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    Casimir III the Great
    b. 30.04.1310 d. 04.11.1368

    King of Poland 02.03.1333 04.11.1368
    King of Sweden 16.08.1364 04.11.1368





    In the year of Our Lord 1356 the Kingdom of Poland was in much better condition than at the beginning of the reign of Casimir, the third of the name, but many things still needed improvement. Economically it was pretty good, but the army required a reform very badly. It was small, weak and demoralized. By foreign powers Poland was regarded as a medium sized country, with little military or economic importance. The only good thing was correct or even good relations with the Papal States.

    To improve the national defense and offense power a great reform of the Polish army was annouced. Its structure has been changed to use cavalry on greater scale. From now, until the end of time, at least half of the army should be composed of cavalry. To improve prestige diplomats were sent to different, often distant countries. It wasn't long before effect arrive. On January 11th an alliance with the Duchy of Austria was signed and a preliminary agreement on the royal marriages with Denmark and Sweden made.

    A little earlier, on January 10th, war has been declared on Duchy of Mazovia, with the goal to subjugate it. Poland used a good moment to do so, because relations between the Teutonic Order and the Duke of Mazovia - Siemowit, the third of the name - worsened.


    I got mission to Subjugate Mazovia, so I declared war on day 1.


    The king personally led the troops to the war and on February 1st began the siege of Warsaw. During the siege, envoy from Denmark arrived with the proposal of alliance. After weighing the pros and cons the proposal was accepted. Some time later, bishop of Cracow bring news that the Pope Innocentius, the sixth of the name, launched a crusade against the infidels in Ottoman Empire. On March 1st another envoy returned from Margraviate of Brandenburg with information that they agreed to form the alliance with Poland. On August 7th, after 188 days of siege, the garrison in Warsaw surrendered and on next day the prince of Mazovia paid homage to Casimir, the third of the name.

    On November 14th the long-awaited male descendant, Stanislaw, heir to the throne, was born.



    In early March 1357, using as a pretext rebellion of one of Moldavian princes, a war agains Principality of Moldavia was declard. It was short war. On September 7th garrison in Bessarabia surrendered and on October 10th in Budjak. Facing total defeat hospodar of Moldavia, Bogdan, the first of the name, paid homage to Polish king.
    A little earlier, using fact that Moldavians are fighting against Poland, pagan Lithuania declared war on Moldavia. The king was anxious to help his vassal, but had no gold nor men to do so. Moldavia alone quickly lost the war and had to give the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Budjak and Chisinau. The king swore that he would regain lost territory.

    The beginning of 1359 bring a very disturbing information from the east. The Grand Duchy of Moscow lost the war with the Golden Horde and ceded part of their lands.



    The year 1360 began quietly, but on April 14th quietness was interrupted. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania declared war on Duchy of Mazovia. This time the king had gold and men to supported his vassal. At the same time envoys were sent to the allies, asking them to join the war. None of them broke the alliance.
    The Austrian Army could not support Polish troops, because both, Kingdom of Bohemia and the Kingdom of Hungary, refused to grant military access for Austrian troops. In order not to leave an ally in need, the Austrian prince, Albrecht, the second of the name, offered a war subsidy of 700 ducats per month.

    Seeing the situation in Lithuania the Teutonic Order declared war against them on May 5th.

    Polish king gathered army in Krakow and moved south, to Bessarabia where on July 18th defeated Lithuanian army, led by Alexanders Suskas. After the victory he ordered the troops to move north, to the province of Volhynia. On March 2nd, 1361, garrison in Volodymyr surrendered and the control of Vohlynia passed into Polish hands. The king then moved south to support the siege of Czernowitz by the Moldavian forces. In early June, the royal treasury was almost empty, and so an envoy was sent with a proposal of peace. On June 5th Lithuanians agreed to the offer and peace was signed. Lithuania returned Moldavia Chinsau and had to pay a war reparations of 2500 ducats.



    On March 1st, 1362, an envoy from the king of Sweden Magnus, the second of the name, arrived, requesting a meeting to discus the future of the Kingdom of Sweden. After months of talks an agreement was made, under which the Kingdom of Sweden, after the death of the current ruler, will be ruled by the son of Casimir, the third of the name. Unfortunately, on August 30th Stanislaw died at the age of 5. Grief after losing the only son was somewhat alleviated when on November 23rd the second son, Alexander, was born.

    The year 1363 passed quietly. The only event that disturbed peace of the king, was a war between Kingdom of Sweden and Novgorod Republic.

    On August 16th, 1364, Magnus, the second of the name, dies and in accordance with an earlier agreement, Alexander, the first of the name, became the king of Sweden. As he was not in the age to rule, his lord father, Casimir, the third of the name, ruled in his name. As a result of forming personal union on August 21st Poland joins the war against Novgorod on the side of Sweden. Again, envoys are sent to the allies, asking for support. This time, Austria does not honor the alliance. King in the presence of witnesses announces that the Austrians would regret it. Fortunately, the war was very one-sided and on December 6th Novgorod signed a peace treaty with Poland. According to it they ceded Duchy of Finland, which became a vassal of Polish crown.

    The year 1365 brought only one significant event, Golden Horde defeated Principality of Ryazan and annexed it.



    Since the beginning of 1366 there have been intensive talks with the king of Hungary to form the alliance. At the end of February 13rd agreement was signed. According to it Poland would support Hungary in the war against Pisa, in return Hungary would support Poland in planned war against the Teutonic Order.

    The war against Pisa ended in March 1367 and on April 1st war against the Teutonic Order was declared. All the allies began the war on the Polish side. Just as in any previous war, the king personally led troops. On June 2nd last garrison in the province of Tuchel fell and province came under Polish control. During the siege of Danzig another disturbing news arrived from the east. Novgorod Republic lost war with the Golden Horde and in the peace treaty had to give a substantial portion of their lands. After this event the Golden Horde began to grow into a major threat in the east.

    On December 4th, after 181 days of siege, the garrison of Danzig surrendered. Few moths later, on March 14th, 1368, a battle near the village of Grunwald took place. Polish army commanded by the King himself fought against Teutonic Order army lead by Grand Master Hochmaister Winrich. The battle was a decisively victory for the Kingdom of Poland. The Order lost half of it troops and the great master himself. After the defeat the Teutonic Order had no other choice but to sit down for peace talks. On March 29th the first peace of Torun was signed by which the Order ceded Tuchel and Danzig to Poland and had to pay a war reparations of 2500 ducats.



    On April 1st Siemowit, the third of the name, dies childless and so Duchy of Mazovia was incorporated into Kingdom of Poland.
    [Fulfilled mission: Annex Mazovia]

    On November 4th, 1368 at the age of 58 dies Casimir, the third of the name, king of Poland and Sweden, lord protector of Mazovia lands.
    By descendants called "the Great".



    Poland and its neighbors in the year 1368.
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    Alexander I the Brave
    b. 23.11.1362 - d. 22.01.1388

    King of Poland 23.11.1377 - 22.01.1388
    King of Sweden 23.11.1377 - 22.01.1388



    The period of the regency council 04.11.1368 - 23.11.1377



    Death of the father of Alexander, the first of the name, although expected, came too early. The new king was less than six years old, so till the fifteenth day of his name, regency council would rule the country. The first task of the Council was to confirm the good relations with Denmark, Hungary and Brandenburg through the royal marriages of king's sisters.
    In early December a surprising news reached the Council - the queen mother was pregnant. It was, without doubt, the child of the deceased king Casimir, the third of the name. And so on July 12th, 1369 king's brother, August, was born.

    In 1369 the council has not been idle and continued to improve relations with neighbors. In January, they managed to enter the royal marriage with the Principality of Smolensk and the Grand Duchy of Tver. Between March and April did the same with Duchy of Pomerania and the Kingdom of Bohemia.
    On October 29th Polish envoy from Vienna came, with information that the Duchy of Austria concluded peace treaty with the Kingdom of Bohemia. Although no one in the Council could remember when and why the war broke out, but the peace terms for Austria were devastating. According to them Austria had to grant independence to Duchy of Styria and Duchy of Tyrol, which since then has been guaranteed by the Kingdom of Bohemia.



    In early December an envoy from Riga arrived in Cracow to ask for protection against the Teutonic Order. He argued that the commercial city of Riga feel threatened by Teutons and only Poland would be able to protect them. After a brief discussion Council agreed to give guarantees of independence.
    [I saw that Teutonic Order has mission to vassalize Riga, so I guaranteed their independence.]

    The year 1370 has passed on improving relations with eastern principalities, mostly Tver and Smolensk. At the end of the year, on November 4th, a royal marriage with the Grand Duchy of Moscow has been made.

    In early April 1371 pagan Lithuania awakened. This time their victim was Pskov Republic. All Pskov's allies joined the war, including the Bulgarian Empire. Taking advantage of involvement in the fighting to the east, the Teutonic Order declared war on Grand Duchy of Lithuania.



    After a little over a year Lithuania had to recognize the superiority of the combined forces of Pskov and Smolensk and the Empire of Bulgaria, and on April 28th, 1372, a peace treaty in Kiev has been signed. According to it Budjak was ceded to Bulgaria and Lithuania had to pay war reparations of 16000 ducats. Not counting the end of war between Bulgaria and Lithuania, the year 1372 has not brought any other significant events. Council continued to focus on improving relations with eastern principalities.

    The beginning of 1373 brought the end of the war between the Teutonic Order of Lithuania. Both sides agreed to return to the status quo.
    The only event in 1374 was the end of war between the Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Turks. In the peace treaty the Empire took part of Ottomans lands.

    On March 11th, 1375, envoy from Principality of Moldavia arrived, asking for help in the war against Lithuania. Council has not thought long and on the next day Poland joined the war. The same day the request was sent to the allies for support in the war. None of them broke his promise.



    On May 5th Polish army, led by Lukasz Wykowski, began siege of fortresses in Podolia. On May 15th Albert Leszczynski arrived in Podlasie with the troops which he managed to gather in Polish Pomerania. On August 7th Podolia was under the complete control of the Polish army and on September 29th, near Kamianets-Podilskyi, Polish troops defeated Lithuanian army led by Vladislavis, the first of the name, the Grand Duke of Lithuania. Duke himself, along with some royal guards, managed to avoid the carnage.
    On October 1st the Council has announced further reform of the army. With better use of available supplies and logistics they managed to increase the army size by fifty percent.
    [My government technology reached level 6 so I adopted the idea of Grand Army.]

    On January 8th, 1376, after 262 days of siege, surrendered the last garrison in Podlasie and on January 18th ended the siege in Volhynia, where control of the province were given by the Polish army to Hungarian King. As Lithuanian forces were non-existing, Vladislavis, the first of the name, had no other choice but to sit down for peace talks. On February 2nd a peace treaty in Grodno was signed, under which Lithuania ceded Podlasie and Podolia to Poland. Rest of the year the council spent dealing with situation in the country after the war.



    At the end of May 1377, an envoy from Hungary arrived to inform that on May 23rd the nobles of Hungary and Croatia signed an act of union in Buda, under which Hungary and Croatia became a single state.

    A few days before the fifteenth day of the name of Alexander, the first of the name, envoy from Brandenburg came to ask for help in the war against France. As the king was soon to be an adult and would take full control at the time of possible war, the council decided to hear his opinion. In simple words King said that one need to keep its alliance obligations. And so Poland went to war on the side of Margraviate of Brandenburg.

    November 23rd was the fifteenth day of King's name. There was a coronation ceremony and then a great ball. As the king did not have children yet, the official heir was his younger brother, August, the second of the name.




    Poland and its neighbors at the beginning of Alexander reign.
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    Alexander I the Brave
    b. 23.11.1362 - d. 22.01.1388

    King of Poland 23.11.1377 - 22.01.1388
    King of Sweden 23.11.1377 - 22.01.1388



    Reign period 23.11.1377 - 22.01.1388



    Beginning of the reign of Alexander, the first of the name, was not lucky. Kingdom of Poland was at war with very powerful Kingdom of France and his vassals. The last days of 1377 years took preparations for war.

    On March 1st, 1378, envoy from France arrived with information that currently the Kingdom of France is at war not only with Brandenburg and Poland, but also with the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Castile. Unfortunately, in late April, another information was received that France had signed a peace with Castile, ceding the province of Perigord and paying 5400 ducats as war reparations.



    On June 11th, when the main Polish troops were close to New March, came the news that the Cossacks rebelled in Podolia. Not wanting to lose important, from a strategic point of view, province king ordered some troops to move to Podolia. The rest of the troops, under the personal command of the king went to Vorpommern, to help the Brandenburg troops in siege, which ended on October 13th. Since it was the only French province within the range of Polish army, Alexander, the first of the name, moved troops back into the country.

    The year 1379 began with sad event. On March 1st military adviser Yevgeniy Tokmakov died and a week later the funeral was held.
    The war against France continued and on July 29th an envoy arrived with information that the Bar surrendered and paid homage to the Kingdom of France. Shortly afterward, on October 23rd, Bar has fulfilled the obligations arising from the vassal relationship, and joined the war on the side of France. War itself, in turn, ended on November 3rd in the peace of Paris. France took away Duchy of Auvergne from its sphere of influence, and had to pay war reparations of 2900 ducats.



    The beginning of 1380 brought information that on February 28th College of Cardinals elected the new pope, Paulus, the second of the name. King had much emphasis to good relations with allies and so on March 1st envoys were sent to Denmark, Hungary and Brandenburg with proposals for new royal mariages. On March 13th electors of the Holy Roman Empire elected a new Emperor. It was expected that King of Bohemia Ruprecht, the first of the name, was elected. Few days later the new emperor issued an edict, which improved the functioning of the Empire.
    The rest of the year passed on improving relations with eastern principalities. Unfortunately it does not pleased some of the nobles and on December 24th rebellion took place, which in turn reduced the internal stability of the country.

    Year 1381 brought turmoil, which has substantially changed the balance of power in the region. On March 1st Grand Duchy of Lithuania declared war on Pskov Republic. Withing the same day the Teutonic Knights declared war on Lithuania. On the side of the Pskov fought Smolensk, and on the side of the Order the Kingdom of Norway.



    On April 6th, after many months of negotiations, the Kingdom of Poland signed an agreement with the Principality of Smolensk, agreeing to join the war against Lithuania in the next 2 months. The king however did not wait so long and declared war on May 1st. Hungary, Sweden, Denmark and Brandenburg joined the war on the side of Poland.
    On June 11th troops led by Lukasz Wykowski began the siege of fortresses in Volhynia, and on June 19th troops led by Albert Leszczynski began the siege of Grodno. The king at that time has to gather new forces near Cracow. Surprised and unprepared for combat Lithuania troops surrendered garrisons in Volhynia on June 21st, and on July 3r in Grodno.
    On July 8th Lukasz Wykowski started siege of Polesie, and on August 1st Albert Leszczynski arrived in Minsk to help in the siege. During this time the king with new troops moved in the direction of Kiev. On September 6th last fortress surrendered in Polesie and Polish troops made their way south, near Kiev. On October 2nd Lukasz Wykowski joined forces with king Alexander, the first of the name, and began the siege of Kiev. The king personally led the assault on the walls and on December 3rd city capitulated.

    On January 8th, 1382, after 171 days, fortress in Minsk surrendered. At this point Lithuanian army practically did not exist and in early March peace negotiations began. After 12 days peace treaty has been signed, under which the Volhynia, Kiev and adjacent lands passed under Polish ownership. In addition Lithuania had to pay 5000 ducats war reparations. The King was particularly pleased with the rich Kiev, for whom the Lithuanians offered three other provinces.
    At the end of the year Lithuania signed a peace with the Teutonic Order, ceding Samogitia and Trakai.


    [Peace cost for getting Kiev was something like 48%, while other provinces were 16-18%.]


    At the beginning of 1383 envoy from Pskov arrived, stating that the State has concluded a peace with Lithuania, in which the Lithuania admitted Polotsk independence. April 27th bring the news of the peace between Lithuania and the Principality of Smolensk.

    On February 9th, 1384, General Albert Leszczynski died. To honor his contributions King funded the statue. In early March to Alexander, the first of the name, came not really unexpected news of war between Golden Horde and Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

    Defeated by Casimir, the third of the name, the Teutonic Order began to slowly recover, and so on March 1st, 1385, Alexander, the first of the name, declared war on them, wanting to finally eliminate the threat. The same day envoys were sent to the allies with request for assistance in the war. Again all allies joined the war. On the side of the Order fought Bavaria, Norway and Mecklenburg.



    On March 11th army of the king clashed with Teutonic troops near Malbork. Teutonic army, though defeated, were not anihilated and went to Konigsberg to regroup. The king, unwilling to leave behind not owned fortress, began the siege of Malbork. On May 28th the army commanded by Louis Jazlowiecki began the siege of Elblag, which surrendered on August 6th. Knowing of the fall of Elblag commander of garrison in Malbork had no other choice and on August 7th surrendered the fortress.
    After the occupation of Malbork king went to the Podlasie region, where on September 13th he managed to break the siege. Then he began to chase the fleeing Teutons divisions and on September 23rd completly anihilated them in Trakai. On December 9th, after 119 days of siege, Konigsberg surrendered.

    On May 24th, 1386, information from the East was received that the Grand Duchy of Lithuania lost the war with the Golden Horde and in the peace treaty had to cede Kursk, Poltava, Chernigov and Polesie. In addition had to pay tribute of 4700 ducats.
    On August 13th the garrison in Memel surrendered and a day later in Wenden. Seeing the total defeat the great master proceeded to peace negotiations. On September 9th second peace of Torun has beed signed. Acording to it the Order ceded Warmia to Kingdom of Poland and the grand master had to pay a homage to Alexander, the first of the name.


    [Fulfilled mission: Reminds Knights of their duty.]


    The year 1387 passed ordering the situation in the country and on continuation of improving relations with eastern principalities.

    At the beginning of 1388, the king was wounded while hunting. Initially it seemed that the wound is not serious, however inflamed and the king fell ill.
    On January 22nd, after a short illness, at the age of 25 dies Alexander, the first of the name, King of Poland and Sweden, the Lord of Mazovia, Kiev and Warmia, Lord protector of Moldavia and Finland.
    By descendants called "the Brave".




    Poland and its neighbors at the end of Alexander reign.
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    Good news folks. Finally completed playing with next King. Long 44 years of reign

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    August II the Conqueror
    b. 12.07.1369 - d. 21.07.1432

    King of Poland 22.01.1388 - 21.07.1432
    King of Sweden 22.01.1388 - 21.07.1432
    Grand Duke of Lithuania 05.10.1397 - 21.07.1432
    Grand Duke of Moscow 01.05.1407 - 21.07.1432
    King of Bohemia 05.07.1423 - 21.07.1432
    Prince of Smolensk 05.07.1425 - 21.07.1432



    Part One



    August, the second of the name, on the day of his coronation was 18 years old. He had no son, so the official heir was his sister's son, Stefan. He began his reign confirming good relations with Denmark, Brandenburg and Austria through royal marriages of his sister s's daughters.
    In early March came an envoy from Eric, the second of the name, the ruler of Duchy of Pomerania, with the proposal of royal marriage. Less than a month later came envoy from Ruprecht, the first of this name, the King of Bohemia with the same proposal. Both were accepted. The remaining months of the year 1388 was spent on preparations for the opening of the new trade center in Danzig. For that purpose, King took a loan of 32400 ducats. The center was opened on January 1st, 1389.



    The year 1389 was quiet until September, when the Byzantine Empire declared war on Ottoman Turks. The king and his advisers were not surprised by the outbreak of war, because it was only a matter of time, but rather the lack of allies of the Byzantine Emperor Manuel, the second of the name. The Ottoman were supported by the Mamluks.
    On September 21st ended the conclave, where cardinals elected a new pope, Innocentius, the seventh of the name.

    The year 1390 brought only one significant, albeit sad one. The master of the mint Srecko Radinovic died. He appointed Jan Albert Lisowski as his successor.

    On May 10th, 1391, King August, the second of the name, declared war against the Golden Horde, using the fact that it was at war with the Kazakh Horde. As in all previous wars allies supported the Polish side.



    But the war between Golden Horde and Kazakh Horde did not last much longer and ended on June 15th. A little earlier, on May 25th began the siege of fortresses in the Podlasie region, which surrendered after 98 days. On September 7th on the plains of Chernigov took place the first skirmish between allied forces, led by Rafal Piaseczynski, and the Tartar troops. The battle ended in total victory for the Polish side. On December 16th another clash took place, in which General Kelemen Batthyany with Hungarian army, crushed small tartar forces. In late December surrendered last stronghold in the province of Chernigov and Polish troops moved to Bryansk.

    Defenders of fortresses in Poltava, after the fall of Chernigov, realized that further resistance is futile, and on January 4th, 1392, surrendered the stronghold. Less than a month later, on February 1st, the troops commanded by Rafal Piaseczynski clashed with a small tartar troops in Bryansk.

    In early March peace talks between the Great Khan Ahmad, the first of the name, and August, the second of the name, started. At the same time came information from the south about peace deal between the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Turks. The war ended with the return to status quo.
    Peace talks were short and ended after a few days. Golden Horde ceded Polesie, Chernigov and Poltava to the Kingdom of Poland and had to pay 15000 ducats of tribute.



    In early June the Pope dies unexpectedly. After a month conclave elects a new pope, Xystus, the fourth of the name.

    At the beginning of 1393 the policy of good relations with Eastern principalities, started by Alexander, the first of the name, brought the expected results. Before polish king, August, the second of the name, arrived Moscow's boyars with a proposal to settle on the throne of Moscow - after the death of current Grand Duke of Moscow, Wasiliy, the first of the name - heir to the polish crown, Stefan. After consultation with the advisors king agreed to the proposal.
    Encouraged by this event he decided to continue his brother's eastern policy.
    [I saw that Muscowy did not had legal heir and claimed the throne.]

    The year 1394 brought only one significant event. Election of Ladislav, the third of the name, as the Holy Roman Emperor. Also the years 1395 did not bring an event that managed to be recorded in the annals of history. It was not until the end of 1396 that such event took place.
    An envoy from Lithuania came before the King to inform, that the Grand Duke of Lithuania, Žygimantas, the first of the name, being no longer able to ignore the fact that most nobles professes Christianity, baptized himself. However, the Lithuanian nobility preferred to be ruled by the Piast dynasty. The king did not think long and on January 2nd, 1397, declared war on the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, trying to connect them with the Kingdom of Poland with personal union. Again all the allies began the war on the Polish side.


    [Had mission to restore union with Lithuania.]


    In early May began the siege of Grodno, which surrendered relatively quickly, on June 6th. On June 10th, after 110 days of siege, the garrison in Minsk surrendered and the Polish troops moved in the direction of Vilno. On July 14th, Smolensk troop took full control of Mogilyov. The king was going to sent a letter with congratulations when five days later Lithuania ceded that province to Smolensk. On October 4th capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania surrendered an on the next day August, the second of the name, was elected by the nobles of Lithuania as the Grand Duke of Lithuania.
    [Fulfilled mission to subjugate Lithuania.]

    At the beginning of 1398 a comet appeared on the sky. The king took this as a good omen but the crowd had a different opinion and the internal stability of the country decreased. At the beginning of June the comet was no longer visible, so people calmed down and stability of the country increased.
    June 22nd, 1399, brought information about the peace between the Kingdom of Hungary and the Kingdom of Serbia. Serbia ceded Nis, Bor, Kossovo and Edessa to Hungary, had to grant the independence to Albania and pay 3000 ducats of war reparations. A month later, on July 27th, came a call to arms from the Danish king Christian, the first of the name, who waged war against the Mamluks. The king has fulfilled obligations as an ally and joined the war.



    War between the Kingdom of Denmark and the Sultanate of Mamluks was on its course when on April 12th, 1400, an envoy from the Golden Horde arrived announcing that Polish merchants no longer have access to the trading center in Kuban. None of the members of the council could explain why Khan made the decision. On July 1st came probable cause. Golden Horde shook to its foundations and Nogai Khan declared independence.

    In early July 1401 died the king of Bohemia Ladislav, the third of the name. Electors of the Holy Roman Empire proclaimed his son, Karel, the fifth of the name, as new Emperor.

    Rebellion of the Khans of the Golden Horde continued and on July 24th, 1402, Khan of Qasim declared independence. On December 1st arrived envoy from the Sultanate of Mamluks to propose a truce. Proposal was accepted by the king and council.



    The year 1403 was spent on economic and trade development of the provinces.

    At the beginning of the year 1404 Golden Horde was still fighting the rebellions, so king August, the second of the name, decided to use it, and on March 29th declared war against the horde. Envoys were sent to allies, asking for help. None of them refused.
    On May 2nd Cherson and on May 7th Kursk were completely under Polish control. Troops that besieged Cherson moved to Zaporozhie, and troops from Kursk to Kharkov. On July 6th the last fortress in Zaporozhia surrendered, and on July 23rd in the Kyzyl Yar. August 9th bring the fell of Crimea and August 22nd of Kharkov. On the last day of the year on the steppes of Woronezh Polish troops, commanded by Rafal Piaseczynski, defeated a small Tatar force.

    Beginning of 1405 was not successful for the Polish army. On March 8th troops commanded by Zyndram z Maszkowic fell into an ambush in the province of Tambrow. Suffering great losses they managed to retreat to Woronezh. April 4th brought the long awaited news of the declaration of war by the Grand Duchy of Moscow against the Golden Horde.

    On June 1st king signed the law of Liberum Veto. From now on, every nobleman had the right to break the Sejm if he considered that the interests of the country requires it. In exchange for such large concessions to the szlachta, Sejm agreed to collect additional taxes in order to recruit more troops . Additional forces had no opportunity to fight against the Tartars, as on July 30th peace with the Golden Horde was signed. According to it Cherson, Zaporozhia and Kursk passed under Polish sovereignty and the Horde had to pay 20000 ducats of tribute.



    A day later, on July 31st, before the Polish king August, the second of the name, arrived the Hungarian envoy asking for help in the war against the Kingdom of Serbia. The King did not wait long and fulfilled his obligations. On the side of Serbia fought the Duchy of Austria, the Principality of Albania, the Bulgarian Empire, the Principality of Wallachia and the Kingdom of Bosnia. In early October Polish troops, led by Rafal Piaseczynski arrived in Wallachia, where on December 24th defeated Wallachian troops.

    On January 23rd, 1406, Sejm passed another law increasing the privileges of the szlachta, which improved the government of the country. On March 10th forces led by Rafal Piaseczynski defeated Wallachian troops at the Battle of Pleven, and moved to the Bulgarian Empire, where on May 3rd defeated a small unit of Bulgarian forces. After this victory troops moved to the province of Nis, where on June 27th defeated the army of Serbia.
    On August 2nd, after 40 days of the siege, capital of the Duchy of Austria, Vien, surrendered. Few weeks later, on November 23rd, Austrian troops marching to retake Vien was defeated.

    On May 1st, 1407, dies the Grand Duke of Moscow, Wasiliy, the first of the name, and, in accordance with an earlier agreement, boyars elects Stefan as new Grand Duke.



    The war against Serbia and its allies continued, Polish troops occupied Vien and the Hungarian engaged what was left of Austrian army.


    End of Part One.
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    Improved style and fixed typos in previous update (I was so tired that my brain partially shut down).

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    August II the Conqueror
    b. 12.07.1369 - d. 21.07.1432

    King of Poland 22.01.1388 - 21.07.1432
    King of Sweden 22.01.1388 - 21.07.1432
    Grand Duke of Lithuania 05.10.1397 - 21.07.1432
    Grand Duke of Moscow 01.05.1407 - 21.07.1432
    King of Bohemia 05.07.1423 - 21.07.1432
    Prince of Smolensk 05.07.1425 - 21.07.1432



    Part Two


    On January 27th, 1408, heir to the throne, Stefan, became ill. Fortunately, the illness was not serious and soon he recovered.
    The war against Serbia and its allies was slowly coming to an end. On April 6th Principality of Albania signed peace treaty with Kingdom of Hungary and became its vassal. May 28th has brought information that Bulgarian Empire signed a peace treaty in which it was forced to break diplomatic relations with Bosnia and to pay 5000 ducats of war reparations.

    On January 1st, 1409, the Kingdom of Bosnia signed truce with the Kingdom of Hungary, paying 3900 ducats of war reparations. A little later, on January 12th, combined Polish - Hungarian forces defeated one of the last Austrian divisions in the Battle of Steiermark. Two days later, on January 14th, war between Hungary and Serbia ended with Kingdom of Serbia paying 2400 ducats. The last two fighting countries were Austria and Wallachia. Seeing that the war is lost Wallachia, as alliance leader, started peace talks and on January 28th treaty was signed. In accordance with it Principality of Wallachia had to pay 1400 ducats and break diplomatic relations with Ethiopia.



    On March 28th, Stefan fell ill with unknown disease. Despite the medics efforts and prayers of August, the second of the name, a few days later he died.
    [At this moment I was certain that it was the end of Piast dynasty.]

    The year 1410 was spent on economical development of provinces and on dealing with situation in the country after two long wars.

    Unfortunately peace did not last long. On April 29th, 1411, arrived envoy from Brandenburg to call to arms. Kingdom of England declared war on Kingdom of Norway, which was an ally of Brandenburg, which in turn took the role of alliance leader. The answer could only be one and the next day Poland was at war with the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Castile, English ally. Because of the high experience, August, the second of the name, took the role of alliance leader. At the same time envoys were sent to allies for help. No one refused it.

    After months of marching Polish army under the command of Zyndram z Maszkowic reached Larissa, where on January 23rd, 1412, clashed with British troops under the command of the English king, Philip, the first of the name. The skill in art of war of the English ruler proved to be much better and Zyndram had to retreat to Edessa.



    On January 29th archbishop of Munster Friedrich Christian, the first of the name, paid homage to the king of England, and on April 22nd joined the war on the side of England. September 9th was another ordinary day of the war. The Polish and Hungarian troops under the command of Zyndram Maszkowic defended against the army English in Edessa. A second army, led by Rafal Piaseczynski, was moving towards Sweden to assist local forces in the fight against Castillian troops. On this day 43 years old August, the second of the name, learned that the queen born him a son, Wladyslaw. The joy was immense and if only there was no war, the king would immediately went to Krakow to see his wife and child.
    [And thats how Piast dynasty was saved.]

    On December 7th one of the smaller allies of England, Brabant, offered to withdraw from the war under the terms of a return to status quo. The proposal was accepted.

    At the beginning of 1413 both Poland and England were already exhausted by war. On both sides began to appear voices that the continuation of the war does not make sense and one need to make peace. Before these plans come true, on August 12th, Holy Roman Emperor Karel, a fifth of the name, announced another reform of the imperial administration.

    After many months of negotiations, on October 14th, peace was concluded between the Kingdom of Poland and the Kingdom of England. The Polish king August, the second of the name, had to admit defeat in the presence of Philip, the first of the name.


    [I was so happy that they accepted this offer.
    The first peace offer from England was to end vassalization of Finland and Moldavia,
    pay 200 ducats and cede one of Swedish provinces.]


    The year 1414 passed quietly, and it seemed that the country finally has a long-awaited peace. Unfortunately, it was interrupted on October 3rd. Russians living in the northern part of the continent revolted against the current rulers, including Swedish nobility. As the Kingdom of Sweden was in personal union with the Kingdom of Poland, Polish army joined the Swedish to suppress the rebellion.
    [I dont know why but that event reduced my Stability by 5. From +2 I ended with -3.]

    Lack of resources and high war exhaustion led to signing first peace offer from the rebels on May 1st, 1415. The country was in bad shape after the war so King decided to move the capital to Warsaw, which was located more centrally to all the lands that were under Polish sovereignty. This decision increased the internal stability of the country. the remaining months of the year has passed on economic development.



    Beginning of 1416 has brought the news that after months of negotiations Kingdom of Castile entered royal marriage with Kingdom of Poland. On July 22nd envoy arrived from the Principality of Smolensk, asking for help in the war against Polotsk. Polish troops joined the war on the side of Smolensk and under the command of Zyndram z Maszkowic started an expedition to Polotsk, where on November 11th defeated small forces of the enemy. Polotsk strongholds surrendered almost without a fight and a few days later, the province was ceded to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
    [Technically I annexed the country and sold province to Lithuania.]

    The year 1417 passed quietly. Country finally had so much desired peace and the time for licking wounds after many wars.

    On February 23rd, 1418, died Rafal Piaseczynski. To emphasize his contribution to the country, the king issued a monument of him on one of the squares in Warsaw. On September 28th came envoy from the king of Hungary Ulaszlo, the second of the name, asking for help in the war against the Byzantine Empire and the Kingdom of Serbia. The king has fulfilled obligations as an ally and joined the war on the side of Hungary.



    The beginning of 1419 brought news of the death of the pope. Conclave had chosen Innocentius, the eighth of the name, as his successor.
    On February 5th Polish troops under the command of Zyndram z Maszkowic had to recognize the superiority of the Byzantine-Bulgarian forces and, after losing a battle, began to retreat from Kozani to Plovdiv, where on June 11th supported Hungarian troops. On June 24th, second Polish army, led by Zbigniew z Brzezia defeated the Byzantine army in Kosovo under the command of Emperor Demetrios, the first of the name. Zbigniew z Brzezia began to chase Emperor and on July 18th in Albania triumphed. Demoralized Byzantine troops no longer represented any military power and on August 1st were crushed on the outskirts of Kosovo. The Byzantine emperor manage to flee from the battlefield.
    The combined Polish-Hungarian troops did not face much resistance, so the greater surprise was the ambush in which on November 18th fell polish army, led by Zyndram z Maszkowic. In the mountain passes of Bitola they attacked from two sides by imperial army and totally defeated.

    On January 6th, 1420, one of the last battles of the war took place. Troops commanded by Zbigniew z Brzezia defeated the last army of Demetrios, the first of the name. Peace negotiations were held for many months and peace was signed on August 13th. The Byzantine Empire ended the vassalizaion of Serbia, removed the Kingdom of Serbia on its sphere of influence, annulled all treaties with the Ache, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Epirus, and had to pay 17100 ducats of war reparations.



    The rest of the year and the year 1421 had passed peacefully.

    In early July, 1422, August, the second of the name, received a message from the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Nobody knew what was in the message, but it was enough to annoy the king. The next day King called the Council and announced that from this day the Kingdom of Poland was at war with the Kingdom of Bohemia. At the same time envoys were sent to allies for help. Only Denmark broke away from the alliance.
    [Started D&T mission to subjugate Bohemia.]

    On July 9th Polish army began the siege of Breslau and Ratibor. The first surrendered Breslau on July 15th and victorious troops of Zyndrwam z Maszkowic moved to Liegnitz. On August 30th Hungarian troops have gained full control of the province of Troppau, and on September 4th Leignitz and Ratibor surrendered. September 10th brought the news that Brandenburg army took control of Hradec Kralove, and on October 5th in the Bohemian capital, Prague.
    The same day died pope and on October 13th conclave elected Iulius, the second of the name, as new pope.

    On January 24th, 1423, to the Polish king August, the second of the name, came envoy from Brandenburg and said that his country has made peace with the Kingdom of Bohemia. It couldn't change anything, because Polish troops and allies had total control of the territory of the Kingdom of Bohemia. On January 31st surrendered Erz, and on April 4th Niederlausitz and Hradec Kralove. On June 3rd once again surrendered Prague, this time to Polish troops.
    Bohemian army was nonexistent and peace talks began, which ended on July 5th with peace of Prague. Karel, the fifth of the name, renounced his claims to the Bohemian crown, and Polish king August, the second of the name, was crowned as new Bohemian king.


    [Fulfilled mission to subjugate Bohemia.]


    As the Holy Roman Empire lost its emperor, the electors met and chose the August, the second of the name, as new Emperor. Perhaps this was the reason why on September 1st Kingdom of Hungary broke the alliance with the Kingdom of Poland.

    On January 2nd, 1424, dies childless last hospodar of Moldavia and in accordance with age-old eternal tradition Moldavia was incorporated into the Kingdom of Poland.

    On July 5, 1425, dies Gleb, the third of the name, Grand Duke of Smolensk. To the surprise of all he wrote in his last will that the Polish king August, the second of the name, and his male descendants, should rule his country.
    [Lucky personal union from royal marriage.]

    On the beginning of January 1426 started the war against the Duchy of Pomerania. The king and the council agreed that it is the best time to reclaim former Piast lands. February 6th brought two events. Army commanded by Zyndram z Maszkowic defeated in battle for Hinterpommern forces of the Pomeranian Duke John Frederick, the first of the name. On the sky yet another comet was spotted. This time the king was not happy seeing it.
    On March 28th Brandenburgian forces had total control of Hinterpommern and on April 12th of Koslin. Seeing total defeat Pomeranian duke had no other choice but to accept peace on polish conditions. He paid homage to August, the second of the name, annulled all treaties with Holstein, Mecklenburg and Riga, and had to pay 5000 ducats of war reparations.


    [Fulfilled mission to subjugate Pomerania.]


    The remaining moths of the year did not bring notable events neither the year 1427.

    In early March 1428, knyaz of Yaroslav, Semen, the second of the name, placed himself under the care of Kingdom of Poland and paid homage to August, the second of the name. Similarly, on August 28th did knyaz of Pskov Republic Faddey, the first of the name.

    A little earlier, on July 26th envoy from Milan arrived to ask the Holy Roman Emperor, August, the second of the name, for help in the war against the Venice Republic. On the side of Venice fought Austria, Salzburg and Aquileia.
    As soon as it was possible Polish troops moved to Austria where met the Bohemian troops besieging fortresses. On November 2nd Polish army led by Zbigniew z Brzezia started siege of Salzburg, which ended on January 8, 1429.

    A week later, the archbishop of Salzburg, Maximilian Gandolf, the first of the name, paid homage to the King of Poland. On September 9th, 1429, after 199 days of siege, surrendered Treviso. Venetian traders understand that the war was lost and sat down for peace talks. Venice renounced their claims on Verona and ended the vassalization of Aquileia.



    The year 1430 passed without major events. The king and council spent time on economic development.

    January 1431, has brought information about the war between Novgorod Republic, Wallachia and Brandenburg, Denmark. Because Brandenburg was a Polish ally, the king decided to intervene. And so, on January 25th began the war against Novgorod and Wallachia. On March 6th began the siege of Calarasi, which surrendered on March 14th. On April 1st Zbigniew z Brzezia started siege of Wallachia, which surrendered on April 11th. A day later Wallachian hospodar Radu, the second of the name, signed a peace with the Polish king August, the second of the name, and converted himself to Catholicism.
    On April 29 began the siege of Veliky Novgorod, which surrendered on May 5th. The next day Knyaz Konstantin, the first of the name, paid homage to the king of Poland.

    On February 13th, 1432, another comet appeared on the sky. Most council members agreed that it was bad omen.
    On July 21st at the age of 63 dies August, the second of the name, King of Poland, Sweden and Bohemia, Grand Duke of Lithuania and Moscow, Prince of Smolensk, Lord protector of Pomerania, Pskov, Yaroslavl, Novgorod and Finland.
    By descendants called "the Conqueror".




    Poland and its neighbors at the end of August reign.
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    nice progress! but could you make a map to show your vassals/pu's in one, polish color?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deus Eversor View Post
    nice progress!
    That's why August II is called "the Conqueror"

    Quote Originally Posted by Deus Eversor View Post
    but could you make a map to show your vassals/pu's in one, polish color?
    I like it as it is now, but I wouldn't say it's the final version.
    I'm thinking about making map of whole Europe at the year 1456 (after 100 years in game) and then maybe I'll do it as you proposed.
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    Wladyslaw II died on March 23rd, 1477. Another long 45 years of reign.
    As the previous one, next update will be split into two (or three) parts. Stay tuned
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