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Chapter One – Securing the Second Republic (January 1936 – May 1937)

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Chapter One – Securing the Second Republic
(January 1936 – May 1937)

Chwała Polsce!
(Glory to Poland)

Introduction

This game started out as a filler after one of my existing AARs finished (Civis Romanus Sum, EU-Rome) and another ended its gameplay phase (Talking Turkey, HOI3). I haven’t played HOI4 much and haven’t yet got the more recent DLCs and thought I’d just give Poland a go, to re-familiarise and see whether I wanted to fork out the hard-earned for the rest of the DLC.

I’ve set it to Regular difficulty, as I’m really just a novice at this particular game and set it for non-historical focuses. I then hit play and by the time I got to early-mid 1937, some interesting stuff had happened, so I started taking screenshots. Next thing I knew, I was planning a hopefully simple and fairly short AAR, my first in HOI4! This first chapter takes us up to that point.

I only (!) have two other AARs going (as games) at the moment and am planning to get back into an HOI3 mod, so hopefully this will be manageable. The format will be gameplay with a bit of historical side narrative. HOI4 seems more political and strategic than HOI3 with its national focus trees, but there will be some scope for following tactical battles if they are significant. Playing a regional power like Poland should keep that within a reasonable scale, I think.

I will deliberately keep chapters a fair bit shorter than in some of my ‘bigger’ AARs, to hopefully make it more digestible. Finally, I’ve played ahead far enough to know there is a story to tell and one that I want to tell. For those not familiar with my other works, I don’t abandon AARs early and leave people hanging, so you can be assured of that. That’s enough preamble, on with the story!

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January 1936 – the Polish Government

Eighteen years after the Great War, Poland sits at the centre of Europe, pitched as ever between two great powers who still may hold the fate of Poland in their hands. To the west, Germany, now styled the German Reich and under the leadership of the rabid Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler. To the east Russia, the old empire’s latest incarnation as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a den of Bolshevism full of Communist revolutionaries.

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As ever, Poland’s place in the world remains uneasy. The Second Republic – under the wise leadership of the very experienced President Ignacy Mościcki – must first be secured from internal threats before it can face the rest of the world with the strength it needs to survive.

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Ignacy Mościcki, President of Poland since 4 June 1926.

Mościcki was born on 1 December 1867 in Mierzanowo, a small village near Ciechanów, Congress Poland. After completing school in Warsaw, he studied chemistry at the Riga Polytechnicum. There he joined the Polish underground leftist organisation, Proletariat.

Upon graduating, he returned to Warsaw, but was threatened by the Tsarist secret police with life imprisonment in Siberia and was forced to emigrate in 1892 to London. In 1896 he was offered an assistantship at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. There he patented a method for cheap industrial production of nitric acid.

In 1912 Mościcki moved to Lviv (Polish: Lwów), in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria within the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where he accepted a chair in physical chemistry and technical electrochemistry at the Lviv Polytechnic. In 1925 he was elected rector of the Lwów Polytechnic (as it was now called), but soon moved to Warsaw to continue his research at the Warsaw Polytechnic. In 1926, he became an Honorary Member of the Polish Chemical Society.

After Józef Piłsudski's May 1926 coup d'état, on 1 June 1926, Mościcki, once an associate of Piłsudski in the Polish Socialist Party, was elected president of Poland by the National Assembly on Piłsudski's recommendation, after Piłsudski had refused the office for himself.

As president, Mościcki was subservient to Piłsudski and never openly showed dissent from any aspect of the Marshal's leadership. After Piłsudski's death in 1935, his followers divided into three main factions: those supporting Mościcki as Piłsudski's successor (the Castle), those supporting General Edward Rydz-Śmigły (the Sanation Right), and those supporting Prime Minister Walery Sławek (the Sanation Left).

In OTL, with a view to eliminating Sławek from the game, Mościcki concluded a power-sharing agreement with Rydz-Śmigły, which saw Sławek marginalized as a serious political player by the end of the year. As a result of the agreement, Rydz-Śmigły would become the de facto leader of Poland until the outbreak of the war, and Mościcki remained influential by continuing in office as president.

Mościcki was the leading moderate figure in the regime, which was referred to as the "colonels' government" because of the major presence of military officers in the Polish government. Mościcki opposed many of the nationalist excesses of the more right-wing Rydz-Śmigły, but their pact remained more or less intact.

We shall see what transpires in this ATL.

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The Polish army as deployed in January 1936. They would soon be divided into a western force (the 1st Army) and an eastern one (2nd Army).

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Political Developments: January 1936 to May 1937

The internal threats to Poland in early 1936 are real. The most pressing problem in January 1936 was the looming Peasants’ Strike. Only comprehensive agrarian reform would avert the severe disruption that was threatened.

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The 1937 peasant strike in Poland, also known in some Polish sources as the Great Peasant Uprising was a mass strike and demonstration of peasants organised by the agrarian People's Party (Stronnictwo Ludowe, or SL) and aimed at the ruling sanacja government. It was the largest political protest in the Second Polish Republic and it is estimated that several million peasants took part in the demonstrations.

There was significant violence from both the strikers and the brutal police reaction. It was getting out of hand and on 20 August 1937 the SL leadership decided to stop the strike. The police, at first shocked at the magnitude of the protest, took their revenge, ‘pacifying’ villages violently. This in return provoked the hatred of the villagers. Altogether, around 1000 people were sentenced to up to five years in prison.

The strike failed to shift the official balance of power, as sanacja remained in control. However, it strengthened the Polish peasant movement, and was seen by the peasant activists as a successful demonstration of force. SL activists wanted to organise another strike in 1938, but due to the deteriorating international situation and growing threat of German aggression, it was called off.

This became the President’s most important political priority in the early months of 1936. Mościcki would systematically implement a Four Year Plan, then pursue the improvements in rail services that would enable agrarian reforms to be implemented within the time frame required.

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Later in 1936, with the Peasants’ Strike successfully averted, the Left and Right Sanation factions would threaten to destabilise the control of Mościcki’s ‘centrist’ (relatively speaking) Castle faction. Forsaking other political, diplomatic or industrial courses, Mościcki would move to complete the April Constitution.

This would pave the way through the development of Polish militarism to consolidate the Sanation government and then solidify the base of the Castle faction. Following this, the Sanation Right would be placated, with its leader Rydz-Śmigły being nominated as ‘the Second Man of the State’. Mościcki then moved to lock in support for himself to maintain the current dictatorship that ruled Poland without elections or the interference of the Sjem.

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By early April 1937, this process of political consolidation would be complete, with Mościcki having avoided any serious disruption to the stability of the Second Republic. But it did mean that other economic, political, military and diplomatic reform had been delayed. Production remained comparatively weak, military research and construction slow, if steady.

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Foreign Developments: January 1936 to May 1937

The big news for Poland and indeed the rest of Europe in early 1936 was the outbreak of a revolt in Germany on 11 March 1936 by a Military Junta against Hitler’s Nazi regime. The Junta started with possession of the western half of Germany, the Nazi’s retaining Berlin and the east. Fighting would rage across Germany in the coming months.

Not all major events during this initial period are recorded here [at that point I wasn’t planning to make this an AAR], but two major international events were announced on 1 May 1936.

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Next, civil war broke out in Spain between the Republic and the Nationalists on 3 October 1936. By then, the tide of fighting had turned against Hitler and the war was declared over on 4 November 1936. Hitler was presumed dead, his regime killed or captured. The Military Junta, led by Field Marshal von Mackensen, now had sole control of the former Third Reich. By 1 May 1937, the war in Spain still raged, though the Nationalists were firmly in the ascendant.

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Anton Ludwig Friedrich August von Mackensen (born Mackensen; 6 December 1849), ennobled as "von Mackensen" in 1899, was a German field marshal. He commanded successfully during the Great War of 1914–1918 and became one of the German Empire's most prominent and competent military leaders. After the armistice of November 1918 the victorious Allies interned Mackensen in Serbia for a year.

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Field Marshal von Mackensen
Mackensen retired from the army in 1920; in 1933 Hermann Göring made him a Prussian state councillor. During the short Nazi era (1933-36), Mackensen remained a committed monarchist and sometimes appeared at official functions in his Great War uniform. During the German presidential election of 1932, Mackensen supported Paul von Hindenburg against Adolf Hitler, whose political skills he nevertheless admired.

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Mackensen and Hitler in 1935 during the Heldengedenktag in Berlin.
Mackensen's relationship to the Nazis remained ambiguous: he appeared in his black uniform at public events organised by the German government or the Nazi Party, such as the Day of Potsdam on 21 March 1933. On the other hand, he objected to the killing of Generals Ferdinand von Bredow and Kurt von Schleicher during The Night of the Long Knives purge of July 1934.

Hitler and Joseph Goebbels suspected Mackensen of disloyalty but refrained from taking action. Other senior NSDAP members also suspected him of disloyalty to the Third Reich, but nothing was proven against him. Until he pounced in March 1936.

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Also in 1936, there was a Communist revolution in Japan. Once the dust had settled, the Japanese Peoples’ Republic took over the Japanese Home Islands under Kyuichi Tokuda. Manchuria was taken over by former Chinese Emperor, Aisin Gioro Puyi, which became known as the Imperial Kwantung Territories, a Fascist government embracing Korea, Taiwan and Japan’s remaining Pacific possessions. Mengkukuo remained an independent and unaligned Fascist regime.

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13 May 1937 – a Stocktake

After the successful consolidation of the Polish dictatorship under Mościcki, his next step was into international relations. Poland would lean to neither the Fascists – whose fortunes in Germany and Japan had taken a massive blow during 1936, leaving Italy as its major European proponent – nor to the despised Communists, who were seemingly on the rise in Asia. Nor would an expansionist or imperialist course be taken, despite the dreams of some to revive the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth under the ‘between the seas’ movement.

Poland would throw in its lot with the Allies, led by the UK, its sole major power member at this time. This would bring both benefits and obligations, but Poland would need powerful friends if either Germany or Russia ever threatened her. By 13 May, this policy had been under development for a little over a month.

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A civil war had started in Mexico on 26 April 1937, apparently led by a Junta against the Mexican Republic. By 13 May the Junta seemed to be well on top already (40% in favour).

By this time, the standard Polish army division consisted of three brigades, each with three battalions. The one change since January 1936 had been to add an anti-tank battery to one of the brigades.

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The economy had been relatively under-developed during this time regarding reforms that may have assisted its expansion. There were ten military factories trying to remedy deficits in infantry and support equipment, guns for the new AT batteries and building up the Air Force’s fighter arm. Naval building had been completely ignored: it formed no part in Poland’s foreseeable military planning.

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Civilian industry was trying to slowly expand, though at times rail projects and new military factory production would be programmed during this period. Manpower reserves had built considerably following the political reforms of 1936-37.

Research on infantry and support techs had largely attained or were progressing to 1936 levels in most of the main or initial lines of research. Military trucks were under development, in the hope of later introducing motorised divisions.

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Some headway had been made in production research and more was coming. The fuel situation seemed comfortable for now, so no further research was being planned there. Some work had been done on artillery development, both the first generation AT guns and also for towed artillery, which the Polish Army intended to introduce widely in its infantry divisions in the near future.

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And so stood Poland on 13 May 1937. There were hopes that the Military Junta in Germany would take steps to reintroduce democracy in due course. Certainly, the developing threat they seemed to have posed to all their neighbours in the less than three years of Hitler’s ill-fated Nazi regime seemed to have ebbed considerably.

Poland now considered the USSR to be its most significant threat and those few new deployments made since the beginning of 1936 had been sent to the eastern border. If Germany continued along a peaceful and even democratic path, divisions currently stationed in the west may well be redirected there.

A faint drumbeat of war could be heard: was it distant, or nearer by but very faint as yet? Only time would tell where conflict might erupt and if it did, how Poland may be affected by it. For now, the country would be developed, the military gradually modernised and grown and stronger diplomatic links with Britain and the Allies forged.
 
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Interesting stuff! I've been expecting you to do a Polish AAR at some point, but HoI4 is a surprise. So far the non-historical mode seems...well, non-historical, for sure, but well see where things go from here. Hopefully Poland in this ATL fares better than the one in TT!

By then, the tide of fighting had turned against Hitler and the war was declared over on 4 November 1936. Hitler was presumed dead, his regime killed or captured. The Military Junta, led by Field Marshal von Mackensen, now had sole control of the former Third Reich.
Well, that's a new one. Realistically, would this mean Germany would not look to invade Poland, or is post-Great War revanchism too great a force to be stopped?

Also in 1936, there was a Communist revolution in Japan. Once the dust had settled, the Japanese Peoples’ Republic took over the Japanese Home Islands under Kyuichi Tokuda.
I see the 226 Incident took a sharp left turn.

Poland would throw in its lot with the Allies, led by the UK, its sole major power member at this time.
I rag on Paradox a lot, and I have little love for HoI4 as a game, but I will give credit to Paradox here for not automatically clumping France into the Allies as was done in HoI3. Little Entente when?

Will follow as long as the promise of shorter updates holds true, should be an exciting time. Will we see the return of some of our old friends from the annals of Hollywood classics?
 
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Following! Well, at least as well as I follow any AARs these days.
 
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Communist Japan, weird rump fascist states in Asia, German Civil War that the Nazis lose, this is definitely the HOI4 we have come to know and know. All of these changes are probably to Poland's benefit, if only because the historic focuses almost certainly end badly but with things off the rails there is at least the chance of success. I will still wish you good luck because Poland is bound to still need it!

Realistically
This word has no place in a HOI4 AAR.
, would this mean Germany would not look to invade Poland, or is post-Great War revanchism too great a force to be stopped?
You'd expect the former. But as this is a Paradox AAR I am leaning towards the later.
 
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I'd still be wary, as no matter who is in charge of Germsny and Russia, neither of them recongised the Polish border as it currently stands. So...be very afraid.
 
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What a fascinating, topsy-turvy world the game has thrown up. I for one quite like HOI4 in non historical mode (because why bother with the pretence in the first place, right?) so I’m excited to see where on Earth this starting situation goes next. As others have said, the various forks we’ve seen already seem broadly positive for Polish survival chances… but then this is Poland in the 1930s, so those chances still probably aren’t all that robust.

Fantastic to see a new project so soon, @Bullfilter, and glad to be able to get in on the ground floor! (No 600+ day catch-up period this time I hope…) Let’s see what fun to see there is to be had with our latest murky Eastern European strongman at the wheel. :D
 
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It's awesome to see your latest AAR, and it's off to a really great start! I'll be curious where the ahistorical mode takes you, since there are so many divergences already. Hopefully Poland will survive, and if not, I'm sure it will still be entertaining.
 
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Poland will stand!
 
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HOI4 in non historical is very special. I do enjoy it.
 
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Fun fact Mościcki always considered himself scientist and he wanted his name to join big chemists of the world.
Unfortunately he is universally known first as incompetent president of Poland and puppet of Sanacja regime.
Maybe you won't be able to fulfill his dreams of Science Nobel Prize, but maybe he won't be remembered as incompetent at least ;)
Or maybe someone different will take control in Poland and he won't be able to change his destiny will see...

Anyway excited for ahistorical Polish AAR ^^

But Japanese choosing communism (the worst done path in their tree) doesn't bode well...
for them xd
 
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Fun fact Mościcki always considered himself scientist and he wanted his name to join big chemists of the world.
Unfortunately he is universally known first as incompetent president of Poland and puppet of Sanacja regime.
Maybe you won't be able to fulfill his dreams of Science Nobel Prize, but maybe he won't be remembered as incompetent at least ;)
Or maybe someone different will take control in Poland and he won't be able to change his destiny will see...

Anyway excited for ahistorical Polish AAR ^^

But Japanese chosing communism (the worst done path in their tree) doesn't bode well...
for them xd

Not if he becomes the father of Polish atomic theory...
 
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From my (admittedly limited) experience of this game in full ahistorical mode we should be in for a real rollercoaster ride! :D

I would like to think the overthrow of Hitler will change the fate of Europe dramatically, and hopefully in Poland's favour, but as we've seen already seen in Germany, Japan and Mexico, just about anything goes... and it's only 1937.

Given your customary attention to detail, hopefully this journey will also be quite instructive for relative newcomers to HOI4, like myself. Who knows - you might inspire me to take another crack at it.
 
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Please, please tell me that this is the AAR where the great leaders meet at a quaint inn to partition Poland and this is overheard: Stalin to his staff "Smell. Little Adie has skid marks in his fruit of the looms." Hitler to his staff "Smell. Joey Boy is still not house trained." Good Luck and I will travel Poland with you for the next five years.
 
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Thanks everyone, friends old and new, for the great reaction to the first chapter. I'll do a first round of comment reactions now, though those familiar with my 'AAR cycle' will be aware I have a couple of others going that also need their share of love and attention. But there's quite a bit of material for this one ready to be converted into chapters and I'm keeping them shorter, so will intersperse this with the other two AARs (plus the 'post-AAR phase' of Talking Turkey) to keep the gap between updates reasonable.

Interesting stuff! I've been expecting you to do a Polish AAR at some point, but HoI4 is a surprise. So far the non-historical mode seems...well, non-historical, for sure, but well see where things go from here. Hopefully Poland in this ATL fares better than the one in TT!
Yes, I've been wanting to do a Poland piece, but this HOI4 foray is as surprising to me as it was to you! :D I decided to make it into an AAR precisely because the start seemed way more promising from the crash and burn I'd been expecting, because of that rapid Nazi implosion. Whether and for how long Poland's luck lasts in this radically different ATL remains, of course, to be seen.
Well, that's a new one. Realistically, would this mean Germany would not look to invade Poland, or is post-Great War revanchism too great a force to be stopped?
At this point in the story, we don't know yet. And being almost entirely unfamiliar with HOI4 and the details of its focus-driven event chains, I have even less ability to predict Germany's future course than a seasoned player would. Which I rather like, hence having gone along this ahistorical path in the first place..
I see the 226 Incident took a sharp left turn.
I'll need to look that one up.
I rag on Paradox a lot, and I have little love for HoI4 as a game, but I will give credit to Paradox here for not automatically clumping France into the Allies as was done in HoI3. Little Entente when?
My feelings to date have been similar. But this game has been fun enough so far, even though later on I do witness some rather strange and silly AI behaviour.
Will follow as long as the promise of shorter updates holds true, should be an exciting time. Will we see the return of some of our old friends from the annals of Hollywood classics?
I so solemnly pledge. In fact, I'll be limiting each chapter to a certain amount of word doc pages and will just pick an appropriate place to conclude each one. There will be some things from TT that will be similar in the treatment of the material. Apart from the game play reporting (which will cut out a lot of the additional material I might have included in TT), there will be historical vignettes and pix like in TT (both things that might have happened in universe, plus OTL contrasts in the 'on these days' format to help illustrate the divergences), but they will be more Poland-focused.

But the big movie/play/made up dramatic spin-offs would, alas, blow out the length too much I think, for what I have planned. So at this stage, I don't plan any of those: they will remain idiosyncratic to TT. :) With all respect, we won't be dipping our beaks in that well of inspiration this time! :D
Following! Well, at leat as well as I follow any AARs these days.
Thank you! I'll try to keep the episodes as easily consumable as possible.
Communist Japan, weird rump fascist states in Asia, German Civil War that the Nazis lose, this is definitely the HOI4 we have come to know and know. All of these changes are probably to Poland's benefit, if only because the historic focuses almost certainly end badly but with things off the rails there is at least the chance of success. I will still wish you good luck because Poland is bound to still need it!
Indeed, it seems so, inexperienced though I am. These divergences already recorded, and some more that follow, do at least seem to give Poland the opportunity to survive longer than they did in OTL, or in most HOI3 games. But time will tell if this continues.
This word has no place in a HOI4 AAR.
Haha, yes! One reason I like the ahistorical approach is that one can discard all that pesky baggage about the game being a 'realistic' rendition of a historical WW2. We can just let rip, see what happens, and just compare it ... to itself. ;)
You'd expect the former. But as this is a Paradox AAR I am leaning towards the later.
This is something I hope, but don't expect. Especially knowing so little of the game in general, let alone with historical focuses off. More fun for all!
I'd still be wary, as no matter who is in charge of Germsny and Russia, neither of them recongised the Polish border as it currently stands. So...be very afraid.
Sound advice, no doubt.
What a fascinating, topsy-turvy world the game has thrown up. I for one quite like HOI4 in non historical mode (because why bother with the pretence in the first place, right?) so I’m excited to see where on Earth this starting situation goes next. As others have said, the various forks we’ve seen already seem broadly positive for Polish survival chances… but then this is Poland in the 1930s, so those chances still probably aren’t all that robust.
I agree, and as mentioned above it was what mainly led me to turn it into an AAR. And yes, as also noted if we're going ahistorical, it absolves us of the need to criticise 'unrealistic' outcomes! Well, within reason, anyway. ;) More will soon be seen of the whacky ATL world spawned by this already divergent start.
Fantastic to see a new project so soon, @Bullfilter, and glad to be able to get in on the ground floor! (No 600+ day catch-up period this time I hope…) Let’s see what fun to see there is to be had with our latest murky Eastern European strongman at the wheel. :D
Thank you very much. It's interesting to be posting in a game forum that is still subject to a current game. My CK2 AAR started that way, but was of course superseded, while the HOI3 and EU-Rome ones were already vanishing into history when I started them.
It's awesome to see your latest AAR, and it's off to a really great start! I'll be curious where the ahistorical mode takes you, since there are so many divergences already. Hopefully Poland will survive, and if not, I'm sure it will still be entertaining.
Many thanks. Yes, glory can be found in both victory and defeat - and in Poland's case, even survival. I hope to make the ride entertaining, however long it may last.
Poland will stand!
Huzzah!
HOI4 in non historical is very special. I do enjoy it.
:)
Fun fact Mościcki always considered himself scientist and he wanted his name to join big chemists of the world.
Unfortunately he is universally known first as incompetent president of Poland and puppet of Sanacja regime.
Maybe you won't be able to fulfill his dreams of Science Nobel Prize, but maybe he won't be remembered as incompetent at least ;)
Or maybe someone different will take control in Poland and he won't be able to change his destiny will see...
Chemists, pianists, poets etc. All make for 'interesting' heads of state! I never really knew or heard much of Mościcki prior to starting this AAR, so I'm learning as I go. External events and some 'wise guidance' may well make him more of a success than he was seen to be in OTL. For however long he lasts!
Anyway excited for ahistorical Polish AAR ^^
So am I. Some of my longer term readers know I have a special connection to Poland, my late father having been born there in the immediate lead-up to WW2. I don't speak any Polish myself, my father never did at home and my Mum was English, both meeting in Australia where they each came a few years after the war ended. Little wonder then I've opted to align to the UK, aside from any game considerations ;)

I have no special or overly detailed historical or cultural knowledge of Poland, but do feel that connection nonetheless. So doing this AAR is a chance for me to experience an alternate version of the years my father went through in person, having remained in Poland throughout WW2.

Any ahistory is likely to be better for Poland than the one it went through in actuality! :(
But Japanese choosing communism (the worst done path in their tree) doesn't bode well...
for them xd
Right, it does seem a precarious choice, though I suppose it means their relations with the Soviets and Communist China are likely to be better! But they've lost all the land and resources they used to own in China, of course.
From my (admittedly limited) experience of this game in full ahistorical mode we should be in for a real rollercoaster ride! :D
No more limited than my own, I'm sure. :D But yes, what I've seen so far indicates that seatbelts should definitely be worn!
I would like to think the overthrow of Hitler will change the fate of Europe dramatically, and hopefully in Poland's favour, but as we've seen already seen in Germany, Japan and Mexico, just about anything goes... and it's only 1937.
Me too, you'd think so. No guarantee, but it couldn't be worse than OTL Nazis, you'd think. And just wait for the next major development ... :eek:
Given your customary attention to detail, hopefully this journey will also be quite instructive for relative newcomers to HOI4, like myself. Who knows - you might inspire me to take another crack at it.
The detail will hopefully not go overboard, but maybe it will give you something of an entrée into the game (as it was when I installed my last HOI4 DLC, which only includes Together for Victory, Waking the Tiger and Man the Guns). We can learn a bit more (perhaps too from more expert commentAARs) together as we go along.
Please, please tell me that this is the AAR where the great leaders meet at a quaint inn to partition Poland and this is overheard: Stalin to his staff "Smell. Little Adie has skid marks in his fruit of the looms." Hitler to his staff "Smell. Joey Boy is still not house trained." Good Luck and I will travel Poland with you for the next five years.
Haha, Hitler never made it that far! He went down to an unlamented death in a hail of bullets in November 1936. Stalin is still around though ... great to have you along for the ride, my friend!

To All: It will be a few days more at least before I update again, as I progress through my other AARs. So more time for any new comments, though as per above I'll try to keep this one moving along nicely so there's not too great a gap between episodes.
 
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Chemists, pianists, poets etc. All make for 'interesting' heads of state! I never really knew or heard much of Mościcki prior to starting this AAR, so I'm learning as I go. External events and some 'wise guidance' may well make him more of a success than he was seen to be in OTL. For however long he lasts!
Chemists, pianists, poets... painters? ;)
Jokes aside people like that often have some sort of imagination and diferent view on the world (good, bad or insane it depends) than typical politicians or military officers leading countries
Polish Technocracy anyone? :p
 
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