Inspired by the great many AAR's going on during Alexspeed's contest, I thought I would try my hand at making one. I apologize with the images, as I am not a masterful graphic designer.
We begin in 1836, looking at the world.
China is a powerhouse, with millions and millions of people, with huge potential for industry if it westernizes. Any game with it will be focused on westernizing as fast as possible and eventually beating the UK around China. We will not be playing them.
Brazil is located amidst several other nations, all who have only recently freed themselves from the bounds of colonial oppression. Brazil is different from the rest on the continent, Portugese among the Spanish, large amidst the small states, ready to form a new empire. We will not be playing them.
Iceland is a godforsaken rock in the middle of nowhere, with only three distinct populations, Artisans, Farmers (Fisherman), and Clergymen. It is a One State, One Province Minor, bordering far away from any possible routes of expansion. We will be playing them.
Before we even press a button, let's look at the situation at hand.
Iceland is politically an aberration of a country, with a liberal majority and several different political and social reforms passed already. It also has “Socialists” and “Anarcho Liberals” in 1836. who they are, we have no idea. Undoubtedly, it will begin to resemble it's European Brethren more and more as I pass reform.
Pie-charts are a lovely indicator as to the composition of the state. As a One Province Minor, we can view all the populations at the same time. Going from left to right, we can observe that We are a majority of Farmers, followed by Artisans and Clergymen. We are also entirely Protestent, which is good, as hopefully this means that we won't be caught in the middle of another reformation. Our ideology roughly reflects the makeup of our society, with the Farmer's Conservative SuperMajority making up the greatest portion of it. The other charts are not really that noticeable, Iceland being entirely Icelandic, many varying splits of the dominant issue, and a Electorate Vote which doesn't really reflect anything.
The budget says we get no money, and that we have to spend nothing to fund anything. I think that this might be misrepresenting the situation partially.
And finally, Iceland on the World Stage. We begin as the 67th most powerful country, only because we have to be ahead of the uncivilized countries. Note specifically how we have 0 Prestige, something which may be useful in the near future.
This should serve as an interesting base for the growth of a nation.
Notes on this AAR
-This is intended to participate in Alexspeed's Victoria 2 Contest, although I have no expectations of winning. As such I'm using his Map Improvement pack and his Untransparent Map Mod.
-The difficulty setting is Very Easy. (I'm playing Iceland for God's Sake!)
-Please give me feedback. I for one it very useful in almost all contexts. (Specifically Advice on Image editing!)
-To begin the game, I released Iceland as a Dominion of Denmark, and then switched tags to Sokoto, declared war to free Iceland, switched back to Denmark, proposed to peace, and switched back to Sokoto to agree to the peace before finally switching to Iceland. A bit convoluted, but I wanted to start the game hopefully being able to determine my own destiny.