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* [[France]]: For players who want to dig deep into the politics and war of Europe, France offers a good starting point. The French have a good-sized army, some extra-European colonies from which to start colonizing Africa, and their only natural enemy is Prussia due to German cores in Alsace-Lorraine. France also starts as the second Great Power, and has potential to easily overcome the [[United Kingdom]] as the greatest nation in the world, with a powerful navy, strong industries and a big piece of Africa.
* [[China]]: With the Heart of Darkness addition of uncivilized nations gaining research points in conquering land after certain military reforms have been unlocked, China is now much more suited to a beginner's style of play than it was in A House Divided. China offers sub-states that will fight for them in wars (pre-westernization), the single largest land military in the world (post-westernization), and neighbors that are uncivilized but rich in valuable resources.
* [[Belgium]]: A really small nation in the middle of Europe, Belgium is a decent nation to learn how to play. It has only one natural enemy - Netherlands -,
wich is quite easy to hold back if the player can work diplomacy well with the United Kingdom, who are well inclined to sphere Belgium. With this nation the unexperienced player can learn a bit about both naval and land combat, a lot about diplomacy ( wich will be very important to not be swallowed by the european Great Powers), and can even watch from a privileged seat the brutal fight between Prussia and Austria.
== General Overview ==