Victoria 3 is a grand strategy game and one of the earliest things in the game is to colonize your country because all the countries would colonize themselves in separate parts of the Decentralized Nations and you don’t want to sit back because colonizing will give you many advantages later in the game.
In this guide, we’ll tell you how to colonize in Victoria 3.
Colonization is the process of establishing your colony in available lands of a Decentralized Nation. Establishing colonies will let you control those colonies in that part of the Decentralized Nation and you can run them as you run your country. All of the other countries would also be establishing their colonies throughout the different Decentralized Nations and at the start of the game, you’ll have to establish the colonies and build buildings for your pops.
Now, in order to establish a colony, you can only do it in available locations in the world. To see which parts of the Decentralized Nation your country can colonize, you need to click on the Diplomatic Lens which you’ll find at the bottom of the screen in the middle. The Establish Colony option will open a map and it’ll show the available targets that you can select to establish your colony. The red highlighted areas cannot be established, you can only establish the available targets which will be the areas highlighted in green.
Click on the green highlighted area to start establishing your colony and the time for your establishment to be completed will start showing in that area. Click on the play button on the time icon on the top right of the screen to fast forward and then pause the time after the corresponding time has passed for the establishment. Normally, the time for the establishment of a colony takes 50 days. Once your colony is established in the area, you’ll be able to build the buildings in that area for your pops so they can get jobs in that area.
You must establish your colonies in all the available targets and then build the Urban and Government buildings in those colonies to give jobs to pops and then you’ll be able to tax the pops to generate your income. When other countries start establishing their colonies near your colony, they’ll have to start a war in order to win your land.