Yeah so, this is a centralized thread for my "Greekmerica" EU4 game and I might use it for all future 4X stuff too. It's....well I won't lie it's essentially a second personal thread, but I like having all of this stuff in one place better. It's easier to search for and I find it fun to read (which is why I write it).
This particular game of EU4 runs on The Third Oddyssey
mod, which you can get a brief overview of here
. A longer description is behind those ParadoxPlaza links but you'd need an account to view them, and you need the game to have an account.
Generally I don't do full AARs, instead I try to do sort of, in-universe encyclopedia entries, framed as being written long after the events they're about (which doesn't always work out if something ends up happening that contradicts what I say but hey).
I've written three of these for "Greekmerica" (actual name: The Elysian Empire) so far, and may write more. I also wanna put together a historical timeline and world map when I'm done with the campaign.
Some general notes about Elysia:
-Elysians are Byzantine-descended but, per in-game flavor events, don't speak Byzantine Greek (nor what we'd recognize as modern greek) instead speaking what is called Elysian, which itself has a number of sub dialects.
-Because The Elysian Greeks got there first, the continents are called north and south Elysia, rather than north and south America.
-"Barbaroi" can mean two things, it's both a term for all Native Elysians (see the prior entry) and specifically, a caste within Elysian society consisting of Hellenized natives. "Barbaroi" with a capital B refers to the latter, and "barbaroi" with a lowercase B to the former, though the former also tend to simply be called, well, Native Elysians.
-Albanians fled to North Elysia not long after the Byzantines and form a large minority in several parts of North Elysia
-Likewise, a splinter kingdom that exists in OTL Mexico called Spartania was formed not long after the initial landing. They have a different style of government and are much more militaristic. Despite being the same religion and same general culture, Spartania and Elysia don't get along very well.
-The official state religion of Elysia is Elysian Orthodox Christianity, distinct from old-world Orthodoxy by recognizing The Elysian Patriarch in New Constantinople (OTL Delaware) as the head of the faith, rather than the Ecumenical Patriarch in old Constantinople. Several areas have their own regional patriarch (a list of whom is below), as is true of Old World Orthodoxy both in this timeline and OTL.
-Speaking of, the EOC has spread to several Native Elysian nations. These, presumably, have their own patriarchs as well, though they're not marked on the map as ours are.
(note 1: regencies are called by an heir who is a minor. That there have been three in a row as of the time of this writing is coincidental, but apt, given what I know of Byzantine history. The actual regents are my own invention, though usually I pick from the advisors I have in-game.)
(note 2: Elysian Emperors are, or are at least supposed to be, numbered in-continuity with prior emperors of Byzantium, who in turn are numbered in continuity with prior emperors of Rome. This reflects the in-universe Elysian belief that they are the rightful rulers of Rome, and that New Constantinople [Neo Konstantinopolis in Elysian] is the rightful current seat of the empire.)
(note 3: In general I try to anglicanize the emperors' names, as Wikipedia does, but in some cases (eg. Andronikos) there either isn't an English version, or if there is, I don't know it)
- Historical Roman & Byzantine Emperors, Augustus Caesar - Manuel II (27BC - 1425AD)
- John VIII (1425 - 1445) [historical]
- Consantine XI (1445 - 1456) [historical]
- Justinian III (1456 - 1473) [might be the same person as Thomas Palaiologos]
- Manuel III (1473 - 1516)
- John IX (1516 - 1531)
- Interregnum: Regency by Head of The Senate Isaakios Diasorenos (1531 - 1535) [for Manuel IV]
- Manuel IV (1535 - 1575) [briefly disputed by Basil Laskaris 1535 - 1534]
- Interregnum: Regency by Senator Artavasdos Romanos (1575 - 1583) [for Constantine XII]
- Constantine XII (1583 - 1617)
- Interregnum: Regency by General Konstas Akropolites (1617 - 1631) [for Andronikos V]
- Andronikos V (1631 - 1652) [disputed by Leo Monomakos, 1631]
- Interregnum: Regency by General Theodosios Kaukedenos (1652 - 1666) [for Leo VII]
- Leo VII (1666 - 1672)
- Tiverios IV (1672 - 1698)
- Sophia (1698 - 1723)
- Interregnum: Regency by General Konstas Botaneiates (1723 - 1725) [for Constantine XIII]
- Constantine XIII (1725 - 1739)
- Interregnum: Regency by Head of the Senate Hekuran Faqemiri (1739 - 1743) [for Constantine XIV]
- Constantine XIV (1743 - 1752)
- Theodora II (1752 - 1798)
- Leontias II (1798 - 1821) [Game End]
(note: city name, then province name.)
(note 2: any references to patriarchs by name are my own invention. The game just calls the reigning EP "The Patriarch", and the others aren't interacted with at all. Incidentally my personal running assumption has been that the Patriarchs of New Constantinople are *not* numbered in continuity with the old, since it's a new city.)
Controlled By Us:
- The Ecumenical Patriarch (Neo Konstantinopoli, Elysia Province) [OTL Delaware]
- The Patriarch of Illion (Santee, Illion Province) [OTL South Carolina]
- The Patriarch of Borea (Hochelega, Tibes Province) [OTL New Brunswick, Canada]
- The Patriarch of Amaroy (Eerie, Amaroy Province) [OTL Northwest Pennsylvania]
- The Patriarch of The Islands (Avana, Avana Province) [OTL Havana, Cuba]
- The Patriarch of Caddo (Chitimacha, Neo Antioch Province) [OTL Louisiana]
- The Patriarch of Lakonia (Neo Sparta, Laconya Province) [OTL Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico]
Controlled by Spartania:
- The Patriarch at Acapulco (Acapulco, Acapulco Province) [OTL Mexico]
Controlled by The Huron Federation:
- The Patriarch of The Huron (Moose Cree, Mosoni Province) [OTL Canada]
"Articles" on various things. Note that in most cases, the contents of these articles are myself building what I see as plausible narratives from the (relatively small amount of) information the game gives: