This is my Byzantium > Roman Empire in my most recent game of the Death and Taxes mod, which, incidentally, is a great mod. The decision to change to the Roman Empire gave cores on the Balkans and Italy; the Imperialism CB did the rest. Notice, also, Austria, which is snaking its way around what's left of the HRE. And for the record, it's a really good feeling to fight desperately against Iberia and France in the beginning, and then in the late game just consume their entire European holdings.
By the way, LOOK AT ALL THAT GREEN! That is, in my untrained opinion, a gorgeous Economic map.
Miscmods has the Jewish religion included
Playing a Milan-Italy game, just got a beastly Austria to release Croatia* and then vassalised them. A seedling of an empire to be sure, but what name placement!
Playing it nice and slow, surprisingly fun (used to hack 'n' slash empire building). Austria, which has yet to become emperor (phew) was getting larger and larger, so I sprung a trap on them, all other wars with them had gone awry due to them having great generals; they had 40k at my vassals borders, I stacked my 80k at the borders and BAM! declare war and half their army is gone before they get a chance to mobilise! Not exactly Cannae but it gave me a kick.
(Plan is to form Italy, annex vassals, take up to Montenegro and give the rest to the adorable Greece that I've been feeding scraps to under the war-room table.)
*as well as Tirol and Trent for me, Serbia for Albania (got the idea from NATO) Bulgaria and Silistra for ickle Greece.
Sexy borders for your vassals in the Balkans. The Byzantines need some fixing though. I think you need to evict some Anatolians and Franks from Italy and the East
NetherlandssSSSssss! But I don't think GH will be a problem, since Bohemia seems to be beating 'em up
Just as a side-note, I vassalised Switzerland on a Discovered Spy CB, teach them to meddle
HRE you say, your wish is my command!
I'm finding this to be quite an interesting game, so thought I'd post some other tid-bits.
Income of nations:
Top Generals: (note the skill of my neighbours generals, makes wars a pain when mine have 5 overall tops.
Armies: (Austria had 90k before I annihilated them, don't think they'll recover before I next cleanse the heresy)
P.S. Vijayanagar only needs Ceylon's southern province to form Hindustan.
As for Castille/France, they're both tough cookies, I'll have to wait for an opportune moment I think...
GH does pretty well at holding them back, you're right though, seems only a matter of time before one Golden Horde gets replaced by another (we should really start calling Bohemian blobbing GH2, even their colour is right!).
My Yaroslavl game 1550, Novgorod and Lithuania are in a PU, Mazovia is a vassal and I have westernized (not modernized military yet)
Just a preview to my upcoming empire ^^
am i lucky or am i lucky?
Seems their Ruler died during a fight with one of the hords