Paradox’s latest major strategy game, Victoria 3, is now out in the wild, and while ambitious, detailed and beautiful to look at, it has some issues. One is that the American Civil War, in which the southern slave states seceded to preserve their rights to slave ownership, is pretty easy to avoid — you don’t really have to fight it at all. Paradox says this issue is one of many it’s working on for the upcoming Victoria 3 patch.
In a post on the Paradox forums titled Known Bugs, the Victoria 3 team lists 19 currently tracked issues and offers workarounds for them and/or a promise to fix them.
“The American Civil War can be easily avoided, and if it provokes, the Union could contain slave states and vice versa,” the list reads. “While civil wars and state selection for revolutionary countries are dynamically determined based on political support and radicalism, and can take different forms in different playthroughs, this particular outcome is not intended and will be addressed,” explains Paradox.
The developer says that in certain user configurations, the Paradox Launcher cannot parse the settings file, so the language and other settings cannot be changed in the launcher. If this happens in your installation, Paradox recommends using the Windows Add or Remove Programs app to remove all instances of the Paradox launcher and then run the game again.
One issue mentioned in our review of Victoria 3 is that the line on the budget balance graph, which appears when you hover over the budget figure in the top menu bar, is often drawn well outside the boundaries of the graph, sometimes staggered screen. Paradox says it’s also investigating this issue, but in the meantime, the rule will gradually correct itself over in-game days.
“In summary, these known issues are ongoing and we are constantly scouting our communities for issues you raise,” the developer said. “We do our best to fix them in the shortest time possible so you can enjoy your playthroughs without worry.”
Check out our guide to Victoria 3 cheats and console commands if you want to make your campaign more unstable instead of less.