Belgium

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Belgium
Belgium.png
Capital:
Brussels

Government Type:
Democratic Regime

Faction:
Neutral
Belgium is a minor country located in Western Europe. Historically they attempted to remain neutral, but were forced into the war when Germany invaded through the Ardennes to reach Paris, simultaneously taking the rest of Belgium. In the game, it is led by Hubert Pierlot, but that is not historically correct for 1936.


National Spirit[edit]

Belgium does not have National Spirits in the current version.

Technology[edit]

Belgium begins with the following researched:

  • Basic eq.
  • Weapons I
  • Motorized
  • Support Equipment
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I
  • Trench Warfare
  • Interwar Fighter

Diplomacy[edit]

Belgium is a mostly neutral country, with all diplomacy values revolving around "Different Ideology", "Same Ideology" and "Same Ruling Party". They do not have any special relations with countries, but that will change quickly.

Alliances[edit]

Belgium does not have any alliances to begin with.

Geography[edit]

The main part of Belgium is in the area of the Low Countries, above Flag of France France. It is made up of two states, Vlaanderen and Wallonie. They have a land border with Flag of Germany Germany (the Rhineland, which is demilitarized in the 1936 start), France, the Flag of Netherlands Netherlands and Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg. They are not landlocked, with a sea border and Naval Base on the English Channel.

Mainland Belgium is a very diverse geographical area, yet it does contain one very important area -- the Ardennes. The Ardennes are a very large rocky forested plateau in southeast Belgium. They are known for being used by the German Military to infiltrate France and Belgium during World War 2. Also in Belgium are coastal plains in the northwest, with many sand dunes and reclaimed land. Finally, in the center is the central plateau containing large amounts of fertile land, along with bits of rocky terrain, such as caves and gorges.

They also control the Belgian Congo, a large region in the middle of Africa. There, they border the colonies of the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom, Flag of Portugal Portugal and France. It is made up of three states, Leopoldville, Stanleyville and Central Congo. It is also not landlocked, with access to the Atlantic Ocean via a small strip of land in the state of Leopoldville that contains a Naval Base. The Belgian Congo is made mostly of large tropical rain forests, as well as bits of plains and savanna in the south, grasslands in the north and mountains in the west and east.

National Focus[edit]

Belgium has the same focus tree as all minor countries, with nothing completed. The tree begins with Army Effort, Naval Effort, Aviation Effort, Industrial Effort and Political Effort. Proper use can make Belgium unique compared to those with a more centralized focus tree (Germany, United Kingdom, etc.).

Events[edit]

Belgium is subject to Germany's "Around Maginot" National Focus, where Germany will gain a war goal and justification to invade Belgium.

Politics[edit]

Ideology[edit]

Democracy Catholic Block
  • No Can declare war on a country with the same ideology group without a war goal.
  • Yes Can guarantee other ideologies.
  • Yes Lowers World Tension with Guarantees.
  • No Can puppet a country.
  • No Can justify war goals against a country that have not generated world tension.
  • Generate war goal tension limit: +100%
  • Join faction tension limit: +80%
  • Lend-lease tension limit: +50%
  • Send volunteers tension limit: +50%
  • Guarantee tension limit: +25%
  • Take states cost: +25%
  • Annex cost: +50%

Political Parties[edit]

Political Party Ideology Popularity Party Leader Is Ruling?
Catholic Block Democratic 83% Hubert Pierlot Yes
Kommunistische Partij van Belgie Communist 6% Joseph Jacquemotte No
Parti Rexiste Fascist 11% Leon Degrelle No
Non-Aligned Non-Aligned 0% Gustave d'Oultremont No

Laws[edit]

Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Volunteer Only.png Volunteer Only
  • 1.5% Recruitable population
Civilian Economy.png Civilian Economy
  • 30% Consumer Goods factories
  • –30% Factory construction speed
  • +30% Factory (type) conversion cost
Export Focus.png Export Focus
  • 50% Resources to market
  • –5% Research time
  • +10% Factory output
  • +10% Construction speed

Ministers[edit]

Political Advisors

Advisor Type Effect Cost
Paul-Henri Spaak Captain Of Industry Military Factory Construction Speed +10%, Dockyard Construction Speed +10% 150 pp
Julien Lahaut Communist Revolutionary Daily Communism Support: +0.10, Gain Event Communism On The Rise 150 pp
Joris Van Severen Fascist Demagogue Daily Fascist Support: +0.10 150 pp
Jocelyn Percy Armaments Organizer Civilian to MIlitary Factory conversion cost: -20% 150 pp
Achille Van Acker Democratic Reformer Daily Democracy Support: +0.10, Gain Event Move Towards Democracy 150 pp
Paul Van Zeeland Silent Workhorse National unity: +15.0% 150 pp

Economy[edit]

6 Military factory Military Factories 0 Naval dockyard Naval Dockyard 12 Civilian factory Civilian Factories
Oil.png Oil Rubber.png Rubber Steel.png Steel Aluminum.png Aluminium Tungsten.png Tungsten Chromium.png Chromium
0(0) 0(0) 48(24) 0(0) 2(1) 0(0)

*These numbers represent the available resources for production at start of the game. In the bracket are the complete numbers including those lost for trading.

Military[edit]

Manpower totals 125.35K, with 35.45K Free Manpower.

Army[edit]

7Leg infantry.pngInfantry Divisions 1Motorized.pngMotorized Division 2Cavalry.pngCavalry Divisions 1 Engineer cropped.png Colonial Division

Total: 11 Divisions

Manpower.png Manpower Used: 89.50K

Navy[edit]

No No Ships

Total: 0 Ships

Manpower.png Manpower Used: 0

Air Force[edit]

20 Air Skirmish.png Fighters

Total: 20 Planes

Manpower.png Manpower Used: 400

Strategies and Guides[edit]

Example Strategy[edit]

Abandon the Grand Battle Plan doctrine and go for the Mobile Warfare doctrine. It gives more bonuses and Belgium can make a decent economy so producing tanks shouldn't be a problem. Switch to Facist and invade The Netherlands and Luxembourgh at the same time. (You can have the help of Germany, but you can do it yourself.)

If you declare war at the same time to multiple countries, France and England will not be able to gaurantee if you do it fast. (And the World Tension is under 25%)

Once annexed them (and you can say, united BeNeLux), things will be mostly easy. Germany will likley accept the request to join the Axis and global dimination is nearby!

Miscellaneous Tips[edit]

In the event of German invasion, a mini strategy would be to move your forces back along the river Meuse (the river in front of Namur and Liege). Rivers give a defense bonus. You can also build land forts.

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