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Historical Background[edit]

Switzerland is a minor country in Europe. It shares borders with 3 of the game's 7 major powers; Flag of France France on the west, Flag of Italy Italy to the south, Flag of Germany Germany to the north, and Flag of Austria Austria to the east. Switzerland aggressively maintained its neutrality in the Great War and later, World War II.

National Spirit[edit]

Neutral Foreign Policy icon
Neutral Foreign Policy
  • Join faction tension limit: +100%
  • Send volunteers tension limit +20%
  • Guarantee tension limit +100%
Neutrality is sometimes viewed as a craven stance, but this nation trusts that when the dust settles, those who don't take sides may be better off than those who did.


As a Democratic country, Switzerland has slightly positive relations with the same ideology (+10), and more strongly positive relations with countries that share the same ruling party (+20). Switzerland has a slightly negative relationship with all Communist, Fascist, and Non-Aligned countries (-10).

Switzerland does not have claims or cores on foreign soil.

National Focus[edit]

As of version 1.3, Switzerland has the same Focus Tree as all other minor countries.


Switzerland starts in 1936 as a democracy with elections every four years; the next falls on October 1939. The Federal Council is in power.

Switzerland has the following political parties:

Political Party Ideology Popularity Party Leader Country Name Is Ruling?
Federal Council Democracy Democratic 96% Federal Council Switzerland Yes
Kommunistische Partei der Schweiz (KPS) Communism Communist 2% Fritz Platten United Cantons no
Fronten Bewegung (FB) Fascism Fascist 2% Dr. Max Leo Keller Swiss Imperial Confederation no
Freisinnig-Demokratische Partei (FDP) Neutrality Non-Aligned 0% Ernest Béuin Switzerland no


Switzerland begins the 1936 campaign with limited industrial capacity, and lacks access to most resources except aluminum.


Factories 1936
Military factory4 Military Factory Naval dockyard0 Naval Dockyards Civilian factory7 Civilian Factories

Conscription Law Economy Law Trade Law
Limited Conscription.png Limited Conscription
  • 2.5% 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/Dockyard output
  • +10% Construction speed


Total resources 1936
Oil.pngOil Aluminum.pngAluminium Rubber.pngRubber Tungsten.pngTungsten Steel.pngSteel Chromium.pngChromium
0 52 0 0 0 0

These numbers represent the available resources, depending on trade law a certain amount may be traded away.


Switzerland begins with three research slots available to the player.

Latest Technologies Researched 1936
Army Technology Naval Technology Air Technology Electronics & Industry Doctrines
  • Infantry Equipment I: Karabiner K31
  • Mountain Infantry I
  • Engineer Company I
  • Recon Company I

None Researched

  • Interwar Fighter
  • Close Air Support I

None Researched

None Researched


Switzerland possesses a modest military for its size and resources, which consists of 20 land divisions, 12 close air support planes, and 36 interwar fighter planes.

Unlike many other Democratic countries, Switzerland begins with Limited Conscription in place. However, given the country's size, Limited Conscription only provides a mere 5.99K of free manpower.


12Leg infantry.pngInfantry Divisions 2Cavalry.pngCavalry Divisions 6Mountaineers.pngMountaineer Divisions

Total: 20 Divisions

Manpower.png Manpower Used: 94.80K


Switzerland is a landlocked country and has no Navy.

Air Force[edit]

Aircraft 1936
Close air support.png
12 Close Air Support
Air Skirmish.png
36 Fighters

Total: 48 Planes

Manpower.png Manpower Used: 960

Strategies and guides[edit]

When playing as Switzerland it is quite important for the player to begin building more forts on their border(s) with France, the Reich, Austria, and Italy as all 4 can easily be threats (yes even Austria) in the early game, unless the player invests heavily in manpower and forces. Switzerland in real life is one of the hardest countries to besiege of all time which is why Hitler didn't even bother with it or see at as a priority. This is portrayed quite faithfully ingame as no country ever declares war on Switzerland because of AI, through focuses or otherwise, and therefore the player's best bet is to just wait for the war around you to begin, and then choose sides and join a Faction. A player's best bet would likely be to find the Swiss Nazi-Party and become Fascist and ally with the Reich and Italy in the Axis and assist the Italians and Germans in their War against France in some a form of Swiss Axis Auxiliary Force. Or to join the Allies as soon as Germany starts making enemies due to being democratic and World Tension likely being that high by that point.

Alternatively, if one wishes to make significant prewar gains, they can use a significantly more aggressive strategy. Be warned, however, that this will take some tactical skill to pull off successfully. First off, the top priority is to rush fascism (or theoretically communism, but fascism's manpower bonus is preferable). The moment Switzerland gets the fascist coup, begin justifying on neighboring Austria, assemble all of your troops on Austria's border, and devise a plan for invasion. If one wishes to make use of paratroopers to drop directly into Austria's cities, they theoretically could, but the transport planes may take more resources than is necessarily wise. Regardless of the invasion plan's details, the point is to conquer Austria before Germany does the Anschluss focus (yes, conquer; remember, Germany can still Anschluss them even if Austria's at war). This may require a couple of restarts, but if successful, Switzerland will be in a much stronger position when World War II kicks off.


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