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    Canada's struggle for Independence

    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.




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    Ottawa, Canada. January 1760


    We now celebrate ten years since the birth of our mighty nation. And we have come a long way.

    Colonists have kept on moving to our settlement in Abitbi, now with a population of 950; with their population growth rate of 13%, they will soon reach province status.

    A rebellion in the nearby French province of Sault, most likely caused by the increasing war exhaustion from the war with the Dutch, attempted to spread to our mighty capital Ottawa; thankfully, our troops stationed in Abitbi were quick enough to move and stop it, with low casualties in our fronts. The province of Sault was then quickly recaptured by the French. In our attempts to gain territory we sent spies to encourage a revolt in the province, hoping that it might defect to us, but no rebellion arose.



    Another rebellion happened in the French province of Unamakik, and quickly spreading to British Acadia, before being supressed in French Micmac. Because of those provinces' lack of land connections with other friendly provinces, the rebellion's isolation might make it successful; we should see a change of hands in the two provinces, but a defection to us seems unlikely.

    There have also been changes in the President's cabinet. The much skilled diplomat Compte de Vergennes has taken Korfiz's place, and the quite talented Dutch artist Johann C. Gottsched has replaced Bobadela, aiming to lead our great nation to full stability, which we will soon achieve.

    Our trade is flourishing, and we have become the major trading power in the region. We have established three monopolies in the largest trading centres of the continent, Stadacona, Manhattan, and Les Cayes, and have an increasing presence in a fourth one, Niagara. Our income is now significantly larger: we make 28 ducats every month and 89 annual tax revenue.

    The only major change militarily has been the building of Level 3 Forts in all of our provinces, and we are in the process of establishing Level 4 Forts. We will not allow any agressor to take our cities. Our neighbours seem to be content with Level 1 Forts, or even no forts at all; they will soon realize their mistake.



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    Interesting start. Any backhistory on how you arrived at this point?
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    I just loaded as France on 1st January 1750, which is the exact date when the cores for Canada pop up, released Canada as a vassal, let the game roll for one month (new countries won't work right away), and on 1st February 1750, saved the game and loaded as Canada. I left it as a vassal, as my goal is to achieve full independence.

    Since I can't declare war on anyone yet I'll try to support rebellions to get provinces to defect to me, or hope the French war exhaustion does that by itself, and as soon as I get all my provinces to maximum fortifications, cancel my vassalization with France and go to war with them. Hopefully I'll get some territory out of the war, and maybe later DoW the British.
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    I see you have put that thread about nations that can appear in the main forum to work!
    Looks interesting, never seen a Canadian AAR before.

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    Well actually that's where I partly where I got my inspiration. The other part was from a guy in the forum (forgot his name) that wanted to do a Welsh AAR by releasing Wales as a vassal, and then attempt to break free from the English. So I decided to do something similar.
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    One problem: the flag of Canada is anachronistic, the United Kingdom and the Cross of Saint Patrick were not in use until circa 1802.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcduggan
    One problem: the flag of Canada is anachronistic, the United Kingdom and the Cross of Saint Patrick were not in use until circa 1802.
    That is the default one for the game rcduggan.

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    Yes I know I realized that, and also it is kind of ironic that the main culture is English while all of the provinces are Cosmopolitaine, but that's just how it is.
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    An interesting start to a very unique AAR! I look forward to seeing how this plays out. Go Canada!

    By the way, what's your country's primary culture? The default is English, but I suspect your provinces are all Cosmopolitaine....
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    Just look at the post above yours.
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    Ottawa, Canada. January 1772


    In March 1760 our territory of Abitbi became a province, with a population of over 1,000. Only two months later another unsuccessful revolt arose in the province of Sault, again attempting to spread to Ottawa. British Acadia expectedly defected to the French, and the revolt in French Unamakik was crushed.



    And in April 1762 the moment we had all been waiting for came. We finally cancelled our vassalization to France and declared ourselves fully independent, a move that not only destroyed our relations with the French but also destabilized our nation by three points. A few weeks later we declared war on the British to expand our territory in the North, additionally decreasing our stability. It didn't matter to us; long-term goals, we thought, are more important than short-term goals. The French, still our allies, decided not to help us in this war, totally annulling the last diplomatic ties between them and our newly sovereign nation. The war was joined by Britain's allies, Hamburg, Hesse, and Hanover, whose only major contribution was the annihilation of our small fleet in the Gulf of St Lawrence.



    General James MacDonald was assigned to the 1st Army, in charge of the North, and General David Fahey to the 2nd Army, in charge of the South. We soon realized that we had underestimated the number of British troops on the continent, and that we had found ourselves a real challenge. Only two things were to our advantage: our superior military strategy, and our strong defenses in the towns. We were forced to recruit an enormous number of mercenaries, which in the end outnumbered our regular infantry four to one. This was only made possible due to our large trading revenues from our four monopolies and our successful financial policies.




    The elections of 1764 saw Ulysses Adams elected as our new Head of State. The new President did not excell in any aspect but showed considerable skill in the field of diplomacy. His government did not last long, and in the elections of 1768 he was overthrown by his own son Archibald, a much more skilled leader that excelled in all areas, and like his father, was more of a diplomat.

    The north was taken over relatively quickly, and we managed to seize the colonies of Woods Cree and Atikaki and capture the remaining British provinces without difficulty. The defence in the region was left to a few mercenary regiments, and the 1st Army joined the 2nd Army to defend in the South. In that region the British being more successful, planting an army of 26 thousand men in our trading province of Stadacona.



    Our fortifications allowed us to delay the British advance, but in the end they managed to capture Mohawk and Stadacona. This didn't last for long, as they unwisely moved their whole army to occupy another province, allowing us to flank them and recapture what was rightfully ours. Meanwhile, a 12,000 mercenary Army was sent to capture a series of neighbouring British provinces, which was easily accomplished due to the minimal fortifications in place.
    This, and the diplomatic skills of our leader, led the British to finally accept our peace offer in January 1772, and cede us all of their northern provinces. Canada finally expands.

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    Ottawa, Canada. January 1780


    The new territories added after the war with the English changed our society drastically. With the colonies of Woods Cree and Atikaki reaching province status, our nation suddenly found itself populated by three different cultural groups. The main one were the urban French catholics, that lived in the large towns of the south and constituted the largest share of the population. The second one were the rural English protestants, living in the cold provinces of the North. And the third and smallest group were the English catholics, only present in the new settlements of Abitbi, Woods Cree, and Atikaki. You would think this multiculturalism would cause us much trouble, but besides the usual British loyalist rebellion, the three groups have managed to live in peace.



    When the British provinces were ceded to us, they were worthless. Insignificant fortifications, if any, and not even a market place. The British must have really looked down upon their former posessions in the North. Well we, the Canadians, are benevolent and actually care about the people. Soon, all of the new provinces were protected by at least 2,000 men, and were equipped with temples, market places, and other basic facilities to provide the citizens with all they need.

    The addition of these new provinces allowed us to maintain an additional 6,000 men, which were allocated to the new 3rd Army, stationed in the North. We were now able to support 18 ships, which were divided into two navies: the 1st Navy, consisting of 12 heavy frigates, would protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the 2nd Navy, consisting of 6 heavy frigates, would be stationed in the northern James Bay.

    These provinces really provided a boost in our economy. The tax income is very low, considering the small population (no town exceeds a population of 2,000), but with their addition, production has become almost as important as trade in our economy. We have achieved monopolies in all of the 6 major trading centres of North America. Our monthly income could now reach 60 monthly ducats with zero inflation, but we decided to invest the surplus and settle for 15 monthly ducats.

    Haiti decided to follow our example and declare itself independent from France. They offered us an alliance, which we were compelled to accept considering our similar situation. However, their army found itself soon largely outnumbered by rebels from the neighbouring Spanish province of Barahonas, and their government collapsed.




    President Adams' cabinet has also seen some changes. Johann C. Gottsched has passed away; we shall mourn him for years to come. The less skilled Josť Manuel de Castelo has replaced him, but lives in Gottsched's shadow.

    The British have been having trouble in Ireland; Munster and Leinster declared themselves independent, Leinster being annexed by Munster only months after its independence. Connaught and Munster have also been captured by rebels, and a declaration of independence from them as well wouldn't be surprising. In our efforts to spread our nationalist ideals, we guarantee Munster's independence and warn Britain that any further aggression will have consequences.



    A large rebellion has also began in British North America. The rebels seek the independence of the "United States of America"; they have already captured three of British North America's richest provinces, and at this point it is likely that they will declare themselves independent: an ally against the British in North America could become an useful asset.




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    You'll like the next chapter... Don't want to advance too much, but I'll just tell you that the USA gets involved.
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    oohhhh very nice... You are doing very well so far. I've always enjoyed playing as CAnada... bu ti neve do anything other than have a brief war agaisnt the Brit to take over the whole of Canada and then trade..... global domination doesn't seem to suit Canada...... Maybe you can prove me wrong

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    Impressive! I am surprised GB caved in so easily.

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    Ottawa, Canada. March 1788


    This has been a very eventful decade.
    The 2nd of June 1780 will always be remembered as the day when the United States of America obtained its independence. The rebellion was only successful in Massachussets, Narraganset, and Connecticut (the new capital), but they still maintain claims over much of North America.



    In July 1781, in the midst of the second war with the British, we gain a claim on the French province of Innu, one that justifies any declaration of war to the French on our part, and that could defect the province to us if a successful rebellion occupies it.



    Like any other new nation, the USA instantly go to war with their former occupiers, and determined to maintain their independence, we declare war on the British too, severely damaging our stability. After two years of heavy fighting (mostly done by us I must say, USA's small army certainly couldn't have done it by itself), the newly formed USA accept a mere White Peace with Great Britain, perhaps not realizing their potential for expansion.



    Only two weeks later, they offer us an alliance, one that we accept unhesitantly.



    With the help of mercenaries, we managed to occupy the whole of British North America by 1785, except for its four southernmost provinces, where the British provided strong resistance. Our 2nd Army had been completely annihilated in the bloody battle of Santee, but the 1st and 3rd Army, with numerous mercenary regiments, had managed to maintain a stable front. Sporadic appearances of British troops in the far North were soon eliminated by locally hired mercenaries.



    Three years later, in March 1788, the British finally accept our peace offer and cede us the provinces we need. Some people in the cabinet disagreed with this peace offer, claiming that instead of creating a Canadian exclave further south, we should have asked for Newfoundland, or maybe Pennacook and Abnaki to secure access to Massachusetts Bay. There are many reasons for this choice however; first of all, all the provinces we took are unclaimed by the USA, as we don't want any conflicts between our nations. Second of all, the colonies of Pennacook and Abnaki, claimed by the USA, are now isolated by land from any other British province, which makes its defection to the USA more likely, if a revolt arises. Also, we now share a border with our American allies. And third, the new acquired provinces in the south are strategically more important and will allow us to recruit troops from much closer in a future war against the British.



    P.S: President Adam's cabinet has been joined by Benjamin Gladman, an English born artist. He is the most skilled advisor we have ever had, and with his help we hope to progress.



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    Ah, the smell of American Independence

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    Ottawa, Canada. August 1796


    After our victory against the British, we decided to stabilize our nation. Building at least Level 3 forts in our most important provinces was a priority, as well as other basic infrastructures. Trading improved, but our trade income was still not as high as before the war. Our main source of income became production, from the newly acquired provinces.

    Our new colony in Erie had a population of 850, and because of its lack of direct connection with our ports, could not be sent colonists and will have to rely on its population growth (+12%) to reach province status. The 2nd Army having been annihilated, it had to be replaced quickly. Moreover, our new provinces allowed us to create the new 4th Army. All of our armies now have 4 infantry and 2 cavalry divisions, and the 1st and 2nd Armies are additionally accompanied by 1 artillery division. We were also able to increase the size of our 2nd Navy, and now both our navies are formed of 12 Heavy Frigates. We quickly moved our armies towards the British border, something that we wouldn't have done if we had known what was to happen next.

    With the newly acquired provinces, the English Protestants are almost as numerous as the French Catholics now. To settle their differences, we issued a religious freedom edict that improved our stability.
    Back in the Old World, the British seem to still be having trouble in Ireland. Connaught declared itself independent, before being quickly annexed by mega-Munster, which now controls 60% of Ireland. The two remaining Irish provinces are occupied by rebels, and if this keeps going on Munster could come out to be the only nation on the island.



    The elections of 1792 saw Richard Douglas, grandson of our first president Brian Douglas, elected President. He was an excellent military leader, an asset that would prove itself useful soon.



    And in August 1796, when we were least prepared, the unexpected happened. France declared war on us!



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    Looks like you're doing a good job. Alot of quick updates too. Hope you do okay against France.
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