Dat CroatiaBehold the Tocharian Empire of Turan!
Charlemagne start, all main DLC (except Sunset Invasion), no mods.
Started as a two-provinces Tocharian Buddhist Count, I swore fealty to the Kashgar (later Kasake) Duchy, then I got promoted to Duke after the previous one died in an "accident".
Then I conquered the Khotan Duchy and got enough provinces to form the Khotan Kingdom (or Ytarimypoy, as called by Tocharians). Meanwhile I became a Chinese Tributary, which helped me to at least not being attacked by China and earning Grace for Strategists and Engineers (and some Imperial Marriages)
I waged war to the nomads to get territories from Transoxania and Zhetysu (having many daughters to marry, even if they were bastards, helped a lot for making alliance with other kingdoms). I also used the Grace I stocked to call a few Chinese Invasions to destroy Tibet, which became too dangerous for my plans.
Then when I finally formed the empire, almost all my neighbors converted to Hindu, making impossible for me to call Holy War CBs. So, due to Khotan being a Bon holy site, I converted to Bon and reformed it around 1200 AD, reviving a religion which in game was pratically annihilated at that point. I also stopped to be a Chinese tributary and after a few GHW I conquered many territories from the Indian region.
I also created two level 4 Great Works (Fortress and University), two level 3 GW (Library and Garden) and other two level 2 GW (Royal Palace and Undergroud City)View attachment 592171
I am grateful you ask, will write up a proper AAR in time, and can assure you this is a vanilla Ironman game.I really can't believe you conquered all of that in less than 100 years starting as a duke without cheats AND without your vassals doing some conquering of their own.
Amen to that, these large realms are so ridiculous to playI also, never, ever want to do such a thing again.