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1710-1716 – Folly of the Faithful

The proposed peace, where Austria was to take Mantua and Novara and Hispania Parma and Cremona, was presented to Austria. At first they protested, wanting the three provinces they had originally called for. However, France was fully backing Hispania this time, and Austria reluctantly accepted, although that didn’t stop them from claiming the provinces as being rightfully theirs. And with that, the last independent Italian state had fallen.

Over in Byzantium, the Greek branch of the Mandromenos family was meeting some success with Pausanias Mandromenos appointed Megas Domestikos. A star general, he was to command the Byzantine army. ((This is an event chain that Mach Twelve has come up with. You’ll see more of it in the coming updates.))

The colony in Salinan reached completion, but colonization was a never-ending process. Colonist Vladimir Pugachev started his first job by travelling to Nicoya for the Alvaro family.

A terrible epidemic spread through Italy, brought on by the long occupation of Lucca. Funds from the treasury were set aside for efforts to combat the spread of disease.

Theologian Ramon Loaisa passed away early in the year, with the bright Carlo Emanuele Taparelli then hired to boost the tax income of the empire.

Preparations began in March to formally integrate Rome into Hispania. It was a laborious task, especially since the population wasn’t exactly cooperative. The pope showed excellent restraint though, helping smooth the process along. It was expected the whole affair would take roughly five years to complete.

With all this going on, few took notice of the displacement of Turks from Mentese as the Greeks moved in to take their place.



With Hungary and Poland both vying for Silesia, they had to come to terms on how to divide the spoils. Hungary took Breslau for itself, as well as pushed for greater Catholic representation in the remaining territory. Immediately after, Poland took the scraps for itself. Silesia was no more.

With the grandmaster and grand admiral finally in agreement, the navy could be expanded. Five heavy frigates were placed under construction, with plans for them to join the fleet in Sevilla and then move on to Malacca. Ten archipelago frigates then were ordered up for the new Armada Colonial, which had been split from the new Grande Armada.

The two titans of the Far East, Delhi and Ming, went head to head. The court took great interest in this, for if Ming was weakened, Canton would be ripe for the taking.

Just as the navy was expanding, so was the army. With regiments shuffled from elsewhere, recruits were called upon to form the new Exercit Madrid, as well as an increase in numbers for the Exercit Colonial. The recruitment efforts were not quite as fast as the emperor would have liked, for funds had to be set aside for the expansion of all the forts in Iberia, as required by law, which had been neglected for some years.

Eventually the final 15 twodeckers were placed under construction, the last of the naval expansion. This came just as some began to question whether the navy was quite strong enough, and if there had been enough expansion overseas. Further investment in the navy was encouraged, for Hispania was increasingly looking overseas.

Poland, ever ambitious when it came to preying on the small HRE states, declared war on Luneburg.

March 1711 brought tragic news as Basileus Manuel IV passed away, leaving his infant son on the throne. A regency was formed with many notable figures involved. The Empress Dowager was nominally placed in charge, with the current basileus’s cousin, Demetrios, providing some guidance, although he was still only a teenager. The nobles found this the perfect time to manipulate the Crown for greater power.

With the Exercit Madrid now in action, recruitment began in Italy and Greece for the new Exercit Athens.



In April, the pope passed away, with a new successor appointed by the cardinals. The new pope, Pius II, was strongly pro-Hispanian and actively advocated for the Church to focus solely on spiritual rather than secular affairs. His support for the annexation of Rome greatly bolstered the cause amongst Catholics in Hispania.

Also around this time, Lithuania started yet another war with Kazan, continuing their expansion east.

A little over a month after the passing of Basileus Manuel IV, another monarch passed away, this time Emperor Henri II of France. He had been leading troops against the British when he came down with a dreadful illness, passing away in a foreign land away from his wife and children. His teenage son, Henri, was crowned emperor, with a regency temporarily set in place until he reached 15. Empress Isabel, Emperor Joan’s beloved sister, was placed at its head, and she was tasked with leading France during their war with Britain for Tyrone for the next few months.

With things relatively calm in Hispania, armies started making their way towards Egypt. The Exercits Africa and Valencia moved to Tunis, while the Exercit Napoli headed for Anatolia. Once the Exercit Firenze was recruited, it would also head to Anatolia. Efforts had to be speeded up though when Persia declared war on Egypt. They could not be allowed to claim the spoils of war. The moment the armies were in place, war was declared. While France was busy with Britain and Sweden was too far away to get involved, Austria showed a willingness to fight some heathens. Perhaps this war would reconcile the allies. Either way, Egypt was in for some trouble.



The start of the war went rather smoothly. The Hispanian armies marched into North Africa and Syria with little interference. The forts in North Africa were easy to get at, while those in Syria proved a nuisance. At sea, a small group of Egyptian galleys foolishly went to sea and got caught amongst the Hispanian transport fleet.

Hejaz made an appearance first, attempting in vain to save Antakiya. General Philaretos Mandromenos kept the enemy army from pestering Byzantium, with some help from his relative leading Byzantium’s army.

Ouargla, a minor fort in the North African interior, fell in little over three months, allowing General Timur Shah and the Exercit Africa to spread out eastwards. His forces were split into three 10k armies to rapidly occupy Libya.

Halab fell near the end of April, opening the floodgates into southern Syria. Archduke Albrecht VIII had made a personal appearance leading his army. General Mandromenos and the Exercit Athens headed south to capture the next fort blocking the way, while General Louis de Soneta focused on securing the provinces on the Persian border. So far, the Egyptian army had failed to appear.

With Hispania so dominating the African continent, the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company surely benefited. Trade was booming.

The support for free thinkers saw many intellectuals coming to Hispania. In fact, there were so many that few even were noticed by the court.

While there was a momentary alleviation of strain on the administration, Treasurer Andronicus Mandromenos took the opportunity to combat inflation. Immediately efforts saw a drop of 2%, with that increased to 4% after a few years of implementation. Inflation was to see a noticeable drop in the coming years.



Recruitment began for the Exercit Firenze once it was determined that the treasury was not overly strained by the expansion of the army.

Progress south towards Jerusalem was stalled by a single fort, the defenders quite determined not to give in. Byzantium and Austria did not have the patience for this and started marching down through Persia.

The Exercit Colonial managed to get involved, landing in Egypt’s provinces at the exit of the Red Sea.

In November, the Austrians encountered the enemy force trying to besiege parts of Persia. They were fairly evenly matched, but the arrival of Pausanias Mandromenos proved the greatest boon to the allied cause. His men swept down upon the enemy and sent them fleeing from the field.

The push east through North Africa was meeting with absolutely no resistance. Timur Shah was already outside of Cairo, capturing the surrounding provinces.

France’s ambitious invasion of Britain saved Tyrone from annexation, resulting in a white peace.

Many speculated on Joan’s longevity, with some crediting it to a complete trust in the security of his person, a result of having an incredibly competent spymaster.

Any ambition to see a Trastámara on the Swedish throne was thwarted when King Karl VIII Gustav sired a son. There was some doubt as to whether the boy was actually the queen’s, but if that was the case it was kept quiet.



Kef, way over in Tunis, had proven a stubborn fort to crack, but General Fausto Villanova broke through after over a year’s worth of effort. He was to sail straight to the heart of Egypt.

Brunei, after losing to Hispania years ago, found itself annexed by its neighbour Kutai.

Egypt’s army, demoralized by its earlier defeat, returned to Cairo. Shah’s army regrouped and launched an assault on the enemy army in their capital. The demoralized and inferior force could not hold back the attack, even in their own capital, and was forced to flee to Hejaz.

Meanwhile, the fort at Dimashq was finally taken, allowing free access to the Holy Land. General Soneta spread out his forces to capture the coast, while General Mandromenos went for the fort in Ma’an.

Poland’s progress through the HRE continued with the annexation of Luneburg.

With the gateway to the Red Sea taken, the Exercit Colonial sailed for southern Egypt.

By March 1713, the army expansions were completed. The treasury was still experiencing a surplus of over 100 ducats, although noticeably due to war taxes, but it was proven that the larger army was not that great a burden. A study done of other countries’ armed forces revealed Hispania’s army was nearly the size of the Lithuanian and French armies combined, the second and third largest armies in the world. As for the navy, it was over three times the size of the second largest, and that nation was Byzantium, so together they had over 500 ships. Hispania could not be matched.



France declared war on the tiny native state of Chickasaw, an odd decision considering that French Louisiana was riddled with rebels.

In April, the entire Mediterranean coastline of Egypt was captured and their fleet forced to sea. In a stunning example of naval superiority, the entire enemy fleet was sunk in two weeks without a single loss.

By May, Ma’an had fallen, allowing General Mandromenos to march south through Yemen to Hejaz, where the Egyptian army was believed to be hiding.

Over in Nuevo Leon, Yareyu became self-sustaining, closing off the French from further expansion north and linking two parts of the colonial nation. Resources were shifted to North America, where a colony was established by the Crown north of San Francisco in Pomo.

When Philaretos Mandromenos reached Hejaz, he encountered the Persians in their separate war attacking the Egyptian army. Allies of convenience decades ago against the very same enemy, Hispania and Persia joined forces in this single battle to utterly devastate the Egyptian force, leaving them with only a small contingent of artillery left. Persia went off hunting them while Mandromenos remained to siege Hejaz.

Farther north, the Egyptian capital fell, leaving only the interior and provinces bordering the Red Sea left. General Shah was tasked with taking them, while General Villanova marched farther south towards the remaining fort, something he accomplished by September.

Not wanting another squabble over naval expansion, Steward Mandromenos ordered the expansion of several naval ports across the empire.



October brought the final victory for Hispania. Both the southern fort of Suakin and the Hejazi capital of Makkah fell, leaving the enemy alliance completely occupied. As negotiations commenced, armies were sent home. Only the Exercit Africa under General Shah remained behind, stationed in the Holy Land for now.

Ming’s war against Delhi was proving disastrous. Their western provinces were completely occupied, and even worse, separatists had taken the opportunity to rise up. Jin had already proclaimed its freedom. More importantly to Hispania, Huai Separatists had captured Canton. If they managed to declare independence, the new state would be an easy target. Even if not, Ming was clearly in no shape to fend off a second foreign invasion. Perhaps it was time to claim that Chinese port.

Despite the growth of the Church of Jesus Christ and its acceptance by most of Hispania, there were still a few holdouts, such as in Vizcaya.

Due to Hispania’s dedication to the Christian cause, many wealthy nobles and merchants were donating funds to support the war effort, despite its near completion.

Munster decided to pounce on its puny neighbour Gelre, something replicated by Cologne later in the year after Gelre was already occupied.



After much deliberation, mostly over what exactly constituted Syria and how much of the Mediterranean coastline Hispania should take, a peace with Egypt was signed. The answer to both those questions was a lot of land. All land considered a rightful part of a hypothetical Syrian nation was granted to Byzantium, while Hispania claimed the entire Holy Land and everything nearby, as well as the Libyan coastline. Egypt was left with only minor access to the Mediterranean, mainly because Hispania did not have the resources to administer such wealthy populated provinces, although they didn’t exactly have the resources for what they took either. There was always next time.

Celebrations were held throughout the empire at the conquest of Jerusalem. Not since the Crusades had the city been in the hands of Christians. Now Hispania had proven itself a true Christian nation.

Even as Hispania met such great success against the Muslims, things were stirring up overseas. Weakened by their war with France, in which they had heavily taxed the colonies to compensate, Britain found itself the victim of an independence war. Newfoundland backed by the Thirteen Colonies jointly declared independence against their oppressive British overlords. Emperor Joan was thrilled at this news. The British would be severely weakened without their colonies, and this could hinder their presence in the New World.

Back in the Old World, Lithuania pushed further into Kazan, not quite finishing them off but at least gaining access to the wide open steppes.



At the start of 1715, the preparations made to formally annex Rome were completed. The holy city became part of Hispania, while the pope remained within the Vatican as before. This proved a great boon for Hispania amongst its own people. After the conquest of Jerusalem, many of the people of Rome and even Central Italy viewed Hispania as a true Christian nation and were quite glad to be part of it. The Christian faith was stronger than ever. The same could not be said of Hispania’s reputation abroad. The Catholic nations of Europe universally condemned Hispania for its actions, appalled that it would claim Rome for itself.

Events overseas were also heating up. The Thirteen Colonies wrote up a declaration of independence, proclaiming themselves a legitimate nation independent of Great Britain. This was a cry for recognition. While Joan was usually of the habit to consult his court on most matters, this one he handled personally. These United States could greatly weaken British influence over the continent and damper their colonial efforts. Not only that, but Hispania and France had agreed long ago to contain Britain in North America. Here was the opportunity to permanently remove that threat. An independent colonial nation could more easily be manipulated or reined in. Thus Emperor Joan III formally recognized this new state, much to the annoyance of Great Britain. How the Hispanian colonial nations would react to this was another matter.



Innovations in the navy and army were starting to show. A new model of heavy ship, the threedecker, was designed. This new ship could fire right across the enemy deck while leaving its own out of reach, greatly improving the morale of sailors if costing more. As for the army, a lighter and more reliable artillery was designed, called the royal mortar.

Nicoya reached completion rapidly, with the next colonial venture established near Malacca in Belitung for the Mandromenos family.

Despite the fact that Pausanias Mandromenos had won only a single battle for Byzantium, and that with Austrian help, the Greeks hailed him as a hero.

Perhaps taking notice of the events in North America, Nueva Sicilia set up its own colonial assembly. Perhaps a more careful eye should be kept on the colonies.



March of 1715 saw the advent of an international conflict. While Pope Pius II and the Hispanian cardinals had not been bothered by the annexation of Rome, for it ultimately did not directly impact the Vatican or the Church, the remainder of the cardinals could not tolerate being so closely surrounded by such a large non-Catholic nation. Thus they sought an alternative. The Catholic archbishopric of Mainz was on good terms with the Church and offered Frankfurt to the Holy See to serve as a new Papal State. Lured in by a return to its secular status and a location away from Hispania, the majority of cardinals left for Frankfurt. Pius II refused to leave the Vatican, claiming that secular matters were not the concern of the Church and that the Holy See belonged in Rome. With no compromise in sight, the cardinals in Frankfurt denounced Pius II and chose a new pope, Alexander VII. For the first time in centuries, there were two popes, one in Rome and one in Frankfurt. No one was quite certain how to take this. Was the pope in Rome legitimate, for he had been chosen first and resided in the Holy City, or did the new pope prove the better choice, seeing as he resided in the new Papal State and had the majority of cardinals on his side? This was something that would be debated for the following year.

Yarkand took advantage of the chaos in China to break free.

With Hispania at peace again, Morocco was sent a warning that if they didn’t hand over Mitdja, there would be war. This time they immediately accepted. Hispania could have their northern coastline. Finally, the North African provinces were connected, even if there were no resources to properly administer the new province. Now all that remained was to claim Tunis’s coastline and the rest of Egypt’s Mediterranean provinces.

With Hispania as a neighbour, Sunda managed to steal enough of their ideas and technology to mimic western ways.

As the year went on, funds were invested in upgrading the twodeckers in the navy to three-deckers. Only the Grande Armada received this privilege at first, for there wasn’t enough money for the Armada Colonial.

The war between Britain and its former colonies was not going entirely as hoped. They had managed to land in Quebec and occupy a province, although the Thirteen Colonies had not been touched yet. If they could hold off a British invasion, they could win their freedom.

By the end of the year, it became clear that the rest of the Catholic world had embraced this new pope in Frankfurt. At the moment, only the Hispanian cardinals remained in Rome. Hispania had a choice to make. They could continue to support the original pope in Rome, who was friendly towards Hispania, and hope that other countries would change their mind, or they could accept the new pope in Frankfurt and mend ties with the Catholic world. The fate of the Catholic world was in their hands.





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

The past few years have certainly been eventful for us. First, I applaud my fellow Hispanian Christians. We have achieved a great victory against Egypt, reclaiming the most holy of cities, Jerusalem, right out from underneath them. Let us rejoice and cherish this accomplishment.

And let us not forget Rome. It now is formally part of Hispania, and the title Caesar has some definite meaning. Truly we are successors of Rome now. It is just unfortunate that our claiming the city has raised such hostility and division from the Catholic world. It seems that we must decide how to proceed in regards to His Holiness, whoever that may be. Should we stay true to Rome and Pope Pius II, who has proven a friend of Hispania, or should we accept this new Pope Alexander VII and mend ties with our Catholic neighbours? It is a difficult decision to consider.

With all this new land, we must also consider how best to defend it. We now have three forts within Central Italy, a redundant defence for such a secure area. Perhaps we should consider dismantling a fort or moving them about to best protect Italy. Our African provinces are also fairly exposed, and the Holy Land is only defended from the south. Perhaps a forts around Jerusalem itself could be useful. I am willing to speak with the steward to best devise our empire’s defence.

News from China has also been quite good, at least for us. With Ming in chaos, Canton is ripe for the taking. It seems likely now would be the time to strike while Ming is weak, or we can perhaps wait to see if a new nation forms that will be even easier to defeat. Either way, this is not an opportunity we can ignore.

I also find the events going on overseas quite exciting. To think that nearly the entire British colonial empire is in revolt! Shows them right for contesting Hispanian might. I pray for these so-called Americans and the people of Newfoundland. Their success is ours, for a weaker Britain is to our benefit. I would not doubt if our French allies are laughing heartily at this news too.


((Quite a few things we’ll be dealing with this turn. If it’s not clear, we will be voting on which pope to recognize once the vote starts, so feel free to discuss that with each other. I’ve basically set up an event where if we go with the pope in Rome, there’s a random chance over time that Catholic nations will pick our pope as the rightful one, while obviously the other option means only one and Catholics everywhere are happy. The whole fort thing is just me getting fussy whenever forts touch each other or overlap. The redundancy! :p

On to business. Ministers have until Monday at 12PM PST to post their plans, and players may also propose laws within that time. We also seem to have an opening on the Cortz, so landed nobles may nominate themselves. Oh, also, before I forget, we will most likely have a new colonial nation in California soon, so feel free to start suggesting names.

Pensioners:
@Dadarian
@ML8991))
 

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Nicoya. He was going to Nicoya. As an official colonist of the Empire of Hispania. Things were beginning to look up for Vladimir. Maybe he would be happy, maybe he would find someone to love. But not likely. He looked at his travelling trunk. It still bore all the marks of being carried across Europe. Away from an oppressive land, and towards hope, and freedom in the free land of Hispania. Vladimir opened the trunk. He still was yet to unpack it into the room he was renting above a tavern in Barcelona. He shuffled some items around in the trunk, then stopped. He had heard something. Something from outside his room. He turned, picking his knife of the table while doing so. He edged quietly, carefully towards the door, as not to startle whatever was out there. He saw a note being pushed under the door. Then heard rapid footsteps leaving. Whoever it was, did not want to be seen. He moved towards the note, then stopped. What if it was a poison letter, like in the old city of Genoa. The city was home to many practiced assassin's. Maybe one was after him. But what were the chances of that? He picked up the note. It read:

"Vladimir,
Meet me at the square in the city of Seville, at midnight in 2 days time. I have information that may interest you concerning the murder of your wife and child.
Signed,
YURI."
Whoever this man Yuri was, he knew it was a bad decision to go. His wife was dead. Maybe Yuri is a Lithuanian agent, trying to arrest him. Itwould be better if he did not go. He folded the letter, and placed it in his trunk.

TO BE CONTINUED...

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Sanchos eyes weren't the best anymore. He couldn't see more than 20 meters and his whole body hurted. He decieded to open a plan before he passes away. It was to build another 40 ships to send 10 to Malacca and 20 to Sevilla. The remaining 10 should be splitted up between Ivory Coast and Gulf of Aden

One week later he lied down, in his bed, and thought about his life. He had an... interressting life: From the provincial count to the Hispanian Grandmaster, who improved the Hispanian trade Income by 150000 Ducats ((15 ducats)). He also made the Hispanian Trade Fleet Strong and managed to get a royal daughter-in-law. Or at least his son managed it but, who cares? He was happy and wrote his testament. The court got a copy

1. I hope his gratious Majestity, the emporer will allow my son, Enrique de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange to become count of Provence.
2. All my money, wealth and my court gets under the controll of my son, except a third of the ducats. They will flow into the hands of my second Cousin, Isabelle de Chalon-Nassau
3. My brother, pater Hernando, will get my books and the two villages Gordòn and Auverrex.
4. I would be appreciate if his Highness, the great emporer would grant my son the title of "Duke of Provence and Draguigan
5. I want to be interred in the church of Santa Lucrezia in Old Town Marseille

I would be pleased if the admiral would accept my current plan, as i remained 21 shipslots free for him

At the 7th of August 1716 Sancho de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange died. He saw his son, his sons wife, his grandchilds. And smiled. He would see his father and mother, all his ancestors.

Sancho de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange died in the arms of his son, who two days later began to candidate for the ministery of Trade
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((So Sancho is dead. His son hopes to be the new grandmaster. The new character description will follow later))
 
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Deciding that he rather liked the new colonist, Sancho decided to help the man out.
I know you must be having a hard time adjusting to life in Hispania, and soon the new world. As a gift I shall provide you with a ship, it will be significantly cheaper than buying constant passage across the seas. It will be anchored in the city of Lisboa, to gain ownership, simply tell the guard with the Hispanian red armor the phrase: Hispania taisyklės bangos.((according to google translate, it says Hispania rules the waves, in Lithuanian.)) Secondly I shall give you the sum of one royal ducat every 4 months until you are able to establish a permanent housing, use your own workforce, don't hire someone. Men should eagerly come to serve you as a colonist.
Signed,
Sancho Villanova
He then writes his name in the corner of the envelope and that of the other colonist in large letters in the center.
 

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Philaretos smiled as the gates of Mecca fell. This was the holy city of the Enemy, the old foe of Christianity. It was time to strike a blow the heathens would not recover from.

The three pillars of Jamrat al-Aqabah were torn down by cannonfire.

The mosque Masjid al-Haram was burned to the ground.

And the Kaaba was torched and the stone within shattered.

"Let us see how the Fools will complete their pilgrimage now!"
 

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Around 1714, Félicien Pierre de Montségur fell fairly gravely ill the first time, but managed to recover. He was able to oversee the integration of Rome, the peace negotiations with Egypt. But he was fairly old, and the illness returned in the end of 1715. He would not recover this time, but drew his last breath knowing that he had achieved much, a smile on his face and a recently opened letter next to him.

Name: Alexandre César de Montségur
Birth: 1st March 1699
Class: Duke
Reilgion: CJC, Protestant side
Bio: Grandson of Félicien de Montségur, Alexandre lost his father in the Luccan raid at a young age, and his mother fell victim to a disease shortly after, a disease he himself nearly died of as well. Paired with the ambitions his father had for him, this forged his character, the young man not showing any signs of fear - or of any other emotion. With his grandfather unable to teach him much and always busy, he entered the military academy extraordinarily early, the request of the Prime Minister not refused, and recently left, hailed as a more than worthy successor of the line of Montségur generals.

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It is my duty to announce that my grandfather, prime minister Félicien Pierre de Montségur, has died in Palermo. I am presenting myself to replace him on the Cortz, and would request to earn some battlefield experience along one of our generals. Do not let my age put you under any wrong illusions, I am capable enough to become one of the greatest generals, as the leaders of the military academy can attest. Also, I will continue to support any colonial venture destined for Nueva Sicilia, as my predecessors did.

Alexandre César de Montségur, Duke of Trinacria, Count of Calabria
 
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Alexis read the reports over and over again. 40 trade ships. That was just pure insanity! The Hispanian trade fleed didn't need that many ships at the moment! The merchant marine was large enough as it is. But the war fleet really needed expansion, and upgrades for the matter. No, Alexis wouldn't accept dead man's plan!

"You Imperial Majesty,
I would humbly ask that we do not consider late grandmaster's plan. After all he is already dead. Why should he influence your Empire from the grave? I say we need a new grandmaster to form a new plan. And while we are on the matters of plans. I can here carrying what I am required to provide. To not waste your time with useless ramble, I will keep it short. It is more of the same, meaning more ships and more modernizations."
Alexis bowed, handing the emperor an envelope with his plan
"Oh, and if I may? The council of the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company has expressed their intress in expanding the company's influence, but I'm sure the crown's representative already reported that. They mostly seek more influence in the new world, however I'm sure if they gain a monopoly in the Orient, they will not fret."
With that the Grand Admiral bowed once more and marched out of the room.

(( Grand Admiral plan (order of importance):
Construct 20 heavy ships, split them equally between both fleets
Build 18 galleys, 10 for Grande Armada, 8 for the Armada Colonial
Modernize the ships that are in need of upgrades ))
 

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We have lost a few great men who have served this country admirably. Prime Minister Félicien Pierre de Montségur served the Crown for many years and guided this empire with a steady hand alongside us. Grandmaster Sancho de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange saw our trading empire extended to the far corners of the globe, with fleets operating as far as Malacca. I am certain their successors will prove great men if they are anywhere near as capable. I also wish to confirm Enrique de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange as count of Provence, for it seems that the late count wanted his heir confirmed by royal will.

As for the matter of a new prime minister, I believe this is an opportunity for my nephew and heir, Crown Prince Jaume, to gain some experience with governing an empire. I will thus be appointing him prime minister. I leave it to him to appoint new ministers.

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

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Crown Prince Jaume de Trastámara steps out before the court, a boy of 17, awkwardly shuffling his feet and averting his eyes from those around him. Joan places his hand on the boy's shoulder to encourage him. After clearing his throat, he looks up, although ensuring not to make eye contact with anyone.

I thank His Imperial Highness for this opportunity to serve the Crown and prepare me for my future as emperor. As prime minister, I believe we need the best to guide this nation, and thus a harmonious council that puts the empire's needs first. While I am young, I have noticed conflict amongst His Imperial Highness's council. The offices of grandmaster and grand admiral have been at odds for too long. Seeing as the current grandmaster has passed on, I thus offer Grand Admiral Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre the position.

Jaume looks over his shoulder at his uncle, who is stone-faced but clearly displeased.

Ugh... well, what I mean is by having one man hold both positions, we may alleviate this conflict. I hope this ends all discord.

It also appears that the diplomatic corps has lost its greatest contributors, and thus there is no clear successor to serve as chancellor. I thus offer the position to whoever believes themselves capable. For the time being, I suppose I shall be forced to take up its duties until someone more able claims it. I also encourage those with military experience to offer themselves up as marshal, although His Imperial Highness has filled the position well.

The prince licks his lips nervously and retreats behind the emperor.

- Crown Prince Jaume de Trastámara

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((Ok thanks. Second question: do we have stats for our character's?))

((I'm not sure what kind of stats you'd mean. Only leaders receive stats, since they have them in-game. The in-game envoys don't have any.))

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((Well we now have two openings on the Cortz, so landed nobles should start nominating themselves.))
 

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Alexis just got to his office when a young man entered the room
"Senyor de Saint-Pierre, the Prime Minister has appointed you as the new Grandmaster."
"What do you mean? The Prime Minister is dead."
"The Emperor appointed his nephew, senyor."
"Very well then, stay here, you'll carry the plan to the Emperor. I'm getting too old for runs like this."
The messenger noded his head and patiently waited for Alexis to draft up the new plan.

(( Grandmaster plan:
Build 20 trade ships
Send 10 to Genoa
Send 5 to Gulf of Aden
Send 5 Malacca ))
 

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I would be willing to take the position of Chancellor, and would exchange it for Steward if possible. My grandfather taught me much when he was alive. A return to Mandromenos Diplomacy will do us some good.

I would also like to nominate myself for the Cortz
 
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I would be willing to take the position of Chancellor, and would exchange it for Steward if possible. My grandfather taught me much when he was alive. A return to Mandromenos Diplomacy will do us some good.

I would also like to nominate myself for the Cortz

Crown Prince Jaume blushes at so suddenly being addressed regarding the chancellery.

Well, you're most welcome to serve as chancellor, although you'd have to resign as both steward and treasurer. You see, the stewardship and treasury can only be held by the same person due to their similarities, but the same does not apply to the chancellery. I apologize that this is the case.

- - Crown Prince Jaume de Trastámara

((The laws we passed only allow two similar positions to be held by one person, so the chancellery cannot be held by the steward or treasurer, but the latter two can be held by one person. You'd have to choose between being steward and treasurer or just chancellor.))

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((Here is the next piece of Mach Twelve's event chain. Basically Byzantium is pushing for war with Persia and Genoa. We can either allow them to go at it alone, take charge and fight beside them, or condemn this attempt at unilateral declaration of war.))
 

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There was a knock at the door. Vladimir got up from the table and yelled, "Who is it?"
"A courier for Senor Villanova. I have a letter for Vladimir Pugachev."
Vladimir opened the door. "That would be me."
The courier handed him the letter. It was from a Sacho Villanova. He had heard the name around town. A kind, and generous man, he was well regarded by the people.
Vladimir thanked the courier, and went back inside. He sat back down at the table. He took a small sip from the cup of vodka sitting on the table. It was hard to find vodka in Hispania. It would be harder still to find it in Nicoya. Vladimir opened the letter. He read it carefully, and was very thankful towards Senor Villanova. His reputation was well earned. He set about finding his writing implements.
REPLY TO SENOR VILLANOVA
Senor Villanova,
I am thankful for your kind gifts, and hope to meet you before I leave for Nicoya. Although I never learnt Lithuanian, I will teach myself this phrase.
Signed,
VLADIMIR PUGACHEV
 

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The news from Byzantium had worried Emperor Joan greatly. Perhaps it seemed a minor issue, for few could deny that the Greeks had a right to reclaim the former lands of Rome, but the precedent it set could be dangerous. Not once in two hundred years had Byzantium pursued a war on its own. Now with a child on the throne, the nobles were using that to push ahead their agenda, one that involved conquest. Protocol had been established between previous emperors where Hispania would be consulted on all such things and then take charge, but it seemed clear now that the Greeks were determined to proceed regardless. Unlike the basileus, the Greek nobles weren't accountable to Hispania. If Hispania denied this request or even allowed it to happen without getting involved, it would set a precedent that could not be ignored. The regency could only prove dangerous for Hispanian influence over Byzantium. Joan had already married one of his daughters off to the basileus's cousin, but that wasn't enough. He needed to strengthen ties, to ensure that his successor and this new basileus would coordinate efforts after the regency ended. Perhaps it was time to use the chaos of this regency to weasel a concession out of the Palaiologoi family.

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His Imperial Highness, Joan III de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, & Protector of the Greeks wishes to announce the union between His Highness, Crown Prince Jaume de Trastámara, and Princess Eirene Palaiologina, sister of Basileus Ioannes X.



((While on the topic of marriages, perhaps it is time to bring up Hispania's Eligible Bachelors & Bachelorettes. I'm not sure how many people remember this thing, but I created it long ago to allow for players to post characters up for marriage and arrange matches. However, it has started to turn into an incest-fest since the same few players keep using it. There's only so many ways the same few families can marry into each other before they start developing hunchbacks and buck teeth. I have already included several Trastámaras, as well as a few Palaiologoi, who are available for a match, and some of the other players still make use of it. Lately I've been trying to add some as they reach an age acceptable for marriage. All you have to do is post a character you want to see get married or reply to an existing post showing interest. I know this sort of thing doesn't really work for courtiers, but you might get lucky like DragonOfAtlantis and catch a noble. There are a few Trastámaras that have been on the list for a couple decades and may have lowered their standards by now, although I'm willing to back-date marriages. ;)))

((You roll for traits not stats, my bad. Out of 6, above 3 is positive traits, below is negative. Traits could include paranoid, proud, greedy, or brave, intelligent, or cunning.))

((Oh those are just for when I create royals, although players are free to use them. I don't assign personalities to player characters, since obviously it's not my place to decide their personality.))
 

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Timur resumed his speech.

"((http://www.philosophizethis.org/episode-49-transcript/, etc.))"

((I can't go on like this. I encourage you to read it, but basically, reasons, arguments, mercantilism is horrible stop it now or we'll all die.))

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Timur was shocked. Though the Persians, Muslims, had taken Makkah, they were powerless to stop the wrathful Hispanians from destroying it. If only it had been he who had occupied Makkah. He swore vengeance upon the Persians, cowards who stood by as their Holiest Mosque was destroyed, along with all of Hispania, and specifically the general who had razed Makkah to the ground. He then began to secretly fund and spearhead the movement to restore the Holy Mosque.

((I suggest a large relations hit between Hispania and all Muslim states.))
 

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((I suggest a large relations hit between Hispania and all Muslim states.))

((I was wondering if someone was going to suggest something like this. Honestly, I didn't even realize until after Mach Twelve mentioned it that the province of Hejaz's that we besieged was actually Mecca. I shall definitely write up an event.))
 
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Name: William Augustus Von Pölitz
DoB: 1694
Class: Courtier (Philiosopher)
Religion: Prostestant
Bio: William Augustus was born in Stettin, Pommerania, near the town of his surname, Pölitz. His parents were Grand Burghers, and with it, came wealth. His parents afforded him an expensive education, which is where he discovered his love for learning and hatred for the dogmas of the Church, he himself holding nothing holy, at least without proof. As he grew up, tutored by various philiosophers, he decided to use his families' wealth to fund his own studies. He is currently living in Florence, focusing himself in his studies, although he is currently dipping his toes into politics.
 
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