OK, I might regret this in the morning, but here goes...
I've been trying some tricks that the usual world conquerors are using. In the last few days I had a lot of free time, so I've tried a few smaller countries (like Eithiopia), and failed with them. Then I tried Delhi, and I did manage to conquer south Asia and establish a healthy economy, but I was strong enough just to defend myself, while the expansion was very slow. I gave up.
A few hours prior to this posting I've read Peter Ebbesen's Manpower post (again), and figured out something. Everyone says Albania is tough. It has a state culture that exists only in one province. It has a horrible manpower. It has no economy.
OK, it's all true.
But then I've read that Italy has some huge manpower potentials, and while everyone was focusing on the Ottomans and the neirby countries, nobody was thinking about Italy. I figured I'd give it a try.
I was annexed a couple of times of course, once by Venice and twice by the Ottomans. In the fouth shot, however, I succeeded in an incredible game I enjoyed like I hadn't for a long time. And I've established quite a strong country on the Balkans. So I've decided I'd write about it, and eventually try to take over the world (85% chance I'd not make it ).
Damn I've wrote a novel already
So here goes, the basic settings, while the AAR stroy itself will be published today or tomorrow.
Difficulty: Very Hard / Normal
2. Unite all the Christians under one flag
3. Unite all the heathens under one flag
4. Unite the rest
1. No cheating
2. No editing
3. If I fail I'll end the AAR, and not restart a saved game
Note that I'd might rephrase those goals if the story requires it, but no matter what the ultimate goal is world conquest.
Wish me luck!