+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 26 1 2 3 11 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 511

Thread: Dawn in the East--A Japan AAR

  1. #1

    Dawn in the East--A Japan AAR

    Hello all!

    This is my first AAR, though I've played the game for a couple months now. The first update will come over the next couple days.

    As I've never tried an uncivilized country, I'm trying a GC as Japan. This should be difficult, as I'm not a great player.

    These are my personal goals/house rules.

    1) To be recognized as a major power (Japan must be a civilized nation at the end of the game in the top ten).
    2) To not compromise national values (Gradual change to democracy and civilization--no self-inflicted revolutions).
    3) To support other Asian nations in throwing off the European yoke.
    4) To not use any major exploits (if I perform an action that a reader deems exploitative, I will discontinue it).

    Again, the first update will come by the weekend. Thanks in advance for reading my work. Any and all constructive comments are appreciated.
    "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" --Proverbs 25:11

    WritAAR of the week: Feb. 12, 2006, Sep. 19, 2006
    CharactAAR writAAR of the week: Jan. 1, 2007

    Dawn in the East
    "Her Home is on the Deep"

  2. #2
    Lt. General SirCliveWolfe's Avatar
    Hearts of Iron 2: ArmageddonCrusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Divine Wind
    For the MotherlandHearts of Iron IIIHOI3: Their Finest HourHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In Nomine
    EU3 Napoleon's AmbitionVictoria: RevolutionsEuropa Universalis: RomeSemper FiVictoria 2
    Victoria II: A House DividedRome: Vae Victis

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Chester - BE
    Posts
    1,612
    Blog Entries
    1
    Interesting premise, I shall look forward to the start.

    Sir Clive
    Tolerance, Political Liberty & The rule of law

    My current AAR;
    The Great Power Struggle - Change & Conflict in the 20thC Read it here Updated; 12-04-12

    My Ink-Well for a list of all my AARs; See it here

    Currently Reading;
    By the People, The Great War (mod 1914) by Kurt_SteinerRead it here

    Sir Clive Wolfe, WritAAR of the Week 01-01-06

  3. #3
    Custom User Title mib's Avatar
    Hearts of Iron 2: ArmageddonCrusader Kings IIHearts of Iron IIIEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's Ambition
    Victoria: RevolutionsVictoria 2CK2: Holy KnightEU3 Collectors Edition500k club
    Europa Universalis IV

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    United Bloody States of Metric F*cktons of IC
    Posts
    4,655
    Quote Originally Posted by fj44
    3) To support other Asian nations in throwing off the European yoke.
    Is #3 genuine or true-to-life? (ie. The Great Lie?)
    Chinese Historical Improvements (CHI) Project for HOI3

    Consolidated China Improvement Pack (CCIP) for HOI2
    HOI2 | Doomsday | Armageddon | China players beware

  4. #4
    Major prussiablue's Avatar
    Cities in MotionCrusader Kings IIEuropa Universalis 3Heir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In Nomine
    March of the EaglesRome GoldVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of Darkness
    Pride of Nations500k club

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia
    Posts
    758
    I like the part where you will help other Asian nations throwing off their European/American overlord. Will be watching.
    When I give the poor food they call me a saint, when I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist - Dom Hector Camara
    Out of the crooked timber of humanity, No perfect human was ever made - Lord Hoffmann

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by mib
    Is #3 genuine or true-to-life? (ie. The Great Lie?)
    I'll try to make it genuine.

    It's a goal. I don't know if I'll succeed or not, but part of the fun is trying. I'll be freeing them from the European yoke, not the Japanese.
    "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" --Proverbs 25:11

    WritAAR of the week: Feb. 12, 2006, Sep. 19, 2006
    CharactAAR writAAR of the week: Jan. 1, 2007

    Dawn in the East
    "Her Home is on the Deep"

  6. #6
    Strategy GuidAAR Rensslaer's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIHearts of Iron IIIEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionVictoria: RevolutionsEuropa Universalis: Rome
    Victoria 2Rome: Vae Victis

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    7,576
    Ooh! Very, very good!

    This is one I've always wanted to try.

    I'll be watching with unfeigned interest!

    Best wishes! Especially with #3, which I think will be hard.

    Rensslaer
    Serenity - (V2 v1.3) - An isolationist Japan tries to stay out of everybody's way (Updated July '13)
    Kriegsgefahr (Impending War) - (HOI3/SF/HPP) - Germany attempts to remain at peace! (Updated Apr '13)
    Locarno - Italy vs. Germany (HOI3/SF/HPP) - What if Mussolini stood with France against Hitler?
    The Die is Cast (Roman Civil War) - Caesar will make a name for himself! (Updated June '12)
    Império Novo - An Axis Portugal AAR for HOI 3 (Updated May '13)
    Fire Warms the Northern Lands - A Prussian Victoria 1 AAR (Awarded the VictAARian Cross for Jan-Jun 2006)
    Castles In the Sky (Vicky 1) * Sforza!!! - A Milan AAR (EU III) (Updated May '13) * I Am Siam (V2 Minor) (tied for Silver VictAARian Cross for Best AAR completed in 2011) * A Long Time Ago... (HOI 1 Argentina)* Check Rensslaer's Inkwell! (list of online writings)

  7. #7

    Takeda's Civil War

    June 18, 1836 – Tokugawa Ienari’s palace



    As the summer thunderstorms rolled through Edo, seven aged men sat in a circle, looking dispassionately at a younger man. Wearing the cloak that marked him as the Shogun Tokugawa Ienari, the young man sipped at his tea. He put the porcelain teacup down on his saucer, and looked calmly at the youngest advisor who sat across from him.

    Tokugawa Takeda had married Maeda Kanu many years ago, when Kanu was considered the blossom of Japan. Back when she was the daughter of the now deceased Daimyo Maeda. This move, however brought distrust from the other clans, and in the end, the dying shogun named his younger son, Ienari, shogun.

    “Takeda-san, we have come to this place to discuss the future of the empire, but you raise objections to my every suggestion. If you lack anything constructive to say, why do you speak at all?” The insult was plain, and designed to wound, but strike the truth, as well.

    Takeda rose slowly, his legendary temper running white-hot. “Ienari-san, you will regret this day.” Those calm words sent chills down his fellow advisors’ spines. Though deprived of his birthright, Takeda was still the second most powerful man in Japan. He was also the de facto leader of the opposition to the more liberal Ienari’s rule. Ienari had done things to irritate the reactionaries at the Court, even pushing for building a palace for the best glassmakers to work in.

    Takeda turned on heel, and strode out of the room without a glance back. His bodyguards followed. The aged Kumaro Marukomo looked up from his tea. “You have made a foolish decision young Ienari. Men as angry as that will cause problems for years to come. Now, with the empire set to go in a different direction, you need stability, not chaos. I fear he may even try to rally the daimyo to overthrow your rule.”

    “I understand, old friend.” Warmth crossed Ienari’s face. “I made a mistake today. Your words strike home, but I fear you may expect the worst. Takeda will calm down, and he knows that a full civil war will destroy any chance of claiming the shogunate for himself.”

    “I always expect the worst. Have I ever expected good things to happen?” The wry smile on the old man’s face was mixed with worry. Not only for the empire, but his flowers would not like this heavy rain. The smile completely disappeared as the advisors filed out. No, he thought, Ienari has no idea about the ferocity of the gathering storm. Though if Japan survived the typhoon, a beautiful sunrise would come soon after.

    Hope. All we are is hope. Marukomo slowly walked towards his apartments lost in thought.
    Last edited by fj44; 11-09-2006 at 04:56. Reason: Finally figured out what Rensslaer was talking about...
    "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" --Proverbs 25:11

    WritAAR of the week: Feb. 12, 2006, Sep. 19, 2006
    CharactAAR writAAR of the week: Jan. 1, 2007

    Dawn in the East
    "Her Home is on the Deep"

  8. #8
    Major prussiablue's Avatar
    Cities in MotionCrusader Kings IIEuropa Universalis 3Heir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In Nomine
    March of the EaglesRome GoldVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of Darkness
    Pride of Nations500k club

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia
    Posts
    758
    Beautiful start. Quite a few Jap AARs we have here in the forum. Looking forward to the next installment.
    When I give the poor food they call me a saint, when I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist - Dom Hector Camara
    Out of the crooked timber of humanity, No perfect human was ever made - Lord Hoffmann

  9. #9
    no Europeans in the whole Asia, this sounds cool.

  10. #10
    good luck!
    The Precise History of New England -AAR Writer of the Week 5/21/06-2/28-06
    doot doot doot 4D6574 Owner of 1 Yoyo dollar, $4-anonymous4401
    Fan of the Week 2/8/06-2/15/06

    Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
    Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

  11. #11
    Village Idiot Garuda's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIEuropa Universalis 3Hearts of Iron IIIEuropa Universalis: RomeVictoria 2
    Victoria II: A House Divided

    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    The Village
    Posts
    1,942
    Japan is perhaps my favourite nation to play as. My first game was with Japan and my current one too!

    If you're planning to help your neighbours out, does this mean you'll not be annexing Korea?

    Good luck.
    'Gentlemen, we're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick-insect got stuck on a sticky bun' - Capt. E. Blackadder.

    He who binds to himself a joy, Does the winged life destroy;
    But he who kisses the joy as it flies, Lives in eternity's sun rise. - William Blake


    The Empire needs YOU.. Come and post something nice about my AAR. The House of Habsburg. Victoria Revolutions VIPR01. Winner of the WritAAR of the Week Award 13 January 2008.

  12. #12

  13. #13
    Second Lieutenant superman's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Head Automatica Soundsystem
    Posts
    140
    Quote Originally Posted by Garuda
    If you're planning to help your neighbours out, does this mean you'll not be annexing Korea?
    That'll probably mean he WILL be annexing Koreans

    BTW, what is the fastest way to civilise Nippon?

  14. #14

    Takeda's Civil War

    November 2, 1836 – The Imperial Palace

    “Your Highness, long have some of your people dwelt on the outlying islands without benefit of Your divine governance. Some of these poor souls have not even heard of Your mighty and illustrious name.” Emperor Ninko looked down on his shogun. That obnoxious man merely wanted the ceremonial acceptance of his plans. It wasn’t like the emperor was permitted to refuse…

    “It is right that these people should be welcomed into Our divine grace. We direct our shogun to begin making plans to bring these islanders into the empire.”

    That old bat is brainless, Ienari thought. If he paid attention to politics at all, he’d know that a rejection of my plans would cripple me for years. “This humble servant is pleased to serve You.” Ienari withdrew from the chamber, looking humble. On his way out, he passed his favorite painting. The first emperor, Jimmu, looked down on him with a determined expression. Now that was a ruler! Ienari prayed that another one would rise, either as a shogun or an emperor. Someone needed to fix the empire.



    Ienari stepped into the carriage which would take him back to his palace. Many things troubled him. The biggest was convincing the Russians to ship processed lumber and cement without either country realizing it. He suspected that the Russians had already figured it out. He knew that if Japan ever realized it, he would be dead. Even if they didn’t find out, the reactionaries had plenty of reason to hate him. His life would be a short life, a flight of a butterfly.

    He had no news of Takeda’s wherabouts. None of his agents had reported contacts with the opposition. In Ienari’s mind, no news was worse than bad news. Perhaps Marukomo was right, he thought. Perhaps Takeda is plotting to destroy me. Though the man was good at hiding, he wasn’t invisible. When he tried to unite the daimyo against Ienari, he would be revealed.

    Ienari scowled to himself. Such times made pessimists out of everyone. He had even received a report from Sapporo regarding rampant lawlessness. A caravan of sake was raided just north of the city, and almost thirty thousand bottles were lost to bandits. A posse was formed by the Daimyo Date, but they were not likely to find any raiders. Ienari permitted himself another scowl as the carriage pulled up in front of his palace. Perhaps after a good night’s sleep, he’d feel ready to combat Japan’s difficulties. Marukomo would provide valuable insight, but first he needed to clear his head.
    Last edited by fj44; 11-09-2006 at 05:10.
    "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" --Proverbs 25:11

    WritAAR of the week: Feb. 12, 2006, Sep. 19, 2006
    CharactAAR writAAR of the week: Jan. 1, 2007

    Dawn in the East
    "Her Home is on the Deep"

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by superman
    That'll probably mean he WILL be annexing Koreans

    BTW, what is the fastest way to civilise Nippon?
    Quote Originally Posted by Garuda
    Japan is perhaps my favourite nation to play as. My first game was with Japan and my current one too!

    If you're planning to help your neighbours out, does this mean you'll not be annexing Korea?
    @superman: You're probably right. But... you'll have to wait and see.

    This is my first time playing as Japan, so I really don't know the fastest way to civilization. I suspect prestige will be the hardest, but we shall see.

    @Garuda: Glad to hear you've played Japan before. Feel free to give advice, as I really don't really have a long term plan just yet.

    Regarding Korea, I may need to save them from the European exploiters, perhaps preemptively.


    Quote Originally Posted by Garuda
    Good luck.
    Quote Originally Posted by lifeless
    good luck!
    Quote Originally Posted by Rensslaer
    Best wishes!
    This seems to be a common theme. Many thanks for your encouragement thus far.

    To All: Comments are greatly appreciated. If you feel like my updates aren't coming fast enough, just tell me, and I'll see what I can do. If you have any critiques for my writing, they are welcome. The next update will be posted sometime this afternoon (EST).
    "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" --Proverbs 25:11

    WritAAR of the week: Feb. 12, 2006, Sep. 19, 2006
    CharactAAR writAAR of the week: Jan. 1, 2007

    Dawn in the East
    "Her Home is on the Deep"

  16. #16
    Maestro Director's Avatar
    For the MotherlandHearts of Iron IIIHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's Ambition
    Victoria: RevolutionsSemper FiVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of Darkness
    EU3 Collectors Edition500k clubEuropa Universalis IV

    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    York PA
    Posts
    4,055
    I bought Victoria for Christmas and have been interested in Japan. I'll be reading to see how things turn out.

    Good reading so far; looking forward to your next update.
    "That which does not kill me, has made a grave tactical error." - Jerry Pournelle

    Seven AARs and a picture, too: Director's Inkwell

  17. #17
    GunslingAAR coz1's Avatar
    200k clubCrusader Kings IIDeus VultFor The GloryEU3 Napoleon's Ambition
    Victoria: RevolutionsEuropa Universalis: RomeEU Rome Collectors EditionEU3 Collectors Edition500k club
    Europa Universalis IV

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Johns Creek, GA
    Posts
    11,072
    Blog Entries
    11
    Certainly setting up some tough times ahead for Japan. It's always an adventure. But great start. Best of luck my fellow Atlantan. I'll be following.

    One word of advice...consider real estate on mainland China. It helps, I hear.
    Northumberland Lives - new AAR for EUIV

    And check out the Guess the Author thread - back and active!

    The fAARq & Forum Rules
    Find all my AARs listed in The Ink Well

    Visit my blog at Hear the Hurd

  18. #18

    Takeda's Civil War

    November 20, 1836 – Tokugawa Ienari’s Palace

    Tokugawa Ienari looked at the report on his desk with pride. His hand grabbed for the inkwell. Reinking his pen, he wrote in neat characters: “Approved by order of the Shogun” on the bottom of the page. His son, Ieyoshi, was proving to be quite a genius at politics and administration. If only he had been born first. His oldest son, Furinto, was another story.

    Furinto was a reactionary who cautiously sided against his father on many issues. Not only would he oppose common sense, but failed to grasp the subtleties of the court. No shogun lasted more than five years without some political skill. Those who lacked any at all brought down dynasties. To preserve the Tokugawa shogunate, Ienari knew that Ieyoshi must inherit. However, disowning Furinto would bring civil war.

    That must not happen, he thought to himself. I am close enough with Takeda; I do not need another insulted clansman instigating the daimyo to revolt. A soft knock on the door interrupted his thoughts.

    “Come!”

    The door swung open, revealing the ancient Kumaro Marukomo clothed in kimono and moonlight. He staggered in, leaning on his cane. His age must really be affecting him, Ienari thought. The shogun rose, a gesture of respect towards his mentor, and helped Marukomo to his seat. Ienari then retook his seat.

    “Marukomo-san, I seek your counsel.”

    “So I gathered.” The old man’s face betrayed pain, but the faint smile still touched his lips.

    “Do you know any way to deal with the succession?”

    “There are two ways, Ienari, however, you must find them for yourself. I will say that this problem will explode out of control soon, if you do not deal with it.” Marukomo leaned back against the cushions, looking at Ienari, as if expecting a reply.

    Ienari thought to himself for a while, eventually realizing that there was no honorable way out. Assassination, if discovered, would bring shame on his house. Denunciation would bring civil war. Acceptance of Furinto would bring down the government. There seemed no way out.

    “Marukomo-san, you are infinitely wiser than myself. Could you shed light on how this situation will erupt?”

    “Young Ienari, you must make a decision soon, as the opposition is coalescing against you. Rumors bring word of Takeda rallying the daimyo in the countryside. Here, hesitancy may cost you more than you know.” The old man suddenly winced. “Ienari, I must retire. My body is not what it used to be. I will come back tomorrow at midday.”

    Marukomo limped out, leaving the room colder than when he entered. He left a small scrap of paper with the letters 'FLINT' written in Marukomo's hand. Ienari studied the scrap, losing himself in thought. Sometime during the night, he dozed off. When he awoke at dawn, he knew exactly had he had to do.
    Last edited by fj44; 11-09-2006 at 05:11. Reason: Plot Omissions
    "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" --Proverbs 25:11

    WritAAR of the week: Feb. 12, 2006, Sep. 19, 2006
    CharactAAR writAAR of the week: Jan. 1, 2007

    Dawn in the East
    "Her Home is on the Deep"

  19. #19
    GunslingAAR coz1's Avatar
    200k clubCrusader Kings IIDeus VultFor The GloryEU3 Napoleon's Ambition
    Victoria: RevolutionsEuropa Universalis: RomeEU Rome Collectors EditionEU3 Collectors Edition500k club
    Europa Universalis IV

    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Johns Creek, GA
    Posts
    11,072
    Blog Entries
    11
    Setting up the first of many revolts, I presume. Good luck.
    Northumberland Lives - new AAR for EUIV

    And check out the Guess the Author thread - back and active!

    The fAARq & Forum Rules
    Find all my AARs listed in The Ink Well

    Visit my blog at Hear the Hurd

  20. #20
    good update!
    The Precise History of New England -AAR Writer of the Week 5/21/06-2/28-06
    doot doot doot 4D6574 Owner of 1 Yoyo dollar, $4-anonymous4401
    Fan of the Week 2/8/06-2/15/06

    Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
    Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 26 1 2 3 11 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts