Danzig or War

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In Hearts of Iron 3 the Danzig or War is a decision and event that starts World War Two in Europe.

Context

In March 1938 Germany annexed Austria, provoking little response from other European powers. Encouraged, Hitler began pressing German claims on the Sudetenland, an area of Czechoslovakia with a predominantly ethnic German population; France and Britain conceded this territory to him, against the wishes of the Czechoslovak government, in exchange for a promise of no further territorial demands. However, soon after that, Germany and Italy forced Czechoslovakia to cede additional territory to Hungary and Poland. In March 1939 Germany invaded the remainder of Czechoslovakia and subsequently split it into the German Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and the pro-German independent client state, the Slovak Republic.

Polish infantry marching.

Alarmed, and with Hitler making further demands on Danzig, France and Britain guaranteed their support for Polish independence; when Italy conquered Albania in April 1939, the same guarantee was extended to Romania and Greece. Shortly after the Franco-British pledge to Poland, Germany and Italy formalized their own alliance with the Pact of Steel.

In August 1939 Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, a non-aggression pact. This treaty included a secret protocol placing western Poland and Lithuania in the German sphere of influence while placing eastern Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and the Romanian province of Bessarabia in the Soviet sphere of influence.

On September 1, 1939, Germany and Slovakia attacked Poland and World War II broke out. France, Britain, and the countries of the Commonwealth declared war on Germany but provided little military support to Poland other than a small French attack into the Saarland. On September 17, 1939, after signing an armistice with Japan, the Soviets launched their own invasion of eastern Poland.

On 8 October, Germany directly annexed western Poland and the former Free City of Danzig and placed the remaining block of territory under administration of the newly established General Government.

Details

In order for this event to fire time is past March 1939 or 1940, Germany is not in an alliance with Poland, Germany is not a subject, Poland is not a subject of Germany, Germany has less than 1% dissent and is not at war.

This event will reduce Canada's, Australia's, and New Zealand's neutrality by 20, Germany's by three, Germany's relations with Poland by 25, United Kingdom by ten, and increase Germany's threat on all by 20.

The A.I. Germany will execute this event 100% of the time. A.I. Poland will reject it 100% of the time, which reduces Poland's dissent by five improves relations with the Soviet Union by five, the United Kingdom by ten, and France by ten. A Human Poland can fold ceding Danzig, improving relations with Germany by ten, reducing relations with Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and France by five, and increasing dissent by five. If Poland folds then Germany's dissent will decrease by ten, and its relations with Poland will increase by five.

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