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The Hohenzollern Empire 4
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Götterdämmerung

Trotsky.


Gandhi.


Zhu.


And Hohenzollern.
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For nine hundred years, the Roman Reich of the Hohenzollerns has endured. Through barbarian invasions, deadly plagues, ambitious generals, corrupt politicians, vile heretics, and godless equalists, the Empire of the Romans and its ideals have survived and thrived.

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It is the year of our Lord 1936. The last century had been one of momentous change, both good and bad. The Industrial Revolution swept the world, bringing new technologies and lifestyles with it. The Reich led the way in industrialization, forging a global capitalist economy which brought millions out of poverty and obscurity.

The forces of nationalism shaped the geopolitical landscape, bringing down older empires and bringing new empires to prominence. In 1868, following the Expedition of the Thousand which brought down the Tran Dynasty of Vietnam, the three (formerly four) Chinese dynasties lining the Pacific Ocean officially united under Ming leadership into the Chinese Empire, which with its new industrial strength and manpower came to challenge the Reich's global hegemony.

There was a dark side to the winds of modernity coming with industrialization. New weapons of war, far deadlier than any previous weapons, were invented and put to use. Industrial warfare ravaged the entire world in the Weltkrieg from 1914 to 1918, destroying empires that had lasted for centuries and bringing the Reich to its knees. In the aftermath of the war, dangerous ideologies took root in the defeated and exhausted nations.

The red tide of equalism took root in the remains of the old Tsardom of Russia, which became the Commune of Socialist Soviet Republics, or Soviet Commune, and soon planted roots down in North Eimerica. The Roman-aligned Kingdom of Kanata, the Fox Empire, and the Reich's ancient enemy, the Triple Alliance, all fell victim to the scourge in the chaos of the year 1926.
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The other ideology sweeping the world was fascism. Starting in the Mongol Tsardom of Yavdi, which after the war was invaded and conquered by the Soviet Commune, fascism spread out into South Asia and South Eimerica, where dictators such as Inca Roca Yupanqui, Wolde Tzaddick, Reza Khan, Mohandas Gandhi rose to power, promising the masses a return to glory.
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These two ideological factions desire nothing more than conquest and expansion, to force their ideals upon the rest of the world, to take the Reich's hegemony for themselves.
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The Chinese Empire, which had survived the war largely intact, has restored some semblance of its prewar global influence. Its Tianxia Alliance now promoted an alternative to the Reich's meritocratic status quo, the Soviet Commune's equalism, and the Indian Raj's fascism in the form of liberal parliamentary democracy. With the Reich still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression, the Chinese Empire under the nationalist Chancellor Wang Jingwei is poised to achieve its ambitions to dominate all of Asia and the Pacific.
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Not even the Reich was spared the horrors of the post-war era. It had been immobilized by a general strike in 1926 that allowed equalism and fascism to branch out and again in 1929 when its stock markets crashed, causing the worldwide Great Depression. The war claimed the lives of no less than two Kaisers of the Romans, bringing a child to the imperial throne. That child, Kaiser Otto I, is now of age, but he inherits a broken empire. The prosperity his predecessors, Sigismund II, Franz Joseph I, and Karl I, enjoyed is gone. Massive unemployment has put millions of citizens out of work. But that is not the only problem that Otto faces in his reign.

During his regency, an ambitious politician and general named Markos Angelos rose to power, becoming the "Regent for the Regent" while Regents Chancellor Paul von Hindenburg and Field Marshal Erich Ludendorff commanded the imperial legions in the war. He soon started imposing his own will over the empire, passing legislation that ran contrary to the Reich's meritocratic spirit. The Augustinian Code, the Reich's legal code which protected each citizen's rights regardless of gender, race, religion (except for Christian heresies) or social standing, came under attack for the first time in its five-hundred-year existence. While he was quickly forced from power upon Hindenburg's and Ludendorff's return to Berlin in 1921, the Great Depression and Chancellor Hindenburg's death in 1934 returned him to power and expanded his influence significantly. In 1936, Angelos now commands the loyalty of millions of citizens who are convinced that the meritocratic system has failed them.

The Hohenzollern dynasty had risen to power in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, in one generation going from the margraves of a small village to the most powerful family in all of central Europe, in another to the indisputed rulers of all of Europe and western Christendom, and in another to the unchallenged rulers of all of a united Christendom. They survived the thirteenth-century invasions of the Triple Alliance and the Mongol Empire and emerged stronger than ever. Within another two centuries they had established colonies throughout Africa, South Eimerica, and Southeast Asia, and by the 18th century they had ended the barbarian threats at their source. In the 19th century, the two main branches of the Hohenzollern dynasty--the liberal democratic Maximists and the meritocratic Siegfriedist-Nikephorans--went to war with each other, with the latter emerging triumphant and ensuring the survival of the meritocratic system. As the Reich leaves the golden days of the Imperial Century and heads forth into an uncertain future, the Hohenzollerns are faced with their greatest challenge yet. With a new global war on the horizon, they shall decide the fate of the world over the next ten years...or die trying.

Equalism, Fascism, Democracy, or Meritocracy.

Soviet Commune, Indian Raj, Chinese Empire, or Roman Reich.

Who shall emerge victorious from the chaos of Götterdämmerung?






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Hello, and welcome to "The Hohenzollern Empire 4," the fourth stage of my Hohenzollern Roman Empire megacampaign, which was begun in CKII and played through EUIV and Victoria II. This will be the final stage of the traditional megacampaign, but I hope to take the story further into the future with Victoria II's New World Order mod and possibly Stellaris, though I do not currently own Stellaris.

In the CKII portion of the story, the (custom) Hohenzollern dynasty, aided by their allies and (somewhat) loyal vassals the Habsburgs and the real Hohenzollerns (designated in this AAR as Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen) conquered, crusaded, and inherited their way to claim the imperial thrones of the Greeks and Germans, but battled for centuries against the barbarian hordes from the east and west for the very survival of Christianity and the new Roman Empire.

In the EUIV segment, the barbarian hordes have been defeated for good, and the Reich progressed into first the Age of Exploration and the Renaissance and then into the Enlightenment. Colonies have been established all across the world, and the barbarians have been defeated and crushed in their own homelands.

In the Victoria II installment, the Reich quickly caught on to the winds of industrialization blowing out of Vietnam and led the world into the industrial revolution, ushering an era of (mostly) peace known as the Imperial Century. Much of Africa and South Eimerica were brought under Berlin's control, expanding the empire to a size no previous empire ever reached. However, this era was not without its problems. The barbarian empires continued to collapse, inviting dangerous ideologies to take root in their lands. The various Chinese dynasties united together under one banner which rapidly became a force to be reckoned with.

The Weltkrieg and its horrendous slaughter ended the Imperial Century for good along with countless other kingdoms and empires. As old ideas faded away, new ones took their places. Fascism and equalism grew in popularity, sweeping away ancient regimes in North Eimerica, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia and replacing them with horrifying totalitarian dictatorships. Even the Hohenzollerns have ran into their own set of problems, obstacles that they must overcome to ensure their empire's continued existence.

Will the equalists depose the Hohenzollern monarchy and bring godless equalist freedom to the oppressed proletariat? Will Gandhi and his Axis minions develop weapons of terrifying power and bring their enemies to their knees? Will China succeed in restoring the Sinocentric world order and bring "balance" to All Under Heaven? Will the People's Alliance of Red Altepetls try to restore the glory of the Acatl monarchy it overthrew and seek vengeance against its enemies in Cusco, Michigan, Tejas, and Berlin? Or will the Hohenzollerns overcome their problems and save the world from the terrors of the far left and right? The next ten years will determine the fate of the world for decades, if not centuries, to come.

I will attempt to limit my own expansion (no declaring war on anybody without an appropriate event or decision), and console commands/save reloading/save editing will be used for balance, better immersion, AI advantages, glitches, crashes, and other emergency situations. In test runs of HOI3 and gameplay for this AAR I have found that crashes are more frequent than in other Paradox games, forcing me to reload from an autosave frequently. I apologize for any inconveniences in narrative this may cause.

I will also attempt to disable all attempts by the AI to manually declare war; they can declare war when the relevant event or decision fires for them. As such, this AAR will likely be highly railroaded for the sake of plot. However, to my knowledge it is impossible to completely prevent the AI from manually declaring war, so there may be some restarts when the AI does so at the wrong time.

I should also point out that this is my first game of HOI3 ever, so some advice would be helpful. I plan to use my inexperience to balance out the insane advantages the Reich starts with.

I hope you'll enjoy the next stage of our journey.

Saints Wilhelmina and Gunhilda, grant us victory in battle.
~Zen

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Technical details: I am playing on the latest patch with all major DLCs/expansion packs.

Credit(s):Thanks to @CzokletMuss for giving me the inspiration for the character Markos Angelos and to do a Roman megacampaign. Without them I would not have arrived at where I am now.
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Table of Contents

Chapters are arranged in in-universe chronological order, not posting order. To avoid spoilers, I recommend starting with "Prologue." Please let me know if the links are incorrect.

Friedrich I "the Great" (1066-1105)
Chapter 10: Bicentennial (1066-1105)

Friedrich II "the Glorious" (1105-1126)
Chapter 13: Saint Gunhilda, the Maid of Kujawy (1118-1125)

Wilhelmina I "the Saint," or Saint Wilhelmina, Isapostolos (1126-1192)
Chapter 15: Saint Wilhelmina, the Mender of the Schism (1126)
Chapter 17: Saint Wilhelmina, the Hunter (1126-1133)
Chapter 19: Saint Wilhelmina, the Poet (1135-1151)
Chapter 21: Saint Wilhelmina, the Enlightened One (1126-1151)
Chapter 23: Saint Wilhelmina, the Warrior Empress (1151-1160)
Chapter 25: Greek Fire, Part 1 (1161)
Chapter 27: Greek Fire, Part 2 (1161)
Chapter 29: Greek Fire, Part 3 (1162)
Chapter 31: Saint Wilhelmina, Gunhilda's Daughter (1162-1174)
Chapter 33: Saint Wilhelmina, the Final Years (1174-1192)

Wilhelm I "the Lionheart" (1192-1199), Wilhelm II "the Magnificent" (1199-1237), and Wilhelm III "the Hammer" (1237-1243)
Chapter 35: The Three Wilhelms Period and the Beginning of the Thirteenth Century Crisis (1199-1243)

Siegfried I "the Hunter" (1243-1261)
Prologue: First Contact (1236-1246)
Chapter 1: Enemy at the Gates (1246-1251)
Chapter 2: Worcester and Gloucester (1251)
Chapter 3: War in the Near East (1251-1259)
Chapter 4: The Wrath of (Temur) Khan (1259-1261)

Sigismund I "the Holy" (1261-1308)
Chapter 5: Protection Through Victory (1261-1275)
Chapter 6: The Holy Kaiser (1275-1300)
Update 6: The Known World in 1300
Chapter 7: The Silk Road and the Great Plague (1300-1304)
Chapter 8: The Stag (1304)
Chapter 9: Sigismund the Holy and the Dragon of Marrakech (1301)
Chapter 11: Holy, Roman, and an Empire (1305-1308)

Friedrich Augustin I "the Just" (1308-1347)
Chapter 12: The August Kaiser (1308-1313)
Chapter 14: Rise of the Ottomans (1317-1327)
Chapter 16: The Just Kaiser (1327-1347)

Reinhard I ('the Mad Kaiser') (1347-1353)
Chapter 18: Reinhard, the Mad Kaiser (without a nickname) (1347-1353)

Friedrich Augustin II "the Hammer" (1353-1378)
Chapter 20: The Last Horde; Or, The Iron Khan (1353-1357)
Chapter 22: Fire-lances and Thunder-sticks (1357-1362)
Chapter 24: The End of the Augustiad (1362-1378)
Martin I "the Noble" (1378-1418)
Chapter 26: The Wrath of Timur (Khan) (1378-1395)
Chapter 28: Persepolis (1395-1400)
Update 28: The Known World in 1400
Chapter 30: 300 (1400-1418)
Friedrich Augustin III "the Lion," or "the Reformer" (1418-1444)
Chapter 32: Friedrdich Augustin III and the Giant of Napoli (1418)
Chapter 34: The Lion Kaiser (1418-1421)
Chapter 36: Second Contact (1422)
Chapter 37: In the Beginning (c.950-c.1010)
Chapter 38: Wilhelm III's Revenge (1422-1430)
Chapter 39: The Mexica "Crusade" (1430-1435)
Chapter 40: The Pointless War and the Reforms of 1436 (1436-1440)
Chapter 41: The Last Malian Crusade and the Reforms of 1440 (1440-1442)
Chapter 42: The Reforms of 1442 (1442)
Chapter 43: Feudal Life (1443-1444)
Chapter 44: The End... (1 2 3 4 5 6) (1444)
Epilogue: ...Of the Beginning (November 10, 1444) [End of CKII installments]
Chapter 45: No Longer Necessary (1444)
Friedrich Augustin IV, "the Last Crusader" (1444-1466)
Chapter 46: Traianos's Rebellion (1444)
Chapter 47: Blood in the Water (1444-1448)
Chapter 48: The Timurid War (1448-1452)
Chapter 49: Rounding the Cape (1452-1464)
Chapter 50: The First Malaya Expedition (1464-1466)
Friedrich Augustin V, "the Explorer" (1466-1494)
Chapter 51: Heresy (1466-1467)
Chapter 52: Prospering Times (1467-1470)
Chapter 53: The Voyages of Kristoff Eimerich, Part 1 (1470)
Chapter 54: The First Lapland Krieg (1470-1472)
Chapter 55: The Voyages of Kristoff Eimerich, Part 2 (1472)
Chapter 56: Northern Chaos (1472-1476)
Chapter 57: The Spice Must Flow (Some More) (1476-1480)
Chapter 58: The Discovery of the Far East, Part 1 - The Voyages of Wolfram Ferdinand(1480-1483)
Chapter 59: The Discovery of the Far East, Part 2 - The Voyages of Heinrich Arndt(1483-1484)
Chapter 60: The Discovery of the Far East, Part 3 - The Voyages of Heinrich Arndt(1484-1489)
Chapter 61: The Kokkand War (1489-1494)
Wolfram I, "the Fair" (1494-1539)
Chapter 62: The Girl Who Heard Angels (1494)
Chapter 63: The Woman Who Killed Angels (1494)
Chapter 64: The Conquest of Malaya (1494-1498)
Chapter 65: The Known World in 1500 (1498-1500)
Chapter 66: Revolution in the Heavens and On Earth (1500-1504)
Chapter 67: The Second Lapland Krieg (1504-1507)
Chapter 68: Delenda Est Malacca (1507-1513)
Chapter 69: Disaster in Africa (1513-1518)
Chapter 70: Fairness for (almost) All (1518-1531)
Chapter 71: The Expeditions of La Malinche (1501-1525)
Chapter 72: Around the World...or Not (1531-1539)
Wilhelmina II, "Heaven-Sent" (1539-1569)
Chapter 73: Full Circle (1539-1542)
Chapter 74: The Fourth Lapland Krieg (1542-1548)
Chapter 75: Zunset (1548-1556)
Chapter 76: Out of Air (1556-1564)
Chapter 77: The Persian Menace (1564-1569)
Victoria I, "the Old," "Angel-Touched" (1569-1573)
Chapter 78: Attack of the Zoroastrians (1569-1573)
Martin II, "the Dutch-Man" (1573-1595)
Chapter 79: Revenge of the Sayyids (1573-1581)
Chapter 80: The Interwar Period (1581-1591)
Chapter 81: Vengeance (1591-1592)
Chapter 82: Ambition (1592-1595)
Chapter 83: Betrayal (1595)

Malcolm Bethune, "the Black," "the Usurper," "the Terrible," "the Tyrant," "the Cruel," "[REDACTED],"etc. (1595-1596)*
Chapter 84: Suspicion (1596)
Chapter 85: Madness (1596)
Chapter 86: Purge (1596)
Chapter 87: Chaos (1596)
Chapter 88: Anarchy (1596)
Chapter 89: Revolution (1596)
Chapter 90: Der Untergang (1596)

Sophia I, "the Restored," "the Righteous" (1596-1603)
Chapter 91: Restoration (1596-1599)
Chapter 92: The Known World in 1600 (1600)
Chapter 93: The New Century (1600-1603)

Friedrich Augustin von Arbon, "the (False) Regent" (1603)*
Chapter 94: Bloodless (March-May 1603)

Friedrich III, "the Merciful" (1603-1616)
Chapter 95: War and Peace (1603-1611)
Chapter 96: The Desert War (1611-1615)
Chapter 97: The Jungle War (1615-1616)

Otto von Habsburg, regent for Frederica Augusta I (1616-1618)*
Chapter 98: Purity (1616-1618)

Frederica Augusta I "the Absolute," "the Enlightened Despot" (1618-1668)
Chapter 99: Aristocracy (1618-1626)
Chapter 100: Inquisition (1626)
Chapter 101: The Inquisition Strikes Back (1626)
Chapter 102: The Synod, Part 1 (1626)
Chapter 103: The Synod, Part 2 (1626)
Chapter 104: The Synod, Part 3 (1626)
Chapter 105: Honor and Truth (1626-1627)
Chapter 106: Crackdown (1627-1629)
Chapter 107: The Eighth Lapland Krieg (1629-1631)
Chapter 108: War (1631)
Chapter 109: Conversion (1631-1636)
Chapter 110: Retaliation (1636-1641)
Chapter 111: Revelation (1641/1666)
Chapter 112: Civil War (1641-1643)
Chapter 113: The Devil You Don't Know (1643)
Chapter 114: More and More Rebels (1643-1646)
Chapter 115: Lublin (1646-1648)
Chapter 116: War and More War (1648-1651)
Chapter 117: Nightfall (1651-1652)
Chapter 118: Midnight, Part 1 (1652)
Chapter 119: Midnight, Part 2 (1652)
Chapter 120: Midnight, Part 3 (1652-1656)
Chapter 121: A Desert Skirmish (1656-1663)
Chapter 122: The First Commonwealth War (1663-1666)
Chapter 123: Pruthenian Hussars (1666-1668)
Chapter 124: Defeating the Undefeated (1668)

Sophia II "the Liberator" (1668-1684)
Chapter 125: Limes (1668-1675)
Chapter 126: The Eimerican Wars of Independence (1675-1677)
Chapter 127: Freedom and Apologies (1677-1680)
Chapter 128: Devastating Peace (1680-1684)

Victoria II "the Emancipator" (1684-1714)
Chapter 129: The Third Commonwealth War (1684-1689)
Chapter 130: Eastern Chaos (1689-1694)
Chapter 131: Hegemony (1694-1699)
Chapter 132: The World in 1700 (1700)
Chapter 133: Intervention in the Eimericas (1700-1706)
Chapter 134: The Glorious War (1706-1711)
Chapter 135: Absolutism (1711-1714)

Wilhelmina III "the Victorious" (1714-1740)
Chapter 136: Yet Another Persian War (1714-1726)
Chapter 137: The Fifth Commonwealth War (1726-1731)
Chapter 138: Suez and Kiel (1731-1740)

Frederica Augusta II "the Enlightened" (1740-1760)
Chapter 139: The Sixth Commonwealth War (1740-1749)
Chapter 140: The Height of the Enlightenment (1749-1760)

Victoria III, "Nahua-Slayer" (1760-1791)
Chapter 141: The Seventh Commonwealth War (1760-1769)
Chapter 142: Sunrise Invasion, Part 1 - Blitzkrieg (1769-1772)
Chapter 143: Sunrise Invasion, Part 2 - Containment (1772-1778)
Chapter 144: Recovery (1778-1787)
Chapter 145: The Eighth Commonwealth War (1787-1791)

Frederica Augusta III "the Winter Soldier" (1791-1803)
Chapter 146: Pragmatic Sanction (1791-1793)
Chapter 147: Clash of Giants (1793-1797)
Chapter 148: East Against West (1797-1800)
Chapter 149: The World on the Verge of Modernity (1800)
Chapter 150: Musicians and Diplomats (1800-1804)

Klemens von Metternich*, Reichskanzler, and Nikephoros von Hohenzollern, Megas Domestikos of the Imperial Legions, Regents for Siegfried II (1803-1807)
Chapter 151: Revolution (1803-1807)

Siegfried II "the son of Nikephoros," (1807-1825)
Chapter 152: The War of 1814 (1807-1816)
Chapter 153: Tipping the Balance (1816-1825)

Sigismund II "the Modernizer" (1825-1847, 1854-1861)
Chapter 154: Protection Through Defeat (1825-1835)
Chapter 155: The New Augustinian Code (1835)
Chapter 156: An Imperial Century, Part 1 (1835)
Chapter 157: An Imperial Century, Part 2 (1835)
Chapter 158: An Imperial Century, Part 3 (1835)
Chapter 159: An Imperial Century, Part 4 (1835)
Chapter 160: An Imperial Century, Part 5 (1835)
Chapter 161: The Sun Never Sets (1835) [End of EUIV installments]
Chapter 162: Census (1 January 1836)
Chapter 163: The (First) Final Finland War (1 January 1836 - 13 March 1836)
Chapter 164: The (First) Last Commonwealth War (13 March 1836 - 14 August 1836)
Chapter 165: Conference (14 August 1836)
Chapter 166: Peaceful Expansion (14 August 1836 - 2 January 1838)
Chapter 167: The Siberian "Botanical" Expedition, Part 1 (1 May 1837)
Chapter 168: The Age of Liberalism and Nationalism (2 January 1838 - 8 January 1839)
Chapter 169: The Para Crisis (8 January 1839 - 22 November 1839)
Chapter 170: Insurgencies and Revolutions (22 November 1839 - 29 April 1841)
Chapter 171: Action and Reaction (30 April 1841 - 2 September 1842)
Chapter 172: The Siberian "Botanical" Expedition, Part 2 (22 June 1842)
Chapter 173: War in the Old and New World (3 September 1842 - 11 September 1843)
Chapter 174: From Siberia to the Pacific (11 September 1843 - 24 November 1844)
Chapter 175: The Pacific "Botanical" Expedition, Part 1 (12 September 1843)
Chapter 176: The Beginning of the End (24 November 1844 - 19 May 1845)
Chapter 177: The Maximist War, Part 1 - The Revolution is Here (19 May 1845 - 18 November 1845)
Chapter 178: The Maximist War, Part 2 - The Fall (18 November 1845 - 18 February 1846)
Chapter 179: The Maximist War, Part 3 - Counter-Attack (18 February 1846 - 15 October 1846)
Chapter 180: The Maximist War, Part 4 - The Last Stand (15 October 1846 - 4 July 1847)

Maximilian I "the Unready" (1847-1848)
Chapter 181: Power to the People (4 July 1847 - 3 February 1848)

(First) Roman Civil War (disputed ruler) (1848-1854)
Maximist claimant: Maximilian I (ruling through Ministerprasident Konrad von Habsburg)
Siegfriedist claimant: Sigismund II (advised by Reichskanzler Klemens von Metternich)

Chapter 182: The Siegfriedist War, Part 1 - Opening Moves (3 February 1848 - 20 November 1848)
Chapter 183: The Siegfriedist War, Part 2 - The Liberation of the Isles (20 November 1848 - 14 December 1849)
Chapter 184: The Siegfriedist War, Part 3 - Footholds (14 December 1849 - 9 September 1850)
Chapter 185: The Siegfriedist War, Part 4 - Relentless Advance (9 September 1850 - 24 June 1851)
Chapter 186: The Siegfriedist War, Part 5 - Anarchism and the Home Front (24 June 1851 - 13 July 1852)
Chapter 187: The Siegfriedist War, Part 6 - Circling Vultures (13 July 1852 - 22 July 1853)
Chapter 188: The Siegfriedist War, Part 7 - The Last Offensive (22 July 1853 - 5 June 1854)
Chapter 189: The Siegfriedist War, Part 8 - Charge of the Light Brigade (5 June 1854 - 12 September 1854)

Sigismund II "the Modernizer" (1825-1847, 1854-1861)
Chapter 190: Reconstruction (12 September 1854 - 16 May 1855)
Chapter 191: Absolute Power (16 May 1855 - 23 February 1858)
Chapter 192: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 1 (11 March 1858)
Chapter 193: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 2 (12 March 1858)
Chapter 194: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 3 (13 March 1858)
Chapter 195: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 4 (14 March 1858)
Chapter 196: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 5 (14 March 1858 - 22 March 1858)
Chapter 197: Evolution and Revolution (22 March 1858 - 1 May 1860)
Chapter 198: Protection in Victory, Again (1 May 1860 - 21 August 1861)

Franz Joseph I "the Enlightened," "the Cursed" (1861-1916)
Chapter 199: The Sino-Vietnamese War (21 August 1861 - 29 November 1864)
Chapter 200: Adventures in Aegyptus (29 November 1864 - 5 April 1866)
Chapter 201: Three Hurrahs for China (5 April 1866 - 2 January 1868)
Chapter 202: Rise of the Dragon (2 January 1868 - 4 January 1870)
Chapter 203: Drang nacht Suden (4 January 1870 - 17 April 1872)
Chapter 204: The Trickster (17 April 1872)
Chapter 205: The Specter of Equalism (17 April 1872 - 30 December 1875)
Chapter 206: The Great Eimerican War, Part 1 (30 December 1875 - 2 November 1876)
Chapter 207: The Great Eimerican War, Part 2 (2 November 1876 - 2 July 1877)
Chapter 208: The Great Eimerican War, Part 3 (2 July 1877 - 10 June 1878)
Chapter 209: The Great Eimerican War, Part 4 (10 June 1878 - 18 April 1879)
Chapter 210: The Trials, Part 1 (18 April 1879)
Chapter 211: New Eimerican Order (18 April 1879 - 22 March 1881)
Chapter 212: The Fall of Bismarck (22 March 1881 - 11 July 1883)
Chapter 213: Ex Occidente Lux (11 July 1883 - 11 December 1885)
Chapter 214: The Trials, Part 2 (11 December 1885)
Chapter 215: Lock up the Darkness (11 December 1885 - 31 December 1885)
Chapter 216: State of the World in 1886, Part 1 - The Roman Reich and its Neighbors (1 January 1886)
Chapter 217: State of the World in 1886, Part 2 - China, Asia, and the Eimericas (1 January 1886)
Chapter 218: Meanwhile (1 January 1886)
Chapter 219: The Second Great Eimerican War (1 January 1886 - 10 February 1888)
Chapter 220: The (Second) Final Finland War (10 February 1888 - 30 September 1889)
Chapter 221: Bismarck's Revolution (30 September 1889 - 12 February 1891)
Chapter 222: Years of Innovation (12 February 1891 - 6 January 1893)
Chapter 223: Pass the Torch (6 January 1893 - 13 July 1894)
Chapter 224: Die Wacht Am Siam (13 July 1894 - 20 January 1895)
Chapter 225: A Conspiracy (20 January 1895 - 11 June 1897)
Chapter 226: The Year of Death (11 June 1897 - 1 March 1898)
Chapter 227: The Turn of the Century (1 March 1898 - 1 January 1900)
Chapter 228: The World in 1900 - The Unabridged Story of the Roman Reich, A Critical Edition (1 January 1900)
Chapter 229: The World in 1900 - The Rise of the Dragon (1 January 1900)
Chapter 230: The World in 1900 - The Empire of Surya (1 January 1900)
Chapter 231: The World in 1900 - The "Viking Caliphate" in the Modern World (1 January 1900)
Chapter 232: The World in 1900 - The Tsardom of Russia (1 January 1900)
Chapter 233: The World in 1900 - The Dual Monarchy of Lithuania and Ruthenia (1 January 1900)
Chapter 234: The World in 1900 - Yavdi, or, 'The Aberration that Should Not Be' (1 January 1900)
Chapter 235: The World in 1900 - The Shahdom of Persia (1 January 1900)
Chapter 236: The World in 1900 - The Mayapan Kuchkabal (1 January 1900)
Chapter 237: The Destiny of Kaffa (1 January 1900 - 16 March 1900)
Chapter 238: (Relative) Normalcy (16 March 1900 - 11 September 1902)
Chapter 239: Prizes, Submarines, and Tractors (11 September 1902 - 22 February 1905)
Chapter 240: The Seven Hundred Year Reich (22 Feburary 1905 - 31 May 1906)
Chapter 241: The Shape of Things to Come (31 May 1906 - 28 August 1909)
Chapter 242: Tempting Fate (28 August 1909 - 11 December 1910)
Chapter 243: Rising Tensions (11 December 1910 - 1 January 1913)
Chapter 244: The Last Days of the Old Order (1 January 1913 - 28 June 1914)
Chapter 245: The Summer Crisis, Part 1 - A Spark Lit (28 June 1914)
Chapter 246: The Summer Crisis, Part 2 - Perfidious Lithuania (30 June 1914)
Chapter 247: The Summer Crisis, Part 3 - The July Ultimatum (30 June 1914 - 9 September 1914)
Chapter 248: The Summer Crisis, Part 4 - The Polish Incursion and the End of the Concert of Eurasia (9 September 1914 - 17 September 1914)
Chapter 249: The Summer Crisis, Part 5 - Peace's Last Chance (17 September 1914 - 28 September 1914)
Chapter 250: The Summer Crisis, Part 6 - A Fire Burns (28 September 1914 - 1 October 1914)
Chapter 251: The World at War, Part 1 - Iron and Blood (1 October 1914 - 2 November 1914)
Chapter 252: The World at War, Part 2 - Stalemate (2 November 1914 - 14 December 1914)
Chapter 253: The World at War, Part 3 - The Shadow War (14 December 1914 - 18 Februrary 1915)
Chapter 254: The World at War, Part 4 - Vilnius (20 Februrary 1915)
Chapter 255: The World at War, Part 5 - Twilight of the Gods (20 Februrary 1915 - 8 May 1915)
Chapter 256: The World at War, Part 6 - Grodno (8 May 1915 - 2 July 1915)
Chapter 257: The World at War, Part 7 - Drive to the East (2 July 1915 - 2 October 1915)
Chapter 258: The World at War, Part 8 - Graveyard of Empires (2 October 1915 - 16 January 1916)
Chapter 259: The World at War, Part 9 - Hail to the Ras (16 January 1916 - 19 May 1916)
Chapter 260: The World at War, Part 10 - The Enlightened Kaiser (19 May 1916 - 7 June 1916)

Karl I "the Blessed," "the Peacemaker," "the Short-Reigned" (1916-1917)
Chapter 261: The World at War, Part 11 - The Turk Revolt (7 June 1916 - 2 December 1916)
Chapter 262: The World at War, Part 12 - Setbacks (2 December 1916 - 1 January 1917)
Chapter 263: The World at War, Part 13 - The Kaiser's Speech (1 January 1917 - 3 January 1917)

Chancellor Paul von Hindenburg*, Megas Domestikos Erich Ludendorff*, and Acting Chancellor Markos Angelos* (Fall 1917 - December 1922), Regents for Otto I (1917- 1929)
Chapter 264: The World at War, Part 14 - Revolution in Spring (3 January 1917 - 16 March 1917)
Chapter 265: The World at War, Part 15 - Cracks in the Wall (16 March 1917 - 22 May 1917)
Chapter 266: The World at War, Part 16 - The Summer Offensive (22 May 1917 - 31 July 1917)
Chapter 267: The World at War, Part 17 - Revolution in September (31 July 1917 - 28 September 1917)
Chapter 268: The World at War, Part 18 - Uncommonwealth (28 September 1917 - 28 November 1917)
Chapter 269: The World at War, Part 19 - The End in Sight (28 November 1917 - 16 January 1918)
Chapter 270: The World at War, Part 20 - Fall of Empires (16 January 1918 - 5 April 1918)
Chapter 271: The World at War, Part 21 - Offensive in Spring (5 April 1918 - 27 June 1918)
Chapter 272: The World at War, Part 22 - Peace with Honor (27 June 1918 - 18 July 1918)
Chapter 273: The Eleventh Hour (18 July 1918 - 3 October 1918)
Chapter 274: Brave New World (3 October 1918 - 2 January 1920)
Chapter 275: The Year 1920 (2 January 1920 - 3 January 1921) and The Turk's Dilemma (3 January 1921 - 5 November 1921)
Chapter 276: Crisis in Mitteleimerica (5 November 1921 - 13 October 1922)
Chapter 277: Poetic Justice (13 October 1922 - 22 December 1922)
Chapter 278: The Kolkata Putsch (22 December 1922 - 1 January 1925)
Chapter 279: Flower Wars (1 January 1925 - 1 January 1926)
Chapter 280: The First Winter War (1 January 1926 - 3 June 1926)
Chapter 281: The Revolutions of 1926, Part 1 (3 June 1926 - 16 October 1926)
Chapter 282: The Revolutions of 1926, Part 2 (16 October 1926 - 14 June 1927)
Chapter 283: Otto (14 June 1927)
Chapter 284: War and Peace (14 June 1927 - 4 April 1928)
Chapter 285: Eimerican Anarchy (4 April 1928 - 6 November 1928)

Otto I (1929 - )
Chapter 286: Yellow Dragon, Purple Phoenix (6 November 1928 - 7 January 1929)
Chapter 287: Black Tuesday (7 January 1929 - 2 February 1929)
Chapter 288: The Great Depression (2 February 1929 - 2 May 1930)
Chapter 289: Left and Right (2 May 1930 - 27 April 1931)
Chapter 290: The New Normal (27 April 1931 - 2 January 1932)
Chapter 291: Bombs over Kolkata (2 January 1932 - 15 October 1932)
Chapter 292: Downward Spiral (15 October 1932 - 3 October 1933)
Chapter 293: Marching Beneath the Eagle's Wing (3 October 1933 - 28 May 1934)
Chapter 294: The Volksfuhrer and the Neta (28 May 1934 - 13 February 1935)
Chapter 295: The Close of the Imperial Century (13 February 1935 - 30 November 1935)
Chapter 296: The World in 1935 (30 November 1935 - 31 December 1935)
Chapter 297: The Investigation (25 December 1935 - 30 December 1935)
Chapter 298: The Operation (30 December 1935 - 31 December 1935)
Chapter 299: Paradise Lost (31 December 1935)
Chapter 300: Götterdämmerung (31 December 1935 - 1 January 1936) [end of Victoria 2 installments]
Chapter 301: Down to Earth (1 January 1936)
Chapter 302: New Year (1 January 1936)
Chapter 303: An Incident in Kashmir (1 January 1936 - 1 January 1937)
Chapter 304: Red January (1 January 1937)
Chapter 305: Imperial Ambitions (1 January 1937 - 24 April 1937)
Chapter 306: The Hindenburg (24 April 1937 - 7 May 1937)
Chapter 307: The Kaiserin of the Sky (7 May 1937 - 2 July 1937)
Chapter 308: Recovery (2 July 1937 - 2 September 1937)
Chapter 309: Sambandh (2 September 1937 - 4 October 1938)
Chapter 310: The Broadcast (4 October 1938 - 3 November 1938)
Chapter 311: In Defense of the Empire (3 November 1938 - 17 March 1939)
Chapter 312: Call to Arms (17 March 1939 - 1 May 1939)
Chapter 313: Messenger of God (1 May 1939 - 8 May 1939)

Second Roman Civil War (disputed ruler) (1939 - 1944)
Reich side: Otto I (advised by Reichskanzler Franz von Papen)
Imperium side: Franz Ferdinand I (1939 - 1941), Wilhelm IV (1941 - 1944) (ruling through Volksfuhrer Markos Angelos (1939 - 1944), Erich Raeder (1944))

Chapter 314: The Debacle (8 May 1939 - 11 May 1939)
Chapter 315: State of Emergency (11 May 1939 - 4 June 1939)
Chapter 316: Striking Back (4 June 1939 - 9 June 1939)
Chapter 317: Covert Operations, Part 1 (9 June 1939)
Chapter 318: Covert Operations, Part 2 (9 June 1939 - 13 June 1939)
Chapter 319: Covert Operations, Part 3 (13 June 1939)
Chapter 320: Pyrrhic Victories (13 June 1939 - 2 July 1939)
Chapter 321: A War in Summer (2 July 1939 - 23 July 1939)
Chapter 322: Summer of Discontent (23 July 1939 - 2 September 1939)
Chapter 323: Fall in Autumn (2 September 1939 - 3 October 1939)
Chapter 324: On the Offensive (3 October 1939 - 1 January 1940)
Chapter 325: The Betrayal (1 January 1940 - 18 January 1940)
Chapter 326: The Uprising (18 January 1940 - 20 January 1940)
Chapter 327: Stab in the Back (20 January 1940 - 28 March 1940)
Chapter 328: Futility (28 March 1940 - 24 May 1940)
Chapter 329: Breakdown (24 May 1940 - 27 August 1940)
Chapter 330: Defiance (27 August 1940 - 1 January 1941)
Chapter 331: Eight Million Bayonets (1 January 1941 - 27 February 1941)
Chapter 332: The Siege (27 February 1941 - 3 March 1941)
Chapter 333: The Visitor, Part 1 (3 March 1941)
Chapter 334: The Visitor, Part 2 (3 March 1941)
Chapter 335: The Visitor, Part 3 (3 March 1941)
Chapter 336: The Visitor, Part 4 (3 March 1941)
Chapter 337: The Visitor, Part 5 (4 March 1941 - 8 March 1941)
Chapter 338: The Visitor, Part 6 (8 March 1941 - 2 April 1941)
Chapter 339: The Visitor, Part 7 (2 April 1941 - 8 April 1941)
Chapter 340: The Visitor, Part 8 (8 April 1941 - 9 April 1941)
Chapter 341: The Visitor, Part 9 (9 April 1941 - 10 April 1941)
Chapter 342: The Visitor, Part 10 (10 April 1941 - 25 April 1941)
Chapter 343: The Visitor, Part 11 (25 April 1941 - 4 June 1941)
Chapter 344: The Visitor, Part 12 (4 June 1941 - 7 June 1941)
Chapter 345: The Visitor, Part 13 (7 June 1941 - 8 June 1941)
Chapter 346: The Visitor, Part 14 (8 June 1941)
Chapter 347: The Visitor, Part 15 (8 June 1941)
Chapter 348: The Visitor, Part 16 (9 June 1941)
Chapter 349: The Visitor, Part 17 (9 June 1941)
Chapter 350: The Visitor, Part 18 (9 June 1941 - 10 June 1941)
Chapter 351: The Visitor, Part 19 (10 June 1941)
Chapter 352: The Visitor, Part 20 (11 June 1941 - 14 June 1941)
Chapter 353: The Visitor, Part 21 (14 June 1941 - 22 June 1941)
Chapter 354: The Visitor, Part 22 (22 June 1941 - 17 October 1941)
Chapter 355: The Visitor, Part 23 (17 October 1941 - 7 December 1941)
Chapter 356: The Visitor, Part 24 (7 December 1941 - 8 December 1941)
Chapter 357: The Visitor, Part 25 (8 December 1941)
Chapter 358: The Visitor, Part 26 (8 December 1941)
Chapter 359: The Visitor, Part 27 (9 December 1941)
Chapter 360: The Visitor, Part 28 (9 December 1941 - 10 December 1941)
Chapter 361: Their Finest Hour (10 December 1941 - 14 April 1942)
Chapter 362: I Burn Your Face (14 April 1942 - 12 June 1942)
Chapter 363: Resilience (12 June 1942)
Chapter 364: The Desert Fox (12 June 1942 - 1 October 1942)
Chapter 365: Mobilis in Mobili (1 October 1942)
Chapter 366: The Great Crusade (1 October 1942 - 1 January 1943)
Chapter 367: City of Dreams (1 January 1943 - 2 January 1943)
Chapter 368: Verteidigung (2 January 1943 - 7 June 1943)
Chapter 369: The Mysterious Island (7 June 1943 - 8 June 1943)
Chapter 370: Dragonslayer (8 June 1943 - 26 November 1943)
Chapter 371: Patan (26 November 1943 - 12 December 1943)
Chapter 372: Total War (12 December 1943 - 20 January 1944)
Chapter 373: Taking a Stand (20 January 1944 - 23 January 1944)
Chapter 374: Operation Raven (23 January 1944 - 4 March 1944)
Chapter 375: Vengeance (4 March 1944 - 6 March 1944)
Chapter 376: Steel, Blood, and Fire (6 March 1944 - 28 March 1944)
Chapter 377: Resistance (28 March 1944 - 31 March 1944)
Chapter 378: Watch on the Rhine (31 March 1944 - 3 May 1944)
Chapter 379: Not Yet Lost (3 May 1944 - 19 June 1944)
Chapter 380: Unprecedented (19 June 1944 - 1 July 1944)
Chapter 381: Redemption (1 July 1944 - 7 July 1944)
Chapter 382: Twilight of the Imperium (7 July 1944 - 17 July 1944)
Chapter 383: Judgment Day (17 July 1944 - 19 July 1944)

Otto I (1929 - )
Chapter 384: Peace with Honor, Again (19 July 1944 - 27 October 1944)
Chapter 385: Shadow War (27 October 1944 - 6 January 1945)
Chapter 386: The Iron Curtain (6 January 1945 - 23 July 1945)
Chapter 387: Changing of the Guard (23 July 1945 - 1 August 1945)
Chapter 388: Red Sky at Morning (1 August 1945 - 20 November 1945)
Chapter 389: Uncertainty, Part 1 (20 November 1945 - 5 December 1945)
Chapter 390: Uncertainty, Part 2 (5 December 1945 - 17 December 1945)
Chapter 391: Uncertainty, Part 3 (17 December 1945)
Chapter 392: Uncertainty, Part 4 (17 December 1945 - 18 December 1945)
Chapter 393: Uncertainty, Part 5 (18 December 1945 - 19 December 1945)
Chapter 394: Uncertainty, Part 6 (19 December 1945)
Chapter 395: Uncertainty, Part 7 (19 December 1945)
Chapter 396: Uncertainty, Part 8 (19 December 1945 - 28 December 1945)
Chapter 397: Uncertainty, Part 9 (28 December 1945)
Chapter 398: Uncertainty, Part 10 (28 December 1945 - 31 December 1945)
Chapter 399: Certainty (31 December 1945 - 1 January 1946)
Chapter 400: Fallen Phoenix (1 January 1946 - ???)

Link to Victoria 2: New World Order AAR here.

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*non-Hohenzollern ruler/regent
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Extras and Fan-made Productions
1. National Cabinets of 1936
2. The Visitor, a Prequel (1 2 3) (in @dragoon9105's Imperial Hearts)
3. (coming soon)
 
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I feel like Gandhi is looking into my soul in the picture. It's the look of someone ready to rain down nuclear death upon his enemies. :p

I'm intrigued to see what faction the Reich swings towards. Or maybe it'll just fight them all, if that is even possible.
 

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I feel like Gandhi is looking into my soul in the picture. It's the look of someone ready to rain down nuclear death upon his enemies. :p

I'm intrigued to see what faction the Reich swings towards. Or maybe it'll just fight them all, if that is even possible.
I think he's trying to tell you to run away while you still can, because his words are backed with nuclear weapons.:p

In test runs all three factions attempted to influence the Reich, with a net drift towards sometimes the Allies and sometimes the Tianxia. However, I do not plan to align with any of them. I initially planned to fight all three factions simultaneously just to see how overpowered the Reich is, but I decided on something else which will be revealed in a later update.
 

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Ah, the stage is being built... not quite set for now, but we're getting there. This'll be good. I look froward to the breakdown of what's changed upon conversion.
 

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May Saints Wilhelmina and Gunhilda protect us in battle...

So, after HOI3, did you say you planned on exporting to Victoria 2: NWO, and from there Stellaris? Or did you only plan on exporting to the former?

EDIT: And who will the Reich side with in the war? None of the factions seem to fit their ideology, so how will that go?
 

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I intend to convert to NWO and stop in 2066, but because I don't own Stellaris right now I can only continue until 2092. If I buy Stellaris at some point in the future I will definitely "convert" over. I even have a few plots planned out already!
 
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And who will the Reich side with in the war? None of the factions seem to fit their ideology, so how will that go?
The Reich will not side with anybody except its own allies. I like to think of the unaligned neutrals as their own faction, although ideologically weaker and more susceptible to defections to other factions. However I want to keep most of the details secret until the war actually breaks out.

Edit: it appears I haven't taken any screenshots of the world yet, so I will have to do that before I begin writing the next update. In addition, the AI keeps changing all of its ministers (including heads of state and government) randomly for some reason, so I might have to dig around to get the correct cabinets. Don't expect any screenshots of non-Reich cabinets once we get past the setup unless I can get the problem fixed.
 

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Well this is interesting.

Time to fire up the purging engines?
 

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Sadly there are no heretics to purge...yet.;)
Hey, as long as there is purging going on, the Mandromenoi don't care who is getting purged.

Heretics, Infidels, Prisoners of War, Political Enemies, Allies who have outlived their usefulness, Random Civilians off the street.

As long as the blood flows, it matters not whose blood it is....
 

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Hey, as long as there is purging going on, the Mandromenoi don't care who is getting purged.

Heretics, Infidels, Prisoners of War, Political Enemies, Allies who have outlived their usefulness, Random Civilians off the street.

As long as the blood flows, it matters not whose blood it is....
Worry not, there will be plenty of purging once World War II begins...I might even consider purging the Mandromenoi dynatoi for being heretics.:p
 

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Ooh, I like the idea of the Romans starting out neutral, like the USA. I think the Ghaznavids are going to be Poland, partitioned between India and the Soviets.
 
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The Hohenzollern Empire 4
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Götterdämmerung

Trotsky.


Gandhi.


Zhu.


And Hohenzollern.
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For nine hundred years, the Roman Reich of the Hohenzollerns has endured. Through barbarian invasions, deadly plagues, ambitious generals, corrupt politicians, vile heretics, and godless equalists, the Empire of the Romans and its ideals have survived and thrived.

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It is the year of our Lord 1936. The last century had been one of momentous change, both good and bad. The Industrial Revolution swept the world, bringing new technologies and lifestyles with it. The Reich led the way in industrialization, forging a global capitalist economy which brought millions out of poverty and obscurity.

The forces of nationalism shaped the geopolitical landscape, bringing down older empires and bringing new empires to prominence. In 1868, following the Expedition of the Thousand which brought down the Tran Dynasty of Vietnam, the three (formerly four) Chinese dynasties lining the Pacific Ocean officially united under Ming leadership into the Chinese Empire, which with its new industrial strength and manpower came to challenge the Reich's global hegemony.

There was a dark side to the winds of modernity coming with industrialization. New weapons of war, far deadlier than any previous weapons, were invented and put to use. Industrial warfare ravaged the entire world in the Weltkrieg from 1914 to 1918, destroying empires that had lasted for centuries and bringing the Reich to its knees. In the aftermath of the war, dangerous ideologies took root in the defeated and exhausted nations.

The red tide of equalism took root in the remains of the old Tsardom of Russia, which became the Commune of Socialist Soviet Republics, or Soviet Commune, and soon planted roots down in North Eimerica. The Roman-aligned Kingdom of Kanata, the Fox Empire, and the Reich's ancient enemy, the Triple Alliance, all fell victim to the scourge in the chaos of the year 1926.
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The other ideology sweeping the world was fascism. Starting in the Mongol Tsardom of Yavdi, which after the war was invaded and conquered by the Soviet Commune, fascism spread out into South Asia and South Eimerica, where dictators such as Inca Roca Yupanqui, Wolde Tzaddick, Reza Khan, Mohandas Gandhi rose to power, promising the masses a return to glory.
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These two ideological factions desire nothing more than conquest and expansion, to force their ideals upon the rest of the world, to take the Reich's hegemony for themselves.
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The Chinese Empire, which had survived the war largely intact, has restored some semblance of its prewar global influence. Its Tianxia Alliance now promoted an alternative to the Reich's meritocratic status quo, the Soviet Commune's equalism, and the Indian Raj's fascism in the form of liberal parliamentary democracy. With the Reich still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression, the Chinese Empire under the nationalist Chancellor Wang Jingwei is poised to achieve its ambitions to dominate all of Asia and the Pacific.
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Not even the Reich was spared the horrors of the post-war era. It had been immobilized by a general strike in 1926 that allowed equalism and fascism to branch out and again in 1929 when its stock markets crashed, causing the worldwide Great Depression. The war claimed the lives of no less than two Kaisers of the Romans, bringing a child to the imperial throne. That child, Kaiser Otto I, is now of age, but he inherits a broken empire. The prosperity his predecessors, Sigismund II, Franz Joseph I, and Karl I, enjoyed is gone. Massive unemployment has put millions of citizens out of work. But that is not the only problem that Otto faces in his reign.

During his regency, an ambitious politician and general named Markos Angelos rose to power, becoming the "Regent for the Regent" while Regents Chancellor Paul von Hindenburg and Field Marshal Erich Ludendorff commanded the imperial legions in the war. He soon started imposing his own will over the empire, passing legislation that ran contrary to the Reich's meritocratic spirit. The Augustinian Code, the Reich's legal code which protected each citizen's rights regardless of gender, race, religion (except for Christian heresies) or social standing, came under attack for the first time in its five-hundred-year existence. While he was quickly forced from power upon Hindenburg's and Ludendorff's return to Berlin in 1921, the Great Depression and Chancellor Hindenburg's death in 1934 returned him to power and expanded his influence significantly. In 1936, Angelos now commands the loyalty of millions of citizens who are convinced that the meritocratic system has failed them.

The Hohenzollern dynasty had risen to power in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, in one generation going from the margraves of a small village to the most powerful family in all of central Europe, in another to the indisputed rulers of all of Europe and western Christendom, and in another to the unchallenged rulers of all of a united Christendom. They survived the thirteenth-century invasions of the Triple Alliance and the Mongol Empire and emerged stronger than ever. Within another two centuries they had established colonies throughout Africa, South Eimerica, and Southeast Asia, and by the 18th century they had ended the barbarian threats at their source. In the 19th century, the two main branches of the Hohenzollern dynasty--the liberal democratic Maximists and the meritocratic Siegfriedist-Nikephorans--went to war with each other, with the latter emerging triumphant and ensuring the survival of the meritocratic system. As the Reich leaves the golden days of the Imperial Century and heads forth into an uncertain future, the Hohenzollerns are faced with their greatest challenge yet. With a new global war on the horizon, they shall decide the fate of the world over the next ten years...or die trying.

Equalism, Fascism, Democracy, or Meritocracy.

Soviet Commune, Indian Raj, Chinese Empire, or Roman Reich.

Who shall emerge victorious from the chaos of Götterdämmerung?






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Hello, and welcome to "The Hohenzollern Empire 4," the fourth stage of my Hohenzollern Roman Empire megacampaign, which was begun in CKII and played through EUIV and Victoria II. This will be the final stage of the traditional megacampaign, but I hope to take the story further into the future with Victoria II's New World Order mod and possibly Stellaris, though I do not currently own Stellaris.

In the CKII portion of the story, the (custom) Hohenzollern dynasty, aided by their allies and (somewhat) loyal vassals the Habsburgs and the real Hohenzollerns (designated in this AAR as Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen) conquered, crusaded, and inherited their way to claim the imperial thrones of the Greeks and Germans, but battled for centuries against the barbarian hordes from the east and west for the very survival of Christianity and the new Roman Empire.

In the EUIV segment, the barbarian hordes have been defeated for good, and the Reich progressed into first the Age of Exploration and the Renaissance and then into the Enlightenment. Colonies have been established all across the world, and the barbarians have been defeated and crushed in their own homelands.

In the Victoria II installment, the Reich quickly caught on to the winds of industrialization blowing out of Vietnam and led the world into the industrial revolution, ushering an era of (mostly) peace known as the Imperial Century. Much of Africa and South Eimerica were brought under Berlin's control, expanding the empire to a size no previous empire ever reached. However, this era was not without its problems. The barbarian empires continued to collapse, inviting dangerous ideologies to take root in their lands. The various Chinese dynasties united together under one banner which rapidly became a force to be reckoned with.

The Weltkrieg and its horrendous slaughter ended the Imperial Century for good along with countless other kingdoms and empires. As old ideas faded away, new ones took their places. Fascism and equalism grew in popularity, sweeping away ancient regimes in North Eimerica, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia and replacing them with horrifying totalitarian dictatorships. Even the Hohenzollerns have ran into their own set of problems, obstacles that they must overcome to ensure their empire's continued existence.

Will the equalists depose the Hohenzollern monarchy and bring godless equalist freedom to the oppressed proletariat? Will Gandhi and his Axis minions develop weapons of terrifying power and bring their enemies to their knees? Will China succeed in restoring the Sinocentric world order and bring "balance" to All Under Heaven? Will the People's Alliance of Red Altepetls try to restore the glory of the Acatl monarchy it overthrew and seek vengeance against its enemies in Cusco, Michigan, Tejas, and Berlin? Or will the Hohenzollerns overcome their problems and save the world from the terrors of the far left and right? The next ten years will determine the fate of the world for decades, if not centuries, to come.

I will attempt to limit my own expansion (no declaring war on anybody without an appropriate event or decision), and console commands/save reloading/save editing will be used for balance, better immersion, AI advantages, glitches, crashes, and other emergency situations. In test runs of HOI3 and gameplay for this AAR I have found that crashes are more frequent than in other Paradox games, forcing me to reload from an autosave frequently. I apologize for any inconveniences in narrative this may cause.

I will also attempt to disable all attempts by the AI to manually declare war; they can declare war when the relevant event or decision fires for them. As such, this AAR will likely be highly railroaded for the sake of plot. However, to my knowledge it is impossible to completely prevent the AI from manually declaring war, so there may be some restarts when the AI does so at the wrong time.

I should also point out that this is my first game of HOI3 ever, so some advice would be helpful. I plan to use my inexperience to balance out the insane advantages the Reich starts with.

I hope you'll enjoy the next stage of our journey.

Saints Wilhelmina and Gunhilda, grant us victory in battle.
~Zen

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Technical details: I am playing on the latest patch with all major DLCs/expansion packs.

Credit(s):Thanks to @CzokletMuss for giving me the inspiration for the character Markos Angelos and to do a Roman megacampaign. Without them I would not have arrived at where I am now.
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Table of Contents

Chapters are arranged in in-universe chronological order, not posting order. To avoid spoilers, I recommend starting with "Prologue." Please let me know if the links are incorrect.

Friedrich I "the Great" (1066-1105)
Chapter 10: Bicentennial (1066-1105)

Friedrich II "the Glorious" (1105-1126)
Chapter 13: Saint Gunhilda, the Maid of Kujawy (1118-1125)

Wilhelmina I "the Saint," or Saint Wilhelmina, Isapostolos (1126-1192)
Chapter 15: Saint Wilhelmina, the Mender of the Schism (1126)
Chapter 17: Saint Wilhelmina, the Hunter (1126-1133)
Chapter 19: Saint Wilhelmina, the Poet (1135-1151)
Chapter 21: Saint Wilhelmina, the Enlightened One (1126-1151)
Chapter 23: Saint Wilhelmina, the Warrior Empress (1151-1160)
Chapter 25: Greek Fire, Part 1 (1161)
Chapter 27: Greek Fire, Part 2 (1161)
Chapter 29: Greek Fire, Part 3 (1162)
Chapter 31: Saint Wilhelmina, Gunhilda's Daughter (1162-1174)
Chapter 33: Saint Wilhelmina, the Final Years (1174-1192)

Wilhelm I "the Lionheart" (1192-1199), Wilhelm II "the Magnificent" (1199-1237), and Wilhelm III "the Hammer" (1237-1243)
Chapter 35: The Three Wilhelms Period and the Beginning of the Thirteenth Century Crisis (1199-1243)

Siegfried I "the Hunter" (1243-1261)
Prologue: First Contact (1236-1246)
Chapter 1: Enemy at the Gates (1246-1251)
Chapter 2: Worcester and Gloucester (1251)
Chapter 3: War in the Near East (1251-1259)
Chapter 4: The Wrath of (Temur) Khan (1259-1261)

Sigismund I "the Holy" (1261-1308)
Chapter 5: Protection Through Victory (1261-1275)
Chapter 6: The Holy Kaiser (1275-1300)
Update 6: The Known World in 1300
Chapter 7: The Silk Road and the Great Plague (1300-1304)
Chapter 8: The Stag (1304)
Chapter 9: Sigismund the Holy and the Dragon of Marrakech (1301)
Chapter 11: Holy, Roman, and an Empire (1305-1308)

Friedrich Augustin I "the Just" (1308-1347)
Chapter 12: The August Kaiser (1308-1313)
Chapter 14: Rise of the Ottomans (1317-1327)
Chapter 16: The Just Kaiser (1327-1347)

Reinhard I ('the Mad Kaiser') (1347-1353)
Chapter 18: Reinhard, the Mad Kaiser (without a nickname) (1347-1353)

Friedrich Augustin II "the Hammer" (1353-1378)
Chapter 20: The Last Horde; Or, The Iron Khan (1353-1357)
Chapter 22: Fire-lances and Thunder-sticks (1357-1362)
Chapter 24: The End of the Augustiad (1362-1378)
Martin I "the Noble" (1378-1418)
Chapter 26: The Wrath of Timur (Khan) (1378-1395)
Chapter 28: Persepolis (1395-1400)
Update 28: The Known World in 1400
Chapter 30: 300 (1400-1418)
Friedrich Augustin III "the Lion," or "the Reformer" (1418-1444)
Chapter 32: Friedrdich Augustin III and the Giant of Napoli (1418)
Chapter 34: The Lion Kaiser (1418-1421)
Chapter 36: Second Contact (1422)
Chapter 37: In the Beginning (c.950-c.1010)
Chapter 38: Wilhelm III's Revenge (1422-1430)
Chapter 39: The Mexica "Crusade" (1430-1435)
Chapter 40: The Pointless War and the Reforms of 1436 (1436-1440)
Chapter 41: The Last Malian Crusade and the Reforms of 1440 (1440-1442)
Chapter 42: The Reforms of 1442 (1442)
Chapter 43: Feudal Life (1443-1444)
Chapter 44: The End... (1 2 3 4 5 6) (1444)
Epilogue: ...Of the Beginning (November 10, 1444) [End of CKII installments]
Chapter 45: No Longer Necessary (1444)
Friedrich Augustin IV, "the Last Crusader" (1444-1466)
Chapter 46: Traianos's Rebellion (1444)
Chapter 47: Blood in the Water (1444-1448)
Chapter 48: The Timurid War (1448-1452)
Chapter 49: Rounding the Cape (1452-1464)
Chapter 50: The First Malaya Expedition (1464-1466)
Friedrich Augustin V, "the Explorer" (1466-1494)
Chapter 51: Heresy (1466-1467)
Chapter 52: Prospering Times (1467-1470)
Chapter 53: The Voyages of Kristoff Eimerich, Part 1 (1470)
Chapter 54: The First Lapland Krieg (1470-1472)
Chapter 55: The Voyages of Kristoff Eimerich, Part 2 (1472)
Chapter 56: Northern Chaos (1472-1476)
Chapter 57: The Spice Must Flow (Some More) (1476-1480)
Chapter 58: The Discovery of the Far East, Part 1 - The Voyages of Wolfram Ferdinand(1480-1483)
Chapter 59: The Discovery of the Far East, Part 2 - The Voyages of Heinrich Arndt(1483-1484)
Chapter 60: The Discovery of the Far East, Part 3 - The Voyages of Heinrich Arndt(1484-1489)
Chapter 61: The Kokkand War (1489-1494)
Wolfram I, "the Fair" (1494-1539)
Chapter 62: The Girl Who Heard Angels (1494)
Chapter 63: The Woman Who Killed Angels (1494)
Chapter 64: The Conquest of Malaya (1494-1498)
Chapter 65: The Known World in 1500 (1498-1500)
Chapter 66: Revolution in the Heavens and On Earth (1500-1504)
Chapter 67: The Second Lapland Krieg (1504-1507)
Chapter 68: Delenda Est Malacca (1507-1513)
Chapter 69: Disaster in Africa (1513-1518)
Chapter 70: Fairness for (almost) All (1518-1531)
Chapter 71: The Expeditions of La Malinche (1501-1525)
Chapter 72: Around the World...or Not (1531-1539)
Wilhelmina II, "Heaven-Sent" (1539-1569)
Chapter 73: Full Circle (1539-1542)
Chapter 74: The Fourth Lapland Krieg (1542-1548)
Chapter 75: Zunset (1548-1556)
Chapter 76: Out of Air (1556-1564)
Chapter 77: The Persian Menace (1564-1569)
Victoria I, "the Old," "Angel-Touched" (1569-1573)
Chapter 78: Attack of the Zoroastrians (1569-1573)
Martin II, "the Dutch-Man" (1573-1595)
Chapter 79: Revenge of the Sayyids (1573-1581)
Chapter 80: The Interwar Period (1581-1591)
Chapter 81: Vengeance (1591-1592)
Chapter 82: Ambition (1592-1595)
Chapter 83: Betrayal (1595)

Malcolm Bethune, "the Black," "the Usurper," "the Terrible," "the Tyrant," "the Cruel," "[REDACTED],"etc. (1595-1596)*
Chapter 84: Suspicion (1596)
Chapter 85: Madness (1596)
Chapter 86: Purge (1596)
Chapter 87: Chaos (1596)
Chapter 88: Anarchy (1596)
Chapter 89: Revolution (1596)
Chapter 90: Der Untergang (1596)

Sophia I, "the Restored," "the Righteous" (1596-1603)
Chapter 91: Restoration (1596-1599)
Chapter 92: The Known World in 1600 (1600)
Chapter 93: The New Century (1600-1603)

Friedrich Augustin von Arbon, "the (False) Regent" (1603)*
Chapter 94: Bloodless (March-May 1603)

Friedrich III, "the Merciful" (1603-1616)
Chapter 95: War and Peace (1603-1611)
Chapter 96: The Desert War (1611-1615)
Chapter 97: The Jungle War (1615-1616)

Otto von Habsburg, regent for Frederica Augusta I (1616-1618)*
Chapter 98: Purity (1616-1618)

Frederica Augusta I "the Absolute," "the Enlightened Despot" (1618-1668)
Chapter 99: Aristocracy (1618-1626)
Chapter 100: Inquisition (1626)
Chapter 101: The Inquisition Strikes Back (1626)
Chapter 102: The Synod, Part 1 (1626)
Chapter 103: The Synod, Part 2 (1626)
Chapter 104: The Synod, Part 3 (1626)
Chapter 105: Honor and Truth (1626-1627)
Chapter 106: Crackdown (1627-1629)
Chapter 107: The Eighth Lapland Krieg (1629-1631)
Chapter 108: War (1631)
Chapter 109: Conversion (1631-1636)
Chapter 110: Retaliation (1636-1641)
Chapter 111: Revelation (1641/1666)
Chapter 112: Civil War (1641-1643)
Chapter 113: The Devil You Don't Know (1643)
Chapter 114: More and More Rebels (1643-1646)
Chapter 115: Lublin (1646-1648)
Chapter 116: War and More War (1648-1651)
Chapter 117: Nightfall (1651-1652)
Chapter 118: Midnight, Part 1 (1652)
Chapter 119: Midnight, Part 2 (1652)
Chapter 120: Midnight, Part 3 (1652-1656)
Chapter 121: A Desert Skirmish (1656-1663)
Chapter 122: The First Commonwealth War (1663-1666)
Chapter 123: Pruthenian Hussars (1666-1668)
Chapter 124: Defeating the Undefeated (1668)

Sophia II "the Liberator" (1668-1684)
Chapter 125: Limes (1668-1675)
Chapter 126: The Eimerican Wars of Independence (1675-1677)
Chapter 127: Freedom and Apologies (1677-1680)
Chapter 128: Devastating Peace (1680-1684)

Victoria II "the Emancipator" (1684-1714)
Chapter 129: The Third Commonwealth War (1684-1689)
Chapter 130: Eastern Chaos (1689-1694)
Chapter 131: Hegemony (1694-1699)
Chapter 132: The World in 1700 (1700)
Chapter 133: Intervention in the Eimericas (1700-1706)
Chapter 134: The Glorious War (1706-1711)
Chapter 135: Absolutism (1711-1714)

Wilhelmina III "the Victorious" (1714-1740)
Chapter 136: Yet Another Persian War (1714-1726)
Chapter 137: The Fifth Commonwealth War (1726-1731)
Chapter 138: Suez and Kiel (1731-1740)

Frederica Augusta II "the Enlightened" (1740-1760)
Chapter 139: The Sixth Commonwealth War (1740-1749)
Chapter 140: The Height of the Enlightenment (1749-1760)

Victoria III, "Nahua-Slayer" (1760-1791)
Chapter 141: The Seventh Commonwealth War (1760-1769)
Chapter 142: Sunrise Invasion, Part 1 - Blitzkrieg (1769-1772)
Chapter 143: Sunrise Invasion, Part 2 - Containment (1772-1778)
Chapter 144: Recovery (1778-1787)
Chapter 145: The Eighth Commonwealth War (1787-1791)

Frederica Augusta III "the Winter Soldier" (1791-1803)
Chapter 146: Pragmatic Sanction (1791-1793)
Chapter 147: Clash of Giants (1793-1797)
Chapter 148: East Against West (1797-1800)
Chapter 149: The World on the Verge of Modernity (1800)
Chapter 150: Musicians and Diplomats (1800-1804)

Klemens von Metternich*, Reichskanzler, and Nikephoros von Hohenzollern, Megas Domestikos of the Imperial Legions, Regents for Siegfried II (1803-1807)
Chapter 151: Revolution (1803-1807)

Siegfried II "the son of Nikephoros," "the Modernizer" (1807-1847, 1854-1861)
Chapter 152: The War of 1814 (1807-1816)
Chapter 153: Tipping the Balance (1816-1825)
Chapter 154: Protection Through Defeat (1825-1835)
Chapter 155: The New Augustinian Code (1835)
Chapter 156: An Imperial Century, Part 1 (1835)
Chapter 157: An Imperial Century, Part 2 (1835)
Chapter 158: An Imperial Century, Part 3 (1835)
Chapter 159: An Imperial Century, Part 4 (1835)
Chapter 160: An Imperial Century, Part 5 (1835)
Chapter 161: The Sun Never Sets (1835) [End of EUIV installments]
Chapter 162: Census (1 January 1836)
Chapter 163: The (First) Final Finland War (1 January 1836 - 13 March 1836)
Chapter 164: The (First) Last Commonwealth War (13 March 1836 - 14 August 1836)
Chapter 165: Conference (14 August 1836)
Chapter 166: Peaceful Expansion (14 August 1836 - 2 January 1838)
Chapter 167: The Siberian "Botanical" Expedition, Part 1 (1 May 1837)
Chapter 168: The Age of Liberalism and Nationalism (2 January 1838 - 8 January 1839)
Chapter 169: The Para Crisis (8 January 1839 - 22 November 1839)
Chapter 170: Insurgencies and Revolutions (22 November 1839 - 29 April 1841)
Chapter 171: Action and Reaction (30 April 1841 - 2 September 1842)
Chapter 172: The Siberian "Botanical" Expedition, Part 2 (22 June 1842)
Chapter 173: War in the Old and New World (3 September 1842 - 11 September 1843)
Chapter 174: From Siberia to the Pacific (11 September 1843 - 24 November 1844)
Chapter 175: The Pacific "Botanical" Expedition, Part 1 (12 September 1843)
Chapter 176: The Beginning of the End (24 November 1844 - 19 May 1845)
Chapter 177: The Maximist War, Part 1 - The Revolution is Here (19 May 1845 - 18 November 1845)
Chapter 178: The Maximist War, Part 2 - The Fall (18 November 1845 - 18 February 1846)
Chapter 179: The Maximist War, Part 3 - Counter-Attack (18 February 1846 - 15 October 1846)
Chapter 180: The Maximist War, Part 4 - The Last Stand (15 October 1846 - 4 July 1847)

Maximilian I "the Unready" (1847-1848)
Chapter 181: Power to the People (4 July 1847 - 3 February 1848)

Roman Civil War (disputed ruler) (1848-1854)
Maximist claimant: Maximilian I (ruling through Ministerprasident Konrad von Habsburg)
Siegfriedist claimant: Sigismund II (advised by Reichskanzler Klemens von Metternich)

Chapter 182: The Siegfriedist War, Part 1 - Opening Moves (3 February 1848 - 20 November 1848)
Chapter 183: The Siegfriedist War, Part 2 - The Liberation of the Isles (20 November 1848 - 14 December 1849)
Chapter 184: The Siegfriedist War, Part 3 - Footholds (14 December 1849 - 9 September 1850)
Chapter 185: The Siegfriedist War, Part 4 - Relentless Advance (9 September 1850 - 24 June 1851)
Chapter 186: The Siegfriedist War, Part 5 - Anarchism and the Home Front (24 June 1851 - 13 July 1852)
Chapter 187: The Siegfriedist War, Part 6 - Circling Vultures (13 July 1852 - 22 July 1853)
Chapter 188: The Siegfriedist War, Part 7 - The Last Offensive (22 July 1853 - 5 June 1854)
Chapter 189: The Siegfriedist War, Part 8 - Charge of the Light Brigade (5 June 1854 - 12 September 1854)

Sigismund II "the Modernizer" (1825-1847, 1854-1861)
Chapter 190: Reconstruction (12 September 1854 - 16 May 1855)
Chapter 191: Absolute Power (16 May 1855 - 23 February 1858)
Chapter 192: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 1 (11 March 1858)
Chapter 193: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 2 (12 March 1858)
Chapter 194: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 3 (13 March 1858)
Chapter 195: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 4 (14 March 1858)
Chapter 196: The Miracle of the Cave, Part 5 (14 March 1858 - 22 March 1858)
Chapter 197: Evolution and Revolution (22 March 1858 - 1 May 1860)
Chapter 198: Protection in Victory, Again (1 May 1860 - 21 August 1861)

Franz Joseph I "the Enlightened," "the Cursed" (1861-1916)
Chapter 199: The Sino-Vietnamese War (21 August 1861 - 29 November 1864)
Chapter 200: Adventures in Aegyptus (29 November 1864 - 5 April 1866)
Chapter 201: Three Hurrahs for China (5 April 1866 - 2 January 1868)
Chapter 202: Rise of the Dragon (2 January 1868 - 4 January 1870)
Chapter 203: Drang nacht Suden (4 January 1870 - 17 April 1872)
Chapter 204: The Trickster (17 April 1872)
Chapter 205: The Specter of Equalism (17 April 1872 - 30 December 1875)
Chapter 206: The Great Eimerican War, Part 1 (30 December 1875 - 2 November 1876)
Chapter 207: The Great Eimerican War, Part 2 (2 November 1876 - 2 July 1877)
Chapter 208: The Great Eimerican War, Part 3 (2 July 1877 - 10 June 1878)
Chapter 209: The Great Eimerican War, Part 4 (10 June 1878 - 18 April 1879)
Chapter 210: The Trials, Part 1 (18 April 1879)
Chapter 211: New Eimerican Order (18 April 1879 - 22 March 1881)
Chapter 212: The Fall of Bismarck (22 March 1881 - 11 July 1883)
Chapter 213: Ex Occidente Lux (11 July 1883 - 11 December 1885)
Chapter 214: The Trials, Part 2 (11 December 1885)
Chapter 215: Lock up the Darkness (11 December 1885 - 31 December 1885)
Chapter 216: State of the World in 1886, Part 1 - The Roman Reich and its Neighbors (1 January 1886)
Chapter 217: State of the World in 1886, Part 2 - China, Asia, and the Eimericas (1 January 1886)
Chapter 218: Meanwhile (1 January 1886)
Chapter 219: The Second Great Eimerican War (1 January 1886 - 10 February 1888)
Chapter 220: The (Second) Final Finland War (10 February 1888 - 30 September 1889)
Chapter 221: Bismarck's Revolution (30 September 1889 - 12 February 1891)
Chapter 222: Years of Innovation (12 February 1891 - 6 January 1893)
Chapter 223: Pass the Torch (6 January 1893 - 13 July 1894)
Chapter 224: Die Wacht Am Siam (13 July 1894 - 20 January 1895)
Chapter 225: A Conspiracy (20 January 1895 - 11 June 1897)
Chapter 226: The Year of Death (11 June 1897 - 1 March 1898)
Chapter 227: The Turn of the Century (1 March 1898 - 1 January 1900)
Chapter 228: The World in 1900 - The Unabridged Story of the Roman Reich, A Critical Edition (1 January 1900)
Chapter 229: The World in 1900 - The Rise of the Dragon (1 January 1900)
Chapter 230: The World in 1900 - The Empire of Surya (1 January 1900)
Chapter 231: The World in 1900 - The "Viking Caliphate" in the Modern World (1 January 1900)
Chapter 232: The World in 1900 - The Tsardom of Russia (1 January 1900)
Chapter 233: The World in 1900 - The Dual Monarchy of Lithuania and Ruthenia (1 January 1900)
Chapter 234: The World in 1900 - Yavdi, or, 'The Aberration that Should Not Be' (1 January 1900)
Chapter 235: The World in 1900 - The Shahdom of Persia (1 January 1900)
Chapter 236: The World in 1900 - The Mayapan Kuchkabal (1 January 1900)
Chapter 237: The Destiny of Kaffa (1 January 1900 - 16 March 1900)
Chapter 238: (Relative) Normalcy (16 March 1900 - 11 September 1902)
Chapter 239: Prizes, Submarines, and Tractors (11 September 1902 - 22 February 1905)
Chapter 240: The Seven Hundred Year Reich (22 Feburary 1905 - 31 May 1906)
Chapter 241: The Shape of Things to Come (31 May 1906 - 28 August 1909)
Chapter 242: Tempting Fate (28 August 1909 - 11 December 1910)
Chapter 243: Rising Tensions (11 December 1910 - 1 January 1913)
Chapter 244: The Last Days of the Old Order (1 January 1913 - 28 June 1914)
Chapter 245: The Summer Crisis, Part 1 - A Spark Lit (28 June 1914)
Chapter 246: The Summer Crisis, Part 2 - Perfidious Lithuania (30 June 1914)
Chapter 247: The Summer Crisis, Part 3 - The July Ultimatum (30 June 1914 - 9 September 1914)
Chapter 248: The Summer Crisis, Part 4 - The Polish Incursion and the End of the Concert of Eurasia (9 September 1914 - 17 September 1914)
Chapter 249: The Summer Crisis, Part 5 - Peace's Last Chance (17 September 1914 - 28 September 1914)
Chapter 250: The Summer Crisis, Part 6 - A Fire Burns (28 September 1914 - 1 October 1914)
Chapter 251: The World at War, Part 1 - Iron and Blood (1 October 1914 - 2 November 1914)
Chapter 252: The World at War, Part 2 - Stalemate (2 November 1914 - 14 December 1914)
Chapter 253: The World at War, Part 3 - The Shadow War (14 December 1914 - 18 Februrary 1915)
Chapter 254: The World at War, Part 4 - Vilnius (20 Februrary 1915)
Chapter 255: The World at War, Part 5 - Twilight of the Gods (20 Februrary 1915 - 8 May 1915)
Chapter 256: The World at War, Part 6 - Grodno (8 May 1915 - 2 July 1915)
Chapter 257: The World at War, Part 7 - Drive to the East (2 July 1915 - 2 October 1915)
Chapter 258: The World at War, Part 8 - Graveyard of Empires (2 October 1915 - 16 January 1916)
Chapter 259: The World at War, Part 9 - Hail to the Ras (16 January 1916 - 19 May 1916)
Chapter 260: The World at War, Part 10 - The Enlightened Kaiser (19 May 1916 - 7 June 1916)

Karl I "the Blessed," "the Peacemaker," "the Short-Reigned" (1916-1917)
Chapter 261: The World at War, Part 11 - The Turk Revolt (7 June 1916 - 2 December 1916)
Chapter 262: The World at War, Part 12 - Setbacks (2 December 1916 - 1 January 1917)
Chapter 263: The World at War, Part 13 - The Kaiser's Speech (1 January 1917 - 3 January 1917)

Chancellor Paul von Hindenburg*, Megas Domestikos Erich Ludendorff*, and Acting Chancellor Markos Angelos* (Fall 1917 - December 1922), Regents for Otto I (1917- 1929)
Chapter 264: The World at War, Part 14 - Revolution in Spring (3 January 1917 - 16 March 1917)
Chapter 265: The World at War, Part 15 - Cracks in the Wall (16 March 1917 - 22 May 1917)
Chapter 266: The World at War, Part 16 - The Summer Offensive (22 May 1917 - 31 July 1917)
Chapter 267: The World at War, Part 17 - Revolution in September (31 July 1917 - 28 September 1917)
Chapter 268: The World at War, Part 18 - Uncommonwealth (28 September 1917 - 28 November 1917)
Chapter 269: The World at War, Part 19 - The End in Sight (28 November 1917 - 16 January 1918)
Chapter 270: The World at War, Part 20 - Fall of Empires (16 January 1918 - 5 April 1918)
Chapter 271: The World at War, Part 21 - Offensive in Spring (5 April 1918 - 27 June 1918)
Chapter 272: The World at War, Part 22 - Peace with Honor (27 June 1918 - 18 July 1918)
Chapter 273: The Eleventh Hour (18 July 1918 - 3 October 1918)
Chapter 274: Brave New World (3 October 1918 - 2 January 1920)
Chapter 275: The Year 1920 (2 January 1920 - 3 January 1921) and The Turk's Dilemma (3 January 1921 - 5 November 1921)
Chapter 276: Crisis in Mitteleimerica (5 November 1921 - 13 October 1922)
Chapter 277: Poetic Justice (13 October 1922 - 22 December 1922)
Chapter 278: The Kolkata Putsch (22 December 1922 - 1 January 1925)
Chapter 279: Flower Wars (1 January 1925 - 1 January 1926)
Chapter 280: The First Winter War (1 January 1926 - 3 June 1926)
Chapter 281: The Revolutions of 1926, Part 1 (3 June 1926 - 16 October 1926)
Chapter 282: The Revolutions of 1926, Part 2 (16 October 1926 - 14 June 1927)
Chapter 283: Otto (14 June 1927)
Chapter 284: War and Peace (14 June 1927 - 4 April 1928)
Chapter 285: Eimerican Anarchy (4 April 1928 - 6 November 1928)
Otto I (1929 - )
Chapter 286: Yellow Dragon, Purple Phoenix (6 November 1928 - 7 January 1929)
Chapter 287: Black Tuesday (7 January 1929 - 2 February 1929)
Chapter 288: The Great Depression (2 February 1929 - 2 May 1930)
Chapter 289: Left and Right (2 May 1930 - 27 April 1931)
Chapter 290: The New Normal (27 April 1931 - 2 January 1932)
Chapter 291: Bombs over Kolkata (2 January 1932 - 15 October 1932)
Chapter 292: Downward Spiral (15 October 1932 - 3 October 1933)
Chapter 293: Marching Beneath the Eagle's Wing (3 October 1933 - 28 May 1934)
Chapter 294: The Volksfuhrer and the Neta (28 May 1934 - 13 February 1935)
Chapter 295: The Close of the Imperial Century (13 February 1935 - 30 November 1935)
Chapter 296: The World in 1935 (30 November 1935 - 31 December 1935)
Chapter 297: The Investigation (25 December 1935 - 30 December 1935)
Chapter 298: The Operation (30 December 1935 - 31 December 1935)
Chapter 299: Paradise Lost (31 December 1935)
Chapter 300: Götterdämmerung (31 December 1935 - 1 January 1936) [end of Victoria 2 installments]
Chapter 301: (coming soon) (1 January 1936 - )
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Marvelous beginning!Well,Götterdämmerung looks quite impressive.
P.S.:Ecumenical Patriarchate is ruling party of Reich?
P.P.S.:Indian Raj is in so position,that it could do with Pakhstana the same as with real Ethiopia did Italy,with Zunbilistan - casual Anschluss,and later - partition of Ghaznavids with Soviets(+Soviets have winter war with China for better borders).And after all this madness Soviets did another stupid thing - and everybody lose their minds in new Weltkrieg.
P.P.P.S.:I understand,that all wasn`t as I described.
 
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It really is too bad you couldn't go to HOI4 as it has a much lower learning curve, and also you could have actually been in a faction, or formed one later, rather than being stuck to only three.
 

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Ooh, I like the idea of the Romans starting out neutral, like the USA. I think the Ghaznavids are going to be Poland, partitioned between India and the Soviets.
The original plan was to have the Reich lead the Axis, but when I came up with the idea for Gandhi-Hitler I decided to make the Reich the Allied leader. And then when I realized that the Allies would instantly win the game due to the Reich fulfilling most of the victory conditions I made the Reich neutral.
Wonder what China will do.....
Let me give you a hint: "Banzai" is the Japanese pronunciation of "Wansui.";)
Certainly excited to see how this goes down.
How the Reich effortlessly crushes every single nation in the world simultaneously, or how many nerfs I gave the Reich to stop that from happening?:p
Marvelous beginning!Well,Götterdämmerung looks quite impressive.
P.S.:Ecumenical Patriarchate is ruling party of Reich?
P.P.S.:Indian Raj is in so position,that it could do with Pakhstana the same as with real Ethiopia did Italy,with Zunbilistan - casual Anschluss,and later - partition of Ghaznavids with Soviets(+Soviets have winter war with China for better borders).And after all this madness Soviets did another stupid thing - and everybody lose their minds in new Weltkrieg.
P.P.P.S.:I understand,that all wasn`t as I described.
For some reason the converter made the ruling party the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and I can't find any way to change it. I'll include an in-universe explanation in the next update.

All I can say is that the Indian Raj won't stay put for long.:D But as Finland actually exists and China is so large, I wouldn't count on a Soviet-China Winter War. In addition, since the Soviets and China are both faction leaders, due to game mechanics a war between them can only end in one of them surrendering.
It really is too bad you couldn't go to HOI4 as it has a much lower learning curve, and also you could have actually been in a faction, or formed one later, rather than being stuck to only three.
I know. HOI4 looks great so far, but I don't have the money to buy it yet. I did mention that I would try to use HOI3's steep learning curve and my inexperience to nerf the Reich. It would have been nice to have my own faction, though I don't know what to call it besides "Central Powers," which doesn't really fit the nature of the alliance bloc at this point.
 
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I know. HOI4 looks great so far, but I don't have the money to buy it yet. I did mention that I would try to use HOI3's steep learning curve and my inexperience to nerf the Reich. It would have been nice to have my own faction, though I don't know what to call it besides "Central Powers," which doesn't really fit the nature of the alliance bloc at this point.
Fair enough...perhaps the Old Order?
 
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Fair enough...perhaps the Old Order?
Sounds too reactionary. I was think something along the lines of "Holy Alliance" or "Imperial Alliance," but those still don't sound appropriate.
 
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From last Victoria2 update upper house,I counted,that if converting could happen to HOI4,fascist party would have 47%,equalist - 4%,reactionary(ruling,as I can guess) - 4%,and democratic faction(that is united front of revolutionary,corporatist,conservative and socialist factions) - about 45% of parliament.As in HOI3 we have not 4 and not 7 but 10 ideologies,I can't guess what actually upper house would be like in this AAR.Are such divided parties like liberal,fascist and communist partitioned here,or 3 from 10 political parties just have 0 seats in parliament,while the other stats are the same as in Vic2?
P.S.:It's interesting to know how are called parties in exile empires.Well,the divergence between locals and foreign exiles might create the weirdest combinations.