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World Tension at 100%

World Tension represents the overall level of fear and anxiety that exists among the nations of the World. The number displayed can be between 0% and 100%. Total World Tension can be higher than 100%, but there are no additional effects beyond the 100% limit—the overflow instead acts as a "buffer" against events that decrease Tension.

The level of World Tension has several impacts on gameplay, in particular allowing or limiting political decisions, national focuses, and more. It is shown as an icon depicting Earth, with flames engulfing it more fully the higher current World Tension is. Generally, the higher the World Tension, the more popular support nations have for taking belligerent actions.


Impacts on world tensionEdit

Increase in world tensionEdit

The following increases the level of World Tension:

Decrease in world tensionEdit

The following can cause a decrease in World Tension:

Decay over timeEdit

World Tension is the sum of every positive and negative event that has occurred to date reduced by their decay. Each completed individual event will gradually decay toward 0 at .1 per month. Note that this also affects events which reduce World Tension, e.g. peace treaties reduce World Tension, but their effects decay just like aggressive events. World Tension events from countries at war do not decay.

For example, if your current World Tension list has:

  • 2% Germany Demanded Sudetenland
  • 16.7% Treaty of Valencia ending Spanish Civil War
  • -1.4% Italian Peace Treaty w/ Ethiopia
  • 0.6% Militarization of Rhineland
  • Total: 17.9%

The next month, World Tension will change to:

  • 1.9% Germany Demanded Sudetenland
  • 16.6% Treaty of Valencia ending Spanish Civil War
  • -1.3% Italian Peace Treaty w/ Ethiopia
  • 0.5% Militarization of Rhineland
  • Total: 17.7%


World Tension reduces the time (and cost) of justifying of wargoals by up to 50% at 100% World Tension.

Ideological effectsEdit

Different ideologies have different effects on World Tension—both in terms of generation and in terms of how much World Tension is needed to take certain actions.

Tension requiredEdit

Some national focuses can lower the threshold. Below you find the base threshold without any modifiers.

Action Ideology
Communist Democratic Fascist Non-aligned
Guarantee independence - 25% - 40%
Send volunteers - 50% - 40%
Join faction - 80% - 40%
Justify war goal - - - 50%
Declare War - 100% - 25%
Lend-Lease - 50% - 40%


World Tension threshold:

  • Comintern impact on tension threshold: -50%

Communist countries are not limited by World Tension.


Democracies cannot justify wargoals against other democracies.

Democracies have the most restrictive tension thresholds:

  • Allies impact on tension thresholds: −10%
  • Guarantee independence: 25%
  • Send volunteers: 50%
  • Join faction: 80%
  • Declare war: 100%
  • Send Lend-Lease: 50%


World Tension thresholds:

  • None.

Fascist countries are not limited by World Tension.


World Tension threshold:

  • Neutral faction impact on tension threshold: +10%
  • Guarantee independence: 40%
  • Send volunteers: 40%
  • Join faction: 40%
  • Justify war goal: 50%
  • Declare war: 25%
  • Send Lend-Lease: 40%

National focuses that impact world tension by countryEdit


  •  Rhineland +5
  •  Anti-Comintern Pact +2
  • Anschluss +10
  • Reassert Eastern Claims +3
  • Demand Sudetenland +3
  • Fate of Czechoslovakia +5
  • Danzig or War +5
  • War with France +5
  • Demand Slovenia +2
  • Second Ljubljana Award +2


  • Secure China +15


  • Claims on Yugoslavia +4

Soviet UnionEdit

  • Claim Sinkiang +2
  • Claim the Straits +2
  • The Comintern +1
  • Claims in Baltic +1
  • Baltic Security +1
  • Claims on Poland +3
  • Claim on Bessarabia +1

United KingdomEdit

  • Benelux Intervention +1
  • Scandinavian Intervention +1


  • Black Chamber Operation +1
  • Preemptive Intervention +1

World tension needed for national focusEdit

Some National Focuses can't be chosen unless world tension is above a certain limit. Most of them are also possible if the country is at war.

United KingdomEdit

5% 10% 20% 50%
General Rearmament Issue Gasmasks Military Training

United StatesEdit

With the 1.6 "ironclad" patch, the USA do not have hard world tension thresholds for national focuses. However, the Two Ocean Navy Act and Selective Training Act require higher support in Congress if world tension is lower than 50%.

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