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Chose a random nation, Bosnia. Got a gold province, Kosovo. Going to conquer Venice soon.
Just pulled off the slickest move on my entrance into Italy. The Papal States had a peasants war, so rebels ended up beginning sieges in all 3 of their forts and each time I took over when they were about to fall. A good player can fight tough wars, a great player can create easy wars.
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>Think I should go Nestorian or stay Zoroastrian?
Enforce state-mandated atheism


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Decided to try it. So far I have at least survived.
>14 years into the game
>3 provinces (only 1 original)
>360 ducats in debt
>Morocco and Tunis are solid allies
>11 year truce with Castile and Portugal
I'm going to have to go bankrupt. I'm going to the new world ASAP.


Good luck on your new world ventures.


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Haha Imereti.


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Protip (I just figured this out):
With this map mode, clicking a country reveals the zones of control; this is useful for finding spots to place troops to prepare for estate revolts (because outside zones of control you get negative effects if they occupy it).


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Getting absolutely flooded with chinese immigrants.
USA's getting like 30k


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My Persia game so far starting as Mazandaran, only been playing like 90 minutes a day lately. (usually a war or two)

My vassals are Imereti*, Khiva, Afghanistan and Mulan.
My allies are Bengal and Austria.
*almost annexed

The feudal theocracy government of Persia has a mechanic that gives you claims on all neighbouring neutral or enemy provinces of other religions. I have just taken provinces from Vijyanagar positioned such that I can get claims on so many provinces.

I've become so powerful the coalition against me just dissolved because they have no chance against me. So I can expand even more, Qara Qoyunlu and the Ottomans are my next targets.

I just dev'd up to get printing press, so far no great powers have adopted it. I will certainly spawn world trade.

Ideas are innovative, influence and administrative, all complete. My innovativeness is 100. With all my modifiers I teched up admin as soon as I was not ahead of time for less than 300 mana. Going to try to get the Hanafi scholar for 5% adm tech cost reduction, though it's hard to get enough mysticism for it with no Shi'ite to declare war on.

My next idea group will be exploration, around the year 1560. Then I will expand around the Indian ocean and completely keep Europeans out of Asia. I'll probably take Mexico too.

cool, show whole map?


Multan* also forgot another vassal Mewar.


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Think I'll play vicky too. Been a long time and was never very deep into it. Just going to take it easy and play as Austria, try to keep an absolute monarchy the whole game.


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Actually decided to play Brasil too. Because all I know is EU4 I've been waging war constantly. Netherlands attacked me to contain while I was justifying war on them.


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Here is me same year.


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Another run cause I got into multiple wars and gave up (a war of containment from America and colonial war with France and Russia). Anyway, France is on my shitlist in this run.
Think I'll play Chile or Peru later because all the sulphur, coal, iron, precious metal provinces are on the Pacific.


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Just found the planning system.


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>cool, show whole map?
Here you go. Europe is really clean for what it usually looks like at this stage of the game, africa is a mess like usual but doesn't look as bad as some of the nightnare fuel I've seen.
Also long alaska btw.

I'd advise you to restart because things are going rather bad. Try to keep relations high with both the USA and the UK. The latter might ally you. Focus on developing cultural techs at the beggining (don't focus too much on psychology) while sprinkling a few commerce and industry technology (medicine and business banks are particularly important on giving you an edge). And try to pass reforms so you can get more immigration.
Around mid game you try to colonize since your coasts are rather close to africa and you don't need top tier naval bases to get enough range. Start focusing around military tech and once you catch up with europe on that sector you can try to kick them out of guayana


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Just acquired my first coal province finally.

Think I'll figure out how to manually manage the economy. My country has low consciousness despite high plurality. I notice none of my pops at all have luxury goods, I think that will help.

I'm 48 points away from becoming a great power.

Rather bad?? I only had liberal party because I have Prussian constitutionalism, so I switch to it when I need money so I can raise tariffs all the way, and switch to something else when I need to build factories.

I'm allied with England now and am nearly ready to take my lost territory back, just waiting on my ironclads to be produced. I have the least navy and commerce tech, so I'm going merchant marine academia for late game. (+15% navy, +10% commerce, -10% culture, -5% army, +0% industry)


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France is real OP, it's a fucking behemoth to go face to face with. I'd recommend striking when they get into a cumbersome war with Germany.

Don't call the UK to help you immediately, they will get curbstomped like that. Fight the french by yourself initially as they are preoccupied with the germans, they will just send some 30k~ish stacks at a time, you should take care of them easily. Russians probably won't even bother. Once the warscore is ticking really well for your side, you can call the UK for help and the french AI will most likely give up at that point.


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Any ideas on good ways to get reforms?
Right now I have no taxes, and as low tariffs as I can so that pops can get luxury goods so their consciousness increases which increases their liberalism (found effects that increase liberalism in this menu).


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Finally managed to get reforms and immigrants, after communist, reactionary and liberal revolutions & losing 3 territories to Peru (was close to annexing them).


>Any ideas on good ways to get reforms?
Drive militancy up. Keep taxes and tariffs as high as they can be. Change the ruling politcal party by yourself with no regards with what the POPs chose, this really pisses them off.

Also Chile is a democracy by default you will naturally get a lot of immigrants if you don't mess up


Do you just let rebels takeover when you want them to?


Yes, it is a good way to push straight through reforms or change your goverment type to something you want. Beware though it will reset your relations with all countries and puppet nations will become independent


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Managed to take this much land in the War of the Pacific in my Chilean start without going over the infamy limit. It wasn't easy. Included is my previous record, which was I think was just my third run as Chile. I grinded this out after like 5 or 6 runs not settling for anything less. Brazil pretty much gave the old record to me, this time though I did it without their direct help.

This was my strategy, I'll do it better and faster sometime:
* fabricate for La Paz then fabricate for Ica - probably should have just added an unjustified wargoal for Ica, maybe could get Brazil to help me if I did that and therefore had lower infamy when trying to call them in.
* minimized spending, only like 25% spending for soldiers
* at the start of the war I went into Argentina and wiped out Bolivias few troops then focused on occupying Peru, separate peaced them. It was quite close, in the end I had 11k troops occupying Lima and Peru had 12k troops next to me. Then Bolivia only had 3k troops I wiped out. My soldiers seemed like they would all die from attrition trying to occupy La Paz's provinces at the end.

Gonna keep this save and try out different types of runs from this point.


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Beefy Chile, 15 brigades, if not for the UK I could take a region from Brazil. Had to let reactionaries take over for state capitalism.


World domination with Transv… sorry South African Union, beating the mother country and allying with Kaiserreich.

With HoI2, Arsenal of Democracy and Darkest Hour, it's just typical Greater Finland -scenario, beating the USSR back behind the Urals after it starts the Winter War and then finishing the job with the Third Reich.

Playing with any of the 'great powers' in those three games, it's just too easy when you know how the ai reacts in certain military situations. Usually it's pretty easy with small nations too, at least the WW2 long scenario.


Looking real beefy


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Where I'm at today. Punching above my weight, conquering Brazilian land even though they have double the population I do. I have all political reforms and plenty of social reforms. Between 3k and 8k immigrants each month.


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Started another run because I realized it was too late to build high level naval bases and build a giant navy to dominate the world with.
The beginning of this run was smooth: virtually no resistance in the War of the Pacific; political reforms passed in the first few years after that; now that I understand the election events, I was able to get reactionary party even though reactionary is not so popular.

Now I've won the Scramble for Africa. Just demanded Botswana in a
colonial crisis with England. I'm allied with the US. I became GP in 1882. I haven't paid so much attention to my factories, probably could manage them better.


Anyone got any fun RPish ideas for EU4? Sort of thematically appropriate or just interesting goals as different countries. Not world conquest or blobby stuff since that's boring.


Form Alaska. Only hold arctic provinces.


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Did you ever played as Portugal? It's super fun, you begin with very good navy tec and secure borders so you can go out exploring while the rest of Europe destroys itself. You're also a very small nation with limited manpower so it's quite fun to maintain your global empire as other nations get their shit together and start to expand beyond the continent. Keeping your navy ahead is key. It's also very thematically appropriate, I mean, it's the history of Portugal in a nutshell.


Naval Russia, perhaps Novgorod
Naval horde, perhaps Korchin
Unusual/impractical colonizers; at the Venetian trade node the only new world trade nodes you can steer to Venice are Mexico, Texas and California; could be interesting to just go for those + Australia and Indonesia. Perhaps Venice, Ottomans, Mamluks.


For newbie vic2 players I recommend playing Sweden

- 80% literacy from the get go, fast research
- Decent starting technology, corporative industrialism
- Can form Scandinavia and has cores on Finland
- Plenty of opportunities for colonisation worldwide
- Liberal chimpout events early game allow you to pass reforms (helthcare is especially important)

- Crappy RGOs
- Low pops
- You have to go toe to toe with Russia if you want to take Finland


I like the Venice idea
Novgorod is pretty hard but sounds fun
Try playing somewhere you wouldn't normally play like the Great Lakes, Congo or as a native
Or just achievement hunt


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Hahaha Ottos aren't even a secondary power. Invading with Egypt and Russia as my allies soon.


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Haven't taken anything from the Ottos yet. I trounced them when Egypt called me into a war but I couldn't add war goals because our side had the status quo war goal. I've been at war with the USA for quite a while, but they're easy enough to kick out when they land. I got Spain in on it to give them pain, but the ai is so dumb they're not attacking this enclave.
Also I think I've figured out how to build more profitable factories, by checking the data in this box (mousing over daily outputs). I suppose I should have built telephone factories as soon as I could cause it seems much more profitable than anything else. I should probably build more factories using coal considering I am exporting so much coal.
I've got 3 oil provinces right now.


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oh yeah the US war is from invading Afghanistan.


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Got my seditious units helping out my ally and taking attrition.


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The state of my empire at 1911. I just took Basra from the Ottomans when a crisis over Mosul->Iraq started a great war they will obviously lose.
I have one of the strongest navies, quite a weak army. My object now is to become a great power before the end of the game.
Some countries I have defeated:
Ottomans - Twice, once to no gain just cause they invaded my ally Egypt. Even in this last war their troops were much stronger, I had to attack with numbers
England - Russia defended my coasts well and I occupied their most populous provinces in India. This was a war to take Kashmir from Punjab.
Austria - They defended the Ottomans just now. They also contained me once early in the game
Qinghai - tons of troops
China - a great power, Russia helped
Japan - A great power, they even landed a ton of troops near Karachi. I was at war with them 2 or 3 times, always keeping enough troops near there to defend.


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Oddly AI Ottos tend to conquer only one or two provinces from Egypt at a time instead of taking all the levant in one fell swoop by 1840ish like how they're supposed to. This causes their prestige to stagnate and they then go from GP to secondary power or even a stardard civilized nation in a matter of two or three decades from the start as they can't catch up with the rest of europe.

You got lucky about how Russia is helping you out. From my experience Russia usually tends to ally and sphere the Ottomans. It's pretty much game over if you're trying an expansionist playthrough with balkan countries like Bulgaria, Serbia or Greece.


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I became GP a few months later just by waiting for the great war to finish. Got the free place in the sun CB on USA so I took colonial Hawaii (midway, wake, palmyra). I had no rubber for tanks or planes so I decided to start over. Also look at this ridiculous Colombia.

Posting about my new game (I played a couple times in between) later, Persia again.


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Really nice start. Got 0 infamy justifying conquest of Panjab. I'm currently justifying conquest of Ethiopia, which somehow is singlehandedly taking Eritrea and Sudan from Egypt right now (Egyptian military score is 1).


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Here's an earlier game where I scrambled for Africa. Doubtful I can do better than this, I neglected industrialisation to build tons of ships and navy bases in this game. In another game I figured out how to industrialise well.


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It was enough for me to westernise. The earliest I've westernised yet. The gap between me and the Ottomans for GP8 is 15 points.

Also, where I stand in total population.


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Actually I will probably colonise more than in >>57946
Already building ironclads. Have a piece of Sokoto to colonise over there right away. I don't have nearly as many port regions as I did then though.


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I decided I take a break with a relaxed Tibet game. Pacificist at beginining, no army until recently. I had a nice industry but after getting taken out of England's sphere I can't get anything imported, can't even build any more soldiers or artillery.
Former Chinese substates attacked China, occupied and humiliated Tibet. I then built a nice army, declared independence and have been easily defending against China for about 10 years. I plan on invading Qinghai which has everything my factories need - maybe I should play as them instead.


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Playing as Sweden, getting tons of tech. I've now learned that you can store up to a year's worth of research points, so the year before techs I want I don't research anything.

Need to figure out how to do industry better. Belgium and Bavaria have lower populations and yet better industry scores than me.


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my spheres so far


Where are you planning to colonize?

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