Mongol Empire Scenario, of course, on normal/normal.
Khwarizm has some good events, added cores and such, and is destined for domination of the Persia area, at least until about 1220 when the Mongols will probably destroy me. In fact, several pages of my event file relate to my empire's imminent collapse. But who knows. Commanded by a human, they may survive.
1150 - That's me in the black. Turkomen and Turkish culture. The highlighted areas denote other state culture areas not under my control...yet. The large blue region is my suzerain, the Seljuk Empire. We'll see about that. Diplomatically, the light yellow Qara-Khitai have claims on my land, while I have claims on the golden Karakhanids, who happen to own the Samarkand COT and turkomen-culture provinces. Lucky them.
1151 - My first action was a quick little war with the Karakhanids. I couldn't force-vassalize because they were already vassals to the Seljuks. I got Bukhara, though. This prompted the Qara-Khitai declaration of war. Bad move.
1152 - Strange things are afoot in the Seljuk Empire. An event prompted them to fall to pieces, releasing the Hamadan Seljuks in dark blue and Kerman in grey. Their stability drops and rebellions break out. Looks promising. But I'm currenty occupied.
1155 - I get 6 provinces from the QK, and most are only colonies so I only get 4 BB out of it. I tried to force-annex, since they are pagan, but it wasn't an option. No force-annexing pagans in the MES? Oh well. Then I see that Tadjikstan is a gold province, as is the Seljuk capital. They are defintely on my hit list now.
1157 - Then a surprise (since I had yet to read all of the event file) when the Seljuks cut me loose. Honestly, my feelings were not hurt. In fact, this may prove a good opportunity to get at that gold province.
1157 - Simultaneously the Seljuks released my new neighbor Transoxania. Sadly for them, they have provinces I already said I wanted! It's nothing personal. They just have the bad luck of being anywhere near me.
1157 - Now that I am no longer a vassal, I get an invitation from the Ghurids. They have claims on their neighbors, so hopefully they can get me into some more wars.
1158 - 6 months later we go to war on the Seljuks. Their capital is already held by rebels, so it is a quick war.
1158 - That's a good event. Especially since the rebels had overthrown their government only a month before and they currently had 1000 troops. It would be another short war.
The Ghurids picked up an unfortified territory from the Seljuks, dropping them to one territory.
1158 - Honestly, I don't see what the hell they think they are doing. Don't they remember what happened the last time they messed with me? I refused.
1158 - That was unexpected. I mean, defeated me with what? Sand?
Only 4 months later, my allies defied their peace agreement and declared war again. I hesitated. There would be a -5 stability hit for breaking the peace agreement (I thought), but on the other hand, it was a state culture province with gold in it! I went for it and there was no stab hit. I guess that only happens when you initiate the war yourself. I annexed them a few months later (I had a leader and my ally didn't, so the 1000 cavalry I sent got the credit).
1159 - A few months later the siege of Herat finished, triggering the inheritance of Transoxania (AKA Khorasan I guess). This event made the program lock up twice before I debugged the event file. Change "country = TOX" to "country = PER". War exhaustion up to 12 in most of my territories, so time for a little break I suppose.
1161 - The situation in 1161. I have my eyes set on 1) the COT in Samarkand, then 2) the blue Hamadan Seljuks and Kerman, then 3) my northern neighbors. From experience I know the Uzbeks only have one or two towns and about 10 colonies. That wouldn't cost too much BB if I could get a random DOW on them. Eventually I want 4) the Turkish culture provinces on the other side of the Caspian Sea.
To my west my biggest enemy is probably going to be the golden Abbasid Caliphate. I should consider allying with them against the Hamadan Seljuks, attacking from both sides. The Rum Seljuks haven't done much yet, but I think they have some good events coming.
And you must be wondering, what about the Mongols? The whole scenario is named after them, after all. They have inherited a few neighbors, but force-annexed a few as well, raising their BB to about 12. They force-vassalized the yellow guys (the Merkits I think) and may have cut themselves off from the west for a while. Instead they are attacking the Jin Empire in the east. For my people's sake, I hope they run into some trouble over there. I need all the time I can get to prepare.
Not that victory points mean much, but I'm doing alright so far. Holland is a surprise. I wonder if they got points from events or something.
Income is 19/month
400 in the bank w/ one loan out
tax collectors in my 4 largest zero revolt risk territories
-200 relations with QK, Karakhanids, Kerman, and Hamadan Seljuks
+100 with Fars
neutral with everyone else, including my ally the Ghurids
So that's that. Questions, comments, advice? Is anyone interested in reading more?
EDIT: I suppose most of you have dialup internet. Are the pictures too big? I can fix that I think.
Oh yeah, 5% inflation and all my provinces are Muslim but about 4 I got from the QaraKhitai.