HoI4 Dev Diary - Poland Focus Tree Rework Part 1/2

Hello everybody and welcome to another dev diary for the upcoming Barbarossa patch and yet to be announced DLC. Today I’m going to be talking about the first focus tree which is a rework of Poland.

Poland was first added as a free DLC on release for everyone titled "United and Ready" so as such what you see in this diary will be free for everyone once Barbarossa drops. Next diary we will continue on to cover the DLC parts of the focus tree, because the tree is a bit too large to cover in one go. Enjoy!

Poland is interesting because it is a hugely popular minor (it's roughly as popular as Spain and more popular than Greece). Yet it has a very difficult position sandwiched between Soviet and Germany, which tend to scare people off. Perhaps it's the challenge, or its critical role in WW2, or just the large amount of Polish HOI4 fans, you tell me.

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So, if we load up the tree we can see not only Ignacy Mościcki’s beautiful new portrait, but an entirely new tree.

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Let’s start with the industrial branch. In the old tree, the player would have to dredge through a lot of low-value research bonuses to get just a few extra factories, so many of those old focuses have been expanded with extra factories and bonuses. But, this branch is not just about getting free factories, Poland is on a tight schedule and must use her time well if she has ambitions of outlasting the Reich.

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Many industry focuses for Poland grant powerful but temporary bonuses towards consumer goods and construction speed so time the funding of your armement well to maximize the bonuses you’ll get.

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Poland was a nation with many problems in 1936, and one such problem was that their rail networks were disparate and disconnected; largely due to the fact that Poland had only a few decades prior been part of three different nations. Among many problems this caused for Poland, it also disrupted their agricultural supply networks, which resulted in the Peasant’s Strike of 1937.

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Beginning as mere whispers among the peasantry, if Poland fails to join the supply networks and enact major agricultural reform, they will be faced with a nasty peasant’s strike, damaging their stability, industry, and populace. Though on a tight schedule, Poland may pacify the countryside to delay this uprising, but until reform is enacted, the peasants will remain restless.

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Failing to enact reform entirely will result in a massive populist uprising, and a civil war is the last thing Poland needs. If Poland is to survive the Reich and the USSR, she must be united and ready.

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Moving on to another issue Poland had in the 30s; we have the Free City of Danzig! Danzig/Gdansk was in a unique and complicated position in this period. The city was simultaneously free and owned by no-one, an official Polish protectorate, and an international city partially run by the League of Nations. So representing Danzig/Gdansk as an on-map tag in 36 felt not quite right, so instead the city is demilitarized and Poland is incapable of accessing any of their factories, resources, or manpower.

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When the Nazi party took power in the city, it strangled Polish trade, so Poland begins the game with the “Embargoed Economy” trade law, similar to Undisturbed Isolation in the US but not nearly as harsh. To remove the Embargoed Economy, Poland must either develop a new trade port in Gdynia, gain a new port through conquest, or clamp down on Danzig.

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Attempting to seize control of Danzig will cause the city to begin a resistance, and Poland can fight that resistance through decisions and the usual resistance/compliance mechanics. With enough compliance, Poland will be able to ban the Nazi party and take permanent control of the city; ending the resistance, gaining access to all of Danzig’s resources, manpower, and industry, and finally being able to remove the embargoed economy.

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Failing to bring Danzig under control will result in the city rising up against you and appearing as a tag on the map. Failing to stamp out this uprising in time will cause the city to defect to the Reich.

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When either Gdynia or Danzig has become Poland’s major port, they gain access to the rest of their naval branch, granting dockyards, factories, and research bonuses.

Next up we have the old Prepare for the Next War branch, which has been expanded quite considerably since its original implementation. Poland now has access to Plan East and Plan West, military plans to fight the USSR and the Reich.

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Historically, Poland believed the USSR to be the greater threat and didn’t begin preparing Plan West until just two years before invasion. But, with the power of hindsight, the player can start either plan immediately after completing the Prepare for the Next War focus, and accumulate forts and construction bonuses along the border.

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However, until Plan West has been completed, Plan East cannot be begun and vice versa, but when complete, no further focuses from the branch may be taken.

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Finally, probably the part of the tree that has received the most love; the historical Polish political focus branch. Poland was not the united stable regime we had previously seen on release. Along with impending threats outside their borders, Poland was (like most authoritarian regimes) plagued with infighting and factionalism.

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The dictatorship was divided between the Castle lead by Ignacy Mościcki, the Sanation Right lead by Edward Rydz-Śmigły, and the Sanation Left led by Walery Sławek.

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Each branch of the Sanation has a series of focuses that can be completed for various bonuses and the player does not have to commit to one faction or the other right away. Rather, you can form your government with a multitude of policies from each of the three factions, but the longer you spend forming your government, the less time you have for other things like industry and plans East and West.

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Historical Poland will also have access to the April Constitution, the binding document of the Dictatorship. Though it begins weak, through collaboration with Sanations Left and Right, the Constitution will become a powerful bonus to Poland's politics. With all power consolidated in the President, you'll be able to change your laws and your cabinet with ease.

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Time isn’t your only opponent here though, each of the two factions will expect Mościcki to appease them by enacting their policies and giving them power. Every focus of the Left you complete will make the Right more irritated and vice versa. On top of that, both factions will passively gain irritation over time so spend too long without taking a side and you risk losing both to civil wars.

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Historically, Mościcki maintained control of the government until wartime, at which point it was agreed Śmigły would take control, but Poland failed to last long enough for this to take effect. However, if the player has appointed either Śmigły or Sławek as Chairman of Poland, the Sanation Right/Left can supercede the Castle and become the majority controller of the government. This enables some light alt-history within the historical branch, as well as unlocking new diplomatic options for Poland.

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Available to all three factions of the dictatorship is the Align With the West branch, which allows Poland to join the Allies as they were able to in their old tree.

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In the 30s, Lithuania was technically at war with Poland until the 1938 Polish ultimatum to Lithuania in which Poland demanded an end to the cold war over Vilnius. As well as being able to gain cooperation and eventually an alliance with Lithuania, Poland may also demand Lithuania’s annexation which can result in occupying Lithuania without the need for war, but take this focus with caution as it extends your frontline with the Axis.

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Lastly, the Romanian Bridgehead Strategy has now been moved to the diplomatic branch and allows Poland to bring Romania into the allies. Historically, Poland and Lithuania had an alliance prior to the war, and Poland can pursue this alliance closer, bringing Romanian guns to the Polish front.

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The Sanation Right exclusively has access to Polish Revanchism which has now been expanded into its own full branch. As well as being able to demand the annexation of Lithuania, the Right can pursue both a restored Commonwealth and fulfil the ambition of the Polish–Czechoslovak confederation.

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Lastly, the Sanation Left has access to an expanded Baltic Alliance path, allowing them to gain alliances with the Baltic states, Czechoslovakia, and Romania, and unlocking the newly expanded Between the Seas branch!

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(It's worth mentioning at this point that most focus icons are placeholder)

No matter which path Poland is pursuing, as long as Poland is not in a faction already, they will be able to realize the Intermarium ambition and create an alliance from sea-to-sea! All they need to do is be considered a major or be a faction leader already, and have a large army. At this point, Poland can be considered a real contender for a major alliance of their own.

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The old Between Seas focus was not really “between seas” so much as it was just a Baltic alliance, but now the first nation to be invited to the faction is Romania. After Romania has made their decision, the alliance can spread any direction; north into Scandinavia and the Baltics, and south into the Balkans. Though unlikely, an Italian alliance is not out of the question for Poland here, but some significant change in policy for either nation would be necessary to tempt the Italians away from the Axis.

That’s all for this one, next week we’ll be talking about Poland’s DLC-locked alternate history branches!
 
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The last theory makes a civil war with him surprisingly possible! Great bravo for modders and developers for digging into it :)

What about his leftist alignment? In the ending of his political career he was often contacting members of Polish Socialist Party (PPS). There were even rumors he was plotting with them a coup! That left alignment, in terms of possible coup in HOI4 Poland, is very accurate! I vote to leave it as it is :)
As a member of the PPS I'm pretty sure that our party wasn't planning a coup.
 
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Yes , yes, yes ... you also need to add a superman and Mickey Mouse to the available commanders. And the Ku-Klux-clan is missing among the political parties. Only then will there be full happiness. It's really a waste of time to comment on all the nonsense presented :(
 
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Better be glad Italy isn't reworked. When I look at what the developers are proposing for Poland, I don't know whether to laugh or cry o_O

Personally, in general, I love Polish rework despite the fact that, especially in the alternative roads part, some things are quite questionable and controversial, despite this they have done a great job.
 
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Im gonna be honest. I think the old Ignacy Mościcki portrait looked better. It was much more distinguishably him.

Personally I like the reduced portrait of the Polish leader Moscicki and I hope that one day they will do a much better rework of the portrait of the Japanese emperor Hirohito
 

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This is least interesting part of HOI4 game for me. All those national focus trees ... as for me it takes away realism from the game. At least for me.
 
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Hello! Super update about Poland.

I would like to add in connection with the Barbarossa patch a rather important topic, being the country of Romania. Romania was a country that made a difference in Barbarossa by its geographical position and the army, but in the game there are far fewer than or in reality. The game is a ww2 simulator and should have several alternative countries that have been involved or have had a major impact. Like Russia and Italy new focustrees and some balances. My dream is to see that Romania in Hoi has a great importance, through its history and through the deeds it did in the Second World War.

I think you can add a lot to Romania, as well as to focustree and events such as:
-To recover old territories to unite Dacia, Greater Romania, Romania Dodoloata, to recover territories that are many Romanians such as western Banat and to have claims if they lose them, to have the whole chain of Carpathian mountains starting from carphat Ruthenia.
-To have more alternatives, to be able to stop Antonescu from leaving Carol II to leave the country and to kill him so that the country will no longer have problems with money, if you bring the PNL to power to be corruption, if you bring communism to be different national spirits, to be more diversified each branch. If it is to go to PNL / FRN, it may be a desire to defend the Balkans not only by guaranteeing, bringing them into faction or making them puppet.
-To have more generals, a few are missing.
-Like Germany, Russia to be able to break up Romania through Moldova and Muntenia, a historical fact before joining, as in France to be able to break up Germany.
-To have new events, to be secret events, to be national new spirits.

I consider that Romania had a major impact with each decision and I think it should be taken seriously, plus it would make the game much more interesting. And I can come up with many ideas if you are going to change something :)
 

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Can you add oil production in lviv. Three where importent oil filds diuring the WW II. Germany and soviet union strongly argue about this region when Molotov Ribbentrop pract has been Remady to signed.
 
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Have you included Poland in the chain of events regarding interventions during the re-occupation of the Rhineland? Poland should be present on the side of France because in 1936, when Germany re-occupied the Rhine, Poland was the first to offer France a joint intervention in Germany in order to force the Reich to abide by the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. Historically, the French began to be dismayed by the Polish proposal because they decided not to defend their own interests, however, as we know, the player can choose a war with Germany over the border and the chain of events includes Great Britain which can support France. It should also include Poland as historically Poland would be involved in the conflict from the very beginning.
 
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Have you included Poland in the chain of events regarding interventions during the re-occupation of the Rhineland?
Poland proposed intervention, but in 1933! It was rather a bluff to make Germany sign non-aggression pact with Poland in 1934. During Rhineland remilitarization it was the opposite: France wanted to extend French-Polish defensive pact to gain support during intervention in Rhineland. But Poland was reluctant!

EDIT: After some investigation, thanks to Did.Dr.X, i gathered more information. Poland was willing to support France in attacking Germany, if France would react to Rhineland remilitarization. As France decided not to do so (UK denied support and army mobilization seemed as too expensive), Poland continued maintaining good relations with Germany.

Poland had a good relations with Germany. In 1938 Poland was seen as a secret German ally and indeed, German diplomacy was convincing Poland to join anti-Comintern pact. They wanted Poland as an ally to keep Soviets away.

Everything changed after Munich Agreement (Czechoslovakia partitioning). UK finally decided to stop Hitler's advance and signed defensive alliances with Poland on 31st March and 6th April 1939. Hitler was mad, he feeled betrayed and decided to destroy Poland before it geta too powerfull. Fall Weiss (plan of invasion into Poland) started to be planned on 11th April.
 
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Poland proposed intervention, but in 1933! It was rather a bluff to make Germany sign non-aggression pact with Poland in 1934. During Rhineland remilitarization it was the opposite: France wanted to extend French-Polish defensive pact to gain support during intervention in Rhineland. But Poland was reluctant!

Poland had a good relations with Germany. In 1938 Poland was seen as a secret German ally and indeed, German diplomacy was convincing Poland to join anti-Comintern pact. They wanted Poland as an ally to keep Soviets away.

Everything changed after Munich Agreement (Czechoslovakia partitioning). UK finally decided to stop Hitler's advance and signed defensive alliances with Poland on 31st March and 6th April 1939. Hitler was mad, he feeled betrayed and decided to destroy Poland before it geta too powerfull. Fall Weiss (plan of invasion into Poland) started to be planned on 11th April.
This is not true. In his book Secret Game of Power, Lech Wyledzski quoted testimonies in which both the Polish Military Attache and Józef Beck proposed to France that Poland should participate in a preventive attack in 1936 in connection with the rearmament of the Rhineland. Poland hoped that France would take the initiative, while the matter in Paris was not mentioned.
 
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This is not true.
You are right. One sentence from me was false, I've edited the original post with below information.
EDIT: After some investigation, thanks to Did.Dr.X, i gathered more information. Poland was willing to support France in attacking Germany, if France would react to Rhineland remilitarization. As France decided not to do so (UK denied support and army mobilization seemed as too expensive), Poland continued maintaining good relations with Germany.

It is still true Poland was keeping good relations with Germany. Poland was waiting untill UK will stop appeasement policy towards Germany. Polish diplomacy was very successfull in tricking Hitler into befriending Poland :)

BTW, did you mean that book? https://www.empik.com/tajna-gra-moc...o-1939-wyszczelski-lech,p1099700839,ksiazka-p
 
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