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Philippines

Philippines
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Government type HM's Government
Ruling party Partido Nacionalista (Conservative)
Capital Manila (ID 1455)
Population 927.19 thousand
Primary culture Filipino
Literacy 10%
National value Liberty
Tech school Traditional Academia
Status Civilized

If released, Philippines will be the only civilized nation in all of Asia in the beginning of the game. It starts as a colony of Spain Spain.

The status of civilized nation makes Philippines in a fortunate position to attack the East Asian nations while they still haven't got a modern military and are struggle to civilize. Brunei Brunei, Atjeh Atjeh and Luang Prabang Luang Prabang will be the safe nations to annex. More risky nations will be Siam Siam or Dai Nam Dai Nam or even Japan Japan. They can all be attacked for less infamy than normal, with the establish protectorate Casus Belli.

Johore Johore is an especially tantalizing target due to its gold deposits, but you will run the risk of a possible future war with the United Kingdom United Kingdom. If you can build up a navy before Japan civilizes the Philippines may even be able to take Korea Korea and its coal and iron deposits. If released from Spain directly, you will start out with HM's Government, thus allowing you to appoint your ruling party. This can be incredibly useful for building early industry in the absence of capitalists by keeping the Reactionaries in power. Your ultimate goal should be to become powerful enough to take Indonesia away the Netherlands Netherlands in order to secure more resources and territory.