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Chapter One - Livonian Order's New Direction

*Crusaders Movement and creation of Livonian Order (11th - 14th Century)

Since 11th Century, when Pope Urban called European knights to liberate Holy Land, the crusader movement spread all over the Christian World. Rulers and knights from whole Europe were participating in bloody expeditions to Holy Land, in most cases utterly failing due to internal feuds, logistical problem and moslty - lack of will. The term 'crusade' gained new meaning in 12th Century - when not only Jerusalem was the target. Crusaders were now joining Reconquista against Muslim rulers in Iberia or sailing forth to North, where Baltic and Finnish tribes were awaiting. Well-known military orders were also participating in these expeditions. When famed Orders of Calatrava and Santiago were supporting kings of Castile and Leon, Teutonic Order (after short stay in Hungary) established itself at Prussian lands at the beginning of 13th Century, called by Konrad, Duke of Masovia. Teutons seized the opportunity and - due to initial weakness of Kingdom of Poland - swiflty created strong, militarist country, threatening not only pagans. After breaking Prussian tribes power, Teuton Knights looked upon tribes of Livs and Kurs. The one to deal with them were Livonian Brothers of Sword, founded to "take care" of pagans in area of modern-day Latvia and Estonia. Found in 1204 were contunuing on conquering Livonia for thirty years. But then, after being defeated by Samogitians in the 1236 Battle of Schaulen (Saule), the remnants of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword were incorporated into the Teutonic Knights and became known as the Livonian Order in 1237. Livonian Order was mere Teutonic puppet, yet accomplished its main goal - conversion of Baltic tribes. In 1346, the Order bought the Duchy of Estonia from King Valdemar IV of Denmark, thus fully covering area of mentioned Latvia and Estonia. Knights were trying to move east and subjugate orthodox rulers of Russia, however, it was almost impossible for Order to at least cross Narva River. Both Teutons and Livonians were engaged in wars with Polish-Lithuanian alliance. Teutonic Order might was broken at famed Battle of Grunwald (Tannenberg), A.D 1410. Decisive defeat not only weakened Teutons as political entity, but also weakened its influence in North, where Grand Masters of Livonian Order were ruling. In 1415 knights elected Siegfried Lander von Sponheim as new Grand Master. It wasn't beginning of the changes however. Unexpected thing happened four years later. Siegfried has fallen on pneumonia at the end of 1418, and died at the last days of March, 1419. The knights were again to meet and elect new Grand Master.


*Grand Master's Election and "A New Direction" Plan (March-April 1419)

On 30th March komtures arrived to Riga. The election was about to begun. There were two candidates for the post of Grand Master. First - Zisse von Rutenberg, wanted to continue on Order's fruitless existence and alliance with Teutonic Order, probably suffering their fate in near future. Majority however - including Archbishop of Riga, Johannes Ambundii, were supporting leader of Order's diplomacy, Heinrich von Oberlanger. Dissatisfaction from being Teuton's puppet was growing significantly at the moment. Oberlanger just returned from Sarai, where he was meant to build-up relations with Golden Horde's Khan, to encircle dangerous Lithuania. Nothing was decided, but relations between Order and Khan were surely better. Seeking his chance in military support from Horde and political support from Pope Martinus - it was meant to be the way of Order since that day, as majority decided to confer the title of Grand Master to favoured diplomat. The next day new Grand Master met with Bishops and city's deputies (Reval, Riga and Dorpat). First Livonian Diet was officially established and potential internal feuds killed in vain. First Diet's (Landtag) decision was to revoke its military support to Teutonic Order. In next days most of Teutonic advisors were sent back to Marienburg. Teutonic Order couldn't resist that, unable to even defend itself. It's useless to stick with already defeated countries. For now, Livonian Order could remain neutral. Its relations with Polish-Lithuanian alliance were quite friendly, Russian principalities were fighting each other. Third potential enemy - Kalmar Union - has a lots of internal problems, as Swedish nobility could not stand Danish King Erik any longer. Most important thing was to cover Order's independence and decide which way take. Raiding Russian principalities seemed as most profitable and the easiest way. For now however, Order remained completely neutral.


*Independent Livonian Order (1419) and First Novgorodian Expedition (1420-1423)

Soon the news of Livonian's new Grand Master arrived to Rome. Pope Martinus V was anxious to recover Papacy's reputation and prestige, heavily damaged after conflicts with Anti-Popes. Council of Constance was the first step to achieve it, another one were to revive crusaders spirit and support declining military orders. Teutonic Order surely was not Martinus favourite. In a letter sent to Rome new Grand Master introduced himself and his plans to make Order "Papal stronghold in the North". In mentioned letter Grand Master ask Pope about political support, so Order could finally be distinguished from its inapt overlord from Marienburg and gain full independence. In exchange Grand Master (surely tempted by Novgorod's wealth) offered to undertake mission of returning Papal authority over schismatic states. In fact both sides knew what they were up to - respectively territorial gains (Order) and prestige (Pope), so official words were only a good cover. Pope briefly agreed to Oberlanger's offer, decreed Livonian Order's independence and granted right to "convert Russian schismatic in the Pope's name". At this time Teutonic Order (allied with...Poland and Lithuania) was denied by Pope, harshly ordered to "support Livonian Knights in their task". Such a humiliation for famed Teuton Knights...everything has been decreed and put into practice on 12th November, 1419. Since now Master Heinrich could embody his plans. First target was obvious - barely enduring Republic of Novgorod, attacked from north and east.


On January, 1420 the Order begun its military campaign against Novgorod. The main target was rich city of Novgorod itself. It wasn't easy task however, and not because of defenders. Order wasn't the only one invading Republic. Kalmar Union and Muscovites were already in the game. Army of Saint Mary was under control of Heinrich's former rival - Zisse von Rutenberg. Despite being completely opposite to reforms commander decided to support new Grand Master for the sake of Order's future. Main factor in making military decisions was harsh Russian winter - able to repel all invaders with ease. That's why Zisse crossed Narva River late after war declaration, in April. Novgorodian forces were exhausted after failed attempt to break Principality of Pskov. First victory was achieved easily and Narva River was finally crossed - General Zisse could besiege local castles now. Siege of Ingria was the longest one in First Expedition. Thanks to unwanted Kalmar's and Muscovites support Zisse lost many of his men due to attrition. Some of them were turned back to Estonia, when Novgorod's remnants were defeated in battle of Parnu (7th April of 1421). Inger Fortress resisted attackers until 28th September, 1421. Reports about Pskovian presence in Velikia were likely positive, as boyars were feuding each other and couldn't accomplish the decisive siege of Velikiye Luki. Zisse's plan was easy - he convinced most of Russian lords to pass siege to him in exchange for gold. Corrupted boyars agreed and left castle as Zisse's mercy. Velikiye Luki surrendered to Saint Mary's Army just two weeks after its arrival (21st November, 1421). Zisse, aware of deadly winter, returned with rest of his troops to Livland. In meantime Eufimei, Novgorod's ruler signed peace treaties with Muscovites and Kalmar, giving away poor borderlands. Not sure whether Eufimei is diplomatic genius or invaders are completely idiots. Nonetheless, Novgorod was temporarily free from besiegers, for about a month. On 25th December, 1421 Zisse with knights arrived at the gates of ravaged Novgorod. Again, winter did its job - commander had to ask Grand Master for reinforcements - but except that, siege went swifty. In January of 1423 city was occupied again, this time by Livonian Knights. Eufimei didn't want to surrender, until Saint Mary's Army arrived to Karjala Castle. Eufimei was completely defeated.


Peace treaty of Karjala was signed on 15th July of 1423. Order officialy gained regions of Ingria and Velikia, respectively important naval port and good base for further campaigns. Comparing to gains of Kalmar Union (northern edges of Finland) and Muscovy (almost wild forests in north of Novgorod), Livonian Order won the first contest, able to attack desired Novgorod from two sides. Republic was left in shambles, with Novgorod area and Karelia, left as a pawn for Kalmar and Muscowy. Order surely won't get involved in struggle for Finnish forests. The main prize - bloody rich city of Novgorod - is the only acceptable gain for Grand Master and his knights. But for now, there are some pressing matters which needs to be solved.


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Am I the last one here? Guys?
I don't want it to be EU2/FtG end. Hell nou. :(
Some things that I have to point - listen. LISTEN:

1. I'm bad at English. Very bad. Guys if anything is wrong let me know immediately, like I'm not even joking now. I want to knooow. I have to know guys.

2. If anyone here is still up to some classic stuff - feedback, feedback and feedback. Lots of people are saying opposite, but we know the truth - without any feedback there is no use to make ze AARs. Surely there are some EU2/FtG players around, hey. These games still deserves love, even if EU4 is on da way, okay?

3. FtG 1.2 + Plvs Vltra Mod (AGCEEP on WATKABAOI Map). Normal/Aggresive.
Surely tons of my own events. I cannot just make an AAR and don't make events. It's so wrong. In the other hand sometimes I'm making too much of them, about like everything.


Okay, that's it. If anyone is up to Hopefully Not The Last One For The Glory AAR - let me know, yo. It's highly appreciated.

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Chapter Two - Livonian Order: Reloaded

*War of Coallitions (1425-1428)

At the end of August Livonian Army under Zisse von Rutenberg safely returned from Karelia. With temporary end of clashes in Russia it was a good moment to reinforce regiments and let them rest, which is kind of obvious fact (like you don't even know). Winter quickly passed away, but Knights - along with Landtag - decided to postpone another campaign and wait till next spring. As Order meant Muscovy and its allies to be Livonia's next rivals, Grand Master finally responded to Lithuania's Grand Duke offer. Having covered Order's back Grand Master with Knights Council and General Zisse begun preparations for next raid into Russian land. Sadly it appeared that von Rutenberg had to retire from commander post due to his worsening health status, which eventually led to his death on 5th of September, 1424. For the time of War of Coallitions Grand Master, along with Henning Scharpenberg took charge of Saint Mary's Army. As april of 1425 arrived, twenty thousands of Livonian soldiers - Knights along with infantry regiments provided by Livonian cities - were ready to rumble. First skirmishes weren't lucky for invaders - von Oberlanger couldn't break army of Pskovian Prince in May. Second attack, led by Scharpenberg was far more succesful - Pskov Fortress was besieged, although reinforcements (winter) were necessary. Grand Master repelled Muscovites from Velikia and returned at the Pskov's gates before end of 1425. 1426 was far less bloody, as none of enemies attacked Livonian lands. In fact Muscovy was literally flooded by Lithuanian soldiers, just as expected by Grand Master. While using forces of Poland and Lithuania to block Moscow, Oberlanger captured Pskov on 27th October, 1426. During 1426's harsh winter Muscovites tried to besiege Velikyan castles. Scharpenberger encountered and decimated marauders near Lovat River. Nothing special happened until next spring, when Pskov's townspeople raised against taxes issued by Landtag to persecute schismatics. Rebellion was cut down with ease. And again, year without any events - when allies were struggling in deadly winter at the gates of Kremlin...one might call it art of diplomacy, another one - being coward. Whatever...Spring of 1428 was marked with another uprising, this time peasants at the Order's southern border raised against Grand Master's rule. Rebels took Velikiye Luki and defended it until the end of year. In meantime, truce between Order and Principality was signed on 5th May of 1428. Poland and Lithuania signed peace treaty with Muscowy on 2nd of January, 1429, when Kremlin was captured and badly damaged by Duke Vitautas. Lithuania received Tula Castle and local fiefs. Also Grand Duke confirmed ownership of conquered Principalities - Ryazan and Tver. Having Muscovy outnumbered Grand Master could focus on awaiting destruction Novgorod, attacked by Sweden in Karelia.


*Subjugation of Novgorod and peaceful times (1430-1437)

Indeed, great opportunity presented itself. Again Novgorod was attacked from three sides by Muscovy, Sweden and Livonian Order. While first two countries were struggling in Karelia, von Oberlanger marched straight to Novgorod. Some Russian regiments were in the area however: another battle near Narva solved that problem. City was standing firm through all 1431, but without help from outside there was no chance to defend it. Defenders passed the city on 22nd January of 1432. Yeufimei II was expelled by Grand Master, but no one could really predict what happened to him next. With this however, the partition of Novgorod was finished. Muscowy and Sweden divided Karelia between them. The main prize - Novgorod - was now in Livonian hands.


During this campaign an alliance between Order and Poland-Lithuania was...dead. Order refused to participate in war against Khanates in the east. Even if Grand Master won't march all the way to Sarai and in fact Order would be neutral, he didn't want to damage slowly growing relations with Khan. And even if idea of perpetual alliance with eastern hordes was somewhat strange, Grand Master was continuing to believe that it may happen. Objectively, such alliance wasn't needed anymore. With Russia torn apart and good relations with Poland-Lithuania, Mongol support seemed useless. Most of promiment Livonian Knights with addition of Landtag were considering option of allying with recovered Kalmar Union. Such power would be able to break domination of Poland-Lithuania in Central Europe. Especially after internal feud which surely shattered Union's bonds. New Grand Duke, Svitrigalla, was aiming really high - at bringing royal title to Lithuania. Even if supported by Emperor Sigismund, matter has fallen eventually. With addition of numerous incidents at Polish-Lithuanian border, tension was rising. Soon Svitrigalla has been replaced with Casimir (1432) and Polish mastery over Lithuania acknowledged. Surely, this option was appealing to Knights minds. Grand Master, aware of that facts, decided to bide his time instead. Order's allegiance to Coallition was renewed on June of 1433. It will stay that way until 1440.



Since conquest of Novgorod Livonian regiments were not participating in any military action. As the time was passing Order was gathering funds for future raids in Russia. Muscovites were still considered as Knights main enemy. Also, cooperation between Knights and Landtag was tightened. Both parties funded first Livonian Fleet consisting on ten galleys, able to transport some men and secure coast. Several administration improvements were applied. Roads in the Baltic area were renovated, first attempts to organize sensible administrative division were also made. That and some other minor enchantments had positive effect on local economy. Not to mention income from Novgorod and trade with Russian and Mongol states. Everything under Grand Master's control. Livonian Order briefly achieved status of regional power by defying Teutonic rule and leading three victorious campaigns into Russian soil. Livonian Order wasn't the one to mess with - it has the power. Especially backed by either Poland-Lithuania or Kalmar Union. Nonetheless, nothing can last forever. At the end of 1437 Order was preparing to launch another offensive against schismatics next spring. Grand Master wanted to invade Muscowy by himself, without Poland-Lithuania's aid. Sadly he was not able to start yet another expedition to the east. Unexpected infarct in 19th of November badly weakened Oberlanger. Three days later he died at the age of 70. Komtures called for election meeting in Riga and military campaign was postponed until spring of 1439.

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Chapter Three - A Wasted Decade...

*Heidenreich Vincke von Overberg and his first decisions as Grand Master (1437-1440)

News of Grand Master's unexpected death during war preparations briefly cooled all of those waiting to ride forth against schismatics. As main pro-military figure in the country was dead, carrying on war after war wasn't seem to be the best way to expand Order's influence. Following the path of conquest was inevitable however. Komtures and officials elected new, slightly less warlike Grand Master. Heindenreich (Heinrich) Vincke von Overberg begun his leadership in Order on 3rd December of 1437. During long, winter nights new Grand Master had much time to think of further Livonia steps. Soon after New Year's Eve Landtag representatives were called for meeting with new Order Master in Riga. Both parties agreed that now Order is witnessing some kind of dawn of possibilities, but also - lack of time. Lots of opportunities and not much time and resources to make use of them. Muscovian Prince was weak as he never was, Polish-Lithuanian Union full of internal squabbling, weak Teutonic Order...sadly, what is probably the biggest failure of Grand Master von Overberg this time was wasted in terms of military actions. More internal actions were made however. Vincke along with Livonian Marshall Henning von Scharpenberg and commanders of secular infantry regiments (found by Livonian cities) reworked rules of cooperation between two military forces. Since then both Order and Landtag units were one army, with common headquarter - equal number Order's and Landtag's commanders - and with equal rights. Since then being Livonian Knight wasn't an excuse to disobey secular commander no longer. At first it was experimental change, but since 1439 obligatory rule. Year later Baltic ports witnessed massive "invasion" of Hansa traders, seeking to tight their control of Baltic trade. Harsh intervention was risky but needed. Confederation (which is known as Landtag + Order + Bishoprics) smashed most defiant Hansetic traders. They could only comply, while Confederation seized their surprisingly big assets. Such "income" was spent in good - or at least religious way however. Confederation funded major conversion mission in northern edges of country.



*Failed expedition to Muscovy and wasted years of peace (1440-1447)

Despite staying out of military conflicts since 1433, Order was seeking to expand its sphere of influence, mostly by using its military power and switching sides according to Order's interests. When at the autumn of 1440 Lithuanian envoy arrived to Riga with informations of another war with Golden Horde, Grand Master refused to support Poland-Lithuania, stating that "his good relations with Khan should not be harmed" - which was a mere excuse, as last expedition from Sarai returned in 1419. Grand Master Heidenreich could finally in behalf of Confederation sign alliance pact with Kalmar Union. It appeared that Union had no time to lose and wanted to invade Muscowy immediately. Russia was again in war, after seven years of truce. Principality, badly weakened by civil war couldn't stand a chance against invaders. Livonian Army broke through Belozersk soon after start of 1441's spring. While Marshall Scharpenberger besieged Belozersk Castle, Grand Master decided to raid whole Russia and try to take Principality's capital. Saint Mary Army made its presence near the Moskva River in the July following year. Heindenreich badly wanted to take Kremlin and destroy Muscovy when it was possible. He almost reached his goal, but diplomacy...defeated him. Well, according to terms of Kalmar-Livonian alliance Danish King was the one to represent alliance's interests - in other words Christian I was chief. As he was not interested in fighting in the east, he briefly accepted contribution from Russians and promised to leave Muscovy alone. Alliance is alliance and not honouring it rules is not really a most honourable thing to do (look who's saying that!). Angry Grand Master left Moscow and returned to Riga in spring of 1442. "We will never have another chance to beat schismatics so easily" - as he stated in letter to Christian I. It appeared that allying with Kalmar Union might be a mistake. Commonwealth you say? Mongol raid of 1441 devastated Ruthenia and left Ukraine razed to the ground. Maybe it really would be a better choice to ally with Khans? Who could knew.


Saint Mary Army returned to capital and could enjoy more years of peaceful existence. In 1444 Heindenreich thought of a intrigue to provoke Lithuania and drag it into bloody war with Order and Kalmar...failed. Some of the Lithuanian lords from northern Samogitia were bribed to act as misguided forces and commit false invasion on Curonia - thus giving Order a Casus Belli to attack. Everything failed badly and the case was dead. And money was gone, too...Ten galleys of Confederation were reinforced with new materials in the February 1445 - "Our navies will now fight better" as someone said. Livonian influence in the Baltic area made its case well-known. Lots of volunteers wanted to join Livonian Army and fight in the east. Most of them were grouped in voluntary infantry regiment, formed in Velikiye Luki. Every soldiers, especially these ones which costs free are always good. End of the 1447's summer was marked with end of missionary actions in Ingermanland. Thankfully they did their job well - remaining schismatics were expelled to the east. Maybe one day Pope will really be recognized by Russians...


After ten years of Grand Master Vincke situation seemed to be the same. It was a harsh winter during which Knights were preparing for one more attempt to subdue Muscovites...


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Next part soon - time to play again. Any suggestions? Ideas? Would be nice. Nonetheless I'm hella grateful guys.

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I definitely think that your first priority is to take out Muscovy, the sleeping giant of the region, and that means playing nice with at least once of Sweden, Lithuania, and the Horde. I'd go with the Horde, since they're easier to take down in the mid-game (Sweden has great leaders/events and Lithuania often joins Poland).

Long term, I'm definitely hoping to see the Horde make it all the way to the Pacific! If you're really ambitious, you could try to reassemble the territory of the 1914 Russian Empire.
 

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Just checked this now. Following from now on. Good Luck Ober.
 

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Yeah, that's what I should point. I've started studies recently (like university and stuff), so I'm no longer free to do whatever I want :( What I want to tell is that I don't have as much time as I used to. And so, I guess I'll stick with one, maybe two updates per week - one is surely going to be released today's evening or tomorrow.

Well, I am kinda surprised by how many people is there. That is really, really nice of you ;)
 

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Chapter Four - Eastern Bear on its knees

*War of Russian Supremacy under Heidenreich Overburg von Vincke's command

Much time was wasted during Heidenreich's reign, as mentioned in last chapter. Good occasions to capture footholds in Russia or Lithuania passed away. Knights could not remain neutral for too long - balancing between two major powers (Kalmar Union and Poland-Lithuania) was not the easy task to do. Every chance to spread influence needs to be exploited. Year 1447 was crucial - Ulugh Muhammad of Kazan undertook challenge of subduing Muscowy. The time was perfect, as Russian regiments from west were slowly marching towards Volga River. Again, thanks to some sort of trickery Vincke managed to "justify" his claims. On 22nd March of 1448 meritorious Livonian commander, Henning von Scharpenberg, passed away. Despite of overwhelming sadness and mourning, Grand Master with help of his spies created false evidence, and then accused Grand Prince's rearguards of assassination. Everything seemed kinda silly as everyone knew it was only a bad excuse...but after all, who would even bother to care? Another war was expected sooner or later after all. Kalmar Union joined the conflict shortly after incident - Russia seemed to be doomed again.


Livonian Army begun its advance with the beginning of spring. At first Heidenreich led his men against Russian regiments near Rzhev - enemies were destroyed and fortresses in area besieged. There was no chance for Muscovites to help besieged brothers. War could be won easily, but - it wasn't. Most unexpected thing was behaviour of Grand Master. Always calmed and passive, now he was rushing to defeat Russians as quick as possible. Some says that Heindenreich was scared of dying without achieving his goal, which made him nervous and impatient as commander. Some major mistakes were committed. Continuation of Belozersk Siege was one of the biggest ones. Heindenreich had thirty thousands of people, both from Livonia and Sweden. Instead of heading back to homeland - which could save lot of important soldiers - Grand Master pressed hard the castle. Winter badly exhausted besiegers and Fedor Basenok's offensive pushed them all the way to Novgorod. Humiliating defeat at Stolbovian Forest (12th December 1448) broke first wave of Catholic invaders. Surprisingly Basenok's army broke into Livonian territory, delivering two more defeats - to Swedens near Torzok and Livonians near Staraya Russa. Heindenreich gathered more troops in Pskov and - with arrival of Crusader units funded by Pope Calixtus - launched counter-offensive against weakened Russian forces. On 13th September of 1448 elite principal regiments led by Basenok were engaged near Lake Ladoga. Sadly, brave commander and his soldiers refused to surrender and picked fight against all odds. Basenok and rest of his people were slained in bloody battle near Ladoga Lake. Russian morale broke now in return. In addition to Basenok's death, Tatars of Kazan were pressing hard - Moscow was in constant danger. Now it was the time to launch massive counter-offensive. In series of battles during October and November (20th October - Borovichi, 29th October - Lake Ilmen, 10th November - Pestovo) fifteen thousands of Russian soldiers were either slained or forced to retreat from Livonian lands. Swedish reinforcements launched offensive in Stolbova again. Muscovy was unable to commence any offensive action. Heidenreich stayed put until spring of 1450.


Yet again bloody spring started - target was Moscow itself. Sadly, Grand Master shown his ruthless side again. Exhaustive march towards Kremlin lasted two months, during which about five thousands people were lost. Shameful Battle of Kaluga (28th May 1450) resulted in more losses, with addition of Grand Master's injury. Basil Obolenski-Striga commenced pursuit, during which more deadly blows were delivered to Saint Mary's Army remnants. Most of them regrouped near Belozersk, where yet another siege was lasting. Sadly, this one wasn't led by Grand Master. Heindenreich Vincke von Overburg died during crossing river in north of Yaroslavl. Both parties - Order and Principality - were laying down in blood, blood of their enemies and comrades. Which side would be able to attack once more?


*Ending of Russian Supremacy's War and last days of the Dark Ages

Knights had no time to waste. Vast majority chosen Johann von Mengede, Komtur of Reval as new Order's leader. Grand Master Johann badly wanted to end senseless bloodshed and achieve as much as he could by diplomatic negotiations. Belozersk Castle was finally taken on 18th of September - Livonian Army returned to Novgorod immediately. Thanks to Johann's influence Kalmar Union intervened in war and launched massive attack on Russia's heartland. Livonians stayed in Novgorod through all the year, when Kalmar's regiments were devastating Russia and bringing Bear to its knees. Knights departed to Russia in 1453's spring, and led Siege of Yaroslavl - which succeeded next summer. Muscowy was unable to repel yet another invasion. In 9th August of 1454 Kremlin has fallen to Danish forces. Sieges all over Russia were continued all the way to 1455. Finally both parties reached agreement. And so, the treaties of Kostroma (18th March 1455) and Torzok (19th April 1455) were signed.


First one was signed between Kalmar Union and Muscovy - huge war reparations were sent back to Kobenhavn. King Christian decided not to interfere in territorial matters, leaving them to Grand Master Johann. Von Mengede demanded former Novgorodian territories. Russians could only comply. In fact Livonians won the war. Despite of massive casualties and not the biggest territorial gains - they were holding advantage in the region. Muscovy was devastated and still in danger - it could be attacked from every side and defeated with ease. Livonian forces were also badly sharpened, but friendly relations with Catholic neighbours (and silent alliance with Mongol tribes) made Livonian Order much more safer. It will recover quicker surely as well. After all, despite of doubts and discussions about new Grand Master's election, Johann achieved his first, very important victory. This cut down the quarrels and boldly increased Johann's prestige. Everyone can see that. Even Pope Calixtus expressed his gratitude and blessed brave Knights of the East. With this military and diplomatic victory new question came in - should Livonian Order be named number one amongst military orders? Should it replace Teutons and save rest of its legacy? During deadly campaign in the East Europe witnessed some major changes, one might even said turning points.


Everything begun with Polish-Lithuanian agression towards Teutonic Order - Prussian Confederation's revolt was the case. Teutons remnants were annihilated. It would be a waste to let the lands conquered and colonized by Teutons fall into Poland-Lithuania's hands. A minor group of Teutonic Knights tried to attempt coup and call for Livonian Order's help. Coup was smashed however - same as Teutonic Order in next month. Peace of Torun (30th November 1455) acknowledged Polish rule in Pommerelia. With pro-Livonian opposition still living underground, it would be great opportunity to unite two Orders - now under Livonian banner. Pope Calixtus unofficialy supported that idea in letter to Master von Mengede, but unification surely can't be achieved peacefully - it will require more "hands-on approach" (military invasion). Wars were fought all over the Europe. Two of the greatest rivalries came to its bitter end however - which might be remarked as the end of Dark Ages. Turkish danger appeared to be greater than the other ones from the past. In January of 1450 Turks breached Konstantionopoli gates and mercilessly slained Orthodox masses. Emperor Konstantin Dragezes wasn't an exception. Eastern Roman Empire finally came to its end - defeated by Turkish tribe, but maybe mostly by its fatal pride and decadence. Will new great power in a Mediterranean born with fall of old Byzantine Empire? Who knows. Turks are posing great threat to Balkan states, Venice and Hungary - even to the rest of Italy. Where their glorious march will end? They arrived to Budapest once, long before Konstantinopoli's fall. Christian World is really concerned by a Muslim threat. East remained dangered by Ottomans, West however witnessed reborn of Medieval superpower - Kingdom of France. Charles the Dauphin and people of France finally got rid of English invaders. As for now it appears that England has its own problems itself - tensions beetwen Yorkist and Lancastrians are rising up quickly. France still have a long way to go, if it's meant to be fully united. Maybe reborned ancestors of Charlemagne will be able to stand against Turkish hordes? Before that, new France will surely join inevitable struggle for domination, fought over and over, year after year, all around the world...


Can Livonian Knights reach their place under the Sun?


Fin.




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Longest one so far. Hope it's not too long...I just wanted to cover all war at once. Tough one...typical FtG-randomluck saved those bastards :D

Some questions BTW:

1.) Are my events OK? I mean, obviously there are mostly buffs, but you know - flavour and, things (I'm not the best player!). Surely some turmoil-thingy stuff will be on the way later. To sum up, are these events fine? In terms of flavour and game conditions.

2.) Was this part too long, or too short, or hmm? Lemme know.

3.) English fails (mostly I'm asking English native speakers, I know you are there) - let me know as well if something's wrong, yo. I've said that once, or even twice - but it's really pressing matter for me. I want it to be good thang, not bad thang.


And again, I appreciate all that feedback mucho-mucho, it's so lovely to see people here :D Sadly, as said above I'm studying now so...surely there would be chapter every Friday, maybe some extras during the week - we'll see.

Sincerely,
Ober.
 

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Fixed the title for you. ;)
 

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Everything seemed fine by me, although I consider the use of loans to the AI a bit of an exploit :p. But it's not a big deal, especially if you don't abuse it.

Good turn and a nice territorial expansion at the cost of a dangerous opponent. Good job.
 

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Livonian Order's Intro


Chapter Five - To Unify The Knights

*Last war of Dark Ages?

Peace of Torzok from 1455 guaranteed status quo in Russia. Both parties "enjoyed" high casualties - amount of men and gold lost were quite significant. Muscovy remained neutral, but tempting to recover Russia from Knights hands. Grand Master von Mengede wanted to increase pace of Livonian conquests instead. Landtag briefly agreed that case of Teutonic Order might be really profitable. In addition of king Christian seeking a chance to make rich Danzig city his own, stage for another war was set. Confederation agreed to make another enormous war effort in near future to support Knights case. Dominance in Baltic Sea seemed to be simple question - combined Kalmar navies could block whole Polish and Lithuanian coast with ease. Confederation didn't want to stay behind its allies back and funded next fifteen galleys for Confederation Fleet. As for now, it could stand a chance against Poland or even some Hansetic states, consisting of 25 well-equipped galleys. Moreover, officials of Riga were considering buying one warship from Sweden (which costs as much as ten galleys), but this plan was abandoned for now. During the peacetime size of Saint Mary's Army was increased to thirty thousand people - which was maximum Confederation could afford. More volunteers were sailing forth to Livonia, so cities could form more infantry regiments. First foreigners with early firearms were enlisted by conscription centres. Many of them came from Bohemia, where first inferior guns were used by Hussite rebels. Is this another sign of Dark Ages passing away? Upcoming war was the next one as well. Battlefields from Smolensk to Danzig for a first time saw guns and artillery - in tiny quantities for now, but soon its presence might be obligatory for ambitious commanders.



*Steamrolling Lithuanian giant...

Without further ado (as I tend to reminiscence way too much), Prussian soil was invaded by Commonwealth in 1459. Battle of Allenstein (November of 1459) took lives of most of prominent Teutonic Knights and officials. Order collapsed, and Polish regiments spread through all Prussia to take every castle and fortress in area. Order's fate was sealed. However, as most of Polish-Lithuanian war effort was concentrated in Prussia, it was a brilliant chance to perform surprise attack. According to Treaty of Torzok Livonians claimed territories of former Duchy of Tver. Also, Pope Calixtus prepared to issue Papal bull which would recognize Livonian claims on Prussia. Bull was officialy issued during the war on 12th March of 1465, known as Baltic Orders Unification Bull, or simply Bull Of Orvietto. Being prepared in economic and diplomatic way, firm Livonian Army attacked Lithuanian garrisons in Vyazma region in March of 1462, thus beginning yet another way on its path to domination. Livonian Navy immediately sailed to south and supported Kalmar Navy in blocking Danzig. With start of 1462's summer, Saint Mary Army was dispatched into two units. Eight thousands of men marched towards Tver, while rest of Livonians were engaging every Lithuanian regiments in Ruthenia. Baltic soldiers won some tough battles and defied most of Lithuanian invaders. Charge of Livonian Knights in Battle of Orsha (11th August of 1462) crushed first attack. Surprising offensive in northern Byelorussia forced another ten thousands of Lithuanians to retreat deep into Grand Duchy's territory. As 1463 begun, enemies increasing advantage in numbers became even bigger problem. Even Hungarian units joined the war to support Commonwealth - most of brave Magyar men died during Novgorod's Siege of 1463, "thanks to" famed winter. Remnants were blocking city until next winter. With start of 1463 Polish-Teutonic war was over - Grand Master Ludwig von Erlichhausen bowed down to King Kazimierz of Poland. March of 1463 was marked with giant Kalmar's invasion in Danzig - about sixty thousands of Nordic men invaded Pomerelia and quickly seized it. As Kalmar-Livonian alliance seemed to gain momentum, there was only one problem - Lithuanian advance in Curonia. Mittau Fortress was about to fall, begging for help from Livonian Army. Two battles of Dvina River were fought - known as Spring Battle (12th May 1463) and Autumn Battle (24th September 1463) - were won by Lithuanians, but in both cases these were pyrrhic victories. While Livonian Army lost about 10.000 of men in both battles, Lithuanians lost about 25.000 of them. Defenders of Mittau - supplied by navy via sea - remained undefeated. Grand Duke didn't want to continue fruitless war without Polish support. Truce of Mittau (22nd November 1463) was signed. Confederation acquired claimed Tver areas and five years of truce. Separate peace angered King Kazimierz greatly, but there wasn't really much he could do about that. Winter was killing more of Hungarian besiegers in Novgorod, when Landtag decided to increase its war effort. Loan from Hansetic League was taken to recruit more regiments. Upcoming year - 1464 - was marked with two important tasks. First - to get rid of unexpected Magyar threat in Novgorod. Second - Order's spies gathered information about Polish Army moving towards north, led by famed commander Piotr Dunin. As Polish diplomats were refusing Livonian demands (to hand over Teutonic Order's lands), war continued.



*Struggling against Kingdom of Poland

Reinforced Livonian Army arrived near Lake Ilmen in May. Bloody battle near Novgorod's gates (16th May 1464) annihilated Magyar besiegers and freed Novgorod after more than year. Mentioned Dunin's arrival seemed to be delayed. Unaware Dunin crossed southern border and marched towards Tver, thinking that there are no Livonian units around. He had to be suprised as similar number of enemies encircled his army near Tver. Dunin couldn't break encirclement and had to stay near the castle's gates through all the winter. As it passed, Dunin found himself without 60% of his army (15.000 people of 25.000 were lost). Polish commander - same as Muscovite's general Fedor Basenok - refused to give up the siege and battle started. Attackers were mercilessly slained - Dunin is said to escape to Russia and then back to Poland. With this victory territory of Livonia was finally defended. Sides couldn't reach an agreement however. As Pope issued Bull of Orvietto in March of 1465, Livonian infantry corps landed in Danzig, retaken by Poland year ago. Grand Master couldn't make a deal with Poles, so he did with Hansa - Confederation's loan will be considered repaid if Livonians will capture Danzig and hand it over to Hansa. Idea seemed idiotic to Poles, but as the time was passing, loss of Danzig became a real threat. In July of 1465 Poland failed to break siege, even with slight advantage in numbers. In August rest of Saint Mary Army landed in Pomerelia - things got real, as Hansa was intending to support siege and take the city afterwards. Soon Livonian Army in Pomerelia was strengthened with more regiments, counting about 30.000 soldiers in August of 1466. King Kazimierz felt threatened by Hansa now and wanted to unlock city immediately. Plebeian masses - peasants and cheap infantry units - rained upon Livonians in 13th of September. About 90.000 people took part in one of the biggest Medieval battle - Battle of Sztumska Wola (13th-17th September). During four days of bloody melee both parties lost about 15.000 people - which was 25% for Poland and 50% for Livonians. Tension was high, but Knights repelled attackers eventually. News of Hansa's army preparing to land in Pomerelia were reaching Poles everyday. After long siege city of Danzig surrendered second time in this war. This time - on 19th December of 1466. It was the last chance for Kazimierz to hand over Prussia in exchange for Danzig...will War of Unification end with capture of Danzig? Or is it just beginning? Stay tuned.



Fin.

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In the last screen there is error - "waves or enemies" - but I can't really fix it. Sorry for that, you know what I tried to say :( Waves of enemies ofc.

I want to solve Prussia's issue with event - are you okay with this guys? Obviously, not for free.
Wondering if you are still around here and waiting. See you next Friday ;)

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Yet another province gained for the Livonian Knights. Keep them coming.

Just one suggestion for the future. Try making more paragraphs, it eases the reading on the eyes, especially with a smaller font as this one.
 

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Just one suggestion for the future. Try making more paragraphs, it eases the reading on the eyes, especially with a smaller font as this one.
Agreed! Like the updates and the graphics are super!!! The text however is a bit hard to read at times.