It's the year 1750 AD, and the Most Illustrious Great General and Overall Quite an Awesome Guy Murska takes over the reigns of the Almighty, Epic and Positively Radically Gnarly Viking Empire.
Did I mention that they dragged me here from the middle of an assault on Ainu, which is basically a glorified fishing village who thinks it's bigger than it is due to having found a source of iron nearby. It's probably the most backwatery barbarian city that one can find from the rugged edges of civilization. And it's being defended by longbowmen. I remember the time when longbows were the pinnacle of military technology...
Regardless, the bombardment by cannons and lines of unrelenting riflemen assailed and whittled the defenders to almost nothing on the first wave. The second one, which I was dragged away from, will undoubtedly crush them to fine paste, which we'll spread to the fields and see what happens. Apparently that's how most of the great inventions of the world have come to be.
The colony of Oslo creates a harbour. They told me it'd take over a hundred years to create at first, but I gave them some gold and then they suddenly noticed that, by cutting out some paperwork, the job could be done in a bit over a year instead. Bah, I now see how they got Berserkers from Bureaucracy.
Okay. First off, let's take a look at the foreign policy. To start, our servants, the Koreans. With their funky hats.
I take a heavier hand in dictating how world events should proceed. First off, the Koreans have a lot to give us they aren't, already. And they pay... suckers.
Apparently Koreans have no use for gold. We'll have to investigate the matter further... maybe they're hiding some from us...
We cancel Open Borders with Hammurabi, who has, unsuprisingly, a silly hat. Then we force every single nation on the globe to give us gold as tribute. For some unfathomable reason we cannot start a war with the Japanese until YEARS from now. It's some trick of the Gods, I'd assume. We'll just wait, and prepare. The galleons filled with troops are sent to reinforce our army in Osaka.
It seems our financial policy has paid off somewhat. We're at 80% tech spending, which is suboptimal but reasonably okay, and taking in gold every turn. We also have a reasonably sizable stockpile of gold for use in upgrading units. I set to it immediately, modernizing parts of the army and bringing veteran elements of the army the most high-tech up-to-date equipment our coffers can support. Then I load them on galleons and ship to probable death.
Hmpf. Some scientists sent me a supposedly 'informative' message about some new experiments they've done and called me to check it out.
Some idiot thought it would be a funny prank to zap me with lightning as I touched the doorhandle. I had the guy beheaded. The others, suddenly acting somewhat more serious, gave me a summary... apparently they've figured out 'electricity', which is a way to transmit power easily over large distances. Also, it looks like lightning and if powerful enough it'll burn enemies into ashes. I told them to work on creating me a death ray and not bother me until it's done.
Next, just as I was relaxedly watching the executioner preparing for the scientist beheading, I got another message. Some locals had apparently found a way to get higher yield from black pearl fishing, or whatever. Why do they need to tell these things to me? Take everything from them with taxes and bring me some more beer.
The rest of the day went settling military affairs. At least the army wasn't as much of a mess as usual, although it was still too small.
1755 AD. The army near Ainu finally sends a message that they've conquered the city. About time...
The citizens of multiple cities are attempting to convince me to let them join other empires. I have no idea why... after all, life in ours is comparatively far better. But the final straw was when OSLO, a 100% VIKING city on another CONTINENT, asked to join Korea! What in the name of Murska is wrong with you people?
The preparations continue on multiple fronts on the main continent in the following years. The army of the Vikings gathers in two focal points, the northern border of the Dutch and the eastern border of the Babylonians. Funny hat fashions would be weeded out, by force if necessary.
The leaders of the enemy nations are noticing this 'military buildup' near their borders, and are growing wary of us. The strike will have to be launched soon...
The Japanese front was having some trouble.
More revolts in Osaka. We'll have to crush their spirits once and for all by annihilating their pitiful nation whose so-called 'culture' is influencing the morale of the citizenry. But we cannot start the war yet. So, buildup...
I have a hunch about these green glowy bits of stone I see around... We'll need them soon enough. Now, oddly enough even though we control most of the known world, we have only two spots of it within our borders and neither are ready for mining yet.
The navy of the Vikings is ready to support the assault on the Babylonian core cities with devastating blitzkrieg strikes on core frontier cities.
I took a look at some pictures one 'Leonardo'-dude had doodled on his way-too-much free time some years earlier... One thing caught my attention. I dubbed it the 'helicopter'. I predict there'll be a time when our proud veteran cavalry are supplanted by these machines. And then, we'll be in trouble. Because they're GODDARN USELESS.(Seriously. I hate it when I have to upgrade my Cavalry to some friggen helicopters which never seem to be of ANY use whatsoever.)
The cavalry regiments from the Dutch border move on towards the Babylonian one to prepare for the upcoming assault.
For some reason, the denizens of this village in the middle of absolutely freaking nowhere decided that I'd be happy with a gift of some random losers waving around wooden sticks. Must be LARPers or something.
Soon afterwards, Corporations started taking over businesses. We had developed Fission earlier, but now these guys were using Fusion already to become bigger and bigger, while hogging up all the minor firms and then selling us sucky quality for four times the cost. As usual.
Luckily, we still have slavery, so if a corporation's boss gets too uppity...
On the year 1800 AD, I was just brough to a factory, where the first assembly lines started working and churning out stores of new, better, standardized and more powerful Infantry rifles. The elite riflemen around the empire are given a few as prizes, while more start being made to upgrade whole regiments with.
And finally, on the year 1802 AD, the war against Hammurabi starts.
The first successes for the Viking war machine came from a devastating cavalry assault on the city of Shushan, conquering it before it's defenders had a chance to react.
The cavalry has smashed into the Babylonians like a hot knife to butter. All around his empire, our forces are crossing the border, forcing him to divide his own army. Our siege weaponry will arrive later to supplement positions around their cities.
The plan called for the isolation and encirclement of the Opis salient, where the main force of the Babylonians was located, by a quick assault from both sides with cavalry followed by infantry to set up defensive positions.
And I think I'll also start a war against the Japanese. Maybe I'll capture a city or two. The army in Kyoto is a bit too large for us to assault, though. At least in a siege.
The feared Amphibious Riflemen captured Tokyo on the Japanese front with a lightning assault right after the declaration of war.
The Babylonians reacted by attempting to retake Shushan. They had underestimated the light carbine rifles the Cavalry carried, and their whole attack force, while inflicting some casualties to the Cavalry, fell into the river under the withering hail of riflefire.
The Samurai were formidable warriors, but they couldn't withstand the superior technological advantage of the Vikings. They futilely charged the retreating Cavalry who had a fun day at target practice.
The city of Opis, the last bastion of resistance in the Opis Salient, was proving to be a tough nut to crack. Repeated airship bombardments not only helped breach it's defenses, but also brought to the attention of the Vikings the need for stronger aerial units.
The first Infantry Regiments of the Vikings marched into battle to break the Opis Salient once and for all.
With the exception of some losses in our Cavalry units sent into the middle part of the enemy empire, the war on the Babylonian front is proceeding admirably. With remarkably few losses our superior military has taken out the cohesion and morale of the enemy defense. Soon, our enemies will crumble before us.
The first infantry weapons and... uniforms? Were brought to the Japanese front just in time. The Japanese samurai were preparing for an assault on Osaka with overwhelming numbers...
Ellasar fell to the amphibious assault by the Vikings from the North Sea.
In a battle of the strong honour and personal bravery of the traditional Samurai against the uniform, mindless conformity to tactical placement and the concepts of total war of the Infantry, the Infantry prove victorious.
Meanwhile, the lightning strike tactics of the Vikings have started to really show their strength. The whole of Babylonia is a mess, supply and communication lines are broken and cities are falling. Soldiers are deserting and morale is at an all-time low. Vikings, to them, are capable of striking with deadly weaponry they cannot match out of nowhere and their armies seem to be omnipresent on the battlefield.
With some... creative diplomacy, I even managed to get China to declare war on Japan, hopefully taking their attention away from my landings and allowing me to consolidate my gains. The Japanese front lacks strength to proceed further.
The cavalry units consolidated and gathered in the recently conquered 'Dur Kurigalzu'(No, not making this up.) before heading out for a decisive blow to Babylonian morale - the capital, Babylon.
The largest gathering of cavalry units in one place in known history, smashing like waves upon the walls of Babylon.
Babylon has fallen. Babylonia shall soon follow. Upon the waves, our Galleys mercilessly hunt down their smaller vessels, while on land, nothing is spared from the might of our army.
Meanwhile, on the home front, the citizenry of the Empire have really been taken by this new invention, Flight. Airports are popping up everywhere. Let's just hope it really is safe.
The Viking Waterwalkers, a brigade of Amphibious Riflemen, went island-hopping to take out the Babylonian strongholds there.
Yet again, although this time my reign was short, I have revitalized the army. I shall now go lead it to annihilate the last of the Babylonians.
The sorry state of the Babylonian Empire at the time of another Viking leadership change.
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