Chapter I - Friends or Foes?
"Curae cedit fato".. Boniface IX is concerned... The days of the glorious crusades, the might of the Papal State with their mighty alliances are long gone, and with nations such as Milan and Naples bordering the Papacy, he has the right to be. He wishes to once again strengthen the country's diplomatic level and to make people think of glory when they think of the Papal State. He sends couriers to countries who have stood by his nation's side for a long time, he doubles the nations army and he even starts to mint to make sure his country will afford the wars he knows he has to enter...
First thing that happens is that I get an alliance offer from Mantua which I decline. Mantua is way small, (one province and one thousand men) and bordering Milan. That's both a dangerous ally (Milan might want to eat them) and it's not a very strong ally (might get eaten by any other country at all really...)
I am not sure I would have declined their offer if I knew what was upon me though
I proceed to check out my yummy yummy mission
FUN! This means I have to declare war upon a country which is a part of the empire AND since I did let two days slip before I hovered over the "Declare War" icon, was guaranteed by Milan, Switzerland, Mantua, Savoy and Tuscany. Not my ideal first war... I guess I have to wait a little bit with that mission...
I offer Urbino my alliance and they gladly accept, as I will need a couple of alliances in Italy if I wish to survive Naples, Milan and the other despicable sorry excuses for nations! Urbino also gives me military access which is a necessity for securing my two provinces.
I then get an insult from Milan and decides to check out their mission... Uh-oh.
I feel that Urbino might not be enough of an ally in case Milan decides to be mean towards me so I ask the Merchant Republic of Venice, and they accept the offer, happy to aid the pope.
A nice start with two decent alliances - Urbino to secure my land, and Venice, in case Milan gets messy... Or?
..... Seriously guys?
But what's this? During the war I get two new alliance offers, not from Urbino or Venice though but from Mantua (again) and Sicily. Sicily is a strategical good ally because in case I find myself battling with Naples I'll have Sicily to attack from the other side, and Mantua... Well I figured that if that little nation wants to be my ally that bad, then I can't say no. Also, Milan won't be a problem after the current war, I'm going to make sure of that!
Amicus certus in incerta re cernit - A sure friend is found in an unsure situation