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After like tons of hard work I finally got somewhere in my Kroq-Gar campaign. Past games had me stuck in the south, stuck in Lustria, or blocked by Lothern and get overpowered every single time. This time, I am the strongest!......by a little.
Apart from me really wanting to have more land to conquer for Kroq's campaign since 90% of the time is used for walking around (yet the empire has it easy. Confeds, densely packed settlements which means money and armies), the title said it: (sigh) the post-chaos-WDBE-Mega-Alliance is too strong, and no one is willing to sign stuff with me.
Since I had a lot more land then before (far more, actually. The whole south + Lustria + Hexaotl + Ulthuan + up North until the red desert), my economy is a lot stronger which means, more armies (and a fighting chance!)! But I think the AI wants me dead next, because even if I give them a huge sum of gold with very high reliability for a military alliance for the long campaign victory, they just won't do it. Not even Couronne with 400 diplomacy value right after the Chaos invasion (that reminds me of it. I hate the puppets of chaos army-machine-gun, how are you supposed to fight that **** while expanding? The AI doesn't do jack about it and the player is the only one to fight them.). I read about it on the forums and it says that the AI doesn't want you to have an easy victory, is that true? If so, better muster, cause almost 300 turns and the game still presses on.
My main enemy is now the empire, which we are at equal strength (with me slightly stronger), then it's the Dwarfs (I'm stronger), Couronne (I'm far stronger), and the wood elves (they are pretty weak in the power meter but their archers kinda scare me). I personally don't want war and just sign alliances, so what should I do to convince them?
If diplomacy fails, then war ensues. Should I form an unbreakable iron-fist and punch straight into the empire (weaken the strongest, and its minions shall fall), or do a full surround and eat them up from weak to strong?