My Medieval 2 Campaign as Milan:
-Have Milan and Genoa, making tons of money
-Ok, ally with Venice
-No nearby rebels, what to do...
-Venice attacks Genoa for ABSOLUTELY no reason
-Kill Venetian faction leader
-March huge army to Venice, Venice falls
-Take Zagreb, Ragusa, and Durazzo from Venetianse
-Crusade called on Cairo
-Pope thinks I am a threat to Catholicism and demands Duke Puccio joins the crusade on Cairo
-France excommunicated for having 8 heretics in their borders and 12% Catholicism in Paris region
-Pope takes Marseille, makes it their capital
-A new threat in the East? Shouldn't affect me...
-Trade Cairo for Rome
And then it all went South...
-I own Milan, Genoa, Venice, Bern, Florence, Staufen, Innsbruck, Vienna, Thesslonica, Durazzo, Corinth, Ajaccio, Tripoli, and Nuremburg.
-French declare war on me
-French attacks an army of 8 broken lances with their king ONLY
-French take Marseille from Pope
-Mongols come out of nowhere and take Corinth, Constantinople, Durazzo, and Thessalonica
-Black Plague breaks out
-Kills off 2/3 of my empires population
-Pope is homeless
-HRE declares war
-HRE takes Staufen and Bern
-Armies crippled Borders shrinking, economy failing
-Use what little I have left to buy a city off of the Moors
-Italian Penninsula falls
-Milan has become a one city faction based in Timbuktu
-France is a bunch of heretic witches with magic sticks
-Africa now speaks Italian.
And I didn't even bring up the Timurids, and their armoured elephants with cannons on their backs!
11/10 Would build self destructing Roman Empire again