Hearts of Iron IV - 32nd Development Diary - 6th of November 2015

Hearts of Iron IV - 32nd Development Diary - 6th of November 2015

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another development diary for Hearts of Iron IV. This week have been rather focused as we are closing in on the beta milestone. Today we’ll take a deep look at USA.

The United States is one of the largest countries in the world in 1936, but the only major power outside eurasia. They control several islands in the pacific, and the Philippines is a puppet. All of the americas is guaranteed by USA at the start as well. Obviously the USA's states don't fit 1 to 1 on a game-mechanic-concept, so some lesser states have been merged.



When it comes to resources, the americans live in abundance. They have more than enough of Oil, Steel, Tungsten and Aluminium, and will profit greatly from their exports in the early game. They lack rubber and chromium, but Chromium can be gotten from Cuba and rubber from Brazil, augmented by synthetic production.

USA starts with two national spirits.
  • The Great Depression, costing 1 PP every day, until removed in the 1940 election.
  • Home of the Free, which allows them to create factions, but not to join any faction led by another ideology.
The US also have disarmed nation & undisturbed isolation as laws from the start, which needs to be changed to unleash their power.

The US Army is not that strong at the start, with 36 divisions, and about half of them being basically garrison brigades.

The Navy is relatively strong, with 3 carriers, 15 battleships, 15 heavy cruisers, 9 light cruisers, 115 destroyers and 77 submarines, but that is just a fraction of the power they will be able to unleash when they have built up.

The airforce is not that big, with less than 900 planes in it, and not yet any B-17’s available .

The focus tree for USA is big and gives plenty of options.
  • Issue War Bonds - Allows for powerful bonuses, but only possible if at war with another major.
  • WPA & War Propaganda - Targeted buildups depending on which country USA ends at war with.
  • Air War Plans Division - What to focus the US Airforce on?
  • Bureau of Ships - How to strengthen the US Navy.
  • Reaffirm Monroe Doctrine - Turning entire americas into democracies that like the US, with possibilities to create pro-democratic civil wars.


Next week we'll be explaining why its a bad idea to tell 40 mechanized divisions to attack the Gobi desert.
 

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Next week we'll be explaining why its a bad idea to
What do you mean by that? Did you forgot something in the end, since a period is missing? Or do you mean the Monroe Doctrin?

Edit: Ah yes, it got edited. Supply/Attrition Dev Diary for next week, very nice.
 
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FIRST YAY!!!!


EDIT:


Bollocks


Again :oops:



On a serious note. There's been a reasonably interesting debate about the Tizard Mission and how important it was for the USA to get a leg-up in certain important military technologies in which they were lagging* behind.


Will this be represented in, in any way, in HoI IV?

Or...


Will the USA continue to be over-powered in their research capability as in previous HoI?


*note: lagging, NOT lacking guys ;)
 
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A bad idea to what? [Edit - Thanks. The Gobi desert? There is a wall in the way right?

Sounds like a supply DD coming next week. Thanks for the information on the US today. Looks good]
 
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Johan probably referred to pro-democratic civil wars. So the next diarry will be about civil wars.

Edit: he didn't :)
 

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Since the question will be asked about guarantees.... it's worth pointing out that guarantees no longer come into effect if both sides of a war are guaranteed by you. So this means that the nations inside the US sphere of guarantees are protected from external attacks, but does not limit internal wars between nations. This should make playing a south american minor a lot more interesting than before!
 

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very cool. it looks like the USA has the most options of choosing which side to back.

and next week...SUPPLY DD!!!!!
 

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Can the Great Depression National Spirit be removed prior to 1940 if the US ends up in a war against another great power prior to 1940?
 

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btw....one the first screenshot...why do some states have green borders and others red...it that the supply overlay?
 

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Next week we'll be explaining why its a bad idea to tell 40 mechanized divisions to attack the Gobi desert.
Supply DD confirmed !!!! Hope so :D

One of the things that is really getting me stoked for this is that countries other than Germany look fun to play. Hope the AI and navy system makes this play out, especially the Pacific theatre.


Also, can't resist, even though it's not the time... but the more I see, the more I think HoI4 has a great Cold War expansion in it. Like seeing a bow in a log- the Cold War and timeline expansion looks like it's ingrained in this.