As soon as Yoshinori became old enough to rule, he also became old enough to become a general. Leading the forces against war against the OPM Shino which is our mission is the first thing we do. They have a list of allies, including Date which is also allied with us. However, they don't have any strong allies, as such was is declared and I ask my allies for help inan attempt to not lose the alliance with Date.
It backfires badly, Uesugi, the third strongest Daimyo joins in, but Date honors our enemies call for help, along with Shimuzi deciding to dishonor the alliance. Uesugi joins our side, but Date and Toki joins theirs, that ain't a problem as they have no way of reaching me, the war is a boring one.
The goal of the war, annexing Shoni to get their province, is reached a couple of months after, peace however will take longer.
Apperantly our newest conquest had made the emperor think highly of us as we get elevated to a higher title.
This new title, or government, gives us these bonuses. Compared to the old one we sacrifice 25% manpower for a 35% decrease in technology costs, also we get 0,10 extra yearly magistrates. However, with a maximum manpower of about 8000, and a gain of about 350 a month, this couldn't be less welcome. The tech discount is great, but manpower is already scarce.
As said we finish the mission, and we instantly get a new one, a conquest mission on our former ally Shimazu's province. I declare war immediatly as I already have troops and my ruler in the newly conquered province next to them. Nobody honours their alliance with them, and their army is quickly disposed off, all that is left is the sieges.
We reach Land Tech 8 in the late 1371, it doesn't give anything special but at 9 we get some new troops. Hopefully I can get an advantage by reaching that first.
Toki was the alliance leader of the war vs. Shoni, and already a year after they offer me a white peace that is accepted. After I annexed Shoni this war became pointless for me.
Something that really catched my eye is that Akamatsu declared war on Yamana, Yamana has one of my cores, however it is their capital and I don't feel like eating the infamity of taking all of their lands, I hope that Akamatsu that has three times their troops has plans of an annexation as they attacked without a CB. Maybe they're starting to feel the pressure of having us as their neighbours? Anyway, I'm happy with either result, Akamatsu is strong, so if they get beaten we get more of a powergap against the rest.
While we siege Shimazu we get some always funny rebel problems, for some reason my troops have trouble killing them off but succeds in the end.
I have been paying little (perhaps to little?) attention to what happened on the mainland, and as you can see Song has been taken by a pretender, only 17 years after I started the game Yuan is nearly eradicated with a few scattered and also occupied provinces. Daxia has taken real advantage of the fall of Yuan. If it takes to long untill the next time or there are other maps you'd like to see just shout out.
We got an advent in January 1374 that gave us a core on Sanuki, as the event is called Sengoku Jidai, from what I could figure out from google translates to something like, "The age of war" or "The age of the country of war" if I managed to pick the right articles. But as this is a time of great turmoil with all the clans trying to get the upper hand against each other it might well be true, well I am always happy when I get a free core!
Later we get the Hardy Seamen event that grants us 2.0 naval tradition.
We get some more rebels...
And finally, after an average of over 1200 days, the sieges finally suceed. The most annoying thing with all of this is that those sieges were some of the longest I've ever had to be troubled with.
Peace soon follows for the target province and a small sum of ducats.
The war between Akamatsu and Yamana is continuing, however, it seems that Akamatsus troops have more or less been wiped out or been victims of low manpower, Yamana and their allies have had some sucess sieging Akamatsu provinces, as such the war is open, I have no idea who will rise victor.
We're starting to look pretty nice arent we ? The gains of these wars are the provinces of Hizen and Bungo, the most western ones.
I have interestingly enough found a way to get rid of my leader. That is to become Shogun, get hated and then I believe there is an event that will fire that gives me the choice of giving up the shogun title or having my leader killed. I don't think I will become shogun in the near future so that is however not possible