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    Drive deep into the Ruhr!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seek75 View Post
    Sounds like another large-scale war is getting close to boiling over!
    War? I was thinking more of a good ol fashion southern BBQ...
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    Stabbing Prussia in the back while it's at war with Austria sounds like a winning move to me, especially if Russia can make a similar strike from the East!
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    Indeed.

    Now I see what's going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razgriz 2K9 View Post
    Indeed.

    Now I see what's going on.

    213 Reasons to go to Berlin...will this be a repeat of 1806, or do you have something planned when dealing with King Frederich Wilhelm IV?
    You will get to see what happens soon, soon my friends!

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    The Son of the Emperor
    Prince Imperial
    An Alternative History Affair



    Chapter 7: 213 Reasons to March 544 Miles
    Part Three




    On September 30th several new frigates were laid down throughout the country at Brest, Bordeaux, Marsillies and various harbors, in all the French nation was hoping to complete 38 frigates by the end of 1846. These frigates represented a new class of frigate for the nation; they would overpower any frigate of any other nation. During the Napoleonic Era of 1803 to 1815 France had designed several 44 gun ships that became known as “super frigates”, because they had outclassed every other frigate. Forty-four gunned frigates became the norm, but now France was outclassing those ships with a new 50 gun frigate. One could argue that this new frigate was closer to a ship of the line, except it retained the agility of a frigate and only one gun deck.

    The new line of ships, being produced en masse was certainly going to further aggravate the strained relation between Paris and London. On November 5th, a letter from the Foreign Minister George Hamilton-Gordon, strongly demanding that construction of frigates be halted without thought otherwise the balance of power that had held together since the downfall of Napoleon I would be shattered. In response, Emperor Napoleon II personally penned that “French aggression was in response to earlier aggression by the allies of Britain and the British nation herself. The Austrian acquisition of Danish Schleswig before its restoration and the continuous expansion of British dominance in colonial holdings were beginning to strangle all other nations, whose livelihood depended on the sea, into submission.” Distraught by the letter received from the Emperor, the Earl of Aberdeen notified the Iron Duke that a state of war would exist between France and London by the end of the next year.


    The Duke of Wellington as of 1844.


    In a move that further irritated the British, on December 21st Napoleon II invalidated France’s signature on the Treaty of London (1839). Throughout the nation it was clear that war was inevitable, but when would it come? There was general consensus within the court at Versailles that Britain would certainly declare war now for Belgium sacred ground. Once a declaration of war was declared France could further portray itself as the target of endless British expansionism. Marshalling the cause as an anti-British faction would possibly earn the allegiance of states that sought to expand their own interests.

    On December 2nd, a grand ball was held at Versailles to celebrate the end of the fifteenth year of the reign of Napoleon II. At the ball, little would understand that within the a few mere weeks the reign of Napoleon II would begin its most serious tribulations to date. The nations of Europe were in the process of uniting in a coalition against the son of the continent’s greatest nemisis. The concerns of Europe did not damper the festivals of the night, nor did they hamper the celebrations a few weeks later for the festival of fireworks for the beginning of the New Years. As soon as the last firework exploded from the celebration in Paris, a different series of explosions occurred at sea.


    Of interesting note, Austria had lost great power status, has now regained it. Switzerland got a lot of prestige and became a great power. The Kingdom of Italy, while nominally is in my sphere, was not at this time (the Switzerland thing). Also, not sure exactly when Prussia got this flag, but it has grown on me.




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    Did the Prussians sphere the South German Minors?

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    So much suspense....

    Is that Nejd you're influencing? How come?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrell8 View Post
    Did the Prussians sphere the South German Minors?
    Prussia is attemtping to gain influence over Bavaria, Baden and Wurtemburg; though I am countering their moves.

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    So much suspense....

    Is that Nejd you're influencing? How come?
    It looks like Nejd, but it is actually Egypt. Minefield's flag mod has a lot of cool lookings changes like that.
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    Is Prussia an HM's government/democracy? Because that's Prussia's democracy flag in vanilla.

    EDIT: I'm also assuming that's the original Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy flag you've got there?
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    Prussian Free State? Unlikely...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seek75 View Post
    Is Prussia an HM's government/democracy? Because that's Prussia's democracy flag in vanilla.

    EDIT: I'm also assuming that's the original Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy flag you've got there?
    By golly they did go Democratic on me! Still doesn't detract from the favor of crushing them into their rightful place - away from the Rhine! You would have to ask Minefield if its the original Kingdom of Italy flag.
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    I can see Confederation of the Rhine written all over...
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    The Son of the Emperor
    Prince Imperial
    An Alternative History Affair



    Chapter 8: The Duke of Versailles
    Old Rivals




    The Prince Imperial slowly sailed forward from the foggy harbor of Brest, destined towards rendezvous with a three frigates from Bordeaux before sailing on towards Tangiers. After a month at Tangiers it was destined for her to head towards Marsilles, where she would join the Mediterranean Fleet. The captain, Jacques de Champlain a veteran within the French navy was a bit unease, the Prince Imperial would be sailing unescorted, though eighty guns of the Prince Imperial would make her an impossible target for any British frigates; which continued to patrol the outskirts of Brest.

    Unbeknowst to Captain Champlain a daring young British captain had been assigned to the 38 gun frigate the HMS Wellington. The Captain, Kirk Picard thought he could easily overcome a French vessel when the weather favored surprise; which it did this morning. Though Brest was foggy, it was a relatively light fog compared to the open seas. Picard could hardly make out the vessel slowly progressing towards the position, but she looked like a fine prize for the Royal Navy. By his estimate it would be close to half an hour before the French vessel could be ambushed. He could see it within his day dream, the rank of Admiral being bestowed upon him.

    With his eyeglass Captain Champlain could barely see the British vessel within the distance. He could see her beginning to load cannons and make haste for the Prince Imperial. The British frigate was coming into a trap, one which she could not escape from. The only concern for the crew of the Prince Imperial was to allow the British earn the first shots; such a thought carried valid concerns. What if the British managed to get a lucky broadside that damaged the mast and sails? Barring the concerns the crew stood ready, cannons already loaded, sharpshooters awaiting the command to climb the rigging, and the doctor fearing for the worse.


    The Prince Imperial versus the HMS Wellington.


    At a quarter past noon; on January 3rd, 1846, the first broadside was delivered by the HMS Wellington into the Prince Imperial. The distance between the two ships was hardly one hundred feet apart when the first cannonball began smashing against the reinforced wood. The Prince Imperial sustained the blow as the crew; which had hid from sight from British observers ran for their guns to begin their deadly barrage. Right before the Wellington could unleash its second broadside, 40 guns of the port (left) side of the Prince Imperial opened up. The Wellington sustained the blows, but it was apparent to both Captains that she could not sustain a barrage for long.

    The Wellington increased its sails in an attempt to outmaneuver the Prince Imperial; however a second broadside from the port side of the French vessel severely crippled the masts and rigging, which came crashing down to the deck. A third broadside from the Prince Imperial ripped through the starboard (right) side of the Wellington and she began taking on water. The crew of the Wellington began jumping overboard, regardless of what the officers ordered them to due. As quickly as Captain Picard’s dreams of admiralty appeared they had vanished. By one in the afternoon, a mere forty-five minutes since the first broadside began, Captain Picard, along with two other officers and thirty-seven crewmen were prisoners on the Prince Imperial which was headed back to Brest.


    The third broadside from the Prince Imperial severely crippled the HMS Wellington, shortly after wards her crew was seen jumping overboard.


    War was now certain.




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    Empire: Total War, yes? Its fun to watch the crew scuttling about the ship. How is your Naval Strength? Comparable to the British?

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    Down with the British! Down with the Republic of Prussia!

    But what happened to the riddle? Is it just me? I still don't get the 213 reasons for 514 miles
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllmyJames View Post
    Down with the British! Down with the Republic of Prussia!

    But what happened to the riddle? Is it just me? I still don't get the 213 reasons for 514 miles
    I'll explain it since it's obvious what is happening now.

    Paris is 213 miles from London. Britain is France's main rival, and leader of the previous seven coalitions against Napoleon I. So Britain is the "213 Reasons". The next thing is, Berlin is 514 miles from Paris. I am hoping that this new war will provide an adquate reason to invade Prussia and restore something similar to the Confederation of the Rhine. Thus the "514 Miles". Now we get to figure out:

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    I'm a slow person, but I assume this:

    We're going to have a new Duke and a Treaty will be signed in Versailles between the French Empire and the Prussian Freistadt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razgriz 2K9 View Post
    I'm a slow person, but I assume this:

    We're going to have a new Duke and a Treaty will be signed in Versailles between the French Empire and the Prussian Freistadt.
    There will be a new Duke. I cannot say where the Treaty will be signed at yet, for I haven't gotten quite that far into determining the end result.
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