Hello and welcome to my first AAR. My AAR will be based on Kiev-Russ, I will start as Kiev and eventually form Russsia. On my way to forming Russia I set a fer rules:
1)I will not annex Russian principalities except Briansk and Karachev. Once all the Russian principalities are my vassals. Only then will I diplo annex them in order to form Russia.
2)All settings are on normal exepet, difficulty is hard and I disabled inflation the AI does not deal with it well and ends up being behind in tech latter in the game. The only time I will grab territory from the other Russian principalities is to reduce their strength; in order to make them my vassals.
3)If I wage war against a major power I will not use release state in order to weaken them unless that state being released is Slav. I've noticed that its kind of easy to disable a country as powerful as France in one war with this option.
4) I am playing MEIOU
Here are some of my secondary goals: conquest of Constantinople, Conversion of Sweden to Orthodox, Protection of Ethiopia or release of Ethiopia and Arminiea, and conquest of Mongolia.
As first time AAR writer I will welcome any advice and suggestions.
The problem with the pictures has been fixed by the nice people at image shack. Thank you to kriggus who braught this to my attention and to anyone who kept reading this even after my "little" screw up.
Prologue(January, 1356-May, 1358)
Restoration of the Grand Prince of Kiev his exalted majesty and protector of the Orthodox Church in the East
Olga the first christian Queen of the Kiev-Rus
Prince Fiodor The Rightful Ruler of Tver, Moscow, Novgorod, Smolensk, Yaroslavl, and Razyan
Prince Fiodor grew up learning of the past glories of the Kiev-Russ, before the Mongols sacked Kiev, before the Baltic pagans took away eastern territories, and before other princes declared themselves independent from Grand Prince of Kiev. The thin strip of land that Kiev was left with could hardly be called a kingdom compared to the Grand Princess of Kiev Russ who sacked Constantinople. Now he was an adult and ready to fulfill his dreams of glory. Just like Sviatoslav Prince Fiodor was going to unite all the princes of ancient Russ The unification of Russ is the only way to save Slav people from the pagans to the west and Muslim hordes to the east.
The people of Volyn see them selves ruled by Godless pagans and weep for the fear of their souls. They can not be helped just yet, but soon they will be free. Now is the time to strengthen Kiev we need grain to feed our armies and peasants to die for our glories. We must take Briansk and Karachev, if conquest is not done right away Kiev will fall to Tatar Hordes.
The commander of the Army Kievskay received the note from Prince Fiodor with excitement. He has not felt since his first campaign against he Lithuanians. “For the glory of the king you are to subjugate the rebellious curds Briansk and Karachev. Until they are are annexed as the rightful territories of the Grand Prince of Kiev.” The army assembled immediate and set out for Briansk in hopes of wining the glory their Prince deserved.
“War involves slaughter of your enemy, but diplomacy is also important to successfully dominating your enemy”, Fiodor father used to teach him. These lessons were not lost on young Prince as he formed an alliance with the Teutonic Order and a Royal marriage with Poland. These were diplomatic victories that secured the western flank.
Army Kievskaya engaged the Briansk forces that were reinforced by the overambitious Prince in Smolensk who joined the war in hopes of containing the glory of Kiev. There were very few choices left finish the war quickly or wait for more Princes to join the anti-Kiev coalition. The army was stretched thin so mercenaries were to secure Briansk and the army led by Prince Fiodor left to subjugate the Prince of Smolensk. The war was going better then expected it was then that Tver thought it was a good time to join in the anti-Kiev coalition and attack the Princes Army at Rzev. The news of yet another Prince fighting a war against Kiev scared the merchants as they fled like rats from a sinking ship. The mood in the city was dark as everyone expected the armies to come through and sack Kiev once again.
“Just as Constantine had divine intervention at the Malvian Bridge so did I”, Fiodor thought to himself. Divine intervention or not his victories were spectacular ending the war with annexation of Briansk, and Karachev. In addition to that prince of Smolensk and prince of Tver recognize Fiodor as the Grand Prince of Kiev. With a bigger territory and a more manpower Grand Prince Fiodor set his sights on Lithuanians.