After a few failures to get Poland to survive, I decide to try Czechoslovakia as alternative of a central european country, point is to make it through the game without getting in bed with the one of the historical fuckers. So no easy way out allying Axis or Komintern.
(note: AI historical focus is off, less railroad effect)
Not only you can easily create a faction, Czech Entente, with Yougoslavia and Romania, which are the strongest around besides German and Poland, but it gives you free casus belli to annex Bulgaria and Hungary.
So I did. And I was quite satisfied with my strong Czech Entente. But it did not prevent Germany to grab the Sudety.
And not much later, Germany asked for my whole country and war started. At first we were holding the line without making much progress – good enough. And I managed to get France to join the Czech Entente.
But soon enough, war was going very badly for me, having on my face both the germans and italians. Then, occured a chain of events I cannot comprehend. According to docs:
“A faction member cannot leave a faction during war, of which the faction is fighting in. The leader of a faction can’t choose to leave. The leader can disband the faction if they, and any puppets they have, are the only members”
Well, in the middle of the war, following it’s own focus tree, Yougoslavia switched to allied faction… then a bit later France did. On several other focus tree, “join X faction” is only possible if you do not belong to any. Here it is possible. The interface shows they would accept to join the Czech Entente if they were not yet part of any faction, so the faction still suited them. And there is no proper scripted event to handle a possible switch of faction, it just behaves as if the guy was not involved in any. That’s very very odd. Buggy I’d say.
What happened next? The whole Allies bunch joined in. Yeah, but not that much. UK almost never set foot on the continent, for instance. Only thanks to France beating the Italian -stuck against Yougo- and making progress in west-germany, while Poland was creating a distraction, I managed to pass from being completely overrun to completely overrun Germany -capitulation in September 1940- with an aggressive strategy.
So getting the The Munich Disagreement (As Czechoslovakia, occupy Munich while at war with Germany) was not such a challenge in the end.
War continued, since it has been merged with some Allies vs Axis war named “Japanese-Chinese War”. Czechoslovakia, at the end of the occidental front, was the main participant.
So I was expecting USSR to be the next problem… and UK, that was completely useless so far, started to justify against me. Odd.
War went on slowly on the asian front. I was hesitating to disolve the faction at the end of the war and join the Allies. But I could only to that if Romania quits it beforehand. I decided to stick with my entente and managed to get Turkey to join us.
War ended in March 1948. I took quite a bunch of territory at the peace conference, especially in Germany and Iran. I had the displeasure to notice at bit late that USSR made what remained of Germany a satellite:
In this context I managed to get Japan to join the Czech Entente. I had an hunch there would be soon an issue with USSR – or UK. UK, for the record, during the war, started his own private wars against Democratic Denmark and Democratic Norge to puppet them.
And a couple of months later, USSR attacked Afghanistan which found support in Allies. Well, not much from all Allies: UK and USA never joined the war. But France and Poland were involved. And it started badly for Poland, surrounded by USSR and Communist Germany. I sent volunteers, 6 divisions for France, 6 for Poland. I had much better troops than any other belligerants, decent armored unit and decent infanteries/mountains troops with artillery. My 12 divisions cleaned the place.
Then after beating easily Iran, it was time to deal with USSR. Quite unfortunately, no Japanese troops ever left the Island. They had orders they could not find a way to execute (yellow exclamation mark on the units). More bugs. Hoi4 is still half-baked.
So the next step was to actually beat USSR. They did not have superior troops. But much more troops. To decide Finland and alike, people around USSR not getting involved, to join the Entente and the war, I resorted to stage facist coup in their countries. During easily won civil war, the joined in without fussing about. I was surely not a nice thing to do. But it was necessary. Because, sure, we were beating 1 to 1 the USSR, I had only 1,51M casualties when they had 4,13M. But I had only 70 divisions while USSR had between 418 to 830 divisions, and I sure not be able to field new troops soon enough due to much lower available manpower. There is something very historical there.
By 1951, my troops were exhausted, I had no more manpower and the front line so big that my only 53 remaining divisions not enough to make a difference.
It was then very easy to get No country for old men achievement (Reach 0 manpower with Scraping the Barrel as Conscription Law). And I wished I did not.
Lot of micromanagement, I had to regroup here and there to get a force strong enough to progress further toward important towns; I had to sent tanks and guns to my allies since I was producing much more than I could field. And I had an extensive policy to coup d’Etat. In Asia, it was not so great, I could only support facist coup that would just destabilize the opposant. But support democratic Russia helped a lot. I created lot of confusing and I even assume that Russia was able to occupy USSR land without resistance.
War went on slowly. Many times I thought it would be a game over – just like during first war against Germany. And Japanese troops were still stuck on their Island.
So there was nothing else but the same strategy. Regroup troops so they can overwhelm USSR around some important towns. Strange thing is that now Afghanistan was fighting along USSR – there was some odd peace conference, but I do not know the details. It paid off:
And it was the endgame, October 1953.
I must say the proposed score is a joke. It evaluates your strength at the endgame. So someone that only built troops and never used them – UK, for instance (to be fair, they actually used them against lonely minor democracies). I does not take into account, for example, that you created a faction that was instrumental into removing two other major factions.