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Paradox teases Haiti as a playable nation in Victoria 3

Published: 07:02, 07 January 2022
Paradox Interactive
Victoria 3 - Haiti
Victoria 3 - Haiti

After their Free City of Krakow teaser, Paradox are back with another underdog of the victorian era. Haiti is a former French slave colony, saddled with debt and civil unrest, that players can attempt to forge into a Great Nation.

Another quite challenging country in Paradox's Victoria 3 is Haiti. Saddled with crushing debt repayments to France, a successful Haiti player will either need to leverage its limited natural resources to grow their income or renege on the debt and risk French retaliation.

The Haitian Revolution was a successful insurrection by self-liberated slaves against French colonial rule in Saint-Domingue, now the sovereign state of Haiti. The revolt began on 22 August 1791 and ended in 1804 with the former colony's independence.  The French recognized Haiti's independence in 1825 but in return demanded a hefty indemnity of 100 million francs, approximately $21 billion today. This is the situation the player inherits, once the game starts.

Paradox Interactive France starts the game as the second Great Power, just behind Britain in Prestige France starts the game as the second Great Power, just behind Britain in Prestige

Haiti, after the revolution, was populated by former slaves from all around the world. Lower education percentages, great debt, infighting, and undeveloped sources of income will be the first hurdles players will have to resolve in their Haiti playthrough.

As both Spain and Great Britain got themselves involved in the Haitian Revolution, perhaps a course of action is to use their enmity with France and try to renege on the debt. This is unlikely to happen, as it sets a dangerous precedent for colonial empires, which Great Britain and Spain at the time definitely are. it doesn't hurt to try though.

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