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England, through the Ages, An EU4 AAR

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Welcome to my Paradox AAR/PD! This player diary is an AAR (After-action report) of my adventures as the Kingdom of England in a modded game of Europa Universalis 4. Now I know you readers are probably completely lost, so that's okay, since I plan on doing a gameplay/tutorial AAR when I finish this one completely. I hope that it will explain the game better for you guys. But for now, I'm going to be focusing on this AAR. If you'd like to try out EU4, you can check it out on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/236850/.

Latest update (2/8/2015): Castilian Heart

Table of Contents 

Prologue

Chapter 1: War and Peace

Chapter 2: Turmoil

Chapter 3: Recovery

Chapter 4: New Ideas

Chapter 5: Great Wars

Chapter 6: The World of 1450

Chapter 7: A Few Good Thoraeds

Chapter 8: The Last of Many

Chapter 9: Thoraed Maximus

Chapter 10: A New Dynasty

Chapter 11: The World of 1500

Chapter 12: Civil War

Chapter 13: The Birth of A Nation

Chapter 14: Rule, Britannia!

Chapter 15: Land of Opportunity

Chapter 16: The World of 1550

Chapter 17: Queen Anne's Peace

Chapter 18: Calm Before the Storm

Chapter 19: The Seven Years' War

Chapter 20: The Andalusian Armada

Chapter 21: The World of 1600

Chapter 22: Westward We Go

Chapter 23: Colonialism and Deception

Chapter 24: A Few Good Years

Chapter 25.1: The 23 Year Update, Pt. 1

Chapter 25.2: The 23 Year Update, Pt. 2

Chapter 26: The World of 1650

Chapter 27: No Peace for the British

Chapter 28: Mercantilism

Chapter 29: The Bear and the Lion

Chapter 30: At Century's End

Chapter 31: The World of 1700

Chapter 32: India

Chapter 33: Colonial Wars

Chapter 34: Castilian Heart

Chapter 35: Good Hope

Chapter 36: The World of 1750

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy this AAR/PD! :D

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Prologue 

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In the year 1400, England was a mere regional power in the sea of many greater powers. Although near-dominant in Britain, it is far from a contender in the politics of mainland Europe. 

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The realm is ruled by the military-minded Ealdhun Hvitserk, who can trace his ancestry back to the legendary Viking Halfdan Hvitserk, one of the sons of Ragnar Lodbrok who invaded Britain to avenge their father’s death. 

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England's primary rivals as of yet are located exclusively in the Isles.

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England’s primary rival in the region is the Kingdom of Northumberland, who also shares England’s only northern frontier. 

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Another branch of the Hvitserks rule in the Kingdom of Lotharingia, a state whose very existence is threatened by its geographical location. 

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In Iberia, the post-English Kingdom of Andalusia and the Kingdom of Castile are locked in a fierce rivalry to dominate the peninsula.

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Western Europe is dominated by the states of France, Frisia, and Italy, while Lotharingia and Burgundy are two comparatively minor states with an unfortunate location as a buffer between several great powers. While in Central Europe, the Kings of Germany and Bavaria, not unlike the situation in Iberia, are locked in a seemingly eternal rivalry with each other. 

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Eastern Europe is divided between the Orthodox Ruthenia and Cumania, and the pagan states of Finland and Rus’.

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The Levant region is largely dominated by the Orthodox Byzantine Empire, which was for a short while unified with the Kingdom of Bulgaria under the Croatian Domagojevic dynasty. 

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Knowing the state of turmoil Europe is in, Ealdhun hires only the best of the best for his council, choosing carefully from among his nobility. 

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Ealdhun signs several treaties with Frisia, the first of such being a royal marriage and the second being an alliance. 

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A prominent yet misguided monk preaches a heretical doctrine to the commoners of some minor village, which somehow gains national attention. His burning has left a permanent black stain on the Church, just one in a mighty amount of factors that would later lead to a dangerous schism within the Church…

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Nation may rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom, but can England survive this age of conflict, reformation, and enlightenment?

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outstanding first post in here Aco !

With plenty of screenies.

Each of your screen shots also has some kind of description, which took a lot of time I know

and is a nice touch for the readers.

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Chapter I: War and Peace

Ealdhun decides to send one of his finest diplomats to improve relations with his dynastic cousins in Lotharingia. 

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The first conflict of century in the British Isles erupts as a border incident between Brythoniaid and Scotland sparks into an all out war. 

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Sensing this as an opportunity to invade Northumberland unimpeded, Ealdhun orders for troops to be amassed on the border. 

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He also orders for the navy to begin preparing for war. 

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Knowing that the Northumbrians are currently mobilizing own army in response, Ealdhun gives a very cultured letter stating that England will be on their doorstep within the hour. 

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Ealdhun orders for a special tax to be collected to fund the war. 

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A distinguished noble by the name of Lawrence Bedford is appointed to lead the invasion of Northumberland.

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The first engagement of the war occurs as the Northumbrians attempt to relieve the garrison at Lancaster, which was being besieged by English invaders. 

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The attempt is a miserable failure as the Northumbrians, facing a combined force of England and Frisia, are forced to retreat due to being massively outnumbered. 

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The English forces pursue the fleeing Northumbrians, annihilating them completely at their capital. 

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By this time Northumberland has been totally besieged, their Danish allies unable to support them due to being bottled up by the Frisian fleet. 

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By the time the new year rolls around, the first Northumbrian garrison surrenders, in the province of Derby, followed by Yorkshire. 

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Soon enough every single province of Northumberland has surrendered, leaving negotiating a peace deal the only thing left to do. The border regions of Lancashire and Lincoln are annexed to England, as well as a tribute of 101 ducats being exacted from the Northumbrians.

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Thus the first in a series of many wars for British unification has been concluded. 

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Perhaps impressed by English performance during the war, a well respected drill instructor from Frisia offers his services to the English crown. 

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This man greatly increases the power and respectability of the English army, and one of his apprentices by the name of Offa Cornwallis also offers his services to lead English troops to glory. 

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And thus begins a century of conflict in Europe.

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And while I'm here, I might as well post the update, because I have created quite the backlog of updates that need to be posted now (played to 1438 so far).

Chapter II: Turmoil 

With Northumberland pacified, at least for now, Ealdhun decides to shift his focus to another enemy - The Britons. 

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Later on however he receives grave news: The Scottish have annexed all of Briton Ireland, leaving Brythoniaid as a fraction of its former size, and Scotland ending up becoming a major contender in the contest of Britain. 

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A diplomat from Norway sends a request of assistance from the English in their war against Sweden, even if they were on the verge of total victory against their Swedish enemies.

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Perhaps frustrated by the Norwegians' insolence, Ealdhun completely lashes out in the face of several prominent noblemen and diplomats, destabilizing the realm. 

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Ealdhun sends an expeditionary force of 7,000 to assist the Norwegians in Sweden. 

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Less than a year later, the garrison of the Swedish capital of Stockholm surrenders, leaving Sweden totally defeated. 

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They surrender under very favorable terms for Norway, even severing their alliance with Scotland (leaving the Scots diplomatically isolated)

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An accusation of heresy is made as Ealdhun's court theologian makes very controversial remarks regarding the doctrine of the holy trinity. Ealdhun dismisses these accusations as petty gossip. 

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Finding this to be an opportune time, Ealdhun decides to wage his own war on Brythoniaid; His goal ostensibly being to annex a few minor border forts, but in reality he was seeking to force the submission of the Britons under English lordship, to protect them from any more Scottish bullying. 

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The first engagement of the war occurs as every bit of English manpower is thrown after what was left of the Briton Army.

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A portion of the merchant fleet is conscripted to facilitate the blockade of Briton ports. 

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The Briton capital of Gwynedd falls in November of that year, but their royal court is able to evacuate to the peninsula of Brittany. 

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To pressure the Britons even more, a force of 6,000 men is landed in Brittany. 

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In the midst of the war, an opportunity to greatly increase the morale of the English army is found: A great jousting tournament like no other. 

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However, it is soon after that Lawrence Parker, one of the kingdom's most loyal generals, dies. It is suspected that the Britons are behind this in some way. 

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These rumors only work to improve the English will to fight, and soon after Glamorgan falls after a long and slow siege. 

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With Glamorgan having fallen, England can now use its free troops, commanded by Offa Cornwallis, to reinforce the invasion of Brittany.

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It seems, however, that not all is going well. King Ealdhun suddenly decides to kick the bucket after a severe case of sudden Pneumonia. The entire nation is in mourning over his loss. 

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The reign of good king Thurfirth is ushered in on a good note as the garrisons of Armor and Finistere fall soon enough, leaving Brythoniaid pretty much totally defeated.

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The Britons immediately surrender under the following terms: That Brythoniaid will become a vassal of England, will pay a tribute of 38 ducats, and the region of Glamorgan is ceded to England.

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And while England might have lost a great king to disease, Thurfirth is committed to continuing his father's legacy in any way possible. 

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Chapter III: Recovery

The early reign of Thurfirth I is marked by intrigue in the Holy See.

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Thurfirth commissioned only the realm's finest poet to write a glorifying epic about his late father, and while things claimed in this epic may not have been very true, they still sparked a unifying spirit for the English people. 

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Troubling news comes as the realm of France, just across the Channel, was alarmed so much by English expansionism that they decided to form a defensive coalition against the English. It is expected that the deceitful Scots will use this as an opportunity to gain an advantage on the English. 

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In exchange for a large lump sum of church funds, the young monarch had agreed to give 10% of the national tax to the church for the next 20 years.

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Thurfirth turns his attention toward expanding diplomatically, marrying one of his cousins into the royal house of Denmark.

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More troubling news comes as Scotland directly annexes half of Northumberland into their realm, greatly increasing the Scottish power. 

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In response, Thurfirth decides to form his own coalition, this one against the Scottish, in hopes of luring the Northumbrians into the English fold.

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However, this does nothing for the Northumbrians but to decide to join the coalition against England. 

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In a last ditch effort to ease the tension, Thurfirth sends several highly cultured letters to his neighbors attempting to justify his recent actions in Brythoniaid. 

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The rump Northumberland descends into Civil War as King Thurcytel I faces a revolt of nearly all of his most powerful vassals. 

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The time finally comes as Thurfirth is now able to begin integration of his subject the King of Brythoniaid into England. 

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In order to improve relations with his alienated neighbors, Thurfirth hires one of his finest statesmen to explain to France that he means no harm to them. 

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This policy actually ends up working as the Kingdom of Northumberland leaves the coalition shortly after. 

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Arncytel's work produces a good harvest as France, the former leader of the coalition, finally leaves the coalition, with Scotland being the sole member remaining. 

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Thurfirth then begins to pursue a policy of rapprochement with the French, first marrying off a nobleman of his dynasty into their royal family. 

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More fortunes come as Thurfirth's choice of a cabinet happens to be the right choice, benefiting the realm in a big way. 

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Finally, in November 1426, the process of integrating Brythoniaid is finished, and England now rules over England proper and also the Kingdoms of Wales and Brittany. 

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Instead of attempting to subjugate the Northumbrians by outright force, Thurfirth pursues the more diplomatic policy of luring them into English overlordship, starting with an alliance agreement. 

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And that would happen to be the last diplomatic decision Thurfirth would make as King, as he passes away ca. 1427, dying a natural death. His young and able son Balthere Thurfirthsson inherits the throne as Balthere I of England. 

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The ascension of Balthere onto the throne of England will mark a new era for the realm as Europe enters a time of unprecedented advancement. 

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Chapter IV: New Ideas

Realizing that any further attempts at isolating England are futile, the Scottish have decided to finally disband their coalition against us. 

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Balthere begins a project to improve the national infrastructure, first focusing on increasing the nation's influence across European trade.

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If there weren't any hostilities between England and France over Brittany before, there certainly are now. A dispute triggered by a feuding nobles on both sides of the border becomes national, and Anglo-French relations begin to deteriorate at a fast rate.

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Despite this, Balthere remains content in the state of affairs, and even holds a Grand Ball to celebrate the nation's achievements over the last almost half century. 

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Balthere embraces the idea of a national tradition, and from here, the country officially enters a new era. 

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Witan

Because of his inability to decide on which direction to take for the nation, Balthere decides to assemble Witan for the first time in several decades, and let them vote on which idea our nation should embrace first. 

Simmanians, it is time to make your vote! The voting period will last 24 hours by default, but if not enough people vote within this 24 hour period, I will extend it.

Option A: Offensive Ideas

Taking offensive ideas could greatly improve our military power in the future. And if I fulfill the idea group, I will be able to order forced marches for armies, where they will move at 150% speed at the cost of 2 military power per province moved.

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Option B: Diplomatic Ideas

Taking diplomatic ideas could help us on the diplomatic front (as their name suggests). It could help with managing aggressive expansion (thus reducing the chance of huge coalitions being formed against us as you once saw in the past) and developing closer relations with our friendly countries. 

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Option C: Administrative Ideas

Administrative ideas primarily concern the administration of the nation and will help us to juice every last bit of tax revenue from our peasants, burghers, and noblemen alike. They will also improve our production efficiency, which means more goods for us to trade. 

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Post your vote in a reply below.

If you want additional info on these national ideas, visit the Idea Groups page here on the EU4Wiki.

Let the voting begin! 

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Chapter V: Great Wars (1438-1450)

At the advice of the Witan, Balthere chooses to pursue a diplomatic path, adopting the Diplomatic Ideas.

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Balthere fills a vacant position in his Cabinet by hiring a prominent Merchant to manage the navy.

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As part of his diplomatic reform, Balthere hires a new cabinet of the nation's most excellent diplomats, greatly increasing our nation's capability to maintain relations with other realms.

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Just as he hires a new naval advisor, the army reformer Christopher Braddock dies at the age of 68, serving under three monarchs. He will be forever known as one of the nation's most loyal aides.

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Although a replacement is found in the form of a much younger Commandant, his legacy will never be forgotten.

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In 1441, Balthere sends the King of Northumbria, the realm for all intents and purposes a mere rump state, a vassalisation offer. Northumbria accepts.

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Balthere's diplomatic reforms begin to pay off early as a young prodigy who joined the diplomatic Cabinet distinguishes himself, greatly improving England's reputation across Europe.

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With that, Balthere decides to begin fabricating a claim on the neighboring Scottish border province of Cumbria, historically a land that was rightfully English. 

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A new heresy appears in the form of the rejection of the veneration of the Virgin Mary; Balthere is quick to begin eliminating supporters of this heresy, but not without consequences.

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Across the Channel, the rise of England as a major power has not gone unnoticed, as France declares England an enemy.

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Despite this, Balthere still decides it is time to go to war with Scotland, and he declares war on Scotland over Northumbrian claims to the region of Lothian in 1444.

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The first engagement of the war is a naval one, as one of our merchant fleets is pitted against a much smaller merchant fleet of Denmark, ending in victory for our fleet.

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Meanwhile, in Britain, English forces march north to engage a Scottish army stationed in Lothian, ending in a decisive victory for our forces.

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Evidently confused Breton peasants decide to revolt "in the name of the Breton nation" at the worst time possible. It is decided that they are not worth the trouble and will be dealt with following the war.

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The Danish, being totally defeated by the armies of our ally Frisia, sends a surrender offer very favorable to us. We accept.

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The province of Ayrshire is occupied, leaving nearly all of mainland Scotland under our control.

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This prompts the Scottish to surrender under our terms, ceding Yorkshire to us, Lothian to Northumberland, paying a lump sum of 40 ducats, and also agreeing to pay us 10% of their income as war reparation until the truce ends.

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The Danish, knowing what is good for them, approach England for another alliance following the war.

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Needing new friends to counter the French power in Europe, England begins a policy of warming up to the French rival Aquitaine.

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Advancements on the military front have led to the development of the Longbow, a missile weapon used extensively by the English army.

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England gets involved in its first major European conflict as the Kingdom of Andalusia attacks Aquitaine as part of their greater strategy to unify Iberia, engulfing nearly all of Western Europe into war. The attacking alliance consists of Andalusia, Burgundy, France, Italy, and Sicily, while the defending alliance consists of Aquitaine, Bavaria, England, Germany, and Lotharingia.

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Seeing this a great opportunity to prove the effectiveness of the new Longbow formation, every bit of England's army is sent to Brittany to facilitate an invasion of Northern France.

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A French counterattack fails as expected Andalusian support fails to arrive on time. 

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Foolishly thinking that France would be too bottled up in Aquitaine to throw any more armies at the English forces, Balthere decides to begin attempts to capture the region of Neustria from France. However, a combined Franco-Italian force of 35K attack our army, routing it and eventually completely eliminating it in Brittany.

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Upon hearing that his entire army has been destroyed, it is said that Balthere died of complete shock because of the failure that had occured. His son, Thoraed III succeeds him, but not without some stability loss...

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(scoreboard in state of the world)

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