Firstly, I would like to say that this is not only my first Victoria game, or even Paradox game, but grand strategy game in general!
So far, I've "played" Belgium, Netherlands, Britain, and Japan. By that, I mean I've tested them a few years before getting a bit fatigued. I got my butt conquered by Belgium, and had a horrible defeat when I tried Netherlands (as revenge), so I said "screw it" and did Britain. (Yeah right, Belgium's an easy country to learn! They have a great starting point if NETHERLANDS doesn't eat you.)
Britain was okay. I had en epic failure counting my infamy or something, because I got two containment wars declared on me; I started by eating 2/3rds of the Netherlands homeland (screw you Dutch!), and set short term goals of unifying South Africa, long term goals of polishing off Netherlands. Well, I annexed Oranje, at the cost of suffering horrible defeats in my land battle against France and China getting beaten down by Russia (Russia built up 8 War Score just by fighting China. WORTHLESS ALLY.)
So, I ended up giving in, and watched with horror as my entire military disintegrated.
Now, I'm playing Japan. It should be okay, if a bit slow. They have no major threats, but nor do they have a clear path of expansion or the ability to do so.
Here's what I'm looking for: a good learner's nation. Here's the requirements:
1. It must have a government in which I can build factories.
2. It must be sort of safe, so as I don't have a second Belgium on my hands.
3. I'd prefer Western....
4. I'd prefer one with a good road for expansion. Belgium fails 1 and 2. Japan fails 1 and 3. I hear Sweden's pretty good.... Heck, I might just do the US.