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    Real Strategy Requires Cunning

Kovax

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I was painfully reminded that inheriting a country is not all roses, there are a few thorns to be aware of.

England managed to end two long, costly wars, one against France with a White Peace, and the other versus Burgundy, in which Burgundy relinquished a few core claims. That left England with maximum War Exhaustion, and badly depleted armies insufficient to put down the multiple revolts in Scotland and Ireland, which they had been unable to gain automatic "mission" cores on due to the lack of two provinces held by Denmark. The English king passed away soon after, leaving the country in the hands of a relative with low legitimacy. I jumped on the opportunity, scrounging up the 100 ducats to seek for scraps of old documents, or created them if they didn't exist, in order to prove my sovereign's right to rule England. Note, it's normally rather unthinkable to invade England when your Naval Force Limit is 2.

Taking advantage of military access rights to Scotland (who were down to one province), I sent almost my entire army to the British Isles, one brigade at a time, enacted the spy mission, presented the documents, and declared war. England fell fairly easily, with barely any forces to contest it. A few bribes, an alliance, and military transit rights later, and Relations were back to positive (barely). Not even 4 months after the end of hostilities, my own king passed away. Unexpectedly, despite the "will continue" status showing for the status of the Personal Union, his son (4/6/5) inherited England. His low Administrative skill was inadequate to avoid an "OVEREXTENTION" penalty for all of the new non-core provinces.

That was the obvious and at least somewhat expected situation. What I had not anticipated was that England had put a ridiculous amount of effort into establishing colonies in the frozen wastes of northern Canada, and built a few colonies in the Caribbean as well, but had put no money into them due to the war and the economic collapse that followed. That left me with around 12 colonies with less than 100 colonists, all of them requiring money, but not generating any revenue because none of them had been completed. It also left me with a pirate problem, and a shortage of ships to guard my trade routes in order to gain tariff income if/when any colonies were actually completed.

In other words, the simple 100 ducat investment has turned into a massive money pit, and it will be decades before I can straighten out the finances, build ships to drive off the pirates, and burn off the Revolt Risk that's currently reducing the meager 10% of the displayed tax revenues that one actually gets from the non-core provinces down to essentially nothing. In the long run, it's a game-changer. In the short run, it's an economic disaster. Be careful of what you wish for.
 

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Another campaign, another inheritance issue. I joined the HRE as an outsider very early in the campaign, and over the course of the next 3 decades, managed to force a PU on Savoy. Cleves suddenly and unexpectedly entered a PU as well, giving me 2 PUs before 1450, and I was looking forward to inheriting them as cores within the HRE. A couple of decades later, Burgundy's army got trashed in a war with France, France took 3 provinces, and after the humiliating defeat, the king of Burgundy was overthrown in a wave of violent revolts. Once more, my spies did their thing, and Burgundy joined the ranks of Kingdoms my king ruled (indirectly). The war wasn't kind to France either, despite them winning, and the British (who unified the isles quickly) decided to take full advantage. France lost Normandy and some remote holding in Spain to Britain, and as with Burgundy, the French king didn't survive the aftermath. Less than half decade after Burgundy, France joined the ranks of countries under my king's personal banner. To top if off, I added Lithuania (blobbed considerably from its initial size) to the list in the 1510s.

Almost another 100 years later, in spite of Relations in the 180-200 range, Prestige and Legitimacy around 100 for all but a couple of years (during Westernization), Trust rising quickly into the "Utter" category due to me putting down constant revolts in their territories, and my country having an army that's now almost 3x the size of France's or Lithuania's and more than 10x that of Burgundy, I still haven't managed to inherit a single one of them.

I could "integrate" them (possible after 50 years in a PU), but that would (A) give me a point of infamy for each province, and France has 26 provinces, (B) give me non-core provinces in the case of any of the others, which in addition to the initial 1 Infamy per-province penalty, would add another +0.25 Infamy per province per year for the next 50 years. At this point, inheriting is the only viable way forward. The conspiratorial-style "randomness" of this game is frustrating at times, and I can naturally assume that I'll (eventually) inherit both France and Lithuania at the same time, which will pretty much guarantee an Overextension penalty and a shortage of Magistrates to rebuild the buildings lost upon transfer. My earlier hope was to inherit Burgundy and Savoy quickly, then annex a vassal to bring my infamy up at a controlled rate in order to lose the Imperial Throne, then exit the HRE so I'm not faced with that "Illegal HRE Province" penalty each month, and can begin annexing the rest of the HRE at my leisure. Getting 20+ points of Infamy in one shot, followed by further annual increases, would be catastrophic. The end goal is to absorb the HRE entirely, without BECOMING the HRE as would happed if I pass the remaining reforms, but this has already inflicted close to a 100 year delay in the process.