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    A History of the Hellenic Republic(1419-1819):A Hellas AAR

    After many attemps at a succesful Hellas game starting in 1419 one finnaly made it thru 1500. Seeing this I decided that it was high time for my next AAR.

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    Ah, a Hellas AAR. Not much has been written on the nation of late, if at all. Good luck!

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    Birth by Sword

    The beginings of what today is known widley as Greece was put into place by a political power play in Italy. The monarchs of Naples and Siena conspired in secrate against Tuscany, who thru certin fueds had gained the wrath of these two states and their leaders. To prevent the Tuscan leaders from fleeing to their vassel in Greece Naples included its vassel Albania in the fued. While the Tuscan armies were dispatched in Italy, and Florence beseiged, Albania and the Dutchy of Athens had several minor skirmishes in the hills of Attica. Eventualy the battles went in the favor of Albanians and Athens was put under seige. Athens held out for 7 months and 3 days, opening its gates to the Albanians on October 2, 1420. The Albanians had neither the political support or the financial clout to keep the lands of the Dutchy in order, so they set about to allow the Greeks to govern thenselves. A governing counsil had always been inplace in Athens, but that just had jurisdiction of the city and surrounding towns, with varring degrees of controll thru out the year. So the Albanians, with considerable Napolitan interferance, set up a Roman style senate in Athens to govern the lands that were to be bequithed to the Greek people. Called the Romanus snubbingly at first by the Greek citizens.

    The establishment of the Hellenic Republic by the Albanians and their lords in Naples took several months, and by mid 1421 all controlling representitives of those two states had been recalled and the nation was freed of outside controll, on paper at least. For the first five years or so Greece was still effectivly a puppet of Naples, who used the new born republic to weaken threats to its holdings in the region. The first on its list was the crubling empire of the Ottoman Turks. The defeat by Tamerlane and years of civil war had taken its toll on the empire and it was slowly being ripped apart by regional players. Karaman, Teke, Ak Koyunlu(as well as its vassel Dulkidir), and Candar all took the opprotunity to expand their lands. Both Karaman and AK Koyunlu would gained territory from the Ottomans, Teke would recive monetary compensation, and Candar was wiped from the map by the Ottomans. But while they were distracted in asia Naples rallied support in the Romanus for war with the turkish empire, and on December 14, 1421 representitives of the Romanus delivered a decliration of war to the Ottoman sultan, greek forces had already crossed into Macedonia.

    With support from Naples, the Ottomans distracted and half beaten, and the straights guarded by the Greeks the Turks were effectivly cut off from Europe. Both Thessaloniki and Sofia would eventualy fall before the Italian backed Greeks, this would encourage surrounding states to attack the Ottomans and get what they could. Wallachia and Moldavia joined the frey, as did the reminents of the Byzantine Empire. When the greeks exited from the war with the Turkish Macedonian holdings on July 18 1425 both nations were avidly picking at the corpse of the Ottomans. Wallachia would seize Bulgaria, and Byzantium, Dobjora in Europe and Kastumonu in Asia Minor. At the conclusion of their war the Byzantines called in the Knights of Rhodes and they seized Rumulia from the Ottoman Empire. It had been driven from Europe in the span of 7 years from the first declaration of war from Hellas, and was reduced to minor holdings in Asia Minor that would eventualy be taken by the newest Turkish power, Karaman.

    After the turkish war, with its holdings efectivly doubled the Romanus set about incorporating the new citizens into the Republic and establishing effective tax collection from them, it would take several years to compleate the incorporation due to financial difficulties, Naples wasnt as avid on paying for roads as it was for swords. In a late night session of the Romanus on January 15, 1428 the greeks cut all ties with Albania and Naples, and ended tribute payments. One month later the Greeks joined the Serbians in their alliance, and war with Hungary. This was a foolish move for the new republic, whos forces were driven from Macedonia by Hungarian and Croatian armys. The war would last 2 years, in the end Serbia was reduced to a vassel of Hungary.

    The greeks could have gone the same way, but the Hungarians refused to press their front in greece and concentrated on Serbia, counting their blessings they refrained from any beligerant actions for a few years, until January 19, 1432. The Wallachians and their soon the be vassels Moldavia were embrioled in a war with Lithuania, and invited Greece into their alliance. The Greeks would not press this war but the new allainace would open up many possibilities.
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    Nice start, great to see writing

    I hope, unlike some of our common friends, you're going to post a lot of screenshots?
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    good story so far

    it might be hard to post screenies now since u already 100 years ahead. Maybe u should get some pics of google discringing your story
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    Yes, for the first hundred years or so i neglected to take screenies(first one is in 1524). But Im going to strive to compile an archive.
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    Nice start indeed. Now, nalivayko, was that a shot at me?
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    War Against the Emperor

    With joining the Wallachian/Moldavian alliance in January of 1432 Hellas joined their war with Lithuania, this war was to far beyond their reach to risk sending troops, it would just be a waste of men and material and the Romanus saw this and decided to aid the alliance in other ways. This reluctance to participate prolonged the war for several years, the Moldavians could not prosucute a war into Lithuanian for long when the winter drove them back, and the Lithuanians were unable to hold ground in Moldavia with out the Wallachians and Moldavians both attacking their men. Both sides finnaly had enuf and the war was concluded on May 30, 1438. The Romanus could set in motion their next plan.

    The Eastern Roman Empire was on failing legs, had been since the arrivel of the Turks and the sacking by the Crusaders, but they were still a potent regional power, and even managed to gain land from the Ottomans, but these holdings were not connected by land leaving the Empire vunerable. The reasons for attacking the empire are still vague, records from the period are sparse and usualy heavily damaged, but Hellas delivered its declaration of war to Constantinople on December 15, 1438, both Moldavia and Wallachia joined Hellas, the Byzantines had no official allies what so ever. While the war was still raging the emperor decided he had only one way to gather support for his failing empire. On March 38, 1439 the Council of Florence was concluded and the Byzantine Empire effectivly converted to Catholicism. This incensed the Greeks, who were beseiging Constantinople at the time, they stromed the city and in a fury of destruction attacked every catholic church in the city, looting and plundering, and killing the people inside, they stormed the imperial palice but the Emperor was still in Italy. They installed the Patriarch as govenor of the city while they controlled it.

    The Romanus was much more level headed and decided to exit the war with what they could, accepting Morea on March 4, 1441. One year and ten days later the Romanus was finnishing up the encorporation of Morea into the Senate and tax collection services when a herald from Wallachia arrived, Hungary had declared war, Moldavia had already joined and they were asking Hellas to honor their comitments also. The Romanus agreed in a whirle wind session. The threat from the Hungarians was considered so great that the Romanus decided to elect a dictator for the duration of the war. The man they chose to lead the war was called Argyus, he had been in the Hellenic Army since the war with Turkey, and thru the sacking of Constantinople, in both campaignes he had show his prowess, and he showed it again.

    He took the whole of the cavalary in the Greek army and rode into the Hungarian plains, he raided up and down the southern side of the Danube, pilliaging the country side, dispatching small groups of Hungarian soldiers that attempted to stop him. The raids of Argyus reached as far as the walls of Odenburg, by this time he was persued by an Hungarian army of no less then 15,000 men. Aware of the danger Argyus set out and returned to Greece, dispatching small contingents of Huns on the way. Argyus would not leave Greece again, while he and his army were camping in Macedonia he was struck down by a terrible fever, he died after a week of deliruim and pain. His body was returned to Athens and was celebrated more then any living soldier had been there.

    Argyus' contribution the war was quite apparent, while the Huns were destracted in their own backyard the Wallachians pressed their allies in the Croatians, striping them of Kosovo in 1443, the war would last 7 more months, but in the end Hungary had to pay considerable sums to all partys in the alliance, the war was consluded on May 7, 1444.

    The Romanus, and the Wallachian allaince settled down for peace, there was an economic boom in Greece during this time. In May of 1454 the Wallachian alliance fell apart, twenty days later Wallachia entered into an arangement with Hellas, this allaince would last over a century.
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    Fall of Constantinople

    For the first six years the new allaince was in place it was of little use, neither country entered a war until 1461. With the Greeks at their back the Wallachians felt it was high time to take care of the troublesome region of Transylvania. War comenced on June 7, many skirmishes would occure in Romania and Bulgaria, as the Transylvanians had called in the Knight of Rhodes to aid them. War was waged on the seas as well with the fledgling Greek Navy sinking all the ships the Knights could muster in a series of engagements in the Aegan, which effectivly cut off the Knights from anywhere except their small island. Even with the Knights restricted from the theater the Wallachians were having a rough time in the mountines of Romania, in the end they tired of the war and accepted the monetary compensation that was offered. Hostilities ceased on March 18 1464.

    After the war with Hellas, Byzantium was further hit by regional players, several costly wars with Karaman striped the empire of men, money, and all its Anetolian possesions. The once proud empire was reduced to Constantinople and minor Romanian holdings south of the Danube, which could only be accessed by the sea. The Wallachian/Greek allaince pounced upon the meager empire, the offical declaration of war give by Hellas on Febuary 16, 1461. In December Wallachia seized all the Bulgarian possesions of the Knights of St. John, the Knights were in no position to contest this themselves and their Siebenburgen allies would not be part of another costly war. This opened up the Byzantines Thracian flank, until then the Byzantine army was preventing their Hellenic counterparts from advancing into Thrace. With their flank exposed the Roman army had no choice but to retreat behind the walls of Constantinople, which was put under seige by the combined Wallachian Greek force. THe seige lasted just 7 months, the formibible Byzantine navy could have kept the city supplied indefinetly, if the empire still had lands from which to draw supplies from, but those had fallen long before, and their treasury was empty, they traded away what privlages to the Italian Trading states they could, but it was not enuf. On Febuary 5, 1468 the Byzantine empire ceased to be, Wallachia recived its Romanian holdings and Hellas took Thrace and Constantinople, the emperor was taken to Athens in chains, he was imprisioned in the Acropolis, when he would live out his life, an exile in the middle of a burgening city. At this point the history of the Hellenic Republic took important road, with Constantinople in their hands the Romanus could have elected a plyable emperor, claimed the name of the Eastern Roman Empire, gaining the right to expand in all directions(at least to them), but they did not, they remained in Athens, dissoled the Senate in Constantinople, and imprisoned the emperor.

    At the close of the decade the Republic was going thru many changes. Venice had never been viewed kindly by the Romanus or the people, so stripping them of trading privlages in Constantinople and Greece was just the next logical step in a worsening of relations between the Republics. Forifications were expanded in Athens, Morea, Macedonia, and Constantinople, whos once mighty walls had been reduced to little more then a stockade in places. Trade was booming, with the capture of Constaninople and Thrace, and with it controll of the Bhosporus and Hellspont straights, the Greeks were reaping the rewards of their position, and it could take full advantage of it with the Navy it had seized at the end of the Byzantine war.

    The most remarkible change that would take place in the period after the Byzantine war was a great change in the way the Republic, and the Romanus functioned. Since the begining of the Romanus to vote you had to own land, and like wise to be elected to the Romanus you had to meet certin requirements, there was a minimum of land and finances required. While this was a step above the Duke and lords that were inplace before it still did not reach the majority of the Greek people, and discontent was slowly gathering. It reached an apex in 1469, a protest was organized in Athens and it marched on the Senate building while the Romanus was still in session, they surrounded it and effectivly traped all the senators preasent inside. The mobs leader walked brazenly into the Romanus, inturruping an ongoing oritation and made his demands, the right of every citizen of Hellas above the age of 20 to vote, and the right of every citizen above the age of 25 to take part in the Romanus, regardless of ownership of land. These two demands seem simple, but for the time they were revolutionary, and the mod outside the Senate was quite ready to oblige if the did not have their way. The Romanus entered into debate on the subject for several days, during which time they were not allowed to leave by the mob, which brought them food and water. The senate was bitterly divided between former lords and nobles of the dutchy, and the newer land owners, many from Macedonia and Morea, in the end, on December 23, 1469 after nearly 2 weeks of deliberations traped in the senate building the Romanus agreed to the demands. When the decision was annouced to the mob waiting outside, it rushed into the building and carried the sentaors out on their backs, what fallowed was several days of celebration thru out Athens.
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    Just asking, what are your plans? immediate and future?
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    Right then my imediate goals were to get my cores and controll the Bhosporus and Hellspont(Anatolia and Smyrna). I generaly dont make long term plans.
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    Troy Reborn

    During the 1480's the Romanus would show its weakness's, on two occasions(1482 and 1485) Wallachia called on it allies for wars with Transylvania and Albania, both time the Romanus went into extended discussions on if they should honor the pact, but they took so long deciding that when they finnaly agreed on a course the Wallachian representitives had long gone, considering the pact null. Twice the Romanus made amends and renewed the allaince. These blunders cost the Wallachians, they lost both wars, but escaped unharmed territorily. The Romanus passed new legistation in light of these two blunders it was decided when ever an allie called up them they would recive and answer in two days, no more, to this end they created a new position in the Senate, War Counsil, for the explicit pourpose of casting the tie breaking vote in the case of war.

    In the 1490's there was a great rise in militarism in Hellas, many young men joined the milita and defense corps as well as the standing army. The Romanus was effected greatly by this trend, military spending was increased at the expense of more peacful alteritives. It also started action more beligerent to nations it considered holding territory that belonged the Hellas and the Greeks. These insults and posturings finnaly came to a head in 1505, Albania declared war, and brought their lords in Venice with them, this was the perfect oprotunity for the Greeks to drive the Venicians from the Aegean, to this end they attacked and captured several of the larged Italian holdings in the Aegean Island. In 1506 the Greeks were unable to prosecute the war any further, Karaman declared war on the Greek Republic. The war began in the favor of the Greeks, the entire Turkish army crossing teh Hellspont was destroyed by the defending greeks who then crossed into Asia Minor. Karaman had no significant forces what so ever and the Greek armys soon controlled the majority of the country. By this time(1510) Venice was already at the peace tables, and agreed to leave the Aegean, relinquishing all their possesions in the region. Karaman fallowed suit two years later, they gave up Smyrna and Anatolia to the Greek Republic. The war with Albania was concluded with a white peace in 1513. Wallachia wasnt done with the Albainians, they continued to persue the war for two more years and gained Bosnia from them.

    Hellas now controlled every sea route in and out of the Black Sea, and this was making them rich, they began to be called Troy Reborn by the West. But this Troy would never fall, no matter the lenght of the seige, the would be ample oprotunity to show this in the future.
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    Austrians Afoot

    Hellas had become the new incarnation of Troy, jeliously guarding the route to the Black Sea. This only further angered Karaman, who until they were driven from its shores could exact tribute in competition with the Greeks. They wanted their land back, and then some, to this end the went to war with the Grekk Republic on May 30, 1517. For few years of combat Karaman and Hellas engaged on the plains of Anatolia and Smyrna, each time the turkish forces advanced they were driven back into the hills of Konya. The Greek armys then launched an attack on the Karaman capital itself, nestled in the Taurus Mountines. While the greeks were deep in turkish terr. Hungary took advantage of the situation and attack Wallachia. Peace was arranged with Karaman for minor financial compensation to the Greeks and their armys returned to Europe to fight the Hungarians.

    The greeks were not fortunate enuf to be blessed with a great lead as in the last Hungarian war, and it devolved into seiges and counter seiges of Wallachian lands. And when the Greeks were prepairing to cross into Hun terr. the Wallachians were forced to pay large sums to the Hungarians in return for peace. So the greeks returned to Greece and contented them selves with consolidating their new lands.

    To this end the Romanus ordered the conversion of the Aegean Islands to the Orthadox faith. Years with the Venicians had strayed them from the path. Greek asian holdings were also consolidated. The allaince with Wallachia was called on breifly when Bosnia wrested its freedom from them, the call was but a formality, as the upstart nation fell two years later in 1532.

    Austria, now a regional power since its aquisition of Serbia in one of its attempts at indipendance, declared war on Wallachia hoping to expand its regional holdings, draging its allaince with it. The war would not go well, the Austrians could feild more troops, and of better quality then either the Greeks or Wallachians, in the end Wallchia was striped of Bosnia. Both Wallachia and Hellas prepaired for the next confrontation with the Austrians.

    Ten years would pass, but it would not be enuf to stop the Austrian advance, with the comencement of hostilities in June of 1543 things did not go well. The war had been started by Wallachia in the aims to gain Siebenburgen land, but the Translyvanians were holed up in their Mountine Castles and would not break while their Austrian allies rempaged into Kosovo and Bulgaria. The Austrians were quite effective in their goals and wrested Kosovo from Wallachia a little over a year after the war had started. WIth Austria out of the way things should have went better, but they did not, Siebenburgen continued to hold out in the mountines of Translyvania. The war lasted 5 more years, attempts were made at seizing Seibenburgens Ragusan holdings to no avail, in the end the Wallachians were forced to pay considerable sums to the Translyvanians.

    During the 1550's the Wallachian/Greek allaince lapsed, and neither side sought to renew it, it was much easier to blame the other for their recent combat losses. And so the allaince that had stood for over a century fell into the history books. For the time being Wallachia and Hellas would go their seperate ways.



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    Hellas spent the better part of a two decades dealing with internal issues, reforms of the army continued, but the Hellenic army still lagged behind its western counterparts. The defenses of the aquired territorys in Asia Minor were upgraded and expanded, efforts were made to more open society, serfs in Greece were a thing of the past now. It wasnt until 1568 that Hellas again took an outward stance. Wallachia had been in a war with Seibenburgen for some time and had asked Greek assistance several times before, each time it was refused, but the momentum was slowly gathering, political support for the war was growing as the Wallachians continued to fight on. On December 2, 1568 the Romanus answered the Wallachians call for aid, a large force set out from Athens for Ragusa. It arrived with little or no opposition from the Translyvanians, Ragusa was put under seige and blockaid. In the mountines of Translyvania the defenders had finnaly been exausted after years of back and forth war.

    In the peace accords Hellas recived Ragusa as a protectorate and established a Repblic modled on their own there, Wallachia finally gained Translyvania. The Greek participation in the war lasted a little over two years. Hellas gain focused on peacful matters for a short time, until 1573 and the Albania/Venice alliance attacked once again. It was a bitter struggle, thousands of Greek soldiers died in the mountines of Albania before it was under their controll, and Macedonia was ravaged by Albanian raiders before the army was able to put a stop to it. On the sea the navy faired much worse, it was compleatly unable to leave its harbor in Athens, a combined Albanian and Italian fleet kept it bottled up, the few attemps to break free were quickly twarted, for six years with continued until the Albanians agreed to pay considerable sums for peace.

    In the new decade Wallachia included the growing power of Russia in their allaince with Hellas, when the new member called on them in a war against Astrakhan in 1591 the Romanus decided that it was not worth the trouble to deal with an insignificant Moslim state on the Caspian and left the alliance. Sensing opprotunity the Austrians invited the Greeks into their allaince. Relations between the two states had been warming for some time, and Austria was the major power in the region, the Republic decided to join into this allaince in May of 1591, just two months after leaving the Wallachian alliance. Less then a year laterthe Greeks were called to aid their new allaince against their form allies of Wallachia and Russia. Hellas was on good terms with both nations, especialy Wallachia, and when war comenced both Hellas and Wallachia refused their mutual fronts, both deciding to focus on other members of the war, Wallachia was busy fending off Austria and the Greeks sent an expidition to Kaffa.

    Fighting in the Crimean peninsula would be bitter, tens of thousands of Russians would fall trying to lift the seige, as did Greeks on the walls of Kaffa.

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    The Chinese Afoot

    The Crimean war, as it had come to be called in greece lasted just over two years, two years of bitter fighting. Repeated assualts would not topple the walls of Kaffa, and only bad timing by the Russians and favorible fighting conditions would allow the seige to remain. With the port blockaded by the Greek and Austrian navies the city feel not by force of arms, but by desperation. Escorted by the Greek fleet the Hellenic forces crossed the Crimean Straights and set upon the city of Kerch. The Russians would try in vain to lift the seige, but the Greeks used the swamps around Kerch to their advantage, forcing the ill fated Russian attacks thru the marginal solid ground. At the peace deals Hellas was awarded Kaffa the other alliance members took what they could in the form of monetary settlements.

    Fallowing the war major efforts were to increase the already strong fortifications of Kaffa, the Russian threat was plain to see, and only a period of instability would keep Russia in check. The Austrian led alliance folded, its members had streched from the Baltic to the Black Sea and could rarley agree on a course of action given their differnt goals and religions. In its place a new Hellas led alliance sprang up, this alliance would emcompas the entireity of the Balkan Peninsula with its Three members of Hellas, Austria, and Wallachia. The latter two would have to be repeatedly coaxed into supporting one another.

    Just a month after its forming the alliance took on its first challenge. Austria layed claims on Albanians lands in Damalita and Ragusa and declared war in 1604. Wallachia imediatly jumped ship, only to rejoin the alliance later on. The Hellenic role in the war was breif, but essential. Armys from Athens and Macedonia quickly crossed into Albanian itself and beseiged the major citys and forts, one after another they were forced into submission by brutal force of arms. With the whole of Albanian under greek dominition and their outlying terr. under threat from Austria the Albanians offered up all they could to the Greeks, buying them off with considerable monetary comepensations, as well as minor border adjustments. Austrias role in the war would continue for seval more years, but would achive little, Wallachia had made peace two years after the Greeks.

    The Austrians were in the closing stages of their war when news began to flood into Athens about and Chinese fleet and Army in Albanian. What became know as Xinghus Expidition had been dispacted from Shanghai two years before, to participate in the European war. This unusual, and extrodanary expidition was brought about by entagling alliances, Albanias with Venice, and Chinas with Persia. What could have become the first non-european non-christian controlled land in Europe since the fall of Granada was taken from the Chinese when the Venecians payed off Persia for peace. This incursion caused much alarm in Europe, and in Hellas, causing a surge in exploration and colinization. The extreame feeling was that should the homeland fall a part of their empires would continue on. Romanus set about aquiring maps from where ever it could, but it would be over a century before the first Greek colony would take shape.

    In the mean time the Greeks formed a new alliance in 1619, this time strengthening its position further by including Austria, Wallachia, and Russia in it. Russia would play and important part in upcoming wars that would shake the Balkans.
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    This is pretty hilarious... Chinese in Albania Pretty historic though, considering these two used to be allies during Cold War.
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    Surprised the hell outa me to say the least, little part in me wanted to see them get Ragusa or something.
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    The Armenian Uprising

    The Mameluk empire had long ruled Armenia, taking it from Ak Koyunlu over a century before, and then destroying the White Sheep Turks altogeather. Life under the Shiite thumb wasnt much better then under the Sunni and many Armenians had emigrated to Hellas. Their numbers with in Greece soon grew and they became a nation with in a nation, they were close to the greeks but they never lost their identity, and were constantly in touch with relatives and friends in their homeland. In the Spring of 1626 the Mameluks were having a period of unstability and open rebellion broke out in Armenia, this was not an entirely new event, but the Mameluks were so distracted the the Armenians were able to establish themselves as a nation once again. The Armenians in Greece made it their cause to support this fledgling state, and the Greeks aided them in this endeavor, bank rolling the tiny state, offical funds were even recived from the Romanus to fight their war against their Mamluk oppressors. Men, Greeks, Russians, Armenias, material, and money flooded thru Russia into the mountines of Armenia, prolonging the war for 4 years, the Armenains were even able to strike at Trabizond, but it was not enuf the Muslim hordes fresh from Egypt over whelmed the Armenians forcing them back into the fold once again. Upon its fall in Febuary of 1630 the Romanus orderd preperations for war, volenteers for the war with the Mameluks were called for, and they arrived in the tens of thousands. They were shiped to Kaffa, and Georgia, the plan was for a two pronged attack, one at Armenia itself, the other at the port of Trapzon to supply the war effort, from there they would attack into the Mameluk holdings.

    On Febuaray 1, 1632 the plan was put into action, thousands of soldiers flooded into Armenia and Trabzon, what little Mameluk forces were in the area were quickly swept aside by the advancing armys. Trabzon fell to assualt in April, Armenia fallowed suit in May, the armys moved into the second phase, attacking into the Mameluk holdings. The Greeks were able to capture Sivas in early July before meaningful arab forces were in the area. The fighting then moved into Kurdistan and Azerbijan, the Greeks decimating the numerous arab armys one after another, which were able to delay the fall of Baku until March of 1633, by then the Mameluks had had enuf, and agreed to cede Trabzon and Armenia to Hellas. The latter of which was given vassel status under the Romanus and made a part of the Hellenic alliance.

    In a prudent, if belligernt move war was declared on Karaman in 1638. The aim was the seize Kastumonu and provide a direct land link with Greek holdings and their vassels. Veterans of the Armenian Uprising, and War decended with great skill on the armies of Karaman. Fighting was feirce in the interior of Asia Minor but before the decade was out the war was over and Hellas achived their aim.

    The Kastumonu War And the Armenian Uprising were important changing points for the Republic, long it had been fighting to survive, to free the greeks from forgine hands, and when this goal was all much compleate the Greeks became a modern power, no longer the defender, but the belligerent, idle hands are the devils playground, and the greeks had been idle for to long.

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    A new Greek empire in the making! Good stuff, LL...I'm looking forward to more. Are you planning to expand more into Asia Minor, or try keeping it in Europe?
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