France 1730. Spent the next 14 years recuperating from the war, slowly building up the coffers. It's good for now, we are no longer starving for cash.
Manage to rebuild relations with the Pope, although he still won't consent to an alliance even though the Papacy is max happiness. Oh well.
My plan to conquer Australia for the lulz continues as I establish a colony in north Madagascar. The quirk of the game is I have to wait for Madagascar to form a town before I can form a town in WA, but I don't necessarily need a Core(a de jure ownership of the province - which can take 50 years)
France, 1738. There was an opportunity too good to pass up. I noticed Savoy abandoned the Holy Roman Empire and were now enemies of the Pope - which they had been allies only a few decades before. lol.
So I invaded Savoy and forced them to annex Nice to me, a city I actually visited in real life. I didn't plan on this but it worked out great. They had only one ally, Lorraine, but I could deal with them, I could no way deal with the HRE Emperor.
Meanwhile, I managed to get a port on Madagascar, a useful launching point for my designs for Australia. I may have to go to war with Portugal to capture South Australia, my home state; and our alliance is getting too tough to maintain. Oh dear.
France, 1760. Finally colonized a small part of Western Australia after gaining a core on northern Madagascar. It took a long time. Sending in spies to cause revolts and uprisings in England's and Portugal's colonies. This caused England to lose some of it's colonies in Indonesia.
It's got a port (what would be the French way of pronouncing Perth?) and I am slowly building the towns up.
France, 1785. Spent a decade or two building up cities; upgrading forts, adding courts and marketplaces. Make them grow, shore up the defenses.
My colonies in west Africa, Boina and Perth are going pretty well. They are growing slowly and making money. Perth will be an official colony of France in about 6 years, but I have to wait a few decades until the rest of Australia is discovered.
My biggest enemies are Portugal, Austria and England. I must prepare for war in order to concoct my plan of taking over Australia as France. I settled some of Sri Lanka and PNG in order to stage a landing post.
I managed to turn Spain(!) into an ally by giving them some bribes and waiting for them to come to me. Unfortunately, I can't go to them. Russia also became an ally, who is at war with my rival Portugal...
France, 1803. Perth finally became a Core for France - I can build ships from Australia! Yay!
Most of the colonies are doing fine. I'm just increasing defenses for the forts, and sending a few ships to various Portugal colonies for preparations for a naval blockade when war comes. Russia is my ally and they are at war with them, so this is an advantage. I need to build more armies next session.
Put down several rebellions in the province of Sovie and built a courthouse for them. Spain is still an ally, in fact, I sent an army to the Spanish/Portugese border in preparation.
My god, Austria sent a dozen requests for me to allow military access to them. Wisely, I said no. I don't care if they have to cross my country to wage a war with another power, I am not going to give them an advantage.
France 1821 - End of Campaign The Franco-Portuguese War begins as I send 2 navies of say 6000 soldiers to Portugal's colonies in Australia, real life places of Adelaide, Melbourne and Upper Victoria.
At the same time, I assault Portugal in the Iberian Peninsula with 18000 men, slowly gaining provinces. Spain was distracted with their own war with Scotland, so phew, I would not be fighting them also (the alliance system is broken, apparently Spain guaranteed Portugal's independence.
Meanwhile, myself and Portugal had to deal with rebellions rising in our own countries. It is a challenge, but I do have the numbers to deal with the revolts in the end. This continues as I produce more warships.
Eventually I gain enough Portuguese territories in Australia and Europe in order to annex Adelaide after a long siege. I choose not to go after NSW and Tasmania.
After a few decades I put down some more rebellions in France and a short one in Adelaide. Some provinces are at risk at revolt, but no rebellions rose up, so all is peaceful. The last years of my campaign was spent building up my provinces and no war.
My goal was to form the nation of France, which I did, so it is a success. The Australia thing was a fun side goal. So from 1500-1821 I helped create the modern shape of France with some French control of Australia. I became quite fond of my colonies in Madagascar and SW Africa. All without going iinto a debt spiral.
I just wish the game had a different ending background then the one where if you resign the game. It was confusing.