Colonia VII-B Rules

Original Creator

Fred Hyatt. Follow THIS LINK to read an article by the late Gene Prosnitz.

Latest update to this page: July 25, 2004 (added links to sample games).

Sample Games

(Sometimes I feel like) Fletcher Christian (a completed game, run in The Abyssinian Prince)
Harem Scarem, a game with 3 players, each playing 3 powers, run to help me get the GMing of this monster under control.
A Merry Mixup, which ran in The Abyssinian Prince, In a little subzine I call Hoi Polloi.

Basic Rules

The basic operating rules are the same as those in the Diplomacy rulebook, with the exception of the variant rules listed below. The game is played on a large map, encompassing the entire world.


Printable version 1, a blank map as a PowerPoint file.

Printable version 2, a PDF file. This has the starting positions and build centres shaded.

Another blank map, this one in PDF format.

A larger blank map, in PDF format, set to print on 2x2 pages. This should help with some of the harder-to-read province abbreviations.

Here is a list of allowed moves (for use in a Judge, for example). Added March 31, 2005.

Here is a CSV list of the regions and abbreviations. Added NEW March 31, 2005

Comments, errata, etc., contact me.

My home page, which is a collection of Bad Pets lists and assorted humour can be reached by clicking on the link.


Opening Positions

The powers and their opening positions differ from the standard, as one would expect. They are as follows (Colonies are in italics):

Austria: A Vienna, A Budapest, F Trieste, A Surinam, F Tahiti.

China: A Peking, A Xian, A Wuhan, F Amoy.

England: F Edinburgh, F London, A Ecuador, A Nigeria, F Malaya.

France: A Paris, A Bordeaux, F Toulon, A Dakar, A Quebec.

Netherlands: A Antwerp, F Hague, A Florida, A Angola, F Melbourne.

Ottoman: A Izmir, A Jerusalem, A Baghdad, F Istanbul, F Hawaii.

Portugal: A Lagos, F Lisbon, A Alaska, A Brazil, A Goa.

Russia: A Moscow, A Omsk, A Kiev, F St. Petersburg (SC), F Vladivostok, A Cape Colony.

Spain: A Madrid, F Valencia, A Mexico, A Somalia, F Manila.

The game starts in Spring 1750 (A change from Spring 1751 which I'd had before -- May 11, 2003).


Variant Rules

1. Note that the provinces on the eastern edges of the map are the same as those on the western edge. Thus, a fleet could move from Bismarck Sea to South Pacific Ocean to Peru, and vice versa.

2. Those islands that are marked as "neutral supply centres", as well as Island Colonies, may be occupied by an army. An Army dislodged from an island centre may retreat to another island or a mainland province by convoy, provided that there is a Fleet available to make the convoy and that the convoy does not exceed one sea-space. The retreating army and the convoying fleet must be of the same nationality. This rule applies ONLY to Armies dislodged from island centres. For the purposes of this rule, England and Australia are not considered islands.

3. There are certain supply centres that are colonies. Colonies are building centres for whichever Power owns them. For instance, if Ecuador (originally English) is captured by Austria, then next Fall, Austria can build a unit there. They start under the control of the Power with a starting unit placed there. The colonies are: Alaska, Quebec, Florida, Mexico, Ecuador, Surinam, Brazil, Dakar, Nigeria, Angola, Cape Colony, Somalia, Goa, Malaya, Manila, Hawaii, Melbourne, and Tahiti.

4. There are three special supply centres that may be used for building purposes by specified Powers. The centres and Powers are:
Crimea: Russia and Ottoman
Naples: Spain and Austria
Nanking: China
The centres may be used for building only after being occupied. For all other Powers, these centres function as neutral supply centres.

5. The Arctic Ocean and the continent of Antarctica are impassible.

6. The arctic coast of Siberia is passable to Fleets. That is, the moves F Siberia -> Ural and F Ural -> Siberia are legal.

7. A victory shall consist of ownership of 50 Supply Centres or by concession vote. In order for a concession proposal to be approved, the proposal must carry a three-fourths (3/4 or 75%) majority of all Supply Centres, excluding any that are neutral or owned by a power in Civil Disorder. Thus, with all supply centres occupied, Powers controlling 102 centres can end the game by voting to do so.

8. Several land areas have two coasts. The complete list is as follows:

  1. East and West coasts: Arabia, Hanover, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Papal States, Siam, Yorkshire
  2. North and South coasts: Finland, St Petersburg, Suez
  3. Other combinations: Bulgaria (east, south), Colombia (north, west), Egypt (east, north)

Fleets moving from Naples to Papal States, Yemen to Arabia, Malaya to Siam, Istanbul to Bulgaria, Denmark to Hanover, London to Yorkshire or Edinburgh to Yorkshire must specify to which coast! To be technically correct, one should always specify to which coast of a multi-coast area one is moving a fleet.

9. Denmark, Sweden and Istanbul have only one coast, as in the regular Diplomacy. However, Black Sea is not directly connected to Eastern Mediterranean Sea, nor is Helgoland Bight directly connected to Baltic Sea.

Names and Abbreviations of Areas in Colonia VII-B

NameAbbrevContinentIs a SC?Original Owner
Adriatic SeaADRSeaNo.
AfghanistanAFGAsiaYes.
AlaskaALANorth AmericaYesPortugal
AlgeriaALGAfricaNo.
AmazonAMASouth AmericaNo.
AmoyAMOAsiaYesChina
Andaman SeaANDSeaNo.
AngolaANGAfricaYesNetherlands
Antarctic OceanANOSeaNo.
AntwerpANTEuropeYesNetherlands
ArabiaARAAsiaNo.
Arabian SeaARSSeaNo.
Arafura SeaAFSSeaNo.
AragonAGNEuropeNo.
ArgentinaARGSouth AmericaYes.
ArmeniaARMAsiaNo.
AshantiASHAfricaNo.
AzoresAZOAsiaYes.
BaghdadBAGAsiaYesOttoman
BahiaBAHSouth AmericaYes.
Baltic SeaBALSeaNo.
Barents SeaBARSeaNo.
BavariaBAVEuropeYes.
Bay of BengalBBGSeaNo.
Bay of BiscayBBISeaNo.
BelemBELSouth AmericaYes.
BengalBENAsiaYes.
BeninBNNAfricaNo.
Bering StraitBERSeaNo.
BhutanBHUAsiaNo.
Bismarck SeaBISSeaNo.
Black SeaBLASeaNo.
BoliviaBOLSouth AmericaYes.
BordeauxBDXEuropeYesFrance
BorneoBORAsiaYes.
BosniaBOSEuropeNo.
BrazilBRASouth AmericaYesPortugal
BrittanyBRIEuropeNo.
BudapestBUDEuropeYesAustria
BulgariaBULEuropeYes.
BurgundyBUREuropeNo.
BurmaBMAAsiaYes.
CaliforniaCALNorth AmericaYes.
CambodiaCAMAsiaYes.
CanariesCANSeaNo.
Cape ColonyCAPAfricaYesRussia
Caribbean SeaCARSeaNo.
CaucasusCAUAsiaNo.
Central Atlantic OceanCAOSeaNo.
Central Pacific OceanCPOSeaNo.
CeylonCEYAsiaYes.
ChileCHISouth AmericaNo.
ChinghaiCHGAsiaNo.
CircarsCIRAsiaNo.
ColombiaCOLSouth AmericaYes.
CongoCONAfricaYes.
Coral SeaCORSeaNo.
CrimeaCRIEuropeYes.
CubaCUBNorth AmericaYes.
DakarDAKAfricaYesFrance
DenmarkDENEuropeYes.
Diego GarciaDIEAsiaYes.
East Atlantic OceanEAOSeaNo.
East China SeaECSSeaNo.
East Indian OceanEIOSeaNo.
East Mediterranean SeaEMSSeaNo.
East Pacific OceanEPOSeaNo.
EcuadorECUSouth AmericaYesEngland
EdinburghEDIEuropeYesEngland
EgyptEGYAfricaYes.
English ChannelENGSeaNo.
EthiopiaETHAfricaYes.
FezanFEZAfricaYes.
FijiFIJOceaniaYes.
FinlandFINEuropeNo.
FlandersFNDEuropeNo.
FloridaFLONorth AmericaYesNetherlands
GabonGABAfricaYes.
GaliciaGALEuropeNo.
GhanaGHAAfricaYes.
GibraltarGIBSeaNo.
GoaGOAAsiaYesPortugal
Gobi DesertGOBAsiaNo.
Grand BanksGRASeaNo.
GreeceGREEuropeYes.
GuamGUAOceaniaYes.
Gulf of AdenGADSeaNo.
Gulf of AlaskaGAASeaNo.
Gulf of CalilforniaGCASeaNo.
Gulf of GuineaGGUSeaNo.
Gulf of MexicoGMESeaNo.
Gulf of PanamaGPASeaNo.
Gulf of SiamGSISeaNo.
HagueHAGEuropeYesNetherlands
HanoverHANEuropeYes.
HawaiiHAWNorth AmericaYesOttoman
Helgoland BightHELSeaNo.
HesseHESEuropeNo.
HondurasHONNorth AmericaYes.
Hudson BayHUDSeaNo.
HuelvasHUEEuropeNo.
IfniIFNAfricaYes.
Ionian SeaIONSeaNo.
IrelandIREEuropeYes.
Irish SeaIRISeaNo.
IstanbulISTAsiaYesOttoman
Iwo JimaIWOOceaniaYes.
IzmirIZMAsiaYesOttoman
JapanJAPAsiaYes.
JavaJAVAsiaYes.
JeholJEHAsiaNo.
JerusalemJEMAsiaYesOttoman
KalahariKALAfricaNo.
KamerunKAMAfricaYes.
KashmirKASAsiaNo.
KatangaKATAfricaNo.
KazakhstanKAZAsiaNo.
KenyaKENAfricaYes.
KhandeshKHAAsiaYes.
KievKIEEuropeYesRussia
KoreaKORAsiaYes.
KwangtungKWAAsiaNo.
LagosLAGEuropeYesPortugal
LaosLAOAsiaNo.
LeonLEOEuropeNo.
LibyaLIBAfricaNo.
Ligurian SeaLIGSeaNo.
LisbonLISEuropeYesPortugal
LithuaniaLITEuropeNo.
LondonLONEuropeYesEngland
LouisianaLOUNorth AmericaYes.
MadridMADEuropeYesSpain
MahrattaMAHAsiaYes.
MalagasyMALAfricaYes.
Malay SeaMLSSeaNo.
MalayaMLAAsiaYesEngland
ManausMNSSouth AmericaNo.
ManchuriaMANAsiaYes.
ManilaMNLAsiaYesSpain
ManitobaMBANorth AmericaYes.
MassachusettsMASNorth AmericaYes.
Matto GrossoMATSouth AmericaNo.
MelbourneMELAustraliaYesNetherlands
MexicoMEXNorth AmericaYesSpain
Mid-Atlantic OceanMAOSeaNo.
MissouriMISNorth AmericaNo.
MongoliaMONAsiaYes.
MoroccoMORAfricaYes.
MoscowMOSEuropeYesRussia
MozambiqueMOZAfricaYes.
NankingNANAsiaYes.
NaplesNAPEuropeYes.
NatalNATAfricaYes.
NepalNEPAsiaYes.
New GuineaNWGAsiaYes.
New ZealandNWZAustraliaYes.
NigeriaNIGAfricaYesEngland
NizamNIZAsiaYes.
North Atlantic OceanNAOSeaNo.
North Pacific OceanNPOSeaNo.
North SeaNTHSeaNo.
NorwayNOREuropeYes.
Norwegian SeaNWGSeaNo.
NubiaNUBAfricaNo.
NumidiaNUMAfricaYes.
OhioOHINorth AmericaYes.
OmskOMSAsiaYesRussia
OntarioONTNorth AmericaYes.
OregonORENorth AmericaYes.
PanamaPANNorth AmericaNo.
Papal StatesPPSEuropeYes.
ParaguayPGYSouth AmericaNo.
ParisPAREuropeYesFrance
PatagoniaPATSouth AmericaNo.
PekingPEKAsiaYesChina
PersiaPERAsiaYes.
Persian GulfPNGSeaNo.
PeruPRUSouth AmericaYes.
Philippine SeaPHISeaNo.
PolandPOLEuropeYes.
PolynesiaPYASeaNo.
PrussiaPSAEuropeNo.
PunjabPUNAsiaNo.
QuebecQUENorth AmericaYesFrance
RabaulRABOceaniaYes.
RecifeRICSouth AmericaYes.
Red SeaREDSeaNo.
RhinelandRHIEuropeNo.
Ross SeaROSSeaNo.
RumaniaRUMEuropeYes.
SaharaSAHAfricaNo.
SamoaSAMOceaniaYes.
Sargasso SeaSARSeaNo.
SavoySAVEuropeYes.
SaxonySAXEuropeNo.
SE Atlantic OceanSEASeaNo.
Sea of JapanSOJSeaNo.
Sea of OkhotskSOOSeaNo.
SiamSIAAsiaYes.
SiberiaSIBAsiaNo.
SilesiaSILEuropeNo.
SinkiangSINAsiaYes.
Solomon SeaSOLSeaNo.
Somali SeaSOSSeaNo.
SomaliaSOMAfricaYesSpain
South China SeaSCSSeaNo.
South Indian OceanSIOSeaNo.
South Pacific OceanSPOSeaNo.
St PetersburgSTPEuropeYesRussia
Subic BaySUBSeaNo.
SudanSUDAfricaYes.
SuezSUEAfricaNo.
SumatraSUMAsiaYes.
SurinamSURSouth AmericaYesAustria
SW Atlantic OceanSWASeaNo.
SwedenSWEEuropeYes.
SwitzerlandSWIEuropeNo.
SzechuanSZEAsiaNo.
TahitiTAHOceaniaYesAustria
TaiwanTAIAsiaYes.
TanganyikaTANAfricaNo.
TarawaTAROceaniaYes.
Tasman SeaTASSeaNo.
TauregTAUAfricaYes.
TexasTEXNorth AmericaYes.
TibetTIBAsiaYes.
TimbuktuTBKAfricaYes.
Timor SeaTIMSeaNo.
TogoTOGAfricaYes.
ToulonTOUEuropeYesFrance
TriesteTRIEuropeYesAustria
TunisTUNAfricaYes.
TurkestanTURAsiaNo.
UgandaUGAAfricaYes.
UralURAAsiaNo.
UzbekistanUZBAsiaNo.
ValenciaVALEuropeYesSpain
VancouverVANNorth AmericaYes.
VenezuelaVZASouth AmericaYes.
VeniceVENEuropeYes.
ViennaVIEEuropeYesAustria
VirginiaVIRNorth AmericaYes.
VladivostokVLAAsiaYesRussia
VoltaVOLAfricaYes.
WakeWAKOceaniaYes.
West Atlantic OceanWAOSeaNo.
West Indian OceanWIOSeaNo.
West IndiesWINNorth AmericaNo.
West Mediterranean SeaWMSSeaNo.
West Pacific OceanWPOSeaNo.
Western DesertWESAustraliaNo.
WuhanWUHAsiaYesChina
XianXIEAsiaYesChina
Yellow SeaYELSeaNo.
YemenYEMAsiaYes.
YorkshireYOREuropeNo.
YukonYUKNorth AmericaNo.
ZambiaZAMAfricaYes.

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