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Well, a new era has risen on the Byzantine Reich as I enter the Victoria phase of the Mega-Campaign! This phase, from 1836 to 1920 shall be based mostly on gaining colonial areas, because in the last game (being the first time I played v1.08) colonizations stuttered and died at best. I was the only European nation with colonies, and the map was constantally changing. I haven't posted my last update (the 1700-1820 post) in the EUII thread, but I can asure you that I have reached Vicky.

LONG LIVE THE KAISER!

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Will you rename your Empire to the United Roman Empire, since that's pretty much what it is.
 

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yourworstnightm said:
Will you rename your Empire to the United Roman Empire, since that's pretty much what it is.
I like Byzantium. The hard part is still to come, not conquering the world now and then converting to HoI (1); and then not conquering the world until 1948, I'll just sit on top of Poland until 1948 and then annex them at the last second. BRILLIANT!
 

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Okay 1836-1847:

Well, we start off with major unemployment problems, especially in asia-minor, we are talking close to 45-60%. Soon I have mass migrations to the new world, Virginia (one of two hotbeds of immigration) went from a pop count of 23 to 476 in about two years, and is now close to 700. Both Virginia and Thracia have all factory types running, most at above compacity. The only way to even out the pops is to build colonies. So I did, in fact, it is probably all I did thus far.

Algeris, Indonesia, Libya, Egypt, Arabia, Quebec, New Foundland, Nova Scotia, the great plains, Chile, South Africa.... it all became territory of the Byzantine Reich. Quebec was the second hot bed of immigration, it was appling for state hood after THREE MONTHS! So far, there are 300 unemployed labour pops in Quebec, 150 in Virgina and around 80 in Thracia. North Carolina has also had massive factory complexes built within its boundaries, but is not a victim of unemployment. Reactionaries are eating away at the established political doctrines. The current readings are:

Conservatives: 68%
Liberals: 12%
Reactionaries: 20% (Ruling Party)
Socialists: Nil (there are a few, but not enough to make a tenth of a percent most are in Virgina and Quebec)

The population is 1,101,805,500!

Our cuurent government specs:
Ruling Party: Byzantine Royal Court
Party Spec: Reactionary
Type: Monarchy
Laws: By decree
Value: Order
Offical religon: Orthodoxy
Voting Rights: None


One of the big projects of the 1830's was the building of a rail road from Arabia to Iberia and branches into Dracia, Italy, Morroco, and Gaul/Germania Minor. Later the railroads in indrustrial regions were expanded to increase efficency.
Not shown is the new world, which is still having its rail-roads expanded.
 

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weychun said:
Got the name from Age of Empires didn't you?
No, but there is a game "Dawn of Empires" (The EUII portion). The next one, I am thinking of calling it "Dusk of the Empires."
 
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1847-1857, the age of the people

During this time period, along with the huge industrial/RGO revolution in Byzantium, revolutions of different sorts was happening in Ireland, Denmark, Russia and Poland.

Ireland's Theoretical monarchy of almost 800 years was over thrown by the "Orange Revolution." In '49, after seven years of civil war, the the Harp of the monarchy was lowered and the tri-colour was raised above Gallaway.

In Russia, a revolution that make Lenin jealous, overthrew the Russian Grand Prince. The flag of a republican Russia was flown, but the revoltuions didn't stop. Russian baltic territories began to suscede. Prussia was first, supported by a now Constitutional Monarchy in Denmark. Prussia made minor gains, the capital in Elbig hadn't been touched. After a few years, the Prussian government was over thrown and the true German Reich restored. Latvia was next, and was supported by Poland. Lithuania was last, and was invaded several times by Russia, who was stopped by the BBEF (Byzantine Baltic Expeditionary Force). Lithuania has remained close to Byzantium.

In Denmark, the monarchy was forced to concede more rights and power to the people, though the status of their societal changes was nil.

In Poland, a whole different revoltuion was taking place. The center-right government of the monarchy there was over thrown by a far-right government of disgruntled clergymen. Though the occational revolt in Poland still occurs, the people are satisfied with having given up most of the rights.

Peru (Incan Empire) has fallen apart, splitting into Agentina, Ecuador and Colombia. Agentina is run by a small German minority of former Byzantines.

The Liberal Revolution never made much of a dent in Byzantium. Though regions of Germania Major (mainly in Hessen) revolted for a short amount of time, nothing became of their attempts which were declared over in 1857.
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The Byzantine Navy has been expanded with new steam-powered ships, mainly in the form of Raiders.

Colonies in the Americas have nearly trippled in size. Large portions of New Zealand have been inhabited by Maltese workers looking for a new life.

The huge immagration paterns in the Empire show little sign of stopping. As people herd around the nation on the largely expanded rail-roads. The popular locations of immigration are:

1) Algeris (Newly built factories and expanded RGO's, plus total rail connection)

2) South Africa (Newly claimed)

3) Namibia (New claimed + gold)

4) Crimea (Newly expanded industry and RGO)

5) Iceland (More factories and RGO)

6) NW Territories (Newly claimed)
 

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You guys can hardly hold in your enthusiasm.....

I hope when I finish this I get some kind of recognition and a new avatar ;) .

That'd be nice.....
 

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I lurk in the shadows. :p

Pretty good... Now how about some screenies? ;)
 

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UndertheSun said:
I lurk in the shadows. :p

Pretty good... Now how about some screenies? ;)
Why not? Let me get some! War is brewing with the Russian-Denmark Axis.... over a little city...
 

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That city happened to be Rostov. Rostov, like much of Russia was a German city, where a overwhelming German minority had been opressed by the ruling Russians. This came to an end after the revolution. But the German ruling party felt that Byzantium owed them for not doing anything about their suffering, so began to hatch plans of taking over Crimea.....

Russia had claims on one of Byzantium's most heavily industrialized regions; the Crimea.


From a port on the Black Sea, Rostov, the Russian raider ships would harass Byzantine Merchant Vessels bringing important resources into the giant steel mills of the Crimea.


So the build up along the Russo-Byzantine boarder was no surprise.


What was a surprise was the quick build up of the military of a small, Catholic nation on the baltic coast.


Lithuania had been invaded after they declared independence, and were looking to gain key Lithuanian pops within Russia's Minsk region.

Another huge contributer to the approaching war was extream nationalism in an increasingly jingoistic Denmark.


Denmark's claim on the former Holy Roman Empire, Papal States and Northern Sicily went back almost 800 years. Their former settlements in Scotland and Ireland had all been taken via jingo, and Iceland and Greenland were never theirs but were claimed in the 1400's.

Another increasingly nationalistic nation was Germany.


Made up almost entirely of Swedes and Danes, Germany was far from German. But they constantly inflamed Byzantine culture by claiming they were the true Germanic race.

As the tentions rose, an ancient force was called up again to serve the Roman Emperor. The Cataphracts.


Led by their newly appointed leader Ratzenhofer, the Cataphracts began to call up their comrades from around the Empire. Made up entirely of Germans, they met in Rumelia to discuss the conduct of the war, after this quick meeting they galloped up to the Russian border to meet up with another ancient cavalry force.

Sunni Arabs from the depths of Nejd began to pool up cavalry and dragoon divisions to faithfully sevre their Emperor. Numbering over 112,000 men and horses the rode head-long into the apending war.





It was Lithuania that finally lit the powder keg that was Europe.


Within a few days, Poland and Ireland had joined on the side of Byzantium and Lithuania. Within two weeks, Denmark too joined, but only on the side of Russia.


Byzantine troops in Novgorod quickly moved out to attack St. Petersburg in a hope to end the war quickly and bloodlessly. Little did they know, they would be fighting within the streets of the Russian capital until the end of the war.




Along the south, though, things went relatively well.


The Cataphracts won the first victories of the war, but by wars end had an 30% casualty rate. Even so, they had never lost a battle.

Rostov, a major point in the capaign in Crimea, fell relatively easily.


Russian forces there fell-back in the face of Byzantine Troops. The city fell in the opening weeks of conflict.
Most of the fighting took place in the Ukraine. Part of the Byzantine plan was to liberate the Ukraine, but very little came around from this.



In the west, minor Danish gains in Hessen were quickly over-turned as the seperated Byzantine forces gathered together and pile drived into Skane. Byzantine military officials hadn't expected a Russ-Danish axis, so when it came, Germania Minor and Germania Major were vastly exposed.

The war was ended in March of 1858, after about a year and a half of fighting. The confrense was held at Memel, the Lithuania capital. Denmark was forgiven as she had nothing to do with the original Russian invasion of Lithuania. Russia, on the other hand, was forced to pay hefty amounts of money to Poland, Lithuania and Ireland.
Poland, Lithuania and Byzantium all made territorial gains:




During the course of the war, a major 'revolution' (or sorts) played out in Byzantium. Teenagers and young adults across the nation spoke out against the war.


They are know as "Those damned pot-head hippies."
 

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Was that enough screenies? :cool:
 

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Mr. Capiatlist said:
Was that enough screenies? :cool:
Very nice. :)

I wonder if we'll end up with a Byzantine africa?
 

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Calantyr said:
Very nice. :)

I wonder if we'll end up with a Byzantine africa?
Probably, I don't have enough African tags in HoI so I'll have eliminate them.
 

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Nice. :cool:
 

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I don't think these count as screenies, but here are a few "doodles" I did in English class:



For 18th and 19th century Byzantine ships, I did them about three years ago. I've been raised by engineers! Ghad, my doodles are not really doodles. The bottom one is missing the hull transition from above water to below water, the teacher told me to put them away before I could finish. Neither have a kiel or anything for stability (usually two extra "kiels" or wings along the bottom about 1/5 to 1/4 the way up).
 

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I like the drawings, quite nice, very well done...by the way, this is an interesting arr, keep it up!
 

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Kaiser Franz said:
I like the drawings, quite nice, very well done...by the way, this is an interesting arr, keep it up!
No plan of quitting. To close to quit.

It is funny. I've never been able to complete the AAR of a single country over a single game, yet here I am three games in with under 100 years to go!

Thank you about the drawings, too bad the English teacher didn't feel the same way! :rolleyes:
 
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Island Dreams

Okay, here is the long-short 1858-1862 update. During this period in time, the great Byzantine re-vamp of the navy was done. The aging Man-o-wars of the fleet were decomissioned and new ironclads were launched in their place. This came after huge inovations in navy tactics and armourment. The first ironclad was the KBS Adolph von Navarrien (KBS standing for Kaiserlichische Byzantienisch Schiff (Imperial Byzantine Ship)).

During this time, a short, six-month war was fought with Russia over the island of Gotland.

Gotland, during the 1100's, was a Polish territory. In 1189, it became Byzantine territory, ruled by the swedish Duke in Stockholm. Later, this duke became the new king of Sweden. This ment that the Byzantine base of Gotland was snatched up. In the 1200's, the Byzantines invaded and occupied the island during the civil war in Sweden (the one that lost them the title of Pope) and held it until 1347 when it became territory of the Danish crown. In 1409, the island revolted and set up the Gotland Republic. It remained independent until 1703 when it was invaded, and then annexed by Russia. After the Russian revolution and then the baltic revolutions, Gotland became more and more seperated from Mainland Russia. Her Polish people had become restless, and were ready of independence again.

To help with this cause, the Byzantine Emperor stationed troops in Denmark to and ships to blockade the island. Before the island could declare independence, the Russian Duma sent out 5000 troops to end the uprising. There, they met the guns of the Byzantine Fleet:

Off the nothern coast of Gotland, Byzantine Ironclads, lead by Admiral Franz Krenek aboard the KBS Germania met up with Russian ships of the line.

Political negotiations stalled the beginning of the war. The ships stared each other down until May 6th, when Byzantine ships got a coded telegram from Oldenburg:
OPEN FIRE!


The hope was that by sinking the Russian fleet, an amphibious landing on Gotland by Russian troops would not take place, and thus, a Byzantine landing would never have to happen....


The fighting continued, and even though heavily armoured, Byzantine ships were also lost. Most notable was the KBS Thessaloniki:



Even so, the Russian fleet was routed and force to flee back to St. Petersburg, but the battle was merely a distraction to land Russian troops on the southern end of the island.


Byzantine troops were rushed out of their bases in Rügen and onto ships, sailed north around Gotland and landed on the islands Northern shoar.


Byzantine troops were far better armed and far better trained, lead by a veteran General of Crimean War. Their accurate rifle fire cut down the lightly-armed Russian troops.





Russian cassualties were high. The Russian forces were pushed out of the island's capital at New Krakow and peace talks began right away.

In the end, the Byzantium left the island for a heft price, though they were made to agree not to meddle in Russia's internal affairs again. The rebels in Gotland were soon crushed by a second Russian force, though still watched by the near-by Byzantine and Danish fleets.


Over-view of the war:



Thank you Sierra Games for not sueing me :cool: !
 

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Okay, okay.

It has come to my attention that this whole "interactive" thing is popular over in billy bob's mega-campaign attempt. So, here at Byzantium Inc., we don't want to get left in the dust. So here is the first question:

How many pops are in Algeris as of July 1862?

On the penny= 1,000,000 Mr.C points
+/- 10= 100,000 Mr.C points
+/- 50= 10,000 Mr.C points
+/- 100= 100 Mr.C points
+/- 200= 10 Mr.C points


I have no idea yet what the Mr.C points will be used for, I am thinking of "selling" the game files to the capaigns to whom ever can afford it. You have until... Saturday to answer.