|Government type||Absolute Monarchy|
|Tech school||Traditional academia|
At the start of the game in 1836, Bulgaria is a releasable nation under the rule of the Ottoman Empire and surrounded between by powerful neighbors, the other being Russia. The country faces many challenges starting off: it is very divided between the Bulgarian majority and a large Turkish minority as well as a couple of other minorities including Greeks and Romanians, economically poor, and its population is largely illiterate. A lot of foreign countries hold cores on Bulgarian land including Moldavia, Romania, Serbia and Greece (even more so after taking the decision The Megali Idea). But this situation can be improved and gains can be made at the expense of the Ottomans with the assistance of a powerful ally such as Russia or Austria. Bulgaria also has the possibility to form Yugoslavia, although it is not a requirement for other nation to include Bulgaria.
There are a couple of options to play as Bulgaria.
- Starting off as the Ottoman Empire and releasing Bulgaria. This route is the quickest.
- Playing as another country such as Austria or Russia and forcing the Ottomans to release Bulgaria in a couple of wars. This is a longer option but gives the benefit of Bulgaria being in another great power's sphere of influence, thus making it protected from Ottoman invasion.
There are two natural enemies at the start of the game: Montenegro and Serbia. Both can easily be beaten, once Bulgaria has build up its military. Securing an alliance with a european great power is key to Bulgarias long-term success. If one intends to form Yugoslavia, it might be a good idea to puppet them instead of outright annexing them.