Diplomatically Franconia was starting to be concerned about Bergatonia, once it had been part of the Empire until the barons revolt back in 1686-88, the current Duke, Duke Rupert was considered by many to be quite mad. Regardless of his mental state the fact that he had allowed himself to become a Iberian pawn meant that there remained a remote possibility that Iberia may attempt to strengthen its hold on the Duchy by moving troops there, a situation Franconia could not would not abide.
Franconia maintained good relationships with Hapburgia and its allies, the main concern was to stop the tendency for creeping influence a classic example being the current situation in Ulrichstein.
The main competitors in maritime trade were the Britannic Empire and the Herzogtum von Rechburg, Rechburg had won many of Franconia's colonial lands in the Gurania war, while in Indira the Britannic Empire had a long and established presence. In expanding its markets in both these areas meant sooner or later Franconia merchants will conflict with one or the other.
The main area Franconia was now seeking to expand its influence was in the Italia Peninsula with Duchies such as Piemonte, Boilognia and even as far south as Napolia. There was more than a distinct possibility Francania would run into issues with Hapburgia in one or more of these regions.
The Hapburgian Kingdom
Developments from the Storyline
In late winter 1780 the Bishopric of Ulrichstein (A Hapburgian territory) became a theatre of war when the Protestant segment of the population revolted because of the excesses by its Catholic ruler Bishop Der Plonk. Neighbouring Herzogtum von Rechburg sent an army to support the Rebels and Emperor Charles responded by sending a army under his brother Archduke Ferdinand.
That war continues.
Charles died within a month of the Ulrichstein War starting so his brother and heir to the throne had to leave the army in Ulrichstein to assume the throne. He arrived back in Hapburgia just in time to prevent a coup by his your brother Archduke Eugene, his sister Princess Arabella and her Husband Prince Konstantin.