Brutality is a pet extension of mine which targets specific areas of the game I feel are imbalanced in favor of the player. It's not going for realism - though I AM striving to maintain non-fake-difficulty for NE by itself. For Brutality, don't expect it to be fair, or reasonable or even playable.
It is playable and great fun if you ask me... I also play with max ai skill and max damage to player; speed normal.
Day 580+, 130-140 troops @ 3k-6k per week wage cost (depending on how many mercs),
with a "profitable enterprise" up in all but 1 city, (Mostly breweries, 3 iron, 3 wine, 3 oil, 1 tan blahblah),
and I'm still making 2k-3k denars each week without trading or loot.
My last budget report on 120 troops was about -5700 wages +shop profits = +1200 to the bank
The only thing I am stuck on currently is how to actually take my own territory and keep it.
I can join a faction as a merc and take things but I don't know how to keep it after that.
Note: I've never actually set up an independent faction in any M&B game
, even though I've spent probably 500 hours in them.