Ottawa, Canada. January 1750
1st January 1750, a day that will always be remembered in the history of our great nation. After decades of begging, our French rulers have finally granted us what we have longed for: autonomy. We cannot complain, although we cannot deny our hidden desires of full independence either. It took one month for our nation to establish its administration, but the Constitutional Republic of Canada is now a reality, with Brian Douglas as its democratically elected President. He was very skilled in all areas of Administration, Diplomacy, and Military, and like any other President, he had a cabined of advisors, all foreign-born. One of them was the very skilled Georges de Rochechouart, a scientist of French descent that specialized in improvements in Production, a major part of our income. The second one was the Spanish Conde de Bobadela, a decent colonist. The last, and least, was the English Anthony Korfiz, an unskilled diplomat that attempted to improve our reputation.
Yes, it is true, we of the ruling class are of English descent and our citizens Cosmopolitan, but our tolerance for them and our conversion to Catholicism will allow us to become stable in the long run, despite our initial -3 stability. Our nation has shown to be economically independent from France: although half of our tax income still goes to them, our trade centre in Quebec allow our merchants to gain significant profit, and our National Bank of Canada, along with our provincial tax assessors enable us to pursue a policy of zero inflation while maintaining a monthly income of 13 ducats and a yearly income of 82 ducats. Obviously, our first ducats were used to build fortifications in our provinces: in only a few years, all of our provinces had Forts with garrisons of 2,000 men, and our capital Ottawa 3,000 men.
As the only non-Native North American nation, we had to establish a powerful military to protect our interests. Our limits of 12 land regiments and 12 boats should allow us to do that, considering that the French and the British, the only major powers in the region, do not maintain massive armies in our continent. Our preferred infantry is of course the Blue Coat, which we owe to our French heritage.
While recruiting our first regiments in Ottawa, our French allies declared war on one of the only remaining Native American nations: Iroquois. We were compelled to join them, if we wanted to keep our alliance with the French. Before we knew it, we were dragged into a war along with the French and the Spanish against the Iroquois and the Netherlands. We seeked to perhaps gain a few Iroquois provinces, but the French were quicker and annexed two of their three provinces: before our first two regiments could reach their capital, the Spanish had already granted them a White Peace.
We were now at war only with the Netherlands, and our war exhaustion, combined with our negative stability, increased the revolt risk to 0.7%. Our conflict with the Dutch was pointless, and our nations settled for a White peace. The French and the Spanish were still at war with the Dutch though; if the conflits lasts long enough, a weaker France could be to our advantage.
Now that the war was over, we could turn our interests to the uncolonized province of Abitbi, the only one separating us from the British colonies in the far North. Being adjacent to our homeland, we were able to send the first colonists within two weeks; our current population in the settlement is 300, and our trade agreement with the natives allows us to further increase our income.
The current peace has led us to a +1 stability, and we have finally been able to recruit our maximum number of land regiments and navies. Our land forces are now divided into two armies, each consisting of four Blue Coat infantry regiments, and two Latin Hussar cavalry regiments. We have also built 12 Archipelago Frigates, more than enough to secure our control over our only bordering sea, the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The British (and the French in due time) have now found themselves a decent adversary.
It is now August 1754.
P.S: An error in the settings for the screenshot program erased all the screenshots that I took in the first few years. From now on all the chapters of this AAR will include at least one.