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Having played through the campaigns several times & been successful, it is interesting to mull over tactics for that success.
Lately I have been practising methods of 'wearing down' the enemy by using tactics other than physical battles. These tactics are not to be ignored, as they are very, very useful in gaining success.
One of them that I have used lately is to ruin the enemy's finances by wrecking his ports & disrupting his trading routes & trade nodes. Income is essential to doing anything in NTW, & this kind of action can make your job much easier.
If you send a ship into an enemy port, it will cause damage, & to send it in & out several times in the same bound will cause more damage each time. If it is a commercial trade port, it will not receive any income until the enemy repairs it.
In my current Prussian campaign, I am at the moment trying to wear down the British, as they continually declare war on me & try to invade my Danish allies. I have devastated their ports & disrupted all their trade routes & even captured Ireland & given it to the Danes for their loyalty.
Even after all this, they still survive with only England, Wales & Scotland as provinces. I know I am doing the right thing, but sometimes wonder whether the AI is kinda cheating & working to a different set of rules to the player.
The finances generated by these three provinces, with all their ports broken, should not enable them to support around 20 full armies; but they are there.