>>229034>>228854>optimal path for any country is liberal democracy
This is absolute cancer and why most overhaul mods suck so much.
Democracy is literally watching paint dry in terms of gameplay enjoyability. You can't declare war. You can't send volunteers. You can't really do anything, aside from watching national focuses complete in your tiny 6 province dickless eunuch of a nation. You are entirely dependent on alliances to actually compete with the greater powers. And the alliance AI in HOI4 is utter and complete cancer.
I fucking hate Paradox, but I fucking hate mod-makers still more. PDX lets you be competitive as Romania, Hungary, or Bulgaria. Mods give Galicia-Lodemaria massive sprawling focus trees, just so you can passively exist as some impotent little alliance dicklet that has absolutely no engagement with the core gameplay of HOI4.
Seriously. Why would you play as some minor nation with a massive sprawling focus tree, when the end result is just passively watching your nation get dicked down hard because your allies decided to stack their entire army in Indonesia?
Seriously, if the only viable nation with actually enjoyable gameplay is Germany, the US, Russia, Japan and maybe the UK, then just give each one a massive focus tree. Give each of those plenty of options on how to conduct and carry out the war. You want HOI3? Good, then take that game's strategy and give each playable major replayability and new ways to conduct the war. Stop fucking wasting development time on playing as a minor who exists solely to provide an ineffectual 20 infantry divisions to some AI alliance so you can passively watch the game play itself to the inevitable conclusion when your nation gets completely steamrolled by GroBgermanium as your AI allies sit on their dicks.