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Fausto scoffed at the idea of being the Devil. "If I was any sort of infernal creature, would not your holy presence cause me pain? The reason I look like Fausto Villanova is because I am him." Fausto then decided to question Velazquez about the knowledge he was seeking. "What is it you are seeking anyway? We have as long as you need, I'm not, er... can't go anywhere." He shows this by trying to exist through a wall and is thrown, forcefully, back in.
"Perhaps. Regardless, I come here to ask about... the Phoenix War. The Archbishopric of Grenada is making a history."

Velazquez remembered the book given to him by the German. It made it look like Montsegur had gone on a damn fool idealistic crusade, but Velazquez knew the truth. All of Montsegur's ideals, regardless of what they meant at the onset of the war, by the time he had adopted the title of Lord Dictator, were abandoned. The impatient reformer, if so he was, had transformed into a snake, a false lion, a wingless dragon. Truly, if the Phoenix War had destroyed anything, it was Montsegur. In 1752, Montsegur entered the Phoenix War. In 1755, the Usurper exited.
 

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1760-1766 – The Balance of Power

As the latest session of Parliament came to a close, the ministers went about doing their jobs. The Minister of the Interior, John FitzRoy, immediately met some difficulty as he discovered many of the proposed buildings had been constructed ages ago, or there simply wasn’t room for further infrastructure. What projects that could be completed were put underway while efforts were made to make room for further projects.

With the decision made to send Byzantium aid, an offer of ducats, troops, and administrators was offered to the Greeks. Much to the surprise of most Hispanians, Basileus Romanos V declined the offer. Despite their recent troubles, the worst of it was over. The treasury was starting to fill back up, there were still eager men to serve in the army, and the empire was returning to normal. Looking at more specifics, Byzantium simply did not need the assistance. The imperial administration was mostly intact, seeing as Constantinople had been left unscathed. The army was still in good shape due to the late Basileus Demetrios’s massive expansion to counteract the rebel forces, although now it was in the process of replacing the mercenaries with regular regiments. There was also some speculation that the nobles were behind this refusal. Byzantium was still largely feudal in nature, and having Hispanian administrators come in and try to reform the system was not in their interest. They certainly did not want to see their power weakened or the government further centralized. To ensure the aid was not accepted, they offered up further levies to further instill peace and generously donated to the Crown. There was also a hint of resentment towards Hispania, seeing as they had ignored Byzantium during most of their plight and only intervened once the civil war was all but won. Most Greeks didn’t want Hispania meddling in their affairs and instead felt that the Greek people should handle their own problems. This signaled a change in Byzantium. The Greeks, who had been looking to expand and restore their former glory, were now starting to look inward. The general consensus was that they should focus on their own affairs for now and take the time to rebuild and improve what they already had. Hispania could manage the foreign affairs, but the Greeks would decide their own destiny at home.

In foreign affairs, Germany was making more moves. An alliance was forged between Germany and Scandinavia. Germany agreed to hand over the rest of Denmark in exchange for the alliance. There was speculation that the alliance was targeted at Poland, but there was nothing definite about it in the actual agreement.

Hispania was finding its dominance of the New World contested as other nations continued to set up colonies wherever they could. Great Britain, reduced to almost insignificance in Europe, focused its attention on the establishment of Argentine in La Plata. Scotland, having managed to claim part of Central America, was not setting up colonies in Brazil. At least Hispania’s colonies were continuing to grow steadily. With Lenca and Calabar able to stand on their own, the Crown began taking effort to link up the two parts of Nuevo Leon again by cutting a line between French La Plata and Argentine.



Siak, a tiny nation in Sumatra, managed to steal weapons and bits of information from Hispania’s colonies in Palembang, mimicking western ideas.

Persia expanded its position into Arabia greatly, managing to reduce Najd to a minor state in the process.

Canada was slowly expanding southwards, seeming to block the UKA from claiming land to the east. If Canada kept it up, the UKA would either be pinned in or forced to confront their neighbour.

Troops had been sent near to Byzantium with the intent of aiding the Greeks, but in the end it turned out they weren’t the ones who needed the help. The Wallachian people, some of the only devout Orthodox followers left, rose up against their ruler. It seemed that many weren’t pleased their nation was now taking orders from a non-Orthodox empire. The Exercit Athens responded by marching up to Oltenia and removing the rebel threat. Despite this religious issue, the government continued to allow free worship of all Christian faiths.

In August of 1761, Emperor Alfons’s cousin King Frederick II Seymour of the UKA came of age.



With enough funds set aside, 60 great frigates were placed under construction to start the first phase of rebuilding the lost trade fleets. Upon their completion, they were sent out to Aden, Ceylon, and Malacca to trade.

A few farms and mines had adopted new methods of production that seemed a vast improvement on current methods. Efforts were made to replicate these and spread them to the rest of the Empire.

With the Empire at peace, funds were set aside to keep the fortifications in decent condition, with the focus placed on Ceuta for the moment.

Siak’s time as a westernized power was brief as they were annexed by Pasai.

Rebels were plaguing Ming, with Min separatists trying to establish an independent nation on the coast. While this would have proved a boon to Hispania, these rebels seemed to believe part of Hispania’s territory in the region belonged to them. A rebel army entered Chaochow and took the province. The Exercit Cathay intervened, easily decimating the rebel force with superior weaponry and tactics. This display of Hispanian strength had men flocking to join the army.



A problem arose in a province dominated by a noble who had refused to join the Cortz and relinquish his feudal rights. The man continued to rule the province like his own personal fief, and at the expense of the people. While not willing to go so far as to force the issue of joining the Cortz, Emperor Alfons chastised the noble for his mistreatment of his subjects and used the Crown resources to further isolate the unruly noble.

The Asian kingdom of Korea lost most of its land to the much larger Manchu.

When Bonny became a self-sustaining colony, the Crown invested resources into colonizing Whydah to seal off the rest of West Africa’s coast.

In February of 1763, word arrived that Germany had declared war on Poland to liberate the German people under their rule. Scandinavia joined in alongside them, intent on weakening Poland’s influence over the Baltic.

With trade fleets now operating in Asia again, the Indian Trading Company saw a boom, with money starting to flow back to Hispania.

When Nicaragua was handed over to Nova Hispania, the Crown decided that a colony should be established in Bengkulu to strengthen Hispania’s presence in Sumatra.



Canada annexed Potawatomi on the American border. The Americans, perhaps in response to Canada’s recent expansion in their backyard, set up colonies in Anticosti and Mecatina, a blatant land grab in Canadian-dominated territory.

Meanwhile, other Europeans had shown up on the West Coast. Both France and Scandinavia set up colonies just south of Nootka, and it seemed likely they would soon be expanding their presence.

In November, Alfons’s uncle Francesc, the heir to the throne, passed away at the age of 41 from a wound that had plagued him since the Hispanian Civil War. The new heir was now Alfons’s cousin Carles, Francesc’s teenage son. Alfons had yet to produce an heir. The new Empress, Camelia Kosovic of Wallachia, gave him a daughter in 1761, but she succumbed to illness a year later and passed away. When Camelia gave birth to a stillborn child the following year, there was fear that this empress would fail to produce an heir as well. Only time would tell.

With forts becoming more and more impregnable, the army started gathering together those with the skills necessary to combat this problem and formed them into their own corps, to be used during sieges.



It seemed difficult to comprehend that there had been a civil war nearly a decade ago. Hispania was prospering, with farms producing a surplus of crops.

Germany and Scandinavia were proving an effective fighting force. Due to the superior Scandinavian leadership, the Polish army was pushed back from its German lands. King Gustav himself faced off against a Polish army in Austria, with the intervention of General Rosenkrantz sending the Poles running. The Polish army was running low on men and struggling to fend off the invasion.

The increasing cultivation of spices around the world saw the spice trade take a drop due to increased availability. The profitability of such a trade was not as good as it had once been.



The German war with Poland came to an abrupt end as Poland accepted that it could not win. The German and Scandinavian forces had so easily swarmed over its lands and decimated its army. Resistance seemed impossible. The Poles were thus willing to accept even a damaging peace, and a damaging peace it was. Initial negotiations saw the western-most German lands handed over to Germany, with Memel surrendered to Scandinavia. Parts of Hungary were returned to its former owner, better securing Wallachia’s border against Poland. While this seemed suitable enough to the King of Germany and the diplomats involved, it was not enough for the shrewd Chancellor of Germany. Threatening continued hostilities unless a more suitable peace was signed, he managed to coerce Poland into handing over the entire Baltic coast to Scandinavia and lands stretching well into Poland proper to Germany. Poland found itself cut off from the Baltic and with almost no chance of expanding west again. The balance of power in Europe was shifting.





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

It is good to see Hispania at peace, and even more heartwarming to know that we can bounce back from such tragedy so quickly. It seems though that our time spent recuperating has allowed the opportunity for others to expand their colonial empires. The British have carved out a piece of La Plata, and now Scotland has established a presence in Brazil. Even our allies are starting to show up in regions previously left open only to us. Perhaps it is time we look to expanding our colonial empire in the Americas, with the cooperation of our colonial subjects.

On that subject, a new goal for the near future may help guide us forward. Trade has proved the lifeblood of Hispania, so giving it greater attention may be a good option. There is always Africa and Asia to consider. Colonizing some of the East Asian islands might be a worthwhile pursuit. Mali has often been overlooked by us as well, so perhaps expanding further inland in an attempt to acquire greater riches should be considered.

The developments in Germany have recently come to my attention. I am still unsure how to feel about this state that would harbour a fugitive of Hispania or the rapid expansion of this new nation. I can at least take solace in the fact that Poland has received the brunt of their aggression and that our ally Scandinavia has greatly benefitted in the process. A weakened Poland also means that Wallachia shall be safer. Perhaps their use as a buffer state is no longer needed.


((Time to point out that we get to pick a new mission, not that they’re overly exciting. I’ll include them down below. We can also diplo-annex Wallachia now if someone wants to pursue that.

Minister have until Monday at 6PM PST to post their plans, and players may propose laws in that time period too. You may notice the time limit is slightly longer. It’s Thanksgiving this weekend in Canada, so I’ll be away for most of Sunday and Monday. The start of the vote may be delayed as a result.

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Fortunately, Sophia's wound healed and the infection cleared, but it left her weaker than before. Where she was once had a build greater than any other woman, she was merely average. Her arm also never fully recovered, with a nasty scar on her shoulder from the wound and the infection.

"Germany's rise is troubling. I do not believe "reclaiming" territory is the last we will see from Montsegur. I fear that war will come from them in time, once they have isolated us from our allies. They are in an alliance with France, and have granted boons to both Austria and Scandinavia. Meanwhile, our Chancellor has been inactive, not allowing us to expand to counter this threat or treat with our allies to ensure that our alliances do not falter. I fear that Montsegur will return, with a German army and our allies at his side, with us friendless and alone. And I do not believe we can win that war.

We need to continue to expand overseas. We need to prepare for war, for I fear that it will find us in time."
 

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Name: Zhu Wingjen
Date of Birth: March 6, 1738
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Bio: A recent immigrant to the Hispania Empire, Zhu is a somewhat distant relative of the Royal Family of the Ming ((Hence the last name)). Born to a wealthy merchant family, Zhu was sent as a child to be educated in Hispania, learning the languages of the west ((What's the state/de facto langauge of Hispania? Is it Aragonese or something?)),being influenced by Western Ideas and converting to Christianity. Zhu is a successful merchant like his parents, but fled the Empire of the Great Ming as the ever encroaching Manchu Horde and Delhi Sultanate heathens continue to gobble up the Ming and threaten his trade. Realizing the fate of the Ming had been sealed, he acknowledges that he can never return to east as he has ties to the bloodline. Zhu hopes to reestablish the monopoly that he once held.
 
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"My fellow Members of the Assembly,

"Germany is a distant threat and of no concern. Setting aside personal grudges and distaste for certain individuals within their regime, they are a free and independent nation, and one which has made no overtures towards us in the aim of achieving the distant fantasy that would be our subjugation at their hands. Indeed, rather than launching a campaign of scaremongering and wrathful militarism, we should instead continue to maintain a focus on internal development and the promotion of long-term stability throughout the Empire.

"Thank you."


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Name: Zhu Wingjen
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Bio: A recent immigrant to the Hispania Empire, Zhu is a somewhat distant relative of the Royal Family of the Ming ((Hence the last name)). Born to a wealthy merchant family, Zhu was sent as a child to be educated in Hispania, learning the languages of the west ((What's the state/de facto langauge of Hispania? Is it Aragonese or something?)),being influenced by Western Ideas and converting to Christianity. Zhu is a successful merchant like his parents, but fled the Empire of the Great Ming as the ever encroaching Manchu Horde and Delhi Sultanate heathens continue to gobble up the Ming and threaten his trade. Realizing the fate of the Ming had been sealed, he acknowledges that he can never return to east as he has ties to the bloodline. Zhu hopes to reestablish the monopoly that he once held.

((I believe it would be Aragonese, but I imagine it's called Hispanian or something similar now just like how Spanish used to be Castilian. Also, welcome to the iAAR. :)))
 

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Court Chaplain Velazquez: "While I do not believe Germany to be hostile at this moment, regardless of the untrustworthiness of their Chancellor, I must say Hispania must gain control over small, important areas that would greatly increase Hispanian prosperity. Some of these provinces being Mogadishu, Aden, Melaka, Pasai. These are all small targets that would greatly increase Hispanian wealth, without straining our resources."

((Asking the Chancellor to make a plan to snipe CoTs that belong to weak powers))
 

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"Germany will not be a threat to Hispania should Montsegur keep his word and push for friendly relations with Hispania," said Alejandro, "Unless they were to unite with the Austrians into a single country, the balance of power would still be maintained. Instead, we should focus on other things, like pressing for reform in the Greek empire and expanding our empire overseas. I believe it would be best to ramp up our colonization program within the limits of our budget, so that we may bring in more wealth and resources from abroad while bringing civilization to the heathens and savages. I would also like to ask the Cortz and Assembly on the idea of a limited war with Alodia to claim the parts of Egypt under their control. Such a war would only be waged with a limited number of troops and only be declared if we have a justifiable reason for war. Conquering the rest of Egypt would give us total control over the rice farmlands of the Nile River valley and trade through the region. In addition, it would fully restore Roman rule there."

((War Minister plan: same as last time.

Also, are there planned events for Germany to annex Bavaria, Mainz, and Luneburg? It would be nice if we could clean up the borders there.:D))
 

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Minister of the Interior Plan:
Develop the administration, Production and Recruitment in the following provinces: Valencia, Sevilla, Lissboa, Porto, La Mancha, Toledo, Madrid,Provence, Genoa, Firenze, Roma, Napoli, Ancona, Palermo, Athens.
Build
the same Buildings in the same Provinces as said in the previous plan. If there is not enough place to do so increase the size of the city.
((I know its not my "job" but wich states are possible rivals? And btw: Red EuropexD))
 

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Court Chaplain Velazquez: "While I do not believe Germany to be hostile at this moment, regardless of the untrustworthiness of their Chancellor, I must say Hispania must gain control over small, important areas that would greatly increase Hispanian prosperity. Some of these provinces being Mogadishu, Aden, Melaka, Pasai. These are all small targets that would greatly increase Hispanian wealth, without straining our resources."

((Asking the Chancellor to make a plan to snipe CoTs that belong to weak powers))

"Germany will not be a threat to Hispania should Montsegur keep his word and push for friendly relations with Hispania," said Alejandro, "Unless they were to unite with the Austrians into a single country, the balance of power would still be maintained. Instead, we should focus on other things, like pressing for reform in the Greek empire and expanding our empire overseas. I believe it would be best to ramp up our colonization program within the limits of our budget, so that we may bring in more wealth and resources from abroad while bringing civilization to the heathens and savages. I would also like to ask the Cortz and Assembly on the idea of a limited war with Alodia to claim the parts of Egypt under their control. Such a war would only be waged with a limited number of troops and only be declared if we have a justifiable reason for war. Conquering the rest of Egypt would give us total control over the rice farmlands of the Nile River valley and trade through the region. In addition, it would fully restore Roman rule there."

((War Minister plan: same as last time.

Also, are there planned events for Germany to annex Bavaria, Mainz, and Luneburg? It would be nice if we could clean up the borders there.:D))

I would rather not depend on the good faith of a man who has betrayed us and proven to be untrustworthy but instead prepare for that man who rose up against us to do so again. To do otherwise would be ruinous, and to support such action folly. I support the proposal of targeted expansion overseas with the intention to further secure our trade routes, as we will need our soldiers to be prepared. As for the colonies, as they are mostly independent, I would consider aided them against their encroachment problem if they request it, but they have been silence on that end. As for Byzantium, we will see if they would even accept such support, as they rejected our last offer of aid.
 

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I would rather not depend on the good faith of a man who has betrayed us and proven to be untrustworthy but instead prepare for that man who rose up against us to do so again. To do otherwise would be ruinous, and to support such action folly. I support the proposal of targeted expansion overseas with the intention to further secure our trade routes, as we will need our soldiers to be prepared. As for the colonies, as they are mostly independent, I would consider aided them against their encroachment problem if they request it, but they have been silence on that end. As for Byzantium, we will see if they would even accept such support, as they rejected our last offer of aid.
Of course, Montsegur betrayed the Empire once, and we must always be ready should he attempt to betray the Empire a second time. But if Montsegur truly wants a second chance, a chance to redeem himself, then he would be wise to remain on good terms with us. But let us be careful when dealing with him. If he wants peace, let's give him peace. But if he wants war, we should be ready for it.
 

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The signature of the peace with Poland was a further success, a triumphal one, guaranteeing that Montségur's position as Chancellor was as secure as possible. Germany was now firmly established, secured the northern border. But no time to rest on the laurels. Much needed to be done still. Lüneburg, first of all. He spoke to their ambassador, proposing the integration of Lüneburg into the Reich again. The Polish threat was dealt with. With a now fairly significant Catholic population, there would be a guarantee that the religious divide would have to follow humanist ideals. There are few to no obstacles for such an 'Anschluss', and the recent cooperation clearly showed that there would be benefits for both sides.

Faixòn's service as Duke Belmonte de Soneta's squire came to an end, and he thanked the Duke for this time. He had learned to know the court and parliament, and was ready to assume a position in it - as elected member.
 

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((I know its not my "job" but wich states are possible rivals? And btw: Red EuropexD))

((The only nation we can actually rival is France, hence why we have had no rivals for ages. We're just too powerful compared to the other states. ;)))

The signature of the peace with Poland was a further success, a triumphal one, guaranteeing that Montségur's position as Chancellor was as secure as possible. Germany was now firmly established, secured the northern border. But no time to rest on the laurels. Much needed to be done still. Lüneburg, first of all. He spoke to their ambassador, proposing the integration of Lüneburg into the Reich again. The Polish threat was dealt with. With a now fairly significant Catholic population, there would be a guarantee that the religious divide would have to follow humanist ideals. There are few to no obstacles for such an 'Anschluss', and the recent cooperation clearly showed that there would be benefits for both sides.

Lüneburg agreed to become a subject of Germany, but to allay any fear of discrimination based on religion, a gradual integration was requested. Lüneburg would become part of Germany, but only after at least a decade as a subject nation. ((Aka, Lüneburg will become a vassal and the AI will integrate them.))

* * * * *

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Despite the problems Montségur caused Hispania, we must remember that as Chancellor of a foreign power, he is still accountable to his new king, who in turn is bound by a constitution. If he were to use Germany for some ridiculous vendetta against us, it would require the support of the German king and people. I can't imagine them wanting to pursue a conflict with us, for we have no conflicting interests at the moment besides our relations with Austria. The fact that they are allied with two of our own allies is perhaps a good sign that we shouldn't have to worry about them turning against us, for it would surely lose them all their allies. Pursuing a preventative war that may not even be necessary will likely turn the Germans into the enemies that some fear they already are and force a confrontation with our allies. I will not support any sort of war against Germany simply because Montségur is managing their foreign affairs. We should focus on diplomacy first.

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

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((The only nation we can actually rival is France, hence why we have had no rivals for ages. We're just too powerful compared to the other states. ;)))



Lüneburg agreed to become a subject of Germany, but to allay any fear of discrimination based on religion, a gradual integration was requested. Lüneburg would become part of Germany, but only after at least a decade as a subject nation. ((Aka, Lüneburg will become a vassal and the AI will integrate them.))

* * * * *

JpsioAG.png

Despite the problems Montségur caused Hispania, we must remember that as Chancellor of a foreign power, he is still accountable to his new king, who in turn is bound by a constitution. If he were to use Germany for some ridiculous vendetta against us, it would require the support of the German king and people. I can't imagine them wanting to pursue a conflict with us, for we have no conflicting interests at the moment besides our relations with Austria. The fact that they are allied with two of our own allies is perhaps a good sign that we shouldn't have to worry about them turning against us, for it would surely lose them all their allies. Pursuing a preventative war that may not even be necessary will likely turn the Germans into the enemies that some fear they already are and force a confrontation with our allies. I will not support any sort of war against Germany simply because Montségur is managing their foreign affairs. We should focus on diplomacy first.

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

Regardless, we still need to ensure our protection, and our relations with France, Austria, and Scandinavia. We have not moved in that regard lately.

I call for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to make efforts to do this. His absence in planning for the past few years is not forgotten, but I will allow him a chance to correct his mistake before I remove him from his post.

Also, I will speak to the representatives from the colonies to see what they think about the encroachment by other nations.
((@Duke Dan "the Man" make a plan or lose your position))
 

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Also, I will speak to the representatives from the colonies to see what they think about the encroachment by other nations.

The colonial representatives seem generally displeased by the general expansion into their territory by recent colonial powers. While most of them are tolerant of French expansion due to their lengthy presence there, both Nova Hispania and Nueva Granada have been antagonized by the Scots' successful land grab between their territories, La Plata is feeling itself increasingly pressured by the British, and Sanchonia is calling for increased colonization efforts on the Brazilian coast to keep Scotland out. The colonies have been trying to coordinate efforts through the supra-national body created for them ((I suppose I need a name for it at some point)), but they can only manage so much. With relations between the colonies and Hispania having improved greatly since the civil war, they are hesitant to take any action without Hispanian approval or assistance. They tentatively push for Hispania to either negotiate with the encroaching powers or pursue war with them. They stress that dealing with these threats now will ensure that Hispania and the colonies retain dominance over the region and the profitable trade flowing through there.
 

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The colonies have been trying to coordinate efforts through the supra-national body created for them ((I suppose I need a name for it at some point)), but they can only manage so much.
((Congress? Assembly? Deputados? Curia Coloniae Hispaniae (CCH)? ))
 

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I have thought over the reforms I had proposed in the past years and have come to the conclusion that amendments are necessary, specifically in regards to the Prime Minister and their relationship to the Parliament. I thus propose the following.

Amendment to the Parliament Act of 1755

I. The Prime Minister shall no longer automatically serve as the head of the Assembly. They shall only serve as head of the Assembly if they are a member of the Assembly or if granted an honorary seat in the Assembly due to not being a member of Parliament.
II. If the Prime Minister is a member of the Cortz, they shall retain their seat in that body and not serve as the head of the Assembly. They shall no longer be granted a seat in the Assembly.
III. The Prime Minister may appoint a head of the Assembly, who shall be granted the position of Second Minister.
a) The Second Minister may not be a member of the Cortz.
b) If the Prime Minister is a member of the Cortz, they are required to appoint a Second Minister.
b) If the Prime Minister is a member of the Assembly, they are not required to appoint a Second Minister and may serve as head of the Assembly.​
IV. If the Chamberlain is appointed Prime Minister, they are now required to appoint a Second Minister.
V. If the Prime Minister is otherwise indisposed or unable to carry out their duties, the Second Minister shall assume their responsibilities.

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

((This is just me sorting out the issues caused by having a landed noble as PM. It messes up the votes since I have to count them as a member of the Assembly as long as they're Prime Minister instead of a member of the Cortz. Really, all this is doing is turning the Deputy Prime Minister we've had before into an official role, although they don't really do much except pick up the slack of a lazy or absent PM. I'll probably give VP to whoever gets the role too.))

((Congress? Assembly? Deputados? Curia Coloniae Hispaniae (CCH)? ))

((Congress could work. We've already used Assembly and Curia sounds religious to me and far too Latin. I'll try to think up some fancier version later.))

* * * * *

The Minister of Trade introduces a grand plan to greatly increase the size of Hispania's trade fleets. The Flotas Aden, Ceylon, and Malacca are to be doubled, increasing in number to 40 ships each. The Flota Alexandria is to be expanded to 40 ships as well, and the Flota Venice to 30. A further 10 great frigates are to be constructed to trade out of Canton. In total, 85 great frigates would be constructed for the trade fleets of Hispania, something well within Hispania's capability of supporting.

The Minister of Finance maintains the status quo for now.
 
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((Curiae is a term used for the inter-parliamentary divisions of wealth in the Austrian/Cisleithanian Imperial Council c. 1867-1918. So it's Latin, but not solely religious))
 

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  • Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
  • For the Motherland
((Can't we just call it the Upper/Lower Cortz? It would make things a whole lot easier. Plus it'll be just like many real life European bicameral parliamentary legislatures.))