Extinctus Amabitur Idem
The Reign of Ernst I Von Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria
Duke Ernst I Von Wittelsbach called together a grand meeting of the most powerful and influential members of the Bavarian nobility at the end of the year in order to better establish his kingdom. The end of an era was at hand, and it was the Duke's intention to make his plans for Bavaria known to his subjects at last.
Among the Duke's first major decisions, was to proclaim that he intended to fully support the Bavarian army, ordering that the standing army be enlarged, and that the entire kingdom focus its efforts on improving the army. He also decided to slash the funding of those who were proponents of naval research. To this news, several members of the nobility who advocated the acquisition of access to the sea and the construction of a navy rose up out of their seats and left in a sign of utmost disrespect to the Duke. Duke Von Wittelsbach later ordered that all of those who participated in the display have their land and titles seized, having them then committed to serve out their years within the confines of a Bavarian monastery.
Unfortunately for Duke Ernst, he was unable to come to terms with his distant cousin Rupert III the Elector Palatine. Both the Duke and his cousin had laid claim to the lands of Franken, and when the Duke of Bavaria learned that Rupert III had stationed one thousand troops in Franken to secure it, he gathered his force of two thousand troops and began to march north.
Having a need for allies in his endeavor, Duke Von Wittelsbach extended kindness and friendship towards Trier, and they quickly accepted his offers of mutual assistance. Baden, upon learning of this news quickly made its own offer of support to Bavaria, an offer that the Duke was all too happy to accept.
By November, the Duke declared war on the Palatinate and defeated Rupert III's meager forces around Franken, and laid siege. Bavaria's allies, true to their word, joined in the cause and launched invasions of the remainder of Rupert III's lands and defeated the main host of his army at Pfalz. As the year drew to a close, Duke Ernst I maintained his siege of Franken and ordered freshly raised troops from Bavaria to begin the march north to join his army.
Thus ended the year 1399, and marked the true beginning of Duke Von Wittelsbach's reign.
The World As of October 14th, 1399
Europe As of October 14th, 1399