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Postby Bodanwald » Sat Jul 09, 2022 6:59 am

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9 July 1782

Tensions rise over the Flüssental issue
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ensions have risen up in some rural areas over the use of the scarse water supplies left due to the alarming lack of rains that reduced or dried up many rivers.
The worst news come from the Rückbach river which has now become impossible to navigate through with any significant trade vessel, leaving the town of Püschwalde, a freshwater port linking the West and East of Bodanwald, without a significant direct access to the capital. the small roads going from the Westertal valley to the Flüssental plains are few and in bad conditions, never considered of much use due to the much more profitable river connection.

With some Friulian-speakers in the Flüssental whispering outrageous ideas of secession from the Bugraviate, and the whole region now relying on the passage of supplies from the southern neutral territories, Admiral Großel has spoken out in support of General Bardans's plan for the occupation of the neutral territories, moving the border to the East bank of the river Skwars.
"Securing the estuary of the three rivers has now become paramount" explained the Admiral "leaving the region in the hands of the indigenous alliance, or the remnants of it, could eventually render us vulnerable, and we cannot afford to give any morale boost to the many pirates waiting for a new occasion to attack our trading routes".
No official decision has come from His Excellency yet, but the increased number of troops at the border give a clear message.




New section of Kieselberg harbour completed
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new sector for the port of Kieselberg has finally been completed, now offering harbour to larger ships.
The change will also be seen with a significantly faster loading and unloading process, and a more direct route to the warehouses area.

This project, completed thanks to the support of the prominent trade company Löffler & Messerschmidt is part of a wider set of changes and updates to the South-East of Kieselberg aiming to improve the local manufacturing processes and make the distribution of goods arriving in the capital for other areas of Bodanwald much faster




Blecher family in crisis and prices rising
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ad timing is how the rich Blecher family has being describing the recent economic issues that have forced their householder, Dominik Blecher, to halt the new mining project recently started near the port town of Lanseeburg, cut expenses and halt part of his textile production and furthermore, according to a revelation from the Bank of Bodanwald, tap into the family capital to hastily pay back some small debts.
The draught is mainly to blame, as it has made even the monumental Löffler & Messerschmidt company shake, and the recent drying up of the Rückbach river has been a much harsher reality for the Blecher family holdings which are totally focused on the West of the Burgraviate.
These events have suddenly increased the price of iron, a number of textile products, and, for a small part, the price of work tools, which is worrying as the price of food and beverages has already jumped up in the past weeks.
The prominent merchant Julian Kaufmann has plans for expanding his family dealings overseas to ease this crisis, but in the meantime hopes are that new trade routes will open up to Kieselberg.
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Postby Bodanwald » Wed Sep 28, 2022 5:53 am

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28 September 1782


Flüssental valley united
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riunphant in the streets of Großwald, it's walls breached and the enemy retreated beyond the Skwars river, General Francesco Bardans has achieved all his objectives and has been prised by His Excellency the Burgrave himself.

After a long march from the port of Lanseeburg, where the army disembarked, the attack started the 8th of September from the city of Stiggenau from whence the general guided the troops through the undefended rural lands between the Erske and Develn rivers, while the elite Jäger infantry moved down from Lördenstadt, past the Develn. finally, the main fleet under the command of admiral Hauke Großel started an heavy bombardment over the poorly fortified city known to Bodanwalders as Großwald, by the time the army reached the area, a breach in the walls made an assault possible, and, by the late morning of the 27th, the battle was won.




Diplomatic tensions after victory
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fter the annexation in the south, Burgrave Dardan Davidovič of Wittennau has expressed its outrage, cutting the access to his ports to any Bodanwalder ship, in a move probably made to please the Turri tribes populating the bordering Altwald mountains in the North and the rest of the valleys beyond the Skwars river in the South-West. the diplomat sent to bring the news to court also announced the end of the pact of non-aggression and mutual aid reached during the pirate wars.

The closer ties being stipulated between Wittennau and the Turri is equally worrying Kieselberg, in a time when finally the Tibidoi pirates had been pacified and trade flowed free and safe through the gulf, peace between the local colonial powers seems difficult to maintain as the balance of power shifts easily.

Nevertheless the ties with the Duchy of Karkann in the south seem to remain strong, an alliance to keep alive at any cost, reinforced recently with a letter of congratulations from Duke Karl IV to His Excellency over the successful military campaign.




Drought ends
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s the raining season started, the rivers have slowly begun to replenish, river trade restarted, securing once again direct access to the whole Burgraviate from the capital city, too late to save the harvest, as evidenced by the soaring food prices throughout the region, the hope is that with the capturing of the coast of the Flüssental valley the fishing sector will have space and resources to expand and make up for the losses, while trading agreements are under scrutiny and a search for new ones to bring cheaper food from abroad has started.
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Postby Bodanwald » Sun Oct 16, 2022 7:24 am

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16 October 1782


Subversive arrested in Großwald
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nown already by the Kieselberg city militia as a crowd agitator and a dangerous subversive, Kilian Geisler, 37, born in Hamburg but living in Bodanwald from a young age, has finally been arrested in Großwald, in the recently captured territories of the Flüssental valley.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Ignaz Sigmund Stein, of the newly formed town militia of Großwald, Geisler was organising an insurrection in the city, aimed at establishing a republican regime in the city, and, probably, beyond it.
The city militia of Kieselberg and of the town of Lanseeburg have scored a number of similar arrests, in what seemed an organized net of republican agitators; the clear aim was to disrupt or take control of the main ports of the Burgraviate.




Lord Engel on a mission in Wittennau
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ord Gerhold Hagen Engel, close friend and advisor of His Excellency, has returned from a mission in Wittennau, where he spoke with Burgave Dardan Davidovič and his close circle of nobles and generals, in an effort to relax the tense atmosphere that grew between the two Burgraviates after the Bodanwalder military conquest of Großwald.
Although distrust and tensions remain high from both sides, the mission assured a mutually signed non-aggression pact, the positive result was certainly helped by the recent reappearance of a common enemy: a group of Tibidoi pirates, that tried to board the Kaufmann Family's trade ship "Hoffnung".




Ermingard sets sail
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ontinuing their expansion, the Löffler-Messerschmidt trade company added a fourth ship to its flotilla: the Ermingrad, that will further expand the quantity of goods imported in Kieselberg.
Although always focused on the trade of military equipment and advanced tools, the Löffler-Messerschmidt t.c. is now aiming at importing food and so help relieve the food shortages that are starting already to be seen across Bodanwald, the Ermingard has left the shipyards yesterday, and after some improvements have been added and a crew have been assembled, will leave the gulf with the similarly young "Auda" for a large shipment of grain and rice.
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Postby Mareyland » Fri Oct 21, 2022 5:45 am

To Erwin Löffler-Messerschmidt

Dear Sir,

I write to you on behalf of the Mareyland Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, of which I am humbly honored to call myself President. This Society was formed for the promotion of the interests of the farmers of Mareyland, who are the foundation upon which our nation's entire economy rests.

I have become informed of the situation transpiring in your country, where natural inclemencies have deprived your people of sufficient foodstuffs. I am told that you are outfitting ships for trade to obtain the necessary provisions. I would humbly suggest that you consider Mareyland as a destination for this mercantile expedition.

Our soils are blessed with fertility, and we have enjoyed bountiful crops of wheat, barley, corn, rice, etc. Furthermore, it is my earnest wish that this marks the beginning to a deeper and mutually beneficial trade relationship between our two nations.

Should you find this agreeable, your ships would find their best prospects by sailing for the ports of Annesburg or Caroline.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
WILLIAM LEE
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Postby Bodanwald » Sat Oct 29, 2022 1:08 am

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To Erwin Löffler-Messerschmidt

Dear Sir,

I write to you on behalf of the Mareyland Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, of which I am humbly honored to call myself President. This Society was formed for the promotion of the interests of the farmers of Mareyland, who are the foundation upon which our nation's entire economy rests.

I have become informed of the situation transpiring in your country, where natural inclemencies have deprived your people of sufficient foodstuffs. I am told that you are outfitting ships for trade to obtain the necessary provisions. I would humbly suggest that you consider Mareyland as a destination for this mercantile expedition.

Our soils are blessed with fertility, and we have enjoyed bountiful crops of wheat, barley, corn, rice, etc. Furthermore, it is my earnest wish that this marks the beginning to a deeper and mutually beneficial trade relationship between our two nations.

Should you find this agreeable, your ships would find their best prospects by sailing for the ports of Annesburg or Caroline.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
WILLIAM LEE
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to William Lee, Mareyland

Dear Sir,

I was positively surprised to find your letter among the mail brought today by a battered packet ship with the Mareylander flag still proudly waving abaft.
Captain Dillon Caustow has apparently battled valiantly with a heavy storm and had to refit at sea as best as he could, I'll help him fix the ship so my letter will hopefully arrive safely.
Besides Caustow's ship, there are not many others sailing to Mareyland, and I will be happy to start changing this situation.

I gladly accept your proposal, the Ermingard will soon depart and head directly towards Annesburg, and I'm convinced this will be the start of a long and profitable cooperation.

Your humblest servant,

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Postby Bodanwald » Sat Oct 29, 2022 3:09 am

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29 October 1782


High tensions and growing famine
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hocking reports come to the capital about the situation in the more isolated towns of Bodanwald, stories of people dead on the streets, of groups of migrants going to the bigger cities in the hope of finding food.

Authorities call for calm and dismiss these news as exaggerated, but tensions are high, so high that the recently captured subversive Kilian Geisler was freed by a mob of angry peasants as he was being moved to Kieselberg, 7 soldiers were cold-bloodedly killed by the mob, and General Martin Böttcher promises grave consequences for the perpetrators, manhunt has already started.




Uncertainty for the Kaufmann family
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few months ago, the Kaufmann family was still enjoying a period of impressive success, and Julian Kaufmann was certainly the richer and most influential merchant of Bodanwald, as the main exporter of Bodanwalder food and beverages in the gulf, with his ships commanded by expert captains that always managed to escape the pirate attacks and blockades, to the hungry people around the region.

Since the beginning of the drought it has seen an inevitable decline in profits and value, reaching, last week, the lowest point: pausing all trade and mothball the ships.
Yesterday, after reaching an agreement for the import of food from outside the gulf, and the production of wine and beer somewhat getting back in activity, the family got back to business too, reassuring investors and citizens that the new trade routes will bring the Kauffmann back up.

Nevertheless, since the restart of trade, the family's value in the Kieselberger exchange has seen a further drop of more than 22%.




Ermingard to set sail for Mareyland
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inally ready, the new ship of the Löffler-Messerschmidt trade company, the Ermingard, will soon depart for a voyage towards the port city of Annesburg, in Mareyland, after an agreement between Erwin Löffler-Messerschmidt and William Lee, president of the Mareyland Society for the Promotion of Agriculture.

The mission, according to the company, will be a first step towards an expansion of trade between the two nations and possibly a definitive solution to the exacerbating famine that is biting Bodanwald from the inside.

If successful, this operation will further boost the profits of the company, that has profited a lot in the sale of weapons and tools during the recent conflict in the South-West.
Currently Erwin Löffler-Messerschmidt has already reached princely influence over the Burgraviate, a truly great moment for his investors.
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Postby Mareyland » Tue Nov 08, 2022 7:15 pm

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In the capital of Mareyland, a gentleman named Philip Shay had a meeting with President Thomas Cawthorne. Shay was a merchant, one of several wealthy men who controlled most of the import and export business of Mareyland. His wealth bankrolled the ships that carried various goods into and out of the country, and his connections abroad helped to facilitate their sale and purchase. His international business, and his known political support for the administration of President Cawthorne, made him a natural choice for a special assignment. A ship from Bodanwald was expected in port, and it was believed that this would mark the beginning of a prosperous commercial relationship between that far-off nation and Mareyland. To help facilitate future cooperation and maintain good relations, President Cawthorne presented Philip Shay with a commission as Mareyland's new ambassador to Bodanwald.

To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,

Please accept the bearer of this document, one PHILIP SHAY, Esquire, as the henceforth appointed Ambassador to your court and country. He will act as the fully plenipotentiary representative of the Republic of Mareyland within the borders of your nation. Mr. Shay is a man of integrity and learning, and possesses the full confidence of my government.

It is the hope of the Senate of the Republic that Mr. Shay will be able to negotiate a comprehensive treaty of amity and commerce between our nations, enabling full diplomatic intercourse between our governments and creating a hospitable environment for merchants of both nations to do business. In this way, it is my fervent hope that our countries shall prosper together as friends.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
THOMAS CAWTHORNE
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Postby Bodanwald » Wed Nov 09, 2022 8:44 am

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9 November 1782


Kilian Geisler strikes again
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s the death toll of the famine rises, tensions rise aswell, especially in the valley of the Rückbach river, where an organized uprising blocked all freshwater ports in the crucial passageway to the Flüssental plains.

General Francesco Bardans led his troops into battle and suppressed the revolts in both Püschwalde and Gärswitz, securing the ports and capturing a large number of enemies of the Burgraviate. the suspected agitator is the already known Kilian Geisler, still wanted by the armed forces after being freed by an angry mob.

The damages to both cities are going to hurt the already ill economy of the area, but His Excellency the Burgrave has already sent inspectors to evaluate the money needed for repairs and will help in the reconstruction, moving there the resources initially assigned for the expansion and restoration of the newly conquered city of Großwald.




H.E. institutes a Lords parliament
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fter days of consultations and meetings His Excellency has instituted a chamber of lords appointed to help and counsel Himself in the ruling of the Burgraviate, a decision taken to facilitate the efforts in these times of emergency and uncertainty.

The chamber, assembled yesterday at Kieselberg and voted to name itself "Spreklukk", a compound word from the widespread Kiliach language, often used as a lingua franca by the common folk and in the Navy, meaning Speaking-place.

This "Spreklukk" will have a seat for each vassal of the Burgrave, and it already voted a resolution to lower local taxes and temporarily suspend import tariffs on food, a resolution that was approved by His Excellency in the late evening.




Ermingard back home
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ome at last, and with large quantities of foodstuffs, the Ermingard showed its quality, an exceptional voyage in exceptional times, and the inauguration of a brand new trade route that might turn the crisis around for this winter.

The ship has been welcomed by a cheering crowd so vast that could only be dispersed with the intervention of the army, among the crew, a passenger, Mr. Philip Shay, with a letter of endorsement from the President of Mareyland, Thomas Cawthorne, as plenipotentiary ambassador in Bodanwald, the man was escorted to the palace, where he met with His Excellency and was later accommodated in a villa by the sea.

Mr. Shay discussed with His Excellency and his advisors of the Port Authority of Kieselberg, about a trade agreement to solidify the new commercial ties between the two nations, an agreement that will certainly increase the naval traffic between the two and facilitate trade in both countries' ports.



Kieselberg Stock Exchange updates

  • The value of stocks from the Kaufamann's trade activity has timidly started to recover in the recent days after a slow but steady decline;
  • Löffler & Messerschmidt trade company seems to be very stable in value, while remaining by far the most profitable company of Bodanwald;
  • The Körper Family seems somewhat stable all things considered, but is suffering from the volatile prices of the local market;
  • The Blecher Family in the past weeks used again his reserves to pay off the debts, and after a positive restart, has, in the last days, seen his value lower again significantly after investors saw the umpteenth crush in revenues. although in part because it has been affected more directly from the crisis, the small industrial sector of Bodanwald led by Dominik Blecher is still far from success.
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Postby Mareyland » Wed Nov 09, 2022 6:30 pm

To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,
First, I hope you will forgive any errors in the translation of this letter. My staff and I are still learning the finer nuances of your language. However, I believe that time is of the essence in moving forward with the important business of diplomacy. In accordance with the instructions given to me by President Cawthorne, I have spent my time aboard ship developing the outline of a possible Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the Republic of Mareyland and the Burgraviate of Bodanwald.

I propose that such a treaty be based on the following points:

  • A declaration of firm, inviolable and universal Peace, and a true and sincere Friendship between Mareyland and Bodanwald
  • Both states shall confer upon the other the status of "most favored nation," for the encouragement of commerce between them
  • Mareyland and Bodanwald will pledge to protect the vessels and cargoes of the other nation, when they are within their jurisdiction
  • No infringement will be made on the ability of citizens of one nation to purchase and own property within the jurisdiction of the other
  • Mutual promises of assistance, relief, aid, and safe harbor to ships in crisis belonging to the other nation
  • Both governments shall pledge not to commission privateers against the other, and promise to forbid the use of their ports by privateers that are enemies to the other nation
  • An agreement that should Mareyland and Bodanwald become enemies, merchants of the opposing nation will be granted six months' protection while in enemy jurisdiction
  • Mareyland and Bodanwald agree to establish a system of passports and cargo manifests, to enable easy and regulated movement of goods and people between the two nations
  • Both governments shall grant the other nation a right to inspect the cargoes of ships belonging to the other, but agree to limit such inspections to a single instance per cargo
  • Both governments will establish consuls in the ports of the other nation, to facilitate communication and resolve any conflicts
I await word of whether these terms are acceptable, or if you believe they require modification.
Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
PHILIP SHAY
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Postby Bodanwald » Thu Nov 10, 2022 1:35 am

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To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,
First, I hope you will forgive any errors in the translation of this letter. My staff and I are still learning the finer nuances of your language. However, I believe that time is of the essence in moving forward with the important business of diplomacy. In accordance with the instructions given to me by President Cawthorne, I have spent my time aboard ship developing the outline of a possible Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the Republic of Mareyland and the Burgraviate of Bodanwald.

I propose that such a treaty be based on the following points:

  • A declaration of firm, inviolable and universal Peace, and a true and sincere Friendship between Mareyland and Bodanwald
  • Both states shall confer upon the other the status of "most favored nation," for the encouragement of commerce between them
  • Mareyland and Bodanwald will pledge to protect the vessels and cargoes of the other nation, when they are within their jurisdiction
  • No infringement will be made on the ability of citizens of one nation to purchase and own property within the jurisdiction of the other
  • Mutual promises of assistance, relief, aid, and safe harbor to ships in crisis belonging to the other nation
  • Both governments shall pledge not to commission privateers against the other, and promise to forbid the use of their ports by privateers that are enemies to the other nation
  • An agreement that should Mareyland and Bodanwald become enemies, merchants of the opposing nation will be granted six months' protection while in enemy jurisdiction
  • Mareyland and Bodanwald agree to establish a system of passports and cargo manifests, to enable easy and regulated movement of goods and people between the two nations
  • Both governments shall grant the other nation a right to inspect the cargoes of ships belonging to the other, but agree to limit such inspections to a single instance per cargo
  • Both governments will establish consuls in the ports of the other nation, to facilitate communication and resolve any conflicts
I await word of whether these terms are acceptable, or if you believe they require modification.
Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
PHILIP SHAY
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to Philip Shay, Kieselberg, Hochufer Straße, 28

Dear Mr Shay,

My experts and I have given a thorough reading of your 10-point letter.
We feel satisfied with the proposals, if not for the desire to see point 3 slightly improved, as it could be used by closed minds as a loophole not to bring relief to ships of one or the other flag, therefore we propose that help be guaranteed to ships in difficulty even outside national waters for commercial vessels, as indeed our fleet, within the limits of the human eye, already guarantees it to all ships in difficulty seen by our patrols.

To repay you for this annoyance I would like to add an eleventh point: that is that the merchantmen of Mareyland will have guaranteed a 20% reduction on the import tariffs on food for the duration of the current and next year, thus ending on the first of January 1784.
Currently these tariffs have actually already been zeroed, on the advice of the Spreklukk, but this zeroing will end at the exact moment the food crisis will be declared over, and if this happens before the end of 1783, your traders will be able to benefit from an ad hoc preferential price.

I hope that Gaufrid villa is to your liking and that you will feel comfortable and at ease, for any need I have instructed my friend Lord Audmar Lambert Von Sulzbach, resident not far from you on Hochufer Straße, to pay attention to you for any necessity here in Kieselberg.

Your most faithful friend,

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Postby Mareyland » Sun Nov 13, 2022 8:38 am

To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,
I am heartened to hear that the terms of the treaty are generally acceptable to you and your government.

As regards your first proposed alteration, this is perfectly acceptable. As for your second proposal, this is an act of immense generosity, and I gratefully accede to its inclusion in the treaty.

I have received further instruction from my government, with a query regarding the laws and practices of your nation: does Bodanwald law protect that certain species of property, i.e. servants or workers held in slavery? President Cawthorne has lately heard concerns of merchants in Mareyland, who desire to conduct business in your country, but seek assurances that their personal property will not be infringed upon. Should your answer be in the affirmative, then I will also inquire into whether a market for such property exists in Bodanwald, which might be satisfied by sale of said property by Mareyland owners.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
PHILIP SHAY
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Postby Bodanwald » Tue Nov 15, 2022 8:07 am

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To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,
I am heartened to hear that the terms of the treaty are generally acceptable to you and your government.

As regards your first proposed alteration, this is perfectly acceptable. As for your second proposal, this is an act of immense generosity, and I gratefully accede to its inclusion in the treaty.

I have received further instruction from my government, with a query regarding the laws and practices of your nation: does Bodanwald law protect that certain species of property, i.e. servants or workers held in slavery? President Cawthorne has lately heard concerns of merchants in Mareyland, who desire to conduct business in your country, but seek assurances that their personal property will not be infringed upon. Should your answer be in the affirmative, then I will also inquire into whether a market for such property exists in Bodanwald, which might be satisfied by sale of said property by Mareyland owners.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
PHILIP SHAY
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to Philip Shay, Kieselberg, Hochufer Straße, 28

Dear Mr Shay,

I am very glad we reached an agreement.

For what concerns the sale of slaves: there is no law against it in Bodanwald, and no imperial law directly prohibiting this market to the Burgraviate, but I believe that such a trade would not be perceived positively by my people, as it could bring down the salary of regular workers and day labourers considerably, and, with the current state of affairs would most certainly require me to act strongly against it or, Heaven forbid! reform the entire economic structure of Bodanwald, which I feel it is an adventure I am already too old to embark into.

That said, if your people could handle the situation with the right amount of care, and limit the sale of slaves to the upper class as house servants, behind closed doors so to speak, it could work, I can't guarantee it will be profitable anyhow.

Of course any asset owned by your merchants won't be in any way restricted, and anything remaining on your ships will be safe in there, and I give you my word of honour that any change in policy over the matter will be discussed with you in advance.

Your most faithful friend,

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Postby Bodanwald » Fri Dec 09, 2022 6:28 am

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9 December 1782


General Bardans repels insurgence
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he battle lasted for the whole day, and costed the life of 120 soldiers under the command of general Francesco Bardans.

An army composed of followers of Geisler and Vasti natives was found by a group of light cavalrymen in the hills between the Skwars and Develn rivers, armed with rudimentary weapons and old muskets, they were waiting for further reinforcements from the Vasti tribes in the West, thanks to this finding the Bodanwalder army had the opportunity to attack an enemy halved in number.

The rebel army was slowly surrounded by the Bodanwalder line infantry and, with the supplies of gunpowder dwindling, general Bardans decided to launch a decisive bayonet assault that won the battle

No trace of Kilian Geisler was found; not dead nor alive, and his search continues.




"Bread for all" says Sprekkluk
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E
nding a long and intense discussion in the Sprekkluk, the Lords of Bodanwald have agreed to a proposal, soon approved by His Excellency, to begin a grand census of the people of Bodanwald, organized by the Lords themselves, and the subsequent transport of food in all the towns of the Burgraviate to be handed over to each family equally.

The transports will be under the protection of a new militia that will guarantee the protection of shipments by sea and river and transports on the roads.

The chamber remains unsure how to manage the disorderly influx of people camped in and outside of Kieselberg, nothing beyond an increased military presence commanded by general Martin Böttcher, ordered by His Excellency, has been done, and the citizens of the capital are growing wary of the poor and hungry strangers.




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greeing to the proposition made by the Sprekkluk, His Excellency the Burgrave has allocated an impressive sum of Bodanwalder Marks for the construction of a network of wide and safe roads that will link together all the prominent towns of the Burgraviate, except for Altenburg and Wygensee, to avoid that the issues of this past summer will happen ever again.

The work has already begun and will be completed, weather permitting, by spring.
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Postby Norumbea » Sun Dec 11, 2022 2:07 pm

To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,
My name is Peter Cortland, heir to the Earl of Guilder. I write to you on behalf of a venture which calls itself the NORUMBEA COMPANY, with a proposal which I hope will find favor in your consideration.

Along with several other gentlemen of means, John Hamilton, Cyrus Burlingham, et al, I propose to assist your country in settling and defending its frontier territories. There is in Mareyland a surplus of population and a shortage of land, leaving many people without the means to establish themselves. Your nation, as I understand from the reports of the newspapers, faces a challenge in securing control over a portion of your land which is thinly settled and troubled by savages like those which sometimes trouble Mareyland.

What we propose, sir, is an exchange: we would ask you to grant our company some considerable grant of land in this frontier region. Myself and my partners would then endeavor to sell portions of this land to aspiring men and families, and aid in their immigration from Mareyland to Bodanwald. We can pledge that the settlers we arrange to transplant to this proposed colony will be of industrious and of good moral character. We would endeavor to send veterans, and men of military age, who could provide defense of your frontiers as militia.

The terms of their purchase of the land from us shall be that the land must be improved and cultivated within two years of purchase, or else their grant shall be forfeit.

In return, we ask that settlers be exempt from taxation for ten years, in order to provide them with sufficient time to establish themselves and their families without undue hardship.

Additionally, we ask that settlers be permitted to bring their property, i.e. slaves, with them to the new colony, and that the practice of this institution be permitted, or if possible protected by law, for perpetuity.

I believe that this arrangement would satisfy your nation and the interests of myself and my partners, to the mutual benefit of all.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
PETER CORTLAND,
EARL OF GUILDER

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Postby Bodanwald » Thu Dec 15, 2022 6:28 am

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To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,
My name is Peter Cortland, heir to the Earl of Guilder. I write to you on behalf of a venture which calls itself the NORUMBEA COMPANY, with a proposal which I hope will find favor in your consideration.

Along with several other gentlemen of means, John Hamilton, Cyrus Burlingham, et al, I propose to assist your country in settling and defending its frontier territories. There is in Mareyland a surplus of population and a shortage of land, leaving many people without the means to establish themselves. Your nation, as I understand from the reports of the newspapers, faces a challenge in securing control over a portion of your land which is thinly settled and troubled by savages like those which sometimes trouble Mareyland.

What we propose, sir, is an exchange: we would ask you to grant our company some considerable grant of land in this frontier region. Myself and my partners would then endeavor to sell portions of this land to aspiring men and families, and aid in their immigration from Mareyland to Bodanwald. We can pledge that the settlers we arrange to transplant to this proposed colony will be of industrious and of good moral character. We would endeavor to send veterans, and men of military age, who could provide defense of your frontiers as militia.

The terms of their purchase of the land from us shall be that the land must be improved and cultivated within two years of purchase, or else their grant shall be forfeit.

In return, we ask that settlers be exempt from taxation for ten years, in order to provide them with sufficient time to establish themselves and their families without undue hardship.

Additionally, we ask that settlers be permitted to bring their property, i.e. slaves, with them to the new colony, and that the practice of this institution be permitted, or if possible protected by law, for perpetuity.

I believe that this arrangement would satisfy your nation and the interests of myself and my partners, to the mutual benefit of all.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
PETER CORTLAND,
EARL OF GUILDER


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Dear Sir,

I've examined your proposition and I am inclined to accept it, although I'm not satisfied with it as it stands now.

I would not agree to a 10 years tax exemption, it would be an unbearably long time, and, considering your use of non-paid manpower in your hypothetical group, would be a reason of great dissatisfaction and anxiety among the many labourers of Bodanwald that pay taxes to the state while struggling to properly eat nowadays.

Similarly I cannot guarantee the protection of property over slaves in perpetuity, 'tis a thorny and delicate subject new to these shores, I can't imagine what effects it will have on the economy of the Burgraviate and can't predict the reactions of the people and the Sprekkluk, but there is an open dialogue on the matter with Philip Shay, Ambassador for Mareyland here in Kieselberg, you can present to him your perplexities. Any future change will be properly discussed with the interested parties for a shared solution; in any case it would be wise to adapt to the customs of the land, so to speak, and try not to rely too heavily on slave labour.

I propose that the exemption from taxation be reduced to 1 year (the whole 1783), and I'll guarantee protection over the ownership of the slaves brought in with the main settlers group.

I will also guarantee that food and tools will be delivered at low price if the settlers will find themselves in dire straits.
Game is abundant in the oppressive woodlands of Bodanwald, and will be a safe temporary source of sustenance, but both gunpowder and weapons are costly here, and you won't find it easily in the local market, therefore I'd advise an overly abundant stock of gunpowder and muskets to be brought in with the settlers.

If you agree to these points I will allow your endeavour, and I will grant you the Gutsherrschaft of a large territory along the Skwars river, to help you I'm willing to leave fort Oberbruck to your people, it is the only area that we own past the Skwars river, and the closest thing to civilization in the entire area, it has some basic wooden defences and a large clearing around it.

Your most faithful friend,

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Postby Bodanwald » Fri Dec 16, 2022 9:09 am

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16 December 1782


Dominik Blecher goes bankrupt!
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T
he Blecher family, after one last (one of many) attempts to save their industrial activities, has been forced to give up.

Dominik Blecher's activity has always been unreliable, a nightmare for investors, with small ups and dramatic downs; but the Blecher family always managed to reignite their activity with new investments, debts and savings.

In recent weeks they seemed to have found a good balance, attracting many new investors, but the explosion of a large steam engine and the unstable economic situation if Bodanwald has made their value and profits plummet once again, and this time the situation got worse than anyone expected. After getting into debt and selling shares, Dominik Blecher was eventually forced to sell his family's advanced coal mine, and halt the production of complex tools.

The final nail in the coffin was the decision of His Excellency, advised by his economic experts, to sell all his shares of the company immediately, the stock value soon fell, becoming worthless.

There is an open and desperate discussion at Kieselberg over the possibility of a buyer that could bring in more fresh funds into the coffers of the industrial carcass of the Blechers, and keep Dominik as an advisor of sorts, but it seems unlikely; in the next few days the most likely scenario is indeed a declaration of bankruptcy and a cessation of activity, leaving nearly 500 labourers and specialized workers without a job.
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Postby Norumbea » Thu Jan 05, 2023 7:44 am

Bodanwald wrote:Dear Sir,

I've examined your proposition and I am inclined to accept it, although I'm not satisfied with it as it stands now.

I would not agree to a 10 years tax exemption, it would be an unbearably long time, and, considering your use of non-paid manpower in your hypothetical group, would be a reason of great dissatisfaction and anxiety among the many labourers of Bodanwald that pay taxes to the state while struggling to properly eat nowadays.

Similarly I cannot guarantee the protection of property over slaves in perpetuity, 'tis a thorny and delicate subject new to these shores, I can't imagine what effects it will have on the economy of the Burgraviate and can't predict the reactions of the people and the Sprekkluk, but there is an open dialogue on the matter with Philip Shay, Ambassador for Mareyland here in Kieselberg, you can present to him your perplexities. Any future change will be properly discussed with the interested parties for a shared solution; in any case it would be wise to adapt to the customs of the land, so to speak, and try not to rely too heavily on slave labour.

I propose that the exemption from taxation be reduced to 1 year (the whole 1783), and I'll guarantee protection over the ownership of the slaves brought in with the main settlers group.

I will also guarantee that food and tools will be delivered at low price if the settlers will find themselves in dire straits.
Game is abundant in the oppressive woodlands of Bodanwald, and will be a safe temporary source of sustenance, but both gunpowder and weapons are costly here, and you won't find it easily in the local market, therefore I'd advise an overly abundant stock of gunpowder and muskets to be brought in with the settlers.

If you agree to these points I will allow your endeavour, and I will grant you the Gutsherrschaft of a large territory along the Skwars river, to help you I'm willing to leave fort Oberbruck to your people, it is the only area that we own past the Skwars river, and the closest thing to civilization in the entire area, it has some basic wooden defences and a large clearing around it.

To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,
I received your letter some time ago, and I hope you will forgive the length of time which has passed before this reply must reach you. The winter has been particularly harsh this year, and the seas have churned with unrest, so that no ships could safely depart the harbors of my country for several weeks. I have contracted with a swift vessel to carry this message to your Honor.

On the matter of taxation, I would propose a middle course between our two offers: might the settlement have its taxes exempt for two years, and reduced to some level below the full amount for a period of two years after that? This will give the settlers time to establish themselves. You must understand that while the gentlemen of the Company do plan to hold portions of the land grant, much of it will be sold to yeomen farmers, many of whom do not have the means to purchase servants of the kind previously discussed. They are hardy people but they are accustomed to frequent hardship, and examine any change with extreme economy. Suitable incentives will need to be offered to induce their relocation.

As further argument in favor of this outcome, I will note that in Mareyland, it is customary for militiamen to receive payment for time spent mustered under arms, and for regular training. As we have discussed, a role of this settlement will be to provide a body of men capable of defending your frontiers. In lieu of the usual arrangement, let the tax exemption stand as compensation for these duties.

I hope that this compromise will be acceptable to your Honor. My partners and I merely await your final approval to set affairs in motion.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
PETER CORTLAND,
EARL OF GUILDER

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Postby Bodanwald » Thu Jan 05, 2023 8:52 am

Norumbea wrote:
To His Excellency, the Burgrave Eberwin Von Bressen

Dear Sir,
I received your letter some time ago, and I hope you will forgive the length of time which has passed before this reply must reach you. The winter has been particularly harsh this year, and the seas have churned with unrest, so that no ships could safely depart the harbors of my country for several weeks. I have contracted with a swift vessel to carry this message to your Honor.

On the matter of taxation, I would propose a middle course between our two offers: might the settlement have its taxes exempt for two years, and reduced to some level below the full amount for a period of two years after that? This will give the settlers time to establish themselves. You must understand that while the gentlemen of the Company do plan to hold portions of the land grant, much of it will be sold to yeomen farmers, many of whom do not have the means to purchase servants of the kind previously discussed. They are hardy people but they are accustomed to frequent hardship, and examine any change with extreme economy. Suitable incentives will need to be offered to induce their relocation.

As further argument in favor of this outcome, I will note that in Mareyland, it is customary for militiamen to receive payment for time spent mustered under arms, and for regular training. As we have discussed, a role of this settlement will be to provide a body of men capable of defending your frontiers. In lieu of the usual arrangement, let the tax exemption stand as compensation for these duties.

I hope that this compromise will be acceptable to your Honor. My partners and I merely await your final approval to set affairs in motion.

Believe me, dear Sir, Your obliged and faithful humble servant,
PETER CORTLAND,
EARL OF GUILDER



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Dear Sir,

I'm satisfied with the proposition.
If your part has no further concerns over my point about slavery, once you will reach our shores I shall officially approve your endeavour by granting you the title of Gutsherr of Oberbruck.

Your most faithful friend,

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Postby Bodanwald » Sat Jan 21, 2023 6:14 am

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21 January 1783


Lord Guilder nominated Lord of Oberbruck
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ord Guilder and the members of his Norumbia Company have reached the port of Großwald and sailed North along the river Skwars to reach fort Oberbruck.
The Company is set to establish a settlement there, protect the area from other future Vasti incursions and tame the wild woodlands of the area.

Their arrival in Bodanwald has been welcomed by suspicious looks in Großwald, where the Friulian settlers don't hide well their general sympathy for the cause of Geisler, the local militia and administration don't share the paesantry's concern, and have donated tools and fish to what they consider to be an eagerly awaited shield from the unsafe troubles of the North.




Poor soldiers?
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rmy officials are protesting with their generals and the Sprekkluk for the insufficient pay, asserting that their situation is dire, and the work and risks in their daily patrols in the dangerous wild forests and mountains of Bodanwald isn't properly rewarded.

The issue has been revealed to the public opinion by general Francesco Bardans and Lord Alois Raginhard Dreyer during a discussion in the Sprekkluk, and the chamber is now considering a pay rise; Lord Audmar Lambert Von Sulzbach opposes the measure, arguing that the situation is dire for all in Bodanwald until the food crisis is resolved, and that the soldiers, differently from the rest of the populace, have enjoyed the certainty of warm food every single day, unlike most of the population.




More farmers
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ore and more paesants have enjoyed an increase in their standard of living in the recent months, small animal farmers have profited selling their small food surplus at the current extremely high prices, and some have reinvested that money in clearings projects to claim more grazing land and fertile soil from the oppressive forests of the hinterlands.

A small but promising glimpse of a better future for the Burgraviate, after a 1782 that will certainly remain in the history books as one of the worse years for Bodanwald
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Postby Norumbea » Sun Jan 22, 2023 12:58 pm

To Francis Cortland

Dear Brother,

I write this to inform you of my arrival in Bodanwald yesterday, after a long voyage but thankfully one without issue. I have remained in the port where our ship put in, which they call Grosswald, to see to various business while the first party of settlers continues up the river to the area given to use by the land grant.

We have been met with satisfactory hospitality by the government of this town, who have provided additional supplies for our people. I register some displeasure at our coming from the lower class of people but I pay it no mind. The language remains foreign to me, and I have been compelled to hire a translator for my dealings.

The settlers have been directed to take possession of a fort, which is called Oberbruck, as the foundation of our settlement. I anticipate that a more proper name will be given to the outpost once it has been invested. There is much talk here of the danger posed by the natives of the region. I have ensured that the best of our Indijan fighters are in the vanguard, and that they are well-equipped for any conflict.

Once things are settled here I intend to move up to the fort and direct matters personally. Of course this will mean longer times for letters in both directions. However I pray that you will continue to write me with regularity, and keep me informed on the affairs of our homeland.


I am with every Sentiment of true Affection your Loving Brother & faithful friend.

P. Cortland


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