This is an update on my first game: Castille -> Spain. Again, no mods, no cheats (in fact, looking for achievements), easy difficulty and the rest is default config.
I'm leading PU's with Sweden, Muscowy, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldavia and Wallachia, so I'll pretty much get rid of the inheritance system, since the rest should be annexed in a future when I form the HRE, so it will be time to switch to a republic, I guess. But not for now, as I'm bordering a lot of hordes (mmm, land for free, "me wantee") and people say that you can't inherit while at war with them... I'll give it a try now that my next objective is to lower my infamy.
Europe, Africa and Asia:
During the last 40 years, I focused on Holy Wars and waiting for the opportunities to force PU's claiming throne mainly or using spies in few situations with the last big independent european nations. I started "colonizing" the India for the achievement (I should have waited, since I think I have enough time to do a WC) and, just after I met the hordes in person, I offered them no chance to retreat, consuming any province bordering the empire and increasing the land size considerably.
World map with PU's & vassals:
Current objectives: Set up a land connection with north Africa, finish off all of the hordes in case I couldn't inherit because of bordering them and, in summary, Holy War FTW below the infamy limit! Forming the HRE can wait (personally, I don't like the tag nor the color so I'll let it be as a low priority...).
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You must have numerous rebellions every month, its hell to deal with them.This is an update on my first game: Castille -> Spain.
My latest game as Castille -> Spain.
After first buying EU3 seven or eight months ago, I've play about ten games in total, all on Easy difficulty. By this point I felt I was ready to wean myself off of that and kick it up to Hard, so for this I picked a powerful country, Castille, to let me get used to it.
My goal here was pretty much to colonize historically and play a "conventional" Spain game, while keeping it interesting by having random lucky nations on. It seems a lot of people don't like to use lucky nations, but I for one like it because it sets up clearly-defined, stable powers and a less chaotic atmosphere.
After completing the Reconquista I just went with the flow when I got the mission to take provinces in North Africa. I ended up force-vassalizing Morocco and taking one of their landlocked provinces solely because it had gold. One of the coastal provinces bordered Algiers so over the next century I exploited the Holy War CB to eat up Algiers and sell all the provinces to Morocco to make them more powerful. True, their troops eventually became relatively backwards later in the game, but they had a large enough military to give some strategic benefit.
Boundary Disputes on Portugal led to me to slowly force them off the continent over the course of the game without many obstacles. Aragon was a much harder nut to crack though. After France's early collapse, the power vacuum to my north was filled by England, Burgundy, and Aragon. On the second map above, all my vassals you see in southern France were once part of Aragon, which by early-16th-century was a huge threat to me. For a while I was convinced they were "lucky." But wars with England and Burgundy broke them and I was able to take most of their provinces and force them to release southern French minors which I later diplo-vassalized. By this time I allied with Burgundy and England, and we were the three most powerful nations in the world. However, for most of the game I was pulling my hair out, unable to conquer Aragon due to a huge web of guarantees and alliances, often involving Burgundy and England themselves.
By far the biggest power here was, as you can see, Austria. Needless to say, all of Siberia was theirs as soon as they reached the Black Sea. They've been HRE for the entire game and they managed to pass all but the last two reforms. They even attempted to Revoke the Privilegia but it failed, which kind of disappointed me because I was looking for a big boss-type threat. They were already immensely powerful but they were a sleeping giant. I never went to war with them because I knew they would have crushed me. They inherited Aragon in the late 1600s which enraged me and almost destroyed all hope of forming Spain, but I soon realized I could gain Barcelona by using spies to spawn stack after stack of patriot rebels which they were powerless to defeat, considering their mere 20-strong transport fleet.
Predictably, I conquered the Inca and Central American natives as quickly as possible and proceeded to colonize in all directions. I wanted to finish the game with all of South America as my private continent, but I didn't quite make it. I ended up forcing several minors off the Brazilian coast, but I conceded to leave Britain and Austria alone. Britain, my reliable ally and almost evenly-matched power, was not a country worth warring with, and there was no way I was going to mess with the Austrian beast.
As far as PUs go, I got a peaceful PU on a weak Sweden in midgame and subsequently forced a PU on Denmark which had colonized extensively in Canada. After inheriting both of them, I released Denmark as a vassal and sold them all of Sweden's former provinces, allowing them to form Scandinavia.
Vijayanagar was a huge stable power stretching all the way from the Bay of Bengal to the Caucasus, until Austria pulverized them in the 1700s. Rather interestingly, in the late game, Ming actually offered me an alliance, which I accepted partly for the sheer novelty of it, and partly because, despite their backwards troops, they had the third largest army in the world at the time, at over 400,000. B-ut alas, almost immediately after I accepted, Ming fell under a personal union with a Hindu Khorasan that Austria had forced Vijayanagar to release earlier. So now I had the Confucian Chinese being ruled by a Hindu Persian king thousands of miles away. Not something you see every day.
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My Eastern Roman Empire in 1405.
Pretty much secured my power, only threats are the Jalayirids and the Mamluks.
I'll deal with the Hungarians after I secured Three of the Four Patriarchates.
And I'll attempt to see how I'll deal with the Naples.
"If Humanity does not end war, War shall end humanity."
Started by TO, made vassal Gotland with Theocracy, loaded as Gotland.
I wonder how people can colonize so fast. How many colonists you have per year? You take NI for them? You take provinces one by one or you just send 100 colonists in each in your range and just wait untill it will grow up? And if so, where you get so much money to maintain them?
A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of coloured ribbon - Napoleon Bonaparte
All war is deception - Sun Tzu
All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers - Francois Fenelon
All this worldly wisdom was once the heresy of some wise man - Henry David Thoreau
He probably started in 1356. That's possible in the Death and Taxes mod.
It's seems I've developed a habit of posting halfway through writing. Chances are I'll edit it shortly thereafter
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes -Benjamin Franklin
England to Great Britain in 'Newbie Collosseum I', 'Newbie Collosseum II', 'Death Taxes and Glory I', 'Death Taxes and Glory II', 'Death Taxes and Glory IV', 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting III', Castille to Spain in 'The Hotseat', Brittany in 'Victis Honor II', Milan to Italy in 'Dulce et Decorum Est I' and 'Fight for Supremacy', Venice in 'Nitman's', France in 'Novus Aevum', 'Dulce et Decorum Est II', 'Total War II', 'Total War III', 'Death Taxes and Glory III', 'Independence Day', 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' and 'Rock n Roll', Sweden to Scandinavia in 'Game 7', Hindustan in 'Vacca Pugnax', Austria in 'Total War I' and 'Victis Honor', Muscovy to Russia in 'Glory Days', Ottoman Empire in 'Fight For Supremacy II', Brandenburg to Prussia in 'Diligimus Furorem Mammalia', Portugal in 'Slothurday Night's Alright for Slothing' and The Knights in 'Death, Taxes and Glory VI'
Russia. Look at the year. :P