Hello, and welcome to my latest AAR! A couple of important points before we begin:
-This is played with Miscmods 0.77 in the Shattered Europe scenario, which is why nations and pre-1399 historical events aren’t the same as normal. I also have the Colony Name Change Mod installed.
-I have played a hands-off game (as Hawaii) until 1750. The reason for this is that this is usually when the colonial nations start to appear. They can appear earlier, but that depends on almost complete colonisation of the Americas, which the AI isn’t too good at.
-This is isn’t the exact outcome from the hands-off section as I have made a number of edits to ensure a smoother looking world.
The purpose of this AAR is to show an often unseen aspect of Miscmods, that being the colonial revolt system, as well as to carve out an empire in the last years of the game. I hope you enjoy!
Oceans Apart: The Brazilian Revolution
Prologue: The World in 1750
As the world entered the second half of the 18th Century, European domination seemed unbreakable. In America and Jadakal the last natives were making their final stand while the first tendrils of western influence were snaking their way into Asia. With the Imperial bloc dominating the continent itself, European hegemony seemed all but assured to those who led it.
The French Reconquista was a moderate success, as the lands of Zaragoza had been brought back into the Christian fold. Despite all the strength of France however, the rest of the peninsula remained Muslim. Apart from Granada the remaining Emirs were broken and scattered along the coasts and were only saved by the lessening of religious fervour in the previous century.
Of all the states of the shattered nation of France, Burgundy was the one to achieve supremacy. With its position in the Holy Roman Empire to protect it from the machinations of the other French nobles it was able to unify and ultimately reforge the Kingdom of France. From a position of absolute authority, Queen Marie II plotted to see French dominance of Western Europe continue.
For a long time, the Isles were under occupation from Genoa. However Great Britain eventually gained its own independence and began working to unite the Isles. Norweigian occupation of Scotland and French incursions in Ireland hindered these efforts.
The Holy Roman Empire
With Burgundian France guarding the west flank and the Bohemian Empire the east, the states of the Holy Roman Empire were left in peace to conduct their internal squabbles. As of 1750 Switzerland and Brandenburg were dominant but with the ebb and flow of history that could change at any moment.
The Kingdom of Naples ruled most of Italy outside of the Holy Roman Empire. The Pope had been in exile in Bremen for many years and as a result when he was restored to Rome he brought German culture with him, isolating the city from the rest of Italy.
A resurgent Byzantine Empire was brought about after Naples succeeded in driving the Turk from Greece. In 1750 they were on the verge of retaking Constatinople. The Turks were not ready to give up without a fight, but the Greeks had significant support from the immeasurably wealth Dutch. In an amusing side note, the island of Rhodes had come under the control of a radical democracy that claimed it was the rightful state of Greece. Naturally everyone ignored it.
The Danes were able to unify Scandinavia after driving out Prussian invaders in Sweden and Finland. Unfortunately, the Swedes and Norwegians were not happy with the arrangement and began to tear the kingdom apart.
The tribes of the Golden Horde and Qasim Khanate ran rampant across the Russian region for two centuries before the combined efforts of Bohemia and Prussia brought them to heel. However while Bohemia continued east to carve out the mighty Bohemian Empire, Prussia ultimately collapsed and lost its Russian lands leading to the re-emergence of Russian states of which Novgorod was by far the strongest.
The Middle East
This land remained in turmoil and constant upheaval even as the Era of Nations began, with only Persia in the east and the Ottomans in the north as bastions of stability in the Muslim region.
India had been dominated by many nations over the years, with the Bihari Kingdom being the latest. However they were now under serious pressure from Baluchis trying the keep ahead of the expanding Persians and greedy Europeans seeking wealth along the coasts.
The Ming dynasty ultimately collapsed in the 17th Century and as the years rolled on they faced increasing losses to the Manchu and the Vietnamese. It was only a matter of time before they were obliterated.
This was a predominantly Dutch colony, although the French had a stake in the south island of the land known as New Zeeland.
Several nations had major stakes in the lands of America. France controlled the east coast, while Britain ruled Florida, and Genoa and Ireland shared the northern regions. However, in the long term the biggest winner appeared to be the Dutch colonists filtering up from Mexico who were systematically moving further inland. On the Pacific coast Genoa managed to secure most of the land thanks to moving its administration to the New World.
Mexico and Caribbean
The wealth of Mexico was firmly under Dutch control, but the plantations of the Caribbean were far more diverse in ownership. In Belize the Genoese government-in-exile worked to expand its colonial empire. The population was beginning to drift away from dreams of reclaiming their home city in Liguria however.
Jadakal was given its name by Sevillan explorers who were the first to discover the New World, while Christian Europeans preferred the name America taken from one of their later expeditions. In the end Jadakal became the accepted name for the southern half while America became the name for the north. Here, the Dutch and Milanese were the strongest with smaller presences from France, Naples and the Muslims of Castille and Zaragoza. Like Genoa, both Zaragoza and Milan had established their administrations in the New World, although unlike Genoa both still had holdings in Europe that dominated politics and alienated the locals.
While European dominance continued, events were already beginning to transpire that would shake the very foundation of their hegemony and change the face of the world forever. The Age of Revolution was beginning.
To be continued…