Blood and Iron is a major overhaul mod for Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness. It's based on NNM and includes various reworked elements from other mods or minimods such as Vickymod, PDM etc. The main focus is on fixing, improving and balancing the game and expanding it with more gameplay mechanics, as well as to make the game more historical and realistic by adding more major and important historical events and nations in a way that it doesn't become too bloated and railroaded, as it also focuses on what-if scenarios and alternate outcomes if the player decides to follow a different path, and to make every country interesting and fun to play by adding more flavor events.

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As you can see the main features of this update are the new casus bellis. Some of these are really pushing the limits of what is possible with modding, so make sure to read the tooltips before using them.

Liberating a country that you would like to keep as a puppet was a costly and time-consuming procedure requiring multiple wars, a lot of infamy and prestige loss. With the Liberate and Puppet Country casus belli you can now liberate non-existent countries as your vassals. Only available for Great Powers and as the tooltip says make sure not to use it with normal Liberate Country or Free People CBs for other non-existent countries.

Liberate and Puppet Country


There is a Dismantle Fortifications casus belli in the game which destroys all forts and naval bases in the selected states, but there was no way to force a country to dismantle factories. With the Dismantle Industry casus belli it is now possible. This was a bit trickier to make, and it only works with one country at the time. If you want to add the wargoal for multiple countries then make sure to peace out one by one. Be careful with it though, it could cause some economic problems if you overuse it.

Dismantle Industry


With the Place in the Sun casus belli you can only take one colonial state per wargoal, and if you want to take something like Nigeria or Congo from another colonial nation it's gonna cost a lot of infamy. With the Take Colony casus belli you can now take an entire organized colony. It's only available for Great Powers after Great Wars are unlocked or after you research Mass Politics to give enough time for the colonial core spreading events to happen. It took a long time to make this work but figuring this CB out also gave me an idea on how to improve colonial dismantlements.

Take Colony


In vanilla the Rhine Crisis is only represented by a simple decision that gives you a Free People and an Acquire State casus belli, but you can't really use those to take or liberate the entire Rhineland. Now that decision triggers an event where you can try to liberate a French puppet Rhineland, conquer the Left Bank from Prussia or back down. Winning the war with the second option and following this event chain will put you way above the infamy limit to trigger a potential Great Power coalition against you, but it also unlocks a casus belli you can use to restore the natural borders of France, which works a similar way as the Acquire Austrian Core casus belli: you won't get cores but you can use the CB without justification as long as the conditions are met.

Rhine Crisis


Because countries within the same sphere of influence can't declare war on each other, I added some arbitrations for the sphere owner to settle some well known territorial disputes, where you can award the entire region to one country or split it between the two. Right now they are only available for some Balkan and Central European countries but I'm gonna add these for more places in the future. Check the changelog for the full list of nations and regions they are available for.

Great Power Arbitrations


I finally got around to make some major map changes. For this update I mostly focused on the starting borders of North- and South America, most importantly the US-Mexican border, where the vanilla borders were really off.

Map changes


As part of the new flavor there is an event chain about the Franklin Expedition. There isn't much about it in vanilla except an event about the HMS Resolute, which I connected to the new events. I made it possible to save them too, but it's gonna be a really rare occurrence.

Franklin Expedition


For a full list of changes, visit the Changes and plans article or the download page.

At first I didn't want to release another beta update and this one would have been in an in-development version you can download separately, but over the months I've added more than enough content for another major update. I'm not sure if I want to release another one until 1.0, so to make sure you don't have to wait a long time I created a GitHub where I'm gonna post bugfixes, new decisions and events, map or graphical changes or just general balances and improvements. However none of the main features planned for the next update will be uploaded there, those will only be in the release version. I will let you guys know when there are new changes available there. Visit the link below, you can find some extra stuff there too. Edit: New updates are available on GitHub!

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Rebel Funding, Confucianism and Paraguayan War

Rebel Funding, Confucianism and Paraguayan War

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Here are some of the new changes and additions for this beta version.

Stormtroopers

Stormtroopers

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Introducing a new land unit from the next beta version.

Partisans, Industrial Slaves and Balkan War

Partisans, Industrial Slaves and Balkan War

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Here are some of the new changes and additions for this beta version.

Beta v3

Beta v3

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Here are some of the new changes and additions for this beta version.

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Blood and Iron Beta v6a for 3.04

Blood and Iron Beta v6a for 3.04

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(OCTOBER 31 EDIT: New updates are available on GitHub!) Make sure to DELETE THE PREVIOUS VERSION and the MAP AND FLAG CACHE when you are updating or the...

Blood and Iron Beta v6a for 3.03

Blood and Iron Beta v6a for 3.03

Full Version

(OCTOBER 31 EDIT: New updates are available on GitHub!) Make sure to DELETE THE PREVIOUS VERSION and the MAP AND FLAG CACHE when you are updating or the...

Blood and Iron Beta v5.5 for 3.04

Blood and Iron Beta v5.5 for 3.04

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This is the second half of this beta release. Make sure to delete the previous version and the map and flag cache when you are updating. NOTE: The 1861...

Blood and Iron Beta v5.5 for 3.03

Blood and Iron Beta v5.5 for 3.03

Full Version

This is the second half of this beta release. Make sure to delete the previous version and the map and flag cache when you are updating. NOTE: The 1861...

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Guest
Guest

hello, a question why almost the populations in this mod do not migrate colonial to colonial provinces despite having the colonial migration technologies terminated.

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MorningstarG
MorningstarG

i'm must ask will you had the cadian culture in Louisiane or is it not important enough?

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antonius117 Creator
antonius117

They are represented by Catholic pops. I don't want to change the current US culture split.

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Guest
Guest

I absolutely love this mod. However, I also despise the base reform system in vic2. Can you tweak the reforms around a bit, maybe add a couple or push the numbers around so that it doesn't all feel so stupid and straightforward? Thanks, looking forward to new updates.

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antonius117 Creator
antonius117

Most of the effects are different from vanilla. There won't be any new reforms because I don't think they are necessary. Some reforms that other mods might have are or will be available in different forms such as decisions.

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Guest
Guest

Hi in version 3.03 the game immediately crashes when I press the decisions icons, and as Japan when the Republic of Ezo event fires theres no event to reconquer it, and Ezo is relocated to Sakhalin instead of Hokkaido

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antonius117 Creator
antonius117

The first one sounds like a wrong version or cache issue because mine works. I fixed the Ezo events for the latest GitHub update.

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CharlesM
CharlesM

It seems like a nice mod and all, but I'm sort of new to the moddb thing. I'm using this site to download mods for the apple version of vicky 2. Yes, I have HOD, I just need help implementing the mod into the game. Help?

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Guest
Guest

When you open the dialog screen before launching Victoria 2, you should see a little folder next to a drop down menu that says "use game mod:". If you click that folder it will open the game local files where you can put mods. Put the mod folder and the .mod file there. Select the mod when you open the dialog screen again and it will work :)

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CharlesM
CharlesM

Whenever I download this mod, I get the document, not the folder. It still doesn't seem to work...

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Guest
Guest

What you download is a compressed file, install and use The Unarchiver to extract the folder and the .mod file.

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CharlesM
CharlesM

Thanks so much!!!!

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A really well made and fun mod, with a lot of fixes and improvements compared to vanilla.

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