So The Wargamer forums seem to be acting a little strange, so I'll post this here. My first report is located here.
Mother Russia, February 1854. Turn 100.
The war with the Ottoman Empire went well: I was able to make them release a new nation: Bosnia-Hezer....Bosnia-Here...Bosnia. I still want the province that is rightfully mine, but my generals have a nasty habit of dying during the cold, glorious Russian winters and I lack the leaders to guide my corps onwards towards glorious victory. Maybe next year.
I kindly asked our good friends the Ottoman Empire, who I had recently invaded, so open up paths to the Holy Land. They declined, and subsequently drew France and Great Britain into a war with me! A shameful display! Luckily, a quick white peace was earned with France, but not so with Great Britain. The war is, honestly, not very epic: every once in a while they partially damage a merchant ship in a trading zone while my majestic Baltic Fleet runs out of supplies trying to defend.
Things are much better on the economic front, as the glorious Russia economy is relying less and less on foreign imports. This is due to skillful decisions involving the placement of mining and factory operations; it's a lot better to trust yourself than some stinky automated capitalist that knows little! I am now making more money on imports than I am losing on exports. The minor nations of France and the United States of America are buying glorious Russian mechanical parts! Russia means Quality!
Glorious Russian colonies are spreading across the globe in exotic places like Primorie, where I have surpassed China in colonial penetration. Nobody penetrates like the Russians! I've been sending merchants, dealing with the natives, and building roads all in the name of sweet, sweet prestige.
That is all for now! It's February, and my keyboard has frozen over.