From: Montreal, Canada
Fyi, see: http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4198212
I tried this too when I first started playing the game (with the very first version), but it did not end well.
In my experience, missing out on plunder MPPs and resource MPPs, by not defeating France early, does not bode well...
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