- Jun 24, 2012
The Rise of the Turks
Selamünaleyküm and welcome to my third AAR. After restoring the Imperium Romanum as Savoy and completing a world conquest as the Angevin Union, I am back with another Veritas et Fortitudo AAR called The Rise of the Turks. In this AAR I'll be starting as Osman.
VeF's timeline begins roughly 135 years before vanilla's in the March of 1309. The political situation in 1309 is highly interesting because the Byzantine Empire is a slightly stronger position, Castile is not united, the Hordes, namely the Ilkhanate and the Golden Horde are threatening Europe, and most importantly for this campaign, the Ottoman Empire does not exist.
At that time, Osman is one of several Anatolian Beyliks, which in history succeeded in uniting them. The country is named after Osman I of House Osmanli, the starting ruler of our nation.
Why did I choose Osman? I wanted to raise the bar higher after completing my Angevin Union world conquest AAR by starting as a non-Western OPM (One-Province-Minor for those not familiar with the term). Conquering the world like I did with the Angevin Union would be fun and it is my ultimate goal but I want to point out that there is no guarantee that I will succeed with that. Join the ride and you'll find out if I will
I was asked to do a colonization-driven AAR as Portugal but the colonial gameplay is quite repetitive and so I decided against it. Maybe in the future I will do that. And who knows; maybe we will see Turkish Brazil in this AAR?
What else should you know?
- I will use the latest version of VeF.
- Enabled DLCs are CoP, WoN, Res Publica and AoW
- No other mods used.
- Lucky nations are off.
- No reloading unless the save crashes. However, I will keep multiple saves in case one corrupts (happened in my Savoy AAR..)
This AAR will be a mixture of gameplay and narrative with a good amount of screenshots. You can be assured to find some cheese a long the way. Why? love cheese – I always have some in the fridge!
Below are my early plans for the first few chapters to give you some ideas of what you can expect.
- Unite the Anatolian Beyliks and form Turkey (very easy)
- Expand into Greece and Persia
- Complete modernization to get rid of Ottoman tech penalty (+20% cost for technology and +10% for ideas)
Thanks for reading! Comments, feedback and criticism are highly appreciated. After all, I write this AAR for you so I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.