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Completed Let's Play Europa Universalis 3: Magna Vinland Ragnarök

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Cassidy, Jun 8, 2013.

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Best choice?

  1. Perkele Perkele Perkele (Finland)

    6 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. To me sons of Sigm... Donar, for the Emperor! (Kleve - Confederation of Nordland)

    1 vote(s)
    3.3%
  3. Expeditions: Now with Vikings (Vinland)

    12 vote(s)
    40.0%
  4. To Remove Kebab or be Removed by Kebab (Armenia)

    6 vote(s)
    20.0%
  5. Remove Anglo-Saxon (Britannia)

    3 vote(s)
    10.0%
  6. The Brazilian Slaughter (Portugal)

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  1. JagreenLern Erudite Patron

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    Epic moral victory. Now it seems Vinland actually has a chance.

    Also, small point, wouldn't Vinland's governing body be called the Althing instead of the Parliament?
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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  4. Cassidy Arcane

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    To crush the Iroquois, eventually. Decisive victories against the horrors will only be possible after Vinland gets that valuable Mass Colonization NI and tons of extra manpower from settling tons of new provinces. For now it will be like Jerusalem versus Byzantine Empire in fun2EU: almost constant wars.

    Yes, but there is no dynamic $PARLIAMENT$ tag that can be changed according to culture/religion, and rewriting more than 10 events for one word would be too much.

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    A short time of peace, and the arrival of other Europeans in the New World.

    Dvorak: New World Symphony - 4th Movement

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    The toll of war was heavy, but Vinland will and must recover, deal with the malcontents and rebuild her commerce power again, for once they have evolved enough for a new phase of colonization, it will be the trade of Norker merchants in Venice, Alexandria and Odinhóll that will finance their rise.

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    Fortunately, recovery was certain, and in time the people were starting to have their lives back on track. The Republic would prosper again.

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    This is no time for political bickering! Actually no time is a good time for that.

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    In the year of 1494, with the support of Castille, the Spanish kingdom long threatened by the encroaching Granadans, an Italian explorer known as Cristopher Columbus retraced Leif Ericson's steps, but much farther to the south of this New World. There he found several islands rich in a strange and exotic tasting plant. While this was a sign eventually Vinland could make even more enemies, for now it was good. Due to its strategic location, good infrastructure and the embargo of all Catholic Iberians against Granada, the Castillans involved in the growing cultivation of this tasty and expensive chocolate have chosen Vinland as their center of trade. But those were only islands. What if the continent ended abruptly down there? Such was something still unknown, for the entire southern hemisphere of this New World was still almost completely uncharted. Considering the worth of such chocolate, the Consul wondered on a bold move to secure that island, and the Castillans wouldn't be able to send a much large force were them Vinland to deploy their soldiers in ships to take over those colonies, lest Granada comes knocking down their door.

    But at the current degree of war exhaustion, such bold move was still unthinkable.

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    I think this image is self-explanatory. Dagonl'nu is like those aliens Alien Crossfire introduced to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. It isn't meant for a human player unless someone wants to try world domination while giving the finger to all the fun stuff crossing the infamy limit ensues, or something crazy like that. Plus they start with two universities Deep Ones' Laboratories.

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    In 1495, while chocolate became the newest trend among everyone who could afford it, and even those who couldn't but saved money to buy some for special occasions, the economy was rising fast and the last great war was being forgotten, while stability reached its apex. Venice once again became full of prosperous Norsker merchants and their successes into high value centers of trade proceeded.

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    The high cost of the last wars have challenged the slightly offensive mindset behind the Army of the Republic. A shift to more defensive and cautious advances by better disciplined troops was slowly happening, but not without dissent and some degree of turmoil among the military elite.

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    The end of the 15th Century likewise was shaping into the twilight of England. Through superior strategy and strong allies, Britannia finally managed to turn the table, and now, for the first time in the history of the Isles the Anglo-Saxons were being conquered by the Celts. Their conquest of Glamorgan was but a hollow victory.

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    In 1498, as it was realized the lack of precise charting of the seas to the south would demand a complicated turn around through stormy and dangerous open seas, Leif Bjelke's ambition of conquering the so called Hispaniola was over, until they could truly dedicate their nation towards exploration of the uncharted waters, and that would still need a few decades of advances.

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    Leif Bjelke's term ended by the turn of the century, and the almost as competent Esben Magnusson won the elections

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    Under extremely dubyous and questionable circumstances. All his rivals accused him of frauding elections and resorting to heavy-handed tactics to win, accusations he simply ignored. Regardless of how he won in the game of demagoguery, he was a great administrator, and that was what truly mattered.

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    During the beginning of the 16th Century, Odin has blessed Vinland with revelation to the minds of the most zealous. It took centuries, but finally, in the very first Norse settlement in the new world, the town of Leifsbúdir founded by Leif Ericson, the majority of the population realized their silent god was so silent because it didn't care about them, and spontaneously tried to have faith in the Norse gods. Even the Norwegian-descent church burners with their faces painted who sing gutturally the Poetic Edda had tears rolling down from their cheeks when this unbelievable change of heart happened in the very birthplace of Viking colonization of the New World. And of course, they sang their loud songs and burned forsaken churches in celebration of the most tr00 and kvlt thing that ever happened in History.

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    Long tired of foreign invaders in their homeland, in the far future, the Celts would respect their land much more, not allowing savage diversity enrichers of inferior and backwards cultures to taint their sacred Celtic soil, differently from a certain degenerate nation that now obviously would be erased from the map before it could bring massive decline to Britannia.

    :incline:

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    Traitors to the country and to the human race caused an enormous ruckus over the growing centralization of the Republic. They were helping the Dagonl'nu, and some clearly were being rewarded to do so. This will not stand! Even all the chaos and badmouth these race traitors spread would be forgotten, for Vinland will stand strong and overcome the difficulties of a power yet to rise.

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    A trend of growing reduction of the more hostile and savage natives was fortunately happening, slowly but surely. Meanwhile, things weren't looking very good to the ever more chaotic and fragmented Nordland, but they still stood defiant against the Holy Roman Empire in spite of territorial losses, and those severely endangered were about to accept the direct rule of the Norse Emperor in Kleve.

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    There would be no mercy to all who threaten the safety of Vinland. Some tribes simply couldn't be reasoned with in any other way than slaughter, even after centuries.

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    Every measure that could improve trade income and enrich Vinland, even if not honorable, was welcome.

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    Then, in April of 1503 the Wyandot were, in the absence of a better word to describe it, gang-raped. Vinland could come to their help, but almost every native country around them attacked their lands simultaneously. They simply had no chance, and the "universal condemnation" was still stinging in war exhaustion. Thus, with great sorrow, Vinland did not answer their call.

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    As the end of the Wyandot draws near, rather than stand united, the military harm the stability of the country with even more DISCUSS! At least this mess allowed for a greater defensive focus, which of course means the forts will hold out longer than before, and considering how likely a war is becoming, a fortifications expert was hired as an advisor.

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    The Wyandot lost Kwedech again, this time to the Iroquois. At least they are humans, if disgusting, race traitors and savage. For Vinland, oblivious to how their struggle with the other tribes went, this was a tragedy. If the Republic of Vinland was aware of how the Wyandot utterly subjugated the Ojibwa, conquering three of their territories, while being on the verge of becoming the rulers of the Lenape through a royal union, they would realize the Wyandot won much more than they lost, even if right now they are in turbulent times of terrible stability. Their surrender of that province to the Iroquois blocked the Dagonl'nu advance into their lands for years, being a defeat that wasn't as tragic as it could have been otherwise, specially as they gained three provinces to make up for the only one they lost, three valuable provinces.

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    The Brazilian Slaughter

    A new World Map was published by all of the "West", which includes Vinland, revealing who was the newest entrant to this greater Age of Discovery. The Sultanate of Granada began to colonize islands in the West of Africa such as Cape Verde and Hernan Ahmed. If there was a larger continent full of riches in the south that could be easily reached through these African islands, the discovery and colonization of its east coast by the Granadans was only a matter of time, for Portugal, for now, has lost the colonial race.

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    Meanwhile, Castille found out what appeared to be the confirmation the New World stretches or includes a continent in the south, and began to colonize such southern lands as the second Europeans to set foot and colonize the New World.

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    When two provinces of Nordland fell to the zealots, a rigorous program of forced conversions drove thousands to flee. Most fled to the surviving territories of Nordland, but some went much farther in their exodus for freedom to worship the gods, in the wealthiest and most opportune of all heathen cities: Odinhóll.

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    The threat loomed again. The good news is that Vinland has grown stronger, their Odinhóll more populated now could support more recruits daily, but the still were outnumbered. Again they had an army of twelve thousand greatswords and two thousand knights ready for the ever inevitable third war against the Dagonl'nu. On the diplomatic front, even if it might end futile because of the distance, they tried to secure alliances with Sweden(their title to Scandinavia ended in nothing as they failed to conquer Denmark), a now completely independent Finland and Lithuania.

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    Lithuania refused, but after some insistence, both Finland and Sweden agreed to help Vinland in their struggle. Even if they don't send many reinforcements overseas, the mighty navies of both countries in particular would be critically important once the Dagonl'nu declare war to prevent total blockade. In spite of Vinland taking a shameful act of abandoning them, the Wyandot still offered an alliance again, and in the hopes so many alliances would dissuade their vile foes from attacking, but already prepared, with cavalry ready to scorch Smaragdur and their army at maximum maintenance, they hoped this time of peace would not be as short-lasted as the signs were showing.

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    Esben Magnusson's term ended, and with the obvious fact they were in the eye of the storm, the voters have chosen a superb general and diplomat to be the next Consul. Aksel Olavsson's excellent abilities will be very important once the foe declares war. He is a great general (3 fire/ 3 shock/ 1 siege/ 3 maneuver) and he may have the necessary diplomatic ability to push for favorable deals once the worst comes.

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    Further centralization was sought, and not all were glad about it, but such discontent was nowhere close to the "universal condemnation" that happened before. And fortunately Vinland has long recovered from all war exhaustion, and was ready for another fight, if necessary.

    As if the word "if" wasn't redundant. It will definitively be necessary.

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    And in 22th of May of 1511, the vile Dagonl'nu and the Iroquois traitors of the human race once again attacked. Honorably, Sweden, Finland and twice honorably, Wyandot swore to help Vinland weather this new storm. And now, there was only one greater strategic objective that hopefully having a fortifications expert as an advisor, superior defensive focus, a quite better if still limited manpower pool and superior land technology ahead of their savage foes would allow, and they would really do their best to attempt achieving such objective that would reduce the difficulty of other wars that will inevitably come:

    SUBJUGATE THE IROQUOIS! MAKE THEM PAY FOR BETRAYING THEIR RACE AND HUMANITY!

    TO BE CONTINUED
     
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  5. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Glorious victory there bro, hard-fought as fuck!

    Damn, the Wyandot are bros :bro:
    Need a pic of a viking and a north-american injun together like bros!

    So you're going to attrition them to hell and swoop in to kill what's left? Seems like a actually good tactic here.

    Yes, it seems clear you got no chance against them while you don't grow.

    When you will be able to give a axing or two to the Castillean-Granadan scum? Fuckers think they know a thing about colonization...
     
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  6. Cassidy Arcane

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    Portugal will definitively conquer the Inca Empire instead considering how behind Castille is getting in naval tech for the minimum requirement in the "Exploration: Golden Empires" decision, and I edited it for AI Portugal to always choose it if they lost the race for Brazil. And even if they don't do it first than Castille, they still have one last chance which they will definitively pick because they will almost always have an edge in naval research compared to the British countries, because if AI Portugal loses the race for both the conquest of Peru and Brazil, they will always pick the decision to colonize burgerland, and you can guess how Portuguese Kwans will be like...

    The way it is going Kwa will most likely either be Portuguese or Welsh in this AAR.

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  7. Corporate_Jew_Master Arcane

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    Tentacle worshipping Kwanzania in Victoria 2...has potential
     
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  8. Cassidy Arcane

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    I searched for "Vinland" in Google Image Search in the hopes of finding more cool images and guess what?

    50 pages of images of strips and crappy fanart of a Manga about Vikings in Vinland.

    :desu:

    :rage:

    That is it! If Vinland reaches the pacific coast soon enough I'll try to conquer Nippon just for the lulz.

    :M

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    Odin demands Iroquois Blood! Týr demands Justice!

    Manowar: Hand of Doom

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    Once they marched triumphantly over Ontario, and then they pursued retreating but valiant Wyandot warriors as they retreated into enemy territory, where the greatswords of Vinland advanced to help them and prevent their annihilation by the massive horde of enemy skraelingar. The disciplined yet furious formations of berserkers armed with their massive zweihanders surprised the barbarians, and when the most skilled among the berserkers charged and decapitated several of them with a single swipe, the battle situation, once hopeless for the Wyandot, was about to change.

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    Not even with almost five thousand horsemen the Iroquois managed to turn the tide of the battle, and now their capital was already under siege and ripe for the taking. Time was running out. The Dagonl'nu will not await and almost twenty thousand march into Smaragdur while the Iroquois suffered a major defeat in the 8th of August. Plus there is the issue of attrition. The supplies of the large allied armies in Oneida won't last for the next month. They need food and water, and there is a place where both are aplenty. Thus, as the month was about to end, and supplies were running low, still under the influence of the berserkergang, Warrior-Consul Aksel Olavsson advanced with his personal "hammerite" guard dangerously close to the walls, and lifting his war hammer(not to be confused with oversized and impractical ceremonial ones) forged for both practicality and resemblance to mjölnir, siege towers already built around the skraeling fort and ready, he ordered, leading his men from the front, like a true Norse leader*:

    "To the walls brave sons of Odin! The gods will remember this day!"

    *Rather than from behind like an liberal
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    And while a brutal assault happened in the Iroquois capital, likewise the defenders of Smaragdur were attacked by a vastly larger legion that tried to assault their walls.

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    For every man who sacrificed his life for the defense of Smaragdur, over forty abominations were slaughtered. With such heroic defense, Vinland stands a chance of having enough time to crush the Iroquois so harshly they will never rise again. Another glorious victory. Meanwhile, even if at a high cost, the brave greatswords were about to open the gates of Oneida and most of the ramparts already were taken over by them.

    In the end both the assault on Oneida and the defense of Smaragdur against the eldritch hordes were successful, reforging the legend of the contemporary berserkers even more.

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    Friendly skraelingar are respected. Enemy ones are merciless crushed, and now the end of the Iroquois is but a matter of time. The superior discipline of the Norsemen overcame numbers and savagery so far.

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    Smaragdur won't last much longer, but bravely the remaining garrison is clearly determined to fight to the last man to defend the best Republic.

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    The remnants of the Iroquois forces desperatedly launch an attack against Freyhóll, where the Army of Vinland meets the Sleipnir Knights


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    They are utterly vanquished. Even better, in Smaragdur starvation from having no sustenance in the scorched earth and the simple-minded and hungry horrors claimed thousands of Dagonl'nu lives to the point those remaining were too few to quickly conquer the region. Now, the near entirety of the enemy skraelingar were being hunted down like rabid wolves and the Iroquois demise was only a matter of the forts of Freyhóll and Smaragdur buying enough time for them to completely crush the savages.


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    While they were being hunted down, more arable land was being made, and Vinland invested heavily in these new cleared areas to ensure the prosperity they bring shall increase both population and wealth in the countryside of Nyr Reykjavík, even minting a lot of coins to be able to afford such an investment.

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    In 1st of March of 1512, the entire army of the Iroquois was wiped out, making their final stand in Mohawk. They made a big mistake in allying with those who seek to bring an end to the human race. But the same eldritch natives continued besiegin Smaragdur, and time for a truly crushing and complete victory against the Iroquois was even shorter than manpower for Vinland. Thus, once again one of the greatest generals of the Norskers, Aksel Olavsson led his men from the front into another glorious and bloody assault against the enemy walls.

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    After 36 days of intense battle for the walls and keeps, the region of Mohawk was completely conquered, and the demise of the Iroquois one step closer to come.

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    There was a leftover of their army, after all, but so few they were that two thousand knights by the blessings of Odin crushed them in spite of being slightly outnumbered.

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    Truly, the defense of Smaradgur this time has been so courageous, so unwavering, that the Althing was divided on the new idea of creating a special symbollic icon for bravery those truly great, heroic and honorable would proudly wear. Regardless, the bravery of the garrison of Smaragdur will be remembered by the skalds of present and future.

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    Then, after years of resistance, they assaulted with almost twenty thousand horrors again, and vastly outnumbered, the garrison failed, but they still fought to the last man. May their deeds and names never be forgotten. Freyhóll was immediately scorched by the Army of Vinland which then, having no more time to wait, advanced boldly under the leadership of the valorous Aksel to conquer Pocumtuk in another bloody, intense and bold assault to its fortifications that must not fail.

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    Again the knights of Vinland crushed the insignificant remnants of the Iroquois forces, but too many had died in multiple battles, and they had to return to safety.

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    And once again, with the blessing of the gods and their superior morale, the berserkers conquered now more than half of the Iroquois lands, but that was not deemed enough. They must never rise again, for what they did both against the Norse and against their fellow peoples is unforgivable. And there is only a way to ensure that: reducing their kingdom to almost nothing, something they will only agree with once all their lands are conquered and all their armies and garrisons vanquished. To victory!

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    In spite of being in very hard times, with their lands infested by traitors and rebels, the Wyandot finally managed to gather an army to finish the job against the Iroquois.

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    While the real last remnant of the Iroquois army retreated to their final doom in the hands of the berserkers, the merchantile might of Vinland, even in times of war, grew. Thanks to the brave naval backup of Sweden and Finland, so far blockades didn't happen, and Norsker merchants brought wealth from as far as India, in the Granadan colony of Goa where they stood among the most successful and powerful traders.

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    Freyhóll just needed to have bravery to hold a few more months, and the Iroquois would cease to be threat.

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    One of the reasons for the outcome of this war to be much better compared to the previous is how Vinland is significantly ahead of their enemies in the organization, tactics and technology of their armies. The 12-Year War was a mistake by Vinland as they weren't truly prepared, but still survived and weakened their foes, but this time their enemies made an even greater mistake by declaring a war.

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    As the Army of Vinland bade its time to recover, the greatswords defending Freyhóll proved their worth, being truly great men, the elite of the world armies far above the undisciplined rabble that besieged their walls, for rabble with eldritch mutations that made them inhumanly strong was still an undisciplined rabble.

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    The Wyandot proved to be truly honorable by not leaving Vinland alone, and never again Vinland shall leave them alone, as long as they maintain their loyalty and friendship with the Republic. To prevent malcontents from ruining centuries of good diplomatic relations, they marched into the capital of their kingdom and crushed the traitors, saving their kingdom from collapsing. With the Wyandot capital safe again, they marched into Kwedech

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    Because they were not in such a numerical superiority to risk another assault, and thanks to the immense resilience of the defenses at Freyhóll, an assault to the walls was dismissed this time, and instead they patiently besieged Kwedech, at leaast until a much diminished eldritch legion began to retreat from Freyhóll due to massive losses to attrition, and they couldn't let them get away and receive reinforcements from the seemingly endless supply of fresh recruits the vile Dagonl'nu have.

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    When they reached Smaragdur, the retreating horrors stopped, and now they starved in the scorched lands of Freyhóll. They once were ten thousand strong, but several failed assaults against courageous garrisons that fought to the death and the attrition had an immense toll against the scum. It was time to finish the job.

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    Thus, in 19th of June of 1513, the Dagonl'nu and Iroquois remnants, defeated by the resilience of the garrisons of Vinland and crushed by her army like a hammer into the anvil of the defenders, was almost entirely annihilated.

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    Unfortunately the Wyandot celebrated such massive victory by signing a white peace. But considering the hard times they are facing, they can't really be blamed.

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    And in Smaragdur, the job was finished. Now the Iroquois had no more army and almost half of the Dagonl'nu legions were exterminated, but they were desperatedly recruiting more men. Victory was certain, at least against the former. Rather than liberate Smaragdur, the armies of Vinland had one greater priority: to utterly vanquish their other foes.

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    This rising victory would soon be marked by a watershed in the history of Vinland. For years plans were developed and concocted by the Althing for the creation of institutions that will bring a new age of colonization and discovery for the Norsker people, and the organization, research and development of such institutions was almost concluded.

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    Many Europeans under the zealot Church envied Vinland for her wealth, yet feared a "crusade" would be utterly disastrous for they were their equals. In what may be the central continent of this New World, a certain Castillan known as Hernan Cortez discovered a people both civilized and savage, worshipping cruel gods that demanded daily human sacrifices by the hundreds, and yet, unlike the gods of the Dagonl'nu, they never sent horrors to stop the Spanish from subjugating these natives, finishing the job the plagues they exported started, for unlike the natives near Vinland, those in the south still didn't went through the plague, and may never overcome it. Cities of gold were reported to exist in that region, as were vast deposits of silver and gold, where what is left of the natives, the so called Aztecs, are forced to work as thralls, oftenly dying in less than a few months in the mines.

    Whether exaggerated or not, the reports on the cruelty and inhumanity of the Castillans, alleged to have even torturously slaughtered Aztec babies by roasting them to death as a means of terrorizing the natives to submission, have shocked even the Vikings of the New World, used to all kinds of horrors, and to deliver some brutality themselves when needed. Some theorized the Castillans were simply venting off their hatred of the Granadans against the locals, while others noticed that apparently these false gods these Aztecs worshipped demanded torture of children, and that was already commonplace in there before the Castillans arrived. Whatever the truth is, it is good to follow gods that at their worst were merely willing to reward, rather than demand, a few sacrifices once every decade or so, and nowadays this practice has long been forgotten among modern Norses.

    The discoveries of the Castille pointed out there was more down there, uncharted islands and possibly great valuables. Soon Vinland would stake their claims to the southern and warmer regions of the New World as well.

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    Over Kwedech, waiting for the Iroquois garrison to surrender at this point was wiser, and after almost an year it was secured with much less casualties than the bloody assaults that happened in the early and decisive moments of this war. Unlike the Eldritch mongrels, they were allowed to leave in peace, and told to inform their king their people would prosper and be free from foreign rulers had their past kings been wiser in their choices of allies and enemies.

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    More scorching and crushing of isolated and few horrors went on in Freyhóll, as the entire army of Vinland continued to concentrate on finishing off the Iroquois in a way that will forever put an end to their threat against Vinland.

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    In times of war, the Wyandot gained and lost territory, but in times of peace, they achieved at last their greatest expansion, and became much stronger. The Wyandot and Lenape peoples are now united under the same king, whose blood is equal parts Wyandot and Lenape. It was the first time in the history of Vinland two truly distinct native peoples were united, and this was a clear sign of who are the true gods. For the Wyandot were the only of the natives to worship Odin, and now their kingdom is on the verge of ruling over almost all civilized or civilizing native peoples, and by extension, spread slowly the Norse faith.

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    They aren't even trying by September of 1514. Even as their northern half was under siege, Vinland was clearly far more victorious in this war than in all previous ones against their old enemies, of which one would soon cease to exist as a significant threat.

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    The Lenape tribes in Nyr Kópavogur were friendly, and to let them trade in peace would certainly improve their relations with the town inhabitants even more, perhaps even enough for them to swear allegiange to Vinland.

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    The Iroquois desperatedly raised an army, but it was futile. They were utterly and humiliatingly crushed by the superior might and discipline of the greatswords and knights. Now the footsoldiers were divided in two forces to besiege the last two territories of the enemy still not conquered.

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    And while they stood on the eve of total victory against the Iroquois, finally that predicted watershed has come! Since its birth, Vinland has been focused on the ideal of colonizing, of bringing prosperity to unsettled lands, of exploring new lands, new seas and new continents. Now, this enormous colonial tradition gains its greatest expression in the form of the existence of institutions, both public and private, that will empower the Republic with the ability to explore much farther than Leif Ericson did, and to become a colonial power capable of tapping unknown wealth all accross the world.

    This date, 1st of February of 1515, was the beginning of Vinland's Age of Exploration, the second and much greater Norse Age of Sail and part of the greater Age of Discovery pioneered by a few other Western peoples focused on such endeavors. It was the beginning of an era.

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    When Onondaga fell, as Wyandot patriots besieged Kwedech, oblivious to how waiting out for Vinland to put the Iroquois on their knees would be far more beneficial to their goals, there was no more time to wait. Fortunately the walls of the last fortress of the Iroquois were already breached. Now it was the time for one last brave assault, for the hammer of Aksel to strike hard one last time into the heads of these skraelingar.

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    And thus, while the gold mines of Innu fell to the greater enemy, in 17th of August of 1515 the berserkers took over Cayuga after a bloody assault against the enemy keep network. And in parallel to the final and ultimate victory over the Iroquois, a true legend has risen in the far north of the Republic, as once again the greatswords prove their valor, their defense of Markland, one of the territories originally discovered by Leif Ericsson, worthy of an exclusive saga.

    And so it shall be, the start of a new age of discovery for Vinland and the end of the Iroquois.

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    Meanwhile, soon Kwedech would be firmly in the hands of Wyandot patriots, and back to their rightful owner, reducing the Iroquois to a single province already pending subjugation, and doomed to such, for the Iroquois clearly have no dignity to deserve freedom considering what they sided with.

    And here, in this 19th of August of 1515, as the Granadans were rumored to be setting up colonies even further south than Castille, as Markland resisted bravely, the greatest victory ever in the last four hundred years of the history of Vinland has been achieved, and one of the major threats to the Republic was finally completely and utterly neutralized. Now, emboldened by this glorious conquest, Vinland considers whether push forward to crush the debilitated Dagonln'u, for their armies also suffered massive casualties, and Vinland's army still has enough strength to perhaps go even farther and secure the safety of these lands for centuries.

    WE WILL MAKE THEM BEG FOR THEIR DARK GODS: "SAVE US FROM THE WRATH OF THE NORSEMEN!"
     
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    Vikings of the Caribbean

    The High Seas

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    While the crushing victory over the Iroquois gave a short burst of motivation and desire to finish this for once and all, once reality jumped in of how the Dagonl'nu still vastly outnumbered the army of Vinland, and of how harsh this war already was, the Consul concluded the continuation of this conflict would cost Vinland much more than such hefty sum the vile Dagonln'u demanded for the cessation of hostilities, and this war ultimately would delay the rise of the Republic as a colonial power the longer it lasted. Now was not the best time for more conquest. First they had to recover from the recent war, consolidate their gains, and most importantly, chart the entire East Coast of this New World so they might find out which are the richest lands in this continent to colonize first than the other European peoples.

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    Shortly after the end of the war, dozens of thousands of Iroquois rose in arms against their subjugation. Being an undisciplined rabble, their superior numbers were nothing next to the unrelenting cohesion, discipline and fury of the greatswords. They were brutally and mercilessly crushed.

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    A treatment that the Algonquin were not spared from either, and with these crushing victories against the natives, the rule of Vinland over former Iroquois lands was consolidated.

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    In September of 1518, finally Kwedech was returned to their rightful rulers, and now the Iroquois were so insignificant that once another war happens, they will cease to exist as a country.

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    Yet in this year, not only the Iroquois were coming to an end. Outclassed by the trade of goods from India in Goa and from the New World in Mexico and Odinhóll, and having never recovered from the division among the member cities the pagan revival and formation of Nordland caused, the Hanseatic League had no choice but to close their doors. But they were not the only ones coming to an end, because Nordland, likewise, was undergoing a slow death with much of their former territories in the hands of catholic rulers, their total demise almost certain in this century unless the Mongol and Turkic hordes bring the Holy Roman Empire to their knees again, and considering Poland, against all odds, has managed to drive the worst turk back, that is quite unlikely.

    Note: I removed the ubikebab because that modifier is just retarded, even more in this alternate history. The worst turk really doesn't need any ridiculous cheat to be an enormous threat, which is why they actually lost territory in some previous wars, and worse, although in 1453 they started at, right now the still powerful Golden Horde and worst turk are allies in the AXIS OF MEGA KEBAB. Also, SERBIA STRONG

    And Mamluks crushed Armenia, by the way. Like I said, there is no need of ubikebab. The hordes are supreme in their might.

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    In 1519, from taxation over their still expanding trade empire, the Althing approved funding for the first massive naval explorations in the history of Vinland. Their old pinnaces, manned by the skilled navigator Tollak Ericsson, began a long journey to chart waters and coastal territories as far as their naval provisions and ships could allow in the New World. This would give to Vinland unprecedent knowledge on which regions had most potential. It was the beginning of their true rise.

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    The Brazilian Slaughter

    While Vinland tried to expand as far as possible their mastery of centers of trade and the exploration of the New World littoral proceeded, a new World Map confirmed that indeed the Granadans have colonized a large stretch of land in the south of this New World they called Al-Brasil because of the reddish hue of a valuable wood in those lands known as brazilwood. Envious, the Portuguese crown defiantly claimed these lands as well, but they were biding their time in wait of a moment of weakness of their nemesis, such as a regency going terribly wrong, before they made an aggressive move to take their share of these lands.

    It was not around these lands that Vinland was considering to establish their first new colonies since the 11th century.

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    Vinland was both innovative and one of the most tolerant countries of the world, other than tr00 church burning. The glorious past and most of its traditions however show never be forgotten, for there is good things in tradition, but they don't hinder progress in the Republic. Excessive optimism over innovation will naturally be avoided lest they become libruls.

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    Like in every year which ends with a 9, in 1519 the glorious term of the heroic Aksel Olavsson came to an end, and in times of peace the needs of the country change from those in times of war. Thus Bjorn Magnusson, a great administrator and diplomat, assumed the leadership of Vinland as the new Consul.

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    Under the guidance of a legendary trader as an advisor in the cabinet of the Consul, Vinland has become a true mercantile giant, with an enormous quantity of wealth flowing through her ports, the pockets of her traders and the coffers of the Republic. A wealth which investment was centered on trade, army and naval technologies at changing proportions. However, the Dagonl'nu were ahead of Vinland and forged a monopoly in Odinhóll, without doubt funded with gifts from their dark gods. The fact Vinland never embargoed them in times of peace was a much greater act of defiance than one, and more profitable for Vinland in times of peace as well. Fortunately, with their mastery of trade, soon the near-monopoly over trade in Odinhóll shall belong to Vinland.

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    It was an island in the so called Antilles that drew the greatest interest from Vinland. Inhabited by primitive tribes, but according to surveys incredibly fertile, it had an enormous economic potential. Yet this island would not be a colony in the European sense of the word. Being on the same continent as Vinland, it would be a growing exclave whose settlers shall be given the same rights as other inhabitants of Vinland instead. The creation of an empire funded by colonial tariffs proper would require overseas colonization, which in turn will be made easier once they established settlements further south, to reach into Africa, if such is chosen as a priority for the country.

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    Guys how should I rename the provinces and Cuba itself with Scandinavian names? I'm out of ideas

    Also no race traitors will live in that Guantanamo, nor will live hypocrisy of landwhale manboon false "FREEDUMZ!"

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    Yet race traitors came in and stole part of the wealth of Guantanamo anyway...

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    The colonial expansion of Vinland was growing even more intense, with an increasinglylarger number of people wanting to settle new lands and try make their fortune. Meanwhile, the Dagonl'nu remained quiet as their armies grew far less fearsome as they once were, and with every year, they lagged more and more behind Vinland in land technology.

    Also, it was discovered the eldritch minions extended far through the frozen north, around the aptly named Devil's Bay. Crushing them would be less simple than merely conquering the portions of their territory which were already known by Vinland, because of the extreme isolation of that portion of their vile realm.

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    Lit a cigar, drink a bottle of rum, and another of mead! Hundreds are migrating to -Insert Viking name to replace Havana here- as it becomes clear its potential is much, much greater than first thought. There is only one way for this early colonization to be even better: GOLD! But sugarcane will be nice too, not as good, but nice.


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    Vinland's Navy was finally getting beyond its long outdated status. New ship designs emerged, from which the Caravels, not unlike those of the Castillans, Portuguese and Granadans, other than for having sculpted dragon figureheads similar to those of older longships, would certainly become the most iconic.

    Note: Can't bother drawing a caravel with the raven banner. Sorry


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    Yet Vinland had no other kind of Naval tradition other than experience in naval provisioning, and right now this made their Navy useful only for exploration, not war. Considering the importance of trade for their economy, which taxation makes the largest portion of the government income, a naval National Idea will definitively be chosen next. For to depend on Swedish and Finnish navies to not be blockaded in times of war is just a plainly bad idea.

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    The original Iroquois culture was slowly disappearing from the continent. A more than deserved fate considering their treachery. The same is happening to the Abenaki in the territory of Vinland, for are even worse, because it was one of their tribes that spawned the vile Narackamous.

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    In 23th of May of 1523, after many years of sailing, scouting and exploration, Tollak Ericsson's fleet reached and mapped as far as their supplies allowed them to, and the reports were given to the government of Vinland, causing a long DISCUSS!!! over where, other than -insert replacement Viking name for Cuba here-, to focus colonization from now on. Some pointed the worth of brazilwood, the contention of Iberia and suggested all west and south of the Granadan colonies should be claimed. Others pointed out on how -insert Norse name for Havana here- was immensely wealthy, and they should continue colonizing the Caribbean islands. There was little consensus and agreement, but for now the settlement of -whatever is a cool Norse name for Cuba- was not over yet, so the DISCUSS! was simply archived and booked to begin again later, once everything is set for more. The reason is simple: The mints would cause too much inflation for Vinland to afford supporting more than three colonies that are not self-sufficient at a given time, for now, so they had to wait.


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    Frederik Olavsson was the name of the greatest mercantile genius which, in the beginning of the 16th Century, transformed Vinland into a trading power greater than the Hansa ever dreamed of. His great feats finally boosted the knowledge and economic insight of Vinland enough for their merchants to be able to fight for a monopoly in Odinhóll.

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    With the financial and commercial consulting of Frederik Olavsson, it didn't take long for Vinland to master their own center of trade, without protectionism of any kind for their economy more laissez-faire than not, but through pure superior mercantile genius.


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    Sweet! A pity the colonists found no gold in there, however. Almost the entire island was ripe for sugarcane, except for -insert a better name for Guantanamo-, which had lots of hemp instead, useful for ropes, paper and fabric, but too relaxing when smoked for a berserkergang.

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    "Mawr Prydain!" was the motto of the conquerors of a large tract of the pagan Netherlands, as Nordland's ultimate demise was one step closer to completion, and Britannia's ascension as a power escalated. Being heathens and not binded to the laws of the Holy Roman Empire, the Germanic heathens always were a juicy target for Catholic conquerors, and now they failed to defend themselves, were divided and dying. Only in Scandinavia, the Baltics and the New World the faith in the old gods still stood strong.

    Trivia: A particular anedoctal tale claims Welsh soldiers found strange carvings of "penis monsters" were found in stones of Arnhem. The stones were said to have been crushed by zealous Catholics. This tale seemed more likely to be false than not, except one of these risque carvings was kept inside a private collection in Kleve.

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    Why you have to be not so wealthy? Why did you disappoint the expectations of your settlers once hyped about this new land in development kickstarted by Vinland?

    Note: Right, I'll stop with the lame inside jokes now. Or maybe not.


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    REMOVE KEBAB AND BALALAIKA FROM THE PREMISES!

    For the sake of honoring compromises, Vinland answered the call, but they were too far away to make a difference, and Finland could easily send them back to their yurts with her allies just like they crushed the ambitions of Russia over her lands before. Austria was getting pounded by the Swedish Navy in this war, and the worst turk actually did not join Kazan.

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    In the beginning of 1526, -replace Havana with a better name- finally became self-sufficient, and now the previously archived DISCUSS!!! in the Althing was brought to the table again. There were many approaches, many important paths for the future of Vinland being put into consideration now that their colonial instutions were firmly rooted and already successful. But it ended without consensus and agreement, and again the matter was further delayed.

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    In 1528, much has changed for Vinland, while finally the Althing had no more time to be undecided. Where in Europe the arquebus was changing the face of warfare, in Vinland, the supreme commander of the army ordered for an European arms dealer to make a demonstration.

    After finishing his breakfast while the trader was still loading black powder, from how sloooow it was, the supreme commander of the Army of Vinland yawned, and answered in tongues as if possessed by something else:

    "NOT ENUFF DAKKA! GET OFF YOU GIT!"

    Fortunately, the conclusion of the Supreme Commander that existing firearms are too slow did not hinder evolution in the military, which instead took a quite unusual route. Recent advances in mechanics and an inventive and prosperous craftsman brought the necessary steps to make the repeating crossbow design much more reliable and easier to reload. Where these were less accurate than even an arquebus, nothing in the world could match their effective rate of fire right now. Their only other disadvantages to firearms was a not so great armor-piercing capability and higher manufacture costs, with the latter being an non-issue for a completely quality over quantity army such as Vinland's.

    With these new repeating crossbows complementing the berserkers already in the army, there was a new proposal in the Althing about the next rout of territorial expansion for Vinland.

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    The Dagonl'nu remained extremely backwards, regardless the mutations their gods bless them with, and right now, ultimately inferior to the army of Vinland. They weren't really so numberful, and thus some members of the parliament suggested it was time to crush them, now that the Iroquois would be irrelevant.

    MANY PROPOSALS WERE DISCUSSED AND THESE HAD CHANCES OF WINNING, WHICH WAS APPROVED?

    1) Attack the vile Dagonl'nu, crush them as much as possible, seize their underwater gold mines and conquer their lands!

    2) The Brazilian Slaughter. The Vikings deserve a slice of Brazilwood, and "Grao Para" is within their reach as a base to startup the complete settlement of everything the Granadans already didn't over the Atlantic Coast of America*. Eventually, return those towelheads to their precious Arabia as well.

    3) The Caribbean is full of riches, and those islands will definitively be safer from ambitions of other European colonists than the lands that will inevitably have a direct border with their colonies. Proceed with the colonization of more islands than -insert Nordic name for Cuba-

    4) Vinland for the Norskers! If they found gold and gems already in the north of the New World, why wouldn't they find more right to the south of the civilized Lenape lands now owned by our Wyandot allies, lands that have potential and are ripe for settlement? Lands that most importantly can be crossed without a fleet thanks to military access treaties with the Wyandot? Don't leave too much room for manboons**!

    5) Time to make use of how their economy is oiled up to profit from overseas tariffs. Time to go to Africa, time to have a share of the profit right now only Portugal makes with the nigger thralls they sell to the New World to work in plantations. Just make sure Africa won't go to Vinland and ethnically absorb the Norskers with diversity enrichment in the future, and to... include the devolution of all of them back to their home continent together with an emancipation motion should the Althing one day be liberalized enough to do that.

    6) Explorers have confirmed that there is another ocean to the west, and in the center of the New World the land is so thin colonizing it will quickly allow Vinland access to this west coast. Colonize "Panama", and then explore and colonize the West Coast of the continent in search of riches, both south and northwards.

    Post your votes

    I needed a break like this so I can update the other thread about Vikings in North America I have here.

    *The people of Vinland consider Vinland what we know as North America, and call all to the south of it as America.

    ** I don't intend to completely block the coast of Kwa to whoever colonizes its southern portion from Florida to Louisiana(the new region the AI gains free colonies at to reduce chances of the provinces already being settled).
     
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    Torn between 3 and 4.

    I'd say I'd prefer 4
     
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    3 seems like a good idea.

    Anyway, do you have any thing planned to keep the Dagonl'nu/Eldritch cult relevant long term?
     
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    Suggestion for naming scheme for new colonies:

    Look up their names on Wikipedia and figure out what the name means, then use google translate to translate this meaning into Icelandic, which is quite close old Norse.

    For example for Havana wikipedia got this to say:

    The name Habana could be based upon the name of a local Taíno chief Habaguanex. An alternate theory is that Habana is derived from the Middle Dutch word havene, referring to a harbour.[14]

    Ignoring the chief name we can use harbor and translate it into Icelandic netting us this nordi-fied name for Havana:

    Hafnir
     
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    Get Panama, use it as base to explore the pacific, reach Southeast Asia, wackyness ensues! VIKNGS IN INDIA! VIKINGS IN CHINA!

    Why? Because it sounds the most insane idea so far!
     
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    4 - Expand into Kwa, it shall be, then.

    Update coming later.

    Also, BUMP.
     
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    bumpage for new page

    Can you please post a world map?
     
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