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Swiss Cheese (a Schwyz AAR using the Independent Europe Scenario)
As far as I can tell there are three kinds of EU II players. Those who cheat by whiping their badboy, those who cheat by reloading the game when things go wrong and those that don't cheat. I've always been one of the second kind and in order to become one of the second kind I'll play a scenario where things go wrong a lot and then post an AAR of all those thing going wrong.
What I'm doing is playing Schwyz from 1419 using the Independent Europe Scenario, in which every european province starts off as independent (so there's over 200 countries in a small area) with the same money, population and army size and everyone is set to 100% warmonger and the like. In other words its complete carnage and a lot of fun. I'll be playing on normal with weakling agressiveness. I'll be noting whatever strikes me as important, and skipping over lots of events, rebelions etc. etc.
They were dark days. And not the kind of dark where you accidentally stub your toe, but the kind where the inky blackness washes over you and you should have thought that you were blind except that you can actually see the blackness as more than an absense of light. In other words, a bit dim. This was after the Council of Rome, where all of the leading Churchmen of Europe went quite mad and excommunicated every ruling soverign and called the Bible, "that silly book." Conditions weren't much better in lands of the schismatic "Orthodox" and the infidels. Everywhere it seemed that every barony was fighting for everything it had (and, more importantly, everything its neighbors had). The blood flowed in big gushing gushy things.
Now, one of these baronies was called Schwyz. It was a nice pretty place with big mountains and suchlike, ruled by Franz VI who was neither nice, nor pretty nor a mountain. Being a sensible man, as soon as the world descended into madness he doubled the size of the army to 15,000 men. And being a bloodthirsty man he immediately led those men in an invasion of Piedmont once the locals had absented himself. He did not ask his allies the Tyrolians and the Salzbergers to join him, for the Piedmontese were known to be men of wimpy bent, and wimpy they proved for in Febuary 1421 they were annexed. To celebrate his victory he married two of his daughters to his beloved allies, and to pay for the dowries he appointed tax collectors to oversee his not-especially beloved subjects.
By this time Bavern had taken Wurttemburg and the heroic Venecians had managed to subjugate both Mantua and Steiermark and wars raged around in such profusion that the though to how to best describe them makes this narrator's head hurt, so I have decided not too. And so, after a short period of peace, Franz decided that he did not have quite sufficient leg room, or whatever room cramped barons feel they need from time to time, and he called upon his allies to fight Bavern and its ally Ansbach for him. His allies (and the Wurzburgers) fought bravely, and soon Ansbach was in Wurzburger hands and the Bavern province of Wurttemburg was under Swiss rule. Franz thanked his allied for their selfless sacrifices to his territorial expansion and thanked the Wurttemburgers for submitting to his rule by raising their taxes.
It was then that Franz's allies, Tyrolia and Salzburg declared war on Austria (who was on the verge of conquering Ostmarch) and Odenburg. Franz instructed his soldiery to do their utmost, and they cheered for their allies bravely from the safety of the mountains of Schwyz. As a result of the courage of Schwyz's men, Tyrol was able to wrest Ostmarch from the clutches of the Austrians in Febuary of 1425. But it was at this time that Venice extended its grasp to Milan and Wurzberg captured Bavern, and so with Savoy to the east, Franz had a powerful neighbor to deal with to the north, south, and west.