Last time, after setting everything up to begin, I selected the mission “The Auld Alliance”, which requires raising France’s opinion of Scotland up to 150.
There’s a long way to go yet, but at least their opinion of me is positive and due to increase. To speed this up, however, I’ll send a diplomat to improve relations with France.
Once my merchant has arrived in Lübeck, I find that the amount of money he’s bringing back is… well, dreadful, to say the least.
Apparently he’s getting a huge penalty for collecting from “Trade not in capital”, leaving him with so little trade power that he can only bring back 0.03 ducats a month to Scotland. Perhaps it would be better to try transferring trade power instead…
From what I understand, to transfer trade power successfully, it has to be transferred from the next node “upstream” from where you have a merchant collecting. Since I have a merchant collecting at the North Sea node, I should send a merchant to the White Sea node… which, unfortunately, is not in range. Perhaps I’ll just leave trade matters as is for now and take a look at that alliance offer you’ve probably noticed in the corner.
It’s from Leinster! They may not be particularly useful, though they could help with seizing Meath when it’s time to go to war with England. Besides, an alliance with a small country is a step towards eventually annexing them, so who would say no to that?
Another alliance offer? I seem to be popular with the Irish! I may as well accept. If I’m lucky, I may even be able to get all of Ireland on my side against England!
…on second thought, that may not work, seeing as Tyrone apparently hates me.
Munster seems to be a likely enough ally, at least.
Looks like I was right! Now that I have most of Ireland on my side, I’ll at least have some help against England – and some small nations to hopefully annex diplomatically in the future.
Not too long after these alliances were formed, I’ve received a royal marriage offer now from Connacht!
Forming royal marriages with the other Irish nations as well is probably a good idea.
Well, that was easy. Now that I’ve got the Irish strongly on my side, the next step is, what, to wait for relations with France to improve further? That sounds about right.
Part 3: Coming soon