This is an update that has been a long time in coming. Until a current problem is resolved, which is unlikely, this story is being put on indefinite hold pending a future rewrite, most likely on the Rule the Waves 2 section of the forum.
In explanation, I normally kept all of the work and writing for this AAR on an external storage drive in the assumption that it was both safer and easier to transfer from computer if necessary. This worked brilliantly, right up until I promptly lost said storage drive, most likely while I was packing to return home from college due to this ongoing pandemic.
I have searched high and low in my belongings and house for the drive but can only assume that in the short time period I was given to get my stuff from my dorm and get out, I left it behind. I have asked my college if anything left behind was kept and was told that anything that was left in the dorms that wasn’t college property was thrown out. I have held off on posting something for this long in the hope that I could somehow find it, but it has been three months now.
This drive was the entire AAR. The original chapter documents, notes and records kept for each in game month, spreadsheets of ship data from multiple countries, battle writeups, several unposted completed chapters, pictures, screengrabs, the plot summery and eventual ending. Everything.
Also, a nearly complete final paper that I had been working on for most of the semester, being worth 25% of the final grade, so that was slightly more important.
Except for what is currently posted in this thread, a handful of memories scattered around in my brain, some printed copies of the early chapters, and a mostly completed game of Rule the Waves, the AAR is gone.
I can only apologize for this. While I would not say that my writing is excellent, I am aware that many people on this forum were interested in it, and for that, I am truly sorry. I have no intention of abandoning this, and may revisit it at some point in the future, hopefully with a more coherent opening and plot and a more regular posting schedule. Assuming that aliens don't show up next week. A train derailed in my hometown a few nights back, right across main street. Another box checked off, I just need a volcano to erupt and I win apocalypse bingo.
On the brighter side of things, I had a plan for another AAR writeup of a RtW2 Qing China game to follow this one knocking around in my head. Thankfully the preliminary work for it wasn’t on kept on the missing hard drive (mainly because it was a single word document with a loose plot written down on it). In between finishing this hectic semester, discovering that my awful history of dental problems is back for Episode 3: Revenge of the Drill, trying to find a summer job, and some minor panicking over the lost drive (I got a B+ in class despite having to pull a paper out of my butt, all-nighters fueled by desperation and energy drinks suck), I managed to find time finally purchase RtW2, start up said Qing China game, and begin work on the new AAR while still searching for the drive. Barring anything happening (come on volcano!), the first chapter should go up in a few days.
In conclusion, this version of the AAR is dead, barring a minor miracle (Saint Anthony has not answered my prayers for help, this what I get for not paying attention in church). I will not be abandoning this story and will hopefully return to it sometime in the future when I have remade most of the lost work.
P.S. The Cloud is my new best friend.
P.P.S. Stay safe and healthy.
TL.DR: I lost the drive that had the AAR on it, it will hopefully be rewritten on the RtW2 forum, until then enjoy a new AAR set in the amazing clusterf*ck that is late imperial China, which can also be found on the RtW2 AAR sub forum.