Victoria 3: how to change country [Explained]

Victoria 3: how to change country [Explained]

Victoria 3 lets you play as any nation or country by simply switching between them using the pause menu screen. However, there is a catch, and it only allows you to play one country if it is not subject to another. That’s why we’ve organized how to change countries in Victoria 3 guide and followed the full step-by-step process so you can show your authority.

Identify if one country is subject to another

The first key thing you need to identify is whether a certain country is subject to another superpower nation or not. The easiest way to do this is to hover over any map on the game screen and pause the game. Select the Change country option then click on the country. If you cannot immediately switch to control of this nation or country, you must understand that it is subject to a neighboring nation.

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

Start with the dominant country

by clicking on all the releasable options [Image Credit: eXputer]

The next step is to choose the largest country and click on the Rules of the game section. Once you are there, just check to see if the liberable nation the option is toggled to All or not. You need to make sure the options stay set to All. Otherwise, you cannot prevent small countries from being subjects of a larger nation.

This option basically frees up implausible and fantasy nations so that you can take control of them and successfully transition to that country in Victoria 3.

release topic

Diplomacy option [Image Credit: eXputer]

The next important step you need to do is to 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 opens the Diplomacy tab by default.

After that, go to Release object option, and there you will see a list of nations or smaller countries that are subject to the larger 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 down here.

Free topics option [Image Credit: eXputer]

What you need to do is switch”Release as a freelancer” and the last option of “Play as country X”. X denotes here the country in which you want to play after freeing the subject from the powerful nation or capital.

This will put your country on the world map, and whatever resources, economy, military power, political influence, authority, and general ranking will be displayed in the List of country maps part of the game. Your country will immediately begin to rank according to the current world situation, and from there you will be free to establish relations with other countries as you see fit for the next century.

liberate a country

play with sweden [Image Credit: eXputer]

Suppose you want to be currently playing Sweden as a starting country, and you want to play with Iceland. A quick glance over the mouse while changing the country screen will reveal that Iceland is part of Denmark and must be liberated for further play.

What you need to do is play as Denmark, access its Diplomacy option, then click Release Subject. Once you’ve done that, you’ll notice at least four countries that fall under the flag of Denmark, namely: Iceland, West Indies, Greenland, and Nunavut, as shown in the image here.

The subjects of Denmark [Image Credit: eXputer]

After that, click on Iceland if you want to continue playing Victoria 3 with that country and toggle the Release as Independent option with Play as Iceland. Click Liberate, and you will immediately begin to control Iceland and the nation will also be put on the world map.

Iceland liberated as a subject of Denmark. [Image Credit: eXputer]

You are now free to control Iceland as you see fit. Improve relations with neighboring countries, increase economic and political ties with neighboring English nations, or wage wars when the time comes in the 20th century.

About Victoria 3

Paradox Interactive’s grand strategy game Victoria 3 is a work of art as it simulates the lives of every single person that existed throughout the century of transformation that lasted from 1836 to 1936. Politics and economics, which are both very in-depth and can be rather terrifying at times to engage with, will be the main focus of your attention throughout the gameplay experience you have in Victoria 3.

Behind it all is a complex economic simulation, 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 grain and clothing to automobiles and electricity.

If you’re the type of person who enjoys playing grand strategy games, then Victoria 3 is the kind of game that will keep you up all night. However, that won’t stop you from continuing until the sun rises more than a handful of times in order to advance to the next century in the game.


That’s all we needed to discuss how to change countries in Victoria 3 and play as any nation you want in the game. Was our guide helpful? Have you ever changed your country and started to increase its influence, economy, authority and more? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.


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