GOTM9 - Introduction to the Japan Campaign

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The Japan Campaign
- Introduction
- Planning
- Military orders
- Initial engagements
- Far off landing
- Coastal thrust
- Main advance
- Inland sea
- Consolidate the opening
- Secure the horses
- Western port
- Moving inland
- Battle before Edo
- Kyoto’s fate
- Mopping up

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Japan was first encountered in 630BC and from the start of the relationship between Egypt and Japan, Tokugawa was not a happy and "easy to get along with" fellow.

Relations were always very strained and in 450BC the Egyptians began to land troops and settlers on the far northern tip of the Japanese landmass. Even if Tokugawa might have been passified by gifts and future trade in luxuries, this incursion onto land near his home turf really seemed to tick him off even more than before.

A key point in this campaign is that we are operating semi-blind because of the choice not to pay Tokugawa a ridiculous price to obtain a map of his territory. What we know about Tokugawa's territory in the period just prior to 200AD is based on comparing notes between what we have learned about Tokugawa as we compared the contents of our Foreign Advisor's information screen at increments of about every 4 or 5 turns (every 100 to 150 years) between the time we first met the Japanese and up to the present time.

Up until around 100BC, we shared open exploration of the northern plains of the Japanese continent with roving units of the Japanese military forces. This gave us a little insight into the terrain and let us prioritize workers to work on extracting irrigation from the only river we could find (to the southeast). We also prioritized completing roads across the continent to connect our frontier cities and to start pushing some roads further toward the Japanese. In 230BC, the Japanese thrust two settlers escorted by spearmen out from under their black hidden fog and founded the towns of Fukishima and Toyama. These settlements sort of filled in the last unclaimed blocks of territory that we could see and this led directly to the expectation that Japan would have run out of territory to expand into and this would be a preamble to Tokugawa going ballistic and attacking our settlements to gain expansion room.

Map of Egyptian/Japanese Border Region in 110 BC

From 230BC onward, the Egyptians were in some sort of full preparation for war with Japan while mildly continuing the expansion onto the central islands to the north. The Egyptians were still mired in the bonds of Despotism while waiting desperately for Monarchy or Republic to pop out of the Great Library. The positive side to this situation is that dedicating zero dollars to research and/or unit support costs has led to a fairly healthy treasury and we could plan on one final pop of despot population rushing to further bolster our cultural infrastructure and our military forces.

Look closely at the map above and you will see Egyptian workers diligently clearing the forest between the Egyptian town of EastJapan and the Japanese town of Fukushima. We know that Fukushima is defended by one spearman who escorted the settler up to that coastal loaction from somewhere directly to the south.

In the center of the map there is an elite Egyptian warrior (forward observer) who is fortified in the woods just north of the Japanese town of Toyama. This intrepid warrior had stood guard over the mountain viewpoint that now is included in the boundaries of Toyama and this let him watch as the escorted Japanese settler approached this location from the southeast almost on a direct line from Kyoto.

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