Chapter IV: "Consolidation and Preparation (1849-1860)"
The Bavarian king has lead two successful wars in the past decade, only to be threatened by revolution. What else can you want from a leader? I've expanded the kingdom, lowered taxes, lead Bavaria to Great Power status, vastly increased literacy and pushed industrialization.
Yet, this is how I get repaid:
With a total population of 1.5 million people, 1.2 million are about to revolt! So I decided to give up some ground, just a little. I allowed "state controlled" trade unions, figuring that an increased desire for social reforms is not bad at all. Some of those reforms will increase life quality and it's better than to give up political power. I'm still an absolute monarchy.
Weeks later the springtime of nations was over and suddenly all rebels went home and decided to love me again, filthy bastards!
The 1850s were completely uneventful in Bavaria. I decided to spend the entire decade consolidating my ever increasing empire. Flying under the radar until my infamy level is under control again. But just like Hitler said: After the conquest is before the conquest. Or was it Sepp Herberger? Anyways, the rest of the world wasn't as calm...
Russia continued her rise to a global power by colonizing and more landgrabs from China:
Leading to this constellation of power:
By 1860 Bavaria's past conquests had largely been forgotten by the world and it was time for a new conquest. This time we set our sights on neighbouring Baden which would give us access to Switzerland. This new enemy poses a formidable threat though. They field the biggest army of any foe thus far and there remains the question mark, how our mutual ally Saxony will react. If they side with Baden, I might be toast. Still I am willing to risk it, throwing my entire army against Baden, leaving the Saxon border undefended. I believe that they will remain neutral. At least that's what I hope...