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1671-1678 – The Second League War

Negotiations over the New World with France stalled over the following months as the French ambassador was recalled from Valencia and Emperor Louis XVIII refused to sign any of the agreements reached so far. The French nobles were not too pleased with Louis’s persistent resistance to any settlement benefitting both powers.

As for Chancellor Almaden Hashem, he sent instructions to Byzantium to put pressure on Serbia through border conflicts and claims, hoping to stir up a plausible reason for war. This was foiled almost immediately after the order was sent, for Poland announced it was rejoining the coalition against Hispania. If Hispania wanted to attack it now, it’d have to deal with Lithuania, Bohemia, Genoa, and Venice. A diplomat was sent to Poland to help ease tensions so they’d leave the coalition, but there seemed to be no sign of success in the near future. Another was later sent out to help convince Bohemia to leave the coalition as well.

The Church of Jesus Christ continued with establishing branches within parts of the empire, focusing now more on Italy and the colonies.

Navies were taking on a more permanent form in these days as institutions and infrastructure were created to support its creation and upkeep.

Steward Lúcia Fernanda Manuela de Maia had been seen less frequently at court as of late, with the construction plan put in place having reached completion. Emperor Alfons found himself intervening and ordering his own construction projects. Funds were set aside to build trade depots in the remaining Iberian provinces, as well as to upgrade churches across the empire to cathedrals, which he hoped would promote the Church of Jesus Christ.

In April, Kazan found itself attack from two sides as Bukhara attacked them while they were fending off Lithuania.

As the summer came around, Emperor Alfons VIII relieved General Louis François de Montségur of active duty. The man was in his 80s now, an age unsuited for leading men into battle. It was better if he focused on his duties as marshal instead.



In October, the Mamluks decided to take advantage of the growing coalition and joined it as well. The plan to attack Poland was falling apart, for this war would pit Hispania against too many enemies on multiple fronts to make it an easy victory.

Lucca had been reduced to a single province, but they did not intend to stay that way. They declared war on Savoy, attempting to expand their presence in northern Italy.

Peasants were having increasing difficulty surviving under rising taxes and other problems that made life difficult. Caring greatly for his people, Emperor Alfons ordered funds from the treasury used to alleviate their situation.

The infamous Abdallah Lahsini passed away in April of 1672. Not wanting to let the army falter, one Ramon Fernandez de Hijar was hired to improve the discipline of the army.

When it became somewhat clear that Poland would not leave the coalition, Chancellor Hashem signed an alliance with Sweden. This stretched Hispania’s diplomatic relations, but provided the empire with another strong ally. The fact that the emperor’s son Joan had been married to a Swedish princess only improved relations.

Despite setbacks regarding Poland, Byzantium had carried through with its task, fabricating a claim on Kosovo and creating a legitimate reason for war. Just in case the circumstances changed, the Exercit Africa was shipped out to Athens for a possible offensive on Poland, while the Exercits Provence and Napoli waited outside Switzerland.

The world of art was experiencing a drought as there seemed to be few with any talent.



In September, Lithuania continued its push east, taking several provinces from Kazan. The steppe nation of Kazan was proving increasingly unable to fend off Lithuanian expansion.

November, though, brought a change that shook the chancellery and threw all plans against Poland out the window. While Hispania had hesitated to carry through with the plan to enforce religious freedom on the Holy Roman Empire at Austria’s behest, France was not going to wait. As the unofficial leader of the Catholic League, Emperor Louis XVIII decided he would be the one to crush the Protestants and return Catholicism to the failed empire. This drew in almost all the neighbouring Catholic powers against most of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as Lithuania and Great Britain. The Second League War had begun.



The Exercits Provence and Napoli, led by Generals Gaston Jacques de Saint Pierre and Louis de Soneta respectively, were the closest to the war theatre. They were ordered up to the Palatinate’s capital and Bohemian Ansbach on the northern border of Austria and the first stop to pushing into Brandenburg, the Holy Roman Emperor. The Exercits Valencia, Castilla La Vieja, and Granada were to meet south of Alsace before deciding on the best course of action, with General Marti de Leon leading the first. As for the Exercits Athens and Africa, the first led by General Demetrios Madromenos, they were to march up to southeast Bohemia. Lithuania, while sharing a major border with Poland, was left to its own devices. The war would be won in Germany, and it was suspected the vast majority of the Lithuanian army was still far in the east near Kazan. As for the navy, Admiral Dietrich Vinzent Lübecker took the main fleet out to clear the English Channel before moving on to blockading the Lowlands.

Hispania’s involvement in the league war must have tempered Genoa’s ambitions against them, for they left the coalition shortly after.

The first major battle (some minor skirmishes happened amongst insignificant HRE minors) occurred in Moravia as the Bohemian and Austrian armies went head-to-head. With no reinforcements nearby though, Austria had difficulty holding the position. The Austrian prince leading the force had to retreat or face further losses.

An exiled Lithuanian army was spotted marching through Anatolia before it was blocked at the straits and turned around. The Lithuanian navy was also forced to port when the Byzantine navy appeared in the Black Sea.

The British made short work of Tyrone, eradicating their army and pushing on to the Irish nation’s capital.

Uninterrupted by the breakout of religious war in Europe, Lucca finished off Savoy.



The Greek army had marched ahead of Hispania’s as they approached Bohemia. The Greek emperor led the charge, but before he reached Bohemia the enemy army blocked his path in Ostmark. General Mandromenos followed shortly behind with 40k men to aid Ioannes. They whittled each other down, but then a massive French army arrived, although Brandenburg sent their best general, Jakob von Manstein, to aid the Bohemians. The superior numbers won out though. Over 50k men died on the fields of Ostmark, but the Bohemians had been pushed back.

Meanwhile, Ansbach had fallen, allowing a further push north into Brandenburg. The Iberians armies had arrived to bolster the siege efforts and take the less defended provinces.

At sea, Admiral Lübecker encountered Utrecht’s navy in the Straits of Dover and easily dispatched them to the bottom of the sea, securing some transports for the navy as well.

The Greek and Hispanian forces, along with the French, were not willing to let another enemy army in the region escape. They combined efforts, amassing a force with over 100k more men than the enemy. The enemy general, Vladislav z Rozmberka held his own though and kept his lines from disintegrating. He retreated before his army was lost in entirety. With the enemy broken, General Mandromenos pushed for Prague, Bohemia’s capital.

Meanwhile, Pfalz was captured, allowing for 30k men to move on to Frankfurt’s capital.



In a separate war, Trier annexed the entirety of Cologne, creating a neutral buffer in the middle of the war theatre. This would provide some breathing room between the minor western HRE states and Frankfurt and Brandenburg, the two main enemies standing in Hispania’s way.

The colonies were doing their part when a fleet of 13 ships arrived from Sanchonia to blockade London.

Sicily, as usual, was a hotbed of religious freedom. Some viewed this as heresy, but the new relaxed approach to religion did not see things this way.

In April, Wurzburg was captured from Brandenburg. There was a slight scare as a 40k Bohemian army appeared on the horizon. The nearby armies joined ranks, only for the enemy force to flee past. Unsure where they were going, the armies tentatively split to take on Frankfurt’s two forts, with General Soneta heading one way and Leon the other. What ended up happening was Bohemia’s army rushing for the fort at Frankfurt and using it for a defensive maneuver against Leon. Soneta rushed back south to aid his compatriot, who while having a better inspired army was still outnumbered. The battle was chaotic as armies ran this way and that. One soldier though stood out from the mess and rose up to coordinate the force with unparalleled skill. After the entire Bohemian force had been decimated, it was revealed to everyone’s surprise that the unknown soldier was actually the elderly Louis François de Montségur. Despite his retirement, the marshal could not be left out of one of the largest wars in history. Not wanting to force the man back into retirement after his heroic show of patriotism, Emperor Alfons had him officially reinstated as the general for the Exercit Valencia. ((The event we got gave us a free general, but I didn’t want to fill our ranks with an AI leader, so I used the opportunity to bring alscon out of forced retirement. He’s also become our first 3-star 80+ year old general. :p))

With that battle out of the war, Montségur and Leon marched north to take Frankfurt’s northern fort in the push for Brandenburg’s capital, while Soneta remained behind to take Frankfurt itself.

Over in Limburg, Austria put pressure on Brabant’s force. With French reinforcements, they had little difficulty. The enemy was decimated.



Near the end of June, Emperor Louis XVIII made an appearance on the field, for some reason leading a lone force of cavalry. Rumour had it he thought he looked particularly dashing on horseback and that the true way to wage war was with cavalry charges. When he encountered the infamous Jakob von Manstein, Brandenburg’s most skilled general, he found himself greatly outmatched. Soneta was first to go to his defence, but Montségur arrived shortly after. Manstein was known to be a prideful man, bragging that he was the best general in Europe, his knowledge of battle unsurpassed. He didn’t expect to get smacked around by a general over twice his age.

After the battle had ended and the sieges resumed, Frankfurt and Burgundy tried to break the siege of Frankfurt. Soneta returned just in time to help fend off the force, but the enemy was fighting for his homeland. That meant little when over 50k Frenchmen arrived. Frankfurt would not be reclaiming their capital this day.

Even as battles raged on in the north, General Saint-Pierre persistently maintained the siege of Heidelberg, the Palatinate’s capital. When it fell in August, the Palatinate had little reason to keep fighting on. France signed the first peace treaty of the war, forcing it to return Holstein to Munster, cutting ties with Britain, and paying war reparations.

The passing of Naval Reformer Leandro Mancinetti forced the Crown to look elsewhere for capable men, such as Gil d’Austria, who was well acquainted with colonization efforts. It was also around this time that Mali managed to westernize, most likely by stealing bits and pieces of Hispanian technology.

Lucca knew that with the league war raging on, no one would stop it moving on Venice. War was declared with the intent of eradicating the remaining OPM in Italy.



Hungary faced a dilemma of sorts. They had targeted a relatively small Frankfurt army in northern Brandenburg, but a large army of Bohemians arrived during the battle. They could not hold, although they inflicted major damage on their enemies. Their sacrifice did save the French army to the south. Bohemia had been marching to aid General Manstein and his army, but changed course when Hungary entered Brandenburg’s land. Without their assistance and with some reinforcements for France, Manstein couldn’t hold out. France defeated his army, forcing the general to flee. Emperor Louis got his revenge.

Generals Leon and Montségur managed to capture Cassel in northern Frankfurt, allowing them to move on to Braunschweig, the only fort standing between Hispania and Brandenburg’s capital.

Lithuania’s participation in the war so far had been minor. They had been poking and prodding Poland’s border, with little else done. Sweden decided to push them out of Poland, a surprising move considering the enmity between the two. However, the only one Sweden hated more than Poland was Lithuania, for the latter still held plenty of rightfully Swedish land. Blind hatred could only get you so far in battle though. The Swedes were forced to retreat, although they killed far more men than they lost.

An attempt to take Burgundy’s capital backfired, with the French force committed to the attack not being strong enough to push through. The fact that Frankfurt’s Eugen I von Shoenecken was on the field may have aided the enemy cause, for he had a fearsome presence.



Austria faced a similar circumstance as France as they were pitted against a superior force with inadequate leadership. The were forced on the run, even though a 50k French army was nearby. The Greeks were also in the area, having decided to singlehandedly take on East Frisia with their 60k men.

The Mamluks, feeling that the coalition had fallen apart due to the war in Europe, decided it was better not to poke the beast and left. Smart move.

Even with war raging on in Germany, that did not mean that culture and ideas were stunted back home. The idea of constitutionalism, placing a legal limit on the government’s power, was starting to be discussed in serious conversation, and even the emperor was showing some support for it. When asked about why he’d support limiting his own power, he just brought up Louis XVIII as an example of why one person shouldn’t hold all the power. There was also talk of Hispania pursing a new course of action, perhaps focusing on diplomacy and trade or even the military arts. ((We can now become a constitutional monarchy, which I’ll elaborate on later. We also have a new idea group to pick. I’ll include a list at the end.))

A massive breakthrough greatly improved the firepower of the Hispanian military. Combining the shot and powder into a single unit allowed for greater performance of artillery. New models of artillery were also moved to the front to assist the war effort.

The idea of restricting leadership roles to nobility surfaced again as concerns were raised about letting peasants into such roles. Emperor Alfons felt that those who proved their worth deserved those positions, showing an unwillingness to overturn a decision decided by the court years ago.

Bohemia’s and East Frisia’s armies were lingering around Brandenburg, forcing Soneta, Leon, and Montségur to keep an eye out. They eventually retreated to Cassel for better safety, but not before taking the fort at Braunschweig. General Manstein, thirsting for revenge and wanting to refute Montségur’s claim as the best European general, launched a suicidal assault with a single artillery regiment. What he possessed in firepower, he lacked in brainpower. Montségur merely circled his artillery and hit him from the flank. Manstein was forced on the run again.



Itza was weakened in the New World as Kiche expanded its presence at their expense.

Eugen I made a reappearance as his homeland was being ravaged. The French denied his return, and the combined Hispanian assault that followed would have been too much for him, especially when Saint-Pierre arrived with 30k reinforcements after capturing Frankfurt, placing five Hispanian armies and four of their generals in one battle. However, General Jakob von Manstein could not forgive his humiliating defeat to Montségur earlier. He arrived in Westfalen with 48k men. They still had half the numbers, but the French and Hispanian force was flagging. The arrival of a further 20k East Frisian men made things even more difficult. Despite the sheer coalition of enemies gathering in Westfalen, the four generals did not give up. After the death of over 50k men in total, the enemy was forced back. Manstein had failed again.

Sometime around March of 1674, a startling report came from Byzantium. Apparently Poland was hiding over 40k men in Serbia. This raised great concern, with some fearing they were purposely forcing the remaining league members to waste manpower while Poland kept its numbers up. Their placement also hinted at a potential strike on Byzantium once the war ended. It also seemed strange that such a large force would hide in Serbia when Lithuania was actively pushing against Poland’s borders.

Although much of the action occurred in the west, General Mandromenos and his 40k men were still focused on eliminating Bohemia from the war. In the middle of March, the capital of Prague fell to his force. Many of the soldiers were eager to plunder the city of its treasures, but the general was adamant that that would not happen. Such looting was too reminiscent of actions taken against Byzantium in the past. ((One of the rare times I was able to ask the person involved on IRC what they’d choose. Thank Mach Twelve for Prague being spared. ;)))

With Prague fallen, the Exercits Athens and Africa split to focus on two forts in the Bohemian interior.

Hungary was having difficulty with rebellious nobles, hindering their contribution as they were forced to put the rebellion down.



With Manstein’s defeat, he retreated into his homeland of Brandenburg. The entire Hispanian force of over 60k men pursued. When he stopped to rest in Potsdam, he learned the error of that decision. Yet again Manstein faced off against Montségur. The victory was not too satisfying, for he got away again, but as he fled west this time he left his home undefended. The five armies split up to siege the remaining provinces, with the exception of the fort at Potsdam.

The discovery that citrus fruit could prevent scurvy was a major breakthrough. Ships could now stay at sea for months if properly supplied, which greatly improved morale and lowered attrition. New designs for transports were also adopted and the two transport fleets were immediately placed under construction.

In June, Manstein was reported to be heading back towards Brandenburg. Hispanian forces moved closer together, ready to strike if necessary. When an army of 100k Frenchman and Austrians were spotted in pursuit, they knew it was the time to strike. With the fall of Thuringen, Leipzig, and then Anhalt, Generals Saint-Pierre, Leon, and Soneta marched on Braunschweig to join the battle. Manstein was forced to flee in the face of such superior numbers. The enemy general also declared it a great insult that Montségur had not deigned to face him, but his nemesis was currently besieging Brandenburg’s capital.

In the east, Sweden and Poland managed a great détente in relations as they combined forces for an offensive on Lithuania. Their combined effort saw over 25k Lithuanians brutally slaughtered in battle, a great victory for the two. Two enemies thus bonded through battle.



The French made a second attempt on Artois, which was similarly rebuffed.

In September of 1674, General Mandromenos managed to capture Dresden, clearing a path through Bohemia up to Brandenburg. There was still another Bohemian fort in the north, which received his attention next. The Hungarians were focused on Bohemia’s southern fort, with Breslau resisting Hispania’s attempts to take it. Hispanian forces in Brandenburg were just chipping away at the few remaining provinces.

A third attack on Artois with much greater numbers met much greater success for France.

October brought great joy as Magdeburg, capital of Brandenburg, fell. Luneburg was similarly captured. This freed up armies to take on Eugen I as he made a run for his homeland. His army never left Braunschweig.

Over in Pozsony, Poland managed to keep Bohemia's army from returning home.



With Brandenburg mostly fallen, the decision was made for the Iberian armies led by Montségur and Leon to march west to aid the French and Greeks in taking out the small HRE states there. The Exercits Provence and Napoli under Saint-Pierre and Soneta were to remain in the east and aid Mandromenos in removing Bohemia from the war.

The benefit of the Iberian armies marching west was that Montségur got another shot at Manstein. With French aid, Manstein’s army was wiped out, much to his utter humiliation.

1675 saw the fall of Potsdam, the last Brandenburg province left. Saint-Pierre joined Mandromenos in besieging Bohemia’s northern fort, while Leon ran around capturing the countryside before moving on to Breslau. By May, Niederlausitz had fallen, leaving only the fort at Breslau left.

Koln fell to the Iberian armies, and it seemed a vast part of the league armies had converged in the region, with nearly 200k men besieging various provinces. The Hispanian force decided to aid the French, although an East Frisian army was in sight. They’d need assistance to truly take it down.

With Frankfurt now fully occupied, France settled a peace with them. Hessen was returned to Mainz, while Frankfurt’s western provinces were handed over to the newly liberated Cologne. This greatly bolstered the Catholic League’s cause. What didn’t help was the fact that Catholic zealots had risen up in Rome. These fanatics argued that Hispania’s control of the region compromised the integrity of the Church and rose up to oppose it. With three times the size of the Papal army, they had little difficulty overwhelming them. Hungary was facing similar problems with Protestant rebels running rampant.

As the Hispanian armies pushed east, Lithuania pushed west. They managed to capture Memel, opening the way into northern Poland. Nearly 90k Lithuanians were rampaging across the land. There was a slight scare as Saint-Pierre had to march through Polish lands to reach an eastern Bohemian province. A Lithuanian army of over 50k men had seemed ready to attack him, but a sudden Polish attack on Lithuanian’s siege army at Wizna diverted their attention. The Polish did not come out of that battle well, but it had allowed time for Hispania to manoeuvre.



Lucca finished its war with Venice, annexing the latter and securing their position in northern Italy.

Brabant was the next nation to seek a peace settlement. It handed over Brabant and Antwerpen to Flanders, compensation for Flanders help in the war.

East Frisia was the only major nuisance left in the west. The Iberian armies struck at their army as they tried to move south. They never made it farther than that. With all the major threats gone from the region, General Leon was tasked with marching south with the Exercits Castilla La Vieja and Granada to liberate Rome. Montségur would stay behind to finish besieging the remaining provinces with the French and Greeks.

With so many nations joined under a single cause, Hispania used this opportunity to spread their encouragement of tolerance and enlightenment. If all these nations that weren’t usually Hispanian allies knew how committed the empire was to these ideas, perhaps relations could only improve.

France made an appearance in the east as they attacked a Lithuanian invasion force. They proved themselves by far the superior, utterly crushing Lithuania’s army. While this was all going on, nobles in Nova Hispania took the opportunity to revolt.



The Lithuanians and Bohemians were not willing to let France get away with a victory so easily. They launched an assault on their position in Wizna, but did not meet much success, especially when Saint-Pierre and Mandromenos arrived. While they did not all die like in the last battle, they lost many men. With Lithuania pushed back and more league armies arriving in the area, the two Hispanian generals headed north to liberate Memel and capture the Lithuanian fort of Zemaitija.

The colony of Swellendam in South Africa reached completion. The Crown decided to fund a colony in Alcantara in hopes of encouraging Sanchonia to connect their provinces by land.

Leon encountered some Venetian separatists on his way south and dispatched them for Austria. Now he just had to remove Rome’s problem.

By October of 1675, the last holdout in East Frisia had fallen. Flanders was still working on Utrecht, but Hispania’s job was basically done. When France signed a peace with Utrecht, Montségur was placed on the transport fleet and given a mission of pestering the British in Ireland and hopefully liberating Tyrone.

Mandromenos, on his way to Zemaitija, encountered a Lithuanian army, although they fell as easily as their previous countrymen.

Kazan found itself becoming a thin wall between Lithuanian and Bukhara as the latter took many of their border provinces.



With Europe embroiled in war, merchants were facing increasing difficulty finding trading partners. Wanting to ensure Hispanian trade did not falter at this time, the Crown provided them with aid.

Leon arrived in Rome and immediately attacked the zealots besieging the city. Once he had served as the city’s conqueror and now he was their savior. His reputation amongst the people of Rome continued to flourish. His next orders were to march for the French coast with the intent of sailing to Ireland once Montségur secured a beachhead.

Vilnius would prove the site of a bloody battle. The Swedes launched an attack on a tiny Lithuanian army, but more than 50k reinforcements soon arrived. This was offset as the Austrians and then Greeks made an appearance. Over 50k men lost their lives in the battle, but it was a victory for the Catholic League.

Montségur managed to capture Leinster without problem, but the forts in Connaught and Meath kept him from manoeuvering or liberating Tyrone. That was the least of his problems. An army of 34k Brits got through the blockade and crossed the Irish Sea. Montségur tried to retreat to the transports, but the small British army in Munster got in his way when it tried to retake Leinster. He dispatched that force easily, but the delay was too costly. The British attacked his position. Even thought the transport fleet was ready to back a retreat, Montségur held on. His tenacity and skill, and perhaps a lack of cavalry in the British army, proved superior. Despite the 2:1 odds, he was victorious. The decision was made though that attacking the British was too costly and Montségur sailed back to Iberia. Leon was given orders to return as well. The Iberian armies were done for now. It was up to the remaining Hispanian forces to end the war in Lithuania.



The war had proved a costly affair so far. Hispania had gone into battle with over 100k in reserves, but the number was all but depleted now. A couple thousand men were lacking to fill the ranks, but it was hoped that the conflict had wound down enough to keep casualties low.

Memel was liberated by Saint-Pierre in April of 1676, allowing him to push north and start taking provinces on his way to the next fort.

The war was going smoothly, but tragedy struck at home on May 4. Emperor Alfons VIII passed away at the age of 46, shortly after his wife gave birth to twin daughters. His death was sudden and took many by surprise. Many suspect though that the laborious efforts of the war and the emperor’s tendency to get involved in everything led to him becoming overworked, causing a heart attack. There is another theory that the infamous General Jakob von Manstein snuck into the palace in Valencia and poisoned the emperor, although there is nothing to back this claim and many suspect Manstein would have gone after Montségur instead. Either way, Alfons’s death left his 23-year-old son Joan on the throne. The young man had not spent much time at court, but now he’d have to learn the ropes as he was crowned Joan III. His newborn son Ferran was to be his heir.

Despite the loss of the emperor, the war raged on. In June, General Soneta managed to capture the last Bohemian holdout after two years of siege. With the entire HRE clear now, he and his 40k men marched for southern Lithuanian, a region mostly ignored by the league armies.

The league forces continued to pull off victories, with Sweden forcing Lithuanian further back into the steppes.

Mandromenos managed to capture Zemaitija, just as Brunei copied Mali by westernizing off of stolen Hispanian technology.

Bohemia reluctantly signed a peace treaty with France. Lots of stolen land was returned, with Bavaria receiving two provinces, Austria one, Poland three, and Hungary one. Bohemia was reduced down to its more natural borders as its conquests were returned to their rightful owners.



In July it was discovered that somehow the East Frisian capital was free, so the transport fleet turned around and sent Montségur back north for one final task. He ended up wiping out a tiny army as he landed.

Expansion east into Lithuania went without difficulty, for the Lithuanians were low on morale. Saint-Pierre and Mandromenos had managed to capture several Swedish cores that they handed over to Hispania’s ally to control.

The colonies had mostly been ignored, but it seems that things were going well there. The Thirteen Colonies was being overrun by Hispania’s colonies and a French force.

Hungary had more noble rebels to deal with. They really needed to solve their rebel problem.

Montségur finished his task of taking East Frisia’s capital in under two months. France subsequently signed a peace with them, making them hand over most of their provinces to Munster. Burgundy, who had been occupied for well over a year now, was finally removed as an eyesore within France’s border as the latter annexed them. This war was changing the face of the HRE drastically.



Things were mostly progressing smoothly in Lithuania, with most of the league forces eliminating any threat while the Hispanian armies worked their way along the northern and southern fronts. One large Lithuanian army tried to attack Soneta, but the French heir intervened, forcing them back from Hispania’s siege armies.

The colony of Middag in Taiwan became self-sustaining at the start of 1677. Colonial resources were shifted to Trinidad, where a colony would be established for the Alvaro family. Tension over the Caribbean had eased with France focused elsewhere, especially as Nuevas Baleares continued to colonize island and France eyed up some islands north of Nueva Granada.

In other colonial news, the French set up their own colonial nation within La Plata, boringly named French La Plata.

The Lithuanians were truly doing an abysmal job at this point. They had tried to face down a French army almost half their size, but then reinforcements arrived and they were defeated again. Combine this with the fall of Pskov and it seemed their time was limited.

Bahmanis re-secured the southern tip of India with the annexation of Venad. Hispania would have to confront them if they wanted more land in the subcontinent.



June saw the fall of Bahmut, a fort in the south. Mandromenos and Saint-Pierre were securing some missed provinces in the west before moving back up north towards the Swedish border.

The chaos in Europe had a beneficial effect on the colonies. More people started moving there as a way to escape the conflict. More people in the colonies meant faster growing colonies.

Some minor noble complained to the emperor that Duke Etxeto had taken his land. The emperor just pointed out that the duke had been count of Vizcaya for decades.

A Lithuanian army attacked Soneta as he pushed east, but both the Austrians and Greeks were nearby. The Greeks did not arrive, but the Austrians did. The Lithuanians lost thousands of men in their foolish attack.

Rumours that some of the colonies were trading with enemies was not taken well. The Crown stamped down on that hard.



After years of brutal conflict, Brandenburg finally realized it could not win. Lithuania was a lost cause and Great Britain was content to sit on its island and wait things out. Thus they reluctantly came to the negotiation table. To satisfy Sweden, Lithuania had to hand over two provinces to them. France also insisted that Saxony be granted independence to ensure Brandenburg did not stir up trouble. The biggest debate though was over the religious fate of the HRE. The original agreement over establishing religious freedom in the HRE had been signed solely by Hispania and Austria. France, who was leading the Catholic League, was uninvolved in this. There were genuine worries that France, or more importantly Louis XVIII, would force the HRE to accept Catholicism only, further increasing religious tensions in a largely Protestant Germany. However, enough pressure was placed on the French emperor to prevent this. Instead he worked out a compromise. Religious freedom would be permitted in the HRE and Brandenburg would even be allowed to continue as emperor for now, but Brandenburg was required to convert to Catholicism as a sign of good faith. The subsequent agreement, called the Peace of Westphalia, put this all down in writing. For the first time in over a century, the emperor of the HRE was Catholic, and for the first time in history, the HRE permitted all Christians to practice their faith freely. It did not take long though for the electors to stop favouring Brandenburg, but at least they could choose members of their own faith now instead of just Protestants.



The armies of Hispania slowly started the long march home. The nation’s manpower was depleted, with another 10k men needed to fill up the ranks. Worse yet, Nuevo Leon had set up a colonial assembly, seemingly annoyed by interference in their trade.

Near the end of the year, permission was granted to upgrade the heavy ships in the main fleet. It cost well over 1k ducats, but it ensured that the Hispanian navy was the most modern fleet in the world.

Relations with Poland had greatly recovered. Not only did they leave the coalition, but they even showed a willingness to seek an alliance with Hispania. In encouraging news, Poland had stopped pursuing hostilities with Sweden, so perhaps that was on the mend too. Either way, Poland was no longer a hostile neighbour as before. Perhaps this could be used to end the Baltic crisis that had been growing between Poland and Sweden.





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Presenting His Imperial Highness, Joan III de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, and Protector of the Greeks. ((Greedy, Humble, Just))

This may be the first time we have met each other, for I have not spent much time at court and did not expect to be sitting on this throne so soon. I mourn my father’s death greatly, for he was lost to us far too early. I am glad though that we were able to carry through with our plans for religious freedom in the Holy Roman Empire, something he surely believed in. It is thanks to all of you and our brave soldiers that such a feat was accomplished. We may mourn our late emperor, but we shall celebrate the great victory for religious freedom.

In the spirit of our success in the Second League War, I wish to bestow some honours upon members of this court. For unparalleled bravery, commitment to Hispania’s cause of religious freedom, and undying loyalty to both their men and country, I wish to induct all five of our generals into the Royal Order of the Light. Demetrios Madromenos, Gaston Jacques de Saint-Pierre, Louis de Soneta, Louis François de Montségur, Marti de Leon; you all accomplished such great things for Hispania in this last war. You honour us all with your actions.

I also believe that recognition must be given to those who fought just as hard at home. Prime Minister Petros Mandromenos has been a figure of stability at court for some time, working with both my father and his father before him. His commitment to his position and continued work to ensure the prosperity and success of Hispania is admirable. I believe it only fitting that he be inducted into the Royal Order of the Light as well.

Now for other matters. Before my father passed, he spoke of constitutional reforms, particularly those that our prime minister mentioned in his book. I would encourage those at court to share their ideas and present them to each other. I put my faith in the law and see such measures as favourable if carried out correctly. So by all means, discuss this amongst yourselves.


((Well that was certainly an eventful update. Our plans for Poland were foiled, but France’s declaration of a league war kept things interesting. Admittedly it would have been more fun if we were war leader and could settle the peaces, but France made some reasonable decisions. I honestly thought they’d enforce Catholicism on the HRE, but the Peace of Westphalia triggered so that was good.

First order of business is our new idea group. I shall post a screenshot below of our choices. Since we have 50% admin ideas, we have to pick a diplo or military idea group. Also, it should be noted that our national focus is still set to admin, which is greatly lowering our diplo and military points. It seems pointless to still have it set to admin when we’re caught up on tech and about to finish our admin idea groups, especially since we’re also losing a diplo point for an extra relation and a diplo and military point for our policies. I’d recommend changing it to whatever idea group type we pick, which I will make an option, although diplo points are usually more needed than military.

There is also the matter of a constitutional monarchy. With it unlocking, we can now form that government. Now this will work similarly to administrative monarchy. Players must present a set of reforms, specifically a constitution, to form this government. While you are free to include as many fluff or RP conditions as you want, there are certain things you must include and others you cannot. All constitutions must clearly define the emperor’s power, which can range from no limits to making him a figurehead. More specifically, it should be stated whether the emperor has a veto, and if he does when he can use it. It should also be stated how ministers are hired and fired, although this can still be the same as the existing system. Players are free to alter the council as they could during the administrative reforms. The constitution should also state whether power shall be centralized within a national government or delegated to regional authorities. This is mostly for RP purpose and an event that fires when Spain becomes a constitutional monarchy. There may be other things that need to be included I might recall later. What cannot be touched though are the emperor’s power to hand out titles and anything affecting the royal family (ex. royal marriages). Most of the things that cannot be touched are for balance reasons, so if something seems like it’d focus too much power in one player or disenfranchise an entire class, it probably can’t be included. I’ll comment on anything that pushes these boundaries. That should be the gist of what is required for writing up constitutions, so feel free to draft some up and present them to the court.

On other constitutional monarchy matters, I’ve decided to disable the in-game parliament feature that comes with it. I find it difficult to work with when it is not connected at all to the players and would be too frustrating to alter. It also replaces the noble estate, which ruins my estate mechanic. I find it places an unnecessary mechanic that might have no relevance based on the constitution we select. Instead I will keep things in-game as they are, relying on estates instead. Also, on another mechanic note, seeing as the emperor could theoretically veto every constitution placed before him, I’m going place a penalty on him so that every constitution that is passed by the court that he vetoes will lower the number of votes required for a coup for creating a constitutional government. I’ll work out the details later.

Anyway, ministers should post their plans by Monday at 12 PM PST. Players may propose laws in the time to, and all constitutions should be posted before then. If enough players feel they need more time for drafting up constitutions, I’ll extend the deadline.

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The Prime Minister looked out over the capital from his office. The years were growing shorter and shorter, and the children were getting younger and younger. Was he to find matches for Andronicus's children already? Was Sophia already 15? Was Ioannes 13? Petros could remember a time when their father was half that age like yesterday! But it was a good time, despite its brevity. He had things to do, and the Iron Chancellor, the one constant despite the Emperors and Cortz and the Generals, would see it done.

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It is time to adjust the membership of the Small Council to make sure it is fit for duty.

Steward: Guillen II Barros Ximon Etxeto -
Chancellor: Petros Mandromenos, although if Duke de Alvaro desires it, I will permit it. ((@Robban204 ask for it and its yours))

I also would like to honor the Marshal and his Generals for their service and their willingness to accept reforms. However I would like to urge Duke Montsegur to accept retirement, permanently this time. While his valor and abilities on the battlefield are truly unmatched, I feel that it is time for another man to serve as the head of the Army. I would like to see our forces to continue their reforms, especially the manpower issues that have plagued us in the past. ((Calling for Quantity as our idea group))

Also, I would like to call for the Court to debate the principles of Constitutionalism and whether it should be accepted into our government. I would be greatly pleased to see the work De Rebus Constitutionibus Civitatum applied in my little remaining time on this earth
 

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"Father, where are you going? You know the streets of this city are dangerous at night!"

"It's all right, my son. I'll be careful. You stay here, and take care of your mother."

Almaden, now retired, was in Rome, the site of what he thought of as his worst mistake. Still the city was recovering from the rebel uprising from years earlier. The League War was fought, and won. Sweden was placate, Austria was placated, even Poland no longer showed their original hostility. To an outside viewer, the Papal Problem had been settled well. But Almaden thought otherwise. Franco-Hispanian relations were at a low. Almaden feared the blame would be cast not on the idiotic Louis XVIII, but on the Chancellor under who's watch the entire issue was brought to a fore. While the HRE was religiously free, Brandenburg was forced to change religion. And Rome. It had been racked by rebels, and bandits prowled the streets. Perhaps Papal bandits from the Vatican.

The air chilled him as he left, and in the distance, he could see the Papal Enclave of the Vatican. As he walked the streets, he thought he saw someone behind him, but whenever he turned back to look, there was no one. Once, he thought he had seen someone pass by in the shadows to his left. But still no one. Regardless, Almaden decided it would be a good idea to get back, and, quickening his pace, he turned around.

Suddenly, from where he just was, "Hashem!"

The 74 year old stiffened, and began to almost run. He was about to cry for help, when an armored man appeared before him. Almaden wanted to shout, or run, but he was frozen. Only when the armored man, began to lift up his mace did Almaden move. He shouted, and jumped back, pulling out his dagger, going into a fighting stance like his father, Almudena, had tough him, decades ago. But Almaden was no longer the vigorous young man, and though spry for his age, his stance was not so athletic.

The armored man pulled back his mace for another blow, shouting, "For the Marshal!". Almaden barely avoided the blow, when suddenly, his legs gave way. Then, he felt the cold iron inside of him, the first assailant's sword. As he crumpled to the ground, the armored lifted his mace up once again, and this time, made contact, smashing the skull of the previous Chancellor.

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Almaden's son was near his mother when he heard his father's voice. Energized with filial concern, he sprung up, and bounded out the door. A few hundred feet away, he saw two men huddled around something.

As he sprinted towards them, he thought he heard the unarmored one say, "Surely the Marshal will be pleased.". Then they noticed Almaden's son, and ran into the alleys of the accursed city. The last thing this son thought he saw was the arms of the Pope, until he was upon his father's body, face-up, blood seeping out of the stomach, the brain visible. He shouted a shout of anguish, despair, and rage, a lion roaring over his dead cub, a victim to cruel hunters.

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((Letter to Hispanian Court and Emperor Joan III))

Emperor Joan III and Members of the Court,

A great injustice and tragedy has befallen my family. While you may receive word of this from Rome, listen to me. Almaden Hashem, your previous Chancellor, was brutally murdered two days before I wrote this. He was impaled, and his skull bludgeoned in. Before the vicious criminals fled, I heard them say, "Surely the Marshal will be pleased". I do not know what has happened, but I do know what I want. I want justice. The people of Hispania need justice. Disputes cannot be settled violently, nor can crime be conducted boldly, even in the Infernal City. In this era, there is no justification for murder. For the sake of Hispania, and my family, I humbly ask Petros Mandromenos, someone who I hope is a friend to the family, to find justice for my father. I accuse no one, but the evidence stands. Do what you will.

As for me, I am gone. I have sent a letter to Petros Mandromenos containing my temporary location, and I will remain in exile, traveling. But do not think that just because his heirs are not present, that Almaden's cause is without a champion, or that justice is satisfied, for I will be watching Hispania, and you, the Hispanian people.

Find Justice,
the Ghost of Chancellor Almaden Hashem

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(No letters to my mysterious character will be received other than those of @Mach Twelve
Also ask for this to be the event of this week @Michaelangelo i.e. trial of Louis Montsegur, @alscon ))
 

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Also ask for this to be the event of this week @Michaelangelo i.e. trial of Louis Montsegur, @alscon ))

((Well I was going to have the drafting of constitutions be the main event, but I guess we can have two things. It wouldn't really be a trial though since you'd need a credible witness and evidence, but I suppose it could be discussed around court.))

Emperor Joan III read over the mystery letter, unsure what it all meant. He had never actually met Chancellor Hashem, although his father had spoken highly of him. And now someone had apparently murdered him. The writer of this letter seemed to think it was the marshal, who was himself quite old. Of course with the only witness being some mystery writer, it seemed likely this could not be proven. Joan was unsure why Montségur would target the chancellor, but a simple investigation should reveal the truth. The fact this had happened in Rome was a great concern. The city had not kept in-line after the war against the Papal State. Perhaps measures had to be taken to ensure order.
 

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My esteemed Prime Minister,

I have heard your offering of the position of Chancellor, and I humbly accept.
I will strive to be as great as my father, and help the Empire and its people in any way I can.

Your friend,

Andrés de Alvaro, Duke of Sardinia and Imperial Diplomat
Lux Tenebris Vincet


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National focus: Diplo

Andrés de Alvaro, Duke of Sardinia
[Duke, diplomat, funded colony]
 

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((There will be some problems for that trial...))

This was exactly what he wanted. His revelation in Frankfurt. The countless confrontations with Manstein and the other states of the HRE. The landing in Ireland. It was the determination to succeed, the pure will to fight that war that kept Louis François de Montségur alive. Now, a peace had been signed. Manstein had grudgingly acknowledged his defeats, his inferiority. Louis would not see any other battlefield in his life. He had shown them all that he was the greatest military mind of his era. Accomplished what he wanted. Back in Palermo, this lack of activity made him feel his age again. Undefeated, a living legend. Leaving a lasting legacy behind, he fell asleep never to awake again, aged 87.

((Name: Maximilien Philippe de Montségur
DoB: 7th June, 1611
Religion: CJC, Protestant side
Class: Duke
Bio: The 'Knight of Fortuna', youngest to ever enter the Royal Order of the Light, has aged, but not lost any of his bravery, or as some prefer to call it, carelessness. Still, his famous charges have never ended in failure so far, and Maximilien is very proud of his exploits, which he eagerly tells anyone asking. Nothing is impossible but what you do not believe in. He has shown little ambition to involve himself in politics, as there is no glory to gain, leaving his son to deal with that instead.))


With the Exercit Colonial having no need for its leader, Maximilien had followed his father into the battles of the League War. There was glory to gain here, even if he stayed in the shadows most of the time - or in the light, as he firmly believed that he always fought in it. Only victories, sweet victories...
But now, the time for that was over. His father had drawn his last breath. Maximilien could only dream of achieving more than him. A dream he liked to dream, for if someone could, then him. The late marshal would not be disappointed!
Shortly after, a letter from Rome arrived in Palermo, a very disturbing one - well, he had to head to Valencia anyway due to his father, so he could present the letter at the same time.


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Your Imperial Highness,

Sadly, I have to announce that my father has drawn his last breath shortly after returning to Palermo. He lived for battle, and with the war over, he had no energy left to continue. I am just like him, and swear to fight for Hispania until I cannot move any longer!
In that spirit, I would like to ask to return as general to Europe. The Exercit Colonial was planned by my father as a first step in the advanced military career, and I have outgrown that step for a while now.
There is also another matter I have to address, a shocking one. I have received a letter from Rome, with a content that I do not want to believe. It is written in this letter that the authors have murdered Chancellor Hashem, I cite, 'in retribution for opposing your will', and addressed to my father. The authors explain that 'we have righted that wrong, even though we cannot storm the Vatican' and 'ask for nothing more but your recognition' in exchange. Obviously, these men are very troubled, perhaps even dangerous. Is the Chancellor still alive? If not, I fear that these men are responsible. They signed the letter with their names, so they can be asked if true...

May your reign be long and prosperous,
Maximilien Philippe de Montségur, Duke of Trinacria

((So that trial... Louis was innocent after all. The thugs aren't the smartest, will likely think of Louis as invincible and alive, so they should explain their motivations without any torture.
That return was unexpected, but a good showdown. Could also have been Max in Frankfurt, but the description fits Louis much better and was certainly more dramatic. :)))
 
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Gaston sat in his gardne, taking in the sun and breathing the fresh air while enjoying the silent whisper of air. It was a lot more enjoyable then the constant thunder of guns that he heard not so long ago. Of course the old general enjoy the thrill that he felt during combat, but the Saint-Pierre enjoyed the peace much more, hoping that one day there will be no more wars. But it surely wouldn't happen during his lifetime, and not during his son's life. For now Hispania's army must be strong to defeat it's enemies. But as long as Louis de Montségur lived, the army wouldn't be fully reformed. Not that he could blame the old Marshal, there was some good points when it comes to keeping tradition. And then a messenger rushed in carrying news. The yound man, not older than 25 gave a small bow before handing the roll of paper to Gaston:
"General de Saint-Pierre, news from the capital." He said before clearing his throat "Marshal Montségur... Marshal Montségur is dead, sir."
The old general read the letter carefully before nodding his head and handing a single coin to the messenger
"Thank you for bringing me this. Your duty is done, you can go back now."
With that the young man bowed and ran back to wherever he came from. So... The old marshal was dead... Gaston couldn't help but wonder who would be selected next. He thought it might be him, but he was getting old. It would be better for some new blood to fulfil the duty. However if the Prime Minister decided he was suited for the postion, Jacques would not object. It would mean the rest of his reforms could be passed. But it was up to the Prime Minister... For now Gaston would preffer to enjoy peace before he left.

Your Imperial Highness,
I write to you, because I would wish to resign from active duty as a general. I'm getting old and my skills are getting rusty. I think the new generation would be more suited for command. However if I will be needed I will accept my call to duty and take field. Ultimately it is up to you to accept my request, or keep me in active duty for the time being.
Your humble subject,
Gaston Jacques de Saint-Pierre,
Count of Roussillon, general of Hispania

(( I would also want to fund a colony in West Africa. Doesn't really matter where exacly. ))
 

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Petros sighed as he heard the news of the Chancellor and the Marshal. What a shame that these men left this world before him. Petros dearly hoped that he would not see more friends pass before he did, he tired of it.

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I will accept Duke de Alvaro's position of Chancellor. Also, I choose to promote General Gaston de Saint-Pierre as Marshal. While both men may be old, I believe that their experience will make them great candidates to their positions.

Also, while I may not have the authority to do such a thing, I request for Duke Maximilien de Montségur to hand over all evidence related to Chancellor Hashem's murder and to find and bring his murders in to questioning. Also, due to the recent unrest in Roma and the murder most likely committed by her citizens, I hereby declare Rome to be under martial law with my son, General Demetrios Mandromenos, as its Military Governor. He has shown that he will not cause undue damage to the city or its residents but will reestablish order in a chaotic city. Hopefully this measure will be brief, but until this murder is resolved I cannot do nothing.

Also, I would like to propose a Constitution for the Court to review. It is brief and may need clarification, but I believe that it represents the ideals expressed in De Rebus C.C.

((Ask questions and make suggestions if you want

Things I would like to see:
Special Powers for the Chamberlain, within reason
A way to force Abdication of the Emperor, needs to be borderline impossible, should not be allowed to be used with the removing the Crown Prince
Activity Requirements for the Cortz to ensure they are active charatcers, Chamberlain has extra requirements
Who gets Emergency Powers, and how to declare such situations))

The Government of Hispania shall be divided into Three Parts in a centralized national government: The Crown, The Nobility, and The State.

The Crown: The Crown consists of the Emperor, who heads the Trastamara Line, the lands claimed by the Crown, and certain Crown Agencies, like the Inquisition and the Spymaster

The Nobility: The Nobility are the families that exercise local control of the provinces and leadership for the Nation. In exchange for their services to the State and Crown, they are allowed to tax the people of the provinces as a reward. The Nobility is represented by the Cortz d'Hispania and the Chamberlain

The State: The State is the various agencies that are not controlled by the Crown. The Courts, the Treasury, the Chancellory, the Army, the Navy, the Merchants, and the Church. To unify and head these various agencies is the Prime Minister, who is the head of the State.

Relations between the Crown and the other Branches: The Crown is allowed to decide which family lines are nobles and which are not, so the Crown controls the Nobility in this way. Also, the Crown is allowed to grant and revoke the land which the Nobility derives their wealth.

Also, the Emperor is allowed to choose and remove the Prime Minister with the approval of the Cortz, who is the head of the State. In this way the Crown is allowed to influence the State. Also, the Emperor is given the power to allow the Court to decide any changes to the Nation's Laws and to veto any one decision of the Court or Cabinet Members.

Relations between the Nobility and the other Branches: The Nobility shall elect three of their number to the Cortz d'Hispania. These three shall elect among themselves a Chamberlain, who is the head of the Nobility. The Chamberlain is not to be a member of the Cabinet, and the Prime Minister is not to be a member of the Cortz. If needed, the Emperor is allowed to break a deadlock with the agreement of the Prime Minister, but it is encouraged for the members of the Cortz to settle the issue themselves. The Cortz, by majority (2 of 3) approval, can reject part or whole of ANY Cabinet Member's plan and by unanimous (3 of 3) vote, deny the succession of the Crown Prince to Emperor. Should the latter occur, the second in line of the current or most recent Emperor will become the Emperor or Crown Prince of Hispania, which cannot be denied. The members of the Cortz cannot have their titles removed during their tenure nor be imprisoned and tried except by the Great Council, nor can their descendants be stripped of their titles regardless if those descendants are members of the Cortz. All votes are positive denial, meaning that those who do not vote support the action.

Relations between the State and the other Branches: The Prime Minister, once selected, is allowed to choose and remove at will the members of the Cabinet. The members of the Cabinet are the ones who head the various Agencies: The Chancellor, the Treasurer, the Steward, the Marshal, the Grand Admiral, the Grandmaster. The Court Chaplain is to be selected by the Prime Minister but with the approval of the Emperor. As the State is the only Branch allowed to take direct action, it does not need the means to check the other Branches.

The Great Council: The Emperor or his chosen Replacement, the Cortz, and the Prime Minister and his Cabinet form the Great Council. The Great Council is to decide on any matters too important for one Branch such as Amending the Constitution and trying any member of the Great Council. Even if a person gains a place on the Great Council multiple ways, they only have one vote.
 
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The Musings of Duque y Conte y Conte Guillen II B.X. Etxeto of House Etxeto

The Duque chuckled. The heathens had swarmed the court like lowly bugs, once again forcing out the Etxetos for believing the True Faith. And then he was bought off with some meaningless position in the Small Council.

How petty, but it was to be expected of those of journeyman birth.
 

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Your Imperial Highness,

Sadly, I have to announce that my father has drawn his last breath shortly after returning to Palermo. He lived for battle, and with the war over, he had no energy left to continue. I am just like him, and swear to fight for Hispania until I cannot move any longer!
In that spirit, I would like to ask to return as general to Europe. The Exercit Colonial was planned by my father as a first step in the advanced military career, and I have outgrown that step for a while now.
There is also another matter I have to address, a shocking one. I have received a letter from Rome, with a content that I do not want to believe. It is written in this letter that the authors have murdered Chancellor Hashem, I cite, 'in retribution for opposing your will', and addressed to my father. The authors explain that 'we have righted that wrong, even though we cannot storm the Vatican' and 'ask for nothing more but your recognition' in exchange. Obviously, these men are very troubled, perhaps even dangerous. Is the Chancellor still alive? If not, I fear that these men are responsible. They signed the letter with their names, so they can be asked if true...

May your reign be long and prosperous,
Maximilien Philippe de Montségur, Duke of Trinacria

((So that trial... Louis was innocent after all. The thugs aren't the smartest, will likely think of Louis as invincible and alive, so they should explain their motivations without any torture.
That return was unexpected, but a good showdown. Could also have been Max in Frankfurt, but the description fits Louis much better and was certainly more dramatic. :)))

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I am saddened to hear of the passing of your late father. These accusations against him seem quite outrageous, even though the chancellor is indeed dead. We shall have those responsible promptly captured and interrogated. As for a future as general, I am certain such a change will be easily accommodated by the new marshal. ((I already talked to 05 and he okayed it.))

- His Imperial Highness, Joan III de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, & Protector of the Greeks

Your Imperial Highness,
I write to you, because I would wish to resign from active duty as a general. I'm getting old and my skills are getting rusty. I think the new generation would be more suited for command. However if I will be needed I will accept my call to duty and take field. Ultimately it is up to you to accept my request, or keep me in active duty for the time being.
Your humble subject,
Gaston Jacques de Saint-Pierre,
Count of Roussillon, general of Hispania

(( I would also want to fund a colony in West Africa. Doesn't really matter where exacly. ))

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Seeing as you are now marshal, you have to power to remove yourself from active duty. I understand why you'd choose to do so after the rigours of the recent war. It will allow you to focus more of your time on your new duties as marshal anyway.

- His Imperial Highness, Joan III de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, & Protector of the Greeks

((Ask questions and make suggestions if you want

Things I would like to see:
Special Powers for the Chamberlain, within reason
A way to force Abdication of the Emperor, needs to be borderline impossible, should not be allowed to be used with the removing the Crown Prince
Activity Requirements for the Cortz to ensure they are active charatcers, Chamberlain has extra requirements
Who gets Emergency Powers, and how to declare such situations))

The Government of Hispania shall be divided into Three Parts in a centralized national government: The Crown, The Nobility, and The State.

The Crown: The Crown consists of the Emperor, who heads the Trastamara Line, the lands claimed by the Crown, and certain Crown Agencies, like the Inquisition and the Spymaster

The Nobility: The Nobility are the families that exercise local control of the provinces and leadership for the Nation. In exchange for their services to the State and Crown, they are allowed to tax the people of the provinces as a reward. The Nobility is represented by the Cortz d'Hispania and the Chamberlain

The State: The State is the various agencies that are not controlled by the Crown. The Courts, the Treasury, the Chancellory, the Army, the Navy, the Merchants, and the Church. To unify and head these various agencies is the Prime Minister, who is the head of the State.

Relations between the Crown and the other Branches: The Crown is allowed to decide which family lines are nobles and which are not, so the Crown controls the Nobility in this way. Also, the Crown is allowed to grant and revoke the land which the Nobility derives their wealth.

Also, the Emperor is allowed to choose and remove the Prime Minister with the approval of the Cortz, who is the head of the State. In this way the Crown is allowed to influence the State. Also, the Emperor is given the power to allow the Court to decide any changes to the Nation's Laws and to veto any one decision of the Court or Cabinet Members.

Relations between the Nobility and the other Branches: The Nobility shall elect three of their number to the Cortz d'Hispania. These three shall elect among themselves a Chamberlain, who is the head of the Nobility. The Chamberlain is not to be a member of the Cabinet, and the Prime Minister is not to be a member of the Cortz. If needed, the Emperor is allowed to break a deadlock with the agreement of the Prime Minister, but it is encouraged for the members of the Cortz to settle the issue themselves. The Cortz, by majority (2 of 3) approval, can reject part or whole of ANY Cabinet Member's plan and by unanimous (3 of 3) vote, deny the succession of the Crown Prince to Emperor. Should the latter occur, the second in line of the current or most recent Emperor will become the Emperor or Crown Prince of Hispania, which cannot be denied. The members of the Cortz cannot have their titles removed during their tenure nor be imprisoned and tried except by the Great Council, nor can their descendants be stripped of their titles regardless if those descendants are members of the Cortz. All votes are positive denial, meaning that those who do not vote support the action.

Relations between the State and the other Branches: The Prime Minister, once selected, is allowed to choose and remove at will the members of the Cabinet. The members of the Cabinet are the ones who head the various Agencies: The Chancellor, the Treasurer, the Steward, the Marshal, the Grand Admiral, the Grandmaster. The Court Chaplain is to be selected by the Prime Minister but with the approval of the Emperor. As the State is the only Branch allowed to take direct action, it does not need the means to check the other Branches.

The Great Council: The Emperor or his chosen Replacement, the Cortz, and the Prime Minister and his Cabinet form the Great Council. The Great Council is to decide on any matters too important for one Branch such as Amending the Constitution and trying any member of the Great Council. Even if a person gains a place on the Great Council multiple ways, they only have one vote.

((Most of this seems good so far. The only things I need to point out, which I mentioned in IRC, were that it should be specified that the revocation of titles restriction only applies to children of the Cortz member and that the Great Council can overrule it. Also the "positive denial" bit should be removed, for it wouldn't greatly complicate things if such things like denying succession to the Crown Prince occurred because a majority of the Cortz happened to be inactive at the time. The general practice is that no vote is essentially voting for the status quo. You might also need to clarify how the Inquisition falls under the Crown and the Church under the State when the Inquisition is an organization run by the Church, as well as who can be selected as Court Chaplain because at the moment only members of the Council of Churches can claim the position and they vote amongst themselves to select them.))

* * * * *

((Seeing as we've lost both a member of the Cortz and the Chamberlain, landed nobles may feel free to nominate themselves for the position on the Cortz and the remaining members of the Cortz may choose a Chamberlain from amongst the nobility.))
 

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A Message from Duque y Conte y Conte Guillen II B.X. Etxeto of House Etxeto

As a distinguished member of the nobility, I once again put my name forward to be considered by the Cortz.
 

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Gaston looked read the note in his hand. The Prime Minister decided to select him as the marshal. Very well, he will do his best, that's for sure.
Thank you for entrusting me with this postion. I may be old, but I will do my best to not disappoint you, or my nation.
Ad Victoriam,
Gaston Jacques de Saint-Pierre,
Count of Roussillon, General of Hispania

After sending a short letter he grabbed his quill and began drafting his first act as a marshal
Equipment Standardization Act
- All the infantry weapons of armed forces of Hispania shall be standardized to facilitate usage of firearms training of soldiers, making sure that no matter what they will be able to use the weapon they are provided with. Trials shall be ran to determine the firearm on which the Hispanian army shall standardize.

- All infantry, cavalry and artillery units shall follow a strict dress code. All uniforms for a certain branch shall be the same, making the recognition of our units easier.

- Hispanian armed forces will decide upon a certain artillery type, making it eairer to train future gunners in the usage of said guns. The majority of Hispanian artillery corps shall consist of a cetrain gun type, but not removing the rest. The decision to standardize on a certain artillery type shall be made after appropriate trials are run to see what are the benefits and disadvantages of the different types of guns are.
He also decided to restructure the Hispanian armies into fewer but bigger armies. (( Merge and divide armies until we get 3 x 33k (17/5/11), 32k (17/5/10) and 20k which will be our colonial army.))

Gaston as well would wish to niminate himself to join the Cortz.
 

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Sancho de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange 1677 ((Or maybe William III of England, i don't know))
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Name:
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Date of birth: 22. of November 1649 in Aix-en-Provence (Provence)
Class: Noble
Religion: Catholic
Bio: Sancho of Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange is the eldest son of the House Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange. The House of Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange is a colletarel line of one of the oldest and nobelst Houses in Iberian History: The House of Burgundy-Ivrea. Untill the 13th Century the were the markgrafes of Ivrea, than the kings of Castile and Leon. In the 14th Century the House of Trástemara and of Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange splitted up and the history of House of Burgundy-Ivrea ended. The Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange ended up woth the princedom of Orange and were princes in it for almost 115 years.(from now the story is no longer historical!) But in 1530 they were kicked out by the House Nassau, and had do spend their live in Aix-en-Provence, a beatiful city in Provence. They had many holdings around the city and were able to have a guard of 50 Brandenburgian Mercenaries. Sancho of Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange studied at the old University in Aix-en-Provence and he was a quick learner: He is able to speak Spanish,French and Italian without mistakes, Dutch and German with some accent and Englisha a number of words. Very early in his life he knowed that his destination is to be a general in the Hispanian Army. In 1660 he picked up some Guards and fought against some revolting farmers in the Princedom of Orange. In 1676 he arrived at the court and fought with the emporers Army in the Second League War as a Officer. He was still hoping that the Emporer would someday hear his wishes to become Count of Provence and to get the Princedom of Orange back for his family

((As you can see i wish to get Provence and, if the Emporer and his council are deciding to fight France, the Province of Avignon. And Sorry for my English, i am from Germany:/))
 

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((Just a small note. I've decided to remove the restriction on royal marriages where the royal family can only marry into the royal families of our allies that we are married to in-game. It seems somewhat silly and a bit ahistorical to continuously marry into the same 3-4 families over and over again. What I'm going to do now is open it up to any royal family, but only those represented in-game have any chance of inheritance or a personal union. Also, it should be noted that players are free to marry into foreign dynasties, provided they are reasonable and don't produce any claims. So a count's daughter shouldn't be marrying the heir of France, for example, but she could marry a distant Valois, although this could complicate things if the game doesn't give France an heir. Better to keep things small or marry into non-ruling dynasties to avoid problems.))
 

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Sancho de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange 1677 ((Or maybe William III of England, i don't know))

Ludwig_(Orange)

The coat of arms for the House Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange

Name:
Sancho de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange.
Date of birth: 22. of November 1649 in Aix-en-Provence (Provence)
Class: Noble
Religion: Catholic
Bio: Sancho of Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange is the eldest son of the House Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange. The House of Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange is a colletarel line of one of the oldest and nobelst Houses in Iberian History: The House of Burgundy-Ivrea. Untill the 13th Century the were the markgrafes of Ivrea, than the kings of Castile and Leon. In the 14th Century the House of Trástemara and of Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange splitted up and the history of House of Burgundy-Ivrea ended. The Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange ended up woth the princedom of Orange and were princes in it for almost 115 years.(from now the story is no longer historical!) But in 1530 they were kicked out by the House Nassau, and had do spend their live in Aix-en-Provence, a beatiful city in Provence. They had many holdings around the city and were able to have a guard of 50 Brandenburgian Mercenaries. Sancho of Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange studied at the old University in Aix-en-Provence and he was a quick learner: He is able to speak Spanish,French and Italian without mistakes, Dutch and German with some accent and Englisha a number of words. Very early in his life he knowed that he wanted to be a general in the Hispanian Army. In 1660 he picked up some Guards and fought against some revolting farmers in the Princedom of Orange. In 1676 he arrived and fought with the emporers Army in the Second League War as a Officer. He was still hoping that the Emporer would someday hear his wishes to become Count of Provence and to get the Princedom of Orange back for his family

((As you can see i wish to get Provence and, if the Emporer and his council are deciding to fight France, the Province of Avignon. And Sorry for my English, i am from Germany:/))

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