- Mar 14, 2012
The world of 1444 AD.So Welcome to Into the West, The Last World update was when we finished Ck2 in 1424, however, like always I've made some changes in the timelapse. Now Disclaimer, some of these screenshots are not exactly correct (I salvaged a few from my testsave as in the actual run apparently I neglected to take things like a Culture screenshot, When we get to incorrect screenshots I will specify)
This is the World of 1444, The Cathayan Empire is Shattered and Divided, the Middle Eastern Empires are struggling with insane amounts of unrest due to unruly but powerful vassals and the Empire of Rajastan and Ming China both stand strong as the World's dominant powers. The Mongols are in decline and making way to the Rus and Persia both waiting for opportunity to bite into the decaying horde.
Starting in Britain, we have Three major powers, The Kingdom of Ireland, the Kingdom of Albion(England) and the Kingdom of Caledon(Scotland) The Weakest of the Three is Caledon which is divided between it's powerful vassals, the clans of Albany, Galloway and Gaeldom. The Fourth power in the Isles is Wales which is strong and centralized compared to Scotland but far weaker than it's three bigger cousins. Britain has a long history of being dominated by the English in Albion and the Welsh next door, however with Ireland unified and strong, a powerful counterweight to English dominance now exists and may serve to keep the Isles divided for years if not centuries.
First, Forgive the Border gore, this is Scandinavia and not the final screenshot of what it actually looks like in the save were using. However this is after I did my first pass at cleaning up some conversion mess, (Bohemia owned random bits as well as poland in Sweden for example). The Dominant powers here are clear, Sweden and Norway are both unified(mostly) and powerful with Sweden being the dominant partner. However the Hanseatic Republic. once the overlord of all of scandinavia still owns colonies throughout the North Sea and Baltic And is the overlord of Holstein has considerably influence over its offspring, and should the Scandinavians find themselves in Crisis the old republic may return.
Coming south to Spain we have a divided peninsula primarily controlled by the Kingdom of Andalusia. The Rich coastal regions of Northern and Western Spain are controlled by other powers however, the strongest of which, The Knight's of Santiago, control Morocco. Catalonia, Sevilla and Navarra are all small but independent as well and could serve to use any weakness in Andalucia to try and reach prominence themselves. Though at the Moment it certainly seems that Al Andalus while now Zunist will once again be formed.
In the Crusader Kings Era, Great Aegyptia, controlled all of Ethiopia, Egypt and large parts of Arabia. However underneath the surface it was a paper tiger controlled primarily by the King of Egypt. Twenty Years later tensions have led to an egypt now pursuing its own destiny and thus the Empire about to be thrown into Crisis.
The Order of the day across most of the Middle East remains the same, the Old Empires are rotting away from within and are about to effectively Explode. Rajastan struggles with the Prince of Punjab, The Latin Empire faces a Pretender in Jerusalem and Mesopotamia faces down with the Shah of Kermanshah. Persia stands alone as the single unified state in the Middle East and could serve to use the coming war as an excuse to once again reclaim it's dominant position in the region. This screenshot as well is not actual, I went in and removed alot of the Exclaves and such to make the borders more coherent.
To the North Lies the Decaying Mongol Empire. Once feared the world over the Mongols have been run out of China by the Ming, send north by Rajasthan and driven from Russia by the Rus. Now only with their traditional lands remaining the Mongolians stand at a crossroads Reform, and once again use their superior position in Asia to strike whenever their enemies are weak, Or Die to the growing powers of Ming, Persia and Rus.
Speaking of Rus, its about time we said hello. Russia, is the new kid on the Block, having spent most of Ck2 divided and Pagan Russia Zunized and quickly unified under a confederation of Northern Russian Princes. After having run the Steppe peoples from Northern Crimea Russia is now in an ideal position to unify the lands between the Carpathians and the Rurals and truly become a world power, but of course enemies are everywhere, the Hansa would never support such a Russian Empire, Trebizond controls the Black Sea and of course mighty Persia hangs like a Vulture ready to swoop down on the Rus once the Mongols have been swept away.
In Italy the Balance of power is much less clear cut. The Latin Empire is the strongest on Paper but has massive internal issues at the moment. Ferrara and Sicily are powerful states as well and are fierce rivals coming for control of Rome and the Peninsula as a whole. Sicily, being greek has extensive control over Croatia and much of the Adriatic but poor relations with the Bohemians to the North who consider Carpathia a rightful territory of the Bohemian Crown. Ferrara, the weaker of the two had a more centralized empire, but has to contend with Bavaria encroaching on Venice, and several independent Italian Princedoms who would like nothing more than to break apart the Ferraran Kingdom so they can rule their petty cities in peace.
In Eastern Europe Bohemia, Trebizond, Lithuania and Poland(Who is the overlord of Silesia) are the major powers. However something to note is things are not as divided or touch and go as it seems. Trebizond is mostly interested in claiming it's black sea territories from the Latin Empire and Poland is on the cusp of an interregnum as the oldest living relative of the Polish King is Jaromir Anniona, King of Bohemia and brother to the Wife of Poland. Should an heir fail to be produced a Third Bohemian Empire may very well grace the fields of Europe.
In central Europe we have entered the Caetye lands of Yore. Germany, long a powerful and Local prince of the Empire now stands as an independent King among many rivals. The Anniona's of Bavaria and the Exiled Realm of Denmark remain the primary rivals of the German Monarchy, Of course the Princes of Brunswick and Lorraine also do not plan to bow quietly. Germany is indeed a Tinderbox and should the Germans fail to unify their lands outside Powers such as Ferrara, Cathay and Bohemia could very well divide up the German people between themselves.
Last but not least we have Western Europe. The order of the day here is much the same as we left it, The Vestigial Empire of Cathay rules over the rich Heartlands of the former Empire, Rivaled by the Kingdom of Avalon to it's immediate west. The Homeland of the Hanseatic Republic lies to the North of Cathay. Beyond the three major powers a multitude of French Princes dominate Burgundy and Aquitaine meaning that whoever could win the coming wars in the North may have free reign to reunify the lands North of the Pyrenees into a new Empire, One prepared for the Modern Age.
This is the Religious map of Europe and a good opportunity to provide some Context. This is a Europe unified in Religion, wholesale. Everything save the Heretics in Spain and small pagan communities in Northern Russia follows the Fourth Faith including the Mongols who brought the faith with them to much of Northern Asia. In Eu4, I have modded Zunism to use Confucian Mechanics. However, The Faith being unified should be taken with a grain of Salt. The People of Cathay have far different practices than the People of the Mongol Empire and the only true unifying thread between the Zunist faithful is the 'Reflections' a List of tolerated and accepted beliefs housed as of 1444 in a Monastery in the Cathayan Capital.
Because of this Religion plays a highly variable role between states and the general rule of Thumb is, as you go East, Zunism is less like Christianity and more Like Islam or Buddhism. In Western Europe however the Christian Influence is almost overpowering to the point where the AAR will use Christian and Zunist interchangeably, though there is a definitive difference between the two.
The Culture Map of Europe, I will note this is also a bad Screenshot. All of the Khitan Provinces as well as some of the cultural mess in Anatolia I have cleaned up in the actual save. Similarly, I broke up the German Cultures by region and also let them encroach a bit more on the Rhineland.
Incase your Curious, Khitan ingame is a British Culture, primarily so it makes naming things more convenient but also becuase rather than Normans having conquered England, in this world it was the Khitan, and so 'English' is an amalgam of Anglo Saxon, Celtic and Khitan instead of Norse-Latin.
Next Update the story will begin in Earnest. Until that Point, Happy New Year.