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Rhye's of America: From Sea to Shining Sea

Discussion in 'Civ3 - Stories & Tales' started by Tani Coyote, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Takhisis

    Takhisis is it fall yet

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    Just do it now. As old VRWCAgent would say, 'from Cape Columbia to Tierra del Fuego'.
     
  2. Tani Coyote

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    Must decimate China first! Scandinavia can be next, once my place in the Asian Sun is secure. :p

    I look forward to seeing what my Dreadnought fleet can do to their Ships of the Line. >:3
     
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    Let us celebrate my having only one final left with a peaceful zerg rush!

    In case one's wondering, I had about 38,000 gold and am now down to 35,000. I've accumulated so much over the course of the game I don't know what to do with it all. :p

    ==Eve of the War and the Roosevelt Doctrine==

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    1901, Arabia declared war on Babylon. It was hoped the war would depopulate the Middle East to an extent that America could wrest a colony from one of the two belligerents.



    Seeking to monopolise the continent of Australia, Indian Lahore was seized by CIA operatives. It was hoped that the divisions of Auralia would assist in acquiring the three major cities in the area, but Carthage’s theocratic regime and Arabia’s solid population base prevented any further acquisitions.



    The mountain town of Chang-chun held little economic value, but it did have strategic worth; without it, China was sliced in half. As funds poured in to beef up defenses in the ex-Chinese cities, troops were deploying in large numbers inside Shanghai. The military could have struck at any moment, but were waiting until just the right moment…

    1904, the Lord must have sent his blessings for a Sino-American War, as the Arabs and Chinese went to war. While it would likely amount to little, it was hoped they’d at least duke it out on the high seas and thus save American ships the work of sinking the Chinese fleet.



    1905 was a momentous year, with the South American territories at long last linked to North America by a nonstop road that cut through Venezuela. With the Brazilian Railway company having built a rail that extended from central Chile all the way to the mouth of the Amazon River, there would soon be a Pan-American Railway, allowing troops and commerce to effortlessly shuffle from north to south.



    1906, to guard against casualties, combat medics were formally organized and reformed in the U.S. military. While medics had always existed, they were now far more trained, equipped, and numerous. America’s medics were skilled and supplied well enough they could perform many life-saving surgeries in the heat of battle.



    1907, the Portuguese asked for an alliance against China. They were a few years shy, and so were turned down. Meanwhile, Germany was pounced on by several other empires. It was regretted that they had not been completely annexed, as it was readily apparent they might not last as a nation.

    In the leading up to the Sino-American War, American policy planners began to rethink exactly how wars of occupation would work. Regret was felt over not keeping German territories, but such a move had been justified due to the amount of work that had faced the American republic, with much of it being underdeveloped both inside and outside the city centers. Now many cities had become production powerhouses with all sorts of cultural delights, leading policy planners to issue the Roosevelt Doctrine: America would annex any territory that was already sufficiently developed in terms of roads, agriculture, and mines, thus reducing the need to import scarce labor. The CIA was instructed to go about and seize cities that were of negligible size but strategic or economic importance; the idea was they could be quickly populated with American settlers without requiring much upkeep from Washington.



    Mpondo was seized in 1908 by an alliance of rebels and American merchants, thus placing the Cape of Good Hope under American control. The city was renamed Cape Town as a testament to America’s intent to stay in the region.



    Ulundi fell right after. The Zulu had a large military across their small empire, but it was primitive and, most importantly, easily bribed.



    The Sicilian Uprising broke out in 1908 as well, with all of Italy south of Naples breaking into open rebellion against the Roman Empire. The result was catastrophic for Rome, with two-thirds of Sicily being lost to Carthage, the heel of the Italian boot to Babylonian puppet Albania, and Calabria to an American client state. In the coming years America would make use of intrigue to kick out the Albanian and Carthaginian occupiers, but Rome’s decline was clearly exacerbated by Rooseveltian policy. Albania was removed within a few months, as the people of Tirana rose up against Babylonian occupation; in the process the heel was lost to Greek and Roman interests.



    In Spain, the peoples of Navarre and Cantabria rose up once incited (and armed) by the CIA, the new Republic of Navarre soon writing many clauses beneficial to American interests into its constitution. Spain, weak as it was, was in no position to contest the sudden shift in control.



    The Caucasian Republic followed weeks later, granting America the right of first refusal on its rich mining operations.



    As did the Madagascar colony. In the chaos of rebellion, the once-unified Arab territory dissolved into petty chiefdoms (per an agreement with many of the locals), while the center around Muscat transferred to American rule. America had plans to subjugate the rest of the island as the decades went on, but for now, it was content to reign over Muscat and kick the Arabs off the isle.

    America’s 1908-1908 revolutions dramatically upset the balance of power the world over, though America was not the one to suffer; the Carthaginians used the dispute over Sicily as an excuse to go to war with Rome in 1910.

    1910 had a revolution of its own: the internal combustion engine. While in later years the device would be trivialized in the vehicles Americans would drive, in that year it served a vital purpose of arming America with much faster ships. Nearly fifty Ironclads lay inside the harbors of Shanghai, and within the year they were all refitted into a much more terrifying ship – the Dreadnought. Meanwhile, to assist with reinforcements, Galleons became motorized transports, granting America unprecedented power projection. While of little use for reinforcements (as America did not need them), they would certainly prove fruitful with shipping units across the vast American Empire prior to campaigns.

    The table was set, and America called China to dinner. Little did China know it was to be the dinner.
     
  4. Tani Coyote

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    ==Dragon Soup==

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    With the outbreak of the Sino-American War in 1912, America was ready to use China as a massive human laboratory for its new weapons, the artillery battery and the Dreadnought. Once China had served its purpose, America could reach for much higher goals.

    Qingdau, a city of 120,000, was a city of 10,000 when America rolled in victorious. The Chinese people oddly welcomed the Americans as liberators, embracing the democratic lifestyle at the expense of the Son Of Heaven’s legitimacy. It was hoped Guangzhou could be convinced to surrender now that it was obvious America’s ability to shred anything within several miles of the coast was more than legend.



    While the citizens were initially hesitant, the slaughter of half the garrison was able to convince them that it would be best to surrender to stay on America’s good side. With the fall of Guangzhou, America gained a strategic position to the north of the Pearl River, thus inhibiting a Chinese counteroffensive; the fact many citizens were now armed with machine guns to fight their formal feudal overlords also meant a world of difference.



    The interior city of Wonsan surrendered rather than risk the ire of the American Empire’s “Devil Flutes,” as the superstitious people of China had come to call American artillery. Via their surrender, the people had also opened an easy route to Nanjing and by extension, the capital of Beijing.

    Speaking of opening ways, the Pan-American Railway was finished in 1913. Only the furthest reaches of Patagonia and Alaska were not connected in the massive north-south undertaking of the American realm.



    To ensure minimal interference, all the major (and local) powers were brought in against the Chinese. Many powers were already at war with the Chinese Empire, but America had recruited several more around the world; allies were chosen not merely to provide assistance, but primarily to diplomatically isolate Beijing and thus destroy its ability to recruit allies of its own.



    The fall of Hyangsan was the last major “offensive” of 1913, with the Philippines now fully under American rule. The destruction of the Hyangsan garrison also guarded America against possible Chinese threat in the southern and central islands, thus allowing full focus on Chinese territory.

    In 1914, the Chinese launched two offensives that saw the loss of two American cavalry. They were swiftly avenged and the Chinese attackers shot in the fields.



    General Lee proved himself in the battle of Taiwan while leading a Colonial Infantry assault on Tianjin, the main port of the island. 110,000 of the city’s 170,000 had been killed as a result of the intense fighting.



    Hangzhou opened the gates of Vietnam to America with its defection, greatly motivated by 2/3 of the city’s population being slaughtered by Dreadnought fire. Chengdu, in the north of Vietnam, was home of one of China’s top three most powerful politicians (the other two being in Nanjing and Beijing) and he was now cut off from any reinforcements. The American strategy was to have naval vessels sail down the Vietnamese coast, butchering populations as they went, and then extracting defections from the battered settlements.



    The seizure of Shandong in Spring 1916 further divided the Chinese Empire, with battered Macau having to choose between Arab and American rule.



    Macau fell soon after as partly-injured Col. Infantry were recruited from Taiwan to soften the defenses enough for a rebellion to take the city. China had been evicted from Vietnam, with the only thing standing between America and domination of the region being the Chinese colony on the southern tip of the Malay peninsula. In the meantime, the war in Vietnam was soon regarded as one of the most brilliant campaigns ever waged by the United States.



    After systematically killing 60,000 of Nanjing’s 70,000 people, the surviving populace captured and executed the Duke of Nanjing, one of the three major figures of China (the other being the Emperor and the Duke of Vietnam). The gates were thrown open and the citizens welcomed the Americans. The strategy of combining military force with well-timed propaganda missions was paying huge dividends to the American conquerors.



    Back in Europe, it was decided that the German territories were simply no longer useful in Portuguese hands; the Dutch had even managed to capture Berlin due to an opening in the American lines. America responded by taking both cities for itself, now that it had worked the land around them. The Portuguese were once more relocated to their city-state of Lisbon, waiting for their imminent destruction, while America’s grip on Europe grew tighter.



    Spokane was settled in Guyana, sparking the second wave of American colonization. The Brazilian hinterland was still wide open for the taking, and with Incan settlers flowing outward from across the Andes, America wanted to ensure that South America remained an American territory. Settler bands were commissioned across the country so as to assist with alleviating overpopulation.

    1917, China and Egypt inked a peace treaty; Egypt was promptly brought right back in to the war.



    The Battle of the South China Sea saw half the Chinese fleet destroyed and China’s complete eviction from Southeast Asia.



    With Shenyang, all the remaining Chinese Ships of the Line except one were scuttled. Now the bulk of China’s forces were elsewhere, Beijing being well-defended against possible assault.



    Beijing’s fall in 1920 was considered to be the informal end of the Chinese War. While China continued to make a nuisance of itself from Vietnam, it only clung to a pitiful colony around Baikal and the duchy of Dai Viet. While it maintained a large force of cavalry, they were spread out and hardly able to make a concentrated effort against America’s machine guns. America’s naval superiority, meanwhile, had become even more apparent thanks to the assembly line making it possible to refit America’s ships of the line into hardy cruisers.

    As a mop up operation began to destroy the last vestiges of Chinese government, America looked upon its surroundings. As workers tirelessly worked to build paths through the harsh Brazilian jungles, military planners desired to earn their own keep in America’s ever-growing realm. Looking at the island of Japan with its well-developed infrastructure but inferior technologies, they found just what they were looking for.

     
  5. Takhisis

    Takhisis is it fall yet

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    What about those blue specks in Africa?
     
  6. jiikoo

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    That "overthrowning" ability is making the game too easy.

    How it is possible that your opponents have their cities so small?
     
  7. Tani Coyote

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    I just figured I'd throw in the Cape for some extra British-style monopolisation of trade routes. All I need is Suez and I'm golden. :p

    For some reason most opponents are in Feudal Monarchy. I presume the fact they're constantly at war is motivating it; when I occupied Germany's cities people were rioting against me because of forced labor. I assume most opponents are engaging in that particular behavior. Then there's the fact Feudal Monarchy rewards staying small, and I'm guessing the AI's smart enough to capitalise on that. When you add in the constant warfare slowing down development and research even further... we get this. Most civilizations have Size 1 cities that are easy to flip due to poor growth and poor defenses. There are exceptions of course, but that's what my military is for. ;)

    Some opponents are also still in Theocratic Monarchy... I think the perpetual warfare has undermined democracy, more or less, while also causing economic and population stagnation. Most territories aren't even worth taking due to how underdeveloped they are.
     
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    Is this a standard feature in C3C, or is it modified into Rhye's?
    I want to go try it in the normal game but don't know how?
     
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    To use espionage, you need to plant a spy in an enemy capital. Then go to the Espionage Screen (it's an "E" on the lower right taskbar in the game), select a nation, select propaganda, and voila, pick a city you want to try and flip. Due to failure rates it's better to use it on small cities as they're cheapest.

    ==Nippin’ at Nippon==

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    In preparation for an assault on Japan, the large number of Japanese galleasses on the high seas became prime targets for Privateers based in Shanghai. While few casualties were made (as the Japanese did not seem to carry troops aboard), the destroyed fleets meant that Japan was that much more open to invasion.

    1922, the peace treaty with Germany was renewed, much to the weak Empire’s relief.



    Meanwhile, in Asia, the Chinese Empire was finally wiped off the map. The battles of Vietnam were so intense the local capital burned to the ground, killing most of the citizens. In the far north, what was left of the Chinese military dissolved into brigands and gradually melted into the countryside. The history book had closed on China.





    Native-held China, at least. 645,000 people now lived within the former Chinese Empire’s borders, and the vast majority of them were American. No sooner had the city of Shanghai been occupied had Americans begun flooding into the country, and with the massacre of Chinese civilians by collateral damage and starvation due to the war, vast tracts of land were left open to whoever wished to take it. Within the next twenty years, the Chinese would have, in the span of just a generation, become a minority in their own country.

    With the demise of China, America was now the world’s largest producer of Silk. Greed being a powerful force, however, the United States was not content to stop at just half the world’s Silk. Only a complete and utter monopoly would please the American people, and that is what a conquest of Japan would accomplish.



    Japan was a country that was the home of 1.72 million people, with an annual GDP of 194 billion dollars. Its infrastructure was highly-developed, with roads crisscrossing the country, while large amounts of the rocky terrain was repurposed for agriculture or raw material extraction. Despite its potential to be a wealthy nation, however, Japan languished in a dark age, having isolated itself on its island, while a powerful Shogun kept control with a massive army that was composed of 72 Samurai divisions and 18 Swordsmen divisions, with several more auxiliary units.

    While the Japanese had some musketmen, their traditional ways and lack of external invasions had prevented them from arming their forces en masse with such a technology despite large Saltpeter deposits outside Kyoto. This rendered them susceptible to invasion by any competent naval power; when the United States tore up its open borders arrangements with the Japanese, the Shogunate most likely knew what was coming, but had only days to prepare.

    Kyoto possessed not just the sole source of Japanese saltpeter, but doubled as an extremely-defensible territory with hills between it and the rest of the country; so as to speed up any follow up offensives, it was America’s first target. With all major Japanese cities being on the coastline, the fleet of dozens of Dreadnoughts could wreak havoc on civilian targets; they were tasked with performing the “Chinese Technique,” which was code for slaughtering the populations of cities while leaving the countryside intact, so as to allow American settlers to readily pick up where a foreign people had left off. After the slaughter of 12 Samurai and 1 Swordsmen divisions, the Shogun himself took up the defense… only to see the Americans suddenly hastily retreat. The people of Japan rejoiced, as despite heavy military casualties, the city of Kyoto was intact and the American aggressors had been repelled by a divine wind.



    If the Shogun didn’t buy into the hysteria, he would have been correct. American policy planners took note of the massive open-field Japanese garrisons, speculating they had been formed to help control unruly feudal lords. Rather than take the city, it was instead decided these armies should be attacked in the field, while American cannons should also get the chance to decimate the Kyoto populace. In the meantime, shelling of the Japanese saltpeter mines eliminated the threat of muskets hampering an offensive, while alliances ensured no foreign sources would be flowing in to Japan’s many ports. Every nation except Korea was at war with Japan within a month due to America’s vast economic resources; Korea was left out of alliance talks not only to preserve the Korean roadway in Japan, but also to give America an opportunity to erase the country from the map if they went against America.



    America had also finally realized its ambition of ruling the Brazilian hinterland, with settlements popping up all over the country due to the industrious work of America’s labor gangs.

    1930 CE, America was acknowledged as de facto ruler of the world by nations around the globe. With American resources in every market, American troops on every continent, American fleets in every ocean, and a vested interest in staying on America’s good side in every nation, there was no contesting the Pax Americana. Half the world’s people proudly declared themselves to be American citizens, and with the vast fields of China far from being fully exploited, that number would surely continue to increase…


    Well, I had been planning on destroying Japan and then starting a world war against Carthage, Israel, Babylon, Arabia, Egypt and the Ottomans all at once, but look at that. :p

    At least this story is more or less finally finished. As always I'm including a save file for anyone who'd want to give it a gander; you need the Rhye's mod to play the save, of course.

    See you around in War is Inevitable: AoI 4.0 w/ Japan!
     
  10. Tergiversater

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    If it fails do they go to war with you?
     
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    No, fortunately. Propaganda's actually kind of broken in that way; every other mission can cause war if it fails and you're discovered. With propaganda you just lose the money you put down. But you can keep firing the mission over and over until you succeed. I normally take 4-5 tries before I get a city, depending on how close it is to me.
     
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    Is Democracy the only government you can't use it on?
     
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    It can't be used on Theocratic Monarchy either. Otherwise I'd have swallowed up Egypt and Carthage's fringes, especially the Suez Canal after they took it from Israel.
     
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    I'm guessing Espionage comes a lot earlier in the game in Rhyse?
     
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    If memory serves you unlock it around Feudalism in Rhye's. I don't even remember what the vanilla tech tree looks like anymore, actually. XD
     
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    Nicely done, sonic! Looking forward to AoI with Japan. When do you think you'll start?
     
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    Probably as soon as my school gets out tomorrow. :p
     
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    Takhisis is it fall yet

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    School gets out… while you stay in?
     
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    A fine story and a finer victory, SonicTH! :goodjob: Looking forward to the next story!
     
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    Thank you very much!

    Why yes. It's frigid out there. I pity the person who assumes a desert is always hot. :p
     

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