Battlefield strategy

The best strategy is to take over a country that borders an easy battlefield. Shinano, Kozuke, Totoumi, Mikawa, and to a lesser extent North Shinano and Musashi. Aaron Vaughn's strategy of letting stronger countries take of it is ok except for Oda who is the strongest lord in the game. Trying to keep Oda down in the southwest corner is the best way to keep him from taking over Japan I find it best to take out Hojo, Uesugi, and/or Imagawa in the first stages of the game. Alliances are generally useless I usually use the same money I would have used for weapons namely rifles. My best advice is just get the rank up as fast as possible, because the higher the rank the easier it is to take down Oda and win the game.