Chapter 1: Big Trouble in Big China
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    Chapter 1: Big Trouble in Big China

    Alright, it's been about a month since I originally posted this thread, but now I can finally say this: WELCOME TO OIRAT'S GLOBAL CONVERSION BONANZA! I'm your host, Firezatswill, and I'll be taking you through a very casual Oirat campaign. How casual? Well, considering I forgot to swap the difficulty over from normal to V. Hard (new computer, new EU4 install, and I only remembered to change the idea group setting. Embarrassing mistake, but by the time I considered it I decided I couldn't be bothered to restart the campaign.)

    It's been a good 4 years since I last played a horde (not including a Najd run that ended in a horde), but playing a horde is like riding a horse, you never forget! The only difference is that, this time, we're playing a baby mode big horde from the start, and not a 2pm, superior horde like Sarig Yogir or Kara Del. But I didn't want to retread old ground, and starting as one of the Russian steppe hordes was out of the question.

    Anyways, this was always intended to be a relaxing game, so it's only natural that I forgot to take some early screenshots.

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    We DoW'd Ming damn near immediately after we got our army next to Beijing. We're shooting to pop the "Capture of the Ming Emperor" and "Capture of Beijing" triggers to instantly siege down northern China. And to do that, OIRAT needs to siege down Beijing. It can't be anyone else, not even Mongolia.

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    And while we're at war, we have a really impressive heir pop out. Stats like that are always something to smile about.

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    Here we go, we got Beijing. And at the onset of the war, we captured the emperor when we fought the Ming army stationed in Beijing. 2 years to trigger it, could have been faster if we got luckier with the siege ticks, but I'm not gonna complain about it.

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    1450, we peace out Ming for most of the north, including a lot of their forts. Unfortunately, since this is normal and not hard or V. Hard, rebels have popped en masse, and will inevitably cause a Mingsplosion. Which is NOT what I wanted, but I guess we'll have to adapt on the fly.

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    Now, to break out an old trick from our playbook...

    DoWing Ming's tributaries call them into the war as well, allowing us to bypass the truce. In hindsight, I would have been better off trucebreaking them to death, but I tend to save the truce breaks for the endgame. There might have been another reason why I didn't break them repeatedly, but that was a month ago and I can't remember that far back, at least not smaller details like that!

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    Ming gets a smaller truce now. We'll take them on later.

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    ...Or maybe not. That's a SOLID Mingsplosion. And it adds several decades to our conquest of China as a result. Damn me and my adherence to treaties!

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    Ah well, no use crying over it. May as well get to chunking away at these tags. Qi is first on the chopping block!

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    Kara Del is forcibly integrated. Their 30 ducats they gave us are NOT chump change, we're running a severe deficit right now. Unlike the Sarig Yogir run, we don't have immediate access to a goldmine that we could dev to heaven and back. It's possible we could, but I think there was either an annoying alliance chain with Chagatai, or I was trying to limit the AE I get to just confucians and buddhists. One of those two things.

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    Next up, Jin and Ning! We're literally going to be daisy-chaining these wars. So in that regard, it MIGHT be speeding up our conquest. But I'm still positive that we'd get more, faster, via Ming and the "take Mandate" CB. Oh well, at least they all have separate coffers to plunder.

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    Y'know what, who cares. We can take all of you on, we're strong enough to take on all these tags at once!

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    Qi is eaten, and a coalition of confucians is able to form. Which is why we're making sure to DoW as many nations as we can before peacing out for full annexations.

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    Ning gets off with a warning, mostly because we need the cash. And we don't have any way to core their lands, not without eating a lot of other nations first.

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    Jin also gets eaten, and we finally get a peek at the coalition list. It's numerous enough that people would join, but not numerous enough to actually stop us. We're a horde, we're basically cheating already.

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    Liang, unfortunately, gets to live to see another day. Damn you and your province development!

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    But, we now have a new neigh-bor to greet. So we immediately grab some cookies and ride on over to introduce ourselves.

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    Additionally, we unlock admin ideas. 25% ccr from the group, and the 20% from our NI's sync up so well, after all!

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    Wu is rich, and helps us pay off some loans. We'll eat them later.

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    Yue also helps pay off loans. It's no "Bank of Hansa", but it's better than nothing!

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    With this new peace deal, we officially have Buddhists joining the coalition list. Which is annoying, but what can you do. *shrug*

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    Tech cost reduction? I mean, of course! Thanks, Confucius!

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    I'm sure there was a reason why we DoW'd Korchin at this point, but I can't recall why. Mission, perhaps?

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    Horde mercs, very useful, albeit expensive.

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    OK, based off the peace deal, I THINK I was going for returning Mongolia's cores, and taking their Chinese acquisitions. The former because we're integrating them, the latter probably for a mission. I think. Eh, what am I even doing, this is MY AAR, so of COURSE that's what it was for! *nervous glances*

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    Now, we've been doing a lot of work. But our khan has also been putting in a lot of effort to get the government running smoother. And being a horde, we don't care what deity you worship. An eagle, a carpenter, an anthropomorphic horse, it's all good!

    Now, I can already here some of you thinking "hey, how the hell do you have your THIRD reform filled out already, your autonomy must be SKY HIGH!"

    And you're right. It IS high!

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    But, because this is 1.31.0 release build, literally everything is exploding and busted, so now we have a SIGNIFICANT GAIN of reform progress the higher our average autonomy is. Isn't 1.31.0 just a great thing?

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    Teching up a little early, before we start putting all our points into developing the renaissance. We mostly just wanted that nice innovativeness gain. 4 per tech taken before anyone else is a noteworthy buff, and makes innovativeness more than just a Euro-meme.

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    OK, Ning is up, and they're allied to Taiwan. We tried to build a small navy to invade them, but it's not enough at this point.

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    And now, we have our new khan in charge! Huzzah!

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    And now, we have 9 innovativeness. Amazing. It's only been 20 years.

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    Oh, right, that thing. I forgot about that disaster, we crushed Ming quicker than it could fire. Oh well, it'll help us a bit in the future. But it's not like we were concerned by the dead empire.

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    Ning got chomped.

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    OK, NOW it's time to eat Wu. Their allies are no concern to us!

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    White peace with Chu. For no reason iirc. I think I rectify that soon.

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    Wu is also big and chunky, so we can't eat them all in one go. But we CAN take a lot of their land and leave them vulnerable for the next war.

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    Next up is Yue!

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    Easy victory, no sweat.

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    Liang is finally off the map.

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    Yue, like so many others, is too big for one war. So we settle for their forts and good land.

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    Also we make sure we border Min, for a follow up war.

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    OK, we're tired of having slow sieges. So we bite the bullet and get some cannons at a high cost.

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    But on the plus side, our penultimate reform is taken. Grand total of 50% ccr now!

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    Innovativeness calls, we're waiting for rebels to pop before we continue our developing.

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    Changhsheng is vassalized, because we're sick of fighting them.

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    Yue is left as an OPM for... reasons, I'm sure.

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    And Min is annexed.

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    Next up, ANOTHER WAR against the minor Chinese nations.

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    Easy out, Yue.

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    Kicking ass and taking names!

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    Shu gets their big and annoying provinces eaten. And Chu gets annexed off screen.

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    Then we DoW Tsang, who's allied to Shu and Sarig Yogir.

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    Shu gets a simple, new treaty.

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    And Tsang and the yellow Uighurs join our lands.

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    New khan, who dis?

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    OK Wu, it's time for you to go down!

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    And ya know what, let's go and pick on Shu! We'll shoo Shu away!

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    Wait, Ming was our rival? How? Legitimately, how were we rivaled?

    Ah, right, PDX logic. :rolleyes:

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    And now, after a GRUELING 38 years, we've FINALLY reached the end of our government reforms. God, I never thought we'd reach the end.

    Now we can put our points into more gov. capacity!

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    Well, looks like we annexed Mongolia, based off the new CBs we got.

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    Ah, so THAT'S why we DoW'd Korchin. This mission, right! Additional max cultures is always nice, especially for the later age objective.

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    China's almost monotone. Just a little more, huh Shun?

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    Release the doves, John Wu has left the building.

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    Huh, a lot of small nations are popping out still. Well, may as well eat them as they pop up.

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    Shun got shunned into joining us.

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    Xi got... I dunno, I can't think of a good joke involving Xi.

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    And now, we got our next idea group, the new Horde Government Idea group! It's basically humanist lite, with some slight mil buffs.

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    Looks like Ming's back on the menu, boys!

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    How could our reputation be tarnished? What are people doing, spreading rumors about our khan building churches and helping old ladies cross the street?!

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    Hey, more admin on our heir? Can't say no to that, assuming he lives!

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    Ming is almost dead. But almost dead isn't dead dead.

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    May as well get some tributaries going. May as well get some stuff coming in from them, to help patch us up.

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    Next up is opening our route to India!

    It was uneventful. No pics needed.

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    Right, we also DoW'd Jianzhou. Because they were allied to a daimyo that broke free. So now we have our foothold in Japan. It's a special tool that will help us later.

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    We also eat a lot of Jianzhou. And apparently, Ming hates us for some reason. Can't fathom why.

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    OK, Korea, you're going to bring death upon your only ally by calling them in. This is all on YOU!

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    And now, after 56 years from the start of the game, Ming is dead! All that remains is Dali.

    But that's for another day, as this is already insanely long as is. I wanted to put China all in one chapter, although it might have been better to break it up into two. But I didn't, and here we are.

    Anyways, hope you enjoyed the start of this AAR, and we'll hopefully be having updates every other day or so!
     
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    Chapter 2: White's Out, Red's In!

    Hello, and welcome back to Oirat and their world conversion mega blowout sale! I hope you like conquest and converting, because that's the plan in this run!

    Anyways, last time, we killed the Ming.

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    The Ming is officially dead, and the MoH is where it belongs: IN THE TRASH!

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    Now, while we wait for our cores to finish, let's take care of the Manchurian hordes. Korchin, your alliance chain means nothing to us! NOTHING!

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    And now, finally, we turn to attack Chagatai. Maybe because their allies are being stomped on and will not hinder us? IDK, I still don't remember why we didn't murder them after that first bout with Ming. :confused:

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    Our battle hardened troops far outclass the Chagatanian's troops. Almost like being at war for 50 years will lead to you knowing a thing or two about fighting, imagine that!

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    Chagatai gets cut deep, losing a lot of their land, and most importantly, Kuqa. Their goldmine. Which we will be using to help boost our economy TO THE MOON!

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    With our Ming core complete, and us being at peace, we finally complete the "Restore Rule Over China" mission, giving us a bunch of mana, some stability, and bragging rights down at the local bar.

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    But the REAL prize is this!

    Last time I unified Yuan, back in 1.22, you HAD to have the MoH to do so, meaning I did it at the absolute last second of the AAR. Which always bugged me. But now, that dumb rule is gone, so it's YUAN TIME, BABY!

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    Oirat ideas, pretty nice, pretty nice...

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    But I like THESE ideas better! :D

    25% ccr (+5% better than Oirat), AND 5% admin efficiency makes Yuan one of, if not the BEST nation in the game for WC.

    So yeah, combine that with normal difficulty, and this is going to be a very casual WC.

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    Now, back to the WC! U, it's time for U to die! Because U (g-l-y) ain't got no alibi!

    God, I'm dating myself HARD with that reference.

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    Anyways, on to our next idea! Horde idea 4, giving us extra inno because only hordes can take it, and I highly doubt PDX reprogrammed the hordes to take it, given how slapdash a lot of the code went out for release.

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    U was so ugly, pictures of them were used as a contraceptive! So it's better that we got rid of them. Think of the children!

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    Next, more horde hellraising.

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    Jianzhou is left with only a little left. We'll eat them eventually.

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    Oh, Jianzhou, you'll defend Donghai? Why, that's mighty kind of you! I hope you're ready for it, though!

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    And to help us get ready, let's have a little less AE, shall we?

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    Donghai? No, Dongbye!

    We also ate as much of Jianzhou as we could, leaving them as an OPM.

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    OK, now it's K-Pop time! BTS won't be here for another 500 years, but even our Khan has caught the K-pop fever, and is ranting endlessly about who he "stans" or something.

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    Next, new idea group! Diplomatic, because we want to take a LOT of land in a hurry. Nations can't coalition you if they don't exist, after all!

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    Korea's left as a small stump. And we probably will be back to get them later. Probably.

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    Dali and Hsweni are next on the docket. Gotta get all the Chinese clay under our rule, right?

    Well, not just Chinese. All clay is OUR clay.

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    New heir? AND HE'S REALLY, REALLY GOOD!

    Gotta hope our current khan lives to see 53!

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    Less unrest? Yes please! We don't have humanist yet, so we have rebels to deal with every so often. And not the cool rebels, like James Dean. I'm talking rebels like "kids stealing some candy because down with the man" rebels.

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    Dali is almost dead. We really, REALLY need that diplo idea to avoid problems like this!

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    Next on the block is Lan Xang! We're going hard into Indochina now, and they're a perfect target, given how we can't see much of anything else in the area!

    Maybe we need to get some big fans to blow away all this fog.

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    Easy war yields a simple result. Gotta strike while the FoW shield is still active!

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    OK, next up is Mong Yang, and their gaggle of goofy goons. Not that it matters, because 0 times anything is still 0, and that's what they are. ZEROS!

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    Ah shit, I knew it wouldn't come to pass. A 6/3/6 is too good for such a casual run. But a 5/4/4? Now that's balanced enough for the game to let us have!

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    Coalition? Who cares, we're Yuan!

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    OK, now we're moving into India! Assam, you qualify, right?

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    Yeah, we're really starting to annoy our neighbors. INDIA, IF OUR MUSIC IS TOO LOUD, YOU'RE TOO OLD!

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    OK, while I was ORIGINALLY going to do this as an ally-less run, I decided against it. I rarely, if ever, use alliances offensively, so it's not like it makes a difference in our wars, aside from deterring coalitions.

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    But eh, even with our attempts at allies, they don't seem to like us. I can't seem to understand why, we're great neighbors! Always having a BBQ with our neighbors!

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    OK, we do have a BIT of a coalition. So we nut up and declare on them! Jianzhou, you're the leader here!

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    Yup, this is fine.jpg

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    Nah, we're good guys. Easy war with a white peace. Bye bye, coalition!

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    And hello Bahmanis! I hope you like grilling!

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    Now, with the coalition dealt with, we look back to Indochina! Mong Nai and Lan Na are up! But we win so fast that we don't have a picture. Oh well.

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    Bengal, wanna live for longer? Join us, and we'll kill you last!

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    ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH!

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    Lan Xang gets a short truce in exchange for their allowance. Now they won't spend it all on candy and pokemon cards!

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    Manipur is Money-poor, so we just eat them, AE and dip cost be damned.

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    And next, we DOW Kachar and Assam. We're cleaning up the borders, so you all better appreciate that!

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    And now, it's time to abuse the new favors system! Hey Bahmanis, we have a little debt issue, care to toss a coin to your horde?

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    Dali is done, and their cores are, too!

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    Assam is assimilated. Coalition members are irrelevant to us at the moment.

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    And finally, Kachar is gone, too. Meaning our borders are looking cleaner than before!

    But that's all I got for now. We're already about 100 years into the game, and we're not slowing down! Coalitions are starting to become a real nuisance, but I'm sure I'll figure out how to get around them. I always do!

    Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this second part!
     
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    Chapter 3: Coalition? What Is That, A Drink?

    Hello everyone, and welcome back to YUAN! Having risen from the ground like a phoenix, or a really stubborn cockroach, Yuan decided it wasn't done with being in the spotlight of history, so Oirat changed their name and haircut so they could fit the role perfectly!

    Anyways, we're horde-ing and having a good time, so let's keep going!

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    Ah, the return to the old ways. Hands down, the BEST horde event possible. More points from razing OR more morale would be great, but BOTH? AMAZING!

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    And finally, we are the sole owners of mainland China! Just ignore the one bit owned by Lan Xang, ok?

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    Speaking of Lan, Lan Na and their allies are going to be charged down and destroyed! FOR GLORY!

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    FOR GOLD! AND GLORY! BUT MOSTLY GOLD!

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    Ah, right. Coalition. That thing happened again. Well, we COULD peace out Lan Na, but it'll take a while to full annex them, what with how they're running around and we have to deal with the rest of their allies. So let's tackle the coalition HEAD ON in the meanwhile!

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    Ah, never mind that. Let's just give Mong Yang back to Mong Yang and call it a day. We can burn it again later.

    Look, this isn't a loss. It's the modern version of paying the AI $100 to fuck off.

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    Next, Taunga is vassalized, because we're tired of their shit and would rather not fight them again. Plus, they indirectly expand our coring range by being our vassal.

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    And Lan Na is eaten in one big bite! Oh, the coalition? As I've said, I don't care about it. We'll just play through it!

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    'Oi gov, you 'Ava spot uv bad luck, innit?

    I don't know that much British vernacular, let alone how to write it properly. But the joke fit, so I had to sit (metaphorically speaking.)

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    Ava, you were the dancing queen! Young and sweet, only 17!!!

    Wait, no, I'm wrong, it was ABBA, not AVA that was the dancing queen. We're good!

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    Lan Xang got Xang'd in the showers, and now they're a lovely red color. AND we finally own all of the Chinese mainland, for real this time!

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    Next, our foray into Ayutthaya begins in full! Plus, we cobelligerentify Koho, a tributary we got on accident and want to kill ASAP.

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    So, off screen we ate Dai Viet and Koho, and now we're cracking the Ayutthayan spine and split them in two! We'll easily sweep the floor with them in the follow up wars!

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    Champa's claim to fame is being a few letters shy from being "Champion." But the only championship they're gonna win is the ass-kicked contest!

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    While we're busy kicking Champa's ass, we move onto their neighbor, Khmer. And they got allies that we have truces with, and that's against the rules! So we're gonna kick their ass, with karate that we learned from our Japanese province!

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    Ayutthaya gets a shorter truce, and a lighter purse. Also, Champa was eaten. They are NOT the champions! WE ARE!

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    Hsipaw put up a pathetic resistance, so they are sent packing!

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    And Khmer has had their butt sufficiently kicked, so they're willing to join us. And watch that coalition list dwindle!

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    Next up, to prevent too much issues with the Indian tags, we tributize Jaunpur. Honestly, we don't care if they pay us or not, we just want them in our sphere for the lowered AE gain.

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    Oh ho ho, next up is Kedah! We're getting close to the end of our SE. Asian escapades, at least the ones we can do easily without building ships to ferry troops across the seas!

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    Malacca got Marockka'd! We're making a solid amount of money from these peace deals, so we can work on our loan issue.

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    Deli lost all their lunch meats.

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    And Kedah is no longer a mid sized fish, as unfortunate as it is to do so. But oh well, they're definitely a good tag to eat, to lock down more trade dosh!

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    And next up? MORE WAR!

    We're DOWing that small OPM in the southern Vietnam area, who was allied to a number of other small nations, including Orissa, for some reason. Oh well, if they want to die, we're willing to oblige that request!

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    New khan on the skull throne. 6/2/4 is pretty much all we need, especially considering how we don't really care much about our dip points right now.

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    Now, here's an interesting bit: we vassalize Orissa. We've officially taken a good sized bite out of India. Why did we vassalize instead of eat them directly? I DON'T KNOW! Probably AE. Or perhaps because I'd have to core the land one at a time due to not having a cored port or a land connection. Actually, I'm fairly certain that's the reason.

    Also, the other OPMs in the war were annexed.

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    Ayutthaya? I heard that you joined a little club, a "coalition" of sorts. Well, it doesn't look like anyone important is in there. So unlike last time, I don't think there's going to be any reason for us to pay you $100. Hell, I don't think we'll pay a SINGLE CENT!

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    No siree, we won't be paying a cent. Instead, YOU'LL be paying, and dearly at that!

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    Andhra decided they also wanted to make a coalition. Unfortunately for them, it was only them and their nerd friends that joined them, so now it's time for us JOCKS to give them atomic wedgies!

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    Next, as we're starting to get a lot of money, and fast, we finally get the economy mission, so we can build manufactories cheaper and faster!

    Or would they be manure-factories? What with being a horde and all?

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    Now, this is something that we've been doing in the background for a while now. Building relations and favors with the Turks. Why? Because it's cheaper (and free!) to ask them for cash, instead of taking loans or corruption to fund our manufactories!

    Isn't 1.31 grand, getting money for nothing?

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    Andhra is gone, and now we have some official toeholds in central-eastern India!

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    The best training is constant warfare? I'd say I'm surprised, but I'm not a liar!

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    Now, 14 years after the spawn of the printing press, we embrace it for just shy of 3k shekels. We also have the radical reforms event, which we are saving for one thing...

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    We teched up admin with the saved points, got the dip ready for the next tech, and unlocked religious ideas! I mean, what one faith would be complete without it?

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    Alright Malacca, it's time for your medicine! And by medicine, I mean OUR BULLETS!

    I somehow don't have a picture of the peace, but you'll see the new map soon enough.

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    Oh, hey Otto? Can I borrow a cup of cash? kthxbye.

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    OK, so we took a good chunk from Malacca, giving us access to the rest of the island. So Deli, it's time to get munched on!

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    Malacca gets a short truce, we'll finish them off soon enough. Deli, though, gets eaten.

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    OK, now that we've mostly dealt with the coalition (insofar as that there aren't enough Hindus to hate us to form one), we can finally start crashing into India. Vijay, you're the biggest one here,, so we HAVE to kill you. It's the law!

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    OK, not the best land for us to engage in, but we can probably do this with our 40k men!

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    ... Or maybe not :oops:

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    Ah, that explains it: VJ has 70k men. So we're going to need to either split them up and crush them separately, or we'll need to bring in reinforcements.

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    OR, we can just attack them on flat terrain! That also works! ;)

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    Yeah, the terrain modifiers really make the difference.

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    MORE MEN FOR THE MEAT GRINDER!

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    Ah, why not? Bengal, we have the land we want occupied, so come on in! We mostly just want to limit the AE you get with us, so we don't need to start chunking away at the grand sunni coalition TOO too early!

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    And here's the magnificent peace deal. We carved right through VJ, grabbing as many forts as we could, leaving them vulnerable for future wars against us, or their neighbors.

    But that's all I have today, be sure to tune in next time for more horde shenanigans!
     
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    Chapter 4: The Grand Sunni Coalition

    Hello everyone, welcome back to Yuan! Last time, we had some war. And there was also some war. Oh, and who could forget about the war?

    Oh, and there was a little bit of war here and there, too.

    Alright, that should bring you up to speed, so let's get back at it!

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    First off, let's borrow money from the 1st Turkish Bank. Wait, borrow implies that we're going to be giving it back. Um, I guess we just wandered around the streets and found 1243 ducats just lying around. Oh well, finders keepers!

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    Next, we're aiming to "borrow" ;) some land from Ayutthaya and their allies.

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    And now that we have a lot more access all over the place, it's the PERFECT time to tackle Malacca! It's going to be a pain getting that island province, so hopefully we can sneak it in this war! Because navies are FOR CHUMPS! And we're not chumps!

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    Pegu gets punched into oblivion. We're aiming to lock down as much of the asian trade as possible, something I had somewhat neglected during my last AAR foray as a horde. Not entirely, but I DID leave the East Indies alone for longer than I should have.

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    Yeah, I expected as much. The combined naval power of Malacca and Brunei was too much for me to fully occupy them. Oh well, at least we got something out of this!

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    Now, time to get things rolling. We have a lot of free diplo slots, so why not just vassalize Pagarfadsjklfjasdkhgfasjkghkajsd. Too many syllables, I'm not gonna even bother pretending like I can spell that name. Honestly, it's probably less offensive if I just give up instead of murdering it with an honest attempt.

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    And this is why we weren't fussed about not full annexing Malacca. We have another way in, and this time, there's no real naval power around to stop us!

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    GOT YOUR ISLAND, BITCH!!

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    And now, we own one of the 3 major islands. We'll get the rest soon enough. But we'll need more transports to do that. And maybe... ACTUAL SHIPS! :eek:

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    Ah, right, Europe got revealed. Nothing special, other than a pretty weak reformation. Granted, it popped in 1507, which is the closest I've ever seen it get to the historical date (barring player intervention, of course). But still, I'm used to seeing half of the HRE, and some parts of France and Italy, going blue by this point.

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    Next on our list for trade domination is Tirhut. We're mostly looking at their allies, and not Tirhut themselves. Plus, Jaunpur won't join, so now's the perfect time for a blitzkrieg!

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    2 months, and Vijay's truce got reset. Excellent.

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    OK, time to put the white elephant out of its misery. Got a small army ready to just roll them over and end it as quickly as possible.

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    But, while we finish consolidating Indochina, we finally start looking westwards. That's right, we're going to start chunking into the grand sunni coalition! HUZZAH!

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    Annexed and cores revoked. Glorious.

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    This is the peacedeal we take with Transoxiana. We're cautious about how much AE we take (granted, we're only 8 WS shy of 100% peacedealing them), because the amount of sunni nations is STAGGERING. Seriously, if we let it form, a grand sunni coalition would be almost like a Vietnam or Afghanistan for us. I say almost, because unlike the US or Soviets, we wouldn't give up and lose. It'd just really, REALLY slow us down.

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    Anyways, this is why we took such snake-y land in the peace deal. Samarkand has some GREAT wonders. Like this one here, which, at its max, gives -15% WS cost vs other religions.

    So yeah, that's basically a perma-version of the age of reformations bonus. Only stipulation is that Samarkand must remain Sunni (and I think either Altaic or Persian culture group. A lot of wonders have that as a secondary requirement, culture of some sort.)

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    Additionally, we managed to snag the Buddha Statues, which will give us an additional missionary, so long as we flip the province to Theravada.

    Why Theravada and not any of the other branches of Buddhism? Well, that's because when coding the wonders, they specifically listed BUDDHISM as the requirement. And old guard players (like myself) will remember that, before being split in 3, Buddhism used to be a single, unified religion called "Buddhism" (shocker, I know. I would have thought they'd call it "Funny Big Eared Elephant That Can Fly," but apparently that's just "Dumbo."). And, when they made the switch, Theravada kept the code tag of "Buddhism."

    So, basically, Theravada is the only real school of Buddhism in PDX's eyes.

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    Bengal now hates us. Good, we hate them and how they're squatting on our land!

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    Hi Vijay! Remember us? We're here to borrow a cup of sugar. By any means necessary. :cool:

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    Tirhut is gone, we don't need them around anymore.

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    And we keep splitting Vijay into pieces.

    Honestly, I'm surprised Bahmanis hasn't jumped on the smoldering corpse, considering they have neighboring, undefendable land they could get.

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    Alright, we're finally done with you, Malacca! Time to meet your maker!

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    Oh, and speaking of makers, the HRE is now FINALLY starting to debate whether or not they want to have the gold "t" with a little man on it, or the blue "t" without the little man on it, as their favorite flavor of "t". I, personally, prefer purple "t" with an additional line crossed through it.

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    Now, thanks to Malacca, we have a proper foothold in Borneo. Who needs a naval invasion when you have proper planning instead!

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    And Malacca finally gets into the backka my trackka, gets driven to an isolated field, and gets cappa'd.

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    TECH 17! TECH 17! ADMIN EFFICIENCY GET!

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    Ok, Gilligan, what are you doing here? Why aren't you on that island with the skipper and the professor?! What, you're not Gilligan, you're just Gilan? WHY I AUGHTA!!

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    Uzbek has no friends. So we decide to give them a warm embrace.

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    Justified wars? We needed justification? Whoops!

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    Uzbek got the biggest hug they've ever seen in their entire life, they never want to leave that embrace!

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    Ugh, trash heir, hope he dies, or we die before he hits 15 so we get a better one.

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    Now, we're finally getting some monuments going online. We payed the initial 1k to start upgrading, but for a mere 300, we can speed things up. If we wanted to, we could spend 2.5k ducats to upgrade it to the next level in ONE DAY!

    But we won't go that far, not yet at least. Still working on getting manufactories up and running!

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    Gilligan now wishes he never got off that island. Not that it'd make him any safer, but he doesn't need to know that!

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    Now that we're at peace, we use this time to threaten land from Sunda. And it works! WHO NEEDS A BOAT, ANYWAYS?!

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    AND, Delhi becomes our vassal. They have a lot of cores we can snag for super cheap!

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    And that also includes via threatening war!

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    Now, after several, SEVERAL decades, we finally decide to swap our synthetic religion to sunni. It'll give us less AE when we take sunni land, since we're considered to be sunni ourselves. Probably should have done that earlier, but eh, not a big deal.

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    Plus, doing so means that we are no longer a heathen to sunni nations. And that means the Ottomans will have us as allies!

    Easiest way to stop the sunni coalition from forming is to take away the Turks from them. Do that, and they'll almost never form one, especially at our size!

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    Chagatai, you're in a bit of an awkward spot. Mind handing over more land to us, so it's not as awkward? Thanks!

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    Oh, shoot, we didn't take any Chagatian land. Just Kazakh and Nogain land. Darn, I must have misread the peace papers. ;)

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    Transoxiana, it's time for round two! I hope you're ready to rumble!

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    Sibir got peaced out, but honestly, that was because we didn't want to siege down all that massive land. We'll do that later.

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    Huh. We lost. I mean, we definitely need more cannons, but really? A loss? Oh well, we killed way more than we had die, so who cares. Manpower is just a number, at least for us!

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    And finally, we eat the northern half of Transoxiana! We've officially started our assault on the grand sunni coalition, and we'll be doing everything we can to keep it from forming and impeding our progress!

    But that's all for now, I hope you enjoyed this part!
     
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    Chapter 5: Absolutism? Yes. Always.

    Hello, welcome back to Yuan and their buddhist escapades! Sorry for going AWOL for a week, my GF wanted me to spend some more time with her during the week, and so I didn't have access to my screenshots for a while.

    Anyways, you don't care about that stuff, so let's just get back into the good stuff: LOOTING AND PILLAGING!

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    First off, we finally restored horde rule over the steppe, and now we have actual claims on the rich lands of Persia. Mmmmm, cheap rugs, delicious.

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    But, we don't use any of those perma claims yet. Instead, we DoW Haasa, and co belligerentify the Mamluks. Why? Because I have a plan, that's why!

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    And while we're at it, let's finally control the spice. It must flow, but only into our pocket!

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    University event? Of course we'll take the free stability! Who needs forward thinkers when you have PILLAGING?

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    Hejaz, we don't want to own your land yet, so you keep it under wraps for us, OK? We'll be back at 5 on Sunday to pick them up, don't have too much fun you rascal, you!

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    Baluchistan gets off with a light warning. I don't know why I didn't eat them separately. Maybe there was an alliance that they had that would have been useful for a free truce reset? IDK, that's probably it.

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    Not a full annex, but the spice flows freely to Khanbaliq!

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    Vijay, it's time for another partitioning! And Bahmanis, shame on you for not pouncing on your weak neighbor when they were ally-less!

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    9 years ahead of time? Who cares, we'll take our next idea group, please!

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    And, of course, we take humanist. Less rebels and more stability, best thing since sliced bread. Also, it ties really well with our humanist-lite idea group (horde)!

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    Now, we peace out the Mamluks for a very, VERY strategic peace. We get the Suez canal zone, some cash, and we make the Mamluks lose their cores on Syria. If we didn't do that, it's highly likely that the Ottomans would have dropped us, gone hostile, and allowed coalitions of sunnis to form against us. So we had to tread lightly.

    But we got what we wanted from the Haasa war. Why go through all this trouble for 2 provinces?

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    Bye bye, small fry!

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    We are cutting it CLOSE. On a razor's edge, here. But close is still good enough.

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    Vijay loses a lot of coastline, as well as the stuff by Orissa. May as well take the land if the neighbors are passing it up, after all!

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    I think I took this after loading the save, which reset the AI and everything, so now we're back in black with the Turks. Good to go, for now at least!

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    Hmmm, Delhi has a lot of cores we can retrieve for them. Why don't we do that, huh Multan?

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    Gujurat lives to die another day. Congrats on the life, Guj!

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    Sibir, you've been sitting there as an annoying blob, doing nothing. We'll fix that for you.

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    Delhi gets their Jaunpuri cores back. See, we can be nice to our subjects!

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    And now, we get an extra 5% admin efficiency from the age ability. We're going to be ramping up now, that's for sure!

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    Multan gives back the remaining Delhi cores, as well as some key provinces that will make future wars easier. No more forts for you!

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    Now, for our next trick, we declare war on Mewar! I mean, it's in their name, after all. They're always clamoring for "me war! Me war!" after all!

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    Vijay gets a white peace. Too much land to eat as a non co belligerent, so may as well get them in a big chunk next time!

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    Darn, we are really being limited by our admin efficiency. I know it's only 1621, but still!

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    Also, some time before the war with Bahmanis, Portugal sniped Goa via their mission event, so we couldn't take it in the war. But we're going to rectify that, post haste! And you know what, Ottomans, you can come too! I trust you can take care of all the work, right?

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    Because I have claims to attend to, starting with Transoxiana!

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    Ladakh got lapped up nicely!

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    And unfortunately, Transoxiana manages to survive as an OPM. Not happy about that, not at all. :mad:

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    Portugal conceded a lot a land to us, mostly colonial islands and the like, as well as Algarve. Now we have our foothold in Europe!

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    Oh, right, we had something going with Gujurat? I'm not sure, but it looks like it got resolved.

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    Vijay, come out and play-ay!

    Also we DoW'd Sunda at some point, again. I guess I got a bit TOO casual with my screenshot taking. Whoops.

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    Hmmm, the 3/4/4 wouldn't have been bad, but I guess we can deal with a 1/6/3. Really unbalanced statwise, but I'm not gonna savescum rulers, that's kinda lame.

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    But hey, at least his heir is fantastic! And he's 8, too, so we just need to live 7 years at least, and we get him as a ruler!

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    Next age ability, more passive absolutism. We already have some from having control of our crownland, but more passive upticks are better!

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    Sunda is Sundead.

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    Vijay is ALMOST dead. We can't take the land that's occupied, unfortunately. If they survive, we'll kill them for sure next time!

    Spoilers, they don't survive.

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    Gujarat, thanks for eating Vijay for us! But, Bahmanis, we're disappointed that you never ONCE targeted your yellow rival. So now we're going to give you a stern talking to about that unacceptable behavior!

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    And a VERY stern talking to it was! I'm not sure they learned their lesson, though...

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    OK, Fars? You're now the biggest Persian tag in Persia, so you're the new target. I'm sure you've prepared for this, and are ready to rumble. What, you didn't? You DID see the memo, right? If you could get on that, that'd be great.

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    Transoxiana is now gone forever. Look at all those cores just disappear!

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    Next on the to do list: Jaunpur and Afghanistan! May as well consolidate the region while we're in the area, right?

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    You're gonna go Fars, kid? Nah, I think you got fed a lie there. Fars away, maybe.

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    Ottomans, with a war against Russia and France? I guess we can join, but it's not like we want to do anything or anything.

    This is why you don't want allies, so freaking needy, my God. :rolleyes:

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    Afghanistan is now an OPM. Really, REALLY need that admin efficiency boost.

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    And finally, Jaunpur is Jaundead. Does that make sense? As a pun, no. As an explanation about the screenshot? Yes. Do I care enough to make the change and think about something else to put here instead? Eh, kinda, but since this is the end of the chapter I don't really have the energy to do so.

    I hope you enjoyed and I'll see you soon!
     

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