Hearts of Iron III, the third installment of the "Hearts of Iron" series, is a comprehensive World War II strategy game that lets the player take command of any existent nation in the world between the years of 1936 to 1948.
Unlike many games Hearts of Iron III is unique in the sense that there is no specific route or objectives that have to be undertaken, the game also has no specific ending either: You can lead the Germans to World domination or you could avoid starting World War II altogether, the outcomes are heavily influenced by the user.
The game is focused around the concept of there being three key power holding factions. Axis, Allied and Comintern. The most powerful faction is determined by which one has the most Victory points by 1948, Victory points are achieved from holding strategic territories.
The user essentially has to manage the key aspects of his chosen nation. You can manage your economy and domestic production, your diplomacy with other nations, domestic and international espionage, technological development and research and finally the domestic political structure of your nation.
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