How To Run a Minor Nation Into The Ground: A Series In Three PartsPart One: The Epic Tale of Moldavia
Hello everyone. This is about my fifth or so EU3 game, and so far I've managed to lead Munster to ruin, Castille to religious rebellion, Modena to death within a year of my assuming control, and Brandenburg from mediumi/minor faction to major player in German politics, and back to ruin at the hands of her neighbors. If I were an ingame advisor, I'd probably come with negative modifiers for every tech upgrade and lower military morale, with at best a minor bonus directed at lowering inflation. I imagine kings would attempt to trick their rivals into hiring me, knowing that would cause their ruin faster than any war.
Although I have a moderately successful Castillian game going on now, I still have an urge to give a smaller nation a try. Better yet, I decided to write an AAR in the hopes of at least amusing others with my inevitable downfall. I had first planned on doing one on Modena, but several failed starts later I set my eye on ruining the relatively inoffensive eastern european single province minor Moldavia.
This AAR will fcus more on gameplay than narrative. I'm hoping that by writing everything out like this I'll learn more about my mistakes, and hopefully amuse some of the far better players on these forums.
Here it goes:
The Epic Tale of Moldavia
The year is 1453 nd I've taken control of Moldavia, a poor single faction province surrounded entirely by A. much more powerful factions and B. Factions that are vassals of those powerful factions. The starting king is Petra II Aron, with a mediocre score of Admin 6,Diplomacy 5,and Military 5.
Taking a look at the available advisors and finding none of interest, I Set my tech slides to mostly govt. and second Production, mint as little as possible, and send all my diplomats off to fail to arrange alliances with neighboring Poland and Hungary. I also turn the king into a surprisingly good general, just on the off chance I see an opportunity to expand.
I set myself for a long time waiting to be conquered by a greedy neighbor when that opportunity knocks. Poland/Lithuania have gone to war with Crimea cutting off Crimea's province Cherson from the rest of their territory. Within month, the mighty nation of Moldvia sends a declaration of war to the Crimea and marches to Cherson.
After a few scary battles in which the army of Moldavia fights off a force three times it's size(kindly lowered in morale from skirmishes with Lithuanian forces), Crimea accepts a ceasefire and cedes Cherson.
An alliance is arranged with Cyprus, and royal marriages with Poland, Bosnia, Montenegro, and Tver.
Moldavia is now a two province nation, but the quest for glory has just begun.
I'm not quite sure where to go from here. My BB rating is still low. I'm thinking of trying to grab a one nation island faction, like Naxos. I'll also have to think about NI to get.