Ok this AAR will be a bit sketchy but I just want to tell you how an idea I had did evolve.
I planned to do something different so I decided to get the maximum money from the start of the game in order to spread maximal diplomacy havoc.
Said and done, I started a 1936 Campaign and got a bit more market oriented with the sliders from start. Some ministers were kicked to max my diplomatic fury. Not much happened initially as I decided to play the greater guy and stay away from trouble that those mean dictators wanted to drag me into. I continued with my annual slider changes to get me more into Dove and market orientation. I traded a lot and have not produced any supply yet (up to 1941). I also had a healthy income of +40 gold doubloons rolling in.
So I started at once and began to ponder potential axis countries with my Market oriented dove gold. I spread my gold on influence rather freely. Hungary was the first one to go down, they went market liberal and apparently thought it was nice and dandy. Romania was the next one; they fell into the market liberal trap in 1937. None of the countries had any greater fancy to trade with me on good terms, their saviour as I was and all.
Well, well, more influence and I got Norway as an allied; that couldn’t hurt, could it. Yugoslavia went the same way, alliance. Now Churchill started to shout that he wanted into cabinet (*bloody fat warmonger*), shouting that his old and dirty Gallipoli idea could be applied at once. We, the peaceful Government paid no respect to these war ideas.
So in 1938 things were heading to decision time. I had The Fascist in Italy on the hook; they were at 18% (?) coup willing for some time. Should I go for it or not, if I did waste money on them then I felt that I needed a fast follow up with making them an ally too. Said and done, I coupe them on first try. Now I want them into my alliance, hrmm... No, the Market oriented Italy declares war on the totally peaceful Greece! I almost had Greece as well! #”%¤”¤”% Ok, though and Realpolitische decisions coming up. I greet the Greece with the words: “shit happens, ehh, here you have some 13 dots on a paper. Peace in next time and Goodbye” I just HAD do ditch them, Italy was couped and a much better ally than the democratic and sympathetic Greece. I let Italy attack Greece, but the war ended after a while as Italy just took a couple of Islands, bleed severely and sunk some puny fleet components.
Italy were actually rather willing to Join my alliance after they had let some steam on Greece (after 5 proposals). Allrighty Adolf Anschlüss this if you want to. Now you have Yugoslavia and Italy as allied with old UK and Hungary and Romania less keen on joining the axis.
Anschlüss came, of course and Hitler laughed in my general direction, attacked Yugoslavia and Hungary. I had almost all African troops on the Balkan as Italy was friendly. Shock and horror, some awe too. Hungary didn’t last very long. Why? Well the Market Liberal Romania joined the Axis! The Romanian hard coded hatred was prevailing over shallow ideology: they wanted fight so bad. Alexander and Cunningham took a stand in northern Yugoslavia and fought well, but Yugoslavia couldn’t fend in the East against Romania and Bulgaria. Yes, Bulgaria didn’t hesitate to join the Balkan Bar Room Brawl. Germany attacked Poland in this maelstrom of awful violence; it was indeed Bedlam in my Dove eyes. Yes Poland sunk like a rock.
Cunningham: Old Chap what about Split?
Alexander: No, please I do enjoy your company dear lad.
Cunningham: Ohh, I talked about the harbour town Split you see. Lovely place some miles to the rear with plenty of British Transports.
Alexander: Ahh, i get your drift, lovely idea. Lets go.
So Yugoslavia fell and defeat was felt. Romania did have a sudden change of Administration into a Regime – with modern language.
All for today I will continue to account for this crusade for peace and money.