I enjoyed writing my Argentina V2 AAR and was looking to do one in CK2 when it either came out or I got into beta. Well, my last beta was 8 years ago and I didn't get into CK. I liked Myth's Italy AAR so much that I started playing HoI3 again, even bought For the Motherland. I like playing a small to mid-sized country, one that's big enough where you count, but not so vast that you spend hours on every month even when things are slow. Then I enjoyed Rensslaer's Portugal AAR, wherein he has turned a country weaker than Canada into a serious power.
Well, I'm not going to match that, but I have played to the fall of France and I think I can keep this interesting. My goals are these:
- make Canada punch above it's weight;
- operate largely solo, the AI cannot be counted on to co-operate as Myth showed pretty clearly;
- try to learn a little about supply - that post by potski showed that not only is supply not impossible to figure out, it looks to be a grognard's delight;
- take it pretty quickly through the early stages, but
- explain what I am doing and why.
I'm not very good, but learning from my mistakes should help, especially for anyone interested in playing Canada. Every AAR can use a theme, and since I love Canada, Hockey and the music of Five for Fighting (a name which comes from the penalty for pugilism in hockey), I hope I have one which will provide bad jokes enough to last for the entire war. Plus chapter titles, puns (which are far worse than merely bad jokes) and obscure references that maybe five people will pick up on and one will be amused by (and the one is probably me).
I'm playing on all normal settings, vanilla FtM updated to whatever is up to date in November 2011. I'm not going to do 38 updates in 38 days like I did as Argentina, probably two a week unless I get pretty far ahead. I can already say that Canada can be a real force in WW2, but it needs to avoid the Eye of Sauron (which in WW2 is Germany) just as much as you have to avoid Vicky2's UK. I won't spoil too much I think by saying that I fail to evade Germany's gaze, and it's something of a problem.
Chapter One - Five for Fighting
Chapter Two - Fifteen for a Moment
Chapter Three - Let There Be War On Earth!
Chapter Four - Dying
Chapter Six - The Devil in the Wishing Well
Chapter Seven - Messina!
Chapter Eight - Once on this Island
Chapter Nine - The Fall of France
Chapter Ten - Holding On
Chapter Eleven - Living in the Spotlight
Chapter Twelve - Africa
Chapter Thirteen - Co-Operation
Chapter Fourteen - Squeezing North Africa
Chapter Fifteen - The End in Africa?
Chapter Sixteen - The Longest Week
Chapter Seventeen - The Longest Month
Chapter Eighteen - The Longest Quarter
Chapter Nineteen - And now for Something Completely Different
Chapter Twenty - First Intermission (How to be Canada)
Chapter Twenty-One - I Can Show You The World
Chapter Twenty-Two - Persia!
Chapter Twenty-Three - The Worst Laid Plans...
Chapter Twenty-Four - The Race
Chapter Twenty-Five - The Race ... Continues
Chapter Twenty-Six - The End of Persia
Chapter Twenty-Seven - The Aftermath
Chapter Twenty-Eight - The Odyssey
Chapter Twenty-Nine - Something New
Chapter Thirty - After Casablanca
Chapter Thirty-one - Across Africa
Chapter Thirty-Two - Vichyssoise
Chapter Thirty-Three - Closing the Ring
Chapter Thirty-Four - Closing the Other Ring
Chapter Thirty-Five - The Other End in Africa
Chapter Thirty-Six - That About Wraps It Up For North Africa
Chapter Thirty-Seven - Movin' On
Chapter Thirty-Eight - The Maltese Puppy
Chapter Thirty-Nine - RAID!
Chapter Forty - Does This Bug You? I'm Not Touching You!
Chapter Forty-One - Second Intermission
Chapter Forty-Two - Dipping Our Toe Into Fortress Europe
Chapter Forty-Three - Twenty-Two Days in January
Chapter Forty-Four - Back to the Kids' Table
Chapter Forty-Five - Sardinia
Chapter Forty-Six - Back in the Saddle
Chapter Forty-Seven - The Beginning of the End
Chapter Forty-Eight - Ashore In Italy
Chapter Forty-Nine - Up the Peninsula?
Chapter Fifty - Taking Another Slice of Italy
Chapter Fifty-One - Capture Those 80,000 Italians!
Chapter Fifty-Two - Another Day, Another Pocket
Chapter Fifty-Three - Closing the Ring(let)
Chapter Fifty-Four - Racing the Bear
Chapter Fifty-Five - The Full Monte?
Chapter Fifty-Six - Groundhog Day
Chapter Fifty-Seven - Bang Your Head
Chapter Fifty-Eight - Deja Vu
Chapter Fifty-Nine - Deja Vu
Chapter Sixty - Veni, Vidi ...
Chapter Sixty-One - The Open Door
Chapter Sixty-Two - Slams Shut
Chapter Sixty-Three - We're going to OOO-VERTIME
Chapter Sixty-Four - RUN AWAY!
Chapter Sixty-Five - Move Along, Little Doggie
Chapter Sixty-Six - Rome, Surrounded!
Chapter Sixty-Seven - ...and the Lightbulb Goes Off!
Chapter Sixty-Eight - Fixing Europe's Future
Chapter Sixty-Nine - The Last Race
Chapter Seventy - The End
Chapter Seventy-One - The "Victory" Parade