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Victoria II - A Historical Grand Strategy Game

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" Carefully guide your nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion and colonization, to finally become a truly great power by the dawn of the 20th century.

Victoria II is a grand strategy game played during the colonial era of the 19th century, where the player takes control of a country, guiding it through industrialisation, political reforms, military conquest, and colonization.

Experience an in-depth political simulation where every action you take will have various consequences all over the world. The population will react to your decisions based on their political awareness, social class, as well as their willingness to accept or revolt against their government."

You can choose any goal. Examples;

* Pick Prussia, bring down north German minors to your sphere of influence and take Schleswig-Holstein from Denmark to form North German Confedaration. Than "Assert Hegemony" to Austria and become sole master of your common culture, bring Bavaria, Wüttemberg and Baden to your sphere of influence. In last step defeat French and take Alsace-Loraine from them. Rename it as Elsaß - Lotringen and form The German Empire. Now you can compete with British Empire. You can produce mass amounts of syntetic dye to exceed world demand. And if you exceed British in prestige, people in Indian dye farms will starve. And evuntually they will revolt against British...

*Or pick Serbia, a minor nation but backed by giant Russian Empire. Declare war on Ottoman Empire, let Russian handle Ottomans and freely invade unguarded Ottoman territory to force them to cede your core lands to you. In future, maybe you should fight with Austria and take back your core lands from them too. Than you can form Yugoslavia...

*Or pick United States and proceed. Eventually "A House Divided" event will occur. Than side with Confedarate States. Defeat Yankees and change history!

North America in 1836:



A look from British India:



Different areas and branches of tecnology:



Research electricity and produce advanced industrial goods!



You can tax more poor strata, tax less the rich strata because they will invest that money to new factories and railroads... Bugdet screen:



When your people getting angry you may enact political and social reforms to make them happy. As USA, you can abolish slavery but this will lead to civil war of course :)




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I love these games, I may go ahead and download this.

What I hated about Europa Universalis III was the way they took out the historical events... The events bloody well made the second game. Are their historical events in Victoria II?
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Events largely replaced by decisions.
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Is the first game better than the second one? With Europa Universalis, the second game is largely better than the third one.

Also, I'm enjoying Crusader Kings at the moment. Those folks know how to make good games. My Kingdom of Jerusalem has managed to crush the empire of Saladin, and is now poised to take over Baghdad...
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Europa Universalis III now has 4 expansions. I'm not sure you had played all of them or not. But I don't think you will like Eu3 anymore. You are a nostalgic person, indeed... New sequels allways have far far more gameplay aspects and graphics. Crusader King II will be released soon. But I don't think you will like it.
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I started a game as the Russian Empire recently. My literacy rate is teribble (%11.4 currently) and most of my population consists from farmers and labourers.



Pushkin dies! Such a tragedy... :P



First decade, I heavily invested to culture techs and I tend to continue this trend until 1860 at least.



Flu was really dangerous that times :(



I changed ruling party from this:



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I really like this game but there is too much incrementalism... like the various decisions work as a process of attrition. Apart from that it is brilliant, such fantastic depth. And leads to a better understanding of economic systems in the19th century.
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My Prussia game from 1836 Grand Campaign. At start, I occupied all of Austria and their prestige reduced to such a point, they are no longer a Great Power but they were a Secondary Power after that. This allowed me to take them to my sphere of influence and ultimately forming German Empire with Austria. First I was thinking about releasing illiterate slavs as puppet states but then I realised that I'm too greedy to allow such a thing Tongue Also I was quick to colonisation, captured most African coasts and I leaved scarcely populated Saharan Desert as a fodder to AI. LOL (Black parts on map resembles uncolonised territories)

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Uncivs are harder to play in VicII imo, a pity as I enjoyed playing Egypt and Japan.
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Japan is a piece of cake, you can easily westernise with them due Meiji Restoration decision. And you will have a bright future because you already start with a relatively high literacy rate.
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Japan is still doable, if anything in VicI that lame Dutch vassalisation event made it too easy, but it was somehow more fun to play. Egypt is a no show, without the scripted events that you could game to your favour, but then that is what was just so silly about VicI (and EU II to a lesser extent), over reliance on those scripted events, they made you sloppy lazy players.

Just got Divine Wind on the Gamersgate summer sale, so will play that for some time and then get the House Divided expansion and try VicII again.
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So, first game with the Divine WInd expansion, give the Ottos a go as I've not played them since EUII. Got pwned by Golden Horde and the Timurids + allies. Seems its harder to get a white peace for some reason :s
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