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Galati; Danube Trade Syndicate Meeting​

"Well" Dragos Doucestu began "it appears the majority's sentiment tends away from Domn von Cilli's first suggestion, but in favor of adding a clause to the charter to allow for the chairman's removal in cases of true need. If the Holy Roman Emperor, in his capacity as Count of Austria, has no objections this clause may be added. How does this language read?

If the Syndicate determines the current holder of the office of Chairman to be ill-suited for the task, detrimental to the interests of the organization as a whole, or for any other reason it sees fit, it may remove the Chairman of the organization from his post at any time and hold immediate elections for a replacement. In order for a motion to remove the Chairman to pass, it must receive the votes of every member of the Syndicate with the exception of the Chairman himself.

With that matter more or less settled, shall we move on to the voting for the first Chairman? Or were there any other issues anyone cared to bring to the table? Any suggestions or revisions to the language in the clause to be added?"
 

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Galati; Danube Trade Syndicate Meeting​

"Well then" Dragos Doucestu began "as it appears there are no other motions to be brought to the table, let us all sign the charter and finalize voting on the Chairman. Bohemia has voted in favor of myself, as has Moldavia-Wallachia. Hungary has expressed a vote for the majority candidate. Domn von Cilli, have you a vote?"

He handed across the table an amended version of the Charter for all parties to sign.

The Danube Syndicate
  • ARTICLE I - MISSION:

    1. To protect and promote the interests of Central-European, land-based merchants, especially focusing on the Danube River trade artery.

    2. To improve the status and wealth of the member-states of the Syndicate.

    ARTICLE II - GOVERNING BODY:

    1. The Syndicate will be led and managed by a council of delegates from member nations, with the chairman to be decided by vote. The Chairman will lead the organization for life. The Syndicate is not a political organisation.

    1.A. If the Syndicate determines the current holder of the office of Chairman to be ill-suited for the task, detrimental to the interests of the organization as a whole, or for any other reason it sees fit, it may remove the Chairman of the organization from his post at any time and hold immediate elections for a replacement. In order for a motion to remove the Chairman to pass, it must receive the votes of every member of the Syndicate with the exception of the Chairman himself.

    2. All decisions are made by democratic process. Simple majority vote is required to pass any decision. Unanimous vote is required to pass changes to this charter.

    3. All member votes have equal weighting. In the case of a deadlock, proposition will not pass unless deadlock is broken.

    4. The technical capital of the Syndicate is Vienna.

    ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

    1. In order to be considered for membership, potential members must have either: a) access through the Danube River; or b) a trade reliance of at least 75% on river/overland routes and be geographically adjacent to an existing syndicate member through whom the Danube flows. This is to ensure all members can be focused on common issues.

    2. New members must invest in establishing and improving overland trade routes for Syndicate merchants in their country. New members must contribute 1 eco (all money goes to events). This is to ensure that ALL members contribute to keep the Syndicate sustainable and efficient - thereby, all members have a stake in the continual success of the Syndicate.

    3. In being a member of the Syndicate, all members have signed a non-aggression pact with all members. In any case where members are at war with each other, they are temporarily suspended from the voting priviledges of Syndicate Council. The remaining members of the council may take whatever means are necessary to ensure trade is not disrupted by the war.

    4. Members may sign trade agreements with other nations provided the Syndicate Council is given ample notification of its terms prior to its signing, so that potential problems may be identified at an early stage.

    5. Any member may sign military agreements with other nations provided they do not cause conflict with the Syndicate or its members. Member states must reserve the right with their allies to remain neutral should any conflict arise with the potential to draw Syndicate members into war, etc.

    6. Any member may make proposals to the Syndicate Council.

    7. No member may engage in trade embargoes, banning of merchants, imposing of extraordinary taxes or tariffs - or any other act deemed to be inappropriate - without approval of
    Syndicate Council.
    7b. States of the Holy Roman Empire, where required to enforce Imperial embargo, are excepted from this rule. Affected members must inform the Syndicate Council within 1 week of the Imperial ruling. The Syndicate itself is not required to enforce the embargo outside of the HRE.

    8. Members agree to abide by this charter and any resolutions of the Syndicate Council regardless of their date of signing.

    9. Members must accept all rulings of the Syndicate Council.

    10. Any member state has the right to ask for a loan from the Syndicate. All members of the Syndicate are obliged to contribute to providing the funds for any loan where appropriate (as determined by vote of the Syndicate Council).

    ARTICLE IV - TRADE GUIDELINES:

    1. Members of the Syndicate trade with each other under certain general priviledges and conditions. Members of the Syndicate trade with foreign nations under certain general priviledges and conditions. The Syndicate will increase trade between member nations, increase trade with external nations, provide incentives for private merchant groups, reduce costs involved with trade and therefore prices, and provide fair and equitable trade opportunities.

    2. All merchants from member-nations of the Syndicate are to be considered as native freemen of the country they are operating in. This means no additional taxes, duties or tariffs that would normally be applied to foreign merchants.

    3. Merchants who are members of this syndicate are to be given priority over foreign traders where necessary.

    4. Base prices for goods traded between members, within all territories belonging to members, will be negotiated yearly and fixed for that year.

    5. Trade between member nations will be regulated for maximum efficiency. It is an aim of the Syndicate to reduce haphazard merchant trade and introduce an organised and well managed import/export system.

    6. Member nations may not compete unethically or predatorily in foreign nations against merchants of members.

    7. Sales to and purchases from non-Syndicate nations will be carefully controlled to ensure all members recieve maximum benefit from syndicated buying power.

    ARTICLE V - INFRASTRUCTURE:

    Members must invest in improving the infrastructure and security of trade routes.

    1. Every member must provide free docking facilities for merchants of the Syndicate along the Danube and other major river trade routes. It is the responsibility of the Syndicate member to ensure the safety and security of river trade routes in his own realm.

    2. Every member must build in his own nation a quality road highway which will connect the capitals of each member. It is the responsibility of the Syndicate member to ensure these trade routes in his own realm are patrolled regularly by security forces for the protection of merchants and other travellers from bandits, and danger.
 

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"You did WHAT?!?" bellowed Doucestu. The red faced man, recently returned from Bulgaria, tried to explain but was hastily cut off. "I will not have your incompetence ruin me!" he said, gesturing to several of his retainers who dragged the man outside. Several muffled screams could be heard moments later as he was stuffed into a bag and beaten with sticks.

Letters were sent out, asking all members of the Danube Trade Syndicate to convene in Vienna. [Use Moldavia Court]

Members of the Danube Trade Syndicate,

As some of you may have heard, a most incompetent former underling of mine recenly committed a gross violation of Syndicate protocol in attempting to admit a new member to the Syndicate without bringing it to the attention of the Syndicate Council as a whole. I apologize for his incompetence, and have rectified the problem by sacking him. I assure all members of the Council such a gross violation shall not occur again.

Now, in accordance with proper protocol, I hereby request the presence of all Syndicate representatives in our new Council houses in Vienna where we may discuss the following agenda.

1. Admission of Bulgaria to the Danube Trade Syndicate
2. Re-Affirmation of Bavaria's status in the Syndicate
3. Discussion of allocation of funds to maintaining and rebuilding depleted infrastructure from the Syndicate's lapse into inactivity.

And anything else the Syndics may bring to the table.

Bavaria and Bulgaria may also send representatives to oversee the proceedings.

Dragos Doucestu, Chairman Danube Trade Syndicate
Vienna
 

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A man carring a letter with the Bavarian Ducal seal upon it entered the court of the Cillis.

Your Grace, I am Heinrich Grumbach, sent by her Grace, Elisabeth, Duchess-Regent of Bavaria, as ambassador to this most blessed Court. *bows* Although some here may our Duchy a threatening power, I have come extending the hand of Christian brotherhood to this realm. Peace and Prosperity to both our lands! Is there anything you wish of me, your Grace.
 

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Onto Ulrich II von Cilli, Duke of Carinthia, Margrave of Carniola, Margrave of Slovenia and Slovenian Lord, Princely Count of Celje, Ortenburg, Sternberg, Ban of Croatia and Slavonia,

Your Grace

We have been forced to write this massive as the recent news from Burgundy grows more and more alarming with each passing day. We have recently received the letters from Prince Henryk of the Greif from Italy, who was at that time marching towards Torino in Piedmonte and a preachment from Queen Anna Gryphon of Lothringia herself, retelling the events and occurrences in Dijon, which all happened in the winter last year.

It would appear that rebels, led by a certain imposter, who is styling himself on Philippe du Berry, son of Marie du Berry, took Dijon and the Royal Court by treachery. The rebels killed good king Louis with cold blood, showing no mercy. Fortunately Queen Anna managed to escape though and is now trying to stand against the odds in a secured place somewhere in Burgundy.

Taking into consideration the bonds of friendship between our Houses originating from the rule of one of the greatest Emperors of our times and patron of the House von Cilli, we ask you to help us to counter the foulness of the regicides by all possible means. Through your political influences and perhaps even military might, should we decide to send our own knights with the order of quelling the rebellion and restoring the peace there.

We await your insights with great anticipation.

Given in Stettin,

February 10th Anno domini 1454.

Casmir of the Greif, King of Sweden, Duke of Pommerania, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Grubenhagen and Wolfenbüttel, Duke of Poznan, Margrave of Danzig, Prince-Protector of Sweden, Overlord of Ingermanland, Kexholm, Memel and Gotland, Master of the Imperial Hunt.

Christine von der Greif-Wittelsabch, Dowager Queen of Sweden, Dowager Duchesse of Pommernia, Hannover and Poznan,

Boguslaw IX of the Greif, Duke of Stolp and Stargard,

Wartislaw IX of the Greif, Duke of Wolgast,

Barnim VIII of the Greif, Duke of Rugen.
 

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The letter from Stettin found its way first to Klagenfurt, where its carrier was redirected towards Praha, to where Ulrich had departed to meet with King Ladislav. The document was read and considered, and two actions were taken. The first was to respond to the Lords of the Gryphon, and the second to seek immediate counsel with the King.


In Celje, Friedrich the senior listened in feigned politeness to the Bavarian ambassador, and then ordered him out to return to Klagenfurt and await the return of Duke Ulrich.

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A man carring a letter with the Bavarian Ducal seal upon it entered the court of the Cillis.

Your Grace, I am Heinrich Grumbach, sent by her Grace, Elisabeth, Duchess-Regent of Bavaria, as ambassador to this most blessed Court. *bows* Although some here may our Duchy a threatening power, I have come extending the hand of Christian brotherhood to this realm. Peace and Prosperity to both our lands! Is there anything you wish of me, your Grace.
 

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Onto Ulrich II von Cilli, Duke of Carinthia, Margrave of Carniola, Margrave of Slovenia and Slovenian Lord, Princely Count of Celje, Ortenburg, Sternberg, Ban of Croatia and Slavonia,

Your Grace,

House of Gryphon is most grateful for the support the House von Cilli is ready to give my sister and her children. In these times, when unfaithful nobles rebel, Houses of Europe must stand united. You have our eternal gratitude.

Surely, Your Majesty has heard of the Royalists finally raising their heads and defending her Queen against the rebels? It is our belief that we must help Her Majesty and the Union of Starssburg with all our might and to put the rebellion down without mercy.

Enclosed, we send you a text of the proclamation we have prepared during our stay in Gelre. Sometimes, political pressure means more than the swords and lances. We kindly ask Your Majesty to sign it for the sake of Queen Marie and her mother. (ooc: in the Nat stats)

We shall maintain further correspondence with Your Grace and provide with directions should Your Grace decide to send any armed forces.

United we shall prevail.

Given in Zutphen,

Casmir of the Greif, King of Sweden, Duke of Pommerania, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Grubenhagen and Wolfenbüttel, Duke of Poznan, Margrave of Danzig, Prince-Protector of Sweden, Overlord of Ingermanland, Kexholm, Memel and Gotland, Master of the Imperial Hunt,

Christine von der Greif-Wittelsabch, Dowager Queen of Sweden, Dowager Duchesse of Pommernia, Hannover and Poznan.

Proclamation of Zutphen


We, the undersigned proclaim the following.

That we greatly despise the regicides and rebels who rose against their most rightful King and Queen, acting against their will and the will of Almighty God who put the Royalty on the throne to take care of his sheep. Truly there is no excuse for those who act against the will of their God.

That we hold in highest disregard those who provoked this shameful act and will never let them into our lands, and should they tresspass our lands they shall be hunted down as the worst criminals and eventually find their death through humiliation and strangulation.

That we support the only and true Queen and Duchesse, that is Marie II du Berry, daughter of the late King Louis du Berry and Queen Anna du Griffon.

That we call upon all nobles, burghers and peasants of Lotharingia who foolishly followed the regicides or were fooled by them, to renounce any ties to them, if they have any, with the devilish imposter and murderer styling himself as Philippe du Berry. Should you not do so, not only hellfire awaits you in the miserable afterlife, but also your lands will be treated with fire and sword, until such time comes that the rightful Queen shall be restored to her throne. Those who hesitated before, raise your arms against the usurper and beg your rightful Queen for forgiveness. Those how will do so shall undoubtedly meet their rewards both in the mundane and after lives.

Signed on this 28th day of February in the Year of Our Lord MCDLIV in Zutphen, on the Saints Romanus and Lupicinus day, God Almighty be our witness.​
 

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Onto Ulrich II von Cilli, Duke of Carinthia, Margrave of Carniola, Margrave of Slovenia and Slovenian Lord, Princely Count of Celje, Ortenburg, Sternberg, Ban of Croatia and Slavonia,

Your Grace,

First and foremost we wish to kindly thank Your Grace for all the support already given and promised, rest assured House von der Greif shall remain in debt of gratitude to House von Cilli.

With the beginning of Spring we intend to start a campaign against the rebels of Burgundy, the foul League of Arras.

Most of the Imperial realms already expressed their support to Queen-Regent Anna and rightful Queen Marie II du Berry. We are now wish to coordinate our moves and decided to set a meeting point for the Allied forces. Please send your men to the Free Imperial city of Strasburg in Alsace. By the end of Spring there should be no less than 3000 cavalrymen and 7000 infantry from Pommern, we do not know yet the numbers coming from Branderburg, Gelre, Bremen, Bavaria, Saxony and others. Pommern army is led by general Otton von Blumentritt, well known and respected individual who faithfully served Emperor Joachim and House of Gryphon for years.

We intend to eventually meet up with the forces of Anna von der Greif-Savoy (consisted from the Royalist forces, Piedmontese and Neapolitanian reinforcements.) somewhere in French Comte. We pray that the King of France will keep his word and send his men to help as well.

United we shall win.

Given in Stettin,

Casmir of the Greif, King of Sweden, Duke of Pommerania, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Grubenhagen and Wolfenbüttel, Duke of Poznan, Margrave of Danzig, Prince-Protector of Sweden, Overlord of Ingermanland, Kexholm, Memel and Gotland, Master of the Imperial Hunt.
 

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A diplomat arrives from the Kingdom of Poland, with a letter from the King.

To the most reverent Ulrich II von Cilli, Duke of Carinthia, Margrave of Carniola, Margrave of Slovenia and Slovenian Lord, Princely Count of Celje, Ortenburg, Sternberg, Ban of Croatia and Slavonia,

I, Stephan Malachi Jagiello, King of Poland, wish to establish good relations between my nation and yours. Your great duchy is a testament to the strength of your people, and I wish to make between us an alliance of sorts. Our two peoples have common enemies and common friends, and yet we ourselves have not yet found the other as an ally. I hope to build an alliance between us, our nation, and our peoples.

-Stephan Malachi Jagiello, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania
 

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A letter arrived from Brandenburg.

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Onto Ulrich II von Cilli, Duke of Carinthia, Margrave of Carniola, Margrave of Slovenia and Slovenian Lord, Princely Count of Celje, Ortenburg, Sternberg, Ban of Croatia and Slavonia

It is true that we have not been acquainted with Your House, and it is also true that this is most unfortunate. Indeed I seek closer cooperation with the southern princes.

Therefore it would be my honor to visit your lands, and perhaps also share our views about the Imperial situation and otherwise. Personally I would very much like to see the lands my brother in law Joachim of the Greif set free as well. Likewise Your Grace is invited to come stay in Brandenburg at an appropriate time.

Johann IV Hohenzollern, Duke of Brandenburg, Fürst of the House of Hohenzollern, Margrave of Ansbach, Burgrave of Nürnberg, Prince of Bayreuth, Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, Arch-Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Empire
 

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Leonhard was young, very young. Too young to be thrown into the chaotic mess in which his father had left the family, financially and generally. Twelve months ago he was a child, third son of a count and ignorant of the troubles which would be his destiny to inherit. Almost simultaneous with his coming of age, it seemed, his father had died, finally succumbing to the wages of his chosen lifestyle. His oldest brother and role model, Hans, heir to the county, had turned up dead; the middle brother's body was never found. His mother had quickly descended into madness.

With the destruction of his family, the boy was lost. But he had also inherited his father's titles and duties, his debts, and his reputation. And these had consequences almost as terrible as any other of the recent tragedies in his life, but at least they consumed his time and his energy, and helped him cast his grief aside. Leonhard was a simple boy, not stupid but inexperienced in the realities of life, and life was throwing him many harsh lessons. Diligently, he performed his duties as best he could, took what advice was given him and never thought to question the motives of his friends and counsellors.

At sixteen years of age, Leonhard was as tall and dark as Hans at twenty-one. At first, his mother had guided him as he received neighbours and creditors, insisting his age at eighteen or twenty, depending on the visitor, that he should not seem so young and naive as he was. Looking at himself now in the mirror, Leonhard did not think he could pass as twenty at close inspection. His mother had always been a strong woman, limiting Heinrich's indulgences as best she could, and working vainly to keep the family intact. If not for her, every last inch of ground, every last stone of the Görz estates, would have been lost to the Habsburgs or the Venetians when he was still an infant. As he continued to remember his family, and his childhood, Leonhard continued to stare blankly at the mirror. Suddenly he saw in his own face that of his brother, contorted in a frozen grimace as his body was found, bloody and white, murdered by man or beast in some epic struggle it could not be told. Leonhard turned away, fighting back the tears, and composed himself to meet the day's visitors, paying those who could no longer be avoided, and plying with excuses those whose demands for money were less urgent; all the while being cheated and deceived by his servants and vassals, burgraves who paid not their dues, castellons and chiefs who stole from town funds, advisers who schemed to accumulate von Görz properties for themselves.

Punished for the sins of his father.
 

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Ludwig cast aside the goblet in disgust, wine splashing against the stones like so much blood. The candles on the table flickered with the movement, casting shadows dancing around the room, but never lighting the face hidden in near darkness at the far end of the table from which the lights stood. It had become a habit of his to sit in darkness. He rarely slept any more, and fatigue drove him to sleep during the day, in a room blanketed from all light and fresh air. At times he couldn't stop drinking, drinking to wash away the memories of his past, but right now the thought of it - of himself, he realised - disgusted and appalled him.

By what little he could gather from agents in Frankfurt, his letters had been received, but no further news followed. His soul was torn apart anew each day, for his self worth depended entirely on the scheme he had planned. It was a torment of his own making, and he longed for the days when he cared not for love or life, and his heart and mind were dead to his sins. He had no doubts but that he was headed for the eternal torments of hell, but the scheme was his repentance and his contrition to those still alive. Its failure would kill him as suredly as he had killed...

Ludwig had lied to the Electors. My motivation remains the good of the Empire. Perhaps it would be in its best interest, but what of that to him? Even as he considered the letter, he knew that he had done Leonhard a disservice in his portrayal. He had not lied, as such; God would no longer let him lie. Die, lie. Such things should not be said about one so innocent. That he would make a good puppet. That he was naive, and easily manipulated. Such things were best hidden, not paraded. But he had said only what he thought the electors wanted to hear.

A neutral candidate, uncorrupted by greed or personal agenda, unaligned and having no hatred held against him by the powermongers of either side, Wittelsbach or no.

Again, he justified to himself, he had said only what he thought the electors needed to hear. He had neither hate not love for the Wittelsbach; they were inconsequential. Neither had he any personal ambitions. Once the scheme was completed, successful or no, he would take his own life and meet his eternal punishment. This he had already decided. Even Leonhard was unimportant, in a way. How he might personally be considered by those in the know, or what he might go through by this scheme were unimportant. His duty was to restore the pride and reputation of the name von Gorz, in the most immediately glorious way possible.

But if he had failed, Oh if he failed! Suddenly he was filled with anguish. It was a stupid idea, an elaborate and optimistic idea. He had given himself only one chance - for every day before he took his life was a torment - only one chance and he had cast it aside it on this ridiculous plan!

Ludwig stood, and passed by the lights. Beneath his shaggy fringe of dark hair and unshaven beard, the hideous scars that pulled and twisted his face were suddenly revealed, eternal reminders of his shame.
 

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In the core lands of ancient Carantania - Carinthia, Styria, Carniola and the Windishe ('Slovenia') - the social laws and customs of the people were preserved against the influence of Germanic empire. Such customs included the right of female succession, and the holding of the Carantanian a recognised, unique position of pride and individuality, symbolised in the very genuine right held by everyman not to have to remove his hat before his superior. In this same manner the Duke was within his rights (or indeed his duty to his people) to remain wearing the traditional Slovenian Hat before the Emperor.

Despite the years of Hapsburg possession of much of the former Carantania, and the dropping of traditional regalia in favour of Habsburg heraldry, the lands maintained the Institutio Sclavenica and Carantanian identity. The return of a Carantanian to the Ducal throne presents Ulrich von Cilli, Windischer Herr, two options - to call upon the traditional regional symbols in the hope of instilling pride and glory in his vassals and allies, or tread the path of security and potential mediocrity, maintaining the customs of the Germanic nobility brought by the Habsburgs in the 13th century and adopted by his family some generations ago.

At this point in time, Duke Ulrich has sent forth the call to raise an army in support of his allies in the Empire for a cause which has little effect on Carinthia. In what some would call a vain hope, he has indicated that the army will march under the traditional symbols - the unique Carantanian Panther flying at the head of the Duke's army, and the respective black and white symbols leading the divisions of his Counts, Burgraves and commanders. A minor, symbolic gesture, this act could potentially incite cultural unity, mere indifference, or scorn and disrespect.

Success would mean confirming his place in the hearts and minds of the people as lord not only of the Windischen, but of the Carantanian land and spirit itself. Failure could see him ridiculed and forgotten in the annals of history.


MODIFIERS:
Carinthia spends 1 eco to trigger and 1 LM to modify, with chance to be returned unspent

+1 to roll

Event to be used as basis for future event.

TABLE:

1. The call to arms is a dismal failure. Freeherren and lesser nobles respond reluctantly and in far fewer numbers than had been hoped. While not openly rebelling against their duty to the Duke, they are
uninspired about the prospect of serving under a man for whom they have little respect and whom they consider a fool for trying to resurrect the banner and all it stands for.
(-1 morale to Carinthia for 1 year/4 turns)

2. The call to arms is a disappointing failure. Freeherren and lesser nobles respond reluctantly and in far fewer numbers than had been hoped. The Duke's vassals and allies are uninspired by the uniquely Carantanian symbol. The army faces major delays if it intends to march at anything like full strength.
(-1 morale to Carinthia for 1 year/4 turns)

3~4. The call to arms is a success. The Duke's vassals and allies are uninspired by the uniquely Carantanian symbol, but respond according to their duty. There is no objection to the use of the ancient banner, but no popular identification with it, either.
(1 LM returned unspent.)

5. The call to arms is a great success! Instilled with a profound sense of pride and honour, the Duke's vassals respond quickly and diligently, raising troops and funds to fight together under the Carantanian Panther.
(+1 morale to Carinthia for 1 year/4 turns), 1 LM returned unspent.)

6. The call to arms is a major success! Instilled with a profound sense of pride and honour, the Duke's vassals respond quickly and diligently, raising troops and funds to fight together under the Carantanian Panther. This will be a great boost to Cilli's hopes and dreams.
(+1 morale to Carinthia for 1 year/4 turns, 1 LM returned unspent. Positive trigger for next event.)

ROLL: 6

RESULT: The call to arms is a major success! Instilled with a profound sense of pride and honour, the Duke's vassals respond quickly and diligently, raising troops and funds to fight together under the Carantanian Panther. This will be a great boost to Cilli's hopes and dreams.
(+1 morale to Carinthia for 1 year/4 turns, 1 LM returned unspent. Positive trigger for next event.)

Carinthia spends 1 eco
 
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A reply from Bosnia

A sealed letter arrives, delivered by a merchant who claims he was paid well to press the same into the hands of the Overlord of Carinthia.

Duke Ulrich II of Carinthia.

I am in receipt of your letter, no doubt intended for my father, the Duke of St Sava and Lord of all Bosnia, who styles himself Stefan, sixth of the line. Perhaps the differences in our languages are to blame, for there is certainly a marked difference between Stefan and Stjepan…but I am not here to deal with trifles.

It matters not what you say. My father is a disconsolate old fool who will pay no heed to counsels of others, particularly foreigners, or to the necessities of courtly propriety and pious worship. As you know, in this regard, the local church refuses to consecrate him as King of all the Bosnians. All he pays heed to are treasures of this earth and the women that grace his bedside. I, on the other hand, wish to ensure that my inheritance and my birthright remain intact. I have not waited all my life for all I crave to vanish like so many fleeing ashes, assuming that my sire manages to leave some of the patrimony for me.

The many nobles in court do much to flatter him, be they sycophants all, interested in trifles when there is much work to do to restore the glory of this land, forge a lasting peace with our neighbor Serbia, and to finally drive away the infidel from our borders, thereby sending the people into honest worship of the One True Faith. I try all I can to restore order and normalcy, but alas, while I am the firstborn heir, no one listens to me. All they listen to are the older, more established personages, those who can claim flattering bloodlines, and who spend ducats like so many drops of water in the communal well.

My influence in court wanes, and I can certainly use friends. They will only listen to people who have illustrious titles, massive landed estates, chests of gold—or a host of loyal men at their command. Unfortunately, my fief of Zenica is as run-down as they come. My men-at-arms are lazy, and their rusting weapons pose more danger to them than to others.

As I said, my father is an unholy old fool, who loves his copious amounts of wine, his tantalizing women, and his excessive bouts of song. Who knows when the demons may come to send him to his just desserts? Did not our savior say death comes suddenly, like a thief in the night?

Know that I walk a deadly trail by sending this to you. While my father is grateful he has sons, I have two other brothers who have no surfeit of ambition, and blood has little meaning for them. For a circlet of metal and absolute power in this realm, my head is but a small price to pay.

Stjepan, Count Zenica.

The merchant, in a heavily accented voice, requests that further communication be sent direct to Zenica, and using only the most discreet channels.
 

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The four realms of Bohemia, Carinthia, Croatia, and Hungary have long shared a "special relationship", mostly stemming back to their common root with the Bohemian King. Now, the Carinthian leadership calls in a few favors with his peers, and asks them to allow his soldiers to pass through their lands for reasons of their own. The Hungarian Diet of Nobles and the Croatians are happy to accomodate their colleague's request...but their coffers have been uncharacteristically low lately. The von Cillis somehow manage to work out an arrangement to everyone's liking...

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Carinthia gains Right of Passage through Hungary and Croatia. Carinthia spends 1 eco.
 

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A second bull arrives bearing the heavy red seal of the Holy See, summoning all the bishops of Christendom to an ecumenical council in Monte Cassino. In both Greek and Latin it reads thus:

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"Pastores Grecum, Espicati Ecclesiae, et Socii Servi Dei,

"And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me." Today my brothers, your Church calls you yet again to fulfill your vows and sit in a congress blessed by the wisdom of the Holy Ghost. Tarry no longer on worldly matters. Although, the cares of your homeland press against the confines of your mind and batter your spirit, remember the words of Our Lord, "But Jesus told him, 'Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.'" Without the salvation of Christ, all the world is condemned to the death of eternal separation from the Most High.

Failure a second time will result in just and proper penalties according to the forms and will be considered in the revisions of the Collegium Cardinales.

On the following topics, you are commanded to meditate during the journey to Monte Cassino where the Church now gathers to sit in council:

Primus - What steps must be taken now that victory has been won against the infidel Africans to bring the Word of God to the nascent Christian communities of Africa?

Secundus - What is the state of the Church in the many nations of Christendom?

Tertius - How may the Church of the West and the Church of the East be reunited in holy and sisterly communion as the true bride of Christ?

Quartus - What role should the Eastern Roman Empire, now de facto impotent, play in the new Kingdom of God? What should be done with the vacant Imperial mantle?

Quintus - What reforms necessitated by the new age we live in must be undertaken to renew the Church's mission of faith?

Sextus - What reforms must be made in the instruction of priests, in the discipline of the religious, in the education of the faithful?

Septimius - What should be done regarding the martial disputes of temporal powers? What can be done to prevent such disputes from arising?

After these seven questions have been addressed, the conclave will open to new business and general motions from the assembly. The Holy Father will conclude the conclave by confirming those worthy resolutions into the Canon of the Church.

Ad Maiorem Gloriam Dei, may this solemn bull be made the law on Earth as it is in Heaven, written in the Abbey of Monte Cassino a

Sanctissimus,
Pope Nicholas V, Vicar of Christ, Papa Universalis, Summus Pontifex, Pontifex Maximus, Servus Servorum Dei, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Metropolitan of the Roman Province, and Bishop of Rome"
 

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A messenger arrives in Vienna, looking like he'd just rode through Hell itself. He appears before the Danube Trade Syndicate and presents a letter to Domn von Cilli himself.

Chairman von Cilli,

I write you this letter as my last contact with the late Dragos Doucestu, former chairman of the Syndicate, informed me that you had risen to command of the organization. I hope all is well and a great deal has been accomplished. I regret to inform you that Domn Doucestu is no longer with us...during a rebel attack on his estates he was brutally murdered and his property seized by these lawless brigands. I am currently attempting to restore order to my realm, but it may be some time before this is achieved. In that time period, I regret that no new representative of Moldavia-Wallachia will be forthcoming.

Additionally, I encourage all members of the Syndicate to stay off our roads and waterways until peace can be achieved, as I cannot guarantee their safety at the moment.

I wish you good fortune and good business with the organization, and Moldavia-Wallachia shall send a new representative as soon as we are able.

Voivode Stefan III of Moldavia-Wallachia
 

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In the core lands of ancient Carantania - Carinthia, Styria, Carniola and the Windishe ('Slovenia') - the social laws and customs of the people were preserved against the influence of Germanic empire. Such customs included the right of female succession, and the holding of the Carantanian a recognised, unique position of pride and individuality, symbolised in the very genuine right held by everyman not to have to remove his hat before his superior. In this same manner the Duke was within his rights (or indeed his duty to his people) to remain wearing the traditional Slovenian Hat before the Emperor.

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At this point in time, Duke Ulrich has sent forth the call to raise an army in support of his allies in the Empire for a cause which has little effect on Carinthia. In what some would call a vain hope, he has indicated that the army will march under the traditional symbols - the unique Carantanian Panther flying at the head of the Duke's army, and the respective black and white symbols leading the divisions of his Counts, Burgraves and commanders. A minor, symbolic gesture, this act could potentially incite cultural unity, mere indifference, or scorn and disrespect.

The gesture proved fruitful, and the men responded in great numbers to the return of ancient Carantanian symbols. Their faith in their leaders has grown considerably, and they now feel they can relate...


Trigger: Complete success of previous event, longstanding geographical realities

RESULT: Carinthia gains Slavonic culture
 

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Most Gracious Duke of Carinthia,

I have been occupied fighting the Piast rebels for much time now. They have been pushed out of Lesser Poland, but they still have much influence in Greater Poland. They were chased out after the Battle of Krakow, through rain and mud, but we had to rest. Boleslaw and all his sons save Krystyn Piast are still free and fighting against us. I fortunately have not lost any of my own sons in this conflict, though it is far from over. I am glad for your concern in this matter, I will make you aware of more in the future.

Most Sincerely and Exhaustedly,
King Stephan Malachi Jagiello of Poland and Lithuania

Ulrich considered the information the Polish monarch had so easily been pursuaded to give. He had not yet decided which side to support, or even whether to intervene directly, but he would certainly keep an eye on the situation as it developed. To remain neutral would be judicious, but to have supported the victorious faction from an early point would make him a strong ally with the potentially powerful European power - to support the 'invalid' claim disastrous. The solution was to take steps to ensure the chosen side was the winner, if possible. Otherwise the more convenient but less reliable decision had to be made.
 

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The Missive arrives

For the first time in months, a native and well-dressed Bosnian stood alongside petitioners in the court of the Cillis.

Unto His Most Puissant Lord, Ulrich II, Duke of Carinthia, Margrave of Carniola, Margrave of Slovenia and Slovenian Lord, Princely Count of Celje, Ortenburg, Sternberg, Ban of Croatia, does the Despot and Lord of all Bosnia send fraternal and ecumenical greetings.

Most Gracious Sovereign,

Perhaps it was thanks to the benificence of Above that we send thee this missive, through the kind graces of our youngest brother the Count of Tuzla. He is a good man, Andrejk, unmarried, and knows passable Hungarian, not to mention being absolutely trustworthy, which is, indeed, a rare commodity these days.

It has come to our attention that our other brother, Svetozar, Count of Mostar, has a penchant for hunting. Indeed, it was unfortunate for him to have been in such a dreadfully mortal accident so close to our mutual cultural borders. Your soldiers were indeed quite helpful. A serjeant, we believe, by the name of Gunthar was most especially creative, having been an experienced hunter in the wild, himself. He really should be rewarded for his services to your crown. We will, of course, welcome more of your able officers to provide ably competent counsel to this rabble and to serve as shining examples of true warriors.

We stand ready to receive a formal embassage from your court, and suitable envoy’s quarters have been set aside in this paltry excuse of a palace. Unfortunately, we have not undertaken a coronation with regard to the Bosnian dignity, though we have been duly invested as the rightful Duke of St Sava. We are of the opinion such a sacred trust and responsibility would be better served if accomplished in a setting more suited to cultural pursuits, such as in the ancestral lands of the Cillis. We are, of course, ready to stand in witness to such a marvelous spectacle, for we are likewise told that Her Highness is indeed a beauty to behold.

Stefan Sept., Duke of St Sava, Count of Zenica, Despot and Lord of all Bosnia.

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