Royal Administrator of the Kingdom of Qin: As you are aware, not long ago Zheng Guo, emissary and chief architect from the lecherous state of Han, arrived in our capital of Yong seeking an audience with our leader, King Zhuang Xiang. Suprisingly, instead of being summarily executed, this Han vermin actually had his request granted. In fact, he evidently convinced our normally wise leader of the importance of some construction scheme -- a canal linking the Luo and Jing rivers. According to this yak-brained emissary, such a canal would facilitate moving produce and supplies north of unnavigatable portions of the Wei River.
The decision has been made. The canal shall be built! Thus it is that our noble king, trusting in your abilities, wishes for you to oversee construction of the canal in the mountainousregion. Engineers have already dug a pass through one high ridge, and marked the canal's path, but a lot of excavating work is still to be done. You must establish work settlements and keep the peasants' noses in the dirt. Luckily that region is known to be rich in iron ore; producing weapons and training some troops is advisable. Both are likely to be needed, as our borders are still in flux.
- Grand Canal Section must be built
- Produce 18 bars of iron in one year
This first mission in the new dynasty is a tough one, not in the least that there are hardly any exports and space is at a premium.
Similar to Handan, the section of the Grand Canal is already on the map, with only labourers and resources needed to construct it. However, this should probably be ignored until your income is stabilised. There is an invasion within two years of the mission start and it can be prevented by placing a fort and ensuring it is staffed. Since you cannot build Elite Housing or the Palace here, avoid getting into any large scale battles, as you will likely need to request troops from your ally Yong. At Very Hard difficulty, it is likely the invasion will be triggered much earlier and probably can't be avoided, so requesting troops may be necessary.
As hinted in the briefing, there is a lot of iron ore to be found here. Producing this in large quantities should be an early priority, because it is requested multiple times by Yong, is your main export for the mission and is also a mission goal. Keep most of the smelters towards the northern end of the canal section so the smelter workers don't have to go a long distance to reach the ore they need though. Some weapons should be produced as they'll be needed for your lone fort and is also a request later into the mission.
Sending out some diplomatic requests will see Anyi immediately accepting. The others will probably reject the request, but it'll allow you to see that your main exports are iron and ceramics. Although you can import Lacquer from Shu, there is no use in doing so, because you cannot construct Lacquerware Makers here.
As soon as you get an opportunity, place some Labourer's Camps and get started on the canal. The first phase involves a lot of dirt removal, before 132 blocks of stone will be needed. Luckily, all the stone you need is available on the map. Once all the stone is laid, the canal is complete and hopefully, the mission as well!