I would first like to say that this is not a fact or information-based post, it is a rant, in an attempt to summarize what others may be potentially feeling about the topic.
With the rumors circulating around Yugoslavia being added in one of the upcoming updates, I would like to press hard on the topic of how Yugoslavia should be implemented.
I am not from any of the ex-Yugoslav countries. I have no national sympathy or pride in Yugoslavia or any of it’s following nations, but I take great interest in the ideas that the nation had over it’s vehicles.
War thunder had a bad impression with the addition of more trees after Israel, understandably due to the idea that copy-pasting vehicles does not constitute the addition of a new tree. Personally, I am opposed to the idea that copy paste vehicles are bad for the game, but that is not what I am here to discuss.
The impression that many have on the addition of Yugoslavia is that it is simply a nation with a multitude of copy paste vehicles from the west and the east. I disagree. Yugoslavia was imported a multitude of vehicles from foreign countries, yes, but the modifications made to those vehicles are so unique and so interesting that you cannot constitute these vehicles as ‘copy-paste’. These are not modifications like adding a .50 cal or swapping a gun (Israel). I would like to put forward the tech trees proposed on PikPikker:
and in the forum by Mahihew:
Many of the vehicles on this list are familiar, but their modifications are wildly distinct. Far more distinct and numerous than what can be crammed into a sub-tree.
Sub tech trees are/should be used for nations who do not possess the number or uniqueness in vehicles to constitute a full tree. Such examples would be like Korea, Switzerland, or Romania- which while respectfully possess unique vehicles, are far suited to be comfortably inserted into other larger trees like Japan, Germany, etc.
We have seen similar things done with Hungary, Finland, and South Africa, who fulfill these characteristics for being inserted into other trees.
Yugoslavia does not fulfill these characteristics, for the very fact that its designs and manufacturing vary greatly and numerically.
Not only this, but It cannot be stressed enough of how massive an opportunity of an independent Yugoslav tech tree would be providing for minor tech trees and nations, particularly axis nations- rather than having to worry about how to implement such nations and vehicles into other trees, they can be conglomerated or incorporated into a major diverse tree like Yugoslavia. If Gaijin does so, this would clear up a whole host of the community who constantly request these nations to be added, knocking multiple birds out with one stone. Romania, Poland, Czechoslovka (If not implemented as a sub tree to USSR), Ukraine (maybe), Visegrad 4, etc. Yugoslavia is viewed by many as an underdog nation, especially by it’s ex-nationals, if you were creative about it, you could use it as a platform for under-dog vehicles like technicals and concepts from other underdog places namely the middle east (but this Idea I will admit is controversial).
We must also discuss incentives. Gaijin has to get something in return, and Yugoslavia would be providing massive incentives for a diverse array of premiums. There are a multitude of vehicles that could potentially be added as premiums, both indiginous and imports. Sub-tech trees are typically restricted in the numerity of premiums that can be added to their host trees, for the obvious fact that they are part of a larger tree and therefore the premiums will be dominated by the host country.
An independent Yugoslavia would allow for a larger pool of premiums for players to choose from, for not only including Yugoslav vehicles, but also potentially other nation’s vehicles. By adding Yugoslavia to another tech tree, you throw away these opportunities for the sales of premiums, in order to not end up overwhelming the host-tree’s indiginous premiums. This is a conflict that can be completely avoided with independence.
Trade offs and negatives to an independent Yugoslavia:
Fortunately, Yugoslavia has a relatively dished out low-tier comapred to Israel, so theres no need for a mid-tier startup. However, there are other negatives to adding an independent Yugoslavia. The most obvious is the fact that depriving Yugoslavia of a tree like the Soviets or other (which?) would be negative for a host tree, since said tree would not be receiving the benefits of the sub-tree. However, this is mitigated by the fact that there is still a whole host of nations that perfectly fit the qualifications to be sub-trees. Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Korea, Ukraine, Indonesia, etc.
Yugoslavia has amounted a number of indiginous aircraft, but they have also imported a multitude of other aircraft. If there is a case to be made to have Yugoslavia as a sub-tree, the air tree admitedly seems more akin to fitting the characteristics of one. But, with research, these gaps could potentially be filled as new aircraft are discovered with time that also fits Gaijin’s qualifications for being added. But again, I reiterate, these are gaps that could be filled by other minor nations, a flexibility provided mostly by independence.
If Yugoslavia’s vehicles do not meet the numerical qualifications to become independent as a tree, a combined nation tree such as with Poland could make up for that fact.
TLDR: Yugoslavia added as an independent tree would be like adding a door to a game, a door that can open in many directions for minor trees that wouldn’t be represented easily otherwise. Adding Yugoslavia as a sub-tree would be like taking that door and turning it into a dog-door that only Yugoslavia itself would fit through.