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I need some advice please on the workings of the *_nations.ini file in some SF2 terrain folders. Asking because I see two different formats for the  contents of the file, such as this in the "TimorNO" terrain:

[LimitedNationList]
FriendlyNation001=Australia
FriendlyNation002=AustralianNavy
FriendlyNation003=NewZealand
EnemyNation001=Indonesia
EnemyNation002=China

and this in the "Formosa" terrain:

[Nation001]
NationID=024
Name=Taiwan
DisplayName=Republic of China Air Force
Alignment=FRIENDLY
PilotNameList=NamesChineseWG.lst
RankList=RanksUSAF.lst
CallsignList=CallsignsUS.lst
Formation.Fighter=USFighter
Formation.Attack=USFighter
Formation.Bomber=USBomber
Formation.Transport=USBomber
Formation.Tank=USTank
Formation.MobileAD=USAD
PilotTrainingStandard=Normal
GenderRatio=0

[Nation002]
NationID=023
Name=China
DisplayName=PLAAF
Alignment=ENEMY
PilotNameList=NamesChineseYP.lst
RankList=RanksPLA.lst
CallsignList=CallsignsUS.lst
Formation.Fighter=SovietFighter
Formation.Attack=SovietFighter
Formation.Bomber=SovietBomber
Formation.Transport=SovietBomber
Formation.Tank=SovietTank
Formation.MobileAD=SovietAD
PilotTrainingStandard=Normal
GenderRatio=0

 

Which of these is the correct format please, and if they're both "correct", why are they different?

Thanks

Mike

 

 

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age difference .... the lower (Formosa) is the very early style, possibly even SF1

the upper is the newer, correct SF2 style

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Actually, this isn't the whole truth (what Wrench said being true, but not the whole picture).

The first format is for using Nations already set in the global NATIONS.INI file (this is usually all SF2 needs) or set within the local *_NATIONS.INI file (requiring further declarations).

The second format is to set new Nations, not already present in the global NATIONS.INI, for use by the AI only (as you can't select the defined nation otherwise); you have to make sure it uses a unique NationID though as duplicates MAY cause problems (usually doesn't because they exist as SF1 legacy, representing the same nations with same names and IDs).

I use this to prune nations I don't intend to fly from the global NATIONS.INI, while adding them to their specific terrains, allowing me to have a shorter, more pertinent service list to choose from, while keeping everything working as intended.

In short, in SF2 they're complementing each other for specific purposes, not alternatives.

For example you can do something like :

[LimitedNationList]
FriendlyNation001=Australia
FriendlyNation002=AustralianNavy
FriendlyNation003=NewZealand
EnemyNation001=Indonesia
EnemyNation002=China
EnemyNation003=Mordor

[Nation001]
NationID=xxx (ideally a number greater than the last one used in the NATION.INI, but I haven't tested if it's required to be in sequence or if gaps in the sequence are supported, assume it's not)
Name=Mordor
DisplayName=Mordor
Alignment=Enemy
PilotNameList=NamesChineseWG.lst
RankList=RanksUSAF.lst
CallsignList=CallsignsUS.lst
Formation.Fighter=USFighter
Formation.Attack=USFighter
Formation.Bomber=USBomber
Formation.Transport=USBomber
Formation.Tank=USTank
Formation.MobileAD=USAD
PilotTrainingStandard=Normal
GenderRatio=0

 

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3 hours ago, Gunrunner said:

[LimitedNationList]
FriendlyNation001=Australia
FriendlyNation002=AustralianNavy
FriendlyNation003=NewZealand
EnemyNation001=Indonesia
EnemyNation002=China
EnemyNation003=Mordor

[Nation001]
NationID=xxx (ideally a number greater than the last one used in the NATION.INI, but I haven't tested if it's required to be in sequence or if gaps in the sequence are supported, assume it's not)
Name=Mordor
DisplayName=Mordor
Alignment=Enemy
PilotNameList=NamesChineseWG.lst
RankList=RanksUSAF.lst
CallsignList=CallsignsUS.lst
Formation.Fighter=USFighter
Formation.Attack=USFighter
Formation.Bomber=USBomber
Formation.Transport=USBomber
Formation.Tank=USTank
Formation.MobileAD=USAD
PilotTrainingStandard=Normal
GenderRatio=0

 

I'm really interested, what type of planes Mordor is currently flying. :biggrin:

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You'll find them in the "What If..." section, along with a couple others (good guys).

Edit:

found the "The good guys". Both these uploads had lost their images, so I had to re-upload them.

 

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Well here's my root problem. I'm trying to fly missions as the "good guys" in the Himalayas terrain by Wrench & Maj Lee, with modern (ie post-1980) ac, with the following Himalaya_Nations.ini file:

[Theater]
TheaterName=Somewhere over Himalayas
Location001=Nepal
Location002=PRC

[LimitedNationList]
FriendlyNation001=USAF
FriendlyNation002=USMC
FriendlyNation003=RAF
FriendlyNation007=Australia
FriendlyNation008=Singapore
EnemyNation001=China
//EnemyNation002=Soviet

Trouble is, the Chinese never show up. When I fly as the Chinese, though, I do meet the "Western" ac.

How do I fix this please?

Thanks

Mike

 

 

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Do the Chinese have aircrafts with compatible service dates ?

Do these aircrafts have missions types compatible with the player flown mission (Intercept vs Strike, CAP vs Sweep, and so on) and the terrain ?

Do these aircrafts have the range required to perform assigned missions ?

These are 3 things I'd check if we are to assume the problem lies with the planeset.

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Thanks Gunrunner,

My next question, does China have to be the “primary” nation for an aircraft, or is it acceptable for China to be an “importee”?

Because in messing around I’ve found I can make North Korea show up as an importee, but not the People’s Republic of China. 

Mike

 

 

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I vaguely recall a similar issue with my fictional terrain/countries install. Although most of the planes were all country specific, it seemed some weren't showing up as enemy AI. It "may" have been because I didn't make a UserList for them. So maybe a country specific aircraft still needs a UserList entry, maybe. Lot's of  "maybe's"  but might be worth checking.

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With SF2 to guarantee a plane to show up for a specific nation reliably it must either be the primary operator or have a userlist entry for the nation.

For example in your MyAircraft.INI file you need to have :

[AircraftData]
AircraftFullName=Whatever
(...)
Userlist=MyAircraft_Userlist.ini
(...)

then you need a MyAircraft_Userlist.ini file with content following the syntax :

[China]
ServiceStartYear=1980
ServiceEndYear=1990
Availability=COMMON

[Russia]
ServiceStartYear=1978
ServiceEndYear=1988
Availability=VERY_COMMON

The nation names in brackets being the NationName used in your Nations.ini (and it works with nation declared locally in a terrain as per my previous post).

Entries in the Userlist have priority over entries in the AircraftData (so the AircraftData might say the plane is not exported to the Enemy and had a service end year of 1985, but has long as there is an entry in the Userlist for an enemy nation, beyond 1985, it will be picked up nevertheless).

Really, the service dates and availabilities in the AircraftData files should be considered deprecated, and a Userlist as the preferable and reliable method to do things.

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What Gunrunner said. I was going to post something similar. ThirdWires Lightning1 would be an example of what I called a country specific aircraft. It had no export customers but ThirdWire still made a UserList.ini for it.

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On 15.1.2019 at 8:40 PM, Wrench said:

You'll find them in the "What If..." section, along with a couple others (good guys).

Edit:

found the "The good guys". Both these uploads had lost their images, so I had to re-upload them.

 

Thanks! Never seen them before...I thought this was a joke. :wink:

P.S. And sorry for hijacking the thread!

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Sorry for reviving this not so old thread, but my question is pertinent to this. I am experimenting with what was discussed here. I made a quick terrain with the following, local _NATIONS.ini:

[Nation001]
NationID=258
Name=Katanga
DisplayName=Katangese Air Force
Alignment=FRIENDLY
//Mercenary=TRUE
PilotNameList=NamesMercs.lst
RankList=RanksUSAF.lst
CallsignList=CallsignsUS.lst
Formation.Fighter=USFighter
Formation.Attack=USFighter
Formation.Bomber=USBomber
Formation.Transport=USBomber
Formation.Tank=USTank
Formation.MobileAD=USAD
PilotTrainingStandard=EXCELLENT
GenderRatio=0
DebriefSuccessMusic=DebriefSuccess.wav
DebriefFailMusic=DebriefFail.wav
DebriefKilledMusic=DebriefKilled.wav
SpeechFile=USAFSpeech.cat
SpeechTextFile=USAFSpeechText.str
ActiveDate=1960
EndDate=1963

[Nation002]
NationID=259
Name=ONUC
DisplayName=United Nations Air Division
Alignment=ENEMY
Mercenary=FALSE
PilotNameList=NamesMercs.lst
RankList=RanksUSAF.lst
CallsignList=CallsignsUS.lst
Formation.Fighter=USFighter
Formation.Attack=USFighter
Formation.Bomber=USBomber
Formation.Transport=USBomber
Formation.Tank=USTank
Formation.MobileAD=USAD
PilotTrainingStandard=EXCELLENT
GenderRatio=0
DebriefSuccessMusic=DebriefSuccess.wav
DebriefFailMusic=DebriefFail.wav
DebriefKilledMusic=DebriefKilled.wav
SpeechFile=USAFSpeech.cat
SpeechTextFile=USAFSpeechText.str
ActiveDate=1961
EndDate=1964

 

Now, planes with the new nations spawn as they should, just like Dhimar and Paran. Problem is that I cannot get their damned decals (INSIGNIA258 and INSIGNIA259) to work. I tried different solutions. Even lower ID numbers (221 and 222 for instance) do not work. I even added said nations to the global _NATIONS.ini, but nothing. However, when I changed their ID numbers to those of Dhimar and Paran, and changing my new decals to the numbers 256 and 257, it all worked. I don't want to overwrite Paran and Dhimar.

For a fictional mod I was making, I substituted the very first nations and decals of the global nations.ini file. It turns out that, for instance, INSIGNIA002 is used for countries 003 and 004 also. There is no way to force it so that countries 003 and 004 use their own decals. This makes me believe that decals have somewhat hardcoded numbering.

@Gunrunner You seem to know a lot about this. Any help would be much appreciated.

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@Menrva, Yes, there are hardcoded behaviours, including the aliasing for NationID 002/003/004, some aliases for default decals (which is why some DECALS.INI call for insignia that don't exist but nevertheless appear, mostly for wing specific insignias or left/right variants) etc... I never bothered to establish a full list of those yet but there should be no hardcoded behaviours for NationIDs beyond 212, at least I never encountered it. I'm not aware of a limitation to the NationID, but if there is a limit it's at either 255 or more likely 256 (since the sequence starts at 1).

- Are you sure the NationID you chose are in sequence without gap ? If your NationID stops at 212 and you register locally as 221, the sequence will be broken and 221 ignored, it should be 213. To avoid this you could pad your global NATIONS.ini as such :

[Nation212]
Name=Oman_OLD65

[Nation213]

[Nation214]

[Nation215]

As long a the [Nationxxx] entries exists, even with nothing else in it, the sequence will be considered as ongoing, the check being done only on the NationID.

It's what I do to avoid having to remember what's the next number in sequence, I just know I have space between x and y and can assign whatever ID I want in my terrains.

- Are you sure you have the right DecalLevel in your DECALS.INI and have not left it at something other than 0 through copy-paste ?

- Does it work when you explicitly call the ID, there might be another problem at play.

I'm betting it's the sequence thing; The engine reads all relevant files that might have a Nation definition, and among them after putting all entries to a common format (with terrain-specific entries overrinding terrain-specific entries from the CAT file overriding global entries overriding global entries from the CAT file), searches for existing definitions in sequence (starting with 1) and stops once there is no definition found EVEN if there are entries beyond (I never tested it for Nations, but that's how it works for all other INI files), so if it finds a 212, but no 213, it won't bother searching for 214 even if it's there.

I'll check my own install to verify if I've had to use some trickery beyond the padding, but I don't recall anything else right now.

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Of all the questions you have given me, I can sum it up by saying that yes, everything seems to be just fine on my end. I don't even bother with the decals.ini file because I am using stock aircraft, and the new decals work if I change ID number to something that already exists. I respected the sequence numbering too. It's funny because I had added the Russian Air Force as an alternate decal to the Soviet one (or the other way around) as ID 215, and it works. I am just trying to add two AI nations like Dhimar and Paran. The IDs 256 and 257 work. Other unused numbers don't, no matter what, the decals won't show up. NationDs are not limited; whichever ID I use, higher or lower than 256, planes spawn with the added nation, just no decals. It's a pity that so much stuff is hardcoded.

Thanks for the help, anyway. If you want, I can send you my files (and decals) so that you can check.

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4 hours ago, Menrva said:

For a fictional mod I was making, I substituted the very first nations and decals of the global nations.ini file. It turns out that, for instance, INSIGNIA002 is used for countries 003 and 004 also. There is no way to force it so that countries 003 and 004 use their own decals. This makes me believe that decals have somewhat hardcoded numbering.

 

1 hour ago, Gunrunner said:

@Menrva, Yes, there are hardcoded behaviours, including the aliasing for NationID 002/003/004, some aliases for default decals (which is why some DECALS.INI call for insignia that don't exist but nevertheless appear, mostly for wing specific insignias or left/right variants) etc... I never bothered to establish a full list of those yet but there should be no hardcoded behaviours for NationIDs beyond 212, at least I never encountered it. I'm not aware of a limitation to the NationID, but if there is a limit it's at either 255 or more likely 256 (since the sequence starts at 1).

I think the aliasing is defined in ALIAS.LST contained in ObjectData001.CAT. The TW cat extractor does not extract this file, but my cat extractor does.

e.g. ALIAS.LST contains the following lines, that maps insignia003 and insignia004 to insignia002:

Insignia003.tga Insignia002.tga				
Insignia004.tga Insignia002.tga	

 

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30 minutes ago, mue said:

I think the aliasing is defined in ALIAS.LST contained in ObjectData001.CAT. The TW cat extractor does not extract this file, but my cat extractor does.

e.g. ALIAS.LST contains the following lines, that maps insignia003 and insignia004 to insignia002:

Bloody hell! I never cared about that .LST file and its purpose. Many thanks, mue! This will surely help. :drinks:

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