I decided to actually take a crack at a Russian game once. PDM, but I dont think there are many things in that mod that would make Russia terribly different from Vanilla so im putting it out as such unless otherwise pointed out.
First things first: Switch to Slavophile to start building Factories. Check. Read a strategy on making Russia a doom-force and this was the first point in it. So if this stategy is outdated let me know.
step 2: Ally with Prussia. Why cause I want Germany to form in my game, a powerful Germany= a Powerful Russia too.
step 3: get military access to India. Shortly thereafter declare war on Britain and win within 3 years. India has pretty much revolted against British rule now and its only been 5 years since I unleashed.
step 4: Go to war with the OE over Moldavia and Wallachia so they can get all happy and form Romania. Because I want Buffer Romania and Yugoslavia between the OE and Austria.
Step 5: this was done between steps 2 and 5 multiple times. Switch between Westernizer and Slavophile until Militancy is high enough to enact the peasant reforms.
Soooo now im at my current point. I have my Russia as the (still) #2 power in the world (hoping to stay top 3). What should I do? How should I strart getting Real refoms underway? How soon should I deal with the 600 lb Gorilla that is Austria? and when do I stop putting fingers in the leaks that is my Economy to see if it will float on its own? ( I have subsidized every factory. Any that close are summarily reopened because its cheaper to expand then to build a whole new one)
now for personal notes: I plan on staying on Americas good side So Alaska will be sold when the time comes, and i will ally with it after the ACW. (to hopefully goad the north to retake the south if it didn't win) and to Have a friend in the West, other then Germany of course but that Monster will speak for itself. England, Austria and any GP that pops up and decides (minus America) to mess around will be Punished...Severely. My personal hope is to have a Prussian Constitutionalism by end game and to have a strong enough base to hold off the Socialist revolts that will more then likely be unleashed on me.
So now comes the time when you tell me what needs to be done. What ive done wrong how I can fix it, or im on the right track. Cause right now im rolling blind......