Chapter 22: Nudges, and crossroads
As many have already pointed out, peacing out of the war left our vassal occupied by Scotland. Now, I thought that you cannot make peace with a vassal so it would all be good. Well, it's not the case... Northumberland is annexed. At least we managed to recruit troops to get our armies back to fighting strength.
Our Castillian friends do not only hand us blank maps with crosses marking the spot we need to send armies to, but sometimes also sea maps from the Castillian discoveries.
We still have a lot of WE from that last war where nearly all of our troops where annihilated. It's going down only slowly.
Naturally, as we're trying to stay low and let our WE calm down, Castillian diplomats arrive and ask for our assistance in yet another war.
The time is ripe for the Old Irish Alliance Doctrine -- if we didn't actually want peace to reduce our WE! We accept the fist white peace offer Mali sends us. Castille is in this war alone, with not even our moral support from the IAD.
Meanwhile, the chancellor of the exchequer is finding new ways to make even more money. We join the Venetian trade league just as we manage to get a monopoly in the Venetian CoT. Now, Venice can no longer boot us out of their own CoT, and we have an additional 5% of the CoT returns. Handsome sum of cash!
Our people are getting restless, they want Scotland attacked for getting too strong, and for annexing our vassal.
But first, we take the Grand Army NI. Our forces are too small to be able to fight the Scots easily. This turned out to be a waste of a NI slot. An extra 33% of Ireland's forcelimits is really not enough to justify a NI slot. Battlefield commissions would have been a better choice. Other other NI giving cash or other benefits.
Conchobhar Guelph, the king's High Fishing Advisor, finds the king dead in his chambers. He suffered from a tragic, tragic accident, accidentally strangling himself with his fishing rod. Guelph is elected new High King in Cathaoir Dongan's stead.
And before the people get too restless and revolt over the divine mandate to attack Scotland, Breton diplomats arrive and ask for our help against the evil kilt-wearers. Replying with the not very diplomatic joke "Why do Scots wear kilts? -- So that the sheep can't hear the zipper", Guelph accepts the CtA and pays the troops their salary to lift morale.
Next time on Ireland's Teardrop: War! How will Ireland cope this time? Can the Scottish threat finally be curbed? Can the Irish armies actually win fights this time?