Algeria

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Algeria
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Government type Absolute Monarchy
Ruling party Bey Faction (conservative)
Capital Constantine
Population 310.100
Primary culture Maghrebi
Literacy 7.0%
National value Order
Tech school Uncivilized
Status Uncivilized nation
Algeria and the bordering nations in 1836

Algeria is located in North-West Africa, neighbouring the nations of Morocco Morocco, Tunis Tunis, and French Algeria. The nation starts off uncivilized and with next to no research points to help you progress, your trustworthy allies are limited and your options to expand, territoriality or economically, are as limited as well.

It has like all Arabian states the potential of forming Arabia Arabia. To do so, it needs to a great power and sphere at least one other Arabian nation.

In vanilla Victoria 2 Algeria is called Aldjazair Aldjazair instead.

The 'Colonial' Years

Your biggest concern is the Western Great Powers, France France and Spain Spain who make very early conquests into the Sahara desert. The large French Army have a toehold on your core territory and would like to expand further into your land. Your best chance is to resist by building up your forces, focusing your research points on Military Technology and increase military funding as the French AI will on most games attempt to conquer your nation and no other Great Powers have enough influence on you to 'Protect You'.

Economy

If you can survive the French onslaught then you still have a chance of growing into a Great Power later in the game as you are responsible for 3 rather rich provinces of Iron(If the French don't take any of them)and if you by chance take back all your provinces from the French you will have two extra Industrial Grade rich Provinces and 4-5 more ports which to help grow your population and industry from.

Research and National Focus

Your population is mainly poor, uneducated miners who really wear down on your research points which you need to build up. Your best choice is to wisely use the Clergy NF, if you leave it on for too long your miners will dry up and move along taking away your main sources of riches(Iron), or you could increase Education wages and decrease Middle Class taxes to encourage promotion to Clergy. Though this comes with rather the same problem.