- Oct 20, 2016
Hmm. Something is going to go down over Africa at some point...
That's still a fair amount of Africa unaccounted for, and an awful lot under contention. Europe is going to go to war yet, I think.
Yeah, the great powers did some little work at the Conference but there are still too many disputed regions among major powers. This is one of the reasons why Innocent wanted to keep out of it but European wars are getting to the point where few people are left out.Unfortunately, I think it's going to be Italy kicking it all in twice. Libya is the obvious target for them, and just enough of a conquest/change that everyone else will get involved.
Plus, given the papacy is in charge of Italy, I can only expect them to carry on to try and reclaim more Holy cities from the Ottomans. The holy land is the obvious target but constantiople is important too.
This may well be how they make amends with Austria. They gang up on ottoman together, making an utter mess of everyone else's plans.
An early mis-step from the new Pope I think. Sure the Papacy was never going to get anything out of the conference, or probably even have any influence, but sending an actual diplomat might have been a better long term investment. Some diplomatic connections and relationships formed over a Ferrero Rocher and a well timed quip could be useful later.
Instead he sent Formica who frankly could have just not turned up and I doubt anyone would have noticed.
Innocent has many reasons to not join in the Scramble for Africa, more or less reasonable.Yeah, shouldn't they be adopting OTL Italian diplomacy of being a hissy toddler that everyone else needs to look after/placate every so often, because the outcome otherwise is a load of blood and poop and screaming?
On the one hand, Italy has a very small fleet and no colonies outside the Mediterranean, not to mention the impending war with Austria-Hungary; on the other, Callixtus already denied Papal participation in colonialism at Vatican I so that would require some amending.
By this point, the unification war is over and Austria-Hungary has made good on its threats. The war will be explored more in detail in this week's chapter.A delightful use of one's time, if you ask me.
Is it the unification war that Formica refers to, or some other conflict to come?
Given the declining religious quality and education of the last few popes this could result in Papal armies conquering Mecca and Medina from the Ottomans, due to confusion on what exactly the Holy cities of Christianity are.
Hey, someone says they saw god there once. Or an angel. Whatever.
All that is needed is some simple Pan-Abrahamic ecumenism and then we can sell holy bobbleheads in every holy site we can find, that and commemorative plates. Who's to say, we could even branch out into decorative lawn flamingos with saints' faces if we want to be really classy.The important thing is, lots of people like to go there for some god bothering reason or another. This means lots of warm bodies that can be charged for entry and then further fleeced in the over-priced gift shop (is there any other kind of gift shop?). And that will be the main thing the Curia will focus on.