Spoiler : My progress so far as Portugal. I started off by capturing some of the cities in North Africa that had high trade value. Took Tangiers, Melilla, and Oran, since that is just what Portugal likes to do. Though Melilla is currently under attack by a ton of rebels, and it isn't actually worth much as far as trade goes, so I might just let that one go. Also, admin points are really hard to come by. Started colonizing Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, and Brazil. I recently unlocked a second colonist so the progress in Brazil is starting to pick up. Trade is starting to flow from Brazil to the Ivory Coast and up to Seville, so with some more colonies and an eventual East Asian trade route I should start raking in the money. On the diplomatic front, I'm allied with Spain who is in a personal union with Aragon, and Navarra is my vassal. Morocco is a jerk, but Algiers and me get along fairly well considering I stole Oran from them. The RNG has also absolutely hated me. My best monarchs have had a 4 in one category and the other two being a 3 or 2. And I've spent 20 of the last 30 years in regency councils, so its absolutely killed my legitimacy.