So a lot happens around the late 200s, so apologize if I skip over anything. I'm realizing I forgot to mention that in stark contrast to his performance last time, Gustavus of Sweden becomes the second dead civilization after simultaneous war with ALL of his immediate neighbors at once somehow did not turn out well. Feel free to follow along with the Swedish demise on the minimaps on previous posts. RIP, and all that jazz.
Anyway, more importantly, MY situation:
For one thing, I had a bit of a hiccup with my planned global economic empire, which is to say, the Dutch beat me to my gold-based corporation plan. My backup, sugar-based Trader Sid's, was taken by Morocco. These are the only two corporations at this point, and they each cover my only two monopolies. So, I improvise, and buy the Incan puppet of Bratislava, because after searching around I noticed that it had the ONLY single source of Truffles in the game. Agricultural-Industrial complex, here I come.
Anyway, as to the war front:
As you can see, my naval siege of belgrade was much more successful than Catherine's dreams of a Russian Alaska (pfft, what a wacky concept) ever turned out to be. To her credit/discredit, she turned out to be more stubborn than Harald and I had to retake belgrade like two more times before she finally sued for peace. This really worked out timing wise because it wasn't long before I got two brand new replacement wars declared on me!
Incidentally, remember how I'd just bought the shroom capital of the world?
Nice while it lasted. I already finished the headquarters, so I traded it right back to the Inca before the English could reconquer. I got a couple lesser cities in return; these included Funchal, which I liberated and thus acquired Portugal as a voluntary Vassal, and one of their southeastern island colonies, which I named after the Southernest US major city, Miami.
Meanwhile, the other aggressor was the still-surviving Norsemen, the SurVikings, if you will:
By the way, CV, you may have been right about Wittenberg-canal strategy:
...Of all the tiles to place an embassy... more like an Embarassy (I would pre-emptively like to NOT apologize for that pun, btw).