In all the years that I've played the Europa Universalis series I realized that I'd never played a Muslim nation. When I was selected for the beta I had recently finished reading the Dev Diary on Oman (http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/content.php?1450
) and its historical significance from a trade route perspective. Given that Europa Universalis IV has a completely revamped trading system I thought that Oman - described as the “Portugal of the Muslim World” - would be quite interesting to play. I discovered that this was absolutely true and it also really shows off the aspects of the game that allow territory and financial expansion without relying completely on conquest.
In this After Action Report I will briefly mention battles as a matter of course, but the focus will be on diplomacy, trade, territory development, and a bit of how religion affects the game. You will notice that quite a few of the screenshots displaying the current world situation are from the Diplomacy map mode. This is another first for me in EUIV - the map modes (which are now user selectable for the hotbar) that I use are completely different than before where I spent almost the entire game in the Political Mapmode.