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With nearly all of Europe consolidated, the Golden Horde prepares for the Great Push East:

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My goal is to coordinate so that at around the same time I will have: 1) conquered all reach-able lands; 2) reached Gov't tech 10; and, 3) gotten sliders positioned to enact the Reform Government decision. Hopefully, this will be possible before 1650 - before the Holy War Casus Belli disappears.

None of the Asian powers can seriously damage me at this point. The biggest risk is that overextension and war exhaustion will destroy my empire from within. Every sacked province lowers a horde's war exhaustion, but expanding fast brings overextension. Fortunately, by 1500 I have been sitting on much of Europe for 50 years and much of the land is cored.

After the Great Push East:

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I couldn't compete with @Yersinia but still have sth. to show. But I have a problem with WE and rebels.

I was a bit carried away after the last TSC and charged into Castillian TI, which resulted in some WE which caused revolts in newly acquired French provinces. These in turn required larger units which in turn raised WE even higher. rebels taking courage from reduced troops in the area took up arms in Russian lands as well, which further escalated the situation. Now things are spiraling out of control with my two problems feeding into each other and leaving me helpless. I may have to restart if I cannot control the situation. and remebering the last two TSCs frighten me more than almost anything.

It's 5.1 btw.
 

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I couldn't compete with @Yersinia but still have sth. to show. But I have a problem with WE and rebels.

I was a bit carried away after the last TSC and charged into Castillian TI, which resulted in some WE which caused revolts in newly acquired French provinces. These in turn required larger units which in turn raised WE even higher. rebels taking courage from reduced troops in the area took up arms in Russian lands as well, which further escalated the situation. Now things are spiraling out of control with my two problems feeding into each other and leaving me helpless. I may have to restart if I cannot control the situation. and remebering the last two TSCs frighten me more than almost anything.

It's 5.1 btw.

Hey that's really good!

Rebels and war exhaustion are always gonna be a threat, and increasingly so as the rebels tech up faster than you do. I've got a few strategies to help, although seeing as you've already managed to take out France and Germany, I'm sure you have your own.

- Easiest way to lower war exhaustion is by looting provinces. If you don't have vulnerable enemies, you could always break relations with a vassal.​
- For bigger countries, explore TI with individual units. Yes, they'll probably die, but who cares? Manpower won't ever be an issue for you.​
- A good high judge advisor helps a lot to reduce revolt risk.​
- Stay under the threshold for overextension as much as possible. Staying decentralized helps increase that threshold.​
- When things are getting really bad, you can always grant local autonomy to placate a group of rebels. You can only do this once every 5(?) years, so best to save it for the TSCs.​
- And if things are even worse, it's actually not that bad to let the rebels secede. The rebel groups become the new country's armies which often bankrupt it, making it easy for you to re-conquer them, and in so doing you can lower your war exhaustion through looting.​

Hope some of that helps you! At a a glance, your rebel situation doesn't look unmanageable, which is good. As for the TSCs, they do get easier as more territory cores. Hopefully your next one won't be until you have all of Europe solidly under your control. Best of luck!
 

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Thank you for your input. I can replace my legitimacy advisor with a high judge after I get my legitimacy to 100. Letting rebels slip away is something I shall ponder more. I am planning to switch to Mughals after completing the subjugation of Castille in North Africa. Maybe I can keep the save and try staying nomad. But Danes are getting ahead in tech and I don't intend to become their floor mop.

Btw. I forgot to mention Emeny and Prawnstar. I learned a lot from their AARs and especially Emeny is my inspiration for starting out the way I did. But I do not have the time and energy to pursue such extend of micromanagement.
 

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After all these years of playing EU3, American Natives still felt like an unmet challenge to me. Each time I tried, it was the same story : some 100 years of high speed and uneventful playing, with paltry efforts to get some tech progress, until I met England, Castille, France or Portugal who immediatly crushed me in spite of all the diplomacy I could use. Very frustrating, unfair (after all ,North American tribes resisted European colonization well into the XIXth century in OTL) - and I couldn't help thinking about how Prawnstar had managed an almost world conquest with Iroquois (one of the first, and best, AARs I ever read on this forum). So... let's try it again. Iroquois, then, since they're not completely hopeless (as a tribal democracy they don't get tribal succession crisis for example).

I played the first century as patiently and wisely as I could. Didn't conquer Huron at once, but in the 1420's they betrayed me after I had vassalized them, and I also gained some cores against them in border disputes, so I finally annexed them. I made all the slider moves I had to in order to westernize. I chose Colonial ventures as my first NI, which allowed me to expand a bit towards the South (and make contact with Shawnee, Cherokee and Creek, which ended up in partial conquest and vassalization) ; and, prudently, towards the East Coast where I expected the European to show up sooner or later. Honestly though, I still didn't have much interest in that game so far. But something happened... or, in fact, didn't happen. 1500, then 1510 and 1520, and still no colonists were in sight. What was going on ? I gave a look at the world map...

Europe was a mess as usual, but with some special flavor : all the big colonizers had been destroyed by their non-colonizer neighbourgs. Castille was reduced to a shattered 3PM by Aragon, while Portugal had already vanished from the map. France got slaughtered by Burgundy. England was severly beaten by Scotland - but even reduced as a 4PM, they still chose QFTNW as their 3rd NI. So they discovered America... but only 50 years later did the new European superpowers take advantage of that discovery. By then, I was more than ready, with cores and forts in all my provinces.

Here is what the world looked like shortly before my first encounter with Aragon, which was going to allow me to westernize (an ephemeral colony in Gespeg, which I promptly destroyed with spies inciting natives to revolt once I had completed westernization).

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I mentioned spies. I used them a lot, since I produced twice as much spies as colonists. This was very helpful because while I couldn't colonize very fast myself, I really needed to slow down European invasion of North America without wars of agression (didn't really needed them, since I was still weak and the Europeans DoWed me quite often - it was not Aragon though, rather that scary, enormous and agressive Burgundy).

Here is a closer view at the situation in early 17th century :

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They really started to hate me after I began to get those coastal provinces. Even westernized with my army modernized, I got consistently DoWed not just by the big ones but actually by anyone (like the Papal State or Norway :rolleyes:) and the game remained pretty tough for the following century. But I kept calm, had a good peace pipe... and eventually managed to give those palefaces a taste of their own medicine, and kick them out of the continent. I wish I could do more, but this result was quite satisfying in itself. Well, I didn't even think about a WC, of course...

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(A long time before, England had moved their capital to Pipil... I decided to keep them as a vassal, which proved useful in my last war against Aragon. Oh, and France had practically become Argentina).

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