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After a reign of twenty-three years, Charles the Great dies peacefully in his sleep. His son Philip the Wise comes to power in France. Philip adopts the Danish four-crop rotation system. He also strengthens the military and begins building a series of aqueducts, canals, and roads throughout France.
Meanwhile, Hungary, the Hunnic Empire, the Bavarians, the Hispanias, Greater Bulgaria, and the Roman Empire all put aside their differences and sign an anti-Danish alliance, hoping to stop Danish expansion into Europe. France refuses to join this alliance.
Carl III, in order to weaken the anti-Danish Alliance, begins sending military advisors to the Suebs and Carthage. These advisors help modernize both of these countries militaries.
The Suebs drive the much less advanced Hispanian army back out of some of their territory.
Privateers licensed by the Danish government begin operating in Carthage and Sueb. they destroy a large part of the Hispanian commerce, impoverishing both nations and preventing them from financing a counterattack against the Suebs.
Carthage reclaims some if its territory from the Hispanians.
Sicily contemplates an alliance with the Danes in order to gain dominance over the Western Mediterranean.
Danish prince Gustav marries the firstborn child of the Kingdom of Upper Brittany, Feye. The Poles, Celts, Suebs, Britons, French, Sicilians, and Carthaginians send representatives to Stockholm in order to counter the growing Hispanic-Greek axis. Not much in the way of progress is made, but a universal set of scales and balances, as well as a currency universally accepted throughout the alliance are created. Also, French and Danish troops would be sent to the Suebs and Carthaginians in order to repulse the Hispanics.
The Celts and Britons unite into the Kingdom of Prydain, while the Danes expand into Asia.
Philip the Wise in France meets and falls in love with a Danish princess, Alex. She was a young, 19-year old (Philip was 21) and had bright eyes, luxurious hair and a beautiful figure. Philip proposes to Alex, and she accepts. They are married by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the Roman Empire sends in money and supplies to the impoverished Hispanias, as well 60,000 legionnaires.
At the Battle of Leon, French and Danish tercios surround and destroy a large Roman and Hispanian field army, reversing much of the Hispanian's gains in the last few years.
Carl III son, Charles, marries a Polish princess, cementing ties between the two nations.
Mikael Torstensson discovers a reference to a device built by the ancient Greeks, which used steam to propel a ball around a pivot. He begins research on practical applications for this technology.
King Philip the Wise of France proclaims the existence of the Empire of France, with himself as Emperor for life. He promises that France is satisfied with her present territory and does not mean to expand. The new Emperor is crowned by the Archbishop of France in December.
Suebs take back more of their land using Danish and Pyrdish troops. An open state of war now exists between Pyrdain and Hispania. Carthage takes back much of their coasts, while the Bulgars retake the Crimea and capture Trebenoziod and the Bosporus. Philip the wise and Alex have their first son, John. Torstensson begins to experiment with a piston-powered crossbow.
Torstensson finishes a steam-powered factory in Finland, which produces identical steels parts for the Danish Army and Navy.
- Hungary enlists the help of Rome and unifies to become the Empire of Hungary.
- Rome sends diplomats to Greater Bulgaria to try and work out an alliance.
- The Danes give Poland an area on the Baltic Sea in order to encourage its development as an ally.
Emperor Philip I and his wife, Alex, have a daughter, named Joanne. She will become princess of France. Later that year, the Emperor issues the First Law of France, describing his exact powers as ruler.
- The King of Hispania Major, whose popularity relies on military success, turns in desperation on Hispania Inferior. Swaths of territory are taken.
- After a short conflict, Prydain is split into Ireland and Britain. Ireland becomes isolationist and turns away from the affairs of Europe, while the King of the British reaffirms his allegiance to the Emperor of France. He does this because his Kingdom is descended from the Kingdom of Upper Brittany, which was a French vassal, and he sees France as a strong and useful ally.
- The British settlements in North Africa expand into Hispania Inferior territory.
- Greater Bulgaria takes Hungarian territory bordering the Black Sea.
Emperor Philip begins construction of the French Imperial Palace. Brick-layers, artists, workers, etc. are conscripted or recruited from all across France to work on the Emperor's palace. The emperor uses the palaces of Imperial Rome as his inspiration.
The King of Hispana Major declares war on the Kingdom of the British hoping to take back the lost land in Africa. The war failed for Hispana Major. Not only that the lost the remaining settlement in Africa, the lost some land in the Iberian Peninsula.
Mikael Torstensson builds the world's first railroad, in order to transport iron ore from one of his mines to a nearby steel plant. While on a tour, Prince Charles suggests that it might be useful in transporting agricultural goods from Danish Asia.
Emperor Philip I begins establishing iron mines and plants similar to those in Denmark. He also commissions the building of France's first primitive railroad.
Mikael Torstensson establishes a rolling mill in OTL Estonia, which churns out steel rails for the rapidly expanding Danish railroads. They are a royal monopoly, and several of Denmark's most intelligent mathematicians are commissioned to help schedule them to perfection. At this point most of Scandinavia has been connected by railroads, and a railroad starting in Estonia is being extended to the Caspian Sea, in order to bring the massive amount of crops produced by in Danish Asia to European markets.
Mikael Torstensson also commissions several of his brighter assistants to build a steam-powered navy vessel.
France and Denmark sign a treaty, exchanging the new Danish technology to France. Emperor Philip I builds a network of specially-designed railroads throughout France. He also improves French agricultural methods by introducing the five-crop rotation system. Philip builds even more steel plants and iron mines. He gathers several engineers and mathematicians in France.
After a few years the primitive railroads start to fall apart. Casualties are everywhere in Scandinavia from the shoddy railroad system.
Philip I's engineers improve the stability and strength of France's new railroad system. By the end of the year, all railroads have been refitted and redesigned, giving it a higher safety rate and more stable footing.
Kingdom of the British and the Danish Empires signed a treaty and formed an Alliance.
The Empire of France begins taking the reins of scientific advancement from the Danish Empire. French scientists invent the first stable trains. They also discover a way to use coal to generate power for houses, trains, etc. French scholars completely re-organize the French dating system, streamlining the dates and coming up with the accurate birth of Christ, 4 BC. This requires a complete re-write of the timeline.
- Hispania Major and Inferior unite.
- Sicily is promised more territory in the Mediterranean by Rome if they help attack the unresponsive Bulgarians. Sicily has been moving their army the past few years and finally rakes the Crimea and surrounding area.
- Bulgaria, seeing the power of Sicily and Rome makes contact with Rome. They agree to a deal with Rome.
- The Council of Nicea is convened by the Roman Emperor. Hungary, Sicily, Bulgaria, Hispania, and the Bavarian King are present. They form an alliance against the Danes, who the Mediterranean Allies think is past its prime, and the Brits and France.
- Bulgaria cedes territory to Hungary and attacks the empty and unsettled southern lands of the Danes.
- Hispania conquers the Brit's territory in North Africa.
- Bavaria is promised territory in the Lowland region.
Afraid France will collapse due to the new anti-Danish alliance, Philip I breaks off the alliance with the Danes and Britons and declares French neutrality, promising no interference in the upcoming war. The anti-Danish alliance accept, but Denmark is angry. However, the Danes refrain from attacking France.
- Bulgaria gains more territory in Eastern Europe.
- Bavaria officially declares war on the Danes.
- The Mediterranean Allies secretly send diplomats to Poland.
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Empress Alex, wife of ruling Emperor of France Philip I, gives birth to the last of their ten children. By now she is 39 and Philip is 41. They name their last child Charles, after Alex's brother, Charles, Prince of Denmark. By now, Philip has been ruling for twenty-three years.
- Rumours arise that in Araby, a has man used a machine to fly.
- Hungary and Bulgaria take more of Russia.
- Poland backstabs Denmark and attacks.
- The Danes' army repels the Bavarians.
- The British land an army on Hispania.
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Danish Thrall's counter-attack, and surround the Bulgarian Army, while another force forges on ahead, on newly improved railroads based on the french design. with most of it's army trapped between the Urals and a superior Danish force, the Bulgarians are forced to surrender, or starve to death. a squadron of new Danish steel-plated steamships launches several raids on Bulgarian ports on the black sea, decimating their economy, and completely ignoring attacks by Roman and Bulgarian ships and shore batteries.
- The King of Italy inherits the Sicilian throne with the consent of Rome, and calls the nation the "United Duchy of Italia and Sicily."
Emperor Philip I commissions the first French naval steamships, with the aid of Danish engineers and scientists. France develops an advanced version of steamship before the year is out.
- Britain reiterates their loyalty to France. They begin adopting technological innovations like railroads and steam.
- British armies in Hispania continue to push out the Hispaniards.
- Danish forces start pushing the Bulgarians south.
- Italia begins attacking Bulgaria in the Ukraine area.
- Italia expands further into Africa.
After a reign of twenty-nine years, Philip I dies, and is succeeded by his 23 year old son, John. John I begins a massive expansion of the military. French engineers develop an early form of steam-powered gun.