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    Nice to see your are "back" from Easter. Do we get a present from you?

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    CHAPTER FOURTEEN


    The war situation is quite tricky. I need 32,000 men in Ukraine to hold the Horde. Battles are going in my favour and the Lithuanians are ignoring me - we both have a more serious enemy. Thereís also large naval battle raging off Andalucia as my navy intercepts the Milanese and Genoese fleets (70+ ships carrying 21 regiments. Also Iíve moved an army back to France so Iíve 32,000 there as well but Iím outnumbered 2:1 by the Burgundians and Milanese.

    Lithuania accepts a white peace mid summer as the Hordeís armies head in their direction. Iím sitting in my new territories beating up Horde armies whenever they try and destroy my colonies. The Palatinate caught up in other wars also peaces out quickly. The war in France is very difficult as I manoeuvre to hit small or assault weakened enemy stacks throughout the year. I do have a lot of success but provinces keep falling and new enemy armies keep appearing.

    Boundary Dispute with the Swiss - Feb 1490



    Also shows how the borderlands with Burgundy have fallen.

    The Ukraine - April 1490



    The seizure of Poltava leaves me only one province away from the Lithuanians who have reclaimed Minsk and sealed off the Bohemians. I still have several years of fighting the Horde ahead of me to get everything I want. Colonist income is 2.95 a year; 1 for Catholic, 1.65 for Nomad neighbours (the max I believe) and 0.3 from Lisbon, AndalucŪa and Alexandria.

    Aragon attacks! June 1490



    This is bad, Iím going to get hammered for war exhaustion here. The full set of enemies is Aragon, Sicily, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Iím going to have to abandon the blockade of the Straits of Gibraltar to prevent ĎVikingí invasions of England. It also changes the possible war objectives against Burgundy. Iíll make one last push to grab enough provinces to force Burgundy to concede something otherwise Iíll go for a white peace and head south.

    By late summer Iíve stormed Burgundyís capital and made just enough war score to grab my two cores. Very useful because itís going pear-shaped in Iberia and EnglandÖ

    Peace with Burgundy - August 1490



    War exhaustion is 8.17.

    Hereís something interesting about Hordes.



    Bohemia is still at war with the Golden Horde even though the only border is English occupied Chernigov - a province Iím settling. The cunning plan to keep Bohemia off my back is to ensure this is the last province I take before peace with the Horde. The Horde is ignoring me - I havenít fought them in months after beating them senseless over the winter. Three days later scratch one cunning plan as the Horde concedes defeat to Bohemia.

    The Timurids return to the scene as October starts but they arenít doing too well right now. Only 120,000 troops with war exhaustion over 6 and 0% war capacity. They accept an immediate concession of defeat; that many hostiles makes an AI dog pile rather too likely.

    The King is dead, long live the Regency Council!



    OK this isnít a great start to 1491 and several years without being able to start a war is a definite problem. Castileís army was destroyed in the first few weeks and Aragon has been able to assault itís way forward. The Isles are suffering multiple invasions and Iím starting to get rebel problems.

    A year later and the war situation has got significantly worse. Iím losing but Aragon doesnít want peace yet.



    I have forced Denmark and Sweden out but with war exhaustion over 10 and steadily climbing I have endless rebels and canít bring any troops to bear against Aragon. Iíve 16 regiments in France And another 16 operating with the fleet to drive back the Scandies. At least the Horde is in the middle of another TSC after the last Khan only managed a few years. BB is down to 1.7 and will probably run out. Sicily, Finland and Norway are peaced out early in 1492, costly in gold and prestige but it makes the war with Aragon a lot more manageable. I can finally concentrate two armies in France to try and kill that set of invaders. My problems are Aragon has insane morale 5.06 (how this early?) and a War God King (5/6/1/6).

    Yemen declares war in April; Iíll probably have to ignore them as Iíve only one stack in the Middle East and half a dozen revolts to deal with. Bohemia as DotF is on my side although they donít do much when the Ottomans join in.

    Mid summer and a major victory at lastÖ



    I was on the defensive in the mountains. That Aragonese army is stack wiped in the next province and I finally grab a couple of their provinces including Barcelona before they can react. By October Iím down to 0.12 BB so I force the Ottomans to handover Burgas at 3BB - better an inefficient peace deal than running out of BB. Iím some way from getting any success against Aragon.



    November sees a couple of interesting things; Yemen accepts white peace and the King comes of age



    Not that much use - but thatís monarchies for you. A four point stab hit to swap to Noble Republic isnít great when I have 12+ points of war exhaustion. This happens as December starts.



    Taking four stab hits might actually reduce my revolt risk...





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    Quote Originally Posted by Franconian View Post
    Nice to see your are "back" from Easter. Do we get a present from you?
    Yes.


    Apparently I need to buy some more gravel.


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    Ouch! You are only missing an excommunication and attack of Bohemia...

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    ouch, this is becoming a real challenge for you ... and great for people like me to read

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    Man, it seems like these wars are losing causes. But, nice job in Ukraine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrawnStar View Post
    Overextension happens...

    Now the real PrawnStar AAR starts: cliffhanger updates, wars against all odds, tea and gnashing of teeth. Also informative, kinda like The Dark Id's LPs over at LP Archive.

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    10+ WE, then your king dies, giving you 25 legitimacy (+4.5 RR vs 100) and Overextension (another +3) - its like your very own Tribal Succession Crisis. Only without the going away after two years part 8-). Seriously, good luck fighting the rebels, I don't think anyone, anywhere has as much experience as you after Rebels without a Pause, but that still doesn't make it easy. Cash income must be getting hammered with RR so high.

    I had thought that your greatest early danger was a long regency, but this short one is pretty challenging right now. I bet you'll give a long sigh of relief when you finally get positive stability after swapping to a republic 8-)

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    The Bohemians just seem to eat Lithuania so they can fight the horde again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrawnStar View Post




    Taking four stab hits might actually reduce my revolt risk...

    How does that work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EU3NOOB View Post
    How does that work?
    He goes Noble, -4 Stab (aka +5RR).
    He chooses the ADM leader and gets rid of the Overextension modifier (-3RR).
    In the end, he'd have 2RR more, BUT would be a republic and would have gotten rid of that nasty modifier for now.

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    Decent enough military stats for your King. Over extension hurts with all that war exhaustion.

    You've weathered the first major challenge. You took those cores off Burgundy, though Burgundy can still DoW you for theirs.
    Now you have to pull those armies of yours around to defeat Aragon. Time enough to deal with revolters after the War King has been defeated.
    4 provinces off them in peace adds to your BB. Navarra, Nice, the Baleares and Alicante takes away coastal provinces. The King may die in battle which could lose stability and delay the move to Noble Republic.

    That's one scary looking Bohemia doing a number on Lithuania. Your wars with them are going to be interesting.

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    be gentle on the Ottomans... they already have to deal with the Timurids in the East and now they have to deal with the bulldozer of nations coming from the west .
    aren't you afraid that Bohemia might attack you?
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    Ouch,
    I'm not surprised the dogpile started with the English stretched so thin. Unfortunate that the RN couldn't keep the Isles free at least but not overly surprising with the number of enemies that would have somewhat decent sized and crewed navies. At least the Eastern Front is well in hand until Bohemia decides to challenge English superiority in the region.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no7892142 View Post
    He goes Noble, -4 Stab (aka +5RR).
    He chooses the ADM leader and gets rid of the Overextension modifier (-3RR).
    In the end, he'd have 2RR more, BUT would be a republic and would have gotten rid of that nasty modifier for now.
    He also loses the penalty for having low legitimacy so at least he shouldn't be worse off. And that switch has to happen sometime.

    Also England needs a bigger army.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinitrotoluen View Post
    Also England needs a bigger army.
    And *gasp* a navy.

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    My two cents go Noble Republic. Fixes alot and no more Regency. And lots of tea I use Mtn dew and a cig.
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    Hello, I'm loving your AAR so far. Subscribed!!

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    2. Will you build cot in London for additional +0.1 colonist? Will you warn Holland so you might get CB and take Antwerpen?
    3. How much do you pay for missionaries

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    I'm sure you were already aware that you aren't completely omnipotent in all things EU III, but it's kind of you to give us readAARs a reminder for a change. Nah seriously, now that you got Burgundy and the Scandinavians out of the picture the worst should be over as far as enemies go. Domestic matters are another thing...

    The balance between gaining infamy and losing WE should make for some interesting juggling in the near future.
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    That last update read as an incredible challenge; most certainly something I wouldn't have the patience to put up with yet . But I too believe you should become a noble republic as long as it doesn't cause significant damage. That, and you'll have to find some more money for more men. Good luck.
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