Not sure if this is the correct place for this, but I used to post AARs on another forum I was on and thought I'd start one up (mid game) here.
If this is not the correct place for it, feel free to move it or send me a PM explaining where to put it. It falls under the Games Category.
Very much a WIP (Work In Progress)
The AAR: The Rise of Rome
Game: Hearts of Iron 3: Semper Fi + Didays ICE Mod (mucho game improvements).
The Players: Eeyore - As Italia! Eeyores friend - As Germany!
The Goals: World Domination, focusing on defeating the USSR followed by the USA.
The Game So Far:
As Italy, I start off at war with Ethiopia. This is a very simple war despite the Mountains in the region. However, I mass troops around the Capital and let the war drag on to benefit as much as possible from having a War Economy. Eventually, due to a bit of forgetfulness on my part, I forget to end my attack on the Capital and am forced to Puppet the country. I leave the troops in the area to deal (eventually) with the British and French in East Africa.
With a crap economy, I am forced to focus on trades (mainly with the USA and USSR) to keep my economy afloat, and have to build brigade attachments for my Army, along with the Ships already in the Production que. Technology, I focus on Infantry, Armor, Support Weapons, and Aircraft. With little Leadership Points, I can't really focus on the Navy, or Bombers too much.
Germany, meanwhile, is a powerhouse. Lots of IC, lots of troops. Anschluss of Austria happens, as does the annexation of Czechslovakia forming Slovakia. Invasion of Poland happens, as does the Tripartite Pact...I join the Axis. Japan defeats Nationalist China and creates it as a Puppet (while taking control of all the Coastal areas). I annex Albania after King Zog gives into my demands and finally Hungary and Romania join the Axis. This allows me to declare war against Yugoslavia (which I could not before, as Romania guaranteed its Independence. Romania has a large Army useful vs the USSR.
After annexing Yugoslavia - and enjoying a War Economy - I think DOW the Allies as I did not want to wait for Germany to take Paris (and thus allow me to enter their war historically). This allowed me to wage war in East Africa, though this ended up going badly. I was vastly outnumbered (by the French mostly) and suffered. Even after France capitulated, I was on the run, and my entire East African Army got wiped out by the British. Ethiopia was also annexed by the British.
However, back in Europe, things were going well. I let the Germans take Denmark and the Lowlands before they struggled into France. They kept asking for assistance, but I refused, based on a Status Quo along the French border. I did send troops from Libya in Tunisia, while I also steamrolled the scant British in Egypt. A great victory came as I took control of the Suez Canal region. I then marched on Jerusalem and the region before running into massive supply problems.
You see, fighting alone in the Med. Sea, my weak Navy faced British and French Carrier groups. This did not go well for me, and my Navy was shattered. This left my Supply Convoys open to attack and I soon ran out of them. This, ultimately, led to my demise in East Africa - troops without supplies lose Organization and the ability to attack, rendering my Units inoperable even as the British counter attacked.
Greece had meanwhile fallen to my forces and Vichy France was also formed, eliminating most of the French forces and Navy. This was a relief. I had even invaded Southern France after a while to capture some Victory Point Locations. I made the mistake of not doing anything to Greece - leaving it as occupied territory. I then DOW'd Bulgaria and rolled through their country, before doing the same to Turkey, opening a new front against Russia (in the Caucaus) for the coming war with them.
The British bombed a Vichy Port and forced Vichy France into war. This helped in the region around Syria, as my out of supply troops could do little against the equally hopeless British. The Vichy Forces recieved help from Romanian Cavalry Units who made a long trip down. In the end, I had to resort to bombing the British to death - with my Tactical Bombers and some German Stukas who flew across Europe to help. British forces retreated into Neutral Iraq. But that soon changed.
Iraq secretly entered an Alliance with me and revolted against the British. I sent my Bombers into Iraqi airspace to aid them and the Iraqis reclaimed Kuwait. They are very close to joining the Axis now.
At this point, Germany invaded England and eventually conquered it. Operation Sealion success! Then, moving through Vichy France, we attacked Republican Spain - who had won the Spanish Civil War despite Facist and Nazi help to the Nationalists. This allowed us to secure Gibraltar, giving me (and the Vichy France Navy) complete control of the Med. I also relaunched my invasion of East Africa to avenge my losses and have the few remaining British troops on the run.
The most shocking thing of all of this? Romania successfully landed troops in Malta AND Yemen (knocking the latter out of the war entirely). An aggressive Romania will be quite useful once we launch Barbarossa.
Republican Spain was a long walk from East to West, with myself claiming 2/3'rds of the country, allowing the Germans to take the Northern Ports. I am also able to build many more units now - Italian Armor and Motorized is my focus as I look to leave my Infantry behind in the expanse of Russia. We are now planning our invasion of Russia and are moving our Troops from Western Europe to Eastern Europe to face the Bolshevik threat head on. Finland has also joined our alliance in preparation for the oncoming attack.