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After a lengthy hiatus, the ACAs are back, this time under the supervision of me, your friendly AAR fan Nikolai. Last time the ACAs were held were Q2 2019, and here we are - one whole year later. As such, we will consider 2019 closed, and 2020 opened.

This time around you can vote for any AAR that had an update between January 1st 2020 and June 30th 2020 (inclusive). In other words, this ACA will cover H1 2020/Q1+Q2 2020.

Voting will start now and end in six weeks, at 20.00 CEST Sunday August 2nd.

You may nominate up to four AARs for each of the following games:

Europa Universalis IV
Crusader Kings II
Victoria II
Hearts of Iron IV
Stellaris
Imperator: Rome


and up to four additional games in the "Other" category, which includes all other Paradox Development Studio games not mentioned above. Kindly use the following format:

[Name of game/"other"]
1. AAR name, author, URL
2. AAR name, author, URL
3. AAR name, author, URL
4. AAR name, author, URL

If an URL has already been posted once, there is no need to put it up again.

The deadline for voting is 20.00 CEST Sunday August 2nd.

With that said, it is now time for the voting to begin!

- Nikolai, host of the ACAs
 
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To be entirely honest, this has been quite a disappointing demi-year for AARs, I personally have not had much time to read them so I really just cast away any AARs that weren't amazing by the first chapters, only one really stood out and kept me reading, and hence it will be the only one I am to vote for.

Vicky 2

1. Jihad on the Savannah: A Vic2 serious Sokoto AAR, by @mad orc
2.
3.
4.

Mad orc's style of writing is unique in that he really resonates his incredible knowledge on some of the most niche topics. JotS is exemplary in this.

EDIT: Just to be clear, I am not saying all the other AARs were bad, I am just saying that none of them stood out to me personally ;)
 
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Europa Universalis 4:

1.
2.
3.
4.

Crusader Kings 2:

1. Before Plantagenet - A House D'Anjou AAR by JabberJock14 https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/before-plantagenet-a-house-danjou-aar.1014631/
2. The People of the Forest by Dunaden https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-people-of-the-forest.1230760/
3. Letters of the Iconoclast (Theme of Thracesia AAR) by 5ar https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...he-iconoclast-theme-of-thracesia-aar.1379645/
4.

Victoria 2:

1. Jihad on the Savannah: A Vic2 serious Sokoto AAR by mad orc https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...e-savannah-a-vic2-serious-sokoto-aar.1362329/
2.
3.
4.

HoI4:

1. The Thorn of the Rose by stnylan https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-thorn-of-the-rose.1385418/
2.
3.
4.

Stellaris:

1. Stardancers - A Federations AAR by RossN https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/stardancers-a-federations-aar.1364069/
2.
3.
4.


Imperator: Rome:

1.
2.
3.
4.

Other:

1. Inevitable Defeat - Slovakia '44 by El Pip https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/inevitable-defeat-slovakia-44.571801/
2. Talking Turkey: Alternate History from 1936 by Bullfilter https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/talking-turkey-alternate-history-from-1936.996127/
3. Civis Romanus Sum (An EU-Rome Vae Victis AAR) by Bullfilter https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/civis-romanus-sum-an-eu-rome-vae-victis-aar.1102893/
4.


More to be added later
 
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I've generally shied away from these things as I've never been good at picking favorites, but I figured I'd throw my hat in the ring finally this time around.

Incomplete ballot; watch this space for updates:

Europa Universalis IV
1. Here Dwells God - A Jewish Poland AAR, Part Two, by @Tommy4ever ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/here-dwells-god-a-jewish-poland-aar-part-two.1399532/ )
2. The Lion and the Lilly - History of the Angevin Empire, by @Crimson Lionheart ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...e-lilly-history-of-the-angevin-empire.1345308 )
3.
4.

Crusader Kings II
1. Before Plantagenet – A House d’Anjou AAR, by @JabberJock14 ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/before-plantagenet-a-house-danjou-aar.1014631/ )
2. Here Dwells God - A Jewish Poland AAR, by @Tommy4ever ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/here-dwells-god-a-jewish-poland-aar.1387906/ )
3. House Targaryen: The Abridged Works of Maester Jon, by @Remful ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...-abridged-works-of-maester-jon.1258849/page-5 )
4. Mistresses of the Jungle – Amazonia AAR (Warhammer: Geheimnisnacht), by @dark_melancholy ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...mazonia-aar-warhammer-geheimnisnacht.1044156/ )


Victoria II
1. Jihad on the Savannah: A Vic2 serious Sokoto AAR, by @mad orc ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...e-savannah-a-vic2-serious-sokoto-aar.1362329/ )
2. Empire for Liberty: America in the Long Nineteenth Century, by @volksmarschall ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...in-the-long-nineteenth-century.981654/page-34 )
3. The Most Sublime Porte - An Ottoman AAR, by @Riotkiller ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-most-sublime-porte-an-ottoman-aar.1127418/ )
4. 1901: Essays on the End of the Victorian Era - A British AAR, by @BigBadBob ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...d-of-the-victorian-era-a-british-aar.1401290/ )

Hearts of Iron IV
1. A Royal Prerogative - A UK AAR, by @Le Jones ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/a-royal-prerogative-a-uk-aar.1365990/ )
2. The Thorn of the Rose, by @stnylan ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-thorn-of-the-rose.1385418/ )
3. The Black Star: A Kaiserreich Liberia AAR, by @The Living Hive ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-black-star-a-kaiserreich-liberia-aar.1389614/ )
4. The Saar Offensive a single battle AAR, by @GeneralMiller ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...ve-a-single-battle-aar.1400637/#post-26718836)

Stellaris
1. Stardancers - A Federations AAR, by @RossN ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/stardancers-a-federations-aar.1364069/ )
2. No Love, No Comfort - A Stellaris Fanfiction [COMPLETE], by @Methone ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...fort-a-stellaris-fanfiction-complete.1375987/ )
3. Thy Will Be Done | A Scion AAR, by @EliasTobias ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/thy-will-be-done-a-scion-aar.1387291/ )
4.

Imperator: Rome
1.
2.
3.
4.

Other
1. Quick and Dirty 2: A Soviet Resurgence (HOI3 - March 1944 start), by @Bullfilter ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...iet-resurgence-hoi3-march-1944-start.1301171/ )
2. Shōwa Democracy - A Darkest Hour Kaiserreich Cold War AAR (Japan), by @Health ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...-hour-kaiserreich-cold-war-aar-japan.1302438/ )
3. Civis Romanus Sum (An EU-Rome Vae Victis AAR), by @Bullfilter ( https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/civis-romanus-sum-an-eu-rome-vae-victis-aar.1102893/ )
4.
 
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Happy to already have six voters in! :D Keep 'em coming!
 
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Will fill in more of this later.

Europa Universalis 4:

1.
2.
3.
4.

Crusader Kings 2:

1. The dynasty which wouldn't die - a Zengi AAR by Yvanoff
2.
3.
4.

Victoria 2:

1. Echoes of A New Tomorrow: Life after Revolution in the Commonwealth of Britain by Densley Blair
2. Jihad on the Savannah: A Vic2 serious Sokoto AAR by mad orc
3. Vpřed, Zachadie! A 20th Century HtA Zachadia AAR by Kienzle
4. The Most Sublime Porte by Riotkiller

HoI4:

1.
2.
3.
4.


Imperator: Rome:

1.
2.
3.
4.

Other:

1. Shōwa Democracy - A Darkest Hour Kaiserreich Cold War AAR (Japan) by Heath
2.
3.
4.
 
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Oh brilliant! Thanks for setting this up, Nikolai. I don't get a chance to read many AARs but I've definitely got a few "go-to's"! I'll put down the template and come back with some additions before August 2nd.

Europa Universalis 4:

1. The Lion and the Lilly - History of the Angevin Empire by @Crimson Lionheart
2.
3.
4.

Crusader Kings 2:

1. Before Plantagenet – A House d’Anjou AAR, by @JabberJock14
2.
3.
4.

Victoria 2:

1.
2.
3.
4.

HoI4:

1. A Royal Prerogative - A UK AAR, by @Le Jones
2.
3.
4.


Imperator: Rome:

1.
2.
3.
4.
 
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Thirteenth post, unlucky for some! Firstly well done to Nikolai for bringing this back, and now without further ado my list!


Europa Universalis 4:

1. Italian Ambitions: A Florence AAR by @JerseyGiants88 (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/italian-ambitions-a-florence-aar.916434/)
2. Here Dwells God - A Jewish Poland AAR, Part Two by @Tommy4ever (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/here-dwells-god-a-jewish-poland-aar-part-two.1399532/)
3. Historical Record of the Regiment de Grenadiers a Pied de Normandie by @cm_spitfire (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...nt-de-grenadiers-a-pied-de-normandie.1242741/)
4. Punching Through with Prussia by @jscaco (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/punching-through-with-prussia.1383762/)

Crusader Kings 2:

1. Here Dwells God - A Jewish Poland AAR by @Tommy4ever (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/here-dwells-god-a-jewish-poland-aar.1387906/)
2. Lords of the Caucasus: A Bagratid Armenia AAR by @Werson (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/lords-of-the-caucasus-a-bagratid-armenia-aar.1352610/)
3. The People of the Forest by @Dunaden (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-people-of-the-forest.1230760/)
4. A Fist to the Dark-Blooded: A (hopeful) Megacampaign AAR by @DiagorasCinna (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...k-blooded-a-hopeful-megacampaign-aar.1360189/)

Victoria 2:

1. Jihad of the Savannah: A serious Sokoto AAR by @mad orc (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...e-savannah-a-vic2-serious-sokoto-aar.1362329/)
2. May the Sun Never Set: A British AAR by @Jape (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/may-the-sun-never-set-a-british-aar.1394423/)
3. Empire for Liberty: America in the Long Nineteenth Century by @volksmarschall (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...merica-in-the-long-nineteenth-century.981654/)
4. Echoes of A New Tomorrow: Life After the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Britain by @DensleyBlair (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...ution-in-the-commonwealth-of-britain.1201433/)

HoI4:

1. A Royal Prerogative - A UK AAR by @Le Jones (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/a-royal-prerogative-a-uk-aar.1365990/)
2. Patria, Justicia y Libertad - - Synarchist Mexico AAR by @RedTemplar (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...cia-y-libertad-synarchist-mexico-aar.1246731/)
3. The Azure Dragon Soars Again by @vyshan (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-azure-dragon-soars-again.1300229/)
4. Reign of Glory: A Japanese AAR by @zSCHIZOz (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/reign-of-glory-a-japanese-aar.1370177/)

Stellaris

1. Stardancers - A Federations AAR by @RossN (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/stardancers-a-federations-aar.1364069/)

2. Pax Astra - A Stelaris AAR by @Rawghi (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/pax-astra-a-stellaris-aar.1362430/)

3. Superior Arguments - A Stellaris AAR by @eoncommander (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/superior-arguments-a-stellaris-aar.1149584/)

4. A Never Ending Struggle by @crisrko (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/a-never-ending-struggle.1307129/)



Imperator: Rome:


1. An Empire in the West: A Syracuse AAR by @RossN (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/an-empire-in-the-west-a-syracuse-aar.1175204/)
2. Dawn of a New Day by @Jehzir (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/dawn-of-a-new-day.1397286/)
3. Rule Kartago by @Nikolai (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/rule-kartago.1292603/)
4. The Eternal City - A Rome AAR by @Stuckenschmidt (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-eternal-city-a-rome-aar.1267210/)

Other:

1. Hearts of Iron 2: The Butterfly Effect: A British AAR by @El Pip (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-butterfly-effect-a-british-aar.229679/) (one of the marvels of this place and something I was reading long before I was active actually posting on these fora, everyone should read it)
2. Hearts of Iron 3: Der Adler, der Wolf, und die Sonne: Die Geschichte des Stahlpakts by @Wraith11B (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...-sonne-die-geschichte-des-stahlpakts.1067851/)
3. Hearts of Iron 3: 'Odin' and Stalin's Secret Committee by @roverS3 (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/odin-and-stalins-secret-committee.1000475/)
4. EU-Rome Vae Victis: Civis Romanus Sum (An EU-
Rome Vae Victis AAR) by @Bullfilter (https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/civis-romanus-sum-an-eu-rome-vae-victis-aar.1102893/)
 
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I'll admit I've never strayed away from the Stellaris forums, hence the short ballot. But there is a lot of good AAR's over there!

Stellaris

1. Songs of the Saiiban- A Poetic AAR by @Chilango2
2. Pax Astra - A Stellaris AAR by @Rawghi
3. No Love, No Comfort - A Stellaris Fanfiction by @Methone
4. Stardancers - A Federations AAR by @RossN
Hey, thanks for mentioning me! Though I'm not sure mine should qualify as an AAR, since it's really more just a fanfiction idea I had from, at one point, seeing an XT-489 Machine FE.
 
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Hey, thanks for mentioning me! Though I'm not sure mine should qualify as an AAR, since it's really more just a fanfiction idea I had

I think you're right about No Love, No Comfort being a fanfiction rather than an AAR. But I've never seen a fanfiction disqualified/removed from the ACA's before. All of my Stellaris Stories are fanfictions, not AARs; and each of them has received one or two ACA votes in the past with no issues.

Of course, I've only been on these forums for a couple of years, so I'm not an authority on the subject by any measure. If someone like @Nikolai or a Mod rules against me, I can change my ballot quickly enough. Otherwise, I'd like to give No Love, No Comfort the recognition I believe it has earned.
 
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As a former ACA organiser, my instinct would be that everything in AARland is fair game, no discrimination. Someone With more authority in this situation may think differently, but my hunch would be not.
 
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I've got to agree with Macavity116, if it's been accepted without comment in the past there's no reason to change what isn't broken.
 
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