In the first january, 1419, i start my job as counciller of our Prince, Deva Raya I. Now i am the most infuential man in Vijayanagar.
Our nation was established in 1336 by Harihar and Bukka with sole purpose of fighting Muslim invasion and especially growing influence of Delfi. By this date, we control most of Deccan platau and Southern India. Unfortunately rest of India isn't that successful and is under Muslim rule- all other nations but Mysore (our vassal), Johdpur (Delhi's vassal) and Orissa are ruled by Muslims. It's a difficult task i have taken, but i want to bring people of India back to true faith, naturally under our rule.
Despite that fact that Deva Raya feels like going to war at once, i convinced him that we need to improve economy and make preparations. So the little money we have is going to build tax collectors.
Regretfully other nations don't see the light, as Orissa declares war on Bengal in April 1419 and Johdpur cancel's vassalization with Delhi in march 1420, declaring war on them the same day.
I decide to wait until we are ready, and instead send some merchants to Delhi.
In 1422, i send first colonists to Palakimedi, a small province not ruled by anyone. They are successful and now we have a small colony there. Other colonists i send there fail miserably, so i decide to leave it alone for a while and let it grow naturally.
In 1422, a general named Ramachandra murders Deva Raya and captures throne. Luckily i manage to escape and followed by loyal troops, i manage to destroy the rebel and Vijaya Raya, brother of our former prince, becomes a regent until son of our Prince, Deva Raya II, becomes old enough to rule. Ramachandra dies 2 weeks and thus makes a perfect example what happens if people want to claim the throne.
In September 1422, war between Orissa and Bengal is finally over, and as i though, Bengal is successful. Orissa has to give up military accsess, gives away Berhampur and pays 52 ducats as indemnities. I'm afraid that nation is doomed.
Deva Raya, a promising boy, becomes full age in January 1423 and after a lavish ceremony, becomes our Prince, knows as Deva Raya II. Naturally he will rule with cooperation with me, his old friend and teacher.
In April 1423, i also managed to arrange royal marriage with Myanmar, a growing nation in East.
To my suprise, Johdpur manages to be successful in their war with Delhi and even gains 15 ducats in peace treaty.
In 1425, after sending a lot of colonists to Palakimedi, i decided that the failure of them is more then our treasury can support and that we must gain some new colonies. So i ordered our army to march to Pondicherry and clear the area of hostile natives. By November, all native armies were slaughtered and the province is free for colonization.
Hyderabad, those backstabbing bastards, decided to take advantage of the fact that our army is currently in South and the country is defenceless: in 25th November they declare war on us. Bengal, their ally, joins the war. Since i have no allies, i have no help as well. Situation isn't the best for us: our small army has become even smaller after the battles with natives. Our treasury isn't very full as well.
Enemies are marching to siege Bangalore, our capital. I send the main army to hold out the city and recruit additional 17 000 soldiers in Maharashtra.
By april, these new troops start siege of Hyderabad, but our main army is down to 6000 troops, treasury is empty, manpower is all-time low and enemies are sieging Bangalore and Maharashtra. I don't like doing it, but i think it's time to take a loan.
In may, i come to agreement with merchants and 200 ducats will surely help us... if only we did have any fresh recruits. I can only recruit small number of troops and Bengal's siege of our capital goes successfully.
Finally, after one year of recruiting, i send our army to relive Bangalore. A great battle occurs in May 16, 1427and brave soldiers of Vijayanagar, though outnumbered 2-1, manage to win the battle. It was in the last moment as well, for the city was about to fall.
News of our victory reach Hyderabad's troops who siege Maharashtra and they decide it is best to avoid battle with us and pull back.
In June, Hyderabad falls to our troops and siege army moves on to Bastar. It finally looks like the tides of war have turned to our benefit.
In July, 1428, our troops have captured Bastar and move on to Khandesh, last of Hyderabad's provinces. We have now clearly won the war. Looks like Bengal is also out of troops or money and donesn't harass us much anymore.
Meanwhile, in 1429, Delhi expands and annexes Malwa.
In 24th March, 1430, Khandesh finally falls to our troops and the same day, i make a peace treaty with Hyderabad- we gain Khandesh and Bastar plus they have to give us every ducat in their treasury.
Just a month after victory, Delhi has approached me, offering alliance between two of us. Though i concider them our arch-enemies, i think that it would be wise to accept their offer and gain some security- after all, i think Bengal of my main target right now and Delhi would prove a valuable ally. I had hard time convincing Prince of that, but he finally sees the light and agrees.
Also, in march 1430, colonists i have sent to Pondicherry are successful.
I make two additional royal marriages- with Delhi and Orissa.
In June, Delhi gains more power when they diplomatically annex Gujarat. Their hunger for power grows even bigger as they declare war on Jodhpur, a small free hinduist country deep in Delhi's territory in 25th April, 1431. Naturally, Delhi asks for our assistance as well. I have my doubts, but it seems like a wise thing to do right now- i don't want to have a war against Delhi yet. My Prince naturally is angry, but i he sees the light as well when i give him my word that Delhi will pay for this. Just as i thought- Jodhpur doesn't stand a chance and is annexed in november 1432.
In 1433, i make yet another colony, this time in Bombay, followed by yet another colony in next year, this time in Goa.
Following years go by peacefully, i improve economy and recruit additional soldiers for our coming war with Bengal. War doesn't start soon though, for Delhi has called Bengal to their alliance as well, not to mention Timurid Empire. I don't want to go to war with all these nations, so i decide to wait for about 10 years until the alliance expires.