[Or the get your enemies to wipe each other out strategy, while to sit by
and get fat - this off course wouldn't work is reality, sooner or later they
would get wise, and then want to indulge in a bit of retribution. Perhaps
this is why the Dutch were overrun in America.]
If you enjoy playing as the Dutch this is the perfect strategy for you!
No matter where you land by using these methods you will absolutely dominate your opponents and be free to make huge profits without danger... HERE GOES:
Begin the game as you normally would, build your colony.
Find out by listening to the colonial reports and by basic exploration where your European ENEMIES are.
Arm all Indians that aren't on your continent with guns and horses.
The Spanish will be eliminated early on in the game by trying to desperately fight Indian armed braves.
For a small fee you can pay the English to declare War on the nearest Indian tribe (North America - Iroquois, South - Tupi, you get them to fight Indians who will yield them lots of treasure).
Whoever the English fight must already have plenty of horses and guns. The English will stay occupied for a long time... get routed often and all their spread out large population will suffer from Indian raids.
In the mean time bring over trade goods from Europe and sell them at a great profit to the natives. You can also sell Cigars, Rum, and Tools to the natives depending on your region. The natives should already have lots of muskets and horses.
Never kiss the pinky ring because those goods which get boycotted can't be sold to Europe, but can be sold the natives... and you can always use it as a chance to increase liberty bell production [ie. move workers from factories to the town hall]. In the mean time the boycotted goods price will be rising, and your sons of liberty will be increasing... get as many boycotted goods as possible because that will just increase trade with the Indians or increase SOL. Then when you get JACOB FUGGER... you can continue production of those goods and make a huge profit [as the price per unit will be very high due to demand not being satisfied].
Use DIRECT military force against the French in the beginning. The
Indians won't fight them and they won't fight the Indians so just look at
the map and capture which ever Colony of theirs is surrounded by the most resources and has the best development.
Now the English are weakened from trying to attack well-armed Indians
and from being attacked. The French have lost their strongest City (the
French are terrible at building Colonies and developing them... they will
struggle ridiculously for the rest of the game)... and the Spanish are
gone. You HAVE CONTROL NOW... but it's not over.
Expand leisurely as your European neighbours are crippled. Build your profits and buy privateers. Now surround your enemies Colonies with privateers. Almost every ship they have will eventually get sacked... they won't be able to DEVELOP AT ALL! And you'll make a nice profit from the goods on board which are often muskets and horses and what not.
Now that your enemies are at least a century behind you and you have total control and peace with your Indian neighbours its time to declare INDEPENDENCE... BUT FIRST:
Any colonies without stockade and not significant or below population of 5... simply disband.
CONSOLIDATE. 3 artillery per city. A military strength of 225+ should be had BEFORE declaration.
Get a missionary ready and put him right outside a nearby Indian city... once you have declared independence have them declare war on the KING. Now you have all the advantages you need TO WIN!
THAT'S THE NETHERLANDS STRATEGY IN WHOLE.
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