This aar will be short, to the point, with an adequate amount of screenshorts. The goal is to promote a cooperation between Christian States in the East and resurrect the spirit of crusades.
Part One: The Fall of Ottomans
The Duchy of Athens was nothing else, but a band of mercenaries than ran the province. They played the heroes of the past, wrote their names in ancient Greek and waged war performing needless feats of bravery. It was all about to change in 1419 when Turkish desire for world dominance drove them like madmen toward the City of Men's Desire - Constantinople.
Under leadership of Antonio I Duchy of Athens effctively put to a stop internal bickering between Christians in Greece. Antonio was able to forge an alliance between the Duchy, Albania and Byzantium. When Turks attacked Constantinople the allies valliantly defended the city and brought the war to Smirna and Anatolia. Turkish capital itself was besieged and later sacked. Turks retreated.
Duchy of Athens sticked togerher with the alliance even through its "phony" war with Teke and Karaman. The relations between the Duchy and Albania improved to the point where the latter agreed to acknowledged Athenian seniority and become the Duchy's vassal. Simultaneously, the royal marriages were arranged with most of the ruling houses of Europe.
It was Byzantium that started the second war with the Turks. The war that was going to be the last one. By that time Turks were already beaten by Serbia and Karaman. The alliance intervention brought even more enemies to Asia Minor. Turks were quick to cede territories to Karaman, The Knights of Rhodes, Byzantium and the Duchy itself. By the time it was over only Macedonia was in infidel's hands... Not for long. In year 1435 the last Turkish province was annexed by Serbs. The rule of the Turks was over.
Antonio did not live to see the victory. He died in battle shortly before this glorious hour. His successor - Nerio II - vowed to continue the crusades and liberate the rest of the Asia Minor from the followers of Mohamed.
Fall of the Ottomans. Year 1435
Religious situation in 1437