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    Pick a major nation. Destroy all and everyone just from the start.

    Settings: Ironman
    Version: 1.29.6
    Diff: VH
    DLC: All

    Main goal: Get the two French achievements "Better than Napoleon" and "Big Blue Blob" asap

    Introduction

    "Big Blue Blob" (BBB) is owning 100 provinces as cores in Europe before 1500
    "Better than Napoleon" (BtN) is owning Berlin, Moscow and Vienna as cores

    After playing several small nations lately, like Cornwall, I thought it was time for a change. So I started with a major nation, to be able to go to action immediately. For test games I often use England and France, but on Ironman I haven't played with France at all. And as I did some horrible things to France with GB (fka Cornwall), I switched sides now.

    This AAR will be much smaller and lighter than my previous AARs. For one, because this campaign contains just some 40+ years. Also because it is pretty much straight forward: War, war, war. The game has moved forward to 1.30.3. So a lot of details of my game could be outdated. Nevertheless I hope my general approach or the story of conquest in itself might be interesting for the readers.

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    The start will be to declare Reconquest on England asap, that is the 11.Dec.1444. I don't want the "Surrender of Maine" event to trigger. The MTTH is 12 months, but I have seen it happened in Dec.1444. So there is no time for preparation and I have to ally with the best I can get on the start.

    Whenever I start a new campaign I jump into it fairly naive. But I save a Backup from the very first day, before I do anything. Especially the diplomatic situation is very important, because my strategy for the first war is largely dependant on it. Regulary I discover after a few years in the game, I forgot something or could have done something essentialy better. With the Backup I can reload from the start with the same starting conditions. Much later I am too curious and try several restarts to intentionally get different diplomatic setups.

    Now I can conclude, I got a very good setup, as I allied The Papal State, Castile and Burgundy. With Burgundy willing to join versus England on the promise of land.
    I will come back to other diplomatic scenarios after the war with England.

    I knew the general recommendation for BBB is to go for Scandinavia or the Balkans. But I wanted to start as flexible as possible and get footholds for expansion in several regions. In the very beginning I had no special thoughts about BtN at all. All changed when I realized how fast I can get to Moscow.
     
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    Portugal and England

    France holds 27 provinces = 73 to go for BBB.

    First the diplomacy. I cancel the alliance with Provence and the guarantee of Scotland. Both are future victims and I want to have the option to attack them asap. So I let the truce timer for them start. I ally Burgundy, Castile and The Papal State.
    The Papal State is mostly for Papal Influence and having good relations with him to avoid an excommunication. Allies get way less AE from whatever I am doing soon.
    Castile is a good ally in any case. I can use him against Aragon later and I prevent a Castilian-English alliance this way. The short term benefit is that I have vision on his lands, so I can follow the Portuguese movements.
    Burgundy. He desires English provinces, so I can use/abuse him immediately. Sooner or later I will turn against him, as his lands are rightfully ours, not?

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    The most important department in our game: the military.
    Artillery comes to the game in 1479. That is 25 years from now on; half an eternity. While we have hundreds of sieges to do. But France starts with two scripted generals, both very good. Jean Bureau is a real "Master of Sieges", as he has +15% siege ability on top of his 3 pips. Almost OP.
    Navy: Very important. As many forts are coastal, it is vital to get the -2 malus for sieges nullified. Plus the possibilty of a naval barrage. Later with a flagship I can turn the blockade into a +1 bonus. A strong navy means naval superiority, means a high mobility for the troops with transports, etc.
    For the start I disband the 4 Lights and convert them into sailors. France has 4 ports and I want to have 4 new Heavies asap. I order 2 on day 1 and once I get 200 sailors I will start building the next, so after a few years I will have 6 Heavies. A 6/0/0/8 fleet is not strong enough to challenge the English fleet (10 Heavies in a cluster) in the first war, but it is enough to savely transport troops to Scotland to invade England from the north. Moreover we will need a fleet in the wars to come with Scotland and Denmark.
    Morale of armies: The French King gives +5% and by recruiting 8 infantry up to force limit I will get another +5% from the mission reward. The best initial military advisor I got for this game is a Quartermaster, giving +33% reinforcements, which is fine.

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    So England got Kildare and Navarra besides his starting alliance with Portugal. Navarra very often falls into a PU under Aragon in the first years of the game. So maybe he will just drop out of our war, maybe not. Burgundy wants to join on the promise of land. But first I will ask him for Mil Access, place the 2k on Calais and only then I call him in.
    Very important: Before the war I have to flag every hostile province as vital interest. Really everything, not just Calais. I forgot to do so in one run and then Burgundy was crying, as I had little interest to give him Kent and Sussex. If I have signed his provinces of vital interest as vital for myself and he doesn't occupy them, he is fine with getting nothing. Well, I am fine with this too.
    I have high ambitions for this war, as I want a province from Portugal and then a complete victory against England, to get some province close to Scotland in addition to the return of all my seven cores.

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    First I concentrate on Normandy with Caux as the war goal. Burgundy and his subjects will help me sieging Calais.

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    Normandy is completely occupied. I got an early wall breach in Caen and assaulted the fort to take it down in Mar.45. The "Master of Sieges" is in Calais now, leading the 2 regiments. Flanders with 8k and Brabant with 9k are also there on the fort.
    The English fort in Labourd (Gascony) is always a hot spot in these wars. It is woods, so -1 terrain. Besides my 30k+ troops there is a 17k-stack of Burgundy close by, while one Portuguese army has to retreat home already. So I take the chance to attack the 15k of England. However battles on Mil Tech 3 are very costly in lives. After such encounters I consolidate my regiments and start to fill up with Mercs. I don't spare expenses for this war. Time to take care of the economy will come later.
    In one of my previous runs I tried to make every friendly stack attach to one of my armies. But it is Burgundy and his 4 subjects. All have several armies, with many small stacks. Some are unwilling to attach at all, other stacks do attach and then go elsewhere, before I can realize, what is happening. In this run I did without attaching in the early stage of the war. As a consequence Burgundy ignored my proposal to siege Labourd and some isolated stacks are already running through Aragon to reach Portugal. Sigh. Playing with AI-allies is often a real test of nerves.

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    Calais has fallen in Sep.45 and everyone moved south. Half of my army is sieging Labourd or guarding it. Burgundy attacked a weakened English stack in the mountains of Nafarroa. Sigh. As I expected something like this, I already moved the other half of my army through Narbonnais to Aragon. So I could come over to help Burgundy. Meanwhile some smaller stacks have attached, so I can use them to siege Navarra's capital fort in the mountains.

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    The siege of Labourd was over in Feb.46. The main stack of Burgundy went to lay siege on Évora. I put a 1k-stack on the fort as well, in case he goes away. The "Master of Sieges" sits on Lisboa, with a Dutch 11k-stack attached. In the Low Countries England has landed 18k troops. For the moment I am just waiting here. The action is soon to happen in Nafarroa again. As I have made significant progress in the siege, I decide to stay stubborn and take the battle despite the -2 from the mountains. There is a second army of Portugal and some smaller stack of England in the fog of Aragon, so numbers are about equal. My second scripted general already died, but Flanders has a 2/4/0/2 leader, attached to my 1k-stack for the siege of Nafarroa.

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    We won the battle in the mountains, but again some thousands of my troops left their lives. The starting configuration of my regular army was 30/8/0. Now it is 16/4/0, plus 16 Mercs. With the next tick in Aug.46 the fort fell and I could peace out Navarra seperately.
    Almost as expected Burgundy run away from the siege of Évora. My main army has taken over. Jean Bureau is still on Lisboa, supported by some Dutch. Numbers are sufficent for the Portuguese to not attack me.

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    The English are in the north. I suppose, I started the battle before the other English 9k-stack could complete its landing. Half of our troops are from Nevers and Brabant rushes over to aid with his 11k as well.

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    I sent over my fleet (4/0/0/8) for the blockade of Lisboa and in Apr.47 the fort surrendered. But I had to concede 2 transports for this effort, as my fleet is still not good and vulnerable. Anyway, I had enough warscore to get the peace deal with Portugal, I wanted. The annulation of his alliances with England and Castile, as well as the province of Aveiro. That is the only province I can take and have the time of truce below 10 years. So now I have a foothold to expand in West Iberia, which is far away from the HRE and thus "low AE land". Portugal's coastal provinces are rather well developed, but West Iberia contains some low developed ones inland, which means eventually backstabing Castile. We will see. It is an option and one of my goals early game was to have a lot of options for expansion.

    Another 17k-stack (leaderless) of England is about to be murdered in Normandy. Currently my fleet is docked for repair in the port of Bas-Poitou. Soon I will ask Scotland for Mil Access and Fleet Basing Rights to start the transfer of my troops over to the Island in small portions. At this stage of the war England's home defense is very weak, as he has lost so many soldiers on the continent and he is not able or willing to rebuild his army appropriately.
    The day before I became the new Papal Controller. Lucky? Well, I was the only candidate. AIs don't use Estate interactions, like "Send Emissary to the Pope" and AIs don't invest PI in the election, if they have less than 2 cardinals. If the first Pope dies early a Human French player is almost guaranteed to become the next Papal Controller. That is what happened. -20% AE, an extra diplomant and other cool stuff for some years. Very good.

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    I have made the naval passage 3 times already. One regiment works as a look out in Finistére (Brittany). If I am still unsure about the English Heavies, I can sail through the open seas and west of Ireland to the North Channel. When I dropped my first 6k somewhere in Scotland (like Argyll), theoretically England or Kildare could rush over and kill them. But I have never seen them trying to do so. They prefer to stay at home and wait.
    Things got complicated as Scotland declared war on England in Nov.47. Something like this often happens; I wreck an AI and another AI tries to profit from my efforts. Bad luck for Scotland I already had enough troops on the border and was able to reach Cumbria and the fort in Northumberland first. Now it is Scotland's job to help me in the siege.

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    Northumberland was done in Jun.48 for a total warscore of +80%. I had to continue the war a bit and occupy some unfortified provinces to make England willing to give me more. Besides the return of my seven cores, I take Cumbria and Northumberland. It is one nice marshland fort for me and a border with Scotland. Moreover I now have a wedge between England and Scotland. It prevents both from taking land from the other, as AIs are shy to take unconnected provinces. I forced the return of Mann to The Isles just because I could do without diplo costs and for some little prestige.
    At the end of the war I have 10 loans for a total of 1.8k ducats in debt and 16 Mercs. But the result was very well worth the investment, I think.
    Next war? I don't want to spend my resources on the Irish miniors yet. Brittany is protected by Aragon. So now I have the eternity of 16 months of peace, as the truces with Scotland and Provence run out in Jan.50. Lets see then, who is next.

    Addition:
    Now I want to expand a bit about the different diplomatic starting scenarios for France, as mentioned in the Introduction section.
    Burgundy willing to ally France happens regulary. The same for Castile. But sometimes they hate each other, so it is not possible to ally both right from the start. In this case some diplomacy will do over a few years to get them both, if the player wants to. An even better constellation than I got in the game is, if Castile is willing to become an ally and to join the war on the promise of land. Now it is possible to abuse him as I did with Burgundy in the game.
    But what if neither Burgundy nor Castile are interested in joining the Reconquest War? Well, in this case, just go alone. And because I hate to profit from a good setup, I had to prove myself, I can do it in a bad setup as well. Kind of.

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    Like this one. Burgundy rivaled me. I allied Castile, but they won't join. As before he gives me vision on the Portuguese troops which is helpful. The best strategy I found is this: Ignore Normandy, ignore Gascony, concentrate on Portugal in the first stage of the war. I declare on Maine, because it is the only non-ZOC province. But actually I am just waiting for Aragon to give Mil Access to someone, so I can move everything via Narbonnais to Portugal.

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    I took down the fort in Évora, sat on Lisboa, occupied the rest of main Portugal and waited a few months. Now I can get rid of Portugal for a White Peace.
    In the next stage I repel all English and Tyronish troops from the continent. As these stacks have nowhere to hide, I get a lot of stackwipes. Stage 3 is liberating all stuff England has occupied so far. Even if he got one of my forts, it doesn't matter much. Stage 4 is occupying the English provinces in the French region, including Calais with the fort.

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    Stage 5 is the invasion of England from Scotland, like in the game. As here I have no Burgundian ships to distract England, I am really careful and choose a very long route from Narbonnais to Inverness. The English navy is mostly busy blockading ports and as before I have 4 Heavies, so I can survive an encounter. But here the English ships didn't move away at all.

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    Tyrone went out of the war, because he was attacked by another Irish minor (and was betrayed by England). This time I found a 14k-stack of English Noble rebels in Northumberland. I let them siege for some months, then attacked and killed them, so I could take over their progress in the siege. So here we are. Same peace deal as in the game and almost at the same time. Interestingly for about the some costs, as here I have hired 20 Mercs. I didn't get a province from Portugal, but its value is limited anyway, as we will see later in the game.
    Allthough this war looks way more difficult than the one in the game, it is infact somewhat easier. As I don't have to care about stupid AI-allies running around with weak stacks or leaving sieges without reason, etc.
     
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    Provence, Scotland and Brittany

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    France holds 37 provinces = 63 to go for BBB.

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    01.01.1450, so it is the time for a new war. I start on Provence. The English-Scottish war is still going on and I would prefer them to peace out, so I don't have to compete with England on occupations of Scottish provinces. And my Curia Controller may die, so I want to make use of it asap.
    Thus I excommunicated Provence in late Nov.49, placed my troops on his border and grabbed the perma claims on him from the mission tree. Still the AI-Provence has a mothballed fort and his army is on reduced morale, because of minimum maintenance. Sigh. Sometimes the game is too easy.
    I call The Papal State in, as he would like to have the provinces of Provence and Forcalquier. Somehow I will reach them first and as before I have signed these provinces as vital interest for myself. So the job of The Papal State is to take care of Ferrara, I will do the rest and take everything. In the end The Papal State will be fine with it.

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    Provence, Lorraine and Ferrara already lost all their troops. Being one of the first to take Mil Tech 4 clearly helped hereby. Although I put the National Focus on Admin on day 1 of the game. Besides the free fort in Anjou, I could take down the other fort in Barrois with an assault, following an early wall breach in Mar.50. Now I work on the capital fort's in Forcalquier and Lorraine. The Papal State tries to siege the level-3 fort in Ferrara. Some of my troops move west to meet my transports in Bas-Poitou or Contentin to pay a visit to Ormond in Ireland. I am building up my fleet, whenever I get some sailors to order a new ship.

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    The next war is about to start.

    Forcalquier was done in Aug.50, but Lorraine resisted until Feb.51. Cork (Desmond) allowed my troops in and so I could start the siege on Ormond some months ago. The capital fort just recently fell into my hands and I peaced out the Irish minor for some money. The Papal State made no progress in the siege of Ferrara, but the Italians were willing to accept a white peace. So I am on 100% versus Provence and Lorraine now.
    With the Excommunication CB I obviously want to fully annex Provence. But Barrois is HRE-territory. I used a non-Ironman test game to check, if the Emperor would send me a demand for unlawful or not. He does, but not for the tag of Provence, as he is not a HRE-member, but for Bar, a dead nation at the start of the game. Which makes sense. Means, I have to be at war during the coring of Barrois. So I have to start a new war anyway.

    I have filed a claim on West March recently. The Scottish Noble rebels have made some progress in the siege of the fort in that province. I would like to take that over.
    3 days later Provence accepts his full annexation and his former junior partner Lorraine becomes an independent nation.

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    That was not the plan!
    First the rebels succeeded in the siege of West March just one day after my war declaration. So I changed my plans and tried to rush to the Scottish capital of Lothian, as the fort in West March is neutral now and I can move past it. Ok, some Scottish defenders in Lothian, but the surprise was to find out 24k English also heading for this province. England had months and years to kill the Scots. But only now he has the courage to attack. But I came first and so the English are my indirect ally in this battle.

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    Some days after the murderous battle of the last picture, England signed peace with Scotland. Just for some money and the liberation of The Isles, a good deal for me. I killed the Scotish Noble rebels as well and concentrate now on the occupations in Scotland. The Isles are still in my war, so I have to take care of them too. Sligo and Munster will come thereafter.

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    West March is done and so I can send my Heavies to support the sieges of Lothian and Inner Hebrides. My main army (23k) is already crossing the strait to Ireland.

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    And on to the next war.

    Scotland is completely occupied. I peaced out The Isles, Sligo and Munster. All with the same method. My army on his capital and my fleet blockading his port. Enough for the minors to leave the war quickly. My warscore on Scotland is just +57% because of the presence of Livonian Order. But I can demand already, what I want. I just wait for most of the cores from Provence to be finished, to not get over 100% OE.

    Brittany: As the willingness of Aragon to defend is close, I start the war now. And yes, the fort in Finistère is mothballed. Brittany has 11 regiments, probably on minimum maintenance. So I can safely move in with my 11k and take his only real fort for free.

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    No need to visit Livonian Order. Sutherland, the most northern province, is the key in this deal. Because it neighbours three Norwegian islands.
    Routine in the Breton War; army dead, everything but the capital occupied and Jean Bureau works on the level-1 fort in Nantais. The rest of my army is on the way to the secondary participant Utrecht.

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    Utrecht is reached, his army run away to somewhere in Germany, I am sitting on forts. As I want the Dutch out first, my fleet is over there for support.

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    The forts in Nantais and Utrecht gave up their resistance and Utrecht handed me over some money for the permission to go out of the war. So now I can end the war with Brittany. I decide to take "only" three provinces and keep him alive. Full annexation would have given me a base AE of 30.8, this way it is just 19 base AE. After about 8 1/2 years in the game my diplomats haven't spread the good news all over the HRE, that France loves all and everyone and deserves to be loved too.
    I go for these provinces in the French region at all, because I want to have some kind of power base. For now I raise autonomy in all distant provinces (Portugal, Northumbria and Scotland), to not create rebels all and everywhere. I make states in the areas of Provence, Lorraine and Brittany, but I don't spend Adm points for full cores, so everything conquered is and will stay at 50% autonomy. It gives me at least a little something. But way more than the distant stuff with 100% autonomy, which gives me nothing.

    I could have remained seated on Brittany for 2 or 3 years and then fully annex him, but I want to go on to a bigger fish and have some AE in reserve for this.
     
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    Scandinavia

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    France holds 49 provinces = 51 to go for BBB.

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    Scandinavia, a wonderful region for BBB. So many low developed provinces, so far away from Germany!
    My fleet is now 8/0/0/11, including a flagship (+1 siege on coastal forts) since May.51. 3/0/0/1 more are under construction. My army is 36/4/0 with 8 Mercs. Denmark and his subjects (Norway, Sweden and Holstein) have 51/15/0 regiments and 4/20/24/39 in ships. Not an easy walk in the park, but clearly doable. Of course if the AI-enemies would cluster their troops and navies, I would lose bitterly, but they won't. Key will be the naval control in the Öresund, so my troops can move forward from Jutland to Sjaelland and then to Skane. But first things first.
    Orkney island is the wargoal, a 2k-stack will walk over from Sutherland and quickly take it. The situation in Northern Germany is confusing, sorry for the bad picture.

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    But just a bit later and Oldenburg is already out. I asked East Frisia for mil access and fleet basing rights. At the start of the war I had a 9k-stack out at sea, used the port of Ostfriesland and moved over to Oldenburg. The German minor just recently collapsed to rebels and had no army. As before, a stack on the province, my fleet giving +25% warscore for blockading his port and the minor instantly accepts to leave the war.
    Next stage will be to naval transfer all my troops to Ostfriesland, ask some Germans for mil access and walk over to Holstein, Schleswig and the first real fort in Kolding. With the transports I can also quickly unblackflag the exiled army, which is on its way back from Oldenburg.

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    Holstein's 7k-army didn't run away in time and so it is dead now. While my fleet is 9/0/0/12 atm, the total hostile is 4/19/15/32. So reduced by 17 ships, including 9 sunk Galleys. Shiping around with weak fleets is a specialty of the AI. After some rest, my navy will set sail to the Öresund, so the progress of both sieges will be increased by 21%.
    Denmark's 18k-army will just keep watching me. He has another 11k behind the scenes, maybe in Sjaelland or Lund. The Swedes (18k) and the Norwegians (15k) won't come over, AIs don't coordinate.

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    A little word about assaulting of forts, as I did it again, here in Holstein. Before the age of cannons, sieges last several months. So occasionally I get a wall breach early, with the progress still negative. That is a good moment to use the assault button for 5 mil points. But first a little preparation. For a level-1 fort the maximum infantry participating effectively is 5k, the game informs us. So I send in about double that number, here 10 regiments. Next I split off all above the effective maximum and command it to leave the province. So here I have two stacks of 5 regiments. The one with the general stays in the siege, the other pretends to go away.
    Now I press the assault button. The siege stack starts the assault, losing some soldiers and some morale every day. But the other stack is uneffected, it continues walking. Now comes the trick, but it is very micro-intensive. Each day I consolidate the assaulting stack and balance it with the walkers. That way each day exactly 5 regiments at maximum number are assaulting. If the assault takes really a long time, it might be necessary to exchange entire regiments, because the walkers keep their full morale, while the assaulters might run out of it. In the end the fresh morale of the walkers decides the assault and the fort will fall.
    In the picture I lost about 1.3k for a level-1 fort. For level-2 forts it is about 2k to 3k, according to my experience. Sometimes very well worth the investment.
    Now lets wait for Kolding, where Jean Bureau, the "Master of Sieges", is at work.

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    A stack wipe. That was the rest of the 18k standing for months in Vestjylland in admiration of my sieges. On 11.Jul.54 I got the control on the fort in Kolding. In general I avoid unnecessary battles, it just costs resources. But here I knew I could kill the entire Danish stack, so I went for the battle.
    As you can see, I first occupied Ostjylland. For the reason that I wanted to cut off the return path of the Danish army before attacking.
    The rules for ZOCs are difficult to mysterious for hostile forts already. The rules for occupied forts are even more mysterious. Even after I got the control of the fort in Kolding, the Danish army in Vestjylland could move freely and past the fort like to Sleswig or even move through it to Ostjylland, if wanted. So if I immediately attack in Vestjylland, I win the battle, the Danish army is on 0 morale and starts a shattered retreat. From Vestjylland to Kolding, then to Ostjylland, then to Fyn and then to Sjaelland and so on to safety. To prevent this I have to close the two straits to Fyn. Besides a fleet in the Öresund, I need the control of one side of each strait. Controlling Ostjylland besides Kolding gives me that.
    Long talk, but I hope now it is clear what happened. Occupation of Ostjylland, attack in Vestjylland, winning of the first battle. The Danes can't cross the strait and have to stop in Kolding. My army follows; stackwipe.

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    Slowly moving forward. I won't assault this time, as I have significant siege progress already and a level-3 fort needs 15k infantry for an assault. Expensive.

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    I took my time. Sjaelland was done on 4.Apr.55. Thereafter I recruited some new regiments in France and sent back some others to have a 20k-stack for full rebel suppression. If I take provinces in the peace deal, my OE will give my local unrest above 5 and I won't be able to reduce the progress of rebel factions by army suppression anymore. My fleet did the warfare and atm it is "the enemy has lost 68 ships". My main army is now over the strait for the next fort in Lund, the other troops will be transferred to Sjaelland soon for backup.

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    Lund 30.May.56. As I want something from Sweden, I have to take down one of his forts as well. So let's sit on Elfsborg.

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    That is what I want. Viborg, most to the east in the Gulf of Finland, absolutely. It is the key province to reach the "land of milk and honey", the lands of the Orthodox. Novgorod and Muscovy, in short: Russia. Elfsborg is the only province I can core immediately. So in the construction of the peace deal, I start from here. The other provinces connect Elfsborg and Viborg with minimum AE and a lot of low development.

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    Elfsborg 28.Sep.56. I splitted my fleet to blockade the remaining capitals of Stockholm and Akershus to squeeze out some more warscore. A little cash, war reparations and the 10 provinces I have just shown, are mine now. Novgorod is my new neighbor. Coring of Elfsborg can start.

    Coring range and problems: As all the new stuff doesn't have a land connection with my capital in Paris, I have to work with the coring range. It equals the colonial range, which is 160 atm. Using the colonial (range) map mode, the game says Elfsborg is at a distance of 138. This is thanks to my core in Northumberland. So I can start the coring of Elfborg,. But just Elfsborg, as all other provinces exceed the range of 160. No surprise.
    The big question is: What can I core, after the core in Elfsborg is done on 13.Oct.59? As I don't care much about Rovaniemi the more specific question is: Can I core Viborg?
    The game says Viborg's distance is 313, but this is from Northumberland. After I get a core in Elfsborg it should be 313 - 160 = 153, right? Unfortunately not.
    As I was sceptic and wanted to know exactly, parallel to the main game I started a non-ironman game and simulated the situation with console commands. The result was, that after coring Elfsborg I can core the next 4 provinces Dal, Värmland, Dalaskogen and Hälsingland. But not even a core on the port of Hälsingland would allow me to core Viborg directly thereafter. A highly unpleasant surprise.
    So should I reload and take another peace deal? I simulated this situation as well. Taking a connection from Elfsborg to Viborg via Stockholm is possible, but concering the coring problems it isn't much better. No reload.
    Next idea is to move my capital to Elfsborg, once it is a core province. Costs a hell of a lot of admin points and is completely ugly. No.
    Can I release something? Yes, Finland has cores in Savolax and Viborg. That helps. But first I have to file a claim on Neva (St.Petersburg) by my spies in Novgorod. Relying on a stupid vassal to do so would be foolish in my mind. Newa is the next key province, as it borders the city of Novgorod, already in the hands of Muscovy.
    So, I will release Finland, but later.
     
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    France holds 59 provinces = 41 to go for BBB.
    In Oct.56 I allied Poland (+subjects Lithuania and Mazovia).

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    So it is round 2 with Portugal. Some years ago Portugal attacked Granada and got two provinces, especially Málaga with a fort in the mountains is ugly. In the last months I transferred my troops back from Scandinavia to France. Just one of my armies is in position, a second is on the way from Gascony. Portugal has 23 out of 27 regiments. If I want to start the war, it must be now. The 10-year restriction for Portugal concerning alliances with England and Castile is about to end. In Jan.57 all forts (Évora, Málaga and Ceuta) except Lisboa were mothballed, but in Febuary he turned them on again. When I was in Castile, but still several provinces away. At least, I won't get everything for free. Just a +1 bonus, for garrison below half the maximum.

    Including the Danish War and its peace deal I am quite pleased with my play in this campaign so far. But then I started to misplay it. Well, kind of. I should have concentrated on the east, Russia. So I should have started to spy on Novgorod at latest in 1455. Grab Viborg in the peace deal in Oct.56, take the claim on Neva, release Finland and start the war on Novgorod. A few years later Muscovy, who has still 3 vassals and holds 46 out of 71 regiments now in 1457. I have 49 out of 50 regiments.
    To be honest, I had no clear game plan at this stage of the game. First BBB, could be in the range of 1470 to 1490. Thereafter BtN, could be some more 30 to 50 years. Very vague.
    I am far away from truce cycling. England, Scotland and Brittany are the only nations really angry with me. AE in Germany is -25 to -40, all the Irish minors are about -50, but I have established good relations with all of them. Also I want to take Adm Tech 5 soon and in general keep up with the Adm Techs, to open the slots for the Idea Groups. So I don't have the admin points to take big fat provinces like Lisboa or Porto and core these. Thus no real reason to attack Portugal.
    I suspect, I shied away from a confrontation with Muscovy for now and tried ballancing expansion for BBB with building some kind of powerbase. Besides provinces in France, that is land in the English Channel trade node, so England. The truce with the archenemy is up in Dec.62 and if he re-allies Portugal, I have to fight Portugal and his forts anyway.

    My setup for the Portuguese war, seen in the picture above, is also a mistake. I don't need to siege down Évora, I should have headed for Málaga straight away. Then Ceuta and Lisboa. I assume, I had no plan, which provinces to demand at the end of the war from Portugal in this moment.

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    All the Portuguese troops are in the south, I caught 5k in Beira. My fleet is now 12/0/0/16, Portugal can't match that anymore with his 5/2/0/15, so I can support all my coastal sieges. I picked Espionage and filled out the 1st idea for better spies and some reduction of advisor costs.

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    Évora 13.Aug.57. The job of the army in Madrid (22k) is just to accompany the Portuguese. No unnecessary battle, just telling him, he can't go where he wants to.

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    Lisboa 25.Jan.58, Málaga 3.Jun.58. As now I want to grab Ceuta, I have to cross over the strait, fight the small stack and sit on the fort, till it falls. The accompaniment of the Portuguese army in the north continues.

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    Ceuta has surrendered, so I can take over Málaga, Gibraltar and Ceuta. Two forts out of the hands of Portugal, 2 more provinces for BBB and 1 age objective, because Ceuta is in Africa.

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    Finland got released on 1.Jan.59 and I have two claims on Novgorod. Some troops are in the area, while some more are on board of Transports. I have arranged mil access by Poland plus Lithuania and fleet basing rights in Poland. So I could drop off the 16k-stack in Memel and start walking over. It will be blackflagged the moment I start the war, because Lithuania is just the subject of my ally. But one job was to check Novgorod's fort in Luki; no hostile troops here. This army can come over to Finland next, to unblackflag itself.
    I have disbanded my last 4 Cav and 8 Mercs after the end of the Portuguese War, finally. A little relief for the economy. It is at about 10 loans for a total of 3.5k ducats in debt.

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    A siege stack on Luki, my main army on the capital fort in Soroka, lead by Jean Bureau. After the occupation of Neva and Ingermanland, Novgorod's navy got wrecked in the Baltic Sea. It is now retreating to Soroka, my main fleet takes the same long way to get the blockade in the White Sea. Novgorod's army has decided to occupy something in Sweden. Worthless stuff, as I have deleted the fort in Elfsborg years ago. I don't need a complete victory, because I can't take that much from Novgorod anyway. Oh, Livonian Order with his budy Riga have recently declared war on Novgorod as well, opportunists.
    On 7.Aug.59 our Heir Louis has died by accident. We are heirless with King and Queen being 56 and 54 years old. I have one RM with Castile, so atm his dynasty would be installed on the French throne. BTW Castile is heirless as well, with his King at 54 years. Game says: "Succession war between France and England".

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    Luki 18.May.60, Soroka 26.May.60. I just demand the 3 provinces, I can core immediately, because they are adjacent to the cores of Finland. OE is at 57, coring of Neva is scheduled to be completed for 27.Jan.63. Without that core I can't take any province inland in that region. So to start a war on Muscovy now would be pointless. England is the first of my former victims to come out of truces, in Dec.1462.
    Looks like 2 1/2 years of doing nothing. A clear indication, something in my planning got off track.
     
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    France holds 63 provinces, incl. Ceuta in Africa = 38 to go for BBB.

    So indeed more than two years of doing nothing. In the beginning I played for options of expanding, especially Aveiro in Portugal was therefore. At the moment I have given up this strategy.
    Aragon (with subjects Naples and Navarra) is just allied to the minors Ferrara and Ragusa. Together with Castile I could attack him and get a foothold in Italy from Naples. Yet most of the Balkans are already divided between Hungary, Austria and the Ottomans.
    Ireland: 6 independent tribes have survived. Leinster and Thomond went under the umbrella of England and became his vassals. I could easily attack any of these minors. But each of them is allied to some other(s) and so I have to siege down two or more capital forts, just to take one or two provinces with 5 to 8 development. And then I would have to appease the remaining tags.
    Several of the Irish minors and The Isles indicate, they would like to become my vassal. But I am already two above my relation slots (-1 temporary, thanks to an event). I have to pay millions of dip points for "unjustified demands" and try to unlock the ideas from the Espionage Group.
    So I have refused all these options lately and saved some resources in the last two years. Nice fat provinces for economy in Britain and France, ugly skinny provinces for BBB in Scandinavia, Russia or the Baltic. That is the overall strategy now.

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    Unfortunately just a few months ago Brittany and England agreed on an alliance. As I still have a truce with Brittany, I can't co-belli him. So taking his lands would be expensive and I will let him go, for this time. At least England didn't re-ally Portugal and looking at their mutal opinions, this possibilty was unlikely anyway.
    After the first war with England, this one is fairly easy. England has 36k troops with a FL of 49, I have seen 20k in Ireland. My fleet (13/0/0/16) is superior to his (12/7/0/26), so I can block the strait in the Irish Sea, if I want to. By taking the fort in Northumberland away from him in 1448, I can rush into hardcore England with my troops. I will reach the mothballed fort in Montgomery in December with my best general, so I get the occupation for free. Oh yeah, I called Burgundy in on the promise of land. Calais is the wargoal, so he can do that for me. AIs will always transfer the wargoal to the warleader, even if they would love to keep it.

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    Dead army, capital sieged, ports blockaded, so AI-Brittany wants out. See you in 6 years from now, Brittany, but without England at your side.

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    The first battle with 15 English regiments occurred in Lincolnshire, the AI doesn't understand ZOCs and refuses to hide in Kent behind the fort of London. So this army is annihilated now, some single stacks soon to follow.

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    Calais 11.May.63, sitting on London. Most of my army is in Ireland already. Leinster, the capital of the English vassal, offers some more nice warscore. And I want a lot of lands from England. The 12-fleet of England in the Coast of Holland is Heavies only. I have no interest to battle with, may it keep on blockading some Dutch ports.

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    London 24.Sep.63, it is enough already. Six provinces with a total development of 64, 4 CoT in the English Channel plus 2 forts. AE list looks fine. Except Aragon everyone is on truce. Well, in the recent months my diplomats have taken 11 nations in West Germany and the Low Countries off this list. The extra diplomat from Espionage Idea #2 got unlocked in a good moment lately. An easy and quick war, basically the fruits of all the work in the first war.

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    Trade income has increased. English Channel (4.14) is close to Champagne (4.46) already. Although all new provinces are in territories, thus 75% autonomy, as coring is in progress. I will spend the next 300 dip points on changing my trade port to the English Channel and accept English culture. Currently I have 11 loans with 3720 ducats debt.

    In short, a word about economy: The more I play, the more I go extreme with my economy. My only goal in the balance is to prevent a forced bankruptcy. Automatic bankruptcy is, if the monthly interest exceeds the monthly base income. Base income is the income in the first six rows, from tax up to vassals. Just everything without earnings from other non-subject nations.
    So what matters is the ratio of these two numbers, interest to base income. Atm this is: 11.61 / (41.74 - 2.93) = 29.9 %.
    The game translates the information about a possible bankruptcy into the maximal number of possible loans with the current loan size of 373 ducats. It says, I could take up to 36 loans atm. While I have 11, partly with a smaller loan size.
    Even with army and navy at full maintenance, like it is now, it takes about 22 months until I have to take another extra loan. So, however I look at my economy, I consider the current situation as comfortably stable.

    Thus increasing my income, here by trade, doesn't have the idea to get a green monthly balance or to pay back my loans. Well, in the very, very long run eventually. The idea for now is to reduce the ratio (interest/base income) and thus to move a bit away from bankruptcy. So that I can continue to play in a state of constant war.

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    Free PU on Castile.
    Any reason for loud cheers? Possibly, if I would play for World Conquest. But I don't do in this campaign. Playing with subjects is not the part of the game, I enjoy the most. Sure, subjects are a bit more controllable than allies, but for example now I have to take care of Castile's rebels (like Granadan separatists) etc. For now I look at the picture and conduct a count of Castile's forces. I see 42 regiments and 36 ships. Let's come back to this over the time.
    Best news is, Aragon refuses to contest the PU. Seems he is scared of France.

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    Next war. Livonian Order (LO) with this usual friends and Scotland, who brings in Sligo. Technically LO was also in my first war with Scotland, but we didn't crossed swords. So I consider this my first war with LO. Denmark already declared on LO for the island of Ösel, so I have indirect allies for this war. My Novgorodian separatists go to play with the Muscovites, as planned.

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    In the west I killed 6k Scottish, started to sit on Lothian and just box in the remaining Scots on Orkney island. For the moment I have some Danish naval support, but I will split my navy to get a proper fleet over to here.

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    In the east I waited for another army, occupied the war goal Ingermanland and now siege the fort in Reval, which blocks any further movements. Hostile armies have run away, maybe they are heading for Denmark. I told Castile to stay passive ("zzzz"), yet he has sent over some ships.

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    First I got out Sligo. This time a simple naval blockade was sufficent, as he was under siege by Clanricarde in another war. Now Scotland, after winning the siege of Lothian. I don't want to take much from him, as my AE in this region is still a bit high, after the massive robbery from England. Just some money and Orkney island, which Scotland regulary gets from Norway by event. I can use my old claim here.

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    Reval 5.Feb.65, a minor naval battle with the usual AI disaster.
    Most importantly, we get a new Louis.
    This creates a tricky situation. His values are ok, 9 points are average and the strong claim will be good for legitimacy. But the royal couple is fairly old now. Let's imagine they adopted a grand-nephew or something like this.
    If King Charles VII dies now, we get a Queen-regency until Louis will be 15 years. So if then Marie d'Anjou dies too, before she comes to the age of 75, I will get a regency-council. In this case I am forbidden to declare wars; almost a nightmare scenario.
    I could disinherit poor Louis, but what if I get another new Heir in the next 2 or 3 years? The situation would be worse than it is now.
    Otoh if the Queen dies before the King, I could arrange a lot of new RMs. Everyone wants to marry mighty France. As a result I would get a new Queen, highly likely younger than 30 years. So in this case Charles can die, whenever he likes. The young Queen will be capable to reign for 15 years, until Louis is adult and can ascend to the throne.
    I decide to keep Louis.

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    Liefland, LOs capital, 31.Jul.65. Riga and TO were done in separate peace deals before, without sieges. I can't remember exactly, why I only demand one province from LO, just the wargoal Ingermanland. AE in this region and warscore are not a problem. I suppose, I wanted to save points, like for the next Adm Tech to come on 1.Jan.66. But I should have taken at least Reval with the fort, for all the efforts I have made in this war. Although I got cash and war reps from all 5 participants, on the whole this isn't much.

    The saved Dip points are for this: On 1.Sep.65 I change my trade capital to Caen in the English Channel node. Next month trade income increases to 13.16 ducats, although coring of the English provinces is still ongoing until Oct.1466.
     
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    France holds 71 provinces, incl. Ceuta in Africa = 30 to go for BBB.

    Renaissance spawned late in this game, just in 1455, in Rome. I have it in two southern provinces, but it is not enough to embrace the institution. France has 742 in development and with the autonomy counted in, it is 446 of effective development. 1466 is the year to take Tech 6, without penalty for being too far ahead in time. So I will take Mil Tech 6 now and Adm Tech 6 in a few months. I have developed Paris to 30 some years ago and I use the state edict for the institution spread bonus, but that's about it. The Renaissance now has time to spread out on its own to many of my provinces until 1479, the next Tech cycle.
    As I don't tech up in Diplo, but reserve the points for the idea group, I start to get corruption from "unbalanced research". Because I have 15 state slots and currently hold 15 states and 15 territories, with the next newly conquered area, I will also get the beloved "corruption from territories". I will pay it down, but "rooting out corruption" will become an even more serious source of my expenses.

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    No excuses anymore, it is time for Muscovy. The Russians have attacked Kazan some years ago, but the war is undecided, atm Muscovy is on -7% warscore. Kazan gets help from Chagatai, Uzbek and Nogai. That's some pressure from the south and east. Oh yes, Mil Tech 6 gives +0.25 tactics, +0.2 fire and +0.3 shock for infantry. Perm has it, the others are on Mil Tech 5. By the way, any advantage of +0.25 in tactics gives +6.25% siege ability.

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    Numbers look good, they reflect the exhaustion of the years of war with the hordes. Muscovy has 15 Mercs and just 3.6k manpower. With these numbers AIs are normally extra reluctant to start battles, even more than usual. Yes, the enemies could come up with 92k troops in total against my 54k, but that won't happen.

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    I keep my things together. Jean Bureau is still my best leader. But with 75 AT I have two other generals with 3 and 2 siege pips respectively.

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    A 5k-stack of Perm stumbled into me, after a forced retreat from a lost battle somewhere in the steppe lands in the first months of our war. Otherwise no enemies to be seen anywhere. I have even sent a 16k-stack home for rebel suppression in England temporarily. Forts: Novgorod 27.Jul.66, Pskov 27.Oct.66, now Mozhaisk, neighboring Moskva.

    So King Charles VII is dead, Marie (62 y.) is on the throne for child Louis. The next important truces to run out are with Brittany in Mar.69 and with Denmark in Jul.70. I hope Marie survives until this date.

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    Ah, there they are. Except for 5 more Muscovite regiments, that's all what is left of the hostile armies. No battle with me. In Jul/Aug.67 Muscovy and Kazan signed a white peace. I suppose after this, AI-Muscovy had the brilliant idea to disband some troops. Why show any little sign of resistance? Let the French do, what they want, give them endless warscore and surrender the most important provinces in the peace deal. What a weakling.
    Moskva 31.May.67, Rostov 3.Aug.67, Ryazan 24.Dec.67. After Yaroslav I will have enough WS to peace out and grab a lot.

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    Six provinces for 69 development, including Novgorod and Moskva. I simulated before, that I can core all immediately, due to my core in Neva. Maximum AE is -65, but with the Catholics in the far west it is only -6 AE. The Orthodox, the land of milk and honey.
    Oh yeah, the Castilian soldiers in the Arctic. As we have seen before, the passive subject interaction ("zzz") doesn't work for ships. Transports are ships and troops on ships are seen as staying at home, it seems. Including the naval landing in hostile territory. I had this problem in another game long ago, but I forgot. So "zzz" is useless. The worst is, that after the peace deal AI-Castile will consider these troops as too expensive and prefers to delete them, instead of walking home blackflagged.
    The French monthly manpower gain is 567. Although I lost almost 10k by attrition in the Russian winter, I come out of the war with a bit more manpower, than I had before the war. I expected a fairly clear victory. Advantage in Mil Tech, better morale because of prestige, AT and PP, plus the distraction from the war with the hordes. But in all honesty: That war was ridiculous. Absolutely no resistance from the Russians! Very disappointing.

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    In Feb.68 I entered into an alliance with the Ottomans. Because, why not? One day later I dissolved the old alliance with Burgundy, so I can attack him in Apr.73.

    Social mobility, I hate this event. Exactly 10 days ago, I restructured the Burghers and assigned London to them, while revoking another province in the Bordeaux node. With 42% loyalty and 95% influence I don't have much of a choice. Besides disloyal Burghers for 15 years now, I have to pay 15 AT, 15 NT and 75 adm points. Simply awful.

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    As Marie is alive, I can start the next war on time. Two minors, my armies and navies are in position, so no problem to expect.

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    War is already over. I let The Isles go for some money to not overstretch my AE or OE. Finally I can integrate the rest of Brittany.
    The AE-list for a possible coalition: Aragon (-65) is the only nation, being really on it. Others, like England (-149), Muscovy (-64) or Burgundy (-61) are on truce. My diplomats are constantly improving relations to keep many nations off that list. From Ireland, like Tyrone (-67), to the HRE, like Austria (-55). I always do the diplomacy before signing peace deals. This way the opinion of a critical nation just has to be 0 or better. If improving relations is done after taking new provinces, the opinion needs to be higher. Because critical nations get outraged and it needs +50 opinion to change their attitude again, so they leave the list for a possible coalition.
    Since 1447 France (so me) is the Curia Controller, giving -20% AE impact. Another -10% AE come from the age ability "justified wars" and -10% AE from being at 100% prestige. Total: -40% AE impact, clearly helpful.

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    First battle with rebels this campaign. In general I try to avoid rebels, especially very early in the game. They just cost money and manpower. So I have raised autonomy in many areas like in Scotland and Sweden. I don't raise autonomy in France and England, to get at least some resources from these provinces being at 50% autonomy, like tax, trade power, manpower etc. But I keep forts in these regions to reduce the rebels' damage on my provinces. Moreover I regulary use the rebel suppression ability of my armies to reduce progress of rebel factions, if possible. The orthodox lands are a bit different, because of the increased unrest stemming from their "heresy". So I can't control these areas with raising autonomy anyway, I keep forts here as well. Thus now I have to ship over some regiments sometimes, to fight a bit with the rebels, like here with Novgorodian separatists.
     
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    France holds 79 provinces, incl. Ceuta in Africa = 22 to go for BBB.
    Moscov is owned for BtN.

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    So Queen-Regent Marie has reached the age of 65 and it is round 2 with Denmark and friends. I could have declared Reconquest for Finland on Sweden. But I don't want to inflate the vassal with 5 more provinces and then having to pay 8 Dip points per dev. Instead I have set him on scutage and started the integration already. If I take any provinces in this region, I keep them as territorial cores. This way it just costs 5 Adm points per dev. Besides Finland is far away from Western Europe, so the AE reduction from Reconquest should be small anyway.

    The wargoal is Reval in the Baltics. The additional Danish territory over there, stolen from LO, and the presence of Brandenburg (+junior OPM Anhalt) should make this war more difficult, than the last one in 1453. On the seas the Scandinavians have 0/7/30/14, while my fleet is now 13/0/0/18, better than ever.

    I start the war by fighting on two frontiers. About half of my army to knock out the two Germans and the other half to take care in the Baltics and first occupy the fort in Reval. The situation with Oldenburg is very much the same as last time. I have blackflagged troops in Bremen, who gives me mil and fleet access. So after the start of the war, I use my transports to unblackflag one stack of 14k and move it over to Oldenburg, to deal with his 6k.

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    Oldenburg is already out. Dead army, a stack sieging his capital and my fleet blockading his port. Thus in the first month of the war, the minor has given my some money to get out. Proving to be an useless ally for Denmark once more.

    My army moved on via Brunswick to Brandenburg's fort in Braunschweig, to discover some enemies. No full morale, a weak general and lagging behind one Tech in Mil. But the AI-Brandenburg didn't master the very difficult task to move this army to safety in over 5 weeks after the start of the war. Even woods terrain didn't help, Brandenburg has no army no more.

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    Kattegat is inland sea, homeland for Galleys. But more important for naval combat is the engagement width. 20 Galleys don't fill it, 13 Heavies do. So naval superiority is secured for this war once more.

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    In recent months the "Master of Sieges" Jean Bureau, as well as pope Callistus III died. Both have served France for a very long time. The Papal State is the new Curia Controller.

    In the Baltics I am sitting on Reval, while the enemies have decided to occupy the western part of my Swedish belt. With my navy I can always block straits or move my armies away, if it gets too dangerous.

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    The siege of Braunschweig went faster than in Reval. After a wallbreach I could assault the fort. The rest of that army already moved via Pomerania to Berlin for a siege over there. As after the debacle of Braunschweig, Brandenburg's army is still almost non existent, he is willing to go out of the war. I agree, only on one small condition: Annul all treaties with Denmark, please. I decide to move my exilied armies from Germany through Denmark to Elfsborg, where they can unblackflag.

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    Despite my usual naval support for the siege, it took a fairly long time to succeed in Reval. Armies have moved on, the enemies are in Northern Sweden and Finland. While most of my troops are spread out over Central Sweden and Danish Skaneland.

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    A really stupid battle from my part. I attacked a small 3k-stack in Viborg (Viipuri), totally unnecessary. As the initial kill was over, some Danish and Norwegian stacks were already locked in and even more hostile troops were attracted by the new battle. With my Transports I could reinforce too, but with better timing. In the end the enemies were defeated, but it cost me more than 10k manpower. For the moment my manpower is above 50k, so I can take it. But I didn't gain anything by this battle. It is just sending over the Scandinavian troops by forced retreat to somewhere in Norway. Where they can cause more trouble than in this area with my fort in Novgorod.

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    The integration of Finland has just finished, so 2 more provinces for BBB = 20 to go.
    Forts: Kalmar 24.Aug.71, now Stockholm. Bahuslen is under siege and some troops are waiting in Lund for reinforcements to start the important siege of Sjaelland. But I clearly have to keep an eye on the hostile 25k-stack moving south, still on forced retreat.
    At least I used the presence of my troops in Viborg for a trip to Moscow, to quickly suffocate the rebellion of Muscovite Separatists.

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    The situation in South Norway looks a bit more critical than it is. I have 16k on board of Transports (with my admiral) in the Northern Baltic Sea, to arrive soon in Elfsborg. To get the siege of Bahuslen done without naval support was a little surprise. Work on the very important fort in Sjaelland is in progress.

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    This battle was not that stupid. As I had a serious chance for a stackwipe, because of the 2:1 superiority. Moreover I want to move forward to the Norwegian capital Akershus and thus I have to split and spread out my forces for the two sieges and their protection.

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    Sjaelland 5.Jul.72, now Akershus fairly fast.
    For the first time in the game I have done an exact count of provinces for BBB and decide to take 13 more in the peace deal, so it is 7 to go. For BtN I demand Bleking in Skaneland, so France shares a sea tile with Pomerania. The AE-list is harmless, thanks to my hardworking diplomats. As Norwegian and Swedish troops have been busy with sieges of my forts, I could sent 32k back to London to deal with the English Separatists. The rebels are clearly nibbling on my manpower and this war wasn't as effortless as others before.

    By continuing the Danish war for some months I could have taken up to 15 low dev provinces. With a bit more of timing I could have taken 2 more provinces from Muscovy some years ago and could have annexed The Isles with his 3 provinces in 1469/71 as well. Thus I could have reached BBB in 1476/77, some years earlier than in the game.
     
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    France holds 94 provinces, incl. Ceuta in Africa = 7 to go for BBB.
    Moscov is cored for BtN.

    So we are just one war away from getting BBB. Next major truces to run out are with Burgundy (Apr.73) and with Novgorod (Oct.74). Muscovy proclaimed a guarantee for Novgorod.

    Already after the war with Muscovy in Feb.1468 I should have enabled the Golden Era. Several years before I had gained two age objectives, "present on two continents" and "large city" for Paris. I could have easily gotten a third, "control CoT" by upgrading London, Calais and Contentin to level 2. For 600 more ducats that I don't have, but with already more than 5k ducats in debt, not much of a difference. I was reluctant to do so, assuming I can do it at anytime, if really necessary. A short time after starting the next war I discovered to my displease, I can't upgrade (or downgrade) CoT, while being at war. So no chance to get the nice extras from the Golden Era for a long time. Hmpf!

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    With Queen-Regent Marie being 68 years old, I take every chance I get. This is not a Conquest War as usual. Impossilbe to take seven provinces out of Burgundy so close to the HRE, without triggering a coalition. This war is purely to play for the [old 1.29] Burgundian Inheritance (BI). So I will go for a complete occupation of the enemies and then sit on the war and wait. Which means I have to kill all their troops at some point or another. If the BI triggers, France will get all provinces in the French region, not belonging to the HRE. That is seven rich provinces (Picardie, Artois, Rethélois, Nivernais, Charolais, Auxerrois and Dijonnais). Immediate cores with no separatism. Very juicy, but also very random.

    In January I arranged a new alliance, with Bohemia. Castile has 19k troops left, momentary busy with Granadan Separatists, they got by an event. Maybe I can use my subject later in this war.
    My count of troops is 56/0/0, while the enemies have 53/20/0. This war will be about forts and sieges first of all. As usual my navy (13/0/0/20) will rule the waves and the AI is really bad with sieges. A little something to do in this war. I start with the area Burgundy and its three forts, while the 20k-stack in Calais will be shipped away behind the frontier to safety.

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    I can't say I knew it, but I hoped for this. A Pomeranian Conquest War on Brandenburg: Pomerania, Lüneburg and Brunswick vs Brandenburg, Anhalt and Wurzburg. Only possible because I deprived Brandenburg his alliance with Denmark last time. I want Pomerania to take Berlin, so I just need one war to get this key province for BtN.

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    Burgundy peaced out with Liege for full annexation, giving him another fort. 52k on Calais with a supply limit of 34. And Brabant's 11k-army seems to ran to my fort of Barrois in the woods, isolated. I just have to wait a few days until it is locked in and then my 18k-stack in Reims can go for a highly superior clash.
    Ending in a stackwipe of Brabant troops on 26.Jul.

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    The last two sieges of the forts in the Burgundy area are just over. Meanwhile AI-Burgundy made Duke Charles I of Burgundy into a general, which increases my chances for the BI.
    The battle of Chartres: I could have waited, as the enemy hasn't progressed very far with the siege of my fort. But, as I had two stacks of exactly 24k, I decided to go and attack into the 32 regiments (including some wounded) of Burgundy. Base morale is 4.18 to 3.93 for France, my general is a little better than his and he has some horses, which are really bad at Mil Tech 6. My main advantage is to use the combat width (CW), which is 24. That's why I start the battle with exactly 24 regiments, not one more, not one less. Burgundy has more than 24 regiments in the battle, so all extra regiments do nothing in the battle, but stand in the back row and take full morale damage. Once more: Regiments in the back row take the same morale damage as the units in front of them. That's why it is detrimental to throw regiments into a battle blindly once CW is filled. My second 24k-stack is just waiting in Valois. Should the first stack in the battle run out of morale or soldiers, this stack will fully reinforce. But just at the right moment.
    Another advantage to start these kind of battles is, that all hostile forces somewhat nearby are triggered to come over for help. So you can see the train of hostile stacks moving over from the north. And the siege of Calais? Given up completely. Not even a single-stack to preserve the siege progress. Everyone has left Calais. That's (another) fundamental mistake of the AI and one of the reasons I said: "AIs are really bad with sieges".
    Five days later Burgundy gives up the battle, before the arrival of his reinforcements. Probably because I have started to send over my second stack from Valois. Result: 8k casualties for Burgundy vs 5.3k for me and two of his sieges nullified.

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    I used the time after the last battle to get rid of 12k hostile troops by peacing out secondary participant Friesland. The usual tactic. I asked his neighbor East Frisia for mil and fleet access, used all my Transports to ship over a 20k-stack. Moved into his two provinces. Occupied Groningen and sieged the capital Friesland with the usual naval blockade. Quickly I got a separate peace with some money for me.
    On the opposite side I laid siege to Picardie.

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    I got Picardie at +21% progress. Next stage is the area Wallonia with the two forts in Liège and Luxemburg. For now the enemies decide to try their luck on sieges again. Fine for me. And ... Castile has started to move his 19k soldiers to France.

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    Our truce with Novgorod is over and promptly Muscovy has enough debts to dishonor. So I start this war as a backup. Should the BI not fire, I can gain 7 provinces from Novgorod for sure.

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    Another mass battle, in the woods of Rethélois. I don't have all the details anymore. It started with a 10k-stack of Holland trying to sneak through to somewhere. As I engaged him in Rethélois, many enemies were attracted. The Dutch survived and were sent home, but Burgundy's armies were locked in, so I had the terrain advantage in the second battle. Even Castile rushed in to help me. I made both of my sieges incomplete temporarily, to send over even more of my troops to the battle. This was a bit critical, as a full 20k-stack is on board of Transports to deal with the Novgorodians in the other war. This time Flanders kept sitting on the siege of Calais.

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    Novgorod's army tried to run to somewhere in Sweden. Bad luck they stayed in one of my coastal provinces and my fleet is so mobile.

    Some days before Pomerania successfully finished his war with Brandenburg. Well, at some point he got additional help of his ally Poland (+junior Lithuania). He grabbed five provinces for himself and forced Brandenburg to give away even more to others.

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    Both sieges in Wallonia are completed. While the enemies? Progress in Calais is on -64%. Last time it was -35%. Flanders left, Burgundy started anew. Now I will go for the two forts in Antwerpen and Brabant.

    Four days before, I dissolved my alliance with Poland. Plan: File a claim on Lithuania, declare on Poland, make Pomerania co-belligerent and take Berlin. This way I avoid the HRE to be called in. But this is something for Apr.1480.

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    The Novgorodians had to run home after the last battle in Västerbotten. My army was faster by ship. So I could start the occupation of unfortified stuff and let my main stack do the kill of the last hostile troops in Kexholm. No need to care much about forest terrain, as Novgorod hasn't seen the light of Mil Tech 6.

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    Oops, what's that? Pomerania with no significant allies?
    First on 5.Oct.75 Hungary (+Austria, Moldavia and Genoa) declared on Poland/Lithuania. Poland got isolated, as I deprived him of the protection of France and Pomerania would dishonor, probably because of some debt and war exhaustion. Thus now the alliance Poland-Pomerania has been broken too. Pomerania has refused the call for "unlawful" by Austria several times, so now he has fallen into disgrace and the HRE is not willing to defend greedy Pomerania anymore. My spynetwork has just finished the claim on Greifswald, so I have a valid CB.
    What a chance to take Berlin, so I quickly start this new war. Now I have to organize my three wars and I decide to prioritize Burgundy.
     
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    Burgundy, Novgorod (2nd) and Pomerania Part II

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    Before my army of soldiers goes to action again, I check what my army of diplomats has to do. 12 days after the start of the war, I am only interested in the AE-list. So a lot of German minors have to be persuaded, to go off this list in the next months and years.

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    In the Burgundian War it is time for a kill of all hostile troops, about 50k. On 7.Sep.75 the siege of Antwerpen was done and I placed a single stack on the fort of Den Haag. So the enemies have nowhere to hide. Every lost battle means the hostile armies can only retreat a short distance, where I can attack them anew, while them being on low morale. I just left a few troops behind in Novgorod and shipped back 15k for this stage of the war.
    I started the battle of Chartres again with exactly 24 regiments. Lead by my new star general J. de La Barthe (4/4/4/4), rolled with 90 AT. Castile sends in his last 16k. No good timing, but at least I can honor his intention to help.

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    The end of Burgundy's main army. Let's go to catch the other three enemy stacks.

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    The final of the bloodbath. In this war only some sieges are left and I can use Castile for this too. The warscore is close to 100% and the enemies can't build new troops. So I can ship over a lot of my soldiers to the other wars. Next I want to finish the Novgorodian War.

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    Aha, Pomerania visiting Luki. After the massacre in Burgundy I consolidated my armies a bit and raised a few new troops in this area. To have at least the minimum number for the siege of the Novgorodian fort in Luki. Thankfully Pomerania comes from the long distance province Vitebskas and I detected this nice plot in time. I can move my troops away to Kholm, avoiding the battle.
    AIs can't stand still and wait to defend. Once at war their armies look for targets. Weak hositle forces or provinces to occupy, with or without fort. If nothing to do at home they simply "ran away".

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    A small stopover. My 15k-stack was planned to be the reinforcement for the sieges of Luki and Novgorod's capital Soroka at the White Sea. But there is always a little time for a quick stackwipe.
    The Pomeranian 16k-stack has gone from Lithuania to Moskva and seems to be happy sieging my fort. So I return to the siege of Luki with my 6k-stack.

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    Half a year later. Luki 10.Oct.76. My troops moved on to Soroka and an appropriate fleet of mine has taken the long way to the White Sea. Now I can storm the capital fort. Naval barrage, moving in the additional 16 regiments of infantry and then an assault.

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    After the fall of Soroka I can demand the seven provinces I want from Novgorod. Coring can start and the last ones are scheduled for 10.Mar.80 to finish. But Novgorodian Separatists are pretty sure to come very soon. Either in Ladoga or Tikhvin, in any case in a ZOC of my fort in Novgorod.

    Burgundy: After taking Brabant on 24.Mar.76 and Vlaanderen on 12.Sep.76, only Den Haag is left over. But there is no hurry.
    The plan for BBB is now, whatever comes first: Sit and wait on Burgundy for the BI to fire. If the new cores from Novgorod are done in 1480, I can let Burgundy go in peace.

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    Huh, this was faster than expected. Since all Pomeranians run away, I came from two sides. A first stack via Lübeck in the west and then a second stack via Poland from the east. Military wise I could peace out, as I have enough warscore to grab Berlin. But my diplomats are still a bit busy.

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    And I need a new war. If I peace out Pomerania I have to prevent the call for "unlawful HRE territory" once more. The Burgundian War can end any second without my intervention, if the BI fires. As Queen-Regent Marie is now 72 years old and Louis will ascend to the throne only in Feb.80, I better start the new war immediately. I am not prepared for this war, but Scotland and Tyrone really aren't a force to fear.
    Oh, on 18.Apr.77 Pomerania won the siege of Moskva. Noone cares.

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    Time for peace has come. Actually only Frankfurt is left on the AE-list. The others are on a truce (like England or Muscovy) or are in a war with me (like Burgundy or Scotland). I have to do the coring of these new German provinces in two steps. First Greifswald and only after this is completed, I can start the coring of Berlin (now called Brandebourg). This will take about six years in total.

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    I have waited for you, rebels. As coring is halted during a siege, I will lose a few days for BBB until my army wipes out this pests.

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    In the Scottish War the enemies did occupy some of my provinces, before I could ship over some of my troops. I have cleaned that up partially already and the hostile forces are stalemated in Sutherland and Shetland. So I can do my sieges.

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    Since Apr.78 I have the "Call for Peace". It is five years after the start of the Burgundian war and my warscore is better than +67%. A bit of extra WE, no big deal. I am ready to take this for the next two years, for the chance to get 7 provinces for free. Rebels in Burgundy? Not my problem. Even if they take over some provinces with forts, chances for BI aren't altered as long as my warscore is above +75%.
    Lately I have filled up my manpower by twice using "slacken standards" from the army professionalism mechanic.

    Scotland: Warscore is on 100%. Tyrone is sieged down and peaced out. The isolated Scots are killed and completely occupied.

    Many of my troops are in Southern France now. I guess, this means something?!
     
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    France holds 103 provinces, incl. Ceuta in Africa, 7 more to be cored for BBB.
    Moscov is cored, Berlin is owned for BtN.

    BBB is just a matter of some months. Either when the cores in the former provinces of Novgorod are done or if the BI fires. So I keep sitting on Burgundy. I am doing the same to Scotland, as I need that war until Brandebourg (Berlin) is cored. Or I have another war I can sit on to avoid the call for "unlawful".

    All that's left for this campaign is to find a way to Vienna. As it is impossible to go the direct route via Switzerland to Austria, I have to come from the other side, the Balkans. Because of the coring range I can't take anything on the Adriatic coast for now. Firstly, I need a foothold in Italy.

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    Naples it is. So I declare on his overlord Aragon.
    The 17k-stack already in Spain is to take the fort in Huesca for free. That are actually 16k from Castile attached to a single-stack of mine. The 23k-stack in Southern France will go to Navarra and the other 24 regiments are on the territory of my friend The Papal State, to pay a visit to Ferrara.

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    The pictures repeat: Instant kill of the minor's army. Next, win the small battle on sea to get naval superiority for a blockade of his capital. Send a stack over to start the siege of the fort. Maybe I have to wait for the other province Modena to be occupied, maybe not. That's all I have to do to eliminate Aragon's ally early in the war.

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    On 23.Nov.78 Ferrara was willing to go out of the war already. I have transferred most of that army to my other friend the Ottomans, next to Ragusa.

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    In Spain Navarra's army is also dead, I started the siege of the vassal's capital and the fort in Huesca is under my control. As all Aragonese head north to my fort in Narbonnais, I can spread out into his territory.

    Oh yeah, 1.Jan.1479, the beginning of a new era. The age of cannons has come.
    Take another loan, for about 8k ducats debt in total now. Embrace Renaissance, tech up to 7 in Mil and order some units of artillery. A lot of sieges are still to be done in this campaign and time is money, not?

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    For Ragusa it is the same fate as for Ferrara. Mil Tech 7 includes +0.25 tactics and I am the only one in this war to have it. Nice.

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    On 10.Mar.79 Ragusa left the war for some money. Too bad I couldn't grab anything or vassalize him, as he is too big. It wasn't possible to co-belli him, because of the scripted guarantee of Ottomans from the start.
    Nafarroa 16.Jun.79, with the help of my first 4 cannons. As the siege of Napoli is more important than that of València, I will ship over my high tech weapons to Italy.

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    With the fall of Napoli on 22.Sep.79, after just 128 days, I can demand from Aragon all I want. Two provinces in Italy from Naples are now painted in blue. Lucania (south west) is the most distant province I can core. Once this core is finished, I will also be able to core all coastal provinces in the Adriatic. Bari, north east of Lucania, is to share a sea tile with Austria, so I can file a claim on Dalmatien.

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    Last days in the office for Marie. At the end of the month Louis reaches adulthood and can take over the reign. Only because of Marie's longevity I could declare so many wars after Charles' XII pass away. So without her, my campaign could have been ruined. A big thank you and enjoy your retirement, Marie!

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    BBB is done.

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    So let's celebrate the achievement by declaring a war on England. I have no intention to take anymore lands, it is just for money. Besides cash and war reps I finally want to get a third age objective. To avoid spending 600 ducats to upgrade 3 CoT, I am going for "Humiliate Rival". As the peace term "show strength" doesn't fulfill the age objective, I can use a normal Conquest-CB as well.
    Because Portugal renewed his starting alliance with England, he is on my list of war enemies once more. The 1k-stack in Cuenca is the designated controller for the 16k of Castile. As these armies were exiled with the conclusion of the Aragonese war, the game automatically detached armies. Castile's army went to Cuenca to unblackflag and I did the same. But then Castile refused to reattach to my army, although we were still in two wars together. Subjects' interactions and the attach system are sometimes ... hmpf!
    This time the fort in Évora is really mothballed and a 7k-stack of mine is already on the way to take it. I just count on the fact, that Castille will attach to me now again and AI-Portugal isn't aggressive enough to attack my 7k-stack immediately.

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    The BI didn't fire and I got BBB, so it is time to let Burgundy go. For money and a lot of rebels. Somewhere I picked up the trick that taking Defender of Faith (DoF) clears out "Call for Peace". But it didn't work here. Either it was removed from the game meanwhile or the conditions are different, I don't know.
    Post-game I checked the chances for the [old] BI with the formulas in the Wiki. I had all modifiers (+75% war score, ruler a general) except the heir wasn't a general. In this case the mean time to happen (MTTH) is about 90 months or 7 1/2 years. I sat for 7 years on Burgundy, so my chance was substantial, but still somewhat less than 50%. In the end I used a lot of resources for this war and got out very little. Well good, that's life.

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    England's home army died in Norfolk, the others stay in Ireland with no intention to come over. But I have blocked the strait with one ship anyway. All my canons are on the level-1 fort in Norfolk, many single stacks are carpet sieging in England and a 12k-stack for Inner Hebrides, the capital of The Isles. Oh, the level-2 fort in Montgomery (Wales)? Mothballed and already taken for free again.

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    The Castilian army did indeed attach to me again and the Portoguese army (21k) did run away to Ceuta. Évora is taken and the siege of Lisboa is started. I have ordered 6 more cannons, which I should have done some months before. Anyways, I have sent a transport to each of the producing provinces.

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    The Isles went out of the war after the fall of Inner Hebrides on 19.Sep.80. Lisboa 3.Nov.80 in 151 days, after I transferred my new cannons over to the siege. This time I have waited with the peace deal a few days, until the Castilian stack has been on home ground again.

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    I continued the war against isolated England for some months. First I gathered all my forces, before crossing the strait Aryshire-Ulster. In Ireland I bypassed any battles with the 45k hostile forces and just aimed for the occupation of England's vassal Sligo.
    As this has been done a few days ago, I can demand my tribute from England. I assume, humiliating England is part of any true French campaign somehow, not?

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    Rebels in Brandebourg (Berlin). Brandenburgian Separatists imported from Pomerania, intending to siege my fort in their former capital. I will probably get a rebellion myself from these separatists at some time (40% progress atm). Unfortunately I am not allowed to solve the problem by increasing autonomy in Berlin. Because Pomerania did that already.

    On 15.Jun.81 I could start the Golden Era, finally.
    After the short interruption coring of Berlin is now scheduled for 16.Aug.83, that of Lucania for 29.Oct.82.
     
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    Austria, Hungary and some others

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    France holds 105 provinces, BBB is done.
    Moscov is cored, Berlin is owned for BtN.

    All preparations for the next and last big war are underway. I have justed picked "Transfer Subject" as second age ability. This allows also "claims bordering claims". After filing a claim on Dalmatien (Austria), I can fabricate on Lika (Hungary) this way.

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    News from the court. Nice Queen. Well, EU4er only look at points, obviously.

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    So here we go.
    I needed two days of peace, so I finished the old Scottish War from May.1477 and let him go for some money. Then I allied Milan and set Austria as new rival. As I want some help for this war, I declare on Hungary, so I can call the Ottomans in with the promise of land. The alliance with Milan is helpful, as I can use his territories as start base to attack Genoa. Milan is also a replacement for The Papal State, who will join the war on the other side. Austria is made a co-belligerent in this war, so the price for taking Wien is as small as possible (AE and warscore). However, it means having to fight five more nations.

    Let's see the troop numbers:
    Ottomans 79/92, France 62/62
    Austria 52/78, Hungary 44/51, The Papal State 22/24, Genoa 20/22, Augsburg 12/12, Saxony 11/14, Moldavia 10/14, The Palatinate 10/11, Ravensburg 10/10
    In total: 141 vs 191, something to do. Otoh Austria and Hungary try to help me as well. Five of their forts are mothballed. Yes, five! I have contemplated, if I can take two and hold them. But I haven't seen a way to do so. Thus I content myself with the fort in Dalmatien, which will also open the door to heartland Austria for the Ottomans. So I have a 20-stack in Kotor (Ottomans) on the way to Dubrovnik (Ragusa).
    Other than that my general strategy will be to eliminate the minor hostile participants to isolate Austria/Hungary. Firstly the Italians, Genoa and The Papal State, for whom I can use my old alliance to stay on his provinces in advance.

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    Genoa out, The Papal State in.
    One land battle, one small ship sinking and Genoa already goes his own ways.
    Sometimes it takes months until allies of a co-belligerent get their CtA. Here The Papal State is already in and I have caught his army drilling in Avignon. But I misjudged the numbers. With 34 (incl. 16 Castilians) vs 22 I don't get enough casualties in the first 12 days of the battle to get a stackwipe.

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    So I need a guarding stack in Romagna to prevent the Papal troops from coming home. The siege in Avignon is not for real, all my efforts are for Roma. My best siege general (4 pips) and my fleet are already in position, the 10 cannons are just rolling over.

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    On the Balkans I have taken the fort in Dalmatien on 11.Jun.82. Because Ottomans dawdle around or play with Moldavia, I have temporarily retreated a bit.
    Besides Espionage Idea #4 (-20% AE), I have also taken Defender of Catholic Faith this day.

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    As the fort in Roma has just surrendered, I can get rid of The Papal State.
    The Ottomans seem to follow my instructions to march into Hungary. So I moved my Balkan 20-stack forward again to secure Lika, the war goal. Now I can ship over the troops from Italy to this port in Hungary.

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    That's what I call a cooperation. 9 siege pips by me, -66% on each siege phase for a total of 10 days by the Ottomans. For now me and my friend have concentrated all our troops in Hungary. Except for my "Spanish stack", 2k French + 16k Castilians. As subject regiments can't use my boats, I have sent this stack north to Calais, where nasty Saxons are trying to siege my fort.

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    I am Pope again. That was unexpected, chances were just 2 out of 7. But thanks for the additional -20% AE and the other stuff for being Curia Controller. At 100 prestige I have accumulated a total AE reduction of 60% for the moment. Not bad, I think.

    Pest 22.Feb.83, Wien is already at +49%. After a small stop in Italy to liberate Bari, I have transferred a full 20k-stack home, as more nasty hostile small stacks show up in my provinces. Like Austria in the Provence and Augsburg in Chartres. But the battle with Moldavia in Narbonnais will be another failure, as I miss the stackwipe. Moldavia has also Mil Tech 7 and with Mil tactics on 1.25 now, the mutual casualties are way less than in earlier years. Thus the weakling escapes.

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    Wien 11.Jun.83. Now I can bring my two armies with the cannons via Bohemia to Germany. The Spanish stack has already sneaked through from France to Ravensburg. I will concentrate to siege down the four German countries to get them out of the war. Their sieges on my forts in Northern France are very slow as usual.
    My remaining 20-stack is on the way back from South France by ship to the Adriatic to support the Ottomans. Unfortunately, after the successful siege of Nándorfehérvár (Serbia) on 27.Feb.83, AI-Ottomans lost completely the line. Running here and there. Partly heading for the fort in Besarabia (Moldavia), which he desires, partly returning to Hungary, to defend occupied territory. Resulting in such silly moves like seen above. The 21k-stack in Varasd runs into 70k enemies, while his nearest troops are 5 or more provinces away.

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    The battle in Sopron got lost in July, as all reinforcements came too late, as predicted. Now we have a small revenge battle in Somogy.
    In Germany Ravensburg is on +42% and Augsburg already taken down, after my artillery arrived. So I can peace out Augsburg, lifting their siege of Chartres.

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    Ravensburg is done and will leave the war the next day. The sieger of Augsburg have moved on to Oberpfalz, to work on the level-3 fort of The Palatinate.
    In Hungary, the Ottomans are in trouble again. After the swift victory in Somogy, one stack reoccupied Sopron, while the others went ... somewhere. I try to help again with my 20 infantry and my general I. de Luynes (4/4/6/2).
    A few days later we will lose this battle. Most important are my sieges in Germany. So if such disadvantageous battles help to keep Austria/Hungary busy, I can get over a few thousand lost soldiers.

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    I always protect my sieges to avoid some unpleasant surprises with so many hostile forces running around. But the enemies seem to be content with liberating some of their home provinces. So The Palatinate is the next to go out of the war. The siege stack with the 10 cannons can roll over to Saxony, to crack the next level-3 fort in Sachsen.

    Although the campaign isn't far from completion I invest several hundred Adm points to take the first two ideas of the Administrative Idea Group. "Adaptability" (-25% Core Creation Costs) also reduces the time to create cores, which saves some months for BtN. As a side effect I unlock the French Nat Idea #2. The famous "Elan!", giving +20% land morale.

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    The job in Sachsen is done already, so the last secondary participant Saxony is eliminated. My other armies are already in or around Wien again. First some cheeky Moldavians will be kicked away. Again no stackwipe.
    As I want to take a lot of lands from Hungary, I need around 90% warscore. The Ottomans have just sieged down the fort in Temes (South Hungary), good.

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    Trencsén in the Slovakian mountains is my next target. The Austrian 35.9k-stack is moving away, maybe to Moldavia. AI-Ottomans has splitted up his armies once more. Again I am rushing to help him in Dalmatien. 20k infantry, led by R. de Saint-Esprit (3/5/5/1) are on the way from Sopron down to the coast.

    Oh yeah, Bohemia. After finishing his Polish War recently, he has signaled his interest to join my war against his rivals. As I control all key provinces, I have called him in now.

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    The Ottomans' army hold out long enough in Dalmatien, so my reinforcement could arrive in time to turn the battle around into our favor. Trencsén has surrendered, but I need at least one more fort. Thus I will work on Kärnten, as well as on Zemplén, here with the cannons from Trencsén soon to arrive.

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    Zemplén 5.Nov.84. The Castilians got caught by the Austrians in Szabolcs. A consequence of two problems in the game. The UI showed no battle to be expected and the asynchronicity with my stack, the Castilians were attached to. My stack arrived one day earlier in Zemplén and escaped the battle, my poor subject not. But, as I only negotiate with Hungary, this doesn't matter anymore. The "battle in progress" modifier is for Austria, not for Hungary.

    Ottomans are not so happy with the deal, because they think they have a war parcitipation of about 50%. Well. I give them one province in Visoki. That will still cost me some trust, but it will be enough to keep the alliance alive.
    The AE-list looks fine. All nations are on a truce with me, except Muscovy.

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    Deal signed. Wien is mine. For a coastal connection I had to take the provinces Lika, Zagreb, Varasd and Sopron.

    The reasons, why I have taken Pozsony in addition, as well as the next war target to prevent the call for "unlawful" ... next time.
     
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    Livonion Order (2nd) and Muscovy (2nd)

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    France holds 110 provinces, BBB is done.
    Moscov and Berlin are cored, Vienna is owned for BtN.

    After the glorious victory over Austria/Hungary last time, France exceeded the mark of 1000 development for the first time in the game. So I could upgrade the government rank to Empire, giving some long awaited bonuses like the Cultural Union or +5 state slots. With the new total of 20 state slots and provinces in 51 areas, I could reduce my corruption from territories from -0.42 to -0.22 per year. Which is still about 6.3 ducats per month, more than 10% of my base income.

    To get BtN as fast as possible I have released Nitra as a vassal. Seen in light blue east of Vienna. That is why I took Pozsony for from Hungary. Now Vienna (Wien or Vienne as it is called now) is adjacent to a core of a subject. So I can start the coring of Vienne immediately and it is scheduled for 17.Feb.87.

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    Better let's declare a new war the same day. Before HREmperor Austria gets the idea to kindly ask me to return Vienne to him, because of "unlawful territory".
    As I have a truces with 32 countries, I don't have that many options. Thus I decide for one more round with LO and friends.

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    Not a serious challenge, I just need some time for my troops to march into the right area. Oh yeah, some rebels in Moskva. The 20k-stack in Moldavia will handle this in passing. A bit of caution about rebels and hostile stacks sneaking to Vienne to interrupt the coring is the most important job for me in this last period of the game.

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    Business as usual. Riga is already out, LO completely occupied and just two forts in TO to be sieged.

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    On 16.Feb.86 TO left the war after the fall of the fort in Osterode, so I am on 100% versus LO.
    Even if this campaign will finish in half a year, I can't resist. Just sitting on LO is too boring and the mothballed fort is too attractive. A 15k-stack in Krim and my Heavies in the Black Sea for Theodoro.

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    I waited until the core in Lika (Hungary) was created. So I can fully annex LO now, without getting OE of more than 100.
    Theodoro got peaced out on 19.Oct.86.

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    Vienna is cored as planned. BtN is done.

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    France holds 116 provinces and 1072 in development.
    Plus a winning war against Muscovy.

    The end.
     
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