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Click on the countries to color them.
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In addition to directly clicking on them, you can also select provinces by moving further
down the page and checking them off in checkboxes. Alternatively with small provinces
you can zoom in on the map by clicking with your left mouse button on an empty ocean
part of the map then holding down the control key and rolling your mouse wheel forward.