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The Audacity of Pope
Papal State WC
IN 3.2

I'm trying a WC as the Papal State. Prawnstar is and has been my hero since his "Audacity of Hope" AAR, and therefore this AAR's name is a tribute to his.
HttT is released soon, and now it's time to show skills!
Let's see...
PAPAL STATE:
Pros:
  • Can't get excommunicated
  • Can't convert to another religion
Cons:
  • Papacy, very hard to get rid of
  • Can't form Italy
  • Usually DoW'd early
  • Can't convert to another religion

What could go wrong?
And here are the settings:


 
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Chapter One: Papal Situation

A decent ruler, no starting advisors.


Centralisation/Decentralization will most likely be our first move.


Lots of good relations, allowing us to request all kind of nice things.


National Decisions. Not good.
 

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Great, a papal states WC :D
I don't know if it is possible to get rid of the papal government... But ruling the world as the pope will be kickass anyway :)
 

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Chapter Two: Rage

Three days from unpausing Naples DoW's us.


Luckily we had a plan. We got a Military access from Urbino, allowing us to retreat there. We scorched Roma, retreated to Urbino and then became then best part. Just when they had unsuccessfully tried to assault, we attacked and destroyed their entire army. Now we had the upper hand.

1401 we capture Napoli. Naples had a new army of 4000 men, but they also had rebel problems:



They destroyed one of the rebel armies, but were defeated by the second. We proceeded to Apulia, where they retreated, and crushed them. With the rebels weakened by assaults, we destroyed them too.

Peace with Naples - 1403



One month later, Milan DoW's Urbino, triggering our warning:



Peace with Milan - 1408



War took way too much time.
1409 Naples attacks Tunisia, triggering our warning. This time Ferrara joins the war by the side of Naples.

1410 we get our first NI, National Bank.

Peace with Ferrara - 1411


Naples is annexed, too.

That's the first years.
 
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I'm trying a WC as the Papal State. Prawnstar is and has been my hero since his "Audacity of Hope" AAR, and therefore this AAR's name is a tribute to his.
I'm subscribed. Do I have any option ;)

Good luck and enjoy your game!
 

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Hmm, I wonder what will the "Declare Statute in Restraint of Appeals" does with Papal State. Worse relations with yourself?
E: The decision disappeared...
 
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pros : you can't be excommunicated :D

world conquests are common in AARs these times ... :D
 

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You're going right at it from the start eh? Thumbs up. Been quite a while since we had a Papal AAR here. I think safferli's one was the last, or at the least last best known.

May you convert the whole world to the One True faith very soon!
 

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Chapter Three: Italian Ambition

1412 and we fabricate claims in Sicily. Shortly afterwards we DoW'd them for 1 stab hit. They were allied to Ferrara, but Ferrara didn't join the war (they were probably afraid of being annexed).

Peace with Sicily - 1413



Sicily's reduced to an OPM.

War with Urbino - 1416



Urbino gave us many call to arms when we guaranteed them. Now WE will come after them. It took three spies to fabricate the claims.
June 1417, Ferrara annexed. July, Urbino is annexed.



And at this point we broke our BB limit. But the Pope won't care, and no new DoW's appear. Not even warnings. They're afraid of us!

Tuscany is also attacked, bringing some bigger nations to the war:



Genoa, though, is occupied by Milan, who is also fighting with Savoy. So our only real enemies are Tuscany and Venice.

Tuscany annexed - 1419



Peace with Venice - 1421



And thanks to few lucky events that gave us money, we create a CoT in Roma. This should bring us more money. And looks like we need some more mercantilism, our BB is really hurting trading abroad.
 

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I'm honestly laughing my ass off at this AAR ... the pope declaring war on 3x size nations ... an amphibious assault on Malta ... europe stunned

Seriously how did you coax a wardec out of Naples on day 3?
 

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Hah, now that's one aggressive pope. At this rate, every catholic country in the world shall be under the direct rule of the pope by the end of the century :p
 

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I'm honestly laughing my ass off at this AAR ... the pope declaring war on 3x size nations ... an amphibious assault on Malta ... europe stunned

Seriously how did you coax a wardec out of Naples on day 3?
I've made this same thing with Navarra earlier. When they DoW you, scorch the land and go to a neighboring country, wait for them to storm the fort and then destroy them.

And in every game I play, Naples DoW's Papal State within a week of the game start.
 

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If you join HRE then Naples won't attack you. But Naples dow really helped you to become strong. What are you going to do with Urbino?
With Urbino? They got annexed.

Are you going to try doing the WC without breaching the BB limit, i.e. being more papist than the Pope? :D
A bit late now, my BB is already over 35 :D.