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    The war in Germany rages for 18 months. Due to our diplomatic ties with almost all the states involved I receive regular updates of the war's progress. I'm amazed at how small the Austrian army is. They must spend all their money bribing German princes. They are bailed out by Lorraine and Moldavia who do the bulk of the fighting. Lorraine annexes Baden in March, and adds another perfectly placed province to their collection. Helvetia and Tyrol are besieged by the North German alliance, but Helvetia is a redoubt and shows no sign of weakness. Austria annexes Wurtumberg in November, just a week after Tyrol falls to Saxony. The Bohemians and Saxons are running out of friends however, as one by one the allies sue for peace. I look at the changing map of Europe and can't help but wonder if the dismantling of France has been a less than advantageous event. Austria and Lorraine look set to dominate Germany, and Spain is completely out of control. Fortunately, the padding of Venice should be able to keep the Austrians out of Italy. I target Hansa and Hanover as likely allies when their agreement ends in a few years. If Poland is going to sit back and watch Germany united, then we have to put some nations together to hold it in check.

    The last of our colonists settle in Manhattan. We arranged a deal with the locals to sell the island for a few bushels of trinkets worth around $50. I try to have the conveyance transferred to my name personaly, but there are too many Chief Judges that I appointed poking their nose around for such corruption. Our explorers discover a couple more provinces inland of America, and we say hello to the Iroquois. I resist the temptation for a quick land grab against a weak and rich set of provinces, I hope that we can do things a little differently with the native Americans this time around.

    The war in Germany burns into 1522, Ansbach and Ostmarch are put under siege by the Northern Allies. Saxony shocks it's neighbours by making peace, taking Tyrol from Austria in the settlement. The Bohemian army marches on the gold mines of Styria, but the attrition of a winter siege in those mountains rots the army to shreds. In April an uprising in Crimea leads to their declaration of independence from Turkey. Not the power they were, the Crimeans are limited to one province, and we await the news of Turkey crushing the revolt and distributing various body parts of the conspirators around the Middle East. We cordially invite the Iroquois nation to our alliance, they accept, and while I don't expect to see them rowing across the Atlantic to fight in Flanders, we do give our colonists a little security. It's a shame some of the independent tribes General Carlisle has run into in his march across America are less willing to sit down and talk. He's ambushed in almost every province he discovers. Thuringen is the next old Kingdom to fall, they submit to Austrian annexation in April. The Bohemians continue to fight the good fight, they and the Hessians siege Wurtemburg.

    Although they're not big fans of ours, the Bavarians agree to a Royal Marriage, we ship a decent looking Princess out to Germany with instructions to report anything interesting back to us. The war out there takes another turn. The Bohemian army sieges Thuringen, while the Hessians have a go at Wurtemburg. It looks like they're trying to pry the new Austrian provinces away quickly. General Carlisle discovers the Great Lakes, and we have a party in his honor back at the Palace. While sipping warm meade I try not to think of the depravations Carlisle's expedition is suffering during their winter march across the lakes, instead we toast out intrepid explorer. In the 1st Reich, the Austrian army finally appears, they have captured Silesia. Their siege force moves to Ansbach, while the Moldavian army camps out in Bohemia. Studying intelligence reports from the area I am struck by the fact that Venice has only 5,000 troops in uniform. I'm praying that they have some way of quickly raising troops in case the Austrian tiger snaps at them.

    At years end I take a close look at the accounts. Monthly income has risen sharply to 46.2 guineas, of which we claim 1.5 for the kitty. Yearly totals are 819, 266 of which is the census tax. Inflation is running at a modest 5%. While I am happy with the expanding economy I know that we have a lot of work to do to compete with Spain and Portugal. I call an end of year conference to discuss the succession crisis. Henry is now living with Anne, and she appears to have curbed his wandering eye. I explain to the King that we can't simply ship Catherine back to Spain like bad wine, but he has his mind set on Anne. I think back to his youthful riding accident, and can't help but conclude that perhaps it's not Catherine's fault for the lack of Royal progeny. Thomas Cromwell suggests poisoning Kate, and while it's a tempting thought, I am shackled by the idea of someone leaking the plot out, and I don't think our reputation will grow on the continent if they discover that we're regicides. Wolsley agains smarms about talking to the Pope, he's terrified of us changing religion and ruining his chance to be the Holy Father. Perhaps an expedition to the Great Lakes where both nature, and the local hostiles could do our work for us? I shelve that idea as Chief Judge Blackstone has ruled that deliberate negligence is equal to murder in a case before his court at Chancery. I'm afraid the only solution is to break with Rome, and I begin strengthening our armies to deal with the probable series of revolts. I will try and stall Henry for perhaps another year or so, hopefully another state will make the change first, and we'll be able to add them to the alliance first.

    It's 1523 and the war in Germany shows no sign of slacking. The Austrians try to recapture Wurtemurg, while their allies make peace, taking Sudeten from Bohemia. Austria is now alone, and Moldavia has a province hundreds of miles from their capital. Turkey re-conquers Crimea. My body shudders at the thought of what exquisite torture the ringleaders of that little debacle went through. By March, mad King Francois of France grows thoughrougly jealous of the fighting in Germany and declares war on Lorraine. For some reason Lorraine was thrown out of their alliance, but we weren't notified in time. France's band of brothers now includes Iraq, Georgia, Naples, Poland and Savoy. Only the latter will prove usefull in the war. We send a letter of support to the Lorraines, and can't help but wonder how they would have fared had they stayed independent. I hope this serves as a warning to any other states considering jumping into bed with the Habsburgs.

    The war in Germany is now 5 years old. It's almost impossible to follow all the maneuvers. Hesse gets out of the war leaving just Saxony and Bavaria against the mighty Austrians. As an Imperial army marches north to deal with the Bohemians in Silesia, they are cut to pieces by Hungarian rebels. Bohemia recaptures Silesia and moves on to Moravia. The Lorraine army disapears over the Alps, and in January 1524 our spies report their flag flying in Milan. Good luck trying to squeeze that out of the French in peace talks lads. The French and Savoyans siege Helvetia, and are close to a breathrough. Dissapointingly, no Iraqis or Georgians show up for the party.

    By midsummer, the chaos in Europe shows no sign of abating. Hungarian provinces are rising up each month in revolution, a newly raised Austrian army is recalled from the front to quash the Magyars. In France, Helvetia falls, but the Lorraines show no sign of worry, they siege both Savoy and Paris, going for the knockout blow. The French go for Nivernaise. Revolts in Champaigne wrest that province from Palatine, they cannot move troops there, and it looks like anarchy for a while. Almost in passing I receive the latest score from Russia, they tap Kazan for 64 roubles. Perhaps instead of their annual war which solves nothing, they can simply arrange a Jeux Sans Frontiers contest. The Venetians are having a hell of a time trying to crush a revolt in Romagne, they keep sending in green troops piecemeal to deal with the peasants, with the result that the Italian's pitchforks run red with blood. The war in Germany continues, degenerating now down to a War of The Roses type scale. Tiny detachments scamper around fighting battles all over the Holy Roman Empire. Only the Bohemians have a significant force left, and it's too small to recapture Moravia. The Austrians abandon their attempt to pacify Pest, and march North. The Bohemians surrender, giving up Moravia to the now booming Austrian Empire. Austria came out the big winner in this war, gaining three provinces, and their Moldavian allies one. We do hope that the seperation of Wurtemburg and Thuringia leads to constant revolts there.
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    Lorraine loses their hard fought gain in Helvetia, and that province becomes part of Savoy in July. However, the Lorraine army is on the verge of taking Paris, when what would become known as 'The Waiters Revolt' breaks out. The Lorraines deal with the rebels and force a peace on France, claiming Milan in the treaty. I shrug, Milan will be hard to hold as it's seperated from mainland Lorraine. After years of chaos, Europe is at peace, I would wager, this is only a cease fire.

    In November 1524, tragedy strikes England when Richard Earl of Norfolk, Duke of Orleans, Prince of Paris, and High Protector Of England dies. His twenty years of service will be remembered for the two heroic battles of Burgogne, repeatedly storming the walls of Normandy, and his capture of Paris. The country is in mourning, and I arrange for him to be buried within Westminster. His corpse is the only one not being a monarch to be entombed there. The loss ruins my Christmas. While we still have Brandon in the field, he cannot compare to our fallen Hero of France. In December we lose another trusted friend, as Admiral Howard meets his death in a bizzare dining accident. Although our fleet is less important now, the political capital of sinking the enemy's invasion forces is vital. We bury Howard in Plymouth, building a small memorial there. I make some modest improvements to the army, and promote a few more Chief Justices. When they are invested we will solve Henry's marriage woes.

    Prussia becomes the first nation to change religion when they declare their break from Rome in January 1526, Hesse follows a few days later. We wait to see Europe's reaction to the news. In May, Milan ceedes from Lorraine and declare's it's independence. We immediately invite them into our alliance. The peace of Europe is shattered when Hanover declares war on Hesse. They are backed by Spain, Cologne, Portugal, the Teutons, Tripoli, and heavyweight Cyranaica. Bookies are no longer taking bets to the outcome of this little scrap. Hesse stands alone, we did broach the subject of an alliance with them shortly before the war broke out, but Reverend Beckenbauer, their emissary here called me a Papist bootlicker, in a less than cordial exchange. The valiant Carlisle has reached California. I don't know what they are using for shoes as they've been out of supply for over a year. We ask them to continue their march up the coastline. At year's end, Sir Kim Philby rushes into my office with the exiting news that our spies have stolen sea charts from another nation. I order champaigne to be delivered, only to keep the bubbly on ice when my masterspy tells me it's the Austrian charts which we have aquired. They don't have a port, most of the seafaring nations hate them, the only useful information we glean are the locations of strategicaly important Schnitzel bakeries in Vienna. Sometimes the incompetence I have to put up with here is intolerable.

    Hanover's Catholic crusade against Hesse is a sham, they turn Protestant at new year. The Palatine, and Sweden follow suit. We don't have a spare diplomat to send to Palatine, so we have to hope that they remain free agents until I can dispatch one.

    I have been called many things, but lecherous maggot was a new one, that ephithet was directed at me by Ambassador Klinsman, when I politely inquired whether the Palatines wouldn't mind coming back to our alliance. Oh well, just a temporary set back. On June 1st 1527 England makes the break with Rome. King Henry is now head of the church, and in fact he just awarded himself a whole bunch of titles. Formally, Hal is known as His Brittanic Majesty, King of England, Ireland and France, Protector of The Faith. We crush a small number of revolts, and prepare for the Catholic world, and in particular the French world to attack us. The change is mysteriously peaceful. Perhaps Europe is too war weary to start another round of chaos. The Scots excitedly invite us back into the alliance, so our security is quite good, and that appears to be that. We keep all the money collected from church seizures in the treasury in case we need to raise troops in a hurry, but time passes by with no adverse affects.

    Henry marries Anne, granting himself a divorce from Catherine, and he sets to work on creating an heir. I find a new generation of lazy royal cousins and marry them off to Sweden, Hesse, The Palatine, and The Hanseatic League, pretty much anyone that will have us. The Earl Of Suffolk's son win's the marriage sweepstakes when he draws Sweden out of the hat and marries Inge of Malmo. We're not sure how Royal she is, but her beauty makes the rest of us extremely jealous. That smug bugger claims he will do his duty for King and country. A couple of thousand miles away 'Marching' Carlisle continues his astounding series of discoveries. He reaches Alaska, we celebrate in London around a nice warm fire, wondering how the explorers are faring in their cave.

    I have dinner with Klinsman and Beckanbauer, and they make apologies for their previous burst of insults. I graciously accept, and we make plans to form a new alliance in the future. I bid them goodnight, but not before introducing them to Lord Tourette. His refreshing candor should be just what they need. Another boatload of settlers departed for America, the lure of the gold in Monterrey was too much. 1529 will be known as the year of revolutions, as all over Europe provinces are in flames. Rebels from Spanish occupied Lyonnaise march on Franche Comte and slaughter the garrison there. Caux is in flames too. As predicted Thuringen ceedes from Austria. The poor choice of provinces Princes choose in their peace negotioations is coming back to haunt them. In Venice there seem to be a brand of super-rebel who have resisted everything sent at them so far. Worse, the revolt has spread to Emilia.

    The Austrians claim rights of passage through the Holy Roman Empire and crush Thuringen independence. Maybe they'll leave enough troops there to hold the place this time. In France the rebels have a much better time of it. As Paris has not been besieged for a couple of years life must be too mundane there so the French rebels from Caux decide to besiege their own capital. When Ile De France falls a few months later the rebels become the ninth army to capture the city. I wonder if at any time during the last 30 years some French bureacrat has had the idea to maybe strengthen the walls there. It's moot point now, as King Francoise has to flee Paris and set up shop somewhere else. In November 1530 Poland declares war on the solitary Hanseatic League. We're rooting for Hansa, but when reports of 132,0000 Poles crossing the borders falls on my desk, the talk turns not to whether Hansa can win the war, but how many provinces they will lose. At year's end Scotland decides its time to be the third man in a gang tackle as King James declares war on The Hanseatic League. After 38 years of friendship we have to wave bye-bye to the Scots and drop out of the alliance. Knowing their previous performance in wars we wonder if a Scotish pikeman will ever be shipped to Germany, my guess is no. A month later we are invited back into the Scottish alliance, but just as I am placing the Treaty Instrument in the hands of a courier we get a request from Hesse to join their alliance. We mull the options carefully, and while I don't like the idea of Scotland allying with the wrong power, the 60,000 Spanish troops in Caux prompt us to sign with the Germans. The block of Palatine, Hesse and Kleeves can be of immediate assistance should the Spanish decide to flex their muscle. The alliance is a temporary situation, as soon as it expires we plan to be putting our own group together.

    The Poles win an easy victory at the Battle of Straslund. Their huge army meets just 11,000 Hanseatic mercenaries. You'd think being one of the richest nations in Europe that they would plough some of that money into defense, but no. The Poles run through the North German coastline like a bad curry, and when the dust has settled Hansa ceedes both Western and Eastern Pommerania to the Poles. Russia declares yet another war on Kazan, and this time we decide to offer a Royal marrage to Russia just to take a peek at their conflict. The Muscovites have had a rough time of it, they possess only only 5 provinces, while the Polish monster to the south has expanded up and down the Baltic. We assume that the famed Russian infantry is off in Kazan somewhere, as only their Swedish allies are moving troops across the frozen north. Our summer residence in Burgogne is a lot more pleasant these days since we sponsored a new winery. While relaxing one afternoon, a courier arrives from the King announcing that Anne is pregnant. I feel a tinge of sympathy for the Queen, as unless I'm very wrong that's Elizabeth inside her, and Hal is going to snap when he walks into the delivery room.

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    In the Americas we control the eastern seaboard from Connecticut to Roanoake, and we have placed colonies in the wine rich Sacremento, and golden Monterrey. The change to Protestantism has sparked off a consistent number of settlers. When we scrape them all together we can found one colony a year. Currently we are shipping boatloads over to Roanoake to expand the colony as soon as possible. The unstoppable General Carlisle is still walking, he discovers where Spain get's it's wealth from in the Americas, I decide to send him back across the country to do some charting of the SE seaboard.

    As I feared, Princess Elizabeth is born, and Anne's lustre has dimmed somewhat in our monarch's eyes. Though Henry is an unusualy good father, he's an awful husband, and the think-tank is convened to find a solution to marriage number two. A quiet summer in France is only disturbed by the news that Russia pays Kazan 42 roubles for peace. Perhaps they will get the message and try fighting in another direction?

    I'm sitting at my desk one cold and dreary November afternoon when Cardinal Cantona requests an audience. He walks in with a sheepish look on his face and hands me the French declaration of war. Mad Franky has done it again, so we brace for attack. Of our allies, only Palatine can come to our aid, and those provinces are poorly defended. I fear the Savoyan army more than the French, but I don't expect to see the armies of Georgia, Naples or Poland involved. I decide to send our siege force west to deal with the three lightly armed provinces in the Brittany peninsular, while Brandon's mobile force will sit in Orleans, and hit any force trying to cross the Loire, or walk into Burgogne. Paris is still controlled by rebels, so we'll only take that as a last resort.

    It takes until December to issue the marching orders, Waller's siege force is sent west to Armour, whilst the French and Savoyan army move on Auvergne. Acting on their natural German attraction to Paris, the small Palatine army stationed in France head there. Some Frech activists in Burgogne start a revolt and take over the city and its defenses. Usualy Id order some cannons and prison ships made available, but if the French decide to attack the city theyl do our work for us. I order 80 guns to be added to a reserve force sitting in Normandy, having two siege armies should speed up the war. Auvergne's walls are weakening by February, so I order Brandon to Berri, and then to relieve the city. Our rebels in Bourgogne are cut to pieces by the Palatine army on route to Paris. In April, we receive good and bad news at our Orleans headquaters, Armour has fallen, and Exeter is on his way to Moribun, however, Brandon arrives in Auvergne at precisely the wrong moment, just at the French siege force is being reinforced by another army. The 1v4 odds don't deter Brandon who engages, but soon sees the folly of his attack, and retreats to Berri. After picking up the rearguard in Berri, Brandon recrosses the Loire and returns to base at Orleans. The French meanwhile have sent a 60k siege force to Bourgogne.

    By September, the Palatine forces say Auf Wiedesein to Paris, marking the tenth capture of the French capital. Our allies get the contents of France's treasury in the peace agreement. When Moribun falls Exeter is ordered to Berri, while our second siege army heads to Bretagne. Exeter drives off a couple of French detachments and sets about reducing the walls of the fortress. Brandon times his relief of Bourgogne a little better, and defeats a French army outnumbering him 3 to 1. The surviors flee to Berri, where Exeter's men gleefully send them on their way again. With their field army destroyed France offers Armour and Moribun, we don't want those provinces, not enough money and too many long term problems, so we decide to wait until January to demand cold hard cash.

    I put the finishing touches to a victory parade scheduled for January 2nd, when to my horror the French refuse our modest request. We hold three provinces, we've destroyed their army but they won't stump up the 500 crowns we demand. Exeter finished off Berri's walls, and as the city falls the French offer it in the latest round of peace talks. The Treaty Of Mainz is signed in May, ceeding yet another French province to us. Privately, I warn Cantona, that if his King attacks again, I will not rest until France is removed from the map. Although much of the wine has been drunk in the intervening months, we at long last have our victory celebration. Exeter is abscent, he has to quash the Burgogne uprising, but we toast him fondly. We also toast Carlisle, who is on his return leg across America. I receive some bad news later that evening when Cromwell informs me that Anne Boleyn is dead. Cromwell's timing is as awful, as I was indulged in discussions with a lady-in-waiting from Hesse at the time. It turns out, that while I have been immersed in the logistical problems of moving cannon around the North West of France, Wolsley has been running things in London. He trumped up some charges of treason and had her head cut off. I see now that Catherine got off easily. I take my leave and ride to the channel to see what the hell has been going on at home.

    I have been away in France too long, when I meet Henry again, he's put on 40 pounds, and is in a constant state of inebriation. He's entered his 'fat Elvis' period and looks nothing like the young athlete I once knew. Bad news is waiting for me when I get to Wolsley's office, our settlement in Connecticut has been wiped out by indians. I dispatch the Cornwall garrison to America to ensure that we have no more of these little disasters. Apparantley our new Queen is Jane Seymour, wasting the biggest trump card in the Royal marriage stakes we have, the former Cardinal has paired Henry off with a Division 2 English noble. I decide that my luxurious days in Orleans are over, and that to get a grip back on the kingdom the administration must be moved back to London. At years end Brandenburg and Kleeves become Protestant, hmm that gives me an idea to dispose of the Kings's other minister.

    In 1537 Denmark joins the growing number of Protestant states. With a strong Austria, I wonder if the scene will be set for the 30 years war which is looming a few decades away. In September, the new French Ambassador, Lord Zidane sheepishly knocks on my door. When I see who it is, I cry out 'Not again!' but alas, yes once again King Francoise the Certifiably Insane of France, who has already ceeded 10 French provinces during his inglorious reign has declared war again. Just as I am about to rush out the door, Zidane tells me that the target this time is Spain. It appears that Spain is without an ally, and although the French foreign ministry tried their best to conceal this fact, the King found out and declared war before anyone could shoot him. We have a limited view from our spies, we note that Spainish troops are already in Paris, and we graciously allow the French government to flee across our territory to their Western provinces. The Savoyans assault and capture Lyonnaise, all I can say is that they must make some sauce there. That is the most contested province in Europe. Who wants to attack a more profitable location, when you can watch your army starve to death in Lyon?

    At year's end, Carlisle arrives back in Roanoke after 15 years in the wilderness. The 3000 man expedition is down to a straggle of 285 refugees. Reading the colonial govenor's letter I get the impression that all those years of exploring have taken their toll on high standards of European etiquette the noble General once possessed. The sight of the survivors foraging for supplies in downtown Jamestown prompted the Governor to inquire when I might be sending the good General on his way again. The most shocking news is from Hamburg, where the Hansa have stumped up 145 marks to make peace with the Scots. Apparantly our highland friends finally got their feet wet and landed troops in Mecklenburg. After 40 years I'm surprised their men know which end of the arquebois to point at the enemy.

    By early 1538 the Franco-Spanish war is almost over. Savoy assaults and captures Franche-Compte, but their two successes are wasted when the French capitulate in July with France paying a grand total of 14 francs to Spain. Historicaly, Francoise was one of the less aggressive French Kings, I shiver at the thought of what will happen when La Roi De Soleil arrives there in a hundred years. Noticing the ferocity and success with which Savoy have fought these last 40 years I broach the subject with their foreign representative, and inquire as to whether they ever gave a thought to switching horses, perhaps allying with a more stable nation. 'We would, but never with heretical English scum such as yourself,' was the rather too honest reply. It's a shame, the leadership of Savoy must be the most talented in Europe to have survived and prospered even while being dragged into countless wars by their suicidal allies. I resisit the temptation to wave at King Francoise's procession as they make their way across Orleans and back to Paris, I don't want to start another war.

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    Nice - EU is out in the UK tomorrow (2-3-01), or so I have been informed by the poor harrassed man at my local Elec Boutique who always hides behind the counter when I pop my head in the door asking for a release date. I have to say, reading some of these AARs has given me a right appetite for the game.

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    Counting down in Nottingham as well- it's at times like this I'm thankful for my school being 10 minutes walk from the nearest branch of Game and 15 minutes from Electronics Boutique. I'm also thankful that I have access to a computer soon afterwards. But not soon enough.

    Oh- and death to PC Gamer for saying EU was worth 54%!!!!!!!!

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    Great AAR

    Brillant AAR, makes me glad I paid the little extra and preordered the game from softwarefirst, the guys waiting till tomorrow/today really have something to look forward to. Also I agree PC gamer should be burnt at the stake for it's crap review, then coming from people who called Tiberian (have I not played this crap game before)sun a great stragety game, I suppose we should not be surprised, I am afraid all uk pc mags who love AOE type RTS games will not look kindly on this great game so it is up to us to spread the good word. Anyway great AAR keep it up.



    Originally posted by Evil Capitalist
    Counting down in Nottingham as well- it's at times like this I'm thankful for my school being 10 minutes walk from the nearest branch of Game and 15 minutes from Electronics Boutique. I'm also thankful that I have access to a computer soon afterwards. But not soon enough.

    Oh- and death to PC Gamer for saying EU was worth 54%!!!!!!!!
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    Great AAR, as always. You know, I've noticed too that no matter what happens, Savoy almost always seems to land on its feet. Plus, they can raise some huge armies from that little land of theirs. Maybe I'll play them sometime.

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    Re: Great AAR

    Originally posted by ciaus
    Also I agree PC gamer should be burnt at the stake for it's crap review, then coming from people who called Tiberian (have I not played this crap game before)sun a great stragety game, I suppose we should not be surprised, I am afraid all uk pc mags who love AOE type RTS games will not look kindly on this great game so it is up to us to spread the good word. Anyway great AAR keep it up.

    The main problem was they reviewed it as a RTS game- how many Earth 2100 fans are going to be interested in establishing a royal marriage with Sweden to ensure that Russia stays friendly to give you a free hand in German affairs?

    But at least we can redress the balance- bombard thir 'uncensored' section with fantastic reviews!

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    Brilliant, Sean. Very nicely written (ambassador Zidane????). I read your AAR at work and keep laughing like hell. Colleagus are currently having a discussion at the corridor: i'm insane for sure, but should they call some professional help or not.

    Nice touch with the France And I like the uups-- i'm in medieval England stuff Wonder how old are you in game years already?
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