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Diplomatic and Military affairs of the larger States in Europia

The Empire of Franconia.


A History
Following the Gurania war the Franconian Empire was financially destitute and was further severely affected by the droughts of 1680-1683. The results were The Franconian Government raised heavy taxes to recover the losses of the war. The addition of a severe drought lasting several years and a plague outburst that ravaged the entire continent meant Franconia sank into a great depression. The deaths of many thousands of Franconian people due to starvation during the droughts and plague drove many Peasants to revolt, the worst region affected was in the Valois Province, it took King Louis Xth a year to put that rebellion down, once again it was at great loss in manpower.

Then in 1686, the Franconian nobles who were suffering heavily under the heavy taxes finally decided to revolt against King Louis Xth. By far the worst revolts were in the Northern provinces. This time two of the strongest Franconian Noble families, the Medicis family whose lands were in the northern regions of Franconia in the province of Neider. The other family was the Caussin family based in Bergatonia a province in northern Franconia and east of Neider.

These two families rose up in revolt in 1686 and the Northern Franconian revolt was fought for 18 months, unfortunately for King Louis Xth’s Government the Nobles revolt was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Their country was still recovering from the previous decades of wars, revolts and starvation, the Franconian Royal army suffered several defeats by the rebels and the Government was already in dire financial crisis so the King was finally forced to a very unpalatable peace, one in which gave birth to the Duchy of Neider and the Duchy of Bergatonia.


The Present


                         
                                                             King Jean I

King Jean I is now King of the Franconian Empire. He is 47 years old married to Queen Isabella who was a Piemonte Princess.
King Jean I was a staunch catholic but he was also a pragmatist in that he realised Franconia existed in a world that was ever changing. His adherence to the old policy of catholic states should remain distant from all heretic states was in King Jean’s mind a Hapburgian dictate developed by a Hapburgian Pope. It was a policy that involved Hapburgia in years of wars, on the other hand King Jean had developed a foreign policy of each nations value to Franconia was based on what benefitted Franconia, not a Hapburgian Prince.
Since the revolt of the nobles in 1686-88, Franconia had remained relatively quiet diplomatically, and economically. However economic growth was returning and with each year its pace was developing, the recovery had been initially slow but now aided by the relative peace of the Empire and its expanding commerce the economy was finally flourishing.
The years that had become known as the “Dark Ages” that is the decades of starvation, pestilence, colonial wars and revolts were now over and a distant memory.

New lessons of agriculture, manufacture and hygiene had been developed, crops were for the first time in many years once more plentiful and new markets were developing throughout Franconia.
The colonies on Gurania though now much smaller than before the colonial wars were recovering very well and a new colony in Hyderman on the Indira continent was developing extremely well, thus a new trade in silks and fabrics were developing and helping Franconian industry and commerce expand.

King Jean was at this moment undecided who to support in the electoral vote, his own nobles and ministers were urging him to stand himself, but he was quite reluctant to do so as he felt that being Pope was a position of less power and influence than it once had been. It also meant Franconia would become central in the religious struggles that still permeated with other states on Europia, thus it meant wars of little value other than philosophical or religious gains.
However King Jean was also quite aware that to curb Iberian and Hapburgian influences in Europia the Papal seat did have distinctive advantages, the Papal throne was he kept reminding his ministers a balancing seat, one that could benefit Franconia gain stronger influence, but one that could threaten its economic recovery through the need to constantly rearm and if necessary fight wars on behalf of other catholic leaders who were less restrained than himself.

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.

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The Hapburgian Kingdom


                                              


                                                          Emperor Ferdinand
Recent History
Hapburgia had been involved in decades of war with the Tsarist Empire; by 1690 both Empires were exhausted by constant wars as well as the plague which had originated within the Tsarist Empire.
In 1690 the Treaty of Solana ensured that both Empires could draw back from war and try to recover. The war had lasted 20 years and had not gone well for the Hapburgian Empire, so the peace offer from the Tsarists was an opportune moment to draw breath from continuous conflict.

It also offered opportunities elsewhere; the Emperor had discovered Imperial intrigue as a means of diplomacy. This meant it was not necessary to become actively involved in large wars to gain dominance on Europia, a goal that had been the catchword for all Hapburgian Emperors. By using the subtle method of intrigue, the Hapburgians hoped to gain much at the expense of little.
 Emperor Charles I had seen how severely weakened Europia had been ravaged by drought and plague and while his own country may be war weary as well he could still take advantage of Europia’s weakened state. Within the framework of the Imperial Hapburgian Empire he had available two client Realms. The first ruled by the very ambitious King Joachim Friedrich of the Kingdom of Vandahalla who owed the throne of Vandahalla to the Emperor’s favour. There was also Prince Konstantin of the Grand Duchy of Wartenburg who was his son in law, both would willingly act on his behalf in the hope of extending the size of their respective realms. There were other realms he could use if necessary, the Hungorian Kingdom to the south east for example as well as the  and ecclesiastical lands he could call upon such as the the Bishoprics of Eifentol in the italia Peninsula and Ulrichstein, but these were less reliable and very weak, but none the less they were valuable pawns in Imperial ambitions.
The Present
Hapburgia is still the dominant power in Europia, if for no other reason than because it controls the entire central region of the continent. It has in the past rarely used its military might in conflicts within the Empire, the two exceptions being in the east where the aggressive Tsarist Empire under Tsar Paul has seen fit to push his claims for more territory forever westward, and ultimately it is most often Hapburgian land he sought.
The other area where the Hapburgian army is constantly fighting has been to the south where the Asiatic hordes constantly raid and invade.
As a Kingdom its lands were quite modest but as a Empire the lands encompassed an area that includes
The Kingdom of Vandahalla
Grand Duchy of Wartenburg
Kingdom of Hungoria
Bishopric of Ulrichstein
Bishopric of Eifontol
As the seat of the papal throne it is considered the Hapburgian Emperor/Pope also had influence in all catholic lands.
Hapburgia like all other Europian nations is slowly emerging from the “Dark times” or even as some call it the “Dark Age”, the period that for several decades the continent suffered severely under huge damaging storms in winter and long devastating droughts in the summer. Plague and other pestilence ran rampant killing large swathes of populations from all countries.
The ruling Emperor of the Empire is Charles I, he is ailing and is not expected to live more than a few months. He has no children so the hereditary line will pass down to one of the two brothers, Archduke Ferdinand or Archduke Joseph VI, Ferdinand is the elder and enjoys the support of the army, but Joseph has the greater support within the Ruling Haulic council.
Charles I is hoping to have both his brothers home so he may settle the succession issues which are involved and complicated. For example Prince Eugene of the Grand Duchy of Wartenburg which is a Hapburgian ally has issues with Archduke Ferdinand. Prince Eugene used to be the Hapburgian leading general until Archduke Ferdinand proved his own value in the battles of Grangor River and Tbilisi against the Tsarist Empire. Since the battle of Tbilisi Eugene has only ever been given secondary commands, while Ferdinand has commanded in  all the Empires main engagements thus Eugene has declared if Ferdinand is made Emperor he will either leave the alliance or will not give Hapburgia the Papal vote.
Both brothers have spent considerable time and effort in building their respective power bases thus in the end one faction will like be dissatisfied with the solution.
Hapburgia has very little by way of Colonies, its main trading growth has been in Europia, considering itself as the crossroads for Europia it has done very well out of trade taxes.
Papal elections
The Papal seat is separate from the Imperial seat and is voted on by the catholic states within Europia, Currently they are provisionally:
Kingdom of Hapburgia = Standing for papal seat
Iberian Empire = Standing for papal seat
Kingdom of Vandahalla = will likely support Hapburgia on conditions being meet
Duchy of Wartenburg = Will support Hapburgia if Archduke Ferdinand is not Emperor (Vote will now support Franconia or Iberia sine Ferdinand became Emperor)
Duchy of Bergatonia = Will support Iberia on conditions being meet
Kingdom of Danemark = Has agreed to support Iberia.
Franconian Empire = Has not decided whether to stand or vote, if a vote most likely to support Hapburgia.
Duchy of Neider = Will follow Franconia.

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.

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The Iberian Empire


The Iberian Empire.
The Current Emperor of the Iberian Empire is Emperor Miguel Fernandez, he is 72 years old. His eldest son Carlos II (34) is being groomed to take over, at the moment Carlos is Governor of the Iberian Colony on Gurania.
Of the three Empires that fought in the Colonial wars, Iberia came out of the conflict in the best condition. Though they did lose considerable territory in the colonies, the areas concerned were at the time undeveloped. However Iberia has failed to capitalize on the fact that it was in a much better condition than its rivals.
Iberia has also escaped the worst of the storms that hit central Europia, though it did suffer every badly with plague and other pestilences.
Iberia and Franconia though both being Catholic nations have in the past also been competitors both militarily and economically.
Iberia took advantage of the Franconian Noble discontent to ignite the Noble dissatisfaction into open rebellion which it fueled by supplying the Franconian rebels with arms. In doing so it also tried to implicate the Britannic Empire and accused it of supplying arms to the Franconian rebels. It even used ships flagged as Britannic ships to land arms, sadly the ships were caught by the Franconian navy as well as Britannic naval patrols.
Following the Franconian revolt large parts of Northern Franconia separated and were formed into two Duchies, at first Iberia had a strong hold on both but eventually the Duchy of Neider drew back to Franconia and they are to this day on good diplomatic relations.
The other Duchy was Bergatonia and it has remained a staunch Iberian ally, though militarily it is quite isolated from Iberia.

Where the Franconian Economy has grown, the Iberian economy has struggled, the Iberians find it difficult to accept change and modernisation, after all they still do have inquisitors.

Observers have often wondered what would happen between Franconia and Iberia should Iberia take the Papal seat, it has been widely speculated that if it seems Iberia has the numbers Franconia would use its vote and that of Neider to support Hapburgia.

Recently Iberia secured a pledge from Danemark for the Papal seat, it is widely expected Bergatonia will also give Iberia their vote.


Brittanic Empire


King James (54)
King James is considered a refined and cultured man, perhaps a little over cautious in his thinking. He is considered a down to earth type of man, indeed most think him a realist. He is very aware of his role as King and will not relinquish power easily.
He is rated a ”good” General.

Prince John II
Prince John is considered quite arrogant by many, he can be quite uncouth in mixed company and is known to blaspheme and swear a lot. It is said he is quite reckless and takes too many chances.
He can seem to be hard hearted to most of the people, however those who know him well would consider him a sincere man amongst his close confidents.
He is rated a “average General”


The Brittanic Empire is the wealthiest Empire in Europia, it has extensive colonies and a very modern (18th century) industrial base. As far as manpower is concerned Brittania is the weakest of the Empires, its army is very small but it has a very large Navy.
Brittania usually hires troops from Rechburg or Pomona to garrison its colonies, its regular army is very professional but as already noted small.
Brittania is allied to Rechburg and the Kingdom of Hollandaise.
Brittania has a manpower pool of 18,700 men available for the Army; it has no reserve manpower as that is in the Navy.

Brittanic Army (Sir Charles Bevan) - Excellent
Brittanic Guards Foot Brigade = 4 Bns (2,800)
1st Guards Hvy Cav Bde – 2 regts (1,400)
The Guard Units are rated Elite.


1st Infantry Brigade = 5 Bns (3,500)
2nd Infantry Brigade = 5 Bns (3,500)
3rd Infantry Brigade = 5 Bns (3,500)
3 Art Batt – 1,200 men

2nd Lt Cav Bde = 2 regts (1,400)
1 HA Batt – 400 men
All the units above are rated Veteran.


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