The mod that I downloaded basically puts a ton of research tweaks in front of you.

Lots of possible tweaks to the game

I begin early 2022 with the typical strategy of grabbing EU countries next to France, then France, and continuing after all possible control points.

Early 2023 is spent expanding over Europe and waiting for timers to cool down. After almost running out of faction projects I tweak research to globals, and finally start Outpost Habs (Mission to ….. precursor) and Orbital Shipbuilding.

2023 ends with the formation of the European Union; the Mission to Moon; and a scramble to get boost started to allow a Moonbase to be created.