Very Hard, Furious, 1.00 NA.
Portugal is very poor in Victoria. Just to survive I had to dump most of my stockpiles, raise taxes to about 65% of the max, cut off education and crime, cut defense expenditures to the minimum, max out tariffs. Since army does lose soldiers when its financing is cut, it remained at 100%. Ships on the other hand got nothing.
On January 1, 1836 I initiated two factories upon realizing that no one in this game shares. If I wanted lumber, cement, and fabrics whenever I wanted, I had to produce them myself.
Screenshot 1: Portuguese budget mid-1836.
On October 1,1836 the nation had its first election, another lesson in humility. As it turned out, people do not always vote the same way they think. Even when their consciousness is up in 8s.
Screenshot 2: What people thought.
Screenshot 3: How people voted.
Following that, I reconciled with myself that I should be the one choosing the ruling party based on people's beliefs.