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Beginner's guide

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Choosing a nation
== Choosing a nation ==
Proper selection of a nation to play is essential to learning the game. For players who have never played a previous Hearts of Iron game, selecting a nation that was (more or less) at peace during WW2 is a good starting point.
* Brazil is an interesting choice. It is a regional power in South America: having a relatively strong industry and a reasonable military capacity. Most importantly for the newbie: Brazil is not seriously threatened by her neighbours. It is possible to wage regional, low intensity warfare with some South American neighbours when the player is ready by raising the threat of those nations with spies, but bear in mind that the USA guarantees most Latin American countries' independence, and will, in all likelihood, intervene on their behalf. These small scale battles will introduce the player to the basic concepts of military warfare (headquarters, logistics, frontage, etc.).
* Australia offers a little more excitement. The player will have years to build up to the war in the Pacific, and defending the home land is relatively easy. Australia is an excellent way to learn the navy in a simplistic setting, and also provides some insight into resource management and overseas logistics.
* Germany can be a good choice in the 1939 scenario to learn how to control your military. For that case set politics, diplomacy, espionage and technology to AI control and focus on your units. The German army is poised to strike at Poland and it is an excellent opportunity to learn how best to employ your units.

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