   Communists in the Government which will allow Spain to become  Communist and take the   Increase Arms Production and the Red Bulwark in the West Sub-branch in the   Communist side of the focus tree.
Subvert Soviet Control/Stabilize the Nation/Restore Higher Education Sub-branch
This post civil war branch allows   Republican Spain to declare war for independence against the   Soviet Union with the aid of either the  Democratic nations or   Germany and   Italy. It also increases military capability and allows Spain to join in the war against the  Fascist majors.



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