I finally managed to create the German empire from Brandenburg. I have probably -130 agressive expansion against me. Which is understandable with the enormous gains I made. It is 1780.
Now, their grouped armies number approx. 340k. (Commonwealth + France + Netherlands + Austria + Styria + Naples + most of the holy roman minions). My alliance numbers approx. 290k. (Germany + UK + Savoy + Denmark). Commonwealth is the coalition leader.
I know I can win since I have a three star general and 90 army tradition and 95 prestige. But what would be the best strategy? The Commonwealth alone has 210k men (also a three star general) + 150k manpower, I have 185k men + 130k manpower. The Netherlands is almost entirely occupied by me and the UK. France just joined the fold.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have defensive + offensive + quality ideas maxed out and 125% discipline. What would you do? Hit and run? Greet them in the open field for an enormous battle of 600k men? (I think this is VERY risky). 60% of my army are mercenaries (I guess that's important) And I am at a budget surplus of 15 gold and 3400 gold total(warchest, I knew this was coming).
My war goal is white peace at the very least. I don't want to give up land to the evil polish heretics. I am a defender in this war. The war goal is to take Berlin. Berlin has a fortress so fort level 9 + a 1250 garrison.
If you need more info or something is unclear I will be happy to clarify.
This is on IRONMAN mode.
Aftermath: I lost a couple of really big unavoidable battles (120k vs 140k) but I also won some decisive battles. My army got stranded in France while Savoy and Denmark harassed the Commonwealth. The royal navy went to the baltic and took control. After 12 years the Commonwealth sued for white peace. VICTORY!!!
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