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Archduchy of Austria (English)Timeline: Principia Moderni IV (Map Game)
Erzherzogtum Österreich (German)
OTL equivalent: Archduchy of Austria
Austria Within the Holy Roman Empire
|Official languages||German (unoffical)|
|-||Privilegium Maius||20 July 1358|
|-||Treaty of Neuberg||9 September 1379|
|-||Treaty of Trier||1404|
|-||estimate||3 500 000 (1450)|
This is the WIP article for the Archduchy of Austria in Principia Moderni IV
Albert IV (1395-1405)
Albert IV ascended to the Austrian throne in 1395, his early reign was characterized by relative quiet as he planned for the future. At the turn of the century, he made his move. Wishing to improve his Archduchy, he systematically purchased as many Greek and Roman manuscripts as possible. The Monks of Austria and the University fo Vienna were put on the job immedately to translate the Latin and Greek into German. Albert started to read as many as possible as soon as possible, prioritizing those which concern military, taxes and administration. After reading a book on Gaius Marius, Albert sought to improve Aaustria as Much as possible, and in those ends formed the Archducal Guard, a semi-permanant fighting force that at its zenith reached ten thousand men. The numbers quickly nosedived, of course, due to financial cost, but otherwise remained the main de facto police force keeping the Archduke's Peace in Austria for years to come. Showing their allegiance to the papacy, the Guards fought in such engagements such as the Siege of Avignon and the Hessen Crusade, the latter under the command of Albert IV Himself, actions, along with the building of churches granted him the title "Defender of the Faith" as well as Papal recognition of the Archducal title.
Albert V & II (1405- )
The Archduchy of Austria follows semi-salic sucession by consanguinity. IN essance, since the Succession law of 1504, the crown passes by right of primogeniture to all male descendants of Anna of Bohemia, with a caviat that females may inherit in the sole case that no male descendant within two generations (ranks of cosanguinity) of a living ruler is still eligible for the throne (i.e. a daughter of the ruler succeeds before a fourth cousin of the ruler) in the case that they forsake their (possible) husband's house.
Lots of Mines and Stuff, also Trade and the City of Trieste are Important.