The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
An interesting trio of monarchs. Henryk's decision for Wilno as the capital for the new commonwealth seems sound both to tie Poland and Lithuania together more firmly and is military safer from and attack from the west.
Jan certainty seems the most likeable of the trio of monarchs, he finished off both his fight against his pretender and his inherited foreign war successfully. The choice of the religious tolerance also seems to be something commendable (as least so far) in a mixed realm like the Commonwealth. His decision to pay off Sweden's national debt on the other hand seems a little over generous...
Aleksander was always going to be a hit with me as he took the fight to Muscovoy as I've been hoping to see for some time. Sweden taking all that Polish gold and the refusing to sit out the war was a definte disappointment however! A university in Vilnius can only be a good thing, an achievement only rivaled by Aleksander managing to beat the family curse to die in bed rather than out hunting!
I hope his son Kazimieres proves to be as high an achiever as his stats promise! The world is looking to be a dangerous place to the far west with the Valois Empire combining the strength of France, Spain and Portugal! Let's hope he avoids any entanglements with that monster.
Oh and of course have a merry Christmas!
A brutal, costly war for both sides, it sounds like, but hopefully Pskov and the surrounding area brings the prosperity that Aleksander hoped.
Perfidious Swedes! Poland takes their debt and the Swedes repay the Poles with betrayal!
Muscovy lies humbled, although I doubt we've heard the last of them...
Reading the swedish betrayal make you think that commonwealth will hold contempt for sweden but the situation seems cooled quickly.
Still if next time commonwealth wants to betray sweden they could always cite this incident for propaganda maybe once denmark lay off their baltic ambition they would make a better ally than traitrous sweden anyway.
I hope the betrayal won't be forgotten. Sweden must pay some price, the Commonwealth was her true and loyal friend. And the only one !
So personal union? :v
Sweden might become dead weight in the end, if not a PU might get formed anyways!
Been on a bit of a hiatus from the forums lately, but I took a bit of time this afternoon after the usual holiday antics to get caught up again.
The Lanckoronskis appear to be well and truly entrenched as a dynasty now -- they've had two successions in a row without any serious challenges from rival contenders. Henryk, Jan Olbracht, and Aleksander have all had stable and prosperous reigns, and though it hasn't exactly been a peaceful era for Poland they've at least managed to keep the worst of war's horrors away from the heartland.
Kazimierz looks set to continue the family legacy of strong and skilled rule -- though if I'm interpreting the foreshadowing correctly, he'll need every ounce of skill he can spare for the coming years.
The Franco-Spanish union is a terrible sight to behold, hope that it doesn’t move east.
Alas a Great War with few gains will be common in the future.
Sweden is a tricky thing, it has shown that it cannot be trusted on offense but one hopes that it will not permanently skew towards Moscow. The commonwealth is surrounded by hostile powers, maybe it should look for friends in Germany among the victors of the religious wars.
Kazimierz seems like an excellent heir, I look forward to seeing his progress.
So the Commonwealth is on the brink of two separate civil wars and surrounded by unfriendly to hostile powers. I sure hope Jogaila's talents are greater than his stats suggest.
Seems like dark days are ahead.
Just one province, a tad disappointing perhaps but even that against such a mighty opposition will cause the world to sit up and take note of Poland's power. It's a shame a war agaist the Muslims didn't do more to bring Polands differing denominations together.
I'm concerned the Commonwealth's military success might lead them to fight one enemy too many. They have only two real options - break bread with Catholic Bohemia, or go all in with Calvinist Hungary. Either will stir up religious divisions. I'm intrigued to see how the 'saturnine' Jogalia fares in all of this. I also hope Sweden redeem themselves as an ally but combined with their financial woes, I wouldn't hold my breath.
Looks like there is a war with the Russians on the horizon.
Far more worryingly, there's also likely going to be a Polish-Lithuanian War - Poles vs. Lithuanians...
Nice job proving the Commonwealth's power, though.
And the impending crisis gets put off for at least one more generation. I have a feeling that Kazimierz's reign is going to be remembered as the high point of the Lanckoronski era, though on the balance Jogaila probably isn't the worst successor one could have.
Muscovy looks like it's on the cusp of forming Russia -- I forget the exact requirements since I haven't played EU4 in a while, but it certainly looks like they can't be too far off. I can imagine they'll only get more formidable as time marches on, assuming they don't end up with their own "Time of Troubles" analogue in this timeline...
A successful reign as far as it goes, but one gets the impression that the Commonwealth can't put its great internal reckoning forever.
Dark days seem to be ahead. You are besieged by Heretics to the East and West, Heathens to the South, a dangerous pirate republic to the North, and internal strife in the center. (Sorry about not commenting sooner. I missed one of the notifications and you all know what happens when that happens. )