Hi all, here is my After-Action-Report (although right now it's the In-Action-Report) for Hungaryin Eu3.
While I played EU1 a few times, this is my first EU3 session - I'm a believer in the "no reloads" school, too, so I'm sure you will see some mistakes in my play - please enlighten me!
Why play Hungary? Well, a few reasons:
1) I visited Budapest once
2) I never played it in EU1
3) I didn't see any other Hungary AAR's in this forum
What more do ya need! Off I went....
First, I looked (a lot) at the Country tips for Hungary on the EU3 wiki, there are two sets of tips there, but sadly both appear to be out-of-date, and furthermore they directly contradict each other! So after much head-scratching, off I go....
At start, ruler is Zsigmond I ("Ziggy1") - 4/3/3 stars A/D/M, but in ledger is shown as 7/6/6 - hmm. Good, at any rate .
My Grand Plan is to fight the Turks to the last Wallachian/Transylvanian, and hold on.
The Army is nearly non-existent - I move the slider one pip towards 'Land', and start biulding a mixed infantry/cav force - I built them 50-50, in hindsight this was a mistake, I would have done almost entirely cav.
I get 2 great advisors, 5-star on +15% to stability, 6-star! on +18% to trade investment.
My first national mission is a Royal Marriage in Austria - sounds good to me! An embassy in Slavonia moves my relationship to 150, and the marriage is accepted, moving my stability to +2 - what an easy game!
My next mission is to DOW Poland - WTF? What insanity is this? Sigh.
1401 - the Turks are now at peace, uh-oh...
1402 - poland and lithuania DOW Moldavia, I don't notice until the war is half over , gotta figure out how to change those settings.... Poland winds up annexing Moldavia.
1403 - the Timurid empire collapses! Bad news for me...
War #1: vs. Bohemia
Spring 1404 - a random event gives me a -1 stability hit (ouch), but a Causus Belli on Bohemia - hmm, I have nothing against Bohemia, but
- I'm getting bored
- Bohemia is already at war with Denmark, they might be easy pickins',
- Bohemia is allied with Aquilea (?), the little state in NW Yugoslavia, maybe they will join the party and I can snap them up.
So I DOW, my first war. To my surprise, Aquilea dishonors the alliance w/Bavaria - it's just me on them. To not-so-much a surprise, Venice dishonors their alliance with _me_. Oh wll, I always knew you couldn't trust the Venetians.
The invasion of Bohemia goes swimmingly - Bohemia still has a significant main army in the field, roughly the same size of mine, but I have twice the cavalry and a good military emperor leading the troops personally. In an 8 month campaign, I smash Bohemia, the climactic battle coming in the Palatinate (the scurvy Bohemia dogs had fled there for sanctuary), which wipes out the Bohemian army to the man.
Spring 1405 - I now have 4 Bohemian provinces (including the capital), and their vassal, Silesia, under my control:
I decide to seek peace now, as I'm having issues already with the Danes "beating me" to snapping up other provinces, and, short of total annexation (which the rule make sound like a Very Bad Idea), I doubt I'll get another province anyway.
Sadly, other than Moravia, all the other Bohemian provinces aren't reachable (the capital province blocks it), and having disconnected provinces seems like a bad idea - one revolt and bye-bye. So, instead, I just take Moravia, and go ahead and annex Silesia - bye bye Silesia. The rules imply that this is a Big No-No, but I've seen lots of others doing it without a problem.
I take advantage of my increased prestige to get an alliance with Austria - yay!
the bad news, almost immediately there is a large rebellion in Moravia.
the good news is, somehow, I am now the papal controller!
Things continue quietly, i decide to press a border dispute with Poland, gaining a core in someplace-i-don't-care-about, but it's in line with my national mission.
For the same reason, when the Teutonic Order asks for an alliance in Aug. 1406, I agree - hope i won't regret this!
At the end of 1406, a war breaks out between most of the Italian states, and the Ottoman empire, including Bosnia and Serbia - I have a feeling that if I were cleverer, I would have been able to exploit this, but I have no CBs, and am still trying to nurse my bank balance back to health (I only figured out the 'force limit' part last year )
War #2: vs. Poland
November 1407 - Poland (and Bohemia, oddly) go to the defense of Mazovia, against Denmark - I have a CB against Poland, I will watch this carefully, and perhaps join in the fun when the time is right. My revolt percentages are still around 7% in Moravia and Silesia (is this typical?), which has been keeping the army pretty busy. I hold my breath and decide to DOW Poland - given my alliances, and their existing war with Denmark, I don't know that there will ever be a better time.
The Teutonic Knights join me, but Austria does not - about what I expected. Again, the campaign goes well in the first 6 months, as I easily quickly take Krakow (the Polish capital!), and sweep through their vassal Moldavia. However, the problem isn't Poland, it's Lithuania, which sends wave after wave of armies against me, each as strong of mine - I barely fight them off, but then when the Polish main army joins in the fun, and I get a revolt in Moravia, I'm on the wrong side of the trend, and things go from bad to worse as the Teutonic Order declares a peace. When after 6 months of this I finally get Poland to accept a White Peace (in Spring 1409), I breathe a huge sigh of relief, especially as my "DOW Poland" mission had been replaced with a "don't let Poland conquer Budapest" mission - both now accomplished!
In the Now for Something Completely Different department - I note that Ireland has been divided amongst England, Brittany, and Aragon!
War #3 ("The Happy War"): vs. Aquilea
I twiddle my thumbs for a few years, finally my treasury gets to a healthy level.
In Summer 1414, Urbino DOWs Aquilea, along with some other buddies of mine, and they ask me to join in. They don't need to ask twice! I quickly romp through Aquilea, the only fly in the ointment being that somehow the Papal states beats me to the punch on one province. When it's time for peace, in Spring 1415, I debate between vassalizing Aquilea, or annexing some provinces. I decide that as they _are_ Slavic, and I'll get tired of constantly defending them as Vassals, I go ahead and annex, leaving the papacy one odd stranded province that serves as a western buffer. Even better, this war has let me fulfill my next (weird) national mission - having a bigger navy than Aquilea.
The annexation raises my manpower limit from 20 to 23, nice! I build 3 more cav.
The only fly in the ointment is that my next mission is to have a larger navy than - the Ottoman empire! Gulp!
Feb 1416 - Venice plinks off Ragusa.
December 1416 - government tech 4, at last! A new National Idea! given all the fighting I've done already, and plan to do, I take Military Drill. while I'm at it, I pay the prestige hit and abandon the foolish quest to have a larger navy than the Ottoman empire. It gets replaced by "Reclaim Sieradz", a quest to grab a province from Poland. Groan, I hate fighting those guys. Oh well.
March 1417 - Wallachia, whose independence I had guaranteed, gets in a war with the Ottomans, yet oddly I don't get a Causus Belli against the Ottomans. Hunh. The turk quickly snaps 1 of Wallachia's two provinces - they are growing ever nearer....
November 1418 - hapless Wallachia gets DOWed by Poland Lithuania, I am asked to help Wallachia. Sigh - I couldn't hold the Terrible Twins off when Denmark and the Teutons were both fighting them, all by myself this seems a very tall order! On the other hand, I _do_ have a national mission to take Sieradz from Poland, and I hate letting a buddy down. On the other other hand, if Poland and Lithuania get sucked into Wallachia, maybe the Turk will attack them instead of me. I decide, regretfully, not to intervene.
I twiddle my thumbs for a number of years - perhaps I'm being too cautious, but the Turk isn't moving, Poland/Lithuania are far too strong, and I'm chary of getting involved in Italy with the Turk an ever-growing threat. I will need these guys as friends, not foes. I accept an alliance from Denmark in 1425 as a check against the Poles, who grow ever-stronger - they absorb Mazovia, and are at war with Bavaria. I keep waiting for either the Turk or the Russian to check them, I can't do it alone. Check out how Poland and Turkey have been expanding right next to me, oh my:
Things go quietly for 5 more years, except for the odd rebellion (man, these provinces take a long time to quiet down)
amazingly, little Aquilea gets one of its provinces back from the Papacy! Well played, fellows! I immediately send them a warning so I can DOW them in the near future
And so this is where we are in 1426, when Ziggy I dies after a long, and in my biased opinion successful, reign. We have gained 4 provinces, built up a nice treasury (I think around 350 ducats), and our army is maxed out. The only real issues are that Poland/Lithuania to my northeast, and the Ottomans to my southeast, have been implacably on the march.
Here's my new ruler, Lajos II:
nice, huh! Too bad he's so lacking in diplomatic skills, oh well you can't have everything.
So, fellow forum members, it's 1426, what should I do?
- sit tight and focus on research and the treasury?
- try to snap up a province in Italy? Might regret it when the Turks come knocking thoug.
- Try to weaken Poland (how)?
- Try to weaken the Turk (how?) - I have been periodically lobbing spies at them to forment revolts/rebellions in Wallachia and environs, but seemingly to no effect, though this missions nearly always succeed.
- Backstab Austria (which has been totally quiet so far)