View Full Version : A Bohemian Adventure (EUIII AAR)
In 1453 Bohemia sits in the heart of Europe. Since two years previously the Kingdom has been ruled wisely by CSL I, who in the wake of the Hussite Wars washed away the previous dynasty to begin what is hoped to be a new and more vibrant one to be called the Quartinian dynasty of Bohemia.
While Bohemia seems a stable country it is in many ways less stable than most, having just come off a prolonged period of religious strife and open heresy against the Papacy in the form of the Hussites, who even now cling to their beliefs in two of my seven provinces. Heresy is a continuing problem, and will continue to be so for quite some time I think. It must be stamped out thought since the two provinces effected - Sudety and Bohemia are some of my most productive, with Bohemia my capital too boot.
We are, however, valuable members of the Holy Roman Empire. In fact, we are still an Elector with the power to shape the election of the next Emperor. Inclusion in the Empire should give me huge benefits not seen with other nations as whoever is Emperor will come to my aid if I am attacked by an outsider.
What are my goals then? On the short term I have no idea, I'll probably let myself be guided by the mission system and any opportunities that come my way. In the long term I want to become the dominant power in central Europe which means foiling the expansion of Poland, Hungary, and whoever manages to form Austria while eventually becoming the Holy Roman Emperor myself.
I'm not running vanilla EU3 with the two expansions, but the Magna Mundi mod which has made the game even better than it is by default with In Nomine IMHO.
10-11-2008, 01:55 AM
You've got 165 years, then we're coming to FUCK YOU UP.
(which at this point does not exist as an independent country)
1453: The Problem With Peasants
Bohemia is a feudal monarchy - the lowest rung of government types available in the game and the one I'll be using for the forseeable future. It does have some advantages - namely increasing by 15% both my maximum available amount of manpower (where I draw my men when I recruit and reinforce regiments) and the maximum forcelimits (how many regiments or ships I can have recruited without paying extra support for them) - along with a slight negligible boost to my yearly prestige.
In MMP each nation starts off with three national ideas - sorta giving its national flavour - messing with them is not a good idea. Two of mine - Divine Supremacy and Ecumenism - are regious and give bonuses respectively to my missionaries (lets convert those heretical Hussites) and giving less penalties to heretics. The third is Battlefield Promotions which increases my land morale and adds one point to shock for my land commanders, which is quite good.
At the start we have all three advisor slots open and we use one of these to hire Kalle Lablonec as a two start Army Reformer - but noone else considering the rest of the men are Artists. Besides I'll get more advisors soon within the year. Asides from this I just restructure my economy sliders a bit, no sense funding naval technology with Bohemia.
The first day after starting the game, on May 31st, I get my first mission.
Fairly easy mission, just need to get relations with the Hungarians up to 150 and they are already pretty high. Unfortunately since Hungary is a junior partner to Lower Austria I can't go the easy route and just improve the relations with a royal marriage. I'll have to bribe them, but the reward isn't so nice as to pursue that option so I'll wait it out.
A few days later a more interest piece of news falls on my desk. It seems we have Jewish communities in both Moravia and Bohemia provinces - nice from a tax standpoint, but it creates a huge increase in potential revolt risk. Might get an anti-Judaic mob so I'll draft two regiments of infantry to give me 5,000 total troops.
To also get started I ally with Hesse and Bavaria - both German minors - but Hesse is the leading candidate currently for Emperor once the current Stryian Emperor kicks the bucket. There are currently seven electors and right now it looks like the ballot will be fairly tight...
Holy Roman Electors
Bohemia for Hesse
Brandenburg for Brandenburg
Cologne for Cilli
Mainz for Hesse
The Palatinate for Hesse
Saxony for Thuringia
Trier for Cilli
The next election will probably boil down to Hesse and Cilli if this keeps up. Brandenburg seems like its angling to make its vote worth something - not really much use voting for yourself without support from the other electors. Saxony is a vassal of Thuringia which explains that vote.
Near the end of the first year our first bad news come in. Some uppity peasants decided to address me asking for rights and some such. Naturally I sent them away but they didn't seem to like that and a small peasant uprising began in Moravia.
Things get worse as the royal army moves into Moravia to crush the peasants when news reaches me that the population of Prag has rebelled in a vast anti-Judaic mob. Curses! My first year ends with the situation going sour.
You've got 165 years, then we're coming to FUCK YOU UP.
(which at this point does not exist as an independent country)
Sweden exists in the game in 1453, its waging when I can only assume is a war for independence against the dasteredly Danes!
10-11-2008, 03:02 AM
Sweden exists in the game in 1453, its waging when I can only assume is a war for independence against the dasteredly Danes!
Historically, it was a bit complicated, we were in the Kalmar Union, which basically meant that we were in a political entity that officially was to have a king that ruled Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Most of the power was concentrated in the hands of the Danes, but in 1453 Sweden had elected its own king that were at war with the king of Denmark and Norway. It was a time of pretty constant conflict between Sweden and Denmark, which finally resolved itself with the won independence of 1521.
1454: Heresy Spreads!
The new year looks grim for us for all of about two weeks. By then the royal forces have crushed the peasant revolt in Moravia and are now seeking to turn their attention to the mobs in Prag. While they are undisciplined they are fairly large and with my yearly cencus taxes and a forced loan in my bank account I feel ready to enlarge my army by some length - recruiting another three infantry regiments to bring my troop levels to 8,000.
By late April my forces are ready to advance on Prag. No doubt my Jewish ghetto would be destroyed by now, but I must retake my capital it seems the mob has gotten uppity and decided to rebel against my rule. Probably thinking that since I let the Jews in I can leave with them. Well I won't stand for any of that. Before we can get there though the rebels manage to kill my single advisor - Kalle Lablonec. We replace our departed hero with a Knight of St. John, Peter Olafson Boleslav, who will help us in the coming battles.
The King's new advisor
The battle we receive upon reaching Prag is fierce and though we lose more men we win the battle, forcing what remains of the enemy force to retreat north. Though I am set to pursue them I hold up for awhile to reinforce my battered regiments when another revolt breaks out - again in Moravia. This time heretics! We smash them as quickly as possible and then move back to deal with the remaining rebels, defeating them fully just as soon as 1455 begins.
The only good news really received during the year is the fact that heresy in the Sudety region has now faded away in part. The population is returning to the one true faith with acceptance of the Papacy and all that. However, in MMP this effect is more drawn out - often requiring two successful converts to make the province fully the religion you want it, but with some of the penalties removed for the first conversion. Only one more convert to go in Sudety though.
1455: Give Me A Council!
With the start of the year I get another level of government tech, allowing me to choose a fourth national idea. Nothing stands out too much at the moment but the province of Bohemia has a silver mine giving me some automatic inflation every month. Seeing as this could cause a problem I go with Bureaucracy - giving me a slight amount against inflation every month and increasing my taxes at the same time. Still I need to put some of my taxes in my treasury so this doesn't solve any money woes, but it looks as though this will be a very long term problem so it's not a huge issue right now.
We also take the time to change a slider position. I use it to move my country towards a moral economy, gives me some better bonuses when placing merchants and such (which I've been doing). However, some bad news follows the announcement as a pretender to the crown arrises in my German holdings. While only possessing two thousand followers his coming raises my war exhaustion and badboy penalites by some bit. We chase him down and kill him by the start of summer.
Soon after this victory a new event pops up. Being a pious ruler, and wishing to smite the Pope, I call on him to call another church council to deal with the Papacy's perceived worldliness. Such a call will not ingrain me Pope Nicolaus V, but standing up to the Pope gives its own rewards if the hand isn't over played.
Perhaps the Pope listens after all. It is rare to see a competant Bishop selected in these days.
The rest of the year passes without much fuss. Burgandy offers me an alliance, but seeing as its jutting against the Empire with some cores on the border province and has been at war with Styria (the current Emperor) I don't think I'll grab that branch. It also seems that Styria has now become the defacto leader of the Electors. My vote still stands for Hesse, but its support has collapsed with a strong majority now for Styria. Meanwhile I've begun moves to annex my lone vassal - Silesia - but this should take a few years to come to fruition.
In Swedish News - The war between Sweden and Denmark-Norway continues this year with no end in sight. A Swedish movement into Norway has successfully captured Hamar, but little else has been accomplished on either side.
1456 to 1458: No More Rebels
Much of the year is devoid of news - it seems our clashes with the lower classes have forced them into obedience for at least awhile. News reaches us early in the year that Styria has successfully managed to form Austria and continues to have the dominating lead in support for the role of Emperor. Otherwise we manage to get an alliance with the small state of Anhalt, along with a marriage with their royal family - it may be worthwhile to look to vassalize the state if possible.
It is August before our conflict with the Papacy begins again when news reaches me that the Bishop of Moravia isn't exactly working out. Seems the recent problems may have caused him to move out of the region, content to take his pay without bothering to tend to the souls of his flock. We send a stern response to Pope Nicolaus V, it won't endear us but King CSL I cares to the immortal souls of his population - let no man impeach his good name on this matter.
This is the last interesting news that reaches the court for more than a year. In that time we send out a few merchants, looking to expand our trade in Danzig and we do so to some extend. It is only in December of 1457 that news reaches us from the Duke of Burgandy.
With pressure from the Pope and looking to expand this prestige of his Order of the Golden Fleece he has placed an open call to the lords of Christendom to launch a new crusade against the Saracens and Turks to liberate the Holy Lands once more. For such a pious ruler such as myself the idea holds some merit - what could give more glory to Bohemia than to lead an expedition to retake Jerusalem? However, I decline - the resources such an expedition would nearly bankrupt my nation, and besides we have heresy at home to conquer. Pope Nicolaus V will be displeased, but so be it.
We are not, however, on the whole against the Catholic religion - only against its decedance. I am a great opponent of the heresy that had previously been spread by Jan Hus, and as such in May of 1458 invite the Dominican Order to establish a monastary in Prag. Should funds be appropriate in the next few years we can look to begin an outright conversion attempt.
The rest of 1458 goes by without much incident - we manage to pay back our 90 ducat loan taking in our last time of troubles. Our finances are now in pretty good shape. Overall I've managed to place ten merchants throughout the eastern portion of the continent - at Venice, Constaninople, Lubeck, Danzig, and Stockholm. We hope to expand on this to some degree, but I'm fairly certain I may at best hover around ten to fifteen merchants placed at any one time.
Elsewhere on the continent several wars have popped up. Burgandy for one has managed to defeat and annex the Bishopric of Liege - a fact that has not gone well with the Emperor in Austria. He, however, is unable to do anything about the annexation as he is current being routed by Lower Austria which has launched what looks to be a very successful war against the Emperor. Sweden has also managed to secure its independence, now having a truce with Denmark and Norway without any trade of territory.
1459/60: The Golden Age of CSL I
Another year begins, but this time brings with it great news - our vassal Silesia has agreed to our request for a peaceful annexation. The Duke of Silesia has been swayed by our promises to keep his family in a valuable position in the region and give him a spot in the royal court. Silesia will now be regarded as a province of Bohemia, but we know not how the Emperor will view this annexation. We do have an immediate problem, a loss of one point of stability, but this is to be expected when integrating a previously independent state into ours.
We now also have a long border with Poland and I wish to cultivate good relations with their King, Kazimierz IV. We offer, and they accept, a royal marriage to link our two nations together. 1459 thereafter proceeds in peace.
As soon as we receive the next years census tax we send a missionary to Sudety - it is time to convert the population fully to Catholicism, lest the population return to its heresy. Each year the missionaries continue in the province we have roughly a 25% chance to succeed with a monthly maintenance of 0.1 ducats.
Shortly thereafter a Jewish congregation from the recently annexted Silesia arrive in my court wishing to know what my policy on the ghetto in Breslau will be. I am not inclinded to be magnanimous to them at this time - the revolt risk in the region is already high without the possibility of another anti-Judaic mod. Reluctantly I am forced to turn them away.
Several months later in October of 1460 another group arrives in my court - this time the artisans of Bohemia looking to me to repeal some of the taxes which have hurt their trade. Since I have attempted to foster trade as much as possible under my rule I decide to agree with their arguements, thereby shifting my sliders towards free subjects by one.
1461/2: King CSL Is Dead, Long Live King Sarkus!
As 1461 began CSL I entered his tenth year of rulership over Bohemia. It had, on the whole been a good reign so far. Work had been done to combat the heresy of Jan Hus, especially in Sudety. The Duchy of Silesia has been incorporated into Bohemia as an integrated province, and the revolts of the middle part of his reign were easily, if not rapidly, put down. Unfortunately his reign was cut short, death claiming this good monarch during the summer of 1461.
The new king, the second monarch of the Quartinian dynasty is Sarkus I. The new king is a decent ruler, but compared to his predecessor is somewhat inferior - however, he has been left in an enviable position by his wise father.
Soon after taking the throne a delegation from neighbouring Bavaria, our long standing ally, makes its way to Prag to pay tribute to CSL I and assure the new king of their continued good faith and wish to continue the beneficial alliance that has cemented our relationship. In response to their considerate diplomacy we send a state gift of ten ducats to Duke Ferninand Maria I - reputedly one of the best military minds in all the Empire.
By September disaffected nobles in Silesia, now devoid of the ear of their former Duke have begun to agitate and eventually begin to rebel against the new ruler. Their army is stronger than any we have seen on Bohemian soil in a long while - more than ten thousand men, with a large establishment of cavalry. Sarkus, not the best general approaches the situation without much haste. Instead of attacking the rebels immediately he decides to recruit two new regiments of cavalry to bring us within more or less parity with the rebels while attrition does its work on the enemy.
While we build up our forces the most odd news also reaches us - it seems The Palatinate has openly insulted our new king. While we consider taking open offence to the behavior we act graciously, we cannot be getting into conflict with a fellow elector afterall - a move which ingratiates us with many of our neighbours, including Hungary which manages to get us about 150 relations with them, thereby solving our mission and raising our stability to +3. Our next mission is to do the same with Austria, which we get close to as 1462 begins by way of a royal marriage.
The siege of Breslau continues throughout the winter until March when our royal army is assembled at Prag and then advances - defeating the enemy around Breslau and then defeating them as they attempt to move south out of Silesia. Not a single one escapes from the wrath of King Sarkus.
Sarkus also changes the political tone of the state at the same time. Emperor Friedrich is by now nearly a laughing stock in the Empire - having had his country overrun twice by Ladislaus Postumus, King of Hungary and Duke of Lower Austria. By now the electors have decided to pull their support largely from Austria towards either Brandenburg or The Palatinate to which I throw my support to the latter late in 1462 and cement with a royal marriage.
Allied With: Anhalt, Bavaria, and Hesse
Royal Marriages With: Anhalt, Austria, and The Palatinate
10-12-2008, 04:16 AM
Cool, good read, keep it up. Would love go see more AAR's. They do deserve a site of their own I still think.
10-12-2008, 05:11 PM
10-12-2008, 05:17 PM
How does the numbers you cite for Sarkus I correlate with stars? I see CSL I had 5* admin, 3 diplomacy, 2 military. Sarkus has 6, 5, 3, but that's of some other indicator, I think.
The star ratings don't exactly match up - CSL I had an 8 administrative. Each monarch on their screen is rated out of five stars, 8 I guess is five stars.
I love AARs, especially when they're:
1) Ridiculous, like the HoI2 one that had Hungary conquer the world. When Nazi Germany consists of the USSR and the Germany proper consists of "West Germany", you know something is up.
2) Pithy. I'm not a big one for dialog in AARs, so when people make the Pope a character, I not off.
I heartily approve of this AAR.
1463/4: Pograms and Dead Popes
Bohemia and her diplomatic relations in the Holy Roman Empire, circa 1463
As you can see from the above image the Kingdom of Bohemia has now created a strong position in the Holy Roman Empire. Currently we are allied with Hesse, Anhalt, and Bavaria - though only Bavaria directly borders our great demense. Otherwise we have two royal marriages, to Austria and The Palatinate with the stated goal of improving relations with these two powers to assure good relations with the current and potential future Emperors.
While we have managed to rid our nation of much of the hosility to the Jewish population, mainly by way of expelling them from Breslau - the same cannot be said of our neighbours in Lower Austria where a vast anti-Judaic mob has taken control of Linz and instituted a pogram. I must be wary that such feeling does not spread north. Briefly it seems the rebels will take all of Lower Austria until the arrival of a Hungarian army that forces them back, past Linz, and into Bavaria. I march my army to support my allies, but the fight is over by the time they reach Sudety.
The rest of the year goes out without a hitch - again with us only sending out a few new traders to increase our profits across the continent, especially now that we've begun to expand into western European markets such as at London and Amsterdam. A royal marriage is also concluded with Brunswick during the middle of 1464. It can't be a bad idea to build up relations with some of my better suited neighbours. We also offer to vassalize Anhalt, but the fools reject us. With such neighbours as Saxony and Thuringia they should be happy of my offer to take care of them (and take half their tax income).
During 1464 our new King also sees the threat posed by several of our neighbours, most notably Brandenburg. For more than two years advisors have been spurning me to build up my army to compete in terms of numbers with them and now I invest enough to have fully standing 13,000 troops - just slightly more than the Brandenburgers. The result is another successful mission giving me 5 army tradition.
We have almost 10 army tradition now, the higher it is - gotten from events, ideas, buildings, and winning battles - the better generals I can recruit.
Bitter news from the Papal states reaches me as 1464 comes to a close, Pope Nicolaus V is dead and the College of Cardinal is engaged in fierce deliberation as to who shall be the next Pope. We shall watch these events with a close eye.
Pope Nicolaus V is dead
Closer to home the Emperor is now thoroughly discredited and the prestige of his office surely at its lowest ebb. Having concluded a peace with his enemies only a year or two previously Austria is once again almost fully occupied by foreign troops of a vast German coalition led by Ladislaus Postumus of Lower Austria and Hungary. The King ponders intervening in the war on either side, but until a summons comes from the Emperor himself I will take no part in this.
Diplomatic News: France has annexed the County of Foix early in 1463, increasing the prestige of the French crown - but worrying anyone near that nation. France will not be triffling with easily and now has a direct land route to Castille.
1465/6: Another Dead Monarch
Early in the new year our messengers return from Rome - the Papal Conclave has elected Pius II to the supreme office in Christendom. Reports indicate that he is a much better candidate then his predeccessor, some claiming him to be a diplomatic mastermind - though rumored to be under the sway of the English. Since our relations with the English are almost non-existant we take little note of this fact.
Unfortunately by the end of April Pius II was dead. Kicked the bucket with nary an interesting fact to reach Bohemia. We mourn his passing, I guess. Again we send an observor to Rome to follow the election. He returns by July of 1465 with news that Pope Urbanus VII has been elected.
In other news we again offer to Anhalt after the election of its new Duke, George II, to take his country under our wing - but they reject us again. We quickly forget this event though, for King Sarkus has now decided upon his most pivotal foreign policy decision - the war between the Emperor and Ladislaus Postumus. It has been ongoing for years now and seems unstoppable, with the Emperor unwilling to admit defeat and Postumus unwilling to take anything else. The Kingdom of Bohemia and her allies - generally just Bavaria - could tip this war in favour of the Emperor, perhaps with good results. As a result he sends a top diplomat to Hungary with a public insult addressed to King Ladislaus asking what dishonor it takes to wage war against ones duly elected sovereign lord. Where this will take us we do not know.
Rather quickly we decide against outright war - at least for the moment. Instead we send several spies to Presburg with the intention of fabricating a claim to the province. It's Slovak population would be much better taken care of under a Bohemian demense. It will take several years for these claims to emerge, however. We also notice thereafter that the Emperor had managed to conduct a peace treaty with King Ladislaus, its principle element being a minor payment of ducats.
1466 also sees the first deputation of traders to see King Sarkus. They ask for a relaxation of trade rules so that they might gain some of the advantages that their northern counterparts in the Hanseatic League enjoy. Sarkus ponders the issue at depth for some time, knowing that he predecessor was a firm proponent of a moral economy geared towards helping Bohemia as a whole. To accept the proposal would also gravely disbalance our trade relations at the current time and potential distabilize the government to some extent. Reluctantly he informs the merchants that they will just have to live with the reforms of his predecessor. The result is to be a slow decline of Bohemian trading might for perhaps a decade or so.
King Sarkus also takes time to recruit two new advisors for his council.
They are Clemens Blattl, a renowned former mercenary captain and wise leader of men who shall do much to increase the morale of our fighting men. Additionally a pious missionary by the name of Anselm Franz Heidelberger has been taken into the King's trust, Sarkus being a firm proponent in crushing the heresy that continues to plague the nation in some quarters.
However, by now something seemed to be not quite right with King Sarkus with a decline in health coming over the summer of 1466 despite the best doctors in Prag. Word was even sent to Austria for their best to come to the aid of Sarkus, but to no avail. Our King was to die on the 16th of September. His reign was brief, a mere five years and was largely fruitless. His attempt to vassalize Anhalt was a failure and while he managed to inaugerate great relations with the Emperor he ultimately failed to show a steady nerve in dealing with the Hungarians and King Ladislaus Postumus, prefering instead to work in the shadows. To his descendents he shall be known as Sarkus the Feeble.
Replacing Sarkus I is his brother, Peter Frazier I a strong vigorous administrator who is also adept at diplomacy. We shall hope for his success and long reign. By the end of the year his reign is undisputed, with no pretenders making attempts to claim the throne as their own.
10-13-2008, 02:18 AM
Wow, Peter Frazier I is way better than Sarkus I. I'm glad Böhmen is free of that pile on the throne!
1467 to 1470
Peter Frazier begins the year by sending out proposals for new royal marriages with Bavaria, Austria, and Hesse to strengthen ties with our traditional allies. Furthmore, in public homage to Duke Friedrich V, our current Holy Roman Emperor he changes our elector vote from The Palatinate to Austria. Peter Frazier finds this diplomatic movement erased only months later with the death of Friedrich V and the election of Margrave Friedrich II of Brandenburg to the Emperorship. He himself rapidly dies and is replaced by Georg Albrecht I for Brandenburg. Clearly it is not the best time to try and gain that particular honour.
On the whole though the new King is surprised by one thing - how boring these few years are. Nearly nothing is happening either domestically, or in the near international community. He contents himself to work towards stamping out the Hussites in Prag with nothing else to do.
It's only in late 1469 that news of any important sort reaches the King in Prag - it seems the clergy in Opole is openly critisizing Peter Frazier for being soft of heretics and other such religious talk. We will not stand that kind of slander. The secular authorities order several of the clergy arrested and tortured, rapidly leading to a rebellion led by the clergy in Silesia. This crude attempt at forcing Peter Frazier from the throne is rapidly taken to task, as we destroy a three thousand strong clergy led zealot army without much fuss. A small detachment of infantry is assigned to occupy the region, but the King returns thereafter to Prag.
Soon thereafter Emperor Georg Albrecht I proposes the establishment of an Imperial Reich Court at Nassau. As an elector he puts the issue to myself and the others in charge of selecting the Emperor and we agree with Georg Albrecht that the idea has merit - it may give us a valuable tool to bypass his authority in the future.
Almost a month passes before we hear word from Regensburg on where or not the idea of a Reich Court will pass muster from the electors and other members of the Empire - at first glance the chances seem to be good. Negotiations continue into 1470.
10-13-2008, 12:57 PM
I must say, all those reaction windows seem incredibly vague as to what you're choosing between.
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