Looking for a new nation, Mediumish easy difficulty. NO HRE!!! Playthrough 2
So, I just finished a full playthrough of the game. Started as Meath in Ireland in 1066 and managed a respectable control of almost all of the UK and Iceland for the EU4 conversion. Originally followed some tutorials but eventually made my own way. Played the game at speed 2 for the most part. It was non-ironman, I think when I started the game ironman achievements didn't exist.
Anyway, it was a lot of fun. I converted the game to EU4 and prettymuch discovered that I'm a pretty bad admiral and I also took Iceland in the game hoping to colonize a random new world. I actually did so and found colonization really unimpressive. I also hate boats haha.
I also recently tried an Ironman count of Olomouc, Ota the Handsome. Managed to do well at first, going from no heir to the king of bohemia, but then when he died things went south fast. Had a random war (with ZERO faction formed or warning) from a relative count that wanted my previous ruler's 35 year old nun daughter to rule instead. As I was sadly losing that war, due to multiple huge allies from the HRE, the new emperor declared he was revoking my main dutchy of Moravia... Yeah, bad beats, sob story, but frustrating.... Don't think I'm ready for Moravia difficulty, especially ironman.
Other quick info, in EU4 I played a long MP game as Bohemia where the HRE was super annoying since I was protestant and the emperor was DOF. I am also playing a Swiss Ironman EU4 where Austria is emperor of the HRE and equally annoying.
So needless to say, I am looking for suggestions for a new playthrough in CK2 BUT
I do NOT want to be IN the HRE nor do I want to have to fight them constantly! I am HRE'd out!
In fact, I think that both EU4 and CK2 make the HRE a bit overpowered in terms of solidarity and communication. If you look at the reign of Charles V, the HRE was anything but overpowered. He literally had to move himself and his court (installing regents) just to keep civil wars and religious turmoil to a minimum. To suggest that the HRE has the overwhelming power to instantly call vassals from all over Germania / wherever to fight in whatever small rebellion is a bit unrealistic, to put it politely. I don't think the Emperor had as much power as is portrayed in either game, but... either way, I'm sick of it.
Anyway, interested in suggestions for a difficulty of "not newbie" but not ready to take over the world with cheese tactics. Something not as easy as Ireland, but not getting rolled over by the HRE either : ) I own all major expansions so any start date is fair game.