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SCENARIO SHOWCASE: WINTER IS COMING

Or at least, the Zuan Winter Period. In 375 BCE, several Zuan dynasties have made their claim to the Mandate of Heaven, Zuan states continue their endless fighting, the Hawer Venora (northeast) is being pressed between a growing Hitheyah Khanate and internal fighting, Asakahima is at war between the Yamato, which are at war with each other too, and the Ewisu, which are at war with each other too, and the Ashoka Kingdom is at its peak of power. 

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Just six more scenarios to go.

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SCENARIO SHOWCASE: BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
Start Date: 2 March 1740

Managed to get two scenarios showcased today. I'll make some changes and refinements, so no scenario is currently final, but they shouldn't look radically different when the second demo is publically released.

Also, the number of new civilizations (including their distinct ideologies for technical reasons) now stands at 629, 478 of them added just for the second demo, with 30 formable civilizations, and still counting! Most of the new civilizations are included in the scenarios and therefore can be played or formed!

Let's jump 2,215 years into the future from the previous scenario, into the year 1740 CE. In this year, pretty much the entire Zuan territory, and three of Chenhai's counties (there are 15 in total, 9 of them outside the game area) are under control of the thriving Zuan Empire, the Ravenfielder Eastern Trading Company holds the ports of Kaihtan and Kyonsun, taken from the Koson kingdom 12 years ago, Asakahima is nominally under control by the Kayosama shogunate, which started out weak and unstable and is now so weak even the Ewisu have been able to resurge and form the Sanoyu kingdom, the Truc Nhom kingdom is beginning its ambitious unification of the Viet, and the Dara Raj is trying to keep out the numerous Mardi vassal states.

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3 hours ago, IsaacArredondo said:

Will this mod be available for android?

No plans for an Android version right now, but a mini version of WotEC (to allow lower-end mobile devices to run it) may come after the release of the beta, sometime in 2022.

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SCENARIO SHOWCASE: THE NEW AGE
Start Date: 14 June 1836

The year is 1836, and the Industrial Era is rapidly gaining speed across the entire world. With new, huge armies, the continent of Dacanium moves out of the fragmented feudal phase, into large, industrialized, multicultural empires posing a threat to the old world. Their effects can be seen even in the distant Land of the Red Flowers, where the Eastern Ravenfield Trading Company has taken hold of many ports from which immense wealth flows into Ravenfield, and an expeditionary force has conquered some of the western Asaka clans from the weakened Kayosama Shogunate and founded the city of Kaiserhaven, the first Western colony in the area. However, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction - the old world is resisting the influence of colonial states more and more fiercely, while themselves facing resistance from ambitious revolutionaries and reformists wishing to modernize their countries. In the Zuan lands, the decade-long war between the Zuan Empire and the New Han continues, devastating much of the border regions and leaving the economy in ruin.

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20 hours ago, Valixor said:

No plans for an Android version right now, but a mini version of WotEC (to allow lower-end mobile devices to run it) may come after the release of the beta, sometime in 2022.

Great to hear, I've always wanted an aoh mod that was greatly above the vanilla province quantity but the only ones out there make the game  run like a potato with numbers above 13k on android - hoping to finally play a with reasonable 6-10k map that won't melt through my phone. Your doing phenomenal work here and you don't get enough credit - keep it up man! We won't let the fire die out, you've got so much potential! Well worth the wait!

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SCENARIO SHOWCASE: CENTURY OF HUMILIATION
Start Date: 20 March 1875

The decades following the beginning of Dacanian colonization in the Land of Red Flowers would completely overturn the old rules by which the countries followed, and lead to a complete change in the geopolitical landscape. The Zuan Empire would be defeated in three Coffee Wars, which saw Ravenfield taking Huantao (Wantou) and Elvon taking Tiaochang (Tiaotschang) in 1846, and the beginning of the Century of Humiliation.

The situation became even worse with the spread of the Industrial Revolution to the Zuan Empire, with prefectures industrializing with Western assistance in defiance of the central government. Radical factions began sprouting across the Great Zuan, from ultrareformists wanting to remake Zuan culture completely, to socialists disgruntled with horrible working conditions in newly industrialized prefectures and preparing for a massive armed revolt. These factions have already revolted against the central government: 200,000 peasants and workers in Chentao Province revolted in 1869, defeating the Zuan garrison and creating the Liaozhang Commune, which functioned until July 1871 when the Asaka army brutally suppressed it, killing 70% of Liaozhang's population, while in the east, the Romantic Uprising, led by intellectuals familiar with Dacanian literature, continues destroying ancient temples across their controlled territory.

In 1863, Odawa Meisho conquered the powerless Kayosama shogunate and declared himself the Emperor of Asakahima, then annexed or subdued the remaining clans in the country, and in 1870 shocked Zuan leaders and many others by doing the impossible: successfully performing a naval invasion of the southwest Zuan and conquering three whole prefectures, now under a tight Asaka grip. In a handful of years, the dominance of the Zuan Empire within was destroyed, and a fierce three-way competition began, between what remained of the Great Zuan, the rising Empire of Asakahima, and Western countries looking to divide the Land between themselves.

The Ravenfield Eastern Trade Company was dissolved in 1867 and its territory split between subjects of Ravenfield, streamlining government and ensuring more direct trade flow. Five years earlier, the Dara Raj was pressed to give up much of its territory to Ravenfield and the Planum, with the Venora and Kasana princedoms becoming subjects of the Daprati Government after a failed revolt in 1871.

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Next scenario... probably 1000 CE.

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SCENARIO SHOWCASE: SHATTERING OF THE FLOWER
(NOT CANON) Start Date: 16 September 1907, PoD*: 1875
PoD - Point of Divergence

The Industrial Revolution proved too much for the Land of the Red Flowers to endure, with the exponential rate of discoveries and inventions far outpacing the rate of social evolution. The massive population of the Land meant the newly industrialized countries outproduced the rest of the world by the year 1890, doubling their population once every ten years, while the wars waged were larger, bloodier, with thousand-ton landships and multi-layer trenches becoming the norm.

The year is now 1907, the world population is 500 billion, and the world chokes with dust and soot. The sky is dark, only lighted up by the endless lights, foundries and fires from the towering, crowded buildings, and sometime even igniting. No light from the sun has reached the ground for over a decade, the only thing keeping the world from freezing being those same buildings and almost suffocating levels of greenhouse gas. No plants can grow anymore, not even complex life can survive outside.

What was the Zuan Empire is now six, equally insane countries: the Yucheng Illuminati, the Hawer Zenawa, the True Zuan Empire, the Order of Disorder, Yanwen Industries, and the Erchen Machine Horde. The south of the Zuan Empire is enduring genocide from the Asaka armies, resisted only by a new Liaozhang Commune, little different from any other industrial state on a deeper look. The East's last remnants of the old world are now living their last days, about to be completely destroyed by the products of a giant machine.
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Okay, next scenario REALLY is 1000 CE.

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SCENARIO SHOWCASE: SUPERREGION WARS
(NOT CANON) Start Date: 1 January 2031

Yeah... Gonna get the easy ones out of the way before doing the 1000 CE and the Age of Darkness scenarios. There isn't much lore in place for this one, it's just the Zuan lands shattered into several countries and Asakahima split into two to make a more balanced battleground. Yes, the Zuan countries will be formable, and West and East Asakahima are already formable.

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SCENARIO SHOWCASE: TURN OF THE OLD MILLENNIUM
Start Date: 2 August 1000

Welcome to the year 1000... and the whole area is shattering out of control! In the Zuan lands, several major kingdoms have established themselves, though they stand threatened by the growing power of the Jin dynasty, the Mahaar are chilling out in the northeast, Chenhai seems to be breeding a suicide cult or something, the New Yamato kingdom is pretending it still owns Asakahima, Truc Nhom and Payn Daw are in more than a dozen pieces, and Chonaha and Rahenya are fighting over who should rule the Dara Peninsula. Who knows what'll happen in the next thousand years... we'll just have to see!

As of now, there are 723 civilizations made for the 1st and 2nd demos, 571 made just for the 2nd demo. The last scenario will be in 514 CE, during the Fall of Augustia, and then there will be a few fixes and additions before the 2nd demo is released.

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SCENARIO SHOWCASE: AGE OF DARKNESS
Start date: 10 December 592 CE

The year is 592, and Dacanium is plunged into darkness. The institutions of the late Augustian Empire, destroyed 78 years ago, are rapidly disappearing with barbarian states pillaging its entire northern territory, while millions are migrating south to avoid them, their migrations causing famines in the Maedarian countries of southern Dacanium, already struggling to feed their huge population, and large-scale ethnic replacement.

In the Eastern Lands, the effects of the Fall of Augustia have not been as pronounced, though trade has been greatly affected by the collapse of the Augustian Empire. Here, three groups of exiled Augustians have formed the kingdoms of Veunoria, between Elira and Khayr, Morvania in the southern Golden Peninsula, and Li-Jien in the Zuan lands, all laying claim to the restoration of the Augustian Empire.

The Zuan lands are still in chaos, even 300 years after the fall of the Han Empire, but the bloody wars seen in the early years are now a rare thing, and the area seems to be slowly uniting, possibly even into another empire rivalling the Han. The strongest opposition now comes from the Ralijite Khaganate, at its maximum extent, and the Ehryaak Horde, both with massive, well equipped nomadic armies ready to conquer everything in their way.

The Dara peninsula however is going the opposite way, the once powerful Kanupa Empire is in decline and about to shatter very soon, with powerful warlords ready to conquer territory from the giant corpse left over, and the Yamato Kingdom's brutal treatment of the conquered Ewisu has backfired, the Ewisu revolting in the largest rebellion ever seen on the islands so far.
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This will be the last scenario for the second demo of WotEC, next I'll finish the formable civilizations, Asaka Civil War events (not very complex ones yet), and other minor things and bugfixes, and then it's ready for release. There are 767 civilizations in total, 615 of them made just for the second demo.

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SECOND DEMO: RELEASED!

After three weeks of constant development, the Second Demo for War of the Eight Continents is complete! The second demo is set in the Land of the Red Flowers, a place where the constant of war is most prevalent, and empires need not last forever.

The Second Demo has new features and game changes:

  • 619 new civilizations (770 including first demo)
  • 44 new formable civilizations
  • A map with 1,091 provinces, and provinces with growth rates of up to 200%
  • Larger maximum population and economy, allowing more realistic scenarios
  • Increased minimum attack army from 10 to 50
  • Overhauled terrains, with more significant modifiers

SCENARIOS
Scenarios are listed from latest to earliest in time

CANON SCENARIOS

  • Modern World (country-level) - 2021 CE
  • Modern World (division-level) - 2021 CE
  • 2nd Asaka Civil War - 1968 CE
  • Century of Humiliation - 1875 CE
  • The New Age - 1836 CE
  • Between East and West - 1740 CE
  • Eastern Rekoviad - 1476 CE
  • The Turban Rebellions - 1340 CE
  • Turn of the Old Millennium - 1000 CE
  • Age of Darkness - 592 CE
  • Winter is Coming - 375 BCE
  • Mythic Dynasties - 1974 BCE

NON-CANON SCENARIOS

  • Superregion Wars - 2031 CE
  • Region Wars - 2001 CE
  • Shattering of the Flower - 1907 CE

Download link (Demo 1.1 + Demo 2):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qOYpnWU8OKhY_3mdCYg9Eh5KLnn8T8yG/view?usp=sharing

As always, report any WotEC bugs in the Discord server.

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Making of the full province map will start soon, I'll update on progress roughly every 500-1000 provinces, there's around 10,250 of them to complete with the current version of the province guide map. At my usual pace, I expect it to be complete in around two weeks, then another week to set up the new terrains, growth rates, wasteland maps, and biggest cities, and make a test scenario with a combination of First Demo and Second Demo scenarios. The alpha will probably feature a few scenarios on one continent, before I make full-map scenarios for the beta.

No promises as to when anything will be done, I have IRL stuff to do as well.

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FULL MAP PROGRESS PART 1: YET ANOTHER BEGINNING

So, the development of the full, 10,000+ province game map begins today! So far, the Ravenfielder Islands have been completed, with 227 provinces.

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Compare this with the entire continent of Ravenfield in the T.O.R. Mod map, which had only ~250 provinces! hY4RkhT.png

I can't tell you when the map will be complete, it's a massive effort to do it and I have IRL stuff in between, like always.

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FULL MAP PROGRESS PART 2: THE FIRST THOUSAND

Progress on map development is going quickly so far, made more than 700 provinces just in the first day, and now there are 1,020 provinces in the map:

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That's more land provinces than the second demo, more provinces than the entire Eastern Lands in the T.O.R. Mod, and yet only around a third of all of Dacanium's provinces.

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FULL MAP PROGRESS PART 3: GOING EAST

Development of the full map is still going quickly, 1,823 provinces have been completed and 2,000 is coming soon. That's already more provinces than in the T.O.R. Ravenfield map, meaning it's the map with the most provinces I've made so far.

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I'll make a small update once 2,000 provinces is reached, and then probably take a short break, making this many provinces is quite tiring.

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FULL MAP PROGRESS PART 4: A LITTLE BREAK NOW...

I've made a lot of progress on the full map in the last few days, but it's been slowing down a lot recently. So far, there's 2,304 provinces completed, with territory from Awhren to eastern Frosthaven and from the most desolate of Nordian islands to the crowded land of De Narie, meaning this map has more provinces than any I've ever made before. Over the next few days, I'll finish up the western part of the Golden Peninsula, the rest of Frosthaven and sea provinces to fill the area, and try to release a pre-alpha version with around 6-7 scenarios at first, then increased to about 12 in the alpha, while continuing to develop the map to its fullest extent.

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12 hours ago, Valixor said:

フルマッププログレスパート4:今すぐ少し休憩...

過去数日間でフルマップで多くの進歩を遂げましたが、最近はかなり減速しています。これまでに2,304の州が完成し、オーレンからフロスタベン東部、最も荒涼とした北欧の島々から混雑したデナリーの土地までの領土があります。つまり、この地図にはこれまでに作成したどの州よりも多くの州があります。今後数日間で、ゴールデン半島の西部、フロスタベンの残りの州、および海の州を完成させて、この地域を埋め、最初に約6〜7のシナリオでプレアルファバージョンをリリースしようとします。マップを最大限に開発し続けながら、アルファ版では約12に増加しました。

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remind me of hoaoh2 nightmare.... not again....

btw what is difference between non-cannon and cannon?

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17 hours ago, Lipark Japanese modder said:

remind me of hoaoh2 nightmare.... not again....

btw what is difference between non-cannon and cannon?

Canon scenarios are set in the main WotEC timeline, where all WotEC lore is set in, non-canon scenarios diverge from that timeline, becoming increasingly different from the main timeline as time goes on. Some non-canon scenarios may eventually form their own alternate timeline with their own set of scenarios.

The main WotEC timeline is expected to go to around 2000 CE, after which a major divergence splits it into at least three different timelines.

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Just integrated most of the Second Demo provinces into the map, and fully added Tharetaal and Shay'yan, the province count is now 5,037. Almost halfway done, hang on!

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Was on holiday for yesterday, so that's why there were no progress maps if you've been following the WotEC Discord. Another progress update probably coming tomorrow. Over 5,600 provinces done, and new sea province map with much larger and evenly sized sea provinces, estimated count now down to ~9,100 provs.

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I went to the trouble of reverse-engineering Bloody Europe II's capitulation mechanic, so I can maintain the implementation whenever I want to: https://i.imgur.com/NrjFcrf.mp4 (link to demonstration of mechanic).

Basically, no decompiler could even decompile the function that featured it...

Next post will be a progress update after completion of Eastern Lands, around 7,000 provinces in.

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FULL MAP PROGRESS PART 5: WAR OF 2.5 CONTINENTS

So, it's been a while since the last progress update, and I assure you development hasn't stopped at all! So far, 7,585 provinces have been completed, including all of Dacanium and Eastern Lands, with Southern Lands over 50% complete now. I still can't give you an ETA as to when it will be completed, there are still a lot of provinces to do, and Terra Australis, Draconia and Westrinia still don't have one complete province.

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