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The Cherokee are a Native American tribe that resides in Eastern North America, on a region historically known as the Thirteen Colonies. In 1444, it borders the Shawnee to the north, the Choctaw and the Creek to the south and the Powhatan, a migrating tribe, to the east.
They are also the country in question for the No trail of tears achievement.
It's national ideas are geared towards turning the country into an efficient, innovative and militaristic power that can compete with western countries.
The strategy for playing the Cherokee nation is somewhat similar to what one would expect from any North American native group. With the Cherokee, however, the player's goals may be more pronounced due to the desire to complete the No Trail of Tears achievement. Thus the ultimate goal is to colonize and own all of Eastern United States from the Georgia region up through Ohio Valley and New Hampshire/Vermont area.
Early-game: first 50 years
Your most immediate goal is rapid expansion. Due to the myopic nature of tribal federations in the New World, it may seem somewhat difficult to begin a war. Your bet is to ally with the most powerful somewhat distant nations possible while simultaneously rivalizing nearby major nations such as Chickasaw and Choctaw. While preparing for war and building up troops, it may also be wise to build a few taxation buildings so the player does not go in debt during initial wars. Unless you are very lucky and have acquired a war mission, it's very likely that you will need to take a stability hit in order to war. Keep in mind that rivalizing OPMs that get near the player is likely to result in war/acquisition missions, so these are often easy early pick-ups. When warring, it is generally a better idea to vassalize as opposed to full-annexation due to the high necessity of admin points early on—it is absolutely necessary to get to admin level 4 asap for exploration ideas.
As far as tribal ideas are concerned, obviously your ultimate goal is to get all of them. The most immediate goals, however, are the colonist diplomacy idea and the reduced tech cost admin idea. Once you have reduced admin tech cost, it's probably wiser to rush tech level 4 so you can get exploration ideas going. This means buying the most expensive advisers you can afford, with preference to admin and diplo.
Preparing for Europe
The next phase of tribal expansion can end as quickly as 1500-1500 or last as long as 1600, depending on what's happening in Europe. If Iberian and/or British powers have been compromised, you'll have a much easier go of it. That said, this is not likely and is not something you should depend on. Your main goal in this phase is to continue conquering/vassalizing anything and everything. It may be tempting after a certain point to believe that you are powerful enough to not have to worry about tribal coalitions and alliances, but this is simply not the case. Manpower goes incredibly fast, and what seems like a big army can disappear rather quickly. In extended conflicts, make liberal use of mercenaries, and don't forget that you can fire your high-level advisers if you need to fix an income deficit.
As far as colonial expansion is concerned, it may seem very tempting to colonize along the coast. Here's the problem with that: when Europe comes, they want colonies. If you own the entire East Coast, you are now a target. This doesn't mean don't do it, it just means be careful. If you spread too far toward the Southwest region, Portugal or Castile/Spain may get involved. This is a war you cannot win, and it is a war that will begin anew every time your truce expires. England is less likely to attack, and thus they are the more obvious choice for Westernization. England generally lands around Acadia region. It may seem somewhat of a stretch to get up there from Georgia area, but if you colonize one or two coastal areas, you can jump around any other coastal nations so long as you have the colonial range to do so.
As already stated, however, too much coastal expansion can be dangerous. You need to have massive reserves of provinces far enough inland that most of your nation will appear as Terra Incognita to EU countries. It is also extremely wise to move your capital as far inland as possible (Iowa region is a safe bet) to avoid massive warscore loss if you are attacked.
By the time Europe arrives, you will hopefully have at least half of your Exploration ideas completed, allowing you to continue expansion quickly.
This can go really easily, or it can be hellishly difficult. Your first step is of course to reform your government. This will give you a massive tech boost and a bunch of new idea groups. While it may seem tempting to immediately invest your points into these idea groups, it may be wiser to save excess points to rapidly tech upon beginning westernization. The first thing you'll notice upon reformation is that your gold values suddenly drop drastically. Replace your level-3 advisers with level-1 advisers to stave off gold loss. Build a few constables in your high-value regions and temples everywhere else if you have excess reserves of gold, which you probably should have. Basically, you need to stabilize your economy before you begin westernization.
As far as idea groups are concerned, it's really a rather wide-open field at this point. Innovative is a wise choice if you want to rapidly catch up on techs when finishing westernization, but economic is also very tempting due to a decreased building cost that compounds with your Cherokee ideas. As far as military ideas are concerned, Defensive and Quality are both excellent choices. Offensive is all right, but the main draw of Offensive as opposed to Defensive is forcelimit. If you've expanded enough, however, this should not be an issue, and your points are better spent increasing the overall power of the troops you do have.
When you are ready, begin westernization. As stated previously, this can be very easy or very difficult. A wise choice is to wait until your manpower reserves are maxed and your coffers are full of ducats. You should probably split your army into 2-3 groups, depending on how many troops you have. Because of the vastness of American region, you are going to have a lot of trouble rushing one big army to deal with the many rebellions you'll likely have. When you've begun westernization, it is very likely you will get a choice to convert to Catholic. The big pro of conversion is that if you are Catholic, European nations probably will be more hesitant to mess with you. The big con is...well...see that filled-up manpower reserve? Take a screenshot because you're not going to see that number again for a long, long time.
Another thing that may happen during Westernization is war. If war begins, it's not the end of the world. Basically avoid high-attrition battles because you are going to lose the attrition war. Make the wars last as long as possible while avoiding War-exhaustion build-up. Eventually, European nations will either get tired of fighting or get involved in another war, and you can negotiate a low-cost peace. Oh, and they're also going to have to deal with your rebellions—especially if you turned Catholic. If you've moved your capital inland as previously suggested, you'll be perfectly fine.
- Special notes for turning Catholic. Yeah, this is pretty horrible. Hello rebellions everywhere. Basically, start converting as quickly as possible. Thankfully, it's super-easy to convert your provinces, so you've got that going for you. Start in one area (preferably areas far away from European nations) and convert your way across the country. If one entire area is converted, the chance of rebellion in that particular area is gone. The reason you want to start far from European nations is because if they attack you, your rebels are your first line of defense.
Generic text about continuing on whatever personal goals you have set for yourself. Each game is different, but here are a few steps to follow: 1) Tech up your military. Other techs are nice too, but especially military. 2) Don't be afraid of colonial nations, especially when they're involved in other wars. Sure, their parent-country likely has lots of troops. But they have European concerns too, and if they seriously cart all their troops over to America, other nations will notice. How did George Washington win the Revolutionary War? Simple: He minimized his losses, maximized his victories, and took full advantage of the fact that it took a few months before mainland Britain could react to his maneuvers and decisions. 3) Build a navy. Yeah, your boats aren't as cool as your neighbor's boats, but this is 'Merica and just having a boat is enough to prove your worth. When you get higher diplo level, you buy better boats. It's as simple as that. 4) If you want to aim for overseas ambitions, aim at controlling your region first. This means go for the Caribbean. The islands are so full of riches, and if you can grab a few or all of them, it's going to be much easier to cart your men over to the Old World. 5) Become Holy Roman Emperor. Ok, not really. But if you can do that, respect points will be given.