Sweden starts very nicely in the 1617 scenario. A triple 9 king is not someone you argue against. There is also a nice fat treasury. But this is quickly blown on the need to build governors all around the country.
The economy is steady but fairly small. Enough to support an army of between 40 and 50 thousand. Starting in 1617 there is already a considerable amount of inflation in the economy, but fortunately soon after beginning the game I get a deflation event.
The aim of this game as Sweden will be to get complete hegemony of the Baltic. I define this region beginning at the entrance to the North Sea and have highlighted all the required provinces below. That’s a total of 15 provinces still to get owned by seven other countries. These are Poland (2), Courland (1), Brandenburg (2), Pommern (2), Mecklenburg (1), Holstein (1) and Denmark (6).
It is a reasonably diverse region culturally as the nice new culture mapmode below shows
Sweden starts with fairly sparse diplomatic relations. Only a vassal and ally in Mecklenburg count as positive relations.
CB are provided by claims on five other provinces. These should ease the trouble of getting the Baltic under control.
I soon start thinking about my first target. I have a CB on Poland for the province on Livland. Plus they own the tasty CoT of Danzig, needed for the goal of owning the Baltic but also very nice in its own right. I intend to let the game play out a little and see if Russia or Austria takes on Poland first making my battle with them even easier.
Danzig guarded by a moderate army. Sweden starts with a nice navy to help command the Baltic waves
Unfortunately Russia decide not to declare war on Poland, instead turning on me.
They are presumably motivated by the possibility of taking the multiple provinces of mine which they have cores on.
I’m not overly concerned by the declaration of war. Until I see their allies that is. Denmark and Holstein. This means that me and my faithful ally Mecklenburg will be fighting on all fronts. Hopefully I’m not squeezed too tight.
Russia’s declaration of war brings me into conflict on all sides. Even Mecklenburg won’t be safe.