- Jun 8, 2014
((Enlightened Despotism: Yes))
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Sophia walked up to her son, the Emperor.
"It is time to consider getting you an Empress. The French have been loyal, perhaps we should strengthen our ties with them. Or maybe the Scandinavians. Or the Americans. You are Emperor, and you need an heir of your own. I would help you with this, if you want."
Juan was tiered. He fought to long. Allmost his whole live. Why shouldn't he stop fighting. De Montségure gone, Villanova gone, and almost every army gone. But he knew that the Imperials wouldn't show grace to him. They would take his title, in the army as well as his title as a noble. No! He would fight till the end. Or maybe... No. He couldn't do this. His soldiers wanted to come back to their wifes and they were mostly in Iberia. And... Juan wrote a letter.
((Ha Yagüe lost and won one Spanish civil war.))Emporer Alfons IX,
this letter is written to you and your whole court. I'm waiting for your men to capture me. The Exercit Provence and the Exercit Firenze won't give on shot. The war has ended
Juan Yagüe de Blanco
After the speech, general Gilbert petitioned the Emperor about creation of a Medal of Bravery and Valor in the Field, and awarding it to every soldiers who showed these merits on the Field of battle. He also proposed 3 levels of said medal. Bronze, Silver and Gold for those who showed the most bravery (or the highest stupidity. Or both) on the field, risking their lives in order to save their compatriots.
The general also proposed a change of the flag, simply saying "It is clear that a time has come for a change. We must change everything that might remind of the old order, as new times for Hispania have come."
(( This is just my way of proposing we should vote for a new flag ))
((all shall bow to the new order. Also, I choose to use my role as former Prime Minister to start the trials.))
Sophia grimaced as the Council assembled. The Phoenixes had surrendered and it was time to decide their fate.
"It is time to decide the punishment of the rebels. This is what I plan.
For Lieutenant General Blanco, we strip him of his title and discharge him from the Army.
For Field Marshal Villanova, we discharge him, execute him, and strip his son of the county of Provence. We may grant the title to another of his family, but neither he nor his sons will be Lords. Also, his place in the Order of Light is to be removed.
For Montsegur, since we do not have the man, I choose this. We strip his family of all titles, force his line to renounce any claims to the Kingdom of Tunis, fine them four parts in five of their wealth, discharge all Montsegur in the Army or Navy, forbid any Montsegur man currently alive from serving in the military, and brand the foreheads of all such so they cannot use a false name. We will continue the hunt for Montsegur so he can face his execution in time. But this is the judgement I give to a family that made a great effort to overthrow us.
To the remaining soldiers, I choose to discharge the officers and reduce the others to Private. We will rebuild the rebel Exercits.
To Austria we demand all of our Italian land back, and Istria to Byzantium. We also demand all of their land by the Mediterranean. Our alliances with them is to be ended, permanently."
"I believe we must show our immense gratitude towards the French people for upholding their alliance in our time of need by giving the province of Wallis and Sundgau. If Austria declines these terms, I believe they should face war from the mighty Hispanian Empire."
((Could we have a map of Austria with province names, to best partition the traitorous scum?))
(( Trial ))
"While I agree with most of these judgments, I would prefer that no more blood is spilled. I feel that the only one deserving the highest penalty is de Montsegur. The rest was simply misguided by his poisonous words. And while their crime against our great nation is not a light one, I do not think they deserve to lose their life for it. We simply musn't lower ourselves to the level of the traitor and execute all those that did us harm.
Instead of killing Villanova, I say we banish him to one of the colonies in Africa where he might still prove useful to our Empire by helping in develop.
I would also like to propose the immediate closing of the TATC, since that name has been dishonored and replacing it with the FML. I will be speaking on their behalf for now, since my dear brother was murdered in cold blood by the Phoenixes. The league is also willing to give itself into greater crown surveillance, to prevent such treacherous gambits from happening again."
A note from a prison guard is passed to one of the members of the trial.
I request that if I am to be executed, it shall be by firing squad, I will not be blindfolded, and I am to sound the order.
"Agreed," said Alejandro, "We must make an example of the traitors, but we must not make them into martyrs. However, I feel that branding the foreheads of all Montsegur men would be going a bit too far, but that is just my humble opinion.
"I agree that banishment is the most suitable punishment for the rebel generals, after they have been stripped of their ranks, commands, and titles, of course. In rebelling against the Crown they have forfeited any right to continue living in Iberia. Let us banish them to the farthest colonies of the Empire, where they can try to redeem themselves and their families. We should disband the traitorous TATC and establish a more loyal trading company in its place, though the TATC leaders who sided with us should be reimbursed first."
Alejandro noticed the Empress Dowager's comment that Villanova didn't surrender.
"Your Majesty, with all due respect, when I apprehended Villanova at Granada it seemed like he willingly surrendered to my men, and thus I ask you to show him some mercy by banishing him to a far-flung colony, so that he can spend the rest of his life in exile and contemplating his mistakes."