This will be an unusual AAR - I hope some of you find it interesting.
I've played two full AARs now (Denmark and Persia), and in each case, and in some of the AARs of others, I've been noting how well countries do that don't engage in warfare - in the Denmark AAR, for example, Colombia finished above France, without ever firing a shot, while France held close to historical behavior. In the Persia AAR, Switzerland was actually a GP for a short while! In both AARs I found that often my ranking increased the most when I wasn't fighting, not when I was. It made me wonder if we all focus too much on warfare/expansion.
So, which country to play? I was tempted by Chile (Democracy, New World immigration, next to no GPs), but this strategy just seems so quintessentially Swiss that I decided to listen to that inner voice - also, Switzerland has Red and White national colors
The idea is to be 'as Swiss as possible' - no conquests, no colonization, no alliances. All peace, all the time.
Since this (hopefully) won't be a very action-packed AAR, and I think it won't be very exciting to read an AAR with lines like "and then I lowered tariff rates 5%", my plan is to make this a pretty compact AAR, posting only updates every 25 years.
Oh, and as for mods - I'm using
(1) Alexspeed's Map Improvement package
(2) Shauf's rebel fix, and
(3) The 'Age of Colonialism' mod, as it subsumes the 'bug fix pack', and also tweaks colonies and elections.
So please join me in singing kumbaya, hugging trees, and turning the other cheek, as we embark on our adventure: