Java

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Java
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Government type Absolute Monarchy
Ruling party The Royal Faction (Conservative)
Capital Batavia (1413)
Population 1.94m
Primary culture Javan
Literacy 3%
National value Order
Tech school uncivilized
Status Primitive nation
The Netherlands control almost the entire Indonesia including Java

Java is today a part of Indonesia but in 1836 it was the largest of the Netherlands Netherlands' colonies. It has 1.94 million citizens and lies on an island of the Malay peninsula. It is a medium sized Asian nation, which can be led to a quite powerful position.

Inital position

Military

Compared to the Malay countries (Brunei Brunei, Johore Johore, Atjeh Atjeh and Bali Bali) Java is a military super power. It starts of with only a single brigade but 8 more stands ready and one can easily gather an army that counts 19-20 brigades. This leaves the surrounding countries open for conquest. Maybe even the Dutch colonies if the Netherlands are trapped in a war elsewhere.

Economy

Java has a healthy economy, mainly powered by its tea and coffee production and can hold education budget at 100% which is recommended. Due to Java's low literacy it is important to get 4% clergymen as soon as possible. National focus and a 100% education budget will do the trick. Since Java is one single huge state, only a single national focus is needed to promote on the entire island.

The primary culture Javan is common in one's initial land, but doesn't live anywhere else. Therefore if one expands too much one can lack national foci later in the game. When Krakatoa explodes around 1880s it will reduce the population of Java significantly.

First steps

One should begin to create an army and fabricate a casus belli on one of the Malaysian nations early. Everyone loves Johore for its gold mines, and so should Java. One does however need ships to sail to Johore. Bali is more accessible, and so is Atjeh if one can get military access from the Netherlands.

After the initial actions, one can try to annex as many small asian nations as infamy tolerates. Besides Bali, one have to use transport ships to reach the other asian nations.

The conquest of the near uncivilized nations and the focus on clergymen should be enough to westernize relatively early.

Post-westernizing

After westernizing Java should have the military strength to remove the Netherlands completely from South-East Asia. The Spanish controlled Philippines Philippines can also be a possible target. One can also take a foothold in mainland Asia against Siam Siam, Burma Burma or Dai Nam Dai Nam.

Java does not have any resources that is ideal for an upstarting industry.

Colonization

Westernization and a secure secondary power position is relatively easy to achieve before 1870. One would have to specifically research the techs needed to colonize (Medicine, Machine Guns and State and Government) but it is doable. The uncolonized parts of Indonesia and Malaysia, Polynesia and the Indian Ocean are easily accesible, especially if the Dutch has been pushed out of the area.