- Jan 13, 2007
Dear readers, welcome to my new AAR. Since I began to play the Paradox games I was amazed by the fact than you can begin a game in the deep of the Medieval times, and to finish it in the 1950's passing by several titles.
This AAR is going to spread on 3 Paradox titles, respectivly EU3- Napoleon's Embitions, Victoria without revolutions and finally, Hearts of Iron II- Doomsday, obviously with the nation of Mexico.
This is my first AAR out of the HoI2 world, and the timeline spend playing on EU3 is going to be very short, 10 years maximum. This first part will cover the birth of the nation of Meixico, from its first days to its full independence. Of course you realise than this no-so-mega campaign will be shorter than those featuring European nations starting in the Medieval era.
As there is unfortunatly no converter designed for EU3 to Victoria games, the 'conversion' to Victoria will be made trough modding. As EU3 its well know for its lack of historical events and possibility to recreated the history easily (espically if its done by the AI) there will be only 2 different outcomes to this first part:
1. If Mexico is liberated from the Spanish colonial forces by 1821, something than wasnt done at this date, i allow myself to begin my Victoria game with the borders gained during th war of independence, and right governement type if there is a change regarding it.
2. If Mexico is only liberated partially, if I had to scede provinces to Spain to win the peace or if Im destroyed completly, the Victoria game is going to start in our timeline Mexico.
Now, enough of discussion, let me present you our glorious nation in its very first days of existence.
The whole Spanish colonial Empire, already in economical decay, is revolting against its European master. The colonies of Colombia and Chile already proclaimed their independence, in a vast uprising against Spain wich is eased by the conquest of this once proud Empire by Napoléon I Bonaparte, emperor of the French.
The history of independent Mexico begins in September 16, 1810, while the independence forces led by the catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo marched in the capital of the viceroyalty of New Spain. The Independentist movement is quickly gaining support from the population of the entire colony, and soon, an army is organised to fight the opressor.
By December, the independentists controled several cities in the central plateau of Mexico, and established their capital in the city of the same name. A total of 7.000 Mexicans are forming the army of this new nation, opposing the 8.000 Spanish colonial forces.
The situation of the Mexicans independentist forces is more or less a desesperate one. The Spanish outnumber the Mexicans a little, but the rebels have a better knowledge of the territory. On the other hand, this same territory is almost entirely controled by the colonial forces. The former viceroy of New Spain can still hope for reimforciments, its unlikely than they will arrive quickly considering the war in Spain itself where the French army is fighting an open rebellion and a British army. The Royal Navy is the unchallenged master of the seas since the Battle of Trafalgar. But when Napoleon will bring the Iberian peninsula back to order, because its unlikely than he will fail to, Spain won't waste time sail forward to the New World to bring her colonies back to their right place.
This is why Miguel Hidalgo and the revolutionary forces have to be quick: the rebels' main target are the strategical coastal cities of Veracruz and Acapulco. Those cities, the only ones to be fortificated, are vital to the colonial forces' as this is where their supplies arrive from. The region of Tlaxcala is also important as it is the center of nearly all trades in Central America.
Black line represent priority
Red line represent the vital area
The map above represent the early priorities for the revolution- Hidalgo's army will abandon its position near the Rio Grande to rescue the menaced capital of Mexico. After, the troops shall be reorganized and will march toward the goals established by the independentist generals. When the most important cities will be secured, the troops shall be divided to liberate the northern and southern provinces still controled by the colonial forces.
On the diplomatic front, there is still hopes. The young United States of America, even if not supporting us in men and weapons, is diplomatically on our side, and on the side of every nation than wish to liberate itself from the colonial powers. France loosed almost all its interests in the Americas after Napoleon sold Louisianna, and are very busy in Europe. They are not a menace. The United Kingdom is in favor of anything than weaken France's allies, and are pleased to see rival colonial empires to crumble as their did. The revolutionary governement of Mexico have very good relations with the other independentist movements of South America, like Chile and Bolivia. When their own country shall be liberated, its sure than the Mexicans shall support their brothers in their struggle for freedom.
That's it, I hope than you enjoyed that first update of this grand campaign than only presented the starting situation.