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    INTRODUCTION

    Hello, Daimyos! This is my second story of STW2, aiming at finishing a Shimazu campaign (Domination + Legendary). Many of the strategic and tactical discussions are based on the first story (Chosokabe, here is the link).

    In fact, I seriously hate the Shimazu clan because they are usually hardly any strategy required to win with them in any Sengoku game. Maybe I can make this one a little harder.

    Premises

    (1) Must convert to Christianity. Shimazu's family crest is the Christian cross. So we must convert.
    (2) Must use tactics favored by the historical Shimazu clan "Bait and Hidden". Please see explaination below.
    (3) Must figure out an effective field tactics with guns, like the historical Shimazu.



    The above diagram shows what "Bait and Hidden" basically is. I am not sure why Shimazu made such a big deal out of this to give it a unique name and became famous for it, because this tactic is nothing but luring an enemy into a trap - any 1-star general should know this trick. But apparently Shimazu's opponents were all dumb enough to fall for this elementary-school trick again and again. Maybe not marching into a likely trap is a sign of cowardness and dishonor?

    Or maybe Shimazu's large number of guns requires this tactics, because guns cannot be used behind their main line - the straight-travelling bullets would shoot their own men's back. Shimazu had to arrange the guns on both sides so they could shoot the enemy's side and back. Instead of crediting Shimazu's cunning tactics or their enemy's incompetency, maybe it is Shimazu's only choice. If they win, it is because they managed to move the guns to the sides. If they lose, maybe their line did not hold long enough for their guns to rout their enemy.

    Let's get started!

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    I'm curious how you'll succeed in this.
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    Book 1 - Libera Me Domine

    Chapter 01. Saving Precious Honor

    Daimyos! My name is Shimazu Takahisa, the daimyo of the Shimazu clan. From now on I will proudly present the glorious story of Shimazu. Let me start with introducing our clan.



    First, Shimazu has absolutely the sickest location nihon. We have few powerful enemies, but we are so close to all trade nodes. As long as we are not complete idiots, we should be able to defeat one enemy after one. The only reason for us to fail is that we expand too slowly and allow another clan to unite pretty much the rest of Japan. This is pretty much what happened in the history.

    Shimazu has the best Katana Samurai in Japan, although in a closer look you will see that they are not really that much better than the rest. This sword light infantry is excellent in offence, but has relatively poor melee defence and armor. Certainly, we would train them using the expert armorers stationed in Satsuma to improve their longevity on the battlefield. We also have to accompany them with Yari Ashigaru early on, and Naginata Samurai later on.

    Shimazu is the only great clan that is blessed by the option to construct a Nanban Trading Port from the start. The Nanban Port will allow us to import Matchlocks to train Matchlock Ashigaru. After the conversion, we will be able to upgrade the port into a Nanban Quarter to import European Cannons and Nanban Trade Ship. Since all of the above imports are ranged units, we are curious that if we build in port in Buzen, our "imported" units would receive the accuracy bonus of the province. We will have to find out.

    Converting to Christianity definitely has its drawbacks. I will be veiwed as a dishonored daimyo (-2), which could have widespread negative consequences. Other clans will dislike us (-40) simply because of the religious difference. We will need some extra time to convert all our provinces to Christianity before we can move on. So this means that we will expand more slowly. But when we do, maybe we will be so powerful that nobody can stop us!

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    You know, I have always heard people commenting that my face really resembles the Chosokabe Daimyo, the Mori Damiyo, the Takeda Daimyo, the Uesugi daimyo... OK, maybe we are all clones. Let's switch the topic to how to better prepare for a seamless conversion to the Nanban religion.



    Saving Precious Honor

    The most important thing about preparing for the conversion is Honor. My personal honor is important in three ways, the happiness of my people, the diplomatic popularity of the clan, and the loyalty of my generals.

    For the happiness of my people, Honors have the following effect:

    Honor = 1 or less: -2 penalty to happiness
    Honor = 2: -1 penalty to happiness
    Honor = 3: no effect
    Honor = 4: no effect
    Honor = 5: +1 bonus to happiness
    Honor = 6 or above: +2 bonus to happiness

    So I should at least avoid my honor to drop to 2 or below.

    The effect of my honor on diplomatic popularity is quite random. At really high honor, it is possible to obtain up to +60 relationship from certain clans, although it is more reasonable to expect +30 or less (often there is no effect at all). Also, even for the same clan, in different seasons they tend to view honor differently. It is hard to predict. Let's just aim to increase Honor as much as possible.

    The effect of my honor on general's loyalty is of little concern here, since we Shimazu clan is famous for our loyal generals. They will forgive me for beliving in even the flying spaghetti monster.

    Since converting to Christianity reduces Honor by 2, I have to look for ways to restore my honor and hopefully still reach the maximum of 6. So I will be looking for five points of extra honor.

    Here are the ways to improve Honor:

    Default (+3) - Just like my clones everywhere in Japan... I start with 3 points of personal honor.
    Arts (up to +1) - Tea Ceremony
    Skills (up to +2) - Honorable, starting at level 4
    Vassal (up to +1) - Only one is needed
    Retainers (up to +3) - at level 2, 4, and 6
    Random event (up to +1) - when another clan has a terrible harvest, donate 2500 koku to them. This may not happen at all.

    What's no longer/will not be available:

    Heroic victory (+1) - this has probably been taken out by patching
    Polite Wife (+1) - sadly, I have to be polite to my wife in exchange for a quiet evening.
    Order a disloyal general to commit Seppoku (up to +1) - our clan has extra-loyal generals, so this won't happen.

    The earliest available honors are Vassal and Retainer at level 2 (20 experience required), for a total of +2 Honor. This will offset my Christianity conversion penalty and brings my Honor back to +3, the minimal Honor to avoid penalty.

    When I reach level 4 (120 experience required), I will be able to obtain the Honorable Skill and another Retainer for up to 3 more honor points to push my Honor to max (+6). Or I can save one point of skill but research the art of Tea Ceremony, which is a pre-requisite for other arts that boost our diplomatic standing with other clans. We could really use those positive quirks in diplomacy to improve our anti-Buddha image.

    So we could convert to Christianity as soon as we have a Vassal and I reach level 2. However, the instant diplomatic penalty might not be worth the risk. We need to establish all the trade relations first. Maybe a more reasonable timing is until I get to level 4, and have a robust economy supported by prosperous trade network.

    I will discuss the other preparations for conversion later.

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    I am now 31 years old, but I still recall the days I was young and passionate...



    So now I have three sons aged at 12, 10, and 8! I have heard that other daimyos's kids joining the clan affairs as early as 14 years of age. So very soon the Shimazu clan will have a lot of generals running around. We probably have the best family roster among all clans in Japan.

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    Our first objective is to occupy the Osumi province, which is right beside Satsuma. We should be able to reach the castle there in the same season. Upon completion of the objective we will be rewarded by a year of increased recruitment capacity.



    The Osumi province is owned by the Ito clan, which is already at war with us. Fighting them is quite the obvious choice.

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    Right now we only know two clans: the hostile Ito clan to the east, and the neutral (but trading) Sagara clan to the north. While Ito has two provinces and Sagara only one, Ito's provinces range from average to poor, and Sagara's Higo is one of the richest provinces in Japan. However, there is one port in Ito's provinces, but none for Sagara.



    As I have been living in Satsuma for 31 years, I of course have heard the existence of other clans in Kyushu island. Currently, the Shoni clan owns two very rich provinces in the north. The Shoni clan is probably going to war the Otomo clan in the east, if they have not already. Otomo's Bungo province already has a Naban Trade Port. We will avoid capturing this province before building our own Naban Trade Port in another province (we are planning for Buzen).

    While in history the Otomo clan will become a great power in northern Kyushu, here Otomo is likely to fail in no time, because they are diplomatically imcompetent idiots. Very soon they will go to war with pretty much everybody nearby, and while one army marches toward their castle, they will promptly empty the castle to invade the opposite direction. So they are strategically incompetent morons as well.

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    Otomo's inevitable complete failure in diplomacy might be a result of their Nanban religion. Let's hope we will not end up like them.



    Let's deal with Ito's Osumi province first! Did someone mention Shimazu is so darn easy? Surprisingly there were not even a general there to defend. The defenders have one more Bow Ashigaru unit, light cavalry and samurai retainer, but we have two generals and Yari Samurai. We can still expect an easy win here.

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    The Osumi is located beside the coast. Anyone who has a basic sense of direction knows that the coast is to the southeast. Since on the battlemap the coast appears on the top, we know that Ito's reinforcement, which is located northeast of the castle, must appear the bottom-left of the battlefield. Right?



    Wrong! Apparently the battleifled is always arranged with north on the top. This means that Ito's reinforcement will appear on the northeast. Maybe the local coast has a strange twist so the ocean appears to the north - something like this:

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    Oh wait the second - the Osumi castle is not even located by the coast on the campaign map! Maybe the water on the battlefield is just a wide river. Anyway, we successfully intercepted Ito's reinforcement by deploying on the top-right. (Lesson learned: Army's campaign map layout matches with the battlefield reinforcement direction - north is top) Their Light Cavalry foolishly charged at us, right into our yari infantry. They were routed very quickly.

    Our own reinforcement, which is ME alone with my bodyguards, appear on the top-left of the battle. There is actually a shortcut from top-left to top-right along the coast. So I ordered my men to ran on the beach. Nice sand.

    So this is probably not a river. Hm...

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    After routing Ito's Light Cavalry, their Yari Ashigaru charged at us, so we charged at them!



    They have two units of Yari Ashigaru. We also have two units of Yari Ashigaru plus one unit of Yari Samurai. So we are bound to win this encouter. Besides, my general is going to perform a back charge on them immediately.

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    Ha! Ito's Yari Ashigaru routed even before my general's bodyguards' katana cut their fat arses into four. Seeing all its comrades fleeing, ito's Bow Ashigaru is about to lose its will to fight!



    That's right, my general will charge them next!

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    The moment my general made contact, Ito's Bow Ashigaru started fleeing toward the beach, hoping to make their way into the Osumi castle.



    Oh, they don't know what's waiting for them on the beach.

    Note: It seems that patches have made fleeing reinforcement flee into the castle, instead of fleeing out of the battlefield. This could get them all killed badly should their fleeing route is blocked by the attacker's army.

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    The beach is quite wide, but strangely Ito's fleeing men prefer to make a straight long line.



    At the moment I was rushing ahead to intercept the fleeing Bow Ashigaru. Ito's fleeing Light Cavalry bumped right into me like a traffic accident - none of them survived the collision.

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    When the collision happened, some of my bodyguards were jammed on the scene, and I actually rode off with the rest of the bodyguards without waiting for them.



    This was a pure accident. I only realized all this when my bodyguards told me about it (watching the replay) later.

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    My general also had a hard time catching the fleeing Bow Ashigaru. Apparently these runners liked to hug the cliff also in a line, even though there are so much more space on the beach.



    But here comes another collision!

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    No! One of them got away! Don't let him escape!



    Ranged units retreating back into the castle is bad news for us.

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    Great! None of the reinforcement made into the castle. Now we can take our time with our Bow Ashigaru to shoot the defenders...



    Wait, who left the battle timer on 20 minutes?! We only have 10 minutes left?! (Note: it was also a pure accident.)

    So we have to rush the rest! The yari units are used to distract the defenders, while our Bow Ashigaru shoot their back. But many of them are sheltered by structure, so we failed to kill most of them before we decide to proceed with the storm directly.

    (Note: if we have more time, we can re-position the army to encourage the defenders to regroup and pick another spot, so hopefully everyone of them will be exposed.)

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    After we burned down the castle gate, the defending Samurai retainers attempted to block our entry.



    But we encouraged them to move away with 3 volleys of arrows - which failed to kill any of them, by the way.

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    So it is time to storm in! As there were no spear units inside, my general and I also joined the battle, one responsible for each unit along with one Yari Ashigaru.



    I lost 9 bodyguards to those samurai retainers!

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    Not a great victory due to our mistake on forgetting battle timer (no wonder it was so dark on the battlefield) - but at least the Osumi province is ours.



    The resistance was a little high in Osumi, so we will have to stay here for the summer to wait for three units of Bow Ashigaru to arrive from Satsuma.

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    In the meantime, let's get an alliance with Sagara so they don't attack Satsuma while our army is away to deal with Ito.



    They are willing to pay 6 koku for alliance! That will shift their ambition elsewhere.

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    We also sold military access to them. In spring they paid 490 koku for 5 turns of military access. In summer they paid 2150 koku for 10 turns of military accesss (which is only 6 more turns). Nice!



    Now we have the cash to hire more soldiers and improve some of our infrastructure. Of course, we rushed for a Harbor in Satsuma so we can reserve the four trade nodes west of Kyushu.

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    Just when we were eager to sell 20 turns of military access to Sagara in autumn, Otomo the moron declared war on Sagara! Because I cannot afford to lose any honor, I have to join the war on Sagara's side. This automatically grants Sagara indefinite military access to Sagara.



    Can't sell military access anymore!

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    Anyway, at least Sagara is occupied by Otomo and is unlikely to betray us.

    As we marched toward Ito's capital in Hyuga, we met their small army on the road close to our border! So Ito's daimyo was foolish enough to attack us with that small army? We already managed to recruit two more units of Yari Ashigaru in Osumi, so we are now a lot more powerful than Ito.



    As a result the Ito initially retreated, but they can't run far! We chased them and force them to fight!

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    Victory was certain, so let's ignore the details (auto-resolved). This also allowed us to interview a large number of retainers. I made sure that I get the retainer that offers +1 honor. My general picked up +10 accuracy from ranged units.



    Now that Ito's capital must be shaken in fear. Our army will certainly reach them next spring.

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    But that also gives us a better idea. Hyuga is THE poorest province in Japan - no resource, barren soil, no port... simply garbage. If we own this province, we will at most make 200-300 koku from tax...



    But since Ito is so scared that they are willing to do anything for us, we can turn them into a vassal and trade with them. The trade income will bring us way more koku from the province, and Ito can act as a buffer between us and the crazy Otomo who attacks everybody. (Soon they started fighting with Ito, too.)

    In order to improve our relationship with Ito, we also asked their daimyo's daughter to marry into our clan to an unnamed bachelor (probably my cousin's cousin).

    Another Honor point, to a total of +5! We have taken two steps toward the conversion - although we do not have this option yet. We need to own a province that has a high Christian population. And we are certainly going to work on that next.

    This concludes chapter 1 of our story.

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    Chapter 02. Death by one too many alliance

    Welcome back, daimyos! I am Shimazu Takahisa, now a little more honorable than before.

    Now that Ito has become our Vassal, our Shimazu army can find another direction to expand. Now our indefinite military access to Sagara (due to our mutual enemy Otomo) can be used to our advantage as well. We will simply march across Sagara's territory to find another clan to attack.



    There is really no better victim than Shoni (just like the Chosokabe campaign). They have taken Otomo's Buzen (as usual), holding three great provinces: Hizen, Tsukushi, and Buzen of northern Kyushu. Let's steal their richness!

    As our army marched in front of Sagara's emptied Higo castle (Sagara launched an attack on Otomo when Otomo's army is away to attack Ito), we met Otomo's Nanban missionary. Our ninja had a chance to end his service, but since we would like to convert later, we will let the missionary live to save some work for us.

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    While Sagara has become our ally for a year and half, we learned a new complication: Sagara has a new friend, Shoni, probably because their mutual dislike of Otomo.



    So when we declare war on Shoni, there is no guarantee that Sagara will help us.

    But if we stand in Sagara's shoes, we realize Sagara faces a much worse dilemma. When one ally attacks another ally, they will have to make a difficult choice. If they stay with Shimazu, they will lose honor (for failing to defend another ally) and fight a rich and powerful clan. If they stay with Shoni, they will instantly lose their only province, as Shimazu's army is right beside its castle! (Important: with a military access treaty in effect, when war is declared between the two clans, the foreign army within the border is not bumped out of the border.)

    So Sagara's over-alliance has accidentally created a very bad situation for them. Who could have thought that Shimazu would use their temporary military access to attack another clan on the other side?

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    Well, it seems that Sagara thinks honor is more important than lives! They chose to stay with Shoni!



    That's also a good news for us - because we will glady take their castle. There is also no diplomatic penalty for us to attack a former-ally, as in a sense it was Sagara who betrayed us.

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