So I ended the “Relaxing Game of France” last night in a mammoth stream. This is what the world looked like at the beginning of 1821:
I think it’s clear to say that the sun never sets on the French empire.
I finally did conquer Brittany. I’ll rationalize this by saying that the Ethiopian empress that ran France at the time didn’t care as much about the “historic bond” between the nations. Plus, by that time, we ended up in war a few times with them, because of Burgundy.
Speaking of Burgundy: I ended up in a Personal Union over them, so Burgundy is also part of the French Empire. The game ran out before we could assimilate them, of course.
Also part of the French empire: Frenice (where Venice used to be), Little Britain (Irlande), French Greece, and the Grand Duchy of Julie, centered around Constantinople.
French Colonial Holdings in Africa. The hearts of the French Emperors where never too much on Africa; they colonized South Africa as a spring board to get to Asia (and because of the rumors of gold), North Africa to stop the raids from the Berbers, and Madagascar to end the Slave Trade there. Everything else was taken to weaken Portugal and Castille and, later, to facilitate trade inside the Empire.
Much of North America was actually colonized by the Castillians, and taken over by France in an endless series of Colonial wars. The East Coast and Canada, as well as the Antilles, were colonized by France and Brittany. The English had some colonies here as well. Note that Brittany still exists – it got “exiled” to Greenland.
Again, much of South America – especially what is now Fra Plata – was originally colonized by Portugal. Parts of Northern Freezial were colonized by Bretons. The Andes were, for a long time, host to a proud and extended Inca nation, until it, too, was brought into the Empire in a series of quick wars.
In South-East Asia, France moved mostly into a vacuum – very few nations, either local or European – had colonies here. Many of the small islands and northern New Zealand were colonized by the Portuguese. Sumatra and the western tip of Java were conquered in the 18th Century.
In East Asia, Jin attempted to unify the Chinese nations and grew considerably. In Siberia, the French Empire set up a sizable colony with the goal of cutting Russia off from the Pacific. French East Siberia also served as a penal colony for undesirables.
France had owned a province in Wu for a long time, and in the late 18th Century, the Empire decided to expand these holdings, taking about two states from Wu in an extremely bloody war – the French leaders had underestimated the Chinese, leading to the annihilation of an entire Army of some 44,000 men in one battle.
Easy to miss is the French colony in India, Goa, taken from the Portuguese and used to control most of the trade in all of Asia.