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King Janus was the latest of the long line of Kings provided by the House of Lusignan, ruling over the Kingdom of Cyprus with near absolute authority. He had centuries of tradition to support him, for his line had once been Kings of Jerusalem, a title he still claimed and coveted, although they had long since lost those eastern lands. A devout Catholic, he ruled over a nation of Orthodox Christians, heretics in his eyes, a warrior at heart too, although he possessed neither the flare of great leadership nor a particularly strong army. He had only 1,000 infantry at his disposal and only two ships, his nation was poor and he had no alliances. But he would make Cyprus great again, he would restore the Lusignan family to their rightful place! Deus Vult!

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Having come to the throne only four months prior, Janus was itching to prove himself as a soldier in the same vein as the crusaders of old. Everytime he turned his eyes on a prize the nobles of his court would beg him to avoid war, complaining about the "Ottoman threat" when he looked toward the many small Muslim states and then whining about the "scary Venetians" when he began longing for any one of the numerous Christian states scattered around the Mediterranean. Well no more! It was time for war. All funds going towards research and development in the Kingdom were halted, whilst he decided against hiring any advisers who would only drain money away from the crown. The King then declared war upon the small state of Ramazan which lay to the north in territories once held by the crusader Kingdom of Armenian Celicia.

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Hiring as many mercenaries as he could afford (and draining the treasury in the process), Janus swiftly embarked upon his ships and set out northward, landing in Adana and bringing battle to the infidels.

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As the Cypriots, led by their King, struggled against their enemies, the first group of mercenaries hurried toward the mainland, desperatly trying to reached their beleaguered companions before they were pushed back into the sea.

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But there was no cause for concern, as the King's men had defeated the enemy, inflicting twice as many casualties as they had suffered, and laid siege to their capital. The siege continued, despite a second attempt by the Ramazans to push the crusaders out, but the fools were slaughtered before their capital. During this time, joyous news reached the King, stability had increased (those uppity nobles had been unhappy ever since the King actually decided to do something rather than just led them swan about all day) and the Queen had given birt to a son, Eudes!! The crusader line was now secure.

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The ongoing siege eventually came to an end and the infidels, having lost their capital, surrendered and were annexed to the Kingdom of Cyprus (or rather the Kingdom of Jerusalem as its rulers still claimed it to be). Having succeeded in this initial venture and proven that Cyprus was a force to be reckoned with, the King set about forging alliances with some of the Christian states, the brave Knights of St John, or old allies and comrades in arms, returning to our side, the Pope,too, joining us in our divine mission, and the devout realm of Naples also supporting us. Achea was allowed to join too, even though the King disliked independent Greek states, seeing as they were heretics and not to be trusted. If it wasn't for those bloody Venetians guaranteeing half the world, he would have conquered them!!

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Of course, with expansion came new problems. The evil heathen Timurids had appeared on the eastern border, ransacking the lands of the equally un-Christian-and-so-unworthy-of-our-pity Dulkadir. The main concern here was that the Hordes might descend upon the currently all but powerless crusaders. Also, no more expansion in in region was going to throw a spanner in the works for a while yet.

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Nevertheless, things were going well for the Lusignans, the treasury slowly recovering from the beating it had taken, whilst the King eyed up other small nations that he might be able to swallow up. But then word reached him. The Holy Father and the Neapolitans had decided the best thing in Cyprus' interests was to go to war with one another. Oh thank you, thanks a whole bunch. The King was less than pleased with the two Catholic nations squabbling like children. "Oh well," he sighed, "off to another war."

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Thanks for the feedback :happy: I've played a little into the game already and my plan is to reclaim the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although I'm still a ways off haha
I felt my Cypriots are good crusaders, so its unlikely they'd fight the Pope, although Naples offers more of a direct help in reconquest, sooo....
Hope you all enjoy

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King Janus was troubled. His two allies, who had had previously assumed were going to be good Catholics and work together against the heathen threats of the east, had turned against each other. This came as somewhat of a shock to the Cypriots, who had absolutely no experience of infighting amongst crusaders. That had definitely never happened before. Damn them for spoiling his plans! At least there weren't any small nations that could be easily snapped up in the meantime, so it wasn't as though he could do anything else. Naples seemed to be the more powerful, with a larger army and control of more Italian provinces as well as some land in Greece, but the piety of the King and the Pope's arguments won out in the end and the Crusaders set sail in service of Rome. A little risk and hopefully a big reward in the future (hopefully the Holy Father would eventually call a crusade against Jerusalem or something and actually help them out in the future). Boy, these alliances were swiftly starting to seem more trouble than they were worth.

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The two Cypriot ships swiftly run into trouble, as they come across a Neapolitan transport fleet, which delays them long enough for lots and lots more ships to pile on, so that a desperate escape is made necessary and the King barely scrapes ashore, his ships heavily damaged and with a bunch of dead sailors in their wake. But now they could take the fight to the enemy. Although they only had 1,000 men, the Cypriots sought to divert Naples' attention away from their homeland, which they were unable to defend themselves, and to help the Pope. At the same time, new divisions were swiftly ordered, although only God would be able to deliver reinforcements to the King, who was now cut off in Italy, his ships just hiding in port.

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Seeking to help his ally and defeat Naples before it was able to raise too large an army, the King ordered his men to march east to join Papal troops in battle, but alas his allies were defeat before his arrival, so he began to dig in around Rome, awaiting the inevitable onslaught of the godless Neapolitans. Unfortunately, the battered (albeit still very holy) Papal army, even with Cypriot support, was defeated and forced north, subjecting the eternal city to a siege. At least the so-and-sos had lost more men in winning.

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It was during these dark days of the campaign that the King felt utterly distraught. If the fight on the mainland was lost, surely Cyprus would fall to these barbarians, the dynasty would even be destroyed... There was so little hope... The King's mind, under great strain, began to lash out at subordinates and those around him, until eventually he found himself blaming his own son for the imminent loss of the war.

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King Janus, a devout man who had gone to war for his Pope and saw himself as a true Christian ruler, was horrified by this. Encouraged by the Pope to whom he had confessed, he began to desperately pray and through sheer force of will he overcame the growing madness and rebuilt his resolve. Unfortunately, things could only get worse before they can get better and the King was to suffer another blow as Karaman warned the Cypriots, posing a direct and rather unneighbourly threat to Adana and even Cyprus itself, and the the godforsaken heathen Mamluks decided to declare war on the crusaders who coveted the prize of Jerusalem. Oh this was just going wonderfully for the poor King, it's really a wonder he didn't lose his mind completely.

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The only real good news was that King Janus' allies had refused to desert him (who somehow now include Venice and some other random nations). Seeking to focus on the defence of his Kingdom against the Mohammedeans, the King offered to concede defeat to Naples, who (being unholy, unforgiving and rather mean) refused.

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Some good news was heard, as the combined Papal and Cypriot fleets were able to defeat the Neapolitan fleet, although no ships were sunk or captured, so how much of an actually victory this was is debatable. However, it did provide an important morale boost for the Crusaders.

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With a 'victory' finally under their belt, would the Crusaders be able to turn the tide, or would Neapolitan heretics and Mamluk heathens overrun the bastions of Christendom?? One this was for sure - the soldiers of Christ would sell their live dearly!
 

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Welcome to AARland, and welcome to the business of AARs! Best of luck with Cyprus, seems like it will be a much interesting read to see what you do with the island nation! :cool: Although I think your army size and manpower pool will be working against you for the time being at least...

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Nice to see a new AAR, I will be following.
 

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The Cypriots, strand with their King in Italy for so long were reaching the end of their tether. However, the news of the naval success in the Bay of Napoli (skilfully explained as having opened the route for more supplies and reinforcements from home) was a major boost, resulting in the Neapolitan garrison of Abruzzi finally surrendering, having run out of both supplies and morale. Unfortunately, the Papal fleet, worn out by nearly having to fight a battle, had retired, leaving the two Cypriot ships to face the rather angry Neapolitans, who were looking for vengeance.

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The resultant Battle of the Straits of Messina was not what you would call a success for Cyprus. Having lost all their ships, the Cypriots were now unable to do anything but follow the Pope around Italy, whilst the home garrison steeled itself for the expected Mamluk invasion. In the following months very little happened anywhere. The Mohammedeans failed to show up, Naples continued to fail to burn the eternal city down and the brave Knights of St. John fortified their island, evidently terrified of losing any more territory, having been apparently even more traumatised than the Lusignans when they lost the Holy Land. The only vaguely exciting thing that happened during this time was an attempt to relieve Naples by 1,000 hastily recruited men who were slaughtered.

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Eventually the strains of the siege took their toll on the Pope, who passed gloriously into heaven in the one thousand, four hundred and second year of our Lord. The new Pope, Gregorious XII would now take the lead in the campaign.

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Or maybe he was in Rome, attending to the defence of the city? King Janus was unsure, he had been distracted by an illness. Probably nothing though.

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Ah. Probably more than just a cold then. With their stability now at zero, the Cypriots, led by a council of nobles who had formed a regency council, suggested peace to Naples, but their generous offer was refused. Shortly after, Rome finally fell, but the brave Pope escaped (if he was ever there at all). Things may have looked dark, but help had finally arrived! Not from Cyprus, which still had no ships, nor the Knights, who still insisted that defence was the best offence, but from the Byzantines (who would have thought the Crusaders would ever be thankful for heretical aid?) and the Sicilians, who now landed in southern Italy and proceeded to lay siege to the cities of the Kingdom of Naples.

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In desperation Naples ceded Apulia and Janina to the Byzantines, hoping to buy themselves more time in the war, continuing their sieges of the Papal States.

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Have the Neapolitans bought themselves enough time? Or are they just delaying the inevitable? Tune in next time!
 

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Very interesting developments in the Southern Italy! Well, I hope you don't have to sit through 10+ years of regency council.... :p
 

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Great update. I'm interested in how war with Neapolitans will end. Who will prevail in the end? And also we can't forget Mamluks! :)
 

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Although it had seemed that Naples would continue to fight having made peace with the Byzantines, it turned out that they had had enough of war and surrendered to the Holy Alliance, handing over Abruzzi to the Pope.

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The Cypriot were rather annoyed that the war had so suddenly ended, as they had hoped to gain an Italian or Greek province from the conflict, but in the end gained nothing. All that the Crusaders were left with was a sunk fleet, dead men and a regency council. A less that successful intervention in the eyes of some. On top of the Italian peace, the Mamluks accepted a white peace, although it seemed that their empire was doing just fine. The Cypriots just guessed at the strange plans of the heathens.

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The failure of the Crusaders to gain anything from their war and the closeness of the threat of the Muslims powers can be blamed from the uprising that occurred in Adana. With no ships and 1,000 men still enjoying a deserved holiday in Rome, this might have taken a turn for the worse.

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Luckily for the Crusaders, their new transport had just finished construction, allowing them to ferry men over to the mainland and crush the rebellion before it took the city.

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The Crusaders, noting that their navy was too ridiculously small to hope to defeat just about anyone, began to focus on their army more, their Naval technology suffering in the process, losing nearly 600 ducats that had been invested. shortly after this Fridrich I Falcky of Bohemia was elected Holy Roman Emperor, which the Cypriots didn't really care about at all, but it was a good occasion for a feast and a prayer, so of course they celebrated it. However, even better news was now received, Cyprus had been converted to Orthodoxy to Catholicism! A great day for the Lusignans indeed.

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And the Crusaders hadn't even had to slaughter them to make sure they all went to heaven. To join in the festivities (which I assumed lasted the intervening five months) the 1,000 men left in Rome were finally sailed home. Accusations that they had been forgotten by the Council were stubbornly denied with claims that they had been rewarding them with some R&R after the last war. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, by the end of the year the boy-King had fallen ill and was bedridden.

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Without and emotional ties to the child, but with their hearts full of Christian love, the Council decided that prayer was their best option, doctors be damned.

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Unfortunately this meant that Eudes died. Unsurprisingly, the Council was a little concerned with the death of the last in the direct line, as it rather increased their paperwork, what with having to go and find a new King. The great dynasty of the Lusignans had finally come to an end.
 

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So Lusignan dynasty has finally ended. Not so pleasant to see such a noble house die out, but we can just hope that new dynasty of rulers will do good.
Great chapter by the way :)
 

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The death of the last Lusignan heir caused unrest in the provinces and a rebellion 2,000 strong threatened Adana. Never ones to shy at danger, the Crusaders rode out to meet the heathens with a force of equal size. Although the rebels were organized and the Crusader army contained 1,000 horsemen, the battle was a hard one. Seyfettin Salih had whipped his men up with religious fervour and convinced them that victory would lead to the liberation of Adana and the restoration of Islamic rule in the province. Nevertheless, the Cypriots emerged victorious.

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Hundreds of good Christians lay dead, but the rebel force had been shattered and the uprising brought to a swift and bloody end. The uprising had shown that the Cypriots were desperate for a leader, one that would restore their former glory and subjugate the heathens who lived within the Kingdom. Therefore, after much deliberation, the ruling council selected Jean de le Tour as their new King, crowning him as Jean II, King of Jerusalem.

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Hailing from the respected family of La Tour, Jean was a Frenchman and therefore suitable for the Cypriot throne. Eager to prove himself in military conquest and bring his Kingdom one step close to restoring itself to Jerusalem, the new King ordered his men to prepare for a new campaign that would expand their holdings in Anatolia.

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War was declared on Dulkadir. The Cypriots marched east and defeated the heathen army, laying siege to their capital. But time was of the esscence. The Muslim world had gathered against the Crusaders and now the giant to their north, the Ottomans, had awoken. At this trying time, the stress proved too much for the loyal Pole Zygfryd Zaswilichowski, who died of natural cause, rumoured to have been brought on by stress. At this time a huge Ottoman army was sighted. Caught between the Muslims laying siege to Adana and the Ottomans to the north, the Cypriots had nowhere to run, their entire army being slaughtered. This did not get better after the crushing defeat. A Muslim naval victory resulted in the destruction of the entire Crusader fleet, allowing a 7,000 strong army to land on the island.

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Despite a noble and spirited defence, the Crusader army was destroyed, the survivors forced to take refuge in the capital. Things were looking grim. The inhabitants of Cyprus, joined by some survivors of the Muslim victory, gathered into a 1,000 man force, but was immediately crushed by the evil heathen menace. It was as a prisoner in the capital that the royal family announced a new heir to the throne: Jacques.

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It seemed unlikely that the boy would live to take his rightful place as King. Will the Crusaders survive? Tune in next time!
 

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