1866 AD – 1970 AD
Research goes Electricity -> Industrialism -> Radio -> Rocketry. In a promising sign, Elizabeth offers a trade of Wheat for Gems which I take. Apparently occupying someone’s capital is fine for trade relations. I propose open borders which also goes down pretty well. I feel comfortable that she won’t attack me now so I should have some time to deal with Isabella and Toku.
I capture Spain’s outlying colony of Valencia.
This is what mainland Spain looked like before the invasion
I capture Cordoba with an amphibious assault and then advance along land and capture Madrid (a triple holy city!), Salmanaca and Barcelona before getting peace with Isabella. I was very concerned about Osaka’s cultural influence choking off my Spanish acquisitions so I figured I should deal with Toku before finishing off Isabella.
Research now goes Satellites -> Plastics -> Composites -> Computers. Isabella starts trying to get cosy again by proposing open borders. This is really going to help me in my war against Toku so I accept. This is what mainland Japan looked like prior to my invasion:
I start with Osaka and then move along to capturing Satsuma, Tokyo, Kyoto and Kagoshima. With Japan gutted I turn my attention back to Isabella. In this time I built the Pentagon in Washington(!).
Research now goes Robotics -> Biology. I decide it is now time to finish off the Spanish. They have an empire of 2 parts, Seville:
And the rest:
I start off with Seville and then move down to take Santiago, Murcia and finally Toledo destroying the Spanish civilisation. If I was smart I would now roll over Korea but they have been friendly most of the game and it feels treacherous to do so. Seville and Toledo have high Korean culture pressure and are threatening to flip so I stack big garrisons in them to prevent this from happening. I know a lot of people don’t like this feature but it felt kind of cool to send in the tanks to crush a rebellion.
Research goes Refrigeration -> Genetics -> Medicine. After Medicine I turn off research and upgrade everything (this included some Warriors getting upgraded to Mechanised Infantry). I decide to finish off the Greek to help remove the “motherland” happiness penalty. I capture their final city easily and destroy their civ. I then move back to Japan. They now have 3 colonies, Sapporo
And a landmass
I invade the 3 colonies and then move on to the landmass, starting with Shimoneski and then moving on to Nagasaki, Izumo and Nagoya. This doesn’t destroy their civ and I notice they have an artic colony (Yokohama) so I go and take that. This also doesn’t destroy their civ so I extort their map for peace to find their last colony and it turns out they have another artic colony. Toku will have to wait for now as I have bigger fish to fry.
The world diplomatic situation is that Elizabeth has defensive pacts with both Roosevelt and Wang. As I said before I don’t really want to fight Wang, he also has modern weapons and I am worried about a 2 front war. In order to remove the Wang factor I declare war against Roosevelt which activates the defensive pact with Elizabeth who declares war on me. Her declaring war on me seems to have invalidated her pact with Wang (which I hoped it would) keeping him out of the conflict. I trigger off my first golden age to help roll Elizabeth. This is what the core of their civ looked like prior to the war:
The first thing that happened was that Roosevelt vassalled himself to Elizabeth. The first target was York, then we advanced on Warwick, Hastings and Oxford. With the English home isle conquered we move on to the other islands.
This was the next island to be captured:
And then the islands to Norwich and Brighton
This gave me over 64% land which should have triggered a Domination victory but because the scenario (on epic speed) finishes at 1850 it is not possible to do what because you just count as having won a time victory at 1850 or, if you modify the save to turn off time victory, a loss.
This was very disappointing as I have never won a domination victory and was keen to see the cinematic but oh well.