Object of the game:
• To Act as the Guardian of Ireland
• To Keep all Foreign Powers from taking root on the Emerald Isle.
• Normal difficulty (started playing Europa III over Veterans Day W/E).
• No reloading of game for the purpose of replaying moves, and results.
• Will not join alliances that include England
• Begin with the province of Leinster.
Important Actions to be observed:
• Defend Ireland at all cost against foreign, as well as internal aggression
• To last to the end of the game.
The Journal: Ireland Forever:
Chapter 1 – To the Rescue
Chapter 2 – The Birth of Trade
Chapter 3 – Trade and Colonization Go Hand in Hand – And, the The Betrayal
Chapter 4 – Ireland Grows
Chapter 5 – Bad Tidings
Chapter 6 – Trouble with Spies
Chapter 7 – The War is not Over until It’s Over
Chapter 8 – The Awakening
Chapter 9 – Taking it to the Enemy
Chapter 10 - Pay the Piper
Chapter 11 - Here we go Again
Chapter 12 - Betrayed Once Again
Chapter 13 – If not the French, it’s the English
Chapter 14 – Lucifer’s Handy work, no doubt
Chapter 15 – Papal Controller
Chapter 16 – England Again
Chapter 17 – Vincenzo
Chapter 18 – Council Meeting
Chapter 19 – End of a long Journey
Chapter 1 - To the Rescue
30, May 1453
From the onset, I could tell my adopted land was destined to be forever short on funds. Luckily, we were about to secure the services of a reputable "Complete chances" Advisor.
Just by buying his services, the coffer was pretty much empty. I hate the thought of borrowing on the future. But if a loan of 200 ducats was not secured early, this adventure would be over quickly, or drag on.
With the extra money I was able to use two Merchants (that would result in one getting to market). I didn't forget the army. I purchased some infantry for 7.90.
The next step was to gain some allies. Two, Connaught and Ulster came knocking on the door. That's was enough for now.
Toward the end of the month the English had troops in Meath. We could not allow this to be for long.
Preparation for war:
• We have a new king, (28, Oct. 1453)
• The King is a man to fear (shock 3)
• The ground trembles with the mere mention of his name.
• He could not have picked a better time to appear upon the stage.
• Leinster is tittering on the brink of bankruptcy.
• He is a man of action
• He sent me to buy the services of another Mercenary infantry unit.
• The new troops barely assembled on our land, before going to war.
• The King, himself, would lead the army of 3000 (2K were mercenaries).
• I sent a warning to Munster – telling them “Not to start any trouble").
Arriving in Meath:
• The 1000 English support troops for the fort's defenders were gone.
• The troops had boarded transports and set sail for parts unknown.
(Good riddance. May their entire flotilla sink with them aboard...)
When we reached the now English fort:
• We wasted little time in surrounding the so-called fort.
• That night we spent drawing up plans for the siege.
• An officer inquired "What would we would do if the English returned?"
• The King's Captain of the guard, Sean Patrick O'Rourke exploded, “Let the English come…we’ll be ready for them.
Several months later:
• No English reinforcements in sight.
• No foreign intervention to relieve the fort.
(It helped that Hamburg, Austria and Brittany were our allies)
• Our brothers, Connaught and Ulster never bothered to show up.
• As the siege continued, the defenders became weakened by lack of food,
sleep and water.
• Their numbers began to dwindled due to desertions and sickness.
• One morning, a cry rang out, “There’s a breach in the walls!”
• It was a small breach…but, large enough for a small band of us to slip through.
• Sean Patrick and I lead the charge up into the fort.
• The gates were soon opened.
• The defenders gave only a halfhearted attempt to stop us.
• With the gates open, our army quickly swarmed over the defenders.
• Almost immediately the defenders began to surrender.
• Victory was Leinster’s and Ireland's.
The Matter of Annexation:
• Many diplomatic attempts failed when asking the English to cede Meath.
• On 29, October 1454, the English King finally ceded Meath to Leinster.
• Meath was free once more, annexed by Leinster.
• Sadly, our king was wounded during the assault on the fort.
• Tragically, he died on 28 Oct. 1454 (1 day before the annexation)
• His reign lasted exactly one year to the day of his coronation.
A new king’s coronation at a place of old:
• The new king’s coronation took place on the Hill of Tara.
• The Hill of Tara is where the stone “Lia Fail” (stone of destiny) is found still standing
upright. Pronounced "Lee-a Fall”.
• In legend, all the kings of Ireland were crowned on the stone till 500ad
As the legend goes, Lia Fail (the stone) supposedly shouted out the rightful king’s name as he placed his foot upon it.
Well, the very moment our new king placed his foot upon the stone, Lia Fail shouted his name and the voice echoed across the landscape. If you don’t believe me…well, it doesn’t matter whether you believe me or not…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The Celtic site of Newgrange is also back in our hands.
• Newgrange with its white quartz façade is a Megalithic Passage Tomb.
• It’s believed to have been built around 3200 BC.
• The site is arguably older than many of the pyramids of Egypt.
Back to Leinster:
• Even with Leinster having 3 Trade tech, money is running low.
• It’s time to throw everything we have into Merchants.
• I threw the Treasury slider all the way over to the right.
• I cringed over the thought of my actions on how inflation would rise.
17, December 1454
• Hamburg requested our aid in a little misunderstanding that led to war.
• We agreed to lend a hand.
• We would lead the fight. (We had more men and a new general, General Sean Patrick O'Rourke.)
• Hamburg was surprised to see only 1000 men step upon their shores.
• But, in the end Hamburg won.
• As to the name of the country we fought, I don’t truly recall its name
(not that history will ever make mention of it).
• Once, the fort’s defenses fell, the defenses swarmed over and the day
had been won, our forces returned home. We had repaid a debt in
answering a call to arms and now we were free of such a charge.
• The people of Leinster and Meath didn’t rejoice in our land army’s
prestige when they arrived back in our land; they were just happy to
see our forces return home to protect their little bit of Ireland.
• Inflation is running wild.
• Nat’l Trade Policy is adopted. +10% Trade Eff.
• Merchants are in places everywhere to make money. 34.84 in
16 July 1456
• Finally we are in the black in monthly balance at .8 (84 in the till)
• By December we are gaining 41.86 from Vlaanderen trading alone.
2 October 1457
• Revolt in Meath is easily taken care of by Sean Patrick O'Rourke's army.
• The Bank extended our loan at a hefty increase in interest. But, who am I to
quibble. If I can’t make the payment next time the game’s pretty much
• Finally, we are able to repay the loan, and still have enough funds for
one or two merchants (but little else).
• Inflation is at 10%, overall balance is at only +0.4 This could it be due
to that pirate ship sitting off our shores.
• Recap – Gov 1, Prod 1, Trade 3, Navy 0, Land 1, Stab. 3) (Costs-
Treasury 2.7, Inflation 10%, Military 1.7-for only three armies.) –
Trading eff. 42%
• My first war ship is completed and immediately was pressed into
action to give chase after the Jolly Roger. The coast is now free of
• Built my first building – a Workshop in Meath. It was the first time there
was enough money in the coffer to construct a building.