Lu Chuan AAR
Here I start an AAR with Lu Chuan playing AGCEEP (v 1.41 I think). Difficulty is normal/weakling. Some basic information about Lu Chuan:
DESCRIPTION: They don't have one
CULTURE: upper burman
CAPITOL: Chengdu in the tea-producing Sichuan Pendi province
RULER: Si Ren Fa since 1413
TECH (L/N/T/I): 1/0/1/1
ARMY: 1,000 Infantry led by Si Ren Fa (2/4/3)
DIPLOMACY: Vassal to China who also guarantees my independence. China has a permanent casus belli against me though
West: Meng Yang (they are the only other pagans I know about)
South: Mu Bang (in Shan province), Burma
GOAL OF AAR:
See if I can survive all the way to the end of the scenario, which may not be that easy.
If you really want them, I could try to include a few, but don't count on there being many of them.
In order to make it easy for me I will whenever I state what year it is I will use the same years as in game (I doubt that the people of Lu Chuan called the year 1419 AD, year 1419 AD) to make it easier both for myself (to write it) and for you the reader so that you easily may know what year it refers to.
Now I will begin with the actual AAR. Enjoy.
The Great Rulers of Lu Chuan and their Deeds
I am Si Ren Fa, the Chief of Lu Chuan. Now listen to what I have to say. Near the end of the year of 1419 I had 5,000 men trained, and thus greatly increased the size of my army. As my power grew I set my eyes on my neighbours in Meng Yang. Their ruler, Dao De Meng, was a weak ruler, nowhere near as powerful as me. So after careful preparations, in the year of 1421 I invaded. Soon Dali, the capitol of Meng Yang, was under siege. But Dao De Meng didn't just sit idly and wait for my army. He raised 2,000 mounted warriors, and with them he tried to drive away my forces, but in vain.
Two times he tried to attack my forces, two times he failed. So after having regrouped his warriors after the second attempt, he decided that rather risk the remaining part of his forces in a third attempt that would have little chance of success, he went to pillage my lands. But since his forces were not large enough to even attempt sieging Chengdu I let him remain and continued the siege of Dali. To aid the army, a gift to the state was recieved from some of the more important local leaders. In the end of that year Dali was taken. Dao De Meng tried to pay a vast tribute in order to remain ruler of his realm, but that effort proved futile, as I soon annexed Meng Yang.
After two years of peace a diplomatic move was made towards Mu Bang, our neighbours in the south, it is always important to make sure relations with ones neighbours doesn't get to low when you for the moment don't want to make war upon them. In the next year Cheng Zu, Emperor of China, died and was succeeded by Ren Zong. Ren Zong's short reign as Emperor saw the independence of of Dai Viet in the year of 1425 a few days before Xuan Dong became the new Emperor.
It was in the next year that Biny Rankit, the ruler of Mu Bang, made an insult so terrible that I would have been in my full right to invade, but because of some reasons I didn't. One reason was that Mu Bang's army was twice as large as mine, but that alone wouldn't have stopped me, but as it was Mu Bang was allied with China, and risking a war with China at that time didn't seem wise. China soon demonstrated their power by severely beating Dai Viet. Dai Viet paid a large tribute and lost the provinces of Lao Cai and Tanh Noah, leaving them with only the Hanoi province.
There was some complaint against Lu Chuan and my rule here, baseless accusations because of my expansion. The Emperor of China decided that some simple threats would do, so in the end nothing really happened (OOC: China went with They will be deterred by simple threats in Complaint against Lu Chuan).
In the year of 1429 a meteor was sighted, and although some people were concerned as to what it meant thereby causing some minor trouble, a few months later I invaded Burma. The Burmese king Mohnyininthado called for help from his ally, Saen Müang Ma/Sam Fang Kaen of Lan Na. Soon i began to siege the city of Sylhet, main city in the Assam province, and when the Burmese army attempted to drive me back, I easily defeated them, but because of losses I saw that it might be a good idead to gather more warriors into my army, and with the help of the new forces a second Burmese attempt to break the siege of Sylhet was thwarted.
But it was in the following month that Sanam Trakpa Gyan-tsen, the greedy and cruel King of Tibet declared war. Of Tibet's allies only Mu Bang decided to stand by their side. China left that alliance, but soon they decided to join the alliance of Lan Na and Burma and join the war against us. A massive Chinese army marched into Sichuan Pendi, and begun a siege of Chengdu. Although tens of thousands of Chinese died the Empire's army remained the largest in the area. But although the situation looked dire I continued the siege of Sylhet which fell less than a year after the siege had begun whereas my army marched towards Shan.
I marched into Shan without facing any opposition, but it didn't take long before the Mu Bang army, which had joined the Chinese in the siege of Chengdu, rushed back to Shan in order to meet me, and in a fierce battle a sent them running away. A raiding force managed to take control of Kunming in the Chinese Yunnan province, and soon Lan Na, Burma and China decided to end the war between us, whereas they paid a symbolic sum.
However I was still in war against Tibet and Mu Bang, and Mu Bang sieged Chengdu. Although Chengdu soon fell to our enemies, I shortly thereafter could march into the Mu Bang capitol of Taunggyi. Tibetan attempts to invade Kachin province were easily repelled by our forces there and despite some foul people blamed me for poor government policies, acting as if there was no war, I managed to keep the country calm, and the Mu Bang army was crushed and sent fleeing back to Shan. So in the year of 1432 Mu Bang and Tibet recognized they couldn't win agreed to pay a large tribute to me in exchange for peace. Impressed by the skill of my army and by my tactical genius Mu Bang soon after the peace asked if I would want to join their alliance, and offer which I accepted, even though my relations with the other part of the alliance, the Tibetans, were somewhat strained.
Now Lu Chuan was in peace and stood there powerful and independent under my wise leadership. It seemed a glorious future lay before us, but there were dark clouds on the sky...