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Between 1698 and 1704 the Empire settled into a period of quiet growth. Many had grown to enjoy the reign of their new Emperor, which brought peace and prosperity, though the first was usually through blatant use of force. Then, in 1704 stirrings of trouble began to rise in the Empire. By this time the Enlightenment had not only begun but was slowly creeping into the minds of the middle class. Generally the Imperial government widely supported the middle class, as it provided an excellent ally against the common enemy of the Feudalist nobility. In summer of 1705 the middle class began demanding guaranteed rights that were constant throughout the Empire. Despite attempts to centralize authority, the Empire had not centralized law. This led to “Middle Havens” such as Bordeaux, Paris, Köln, Luxembourg and other large cities and cities in the New World. Middle Havens were cities where the middle class had substantial guaranteed rights. Other cities, especially in rural regions, did not have the same rights granted to non-nobles.
Emperor Nicolas I sympathized with his subjects and in 1705 called together civil leaders in Köln to set right to the problem. Over the course of one year and one month they crafted the “Imperial Bill of Human Right” which made the Empire one of the last Western nations to have a bill of rights. However, as well as drawing from the Magna Carta, the Imperial Bill of Human Rights went beyond its peers and guaranteed further rights, such as the right to peaceful protest, and the most shocking, the freedom of religion. This settled the issue for the middle class, but caused alarm in areas still under the totalitarian rule of local nobles. The Empire enforced that all the rights be recognized and enforced, which made a major push away from the Aristocratic government of old.

This whole thing seems a little bit out of nowhere and too perfect for the empire.

But that's my only complaint, other than that it was a very good update. Looking forward to the massive war you promised.
 

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This whole thing seems a little bit out of nowhere and too perfect for the empire.

But that's my only complaint, other than that it was a very good update. Looking forward to the massive war you promised.
Meh, just setting a background to adopting "Bill of Rights" as a national ideal. Plus if it settles your troubled mind, remember this is a history-book styled writing about a country that you [the reader] probably live in. IE it represents the same kind of school textbooks that many kids are forced to read and boil down to condensed propaganda for kids.
 

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Flower of the Lilly
A Comprehensive look at the Creation of Modern France

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The Union Flag, flown over the Empire

Chapter Fifteen
The Age of Emperors and the end of the Holy Roman Empire

Emperor Henri V ve Kalkenbourg was raised as an only child. Historians argue over who is to blame, but many assume it was his mother who had had two miscarriages. Like his name-sake, Henri III, Henri V suffered from porphyria. His pale face and confinement to Kalkenbourg made him unpopular with diplomats. The danger of being outside kept him from serving in the military. Instead, it created the first intellectual Emperor. A brilliant administrator and a well read fan of the literary arts. He was a poet, author, teacher, inventor, engineer, musician, and a believer in the Enlightenment. He said, “People seem amused at my interest in the real world as if I am not part of it.” The Emperor was famous for teaching history at the Military University at Köln, but only after sunset. A firm believer that the Empire could not survive under the rule of even one bad Emperor, and fearing he might be that Emperor, he moved away from the deity-like status many Emperors touted around.
In 1716 he sat down with the Electors as well as advisors and even several merchants from Köln. “The Empire is dead.” He started the year-long meeting with those words in which he disbanded the Holy Roman Empire. The new Colognish Empire (Kölle Rik) stood as a direct successor to the Roman Empire and to the Holy Roman Empire. Sometimes referred to as the Empire of the Rheine, Henri V brought forth that repressed ideal, democracy. The new Empire was the first Constitutional Monarchy. When Emperor Henri V disbanded the Electorate system, he replaced it with the Landsraat, where representatives from the Communes, the different states and regions of the Empire. The representatives would vote on legal matters within the Empire, though international affairs still resided with the Monarchy. Soon people, especially in the merchant class, realized the power they had in this new government. Emperor Henri V was hailed as a liberator, a visionary, a man of the people and was one of the most well-liked Emperors of all time. His reign constituted the Age of Peace, a two-year period that saw no uprisings, no rebellions, just peaceful growth. The Empire had been unified under Emperor Henri V. The dream of Emperor Henri III had been completed.
Emperor Henri V ve Kalkenbourg died in August of 1719. Exposure to sun was the culprit. He died a virgin, unwed and heirless. On his death, his uncle Louis took the throne, and would continue his work.

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Emperor Henri V ve Kalkenbourg

The Reign of Emperor Louis XVI
Democracy in the Americas and Naval Reform.

The colonies of Cologne were prospering. In Orissa, thousands flocked to the Gallican faith. Cuttack soon had the first Christian Cathedral on continental Asia. Emperor Louis XVI ve Kalkenbourg was a very benign ruler. Since he was older, many viewed Henri V as the father of his country, while Louis XVI was the grandfather. His face was friendly and he was known to walk around Köln with only a few guards. Meanwhile, in England, Parliament continued a harsh rule over the English colonies. Constant wars with Castile over Algeria, Canada and America left thousands dead and tens more natives displaced.
Especially in Peru, the English Incan Colony, times were rough. Forced conversions and the use of lower-class Peruvians as slaves left many wanting to taste freedom. In 1721 the Incans revolted alongside their Peruvian counterparts. The Incan-Peruvian Republic was declared to great fan-fare amongst the population. There was a hope that after the initial Republic was founded, that the rest of Peru would join the nation. But two main issues still stood in the way. First, England refused to recognize the nation; and no other European nation would out of fear of losing its colonies. Next was neighboring Bolivia. Bolivia was a commonwealth of the Colognish Empire, mostly made up of Imperial immigrants and converted Incans. There was no chance that Bolivia would succeed from the Empire, and Imperial territories were largely an issue to the new republic.
In 1722 England declared war on the Republic. President George Macpherson pleaded to the Colognish Empire to remain neutral, but as Emperor Louis XVI pointed out, treason to England is treason to him as King of England. Within a year, the Bolivian Army had invaded and occupied Peru. Emperor Louis XVI declared that the entirety of Imperial occupied Peru was to be annexed to Cologne, but Parliament issued an official complaint. Emperor Louis XVI conceded the debate, and Parliament and the Landsraat worked together in adjusting the border. When the peace was worked out, Cologne annexed the territories bordering Brazil and the rest of Peru was returned to England.
In 1727, Emperor Louis XVI began an extensive overhaul of the aging Imperial Fleet. The program would last until several years after the Emperor’s death, disbanding old ships and building new ones. The project put many people to work and helped to remind Europe of France’s position as masters of the sea. Even so, only two fleets were actually updated by the program, leaving large portions of the Imperial fleet with old Galleons and Two-Deckers.
Already aging when he took the throne, Emperor Louis XVI died in 1729, ten years after taking the throne. He left behind an Empire that was greatly prospering and set the stage for his only child to become a behemoth in European politics and Imperial history.

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Emperor Louis XVI ve Kalkenbourg

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On the left Peru in relationship to England and Cologne. In the center the Incan (Green) and Peruvian (Blue) halves of Peru. Darkened areas show regions that did not revolt. On the right the final borders of English Peru and Colognish Brazil and Bolivia.

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On the left, a two-decker. On the right a three-decker.

The Child Emperor
Three Year’s Reign

Emperor Louis XVII ve Kalkenbourg was four years old when he took the throne. Since there was another governing body, people did not feel it necessary to appoint an official regent. Instead his mother, Lady Isabella, operated as an unofficial regent and looked out for her son during his reign.
The only thing of major note during the short reign of Louis XVII was the first Chilean Revolution. The Peruvian Revolution sparked revolts in Castilian Chile. Chilean rebels quickly occupied the entire county but quickly civil war set in. Spanish Gallicans seceded from the new republic and joined the Empire. The new regions were attached to Plateau colony but would remain unstable for some time. Within two years Castile had re-annexed the remainder of Chile.
In 1732, only weeks after Southern Chile joined the Empire, Emperor Louis XVII died at the age of seven after falling off of a horse. There was a great mourning in the Empire at the death of such a young and promising Emperor. He was succeeded by his uncle, the younger brother of both Emperor Nicolas I and Emperor Louis XVI, Joachim I.

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Emperor Louis XVII ve Kalkenbourg and the Lady Isabella

The Youngest Brother
The Emperor who did not wish to be Emperor.

Emperor Joachim I ve Kalkenbourg was the remaining brother of Nicolas I and Louis XVI. Until his ascension to the throne, he was mostly forgotten, holding no titles of authority and only obscure titles of nobility. He was notably a distressed man, often staying far from the public eye with his family. He was born Georg ve Kalkenbourg in Köln. While his eldest brother reigned as Emperor, Georg traveled around Europe. He was described as being detached, unfriendly and nervous. He was known to talk to himself more often then he would his wife or children. His wife was the Lady Jessica Trastámara-Albret, a Castilian Princess. The two had a very strained relationship. At the time, divorce was illegal in the Empire, so the two was tied to each other. Together they had four children: Luis, Klaus, Georg, and Katrina. The elder Georg never expected much from his family, assuming that they would slowly fade out of public life and eventually into complete obscurity. For a while he signed papers Georg di Milano, the city he took residence in.
In 1732 his nephew died a few days after falling off the back of a galloping horse. Georg did not hear about it for another two months as Imperial Agents from Imperial Dauphin Society attempted to track down the new Emperor. They finally found him in a small hamlet outside of Milan. He had a modest estate with only a handful of servant. Local people tilled the fields for a modest earning. Over the gate was the personal coat of arms of the owner, a black lion and in the canton a red star. It was the mark of the third child of the Imperial house, a symbol that the local peasants never understood to begin with.
Georg di Milano was told of his nephew’s fate he sat there silently. His wife and children gathered around him to see what the matter was, and he simply said, “We are moving to Köln.” He took the moniker Joachim, a name that had not been used before, and re-adopted the Imperial name. Emperor Joachim I ve Kalkenbourg: the Emperor who did not wish to be Emperor.

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Emperor Joachim I ve Kalkenbourg and the Lady Jessica.

King of the Aegean
Tension between Cologne and the Morean Empire

The original Catholic principality of Naxos had been annexed by Egypt during Egypt’s short gamble to expand into Anatolia and the Balkans. The island revolted within two decades of being annexed. The Landsraat and Emperor Joachim I watched the rebellion with envious eyes, hoping that a catholic would come to power and thus allow the Empire to pressure the small state to join the Empire. However, like Cyprus, the Greek majority of Naxos installed an Orthodox ruler and began to better ties with the Morean Empire. Since the Cyprus Incident, relations between Cologne and Morea had decreased dramatically. Former allies now stood in direct opposition to one another. The battles were not fought directly between the two nations, rather in proxy wars. The Landsraat and Emperor Joachim I wanted to push Morea over the edge, and convince the “tiny Emperor,” as Landszog (Prime Minister) Klaus von Karlsburg put it, to declare war on Cologne.
In 1733 Imperial spies and members of the Imperial Heraldry Institution searched through records to create a strong backing to an Imperial claim to Naxos. Emperor Joachim I ve Kalkenbourg was declared King of the Aegean in an overly obvious push for the claim of the island. The Empire of Morea simply refused to recognize the title and recognized the independence of Naxos. The Landsraat concluded that the invasion of the island was the necessary action in order to protect the interests of Cologne and the citizens of Naxos.
In 1734 the Imperial Navy transported 10,000 troops into the Aegean Sea, and quickly blockaded Naxos from any and all assistance from Morea. The island was given an ultimatum to surrender to the Empire within a month or suffer invasion. Naxos held out, expecting Morea and maybe even Egyptian interference with Imperial plans. But support did not come. The Emperor in Morea sat in a cold sweat while the Imperial navy sat just off his shores, and the Sultan of Egypt had died earlier leaving only the Khan of the Black Sheep as his heir. After a month the Imperial navy began their bombardment of the island, then 10,000 Imperial troops descended onto the island to confront 1,000 professional soldiers and 2,500 militia soldiers. The battle was brief, and it crushed all resistance to the Empire in Naxos. The Emperor of Morea said he was finally able to breathe when he could no longer see the Imperial navy outside of his window each morning.

Hudson Bay War
The return of the Livonian Order

The Hudson Bay War was a brief war that had begun as a boarder issue between the displaced Livonian Order and the Empire of Castile. At its extent it included the Colgnish Empire and the Empire of Poland. The war between Cologne and Castile against Livonia was brief, lasting only two years with the Colognish Empire joining a year before the end and annexing the small colony. The second phase was a long and drawn-out satellite war fought between Castile and Poland, resulting in a white peace after several years. It stood to reemphasize the tensions between East and West. The Empire nearly joined the war on the side of Castile against its massive neighbor. The war marked the switching point from good Imperial/Polish relations to poor.
The war did not; however, end the Livonian Order did not disappear. The Order moved back to Europe as a territorial-less organization within Poland. The idea of theocratic governments was dying out. In the western world only the Knights of Rhodes and the Papal State remained. Meanwhile the difference between the pious East and the progressive West became highlighted. Nations like the Union of Stockholm, Poland, Morea, Russia and the Islamic nations began lagging behind in technology, but their autocrats maintained a heavy-handed rule. Their nations were often far more stable than Western nations. In the West technology pushed production and the comfort of life into new realms. Plus the progressive governments of the West weren’t as stable as those in the East, but their people were far less likely to be forced to revolt.
The issue with the people came to two main factors. In the west, if people wanted something changed they protested and complained to the Communes. There was no one man to blame for any issue. Without constant government monitoring, people were able to solve local problems quickly and to their liking. They also controlled their own crop sales, preventing mass starvations. In the East, small revolts and protests were unheard of. Instead, for the people to actually begin to revolt, and large number of people had to be highly dedicated and heavily armed. Revolts in the East would cost thousands of lives and would impoverish the nation unlucky enough to have such a revolt.

The Jutish Revolt
Jutland revolts against Stockholm

This kind of devastating revolt became apparent in a series of revolts and civil wars fought in Denmark between Danish rebels and the Union of Stockholm. At first Denmark was able to secede from the Union, forming a brief republic. This republic was annexed again after a three year long campaign on the part of the Union. As soon as Union troops had left Denmark, the revolts began anew, fueled by the brutality of the Union soldiers. This second wave of revolts was most successful in Jutland, or mainland Denmark. There citizens successfully overthrew the Union military as well as the local governments and installed a weak and disorganized Republic of Jylland. The short lived Republic voted a month later to install Emperor Joachim I as King of Jylland. In 1738 Jylland was annexed to the Empire, prompting conflict between Cologne and the Union.
Emperor Joachim I ve Kalkenbourg would live six more years after the annexing of Jylland, but it was a quiet period in Imperial history, reflecting a stable growth. During the six years Emperor Joachim I bettered ties between Cologne and England as well as between Cologne and the Irish Free States. His eldest son, Luis would become one of the most powerful Emperors ever: Emperor Louis XVIII ve Kalkenbourg was the first Emperor of a United Cologne-England.
 

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Mr. Capiatlist: ...“We are moving to Köln.” He took the moniker Joachim..

that is somewhat sad. hopefully, he is considered a rather good emperor ! ! :)

Mr. Capiatlist:
...This kind of devastating revolt became apparent in a series of revolts and civil wars fought in Denmark between Danish rebels and the Union of Stockholm.

good thing that was not your people who rebelled ! ! :D

Mr. Capiatlist:
...In 1738 Jylland was annexed to the Empire. .. Emperor Joachim I ve Kalkenbourg would live six more years after the annexing of Jylland. .. His eldest son, Luis would become one of the most powerful Emperors ever: Emperor Louis XVIII ve Kalkenbourg was the first Emperor of a United Cologne-England.

splendid ! ! that just may be the best result of Emperor Joachim: his son ! ! ;)

awesome updates ! !
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Hehe, Colognia Agrippana is now an name of an Empire. :p

Good Agrippa. :D

Ah, so it is a democracy.
Noble republic?

Nice nice!
 

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@GhostWriter: Yeah, but I thought Joachim would the the detached younger brother of Nicolas and Louis. Obviously he would have never tasted the limelight before he became Emperor.

@Enwald: No, it is a Constitutional Monarchy, with the Landsraat representing a parliamentary body.


Thanks for everyone's support.
 

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Big thanks for you, MR; Capiatlist, for creating this big piece of history book AAR-writing. How many years left to go? About 80 until 1822 (damn it's been ages since I last finished an EU3 game...)
 

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Qorten said:
Big thanks for you, MR; Capiatlist, for creating this big piece of history book AAR-writing. How many years left to go? About 80 until 1822 (damn it's been ages since I last finished an EU3 game...)
Honestly I don't know... this is the farthest I have ever gotten with a nation... I think MEIOU ends around 1830....

Big thanks for you, MR; Capiatlist
Now I remember why I enjoy writing AARs. ^__^
 

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Big thanks for you, MR; Capiatlist, for creating this big piece of history book AAR-writing. How many years left to go? About 80 until 1822 (damn it's been ages since I last finished an EU3 game...)
I concur this AAR is golden. A class history-book writing. In fact I think the definition under history-book is "Flower of the Lilly by Mr. Capiatlist"

Interesting how many emperors you had, and the only one that didn't want to be emperor became emperor! I can't wait for the next series of updates. I hope there is a bloodless unity of cologne and the empire, we don't want a huge war in Europe, that would destroy a lot of the progress made.

Hopefully there are many revolts in poland so independent states can form and join the empire, aye? ;)
 

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I concur this AAR is golden. A class history-book writing. In fact I think the definition under history-book is "Flower of the Lilly by Mr. Capiatlist"

Interesting how many emperors you had, and the only one that didn't want to be emperor became emperor! I can't wait for the next series of updates. I hope there is a bloodless unity of cologne and the empire, we don't want a huge war in Europe, that would destroy a lot of the progress made.

Hopefully there are many revolts in poland so independent states can form and join the empire, aye? ;)
Mmmmmmmmmm.... okay now that my ego has thoroughly been stroked...

Hopefully... I want Castile and Aragon to go to war over unity on the peninsula... but they are practically best buddies... It was if Isabella and Ferdinand became friends with benefits and not married... ARGH! I want to invade Aragon bad but I don't want to invade Castile... :wacko:

Poland is actually pretty stable outside of its random territories in Asia. Sweden is asking to get beat up too...
 

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balkanite: hooray for FLOWER OF THE LILLY!


yeah, what he said ! ! :cool:
 

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Well hello, hello... I have some news... good and bad.

Good news: I have some time coming up to write.

Bad news: The save file corrupted

Good news: I can write anyways, plus add things I think would be interesting without needing it to happen in the game. Emperor Gaston II will be the last in-game Emperor.
 

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You had advanced quite far in the game anyways, had you not?
I have notes through the 1750's
 

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Mr. Capiatlist: ...I have some news... good and bad. .. Bad news: The save file corrupted

Sam Houston Institute of Technology happens ! ! :eek: :rolleyes:


Mr. Capiatlist: ...Good news: I can write anyways

go for it ! ! :cool:
 

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Just blow up these 10-20 years, you are good at this no? ;)
Yeah... I was going to finish it into the 1830's... then move on to my next AAR once the IN version of MEIOU comes out.
 

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Flower of the Lilly
A Comprehensive look at the Creation of Modern France

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Chapter Sixteen
The Young Emperor of Europe

Emperor Louis XVIII ve Kalkenbourg was known as the “Young Emperor of Europe.” On March 1, 1744 Gaston was crowned as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, of France and of England. The Colognish Empire stretched from the moors of Ireland to the fields of Poland; from the fjords of Norway to the ruins of Carthage. With colonies all around the world the Empire was the wealthiest nation in the world. The Landsraat quickly assumed powers as the monarchy shrank away. The change in government sped up as the English were assimilated into the Empire and their customs slowly worked their way into the Imperial system. The Landsraat grew to over 1,000 seats with the English counties and the newly annexed Irish counties.
Emperor Louis XVIII himself was a man of many mysteries. He was wed to the Princess of Navarre, a border territory between Castile and the Empire, which despite being officially part of Castile was at times under the de facto rule of the Empire. He was constantly in motion, traveling the Empire and visiting new and exotic places. The acquisition of entire colonies, including Ontario, Mexico, Ohio, Libya and Algiers gave the Emperor plenty of room to travel in. He was the first Emperor to sanction Gascon missions into Mexico, converting hundreds of thousands of pagan natives and Catholic half-Europeans to the Gallican faith.
Emperor Louis XVIII promoted tolerance within the Empire, claiming that despite cultural differences all within the Empire had a common background and a common good. He spoke seven languages, including French, German, Imperial, English and Polish. He was the first Emperor to appoint non-Gascon ministers and served over the first non-Imperial Landszog. Stanislav von Südtyrol was born from a low-ranking Austrian noble and the daughter of a local Slovenian merchant. Within the Empire, it seemed that the racial tensions that were breaking apart other nations were being avoided.

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Emperor Louis the Eighteenth ve Kalkenbourg

The Law of Language
The Law of Language and the Rights of Englishmen

In 1744, issues between the English and the Imperials were on the rise due to rights between Imperials and Englishmen as well as the official language of the court. The tensions seemed as if they would quickly end the Union which gave Cologne such an advantage on the world stage. Stanislav wished to avoid it completely, and with the Emperor’s granting passed the Law of Language. The Law of Language said that counties and regions can choose their own official language, but Imperial must be taught within schools and universities. Imperial was the official language of the Empire, and there was to be no debate over that issue. Bilingualism spread throughout much of the Empire.
Much the rest of Europe was facing serious rebellion and civil war under the new wave of nationalism. With the incorporation of three new major languages, the Empire seemed at the verge of such a wave of instability. The Irish and English had strong ties to the Empire before the annexation. The Welsh, however, had no such ties and asked for autonomous status within the Empire. The movement gained serious support within Wales, but even so was eventually met with a compromise. Instead of autonomy, Wales was annexed separately from England, and eventually had a law passed to ensure the rights of Welshmen.
The following year, the English demanded a similar law. What would eventually become the Law of the Rights of Citizens was passed as the Rights of Englishmen in 1745. Passed with the Rights of Englishmen was also the English Army Act. This second act, which was passed silently, granted the Nations of England, Wales, Ireland and Norway to raise armies to defend the Isles from foreign invasion. The English Army Act was soon followed by the English Building Act. This law granted Imperial funds to the new territories to update and build new infrastructure for the citizens. The one exception was that the money could not be used to build any non-Gallican churches.

The Building Process
Building up the Empire

The process of building up the new territories was one that consumed the resources of most of the nation for several years. A flux of immigration caused the homogeneous nature of the British Isles to be lost. Especially in large cities such as Dublin, Lancaster, London and York Imperial became a more and more commonly spoken language. Meanwhile, German, Slovenia, Italian, French and Dutch also moved into the region as men looking for work moved to the new territories. Lancaster eventually was nicknamed “New German Town.” The shift in population also stressed the need for new infrastructure, and sped up the building process. England industrialized with the rest of the Empire. Fueled by coal and lumber from the New World, the Empire began a dangerous and strange change as the Enlightenment gave birth to science. Science gave birth to Industry. Industry gave birth to growth. Growth gave birth to Imperialism. So, while the nations around the Empire began to weaken, the influence of the Empire on its neighbors grew. In no place was this more obvious than Iberia.

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Languages of the British Isles

Peninsula War
Imperialism vs Traditionalism

The Iberian Peninsula spent most of the Enlightenment in a violent civil war. At one point Castile had four people claiming to be the monarch, and dealt with two break away nations; Leon and Galicia. Religious tension in the south led Grenada to succeed from Castile. Portugal and Aragon looked to gain on Castile’s losses. Cologne looked to take over Aragon, a long-time enemy in the Mediterranean. In 1763, Castile fell into complete and utter chaos. With the strongest King now dead, the nation split into warlords each controlling a small area, each vying for the throne. Both Portugal and Aragon invaded Castile, prompting an invasion from Cologne. Aragon was quickly gobbled up by a more powerful Cologne. The northern regions of Castile succeeded and joined the Empire. Imperial troops marched down the entire peninsula gathering the divided warlords to retake Leon, Galicia, Grenada and eventually invade Portugal.
At the end of the five-year war, Castile had been reunited and had a ve Kalkenbourg as a king. King Louis I was the second oldest son of Louis XVIII, and was crowned King of Castile. His older brother, Gaston, was crowned King of Navarre-Aragon. The region he controlled would be incorporated into the Empire when he became Emperor of Cologne.

Final Age
End of France

In 1771 Emperor Louis XVIII died in his bed of Typhoid. His eldest son, Gaston, became Emperor Gaston II ve Kalkenbourg. Gaston II was the last King of France. In 1776, under pressure from the Landsraat to do away with unnecessary titles that might lead to nationalism, the holding of land-based titles other than the Emperorship was banned. In 1777 the Land Act of Unification was passed by the Landsraat with a 52% Yea and 46% Nea. The Kingdoms of England, Ireland, Norway, Germany, Etruria, Sicily, Naples, Arles, Norway, Brazil, Aragon, Navarre, Bohemia, Prussia, and France passed into obscurity. The only remaining title was Emperor of Cologne. The journey of almost 400 years came to a close with the beginning of a new age of Industrialism. The dynasty of Duke Jean VI d’Albret led to the rule of Emperor Gaston II ve Kalkenbourg. France, which had always been a core province of the Empire, had entered the modern age as an old faded line in the dirt.

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The death of Emperor Louis XVIII

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The Empire of Cologne in 1800, the dawn of the modern era