Imperial Dusk - yet another alt-history mod for Hearts of Iron 4

Nearly 20 years have passed since the Great War swept across the world, changing it forever.
The collapse of the Amsterdam stock market (and the following collapse of the London and Berlin stock markets) in December 1935 has created a global depression. King George V of Britain has vowed to carry through his dream of an Imperial Federation. World leaders live in fear of the prospect of socialist uprisings backed by American industrial might. Some of the old empires desperately try to reform to stave off annihilation, while the rising integralist movement proclaims that they alone can defeat the socialists. Revolutionaries stir across the globe, as the great powers build larger armies to protect their domains... or threaten others.

This is Imperial Dusk.


So I've actually been working on this scenario (mostly the lore) for a while now. And I was inspired by @DanielXie posting the thread for Ashes of the Kaiserreich to get a thread on here myself.

First, I want to credit the people here and elsewhere who inspired me: @Panzer , @Red_Galiray , @Aelita , and the creators of Kaiserreich and Fuhrerreich. Special thanks to the Fuhrerreich people for allowing me to use their assets, particularly the base map, for the actual mod.

The basic premise (not actual POD) is twofold: Britain was allied with Germany instead of France in the Great War, and America went socialist. For more details, here is a (slightly out of date) timeline summary, and here is the ideological system.

Please note, the lore is still in progress. In terms of plausibility, I'm aiming for something like Fuhrerreich - not completely crazy, but more emphasis on creating an interesting story than strictly plausible. Several decisions I've made are largely an effort to avoid common elements of other HOI4 alt-history scenarios.
 
Also, the map! Please note that there may be minor errors. Or possibly major - when I was about to post this, I noticed that Russia was only partially recolored, and Ireland was still under full British control.

 
No offense, but that eastern Europe map (let alone the colonial Africa map!) makes me wan to scream in horror.

Which given your stated goals...is honestly probably a good thing.

Watching with interest!
 
The borders of AH, Germany, ?Poland-Lithuania, and Greater Romania, given the 1860s PoD and stated lore, are very questionable at best. Also incredibly messy and likely fraught with ethnic tension.
 
How has the Russian Empire survive? Even without Lenin, the Russian Monarchy would have come clashing down over this defeat much like in OTL.

Greece was on the winning side, but it didn't take anything from the Ottomans. Why?
 
The borders of AH, Germany, ?Poland-Lithuania, and Greater Romania, given the 1860s PoD and stated lore, are very questionable at best. Also incredibly messy and likely fraught with ethnic tension.
Some of the issues are due to the map itself. Germany and Austria-Hungary are meant to have their pre-WWI borders (aside from their colonial gains), while Romania is shown as modern Romania + Moldova. The PLC, on the other hand, is definitely a mess. Germany decided to recreate it on the basis that a single large nation, ruled by a German prince, would be less likely to fall back into the Russian sphere. The challenge for players will be keeping the PLC from being torn apart.

How has the Russian Empire survive? Even without Lenin, the Russian Monarchy would have come clashing down over this defeat much like in OTL.
Strangely, the very fact that the Russians did worse saved the Empire. In addition to the OTL Eastern Front, the Russians also fought the British in Central Asia. Their initial gains forced the British to create an Indian army, and those numbers allowed the British to press into Central Asia. Sometime in 1916, the British managed to cut the Trans-Siberian Railway. That brought the prospect of losing not only parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, but much - maybe all - of Siberia. So before he could be overthrown, the Czarist government sued for peace. It was a defeat - Russia suffered major territorial losses - but the Czar was able to spin it. There was an uprising, led by Trotsky, but it failed. Trotsky was executed, and pretty much all the hardcore socialists were exiled to Siberia. Since then, Russia has embraced serious reforms (the Ottomans and Chinese have done the same). At the start of the game, Russia is actually led by the Liberal party (although the reactionary backlash is coming).

Greece was on the winning side, but it didn't take anything from the Ottomans. Why?
Greece made the same gains as OTL. The Ottoman front was always secondary to both the British and the Germans, who were more concerned with France, so the Ottoman Empire was still in the fight when Paris fell and the French Republic collapsed.
 
Who are the world leaders?
A sampling:

Austro-Hungarian Empire: Emperor Franz I Hapsburg
Empire of Brazil: Emperor Pedro III Braganza
Empire of China: Emperor Puyi
Kingdom of France: King Jean III Bourbon
United Kingdom: King George V Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
German Empire: Kaiser Wilhelm II Hohenzollern
Workers' and Peasants' Democracy of Japan: Ito Noe
Japanese Empire: Emperor Hirohito
Kingdom of Naples: King Carlos VIII Bourbon
Papal States: Pope Pius XI
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: King George I von Wettin
Kingdom of Portugal: King Luis II Braganza
Russian Empire: Tsar Mikhail II Romanov
Kingdom of Sardinia: King Ludovico I Buonaparte, Prince Napoleon
Kingdom of Sicily: Interregnum
Kingdom of Spain: King Alfonso XIII Bourbon
Ottoman Empire: Sultan Abdulmecid II
Democratic Union of America: Joe Hill

One feature is that this world is more dominated by monarchies. In fact, not a single nation in Europe is currently planned to be a liberal republic (although that may change).
 
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A sampling:

Austro-Hungarian Empire: Emperor Franz I Hapsburg
Empire of Brazil: Emperor Pedro III Braganza
Empire of China: Emperor Puyi
Kingdom of France: King Jean III Bourbon
United Kingdom: King George V Windsor
German Empire: Kaiser Wilhelm II Hohenzollern
Workers' and Peasants' Democracy of Japan: Ito Noe
Japanese Empire: Emperor Hirohito
Kingdom of Naples: King Carlos I Bourbon
Papal States: Pope Pius IX
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: King George I von Wettin
Kingdom of Portugal: King Luis II Braganza
Russian Empire: Tsar Mikhail II Romanov
Kingdom of Sardinia: King Ludovico I Bonaparte, Prince Napoleon
Kingdom of Sicily: Interregnum
Kingdom of Spain: King Alfonso XIII Bourbon
Ottoman Empire: Sultan Abdulmecid II
Democratic Union of America: Joe Hill

One feature is that this world is more dominated by monarchies. In fact, not a single nation in Europe is currently planned to be a liberal republic (although that may change).
Charles of Naples would not be Charles I, there were already VII Kings by the same name. Ludovico would probably have the surname Buonaparte.
Is Franz I Franz Ferdinand? (He would actually be Franz III and II)
Thanks for telling me, I was planning to make the portraits!
 
I see you have read Decisive Darkness.
Indeed I have. But did you notice that there is also still a Japanese Empire?

Charles of Naples would not be Charles I, there were already VII Kings by the same name.
I will make a correction, although the Kingdom of Naples often sees itself as a successor to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. And, of course, there will be an option to reunite the Two Sicilies - King Charles of Naples is one of the candidates for the Sicilian throne, vacant since the death of King Manuel.

Ludovico would probably have the surname Buonaparte.
You'd be right. By the way, it should actually be the Kingdom of Sardinia and Corsica, formally.

Is Franz I Franz Ferdinand? (He would actually be Franz III and II)
Yes. The Great War had a completely different starting point. Right now, I've tentatively decided to make the Xinhai Revolution the starting point, but I need to work out the details - my knowledge of Chinese history is not very detailed.

Thanks for telling me, I was planning to make the portraits!
Awesome!
 
Which royal line is Pedro III from? Is he Prince Pedro de Alcantara or Prince Pedro Henrique?
Pedro de Alcantara. The Brazilian monarchy was never overthrown ITTL. Princess Isabel succeeded her father to become Empress Isabel I, and Pedro III succeeded her. Prince Pedro Henrique is still around, of course, and is another possible candidate for the Sicilian throne.
 
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