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The Sun Never Sets (Alt History RP) Reboot OOC

Postby Imperialisium » Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:55 pm

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It is an Age of Empires


It is the year 1791 and the nations of the world vie back and forth for hegemony. The world is divided among numerous Empires, Kingdoms, Duchies, Principalities, and even Republics. The glories of the Old World and the newborn wonders of the New clashing back and forth. Diplomacy, intrigue, economics, and war crossing paths in equal measure. All tools to be used in the progress of ones goals. All across Europe cities expand and grow in decadence. The wealth of nations fed by their own innovation and imperialistic drives. Africa a battleground of colonial enterprise and native nations. Asia is beset by increasing outside pressures as its old civilizations are challenged by their Westward competitors. While the Americas may very well see the birth of nations never seen before. While at sea great fleets of sailing ships exchange deafening cannonades in the name of their nation.

Mechanics and Setting


The roleplay is essentially an alt history role play. There are however some points of history which still occur as guidance for players when thinking of ideas, and offering a base to work from at varying epochs, which will be listed below. The point of divergence is 1050 AD.

+The Little Ice Age occurs as it did historically. All macro environmental events in history occur as they did in OTL.
+The Black Death still occurs and follows much the same pattern that it did historically.
+The New World is not discovered until 1492 as it did in real life.
+Martin Luther still nails his Thesis onto the doors of Wittenberg Castle Church. However, the progress of the Protestant Reformation and resultant Counter-Reformation is up to individual players.
+The Thirty's Year War does occur in 1618 and end in 1648. However, the exact events, why it started, and conclusion is left to individual player histories.
+The Holy Roman Empire will still exist in 1791. But in what state is largely left to player histories.

Diplomacy, Fog of War, Time

Diplomacy is naturally an important part of the role play and likely the most common tool to be used by players aside from war. The latter being a potentially far more costly yet decisive method. Diplomacy can mean victory or defeat in the pursuit of your objectives far quicker and readily than warfare. Good diplomacy could mean a strong network of allies, economic dealings producing great bouts of prosperity, or even allowing one to carve up parts of the globe by holding a Congress of nations. All without firing a shot. However, should the saber be drawn and the black powder primed there exists a simple mechanic to simulate the chaos of warfare during the time period. The Fog of War.

Until the advent of telegraphs and railroads the act of conducting battles was a partially blind affair. Battle lines between various regiments or even divisions could stretch for many kilometers as various components of an army conduct maneuvers or engage, disengage, and flank their opposition. To simulate this, and also remove potential gridlocking that can plague RP battles, battles will use a simple mechanic regarding the issuing of orders and movement of units. In short players cannot react instantly to battlefield situations at the strategic level. A general if even on the optimal position of a hill ordering his cavalry, located say on the left flank, to conduct a charge at an objective will not be able to suddenly recall them due to their opponents reaction. Why? Two reasons: Because a messenger even going full tilt would be unlikely to catch them anyways, and also to make strategic decisions carry weight. Another one to put it is this is via example:

Player A: Orders cavalry to charge, not aware ICly about enemy infantry and artillery positioning.
Player B: Opposing general, who had infantry behind a low defilade, orders infantry to focus down on the cavalry alongside already drawn up and prepared cannons about to unleash cannister shot.
Player A: May see this, may issue a recall, but the cavalry won't suddenly and magically be able to retreat with no losses.
Player B: Opens fire. Players work out casualties OOCly as the battle undoubtedly unfolds on other fronts.
Player A: Can now say his cavalry is retreating.

This naturally leads to the issue of Time. The RP will be broken up into two parallel tracks. What I call the Macro-Timeline where I would ask players to put it in bold and in large font size. This notation of time will follow the OPs movements forward as we go month to month. As such the RP can be broken up into Month sized chunks. The second piece is the Micro-Timeline where players can RP various interactions between named characters and personalities like national leaders, diplomats, war councils, or even minor events to fluff out their posts.

Rules

1. Have common sense. Don't be surprised if frequent war mongering leads to others joining forces against you, and thus you're in a corner.
2. Be polite, remember patience is a virtue.
3. No god-modding, metagaming, or otherwise "cheating". Win with honour and lose with grace.
4. Realize the geo-political, geographical, and logistical situation of your nation and its disposition. No nation is great at everything. No army is unbeatable, nor fleet unassailable. Recognize if you're in a favorable or unfavorable situation and act accordingly. For good or ill, refer to rule 3.
5. Use your words. If you don't send out reconnaissance, then you have no reconnaissance. Now, this does not mean you have to exhaust yourself making ironclad posts. Rather, if you don't write sending out reconnaissance and a player assumes they can maneuver without you knowing then roll with it. That is after all a totally fair assumption any counterpart made.
6. Operators reserve all rights and their say is law. Players may of course debate decisions in a civil manner. But whining will not avail you.
7. Keep OOC and IC knowledge separate.

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Nationstates Name Imperialisium
Nation Name The Russian Empire/ Российская Империя/ Rossiyskaya Imperiya
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National Anthem The Prayer of Russians
Capital Saint Petersburg
Type of Government Tsarist Autocracy
Head of State(s) Alexander I, Emperor and Autocrat of All Russia
Image of Leader The Tsar
Political Faction or Party in Power The Tsarist Aristocracy and Industrialists
Population 41 Million
Religion Breakdown
86% Orthodox
10% Muslim
4% Catholic, Protestant, and Siberian Tengrist
Public Goals Industrialization of society but preservation of its slavic institutions
Private Goals Become a Great Power in Europe
Map Claims See map in following post

Total military size 190,000 (standing), 130,000 Cossacks (irregulars), 53,000 (Navy personnel)
Breakdown of Army
The Army of the Empire in 1785 is an assortment of modernized regiments, some founded during the reign of Peter the Great, and then followed by an assortment of second rate provincial forces supplemented in some regions by Cossack irregulars. The Russian Imperial Army, as it had since the reforms of Peter the Great, uses a conscription based system for maintaining regiments at full strength. Only the guard regiments are selective and require an actual application to enlist. Conscription is delegated as the responsibility of the various Governorates and Oblasts to supply a set amount of soldiers every year for service. Service is four years followed by twenty-one years on the reserve rolls.

The Cossack Hosts are semi-autonomous groups of horsemen assigned to guard the Empire's frontiers in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Far East.

Breakdown of Navy
The Russian Imperial Navy is divided into various Fleets, Flotillas, and Squadrons.

The Black Sea Fleet: Based out of Sevastopol
3 First Rate Ships
2 Second Rate Ships
31 Third Rate
51 Fourth rates
19 Frigates
11 Sloops
20 Brigs

Baltic Fleet Based out of Kronstadt and Saint Petersburg
9 First Rate Ships
5 Second Rate Ships
27 Third Rate Ships
42 Fourth Rate Ships
130 Frigates
14 Sloops
6 Brigs

White Sea Flotilla
3 Frigates
12 Sloops
3 Brigs

Okhotsk Flotilla
9 Frigates
13 Sloops
2 Brigs

Currency The Russian Ruble
Major import/export partners
Major Domestic Issues

Liberal Economy, Traditional Society
Russia struggles with renewed energy to modernize its economy and the desire of nobles and peasants to preserve the traditions of Russia. Leading to a tenuous mixture of modern manufactoriums, expanding cities, and expanding markets with a distinctly rural majority practicing centuries old traditions.

An Empire of Wilderness
Much land is fallow and not utilized. While the population of the Empire is growing rapidly the presence of Serfdom, collectivization of responsibility for farmland in rural regions, and slow agrarian growth put an uneven constraint on the Russian economy. Even as markets expand, commerce grows with the founding of more and more enterprises, and the increased productivity of domestic industries. The agrarian regions of the Empire sport much slower progress.

Serfdom?

Millions of Imperial subjects are serfs, tied to land, and the whims of a noble class. Limiting their productive potential and also stunting the income of the state through inefficient means of collection. As the duty of the serfs owners is to pay taxes. Leading to the reaping of vast sums by the nobility.

Major Foreign Issues

The Manchurian Question
Russia vies with East Asian powers for control of Manchuria. A situation that is volatile at best.

Russian America
The Russian Colony of Alaska has existed for decades. But with other powers colonizing America, and its distance, the Emperor is posed with the question of what to become of the farthest flung Colony. And what a potential clash in the Americas could mean.

Gateway to the Mediterranean

Russia longs for better maritime access. Control of the Bosphorus Straits would allow the Empire easy access to the lucrative trade routes of the Mediterranean.

History
The Russian Empire has its roots in the older Tsardom of Russia and even before that, in the Grand Principality of Muscovy. Throwing of the Tatar Yoke under the reign of Ivan III, who unofficially took the title of 'tsar', in 1480. The Tsardom of Russia rapidly expanded from the core territory of Muscovy during the reign of Ivan III, who would become known as Ivan the Great in the following centuries, tripling in size. Extending the control of Muscovy from the Kola peninsula in the North, to the Urals in the East, borders of the Livonian and Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania in the West, and Kazan to the South. Incorporating Novgorod, Suzdal, Ryazan, Vologda, and Smolensk by 1505.

Under Vasili III, 'tsar' was taken as an official title and through the marriage of the Palaiogina and Rurikid Dynasty, adopted the Double-Headed Eagle as the emblem of the Tsardom. However, the next great phase of expansion did not occur until his own sons reign, Ivan IV. The latter conquering the Kazan Khanate and Astrakhan; along with the colonization of Western Siberia with the help of the wealthy Stroganov family and the Cossack leader Yermak Timofeyevich. However, the wars of Ivan IV later in life, against western neighbors, and own internal problems due to the Oprichnina led to stagnation. A stagnation which following Tsars of the Godunov dynasty were unable to effectively resolve. Resulting in the Time of Troubles for Russia.

The period of internal chaos to social cohesion only resolving slowly with the ascension of Michael I of Russia. The first Romanov Tsar. It was under Michael I's reign that internal troubles were resolved and outward expansion continued with renewed vigor. Eastern Siberia and what would become the Russian Far Eastern territories of Yakutsk would be colonized. While Russia reached the Pacific Ocean and established the outpost, then city, of Okhotsk. His successor, Alexis I of Russia, saw wars with various Western neighbors and a major Cossack rebellion under Stenka Razin. Both being frequent and drawn out affairs. The latter only resolved after the siege of Simbirsk and the capture and execution of Razin. The former resulted in little change for Russia. Socially, the Schism with the Old Believer's occurred. Splitting the Russian Orthodox Church and the Old Believer's.

Little of note occurred until the ascension of Peter I. Who would go on to transform the Tsardom into the Russian Empire. Peter the first, later known as Peter the Great, would seek to modernize the Russian state. From his victory in the Great Northern War that saw the acquisition of Finland. Too his founding of the Russian Empire in 1721. The Petrine reforms led to the establishment of a modern army, the founding of Saint Petersburg as the new capital of the Empire while also providing a 'Window to the West.' And finally the initial efforts to induce early industrialization to the country. Leading to the foundation of the first manufactories in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and Tomsk. While various mines in the Urals and further afield in Siberia began to be exploited. Upon his death in 1724, Tsarina Catherine I, became Tsar until her own passing in 1727. At which point Peter II, grandson of Peter I, ascended the throne as a youth. Until he too died an untimely death in 1730. Leading to the succession of his sister Anna I of Russia. At the intervention of several Romanov supporters in court, but only after the pledged loyalty of several Imperial Army regiments and the Baltic Fleet was a possible civil war avoided.

The new Empress of Russia founded the Cadet Corps in 1731. The Secret Office of Investigation also was formed in her reign as a means to institute greater accountability for the prosecution of criminals, though also serving to empower the monarch regarding possible political opponents. Westernization continued apace, though with focus primarily on the sciences, education of the nobility, and the arts. Importing many Western scientists and artisans into Russia's major cities. Externally, Anna's reign saw the acquisition of territory from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and tightening grip on the Caucsus. While in Asia the Kirghiz were incorporated into the Empire as an Imperial Protectorate.

Anna however did remarry and manage to produce two heirs. The sickly Ivan VI who reigned for a year before being removed in a coup by his cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth would become a popular ruler in her own right for stating and following through with the promise to never execute a person during her reign. Elizabeth was noted for the rejection of various Western cultural policies, but kept the introduction of industrialization and science into Russia. While opening the large Imperial purse to the funding of various construction projects. During her reign Moscow State University and The Imperial Academy of Fine Arts were founded in Moscow and Saint Petersburg respectively. The Peterhof Palace was rebuilt while Elizabeth's most famous project, the Winter Palace, was built. However, Elizabeth died childless and Peter of Holstein-Gottorp would have ascended to the throne if not for the intervention of Grand Duchess Catherine, the daughter of Empress Anna, whom secured her young son Alexander to the throne in 1762.

Emperor Alexander I of Russia's reign has been energetic. Furthering, his liberal policies, heralded through tutors that had studied abroad in Britain, France, and Italy, led to the expansion of commercial endeavors in Siberia and the Far East. While early clashes with China led to Russia securing influence over Outer Manchuria in the late 1762 and early 1770s. Alexander however was soon faced with a conservative nobility and thus has to balance his westernization of Russian industry and the preservation of Slavic bodies like the municipal Mir allotment of farmland (collective distribution of land), and the rights and privileges of the aristocracy. Especially, given the presence of over ten million Imperial Citizens holding the low status of Serfs.


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request for the reservation of the lands of the IRL Italian Kingdoms of the Papal states, Naples, and the republic of Venice.

Nation Name: The Triumvirate of Rome
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Map Claims: Papal states, kingdom of naples, republic of venice
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Nationstates Name Void.
Nation Name The Emirate of Cordoba; also the Andalusian Empire and Andalusia
Flag “There is no victor but God; let God's enemies perish.”
National Anthem N/A.
Capital Cordoba.
Type of Government Absolute Islamic monarchy.
Head of State(s) His Majesty, Abdullah IV ibn Abbad, the Sultan of Andalusia, Amir al-Umara of Cordoba
Image of Leader The Sultan and Emir of Emirs.
Political Faction or Party in Power N/A; technically, the Sultan and Emir-of-Emirs rules with absolute authority, though he does this with assistance from fellow major Islamic nobles and his extensive family, as well as an efficient court-bureaucracy formed of a mix of Muslims and Jews, as well as a handful of Christian advisors.
Population Approx. 13 million (Andalusia Proper/Iberia); 20 million (North Africa and overseas).
Religion Breakdown In Andalusia Proper/Iberia, overall, the population is close to 45% Muslim, 47% Christian, and 8% Jewish. However, including the North African and overseas territories of the Emirate makes the population closer to 60% Muslim, 35% Christian, and 5% Jewish.
Public Goals Secure more colonies in Africa, ensure the continuance of the Emirate and empire at all costs.
Private Goals Secure a claim to the Caliphate, expand in North Africa especially, rebuke Revolutionary sentiments.
Map Claims Iberia below the Red Line. North Africa from Morocco and the Western Sahara to Tunisia. Gold/Ivory Coast as a major colony. A minor colony in Equatorial Guinea.

Total military size Approx. 100,000 standing; 60,000 sailors/navy personnel.
Breakdown of army The Emirate's army is broken down into the Royal Army (80,000 standing, exclusively Muslim males from central Andalusia; sworn directly to the Sultan) which has the best equipment and training money can buy.

The Imperial Army (professional smaller armies of 1,000-3,000 commanded by a Raqib [overseer]) that is extremely well-disciplined and also uses mostly decent equipment with few exceptions. The Raqibs are sworn to the Sultan first, and act as co-governors with a Sidi second to help govern and enforce laws within each province of the Empire.

Breakdown of navy The Golden/Mediterranean Fleet, based out of Tunis:

2 First Rate Ships
2 Second Rate Ships
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The First Fleet, based out of Gibraltar:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Third Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Second Fleet, based out of Tangier:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Third Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Third Fleet, based out of Ankara (Accra, Ghana/Gold Coast):

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Fourth Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Fourth Fleet, based out of Abidjan:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Fourth Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

Currency The silver-based Dirham/gold-based Dinar are the standard coinages used in Andalusia.
Major import/export partners The Emirate imports cotton and other goods from the United States and exports slaves from their colonies to them directly, a service it used to provide to Britain when Britain controlled the Thirteen Colonies. The Emirate also imports spices and such from Hindustan (India) and exports gold and ivory as valuable commodities. Various other goods are either imported or exported as needed, primarily with these trading partners and with some minimal trade with Europe.
Major Domestic Issues The Modern Reconquista: the Emirate faces down the new “Revolutionary” fervor that has been building in Europe, mostly in the form of its influence on the largely-Christian Valencian population. Fearing the 'modern Reconquista,' the Emirate has begun trying to generate scholarly debate about the matter and proscribe against it.
Major Foreign Issues The Emirate has a long and bitter rivalry with its Iberian neighbors, especially due to their failure to stop its rise to power and maintenance of Islamic rule in Iberia. This rivalry has, to an extent, made relations tense with other Western European states.

History 1050-1100: Muhammad al-Mu'tamid brings Seville's armies into Toledo to counter King Alfonso VI's impending invasion alongside his vizier; his vizier leads a surprise flank that crushes Alfonso's forces, forcing the Castilian king to retreat despite successes elsewhere. Securing Murcia and Toledo, the Emir would quickly invade and capture Valencia, quickly pushing the remnants of Alfonso's forces back north and harassing them from retreating into the mountain ranges. By 1100, Muhammad proclaims himself the Emir of Cordoba, and a restored Emirate of Cordoba.

1100-1200: Muhammad continues to rule the Emirate of Cordoba, securing the various mountain passes in the Iberian and Central mountain systems and slowly pushing back down said mountains into the valleys on the other side, as well as securing the valley between the ranges that lead to the Northern Plateau. This series of moves, completed in 1110, effectively dashes the hopes of a “Reconquista” by Castile and Aragon.

When Muhammad dies, his son, Abu, becomes Abbad IV and continues the Emirate's quest to secure its borders. A combination of a series of competent rulers and dashed morale in the Christian north, alongside the generally and relatively tolerant policies of the Emirate as it seeks to replicate the success of the first Emirate, creates a situation in which Cordoba stabilizes and begins to once again flourish.

It is by 1200 when Islamic rule in Iberia, tested once more by another war with Castile and Aragon, is solidified when they are soundly beaten due to the natural barriers against invasion.

1200-1400: The First Golden Age of the Emirate, in which the Abbadids begin conquering the Almoravids in North Africa and securing control over the western Maghreb region. There is some competition with Islamic powers in the eastern part of North Africa, but largely, the conquests and the flourishing of trade, alongside more immigration for scholars, the advancement of infrastructure, etc. ensures the next two centuries of the Emirate are ones of prosperity.

The First Golden Age ends as the Black Death finally reaches Iberia, and leads to the shrinking of Cordoba's control over North Africa for a time.

1400-1500: The Emirate of Cordoba enters a stage of recovery from the mass death brought about by the plague. This focus on internal reconstruction leads to the creation of the Sidi system; a formalized reformation period in which Sidi becomes a title applied to “individuals of great respect within the Emirate to assist in its governance.” A Sidi governed a province within the Emirate, and it was not uncommon for Christians to be named the “Sidi of Valencia” in order to appease the Christians there.

The immigration of Jews into Cordoba also increases as a result of not only anti-Semitism incited by the Black Death, but also the Crusades, from Central and Eastern Europe. This is due to Cordoba's largely and comparatively tolerant policies regarding Jews, including allowing Jews to rise to court positions or else become incredibly wealthy merchants without overly punitive taxes.

In order to try and increase the speed of recovery, Emir Abdullah II incorporates the “University of Cordoba” in 1480, noting the popularity of similar institutions elsewhere in Europe and utilizing the massive libraries and scholarly institutions within Cordoba as now being part of this newly-created University. The scheme partially works, generating more scholarly trade and interaction with the rest of Europe in spite of religious differences as scholars travel to see the novelty of a Muslim University.

1500-1600: As the Americas are discovered and colonization begins, the demand for slave labor is one that Cordoba seeks to meet in order to increase its wealth. This begins the Second Golden Age, or the Imperial Era, in which the “Andalusian Empire” as those of Christian Europe are wont to call it begins.

The Emir invests a lot of money to once again recapture North African territories, and also dominates a coastal region in Western Africa wherein Andalusian merchants are able to bring forth slaves, ivory, and gold for sale to European colonial powers as commodities, as well as liberalizing some level of trade schemes to make it easier for European powers to acquire spices from Andalusian merchants.

As the century progresses, the Andalusian Empire establishes itself as a major power due to its growth and its ability to acquire slaves en masse for the colonial powers.

1600-1750: The Andalusian Empire colonizes another small region in West Africa, and begins plans to continue expanding along the western coast of Africa. A few minor naval battles and land battles with neighbors on Iberia or against other colonial powers for these portions of Africa ensue, leading to Andalusia securing its claim on its African colonies and expanding its business with those willing to buy or trade goods with them.

As we approach the modern era, Abdullah IV carries on his father's title of Sultan and Amir al-Umara - an effective and subtle proclamation of intent for gaining the Caliphate, eventually, due to the power both titles imply.

1750-Present: An aging Sultan Abdullah IV continues to rule Andalusia in the face of a new wave of Revolutionary fervor that begins bubbling in Europe, and the growing concern of Valencia has caught his attention. The Sultan negotiated a deal with the newly-independent United States to continue selling them slaves in return for continued cotton imports, though the rumors of a potential ban on such trade by the United States has the Sultan considering drastic measures to ensure the trade keeps coming...

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Nation Name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
NS Nation Name: Kingdom of Scandinavia
Map Claims: All territories held by the UK in 1791 including New South Wales, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, South Australia, Western Australia, Andaman Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Falkland Islands, Bermuda, Menorca, Gibraltar, Dunkirk, Surat, Pulo Condore Island (Côn Đảo), British Raj, Bengal ("Fort William"), Bencoolen, South Caribbean Islands, St. Lucia Island, St. Christopher Island, Nevis, Mosquito Coast, Montserrat, Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, British Honduras, Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Antigua, Anguilla, Lower Canada, Upper Canada, Tangier
Nation: Kingdom of Scandinavia
Technology: MT- PMT
Year: 2025
Territory: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kola Peninsula
Leader: Queen Anastasia the 3rd
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Application
Nationstates Name Void.
Nation Name The Emirate of Cordoba; also the Andalusian Empire and Andalusia
Flag “There is no victor but God; let God's enemies perish.”
National Anthem N/A.
Capital Cordoba.
Type of Government Absolute Islamic monarchy.
Head of State(s) His Majesty, Abdullah IV ibn Abbad, the Sultan of Andalusia, Amir al-Umara of Cordoba
Image of Leader The Sultan and Emir of Emirs.
Political Faction or Party in Power N/A; technically, the Sultan and Emir-of-Emirs rules with absolute authority, though he does this with assistance from fellow major Islamic nobles and his extensive family, as well as an efficient court-bureaucracy formed of a mix of Muslims and Jews, as well as a handful of Christian advisors.
Population Approx. 13 million (Andalusia Proper/Iberia); 20 million (North Africa and overseas).
Religion Breakdown In Andalusia Proper/Iberia, overall, the population is close to 45% Muslim, 47% Christian, and 8% Jewish. However, including the North African and overseas territories of the Emirate makes the population closer to 60% Muslim, 35% Christian, and 5% Jewish.
Public Goals Secure more colonies in Africa, ensure the continuance of the Emirate and empire at all costs.
Private Goals Secure a claim to the Caliphate, expand in North Africa especially, rebuke Revolutionary sentiments.
Map Claims Iberia below the Red Line. North Africa from Morocco and the Western Sahara to Tunisia. Gold/Ivory Coast as a major colony. A minor colony in Equatorial Guinea.

Total military size Approx. 100,000 standing; 60,000 sailors/navy personnel.
Breakdown of army The Emirate's army is broken down into the Royal Army (80,000 standing, exclusively Muslim males from central Andalusia; sworn directly to the Sultan) which has the best equipment and training money can buy.

The Imperial Army (professional smaller armies of 1,000-3,000 commanded by a Raqib [overseer]) that is extremely well-disciplined and also uses mostly decent equipment with few exceptions. The Raqibs are sworn to the Sultan first, and act as co-governors with a Sidi second to help govern and enforce laws within each province of the Empire.

Breakdown of navy The Golden/Mediterranean Fleet, based out of Tunis:

2 First Rate Ships
2 Second Rate Ships
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The First Fleet, based out of Gibraltar:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Third Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Second Fleet, based out of Tangier:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Third Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Third Fleet, based out of Ankara (Accra, Ghana/Gold Coast):

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Fourth Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Fourth Fleet, based out of Abidjan:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Fourth Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

Currency The silver-based Dirham/gold-based Dinar are the standard coinages used in Andalusia.
Major import/export partners The Emirate imports cotton and other goods from the United States and exports slaves from their colonies to them directly, a service it used to provide to Britain when Britain controlled the Thirteen Colonies. The Emirate also imports spices and such from Hindustan (India) and exports gold and ivory as valuable commodities. Various other goods are either imported or exported as needed, primarily with these trading partners and with some minimal trade with Europe.
Major Domestic Issues The Modern Reconquista: the Emirate faces down the new “Revolutionary” fervor that has been building in Europe, mostly in the form of its influence on the largely-Christian Valencian population. Fearing the 'modern Reconquista,' the Emirate has begun trying to generate scholarly debate about the matter and proscribe against it.
Major Foreign Issues The Emirate has a long and bitter rivalry with its Iberian neighbors, especially due to their failure to stop its rise to power and maintenance of Islamic rule in Iberia. This rivalry has, to an extent, made relations tense with other Western European states.

History 1050-1100: Muhammad al-Mu'tamid brings Seville's armies into Toledo to counter King Alfonso VI's impending invasion alongside his vizier; his vizier leads a surprise flank that crushes Alfonso's forces, forcing the Castilian king to retreat despite successes elsewhere. Securing Murcia and Toledo, the Emir would quickly invade and capture Valencia, quickly pushing the remnants of Alfonso's forces back north and harassing them from retreating into the mountain ranges. By 1100, Muhammad proclaims himself the Emir of Cordoba, and a restored Emirate of Cordoba.

1100-1200: Muhammad continues to rule the Emirate of Cordoba, securing the various mountain passes in the Iberian and Central mountain systems and slowly pushing back down said mountains into the valleys on the other side, as well as securing the valley between the ranges that lead to the Northern Plateau. This series of moves, completed in 1110, effectively dashes the hopes of a “Reconquista” by Castile and Aragon.

When Muhammad dies, his son, Abu, becomes Abbad IV and continues the Emirate's quest to secure its borders. A combination of a series of competent rulers and dashed morale in the Christian north, alongside the generally and relatively tolerant policies of the Emirate as it seeks to replicate the success of the first Emirate, creates a situation in which Cordoba stabilizes and begins to once again flourish.

It is by 1200 when Islamic rule in Iberia, tested once more by another war with Castile and Aragon, is solidified when they are soundly beaten due to the natural barriers against invasion.

1200-1400: The First Golden Age of the Emirate, in which the Abbadids begin conquering the Almoravids in North Africa and securing control over the western Maghreb region. There is some competition with Islamic powers in the eastern part of North Africa, but largely, the conquests and the flourishing of trade, alongside more immigration for scholars, the advancement of infrastructure, etc. ensures the next two centuries of the Emirate are ones of prosperity.

The First Golden Age ends as the Black Death finally reaches Iberia, and leads to the shrinking of Cordoba's control over North Africa for a time.

1400-1500: The Emirate of Cordoba enters a stage of recovery from the mass death brought about by the plague. This focus on internal reconstruction leads to the creation of the Sidi system; a formalized reformation period in which Sidi becomes a title applied to “individuals of great respect within the Emirate to assist in its governance.” A Sidi governed a province within the Emirate, and it was not uncommon for Christians to be named the “Sidi of Valencia” in order to appease the Christians there.

The immigration of Jews into Cordoba also increases as a result of not only anti-Semitism incited by the Black Death, but also the Crusades, from Central and Eastern Europe. This is due to Cordoba's largely and comparatively tolerant policies regarding Jews, including allowing Jews to rise to court positions or else become incredibly wealthy merchants without overly punitive taxes.

In order to try and increase the speed of recovery, Emir Abdullah II incorporates the “University of Cordoba” in 1480, noting the popularity of similar institutions elsewhere in Europe and utilizing the massive libraries and scholarly institutions within Cordoba as now being part of this newly-created University. The scheme partially works, generating more scholarly trade and interaction with the rest of Europe in spite of religious differences as scholars travel to see the novelty of a Muslim University.

1500-1600: As the Americas are discovered and colonization begins, the demand for slave labor is one that Cordoba seeks to meet in order to increase its wealth. This begins the Second Golden Age, or the Imperial Era, in which the “Andalusian Empire” as those of Christian Europe are wont to call it begins.

The Emir invests a lot of money to once again recapture North African territories, and also dominates a coastal region in Western Africa wherein Andalusian merchants are able to bring forth slaves, ivory, and gold for sale to European colonial powers as commodities, as well as liberalizing some level of trade schemes to make it easier for European powers to acquire spices from Andalusian merchants.

As the century progresses, the Andalusian Empire establishes itself as a major power due to its growth and its ability to acquire slaves en masse for the colonial powers.

1600-1750: The Andalusian Empire colonizes another small region in West Africa, and begins plans to continue expanding along the western coast of Africa. A few minor naval battles and land battles with neighbors on Iberia or against other colonial powers for these portions of Africa ensue, leading to Andalusia securing its claim on its African colonies and expanding its business with those willing to buy or trade goods with them.

As we approach the modern era, Abdullah IV carries on his father's title of Sultan and Amir al-Umara - an effective and subtle proclamation of intent for gaining the Caliphate, eventually, due to the power both titles imply.

1750-Present: An aging Sultan Abdullah IV continues to rule Andalusia in the face of a new wave of Revolutionary fervor that begins bubbling in Europe, and the growing concern of Valencia has caught his attention. The Sultan negotiated a deal with the newly-independent United States to continue selling them slaves in return for continued cotton imports, though the rumors of a potential ban on such trade by the United States has the Sultan considering drastic measures to ensure the trade keeps coming...

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Uh...well, fuck.


Was going to reserve colonial America like was spoke about.

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Tentative reserving of France, if you domt' mind.
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The Emperor (Huáng Dì) is the Son of Heaven and the autocrat of All Under Heaven. He is the supreme ruler of the entire civilized world. The Shun Dynasty does not recognize any other governments as legitimate entities, viewing them instead as tributary states or unruly barbarians. All must submit before the heavenly-ordained ruler of the world. Tributary states are expected to annually submit tribute to the Emperor. The unruly barbarians are excused for their lack of decorum before the Emperor as they know no better. Tributary states are allowed to trade with the Empire but barbarians are kept out.

The Emperor rules with the aid of the Chancellor. The Chancellor is always an eunuch, a precautionary measure to prevent the domination of the office by powerful political dynasties. The Chancellor heads the Six Departments and Six Ministries. The Six Departments are:

    The Secretariat, responsible for drafting policies.
    The Chancellery, responsible for reviewing policies.
    The Department of State Affairs, responsible for implementing policies.
    The Department of Palace, responsible for the upkeep of the imperial household.
    The Department of Books, responsible for maintaining the Imperial Library.
    The Department of Service, responsible for staffing the palace with eunuchs.

The Six Ministries are:

    Ministry of Personnel, in charge of appointments, promotions & demotions of officials and the granting of honorific titles.
    Ministry of Rites, in charge of state ceremonies & rituals and the maintenance of palace protocol.
    Ministry of Revenue, in charge of collecting taxes, handling state revenues and gathering census data.
    Ministry of War, in charge of appointments, promotion & demotion of military officers, maintenance of military installations and equipment, supply of the military and leadership in times of war.
    Ministry of Justice, in charge of the judicial and penal process.
    Ministry of Works, in charge of government construction programs and maintenance of infrastructure.

The Office of Barbarian Affairs is an independent agency responsible for diplomacy. It is mostly concerned with nations that are not tributary states of the Shun Dynasty. Relations with the tributary states are handled by the Ministry of Rites.

Below the Ministries are the Bureaus, government departments staffed by bureaucrats chosen in accordance to their rank in the Imperial Examinations. The scholar-officials dominate thus the bureaucracy. The maximum tenure in office is twelve years but every three years officials are evaluated and can be promoted or demoted.

The Imperial Court is comprised of the Ministers, the Directors (heading the Departments) and the leading secretariats of the Ministries and Departments. The Court is convened at least three times a month, and debates domestic and foreign policy in relatively open manner. Courtiers can offer ideas and criticize the conduct of Ministers or Directors, but such criticisms must be well-grounded lest they incur the wrath of the Emperor.

The Imperial Household is staffed entirely by eunuchs and servant ladies. The number of concubines is in the hundreds while the number of eunuchs and servant ladies in the thousands. The Imperial Household is a large, complex bureaucracy of its own, a miniature government of sorts handling the women and offspring of the Emperor. Concubines are chosen both in merits of political expediency and of beauty. They are trained by eunuchs to adhere to a strict protocol.

Provincial Government


The Shun Empire is comprised of the Han Provinces, Steppe Lands, Western Military Governorate, Tibetan Realm, the Kingdom of Viet Nam, the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Kingdom of Nepal.

Han Provinces:

The Han Provinces follow the traditional Chinese administration:

    Viceroyalty, comprising of several provinces and administered by a Viceroy (zongdu)
    Province, administered by a governor (xunfu)
    Prefecture, administered by a prefect (zhīfu)
    County, administered by a magistrate (xiànzhang)

The office-holders are chosen through provincial imperial examinations. Just like other government bureaucrats, they have a maximum tenure of twelve years in office but every three years they undergo evaluation and can either be demoted or promoted. There are in total 18 Han Provinces, organized into 8 Viceroyalties.

Steppe Lands:

The Steppe Lands (an informal name for Mongolia and Manchuria) are ruled in a dual manner:

Han settlements by Chinese style magisterial administration that reports directly to the central government.

The steppes by the officially recognized (by the Imperial Court) tribes. The various Mongol and Manchu tribes have broad autonomy in their internal affairs and are free to rule themselves as long as they avoid tribal warfare and pay an annual tribute to the Emperor. The tribes may also be called to offer military service if necessary. In certain cases, the Imperial Court can authorize the merging of tribes or the splitting of a tribe. The Imperial Court also grants titles (along with salary) to the chieftains of the tribes, creating in essence a parallel to the Chinese court nobility in the north.

Western Military Governorate:

The Western Military Governorate (Xinjiang) is ruled by a Grand Marshal with a militarized administration, and is strongly garrisoned. In parallel with this military administration, the local Uyghurs are allowed limited self-government: certain city-states and most nomadic tribes govern themselves as long as they provide an annual tax. All other holdings though are governed by military law.

Tibetan Realm:

Tibet is ruled in a dual manner. The Dalai Lama in Lhasa presides over civil and domestic affairs, and is given much leeway by the central government. However there is strong garrison in Lhasa led by a Grand Marshal. The Grand Marshal in effect administers foreign affairs of Tibet and ensures that the Dalai Lama provides taxes and men (for conscription) to the central government.

Kingdom of Viet Nam:

The King (Wang) of Viet Nam rules from Phú Xuân. He maintains his own Royal Court, and is assisted by four Grand Secretariats in managing the country. Military power is however held by a Grand Marshal: he commands all soldiers in the realm and acts as the representative of the Imperial Court in Viet Nam. The Kingdom is divided into 31 provinces (tỉnh). Each province has a series of smaller jurisdictions: the prefecture (phủ). Under prefecture, there is the district (huyện). The King has to pay annually a predetermined tax to the Imperial Court and provide soldiers when necessary to support the Imperial government. Otherwise, there is a great deal of domestic autonomy.

Kingdom of Bhutan:

Bhutan is ruled by the Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) while Shun soldiers station in the region are under the command of a General who reports directly to the Shun Imperial Court. The tiny kingdom is allowed great domestic autonomy as long as it provides annual tax to the Imperial Court and pays for the upkeep of Shun soldiers stationed in the region.

Kingdom of Nepal:

Nepal is ruled by a Mahārājdhirāja (Great King of Kings). He is assisted by a Royal Cabinet. The King oversees civil affairs while military affairs are under the command of a Grand Marshal who is appointed by the Imperial Court. The King has great domestic autonomy as long as he provides an annual tax to the Imperial Court and men when requested to do so.

Head of State(s): Xianfeng Emperor
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Currently there is balance between two court factions, with the Emperor favoring either group on occasion.

Pragmatists: Faction comprised of eunuchs and Governors of coastal provinces - they seek limited trade with Western powers and a focus on economic infrastructure.
Traditionalists: Faction comprised by Confucian scholar-bureaucrats and army generals - they seek to limit contact with the West and focus on military spending to counter perceived Russian threat.

Population: 332,181,400
Religion Breakdown: A syncretism of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and Ancestor Worship. Other religions are tolerated, as long as religious beliefs do not undermine imperial rule. Muslims form the only significant minority in Xinjiang.
Public Goals:

Dominance Under Heaven - The Shun Dynasty does not recognize other states as legitimate entities and considers itself the ruling power of the entire world.

Private Goals:

Peace and Stability - Privately, the Shun ruler and his court are more pragmatic, and their major focuses are on maintaining the current borders, preventing any costly external wars with Western powers and achieving domestic social harmony.

Map Claims: RL Qing China, Vietnam, Bhutan and Nepal.

Total military size:

970,000 men-at-arms (land forces)
300 Chinese naval junks

Breakdown of army:

The military is divided into three main groups: the Standard Army, the Flying Horse Banner and the Guard Battalions.

The 300,000 men strong Standard Army is the professional force of the Shun Dynasty. It is equipped with the best weaponry available and has the most training and discipline. It is meant to undertake offensive operations and conquer land for the Emperor.

The Flying Horse Banner, named so after their banner that features a horse with wings, is comprised of around 70,000 men provided by the various Mongol and Manchu tribes. The vast majority of them are horsemen. In most cases, the regiments correspond to the tribe of origin, thus forging strong bonds between the men.

The Guard Battalions, numbering 600,000 men, are hereditary soldiers stationed in the provinces. They are granted military farms (tun tian) and are supposed to be self-sufficient. Their main objective is to defend provinces and act as a policing force too, undertaking operations against bandits and rebels. They are less well equipped and disciplined than the Standard Army soldiers and cannot be counted on in a serious military engagement.

The military is under the strict supervision of the civilian Ministry of War to avoid the danger of ambitious generals turning against the central government. The Ministry is responsible for the maintenance of military installations and the supply of the troops. It maintains bureaus in the various provinces in order to undertake this task. A large network of roads, bridges and canals enables a steady and relatively fast (for the standards of the time and the size of the empire) supplying of the military. The number of bureaucrats employed to undertake this logistical support is almost half the size of the military.

Breakdown of navy:

The Heavenly Fleet is the naval arm of the Shun military but despite its impressive name, it is small in size and mainly acts as a policing force to keep coasts clear from pirates. It is comprised of 300 Chinese naval junks. The Shun Empire focuses on land warfare and thus the navy is underfunded.

Currency:

Tael

Major import/export partners:

The Shun Dynasty maintained limited trade with some Western powers at the port cities of Macau and Hong Kong, strictly supervised under tributary protocol, but is mostly self-sufficient. Its major exports to the West are silk, tea and porcelains.

Most of the trade takes place domestically. A road network of outstanding quality and extensive canal building and river dredging have helped to create a large, unified internal market. As inter-regional trade and travel became ever more common, guild halls dedicated to facilitating commerce (huiguan) have gained prominence around the urban landscape. As a result of this commercialization, mid-sized cities began popping up to direct the flow of domestic, commercial trade.

The state has imposed a monopoly on the production of salt, iron, and liquor.

Major Domestic Issues

Growing population: Shun has the greater population in the entire world and it keeps growing. Overpopulation can lead to high joblessness rate, increased poverty and social discontent. Although China hasn't reached that point yet, it is at its limits as far as population growth is concerned.

Vast empire: The vastness of the empire - from Bhutan to Manchuria and from Vietnam to Mongolia - means that the regions have a significant degree of political and fiscal independence. This decentralization ensures smooth control over a vast subcontinent but also prevents the central government from making full use of China's vast resources.

Isolationist sentiment: Chinese have little desire to get to know the outside world, and this can make negotiations and deals with foreign powers difficult to sell domestically. On the other hand, even symbolic shows of tribute and respect for Chinese customs can allow the Emperor to convince his countrymen of the need to tolerate foreigners in certain (strictly regulated and safeguarded) port cities such as Hong Kong and Macau.

Major Foreign Issues:

Westerners: Western powers are viewed with unease by the Shun Dynasty. It is willing to allow them to participate in tributary relations, assuming they remain confined in designated port cities, but there is fear that they might use their naval superiority to move against the empire.

Russia: Russian expansion in Outer Manchuria has been seen as a provocative move against the Shun Dynasty. In the Shun Court, Russia is viewed as a dangerous rival. While there is no mood for war, there is uneasiness and calls for bolstering the northern defenses.

History:

By the late 1600s, the once mighty and rich Ming Dynasty was in terminal decline. Widespread natural disasters and famines, banditry and military defeats at the hands of the Manchus in the north meant that the prestige of the dynasty had plummeted. Everyone was certain that the dynasty had lost the Mandate of Heaven and that the Ming Emperor was no longer fit to rule. In the 1630s a number of peasant revolts broke out. Among those rebelling was Li Zicheng, a man of obscure origins who joined one of the peasant revolts in 1633. Thanks to his cunning and martial prowess, by 1637 he was leader of the revolt. His armies marched forward, crushing Ming resistance and in 8 February 1644 he proclaimed in Xi'an, the old Han Dynasty capital, the establishment of the Shun Dynasty.

In April 1644, Beijing was captured and the last Ming Emperor hanged himself in shame. Li Zicheng managed to impose discipline on his troops, preventing a plunder of the city. Instead, he recruited many of the former Ming officials and sought to come to an accommodation with the Ming political establishment. In early June, Li proclaimed himself Yongchang Emperor. Realizing that the Manchus in the north could take advantage of the situation to launch an invasion of the Middle Kingdom, Yongchang came into a secret agreement with Wu Sangui, the Ming military officer in command of the vital Sanhai Pass, the eastern terminus of the Great Wall. Yongchang arrested his family and publicly declared Wu Sangui a traitor. Wu contacted the Manchu regent Dorgon, offering him his submission and a clear path to China. Dorgon accepted and a sizeable Manchu force arrived to the Sanhai Pass. Instead of aiding them, though, Wu and his men ambushed the Manchus and eliminated them almost to the last man. This clever scheme is now remembered in China as one of the most brilliant stratagems in Chinese history.

Wu Sangui became Marshall of the North, essentially supreme commander of the Shun military forces. His first task was to launch an invasion of the Manchu heartland, taking advantage of the crushing defeat the Manchus had suffered. By 1647 much of Western Manchuria was under Shun rule. This region had a sizeable Chinese population and was more urbanized, and thus easier to control. On the other hand, the eastern part of Manchuria was left outside Shun control and remained under nomadic Manchu rule. While Wu was busy subduing the Manchus, in the south things for Shun did not look good. A Southern Ming regime had been established by a fleeing Ming prince, who rallied Ming loyalists to his cause against the 'bandit pretender'. The regime was based on Nanjing and ruled much of the Chinese South. The Shun suffered a series of defeats but managed to maintain Northern China under their rule.

In 1648, Wu Sangui led an invasion of the South. A force of over 350,000 men invaded and fought a series of pitched battles and drawn-out sieges against the ramp Ming regime. By 1652, the South had been pacified but at the cost of over 120,000 soldiers dead on both sides and 400,000 civilian casualties. Wu, responsible for the pacification of the South, chose to show clemency towards the defeated and recruited South Ming officials into the new Shun administration. He reestablished the old Ming system of Guard Battalion, giving hereditary land to men in exchange for military service. Those new troops would ensure the establishment of long-lasting peace in the South.

In 1660, a Shun army of 150,000 men invaded Yunnan and pacified the region, establishing Shun control. In 1662, the Shun army managed to take over Taiwan, the last remaining Ming loyalist stronghold. The Ming loyalist Koxinga was executed publicly. With the reunification of the whole of the Middle Kingdom under Shun rule, the dynasty was able to stabilize its hold over China as it was now evident to all that the Yongchang Emperor enjoyed the Mandate of Heaven. Wanting to showcase the prestige of the dynasty and expunge China from devious foreign influence, the Yongchang Emperor proclaimed a policy of 'closed doors'. Only tributary states would be allowed to trade with China while trade with the barbarian tribes was forbidden.

Yongchang died in 1663 and was succeeded by his eldest son, who took the title of Taizong Emperor. Primogeniture had been established by Yongchang as the succession principle of the dynasty. Taizong, sharing the same name as the great Tang Emperor Li Shimin, wanted to compete with his namesake in terms of military conquest and sagacity. In contrast to his father, Taizong was dreaming of expanding the borders of Chinese civilization, a Chinese version of the European 'civilizing mission'. Taizong was only twenty-three years old when he came to the throne and, unlike his peasant father, had been educated by the best scholars of the Empire. He was a poet, calligrapher and painter. Energetic, he showed an unwillingness to let the court control him. In 1664, he managed to assassinate Wu Sangui, getting himself rid of a possible opponent. He appointed fellow-minded young officials in high positions of governance. His Chancellor, Zhang Yudi, was only thirty-four years old while his Marshall Guo Jing was forty-four years old. A new era had dawned.

Just like the Taizong Emperor of the Tang Dynasty had imposed his will on the nomadic tribes of the north, the Shun Taizong Emperor wanted to impose his own will on the Mongol tribes. Taizong found his chance when in 1668 the Khorching Mongols requested his assistance against the advances of the Khalkha and Chahar Mongols. A Shun army was dispatched and managed to inflict a series of defeats on the hostile Mongols. This was in large part thanks to the Mongol cavalry provided by the Khorching Mongols. Guo Jing made clever use of that cavalry to compensate for the weakness of the largely infantry-based Shun military. By 1672, Mongolia had been pacified, as had the part of southern Xinjiang controlled by the Khalkha Mongols.

Taizong headed in person to the north and in a public ceremony in 11 March 1672, he was proclaimed Khagan of the Mongols. Guo Jing was left responsible for the continued pacification of the region. With cunning diplomacy, he managed to gain the friendship of many in the Mongol nobility. Instead of ruling the vast plains of Mongolia in a Chinese manner, Guo Jing chose instead to retain the traditional Mongol administration. He merged disloyal defeated tribes with the tribes of his Mongol allies and left the actual administration in the hands of the Mongol tribal leaders. Aside from paying a yearly tribute, providing a levy of cavalry and not engaging in tribal warfare, the Mongols were left to their devises.

At the same time, Chancellor Zhang Yudi implemented an ambitious reformist agenda. He enacted a broad land redistributing program to give farm to tenants and landless peasants, much to the dismay of many large landowners. Regional revolts in the 1660s were crushed by the Shun military, allowing the reform to go ahead. Zhang undertook the first population census since the collapse of the Ming. The 1671 census gave an accurate picture of the population of the Empire and allowed a revision of the tax assessment to make taxation fairer. Monopoly on salt was established, roads, canals and bridges were either updated or constructed and series of granaries were built in the provinces to allow steady supply in times of natural disasters.

The conquest of Mongolia brought the Shun Dynasty in conflict with the Dzungar Khanate. An Inner Asian Khanate of Mongol origins, it controlled parts of Outer Mongolia and much of northern Xinjiang. In 1683, a Shun invasion was launched, led by the brilliant Guo Jing. A mixed army of Chinese infantry and Mongol cavalry pushed deep into Dzungar territory. The Chinese infantry was garrisoning conquered land while the Mongol cavalry was undertaking the offensive. In a decisive battle in 12 August 1685, the Dzungar army was crushed and the Khan himself was killed. A civil war broke out between his two sons, allowing the Shun to overwhelm the remaining Dzungars. Although the Dzungar Khanate was fully conquered by 1686, it was not fully pacified. Two widespread revolts broke out in 1688 and 1691, which led to widespread massacres of Dzungar civilians. In order to completely pacify the region, the Taizong Emperor ordered the mass emigration of landless Chinese to the region. By 1700, the region had a Chinese ethnic majority.

In 1695, the Shun Dynasty intervened in Tibet on behalf of the Dalai Lama, after a riot in Lhasa had driven out the Tibetan religious leader. A 50,000 men strong Shun army conquered Tibet by 1698 and established Dalai Lama as its ruler. Shun garrisons were established in vital strongholds of the country and the Dalai Lama was nothing more than a figurehead meant to keep the Tibetans in line. While the Empire was expanding, Taizong had constructed the Grand Library in Beijing, a gargantuan pagoda that housed thousands of books, almost the entirety of Chinese literature. Taizong was a patron of arts and he financed many artistic projects.

In 1699, the Taizong Emperor died and was succeeded by his second son, as his eldest son had died from disease two years earlier (although there is speculation that he had been poisoned by the second son). The Kangxi Emperor, in his thirties when coming to the throne, was far less austere than his father and more willing to indulge in carnal pleasures. He was a competent ruler however, entrusting key offices of the state in the hands of capable officials. He established in 1701 the Secret Memorandums, allowing direct communication between him and local officials without the court or ministries getting in the way. This allowed far greater imperial oversight of the public administration.

In 1711, the Kangxi Emperor launched an invasion of the Lê Dynasty of Vietnam. An ambitious Vietnamese general, Nguyen Xi, had launched a coup in 1710 that overthrew the rightful Dụ Tông Emperor. Dụ Tông managed to escape to China and asked the Kangxi Emperor to intervene. An army under the Mongol general Tögs-Ochiryn invaded Vietnam and by 1712 it had managed to conquer much of the north of the country. The tropical conditions though and the irregular attacks by Vietnamese peasants forced the Shun army to retreat. Almost 20,000 men had perished. A second invasion was launched in 1714 that also ended in disaster.

Finally, in 1717, a third invasion was launched under general Huang Dao. This time, it was a combined land and naval invasion. The number of land troops mobilized reached 160,000, the largest Shun invasion force since the war against the Dzungar Khanate. By 1720, Vietnam had been pacified. Instead of restoring Dụ Tông, Kangxi chose to annex Vietnam into the Shun Dynasty. After hundreds of years of independence, Vietnam was finally once again a Chinese dominion. Dụ Tông was strangled and three revolts in 1721, 1725 and 1729 were brutally put down. Widespread massacres were followed by Chinese colonization of the region, as Kangxi found a chance to solve social problems caused by an ever increasing population. Eventually, however, Kangxi decided to appoint a Vietnamese noble with familial connections to the deposed Lê Dynasty as King (Wang) of Viet Nam in hopes of facilitating greater stability, something which proved accurate.

In 1735, the Kangxi Emperor died and was succeeded by the Tongzhi Emperor. The Tongzhi Emperor largely left matters of state to his Chancellors, spending most of his time in pursuing various literary efforts. His Chancellors followed a policy of lowering taxes and keeping the peace. He faced the White Lotus revolt in 1745. A quasi-religious movement, it managed to gain many followers in central China. Rising up in revolt, it managed to defeat local garrisons but by 1746 it had been crushed by the Standard Army. Tongzhi also faced a Nepali invasion into Tibet. After initial defeats, a Shun army dealt a terrible defeat upon the Nepalis in 1751 and invaded Nepal itself in 1752. By 1754, Nepal had been pacified and so had nearby Bhutan. Garrisons were established in both Himalayan kingdoms and they were integrated into the Shun Empire.

In 1756, Tongzhi was succeeded by the twenty-four years old Jiajing Emperor. A more energetic ruler, the Jiajing Emperor took a more active role in everyday governance. His reign focused on large-scale infrastructure projects to update the road network and expand the canals and bridges of China. He also opened up the ports of Hong Kong and Macau to limited foreign trade with Western powers, but under strict regulation and with imperial envoys overseeing the whole process. In the 1760s and 1770s China clashed with Russia in outer Manchuria. Those clashes were mostly informal between Chinese and Russian merchants and settlers. Jiajing, wanting to focus on internal improvement, avoided entangling the Shun Dynasty in an open conflict with Russia.

Xianfeng Emperor came to the throne in 1783. Much like his father, he is an energetic monarch. He has tried to counter the expanding Russian influence in Manchuria, keep a close eye on the Western powers in the coasts of China and maintain social harmony as the population keeps increasing. For the time being China is rich and powerful, but it is also surrounded by potential enemies and its vast size means it has little room for further expansion.

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Postby The V O I D » Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:10 am

Scandinavia21 wrote:Gibraltar is rightfully British territory as well as Tangier and it looks like I will have to deal with you as I start really start colonizing Africa.


Gibraltar was ceded to the UK/captured by an Anglo-Dutch alliance IRL during the War of Spanish Succession. Given my app ensures the Kingdom of Spain (if unified still) only exists in northern Iberia alongside a smaller, more mountainous Portugal that has maybe a handful of port cities, any War of Spanish Succession won't involve Gibraltar.

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Capital Mykonos
Type of Government Monarchy
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Political Faction or Party in Power [Basically the powers that be in your nation]
Population 3,189,917
Religion Breakdown Most People believe in a religion that is a Mix of Turkish And Greek religions
Public Goals To Prevent the Ottoman Empire from Annexing Us
Private Goals To Try And again Land in Greece
Map Claims The Aegean Sea (and a small, small, colony in North Africa, near the
Egyptian-Libyan Border)

Total military size 500,000
Breakdown of army 300,000 Soldiers, 100,000 Catapults 75,000 Guns 24,500 Ammo
Breakdown of navy 100
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Currency The Iron Coin
Major import/export partners Import: Ottoman Empire, Greece, France, U.K. Export: None
Major Domestic Issues A Civil War in Crete
Major Foreign Issues We have a Hatred for the Ottoman Empire

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Nation Name The Triumvirate of Rome
Flag
National Anthem[url=Il Canto degli Italiani]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qvQ4aUw4QY[/url]
Capital Rome
Type of Government De jure - Directorial Parliamentary Confederated Republic
de facto - Autocratic Confederation
Head of State(s) The Triumvirate, consisting of the King of Naples and Sicily Ferdinand I, His Holiness the Pope Pius VI, and The Doge of Venice Ludovico Manin
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Political Faction or Party in Power [Basically the powers that be in your nation] Parties differ between the three states, but the Neapolitan King's Party currently holds the most seats (20) within the Roman Parliament.
Population 7.25 million
Religion Breakdown 65.7% Roman Catholic
25.4% Protestant (Lutheran, Calvinist, Anabaptist, Nontrinitarian)
4.4% Orthodox Christian
2.4% Jewish
1.2% Islamic (Sunni, Shia)
.9% other

Public Goals Growth of their trade share within the Mediterranean, A return to Renaissance era Italian ingenuity and creativity (second Renaissance), Foment peace among Protestant and Catholic factions within the nation.
Private Goals Unify claimed Italian lands by taking Genoa, Milan, Parma and Corsica. Amass a land force, as well as a navy that would rival the dominance of old Rome. Begin colonial Expansion into the Horn of Africa.
Map Claims IRL kingdom of Naples, Republic of Venice, and Papal States.

Total military size 54,000 Standing, 12,400 Naval personnel
Breakdown of army

The Roman Army is made of three Factions, each state within the Triumvirate Nation being given dominion over one of the factions.

The Legion (La Legione) - The Primary offensive force of the Nation. Made up of 32,000 soldiers, 5000 of which make up cavalry regiments, 10,000 make up artillery regiments, and the remaining 17,000 are infantry regiments, conscripted from each of the three states, under the Dominion of the Kingdom of Naples. If war is declared, the Legion is the first to be mobilized and as such is equipped largely with the newest weaponry produced for the military. The Roman Military is partially modernized. With La Legione regiments being the only faction to receive Modern Firearms at this time, including a single Rifleman regiment.

The Swords of Christ (Le Spade di Cristo) - The defenders of the Nation under the dominion of the Papacy. With 10,000 soldiers, Le Spade is charged with defense of ports and borders. They are the wall that meets invaders to allow La Legione to mobilize. They are the most well supplied of the three Factions, though their supply is of largely outdated surplus weaponry. Meant to be a quantity over quality first line of defense.

The spears of Venice (Le Lance di Venezia) - The spears, made up of 14,000 men under Venice's dominion, are primarily a reserve force. The least well equipped, and the least well trained. They are stationed across Rome as ways for replacing lost manpower within regiments in times of great need. As well as acting as last lines of defense for some of the major cities within the Nation. Rome having the largest number of soldiers from the Spears of any place in the nation.

Breakdown of navy
The Roman Triumvirate Navy Is large, made up of two fleets. Both fleets fall under the de facto dominion of The King of Naples. Though de jure are meant to be under control of the Triumvirate equally.

Western Fleet - Patrols, and battles in the western Mediterranean, primarily protecting trade routes to Rome and Naples.
1 2nd rate
3 3rd rate
11 4th rate
40 Frigates

Eastern fleet - Patrols and battles in the eastern Mediterranean, primarily protecting Venetian trade routes and access to Constantinople
4 2nd rate
5 3rd rate
8 4th rate
30 Frigates
15 sloops

Currency The Piastra
Major import/export partners Britain (by way of Egypt), The Ottoman Empire, France, Genoa, Morocco, Iberia, some HRE states.
Major Domestic Issues Protestant and Christian clashes are common. The dominant nature of the Kingdom of Naples within the Triumvirate government causes strife with the lesser two states of Venice and the Papacy.
Major Foreign Issues the Triumvirate claims all historic Roman land, though currently only presses on italian lands, namely Milan, Genoa, Parma, and Corsica.

History

In the course of the Protestant Reformation, Venice a republic built on a significant trade city, saw widespread adoption of the new ideas such as Lutheranism and Calvinism. This reformation even expanded into the Doge of Venice. The wider adoption within the republic, lead to growing animosity between it and its neighbor the Papal States. towns along the border between the nations saw regular clashes between soldiers and citizens alike. These clashes soon became skirmishes between soldiers. Which by August 1751, had broken out into all out war. The Kingdom of Naples, whose staunchly Roman Catholic king Charles III, came to the aid of the Papal states by December of 1751, declaring war on Venice in aid to the Papacy. The resulting war was one of the Bloodiest in Italian history, killing almost 400,000 men lost between the three nations.

The devastation was felt among all three nations, and when King Charles III himself raised the victory banner in the City of Venice in 1753, it was as bitter sweet a victory as anyone had ever experienced. A meeting between the three nation's leaders, was dominated by Charles III. He berated both the Doge of Venice, and the Pope, calling them both blasphemers to the lord for causing such untold death and destruction. He in a moment of anger, declared that neither nation shall be independent any longer. This declaration was bound in the peace treaty, officially making the Papal States and Venice, vassals to Naples. Though, this proved to be untenable almost instantly. The Roman Catholic and the Protestants could not rightly agree to Neapolitan rule. So Charles III held a congress with the Pope and Doge once more in 1755. Here he declared, by suggestion of his advisors, a Triumvirate. One in which each of the three states would continue to exist as separate entities, but that would form a parliament of sixty officials as well as a Triumvirate executive congress. Twenty senators from each state, chosen by whichever method is desired by the governing body of the state, would represent each state. And the head of state, the doge of Venice, the Pope, and the King of Naples, would make up the Triumvirate. This system, has lead to a shaky peace among the three states. Allowing the people to believe that a semblance of self governance exists in this system. Though, the King of Naples continues to hold such significant sway and power among the Triumvirate congress as well as the parliament, that the de facto ruler of the Triumvirate of Rome, continues to be the King of Naples.

In 1770, Charles the III died in his sleep, handing the crown to his son Ferdinand I. In his first act as King of Naples, Ferdinand broke from his Father's tendency to allow religious freedoms, expelling Jesuits from Naples and using the Parliament and Triumvirate to do so in the rest of Rome as well. He has since spent his term as King boldly speaking claims on Italian lands that he believes rightly belong to the Triumvirate. And has begun the process of bolstering and modernizing his military forces across the Triumvirate.

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Nation Name: Kingdom of Prussia
NS Nation Name: St George Territory
Map Claims: Territories of the Kingdom of Prussia and the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz


Edit: Spoke with Ovstylap whose interested in being Prussia, I am going to be looking at something else to claim.
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Nationstates Name Void.
Nation Name The Emirate of Cordoba; also the Andalusian Empire and Andalusia
Flag “There is no victor but God; let God's enemies perish.”
National Anthem N/A.
Capital Cordoba.
Type of Government Absolute Islamic monarchy.
Head of State(s) His Majesty, Abdullah IV ibn Abbad, the Sultan of Andalusia, Amir al-Umara of Cordoba
Image of Leader The Sultan and Emir of Emirs.
Political Faction or Party in Power N/A; technically, the Sultan and Emir-of-Emirs rules with absolute authority, though he does this with assistance from fellow major Islamic nobles and his extensive family, as well as an efficient court-bureaucracy formed of a mix of Muslims and Jews, as well as a handful of Christian advisors.
Population Approx. 13 million (Andalusia Proper/Iberia); 20 million (North Africa and overseas).
Religion Breakdown In Andalusia Proper/Iberia, overall, the population is close to 45% Muslim, 47% Christian, and 8% Jewish. However, including the North African and overseas territories of the Emirate makes the population closer to 60% Muslim, 35% Christian, and 5% Jewish.
Public Goals Secure more colonies in Africa, ensure the continuance of the Emirate and empire at all costs.
Private Goals Secure a claim to the Caliphate, expand in North Africa especially, rebuke Revolutionary sentiments.
Map Claims Iberia below the Red Line. North Africa from Morocco and the Western Sahara to Tunisia. Gold/Ivory Coast as a major colony. A minor colony in Equatorial Guinea.

Total military size Approx. 100,000 standing; 60,000 sailors/navy personnel.
Breakdown of army The Emirate's army is broken down into the Royal Army (80,000 standing, exclusively Muslim males from central Andalusia; sworn directly to the Sultan) which has the best equipment and training money can buy.

The Imperial Army (professional smaller armies of 1,000-3,000 commanded by a Raqib [overseer]) that is extremely well-disciplined and also uses mostly decent equipment with few exceptions. The Raqibs are sworn to the Sultan first, and act as co-governors with a Sidi second to help govern and enforce laws within each province of the Empire.

Breakdown of navy The Golden/Mediterranean Fleet, based out of Tunis:

2 First Rate Ships
2 Second Rate Ships
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The First Fleet, based out of Gibraltar:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Third Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Second Fleet, based out of Tangier:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Third Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Third Fleet, based out of Ankara (Accra, Ghana/Gold Coast):

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Fourth Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

The Fourth Fleet, based out of Abidjan:

1 Second Rate Ship
1 Fourth Rate Ship
3 Frigates
8 Sloops
3 Brigs

Currency The silver-based Dirham/gold-based Dinar are the standard coinages used in Andalusia.
Major import/export partners The Emirate imports cotton and other goods from the United States and exports slaves from their colonies to them directly, a service it used to provide to Britain when Britain controlled the Thirteen Colonies. The Emirate also imports spices and such from Hindustan (India) and exports gold and ivory as valuable commodities. Various other goods are either imported or exported as needed, primarily with these trading partners and with some minimal trade with Europe.
Major Domestic Issues The Modern Reconquista: the Emirate faces down the new “Revolutionary” fervor that has been building in Europe, mostly in the form of its influence on the largely-Christian Valencian population. Fearing the 'modern Reconquista,' the Emirate has begun trying to generate scholarly debate about the matter and proscribe against it.
Major Foreign Issues The Emirate has a long and bitter rivalry with its Iberian neighbors, especially due to their failure to stop its rise to power and maintenance of Islamic rule in Iberia. This rivalry has, to an extent, made relations tense with other Western European states.

History 1050-1100: Muhammad al-Mu'tamid brings Seville's armies into Toledo to counter King Alfonso VI's impending invasion alongside his vizier; his vizier leads a surprise flank that crushes Alfonso's forces, forcing the Castilian king to retreat despite successes elsewhere. Securing Murcia and Toledo, the Emir would quickly invade and capture Valencia, quickly pushing the remnants of Alfonso's forces back north and harassing them from retreating into the mountain ranges. By 1100, Muhammad proclaims himself the Emir of Cordoba, and a restored Emirate of Cordoba.

1100-1200: Muhammad continues to rule the Emirate of Cordoba, securing the various mountain passes in the Iberian and Central mountain systems and slowly pushing back down said mountains into the valleys on the other side, as well as securing the valley between the ranges that lead to the Northern Plateau. This series of moves, completed in 1110, effectively dashes the hopes of a “Reconquista” by Castile and Aragon.

When Muhammad dies, his son, Abu, becomes Abbad IV and continues the Emirate's quest to secure its borders. A combination of a series of competent rulers and dashed morale in the Christian north, alongside the generally and relatively tolerant policies of the Emirate as it seeks to replicate the success of the first Emirate, creates a situation in which Cordoba stabilizes and begins to once again flourish.

It is by 1200 when Islamic rule in Iberia, tested once more by another war with Castile and Aragon, is solidified when they are soundly beaten due to the natural barriers against invasion.

1200-1400: The First Golden Age of the Emirate, in which the Abbadids begin conquering the Almoravids in North Africa and securing control over the western Maghreb region. There is some competition with Islamic powers in the eastern part of North Africa, but largely, the conquests and the flourishing of trade, alongside more immigration for scholars, the advancement of infrastructure, etc. ensures the next two centuries of the Emirate are ones of prosperity.

The First Golden Age ends as the Black Death finally reaches Iberia, and leads to the shrinking of Cordoba's control over North Africa for a time.

1400-1500: The Emirate of Cordoba enters a stage of recovery from the mass death brought about by the plague. This focus on internal reconstruction leads to the creation of the Sidi system; a formalized reformation period in which Sidi becomes a title applied to “individuals of great respect within the Emirate to assist in its governance.” A Sidi governed a province within the Emirate, and it was not uncommon for Christians to be named the “Sidi of Valencia” in order to appease the Christians there.

The immigration of Jews into Cordoba also increases as a result of not only anti-Semitism incited by the Black Death, but also the Crusades, from Central and Eastern Europe. This is due to Cordoba's largely and comparatively tolerant policies regarding Jews, including allowing Jews to rise to court positions or else become incredibly wealthy merchants without overly punitive taxes.

In order to try and increase the speed of recovery, Emir Abdullah II incorporates the “University of Cordoba” in 1480, noting the popularity of similar institutions elsewhere in Europe and utilizing the massive libraries and scholarly institutions within Cordoba as now being part of this newly-created University. The scheme partially works, generating more scholarly trade and interaction with the rest of Europe in spite of religious differences as scholars travel to see the novelty of a Muslim University.

1500-1600: As the Americas are discovered and colonization begins, the demand for slave labor is one that Cordoba seeks to meet in order to increase its wealth. This begins the Second Golden Age, or the Imperial Era, in which the “Andalusian Empire” as those of Christian Europe are wont to call it begins.

The Emir invests a lot of money to once again recapture North African territories, and also dominates a coastal region in Western Africa wherein Andalusian merchants are able to bring forth slaves, ivory, and gold for sale to European colonial powers as commodities, as well as liberalizing some level of trade schemes to make it easier for European powers to acquire spices from Andalusian merchants.

As the century progresses, the Andalusian Empire establishes itself as a major power due to its growth and its ability to acquire slaves en masse for the colonial powers.

1600-1750: The Andalusian Empire colonizes another small region in West Africa, and begins plans to continue expanding along the western coast of Africa. A few minor naval battles and land battles with neighbors on Iberia or against other colonial powers for these portions of Africa ensue, leading to Andalusia securing its claim on its African colonies and expanding its business with those willing to buy or trade goods with them.

As we approach the modern era, Abdullah IV carries on his father's title of Sultan and Amir al-Umara - an effective and subtle proclamation of intent for gaining the Caliphate, eventually, due to the power both titles imply.

1750-Present: An aging Sultan Abdullah IV continues to rule Andalusia in the face of a new wave of Revolutionary fervor that begins bubbling in Europe, and the growing concern of Valencia has caught his attention. The Sultan negotiated a deal with the newly-independent United States to continue selling them slaves in return for continued cotton imports, though the rumors of a potential ban on such trade by the United States has the Sultan considering drastic measures to ensure the trade keeps coming...

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Nation Name: Das Große Bayerische Kurfürstentum (The Grand Bavarian Electorate)
NS Nation Name: St. George Territory
Map Claims: Bavaria, Württemberg and Baden
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Nationstates Name Ovstylap
Nation Name The Confederation of Reformed North German States/Der Bund Reformierter Norddeutscher Staaten.
Flag https://www.deviantart.com/theflagandanthemguy/art/Unknown-Prussian-Flag-423036744
National Anthem Due to the nature of the Confederation, multiple songs are associated with the nation, including 'Im Ganzen Vaterland:' https://youtu.be/F9U0zCqIs2Y, and 'Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser:' https://youtu.be/w81MS8qDb80.
Capital De jure: Potsdam, de facto: Berlin.
Type of Government Elected Semi-Absolutist Monarchy
Der Bund Reformierter Norddeutscher Staaten is comprised of several component states, each ruled by an elector, with these electors choosing a new king from among their number to rule over the confederation until death or a joint removal requiring all but one of the electors to agree upon a new king.
Head of State(s) Frederick William II
Image of Leader https://imgur.com/gallery/BdWvOwD

Political Faction or Party in Power The Political Association for Moderate State Centralization/Die Politische Vereinigung für gemäßigte staatliche Zentralisierung, effectively represents much of the middle class in Northern Germany, with civil servants, bureaucrats, and junior-mid-ranking officers, as well as members of the bouregoise, who seek a rationalised, efficient central state which can best serve the interests of the Elector States. It has a particularly strong influence on the King.
Other Political Factions
The Imperial Faction/Die Kaiserliche Fraktion: They see particularly extensive support in some of the smallest states in the Confederation, and amongst Catholics, and advocates for a closer alleigance with the Holy Roman Empire. Effectively, those supporting the ideas of this faction support a weaker central state in Northern Germany, instead surrendering autonomy to the HRE, though some would say this merely swaps the Prussian dominated system for an Austrian tributary system.

The Reactionary League of Germans/Der reaktionäre Bund der Deutschen: Effectively an interest group of Prussian nobles and major landowners, the Junkers, with some support amongst senior Prussian officers, this faction advocates for a strong central state, but one effectively subordinated to Prussia itself. It would turn the Confederation into a Kingdom of Prussia- which whilst centralized, would provoke discontent amongst much of the population.

The League of Reformist Groups/Der Verband reformistischer Gruppen: An overall collection of groups aspiring to introduce more radical ideas, often diminishing the power of the monarchy and central government, especially de-centralizing and reducing the size of the military. It is particularly popular amongst more radical groups, including those inspired by the Revolution in France. Others, seeking autonomy, or reduced taxes due to a smaller central state, have also supported these various groups.

The Central Moderate Party/Die Zentrale Gemäßigte Partei: Comprising some of the more apolitical members of the middle-class, this group stands more for keeping things running, and keeping the complicated political system together, than for any particular ideal or reform. It is more of a state of political thought, than a political movement, focusing on turning the wheels, and as such, does not particularly provoke passions or discontent.

The Liberal Movement/Die Liberale Bewegung: This is a somewhat popular movement in the Free Cities, and Berlin itself, generally pushing against militarization, and in favour of the state providing increased welfare. It is relatively pacifistic, and advocates a policy of benign neutrality. It is particularly against Prussian dominance of the Confederation.

Population 11.55 million in German territories. Some 30,000 Germans in Florida, around 200,000 people in Cuba, not all Germans.
Religion Breakdown The clear majority of the population is Protestant, with between 60-95% being so, depending on the given area. An estimated 80% of the population is Protestant, though this may be higher. There are significant numbers of Catholics however, and a minority of Jews, though often the Jewish members of the population are not particularly Orthodox as they integrate into German society. Jews are particularly found in the smaller states, and Free cities of the Confederation.
Public Goals Counter French influence in Germany, hold decisive influence over the other German states as opposed to Austria, prevent Bavaria from aligning with another power. Further centralize the state, and rationalize the economy.
Private Goals Ensure the survival of Protestantism in central Europe, resist revolutionary sentiment, fully centralise Northern Germany, including with the integration of Mecklenburg and Anhalt, prevent the formation of any major power east of the Oder, bar Russia.
Map Claims Prussia, Pomerania, Brandenburg, Silesia, Schleswig-Holstein, Oldenburg, East Friesland, Hamburg, Bremen, Lubeck, Hannover, northern Westphalia. Effectively most of Northern Germany, bar Brunswick, Anhalt, and Mecklenburg. Cuba and Florida.

Total military size 125,000 regulars, 140,000 reserves, a total of 2500 colonial regulars supported by 10000 irregulars.
Breakdown of army When serving in the The Army of The Confederation of Reformed North German States, or Die Armee des Reformierten Norddeutschen Staatenbundes, which is known more simply as the North German Army, or Die Norddeutsche Armee, one is effectively serving in the Prussian Army. The army of the central Confederal state includes the Prussian Army itself, as well as various numbers of regiments raised from the other electors, directly commanded by the state.
Other elements belong to the individual electors, but may possibly be subordinated to the Army proper. As such, contingents will be described as either Prussian, integrated (under Prussian command but from the Electorates), or contributed (effectively leant to the Army).

The Army has a force of 265,000 men available, of whom more than half are reserves, and 155,000 which can be raised from Electorate contributions and militias. This means that in wartime, as many as 420 can be raised, though this would be unsustainable logistically and financially, and would be widely strategically dispersed. It does however mean that some defeats can be handled. The major issue is to do with political management of the Army as officers jockey for position, electors withhold troops, or attempt to pass the burden of costs or casualties on to others.

The Prussian Army, and the integrated regiments, are well-staffed and run, with an effective messenger system, and inter-relationship between various types of cavalry. North German horses are famed for their sturdiness and good health, however the Electoral contributions are less reliable, and much of the reserve is comprised of Landwehr, or troops who served using older doctrines. If the core, the cream, of the Prussian/North German army is destroyed, it will take several years to return to its original capability at least.

Organised in order: Active troops in the Die Norddeutsche Armee, whether Prussian or Integrated, followed by Reserves, then Contingents, then Landwehr. Contingents+Landwehr are counted together.

The following is a breakdown of the Army of Potsdam. The Army of Potsdam, not necessarily always kept standing, and not all concentrated in one location, which comprises a roster of units which may be utilised to form a field army at a relatively short notice. It comprises contingents from every state in the Confederation, but is primarily formed of Prussian, followed by Hessian contingents. Certain Landwehr units are specifically assigned to it to assist with replenishment, and guarding supply routes.

The numbers that follow do not include additional administrative and logistical personnel, and the numerous camp followers that would be attached. The Army of Potsdam may be deployed as multiple divisions or columns, but nonetheless represents one of the largest possible offensive formations which may be deployed by the North Germans.

You may notice that this grouping includes a relatively low proportion of cavalry, and a somewhat higher number of skirmishers and light infantry than was used by Prussia in OTL, reflecting the infantry focus of the North German states, but also the fact that it is Prussia, and to a lesser extent Hesse, which is properly training its troops
This does not represent the full North German military capability
Hesse: 1112 Cav, 240 Artillery, 2952 Inf, 2712 Landwehr.
616 dragoons, 248 each of Hussars, and Lancers
3 batteries of 6lbers- 1 horse drawn, 2 12 lbers, 2 7lbers Howitzers.
738 Grenadiers, 400 skirmishers, 732 Light Infantry, 492 Vet 3 Inf, 984 Vet 2, 1476 Vet 1, 2712 Landwehr.
Other states: 744 cav, 240 Art, 7528 Inf, 5584 Landwehr.
248 Hussars, 596 Lancers, 2 12lber battery, 3 batteries of 7lber howitzer battery, 984 Grenadiers, 2032 Light Infantry, 736 Skirmishers, 3776 Line, 6940 Landwehr.

Prussia: 4508 Cav, 816 Art, 27436 Inf, 9152 Landwehr
802 lancers, of whom, 164 are Thuringian, 144 Saxon, 124 Bavarian, 114 Polish, 114 militia.
218 mounted skirmishers, of whom 124 are from Wurttemburg, and 94 from Wurzburg.
1872 dragoons, 1296 Hussars, 320 Pathfinders.
6 12lber batteries, 6 3lber batteries, 6 7lber howitzer batteries
4728 Elite Infantry (of whom 738 are raised from outside the borders), 9025 Line infantry (of whom 2641 are veterans/foreign attachments/men with overseas and/or mercenary experience), 509 Sappers and Pioneers, 7346 Reserve infantry, 1524 Skirmishers, 4304 Light infantry.
In summary, a total:
Total: 6464 Cav, 1296 Art, 37916 Inf, 18804 Landwehr – 45676+ 18804

2488 Dragoons, 1792 Hussars, 1646 lancers, 320 Pathfinders, 218 mounted skirmishers.

8 12lber batteries, 11 7lber howitzer batteries, 3 lber batteries (1HD), 6 3lber batteries
509 Sappers/Pioneers, 2660 Skirmishers 6450 Elite Infantry/Grenadiers, 7068 Light Infantry, 7346 Reserve Infantry, 15753 Line Infantry (including as many as 3500 who are campaign veterans, foreign attachments, or men with overseas and/or mercenary experience).
Supported by 18804 Landwehr.

For consideration: Sappers and Pioneers relate to soldiers specifically organised for the purpose of preparing or destroying field fortifications. Elite Infantry/Grenadiers refers to veteran units, or highly trained/specially selected units, often drawn from the experienced soldiers, or the best volunteer/conscript intakes.
Light Infantry refers to troops who typically are not Prussian, and may be somewhat trained in skirmishing- they can also fight from the line, and are almost all armed with muskets. They may fight in the second formation of lines, as light infantry here can refer to Fusiliers- the troops raised by the Prussian Army outside of Prussia. These troops typically have lower morale, formational competence, and melee ability, but may prove effective in rougher terrain, or smaller scale confrontations.
Skirmishers refers to troops specifically trained or equipped to skirmish and counter-skirmish, including with conduct of raids, scouting, and ambushes. Many, but not all, are armed with rifles.
Reserves typically refers to those who have gone through a period of conscription, and are in the first possible wave of mobilisation, whilst Landwehr refers to voluntary or conscripted militias, or those likely to be moilised later. The Landwehr numbers here refer to Landwehr units which may be drawn upon to supplement this army, these troops may also be used in training new recruits, garrisoning locations, and defending supply routes.


Breakdown of navy Several thousand sailors, manning four frigates (a 48, two 38's, and a 36), as well as three brigs, six sloops, and several gunboats. This force is underfunded, undersupplied, undertrained, and inexperienced.

Currency Thalers. 14 Prussian thalers to a Cologne Mark. In Brandenburg this is divided into 24 Groschen, each of 12 Pfennige, in Prussia, a thaler is 3 Polish Gulden, or Zloty, each of 30 Groschen of 18 Pfennige, or 90 Schilling. Overall currency markets and exchanges within Northern Germany cause a lot of money to change hands, but much ends up in banks, and lending houses. There is some accusation that the Jewry has an over-the-top hand in this- ultimately a more centralized state could streamline this in theory.

Major import/export partners Scandinavian nations and the Russian Empire, trading furs, woods, metals, and ores, for manufactured goods, textiles, and materials from Northern Germany, as well as financial services. Trading with Britain in a great array of resources. The Hanseatic League extensively trades with Andalusia, helping to run its colonial network, especially in trading luxury and exotic resources for North German goods and resources. Until the Revolution there was major trade with France, now this is becoming increasingly illicit- with high risks and high rewards. Naturally, Northern Germany trades extensively with the other German states, and with Austria, as well as the Netherlands.

Major Domestic Issues

Centralization? The autonomy of the states and free cities keeps them in tow with Prussia, but in turn creates economic inefficiencies, and makes political management of the military difficult.

Financial Rationalization? The currency has different exchange rates in different parts of the Confederation, causing money to leave circulation occaisonally as it is gathered up by banking houses and moneychangers, though in turn this financial sector enables investment, and attracts foreign capital. How should this be handled?

A politically disparate Army The Electors have one major card in their sleeve- their formal control over elements of their states' militaries. Should the Electors be displeased, they may hold back forces from Die Norddeutsche Armee. Some of these contingents are trained, organised, disciplined, or even equipped differently to the rest of the army, and may have higher rates of volunteers or conscripts, making these supposedly regular troops not quite fit in. To make Die Norddeutsche Armee truly effective, this needs to be resolved.

Political disunity, and new ideologies
Some seek to empower Prussia, others to increase their autonomy from it. Some see Austria as the enemy, some see the HRE as the only place their city should be aligned to. In these times of political disquiet, three new ideologies are on the rise. Liberalism- demanding greater rights for the people, more responsibilities for the state, and a view to peaceful co-operation. Nationalism- there is a growing idea that those who speak the same language, who have the same origin, should be under one banner. The confusion comes when that banner cannot be agreed upon.
Republicanism- one cannot lie, this is revolution. An overthrow of the social order. A removal of order. An invitation to chaos, to degeneracy, to a mockery of civilization. What can a people be without a king to lead them, without an embodiment of what is ideal about man to give the masses something to strive for, someone to give their lives to?

Major Foreign Issues

Still a part of the Holy Roman Empire?
The North Germans are still notionally part of the HRE, yet they have not felt this way for a long term. Only the states themselves feel any identity or connection. But the HRE is not politically neutral, and it is most certainly not simply on the side of the North Germans. How it should be responded to, and how the relationship should look, is an interesting question going forward.

The Flames in the West
A new way of political order is beginning to come into being, marked by blood, terror, and confusion. France. Once a noble nation, now disrobed of its culture, its chivalry, its very civilization. A great turmoil has overflowed there, and there are many who stand to lose out should the sentiments of change flood into the North German plain.

The Bear
East of the Oder, East of the Vistula. Always there. The Bear. The Russian Empire for now is a trade partner, but its intentions are unknown. The largest country on the earth, abundant in resources, and in people, the North Germans, especially the Prussians, know that it would not be prudent to have the Russians as one's enemies, though it may be easier to assess their intentions than if you believe them your friends... How should Russia be handled?

History 1100-late 1200s: During the Crusades, German contingents are particularly represented in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, with the Teutonic Order focusing much of its activity there, more so than in the Baltics.
1307: Following the suppression of the Knights Templar, the Teutonic Order makes moves to secure as much Templar property in German-speaking territories as possible, and manages to take in a number of Templar exiles.
1410: Following the Teutonic order's defeat at the hands of the Polish and Lithuanians at the battle of Grunwald, it dwindles in significance, increasingly relying on the Northern German states, and selling off its properties in other parts of the Holy Roman Empire.

The Hanseatic League is incredibly successful in bolstering Baltic and North Sea trade, leading to the rise of several important trading cities and ports in Northern Germany, as well as economically bolstering other parts of Europe such as the Netherlands, East Anglia, and Scandinavia. The Hanseatic League increasingly imports food from England and France as German states destabilize as the Thirty Years War approaches, cementing itself as a major economic influence, and encouraging a mercantilist culture in elements of Germany.

The Thirty Years War occurs much as in our timeline, but an increased focus on raising city militias, and maintaining small professional cores of troops loyal to their local city or elector decreases the reliance on mercenaries that partially influenced the widespread number of atrocities that occurred in OTL. Overall demographic decline as a result of the Thirty Years War is around 10-30% less than OTL, varying by region, due to increased numbers of local ceasefires and truces.

In the late 1600s, the Germans of Prussia and Pomerania lead a series of moves to create greater autonomy from the influence of Poland, and where conflict does break out, Brandenburg and Silesian support enables the solidification of a German-state on the border of the HRE and Poland. Prussia comes to politically dominate Pomerania.
Dynastic relations lead to Oldenburg gradually incorporating East Friesland. The Hanseatic League provides support and rallies funding for a German colonization effort in the Americas, with several small settlements eventually established by the 1720s in Florida, though many others failed.

Castillian bankruptcy and a possible war with a major European power as a result is prevented by a joint bailout by the Hanseatic League, and the cities of Hamburg, Bremen, and Lubeck. In exchange, major trading concessions are made in Cuba, and gradually German immigration to the region begins. In both Florida and Cuba, colonization efforts focus on setting up trading relations rather than exploitative genocidal practices of slavery, though a barter system focused on food and other goods rather than coinage is prioritized. German immigration to Cuba and Florida, and in smaller amounts to other colonies in the Americas continues over the course of the century. Several small trading outposts are established by German traders from the Northern cities, the most notable being in Patagonia as a resting stop during travel to the Pacific, where the outposts are run in co-ordination with the British, who hold the power dynamic in terms of providing security, though the Hansas provide the funding.

During the mid 1700s, Brandenburg and Prussia move closer together as a result of efforts to counter Austrian influence in Saxony, and eventually form an alliance with Oldenburg-East Friesland, and move to secure Schleswig-Holstein from Danish influence. In 1748, The Confederation of Reformed North German States/Der Bund Reformierter Norddeutscher Staaten, is formed, led by Prussia. Over the next few years the purpose and political organisation of the system is gradually established, with Prussia proving a dominant member due to its military stature, but is economically reliant, and to some extent politically so, on the support of the Hanseatic League which holds major influence in Hamburg, Bremen, Lubeck, and Hannover, which respectively join the Confederation in 1756, '59, 1765, and '69 respectively. Hesse-Kassel is subdued in 1757 during a succession crisis. Northern Westphalia is consolidated into the Confederation following the threat of military force after it goes bankrupt in 1772.

Other elements of German doctrinal development, economic policy, key historical figures etc, occurs much as in OTL, with the notable fact that Northern German military theory emphasizes an increased role on cavalry and skirmishers. Indeed, following the Thirty Years War, various initiatives to breed horses occur, sponsored by individuals or small states, which are increasingly endorsed. By the 1760s, Northern German horses are extensively bought and bred by other European powers, with the horse population being around 23% higher than in OTL. Particularly with the import of food, Britain is also an increasingly important trading partner.

February 1789: Grand Bavarian Proclamation
March 1789: Mobilisation
April 1789: French invasion of the Rhineland, meeting Westphalian, Hessian, and Bavarian forces. Several skirmishes and small battles
May 1789: Prussian and Hamburg forces arrive, more Bavarian forces arrive, the French are gradually repelled.
June 1789: The majority of French forces are pushed back into France. Siege of Metz begins, led by Bavarian forces- much from Baden and Wurttemberg, with Westphalian elements, and troops from the Free cities of North Germany.
July 1789: A French force gathers at Reims, the coalition force pauses for a while dealing with an outbreak of disease, skirmishes ensue.
The coalition force marches south, heading for Troyes, forcing the French to march cross country. Continuous French harassment, and mobilisation of forces encourages the Coalition force to march on Paris sooner, and they turn off of the road.
August 4 1789: Major cavalry skirmish at Gourgancon, French withdraw, casualties balanced.
August 7 1789: French withdraw from forest line of Marigny, Angluzelles-et-Courzelles-Thaas, as they have insufficient artillery, cavalry, and skirmishers.
August 14 1789: Failed negotiations at Villenauxe-la-Grande- Bodies of the French royal family not returned, Directorate refuses to pay reparations and release political prisoners whilst German troops are in France.
August 20 1789: Skirmishes in the countryside east of Provins
August 21 1789: Chalautre-la-Grande, Beauchery-Saint-Martin, and Lechelle taken by Bavarian, Hessian, and Prussian forces respectively.

August 22 1789: Battle of Provins
Phase 1: 7-10am: Attack on Sourdun by Bavarian force, and on Saint Brice by Prussian/North German. Sourdun holds until a French retreat at 0930, by this point Prussian forces routed two regiments of French infantry, and are advancing into Provins proper, heavy skirmishing.
Phase 2: 10-Noon: Bavarian and other South German forces march on Chalautre-la-Petite, but are somewhat seperated from the smaller Prussian force. As the Prussian force is more committed to an urban area, French forces focus on the open flank of the Bavarians. Heavy casualties amongst the most exposed units of Baden troops. Hessians, Hamburg troops, and Rhinelanders are heavily engaged in Provins, Prussian reserve committed to force back the attempted seperation of them from the Bavarians. French withdraw to line Provins-Chalautre-la-Petite.
Phase 3: Noon-1330: French forces steadily pushed out of Provins, but Napoleon's artillery is committed and concentrated in the South. Heavy Bavarian casualties. Repeated attacks, to no avail. Heavy casualties within 90 minutes. Bavarian forces begin to withdraw, some units in disarray. Unruly French pursuit.
Phase 4: 1330-1600: Prussian and North German forces attempt to disengage from Provins, and withdraw to Saint Brice, and then south to the Forest between Saint-Brice and Sourdun- Bavarian elements join up. Rearguard action to cover the withdrawal. Around half of the North German force are casualties.
Phase 5: 1600-2000. Continuous skirmishing and withdrawl, before a Prussian counterattack drives off French skirmishers for the night. Coalition rests in Montpothier and Villenauxe-la-Grande, and burn them as they withdraw the next day.

August 23-August 30 1789 Retreat to Sommesous, then North to La Veuve, wiping out two French regiments, half of which are conscripts and militia, which attempt to block them there.

August 29 1789: News reaches Metz garrison of French victory.

September 23rd 1789, Coalition forces gather outside Metz. French pursuit of freshly mobilised forces and victors at Provins follow.

September 30 1789- Metz is taken in a highly bloody storming. Mass looting takes place, many cannons are spiked. The French defenders blow their own gunpowder magazines, causing immense casaulties, and causing the Bavarian and non-Prussian forces to act more brutally.
October 1st- French attack, Prussian and North German forces retreat, many Bavarians and Wurttembergers do. Elements from both forces, as well as many Baden troops are cut off in Metz, and hold for another week, faced with a hostile local population and a new encircling French army.

October 16th- Last Coalition elements leave France.
November 2nd- Peace
Final results: Prussian/North German casualties- Approaching 9000 who will never fight again in the next ten years, loss of a few dozen cannons
Bavarian and South German casualties: to be determined.
French casualties: To be determined, several villages and small towns burned, Metz significantly damaged, fortifications damaged, many garrison cannons destroyed or damaged.
Overall result: Major encouragement of French reforms, to aid standardisation of uniforms, equipment, tactics, and troop quality. Levee en Masse- desire for revenge against Germans. Prussian and Hessian troops seen as higher disciplined, and more effective. Hamburg and Free city resentment against Prussia and Hesse.
Baden especially resentful of Bavaria. Bavaria to likely have military reforms, and either be annoyed at Prussia for not committing more, or seeking a closer relationship due to its weakened state facing both France and Austria


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Nationstates Name St George Territory
Nation Name Das Große Bayerische Kurfürstentum (The Grand Bavarian Electorate)
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National Anthem Bayernhymme
Capital Munich
Type of Government Semi-Absolutist Monarchy
Head of State(s) Kurfürst Karl Theodor of Bavaria with Duke's Charles Fredrick of Baden, and Frederick II Eugene of Württemberg.
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Political Faction in Power Partei Bayern A monarchist faction seeking to strengthen Bavarian hegemony of Southern Germany.
Population 3.9 million
Religion Breakdown 87% Roman Catholic, 10% Protestant, 2% Jewish, 1% Others.
Public Goals Oppose Austrian hegemony in the Southern German States, preserve Bavarian sovereignty, improving the economy.
Private Goals Restoration of the Papal States as an independent nation state, conquest of Hapsburg territory.
Map Claims Bavaria, Württemberg and Baden
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Total military size 40,000 full time soldiers 90,000 Territorial levy.
Breakdown of army The field army is based largely on compulsory military service, and a national guard with three classes was also developed (1st class: Reserve battalions of the Line regiments; 2nd class: Territorial army; 3rd class: Citizen levy).

Guard of the Electorate: The primary army of the Grand Electorate, comprising of around 25,000 Bavarian soldiers. Trained primarily by ex-Prussian officers and highly funded. The guard is loyal only to the Elector and serves as a deterrent to the Württemberger and Baden monarchs seeking independence from the Munich court; nowadays with revolutionary storms over Europe it also stays a symbol that the Ancien Régime will not go quietly into the night as the French had.

Elector's Army of Baden Comprised of around 5,000 men from its namesake of Baden, the force is primarily stationed on the Saalach river and around the border with Austria, in contrast with the 'Guard of the Electorate' the Baden force's main role is to put up a modest resistance to allow the Bavarian electorate time to call the army and prepare the real resistance to the constant threats of Austrian conquest.

Electors Army of Württemberg The Württemberger army is tasked with defence of the Western front, with the looming threat of revolutionary France it has received increased funding and given surplus arms from the Guard of the Electorate, but still rests at a second rate force when compared to the Bavarian army.

Territorial Levy Part time soldiers that can be called from all parts of the nation by the Kurfürst. The levies are primarily designed to be used to garrison towns and other fortified positions; they are poorly armed and trained, and can hardly be relied upon when it comes time to fight, but useful enough when there is a need to acquire bodies for the fight.

Breakdown of navy N/A Landlocked nation, only vessels under the Electorate's command are small party barges reserved for the royal families.

Currency Bavarian gulden - 60 kreuzers to a gulden, four pfennigs to a kreuzer. One Prussian thaler will give you two and a half Bavarian guldens.
Major import/export partners Austria, Andalusia, Confederation of North German States, Italian Triumvirate
Major Domestic Issues
Württemberg-Baden Question
While blessed with the gloriously enlightened reign of Maximilian III Joseph, his lack of an heir caused the war of Bavarian succession, resulting in a great many victories with the support of the North German Confederation, resulting in the Kurfürst acquiring both Württemberg and Baden, this has resulted in several small scale revolts in the acquired states, thankfully put down, but how much longer can Bavaria hold on to the dream of a united Southern German confederation?

Radical Republicans
Munich, Stuttgart, Ulm, many of these cities are full of dangerous revolutionary thought through the many academies that litter the nation, aided by political reforms that emboldened freedom of the press, ideas flood the minds of many of the intellectuals, the Electorate Guard Officer Corps, is constantly under watch for any revolutionary ideas, much to the detriment of the forces functionality.

Major Foreign Issues
An Empty title
At one time in history being an elector of the Holy Roman Empire was a point of pride, a sign of the noblest of houses, but what it has seen to become is giving the Austrian Hapsburg's an empty 'right' to control the greater German peoples, inspired by the North German Confederation, the Bavarian's seek to create a Kingdom, free from Austria's constant invasions and spurring of the grand future of the Bavarian people.

The French
Fights between the Electorate and the revolutionaries have brought various defeats and hollow victories for the Electorate, culminating into a modest successful push into the French territories with a failed siege of Paris, this defeat showed the failings of the Bavarian armies, and the strength of the revolutionaries.

History The modern history of Bavaria from the Thirty-years war; throughout Germany, tensions were aflame around matters of faith. Even after the peace deals in 1555 seeking to limit Protestantism in Germany. From Brandenburg and Saxony, all the way South to Venice, Bavaria under Elector Maximilian the Great had begun to become encircled by protestants. The spread of heretical ideas became increasingly concerning for the electorate, with the rate of the spread, the risk of a protestant Emperor was becoming more realistic. Wars and faith were likewise becoming more commonplace, Cologne in 1583 for instance, while the victory went to the Catholics, it still represented the coming storm clouds of the fight between protestants and Catholics.

Events led to Archduke Ferdinand ordering the return of Catholic land taken since 1555, this resulted in the creation of the protestant union, and Bavaria establishing the Catholic league. The war that was to follow would absolutely devastate Bavaria and Germany. The territorial integrity was maintained, but the tension between Bavaria and Austria was boiling, and the state sought to turn away from Austrian hegemony. Bavaria would spend nearly the next century rebuilding. Forced to fight alongside the Habsburg troops notably during the siege of Belgrade where Maximilian II Emanuel led the imperial troops, as well as fighting in several imperial wars in the Catholic states of Iberia. Upon his return to Bavaria he began what would eventually become the Bavarian golden age, inviting scholars and architects to establish a greater Bavarian identity.

Under Emperor Charles VII, where the Wittelsbach had acquired the title from the Habsburgs, the expansion of the Bavarian holdings had begun to take hold, many free states had begun to fall to Bavarian troops, Austria, seeking to weaken Bavaria and support the free cities, declared war on Bavaria, quickly entering into Bavarian lands. Seeking allies, Emperor Charles VII reached out to the protestant states in the North, troops from Hesse-Kassel, Hamburg, and Prussia responded with aid and through many pitched battles, Bavaria managed to grab victory from the clutches of defeat. A peace was established with Austria, shortly after Charles VII passed away from gout.

The reign of Elector Maximilian III Joseph "The much beloved" would succeed to the throne and bring Bavaria into a period of unprecedented prosperity and greater enlightenment. From codifying many laws and disallowing many inhumane death sentences, Maximilian III instituted reforms such as freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the banning of slavery. Greater unity with the North German Confederation was sought, inviting a great number of wealthy protestants, jews, and a limited number of Islamic merchants. A great patron of the arts and sciences, he established the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the Ulm Academy of the Arts. Hessian officers were invited to modernise the armed forces, to great effect of the failing Bavarian forces resting on their laurels. The economy saw greater boons with agriculture and industry, such as the Nymphenburg porcelain factory, which would also see a new home of the Wittelsbach family. On a fateful day in 1777 while travelling in Munich his carriage passed a clock tower, the mechanism had failed and resulted in the bell striking 77 times. Deciding it to be an omen, Maximilian knew his end was nigh, heirless, he passed away from smallpox shortly after.

Thus began the Bavarian war of succession, Karl Theodor, supported by the North Germans, battled the Austrians and her allies, notably Württemberg and Baden, and thanks to the many military reforms of Maximilian III scored a number of victories against the two as the North Germans battled the Austrians, the victory was absolute, and Württemberg and Baden were under Bavarian control. Status quo followed as the electorate began a dialogue of the value of being in an empire that sought its destruction, an absolutist compared to Maximilian III, even more so after the French revolution, rumours around persecution of Catholics hit the Munich court. The response was swift as the Bavarian, Austrian and other German allies sent an army to put down the revolution, February of 1789 would see the German forces at the gates of Paris, Bavarians under the Elector Karl Theodor met the French at Provins, where fate was not kind to the Germans, resulting in a retreat of the forces all the way back to the Rhine.

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Postby Northern Socialist Council Republics » Wed Jun 22, 2022 6:32 am

Hmm. Was thinking of maybe applying as a unified Nordic state but I see that all of its border territories have already been taken by surrounding powers. :p

I shall keep an eye on this nonetheless.
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Nation Name: Parcia
NS Nation Name: United States of America
Map Claims: the territory of the US circa Jan 1st, 1790.

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Postby Scandinavia21 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:50 pm


I already have a claim over the Mosquito Coast and British Honduras or as you would know it Belize.
Nation: Kingdom of Scandinavia
Technology: MT- PMT
Year: 2025
Territory: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kola Peninsula
Leader: Queen Anastasia the 3rd
GENA Ambassador: Thomas Hauger

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