|Government type||Absolute Monarchy|
|Ruling party||Függetlenségi Párt (Conservative)|
|Capital||Budapest (ID 641)|
|Tech school||Traditional Academia|
Hungary is by 1836 controlled by Austria but is the rightful owner of most of the land. To play as Hungary, select Austria and choose 'Play as' when releasing Hungary, at the start of the game, Hungary is in a fairly poor position. Low literacy, a very divided population (Hungarians make up around 40% of your total population), and not very many good RGOs for industrializing. You only have one province that has access to the sea, meaning a navy can take a while to build.
It is cornered between 4 powerful great powers: Austria Russia, Ottoman Empire and Prussia, so expansion in the near neighbourhood might prove difficult. Additionally Hungary also borders Serbia and the Ottoman puppets Moldavia and Wallachia.
Your first priorities are to build up a military and increase your literacy. Use the National Focus to encourage clergymen in your most populous region, Slovakia. Once the percentage of clergy in Slovakia reaches 2%, move on to the next region until all states have 2% clergy. As far as industry is concerned, first switch to the Reactionary party, for State Capitalism. Hungary produces a lot of fruit and grain, so begin our industry by building Wineries and Liquor Distilleries, and if you have enough unemployed workers, build Cement and glass factories.
Note: If you change the ruling party you won't be able to chose conservatives again.
Don't worry about encouraging Capitalists, right now the focus is to increase literacy. Hungary makes a decent amount of money even without factories, so set taxes on the rich and middle to the lowest possible, while all spending sliders are as close to 100% as possible. Set taxes on the poor to the lowest you can without running a deficit. Tariffs can stay at zero.
The possibilities of warfare
If one wants to expand overseas, then the North African states are usually a good choice (if France hasn't already destroyed them). Building a fleet of Transports takes time, as you only have one coastal province, so make sure to plan ahead.
Otherwise, if one can find a powerful ally nearby, Attacking the Ottoman Empire is possible. Attacking North Italian states are also possible, if they are in a particularly weak spot.