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1501-1507 - Papal Relations

With Aragon finally at peace, the kingdom could recover. Maintenance of the army was dropped and all forts mothballed. The reduced expenditures on the army led to a sizeable surplus. And the King had plans for this wealth. He wanted to out-compete the Genoans in the Mediterranean, who he saw as an economic rival. Their forays into the east had not gone unnoticed either. Despite this, he ordered the main fleet be mothballed in port for some time to help build up even more funds. As planned by Prince Alfons, two cogs were sold to Naples to aid them after the defeat of their navy at the hands of the Papal State.

The relationship between Aragon and Byzantium had been a complex one every since Aragon forced Byzantium under their protection. While the Aragonese kings has insisted for decades that Byzantium was not a vassal and continued to refer to Byzantium’s ruler as emperor, a higher title than king, the fact still remained that Byzantium was bound to aid Aragon in war and send them part of their annual tax income in exchange for their protection. At the advice of Representative to Byzantium Luigi Castelozzi, who even on his death bed was adamant that affairs with the Greeks be fixed, King Ferran offered a renegotiation of the terms between the two states. Diplomat Llorenç Alfons María de Agramunt was called away from his duties in repairing relations in Rome to head the negotiations. It was eventually decided that Byzantium would cease sending any funds to Aragon, a clear sign of inferiority that was seen as an insult to the former Empire, and King Ferran personally agreed in writing that Aragon would never demand the annexation of Byzantium. In exchange, it was expected that the Greeks would provide more in the form of military assistance. It was also hoped that a military build-up would help the Greeks deal with their continuous rebel troubles. The Emperor signed off on it and an agreement was struck.

Shortly after negotiations were completed, tragedy struck the Papacy as the late Pope passed away, with his successor Innocentius XI ascending to the head of the Church. Some were miffed that Aragon had been left out yet again. King Ferran was more concerned with how relations with this new Pope would progress. Things had been turbulent with his Hungarian predecessor, especially with them at war a few months ago. It soon became clear that the new Pope would be no better. Not only was he quite displeased with Ferran’s impiety, but it was rumoured that the Pope was eyeing up Aragon’s Italian possessions for the Papal State. Nothing could be proven, but it was still suspected. Either way, there was hostility in the air and King Ferran did his best to diffuse it by sending de Agramunt back to smooth things over.



Not much of note happened in the following months, a welcome relief for some. Attempts were made to improve relations with Portugal, who was still bitter about the past war but was willing to keep on good terms. A shipyard was also put under construction in Messina when an old law was dug up requiring the build-up of naval infrastructure. By some interpretations, it also required forts on all islands that had none, which displeased the King. He’d have to fix that later.

Even though King Ferran had kept his distance from religious affairs for most of his life, he had a change of heart near the end of 1501. People weren’t sure if it was a genuine attempt to make up for past sins or merely a play at appeasing the Pope to avoid excommunication. Either way, the King was no longer neglecting the faith. The Inquisition, which had been mostly ignored by the King during his reign, was permitted to conduct several investigations on suspected heretics without the King’s interference. He also allowed the Church more control of its affairs away from the state. Others outside Aragon began to take notice of the improving piety of the kingdom.

The King was also rethinking his position on Venice. While he still believed they were a threat and a rival, he wasn’t so concerned about knocking them down anymore. Aragon’s focus was slowly shifting west. There was even talk that the supposed mission to take Negroponte would never happen. It also seemed that Venice has focused west too as they took down Milan. They were definitely a threat, but the Balkans was not their focus.



Manpower was still an issue and efforts to rectify it were continuous. Investments were made into improving the manpower of Zaragoza, Barcelona, and Girona. This would be needed in the result of another war. Genoa was already taking a threatening position in response to Aragon, declaring them a rival as well.

There was some good news to be had in 1502. Joan, King Ferran’s brother, finally had a son, thanks to his new wife Germaine. He named the boy Enric. His succession was at least secure. Administration in Gibraltar was set up shortly afterwards, better stabilizing the province.

Despite the hostility emanating from the PapalState, there were efforts by both sides to improve the state of affairs. The new Pope, in an attempt at reconciliation, proclaimed the late Joan II a saint in recognition of his contributions to the faith. This was welcome news from all across the kingdom, for Joan II had been much loved. Having the current king’s father proclaimed a saint also helped his own reputation by far.

The summer of 1502 saw the Quartermaster, Mamert Delpuech pass away. He was replaced by the equally skilled Miquel Amic. Around the same time, attempts to establish an effective administration in Cordoba, Jaen, and La Mancha were finally completed.



With more funds in the treasury, the Grand Admiral’s plan to build three barques for future exploration was put underway. Construction orders were sent to shipyards in Sicily to begin construction of the three ships.

October of 1502 saw Provence attacking the Pope, claiming “reconquest” of lost lands. It was assumed that Avignon was the land concerned, but even Ferran thought it was dangerous attacking the head of the Catholic Church for it.

1503 brought back familiar problems. Rebels were spotted in Byzantium and their army was nowhere in sight, most likely defeated already. King Ferran was miffed that the Greeks had failed to put down yet another rebellion, but he could not let it go unchallenged. The fleet was brought out of the mothballs and the mercenary army in Fez shipped overseas to Athens. General Stefano von Thun returned to Greece to head the efforts against the rebels. After Edirne fell, it was the General who began the siege on the province while the Greeks rebuilt their army.

Many were disappointed to learn that Burgundy settled a white peace with England. Getting England kicked off the continent would have solved many problems. If another conflict erupted, Aragon would be more prepared. Manpower was improved in Urgell to help.



Theologian Zaydan Sellami, who had helped with the creation of the Inquisition, passed away in September. A replacement could not be found, Jordi d’Ixer was close enough. The man had a knack for keeping the state running smoothly. Everything would be more stable with his help.

As the Aragonese navy sat out in the Aegean pestering the rebels by sea, some scouts reported a conflict between Genoa and the Ottoman Separatists that had been plaguing them for some time. It was not too much to say that many were delighted to see the Genoans face defeat. Let them waste manpower crushing rebels. Of course the irony was that Aragon was attempting the same thing for Byzantium. At least Murcia was being properly administered now.



Arrangements were made with several mercenary companies for permanent contracts with the Aragonese Crown to train and serve the Aragonese army from now on. Their battlefield knowledge and advanced tactics would be a great boon to Aragon. These new plans were not implemented in time to aid with the siege of Edirne, but the province fell near the start of 1504 anyway.

With Edirne back in the Greeks’ hands, the army under General von Thun met up with the Greeks and launched an offensive on the rebel army in Macedonia. They had superior numbers and a better general, allowing them to take the day against the rebels. Now only the enemy force in Constantinople remained.

Celebrations were held in Valencia as Marie de Valois, Prince Ferran’s wife, gave birth to a baby boy. Now all the princes had sons of their own.



A conflict sparked at court in February of 1504 as people questioned the King’s decision to back his advisor Miguel Gallart’s plan for greater protectionism. Gallart was a strong advocate of internal trade and had made countless suggestions to prevent reliance on foreign imports and to increase state regulations on trade. With a kingdom that spanned the Mediterranean, King Ferran agreed with his advisor, since Aragon had much of what it needed already. He continued to support these ideas, even as members of his court questioned how much of the decisions were actually his.

Near the end of February, the nuns at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Sigena petitioned the King for funds to help fix-up the decrepit monastery. Many suspected the King would not divert treasury funds for such a thing, but much to their surprise, he not only funded the repairs but emptied the treasury to do so. This surprisingly pious action greatly improved his image and that of the faith. When the King then proclaimed that missionary efforts in Athens would receive funding as well, many rejoiced. A loan had to be taken out for all these efforts, but many considered it worth it for the faith.



Tensions between Castile and Aragon flared up, not to anyone’s surprise, as a dispute over the peace treaty emerged. Sources revealed that some parts of Badajoz actually belonged to Sevilla, but had been changed prior to the peace in an attempt to keep those regions in Castile. This was seen as a legitimate reason to claim Badajoz, since it rightfully belonged to Aragon as part of the peace. Castile begged to differ. In response to this conflict, King Ferran sent spies to Cuenca to fabricate a claim on that province too.

The Ottomans were practically on their deathbed as Georgia of all nations brought them to their knees. Their hold on Anatolia was almost non existent. It was only a matter of time now.

Even though the two had mostly ignored each other for over a decade, Venice decided that 1504 was a good time to declare that Aragon was its rival. The former allies were now mutual rivals.



An issue of land ownership grew out of control as a baron and prior squabbled over who had claim to a track of land. The nobles of the region threatened to rise in revolt if they were not granted the land, while the prior was able to convince Archbishop Juan de Soneta to back his cause. The King showed disgust at both sides for their petty argument, but when Archbishop de Soneta claimed that he’d bring the issue before the Pope if it was not resolved, Ferran began to listen. While the King was no great lover of the Church, he did not want to draw the ire of the Pope. The fact that the nobles of the region were openly advocating rebellion angered Ferran even more. He would not tolerate treason in any form. Thus the King sided with the Church, and when the nobles did rebel, he crushed them by force. The Pope also took notice. In recognition for his efforts, de Soneta was promoted to cardinal.



By the end of 1504, Constantinople fell to rebels. They took no time in making a move on the army stationed in Edirne. The Greeks, in a surprising act of cowardice, tried to flee while General von Thun prepared a defence. Perhaps they had been trying to make the right choice after all. The army was unable to hold them back and was forced to flee to Athens. The rebels continued their rampage. Despite this setback, that did not stop them from hitting back. Once the way was clear, the army under General von Thun followed the Greeks to retake Constantinople. Overseas, Sevilla received its own administration.

Despite all the efforts to repair relations with the Papacy, a major setback occurred as a Papal spy was discovered in Sassari trying to find evidence that the province belonged to the PapalState. The spy was sent back to Rome instead of executed to avoid a diplomatic incident, but it was unlikely that relations would improve now. At least efforts at home were going much better. The Andalusian people of southern Iberia were beginning to embrace Aragonese rule. Compared to that of Castile or Granada, Aragon was by far the fairest to them.



Provence’s war with the PapalState seemed to be going well as they forced Genoa out of the war. Seeing Genoa struck a blow was surely a good sign. Almost as good as when Constantinople was retaken at the start of 1506 or when Aragon repaid its only loan. Provence though was becoming a potential problem, especially after they annexed Lorraine. They had grown quite large now.



Now it was time to take down the rebels. An army of 10k men was shipped over to Constantinople to bolster the army there in an attack on the rebels. When they arrived, an offensive was launched. The Greeks were hesitant to get involved, but showed up when it counted. The losses were higher than anyone would have liked, but the rebels were defeated. Now all that remained was to retake Edirne. General von Thun remained to aid the siege while the army from Aragon proper was sent back.

After the incident over Badajoz, the Castilians tried to strike back. They claimed that Aragon’s branch of the Trastámara family was founded by a bastard. The King, instead of raging at the Castilians for once, used tact to respond. He knew that Castile was in a vulnerable position and felt no need to respond so hastily to their threats. Instead he merely requested that the Castilians send him records to support their claim and perhaps they could sort things out. When the Castilians presented no such evidence, King Ferran merely laughed and sent them on their way. Aragon’s neighbours were quite impressed by the response and responded favourable. In private though, Ferran was furious. He didn’t hesitate to send a spy to Vizcaya to claim the province. Castile would pay later.



Cadiz, the last of the taken Castilian provinces, finally accepted Aragonese rule at the end of December. In even better news, missionary efforts paid off in Athens. After years of no success, the majority of the local population had embraced Catholicism. The heretics had been dealt with. The Inquisition was not done though. Many had considered the heathens of North Africa unconvertible. Missionaries were sent to Melilla first, the beginning of an effort to bring the true faith to the people of North Africa. It would take time, but it was just the beginning.

Of interesting note was that the young Enrique V de Trastámara, the recently crowned king of Castile, ruled over the country without an heir. He had no siblings and had outlived his parents, leaving him the sole de Trastámara in Castile. It was rumoured that if he passed away, the crown of Castile would inevitable pass to his closest relative in Aragon. It was also rumoured that France did not approve of this potential union, even if it involved an ally. If the Castilian king died heirless, chaos would surely ensue.



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

The last few years have been quite quiet for us, which honestly is a relief. We needed that, and still do. The rebellions in Greece were an unfortunate setback. Let us hope that in time they will be able to handle such things themselves.

There are several issues I wish to bring before the court. First is the fate of our forts. I believe there are a few that could easily be dismantled with minimal consequences, and perhaps another should be built to defend our northwest border. Another issue is that we set out long ago to take Negroponte from Venice, but perhaps that is not something we wish to do as of now. Our efforts may be better focused elsewhere. I also noticed that a certain law passed by the court decades ago requires all islands to be built-up with naval infrastructure and forts. While the first is fine, I feel the second is a waste of funds. I suggest we revise this. I will put these issues officially before you when we are ready to vote on such things.

((These are just a few votes we’ll be conducting later. For now, I need plans from all my ministers by Sunday at 12pm PST. Feel free to propose laws up until then.

Now for our pension program. First off, @Tzuf23, your character has passed away. If you want to continue being a part of this iAAR, feel free to make a new character. As for those now collecting pensions, here they are:

@NiniNunny
@MastahCheef117
@fedzel
@Qwerty7
@01smito01
@Egil4950

Feel free to kill off your characters soon or they’ll just die once they hit 100. I have a feeling most of you are inactive anyway.))
 
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The first few months of court life were difficult for Alejandro as he struggled to adjust to life with the stuffy nobility of Aragon. But gradually he became more accustomed to the palace and gained some friends and contacts. The downside was that court life was very boring and staid compared to sailing. But he was sure that he would be sailing for glory soon. He had to get the ear of His Majesty and convince him to support the ways of trade and exploration. The king put too much stock in the advice of that damned Gallart and it was ruining Aragon's trade. Perhaps Alejandro could work his way into becoming a royal merchant or even Grand Admiral...
 

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My plans for the Chancellery is as follows:

We shall not declare war on any state unless we have positive manpower, preferably half our normal reserves at least. While I do not intend for much warfare, Morocco and Tlemcen are currently at war and Tlemcen has no allies. If both were to find themselves in a vulnerable position, I think it would be advantageous to expand our holdings in North Africa. Of course this would only be pursued one our manpower situation is rectified first. Other than that, my plan remains the same.

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

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As Steward, I believe my old plan is suitable.

- Prince Ferran de Trastámara

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For my plans as Grand Admiral, I'd like to build two more barques to increase our trade fleet to ten ships, making it strong enough to fend off threats and bring in a sizeable amount of ducats.

- Prince Alfons de Trastámara
 
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Taking advantage of the Noble Internment Act, Vincenzo Castelozzi had decided to have his father laid to rest in the cathedral of Valencia. No matter what he had done wrong, he had been one of the men who made Aragon what it was now. As Knight of the Light, he deserved it. With the death of the old Duke, he was now ruling in Trinacria - and entered the King's service as diplomat, as he had asked for earlier. The more experienced de Agramunt dealt with the international matters for now, so he focused on calming the storms his father had caused. He wrote to Duque Etxeto of Navarre, putting aside that unpleasant inquisitorial affair, for what had it brought to both sides other than a loss of face? He spoke to the Greek nobles, saying that whatever his father had said was not meant to cause any trouble - or any bloodshed, for that matter.
When he felt that the worst parts of his political inheritance were dealt with, he addressed the court, ready to represent Aragon in foreign lands. Although he worried about the peasantry at home, who openly showed a lot more hostility towards him than usual.

(( Vincenzo's birth date: 12th October 1460))

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Your Majesty,

With the unpleasant time of my father's death behind me, I am now ready to serve as diplomat to Your Highness. I feel like if I have dealt with all the problems posed by my succession. As I had to speak with the Greeks in these affairs, I am also proposing my services as Representative to Byzantium. They have a difficult time against the rebels despite their new status within the realm, and desperately need some help, it seems, or our protection of the Greeks will cost us too much. Not willing to put my military education to waste, I could at least teach them to better adapt themselves to modern warfare.

Your humble servant,
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Your Majesty,

With the unpleasant time of my father's death behind me, I am now ready to serve as diplomat to Your Highness. I feel like if I have dealt with all the problems posed by my succession. As I had to speak with the Greeks in these affairs, I am also proposing my services as Representative to Byzantium. They have a difficult time against the rebels despite their new status within the realm, and desperately need some help, it seems, or our protection of the Greeks will cost us too much. Not willing to put my military education to waste, I could at least teach them to better adapt themselves to modern warfare.

Your humble servant,
Vincenzo Castelozzi, Duke of Trinacria and Count of Palermo

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Although I knew it was coming, I am still saddened that your father is gone. He served this kingdom well. I see no reason to deny your the position of Representative of Byzantium. We could always use another diplomat as well.

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


((With Luigi Castelozzi finally dead, we now have an opening on the Cortz. I'm going to allow players until Sunday at 12pm PST to nominate themselves for the open position. Since @SirAlucard expressed interest in joining the Cortz but missed the deadline last time, I'm going to automatically assume he's nominating himself again, although it'd be nice if he posts a nomination anyway.))
 

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Your Majesty, Ferran II de Trastámara,

After many months of decision-making and planning, I have decided that I would like to serve as your official Royal Cartographer for you and your council. As proof to show you that I'm experienced in this affair, I have spent almost a whole decade in the business of map-making and general cartography as an independent in the capital, but I feel that it is time for me to truly serve a better purpose in my country's global affairs, even if all I'm doing is making royal maps.

I have also heard of the recent discoveries of this so-called "New World" by the Castilians and Portuguese, so I feel that we must increase funding and effort into that area. That is all.

- Fernando Magalhães, Cartographer in València
 

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The court is pleased to announce the marriage between Gaston de Foix, Count of Candale, and Amelia Francesca Lucrezia de Soneta. May their union be joyous and prosperous.

((Our first marriage as a result of Aragon's Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes, and also the first marriage between a player-created character and the relative of a royal. Yes, there are relatives of the royal family looking for love, no matter how distant they are from the current king in blood. ;)))
 

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Von Thun was not quite satisfied when he returned to Zaragoza after taking down the Byzantine rebels. The peasants had long been without a strong authority above them and began to feel unfairly ruled. But was it his mistake that he had been sent out with royal orders? Surely not. And yet, the peasants were angry at him... with how centralized the County had become, he couldn't even cut the taxes, since it weren't his Tax Collectors anymore, but the King's. Maybe a petition for an increase in ground taxes and thus wealth could do, but if nothing was done, the peasants would surely start to wage war against nobillity...

My King

I'd still like to nominate myself for the Cortz. As to my plans for our army, I'm sticking to the old plan regarding our army composition. As to the forts, I'm a bit uncertain. I don't know about the other counts and dukes in our kingdom, but the peasants back home in Zaragoza have started to complain about me. They say I'm an unfit tyrant and such nonsense. I would've cut their taxes to keep them quiet, but with how centralized our provinces in Iberia are, I had no way of doing so. I fear that a peasant war is inevitable if nothing is done soon. Maybe an increase in wealth in the counties would make them happier, but I know that that would have to be discussed among the court. But nonetheless, let me propose my solution:

The Satisfactory of Peasants Act
As long as a Peasant War is on the horizon, all forts have to be manned. If affordable, Base Tax should be risen to show the peasants that the King still cares about them and their families.
((For every increase in Base Tax in Iberia, the progress of the disaster loses 15%))
((Let me explain why I don't think it to be cheesy. Peasant War shows us that the King does not do what his people want, normaly probably decentralization, but wealth surely is another demand. If we give in to their demands, they don't feel as unfairly treatened. Surely, we could start a war without having to bother about the disaster that way, but developement increases aren't quite the least expensive things on earth.))

That was all from my side, your majesty.

Your loyal subject
Stefano von Thun
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Your Majesty,

I am most thankful that I am able to be of service to the crown. I will do my best to support Byzantium's armies, and make sure to have Aragon represented as good as possible on any diplomatic missions.
As for my plan for the Empire, I would suggest to use their control of Constantinople against the Italian republics. Calling for an embargo against our rivals will prevent some of its wealth to reach Venice, while our own merchants are enough to pull the goods towards the Genoese trade. Otherwise, it would be good to cooperate closely with them by weapon trade, but doing this depends solely on their willingness and is out of our reach to decide. ((Have Byzantium embargo our rivals. Would be good to just select Venice, but I checked the wiki this time to make sure there are no problems with the plan. Western Arms Trade is only Byzantium's choice.))

Your humble servant,
Vincenzo Castelozzi, Duke of Trinacria, Count of Palermo and Representative to Byzantium
 

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((Let me explain why I don't think it to be cheesy. Peasant War shows us that the King does not do what his people want, normaly probably decentralization, but wealth surely is another demand. If we give in to their demands, they don't feel as unfairly treatened. Surely, we could start a war without having to bother about the disaster that way, but developement increases aren't quite the least expensive things on earth.))

((I'm hesitant to allow this. Mainly it's because I have no idea how to lower the progress of the Peasant War manually. Nor do I want to have to stop the game every time I raise base tax to lower it, if it requires save game editing. Also to be fair, by the time we have the spare admin points to raise base tax, the Peasant War will be over because our manpower will be above the required 50%.))

embargo against our rivals

((Speaking of this, I just realized that I didn't set embargoes as a specific power of any member of the council. From now on, the Grandmaster may issue embargoes, although as alscon has done the Viceroys can make our vassals do it too.))
 

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My plan for the Treasury remains the same.

I would also like to propose:

General Ordinance of 1507
I. All baptisms and burials shall be recorded by the officiating priest. These acts must be signed by notaries.
II. That official documents are clear and understandable, and so there is no reason to doubt about the meaning of those documents, we want and order that they be made and written so clearly in the common Aragonese tongue that there can be no ambiguity or uncertainty, no reason to ask for an explanation.

Whilst the former is needed for determining the age of applicants for ecclesiastical office, it also has applications in the efficiency of tax collection.
 

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In that case, your Majesty, let me propose another law

The Disaster Prevention Act

As long as there is a disaster on the horizon, every fort in the country has to be manned.

I'm sure this will help us maintain stability even if dire times are upon us.
 

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The court is pleased to announce the marriage between Juliol María Antonio de Agramunt and Anne D'Albret. May their union be joyous and prosperous.
 

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Your Majesty,

As Court Chaplin I feel that using our influence in the College of Cardinals to increase our chances of becoming the Curia Controller should be our top priority ((so really no change here)), however I would like to propose that during times of war, if Your Majesty and the Court agree, that we instead use our political capital within the College to levy additional church taxes or to gain the Pope's support by declaring a holy war to assist the war effort.

God Bless the King,
Cardinal Abate
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Archbishop of Palermo

((So no change except during war we should have the option to spend 50 PI to levy church tax for cash or proclaim holy war for manpower if it would be useful. Also since France has 7 cardinals and we have 4 it may be difficult to become curia controller.))

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To Vincenzo Castelozzi, Duke of Trinacria;

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Your Grace upon the death of your father. He was a great man and the hero of Aragon, a true Sicilian. He had a strong spirit in life and he now awaits the Final Judgement. Hopefully your own service to the Kingdom will honor his legacy.

May God Bless You,
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My grace Ferran II de Trastámara, King of Aragon and Naples, and Protector of the Greeks,

With the traveling I have done, I have encountered many riches that I believe Aragon should claim. I can not speak for this rumored "New World", but I can speak for Africa, Arabia and India.
The goods I encountered there are out of this world, and I believe Aragon should prosper with these goods too.
I say that we should explore the riches of the east and establish ourselves as an even stronger trading power in the world, outclassing everyone else.

Your loyal servant,

Alesandre de Alvaro, count of Sassari
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Your Majesty,​

As Court Chaplin I feel that using our influence in the College of Cardinals to increase our chances of becoming the Curia Controller should be our top priority ((so really no change here)), however I would like to propose that during times of war, if Your Majesty and the Court agree, that we instead use our political capital within the College to levy additional church taxes or to gain the Pope's support by declaring a holy war to assist the war effort.

God Bless the King,
Cardinal Abate
Court Chaplin
Archbishop of Palermo

Cardinal Abate, surely the Church should be allowed to use its wealth for its god given mission, not have it siphoned off for temporal power struggles? I am affraid I cannot accept such a measure and will be forced to object if you insist on it.
Your idea to gain papal blessing for our wars, however, is quite inspired and should help allay some of the anger of the peasants.

- Cardinal Sastre
 

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((You have to choose between Cagliari or Sassari; you can't have both. I'll have to wait for your official bio before adding your new character though, since I can't add a character without a birth year.))

(( Could I please have Sassari? The title has been vacant for awhile and there are plenty of other bishoprics that are more interesting that people can choose from. I just like the idea of all of Sardinia as one Archbishopric like in history, at least for awhile. Sorry to keep on asking.))
 

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((Just saying, I cannot access the docs file for that bachelor(ette) thing. :/))

I would like to change my plan. Cease trading (embargo) with some of our enemies/rivals (specifically targeted at Castile and Venice).

--Ernst Wilhelm Lübecker