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Here is a game report of the updated EU8/9 rules. It's from a couple of years ago.

There are 8 players (Poland and Russia are added to the 6 usual ones in
periods I and II, in period III Sweden replaces Portugal) and they use many modified rules and events, and a set of redesigned maps and counters.

-- PERIOD I --

Turn 1/1492
I-3(1)/War in Italy (Napoli);
I-5/Dynastic alliance with Hungary
I-8(1)/Reformation (minor countries)
I-12(b)/Wars on the Roads of Spices: Veneto-Turkish commercial disputes
SPA and FRA attack Napoli, but as separate alliances. SPA annexes Calabria
after 2 turns of war and FRA annexes Napoli itself on the 1st turn (exchanged
for Artois with SPA at turn 4). Milano entered the war for itself and was
beaten by Savoie (allied of FRA).
TUR ravages Syria and annexes it whole.
SPA and POR allie and attack Marocco (both for annexion and presidio
purpose) and succed after 3 turn of war.
SPA discovers the America (the islands in Caraibes) and the Portuguese
explorers cross the Cape of Good Hope and discover the southern lands
of Africa.

Turn 2/1495
I-1/Treaty of Tordesillas
I-10/War with Scotland
1-11(1)/The end of the Golden Horde
I-H/Secularization of the Teutonic Order
ENG is at war with Scotland in turn 2. ENG manages a level -2 peace at the
end of the war (it lost 2 battles and was eager to end the war).
TUR takes Rhodes on turn 2, almost undefended by Major powers.
With the last Mongols out, RUS and POL feel confident enough to become
ally and attack the Don Cossaks on turn 2 and the war keeps on going
on the following turn.
Cabral and DaGama discover a maritime road to India to be used by the
Portuguese crown. On the return trip, the ships of Cabral sight the
coast of Brazil but do not stop.
Hispaniola is funded on Haiti and the Spanish explorations reach the
mainland in Costa Rica.

Turn 3/1500
I-4(1)/Hungarian Independance
I-8/Reformation (major powers)
I-9/Turkish Diplomatic Pressures
FRA is going protestant and starting to intensively explore North Atlantic
and America with Vespucci. Its first attempt on colonization is to
settle in Terre-Neuve, but this does succeed only on turn 6.
SPA supports the Counter-Reform and POL and ENG are Concilant.
TUR takes Moldavia on this turn. A Jagellon inherits the crown of
Hungary, discarding the weddings proposed by the Hasburgs, and allying
openly with Poland.
POL is checked by revolts and has hard times dealing both the revolts
and the Cossacks. RUS keeps putting pressure in Don. They manage to
put down the last defense of the Cossacks and dismantle this country.
In Maroc, POR annexes at last Fez and SPA sets a Presidio on the Marocan
Meanwhile Spanish vessels find a path around the Cape of Horn and then up
to Vera Cruz, the first european settlement on mainland America (in Costa
Rica). Some Portuguese ships go as far as the Cape of Horn but they do
not venture in the Pacific Ocean.
POR attacks the Muslim traders in India and sets a first European
trading post in Cochin. The Indian Ocean is charted up to Malacca but
Da Gama dies fighting the Gujerats and a white peace is signed that
gives not much to POR. Only a small part of the coast of Brazil is

Turn 4/1505
I-4(2)/Dynastic alliance with Bohemia
I-7/Habsburg Dynastic action
II-10/War in the Indian Ocean
On turn 4, Oman and Aden attacked a not really strong POR (there is only
one Portuguese TP in India and the Gujerat are still strong). POR comes to
an agreement with TUR in letting Aden to TUR (it's now in Treaty, so
giving it's commercial income) and Oman to POR (who should try to impose
a treaty as soon as a viceroy will have some time). Portuguese explorers
discover also the Spice Islands and set sail further in Pacific.
TUR attacks Persia and manages a level 4 peace, taking Armenia and Van
(in only one turn...)
Exchange of Napoli against Artois.
SPA and VEN are going for presidios (and succed) in Tripoli and
Cyrenaique during turns 4 and 5.
POL suffers troubled times (-1 STAB in turns 4 and 5) because of
enduring revolts. RUS lives through peaceful times.

Turn 5/1510
I-3(2)/War in Italy (Milano) => a revolt in FRA
I-8/Reformation (some more minor countries)
Many Revolts
More revolts in POL and FRA. Spain, deprived from its war for Milano,
seizes the opportunity and declares a war against France and Savoie. It
ends up annexing Nice. Not much else happen in Europe; TUR is busy
destroying Georgia. VEN tries to dominate Northen Italy by diplomacy.
Confident in its destiny as the leader of Orthodoxy, RUS attacks Pskow
and Ryazan. The small cities would prove tough nuts to crack: the war
would only end on turn 7 when the last spirit of resistance is burnt in
those cities, and the inhabitants dead.
POR, allied to Vijayanagar, tries to settle a colony in Goa. The
defenses of the city hold against the troops of the Sultan of Bijapur
which are later defeated by Albuquerque returning from Ormuz where
commercial arrangements were unsuccessfully attempted, and Oman were
a military treaty is sucessfully imposed.
The settlement in Goa would be from now on the jewel of the Portugal.
Meanwhile 6 ships lead by Pires leave Lisbon and go around
the globe in an epic travel of 3 years; only 2 ships survive.
SPA charts Guyana and reach Luçon crossing the Central Pacific Ocean.

Turn 6/1515
II-21: Apparition of the Moghols (conquest of Afghanistan)
A great amount of revolts (4!)
TUR fights Hugarian armies for Serbia and Bosnia. TUR takes back Serbia
but for Bosnia, this would have to wait.
RUS is at war against Pskow and Ryazan and suffers many defeats.
POL sets in peaceful times this turn and the next 2 ones to recover.
Learning of possible natives rich with gold, spanish conquistadors go
deep in America but do not find yet the main Aztecan city.
Fighting against the Sultan of Bijapur and the muslims traders, POR is
victorious (leaving only Aden and Diu as independant commercial cities).
POR begins some colonizations in Brazil. Japan is spotted but the first
explorers that landed never came back. Annual shipments of Spices and
Luxuries of Orient arrive now regularly in Lisbon.


Turn 7/1520
II-2(1)/Election of the HRE Emperor
II-16/War between Russia and Poland
The Spanish king is elected emperor, even if some malcontent electors
supported an outsider polish candidate (rumors are that England and
France were behind this scheme).
TUR declares war to the Mamelouks and in less than ten years would
defeat their resistance. Neither VEN nor SPA defend them.
POL and RUS decides for peace, and RUS finishes long sieges of Pskow
and Ryazan.
Coming from the sea, Cortes marches on Lima and submits the Incas.
First shipments of gold travel back to Spain from Guyana.
The Brazilian coast is almost entirely explored by POR at this time.
Portuguese emissaries go in China. POR attacks the Gujerats and captures
Diu: this ends their existence as an independant power.

Turn 8/1525
II-9/The Schmalkaldic League
I-11(2)/Russian annexion of Pskow and Ryazan
Cairo surrenders and TUR now dominates the Nile valley and the trade
from Levant.
Pskow and Ryazan are repopulated by Russian people from Moscow.
The emperor decides to ignore for the times being the religious
agitations in the HRE, and the so-called League of Schmalkalde.
First contacts made with Japan by POR.

Turn 9/1530
I-7/Habsburg Dynastic actions
II-4/End of the Union of Kalmar
The Ottomans decide to march in force against Christians: Hungary is on
their path. POL runs to the help of Hungary. The resistance is fierce
and the Turkish forces remain short from Buda.
A Portuguese Trading Post is founded in China (Macao). The last
portuguese important sea explorations discover the Sea of Japan, the
Northern Pacific ocean, and the sea bordering north of Australia.
POR sends conquistadors in Amazonia.
Expecting Gold and treasures, PIzarro goes deep in central America and
reaches at last the great city of Technochlitan; when he leaves, the
city is now called Mexico and the Aztecan empire lays in ruins.
A Spanish Trading Post is also settled in Luçon.

Turn 10/1535
II-11/Portuguese colonial dynamism
II-12/Spanish colonial dynamism
II-18/Forward to the Baltic Sea
The Turks make decisive advances in Hungary. Still the war is mainly a
war of attritions, and not of major defeats. Buda is conquered near the
end of the turn, but not Pecs. Poland holds the moutains of the
Carpathes, Austria moves forward to defend its frontier.
In the same years, RUS attacks the Livonian Brothers of the Sword.
Lithuanian forces help the Livonian army and defeat (barely) Russian
forces. However, the small amount of remaining ennemy forces tease Russia
in continuing the war.

Turn 11/1540
II-3/War in Italy
II-12/Spanish colonial dynamism
II-14/Russian conquest of the Khanats
III-22/Chinese Trade Attitude => closure
France hesitates about its conduct in Italy and does nothing yet but
raising armies.
RUS renews its attacks against the Nordic Orders and fails again; it
begins at the same time a war against Kazan.
SPA joins the fight against TUR to grab Hugarian provinces from the
Turkish claws; its armies are defeated. Austrian troops begins to
crumble and only Polish forces hold a little. Christianity holds its
breath, and is reassured onlu when the Ottomans pack up theirs forces
and agree for peace. Austria annexes provinces from Slovakia to Kapela,
POL both mountainous provinces and TUR all the rest (with Transylvania
as a vassal). No Crusade is called; some spanish advises against this
were surely issued to the Pope.
FRA attacks SPA on some obscur inheritance claims for Lombardia. The
military campaigns won't achieve anything, and they soon make peace
What is ENG doing those turns? Exploring the world. But French guys were
already traveling in the same places.

Turn 12/1545
II-1/Act of Supremacy
III-8/Secularization of the Nordic Orders
III-12/Revolt of Corsica
The Collapse of the Brothers of the Sword lure Sweden in Livonia. Facing
now Sweden and Lithuania (reinforced by Polish forces now free of the war
in Hungary), RUS withdraw from the fight and turns its armies against
Kazan. Now this is a war that goes well, but slowly.
Poland fights back Sweden and takes Riga but further fortresses in
Estland and Neva are too strong to be taken without a fleet.
TUR is once again fighting Persia.
ENG decides to break with the Pope; it seems that it was well for FRA,
why not for England ? Ireland is set aflame and revolts: their rebellion
won't be submitted in the next 20 years...
Adding injure to insult, FRA and SPA decides to arm England right at
that time. SPA debarks in England whereas FRA assault Calais. England
obtains peace only by giving Calais back to the French. End of the last
jolt inherited from the Hundred Year War.
SPA and POR develops their colonial empires in their respective areas.

Turn 13/1550
II-13/Union of Lublin
Many revolts
TUR takes Kurdistan and Dagestan from Persia.
The Russian war against Kazan goes well, but is very slow: the conquest is
still far from made.
Poland and Lithuania contemplates a Union, but for now their worries are
turned towards Sweden. Their combined forces defeat the swedish army but
the fortresses hold. In a bold campaign, POL crosses through besieged
provinces and takes major parts of Finland. Sweden sue for peace and
abandons Livonia and gives somes lands in the deep of Finland (Häme) to
lithuanian noblemen.
SPA helps its Genovan allies and crush the revolt in Corsica.
POR is satisfied with its dominance of trade in Asia, but...

Turn 14/1555
II-2(2)/Habsburg Dynastic Commitments
II-10/War in the Indian Ocean
II-15/Russian Superiority over the Khanats
The population of Oman attacks the occupying Portuguese. Fleets from
Aden and Turkish vessels help them. Using a last surge of dynamism, POR
defeats its foes and puts back Oman under its dominance.
Spain has finally a web of solid alliances by marriages all around it
(alla dynastic actions A and B).
TUR attacks SPA in North Africa and tries to destroy the Presidios. The
Tercios fight bravely and save them, but this costs many spanish lifes.
RUS at last destroy Kazan (just in time for the objective).

Turn 15/1560
III-1(1)/Revolt of the United Provinces
III-11(1)/Wars of Religion in France
III-19/Revolts in Ceylan
III-20/The Great Moghol Akbar (conquest of Dehli, Oudh, Bengal, Gujerat)
At that time, Spanish colonial empire is spread all across southern and
central America and brings back aournd 200 ducats in gold each turn.
Portugal has set many tranding posts in Asia, from Diu to Japan, passing
through Goa, Ceylan, Malacca, the spice islands, China. Installations
were set in Africa, with a small colony at the Cap. Brazil is also
colonized all along the coast.
France has set three colonies in Terre-Neuve, Montreal and Quebec, and
a trading post in on the coast of Delaware.
England is late: its first colony, New-York, is created at this time.

Maybe because Spain did not react to the defy of the League of
Schmalkalde, religious struggles erupt all over Europe.
Spain is caught unaware by revolts in Holland that soon degrade in a
full scale rebellion of the United Provinces. It manages to quench the
revolts in Belgium, but the north up to Limburg and Brabant is firmly
held by the rebels.
In the same time, french catholics that were malecontent with the
choice of protestantism take the arms against their king. Hard campaigns
and two major battles are not enough to force them into submission:
peace only by giving many fotresses in Île-de-France as places of
safety for the Catholic cause.
Lastly, Sweden attacks Danemark in an attempt to take back its national
territy still submitted to the Danish. It does not go well: its army is
crushed by Danemark.
Turkey decides its high time to advance in the Mediterranean sea: its
attacks Venize and grabs some islands.
Far away, a new distribution of powers in Asia emerges. When Russia
advances towards Tartaria and Siberia and crush the last Mongols in the
west, the Moghol dinasty that dominates Afghanostan finds with its new
ruler, Akbar, a surge of power. A few years later, the Moghols rule northern
India. The portuguese establisments in Diu are destroyed, as well as the
recent trading post in Colombo, when Ceylan is plagued by internal

Turn 16/1565
II-21/Apparition of the Mongol Empire (conquest of Penjab)
III-11(2)/Wars of Religion in France
IV-7/The English Civil War
Russia wars against Siberian armies so it may march further in Asia.
But Poland grabs the occasion to attack Russia, confident in its
technological advantage in warfare. Lithuania and Poland signs the Union
of Lublin between the two kingdoms and declare war. Polish armies come
from Ukrania, Lithuania and Finland but do only succeed to take Pskow.
Wanting to finish quickly this war, and because on the whole it has
repulsed the assaults, Russia agrees for a white peace but gives back
their autonomy to the cossacks of the Don (only one province).
The Catholic Saint League renews its military campaigns against the king
of France, and this time the battle greatly favors them; the king is
complied to sign a disastrous Truce and gives a place of safety in Orléans
to the catholic party, that are added to the fortress of Paris.
Maybe inspired by this, the english king decides to turn its back to
anglicanism and renew bonds with the Papacy. The Parliament rebels
against this position. Sadly for it, its armies are utterly defeated on
the field and the king takes back many provinces in England. Catholic
revolts that were plaguing Ireland since 20 years are now stronger.
Spain and Poland makes plan to help the english king but do not find the
opportunity to bring armies. Spain tries to debark in Ireland but is
stopped bu the english navy.
Holland defeat the Spaniards and keep control of Limburg and Brabant.
Spain facing troubles, TUR chooses this time to attack the Knigths
refugied in Malta who plague its commerce. The Great Master of the
Ordre, La Valette, dies in the first assault. The city will not resist a
second one, and surrender before the ships of Venize and Spain succeded
in breaking the turkish supply.

Turn 17/1570
III-6/Portuguese disaster in Africa
III-10/Revolt in the Sierra Nevada
III-17/Archangelsk and the Moscovite Trading Company
Siberia is crushed by Russia, now that Moscow is no more threatened by
Poland. Colonization of Siberia is about to begin.
The revolt in Granada adds to the troubles of Spain. Helped by the
french catholic armies of the League, and by Poland, Spain manages to
fight back Algerians and Turks that tried to help the revolt. The
revolts themselves will last another five years.
In England, the Parliamentarists are thrown out of England by the
King's armies. The King enters in London. The last remains of the
Parliament hold a now pacified Ireland, the colonies, and the fleet
with many a brilliant admiral.
With so many religious struggles, the French Catholics are content with
peace (besides, they are warring in Spain).
A Truce was negotiated in Holland, eagerly by both sides. Holland begins
to send explorers towards Asia.
Sweden is still at bay against Danemark, obtaining no decisive victory.

Turn 18/1575
III-2/Amsterdam Stock Exchange
III-13/Union between Poland and Sweden
III-16/War in Siberia
The english King orders to build a navy, so he can crush the last
english parliamentarists seeking refuge in Ireland but Rupert never
manages to hold te sea of Man for attempting a landing.
In Holland also the cause of protestantism seems in jeopardy.
The combined armies of the Spaniards and the french Saint League defeat
armies from Netherlands twice in major victories and Spain regains
Limburg and besieges Brabant.
Spain is also still trying to fight against the revolts in the Sierra
Nevada so Turkey attacks Venize one more time. Spain has its hands full
and can not really help its Italian ally; Venize keeps only Corfu of all
the Mediterranean islands.
Sweden sees at last the end of its nightmare: a major victory against
Danish armies brings a needed peace; the Danish King renouces its claim
on the Swedish crown but gives no land. At the same time, Poland elects
a swedish King: the next troubles might come from this.
Yermark destroys one more time the Siberian forces, with no difficulty.

Turn 19/1580
III-5/War between Scotland and England => Covenanters
III-9/War between Persia and Turkey
III-18/Persians Safavids
TUR has now to turn its attention eastward: Shah Abbas seizes the power
in Persia and attacks the Ottomans. Many soldiers die and Turkey buys
the peace with gold.
HOL begins to battle Portuguese overseas. In response, Spain decides
to seize the Portuguese crown directly, using dynastic ties to claim the
crown of the king dead 8 years before in Marocco. Noone supports the
independance of Portugal and it surrenders easily. Holland occupies
Elmina and the Cap.
Cromwell is now the leader of the parliamentarists and designs a New
Model Army using brand new Mousquets. Attacked in the south from the
sea by Cromwell, and from the north by the Covenanters, the english
Royalists face a hard task. They move south but are destroyed by the
New Model Army. Cromwell begins the reconquest of England but dies
in a battle. The King is refuged in London with no troops. The
Covenanters agree to sign a peace with the Parliament, taking
Durham for Scotland.

Turn 20/1585
III-4(1)/War between Danemark and Sweden
Danemark attacks Sweden after a short peace. The fate is in favor of
Danemark who occupies Bergsladen. Sweden counter-attacks in Copenhague
and besieges the city. The danish navy makes a sortie, and is destroyed.
Now secure in the east, the Ottomans give another go against their
favorite prey: Venize. In one turn, they take the Dalmatian coats and
Corfu, Venize receiving yet another time no help.
Spain is busy against Holland, trying also to contain Dutch far from
the Portuguese overseas possessions. This does not go well and Holland
occupies more trading posts. As they feel they can not occupy Elmina any
longer, the Dutch burn the trading post.
The Truce is then broken in the French Wars of Religion. The king has
some years of preparation and manages to weaken the Catholics. A new
peace is negotiated that removes Paris from treir hands.
Following the same elan in England, the Protestants are now victorious:
the king is captured during a brief siege of London and the remaining of
England is retaken by the Parliament.

Turn 21/1590
II-17/War between Russia and Turkey
III-3(1)/Creation of the East Indian Company
IV-9/Dutch colonial dynamism => Creation of the VOC
Spain, irritated by the victory of the Parliament and the overseas
successes of the Dutch, attacks at last the League of Schmalkalde.
Holland interfers and this does not go as well as it could. Reformed
cities surrender in Germany but the League keeps on fighting.
At the same time, Spain loses back Limburg to a Dutch army lead by Maurice.
Inspired maybe by this crusade against the Reform, the Truce is broken
again in France: the protestant king is now at bay and, worse, does not
manage to find a compromise with the Catholics. The armies remain on the
field. The only hope of the king is that Guise died in a battle, so the
Catholic party lack now a pretendant to the throne with good credentials.
Sweden tries harder against Danemark; it destroys once again the danish
vessels and capture both Copenhaguen and the island of Gotland. But on
land the Danish armies are victorious: they conquer Jämtland after
Bergladen, but are fortunately repulsed by the fortifications around
Russia and Poland decides that the Ottomans have had a life too easy for
too long a time. Russian armies attack its vassal Astrakhan while Polish
armies hold the Turks in the Carpathes. The whole Russian army is
destroyed by the Ottomans whereas Poland and Turkey achieve a stalemate
(for instance, losing both in one battle around 3/4 of the forces
involved, 2 full armies on each side).
With the war in Germany about to worsen (Brandeburg sides with the League
for the next turn), Turkey prefers to sign a white peace so it may use
the difficulties of Austria.

Turn 22/1595
III-1(2)/Creation of the VOC => Dutch colonial dynamism
III-11(4)/Wars of Religion in France => War of Succession
The Ottomans attack Austria, in a clear attempt to grab Vienna. Poland
continues its war against the Turks by helping Austria. Repulsed once by
polish forces, then pushing them aside and arriving just before the gates
of Vienna, the turks are defeated by the Autrian army coming back from
Saxe. They withdraw their forces and sign a peace.
The Habsburgs try to destroy the League of Schmalkalde but this is too hard,
facing the Turks, Holland, many German protestants. The war stops,
Austria annexing Schwaben for its troubles.
Spain agrees also that it is time to recognize the independance of
Holland. They let Limburg to the Dutch, along with the Cap and a trading
post in Nyaza. This early reconnaissance is motivated by the resistance
of the fortified trading post in the Spice Islands. It help 15 years
without relief, and Spain is satisfied to keep it out of Dutch hands by
this peace.
Spain obtains great victories in France. After the death of Guise,
the catholics have no hope that the legitimate heir would be a faithful
catholic. They decide to conquer the crown by arms. Spanish armies help
the Catholic League and they obtain great successes. Navarre and Condé fly
with only remains of their armies.
Sweden tries to defeat Danemark but fails once again. Both countries
stand on their positions and none wants to sign a losing treaty.
England is kept busy by a lasting rebellion in Munster, besieging the
insurrected city.

Turn 23/1600
III-1(3)/League of Nassau
III-15(1)/Oprichnina => revolt in Russia (Ivan is dead)
III-20/The Great Moghol Akbar
(conquest of Indus, Balouchistan, Orissa, Gondana)
Spain would like to see the victory in France but once again its armies
are drawn in Germany when Hessen and some protestant lords attack the
Archdioceses on the Rhine. Yet another stalemate results of this
struggle involving Spain, Austria, Holland, and the german states.
Brandeburg joins Hessen at the end of the turn and more religious
troubles are to be expected during the following years.
In France, the Catholics lead the dance. The army of Navarre is
surrounded and destroyed in his attempts to walk on Paris, and
he ends in Toulon, threatened by Farnese's army in Nice. Condé lead
the last protestant army which is in Vendée, closelyè followed by
Mayenne and its Catholics. Spain helped a lot the Catholics whereas
the Protestants did receive no support from England of Holland. But
this is due to another confrontation in the north.
Another religious struggle happens when the kings of Poland and Sweden
die the same year. A dynastic crisis in Poland is solved when a Vasa is
again elected. The new king makes claims for the swedish crown with
support from Russia (who looks eagerly towards Newa) and Spain (who
would not be against a victory of catholicism in Sweden). Its authority
in Poland is established by moving his capital in Varsovia, and by paying
with spanish gold many mercenaries (from Sweden and Poland) that thus
agree to fight to seize Sweden. Sweden ends up assaulted by Danemark
in the north, by supporters of the now polish king that are based in
Smäland, and by Russians in Newa and Finland.
Holland and England help Sweden and try to stop Spanish fleets that
attempt to enter the Baltic sea. First they succeed and an english army
that arrives to defend Stockholm manages to defeat and besiege the
polish army in a bold move. Then the spanish navy goes again out on sea,
escapes numerous times the blockade and debark an army in the north,
and many polish reinforcements in the south. The english army is then
defeated by the reinforcements. Fortune does not abandon completely
Sweden: the spanish army lead by Spinola suffers badly from winter and
has to retreat back across the Baltic in Kurland.
The last hope of Sweden lies in the fact that Danemark now agrees to
sign a peace after defeats against the swedish army. Nothing is gained
nor lost as result of the war, but Sweden is left at war against only
one alliance.
But the Christians should look eastward, and not west or north are they
are doing now: an ageing Soliman has decided major reforms in Turkey. The
Pashas are destituted by order of the Sultan, and a modern and
professionnal army is created by extending the Janissaries. Will they
march next against Vienna one more time, or north against Poland ?
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