Hello! Welcome to my first Victoria 2 AAR. This is a continuation of a short AAR I started in EU3. I played a hands-off game until 1750 at which point I took over Brazil when they had a colonial revolution. That AAR had to be cut short, but with a lot of support for continuing to V2 I have decided to continue Brazil’s story here.
-I don't have much experience with V2, so this isn't going to be a perfect game where I take over the world. I hope to learn much about the game in the process though.
-There will be a lot of RP justification for what I do, and I won't make decisions that are optimal all the time.
-As it was requested, the save can be downloaded here. Be warned that this has only be tested with vanilla V2 1.3 and 1.4, and does not included anything that I modded in.
Across Oceans: Brazil’s Ongoing Struggle
The Aftermath of the French Revolution
In 1783, the French economy was in shambles. Having lost many of its colonies to both revolutionaries and enemies it struggled to maintain the wealth and power that it once had in Europe. It could only do this at the expense of the lower classes, which inevitably led to revolution. The monarchy was overthrown and a radical democratic government was installed. However, this was rapidly subverted by a brilliant young military commander who seized power. From 1789-1804 he rampaged across Europe and was only barely defeated by an alliance of Britain, Bohemia, the Two Sicilies and a German coalition.
Following his defeat, the monarchs of Europe clamped down hard on revolutionary sentiment but refrained from punishing France too harshly. While their remaining colonies were stripped away bar a few in the Americas, they were allowed to keep their conquests in Zaragoza and Brittany. This did not please the Muslims of Spain (formerly Granada) and Portugal (Badajoz), but they had little say in negotiations.
The HRE had survived the war only with the help of Bohemia, and once a monarch was restored to France it once again became the playground of the Great Powers. With France, Bohemia and Scandinavia working together no single nation was able to dominate in Germany. Prussia, Lubeck (Hansa), Nassau (Hesse), Bavaria and Switzerland battled one another with no nation gaining the upper hand.
In the Mediterranean, the Two Sicilies spent the majority of the beginning of the 19th Century consolidating their power over the seas and struggling with Switzerland for dominance of Northern Italy. Meanwhile the Ottomans were slowly retaking their territory in the Levant and Persia remained strong despite repeated border wars with Bohemia. Of note is the sole democracy in Europe, the island nation of Rhodes.
Reactionary sentiment remains strong in Europe, but the brutal crushing of the French Revolution has only driven the proponents of democracy underground.
The Abundance of Asia
With Europe focused on itself for so long, large regions of Asia remained untouched by European influence. However as the 19th Century progresses that is very likely to change as the Great Powers seek to expand their influence and wealth.
India remained mostly untouched as a result of the chaos in Europe. Britain seized the French colonies in the region and the Dutch maintained a number of trading bases, but besides that the entire subcontinent remained open for exploitation.
Similarly in South East Asia, only Holland and Brazil who were mostly untouched during the Revolutionary Wars had any real presence. On the mainland Britain and Sicily had some territory, but it was not particularly valuable.
Japan had profited greatly from its alliance with Brazil, while the Manchu dynasty of China was close to mopping up the remainder of the rogue states. European influence in this arena would be hard to win with the strength on show.
The New World Stands Ready
In the aftermath of the turbulent 18th Century, the nations of the New World have almost all broken free of their masters and are now beginning to join the world stage themselves.
North America is divided mostly evenly between Texas, the USA, Canada and Mexico. The USA seeks to fulfil its manifest destiny, but the fact that they gained independence from France much later than Texas managed to slip away from Holland means that they have already fallen behind in the race. Britain was attacked by an American-Texan alliance that saw it lose much of its Floridan territory, although it continues to hold on to the peninsula itself.
The Caribbean remains mostly under European control, and here France has its sole remaining colonies.
In South America, Brazil has marched into the Amazon and claimed it for its king. Although Massimilano I has long since passed away, his grandson Carlo I rules the nation with a strong hand and seeks to expand the power of the nation ever further into the world. Also of note is the Japanese base on the Peruvian/Chilean border. They hold onto this only through their alliance with Brazil.
The Heart of Africa
Africa has mostly remained untouched since the Brazilian expedition in the 18th Century. Tropical diseases have halted much of the exploitation of the continent, but new advances in technology promise to eventually see the wealth of the interior open to conquest.
Central Africa is mostly untouched, although a few Brazilian and Spanish colonies exist in the west.
Southern Africa has several large areas under control of colonial powers, including Persia. On the west coast the Congo Free State (formerly Kongo) teeters on the brink of becoming a Spanish client state.
The World in 1836