BORN TO THE PURPLE
1419 - Prelude
This is the story of Konstantinos Palaeologus, called Dragases and affectionately known as drakon or the dragon.
This is a Roman Empire AAR and will continue beyond the death of the protagonist, though he may stay on as a ghostly narrator.
The version is 1.09 of EU2, MyMap 1.64 Gold 2; very hard/furious.
i) Poor House 1439 must occur
ii) no annexation of any state is permitted before that of the ottomans
iii) Athens must be diplo-annexed
iv) The supply limit of soldiers may not be exceeded, except as
a result of game events
v) For each monarch there is a size maximum: the first may have
4 provinces; the second 9 provinces; the third 30 provinces; the fourth 80 provinces; the fifth 200 provinces; the sixth and subsequent the world (thought this is not a WC attempt)
vi) Morea will be inherited in 1460
vii) Additional leaders will be allowed and some events have been changed or added through savefile amendment; some leaders have been improve
viii) No military activity or conquests allowed within borders of the Holy Roman Empire (territory acquired through diplo-annexation may be defended, but only by locally raised troops/mercenaries
I have been working on this story since the beginning of September.
Game 1 was on the standard vanilla 1.09
Game 2 on AGCEEP 1.42 and 1.43 beta 5; abandoned on failure of file to upload to 1.50
Game 3 went through 5 different reloads on MyMap 1.62 and 1.64
i) abandoned cause the Turks fell too easily
ii) abandoned because the alliance with the Turks worked far too well
iii) abandoned because the computer crashed
iv) abandoned due to wrong turning for the story
v) abandoned because the file would not upload to 1.64 Gold 2
Game 4 on WATK 3.1 abandoned because the map does not have Achaia or Thessalonika
i) abandoned due to massive loss of stability following conversion every orthodox marriage and alliance dissolved
ii) abandoned due to gaining Italian territory inside Holy Roman Empire
iii) the current incarnation
The Byzantine/Roman Empire in 1419 has only the Bosphoros and Thessaloniki provinces. It will convert to Catholicism in 1439 and stay that in 1460. The Lutheran and Calvinist reformations will be fully embraced (not game tested beyond 1504).
Greek Fire is treated as being of similar consistency as nitro-glycerine and a hardened form for game use is treated as dynamite, which gives the Empire an advantage in siege warfare.