From: Nevada, USA
Thanks, Zap and Rondo-I'm flattered. I not so sure about the expertly managed though. I made quite a few mistakes-and some lucky guesses. I will pat myself on the back though for sticking to my economic development grand plan and for choosing the correct order (apparently correct) for the nations to fight and defeat.
About Russia, I never had any plans for defeating Russia. The Czar did irritate me enough to make me want to go to war with Russia on a few occasions, but it still was not in the plans. It was the Czar that eventually DoWed Turkey as part of an ill prepared alliance with Prussia. Honestly, there are risks involved in trying to take Russia out in a swift campaign. If I was to send the 1st Army on to Moscow, it would be unstoppable, but what if another power decides to strike the O.E. while its main forces are 1500 km away from the glorious capital? It is a bit of a dilemma. But again, I did not invade Russia with the intention of burning Moscow to the ground, but just to punish the Czar a bit. Russia does not have anything I really want anyway. There are a few provinces that would be nice, but I don't "need" those. What the O.E. needs is money-and Russia has none-now Sweden.....
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.