Austria-Hungary

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Austria-Hungary
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Government type Absolute Monarchy
Ruling party N/A
Capital Vienna (ID 619)
Population 8.84 million
Primary culture South German
Literacy 16.1%
National value Order
Tech school Military-Industrial Complex
Status Civilized Nation

Austria-Hungary can be formed by Austria Austria by the decision The Austro-Hungarian Compromise. It will add Hungarian as accepted culture, but will remove the possibility to form Germany Germany from Austria. Austria needs to have under 80 prestige and have researched Nationalism and Imperialism to make the decision. Austria-Hungary gains cores in all of Austria, while Austria loses all of its cores. Therefore Austria can't be released from Austria-Hungary.

Austria starts in 1836 with more than 80 prestige, which means that one will actually have to lose prestige in order to form Austria-Hungary. Although this sounds bad, it has large benefits like more national focuses and larger manpower. There are multiple ways of losing prestige. The simplest is to release puppets, which will give -5 prestige pr. nation. Make sure not to release any nations with Hungarian cores. Venice Venice, Trieste Trieste and Bohemia-Moravia Bohemia-Moravia are all suitable. Otherwise one could purposefully lose wars.

Strategy

The strategy of Austria-Hungary largely follows that of Austria, except that Austria-Hungary cannot form Germany. It will likely face the Austro-Prussian War.

Preventing the formation of Germany is a crucial, but difficult task. The easiest way is to outright annex a German minor e.g. Bavaria Bavaria or Saxony Saxony (which however starts in Austrias sphere). Another way is to reduce Prussia Prussia to secondary power status by completely wiping out their army and occupying everything. It will lose its entire sphere, and the other Great powers will come in to sphere the german minors.