- Jun 8, 2014
Your Imperial Highnesses, Your Royal Majesties, Your Graces, and friends of all the above, greetings.
It’s been a few weeks now, and I decided to start a new EUIV game. After about sixty years of play, I will now move on to starting a new AAR from that game.
This time, the goal of becoming a Great Power did not feature in the choice of starting country. I wanted to start small but not doomed, and play to become simply an unexpected and uncommon nation in the world. Using the “Customise” button, I took the 1444 default country of Georgia, and tweaked it.
The result is the Kingdom of Pontus.
The things I tweaked were dynasty name and Pontic ideas. The dynasty name Colchid comes from Antiquity, western Georgia being known as Colchis to the Ancient Greeks. Otherwise, like default Georgia, I start with only 50 development (Tunis, my last EUIV game, had just over a hundred), seven provinces, and Orthodox religion. In creating this “new” state, one default Georgia trait disappeared : I do not start by guaranteeing the independence of Trebizond. A huge difference in initial strategies.
I would have liked to add the goal of restoring a “lost” culture : Scythian or Pontic. In default 1444 EUIV, no one is Scythian, and only Trebizond, Caffa and Matrega are of Pontic culture. But it does not belong to the same culture group as Georgia. In fact, it belongs to no culture group. Hence the decision to stick with Georgian culture. Because yes of course, Pontus intends to expand !
Oh, and I changed the colour of my country on the map to purple. The colour of emperors, natürlich.
At the start of the game, I am dealt three enemies : Genoa, Crimea, and Qara Qoyunlu.
As I unpause the game, I note the following short-term goals :
— survive (I’ve already played sixty years)
— take provinces around the Sea of Azov (so war against Genoa and Crimea)
— take provinces along the Caspian Sea (so war against Great Horde and Nogai).
Long-term goal : create a Black Sea empire (so war against the Ottomans eventually ).
No mods, no cheats (except that I had to restart the game three times because the first three times, Q-Q attacked me even before the year 1444 ended and wiped me out), Normal difficulty level.
I wish you an enjoyable read !