- Feb 4, 2011
Frogs' legs tandoori
Well it's time. My canceled loan CBs get me elbow deep in the war that will decide the fate of the HRE. As a reminder for the uninitiated, the HRE can be disbanded if every elector is either vassalised or have their capital occupied by you. The emperor himself must also have his capital occupied. Prussia, Bohemia, Brandenburg, Gorz, Austria, Mainz and Phalzgrafschaft Bei Rhein, all carrying the scent of perfume and faux leather handbags, must be put in their respective places if manliness is ever to take root in the Germanic region of Europe through the hairy-chested Anhalt and Mazovia. The troops march south from their deployment in Mecklenburg. Pay close attention to the manpower.
Not off to the best of starts. Although I do not have to fight them all at once, I am horribly outnumbered with no real opportunity to bring in more regiments. I take great care to establish supply areas within Bohemia as quickly as possible; the less attrition I take the more men I can afford to lose in actual battle. A few provinces are instantly assaulted then forces are split up to slowly take the rest of the lands. The forts are around level 3 and take some time to fall. Most provinces can supply around 20,000 of my troops, made better due to highly skilled generals. How Franconia was deemed more powerful than Bohemia, Austria and Sweden to remain warleader I will never know. Womanly logic is an oxymoron unto itself.
And by christ my new king is bollocks.
France and the ruler of Wurzburg have a lady's feud and do not allow each other military access. This gives me a little breathing space to secure my occupation zones but this is a mountain I will have to climb sooner or later; the French are blocking me from Mainz's and Phalzgrafschaft Bei Rhein's capital provinces. I call Cornwall into the battle in the hopes than they can put a little added pressure on France by taking their Brittish lands. Between France and Sweden, my action is regretted. The English rise up in the Cornish lands and put the squeeze on.
I allow some time for my manpower to regenerate. Decades of building up my infrastructure back home were utterly worth it. Meiou really digs into your manpower if you go naval/quality/free subjects and the province improvements become invaluable. I get Sweden out of the war although Cornwall are far from thankful. I now only need 2 more capitals to secure the destruction of the HRE, and no number of eager-to-die Frenchman are going to stop me.
The most satisfying button in Europa
But what now? France will not accept peace and I am not willing to bow to any woman. The fight is far from over. the theater is set in Rheinhessen and where the battle for Europe was won, the battle of pride now takes place.
Gah, the bloody French. If you thought France was powerful in vanilla, this'll curl your toes. They have, what, over 3 times as many provinces, probably more, and just have a never ending amount of manpower and troops. Mix in the Very Hard difficuly setting, their land focus and Latin tech and I am just getting creamed. I have a few tricks up my own sleeve though. In battle your troops fight at a maximum width of 30 regiments. I make sure to defend and combine troops as much as I can to ensure that my lines are unbroken and that my back row is full of cannons which can attack from the back and help defend the troops to the front. France's relative lack of cannons alongside my high discipline puts me at a tactical advantage. Sadly my dwindling manpower and the fact that I never got a bloody month of moral and manpower regen between the main battles and shocking dice rolls meant that I got thrashed. Not without taking down a hearty number of Frenchmen though. Meat's back on the manu, boys!
I gained what I set out to do, but the victory taste is like celery and roses where I wanted Steak and WD40. France can enjoy being in one piece...for now.
Anhalt was taken during the war and will swiftly be liberated and fed. The few other manly nations remaining shall also be allowed to grow and then, I promise you: Europa, no, Grand Strategy will never be the same again.
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