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Part V

Part V


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Eugene the Arch traitor, Prince of Savoy, Austrian General​


The first years of Duke Victor Amedee’s reign were calm and peaceful. Our colonies in North and South America grew and prospered, and in 1677 one of our numerous cartographic expeditions established an outpost on the island of Madagascar. One year later we discovered two small islands in the Indian Ocean, we called Mauritius and Bourbon: the first settlers arrived there only a few months later.
As religious differences became less important in these days of enlightenment, the Duke tried to improve our relations with the Huguenots, the Netherlands and various other Protestant nations (he even allowed some of their merchants to return to Liguria). But when we had to expel a radical Reformist group which called itself the Vaudois from the valleys of Piemont (they tried to establish a state in the state), this efforts were almost ruined.

The March of 1681 saw new tensions and boundary disputes between our great nation and our neighbours in Spain. This had happened several times in the last years, but this time, the Pope sided with Spain and demanded, that all Italian provinces should be placed under Spanish protection. As neither the most experienced diplomats, nor the greatest gifts could change his mind, we had to intervene. Our Italian armies drove the few mercenaries the Pope had hired away, and started to besiege Roma in July 1683. Although all European nations sent notes of protest, none of them dared to send troops to help the Holy Father. When the city of Rome fell in August 1685, the times of a sovereign Papal State were once and forever over: Naples became a Savoien province and the Pope had to accept our supremacy over Italy and the Holy City.
After this proof of his nation’s strength, Duke Victor Amedee had no problems to convince the Duke of Lorraine and Champagne to unite both nations under his just leadership. As a gesture of good will towards the Emperor, we granted independence to the German Duchy of Luxemburg. Only 3 months later, France (Berri, Bourgogne and Picardie) followed the example of Lorraine.

But not all of our neighbours were pleased with our attempts to unify France. Especially England and the Netherlands were deeply concerned. In the following months, agents of both nations brought weapons and money to the exiled Vaudois. On the 26th of February 1688 the Vaudois returned with force into Piemont, and even started to besiege Turino. The Duke immediately took command over our Italian forces and led the troops against the rebels. Although the Vaudois army with its 43.000 men outnumbered our capital’s garrison almost 3 to 1, they were no match for our disciplined and trained troops. The Vaudois rebellion was crushed, before it had begun.

During the last decade of the 17th century everything took its normal course. The stable government with its good politics led to unknown wealth throughout the realm. Especially 1694 proved to be one of the best years in Savoien history: exceptional harvests, new mines in Monterrey and several taxation reforms greatly improved our state’s income.
On New Years Day of 1699 the new Pope wisely decided to place himself under our protection, surrendering the keys of the Holy City to Duke Victor Amedee. Now only Venice and Sicily prevented the formation of an Italian kingdom. But again the focus of our monarch’s attention shifted towards France.

After improving our relations with Burgundy and the Huguenots during the last year, the Duke finally decided to restore peace and justice to France. Therefore, he decided to join Burgundy in their war against the impudent invaders from Pommern in March 1700. We easily defeated the troops those Germans had landed in Normandie, and immediately started to retake the province’s cities. But then, in August 1702, Burgundy declared war on the Netherlands, the Huguenots and Scotland. After initial successes, the Huguenots invasion of Languedoc was stopped in December of the same year by our newly formed regiments. The Reformist Scots even dared to send an expedition to Roma in the following spring (the few soldiers that survived this foolish adventure were sent to the bottom of the Mediterranean together with their fleet). As we had regained the initiative, nothing could prevent our victory. In the peace of Toulouse of April 1704, the Huguenots ceded their colonies of Santee and Maroni to Savoy; the Netherlands paid 150 pounds of gold to Burgundy. One year later, Pommern accepted a white peace. To prove his eternal gratitude, the Duke of Burgundy decided to become our vassal

Good news arrived in late 1705 from our Californian domains. A crisis in England led to severe unrest throughout British Columbia, which resulted in the defection of all English colonies to our crown (the settlers happily even adopted our superior Italian way of life). We accepted these brave men as our vassals and sent them signs of our goodwill (which were delivered by our tax collectors and missionaries of course). Our colonization of the East Coast made great progresses during these years too (Santee, Carolina and Savannah soon became some of the wealthiest regions of the whole continent).

Over the next four years our troops had to crush several rebellions, and we suspected the Netherlands of financing these rebels. Our suspicion even grew, when the Dutch Republic annexed the Huguenot’s state of Southern France. Now we had to act. The Duke again took command of our army and led the troops to the border provinces - war was declared on the 4th of August 1709. Almost nothing is to say about the following campaigns: the Duke easily crushed the resistance in the south, and then took command of our northern armies, bringing the war to Flanders, Zeeland and Holland. When the Netherlands finally signed the peace of Amsterdam, they had no choice but to accept our offer: Gascogne, Poitou and Guyenne became part of Greater Savoy, and the colony of Amapa also came under our control.

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France 1713

With many new provinces under his rule, Duke Victor Amedee had to reform the government. After he had presented the new constitution to the nobility and the free cities on the 23rd of January 1717, all knew that a time of absolute monarchical power had begun.
When Burgundy declared war on the Palatinate one year later, we saw this as a mere disturbance at first. But after three month of fighting, the Burgundian army was reduced to dust, and Austria had sided with the Palatinate. As the Duke of Burgundy had started this war without consulting our Duke, we didn’t feel obliged to fight against our imperial cousin. After we paid 200 pounds of gold as a retribution for the damage our troops had inflicted to the city of Heidelberg, the Palatinate signed a separate peace treaty in November 1718. The very moment we withdrew our forces, England declared war on Burgundy and sent its Marines to Normandie. After another 6 years of fighting, Burgundy had lost Artois and Cleve to Austria and Normandie to England.

As we felt pity for our once royal cousin, the Duke decided to take the burden of leadership from his shoulders. Burgundy became part of the Duchy of Greater Savoy on Christmas Eve 1724. Duke Victor Amedee was crowned King of France in the cathedral of Reims two days later, taking residence in Paris during the first weeks of the next years.
Soon our merchants dominated the markets of Paris. With the additional taxes from our new provinces we were able to construct several innovative weaving mills in Lombardia, Siena and Savoie in the following years (which increased our income even more).

New troubles arose in 1729, when the settlers of Olympia revolted and even defected to the crown of England. We immediately sent notes of complaint to London, but the English government decided to keep this province. The following months saw Savoien diplomats in almost all European capitols, bringing letters of friendships and gifts. England could do nothing but fear the coalition we built during the first weeks of 1730: the Netherlands, Denmark and Scotland formed a military alliance under our leadership. Entire Europe waited for the storm to come.

But when Duke Victor Amedee died on the 8th of September 1730, the war was delayed until his son Charle Emmanuel III fully was in command of our nation (and since England convinced Portugal to join its alliance with Brittany, we could need the additional time to reinforce our troops).
On the first day of 1731 our ambassador delivered our declaration of war to the King of England. All over the globe, Savoien troops attacked and defeated England and its allies: the new colonies of British Columbia were the first to fall, soon followed by the island of St. Thomas and Portuguese Senegal. We annihilated the troops of Brittany in a large battle in March and covered the whole Duchy with our troops soon thereafter. The fortresses of Normandie and Calais were taken by storm. In the following months, our troops conquered almost entire Brazil (which was completely undefended) and moved into New England after gaining the right of access through the lands of the Cherokee.
England and Portugal tried to recover during the following years, but their successes were short lived at best. When Scottish troops started to besiege London in July 1734, England had to accept its total defeat. When peace returned to land and sea, Normandie and Calais belonged to Savoy and Northumberland became a province of Scotland; Portugal had to cede several colonies in Asia to the Netherlands and paid 580 pounds of gold for the returning of their Brazilian holdings. The Duke of Brittany would be our vassal in the future.

Only 3 months later, the cities of Artois revolted against Austria and placed themselves under our protection. The imperial ambassador reminded the Duke of our own position in the Olympian dispute, when he handed the Austrian declaration of war over to Duke Charle Emmanuel.
Our allies dishonoured our victorious alliance and instead allowed Austrian troops to march trough Dutch territory, thus avoiding our strong fortifications along the Rhine. As the invaders were led by some of the greatest generals of the last decades, our northern army had to retreat after loosing several skirmishes around Brussels. Duke Charle Emmanuel immediately gathered troops in the South. But when he marched north, Austrian troops under his nephew Eugene, Prince of Savoy (who had been exiled for his arrogant and eccentric behaviour several years ago), crossed the Rhine and forced the Duke to accept battle in Lorraine.
The greatest battle of modern history began on the 7th of February 1735. Over 52.000 Savoien soldiers faced 67.000 Austrians. The battle was furious and for several days, victory was at hand. But when Prince Eugene himself led a surprising cavalry attack and captured almost our entire artillery, the day was lost. We had to retreat 1 week later. The Emperor accepted our peace offer soon thereafter: Brabant would be part of the Habsburg lands.
Over 37.000 brave Savoien soldiers paid with their lives for the treason of Eugene of Savoy. After returning to Turino, Duke Charle Emmanuel decided to confiscate all of the former Prince’s possessions and placed him under a sentence of death if he should dare to return to Savoy for even a single day. And every single man, woman and child of our entire nation hoped, he would.
 
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Excellent, we salute you our half inflated dark lord. :)

So Savoy is France now??? So you get all the excellent French events?

Kill the big white blob
 

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BBBD said:
Excellent, we salute you our half inflated dark lord. :)

So Savoy is France now??? So you get all the excellent French events?

Kill the big white blob

Well...no. I guess he is simply France in the AAR. Gamewise he is still Savoy.

EDIT: Unless he modded his game.
 

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French events of the 18th century are nothing to crow about anyway - the Big Event in the 1790s bodes ill if Savoy is France... still, it looks like only Austria and Spain stand on the same level as mighty Savoy. Time to knock them down a few pegs, methinks :)
 

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BBBD, Lurken:
Savoy didn’t become France; I just wanted to add some flavor (and His Most Christian Majesty, King of France just sounds good).

Mike von Bek, jwolf:
I share your opinion about the French events to come. The Napoleon events are nice, but I don’t need a revolution to have a megalomaniac on the throne of Savoy (actually, my current Duke was born on Corsica :) ).
Spain is no problem (their Tech is far behind European average and they have huge revolts going on). I’ll get my revenge on Austria sooner or later. But first, I’ll take care of some disturbances in my backyard.

Next update should be done till Sunday. Have a nice weekend altogether.
 

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The Suebian said:
BBBD, Lurken:
Savoy didn’t become France; I just wanted to add some flavor (and His Most Christian Majesty, King of France just sounds good).

Just as I suspected.
 

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Hi Suebian,

Congratulations on a great game with Savoy and an interesting AAR. But remember he words of undying Yoda:
"Always two there are, one master and one apprentice."
If you are ready to play our agreed Genoa vs. venice Multiplayer AAR, I am prepared.
Until then, good hunting with Savoy and Wuerttemberg and keep up the good work.
 

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Part VI

Part VI


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Skirmishing Cavalry​


Our defeat in the war of 1734 was a shock for our whole nation, and dubious characters tried to profit from our government’s apparent weakness. Peasant revolts in France in fall 1734 were soon followed by colonial uprisings in North and South America. Some treacherous nobles even tried to regain long lost privileges in 1737, but instead answering their claims they were stripped off their titles and possessions (and some of the troublemakers of lower standing even were executed).
Things calmed down when the fifth decade of the 18th century began. Our nation’s biggest problem during these days was the Comtessa di Aviola, our Duke’s favourite (her arrogant behaviour and her expensive style caused some discussion). But no one questions, that the military alliance with Venice, Albania and the Knights of St. John we entered in May 1740 was achieved with the help of her familiarly ties (the senate of Venice even decided to place itself under our protection)
With our European affairs settled and our Italian borders secured, we could focus our attention again on overseas expansion. Our naval technology made great progresses during these years, and soon the Savoien Geographic Society sent expedition to the last unknown regions of the globe. We explored the northern coast of Madagascar in spring 1744, and discovered the island of Mahe soon thereafter (the crown of Savoy claimed both territories). Some of the society’s officials proved to be corrupt, but our efficient bureaucracy (yes, indeed) took care of them. In 1748 our brave sailors even discovered an entire new continent, we called Australis Sabaudiae.

In the view of our great discoveries, even Venice had to admit that Savoien ships ruled over the waves of the Mediterranean. Now even this proud republic couldn’t stand against our noble goal to unify Italy: the Venetian domains finally became part of Greater Savoy in June 1750. We now ruled over mainland Italy, great parts of the Adria and Greece and over all islands in the eastern Mediterranean (except Rhodes). Albania tried to use this great moment of history to enforce old claims against Ragusa. The Duke could see no future with an alliance, that couldn’t get settled on boundary issues and decided to leave it some months later.
Instead we accepted an invitation of Sicily to join them in their alliance with Spain. As Spain wouldn’t accept our leadership of the alliance, Sicily remained the official head – the island kingdom became a vassal of our great nation instead (especially their possessions in Macedonia profited by the additional guard our troops in Greece provided against the Turks).

At first, Spain seemed to be a strong ally, but soon the problems of this nation became obvious. The never ending unrests in Vendee ended dramatically in June 1751, when the province declared its independence from Spain as “Kingdom of France”. Although not asked to follow Spain in a war to end this uprising, we couldn’t tolerate such impudence. Our troops crushed the rebellion only 8 months after it had begun (Vendee remained in our possession to cover the expenses we have had). After only another 10 months, great parts of Spanish Mesoamerica declared their independence, forming a nation they called Columbia. Again the proud Spanish king wanted to settle the issue alone, and this time we honoured his wishes. Then some North American colonies around the Chesapeake Bay broke away from their Iberian motherland in August 1755, calling themselves United States of America. Again the rulers in Madrid denied our help. But this time, the rebels allied with some of our discontent nobles we had exiled to Carolina, and tried to overthrow our local governor in a spontaneous colonial uprising. After crushing this ridiculous attempt to spread their vile ideas of democracy, our regiments moved in US territory - after 3 months we were in control of the whole region. But our victories didn’t matter, when the proud Spanish king ordered our troops to leave “his” country. The Duke followed the wishes of his royal cousin, and signed a peace with the Continental Congress. In the future, Savoien regiments would be stationed throughout the country to ensure the rights of loyal Spanish subjects.
Needless to say, that Spain wasn’t able to regain control in its American possessions. Madrid had to grant independence to Columbia and the United States in 1760.

Again Greater Savoy had to admit, that some of its allies were weak and a never ending source of troubles. And again the Duke decided to end this alliance. Sicily shared our point of view and decided, to share the future of our great nation. When our Duke was crowned King of Sicily on the first day of 1761, the old dream of a unified Italy had become true. Charle Emmanuel was declared King of Italy one day later. After returning to Turino, the Duke crowned himself Emperor of Savoy (with the Pope’s approval of course).
But as Charle Emmanuel knew, that envy follows every triumph, one of his first decisions as Emperor was, to improve the quality and organisation of our army. Paris, Roma and Turino soon became centres of conscription for the Imperial Army, and new shipyards were built in Normandie and Venice to equip our fleet with new battleships. We even fortified our most remote colonies, like those in Australia.

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Terra Australis Sabaudiae 1761

To finance all these reforms, the Emperor had to introduce new taxes and to straighten the government during the following years, which caused severe unrest in the colonies and revolts in France. But all critics were calmed, when Denmark declared war on our vassals in Brittany in March of 1767. The situation even worsened, when we learned, that Maria Theresia of Austria supported Denmark (we never accepted her claims to the Austrian throne). During the next months, Brittany’s forces were mercilessly crushed by the overwhelming Danish and German troops. The Duke of Brittany finally ceded Armor and Bretagne to Austria in October of 1769, but even this could not prevent Denmark from annexing the rest of his realm 2 months later.
Entire Europe knew that we couldn’t tolerate these acts of barbarism and injustice. But again the Duke’s heart seemed to triumph over his reason. Although Charle Emmanuel was old of age, he made Carolina Baronesse de Montfleur his new mistress in spring 1770. As Lady de Montfleur had close ties to the court of Vienna and influenced the Duke to negotiate with Maria Theresia, peace seemed secured.

This changed when Charle Emmanuel died on the 20th of February in 1773. His son, Victor Amedee III, was ill-tempered, impolite and favoured the aggressive style of the cavalry commander he was. The new Emperor exiled the Baronesse to Cap Verde on the very day of his enthronization, aborting the negotiations with Austria one day later. The time of national mourning (as Charle Emmanuel was a popular monarch, this lasted for one whole month – some people even thought of him as a saint and established a kind of pilgrimage site in Lyon 4 years later) was used to gather the regiments under the imperial banner.
On the 20th of March the new Emperor changed his black mourning robes against the blue uniform of an imperial field marshal and declared war on Denmark (after announcing a new alliance with Albania and Russia).
The generals had received their orders for this day several weeks ago, and now executed them as planned. The few regiments Denmark and Austria left defending Brittany were overrun, and the weak fortifications were taken by storm. As our new Atlantic fleet controlled the channel (and defeated the Danish navy again and again), this flank was secured after only 5 months of fighting. As we had conquered Danish Bearn and several colonies in Western Africa simultaneously, Denmark accepted a separate peace on the 5th of November, returning Morbihan to the Kingdom of France.
Good news arrived from the northern front, where our troops met no resistance and started to besiege Luxemburg and Brussels. On the Adriatic theatre of war, the Venetian regiments had taken Istria by storm (now moving on towards the cities of Krain, while regiments from Dalmatia, Ragusa and Macedonia besieged the fortresses of the Balkan.
We could achieve these successes, because Austria had decided to concentrate its troops in Tyrol, Alsace and Swiss. Attacks were followed by counter-attacks, which were followed by skirmishes of light cavalry. The bloody fighting lasted till the beginning of 1774, when our brave Italian forces achieved some decisive victories. Now the door to the Austrian heartland was open. When word arrived in Vienna, that our troops assaulted the mountain fortresses of Tyrol and Styria, the Austrian generals saw only one opportunity to save Vienna and win the war: a swift campaign against our capitol of Turino with their only remaining greater army in Alsace. But this was exactly what Emperor Victor Amedee had them expected to do. After the Austrian forces had crossed the Rhine in March, they moved south. But repeated attacks of our light cavalry made them avoid the mountain passes of Franche Comte. Instead, they decided to cross Bourgogne and invade our homelands from the west.
Now the fly finally entered the spider’s web. Near Dijon, the Emperor himself faced the Austrian army with our main forces and forced them to accept a battle. The few German soldiers, that survived this bloodbath on the 8th of June, were mercilessly persecuted and killed to the last man by our Hussars.

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The “Grande Armee” of Savoy

Maria Theresia rejected the peace we offered immediately after this great day. But when she heard, that Victor Amedee moved westward to besiege Vienna after we had gained control of Tyrol and Styria, even this proud woman had to beg for peace on the 4th of July 1774. Although a man of many bad abilities, the Emperor showed mercy with a beaten enemy: he was content with the control of Armor, Bretagne and Istria (and 540 pounds of gold) – Swiss, Tyrol, Styria, Krain, Luxemburg, Brabant, Serbia and Kosovo would remain Austrian.

After the Albanian king saw, that we were able to defend our domains even against the Austrian empire, he accepted our supremacy in the Adriatic region and decided to become our vassal only 1 month after our historic victory.
Russia declared war on Crimea in October, and we decided to follow our noble allies against those heathens. No one was more surprised than Victor Amedee himself, when news of the fall of our city Azow arrived 10 months later. After consulting his court historians, he had to learn, that this remote domain once belonged to Venice. The Emperor was confident, that our Russian allies could handle the matter alone and signed a peace in April 1776, ceding Azow to Crimea. Russia and Albania kept fighting for another year, when Crimea finally had to surrender: Azow, amongst other cities, now obeyed the Tsar.
But Moscow wasn’t satisfied yet, and declared war on Sweden in 1780. Our admiralty saw this as a great opportunity to test our ship’s new and sturdier hulls in stormy northern waters. The battles we fought against the Swedish navy in the following months were nothing more than manoeuvres and crew exercises. When peace was signed in 1782 (Sweden lost some unimportant territories around Novgorod), all of our ships returned to the ports of Normandie.
After this little adventure in the north, Victor Amedee turned his attention toward the southern parts of his realm. After he saw, that only the little kingdom of Albania stood between us and the complete control of the Adria, he demanded the subjugation of this tiny realm on 19th of July in 1783. The King of Albania could do nothing but accept our (more or less) kind offer. As the Emperor had no ambitions to fight Austria over the control of the Balkans (for now), he granted independence to Walachia and Moldavia. This seemed to calm down even Maria Theresia, and both empires re-established royal ties only few months later.

With Western Europe once and forever secured and an unmatched colonial empire, almost everything seemed possible.
 
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jwolf:
HRE and Emperor of Autria would be nice. But their are other titles I prefer. Just wait for the final update.

tezzeldrix:
Thanks. May I advice you to remember the words of Darth Vader: "... now I am the master" :) . I've to admit I couldn't insert the word "undying" in the sentence above. Should that bother me? Ts, ignorance is a virtue.
Genoa vs. Venice: can't wait to start it. Who writes the AAR?
Good luck with Morocco.
 

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Excellent, soon nothing with stop you, except the Chinese!

No only joking, but please treat Australia right, via L'Emperor!
 

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Excellent. Great progress and I liked your explanations of events from the point of view of the Savoien court, for example, the Emperor deciding policy based on his latest hot mistress. :wacko:

I wonder what goals you have for the endgame period. I look forward to some real fireworks!
 

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Thanks again to all of you.
First I thought about vassalizing Spain or something like that; but then I cosulted my history books and now... . You`ll see.

Savoien Australia is quite normal. Once I had Swiss Jamaica, can you imagine THAT :) ?

I finished the game yesterday, but I don`t have time to write for the rest of the week. Next update on Sunday (maybe).
 

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Where's our update *clap, clap, clap* Where's our update *clap, clap, clap*
Where's our update *clap, clap, clap* Where's our update *clap, clap, clap*

No serious I want an update cause this AAR kicks ass, but then if you update more it will then end and that is sad. So have you choosen who you will do your next AAR about? :)
 

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Sorry folks, I didn`t have any time to write this weekend, so you'll have to wait for antother 2-3 days.

Mike von Bek:
Monster? Strange, that's excactly what my "friends" say about me :) .

BBBD:
Glad to see you enjoy it. I've already started playing the next AAR - same style, more narrative elements. The nation? Let's just say it`s going to be patriotic... .
 

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Apr 11, 2005
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Part VII

Part VII


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As everybody knew, that the truce between the Tsar and Sweden would be short lived at best, none of our court’s advisors was surprised to hear about new fighting in the High North. The Swedish King finally declared war on Russia in March 1584, and again our ships set sails for the Baltic Sea and soon controlled its icy waves. But this war should be decided far from the coastline. The fighting and the harsh winters of the years to come caused terrible losses on both sides, but finally Swedish troops encircled Moscow in July 1489. The Tsar, a prisoner in his own capital, returned control over all the territories he had gained during the last war few months later – even the successes of our expeditionary forces in Southern Sweden couldn’t change his mind.
Victor Amedee had no love for this kind of weakness. When Russia claimed supremacy of South Eastern Europe one year later, he decided to bring this alliance to an end.

Without warmongering allies, the Savoien people could live in peace for almost 2 decades. Our colonies in the whole world grew and prospered, last but not least due to the numerous governmental and taxation reforms of Victor Amedee’s last years on the throne. When he died in October 1796, his son Charle Emmanuel II inherited a rich and well organized Empire. But the new Emperor’s reign only lasted 6 short years: he died in June 1802 of malaria (Charle Emmanuel was the first Savoien monarch to visit our colonies, but he never recovered from the mysterious fever he got after a trip to our Amazonian outposts).

His son and successor was crowned Emperor Victor Emmanuel I on the 8th of June 1806. Even the most loyal nobles of the realm had to admit, that their new monarch lacked the greatness of his ancestors. Modern politics were too confusing and intriguing for his romantic soul. Sometimes Victor Emmanuel abandoned his royal duties for several weeks, living completely in the world of his history books. Some called the Emperor insane, some spoke of a political crisis. Luckily, the realms high chancellor (an ambitious man from Corsica called Napoleon Bonaparte, who made career in the Imperial Army) and his excellent ministers took care of our nation’s interests. When we formed a new alliance of eternal friendship and military help with Austria in May 1807 many doubted, that the Emperor really understood the treaties he was signing.

But the year 1809 should change the world’s opinion about our nation’s ruler. It all started with Oman declaring war on Spain (which held some provinces on the Arabian Peninsula since the days of its gone greatness) in January. At first, no one in Europe seemed interested in this conflict over a hand full sand. This even didn’t change, when Tlemcen and the Mamelukes joined arms with Oman one month later – although weakened, Spain was still a major power and without doubt able to take care of the situation.
But then Victor Emmanuel of Savoy called for an assembly o the estates. Curiosity was mixed with concern, when the Emperor himself spoke before his realm’s nobles. He spoke about every good Christian’s duty to help his brothers fight the Heathen. He spoke about the sacred traditions of his own house as Defender of the True Faith. He spoke about the millions of Christian Greeks still living under the merciless rule of the Ottoman Sultans. He spoke about his family’s ties with the houses of Lousignon and Anjou and about the only crown his great ancestors couldn’t regain yet. He spoke about the Kingdom of Jerusalem. And he spoke about a new crusade.

When Victor Emmanuel finished his speech, everybody felt, that our nation would fulfil its destiny in the following months. The Empire of Savoy declared war on the Mamelukes and the Ottomans the very next day. Soon, thousands volunteered to be part of this last crusade.
Within the next two weeks our fleet controlled the eastern part of the Mediterranean and the Ionian Sea, sending dozens of enemy ships to the bottom of the ocean. And finally, on the 13th of July, our troops set foot on the Holy Land, reaching the walls of Jerusalem only some days later.
The honour to lead the assault was granted to the regiments guarding Rome and the Pope in times of peace. The Holy City’s outdated fortifications were taken by storm by “The Holy Fist”, and on the 14th of August, after 622 years under Muslim reign, Jerusalem was again Christian. The Emperor immediately ordered the construction of a great palace, to have a suitable residence for his declaration as King of Jerusalem.

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The crusade begins

Only 3 three days later, our Marines took Beirut, and soon the forces we transferred from Cyprus controlled the entire Lebanon. Attacked from north and south, the enemy’s forces in Samaria had to surrender in the last days of September. Small detachments crossed the Jordan River and headed for Damascus, while our main forces marched to the Sinai and further towards Cairo – we controlled the whole Levant until the end of the year 1809.

Good news arrived from the European theatre of war during the first days of 1810. Our troops crushed the weak Turkish opposition during the first weeks of the campaign and, as our fleet controlled the Ionian Sea, no reinforcements could reach the besieged Ottoman strongholds. One after one, the fortresses in Bulgaria and Rumelia fell, and finally, on the 11th of January 1810 our Venetian regiments conquered Constantinople. When our Greek armies took Smyrna 2 weeks later, the final battle against the Turks was unavoidable. The Sultan had gathered 80.000 men around his capitol of Bursa, awaiting our attack. He didn’t have to wait for long: on the evening of the 24th of March, the Sultan was dead, his army destroyed and Bursa conquered by Savoien troops. The once mighty Ottoman Empire now begged for peace, offering all their European territories and Smyrna.

The war in Egypt reached its end in April 1810. After conquering Cairo and Alexandria, the remnants of our expeditionary force (as few as some10.000 men) faced the Mamelukes main army (over 45.000 riders). But as the Muslim cavalry was almost useless in the swampy Delta of the mighty Nile, and our rifles and cannons were superior in reach and power, the victory was ours. When our reinforcements arrived several days later, the Mamelukes accepted the creation of the new Kingdom of Jerusalem as dominion of the Empire of Savoy.

The years that followed the Last Crusade, the years before the Great War, were years of peace. The conversion of the Levantine provinces was slow but steady, and our nation’s reputation among its neighbours reached unknown heights.
In 1817, Spain joined or Holy Alliance with Austria, uniting the whole Catholic world under our leadership (Poland was vassal of Austria, Portugal was vassal of Spain). When Austria declared war on the Netherlands, Scotland and Denmark in June 1818, the Great War for the one and only True Faith had begun. Emperor Victor Emmanuel saw the opportunity to finally crush the Protestant heresy and declared war on Sweden and England in the same week.

Great battles were fought, and great victories were won. Ireland and the Netherlands were soon conquered and regained for the Catholic Faith. Christmas 1819 would be celebrated in Westminster Cathedral. But his, is another story.

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Savoien possessions in 1819:
Europe: all Italian, French and Greek provinces, Brittany, Dalmatia, Istria, Albania
Asia: the Levant
Africa: Cape Verde, Louga, Madagascar, Mahe, Bourbon, Mauritius
South America: Windward Islands, Guyana coast and whole Amazonia
North America: Bermudas, Bahamas, the cotton states, west coast from Aztec border to Yukon
Australia: Australia and New Zealand
Pacifica: Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii
 
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