Game: Eu3, DW, 5.0 (My beta patch backup isn't running properly)
Rules, Normal difficulty, (I'm not that good!) No cheating, No reloading, and province spread is set to 75 years (I think, can't remember) EDIT: Forgot to mention, I took out "Formal Request"
Short term objective: Survive. Properly hate the French and English.
Mid term goal: colonize the Americas, if only a bit, and continue to survive.
Long term goal: Take all of France! (Yeah right...)
The Bretons! They hate the French, well, now they do! Here is the starting position:
To most peoples eyes they have little to no starting position, cornered by Huge imperium calamo (Huge Blob Empire), its a bit of an awkward "So... When do we invade and conquer you?" deal. Then the English, ever English want a strategic position to eat up France, and what better spot?
But Brittany has a good position to colonize and escape the turmoil of Europe and join the turmoil of the rest of the world! Brittany is also a great trading nation, and has cores in Mainz and Anjou, but who would dare attack Provence before France does?
Our first moves? To announce our position towards the world. Ahem, Gigau and all other French people, please realize that I will display hatred towards your nation, as the voice of Brittany, not me, same for you English people, and the Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Irish, Italians, and the Swedish, you know who you are. The Danish though, are alright with me
Our first gameplay move? Move our slider!
We move towards Innovative to push forward in technology. Dangerous ideas spread through the nation, so we hit the heralds with clubs to shut them up. People don't seem to like our approach.
Our faithful ally calls us to arms against Brabant, sure, why not? This occurs at about the same time that we DoW Naples and Provence. Bohemia, being the HRE, answers the call to arms from Provence. The sieges begin, with only 3 thousand men to order in all, this may take a while...
Unfortunately Naples decides to launch an attack my way. 5 thousand men... So once the sieges are done, we travel to Armor to attack the first army, led by some Valois dude.
The first battle in Morbihan is a resounding FAILURE that leaves our army crippled, and theirs even more crippled. Despite outnumbering the enemy, their calvary was enough to repel us.
After regrouping, we march into Morbihan to crush the enemy, which we do. Making a tactical retreat to Armor to regroup and avoid a large Scum army to the south, we wait for our "recruiters" to club some men into the army to reinforce.
Marching to Vendee to free that land, we hit with a resounding SUCCESS, mainly due to our king leading the forces. The remaining prisoners are thrown into the ocean, because we don't have a prison to put them in! In the meantime we decline alliances from Hesse, Savoy, Avignon, and England. Why? Because we hate them. An alliance with them means war with France, and we hate them too! So why go to war for someone we hate?
During this time we also go to Paris to rub a paper in the kings courts face. We are the first in Europe to pass the Naval recruiting act. In exchange innovative goes up 1, so does quantity. Ships will be built faster, by %10 and stability will be a bit harder to recover. Why do we pass such an act? To beat the French and British, DUH! And to throw those prisoners somewhere useful.
But the French were jealous, so they poisoned our king. Regency time! Some good news, Aragon offers us an alliance. We accept. Aragon is like Burgundy, strategically placed next to France to offer an annoyance, but not be all that useful! Either way, Aragon is a strong naval nation, and a bit of a guarantee for protection.
Some more invasions are thrown our way, none larger than the first, and we throw them into the ocean, why? Because we hate them!
There is an issue though... Bohemia is wrecking Burgundy, which you can see in a few pictures here. That has to stop, because we can't acquire the territory we want to unless we get them out of the war. So we bribe them with 50 ducats. We have only 1 ducat in the treasury, but it is December, so we will make it without the loan. All is well in Cleverfield (Name that reference!)
That boosts our warscore with Naples up to 23%, which is not enough to even get Anjou normally, but Sicily and Aragon are in Naples proper (Ironically, Aragon did this on their own time, not because of me) and cede both provinces to me. Boo-Yah! Take that Frenchies!
In honor of this, we send out all of our daughters (8 in all, busy daddy!) to marry with England, France, Burgundy, Aragon, Milan, Castille, Portugal, and Scotland. This raises our relations with all of these countries (we may hate them but we don't want them attacking us) and it gets rid of a few bickering women in the court.
Our glorious nation now! More to gloat about. This does unfortunately give France a core on me.
We take the time to rearrange the techs a bit, favoring Naval, Trade, and Government.
Sorry about the pictures, I know theres a lot, but I had a lot to talk about. Next update perhaps tonight. I'm not sure.