Teutonic Order Part 3: World's Biggest Gangbang
So after Part 2 my 20k strong army was left decimated and my manpower was completely depleted. That was September 1406. I spend the next 18 months doing nothing but watching my army slowly regain it's strength.
England becomes the Papal Controller. The next month Austria becomes the Papal Controller and excommunicates Milan.
Aragon declares war on Castille.
April 1408 and my army is back up to 17k, my manpower is still nil. Lithuania declares war. My allies Scotland, Hungary, and Pommerania join the war on my side, while Poland and Aquileia join Lithuania.
Things don't look very good, especially considering Scotland joins all my wars but never sends any troops so you can subtract about 10k from our side. Hungary has been practicing the brilliant strategy of having no standing army. Seriously none.
Poland sends 8,000 men into Pommerania and I send my army to meet them.
Lithuania seem to have bad luck. As soon as they declared war Polotsk declared independence. Lithuania sends it's army to siege Polotsk rather than fight the war they just started.
Poland's main 15k army moves south into Hungary.
The Pope is just getting passed around. Scotland is now Papal Controller.
Hungary finally decides it is probably a good idea to have an army.
After having dealt with Poland's army in Pommerania I send my army back home and break off a couple small siege forces to siege a couple of Lithuania's eastern provinces. My manpower is still 0 so I'm not receiving any reinforcements and can't send my main army into enemy territory.
Lithuania's bad luck continues. Just as they annex Polotsk back into their country and can focus their armies on me the Golden Horde regroups and invades with 50,000 troops. I send my army into Lithuania to jump on their army as it's being attacked by an 11k Golden Horde army.
Lithuania starts trying to get me to accept a white peace but since their army is destroyed and Poland is too busy sieging Hungary I decline.
Lithuania's biggest problem isn't me:
Hey but at least Lithuania just became Papal Controller so that's something.
I accept peace with Poland in exchange for them annulling their treaties with Lithuania. I make peace with Lithuania and take their province of Podlasie for myself.
No sooner has that war ended when Hungary declares war on Croatia (and their allies Bohemia and Tirol). They issue me a Call to Arms. I accept because I figure Bohemia will attack Hungary and leave me alone and eventually Hungary will negotiate peace and end the war. So I sit back in my own country, raise War Taxes, and watch as Hungary is invaded by 21,000 Bohemians and 7,000 Croatians. Hungary apparently dismissed it's army after the last war despite entering another war only 2 weeks later.
Unsurprisingly Hungary accepts a White Peace with Croatia and the war ends.
Finally God comes through and gives me a nice Casus Belli against someone.
Hungary annexes it's vassal Transylvania.
Power play in the Curia! Hungary is now Papal Controller. Apparently they are still pissed at Croatia as they immediately excommuncate them.
My truce with Lithuania ends in October 1415 and I fully intend to declare war on them then. At least I have 5 years to let my army get to full strength and recover my manpower. In the meantime I form Military Alliances with my other vassals, Pskov and Mazovia. I ignore Riga since I figure they will be useless anyway.
A few months before the truce ends I get an Alliance Offer from Novgorod. lol good night Lithuania.
October rolls around and I'm back at full strength and my army is 25k men strong.
I declare war. Poland and Aquileia say thanks but no thanks and leave Lithuania to the wolves.
All my allies join in. For those following along that makes it Teutonic Order, Hungary, Scotland, Novgorod, Pommerania, Mazovia, & Pzkov vs. Lithuania.
I almost feel bad for them.
Then inexplicably Poland allies again with Lithuania and decides to join the war. Nevermind that Lithuania is occupied by about 40,000 enemy troops. Then Brandenburg honours it's alliance and joins in as well. Brandenburg is located west of Poland and south of Pommerania. I guess they get points for loyalty.
Hungary and I smash Poland's main army between us. My vassals have managed to successfully siege half of Poland when Poland sends me maybe the greatest offer of peace ever:
To go with the half of Poland I control I also have half of Lithuania. Neither country has more than a few thousand scattered troops. Then HNIC Bohemia decides to declare war on Poland as well.
Denmark becomes Papal Controller and excommunicates Hamburg. Excommunication is big in the 1400s.
A Lithuanian sandwich:
I figure Brandenburg will make another good vassal so I send a few small groups to siege it.
Not including the 20k Bohemians sieging Poland, my alliance currently outnumbers Lithuania/Poland/Brandenburg 67,653 to 747.
Poland accepts peace with Bohemia, giving up 1 province.
Poland is not having a good year, Ukraine declares it's independence.
Lithuania accepts peace with Novgorod, giving them 1 province.
I finish my sieges of Brandenburg's 4 provinces and make them my vassal. I accept peace from Poland and make them give me a province. I make peace with Lithuania and take 2 provinces from them as well as make them release Polotsk as an independent nation (a 3 province country who is automatically allied with me).
Apparently Bohemia is starting to get worried and they send me a warning not to go to war with anymore countries. I remove my new Polish province from the Holy Roman Empire as well as my 4 northern provinces, removing any Casus Belli Bohemia has against me.
Not a week later I get a Call to Arms from Novgorod against Hansa and Sweden. I decline, ending our alliance.
Teutonic Order in green, vassals in light green, allies in teal.
I have a bit more but since I think this post is getting pretty long I'll put the rest up either later tonight or tomorrow morning.