- Feb 3, 2011
To the most esteemed king
I request that I The count of Almeria become a diplomat, to represent the proud Kingdom of Aragon, I am driven and will do anything for the good of the kingdom
From Juan De porcelli
Finally he was home, after picking up where his father had stopped, Ioannes had now completed the grand journey his father started.
He could now return home and serve the King and Aragon properly again. Ioannes quickly sent a letter to the King. (@Michaelangelo )
My grace Alfons VII de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Naples, and Protector of the Greeks,
I apologize for not being able to express my sadness over the death of your father. He was truly a great man that benefitted Aragon greatly, and he will be remembered.
My grand journey that my father started is now at an end and I will resume my full duties to both you and the country.
If possible, I would like to fund a colony in Havanna, to eventually grow and hopefully encompass the entirety of the Caribbean, further strenghtening our power in the world.
Your loyal servant,
Ioannes de Alvaro, count of Sassari
Lux Tenebris Vincet
((I finished my military training yesterday, so now I can engage more in this AAR and post more than a few sporadic posts when I was home on leave ))
I am most pleased to see that the plan for the treasury worked out marvellously. As such I see no need to change it. For the current court advisers, I hope they can continue their services much longer, but I have to take their retirement into consideration. If so, then we should look for a better, yet more expensive, advisor to further spread our efforts ((one more +2 advisor if one retires)). The arts would not need more sponsorship from the crown ((no artists or philosophers)), while having a diplomatic advisor is most recommendable to avoid bloodshed ((statesman or diplomat)). It pains me to see that the Castillians are not following the example of the Galicians, but I guess that there has been too much war in the past to just put aside these differences.
With the death of the honourable duke von Thun, there is also an opening on the Cortz. I am forwarding my name to enter this noble assembly.
One last thing I wish to address is the colonial situation. While it might be wise to concentrate our colonial efforts, I would like to finance the colonization of what is known as Nazca. It is close to the hospitable natives of Cusco my brother encountered and opens up many possibilities for trade - as well as gold useful for the economy.
Speaking of which, the chancellor might need to reconsider his decision to take Portugal's colony in the inevitable conflict. The pope has accorded them the rights on the region they named 'Colombia', and taking this land would certainly raise tensions with the holy see.
Your most humble servitor,
François de Montségur, Duc de Trinacrie and Treasurer of the Crown
((I think I might have an explanation for the seven cities hunt - we have discovered all of South America, and both the Fountain of Youth and El Dorado are on this continent, so we can't find them any more. I think we should at least have a proper ending for these searches (even if the Fountain technically ended with de Leon's 'first death'), so I'd propose either to end them with a failure or say that Leon (or Montségur) found one of them. Maybe we should have a vote about this.))
Policy change ( Have the chancellor Fabricate claims on West-Anatolia lands, The ones on the coast )