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((I'm thinking of rejoining this AAR again. Consider my previous character dead. I will make my character later.))

((Okay, I'll remove your character. I still have you listed as count of Córdoba if you're still interested in that title for your next character.))

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((And here are the results of the votes. Just a reminder that those related to the ecumenical council are not binding and will be used to draft up a resolution for the council. We'll then vote on that after the update as a single document.

State Religion: Christianity
Heretics: Christians
Churches: Council
Heathens: Status Quo
Knights: Subjugated
Inquisition: Christians

Confirmation of Request to Investigate: Yes

As for the matter of making Christianity the state religion, I have been fiddling around with modding in a new religion for it and it seems to work. Might need some further tweaking later on, but it is feasible. As to what this would mean in-game, all provinces with this new in-game faith would be considered to regions where all Christian faiths are followed in peace and harmony, while those of the existing Christian religions would be considered dominated by one faith or where the minority faiths are not properly respected. I still haven't decided whether this new in-game religion will use church aspects or fervour, but that can be decided later. I'll elaborate on the other options when we actually get to the point where I present the official proposal.))
 

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Name: Juan de Capadocia
Date of Birth: June 14, 1624
Class: Courtier
Religion: Orthodox
Bio: Juan was born as Ioannes Nicolaides, to a small family of Orthodox believers in the province of Cappadocia. He and his family lived a relatively comfortable life until he decided to go to Constantinople to become a merchant. He grew very wealthy in a very short time due to wise investiments and a sizable inheritance from his eccentric uncle. In 1651, he decided to move to Barcelona because they will accept his heretical faith, and also to get closer to the Hispanian court.
 
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1651-1657 – The Last Crusade

Even as the ecumenical council came to an end, the Inquisition’s job was never done. With the majority of religious figures still favouring not granting rights to heathens, the Inquisition was still tasked with converting the heathens of East Africa. It was a slow process, but a worthwhile one. To ensure such efforts did not result in rebellion, the new Exercit Colonial sailed to East Africa, where the Exercit Africa would then embark the ships for a return home.

Even though Hispania was avoiding getting too involved in Austria’s war, that did not extend to France or Byzantium. The two combined their forces for a massive assault on an enemy force in Hamburg. Over 100k men met on the field of battle in some minor war.

In December, the current Polish pope passed away and the college of cardinals elected a man much closer to home, Leo XI, a man born in and intimately tied to the Papal State.

As the year came to an end, Emperor Ferran V ordered that the main fleet under Admiral Dietrich Vinzent Lübecker sail north to blockade Munster’s ports. This would hopefully expedite an end to the war so Hispania could focus on the much more important conflict planned with the Mamluks. The emperor wanted a war where he could make a name for himself, and this minor conflict was not it.

Steward Lúcia Fernanda Manuela de Maia also was preparing Hispania for the impending conflict. She ordered the construction of training grounds in key provinces across the empire, from Messina to Porto and Sevilla to Rhodes.

One of the major differences between the current emperor and his predecessor was his love of all things foreign. Having spent most of his youth abroad, Ferran was obsessed with foreign ideas and language, especially anything French. He encouraged his subjects to look outside Hispania.



The Ecumenical Council of 1651 caused a stir amongst the clergy. With their renewed importance, they sought a closer position to the emperor. The current man being put forth to serve His Imperial Highness however was not ideal, for he was an elderly cardinal believed to be in the employ of the pope, thus earning him the ire of the non-Catholics. Emperor Ferran, seeing how tolerance seemed to be favoured by many clergy members, pushed for a much younger man to take the old cardinal’s place, one known for his pro-Christian attitude. While many did not appreciate the emperor meddling in such affairs, it did earn him the support of non-Catholic clergy, and Ferran loved the attention. What wasn’t made public was the fact that the emperor had had to use bribery to get this done. Budget reports were fudged over until the loan required to refill the treasury was paid off.

The blockade of Munster and Byzantium rampaging through their land brought the German nation to the peace table, paying war reparations to the victors. With them out of the war, Admiral Lübecker was able to sail back to Gibraltar.

Nova Hispania was proving to be a decent source of gold, bringing in vast wealth from the New World. What was of concern, as noted by Treasurer Maia, was that a portion of the shipment never arrived and the merchants claimed pirates had attacked the treasure ships on the way over.

Just as Byzantium’s army conveniently made its way back to Constantinople, Austria settled a piece with Salzburg. The tiny nation was annexed and one province was taken from Bavaria. Austria was grateful for the minor assistance, but Chancellor Petros Mandromenos made sure to play up Hispania’s value as an ally, gaining the Austrian’s trust.

When it was made public that the treasury had been forced to take out a loan, suggestions were made that the Crown sell titles to bring in extra revenue. Emperor Ferran dismissed this idea, offended by the idea of sullying the nobility with the blood of commoners.



Armies were shuffled into place for the final war preparations. Once the Exercit Africa had returned, naval orders were carried out. Lübecker was to take command of all the heavy ships and protect the Straits of Gibraltar, while Admiral João de Maia was given command of all the galleys and transports to use to blockade the Mamluks’ key ports and keep their navy trapped at home. When everything was in place and assurances of assistance were gathered from the French, the official war declaration was sent. The crusade had begun.



The first troop movements were made in Anatolia, with General Marti de Leon tasked with securing the unprotected northern provinces. General Demetrios Madromenos was to follow his movements to the south and work his way towards the fort in the east. A third was to capture the key port of Adana before moving further east to eventually meet up with General Madromenos, provided the Mamluks did not interfere. In North Africa, General Louis François de Montségur gathered 30k and marched on the coastal fort of Tlemcen, while his son Maximilien Philippe de Montségur headed south with another 30k to capture the Moroccan capital.

The first engagements were made at sea. A Mamluk fleet strayed too close to Anatolia and faced the consequences. A single transport was captured and then put to use blockading Egypt. In even better news, Tunisian pirates believed to have stolen from the Hispanian trade fleet were mercilessly sunk off the coast of Naples. Another Tunisian fleet was sunk off the coast of Tunis.

The Mamluk army of 38k was spotted marching up the coast of the Levant towards Anatolia, but fortunately Byzantium’s 48k had arrived in the region as well. Morocco had 25k, but they did not attack any of the nearby sieges.

Less than two years after the election of Leo XI, the pope passed away. The college of cardinals was forced to convene again, this time favouring Poland once again with the election of Innocentius X.

The Mamluks tried to sneak into Byzantine Anatolia, but the Greeks were ever vigilant. They sought out the enemy army and attacked their position. General Leon rushed to assist them, but arrived near the end of the battle, which by then had been practically decided.

A chase was occurring at sea as the Moroccan fleet dared to leave port and pester Hispania’s colonies in West Africa. Admiral Lübecker took the opportunity to follow them south. Now cut off from any friendly port, they tried to flee out into open waters and sneak around the Canaries. They did not get far. Morocco’s heavy ships were forced to face superior numbers and firepower to allow the transports to flee back home. It worked, even if they lost their best ships in the process.



With the Mamluks fleeing south, General Leon was free to move on the fort at Halab, which blocked further progress south.

Another major battle occurred at sea as a Tunisian fleet tried to raid the Genoan trade fleet. That did not go well for the Africans. Byzantium reinforced the trade ships, sinking most of the enemy galleys. A single galley and three transports were captured in the battle and sent to the blockade of Egypt.

In North Africa, Tunis had showed up with 27k and managed to capture Melilla. The Moroccans were focused on retaking the land Maximilien Philippe de Montségur had captured on his march south. Both father and son were told not to engage the enemy until the two key forts being besieged were captured.

After returning from out in the Atlantic, Lübecker encountered a Moroccan trade fleet being attacked by Byzantium. He added his ships to the fray to even the odds.

In September of 1653, the first French troops were spotted marching into Anatolia. Soon the Mamluks would stand no chance against this crusader force.

Much to the delight of the foreign ministry, the ruler of Mali forced Morocco to hand over a barren piece of desert by threatening war, a tactic commonly used by Hispanian chancellors. Seeing another nation use that method was a bit of an eye-opener, although it was good to see Morocco weakened.

Nuevas Baleares made a surprise appearance outside Morocco, but that was when Morocco’s transport fleet tried to strike. Lübecker was ever vigilant and intervened before any serious damage was done. The Moroccans were spooked and fled to port. This time he blockaded the coastline to keep them in their hole.

In October, the fort at Tlemcen fell. This also coincided with the Moroccans managing to take Gharb and Fez, while Tunis continued to besiege Ceuta. The fort expansion had unfortunately not been finished, but even so it seemed unlikely they’d take the province any time soon. While waiting for his son, General Montségur focused on capturing neighbouring provinces to help seal off Morocco from Tunis.



In November, Halab fell, opening the way further south. The Mamluks had returned, trying to sneak by in the east. The French were not letting them get through that easily. With twice their numbers, France utterly shattered the Mamluk ranks, slaughtering over 30k men with a tenth of that in casualties.

Elsewhere in Europe, Munster was finding itself a victim of several alliances. At war with Mainz and their allies in one war, and beset by Pomerania in another, they would not have an easy time.

When the Moroccan army mysteriously marched south, General Montségur took the opportunity to move in to try recapturing Fez and surrounding provinces. His timing was good, for his son took the Moroccan capital soon after and started marching north. With their combined manpower, they could easily dislodge Tunis’s army.

Over in the east, General Madromenos managed to take Diyar al-Bakr, securing the eastern front and allowing a full push south. He then took on the responsibility of forcing Najd out of the war while Leon continued the push south with the assistance of France and Byzantium.

The Moroccans made a surprise appearance in February of 1654, attempting to attack Maximilien Philippe de Montségur and his army in Gharb. His father immediately marched to reinforce, and the other two armies followed once they liberated their respective provinces. The last two did not arrive in time, but they were not needed. Morocco could not hold and was forced to flee south.

Once all of Hispanian North Africa was liberated, the final assault on the Tunisian army besieging Ceuta was called. Father and son coordinate 60k men in a massive attack that saw the Tunisian siege army shattered outside the walls of Ceuta. The sheer overwhelming firepower and manpower was too much. Most of the enemy force was killed or forced to surrender. None escaped.



With that done, Louis François de Montségur headed south to eliminate the Moroccan army once and for all as well as to capture their last fort, while his son was tasked with capturing eastern Morocco and pushing into Tunis. It did not take long to find the Moroccans. They were not up for a fight, so Montségur managed to eliminate them with minimal casualties.

When news reached the capital of the great successes in North Africa, Emperor Ferran announced his intention to sail across the straits to personally lead an army against the heathens. While the emperor was indeed a brilliant strategist, no one had ever seen him actually lead a force into battle. He played up how heroic he’d be leading his army against the hordes of heathens in Africa. What many did not know, with the exception of Montségur and his soldiers, was that the only enemy armies in Morocco left were a few straggler regiments wandering the countryside. Images of the emperor fending off thousands of heathens played through the minds of those at court but it was far from reality. His first “battle” involved the emperor surrounded by nearly a hundred personal bodyguards behind his actual army, far away from the actual battle against a significantly inferior force, not that anyone would know of this for the emperor certainly wasn’t going to share this bit of information. If anyone asked, the emperor single-handedly took out the thousand Moroccans.

With Africa more secure, Steward Maia ordered the construction of trade depots all through Hispania’s African territories, starting with Gharb and Fez.

Mainz’s war ended in success, most likely thanks to France. They thus secured a portion of Alsace for themselves.

The Mamluks tried yet again to sneak past the crusading armies, but failed to elude Byzantium. The official numbers of the battle were not recorded, since they were nearly 100k Greeks and Frenchman involved.

General Leon, uninterrupted by the nearby battle, captured the fort at Dimashq. Nothing stood in the way now of a march on the Mamluk capital now.

With the vastness of the Hispanian empire, it became a difficult process of administering such a diverse process. It started to become a common practice to adopt bits of local customs and traditions into regional laws to help keep the populace happy.



In September of 1654, the remainder of the Moroccan fleet was forced from port as the Exercit Castilla La Vieja split up and managed to capture the entire western coastline of Morocco. Lübecker was sitting in wait, and with the assistance of Nuevas Baleares, he managed to sink the entire enemy fleet. With Morocco’s entire coastline secure, the admiral set out to blockade Tunis’s capital.

With the way open to the Mamluk capital, the French pushed through the Sinai desert and marched on the weakened army defending the city. They stood no match for the massive French force. With the Mamluk main army shattered outside their capital, it seemed they had little hope of winning this war, not that they had much of a chance before.

The war between Lithuania and Kazan ended with Lithuania’s victory, not entirely unexpected. They took a few border provinces, but most likely they were unable to grab more due to Persia and Delhi rampaging through Genoa. Persia now was willing to accept a call-to-arms for the war against the Mamluks, but the call was never made. The war was all but won, so there was no need to get the Persians involved.

In November, Najd’s only fort in their Iraqi territory was captured by General Madromenos, allowing him to continue his campaign to remove this Middle Eastern nation from the war. He could not reach their capital, but he could pester them enough surely.

The end of the year brought a surprise from the Papacy. The crusade called against the Mamluks by Pope Francis I 30 years ago reached its end period, as decreed at the time. Pope Innocentius X called for an end to all future crusades and refused to offer his blessing to the ongoing one, despite the fact that good Christian men were dying in the heathen deserts for the faith at the moment. The support of the Christian world was no longer behind this war.



The end of 1654 brought the fall of Tafilalt, the last Moroccan fort. Emperor Ferran personally oversaw the breaching of the fort’s walls, from a good kilometre away of course, while General Montségur led the troops into the breach. With that taken care of, the armies marched east, capturing what remained of Morocco.

While the emperor was away, rumours started to arise that his great grandmother was actually lowborn, referring to the infamous Caterina de’ Medici. While she had been from a wealthy Tuscan family, she had not been a noble. Some saw this as a stain on the emperor’s bloodline, even though the match had mostly been approved by the court at the time. Empress Adelaide was forced to come to her husband’s defence and defend his lineage.

The French captured a key Mamluk port, forcing their navy to sea, where Admiral João de Maia was waiting. The enemy lost all their galleys and a few transports, but the heavy ships manage to escape back to an open port, taking down a single Hispanian galley in the process. This only lasted a month before that port was raided too. Nuevas Baleares and Sanchonia even made an appearance, leading to the annihilation of the enemy fleet. ((Forgot to take a screenshot, but they’re all dead. Yay minions! :p))

As the armies marched from Morocco to Tunis, the last Moroccan army that had been hiding in its ally’s territory tried to strike the emperor’s personal army. He, of course, retreated to safety while directing his forces against the Moroccans, as well as calling in nearby forces. The enemy force was defeated, and the emperor marched before the captured Moroccans and Tunisians with pride.

The last of Najd’s Iraqi provinces fell in April of 1655, allowing General Madromenos to join the rest of the armies in Egypt.

Munster found itself the victim of yet another enemy as East Frisia pounced on them.

With all of Morocco occupied and their army defeated, it was time to bring them to the peace table. As requested by Chancellor Petros Mandromenos, all ties with the Mamluks were cut. Three provinces were also taken, all that remained of Morocco’s Mediterranean coast. This also gave Hispania another fort to defend the region with. The decision to take even more land was turned down due to the difficulty of administering the land and that preparations had not been made to claim such land. ((We had low admin points and few claims.))



Events in the northern HRE continue to escalate as Pomerania annexed the tiny state of Denmark while continuing its war against Munster.

As Hispania’s armies moved into Egypt, the Greeks managed to take their capital without any assistance. There was little resistance left except two forts far to the south those were of no concern. The Greeks were handling that.

Najd, whose capital had remained free since it was not accessible, still found itself beleaguered by the occupation of its Iraqi land. It did not take much convincing to make them pay war reparations and to cut ties with the Mamluks.

In July, the Papacy was upset again with the passing of Innocentius X after his short reign. Two successive popes had now passed away after ruling for only a couple years. The latest to be elected was Gregorious XIII from Lithuania. The man was known to be quite unpleasant and a strong advocate against heresy. The Church would return to pushing forward the Counter Reformation under his reign.

The following month, the Crown colony in the Maldives came to fruition. The emperor ordered the colonization of the island of South Georgia, a desolate place in the south Atlantic. The island seemed to have little value, but the emperor was adamant that it be colonized in his name.

Most of western Tunis had fallen, including the fort at Aures. The four Hispanian armies were pushing east, and the French army of 60k men had made an appearance to the southeast. There was little resistance left.

Munster faced defeat to Pomerania, who took the province they prized and furthered Munster’s humiliation by forcing them to set the Palatinate free around Holstein, an unusual location for the German state.

The Inquisition’s efforts had mostly been confined to East Africa for the past few years, but now they could focus on North Africa, starting with the province of Tlemcen.



The few months were mostly uneventful, with the Hispanian armies taking out straggler regiments and occupying vast tracks of African land. When it seemed clear that victory was assured, the Exercits Athens and Napoli sailed home, while the Exercits Africa and Provence marched west for Tunis. Events in Europe were heating up though, with Poland declaring war on Bohemia. This pitted Poland and Lithuania against nearly the entire eastern Holy Roman Empire. The outcome of this war would be of great interest back home.

A few months later, France pushed colonial boundaries yet again when French Louisiana set up a colony in land designated as part of Mexico, land claimed by Hispania and recognized by the Church. The obvious reason for this expansion into Hispanian-claimed land was the fact that expansion northwards by the colonial nation was blocked off by settled native tribes, but that did not change the fact they were now settling in land that rightfully belonged to Hispania.

This French expansionism overseas did not greatly worry Emperor Ferran, who was quite fond of the French, but it certainly did his advisors. The man did have a fondness for the colonies and believed them crucial for bringing in greater wealth to the empire. Thus at the prodding of his advisors, he ordered a colony set up in Uruguay, recalling Colonist Eduard Villanova for this task. The advisors hoped that claiming this province would prevent France from pushing east. For the first time, Hispania had four colonies being established at once, although the treasury could surely take the costs.

The matter of colonial affairs resurfaced again in July of 1656 when the colonists in Pontianak reported that pirates continued to raid their port and sent a plea for funds to build coastal defences. The emperor, enamoured by the idea of brave colonials fending off pirate raids from walls paid for by the Crown, gladly provided the necessary funds out of the treasury.

Austria performed a diplomatic coup, securing the throne of Aachen after the tiny nation’s ruler died. Aachen would now be ruled from Vienna.

The Tunisian fort at Kef fell, the only thing keeping Hispanian forces from marching on Tunis’s capital. All armies converged on the few remaining Tunisian provinces. The capital itself fell in a record 35 days, partly due to Montségur’s brilliance as a commander. As land was cleared out, armies started marching west to Tlemcen once freed up.



At the end of August, the Tunisian navy was forced from port and faced the wrath of Admiral Lübecker, who easily outmatched the Tunisians. Their entire navy was sunk.

In September, the last enemy provinces were captured. The Exercits Valencia and Castilla La Vieja sailed home, while those remaining in Africa awaited pickup. In the meantime, peace could be settled. Tunis was forced to cut ties with the Mamluks and give up all the ridiculous claims they had made on Hispania’s Mediterranean islands over the years. Besides handing over their treasury, another humiliating demand was decided upon. Tunis was forced to set Djerid free, weakening Tunis’s hold on the African interior and leaving Tunis more vulnerable in the event of a future war.

The final and best peace was saved for last. With all their allies gone and alliances broken, the Mamluks were all alone, except for the landlocked vassal of Hejaz. First the Mamluks were forced to renounce all claims to Byzantine land along the southern coast of Anatolia. Other than the usual forced payment, the Mamluks gave up most of their Anatolian territory, extending Byzantium’s border all the way to Persia and Genoa. The heathen nation had been humiliated and more land secured for the Greeks.



The increasingly anti-heretic sentiment of the Church was seeing a mass migration of Protestants to more tolerant lands. While many went to the HRE, others sought Hispania, moving to its colonies for their isolation. The colony of Bangka became such a place. Protestants flocked to the colony sponsored by the Hashem family, allowing it to become self-sustaining. Colonial efforts could now be shifted elsewhere, such as Miwok.

As the emperor showered the colonies with attention, many started to see them as a way to find a better life, one filled with adventure or wealth. People were flocking to the colonies as a result. The colonies in Africa, though, still needed some attention. The TATC was not finding its business quite as profitable as before. ((We’ve gone back under 50% in both West and East Africa.))

This influx of Europeans to the colonies was also having an impact on Cusco. The protectorate found itself interacting with larger populations in Nueva Granada and other Hispanian colonies. The natives had also gotten into the habit of letting some colonists settle within their borders in the hopes that they’d share their ideas and experiences with them. The ties between Cusco and Hispania continued to grow.

As the world entered 1657, Emperor Ioannes IX Palaiologos of Byzantium came of age, with his brother Michael designated as heir.





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Presenting His Imperial Highness, Ferran V de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, and Protector of the Greeks.

We reign victorious against the heathens of North Africa yet again. We have broken up their entangled alliances and secured more coastline for ourselves. The Greeks surely celebrate the day we decided to serve as their benevolent protectors, for they have benefited most from this war. It is unfortunate that the Church has decided to turn its gaze away from these heathens and towards the Protestant and Reformed faith. But at least this last crusade has proven a glorious one.

Speaking of religious matters, I nearly forgot about the declaration being written up as a result of the Ecumenical Council of 1651. I apologize for its lateness, for it took much debating amongst my advisors and I was unable to attend to the matter while leading an army in Africa. I will have it put before the court shortly. For now, I’m sure you all want to hear some of my war stories.

*Ferran blathers on about the campaign against Morocco and his over-exaggerated contribution*


((And there you have it. I apologize for the lateness of the update. The game was giving me issues last night and I had a dentist appointment this afternoon that pulled me away from the update. As for the document I said I’ll be posting, I’ll try to get it up as soon as possible. I haven’t had the time to actually write it yet, since I wanted to get the update done first.

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Juan looked outside his manor on one of the many hills of Barcelona, he still couldn't believe he was here. From a small underground home to this. Juan kept on thinking about his old home, and before long... he remembered his family. He hoped they were safe, he sort of left with no explanation, they must think he's in Constantinople, wonderful city that was, no city in Iberia could possibly be more beautiful. Anyway, the fighting between the Egyptian and Greek armies took place near by Cappadocia. His former home, and now, part of his name, he thought a Hispanian-sounding name would make his transition here easier. Here, he had a voice, a voice in the Court, from his knowledge, and he should use that voice.

Juan De Capadocia proposes that the Shield of St. Peter's Act be revoked. Considering the recent events, I do think that revoking this outdated act will only help drive the belief that the council has done lasting work and that Hispania is changing for the better
 

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Declaration of the Rights of Christians and Establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ

Clause I – All Christian faiths are hereby recognized as legitimate and equal. All those following a Christian faith may not be persecuted for their religion and are protected by the law.

Clause II – The Church of Jesus Christ shall be created within Hispania as a joining of all Christian faiths and all Christians within Hispania will be considered members of said church.
a) Each Christian faith shall be considered a sect within the Church of Jesus Christ.
b) Each Christian faith shall maintain autonomy in regards to practices, customs, and doctrine with control over its own affairs and adherents.
c) The Church of Jesus Christ will not be considered its own faith and will not have its own unique customs and practices, but rather serve as a representative of all Christians.
d) People may be ordained as Christian under the Church of Jesus Christ, but will need to follow one of the sects within the Church of Jesus Christ.

Clause III
– The Church of Jesus Christ, as the representative of Christianity as a whole, shall be considered the state religion of Hispania.

Clause IV – The Emperor of Hispania shall serve as the head of the Church of Jesus Christ.
a) All sects within the Church of Jesus Christ which do not currently have a head shall have the Emperor fill such a role.
b) The Emperor’s position shall be mostly ceremonial in regards to the administration and spiritual affairs of each sect. The extent of his powers shall be defined by Crown laws.
c) All sects must recognize Crown authority over them to be considered part of the Church of Jesus Christ and to receive the appropriate legal protection.
d) The Emperor will be officially ordained as Christian, but may practice any sect within the Church of Jesus Christ.

Clause V
– A Council of Churches shall be created to handle all inter-faith affairs and serve as a means of communication between sects.
a) Each sect will appoint three clergy members from their highest ranks to serve on the Council of Churches.
b) The Council of Churches will select one of their members to serve as Court Chaplain.
c) The Council of Churches shall be responsible for determining whether any new faith is considered Christian and admitting them into the Church of Jesus Christ.

Clause VI – The Inquisition shall now permit all Christians to serve within its ranks and shall fall under the purview of the Council of Churches and the Crown.
a) The Inquisition shall be tasked with promoting unity and cooperation amongst all Christians and ensuring their rights are protected as dictated.
b) The Inquisition shall take whatever methods necessary to convert heathens to any Christian faith, although violent methods should be avoided unless necessary.

Clause VII – The holy orders existing on Malta and Rhodes shall hereby surrender their autonomy to the Crown. They shall continue to exist under full control of the Crown and only participate in conflicts against heathens.



((I hope I didn't miss anything. May as well clarify what this all means in terms of the iAAR or game. The whole Church of Jesus Christ thing is just a way to represent Christianity in-game as a single faith and state religion. It is not really its own faith, but really just all the other Christian faiths mixed together. Basically all Christian religions will continue to function as before, but under this umbrella church. As for what this means in-game, we will have Christianity as an official state religion, since I've modded it in. When a province becomes this faith, we will consider it as being a mix of Christian faiths or where they are all practised freely. The bit about the Inquisition promoting unity and cooperation is to fit with us having to convert provinces to this new religion in-game. The whole Council of Churches will most likely resemble a Cortz of sorts, but really its just extending my three-cardinals-only rule to every Christian faith, so basically the highest ranks of each church will only be available to three players per faith. I'll need to figure out names for those ranks at some point. If there are any questions about what any of the clauses mean, feel free to ask.

There are also two other things to address in regards to this. First, anyone is free to suggest revisions for this document. Just make sure that when proposing revisions that you keep each edict separate. We'll be voting on revisions for each individual edict if there are any. Second, this new in-game religion will need to make use of one of the religion mechanics. I believe fervour or church aspects work best. Fervour is very general and can fit with our branching church. With this, we'd just have the Court Chaplain decided when to use fervour. Church aspects are a bit more specific, but we can customize our own to make the Church of Jesus Christ truly unique. I think it would be quite fun to come up with our own aspects as we go along. Oh, people can also propose a name change if they want. I just went with Church of Jesus Christ because it fit with all Christian religions and didn't seem too nationalistic.))
 
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The Prime Minister looked over the reports from the various agencies. The Last Crusade was a major success, and the Islamic Nations would be broken for a few decades, at least. The situation in Africa was concerning, the French truly hampered Hispania. But he had a plan, he always did.

Chancellor's Plan:
Threaten War for the province in Mutapa right next to the trade bonus province.
Accept all allies COW
Upgrade Tech, add more Cores, etc, etc, in short no wars

Prime Ministers Recommendations (to his colleagues, feel free to disregard, at your own peril):
Add all Provinces in West Africa in the TC (not currently true, part of the reason that we are in that situation)
Upgrade/Build Trade Depots in all trade bonus provinces in West and East Africa
 

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Add all Provinces in West Africa in the TC (not currently true, part of the reason that we are in that situation)

((Did I miss some? They all should be, unless they're in the process of being converted. I had to temporarily remove some from the trade companies to get rid of the conversion penalty, but I usually try to add them back right after.))
 

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((Did I miss some? They all should be, unless they're in the process of being converted. I had to temporarily remove some from the trade companies to get rid of the conversion penalty, but I usually try to add them back right after.))

((Yeah I think you converted/are converting a trade bonus province. It's a big swing)
 
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'Your foolhardy strategies worked this time, but I doubt they will again. We will not just fight inferior armies.'
Maximilien picked another grape and answered to his father. 'Well, it works. And it will work again. Glory earned in battle, in the best possible way.'
'Glory. That's it.' The duke shook his head. 'You and the emperor would make perfect friends. Taking in all the glory. At least you deserve it. But not your entire army is composed of Maximilien de Montségurs.'
'What do you mean, father?'
'Not everyone is as skilled and lucky as you. Africans may cave in easily, but Europeans won't. And if there's a fight, then leading the troops by example won't always be feasible.'
'Well, then ask the defenders of Tafilalt. Or Tunis. Not a chance! They ran away in fear as I led the assault...'
'This is what I mean. It could have been very costly. It worked out, but could have gone the other way as well. Your strategies are far too risky. As marshal, I have to limit the casualties as to keep a formidable army. As such, I will send you to the Exercit Colonial, where you can develop better tactical understanding. Saint-Pierre showed enough promise accompanying me to lead men in Europe. You may spend some time with the emperor as long as the army isn't needed. Share your exploits with his imaginary ones. Bolster his pride at the same time. I'm sure you'll fit into court perfectly. And arrange matches for your children! Perhaps Fortune could marry the young Basileus? Félicien some princess? Do something for the future! You'll gain enough glory eventually.'

((Make St-Pierre a general, and Max conquistador in charge of the Exercit Colonial.
Could there be a marriage with the Basileus? Fortune and Félicien are twins, born 1637. I'd like some high-prestige matches ;).))

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Firstly, I want to express my thanks to His Imperial Highness to make an appearance in Africa. His presence inspired the troops to end this war even faster. I will explain my current project as Marshal: With the Chancellor not planning any new war, it might be a good time to strengthen the armies. The ranks of the Exercits Africa, Napoli, Provence and Athens should be bolstered with 5.000 new troops, 3 infantry and 2 artillery regiments.

General Louis François de Montségur, Duke of Trinacria, Chamberlain of the Cortz and Marshal of Hispania
 

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Could there be a marriage with the Basileus? Fortune and Félicien are twins, born 1637. I'd like some high-prestige matches ;).))

((I suppose I could make the Basileus available for matches, seeing as Empress Dowager Sofia is a Trastámara. You'd have to address her with the matter. Anyone interested can send her a letter then. You'd probably have to make a convincing argument for an older woman. :D

Also, @05060403, I'll need a stat focus now that you're a general.))

* * * * *

Crown Prince Alfons de Trastámara skimmed through the book of religious laws, looking for anything that could be relevant to the recent declaration made by his father. While he had been unable to get involved in its formation, he intended to do his part. The recent suggestion to revoke the Shield of Saint Peter Act brought to his attention that there may be certain religious laws that have since become outdated or forgotten. Perhaps it was time to do something about them.

* * * * *

The Crown Prince stood before the court.

It has come to my attention that with the prospect of adopting a new approach to religion and our tolerance of all Christians, certain religious laws should be either removed or revised. I have found a few that should be brought to the attention of this court. These three are the most noteworthy.

De Heretic Comburendo Act

Owning or producing a translation of the holy bible is a legal offense punishable by burning at the stake.

Act of Uniformity

Church attendance is mandatory and the order of services and prayers shall be determined by the Book of Common Prayer.

Conventicle Act

Any form of religious assembly of more than five people other than those approved to by the established church is forbidden.

It should be noted that the first has not actually been enforced for quite some time, despite still being in effect, but it would be wise to remove it if we wish for people to possess translations of the bible without risking burning at the stake. The second could still be useable, but perhaps should be revised to state that the Book of Common Prayer is for Catholicism only and the mandatory church attendance does not necessarily mean everyone must attend a Catholic church. As for the last one, this one actually is redundant because another law removes all penal laws placed on those not of the Catholic Church, although the part about the established church could allow it to be used against heathens if this new Church of Jesus Christ chooses to do so. Here is the law that has mostly made these ineffectual.

Declaration of Indulgence

All penal laws for members of religions other than the established church have been suspended.

I recommend we consider removing or revising these laws as we move to implement these new religious reforms. It will help remove conflicts in our legal system that have existed for decades.

- Crown Prince Alfons de Trastámara


((While experimenting with creating a new religion, I noticed all the religious laws we passed in-game reset, so I decided to look them over and see which ones we might consider removing now that we've taken a more tolerance approach. I'm also opening the way for revising them, in which case I'll adjust the in-game bonuses/penalties of the law to reflect the changes.))
 

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((Did you miss Yuin or did I miss it being colonized? Either way, I'll sponsor a colony in Bundjalung after the one of Yuin.))

Maximilien considered his father's words. With no war at the horizon, he wouldn't be able to prove his skills in battle anyway. It was more likely the heathens would be the next target. And then, he would gloriously decimate them. Good. But first, he wrote a letter to the Dowager Empress of Byzantium, before heading to the palace, training with the Guardia Real and entertaining any noble passing by with his war stories, taking his father's advice as well. As soon as the heathen walls crumbled, he would be the first to charge in, the Africans falling before him like flies, Emperor Ferran nearby. As the heroes of old, nothing could stop the great Hispanians, and the Tunisians, Moroccans or whatever they were would curse the day they landed on the shore for eternity...

Your Imperial Highness,

I have come to know that Your son Ioannes has come of age. A fine ruler he will certainly be. Yet he does lack something important for a ruler - a wife. Your Highness of course is well aware of this, and I am certain that You have been looking for a match for some time. May I propose the hand of my beautiful daughter Fortune Aurélie? My family has connections with Hispania, France and Sweden, and the Dukes of Trinacria have long been one of the most important dynasties of Hispania. As descendant of a line of military leaders, she is also fairly adept at the military aspects of ruling, what could be beneficial for the Byzantine army. I would be most honoured should You consider my offer.

May the Lord be with You,
General Maximilien Philippe de Montségur, Heir of Trinacria
 

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((Did I or my previous character sponsor the colony in Miwok? Just to clarify if I can still sponsor a colony.))
 

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((@alscon I missed the Yuin post
@zenphoenix you can still get a colony if you funded before, you just won't get an extra bonus

colony list

Yuin - alscon
Manila - Duke Dan
Midag - DragonOfAtlantis
Jamaica - robban
Chumash - whzang
Manado - Mach Twelve
Bundjaling - alscon))
 

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((Thanks for clarifying. However, I see we're already colonizing it, so I don't see any reason to fund it again. I'll just treat it as my previous character set aside funds to colonize the region ))