Turn 27. Sep 1794
Trade and economy.
I secured some more textile for iron and cotton for money trades with Maestro, as I may have mentioned before, so my production and intake of textiles totals 28 a turn.
I finish production of my first "super-diplomat" and send him to the Continent, renaming him Smithers.
I start production of my first Heavy Artillery unit in York. I hope to start a Lancer in Anglia soon as well, as soon as I have sufficient textiles. 1-2 more turns I think. Originally I was going to build simple light cavalry for my infantry corps, but my textile production is now so high I might as well field the superior unit. Lancers perform better in QC and are better for scouting and pursuit and withdrawal scores, although I still dont know precisely how that works.
My alliance with the Ottomans goes into effect this turn.
Prussia still has a weird attitude towards me. I offered to allow them to take control of Hesse unopposed (right now I am maligning and subsidizing) and trade Brunswick for Mecklenburg and 10 colonies. That is him taking 2 provinces and receiving 30,000 Hessian troops of good quality without further opposition and me receiving 1 province and 10 colonies. No dice, he doesnt budge.
I am not really sure what Prussian strategy is at this point. If my position on the Continent becomes untenable I can always withdraw behind my fleets and abandon it. Prussia is not in the same boat, if you will pardon the pun. Both countries positions become more difficult without positive relations, but his more so, so I dont understand the attitude and strategy.
He has countless times accused me of "bullying" when I act in my self interest, even at times when his actions inadvertently gave me some benefit, like when Brunswick became my protectorate automatically after his failed coup attempt.
Prussia might mistakenly believe he can trust the Austrians and the French. Also, being an inexperienced player, he may not correctly value British friendship. In all my PBEM games I have noticed how beneficial a Prussian/British friendship is - to both parties- but particularly to the Prussians. It might also be a case of him getting bad advise from other players to their benefit and his detriment.
All the same he at least signed my enforced peace agreement, averting any immediate chance of war.
All my units are full strength and range in quality from 4 to 6.5 morale. I have an army of roughly equal size to the other major powers. This will not last forever, but my edge in morale quality and my large number of specialized units should be retainable.
My British forces, 1st Army, are in garrison in Anglia, Devon and Hampshire to save money. My 2nd Army, containing the Hanover and Danish Corps, is in the vicinity of Holstein on maneuvers. I am seriously contemplating placing a division of infantry each in Holstein and Zeeland to heavily garrison those superfortresses. While this would reduce my maneuver force on the Continent I dont feel this force along is sufficient for offensive operations anyways, and if an offensive was launched against Hanover and Denmakr would wait for reinforcements from the British Isles.
I was glad to be able to secure my alliance with Turkey. This provides a strategic depth to the power dynamic between Britain and any coalition of nations in central Europe that threatens me.
The player for Turkey, Maestro06, has real life experience in military matters that make him a valuable ally and a good wargamer. He has a good strategic and economic grasp and is quickly turning Turkey around using the money from trades with Britain. Turkey also has the second largest cash reserve in the game at the moment.
His military is also one of the largest if not THE largest, although he wisely has them split up into small corps and put into garrison to reduce costs, so it may not be apparent to other powers.
He has fully implemented a corps system and has a number of Nizam-i-Cedid units fielded and is working on his overall morale situation. He has a field force well in excess of 300,000 men, of which he has stated around 250,000 would be available for offensive operations, the rest needed for the defense of sensitive areas. Although of mixed quality(Nizam-i-Cedid are almost like guards in morale, the rest of his infantry is under 3 for the time being), this is still a very large and potent force capable of swiftly marching on, for example, Vienna, and knocking Austria out of a war if Austria had its forces concentrated against me.
On the other side of the coin, if Russia or some other power attacked Turkey I would raise hell with my navy and could land Corps well in their rear once they had committed their armies to the Turkish front.
I think its a good defensive arrangement for parties, and lays a firmer foundation for our continued trade.
I would like to be able to come to a similar arrangement with Prussia, but he has a weird sense of entitlement so that every move in my self interest has served to offend him in some way.
< Message edited by Mus -- 8/4/2009 1:56:19 AM >
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