In 1936, the British Raj is one of the largest countries in terms of manpower, area and natural resources. The Raj contributed over 2.5 million soldiers to the Allied war effort, making its army the largest volunteer force in the history of the World. However, they are still a puppet of the United Kingdom and their fate is inevitably tied to that of the UK.
The British Raj was the result of piecemeal annexation of Indian princely states by the British East India Company. After the failed Indian War for Independence in 1857, the British Government took control of India from the BEIC and the Raj was born with Queen Victoria being given the title of Empress of India. Modern day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar form part of the British Raj in 1936. Although some territories like Rajputana were independently governed under British suzerainty, they have been abstracted under the overall control of the Raj for game play purposes.
During World War 2, British India fielded the largest volunteer army in the war, and used it to contain the Japanese advance into the Indian Ocean basin, as well as stopping Japanese advances into the Indian subcontinent. The Battle of Imphal was a critical victory that stopped the Japanese army's advances from occupied Burma. The war, however, was not without consequences to the people of the Raj, as wartime needs for the military often superseded any civilian concerns. A massive famine in the Bengal region was blamed upon British refusal to send food supplies there in favor of sending those supplies to the European and African theaters.
The British Raj suffered politically during the war as different groups vied to command leadership of the then flourishing Indian independence movement. The Muslim League and the Indian National Congress disagreed on their opinions on supporting the British war effort, with the League backing the British and Congress calling for supporting the British in exchange for concessions. Eventually, the British government agreed to consider Indian independence after the war ended. The last Viceroy of India, Louis Mountbatten, left in 1947, just two years after the war.
- Main article: British Raj events
- Main article: British Raj national focus tree
British Raj, along with other nations of the British commonwealth, got a unique national focus tree (part of the Together for Victory expansion). Without the expansion the British Raj utilizes the Generic national focus tree.
The British Raj has a unique focus tree with 3 main branches:
- Provincial Elections focuses on gaining independence and modifies the debilitating national spirits of the British Raj.
- Lessons of the Great War focuses on expanding the army, establishes the air force and gives elite infantry divisions.
- Great Indian Peninsula Railway focuses on building infrastructure, naval dockyards, and gives extra research slots.
The British Raj starts with the fewest technologies in the Commonwealth, lacking any tank or naval technologies whatsoever.
|Army Technology||Naval Technology||Air Technology||Electronics & Industry|
The Raj starts with only 2 research slots. It can get a third quite quickly, but can't unlock any more until becoming independent. However, with Together for Victory it does get access to technology sharing from being in the Commonwealth. Becoming a dominion will increase the maximum cost reduction to -50% from -25%.
With the Together For Victory update it is now possible to leave the Commonwealth. India can choose to join the Comintern or Axis via the Swaraj branch of the National Focus tree. This will lead to a civil war which will be backed by your new allies.
With the Together for Victory DLC enabled, the British Raj starts with the following national spirits in both the 1936 and 1939 scenario. Otherwise, they don't start with any national spirits and the ones they gain are dependent on the choices they make in the generic national focus tree.
Princely States and Marginalized Muslim Community are automatically lost on becoming independent peacefully (including the more beneficial versions of these traits unlockable via focuses). Princely States and Risk of Famine are also removed if India becomes communist or fascist. Agrarian Society can't be removed.
|Conscription Law||Economy Law||Trade Law|
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|| Export Focus
The Raj can't increase its conscription law past Volunteer until it becomes independent.
In both the 1936 and 1939 scenario, the non-aligned Indian National Congress is the ruling political party in the British Raj with Lord Linlithgow acting as the Governor-General and Viceroy of India with overwhelming popularity.
The Raj starts with significant reserves of rare earth minerals and enough steel and oil to field a sizeable force.
|2 Military Factories||1 Naval Dockyard||14 Civilian Factories|
The Raj also starts with 53 free slots, enough to build up a much larger industrial base. If built up this way, it can rival some of the major countries.
Strategies and Guides
- See /common/on_actions/01_tfv_on_actions.txt
- See /common/ideas/British_Raj.txt