So when EU4 was released I got really excited with that neat CK2->EU4 converter
So I started maybe a dozen games in Crusader Kings 2 trying to build a neat empire to convert into Europa Universalis IV, but as it turns out I'm shit at CK2. Solution? Play easy mode as a merchant republic.
For those unfamiliar with Paradox, Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis IV are grand strategy games, where the player takes control of a country or a dynastic family in a time period and plays through history from a given starting point. The game diverges from history the moment the game stops, and the player has huge liberties as to what they can do. I'll be starting as the Merchant Republic of Venice in the year 823. The tiny, fledgling Republic holds only their home Venice, and is surrounded by powerful kingdoms. The Karlings (The descendants of Charlemagne) control the Kingdoms of Italy and East Francia, while the Remnants of the Roman Empire hold strong in the east. Far to the north, vikings rule Scandinavia, raiding northern shorelines with impunity. The Umayyad dynasty controls much of Iberia, and the Abbasid Caliphate controls the middle-east.
The world is a dangerous place for small independent rulers. The political landscape of this time period is extremely volatile, with empires being born and destroyed in single generations. Can the tiny Republic stake its claim on the world?
yeah kind of
I played somewhere around ~75 years of the game already (the game speeds through each day, around a day a second), and in that time Venice has claimed Croatia and Serbia as their own, as well as bits of of Thrace and southern Italy. The Republic has grown rich from trade, and uses its money to support large mercenary armies which can combat the mighty kingdoms and Empires that surruond her. Now it's just a matter of slowly eating away at her neighbours until I've gotten the world!
Anyway here's a map of the known world, c. 993, from the personal archives of the Venetian Patrician family d'Aquileia.
If you all want, you can claim kingdoms/empires/duchies, and I'll give updates on how they're rising or falling from power, along with my continued conquests.
The Karling States - The heirs of Charlemagne are constantly squabbling over the remains of his empire, and his empire's successor kingdoms are constantly being subsumed into each other. These Kingdoms have Gavelkind succession, which means that everytime their king dies all of kids sons get a chunk of the land.. So every 15 years or so the large kingdoms break up into smaller ones. Currently, they are:
East Francia: the kingdom that would later become the Holy Roman Empire in our timeline is currently the larger of the two Karling States. Their king currently controls not only East Francia (Most of modern-day Germany) but also the Kingdom of West Francia (Northern france - you'd think they'd just merge and call themselves "Francia") and Bavaria.The Umayyad Sultanate: The muslim conquerors of Spain hold on to the Iberian peninsula and show no signs of being weakened.. Recently, the Andalusian State has spread north beyond Iberia, and has taken over the Kingdom of Aquitaine, and now controls most of southern France.
Italy: The smaller (though still very large) of the two, the Kingdom of Italy controls Italy and Lotharingy inia (An area stretching from the Netherlands in the north through eastern France before meeting with Italy in the south.)
Asturias: The remnants of Christian Spain, the Kingdom of Asturias holds on to its possessions in North-Western Spain, in Galicia and Asturias, but shows no signs of making a move against the muslims next door.
England: Recently formed by the Kings of Essex, England stands united against the Norse invasions. Currently they seem to be doing alright, but the vikings have a habit of invading the British isles with impunity..
Scotland: Similarly united, Scotland is around the same size of England, competing with her and the Norsemen for hegemony over Britain
Denmark The most powerful King in the North, the Norse Kingdom of Denmark controls Denmark and Southern Norway. If they continue to meet success in their conquests, they may unite all over Scandinavia under their banner.
Hungary: At the beginning of the game, the Magayr nomads swept into Hungary, and have since set up a kingdom there. In the 75 years of they have not lost any land in their new home.
Byzantium: The remnants of the Roman Empire control much of their heartland, and have held strong against Muslim invasions from the East. They have not fared nearly as well against the Venetian Mercenary armies, and face constant wars against the Republic to claim bits of Imperial land.
The Abbasids: The Muslim Caliphate has lost much of its lands since the start of the game, including North Africa and the Arabian Coastline, but their former united empire now lies divided amongst various petty Emirates. In the east, the Muslim faith lies fractured politically, unlike the powerful Umayyads in the West.
Cumania: A power Pagan Khanate stretching from Crimea to the Aral Sea, Cumania appeasr to be the most powerful player in the East.
Venice (Sora): The Spamish Republic of Venice
Devish (Denmark): Dervishmark
Byzantines (Zed): Byzantine ZedpireAnnexed
Alphakoka (England): Koka's Kingdom of England
[s]Lyvee (Brittany): Lyvee's Petty Kingdom of Bretagne[s]Annexed
Drakel(Cumania): Drakel Khanate
Scotland(Beowulf): Beowulf's Scotland
Elendra (Umayyad): Umayyad Blorbate
Hank(Italy): Hank's ItalyAnnexed
Primez (Asturias): Primez's Kingdom of AsturiasAnnexed
Sporian (Rus): Sporian's Russians