Since technical difficulties have temporarily sidelined my current HOI2 AAR, I have decided to start up another one. This will be my first EUIII AAR and second AAR overall. This will be a DW 5.0 AAR. I have turned off lucky nations and am playing on hard difficulty with high Ai agressiveness with everything else being default. I have decided to play as Mecklenburg for two reasons. First, they are one of my favorite countries to play as. 2 Their is nothing I like to do more in this game then to take a small, insignificant country and turn it into a superpower. For those of you who are not familiar with my play style, I am a very aggressive player and a major expansionist. That means their will be plenty of wars in this AAR. Now, here are my goals for this AAR
1. Make Mecklenburg a Great power and become the undisputed master of Northern Germany and, hopefully, Northern Europe.
2. Form Germany if possible
3. colonize India and whatever else I can get my hands on.
The first two goals I am confident I can achieve, as I have done it in the past. However, past experience has generally taught me that by the time I am able to spare the troops to colonize, most of the best lands are often gone. That means I may have to steal someone else's colonies if I want to be able to colonize.
Now for some house rules.
No using cheats.
No reloading, if I am annexed, I will start over. This rule can be broken on a case by case basis, but only after being put to a vote by you readers. This should reduce the gamey-ness of it. interactivity has been approved by Mr. Capitalist So without further ado, let us begin.
Duke Ulrich von Mecklenburg awoke on October 14 1399 after having the strangest of dreams. He had dreamt that his nation, The Duchy of Mecklenburg, would one day count among the greatest nations of Europe. At first he dismissed this dream as nothing but folly. While his ancestors had ruled in Mecklenburg, first as Kings of the Obotrites then as Dukes of Mecklenburg for 268 years, a legacy that he was proud of. After all, he had the blood of Kings in him, but that did not change the facts of the situation. The Mecklenburg he ruled was a tiny state, considered an insignificant spec by those nations who even bothered to learn of its existence at all. It was also in close proximity who would not think twice about crushing any upstart state that dare cross them. To her Northwest were the independent cities of Bremen, Lubeck, and Hamburg. These cities were center of the Hanseatic League, known simply as the Hansa to most. They commanded a mighty army and were easily one of the powers of the region. Further north was Denmark, a nation on the rise recently. Her King Erick VII of Pomerania also reigned as King Erick I of Sweden and King Erick III of Norway. To her South lay the mighty state of Brandenburg, currently languishing under a personal union with the pissant state of Luxembourg and her King, Jobst I von Luxembourg.
However, the more he thought about it, the more he realized that maybe it was worth a try. Brandenburg was restrained by its Union and could not act against Mecklenburg, hopefully until it was too late. Reports from Denmark also seemed to indicate that the Kalmar Union was not as happy as one might think, with Sweden chaffing under Danish rule. The Hansa for its part was more concerned with trade at the moment then conquest and as long as Mecklenburg did not give them cause for alarm, their was no reason they should attack Mecklenburg. Whatsmore, Mecklenburg also had several small nations around it that might be prey for the nation and other middling powers that might consider allying with her. The nation of Saxe-Launenburg was a nation of similiar size and it currently had no allies to speak of and no heir to the throne, as did the nation of Luneburg. Luneburg might also prove a useful ally if a conquest was not feasible. As for other allies, the Bishopric of Munster, the Archishopric of Bremen, and Kingdom of Brunswick were friendly to his duchy and might be convinced to ally with him. Duke Ulrich was also a very ambitious man and was not satisfied with ruling a small pissant state forever and it had often been said that dreams were sometimes messages from God, why not this dream? He therefore resolved to do all in his power to make this dream a reality.
Duke Ulrich von Mecklenburg
(portrait of another Duke Ulrich of Mecklenburg, the Link is here)