Here begins the tale of Sardinia-Piedmont.
The game is VIP 0.4B level very hard/normal with LM+ AI assistance mod. Due to a lack of a naval AI, transports carry 2 divisions.
The AI assistance mod gives naval tech, rgo and pop growth modifiers to the AI.
Here we have S.P. Situated in the north of Italy. In the south lies fellow Italians. We wish to be united under one common country. However the whole of Europe is aware of this. Everyone is allied to somebody else to the Spanish/French/Austrians. Or guarenteed by other great powers also. For the moment we sit and wait.
The key to unification will be our claims across the whole of Italy. The problem will be how to obtain them.
Italy is blessed with some wonderful resources. Sulphur,silk,iron and coal are all nearby. We spy jealously over the border at what our neighbours hold.
January 36 The budget set up we devolve the useless Aristocrats and Capitalists. Our researchers choose Idealism as the first project. Culture is the way to great prestige.
The AI assistance event fires and we don't back down.
The Greater the foe,The Greater the honor
Unfortunately for Sardinia latest Army thinking decides to go Jominian in attitude.
This will cause more problems in war due to the lower organisation however we will have an initial morale advantage.
Feb 36 Once the budget settles we are making £32/day.
March 36 Belgium and Netherlands conclude their war. Unfortunately Belgium becomes a Dutch satellite.
November 36 Sassari a small island of the West coast now produces Precious metals. We expand the rgo immediately.
August 37 Idealism is complete we research Positivism for 10% less education costs.
Shortly afterwards Neokantian Idealism fires...
for a whole 17PP
Sardinia was a hive of industrialisation factories were somewhat small.
They would remain open to keep the workers from leaving the country until real money earners could be opened.
May 39 we have £30,000 in the bank, we buy good healthcare before it becomes alot more expensive. We incur only £1,500 debt which is soon paid off.
November 39 France defends the Egyptians and DOW's the Ottomans, however this brings in the UK and Empire against France.
December 40 Ottomans finally succeed, the Egyptians are made a satellite state losing all Ottoman claimed land.
January 41 we see a breakthrough.The Papal States are allied to the other Italian countries, but no great powers. A succesful war could give Sardinia huge prestige and Italy.
We mobilise our troops immediately.
November 41 we are ready. Our troops still held in reserve we send our diplomats.
Sardinia's 'weakness' has all the alliance members joining. Yippee.
We deploy our fresh reserve cavalry and see the enemies faces stop laughing.
Italy lies at our feet!
Onward to Victory!