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Scandinavia and Finland are a big focus in the newly announced Hearts of Iron IV: Arms Against Tyranny expansion releasing later this year.

Arms Against Tyranny is the latest immersion pack for Hearts of Iron IV, Paradox Interactive's best-selling grand strategy wargame about the years around World War II. In Arms Against Tyranny, you will encounter new alternate histories and National Focus Trees for the nations of Scandinavia and Finland, with a heavy emphasis on the Winter War and Finland's struggle against Soviet invasion. 

Features of Hearts of Iron IV: Arms Against Tyranny include:

  • New Finnish National Focus Tree: Walk the diplomatic tightrope of a democratic nation trapped between threats, develop a capable defensive army, or pursue alternate historical paths of collaboration with the neighboring tyrants.
  • New Swedish National Focus Tree: Resource rich and fiercely independent, Sweden can be the center of a unified Scandinavian resistance, or a game-changing ally in the ongoing battle of ideologies.
  • New Danish and Norwegian Focus Trees: With the benefit of hindsight, can you prepare these small nations for the storm of war that is about to wash upon their shores?
  • Military Industrial Organizations: Customize your armaments industry by encouraging national corporations to specialize in the types of weapons and technology you desire for your armed forces.
  • International Arms Market: Become the quartermaster of the world by selling arms and equipment to the warring nations, receiving civilian factory capacity in return.
  • And more: New unit art, 10 new songs, customization of Special Forces units and greater divisional specialization.
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You can get a good look at all the improvements coming in their new developer diary. As always it will be accompanied by a free upgrade for all players named Stella Polaris. They're not giving out an exact date anywhere I can see on when it will be released as this is just the initial reveal.

Hearts of Iron IV also just celebrated its 7th anniversary, and clearly it's still going strong with it regularly seeing over 40,000 players on at a time each day making it one of the most popular Paradox games.

You can buy Hearts of Iron IV on Humble Store and Steam.

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dziadulewicz Jun 7, 2023
Finland fought against impossible odds for all of Nordic countries really..
CatKiller Jun 7, 2023
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Tangentially related, Paradox went into lots of detail about their strategy, profitability, and whatnot, at a recent conference. There are details in this article with (lots!) more detail in included links. Interesting if you're already interested in that kind of thing.
Purple Library Guy Jun 7, 2023
I wonder how different things might have been for Norway if someone had knocked off that bastard Quisling before things got started.
Linuxer Jun 7, 2023
Quoting: dziadulewiczFinland fought against impossible odds for all of Nordic countries really..

aaann kicked ass seriously!! read and saw pics about something called Raatetier battle,,
Brisse Jun 7, 2023
As a swede I have this weird habit of almost always playing Sweden (that goes for EUIV too). At face value it seems like an uninteresting choice in this game (unlike EUIV), but the thing is, you can chose to side with either of the three major coalitions, and it is just powerful enough to be able to decide the fate of the entire world. You can also successfully prevent the fascist takeover of Norway and Denmark, either by siding with them early on and supporting them, or by going communist and conquer them by invasion (works on Finland too if you side with the USSR). Or just allow the takeover to happen... Either way, you can side with the allies and win the game, you can side with the fascists and win the game and you can side with the communists and win the game. It's tricky, some more than others but they are all viable with some careful planning. Sounds like this expansion was basically made for me


Last edited by Brisse on 7 June 2023 at 9:51 pm UTC
dziadulewicz Jun 7, 2023
Quoting: Linuxer
Quoting: dziadulewiczFinland fought against impossible odds for all of Nordic countries really..

aaann kicked ass seriously!! read and saw pics about something called Raatetier battle,,

That's Battle of Raate Road, in -30 degrees celsius. The casualties for USSR were... Well, in a lack of a better word: substantial. I hear the historians talk about The Miracle of Winter War.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Raate_Road
Purple Library Guy Jun 8, 2023
Quoting: dziadulewicz
Quoting: Linuxer
Quoting: dziadulewiczFinland fought against impossible odds for all of Nordic countries really..

aaann kicked ass seriously!! read and saw pics about something called Raatetier battle,,

That's Battle of Raate Road, in -30 degrees celsius. The casualties for USSR were... Well, in a lack of a better word: substantial. I hear the historians talk about The Miracle of Winter War.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Raate_Road
It occurs to me that, ironically, learning that expensive lesson may have helped prepare the USSR to beat the Nazis in their winter campaigns against them.
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