The history of the Imagi Nation Herzogtum von Rechburg and its people.
This is the developing story of the Herzogtum von Rechburg from late 18th century into a turbulent early 19th century.In Europia there is no French Revolution, just nations in chaos.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A summary of clippings from news sheets throughout Europia –
The Duchy of Bergatonia
The Rechburgian – Bergatonian war has drifted into a phoney
war following the Bergatonian defeat at Briel in Southern Rechburg. The Bergatonian
army having now withdrawn back into winter quarters will undoubtedly quietly
recover and rebuild.
Diplomatically Bergatonia very cleverly ensured the Kingdom
of Danemark contracted their Papal vote in support of Bergatonia’s sponsor and
It is rumoured in social circles within Bergatonia that the
mad Duke has given up on his wish to marry an imperial Princess, in fact he has
been seen in the company of one Countess Bouteville and her son who incidentally
bears a considerable resemblance to the Duke.
The Imperial Hapburgian
Rumours flooded the Hapburgian capital of Veronia of a near
coup of the Imperial throne; the details are sketchy, however it now seems that
Emperor Ferdinand is now firmly in control of the throne and Hapburgia. It has been suggested in certain
social circles the coup attempt may have included the Emperors brother Archduke
Eugene and his sister and her husband the Princess Arabella and Prince
Archduke Eugene has been seen at several social events since
the rumoured coup so the extent of his involvement or even if he was implicated
at all is less than certain.
The Imperial Army is currently involved in a battle against Rechburgian
forces near the Ulrichstein town of Ulrichsburg, one report suggests the battle
is still in progress and losses are severe for both sides. Undoubtedly news of
this battle will be confirmed in a matter of days.
The Kingdom of
The great news from Danemark is that Princess Charlotte has
finally returned from Bergatonia where she had been imprisoned by her son the
Mad Duke. The details of her release are uncertain but what is known is that as result of the negotiations to free her Danemark has contracted to support the Iberian claim to the papal throne and
the Danemark Navy has increased by 4x 3rd rate ships (64guns), the
ships have been reported as ex Iberian navy vessels.
Diplomatically Rechburg and Danemark have drawn
closer together and the decades of animosity fueled by religious bigotry and family feuds would seem to have passed. For the first
time in over twenty years Herzog Constantine II and King Olaf of Danemark met
at a soiree in the neutral city of Eggsburg. Rumours also have suggested
that the Duke was seen in the company of Princess Charlotte the Kings sister on several occasions since.
Readers will no doubt recall that Duke Rupert of Bergatonia is the bastard
child of Herzog Constantine and Princess Charlotte, could this be a reconciliation of the two
lovers that were torn apart by the animosity of their fathers and the religious gulf between their countries.
Despite the reports suggesting a Rechburgian Danemark
improvement in diplomatic relations there will be difficulties in years to come
concerning the Duchy of Flensburg. Readers will recall that the Duchy of Flensburg
was created out of lands that used to belong to the Kingdom of Danemark, lands
it lost in the peace treaty that concluded the northern wars. Since that time
Danemark has agitated for the land to be returned, it would seem military action is unlikely however as the Duchy of Flensburg is
allied to Rechburg and the Duchy of Pomonia, how this diplomatic deadlock will
be resolved will be interesting to say the least.
The Grand Duchy of
Since their hurried return from Hapburgia the rumours in the
Wartenburg capital Dreisden seem to suggest that Prince Konstantin and Princess
Arabella are intending to announce the elevation of the Duchy into a Kingdom,
naturally making the royal couple into King and Queen of the Kingdom of
Wartenburg. How this affects relationship with the Hapburgian Empire will need
to be seen, however in a recent soiree in Dreisden Prince Konstantin was seen
in the company of the Franconian Ambassador. As a reporter of news in
Wartenburg for many years, dear readers I can assure you I have never once seen
the prince and the ambassador in such close company would this suggest a possible
rapprochement between Wartenburg and Franconia. If this was to be true the
consequences for the entire Europian continent could be fraught with great
dangers as Wartenburg is still considered to be part of the Imperial lands and
the Prince and Princess were appointed to rule the land on behalf of the
The Herzogtum of
Since Rechburg was drawn into supporting the protestant
rebels in Ulrichstein, the Herzogtum has over the last month been involved in
two battles both of which were Rechburgian victories and is even now at the
time of writing locked in a third battle with Imperial forces in Ulrichstein.
Diplomatically Rechburg has drawn closer to the Kingdom of Danemark,
however the situation between Bergatonia remains unresolved and recent news
from the Herzogtum suggests that the Iberian ambassador to Rechburg has been
sent packing. Rumours indicate that expulsion was the result of information
concerning Iberian involvement against Rechburg over a number of years that came
from the recently released Princess Charlotte from her captivity in Bergatonia,
a strong Iberian Ally. The coming summer months will be seen as pivotal to
whether the war continues or will the diplomats use the winter months to try
and make some diplomatic compromise.
The Herzog has announced this week that recruitment for the
Rechburg army has recommenced and the arrival of Rechburgian troops from the Guranian Colonies would suggest that the Herzog can see little chance of a diplomatic solution and is therefore preparing for a new campaign
Pirates are once again active in the Northern Sea, a Rechburgian
merchant vessel was sunk last month and last week a Britannic vessel and a Franconian
vessel were sunk. It has been several years since the last signs of pirate
activity and this new activity will be of great concern to all maritime trade
Border skirmishes between the Iberian colony on Gurania and the
Franconian colony have once again broken out, losses were small and would
seemed have only involved local militia on both sides.
A diplomatic row has erupted out between the Duchy of
Piemonte and the Duchy of Badenwald over the patents for the kettle with a
spout. Is this a future sign of further aggression breaking out on Europia?