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Brandenburg->Prussia->Germany for the Early Reich achievement:



Great timing too, I wanted to finish before the new CK2 expansion was released :D Austria is trouble (not the HRE though, that's OPM Palatinate), so if I continue past this point crippling them would definitely be on the agenda.
 

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Do you know Kanem Bornu, that small sub-Saharan country in the middle of Africa? The blue one that looks like a snail. The one that starts with a province occupied by rebels.

Here's what it looks like after a few hundred years:

The white man has been kicked out of Africa. Only Mahe, that small island to the East of the continent escaped the Kanem Bornese wrath.
All infidels have also been removed from the continent:

I was allied for a long time with the Ottomans. Unfortunately for them, no White man or Asian man can rule in the land of Kanem Bornu.

All white men tremble when hearing of our country's name!
 

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in year 1660 golden horde form personal union with Ottoman and the blue color in indea (about half Indea)
Last king of ottoman got 6/6/6 in skill
He die at age around 42 make me laugh:)
Now we rule nearly half of the world :p
 

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Impressive!
Any achievements unlocked?

Do you know Kanem Bornu, that small sub-Saharan country in the middle of Africa? The blue one that looks like a snail. The one that starts with a province occupied by rebels.

Here's what it looks like after a few hundred years:

The white man has been kicked out of Africa. Only Mahe, that small island to the East of the continent escaped the Kanem Bornese wrath.
All infidels have also been removed from the continent:

I was allied for a long time with the Ottomans. Unfortunately for them, no White man or Asian man can rule in the land of Kanem Bornu.

All white men tremble when hearing of our country's name!
 

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Unfortunately, no, the achievements in Africa are for Mali, Songhai and Kongo.
Kanem Bornu has generic national ideas even :(

I was mid way through the Kanem Bornu campaign when I noticed that Songhai:
- has awesome national ideas
- has its own achievement
- is a monarchy so it doesn't need to reform the government
- has an awesome -tech cost/-idea cost event

I think that if I had started with Songhai I could have easily conquered my way through Europe earlier. Oh well, live and learn! :)
 

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So I went back to my France game and decided I would take on the monster that was Austria (with integrated Russia). Many, many, many wars later, the game finally ends, with me at war with Austria again (shocker).

That said, I was almost done crushing the remains of Austria in Central Europe when time ran out... So I formed the HRE for fun. A war against England in the early 1800's destroyed my navy... sigh.

The world!

Central Europe

A healthy protestant Europe!

Vassals & Allies at the end, though many are HRE vassals

Forming the HRE for fun!

Final Stats

France is incredibly powerful, but man, going into the HRE is a slugfest.
 

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Should have converted it to V2!
 

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I just finished my [COLOR="#AFoFoF"]Poland[/COLOR] → [COLOR="#AFoFoF"]Commonwealth[/COLOR] Ironman game:

It goes without saying that I could have been much more aggressive. I was going for the achievements "Poland can into space" and "Winged Hussars", and, being that this was my first game going to 1821 as a nation in the Eastern tech group with no intention of Westernizing, I wanted to ensure that I had the necessary monarch points to hit level 32 in all three technologies. Besides, if I had expanded further west, we wouldn't get the benefit of seeing the fruits of Austria's labor as the Holy Roman Emperor. It's rare in my experience that an AI nation successfully forms the HRE country if the player is playing as a European state. Note also the rather large Armenia, which I didn't have the heart to destroy. I thought about guaranteeing them to protect them from the Ottomans but the Armenians stuck close to Russia throughout the game:



The endgame scoreboard:


A rather interesting development that I believe occurred in 1483, after an interregnum. I had been Austria's stalwart ally at the time, and we had a royal marriage (a situation which was reversed once I inherited Bohemia and, as a non-HRE state, instantly became the primary target of the HRE's ire, which resulted in the alliance network that would last until 1821 -- the Commonwealth allied with France versus Austria/HRE allied with Russia). The Polish von Habsburg dynasty lasted until the end of the game:


Religion in Europe with the Curia, which I controlled virtually the entire game, and the world religion map:



Accepted cultures in the Commonwealth:


Commonwealth domination of Eastern Europe's trade. One thing I'd do differently if I played through this game again is take all of Scandanavia, vassalizing Norway and feeding it Sweden's landlocked provinces while I annexed the entire Baltic coastline, and then move my capital from Warsaw to Danzig/Gdansk, changing the culture there from Prussian to Polish, of course (I lost Prussian as an accepted culture when I took three provinces from the HRE nation):


Lastly, for the lulz... The mid- and late-game were defined by constant wars with Austria/HRE and Russia, most of which I was dragged into by the most aggressive AI ally a European player can have the lack of foresight to befriend, France (though the Blue Blob wasn't so Big in this game). Calling the Austrian Emperor's generals "godlike" would be a gross understatement, and, despite the fact that I tried to limit my creation of generals to moments in which I had as close to 100 army tradition as possible, I never got a general with a fire score above 2 during that entire conflict-plagued era. I sure was besieging provinces fast, with several 4s and 3s for generals' siege scores, and my 4 regiments of cavalry per 64,000-troop stack were benefiting from some insane shock bonuses, but during the all-important fire phase of battle, the Austrians generally ate my lunch. Here are my generals in 1815, years after the final continental war had heard its last shot fired:


All in all, not very impressive in the "empire" department, but it was a fun game and I achieved my long-term goals.
 

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Rus really doesn't colonize if converted?
They didn't get the Russian ideas and stuff, and I decided to keep it that way since they were pagans.

I mean this is a Mordvin animist kingdom, it doesn't have much to do with Russia besides the name :p
 

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My first ever Ironman game, I finally feel worthy posting here :3

Granted It's as BBB, but still, one has to start somewhere...






I'm going to clean my borders a little, and would like to convert it to vicky2, sometime when it's possible for Ironman saves.
 

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OOC, why did you stay Eastern tech for the whole game? Does westernizing hurt your chances of getting the achievement, or was it just an RP thing?
Well, the Winged Hussars achievement needs eastern tech (have winged hussars as your active unit with greater than +50% cavalry combat ability), and the winged hussars become available around military tech 26 or so, so I could have Westernized late, after that, but I'd heard it was very possible to stay viable through the endgame with eastern tech, and that it was possible to get to level 32 in everything with Eastern, so I wanted to test that out. I was pretty much the 2nd strongest military power in 1821, behind the HRE which regularly fielded near 500k troops.
 

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Well, the Winged Hussars achievement needs eastern tech (have winged hussars as your active unit with greater than +50% cavalry combat ability), and the winged hussars become available around military tech 26 or so, so I could have Westernized late, after that, but I'd heard it was very possible to stay viable through the endgame with eastern tech, and that it was possible to get to level 32 in everything with Eastern, so I wanted to test that out. I was pretty much the 2nd strongest military power in 1821, behind the HRE which regularly fielded near 500k troops.
Hmm, I just looked at the achievement file, and it doesn't say you need Eastern tech?
 

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Hmm, I just looked at the achievement file, and it doesn't say you need Eastern tech?
See here. The achievement requires the unit be Winged Hussars, which is an Eastern tech unit at military tech level 22.
 

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I finally finished my England->Great Britain game! It's my favorite country (in part because Red is my favorite color). I won the HYW(and integrated France, getting the "One Night in Paris" achievement), and started colonizing. I wanted to stop the Iberians, so I took their 3 island provinces, but even then they continued colonizing, so I decided at that point to conquer Portugal and Spain so that I could monopolize colonization. To that end, I also had to conquer the Dutch coast and Norway. (This part of the game was in Patch 1.4, so I got no coalitions.) Fortunately, it was Novgorod that formed Russia, and they were never able to colonize Siberia since they were blocked by Kazan. That is how I ended up owning all of Western Europe.



In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have wasted so much time and colonists colonizing West Africa, because then I may have been able to finish my colonies in the Pacific and also colonize more of South Africa. I originally planned to conquer Oman and Yemen to control the Aden node, but the Ottomans had lots of TP there due to transfer from downstream, and I was too lazy to spam it with light ships, so I just diverted Malacca's trade to Zanzibar and collected in Ceylon and South Africa.


I made some protectorates. Kilwa was the most useful in getting me the trade value from Asia into South Africa.


I was able to colonize every single province in the Americas, and my colonial nations did a LOT of colonizing on their own, which was really helpful! This was more than enough to get the "The Five Colonies" achievement. The names of my colonial nations are:
South America: British Brazil, British Guiana, British Colombia, British Titicaca, and British Falklands.
North America: British West Indies, British New Spain, Twenty One Colonies, British New France, British Canada, British Stanford (I go to Berkeley, and Stanford is our rival school, and their color is red), and British Columbia.

Unfortunately, New Spain colonized a lot of the California region, so Stanford has horrible borders, including an Arizonan province completely surrounded by New Spanish provinces.



Fortunately, I had already gotten the "Master of India" achievement in my Ottomans game, since I would not have had enough ADM to conquer all of India, especially if I also wanted to still conquer all of Indonesia and Japan (the latter for the "The Rising Sun" achievement). In 1804, I got a regency a year before I was going to DOW Vijayanagar to annex them...in the 10 year interim, Vijayanagar had somehow picked up that province that I have that's not connected to the rest of my Indian holdings...this put them at 104% warscore to annex, and it was 1816, so I took the stab hit to DOW and annex them again. Fortunately, coring time had dropped to just over 2 years, but I was still unable to sell that province away, because of the bug which prevents you from selling provinces you can't core.

I also briefly took Hormuz from Persia to get the "Trade Hegemon" achievement, but I sold it back because it was 9 BT itself, and I would have had to conquer many more provinces to connect it with my Indian holdings.


I managed to (barely) plop down colonies in every single Pacific island, though it did require running huge deficits for a few years and even taking one loan. Unfortunately, 11 of them remained unfinished at the end of the game, but I'm still pretty proud that I was able to colonize everything that I did.


Bohemia became Emperor and passed only 3 reforms. Meanwhile, Austria was my ally for the latter part of the game, and they were really helpful in the war against Bohemia and Burgundy to take Luxemburg.


I had been monopolizing the Curia since the 1600s...1.5 came out at around this time, which stopped my colonial nations from competing with me in the Curia.


At the end of the game, I was able to support 12 colonies while not running a (large) deficit.


My ability to support all these colonies was due in part to my very nice trade income. My tariff income from my colonies was also very substantial. It turns out that colonial nations do in fact give you lots of money, which is why I'm confused when people just colonize 4 provinces in every region because they think that will make them more money...



This was the first game ever in which I was not able to get into space or finish all my ideas. My lack of ADM was obviously due to coring Western Europe/India/Indonesia/Japan. I took all 5 DIP ideas because the 1st 4 seemed necessary, and I took Naval so I could pass the 2 British decisions...I wanted to finish it to pass 2 more decisions, but I was 2 ideas short...



I had cored everything besides that one province I was forced to take and couldn't core. I only had one missionary, so I wasn't able to convert all my provinces...it was really nice that Japan was mostly Catholic by the time I got there though...



Catholicism is clearly the dominant world religion!



Here's the endscreen. Ottomans had 150k more troops and 7 more ships than me, and I didn't feel like spammming more light ships since I had no more trade nodes I wanted to dominate (I didn't have a spare merchant for Aden).


The final world map, and my new desktop picture! Look at all that beautiful red!


Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with my Empire! I would have liked to conquer more of India, finish my Pacific colonies, and maybe colonize/conquer more of Africa and some of China, but I'm actually very impressed that I managed to colonize the entirety of the Americas and conquer all of Japan, Indonesia, Western Europe, and half of India! But now I think I'm going to take a break from colonizing games...
 

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Now that is an impressive empire, with a beautiful color, unlike HRE grey. I also love how Russia got stuck.
 

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After the Hre I've posted, I'm thinking onto a colonization game myself, Seeing that you got no nonsense in your new world, any advice on how to block castille as Japan? I have no qualms with portugal, but I'm quite sick of seeing Spanish yellow, everywhere I look.
 

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After the Hre I've posted, I'm thinking onto a colonization game myself, Seeing that you got no nonsense in your new world, any advice on how to block castille as Japan? I have no qualms with portugal, but I'm quite sick of seeing Spanish yellow, everywhere I look.
Unfortunately, my strategy of conquering all the colonizers won't work in 1.5 because of AE and coalitions, and especially not as a non-Europan nation since it's hard to conquer them directly.

However, one thing I could have done which may have made colonizing easier is to let the colonizers survive and just DOW their colonial nations to take those provinces. The nice thing about colonial provinces is that they're very cheap in warscore, and you don't have to core them yourself. If you don't have a colonial nation, and it spawns (which happens as soon as you have 5 cores in the region, so you can time it so a colony finishes right after you annex a large number of provinces), the new colonial nations gets cores on everything, even if you didn't have cores in the first place!

Even if you do have to core the provinces, it's okay because you also get no AE...unfortunately, I think you do get overextension (despite what one of the hints says), so yeah. Since you can't block them by conquering them, you can try conquering the colonies yourself. You could even try selling some of the colonies to the Portuguese colonial nations, if they have claims or something, since you said you're okay with Portugal having colonies.