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    Some question about "Otto Hahn"

    Otto Hahn is considered a chemist but dont has chemistry skill in game.
    And his ideology is anti-Nazi why he is available in 1936~1939?

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    He worked as a researcher in Berlin right up to 1945, so it is correct to have him available as a TT. He may not have liked the political situation, but he continued with his research.
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    Mind you, Otto Hahn represents not him alone, but does include Lise Meitner and Fritz Straßmann too. They were pioneering nuclear research in the late 1930s along with Fermi, and were the first to discover nuclear fission. His background was indeed chemistry, but his main research was focused on radioactive research, notably radioactivity and radiochemistry. As such I've been the driving force to include his team as a nuclear research team. Giving it the chemistry trait is overkill IMHO, as there were better labs (with much larger staff for starters). In contrast, nuclear research was still in it's infancy, so pioneering work.
    In 1938 most Jewish researchers were trying to leave Germany, and so did Lise Meitner, who deserves half the credit for the groundbreaking work regarding nuclear fission (although Hahn got the Nobel laureate for it). This meant two things: the team was hurt badly in it's researching capability, and Hahn carried on with the results of their nuclear fission findings. He never got involved in military use of nuclear physics (nor wanted to). As nuclear research discovery takes a definite military swing from then on (Einstein's letters to the president), his team is dropped from the roster from 1939 onward.
    Werner Heisenberg (remarkably having a Jewish background) then takes over the baton. I still consider him to be overpowered as a nuclear research team, as his main area of expertise was quantum mechanics, and the efforts of his research team and others (Heereswaffenamt Versuchsstelle under Kurt Diebner, Reichsforschungsrat amongst others) weren't really cooperating between each other, but rather competing against each other. As such the HWA might actually be a better pick there. But Hahn (and Meitner) deserve their spot in early German nuclear research, which is the driving force for their inclusion.
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    What a detailed answer - just proves how much thought went into this mod, amazing.
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    Maybe we can give germany radioactive isotope '36 research blueprint for Hahn's advancing research
    or give him chemistry skill when he is only available in 1936~1938.
    There is only one tech about chemistry and nuclear engineering in 1936~1938.
    Other techs about chemistry and nuclear are after 1944.

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    Actually, Hahn was playing catch-up in 1936... Fermi was ahead of the pack at the time. Which is Italy does have that blueprint you're suggesting. Hahn is a high-skill team (certainly better than Weisenberg), in order to actually make that leap forward. But we don't want Hahn to do anything but nuclear research. Giving him a chemistry skill might make him suitable for other research areas too, though I haven't actually checked. And, as stated before, there are some big chemistry firms available as chemical tech teams, representing large research labs and massive funding. In that respect IG Farben is in a league of it's own in Germany's case... Compared to that Hahn is nothing but a 'lone wolf', who happens to do pioneering work in nuclear physics/chemistry, still in it's infancy. So did he have knowledge of chemistry? Most certainly. Does that warrant a high-skill chemistry tech team? Most certainly not IMHO.
    What we could do is add a special event to give Germany a blueprint later on, but personally I'd like to see Germany make the effort rather than getting a freebee. They made that very same effort in real life too.
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