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Franchise: Universal/Weighted Universal/Weighted Wealth
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3. Weighted Universal
India Famine: Send Relief/Send troops/Both/Send the bare minimum
1. Both
2. Send Troops
3. Send Relief
4. None
Assassination Attempt Response: Crack down/Seek reform/Grant Northern Italy Independence
1. Crack Down
2. Independence
3. Reform
Najd Response: Invasion/Compromise/Hand over Arabia
1. Invasion
2. Hand over Arabia
3. Compromise

Bankruptcy:
Cut administrative costs: yes
Downsize the military: no
Take out a loan: yes
 

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Franchise: Universal/Weighted Universal/Weighted Wealth
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(( "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change." Tancred in The Leopard by Lampedusa ))

India Famine: Send Relief/Send troops/Both/Send the bare minimum
1. Both
2. Send Troops
3. Send Relief
4. None

Assassination Attempt Response: Crack down/Seek reform/Grant Northern Italy Independence
1. Crack Down
2. Reform
3. Independence

(( That one really made me sad. After such a horrific crime, it's too late to grant the Italian their independence : what would have been seen as great generosity right before the assassination attempt now would just be considered a sign of weakness. ))

Najd Response: Invasion/Compromise/Hand over Arabia
1. Invasion
2. Compromise
3. Hand over Arabia

(( Better try and teach Najd a lesson first ; after that they could become a puppet state, and then be granted Arabia. A common colonial strategy for the XIXth century, British style ))

Bankruptcy:
Cut administrative costs: yes
Downsize the military: no
Take out a loan: yes

(( Let's hope that will be enough, otherwise the Empire could actually collapse now ))
 

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Assassination Attempt Response: //
1. Crack down
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((That's it for that vote.

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Najd Response: Invasion

Bankruptcy:
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If anyone is wondering, the franchise vote was actually a tie between weighted wealth and weighted universal, but since Joan is PM and we saw an overall stability boost, he pushed forward the option he preferred.))
 

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1827-1828 - Blood & Ballots

Besieged both from inside and out, Hispania was plagued with problems going into 1828. The attempt on Emperor Pere VI's life required immediate attention. As overwhelming evidence kept popping up pointing at Italian separatists as the ones who had ordered the attack, Regent Joan de Trastámara pushed for a crack down on Italy to stamp out separatism once and for all. There were those who suspected Joan's involvement, although there was no evidence of it other than his ambitions. With the Emperor in a coma due to the actions of some of these separatists, Parliament saw the need to take action. Martial law had already been instituted, but now the task of finding those responsible could be fully carried out. One by one, the various separatist groups were rooted out, their members imprisoned or executed. No group, no matter their ultimate goal, could go unpunished after such a heinous act. Support for these movements had mostly died after the assassination attempt, putting an end to the dream of an independent Italy yet again, but who knew when or if it would revive again.

With such a blatant example of dissent, a conservative shift was felt in Parliament. Memories of the Greek Revolution decades ago resurfaced as some feared that Hispania was doomed to face similar events. With the lower classes requesting the right to vote without wealth restrictions, a slippery slope into anarchy was starting to be perceived by many. It was time to pull back. Support for the reinstatement of the property restriction and a weighted system saw growing support. Ultimately, the actions of Regent Joan proved the tipping point. With the government becoming more unified in view, and with the powers of the Crown now in his hands allowing him to place those he preferred in appointed positions, Parliament passed a law restricting the vote to those in the upper and middle classes, with a weighted system instituted.

There was still the financial state of Hispania to consider. With the nation on the verge of bankruptcy, immediate action was needed. The government immediately instituted cuts to administrative spending, letting large numbers of civil servants go and other cost-saving methods. It would help fight the growing deficit at the cost of government efficiency, but immediate funds were needed. A loan would solve that problem, if someone was willing to provide the funds. Finding a nation able to do so would be difficult. Everyone was facing problems brought on by the worldwide depression, but some less than others. France, while one of the wealthier nations, was in no condition to do so after the brutal French Succession War. Most of the rest of Europe did not possess the finances to offer a loan or simply had no desire to aid Hispania. The one exception was Byzantium. Their economy was less reliant on trade, and thus the less affected by global events. They had remained relatively untouched during the French Succession War, and had even prospered to some extent. Best of all, they were more than happy to aid Hispania in its time of need. They extended a loan out to Hispania, providing enough funds to fend off bankruptcy for some time. Hopefully Hispania could recover to repay the debt later.

Even as Hispania dealt with its internal problems, Najd was causing disturbances of its own. Their outright refusal to hand over those responsible for the attacks in Mecca and Medina, along with their demand that Hispania hand over the rest of Arabia to Muslim hands was not taken well. Despite their supposed vassal status, Najd was acting far too unruly for Parliament's liking. This situation could not be allowed to escalate further now that Hispanians had been attacked. An invasion of Najd was called for, setting into motion a series of event that would devastate Arabia.

An invasion that should have been an easy war turned into a bloody affair. The Hispanian army was not exactly in a position for such an attack, for troops were still recovering from the French Succession War. The Exercits Jerusalem and Arabia alone were to conduct the invasion. Najd, who must have expected the attack, launched the first strike, their armies driving straight for Mecca before either Hispanian army could arrive. Hispania had the numbers, even with just two armies, but Najd's army had the support of the locals. Whenever the Hispanian army drew close, Najd's forces slipped away into the night. The oppressive heat of the Arabian climate did not help matters either. The only way to catch the Najd army was to harass the locals helping them, something that did not exactly please the people. In most cases it led to outright resistance and entire villages withheld food or launched guerrilla attacks on the Hispanian forces. While they did not possess the manpower or resources to strike any serious blow, it was greatly damaging to morale.

It took months before the first actual battle occurred, achieving Hispania's first major victory. The Najd army was no match for Hispania's forces, fleeing back over the border. Hispanian Arabia had been devastated by the pillaging Najd army for the past few months and with the locals aiding them, but now it was time to take the fight to the enemy. Hispania was only destined to face more of the same there. The Hispanian soldiers met resistance everywhere they went. The Najd people did not want them there and did whatever they could to stop them. The Najd army, knowing that to engage in open battle would doom them, resorted to more deceptive tactics, striking at the fringe of the army during times of inconvenience. Over time, Hispania lost thousands of men with little to show for their efforts. Najd was proving far too resilient.

In the end, there was only one way to end this conflict, and that was to cut the head off the snake. The Hispanian army gave up on trying to capture Najd's in the open and went straight for the capital. The new Sultan fled before the army could arrive, but resistance began to flag as he went into exile. Not wanting to let him escape their grasp, the Hispanian army scoured entire towns for him, eventually catching him near the Persian border. With Najd's leaders in their hand, the desire to continue fighting flagged. Resisting any further seemed fruitless. The Sultan, after some forceful persuasion, revealed the location of those who had led the attacks on Mecca and Medina. The men responsible were captured and executed for their crimes. The Sultan was replaced with a much more amiable leader, one who would do whatever Hispania told him to do. Hispania had come out victorious, restoring order to Arabia, but had paid for it in blood.

The famine in India claimed many lives, but its true consequences were yet to be felt. Fearing another rebellion, the government ordered the Exercit Colonial to return to India and gathered what aid they could for the subcontinent, a difficult task considering Hispania's finances. Even with these preventative actions, it was not enough to stave off a rebellion. The relief that had been sent from Europe arrived too late, and what did arrive turned out to be less than expected. India was suffering, and they took out their anger on their overlords. Groups gathered to rise up against Hispanian rule. The two armies in India were soon put to work quelling these uprisings before they spiralled into a full-on independence war. The extra troops improved the situation, maintaining order on a greater level. As more aid trickled in, attempts to dispel this dissent proved somewhat fruitful, as one group after another gave up their attempt at freedom.

The difficulty of sending aid to India brought to attention a growing problem, mainly that of piracy. After the attack on the Suez Canal and growing dissent in Arabia, the number of pirates in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden had increased dramatically. The unknown ships attacked trading vessels with impunity. Attempts to eradicate them met great difficulty, for Hispania's resources were always focused elsewhere. Then there was the fact that the pirates simply disappeared, hiding in some unknown locations, whenever they were attacked. Now that they had disrupted the attempts to send aid to India and spark a rebellion, they needed to be dealt with. If they could be wiped out, the problem would be removed. There was also the concern that someone was financing them, encouraging them to attack Hispanian trade. Finding the one responsible could allow Hispania to cut them off at the source. One of these approaches would require the bulk of Hispania's attention.

Despite the rollback in voting reforms, the question of the franchise had not died, although this time it was focused on region rather than class. The people of North Africa had watched Hispania grow and prosper, as well as face recent troubles, and continuously been unable to have a say in any matter. Only minor attempts had been made to extend the franchise to the North Africans, and they were growing tired of being ignored. Some of them, particularly those in parts of Morocco and Algeria, had lived in Hispania for centuries and were generally accepted as Hispanians, although they could not vote. While the matter of the vote for the lower class was tactfully avoided, the middle and upper classes in North Africa pressed for representation in Parliament. Why could those in Iberia, Italy, and Greece vote, but those in North Africa could not? They had been part of Hispania for just as long. Was not Hispania an Empire of the Mediterranean? It seemed but a reasonable request to extend the vote to citizens who had served the Empire faithfully for so long. To ignore this demand would be to show that Hispania only cared for its citizens in Europe. Of course, to agree to such demands might open up the idea of other parts of the Empire receiving the same rights and weaken the influence of those already with the vote, a threat to power of those in Europe. It was a delicate matter to consider.

As the North Africans spoke their mind, so did the Bavarians. The French Succession War had left its imprint on Bavaria. While Hispania had contributed men to the French cause and lost many of them, their land had remained untouched. Bavaria, on the other hand, had faced the full wrath of Germany. There was growing displeasure with Hispania, for Bavaria had fought for them and taken the brunt of Germany's attacks as a result. It was true that in the end they had received parts of Germany to compensate them for losses during the war, but Northern Bavaria had been devastated by the war and was still on its way to recovery. It seemed almost silly to some that a country with one of the largest armies in Europe was taking orders from another and fighting their wars for them. Many in Bavaria started to look to Byzantium as an example. They had gone through something very similar, where they had taken orders from Valencia and felt stifled or held down. Perhaps it was time for Bavaria to follow a similar path. The Bavarian Parliament petitioned the Crown and Hispanian Parliament requesting a change in status for the Kingdom of Bavaria. Their request was simple: control of their own foreign affairs and the crowning of a new Bavarian king to represent the new independent status of Bavaria. For the latter, Bavaria offered Hispania the opportunity to choose the candidate, preferably one of the Bavarian dukes or another Trastámara. It was made clear that ties with Hispania would be retained, much as Byzantium had done before under similar circumstances. It was either time for Bavaria to make it's own way in the world once more, but as a dependable ally of Hispania's, or for the leash to be pulled tighter.


((Whew, had another close roll there. The one for Najd was literally one off, so we almost lost Arabia. India went a bit more smoothly thanks to some stability boosts. At this rate we'll never lose any land by 1836. :p

Now to lay out what we'll be voting on. First we have the pirates operating in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. We can either work on eradicating them or find who is hiring them. This is another focus one, where both options will happen but we decide which is more important. Next is whether to extend the franchise to North Africa or not. It should be noted that when I say North Africa, I mean everything from Morocco to Jerusalem, with everything included roughly down to Southern Egypt, basically all the bits bordering the Mediterranean. This would not affect Arabia or anything south of Morocco or Egypt. Our last topic to vote on is Bavaria. Here we decide whether or not to grant their request of independence. If granted, we also choose whether we want a Bavarian duke on their throne or a Trastámara. Keep in mind that if given independence, they would become our ally much like on the same terms as Byzantium was.

Pirates: Hunt them down/Find who hired them
1.
2.​
North Africa Franchise: Extend franchise/Deny request
1.
2.​
Bavaria: Grant independence/Deny request
1.
2.​
Bavarian king (if independent): Bavarian duke/Trastámara
1.
2.​

The vote will last until Wednesday at 12PM PST. Remember to post your votes in your order of preference, although that doesn't really matter here since they all have two options only. Now is the time to make use of stability or instability actions if not used yet.))
 

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((Also, stability boost, Hispania should never loose land, only gain more land! Hispania will rule the world! :p))
 

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((Also, stability boost, Hispania should never loose land, only gain more land! Hispania will rule the world! :p))

((You raised stability last turn, so unfortunately you've used your one stability action already.))
 

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Regent Joan just proved his tyrannical ambitions more and more. The advancements of the last decades, very slowly made after a difficult struggle, restricted again and course reverted in direction of absolutism. The Facció del Fénix would not stand by idly in voice discontent in the Parliament. They had some support in the middle class at least, or they wouldn't be present. Outside of Parliament, the advancing militarization, government failures and most of all the step back to the end of their citizen rights dominated Arnau Faixòn's fight for support on the streets, for now with moderate success.

Another Faixòn was a very happy man. Military supplies and equipment were in very high demand, and he had risen to main producer, making a healthy profit. He mainly used it to heavily invest into both the steel industry and railroads, a "technology crucial for the future". In each crisis, somebody profits.

((I'm not sure who I'm going to pick up later, so a little about both options. And of course, Hispania will make some losses :D.

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1. Hunt them down
2. Find who hired them
North Africa Franchise:
1. Deny request
2. Extend franchise
Bavaria:
1. Grant independence
2. Deny request
Bavarian king (if independent):
1. Bavarian duke
2. Trastámara))
 

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(( Felt like writing a bit about what the Saint-Pierres were up to trough those few years :p ))

Henri sat in his office, holding his head in fear as he reflected upon the state of the Empire, his career, his ancestor’s creation and their pride, the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company.
The recent events weren’t kind for his family or the company, the pirates, the natural disasters, it seemed like the whole world wanted to bring him down. Just few months ago it seemed like everyone would get a vote in Hispania, and now the franchise has been pushed back.
All his struggles, everything his father and he worked for, for vain. But he couldn’t give up, he had to be more vocal about the issues and hope the Regent will listen.

However there was more that troubled him and it was up to him to resolve the matter, as the de facto head of the family, with his father gone missing, he had to worry about his siblings.


His younger brother, Aurèle, while fighting for a righteous cause, was too radical for his own good. It seemed like just yesterday he heard him say that Parta Marina doesn’t speak for any of us, that only the Fenix will bring true reform, and what made matters worse was what he said next…


- “They’re called Vox Populi!” – He proclaimed, filled with pride “ They are hidden everywhere! Imperials, Fenixe's, even Marina! They’re the only ones willing to pick up the fight, brother!”

But Henri couldn’t help but shake his head at that, he heard rumors, but nothing else, of a small groups scattered all over the empire, telling anyone who would listen to fight against the ones that kept the country together

- “Aurèle, I will not let you get hurt! Those men are dangerous, their actions illegal and immoral! Please, reconsider! I cannot protect you on that path!”

- “Protect me?” – The younger one mocked “With what? Family’s drained fortune? Your dwindling influence? I am no fool, brother. I see what’s happening. Even your party can’t agree on the issues! Goodbye!”

And just like that he was gone, and they haven’t corresponded since, what if he got captured and executed?


At the very least he didn’t need to worry so much about his youngest siblings, the twins, Cyprien Luc and Henriette.

The first one decided to try his luck in the textile industry, and Henri was happy to help him however he could, funding some factories, covering the initial costs, even investing in the latest technology in hopes of a quick profit. A stable job, with hopefully just as steady incomes, hopefully a way to save the family in times of need.


Henriette on the other hand was the more of a rogue, ever since he was small she was an explorer, an adventurer. And she stayed that was to this day… While Henri wasn’t pleased with the path she chose, at least her intentions were good. To this day he wondered how she managed to do it, but she finished courses at the Military Academy, managing to become a colonel, a quite respectable rank. Furthermore in the last letter he received Henri learned that so far no one has notices who she really was which shocked him even more.
 

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((Here are the results of the vote.

Pirates: Find who hired them
North Africa Franchise: Extend franchise
Bavaria: Grant independence
Bavarian king (if independent): Bavarian duke

Most of the votes were pretty one-sided. Glad to see I'll have less work to do converting states back to colonies with North Africa given the franchise. :D))
 

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1829-1830 - Nationalism on the Rise

Going into 1829, Parliament debated the possibility of extending the franchise to Hispanians in North Africa. Despite the franchise throughout Hispania being rolled back to exclude the lower classes, this would grant the ability to vote to a significant number of people. The change in electoral districts alone would be quite dramatic, seeing the influence of Europeans siphoned away. However, it could not be denied that much of North Africa had been part of Hispania for decades if not centuries. The people there viewed themselves as Hispanians. Their proximity to the Mediterranean was a testament to Hispania's legacy as an Empire of the Mediterranean. Support grew for their demand for the franchise. Even Regent Joan de Trastámara voiced support for the idea. He had always been a vocal advocate of Hispania's cultural diversity, provided each group did its part for Hispania. There was speculation that he favoured extending the franchise as a means of diluting the Italian vote to dampen support in Parliament for Italian separatist movements. Whether there was any truth to those rumours could not be determined.

Another matter of great importance to those in Africa was the piracy occurring in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The Hispanian navy had proved unable to wipe out these pirates, their focus shifted elsewhere with other conflicts and relief efforts taking precedence. Even as Parliament debated the matter, the primary concern was who was hiring or supporting these pirates rather than getting rid of them. This lack of attention given to the greatest harm to trade in the area only ended up worsening the situation. As the pirates freely pillaged and raided Hispanian trade, the government focused most of its attention on finding those responsible. Government agents scoured the coast looking for their hideouts and men were sent as far as Persia and Malwa to search for any connection to the pirates. What they came up with was absolutely nothing. Najd wasn't responsible, for with Hispania's influence reinstated and Najd in ruins, they were in no condition to fund pirates. Persia and Malwa both had no clear connections to tie them to the pirates either. Anyone else either had no coast or were too far away to be considered. When the investigation was over, there was still no evidence as to who was funding these pirates, all the while the pirates continued to attack Hispanian trade. The whole investigation had proved a debacle, one that had accomplished nothing.

At least negotiations with Bavaria were going much more smoothly. Parliament was mostly in support of granting Bavaria full sovereignty, although in the end they did not have an official say in the matter for they had no authority over the Bavarian Parliament. The whole affair was mostly a formality, for the Bavarian Constitution provided for the means to achieve independence of sorts, although connections to the Crown was another matter. Choosing a monarch of their own would have caused a great scandal. They needed permission to crown their own monarch. Most Hispanians seemed content to let Bavaria go, as well as have the Bavarians crown one of their own rather than insist on a Trastámara being placed on the Bavarian throne. Regent Joan seemed disinclined to agree. He dragged out negotiations, trying to get the Bavarians to accept another Trastámara as their king, even putting forth his own son as an option, but to no avail. Support was too low for such an idea, and forcing that issue threatened to ruin the whole process. Eventually he caved and agreed to allowing a Bavarian duke to serve as their king, although he heavily insisted upon a single candidate, a man who just happened to be his son-in-law. The Bavarians agreed to his choice, and thus Bavaria crowned its new king, Benedict I von Sparneck.

Events in Bavaria were gaining much attention in the east. The people of Trandacia watched inquisitively as one of Hispania's subject nations was allowed its independence, granted under amiable terms. If Hispania was willing to allow Bavaria its freedom, relying on them as an ally rather than a vassal, why would they not do the same for Transdacia? The distance from Hispania played a major part in this sentiment. Indeed, the very reason for Transdacia's existence was that their land was so far from the capital that the Hispanian Parliament felt it better to allow the locals to decide their own internal affairs. With Byzantium and others serving as a buffer of sorts, Transdacia had little to do with its overlord and mostly kept to itself. Their connection to Hispania was mostly military, with Hispania protecting them from their hostile neighbours to the north, but even then Byzantium proved more capable at doing that as proven during the French Succession War. A major supporter of Transdacian independence was the Duke of Wallachia, whose grandfather had served as duke of an independent Wallachia before swearing fealty to the Emperor. He held great sway in the Transdacian Cortz, and with the absent Emperor was mostly regarded as the senior noble of the realm. Thus a request similar to Bavaria's was sent to Valencia. The people of Transdacia wished for full control of their foreign affairs and the ability to crown their own king, with the obvious choice being the Duke of Wallachia. With both Byzantium and Bavaria having been released under similar conditions, it seemed likely that independence was a foregone conclusion, for to deny them would cause quite the scandal. The one major difference here though was the relation between the Crown and the vassal state. Unlike with Bavaria where there was a constitution limiting the monarch's power, the Emperor was supreme in Transdacia. He could override any law he pleased, although the only time this was every exercised was when Alfons IX overturned the laws persecuting the Ruthenian people. If Transdacia wanted its independence and to crown its own king, they needed the backing of the Regent or it would never happen. Perhaps with pressure from Parliament, Regent Joan would favour such a plan, but for now he was content to bide his time and let events develop.

While Transdacia was an important issue, matters closer to home took precedence. The Greeks had become increasingly vocal as of late, perhaps stirred up by events in Bavaria or the dilution of their vote with the extension of the franchise to North Africa. Twice now they had held a referendum with mixed results. The first had failed, but the second had shown a general desire to join with Byzantium. Despite that, the questionable legality of the second referendum prevented any suitable resolution. The government had chosen to introduce reforms to placate the Greek people, a method that worked for the most part. Even so, the die-hard Greek nationalists could accept nothing less than joining with Byzantium and rallied for a third referendum. Even those who favoured Hispanian rule were inclined to agree, feeling that one last legitimate referendum might shut up these nationalists for good. A petition was sent to Parliament requesting that another referendum be held to decide the issue once and for all. The fate of Hispania's Greek lands needed to be decided once and for all.

The economy continued to fluctuate wildly. The world was starting to come out of its depression, but showed signs of relapse. As for Hispania, certain sectors were doing better than others. The choice to pump government funds into rebuilding Iberia after the damage caused by the earthquake was paying off, with manufacturing and production improving, providing Hispania once more with a solid financial base in Iberia. The same could not be said for Hispania's trade empire. The damage to the Suez Canal had hindered shipping to and from Asia, and even though it was mostly repaired, the continued pirate attacks in the area put all Hispanian merchant vessels at risk. Rebellions in Arabia and India, along with the earlier French Succession War, had damaged once profitable markets, and Hispania's recent bankruptcy had irreparably damaged Hispanian credit abroad. Merchants either found themselves facing higher costs with lower profits or dying markets. Even the Trans-Atlantic Trading Company was floundering, with trade shifting away from Africa and Asia towards the Americas, a much more stable market. Several prominent merchants had already gone bankrupt, and trading companies were struggling to stay afloat. The bulwark of the Hispanian trading empire was at risk. Pleas for financial assistance were becoming all to common as many feared that the Hispanian economy would fall back into another depression if the government failed to save the merchants. The government had a choice to make, either to save the merchants in the hopes it would revive the economy or to allow them to struggle on their own to save government resources. Hopefully Hispania would come out of this economic crisis intact either way.


((Had some bad rolls for the pirates there, which is why we neither found their financier or got rid of them. I'm sure that won't have any consequences going into the future. :D

Anyway, on to the next vote. Only a few things this time. First we consider whether or not to grant Transdacia their request for independence, as well as what monarch we'd allow on their throne. They'd be released like Bavaria, with them as an ally on good terms with us. The next vote is on whether or not to allow another referendum on the fate of the Greeks. If favoured, the results will be binding, regardless of whether they favour joining Byzantium or staying with Hispania. The last thing we'll vote on is whether or not to bail out Hispania's merchants in the hopes of fending off another economic crisis.

Transdacian Independence: Grant them independence/Deny their request
1.
2.​
Transdacian King: Duke of Wallachia/Trastámara
1.
2.​
Greek Referendum: Allow referendum/Deny referendum
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Failing Merchants: Bail them out/Do not intervene
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Players will have until Sunday at 12PM PST to vote. I'd prefer you put your votes in order of preference, but yet again they are all two option votes so it doesn't really matter. If you wish to make use of a stability or instability action, provided you haven't already done so, now is the time to do so.

Edit: In some good news, I'm almost done the rules for the Vicky 2 portion. I just need to balance some numbers and then I'll probably post them all to get everyone's opinion before getting mod permission.))
 
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