January 1, 1690: A quick look at the army comparison page shows Brandenburg in 15th, with 11K armies (6k inf, 2k cav, 3k art).
The Ottomans are getting crushed. They started at war with Austria, Poland, and Russia.
First order of business - find a target. It's past 1670, so Protestants and non-german countries should start fleeing the empire. Unfortunately, at the moment, everyone loves Austria, so they are standing pat. I could declare war on Holstein (outside the HRE), if I wanted to fight Hamburg, Mecklenburg, and the Netherlands. This is promising - although the Netherlands are pretty powerful.
March 1: Stability increases to 1.
March 18: Architectural Development nets me 2 innovative (moving from 1 narrowminded to 1 innovative). The prestige and money are nice too.
September 1: Stab increases to 2. The army building program continues - we have 8 inf + 7 art, with 1 art and 3 merchantmen being built.
October 1: Spain will probably be the next HRE. Austria will pay.
October 3: The Palatinate declares war on Baden, bringing France, Austria, Munster, Trier, and Switzerland against them. I wonder who will win...
December 23: Baden is annexed by the Palatinate. For now.
May 2, 1691: Brandenburg declares war on Mecklenburg, whose allies desert her. Austria joins in as HRE though. I can probably take Austria as long as she's also fighting the OE. 3 stab hits = 3 BB + 3 WE. I forgot a screenshot. Whoopsie! My allies, of course, duck out of anything resembling a war with Austria.
August 31: Carlos II of Spain becomes the new HRE. Austria's manpower and force limits drop like a rock.
December 1: Stability goes back to 1.
December 18: Mecklenburg falls to an assault on the 4th try. I need Mecklenburg out of the picture quick so I can regroup and hit Austrian armies as they trickle in.
February 22, 1692: Lubeck falls to Brandenburg, and Neumark falls to Austria. Exactly what I wanted to avoid.
February 23: Mecklenburg cedes Mecklenburg and 175 ducats. I didn't vassalize them, because I want to take Lubeck soon, and I'm pretty sure I'll piss them off a lot in the near future.
March 20: A little overzealousness closing popups here...heh. The Ottomans sue for peace with Russia, and cede Podolia (no idea to who), and release Crete, Cyprus, Karaman, Candar, Dulkadir, Trebizond, and Haasa. Ow!
May 6: First blood is drawn in Brandenburg, where Austria's armies get kicked around.
May 11: Denmark offers alliance. Accepted.
May 22: A small Austrian detachment is wiped out in Neumark.
May 27: The main Austrian army is beaten in Neumark - but not decisively so.
June 13: Neumark is retaken and scorched.
July 26: After an Austrian detachment was driven out of Hinterpommern back into Poland, the main Austrian army goes into Neumark and retakes it with an assault. They are ripe for the beating - look at how depleted the regiments are getting.
August 1: Stability rises to 2.
For some reason, the AI decides to put some artillery on the wings. I guess I need 2 more units of infantry to keep artillery in the back. Too bad I didn't think about this until writing this update.
October 8: Sweden offers alliance. Accepted.
November 1: I lost the results of the August battle in Brandenburg, but the Brandenburg armies inflicted quite a bit of damage before being forced to retreat and reinforce. This time - the same thing happens. Austria is being bled dry.
January 6, 1693: A 9 on a dice roll means someone is getting some pain...Austria has 38 regiments in this fight.
January 23: I finally get in the lethal blows I've been trying to deal to Austria throughout the war. This army is going to die.
February 14: 38 Austrian regiments are wiped out in Neumark. As you can see, my prestige is creeping up, manpower is being used at an unsustainable rate, and Austria is in trouble.
March 26: Already Austria has 18 cav, 10 inf, and 2 art in Breslau waiting to hit Neumark. Gah!
April 1: Stability increases.
April 3: Here is where cav-heavy armies run into trouble: Austria's army is predominantly cavalry, and just botched their opening shock roll.
April 9: Another Austrian loss in Neumark.
April 24: Fortification Suffering event. I take the Defensive slider move.
May 15: Clergy condemns philosopher as heretic. 1 innovative for 1 stability - easy choice at this point.
June 14: The army runs into a meat-grinder in Breslau.
July 10: And another in Neumark. Time to reinforce.
December 1: Some quality time spent in Scorchedearthistan makes the Austrian armies more manageable.
December 29: And another army is about to go dooooown...
January 29: One more doomstack bites the dust. I've run the entire war with 18K men...and all my manpower.
March 1: Stability rises to 3.
March 13: Estabilish Cantonments in Mecklenburg. I pay 60 ducats for extra extra manpower.
May 4: Being out of manpower means this war has to end prematurely. I spend 200 ducats to make Austria go away.
May 5: With peace and prestige comes...Prussia!
Final casualty tally (thanks to Comagoosie's Stat's Generator):
* My main problem is that I don't yet have enough men to assault level 2/3 fortresses and keep enough morale to take on incoming armies. I ran through almost all my infantry trying to take out Mecklenburg (2 level 3 forts) quickly.
* Don't get too complacent: Austria is still using Latin Knights.
* This does, however, prove that I can take on the big boys as long as I'm careful.