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  1. Tee Kay

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    Update Zero

    July 1, 1815​






    A summary of events

    The sun dawns on the first day of the Year of Our Lord 1815. The world is reeling from decades of war and turmoil that historians are now beginning to call the “Age of Revolutions”. The Year 1815 seems to mark the beginning of a new era, though views differ on what it will become. Some hope for a return to a conservative stability reminiscent of the good old days; others believe the upheavals of the past few decades are only the beginning.

    Certainly many changes of the Age of Revolutions are unlikely to be undone. Scientific knowledge has been expanding exponentially. New means of production proliferate rapidly; already the steam engine has transformed England, and industrialisation is now spreading to the rest of Europe and even to Europe’s erstwhile colonies in the Americas, and hitherto isolated and largely unknown lands in Asia and Africa. The landmasses of the world are becoming more and more intimately linked; fast sailing ships have made transcontinental voyages regular and routine. But Europe’s self-destruction in war has enabled its former subjects in the Americas and Asia to throw off their chains, and some are now growing into powers to be reckoned with.

    Europe in Crisis

    In the closing decades of the 18th century, rebellions erupted all across Europe. In Russia, peasant rebellions overwhelmed the forces of the weak Tsar Peter III. The country broke apart. Ten years of war followed between the reformed Grand Duchy of Moscow, the Ukrainians in alliance with the Crimean Tatars, and the tribal confederation squatting in St Petersburg. The Moscovites finally broke the power of the feared Ukrainian cavalry at Chernobyl, and marched south, all the way to Bakhchisarai.

    In 1789, the French Revolution began. The revolt inspired similar efforts across Europe; the people in the streets, demanding liberty, equality, fraternity, the sudden proliferation of constitutions and draft constitutions, the patriotic songs and poems, the sometimes resigned, other times violent reaction of the clergy and the nobility. For the next quarter of a century, the powers of Europe were pushed and pulled into strange alliances, against one revolutionary or reactionary power or another. Some made a comparison to the chaos of the Thirty Years War; others invoked the spectre of the Fall of Rome to the barbarian hordes.

    In this unholy mess a Corsican named Napoleon Bonaparte made a name for himself as commander of the revolutionary French armies, winning victories after victories from Lombardy to Egypt. In time, he set himself up as Emperor of France. His campaigns ended the Holy Roman Empire, destroyed Austria as a world power, and established French supremacy over most of Europe. It couldn’t last; a Coalition of the British, the Prussians, the Muscovites and the Scandinavians defeated him and rolled back the French Empire.

    Napoleon tried to recover his losses at the Battle of Waterloo, where he was defeated by the Duke of Wellington. But the Coalition was fragile, the powers were too involved with their own domestic conflicts and too distrustful of each other, and ultimately a new imperial government under Napoleon’s marshal Andre Massena was established in Paris.

    Among the faded grandeur and ruins of Vienna, diplomats of the European nations met to take stock and establish a new order. Talleyrand, representing France, played everyone else against each other and successfully sabotaged any attempt to resurrect an anti-French coalition. But Massena’s regime was still unable to establish control over all of France; the south of France has joined the rebellious Spanish regions of Catalonia and Andalusia in a new Confederation. The United Kingdom, ostensibly the victor in the Napoleonic Wars, lost control of its Irish and Scottish possessions to rebellion. Prussia experienced a political crisis in the middle of the war against Napoleon, with the reformed Teutonic Order eventually deposing the Prussian monarchy. The Muscovites, for their part, found it easier to retreat back to Russia than to try to impose its rule on the restless population of Poland and the former Austrian Empire. Though the guns and cannons are silent now, Europe’s great crisis is not yet over.

    The New World’s Destiny

    The American Revolution erupted in 1775, when Britain’s Thirteen Colonies on the eastern coast of North America rose up in revolt. The war lasted eight years, an epic struggle all of its own, resulting in the creation of the United States of America. Its Founding Fathers envisioned a strong democratic federation, but a quarter of a century later, the Union has dissolved, and American sons lie dead on the fields of Virginia, victims of a fratricidal war.

    The cause of the American Civil War was complex and will no doubt continue to be debated, but central was the conflict over slavery. This conflict was exacerbated by the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secret society of influential and imperialist plantation owners, who actively incited the secession of the Southern States. The Civil War erupted in 1803 and lasted four years, ending with the official dissolution of the Union and the establishment of the Confederate States of America by the rebellious southern states. The northern states set up its own federation, the United Northern States of America, and moved the capital up to Boston. A peace exists between the former belligerents, but it is an uneasy peace. The Civil War has forged two states and two peoples with very different perceptions and outlooks, and bitterly opposed to each other. The memories of the bloodshed is too fresh, the rift too deep, for any meaningful reconciliation.

    While the United States tore itself apart in Civil War, Spain’s American colonies were beginning to assert their autonomy, taking advantage of Spain’s involvement in the Napoleonic Wars. Mexico was first to declare its independence, but the freedom fighters were quick to fight amongst themselves. Some renegade Americans, led by Union General Andrew Jackson, made their way to Spanish-ruled California, where they threw out the Spanish authorities and established the Californian Republic. When Jackson was assassinated in 1813, his vice-president Norton declared himself Emperor.

    In the south, the strongest of the post-colonial states is Paraguay, ruled by Dr Jose Gaspar. Authoritarian, brutally efficient, and xenophobic, Gaspar established himself over most of what was the Viceroyalty of La Plata, and promptly began an internal war with the Catholic Church and its supporters. Shortly after he declared formal independence for Paraguay in 1811, Gaspar, now securely in power with the support of a battle-hardened army, did the unthinkable and nationalised the Catholic Church. Although Paraguay is ostensibly a democracy, Gaspar is untouchable, and those who opposed the nationalisation were forced to remain silent, were driven abroad or underground, or suffer various undesirable fates. Now many feared that the revolution has simply replaced one despot with another.

    Twilight of the Ottomans

    A crazed decayed old body; this was how Sir Thomas Roe described the Ottoman Empire in 1621. The people who so recently challenged Vienna and threatened to dominate the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean were exhausted and quarrelling among themselves. The Sultan-Caliphs were all drunkards or insane, palace intrigue sapped the strength of the government, and janissary decadence sapped the strength of the army. In the mountains and the deserts, the bandits ruled, while in the valleys local strongmen, the ayan, carved up fiefdoms for themselves.

    Still, the Ottoman Empire lingered and sputtered on, reviving here, retreating there. Its many component nationalities and factions were increasingly uneasy with each other, yet the structure held, for the foundation was strong. The millet system gave each and everyone a place in the Empire, a degree of autonomy and something of communal support.

    The Empire’s decline acquired a certain suddenness with the explosion of political ideas in the Age of Revolutions, and following the French Revolution in particular. By now, it was clear to many that the Empire lagged behind the Europeans in almost every way and that the old system was rotten and corrupt beyond repair. Nationalism was to be the solution; the nation-state was to be the cure.

    The Serbian was the first nation to raise the standard of revolt. This was initially successfully suppressed, but then Nedim Pasha, the commander of the Ottoman Army, decided to throw his lot in with the rebels. At the Battle of Tarkovo, the Ottomans were decisively defeated, and the rebels secured Sarajevo, Belgrade, Monastir, Scutari, Kozani and Salonika in quick succession. No longer with an army, Sultan Selim III had no choice but to accept the fait accompli and recognised the loss of Rumelia. Hoping to secure the rest of the Empire, he decided to move his court to a more central capital in Anatolia.

    He never arrived. Near Bursa he was confronted by disgruntled nobles. The Sultan unconvincingly tried to assert his authority: “what is this? I ordered you to march. Am I not your Padishah?”. “Thou has ruined the world, and no longer fit to be called Padishah”, they said, and strangled the hapless Sultan. The assassins hoped to take over and reunify the Empire, but when they marched on Kostantiniyye, they found the gates closed and the city fortified; the Stamboulis has formed their own military government and refused to recognise the Anatolian usurpers.

    In the midst of this stand-off, other parts of the Empire broke away under their own rulers. The ayan in the Arab provinces declared themselves Emirs, though the Bey of Medina went one further, and declared himself Caliph, and promptly marched into Baghdad. The Jewish population of Palestine, reinforced by migrants from Europe, took advantage of the situation and their military superiority to recreate the ancient Kingdom of Israel in the Levant. In Greece, nationalists dreaming of a recreated Byzantine Empire attempted to establish some sort of nation-state. Egypt is still in anarchy after the French withdrawal and the assassination of Ali Pasha, considered by some to be the one man who could have hold the country together.

    In the Ottoman heartland, the three main successors of the Sublime State; Nedim’s Bosnian Kingdom, the Turkish state in Anatolia, and the Free City of Istanbul, coexist uneasily. Exhausted by their ordeals, they have a mutual informal understanding to maintain peace between them, at least for now. But each considered the others illegitimate, and so the people of Anatolia and Rumelia continue to be haunted by the spectre of war.

    There was one bastion of Ottoman rule that was blessedly free from all this turmoil; the Ottoman colonies in Venediciya. Settled by adventurers and corsairs, and surrounded by colonies of European nations, the region was never fully under Kostantiniyye’s control, and by the middle of the 18th century has become completely autonomous. The disintegration of Europe’s American empires has given the fledging republic the chance to expand into Guiana and the northern Andes. To the immigrants arriving from Rumelia and Anatolia, Venediciya stands for hope, freedom and opportunity, the beginnings of a new Islamic dawn.

    The Eastern Phoenixes

    Emperor Aurangzeb died in 1707. His final years were spent in the Deccan in a futile struggle against the Vijayanagar Empire, which had not only survived the wars against the Bahmanis, but thrived, and posed a serious threat to the Mughals, who after the bitter fratricidal fighting at the end of Shah Jahan’s reign were in a particularly weak state, and who were finding out that their governors increasingly had a penchant for corruption. Aurangzeb tried every trick in the book to defeat the southerners, to no avail. His paranoia against his Hindu subjects only served to make his empire all but ungovernable, until only Aurangzeb himself held the Empire together. When he died, the Empire too ceased to be.

    For a while it looked as if the Europeans, particularly the adventurers of English East India Company, would be the new masters of India. Certainly they had established a firm foothold in Bengal following Clive’s victory at Plassey. However, the Vijayanagaris were able to convince its northern rivals to settle their differences for the moment and concentrate their efforts against the Europeans. The Vijayanagaris reformed the military and society at large, and studied European warfare, so that they were able to synthesise European ideas with local ones, and identify the weaknesses of their adversaries. The East India Company soon discovered their hold on India all but untenable, and retreated to Malaya, where the local potentates were soon deprived of their independence by way of some confusing legal documents. The Company’s old associates-turned-rivals, the Hadley Family, established themselves in Ceylon and built a mighty trading empire, staying on friendly terms with the Vijayanagaris.

    Further north, China has entered a new period of disunity following the White Lotus Rebellion. Most of the country is in the hands of regional warlords of different stripes, though the merchant guilds in the southern ports had banded together to form a Federal government based in Taipei. The Tibetans and Mongolians, under new ambitious militarist leaders, reasserted their independence, as did Korea. Japan continues to develop in its own way, as it has for centuries, though even the Japanese cannot remain isolated from the world’s changing winds for long.


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    Espionage Mission Prices

    Military Sabotage - 1 IC
    Industrial Sabotage - 1 IC
    Encourage Disunity - 1 IC
    Incite Rebellion - 1 IC
    Smear Reputation - 1 IC
    Manipulate Internal Politics - 1 IC


    Rule Changes

    Colonising no longer costs IC
    You can colonise even without 5% cultural share
    You are now limited to colonising a maximum of five provinces per turn

    A few notes:

    As always, please check if I've made any mistakes in the update.

    This thread is to be used primarily for major announcements, orders, roleplay and stories. Please keep off-topic chatter to a minimum. Lengthy diplomatic discussions between players should go in the diplomacy group or in PMs or VMs.

    If you haven't joined the social group yet please do so (the link is in the OP) and create an "embassy thread" with continually updated details of your country and your factions. It makes things a lot easier for you and your fellow players and for me to keep track of.

    Please inform me of any alliance blocs, secret or otherwise.

    Remember to put orders in bold and blue writing

    New declaration of wars due in 48 hours (2 days). DoW responses due in 96 hours (4 days). Orders due in 7 days, or Thursday June 1, 3pm GMT.


    That's it from me, you may now post.
     
  5. Tyo

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    Permission to say something arguably OT?
    I just wanna say I LOVE the update format. Very good work.
     
  6. Ailedhoo

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    The following passage is taken from the Times.

    In light of the rebellions of Ireland and Scotland, the House of Commons was echoed in loud debate on the matter of regaining the former parts of United Kingdom. The British Commonwealth, according to the Prime Minister Henry Brougham, would “require setting to its union as a whole if we are to be classed as the great civilization that we were and are. By this I do mean that the entire British Isles must be of the British Commonwealth, else Britannia will not seem to be the land of hope and glory. Scotland was of my education and it was proud as of my education as a British land. Ireland can prosper best as part of the British Commonwealth’s destiny. We have been marked as united, as dictated by the Act of Union in 1800. The proud British Isles must be classed as British; the price of failing this will mean we will be classed as part of whatever empire, whatever force in this world if it be for fair or for ill, decides that our isles are for the taking... which naturally will be ill for the people of our Commonwealth. Union is the destiny of the British Isles. Once we have reunited our isles... we can commence the policies needed to make Britannia to not only rule the waves but the enlighten will of this new era. If we fail then we will surely be slaves to the chaos of tomorrow, to be recorded in the chronicles of history as forgettable. We must not... and will not... become forgettable, for we our eager to remain more then mere memory!” The House of Commons was full of claps and cheers, a rare sighting of unity among the Whigs and Tories. It was also unusually short for a speech by the 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, defiantly at least compared to the normal time it takes for him to commence a speech. This however was compensated by conducting other following speeches on the other matters.

    One of the matters among them was British industry. “The people of Britannia are proud to be the inventors they are. The steam engine has been our making and it will be our pride. It is saddened then that our industry suffered during the great October Revolt. Let us not be further chained by failing to reach our former position as the workshop of the world. I declare that we will be establishing industry in northern England, were the riots were among their most brutal. Only with our ability to produce grand quantities of goods returns as a fact of life then a dream of once past will we be returning to our greater glory as a strong player on the world stage. Of course this does not mean simply to just order the setting of factories but also the education of those needed to design the structures. I am once again suggesting to the members of this parliament, this structure that be blessed by the holy hand of God and his majesty, George III, that we consider the possible notion of educational reforms to ensure the further security of our national interests in method of ensuring the mind is strong enough to wield the hammer of industry. For without the mind set up to wield that hammer... slavery be the fate of the people of Britannia ”This speech too was greeted with cheers, although slight quite cheers from the Tories in concerned to the second half of Brougham’s speech on industry. However there was union today on the matters. These were matters of regaining British might. The Act of Union had been felt to be a source of unity among the member of Parliament. Britain needed industry to improve. This was the matter of the day. This was the matter of our time.

    Later on Brougham would face the opposite of cheers from the Tories on the issue of...


    The British Orders of 1815
    Attempt to colonize both Scotland and Ireland.
    Invest 4 IC into factories in North England.
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  7. Tee Kay

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    Oh dear, I almost forgot something important.

    This is the excel file with the calculators I'm using for colonisation and espionage chances.


    It'd be a good idea to look at them before giving your final orders.
     
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    You can get Birdjag to remove Farsight's post if you want.
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    The King of Wagadou has decreed that the nation shall extend its borders so as to increase trade between all the great nations of Africa. The colonization of Chad will allow the construction of a north-south road that will connect the great nations of Nuovo-Milan and Kongola, increasing trade between all three nations.

    Kingdom of Wagadou
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    - (2IC) Build 1 Factory in Mali
    - (3IC) Invest in Culture (CP)
    - Colonize the territory of Chad
     
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    Jedan Narod, Jedan Kralj, Jedno Carstvo​





    Government: Absolute Monarchy
    Capital: Bobovac (Bosnia)
    Leader: King Nedim I Kotromanić
    Factions:
    • Nationalist (majority) Policies: Greater Bosnia, State run factories, Secularism
    • Democrats (mediocre) Policies: Parliamentary Monarchy, Social Reform, Secularism
    • Minorities (small, different types) Policies: Serbian Independence, Croat Autonomy, Greeks are not Slavs
    Description: By the 1800's unrest had gathered in Serbia and other Ottoman provinces, the first Serbian revolt destroyed and with the monarchists fleeing a young Bosnian formed a rebel army in Serbia, Bosnia and Greece to overthrow the Ottomans old rule in favor of a modernized Kingdom of Bosnia. The rebels managed to defeat the Ottoman army at the battle of Takovo. The Ottomans withdrew from the balkans and The Royal Army of Bosnia took Belgrade and Salonika and declared a new Bosnian state, now seeking to expand all the way into Greece but mostly his homeland Bosnia and then onto Croatia to spread the Reich . The Kingdom is usually called the Treće Carstvo (Third Empire) because its the third unification of Bosnia, the first under Ban Kulin, second under King Tvrtko I and the third under King Nedim I.
    Moto: One people, One King, One Empire



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  15. Robert Can't

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    I want to cry over how beautiful the update is.

    Taillesskangaru... You are truly amazing.
     
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    The update is, truly, quite amazing. Was worth the wait!

    In other news, the Grand Duchy of Muscovy would like non-aggression pacts with Poland, Teutonic Order, Czechoslovakia, and would like to establish a mutual defensive pact with the Kingdom of Bosnia


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    1814

    The Treaty of Kiel was concluded between the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It stopped hostilities between parties in the preceding Napoleonic Wars. Due to its position in these wars Denmark lost control of Greenland, Iceland and the small Faroe Islands. Due to Sweden's support of the Anti-Napoleon forces, it was able to negotiate re-establishing Swedish control over the Scandinavia on 14 January 1814. Using the political model used in Sweden of a Constitutional Monarchy, there are hopes that Norway and Denmark will establish its own Parliaments to have some form of self-rule, but all united in the same goal of a strong Scandinavia. A brief war occurred between Norway and Sweden, which led to the King of Norway to abdicate after the Convention of Moss, and a Union between Sweden and Norway was formed..

    Now three main factions in Sweden, the Democrats, the Republicans and the Monarchists were all instrumental in the formation of this Union. Advantages in the union were seen by all of them, although internal factions within these, the Lantmannas, the Purists and the Valhallans, had some goals that were not achieved. This caused some resentment to build in them. Most notably the Valhallans were the most aggrieved, because the events led to the loss of Iceland the location of the true Valhalla.

    These events of 1814 resulted in a union of two sovereign states that had the same King, foreign polices and diplomatic representations. Each had its own independent laws, parliament, government, administration, church, army, and currency. However, the King mostly resided in Stockholm, Swedes were initially viceroys in Norway, and foreign policy was conducted by the King through the Swedish foreign ministry in Stockholm. Many nations were invited to Sweden to present their ambassadors to the new Scandinavian Union in late 1814.

    The Grand Conspiracy

    It was in one of these diplomatic meetings with the CSA ambassador and the Swedish Prime Minister, information was provided that alleged that some people within Sweden were attempting to create a secret global organisation. This information shocked the Prime Minister, who did not believe it at first, but when written evidence was provided, he had to reluctantly accept that this was not only true but it would seriously affect Swedish foreign affairs for the foreseeable future. Essentially meaning Sweden could not be trusted unless it could prove that it has changed and these people were rooted out.

    The Prime minister instructed all ambassadors to be recalled and placed on house arrest, and this also included the Foreign Minister, Deputy Foreign Minister and other senior people within the Foreign Ministry. A conspiracy of this size and scope would have needed many persons to be involved. All Foreign Affairs activities were now to be handled by the Danish Internal Affairs office in Copenhagen as this was seen as the most incorruptible places in the Union. So if nations wish to contact Sweden they must do so via this office. Contacts by Swedish nationals to other nations are now strictly forbidden, by order of the Prime Minister, however the Denmark office will receive foreign officials and all contacts must go diplomatically through there. The remaining Foreign Affairs staff who were not already on house arrest, were placed on paid leave while an investigation by the Internal Affairs ministry was carried out. This did not go unnoticed by the public at large and calls could soon be heard to have the culprits charged with treason and executed, for what they have done to Sweden's reputation.

    Initial investigations from the information provided, pointed to involvement by Swedish ambassadors for Russia, Bosnia, France, Britain, Papal States, Prussia, and the Consul in Iceland. These people were then immediately placed in jail pending further investigations. Also, amongst the information provided were notes about "Illuminati", "Anchors of Rationalism" and others. Further investigations led to Johann Martin, Count of Stolberg-Rossia, who was angered by the 1814 Congress of Vienna, handing over its territory to the control of the Prussians and wanted to create an 'secret' alliance to regain control. It would appear that he also leads a secret society called the "Illuminati". This organisation had infiltrated the Freemasons, and were even claimed to be behind the French Revolution. So its reach was considered far and wide by the investigators. They were determined to leave no stone unturned to root out these conspirators. Some of their investigations led to Bavaria, where more information about the "Bavarian Illuminati" came to light. It would seem that the grandson of the Duke of Bavaria via his illegitimate son Karl August was also involved. This led the investigators uncover the link to Sweden, as this person was none other than the brother-in-law of the King of Sweden, now called the Duke of Uppsala, by virtue of the being married to the King's sister. These investigations also revealed that the Duke had made many trips to Bavaria, ostensibly to meet his family there, but also appeared to have visited the home of Johann Martin. The investigators then returned to Sweden looked into the activities of the Duke and discovered that he had various meetings with the Swedish ambassadors to Russia, France, Bosnia, Germany, Papal States and Britain. This information was then presented to the Prime Minister who then called a meeting with the King.

    The King was informed that his sister's husband the Duke of Uppsala, was involved and possibly leading a grand conspiracy, which would undermine Sweden's fragile status in world Affairs. The Prime Minister formally requested a Royal Decree from the King to place the Duke under arrest. The King agreed and explained he had some of his own concerns about the Duke and how he had managed to win his sisters favor and his sister was absolutely besotted with her husband. The King explained that when Duke mentioned in conversation that he had been a member of the Bavarian Masonic Lodge and knowing their earlier connections with the "Illumanti" in the late 1700's, that there is more to this Duke than it seems. The King signed the Decree and asked that his sister and her children be summoned to the Royal Palace for the time being before they arrested the Duke.

    With the signed Decree in their hands, the investigators stormed into the Duke's palace, where the Duke was captured in the library burning papers (presumably realising the time will come when they will come for him). The Duke at first claimed he was simply disposing of old letters and notes, but amongst the unburnt notes was a short hand-written strategy outline written by the Duke himself, which was similar to conspiracy revealed by the CSA ambassador. This was the physical proof the investigators needed to enable them to put the Duke on trial for treason. The penalty of which is death by hanging. The people shouted in the streets, "Hang the Bavarian", when news spread that the Duke had been arrested for involvement in the conspiracy. The Lantmannas even went so far to shout "The Monarchy can not be trusted", "Confiscate the Royal Estates", etc. The other Dukes, Barons and Lords tried to distance themselves from their associations with the Bavarian Duke. Many of the Monarchists were seen as likely supporters of the conspiracy when it came to light, but no evidence could be found of any further involvement than what had been recorded to date.

    The Treason Trial

    The Foreign Minister, Deputy Foreign minister were cleared of any charges and released before trial, but were sacked from office for not observing what was happening right under their very noses, putting their long political careers in tatters. The Foreign Affairs office will remain closed as described earlier and will not reopen until further notice and all the staff were to be re-assigned to new roles under the control and watchful eyes of the Internal Affairs Ministry.

    The Trial then commenced in December 1814 with the defendants being the Duke, the ambassadors as mentioned earlier and a couple of senior ranking Foreign Affairs staff. The accused Foreign Affairs staff, were identified as members of the Valhallans and supported the Dukes goal of the establishment of a strong and mighty alliance to defend Scandinavia during the coming Ragnarök or "Twilight of the Gods". This legend is believed by them to be coming to fruition in the coming years. The Ambassadors are members of the aristocracy as this gave them some status to negotiate with the other countries. Because they spoke with seeming authority to their respective countries it was assumed that they were acting for Scandinavia itself.

    After evidence was presented and defended the verdicts were soon reached. All defendants were found guilty and sentences were then given out. The Foreign Affairs staff involved were given life sentences, the Ambassadors and the Duke were given the Death Penalty. They were then transferred to prison to await the sentences to be carried out. During this time the Duchess of Uppsala made a personal plea to the King to spare the life of the Duke, who was also the father of the King's nephews and nieces. The King then summoned the Prime Minister to the palace, to discuss his sister's request. The Prime Minister explained that if the Death Penalty was not carried out, the Lantmannas would join forces with the Purists and revolt to purge the aristocracy of its power and influence within Sweden. The King then decided, that in order to keep the peace and maintain the new Scandinavian Union, he would have to decline his sisters request. When the Death sentences were eventually carried out a couple of days before Christmas, cheering was heard in the streets and they sang "God Defend Sweden, God defend the King". The King's sister decided that she would need to leave Sweden and sought residence in Iceland. Johann Martin, head of the "Bavarian Illuminati", fled into hiding, fearing repercussions and will unlikely be heard of again.

    1815

    A time to Rebuild

    The Monarchists continued to distance themselves from the conspirators, by joining others in condemning the actions of the "Foreign" aristocrat and the Ambassadors. Using their influence with the King, they were able to arrange that the Ambassadors grand estates were broken up and given to the farmers and that the Duke's Palace in Uppsala is to be turned into a College for Literacy, for that city's distinguished University. The Lantmanna's were pleased with these actions, but will continue to be suspicious of the aristocracy for some time yet. The Democrats and the Republicans strength has increased and it will be some time before power will wane in the coming decades. The Purists now feel that Scandinavia have rooted out the "foreign" influence and continue to support current government. The Valhallans credibility has been seriously affected and will find it difficult to negotiate their goals of getting Iceland under Scandinavian control, so they have expelled the Foreign Affairs staff from their organisation.

    In the foreign affairs, the shock-wave of the scale of the conspiracy spread around the world, that Sweden of all places could be seen as a centre of a Global conspiracy. Even though Sweden had publicly rooted out what they thought were the conspirators, doubts would remain in the minds of the leaders of the world. For this reason the Swedish Parliament passed a "Neutrality Act", declaring "Neutrality" in world affairs and would not align with any nation in future. While this was seen as something that would impact on Sweden's foreign affairs, it was a measure that was needed to be done, to one day restore the world's confidence in Sweden. Meanwhile the "Purists" were able to use this law to raise suspicions of foreigners in Sweden, and many chose to leave for their own well being, and others who could not leave maintained a low profile. The implementation of the Danish Internal Affairs office to handle Foreign Affairs set up earlier will remain in place for the foreseeable future. The flag designed in Venediciya now flies proudly above this office.

    With the troubles of year 1814 behind them, the Parliament then commenced with the objectives set earlier in the Union of Norway and Sweden at the Treaty of Kiel. The King assumed the title of King of Norway and Denmark and proceeded to appoint Chief Ministers for Norway and Denmark and called on them to hold elections as soon as was able. The elected Norwegian Parliament ratified the Kings title and constitution, whereas elected Danish assembly continued to have suspicions about the Swedish King and only agreed to accept the administration of its affairs by the Swedish Parliament and were content to focus on building their fishing industry. With the Norwegian ratification came investments by Sweden into the Norwegian economy and the start of industry and mining began.

    Meanwhile, in Sweden the events of the 1814 made great challenges to many internal structures and organisations, which now needed to be reinforced. The merger of Norway/Denmark with Sweden, is also a considerable task. Funds were made available to the enlarged Internal Affairs Ministry to work toward establishing a strong National Unity within the three united nations and the Swedish King to make state visits to Norway and Denmark.

    As Finland was formally part of the the old Swedish Empire, it could not be ignored in these perilous times. It was deemed that it would be safer if that nation was also under the safe control of the Scandinavia Union. In a move orchestrated by the Republicans, The Prime Minister under authorisation of the Parliament was asked to visit the leaders of Finland and an attempt to be made to reunite them with the rest of the Scandinavian Union. If and when Finland has joined the Scandinavian Union, no further expansion will be required. It will then focus on strengthening the Union against the ravages to come.

    So as outlined earlier, all negotiations with Sweden are to be carried out via Danish Internal Affairs Office in Copenhagen and any direct diplomatic contacts would be directed there. These arrangements are re-iterated as follows;
    Therefore any communications to Scandinavia will be publicly notified here and any decisions will also be released here.*

    Note, this does not affect trade negotiations, so long as no defensive or military pacts are involved and negotiations will be made with the world's respective embassies.


    Scandinavian Orders for years 1815 to 1819

    Income: 5 IC

    4 IC for 2 factories in Norway
    1 IC towards National Unity
    Norway to be the National Focus
    Colonisation of Finland


    All the embassies of the world have been offered Wood, Iron Ore, Copper and Fish for trade.


    * In game mechanics, any diplomatic communications (PMs) received will be published in the Scandinavian Embassy Thread
     
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