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Chose a random nation, Bosnia. Got a gold province, Kosovo. Going to conquer Venice soon.
Just pulled off the slickest move on my entrance into Italy. The Papal States had a peasants war, so rebels ended up beginning sieges in all 3 of their forts and each time I took over when they were about to fall. A good player can fight tough wars, a great player can create easy wars.
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Managed to take this much land in the War of the Pacific in my Chilean start without going over the infamy limit. It wasn't easy. Included is my previous record, which was I think was just my third run as Chile. I grinded this out after like 5 or 6 runs not settling for anything less. Brazil pretty much gave the old record to me, this time though I did it without their direct help.

This was my strategy, I'll do it better and faster sometime:
* fabricate for La Paz then fabricate for Ica - probably should have just added an unjustified wargoal for Ica, maybe could get Brazil to help me if I did that and therefore had lower infamy when trying to call them in.
* minimized spending, only like 25% spending for soldiers
* at the start of the war I went into Argentina and wiped out Bolivias few troops then focused on occupying Peru, separate peaced them. It was quite close, in the end I had 11k troops occupying Lima and Peru had 12k troops next to me. Then Bolivia only had 3k troops I wiped out. My soldiers seemed like they would all die from attrition trying to occupy La Paz's provinces at the end.

Gonna keep this save and try out different types of runs from this point.


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Beefy Chile, 15 brigades, if not for the UK I could take a region from Brazil. Had to let reactionaries take over for state capitalism.


World domination with Transv… sorry South African Union, beating the mother country and allying with Kaiserreich.

With HoI2, Arsenal of Democracy and Darkest Hour, it's just typical Greater Finland -scenario, beating the USSR back behind the Urals after it starts the Winter War and then finishing the job with the Third Reich.

Playing with any of the 'great powers' in those three games, it's just too easy when you know how the ai reacts in certain military situations. Usually it's pretty easy with small nations too, at least the WW2 long scenario.


Looking real beefy


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Where I'm at today. Punching above my weight, conquering Brazilian land even though they have double the population I do. I have all political reforms and plenty of social reforms. Between 3k and 8k immigrants each month.


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Started another run because I realized it was too late to build high level naval bases and build a giant navy to dominate the world with.
The beginning of this run was smooth: virtually no resistance in the War of the Pacific; political reforms passed in the first few years after that; now that I understand the election events, I was able to get reactionary party even though reactionary is not so popular.

Now I've won the Scramble for Africa. Just demanded Botswana in a
colonial crisis with England. I'm allied with the US. I became GP in 1882. I haven't paid so much attention to my factories, probably could manage them better.


Anyone got any fun RPish ideas for EU4? Sort of thematically appropriate or just interesting goals as different countries. Not world conquest or blobby stuff since that's boring.


Form Alaska. Only hold arctic provinces.


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Did you ever played as Portugal? It's super fun, you begin with very good navy tec and secure borders so you can go out exploring while the rest of Europe destroys itself. You're also a very small nation with limited manpower so it's quite fun to maintain your global empire as other nations get their shit together and start to expand beyond the continent. Keeping your navy ahead is key. It's also very thematically appropriate, I mean, it's the history of Portugal in a nutshell.


Naval Russia, perhaps Novgorod
Naval horde, perhaps Korchin
Unusual/impractical colonizers; at the Venetian trade node the only new world trade nodes you can steer to Venice are Mexico, Texas and California; could be interesting to just go for those + Australia and Indonesia. Perhaps Venice, Ottomans, Mamluks.


For newbie vic2 players I recommend playing Sweden

- 80% literacy from the get go, fast research
- Decent starting technology, corporative industrialism
- Can form Scandinavia and has cores on Finland
- Plenty of opportunities for colonisation worldwide
- Liberal chimpout events early game allow you to pass reforms (helthcare is especially important)

- Crappy RGOs
- Low pops
- You have to go toe to toe with Russia if you want to take Finland


I like the Venice idea
Novgorod is pretty hard but sounds fun
Try playing somewhere you wouldn't normally play like the Great Lakes, Congo or as a native
Or just achievement hunt


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Hahaha Ottos aren't even a secondary power. Invading with Egypt and Russia as my allies soon.


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Haven't taken anything from the Ottos yet. I trounced them when Egypt called me into a war but I couldn't add war goals because our side had the status quo war goal. I've been at war with the USA for quite a while, but they're easy enough to kick out when they land. I got Spain in on it to give them pain, but the ai is so dumb they're not attacking this enclave.
Also I think I've figured out how to build more profitable factories, by checking the data in this box (mousing over daily outputs). I suppose I should have built telephone factories as soon as I could cause it seems much more profitable than anything else. I should probably build more factories using coal considering I am exporting so much coal.
I've got 3 oil provinces right now.


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oh yeah the US war is from invading Afghanistan.


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Got my seditious units helping out my ally and taking attrition.


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The state of my empire at 1911. I just took Basra from the Ottomans when a crisis over Mosul->Iraq started a great war they will obviously lose.
I have one of the strongest navies, quite a weak army. My object now is to become a great power before the end of the game.
Some countries I have defeated:
Ottomans - Twice, once to no gain just cause they invaded my ally Egypt. Even in this last war their troops were much stronger, I had to attack with numbers
England - Russia defended my coasts well and I occupied their most populous provinces in India. This was a war to take Kashmir from Punjab.
Austria - They defended the Ottomans just now. They also contained me once early in the game
Qinghai - tons of troops
China - a great power, Russia helped
Japan - A great power, they even landed a ton of troops near Karachi. I was at war with them 2 or 3 times, always keeping enough troops near there to defend.


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Oddly AI Ottos tend to conquer only one or two provinces from Egypt at a time instead of taking all the levant in one fell swoop by 1840ish like how they're supposed to. This causes their prestige to stagnate and they then go from GP to secondary power or even a stardard civilized nation in a matter of two or three decades from the start as they can't catch up with the rest of europe.

You got lucky about how Russia is helping you out. From my experience Russia usually tends to ally and sphere the Ottomans. It's pretty much game over if you're trying an expansionist playthrough with balkan countries like Bulgaria, Serbia or Greece.


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I became GP a few months later just by waiting for the great war to finish. Got the free place in the sun CB on USA so I took colonial Hawaii (midway, wake, palmyra). I had no rubber for tanks or planes so I decided to start over. Also look at this ridiculous Colombia.

Posting about my new game (I played a couple times in between) later, Persia again.


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Really nice start. Got 0 infamy justifying conquest of Panjab. I'm currently justifying conquest of Ethiopia, which somehow is singlehandedly taking Eritrea and Sudan from Egypt right now (Egyptian military score is 1).


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Here's an earlier game where I scrambled for Africa. Doubtful I can do better than this, I neglected industrialisation to build tons of ships and navy bases in this game. In another game I figured out how to industrialise well.


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It was enough for me to westernise. The earliest I've westernised yet. The gap between me and the Ottomans for GP8 is 15 points.

Also, where I stand in total population.


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Actually I will probably colonise more than in >>57946
Already building ironclads. Have a piece of Sokoto to colonise over there right away. I don't have nearly as many port regions as I did then though.


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I decided I take a break with a relaxed Tibet game. Pacificist at beginining, no army until recently. I had a nice industry but after getting taken out of England's sphere I can't get anything imported, can't even build any more soldiers or artillery.
Former Chinese substates attacked China, occupied and humiliated Tibet. I then built a nice army, declared independence and have been easily defending against China for about 10 years. I plan on invading Qinghai which has everything my factories need - maybe I should play as them instead.


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Playing as Sweden, getting tons of tech. I've now learned that you can store up to a year's worth of research points, so the year before techs I want I don't research anything.

Need to figure out how to do industry better. Belgium and Bavaria have lower populations and yet better industry scores than me.


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my spheres so far


Where are you planning to colonize?


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A little planning to box in the bulk of Africa.

Potential wars:

1. Sokoto
Pretty much essential. Need one war to take one region, then I can do a second war to annex.

2. Portugal
The most important area to take is Angola. Mozambique can be ignored as long as Portugal is not a great/secondary power. Might not need to take anything if I build a high level port in Oman's territory.

3. Oman
Not really important, except to keep other colonisers from taking their colonies.

4. Ethiopia
Mostly just taking for manpower. I hope to start a war to annex them while they are winning a war with Egypt to take two regions. They become ineligible for annexation with one more region than they have, but if the war is already declared though I can annex the extra regions.


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playing a boring game, no good expansion opportunities rght now. I'll try to make it interesting.


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I was wrong, noticed QaraQ had few troops and AqQ would join me. AqQ separate peaced and lost a lot.


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State of my Imereti->Georgia game, february 1490.


I like that videogame


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Tunis doing well.
Not sure where I'll focus on expanding, Persia, Anatolia, Greece, Ruthenia, Central Asia. Same three allies, might have to turn on Timurids.


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They have such high trust they won't abandon our alliance even though it would really suit them to. don't know why screen is black in screenshot


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update on becoming a great power

included is a heatmap of roughly where I plan to take provinces soon.

got the Rurikovich dynasty, hoping for a union with Muscovy


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current war with chagatai


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When rebels are sieging an enemy's fort, you can attack them and take over the siege when they almost have it, to take forts easily.


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I got a personal union over Muscovy! This is going to be an Imereti->Georgia->Russia game.


year is 1528 btw, experimenting with style.


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Obtaining an offer of knowledge sharing is really fucky when playing wide. You have to have no loans, be in the green after paying 10%, and war reps don't count so you have to be way in the green if you get a ton of war reps. Also had to reload to get offered it.


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Got fucked by the Ottomans, lost about 8 provinces. Anyway, got a Habsburg.


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Was just running the game in observe mode, pretending to be God directing history a bit (made Norway colonize).
Saw that Turks took Vienna so I decided to play earnestly to right this, as Styria. It's taken 23 years to get to this point. I might also become HRE emperor.
Mostly I just had to bide my time, abdicate for a better ruler, ally the commonwealth. I also took Salzburg in a war they called me in (it was painful that my estate agenda giving me claims on east bavaria expired months before getting called into that war), and a province from Hungary during the Ottoman war so the commonwealth wouldn't join Hungary's side.


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My current situation is:
I have 4 electors ready to make me HRE emperor whenever the 30 year old Bavarian emperor dies.
I already have pretty good absolutism.
By mission tree I can get a restoration of union casus belli on Hungary* at any time. *Surrounded by yellow dashed line.

My current main allies are Russia and Bohemia. My plans for the rest of the game are to expand as shown by lines. Bright red is near future, dark red is later on.


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Couldn't get Russia in on this war. But I got lucky cause the Ottomans are all in Arabia probably close to annexing the Mamluks. No resistance.


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so I'm not usually into this type of game. but i was intrigued by the depth of the customization. it seems like you really get to worldbuild your own fantasy, create your own lore, gaming as a storymaking machine. you setup the initial conditions, and the game writes your fantasy novel for you.


They should create an HOI4 sim for the Leaders in actual power IRL, and they could open tabs and see how other nations are doing, what their internal faction balances are. Gaming optimizes everything with most efficiency. To the most easy way to quickly and simply display the geopolitics of the world is in a gamer format.


I'm playing stellaris and I've just hit a glitch that is completely game breaking. It was in the 2420s too. God I hate bugs.


I just can't beat stellaris while playing fanatic xenophobe. It is so much harder than xenophile. Maybe the 2x tradition/tech cost and .5x habitable worlds is making it harder too, IDK, but I like it better that way. I just can't get any subjects. The game comes down to early conquest it seems. Did you come across someone weak you could subjugate in the early game? Congrats, you are guaranteed victory. If you didn't, you will probably lose. I feel cursed. All my neighbors have been hostile, no one wants to do research agreements or defensive pacts, I keep spawning near exterminating hive minds and fallen empires. If I do get a war with someone of comparable strength, by the time I pare them down to conquering size, someone else goes and subjugates them while we're at peace after a war. Federations keep forming and it's incredibly difficult to play by yourself. I'm enjoying the challenge. I'm almost winning this time, I have been fighting a federation basically all game and each time I take a few planets. I got 2nd most pops, but some hivemind next to me is trying to become the crisis and they are OP as fuck so we'll see how this goes .

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