Blood and Iron is a major overhaul mod for Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness. The mod uses NNM as a base, with various reworked elements from other abandoned or finished mods or minimods such as Vickymod, PDM etc. The aim of the mod is to make the game more historical and realistic, while at the same time making sure it won't become too railroaded, as it also focuses on what-if scenarios and alternate outcomes if the player decides to follow a different path. Long term goals include revolutions, crisises and other major and important historical events neglected by the game developers to make the game more interesting, such as chances for World War 1 or the Russian Revolution to happen. It also heavily focuses on cultural and flavor events in an attempt to educate the player about the culture and history of certain countries and ethnic groups.
The main feature of this update is a new infantry type, the Stormtrooper. From what I can tell Guards meant to represent elite units (including stormtroopers) in vanilla, they have more attack but less defense compared to Infantry, in the mod however they were a straight upgrade to Infantry.
With the addition of Stormtroopers, Guards are now strictly defensive units, with less attack and speed, but with more defense compared to Infantry, while Stormtroopers are the exact opposite: more attack and speed but less defense. The new unit is tied to Stormtrooper Training, to invent it you need to research Infiltration.
I focused a little bit on the Middle East. Some religious compositions were fixed, added a few new tags for the Alawites and Druze, and a couple of organization decisions for GPs to create new states for the local Christians. I didn't have time to add the events I planned there, those will be in the next update.
The terrain has been improved in a few places, and changed some province shapes too. The most notable changes are near the Meuse. I added some decisions to partition those regions, something the fans of Kaiserreich will surely appreciate.
For a full list of changes, visit the Changes and plans article or the download page.
Here are some of the new changes and additions for this beta version.
Some basic info, changelog, future plans and notes.
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