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England, through the Ages, An EU4 AAR

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It is amazing to me Acko, how fast and frequently you churn out these updates !

it just seems like so much content and material.., with how fast your getting these out these days :cool:

I am really at a loss for how you do this , LOL ...

    But I can't say enough how much i appreciate your dedication and hard work for producing such

both a quality and quantity of gaming content here. This has added so much overall to the forums here really.

thanks again, Brian

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Chapter XVI: State of the World (1550)

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Chapter XVII: Queen Anne's Peace (1550-1566)

The colony of St. Vincent becomes a self-sustaining city in 1551, meaning we can focus our colonization efforts elsewhere now, like the fertile lands of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Years of religious strife have caused the German Kingdom to collapse from within, and only the German capital of Bremen and a few exclaves in Swabia remain as part of Germany.

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After a combination of old age and uncurable disease, Thoraed's half-sister, Beorhtsige, dies in 1551, leaving the British throne heirless.

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Not long after, Thoraed V himself dies of very old age. Anne I, of the Frisian royal house of van Utrecht, succeeds to the British throne, the third dynasty to rule the British throne in the last century. 

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One of Anne's first actions as monarch is to abolish the old loyalty-bound feudal system of the past and implement a more modern Administrative Monarchy.

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Anne also sees the beginning of a program to promote settlement in the vast and fertile wilds of America, attracting religious minorities, disgruntled peasants, and adventurous prospectors alike.

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This proves effective as in a matter of mere months the colony of Thoraedstede grows into a full-grown city that lives and breathes on the production of Tobacco.

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Soon after the colony of Annapolis on natural harbor located on the Chesapeake is founded. Tobacco growth also becomes very profitable here.

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Innovations in military technology come as Trunnions allowed for cannons to be more accurate.

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A son is born to Anne in 1562, although his legitimacy as heir is still questioned by many.

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Other than reforming the monarchy, one of the most important events in Queen Anne's reign was the passing of the English Bill of Rights in Witan, the first of its kind.

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In 1564, merchants of the British West India Company founded the colony of Niwe Eoforwic (New York) at the mouth of the Hudson River. This city would prove to become a vital part of the world's trade in the future.

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Advancements in Administrative technology are spread to Britain in 1566, opening up another idea group slot.

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The Witan is called to discuss and vote on three proposals which have gained the most traction.

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Witan

It's that time once again. You guys know the rules, vote will last 24 hours, bla bla :P 

Option A: Economic Ideas

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Last chance for this one. I feel it's been too long :P

Option B: Trade Ideas

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These ideas will help us be more competitive in trade as the name suggests. Being a very naval-oriented country makes trade an important part of our income.

Option C: Defensive Ideas

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Just like Economic Ideas, this is the last chance for this idea group. 

You have more or less 24 hours to vote. Let the voting begin! :D

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Germany split up? Wow, neat. Nice to see England in America and quickly gaing colonies.

I vote for defensive ideas.

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another nice update Acko..

On this occasion i am going to vote for Trade ideas..

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The vote has ended in a tie between Defensive and Trade Ideas. I decided to use my tiebreaking power to turn the vote in favor of Defensive Ideas, which gives them a 2-1 victory.

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Chapter XVIII: Calm Before the Storm (1566-1579)

At the advice of the Witan, Anne takes the Defensive Ideas.

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Forged or real, documents tracing our family back to Augustus are quickly used, increasing Anne's legitimacy.

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Niwe York becomes a fully developed colony in 1569, allowing us to focus our colonization efforts elsewhere, like the island of Trinidad off the coast of South America.

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Advancements in ship design have led to the rise of the Galleass, a ship designed based on the older Galley which implements the use of more sails to allow for a larger ship, thus allowing a broadside of cannons to be mounted on them.

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A private colonial initiative is formed in 1575, colonizing the coast of South America directly adjacent to Trinidad.

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And then, in 1579, Western Europe descends into chaos, as both Andalusia and Lotharingia simultaneously declare their own wars on France, beginning the Seven Years' War.

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One thing is for certain: The impacts of this war, no matter who wins, will impact Europe in a large way.

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Chapter 19: The Seven Years' War (1579-1586)

For Britain, the war begins in the Americas as the Royal Navy is sent on a successful scouting mission, targeting French merchant and patrol ships.

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Joined by the Andalusian Navy, we completely destroy the French Colonial Fleet in the Lesser Antilles.

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In Europe, we land an entire army in French Austrasia, supporting the Lotharingians in their invasion.PNhBOZD.jpg

We join the Lotharingians and Italians against France in the Battle of Nemours, where a combined allied force of ~110K was victorious against a lone French force of ~50K

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The French colony of Floride is captured and destroyed by British forces.

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Shortly after, the French island of Dominica, one of the most profitable colonies in the region, is captured by our colonial forces, and it is made clear that we will not leave this war happy unless it is ceded to us.

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Back to Europe, the province of Champagne surrenders to our armies in 1581, the first of many to fall to our troops.

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Paris is captured shortly after, and while it is not the capital of France, it is still a very important urban center in France.

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We attack a demoralized French army in Nevers, which retreats to Anjou and is annihilated shortly after.

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Poitou surrenders to Andalusia, and Anglo-Lotharingian and Andalusian lines finally meet in that area.

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With France mostly taken care of, we are able to focus our war efforts on Frisia, occupying most of the parts that matter most: Holland and Brabant.

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Shortly after they sign a peace treaty with the Andalusian alliance, France surrenders to Lotharingia, ceding the provinces of Rethel and Barrois to Lotharingia, the island of Dominica to us, and also ceding a few border territories to neutral Burgundy.

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The impacts of this war are far-reaching, as the British dominance over France has led to the rise of a notion of a far-reaching British Empire, an empire on which the sun never sets.

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Colonial expansion in North America has led to the formation of an organized dominion of the various colonies under the auspices of the crown.

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Finally, the war brought yet more advances in ship design, leading to the rise of the 'Galleon', a warship not to be confused with the smaller Galley designs.

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While expansionist France has undergone a sort of 'chastisation' through this war, it is uncertain how long they will be pacified. And a vengeful enemy is the most dangerous type of enemy, as we all know.

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Chapter 20: The Andalusian Armada (1586-1600)

Lessons learned from the Seven Years' War have led to the development of the Maurician infantry formation, a formation developed by Frisian general Maurice of Nassau. It is readily adopted by our army.

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Still reeling from the disaster that was the Seven Years' War, France ends its historical policy of rivalry towards us.

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The colony of Little Venice off the South American coast becomes fully developed in 1586.

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A policy of rapprochement towards Frisia is pursued and an alliance is created once again following the Seven Years' War.

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The greatest veteran of the war, Anglo-French general Arthur de Clifford, dies in 1587 to unknown circumstances.

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Frisia descends into internal chaos in 1589 as various factions, ranging from peasants to nobles are in open revolt against the monarch due to a combination of war weariness and an unpopular ruler.

A colony adjacent to Little Venice is founded, and it is the goal of the crown to expand across all of the Northern South America coast.

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The colony of Philadelphia, located upstream on the Delaware River, is founded in 1593 by a group Reformists who call themselves 'Quakers'.

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In 1594, colonial skirmishes between Castile and Andalusia escalate into an all-out war, and we are called into it by Castile.

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A naval battle in the Lesser Antilles between our navies and the Andalusian navy results in an entire Andalusian fleet going glug-glug.

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However, the Andalusians send the might of their continental fleet at our much smaller colonial fleet, and the colonial fleet is quickly annihilated.

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After this, we decide to attack the Andalusian continental fleet with our greatest fleet on the Coast of Cantabria.

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While initially successful, Andalusian reinforcements had arrived and led to the destruction of a large portion of our fleet, including the entire merchant fleet.

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However, the land war is going much better for us, as the Andalusian army suffers defeat after defeat against our already battle-hardened forces.

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The remainder of our usable fleet is destroyed outside the French island of Couba, making this war the greatest naval defeat in British history.

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However, with the land wars in both Europe and America going poorly for Andalusia, the Andalusians surrender readily, ceding the province of Salamanca to Castile and also returning the Pyrenees region to France, which had just been transferred as a result of the Seven Years' War.

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And thus ends the 16th Century, one of the most important episodes in British and English history.

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another great posting here Acko,

I really like the Naval battles ones, and also there associated statistics, graphics + maps.

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Chapter 21: The World of 1600 (1600)

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Chapter 22: More Colonial Expansion

The pagan Rus', the greatest power in Eastern Europe, becomes a fully modernized nation after a series of successful, yet controversial reforms.

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While we expected our loyal colonies to accept a raise in tariffs, colonial assemblies are formed in both the Thirteen Colonies and the West Indies, ostensibly to help with the management of taxes and bureaucracy. However, it is no secret that these were at least partly formed in response to our raise in tariffs, and are a small step onto the road to colonial independence.

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Queen Anne dies peacefully in her sleep at the ripe old age of 70, leaving Great Britain to her son Georg, who is crowned as Georg I of Great Britain. The Queen is dead, long live the King!

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Georg continues the colonization policy of his predecessors, colonizing more of the Little Venetia region and also founding a colony on the mouth of the River Mississippi named Georgstede.

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Expecting an easy and short war, Georg declares war on the minor Mahican tribe in 1607.

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All went well until Georg had received reports of a much larger Iroquois force that was sent to support the Mahican.

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With the American Colonial Guard destroyed in a rather embarrassing defeat, Georg is forced to send the Army of Great Britain, one of the main European armies, to support the war effort.

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A peasant uprising occured in 1608, though it was quickly crushed by the Army of Ireland.

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After several centuries of evolution, the closest thing to a modern university is developed in the early 17th century, leading to new ideas being endorsed once again by us Britons.

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The Mahican capital of Espachomy is occupied in 1608, although the war is not yet over as we still have to deal with the Huron and Iroquois.

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We face the Iroquois in the Battle of Mohawk, rout them, and promptly destroy their army outside their own capital.

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Following the Iroquois surrender, we handily occupied the Huron, and forced several concessions out of them, also annexing the Mahican tribe.

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Rule, Britannia! 

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Nice victories in America. The colonies are expanding nicely. Things are going well for King George.

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Acko

These amazing England updates continue to roll on..

I really enjoyed this one also because it had an "air" of military aspects about it.

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Chapter 23: Colonialism and Deception (1610-1620)

In a historic show of royal prerogative, Georg opts to circumvent the Witan and choose the next national idea himself, much to the grumbling of the Witan.

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Important news arrives from France as it is learned that King Charles VIII has converted to the Reformed faith, leaving Lotharingia the only predominantly French-speaking Catholic nation left.

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The printing press has allowed young military thinkers to have their voice heard, causing a wave of military innovation across the nation.

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Once a drink found almost exclusive to the Arab world, Coffee has experienced a boom in Europe due to the European exploration of the world and bypass of Arab trade routes.

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An envoy from Ming China arrives with great maps of the Asian region, leading to all of Asia becoming known by us.

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More colonial conquest is waged as in 1613, Georg mobilizes colonial militias against the Susquehannock tribe after supposed raids on British territory.

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Georg also begins expansion into territory upstream on the Mississippi River, wanting to control the lucrative fur trade of the Missouri region.

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Advances in Espionage tactics lead to the adoption of the rumormongering tactic by British spies, which enables us to use petty rumors against our enemies.

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We refuse a call to arms from the Castilians in their war against Andalusia, not wanting our navy to be completely destroyed again.

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Tropical wood is harvested in our colony in Little Venetia, a rare and lucrative type of wood.

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Meanwhile, the Thirteen Colonies begin waging their own wars against their native american neighbors, declaring war on the Iroquois Confederation in 1617.

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We advance in Defensive Ideas, adopting the idea of 'Battlefield Commissions', allowing us to slow down the current decay of army tradition. The Sick and Hurt Board is also established, increasing the durability of our ships.

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And finally, the great King Georg I dies of a bad cough in 1619, leaving his son William to the British throne, crowned as William IV of Great Britain.

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A new king already? William didn't last very long.

William IV is the new king, the bottom notification is his heir.

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Acko, thanks for your continued great postings with this game.

Also the game looks like a lot of fun and has many elements to keep

gamers occupied.

brian

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Chapter 24: A Few Good Years (1620-1627)

The colony of Coro in Little Venetia becomes fully developed, connecting the Eastern and Western parts of Little Venetia together.

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A prominent merchant dies in 1620, and his assets are seized by the state and put to good use.

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Possibly sparked by the religious division in France, several internal conflicts rock the nation.

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An agent attempting to forge a claim on the French region of Austrasia is caught, causing a major diplomatic incident between us.

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William continues the British conquest of the Mississippi River valley, declaring war on the Osage tribe in northern 'Georgia'.

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Cabinet dynamism, caused by a good combination of cabinet members, grants us a moderate tax boost.

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An outbreak of Sweating Sickness occurs throughout London, and William, who is more than happy to spend the national treasury, spends a countless number of ducats to stop this outbreak.

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Pioneers from our own country return from America with new maps of the interior, with only some mountainous regions in the East still undiscovered.

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The Internal conflicts in France roll over almost as fast as they began.

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As part of the truce between the Iroquois and the Thirteen Colonies, the tribes that were recently conquered by us were released as sovereign nations. Not wanting to lose any influence in North America, we opt to establish these newly liberated christianized tribes as Protectorates, hoping to annex them in the near future.

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Castile, not willing to get over our supposed 'betrayal' of them become hostile to us, and we become one of their rivals.

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We respond in kind, setting a policy of rivalry against the much weaker state.

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The colonial nation of Missouri is established from the British colonies in the Mississippi River valley and surrounding areas.

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The Carbine, a shorter form of the musket, was developed in 1626.

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News from Japan arrives of the fall of the Shogunate and the establishment of a modern government in the fellow island nation.

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In 1627, we are called once again by Lotharingia into a war against France, which we glady accept, hoping to get some territory in Austrasia out of it.

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Acko, your amazing posting content output with this game rolls on !!

I still love those map updates which show the advancement of occupied territories over time.

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Chapter 25.1: The 23 Year Update, Pt. 1 (1627-1639)

British and French merchant fleets meet at the entrance to the English Channel, in the Battle of Land's End. 4 of the 9 French trade ships are sank, one of them captured by our fleet.

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In North America, we send the American Colonial Guard to assist the militias of the Thirteen Colonies in an invasion of French North America.

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Meanwhile, in Europe, the Army of Great Britain is sent to land in Neustria (which is known by the name "Normandy" by us), beginning the British invasion of France.

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Our main battle fleet is sent on a mission to patrol the waters of the English Channel and the western coast of France, cutting off the French from their colonies.

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The French make some diplomatic advances as the Burgundians enter an alliance with them, although it is not expected that Burgundy will join this war.

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A second British landing in France, this time in Aquitaine is made, but not without some (futile) resistance.

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The Army of Ireland, joined by an allied force of ~95K (ultimately totalling around 117K British, Lotharingian, Italian, and Danish regulars) troops attacks a lone French army of ~20K troops in the interior regions of Aquitaine, and this battle turned out about how you'd might expect it would.

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The remaining French troops that were routed in the aftermath of this crushing defeat were pursued and annihilated in Gascogne.

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Some time before or after the battle Caux falls after an unusually short siege, the first French province to fall to us.

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A traitorous philosopher openly calling for peace with the French and for concessions to be made to them is found and imprisoned, an action that was not popular among our nation's common folk.

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Additional efforts on the espionage front are made against France as we begin attempts at sabotaging their reputation and influencing the world's opinion of France.

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Alencon falls as Christmas rolls around, in December of 1628.

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We join our Italian allies in their battle against a token French force that was raised quickly, probably not much more than a bunch of mercenaries.

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Troublesome news comes in mid-1629 as it is learned our Italian allies are fighting a two front war themselves after being involved in a second war with Bavaria.

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The fort at Bayeux in Neustria falls in 1629, after a lengthy siege that lasted more than two years.

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In America, we send a small regiment of 4,000 regulars to invade the French island of Couba, landing in the city of La Havane.

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King Willem III of Frisia dies in November of 1630, who was one of William's closest friends.

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In more matters unrelated to the war, the Castilian colony of Florida expands further westward along the Gulf Coast, finally meeting our Missourian colonies at Mobile.

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A grand delegation from the Iroquois league makes quite the spectacle at our court, attempting to establish an alliance with us. While tempting, the offer is rejected for the simple fact that the Iroquois are right in our colonial ambitions.

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Back to the war, the French province of Maine falls to us in October 1631.

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We continue to attack the smaller token French forces, in hopes that they will never be able to field a large army again, at least for this war.

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La Havane falls in 1632, leaving most of French Couba under our control.

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What is left of the French fleet is forced to leave port after Poitou is captured by our allies, and is promptly destroyed in the Battle of Quiberon Bay.

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And soon after, the war is ended as Lotharingia makes peace with the war leader, Hesse, who cedes even more German speaking territory to Lotharingia. The cession of the French province of Champagne is also negotiated in the peace treaty.

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Corruption becomes an increasing problem in the years following the war, leading to rising inflation.

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We confirm our control of the Colonial trade after the colonies are found trading with several of our rival nations. While increasing our trade income in the long run, it has also further embittered our American colonies toward us.

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Our colonial nation in the West Indies declares their own war on the Andalusian West Indies, and while not immediately involving us in yet another war, the possibility is still there that if either of us intervenes, the war will escalate into a full-blown European conflict...

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Knowing of this possibility, William drafts plans to expand the British War Fleet to at least 20 heavy ships by 1640, coinciding with the invention of the Wargalleon.

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These plans are completed as in 1635 the Wargalleon named 'Thoraed IV' is commissioned.

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One possibility that has been opened up by the discovery of Asia has been the conquest (or at least dominance) of India and its lucrative spice and opium trade. William sees this as a potential goal for the future of British Colonialism.

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The formerly pagan state of Rus' has Christianized with its population, becoming a Catholic state to Kiev's Orthodoxy. Seeing a potential strong ally, we marry into the royal family of Rus'.

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A variation of the Gustavian infantry formation, developed by a prominent Dano-Swedish nobleman by the name of 'Gustav' is adopted in 1636.

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Upon learning that reactionary forces have defeated the Susquehannock regulars and threatened to expel our advisors from the tribe, we immediately intervene, sending the American Colonial Guard to take care of these rebel scum.

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As that is taken care of, all is well except for a slight problem...

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...Yep. The colonial conflict in the West Indies has officially developed into a full-blown war as the Andalusians intervene on behalf of their colonies. Now we are in an official state of war with Andalusia.

We call our only willing allies into the war, Lotharingia and Frisia.

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A map of the British diplomatic situation at the beginning of the Anglo-Andalusian War. (Light green = me, dark green = allied in a war, blue = allies, purple = royal marriage red = enemies)

...To be continued in Part 2 of Update 25 :D 

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