I Would like to start this thread by saying I love paradox interactive games and reaaly love some of the new game mechanincs in AHD. However, I noticed several (Many?) historical errors in the 1861 scenario. I Do not want this to become a AHD/Paradox bashing thread but rather intend it to serve a a list for dev assistance in later patches or as a assist to modders. I Would ask players of AHD to please submit any inaccuracies they notice to this thread as well.
Overall List of Needed/Requested Changes
Small Arms - For both the USA and CSA breechloading rifles are enabled at start. However there were no breechloading rifles in either army until 1865 and even then it was not a standard weapon. Whearas Prussia, who introduced breech-loading rifles as early as 1849 ("Needle Gun"), still only has flintlock rifle tech. The same applies for the OE 1861 which in RL at this time was equipped with 1853 Enfields ("Muzzle Loading Rifles") but also is stuck on Flintlocks. Although I cannot be certain, I assume there kinds of errors are widespread.
Paraguay - Paraguay should own Alto Paraguay in 1861, atlthough disputed between Bolivia and Paraguay the latter had a much more solid claim and control over the area.
Dominican Republic - Should be a Colony of Spain, It reverted to this status only a month before the start date.
Tunis - Should be a Vassal of Ottoman Empire, not a possesion of it.
The Ionian Islands - should still be a satellite of Britain and not a part of Greece yet. The Treaty of London handing over the islands wasn't signed until 1864.
Ifni province - should be owned by Spain. They captured it in the Spanish–Moroccan War in 1860.
Zanzibar - should exist as a starting country (its cores are already there). It gained independence from Oman a few months before the start of the game.
France - should not control the main Comoros Islands, only Mayotte. They gained Mayotte in 1841, but didn't establish a protectorate over the other islands until 1886.
USA/CSA - Discussion ongoing about where the border between the Union and the South should be.
Holstien - Should still be a vassal of Denmark rather than a part of Prussia
Countries in Need of overall rework
Ottoman Empire - The list of innacuracies has the greatest concentration regarding the Ottoman Empire. Technologies need a total rework, the OOB (Many Irregulars despite Ottoman Armies rapid modernization prior to and immediatly afterward the crimean war) is also in need of some TLC. in 1861 Egypt could or could not have have been construed as a Ottoman Vassal so I'll leave that up to the individual interpreter. Also, despite industrial score (Regardless of the accuarcy of a 0 industrial score in 1861) the Ottomans qualify (Historically) as much more of a great power than Belgium.
The Taiping Rebeliion - in China was at its Height in 1861 but is completely absent from V2. The result is a ahistorically stable China and completely changes the dynamics of the 1860's Far East.
The Caste War - Although Obscure, large areas of the Yucutan were part of a independent Maya State for large sections of the 19th century. At the very least this area should be occupied by rebels in 1861 and possibly even be a uncivilized nation.
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