I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse.
They were built only to serve. -- George Bernhard Shaw
Welcome to my new AAR; it will be a short one. The inspiration to the title and the country came while reading Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, by Simon Winchester. Fastnet lighthouse, or An Charraig Aonair as the Irish name (meaning "the rock that stands alone"), Hvastann-ey in Old Norse ("Sharp-Toothed Island"), is located on the south-western tip of Ireland. It was the passing point of virtually all ships leaving the UK to sail to the USA. As it was the last glimpse of home soil that Irish emigrants saw, the name "Ireland's Teardrop" stuck. A last good-bye, a last tear when leaving friends, family, history, and their roots behind, in search of a better future in the New World.
I will be playing Munster, the EU3 home country of this rock. The object is (of course) to unite Ireland, and then start on a colonisation game -- simulating the emigrants that left Ireland.
- game: EU3:DW, patch 5.1
- objects: unite Ireland and then colonise the entire North American continent
- no obvious cheating, save/reloads, etc. (full disclosure: this AAR took about 5 complete re-starts to unify Ireland)
- I may only take QftNW as fifth NI (Gov tech 22, historical year 1565)
- settings: low AI aggressiveness, no lucky nations, spread of land provinces 75 years
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: First Moves
Chapter 2: Badboy Scum
Chapter 3: Peace, flowers, and pancakes
Chapter 4: Steadily, carefully, and slowly
Chapter 5: Onwards, towards England!
Chapter 6: War against the English
Chapter 7: A sense of déjà-vu
Chapter 8: Good things come to those who wait
Chapter 9: Once more, dear friends, once more!
Chapter 10: Friends in need...
Chapter 11: Eireann go Brach!
Chapter 12: Damn, featureless deserts
Chapter 13: Repealing the Irish Alliance Doctrine
Chapter 14: Northumberland and Ireland united against a common enemy
Chapter 15: Northumberland and England united against a common enemy
Chapter 16: Outmanoeuvring Charles I
Chapter 17: Second Battle of Cumbria
Chapter 19: Exploits galore!
Chapter 20: Why does that Welsh flag have my mother-in-law on it?
Chapter 21: Mistakes are made...
Chapter 22: Nudges, and crossroads
Chapter 23: Early war catastrophes... ahem... incidents