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We could hardly call two ships a fleet, especially when one of them is only a clipper, but that's still twice as many ships as the Bolivian “Navy” will ever have!
Now that's just not true. I have it on good authority that Grand Admiral Manuel Diminuto will be having another birthday relatively soon.:p
 

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[2] We could hardly call two ships a fleet, especially when one of them is only a clipper, but that's still twice as many ships as the Bolivian “Navy” will ever have!
Considering that Bolivia starts with a coastline and can form Peru-Bolivia in PDM...

I'm sure your navy is better, though. :p
 

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I loved So far from God by ComradeOm, so why not sub. :p

I'm just hoping you will actually finish this...
 
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Looks good (and I have very fond memories of So far from God by the comrade), so let's see if there's any life left in this tale.
 

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Looks good (and I have very fond memories of So far from God by the comrade), so let's see if there's any life left in this tale.
Of course there is! January's just a bad time to write AAR updates, is all. :)
 

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Update so I can post something meaningful.






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Enjoyable so far, but I want more!

Time to utterly crush those Texan rebels. Better rename the provinces in Texas too by editing the save. Mexico has no need for cities named after rebels like Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin.

Mexico gets cores on Colorado, I believe, with the "refute Manifest Destiny" decision? I think there should be a decision that gives cores over Central America. A Mexican Pacific Empire would also be cool.

If you have a liberal revolution you get a much better government and incredible immigrant attraction. Easily the best option for both Mexico (and Peru-Bolivia, who's in a similar situation) early game.
 

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Then more you shall recieve! I'm kinda tired now, so i'll be sure to respond to all of your comments tomorrow: in the meantime, how about an update? :p
 

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A man of many sins, perhaps Santa Anna's greatest however was vanity. Flushed with the recent success of his campaign against the USCA, the former General decided to re-assume the mantle of war hero. As was his wont in previous terms, Santa Anna resigned the Presidency: his last acts in office being to offer himself a commission as a General in the Mexican Army, in charge of the very New Model Army he himself had supervised the creation of. Santa Anna also appointed his successor, a move unanimously approved by a Congress still enthralled and enamoured by his prestige and stature: the Bolívarian centralist and General Nicolás Bravo, veteran of the Mexican revolution and Santa Anna's closest ally among the Conservadores. A nation at war needs a strong, firm hand at the helm to guide it, and Santa Anna no doubt concluded that in his absence, Bravo would indeed be that strong, firm hand. So he would prove to be, but much to the Generalissimo’s eternal regret, Bravo would also prove to be stubborn, independent-minded, and very much his own man.

But all that awaited Santa Anna in the not-too-distant future. For the time being, he remained occupied with pressing matters relating to the ongoing conflict on the Texan front. Houston and his army, still roughly 9,000 strong, had moved westwards to the inland province of Morelos, leaving the Texan “occupied” province of Laredo practically vacant. Santa Anna's nemesis had played right into Santa Anna's hands: Houston simply lacked the manpower required to hold on to any territory he occupied. Any attempt by Houston to try and capture territory from Mexico was thus a waste of men and munitions which would be best spent fighting a defensive war in Texas against a Mexican incursion. By taking the fight to Mexican territory, Houston had naturally placed the ball in Santa Anna's court, and made it impossible for him to defeat Mexico without outside help. Seizing the initiative made available through Houston's tactical blunder, Santa Anna ordered Martin de Cos northwards to retake Laredo, while he and his New Model Army assembled only a few miles south-east of Houston in Reynosa.

Meanwhile Nicolás Bravo was busy campaigning on a different, though by no means less-important front. Acting in his capacity as both President and Foreign Secretary, Bravo spearheaded Mexico's diplomatic attempts to win the war – or, to be more precise: to sabotage any Texan attempts to bring the United States into the war on their side, thereby consigning Mexico to defeat. The Texan negotiations in Washington were led by the ailing Stephen Austin[1], a prominent settler well-known to some members of the rival Mexican delegation for being a past political supporter (prior to the Texan revolution of course) of ex-President Santa Anna! Austin had his fair share of sympathisers in Washington: the gutter press was almost unanimously in favour of the Texans, especially in the south, with only a smattering of abolitionist northern dailies even bothering to put forward a pro-Mexican point of view. If one were to take a head-count of all then-serving Senators and Congressmen, one too would find a majority who were sympathetic to Houston and his ilk: irrespective of party or political views – even among individuals who found the very notion of slavery to be morally abhorrent. It appeared from the outset that Bravo would have his work cut out for him.

But Bravo possessed an important and influential ally in his charm offensive against the American people, a man whose word commanded almost universal respect amongst the great masses of the (white, at least) American public. His name was Andrew Jackson, the seventh and then-current President of the United States. Jackson was hardly an abolitionist – quite the opposite in fact – and nor was he particularly sympathetic towards Mexico or unsympathetic towards Texas. What Andrew Jackson was however, was an arch-realist; pragmatic and Machiavellian to the very core. There might have been cross-party support for the Republic of Texas from amongst the great throngs of the American people, but supporters, like all other Americans of the day, were bitterly divided over the issue of slavery. Austin and his delegation made no secret of the fact that they would not be opposed, indeed some even favoured, American annexation. Accepting Texas into the Union would mean accepting a new slave state, and that would be the political equivalent of re-opening Pandora's Box, of bringing to the forefront an issue so divisive that it could (and indeed would, in due course) split the American nation in two. It was an issue which, suffice it to say, Andrew Jackson was rather eager to bury.

Jackson's hostility towards US intervention on behalf of Texas were reinforced by his scepticism towards Austin's claims that an independent Texan state could both fight off the Mexicans and survive independently on its own. This scepticism was perfectly logical – after all, if the Texans could survive on their own, then why were they so desperate for American aid? No, in Jackson's qualified opinion, Texas had no future as an independent state: as he looked ahead he saw only the spectre of annexation in Texas' future, either annexation by Mexico or by the United States. The question, as Bravo so succinctly put it to him, was which annexation would be more beneficial to the United States in the long term? Texas had resources, even before oil was discovered there, but resources need no longer be won by conquest and war in a golden age of trade and commerce – which the 19th Century most certainly was, at least from the point of view of the traders and captains of industry who profited from said commerce. Bravo tried to entice Jackson with the promise of lucrative trade deals for Mexican produce worth several hundred times whatever pre-petroleum Texas could possibly offer; he argued that Texas, as rightful Mexican clay, would prove to be a source of unnecessary tension between the two nations if annexed by the United States, let alone a source of unnecessary tension between slavers and abolitionists within the United States. That last bit sounded an awful lot like a threat – and Jackson didn't respond well to threats – but nevertheless the President could see the wisdom inherent in Bravo's argument. Perhaps he was impressed by his bravado? After all, it took some testicles to try and threaten the Hero of New Orleans.


President Andrew Jackson: bête-noire of the Native Americans, Hammer of the Whigs, Bane of the Bankers and Hero to Anarcho-Cannibalists everywhere – and as things would turn out, Mexico's best friend north of the border.

Many Mexicans (Santa Anna himself included, even) would have been happy with formal American recognition of Mexican sovereignty over Texas and perhaps a few favourable trade deals here and there to sweeten things over with Washington, but that wasn't enough for Bravo – at least not now that he felt he had the advantage. Bravo scented blood, and utilising the keen, shark-like tendencies which had served him well throughout his political life in that peculiarly ruthless (even by political standards) fish-tank that was the Mexican congress, the predator went in for the kill. It was well known that Bravo was not the only President in North America which had problems with some of its northern territories: Jackson too was embroiled in a colonial crisis with a powerful northern neighbour, Britain, over the Columbia territory in America's north-west. The Hero of 1812 was no stranger to conflict with Britain of course, and indeed one of the most powerful motivations he had to keep Texas out of the Union and bury the slavery question for good was the fear that a “Divided States of America”, so to speak, would have no chance of defeating the British should war break out.

Bravo twisted the knife: he suggested that America would do well to secure its southern frontier should war break out, and that an alliance between the USA and Mexico would ensure that there would be “no misunderstandings between our great nations.” Bravo continued: “It would be only natural for allies and friends to help each other out in times of need; in disputes both internal and external.” Bravo wasn't merely asking for a non-aggression pact with the United States, or non-interference in Texan affairs; he was requesting American military intervention in the Texan War on Mexico's side!

Then came Bravo's coup de grace: If Jackson didn't agree to an alliance with Mexico, or if it did but chose not to join the war against Texas on Mexico's side, then Mexico would be forced to seek help elsewhere. Like Jackson an ex-military man, Bravo openly mused about the state of Mexico's armies. Mexico's soldiers had proven themselves able to successfully fight a war on two fronts; Bravo asked if Jackson felt his men could do the same. There was no ambiguity about that blatant threat, and Old Hickory, not for the first nor the last time in his career, exploded with rage. He stood down Bravo, and practically dared him to enter into a treaty with the British. Bravo held his nerve, and calmly informed his opposite neighbour that Mexico had already opened talks with the British Ambassador, and remarked with more than a tinge of smugness that said talks had been “most fruitful... for both parties.” He followed up his parry with a riposte, handing the President a recent British newspaper he had allegedly obtained from a merchant in New York, detailing these Anglo-Mexican talks in nondescript yet favourable terms. His riposte had scored a direct hit.



This was too much for Jackson, fists clenched, white with rage, who, in language far more suited to use at a bar-room brawl in a workingman's tavern than that which should be spoken to any foreign dignitary anywhere, ordered his opposite number out of his Office, and indeed, out of his country. Bravo smirked, evidently flushed with his success at getting the better of so formidable an opponent, and excused himself with all the appropriate decorum of a Head of State. He knew that he had won, and that time was on his side; things could only get worse for America in Columbia so long as a man like Jackson were in charge.


El Presidente, Nicolás Bravo: The man who bested Old Hickory in a (verbal) duel and lived to tell about it.

Bravo did receive a message from the White House at the Mexican Embassy a few days later, evidently once Jackson had had several sessions in the Presidential naughty corner to cool down and think about his actions, which offered an alliance on the condition that America remained neutral on any internal Mexican affairs; El Presidente declined to send a reply.


It was actually the Americans who offered us an alliance, but when I accepted they unwisely rejected our call to arms against Texas, hence we are no longer allied. I've tried to write this in a more plausible way than simply having the US go: “War with Texas? No alliance for you!”

Meanwhile in Texas, the military campaign was going from strength to strength for Santa Anna. By the end of 1836 Texas' bold yet foolhardy forays into the Rio Grande had been all but reversed, with Houston's notable humiliation at the hands of a Mexican army led without a formal general at the Battle of Morelos being a particular point of pride for the Generalissimo. How many European nations could boast of such a talented young officer corps? By New Years Day, 1837, Mexican troops were already marching into Texas, all but unopposed. Without US military intervention on Texas' side it was obvious to all concerned that the Republic of Texas would not survive to see the spring.



In the normally frosty Oregon winter meanwhile, tensions between the United States and Britain over Columbia were heating up. The Republic of Texas was not the only thing due to expire with the northern snow in the spring thaw; Old Hickory's term as President was almost at an end. His successor, his soon-to-be-former Vice President Martin Van Buren, had trounced the hated Whigs at the 1836 Presidential Election, who seemingly threw every last candidate they had in an unsuccessful bid to oust him. With the situation in Columbia intensifying, now would most certainly be a bad time for America to be embroiled in a war propping up a lost cause regime in Texas, and everyone from the President of Mexico to the British Foreign Secretary knew so. Jackson, with great reluctance, concluded that an Oregon in the hand was better than a Texas in a bush, and advised Van Buren to do whatever it took to keep the Mexicans onside in order to strengthen America's hand against the British. Andrew Jackson's last act as President of the United States was to officially recognise all Mexican claims to the state of Texas and to sever all diplomatic ties with the Houston regime in the process[2] as a prelude to further talks.

Reaching a settlement with Mexico was a top priority for Van Buren's incoming administration. Whereas Bravo was formally invited to his inauguration; Houston and Austin were not. Talks between the two Heads of State began almost as soon as the pomp and panoply of swearing in America's eighth president had subsided, thus starting an informal tradition in the presidency that each new president's first meeting with a foreign leader be with the Head of the Mexican Government, a tradition which persists to this day. Bravo was no less as firm with Van Buren as he had been with his predecessor, insisting obstinately that the United States declare war on Texas prior to any deal being struck. Van Buren, who was in little position to refuse, acquiesced to Bravo's demands after 72 Hours of negotiation and, on the 16th of March 1837, the United States officially declared war on the Republic of Texas. Within 12 hours of the American declaration, both San Antonio and Austin fell to the Mexicans; it didn't take an expert in 19th century geopolitics to know that the days of the Texan Republic were numbered.


I must admit that I was a little lazy and forgetful here, and waited until the US offered us another alliance before trying the “call to arms” gambit a second time. Fortunately for Mexico it worked this time!

Though half of their “country” had now been occupied by Mexico; though Santa Anna was poised to march on Dallas; though their only “allies” had betrayed them and allied with their enemies; even though said ally was now preparing to send it's Southern Army to occupy Houston; even at this most hopeless, most Götterdämmerungesque of junctures, the Texan rebels stood firm. Some were committed to fight for the independence no matter what came, while others had invested so much hope into the idea that the Americans were bound to come and rescue Texas sooner or later that they refused to believe that their knights in shining blue armour had shafted them. Indeed, there were reports of Texan civilians greeting invading American troops as liberators, showering them with flowers as they marched into their towns and ranches on behalf of their hated Mexican overlords. This sentiment was shared even by some Texan militiamen, who dropped their rifles and welcomed any passing army which marched under the stars and bars, only to be deeply shocked when apprehended at bayonet-point and subsequently taken prisoner. Attitudes like these were not helped by the Houston regime's initial tactic of claiming that Texas wasn't actually at war with the United States at all, and that that was little more than a nasty rumour circled by Mexican propagandists – such naïve and ill-timed idiocy did the battling rebels no favours, to say the least.

Nevertheless, Sam Houston was not the kind of leader to buckle under pressure even as intense as this. Like Bravo and Austin, Houston had a keen sense of the American strategic situation and popular opinion. He calculated correctly that America had only entered he war with great reluctance, was motivated purely by strategic concerns and due to the ongoing Columbian crisis could only afford to send a token force to pacify Texas. In other words, the United States entering the war wasn't quite the nail in the coffin for Texan Independence as it might have seemed at first glance. If only Texas could somehow knock Mexico out of the war, Van Buren would have little option but to withdraw American support for Mexican sovereignty over Texas. Easier said than done.

...Or at least that would be the case, were Mexico's armies not led by a man as vain and so blinded by his own hyperinflated sense of self-importance as the Generalissimo Antonio López de Santa Anna. According to local legend, Santa Anna was said to have detached himself from his regiment in order to visit one of his mistresses behind enemy lines, and was caught and captured by a patrolling Texan band while engaged in an act of gross impropriety. A good story for the separatists perhaps, but the truth behind Santa Anna's capture is rather more mundane. Santa Anna was incensed by America's entry into the war: he felt it insulting that a nation as great and as powerful as Mexico should be seen to rely upon the United States (or any foreign power) for aid in what was a purely domestic issue. In Santa Anna's view, Bravo had besmirched the integrity of his office by acting in a manner more befitting a colonial viceroy than a Presidente, and so therefore would have to be removed from office, by force if need be. Santa Anna ordered the bulk of his army to continue marching northwards without him along its original course to Dallas, lest the American expeditionaries arrive and occupy the city first (such an occurrence would in his view no doubt be a further humiliation) while the generalissimo remained at camp, intending to march south to the capital at daybreak, escorted only by a mere platoon of diehard Santa Anna loyalists hand-picked by the man himself from the ranks of his New Model Army.

If Santa Anna had not been so blinded by personal pride, then in all likelihood Santa Anna would have lived a long and eventful life as on-again, off-again President of Mexico, and the Republic might even still be in existence today. Had he not been so however, he would not have been Santa Anna. It did not take Texan scouts very long to spot the Generalissimo divorced from the bulk of his army, and to report this fact to their commander in chief. In normal circumstances perhaps, Houston would have been too wary of an enemy ambush in such a situation to attack – he was too skilled a general to think otherwise – but so desperate was the Texan for a resolution to the war that Houston, ever the gambler, had to take a chance. Still wary of the possibility of an ambush, Houston opted for a lightning thrust on Santa Anna's position – what we might term “shock and awe” in modern parlance – with the intent of taking the Generalissimo alive and using him as a hostage. To minimise risk of ambush he opted to use only a small band of volunteers, lightly armed for extra mobility. Houston concluded that so long as his scouts' reports had been accurate, this would be his best chance of bringing the war to a short and sharp conclusion in Texas' favour. Despite their slight-superiority in numbers, the Mexicans were taken aback by both the speed and ferocity of the Texan assault, and Santa Anna was captured within minutes.

Once in captivity, Santa Anna was bluntly issued an ultimatum by his captors: either agree to sign a treaty recognising the Republic of Texas as a sovereign, independent state, or be executed by firing squad the following morning. In spite of his earlier outrage at his successor for “besmirching Mexico's national honour” by inviting the Americans to intervene, Santa Anna chose to take the coward's option, and signed the treaty. Greater love hath no man than that, who lay down his friends for his life.


This event is triggered shortly after Mexico occupies any Texan province. The player can either recognise the treaties, which I think allows you to regain the “Military Man” modifier at some point at the cost of removing all Mexican cores on Texas; call a ceasefire, which is your typical compromise/stall option; or ignore them altogether, which removes Santa Anna from the game for good but allows you to continue the fight against Texas – provided you're prepared to risk a 75% chance of the US intervening in favour of Texas...

When word of Santa Anna's treachery reached Mexico City, it was now Bravo's turn to be incensed. The legitimate Head of State called an emergency session of the Mexican congress, and denounced Santa Anna's actions as treasonous – a crime which still carried the death penalty in Mexico. In signing the Texan treaty, Santa Anna had signed his own death warrant. Any illusions he may have had about being spared by the government he once led were crushed under the weight of patriotic fervour he himself had once stoked and fuelled: aided and abetted by the power of the popular press With a flourish of his pen, the Generalissimo had gone from being the most popular to the most hated man in Mexico. There would be no honouring of the treaty, for neither the president nor the people of Mexico would have it; the war would continue until the last Texan rebel was either in exile or hanged.


...Or at least, that would be the case if the United States was not also at war with Texas! As you can see, the US AI has chosen to take the intervention option, which forges an alliance with Dallas and brings Texas into the US sphere of influence. However, the event doesn't force the US to peace out if it's already at war with Texas, resulting in the ridiculous (and incredibly gamey) scenario whereby the US is allied and at war with the same nation simultaneously. I'd justify this on the basis that the US choosing to ally with Mexico (and I did wait for them to offer me an alliance) while it was already at war with Texas, then choosing to suddenly break that alliance in protest just because the Texans chose to threaten Santa Anna with execution would be equally ridiculous.

The execution of Santa Anna heralded the end of the Texan dream, for if the Mexicans were prepared to that extent to continue the war, then nothing, bar an act of divine intervention, could possibly save the Lone Star Republic. Houston's gamble had failed, and thankfully for the rebels and their families, he knew a lost cause when he saw one. Preying upon widespread public sentiment in support of the Texans in America, particularly in the slave-owning south, Houston spent his last days as a General of the Texan Army advising as many of his fellow rebels and their families as he could to lay down their arms and surrender to the Americans, who were far more likely to offer them political asylum as opposed to a one-way trip to the gallows. Most who heard him took his advice, and virtually all those who did lived out the remainder of their lives as American citizens, Sam Houston included. With all remaining resistance melting like snow in the hot Texan sun, the Mexican reconquest of Texas was all but a foregone conclusion, and was achieved with little fuss on the 25th of May, 1837.



The Texan Rebellion would go on to have many consequences in both of the nations who fought in it: some were far-reaching, while others were more immediate. In Mexico it obviously brought a valuable rogue-state back into the fold, but also heralded the end of the Age of Santa Anna and the dawn of the Age of Bravo, this setting off a chain of events which eventually led to the fall of the Republic. North of the border, the intervention remained incredibly unpopular, particularly in the south, and cast a long and overbearing shadow over the rest of Van Buren's presidency. The President was never really able to recover politically from the intervention and was defeated by a landslide at the 1840 Presidential Elections. The backlash against Van Buren was widespread, although it was particularly vitriolic in the slave-owning south: where in 1836 Van Buren had carried all but three of the Southern States, in 1840 he lost all of them save Missouri and Arkansas (and then only barely) to the Whigs – even South Carolina, and this in an era when that state's electoral votes were decided by the (then Democratic-controlled) state legislature rather than by popular vote! Not even his home state of New York was immune to the Whig tide. Many historians now believe that the US intervention in the Texan Rebellion was a major factor in America's feverish embrace of the idea of “manifest destiny” in the years to come.


Notes:

[1] IIRC in our timeline, Austin was briefly responsible for foreign affairs in the Houston Administration prior to his death in late 1836.

[2] In real life, Jackson's last act as President was to formally recognise the Republic of Texas.

 

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Nicely done, and I think that it does highlight some of the ridiculousness of the Texan War of Independence. For instance, despite not getting the benefit of Santa Anna as a general, it is still entirely possible for the man to be captured, and in fact, any occupation of Texas WILL lead to his capture (trust me, I've tried to quick siege through the entire thing before, and I did almost pull it off, but I still had an entire province to go, so I don't thin k it's actually possible). Not to mention (as Tanzhang didn't), that not honoring the treaty gives an exorbitant amount of War Exhaustion (50), and leads to war with the US 95% of the time (I consider Tanzhang extremely lucky to get away with it here).
 

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Nicely done, and I think that it does highlight some of the ridiculousness of the Texan War of Independence. For instance, despite not getting the benefit of Santa Anna as a general, it is still entirely possible for the man to be captured, and in fact, any occupation of Texas WILL lead to his capture (trust me, I've tried to quick siege through the entire thing before, and I did almost pull it off, but I still had an entire province to go, so I don't thin k it's actually possible). Not to mention (as Tanzhang didn't), that not honoring the treaty gives an exorbitant amount of War Exhaustion (50), and leads to war with the US 95% of the time (I consider Tanzhang extremely lucky to get away with it here).
I think it also gives you six infamy too, but that's less important at this stage of the game. ;)

In my test game, the US actually did take the isolationist option so it does happen from time to time. If I've learned anything from this game though, it's that there's literally no problem in Vicky which can't be solved with the power of diplomacy. :)
 

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Santa Anna seems to have chosen a rather ignominious matter in which to base his demise. It doesn't appear that he thought any thigh through for any extended period of time during his last few months. Having said that, Bravo played him royally. Finally we get a president who isn't just the Generalissimo's glorified puppet! Speaking of whom, Bravo played the US nicely. Even if the game sometimes gives you an horrendous set of pieces to pick up diplomatically speaking, I'd say you managed it well.
 

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Do tell us more of these Anarcho-Cannibalists that worship Andrew Jackson so much...

Yes, I'll freely admit that caught my eye almost to the exclusion of everything else. What is that you say? The Americans intervened against Texas? Santa Anna screws (hah!) up so badly that he surrenders a successful war for his personal safety, only to face a firing squad at home? Texas gets screwed (or, as you wrote so compellingly: "shafted" ;)) anyway?

Yes, yes, it's all very interesting, but what about those Anarcho-Cannibalists again?
 

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Do tell us more of these Anarcho-Cannibalists that worship Andrew Jackson so much...

Yes, I'll freely admit that caught my eye almost to the exclusion of everything else. What is that you say? The Americans intervened against Texas? Santa Anna screws (hah!) up so badly that he surrenders a successful war for his personal safety, only to face a firing squad at home? Texas gets screwed (or, as you wrote so compellingly: "shafted" ;)) anyway?

Yes, yes, it's all very interesting, but what about those Anarcho-Cannibalists again?
An OT joke, if I recall.

EDIT: Also, the slavery issue didn't become as contetious until the M-A War. Jackson was rather outspoken in his pro-slavery sentiment, and as such, I don't think its "pandora's box" just yet. But it might just be a convenient way to describe incredibly bizarre AI action.
 
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VSVR joke actually.

VEGETARIAN FOR FIVE YEARS, FIVE YEARS!!!
 
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Subbed.

Can't wait for Ol' Sam Houston to put you back in your place!
As a Texan, I agree with this statement.
Oh boy, won't you two be disappointed then. :p

Thanks for following. :)

I'm rooting for Mexico on this one.

As long as those bloody Democrats are calling the shots...

Popular democracy - just horrible.
Really? I mean Jackson is the closest thing the US ever had to a King (not Emperor), right? One would think that you'd be rather pro-Jackson, especially considering that his opponents were Whigs.

Or was he anti-semitic or something?

You say that you want a free presidential office? And elections as well? Worry not, those Liberal rebels will soon fix that problem for you! :D
I have no intention of letting the rebels seize power at this point in time. Sure, a liberal Mexico would have its advantages - anything which boosts immigrant attraction is doubleplusgood - but I think it'd be rather unrealistic for the Conservadores to simply lay down their necks and let the rebels start guillotining, no? Sometimes I like to role-play my games based on how the current party in power would actually do things, especially when writing an AAR. ;)

If reform becomes impossible though, or if the rebels simply become too strong, then yes, I might consider letting them take over. Dictatorships do get a little stale after a while. :)

I'd also like to point out that Mexico's many gold provinces really do drive immigration, at least when they are active. Besides a +1000% bonus to immigration to the actual province, there is also a +20% overall IA bonus, and a +5 province liferating bonus that never goes away. For this reason, I advise that you make California a state, if you seek to hold onto it. In a couple of my own games for fun where I've been playing around with the USA (gasp, I know, but one game really did teach me a lot about the election system), I've learned the hard way what happens when you make a colony into a state ("Clears all Province Modifiers"), and you'll never get anywhere near as many immigrants with a colony.
Oh, they really do. We've actually have one or two of those events fire already, but I haven't mentioned them yet as I couldn't really work them into the narrative.

All that being said, I should point out that Santa Anna isn't as strong as you think, and that the bonus from Military Staff System is actually much more valuable than you think. Staff System gives you +5.0 organization, while Santa Anna gives you +5.0% organization. One improves your original organization by 5%, changing a 5.0 to 5.25, while the other changes your base organization by 5.0, going from an original 5.0 to 10.00, doubling your starting organization. Very important to understand the difference between the two. Oh, and to answer Dr. L's question, Mexico does not get any event that gives it cores on another nation, only the removing of Mexican cores (en masse) is permissible. That is, unless the "Refute Manifest Destiny" decision is even more awesome than I'd imagine.
Yeah, it gives them cores on Colorado at least, and I think one additional US territory.

In the base game, Sam Houston is literally an impossible general for the player to match, at least defensively. What I mean by this, is that he has a +6 to his defensive rolls. And of course, the army composition for the Texan army is: 1 Guard, 1 Artillery, and 1 Dragoon, blowing anything that Mexico can put up clear out of the water. I have actually lost battles against Texas (on Normal difficulty) where I've had my entire army, with a 3 : 1 numbers advantage, and summarily lost against Sam Houston. To be fair, more than half of Mexico's starting army (in base game) is irregulars, but hopefully that highlights another bit of insanity for you. When I say that pound for pound, Texas has the best starting army in the game (maybe, MAYBE Prussia is better, or at least equivalent), I mean it.

Rant over.
This is why you really do need to build up an army of regulars and artillery before you take on Texas. It seems silly when you think about it, but the best way to defeat Texas is to ignore Texas and DOW the USCA.

Now that's just not true. I have it on good authority that Grand Admiral Manuel Diminuto will be having another birthday relatively soon.:p
Oh, he better. If he doesn't then I'll invade France and balkanise it into tiny little Mexican puppets out of spite. :p

Considering that Bolivia starts with a coastline and can form Peru-Bolivia in PDM...

I'm sure your navy is better, though. :p
We might wind up disbanding it shortly, like in your AAR, but I think El Presidente might protest at the scrapping of a national joke treasure.

This makes me so happy.
Hooray! :p

I loved So far from God by ComradeOm, so why not sub. :p

I'm just hoping you will actually finish this...
You're also Enewald, Nine-times AARland FoTW - you have to subscribe to literally everything. :p

Update so I can post something meaningful.
Done and done. :)

Enjoyable so far, but I want more!
Then more you shall receive!

Time to utterly crush those Texan rebels. Better rename the provinces in Texas too by editing the save. Mexico has no need for cities named after rebels like Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin.
Nah, that sounds like potentially save-breaking busywork for no real purpose - and besides, it sounds more city-like than Bravo. :p

Mexico gets cores on Colorado, I believe, with the "refute Manifest Destiny" decision? I think there should be a decision that gives cores over Central America. A Mexican Pacific Empire would also be cool.
I couldn't possibly comment at this stage. :) (Except on the Colorado cores, that indeed is correct.)

Santa Anna seems to have chosen a rather ignominious matter in which to base his demise. It doesn't appear that he thought any thigh through for any extended period of time during his last few months. Having said that, Bravo played him royally. Finally we get a president who isn't just the Generalissimo's glorified puppet! Speaking of whom, Bravo played the US nicely. Even if the game sometimes gives you an horrendous set of pieces to pick up diplomatically speaking, I'd say you managed it well.
Well, sometimes when life gives you lemons, you still have to try and make orange juice regardless. ;)

Do tell us more of these Anarcho-Cannibalists that worship Andrew Jackson so much...
They are a nocturnal lot, who read Mises for recreation and AARs for work, practice running daily (all the better to chase down fleeing prey, one assumes) and tend to live in Darkest Finland. Most are practicing members of the Church of Hayek, though others still adhere to the old Kadonite ways.

Yes, I'll freely admit that caught my eye almost to the exclusion of everything else. What is that you say? The Americans intervened against Texas? Santa Anna screws (hah!) up so badly that he surrenders a successful war for his personal safety, only to face a firing squad at home? Texas gets screwed (or, as you wrote so compellingly: "shafted" ;)) anyway?
Yes, one simply couldn't resist makingat least a few allusions to that bit of dastardly American propaganda. :p

Yes, yes, it's all very interesting, but what about those Anarcho-Cannibalists again?
An OT joke, if I recall.
Almost five years ago, Tommy wrote an Interactive AAR for Vicky II called Let the Ruling Classes Tremble, set in a Socialist Rhineland (VSVR) which split from Prussia during the Revolutions of 1848. It was the first Interactive AAR to be allowed since the Realpolitik debacle, and obviously the first for Vicky II, so it was quite the phenomenon in its day; all Interactive AARs created since therefore owe something to the success of LTRCT.

Now, we couldn't actually invent our own characters in LTRCT because of mod rules and such, so as compensation Tommy would pick out prominent readers and write them into the story as he fancied. Suffice it to say that Enewald was one such reader (Kadon was another) whose character was particularly notable for his fanatical commitment to anarchism and for his, er... "unconventional culinary habits." Enewald is an anarcho-capitalist in real life, and rather partial to Jackson for his anti-National Bank stance.

EDIT: Also, the slavery issue didn't become as contetious until the M-A War. Jackson was rather outspoken in his pro-slavery sentiment, and as such, I don't think its "pandora's box" just yet. But it might just be a convenient way to describe incredibly bizarre AI action.
Except that in Vicky II, the Slavery Debate becomes contentions almost as soon as you unpause the game!

VSVR joke actually.

VEGETARIAN FOR FIVE YEARS, FIVE YEARS!!!
Hmm, Tommy writes AAR five years ago. Enewald claims to have been a vegetarian for only five years...

Coincidence? I think not. :p
 

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As someone who particularly despises Jackson, it was nice to see Old Hickory bested at something.
 

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Poor Tejas! :(

Also chuckled at seeing that little Finnish-Anarchist joke still going strong half a decade on :p.