I assumed that if I could survive as Poland, I could surely keep France from capitulating (no historical AI focus, regular difficulty)
My first idea was to remove Italy from nazi germany allies. Except that disjointed governement makes it harder to interfere with other countries.
I reorganized troops to keep only simple design (7 inf + 2 art, or 7 mountainers + 2 art) and gone directly to the Entente set up:
Soon enough I was faced by the Rhineland remilitarization issue. Rallying the British meant disolving my faction and joining UK, so it was a no brainer, I had to go the alternate way
Soon after, Poland started her own faction, while I was focused on getting rid of the disjointed governement:
I worked on get Hungary on the democratic side and almost succeded. It went so well that Hungary went to war against Austria. Problem is, Austria kicked the butt of Hungary and soon after accepted peaceful annexion to Germany.
Then arrive Munich Conference. Interestingly, it has as consequence that UK and its subjects would join the french Entente, my faction. That was good news, especially since Yougoslavia refused to.
When war started, I had 3 armies of 20 divisions each stationned, 2 armies at the german border, 1 at the italian one. These divisions were all trained and fully reinforced. The idea was to hold and contain the germans, waiting for other enemies to declare. Bad news: USSR was not about to wage war, since they signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, Yougoslavie joined the enemy faction.
I decided to stick, on my side of the Rhine until things get better. I even brought back as backup line the 4th army (14 colonial divisions). War on the east was not going so well. Romania was quickly stomped by the massive Germany-Italy-Yougoslavia axis.
My troops were holding the border and I managed to stage a democratic revolution in Italy – quite annoying, the world tension was still to low for this newly born Italy to join my faction.
I nonethess sent my colonial army in south Italy, home of the new democratic Italy:
Aside from that, my industry was producing enough weapon so quickly develop my army and it looks that I could push towards Frankfurt.
By october 1940 progress was made and now it looks like the german war machine was exhausted, unable to stand against the french army. By the end of the year, I was no longer paying any attention to rivers and mountains, we were cutting Germany in pieces:
Obviously, this territory grab cames with tons of factories so french army would now be unstoppable.
And then, which makes sense historically but was annoying, USSR attacked Germany from the East. It was totally unnecessary to France, there was nothing Germany could do to prevent defeat. But now, troops had to run toward the east to avoid USSR to grab much territory and claim it afterwards. Especially since the peace conference system seems completely unreliable.
Soon enough the axis was defeated:
It seemed time to redeploy troops on USSR border – quite a big entity:
For some reason, Spain, that I pushed toward democracy, joined the war as Axis (probably joined the war just before some government changed was done). Not a real concern.
At the same time, while Germany was no just a few unpopulated area in Asia given by Japan, USA took interest in the topic:
So we got USA to join the Entente, useful to kick Japan:
So in Spain and Asia, war went on with no real difficulty.
I grabbed industrial germany as peace reward, which drastically increased my level of generated world tension, even though other allies did so.
Soon after the war, I got the freed germany to join the faction. Good since Hungary was now an USSR satellite. And USSR aggressivity showed when USSR attacked Polish faction.
I think at that point I got the Big Entente achievement.
(As France, complete the “Little Entente” National Focus, and have all German cores owned by you or someone in your faction).
Time passed. Strange things happened, as Canada leaving the Entente and going fascist:
I had now a good standing army preparing for the bolchevik threat:
And some decent indutry, allowing me now to include in the army armored divisions:
I decided that the best way to tame USSR would be stage a democratic coup and get the democratic Russia to join the faction. It would give less territory gains but will maintain the faction status.
As with Germany, French troops cut Russia as if it was butter. Probably because the Polish faction (which includes Chinese, non-aligned too, that I wished I could get in the Entente) held them for a while.
More work for Paradox, out of nowhere, Comintern Hungary that had capitulated almost at the begin of the war, reappeared, intact, in his original border, still in war, which very confusing state ownership. Since Hungary had no troops, I got back the territory with 5 reserve divisions.
Moscow was not hard to get:
Even though progress in Russia slowed down. As in the previous was against Germany, French troops did all the bizzle (89/88%):
Peace was signed and the result was now it seemed impossible to put down the Entente:
As during previous game, UK decided to beat Scandanavian democracies not part of the fact. Hum. Not simply fight it…
Since UK paved the way to nuclear war, especially on a stupid war like this were there was no suspense at all, I decide to test my own nuclear arsenal:
After this, nothing really happen. A new fascist faction develop around Canada but nothing that could be remotely threatening to the Entente. And France had tons of extra equipement.
So Vive la France (Reach 1948 as France without capitulating or surrendering) was not much a challenge at this point.
As in previous game, final score is total joke. France is 4th, smaller score than Russia it defeated, even though France had major war score against Axis and Comintern (88 % ! Almost alone), even thought France is the faction leader of almost the whole world.