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Hey I'm trying once again to write an EU2 AAR.
I'll be playing England with WATKABAOI 1.81. :)
The scenario is 1419. Wish me good luck! :D

My main goal is to conquer all of the Isles and then become the biggest and wealthiest colonial and trading nation!
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Intro
Chapter 1 - The Hundred Years War
Chapter 2 - News from Auvergne
Chapter 3 - Peace at Lyon
Chapter 4 - Peace or War
Chapter 5 - Enemies at the Walls
Chapter 6 - The Battle of Viscaya
Chapter 7 - The End of the Hundred Years War
Chapter 8 - The Internal Struggles
 
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It was a stormy night. Inside the Trevor Hall representants of England and Wales were gathered. King Henry V of England had called for this meeting.
After three winters with war in Wales, King Henry V wanted to secure peace in the outskirts of the Land of Angles.

Wales had been divided between the royalists and the barbaric Celts who only wanted to ruin Regnum Anglorum and set up a pagan Celtic state for which they could launch several attacks on the outremer of England also known by many historians as Normandy.

The Herald of London raised his voice.

- Rex Henry V Anglorum, King of England, Protector of the peasents, not even to God does he have to answer.

- I, King Henry V of England here by demand the Welsh people to obey the English laws. The Welsh people will not be allowed to form any kind of demostration or uprise. If any of such are created, the royal army of Wales will put it down with any messures nessecary!
From this day on all Kings of England will also be King of Wales. The Crownprince will now be Prince of Wales.
Today we pass this act and tomorrow we will have a great feast in the Palace of Westminster.


- All in favour of this act say aye!

The ayes could be heard from a mile away or so.

- The Act of Llangollen has been passed!

This act would, however, not ensure King Henry any peace in Wales. Wales became nothing more than a march.
The Scottish saw this unstable situation as a opportunity to weaken England further so that the Scottish army could invade the old town of Jorvik, now known through out the world as York.
The next couple of years shall show if the Scottish people are strong enough or if they will fall on their knees and beg for Anglo-Saxon mercy!

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Chapter 1 - The Hundred Years War
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Anno Domini 1419, A nobleman named, Hugh of Lancastar, came to the the city of London, the Lord's Capital.
Hugh of Lancaster was a grandcousin of Henry V, King of England.
They were very fond of each others companionship as infants.
Both were they fascinated by sword. Both attended sword leasons from some of Europe's finest.
When they became of age Henry's father, Henry Bolingbroke, was crowned King Henry IV of England.
Henry had to follow his father to London where they could keep control of England from.
This would seem to be the last time the two friends would ever see each other again, but then came the day in Anno Domini 1419.

Hugh went to the Palace of Westminster, the royal palace of the Lancaster dynasty.
He wanted to speak with his old friend, Henry.
Hugh came just in time to celebrate the Act of Llangollen.
King Henry V invited Hugh to come and sit next to him on his right side.
During the feast Hugh explained why he was in London.

- In Lancaster there have been an increasing number of Welsh men going to Berwick in Scotland. ~ Hugh of Lancaster

- And? Let the Scottish take care of their brothers.. ~ King Henry V

- The Welsh men speak about an great conspiracy.. They are now allies of Scotland and France! ~ Hugh of Lancaster

- Bloody French frogs! ~ King Henry V

- Herald! Gather my generals! This means war! We need to lay a strategy! ~ King Henry V

- Winning this war might not be the easiest.. Our Lady of Walles is supossed to have been seen traveling through Lancaster towards Scotland. ~ Hugh of Lancaster

- Oh dear... We do not got time for feast tonight ! We have lay plans now! Tell our allies in Burgundy and Brittany about our situation.
Now that Our Lady of Walles is in Scotland we need to think fast. Berwick must be destroyed or else... ~ King Henry V


- No else ! Berwick will be destroyed Henry! ~ Hugh of Lancaster



A week later all the generals of Henry's kingdom was gathered in London.

- Honoured Generals!
Scotland, France and the rebellious Welsh are preparing for war.
Shall we let them throw us down in the mud while we are taking our pants on!? ~ King Henry V


- Never! England shall stand victorious! ~ Crowd of Generals

- England will need all the strenght that we can muster.
I also ask of you that no matter what happens. You will stand the fight! No matter if you will never stand on English ground again!~ King Henry V


- I can not speak for the rest, nor will I, but I will fight untill England is once again at peace! I do believe the rest will do the same. Right? ~ General Bedford

- Aye as true as we are English! ~ Crowd of Generals

- Now lend me your ears.

I will command the Royal English Army to Normandy there we resupply and walk towards Paris. I will take 31.000 men with me.
General Bedford you command the Army of Aquitaine. You cross the Garrone and siege all the villages you can untill you reach Marseille!
In Marseille our two armies will join each other and there we will stand victorious when we take the city of Lyon on Rhône!~ King Henry V


- What about Scotland and the Welsh bastards! ~ Hugh of Lancaster

- Silence! We do not speak about those.. ~ King Henry V

- Hugh is right. What will you do up there? ~ General Bedford

- Then he can do as he wants! I could not care less about Scotland at the time being! ~ King Henry V

- I will not disappoint you Henry! ~ Hugh of Lancaster

- I hope not.. ~ King Henry V



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The State Book of England

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King Henry V of England and Claimant of the French throne.



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The National Research - King Henry wanted his armies to be the best of the best.



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The National Budget - After the war started



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The Political Situation.​
 

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Chapter 2 - News from Auvergne
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It was now October Anno Domini 1419.
King Henry V was still trying to capture the capital of the French, Paris.
The fortress of Paris had shown to be a much easier task then expected.
The French general in charge of the defense had fled.
The general wanted to gain his honour back by taking Le Mans.
King Henry V was a strategic mastermind.
While the French army in Northern France was busy in Le Mans.
He dispatched 10.000 soldiers to go to Champagne and take the city of Reims.

In Southern France the Army of Aquitaine met almost no resistance. The French peasentry were happy to see the English soldiers liberate them from French dominance.
Guyenne had fallen to the Army of Aquitaine and soon Toulouse and Auvergne would follow.

Armagnac was officially under the French king, however, the count of Armagnac had been in contact with General Bedford. the count of Armagnac had in secret signed a treaty with King Henry V's representant in the Duchy of Aquitaine, General Bedford.

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While the English troops were doing very well in Southern and Northern France, the English allies were facing the armies of France and the loyal French counts.
The city of Dijon fell several times to the French armies, but some months later Dijon was once again under Burgundian control.

Hugh of Lancaster was doing great in Scotland. he had already taken Berwick and Alba, Now soon the Highlands and Lothian will also be under Hugh of Lancaster.

In late August 1420 good news came to Hugh of Lancaster, who had to flee with his army from Lothian, because of Our Lady of Walles, she had cast a spell on the English soldiers so that they now thought she would flee, but everytime she came back with her dark powers. Many English soldiers fled to York were they were safe. Hugh of Lancaster's army was now outnumbered by the locals and they went back to the stronghold in Berwick.


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The count of Auvergne was dethroned and now Henry V was also Count of Auvergne aswell and King of England, Count of Lancaster and Count of York.

The good news boosted the morale of his army and soon they were back in Lothian.


In the following year the English armies captured Orleans, Paris and Languedoc, however, the french armies had taken Le Mans and taken back Champagne.
This meant that King Henry V had to take back Le Mans in order to claim the County of Orleans. But it was a matter of time before the French troops would regain Orleans so Henry rushed his soldiers to Le Mans.
 

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Chapter 3 - Peace at Lyon
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A month after Auvergne had been annexed King Henry V of England took half of his army to Champagne and leaving the rest sieging Le Mans.

Hugh of Lancaster was doind quite good in Scotland, he only lacked to capture the last two remaining strongholds of Scotland, Argyll, Where the main army of 25.000 celts where getting ready for the big battle and Lothian where Scotland kept sending armies to, to defend it from the English soldiers under Hugh of Lancaster's command.

The French king, Charles VI tried a dozen of times to sign a peace treaty with King Henry V, but Henry V had some bigger ambitions. He wanted to be crowned king of France, without any other illegitimate claimers like Charles VI.
Charles VI wanted to give England Guyenne, Toulouse and Languedoc. Which together with Bourbon and Armagnac is Aquitaine, the first lion in the kingdom. The last two being Normandy and England.

On December the 22nd, peace were made with the count of Orleans. He had to give up all his claims to any land in Europe. King Henry V gave the count coins enough to get his arse onboard a ship to Jerusalem where he could join the Templar Knights.
This newly acquired land meant that now there could be made a direct road from Rouen to Dijon. This is a very important thing for the English monarchs. This way King Henry and his succesors will be able to contact the Burgundians much easier.

Happy New Year anno domini 1421. It was celebrated by a victory against the 20.000 men French army in Orleans. King Henry V won with only 5.000 men this shows how great his skills are.

General Bedford went to Limoges, the eastern part of the count of Bourbon's domain. The other part of the Army of Aquitaine was now in Provence trying to force the Anjou counts to give up Anjou to the loyal English vassal of Bretagne.
In Poitou Bretagne was busy trying to get as much land before King Henry's generals came.
At the same time in the province next to Poitou, Berri, General Beauchamp was sieging the stronghold. This could take some time, but one thing was sure Beauchamp did not want to give anything to the celts in Bretagne apart from Anjou.

It did not take much time before Berri and Limoges were under English control. Actually took about 6 months, but this was nothing compared to the hundred years the war had already lasted.
Bedford attacked the Bourbons while they were eating breakfast. Bedford won and began sieging the capital of the Bourbons.
The bloody celts were done in Poitou. While the French army, or what was left of it, was marching around Burgundian coredomain which lay unprotected while the Burgundians helped the English army in Champagne.

While Henry was in Champagne, leading the siege, the French army had, without anybody really caring about it, taken Paris back. This was not good for the English "Take them while they sleep" strategy.
General Beauchamp was sent back to Paris to take it over once again.

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A month later Champagne was finally back under English control. Now Henry V was getting tired of this war against frog eaters, so he marched towards Lyon. In between Lyon and Champagne was Burgundy. So Henry V wanted to give back to his allies while on his way towards Lyon.
King Henry decided to take the path through County of Burgundy(By the French known as Franche Comte), which was in the Holy Roman Empire. This was a little propaganda from Henry's side because he had never been on good term with the Germans. (Being descendant of the Vikings who went on berserk)
Henry attacked the main French army in the County of Burgundy and then in Lyon. Both battles were clearly won by Henry.

In Scotland Hugh of Lancaster had taken Lancaster, but had to admit that he would not be able to take over Argyll with his underfunded army.

In March 1422 Bourbon had fallen. General Bedford took Limoges which made land connection with Auvergne and the rest of Aquitaine, leaving Bourbon to the count.

In April 1422 Scotland signed a treaty with Hugh of Lancaster. Only Argyll and Lothian was left Scottish the rest became English.

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In May 1422 Beauchamp was done in Paris with help from the local loyalists. Now he marched towards Lyon where he would unite with Henry and also Bedford who came to Lyon after his vctory in Bourbon.

July 1422 was the best month ever for the English soldiers. They got control of Provence and Lyon. Soon afterwards peace were made with the Anjou counts. Anjou was given to Bretagne, now Bretagne had been given what they deserved. Bretagne was only and ally of England in this war when the war is over Bretagne will be another Scotland and Ireland.

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Bad news came to the Kingdom September the 3rd. King Henry V of England died in the Battle of Berri. He tried to hunt down the last remainings of the French army.
Henry V did not live long enough to see his dream come true, but his son Henry VI would get the chance!
However, his son King Henry VI was not even a year old when his dad died in battle. The King's Council was summoned to decide who should rule the kingdom.
General Bedford was the uncle of Henry VI, he was also a Lancaster. By the King's Council's accept he became the regent of Henry VI while infant. Hugh of Lancaster became and advisor of Henry VI and Bedford.

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It was first in the early 1423 that the armies in Dauphine was succesful in taking control of the province. Now peace was made in Lyon. The King of France would now be Henry VI and his representant in France would be Charles VII who was the son of old Charles VI the Mad. England and France was now united officially, but there were still long way to a de facto union.

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The people of England and France had only begun celebrating when the royal herald announced that England was still at war against Aragon and Navarre.

Our allies of Burgundy had already sent armies to the southern border in order to gain some land.
However the Basque troops had advanced to Bordeaux, the english town militia was ordered to flee to Guyenne and then down to Perpignan were they would join General Bedford's Invasion Army.

General Bedford met a 16.000 men strong army at Perpignan. His own army was only around 6.000 men strong. But with his brilliant skills he managed to defeat the main army of Aragon.

Burgundy was quick and captured the city of Pamplona, capital of Navarre. Burgundy annexed Navarre thus securing the southern English border. This made Henry VI very satisfied indeed. But he did not like Burgundy getting to strong though.

In the summer of 1425 peace was signed. Aragon had to pay a small fortune in exchange of gaining back the northern provinces.

In 1429 news spread to London, that a woman had been appointed general of the French army in Dauphine! This was not kindly looked upon. The English nobles demanded her to be put on the stakes. King Henry VI however saw this as a chance to strenghten the weak post-war France.

The Basques rebeled and declared de facto independency. General Bedford quickly went to Pamplona to defeat the rebels. He achieved to vassal the Basques. This meant no Burgundian control anymore in this region, but the English border was still protected from Iberia.

In 1436 Philip III the Good, Duke of Burgundy inherited the realms of the Count of Holland-Hainaut. Philip believed he was in a strong enough position to claim the Kingdom of Lothar, however the small German states thought otherwise and Liegé, Köln and Hessen declared him war.
Later the same year Navarre entered the English-Burgundian Alliance.

In 1437 King Henry VI got upset with King James I of Scotland. James I had won just too many times in chess against Henry VI. This led to the assassination of James I.


Late in the Lord's year of 1437 was Emperor Sigismund of the Holy Roman Empire found dead in his bed. A new Emperor had to be found. But who was capable of controlling all the different factions inside the Empire?
And it had to be a nation not too strong.
Otto IV Crookleg of Hannover was elected Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. However King Henry resived 3 votes for him. He only lacked one more vote.. Bloody Philip III the Good had to make the German Bishoprics angry...

In 1438 France joined the English-Basque-Burgundian Alliance.

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How's your economical situation?
 

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Well King Henry VI spend all his money on infra. Atm however, it's on stability.

The English crown get's 50 ducats every month that they invest all of. England got an inflation of 0.6% and spends 9 ducats every month on military maintaince.

Henry VI is quite bad at economy as you can see.. But Hugh of Lancaster is doing a great job helping his friends son. :)
 

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Chapter 5 - Enemies at the Walls
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In the winter of 1438, Hugh of Lancaster, came back to London, to be crowned as Lord of Scotland. After this ceremony Hugh and Henry VI went to the Royal Chambers to discuss the political situation.
Henry VI of England wanted to seize power of all the German bishoprics because of their treason against the English Crown, not voting for him! This, however, was not the best thing to do Hugh of Lancaster thought.
Hugh came with bad news from Scotland. The merchants who came to the Highlands from their Irish routes told about Ireland being at war.
This would seem like good news, but soon the Irish diplomat announced in Berwick that the Irish had declared war against the English Crown!
He claimed that the Irish king had gathered 30.000 celtic soldiers in Ulaidh.

Hugh of Lancaster did not fear the Celtic savages. He was in Longon to not only discuss, but also ask for permission to land an invasion of Ireland. Henry VI did prefer the German lands over Irish, but he did not want to fight a two-front war. So to stabilize the Western Front he allowed Hugh to take his army to Dublin and secure their last stronghold on Ireland. When that was done Hugh was ordered to capture Belfast from the Irish chiefs.

During the 1439 General Talbot and York were sent to Belfast to accompany Lord General Hugh of Lancaster.
In the same year French soldiers had captured Laighin, while the English soldiers had captured Mumhan.
The remains of the Irish Army, 6.000 men, were stationed at Chonnachta.
In April 1440, Hugh walked into the city of Belfast waving the English flag.
And the next month he defeated the Irish Army. Without no fort Galway soon gave up the fight and Hugh of Lancaster made Ireland a vassal of England.
Hugh went back to Berwick to put down a peasantry rebellion against the English nobles.

In September he went back to London once again where he assisted King Henry VI negotiate peace with the German bishops.
Peace was made and Hugh was crowned Lord of Scotland and Ireland.


In 1441 Scotland declared war upon Ireland. Hugh of Lancaster being in charge of everything to do with these two Lordships helped his vassals of Ireland against the Scots. He had after all won earlier against the Scots so why not again? This time he could maybe get the Scots under the Crown!

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In 1443 the Scottish armies had been defeated and had to flee from Scotland. Hugh of Lancaster had taken 30.000 soldiers to Scotland to plunder, siege and capture the towns.
In Ulster as the English call Ulaidh General Warwick had approximatly an army of 11.000 soldiers ready to liberate Leinster from the Scots.

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In the summer of 1443 peace was made, forcing the Scots to return to Status Quo with the Irish and become a vassal of the English Crown.
King Henry VI of England and France was more than happy with the good news. Now The Northern, Western and Southern Fronts were secured.

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Hugh of Lancaster spent his own money on upgrading the defence in Scotland, if the the Scots would ever attack the English Crown again.

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In 1445, at Henry VI's wedding with Margaret of Anjou, the royal herald once again ruined all the joy. He came with news about Ragnarok as the brothers in the North called it.

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The King of Castile and Leon had declared war upon the loyal English vassals of Navarre. And with him he had his ally the King of Portugal supporting him. The Kingdom of Portugal had the greatest navy in the whole world. Nothing could stop them at sea unless God was with them.
Only the Burgundian Duke and Irish Chieftain joined the Kingdom of England in their defensive war to help Navarre. Charles VII of France was too afraid of this great Iberian alliance and did not want to help wage war against them.


A frenchy! a frenchy! my kingdom for a frenchy! - King Henry VI
 
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