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And having his empire split on his death between four guys who promptly started fighting each other?
That would certainly make an interesting twist! :p
 

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I'm not ashamed to say that I just binge-read your entire AAR, including the CKII parts, and I loved it all. That's what happens when you have tons of free time and no social life. :p Glory to the true Roman Empire!
 

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That quick after birth, it will surely be a long regency. Full of intrigue and danger, I wonder?

Sadly, the Empire is calming down. Full of buildings and drawing more regional nobles to Versailles whatever the royal palace got named in this timeline.

Let us hope that the new Emperor lives up to his namesake.

You mean dying in his 30s, with so much squandered potential? :)

And having his empire split on his death between four guys who promptly started fighting each other?

That would certainly make an interesting twist! :p

Wouldn't it? We'll have to see what the game throws at me before we can be certain, though. That's what makes this fun: I might have my ideas of where I'd like the story to go, but I'm not completely in control.

I'm not ashamed to say that I just binge-read your entire AAR, including the CKII parts, and I loved it all. That's what happens when you have tons of free time and no social life. :p Glory to the true Roman Empire!

Thanks! For the sake of some RP aspects that don't tend to mentioned, I go back and see some of my old posts sometimes. Getting through the CK2 portion is impressive!



Sadly, there must be a short hiatus on updates. The holidays are busy of course, but I'm also near the end of the game. There's some ideas I want to work in, but I'm pretty sure I need to play to the end to make them work. As well, my playing is working slowly because I'm making critical edits to make the Vic2 conversion work well. Not to mention wedding planning, Skyrim, EU4 (I might actually nail the 'Azur semé de lis or' achievement sometime soon. Yeah, I'm not that good), and a sudden need to dust of my ten-year-ago percussionist skills. But do not worry, I have no plans to abandon this!
 

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Sadly, there must be a short hiatus on updates. The holidays are busy of course, but I'm also near the end of the game. There's some ideas I want to work in, but I'm pretty sure I need to play to the end to make them work. As well, my playing is working slowly because I'm making critical edits to make the Vic2 conversion work well. Not to mention wedding planning, Skyrim, EU4 (I might actually nail the 'Azur semé de lis or' achievement sometime soon. Yeah, I'm not that good), and a sudden need to dust of my ten-year-ago percussionist skills. But do not worry, I have no plans to abandon this!

I think Skyrim alone is enough of a reason for not having time to update. That game is a serious time consumer. I went back to it for the third time during the summer to finally muscle my way through it and it still took an entire month of nonstop gameplay to complete most of the quests. I can only imagine how long it'd take with all that other stuff to do. :blink:
 

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I think Skyrim alone is enough of a reason for not having time to update. That game is a serious time consumer. I went back to it for the third time during the summer to finally muscle my way through it and it still took an entire month of nonstop gameplay to complete most of the quests. I can only imagine how long it'd take with all that other stuff to do. :blink:

Pfft. In Russia, I finished Skyrim twice and got halfway through my third playthrough before I decided I wanted to play it on the desktop to see how much more awesome it is. :)

Although I do second the sentiment, take time off if you need it; don't update for the sake of updating or you risk having lousy updates.
 

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Pfft. In Russia, I finished Skyrim twice and got halfway through my third playthrough before I decided I wanted to play it on the desktop to see how much more awesome it is. :)

Although I do second the sentiment, take time off if you need it; don't update for the sake of updating or you risk having lousy updates.

You must truly be the Dovahkiin to pull that off. It took me over 100 hours just to clear our my quest list. :eek: Hail Sithis!
 

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Pfft. In Russia, I finished Skyrim twice and got halfway through my third playthrough before I decided I wanted to play it on the desktop to see how much more awesome it is. :)

Although I do second the sentiment, take time off if you need it; don't update for the sake of updating or you risk having lousy updates.

Who would have guessed that Avindian is an avid gamer! :p
 
80. Alexander Goes to War

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Alexander Goes to War

While the Regency Council ruling for Alexander did not have the authority to start wars, they had the authority to respond to their allies. Norway had been a warmonger in Southeast Asia for several years, and finally they provoked a larger war.
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While XI. Legio moved against Khmer and Wu, the war against Sennar was won. Hopefully there would soon be peace so the Empire could be divested of those lands.
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The bold charges by the Imperial cavalry had proven decisive on the battlefield for some time. So they were given better armor and the horses that could carry that weight, making them that much more a shock on the battlefield.
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As well, a greatly skilled engineer was found in Italy. When given charge of the Imperial Corps of Engineers, he significantly improved their capabilities.
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The Royal Mortars had proved the value of mobile artillery, so the Legions developed and deployed new 'flying artillery' cohorts that were even more mobile and destructive on the battlefield.
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Scarce had peace been made in east Asia when Russia drew the Empire into a war against Adal, Ethiopia, Bavaria, and Switzerland (although Ethiopia immediately agreed to a white peace).
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IV. Legio, XIX. Legio, XXII. Legio, and XXIII. Legio moved to attack in Europe.
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Bavaria was distracted by a war with Hungary, but once they had won it, they attacked XXII. Legio with forty thousand of their own men. When XXII. Legio repelled that attack, they had little time to recover before a second assault of forty thousand men wiped them from the map.
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The other nearby legions broke their sieges as soon as they received word, moving to avenge their fallen brethren. Within a few months, they had destroyed the entire Bavarian army.

The war dragged on as the legions sought to convince the besieged lands of their enemies to surrender. As they neared complete victory, Alexander came of age (naming a young cousin heir).
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Alexander took a swath of Bavaria in retribution for the defeat of XXII. Legio.
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From Adal he took more of south Africa and forced them to give up their claims to many of the lands they had once held.
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During this last war, Norway had again attacked a minor south-east Asian power and drawn the Empire into the war. Alexander took most of Java from Mataram for the Empire's part in the war.
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This left Alexander with a terrible reputation as a warmonger (in this, he took after his namesake). So he freed the La Plata region of South America, which had also been clamoring for more independence (and being distant, was nigh ungovernable).
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For the next two years, he focused on land swaps between various states, for the purpose of drawing world borders as the Empire had long desired them. While he did this, he began a propaganda campaign to change people's interest from exploring the world (it had already been mostly explored) to pride in the locally drawn cohorts of the legions. Many cynically-inclined people saw through the propaganda, but enough money poured into supporting local causes soon restored stability in the Empire.[1]

The land swaps badly hurt Alexander's prestige (as the court could only ever see it as selling lands), so once he had adjusted borders to his liking, he declared war on Kanem Bornu, who was defended by Mali. March of 1777 saw Kanem Bornu completely annexed. August of 1778 saw Mali give up more land.
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Under Alexander's administration, the Empire had entered a new renaissance of development. It seemed that new innovations in all areas of life arrived yearly[2]. And so it was that the Legions became even more drilled and disciplined.
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The legions were sent to war against Gondar, with Adal coming to their defense. It took little time for Gondar to agree to give up Geizra (they later suffered a complete economic and political breakdown, ceasing to exist as a nation).
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Adal then gave up the last of southern Africa under their control.
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Alexander was living up to his namesake.



[1] I switched Quest for the New World to Espirit de Corps.
[2] I guess the Empire can into space. I was starting to think it would be impossible, but the techs got cheaper. Who knew?
 
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Hurrah! Now let's just hope he doesn't die young and his empire collapse.
 

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March! March! March! :D
 

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I say he should go for Hindustan next!
 

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Hurrah! Now let's just hope he doesn't die young and his empire collapse.

That would make for an interesting end game.

March! March! March! :D

To war! To war!

All nations must give into the Roman Empire's demand for aesthetically pleasing borders or be crushed!

Ha! You understand my scheme!

All hail Alexander the Great II!

He shall be called Megas Alexandros!

Meanwhile Alexander the kinda okay is sadly wondering hat he's done with his life…

I say he should go for Hindustan next!

Well, time to see what he does…
 
81. Megas Alexandros

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Megas Alexandros

While the Alexandrian Renaissance slowed in its inattentiveness, it was still rapid. The legions took advantage of advancements in explosives to begin retaining units of grenadiers. And the imperial cavalry mastered the art of mounted skirmishing with firearms.
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Alexander quickly tired of peace, and made war on England while his other existing truces were valid.
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The Legions used their experiences in fighting this war to again adjust their tactics, not even waiting for the war to be over (drilling in the new square formations no doubt alleviated the tedium of sieges).
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After quite some time besieging various English fortresses and hunting down English armies, peace was made, England giving up lands in the Pacific Northwest and Africa, as well as freeing New England.
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But it was a short-lived peace, Alexander focusing again on Africa. But this time, the rulers of most of India joined in Mali's defense.
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The difficulty of keeping the Legions supplied in Africa and India led to purposeful efforts in improving the ability to forage locally. Simultaneously, a grand prize was announced for methods of truly preserving food for long times.
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Mali had built truly impressive defenses, so it took five years to bring them to heel. Most of their outlying territories were taken.
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Once that was done, Deccan was quick to agree to a harsh peace: they freed almost half their lands to local control. The locals given control were favorably those who were not Muslims (there still being a great fear of Muslims in the Empire, even three centuries after the Timurids had ceased to be a threat).
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Even as the legions marched home, Alexander declared war on Novgorod-Seversk, annoyed at the existence of minor states between Russia and Ukraine. However, Russia did not seem to see that this would be a war in their favor, and joined the defense of the little nation.
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Finland escaped from the war only giving up claims to territories they did not hold. Novgorod-Severesk was absorbed (and then sold to Russia). Russia gave Kola and Karelia to Scandinavia in a separate peace.
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Before the war was done, Adal moved to conquer the last province held by Swahili. Ethiopia came to Swahili's defense, and the Empire immediately supported Ethiopia.
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During this war, the navies of the Empire insisted on a little of the support that the Legions received. A naval provision system was therefore developed.
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Eventually, Novgorod was annexed (also later to be sold to Russia). Once this was done, Russia agreed to give up their claims in Eastern Europe.
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Before the war with Adal had ended, Alexander declared war on England, hoping to remove them from any lands but their Brazilian ones.
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Shortly after this one of Adal's provinces that had been occupied by the legions defected to the Empire. Adal soon after agreed to peace, giving up any claims to lands ruled by the Empire.

The war with England dragged on for years as the legions did their best to force the strong English forces to surrender. Meanwhile, Alexander behaved true to form and declared war on Mali as soon as the former truce ended. The war with Mali was won before the war with England was (their fortress-cities in eastern Siberia holding on for years).
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While waiting for Gizhiga to fall to XI. Legio, the Empire was dragged into yet more wars: a Scandinavian adventure in India, and to defend Gotland against Denmark.

In 1808, the last English fortresses fell (and their navy made a last-ditch strike near Gibraltar, again smashing the fleet protecting the Mediterranean). England was forced to give up all lands outside of South America, and gave up claims on all lands they had previously lost. They were now just a regional power.
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When Denmark surrendered in 1810, they were forced to free Werle and Holstein, while Deccan merely gave up some claims.
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After only a year, Alexander again demonstrated his restlessness when he declared war on Bavaria. Peru, Baden, and Sanaa came to their defense. While IV. Legio lost the opening battle of the war, it was quite successful in harming the Bavarian ability to make war.

Baden was completely annexed (and then swiftly placed under German control). Sanaa gave up all of their lands away from their home territory and gave up claims to provinces within Arabia.
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Peru gave up some claims in La Plata. Bavaria was forced to release several states.
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In June of 1815, Alexander declared war on Mali, bringing to its end the last of the slave selling states (it was annexed in September of 1818). But to Alexander's dismay, there were still slaves being sold. While the Empire had been focused on what they thought was the source of slaves in West Africa, they were really being sold by Kongo. Alexander demanded the annexation of Kongo, and the trade was fully ended by October of 1818.

In December of 1820, Alexander finally died, seemingly of old age (though later events throw the official diagnosis into doubt). Konstantios XIII rose to the throne.
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He appointed as heir his brother Andronikos—later known as Andronikos the Mad—thus setting into effect the events of the 19th century.



And that's it for EU3! I'll do some summary posts while I work on the conversion. Is there anything you'd like to see mentioned or addressed?
 
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I'm interested in the number of independent nations at the start of the game compared to the end. I made a weak attempt at doing just that in one of my CK2 games and it astonished me how there were way less at the end than I thought.
 

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Woo! I look forward to seeing what happens in the 16 years between EU3 and Vicky 2.