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AAR Portugal 1492 - 1507

Rightfull berber lands in Iberia was seeded to Portugal after Spain had annexed the Kingdom of Granada. As a reward for our Spanish brothers, King Manuel I agreed to become Spanish vassels, thus living under the protection of the Spanish.

After having discovered India (the real deal), Vasco da Gama was sent out on the open seas to discover new land for the evergrowing empire of the Portugeese.

New colonies were formed in Americas and Africa, and the Oman were defeated losing Zanzibar. Soon after the King of Vijayanagar refused us tradingstations and expelling the Muslims from Calicut, so Vasco da Gama fought a swift war against the King, whos country was already torn apart from the 1505-revolts, thus gaining us the CoT of Calicut.

In the meantime traders had been sent around the world to ensure and increased income, since fighting far way wars are costly. The many new merchants further advanced trade in faroff places, resulting in a new CoT in Americas and Sao Tome.
 
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Sweden started the session slowly. The continent howerver, erupted in turmoil; first in the controversy over Silesia which resulted in a war between Poland and Austria (lasting for the better part of the period), while the French were engaged in a war with Spain, also taking parts of the Habsburg Low Countries. The HRE minors also gobbled up great parts of Germany.

The vassalization to Denmark was quickly cancelled, as it hampered the economy. Shortly after this, some AI states declared war on the Teutonic Order and Sweden seized upon this opportunity to siege and take Estland, losing only some 500 men in all.
Later after the Polish-Austrian war was finished, where Poland had gained large tracts of territory, they turned north, against the Livonian order. Since Poland possessed no fleet to mention, it fell to Sweden to take the island Ösel, also gained with minimal effort.

At the end of the session, the Swedish treasury had reached about 800d in total and we deemed it sufficient to take on the Danish king. Thus, we declared war, marching into Bohuslän and Jämtland. The war is currently ongoing, Sweden possessing those two provinces and sieging Skåne. Money is abundant and we foresee great gains from this conflict.
 

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Chapter I: Spain 1492-1507: Where Spain makes some magnificent gifts, fight evil frenchies and subdues even more evil aztecs,


Scene I.
'The Portuguese Ambassador, my beloved queen and king'
'Again?'
'We could didn't do anything. He insists in talk with our sovereigns'
'Again?'
'He insist in discuss the Spanish gift'
'Again?' (*)

And so the portuguese ambassador appeared, again, and the final Spanish Gift Treaty was signed. Portugal could receive the bereber provinces in southern Spain -for some strange reason, the portuguese got some skill in dealing with the moors-. In exchange, Portugal could happily become a vassal. And that was the last of the portuguese ambassador, for a brief time. Because he apparead again.

Scene II.
'We had received some very grave news, beloved queen and king'
'Again?'
'The Most Christian King not only had vassalized Savoy, as discussed with us, but they had vassalized Switzerland'
'Did we don't ask the frenchie there what he was wanting? Did they didn't told us that all they could did was vassalize Savoy?'
'So we did, but the Most Christian King never answered'
'Then declare war, and do not disturb us until we had won. Ah, and don't forget put the Great Captain -that is a name well earned- at command of troops. Under no circumstances should the dear Old Duke of Alba command a main field army'
'Duly noted and, may I say, extremely wise?'
'You are allowed to say so'

Scene III.
'We had some splendid news, beloved queen and king'
'At last'
'The Most Christian King had accepted our terms'
'Most gracious God. So what provinces or tributes had we won from France'
'Nothing beloved queen and king'
-beloved queen and king almost suffer a heart attack.
'They declared that they could not further advance in the Holy Roman Empire and that the reason of the war if all ambassadors and civil and military servants are not mistaken'
-beloved queen and king definitely suffer a heart attack.
After the heart attack:
'But how this is possible, with the Great Captain our troops had should sieged and taken Paris. Was he defeated? We could not understand that'
'No, most gracious queen and king. He always defeated any french force arrayed against him. His arquebusiers destroyed any french brave and foolish enough to go near them. But we didn't advance a lot in southern france and we battled in the frontiers'
'But how this is possible. You say to me that the Great Captain always won but we were unable to push further?'
'Indeed. And at some time, french forces even invaded Spain'
-beloved queen and king almost suffer, again, a heart attack.
'Maybe our military leaders had not informed our dear queen and king that the Old Duke of Alba -he could not be repressed- commanded our main army a few times. And that he was always defeated?'
-beloved queen and king definitely suffer, again, a heart attack.
'Well, we had decided to move all our military leaders to that lands some of our explorers had been putting under Spanish rule. We had heard that they found some strange nation that called themselves the Maya. Every single leader but the Great Captain. Ah, and you -our most dear servant- you go too also to those lands'

Scene IV.
'Sire, our indian informants had told us for what they use those nice pyramids'
'Ah, interesting, nice buildings but really I never understood their use'
'They took their prisoners to the highest point and then they open them and put out their hearts'
'Er, human sacrifice?'
'Yes, sire, our indian informants say that they could be quite happy if they changed masters for someone that could not sacrifice them'
'Hmm, so -actually- those so called aztecs are even more evil than us?'
'I could say that they even more evil than the frenchies'
'That I could stilll not believe'

And then spanish troops took the maya and aztec lands. And the indian subyugated for those bloodsucking evil masters were so happy to be put under spanish rule that all their troops inmediately changed sides and were put under spanish command(**). And we were so happy of their bravery, and their skill to learn how to use modern weaponry, that we shipped them back to Spain.

Some other things happened in the meantime (Spanish troops -together with Venetians- put an end to the unlawful and tyrannical rule of the genovese; and Naples decided that better than be a spanish vassal is to be part of Spain; and we took Navarra), but nothing that important how the facts already discussed.


(*) Sorry Aladar, but it was kind of funny to receive all days invitation to talk :D)
(**) And so you can explain the strange fact that when you annex a nation you are the owner of all those troops, so the 30k mayan troops busy sieging some province were put under spanish command. And that uses the fact that the spanish used a lot of indian troops in their campaign. Poor indians didn't knew that -even without human sacrifices- spanish rule could be so dire for them. But we will not use that fact in the spanish version of events, right? :D
 

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AAR Palatinat 1492 - 1507

After king ascended to the throne, palatinate kingdom started to consider about expansionism. King thought the small minors, where they surround palatinat, are bait for future's palatinat empire.


Economy
However,.. king's ambition pushed palatinat into big economic chaos. Low taxes, low production, weak trade and multiple wars at the same time, peaked the inflation 20% in 10 years. Also army maintenance cost started to get higher than monthly income... thousands of ducats wasted for king's expansion policy...

King refused to decrease army's maintenance cost... He believed high morale army.. Because of that reason; palatinat treasury commission started looking for new loans.. Most of the countries didn't want to send aid or loan.. So Palatinat had to stick with national debt... And that pushed the counrty through bankruptcy for 2 times in 10 years..

King lost his taxpower (cause of low stability)... And palatinat started to disband armies for balancing economy.. Between 1492-1500, it was Kings usual policy to sent the merchants wherever he wanted... But the time has been changed... Palatinat started to shrink their expenses..
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Diplomacy

Bavaria - Between 1492-1500 king was nervous about Bavaria's policy about taking one part of our region. Actually king was very selfish about everything... After the second national bankruptcy and low stability; king started to lose his power and tending on morely peace .. And palatinat started to agree with bavaria's foreign policies.. King hold his promise for giving baden and wurtemberg soil to bavaria while we were at war.. These countries were great threat for us in our economic depression.. And our king proudly to annouce that Bavaria is our friends. We hope we can move our policies together as a confederation in the future.

France - King is really sorry for occupation of the french vassal.. he thinks it was the greatest mistake he ever had.. Besides king is upset about France's mandating policies on palatinat...

Brandenburg - King didn't have a whole lot of relations until northern minors declared war upon us.. We appreciate their help... King says that whenever brandenburg needs help; we'll always be ready..

Austria - Since they refused our trade agreement.. We're a little bit upset.. We hope we can heal our relations..

England - King says that 'while we didn't have a whole lot of relations.. We hope we won't have bad ones in the future...'

Ottoman Empire - Our king is a little bit radical catholic.. We hope king became more acute for your religion.. And palatinate national treasury commission would appreciate if you lend us some low interest loans.. All europe knows your and Spain's wealth..

Denmark - to be continued ...

Sweeden -to be continued ...

Spain - to be continued ...

Poland - to be continued ...

Russia - to be continued ...

Netherlands -

Venice - to be continued ...

Portugal - to be continued ...

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To be continued...
 
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Bavaria 1492-1506


Part I
Where the stage is set for the Great Game


Albrecht IV, occasionally nicknamed 'der Weise' was not a humble man. His administrative abilities and ambition had always seemed to be too great for the small, poor and mostly harmless South German principality he was ruling. Some would say that as an Elector in the Holy Roman Empire and having the ability to raise an army of 18 thousand men, he was enjoying far more influence than the average German Prince would. But for Albrecht, Bavaria felt insignificant.

But alas, there was little he could do about it, and he had already started to accept his position as an insignificant ruler in an insignificant principality within a largely insignificant political entity. Was it fate or mere chance that denied him that future, the future that seemed so inevitable, we might never know. Regardless, in late 1491, it came to Albrechts attention that the Emperor, the old Archduke of Austria, Friedrich V, was getting weak in health and would soon leave his realm to the hands of his son Maximilian.

Albrecht had known Maximilian since he was a kid. An arrogant brat he was, a stubborn and ruthless boy who certainly didn't lack ambition. It seemed that Maximilian already pulled the ropes in Austria. Albrecht learned that Maximilian would not be the wise and just leader his dad had been. No, he would be something completely different. The informant told that he had hung a badly drawn map on his bedroom wall. A map of Central Europe, but not displaying the Holy Roman Empire, no, but a completely different picture. It displayed a Greater Austria. All the german lands united under one banner, the Lion of Austria. All of Lowlands, Hungary and Bohemia too.

This alarmed Albrecht to no end. What about the principalities? There was no way all the lands could be united under Austria by marriage. A decent man simply could not father enough legitimate heirs to marry into all the principalities. No, it would be by force and force alone Maximilian was planning to unite the land. That would mean making a mockery of the laws of the Empire, killing all the noble families, princes, dukes, barons, and counts that made up this great Empire.

Albrecht knew he had to act. Justice was at stake here. Greater justice, greater good, and above all, his own life and realm. But what could he do? There were only two options. He could either go puclic and ask support from the other Electors. This would invite ridicule and perhaps death by assassination, and certainly it would invite the Austrian armies to enter Bavarian lands. No, it was not really an option at all. So there was only one option left.

He would have to increase his own power so that Austria would rather see Bavaria as an ally than an enemy. He would need to be more successfull than the Archduke in extending his economical, military and diplomatic power. He would need to stop the madness or perish himself.

Part II
Where things start to go horribly wrong but an unexpected friend saves the day


Initial diplomacy with Maximilian sounded promising. Maximilian seemed vaguely interested in Bavarian friendship, even if he was using more the stick than the carrot as his method of negotiating with allies. Also, initial diplomatic exchanges with two other large Electors, the Palatinate and Brandenburg were promising. Both seemed to be ready to hand over their possessions in clearly Bavarian lands, Oberpfalz and Nürnberg, in exchange for Bavarian support for their own expansion. To top this, Maximilian would probably happily see Bavaria expand a bit in size, in the light of the treaty of friendship they had.

But apparently some of the other Electors had heard about Maximilians ambition as well, since the year 1492 started with Brandenburg declaring war on Saxony, and the Palatinate declaring war on Mainz, both having clearly expansion in their mind. So Albrecht decided that it was time to transfer Oberpfalz to Bavarian control, and with the Emperors blessing, sent a formal declaration of war to the Palatinate. Little did he know that Philipp of the Palatinate had other plans in mind. Instead of handing over Amsberg he decided to keep it to himself. Albrecht, rightfully furious over the incident, negotiated quickly a treaty of military access with Brandenburg and an alliance with Wurzburg to be able to reach Pfalz on the Rhine.

But Philipp was not easily beaten. Bavarian armies looted all his lands, but Philipp kept borrowing more and more money, even emptied the coffers of the recently captured Mainz, to maintain his massive army. Wurtemberg on the other hand refused to help at all in the war effort. So finally, Albrecht negotiated a peace with Philipp, returning to status quo ante bellum.

Quickly thereafter, the Palatinate declared another war on another principality, still running their massive army gathering massive debt. This could not end well. The Emperor on the other hand was so concerned about a Polish incursion into Silesia that he didn't mind these matters at all. Philipps recklessness could only lead to a disaster. Albrecht turned to Johann Cicero of Brandenburg and quickly found common interests in that direction. Bavaria would divide Wurzburg, the ally that let Albrecht down so badly, with Brandenburg, and support Brandenburgs takeover of Saxony. In turn Johann would hand over Nürnberg for Albrecht. Albrecht felt he might go to hell for this, but the times were harsh, and sometimes morale had to be compromised for the greater good.

Meanwhile, Maximilian of Austria had declared war against Poland, invading Silesia via Bohemian lands, to protect the Empire from this Polish invasion. A worthy cause it was, but in times of such turmoil not the wisest thing to do. Albrecht was not sure if he should be happy about it or not. On the other hand, there was no imminent danger of Maximilian invading Bavaria now, but on the other hand, there was no order in the Empire. Chaos reigned.

Part III
Where Bavaria makes great sacrifices and gains a great victory, saving Philipp der Edelmütige in the process


And so it went. Philipp continued on his path of madness, declaring wars left and right against minor electorates, whilst running his economy to the ground supporting his massive army. Brandenburg took parts of Saxony, and split Wurtemberg with Bavaria. Finally Johann ceded Nürnberg to Bavaria without a fight, and great bonds of friendship were forged.

In Silesia, the fighting continued. Occasionally Austria would penetrate the Polish line, then Poland would drive Austrias armies out again. The war went on and on with no solution in sight.

At the Rhine, things were looking bleak for Philipp. The electors all around had had enough of Philipps recklessness and started to declare wars on him. It was clear that Bavaria stood to benefit from this. But Albrecht, in his wisdom, gave Philipp a chance of reconciliation. If Philipp was to hand over Oberpfalz, Albrecht would be his friend again. In distress, Philipp agreed. Thus, Amsberg joined Bavaria without a fight.

The war between Poland and Austria dragged on. Apparently getting annoyed at Maximilians stubborness to make peace, Poland annexed slowly parts of Bohemia. Johann of Brandenburg continued the expansion of his realm, and Albrecht started to feel he was being trapped. In the west stood Wurtemberg, fielding an army of almost 40 thousand, while all Bavarias economy could handle was 20 thousands. South and east, Austrian and Bohemian lands. North, Brandenburg. Albrecht was now seeing that the Palatinate and Brandenburg expanded their power faster than Bavaria, while Maximilian didn't care and was actually wasting his power in the prolonged war with Poland. So weak had he become that France took Artois and France-Comte from Maximilian practically without a fight.

Finally the Palatinate was crumbling in front of her foes. Philipps resources were running out, when Baden and Würtemberg declared war on him. With Badens armies invading the Palatinate, Albrecht had to choose. Would he let Philipp be destroyed, and rush to take a part of his lands? Or would he protect Philipp, risking his realm against the armies of Baden and Würtemberg? He chose the latter, for he still had honour left. Bavaria entered a military alliance with Philipp and invaded.

The war was hard and required great sacrifices, but after the first tactical blunders of Baden and Würtemberg, the outcome was never in doubt. Not even the great unprovoked peasant rebellion would deny Bavaria the victory. However, lots and lots of troops were lost. Bavarian coffers were empty, and somehow the treasurer had even taken a loan, even if there was no real need for that. The enemies were slain, their cities were sieged, and both Baden and Würtemberg were made to turn over lands to and become vassals of Bavaria. Also, the Palatinate was saved. A great victory indeed!

Part IV
Where Albrecht gets humiliated by Maximilian, and another war to protect Philipp erupts


With peace restored into southern Germany, and Philipp being able to hold his line in the north, Albrecht could finally rest for a while and admire his realm. Bavaria had more than doubled in size, and almost tripled in power. With 8 provinces in his direct control and 2 as vassals, with a friend in both Pfalz and Berlin, he finally felt able to relax. Bavaria was safe for now. Even the economy was doing fine.

The war between Austria and Poland was finally over. Austria was in flames with war exhaustion and rebellions, but Poland had agreed to give Moravia (which they had wrestled from Bohemia a few years earlier) back to the Empire. Rumours went on that secret treaties with foreign powers made Poland yield in the end, for on the battlefield they had certainly been holding their own, having both a technological and strategical advantage over Austria.

Little did Albrecht know what was coming. Maximilian declared war on Baden, just a year ago made a vassal of Bavaria with a great price! Feeling bitter and humiliated, Albrecht had no choice but to watch Austrians rob the vassal from him. All of Europe was shocked, even the isolationist England send ambassadeurs to testify this stunning act of violence.

Only a year or two later, Strassbourg declared war on Philipp. Again would Bavaria have to scramble to protect his ally. After a stunning defeat in Brezgau, where the whole Bavarian army (in good protective position too, one might add) was routed by five thousand Strassburgian musketeers swimming over the border river, Albrecht displayed his strategic genius by heading north to quash a rebellion in Philipps lands, and using that route entering Alsace, starting a siege. The enemy was now trapped in Brezgau with the remains of their army, a total of maybe 6 thousand men.
 
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The Grand and most Serne (Boing we are Serne) Sultan of the Ottoman Empire had a dream. He dreamt that one day the peoples of the world would stand around and call each other brother and the Sultan father. Peace and justice would be known by all and no one would want for anything.

A nice guy is the Sultan

And so the SUltan spent the best part on 14 years at war with his neighbours, not to enrich his land and make a map of the world look prettier, but to bring freedom to the downtrodden masses. In due cause Persia, the Mameluks, various fringe nations along the Eastern front, Bosnia and finally Hungary were brought into the Imperial fold. Indeed, the Sultan's hosts so demolished the unbelievers of Hungary that soon their entire nation would lie at the feet of the sultan (Hint, hint Fal. You said the event would fire so I went a conquering early. if it doesn't someones going to pay)

For truely we are Serne (Boing)
 

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Venice, small republic of peacefull but greedy merchants entered 16th century, the times of new partition of the World. Is there place for italian state to build it's glory and wealth ? Maybe is, but the path began with lots of wars, cruelty and betrayals. For northern Italians freedom is the greatest virtue, that's why that rich area was split between many tiny duchies and kingdoms.
Someone had to unite Italians to reaveal their true power. Venetian Doge Agostina Barbango started decades of unification of Northern Italy by sword and fire. First Venice declared war against Modena as it had land claimed by venetian Doge. Parma called it's ally Genoa- the worst enemy and competitor of Venice for centuries. But those two powers could not match brilliand venetian commanders like Bartolomeo d'Alviano. Very soon all enemy fortifications were under the siege. Later on Tuscany joined anti-venetian alliance but it wasn't enough to take advantage, especially when Tuscany have already been at war with Siena.
After couple of years Modena was on it's knees and it came time for Genoa. Venica agreed with Spanish King on Genoa's future. It was partitioned. War with Tuscany also went well and Pisa was taken as a war indemnity. To secure land connection to newly conquered lands war against Messina was declared. Shortly after Tuscany reduced to one province state could not resist Siena and was annexed. It was good casus beli against Siena and after another war Firenze joined venetian realms.
The work in Italy was almost done and venetian eyes turned on east. Venetian doge knew Ottoman Empire is preparing for great attack on Balcan states and our dear neghbour - Austria was just involved in too many wars to stop the Turks. The fate of balkan catholics is always close to Doge's heart, that's why he sent diplomats on Sultan's court. Sultan proved to be very wise and generous man. He agreed that the best for Bosnia and Croatia would be joining Venetian Republic. That's why joined OE's and venetian forces entered war with Bosnia and Hungary.
We believe that after suffering from war catholic people of Bosnia and Croatia will enjoy prosperity and freedem under republican rule.
 
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FRANCE AAR 1492 - 1507

Charles VIII l'Affable, king of France, the only son of King Louis XI and Charlotte of Savoy, was a man of poor health. He just had married Anne de Bretagne, making Britanny a vassal of France.

Having inherited a vague claim to the kingdom of Savoy through a neice, Marie, and encouraged by Ludovico Sforza of Milan, Charles imagined himself capable of seizing that realm. And thus vassalised Savoy, after a short war, taking Nice for France in the process.

Charles liked to vassalise smaller countries very much and also found an ancient claim on Lorraine in his drawer. Louis XII would later add this fair realm to the crown of France.

Charles died in 1498 because of a stupid accident: striking himself on the head while passing through a doorway, he succumbed to a sudden coma several hours later.*His poor health showed.

Louis XII, le Père du Peuple, raised to the throne after Charles and followed his policy of vassalising nations. France proudly called Helvetia a vassal too.
This, however, met stiff resistance of the petty king of Spain, Carlos I. Poor Carlos apparently felt it necessary to protect the HRE himself, since Maximilian of Austria wasn't capable of doing so.
So, when the news of the Helvetian vassalization reached the courts of Toledo, Spain declared war on France in a rush.
However, France could fortunately defeat the rabble under the command of the old duke of Alba soundly.
With his honour in tatters, the old man had to flee across the pyrenees. And Spain shortly after this agreed to a white peace with France. In return, France promised to leave the HRE alone...for now.

After this unfortunate incident, Louis XII added the vassals Brittany and Lorraine to France proper and France seems now to be ready to meet new adventures.

*true story!
 
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The Russian Quest for Unity​

Wenn the noble prince took over from his honourable father who had freed a large part of the orthodox from the mughal opression he was set for a huge task. A devine being came to the young duke:

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Unite your people and your fellow believers!
Who are my people great being in the sky?
Those big bearded man all around you
And what kind of women?
The ones who dress funny and are not what you would call slim and attractive
Right, right...any other features i need to look for?
Well....uh...if they believe in me that would be nice
Check, bearded, check, ugly, check, preferably orthodox, check, that will be a expensive advertisement with so many preferences
Why dont you spend that money on a army and convince them that way?
Not a bad idea....


So it was done. Grand Duke Ivan III , better known as Ivan the Great, raised a army of cavalery who he called hussars and began subjugating most of Moscow's rival cities, and by the time he tore up the charter binding it to Tatar tribute he was effectively in control of the entire country. Then the army went south to assist the muscovies muslim vassal in their fight against the Mughals. Unfortunatly they brought Astrakhan in the fight who had a huge army of tartars. The war dragged on for years while the polish scum were beating up poor germans. The duke was concerned with the polish centralisation efforts and so their increasing power over their lithuanian vassals and by that a opressing poor orthodox by this catholic beast. But the time was not their to act, Muscovy was backward and needed to modernise , fast preferably , if it was to stand the test of time.

Finally the war was won and large parts of the mughals came into the russian realm. Meanwhile a daring explorer was send to the east. He found a remarkable native tribe in the upper north of cold syberia consisting of 50 thousand warriors! The wise conquestador quickly retreated but wenn he came back years later none were there anymore! Where have they gone? Only god knows... Then we made preparations to let the Astrakhans pay for their aid to the vile mughals. But Kazan trew of our joke and had to be punished first. This was done quickly and the now veteran soldiers went south and annexed the last strong muslim bastion on the russian planes.

Now Sweden started a war with Denmark. The Duke was very sad about this since relations with both scandinavians were good and he had believed for a brief moment peace and unity would be theirs. But just before he was going to a conference to settle this issue in Gothland the Lithuanians invaded! Weirdly enough their Brandenburg allies were in this war but the polish opressors werent. Is this a sign the lithuanians arent happy with their rulers? But that was not the concern at the moment, the invasion had to be stopped....

This is were the history book went blank strangely enough.......
 

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This, however, met stiff resistance of the petty king of Spain, Carlos I. Poor Carlos apparently felt it necessary to protect the HRE himself, since Ferdinand of Austria wasn't capable of doing so.


France could fortunately defeat the rabble under the command of the old duke of Alba soundly.

And Spain quickly after this agreed to a white peace with France. France in return promised to leave the HRE alone...for now.

'Dear and beloved most puissant queen and king'
'Yes? you again? Did we don't send you to the New World?
'The spanish commander there expel me back to Spain sires'
'Not strange'
'I do have some news about France'
'If it can't be helped, so tell us'
'They said that you were not the king and queen of Spain'
'What?'
'He talked about some Charles I I believe'
'Charles I? Good is the wine of France it seems since they invent kings'
'And in their official reports they only mentioned their victories against Alba and not their defeats against the Great Captain'
'What do you expect of them? After all, they are french'
'And they declared that their promise about the HRE was only temporary'
'France breaking promises? That also is to be expected. After all, they are french'
'And that is all the news I got to tell to you sires'
'And since we believe that you are so good to tell us news, we command you to board a ship, go to Panama and join the troops that are moving south. Some stories about fabulous gold had arrived here and we think it should be exploerd. Don't go back until you have complete and valid facts. If needed, you can send us a letter. It is not needed that you come bacj here, understood?'
'Yes, my queen and king'
 

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The Birth Of Brandenburg (1492 - 1506)​

Brandenburg was a small and utterly insignificant earldom in 1492. The Markgrave, however, had ambitious plans. To him it seemed that all of northern Germany needed to be united under one just rule, his.
So he set forth on the task of bringing the light to the german people with an iron will. Also, from the very beginning it became aparent that the Archduke of Austria was bent on destroying and eliminating all minors of the blessed Holy Roman Empire. This intel was gathered through different channels. A direct communication was attempted with the Archduke to try and better the relations. Alas.....the Archduke was not really interested in any productive talks. He snubbed at the attempts of benign communication and created the distinct impression that there was no respect at all for the numerous smaller realms of Germany. So the Markgrave negotiated with the King of Poland instead and secured an entente. Decent relations were established and central europe divided into spheres of influence. Later on a similar understanding was also reached with Bavaria, who´s duke seemed altogether more sensible than his cousin on the Alps...

Soon war broke out between Austria and Poland over the matter of Silesia. This war, which was watched with puzzlement and amazement in Berlin, seemed to be a most bloody and merciless affair. The Markgrave was very happy that he was no part of it. Instead, Brandenburg spent the time expanding heavily in northern and central germany. Many small realms were liberated and it´s people united with Brandenburg.

All in all the present seemed good enough and the future most promising...
 

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Portugal 1507 - 1525

Vasco De Gama continued his explorations of the world, but in the end his died an old man. Fortunately new explorers where available for the King, so many new provinses and strange countries were discovered.

In the meanwhile several wars raged on our own continent, none of those meant much to the king, since we had our own wars to fight. Vasco De Game had many years ago found some pagan tribes in near our lands in South Africa, and after the possessions in India were secure, it was time for them to become Portugeese.

3 successive and succesfull wars were fought against Zimbabwe, Zulu and Morocco, the first 2 being incorporated, while the latter gave up it's berber provinses, while it's allies Algiers and Tunesia each gave up 1 berber provinse each.

Conversions of the pagans and muslims in our new provinses are going well, but we lack the money at the moment to convert them all. Colonisation continued thou less than before, as funds need to be found for this.

While the king had hoped to proclaim himself the most rich country in Europe, informants have told us that Ottoman Empire has an even larger income and are more the most advanced military power. We wonder what goals they have for the future.....

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Tales of the Empire

The Sultans were busy boys during this period. The Desire to unit the Muslim world and spread the faith was strong within the people and who were we to deny them their dreams? With that In Mind, the Sultan deided to finish of the Mameluks and proclaim himself Caliph of the World and to finish of the Hungarians, which he did in due course. The Peoples of Hungary were duely conquered, with a small number of them making a break for the remnants of Austria. For now these people were left alone, for Persia calls Suleyman the Magnificiant.

The Wars in Hugary and in Egypt were short, sharp affairs, the armies of the Sultan crushed all opposition rutherlessly and affectively, being armed with the latest, greatest equipment and led by the Sultan himself. Witht he incorperation of these lands, it was the desire of the Sultan to rest and rebuild, in preperation for what was to come.
 
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Bavaria 1507-1525

The Bavarian court in the early sixteenth century was a divided one. Maximilian, Archduke of Austria, had annexed a Bavarian vassal, the Margravate of Baden. One faction urged the Duke to take revenge for this humiliation, but another faction, including the Duke himself, wanted to become an Austrian ally and accepted it.
While the court was divided, the army was not. The siege of Strassbourg was progressing according to plan and an attempt from the Strassburgian army to save Strassburg ended in a glorious victory for the Bavarians. Soon after this victory the Prince-Bishop of Strassburg became a vassal of Bavaria.

Bavaria was at peace and the Duke was happy about vassalising the Prince-Bishop of Strassburg. This happiness wouldn't last though. Just like he did with the lands of Baden, Maximiian of Austria decided to grab the lands of Strassburg. It has no army left after the war with Bavaria so within a few months Bavaria lost its vassal. Again.
The shock of hearing this was too much for the old Duke. His heart couldn't take it and after a sickbed of a few months he passed away.

His successor, Wilhelm IV, decided he would not make the same mistake as his father. He decided to that Bavaria shoudl take the offensive against the Austrian expansion. Together with the Duke of Brandenburg the Bavarians would attack Austria. The army was build up, armed with the newest weapons available and war was declared on Austria...

The Austrian army under the great general Frundsberg moved to Breisgau. The Bavarian army moved to Nuertingen and from there planned to attack the Austrians. However foreign diplomats who heard of the plan told the Wilhelm that it was a bad plan. Attacking the defensive positions the Austrians would have taken in near Breisgau would be a disaster. So the army stayed in the plains near Nuertingen. A Brandenburgian diplonat then notified the Duke that there was still a law in Bavaria that Austrian armies in Bavarian lands should get all the support they could get from the Bavarian people. The Duke immediately cancelled the law after he was told this. OOC: Forgot MA :eek:o

After this the Austrians could not get enough food near Breisgau to feed their armies. So they decided to confront the Bavarian army.
The Bavarians were confident they could beat the Austrians. The Bavarian infantry was armed with muskets, which would give a good advantage against the Austrian swords and pikes. And the Bavarian cavalry outnumbered the Austrian cavalry by far, a great advantage in the plians near Nuertingen. The only advantage the Austrians had was the tactical genious of Frundsberg.

In the battle of Nuertingen the Bavarians did indeed crush the Austrian army. Less than 1000 Austrians managed to escape only to be beaten again in Tirol. Frundsberg was also captured in Tirol and would never fight for Austria again.
After this battle the Bavarian armies invaded the Austrian lands. The archduke was deposed and a regency from then on ruled in his name, but the war did continue for a while. Eventually Salzburg and Tirol were gained by Bavaria.

Negotiations with the new Austrian government soon followed. Tirol was exchanged for Baden and the good relations of the period before 1492 were soon re-established.

In the period after the Austrian war Southern Germany was peaceful for a while. In northern Germany it seemed that the relation between Brandenburg and the Palatinate was deteriorating. The fact that the the count Palatine in the Austrian war had signed a peace with Bohemia as leader of the alliance without giving Brandenburg and Bavaria the chance to gain lands from Bohemia seemed to be the main reason. Bavaria decided to join the Brandenburgian alliance, while the Duke still hoped that both countries can live in peace in the following years.

Internal problems made Brandenburg seem weak in the 1510s. Bohemia saw a chance to gain some lands, but was beaten by the Bavarian and Brandenburgian armies. Instead of gaining land they lost some of it to Bavaria and Brandenburg leaving Bohemia so weak that Austrian archduke could soon take over the Bohemian government.

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Russia AAR 1507-1525

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Orthodox Dream​

Tough times for the duke. The poor scandinavians were at a fragile peace, the polish kept demanding domination and the turks were lurking. What was to become of poor Muscovy?

It had to finally unite the orthodox and reclaim the ceasar heretige! Those catholics were clearly wrong to alter the original scriptures. This will lead a new found russia to new glory and vast power! With this spirit we came very far in colonising in syberia, but at almost 890 settlers with 5000 natives troubles started. The garrison was (too) easily defeated and the colony died :(

Trade on the other hand was greatly expanded, as well as infra. Finally the russian people were of comparable militairy technology as well. But then, finally, the prince achived with the blessing of all patrons :

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Russia was born!

Now the orthodox people of the world had a place to turn to. Against the evil opression and forced conversion of the poles, against the hatred of catholics who dont understand we preach the pure faith.

But ,,,,then again....darkness came. The Tsar suddenly dissapeared (ctd) without a trace. The country was without lead. Three years of darkness for the russian in which the Poles ruthlesly annexed lithuania and turned protestant....3 years of backward economic delvelopment and 3 years without the needed colonisation and militairy build up.

Will the new born Russia overcome this injustice?

Time will tell............
 

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Portugal 1525 - 1549​

While still exploring the seas of the world and finding new nations and provinses, the largest victory in the past period was the conquering of the Chinese CoT Hainan.

After a voyage of almost 1½ years our brave soldiers arrived at the coast of Hainan and China was Dow'ed. Less than a year later China gave up Hainan, Guandong and Macao.

Thus followed are long period of exploring and building up the colonies. Our south african base is now fully developed and converted to good catholic portugese.

Spain revassalized us, cost me several stabhits cos i made some new RM, bad mistake but we are up and running again.

In the end Spain pressed for an attack on France, using our advantage of CRT, negative stab for France and surprise. France however is being stubborn, so despite only asking for Roussilon, we are still at war.

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AAR for Sweden

After Daniel A had subbed Sweden, the country had entered on a route of peaceful economic expansion and technological progress. It was decided that this would be the main focus for the next session and thus a non-aggression pact was signed with Denmark. Previous aims for Skåne and parts of Norway were forgotten and efforts were put into increasing the treasury and advancing in infrastructure.
An agreement was also reached with England, where Sweden would gain the right to Canada. Other nations should be aware that this area is now very much an area of interest for Sweden.

Meanwhile, Europe erupted in war and conflict, just as the previous years. Russia and Brandenburg attacked Poland, eventually gaining many provinces and most probably the hatred of the Polish king.
Spain invaded France, first making some headway, but losing Alba. How this was possible, it is hard to understand. There is a great chance of an Iberian loss.

The session ended with a treasury of 1700 ducats and a gain of one level of infrastructure. A free manufactory was also gained, something that is highly advantageous this early :). Although we only gain 0.4 colonists a year, the Canadian province is starting to take shape.


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Palatinat AAR 1525-1549​
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1525-1549 era was the beginning economic revolution of palatinat. Before Ludvig ascended to the throne; he pledged to reduce inflation and improving the GDP.

Ludvig's 20-year-plan completed successfully.

- Centralization and nationalizing the provinces...
- Built a fine arts manufactory on capital..
- National Debt is wiped out by taking foreign loans; through Venice's low interested long term loans..
- Army size and maintenance costs are reduced due to our neighbour brandenburg's peaceful relations..
- Inflation is reduced by 2%
- Army quality and land technology increased..
- Luxemburg bought from Austria for 300 ducats..
- Grand German Alliance established together with Brandenburg and Bavaria. 5 years later Austria joined our Holy German-Catholic Alliance..

And Ludvig has special thanks to:

- Venice for the low interested loans
- Brandenburg for the Military Acess and Military Alliance
- Austria for the selling Luxemburg
- Spain for the economic aid
- Bavaria for the good relations
- Bavarian commission for the good advices

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