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ADIOS Naxos



Naxian ideas:


Traditions:

+4
Tolerance of heretics
−20% Time to fabricate claims (yay :rolleyes:)

Maritime State

+20%
Naval force limit modifier
+10% Galley combat ability

Naxos Rules The Waves

+5%
Recover naval morale speed

Archipelago Of Opportunities

+10%
Embargo efficiency
+25% Privateer efficiency

Legacy Of Crusaders

+0.5
Yearly army tradition (not too bad :cool:)

Archipelago Feudalism

−1
National unrest (Always comes in handy :D)


Latin Roots

-5%
Technology cost (see above)


Naxian Ambitions

−10%
Core-creation cost (woot!)

Ambitions:

−15%
Diplomatic annexation cost (see above)

Naxos is a tiny nation inhabiting a collection of islands in the Aegean Sea.
They start as a vassal of Venice and close proximity to the Ottomans and Byzantium in 1444.

Being a remnant of the crusader states formed in the aftermath of the fourth crusade and the weakening of the Byzantine Empire, its main culture is Lombard and its religion is Catholic, while their capital and only province is Greek and Orthodox.

"A mix of everything makes a nice soup" as Gorion would say.. :rolleyes:

They used to start as eastern tech, but now they are western technology from start.

They are a One Province Minor (OPM) with low development (I think they start with 6 development). Naxos now also has TWO land straits connecting them to Greek mainland, making the capital very vulnerable versus Ottomans.

Why did I take Naxos? Because I wanted to learn the diplomacy again in cossacks dlc.

And because I usually expand without allies, I wanted to try a nation that NEEDS allies to survive, like Naxos.
Some will argue that disabling cossacks dlc is likely better (alliances and abusing ai gets easier then) but I decided against it. Naxos will try to live WITHOUT abusing allies too much.

What are the goals of the campaign? Not sure yet. Getting independent for starters, and then trying to survive to 1500 without being roflstomped by the Ottomans.

Important mods for eu4 and programs used

gfx overhaul: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=381321692

better font (great white font, ideal for screenshots and aar):https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=378830868

batch image resizer: http://www.faststone.org/FSResizerDetail.htm

screenshot upload site that allows clicking on the images in the forum to enlarge them: www.imgur.com



TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Opening moves: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...-the-opm-to-bbb-travel-guide-1-15-aar.906343/

Chapter 2: Jousting in the Balkans: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...b-travel-guide-1-15-aar.906343/#post-20618098

Chapter 3: The secret wish of Orlando Gavalas: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...el-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-2#post-20633714

Chapter 4: Crusading in the Levant: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...el-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-4#post-20644370

Chapter 5: We drive them back, or we die trying!: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...el-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-5#post-20663834

Chapter 6: The legacy of Francesco III: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...el-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-6#post-20677976

Chapter 7: A pouch of WIZ weed: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...el-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-7#post-20699381

Chapter 8: In the game of thrones, you win or you die: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...r-aar-no-exploits.906343/page-8#post-20710704

Chapter 9: Knowledge is power : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...el-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-9#post-20721267

Chapter 10: The legacy of empress Ariadne, part 1 : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-10#post-20739880

Chapter 11: The legacy of empress Ariadne, part 2 : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-11#post-20745308

Chapter 12: The Polish charade : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-13#post-20768527

Chapter 13: Remember all this, Sansa, when you come to play the game : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-14#post-20778786

Chapter 14: The Sansa Doctrine : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-15#post-20788006

Chapter 15: Next coring batch : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-17#post-20811734

Chapter 16: Conquering while integrating : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-18#post-20842076

Chapter 17: Emperor Giovanni versus King Jaime : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-19#post-20858267

Final chapter: The will of the last Habsburger : https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/foru...l-guide-1-15-aar.906343/page-19#post-20879879
Chapter 1: Opening moves




Naxos needs someone to support its independence. I just re-rolled until I saw THIS. France and Austria rival of Venice :)

I'm not proud of it, but this will only work, if some big nation supports my independence versus Venice.

There is one big change in 1.15: you can't declare war in the first month of 1444 gametime, to give ai nations a chance to ally themselves with someone.

THIS also means Venice has the time to ally whoever, making matters LOT more harder.

Before patch 1.15, Naxos could ask support independence from Austria on day 1 and declare independence day 2. Impossible now.

I had campaigns where Venice allied France. Ok, restart.

Then the stars aligned and produced this.



Venice allied Genoa. Ok, that is not very good (as Genoa has big navy), but its better then facing France.

Austria, France and Hungary support my independence. They will become my allies once I press this button.



I asked military access from the Papal state, and declared when Genoan fleet was faaaaar away.

Let's march! I bravely led 2k troops versus the forces of Venice. "What the heck do you think you can do with 2k troops versus them?" I hear you ask...



Not much. BUT I vinked on the "attach to my army' on the two seperate 1k stacks, and whaddayaknow, an austrian stack and the hungarian army attached to my 1k stacks.

This has ONE big advantage: the sieges done by this 1k stack with ally armies attached will siege forts in YOUR name, and occupy them in YOUR name.

Why is that important? Because otherwise Austria and Hungary would simply occupy the forts and the provinces in their name.

Can't have that, as I am planning to do something wicked here...



Treviso fort fell, and I was able to lead the Austrian army into the capital of Venice! Note that this would have been flat out impossible, if the Austrian, French and Hungarian fleet didn't defeat the Venetian fleet.

The naval AI got improved a boatload (pun intended); I actually had to restart this campaign quite a few times because Genoa or Venice simply sea-invaded my island capital with 10+k troops...



One of the first events I got, and its a stability one... Don't look at me. Me and stability events always loved each other...

I was hoping to get the event that gives option to get 100 army tradition general... It can trigger if your nation is at war and if you have less then 20 army tradition.

It happened during my Yeren aar....

Anyways... the war is going as planned. Genoa is being sieged as well.. And Dalmatia fort is ALSO occupied in the name of Naxos.

I made seperate peace with Genoa annulling their alliance and asking ducats and war reparations.

I only got a fraction of the ducats, but it seems war reparations give the full amount to YOU, even if your allies did all the work fighting and sieging the involved nation.



Naxos starts as heirless nation. Our king died very young, and the habsburgs spread their dynasty to Naxos. Don't look at me, nothing to do with it.

Back to -3 stab. Great.



I made peace with Venice, and obtained the claimed province of Crete. And Dalmatia!

I did a few test runs on console before I started ironman, and this led me to the conclusion that asking for Venice immediatly is BAD idea (for the agressive expansion and because Austria usually breaks alliance over wanting Venetia province). Hence, Dalmatia.

Hungary got nothing, and broke alliance. France didn't do a lot in the war, and they were happy with the ducats.

Naxos kept alliance with Austria and France!



Ok we are independent. But look who is right at my doorstep now...

The Ottomans! They warned me NOT to go to war with their neighbours before I even got independence.

Yeah, ok, sure!

*mutter mutter* BULLY! mutter mutter*



Venice got eaten alive by its neighbours after this. The AI preys on the weak a lot more.

As soon as a nation is overrun, other nations are likely to declare on them as well.



Fransesco led the brave Naxosians versus the peasants that dared to revolt!

Naxos is at -3 stab, has ton of war exhaustion, has a capital of the wrong religion and wrong culture...

HOW DARE YOU REVOLT?!

The peasants were on ONE island, our army on the other, and our spears jabbed across the sea!



Dalmatia province finished coring, and Naxos moved its capital to Dalmatia. Why? Because Naxos itself is too vulnerable to the Ottomans....



.... and because Dalmatia shares seazone with a province of the Holy Roman Empire, which enabled Naxos to grovel before the emperor and ask his protection...

Naxos is a prince of the HRE now!




Luckily Francesco was a reasonably good general... As usual, rebels are more of a problem then the AI nations...

Dalmatia shares sea zone with Venice; I claimed their capital!

We are lombard culture after all...




I also had claim on the Knights by now. Hence, I attacked them.

But Venice is the main target here! The ottomans attacked them (opportunistic AI for the win) and occupied Venice. They also sank their fleet. Ottomans took Corfu and the province near Naxos.

Time for a VERY opportunistic stunt..



I asked access to Hungary (at least they still want to do that) and invaded Venice only a few months after they made peace with Ottomans... I waited to attack until they were willing to defend the knights!



MMMM sweet ducats!

The knights invaded the Naxos province, and they blockade Crete.
Grmpf.

Our fleet got sunk in the independence war... Naxos is making galleys in Dalmatia to compensate. But that will take YEARS...

No problem, we *HAVE* time.

Bring it on, valiant knights!



Yeah that's right, NOW we ask for Venetian capital. And 57 ducats all for ourself!

The emperor likes us now, we are part of HRE, and we gave them two former venetian provinces in the independence war. Hey Austria, you won't be mad about this right?

..... right?

Pfrt who cares, we also have alliance with France.

Anyways, the valiant knights landed troops on our capital in Dalmatia.

GOOD!

I stomped them, because they had nowhere to run. Wiped them in Hungary, after they routed.



Remember I said I wanted to get that event that gives 100 army tradition general?

Well, it seems there is ANOTHER event that gives this option.

And Naxos gets that event... Don't look at me.

Ok, an unheralded peasant just won the jousting tournament..

Francesco Von Habsburg was awestruck and made the guy his general.

If we don't have legitimacy, who cares if we lose more... Right?

Important tip: if you are below 20 army tradition, you can get an event that gives you chance for 100 army tradition general. It is my suspicion that the LONGER you stay at war the MORE chance you will get to get this event. Just an observation though, but I'm probably right.

The above event can trigger for any christian monarchy nation before 1500, so this was plain simple LUCK that I got this generic event.

......OOOH boy, a 100 army tradition general. Francesco asked the commoner to remove his helm, and the crowd gasped..



...because Pietro Ghisi was stunning. Simply stunning.

Half of the ladies at the tournament swooned.

And Francesco? He was like "WTF a 3-5-3-2 general?!"


What the F*CK....

two years after the jousting tournament event, the next bi-annually event is the other event that can give a 100 tradition general.

What are the odds I wonder. Don't look at ME!! Nothing to do with it...

I did decide there and then that I was going to go THROUGH with this campaign and write an AAR, as this seems to be divine sign and divine providence...



The foreign expert was ALSO a Pietro, and he had quite similar stats as the other pietro general..

Now Francesco had a general with TWO siege pips, and one with THREE.

I think I'll keep both, and pay the military monarch point malus...

Meanwhile, our ordered galleys were waiting in the various harbors Naxos owned.

4 galleys, 2 transports. Not enough yet to take on the Knights.

They kept offloading troops into Dalmatia, and my jousting general rode them down.

CHAAARGE!



Pietro Joust was a bit tired after that, so Pietro ZENO made the Venetian seperatist count .... ZERO.



The knights got slaughtered by the rebels. Because Pietro Zeno arrived in Dalmatia before that fight concluded, the rebels got -2 to attack roll.. The rebels had to attack from the sea...

Don't know if that is a bug or not.



OK, Naxos has 7 galleys now and two transports. Its finally time to engage the knights.

This war has been going on for 11 years already...

But Naxos (or is it me?) is very stubborn.



I never started so intensily at a sea battle before.. Usually, I don't use fleets to win wars before end game. But the knights are on an island....

FIRE!



The knights had squandered their wealth and manpower on continuous invasions.

Their capital only had 2k troops on it. Pietro Zeno invaded it, and barely won the naval invasion battle.

BUT he made it to the fort of Rhodes!

Over the next year, I ferried ALL my troops there with the 2 transports, while my galleys kept the fleet of the knights in check.

Rhodes needs 9k army to do proper siege, and we landed 10k.



Our war on the knights started in 1461, and in 1477 Pietro Zeno completed the siege on their capital.

Call me stubborn... But I won in the end.

Hope you enjoyed this chapter!
 
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Hurray, you're back. Saw you comment in the PU thread, so checked your profile. I'll be happy to follow this as always and a practically day one Habsburg will lead to great PU hunting. Can't wait for that dynasty map mode 100 years into the campaign :)
 

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Hurray, you're back. Saw you comment in the PU thread, so checked your profile. I'll be happy to follow this as always and a practically day one Habsburg will lead to great PU hunting. Can't wait for that dynasty map mode 100 years into the campaign :)
you are first poster in my AAR again! Have a cookie ;)
 

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you are first poster in my AAR again! Have a cookie ;)
Oh snap. I was thinking about writing something annoying about being first poster, but I totally forgot I was in the Yeren one too. I feel so special today. I should start a fanclub! :) *noms cookie* I am really hoping for some monstrous PUs, very excited :D
 

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I'll be watching this with delight. Great start by the way. I tried once a full Blockade/Privateering game as Naxos, it can be pretty fun. :p
 

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I'll be watching this with delight. Great start by the way. I tried once a full Blockade/Privateering game as Naxos, it can be pretty fun. :p
true.. Maybe I should build more trade ships then.
 

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true.. Maybe I should build more trade ships then.
It's probably sub-optimal, but stacking Privateer Efficiency as Naxos and sucking ducats out of the richest nodes as a nice feel. It makes you take Espionage, Maritime and the like, which is not for everybody. :p
 

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I'll be on board for this trip as well, thanks to your comment in the Ryukyu AAR. The start looks promising!
 

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I'll be on board for this trip as well, thanks to your comment in the Ryukyu AAR. The start looks promising!
reminds me.. I'll link this aar there.

Welcome aboard all!
 

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I will following this with interest. Nice start by the way.

Let's see what you can do with Naxos (and I'm sure you will do great things !).
 

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Adjective is "Naxian". Rolls off the tongue much better than "Naxosian", don't you think? ;)

Great start. Looking forward to more, as always.
 
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Gonna need a lot of popcorn for this one.
 

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Adjective is "Naxian". Rolls off the tongue much better than "Naxosian", don't you think? ;)

Great start. Looking forward to more, as always.
hmm we'll see... I bet the region adjective will be naxosian xxxxx and not naxian xxxxx.

But you are probably right.
 

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As with your previous AAR's, this will also be a top class AAR to read, you're doing a great job!
 

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As with your previous AAR's, this will also be a top class AAR to read, you're doing a great job!
Thanks, I'll try to keep it that way ;)

I am starting to write next chapter now :)
 

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Oh great. Power outage when I was writing chapter 2. Did it on word 2003, without autosave enabled, and without manually saving document1.

All the work gone. Pretty furious now :mad:

But serves me right, for not enabling autosave :rolleyes:

I'll continue campaign for bit to calm me down, and tomorrow I'll rewrite it :oops:
 

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Chapter 2: Jousting in the Balkans



I always like fighting against impossible odds on my own. Three to one will do.

I attacked Bosnia and made their ally Serbia co-belligerent. My rival the POPE joined in as well, as non co-belligerent.

I am focussing on sieging everyone BUT the wartarget nation, as I usually do. The goal here is to seperate peace everyone before I take on Bosnia.

Besides, I can't beat 20k troops on my capital.. And the Pope is on the way still.

This will be a 'do or die' war, as I usually do early on in a campaign.



Pietro Siege finished on Serbia quite fast. Now what...



Yeah, let's siege our rival now. AI was unsure what to do for a bit... Re-siege Serbia or stomp me in Rome. But ai always chooses resiege of forts you occupied if you have no troops near.

My fleet blockaded Rome 100%.

Oh, I joined France on a war too, but I won't lift a finger..



The ai will try to resiege forts you took.. But will then abandon that siege if you are above 0% on another fort... And change their mind.

Result? Serbia progress never advanced, and AI runs around like headless chicken...



Not the Pope though. He scrambles back to Rome, but WAY too late.



I placed my fleet in a baiting position, and Serbia and the Pope sailed to sink me. When they were more then halfway there, I peaced the Pope out. Serbia fleet will face me ALONE.

Naxos humiliated the Pope and asked ducats and war reparations.



The serbian fleet got routed to Zeta. Pietro Siege and the rest arrived in Serbia, and occupied Zeta. That forced the Serbian fleet out of port, only to be sunk by Naxos. Then our brave sailors got leave in Venice..

After all this, Serbia fort is STILL only at -28%.



Serbia got full annexed. But the fort in Serbia still was sieged by the same amount of troops...

The leftover Serbian army became Serbian seperatists.

If you full annex a nation, any army they have left will be transformed into seperatists for that nation.

This led to hilarious bug... If that army was far away in foreign nation at the point their nation got full anexed, they would siege whatever province they stood on, and create cores there.

This led to hilarious situations. I once saw screenshot of Athens army that was sieging Venice.. Ottomans full annexed Byzantium and Athens, and all of sudden Greek seperatists are sieging Venice. They created core there, and in the end it created OPM Greece in Venice..

It got bugfixed though. I hope.

Anyways, the siege on Serbia all of a sudden progress REALLY fast, and I moved my troops next to Serbia.



Why? To smile at this. Serbian seperatists are friendly to the Bosnian army, because they share culture group. But now Serbia fort is territory of Naxos, who is at war with Bosnia. Bosnia occupies the Serbian fort to get warscore in the war versus me.. But the AI didn't quite think of one thing: the Serbian seperatists now see BOSNIA as an enemy, because they OCCUPIED the fort in the nation they are trying to liberate from me.

Result? The seperatists battle the Bosnians as soon as siege concluded, and then I moved my troops in. I arrived in Serbia before their fight was done, and that means whoever survives will face me right after, with the attack penalties.

I had no chance of defeating combined Serbian and Bosnian army, but now they kill each other, and my 10k troops have a nice shot at wiping whoever triumphs... Pietro Joust always likes a good fight, and he readied his horse and lance.



CHAAAARGE!



Did you LOOK at the general of Bosnia? Something tells me they also had a foreign expert/joust champion...

Anyways, Bosnia got routed in Serbia province, and Pietro Joust gave chase. WIPE



I smiled when I saw Ragusa attacking Bosnia. Opportunistic AI!

Go ahead, please, I beg you. I won't interfere...



.. oh no I won't. Because the Pope protects Bosnia again, and sieged down Ragusa.

Ragusa didn't dare to attack the Pope on their capital (dumb ai) and Bosnia full annexed Ragusa.

Thanks, Pope!

I had no way of attacking Ragusa, as they start as 'guaranteed' by the Ottomans now in 1444.

The AI hands me Ragusa on a silver platter here...

As Ragusa has no fort, and I am close to getting 100% warscore on Bosnia.

Yay! Naxos won against three to one odds.

Pietro Siege gets the credit. Siege pips on generals are the best pips on a general in the 15th century. And beyond.



Oh boy. Ryukyu situation all over again. Our Habsburg king had 30 legitimacy when he took throne, cause it was new dynasty. Then it lowered due to low stability, and civil war started ticking. Pietro Joust was bought with legitimacy, cause civil war WOULD trigger anyhow.

Got to love national disasters...

Francesco II sighed. Me too.

But Francesco II had a cunning plan.



Francesco II 'seemed' not to care his nation had civil war, and he took his fishing sloop into the Adriatic Sea. There he scuttled his boat... In plain sight of a Naxos trading ship.

The nation of Naxos wept at the suicide of Francesco II, and his heir Francesco III took over.

He starts with 80 legitimacy, because he has STRONG claim.

A week later, he received a message from the island of Naxos.... His father arrived safe and sound in Naxos, and will continue fishing the rest of his life.. As a common fisherman in Naxos.

Francesco III smiled, as his father staged his own death to end the civil war faster...

Guess what? It was the idea of Francesco III.

Civil war will give events with few months interval that usually give the choice between getting more legitimacy or plunging your nation deeper into chaos.

I waited until I had two legitimacy events 'active'.



And then I accepted both events for more legitimacy, pushing it to 94. The civil war ends once your current king has 90 legitimacy, and the war ended, just like that.

This must have been the shortest civil war in history.. It lasted... 10 months.

Naxos got three stability for free, raising it to +1. And our king has 100 legitimacy now.

...........

Right. Bet you will roll your eyes reading this.. But Francesco II just died at the right moment.

Don't look at ME! I guess I should play on the lottery more often..



Rebels.. REBELS! OH MY GOD REBELS!

The 4k Serbian rebels engaged the pretender rebels, and then I fought the pretender rebels.

For HABSBURG !!!!

3k casualties.. Great.. Nothing like blowing all your manpower on rebels... But who cares. Pietro Joust engaged the Serbian rebels on the fort when his army recovered.



And then he rode for Venice, and killed the last pretender rebel stack. And now Montenegran rebels are 90% in Zeta.

*SIGH*



Pietro Joust arrived in Zeta before they spawned..

And he watched as the Bosnian provinces turned blue all of a sudden. He approved.

Note that I used diplomats to improve relation with all nearby catholics before doing this peace deal.

Important tip: you can see WHO will join coalition in left bottom icon of peace deal screen. If you send diplomats to these nations and if you increase opinion high enough, they will NOT join a coalition, even if their AE malus with you is more then 50.

I sent them to Florence for example; Florence would get -53 AE and go negative opinion when I full annexed Bosnia. They go outraged then, and can join coalition. I sent my diplomat to Florence, and he increased opinion., Once opinion goes above +53, I can do a peace deal with them for -53 ae, and keep them out of coalition. Rinse repeat for all catholics nearby. Takes micromanaging and time, but its worth it.

Anyways, Naxos annexed Bosnia and Serbia, without a coalition triggering.

Yay. Now what...
 
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Let's rest a bit, and lets zoom out the map. Aragon took a LOAD of land of Castile (militaristic rulers...) and that triggered a MASSIVE coalition. The ai doesn't use diplomats the way I do, to avoid coalitions...

Result? They got stomped. Normally, I would have been called into this war. But my high war exhaustion prevented that.

Important tip: being at war, having loans, having high war exhaustion all give your allies LESS reason to call you into their offensive wars. usually being at war with a little war exhaustion is enough to avoid ANY offensive call to arms from your allies.

Anyways.. I fabricated claim on all provinces of Naples. Ever since I saw that war on Aragon starting.

And look at that nice blue spot on the map that says NAXOS!



GAME of thrones!

I set hungary as interesting nation. I also enabled popup and pause for all events in interesting nations.

This allows me to see any event in interesting nations... Including dynasty events and... 'kill heir' events!

Hungary is heirless now.

OH BOY. But they are allied to Austria, and Austria now faces risk of succession war versus Bohemia, over Hungary...

I usually set Castile, Portugal, France, England, Sweden, Muscovy, Poland and Austria as interesting nations, to play game of thrones.



I must admit, I *completely* overlooked the fact that Naxos is also Italian culture, and also gets the 'shadow kingdom' event in 1490.

Naxos leaves the HRE. Not much other choice...

Important tip: don't EVER stay in the HRE as any Italian nation, if shadow kingdom fires. You will get triggered modifer then called 'submission to emperor', which will gave your nation +3 permanent unrest, -1 yearly prestige and more stability cost. Until 1821. AVOID that.

Hey, Naples is no longer occupied! Yep, The coalition asked to make Naples independent again. The ai loves more nations on the map, to balance things out. Besides, why would coalition return cores to Castile? Making Naples independent will cripple Aragon lot more..

I expected this to happen, but I still smiled when it really happened.



Francesco III loved jousting tournaments, just like his father.

Guess what? Another unheralded commoner won the tournament!

When the man removed his helmet, ALL of the ladies swooned now, including Francesco III.



The chancellor declared the man tournament champion, and asked him to help the King to his feet. Francesco regained consciousness, and when he opened his eyes, he saw something... stunning.

Orlando Gavalas briefly spoke with the king, and the king declared that the man would become a general in his army.

And OOOOH BOY what a general he is. 6 fire, 5 shock and 4 (FOUR!) siege pips.

Excuse me for a moment, I suddenly feel *compelled* to buy a lottery ticket.

Anyways, Orlando Gavalas agreed to the proposition of the king, if he was granted one wish.

The king agreed, leaving the ladies of the court wondering what his wish was.

"To take his sister as a bride? To take the KING as secret lover? He swooned for him! Nah, he will ask to invade England, cause Queen Margaret of Anjou tossed him out... " *gossip*

Who knows. It stayed as the subject of gossip and endless debates in the royal gardens for a LONG time.



Orlando Gavalas killed the Ragusa rebels, and then moved to Zeta, where the Naxian fleet was waiting.

For what? To ferry the army to Naples!

They just got independent, they immediatly got heretic rebels, and they have no allies.

Time to strike!



Naxos quickly occupied the wargoal, and then ferried the army over as quickly as possible. Didn't take long, as its in same sea zone.

Still, the heretic rebels attacked Orlando his army... But he repelled them. Dumb rebels had attacked him right AFTER they fought Naples army.

Dumb AI rebels are always COMPELLED to immediatly attack anyone that occupies their occupied provinces.. Which worked to the advantage of Naxos.



Our fleet blockaded their capital. The army got ferried over, and Orlando engaged the Napolitans.

CHAAARGE!



Orlando wiped the Napolitan army on their capital. War won.



That, as they say, is that...

Orlando ferried back to the capital, as Bosnian seperatists were close to spawning.

Use the rebel faction window folks. It makes rebels easy to predict, and you can avoid rebel occupations and eradicate seperatism lot faster.



Venetian rebels spawned, and guess who immediately scrambled to kill them? Austria! They trust me enough now to kill rebels in all territory that borders them. That will come in handy.



GAME of thrones! Hungary king died, triggering the aforementioned succession war between Austria and Bohemia. Austria called me in. But they really didn't need my help, as Bohemia has few allies... And even fewer allies that were willing to join their offensive succession war versus the HRE emperor.

Hungary is now in a PU under Austria. That is good for Naxos... It strengthens our buddy! And attacking Hungary was out of the question anyways cause Austria was allied to them... I DID royal marry Hungary, but it didn't change the succession outcome.

We need to get bigger!! Naples will provide as they are fully occupied now.



Austria made short work of Bohemia, and did... this.

Yeah ok, erhm.... SURE!



Naxos made peace with Naples, asking all their claims. As said above, I used diplomats to improve relations with everybody, so noone would join coalition.

Noone? Well my rivals The Pope and Milan could. But who cares.



Our diplomats had also improved relations with Poland and Aragon, after setting 'friendly' attitude towards them manually in the diplomatic screen.

Important tip: set everyone and their mother as 'friendly' manually, unless setting them as threatened would help you get an alliance with their rivals. It can't hurt. And ai will imrpove relation with you, cause you are flagged as 'wanting an alliance'. If the ai then decides that would benefit this or that nation, then that nation will improve relation with YOU.

Just like that, Sweden turned friendly, Poland turned friendly, Aragon turned friendly in return. And I took alliance with Poland (+Lithuania as PU) and Aragon.



Ok, now what...

Francesco III decided it was time to go for Genoa. Our rival Milan protected them.



Orlando Gavalas took the entire Naxian army and marched for the Milanese capital. Our fleet sank the entire Genoa fleet.



The Napolitan provinces finished coring, and Napolitan became accepted culture in Naxos (yeah, I calculated that ahead, how much it would take for that).

Why did Francesco declare on Genoa? What is the secret wish Orlando Gavalas wants?

You will see in the next chapter!

I end with a diplomatic screenshot of Naxos, and their allies.

Hope you enjoyed this chapter!
 
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