Alright, look around your country, it's surrounded by small, helpless, bite-size countries. All but the Ottomans and Hungary who are local powerhouses and can easily destroy you.
|At the start of the Grand Campaign – 14 October 1399|
|Government type||Feudal Monarchy|
|Number of provinces||2|
|Center of Trade||None|
|Other accepted cultures||None|
Advantages and disadvantages
- Two Provinces- Can not be annexed in the first war, (no longer the case in later versions of the game)
- Some distance away from the Ottomans
- Average Income, which is a rarity in these parts
- No port - must take a coastal province to gain access to the sea
- Hostile Hungary - Hungarian AI likes to destroy Bosnia
Countries in the Balkans
Albania is the most worthless province in the Balkans and in the game for that matter. Albania is lucky if the country can make a ducat a year. If the ruler of Albania find 10 ducats on the street the money is considered a great treasure. Only attacked with no stability penalty.
Montenegro is Catholic and has a port which Bosnia doesn't. Annex immediately. Ragusa is also Catholic and quite rich for Balkans provinces. This ain't Italy. Should be one of the first nations for Bosnia to attack. While Serbia; if you do still play EU3 or NA, Serbia is eaten immediately by the Ottomans so worrying about Serbia is a waste of time. Wallachia is often eaten by the Turks and vassalized. Still ally if Wallachia is the only offer you received.
Hungary is right above you, and if Bosnia wants to stay alive, it must become Hungary's best friend. Hungary, while it does lose to the Ottomans is still better than Wallachia or Ragusa for allies. First ask for a royal marriage and pray Hungary accepts the offer. Transylvania is a Vassal of Hungary, leave alone until you're ready to fight Hungary.
First Moves 1453-1455: Staying Alive
Grab an alliance with Hungary or Venice, anything that will slow down the Ottoman Empire. Declare war on a small minor around you and try to annex. For advisers choose land tech or production or trade, depending on what is available to choose from. Work on gaining access to the sea and expanding into the island nations. Try to gain a strong foothold in Greece and build yourself up to a mid level power, from here you can probably expand at your own discretion but be wary of the big nations, they can still make your life an utter misery.
Trading and treaties
Send merchants to the richest centers of trade such as Mecklenburg or Castille. Keep good relations with the Ottoman Empire at all costs. Establish a royal marriage with Hungary if you can swing it. Unfortunately Austria loves to take Croatia then attack Bosnia so being nice to Austria and giving them military access may save you.
How the pieces fall
Worst-case scenario: Austria, Hungary, and the Ottomans all declare war at the same time. Best case scenario: Austria forgets the Balkans, Hungary becomes your best friend, and the Ottomans are beaten back giving you space to expand.