Food Campaign 1 (updated)
Posted on 07/15/07 @ 04:09 PM (updated 07/22/07
History in brief:-
In 638, the city came under Muslim control following conquest by Caliph Umar I. The Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque were soon constructed on the Temple Mount, with the Dome of the Rock standing on the site of the First and Second Temples. The Seljuks, a Turkish dynasty, ruled Jerusalem harshly in the 11th century and continued to expand, especially toward Europe. In response to this expansion and Turkish control of places sacred to Christianity, Pope Urban II called the first of the Crusades, asking Christians to travel to the Middle East and fight to reclaim the Holy Land, especially Jerusalem. The Crusaders, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, captured Jerusalem in 1099, and the city became the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. The Crusaders slaughtered many of the Muslim and Jewish residents and ruled with great cruelty until Saladin captured the city again for the Muslims in 1187.
Richard I – Lion Hearted:-
Richard I, called Coeur de Lion or Lion-Hearted, king of England, third son of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, born in Oxford. When he was an infant, Richard was betrothed to a daughter of the French king Louis VII, and in 1172 he was given the duchy of Aquitaine in France, his mother's inheritance. His early years were spent in warring against his father to protect his own interests; he emerged a brilliant soldier.In 1189 he became king of England and shortly thereafter set out on the Third Crusade.
He was accompanied by the young Philip II, king of France, son of Louis VII. The Crusade proved a failure almost from the start, mainly because of the lack of harmony between the two kings. In Sicily Richard quarreled with Philip and refused to marry Philip's sister as planned. Instead he married Berengaria of Navarre on Cyprus, which he conquered in 1191. After capturing Acre (now ‘Akko) from the Saracens that same year, Richard executed 2700 Muslim prisoners of war.
It was Richard's personal valor in the Holy Land, however, rather than his ruthlessness, that made his name famous in legend. Conflict over policy in the Holy Land resulted in a break between the two, and Philip returned to France alone. Richard spent months in indecisive contests against Saladin, sultan of Egypt and Syria, before making a truce by which Jerusalem was left in Saladin's hands. Captured en route to England by Leopold V, duke of Austria, Richard was handed over to Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI. He was released in 1194 only after paying a heavy ransom.
Richard returned to England and there made peace with his brother, John, later king of England, who in his absence had been conspiring with Philip to usurp the English throne. Leaving the government of England to the care of the able administrator Hubert Walter, archbishop of Canterbury, Richard went to France in 1194 to wage war against the French king. Campaigns in defense of his European lands continued for five years. Victor in most of the warfare in which he engaged, Richard was fatally wounded by an arrow during an insignificant skirmish in 1199.
As king, Richard had chosen able ministers, to whom he left most matters of administration. Under his rule, however, England suffered heavy taxation, levied to support his expeditions. Sometimes cruel, sometimes magnanimous, and always courageous, Richard was well versed in the knightly accomplishments of his age and was also a poet.
Saladin (Salah al-Din Ayyubi):-
Saladin – great Muslim leader - who recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusaders. Born in Tikrit (Iraq), Saladin, as he is known in the West, was a Kurd; his Arabic name is Salah al-Din Yousuf ibn Ayyub.
At the age of 14 he joined other members of his family (the Ayyubids) in the service of the Syrian ruler Nur ad-Din Zangi. Between 1164 and 1169 he distinguished himself in three expeditions sent by Nur ad-Din Zangi to aid the decadent Fatimid (969-1171) rulers of Egypt against attacks by the Christian Crusaders based in Palestine. In 1169 he was made commander in chief of the Syrian army and vizier of Egypt. Although nominally subject to the authority of the Fatimid caliph in Cairo, Saladin treated Egypt as an Ayyubid power base, relying mainly on his Kurdish family and supporters. Having revitalized Egypt's economy and reorganized its land and naval forces, Saladin repelled the Crusaders and took the offensive against them. In September 1171 he suppressed the dissident Fatimid regime, reuniting Egypt with the orthodox Abbasid caliphate, but his reluctance to cooperate with Nur ad-Din Zangi against the Crusaders brought him to the brink of war with his former master.
After Nur ad-Din Zangi's death in 1174, Saladin expanded his power in Syria and Northern Mesopotamia, mainly at the expense of his Muslim rivals. Following the submission of Damascus (1174), Halab (Aleppo) (1183), and Mosul (1186), numerous Muslim armies, allied under Saladin's command, were ready to move against the Crusaders. In 1187 he invaded the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem, defeated the Christians at Hittin in Galilee, and captured Jerusalem the following October. In 1189 the nations of Western Europe launched the Third Crusade to win back the holy city.
Despite Saladin's relentless military and diplomatic efforts a Christian land and naval blockade forced the surrender of the Palestinian stronghold of Acre (now ‘Akko) in 1191, but the Crusaders failed to follow up this victory in their quest for Jerusalem.
In 1192 Saladin concluded an armistice agreement with King Richard I of England that allowed the Crusaders to reconstitute their kingdom along the Palestinian-Syrian coast but left Jerusalem in Muslim hands.
The “Map Story” begin at this point...
As per agreement Crusaders (King Richard I) will agree to provide the following:
King Richard I bestow 16000 Gold Coins.
King Richard I agree to supply;
At least 8000 units of Food i.e. Bread: 1500 units, Cheese: 5000 units and Meat: 1500 units, plus Wheat: 400 units, will be provided as on December 1202.
Saladin also launches some regal troops (70 Swordsmen, 70 Horse Archers & Archers) for the wellbeing of King Richard I.
Some “Native Lord’s” activities
Some of your native lords (both Crusaders & Arabs) can’t like such an agreement. They try to bulldoze the agreement with power. Be careful, the hostile vigor will soon be upon you.
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Play, Comment and Review.
- A large majority of Peasants abailable just on starting.
- A bit more changes (targets, invasions) made it more interesting one.
- Now it is a little more tough
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Hi ZafarIM, thanks you for your patience to work out this exercise.
Of course this map isn't meant to be something natural. In strong contrast to the accurat historical text added it looks quite fantastic, irritating empty/ugly but with one enormous quarter filled with all kinds of farms, hunters' huts, stockpile and granary. One must be a pure eco freak to try this mission and will be rewarded.
This "paradise zone" is carefully and stringently layed out. Almost unbelievable already the huge number of dairy farms. It takes about 200 people to run all the buildings. So the game's aim is clear, produce like the devil within a time limit.
Have you ever thought it is unfair how less productive dairy farms work in Crusader? In this map I found it really annoying that uncountable cows almost didn't fulfil their request. The good animals are worth only to turn into leather armours!
The mission isn't "hard". You cannot act much, for example place more bakeries instead of something else because food buildings are under restriction. The main attention goes to the granary where you have to cancel or sometimes open several food consumptions.
Bandits periodically rage to damage popularity. But you can easily let a group of horse archers ride along them to wipe them out (funny) and there are enough good events to balance this. Also, with a very high population there are some tricks to collect taxes.
Thrill emerges in the very end of the game in form of multiple invasions and a certain bad event. You can loose everything in few seconds. It will be good to have the dairy farms already set on "sleeping", so you can pull them down now.
Pity that Saladin died soon after Lionheart had left Palestine. With these tributes he could have ruled over a well-fed and happy empire.
[Edited on 08/11/08 @ 12:47 PM]
Thanks for your comments.
Actually it was my first Economic Scenario, so I could't cover many aspects, which may be considerable too.
[Edited on 08/08/08 @ 04:57 PM]
hmmmm . . good