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Part 90: Heartaches by the Number

Narrated by TechnostarBTD5

  1. Intro

    Welcome back, followers of Nebuchadnezzar, to the r/civ Battle Royale! I’m /u/TechnostarBTD5, resident Power Ranker and long-time…

  2. Map

    As always, we have our excellent map by /u/Spherical_Melon. Aside from Boer gains in Arabia, note the disappearance of several mor…

  3. PR Slide

    We power rankers did not have a hard time choosing the Boers as our top pick this week. Their strong showing against Vietnam so fa…

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    Pasargadae is back in Vietnamese hands, but the Boers have a mech artillery and robot infantry lined up to recapture the city. For…

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    Vietnam has also recaptured Baghdad, though it looks to be only a matter of time before the Boer forces around the city secure it…

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    While the Boers have annihilated all traces of the Vietnamese navy from their home waters, their own navy is holed up in the Red S…

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    Vietnamese South India seems to have repelled the Boer invaders, though two cities are still severely bombarded. I am sure this re…

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    While Vietnam’s core is certainly impressive, the shortage of Vietnamese land units show that this state of constant war can eat u…

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    The Australian navy, after extorting war reparations from the Buccaneers, seems to be pulling back for the time being. Kudos to Pa…

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    Sri Lanka has formed a declaration of friendship with Vietnam, forestalling their fate for 50 turns more. Though considering how V…

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    Wait, what is this? A barbarian carrier? It seems as though the hiatus has given the Autonomous Revolutionary Regiments (Buccaneer…

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    M’banza-Kongo and many other Boer cities finally seem to be recovering from the Great Starvation. The Boer military certainly is.…

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    Brazil has invested wholeheartedly in the Texan war, sending a full division of units to Laredo – accompanied by no less than 2 ad…

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    The situation in the Gulf of Aden has not changed much since we last saw it, though Baghdad is in Boer hands at the top of the scr…

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    As we pan north, we see a striking change in the Middle Eastern frontlines. Sweden snags Hebron, reducing Exclavia to a 3-city rum…

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    Aside from Carrollton’s flip, the other thing to note on this slide is the suspicious number of pillaged improvements outside of M…

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    The Mongolian exclaves are a quiet place in the cylinder… for now. Korea still has not built up much of a land carpet, though cons…

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    It seems the Icelandic Isles are hosting a party for green nations. Brazil, Vietnam, and Australia have all been invited to attend…

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    The Australians have the largest military on the cylinder, and it shows here. Every land tile and most naval tiles have a unit on…

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    Mongolia has agreed with Hawaii that they really need to catch up in tech, giving us a shot of Mongolia’s core. Mongolia has a car…

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    The Jaws theme starts playing in the background as the Brazilian fleet approaches their hapless victim. A lone Hawaiian peacekeepe…

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    Brazil certainly has done a much better job than the Buccs at militarizing the northern Amazon, though the Buccaneers have done th…

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    Since we last saw this area, the Boers have swept clear most of the Vietnamese defenders around Gyumri and forced Vietnam to retre…

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    Vietnam is making another push towards Pasargadae, though given the rough parity between the two sides in the region, it is likely…

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    Speaking of bloodbaths…
Nishapur is in Siberian hands, while Bamda is flying Vietnam’s colors. Though since these things change as…

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    Korea’s land military might not be all that impressive, but these 10-stacks of stealth bombers are downright terrifying. That 9-st…

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    I may be mistaken, but Hoi An’s whopping 45 population may just be the largest in the cylinder after the Great Starvation. However…

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    Our spies have reported in from the Order of the Rump, and up first is Armenia. Yerevan is hard at work building an infantry, a un…

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    Up next is Hawaii. This island paradise still has plenty of food to spare, though the population is likely to cap at 43 without Fu…

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    The defenders of Laredo struggle to put together a defense against the approaching Brazilian navy, though one extra anti-aircraft…

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    In the Blackfoot capital of Siksikawa, the air force has ordered another bomber to be constructed to supplement their overflowing…

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    The Buccaneers are building a VR training center in Port Royal, probably based on some stolen Boer technology near their last Afri…

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    It seems Morgan had a purpose in mind for that training center. Our spies report that the captain is sending a sneak attack toward…

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    While Vietnam flipped Pasargadae yet again, the Boers are on Artashat’s doorstep. If Vietnam cannot reinforce this front, Persia p…

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    Our spies have been dispatched to a new set of cities, ranging in importance from the powerful Brazilian and Australian empires to…

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    Sweden is taking their sweet time rebuilding their land army, and here we see why. Even though every city here is out of resistanc…

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    Though then again, Iceland has more pressing matters to worry about. While the land forces in this area are obviously in the Inuit…

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    At last, we have found the Boer navy. A noticeable chunk of their fleet has been sent to Antarctica – either for a training exerci…

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    Blood pools in the water outside of Laredo. The last Texan defenders stare in vain as their city is overwhelmed by the Brazilian n…

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    As we slide to the north, we see a strange sight in Blackfoot lands: a significant number of Australian units. The lands around th…

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    Just where are the Kimberley going? If I didn’t know better, I would have assumed they were trying to invade Vietnam. Thankfully f…

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    Pasargadae has flipped back into Boer hands, and this time, Kruger has personally ordered a division of reinforcements to secure t…

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    An Australian biodrone and a Siberian biotrooper defend the mountain pass outside of Nishapur from some Vietnamese paratroopers, t…

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    If there’s any relief for Vietnam, Sibir’s core looks much, much worse. The few biotroopers Sibir can produce are immediately sent…

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    Now we know why Dvin had to go. The Boers have sent a sizable fleet into the Eastern Mediterranean to defend the massive air force…

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    The last Texan civilians attempt to flee from Brazil as their military escorts are wiped out. Meanwhile, Brazil has established La…

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    This glance at the southern Inuit Empire reveal something telling. San Antonio and the other great metropolises of the region have…

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    The Australian navy, after forcing the Buccaneers to finally make peace, are retreating back along the Brazilian coast to the land…

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    Wow, that is a lot of workers. It seems like Kruger wishes to improve every single tile he can lay his hands on. Considering the n…

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    Back in the Arabian Peninsula, the fighting is as intense as ever. Several Boer cities are down to 1HP, but Vietnam lacks the mele…

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    Somehow, Artashat has not fallen, but the Boer forces are steadily marching across the Fertile Crescent. To the north, Vietnam fli…

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    And now to our favorite mountain meatgrinder, where Nishapur is close to flipping yet again. Will Vietnam overcome the Australian…

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    Korea is slowly looking more and more like Australia as Henry Parkes sends more spare units to the region. Somehow, a large number…

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    Close to our submarine, we take a glance at the Brazilian outpost of Iquique. While their technological development may seem scary…

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    A lone Texan battleship marvels in awe at the sheer size of the Australian navy, marking a new beginning in the era of refugee uni…

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    Turning our eyes towards the Australian core, we see an impressive medley of units. Hovertanks, biotroopers, Giant Death Robots, r…

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    While Indonesia has fewer ships than the Australian core, every Australian land tile in this image is filled with some sort of uni…

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    If war did break out between these two, the real battleground would be China, not Indonesia. The Australian expeditionary force ha…

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    Compared to China, Korean Yakutia is almost devoid of units. Even Mongolia appears to have land superiority over Korea here, thoug…

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    And now for a look at Mongolia. They have a full carpet but the units are simply subpar. Unless they invest heavily in tech, they…

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    Here lies Nedong, the most improbable city on the cylinder. Once founded by Tibet in the aftermath of the bloody Finno-Sibir war,…

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    Carthage sticks out like a sore thumb in Boer North Africa, though given the friendly relationship between these two powers, a Boe…

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    Speaking of capitals, Rome is surrounded by a concentration of forces usually not seen on the European continent. Iceland seems to…

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    Continuing our tour of Iceland, we take a stop in Iberia to check out the situation there. Both parties seem to have a rough parit…

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    Ireland is green as always, though this time, it is due to a small platoon of Australian units sent to Europe. They should conside…

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    On our last stop before the InfoAddict slides, we see Icelandic Greenland. I feel that name describes it well – despite the icy sn…

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    Onto the InfoAddict slides! Here we see a graph of military strength. Vietnam’s supply of units continues to be exhausted, though…

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    Here we see the net income of the world’s nations. The Boers are clearly on top, though the poor nation at the bottom is most like…

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    The Boers lead the pack in production as always, though the Inuit, Vietnam, and Australia are working to catch up. Farther down th…

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    This graph shows the dramatic effects of the Great Starvation. The sudden drop in world population is all too apparent here, thoug…

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    We saw the Buccaneer deals last part, though its significance cannot be overstated. With this deal, Henry Morgan managed to escape…

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    Australia seems to be getting all the gold they can from these peace deals. This combined with the Buccaneer’s peace treaty gives…

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    And this is why Exclavia is so far in debt. Even though they have no way to pay, they are still obliged to pay Kruger almost 1900…

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    Organized religion is finally regaining a foothold in this pot-hiatus world. Boer Lutheranism is the most prolific, though Arianis…

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    And here’s the religion map. Take note that Catholicism is spreading healthily in both Korea and Sibir, though its Australian foun…

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    And now for a bonus shot of the Canadian Archipelago. What’s startling in this image is that the two halves of the Inuit Empire ar…

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    We wrap up this part with a shot of the Inuit core, one of the most impenetrable fortresses in the cylinder. Only the Boer core an…