Vile treacherous Judas
- Nov 7, 2001
This thread, as can be told from its title, is supposed to serve for discussing and improving setup, events and other stuff dealing with the countries held by Sigismund of Luxembourg, Albrecht of Hapsburg and Ladislaus Postumus, i.e. the fate of Hungary, Austria and Bohemia in the first half of the 15th century up to 1457 when separate monarchies were established in each country again. I'd like this to be the first in a series of threads that attempt to guide the three countries in a way that will ensure the formation of a solid Hapsburg Empire in 1526. For the period between 1419 and 1457, the main things that need to be considered are:
- the Hussite Wars. The conflict within Bohemia itself is now modeled in (I think) quite a satisfactory way, though a few things still need to be done. What is not working satisfactorily is the involvement of other countries and the effects on them:
1. Hungary should be commiting quite a bit less to the conflict. I'm not sure how this can be achieved.
2. The massive impact that Hussite teachings had in Upper Hungary (i.e. Slovakia) is deserving of an event.
- the transition of the Imperial dignity from Sigismund to Albrecht needs to be made more likely, since with the new election rules in one of the recent betas, Austria getting elected is much more the exception rather than the rule
- the Ottomans had started an invasion of Hungary in 1418, and South Hungary and parts of Croatia were under Ottoman occupation in 1419. The situation was in fact so severe that Sigismund called the Teutonic Order into the country in 1429 and gave them lands in the Banat. In fact, it might be a good idea to implement this war, since this would - besides being historical - both prevent Hungary from engaging too much in Bohemia and prevent the Ottomans from starting wars that do them more harm than good (like attacks on fellow muslim countries that they inherit a few years later)
- the struggle for the Hungarian throne after the death of Albrecht could be redone a bit now that more tags are available. Jan Jiskra's occupation of Slovakia that lasted almost two decades could be represented by an independent Slovakia, we could have an independent Cilli that supports the Hapsburgs - and at the same time tries to play its own hand in the struggle for Hungary and Austria - and Croatia, which was controlled by Laszló Garai, another supporter of Ladislaus and the Hapsburgs, could have a brief spell of independence, too.
- the ascension of Albrecht in Bohemia was far from uncontested; a large faction of Bohemian Utraquists in fact favoured Wladislaw III of Poland and his brother Casimir, and Bohemia was basically in a state of civil war
- the struggle for rule of Austria after Albrecht's death, that currently isn't represented at all, could use a few events
- it might be nice to give Hungary a few alternatives to Matthias Corvinus in 1457
- most importantly, it needs to be ensured that the three countries perform roughly historically and neither disintegrate nor overexpand in most games