I started a new game as Holland while lunching at work and it went unexpected:
Core on our rivals triggered in 1401 and Burgundy annexed Hainaut in 1403... With a -6% interests advisor and some loans I built a rather big army, annexed Utrecht, Friesland, Breda and Gelre in two successive wars. I formed Dutch Nation in 1406, allied with France and DoW Burgundy to get the rest of the cores. By 1410 all Netherlands cores were mine plus Ghent who is germanic culture and pretty rich too. So here I was, 1410 almost as powerfull as Austria. And... 1416 France fall in a Personnal Union with me ! And France control almost all its cores.
So for now all my Europeans objectives are accomplished, I dont want to expand more as I like to play Roleplay and mainly because Netherlands base taxe are just axesome, nothing under 6... So I went colonial:
I sailed to New World and annexed Mexico + the other province with gold there + a random port. I also annexed both provinces of Ceylan Island in India. I'm waiting for them to core to get all Carribeans as I only want the richest colonies to stay rather small compared to others big Europeans and colonial nations.
I lack bigger objectives tho, colonize Caribbeans, ok, but what to do in India ? So here are some questions:
- How does the Gold Income works ? Is it worth it to rush for some gold provinces as I've done for Mexico ? Is it worth it to form a small colony in South America & East Africa to get more gold provinces ?
- I'm planning on becoming a Merchant Republic, but I dont have the "Form a plutocrative administration" or whatever is the decision. Do I need government 12 ? And then how can I make people join my Trade League ? Venice & Hansa are dominating all Europe with theirs.
- India has a rather high base taxe so I'm planning on annexing a big part of it. I never went to China before but I've read that it is quite rich too. Where should I expand in the east to have the richest provinces ? Keep in mind I want to be the smallest possible, still the richest !