My recent adventure in Hearts of Iron IV allows me to do something I’ve always wanted to: assume control of a fascist state and have fun with world borders. Here is the end state:
Here’s a quick recap: I assumed the control of Argentina in 1936. My friend, Peru, began influencing my politics and promoting fascism. Within a year, we had a fascist coup. Fascism caused my recruitable population to spike, and I began expanding my war industry to produce multiple artillery divisions, mountain brigades, and light armor divisions so I could invade Chile. However, there is one problem; the United States was guaranteeing the independence of every south American state, so invading chile would make me go to war with the highly industrialized nation that was the US. So, we waited. We watched. We began to promote our fascist ideology in America and planned a coup d’etat in America. We ended up inducing a massive civil war, forever plunging the world into chaos. Picture this: it’s 1940, you are Hitler, you receive word that American insurgents have assumed control of the midwest of the U.S. and wish to join your fascist anti-comnitern pact, so you say yes. This is exactly what happened, and it ended up plunging the U.S. into the conflict about a year before it was actually supposed to happen, while also crippling the nation, and forcing it to constantly fight a large force American fascists hell bent on control (the civil war raged until the end of the game). Now that America was crippled, we focused our sights on expansion of our borders. The creation of a fascist faction, the Latin Axis had occurred, with Peru and Argentina being the first members. Shortly after we gained a casus belli against Chile and subsequently invaded simultaneously. Peru took a main city in the north of Chile, whilst I took Santiago, the capital of Chile. The conflict lasted all of 10-20 days and ended with Chilean capitulation. The states were annexed and given to Argentina. Soon after this, Bolivia had a civil war and fascism won. Brazil had become fascist as well after a long civil war with military support from my nation. These nations would end up joining our latin axis, along with Romania and Spain. After this, I annexed Paraguay and Uruguay creating the Argentina you see on the map. Despite the initial successes of our axis and the crippling of the US, things started going downhill in Europe for Hitler. Hitler was losing territory fast and it was only 1942; the soviets had taken over most of Eastern Europe and some of central Europe and began creeping their way into Berlin. Hitler capitulated early, but remnants of his army remained in Africa, fucking up the colonies established their by European imperialists. Something else noteworthy: Russia had a minor civil war with little support that sprang from seemingly nothing in Stalingrad. An independent Serbian state formed and acted as opposition to the axis, meanwhile, Spain was being invaded by the U.K. while Spain was moving into France and Romania annexed Bulgaria and Greece. Sadly a civil war in Romania ensued and the Romanian fascists suddenly hated us. Meanwhile, the European colonies in South America were annexed by Brazil, and Venezuela joined the allies and began pushing into brazil. Unfortunately there is an abrupt stop in this alternate history, because I stopped playing and went to bed. I am really enjoying this game.