Paradox would like you to know that Europa Universalis IV is a game that is released today. It’s a rather good one too, so you might want to look into that; especially if you enjoy political power-plays in 1500-1800’s Europe.
Trade, warfare, research, exploration and a whole lot more are possible in the game (read the linked review above for a much more detailed look.) Or, as this launch trailer shows, you can just be Sweden and conquer the entire globe. It’s really up to you.
If you want to try before you buy, there’s even a demo.