As Germany was conducting military action in Norway to protect her economic interests against Britain, rather than as conquest as had been the case in Poland, political and publicity considerations for the wider world featured prominently in German actions. This included the public deployment of 3 prototype multi-turret Neubaufahrzeug tanks as propaganda vehicles.
In the evening of the day of the German invasion Vidkun Quisling, leader of the Nasjonal Samling party, made a radio broadcast declaring himself prime minister. After 6 days this coup collapsed, to be replaced in the occupied areas by the Administrasjonsrådet council led by Ingolf Christensen. While Southern Norway was overrun by the Germany, King Haakon VII and the government fled north to Tromsø in the British protected north.
With the armistice in effect, Norway was still a country divided. Germany had captured the south and still held Narvik, the town that had been the target of both the German and British invasions, albiet under heavy pressure from combined British, French and Polish forces. The north still remained under government control. The terms of the Armistice were that all foreign troops were to vacate Norway, both Entente and German. Although the fighting stopped, this proved to be a point of contention for both sides. Germany did not want to surrender her gains and potentially lose access to Narvik, and Britain wanted the political situation to revert to that antebellum, conveniently forgetting that she had also initiated hostilities against Norway.
In the occupied south German forces started to pull out and return to Germany, but leaving behind equipment and arms. Quisling was called to the Reichskommissariat Norwegen as it was disbanding and advised of the situation. Understanding the unfolding events he moved to mobilise the Nasjonal Samling and its militant arm the Hirden, to fill the pending power vacuum in southern Norway. Once again Quisling took to the radio to announce the taking of power, but this time backed up by the force arms. With access to German military equipment Hirden members and supporters took to the streets taking the roles of both police and military. Under the terms of the Armistice action against civilian para-militaries was specifically approved, and German troops adopted a partisan stance, taking actions to support Quisling’s forces, who had no particular support from the general populace, against pockets of communist/monarchist/demobbed military resistance.
In the unoccupied north, the Armistice was greeted with joy, but Quisling’s coup was met with distain. However with all remaining government structures isolated in the north, there was little apart from diplomatic efforts that could be done. British forces in Norway were given explicit instructions not to engage in any activities that could be interpreted as a violation of the Armistice, and so were forced to watch as the Nasjonal Samling took control of Narvik. They did however leave behind their now outdated Gloster Gladiator’s to rebuild the Norwegian air force. Without any deliberate intent, Norway broke into two states, Quisling’s new Norwegian Realm stretching up past the Arctic Circle, and the rump Kingdom of Norway comprising the unoccupied counties of Troms and Finnmark.