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1540Edit

The Choirmaster of Cologne Cathedral finds it difficult to keep children still during the Creche (Nativity) ceremony. He requests the Bishop to provide some new candy that would both keep the children occupied, and keep their focus on Jesus (hint, hint)

Another terrible winter hits the colonies in OTL New York region, killing many people

A tactfully-anonymous book titled Novo Amalgast is published in Poland, describing how the Sun is at the center of the Universe using theological arguments

Leave map requests on the talk page for the 1541 map.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: in Nieuw Amsterdam, the winter takes its toll on the colonists. While many die from exposure, the Burgundian policy of "live and let live" allows the surviving colonists to trade for needed goods. The Colonial Guard hire themselves to the neighboring tribes as mercenaries, lending their assistance and weapons in return for food and supplies until the new convoys of settlers and supplies arrive in the spring. As mercenaries, the deal allows the subjugation or elimination of hostile tribes, and thus the establishment of secure trade routes between Nieuw Amsterdam and the neighboring Acadians. The conflicts also allows the Guard first hand experience of the natives fighting tactics, testimony on which is sent to the West India Company forward offices in Havana, Cuba. In Europe, the French gains cause Burgundy to expand the army, and further fortify the Breton border. A new class of 56-gun galleons is laid down to strengthen Burgundy's line of battle. The Burgundian West India Company sends a letter from King John II to the Iberian colonies in the West Indies, offering them incorporation into the Burgundian West Indies in light of Iberia's fall, lest they be subjugated by Portugal (mod response, please).
    • ​The eastern half of Hispaniola agrees, but the western half remains loyal to the new Iberian monarch, even if he is Portuguese. ~Nate
  • Abbasid Caliphate: The Fatha Al-Farun (Canal of the Pharaohs) continues to be constructed (turn 4/18) (I really should just copy-paste this part). Humanism continues to grow faster in Syria and Iraq. Ibn Yakub makes public statements about the harmony of Islam between both Sunni and Shia, which makes him immensely popular among the common people but despised more by the conservatives in the Ulema. A romance novel in Arabic is written this year, loosely based on one of the Arabian Nights, titled Al-Nu'uman and His Sons. More plays about the life of Al-Ankhabut are produced at the House of Wisdom. Mathematics continues to be developed in Egypt, including a dissertation on the laws and mathematics of logic. The anitquarianism continues to grow among the nobility. Al-Najm opens delegation with Swahili, offering his eldest son, Amr, to be wed to some princess in Africa.
  • Swahili:  We continue our agriculture policies. The royal guards continue capturing slaves. In the heartland of Mogadishu, the Bank of Mogadishu begin cooperation with landlords to construct hydraulic devices such as canals and irrigation projects to boost food production. Areas interior to Mobassa and Malindi is colonized. We also send out conquistadors to expand northwards into more northern Somalia. We begin building plantations on Madagascar, capturing local tribesmen as slaves.
    • Swahili Diplomacy to Abbasids: We accept Abbasids offer of an alliance and sends a princess with many wares.
  • South Australian Bakhanates: The Kaurna Bakhanates are invaded by the League of Attunga, with Djarrtjunjun seizing several key Kaurna cities. He continues to groom his daughter to replace him and create the monotheistic religion centered around him. The writing system continues to develop. Attunga continues to grow. Population is over 1.8 million.
    • I believe your population is growing a bit too fast. You shouldn't be 2 million for another 20 years ~Natemod
    • Okay, I changed it to over 1.8 million. Although when I assumed control of the civilization, it was 1.7 million.
  • Papal States: Missionaries in Giapan and Mayapan continue to do their thing. The Immaculata continue to become more popular. Work continues on Gabielangelo's reconstruction of St Peter's and other Roman buildings. Duverger arrives in Rome and he begins talks with the Pope and several prominent theologians. The latter point to the decrees of the Council of Cologne, arguing that the de-centralisation of the Church should be agreeable to the Kappelites. In other news, Cardinal Strzelecki of Łodz sends the Prefect of the Roman Inquisition a copy of the  Nova Almagast. After reading it, the Prefect publishes an official Prefectural Brief condemning Nova Almagast , since its theological arguments run directly counter to the clear meaning of several parts of Scripture, as well as the universal opinion of the Church Fathers and modern theologians. However at the end of the letter, the Prefect writes that "if there were a true demonstration that the sun is at the center of the world and the earth in the third heaven, and that the sun does not circle the earth but the earth circles the sun, then one would have to proceed with great care in explaining the Scriptures that appear contrary, and say rather that we do not understand them than that what is demonstrated is false. But I will not believe that there is such a demonstration, until it is shown me."
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: As the success of the last moving of slaves a smaller 50 groups of slaves are moved with roughly 30 surviving the journey and being sent out to work on the farms. These farms provide god profits for their owners back in London. Oxford and Cambridge contuine to compete academically.
  • Sultanate of the Ottomans: Suleiman begins to work on modernizing the army and amassing the people to a more Pro-War type people, the slaves from africa are given freedom (seeing I can't make a deal to free them) they are sent to mosques and cities to work on improving things. Suleiman is seen as a strong man as he begins to work on the nation's military might. The population begins to grow mostly around the city of Anakar and Izhimr. Suleiman begins to work on creating all black janasir units (due to them being slaves). Suleiman begins to work on a mixed military.Areas are build to open trade, while Armenians are put in office job in Armenian areas. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Gurkians weaponry is study by men at Ankara and are copied. A army is sent to Rhodes and keep the enemy troops in Ottoman prisons and working on converting them. Sunnis mosques are made in hope of slowly converting Azeris to Islam along with Persians and Armenians. the black population is thanked for their help in the war and mini black Sultan rules over majority black areas. the black population slowly rises mixing with Turks. the army is updated and our Sultan begins to call for more people to follow the state which way it goes. Ankara population slowly grow. Suleiman is named Suleiman the Great/Law giver. Suleiman begins to work on a book called "The Study of the Mind" writing about Ottoman history and how to work with other nations.
    • Islamic Emirate of Azerbaijan: the state is run by Azerbaijanis, and give out religious ruling calling for men to help trade and open up to Kurds in the areas to tighten the bond. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Christians are put in office jobs in Christian areas.Sunni Mosques are made. the Sunni Muslim population slowly grows but no a huge jump in numbers.
    • Islamic Khanate of Crimea: The Tartar in the area are put in office jobs and troops are sent to train troops in the areas. Jizya is not enforced until a certain time. Madrassas are made to work on the idea of Muslim unity.  trade ships are sent and trade with the Caliphate and other nations. Sunni mosques are made but only in Muslim areas.
  • Mayapan: Trade continues the Portuguese colonies. Smallpox continues to ravage the country. The Emperor orders all citizens with the disease report to Aid Camps, or else isolate themselves completely. Mayapan continues sending support to Portugal in the war against the Mehica. Catholic missions are accepted into the country, mostly as doctors for the smallpox plague. Royal engineers begin to examine Portuguese sailing vessels and try to replicate them. Expansion continues along the southern border. Integration of the southern city-states into the League is continued by the High Council. Each new state is expected to supply men to train and serve in the national army. The council seeks to improve commerce and communication between the many settlements of the Yucatan by constructing and maintaining roads between them. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. 
  • Florence: Many of the foreign artists that came to Florence begins to work on paintings focused in the Romans and its army. The paintings made the military and students to have a "militaristic enthusiasm", that enthusiasm made the military to train more, and made students to join the military. The number of troops increased from 13,200 to 15,000 in months.
  • Russian Tsardom: Under the glorious reign of Tsar Alexis, we have triumphed over the Gurkanis and the Astrakhan and have conquered many new lands. According to a census we now have around 11 million people (five million Russian, 4.5 former Astrakhan, 1.5 Occupied Caucasus, Scraw Confirmed). We send away the mercenaries, and give veterans plots of land in the occupied lands so they can settle down. In the occupied lands, we attempt to convert the majority Muslim populace by establishing a religious tax similar to the jizya for them while we also restrict public office to Christians in order to encourage people to convert. We also build roads, churches, schools around the Tsardom especially in the occupied areas. We begin to urge Christians in the Ottoman/Abbasid lands to move and come to the new conquered territories to tighten our control over the majority Muslim populace. We begin a plan of integrating and Christianising these occupied territories as well as modernising them. We build orphanages to take in children orphaned in the war and indoctrinate them with Russian culture and convert them to Christianity. We build poorhouses to look after the poor, convert them, and help train them to be productive. We make public laws limiting the native language and making Russian the official language. We begin indoctrinating children in schools to be loyal to Russia, the Tsar, and to become Christian. After extensively studying Gurkani technology over many years, we build an armoury to build guns and cannon while the universities boom due to an influx of new knowledge.We condemn the flood of false priests and attempt to have better communications with Vasiligrad to prevent this.
    • Kingdom of Georgia: The King Thomas of the re-established Bagration line, has liberated Georgia from the Gurkanis and now is an autonomous vassal of Russia. We start to rebuild Georgia, and copy the reforms of Russia, taxing and restricting the Muslim populace while encouraging Christian immigration from the former Gurkani Sultanate. We begin to build fortifications through the country to protect ourselves from further aggression. We build (with the help of Russia) a University in Tblisi, which is focused on learning Gurkani knowledge to advance the Kingdom and the Tsardom. We also research captured Gurkani weaponry and plan along with Russia to rearm our forces with these weapons in the years to come. We also rebuild our economy and encourage, Christians to move back to Georgia.
  • Cologne: When the Choirmaster comes to Archbishop Rhoderich for help, he is overjoyed – what a convenient surprise! He immediately sends a request to the baker in Cologne to provide some of these Dolcis Baculum, small sticks of baked sugar shaped like croziers, to the choirmaster of Cologne Cathedral. The choirmaster is thus able to give the Candy Croziers out to children to keep them quiet and occupied, whilst also reminding them of croziers that bishops like Rhoderich himself carry around all year. Meanwhile, revenue from the printing press continues to trickle in, and the hospitals and military improve.
    • Essen: Abbess Hadwig II of Essen begins the year in much celebration – she fosters a sense of companionship with all peasants in Essen, especially the young women creating daughter abbeys of the Order of St Adelphina. Meanwhile, she takes note of the burgeoning firearm industry in Brandenburg and offers Brandenburg a trade deal involving Essen’s rich resources in coal, in order to facilitate the effective development of firearms in both nations.
  • Chinese Empire: The Empire begins to enter a new age brought on by the prestige and honor of the recent conflicts. Having not only suppressed rebels in the north, but expanded the Empire to the southern mountains and to the cusp of the Indian Ocean, Emperor Bao is heralded as one of the greatest Emperors in Chinese history by the nobility and even the populace. With the Empire standing proud, nationalism and a sense of national pride floods the ranks of the military, allowing for a growth of the navy and the expansion of the army. With these new growths and national pride the Emperor begins looking toward other regions to expand the Empire and secure his dynasty for centuries. As of now he sees nothing, and decides that his name shall be written not only as a conqueror but also as an educator, and he orders the construction of dozens of new schools across the country as well as several universities. Seven squadrons are sent to eastern Indonesia to explore the eastern oceans and map the islands. We offer Bengal an alliance.
    • Bengal accepts.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: While an uneventful series of years the Tsar in keeping with Tradition set by the First Tsar of the New Empire hands over the throne in all aspects to his son Aleksandar. Aleksandar is crowned Tsar of the Holy Bulgarian Empire in short order at the young age of 22 with his Father taking an advisory position to the new Tsar. Unlike Boris who suffered from challenges almost immediately to his rule as he took power, Tsar Aleksandar is left virtually unchallenged. He Re-affirms with the Polish and Russians their alliance and stake in Eastern Christianity. This is also led with the Grand Patriarch in tandem with the Tsar declaring the codification of the Polish Catholic Rights and Traditions under Eastern Orthodoxy in Order to maintain not only their loyalty but their lynch pin location for the budding Orthodox League. With the relative peace in the Empire being considered a major accomplishment by the nation the population of Bulgaria suffers a relative boom. The Population stands at nearly 6.12 million and growing more as the settled land in Greece and Vlach both add to the overall population through their settlement growth. Beyond this however the Empire has entered into a Golden Economic age as the open trade route from the east, and the plentiful reserves of Precious metals, open copper mining, iron, coal and other essential materials has turned Bulgaria from its very underdeveloped state 80 years ago to a productive and economic Powerhouse. The Capacity of goods being transported and manufactured by artisans and the like, has turned what used to be the center of Europe's trade, once again into one of the largest Trade centers in Europe. Trade from Poland, Russia, The Near east, and then shipping routes has turned this area into a veritable paradise of economics as the favorable terms for merchants has turned cities like Vasiligrad, Kaloyagrad, Athens, and Corfu into hubs for the entire area. Athens in particular is noted to have begun a mass expansion of its port structures in order to accommodate the volume of trade heading through the country. The Bulgarian Empire raises its 10th legion which is clustered around the Gallipoli area as a quick reaction force for any attempt at a sea invasion. 
  • Kingdom Of Bohemia: we send our Archbishop Samuel Tóth to meet with the pope and to discuss on a new Book called Regum Dominos dominantium, we commission a new cathedral in Prague name Jesus The Lamb Cathedral, we raise taxes and we start improving roads, we ask Holy Bulgarian Empire for daughter of tsar in a hand of marriage with Prince Kristof (response needed).
    • Prussian Dip: Freidrich offers his niece the lovely Adrianne von Brandenburg to the young prince Kristoff. 
  • Prussia-Luxembourg: Freidrich continues to actively support the king of Bohemia and the Pro-Prussian faction supplying them with arms, and money to maintain power. Freidrich begins looking to the Princes to optimize the management and administration of the Empire and he proposes that a Diet be called upon. Prussia begins to place influence on the Electorate of Saxony which it helped secure the independence of during the second war of the lions. Freidrich Formally calls the Imperial Diet of 1535 to order to discuss a comprehensive restructuring of the Imperial Administration (trying out one of the imperial reforms on the page, all HRE Players please look into it and Mods please respond for npc nations when the time comes.) Freidrich continues to consolidate his centralization of power into the monarchy having successfully submitted most of the nobility to his control, and having stripped them of most of their military autonomy by integrating them into the Royal Army. He continues to promote the development of a stronger army and continues to expand the usage of firearms in his forces. The arms industry in the domains of the crown continue to grow. Investment into improved firearms begin particularly focusing on developing a cheaper and more easily used mechanism then the wheel lock to go alongside the match locks. Gun smithies start developing blueprints for potential replacements (the OTL snaplock, was invented in the 1540s otl so i am developing blueprints now and will have it out in the late 1530s, ive been a major investor in gun development and was one of the earliest users of firearms in Europe in large amounts this game, as one of the major hre powers, and the emperor i also have the funds to sustain large scale development of firearms and a military that uses them in large amounts). Development of early line formations also starts to improve the firing rate of the aruquebusiers. More cannons are produced. Scholars artists and scientists who have been studying in exchange with England, and Bulgaria are starting to make a major impact on the studies within the growing academic circles of Freidrich's domains, and increased funding for universities, and the education system in general grows. Freidrich continues the habit of funding the arts and sciences in the court of the Berlin Palace. Major focus is placed on philosophy, chemistry, engineering, theology, mathematics, biology, and astronomy. Freidrich takes an interest in the newly founded english colony in otl Buenos Aires. He also seeks to expand the economic power of Berlin in the North Sea and North Atlantic with the new port of Kiel under his authority Freidrich begins setting up an expansion of the small navy requesting expertise from English ship builders in exchange for help from Luxembourgish and Brandenburger technicians in other areas. A cultural shift away from the Italian renassaince and more into a German one continues in Berlin and other major cities developing into something along the lines of OTL Bohemian or early early modern north German architecture This is proving to become the major architectural style. Expansion of the noble estates continue allowing a greater yield in crops, and expansion of mining activities in SIlesia, Luxembourg, and Lorraine continue as well as an expansion of the arms industry, and metal smithies in general. Holsteinès port starts to undergo an upgrade as it is designated to become Prussia's second largest port and potentially largest trading hub. In Holstein the English shipwrights are put to work with building a couple of capital ships for the small prussian Navy, as well as instructing Prussian shipbuilders on how to make more efficient and sea worthy ships.Freidrich interested in the Colony of England agrees to the Purchase. The outpost is renamed Fort Wilhelmburg, After the future King of Prussia. Freidrich grants a charter to the Wrangel family to begin exploration of the interior from the newly acquired outpost in the New World. a younger member of the Wrangel family Jozef von Wrangel Begins exploring the OTL RIo de la Plata, naming it the Neue Rhein.

1541Edit

A number of Spanish nobles decide to pool their resources to leave Portuguese controlled Iberia for the New World. Led by the former Infante Francisco. After receiving backing from various connections across the continent, they contract Eduard van Kronk, the explorer who once served England, to ferry them to the New World and be their line of contact to Europe. This independent expediture, due to the sheer amount of wealth supporting it, succeeds, and they set sail for the New World.

A Sicilian ship is harrassed by a Muslim ship while passing through the Strait of Messina. The crews of both ships attempt to board the other ship and several men die.

Lodewijk Bonapaart, believing the mission in Giapan is successful and will survive without him, decides to use the great wealth he has amassed in his travels to sail back to Europe with his new half-Giapanois family. He wants to pursue his dream of finding the City of Gold.

With the transfer of power in part of Spanish Hispaniola, it comes to light that the Spanish were treating the natives, those that survived, quite terribly. A Burgundian priest accompanying the fleet writes to Rome, decrying the inhumane treatment of these people and says they will never accept Christ as their Lord and Savior if they are being abused like this.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: the news of the treatment given to the natives of Hispaniola causes King John II to re-issue King Robert III's edict of 1526, prohibiting the enslavement of the natives of the New World. The return of Lodewijk Bonapaart is met with more celebration, and his Giapanese family is welcomed, with King John being especially curious about Giapan. It's not long before he earns a profound respect for the woman's intelligience. Before her husband leaves for his new voyages, she is given the opportunity to christen Burgundys newest 60-gun galleon, Graaf Bonapaart. A new wave of colonists arrive in Nieuw Amsterdam, bringing the total population to 500. In preparation for more arrivals, a secondary fort is established on the western end of Laang Eiland (Long Island). The Guyana colony expands by 25 px.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Al-Najm begins to grow old, but he still continues the construction of the Fatha Al-Farun (5/18). Amr, the son of the Caliph, marries the African princess Zahur Al-Aswed in Herekropolis, then travels to Swahili to live with her family. An informal council is held in the city of Jamnia, presided by Ibn Yakub, to bring a mutual understanding between scholars of both Sunni and Shia branches, agreeing on the subject of treating all Muslims with basic human dignity. This is seen as the last straw among the conservatives in the Ulema, and they began to plot how they could get Ibn Yakub framed for some crime. Meanwhile, one scholar in the Ulema proposes to condemn all forms of divination through astrology, in light of recent studies from Baghdad that the true study of the stars is through astronomy. A new romance is published this year, this time partly in Arabic and Coptic. It details the story of how the Ring of St. Catherine of Alexandria was lost during the Middle Ages, but recovered by a brave soldier under Saladdin. The Caliph secretly approaches some pirates to have the Sultan of Africa employ them as privateers, while publically denouncing any affiliation with piracy. 
  • Kingdom Of Bohemia: we accpet prussia offer, see it will help us greatly, the first draft of Regum Dominos dominantium is done, the wedding of Kristoff and Adrianne will held at Königsberg Cathedral, we also ask Prussia if they want to do a joint expedition to the new world (OTL southern new jersey) lead by Sir Emil Sokoloff, a half Czech half Pole expoler, we bulid up most basic stuff, a young man from the countryside name Eli Kolar sends a letter to the Guns smith in prussia, in the letter are suggestion for a new gun which will have a rifled octogon barrel, will be be 5 feet long and made out of Cast iron and hawthorn.
  • Papal States: News arrives from the noble Burgundian priest of the absolutely deplorable and scandalous treatment of the natives in Spanish Hispaniola. After begining an investigation, questioning other priests who have visited the colonies and plantations in the New World, Pope Adrian and his Curia grows distressed at the ever-more verifiable reports of the sub-human treatment of the natives by the colonists. In response, Pope Adrian, assisted by the best theological minds of Rome and Bologna, drafts a Papal Encyclical Letter, to be distributed throughout Europe and especially through the New World. The document is promulgated on the last Sunday before Advent, and is entitled Dilexit Deus. The Encyclical declares the natives of the New World "and all other people who may later be discovered by Christians" to be true Men, with souls, and threatens with excommunication those who enslave them, take their property, or mistreat them in any way inconsistent with their dignity as Human beings created in imago Dei; even if they are not yet Christians. A copy is sent to the Hospitallers in New Rhodes, with a cover letter requesting the Grand Master to enforce observance of the document if he can. In related news, the expedition of Infante Francisco is given a blessing and several Spanish priests are sent to accompany them. With Bonapaart leaving Giapan, the Superior-General of the Immaculata sends twenty more Immaculata priests and brothers to help maintain the Giapanois mission [Mod can I have an update on the ission's progress? Any daimyo converted?]. Back in Rome Gabielangelo continues his renovations of St Peter's and the Papal residences.
    • No daimyo have converted but a number of them are allowing the missionaries to convert peasants. -scraw 
  • Swahili:  We continue our agriculture policies. The royal guards continue capturing slaves. In the heartland of Mogadishu, the Bank of Mogadishu begin cooperation with landlords to construct hydraulic devices such as canals and irrigation projects to boost food production. Areas interior to Mobassa and Malindi is colonized. We also send out conquistadors to expand northwards into more northern Somalia. We continue development of Madagascar.
  • Chinese Empire: Exploration of the south leads to the discovery of Paupu, and 2 squadrons travel along each side of the island in order to speed up mapping. 12 new squadrons are dispatched to the island, and landing parties to map the island accurately are sent in. Wokou pirates begin to become a nuisance in the Empire, and fleets are dispatched to find there home port and destroy it, or at the very least neutralize it. Chinese admirals are unsure of how long it will take. Expansion north of Manchuria begins in order to connect the Empire with the Keiku. Islam begins to spread into Siam and Kuala Lumpur, brought by Chinese sailors, while at home it begins to slow down its spread. 
    • Cheing Mai" With the states of Siam and Kuala Lumpur now next to the Mai, a road to the coast is now an option to bring trade and wealth into the nation, and a deal is arranged to allow for lower fines of goods enroute to the Cheing Mai going through Siam and China.
    • Siam: The nation continues to rebuild, and roads are nearing completion in order to connect the capitol with the Chinese Empire as well as Kuala Lumpur.
    • Kuala Lumpur: Rebuilding is nearing completion, having been spared a large amount of the damage from the war due to the nations geography. 
  • Bengali Diplomacy: The Sultan responds to the Chinese offer and accepts, but asks that the Chinese vessels be restricted to Saptagram and Chatagon. Once port facilities are completed in the Andamans, the Sultan will welcome Chinese vessels there.
  • Florence: The military enthusiasm continues in Florence as the military increased to 25 thousand, the Duke Cosimo invests in the military increasing it to 30 thousand men in total. Citizens and Priests over the country begin to ask to the Duke for a new Cathedral at the city of Pisa, but the Duke do not respond if building a new Cathedral is or was in his plans.
    • Florentine Dip: A diplomat is sent to France to offer an alliance.
  • Korea: With the rapprochment of Sino–Korean relations well-underway, Korean yangban students are sent to Shenyang to study Chinese techniques and technology, in hopes of implementing them domestically. The Manchu–Korean border wall continues to be reinforced, but there is unrestricted access for Chinese and Manchu nationals wishing to cross into Korea. In order to incentivize conscription, the central government promises lower tax rates to those who conscript. The saeguk policy is further reinforced due to reported Japanese piracy along the Korea Strait, with exceptions between the Chinese and the Manchu. With commerce with China being restored (its previous largest trading partner), precious metals and minerals are sold in lucrative Chinese markets, flooding the national treasury with revenue. To increase popularity among the peasantry, the central government lowers the tax rate slightly. Using Chinese ports, more Korean ships cross Kuala Lumpur to India, as well as reach Tondo, all for the purposes of increasing external trade. The militarization campaign (songun) continues under King Kim Jimin. Industrial complexes continue growth, with the growth of chaebol firms under yangban nobles. Production of gunpowder weaponries (e.g., the Korean cannon, wheel-lock rifles, hwacha), while the metallurgical industries are augmented with the construction of blast-furnaces. Mines spring across the northern countryside to harness northern Korea's vast mineral wealth. With Confucianism being reintroduced after decades of Buddhist promotion, a vast majority of Koreans now adhere to Confucian faith. Confucian values such as scholarship, merit, and artistry are promoted, and several academies and universities are built with many of the elite partaking in education.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: With the Empire continuing to emerge as a growing production powerhouse of Europe thanks its major nexus of trade and the full force of its resources starting to fully come to markets and impact the Economy, the more militarily minded Bulgarians make it an extreme priority to keep the Legions modernized, bringing the most modern firearms and cannons into the Military. The Navy as well is known to be a rather small but potent fleet consisting of roughly 180 ships but most of them are highly modern and a force to be reckoned with. With the opening of all the former patriarchal sites in the Near east the Grand Patriarch officially releases them in some capacity to begin and work on their own ministries to try to re-establish the foothold of the Christian base in the holy land and other areas. The Bulgarian settlement of areas of Greece and Vlach continue with Thrace for the most part becoming a majority bulgarian, this being claimed rather easily. The Vlachs continue their assimilation into Bulgarian culture and vice versa as the cross cultural assimilation shows on both cases as many Romanian language words and phrases are starting to become much more commonplace. Tsar Aleksandar begins openly looking for a wife from the nobility of Europe.
  • Bohemia Dip: we offer the tsar our queens younger sister, Ruta who is 30 and unmarried.
  • Sultanate of Bengal: A formal alliance is made with China. In other news, the construction of the fortifications of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands will finish in 1542. The Sultan offers to help the Chinese mapping efforts of Papua. As a sign of goodwill, the Sultan also orders the building of 20 of the best Bengali ships to be sent to China as a gift. Port facilities are also constructed in the Andaman Islands. The construction will take 8 years. The Sultan also orders 100 ships to assist the Chinese in mapping Papua. The Sultan also drafts a trade compact, much like the Compact of Kolon-Thota, with the help of his advisors. It is named the Compact of Chatagon. Any nation that is in contact with Bengal can sign the compact, but there are differing tariffs for different nations.
  • OOC Bengal: Who or what owns Ceylon?
    • Ahom Kingdom: Nothing of note.
    • Kingdom of Burma: 5 more ships are built.
    • Chinese Diplomacy: We welcome Bengali aid in mapping Papua, and are thankful for there alliance. We ask if they would be interested in allowing Chinese vessels to dock in Bengali ports.
  • Sultanate of the Ottomans: Suleiman begins to work on modernizing the army and amassing the people to a more Pro-War type people, the slaves from africa are given freedom (seeing I can't make a deal to free them) they are sent to mosques and cities to work on improving things. Suleiman is seen as a strong man as he begins to work on the nation's military might. The population begins to grow mostly around the city of Anakar and Izhimr. Suleiman begins to work on creating all black janasir units (due to them being slaves). Suleiman begins to work on a mixed military.Areas are build to open trade, while Amernians are put in office job in Armenian areas. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Gurkians weaponry is study by men at Ankara and are copied. A army is sent to Rhodes and keep the enemy troops in Ottoman prisons and working on converting them. Sunnis mosques are made in hope of slowly converting Azeris to Islam along with Persians and Armenians. the black population is thanked for their help in the war and mini black Sultan rules over majority black areas. the black population slowly rises mixing with turks. the army is updated and our Sultan begins to call for more people to follow the state which way it goes. Ankara population slowly grow. Suleeiman is named Sulieman the Great/Law Giver. Suleiman begins to work on a book called "The Study of the Mind" writing about Ottoman history and how to work with other nations. An envoy is sen to trade with Persia.
    • Islamic Emirate of Azerbaijan: the state is run by Azerbaijanis, and give out religious ruling calling for men to help trade and open up to Kurds in the areas to tighten the bond. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Christians are put in office jobs in Christian areas.Sunni Mosques are made. the Sunni Muslim population slowly grows but no a huge jump in numbers.
    • Islamic Khanate of Crimea: The Tartar in the area are put in office jobs and troops are sent to train troops in the areas. Jizya is not enforced until a certain time. Madrassas are made to work on the idea of Muslim unity.  trade ships are sent and trade with the Caliphate and other nations. Sunni mosques are made but only in Muslim areas. the Sultan of the region begins to improve the army and navy
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: In the colony of New Gywnedd another 60 slaves are moved from Africa with 40 making it to Arcadia to work on the plantations making tobacco. In Avalon another 100 more fishermen and wales move to the colony to fish and salt their game for trade while the wearing of beaver fur is common in the colony and the governor sends back a fur cape to the Regent. Within England more tobacco is moved through the ports helping the economy.
  • South Australian Bakhanates: Djarrtjunjun takes on 30 Kaurna warriors by himself. This begins a cult to be revolved around him. Hero worship spreads throughout the league of Attunga. Population exceeds 1.8 million.

1542Edit

A Buddhist scholar in China reports that, after much meditation, he concludes the highest form of reincarnation must be a pile of mud, as from such all other life spontaneously originates (mud event)

Colonization in the New World is somewhat impeded by confusion over the Pope's encyclical. Governors of certain colonies hesitate to expand urbanization as they are unsure what can be considered "property" of the tribal natives.

Duverger, in Rome, calls for the establishment of a Gallic Rite with the same rights as the Northern Rite.

Bonapaart returns home boasting of great things in Giapan. He secures funding for another voyage to the New World to search for the city of Gold.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: the Guyana colony expands by 25 px west. In Nieuw Amsterdam, a further 150 colonists arrive from Europe, and the Massachusetts Bay Company makes plans to return to the site of the Bilzen colony in 1545. The East India Company expands its reach in the East Indies, and Burgundian convoys have become a common sight in the archipelago. Back in Europe, construction begins on fortifications around Brussels, where the States-General meets and where the royal family spend most of the year these days.
  • Cologne: Revenue from the printing press continues to trickle in, and the hospitals and military improve. This year, Archbishop Rhoderich is informed by learned physicians that his illness of the lung has returned, and recommend that he stay bed-ridden. However, Rhoderich is a stubborn man, who believes that exercise will make him well again, and sets off on a hike across the most mountainous area of Cologne. Advisers take note of his great strength in the face of great weakness. But unfortunately, when he arrives back at his place of residence near the Cologne Cathedral, he suffers a particularly strong burst of illness of the lung and passes away. There is much mourning; nevertheless, people remain encouraged by his sentiments about remaining fit and healthy. The Chapter come together to elect a new Archbishop, Aldrich von Munster. His strength lies on the battlefield, as his family were particularly careful in his youth to teach him the ways of war.
    • Essen: Abbess Hadwig orders a significant expansion of the mines over the next ten years, and sends learned men and women from the University of Essen there to survey the arrangements and ensure they are as effective as possible. Meanwhile, another daughter abbey pops up in Kolschberg, and the Order of St Adelphina starts to properly gain traction and recognition. In response, Abbess Hadwig sends a letter to His Holiness the Pope, who is still the administrative head of the Latin Rite, requesting an audience (when His Holiness has time) to speak about ways in which the Order of St Adelphina could receive Papal validation.
      • Papal Diplomacy: The Papal envoy to Cologne and Essen grants Abbess Hadwig a Papal audience in Rome next year. he advises the Reverend Mother to present His Holiness with a summary of the Rule of the Order, as well as a general description of its organisation, mission, etc. Papal condolences are also given on the death of Archbishop-Patriarch Rhoderich, and the envoy suggests that his successor will likely be elevated to the Cardinalate next year. 
  • Papal States: News reaches Rome of some confusion in the New World relating to the precise meaning of 'property' and its application to tribal natives. Wishing to resolve any confusion, Pope Adrian, after consulting with advisors, theologians, and lawyers, writes a Papal brief entitled Responsum ad Dubium Concerning Certain Teachings in Dilexit Deus. The letter clarifies that "property" is to mean private property: livestock, dwellings, land used for livestock or agriculture, personal items, tools, clothes, and moneys. Such items cannot be taken, unless they be freely sold. Sovereign property, such as crown land, feudal properties, sovereign rights over towns and lands etc, can -as in Europe- be taken by conquest, however the normal moral rules of jus ad bellum and jus in bellum must apply as they would in Europe. Regarding those natives who live a tribal existence, the existence of those latter, sovereign rights will depend on the circumstances of the particular tribal group. Meanwhile, the missions in Giapan and Mayapan continue to gain converts. In Rome, a missionary, returning from several years in Giapan, writes a book entitled Life Amongst the Giapanois, which increases both public fascination in the Giapanois and public interest in supporting the conversion of the Giapanois, bringing with it a large number of donations from rich and poor alike to assist the Giapan Mission. After Duverger makes clear his desire for a Gallic Rite, his interlocutors present reasons why this should not take place. The Northern Rite was born of the particular circumstances of the Hussite movement and its subsequent rapproachment with Rome. A such the Northerners have many particularities which mark them as a distinct Rite: a simpler liturgy -in the vernacular- with emphasis on the Word of God and communion under both kinds, a lesser emphasis on certain sacraments, a distinct spirituality, and a somewhat national character. As far as the Papal representatives in discussions with Duverger are aware, the Church in France has no such peculiarities which would warrant the erection of a distinctive Gallic Rite.
    • English Dip: While the Pope is a very knowledgeable individual and we are not questioning his wisdom and his right we do question the Pope's information for he has not been to the New World and all the colonists in the New World assure us that there are critical things the pope has misunderstood. The problem is the natives are not human in the same way we are, we are aware from our interactions with them that they are unintelligent as their language and civilisation is crude and they lack things such as metallurgy, horses and other proofs of intelligent thought and they are easily wiped out by simple diseases showing their weakness. As we do not allow an animal to own property and we enslave them in a manner that we train them and expect them to work for us is our treatment of the non- human inhabitants of Arcadia not the same as simply the rearing of animals. We only ask to treat them as we treat all other animals. Do we expect animals to appreciate the word of God, our one true lord and saviour, or thank us for the kindness that we show to them in feeding them and protecting them. Much as Jesus was the shepherd of man, man must be shepherd of the animals and so we must look after them even if they will never be able to interpret the word of God. The first of man was Adam and from him Eve was made and so were others bred so how does these so called 'people' in Arcadia get to there. The Spanish were the first to reach Arcadia. We suggest that they cannot be really human as how they can be descended from man and so therefore they must be animal and as God in Genesis decreed " the earth, and subdue it...  every living thing that creepeth upon the earth". So therefore God in fact wills that we subdue these animals and while not teach them the world of God as they aren't human but they are our dominion. So we should be able to treat them however we want according to Genesis.
    • Burgundian Dip: the English are suggested to change their position, as the "Indians of the West" display no traits of animals. Instead, as the winters of Nieuw Amsterdam have shown, when treated with dignity, they display the virtue of Matthew 25:35, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."
    • English Dip: The ability to show supposed virtue is not proof of humanity it is merely proof of conscience. Again how did these humans ends up in the New World if all humans are descended from Adam and Eve in addition we do not believe the claims about Nieuw Amersterdam as our experience with natives has been they are simple animals who can only survive and they seek never to advance in life or strive to change as humans do while like animals they just survive.
    • Papal Diplomacy: England is reprimanded for its uncharitable stance, and noble Burgundy is thanked for its defence of the Natives' humanity. In response to the English, Papal representatives argue that many natives, in fact, do indeed have agriculture and metallurgy, as well as cities and towns, such as the Maya. Furthermore, they say, an infant has no language, cannot use tools or farm, indeed is often more stupid than the dumbest of dumb animals, and yet none would doubt that an infant is a person, even before baptism. Likewise with the natives, even though some may appear primitive, their appearance and desire to know God make it clear that they are true Men. Regarding their origins, Rome cannot give an answer for certain, however there is the possibility that they could be descended from a lost tribe of Israel, or that they could have journeyed to the New World via Asia in the days after Babel, or indeed, as was the opinion of some Church fathers, that Genesis is not necessarily a literal, scientific description of the beginning and spread of mankind. [OOC: The letter is a paraphrase of an actual otl Papal document, Sublimis Dei, which didn't get much flack when it was published.]
  • Korea: With the wokou piracy threats arising once again, the navy begins patrolling the Strait of Korea once again, sending heavily armed warships to the area. The forts within the city of Busan is cemented in case of a raid. With the national treasury flowing with revenue (from profit from mineral/precious metal exports to China), many of the money is funneled into the military and economy. Under monarch Kim Jimin, militarization continues, with Korean fortifications being reinforced and arsenals being upgraded. Industrial complexes continue growth, with the expansion of chaebol firms under yangban nobles. Production of gunpowder weaponries rise, while the metallurgical industry are augmented with the construction of blast-furnaces. Using the port city of Singapore as a docking place, Korean ships arrive to the Indian subcontinent. Meanwhile more Korean ships reach Tondo and its vassals. Confucian values such as scholarship, collectivism, and merit are promoted, and academies and universities are built with many of the nobility partaking in education.
  • Chinese Empire: A large amount of Papua is now explored, and a fortress and a small settlement is established in the northeastern part of the island. While explorers remain there, several squadrons sail eastwards and land in OTL New Britain, and it is named Ming Island. 2 ships runs aground there, leading to its crews being forced to make due there and build a small settlement while using the ships lumber for homes. Expansion north of the Manchurians leads to a small amount of territory now bordering the Keiku, though the Empire continues to slowly expand northwards of it in order to create a northern port and naval base. Siam, now growing stronger and due its size, becomes a slight worry to the Emperor, and after much deliberation it is agreed to split 2 states off of Siam in order to give the large ethnicities in the south east a greater say in there own governing. The 2 new vassals will be called Cambodia and Vietnam.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: Tsar Aleksandar while dubious about marriage to a woman of 30-31 nonetheless agrees and hosts one of the Grandest marriage ceremonies Europe has ever seen in the city of Vasiligrad. This marriage outside of the Empire for the first time in its history into a title as pretigious as Bohemias is seen with great fanfare and from the nobility open approval as the first outside marriage has showcased how far the empire has come in terms of Prestige. The Tsar announces nearly 2 months later his wife is pregnant. Following the nearly decade and a half or more of rebuilding Greece, its become rather noticeable that the infrastructure, economy, and quality of living in the area has increased exponentially. The core of this new development in Greece is in Larissa and Athens, both becoming the economic powerhouses of Greece while the rebuilt Sparta has become the base for 2 legions and has become a bustling city within Morea. Tsar Aleksandar makes a very high profile Trip to Moldavia and personally invests a small fortune into transforming the Rural frontier of Moldavia into yet another thriving Imperial province. The capital city of the province Suceava sees the most investment as he wishes all the Provincial capitals to be on par with cities such as Sofiya and Tarnovo. It is seen as a long shot to try to rival Vasiligrad, as city of 230,000 and easily the largest city in Europe.
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: A series of improvements and works are made to the ageing roads in England as they get old and are damaged by weather but time is spent resurfacing them to keep trade moving. While OXford and Cambridge both circulate academically through Europe. The King upon listening to the Pope's arguments for his decree agrees to the Pope's insistence and states in a Royal Proclamation that under the rules no one should enslave the natives or any people because slavery is wrong and no stealing of property as defined by the Catholic Church. The King does not state a punishment for breaking his royal proclamation nor make any individual responsible for carrying the proclamation and judgment out and due to the great distances involved and the vast complexity it is impossible for the King to verify or not verify whether it is being carried out and he expects people to do it simply as it is the will of God. While this occurs many people in the colonies take a loose view of the royal proclamation and the papal decree and another 100 slaves are moved to New Gwynedd while another 50 men and women from England and Wales are moved to help run the plantation. The Regent afer adopting his fur coat sees the spread of fur coats throughout the court of England as they become a new fashion symbol due to their expensivness and rarity with some being sent to the King and his son in Germany who is given a fur blanket because he is young. More whales move to Avalon as it is good hunting grounds while fur is traded with the natives fairly as there is a demand for fur coats back in the English court. Work is done to replace many of the ageing Arqebus with newer and higher penetrating muskets.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: The military is well-equipped with a wide array of various kinds of cannons, with the largest cannon of all being the Great Bombard. The elite Kilabarub are trained in both sabars and muskets. Canal stuff, you know. Ibn Yakub is finally caught in Damascus, and accused by members of the Ulema as accepting bribes from leaders of Shia. Yakub denies these charges, but in order to prevent controversy in the Ulema, Al-Najm orders him to be kept in the prison. The aged Caliph is mournful of having to betray such a just and wise man, but considers it his duty nonetheless. The major cities in the Caliphate, such as Damascus, Cairo, Alexandria, and Beyrut, begin taking a much more western look as modern styles of cobblestone and dense houses are constructed. A new book titled Fii Nijaam Khadeer ("On New Stars") is published, being a dissertaion on the nature of supernovas. 
  • Mayapan: Trade continues the Portuguese colonies. Smallpox continues to ravage the country. The Emperor orders all citizens with the disease report to Aid Camps, or else isolate themselves completely. Mayapan continues sending support to Portugal in the war agaisnt the Mexica. Catholic missions are accepted into the country, mostly as doctors for the Smallpox plague. Royal engineers begin to examine Portuguese sailing vessels and try to replicate them. Expansion continues along the southern border. Integration of the southern city-states into the League is continued by the High Council. Each new state is expected to supply men to train and serve in the national army. The council seeks to improve commerce and communication between the many settlements of the Yucatan by constructing and maintaining roads between them. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. 

1543Edit

A mass migration of Oromo people from Sub-Sahara Africa forces the heartland of Ethiopia to settle in the more defensible highlands.

Ceylon errupts into civil war as it splits into three culturally-separate states: Jaffna, Kandy, and Kotte. Both Jaffna and Kotte each asks Burgundy and Portugal for support to crush the other one, while Kandy works for total independence.

The Kingdom of Ndongo is established in Angola.

Duverger cites the Kappelist theology becoming popular among the people, despite no nobles accepting it, as the logic behind the Gallic rite.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: Guyana expands 25 px west. In light of the Ceylonese unrest, the Burgundian East India Company invokes the Military Allocation Act, allowing them utilization of Burgundian military forces in the area. A fleet of fifty EIC schooners and caravels, supported by the Royal Navy, and the Company's Colonial Guard contingent in Ceylon are moved to support the Jaffnan forces.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Economy continues to prosper as the conduit from Europe to East Asia, especially connected with the Swahili state by dynastic union. The Ulema votes to condemn all forms of divination and astrology, and outlaw any practice of sorcery through magian support. This causes a brief purge of forced conversion among small Zoroastrian communities in the Caliphate, especially in the region of Tabriz. In reaction to this, focus on astronomy increases in the House of Wisdom and the Library of Alexandria, as considered the more modern way of studying the stars. Canals continue to be canals. In reaction to Ibn Yakub's imprisonment, many of the younger generation in Damascus and surrounding cities begin to openly protest. Al-Najm, in his old age, does little to prevent this disorder than a few charismatic speeches. Several books this year are published on the methods used by ancient arcitects on art and buildings, and these become immensely popular in the Caliphate. Following the interest in antiquities, a Coptic community near the city of Rashida begins digging around for artifacts from the Ptolemaic dynasty. 
  • Cologne: The new Archbishop-Patriarch, Aldrich, thanks His Holiness for the condolences and news of likely elevation. He is particularly keen to work with the Imperial Synod, as is the Archbishop of Cologne’s privilege, and convenes several informal meetings of Imperial Synod members this year in order to scope out religious opinions. He notes the building of seminaries in most other HRE countries, given the Decrees of the Council of Cologne, and spends some money improving the seminary in Cologne, hoping to make it the seat of religious discussion throughout the Holy Roman Empire. In this respect, Archbishop Aldrich asks all other HRE member-states with universities to send a few learned theologians to the improved Seminary in Cologne (Mod response please) (also Prussia, Bohemia). Meanwhile, the military continues to improve and funds continue to trickle in from the printing press. The Stelzer press itself in Cologne is quite developed by this point, with a third generation family running the business.
    • Essen: The mines continue expansion. Meanwhile, Abbess Hadwig thanks His Holiness for the audience and travels personally to Rome with all the documents amassed about the Rule and Order of St Adelphina. The Rule follows generally the same mode of life as the Augustinian Rule. It takes the eight chapters written by St Augustine and adds two further chapters: one on discipline, which formalises the process for dealing with incursions under the other chapters and refers directly to the Court of Discipline or another established internal court; and one on Charitable Works of Mercy, which emphasises the importance of community service in the form of teaching or work in the infirmaries and is required to be performed for more than half of every waking day. The mission of the Order of St Adelphina is to bring the Adelphinian Reforms to others in order to secure peace and happiness amongst all, in the pursuit of a greater unity. Mainly women join the Order, as either canonesses regular or nuns (secular canonesses are rare by this point), and there is potential to create a Double Order in the manner of the Brigettines of Sweden. This would involve a small community of priests, called “priests of the order”, being chosen to live near but not inside an abbey, to provide chaplaincy services when required, but remain under the government of the abbess. Whilst in Rome, Abbess Hadwig picks up a copy of Life Among the Giapanois for some light reading in transit.
      • Papal Diplomacy: Pope Adrian is pleased with almost every aspect of the proposed Rule, especially the fact that it is a double order, which will make it perfectly suited for missionary work in the New World. However His Holiness is distressed at the proposal for nuns to be included in the order, as their contemplative life is not in keeping with the active life of the rest of the order. Furthermore, he orders that a rule be added that the Abbess of Essen be the Abbes-General of the entire Order.
        • Essen Diplomacy: Abbess Hadwig thanks His Holiness for his approval and modifications, especially with respect to the idea of an abbess-general, which would obviously make sense given the higher position of St Adelphina herself as Abbess of Essen. In response to Pope Adrian's distress, Abbess Hadwig apologises and states that the new daughter-abbeys of nuns formed over the past ten years will of course not be able to keep up with the expectations of the new Order - therefore, she will cease to refer to them as "daughter abbeys" of the Order. Rather, they will simply be other abbeys in Cologne. Hopefully, Abbess Hadwig tells His Holiness, many aspiring nuns will therefore become motivated to instead take the vows of an Adelphinian canoness. 
  • Swahili:  We continue our agriculture policies. The royal guards continue capturing slaves. In the heartland of Mogadishu, the Bank of Mogadishu begin cooperation with landlords to construct hydraulic devices such as canals and irrigation projects to boost food production. Areas interior to Mobassa and Malindi is colonized. We also send out conquistadors to expand northwards into more northern Somalia. We continue development of Madagascar. With our focus on agricultural, we begin to experience a population boom as settlers in new fertile ground feels secure to have multiple children.
  • Mayapan: Trade continues the Portuguese colonies. Smallpox continues to ravage the country. The Emperor orders all citizens with the disease report to Aid Camps, or else isolate themselves completely. Mayapan continues sending support to Portugal in the war agaisnt the Mexica. Catholic missions are accepted into the country, mostly as doctors for the Smallpox plague. Royal engineers begin to examine Portuguese sailing vessels and try to replicate them. Expansion continues along the southern border. Integration of the southern city-states into the League is continued by the High Council. Each new state is expected to supply men to train and serve in the national army. The council seeks to improve commerce and communication between the many settlements of the Yucatan by constructing and maintaining roads between them. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. 
  • Papal States: Glad that the confusion about Dilexit Deus has subsided, Pope Adrian can focus on the other two pressing matters: the refurbishment of Rome under Gabielangelo, and the discussions with Duverger. The former is going splendidly. Regarding the latter, he asks Duverger two questions: firstly is he could provide a succinct description of this distinct Gallic spirituality, and secondly he is asked why a different spirituality alone (without different lturgies etc) is sufficient to warrant a new Rite. The Franciscans have a distinct spirituality and theology, but are Latin-Rite. In other news, missions to Giapan and Maya continue to bring converts. 
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: Work is kept to keep the current existing roads maintained. More fur and fish arrives in England from Avalon feeding the people and keeping the court of England up to date with the latest fashions while other furs are sent into Europe for trade as tobacco is. From New Gywnedd more tobacco keeps arriving while a small trickle of slaves/ African volunteer settlers continues to move to the colony to work while a smaller number of English and Welsh settlers move over to supervise their labours. In England the materials from the colony is working well for the English economy.  
  • The Kingdom of France expands the Brazil colony South, and creates a new colony in the OTL Deleware Area. Navy expands apporpriotly.
  • Chinese Empire: Explorers reach OTL Solomon Islands, making forts in OTL San Cristobol, Santa Isabell, and Guadacanal. OTL Guadacanal is named Yuan, and the archipeligo dubbed the Xian Archipeligo. Several squadrons land in OTL East Timor, and a fortess is built with the island being called Timor after what the Indonesians call it. An outpost is established in northern Borneo. The navy begins constant shipping and resupply missions to the new forts in what region is being called Dàyángzhōu. An alliance begins being considered with Korea, though no offer is made yet.
  • Prussia-Luxembourg: Freidrich continues to actively support the king of Bohemia and the Pro-Prussian faction supplying them with arms, and money to maintain power. Freidrich formally calls on the princes to a vote on the subject of reforming Imperial courts and on the settling of disputes amongst princes to reform the Hofgericht (mod response for HRE non player states.) Prussia begins to place influence on the Electorate of Saxony which it helped secure the independence of during the second war of the lions. Freidrich Formally calls the Imperial Diet of 1535 to order to discuss a comprehensive restructuring of the Imperial Administration (trying out one of the imperial reforms on the page, all HRE Players please look into it and Mods please respond for npc nations when the time comes.) Freidrich continues to consolidate his centralization of power into the monarchy having successfully submitted most of the nobility to his control, and having stripped them of most of their military autonomy by integrating them into the Royal Army. He continues to promote the development of a stronger army and continues to expand the usage of firearms in his forces. The arms industry in the domains of the crown continue to grow. Investment into improved firearms begin particularly focusing on developing a cheaper and more easily used mechanism then the wheel lock to go alongside the match locks. Gun smithies start developing blueprints for potential replacements (the OTL snaplock, was invented in the 1540s OTL so i am developing blueprints now and will have it out in the late 1530s, ive been a major investor in gun development and was one of the earliest users of firearms in Europe in large amounts this game, as one of the major hre powers, and the emperor i also have the funds to sustain large scale development of firearms and a military that uses them in large amounts). Development of early line formations also starts to improve the firing rate of the aruquebusiers. More cannons are produced. Scholars artists and scientists who have been studying in exchange with England, and Bulgaria are starting to make a major impact on the studies within the growing academic circles of Freidrich's domains, and increased funding for universities, and the education system in general grows. Freidrich continues the habit of funding the arts and sciences in the court of the Berlin Palace. Major focus is placed on Pholosophy, chemistry, engineering, theology, mathematics, biology, and astronomy. He also seeks to expand the economic power of Berlin in the North Sea and North Atlantic with the new port of Kiel under his authority Freidrich begins setting up an expansion of the small navy requesting expertise from English ship builders in exchange for help from Luxembourgish and Brandenburger technicians in other areas. A cultural shift away from the Italian renassaince and more into a German one continues in Berlin and other major cities developing into something along the lines of OTL Bohemian or early early modern north German architecture This is proving to become the major architectural style. Expansion of the noble estates continue allowing a greater yield in crops, and expansion of mining activities in SIlesia, Luxembourg, and Lorraine continue as well as an expansion of the arms industry, and metal smithies in general. Holsteinès port starts to undergo an upgrade as it is designated to become Prussia's second largest port and potentially largest trading hub. In Holstein the English shipwrights are put to work with building a couple of capital ships for the small prussian Navy, as well as instructing Prussian shipbuilders on how to make more efficient and sea worthy ships Development of a stronger navy begins to develop a navy capable of protecting growing Prussian Trade in the Baltic and North Seas. The Wrangel family and Freidrich begin trying to open negotiations with the Hanseatic league Cities of Lubeck, and Hamburg to find funds to improve Prussia's naval capacities with the promise of protecting Hanseatic Trade and to set up favorable trade and business arrangements between Hanseetic and Prussian Merchants (Mod Response, please). Jozef von Wrangel is appointed the Prussian governor of the Wilhelmburg Settlement, He begins exploring farther up the New Rhine River, setting up an outpost right across the river in OTL Montevideo, and begins attempting to explore farther upstream. The Wrangel family begins recruiting poor and unemployed peasants to come to the outpost or to be trained as sailors this is done in coordination with the Royal house which is eager to begin expanding trade with the world.
    • Lubeck and Hamburg respond in the positive to Prussia. -scraw

1544Edit

No mod events unless scraw has something, which he probably does.

The Pope is dying next year. If you play as Augsburg, England, Brandenburg, Portugal, Iberia, Burgundy, Cologne, or the Papal States, please vote here. You have until the end of next turn. 

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: with the support of Jaffna's military, the East India Company Colonial Guard are able to defeat the forces of Kotte and Kandy. The city of Colombo is again made the administrative capital, but Jaffna, Kotte, and Kandy are kept separate legal entities. Rebellious nobility are replaced with Jaffnan and pro-Burgundy appointments, and the new Count of Kotte, the young son of the last Kotte pretender, is baptized as David John. Guyana expands 25 px west.
  • Norway: Within the kingdom a great religious battle ensues in the Riksdag and Hall of High blood between the protestant bogmaður and Catholic Bókasafn. The tension grow as Norway is now 46% Kapelian 30% Catholic 15% Jaegarian and 9% Pagan. The main reason believed to be behind this is the powerful bogmaður blocking potential anti Kapel acts. Worry spreads among the Bókasafn due to allegied rumours that High Jarl Count Christian of Oldenburg is a Kapelian due to his Closeness with many members of bogmaður and his closeness with Harald Sinclair the Earl of Orkney, one of the most powerful members of the bogmaður. The ailing health of Queen diana does less to alleviate the concern. The passing of the Guð leyndarmál Act (God's Secrets) officially outlaws the use of inquisitions (such as the papal and Immaculate inquisition) the excuse for this is to allow greater religious debate and closeness to god, as he is a mysterious being and such free religious thought should be allowed. The Queen Diana's health doesn't allow her to excercise her duties as queen as such her regent Count Christian pass the acts further confirming the fears of the Bókasafn. In other news the Hereditary Count Michael Gyldenløve of Oldenburg turns 13 and marries the Queen of Sweden (AM confirmation) thus ensuring a future union between our two countries. Plans for a Colony in Arcadia begins hoping to establish it on OTL Nova Scotia. A further exploration of Arcadia and Laurentia continues with an explorer landing on OTL Tobago and claiming it the name of the kingdom of Norway and name it Løveland however the distance between the two and without a settlement it can only be passed off as ridiculous. In Norway a Bestiary is published called "The Beasts of the New World" including the Kraken, A sasquach esque creature, and a Water Unicorn. 
  • Prussia-Luxembourg: Freidrich continues to actively support the king of Bohemia and the Pro-Prussian faction supplying them with arms, and money to maintain power. Freidrich formally calls on the princes to a vote on the subject of reforming Imperial courts and on the settling of disputes amongst princes to reform the Hofgericht (mod response for HRE non player states.) Prussia cotinues to exert over influence on the Electorate of Saxony in an attempt to increase the dependency on Prussia. Freidrich begins formally supporting the consolidation of the German Catholic Church as it is formally being declared with the duality of two patriachs one in Berlin and another in Cologne to represent both the Latin and Northern Rites within the Holy Roman Empire in an Autonomous Catholic Church for the Empire (as per the council of Cologne.). In commemeration of the reconciliation of Cologne as it is being called in the Northern Rite construction of the Cathedral of St. Adelphine and of Unity a grand  Church aimed to represent both the beauty of Prussian Renassaince Architecture and to promote Imperial Religious Unity amongst all Germans With the vast majority of Prussians and Luxembourgians being of the Northern Rite. Freidrich begins to request that other HRE states embrtace the new autonomous German Church within the reformed Catholic Church in the HRE. Freidrich continues to consolidate his centralization of power into the monarchy having successfully submitted most of the nobility to his control, and having stripped them of most of their military autonomy by integrating them into the Royal Army. He continues to promote the development of a stronger army and continues to expand the usage of firearms in his forces. The arms industry in the domains of the crown continue to grow. Investment into improved firearms begin particularly focusing on developing a cheaper and more easily used mechanism then the wheel lock to go alongide the match locks. Gun smithies start developing blueprints for potential replacements (the otl snaplock, was invented in the 1540s otl so i am developing blueprints now and will have it out in the late 1530s, ive been a major investor in gun development and was one of the earliest users of firearms in Europe in large amounts this game, as one of the major hre powers, and the emperor i also have the funds to sustain large scale development of firearms and a military that uses them in large amounts). Development of early line formations also starts to improve the firing rate of the aruquebusiers. More cannons are produced. Scholars artists and scientists who have been studying in exchange with England, and Bulgaria are starting to make a major impact on the studies within the growing academic circles of Freidrich's domains, and increased funding for universities, and the education system in general grows. Freidrich continues the habit of funding the arts and sciences in the court of the Berlin Palace. Major focus is placed on Pholosophy, chemistry, engineering, theology, mathematics, biology, and astronomy. He also seeks to expand the economic power of Berlin in the North Sea and North Atlantic with the new port of Kiel under his authority Freidrich begins setting up an expansion of the small navy requesting expertise from English ship builders in exchange for help from Luxembourgish and Brandenburger technicians in other areas. A cultural shift away from the Italian renassaince and more into a German one continues in Berlin and other major cities developing into something along the lines of OTL Bohemian or early early modern north German architecture This is proving to become the major architectural style. Expansion of the noble estates continue allowing a greater yield in crops, and expansion of mining activities in SIlesia, Luxembourg, and Lorraine continue as well as an expansion of the arms industry, and metal smithies in general. Holsteinès port starts to undergo an upgrade as it is designated to become Prussia's second largest port and potentially largest trading hub. In Holstein the English shipwrights are put to work with building a couple of capital ships for the small prussian Navy, as well as instructing Prussian shipbuilders on how to make more efficient and sea worthy ships Development of a stronger navy begins to develop a navy capable of protecting growing Prussian Tade in the Baltic and North Seas. Jozef von Wrangel is appointed the Prussian governor of the Wilhelmburg Settlement, He begins exploring farther up the New Rhine River, setting up an outpost right across the river in otl Montevideo, and begins attempting to explore farther upstream. The Wrangel family begins recruiting poor and unemployed peasants to come to the outpost or to be trained as sailors this is done in coordination with the Royal house which is eager to begin expanding trade with the world. Having secured the funds the agreement with Hamburg, and Lubeck Prussian trade in the North Sea begins to expand and coordination with Hanseatic Merchants to protect them in the North Sea and Baltic Sea begins. The Wrangel Family also establishes the Wrangel Bank and Company centred in Financing and Trading with its headquarters in Kiel and Danzig. The Company begins looking to establish merchant voyages to Africa to secure ivory, exotic woods from Africa and Laurentia. Freidrich proposes an alliance to Bohemia in accordance with the recent improved relations between the states. 
    • ​Papal States: Pope Adrian writes to the Emperor, pleased that the Council of Cologne is being put into effect. 
  • Abbasid Caliphate: In the wake of so many works of scientific literature from Alexandria and Baghdad, a young scholar from Iraq emerges known as Yahya Al-Babil. Al-Babil begins studying many works of alchemy and beastiary, and begins developing a method by which theories and laws of nature can be extrapolated analytically. Meanwhile, a guild of artisans in Antioch begin producing painted works of animals in nature, which is a kind of art not seen in the history of the Muslim world. In this year, the great philosopher Ibn Yakub dies in prison. Al-Najm is reported to have said "I would gladly have lost twenty ships than lose this great scholar". All the people of Damascus mourn his passing, as well as many people surrounding in Syria and Mesopotamia. His immediate disciples, however, quickly gather back to Jamnia and conclude to keep teaching his doctrines on Humanism and Islam throughout Syria anyway. The conservatives of the Ulema attempt to pass a law against Humanistic philosophy, but this is blocked by the strong liberal faction. The Catacombs of Kom El-Shofqa are accidentally discovered this year by Copts looking for the burials of the Ptolemaic kings. 
  • Chinese Empire: The new southern island fortresses begin to grow into settlements as shipping lanes become constant, allowing small towns to begin popping up around the fortresses.Due to this the fortresses begin to grow into small towns and attract settlers from mainland China. (Will add more later, in Nasville until Thursday morning.)
    • Even for China that is too fast, although I'm sure you could get there eventually -Natemod
  • Sultanate of the Ottomans: Suleiman begins to work on modernizing the army and amassing the people to a more Pro-War type people, the slaves from africa are given freedom (seeing I can't make a deal to free them) they are sent to mosques and cities to work on improving things. Suleiman is seen as a strong man as he begins to work on the nation's military might. The population begins to grow mostly around the city of Anakar and Izhimr. Suleiman begins to work on creating all black janasir units (due to them being slaves). Suleiman begins to work on a mixed military.Areas are build to open trade, while Amernians are put in office job in Armenian areas. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Gurkians weaponry is study by men at Ankara and are copied. A army is sent to Rhodes and keep the enemy troops in Ottoman prisons and working on converting them. Sunnis mosques are made in hope of slowly converting Azeris to Islam along with Persians and Armenians. the black population is thanked for their help in the war and mini black Sultan rules over majority black areas. the black population slowly rises mixing with turks. the army is updated and our Sultan begins to call for more people to follow the state which way it goes. Ankara population slowly grow. Suleeiman is named Sulieman the Great/Law Giver. Suleiman begins to work on a book called "The Study of the Mind" writing about Ottoman history and how to work with other nations. An envoy is sen to trade with Persia.
    • Islamic Emirate of Azerbaijan: the state is run by Azerbaijanis, and give out religious ruling calling for men to help trade and open up to Kurds in the areas to tighten the bond. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Christians are put in office jobs in Christian areas.Sunni Mosques are made. the Sunni Muslim population slowly grows but no a huge jump in numbers.
    • Islamic Khanate of Crimea: The Tartar in the area are put in office jobs and troops are sent to train troops in the areas. Jizya is not enforced until a certain time. Madrassas are made to work on the idea of Muslim unity.  trade ships are sent and trade with the Caliphate and other nations. Sunni mosques are made but only in Muslim areas. the Sultan of the region begins to improve the army and navy.
  • Papal States: The Immaculata continue to gain members, with many excited to go to Giapan or the New World. Whilst some are sent there, many too are sent to France, the Catholic cantons of Switzerland, Southern Germany, etc. to strengthen the Catholic faith. Gabielangelo's renovations continue. In the Giapan Mission, the Immaculata focus on trying to convert some daimyo. Pope Adrian's health begins to fail. Duverger is asked the same questions as last year.
    • Duverger gives up and goes home, hoping to expand his support in France before returning to Rome to negotiate with the Pope again. -scraw
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: Tsar Aleksandar continues many of the policies of his father hoping to keep the high level settlement of Aegean Greece and Vlach underway and repopulating specifically the Greek countryside. The Tsars Son Kaloyan is born early in the year in Vasiligrad quietly and is described as a strong young boy. Coincidentally he is born with a twin, as sister named Helen who is taken from the name "Helen of Troy" a woman from one of the Tsars favorite books, the Odyssey. Tsar Aleksandar and His Father go on a few weeks hunting trip in the mountains using the semi-tamed wolf pack bred from the captured wolves decades ago to help with the hunt. These wolves are noted for their more temperate and calculated behavior and the Tsar begins considering them to be heavily used in his armed forces hoping to pair them with Cavalry to act as a helpful recon component to the army as well as an extremely potent tool of shock warfare seeing as it would be terrifying to bring wolves into warfare. The Bulgarian population grows to roughly 6.16 million as growth in all the provinces showcases the extremely positive living that can be offered in the Empire. Its estimated that some of the prominent terrace farms and Wallachian farms in general are producing enough food to provide nearly free grain or subsidized to a good portion of the empire which is hoped to allow for a more prominent focus on breaking the remainder of the Feudalistic molds in Bulgaria. This is seen as an extreme blessing for the serfs and freemen of the Empire as in many cases the Tsar is able to personally free serfs who are able to move beyond their original farming livelihoods and pushing into more profitable ventures. Ironically the more prominent freemen, specifically merchants and former soldiers are all in the practice of gaining land which heavily splits many of the old feudal realms and gives land to a much more empowered freemen class who are more keen on developing their lands. While land is tantalizing many of the soldiers prefer life in the cities and take a cash payout or sell their lands in order to live a life in the cities. Tarnovo, Sofiya, and Tirgoviste are some of the most popular soldier destinations. The Grand Patriatch forms the Council of Patriarchs to bring a more codified and organized system to the newly split off orthodox christian world.
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: Work is kept to keep the current existing roads maintained. More fur and fish arrives in England from Avalon feeding the people and keeping the court of England up to date with the latest fashions while other furs are sent into Europe for trade as tobacco is. From New Gywnedd more tobacco keeps arriving while a small trickle of slaves/ African volunteer settlers continues to move to the colony to work while a smaller number of English and Welsh settlers move over to supervise their labours. In England the materials from the colony is working well for the English economy.

1545Edit

Massive migrations of Oromo people begin to settle in large numbers on the borderlands of Swahili, displacing the Afro-Asiatic people there.

On St Stephen's Day, King Wenceslas III of Poland dies tragically when he leaves the palace into a blizzard to save a farmer's life.

In Kyushu, Japan, a Damiyo named D. Shoni Sukemoto converts to Christianity, in order to be better algined with the West. He plans to send someone on his behalf to Europe when Bonapaart returns.

Pope Adrian VI dies suddenly of heart failure while in the middle of delivering a homily at St. Paul Outside the Walls.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: beginning this year, Burgundy begins a campaign of privateering, in the North Sea against the Hanseatic League, and in the Caribbean against Portugal, in a covert plan to increase Burgundys trade presence. The privateers are also employed against trading powers in the East Indies. The Guyana colony expands by 25 px west. The population of Nieuw Amsterdam, now around 700, begins expanding to encompass the rest of Manhattan and Laang Eiland.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Al-Najm the Great did his best to keep active by daily walking about Damascus without any guards or armor, but at 62 years old his health was clearly declining. In Baghdad, Al-Babil published a book titled "Fii Al-Tariq ila A'lum" ("On the Method to Science"), which layed out a percise method of hypothesis, theory, and law by which new discoveries can be achieved. This was primarily targeted against astrology which have become much more unpopular at this time. Meanwhile, a group of Humanist scholars from the Ulema authorized for the Quran to be printed by a single printing firm in Kufa. This is an historic moment as this was the first Quran in history to be printed instead of transcribed. A few scholars contended that Qurans made by printing should not be considered true Qurans, but most ignored these concerns. The Copts in Alexandria continue to dig up artifacts from the catacombs of Kom El-Shofqa, and in nearby towns as far as Rashid. 
  • Oman: With all major construction projects having since been completed, the focus of Oman shifts toward expansion. Oman establishes a new colony in Seychelles, which is home to the "sea coconut" or "double coconut", found nowhere else in the known world. Vohemar and the Southern Colony are combined to form Jazirat Al-Qamar, or Island of the Moon. Farther north, the island of Socotra again comes under Omani influence after an Omani fleet lands on the island and the local chiefs are massacred. The newly appointed ruler of Socotra agrees to submit to Omani rule. Meanwhile, King Numair offers to marry one of his daughters to an Ottoman noble.
    • Island of the Moon: Due to Omani incursions into Merina territory, relations soon break down. Skirmishes erupt in the interior as Omani settlers are driven out of the more fertile lands of Imerina and into the north. The colonies are in a de facto state of war with Imerina.
    • Abbasid Dip: Because the Ottoman Empire is cut off from Arabia except overland, the Abbasid Caliphate offers to form an alliance and a conduit from Oman to the Ottomans.
    • Oman Diplomacy: Oman declines the offer of an alliance, as both countries are already trade partners.
    • Ottoman Dip: The Sultan sends one of his sons to marry the king's wife.
  • Papal States: With Pope Adrian's death, the Cardinals gather in Rome, but the start of the Conclave is delayed because they have to wait for the Hospitaller Cardinal to come from New Rhodes, and for the Polish Cardinal to make his way out of Poland, which could be tricky for a cleric so closely associated with the Catholic Council. Duverger's return to France is noted, and the Immaculata focus more on France, getting themselves appointed chaplains and tutors to the nobility and royalty, as well as wandering around preaching to the peasants and townsfolk in Kappelist regions. Essen is asked whether it might assist in evangelisation in the New World and elsewhere by establishing missionary priories of the Order of St Adelphina. In Giapan, the conversion of Dom Sukemoto encourages the missionaries there to try to convert more daimyo. The missionaries also begin utilising the Giapanois converts, appointing catechists and lay preachers from among them, and allowing them to baptise other Giapanois and evangelise to their own communities (this was done otl). 
  • Trebizond: In the year 1545 of the Christ, the population of Trebizond bury their Emperor, David II, who died after passing the previous months into a coma. His 33 years old son, Alexios, ascend to the throne as Emperor Alexios V of house Megas Komnenos. The new emperor rapidly decide to depart from his father's policy of isolation. His first action is to produce coins to his image in order to make himself known from the population. He then begin searching for a possible alliance, going on a trip across the Balkans and (if necessary) Europe for the entire year, just like Manuel II Palaiologos did in 1365. Alexios seeks a young girl to betroth to his 4 year old son and heir, David. In exchange for the betrothal, Alexios is offering full commercial access for the merchants of whoever would accept as well as full access to the harbors of Trebizond for their fleet. (Player response) In his travels, Alexios try to remind the ancient and prestigious history of House Komnenos, which ruled the Eastern Roman Empire.
    • I took over Trezbond-Bozi   
    • Never posted an Algo this is mod World of Law from me and Scraw -Feud
    • Holy Bulgarian Dip: We offer Helena to David as betrothal and also promise to protect the independence of Trebizond from attackers.
    • Trebizond Dip: We accept. As a sign of good faith,Alexios V swear that sould Tsar need any help, for whatever reason, Trebizond will offer assistance.
    • Trebizond (OOC): Hey, should I be worried about the Algo "Ottoman Invasion of Trebizond"? Just to know if I'm really being invaded or not right now.
  • Chinese Empire: The island fortesses and there towns continue to develop and grow as more people from mainland China are attracted to the idea of a balmy coastal home as many a sailor describes them, even if not always true. Strangely enough, Islam in the colonies is higher than in the mainland, as many see these new towns as places they can practice there religion without the confining non Islamic faiths and ideologies of mainland China. This is not to say that Islam is not still  spreading in China itself, just that it is higher in the colonies, with one Commander of such an island even converting to Islam after new settlers speak with him and convince him about the joys of the faith. 
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: Tsar Aleksandar continues many of the policies of his father hoping to keep the high level settlement of Aegean Greece and Vlach underway and repopulating specifically the Greek countryside. The Tsars Son Kaloyan is born early in the year in Vasiligrad quietly and is described as a strong young boy. Coincidentally he is born with a twin, as sister named Helen who is taken from the name "Helen of Troy" a woman from one of the Tsars favorite books, the Odyssey. Tsar Aleksandar and His Father go on a few weeks hunting trip in the mountains using the semi-tamed wolf pack bred from the captured wolves decades ago to help with the hunt. These wolves are noted for their more temperate and calculated behavior and the Tsar begins considering them to be heavily used in his armed forces hoping to pair them with Cavalry to act as a helpful recon component to the army as well as an extremely potent tool of shock warfare seeing as it would be terrifying to bring wolves into warfare. The Bulgarian population grows to roughly 6.16 million as growth in all the provinces showcases the extremely positive living that can be offered in the Empire. Its estimated that some of the prominent terrace farms and Wallachian farms in general are producing enough food to provide nearly free grain or subsidized to a good portion of the empire which is hoped to allow for a more prominent focus on breaking the remainder of the Feudalistic molds in Bulgaria. This is seen as an extreme blessing for the serfs and freemen of the Empire as in many cases the Tsar is able to personally free serfs who are able to move beyond their original farming livelihoods and pushing into more profitable ventures. Ironically the more prominent freemen, specifically merchants and former soldiers are all in the practice of gaining land which heavily splits many of the old feudal realms and gives land to a much more empowered freemen class who are more keen on developing their lands. While land is tantalizing many of the soldiers prefer life in the cities and take a cash payout or sell their lands in order to live a life in the cities. Tarnovo, Sofiya, and Tirgoviste are some of the most popular soldier destinations. Bulgaria calls Russia and Poland to potentially marshall their armies for conflict seeing as they wish to pursue Trebizond which Bulgaria has guarenteed. (mod poland plz)
  • Portugal: With the conflict in the Aztec lands finished, the lands promised to the Mayans are given as per the agreement. The remaining lands fall under the Portuguese crown and is renamed Aztlan. Some Portuguese troops remain in the area to quell rebellions. The heir apparent of the Mexican Triple Alliance flees to the northern portions of the colony. When this heir apparent raises a small number of men to fight the Portuguese, he is quickly vanquished by Portuguese troops. With this final show of force, Portugal offers to the Mayans another chance at being a colony of Portugal, with the full benefits and protections that all citizens under the godly banner of Portugal enjoy. <more later>
  • Prussia-Luxembourg: Freidrich continues to actively support the king of Bohemia and the Pro-Prussian faction supplying them with arms, and money to maintain power. Freidrich formally calls on the princes to a vote on the subject of reforming Imperial courts and on the settling of disputes amongst princes to reform the Hofgericht (mod response for HRE non player states.) Prussia cotinues to exert over influence on the Electorate of Saxony in an attempt to increase the dependency on Prussia. Freidrich begins formally supporting the consolidation of the German Catholic Church as it is formally being declared with the duality of two patriachs one in Berlin and another in Cologne to represent both the Latin and Northern Rites within the Holy Roman Empire in an Autonomous Catholic Church for the Empire (as per the council of Cologne.). In commemeration of the reconciliation of Cologne as it is being called in the Northern Rite construction of the Cathedral of St. Adelphine and of Unity a grand Church aimed to represent both the beauty of Prussian Renassaince Architecture and to promote Imperial Religious Unity amongst all Germans With the vast majority of Prussians and Luxembourgians being of the Northern Rite. Freidrich begins to request that other HRE states embrtace the new autonomous German Church within the reformed Catholic Church in the HRE. Freidrich continues to consolidate his centralization of power into the monarchy having successfully submitted most of the nobility to his control, and having stripped them of most of their military autonomy by integrating them into the Royal Army. He continues to promote the development of a stronger army and continues to expand the usage of firearms in his forces. The arms industry in the domains of the crown continue to grow. Investment into improved firearms begin particularly focusing on developing a cheaper and more easily used mechanism then the wheel lock to go alongide the match locks. Gun smithies start developing blueprints for potential replacements (the otl snaplock, was invented in the 1540s otl so i am developing blueprints now and will have it out in the late 1530s, ive been a major investor in gun development and was one of the earliest users of firearms in Europe in large amounts this game, as one of the major hre powers, and the emperor i also have the funds to sustain large scale development of firearms and a military that uses them in large amounts). Development of early line formations also starts to improve the firing rate of the aruquebusiers. More cannons are produced. Scholars artists and scientists who have been studying in exchange with England, and Bulgaria are starting to make a major impact on the studies within the growing academic circles of Freidrich's domains, and increased funding for universities, and the education system in general grows. Freidrich continues the habit of funding the arts and sciences in the court of the Berlin Palace. Major focus is placed on Pholosophy, chemistry, engineering, theology, mathematics, biology, and astronomy. He also seeks to expand the economic power of Berlin in the North Sea and North Atlantic with the new port of Kiel under his authority Freidrich begins setting up an expansion of the small navy requesting expertise from English ship builders in exchange for help from Luxembourgish and Brandenburger technicians in other areas. A cultural shift away from the Italian renassaince and more into a German one continues in Berlin and other major cities developing into something along the lines of OTL Bohemian or early early modern north German architecture This is proving to become the major architectural style. Expansion of the noble estates continue allowing a greater yield in crops, and expansion of mining activities in SIlesia, Luxembourg, and Lorraine continue as well as an expansion of the arms industry, and metal smithies in general. Holsteinès port starts to undergo an upgrade as it is designated to become Prussia's second largest port and potentially largest trading hub. In Holstein the English shipwrights are put to work with building a couple of capital ships for the small prussian Navy, as well as instructing Prussian shipbuilders on how to make more efficient and sea worthy ships Development of a stronger navy begins to develop a navy capable of protecting growing Prussian Trade in the Baltic and North Seas. Jozef von Wrangel is appointed the Prussian governor of the Wilhelmburg Settlement, He begins exploring farther up the New Rhine River, setting up an outpost right across the river in OTL Montevideo, and begins attempting to explore farther upstream. The Wrangel family begins recruiting poor and unemployed peasants to come to the outpost or to be trained as sailors this is done in coordination with the Royal house which is eager to begin expanding trade with the world. Having secured the funds the agreement with Hamburg, and Lubeck Prussian trade in the Morth Sea begins to expand and coordination with Hansaetic Merchants to protect them in the North Sea and Baltic sea begins. The Wrangel Family also establishes the Wrangel Bank and Company centred in Financing and Trading with its headquarters in Kiel and Danzig. The Company begins looking to establish merchant voyages to Africa to secure ivory, exotic woods from Africa and Laurentia. Freidrich proposes an alliance to Bohemia in accordance with the recent improved relations between the states.
  • Gurkani: Sultan Abbas Shah Mizra announces it is time to revitalize the state from the humiliating defeat it suffered to the Abbasids. However, seeing a retake of lands seized by the Abbasids as an implausibility, he plans to expand into India and the Khanate. Secret: Tahmasp wants to restore the Delhi Sultanate. The people in the nation are very bitter about the wars they have fought and lost, and seek to revive their once great empire. We request that diplomatic relations with Swahili restart. (Begin new secret)-we request that Bahmani aid us in restoring the Delhi Sultante. (end secret). Believing that war with the Horde is imminent, we station an army of 125,000 on the border.
  • Cologne: Archbishop Aldrich, distressed at the news of Pope Adrian’s sudden death, heads promptly to Rome as a Cardinal. Meanwhile, informal Imperial Synod meetings continue and several learned theologians from other nations join the Cologne Seminary to assist in educating young priests. Vicar-General Wikbold IV, who has recently been appointed in his father's old position, acts in Archbishop Aldrich’s place and makes a speech on his behalf, inviting all aspiring priests from the Holy Roman Empire to be educated at the Cologne Seminary if a seminary is not provided in their country. Meanwhile, the military continues to improve.
    • Essen: Abbess Hadwig travels home from Rome, passing Archbishop Aldrich along the way, returning triumphant with an approved Order of St Adelphina, having promised His Holiness last year to send missionaries of the Adelphinian Order to the New World. Back home, a very old canoness, Sister Anna, learns of Adelphinian involvement in the New World and laments the words of a prophecy spoken by Ulrike the anchoress many years ago. Meanwhile, Abbess Hadwig thanks Prussia for the building of the beautiful Cathedral of St Adelphina and Unity, and sends a small envoy to Prussia to observe this beautiful monument to unity. In response, Abbess Hadwig personally asks Friedrich of Prussia if he could travel to Essen on a pilgrimage to the admirable St Adelphina, in order to raise awareness about St Adelphina’s importance to unity between two Rites in the German states.
  • Norway: On January 10th Queen Diana passes away in her palace at Gdjangerfjord. Her son Christian Gyldenløve suceeds to the throne as King Christian of Norway. Because of this anxiety continues under the Catholics and Jaegarians. The king works on securing support throughout the kingdom taking note that most pro-papal areas are in Oldenburg thus ensuring the least unrest he looks to sell the county as it has little economic significance and will prove a difficutly in the future in exchange for Land. In other news plans for a colony continues. The Queen of Sweden is revealed to be pregeanent at the beginning of the year thus hopefully ensuring unity between our two countries. The King of the Isles is pronounced dead this year while the official cause is sickness, many suspect it was poisoning but have no proof. The king of Norway uses his influence to get his close friend Robert sinclair earl of orkney to be elected King Robert II of the Isles. On a dark stormy christmas eve in the Palace in Oslo the Queen of Sweden is in labour and gives birth to a beautiful baby girl and names her Elin (Swedish version of Helen),to the extreme sadness of her husband she dies soon after leaving her new born daughter to be crowned Queen Elin of Sweden and her grandfather regent. Her mourning father declares he will never marry again in her memory. With the Swedish vote for him secured he is elected Emperor of Scandinavia. The First non-Swedish Emperor.
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: Work is kept to keep the current existing roads maintained. More fur and fish arrives in England from Avalon feeding the people and keeping the court of England up to date with the latest fashions while other furs are sent into Europe for trade as tobacco is. From New Gywnedd more tobacco keeps arriving while a small trickle of slaves/ African volunteer settlers continues to move to the colony to work while a smaller number of English and Welsh settlers move over to supervise their labours. In England the materials from the colony is working well for the English economy.
  • Sultanate of the Ottomans: Suleiman begins to work on modernizing the army and amassing the people to a more Pro-War type people, the slaves from africa are given freedom (seeing I can't make a deal to free them) they are sent to mosques and cities to work on improving things. Suleiman is seen as a strong man as he begins to work on the nation's military might. The population begins to grow mostly around the city of Anakar and Izhimr. Suleiman begins to work on creating all black janasir units (due to them being slaves). Suleiman begins to work on a mixed military.Areas are build to open trade, while Amernians are put in office job in Armenian areas. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Gurkians weaponry is study by men at Ankara and are copied. A army is sent to Rhodes and keep the enemy troops in Ottoman prisons and working on converting them. Sunnis mosques are made in hope of slowly converting Azeris to Islam along with Persians and Armenians. the black population is thanked for their help in the war and mini black Sultan rules over majority black areas. the black population slowly rises mixing with turks. the army is updated and our Sultan begins to call for more people to follow the state which way it goes. Ankara population slowly grow. Suleeiman is named Sulieman the Great/Law Giver. Suleiman begins to work on a book called "The Study of the Mind" writing about Ottoman history and how to work with other nations. An envoy is sen to trade with Persia. The Sultan begins to moblize the army and says it will not invade Trezbond and would like it neighbor Bulgria to calim down
    • Islamic Emirate of Azerbaijan: the state is run by Azerbaijanis, and give out religious ruling calling for men to help trade and open up to Kurds in the areas to tighten the bond. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Christians are put in office jobs in Christian areas.Sunni Mosques are made. the Sunni Muslim population slowly grows but no a huge jump in numbers. The state begins to work on trading with Persia
    • Islamic Khanate of Crimea: The Tartar in the area are put in office jobs and troops are sent to train troops in the areas. Jizya is not enforced until a certain time. Madrassas are made to work on the idea of Muslim unity.  trade ships are sent and trade with the Caliphate and other nations. Sunni mosques are made but only in Muslim areas. the Sultan of the region begins to improve the army and navy.
    • Abbasid Caliphate: As our ally, we would be willing as always to commit any troops to help defend the Ottomans should they be attacked.

1546Edit

The Northern Patriarch is elected Pope. Good for him.

After the sudden death of Good King Wenceslas, a young boy is crowned King Stanislas I. Unfit to rule directly, a goup of powerful Barons and Counts administrate over Poland-Lithuania on his behalf

The Damiyo D. Otomo Sorin deploys a regiment of Samurai against Soni, perciving his capitulation to Europe as a sign of weakness

The Oromo people continue to migrate in parts of Swahili territory, mainly in Somalia.

  • Trebizond: The news of the Ottoman troops assembly for unknown reason trouble the government of Trebizond. Orders are given by Theodora (the wife of Alexios V) to reinforce the garrisons on the borders until further information comes. Alexios, who is still traveling when he hears the news and believing the worst, goes search for support. He first return to Bulgaria to meet the Tsar. He ask him if he could hire some Bulgarian troops to reinforce the capital, left almost undefended with the troops sent on the border. Those Bulgarians would personally defend the capital and the Imperial Palace, and would not be deployed on the frontier. Of course, Trebizond will pay for this auxiliary force. (Bulgaria response) After is meeting with the Tsar, he goes ask Poland-Lithuania and Russia for military support and reinforcement should anything happen, offering them free access to the market and harbors of Trebizond for commercial purposes. (Mod answer) Due to those travels, Alexios won't be able to come back this year, and plan on passing Christmas with the Great Boyar of Russia, if he allow him. 
  • Abbasid Caliphate: In Spring, Al-Najm the Great grew sick, and was confined to the citidel of Damascus. His mind was still as sharp as ever, and daily he met with councilers, doctors, and generals to plan the future history of the Caliphate. He knew that his time on earth was coming to a close soon, but he saw so many things left undone: projects incomplete, campaigns not done, reforms not finished, and controversies not rectified. Al-Najm therefore pushed through a series of religious edicts, temporarily suspending certain aspects of Sharia law that he perceived to be in the way of further growth of the Caliphate. Among these suspensions were: charging usery in banking, depicting Companions of the Prophet in art, creating art and literature more beautiful than the Quran, and rendering the Quran in another language. The Ulema, still being entirely Mu'tazila in their theology and willing to grant the Caliph's last request, approved of these reforms, and distributed it across the Sunni World. In Summer, a strange tablet was uncovered in the city of Rashid in Egypt, also known as the city of Rosetta. This stone had writing on it from Ancient Egypt, Coptic, and Greek as well, which the scholars of Alexandria found very peculiar. Also, a new romance was written, describing the heroic acts of Al-Ankabut after his mysterious disappearence from history. In Autumn, specifically November 24, 1546, Al-Najm the Great died in Damascus. The Ulema proclaimed 90 days of mourning to be carried out across the Muslim world, in respect for the most heroic figure among the Abbasids since the days of Harun Al-Rashid. His body was laid to rest in a magnificent mausoleum in Cairo.
    • Ottoman Dip: The sultan tells the Caliphate to remembers its roots and to not let bidah happen.  
  • Gurkani: Sultan Abbas Shah Mizra, as part of his plan on revitalizing the country, decides he will raise a standing army of 125,000. It is the same army that was stationed on the northern border, except now it is the permanent standing army., As many men as possible are recruited into the army. Modern firearms are sent in to a massive extent, with a half of the army being armed with firearms, and with a new unit of light cavalry armed with firearms as skirmishers. He raises 10,000 heavy cavalry, as a royal guard. We enter massive cannon into service. Many Sunni mosques are opened up in the country. *secret- Mizra in considering destroying the new Hindu nation in India.
    • Large numbers of troops are being thrown around too frequently in my opinion. You stationed 125,000 troops on your northern border? It would be very difficult to feed and supply all those soldiers in the deserts and steppes of Central Asia, with not much suitable farmland to go around. A standing army of 200,000, let alone 400,000 also seems implausible. The OTL Ottoman Empire had an army of only 162,000 in 1500, and Babur invaded Delhi with only 30,000 troops. -General
    • Those 125,000 were sent back to serve as standing army. Forget what I stated earlier, Timur's army strength could have possibly been exgerated.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: Tsar Aleksandar continues many of the policies of his father hoping to keep the high level settlement of Aegean Greece and Vlach underway and repopulating specifically the Greek countryside. The Bulgarian population grows to roughly 6.2 million as growth in all the provinces showcases the extremely positive living that can be offered in the Empire. It's estimated that some of the prominent terrace farms and Wallachian farms in general are producing enough food to provide nearly free grain or subsidized to a good portion of the empire which is hoped to allow for a more prominent focus on breaking the remainder of the Feudalistic molds in Bulgaria. This is seen as an extreme blessing for the serfs and freemen of the Empire as in many cases the Tsar is able to personally free serfs who are able to move beyond their original farming livelihoods and pushing into more profitable ventures. Ironically the more prominent freemen, specifically merchants and former soldiers are all in the practice of gaining land which heavily splits many of the old feudal realms and gives land to a much more empowered freemen class who are more keen on developing their lands. While land is tantalizing many of the soldiers prefer life in the cities and take a cash payout or sell their lands in order to live a life in the cities. Tarnovo, Sofiya, and Tirgoviste are some of the most popular soldier destinations. 
  • Papal States: Habemus Papam! The Patriarch of the Northern Rite, Himler von Stein, is elected Pope, and takes the name Gregory XII, in honour of Gregory V, the only other German pope. As he is not Latin-Rite, the Latin Patriarch does not re-issue the Patriarchal Bull granting the Pope administrative authority over the Rite. Nonetheless, Pope Gregory has at least moral authority over all Christendom, and plans to use it. His Holiness is a supporter of the overseas missions, but as a Northerner would like to see more Northern-friendly Orders getting involved in missionary work. In other news, the New World and Giapan missions continue, although the latter uses more subtlety in its proseletysing after the attack on Soni. In France, the Immaculata continue their campaign of intense evangelisation amongst the poor in Kappelist regions, as well as continuing to gain positions as tutors, chaplains, and confessors to the nobility.
    • Calender when -scraw
  • Oman: A trading post is built near Aden in Yemen to expand Omani influence in the Red Sea. Omani merchants begin actively trading with China through Siam and Kuala Lumpur. More settlers arrive at the Al-Qamar colony.
    • Abbasid Dip: We demand Oman files a request to the Ulema for building a trade post within the Caliphate's sovereign territory of Yemen, and any further attempts to influence the Red Sea trade without diplomacy first will be taken as an act of aggression
  • Chinese Empire: Colonies expand. The economy, having its vassals now as trading partners, begins to grow and create an upward trend in the Empire.

1547Edit

Lodewijk Bonapaart, after having spent many years at home, embarks on a third voyage to the Far East, this time with his largest fleet ever. He is also on a mission to establish diplomatic relations between Burgundy and Giapan. He brings more people from the Pope with him.

A massive fire at the English royal residence

King James II of Scotland dies and is succeeded by Robert IV.

Due to increasing piracy in the Mediterranean, Sicily declares war on Africa.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: as Lodewijk Bonapaart sails for Giapan again, he is accompanied by several merchant galleons, hoping to establish some trade presence. With Ceylon pacified, the East India Company begins expanding its contacts on the Indian mainland, establishing a new trading post in Goa. The Guyana colony expands 25 px west.
  • Papal States: The States, and the Papal Curia, are slowly getting used to having a Northern-Rite Pope. Gregory,mad a well-educated man, is proficient in Latin, and says his requisite public Latin-Rite masses and benedictions, but when he says mass privately, or with only a few select guests, he uses the Northern liturgy. Construction begins in earnest on a decent Northern-Rite church in Rome, for use by the new Pope, as well as to serve any Northerners who come to Rome on pilgrimage or business and who wish to have their familiar Northern liturgy. Unlike the renovations to St Peter's, which are extravagant and very Renaissance, the Northern Church is very plain and sparse, in keeping with the more puritan spirituality of the North. Another aspect of that spirituality is a desire to return the Church to the simplicity of the Early Church. Thus it has been of concern to Gregory for some time, indeed he raised it during his tenure as Northern Patriarch, that the dates of Easter in these days are not the same as they were during the Great Ecumenical councils of old, like Nicea etc. Hoping to use his new position to rectify this egregious, almost sacreligious error, Gregory commissions the best astronomers of the University of Bologna to research a way to rectify this issue through reforming the calendar to make it more accurate, and stop the drift of Easter away from its correct time. In other news, Gregory agrees to continue to permit the Immaculata to run the Giapan Mission, and blesses the large contingent of missionaries who leave with Bonapaart. Although he would prefer that it wasn't the Latin-Rite Immaculata who were evangelising the Giapanois, Gregory is resigned to it, saying it is preferable that the Giapanois become Latin Christians than remain not Christkans at all. In the New World, hoping to rebalance the missionary situation in a way more favourable to the Germans, Gregory writes to the Abbess of Essen, asking that she consider establishing some priories in the New World to help evangelise the Ntives.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Muhammad Umar ibn Malik, the third son of Al-Najm the Great, is bestowed the Seal of Muhammad and the three sacred treasures of Egypt, officiating him as the new Caliph. Henceforth he takes the name of Al-Rahim. Al-Rahim first starts his reign by sending cordial letters to all the Sunni nations, informing them of the smooth transition of power over the House of Islam.  Unlike his father, Al-Rahim sees very little need to expand further in the Mediterranean or the Middle East. Instead, he has vision of Islam dominating the continents of Africa and Asia. To this end, the Caliph begins to enforce tighter control over the Red Sea and the Arabian peninsula, annexing Yemen and sending 80,000 troops there. He offers to negotiate a trade alliance with Oman, as long as they are not planting colonies in the Caliphate's sovereign territory. Seeing how Sicily has declared war on Africa, Al-Rahim does not get directly involved yet, but gives a substantial portion of the Mediterranean fleet under the Sultan's control. The great scientist Al-Babil demonstrates his new method of inquiry by calculating the trajectory of a cannon that will shoot the farthest, and other similar works of mathematics. The Tablet of Rosetta is taken to the University in Alexandria for study by the scholars there. They find it strange, because according to the work of Horapollo heiroglyphics weren't used for this purpose, but according to the works of Dhul-Nun Al-Misri they work similarly to the Coptic script. The Quran is printed in vast quantities and spread throughout the Caliphate. Al-Rahim builds more peaceful relations with the Gurkani branch of the Abbasid court, and offers to help rebuild their navy since it was lost in the Cloaked Jihad.
    • Oman Diplomacy: Oman accepts the trade alliance and agrees to abandon their trading post in Yemen.
    • Gurkani Diplomacy: We accept your help in rebuilding our navy.
  • Norway-Sweden: The King continues to build up support for him in Sweden offering titles and bribes to gain support for him. One of the major turning point is an assassination attempt on Queen Helena of Sweden found to by done by jealous Swedish and Norwegian Catholics garning more support. He passes the Pan Land Act essentially declaring church land as part of the government, this act further disband church's levies. Due to the ice surrounding Greenland 24/7 (as in OTL) has cleared a new Greenland settlement is established believed to be helpful in colonizing we mostly attract Laps and fins to the countries promising religious freedom and no persecution as long as they are loyal to the crown. The new town is named new riksdale. The population at the end of the year is 45 people. Improvement and expansion of the navy continues to supply the colonies in the future and their colonial ventures.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: The empire emboldened by the almost ruthlessly easy integration of Moldavia, begins a major restructuring of the Greek provinces bringing them from five provinces to two, with the Provinces of East and West Greece being born in the process. The investment into Moldavia continues as the city of Suceava continues to grow as many of the more rural populations that arent farming in a sufficient capacity are attracted to the city. The City itself is renamed Saint Petrograd named after Saint Peter one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. This relatively powerful bringing of Culture is received extremely well as a small ward of Bulgarian take up residence in the newly renamed city. The investment into the area is put in specifically to bring it more dynamically into the empire such as establishing the road system, and restructing most of the cities to hold a much larger populations, and become much more modern. With Trebizond, currently asking for help and a status of forces, the Bulgarian Tsar Aleksandar agrees to the agreement with Trebizond and sends the 9th and 10th legions consisting of 12,000 troops to Trebizond helping them man their garrisons. A Campaign is also waged to draw in thousands of Greeks across Anatolia to Trebizond to help shore up its population shortfalls among other things.
  • Trebizond: Alexios V finally return to Trebizond after two years, along with the 9th and 10th Bulgarian legions. After his return, he immediately affect the 10th Legion on the borders, and give its Bulgarian officers official ranks in the military, although under the command of the Greek generals. The 9th Legion is tasked of protecting the city of Trebizond directly, and its commander, the Bulgarian Gregor Cherganski, receive the rank of Protospatharios, which is basically commander of the imperial guard and of every forces in the capital. Although some noblemen argue that the power of the Bulgarians in the capital is stronger than the power of the Greek army, Alexios response by reaffirming his entire trust in the Bulgarians, who he refer as “The greatest defenders of the true Christianity”. However, the Emperor rapidly discover that the Empress gave birth to a bastard son during his absence. He announce that the Empress is to be sent to Bulgarian in order to keep her safe, and that she will take the bastard, Gabrielos, with her. Although officially to keep her safe, it clearly appear to be an exile, and that he chose Bulgaria because Alexios believe he can trust the Tsar to keep the Empress and the bastard out of politics.
  • The Legions are in Trebizond under my command, not yours. The agreement as I interpret it was that I send soldiers to help garrison your country and command them myself directly. If I so see the need I'll deviate them to my control, but Two legions of nearly 12,000 is not something im willing to leave under someone elses command. -Feud
  • Cologne: After another highly-contested conclave, with the election of the first Northern Rite Pope following the Council of Cologne and its resolution, Archbishop-Patriarch Aldrich is relieved to return to Cologne and excited at the prospect of His New Holiness Pope Gregory’s reign. If anything, this should definitely help him to maintain peace between Northern and Latin Rite Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. Imperial Synod meetings, with other HRE theologians, continue in earnest and eventually become more formalised as the year goes on. Aspiring priests from the HRE generally flock to the Cologne Seminary, and critical religious thinking increases throughout all graduates. Meanwhile, the military continues to improve and Archbishop Aldrich is now happy to say that they have a thoroughly medium-sized militia force (of both peasants and noblemen) in all three states, not including Essen, with a modern set of standard weapons made in Westphalen by an industry that is now over one hundred years old and becoming quite prestigious.
    • Essen: Abbess Hadwig of Essen sincerely thanks His New Holiness Pope Gregory, while also congratulating him (the Northern Patriarch) on his appointment, and promises to send priories of the Order of St Adelphina to the New World as soon as transport is arranged. Halfway through that year, she has recruited and assembled three small groups of missionaries, mostly made of canonesses with one or two monks attached as per the Rules of the Order of St Adelphina. These Adelphinian Canonesses travel to Rome to receive further instructions about travel and thenceforth onto wherever His Holiness desires. There is much celebration in the little town of Essen and people are generally very happy for their fellow German people to be travelling to such an exciting New World! Meanwhile, Abbess Hadwig again asks Prussia to send the Holy Roman Emperor to Essen on a pilgrimage to St Adelphina (just the tomb in the abbey in Essen) to help instil further unity between the two rites in the HRE. Meanwhile, building improvements in the mines continue and there is a population increase in that particular area thanks to new developments and investment.
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: With the fire at Windsor Castle a lot of damage is done although the King and his young son are in Brandenburg right now as they left after the marriage. So the regent sets to work trying to repair some of the main damage and use it as an excuse to rebuild the castle with newer architecture and design. Work is kept to keep the current existing roads maintained. More fur and fish arrives in England from Avalon feeding the people and keeping the court of England up to date with the latest fashions while other furs are sent into Europe for trade as tobacco is. The fur trade picks up especially in England as they come into high fashion. From New Gywnedd more tobacco keeps arriving while a small trickle of slaves/ African volunteer settlers continues to move to the colony to work while a smaller number of English and Welsh settlers move over to supervise their labours. This is a growing constant trade route from Europe to Africa and onto Arcadia before returning. In England the materials from the colony is working well for the English economy.
  • Gurkani: The army grows to 150,000 men. We are great full for the help the Abbasids are going to give in re-building our navy. The Sultan offers an alliance with the Central Asian Khanate Bordering us (mod response). Meanwhile, the Sultan intends to conquer part of India, and then restore the Delhi Sultanate. The nation will re-introduce a Jannisary type unit, which is made from the kidnapping of children who grew up in hardline Shia families, and when they join the unit, they convert the Sunni Islam. They will be armed with firearms, as well as composite bows, and the Tabar axe. Some also will ride mounted. The kidnapping of the Children has already begun. Our military is essentially ottoman style, except with many elements from steppe horde tactics. Sunni Islam continues to spread, with many saying it will become the dominant religion in Persia once again. Meanwhile, a brief Shia Revolt happened, however, the Shia army was quickly crushed because it did not have firearms and when they charged upon the ranks of our infantry, they were simply cut down from the guns. The Sultan will not persecute Shias though. We offer Oman a trade alliance. 
    • Oman Diplomacy: Oman declines the offer of a trade alliance.
  • Sultanate of the Ottomans: Suleiman begins to work on modernizing the army and amassing the people to a more Pro-War type people, the slaves from africa are given freedom (seeing I can't make a deal to free them) they are sent to mosques and cities to work on improving things. Suleiman is seen as a strong man as he begins to work on the nation's military might. The population begins to grow mostly around the city of Anakar and Izhimr. Suleiman begins to work on creating all black janasir units (due to them being slaves). Suleiman begins to work on a mixed military.Areas are build to open trade, while Amernians are put in office job in Armenian areas. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Gurkians weaponry is study by men at Ankara and are copied. A army is sent to Rhodes and keep the enemy troops in Ottoman prisons and working on converting them. Sunnis mosques are made in hope of slowly converting Azeris to Islam along with Persians and Armenians. the black population is thanked for their help in the war and mini-black Sultan rules over majority black areas. the black population slowly rises mixing with Turks. the army is updated and our Sultan begins to call for more people to follow the state which way it goes. Ankara population slowly grow. Suleeiman is named Sulieman the Great/Law Giver. Suleiman begins to work on a book called "The Study of the Mind" writing about Ottoman history and how to work with other nations. An envoy is sen to trade with Persia. An army of 30,000 is sent to Trebizond and battle.
    • Islamic Emirate of Azerbaijan: the state is run by Azerbaijanis, and give out religious ruling calling for men to help trade and open up to Kurds in the areas to tighten the bond. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Christians are put in office jobs in Christian areas. Sunni Mosques are made. the Sunni Muslim population slowly grows but no a huge jump in numbers. The state begins to work on trading with Persia.
    • Islamic Khanate of Crimea: The Tartar in the area are put in office jobs and troops are sent to train troops in the areas. Jizya is not enforced until a certain time. Madrassas are made to work on the idea of Muslim unity.  Trade ships are sent and trade with the Caliphate and other nations. Sunni mosques are made but only in Muslim areas. the Sultan of the region begins to improve the army and navy.
  • Oman: Alarmed by the Caliphate's expansion in Arabia and annexation of its sworn vassal, King Numair secretly sends a trusted advisor to Sri Lanka to seek improved relations with Burgundy, in preparation for any conflict that could arise. A fort also enters construction in central Riyadh to defend the Nejd region. Externally, Oman begins improving relations with its neighbors but decides to maintain a policy of neutrality in most affairs, and a focus on trade. An Omani fleet under the command of Captain Qaisih is sent to the Horn of Africa, capturing the ports of Eyl and Bayla without much resistance. A tax is placed on ships passing through these ports as a "repayment" for the navy's protection against piracy. This practice is also implemented in Tamrida, Mahajunga, and Seychelles, to extract more profit from trade throughout the colonies. Reinforcements are sent to the Island of the Moon to support the war against Imerina.
    • Island of Al-Qamar: The governor of Al-Qamar colony dies, and is replaced by a recently-appointed successor from Oman. The war Imerina continues. Soldiers from the mainland are sent south to push into the highlands, but no major battles are fought yet.

1548Edit

After Bakan Kaurar of Noongar kidnaps the daughter of Bakan Djalu III of Ngarrindjeri, who was betrothed to the Bakan of Nukunu, a league of city-states in the South Australian Civilization make war against Noongar in vengeance.

The Chagatai Khan rejects the Gurkani request, seeing them as a traditional enemy.

The Oromo people begin causing chaos and disorder for the borderlands of Swahili in Somalia.

Contact with many of Chinas outposts in Indonesia is lost following a slew of Bad storms. The Lost investment turns many away from attempting to return back to those areas.

The general Chinese attitude begins to turn inward as traditional ideology comes into play specifically Chinese exceptionalism which makes expansion for the Chinese emperor an untenable concept. This sees interest in Tibet and direct intervention into many of Chinas vassals dissappear.

  • Abbasid Caliphate: Al-Rahim continues his plan for expansion. Alwah and Adal are both annexed by the Caliphate. 80,000 troops are sent to Adal, while 70,000 are sent to Alwah. Al-Rahim proposes making a mutual trade alliance between the states of Gurkani, Swahili, Oman, Bahamani, and Bengal, to secure mercantilism in the Indian Ocean dominated by Islam. Being overseen by the Bank of Cairo, this organization is informally known as the "Arab-Indian Company". In Baghdad, Al-Babil develops a process of calculating the area of objects using infinitely-small measurements, known OTL as Calculus. In Alexandria, the Tablet of Rosetta is almost fully translated, and the process is enlightening all as to the true nature of heiroglyphics. In Damascus, Al-Rahim determines the citidel of the royal residence is far too small, so he orders a much larger and grander palace to be constructed instead. The University of Tabriz is established this year.
    • Gurkani Diplomacy: We join this Alliance and we hope to further strengthen our ties.
    • Oman Diplomacy: Oman agrees to join the Arab-Indian trade alliance.
  • Sultanate of the Ottomans: Suleiman begins to work on modernizing the army and amassing the people to a more Pro-War type people, the slaves from africa are given freedom (seeing I can't make a deal to free them) they are sent to mosques and cities to work on improving things. Suleiman is seen as a strong man as he begins to work on the nation's military might. The population begins to grow mostly around the city of Anakar and Izhimr. Suleiman begins to work on creating all black janasir units (due to them being slaves). Suleiman begins to work on a mixed military. Areas are build to open trade, while Amernians are put in office job in Armenian areas. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Gurkians weaponry is study by men at Ankara and are copied. A army is sent to Rhodes and keep the enemy troops in Ottoman prisons and working on converting them. Sunnis mosques are made in hope of slowly converting Azeris to Islam along with Persians and Armenians. the black population is thanked for their help in the war and mini black Sultan rules over majority black areas. the black population slowly rises mixing with turks. the army is updated and our Sultan begins to call for more people to follow the state which way it goes. Ankara population slowly grow. Suleeiman is named Sulieman the Great/Law Giver. Suleiman begins to work on a book called "The Study of the Mind" writing about Ottoman history and how to work with other nations. An envoy is sen to trade with Persia. A army of 30,000 is sent to Trebizond and battle, the final push is made into Trebizond and the Ottoman flag is rised with 30,000.
  • You forgot to factor me in, i sent 12,000 troops last turn (which i amended the algo for) and now there are 18,000. Considering your maximum troop count is like 55,000 with your current government form ... good luck. -Feud
    • Islamic Emirate of Azerbaijan: the state is run by Azerbaijanis, and give out religious ruling calling for men to help trade and open up to Kurds in the areas to tighten the bond. Madrassa are made talking about unity among Muslim and things like that. Christians are put in office jobs in Christian areas.Sunni Mosques are made. the Sunni Muslim population slowly grows but no a huge jump in numbers. The state begins to work on trading with Persia.
    • Islamic Khanate of Crimea: The Tartar in the area are put in office jobs and troops are sent to train troops in the areas. Jizya is not enforced until a certain time. Madrassas are made to work on the idea of Muslim unity.  trade ships are sent and trade with the Caliphate and other nations. Sunni mosques are made but only in Muslim areas. the Sultan of the region begins to improve the army and navy.
    • Gurkani Diplomacy: We offer to send in 40,000 troops to help our Muslim brothers, and prevent the trinity worshipping polytheist infidels from encroaching on our border.
    • Ottoman Dip: The troops are allowed into the country and a battle plan is designed
  • Papal States: The Immaculata astronomers and mathematicians at the University of Bologna continue their work on improving the calendar to stop Easter drift, and Pope Gregory is pleased with their progress. Work on the renovations and the new Northern church in Rome continue under the watchful gaze of the Cardinal Vicar-General of the diocese. In other news, the Franciscan Custos in the Holy Land increases the visibility of the Catholic presence there, establishing more shelters for the poor, and organising public processions where, when, and if the Caliphate government permits. A ship is fitted out to transport the Adelphinian canonesses and monks from Essen to the New World. Portugal is asked whether they will accept the canonesses in their colonies to help evangelise, as well as provide valuable educational and medicinal services for settlers and natives alike.
    • Abbasid Dip: The Ulema permits these acts of charity in accordance to the former agreemeent
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: The empire emboldened by the almost ruthlessly easy integration of Moldavia, begins a major restructuring of the Greek provinces bringing them from five provinces to two, with the Provinces of East and West Greece being born in the process. The investment into Moldavia continues as the city of Suceava continues to grow as many of the more rural populations that aren't farming in a sufficient capacity are attracted to the city. The City itself is renamed Saint Petrograd named after Saint Peter,one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. This relatively powerful bringing of Culture is received extremely well as a small ward of Bulgarian take up residence in the newly renamed city. The investment into the area is put in specifically to bring it more dynamically into the empire such as establishing the road system, and restructuring most of the cities to hold a much larger populations, and become much more modern. With Trebizond, currently asking for help and a status of forces, the Bulgarian Tsar Aleksandar agrees to the agreement with Trebizond but belays this and sends nearly 18,000 Troops hoping to put a full reversal on the Ottomans. The Remaining 30,000 troops are raised in response to further Ottoman aggression in Trebizond and begin marshalling for a full scale incursion into Asia minor. 6000 Troops are left in the empire as a garrison to prevent any unwarranted incursions. This is fully facilitated by the building of a large Pontoon bridge in which the full strength of the 1-6th legions which cross directly into Anatolia seizing Uksudar and Izmit in short order raising the Bulgarian Flag over both cities as arms and supplies are transported across to arm the Greek populace of Anatolia. The Bulgarian Navy plays cover for the Pontoon bridge and the Strategic Gallipoli fortress covers the Mediterranean approach forcing a massive pitched naval battle if the Ottomans wish to break the supply route or seize the Gallipoli fortress if the Ottomans wish to bring their full naval might to bear. While the Greeks in the coastal Aegean provinces are armed, the Bulgarian forces also full well begin to send arms to the Armenians as well hoping to force their revolt as well with a fully organized army. Bulgaria calls in its Polish and Russian allies as well asking them to mobilize. Georgia is also asked to mobilize in the aspect of not letting Trebizond Fall. With their proclamation to help becoming recognized the Grand Patriarch declares that this Holy war is something all members but consider carefully, and go with god as they march to war. The Bulgarian Tsar, however, offers that if the Ottomans back out of attacking Trebizond further then the Alliance and Bulgaria's troops with leave Anatolia alone and the war will end. With the withdrawal of the Ottoman troops, the Bulgarian troops return Home and to Trebizond respectively.
    • ​The Most Christian Alliance responds in the affirmative. Deus Vult. -s
    • Ottoman Dip: The Ottoman armies are sent back home.
    • Holy Bulgarian Dip: We withdraw as well.
  • Mayapan: Trade continues the Portuguese colonies. Smallpox continues to ravage the country. The Emperor orders all citizens with the disease report to Aid Camps, or else isolate themselves completely. Mayapan, after many years being ravaged by plague and war, is nearing collapse. In some areas, as much as 70% of the population has been wiped out. Faced with these dire circumstances, the Emperor sees no other option but to become a (sub-kingdom, kingdom in union, dominion, etc.) with the Kingdom of Portugal. Royal engineers begin to examine Portuguese sailing vessels and try to replicate them. Expansion continues along the southern border. Integration of the southern city-states into the League is continued by the High Council. Each new state is expected to supply men to train and serve in the national army. The council seeks to improve commerce and communication between the many settlements of the Yucatan by constructing and maintaining roads between them. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. 
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: Work is kept to keep the current existing roads maintained. More fur and fish arrives in England from Avalon feeding the people and keeping the court of England up to date with the latest fashions while other furs are sent into Europe for trade as tobacco is. The colony of Avalon expands 25 px inland. The fur trade picks up especially in England as they come into high fashion. From New Gywnedd more tobacco keeps arriving while a small trickle of slaves/ African volunteer settlers continues to move to the colony to work while a smaller number of English and Welsh settlers move over to supervise their labours. The colony of New Gywnedd expands 25 x inland This is a growing constant trade route from Europe to Africa and onto Arcadia before returning. In England the materials from the colony is working well for the English economy. 
  • Gurkani: The Sultan makes an oath that the Chagatai Khan will face divine punishment for rejecting the alliance. It is also of concern to us that the Ottomans withdrew from Trebizond. The Sultan is disappointing in the Abbasids for refusing to aid the Ottoman's operation, as neither of our state wants trinity worshipping polytheists one our border. Military stands at about 150,000 soldiers. **Secret: The Sultan begins to build massive bombards with the intent of seizing parts of the newly Hindu Delhi State and restoring the Delhi Sultanate with the parts that he will not seize. We hope to strengthen ties with the Ottomans in the future. We request an update from the Abbasids on how well they have rebuilt our navy.
  • Chinese Empire: The island colonies continue to expand. Islam continues to spread. 

1549Edit

Noongar's army is totally defeated, and the city is besieged by the combined armies of the other city-states, killing thousands.

Stanislas of Poland continues to be a pawn of the older Barons.

A new outbreak of Sweating Sickness strikes Brandenburg.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: Guyana expands 25 px west and Nieuw Amsterdam expands 25 px. In Amsterdam, a new galleon, named Saint Sigismund, is commissioned as the first of its class. The 60-gun galleon breaks with traditional building techniques in that it has a much reduced fore- and aft-castles of previous galleons. The result is that Saint Sigismund, and the others of her class commissioned are more maneuverable than their predecessors. Meanwhile, a ship of a completely new design is launched by Dutch shipwrights, smaller, lighter armed, and fleeter than galleons, the new ship type is dubbed the Fregat.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Al-Rahim continues to expand his control over East Africa, sending an additional 80,000 troops into Alwah. These troops and the troops in Yemen and Adal are moved in position to prepare for war against Ethiopia, the heartland of the Coptic world. The Gurkani navy continues to be constructed. The Arab-Indian Company under the Bank of Cairo starts as a marvelous success, as a network of trade is connected across the Indian Ocean as far as Ava. The great explorer Mehmed ibn Tulun ventures beyond the Majapihut and makes contact with Muslim traders in Hainan, China. In Aleppo, a group of scholars experiments with the system of agriculture known OTL as the Three-Field System. The construction of the Qasr Al-Rahim continues, incorporating the Roman dome style copied from European designs. The Tablet of Rosetta is fully translated, giving a great leap in understanding of the language of Ancient Egypt. The majority of the Mediterranean fleet is given over to the African Sultan, provided that he use it to spread Islam to Africa and the New Island. The cities in the Nejd region of Arabia are expanded to accommodate more people and expand population in the region.
    • African Sultanate (vassal, posting until someone wants to play it): The Sultan Musa ibn Zayn establishes his rule of nominal independence since the death of Al-Najm the Great. The Christian communities of Morocco are treated well, allowing free exercise of religion under the jizya tax. Musa offers them free passage to Iberia if any choose to leave, but few take this option. With all noble and administrative positions taken by berber people, the Spanish communities are isolated, mostly agrarian in nature. The Atlantic navy is built up in large quantities, especially with the hundreds of new ships given by the Caliphate. These caraval-class vessals have the capability to cross the Ocean, but the Sultan wishes to honor the Caliph's wishes first by spreading Islam into west Africa. 
    • Kretan Emirate (vassal): Since the destruction of the Knights of Rhodes, the Emirate of Crete is the new hub of Abbasid domination within the Mediterranean Sea. The fortresses around the Island are built up greatly, in preparation of defending the Holy Land from outside incusion at any time. The island of Naxos is annexed to the Emirate, and built up as an exterior outpost for further defense.
  • Chinese Empire: The island colonies continue to expand. Islam continues to spread.
  • Great Iberia:
    • ​Portugal: The leading crown of Great Iberia - Portugal - has kept Iberia intact through a series of personal unions since the conclusion of the Iberial Civil War in 1539. Manuel of House Braganza, the first of his name, has ruled since 1521. In a few short years, he will have celebrated thirty years of rule. In his time as the king of Portugal, he has established colonies in Panama, ended the Iberian Civil War, united Great Iberia under the Crown of Portugal, and conquered the Aztecs. His heir Sancho is in good health, with the House of Braganza currently in little danger of a succession crisis. The kingdom of Portugal directly controls a large stretch of land, from Gibraltar to Galicia. Its population is currently 13 million souls, with a population boom seeing the nation continuing to swell with people. The population of Great Iberia is expected to reach 14 million by 1575. The most prominent cities in the union are Lisbon, Madrid, and Valencia, with Lisbon being the capital of both Portugal and Great Iberia. Portugal has an alliance with France and Scotland and retains good relations with England. Portugal hopes to ally with England in time. With the end of the Iberian Civil War, the nation begins working on making Portuguese a more dominent culture in the union. Town criers all over the union are expected to speak Portuguese in addition to their regional languages. In addition, schools in Iberia teach students Portuguese. Festivals celebrating Portuguese culture become fairly common in towns, with the Portuguese crown paying for many of these festivals. The Spaniards are treated as partners in the union, not underlings, though Portuguese culture is clearly intended to become the dominant culture in Iberia in the years to come. The same treatment, unfortunately, is not given to those of different religious backgrounds. Since the 15th century, as a result of the Inquisitions, there has been a legal and societal distinction between Old Christians and New Christians. Jews and Muslims who converted to Christianity - New Christians - are currently forbidden from marrying Old Christians. This law extends to their ancestors. Many nobles and clergy believe in the 'purity of blood,' i.e., the lack of heresy in their bloodline. In populated areas, this causes divisions between districts, especially areas with high and formerly high populations of non-Christians. In February, Manuel passes the Perdão da ignorância act (Forgiveness of ignorance); this essentially dissolves the marriage boundaries between the natives and settlers. With Christians New and Old allowed to wed in the colonies, the populations may recover from the smallpox crisis. The economy of Portugal is a powerhouse, both in Europe and in the New World. The military, as a result, operates with state-of-the-art arms. The navy of Portugal is a vast expanse of ships, with several being built this year. Old ships are scrapped, many of their parts being used in the construction of new ships. Portugal establishes a colony along the Mississippi Delta. Using the Anishinaabe word for Great River (Mesi-ziibi), the colonists refer to the river and, by extension the colony, Mêcicipi (pronounced Mah-sih-see-pay). Portugal claims the stretch of land between the southern coast of Meçicipe and the northern coast of the former Aztec lands. The first settlement in Maçicipe is named Nova Galicia. The cannonesses from the Papal States are accepted by Portugal and are promptly given passage to the New World.
      • Amazonia: Several ships full of colonists arrive in Amazonia, though the growth of the colony is fairly delayed due to the lack of arable soil. However, the primary export of Amazonia is wood. The expanding empire of Portugal is ever in need of timber. The Amazonian Royal Timber Company has been providing wood to Portugal and the rest of Iberia since 1548. Coffee has become another export of Amazonia, though the bean has not quite caught on yet in the Old World.
      • Aztlan: With the Mayans having accepted the Portuguese offer, Portugal merges the two states into a colony called Maiam. Cour has permission to edit the name of this colony, as he will be playing the colony.
      • Nova Lusitânia: Several ships full of colonists arrive in Nova Lusitânia. The church of São Pedro is finally completed, the Immaculata having learned Portuguese by this time and worked closely with the settlers of the colony. Many colonists of Balboa Rocha have relocated to the area near the church of São Pedro, with a rather sizable gap of space in between the settlements existing as of this year. This separation causes a delay in the growth of Balboa Rocha, though the area São Pedro becomes increasingly profitable. The people near the Church of São Pedro request a charter to create the city of São Pedro so as to differentiate between Balboa Rocha and the area around São Pedro. An answer arrives late this year approving this request.
    • Spain: Spain remains a junior partner in the union of Great Iberia. It has been ruled by the Portuguese king Manuel of House Braganza since 1539. While Portugal prospers as the leaders of Great Iberia, Spain also enjoys its prosperity. Despite losing Gibraltar, Spain retains many port cities along the Mediterranean. The Spanish culture is becoming increasingly replaced by Portuguese culture, though there have not been any significant changes in the cultures yet. Currently, the Portuguese language is becoming more common in Spain with each passing day. The Crown intends to make Portuguese the most prominent language in Spain. King Manuel of Iberia instructs Burgundy to return all illegally-seized Hispaniolan land at once. Several warships are sent to Hispaniola in case of armed conflict.
      • Hispaniola: The colony of Hispaniola produces much prosperity for Spain and the rest of Iberia. The primary export of Hispaniola is sugar cane. In many cases, this sugar cane is refined to make rum, which is already very popular in the West Indies. The militia of Hispaniola sees rapid expansion, especially once the warships from Spain arrive.
    • Burgundian Dip: the King of Portugal is told that the Hispaniolan lands were not illegally seized, and that instead they freely chose to come under Burgundian overlordship. If the Portuguese king wishes to monetarily compensate Burgundy for the value of the colony, then the land can be ceded to Portugal.
  • Cologne: Formal Imperial Synod meetings continue, and this year is the 120th anniversary of the Dietrich Council – it is celebrated in Cologne with much excitement, and Dietrich’s memory serves as a reminder of how peace can keep everything at bay. Accordingly, the Imperial Synod reaches out to Duverger in Norway and asks him (on behalf of the Christians of the Holy Roman Empire) if he will take in a small group of Adelphinian Canonesses to assist with education and the running of hospitals. (Mod response please) Meanwhile, the Cologne Seminary starts a journal-like publication that details updates to clerical education and the behaviour of a priest, with reference to modern events, the opinions of scholars from different rites, and general disciplinary notes. The Stelzner press distributes it throughout the HRE, easily transferring it throughout seminaries.
    • Essen: Abbess Hadwig of Essen, hearing of the outbreak of Sweating Sickness in Brandenburg, offers to send a temporary missionary group of the Order of St Adelphina, specifically the ones specialising in infirmary work, to the Holy Roman Emperor in Brandenburg/Prussia (Please reply) to help Cologne and Essen’s ally. Meanwhile, many Adelphinian Canonesses travel to the New World with the help of His Holiness Pope Gregory and offer to help the Portuguese in any way they can. Back home, life with the Adelphinian Order becomes much more desirable for many people, and people from nearby nations travel to the Abbess-General (of Essen) to ask to start their own daughter abbeys. Finally, mining improvements are almost finished and the 
  • Prussia-Luxembourg: Freidrich continues to actively support the king of Bohemia and the Pro-Prussian faction supplying them with arms, and money to maintain power. Freidrich formally calls on the princes to a vote on the subject of reforming Imperial courts and on the settling of disputes amongst princes to reform the Hofgericht (mod response for HRE non player states.) Prussia cotinues to exert over influence on the Electorate of Saxony in an attempt to increase the dependency on Prussia. Freidrich begins formally supporting the consolidation of the German Catholic Church as it is formally being declared with the duality of two patriachs one in Berlin and another in Cologne to represent both the Latin and Northern Rites within the Holy Roman Empire in an Autonomous Catholic Church for the Empire (as per the council of Cologne.). COntruction of the Grand Cathedral of St Adelphina and Unity continues. Freidrich opens up efforts to combat the sweating sickness and accepts Essen's nurses and works closely with them to combat the sickness. Freidrich begins to request that other HRE states embrtace the new autonomous German Church within the reformed Catholic Church in the HRE. Gunther Brewer is choosing as the Next Patriarch of the Northern Rite and he is sent to Cologne to discuss matters of the Imperial Church with the Archbishop. Freidrich continues to consolidate his centralization of power into the monarchy having successfully submitted most of the nobility to his control, and having stripped them of most of their military autonomy by integrating them into the Royal Army. He continues to promote the development of a stronger army and continues to expand the usage of firearms in his forces. The arms industry in the domains of the crown continue to grow. Investment into improved firearms begin particularly focusing on developing a cheaper and more easily used mechanism then the wheel lock to go alongide the match locks. Gun smithies start developing blueprints for potential replacements (the otl snaplock, was invented in the 1540s otl so i am developing blueprints now and will have it out in the late 1530s, ive been a major investor in gun development and was one of the earliest users of firearms in Europe in large amounts this game, as one of the major hre powers, and the emperor i also have the funds to sustain large scale development of firearms and a military that uses them in large amounts). Development of early line formations also starts to improve the firing rate of the aruquebusiers. More cannons are produced. Scholars, artists and scientists who have been studying in exchange with England, and Bulgaria are starting to make a major impact on the studies within the growing academic circles of Freidrich's domains, and increased funding for universities, and the education system in general grows. Freidrich continues the habit of funding the arts and sciences in the court of the Berlin Palace. Major focus is placed on Pholosophy, chemistry, engineering, theology, mathematics, biology, and astronomy. He also seeks to expand the economic power of Berlin in the North Sea and North Atlantic with the new port of Kiel under his authority Freidrich begins setting up an expansion of the small navy requesting expertise from English ship builders in exchange for help from Luxembourgish and Brandenburger technicians in other areas. A cultural shift away from the Italian renassaince and more into a German one continues in Berlin and other major cities developing into something along the lines of OTL Bohemian or early early modern north German architecture This is proving to become the major architectural style. Expansion of the noble estates continue allowing a greater yield in crops, and expansion of mining activities in SIlesia, Luxembourg, and Lorraine continue as well as an expansion of the arms industry, and metal smithies in general. Holsteinès port starts to undergo an upgrade as it is designated to become Prussia's second largest port and potentially largest trading hub. In Holstein the English shipwrights are put to work with building a couple of capital ships for the small Prussian Navy, as well as instructing Prussian shipbuilders on how to make more efficient and sea worthy ships Development of a stronger navy begins to develop a navy capable of protecting growing Prussian Tade in the Baltic and North Seas. Jozef von Wrangel is appointed the Prussian governer of the Wilhelmburg Settlement, He begins exploring farther up the New Rhine River, setting up an outpost right across the river in OTL Montevideo, and begins attempting to explore aurther upstream. The Wrangel family begins recruiting poor and unemployed peasants to come to the outpost or to be trained as sailors this is done in coordination with the Royal house which is eager to begin expanding trade with the world. Having secured the funds the agreement with Hamburg, and Lubeck Prussian trade in the North Sea begins to expand and coordination with Hansaetic Merchants to protect them in the North Sea and Baltic Sea begins. The Wrangel Company begins looking to establish merchant voyages to Africa to secure ivory, exotic woods from Africa and Laurentia. Close cooperation between the growing Wrangel Company and Hamburg and Lubeck Merchant guilds continues to expand. 
  • Gurkani: The Sultan is continuing the renovate the military and bring it back to it's old glory. Only Sunnis get to have high positions of power in the government, and it is almost impossible to find a Shia general in the military. The nation is re-introducing a Jannisary type unit, which is made from the kidnapping of children who grew up in hardline Shia families, and when they join the unit, they convert the Sunni Islam. They are being armed with firearms, as well as composite bows, and the Tabar axe. Some also are to ride mounted. The kidnapping of the Children is already finished. The unit will stand at 4000 soldiers when fully complete. Heavy bombards are made to take parts of India and restore a rump Delhi Sultanate when we are done. The nation is proud of the fact we are in the Arab-Indian trading company. **Secret, the Sultan wants to force convert the populace to Sunni Islam the same way his descendants force converted them to Shia Islam. The military still stands at 150,000, an Ottoman style army, soon to become a full out copy of the Ottoman Army when the Jannisary Unit is introduced. Another Shia revolt did happen, but yet again, the Shiites didn't have guns, so they were quickly cut down by the cannon and gunfire, and those that remained were annihilated by a cavalry charge. The Shia populace is beginning to learn not to revolt.
  • Trebizond: The Emperor is still celebrating the diplomatic victory of Bulgaria over the Ottomans, and Alexios proclaim his eternal friendship wit Tsar Alexandar. However, he must return into state's affairs after the death of Trebizond's Patriarch. The new Patriarch is Demitios Zarinites, a prominent clergyman in Trebizond and a fervent supporter of the Bulgaria-Trebizond alliance. He then send the new Patriarch with a delegation to Bulgaria, thanking the Tsar for his help and offering him many gifts. Alexios also seek the approbation of the Bulgarian patriarch for his own patriarch's nomination. On a more local note, the Emperor invest a large part of the treasury in order to expand the harbors of Trebizond, hoping of turning the city into a new Constantinople for the Black Sea. In order to build the harbors, a new tax is implemented for the non-christian traders. 
  • Oman: After nearly three years of sporadic fighting along the Oman-Imerina border, an Omani army heads southeast from Mahajanga to make a decisive push into the highlands of Imerina (I will need a mod's help with the algorithm). Meanwhile on the mainland, a new military philosophy is adopted by the government of Oman. Unlike in the Gurkani Sultanate, leaders are promoted based on merit and ability, rather than religious beliefs. This gives rise to a number of talented senior commanders within the ranks of Oman's armies. By 1549, almost all soldiers have been outfitted with muskets, except for some irregular or volunteer companies. Every ship in the standing navy is outfitted with cannons (including trade ships); any ship that cannot meet this requirement is destroyed or retained for civilian use. Unserviceable or outdated ships are also removed from the navy. At Sohar and Sur, the major shipbuilding ports of Oman, production of dhows and military ships is increased. Oman also begins producing its own cannons, under King Numair's orders that no government vessel should be defenseless at sea. With these efforts, Oman can offer further protection to major trade routes in the Indian Ocean and the sphere of the Arab-Indian Company. Rashad bin Rashad is made the admiral of the Omani navy.
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: Work is kept to keep the current existing roads maintained. More fur and fish arrives in England from Avalon feeding the people and keeping the court of England up to date with the latest fashions while other furs are sent into Europe for trade as tobacco is. The colony of Avalon expands 25 px inland. The fur trade picks up especially in England as they come into high fashion. From New Gywnedd more tobacco keeps arriving while a small trickle of slaves/ African volunteer settlers continues to move to the colony to work while a smaller number of English and Welsh settlers move over to supervise their labours. The colony of New Gywnedd expands 25 px inland. This is a growing constant trade route from Europe to Africa and onto Arcadia before returning. In England the materials from the colony is working well for the English economy. 
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: The empire emboldened by the almost ruthlessly easy integration of Moldavia, begins a major restructuring of the Greek provinces bringing them from five provinces to two, with the Provinces of East and West Greece being born in the process. The investment into Moldavia continues as the city of Suceava continues to grow as many of the more rural populations that aren't farming in a sufficient capacity are attracted to the city. The City itself is renamed Saint Petrograd named after Saint Peter one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. This relatively powerful bringing of Culture is received extremely well as a small ward of Bulgarian take up residence in the newly renamed city. The investment into the area is put in specifically to bring it more dynamically into the empire such as establishing the road system, and restructing most of the cities to hold a much larger populations, and become much more modern. The empires population rises to 6.25 million and growing. The Bulgarian forces in Trebizond are reduced to 2 legions, consisting of 12,000 men while the majority of Bulgarias forces remain in the Homeland. A Serbian mayor comes forward with an idea, specifically to try to force a revolt in Serbia and with Tsar Aleksandars Blessing begins to fund and support Serbian seperatists.