Spartakus is an upcoming alternate history modification for the popular strategy game Hearts of Iron IV. It is set in a universe where multiple post-Great War communist revolutions in Europe succeed, most notably in Germany.
The Great War was a time of death and suffering, but also set the right conditions for what philosophers such as Karl Marx could've only dreamed of: World Revolution. Within only five years, two of the worlds major powers had been swept up in the red revolutionary tide.
Now, the world stands deeply divided along ideological lines. The British Empire, seeing themselves a "bulwark" against the revolution, have expended much of their interwar resources on preventing additional revolutions across the globe. However, in 1929, the already struggling post-war economy had enough. In the infamous London Market Crash, whatever was left of the prosperity of Britain has withered away. Now, its Empire is threatened with collapse as its allies continue to distance themselves. In Burma, disgruntled socialists and monarchists have risen up in a full scale revolt against the crown, and it seems likely that the British reign in India will collapse in the coming years.
In the Soviet Union, the party continues to struggle after the sudden death of Vladimir Lenin in 1931. Divided among various internal cliques, revolutionary politician Lev Kamenev has taken the reigns of the Soviet Union for the moment. How long his shaky reign over the party will last is up for question, but nonetheless an end to this power struggle is necessary for the Soviet Union to ever recover from the Russian Civil War.
In Germany, the destruction of both the Great War and the Civil War is still quite visible. The Rhineland remains occupied under a French collaborationist regime, and Baden-Württemberg is under the local monarchy where the former Kaiser Wilhelm has taken refuge. Red Germany, or the FSRD, continues to dedicated most of its resources towards building Germany back to its former glory under the reign of revolutionary leader Rosa Luxemburg. This extended plan, however, has generated much discontent among the various represented groups, including the Bolshevik faction within the KPD, as well as the anarcho-syndicalist FAUD and the democratic socialist USPD.
It is now New Years Day, 1932. With communist and socialist regimes rooted in the Soviet Union, Germany, Bavaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Mongolia, it is becoming quite clear that Marx was correct to say:
"A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism."
With the Russian Revolution in 1917 ending Russian involvement in the Great War, a red tide across Europe seemed inevitable. Under the guidance of revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, the Red Army clashed with the opposing White Army in what would become known as the Russian Civil War. This started a wave of revolutions from Germany, to Hungary, to Italy, to Persia, to Spain, to Portugal and beyond.
In 1918, a battered German Empire signed an armistice with the Entente following the intervention of the United States in the previous year. With this, their fate was sealed. On the 9th of November, Emperor Wilhelm II abdicated, and the Weimar Republic was declared. This was not, however, the end. In the January 1919 elections, the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) emerged with over 24% of the vote. On May 1st 1919, a bloody year long Civil War would erupt, with the communists initially on the losing side.
However, 1920 brought new hope, for the Red Army had emerged victorious in the war with Poland. With the Russian Civil War coming to a close, the Red Army swept into Germany, turning the tide rapidly. The unprepared western allies, economically battered with a war weary population, were unable to intervene until the very last moment, upon which a treaty was the only option. On the 19th of November, the final remnants of the "White Army" in Germany were defeated, and victory was declared by the KPD.
Germany would now be known as the Free Socialist Republic of Germany.
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Hello, and welcome to the twelfth Dev Report for Spartakus. Here is the link to last weeks Dev Report.
I’ve been working on making two Yugoslav states, Montenegro and Serbia, playable, but I’ll only talk about Serbia in this dev report, as they’re the first to get a focus tree.
The Adriatic War was sparked by the Italians supporting the anti-Yugoslav elements in Montenegro, and tore apart the newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, splitting among three states.
The loss of all Great War gains caused mass unrest in Serbia, and in order to prevent it from escalating further, the parliament was suspended and all political organizations were banned. However, 10 years have passed since then, and King Alexander’s power is caving under pressure and various concessions to underground organizer and activists. He is massively unpopular, and probably won’t survive for long.
The May Day rally of 1932, the first one held since before the Great War, will be the tipping point of the collapsing monarchy.
Serbia is faced with the choice of adopting a modern constitution, or avoiding political change via an octroic constitution and allowing a single party in the parliament.
Upon adopting a modern constitution, Serbia will hold its first free elections, and choose between the two leading opposition parties.
If it chooses the octroic constitution, it can slide either back to a liberal coup, a communist revolution or a military government.
Further on, the reformation of Yugoslavia may be a major part of its foreign policy path, but more on this later, hopefully next week.
Hello everyone, it’s me back after quite a hiatus, 6 dev reports i believe, but I come bearing the British Raj Tree! Or at least a third of it… A military tree will be added eventually, but the current tree does some up the Raj’s position quite well.
At the start of 1932, the British Raj is not heavily affected by the depression, as an economy is required to have an economic crash, and the British Raj has little in the way of an internal economy, and what little exists serves the British colonial enforcers mostly, bar a miniscule Anglo-Indian middle class. But while the Raj maintains itself comfortably, more investments must be made to tide over the British aristocrat’s fortunes while London struggles with its Depression. Thus, the first part of the tree is about extracting more from the fruit that is India. For a player, this means long foci, that provide negligible reward
The foci are all 70 days, except the Budget ones, meaning most of the year will be spent doing nothing.
This all comes into sharp focus in 1934, where after the yearly budget occurs, -redacted- causes the near collapse of the Raj. Emergency changes must be made, and a desperate bid must be made to create an army independent of Britain, for the Crown may be too late to save the Raj
A choice must be made, over commit to rapidly building a military...
...and risk further internal troubles, or gamble on the fact that the new enemies of the Raj will take time to be ready to crush her and gradually build the economy...
...to support a massive army to crush the upstarts.
I can’t guarantee anything, but I hope it takes less time for another Indian report to pop-up after this one!
You might see this title and wonder what the hell I am doing with my modding time, but I assure you, this is just a side little flavor thing for the moment that I wanted to show off. I could show off more devwork in Portugal or Livonia but I am also getting very near being able to show off those two countries in Progress Reports and would rather not spoil the entire focus trees for them through teasers.
So, here is Somaliland:
Somaliland is dominated primarily by the Warsangali tribe under Maxamuud Cali Shiire due to their cooperation with the British near the end of the Dervish rebellion. The legacy of the Dervish State (1899-1920) still both haunts and unites the people of Somaliland of which many see as a valiant attempt to retain independence for the Somali peoples. However, the rebellion took a great toll on the population and prosperity of Somaliland and the neighboring Ogaden region in Ethiopia due to mass livestock raiding by the leader of the Dervish’s, Mohammed Abdullah Hassan (also known as the “Mad Mullah”).
With the British Empire experiencing many issues elsewhere that strain its ability to fund the Somaliland Protectorate, some have conspired to start another rebellion against the British to drive them out of the important port city and capital of Berbera. Will the Dervish State be reborn? Only time will tell.
I hope you enjoyed this little minor showcase. I am hoping to get another PR for both Portugal’s either next Friday or next weekend.
We hope you enjoyed the twelfth Dev Report! Remember to join the Discord as well, as many additional teasers are posted on there daily. Discord.gg
Dev Report 11: Portugal Rework Progress and Haitian and Danish Lore.
Dev Report 10: Austria Focus, Portuguese Decisions, Freedom, Five Warlords and a Disturbance in Ottawa.
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