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    The White Hand of Saruhan - 1402-1936

    The Ottoman Empire is experiencing growing pains, and has fractured, leaving several provinces of the empire open for ambitious men to grasp the reins of power. In Smyrna, this has taken place as Hizir Sarahanoglu raises an army of Anatolian tribesmen and lays his claim. With the threat of Ottoman reprisals on the horizon, he now must establish a stable realm, with the strength to fend them off.

    Welcome to my first attempt at an AAR. I've played a handful of EU3 games all the way to the end, and I enjoy the narrative aspects of the game and seeing what sorts of interesting turns the world might take. With that in mind, we'll see what happens here in this version of the world.

    My goal is to play a "mega-AAR", starting with EU3 and transferring it into Vicky2 when the time comes. This should give fertile ground for many fun stories, as well as reducing the pressure on me to do anything radical (since I've got an additional 120 years to play with).

    The game rules I'm using are:
    -No lucky nations
    -Provinces spread in 200 years; (I finished a game with that set, and colonialism was largely limited to major nations, which felt a bit more realistic)

    My own rules for the AAR are fairly simple:
    -I'm not going to initially follow any sort of limiting guidelines or with any particular goals beyond survival; this is largely a "reacting to what the world does" game.
    -Should Saruhan become annexed militarily, I will create an "exile house", creating a single-province nation out of the most appropriate other country (likely to be one of the hordes) and putting the ruling dynasty at the time of annexation in charge.
    -If Saruhan is annexed diplomatically (inheritance, mostly, I guess?) I will take over the country that annexed it.
    -If Saruhan is big enough to lose provinces to independence-minded rebels, I'll consider switching to one of the rebel nations if it seems like it would make for a more interesting continuation.

    The goal is to simply provide a constant narrative, and to challenge myself to write to what happens within the realm of the game. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome, both as related to the writing and to the gameplay.

    Thanks for coming along!
    Last edited by Magc8Ball; 05-11-2011 at 06:59.

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    0. Initial Game State - 1 Aug 1402

    1. The Fight for Survival - 1402 - 1444
    --1.1: Invaders from the Sea - 2 Aug 1402 - 1 Jan 1406
    --1.2: Extending the Grasp - 1 Jan 1406 - 4 Aug 1413
    --1.3: Standing on our Own - 1 Jan 1415 - 1 Jun 1426
    --1.4: The Humbling of the Greeks - 1 Apr 1427 - 1 Jun 1431
    --1.5: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire - 1 Jan 1438 - 1 October 1444

    First Intermission - 1449-1470

    2. Growing Pains - 1475 - 1551
    --2.1 - The First Turko-Egyptian War - 1477-1485
    --2.2 - Laying the Groundwork - 1485-1500
    --2.3 - The Crown of the Sultan - 1500-1527
    --2.4 - The Taking of Ilyastanbul - 1535-1551

    3. The Drive for Empire - 1555 - 1589
    --3.1 - 1st Turko-Hungarian War - 1555-1560
    --3.2 - The Second Turko-Egyptian War [ Part 1 | Part 2 ] - 1561-1566
    --3.3 - The Coup of Hizir the Impatient - 1566-1572
    --3.4 - Forging an Empire - 1574-1580
    --3.5 - Securing the Levant - 1580-1588
    --3.6 - 1st Austrian War - 1588-1589

    4. The Fall of the Saruhanoglu Dynasty - 1590-1636
    --4.1 - Restoring the Honor of the Empire - 1590-1607
    --4.2 - Sunni Civil War - 1610-1617
    --4.3 - A New Hope - 1618-1633
    --4.4 - The Empire Strikes Again - 1634-1636

    Intermission 2: A Look at the World, 1642

    5. The Golden Reign of Hizir the Trader - 1636-1695
    --5.1 - Part I: 1636-1647
    --5.2 - Part II: 1648-1662
    --5.3 - Part III: 1662-1674
    --5.4 - Part IV: 1676-1695

    Intermission 3: The World in 1700 - 1698-1700

    6. The Jewel of the Nile (and the Bosphorus, Euphrates and Tigris) - 1700-1740
    --6.1 - Part 1: 1701-1708
    --6.2 - Part 2: 1709-1724
    --6.3 - Part 3: 1724-1729
    --6.4 - Part 4: 1730-1740

    7. The Conquest of Gonder - 1740-1760
    --7.1 - Part 1: 1740-1753

    8. Defending the Empire - 1760-1776

    9. The Long Regency - 1776-1789

    10. The Saruhani Enlightenment - 1789-1821
    Last edited by Magc8Ball; 13-02-2012 at 03:16.

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    1 August 1402
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    The initial state of the realm of Saruhan

    The primary focus in the early years will be stability and strength: conquering the other small nations around Saruhan, and working to ensure that the Ottomans do not attack us. We will do our best to move towards government reform as soon as possible (at this point in the game Saruhan starts at GOV 5) and then work on westernization. An attempt will be made to minimize inflation, but this is rather low on the list.

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    Will be foolowing this one!
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    2 August 1402
    Rushing into the royal tent, a lieutenant whispers into his chief's ears. The chief's eyes go wide for a moment, then he nods, quietly ordering the messenger to "bring my troops, I will tell them."

    Stepping out into the morning sun, the man who hoped to be rememberd as Hizir I looks over his assembled warriors. "We feared that we would be attacked from the north, that our cousins would come to reclaim what they see as their lands. I was mistaken in this, at least for now, for our first fight comes from across the sea, from those broken Greeks, looking to save some shreds of their fallen empire."

    Pausing to let his words sink in, Hizir purses his lips, then continues. "We ride for the shore, where we will drive them back into the waters. This land shall remain ours!"




    The peace of Saruhan would last exactly one day before sails were sighted, carrying troops from the Byzantine Empire across the Aegean Sea. They saw this land as belonging to them before the Ottomans claimed it, and were trying to take it back once more.

    They underestimated the strength of the Saruhanoglu warriors, however, or perhaps chose their landing site poorly. Regardless, two landings were repelled.


    Scouts continued to watch the shore for more forces, but eventually only a single boat came into land, carrying an envoy. "We have need of our men elsewhere. Perhaps if you simply... pay us a fee, we shall let you maintain this land for some time."

    The chief, shrugged. "It is only gold. The next time you come we shall be more prepared. Be gone from these lands now." He turned to his advisors after the envoy departed, and murmured "our friends did not help us. It is time to punish them for their lack of faith. We ride tomorrow."








    The war was swift; the Mentese were not prepared for battle, and their people saw little reason to fight when the new master was largely the same as the old one. Besides; the Ottomans had won their war with the Byzantines: there was a larger worry on the horizon than whether their land bore the name of Mentese or Saruhan.


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    Nice AAR country, I hope you will survive. How is your relationship with Ottomans?

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    I gotta do an OPM AAR next. It's just the best way to play imo. And you picked an awesome starter nation!

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    Hi, folks, thanks for the initial encouragement, and all the (obvious) LOTR puns that I'm at least partially responsible for.

    We'll see if I get an update in tonight; I played earlier today and it was largely sitting around working diplomacy, since right now my next military target is guaranteed by pretty much every local power. As a result, there's nothing really to talk about (an heir popped, and that's largely it). I'm not playing on a particular schedule, but I'll try to at least get 2-3 updates per week, and I'll also follow the FAQ guidelines to not make more than one update in a day. If I have a long session, I'll simply divide it up into multiple updates to spread out over a few days.

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