- Sep 13, 2005
When Erin first rose from the dark-swelling flood, God blessed the green island, he saw it was good. The Emerald of Europe, it sparkled and shone In the ring of this world, the most precious stone. -William Drennan
As the sun rose over the green hills, the city of Belfast began to slowly wake from it's slumber. And with the city, Sean Casey rose. He had a splitting headache, most likely a reminder of last night's stint at the pub. This was understandable, considering he had the unfortunate position of explaining the King's recent reforms to the astonished nobility. The recently crowned regent, King Eoghan MacNeill II, had just announced his decision to reduce the power of local lords, taking one more step towards the increased centralization of the government he had sought since his coronation. While this was well and grand for the government, Sean now had to explain it to an islands worth of angry nobleman.
As he rose from his bed he turned his thoughts from his unfortunate task to an even bigger issue. During his coronation speech the king had made the promise to reclaim the city of Dublin from the invading Anglo-Saxon's. This was deemed impossible by every sane person in Ireland but the King would have none of it. As the monarch's chief advisor this put him in an awkward position, with the people screaming their discontent in one ear and the king adamantly refusing any counsel in the other. The Irish Army at present consisted of only 7000 poorly equipped drunkard celts with around 1000 shetland ponies. How this would defeat the english garrison in Meath was something the king was at a loss to explain but he had set his mind on the area.
The celtic people were not opposed to the idea on principle, they fervently wished to see the Emerald Isle united. They were, however, realistic in that they accepted the fact that Eire was poor, and had no allies at present. A solution, however, had been conveyed to Sean just a few days before by the king. The scottish tribes had a primal bond with Eire, they came from the same Celtic stock. They were also united by their mutual hate of the English aggressors, but isolationist factions on both sides had prevented any real union. This, however, was changed when the king announced his reforms that gave the nobility no affect on diplomacy. He was developing a growing rapport with the highland chieftain James I and his French backer, Charles VI.
He had also conveyed his interest in expanding the military and the Irish share of the world market.
And so it fell to Sean to accomplish all of these ridiculously ambitious goals with no suggestions on how to do it by the King.
"Great. At least the pubs are always open..." Sean thought to himself as he opened the door and set about his task.
I've spent the last few months reading AARs, and finally wanted to throw my hat in the ring. Since this is my first ANY kind of feedback is greatly appreciated. (Even if it's telling me I have less talent than William Hung) This AAR will go from EU2 to Vic to HOI2 using the saved game converters.
For my dad, who immigrated here from Ireland with his family in the late '60s