Byzantium has just fallen to the turks. The christian world is shaken. Henry VI knew the ongoing war against France, while not a disaster, was not going to end well. It was bound to end with either a loss of territory to the French, or a very expensive stalemate. He wanted neither. A white peace, while most would consider it better than loss of territory, would without any doubt result in the French declaring war again in 5 years time. The white peace would be even more expensive then. Which would lead to a third war, even more expensive.
So, if England was to lose it's french possessions, what was to be Englands destiny? The King pondered this long and hard, and then after a full 3 minutes of humming to himself, he formulated his plans for England:
- Get rid of the English possessions in France.
- Unite the island of Great Britain.
- Start exploring westward. Anything found there belongs to England.
Uniting Great Britain means uniting England and Scotland, and preferably taking Orkney as well. How fortunate then, that Norway, the owners of Orkney, and Scotland are in an alliance. However France, is bound by alliance to come to the aid of Scotland, should the English attack it. Conveniently though, France is already at war with England. With that, a Declaration of War is sent to the Scots, even though England has nowhere near enough armies on Great Britain to defeat the Scots. The two regiments in London are sent north and the recruitment process of four more cavalry regiments also begin, as two Scottish armies advance into England.
The very next day May 31 1453, Scotland's only other ally excepting France joins the war; Norway. With that, England asks France for peace in exchange for Gascogne, which they gladly accept.
And so, as of June 1 1453 England, along with it's ally Portugal, is at war with Scotland and Norway.
The England military command is relieved the French accepted the peace offer, to say the least, since every englishman in France is needed in northern England, and fast.