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Danny there is a certain lack of Attalus reigning here :p
A shame the Loups line ended on the throne instead of the glorious and magnificent Attalids :D

Anyway Britannia is developing nicely
 

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Intermission - 1371: Three Quarters

POLITICS

-Western Europe-

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To the north, Britannia stands as a single, united entity covering all 4 kingdoms of England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, as well as the 3 former Norwegian islands to the north. Politically, the de Gaels have held the position of Emperor since the creation of the Empire. Emperor Loup III is the 7th de Gael Emperor. For nearly the entirety of de Gael rule, stability in the Kingdom of England, and now Empire of Britannia, has been smooth, with only one major civil war. The vassals, while unhappy at the long line of de Gael rulers, are content due to the economy-fueling stability.

Across the Channel, Francia is divided between 3 kingdoms. Brittany still holds the peninsula of Brittany (duh). However, the major change is the annexation Kernev, a former part of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It started when Jerusalem lost all of its territory in the Holy Land, leaving it only the small chunk in Brittany. Then, Queen Anderquina of Castille (1286 - 1347), a granddaughter of a long dead Jerusalem King, conquered the Kingdom, giving Castille a piece of Brittany. Eventually, Brittany, with the backing of Emperor Loup II of Britannia (only financial aid), reconquered the county.

Meanwhile, France continues to shrink as the ever more powerful Aquitaine chips away at it. Politically, France has been unstable for the last half century, experiencing civil wars regularly, with the occasional installation of a claimant. The Capets still remain in power, though, and the situation seems to have calmed down somewhat.

To the south of France, Aquitaine becomes a real threat to the Muslims of Iberia. In 1335, King Guichard 'the Lion' of Aquitaine, led his troops in holy war against the Zaiaid Dynasty for Galicia. With little help, Galicia was taken.


-Iberia-

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In the 13th century, the kingdoms of Castille and Leon were nearly nonexistent. In the 70 years that passed since the start of the 14th, Castille and Leon have managed to conquer back much of their lost territory. The Muslims, once so close to total control over the peninsula, have been dealt a major blow. Along with Castille and Leon's rise back to power, the last Crusade for Andalusia put nearly all of Western Iberia under the control of the Holy Order called the Teutonic Order. Thus far, they have managed to hold the land they have. The remaining Muslims make up nearly all of Portugal, and much of the central part of the peninsula.


-Holy Roman Empire-

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The union between Western Rome and Eastern Rome continues to this day, but feudal strife has pulled and torn away nearly all the stability the Empires have been used to for so long. Nearly constant civil wars have meant the succession of the Kingdom of Bulgaria. Despite this, an Empress continues to rule the joint Empires, although she is of different dynasty than her predecessors (House Aba instead of von Rheinfelden).


-Scandinavia-

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Norge continues to be an Elective Monarchy, as it has been for centuries, but civil wars have pushed the Kingdom to the breaking point. Although it has managed to defend its land (save the small islands taken by Britannia), expansion has been slow due to the many civil wars.

Sweden has shrunk in recent years, losing several counties to Norge and Danmark, but it has, in general, kept itself in one piece. It has even managed to obtain a chunk of Europe through inheritance and conquest. Like nearly all other realms in Scandinavia, it is suffering from civil and feudal strife.

Danmark, once a powerful Kingdom, is currently losing two wars, one against the petty King of Skane (which broke off during a civil war some 50 years previous), and one against a claimant in Fyn. It seems likely that Danmark will not be able to rebuild its Kingdom by the end of the 14th century.

Finland remains as it always has, controlled by tribal Suomenusko peoples.


-Eastern Europe-

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Much of the politics of Eastern Europe remain the same, except for the sudden expansion of the Mongol Empire. In the early 1300's the Mongols, who had not expanded aggressively for some years, launched a campaign against the Slavic peoples, taking several duchies and connecting their Asian lands to their European, which had for so long been separated.

Mainland Hungary retains the borders it has had, although it did reincorporate several counties previously owned by Croatia. The main change is its acquisition of Sicily during the Crusade in the early 1300's.


-Middle East-

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The Middle East has changed drastically in recent years. After the Seljuk Dynasty lost power in Persia, they were replaced by the Bugrid, who were eventually displaced by a former vassal of the Afsin Dynasty in 1344. With the political turmoil, several realms managed to break free, including the Sultanate of Mesopotamia (Abbasids).

Cyprus broke away from Sicily, which had much land throughout Anatolia, and became an independent entity in the 1260s.

The other dominating powerful, the Zaiaid Dynasty, which displaced the Fatimids in 1325, continue to rule the lands from Egypt to Iberia, and they even managed to reconquer the counties that broke free during the period of civil unrest.


RELIGION

-Christianity-

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Christianity outside of Africa is nearly exclusive to Catholicism. Since the union between the HRE and the Byzantine Empire, the Greeks have more and more though of themselves as Catholics and Orthodoxy has more or less vanished from the region. It is also due to this union of the West and East that the Moral Authority of the Catholic Church has remained so high and that there have been so few heresies seen. The few areas that still follow and endorse Orthodox Christianity are the Kingdom of Rus, and Pomerania.

There also remains a Christian Khanate to the far east called Kara Khoja.


-Islam-

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The major Muslim nations are split between Shia and Sunni Islam. The Zaiaids follow Shia Islam and the Afsins and Abbasids follow Sunni, putting a large rift in the Middle East and Iberia Muslims.

Most of Anatolia is Muslim, although they are somewhat hindered by the appearance of the Miaphysite Kingdom of Armenia.

To the north east, Asian expansion of Islam is also hindered, but this time by the Christian Khanate of Kara Khoja, which has held out as a Christian bastion for years.


-Hinduism-

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Although the Mongol Empire had at one point converted to Hinduism, they have since then taken Sunni Islam, leaving Hindustan as the only Hindu land (though pockets of Eastern Europe and Asia still follow it).

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THE COUNCIL

Upon taking the throne, Emperor Loup III calls together his Council of Britannia. He knows of his father's failures and he wishes to avoid them. He tells the Council that Britannia, as always, as two choices of conquest: North or South. To the north, the island of Iceland, ruled by Norge, would make a fine addition to the Empire and would make an excellent base for future expansion. To the south lies a political madhouse. Although Brittany has managed to reunite itself, the rest of Europe does not seem in any position to challenge Britannic expansion into the area. Aquitaine, a historical ally of Britannia, would likely lend assistance if called in a war against Brittany. The downside would be Britannia's involvement in mainland Europe's politics, which it has nearly always been able to avoid.

Vote (please comment either A or B):

Seek expansion opportunities to...

(A) the North

(B) the South


This vote will end Wednesday 8:00 AM EST

NOTE:
-This is the final intermission in CK2! 70 more years to go!
-I tried to cover as much as possible, but if you want to see anything else, let me know and I will add it to the extras.
-Remember, conquering Brittany will be mixing ourselves with the politics of the mainland, so think wisely before voting B, try and see the pros and cons of each!
 
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Andrzej I

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Given the goals of the AAR in expanding to the Americas, A seems the logical choice. Iceland will be of great help in island jumping into Newfoundland and beyond.
 

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The HRE might be experiencing a lot of revolts, but they're still united. Even if they break apart, the union will be remembered for basically destroying Orthodoxy.

Scandinavia and the Middle East are both messes. I'm hoping some cleaner borders can be achieved before the CK2 portion ends.

As for expanding, I vote for (A) the North.
It'll be helpful for eventually colonizing, and if you wanted to get involved in the rest of Europe's politics, you would have married the heir to the Empress of the HRE and Byzantine.
 

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I was undecided, but the others make good points. A, for the sake of colonizing later.
 

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I vote A.

The Viking raiders of old told tales of a great expanse of land far to the West that they found suitable to colonize, albeit temporarily. Perhaps we can one day find these lands? Taking Iceland would bring us to the westernmost part of the known world, and thus as close as possible.
 

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Chapter 33 -1332 to 1361: Northern Conquests

As the war begins, 25 thousand Britannic men are raised. Scotland is set as the grouping position, and a Fleet of the Emperor begins massing in Buchan. In May, the troops and fleet are ready and 12 thousand board under the command of Emperor Loup, the Duke of York, and Scipion. The other half moves to Caithness, where it will be ferried to the island of Orkney. The next month, the army of Loup lands in Hjaltland and sets siege to its fort, Konungsborg. A month later, the southern army, under Halkell (Loup's son-in-law), Dunaden, and DKM III, arrives in Orkney.

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As winter nears, half of each great army is sent back to the mainland to prevent mass attrition. Each county's castle falls as winter hits. As Hjaltland has no other holdings on the island, the rest of the army of Loup withdraws to Scotland.

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As of yet there has been no military efforts against Britannia by the King of Norge, and the reason is apparent: he is midway through a civil war.

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The last holdings of Orkney fall in Spring of 1333, and the next offensive is planned. Loup could well wait out the war, as he holds both objectives, but, feeling confident, he orders a direct landing on mainland Norge. His 12 thousand troops are loaded back onto the fleet and set sail in April of 1333. They land in July, and quickly defeat the small Norwegian army.

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However, winter begins severely biting at the troops, and half are force to return home to prevent catastrophic losses. Loup, a rather poor military leader, is overwhelmed by the bitterly cold winds and snow. His military staff advise him to give up the offensive and return home before hundreds more of his troops succumb to death. Loup listens, and the last of the troops withdraw in January. For now, the Empire will play the waiting game.

In May of 1334, The Number 9 comes of age. She shares much of her siblings' (most of them) diplomacy skill, although she tends to become quite envious of others. She is married to a very young and very talented administrator from Germany named Hans von Oldenburg.

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As the war slows down, Loup sets about with his other errands. Densley Blair, the heir without a wife, is married to young Princess Ingegerd of Danmark, who comes from a family of strong men and women. As the young couple is married, Emperor Loup sends word to the King Leif III of Danmark to come to his aid against Norge. Leif, currently at war with Sweden, promises aid if Britannia joins his war. Loup accepts.

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The troops are loaded back onto the fleet and sent this time to Skåne. They arrive in November and they engage a small Swedish army in Möre. As the enemies flee before the Brits, the army besieges the castle of Möre.

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The war with Sweden ends in August of 1335 as the Swedish King surrenders.

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The armies of both Britannia and Danmark are redirected to Norge, where they take several holdings. As Norge is exhausted by years of civil war, the King finally surrenders in April of 1336. Orkney and Hjaltland are ceded to Britannia.

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At the same time, young Attalus reaches majority. He shows little true skill, being more a jack of all trades. He is married to Princess Isabelle of Aquitaine.

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In November of 1338, Dunaden dies of Pneumonia. He sired 7 children (6 of which still live) and had 4 different wives (not at the same time!). His eldest son Ealdwulf, Duke of The Isles, inherits his father's Duchy of Ulster.

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BPM reaches maturity in 1339. He focuses his life mainly on the study of books and texts and lacks any knowledge of war. He is married to a princess of Brittany, forging an alliance between the once close nations.

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ZZZ comes of age by the end of 1339. She, the youngest of Loup's children and the only child Loup had with Peigi, is married to a German soldier named Wigerich von Zähringen.

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Pope Hadrianus IV calls for a Crusade for Andalusia in 1341. Emperor Loup accepts the call to arms, but does nothing more to help in the war, for he has lost his zeal in the past few years.

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The Crusade ends in 1344 in victory for Christianity. The vast Andalusian lands are granted to the Teutonic Order. This Holy Order of Christian men is placed as the new ruler over a million Muslims, tasked with the responsibility to convert the lands back to Catholicism.

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Many quiet years follow for Britannia. In 1346, Scipion dies a maimed cripple, courtesy of the war with Norge. He leaves behind no children, and his Duchy of Galloway is returned to Loup.

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Another decade passes in peace. It seems Loup wants nothing more than to live the rest of his life without conflict. That is until June of 1353 when Empress Peigi, working as Spymaster in Norfolk, is murdered on the orders of Wulfrun, the daughter of Blitz the Dragon.

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Fueled by rage, Loup orders the arrest of Wulfrun. Within a week, she is locked away in the dungeons. Eventually, Loup orders her thrown in the dark, dank Oubliette.

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Another 8 years pass without war. On August 10th, 1361, Emperor Loup 'the Gentle' dies at the age of 73. He was the longest reigning Emperor of Britannia at 49 years. The Empire is passed on to his son Densley Blair II.

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NOTE:
-I expected another outbreak of the Black Plague around 1345-50, and thus I intended to end this chapter as soon as that started. As nothing happened, I then decided to continue until Loup passed away, but that happened years later than I would have thought!
-DKM III passed away while I played, forgot to screenshot it though. His grandson, DKM IV, took over Gwynedd! But, this new DKM quickly became a giant... jerk, and his wife is much older than he is, so it is unlikely he will sire any children.
-You will notice that Galicia has been taken by Aquitaine. A short holy war saw to that! It appears that the Reconquista is underway!
-Due to Loup's many children, and their many children, and even their many children, the Dynasty of de Gael has grown to be one of the most numerous dynasties in the world! In this chapter alone it went from around 90 living members to 180!
-Tomorrow will be another intermission. 3 quarters of the way through CK2!
is my character married yet? plus if your doing another character rotation with the new emperor plz but my name in
 

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I vote for A, Britannia belongs in the north, and the north belongs to Britannia!
 

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(A) the North

I wish for you to stay out of mainland politics. At best, any land in mainland Europe would be Norway.
 

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Voting for A, but immediately go for B once completed. From a roleplaying point-of-view, the New World shouldn't be considered to be a catalyst in the decision as there was no 'New World' at the time. That being said, Iceland was to be conquered by Emperor Densley and we should finish what he started, but Loup III should be the emperor to conquer Brittany and possibly France.
 

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A) Securing Iceland is exactly the right stepping stone for the Northern Empire. After that, Securing Scandinavia for your family would be fantastic. Have Sweden, Denmark and Norway under De Gael Kings would secure your family's place as the worlds greatest!
 
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I vote for A)
 

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Chapter 35 - 1371 to 1386: Anger of the Vassals

The Council adjourns on November 17th. All Councilors voted on the continuation of the conquest of the north, several pointing out the dangers of involving Britannia with the messy politics of mainland Europe. Loup wholeheartedly agrees with them; other than the alliance with Aquitaine, the most involvement he will allow Britannia to have is the occasional assistance during crusades.

However, not all is right within the Empire. The Kings and Emperors of past have succeeded in putting many of the duchies, but after so many years of de Gael supremacy, it has brewed bitter hatred and Jealously. Each de Gael duke, instead of an ally to his liege, is a potential enemy, wanting more land from this new Emperor. It is not only de Gael vassals up in arms, though; the continued monopolization of the Empire has thrown other dynasties out of the way, generating more hatred and desire for gain.

Upon inheritance of the Empire, Loup III also received his father's duchies, specifically those of East Anglia and Moray. Wishing to reduce the amount of land under his direct watch, he grants his Uncle Attalus, who is Earl of Shetland, his old Duchy of Orkney. Of Emperor Loup II's 11 children, 7 still live.

Ælfflæd, age 64, currently finds herself locked up in the dungeons of the Queen of Sweden after her husband, who was the Duke of Upperland, revolt against his liege.

Jerkera is in Donzy, Nevers, because she married the Baron after the death of her first husband Halkjell.

Idhrendura has quite possibly the most thrilling tale of them all. She was originally married to the King of Brittany, until he died a young death. She returned to England only to be married to King Baudouin of Aquitaine, who promptly died. She remained in Aquitaine and remarried for a third time to a French man of little stance.

Radekza stayed married to the Hungarian Administrator Gyorgy until his death. She has never remarried, but has 6 children and even more grandchildren. One of her daughters is named Radekza, whose daughter is also named Radekza.

BPM, the younger brother of Attalus, is the current Duke of Galloway. He had 6 children with his princess wife from Brittany.

ZZZ was married early to a German soldier from Germany. They had only two children, a boy and a girl. The boy is in Britannia as a courtier, but the girl was married to the King of Lotharingia several years ago.
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Loup's wife Effros, who became pregnant several months before Emperor Densley's death, gives birth to a boy in January of 1372. They name him Andrew.

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In May of 1373, less than 2 years after receiving Orkney, Attalus dies after falling backwards out of his bedroom window. Orkney goes instead to his eldest son Eadmund.

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By the end of 1373, the situation among the vassals is dire. 5 fairly powerful dukes from Wales, Ireland, and Scotland have even banded together in recent months, intent on demanding for independence. Marshal Wigerich (who happens to be ZZZ's husband) estimates that they could possibly muster 9 troops for every 10 that the Empire could raise against them, making them a dangerous threat.

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To alleviate the stressful situation, Emperor Loup decides to exempt feudal vassals from taxes, at least for a few years.

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Effros is again pregnant in January of 1374, and another son is born in August. They name him Duke of Awesome.

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In October, the Pope calls for yet another Crusade to retake Jerusalem. Even though the title is still held by the King of Castille, the lands in the Middle East have been lost for several generations.

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The vassals relax slightly by October of 1375. To improve his standing in the eyes of his subjects, Loup III sends word to the pope that Britannia will join the Crusade. He orders several vassals (the ones that are most loyal) to raise levies and send them to Norfolk.

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Soon after this, Loup's eldest son Sæweald comes of age. Other than his protruding stomach, he is a skilled young man, especially in administration, although he does have a talent for diplomacy. Soon after coming of age he is made Steward of Britannia after the death of Hans von Oldenburg. He is eventually married to a princess of Brittany.

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The army sets sail in January of 1376. They arrive in Aswalan in June, where they meet an enemy force of 12 thousand Arabs.

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With the help of the other holy soldiers, the enemy is defeated.

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The Holy Land now stands before Loup III, and he orders his army to march to Jerusalem.

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They arrive there in September and defeat a small army defending the city.

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The rest of the Crusade passes uneventfully, as several holdings fall to Britannia. In October of 1377, the Caliph of the Zaiaid Dynasty surrenders, and Jerusalem is ceded to Castille. The Holy Land is back in Christian hands.

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The Victorious army of Britannia sails back home, making port in Norfolk in March of the next year.

Effros is pregnant in March of 1379, and their first daughter is born a few months later. She is named Scipia.

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News reaches Norfolk in 1381. The civil war in the Holy Roman Empire has ended with the splitting of the two empires once again. The former Empress of both halves is now Empress of only Byzantium, while a distant descendant of the once powerful Billung dynasty has reclaimed the throne of the HRE.

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Andrew comes of age in January of 1386. He is a master in the art of diplomacy and is easily married to the Queen of Aquitaine, Elisabeth II.

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The first 15 years of Loup III's rule were turbulent. Despite the anger among his vassals, he managed to prevent civil war, in the process giving up one of the Empire's revenues of gold. He also placed a de Gael with the ruler of Aquitaine, ensure a future de Gael King or Queen.

Now, as things are looking up for Britannia, the time for war has come. Emperor Loup III declares war on Norge for Iceland.

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NOTE:
-I will most definitely be cleaning up the HRE-Byzantine borders, because God, they are atrocious.
-Strangely enough, the Mongols have converted back to Hinduism!
-The last of the DKM's was a real jerk! He was constantly badgering the Emperor, saying he is rightful ruler of Bedford, and he was always in a fairly powerful faction (his relations were usually around -50). His wife, who was 10 years his senior, died and he remarried to a much younger woman, having a daughter. He ended up dying in the early 1380's.
-My power went out in the middle of this. Where I live, the lightest drizzle could knock out the power... I managed to save all that I wrote, so nothing was lost! But it meant a good 30 minute break in the middle. See, the power is only out for a few seconds, but it is enough to turn off my computer, and my computer likes to say it is 'updating' for 10 minutes every time it turns off after an unexpected outage.
 

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The HRE-Byzantine borders might be the worst I've ever seen from two empires that didn't involve the human player. With all this dividing going on between them, it's starting to seem like each empire should have claims on the other.

The Mongols converting to Hinduism again is interesting, as I'm always happy whenever India plays a role outside of their subcontinent. Has the Mongol Empire retained all of its territory, or has it faced problems as well?

Time to invade Iceland! Should be an easy war. Did the princess who was married to your heir have a claim on Brittany? That'd be one simple way to get the territory.
 

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I like how Hungary is sitting in the middle of your empires screenshot saying "see, this is how borders should be maintained"
 
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Is it just me, or does it sound like the Caliph is Greek?
 

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I'm glad you mentioned that you're planning on cleaning up those borders. It's the first thing I thought when I saw them.
 

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-The last of the DKM's was a real jerk! He was constantly badgering the Emperor, saying he is rightful ruler of Bedford, and he was always in a fairly powerful faction (his relations were usually around -50). His wife, who was 10 years his senior, died and he remarried to a much younger woman, having a daughter. He ended up dying in the early 1380's.
So my male line is dead or are there other male lines from further back alive that just didn't inherit? Good luck with Iceland. Will you go for Norge next?