In 1412 King Alexander I (7-8-8 monarch) took his place upon the throne of Georgia, a small two-province nation stuck in the middle of Muslim heathens. To the north is the ruthless Golden Horde and to the south are Ak Koyunlu and Qara Koyunlu.
At the start of Alexander I's reign he focused on reorganizing his kingdom, pushing towards land military reform. On March 29, 1421 his cousin marries the prince of Trebizond, a Muslim nation to the southwest. Soon followed by a military alliance between our two kingdoms. Royal marriages follow in 1422 to the royalty of Ryazan and Muscowy in order to secure some Orthodox connection.
Trebizond-Dalkadir War: March 15, 1423 to November 14, 1423
On March 15, 1423, Trebizond declares war upon the small Dulkadir along its southern border. Looking for the chance to test his military, King Alexander I (3-2-2-0 leader) personally marches an army of 25,000 across Trebizond and into Dulkadir's sole province of Sivas. The Trebizond army was beaten back at first, but as King Alex entered Sivas, Dulkadir collapsed within months. King Alex had captured Sivas province on November 13, 1423, but to his disappointment, Trebizond accepted peace for 40 ducats and military access. Though angered, King Alex celebrated his victory and the people of Georgia sang songs of jubilation.
Georgian-Ak Koyunlu War: January 24, 1427 to November 4, 1435
King Alex promptly built up his army for conquest of the Muslim heathens to the south, the Ak Koyunlu. After 3 years of planning and saving enough money for his coming war, King Alex waged war upon Ak Koyunlu, to the southeast, on January 24, 1427. Trebizond joined the war immediately, but paid the ultimate price - on July 9, 1428 they would be annexed by Ak Koyunlu. King Alex's hunger for expansion got the best of him as his forces were battled back from Armenia repeatedly. Finally the Georgian army took Armenia on January 30, 1429, but it was short lived - the Ak Koyunlu army recaptured it within months. Ak Koyunlu was on the offensive and sieging Georgia, but King Alex refused to give in and amassed an army in Sochi that would drive Ak Koyunla from Georgian soil! [At that time marriages would be forged with more Orthodox nations: Byzantium, Moldavia, Novgorod, Ukraine, Wallachia.] King Alex marched his army back to Armenia capturing it on May 16, 1432. Trabzon, the former province of Trebizond, was taken on June 25 and the Ak Konyunlu capital province of Kurdistan followed on July 6. Almost a year later King Alex would capture Daghestan and Nayssaybin, defeating the Ak Koyunlu army and conquering it. On November 4, 1435 Ak Koyunlu agreed to peace. King Alex had succeeded in annexing Armenia and Daghestan and making the rest of Ak Koyunlu a vassal.
Following the almost decade long war with Ak Koyunlu, King Alex settled back from war and focused on improving the poor relations with Ak Koyunlu by providing some gifts for rebuilding. In Georgia the focus turned to building tax collectors and fortifying Georgia and Sochi. Missionaries were sent to Daghestan to liberate the people from their heathen religion.
It is 1440 and King Alex is paying close attention to his neighbors. The Golden Horde is suffering some revolts along Georgia's northern border that may warrant Georgian intervention. The Qara Koyunlu to the southeast is quiet, a little too quiet for King Alex. Than there is the rising power of Karaman which has annex Dulkadir and some Ottoman Empire provinces.
** That was my first AAR, what do you think? If people like it I will continue expanding on this as I play Georgia in the coming days. It is 1440 now, so see if I can survive until 1820! **