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1988 AD - Just when it looked like the Mongol losses were over for awhile, an astute observor mentioned to the King that there was another city within reach. So Radar Artillery were immediately sent, and Tanks were close behind.
Ulysess was already injured before making that attack, the Mongols weren't that strong! Half the Mongol Empire has now been conquered in a single turn, making this our most deadly attack to date. We don't expect to conquer the rest of their empire next turn - the distances are too great, and we can't afford to draft enough to power this type of advance every turn - but it's safe to say they aren't coming back from this.
Just because we can, we now decide to try an uphill (literally) battle to take the Mayan city of Copan this turn.
The first Tank retreats, which means we can't take it this turn. So we don't send the second Tank in. Oh well, it was worth a try.
We now turn to sea battles! An Elite Battleship challenges an English Ironclad near the Aztec city of Tula.
That didn't work out quite how we'd hoped. Oh well, the land battles went amazingly well.
And at long last, the turn ends. We conquered 11 cities, Mongolia is minus half their empire, and the rest of the world is wondering what just happened.
1988 IBT - Spain and Korea make peace. Guess they figured it wasn't worth fighting across the seas.
The Hittites take Macchu Picchu without too much difficulty. The Incan Riflemen are doing OK, but it's just not enough against the swarms of Hittite Cavalry and their fearsome Infantry defenders.
The Mongols do manage to score a small victory by destroying a couple of Radar Artillery I had left unguarded and too close to the front. They also continue their battles with England as if nothing had ever happened.
1989 AD - We begin this turn the easy way, marching into the English city of Leiria unopposed.
We'd bombed it's only defender out of existence the turn before .
We aren't letting up on Mongolia this turn, either. Agamemnon leads an attack on Mandalgovi to begin our offensive.
It ends up taking three armies thanks to sheer distance, but the city taken, and what we believe is Mongolia's last source of rubber is along with it.
In Madagascar, our advance is temporarily halted by some Mongol Cavalry trying to sneak past our troops to take Frankfurt - just when I thought it was secure! Our Infantry divert from their mission to attack Intombe to stop the Cavalry.
A Leader! We try to load him onto a Helicopter, but apparently one guy on foot doesn't count as a foot soldier. So we'll have to send a Transport this way to move our new Army to the mainland - or perhaps the New World.
Speaking of Transports, Persepolis finished one this turn that we plan to use for invading the British Isles. But a Persian Destroyer is inconveniently parked right outside of Persepolis, and out of the range of our Battleship. So our Radar Artillery redline it, and then we call in the newest weapon in our arsenal.
Cruise Missile incoming! It does the job brilliantly and the Destroyer is sunk. The Transport to Britain will likely set sail next turn, as right now most of our Tanks are in the repair shops.
1989 IBT - The Sumerians enter an alliance against the Persians. Unlike in their war against America, Sumeria has a legitimate advantage this time.
Mongol Cavalry unsuccessfully attack the Greek settlements of Megara, Choybalsan, and Kazan this turn. That's likely their last huzzah.
1990 AD - We'll start this year with a Demographic Update (trying to get on an every ten years schedule but it's been a bit off the last two decades).
The population of 66,624,000 is an 11.3% increase from eight years ago (1982), a healthy but not shocking increase. The drafting of 1988 likely adversely affected this statistic. The world population is 100,945,454 - a 3.9% decrease since 1982. After the drafting of 1988, it stood at a mere 99.6 million, the first time it's been under 100 million for quite a long time. That it has since increased, however, indicates that the disturbing decreases of recent decades may at long last be at an end.
The Greek GNP has increased by a healthy 12.9% in the past eight years, while manufacturing has skyrocketed by over 600 megatons - a 26.4% increase. The completion of many Manufacturing Plants is primarily to thank for this.
Land Area has increased by over 70,000 square miles - 25.2%. We now control 49% of the world's total land area.
Quality of life has slightly improved, with literacy increasing 1% to 86% (and now being the highest in the world) and life expectancy increasing two years to 68 years (and going from fifth to third in the world). Pollution is increasing at a higher rate than ever before, soaring from 54 tons to 89 tons. At a 64.8% increase over eight years, pollution is by far our quickest-growing category . At this rate we'll be in triple digits by 1992. Already 2.5% of our land is covered by pollution. This is getting ridiculous.
Our culture has surpassed 80,000 and our score is at 2227. Other than our environmental difficulties, everything is going swimmingly.
Back to combat! We'll start out against the Mongols. Almarikh is the easternmost Mongol city, and surrounded by plains covered with mines. It is certain to fall to our onslaught of Radar Artillery and Tanks this turn.
With only a single Infantry and a Spearman, it fell even easier than we expected. Still, we didn't take any chances, and redlined the Spearman with our Radar Artillery just as we would have done to a stronger unit.
Darhan, southwest of Karakorum, comes next. Radar Artillery again redline the defenders, allowing a single Tank to take the city.
Ulaanbaatar is next. It is the closest city to the capital.
Mongolia is now down to five cities and fifteen land units (two of them Spearmen). They'll live to see another turn, but the Byzantines might not. We start out by killing a couple of Guerillas, promoting a Tank to Elite.
A Bomber then bombs Heraclea, and at the mouth of the Nile, six Marines get on a Transport, which then sets sail towards Heraclea. As they approach the city, cruise missiles rocket towards military targets within.
Two missiles hit the city, greatly weakening its garrison. The Marines then land.
Thanks for playing, Theodora. You were a good ally until you betrayed me.
Thirteen civilizations remain, but resistance will be ever harder - Greek control of the land has now reached 50%.
Our next advance is against Birka, the English city on the Korean Peninsula that we first attacked about a quarter-century ago. We've got workers building roads and rails to the area at long last, but for now, an Elite Tank is ready to attack.
Finally got that city!
1990 IBT -
Oh no! Forgot those guys!
The Persian Renaissance has come. Let's hope it is short-lived. They've still got resisters in some of their old cities, hope this doesn't excite them too much...
????? I wasn't expecting this...
...and then nothing happens. Bit of a let down - I thought Lincoln had declared war for some reason.
America continues to be haplessly inefficent in their war with the Maya at any rate, continually losing far more units than the Maya, though they do replace them more quickly as well.
Of perhaps greater import is this:
Korea managed to swipe the Persian city of Ergili, in the Canadian Arctic. This makes them much more difficult to eliminate. Considering their military relative to that of Persia, it's not too much of a surprise - they've got 15 Infantry, 3 Guerillas, 3 Cavalry, 5 Transports, a Cruiser, and Aircraft Carrier, 2 Fighters, and, with their 12 Destroyers, a navy nearly as strong as my own even now. Whether they take Khurasan to finish their conquest of the island will be interesting.
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