Diagnosed Megacampaign Addict
- Mar 10, 2010
The Eastern Vikings
Baltic Mega-Campaign, Part 3
Baltic Mega-Campaign, Part 3
Long have I eyeballed this part of the forum, but never have I entered the hallowed halls of the Victoria 2 AAR section... Until now! So here I am to introduce myself to this section of the AAR world and lay down the first post for my soon-to-begin next AAR project -- The Eastern Vikings, Part 3!
This project began almost a full three years ago in CK2+ with Part One in May of 2017, which chronicled the dynasty of an Oeselian patriarch by the name of Sulev Karasi in 769 AD. From there, we built up a sprawling Estonian Empire that reformed the Suomenusko faith, survived both Mongol and Aztec invasions, and stood against united Christian Europe in the Crusades.
From there, in Part Two we saw that empire crumble under rebellion and build itself back up to greatness, only to have its centuries-old dynasty die off and its glorious empire replaced with the world's first great revolutionary republic. And now, we get ready to start Part Three as we follow Estonia and the rest of its neighboring world powers through the industrial revolution and beyond! We've got Native American monarchies, a thriving Incan Empire, Arabia and Persia fighting to be the greatest Orthodox realm on the earth, and the Irish ruling an empire that threatens to put the real UK to shame... It should be a lot of fun to run through.
Gameplay-wise, this is straightforward. I'm playing the standard vanilla game with all of its expansions, on normal difficulty. I suspect that normal is going to be plenty hard enough -- I have never played Vic2 before this campaign, and I fully expect that part of the fun will be watching me fly this glorious republic into the side of a mountain in a beautiful, fantastic fiery wreck. I'm here to tell a story, I make no guarantees that my country will actually succeed . I will use console commands only to repair a game-breaking freak bug or to fix something that seems clearly and entirely out of place and illogical.
As far as the AAR goes, I tend to follow a history book/documentary style of writing that has become fairly comfortable for me over years of writing. Updates will be as short-term or long-term as needed to capture important moments and ideas, depending on what happens in-game. I will most likely continue to write in that similar style unless something really catches my fancy and pulls me in another direction.
I'm currently finishing up the final few posts of a Synarchist Mexico AAR in Hearts of Iron 4, but I want to put this introduction post in place and start to write some introductory posts while I lead up to when I finally start gameplay. I will do my best to provide a summary of major world events and the history of each of the major nations over the course of several scene-setting posts, but feel free to skim over the previous two editions if you want to get a feel for the world we're stepping into.
I look forward to having any and all of you along for the ride -- watching stories unfold with friends is the best part of the AAR forum after all!
Also: I need to give major thanks to @Idhrendur for a lot of gracious assistance with the EU4 -> V2 conversion process that made this continuation possible!
So with that, the coming days will see the beginning of laying the foundation of the world as it is at the start of the AAR in 1836. Here's a quick, high-level preview of our world map: