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((Not yet, but for good when the game has enough of him this time:rolleyes:.))

Castelozzi slowly prepared his retirement. 'It is good to see that my opinion is valued. But soon enough I'll be too old for that.' The next opponent on the battlefield would only see an experienced foe though.

((This is ironic because I'm working on the next update and your guy was the only general that the game didn't kill off. :p))
 

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1487-1492 – An Easy Victory

It was clear as 1487 began that religion was not King Ferran II’s primary concern. Three policies were presented to the King to strengthen the true faith and cast out heretics. Out of those three, only the De Heretico Comburendo Act, which required the bible to only be written in Latin, was passed. Cardinal Fernando de Vascona was quite irate when his proposal, the Alhambra Decree, was turned down. The King did not feel that the Jews within Aragon were a threat and he appreciated that they continued to contribute to the prosperity of the kingdom. He would not expel them. This won him much support from the Jewish population and greatly improved his reputation.

While King Ferran II was quite generous to the Jewish population, he was not as forgiving of slights from foreigners. When the Knights on Rhodes were caught making claims to Athens, the King decided to return the favour. A spy was sent to infiltrate their order and find a suitable reason for Aragon to declare war, if need be.



The primary focus for Aragon, and what it would be for a few years, was the war France had declared on Brittany. As expected, Aragon answered the call. Brittany, Burgundy, and Savoy were not considered a serious threat. France could easily handle Brittany and Burgundy on their own, and Savoy was fighting off rebels. Ferran intended to only provide what support was needed.



The first order of business was garrisoning the forts on France’s border. Ferran would not let another debacle occur like when the Hungarians marched right through Aragon. Once that was done, the main army in Valencia led by General Luigi Castelozzi moved up into France and headed for Savoy’s capital. The first battle though was between France and Burgundy’s vassals. Unlike the last war that France had fought against Burgundy and their vassals, France was no pushover.

Even while the war raged on, Aragonese troops were still trying to retake Constantinople from Orthodox rebels. The city was close to falling, but the rebel garrison was stubborn. During a minor skirmish, General Stefano von Thun was injured, although his wounds were not severe and he’d recover in no time. This did mean he missed out on reclaiming the great city a month later.

General Castelozzi faced a minor setback when he found Savoie’s fort too well defended to take alone, so instead he headed for Cuneo, where a smaller fort lay. When he arrived, he found a demoralized army of Burgundy’s vassals next door in Montferrat. Not wanting to waste this opportunity, he ordered an attack before they could recover. The enemy wasn’t crushed like he had hoped, but they were forced on the run again. In the meantime he could return to Cuneo to siege.



The spy in Rhodes was caught in May of 1487, but Ferran didn’t back down. He admitted to sending the spy. The Knights had done the same, so why should he be ashamed?

With Constantinople liberated, General Sebastián de Loarre was free to return to North Africa. However, orders from the King changed that plan. He was to sail to Roussillon with his army and serve as backup for General Castelozzi and aid the French. When he arrived, he was sent north to pester Burgundy and try to take their capital. He lacked the men to take the city though and was instead ordered down to Savoy. Savoy was easy pickings, especially once a massive combined force took out Savoy’s rebels for them. It also alerted King Ferran to the fact that Brittany and its allies were at war with Provence and its allies, which included Austria. It seemed that this war would be even easier than thought. Tuscany, France’s ally, even managed to defeat Brittany’s army and send it on the run.



Tuscany continued its contributions as it caught Brittany’s army after a defeat against Provence. They didn’t stand a chance, forced to flee yet again, right into Provence’s army. Brittany wasn’t a major threat now, so it was all up to Burgundy. After seeing such success, Ferran ordered a diplomat sent to Tuscany to improve relations. As allies of France, they had both cooperated together before and he saw no reason not to keep things on good terms with them.

Savoy’s fate turned worse as Switzerland decided it would jump on the bandwagon and take advantage of its weakened neighbour. Savoy was already in a terrible position, especially once France took Savoie. With their capital occupied, Savoy was ready to make peace with at least one enemy. France forced them to pay war reparations.



With Savoy out of the war and all of Brittany either occupied or under siege by someone, the order was given for the Aragonese armies to return home. General de Loarre returned to Roussillon and sailed from there back to North Africa. General Castelozzi was stationed in Pirineo to ensure no enemy army marched into Aragon.

With the treasury filling up, a temple was constructed in Palermo. King Ferran had given nominal consent to the project, not that he could do much else since the law required the construction of temples in bishoprics, but he expressed his opinion that a marketplace or more profitable project would be more worthwhile.

In October of 1488, Austria and France worked together against a mutual enemy to attempt to take out Burgundy’s army. Their success was minimal, especially when that same army snuck south and attacked a Tuscan army. Reinforcements for Burgundy arrived first before anyone could intervene for Tuscany. Tuscany’s army was forced to flee, but they did leave Burgundy’s forces open to attack from Provence. At some point the enemy army was eradicated, but information on who accomplished it was unclear. What was clear was that the enemy forces had been reduced down to a single regiment.



As with Alfons VI before, rulers across Europe wanted to pray with the king of such a holy kingdom every time they visited. Every time Ferran II would bluntly turn them down, telling them to visit a local church if they had the urge to pray. He never agreed to any of the requests and preferred to do his praying in private, at least that was what everyone assumed.

With Savoy in disarray and having already been dragged into war with them on several occasions, Ferran had a spy sent to the kingdom to fabricate a claim on Nice. If they ever went to war again, Ferran wanted something out of it at least.

By June of 1489, Ferran had gotten tired of waiting for France to settle a peace. The army under General Castelozzi was ordered up to Burgundy to help the siege process along. The general managed to capture Charolais. Once the province had fallen, he went in pursuit of a stray Burgundian army. They were outmatched and stood no chance. In an outstanding victory, the entire enemy force was eliminated without a single Aragonese casualty. With that done, he was ordered home with his army. Aragon had done its part.

It was also around this time Ferran ordered a celebration of the navy. It had protected Aragon from threats for decades and was responsible for many victories. If Aragon wanted to flourish, the navy had to be at its best.



By 1490, Italy was going through a change. The Italian states possessed little respect for the Emperor and frequently ignored his authority. They had been acting independent of the Empire and it was becoming clear that the Empire’s authority in the area was minimal at best. The Emperor would not be as watchful of the area as he once had.

Another construction project began in March of 1490, this time a temple in Cagliari. The bishopric had not found a holy man to assume the role of bishop yet, but hopefully a temple would lure one in.

There was a bit of confusion at court as word arrived that Denmark had attacked Sweden to restore the union of their two countries. King Ferran, as far as he was aware, had thought the two were still under the union. Apparently after accepting Danish domination twice after declaring independence wars, Sweden must have found a way to break free and stay that way. Clearly the Scandinavians needed to work out their issues.

By the end of May in 1490, all of Brittany and their allies had fallen under occupation. However, France seemed unwilling to settle a peace. Soon it became clear why. Both Brittany and Burgundy were almost evenly split by France and Provence in separate wars. With neither able to completely occupy their enemies, they could not settle what they thought was a suitable peace. Ferran attempted to encourage the two separate parties to negotiate and perhaps settle a mutual peace with Brittany, but neither France nor Provence was willing to do that. In the hopes of spurring France into settling a peace, Ferran ordered that Charolais be handed over to the French to control for now.



With interest in claiming Negroponte from Venice years ago, King Ferran decided it was time to prepare for such an eventuality. He had his spies sent to Albania to fabricate claims on the province. If he could kick Venice out of Greece, it could only benefit Aragon and Byzantium.

An attack was arranged on General Jean Charles de Fidèlle’s life as he led the army garrisoned in Granada. Some supporters of the Inquisition were displeased with its recent lack of progress. King Ferran had cut the funding on missionary efforts and now had turned down two acts that would have aided efforts to strengthen the true faith. These disgruntled fanatics lashed out and attacked the highest authority figure they could find. General de Fidèlle was not seriously harmed in the attack, but the assailant was killed before he could be questioned further. King Ferran was not pleased with the attack and did his best to support the efforts of the wounded general in Granada. Recruitment efforts were even conducted in Alicante to ensure the army remained capable of defeating potential threats. Two artillery units were recruited in Fez and Valencia, bringing the army to a total of 30 regiments as planned.

In a surprising twist, despite being entirely occupied by Provence, Savoy managed to win their war versus Switzerland, forcing them to cut ties with the Pope and pay a small indemnity. It could only be assumed that the occupation by Provence kept Switzerland from making any gains while Savoy’s allies dealt with them. Despite that small victory, Provence enforced its demands shortly after. Provence took a province and even returned some cores to Switzerland. Savoy was a shadow of its former self.



The attack in Granada was not the last. In May of 1491, an attempt was made on General Sebastián de Loarre’s life. Like the earlier attack, it was unsuccessful. The general was only mildly injured, but this time the assailant was taken alive. After an extensive interrogation, it was revealed that the man was yet another fanatic. Many were surprised, expecting a Muslim to have conducted the attack. The fact that Catholics were targeting members of the army was alarming. Not everyone was pleased with King Ferran’s lax policy on religion. People were clearly displeased with the direction Aragon was going.

Despite all this, Ferran kept his focus elsewhere. The spy had been successful in Albania and was immediately sent on to Corfu. He wanted to ensure Venice would be crippled in the region if war came. He also turned his eye to Provence. A claim was fabricated on Dragaignan, just in case a war came there. One could never be too prepared.

The arquebus was a revolutionary weapon for the army, but it did have its downside. Its inaccuracy and slow-firing rate left anyone using it vulnerable to attack. However, suggestions from within the army pointed to having men use them alongside pikeman, who could defend these men. This tactic could allow for effective use of the weapon without leaving them vulnerable.



In January of 1492, France finally started to settle peaces with its enemies. Burgundy was the first to be dealt with. France took Charolais and forced them to pay a hefty indemnity. A few weeks later, Brittany agreed to a peace too, ending the war. Brittany gave up Normandie and Nantes, as well as agreeing to pay a hefty indemnity. Relations with Burgundy were severed as well. With that, peace was finally achieved. France had done well for itself, and hopefully they would pay Aragon back in kind for their help in the future.



((Spam!))





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Presenting His Majesty, Ferran II de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Naples, and Protector of the Greeks.

We have done our duty and aided France as any good ally would do. I can only hope that France will return the favour in time. For now, maybe we shall actually see some peace for a time, unless Portugal suddenly has the urge to start a war. I certainly hope not. We must give Aragon time to recover. Our manpower is low and our army cannot serve as well in war if we do not have enough men. We should consider that.

I also wish to celebrate with you, for it has been fifty glorious years with Naples under our rule. Our Neapolitan brethren have flourished under our rule and served us as faithfully as any Aragonese man could. Perhaps one day they shall benefit from direct rule from Valencia. ((We should be able to inherit/integrate them starting some time this year.))

On a more serious note, I will not tolerate these fanatics that have the audacity to attack my generals. Perhaps there are those of you who believe my support of the Inquisition is lacking, but that does not make such acts of violence necessary. The Inquisition will receive what supports it needs, but at the moment there are more pressing matters to be dealt with.

((As usual, ministers have until Monday at 12pm PST to propose their plans. Everyone else is free to propose new laws. It should be noted that as long as we have our theologian, the Advancement of Religion Act may be proposed again. I’ve also gone ahead and added back in all the “dead” generals, even though it doesn’t show up in the last military screenshot.

Time for some of you to start collecting your pensions. Here is a list of those of you who have reached 80 and should consider sending your characters off to a better place.

@LatinKaiser
@Tzuf23

@Attalus, your character is over 100, so I’m forced to kill him off. If you still want to maintain your title, you’ll need to make a new character before the next update.))
 
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Name:
Llorenç Alfons María de Agramunt, Conde de Alicante, Cavaller de l'Ordre de Santiago
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Date of Birth:
June 9, 1458

Class:
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Religion:
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Bio:
The second son of the Aragonese General de Agramunt, Llorenç was quite quickly confronted with high expectations and an ambitious nature, often declaring to his father that he would someday overtake his father. Despite this high level of ambition and the General's seeming favoritism toward his younger son, there was not much that Llorenç could do about his birthright. He was the second son and he could not rely on becoming the next Conde de Alicante as he route to success. Instead, he left Alicante at the age of seventeen to become a member of the Order of Santiago. It was with the Order that he became a trusted adviser to certain aspects of the Castilian nobility. This, however, would catch the attention of the King of Castille, who would encourage the Order of Santiago to send the Aragonese knight to Portuguese Morocco, where he had assassins waiting.

De Agramunt was therefore ordered to travel with a small band to protect Christian merchants across the Strait of Gibraltar. However, in an act of apparent foresight, he requested that his ship's captain travel not for the Portuguese territory, but rather for Melilla. It was there that he and his fellow knights opened a small monastery-hospital in the mercantile district of Melilla, often rushing to the defense of Aragonese merchants who were being assailed by Moroccan criminals.

While he was in Melilla, however, he received the startling news of his father's death. The knight, however, placed his obligations to God and the Order before returning to see his father's corpse (it was widely claimed that Llorenç said that "A great man- the man I chase... He will not.... He must not ever die.") His elder brother- Augustín Virgilio Pastor de Agramunt, who was known for having a sickly disposition- took over the family's estates. It was during this time that very few letters were exchanged between the two brothers, who themselves were never particularly close. Llorenç was not even invited to attend his brother's wedding, reflecting the strained nature of the brothers' relationship.

This strained relationship was not shared with his two sisters, Marta and Candelas, who were ten and fifteen years his juniors, respectively. Despite hardly knowing their brother, the two were often kept in good health by kind and charitable gifts from their brother. They would be the first ones he would visit after hearing the news of his brother's passing to slow fever. With his return to Aragon, he was formally instated as the Count of Alicante, ready to make a name for himself and bring glory to his entire family.

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My liege, I apologize for the absence of my father and I over the last few years. We had been attending to family business in Syracuse which was rather time-consuming. I regret to inform you that my father has died and has gone to the Lord after a brief period of illness. In his last days he regretted his actions that led to being fired from the council and urged me not to make the same mistakes as he did.

Name: Antonio de Leon, Lord of Syracuse
Year of birth: 1453
Class: Noble
Religion: Catholic
Bio: Antonio was the son of the former marshal Carlos de Leon and his wife, a Greek convert to Catholicism. He has one sister, Maria. Both have been married happily to their spouses for some time now.
Antonio is proficient in fencing as well as archery and the use of the arquebus. Unlike his somewhat reactionary father, he realized the potential of gunpowder weapons in battle against the Turks.
While not practicing his battle skills, he like his father enjoys reading the Bible and the Greek and Roman classics. Of course, in order to read them he is also proficient in Latin, Greek, Catalan, Spanish, French, and German.
Antonio is determined to fulfill the legacy given to him by his father and to make up for his father's mistakes at court by serving his liege and faith loyally and effectively.

((So I have wifi currently and will try to keep up with this iAAR, but I definitely won't be as active.))
 
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Duque Bartolo L. S. Etxeto, c. 1506

Name: Duque Bartolo Llorente Sancho Etxeto de Navarra
Date of Birth: 07 March 1451 - 1513 (62)
Class: Landed Noble (Navarre)
Religion: Catholic

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It is my sad duty to announce that my father, the late Duke of Navarre, has past into the hands of the Lord. Aged three score and four years, he will be missed. However as his son and heir, I, Bartolo Llorente Sancho Etxeto, take his place as Duke of Navarre and all the other titles and responsibilities of said title.
 
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((Well, yay. We can finally attack North Italy. ))

To His Majesty, Ferran II de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Naples, and Protector of the Greeks:
As Grandmaster, my plan will still remain the same thing. It is unfortunate to hear about the attacks on our generals recently ((or the game is just being a d*ck to us :mad: )), and in light of the deaths--peace be upon them--I think their heirs will run their realms as diligently as their fathers did. And while I am on the topic of heirs, my wife has recently borne a second son, and my first son and heir, Ferdinand, is 10 now and I would like to show him around the court, if possible.

With regards,
Ernst Wilhelm Lübecker
Grandmaster, admiral, merchant
 

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((Well, yay. We can finally attack North Italy. ))

To His Majesty, Ferran II de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Naples, and Protector of the Greeks:
As Grandmaster, my plan will still remain the same thing. It is unfortunate to hear about the attacks on our generals recently ((or the game is just being a d*ck to us :mad: )), and in light of the deaths--peace be upon them--I think their heirs will run their realms as diligently as their fathers did. And while I am on the topic of heirs, my wife has recently borne a second son, and my first son and heir, Ferdinand, is 10 now and I would like to show him around the court, if possible.

With regards,
Ernst Wilhelm Lübecker
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((None of them died; they were only injured. Dying in-game does not equal dying in the iAAR.))
 

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((None of them died; they were only injured. Dying in-game does not equal dying in the iAAR.))
((I meant those deaths before my post. :/ (i.e. Dadarian, zenphoenix...) not the generals.))
 

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"Help me up boy," Cardinal de Vascona commanded Juan de Sonata from his bed.

Fernando's hair was falling out. His teeth were decaying. His bones were aching and his eyesight was deteriorating. He could not stand up without help from Juan, who had begun to grow into a man right before his very eyes. The Holy Spirit was still strong in him but he knew he did not have much time left on this earth.

And so he traveled to Aragon for perhaps the last time. He said one last mass at his bishopric in Pirineo in front of a massive audience. It seemed like the entire province had come to pay their respects to the legendary cardinal and receive a blessing. Fernando stayed and gave individual blessings to the people of Pirineo for hours, but he did not mind. He also donated hundreds of ducats from the bishopric's treasury to the poor and certain families in the province.

After that, he traveled to the de Vascona barony near Barcelona to visit his family. Sadly, his two brothers had died years ago. His eldest brother's son, Adria, was now baron of Vascona. He spent two nights in the old barony and fondly recalled memories from his youth. If only his father could see him now!

He then rode to the court at Valencia to meet with the king and Father Sellami discuss plans. Sadly, not much had gone according to plan in the last few years. The progress of the Inquisition had completely halted as he had foreseen a few years ago. Heathens and heretics still lurked in Aragon, corrupting the essence of the kingdom. And the cardinal was no further along with his plans for reform of the Church than when he was a young man. His influence in the Vatican was lower than ever and rumors continued to grow concerning plans for the construction of a gigantic, decadent basilica in Rome.

Perhaps it would be best if the Lord took him soon so he could meet again with his father, brothers, and the former Bishop Sastre in heaven.

((Keep court chaplain plans the same))
 

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((First of all, I'd like to see our whole army composition so I can decide how it should look like))

My King

Regarding our forts, I demand that every fort be mothballed unless there is a revolt risk in its zone of controll, and even if there is one, it should still be mothballed unless the rebellion is about to happen ((Or in in-game language, don't de-mothball unless the rebellion percentage raises over 70%)). About my plans for our army, I first want to investigate our army by myself so I can better decide on that matter. I'd also like to propose two laws, which should both help our glorious nation grow stronger.

The Reworked Power Concentration Act
If our men of science are about to invent a new technology to our country and we do not immediately require it, the founds we give to them are to be given to other, more pressing matters.
((In in-game language, if we have the "ahead of time" modifier on our techs, our monarch points are to be spent elsewhere, for example to develop provinces or raise stability. Unless we immediately require that tech, for example military tech in times of war against countries that are in our tech group.))

This law was originally introduced by my father, Diplomat Joseph von Thun, but it was vetoed away by the King because it was formulated too strictly. I hope that I could rework it in a way that it can be accepted now. I also renamed it to better reflect what it does to our country. Now off to the second law.

The Noble Diplomacy Act
With our ever increasing noble party at court and their good education, the position of diplomat can be handed out to nobles now aswell.

As of now, only courtiers can become diplomats. But in most other European countries, nobles can hold such positions aswell. And to top that, most of them are more educated than normal courtiers. Thus, I think that we should adopt to the other Kingdoms and hand out this position to nobles too.

Your loyal subject
Stefano von Thun
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((I'd also like to start an OOC vote regarding England. As I see this, the HYW Ends event should have triggered by now. Did England cede its cores on the French mainland? If yes, I'd like to request it's flag be changed to the classig English red cross on white ground, to represent they have no future interest on the French provinces, as they historically did.))
 

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((I'd also like to start an OOC vote regarding England. As I see this, the HYW Ends event should have triggered by now. Did England cede its cores on the French mainland? If yes, I'd like to request it's flag be changed to the classig English red cross on white ground, to represent they have no future interest on the French provinces, as they historically did.))

((You do realise that the English Royal Coat of Arms didn't remove the French part until the French revolution and that the Kings of England(and eventually Scotland) never stopped claiming to be the true Kings of France until France ceased to be a kingdom? A move to change the flag would be ridiculous as the English monarchs remained involved with the continent more than the Isles until James I/VI at which point they gave up on pressing their claim on the French throne due to the Stuarts having no links to the Plantagenets from whom York/Lancaster/Tudor derived.

It was only during the reign of George III that the claim on France and its place in the CoA was dropped de jure as well as de facto. ))

(( On an unrelated note, I shall be posting my new character when I get back from holiday, In Southern Italy of all places!))
 
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(@Andre Massena)
To your emience Cardinial de Vascona,

It was a truly moving moment to see your powerful mass in Pirineo, i am most humbled and honoured to have the privilage to share a county with such a great man as yourself.

I only ask after my son, who must be 16 now, if you feel you have taught him what you can, it would be a blessing to see him again, as his brother and sister have arrived, with their respective spouses, for a special private family feast. However I offer you to come join us at our table, as my children and wife would be truly grateful and euphoric to see you.
((if you could, just a run down of what you've taught Juan would be great also, so i dont repeat as he goes to university, if that what your education path allows))

I wish you well, and may the doors of Castello de Pirineo be forever open, should you ever wish to return.
Yours most humbly, Matthias de Soneta, First Count of Pirineo, Steward of the realm.


To your esteemed majesty Ferran the Second of House Trastámara, King over Aragon and Naples, Protector of the Bastellea Rhominion etc.

I first thank thee for trusting in me such a position. But to business.
Due to the stablity of the realm, i see no major actions to be taken, i welcome the court to offer suggestions, for Pirineo is but one, small, sector of the realm. I would just suggest to curb any uprisings, and to uphold the good graces of our subjects.

Yours humbly,
The Conte de Soneta, Steward of the Realm.
 

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((You do realise that the English Royal Coat of Arms didn't remove the French part until the French revolution and that the Kings of England(and eventually Scotland) never stopped claiming to be the true Kings of France until France ceased to be a kingdom? A move to change the flag would be ridiculous as the English monarchs remained involved with the continent more than the Isles until James I/VI at which point they gave up on pressing their claim on the French throne due to the Stuarts having no links to the Plantagenets from whom York/Lancaster/Tudor derived.

It was only during the reign of George III that the claim on France and its place in the CoA was dropped de jure as well as de facto. ))

((So they "took" the other option in the "event". I even explicitely stated that I'd request this vote if they ceded the cores on the French mainland. Sorry for confusing you. :rolleyes:))
 

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(( i think we all were lead astray by the quite formal and literal tone you took when addressing the matter, as though it were historical fact, rather than a idealistic notion/idea for vote (evenif you have stated it as such ;))))
 

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((So they "took" the other option in the "event". I even explicitely stated that I'd request this vote if they ceded the cores on the French mainland. Sorry for confusing you. :rolleyes:))

((In EUIV terms, they gave up claims to ruling French land directly as English land such as Aquitaine and Normandy, but did not renounce they claim on the throne of France itself. Think of it as retaining a weak claim to the kingdom as a whole but never trying to press this kingdom-level cb.

Regardless, do England even get this event anymore since the revamp of the French region and the removal of both England's "union" cb and truce at start brought many changes to this part of the early game. So the event may not even fire anymore.

Regardless, why would we change another countries flag when it had no impact on Aragon or this iAAR?))
 

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(@Andre Massena)
To your emience Cardinial de Vascona,

It was a truly moving moment to see your powerful mass in Pirineo, i am most humbled and honoured to have the privilage to share a county with such a great man as yourself.

I only ask after my son, who must be 16 now, if you feel you have taught him what you can, it would be a blessing to see him again, as his brother and sister have arrived, with their respective spouses, for a special private family feast. However I offer you to come join us at our table, as my children and wife would be truly grateful and euphoric to see you.
((if you could, just a run down of what you've taught Juan would be great also, so i dont repeat as he goes to university, if that what your education path allows))

I wish you well, and may the doors of Castello de Pirineo be forever open, should you ever wish to return.
Yours most humbly, Matthias de Soneta, First Count of Pirineo, Steward of the realm.

To Conte de Soneta,

Thank you for offering me a spot at your table. I will gladly attend your family feast and I shall of course bring young Juan.

Juan has truly blossomed into a man before my very eyes. He is a diligent student and courteous young man. Juan has been well-versed in philosophy, rhetoric, and Church doctrine. He has closely studied the Church fathers such as Saint Augustine, Saint Aquinas, and Boethius. I am proud to call him a student and I am sure you are prouder to call him a son.

May God bless you and your family.

With all blessings,

Cardinal Fernando de Vascona
Bishop of Pirineo
 

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  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
  • Crusader Kings III: Royal Edition
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks
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  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven
  • Europa Universalis IV: Third Rome
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
  • Europa Universalis IV: Dharma
  • Europa Universalis IV: Golden Century
  • Europa Universalis 4: Emperor
  • Victoria 2
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Colonel
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Stellaris - Path to Destruction bundle
((I'd also like to start an OOC vote regarding England. As I see this, the HYW Ends event should have triggered by now. Did England cede its cores on the French mainland? If yes, I'd like to request it's flag be changed to the classig English red cross on white ground, to represent they have no future interest on the French provinces, as they historically did.))

((As Keinwyn has stated, our army composition is 18/6/6. In more specifics, the two armies in Granada and Athens are 3/1/1 and the two armies in Valencia and Fez are 6/2/2. We are currently at our force limit. As for England, they still hold Calais, so they're not entirely off the continent. I personally don't want to go around messing with other country's flag and other things, although I might have to go edit a few files if England attempts to form Great Britain because we may be in for a bit of a surprise if the latest patch didn't alter my files too much. :D))