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Letter to Stefan I of Poland - 1474

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In Christ, Elizabeth I, by GOD invested Queen of England, France, Scotland, Ireland and Norway to
Stefan I of the house Lichnowsky, by GOD invested King of Poland.


The alliance between our two great nations is strong and shall withstand the the ages. To strengthen this bond between England and Poland We suggest to join our families in marriage. Our daughter, Jane Talbot is of marriageable age as is Your son Henryk. If You Shall accept this marriage proposal then we hope the ceremony will be held in Warsaw within the next three months.

I, Lord Chancellor Robert of Huntingdon made this document and subscribed it with my own hand.

Us, Elizabeth I of England, signed this document with our own sigil and subscribed it with our own hand.

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Annemarie was still mourning over loss of her sister. She blamed the gods for doing this for her. She had spent the last months mourning her sister, and the years before that mourning her father. Yet she knew she had to stay strong. The world has trying to break her, but she had to resist. The Gods want to kill her, yet she had to stand her ground. She can trust no one, and no one should trust her. The Morgans are going to rise like a phoenix, and Annemarie will be the reason.

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Chapter 10 - An unexpected War

Robert of Huntingdon, leader of the Foxes, must have surely been happy when he was told that his faction was now the most influential in the realm. However, the balance of power was at risk due to the wolves low influence.
After the Small Council had green-lighted Oliver Talbot's military reform, it was turned into law. Queen Elizabeth was slightly surprised that nobody opposed the law as it was going to make it much harder to recruit new leaders given that they had to undergo extensive military training prior to their appointment.


Meanwhile news spread from Eastern Europe to Britain that the Russian merchant republic of Novgorod was no more - Feodosiy Demidov had overthrown the republic and established a dictatorship instead.
Chancellor of Huntingdon suggested to take advantage of the situation in Eastern Europe and to establish an alliance with Lithuania for defensive purposes. On 10 March 1474, the treaty was signed in London by of Huntingdon and his Lithuanian colleague.


Later that month, Wilhem Hayk, who had left Portsmouth, sailed past Iberia and eventually the Azores to go back to Ceylon. However, the map he had drawn as not accurate and so he sailed North-West after reaching the Azores instead of South-West. He got lost and with luck managed to return to Europe, docking in the port of Cork.
While Hayk was lost somewhere in the Atlantic, the Queen appointed Bishop Wells of York as advisor for religious matters. Cardinal Bedford who used to hold that position had disappeared from London and so the position had been vacant. She was hoping that Wells could provide spiritual guidance to the royal family. One of Wells's first tasks as advisor was to organize the coronation ceremony of the Queen in York. Commander of the Forces Talbot had suggested that the Queen should adopt the titles of Queen of Scotland, Norway and France.



Before the coronation took place, the people of Austria celebrated the death of Mehmet II who had been succeeded by his son Ahmed I as ruler of the Ottoman Empire. Austria had not forgotten the many war crimes that had been committed by Ottoman soldiers.
On July 11 1474, Elizabeth was then crowned by Bishop Wells. Some believe that this honor should have been given to the archbishop. However, it was an open secret that the Queen and Archbishop John Bourchier did not get along too well. This was quite surprising given the positive relationship that Elizabeth had with John's father James.
Most of the guests had no clue that Elizabeth was also to be crowned as Queen of France. This was kept as a secret until the very last moment to reduce the collateral damage of this event. However, the damage was already done. The Stuarts of Scotland were deeply angered and so were the Norwegians but the most forceful reaction came from France: Nicolas I de Valois had called for war! The French are a proud people so maybe this reaction could have been foreseen but it wasn't. The declaration of war came at a most surprising moment, given that the French were embroiled in a war with Aragon and Venice. England was also caught off guard because no armies were stationed in the French region at the time that war had been declared.


Chancellor of Huntingdon and Diplomat Mordaunt sent letters for call to arms to Madrid, Warsaw and Vilnius. None of England's allies refused to join the war. Elizabeth was hopeful of a victory.
General Talbot who was also Duke of Normandy, decided to lead the defense himself. He departed from Cornwall with an army of 21.000 men and set sail towards Caux. A small army remained in England in case Scotland was to enter the war. Daniel Hudson was given the orders by the commander of the forces tor remain in Scandinavia in case of a Norwegian uprising.
Furthermore, Elizabeth asked the master of coin to collect war taxes for a period of at least two years in order to have enough funds to supply the armed forces.


Once the fleet arrived Caux, Talbot gave the orders to lay siege on Paris with the main army while simultaneously single infantry regiments attacked a few of the nearby unfortified provinces. Paris was undefended and so the siege engineers began to bombard the city walls.
Austrian forces defeated together with troops from Naples an Austrian army at the Battle of Lyonnais. Naples, ruled by the King of Aragon, was at war with the Valois due to the war with their overlord. It seemed Nicolas I overestimated the capabilities of his military. The initial phase of the war did not go well for him, despite crushing some of the single infantry regiments that were given the task to occupy Cambrai.


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Nicolas I wanted to surprise the English by landing his army in Britain. The French fleet was spotted at the coast of Glamorganshire. The province seemed doomed but the Royal Navy arrived just in time to crush the French fleet - all 16 enemy ships were sent to the ground of the St. George's Channel. England rules the waves!
This triumph once again proved the naval superiority of the Royal Navy which lost not a single ship in that encounter.

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While the siege of Paris was going on, the French tried multiple times to occupy Caux but Talbot's troops defeated the tiny armies that France sent every time. Talbot did not even leave the siege as he saw no danger in those armies.
In October 1474, the French made another attempt against England. Nicolas I led the French army to Paris and almost managed to defeat General Talbot. Only the Austrian reinforcements saved the English army and therefore the siege continued.
Meanwhile in London, Chancellor of Huntingdon was pleased that the construction of his paper mill had been completed after initial complications which had prolonged the construction time.


Wilhem Hayk left Cork again in December 1474. With the French navy destroyed, the sea route to Ceylon seemed safe. Wilhem Becket joined him on this journey after the Crown had agreed to take a loan to found his expedition. Hopefully, Becket will succeed in establishing trading connections with Ceylon and the Indian kingdoms.
Becket sailed westwards and was hoping that Hayk would find the route to Ceylon again after his last expedition was quite frankly a failure.


At the Battle of Nemours, Austria once more took care of a French army, forcing them to retreat. The siege engineers finally breached the wall of Paris. Hopefully, the garrison would surrender rather soon than later.
Elizabeth was now more confident than ever before that the victory over France was certain. Talbot shared her opinion and ordered General Hudson back from Trondheim.
Hudson returned to Edinburgh to prepare the long overdue invasion of Scotland.


Conquistador Becket arrived safe and sound in India in late March 1475 and by April he had stepped foot on Indian soil. The terrain was tropical and the area unsettled. He had expected India to be more populated. "Time to find a large city to connect with the Indian people", said Becket to his exploration team. He was confident to find an Indian king or sultan in due time. After all, he heard stories and tales about India's riches.
In May, General Hudson attacked Scotland with the Queen's permission. To affirm Elizabeth's claim on Scotland, House Stuart had to be destroyed. At the Battle of Fife, Hudson scored the first victory over the Stuarts. Shortly after, he annihilated the survivors at the Battle of Aberdeen. Scotland was no threat anymore. Unfortunately, Hudson got slightly injured in the battle.


William Becket had severe difficulties finding and sort of civilization in what was supposed to be India. He was constantly lost and lacked the necessary orientation to determine where he actually was, often getting lost in the woods. The more he explored, the more doubts he had. Was he really in India? Did Wilhem Hayk drop him off at the wrong location? Hayk himself was not exploring the hinterlands of India. He was trying to find a port to conduct some trade but he found nothing, nothing but the Ocean.


After more than 420 days, the siege engineers reported that Paris finally surrendered. Talbot had occupied the French capital and repelled the French. He was a true hero in England, unlike Hayk who had once again returned empty-handed from his expedition failing to discover any Indian ports. The Queen started to have serious doubts about whether Hayk had discovered Ceylon or not. She was tempted to send the Indian girl, Alyssa, with him back to what he claimed was India but Alyssa had been sent to Shetland by Ximeno.
The Queen was ready to fund one last expedition to India to give Hayk the chance to establish trading connections when William Becket sent word on his trips to the interiors he failed to find any sort of civilisations but in Inhambupe he made a most interesting discover: He found natives! They spoke an incomprehensible language and seemed very primitive. He wondered if these were part of one of the mighty Indian kingdoms that Alyssa had mentioned in one of her tales about her homeland but on second thought was convinced that they weren't. He was in a strange place but it was not India. Becket succeeding in capturing two native specimen and sent them back to England once a supply ship reached his camp. One for the master of coin and one for the Queen, maybe the Crown had use for them, thought Becket, after all the Queen seemed to like that savage girl from India, Alyssa.
The Chancellor reported that England underwent some technological advancements in December 1475. These led to the development of better docks which the Crown used to build seven new barques of the English merchant marine.




On 7 January 1476 while the war with the French was still going on, Princess Jane Talbot was married to Henryk Lichnowsky who was ther heir to the Polish throne. The marriage took place in Warsaw and Jane stayed with her new husband in Poland.
Pope Hadrianus approved of this marriage and promoted Bishop Wells to a cardinal. York was now the seat of a cardinal again.
Later tha month, the Royal Diplomatic Corps negotiated a peace treaty with Nicolas I de Valois in the occupied French capital. Nicolas I was publicly humiliated and agreed to return Armagnac to England, next to paying over 300 ducats as war reparations. The money was used to repay the outstanding loan to the Medici Bank.
House Valois's reputation suffered from this loss. After all, they were the aggressors in this war. Talbot did very well in defeating Baguette.


While Talbot was receiving all the praises for the war against the French, Hudson was supervising the siege of Aberdeen. He had high hopes that the realm would return to peace soon.
Meanwhile in the unknown world, Becket continued making contact with the native savages. In Alagoas, he encountered a friendly tribe. Despite not understanding their language, he conducted a trade with them, giving them some castle-forged pikes in return for food. He also agreed to help them slaying some wild beast.
Becket stayed with the tribes of Alagoas for many weeks and picked up a few words of their language. He was mostly impressed by the golden jewelry that some of the savages were wearing. Maybe there were treasures to find in this undiscovered world? In late March 1476, a supply ship reached his camp. The captain told him that the two natives that he had previously sent to the capital proved to be most useful. With their help, they determined that this was not India. Unfortunately, the natives died the following winter already due to poor health.
Becket gave the captain a sealed letter for the small council which informed it of his intention to go searching for treasures in the New World.


In April, Daniel Hudson was happy to report that Aberdeen had fallen! The garrison surrendered after 325 days of siege. Food shortages had forced them to surrender.
With the occupation of Aberdeen, Elizabeth demanded the full annexation of Scotland. Diplomat Mordaunt had the honor of bringing the Stuarts her demands but he was too late. James II and his wife Annemarie had committed suicide before Mordaunt had arrived. Scotland was now an integral part of the realm!
The treasury of Scotland was plundered and the ducats used to build religious buildings such as churches and chapels in Gascogne and Essex.


As ambassador, Mordaunt received word from Austria about a 17.000 men strong revolt of Linzer noblemen. Unacceptable! To support Austria, Hudson left Britain to support the Austrians, given that their army was far too small to defeat the rebels. However, seven days after the departure, Hudson died on board of a ship on 27 May 1476. A sad day for the country. Hudson was given a state funeral in Canterbury for his great accomplishments. He was a loyal man through and through. His county went to his son Graham.
After the funeral of Daniel Hudson, Elizabeth left for Iberia. Her close ally, Juan II, had passed away and Juan's brother Enrique had invited her for the funeral.
By the time Elizabeth arrived, Enrique IV was already crowned King of Castile but she was not too late for the funeral. Enrique had no children and so the country lacked a legitimate heir. Dejà-vu.


The treasure hunt of William Becket was still going on. So far he had found nothing of value but he had stumbled over a native tribe which called itself Tupinamba. Tupinamba was slightly more advanced that the natives he met in Alagoas.
Wilhem Hayk had also some success. He finally found a harbor in the New World! Actually he found two harbors. The tribal nations of Carib and Arawak both maintained a small outpost. However, when he got closer they turned hostile and were not interested in trade at all. This supported the theory that Hayk had not discovered India. Despite that, Hayk enjoyed a good reputation. The Queen respected him for his courage of exploring these lands. He was a valuable member of the English Royal Trading Company - that was for sure.


England's newest ally, Lithuania, defeated her rival Muscovy in October 1476 forcing the Muscovites to cede four provinces to them. Lithuania ruled the east.
Two weeks later, it was the 9th of November, Elizabeth had only recently returned from Madrid, she received a letter from her daughter Jane. The King of Poland had passed away and Jane was now Queen of Poland because her husband Henryk had succeeded his father as his natural heir.
Elizabeth lived in a time in which thrones passed hands very fast. She was slightly worried that someone might try to steal her throne in this game of thrones.


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I thank you for your contributions in the war against Nicolas I. For your deeds, I grant you control of the the title Count of Normandy. I signed a decree which states that the province is no longer a crown-land.

~ Elizabeth Talbot, Queen of England, Queen of France, Queen of Scotland, Queen of Norway, Archduchess of Austria, Duchess of Aquitaine
 

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Graham Hudson received the news of his fathers death but a day after it.
For all the talk Daniel did, dying on a boat was surely not the way his father wanted to go.
Donning his finest robes, he and his mother and sister left for Cantebury for his father's funeral. It was raining,
How cliche.
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London, June 15, 1476

His mother was weeping, his young sister, Alyssa, who had hardly even met her father, look confused.
He though about the greater implications, who would replace his father? Not as count of Cornwall, for of course, he would. But General Talbot, for what he is, cannot take the role of both Daniel and himself.


Name: Graham Hudson (4,5,1 Genius, Wise, Impatient)
Birth date : 6 Apr 1450
Religion: Catholic
Class: Noble, inheriting Cornwall
Biography: His father, renowned general Daniel Hudson had always raised him to be warrior. Well, tried at least. Graham had never had much interest in warfare. Especially, now, where did fighting for his country get his father? Dead. No, Daniel had a knack for intrigue. A plotter? Perhaps. Graham's scheming did bring Count Morgan to justice, and he had been working to spread his influence over the Breton territories, of which his father conquered many years ago.

Graham shared not his father's hatred for the French, But he had his own ambitions in France.
 
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The sun was shining through the window of his chambers, but William Benjamin Briggs was so very cold. He shivered and pulled the blankets tighter. He'd been bed-ridden for weeks now, too tired and sickly to leave the room. His body ached, and the wounds he had taken during the joust long ago plagued him now more than ever. He spent his days sleeping, too exhausted to do anything of note. This day was no exception. Rolling over in his bed, he groaned with discomfort and let himself drift back to sleep. Unlike the many times before, he did not awaken from this slumber.

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Name: Walter William Briggs
Birth-Date: 1 January 1450
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Biography: The only son of William Benjamin Briggs, he inherited his father's title of Earl of Marches upon his death. A generous man that greatly cares for his subjects, Walter spends much of his time in his earldom ensuring the welfare of his people and that they are fairly treated under the just rule of law. The later years of his father's life had a profound effect on his as a boy, giving him a cynical view of court and an unwillingness to trust others. He is much more militarily-inclined than his father, having spent many years training with the garrison at Marches's fort and learning skills such as horse-riding, swordsmanship, and archery.
 
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((to Graham Hudson))
You are hereby appointed as Duke of Wales for your father's loyalty to the Crown and his service in the Royal Army as general. I understand that you are not a man who favors military but I urge you to consider a military career anyways. With the death of your father, the country will soon run into a shortage of skilled military men. After all, General Talbot is getting old as well.

Attached with this letter, is a map of your new duchy drawn by one of my personal cartographers. I hope you take my advice and join the military.



~ Elizabeth Talbot, Queen of England, Queen of France, Queen of Scotland, Queen of Norway, Archduchess of Austria, Duchess of Aquitaine
 

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You are hereby appointed as Duke of Wales for your father's loyalty to the Crown and his service in the Royal Army as general. I understand that you are not a man who favors military but I urge you to consider a military career anyways. With the death of your father, the country will soon run into a shortage of skilled military men. After all, General Talbot is getting old as well.

Attached with this letter, is a map of your new duchy drawn by one of my personal cartographers. I hope you take my advice and join the military.



~ Elizabeth Talbot, Queen of England, Queen of France, Queen of Scotland, Queen of Norway, Archduchess of Austria, Duchess of Aquitaine
My queen,
I am honoured, but unfortunately I cannot follow in my fathers footsteps, but I will support England and your majesty in any way I can. I promise that, I will find another way to support the armed forces as well. I recommend James Poole, a good friend of my father and his most trusted man as his replacement, should you be unable to find a good man for the position.
Duke Hudson
 

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I ask that I may be able to join the Wolves. I maybe a lady, but I consider myself to be pretty good with a sword. Should you permit my entry, I ask that I be a captain in one of the many regiments of the English Army

Annemarie Morgan/SPOILER]
 
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I ask that I may be able to join the Wolves. I maybe a lady, but I consider myself to be pretty good with a sword. Should you permit my entry, I ask that I be a captain in one of the many regiments of the English Army

Annemarie Morgan/SPOILER]
((A Woman General!?!?!?))
Soon after being laid to rest, Daniel is already turning in his grave
 
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((A Woman General!?!?!?))
Soon after being laid to rest, Daniel is already turning in his grave
((I think it was rare that women became generals but not impossible. The French woman Joan d'Arc comes to my mind as a female general for example before the EU IV timeline.
Then there also scripted vanilla event that spawns female generals, including for Spain Ines de Suarez and for France the OP Julie d'Aubigny who has 4 siege skill.))
 

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I have downloaded the mods which do not work with me.
Each time I click on the factions icon (the one which replaces the Parliament one), I get CTD.
What can I do to fix the problem?
 

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I have downloaded the mods which do not work with me.
Each time I click on the factions icon (the one which replaces the Parliament one), I get CTD.
What can I do to fix the problem?
((Have you enabled the mod, as in do you run the mod while loading the save game? If the mod is not running then you will get a CTD when clicking on the faction icon.
Another issue could be that you have not unzipped the mod. In order for it to work you have to unzip the mod and place it in the EU IV mod folder.))
 

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I did some cleaning in my mods file (notably disabling Better Font mod which seemed not to be compatible) and it works.
Thank you.
 

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((Letter to all small council members))
Gentlemen,
As you are most likely aware, rulers are dying like flys these days which could open the opportunity for the royal family to install a royal family member on the throne of Castile, given that Enrique IV is old and has no heir.
I want you to give me advice on how we can achieve this goal. After all, I pay you for providing me with advice. Who would object to such a move? Would the people of Castile approve? Is the military strong enough to defend England and Castile?

~ Elizabeth Talbot, Queen of England, Queen of France, Queen of Scotland, Queen of Norway, Archduchess of Austria, Duchess of Aquitaine
 

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((To CoF Talbot))
I thank you for your contributions in the war against Nicolas I. For your deeds, I grant you control of the the title Count of Normandy. I signed a decree which states that the province is no longer a crown-land.

~ Elizabeth Talbot, Queen of England, Queen of France, Queen of Scotland, Queen of Norway, Archduchess of Austria, Duchess of Aquitaine
Your Majesty,
I thank you for your generosity and I promise to serve you loyally until my dying breath. I would also like to say that I hope our next war with France will end with your rightful place upon the pretender's throne.
Oliver Talbot, Commander of the Forces and Duke of Normandy.

I ask that I may be able to join the Wolves. I maybe a lady, but I consider myself to be pretty good with a sword. Should you permit my entry, I ask that I be a captain in one of the many regiments of the English Army

Annemarie Morgan/SPOILER]
Although I do not doubt that I shall receive some backlash for this from the more traditionalist English, I have decided to accept your requests of both joining the Wolves and becoming an English Captain. Also, I would add that, if things go well, your cousin may fight alongside you as another regiment's captain when she is older.
Oliver Talbot, Commander of the Forces and Duke of Normandy

((Also, on a side note, may I recommend that you consider adding the Morgans to the family tree? You can trace Elizabeth's line up to John Talbot, down to Oliver and then you'll find Christian as Oliver's sister's husband))

Annemarie's request could be a great step in advancing Elizabeth's future career. If Annemarie was successful in military command, then Oliver's dream of a long line of Talbot commanders would be secure despite the lack of male heir. Quite confident in his decision to allow her entry, Oliver sent his reply and hoped that the Assembly wouldn't raise complaints regarding his decision.
 
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((Letter to CoF Talbot))
Ser, due to the passing of Count Hudson you alone are left as commander of her majestically armies. I am enquiring over whether there is any assistance I may have the honour of doing as 2 men's task has now become 1 man's.

-Count Huntingdon
 

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At the Military Headquarters in London, Alyssa Nuzhat had been invited to a meeting with Oliver Talbot to discuss the far east. Oliver sat behind his desk as Alyssa was escorted in by a servant.


Oliver Talbot: “Greetings, Miss Nuzhat. Although I’m not the first, I’d like to welcome you to England. Please take a seat. Can I get you a drink”? Oliver said whilst gesturing to his wine cabinet.

Alyssa sits down and smiles at General Talbot, crossing her legs and folding her arms
Alyssa: “Thank you for the kind welcomes, General, a drink is unnecessary but thank you, I’m not one to drink wine"

Not wanting to be rude, Oliver decides to refrain from drinking whilst his guest isn’t.
Oliver: “Anyway, I’ve invited you here with the hopes of discussing your homeland as well as most of the far east. Your books described the land, yet I was hoping to learn of the people of those lands”.

Alyssa: “I wish I had written more about their cultures, as they are all very diverse, but the stories I had published were written when I was a girl. I’ve been planning to write more journals, including their cultures and their languages, but I haven’t gotten the time. Feel free to ask away about anything you wish to know.”

Oliver: “One of the first things I wanted to ask was about how large empires had coped with diverse cultures. One thing that any European can obviously see is that England is the most powerful western European nation, and that it shall soon become a large empire with many people who may conflict with each other. I’d hoped to find out how they coped so that I could offer advice to the future empire regarding how to deal with diversity without stamping out the cultures of the conquered land”.

Alyssa: “Honestly? By not caring, the Hindustan Empire, dealt with their problems by treating every culture as the same as their own, with respect and dignity and didn’t prohibit anyone from doing anything, within the law, they didn’t attempt to destroy entire cultures and instead let them live in harmony”

Oliver: “I see. So you’d recommend that the course to fight intolerance is not special effort in favour of acceptance, but instead combat against intolerance?”

Alyssa: “I would, it makes for a more peaceful land in my opinion”

Oliver: “According to both the old De Virga map and the more recent Fra Mauro, ‘Korea’ is furthest from England, so perhaps you could tell me of the major differences between this Kingdom and England? I would imagine they are legion”.

Alyssa: “Well, to start with, Korea has its own language, nothing to do with English, it has own writing system which is written right to left whereas here it's’ left to right, it has its own religion, called Confucianism. Their last King has been, what many people are calling, a godsend, he’s caused many technological revolutions and cultural advances.”

Oliver: “I see. I’d also like to ask about how the Eastern technology compares to Western European. Gunpowder, and I believe many other inventions came from the east, so I am curious as to whether or not they are more advanced than us”.

Alyssa: “More advanced? No, more creative? Quite possibly, European technology is more about war and furthering the countries goals, whereas Eastern technology is more about bettering the country as a whole, and a lot of social inventions, such as Chess, which is a really fun game.”

Oliver: “I see. And yes, I can certainly agree on chess. We’ve had it in England for over four centuries since the Normans brought it here. I know of three kings who were patrons of the game. I suppose it is yet another reason that Europeans can thank trade with the East”.

Alyssa: “Personally I think England can learn a lot socially from Eastern kingdoms, there may be few technologies there that England doesn’t have either.”

Oliver: “I don’t doubt that that’s the case; however, I believe that it may not be too long until technology spreads east from Europe. You need only look at Italy to see that Europe may soon enter a golden age”.

Alyssa: “Very true, but as well as technology and social development, the East also has many goods very rarely found in Europe, spices and a surplus of jewels and gold.”

Oliver: “Of course, a side effect of that is that future Europeans will probably attempt to expand into Asia so that they may seize control of the natural resources of the East. And of course, the Ottomans seizing control of Constantinople will most likely cause the European powers to expand eastward, even if that will be a goal for future generations”.

Alyssa: “And sadly, the European powers are a lot stronger than most in the East, so seizing control may definitely be in Europe's’ future.”

Oliver: “Has any eastern nation ever had a conflict similar to the First Barons’ war? Or at least a similar result in which the people were granted some rights? If that’s not the case, then at least some good could come of future European - or at least English - expansion”.

Alyssa: “Well, the Timurid Empire is going through insane rebellions, the capital has been ransacked and burnt to a crisp, and any important city is occupied, but a lot of that is due to the Timurid Empires Kahn’ being a ruthless dictator who enjoys murdering just about anyone he can get his hands onto.. But, nothing for the throne of another country or anything, not within the past five centuries or so at least.”

Oliver: “I see. I’m afraid I can’t think of more to ask about, but is there anything you’d like to know about England or Europe?”

Alyssa: “I get the nation pride and such, but why are a lot of you English so hostile to foreigners?”

Oliver: “Well, some feel that only the English should have priority in our society. I strongly disagree, as such an attitude can only damage the Kingdom and prevent it from properly managing a diverse range of subjects. Unlike some individuals, I hope that one hundred years from now, London will be the capital of a cosmopolitan empire with diverse people all the way from Trondheim to Gascogne”.

Alyssa: “I can see that happening if you’re nobility decides to be fair and just to foreigners, having foreign presence can greatly help a great kingdom such as England be the foremost colonizing force, I refuse to believe Hayks claims of finding my home continent is true, It is possible he has discovered a new island or some sort, and who knows what can be on there?”

Oliver: “Although the spherical shape of the Earth has been theorised since the Greeks, it is obvious from old trade with eastern nations that the primitives discovered by Hayk cannot be from any Asian nation”.

Alyssa: “Ah, finally an Englishman who agrees with me! That is something I wish I could have heard sooner.”

Oliver: “Have you encountered a great deal of doubt about the truth of your homeland in response to Hayk’s discovery of “India”?”

Alyssa: “Sort of, since Hayk has dismissed the idea of me being from Ceylon, I have been very confused in what he has found, whether it’s just random islands, or even possible new entire mainland for the English to explore, it is very interesting. But I dislike him calling his discoveries India, when it really is not.”

Oliver: “Well, I suppose that as more of the land near the islands is explored, the identity of the land will be clarified”.

Alyssa: “Yeah, I’ve been thinking of returning back to Ceylon, perhaps after first mission from the ERTC has been completed, and come back to England with the wonders of the East.”

Oliver: “Indeed, that would certainly destroy doubts as to your homeland. It would also give an incentive to England for overseas expansion so as to reach the rich Eastern lands”.

Alyssa: “That is what I was thinking, only problem is I have no way to get there that wouldnt take me about a year.”

Oliver: “I suppose that you may be able to get funding from the ERTC if you were to propose it as a trading mission. It would still take time, but you wouldn’t be unable to serve England during that period. It would also allow you to bring back more if they funded a large trading caravan to help you move the goods”.

Alyssa: “I’m pretty sure the head of the ERTC has a dislike towards me, and also the fact of how incredibly bored I’d be going there alone”

Oliver: “ There will surely be people in the courts of England who do not have too many duties here who would be willing to accompany you. I unfortunately must remain, but I imagine my daughter, for example, would happily join you. It would be good for her to see the world before she is rooted down in England; and it may give her the chance to practice her military prowess if she were, perhaps, given command of the caravan’s guards”.

Alyssa: “Well, please discuss the matter with your daughter, it would be much appreciated, I will send a letter to Ximeno, seeing if there is a chance for them to fund my mission there.”

Oliver: “I wish you luck, and - as I’ve not had reason to spend much beyond normal costs in the years since my appointment as count and then duke - I would be willing to contribute to some of the expenses of such an expedition”

Alyssa: “That is unnecessary, General, but I thank you very much for the contribution, I must leave as the sun seems to be setting, but I hope to talk to you soon, perhaps with some good news regarding the expedition”

Oliver: “Very well”. Oliver then stood and offered his hand across the table to shake Alyssa’s. “I wish you luck and good fortune in both the expedition and life generally”.

Alyssa stood out of her seat and shook the General's’ hand, smiling as she did so
Alyssa: “Thank you very much for everything, General, I wish you the same”

After their long but pleasant conversation, Alyssa had to depart after the sun started to go down. After she left, Oliver thought that the conversation had gone quite well. He’d learnt a fair bit about the East and also possibly secured what could be a very helpful experience for his daughter. It seemed that she was also quite a decent woman despite how some had reacted to her presence.
Alyssa smiled as she left the castle, she had seemed to have finally found a friend among nobility here in England, maybe this wasn’t such a mistake after all. She was happy to have the possibility of returning home, however short her trip would be, and the company would be nice too. General Talbot was a great man, she was happy to have made a friend in him.
 

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Alyssa arrived in Shetland and stayed there overnight before sending a letter to Michael Bourchier, Duke of Iceland, requesting a tour of his duchy, to which he graciously accepted. Alyssa boarded the same hunk of junk she arrived in and set sail for Iceland, and arrived there within a week.
Alyssa made her way to the estate, where the guards had been expecting her arrival, and thus she made her way to where the Duke’s residence overlooking Reykjavik’s rudimentary port.
She knocked on the Duke’s office door, shivering from the cold weather.


The new Duke of Norour Lendir, Michael Bourchier, heard a sharp rapping from his door, this must be the ‘Indian’ lady that sent him a letter most recently. He rose from his chair, and opened the door, ushering in the lady, who needed little persuasion to come in.

Duke Michael Bourchier: "My Lady, I am most sorry to have kept you waiting, I can hardly imagine how you have just coped. Is there anything i can do for you, madam Alyssa..?"

Alyssa: “You hardly kept me waiting, Sir, honestly, the only reason I requested a visit to your estate is because I did not want to stay in Shetland, as I’m currently stationed there on the requests of Ximeno, but it is fairly boring and there isn’t much to do there, so I would very much enjoy a tour of your duchy”

Duke Bourchier: "There isn’t exactly much to see, you would have seen much of it on your voyage. Father never petitioned for much to be put up here, and I am too busy with the administration of the place to offer many proposals to Her Majesty, so you wouldn’t get much of the highlights you could see for example in Italy or in London for that matter."

Alyssa: “What about Volcanoes? I heard your duchy is full of them”

Duke Bourchier: "I guess, but you must have seen many on your travels surely?"

Alyssa: “None in depth, I’m very interested in their formations and the beauty of them”

Duke Bourchier: "Well, do you have a particular one or direction in mind?"

Alyssa: “The biggest and easiest to access one available”

Duke Bourchier: "Those are two very different volcanoes madam."

Alyssa: “Whichever is easiest to get to, then”

Michael and Alyssa both bundled up some warm clothing, with Sophia providing Alyssa with a fine fur coat to keep her warm. And thus they set off, many of the locals rattling off the odd line to their Duke, and Michael maintained a ever cheery persona, and replied in the native tongue, as coolly as if it was English.

Alyssa: “You’re very cheery, even in this weather, and what is that language you’re speaking? I can’t say I’ve heard many like it”

Duke Bourchier: "Father got better accustomed to the weather than I ever have hope to, but I guess the cold didn’t get to his bones as much. And the tongue, that is just the native speech, they refer to themselves fólk af landi ís, or what i can roughly translate as the peoples of the Ice-Land, so i dubbed their tongue as Ice-Landic. It not too bad, once you live here for a few years."

Alyssa: “My English still isn’t completely fluent, so I’m not even going to try to learn this language” She chucked slightly, Michael joining in.

Very soon did the pair arrive at the nearby Bláfjöll a name that Duke James, upon arriving at these majestic peaks, dubbed as the Blue Mountains. There the pair stopped.

Duke Bourchier: "Well here we are, the Bláfjöll, father once told me that the last time these erupted was only about 90 years ago, back when my grandfather was still around. But they have gone quiet now, one can only hope that they stay that way for now."

Alyssa looked among the mountains and was stunned at their beauty

Alyssa: “I have no words to describe their beauty, they’re magnificent”

Duke Bourchier: "I guess in this light they seem to be, one could only wish that some more of this land was fertile, as it does get tedious eating fish 10 ways eventually."

Alyssa: “Fish is one of the many staple foods back in Ceylon, quite literally, we have fish with just about everything”

Duke Bourchier: "I guess, giving the records I've seen, you are also an island nation, and are forbidden from the Cow, should you follow certain paths I heard."

Alyssa: “Sort of, you’re thinking of Hinduism, which is the main religion in mainland India, whereas in Ceylon the state religion is Theravada, a type of Buddhism, it isn’t exactly forbidden to eat Cows in Buddhism, but it’s frowned upon to eat any kind of meat”

Duke Bourchier: "Ahh, I see that would make sense, hopefully the natives can show you ways I doubt that your people have tried to eat fish before, and i must warn that it is certainly an… acquired taste."

Alyssa: “I’ll try anything at least once”

Duke Bourchier presents a small portion of Hakarl to the lady, to see if she would enjoy this most...interesting of foods.
Alyssa revolted at the smell of it, and gagged a little

Alyssa: “This.. fish smells really funny, are you sure it hasn’t gone off?”

Duke Bourchier: "That is part of the point, it is fermented for around 2 months, grubs up."

Alyssa picked it up and put it in her mouth, instantly coughing it up and gagging, leading to her throwing up

Alyssa: “What in Gods’ name is this foul thing? This can’t be food any rational person eats”

Duke Bourchier: "I didn’t imagine you would like it, but it was worth a try. It is considered a fine delicacy over here, so father liked to try and make me and John eat this weird meat."

Alyssa: “You can barely call this food, it’s revolting”

Duke Bourchier: "I am sorry to have befouled your mouth, please allow me to try make some sort of retribution to this."

Alyssa: “Anything to get the taste out of my mouth”

Duke Bourchier offers her water, warmed from the snow before they had set out on their journey
Alyssa takes it and thanks him, drinking it and spitting it out of her mouth after swishing some around


Alyssa: “I’m sorry, that wasn’t very ladylike of me” She laughed, but was obviously embarrassed

Duke Bourchier: "No worries, I sure hope that a future daughter of mine had half your merriness and knowledge, my Lady. Now, we must surely be getting back, the Ice Landic nights get awfal cold."

Alyssa: “Lead the way Sir.”

And so the pair headed back. Duchess Sophia was waiting for them as they arrived, and at last both could enjoy a hearty, more English style, food. Alyssa met the Duke’s two sons: Andrew the eldest at 8, and Charles the youngest at 4. The group made much uproar and saw the night away
Alyssa smiled, enjoying the company and playing with the Duke’s children, they were very bright for their ages and she enjoyed chasing them playing the night away, she fell asleep in a guest bedroom and left in the late morning, wishing the Duke and his family the best, and set sail back to the Shetland Isles.
 

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Headquarters of the ERTC, London ((private))
'Everything is going well here, father. I trust that no French soldier came to Labourd?' Gilen asks.
'What, would you want them to storm Biarritz? No, you are right. I've been investing a lot, and all that supervising is tiring. But it will pay off. Some more work, expanding the harbour, the city fortifications, a lot of houses for workers... At some point, Biarritz will be the EBC's headquarter, just as it should be, and my home will find a status that befits it.' Ximeno pauses. 'I have some matters to deal with, actually - one of them being the small council meeting I have to attend. Might just clear some other things while I'm in London.'
'As you speak of this, Mr Hayk brought back two natives from his last journey. One for the Queen,and one for you as Master of the Coin.'
'Well, that is a pleasant surprise. How's he doing here? Does anyone understand what he has to say?'
'I fear not so. The poor man has been freezing for a while, caught an illness, but has luckily recovered. We have begun to teach him some English, but that might take a while.'
'Any chance that Indian girl can translate?'
'I don't think so. The man looks very different, they hardly come from the same region. Besides, the descriptions of life on Ceylon and this native's are vastly different.'
'Then try your best to teach him enough to extract as much knowledge as you can. The West is the EBC's region of interest, and as you said, Hayk brought the native for the Master of the Coin, not for the Executive of the ERTC. You know the rest of my plan; just continue putting it into motion.'

_________________________________

Mr Andrews,

I am awaiting your report for the new markets. I hear you have been in the North, hopefully with results. I am in the process of requesting a monopoly in III - Ireland, Iceland and Italy. Have you found interested contacts there, or expanded our Irish trade?

Ximeno Arantxez, Head of the EBC

Your Majesty,

I believe that the monopolies granted to the royal companies have come to excellent fruition, and that it is to be expanded upon. The companies should control the trade with our major partners, so that they can dictate the prices and have the market adopt to our needs. Distant trade could be left to the individual merchants, for now at last. I think this should mean the end of the Foreign Trade Act, but I haven't had time to figure out a suitable replacement yet.
For the monopolies, I would suggest:
  • That the ERTC receives one on the Low Countries, Germany and Scandinavia (except Iceland).
  • The EBC would gain a monopoly in Ireland, Iceland and Italy
I envision a clear line of separation between the Trading Companies, with the ERTC in the East and the EBC to the West. For now, with no relations to Hayk's discoveries, which I doubt to be Ceylon after seeing the native, Italy would be in the EBC's zone of influence, but later the line would wander West, leaving Italy to the ERTC - with the current state of affairs, it might very well be that England controls a port in the Mediterranean then. This division ensures that there is no competition for trade rights, harmony within the nation's companies, and can only be good for the future.

Your faithful subject,
Ximeno Arantxez, Master of the Coin, Head of the ERTC and EBC


((@Scipion Barca , you never replied to my offer of hiring you for the EBC. Do you accept or decline?))