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Some of you might know Styria as the country you release to punish Austria, only to get re-absorbed five years later. Having had fun playing as Albania, I thought I might try another release-vassal-on-day-one game, and write an AAR of it.

Let's see how it goes.
 

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Chapter One

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Here we start the story of Styria. It begins as a vassal of Austria, which is apparently the only other country in the world.

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That's better.

Now despite having forcelimits of 7 units, I won't build that many. Why? The best way to break free of Austria's overlordship is to lose a war. And the best way to lose a war is to have fewer units. Also, the manpower is insufficient at the moment.

As a side note, Styria gains 0.06 inflation per year, thanks to Lienz's being a gold province.

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My army will stay in Styria for the duration of this war.

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Thankfully Austria doesn't take territory from Switzerland. The least we need is a stronger Austria. Eventually she takes white peace against Burgundy.

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Austria decides to bug me with military access demands, due to her troops stuck in the Tirol. Therefore, I cancel my alliance, but not vassal-ship.

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In 1411 comes the first National Idea. I go with National Bank, to try to limit the damage caused by those gold mines.

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Soon enough, Austria eats defenceless Milan.

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And because of that, a war! Hooray!

Reinstating that alliance with Austria may have been a bad idea.

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After the Bohemians defeated the Free Styrian Army, Styria's fate was left to Bohemia's whims - they chose to leave her under Austria's overlordship.

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Come 1420 Austria is completely shattered with no army to speak of. I take that as an opportunity to break free.

Austria actually keeps building regiments and immediately disbanding them. I'll leave them to it.

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Alliance broken. I can't declare war on Austria yet - I haven't a casus belli and because of that, Bohemia can intervene, being the emperor.

I gain a CB on Venice, though.

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The old king dies with no heir, so I get a new dynasty.

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About five years pass without being squished by Austria, so obviously Bohemia thinks Styria is semi-permanent. Either that or something to do with the massive Viennese peasant revolt.

Also, our relation was -196 before this.

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A call to arms. I am going to use it to try and take what I can from Aquileia. Not territory - I haven't any cores there.

Bohemia has taken its anger out on Austria. That'll show them.

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Nothing from Aquileia, because Milan was war leader. Thanks a lot, Milan.

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Bohemia…? I thought you loved me!

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Ah, must have been that other B____ia country.

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Oh dear.
 
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Interesting AAR. However why isn't Graz a part of Styria?
 

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I shouldn't be subscribing to more AARs when I can't keep up with what I'm currently reading, but I'll make an exception for you. :p

Nice AI randomness, hey want to become elector? We'll throw in excommunication!
 

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Well, it looks like Austria won't be your greatest enemy after all. Good luck ;) .
 

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Well, I would hope Austria is not quite back on it's feet yet. Then again, if they've declared war, that probably means they have an advantage.

Good luck! I'll be rooting!
 

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Well for the last screenshot you can see of Austria in this update,they have no army.They have also lost another province.I don't think they'll be too hard to deal with.
 

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Within a couple of years and Bohemia's already annexed Brandenburg.

damn.
 

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Good luck! subscribed.:cool:
 

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Either that , or you start in about 1420 and Styria will exist in Aquilea's former provinces.
 

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Feedback

Sorry for the delay in updates, my hard drive's conked out. The AAR should be updating a little more often, I have some more of it, kept elsewhere, now.

Malurous: Trust Bohemia's AI...

I had better not anger it, or it will go and eat Russia.

MrQwerty: While Austria's been reduced to three provinces, they are three very rich provinces indeed, and they (rightfully) think they can win a war if they declare one. You'll see.

Avindian: Thank you!

homy_dog34: Form the HRE? Playing a little nation, I have a hard time trying to get electors to vote for me. Still, at least I get one vote guaranteed.

PiriReis: I admit the colour was one of the reasons I chose it...

Prince of Savoy: They do have quite an advantage. You'll see.

AwesomeSauce123: I've been rather sneaky with the pictures. There are about nine years between Austria's losing to Bohemia and their declaration of war on Styria.

Merrick Chance': I've known them do that quite often... the one time I played as Bohemia, I inherited it after my first ruler died. :cool:

dragonizer: Thanks!

sprites: I didn't consider that... starting around 1426 looks fun. A Venice that has a strong powerbase in Greece, a stronger England owning more of France. I shall have to try it at some point.
 

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Chapter Two


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A bit of luck sees Ostmarch fall before Steiermark, but it's only worth 13% warscore. They would neither accept white peace nor a concession of defeat.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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After battles in Wien and Ostmarch, Styrian troops beat a retreat through Hungary, and eventually end up back in Wien, where they win the siege to bring the warscore from -20% to zero.

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At this point Austria offers peace on her terms. I empty the treasury to them and take it.

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To be expected, I suppose.

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I didn't even know the Netherlands was a thing.

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1458 rolls around and I still exist. Better, I reach government tech 9 and take National Bank (again).

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A new monarch with a nice high diplomacy rating (Heir is 8/6/8). Hopefully I can get cores on somewhere like Aquileia or Salzburg. I haven't managed to take Treviso yet - for a long time Venice was allied with powerhouse Switzerland, and then they ate Milan.

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I had expected this for a while. Though I had hoped Emperor Bavaria would come to my aid.

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Styrian luck strikes again and I manage to get to and successfully siege Wien before they can siege Steiermark. They offer me this, and I accept. (Yes, I tried to get more out of them by demanding stuff myself, but they weren't willing to talk.)

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Five years pass. Here we go again…

The Austrians engage and win in Steiermark and Graz, but I just manage to make it out alive.

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Every time.

As the Styrian army moves into Ostmarch, the Austrians foolishly assault the castle in Steiermark and fail.

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I chase that by-now-demoralised army to Graz and beat them.

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A small skirmish in Wien and the army is annihilated in Ostmarch.

With no army to speak of, I can occupy all of Austria's provinces…

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… a peace-offer neatly adding up to 100. No more Austrian cores on my land, and now I am the puppet-master.
 
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Ah, what a lovely result. Well done, good thing that you kept winning the siege first.

You can't get a core on Salzburg by the way, no Boundary Disputes on capital provinces in DW.
 

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Hooray for Styria, master of Austria! And with that, more ducats for your treasury :) .

Now it looks like your next challenge will be to strengthen yourself against Bohemia. Good luck.
 

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Took some maneuvers but you prevailed in the end. Great.:cool:
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