Legacy of CromwellVictoria's Antithesis
VERSION ALPHA 0.45
Now AHD 2.1 Compatible!
New Menu Screen
Map of the World
Commonwealth of Great Britain
Map of Europe
Map of India, etc.
Map of South America
The Story Thus Far...
The modern Commonwealth dates back to the 1650s. In 1653, Oliver Cromwell declared the Instrument of Government and transformed the Commonwealth. At the top was the Lord President. Beneath him were the Lord Chancellor and Lord Justice. The Lord Chancellor presided over a bicameral Parliament; the Upper Chamber replaced the House of Lords, and the Lower Chamber replaced the House of Commons. Meanwhile, the Lord Justice headed the Supreme Court which in turn regulated the Greater Courts and Lesser Courts. To ensure the Commonwealth’s future, Cromwell assumed all three positions and used them to reconstruct social and political infrastructure in England and Scotland. However, it wasn’t until the 1680s that the Commonwealth would become truly democratic. The resignation of Richard Cromwell in 1682 brought about the Commonwealth’s first general election: it ultimately resulted in the election of Isaac Newton as President and a new Enlightenment Era ruling class. Under Newton, the Instrument of Government was redrafted as the Statute of Government and a new Bill of Rights was declared. Furthermore, the Parliaments of England and Scotland and later the Parliaments of Ireland and North America were formed to ensure proper regional representation in government.
Between 1663 and 1815, the Commonwealth engaged the French Empire in an almost constant state of warfare. It began with the War of English Succession and lasted until the defeat of the French Republic in the early-19th century. By 1815, the Commonwealth dominated North America and the Caribbean, and held dominion over the former French and Spanish Empires. However, the Vienna Congress declared a restoration of 1789 borders and the reinstallation of the Bourbon Dynasty. Though status quo was restored in Western Europe, the “Spirit of Democracy” spread to Central and Eastern Europe, and the continent fell into revolution. At the Second Vienna Congress in 1822, it was agreed that Brandenburg and Silesia would become independent democracies and the Partition of Poland would be reversed. Meanwhile, a secret alliance was made between the Austria, Prussia, and the Russian Empire to “maintain moral order and restore the divine right of kings” before democratic institutions pierced too far into Germany and Europe as a whole.
The political infrastructure of the New World is much more complex and fragile than any previously developed system. It all began with the proclamation of the North American Parliament in the mid-18th century. At the recommendation of American politicians and their respective representatives in London, the Commonwealth elected to seize territory in North America and the Caribbean rather than expand its colonial holdings in India. Later, when the war between the British and French Empires came to a close, both sides found their coffers empty and their resources exhausted. Though the Commonwealth won extensive amounts of land, it was forced to raise taxes and impose new tariffs on trade on its less represented subjects. As a result, bloody revolution broke out in Ireland and North America. What became known as the Anglo-American Civil War occurred and, in the end, Ireland gained independence and North America became the Commonwealth’s first dominion. Since no true war for independence was won in the New World, the vast Spanish Empire was left to simmer. Over the years, however, the various viceroyalties and captaincies have become increasingly autonomous, and the stability of the empire will be threatened if any opt to break away. Lastly, revolts across Iberia have forced the Portuguese monarchy into exile in Brazil. Overall, the future of the New World is uncertain and many fear revolution will descend upon the great colonial empires...
Overview & Philosophy
This modification opts to create a world that is both plausible and playable. From a game play perspective, some of the changes are technical and exist to let the game flow smoother. For example, I have opted to remove some uncivilized nations such as the Central Asian Khanates and Njed to allow proper European expansion. Likewise, some nations have shrunk while others have grown. The Commonwealth is significantly smaller than the United Kingdom, for both flavor and game play purposes. As previously stated, the North American Parliament asked Great Britain to annex what would later become Louisiana Territory instead of French India, and the Dutch never gave away Ceylon or the Eastern Cape. Other minor changes exist such as a different map overlay, blackened political borders, and different flags for some countries. Also included in the future will hopefully be parts of AOC and PDM to further improve game play. These are largely based on personal preference; I feel that some interface and technical changes will be necessary to better portray the world that I’ve created. Overall, this modification hopes to strike a balance between a plausible alternate history and fun game play experience.
What has been done?
This is still a WIP, but here is what has been completed:
- Government types and politics changed.
- Starting wars added and edited.
- Flags changed to alternate history counterparts.
- Alliances, satellites, and spheres established.
- Grand Campaign name and description rewritten.
*NOTE* Since some countries, namely Great Britain and Prussia, have significant territorial changes and will require all new armies, every starting army has been removed to allow the alpha to be playable.
What needs to be done?
Some things that need doing are as followed:
- Make soldiers capital POPs and create armies.
- Change POP culture in provinces with new owners.
- Write country-specific events and remove old ones.
- Integrate other modifications and/or make mod compatible.
Who gets credit?
Inadvertently, I borrowed/modified other mods to help Cromwell. They are:
- Chandlerw1’s Symbols Flagpack for various flags
- Magc8Ball’s EU3 Nations Flagpack for Spanish and German flags
- Thoughtful Punk’s flagpack for miscellaneous flags
- Hibernian and Rylock’s New Nations Mod (for England and African minors)
- Mikeboy’s Empire Mod for various German nations
- Naselus’s POP Demand Mod for Adjacencies, visible borders, and probably others.
- Danevang’s Map Fertilizer.
Of course, the back story and all the boring edits were all my own work.
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HOW TO INSTALL:
I highly recommend using Jonesoft's Generic Mod Enabler (JSGME).
1. Download the latest version of Legacy of Cromwell.
2. Download Jonesoft's Generic Mod Enabler.
3. Install JSGME in your Victoria 2 folder.
4. When prompted, choose the "mod" folder as JSGME's mod directory.
5. Extract Legacy of Cromwell in your mod directory; You should see that its in a folder called Legacy of Cromwell.
6. Launch JSGME, located within your Victoria 2 folder.
7. In the left column under "Available Mods", select Legacy of Cromwell and click the top center button (an arrow pointing right). This will overwrite your vanilla files and install LoC.
8. Launch Victoria 2.
JSGME is usable for all modifications and is especially useful for installing and uninstalling large mods like alternate histories, PDM, etc. When you're done with a mod, simply uninstall it with JSGME and you'll be back to vanilla (JSGME writes a backup of your initial files). Using this, you can go back and forth with several mods without making multiple copies of Victoria 2.
If you choose not to use JSGME for whatever reason, simply download LoC and extract it from the zip file and then copy the contents inside the LoC folder over your vanilla files.