From: Secret Underground Lair
The synopsis of Russian strategy to date:
1. Define top provinces (using Excel to sort the province variables file) by food, wool, textiles, horses, luxuries, labor. Those not at the top of any of these resource rankings, and not particularly vulnerable to insurrection or conquest are to be used as focii for administrative development (courts)
2. Get corruption down to zero by building up administrative provinces to 5 courts each.
3. Get Walls in border provinces up to min 3, ideally 4 per province (given how readily A Brit army charged my walls with 4 guns and 21K militia in Zhytomyr, maybe this was a wasted effort??
4. Manage economy by: setting as many units as possible to forage; delete all fourth rate ships; build some banks in top money making provinces; send Merchant to Adriatic; build some docks in Baltic and Black Sea; progressively up Econ to 29 or 30 Tax rate and Draft rate of 8 or 9
5. Maintain pace of road and farming production so that I am more or less consistently growing 1 pop factor but avoid growing 2.
6. Be friendly with France, Turkey, and Sweden
7. Try to take provinces from Prussia and Austria
As far as military strategy, concentration of force is my motto, along with: buy special abilities for divisions and not army wide (probably something like 75% of all my divisions have forager special ability, and the rest I try to divide among: organized, sustained volley, scout, and when possible shooter, oblique fire.
Tactics/operations: keep up production of filler units from which to transfer men in order to keep numbers in main armies topped up. Use forced march as needed to achieve surprise and concentrate overwhelming numbers.
So far this seems to be working for the most part. Britain took Zhytomyr province a turn or two ago, but otherwise, I would say Russia is holding her own in her war against Prussia and Britain and might even be able to force Prussia to surrender before too long. If that happens, then I may well be able to take back Zhytomyr. At present, I'm hovering in the high 900s National Morale, so they have a long way to go to force me to surrender and gain any real benefit from having taken Zhytomyr. Moreover, their earlier efforts to disrupt internal Russian operations (by sending 3 or 4 Cav and Hvy Cav wandering through Russia) pretty much resulted in nothing but losses to them, and gains for me (2 or 3 Cavs surrendered, and the one province they managed to catch unguarded Tver they eventually abandoned).
The last turn I played, I was trying to crush Prussian forces in the Istria-Novgorod area with a clever "Pincer-Clamp" maneuver among 2 different armies and 2 different corps. If successful, I just might have caused serious harm to Prussia yet again. If Prussia drops out, and I can force them to break their alliance with Britain, i just might be able to strand Britain on the continent without supply . . . maybe.