Capto Iugulum: Empires and Nations

Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by EQandcivfanatic, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. bestshot9

    bestshot9 Monkey Sharpshooter

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    Have no fear, my orders have been sent. Short and sweet, I think, didn't really have a lot to go off of this turn, though.
     
  2. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

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    No more orders of any kind will be accepted beyond this point. Expect the update to arrive within the next 16-18 hours.
     
  3. Milarqui

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    YES!!!

    Maratha Confederacy, you enraged the awakening dragon. You are screwed.
     
  4. Quisani

    Quisani Gaming Person

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    OCC: Milarqui, when I read that, I thought for a second that China was invading India :cringe:
     
  5. Lord of Elves

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    From: Swedish Empire
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    It has come to the attention of Her Majesty that, regrettably, the Kingdom of Prussia has become a destabilizing influence within the Baltic region, that it has acted against the interests, friendship and good faith of its former ally Sweden, and that it has incited its citizens against Sweden, and that it has maltreated the people of Pommerania, who His Majesty the late Gustavus Adolph (may he rest in peace) trusted them to protect. Therefore, with solemnity of heart and purpose, the Swedish Empire hereby declares war on Prussia. These insults against our good will, the abuse of our trust, and the destabilization of our lands and the lands of our allies in the region, cannot continue. Justice will be met, and we will put this ugly matter behind us. All Prussians that lay down their arms and refuse to fight will be granted amnesty by Her Majesty.

    God save Queen Christina.
     
  6. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

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    Poland follows in line with our Swedish friends, declaing war on Prussia as well.
     
  7. Milarqui

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    We wish to point out that you still owe us 170 EP from your buying Florida. We are sure that there might have been clerical errors when it comes to writing down the orders to send the money, and as such we know there was no malice in your failure at attempting to pay. However, we still hope to see the money you owe us as soon as possible.
     
  8. GamezRule

    GamezRule Inconceivable!

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  9. Terrance888

    Terrance888 Discord Reigns

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    RE: Normandy Declares War on Burgundy
    From: The Kingdom of Normandy


    The Kingdom of Normandy declares War with the Kingdom of Burgundy based on these grievances:
    1) Declaring war on my friend, ally, and religious brother the Kingdom of Orleans based on a sleazy and unacceptable causus belli.
    2) Prosecuting the war beyond its original aims of destroying the "threatening border forts" to the defeat and prostration of the entire Kingdom and Land of Orleans.
    3) Refusing to accept the honest mediation of the Republic of Netherlands and the willingness of the Kingdom of Orleans to end this war in terms to their favor and which satisfies their war aims.
    The Kingdom of Normandy cannot stand silent after refusing a honest and just peace which would have alligned with their stated causus belli; Burgundy's silence has revealed their true aim of dominating central France! I refuse to accept this attempt to aggrandize power at the cost of those of my allies in King Phillipe II of Orleans and King Henri IV of Poitou. My goal is to defeat Burgundy's aggressive motives and return Central France back to the general Status Quo.

    Enjoy this bayonet in your plan- King Philip IV of Normandy


    Norman Infantry Relieves the Siege of Orleans
     
  10. spryllino

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    OOC: EQ, I protest that these post-deadline declarations really shouldn't be allowed. Players that make them should categorically be penalised as if they had not declared at all. The practice of declaring after the deadline is utterly unfair and essentially means that people have no means of organising their own defence, and it allows Terrence to completely ignore my declaration that I would declare war on him if he did that, because now I am completely incapable of doing anything this turn, as the deadline has passed.
     
  11. Terrance888

    Terrance888 Discord Reigns

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    OOC: Well, I agree with you on that. It if comes down to a vote, I will vote for an enforced pre-Deadline DOW against other players with punishment being less support.
    Also, TBH I don't really care about Paris unless they invade me. I'm just trying to reinforce the status quo. Or am I just saying that so I can catch you off guard? You can never know. OOOoooOOOooOOOooo!
    EDIT: I also love Philip's Passive-Aggressive tendencies towards you. :p.
     
  12. Adrogans

    Adrogans Quiet Laughter...

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    OOC: Seriously they do not bother me much, simply put I view them as I would if a nation sent an ambassador only moments before an assault took place. So it is in essence a 'declared' surprise attack. But at the same time this being a NES not real world then I have no issue with the rule being changed.
     
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    Terrance888 Discord Reigns

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    How did you figure out my plan? :D
     
  14. EQandcivfanatic

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    @spryllino: I'm not comfortable with simply banning such declarations of war. Admittedly they are better suited to a different era of history, but my word has been what it always has. If you want to be prepared, make sure to have contingency plans. In this case for example, without spoiling too much, Agent 89 was prepared for this eventuality.
     
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    SWEDEN AND BRITAIN END SLAVERY. London, United Kingdom of Great Britain. The Swedes and British have once more stood united on a new matter of policy. Both nations have completely illegalized slavery and outright emancipated all slaves within their nation. This has brought to a conclusion the debate on slavery in both nations, as the institution has become greatly limited in the Caribbean geographically due to war and rebellion. Furthermore, the overwhelming international end to the slave trade has made replacing slaves uneconomical, quickly bringing less support for any of those who wished to keep it intact. Though slavery still thrives in the United States and Brazil, this has been seen as a major death blow to the institution globally, especially as Spain continues its gradual emancipation process. (+1 Stability in Britain and Sweden)

    News from Europe​


    RESEARCH: SPANISH INDUSTRY DEVELOPS NEW TOOLS. Madrid, Empire of Holy Spain. Spain's industry has surged ahead of its European competitors this year, with the development and deployment of a new device called a "shaper." This new versatile machine has dramatically boosted production rates and overall productivity of the nation's factories. Variations of the device are seen to be useful for a wide assortment of industrial products and devices. Demand has risen among owners for further acquisition of shapers for all industry types. Regardless, this has cemented Spain's position in production of machine goods throughout the region and the world.

    EARTHQUAKE RATTLES BELGRADE. Belgrade, Serbia. A moderate earthquake caused the foundations of Belgrade to tremble this year as the city was badly rocked. Numerous fires broke out in the aftermath, threatening to burn the city into the ground. Valiant efforts by citizens and the army eventually contained the blaze, though extensive was done in the process. The government buildings were thankfully undamaged and the process of rebuilding is estimated to be fairly cheap and easy. Unfortunately several thousand were killed during the process of the earthquake and fires, but people thankfully are easy to replace. (-1 Manpower)

    BURGUNDIAN REGENCY ENDS, MARRED BY DEATH, THRONE LIES EMPTY. Dijon, Burgundy. This year King Louis III's regency under his mother and other advisors came to an end in an abrupt manner. A choking fit after a meal at Dijon resulted in the king dying quite unexpectedly. Officially the death was simply from choking on a particularly heavy meal, but rumors abound through the court that the king was assassinated by an unknown culprit. If so, no culprit has been caught by the nation's secret police, and the court was thrown into turmoil as concerns over the next monarch. With no relatives besides his mother, who has expressed desire not to rule the nation, no one is quite sure who should take the throne. In the meantime, a Count Edmund Dantes from Dijon has been appointed as Protector of the realm until a new king can be determined. (-1 Stability)

    KING OF HUNGARY DIES. Budapest, Hungary. King Louis IV of Hungary died this year at a fairly old age after over four decades of rule over the Eastern European kingdom. His reign was known for its success in maintaining order and the balance of power in the region until recent years, when Hungary secured the independence of Serbia, while sharing the spoils of Venice with Austria. His son has since been proclaimed King Vladislaus III and has vowed to build Hungary's military and political power in the Mediterranean Sea. Since coming to the throne, he has made a series of successful diplomatic arrangements, as well as coming through on his promise. He seems to have all the makings of a successful king, even if he isn't as much of a reactionary as his father. (+1 Stability)

    ROITS IN AACHEN. Aachen, Brandenburg. The city of Aachen was struck with riots stemming from an agitator railing against Burgundy and its citizens. Claiming to have evidence of Burgundian spies being responsible for the destruction of villages in Brandenburg, the agitator was able to rile up a substantial mob against Burgundian traders in the city. The merchants were brutally attacked and believed killed, most missing, and when the watch attempted to intervene, attacked them as well. The result was an extensive riot, and fires burning a good portion of the city. Eventually when order was restored, it was discovered that no towns were in fact burned on the border, but the Burgundians were slain during the confusion. The Burgundian court has begun to demand answers to the crimes, and tensions have begun to mount between the nations, despite the recently signed non-aggression pact.

    COSSACK REVOLT IN KIEV. Makiivka, Zaporozhian Host. The Cossack people, who make up a considerable part of the Kievan cavalry, rose in revolt this year against the government of Ukraine. Protesting the recent attempts to reform the army and make peace with Moscowy, the Cossacks led a major rebellion against King Mikhail II. They no long acknowledge their position within the Kievan nation, and have declared independence from Kiev. Having previously been promised the right to raid into Moscowy in an upcoming war, the Cossacks have few remaining ties to the increasingly centralized central regime in Kiev. They have thus rallied their army and people to fight for their freedom to fight. A Kievan army was sent to quell the uprising, but they were brutally smashed by the Cossacks, who used their far greater mobility and skill to ride circles around the attackers. They have rallied the Cossacks in their area to ever greater support against the Kievian king, preparing for raiding and fighting that is soon to erupt in the region. Some of the chaos has even spilled over into Moscowy, as local Cossacks defect from Moscow's defenses in the region and join their brothers in the uprising.
    Casualty List
    Kiev: 6 Infantry Brigades, 1 Cavalry Brigade, +2 Stability
    Moscowy: -1 Cavalry Brigade to defection
    Zaporozhian Host: 3 Cavalry Brigades

    RIOTING IN TOULOUSE. Toulouse, Languedoc. King Louis II of Languedoc sparked a riot this year after publicly mocking the students and faculty of the city's university. At a particularly lavish party the king rejected the principles of liberalism, as well as crudely insulting several noted thinkers and followers of the liberal movement. While this achieved much joviality in the court, when word spread, the students of the university were less than amused. A protest quickly turned riotous, leading to the military being called in to suppress the "uprising." A good portion of the university campus was burned down in the resulting aftermath and King Louis II has officially closed down the institution and many of its teachers and scholars have been arrested for dubious claims of treason. (-1 Stability)

    REVOLUTION IN MILAN. Milan, Milan. The major defeat against Austria in the Second Venetian War has led to financial difficulties as well as social problems in the Italian state of Milan. These came to a head this year as a mob of people discovered a local bakery out of bread. The result was a growing conflagration in Milan, which grew in intensity as young rabble rousers rallied the masses. They marched upon the king's palace, where they were confronted by a prepared regiment. Rather than obeying their orders and firing upon the mob, the soldiers instead turned upon their officers and joined the attack on the palace. King Galeazzo was dragged out of his palace by an angry populace, and was hung until his death in front of his old home, along with numerous advisors and family members. The result was confusion as the rebels attempted to form a new government and the military sent representatives. The result was the formation of an uneasy coalition between the rebels and militarists. A triumvirate was established between noted liberal scholar Lapo Ricci, powerful merchant Radolfo Moretti, and General Bacco Gallo. Through his charisma and popularity with the military, General Gallo has clearly emerged as the leader of the triumvirate, winning support even from the local clergy and other conservative elements of society. Despite his success, the general is just as clearly not keen upon restoring a monarchy, and has support some of Ricci's attempts to develop a new government, but most emphasis has gone upon purging the military of royalists and preparing Milan's army due to the rising tension with the nation's neighbors. (+5 Stability, -1 Infantry Brigade)

    SUPPORT FOR KING OF NAPLES WITHERS. Naples, Naples. King Ferdinand of Naples has faced increasing unrest and resistance from his population as the loss of the Second Venetian War weighs heavy upon the nation. The recent successful uprising in Milan has given some more support to the liberals who resist the ideals of absolute monarchy, feeding the fires even further. Meanwhile, the upper classes and aristocrats are becoming convinced that the king is more and more unfit to protect their rights and status from the unruly liberal mobs. Though no plans have been made and no protests formed, the fact remains that the king's control over his nation has grown more tenuous than it has ever been before. (-1 Stability)

    WAR SPARKS RIOTS IN NORMANDY. Rouen, Normandy. The entry of Normandy into the war between Burgundy and Orleans has proven less than popular among the Norman people. As more people are forcibly conscripted into the army, and the fighting escalated during the attempt to relieve Orleans, the liberal movement has gained some strength. Some even felt courageous enough to lead an uprising against the crown in Rouen. Unfortunately for the liberals, their attempt failed to gain any support from the masses, and the result was the easy identification of the leaders of the movement to the guns of the army. The liberal leaders have been arrested and imprisoned, as the Norman government consolidates authority as the war continues. (+1 Stability)

    NOBLES ATTEMPT TO SLAY MARSHAL IN NOVGOROD. Novgorod, Novgorod. The Grand Marshal of Novgorod faced yet another attempt upon his life this year as a cabal of aristocrats organized an assassination effort. The attempt failed, and the result has been the granting of even more authority to the Marshal as he locates and executes even more aristocratic enemies. To many it seems that the Grand Marshal now possesses almost as much, or possibly even more power than the king himself. Fortunately in his efforts to consolidate power, he has removed quite a few obstacles to the nation's westernization and industrial development. With the increasing power of the middle class, the Grand Marshal has proven to be increasingly popular in the cities of Novgorod. (+3 Stability)

    REVOLUTION BEGINS SPREAD TO PAPAL STATES. Ravenna, Papal States. After the success of Milan's revolution against the monarchy, and the increasingly apparent corruption of the Catholic Church, a major uprising was launched against the Pope's secular authority in the northern Papal States. The city of Ravenna rose up against the Pope, led by the local students and merchants, hoping to spark further revolts across the nation. The papal army attacked the city successfully, after a brief battle with a locally organized militia. The fighting was brief but brutal, and the end result was several mass executions of the university staff and students, as well as various other rebels. The alleged atrocities of the soldiers acting under the auspices of the Pope has cast even further disrepute on the papacy and Catholic Church as concerns of revolt grow. (-1 Infantry Brigade, -2 Manpower, -1 Stability)

    MERCHANTS CALL FOR END OF INVOLVEMENT IN ORLEANS WAR. Poitiers, Poitou. The escalation of the Orleans-Burgundy War has not proven popular with the people of Poitou. The merchant classes have called for an end to the war, even with Normandy's late entry. The worsening tensions caused by Poitou's involvement have strained relations with Languedoc, and many fear for an invasion of Poitou itself by either Languedoc or Burgundy. A petition has been circulated to the king, who has refused to dishonor his commitment with Orleans and Normandy. Many have since awaited to see the outcome of the ongoing war to determine whether or not to continue the movement to end Poitou's involvement.

    BRIEF CIVIL WAR ENDS MARIA'S REIGN IN PORTUGAL. Lisbon, Portugal. A group of generals and aristocrats, once again tired with Queen Maria II's disastrous reign, have led a revolt against the throne. The result was a civil war over control of the country which lasted nearly eight months. The loyalists did their best to hold Lisbon against the rebels, but eventually they were overwhelmed. The navy and colonies ultimately came out in support of the uprising, further deteriorating the queen's position. Eventually, Lisbon came under a sustained siege and Queen Maria, to spare further suffering, surrendered her army. The queen has since been exiled to Spain and her thirteen year old son has been put upon the throne under a regency of the military. (-4 Infantry Brigades, -2 Cavalry Brigades, -4 Manpower, +3 Stability)

    RIOT IN OSLO. Oslo, Sweden. The Swedish government has faced a minor revolt in the city of Oslo this year, as Norwegian liberals led an uprising against Swedish authority. They have denounced the rule of the new Queen and Sweden in their city, calling for more independence for their people. The revolt assembled barricades around key points in the city, and ultimately the military was called in to restore order as the watch was overrun. The Swedish army inflicted heavy damage upon the city and ultimately managed to catch most of the ring leaders responsible for the uprising. They have since been sent and imprisoned in Stockholm well away from any possible supporters.

    THREATS OF CIVIL WAR IN SWITZERLAND. Bern, Switzerland. Increasing tension between the various cantons of Switzerland has resulted in a civil war as Zurich and other left leaning cantons lobbied Bern for an immediate change in the nation's government. They have made calls for a constitution which protects the rights of the cantons as well as giving rights to the people. Initially Bern refused the demands, but the rebellious cantons called up their forces from militias and the military to enforce their efforts. Rather than face a civil war, the Bern Canton has agreed to listen to their demands and form a constitution convention in the next year. Many believe this could result in a new Swiss government and nation, as turmoil grows in the wake and civil war could still be on the horizon. (-1 Stability)

    LIBERAL LEADERS ARRESTED IN TUSCANY. Florence, Tuscany. In a preemptive strike of sorts, after the revolution in Milan threatened the stability of the region, the Tuscan government has arrested a large number of liberal proponents and students. They have been thrown into prison for subversive activity and the government has refused to allow for their release. The effort is being made to forestall any liberal revolution in Tuscany, holding back the tides to the best of their ability. The new Milanese government has protested this action, though it has clearly helped to stabilize the nation against internal disorder. (+1 Stability)

    POLAND AND HUNGARY SIGN NEW PACT. Krakow, Poland. The Polish and Hungarian governments have signed an official ten year non-aggression pact to secure their mutual border. Observers suggest that the recent talks of friendship between Kiev and Moscow are considered a major threat to the two nations, as are the newer powers of Brandenburg and Austria to the west. More cynical observers suggest that the two nations are simply attempting to secure one border to launch offensives on others. This seems like the more likely situation with the recent Polish invasion of Prussia in support of Sweden's goals in the region.

    SPAIN ADOPTS NEW ARMY ORGANIZATION. Madrid, Empire of Holy Spain. The Spanish army has at last completed a series of reforms and training that has allowed them to modernize their practices of land warfare. An increased emphasis on countering melee warfare tactics in Asia as well as against other native groups across the world. Even with that, the Spanish army has kept its eye upon modern European firepower tactics, keeping it in line with the best other European armies throughout the Continent. The reorganization has gone forward without too many problems, as the new techniques have gone into great effect in the fighting in the Maratha Confederacy.

    PARIS COMPLETES ROAD PAVING. Paris, Paris. After several years of work, the city streets of Paris have been paved and modernized to help local traffic and trade. The effort has been expensive and time consuming, especially with the setbacks caused by the smallpox outbreak. The Parisian monarch has lauded the efforts by his engineers and workers, saying that the effort is the first step in making Paris a jewel among the French cities. Furthermore, the effort has made great strides into rebuilding the disconnect between the monarch and his citizens, helping them believe that perhaps the monarchy does actually care about the plight of the common man. (+1 Stability)

    PRUSSIA INVADED, PARTITIONED. Konigsberg, Poland. After the recent rebellion in Pomerania and the attempts of Prussia's monarchy to undermine Swedish control in Livonia, the resulting tensions have at last escalated to war. Sweden and Poland have signed an agreement to partition the Eastern European nation and divide its lands between them. The Swedish fleet soon appeared before the port of Stettin and the local population rose up in support of the Swedes and their army, seizing the Prussian armories and containing their army. The Swedish army soon landed in Pomerania, and the rest of the Prussians in the west were forced to surrender thanks to the support from the rebellion. Meanwhile the main Polish army advanced from the south, heading straight to Konigsberg, while the Prussians hastily assembled what they could to meet them. At the battle of Holstein, despite fewer soldiers, the Prussians used their superiority in artillery to hold the Poles at bay. After two days of fighting it was clear the battle was a stalemate. The impending arrival of Swedish forces from the west and east ultimately forced the Prussians to withdraw to their fortifications around Konigsberg, which had since been blockaded by the Swedish Navy. The Swedes would lead the new attack on the city, having brought more than enough cannon by land and sea to dominate the Prussian batteries. The city fell under sustained bombardment for over a month, when the allied nations would advance against it. The Prussians did what they could, but the city fell, after prolonged fighting which left the city devastated. King Wilhelm III was captured and he and his royal family and entourage were expelled and exiled to the friendly nation of Normandy. In the aftermath of the invasion, Prussia has been brought to an end. The nation has been officially partitioned and annexed by Sweden and Poland. The new arrangement has been viewed favorably by both nations as the Poles once more arrive upon the Baltic Sea.
    Casualty List
    Poland: 8 Infantry Brigades, 2 Cavalry Brigades, 2 Artillery Brigades, +1 Stability
    Sweden: 4 Infantry Brigades, 1 Artillery Brigade, +1 Stability
    Prussia: 11 Infantry Brigades, 4 Cavalry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades, 1 Fourth Rate Warship

    MARRIAGE LINKS POLAND AND SWEDEN. Riga, Sweden. One of the princes of Poland married Queen Christina II of Sweden this year, creating a new link and symbol of alliance between the two nations. The defeat of Prussia and further plans for cooperation have allowed these once enemy states to adopt new friendship towards each other. The wedding was held in the city of Riga, considered ideal without favoring one nation more than the other. This move has begun to make other nations in the region increasingly nervous, particularly leaders in the Russian nations and Brandenburg. Some fear that allied, Poland and Sweden could dramatically restrict their ambitions.

    BRITISH THRONE FINANCES AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE. Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain. In the sleepy town of reading, King John IX has financed the establishment of the Royal Agricultural College. After spending time on a tour of the empire, the king has announced that the nation is in need of new insight and beliefs about the sciences and technology of agriculture. This has been met with support from other noted British citizens, and the first ever Agricultural College has been created. At the moment, only a few landowners from the around the empire currently attend, sharing information on harvesting and management of farms and plantations. The hope is that this new institution may well serve as a foundation for the improvement of British economic and political growth.

    HUNGARY PURC HASES BRITISH SHIPS. Dubrovnik, Hungary. The new Hungarian king oversaw the purchase of nearly forty British ships, most being fairly old third raters. The effort has begun Hungary's effort to establish itself as a naval power in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, resisting any foreign threats. The action has given much pride to the Hungarian nobility in the strength of their new navy, as it has quickly become the largest navy in the sea outside of the Spanish Empire. This has obviously created much anxiety in the Roman Empire and Mamluk Caliphate, as well as most other nations along the sea. The Spanish ambassador has expressed the most disapproval, and it is believed that the ongoing development of the forts and naval base on Malta may well be linked to the possibility of a Hungarian naval threat.

    BRITISH EXPERIMENT WITH PLYMOUTH PORT. Plymouth, United Kingdom of Great Britain. While travelling, an advisor to King John IX noticed the ongoing experimentation with steam engines taking place in the Brazilian port of Rio de Janeiro. When mentioned to the king, he ordered a similar experiment of efficiency to take place in the port of Plymouth. Extensive construction and development of the city's port facilities has begun, as the British install new coaling stations, docks, and a prototype steam engine to haul heavy loads from the docks to warehouses. The efforts have been met with some delays, and several workers were killed when one of the infernal engines exploded. Regardless, the work carries on, promising to make Plymouth the world's most modern harbor.

    EUROPEAN NATIONS REFORM ARMY ORGANIZATION. Cagliari, Sardinia. Five more European nations completed efforts to adopt the new standard order of battle established by the kingdom of Brandenburg. Dauphine led the charge, fearful of the erupting war to its north, and concern of possibly having to intervene if it continues to engulf France. Naples, hoping to one day recover its honor from its defeat at the hands of the pope and Spain, was the second. Sardinia, another nation concerned about the ambitions of other countries on the Mediterranean was the third. Portugal, having completed its brief but brutal civil war, sought to protect itself against any Spanish or other foreign exploitation was the fourth. Lastly, the kingdom of Kiev, facing revolt from the Cossacks was the final one, reorganizing its remaining armies in order to restore their control to the countryside.

    BURGUNDY-ORLEANS WAR ESCALATES. Dijon, Burgundy. The war between Burgundy and Orleans has escalated yet further as Normandy joins the conflict against Burgundy, sending an army to the relief of Orleans. Despite this, the first battle of the year's campaign was in southern Orleans as Burgundy sought to force Poitou to exit the war. At the town of Bourges, the army of Poitou sought to confront the Burgundian force, blocking their path and objective. They managed to take good defensive positions and hold back attack after attack around the town. The Burgundians, attacking these dug in positions found casualties mounting and eventually were forced to withdraw from battle. The battle was a tactical and strategic stalemate as neither side has given up the ground, the Burgundian army remained in the field, and they were unable to threaten Poitiers out of the war as they had initially hoped. The Normans then arrived in northern Orleans and were spotted by Burgundian scouts. Immediately, over half of the army besieging Orleans was sent to meet this approaching army, but they found themselves surprised at the speed with which the army moved, bringing this detached force to battle far more quickly than they had anticipated. The Norman army was able to successfully outflank and attack the Burgundians, arriving with much surprise in their rear. From this superior tactical position, the Burgundians found themselves caught in a trap and were badly mauled. Fortunately, their commander managed to pull his army out mostly intact, escaping the Norman onslaught and pulling back east. He managed, despite the superior Norman mobility, to sacrifice a cavalry brigade in order to regroup with the main army. The Norman and Orleans armies also linked up, and a major battle was fought before the city of Orleans, hoping to break the siege. The fight was brutal and bloody, and the Burgundians managed to hold their positions with heavy casualties on both sides. The Normans have since secured the Orleans' army supply lines from the west and north, and push the Burgundians at least a little ways up the Loire River.
    Casualty List
    Burgundy: 12 Infantry Brigades, 5 Cavalry Brigades, 5 Artillery Brigades
    Normandy: 3 Infantry Brigades, 1 Cavalry Brigade, 1 Artillery Brigade
    Poitou: 2 Infantry Brigades, 1 Cavalry Brigade, 1 Artillery Brigade
    Orleans: 4 Infantry Brigades, 1 Cavalry Brigade, 2 Artillery Brigades

    BURGUNDY AND BRANDENBURG SIGN NEW PACT. Cologne, Burgundy. The government of Brandenburg surprised many in European politics by signing a nonaggression pact with the king of Burgundy. Many had expected and believed that the Brandenburg king would take advantage of the war in France to invade and claim the German territories of Burgundy. The new non-aggression pact states that neither kingdom will wage an offensive war against the other over the next five years. Some believe this development could very well mean the death knell of the allied fighting against Burgundy in the near future.
     
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    MASSIVE STORM WRECKS CARIBBEAN. Kingston, Jamaica. A major storm cross the Atlantic and Caribbean this year, leaving devastation in its wake. First wrecking the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, it crossed Hispaniola and eventually did its worst damage upon Jamaica. Ultimately it even made its way to the United States, making continental landfall near New Barcelona. The European colonies in the Caribbean managed to recover fairly quickly, and overall damage was minimal after repairs were completed. Jamaica, as an independent nation did its best to recover, but was heavily damaged in the process. The harbor was wrecked and many died in the storm's flooding and high winds. (-1 Stability, -1 Manpower)

    AZTEC EMPEROR DIES. Tenochtitlan, Aztec Empire. Emperor Montezuma VI, emperor of the Aztecs for nearly forty years, died this year of apparent natural causes. His son, widely known to have constantly followed in his father's footsteps politically and socially, has ascended to the throne of the empire. The new Emperor Ahuitzotl II was widely known as the Scourge of the Christians, having participated extensively in efforts to enslave and eradicate Christian enclaves throughout the empire. Some believe he could be even more hard line than his father was, has he has vowed to keep Christianity from corroding the empire's integrity any further.

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ELECTIONS. Washington D.C., United States of America. President Harrison once more ran for election this year under the wing of the Whig Party, pledging to continue his policies of westward expansion and balance on the slavery issue. So far he has managed to remain fairly popular and respected on both sides of the political aisle, as his compromises on the slave issue keep holding the union together. Furthermore, the annexation of West Florida was a popular move and the promise of new lands in Jacksonia has allowed for even greater heights of popularity. The President easily crushed the Democrats' candidate in the elections, further building his support in the nation. (+1 Stability)

    PARAGUAY ELECTIONS. Asunción, Paraguay. President Jose de Francia of Paraguay fulfilled his promise to the Paraguayan people this year as he oversaw the holding of new elections. He campaigned heavily for his own conservative De Francia Party, humbly named in his own image. An opposition group known as the Liberal Party has arisen, calling for even more decentralization and democracy. President de Francia has met some of these demands, agreeing to share power with others within his party. Furthermore, he has agreed to demands for a constitutional convention to establish a true democratic government for the nation. With his overwhelming support from the people, it seems quite likely, that the constitution will be one of the President's own making. (+1 Stability)

    CUBAN LEADER REPORTEDLY TOURING AMERICAS AND EUROPE. Havana, Empire of Holy Spain. Noted Cuban revolutionary, Hector Alvarez has been reported to be visiting the other nations of the Americas and Europe throughout this year. It is said that the has been making speeches and appealing for aid against the Spanish Crown, hoping to achieve independence. He has published a book in London detailing the atrocities of the Spanish in their suppression of the Cuban people as well as speaking with key members of Parliament. Alvarez was similarly well received in the United States of America and Sweden, though he has yet to receive an interview with any heads of state. The tour has begun restoring some hope to the Cuban independence movement as they continue their struggle against the Empire of Holy Spain.

    NATIVE UPRISING IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Chicago, United States of America. As the United States continues its expansion to the west, they face growing concerns among the native population already under their own rule. An uprising was launched in the Dakota territory as natives make efforts to contain the growing amount of American settlers infiltrating the region. They have begun attacking settlers' homesteads and towns throughout the area, attempting to drive out the Americans from their territory. The fighting has been disorganized and vicious, as the settler militias do their best to contain the raiding. The American army has been deployed to the area, and have done well ruthlessly attacking the native settlements and destroying their bases of support. (+1 Stability)

    NEW SPAIN SECURES INDEPENDENCE. Managua, New Spain. After a brutal three year war for independence, the United States of New Spain has managed to achieve its independence from The Empire of Holy Spain. The nation has celebrated its successful war, even the entire colony was not secured by the rebels from Spain. The remainder of the colony that now rests under the control of the Spanish is called the Yucatan colony, and remains under the firm control of imperial authority. The New Spanish have begun to prepare for a assembly of various representatives of the regional provinces of the new nation. Plans are being made for the establishment of a permanent government, awaiting only for the return of the leaders of the various armies and cities of the country. The convention is slated to be held next year. (+1 Stability)

    BRAZILIAN MILITARY EXPEDITION DISAPPEARS IN AMAZON RAINFOREST. Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil. Concerned about the various native tribes not complying with imperial laws, the Brazilian emperor dispatched an expedition to dictate their laws. Unfortunately no word has been heard from any of those who went on the expedition, which disappeared into the rainforests without a word. No follow up scouts found the expedition nor the tribes they were meant to contact. All evidence suggests that the expedition was killed by a combination of both disease and native resistance. Graves have been found as have records suggesting that an epidemic of some sort wiped out most of the expedition before they could even contact the first of the tribes. Needless to say, the Brazilian people have grown far less enthusiastic about the Amazon and its inhabitants after the brutality and futility of this late disaster became apparent. (-1 Infantry Brigade)

    BRAZIL DEPLOYS FLEET OFF OF THE URUGUAYAN COAST, SPARKING TENSIONS. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tensions have worsened to a dramatic level between Uruguay and Brazil over the deployment of the Brazilian navy to the coast of Montevideo for alleged training. This overt act of intimidation was followed up by the deployment of a new ambassador to Montevideo, calling for the government not to be so wasteful with the spending of its people. The reigning government, having been elected by the people have rejected these claims, refusing to dictate any domestic policy based on the whims of Brazil. In the alarm, the Uruguayan army has been prepared and amassed to forestall any further Brazilian threats. The government of Argentina has also stated its concern about the Brazilian actions, and warned against any action in the nation.

    OJIBWE WAR COMES TO AN END IN VINLAND. New Stockholm, Sweden. At long last the fighting between the Ojibwe tribes and Swedish settlers has come to a conclusion. The Swedes have enacted far more brutal policies of warfare, burning farms and recklessly slaughtering wildlife in order to cut the Ojibwe's food supply. The rising brutality of the war has increased as the settler militias are called up to support army offensives. Faced with renewed and unprecedented vigor from the Swedes, the natives have since typically fled to the north or west, or simply surrendered to the Swedish colonial authority. No one's quite sure what the status of these surrendered tribes will be as the march west may well resume once more. (-1 Infantry Brigade, +1 Stability)

    UNITED STATES CONTINUES WESTWARD PUSH. St. Francis, United States of America. The United States government has continued to finance military and civilian efforts to settle the west, as more and more people migrate to live on the flush new land along the West Coast and on the Great Plains. The natives have lessened their resistance, though some minor raiding and fighting has taken place between hotheaded settlers and natives. The American government has mostly left the tribes alone, as interests continue to be most focused upon the growing wealth of Jacksonia. Meanwhile, this effort has begun to destabilize the situation in Washington, as the argument on slave vs. free states continues to escalate and people wonder how the new territories and states will be partitioned between the two sides. (-1 Stability)

    AMERICAN ARMY REORGANIZES. Washington D.C., United States of America. The American government oversaw the reformation of the army this year, as the United States Army realized its needs and priorities. Though some suggested adopting the Brandenburger order of battle which has become popular in much of Europe, other suggested that the United States forge its own path for reasons of national pride and practicality. Ultimately the Senate approved the independent route, emphasizing an army, though weaker in firepower, is typically more mobile than most European armies. It has been claimed that in order to deal with the tribes in the west, such mobility is essential.

    VENEZUELA ENACTS NEW REFORMS. Caracas, Venezuela. The Venezuelan government has begun attempting to consolidate power in Caracas once more as a series of new projects have been enacted. First of all in order to appease their own base of power, new roads are being surveyed and dug out between all the coastal cities, and the interiors of the said cities are being paved. This has been hopefully to spark the local economy, as well as to make the coastal cities of Venezuela more liveable and modern. Next efforts have begun to pay off or otherwise integrate the outlying regions of the nation, particularly the rural, wealthy, and occasionally powerful landowners. This has been met with the most resistance to date, as while many do appreciate more money, they are also unwilling to give up their semi-autonomous power that they currently possess. Rumors of impending abolishment of slavery have further agitated these powerful leaders and they have thus continued to withdraw their own personal military forces from the government's control. (-1 Stability, -1 Infantry Brigade, -1 Cavalry Brigade)

    JAMAICA CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND ELECTIONS. Kingston, Jamaica. The island of Jamaica, despite recovering from war, famine, and storms, has managed to hold a constitutional convention regardless. Under the benign supervision of the leader of the militia, Xerses Smith, a republic has been formed by the population of Jamaica. Modeled upon the government of the United States of America, fresh elections have been held among the population, electing their first president and Congress. The victors emerged as a group of the few educated slaves from the island, who were schooled in at least some of the theories of Liberalism. They have formed the Democratic Party which has emerged dominant on the island. They have expressed the desire for improved ties with the other nations of America and less reliance upon the United Kingdom. (+1 Stability)

    PARAGUAY COMPLETES PAVING OF CAPITAL. Asunción, Paraguay. With a new government comes new roads in the South American nation of Paraguay. As elections bring the president back to democratically elected power, the plans for the paving of the nation's capital have been brought to an end. After importing stones upriver from Uruguay and beyond, the capital gleams with the growing prosperity of the nation. The effort has dramatically improved relations between Paraguay and its neighbors, as well as local international commerce. The Paraguayan government now searches for new projects and ideas to further increase their prosperity and status as a nation.

    NEW GRANADA BEGINS ESTABLISHING NEW FORTS. Soledad, Republic of New Granada. With the war against Venezuela over, the Republic of New Granada seeks to use the time of peace to rebuild its defenses. New coastal fortifications are being scouted and constructed on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the nation. The hope is to be able to forestall or outright defeat any naval assault upon the nation, even against a modern navy. It is said that the new designs and plans are inspired by the recently completed coastal fortifications in Corsica, and that even some of the workers who developed those for the Pope have been hired here. Observers among New Granada's neighbors are less than thrilled about this development, but are somewhat placated by the fact that the guns of the new forts are not pointed at them.
     
  17. EQandcivfanatic

    EQandcivfanatic Zailing Captain Retired Moderator

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    News from Africa and the Middle East​


    TRIBAL RIVALRIES SPARK FIGHTING IN PERSIA. Tehran, Persia. The lands taken from the Khazak Khanate by Persia have been a hotbed of disorderly activity and unrest for the past year. This has turned into a tribal feud as local groups fight each other against the wishes of the local Persian authorities, who are mostly ignored. The fighting continues to escalate, as a full war could erupt at any moment between the growing and disputing factions. At this point, no one is sure how the fighting began, but only that it is getting worse and worse throughout the region. Persian leaders are concerned, considering the war with the Maratha, that the unrest could very well spill over into other territories of the empire. (-1 Stability)

    DUTCH CLAIM SEYCHELLES ISLAND CHAIN. Port of Holland, Republic of the Netherlands. A Dutch expedition has been sent to the western Indian Ocean, settling the Seychelles Island chain. A series of forts and coaling stations have been established in the islands, in order to provide for Dutch trading ships coming around the southern tip of Africa. Other European powers with interests have consulted the Dutch upon using the new stations for their own ships, and discussions have been opened between various merchants. Regardless, the islands have become a profitable alternative to coaling or resupplying in British South Africa. Oman and Madagascar, local native powers, have been less than enthusiastic about this development, concerned that the new European base could be a staging point to eventual invasion.

    ABYSSINIA CONVERTS TO ORTHODOX STYLE OF COMBAT. Addis Ababa, Abyssinia. The Abyssinian emperor oversaw the last measures to convert the nation's army to a Roman style of organization this year. After seeing their ineffectiveness against the various bandit lords that have risen up over the past few years, it was widely determined that it was time for a change. The growing threat of the Caliphate has worsened the situation considerably, as the Abyssinians search out allies and new friends across the world. The Romans were eager to provide such advisors, helping them achieve a new level of success in their local wars and conflicts.

    MADAGASCAR AND ABYSSINIA OPEN RELATIONS. Antananarivo, Madagascar. As the new kingdom of Madagascar continues to attempt to integrate and modernize, they have been approached by the Abyssinians, requesting the establishment of embassies and new ties. To this end, a Abyssinian ambassador has been welcomed in Antananarivo by the queen, who welcomes new ties with another African nation. Though neither state really has much in the way of interaction or diplomacy with each other, the Abyssinian ambassador has become one of the most influential advisors for the integration efforts on Madagascar.

    OMAN SCRAP SLAVE TRADE PROJECT. Muscat, Oman. As their commerce continues to collapse from the effective end of the international slave trade, the sultan of Oman has cancelled the enhancement project which had been previously planned. Though this effort in theory could have led to massive gains, the end of demand for slaves on the Atlantic Ocean has effectively collapsed economic support for this overnight. The Omani government continues to tremble as many members of the upper class and merchants lost a good deal of wealth on the failure of this project. Now they continue to desperately search out a way to restore their failing empire and economy. (-1 Stability)

    TUNIS COMPLETES PORT MODERNIZATION. Tunis, Tunis. The Tunis port authority has completed a series of new buildings and structures, including a coaling station for the new steamships which have become increasingly popular among European nations. This has come in line with a series of new harbor reforms and checking systems, even for warships, as many have been concerned about the possibility of pirates once more using Tunis as a reluctant safe harbor. The new forts around the harbor are considered to be reasonably formidable, but could be easily beaten by most modern European fleets. Tunis hopes that these new developments for safety and commerce will allow them to compete with the growing trading power of Malta and Sardinia.

    News from the Far East​


    REBELLION IN CHINA. Shanghai, China. A new rebellion has erupted in China against the celestial throne, as pro-European merchants clashed against traditionalists in Shanghai. The result was the city and surrounding regions rising up against the local traditionalist rule. The local merchants managed to rally a fairly impressive army around themselves, buying off support and local army units. The result was the successful capture of a considerable part of the region and a growing force against the emperor. The response was immediate and massive, as a fresh army was sent in from Peking to quell the rebellion. Thankfully the rebels have been poorly armed and equipped for the most part as they struggled to resist the imperial onslaught. The result was as bloody as it was inevitable. Numerous towns and communities were burned to the ground for their support of the rebellion, and Shanghai itself was badly damaged in the final fights. (-7 Infantry Brigades, -325 Manpower)

    SHOGUN OPENS NEW DEBATE IN JAPAN. Kyoto, Japan. The Japanese shogun has opened for the first time in over two hundred years a debate among the daimyos about foreign policy. The 1835 arrival of the Spanish steam fleet has caused much disturbance as many fear that further treaties may be enforced upon them by other European powers. The shogun has called upon others to gain a consensus on the next logical step for Japan. For the time, no one seems to have gained any majority of support and none of the leaders of Japan are certain of how to proceed. Some have been cowed by the Spanish demonstration, believing the best course is to adopt to the West's ways in order to contain the negative influence. Others argue that it would be better to fight to the end against the Europeans, even to the point of extinction, rather than succumb to the dark influences of the West. (-1 Stability)

    DUTCH ESTABLISH FIRST EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT ON NEW GUINEA. Sorong, Republic of the Netherlands. The Republic of the Netherlands has dispatched military economic forces to the island of New Guinea not far away from their positions in the rest of the East Indies. The settlement has proven to find very little of value on the island, but the new fort has staked the Netherlands' claim to the island regardless. This is the first known European settlement on the island, and has met with some resistance by the natives. Overall though they have been kept at bay by the superior firepower of the Dutch and have amounted to very little of concern for the settlers.

    MARATHA WAR ESCALATES Jaipur, Empire of Holy Spain. The war in the Maratha Confederacy has escalated this year, even though it began fairly slowly. Both Spain and the Confederacy have done their best to rebuild their forces throughout most of the year, though it took the Maratha considerably less time than the Spanish. The Persians took advantage of the chance to attack the Confederacy, invading the northern part of the nation through the Khyber Pass, reaching the fortified city of Peshawar. The local prince immediately dispatched word to the main army, before they could launch their campaign against the Spanish. With no apparent movement of the Spanish from their position at Ahmedabad, the Maratha main army marched north to relieve the siege. Outnumbering the Persians two to one, the Maratha were quick to force a battle. Though the Persians possessed a slight edge in firepower, the Maratha ultimately brought the enemy into close combat, using advantages to smash into the Persian lines. The fighting was brutal and the superior Persian artillery did their best to account for themselves, but it was not enough. The Persian army was utterly defeated and routed, and sent scurrying back across the border. With the Persians defeated and in chaos, the Maratha, rather than exploiting such a victory were forced to respond to the Spanish, who at last launched a new offensive. Driving north up the Indus River, the fertile Indus River Valley was the primary objective of the Spanish to break away the breadbasket of the northern regions. Most of the local princes en route to the north rose in favor of the Spanish, declaring their loyalty and fealty to the Spanish throne, in exchange for extensive autonomy as princely states. The Spanish thus managed to avoid any costly sieges, turning the campaign into a triumphant march. Turning south from their victory against the Persians, leaving a force to watch the pass, the Maratha at last entered into the planned major battle. Unfortunately, the Spanish managed to catch the Maratha army half asleep in the morning on a day in early October. The Spanish attacked with modern artillery and rifles, throwing the camp into confusion. Though some of the Maratha fought back and fought well, the army was in chaos, and never was able to be formed together. The Spanish soon scattered the forces, as the various princes took their armies back to their own cities with no cohesive general in command. The Spanish effectively ended any Maratha resistance in the north with this great victory, securing much of the region and taking the Khyber Pass on Christmas, blocking any further Persian invasions. Similarly Delhi fell the day after to the main Spanish army, eliminating what resistance remained. In the south, while the main fighting was taking place along the Indus, a smaller Spanish army was sent with the navy to take of Pune. The Maratha navy valiantly and futilely resistance and were summarily wiped out by the Spanish with hardly a scratch upon the European steamships. The Spanish then marched inland upon Pune, meeting a Maratha army in the field. To the surprise of many, the Maratha were utterly smashed, despite having equal numbers. They were routed across the fields and shattered, leaving the city undefended. Baji Rao II has since fled the city to the north, hoping to assemble what little loyalty he has remaining following his horrific defeat. The Spanish marched into the Maratha capital and quickly began assuring the surrender of cities in the region beyond. Thanks to the cowardly retreat of the emperor and the overwhelming firepower of the Spanish, most Indian princes have since surrendered, though the fight is quite likely to go on.
    Casualty List
    Empire of Holy Spain: 4 Infantry Brigades, 1 Cavalry Brigade
    Maratha Confederacy: 30 Infantry Brigades, 9 Cavalry Brigades, 4 Artillery Brigades, 10 Fifth Rate Warships
    Persia: 9 Infantry Brigades, 6 Cavalry Brigades, 3 Artillery Brigades

    SWEDEN BEGINS INDIAN RECRUITMENT. Guntur, Sweden. The Swedish colonial authority in India has begun opening recruitment for Indian soldiers into its local armed forces. This follows similar British policies in the north, creating their own Indian regiments and brigades. The Swedes have of course placed the units under white officers, hoping to use them to maintain order in their Indian holdings. The princes of the colony are less than pleased about this development, fearing a threat to their own positions of power in the colonial arrangement. Furthermore, the increasing of Swedish strength in the region has been viewed by the watchful eyes of Spain and Britain.

    HONG KONG UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Hong Kong, United Kingdom of Great Britain. The British city of Hong Kong has been more or less a series of warehouses and buildings centered around a small Chinese village for the past few years. After being observed by the king, it was determined that efforts would be made to develop the area's port facilities and turn it into a European style city worthy of the name. Construction workers have been hired from surrounding areas in China, while being overseen by British civil and military engineers. The process is believed to be completed in a year or two when new government buildings and more permanent installations will be built.

    BRITISH ESTABLISH POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC AUTHORITY IN VIETNAM. Saigon, United Kingdom of Great Britain. Two major events have cemented the status of Vietnam within the British Empire this year, crushing any slight hope that they may be allowed to resume independence. King John IX has been proclaimed the Emperor of Vietnam and the puppet king his subordinate. This gives the British monarchy complete legal authority over the region, securing their reign through local legislation. Furthermore the Royal British Vietnam Company has been established, opening Vietnam for investment and exploitation by British business. The monarchy has assumed some of the costs of the company, and the nation continues to increase its influence over its newest colony.

    MONGOLS INVADE CHINA. Peking, China. Even as China is threatened from within, they have been faced by an old enemy, invading from the north. The Zunghar Khanate has begun rampaging into China's borders once more, burning towns and villages, and looting and pillaging. Their sheer numbers have allowed them to overrun any local defenses with ease and panicked representatives of the region have poured into Peking calling for aid. Unwilling to sit idle while the empire is overrun by the old Mongol enemy, the emperor sent an impressive force to the north to deal with the invasion. The army arrived in time to meet the Mongols in battle outside of the garrison city of Hohhot which nearly had fallen to the invaders before their arrival. The battle was intense and bloody, but thanks to the Chinese's deployment of at least a few firearms and artillery, they ultimately won the fight despite a few localized reverses. After this defeat, most of the Mongols retreated, but have since continued raiding throughout the region, using their superior mobility to evade the Chinese armies.
    Casualty List
    China: 13 Infantry Brigades, 6 Cavalry Brigades, 68 Manpower
    Zunghar Khanate: 22 Cavalry Brigades

    Financial Section​


    SWITZERLAND OPENS INVESTMENT IN MILAN. Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss government, despite its internal woes has spent considerable energies in opening new trade doors and investment with the new government in Milan. The triumvirate is viewed with considerable favor in some elements of the Swiss government, and this has proven to be a spectacular opportunity. With the surrounding monarchies around Milan being less and less willing for open trade, the increased trade and partnership with Switzerland has significantly aided in their recovery. It's hoped that this may well lead to new profits and prosperity for both Central European nations.

    PERSIA AND BRITAIN OPEN NEW TRADE AGREEMENT. Tehran, Persia. The Persian government has welcomed British trade this year by ending tariffs on British merchants and goods. This has really opened up this market to Europe for the first time in years, though demand remains fairly low for most goods. The good in highest demand are specialist advisors who have been gaining increasing influence throughout the Persian court and nation. This new agreement has not been popular with many of the conservatives in Persia, as many fear the growing Western influences. Regardless the damage has been done as British merchants arrive in the harbors and markets of Persia. (-1 Stability for Persia)

    CHINESE EMPEROR ALIENATES UPPER CLASS WITH SPENDING CUTS. Peking, China. The Chinese emperor made a wildly unpopular decision this year when he cut finances to bureaucratic education and maintenance. This dramatically undermines the basic Confucian ideals popular among much of the upper class, and has resulted in a shortage of competent people to manage the government in various local areas. Furthermore, it has shown incredible weakness on behalf of the empire to cut such an essential part of the nation's tradition, and support has reached an even greater low than ever before for the government. (-1 Stability)

    CHINA CLOSES CUSTOMS HOUSES. Ghuangzhou, China. The Chinese government has also managed to annoy the merchants of the nation with the closure of the customs houses in southern China. Though most of these have been fairly useless in recent years with the establishment of the British port in Hong Kong, they still represent a symbolic ceding of financial independence to the British Empire. Furthermore, the smuggling of opium through the provinces has been supercharged, without the customs houses to regulate such trade. The situation continues to worsen as the British have clearly become the only game in town for most Chinese merchants.

    MOSCOW ESTABLISHES FOOD RESERVE. Moscow, Moscowy. The constant shortage of food during and after the Great Russian Famine has led to the king of Moscow adopting a policy of conserving food in government storage in Moscow and other major cities. The effort is being made to prevent future unrest and starvation due to a shortage of foodstuffs. This has cost the government some money each year to pay for the food, but is showing to be a sound economic policy for the state. The merchants and upper class also like the plan, as the artificial shortage this creates allows them to charge even more for their produce in the cities.

    FINANCIAL REPORT IN BRIEF. Madrid, Empire of Holy Spain.
    Spoiler :

    Argentina: +2 EP
    Austria: +1 EP
    Aztec Empire: -1 EP
    Brandenburg: +2 EP
    Brittany: +2 EP
    Burgundy: -1 EP
    Chile: +1 EP
    China: -5 EP
    Dauphine: +1 EP
    Empire of Brazil: +1 EP
    Empire of Holy Spain: +50 EP
    -Algeria: +2 EP
    -Cuba: -1 EP
    -Hispaniola: -1 EP
    -Morocco: +2 EP
    -Peru: +1 EP
    -Puerto Rico: -1 EP
    -Spanish India: +20 EP
    -Yucatan: +5 EP
    Flanders: +1 EP
    Hungary: +3 EP
    Jamaica: -5 EP
    Kiev: -2 EP
    Korea: +1 EP
    Mamluk Caliphate: -2 EP
    Maratha Confederacy: -15 EP
    Milan: +3 EP
    Moscowy: -2 EP
    Naples: -2 EP
    New Spain: +10 EP
    Normandy: -1 EP
    Novgorod: +2 EP
    Orleans: -2 EP
    Panama: +2 EP
    Papal States: -2 EP
    Paraguay: +1 EP
    Persia: +2 EP
    Poitou: +1 EP
    Poland: +10 EP
    Portugal: -5 EP
    Republic of the Netherlands: +2 EP
    Republic of New Granada: +1 EP
    Roman Empire: -3 EP
    Sardinia: +1 EP
    Savoy: +2 EP
    Sweden: +5 EP
    -Swedish India: -1 EP
    -Vinland: +3 EP
    Switzerland: +3 EP
    United Kingdom of Great Britain: +10 EP
    -British China: +3 EP
    -British India: -2 EP
    -British West Indies: -1 EP
    -Malaysia: -3 EP
    -Prince Edward Island: +1 EP
    -South Africa: +1 EP
    -Vietnam: -2 EP
    United States of America: +3 EP
    Uruguay: +1 EP
    Venezuela: -1 EP


    Random Stat Changes and Fluctuations

    From Spread of Paddle Steamer Technology, +3 Navy Quality:
    Spoiler :

    China
    Japan
    Korea
    Mamluk Caliphate
    Maratha Confederacy
    Oman
    Siam
    Tunis
    Yemen


    From Spread of Rifle Muskets, +2 Army Quality:
    Spoiler :

    Burma
    China
    Japan
    Korea
    Maratha Confederacy
    Siam


    From Spread of Screw Steamer Technology, +2 Navy Quality"
    Spoiler :

    Argentina
    Brittany
    Chile
    Ecuador
    Empire of Brazil
    Empire of Holy Spain
    Flanders
    Languedoc
    Normandy
    Panama
    Paris
    Poitou
    Portugal
    Provence
    Republic of the Netherlands
    Republic of New Granada
    United States of America
    Uruguay
    Venezuela


    Navy Deterioration of Austria: -1 Navy Quality

    Navy Improvement of Empire of Holy Spain: +1 Navy Quality

    Random Manpower Boost for Republic of New Granada: +3 Manpower

    Diplomatic Pouch

    To: Austria
    From: Bavaria

    As our good friends and allies we were hoping that we could be allowed to utilize your conceived army organization type once it has been finalized.

    To: United States of America
    From: Jamaica

    We'd like to seek out your advisors and information to help us reform our army much in the image of your own.

    To: Burgundy
    from: Dauphine

    We are concerned at the ongoing escalation of the war, and we urge you to accept the Netherlands' offers of peace. If the war continues to upset the balance of power in France, and Paris joins the fight, we will be forced to side with our Protestant friends in Orleans and Normandy.

    To: Empire of Holy Spain
    From: Princes of the Maratha Confederacy

    We have determined to offer the surrender of our remaining armies and emperor if you agree to recognize our natural rights of rule to our cities and extend the same offers of autonomy that you have to the princes in the Indus Valley. We will join your cause and end the war if you can agree to this and we will recognize the emperor of Spain as our new sovereign.

    OOC

    @DarthNader: You did not receive any funds from the UK.

    Yui108 and TheLizardKing have been dropped due to inactivity. Circuit has been offered and has accepted the United States of America, so don't bother asking.

    I am considering adding a "treaties" post to the front page as to better keep people remembering what treaties are indeed active among the various nations. Anyone willing to provide links to the various treaties signed upon the thread or in private, I would appreciate it. This will help to make the front page more thorough and detailed for any incoming players. Similarly, Issues of Concern: help or waste of space?

    @Adrogans: I wasn't sure if you meant to abolish slavery this turn or another future turn. Therefore, I left it alone for now.

    I have eliminated the Population movement section because I'm tired of dealing with it for such little changes.

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  18. Circuit

    Circuit Writing Letters

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    To: Empire of Holy Spain
    From: United States of America


    Indeed, this seems to be an accounting error. We will rectify it as promptly as possible. The United States honors her treaties.

    OOC: Yay!

    @Milarqui: Sorry. New to US affairs, obviously.

    @EQ: PLEASE do not drop Issues of Concern. I really like it and find it handy to have the major issues of concern spelled out.

    May have more diplo soon. Just getting that out of the way.

    EDIT: No treaty with Jamaica. Nevermind.
     
  19. Lord of Elves

    Lord of Elves Suede-Denim Secret Police

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    @EQandcivfanatic, it seems my purchase of First Rate Warships hasn't been accounted for in the stats.

    From: Swedish Empire
    To: Native Tribes in Vinland

    We trust that the defeat of the Cree and Ojibwe will serve as a warning to those of you who might stir up dissent. Her Majesty frowns on violence against Swedish settlers, and will react accordingly to protect the safety of her subjects. If you work with us, instead of against, you will be duly rewarded.
     
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    But of course. Once we have finished our reorganization we will gladly send advisers to aid you in doing the same.
     

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