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That's one huge Adal.
Any Imperial ambitions in Japan? And does the idea you choose decrease technology cost?
Demetrios seems set to do great things-until he dies in two years of course.
 

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That's one huge Adal.
Any Imperial ambitions in Japan? And does the idea you choose decrease technology cost?
Demetrios seems set to do great things-until he dies in two years of course.

Adal is ridiculous. I'll have to take them down a few pegs at some point, but all my nation building so far is closer to home or in the Americas.

No interest is Japan just now. Probably in the Vic2 era though.

And the idea does lower tech costs, not that I need it. It's more of a flavor thing, really.
 
70. The War for Huron

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The War for Huron

Demetrios II was now the Emperor.
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As Demetrios began his reign, the Empire was involved in two wars: one to bring Smolensk back to the true faith, and one supporting Muscowy in their takeover of Yaroslavl.
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Focused on the war, he proclaimed a newly born cousin to be his heir.
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The war with Smolensk was over quickly. As this region had proven to be difficult for the faith, it was placed under direct Imperial control for the immediate future.
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Murom had descended into complete chaos, so the Legions imposed peace and settlers arrived to establish order. And then word came that England had declared war on the Huron people. The Empire was not in contact with the Huron, but this non-peaceful interaction with a native American power was not acceptable. There was war with England, and with their allies.
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While the Cherokee armies fell immediately, the English forces out of Florida were much stronger (especially against a Legion that had been split apart to defend against rebels).
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But the Huron were able to seize the advantage of England’s distraction and seize the colony in Lenape. The Empire immediately made a formal declaration that the Huron were within their sphere of influence. Given the war, it was a gesture without much practical meaning, but it was a strong diplomatic opening.
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When VI Legio had a chance to form up, they were able to beat back a new English attack.
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The Cherokee soon saw reason and made a gesture for peace. Demetrios took it and started restoring the damaged relations between the two nations.
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Lorraine was forced to negotiate next, their carefully constructed kingdom further ripped apart.
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Dauphine was diplomatically isolated.
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And England was eventually forced to give up their alliance with the Cherokee and several colonies that had achieved self-sufficiency (the rest of their colonies having already been seized).
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Demetrios took time to sort out the ownership of the various seized colonies (the Empire did not need such far-flung lands). In the meanwhile, he sent missionaries to the Huron.
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In 1658, during this time of relative peace, Demetrios died, leaving his eight year old cousin Theodoros as heir. The resulting regency forced a change of relationship between Ukraine and the Empire. Ukraine's parliament agreed the nation would be subservient to the Empire, but they brought forth a local as their ruling Duke. The regency council for the Empire agreed, not least because much Imperial effort had been spent expanding Ukraine's borders instead of defending Imperial interests.
 
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Hey Idhrendur, long-time lurker of this story here. What is required for Muscovy to form Russia? They almost seem to be becoming similar to the Russia in OT.
 

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Awr, I was hoping to see Demetrios do more. With stats like those, he would have been awesome.
 

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Well, with those stats, I suppose it was a foregone conclusion that he would die after only a short reign. Did you make him into a general at all?
 

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Hey Idhrendur, long-time lurker of this story here. What is required for Muscovy to form Russia? They almost seem to be becoming similar to the Russia in OT.

They need to core one of their provinces (it'll happen in 1708), and conquer and core Novgorod. They seem not too eager to do so, despite having a mission even!

Awr, I was hoping to see Demetrios do more. With stats like those, he would have been awesome.

Well, with those stats, I suppose it was a foregone conclusion that he would die after only a short reign. Did you make him into a general at all?

Nope, we're past the age of Emperor's leading the legions directly. But we're entering a new and interesting age…which leaves Byzantine politics changed in some ways and not at all in others.
 
71. The Sun Emperor

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Theodoros became Emperor at age eight. A regency council ruled for him, but was of marginal competence. Being a more distant cousin, Theodoros was also not considered completely legitimate as ruler. The regency council hired Nestor Boumbalis to counter this perception.
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Meanwhile, Theodoros was sent to be raised at an estate just outside of Constantinople. The estate was little more than a hunting lodge, so it was refurbished to be a suitable palace for the young Emperor.
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In the meanwhile, the regency council expanded the core of the Imperial Bureaucracy, creating several new administrative offices that improved the efficiency of the management of the Empire.
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Finally, in April of 1665, Theodoros became Emperor in his own right.
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He began his reign by standardizing the weights and measures used throughout the Empire. No longer would traders have to learn multitudinous local measures, instead they could simply use the Imperial System. Failure to use the Imperial System with any trader would lead to a stiff fine and the potential loss of trade rights in the given town or city.
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He soon resumed the conquests that the nobles of Empire so desired. A chain of alliances came to the defense of little Luxembourg, to no avail.
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Baden was forced to sever a few alliances. Luxembourg was annexed. Livonia was forced to swear vassalage. Poland was forced to give up what few lands they had outside the region later known as the Polish Corridor, and to give up any claims to lands outside that region that they already had given up (these lands were shortly thereafter given to more appropriate powers to rule).
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During the war, Theodoros sired a son, who was named heir upon his birth.
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Also during the war, Theodoros began an interesting habit. He invited nobles in different provinces to join him at his new court at the Royal Palace where he had been raised. There he began holding elaborate court ceremonies, focused on his glory. Those nobles who most flattered him found themselves assigned to important positions or even assigned to Parliament. Those who did not found themselves marginalized. This may be thought the actions of a narcissist or megalomaniac, but in fact it was a scheme long planned by successive Emperors and passed down in secret until it could be achieved. To achieve more than a local power, a noble would have to attend court. But if a noble did so, they could not focus on their own lands. The Imperial Bureaucracy would then be able to ensure that legally and practically, the only allegiance in said lands was to the Empire. The nobles may yet have held their legal rights, but in practice, they were held tightly to Theodoros' sway. Best of all, they were so focused on drawing near to his glory that they did not even notice the loss of their power.[1]
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Although they did not greatly like that a sufficient donation from a rich merchant would see his family invited to court, Theodoros was just deft enough to play these events in a way that left everyone feeling pleased: the nobles at their court experience, and the former merchants (now 'unlanded nobles') pleased to be at court. The unlanded nobles found further advancement easy, marrying children to the children of landed nobles in need of money to maintain the fashions Theodoros kept establishing and changing. It was an expensive endeavor being at court.
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Shortly after this this time, Theodoros received word that Kexholm had given refuge and homage to the Pope. He was surprised that there was still a Pope, but he still took the ways of his ancestors and made war on the heretics.
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In the end, all of the wooing of the nobles did little to preserve Theodoros' life. If anything, the growing formal court only brought more of the typical danger his way. He died in 1669, only nineteen years old. Though short-lived, he was remembered for his glory and later for how he brought the political life of the Empire into orbit around himself. Thus his epitaph: the Sun Emperor.


[1] I added a province-level decision. For the cost of a diplomat and 10 prestige, all accepted-culture cores (of non-existent nations) in the province are removed and I get 10 cultural tradition. To fire it, I have to be at peace, have at least two diplomats, and at least 50 prestige.
 
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Well that sucks. What killed him, another hunting accident?
 

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That was a short reign...! Another long regency, eh?
 

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Konstantinos inherited the Empire while little more than an infant. In fact, the same regency council that had governed in his father's childhood reigned during his.
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The continuation of building a glorious court continued during the regency. The daily positions by which a noble could gain glory by being near the Emperor and assisting him with daily tasks were quite frankly ridiculous. Never before nor after have otherwise pompous adults been positively eager to change diapers.

During the regency, there were advances in all areas of technology. Improvements in light ships required the classification of Heavy Frigates as opposed to Frigates (the regency worked to replace the existing pirate patrols with these most advanced ships). The Legions began to use mortars during engagements.
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And the regency was able to establish itself as a permanent cabinet of close advisers, even closer (and far more politically protected) than the itinerant advisers used for six hundred years[1].
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When the Inca reorganized their government and announced themselves as the Republic of Peru, the regency eagerly approved relations, and even established a betrothal between Konstantinos and a daughter of one of the noble families ruling the new republic.
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Finally, on April 24, 1681, Konstantinos XIX came into his own.
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His first act was to declare war on both Brabant and the Netherlands in order to recover the last of the Roman Netherlands. Many nations came to Brabant's defense (a lost cause if ever there was one), but strangely no-one wanted to assist the Netherlands.
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This proved to be the most difficult war in a generation, even to the point of XIV Legio being destroyed by Scottish forces in Britannia. Still, the tide of the war was with the Empire. Konstantinos' betrothed was even safely brought to Constantinople during the war. Nevertheless, Brabant was soon forced to give up their last European land, their rulers fleeing to their one small colony in the New World.
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The Netherlands soon followed, giving up Luik, releasing Norrland, and giving up their claims to Vlaanderen.
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Parliament soon requested the conquest of Occitania. So while the other war was still raging, XVI Legio and XXII Legio were sent to annex Dauphine.
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Eventually, the Huron were forced to give their territories south of lake Ontario to the Cherokee. The Iroquois locals felt closer kinship to the Cherokee, so this was fortunate.
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Scotland was also forced to give lands to the Cherokee, as well as surrender all claims to some lands they had lost previously.
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England only lost their claims on Florida. Adal would be punished far further, however. They had grown too powerful in Africa, and must be broken apart. As the war continued, the legions adopted new line infantry tactics.
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Finally, in February of 1686, Adal released Mutapa and gave up the last of their Arabian holdings in return for peace.
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And finally, Dauphine was fully annexed. Of course, parliament was not satisfied, and insisted that the last bit of Roman Britannia be brought under Imperial sway. But there was still a truce with Scotland. So during the peace, the Emperor's cabinet administrated the Empire, and Konstantinos sired a son.
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During this time the Aztecs reformed their government and proclaimed themselves the republic of Mexico.
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Finally, restless from a lack of war, Konstantinos declared war against Polotsk for 'the good of the Empire'. Only the minor nation of Manych came to their defense.
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Polotsk was soon conquered and their lands split between Ukraine and Livonia.

The day the truce with Scotland was ended (in May on 1693), Konstantinos declared war. Bavaria joined Scotland, but this was offset by all of the Empire's allies joining as well. Bavaria soon agreed to a white peace. Then in July of 1696, Scotland agreed to not only give up the last of Wales, but to give up many of their North American holdings. Much of this was later turned over to the Huron.
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Parliament's new request was that the rest of Lombardia be recovered.
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However, Konstantinos first reformed the legions, adding yet more infantry and artillery to each legion[2]. In late 1699, the reforms were complete and Konstantinos declared war on Lorraine for Savoie. Of course, many German states rose to their defense, despite the inevitability of the war's outcome.
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[1]Infamy -1.00 per year.
[2]12 Int/6 Cav/12 Art
 
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The continuation of building a glorious court continued during the regency. The daily positions by which a noble could gain glory by being near the Emperor and assisting him with daily tasks were quite frankly ridiculous. Never before nor after have otherwise pompous adults been positively eager to change diapers.

Did they even have nappies in the 17th Century? :D
 

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I've been in my fair share of one-sided wars, both on the good and bad side. I must say, that's just a slightly one-sided war by the looks of things! :p

But who ever said war is fair now?
 

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Excellent update! I see you're going back to the Konstantinos/Konstantios standard for naming Doukas monarchs.
 

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Did they even have nappies in the 17th Century? :D

Even grosser if they don't.

I've been in my fair share of one-sided wars, both on the good and bad side. I must say, that's just a slightly one-sided war by the looks of things! :p

But who ever said war is fair now?

Most wars are at this point. Here's hoping I can make for a more interesting setup in Vic2.

Excellent update! I see you're going back to the Konstantinos/Konstantios standard for naming Doukas monarchs.

It's all up to the RNG at this point, but it does seem to be going back to its old ways.
 
73. 1700 Update

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1700 Update

From 1650 to 1700, the Empire had begun expanding again, if only a little, regaining the Roman Netherlands and Occitania.
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The greater part of the Empire's warring was to establish strong nations in the eastern Baltic regions and in the Americas.
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Both the Incas and the Aztecs had reformed their governments, proclaiming themselves Peru and Mexico respectively.
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The Cherokee and Huron had both expanded, as well.
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The church had been further unified in the Eastern Baltic, leaving just three provinces predominated by Catholics, one by Protestants, and one by Reformed Protestants.
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Africa had changed a little, but not terribly so.
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India, South-east Asia, and east Asia had changed even less. But Imperial explorers had discovered more of the eastern world in the south (in fact, they had mapped all the world's oceans), and colonists were swarming to the new land of Australia.
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The Empire had a stronger, more politically protected cabinet of advisers to the Emperor than in 1650. As well, power was more centralized, plutocrats more powerful (and more protected by the government of the Empire), peasants more free, and the legions were more defensive.
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This was the known world in 1700.
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How lovely to see the world covered in Glorious Roman Pink.:D

And dat Cherokee.:eek:
 

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In 1700, Emperor Konstantinos XIX gave greater restrictions on joint-stock companies and their operations. This increased the efficiency and competitiveness of Imperial companies, but at the cost of shutting out many new and small companies.
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And it allowed for better control of the trade across the Bosphoros.
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The war for Savoie still raged.
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As the Imperial infantry proved the worth of their line tactics, the kataphractoi responded by adjusting their tactics and weaponry to incorporate pistols into their charges, although they mainly used sabers once the range was closed.
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It took until February of 1703 before Lorraine surrendered to the inevitable. After that Sens quickly agreed to a peace, releasing much of their territory (the same often freed German regions).
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Of course, Parliament's next request was the recovery of Gallia, exactly the territory that had not been conquered. The truce with Sens was 10 years long.
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During this truce, Konstantinos fell terribly ill. During his weakness, the court managed to expel several of the unlanded nobles, though this caused disruption and dissatisfaction across the Empire.
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Bored of peace, Konstantinos declared war on all the states between Poland and Livonia, with the intention of giving their lands to Livonia. This led to more war than he expected as many allies joined in their defense.
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The minor states were soon enough absorbed, and peace made with the other nations. Meanwhile the Huron reorganized themselves as Canada. And during the peace, Konstantinos fell ill again. Again, unlanded nobles were expelled from the court during his weakness. When he recovered, he did his best to show his strength by declaring war on Scotland. The Netherlands joined them, and paid for it by losing all lands and all claims west of the Rhine.
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Scotland themselves lost all of their new world lands. With this war, they ceased to be more than a local power.
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During the following peace, Konstantinos sent a herald to Muscowy, suggesting that Andrei V Abbaghai anoint himself King of the Russians. Andrei took this suggestion heartily, and was crowned within days.
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After a long wait, in May of 1713, Konstantinos declared war on Sens for the last of Gallia. No one came to their defense. In September of 1714, they were completely annexed.
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To little surprise, Parliament asked for all of the territory west of the Rhine to be conquered. Konstantinos agreed to even this, though he recognized he needed to take some time to allow his reputation to recover if he did not wish for great instability within the Empire.
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