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It seems quite clear that the council is divided on deciding the fate of the accused in regards to the charge of attempted regicide. A third believes he is innocent, another third that he is guilty, and the rest are still undecided or have not voiced their opinion. Seeing as a clear majority has not been found for a guilty verdict, it seems there is no other option but to declare the accused innocent of attempted regicide. However, the charges of corruption are a different matter. The accused has admitted to these crimes, and thus he can be found nothing but guilty. As dictated by law, I shall decide the punishment. For stealing from the treasury and other corrupt acts, I condemn Duke Bartomeu de Trastámara to life imprisonment. As befitting his age and station, he shall be imprisoned somewhere comfortable. He shall also be required to abdicate all his titles, passing them on to his son and heir. Seeing as this entire debacle was started by his family debts and seeing as the accused admitted to his crimes, the Crown shall pay off all his family's debt through the purchase of the title to the county of Salento. Anyone who knows the history of that province knows it's better off with the Crown. I hope this appeases those who are still unsure whether Bartomeu made an attempt on my life. This trial is adjourned.

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

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After the end of the recent trial, the court began discussing a potential colony in Tierra del Fuego on the tip of South America. The Crown obliged, sending a colonist to the region.

The latest army expansion saw the numerous Hispanian armies bolstered in numbers, bringing them all up to 32k men. This stretched the resources of the army, which became oversized even with the aid of the state’s military advisors.

Poland, in a surprising move, managed to secure a port on the North Sea from Munster. Poland now stretched across the continent, with ports on the Black, Baltic, and North Seas.

The Church of Jesus Christ may have made great headway in regards to relations between Christians, but heathens still received similar treatment as they had for centuries. While more peaceful methods were always used first, eventually the Inquisition would move out in full. Of course this sometimes provoked the locals, especially after the sacking of Mecca. Several thousand men rose up in Sirt for those very reasons, but the Exercit Africa had little difficulty ending that rebellion.

The navy continued to expand at a rapid rate. Threedeckers and trabakuls were constructed in significant numbers to increase the size of both transport fleets and the Armada Colonial.

Poland’s war against Hungary was enveloping a significant part of Central Europe. Austria was the first to cave, unwilling to send thousands more to their deaths over this dispute. They agreed to a white peace with Poland, who wanted to focus solely on Hungary.



Newfoundland could not bear British tyranny any more and declared yet another independence war, with the Thirteen Colonies joining them again. Hopefully they would be able to pull off a victory this time.

The shipyards of Iberia and Italy were busy near the end of the year as a series of heavy frigates were placed under construction by the grandmaster.

In November, Emperor Henri III of France passed away before he could even reach 30. The Crown passed to his youngest brother, Louis. Not even 20, the new Emperor Louis XIX had yet to sire an heir, putting French succession in doubt for now. The only other male Valois left was his brother Charles, who had denounced his claim to the French throne upon ascending to the Swedish throne. With males only considered in succession, this put the future of France in doubt. There was talk that a Trastámara might even inherit the throne.

Investment in Portugal was conducted, for the region had become a key part of the empire’s shipbuilding sector.

Timur Shah’s push for Hispania to adopt a policy of free trade was mostly ignored by the court, who much rather preferred the current mercantilist agenda. Surely it was better for Hispania, who controlled so much of the world trade, to focus on economic autarky and to cut out foreign trade where possible. Not all merchants agreed with this idea though, and instead believed Shah was right, for a policy of free trade would allow greater access to foreign markets while Hispania’s strong trade presence was enough to protect domestic industry. A few merchants of the TATC even resigned, seeking employment elsewhere.

Hungary, struggling to fend off Poland, was willing to sign an unfavourable peace with Cologne. They cut ties with Mainz to get Cologne off their back.



March of 1726 proved a momentous time as the Christian faith was returned to Jerusalem. The heathens had all but left, or even converted.

The Exercit Valencia was transported to Syria in preparation for war against Persia, while the Exercits Athens and Jerusalem were moved closer to the border. The Exercit Firenze also started marching towards the war theatre. When the first three were in place, the declaration of war was sent. All of Anatolia would be conquered for Byzantium.

The Exercit Athens, under Field Marshal Fausto Villanova, headed straight for Van, the target province. The Exercit Valencia under Marshal Alexandre César de Montségur headed straight for the fort at Mosul, while Lieutenant General Alejandro de Leon and the Exercit Jerusalem went for the fort at As Sahiliyah. The Exercit Colonial also sailed out from Africa to go for Persia’s provinces in Arabia.

Byzantium seemed to have some difficulties deciding upon command for the Greek armies. Basileus Ioannes X seemed intent to lead his forces himself, with his cousin in charge of the second army. There were even rumours that General Pausianus Mandromenos had been fired, although these were dismissed when he ultimately took command of the main Greek force. ((Byzantium has sure been acting weird. For some reason they kept firing their 3-star general I gave them, probably because they were at their leader limit. Took a few tries to make him stay.))



The first battle happened in the disputed province of Van, where the Persian army had been lying in wait. Field Marshal Villanova engaged them alone, to great success. The terrain had worked against him, but the brilliant general was facing an inferior army, both in equipment and skill. Ultimately, he dealt significant casualties to the enemy while keeping his army quite intact.

The colony in Cape Coast became self-sufficient, another African port to dominate trade. Colonist Sancho Villanova head back out to Australia, settling a colony in Gunditjmara for the Montségur family.

Just as Van fell to Hispanian forces, word arrived from Sweden. With a little push from France, the Swedes had decided to accept Pope Pius II has the legitimate pope, denouncing the imposter in Frankfurt. This may have also been influenced by the fact that the current Valois king still did not have an heir, leaving yet another nation looking towards the Trastámara family to secure their throne.

The Persian army was gathering forces on the border, skittering around the Hispanian siege armies. The Greek army under General Mandromenos had marched right to the war theatre and then promptly headed back towards Constantinople to seek reinforcements while Basileus Ioannes X made his way over. One straggler army made the mistake of lagging behind. Field Marshal Villanova pounced at that opportunity, catching a small army led by the Persian Crown Prince unawares.



As the main Persian army was slowly boxed in, Lieutenant General Leon managed to capture the fort at As Sahiliyah, opening the way further east. He marched onwards to Samawah, the next fort in his path.

France continued to colonize near Hispanian colonies, setting up their own colonial nation in Oceania called Terre Australe.

The Exercit Firenze moved in south to secure some unoccupied provinces, and that is when the Persian army struck. The other two nearby Hispanian armies attempted a leapfrog technique, with Villanova taking over the siege of Mosul and Montségur marching to the battlefield. The Greek general, Mandromenos, was also on his way. The Exercit Firenze fended off the Persian for a week before Montségur arrived, and a few days later the Greeks attacked the Persian flank. Severely outmatched, the Persians could not maintain the offensive and had to retreat, losing half their numbers in the process. With the enemy fleeing east, Montségur moved on to the fort in Kirmanshah.

Resources were put into La Mancha to bolster gold production from the valuable mines.

The uncertainty of Swedish succession was starting to raise tensions abroad as disputes broke out both in Sweden and in allied courts. The French insisted that while Karl IX had denounced his rights to the French throne, that did not mean that Louis XIX could not inherit the Swedish throne from his older brother. Many critics pointed out that Karl IX only ruled through his wife, the true ruler of Sweden, and her closest relative was Peronella de Trastámara, the daughter of the late Emperor Joan III. If the matter could not be settled, it seemed likely Hispania and France would go head to head over the throne of Sweden.

The Greeks moved to eliminate the Persian threat once and for all With his usual boldness, General Mandromenos marched straight at the enemy army, crossing a river and placing his army in a terrible position in the process. In a battle that lasted nearly two months, the two armies fought ferociously. The Greeks nearly quit the field they were so exhausted and demoralized, but the Persians gave up before the Greek front could fully collapse. The remainder of the Persian army fled, essentially ending any resistance at that point.



The capture of Mosul secured the western front. The Exercit Firenze went north to capture the forts up there, while Villanova and his army pushed to the Caspian.

Noble rebels rose up in Nuevo Leon. Hopefully they would be able to handle them this time.

Leon captured the fort at Samawah, the final push in a march towards the Persian Gulf.

French Louisiana annexed Creek, further encroaching on the Thirteen Colonies, just as the colony at Tierra del Fuego took off. Now everyone wanted to move to the colonies.

A famous minstrel travelled across the countryside, bringing joy to the Hispanian people and keeping them content with their lives.

Part of the Persian army tried to sneak west, but Villanova blocked their path. They ran themselves up against his defences without success, with the field marshal managing to surround them in the process and force their surrender.

The Swedes had only made minor colonial efforts, grabbing a colony or two in an isolated part of Africa. They had apparently befriended the people of Kongo, announcing that from now on Kongo was their protectorate and they would not allow others to attack them.



The Persians, unable to take on the Hispanian or Greek armies in battle, were trying to sneak past to retake their land. Field Marshal Villanova blocked yet another attempt at this.

Emperor Jaume IV sat down in prayer with the governor of Nueva Sicilia, a common tradition now with the colonies.

The colony in Palembang was finally able to sustain itself, a great blessing for the Burgundy-Ivrea-Orange family. Now Colonist Vladimir Pugachev could colonize Nakipa for the Lübecker family.

The main Persian army made a break for Wasit, but this time Greek General Mandromenos intervened. The Shah of Persia led his army himself, but that made little difference. Despite the Greeks being in another unfavourable position after making a river crossing, the Persians could not match their numbers or skill, retreating back east.

The Exercit Colonial had been working on its own in Arabia, but finally managed to secure the fort at Muscat.



By June of 1628, Persia was suing for peace. While Hispania could push further into Persia, there seemed little reason to do so for one province. All armies were called back and a peace signed. Persia was to hand over Van as intended. Emperor Jaume, reminded of the incident involving Mecca and perhaps prodded by the prime minister who now had an interest in Arabia, asked that a clause be added to the treaty demanding that Persia hand over a few provinces originally taken from Najd and Persia. This was meant as a sign of good faith to make up for the desecration of their holy site, and was a first major step in mending any relations. To finish it off, Persia also had to hand over most of their treasury as always.

Within the next few weeks, two more significant peaces were signed elsewhere in the world. The first was between Poland and Hungary. Polish aggression continued unhampered as they claimed several Hungarian provinces, all in the name of nationalism. The fact that most of these provinces were mostly populated by Hungarians didn’t seem to deter them. It seemed more likely Poland had used it as a means to snatch up northern and eastern Hungary to smooth out their borders.

The second significant peace was between Britain and its colonies. Yet again, Britain proved the victor, forcing Newfoundland to settle a peace and pay for the war costs. Perhaps the fact the smaller Newfoundland kept leading the charge was the cause of both losses. Either way, with both British colonial nations clamouring for freedom, it seemed likely another attempt was due when the truce ended. Perhaps it would be in Hispania’s benefit to intervene the next time.

Peace with Persia just opened the war for the next stage of conquest. Once the Exercit Colonial was back in Africa, the tiny state of Malindi could be eliminated. War was declared, with little resistance expected.



The Malindi army was wiped out in four days, and what they called a navy in less than that. This didn’t deter the men higher up from calling for further investment in the navy.

When the truce with Egypt ended at the start of 1729, the armies that had been in Persia were slowly shifted towards the region. The Exercit Firenze went home, but the Exercits Athens and Jerusalem moved into the Holy Land, while the Exercit Valencia sailed over to eastern Libya. Field Marshal Villanova took over command of the Exercit Africa to handle the North African campaign. With their only ally being Ajuuraan, and vice versa, war was declared on Egypt. Mare Nostrum would be achieved.

Field Marshal Villanova split his army into two to take on the two forts in North Africa. The Exercit Athens was to secure the Mediterranean coastline to force the Egyptian navy to sea. Lieutenant General Leon was given the task of taking Cairo, the Egyptian capital, while Marshal Montségur marched south to take the southern forts.



The fleet operating at the Gulf of Aden ran into Ajuuraan’s trade fleet, an uneven match to be certain. Ajuuraan wasn’t going to be trading with anyone any time soon.

The Exercit Colonial managed to take Lamu from Malindi, essentially ending that war. Now they could focus on Ajuuraan. As for Malindi, it was annexed, another part of the East African coastline.

With the Egyptian navy such a farce, Admiral Konrad Lübecker was given command of the Flota Mediterranean, seeing as taking the main fleet out of mothballs was pointless for this conflict. He managed to eliminate an Egyptian trade fleet as his first act of the war.

The colony in Parnaiba became self-sustaining, linking the two main parts of Sanchonia together. The emperor then personally requested that Colonist Sancho Villanova establish a colony on the island of Nootka, perhaps as a naval base for any further expansion that far north.

The Egyptian fleet was forced from port in April, where they faced off against Admiral Lübecker and lost. A second encounter was just as deadly.

The royal family experienced two losses in 1729. Jaume’s aunt Isabel, empress dowager of France, passed away, followed shortly by Jaume’s own mother.



The Egyptian army was eventually spotted, hiding out in the far south of Egypt where they could not be reached. That also meant their entire country was undefended.

Ajuuraan’s army tried to sneak around south as the Exercit Colonial occupied their land. The Hispanian army was far better trained for such an encounter and ended any hopes of resistance. By June, their capital was taken and Hispanian men rampaged across their country. Their navy didn’t fare that well either.

July of 1729 brought the capture of Cairo with Basileus Ioannes’s help. The Greeks were already moving into Egypt, and now the Hispanian armies were spreading out to occupy what land they could.

Hispania found a new neighbour in West Africa as Zazzau almost destroyed Oyo, expanding their way to the coast. Now Oyo was vulnerable.

Any attempts by Ajuuraan to reform their army and break free failed miserably.

By November, most of Egypt’s homeland was occupied, with only the southern forts holding out. The Exercit Athens was sent home, and the Exercit Jerusalem followed shortly after.



The fall of Halaib, the only thing protecting Egypt’s army, was the death toll for the Egyptian nation. While Villanova marched victorious through Kef in North Africa, Marshal Montségur launched an attack on the Egyptian army. The general crushed the Egyptian force, which lacked sufficient leadership.

The Montségur family was achieving success of its own overseas as settlers in the colony it founded struck gold.

Yemen polished off Adal, securing the horn of Africa.

Bahmanis, Hispania’s Indian neighbours, decided the only way to survive was to steal Hispanian ideas.

The start of 1730 saw many breakthroughs in Hispania. The topic of constitutionalism surfaced again, sparking more progressive ideas for government. The design of the East Indiaman, a massive ship capable of shipping far more goods and troops, greatly aided military, trade, and colonial efforts. Reforming parts of the infantry and cavalry regiments into loose companies for irregular use proved effective during war.

With the new ship designs, the transport fleets were refitted to make them more efficient.



By the end of January 1630, Ajuuraan was at Hispania’s mercy. Wanting to secure more ports to strengthen Hispania’s trade presence, a demand was sent for all of Ajuuraan’s coastline. Hispania clearly dominated East Africa.

The fall of Ouargla spelled the end of the North African campaign, with only a few patches of desert left resisting.

The policy of mercantilism came back to bite Hispania once again. Hispanian merchants were so used to the government protecting them at all costs that they lost their competitive edge and did not feel the need to work so hard, in turn hurting Hispania’s finances.

Lithuania decided to declare war on Kazan yet again, perhaps this time deciding to finish off the Central Asian nation.

The war between Tunis and Egypt had all but been forgotten until Tunis signed a peace with Egypt. Unable to get at any of their land, Tunis instead forced Egypt to hand the one province at the entrance of the Red Sea back over to Yemen. This made Hispania’s war easier.

When the last Egyptian fort fell, a peace could finally be signed. The goal was clearly to dominate the seas. The remainder of Egypt’s Mediterranean coastline was claimed, finally securing all of the Mediterranean for Hispania and its allies. Chancellor Andreu de Trastámara took this one step further. The Egyptian coast on the Red Sea was claimed too, allowing for future expansion south and perhaps one day linking up with the East African possessions. Kef in North Africa was also taken for the fort as a means to better defend Tunis.

Tensions between France and Hispania over Sweden melted away when King Karl sired a son, the young Gustav Adolf. There was some doubt the boy was actually his, for his wife was quite promiscuous, but nothing could be proven. As for France, they still had no heir to their throne, and with no valid male heir, it seemed likely they might accept a Trastámara on their throne if the king passed away.





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

We have finally done it. A dream long thought impossible in the old days of Aragon, but now we can rightfully claim dominance of the Mediterranean. Not only that, but we have fulfilled our promise to the Greeks. Hopefully they shall be pleased with us now that Anatolia is theirs.

It also appears that the Valois line is in dire straits. It is fortunate us Trastámaras are much more prolific.

Now we should look to the future. So many things to consider. With gold found near Nueva Sicilia, perhaps we should focus on our colonies’ growth. Our recent conquests may have also angered some of our neighbours, so perhaps taking some time to smooth over relations is wise. Of course with a tiny state like Oyo on our border, one more conquest isn’t too much.

We should also consider how we want to shape Hispania for the future. Reforming the administration to strengthen the economy or allow for further expansion may be a possibility. Perhaps focusing on trade or diplomacy is wise for our empire. The military should not be neglected either. How shall we proceed then?


((Looks like we get to choose both a new mission and an idea group, which I shall include screenshots of below. Other than that, ministers have until Monday at 12PM PST to post their plans. Players may also propose laws or reforms in that time period.

I’m also not quite sure what to do about the possibility of a Trastámara ending up on the French throne. Seeing as it’s clear females can’t inherit, how would that even happen? If the Valois line goes extinct, do they just pick a suitable noble family, or closely related royal family, to take the crown? If anyone has any ideas for how to explain the events if the game does off the French emperor without an heir, feel free to share.

Also, I’ve decided that the rule restricting colonial armies to only having conquistadors leading them is rather outdated. We’ve reached the era of imperialism where European powers conquered land everywhere, with exploration mostly resigned to a bygone era. I’ve thus removed the position of conquistador, much as I did with explorers before, and raised the number of generals we can now have. Generals can now lead any army, and with some iAAR magic they can reach them instantaneously from half way across the world and still make it back to Valencia in time to vote. :p

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A letter arrived addressed to the Emperor. It bears the seal of House Mandromenos.

Greetings to the Emperor of Hispania,

You may not have met me, but I am the Megas Domestikos of Byzantium, a position equivalent to Marshal in your country. I am here to applaud your effort and that of your Army on aiding us in the reclamation of Anatolia. While this gesture will be remembered for all time among the Greeks, there is another concern that needs addressing, the Balkans.

The lands of Serbia and Bosnia, currently split between the nations of Serbia and Hungary, have been Byzantine lands historically, and as we desired to have all of Anatolia, we desire these lands be returned to us as well.

But that is not all! Nay, ancestral claims are only the first justification. As we know, we are in an age of Imperialism, where nations seek to dominate their weaker neighbors and make them submit. As Hungarian has dominated Serbian, Pole dominated Hungarian. The Balkans lands in question are held by weakened nations, ready to be conquered in the name of Imperialism. If we do not seize these lands, they will surely fall to Austrian, Polish, or even Lithuanian influence!

While some of these outcomes may be better than others, the best result for both of us will be to see these lands become Greek once more, since I know my people will not forget such a magnanimous gesture from Hispania. Our people have stood by yours for centuries, with our armies fighting for Hispanian benefit from Mexico to China over the years, aiding Hispania in building their global Empire. I do not believe ensuring the lands of the Balkans and Anatolia is asking too much considering the gravity of our efforts in the past and the threat we face.

What threat you may ask? As the nations of Serbia and Hungary have been wracked by war, their lands have become consumed by chaos. Bandits and other malcontents ravage the land, taking what they please. These savages do not respect national borders and have crossed the extended border, for we have these lands encircled, multiple times, pillaging at will. I have even been stationed with my army in this region to protect the area, forcing me to ignore even wars called for our benefit. While such instances are rare now, I believe that the threat still lurks in Hungary and Serbia, and would like for a solution to the problem by conquering and having a stable nation administer these lands.

Also, I fear that the Regent of Byzantium has poisoned the mind of the Basileus. Surely you have been baffled, as have I, by the decisions of Constantinople since the death of the previous Basileus. Confining the greater part of his army to Corfu was among the greatest of his errors, but fortunately I was able to convince him to reconsider in time for the war with Persia. I do not know any details on how the Basileus and the machinery of Byzantium is compromised, but I intend to find out.

Pausanias Mandromenos, Megas Domestikos of Byzantium.

Things have been quiet in Athens, a great change for the Lords of the city. For the past century, the Mandromenoi have been a fixture at court, either living primarily in the capital or visiting frequently, but not one has been seen in Valencia for six years. Even now, as the Court assembles for the vote, there is a notable absence, Philaretos Mandromenos. What is happening in Athens?
 
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"So Bartomeu has been acquitted on the regicide charges."

"Indeed. But at least he's been convicted of corruption."

"So what now?"

"We wait. If anybody else wants to make a move against the emperor, we'll be ready..."
 

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A letter arrived addressed to the Emperor. It bears the seal of House Mandromenos.

Greetings to the Emperor of Hispania,

You may not have met me, but I am the Megas Domestikos of Byzantium, a position equivalent to Marshal in your country. I am here to applaud your effort and that of your Army on aiding us in the reclamation of Anatolia. While this gesture will be remembered for all time among the Greeks, there is another concern that needs addressing, the Balkans.

The lands of Serbia and Bosnia, currently split between the nations of Serbia and Hungary, have been Byzantine lands historically, and as we desired to have all of Anatolia, we desire these lands be returned to us as well.

But that is not all! Nay, ancestral claims are only the first justification. As we know, we are in an age of Imperialism, where nations seek to dominate their weaker neighbors and make them submit. As Hungarian has dominated Serbian, Pole dominated Hungarian. The Balkans lands in question are held by weakened nations, ready to be conquered in the name of Imperialism. If we do not seize these lands, they will surely fall to Austrian, Polish, or even Lithuanian influence!

While some of these outcomes may be better than others, the best result for both of us will be to see these lands become Greek once more, since I know my people will not forget such a magnanimous gesture from Hispania. Our people have stood by yours for centuries, with our armies fighting for Hispanian benefit from Mexico to China over the years, aiding Hispania in building their global Empire. I do not believe ensuring the lands of the Balkans and Anatolia is asking too much considering the gravity of our efforts in the past and the threat we face.

What threat you may ask? As the nations of Serbia and Hungary have been wracked by war, their lands have become consumed by chaos. Bandits and other malcontents ravage the land, taking what they please. These savages do not respect national borders and have crossed the extended border, for we have these lands encircled, multiple times, pillaging at will. I have even been stationed with my army in this region to protect the area, forcing me to ignore even wars called for our benefit. While such instances are rare now, I believe that the threat still lurks in Hungary and Serbia, and would like for a solution to the problem by conquering and having a stable nation administer these lands.

Also, I fear that the Regent of Byzantium has poisoned the mind of the Basileus. Surely you have been baffled, as have I, by the decisions of Constantinople since the death of the previous Basileus. Confining the greater part of his army to Corfu was among the greatest of his errors, but fortunately I was able to convince him to reconsider in time for the war with Persia. I do not know any details on how the Basileus and the machinery of Byzantium is compromised, but I intend to find out.

Pausanias Mandromenos, Megas Domestikos of Byzantium.

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I'm afraid I am not the one you should be asking. Such a matter of war must be put forth before my court, for it will involve all my subjects. I personally believe war with Serbia may be a good thing, especially with them allied with the Poles. It would be a prime opportunity to weaken Poland and put an end to their expansionist policies that threaten most of Europe. As for Hungary, they are another matter. They are allied to our friends, the Austrians, and thus war with Hungary may well bring us against our friends. Unless there is a way to keep the Austrians from backing the Hungarians, I see no way how Hispania can support such a war. It would still be good to see such lands secured for the Greeks, for a more secure border is preferable to such land remaining in the hands of untrustworthy neighbours.

It is fortunate that Basileus Ioannes rules in his own right now. Byzantium's performance in the past war shows that such problems have been put behind you. Regencies can be ever so complicating, with multiple figures of influence all wanting different things and with no clear figure to take charge. Rally behind your basileus and he can ensure Byzantium remains strong.

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

((I think I'll have my character take a fire focus.))

((Well until the next update you're shock focus, since I obviously did the update with you as a general already. I'll swap your fire and shock stats now.))
 

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I'm afraid I am not the one you should be asking. Such a matter of war must be put forth before my court, for it will involve all my subjects. I personally believe war with Serbia may be a good thing, especially with them allied with the Poles. It would be a prime opportunity to weaken Poland and put an end to their expansionist policies that threaten most of Europe. As for Hungary, they are another matter. They are allied to our friends, the Austrians, and thus war with Hungary may well bring us against our friends. Unless there is a way to keep the Austrians from backing the Hungarians, I see no way how Hispania can support such a war. It would still be good to see such lands secured for the Greeks, for a more secure border is preferable to such land remaining in the hands of untrustworthy neighbours.

It is fortunate that Basileus Ioannes rules in his own right now. Byzantium's performance in the past war shows that such problems have been put behind you. Regencies can be ever so complicating, with multiple figures of influence all wanting different things and with no clear figure to take charge. Rally behind your basileus and he can ensure Byzantium remains strong.

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



((Well until the next update you're shock focus, since I obviously did the update with you as a general already. I'll swap your fire and shock stats now.))

I will inform the ambassador from Byzantium and request that he presents this issue to your court as I will not be able. ((All information from the first letter is now public knowledge.))

As for Austria, perhaps history should repeat itself. Your Iron Chancellor in particular. Ask your Chancellor to review the gambit surrounding the Italian War of 1637 to 1644 it will provide the way to avoid fighting your valued allies.

Pausanias Mandromenos, Megas Domestikos
 

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The army is currently in a very good shape. But there's always potential to improve. I have my ideas, but others will claim their attention as well.

-Marshal Alexandre César de Montségur
((No change to marshal's plan))

______________________

Wallace had left Tunis when he heard of the revolt. Despite initial successes, Newfoundland's weakness, he was sure of it, brought failure again. Back in Tunis, he wished to change it, once and for all, and vowed to succeed the mext time, throw out the British tyrants.
Most esteemed Court of Hispania, Your Imperial Highness,

As you might have heard, our second uprising against the British oppressors has failed. We seem not to have the necessary resources, or weaklings in Newfoundland. This is why today I address you with a plea: that Hispania supports the inevitable, and may free us. I learned of your concord with France; I knew that you recognised our young nation. The British are an obstacle to both. And as such, I seek your support: May it be a direct intervention; may it be a financial, or indirect military help through men, officers or equipment. The USA would not forget your help.
You will not regret it. I incline myself in front of Hispanian power, and await your decision eagerly.
James Wallace, governor of Tunis, American freedom fighter

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((Concerning the French succession, we might as well go historical and install a Bourbon as Emperor; the closest male relative would inherit after the end of the dynasty. Or we might say that the transition to Empire changed the succession law, opening other possible actions.

EDIT:
Cleaned one spoiler. On phone for the next weeks too.;)))
 
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The army is currently in a very good shape. But there's always potential to improve. I have my ideas, but others will claim their attention as well.

-Marshal Alexandre César de Montségur
((No change to marshal's plan))

______________________

Wallace had left Tunis when he heard of the revolt. Desite initial successes, Newfoundland's weakness, he was sure of it, brought failure again. Back in Tunis, he wished to change it, once and for all, and vowed to succeed the mext time, throw out the British tyrants.
Most esteemed Court of Hispania, Your Imperial Highness,

As you might have heard, our second uprising against the British oppressors has failed. We seem not to have the necessary resources, or weaklings in Newfoundland. This is why today I address you with a plea: that Hispania supports the inevitable, and may free us. I learned of your concord with France; I knew that you recognised our young nation. The British are an obstacle to both. And as such, I seek your support: May it be a direct intervention; may it be a financial, or indirect military help through men, officers or equipment. The USA would never forget your help.
You will not regret it. I incline myself in front of Hispanian power, and await your decision eagerly.
James Wallace, governor of Tunis, American freedom fighter

_____________________

((Concerning the French succession, we might as well go historical and install a Bourbon as Emperor; the closest male relative would inherit after the end of the dynasty. Or we might say that the transition to Empire changed the succession law, opening other possible actions.))
((Is your second letter open to the court? I'm not sure if we're supposed to know about your support for Newfoundland independence.))
 

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((Concerning the French succession, we might as well go historical and install a Bourbon as Emperor; the closest male relative would inherit after the end of the dynasty. Or we might say that the transition to Empire changed the succession law, opening other possible actions.))

((Well I try not to meddle with other country's succession, excluding Byzantium as our vassal, so if the game says they're getting a Trastámara, then that's what they'll get. I would think if the game was set to put a random French noble on the throne, we could use that logic that there is some distant line somewhere, like the Bourbons, that can inherit. Guess I can come up with some cockamamie succession change in the event France doesn't get an heir. The Swedish succession already made me have to make up some weird scenario twice now. :p))

Wallace had left Tunis when he heard of the revolt. Desite initial successes, Newfoundland's weakness, he was sure of it, brought failure again. Back in Tunis, he wished to change it, once and for all, and vowed to succeed the mext time, throw out the British tyrants.

Most esteemed Court of Hispania, Your Imperial Highness,

As you might have heard, our second uprising against the British oppressors has failed. We seem not to have the necessary resources, or weaklings in Newfoundland. This is why today I address you with a plea: that Hispania supports the inevitable, and may free us. I learned of your concord with France; I knew that you recognised our young nation. The British are an obstacle to both. And as such, I seek your support: May it be a direct intervention; may it be a financial, or indirect military help through men, officers or equipment. The USA would never forget your help.
You will not regret it. I incline myself in front of Hispanian power, and await your decision eagerly.
James Wallace, governor of Tunis, American freedom fighter

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I wish to address this letter from one of our American friends. Years ago my uncle, Joan III, announced to the world that he recognized the United States of America as a nation, one independent from Britain. Since he made this decision on his own, we have never been certain of his intent. Did he wish to aid this fledgling nation in its quest for freedom or was it merely an empty platitude to ensure that if a new nation appeared in the New World it would be a friendly one? We can never know now. What we can do is decide how we shall proceed from here. Twice now the Thirteen Colonies and Newfoundland have fought for independence and twice now they have failed. Whether this was due to British superiority or the weaker Newfoundland leading the war, we cannot know. All signs show that they shall make a third attempt some time in the future. It is quite clear that these people desire their freedom. An end to British power in the Americas could be of benefit to us as well. So I wish to present this issue before the court: should we support the independence of the United States of America or allow them to struggle on alone?

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

((We'll be voting on whether or not to support the independence of the US. We technically can't do it until their truce with Britain ends, but they will accept our help. Keep in mind this may mean a war with Britain at a moment's notice and a new ally taking up a diplo slot in the future, but it also means a weaker Britain.))

* * * * *

It will take some time for us to calm tensions with our neighbours and firmly bring our new lands under control. If we are to claim more land for Hispania, it must be in small amounts or after some time. Removing Tunis once and for all should be near the top of that list, for they will surely be conquered by Morocco if left alone. Oyo is also vulnerable and an easy target. We could also consider threatening Zazzau into handing over their new coastal province in Africa if they are easy enough to convince. Other than this, no major conquests should be pursued. Our focus should be on maintaining good relations with our allies and subjects, and perhaps seeking good relations with the British colonial nations that so ache for freedom. Encouraging trust with the Swedes will be a good path to pursue.

While Hispania cannot allow itself to be seen as a warmonger, we can aid our friends, the Greeks. They have asked for assistance in securing the Balkans, and I believe we should oblige, for this will also help us. Serbia is a weak and easy target, but more importantly they are allied with the Poles. This war could be an opportunity to crush that expansionist power that is threatening much of Europe. The Quadruple Entente should crush the Poles before they can grow even stronger. As for Hungary, with the Austrians aiding us in a war against Serbia, they could be attacked without fear of ruining our alliance with our Austrian friends. None of Hungary's allies should prove a major threat to Hispanian might. This is the time to show all of Europe that Hispania is the strongest of all nations.

- Andreu de Trastámara, Chancellor of Hispania
 

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His Imperial Highness, Jaume IV de Trastámara, Emperor of Hispania, Caesar of Rome, & Protector of the Greeks announces his intention to seek betrothals for his two sons, Ferran and Francesc, with young women from prominent families within Hispania.


((I think it's time to marry off some heirs to potential player characters. If anyone wants to play a potential future empress or marry a daughter to a prince, here's your chance. Ferran is born in 1717 and Francesc in 1722, so the actual marriages probably won't happen for a few more years. Just want to arrange the marriages beforehand.))
 

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Alejandro de Leon, Duque de Leon y Asturias, offers his daughter Maria and niece Isabel as brides to the princes. They display qualities and virtues (beauty, loyality, obedience, devotion to faith, and appropriate levels of intellect) which complement and balance out the personalities of the princes and would make fine additions to the royal family. In addition, they are born in 1720 and 1726, respectively, and are of the appropriate age.

((Don't really know what to write here besides that, so assume that my character provided necessary information that I left out here. Also, are you going to update to the new DLC? How will the new heir and queen mechanics work out in that case?))
 

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It is announced that the Mandromenoi wish to offer Sophia, born in 1719, as a bride to one of these fine princes.
 

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((I've waited long enough TATC Council, your time to clear yourself of my name is over. Mwahaha))

((private))

Timur had sent the letter to the TATC Council, but they had not replied. He decided they would not be spared were he caught. It was time, to finish his business in Hispania, right the final wrongs, and leave to the Holy City. One last task, the punishment of those who would defile the Haram, death.

He donned a mask, sharpened his swords and greased his guns, remnants of his career. Soon it would be decided, a conflict that began in the flames of Makkah, and one which Timur hoped would end in the flames of Mandromenos.

Timur attempts to murder Philaretos Mandromenos
 

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((I've waited long enough TATC Council, your time to clear yourself of my name is over. Mwahaha))

((private))

Timur had sent the letter to the TATC Council, but they had not replied. He decided they would not be spared were he caught. It was time, to finish his business in Hispania, right the final wrongs, and leave to the Holy City. One last task, the punishment of those who would defile the Haram, death.

He donned a mask, sharpened his swords and greased his guns, remnants of his career. Soon it would be decided, a conflict that began in the flames of Makkah, and one which Timur hoped would end in the flames of Mandromenos.

Timur attempts to murder Philaretos Mandromenos

(( If he gets caught, our friend gets disappeared. Remember, the good Duke is in Athens not Valencia.))
 

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(( If he gets caught, our friend gets disappeared. Remember, the good Duke is in Athens not Valencia.))

((Athen's shall burn! Mwahahaha! Except the Symposium. And the Lyceum. And the other schools. But everything else, shall burn!))
 

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((Don't really know what to write here besides that, so assume that my character provided necessary information that I left out here. Also, are you going to update to the new DLC? How will the new heir and queen mechanics work out in that case?))

((I have no intention to update my game, seeing as I am still using 1.15.1 and have not updated since they released Mare Nostrum. Patch 1.16 included several map changes, and I've found those tend to break the game in most instances, so I decided to not bother updating. We will not be making use of this new mechanic. Sometimes I swear Paradox is borrowing ideas from my iAAR. First the estates and now ruler personalities! Either that or they know exactly what needs to be added to their games. :D))

Timur attempts to murder Philaretos Mandromenos

((Nothing exciting with the rolls. You just barely escaped discovery and weren't anywhere close to successful, so really nothing happens. Feel free to write up an attempt fitting these results. You may then resume plotting your revenge after that. :p))
 

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((@hirahammad if you want, you can say you found something in Athens while you were there. There is a reason for the sudden absence of the Mandromenoi. You weren't even close, but things are going down in Athens and you should have an idea of what. I will post the details if you want. I was going to start baiting people to go to Athens and discover something horrible and you may have stumbled across it. ))
 
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