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Aah, some old fashioned throne-claimin'. However, Transylvania has been a kingdom long enough! The time for Empire is right! :D

Normally I would agree, though I've been at -2 or -3 stability for around a decade now. As soon as its gained I'll get an event that drops it again (or declare war on someone with a royal marriage :p ). I assure you that the empire will come! Though, it may not be quite as soon as everyone expects.
 

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Great work. :)
 

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Chapter Mood

“They’re due for a pruning soon.” King Karl III von Habsburg was sitting idly in a gilded chair in the chamber rooms of Koloszvar palace, staring absently at the garden outside.

“The bushes?” King Samuel asked with a hint of a amusement.

“What? Bushes!” Karl let out a laugh deep from his belly and wiped at his eyes. “Hah! That’s a good one; no, I meant the Bohemians. They need to be pruned.”

“Ah. Yes, it’s quite funny watching them expand over the years; it’s as if they’re trying to run away from Austria, fleeing to the Baltic.”

A knock sounded at the door and Count Miklós Csáki poked his head in. “You sent for me, sire?”

“Come in, come in. Karl here was just informing us of Bohemia’s impending destruction.” Karl shot Samuel a glare of suppressed panic, but Samuel waved him down. “There is no fear of any word leaving these four walls; I would trust Miklós with my life.” Miklós smiled and made a formal bow at Karl.

“I was wondering if you would provide the escort for Karl back to Austria, Miklós?”

“Be delighted to, highness. The 12th is just outside the city; when do we leave?”

“Now, if that’s not too much trouble. I have other business to attend to.

"You will send word when Transylvania’s armies are needed, Karl?” Samuel lifted himself from his chair and Karl mimicked the action.

“Of course.” Karl smiled at King Samuel, “Between us we shall divide Europe – the Habsburgs in the West, and the Platers in the East!” He clasped Samuel’s hand and then walked out trailing Count Miklós.

The meeting had been the usually pleasantries punctuated with talks of politics and new events; the standard fanfare for the meeting of thrones, but King Samuel couldn’t shake the feeling that there had been something odd about it, like a dog finding itself with a new rival to contend with. Transylvania had always been as Austria’s little brother, ever since the alliance was first formed, but times were changing and Samuel hoped dearly that the alliance would hold. Secretly he knew it would not, though. Sooner or later a new Austrian king would be crowned, and he would not look so kindly at the growing power that spread from the Balkans and perched upon his doorstep.

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Candar annoyed Samuel. With the crown of Georgia added to the growing list of titles he was accumulating, the Muslim vassal separating the land connection between Transylvania and Georgia was a nuisance. Castille had carved a path from North Africa all the way into Turkey, and the last thing Samuel needed was the Castillians declaring a crusade against the state of Candar, forcing Transylvania to choose between its devotion to the Catholic Church and the need to keep that narrow land border under Transylvanian control. The only other way to Georgia was to cut through the lands of Lithuania, who was less than receptive to the idea.

Normally there would be huge repercussions for cancelling the oaths of vassalage from a state and then declaring war upon it. There would be huge opposition from the Kingdom’s other vassal states, and even grumblings among the Kingdom’s own citizens. However, Candar was Muslim, and had served its purpose and so was useless to King Samuel. It had been brought under Transylvanian overlordship in the hopes that it would prove a large enough distraction to the Ottoman Turks for Transylvania to deliver a decisive blow. The Turks were gone now, annexed by Castille a short period ago, and so Candar was next.

The war kicked off on September 2nd of 1518, and it was as imbalanced a war as Transylvania had ever fought. Two states came to the aid of Candar, but Samuel merely laughed when he was presented with the list; the Muslim nation of Hedjaz, and the far off African country of Swahili. The war was blissfully short, and by February of 1519 the last Candarian city fell, and the Treaty of Anatolia was signed on the 28th. Candar’s independence was then guaranteed by Transylvania the next day, so as to dissuade the Castillians from taking Kastamon and cutting the land bridge. The Transylvanian navy would have to cover the transportation of troops into Georgia should the need arise – at least until the peace treaty expired and Transylvania could swoop in for another round.

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The Treaty of Anatolia, February 28th, 1519

The Austrians were not idle during this time period either. Aside from the preparations that were being made for the invasion of Bohemia, Karl von Habsburg also set his eyes upon Tirol, the Austrian nation that had been granted its independence after the disastrous war with France years ago. Transylvania again answered the call, but the war was over before the orders to even move the army had arrived, and Tirol came under vassalage to the Habsburg kingdom. Finally, in April of 1521, Karl sent the message that King Samuel had been waiting for, the call to arms was raised, and the armies of Austria and Transylvania would march to fight an opponent that could actually present a challenge for their veteran armies – Bohemia and their new found friend Lithuania.

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The Call to Arms is raised, April 16th, 1521

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The Battle Lines of the Second Austrian-Bohemian Excommunication War, April 23rd, 1521
The war was more popularly referred to during the time as the Habsburg-Plater war, as every leading nation in the war was led by either a member of the Habsburg dynasty (Austria), or the Plater dynasty (Transylvania, Bohemia, Lithuania). Even still, it was not a gentlemanly war, and both sides were willing to fight a bloody war of destruction, regardless of the last name of the man who held each throne was.

The Lithuanians made the opening move in the war, crossing the border between Bessarabia and Dacia in mid July, hoping to push forward and seize Transylvania’s capital and so force common support for the war within Transylvania to plummet. Unfortunately for them, Samuel had already been informed of the attack (the benefits of having family within your enemy’s royal court), and what the Lithuanians assumed was an open road to the Transylvanian capital proved to be blocked by both the Army de Koloszvár and the Army de Stiboricz. The battle definitely set the tone for the war, it was won by sheer weight of numbers as the outnumbered Lithuanian army was assaulted by a wave of Transylvanian soldiers, and as the smoke cleared over the first battlefield of the war over ten thousand bodies littered the ground, the majority of them from the Lithuanian army.

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The Battle of Dacia, July 27th, 1521
The Lithuanian army was corralled into the mountainous terrain of Carpathia, and mercilessly slaughtered. But the Bohemians were faring even worse; instead of concentrating their forces on holding back the Austrian armies, the Bohemian King, Ruprecht, had bought into the Lithuanian’s gamble to force the Transylvanians out of the war and then turn their combined attention on Austria. The results of the move were hardly surprising, as the Austrians smashed aside the pitifully small Bohemian forces that were left to guard the border region, and it was open season for the Austrian armies, and smoke from dozens of captured cities dotted the landscape.

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The Bohemians knew they were defeated, but the Platers had never been a family that was content to fade quietly away, preferring that last brilliant charge before destruction took them, and King Samuel was more than happy to oblige as the Transylvanian army of 23,000 met the joint Bohemian-Lithuanian army of 30,000 just outside the city of Galich. Despite being outnumbered, King Samuel’s tactical skills shone once again, inflicting massive casualties unto the Bohemian-Lithuanian army, before the joint Army de Koloszvár, Stiboricz, and Mihály finally withdrew as night came on.

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Transylvanian Hussars charge the Bohemian-Lithuanian line at the Third Battle of Ruthenia, October 10th, 1521

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The war was over for Bohemia, and under enormous pressure from the public they were forced to sign the harsh Treaty of Ratibor on February 19th of 1522.

Lithuania stood alone against the might of Austria and Transylvania. It was a bleak prospect for the kingdom, but as the allied forces advanced into Lithuanian lands, the hand of fate struck Transylvania a mortal blow. It was the Battle of Podolia, a victory in technical terms, but it left Transylvania’s heart defeated, as all will to continue the war was sapped. For in the chaos and uncertainty of the battle, King Samuel was hit in the throat by a ricocheting musket ball, delivering a wound that the battlefield surgeons could not close however they tried. He bled out on the fields of Podolia, passing away at the age of 37. But as he passed from the mortal world to ascend and stand beside his ancestors, he made one last bold move for Transylvania.

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I. The Coronation of Leopold Plater, February 13th, 1523

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Leopold Plater, Emperor of Transylvania; King of Georgia and Greece; Prince of Trebizond, Grand Duke of Poland, Romania, and Hungary; Baron of Constantinople and Koloszvár.

Glory to the Empire, and death to her enemies!


I. The Coronation of George IV of the United Kingdom. More information can be found here.
 
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Cherson shall be the casus belli for the next war.
I am sure of it.
 

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Nooooo! Not Samuel! And he was replaced by a king with a military rating of 4! :mad: :(
 

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Well that sucks.

But at least the war was mostly finished when he died.
 

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Cherson shall be the casus belli for the next war.
I am sure of it.

Muwahaha, we shall see!

Nooooo! Not Samuel! And he was replaced by a king with a military rating of 4! :mad: :(

The good ones always die so fast :(

And yeah, he's a terrible commander.

Well that sucks.

But at least the war was mostly finished when he died.

Or is it? Hehe.

High degree of suckage!
But Leopold with his administration will consolidate the new Empire!

Would've preferred a high diplo king, but Leopold will do. ;)
 

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A really really nicely done and written AAR ! I'll follow this for now on ;)
 

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Just read it all, subscibed me thinks.

The age old question in this situation, South or East into Muslim lands and all the problems that brings or North and West into Europe and the endless round of wars with Austria, France and Castille for the Holy Roman Empire.

Just for a complete change of pace why not go down into India :)
 

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A really really nicely done and written AAR ! I'll follow this for now on ;)

:D Tyvm, I'm quite thrilled you enjoy it.

Just read it all, subscibed me thinks.

The age old question in this situation, South or East into Muslim lands and all the problems that brings or North and West into Europe and the endless round of wars with Austria, France and Castille for the Holy Roman Empire.

Just for a complete change of pace why not go down into India :)

Well, a country as militantly catholic as Transylvania probably won't expand too much in Europe, as long as not too many countries step out of line during the reformation, so carving a path down to India is a possible route.

And welcome aboard :D
 

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The Transylvanian Empire on the eve of Emperor Leopold’s coronation, 1523

The Transylvanian Empire. It was as if the people were stuck in a dream world; in just over 100 years the tiny nation of Transylvania had ripped apart the Balkans in bloody war and united the majority of it under the Eagle banner, and pushed deeper in the Muslim lands of the East. Normally, after the declaration of a new empire there would be widespread opposition from other European states, but for Transylvania the opposite was true, as every ruler knew the Transylvanian ambitions for expansion did not lie in Europe, but further East, pursued against heathens and heretics. But of course, first was Lithuania to deal with.

Samuel had died in the fury of the battle of Podolia, but the army was not entirely leaderless. Emperor Leopold was still at the capital, but Count Miklós Csáki had been with the trinity armies of Transylvania; Sitboricz, Koloszvár, and Mihály. The army was livid with anger as nobody knew who had fired the shot that killed their beloved King, aside from that it was a soldier from Lithuania. The Lithuanian army withdrew from Podolia after taking heavy casualties, and the armies of Transylvanian chased them down full of vengeance, where they crippled Lithuania’s main army in Budjak. Count Miklós had laid out caltrops for the massed Lithuanian cavalry to charge into, and the enemy had taken the bait, and when the horses floundered and fell with the nails piercing their hooves, the Transylvanian pikemen and arqebus’ went to work; it was a clockwork slaughter.

The main armies of Transylvania were rested and reinforced after the Battle of Budjak, allowing the Lithuanian army to limp away to its homeland. A promising young general, Samuel Dózsa, was brought over from Hungary and took command of the armies. The Army de Stiboricz withdrew to Transylvania’s Turkish lands to deal with rebellions, and in June the joint Army of Mihály and Koloszvár advanced past Cherson and into Zaporozhia, where they walked right into an ambush. The spy network that Transylvania had in Lithuania had reported that a Lithuanian army numbering around 12,000 was camped in the province, in a narrow valley flanked by two thick forests. General Dózsa advanced his two armies to meet this one, but the spies had failed to report that the forests hid an additional 15,000 Lithuanian cavalry force.

The two armies met in the usual orgy of violence, and the battle seemed to be going in favour of the Transylvanian force, thanks to General Dózsa’s considerable skill, but then the Lithuanian cavalry flooded out of the forests and hit the Transylvanian army in the flank. It’s generally accepted as quite a miracle that General Dózsa managed to wheel a portion of his pikemen to face the incoming cavalry in time, but even still the sheer weight of the Lithuanian charge pushed back the Transylvanian army. It was pinned in from three sides, but instead of breaking into a rout as most armies would do, the Transylvanian army made a fighting withdraw south, back to Cherson and the safety of the Austrian-held cities there. Even still, it was a close run thing, and though the Lithuanians took nearly double the casualties as the Transylvanian army, it was only the stout discipline of Transylvania’s soldiers and the superb skill of General Dózsa that prevented the army’s total annihilation.

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The Battle of Zaporozhia, October 6th, 1523

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The Transylvanian army made it back to Cherson in one piece, where it was reinforced by soldiers from the Army de Stiboricz coming from Turkey, and the two armies made their way back to Zaporozhia to strike again at the Lithuanians. The Lithuanians, unprepared for such a quick counter attack, were taken entirely by surprise, and the entire Lithuanian army was on the verge of annihilation by General Dózsa and his soldiers when an Austrian messenger arrived announcing that peace had been signed between Lithuania and the Kingdom of Austria, and that all hostilities were to halt. And in a scene oddly reminiscent of King István’s march past the defeated army of Bohemia in 1432, the Transylvanian army against marched home past their defeated enemies, who were only spared death by the poor timing of Transylvania’s western ally.

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Peace is signed with Lithuania, whose armies only narrowly escape destruction at the hands of the Transylvanian Empire, January 17th, 1524

No time was spared for the thought though, as the truce with Candar had expired and the Army de Stiboricz received word to advance and take the cities immediately, and on 3rd of 1524, shortly after the last city fell, Candar was officially annexed by the Transylvanian Empire.

As the Army de Stiboricz was making its way back home, there was another wicked event fermenting elsewhere. Corruption within the Roman Catholic Church had grown to an unbearable level, and cries came out to reform the church and curb the false doctrines and greed of the church. However, the movement was opposed by the Pope, and on October 26th of 1524 the Protestant branch of Christianity was born, adopted by the Hansetic Republic as the state’s relgion.

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The Protestant Faith takes hold in the Hansetic Republic, October 26, 1524

The Protestant Reformation spread like wild fire in the Northern Germanic region of Europe, but thankfully took on a slower, meandering pace in Transylvania. The Transylvanian people put their faith in God, and the Catholic Church, and the new reformations were seen as an affront to Christianity as a whole. The King of Milan had tried to adopt the protestant faith as his state’s religion, but had been assassinated by agents sent by the Pope, and the crown of Milan was rewarded to Emperor Leopold for his family’s efforts in spreading Catholicism throughout the Balkans and Anatolia.

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Emperor Leopold adds the King of Milan to his list of titles, May 15th, 1525

The next few years passed with little of note. Leopold manages to pass a number of religious and economic policies, such as the Suffrage Bishop Act of 1525, and his close attention to the governance of the state starts to shine as inflation slowly drops, a relic of the time when Transylvania struggled for survival against the Turks, Huns, and Poles. The settlement policy in Budjak also proves to be a resounding success, as the Hungarian families given incentive to move to the province finally outnumber the native Romanians. Unfortunately, Leopold disdain for military matters proves a fatal blow to Transylvanian European politics, as the route for expansion within Europe is sealed by the Austrians after their total conquest of Mazovia in April of 1526. And again the Roman Catholic Church takes another blow as another sub division of Christianity is formed in the Dutch lands in September of 1528.

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The Austrians encircle Transylvania’s European holdings, April, 1526

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The Reformation branches out, September, 1528
 
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Excellent! How big is Milan? From what I can tell on the map, it seems like Austria ate a large chunk of it...
 

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Excellent! How big is Milan? From what I can tell on the map, it seems like Austria ate a large chunk of it...

It's a OPM :rofl:
 

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Hmm, is Austria making any threatening moves? They could be a major problem in the not-so-distant future.