I have to ask, what is the "normal" inflation rate for the player at the start of the game? I am having a really hard time sorting my economy out, playing as Portugal is terrible for me as well. I had a force limit of 11 after all the modifiers. And I had to constantly mint money, and paying 50 ducats for a cavalry regiment is overkill. There are also some other factors that I find make the game unnecessarily more difficult. Keep in my mind that I'm not the most experienced player of the original mod aswell. My best game was as Brunswick, and that hardly amounted to much.