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Germany conquers the Swiss Confederation and purchases many ports along southern France, albeit much objection from Spain, German naval ships begin to build up on these ports, raising tensions between the two countries.
Spain begins modernizing their navy, replacing outdated galleys with modern topsail schooners armed with cannons.
Germany takes over Savoy and begins a massive naval modernization program by creating new ships and inventing first-rate ship-of-the-lines with over a hundred guns each. And he was a bitch.
Germany's extensive shipbuilding program almost bankrupts the country, because Germany was competing with Spain, who had an absolute monopoly on trade with China. Ironically, the only way to alleviate some of the debt was to sell ships to Spain, which eagerly bought them up at rock bottom prices. Germany is forced to stop its imperial ventures for a decade, while its economy recovers.
To help alleviate most of the debt, France and Britain begin a massive open trade program with Germany, by the end of the year, debt that should have taken a decade to recover from has been mostly paid for.
Britain brokered a treaty between Germany and Spain. The treaty stabilized relations between the countries.
Spain creates a Royal engineer's college, in order to have a system for the constant improvement of weapons technology
Spain is thrown into chaos as most of her African and Anatolian rise up in revolt, many Spanish colonial rulers are killed and provisional governments are set up in the former colonies. However, due to British and German support, the revolts are crushed and order is restored.
A British scientist discovers that the earth moves around the sun, and that the stars in the sky are other suns across known space. Other British scientists accept his theories.
Germany has all of their debt consolidated and starts building ports in Savoy.
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A British scholar discovers old Greek and Roman texts on the possibility of using water to power machinery. The scholar shows his findings to a German engineer. They work together and produce the first water-powered weaving machine. This is a major advance. By the end of the year, several water-powered weaving machines have been produced.
Spain enthusiastically signs on to the water-powered loom inventions. with massive government subsidies, the weaving industry throughout the Spanish empire boom tremendously.
A British engineer discovers that steam can be used to power machines and weapons. He invents the world's first steam-powered cannon and the world's first primitive steam-powered gun.
A Spanish scientist conclusively proves, through scientific inquiry, that steam-powered weapons are inferior to gunpowder weapons. he concedes that steam might be used to power a factory.
The world's most famous British scientist, Dr. Archibald Heneson, invents a advanced version of the gunpowder cannon. He also develops some of the world's earliest steam-powered factories.
Spain buys steam technology from the British, and a Spanish naval officer points out that it could be used to power a ship
Spain also develops the flintlock musket and socket bayonet, which they issue to their troops
Dr. Heneson creates the world's first experimental steam-powered ship, which is extremely successful. Dr. Heneson also creates the Cap-lock musket, a more advanced version of the flint-lock musket. It has a greater firing range and a lower re-fill rate.
Spain begins sending many Spanish settlers to their colonies, in order to keep them loyal to Spain. soon, about 60% of the colonies populations are Spanish.
The new century dawns. Britain, Germany, France, and Spain are all Europe's most powerful countries. Elizabeth I of Great Britain was one of Europe's most beloved rulers. Dr. Heneson was beginning work on the first steam-powered engine, which would eventually lead to the invention of the first train.
Germany purchases many steam engines from Britain and starts to mass produce them. German scientists also begin to ponder the possibility of a steam-powered ship.
Dr. Heneson discovers that there is a certain force that pulls people on the earth, as well objects, to the ground. He also says it also gives the planets a pull-in force. Heneson names the force gravity and the pull-in force gravitational force.
Germany launches a campaign into Denmark and takes it over by the end of the year.