|Government type||Absolute monarchy|
|Tech school||Traditional academia|
Poland is a fairly large, formable nation in Eastern Europe. It has Polish as its primary culture and no other accepted cultures.
The Polish land was split among Prussia, Russia, and Austria in 1772. It is still split among them, and has cores in all three of these nations, along with Krakow. At the start of the game, Krakow is the only (independent) nation that has the option to unify Poland. It is also possible to release Poland from any of the before mentioned nations.
Krakow can only form Poland if it is both a Great Power and has control over all Polish cores. It is a very hard task to become a great power and even more so to free the remaining land.
Poland can be released by either Austria, Prussia and Russia. One gets the land owned by the releasing nation including their invented technologies. Therefore, one have to consider pros and cons of each possibility. When released as Russia, one will have more land and larger population, but worse tech and literacy. When released as Prussia one have better tech, better infamy but less land and smaller population. Austria can be seen as a midway among the two other.
If one releases Poland, one can consider to start sphering Kraków and take it out of Austria's sphere of influence. When that happens you declare war on Kraków to conquer it, when it's conquered go to politics screen and you will be able to release Poland with Krakow Included. Austria can just remove Krakow from its sphere and attack it.
Poland have a relatively high population which can carry a fine industry. Poland has several coal mines spread across the land which makes glass and cement the obvious industries to invest in. If the choice is made to form Poland by breaking off from Russia, one will begin with many grain-producing provinces, making liquor distilleries a strong possibility in the early game, depending on how well liquor is selling. If breaking off from Russia, you won't have access to much coal, so the early game can be rough. Depending on the situation, and if you remain close to Russia, you may be able to get them to help you reclaim Polish provinces from Prussia or Austria, but this is highly situational.
Poland have a workable but not great literacy so promotion from farmer to worker might take a while.
The only non-Polish Lithuanian cores are controlled by Russia, so it is actually only a single war that is needed if one already have control over all of Poland's cores.