Victoria 3: How To Switch Country [Explained]

Learn How To Switch Country or Nation & Play With Whatever Country You Want in Victoria 3

Victoria 3 lets you play as any nation or country by just switching your current one to another using the pause menu screen. However, there is a catch, and it only allows you to play a country if it is not subject to another. That is why we have curated how to switch countries in Victoria 3 guide & entailed the complete process step by step so that you can show your authority.

Key Highlights
  • To identify if a country is subject to another, hover over any map on the game screen, select the Change Country option and then click the country. 
  • Usually, the bigger nation that is landlocked to the smaller country holds authority over the nation.
  • To release a smaller country from being a subject of a bigger nation, pick the bigger country and click the Game Rules section and ensure that the Releasable Nation option is set to All.
  • Select Diplomacy by hovering over the stats bar or press the F6 key and go to the Release Subject option, where you will see a list of smaller nations that are subject to the bigger country.
  • To release a subject and play as a different country, toggle “Release as Independent” and “Play as X country” and click Release, and you will immediately start controlling the country.

Identifying If A Country Is Subject To Another

The first key thing that you need to identify is if a certain country is subject to another superpower nation or not. The easy way to do this is to hover over any map on the game screen and pause the game. Select the Change Country option and then click the country. If you can’t immediately transition to controlling that nation or country, you must understand that it is subject to a nearby nation. 

Usually, the bigger nation, which is landlocked to the smaller country that you want to play with, holds the authority over the nation. Think of it as a weak and dominant state affair that is still persistent in some parts of the world that we know. 

Start With The Dominant Country

clicking All Releasable Option [Image Credit: eXputer]
The next stage is picking the bigger country and clicking the Game Rules section. Once you’re there, just verify if the Releasable Nation option is toggled to All or not. You need to ensure the options remain set at All. Otherwise, you will not be able to release smaller countries from being the subjects of a bigger nation. 

This option basically allows implausible and fantasy-Esque nations to be released so that you can take control of them and successfully make a switch to that country in Victoria 3

Releasing Subject

Diplomacy option [Image Credit: eXputer]
The next important step that you need to do is select Diplomacy by hovering over the stats bar on your left, as seen in the image above. You can also press the F6 key as this, by default, opens the Diplomacy tab. 

After that, go to the Release Subject option, and there you will see a list of smaller nations or countries that are subject to the bigger country. If you see the country you want to play as in this list, just click on it, and you will see another box showing three different options, as shown in the image here below.

Release Subjects option [Image Credit: eXputer]
What you need to do is toggle “Release as Independent” and the last option of “Play as X country”. X here denotes the country you want to play as after releasing the subject from the powerful or capital nation. 

Doing so will put your country on the world map, and whatever resources, economy, military might, political influence, authority, and overall ranking will be displayed in the Countries Map List section of the game. Your country will immediately begin to rank based on the current world standing, and from here, you will be free to establish relations with other countries however you see fit for the next century or so.  

Liberating A Country

playing as Sweden [Image Credit: eXputer]
Let us assume you want are currently playing Sweden as the starting country, and you want to play as Iceland. A quick look hovering over the mouse while changing the country screen will reveal that Iceland is part of Denmark, and it must be released to be played further. 

What you need to do is play as Denmark, go to its Diplomacy option and then click on Release Subject. Once you’ve done that, you will notice at least four countries that come under the banner of Denmark, namely: Iceland, West Indies, Greenland, and Nunavut, as seen in the image here.

Denmark’s subjects [Image Credit: eXputer]
After that, click Iceland if you want to continue playing Victoria 3 with this country and toggle Release as Independent option along with Play as Iceland. Click Release, and you will immediately start controlling Iceland & the nation will be put on the world map as well.

Iceland released as a subject from Denmark. [Image Credit: eXputer]
You’re now free to however you want to control Iceland as you see fit. Improve relations with the neighboring countries, increase economic and political ties with nearby English nations, or wage wars when the time comes in the 20th century.  

About Victoria 3

The grand strategy game Victoria 3 by Paradox Interactive is a work of art because it simulates the lives of every single person who existed throughout the transformative century that lasted from 1836 to 1936. Politics and economics, both of which are very in-depth and may sometimes be rather terrifying to engage with, will be the primary focus of your attention during the whole gaming experience that you have in Victoria 3.

A complex economic simulation lies behind all of this, and at its core is the idea that every individual has a wish list of things they want in order to be happy. A sophisticated algorithm models supply and demand using buy and sell orders for a wide variety of goods, ranging from cereal and apparel to automobiles and electrical power.

If you are the kind of person who enjoys playing grand strategy games, then Victoria 3 is the sort of game that will keep you up all night long. However, this will not prevent you from continuing it until the sun comes up more than a handful of times in order to advance to the next century in the game.


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