Duchy of Bergatonia
Ruler: Prince Rupert
The Duchy of Bergatonia is heavily influenced by the Catholic Iberian Empire, it is one of the few remaining realms where the Inquisitors can occasionally still be found at work. For decades there has been constant friction between the Duchy of Bergatonia and The Herzogtum von Rechburg, the friction largely due to the personal animosity between Herzog Constantine II and his bastard son Prince Rupert of Bergatonia.
Being the eldest (albeit a bastard child) son of Herzog Constantine Prince Rupert always considered himself as the next King of a Greater Bergatonia which would include the Herzogtum of Rechburg which he claims is his birthright. Because of his claims and his animosity to The Herzog and his family he became known as the "Pretender" to the Rechburg throne, as such the Iberians were quite keen to support his claim, as were other Europians from time to time.
Prince Rupert is a dour man, he had great ambition but was always constrained by the Iberian influence. He frequently has mental episodes which fluctuate between tyrant and genius. He was extremely jealous of the growing influence of Rechburg within Europia as well as throughout the new world while his own realm seemed to stagnate along with the decline of the Iberian Empire. He is determined on a course that would not only shake off the shackles of Iberian influence but would see Bergatonia and Rechburg merge with him as King.
The Iberians on the other hand see Prince Rupert as one of their main supporters to claiming the Papal seat when the Emperor of Hapburgia dies, on his death there is likely to be a considerable schism within the Hapburgian Empire and Iberia wishes to use both Prince Rupert and Bergatonia in supporting their claim.
Prince Rupert is not entirely opposed to the prospect particularly since Iberia has promised support him in gaining the Rechburgian throne.
The Prince Joseph VI of Hapburgia has recently started cautiously courting Prince Rupert's support for his claim to the Papal throne. Prince Rupert holds fast to the policy that the party that actively supports his claim for the Rechburg throne will get his support for the Papal throne.
Bergatonian Military1st Guard Regiment
1st Guard Grenadier Battalion - 700 - Vet
2nd Guard Grenadier Battalion - 700 - Vet
1st Heayy Art Batt
1st Infantry Brigade
1st Battalion - 700 - Exp
2nd Battalion - 700 - Exp
3rd Battalion - 700 - Exp
1st Jager Battalion - 600 - Exp
2nd Medium Batt
2nd Infantry Brigade
4th Battalion - 700 - Exp
5th Battalion - 700 - Exp
6th Battalion - 700 - Exp
7th Battalion - 700 - Exp
3rd Medium Batt
3rd Infantry Brigade
8th Battalion - 700 - Conscript
9th Battalion - 700 - Conscript
10th Battalion - 700 - Conscript
2nd Jager Battalion - 600 - Conscript
1st Heavy Cavalry Brigade
1st Heavy cavalry regiment - 700 - Exp
2nd Heavy Cavalry regiment - 700 - Exp
2nd Light Cavalry Brigade
3rd Dragoon regiment - 700 - Exp
4th Dragoon Regiment - 700 - Exp
3rd HA Batt.
Subsequent Events occurring from the Story line
It has been a turbulent few months for Duke Rupert. He launched an attack against southern Rechburg that was defeated at the Battle of Briel, his army fleeing back across the border.
His first minister was conspiring against the Duke with his Iberian Allies, the Iberians changed sides and murdered the First Minister and then claimed it was a Rechburgian plot.
His mothers Brother King Olaf of Danemark forced Duke Rupert to finally allow his mother Princess Charlotte to leave Bergatonia, however as part of the diplomatic negotiation Rupert got a contract from the Danemark King that he would support the Iberian claim to the papal seat.
Iberia now finds itself obligated to Duke Rupert.
Princess Charlotte was the daughter of the King of Danemark and is Prince Rupert's mother, she conceived Prince Rupert when she and a young Prince Constantine II of Rechburg had an affair. The couple were not allowed to marry owing to a near state of war between the two nations, Princess Charlotte was married off to Duke Franz ruler of the Duchy of Bergatonia. Duke Franz received a considerable dowry to take Princess Charlotte and to accept her bastard son as his own.
Duke Franz and Princess Charlotte were to remain childless, the young Prince was raised within a cold and frosty relationship with his stepfather.
His mother was slowly excluded from the Bergatonian council by the Duke and his Spanish advisers many of whom regarded her either as a whore or heretic. When Rupert was a baby and she attempted to flee Bergatonia to Rechburg with her son, she again several years later tried to escape on her own on both occasions she was caught before she reached the border.
It is widely believed that Herzog Constantine's eldest son Prince Wilhelm and his daughter Princess Charlotte were involved in the last attempt of her escape.
Since then she has been a virtual prisoner for several years, her son Prince Rupert regards her coldly and blames her almost as much as he blames Herzog Constantine for missing his birthright.
Subsequent events occurring from the story-line:
In the winter of 1780 Princess Charlotte was permitted to leave Bergatonia for good. This sudden change of heart by her son "the Mad Duke" Rupert was brought around by the intervention of her brother King Olaf of Danemark who applied direct pressure on Bergatonia and through indirect pressure through Bergatonia's ally the Iberian Empire.
Princess Charlotte now resides in Danemark and is a free woman.
Subsequent Events taken from the story-line:
In the later Autumn of 1780 Bishop der Plonk launch a genocidal attack on the Protestants in Ulrichstein, the attacks were not directly authorised by the Emperor and eventually saw the intervention by Rechburg who attacked Ulrichstein to prevent further atrocities against the Protestants.
The Bishop was relieved of his post by a furious Emperor the last we have heard about the Bishop he was being escorted into Hapburgia.
The Duchy of Flensburg
The cause for the First Northern war was started in the Danemark Kingdom when the province of Flensburg which was mainly protestant revolted against the Catholic rule of the Danemark throne. The war quickly spread as Protestant and Catholic nations supported their respective parties. The war was concluded in a Danemark defeat and all parties recognising Flensburg as a separate and independent Duchy.
A new war erupted in 1478 between the Kingdom of Danemark and the Duchy of Flensburg it was concluded in 1519. There was no real territorial gain for either nation in that war and peace was maintained until the next Northern war in 1618 which continued until 1648 when the Kingdom of Danemark was utterly defeated with the help of Flensburg’s allies, Rechburg, Pomonia, Britannia and the Kingdom of Swadia. Flensburg gained more Danemark territory due to the peace treaty conditions. The peace has been maintained for over a hundred years, however now Danemark has regained its strength it has raised border issues with the Duchy.
Over the last 12 months Danemark has threatened war with Flensburg but on each occasion backed away from the brink because it lacked any real support from the rest of Europia.
The Danemarkian Government has started a diplomatic initiative to regain the land lost in the 1618-48 war, so far it has received cautious but conditional support from the Hapburgian Empire and Bergatonia, the Iberian Empire has offered support but like the Hapburgians it is dependent on the Danemark vote for the Papal throne.
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6 x 6pdr Guns
4 x 5.5 How
As of the Winter 1780 5th Gren Battalion,2nd Light Art and 1st Hussar Regt are in Ulrichstein with the Rechburg Army.
Prince Hans (Eldest Son) is in command of the Flensburg Contingent.
The Grand Duchy of Pomonia
Grand Duke Oost Frieze
It is rumoured that the Calvinists have been receiving secret support from outside the Grand Duchy, thus far source of that support has remained a mystery; even to the Calvinists
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The Kingdom of Danemark
There has been considerable improvement in relations with the Herzogtum von Rechburg while at the same time a deterioration in the relationship with the Duchy of Flensburg, a Duchy that was formed out of Danemark territory lost due to the peace terms at the conclusion of the Northern War.
Danemark is a Catholic nation, its religious sympathies lie with wherever the Papal seat is located, which means currently Hapburgia. With the likelihood of the Hapburgian Emperors death there will be a papal vote, Danemark is not contesting the seat so many of the catholic nations are wooing Danemark for its electoral vote.
The sister of King Olaf is Princess Charlotte who is the mother of Duke Rupert of the Duchy of Bergatonia.
Princess Charlotte had a brief affair with the then Prince Constantine II of Rechburg the result of which was a baby boy called Rupert.
The couple were not allowed to marry due to religious differences and the wounds of the Northern wars were at that time quite prevalent in the mind of Olaf's father King Absolon. Instead King Absolon offered a huge dowry to Duke Franz of Bergatonia to take Princess Charlotte as his wife and to raise her illegitimate son as his own.
King Absolon turned a deaf ear to the pleas of his daughter over the treatment she received at the hands of Duke Franz and treatment continued by her son when he assumed the Bergatonian throne. On King Olaf assuming the Danemark throne he made several representations to Duke Rupert to improve her conditions which were had virtually mean imprisonment for over twenty years. The conditions did improve for a while, but later during the Bergatonian - Rechburg war she was locked up as the Duke believed she was conspiring with Constantine II for her to replace Rupert on the Bergatonian throne.
Subsequent events taken from the story line:
King Olaf unlike his father was a pragmatist, he believed the means justifies the ends, thus he did not rigidly follow the premise that Religion should dictate foreign policy. In learning the reasons for Danemark's catastrophic defeats in the Northern War, Olaf had realised the other Catholic nations had stood by while Danemark battled alone what was to become known as the Northern alliance, a grouping of Protestant nations in Northern Europe.
Apart from platitudes and empty promises nothing by way of military support was offered from the Catholic Empires.
Thus in understanding this lesson King Olaf had two foreign Policy goals,
1-Whatever benefited Danemark was acceptable.
2-Regaining the lands that Danemark had lost in the Northern war, namely the Duchy of Flensburg.
To achieve the second King Olaf realised he had to make some sort of reapproachment with the Protestant nations namely Rechburg. To do this King Olaf had an ace up his sleeve, his sister Princess Charlotte. King Olaf's main policy now was to achieve an alliance through marriage with Rechburg using the well known love both Charlotte and Herzog Constantine shared for each other.
An alliance that may very well drive a wedge through Rechburg's dependence and loyalties of the other Protestant allies.
The Northern War. (A Brief History)
The Duchy of Wartenburg.
The greatest problem for Wartenburg is the small population, caused by the massive loss of life due to the decades of severe storms, starvation and pestilence. The lack of population restricts the rate of growth and the size of its army
4th Brigade – (Brigade General Romer)
11th Wartenburg Battalion – Exp - 7 stands
12the Wartenburg Battalion – Exp – 7stands
13th Wartenburg Battalion – Exp – 7 stands
14th Jager Battalion – Exp – 7stands
3rd Hussar Regiment - Exp
4th Dragoon Regiment - Exp
5th Dragoon Regiment – Exp
Following on from the storyline and subsequent events.
In the last weeks of the autumn of 1784 Prince Konstantin and Princess Arabella were involved in a coup against Archduke Ferdinand of Hapburgia. Ferdinand was away in Ulrichstein fighting the Rechburgians when his brother Emperor Charles I died. Konstantin and Arabella convinced the Hapburgian Court and Archduke Eugene that Ferdinand had also been killed, when they was no word from him it was assumed he had indeed died and steps were made to install Eugene as Emperor. Eugene had a far weaker personality than Ferdinand and he agreed that once he was Emperor he would raise Wartenburg to the status of Kingdom.
However Ferdinand returned from the war before the coronation and Konstantin and Arabella realising if they were caught Ferdinand would have no mercy so they fled back to Wartenburg. Hampered by the winter Ferdinand was unable to raise and army to pursue them so he had to wait.
In that period Konstantin had made an agreement with Franconia who would support them if they declared themselves separate from the Hapburgian Empire. This they did raising the flag of rebellion and in the Spring of 1785 the Wartenburg war commenced.
Duchy of Badenwald
The Kingdom of Vandahalla
King Otto Thurheim
King Otto was considered to be quite mad, but in truth it was more a case that Otto and his wife Queen Sohia were eccentric. Despite Otto's apparent quirkiness he was a stalwart in support of his cousin Empeor Ferdinand, he was generous to his people and much loved by them. On the field of battle he was probably the most colourfully dressed general one would hope to ever see, sadly his performance did not dazzle as much as his clothes and was rated a "poor" general.
Fortunately the Kingdom was well served by Prince Christian II, a 24 year old General who was rated Good as a General. he usually had the field command of the army. Christian was also like his father in that he was staunchly loyal to the Hapburgian Empire.
The Army of the Kingdom of Vandahalla
3rd Infantry Brigade
Kingdom of Hollandaise