Köningsberg, Ostpreussen and other important regions around the country has been mainly protestant for years. August Wilhelm I has been weak for the protestant ideas for along time, and decides to convert the religion of Prussia to Protestantism. One cannot get further away from Rome in the civilized world, now it is time Prussia decides her it's future.
Immediately after the declaration of protest against the pope, the protestant Austria offers Prussia an alliance. This is of great comfort. Austria, being one of the most powerful nations in Europe, is also the arch enemy of our common neighbour -the huge and highly unstable Bohemia. We constantly have to patrol our border on the south and south west because of stray bands of bohemian rebels, mostly polish nationalists.
In the end of 1544, Austria initiates a war with Bohemia that lasts fro about a year. Bohemian armies are being slaughtered by the austrians in the south and by prussians in the north. This time we didn't fight for gains, but merely to conclude our alliance and test our armies against a bigger foe.
During these years, a whole lot of reforms are enacted. Army, church and commerce are fields that are modernized. Anew beaureu of espionage is also established.
In 1549, the city state of Bremen in integrated into Prussia!
The overall popularity of King August Wilhelm I is great all over Europe, several of the electors even nominate him as Emperor of the Holay Roman Empire for the next election.
August Wilhelm I, having reformed Prussia into a modern and strong protestant state, suddenly falls ill at the age of 40. As the state astrologist spot a comet on the night sky, it is expected that he will not survive...