Fighting a war is all well and good, in Victoria 3, but ending it and getting something out of it is what the true goal is. So, how does one go about doing that?
War Support is a measure of the political will in your country to continue fighting in a particular war, and goes from -100 to +100. Each country will start a war with a high degree of War Support, currently always 100, though we’re considering having it start on different levels based on how politically unified your country is, which declines over time. The factors that govern how quickly War Support drops include:
- Having your territory occupied by the enemy,
- Pops dying and being wounded in battle and from attrition,
- Internal turmoil in your country, for example, because your economy is worsening due to the war,
- Whether the enemy controls their War Goals.
When their War Support hits -100, a country is forced to Capitulate. A country that Capitulates cedes all War Goals that are targeting them and gives up on all unpressed War Goals they were still holding.
However, it isn’t possible to simply attack a far-away country and force them to cede you distant lands simply by waiting for their War Support to tick down by itself. This is because any country that has a war goal targeting it which isn’t considered to be controlled by the enemy and still retains control of its own capital cannot have its War Support drop below 0.
For example, let’s say that while playing as Brazil, you attack the Netherlands and demand they cede both Curacao and Guyana. You easily occupy Guyana but find that your navy is outmatched and you can’t land armies to take either Curacao or Amsterdam. As a result, you will be unable to force the Netherlands to Capitulate unless you actively choose to drop your War Goal on Curacao.