First off let me say I'm new to posting here and even newer to AAR's, but to my advantage, I've lurked here for a while and I've picked up the idea. I'm not a particularly great player, especially when it comes to my economy, but I have picked up the military part quite well. Anyway, this is my first attempt to write one of these and any and all criticism is welcomed. I'm no history major, but I do know a bit, so if something is slightly off tell me so I can fix it. This AAR is centered around an ahistorical situation, like most, so obviously not everything will be historical. It explores, in EU3 terms, what might happen if Spain was more concerned about continental conquests instead of what's on the other side of the ocean. I plan on leaving colonization of the new world out of my immediate plans and instead, I shall turn Spain's gaze toward Europe and hopefully take my rightful place as the sole power there. So, without further delay:
Date: October 14th, 1399
Settings: All Default
Chapter 1: Creating the Alliance
King Enrique III of Castille
Adm:6 Dip:5 Mil:5
King Enrique walked into the room. His advisers had much news to discuss with him. The recent events within Europe had led to interesting circumstances. The advisers stated that England teetered on the brink of war with France once more. Enrique looked puzzled. He asked as to what concern these events were to him. An adviser of great age quickly replied that if France was to get the English possessions on the continent, she might turn her sights elsewhere. He quickly added that France had long sought to expand her borders, and that France heading south toward Navarra and Aragón might one day be a possibility. Such a conquest would lead to a new power on the peninsula and that would compromise Castille's dominance greatly. Enrique seemed to catch on at this point. He asked what might be done to prevent such a problem. They explained that by capturing France's lower lands in the event of war, they might be able to permanently push her borders far beyond the Pyrenees, creating a buffer zone between Iberia and France that would deter them greatly. It all sounded good in theory, but everyone in the room knew good and well that even the mighty Castille could not match the raw manpower of France. They quickly laid a large scroll on the table and explained that it contained the plans for making an invasion possible. Many hours later the king and his entourage left the room, with the order that three diplomats were to be sent out.
Castille at the moment
The diplomats quickly returned from their respective assignments. They had all succeeded in their missions. An alliance between the major rivals of France was set in stone. Enrique sat with his advisers while studying maps. France stood no chance in the case of war. The king ordered that and additional 5K troops be trained and readied for the inevitable attack, while moving the current army north. It was only a matter of time at this point. Only a matter of time.
Our alliances are secure
More to come shortly.