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The Hosokawa Hootenanny

Hello! After reading many excellent AARs on this forum I decided to finally give it a shot. I used this Reddit thread to guide me along the way. It took a few restarts to get a good idea of how to conquer Japan that quickly, but eventually I figured it out and didn't mess up too much. I'm playing on Iron Man and just using a few cosmetic mods. I don't have much experience with formatting forum posts and whatnot, so it may be a little rugged to begin with.

Table of Contents:
1. The Hosokawa Hootenanny, you are here
2. Peace and Quiet
3. Maybe we should've stayed on the island
4. Everything's coming up Hosokawa
5. Speed 4
6. It's not much of a coup if the ruler isn't...couped
7. Enough talky-talky I wanna fight some Asians
8. A little coalition never hurt anyone
9. Where can I get one of those necklaces with the "t" on them
10. The one where everything goes great!
11. If you have to pee go now you won't miss anything
12. The one where everything goes terribly!
13. The sun sets

Without further ado, let's jump in!






Lord Hosokawa had a dream, a dream filled with beautiful women, delicious food, and overflowing cups of sake. And this suited him just fine for most of his reign, until a dream he had on November 11, 1444. In this dream, he was overthrowing the Shogun of Japan, and crowning himself ruler of a united Hosokawan Empire. Even in the middle of the dream he knew it to be one, he saw in disbelief as his humble territory expanded in size, crushing every other daimyo until finally taking down the Shogun himself. He also saw his people rise in rebellion, as he borrowed money from every possible source, to fund this impossible task. He woke up in a cold sweat, relieved that it had just been a dream…




But as he awoke, something seemed off. His army commanders were giving him reports of various battles against Usegi and Shiba, what were they talking about? Puzzled, the commanders reminded him that it was he that ordered these attacks in the first place, just the other night. Panicked, Katsumoto realized that it had not been a dream, something had caused him to forget almost all of the last 7 years (cough cough) of his life!

* I may have deleted the screenshots for this part, whoops




Lord Hosokawa quickly adapted to the situation, and realizing how economically invested his nation already was to this insane conquest, determined that the only outcomes to this grand plan were victory, or total annihilation. He sent envoys to Nanbu to arrange for their annexation into his lands. And reaffirmed himself as in control of his country once again (cough cough).



A year later, Katsumoto is feeling the weight of his decision constantly. The Shogun is sending messengers daily asking him to reconsider his decisions. Hosokawa knows that eventually the Shogun will tolerate his conquests no longer, and declare open war against him. He releases Takeda of their occupation, asking only money in return. This seems to stem the Shogun’s anger for now.


In fact, the Shogun seems more than willing to aid the daimyo with his rebellion problems!


It appears that the Shogun is more wise than was thought, and is actively trying to avoid confrontation with his daimyo.



The daimyo recognizes this brief moment of civility with the building of a fantastic garden in the Etchu (gesundheit) province.


Tragedy struck as his loyal wife passed away, who he apparently married during his foggy years. Lord Hosokawa pressed on.


Most of the other daimyos were now occupied, Katsumoto turned his gaze to Imagawa. Hsoskawa had vivid dreams of a mighty general leading Imagawa’s armies to victory, destroying Hosokawa. He was relieved to learn this general was just in his imagination, and the conquest of Imagawa went smoothly.
*I may have restarted this game a few times, don’t judge


The Shogun, in his eternal wisdom, still strives to prevent his island from falling to rebels, who are probably thinking something along the lines of “Seriously, dude, don’t you have bigger problems than us?” To which the Shogun replies “Nope.”


After finishing off the last few armies, and sieging the last few forts, Lord Hosokawa knew that it was time to turn against his master once and for all!


The first battle took place on the plains of Suruga, where the dismayed Shogun reluctantly faced his once-loyal subject. The Shogun’s troops outmatched the Daimyo's in discipline and tactics, but the dream of a united Japan pushed Hosokawa’s armies to victory.


The Shogun’s army fell apart, retreating to Awa, even while reports reached them of another rebellion taking place just to the west. Kyoto, the ancient capital, was under siege.


Hosokawa had to hurry, victory was in his grasp but so was defeat. His people were furious over this unprovoked conquest, demanding their independence once more.


It did not relieve the daimyo to learn this his heir was kind of a dick.


Eventually, however, the daimyo prevailed. The Shogun’s forces were scattered in the wind. All that was left was to take down any rebellions that rose up.


When he felt that the island was ready, Lord Hosokawa personally drove a 1000-folded Nippon steel katana into the gut of the Shogun, elevating himself to the position.


His territory now occupying more than just his ancestral homes, Shogun Hosokawa adopted the title Emperor of Japan. The island was now united, a once impossible dream had come to fruition in just 20 years!


Katsumoto breathed a sigh of relief, for the first time in 20 years, he was at peace.


The people are no longer marching against him, the island nation is ready to take on the world!
 

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Many welcomes! Fear not the great endeavoring that is the AAR! It's also about that time again there is a good Japanese AAR project. So much potential, but in another part of the map that tends to be under-represented in the AAR fields. So it's nice to see you undertake, not only your first AAR go around in the forums, but that it be a Far-Eastern nation too!

Best of luck! I hope this is memorable and successful for you, as any first AAR ought to be.
Cheers!
 

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Many welcomes! Fear not the great endeavoring that is the AAR! It's also about that time again there is a good Japanese AAR project. So much potential, but in another part of the map that tends to be under-represented in the AAR fields. So it's nice to see you undertake, not only your first AAR go around in the forums, but that it be a Far-Eastern nation too!

Best of luck! I hope this is memorable and successful for you, as any first AAR ought to be.
Cheers!
Thanks! I had a few games I thought could be AAR worthy but just never got around to it. I've been ignoring Asia for quite some time so I figured I'd give it a go!



Part 2: Peace and Quiet

Shogun Hokosawa had time at last to look inward at his country and work on mending the many many wounds that had opened in the last few decades. He began the process of formally introducing new provinces into the now-unified Japan, as until all peoples were recognized as members of the Empire, there would be unrest.




During the wars of Japanese usurpation, the Dyiamo had heard whispers of far off lands reaching new levels of art, technology, and warfare that were unheard of in Japan. While he couldn't imitate these mythical lands exactly, he would work to develop his nation to the point where they could have their own technological revolution. He patronized upstart artists, had his military leaders continually learning new methods of war, and promoted innovation and growth in the Capital.



The wars of the past had almost lead the nation to disaster, so to heal the naiton the Shogun decided to hire the smartest mathematicians in the country to help the struggling currency. Against the wishes of his military leaders, he instituted reforms that pushed an inward, administrative agenda over a military-focused one.



But this did not mean he was done conquering. Scouts from the north reported that the tribes of Ainu were weak and would fall easily to even the budget-sized army that was currently preventing rebellion in Mutsu. Hokosawa's spies quickly fabricated a causus belli against the northerners.



The Shogun had made many deals with various parties to fund his wars, and the levels of corruption had reached dangerous levels. The Shogun has personally been called the cause of the corruption, and when faced with measures to prevent it's further spread, instead turned a blind eye.



Regardless, the Empire reached new levels of stability with the acceptance of all conquered territory into the nation.




The time to strike Ainu was nigh, the mighty Japanese navy quickly overwhelmed the pitiful Ainu ships, and allowed the Japanese troops to cross to their homeland.

*Later reports indicate that the "Ainu Navy" may have been in fact a cluster of fishing boats. Regardless, it did wonders for morale.



The Ainu army was indeed that of cowards, and preferred to make camp in the uncolonized islands to the north, rather than fight the Japanese. The capital fell quickly.



Unfortunately the party the night after was a bit to much for the aging general, and he passed after choking on a chicken wing.



Ainu readily accepted the terms of surrender, they would henceforth become a vassal of Japan. The Shogun decided to show mercy here and allow the Ainu some relative autonomy, as they could come in handy due to some long-forgotten claims of theirs.



During the sacking of the Capital, Japanese soldiers found evidence of far off lands that once belonged to Ainu, but had fallen to the hordes long ago. Pressing this claim would give the Shogun a foothold on the mainland!



Meanwhile at home the spoils of war allowed the government to finally begin paying back their debtors, while also saving money by firing their spies.



Not wanting to waste more time, the Shogun loaded his forces into transports, intending to make swift work of the Yeren nomads to the north.



Yeren had been in two major wars recently, and fully annexed their neighbor, who quickly rose up against their oppressors and reoccupied their homeland. Shogun Hosokawa took advantage of this and declared his own war against Yeren, citing the ancient Ainu claim.

The Japanese navy destroyed the Yerenese fishing boats, and occupied the gulf to the mainland.



A game of cat-and-mouse then followed, with the Japanese army making strategic retreats to avoid running into the swarms of rebels.



With still no sight of the Yerenese army, the general began his siege of their capital.



Amidst the chaos of war, a travelling monk visited the Shogun, and they enjoyed each others company immensely. The monk told wondrous tales of far off nations that practiced strange religions and ceremonies, such as eating their creator in His honor, and dangerous pilgrimages through endless sands. The Shogun obviously knew they were all wasting their time as Shinto was the one true religion, but he enjoyed the stories nonetheless.




In true Japanese efficiency, the siege was quickly won, and terms of surrender agreed upon. The nomads would surrender much of their coastline to Japan and Ainu





The Shogun decided to once again relegate provincial matters to the natives, and allowed the Jianzhou peoples some autonomy. They immediately thought they were better than their overlords.



The Emperor took another step back as he looked at the map of his nation. He was really irritating the royal cartographer but he mattered not, for he too would soon realize the fruits of all of the Shogun's labor



A new day dawns in Kyoto, and as new, radical ideas are embraced wholly by the population, who knows what will come?

 
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subbed.

Don't think I ever saw a Japan AAR ;)

Probably due to japan being bugged and unstable since forever.
 
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So all of Japan united nice and quickly. And new "pastures" already being visited and exploited. So many choices and avenues to explore...

And welcome to being a writAAR. :D
 

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So all of Japan united nice and quickly. And new "pastures" already being visited and exploited. So many choices and avenues to explore...

And welcome to being a writAAR. :D
I definitely could have united Japan a little smoother than I did, the threat of bankruptcy was looming for a while there, and war exhaustion was at 20 for a good amount of time! But things seem to be pretty stable now, so I'm interested to see how it goes
 

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I can already say releasing Jianzhou was a mistake, they got supported by Ming after their rebels enforced on Yeren.
They're a march now which hopefully will keep them from declaring, guess we'll find out
 

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Part 3: Maybe we should've just stayed on the island




December of 1477 began with reports that our status in the world had reached new heights, that people around the world knew of our might! The Shogun was pleased to hear the news, although a tad confused at the same time as there were countries on this map that he nor anyone else had heard of before...


Aside from his Chinese neighbors, in fact, none of these names sounded familiar at all


The Shogun decided to assert this newfound greatness upon the small nation of Ryukyu, smashing their fishermen with ease and occupying the islands after a brief battle.


To the north, word reached the island that one of our vassals had gained new territory without our help. Rebels from Yeren demanded their lands be returned to Jianzhou. This boosted Jianzhou's confidence so much they became rebellious against their Great overlords


The Chinese, who before now we were at most "meh" about, decided that Japan's newfound status would just not do, and declared a rivalry between the two nations.


Ryukyu fell around this time, and was directly annexed into Japan, the Shogun could not afford another rebellious people to have even the slightest autonomy.


Somehow, even more rebels were appearing in the barren wastelands that we had given to our loyal vassal. The Shogun was confused as to where these rebels were even coming from...


News came that the Chinese and Koreans had signed an unholy alliance, further ruining the Emperor's plans to pacify the peninsula.


The rebels in Ainu required military action, which created a drain on the economy that the country really could not afford to have in their current position. The Shogun decided to allow a small increase in provincial autonomy to maintain order for the time being.


Emperor Hosokawa was beginning to think that the Chinese did not like us.


To prevent an independence war, the Shogun declared a new war of conquest on the Haixi hordes to the west of Jianzhou. This would keep Jianzhou from declaring war on their benevolent overlords, as even rebellious horse-lords have standards.


Unknown to our general, they would end up running into the massive waves of rebels in the region before encountering the Haixi army. This would become the first of many military blunders.


Intel had reported that the Japanese army would not encounter anymore forces if they moved south, however that was not the case. The royal strategist and route-planner was hanged for his mistake.

*Seriously the sword didn't pop up until a day or two before my troops arrived, before that it said they were leaving the province before I'd get there


The mighty Japanese troops were defeated for the first time against another nation's army


The general made yet another blunder as his tactical retreat would bring him right to yet another rebellion. At this point the general knew his head would not be attached to his neck for very long, and ordered a full charge of his already demoralized men.


It was a massacre.


On hearing the news, the Shogun spent 4 days in deep meditation. He then decided this had become a war of honor, and that the Japanese must be victorious. He used every favor with the nobility and merchants to get the cash and troops necessary to rebuild his forces. He also, against his economist's wishes, took more loans to hire thousands of mercenaries. Intel reached the island that the rebels that had slayed his troops were planning an assault on Ainu's capital. Hosokawa moved his troops north and waited.

He made sure not a single rebel survived the fight.


Sensing weakness, the Koreans dog-piled onto Haixi. Knowing the enthusiasm for the war was waning, the Emperor sent his new forces back to the mainland to grab what he could before the Chinese and Koreans arrived.


Having taken the provinces necessary to block Korean expansion, the Shogun made peace with Haixi for a corridor of land right in the middle of their territory.


He gave one province back to Jianzhou in hopes they would see the error in their ways. They did not.


The Japanese empire stands at it's height so far, but the threat of a major war against the Chinese and Koreans looms near. The Japanese will need to find friends in the near future, or face another humiliating war.
 

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Being friendless is no fun. Still, got the situation repaired. There seems to be a need to tread warily however.
 

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News came that the Chinese and Koreans had signed an unholy alliance, further ruining the Emperor's plans to pacify the peninsula.
you got to crush Korea first, Always. Korea and Ming tend to ally each other a lot but it generally takes a few decades before they do so.

Maybe it would have been better to try and ally a Manchurian rival of Korea, and stomp Korea together :)

But what's done is done as they say.
 
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See, that would have been the smart thing to do! At this point I'm thinking I consolidate the lands I do have on the mainland, then expand elsewhere and colonize to build up my force limit and income. Since I have renaissance I should get ahead of them in tech eventually, and if I can get colonialism even better. I do find it funny that Korea called Ming in to help against one horde, guess they aren't super confident in their military!
 

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A win's a win is it not? Although, that's some major attrition!

Japan needs no friends. Japan shall conquer all!
 

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Part 4: Everything's Coming Up Hosokawa



The Emperor, tired of managing the rebellious vassal Jainzhou, was formalizing the documents to release them from our reign when news came that the Ming did not view the Japanese as their enemies. This delighted the Emperor, who quickly tore up the documents and sent an emissary to the Chinese empire.


Wasting no time, the Emperor also eased tensions with Jianzhou, who after losing the backing of Ming were quick to fix the relations with their overlord. A few heartless grovels at the feet of the horde king, and Jianzhou was back in Japan's realm of prosperity™


With Jianzhou back on our side, the Emperor granted them the horde lands from the last war, freeing up his own royal soldiers for other work.


His timing could not be better, as the Ming, who realized there was nobody around to hate besides Japan, reestablished a rivalry between the two nations. The Shogun did not return the favor, preferring to wait and see if the Chinese would have another mood swing. Japan came out on top in this little diplomatic trickery, as Jianzhou was no longer rebellious and thus Ming could not support their independence movement.


Taking advantage of this (brief) moment of diplomatic tranquility, the Shogun initiated his grand plan to extend Japan's borders through colonization. Just as he did with the Japanese Renaissance, the Shogun logically believed that other powers in the world were also trying to reach and settle new lands. If Japan could be at the forefront of this effort, he figured, then maybe more technological innovation would follow.


While his colonists were packing, the Shogun decided to instigate a quick war. The Yeren horde had many allies, however it appeared that two of them had been at war with each other recently, and weren't capable of answering the tribe's call to arms. The only ally willing to help was Korea, which was perfect. The Emperor declared against Yeren, but set his troops to be ready for a land invasion of Korea, as they were the real threat, and goal of the war.


The Koreans had no chance, their army suffered a humiliating loss when their general moved to attack into a mountainous territory. Only further loss would follow for the Koreans.


From the battle, general Nagao became more capable of a leader, learning more of the art of the siege.


Victory on land was quickly followed by defeat at sea, as a humble, non-threatening Japanese fishing fleet was obliterated by the barbaric Koreans.


An extended game of cat and mouse took place between the Japanese and Koreans, with general Nagao attempting to lure the Koreans to fighting in disadvantageous territory. For the most part this worked very well, however progress in the war stalled because the general did not have the forces to siege the Korean forts and fight off the army at the same time.


Tragedy struck when Shogun Hosokawa, the first Emperor of a united Japan, was found dead in his room. The nation established a 2 year mourning period for their lost leader. His son vowed to crush the Koreans to continue his father's legacy.


In the midst of this fighting a child was born to the Shogun, whom the Shogun described as "eh." The Emperor had bigger things to deal with at the time, however, and after a quick 10 minute visit with his son, went back to the War Room.


Long ago, the Chinese had used a so-called "Mandate of Heaven" to claim their Imperial title. It seems now that their people are finally questioning the validity of this Mandate, and rising up against their Emperor. The Shogun laughed and continued his conquest.


The general, who had sworn that he had gotten better at the art of the siege, took over a year to finish his first siege in Korea. He wondered if maybe he had misread his books, but couldn't finish his thought because he died soon after.


His replacement managed to finish off the Korean capital much quicker, and was able to force the Koreans to the negotiation table.


The Shogun was merciful to the Koreans, as the war had already taken a toll on the Japanese economy, and he more or less just wanted it over with. He took a foothold on the peninsula, broke their alliance with Ming (who weren't looking too good themselves) and demanded reparations.


From Yeren, the Shogun demanded their northern provinces, from which he hoped to launch more colonial efforts from in the future.


With the dreaded Chinese imploding, the future looks bright again for Japan!



*I got really lucky with Yeren's allies not willing to answer the CtA. I made Jianzhou a march to hopefully lower their LD when Ming was supporting them so now it'll be a while before I can annex them. Ainu was being annexed, but my diplo rep is negative now because my leader has a dip rep malus, so now the annexation is stalled.

It's probably too late to spawn colonialism in Japan, but I should be able to still get it pretty quickly once I establish colonies of my own.
 

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Well now that ended up being a quite profitable outcome. Let us home for a good proper Mingplosion.
 

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Well now that ended up being a quite profitable outcome. Let us home for a good proper Mingplosion.
Profitable in terms of future opportunities: hell yeah

Profitable in terms of that dolla dolla bill, y'all: not at all
 

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Bye bye, Ming! Also, good job uniting Japan.
 

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Bye bye, Ming! Also, good job uniting Japan.
They survived, unbelievable!

I'm at like 1517 now, but the threat of civil war is keeping me from expanding until the Shogun dies. Nothing's really happened yet aside from annexing Ainu (at 1 point/month because of the baffling buffoon trait, ugh!) Once something interesting happens I'll write up another part.
 

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That must be one major civil war or rebellion going on in China! :eek:

But as you note, that's good news for you.