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((To the Investigation))

Personally, I believe Bartomeu to the man who ordered this. We know he and his family had finacil troubles and the misisng money from the treasury is odd. I believe he used some of the Emperor's own money to try and kill him. I am sure we can agree to this much at the least. Perhaps if we get a move on this and arrest the damn fool, we can use his possible confessions to try and map out the rest of this conspiracy.

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Personally, I believe Bartomeu to the man who ordered this. We know he and his family had finacil troubles and the misisng money from the treasury is odd. I believe he used some of the Emperor's own money to try and kill him. I am sure we can agree to this much at the least. Perhaps if we get a move on this and arrest the damn fool, we can use his possible confessions to try and map out the rest of this conspiracy.

William Augustus

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1719-1725 – War of the Empires

The attempt on the emperor’s life left many wondering who was responsible. Ultimately not enough evidence was gathered to convict, or those who knew were biding their time. The likely suspects though continued to be seen around court as though nothing was wrong. ((I’ll let the investigations or accusations continue after the update. Perhaps a new break in the case. ;)))

Despite troubles and tribulations at court, affairs of state had to go on. The Exercit Valencia, perhaps due to some scares about its ranks being compromised, was sent overseas to assist the Exercit Athens in taking out the Syrian rebels for Byzantium. Grandmaster Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre arranged the construction of 20 heavy frigates for use in trading fleets overseas.

Speaking of overseas, the war against Ming raged on. The Exercit Colonial was attempting to secure the region around Beijing, but Korea kept sending men over. This eventually forced a battle outside Beijing where a Korean army was crushed.

The last vestiges of the Muslim coalition faded away as Ajuuraan left.

Alsace was one of the first out of Sweden’s war, only having to pay war reparations.

Steward Enric de Trastámara began the construction of a series of drydocks along the coast of West Africa. As a rest-stop for ships heading overseas, this would greatly improve the ability of Hispania to field a larger navy.

Pomo became self-sufficient in September, with the Crown requesting that Colonist Sancho Villanova colonize Parnaiba to connect the pieces of Sanchonia. It was also decided that the colonies along the west coast of North America should receive a formal administration. With little interest from the court in the matter, Emperor Jaume IV decided to dub the new colonial nation Nuevos Valencia.



At the end of September, the Ming army made a reappearance and it was angrier than ever. The Exercit Colonial had to withdraw north of Beijing for safety, for they did not have the numbers to fend of these Chinese. Unfortunately, the Chinese were hot on their tails and caught them in Hejian. With significantly less numbers and insufficient leadership, the Exercit Colonial was forced to withdraw.

Around October, Court Chaplain Joan de Trastámara decided it was time that the last few provinces in Europe that resisted the Church of Jesus Christ should allow it to operate within the region. He was completely in his right, for it was the official Crown-sanctioned church and no one had a right to defy it, yet some Catholic lords had barred it from their lands. Now they were forced to accept it so that all Christians could practice their faiths freely. Of course most of the people there were still devout Catholics and few were going to convert to another faith anyway, but at least the non-Catholics were no longer persecuted unjustly.

An attempt by Nuevas Baleares to trade on their own was cut short, for it meant Hispania wasn’t receiving a cut.

With it clear that more men would be needed in China, the Exercit Cathay was commissioned per Lieutenant General Alexandre César de Montségur’s suggestion.

In November, the Exercits Athens and Valencia engaged the Syrian rebels in Aleppo. The rebels had turned the province into a stronghold, but were no match for superior Hispanian firepower. They were routed from the field, leaving Captain General Philaretos Mandromenos to retake the province while Field Marshal Louis de Soneta headed back to Valencia.

Another colony in Australia was a success, allowing resources to be shifted to Palembang.

Poland, a war-monger if there ever was one, declared war on Bohemia, using nationalism as an excuse again. Hungary and Poland so enjoyed attacking the same enemies.



By the end of the year, the Ming troops surprised the Hispanians when they managed to sneak past the garrison placed in Beijing and continue to chase down the Exercit Colonial. With no defence prepared, the army bolted back to Beijing the moment it could. Only a few thousand men remained, but they carried all of the artillery with them. ((Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t nations not allowed to pass through forts when they’re occupied, even if they’re the province owner? The Chinese are cheating!))

Despite this setback, the Exercit Jerusalem, led by Lieutenant General Timur Shah, finally arrived in China, setting foot in Beijing. This provided much needed cover for the retreating army, since now Ming could not engage it without also attacking the Exercit Jerusalem.

Rumours circulated that Byzantium was sending an army to China, a true sign of dedication. However, it was also noted that the bulk of Byzantium’s army seemed to be content to sit around in North Africa while General Pausianus Mandromenos was enjoying a brief vacation in Corfu.

Attempts to establish the Church of Jesus Christ in northern Iberia met setbacks as some extremely resilient Catholics refused to acknowledge the state religion and attacked any non-Catholics.

By February of 1720, Aleppo had fallen, ending the rebel troubles for Byzantium. Too bad their armies hadn’t even bothered to show up, still relaxing in Africa. ((No idea why the AI is not moving the large army in Kabylia. Such strange behaviour.))

There were some that looked at the current state of Hispania and worried about the emperor grabbing too much power. With a recent vote for an absolute monarchy, albeit one that failed, and the emperor holding the position of prime minister for the first time since its creation, Jaume was in a stronger position than most recent emperors. That didn’t deter him, since what he needed was to operate from a position of strength for the time being.



Byzantium made a clear sign of how close the two nations remained when they denounced the pope in Frankfurt and recognized Pius II as the one true pope.

Adding incentives to produce more was a great boon to the nation’s production.

The two armies in China moved south to the fort in Wuding, leaving Beijing open for siege. There was little other option, for Hispania did not have the manpower in the region to protect the capital and take other forts further south.

Mutapa, the landlocked African nation Hispania had stolen the coast from, in turn stole Hispania’s ideas and westernized.

Alsace must be paying out a hefty sum to most of Europe as they agreed to give war reparations to Poland. The cause of nationalism then fell short as Poland only managed to reclaim Polish gold from Bohemia but no land.

By the end of the year, Wuding had fallen. The two armies spread out, the Exercit Jerusalem working its way around north and then back down to Daming while the Exercit Colonial secured some of the coastline.

In good news, half the Greek army in Africa vanished, perhaps spirited away to China, while General Pausianus Mandromenos decided that Zeta was a better place to station his army for the time being. Never know when those Serbs might invade, even with Hungary occupying half their country.

As for Hispanian troops, the new Exercit Cathay was on its way to China.



Tunis put up a tough fight against Morocco, but ultimately could not best their bigger neighbour. Morocco claimed all but one of their provinces for itself, ending Tunis’s significance on the international field.

Belitung reached completion, expanding Hispania’s presence near Malacca. Africa was still of vital importance though, and thus Colonist Sancho Villanova was called to Cape Coast for the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company.

Poland and Hungary’s competition came to a head as the former had had enough of the latter. Poland declared war, stating nationalism as their reason yet again. This conflict also ended the positive relations between Poland and Austria, for the Austrians sided with their Hungarian friends.

Hispania’s occupation of Chinese land had an unintended effect. Vast amounts of chinaware were plundered and sent back to Europe, driving up the demand. With the only significant presence in the region, Hispania was already set to dominate the trade.

Grand Admiral Carles de Trastámara’s plan to build ten threedeckers for protecting the transport fleets was carried out over the next while, using funds gained from the chinaware trade.

June of 1721 brought grave news, for the Chinese had retaken Beijing. The Exercit Colonial immediately set out to join up with the Exercit Jerusalem for joint defense, especially since the Ming army had grown to over 60k men, with another 12k Koreans bolstering their ranks. There was a minor scare as they circled around the two armies, but never chose to engage.

Utrecht lost their namesake to Munster, just as Cologne was named the new Holy Roman Emperor. With only five electors left out of a total of 14 states, the elections weren’t exactly that hard to win.



Europe was embroiled in so many wars that it was a mess trying to determine who was fighting who. Small skirmishes occurred throughout the HRE, while Swedish, French, and Austrian armies rampaged through Lithuania. It was around this time it was noted that peasants had risen up in Austria, but the nearby Austrian armies were too scattered and disorganized to crush it. The Exercit Firenze under Captain General Fausto Villanova was dispatched to remove the threat for Austria. The peasants were no match for the general, who put down the rebellion with ease.

Daming fell in October, securing two forts for Hispania, not that that had deterred Ming from marching right past them. The Exercit Cathay had also arrived from Europe, providing Hispania with three armies and nearly 90k men to make use of. The three armies were called back towards Beijing to retake the capital before making any more big moves.

A breakthrough happened in the war effort when the Korean army and some straggler regiments split from the main Ming army. The Exercits Colonial and Jerusalem pursued. With the main Ming army not in a good position to reinforce, this allowed for a stunning victory with 20k men defeated in mere days. The war theatre was a bit more secure.

Hungary ended their war with Bohemia, probably to better focus on Poland. They freed their fellow Catholics, but decided to pursue a secondary goal by taking half of Serbia. Hungary had just made a major push into the Balkans. Perhaps General Pausianus Mandromenos was justified in keeping watch on the Serbian border.



The death of Karl XIII Gustav of Sweden saw the end of the male line of the Soop dynasty. Previously Emperor Joan III’s daughter Peronella de Trastámara had been the assumed heir through her mother Helgi Soop, the late king’s sister. However, Karl VIII Gustav had had a young daughter out of wedlock years ago, and perhaps feeling his end coming near he had had her legitimized. Some speculated that the Frankfurt pope merely did this to prevent a Trastámara from gaining the Swedish throne, although in the end this backfired anyway. Before his death, Karl Gustav married his young daughter off to Prince Charles of France. When he then passed away, the throne passed to his daughter, or rather her husband since women rarely ruled alone. Prince Charles de Valois thus became King Karl IX of Sweden. This caused great worry amongst the crowns of Europe, for two brothers now held the thrones of two of the strongest nations in Europe. Worse yet, Charles was technically next in line for the French throne, that is unless Henri III sired a son. Thus as a condition of accepting the Swedish crown, Charles had to denounce his right to the crown of France, removing him from succession. ((Had to do a lot of thinking and adjusting to get this to work. We’ve already established that Peronella de Trastámara was next in line for Sweden through the king’s sister, so the only female that could trump her was a daughter, but since there wasn’t one in-game as heir it had to be an illegitimate one. This was further complicated by the fact that it was established that the male Valois line died out and that was why Henri II, a bastard, ascended to the throne of France, so the only male Valois that could be available is a son of his. We’ll just have to ignore the fact Charles/Karl wasn’t actually recognized as heir for the past while.))

This new monarch shook the international stage soon after as he announced that Sweden would be abolishing the practice of slavery and encouraging other nations to follow suit.

Artisans began complaining that certain taxes were hampering production and needed to be abolished. The Crown agreed, although this tanked finances for a moment and required the acquisition of a loan to cover the losses.

As the Exercits Jerusalem and Cathay besieged Beijing, the Exercit Colonial made a push down south, attacking a small Ming army in Yanzhou.

Persia continued to grow, expanding further east towards India at Baluchistan’s expense.



Cologne attempted to make a move on Munster, even if it meant pitting them against Hungary Sweden, and Saxony too.

June 1722 saw the fall of Beijing yet again, also meaning that all the Hispanian armies were free to make a move on Ming. All the armies converged on Wuding for one massive assault against the Ming army. The battle was a success, seeing the Ming army suffer significant casualties and be forced north into easily accessible territory. The victory greatly bolstered the army’s discipline as they chased the Chinese.

By September, they had caught up to the Ming army in Shenyang. Demoralized and trapped farther north than they’d like, the Ming army was placed in a position where they could not escape. The army surrendered, with over 40k men taken out of the war in a single battle. The bulk of the enemy force was gone.

With that taken care of, the Exercit Colonial remained in Shenyang to take the fort and surrounding region before pushing into Korea, the Exercit Jerusalem marched south to secure the region just south of Beijing, while the Exercit Cathay set sail for Canton, the target of the war. Reports also came in around this time of a Byzantine army in southern China, as well as the occupation of Hsenwi’s capital. Their so-called star general had not travelled overseas for the campaign though, for he had to keep a careful eye on those threatening Serbs. ((The AI is truly a mystery sometimes. :p))



At the end of the year, the Exercit Jerusalem engaged a minor Ming army trying to retake provinces. The fight had been taken out of the Chinese, for without overwhelming numbers they stood no chance.

Someone else who had had the fight taken out of them was the marshal. In his mid-50s, Sanç de Trastámara passed away, shortly after his own son died, leaving his office open. His death also brought to life the corruption that had existed during his tenure, with an overwhelming number of bribes accepted for various purposes. No one could exactly trace who had paid and for what, but it was clear that the army’s integrity had been compromised by this greedy late marshal. His successor would have to be carefully selected, but for now the emperor took up the duties. Also, with the death of his brother Sanç and the humiliating dismissal of Bartomeu, Grand Admiral Carles de Trastámara found himself in a tricky position, ultimately leading to his resignation. ((@Mach Twelve, you can remarry Sophia if you want. I didn’t realize her husband was supposed to die so young.))

As 1723 came around, Chancellor Andreu de Trastámara decided it was time to make a move in Anatolia. With most of the Greek armies off who knows where or nowhere near the war theatre, it seemed likely Hispania would be doing most of the work. The Exercits Valencia and Firenze made their way to Anatolia to meet up with the Exercit Athens. It was decided that war with Genoa would be pursued first, for they seemed the easier target.

Timur Shah caught another small Ming army in Yanzhou and proceeded to dispatch it. Further north, the fort at Shenyang fell, opening the way to Korea.

Religious tolerance tended to allow extremists to practice freely as well, as seen in Parma.

The one thing Ming had was numbers, as seen by the constant small armies getting in the way.



After a lengthy war, Sweden called an end to the conflict with Pomerania. They only took a single province from Pomerania, although Munster also received Lauenburg. The major victory was against Lithuania, who had to hand over several provinces near the Baltic. Sweden continued to win over Lithuania thanks to the strength of its allies.

Even the slightly larger Ming armies stood no chance in deterring Hispania’s war effort. Chinese fell like dominos.

In April, war with Genoa was officially declared, once it was determined that their ally Poland would not come to their aid. Poland was too embroiled in their own wars and succumbing to growing debt. The Exercits Athens and Valencia pushed over the border into Trebizond, while the Exercit Firenze was to sail for Genoa’s capital in the Crimea.



West Africa continued to boom, bringing in plenty of ducats for the TATC.

Despite the war against Genoa being called for the Greeks’ benefit, they didn’t seem particularly interested in it. While their navy came out in force, their army failed to react. Men still remained in Africa for whatever reason, while General Mandromenos seemed more interested in Serbia than Genoa. When the African army finally did get off its ass, it set sail out to the Atlantic. At least they continued to contribute to the war in China. ((Chalk another one up for dumb AI.))

Trebizond proved to be poorly defended, the fort falling in little over a month. The two nearby armies were then able to pour over the border into Genoese land.

In China, the desired port of Canton was captured, and with no enemy armies in sight the Exercit Cathay split up to siege as many provinces as it could.

Genoa made a daring move by placing its army right in the path of two of Hispania’s. Louis de Soneta soon showed why he was the senior general even at his advanced age as he crushed the Genoese army. The two armies then proceeded to spread out to siege as much land as possible while resistance remained minimal.

The Exercit Cathay continued to secure the coastline and region surrounding Canton, all while the Exercit Jerusalem pushed south and the Exercit Colonial besieged Korea’s border fort.

Ming made the mistake of attacking a much larger Hispanian army and summarily lost their own.

With excess resources to spend, investment was placed into Lisboa to make it one of the empire’s most valuable ports.

The capital of Genoa, Theodoro, put up little resistance as well. Their navy was forced to confront the Flota Mediterranean, but fled to port the moment the Armada Grande arrived.



In September of 1723, Archduke Albrecht VIII of Austria passed away, leaving the throne to his son Rudolf. Relations had been quite tense with Hispania during his reign, especially over Lucca, so perhaps this new monarch would usher in a new era.

By October, the general opinion of the war against Ming was starting to go into the negative. The war had dragged on for too long and they wanted a result already. To appease these people, the chancellor first signed a peace with Korea, extracting a small sum from them. This was enough to help pay off the loan owed by the treasury.

In Genoa, the war was going very smoothly. The fort at Crimea had fallen in two months and most of the enemy land was already under occupation. When Genoa’s fleet was then sunk and the small remains of their army bested in their own capital, the war seemed all but won.

As the land around Canton was secured, a peace was finally signed. The emperor called for a moderate peace to ensure the empire wasn’t overextended or struggling to set up an efficient administration again. The coastline near Canton was demanded first of all, along with an end to relations with both Korea and their vassal Hsenwi. War reparations and a sizeable sum were demanded, greatly boosting the treasury. Hispania had secured its little slice of China.

With the peace settled, the Exercit Cathay was formally stationed in its new home. The Flota Colonial moved in to send the Exercit Jerusalem back home, while the Exercit Colonial made the long march south for reassignment at a later date.



The conquest of Canton soon proved a great boon for Hispania. The empire now had a stranglehold on Chinese trade with Europe.

The fall of Astrakhan soon preceded the fall of Kuban, with Genoa all but entirely occupied. When western Genoa was secured, the Exercits Valencia and Firenze sailed on home, while Captain General Mandromenos remained behind to capture the last fort if possible. As for his relative in Byzantium, he had left the Serbian border behind to return to the capital of Constantinople, but did not venture any further towards the war theatre.

The death of a prominent merchant in Hispania saw an influx of wealth into the treasury.

While Hispania could pursue total occupation, it did not seem worth it. Byzantium ultimately wanted only two provinces, and it seemed likely the court would not favour any more after the Greeks’ lack of participation in the war. Thus a peace was signed where Byzantium received Trebizond and Erzurum. Hispania in turn finally got Genoa to denounce any return to Italy, while milking their treasury and forcing a break with Poland. It was not a memorable peace, but one earned wholly by Hispania.

With Tunis in its pathetic state, Egypt declared war on it. How they were to get troops there though was a mystery since it seemed unlikely they had many in North Africa and they certainly weren’t going through Hispanian land.

As the year turned to 1725, Basileus Ioannes X Palaiologos finally ascended to the throne after a lengthy regency council. With no brothers, and of course no sons as he had not married yet, he named his cousin Demetrios his heir.





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

It seems our colonial ambitions in China have finally been realized. I applaud our brave men who served in such a war, for it proved quite trying at times, but we have proven the stronger. Perhaps it is time to consider a new aspiration for this empire, perhaps one less grand this time. We could focus on building up our colonies in Africa, always a profitable route. We have neglected South America for quite some time, so maybe a colony there would be good. Or, if we wish to be more aggressive, maybe the annexation of the tiny state of Malindi is in order. They have no allies and have been a minor nuisance on our East African border for quite some time. ((We have a new mission to select and will be voting on that later.))

I must admit the war with Genoa was not what I expected. After such a strong call for our assistance in reclaiming Anatolia, I expected the Greeks to participate in some manner. I suppose we failed to communicate thoroughly our intention to seek out the war now and they had already committed most of their troops to our war against Ming. If we pursue war with Persia next, maybe we should wait to ensure Byzantium has troops nearby to assist.

There is also the matter of the council. I stated years ago that my role as prime minister would be temporary, and now that matters at home have settled down, I believe it is time to step back. While we did not find the culprit responsible for the troubles of yesteryear, it is time we return to normalcy. I feel that what we need is stability, and thus I believe it best to pick a man who has remained a stable fixture of the council during both my reign and my predecessor’s. I extend an offer of the position of prime minister to the current grandmaster, Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre, in the hopes that he will accept. ((@05060403, you get to be prime minister if you accept and can start appointing ministers. We currently need a marshal and grand admiral. While there are still Trastámaras as chancellor and steward, you are free to keep them or replace them if you wish.))


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On another note, before the update alscon called for a vote on whether Dadarian and BelisariustheGreat should retain their positions on the Cortz. I will thus start that now so we will be able to resolve the matter before the official vote. Only nobles can vote in this. Landed nobles may nominate themselves for open positions in the event someone is removed from the Cortz, and I will allow those who are kicked out to try to reclaim their spot. Here is the vote for that:

Remove Enrique de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange from Cortz (Nobles only): Yes/No/Abstain
Remove Guillen II Barros Ximon Etxeto from Cortz (Nobles only): Yes/No/Abstain

Nobles voting should bold their votes and include their character’s name and class. This will end when minister plans are due.

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Alexis of course was standing in the shadowy corner of the court, but hearing his name, the elderly grandmaster stepped up only to be left in a state of complete shock, though the look lasted only for few seconds. He slowly noded his head, giving a small bow towards the Emperor, speaking up in a calm voice
"Your Majesty, I am humbled by your offer, and I shall gladly accept it. I thank you for believing my devotion to you and entrusting me with the position. I will be sure to do what I can, so that your empire will last at least a thousand more years."
With that said, Alexis reached into his matle, pulling out a rolled up parchemnt of paper, walking up to the throne and turning towards this court.
"And this is my ministry plan, which I shall now present to all the gathered, as it is required by the law."
The Granmaster cleared his throat, starting to read from the paper
"First, we shall commision 28 new ships to protect our world wide trade web.
Send 10 to canton, 18 to Malacca
Our merchants shall stay where they are.
The Trans-Atlantic Trading Company shall be granted a monopoly in the Region of Arabia to boos their efforts in the area."
With that, Alexis handed the plan to the Emperor, a small note hidden inside, not read to the court, which state "Arabian operations eperiancing troubles with competition."
Once again he cleared his throat, making one more statement
"I will appoint a new marshal and a new grand admiral in few days, however now I must consider my options."
And with that he bowed once more, heading back to his corner from which his sharp eyes would inspect the court.

(( Plan:
Build 28 light ships
Send 10 to Canton
18 to Malacca
Grant a monopoly to the TATC in Arabia ))

After returning to his office he decided to write a letter to Alexandre César de Montségur

(( @alscon ))
Monsieur de Montségur,
I write to you with a simple offer, and a small request following it. As you are surely aware our Emperor decided to appoint me as his Prime Minister. And as the PM it is my duty to appoint the new Marshal of Hispania. And I will keep it short. In my opinion you are the most suited to take the position, since I believe the army needs a young, bright mind like yours to oversee everything. And you can be completly sure to get the position if you help me out with a matter I pointed out to the court earlier. You see it is vital to my intress that the TATC is granted the monopoly in Arabia. I hope that when you become the Marshal I can count on your vote. Otherwise I will have to think more about the decision. But you can be sure that despite everything you are most likely recieve it. As far as I am aware, Philaretos Mandromenos and you don't see eye to eye very well, and I can imagine that my decision to appoint you instead of him as the Marshal would... Anger him in a certain way. Just think about what I said.
Respectfully,
Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre,
Prime Minister of the Empire of Hispania, Grandmaster of Hispania, head of the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company

Having finished the letter, Alexis sat back in his chair, thinking about possible candidates for the position of the Grand Admiral. He couldn't do it, being already the Prime Minister and the Grandmaster. He sat in his office, minutes passing by before coming to a simple conclusion. It had to be someone close to the sailors, someone who knew much about ships and their crew. And only one man came into his mind. Sancho Panza Villanova.

(( @DragonOfAtlantis ))
Monsieur Villanova,
As the Prime Minister of Hispania, I would wish to appoiont you as the Grand Admiral. I believe the experience you gained regarind ships while serving as the crown colonist and your knowledge about crews makes you the perfect peron to take the position.
Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre,
Prime Minister of the Empire of Hispania, Grandmaster of Hispania, head of the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company
 
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Greetings, while we are still going on about the possibility of a palace coup, which I personally doubt. But I cannot deny that a connection between Bartomeu and the assassins. While I am certain that he has done this, the connections are too much for me to ignore. It is known to us that he is at least commit one crime, that being corruption, and I do not doubt that he could have committed another. I request your arrest this fool in the name of the justice.

Also, may I ask about you for summaries or transcripts of your conversations with him and general facts about your relationship. It would be useful in finding out a alibi if he did do it.

Your Loyal Subject,
William Augustus
 

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((To @05060403))
Dear Prime Minister Alexis de Saint-Pierre,

I accept the appointment to Grand Admiral.

Sancho Villanova
 

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My Prime MInister,

I request to be given the position of Steward in the Small Council, as the Pirme Minister, you are in charge of appointing these ministers. While the position is filled at the moment, I believe it would be in the best interest of Spain if I be given this. Perhaps this could even help you. All of Hispania knows about the success of your company and perhaps, with my help, it can get even more powerful with help from the council, whether it be in monopolies or other things that may be of interest to you. The Trastamara currently in charge is a wild card in his support fro a stronger and richer company, but I, I promise that I could help you very much. Perhaps I could even by given the position of Chancellor as well. You don't know who the Trastamara's are and you can trust me. We can \both help each other and I'm certain our cooperation and wealth if I am to be honest, could only grow further.

I hope you accept,
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Prime Minister,

Of course. A monopoly for the TATC in Arabia would increase the traffic of wares in our renewed Mare Nostrum, and with our agreement through the company's new key port of Sicily. I am not one to harm my own interests, unlike many other of the nobility, and therefore you can rest assured that my vote would be for the monopoly.
As for the food for thought... I would not expect otherwise. Though I must say that I might have overestimated our self-proclaimed 'hero'. Hiding in Serbia while Hispania fights will not bring him any popularity he could use to become basileus. But I still shall not underestimate Philaretos, so you have my thanks.

May our continued partnership bear more fruits,
Alexandre César de Montségur, Duke of Trinacria and Count of Calabria
((Really, game? 0/3/3/1? With 78 army tradition? How can I take my bio serious now? Military prodigy- just as much as Pausanias is a hero :())



For the Cortz election, Montségur stood up as the member to call for the exclusion, energically opening the debate.

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We all know what this assembly stands for. What is its purpose. The reason for its existence. To protect the rights of the nobility. And none of these two men have stood for these rights. Almost, this reason... would have vanished. Reduced to a mere matter of protocol. The implication of their votes could have been fatal - our veto concerning the war, null and void. The Cortz votes against it? Tend to the nobles, make them forget what it was about, carry through the war with all available forces. The Chamberlain as a fly, crying for someone to finally give him some attention until he is either swatted or goes away. A strong Cortz is necessary, and we cannot have such a Cortz with such men sitting in it! They have to leave!
As candidate to replace them, I nominate Nicolás de Alvaro, our esteemed Chamberlain. One who truly represents the nobility. He didn't just want to be noticed when Bartomeu was Prime Minister, he acted. Fulfilled the purpose of his role. He deserves to sit in the Cortz, unlike those who would rather tend to pointless distractions all day in some remote palace. Or live in their remote castle so that it has been years since we last saw the man.

((Remove Enrique de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange from Cortz: Yes
Remove Guillen II Barros Ximon Etxeto from Cortz: Yes

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Monsieur Augustus,
I must say I was surprised by your offer, however I thank you for it, and I simply cannot refuse it. You shall become the new steward of Hispania. However I think the current chancellor has fulfiled his duties just fine, and I do not see the necessity to replace him. And I have to disagree with you on the matter of not knowing who the Trastamaras are. As far as I am concerned they are the family who ruled out Empire for few centuries. I will be awaiting your plan soon.

Respectfully,
Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre,
Prime Minister of the Empire of Hispania, Grandmaster of Hispania, head of the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company

Monsieur de Montségur,
I am very glad you see reason in my request. And I believe I have made up my mind. I will be expecting a plan from you in the next few day. I've always thought the army sould be led be the young, who can adapt to the ever changing tactics and strategies on the battlefield.
And you are right to not underestimate this greek 'star'. He didn't get the popularity he wanted, but he remains as a powerful opponent.

Respectfully,
Alexis Cyril de Saint-Pierre,
Prime Minister of the Empire of Hispania, Grandmaster of Hispania, head of the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company


(( PM actions: Appoint Alexandre César de Montségur as the Marshal
Appoint Sancho Villanova as Grand Admiral
Fire Enric de Trastámara from the position of the Steward.
Appoint William Augustus as the Steward. ))
 

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Stewards Plan

Build Trade Buildings in: Sevilla, Valencia, Tunis,Tangiers, Tlemcen, Canton, Porto, and Firenze
Build Production Buildings in La Mancha, Firenze, Pisa, and Siena
Build Military Docks in: Sevilla, Siena, and Provence

I was just saying we cannot be certain if they will support you. I believe it would have been best to put me in that position, but the authority for doing so is not my own. I trust in your judgement and I hope I do not disappoint.

William Augustus
 

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I am humbled by Duke de Montségurs faith in my abilities, and I assure you all that I am not voting in the interest of myself, but that of Hispania.

Remove Enrique de Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange from Cortz (Nobles only): Abstain
Remove Guillen II Barros Ximon Etxeto from Cortz (Nobles only): Yes

Nicolás de Alvaro, Duke of Sardinia and Corsica and Chamberlain of the Cortz

[Duke, Chamberlain, funded colony]
 

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Treasurers Plan:
Build Trade Buildings in: Provence, Tarragona, Valencia, Genoa, Sevilla, Porto, Lissboa
Build Production Buildings in La Mancha

((The steward is the one who constructs buildings, not the treasurer. The treasurer more handles the finances, like determining whether other plans will receive funding, where the maintenance sliders sit at, when to lower inflation, if war taxes should be raised, etc.))

Greetings, while we are still going on about the possibility of a palace coup, which I personally doubt. But I cannot deny that a connection between Bartomeu and the assassins. While I am certain that he has done this, the connections are too much for me to ignore. It is known to us that he is at least commit one crime, that being corruption, and I do not doubt that he could have committed another. I request your arrest this fool in the name of the justice.

Also, may I ask about you for summaries or transcripts of your conversations with him and general facts about your relationship. It would be useful in finding out a alibi if he did do it.

Your Loyal Subject,
William Augustus

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I must admit that it is quite a surprise to hear that Bartomeu is connected to the assassin from years ago, if that is indeed true. The evidence of corruption though seems undeniable. Seeing as he has remained at court, I shall have him confined to his quarters until the matter can be resolved.

I'm afraid most of our conversations were conducted in private and there was no reason to record them. It's been too long that I cannot recall what was said anyway. I do remember him being rather domineering and insistent on doing things his way. I always thought such behaviour was due to him thinking he knew what was best for Hispania and that I was still inexperienced, but perhaps not.

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

((Really, game? 0/3/3/1? With 78 army tradition? How can I take my bio serious now? Military prodigy- just as much as Pausanias is a hero :())

((I was a bit surprised it gave those stats, quite frankly. Must be balancing out after giving higher stats to others.))

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Build Trade Buildings in: Sevilla, Valencia, Tunis,Tangiers, Tlemcen, Canton, Porto, and Firenze
Build Production Buildings in La Mancha, Firenze, Pisa, and Siena
Build Military Docks in: Sevilla, Siena, and Provence

((With the exception of Canton, all of those have fully upgraded trade buildings. We've built them pretty much throughout all of Europe and most of North Africa. We can't build production buildings in La Mancha because it's a gold province, but the rest are fine. And by military docks do you mean shipyards, which decrease shipbuilding time and repair ships, or drydocks, which raise naval force limit? Sevilla and Provence already have the first and no room for the latter, while Siena has neither but only has one building slot. All of Iberia and most of Italy already has shipyards, while we've been building drydocks mostly in Africa where there's space.))

* * * * *

((I was trying to think up an idea for what to do for the investigation, seeing as with the time gap it has sort of run cold and the evidence collected isn't quite damning enough. I was thinking of doing something similar to what I did when Pere V's bastard children were kidnapped where players could decide upon a various number of predetermined paths to find out the truth. Of course that one was restricted to a few involved players and only had limited decisions to make. This time though I was thinking it'd be more interesting to make it more open and available to everyone. Thus I'm allowing all players to conduct their own investigations to find the one who hired the assassin. All you have to do is write up a short IC of who, where, or what you want to investigate and I shall respond with the results determined based on a RNG roll and other factors. You can choose to pursue whatever path you want, although there will be restrictions based on what can be reasonably done or allowed. For example, a player can't examine confidential documents from the treasury unless they've been given permission or are the treasurer. I'll also be taking the player's position into consideration, so for example a military character will have a much better chance of finding clues in the army than someone who works for a trading company. Players are free to share whatever information they find with each other or the emperor if they want to force someone to trial. I'm hoping this won't be too chaotic, but we'll see how it turns out. Seeing as most of this will require me to make things up on the fly, bear with me as I write up responses. They may take some time to devise or be a bit short in details. I'll try my best.))
 

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((The Grande Armada, stationed at Gibraltar, has 45 heavy ships and 55 galleys. The Armada Colonial has 35 heavy ships and 55 galleys. The two transport fleets have 5 heavy ships and 36 transports each. We have numerous trade fleets I won't mention, unless you want those too.))
 

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((Private))

"My loyal friends," said Alejandro, "I have called you here today because it appears that the plan has failed...or rather, the situation has changed."

There were some groans from his cousins and friends.

"But don't worry! The Reconquista will prevail! We'll take back our country! We just need to jump straight to Phase Four."

"But the Chancellor has resigned, so you can't duel him!" protested Sancho.

"Not that Phase Four, my new Phase Four," explained Alejandro, "Using the extensive connections we have built up throughout the country, particularly among the nobility, we shall find out who really sent that assassin and bring him to justice!"

"My cousin," said Antonio, "Shouldn't we wait for the people you sent letters to respond?"

"I've waited for many years for this," said Alejandro, "I will not wait another few years!"

The group was silent.

"Well, what are you waiting for?" he said. "Let's get to work!"

((Launching my own investigation into the assassin, looking for clues in the nobility and Trastamara family))
 

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Build Production Buildings in: Firenze, Pisa, and Cape Town
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Alexis was pacing around his office, one thing never leaving his mind for few years. No matter what he did, the Grandmaster just couldn't get his mind off of one question: Who tried to assassinate the Emperor.
And with his private talk few years back, some might suspect him. So he had to find the one who ordered Emeror's head before someone starts thinking that he was the one who did it. With his newfound power as the Prime Minister, and almost all of the Trans-Atlantic Trading Comapny behind him he launched his own investigation into the matter, questioning every privateer, rouge, mercenary, sailor, trader and petty nobles he could, trying to find some sort of trace.

(( Ehh, why not. I'm going to start my own investigation in the matter. ))
 

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((The grandmaster can deal with the trade fleets))
Grand Admiral plan:
  • 10 heavy ships for armada colonial
  • 4 transports for each transport fleet
  • 5 heavy ship for each transport fleet
After submitting the plan Sancho decided to try and trace the origin of the gold coins the captain had given him a few years back.
((Continuing the investigation from before the update, there should be a way to trace gold coins, right?))
 

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"My loyal friends," said Alejandro, "I have called you here today because it appears that the plan has failed...or rather, the situation has changed."

There were some groans from his cousins and friends.

"But don't worry! The Reconquista will prevail! We'll take back our country! We just need to jump straight to Phase Four."

"But the Chancellor has resigned, so you can't duel him!" protested Sancho.

"Not that Phase Four, my new Phase Four," explained Alejandro, "Using the extensive connections we have built up throughout the country, particularly among the nobility, we shall find out who really sent that assassin and bring him to justice!"

"My cousin," said Antonio, "Shouldn't we wait for the people you sent letters to respond?"

"I've waited for many years for this," said Alejandro, "I will not wait another few years!"

The group was silent.

"Well, what are you waiting for?" he said. "Let's get to work!"

((Launching my own investigation into the assassin, looking for clues in the nobility and Trastamara family))

((Private - zenphoenix))

After speaking with some fellow nobility, what came to light was a brewing conflict amongst various members of the Trastámara family. After his resignation as prime minister, Bartomeu de Trastámara had fallen further into debt. His brother, Sanç de Trastámara, had somehow come across some wealth, although no one knew where it had come from, but he refused to share it with his brother despite the elder man being responsible for maintaining the family estates. Bartomeu approached several nobles, as well as his brother-in-law Andreu de Trastámara again, for a loan, but due to his reputation was unable to procure one. There was talk of selling off some of his lands, possibly to Andreu or the infant duke of Madrid, but that eventually ended with Sanç's death, where some said Bartomeu was able to weasel some money from the late marshal's inheritance to pay off parts of the growing family debt.

Alexis was pacing around his office, one thing never leaving his mind for few years. No matter what he did, the Grandmaster just couldn't get his mind off of one question: Who tried to assassinate the Emperor.
And with his private talk few years back, some might suspect him. So he had to find the one who ordered Emeror's head before someone starts thinking that he was the one who did it. With his newfound power as the Prime Minister, and almost all of the Trans-Atlantic Trading Comapny behind him he launched his own investigation into the matter, questioning every privateer, rouge, mercenary, sailor, trader and petty nobles he could, trying to find some sort of trace.

(( Ehh, why not. I'm going to start my own investigation in the matter. ))

((Private - 05060403))

Very little information could be found at first. No one in the trading world seemed to know much about the assassination attempt, and none of the prime minister's more shady contacts knew who the assassin had been, so he clearly wasn't a well-known assassin or one with connections to the underworld. It seemed likely that the assassin was just some random guy with the necessary skills who had been hired for the job. If he looked in just the right place or talked to exactly the right people, he might be able to find someone who knew the assassin while he was alive.

After submitting the plan Sancho decided to try and trace the origin of the gold coins the captain had given him a few years back.
((Continuing the investigation from before the update, there should be a way to trace gold coins, right?))

((Private - DragonOfAtlantis))

It was quite clear upon closer inspection that at the time of the assassination attempt, the coins had been freshly minted, likely straight from the treasury.
 
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