I just re-bought PoN from Matrix games so that I could have the latest patch (It is, after all, simply the greatest strategy game that covers this period in such an immersive way). I was having a grand game as France on my 1850's campaign on my old GamersGate.com version, but with the new version and latest patch I decided to start a new game.
So on to the question.
Germany starts in a pretty hefty deficit at the beginning of 1880. Going through the factories, very few are running in the red, and most of the places in red were ports/shipbuilding. Turning them off saved me a little over a hundred in capital but not nearly enough to stem the loss.
I'm not too sure as to how to alleviate the hemmorhage in capital funds. At turn 2 I'm sitting at -2834 with only 1914 coming in, which on turn 3 will put me at -743 in capital. Selling a lot of my extra goods on the market didn't seem to help any.
I also read through Herrdan's AAR but he only starts it in 1881, and by March of 1882 he's clearly sitting on a massive capital cushion of just over 30k and he doesn't explain what he did to pull the nose of the economy up to get to that point.
I've also read Loki's excellent Italian AAR as well which gave me some great pointers, and was an exhilaratingly fun read.
So any advice for a semi-noob? Do I just keep playing and take the inflation that comes from racking up debt? I plan on restarting the campaign. I'm feeling the initial turn is critical, lol.
Thanks guys, semper anticus!
EDIT: I managed to sell enough product to drop the deficit to -127. Still, I'd still appreciate some possible long term economic strategies!