On maternity leave and need to do something usefull, so I'll start an AAR.
The idea in this AAR is to conquer the world with England/GB without breaking the Infamy limit. All credits to kebZero for the challenge and to PrawnStar for almost pulling it off. This AAR is played in HTTT patch 4.1f, normal difficulty and standard settings and it will be a minimalistic gameplay AAR.
No PU, Diplo vassalizing, diplo-annexing - Rule by the sword!
No island trapping of enemy armies
No cute kittens!!
The starting gameplan is stolen from Naggy's combat tutorial: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...d.php?t=487345
Other than that we want Portugal landlocked ASAP. The rest of the general plan is identical to Prawnstars: take our cores in Europe, whack the colonizers, wage holy wars in North Africa -> Arabia -> Asia. I will spread out a little more, though, to maximize the chances of Boundary disputes
The initial setup:
Married and allied to Portugal. When they don't answer Call to Arms, I'll come knocking, as they need to be off the coast line ASAP.
And I got a few cores near Calais. More impotantly, I'm member of the Hansaetic League.
Crap King and a slightly better heir almost ready to take the throne. And no diplomats avaible yet. Every coin is thrown at Goverment tech, and this trend will dominate most of this AAR, alternating with land techs.
Sliders: The starting move is towards centralisation which gives 8 regiments of rebels in Gloustershire.
I reduce navy maintance for now. I will start paying the sailors when I need their services. As the army march towards Gloustershire I recruit more troops up north.
Chapter 1: The rise of a greater Britain
1399 Oct: The first step is to grab Scotland, the mission require relation below 50, so an Insult is issued.
Nov: Scotland is insulted again and our mission is cancelled:
Dec: War of Conquest is declared on Scotland. They get France and Burgundy on their side and I get Portugal. I still chase rebels, but now Scotland will invade my territory causing less WE for me when I get to fight them.
1400 Oct: We are slowly completing sieges. The 14th gives a 2 3* and a 2* diplomat for at total of 8* and a BB burn of 0,8/year. With no fighting going on we change our cavalry to Latin Knights.
1401 Sep: Stability reaches +2.
Nov: We Introduce Heir for the prestige.
1402 Feb: Finally we control Scotland and annexes for 12BB. God wants us to Occupy Paris and we obey. We wait while building another stack and our man power pool recovers.
1403 Feb: Sending 36 regiments to assault Paris did the trick. God wants us to conquer Ireland. We will reconquer it after forming GB.
Mar: We declare war on Provence, joined by Naples, Bohemia, Ferrara and Sicily. Portugal leaves me alone . I also declares war on Orleanais and Berry and nobody joins.
Apr: I declare war on Portugal before they get more allies than Aragon, which comes to their aid.
Jun: Peace with France for their treasury and cores.
1404 Jan: Berry annexed.
Feb: Orleanais, Anjou and Maine are added to our realm.
1406 Mar: We add the three portoguese provinces we wanted for 12BB and WP Aragon. BB is 20,2 and WE is 6,31. WE cool down till june 1408, when the current truce expire and France and Burgundy are up for the second round.
Apr: We leave the Hanseatic League and build a COT in London. We warn Portugal.
May: We rejoin the Hanseatic League, fortunately our trade offices did not close. Do anyone know when they do, as I can't seem to identify the conditions?
1407 May: Goverment 4 is reached, the national bank is established. Switch to stability.
Dec: Stability is up to +2. We form the Great Britain and switch to Empire. Then the ritual save and reload is performed.
My bad for the few screenshots, things got a little confused at times Next chapter will focus on our european consolidation. Comments are welcome, even though I have played somewhat ahead so tactical advice may not be used, but will be discussed.