1894 AD - The attack on Moscow also occurs in 1894. Artillery and Ironclads pound the city, and the Riflemen take significant casualties, leaving Musketman as the first guard. The musketmen fare well, and two Greek Cavalry are lost before the first Musketman falls. The old hero Pyrrhus then leads a charge against Riflemen, and defeats two units of them without excessive losses of Medieval Infantry. It is then up to the brigade of Infantry that has long been besieging Moscow to take the city. That they succeed in. Before advancing more military units, I check my diplomacy. I notice that I'm rather bankrupting poor Egypt. Oh well. It's reason enough for me to not go to war with them at least. I'm left without a rival in invade in Asia. Those nearby I have diplomatic agreements with, and those far away I cannot reach due to no one being willing to grant right of passage. Oh well, guess I'll build up. 1895 AD - Looks like I've got an enemy in Africa. Oh well, I'd been preparing to fight them for awhile. They have one city in Pakistan that I'll be able to grab quickly. The rest - well, I'd already thought of a plan to take them. Hey, what's up with that, America? I thought we were allies. Oh well, so long as the Maya and Ottomans can hold this'll give America a chance to regroup. And then comes an alliance between the Aztecs and Byzantines and the subsequent... Things are really heating up this turn! Looks like those Scandinavian Cavalry we saw rushing towards Zululand might be returning this way fairly soon. Rome kills one redlined Guerilla during their turn. Not too bad for us yet. 1896 AD - So...time to take out Karachi. Here's where it's located: But alas, no combat occurs this turn. Our units simply are not within striking distance of any city. Advances occur towards Saint Petersburg and Karachi. 1897 AD - An Egyptian Spearman defeats a Persian Cavalry that had landed by Frankfurt. Just one turn from dying, Egypt will fight another turn. Another alliance occurs...the Aztecs and Romans against the Scandinavians. Those Aztecs have been creating quite a few alliances. This one could be bad for Rome, though, seeing as Scandinavia had a bunch of Cavalry heading through Roman territory towards Zululand a few turns ago. The Aztecs also bring the landlocked Chinese into war against the Maya. Oh well, I'm not the one sending money to China for help in a war they cannot help in. America asks that I join them in an embargo against Egypt, and I agree. Our diplomatic standing improves to Polite. I consider renegotiating my Silk export deal with America to gain more gold, but seeing that they are, as Lincoln says, "poorer than a blind drunkard in a crooked poker game," I see I would receive less gold and thus do not. 1898 AD - We finish Battlefield Medicine in the formerly Portuguese city of Emerita, located in Indochina. Good news on the foreign front: Our Mayan allies have fulfilled their obligation under our Mutual Protection Pact and declared war on Rome. It doesn't really help us, but at least we'll get brownie points for being allies in the war. The scientific community also announces a great discovery at the beginning of the year. A team of scientists based in Corinth had completed the first of what they called a Combustion Engine. Presenting their report to King Alexander, they claimed that such technology would revolutionize shipping and naval warfare by allowing larger ships, better armor, and propulsion by an oil-powered engine. The new design was to be faster and more reliable than ironclads. The King listened skeptically. Ironclads had revolutionized the navy, but were quite slow and could not handle the open ocean. A change such as this in seafaring would revolutionize transportation. Then the scientists invited him to come to their dockyards and see the engine in action. After consulting his advisors, the King agreed. Two weeks later, along with a Hoplite guard, he took the train to the city. There he saw the new ship. The shipwrights demonstrated its speed and stability, and the King was persuaded to come aboard. He remained in Corinth for the remainder of the week, and was quite pleased to see the ship perform well even in storms. Upon his return, it was decided to send an envoy aboard the new ship to the Maya. It was also ordered that the cities of Knossos and Pharsalos, on the island of Borneo, immediately begin outfitting military versions of the combustion-powered ships. The voyage across the Pacific proves worthwhile almost immediately. The Maya have once again fallen into hard times. We agree to export Rubber for just 31 gold. We have plenty extra, and the Aztecs must be stopped. We also managed to, at long last, sneak a spy into Tenochtitlan: This puts the Aztecs between the Celts and Persians in terms of land power, and ahead of both in terms of sea power. The Mayans and Ottomans are both considerably weaker than the Aztecs, hence why we hope to get America back in the war soon. Unfortunately, we once again fail to plant a spy in Washington, so we remain unsure of America's strength. As the envoy returns, telegraphs of the progress against the Russians begin coming in. Artillery and a now-obsolete Ironclad have heavily bombarded Saint Petersburg. The attack then begins. Elite Cavalry first face the injured Infantry, and earn victory, albeit at 60% casualties. Pikemen are next in the order of defence, and, surprisingly, defeat a regiment of Infantry. I thought repeating rifles were supposed to be stronger than pikes Another Infantry regiment defeats some Riflemen without any trouble, and then the pikes fall. As the news reaches the home front, great celebrations commence. After 48 years, all of Australia is now ours. But Russia is not finished yet! They still occupy the island of Tasmania, south of Victoria in Australia. But don't worry, we have plans for defeating that city . In the mean time, we make peace with Russia for a World Map, 3 Gold, and an embargo against the Aztecs. Don't worry, they will get what's coming to them, in approximately 1938. Shortly after the signing of the peace treaty, the King received a letter from the Greek Field Marshal in Australia: After some thought, the King agreed. The Aztecs were the most powerful rival in the world, and the Maya and Ottomans, even the Americans, clearly needed some help. It was arranged that Galleons would be refitted into oil-powered transports, and then be sent to Australia to pick up troops.