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Arthur the Great signs a treaty with the Kingdom of Upper Brittany. Arthur cedes most of Ireland, except Belfast and a small area around it, to Upper Brittany.



Byzantines, at the same time, Hunnic Empire, taking parts of it.


The Danes establish several colonies on the coast of the area populated by Baltic tribes. Gustav IV begins a tradition of Danish raids against the Balts, taking the adults as slaves, and distributing the younger children to Danish families. also, any Children the slaves have are take at birth, and set to barracks in Stockholm and Oslo, where they are trained practically from birth as warriors. The Danes also raid the weak, decentralized Hunnic Empire, and the Slavic tribes.



Richard, the regent of Saxon Germany, severs all ties with the Kingdom of Britain. He becomes known as Richard the Wise. Richard reorganizes Saxon Germany into the Kingdom of Saxon-land. He annexes another large area of Poland. Richard also replenishes his treasury. He signs an alliance with the French, giving them OTL Netherlands, and Belgium in exchange for the right to invade Bavaria. Richard masses troops along the border with the Bavarians, preparing for an invasion.

The Danes, feeling threatened by the newly expansionistic Saxon Germany, demand that the Saxons call of their invasion of Bavaria unless the Saxon give them all of the Baltic Coast of Saxony. Richard, already called "the Wise" by the more sarcastic elements of the population, agrees, hoping to regain the territory in his upcoming invasion of Bavaria

Poland, with all of Saxony's troops on the Bavarian border take the chance and takes it's rightful territory from Saxony

The Huns and Rome make a deal. Rome gives the Huns their territory north of the Danube and the Huns will not raid Rome. A ceasefire agreement is called upon by the Huns, wanting to settle down, for 10 years.

Greater Bulgaria is formed by the Bulgars.



Richard the Wise invades Bavaria. He quickly gains a lot of territory. Richard also sends some troops to take back the northern coast for Saxony and he also sends troops into Poland.



The Bavarians hold out around the Muchen area

The Saxons gain a little more territory in eastern Bavaria

The Polish army invades Saxony while it is distracted by Bavaria

The Polish army, with the help of the Bavarians make a coordinated assault on the newly Saxon territory

The Danes deceivingly invade Saxony using the shore along the North and Baltic seas as a base

Saxony, with no coastline, forced to fight on 3 fronts, and with it's army cut off from necessary supplies, has NO way out of the hole it has dug itself

Richard (the Wise, hahaha) sues for peace but, with the main European populace sharing a dislike for Saxons and Britons because of their calculated slaughter of the Celts, the major European powers deny the offer

A meeting is set up for the official splitting-up of Saxony

The supposed great grandson of Attila the Hun forms Hungary from the Hunnic Empire.



The Danes begin raiding Lithuania for more slaves and children to train as Janissaries, much to Poland's delight

Much of Saxony's former population is shipped to Denmark as slaves, then separated into many different slave camps. the Saxons will never again for a united Kingdom. at this point approximately 20% of Denmark's population are slaves

Denmark expands its settlements in the area controlled by the Balts.


Charles the Great comes to power in France. He signs treaties with all of France's neighbors. In a act of good-faith, Charles gives Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg to Denmark. Charles prohibits slavery in France. He focuses on building up France. Charles also grants rights to the remaining Celts in Brittany. Charles then promises he would not expand France.


France becomes the European center of art, literature, science, and mathematics.

Justinian I invades Italia, he conquers Rome. The rebellious Italians resist Justinian's reign over Rome, riots ensue. Pope Vigilius, returning from a secret vacation in the north is accidentally killed in the chaos.

After serving only two years as the Pope Vigilius is killed. Justinian I elects Pope Pelagius I, who openly condemns the Three Chapters, this angers Charles because of his very open-minded political and religious policies.

Charles is also angry at the abrupt change of power in church, Justinian and the Papacy have to go forth cautiously, to disturb Charles any further would be a big mistake for Rome.

Carthago (Carthage) tries to take more land on Sicily but the people of Sicily, inspired by the rebellions in the city of Rome, rise up and fight off the Carthaginians. The Kingdom of Sicily is formed from Justinian's weak grip on Italia.

Hispania Major takes more land from the Suebs.




  • King Arthur dies and his cousin Geoffrey comes to power. Geoffrey had been cast out from Saxon society because he hated the Celtic massacres. However the French and Upper Bretons forced the Saxons to accept him. King Geoffrey I changes the Kingdom of Britain into the Realm of Britons. He cedes Ireland and Southern England to the Upper Bretons as a peace offering then begins a program of spreading Celts from the North into the south. He hoped to fuse the Saxons and the Celts into a new nation, the Britons without unnecessary death.
  • The Danes' slaving settlements in the Baltic expand further.
  • Hispania Major conquers the Algarve section of the Sueb Kingdom.
  • Hispania Minor invades the Basques.


France signs a alliance with Suebs, Basques, and Hispania Inferior to defend against aggressive Hispania Major.



  • Saxons disgruntled with what they call 'wishy washy pro-Celt policies' declare independence as the Angle Empire and begin slaughtering Celts moved in to the area. This means three nations exist in the British Isles, one for each major ethnic group. For the Celts there is the Kingdom of Upper Brittany (though a number of French settlers exist here). For the Saxons there is the Angle Empire. And for the Britons, there is the Realm of Britons.
  • Hispania Major and Hispania Minor invade Carthaginian Iberia, turning on the one enemy not allied with France.
  • Sicily drives the Carthaginian off their island while they are distracted by the Hispanians.
  • The Bavarians and Danes expand into the Slavic lands.
  • The Danes expand into the Baltic lands.


Carl III, son of the great Gustav IV, sends a "diplomatic" embassy to the king of Poland, respectfully requesting that he turn over all of his territory which borders the Baltic to the Danes. the Polish Monarch, fearing Danish invasion, agrees, in exchange for a promise that the Danes will mot interfere in a Polish invasion of Saxony. the Danes agree to this deal, and also agree to assist Poland if the Bavarians come to Saxony's aid.


Charles the Great breaks off the alliance with Suebs and Basques, afraid his kingdom will be invaded. He then promises to leave out of Hispanian affairs. Also this year, his wife Blanche gives birth to the first of their five children. They name him Philip.



  • Both Hispanias expand, pushing Carthage out of Iberia. Hispania Major takes more land from the Suebs and Hispania Inferior takes more Basque land.
  • Kingdom of Poland march into Saxony. The Bavarians declare war on Poland, fearing they will be a lesser power if Saxony falls, and begin skirmishes along their northern border. The Danes prepare to help the Poles.
  • Sicily and Italia work together to push the Romans out of the Italian Peninsula. Sicily turns on the Carthaginian Islands.
  • The Danes expand into Baltic lands.


548 The Suebs and Basques, bolstered by Danish and Briton advisors and mercenaries, retake much of the lands they had lost. A temporary peace (5 years) is signed.

The Danes expand further into Karelia and the Baltic/Slavic areas. The first generation of "Thrall" warriors completes training and are sent into the Baltic theatre. Raids by Danish troops begin in Bavaria, in order to help gain the support of Poland in the assimilation of the Slavs.


Carl III uses the income provided by plunder from the Balts and Slavs to establish a research institution in Stockholm, which continually assesses the Danish army's weapons and military tactics in order to keep them modernized. the Stockholm institute, as it is known, is also responsible for developing new weapons for the Danish army. soon, the Institute recommends replacing traditional axes and swords with pikes and crossbows, in order to better fend off increasingly powerful western European cavalry. this is the first known use of massed archery in the modern era.


Seeing the Danish example, Charles the Great establishes a military research institution in Paris. At the same time, his wife Blanche gives birth to Jenna, the last of their five children.



  • Danes expand deeper into Baltic territory.
  • Poland and Denmark split Saxony between them then begin a program of attack on Bavaria to pummel them into accepting their conquest.
  • Hispania Major and Hispania Inferior annex the Basque Country.
  • Sicily takes over Majorca from the Carthaginians.


552The Danes expand into the Tribal areas, as well as moving into Karelia. Slavs begin to raid Pannonia.

The Bulgars attack the Greeks and take Georgia.



  • Bavaria surrenders and cedes territory to Poland and Denmark.
  • Poland and Denmark continue into Slavic lands, precipitating further conflict in Pannonia.
  • Danes complete Baltic conquest.
  • Hungary takes advantage of the chaos in Pannonia and invades.
  • Sicilians attack Carthaginian Tunisia.
  • Bound by treaty not to attack the Suebs, the Hispanias attack Carthaginian North Africa and begin establishing settlements.
  • Angle Empire attacks Wales.


Charles the Great and Carl III sign a treaty of alliance between their countries. They promise to support each-other if either are attacked. At the same time, the Angle Empire consolidates it's rule in northern Wales.



Bulgars continue to expand into the Roman's territory. Hungary and Poland both absorb more of Pannonia, and the Slavs are reduced to a small sliver of land. In response to the Engle's attacks on the Celts, the Britons and Danes invade, with the Danes pledging all lands wone by them will go to the Celts.


the Danes defeat the Huns at the Battle of Muscovy, when Danish Thrall pikemen and crossbowmen repel twice their number in Hunnic cavalry,cementing Danish battlefield dominance for the foreseeable future. the Danes also annex much of the Hunnic Empire.

the Romans repel the Bulgarian invaders using new northern European tactics, driving them out of Anatolia entirely, and back across the Caucasus.

A Roman naval invasion also takes control of Crimea from the Bulgars.

A Danish Botanist changes the classical system of agriculture to include a extra crop rotation, which greatly increases Danish agricultural output.


Danes pioneer new tactics, including the combination of light Hun-style cavalry and tercios, and the use of light archers as raiders and scouts.. A final peace is brokered between the Huns and Danes.

Sicily expands into Carthage.

Brittany and the Angles make a peace.

Both Pannonia and the Slavs are absorbed into various empires.



Danish inventor, entrepreneur and chemist Mikael Torstensson builds a factory in Finland which is powered by a waterwheel, and creates identical arrows and pikes at twice rate and half the cost of traditional methods. Carl III sees the potential in this, and has Torstensson build a factory in Stockholm which builds ships out of identical parts, reducing maintenance costs tremendously. the Danish navy soon dominates the North Sea, and purchases the Channel Islands from the Kingdom of Upper Brittany in order to extend their naval dominance to the Bay of Biscay


in order to prevent famine and keep the rapidly expanding Danish population under control, Carl III allows any Dane who farms land in the Danish central Asian territories for ten years to keep the land. this places Russia firmly under the control of Denmark.

the Danish Thralls begin work on a massive system of highways through the now Huge Danish Empire. they are modeled off the old Roman road system.



  • King Geoffrey dies peacefully in his sleep. His son, Alfred sets about the final destruction of the Angle Empire and the adoption of the Danish four crop rotation system. King Alfred was highly ambitious and wanted in on the North African conquest. He purchased a strip of land between Sicily and Hispania Inferior and set up his own settlements, hoping to usher in a British Golden Age.
  • The Five Year Peace is over and Hispania Major invades the Suebs again. Last time the Britons helped the Suebs, but this time the Britons have settlements in Africa that they don't want the Hispaniards damaging. So the Britons don't help. The Danes are busy consolidating their Empire and don't want to get involved. Most Sueb territory is taken.

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