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The Ming Dynasty still rules over the vast lands of China. On the other side of the world, the Hundred Years War continues between England and France. Europe is still stuck in the old ways of feudalism and chivalry while the notions of a New World are considered figments of imagination.

We welcome you to the long awaited fourth expansion of that immortal series. Welcome to Principia Moderni IV! Starting in 1400 AD, this is the dawn of the modern world and the tail end of the Middle Ages. The Renaissance is just kicking off in Europe, while the nations in the western side of the continent are locked in the last gasp of the Hundred Years War. The Muslim world is still reeling from the invasions of Turks and Mongols, with the Caliphate resting in the collapsing Mamluk Egypt and the Ottomans on the rise in Anatolia. Make it count.

The first game was the most successful on the wiki, leading all the way to the modern day with mostly plausible posts and little controversy. The second game reached almost to the modern day, but failed due to a plethora of ASB events and moderator bias. The third game was much more worthy of the first, almost running into implausibility but climbing back into a shining glory by the end. Riding on the latest reforms of map games since the end of PMIII, this is the most logical next step in that evolution. Remember above all other rules — have fun.

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1570

Orthodox and Catholic Christianity also appear in the Chagatai Khanate, even among the nobility in Kashgar, while Islam grows among the people in Tansoxiana.

The King of Kongo officially adopts Islam.

People in England are bigly upset that the king is sending their men off to die in some continental war that is none of their business. Pressure is placed on the king by several nobleman to divide his crown and better defend the interests of England.

OTL even though there was resistence to the hre, particularly during the late 1500s, and early 1600s, resistance never tried to pressure the crowns. this pu will end on the death of the king, why break it when it just started? On top of that how any times did the english participate in wars against their english while in a pu with Hanover. With Blood and Iron (talk) 12:21, January 12, 2017 (UTC)

Nk, leave it the event is more or less fine. I will handle this event and if gets worse then I can complain about the next event. User:Person67

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: Guyana expands 50px west, New Amsterdam expands 25px north from Cape Mey.
  • Aryavarta: Indian pottery made mostly by individuals of the various villages is now collected by merchants for trade with Arabia and southeast Asia. Mostly terracotta and glazed wares with intricate designs are exported. Textile production is now seen by the villagers as a better way to earn money than farming on small plots. Small farmers start producing cotton and woolen clothes, the amount of textiles available for export increases substantially as does the standard of living of these producers. The state encourages the production of textiles by the landless and small farmers especially in the regions of Bundelkhand, Magadh, Delhi, Punjab and Kosala. The Pathshala system of primary education, in which the children of a village go to the Guru's house to be educated by the Guru including moral and practical instruction, is growing in popularity. Villagers are increasingly sending their children to Gurus and certain villages now have more than one Guru. These Gurus take books from the various workshops in the cities and big towns and come to the villages. The state encourages the system and books are now being made by the universities to print books specifically for primary education. The pathshala sytem is also spreading into the villages on the foothills of the Himalaya as in the regions of Koch, Nepal, Kashmir and Kangra. Kathmandu is developing as a big town and the regional centre of the Nepal region. Ayodhya is expanding, Ayodhya being a major religious centre, the state has ordered that plans for the expansion of Ayodhya be drawn. The monetary reparations coming in from the Caliphate are diverted to the naval treasury. The construction of the 10 new ships that began in 1567 has been completed alongwith the completion of upgradation of the 15 older ships. The navy currently consists of 80 ships- 10 (St2 tech), 15 (St3 tech), 20 (St4 tech), 35 (St5 tech). The production of 10 new ships of St2 tech is started and is expected to be completed in 8 years. Another 15 ships are being upgraded to St3 tech. Bombards are bought from Gurkani merchants and begin production. Large Bombards are stationed with the Army Groups on the Bahmani and Bengal border. A volley gun is subsequently developed by the end of the year and begins production. The Print is now extensively being used by the Merchants and scholar officials as well as large farmers. The state starts funding of the Universities of Vikramshila, Patliputra and Nalanda. No religious instruction is given in these universities.
    • Brahmvarta (Pegu):The capital and major port city of Pegu continues expanding. Hindus continue to move into Brahmvarta, clearing lands and settling in villages as well as the cities. Towns and cities develop and expand as a result. The Brahmvartiya navy consists of 20 ships (St3 Tech). Brahmavarta begins construction of 5 new ships (St2 tech) and construction will be completed in 6 years. Firearms, mostly matchlocks are supplied to the 25,000 strong Brahmvartiya Army. Workshops begin production of friearms and gunpowder in Pegu. The population of Pegu rises to 4 million. Workshops begin printing for the Brahmvartiya state. The Brahmvartiya civil services is centralised.
  • Bohemia: We open trades routes to Prussia,Bradenburg and England to sell the Kolar Snaplock, we ask Russia,Bulgaria and Serbia to do military trial  on the Kolar Snaplock (response needed), Regum Dominos Dominantium is a best seller in the kingdom and when be sent out all over the world, we ask Prussia for the port of Wismar so we can send out our weapons to others, the current King has died and will bury soon, a New king Kristoff II is crown, with the new power he asks for a Queen of  Nordic descent (response needed from Nordic nations)
    • Serbia buys into the Kolar Snaplock -Natemod
    • Russia agrees to do the same
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: Some are unhappy with the situation of the PU. The King therefore issues the articles of succession which states that his eldest son Wilhelm will inherit the throne of Brandenburg while his next eldest son Eduard or Edward being the next King of England when the ageing King dies. The argument for deploying troops to Brandenburg is in that the troops of Brandenburg are also those of England. Avalon expands 25px down the river as more convicts are sent to open up farms while whaling, fishing and fur trade continue to be the profit of the colony. The colony for the first time starts to grow outside of population migration as the number of births in the colony grows with more established farming. The plantation system is growing very effective. Trade passes through Swahili and Mogadishu on the way to Asia further east and we observe their effective four field crop rotation system. While this is not adopted in England it is acknowledged as a better system. New Gwynedd expands 25px to the south while Western Arcadia expands 25px to the north to find more space for plantations which grow tobacco and other crops such as cotton which are taken back to England for resale while these colonies are largely populated by a few English townsmen and yeomen farmers ruling over these areas employing Welsh and Irish convicts to run black slaves. Most of the farms are large plantations owned by merchants in England with most of the labour carried about by black slaves and convicts who spend their sentence working on farms and after 4 to 7 years normally they are released and can be free like the small population freemen who moved for a better life. Meanwhile the King orders the establishment of a colony on the island south of the mainland (Newfoundland) to protect English trade in the region. what he has named William's Isle and dispatches 400 settlers there to establish a fort in the north of the island to maintain themselves sufficiently. The Kingdom of England and Ireland has a population of 3.5 million. The road system is maintained while academic competition between Cambridge and Oxford is encouraged as they spread out across Europe. We send 15,000 soldiers to support Brandenburg.
  • Maiam: Trade experiences a boom as Maian foods and goods begin to reach the wider European market, and demand increases. With Poruguese aid, the nation begins to rebuild and repopulate. A minor population boom begins in the native Mayan and Aztec populations, as well as the Portuguese settlers. In some cases, intermarriage results in what are known as Mextizo children. Expansion continues along the southern border, focusing on the coast. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. There is some internal turmoil as the dominant Mayans impose their laws and culture on the conquered Mexica. Former Mexican royalty is forced to marry into Mayan lines. Small rebellions are put down. (Note: Mayan and Mexican refer to the cultural groups, Maian refers to the nation as a whole and its government.)
  • Georgia: We ask for trade deals and an alliance with Trebizond. Likewise, we send diplomats to Russia and Bulgaria, pinnacles of Orthodoxy, to foster good relationships. We develop the port of Tskhumi to become the main port in Georgia, in order to sell gold, silver and iron. Ottoman goods are shipped through Tskhumi towards Vladimirgrad, Vasiligrad, Trebizond and other western ports. We raise 2000 troops to defend Georgia from intrusion by Abbasids and Ottomans. 
    • Abbasid Dip: we assure Georgia that no harm will come to the Georgians or their religion.
  • Papal States: The Apostolic Vicar of Nagasaki in Japan sends missionaries to Edo to teach orthodox Christology and end the confusion there, which is no doubt due to the relative lack of proper catechesis.  He also informs Oda Nabunga of the Pope's bestowal on him of the honorable title of Fidei Defensor. The Apostolic Vicar reads the new Korean regulations relating to Catholic missionaries, and works to ensure that the full quote of two hundred is filled. In the Chagatai Khanate, Catholic missionaries make contact with the local (Nestorian) Church of the East officials, and make enquiries as to whether they would be open to a similar reunification as their brethren in the Church of the East in Sakha, who entered communion with the rest of Christendom whilst maintaining their autonomy as a sui iuris church. Elsewhere, the mission to the Kongo continues (Mod response as to effectiveness please [they were pretty effective otl]). Meanwhile, back in the States, the army is stood down from its mobilisation last year, however the Southern fortifications are kept in good order, ready at a moment's notice. Six ships of the Papal navy are sent to assist the Christian coalition against the infidels.
  • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast.The Sultan begins to work on trade with other African states mostly Muslim, we send Mali and Kongo an invite to a trade deal where we will trade and set up an African trade route (MOD). We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 12px. The city Algiers is made as a possible capital of the Sultanate as its population grows. The Sultan sets up his own Council of Imams that will help guide the Sultan.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. Jewish and Muslim scholars debate with each other if the Maghreb is Arab or African,until one day the Sultan speaks on the debate saying "Us Arab and Africans and united so why not keep it", as the idea of Afro-Arab is tossed around after his word on the debate. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zaire (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zaire as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity. The army is out on standby with the war in the North (Anatolia)  
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Peace and unity reign throughout the House of Islam. The thriving art, music, and craft from the Libraries in Baghdad and Alexandria excel to such beauty that surpasses the halls of Europe. Abd Al-Rahman completes the Annals of the World, and displays a critical history of civilization exceeding the work of medieval chronicles. The cities continue to expand, and urbanization spralls more out to the wilderness as the population increases. This is especially true with the colonizations in Darfur and Fezzen. All the religious-political factions of Syria and Iraq work in harmony, as they greatly respect wisdom and charisma of the Holy Sultan of Sultans, Caliph Al-Rahim, and especially his apprentice Ahmed Abduallah. Many scholars in the Ulema suspect Abdullah to be the same as the long-awaited Mahdi foretold my the Prophet Muhammad. Technological advancement continues to stem from the cultural centers of Baghdad and Alexandria. Trade continues across the Sahara, ensuring the Muslim state in Zayiyr (Kongo) is established enough to allow Christians under the Jizya tax. Trade continues to spread Islam into Southeast Asia under the Arab-Indian company, although more peaceful relations are built up with the Hindu states. 
  • Russia: We continue to expand heavily into Siberia. We finish the Vladimirgrad-Tbilisi Road. We are almost done with the current Siberian Road, we shall only going east in a few years. We start to construct port facilities in Riga. We ask Prussia if they wish to build roads from Königsberg to Vladirmirgrad to improve trade between our two countries.
  • Japan: Shogun and Fidei Defensor Oda Nobunaga and his army advances north upon Takeda Shingen's position, with his loyal retainer Toyotomi Hideyoshi and courageous ally Tokugawa Ieyasu. After countless days of marching north, the armies of Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyeasu finally descend upon Edo, and besiege it, with Nobunaga taking the center position, Hideyoshi taking the left position, and Ieyesau taking the right position. With each general taking a position, the city of Edo is completely surrounded. With Edo surrounded, Oda Nobunaga wishes to destroy Edo in fire, but Tokuagawa Ieyesau stops him from burning Edo to the ground, taking a personal liking to the city and pleads for the mercy of the civilians in it. Nobunaga accepts Ieyeasau's plea and advances the forces into Edo where they battle the forces of Takeda Shingen and his loose confederation of allies. Shingen and his allies manage to unite in the face of battling Nobunaga's forces in the center, but collapse upon the charges of Hideyoshi and Ieyeasau on the left and right flanks. One by one, the allies of Shingen fall and scatter, and only the forces of Shingen remain. After the right and left flank charges, Nobunaga's center army rests and regroups, and are ready to face the forces of Takeda Shingen, thus Nobunaga speaks to his army "Here is the traitor Takeda Shingen, the crucifier and burner of Ashikaga Yoshiaki, the defender of Kyoto. The wages of sin is death, thus we shall kill Shingen for his great sin!" Shingen also adresses his army "The victory of Nobunaga is the death of free Japan, we shall all fall under his rule if we do not defeat him here. Do not let Nobunaga win, fight against him with your life!" The armies of Oda Nobunaga and Takeda Shingen engage in a long battle, with the forces of Takeda Shingen making a heroic last stand, killing many in their defense. Over time, however, the forces of Takeda Shingen fell one by one, until only Takeda Shingen himself was left. "Have mercy upon me, Shogun Oda Nobunaga." "You do not deserve mercy, you deserve death!" As Nobunaga drew his sword to cut the head of Takeda Shingen,Toyotomi Hideyoshi stopped Nobunaga. "No one deserves mercy, and we all deserve death, yet Christ has forgiven all our sins." Tokuaga Ieyasu interjects "I agree with Hideyoshi, spare Shingen's life." "I shall spare Shingen's life, but he shall be punished for his sins. I shall take him to Kyoto and put him on trial." Shingen replies, "Thank you, my Shogun." "Takeda Shingen, you are under arrest for crimes against the people and state of Japan. Imprison him." Thus Takeda Shingen is arrested and Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu return home to Kyoto with massive celebration to their homecoming. Not only has the great leader, Shogun Oda Nobunaga returned, he has returned in victory, and Japan is once again reunited. Thus there is massive celebration in Kyoto. Nobunaga receives word that he has gained the title of Fidei Defensor and is elated. Upon returning to Kyoto, Shogun Oda Nobunaga frees the Emperor's brother Asuka from prison and places the proper traitor, Takeda Shingen in prison, with his trial postponed to next year. Nobunaga places Hideyoshi as civil administrator, in charge of the economy and other domestic policies, and places Tokuagawa Ieyeasu as his chief adviser. Together they make up the Council of 3. The Shogun and the Emperor call upon the Flower Court and the Imperial Court to officially establish the reunification of Japan and centralization of Japan begins as their is still celebration with tea and sake in Kyoto. During the celebration of Shogun Oda Nobunaga's return, the physical Church of Kyoto is built. Here many are taught how to read and study the Bible in Japanese kanji, , particularly the four Gospels, with emphasis on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Kyoto Church becomes the basis of community for the Japanese Christians and many seek to improve their lives and become better people. Many take care of the sick and the poor of Kyoto, and all are invited, including Korean missionaries. Oda Nobunaga becomes enthralled in reading the Bible and seeks a meeting the Catholic Nuncio to discuss Christ and how to lead Japan. Personally, everything from Nagasaki to Kyoto to Edo is under Oda Nobunaga's domain, with the exception of the Tokugawa clan which is controlled by Nobunaga's greatest ally, Tokugawa Ieyeasu. The Shogun begins the centralization process of Japan and plans on how to reunite the northern clans under his control. "'    

1571

A brief civil war breaks out in the Chagatai Khanate, as the Muslim Turkman Khanate in Tansoxiana breaks off from the government in Kashgar. As Ung Khan faces internal disorder among the nobility himself, the army he raises is mostly useless to stop the new state.

Piracy begins to increase in the South China sea to exploit European and Arab ships trading in the region, often exploiting the foreign seamen' lack of comfort on the other side of the world. 

Prolonged peaceful contact by proxy to Europe has allowed the new united empire in Peru to start incorporating some of the foreign technology into its society. A crude alphabet inspired from seeing Portuguese begins to be developed, and some gunpowder with horses are imported.

Lodewijk Bonapaart, the great explorer, dies of old age.

The Christians in Tondo receive favor from the monarch in their conflict with the Muslims. The Muslims are defeated.

In Kongo, the king officially allows Muslims to proselytize among his people.

The Sicilians finally agree on a monarch, electing a French prince, the nephew of the king, as the Prince-General.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: Guyana expands 50px west, New Netherlands expands 25px north from Cape Mey. King John II declares a day of mourning for the death of Lodewijk Bonapaart, and the "super-galleon" Duke John the Fearless under construction is renamed Graf Bonapaart. That ship's sister and first of the class, Duke Philip the Bold, is commissioned into the Navy. Bonapaarts Giapanois family is admitted to the nobility, and his half-Giapanois son Graf Wëllem Bonapaart is the first non-all-European to sit in the States-General in Brussels. Meanwhile, Burgundy begins supporting the Papacys missions to Kongo, offering their emissaries passage on Burgundian vessels. At the same time, Burgundian crews landing in Kongo are encouraged to promote Christianity.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: The whole house of Islam mourns as Caliph Muhammad Umar Al-Rahim, Emperor of Africa, and the Holy Sultan of Sultans, dies at the age of 51. His nephew, Ahmed Abdullah, greatly beloved by the people, proceeds in great triumph into Damascus to be crowned Caliph, accepting the name Al-Mahdi, second of that name since the Abbasid Revolution. Indeed, there was no doubt form all the great excitement and anticipation from the moment that this would be the great Mahdi of the end times, and he will be destined to lead the House of Islam to rule over the House of War. As a traditional first act in office, Al-Mahdi sends out letters to all the great Muslim nations of the world, announcing the new change of power and his plans to accomplish as Commander of the Faithful. To show benevolance to other faiths as well, Al-Mahdi grants more special authority and privilages to the Pope of Alexandria, who had for a long time been oppressed under previous Caliphs. As an act of unprecedented diplomacy, Caliph Al-Mahdi sends a letter to Pope Gregory XII, in light of philosophical revolutions in the last few generations, hoping to establish more of a peaceful, mutual understanding between the Umma of Believers and the Ahl Al-Kitab. Al-Mahdi also begins work on a monumental economic change, in which he hopes to abolish all slavery from the Caliphate in the future. Work is done in Zayiyr (Kongo) to establish Islamic administration respecting the Christian merchants under the JIzya tax
  • Bohemia: Since the sale of Kolar Snaplock Rifle, we start making the Kolar Snaplock Pistol, which is a double barrel Snaplock pistol made of cast iron and hawthorn and will be made for cavalry, we send a copy of Regum Dominos Dominantium to the pope. King Kristoff II is looking for a wife. We start banning Islam in the kingdom.
    • Kievan Dip: The principality of Kiev requests Bohemia to supply its army with Kolar Snaplocks and Kolar Snaplock Pistols in exchange for money. We offer an alliance to Bohemia.
    • Bohemian Dip: we accept the gun supply but we put the alliance requast on hold becuase we need to talk to prussia and the HRE
  • Prussia-Luxembourg: Prussian forces move to secure Vienna and the Mountainous region between Austria and Bohemia in support of Otto's claim. The Prussian forces are under the command of General Johann von Stein.  Meanwhile production of firearms, and supplies in general are increased as the crown places an order for larger quantities to supply the war effort. This marks the first time in nearly 100 years a major war has loomed over the HRE and Prussia in Particular since the second war of the Lions which established Brandenburgish predominance in HRE politics. The nobles and crown view this is a critical moment to maintain Prussian dominance in politics in securing the support of their sometimes ally sometimes rival Austria, and to consolidate the house of Brandenburg's place as a realible ally for the german princes to have on their side. Cultural and political debates continue in the academic circles of Berlin, and Luxembourg. expansion of the large landowning estates in the east continues to drive the agricultural boom in Prussia and continues to supply a surplus for the growing Prussian population, with full access to Hansa ports allows for greater access to the global market. output of mining and metal works also increases greatly due to a growing economy and population. Wrangel co. continues to expand it's activities abroad with the expansion of trading expeditions to africa, laurentia and beyond in the hopes of reaching east asia. Standardization of the Prussian and Hansa currencies begins to improve trade. Wilhelmburg expands by 25 px, as more lad is aquired for settlement. Horse breeding starts on a low scale in the new lands as many settlers take on hunting as a primaryt activity and others engage in cattle herding. Prussia formally lays a claim to the mouth of the New Rhine river as the Prussian Territory of New Brandenburg.Wilhelm begins looking for a wife as the need to establish a line of succession is required. He looks to Burgundy to see if they have an ideal candidate (he is 25 right now, all offers are welcome though.) 
    • Hansa: The council of the Hansa is established as the ruling body of the Hansa League and the laws are codified based on the principals of the former free cities of Hamburg, Lubeck and Bremen. Freidrich-Wilhelm and the house of Brandenburg are proclaimed as State protector in perpetuity however their role is restricted to that of de jure ruler as opposed to de facto ruler with power resting in the Hansa Council. Hamburg in particular comes to benefit greatly from the new centralization of power as the capital much of the financial capital of the other cities comes to it and with it being the largest port in North Germany Prussian trade networks will be geared towards it as the biggest port. Artisan and Merchant guilds grow in power in the city and the Hansa Co. becomes an official backer of Prussian trade and settlement efforts outside of Europe in the hopes of securing greater wealth. local industry begins to grow as well.
    • Adalbert von Breslau and his brigand of 50 mercs request to enter the service of Russia to explore lands further east. Russian player please respond. 
      • Burgundian Dip: King John II offers his daughter, 27 year old Mary to Wilhelm.
  • Papal States: The Papal Nuncio in Japan meets with the new Shogun as requested, and missionary activity continues at an ever-increasing rate. The mission to Kongo continues (Mod response as to effectiveness please). The Pope receives his copy of Regnum Dominos Dominatum, and is disgusted by the unsound theology he finds within it. He asks the Inquisition to ban the book, and they do so, issuing a proclamation which also details the reasons why the book is so very wrong. They write that the Church has only ever worshiped the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The veneration given to the Saints, especially the Blessed Virgin Mary, is not worship, not latria but dulia. The Church asks the saints to pray to God for them, as one would ask a friend to do. The Inquisition's proclamation is approved by Pope Gregory and the Latin Patriarch. The Pope writes to the Abbess of Essen asking for progress in the Tondo mission.  
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: Avalon expands 25 px down the river as more convicts are sent to open up farms while whaling, fishing and fur trade continue to be the profit of the colony. The colony for the first time starts to grow outside of population migration as the number of births in the colony grows with more established farming. The plantation system is growing very effective. Trade passes through Swahili and Mogadishu on the way to Asia further east and we observe their effective four field crop rotation system. While this is not adopted in England it is acknowledged as a better system. The Parliament of England in it's yearly meetings passes the first enclosure act meaning that much formerly common land is enclosed to with hedging upsetting many farmers but on a small scale so not leading to any serious acts of rebellion. The King decides upon an ambitious project to construct a canal from Gloucester to Lechlade upon the Thames linking the Thames and the Severn with the canal being 4.7m wide and the locks 2.35m wide only allowing narrow boats through with towpaths constructed next to this new canal. This new canal is hoped to facilitate inland trade and helping develop a national market. With the canal being a bit over 30 miles it should take roughly 5 years to complete as hundreds of now landless peasants due to the Enclosure acts work on the canal. New Gwynedd expands 25px to the south while Western Arcadia expands 25px to the north to find more space for plantations which grow tobacco and other crops such as cotton which are taken back to England for resale while these colonies are largely populated by a few English townsmen and yeomen farmers ruling over these areas employing Welsh and Irish convicts to run black slaves. Most of the farms are large plantations owned by merchants in England with most of the labour carried about by black slaves and convicts who spend their sentence working on farms and after 4 to 7 years normally they are released and can be free like the small population freemen who moved for a better life. The English colony on William's isle maintain itself as does the fort with the settlers expanding inland to gain land for farming. The Kingdom of England and Ireland has a population of 3.5 million. The road system is maintained while academic competition between Cambridge and Oxford is encouraged as they spread out across Europe. We send 15,000 soldiers to support Brandenburg.
  • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast, Agadir is made a trading post in the Desert to help rise the pop. .The Sultan begins to work on trade with other African states mostly Muslim, we send Mali and Kongo an invite to a trade deal where we will trade and set up an African trade route (MOD). We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 13px. The city Algiers is made as a possible capital of the Sultanate as its population grows. The Sultan sets up his own Council of Imams that will help guide the Sultan.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. Jewish and Muslim scholars debate with each other if the Maghreb is Arab or African,until one day the Sultan speaks on the debate saying "Us Arab and Africans and united so why not keep it", as the idea of Afro-Arab is tossed around after his word on the debate. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zairr (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zairi as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity.The spread of Islam in Zairi is less about shoving it down people belief but more of gaining trust of people by giving out food and things like that.
    • Bozi, stop indenting your posts. You are not a vassal of England lol
  • Russia: We test the new weapon design and start to reverse engineer it. The Siberian road from Novgorod to Omsk is complete. We ask Prussia if they would like to build a road from Konigsberg to Vladimirgrad (player response). We continue the construction of better port facilities in Riga. The military occupation of Livonia is coming to an end. More Slavic migrants have filled the places many of the former Germanic peoples had before they went to Prussia. We send envoys across the continent to England were we ask to purchase modern ship designs (player response). More towns in Siberia starts to become a popular trading towns. Thee are Barnaul, Novokuzentsk, and Krasnoyarsk. We wish to compensate for the loss of claims on Livonia in exchange for reonening the Denmark Channel with Scandinavia (player Response).
  • Cologne: A few years ago, Archbishop Aldrich and Abbess Hadwig were honoured to attend the mass hosted by the Pope at the Cathedral of St Adelphina and Unity in Berlin. They still maintain close ties with Berlin. The trade deal with Russia is going well, and the German Paper has cemented itself as the eminent body of literature passed between seminaries in the Holy Roman Empire. This year, Archbishop Aldrich reaches out to Paderborn (MOD RESPONSE, PLEASE), as part of a random draw of all German states, to do a guest article in the German Paper to assist with German unity. Military development continues.
    • Essen: Abbess Hadwig commemorates Bonapaart’s death with a short speech that is transcribed and sent to Adelphinian Canonesses in both the New World and Tondo, along with further personal letters of encouragement. With such a growing missionary base, she finds it difficult to keep all letters personal. This upsets her somewhat, as she is an ambitious woman. Meanwhile, Abbess Hadwig is pleased to note that the missionaries in Tondo, over whom she has full authority thanks to an earlier decree by His Holiness, have been dealt a good hand by receiving favour from the monarch of Tondo. She notices that the Adelphinian Canonesses themselves have not been particularly active, but rather simply attempting to spread the Word of God, and implores them to build a small public Church for the Christian population, with an attached abbey to encourage further devotion from the people of Tondo. She writes to the monarch of Tondo (king?) (MOD RESPONSE, PLEASE) and asks him to support this construction either fiscally or with manpower, in which the Adelphinian Canonesses are somewhat currently lacking. In addition, this will serve as a gesture of unity.
    • Mod response: The Bishop of Paderborn requests more information on what this request entails (OOC: I really am not sure what you are asking) -Nate
    • (OOC Essen: The German Paper is just a journal put out by the Cologne Seminary, about the state of Catholicism in the HRE, and Archbishop Aldrich has decided to allow a random state (or the bishop of that state, rather) the honour of writing a guest article in the Paper about some aspect of Christianity - for example, the Northern Patriarch did a guest article a while ago)
  • In Korea, the adherents of Korean Buddhism and Nestorianism continue to grow vigorously. The Korean Nestorian Church continue to officially incorporate both Confucian and shamanic rites/beliefs into their set of doctrines, while also dissuading affiliation with the traditional Church of the East. The three-hundred page-long Bulgyochaek (lit. "Buddhist Book") continues to gain popularity, with copies being given to commoners free-of-charge. Local bureaucratic officials are still bothered by the disturbing growth of the Catholic minority in Busan and the surrounding urban area, with the number of the faith's followers comprising as high as a third of the population. To combat the problem, a religious tax is enforced, with converts also being barred from participating in imperial examination and receiving government titles. Seeking to spread the virtues of knowledge and scholarship, Kim Do orders the establishment a new branch of the Jasuseong palace meant to serve as a public library. It hosts various texts, such as; copies of Chinese influential texts including I Ching and the Samguk Yusa, as foreign texts acquired from foreign merchants and missionaries. It also offers lessons instructing how the Korean alphabet functions. With the isolationist saeguk policy long-abolished, interest in the outside world increases. Government-sponsored merchant vessels travel throughout the continent seeking commerce, with accompanying scholars tasked with enriching the knowledge of these areas. Royal envoys are sent to the port of Maynila to discuss the possibility of preferential trading status, with tariffs cut by half (MOD RESPONSE). An economic zenith is experienced, with family-owned firms (known as chaebol) supervising the development of its industrial complexes. With the desire to further augment the burgeoning metallurgical industry, blast-furnaces producing steel are built; used to reinforce the durability of weaponry, firearms, armoury, and tools. With the intent of spurring trans-provincial commerce, canals lining major rivers are built whilst commonly-used roadways are paved. The royal army and navy are both strengthened, with fortifications solidified and weaponry produced.
    • In Nivkhgu, fused Nivkh–Korean culture spreads–especially among the middle class. The ruling House of Ayzik continues to centralize power, purging dissent among the Nivkh court. Pidginized Nivkh is promoted as the lingua franca of the region.
    • In Manchuria, the provisional government leaves. The Manchu House of Orho takes the role of both head of state and head of government, though power is massively decentralized as most power is held with Manchu nobles collaborating with the Korean government. Arable land is tilled, planted with wheat and cold-resistant rice cultivars in wetter areas. The grains surplus are sent to Korea for subsidised prices.
    • Tondo accepts this trade agreement -Natemod
  • Oman: Records of the Omani colonies are updated for the first time since 1545. A census is also held in Omani Al-Qamar, and it is estimated that the population of mainland Oman is increasing, while the population of Al-Qamar remains stagnant.

1572

The Hungarians and Austrians are stalemated in their war, each holding at the border.

Muslim exiles from Tondo arrive in Borneo, where they begin to create problems for the Majapahit. Not receiving any aid from the king, the local governor of Borneo declares himself an independent prince of Borneo to handle them with his own authority.

The natives of Singapore unsure as to why they remain submitted to some distant power openly revolt, throwing out Burgundy in short order.

In India followers of a now more prominent but still small sect of Hinduism begin to gain power and following it is spread relatively far across India, particularly in the Bahmanid. as the Guru travels all over India to preach.

  • Prussia-Luxembourg: Prussian forces move to secure Vienna and the Mountainous region between Austria and Bohemia in support of Otto's claim. The Prussian forces are under the command of General Johann von Stein. Meanwhile production of firearms, and supplies in general are increased as the crown places an order for larger quantities to supply the war effort. This marks the first time in nearly 100 years a major war has loomed over the HRE and Prussia in Particular since the second war of the Lions which established Brandenburgish predominance in HRE politics. The nobles and crown view this is a critical moment to maintain Prussian dominance in politics in securing the support of their sometimes ally sometimes rival Austria, and to consolidate the house of Brandenburg's place as a realible ally for the german princes to have on their side. Cultural and political debates continue in the academic circles of Berlin, and Luxembourg. expansion of the large landowning estates in the east continues to drive the agricultural boom in Prussia and continues to supply a surplus for the growing Prussian population, with full access to Hansa ports allows for greater access to the global market. output of mining and metal works also increases greatly due to a growing economy and population. Wrangel co. continues to expand it's activities abroad with the expansion of trading expeditions to africa, laurentia and beyond in the hopes of reaching east asia. Standardization of the Prussian and Hansa currencies begins to improve trade. Wilhelmburg expands by 25 px, as more lad is aquired for settlement. Horse breeding starts on a low scale in the new lands as many settlers take on hunting as a primaryt activity and others engage in cattle herding. Prussia formally lays a claim to the mouth of the New Rhine river as the Prussian Territory of New Brandenburg.Wilhelm begins looking for a wife as the need to establish a line of succession is required. He looks to Burgundy to see if they have an ideal candidate (he is 25 right now, all offers are welcome though.) Prussia recalls 50,000 troops to defend Berlin.
    • Hansa: The council of the Hansa is established as the ruling body of the Hansa League and the laws are codified based on the principals of the former free cities of Hamburg, Lubeck, and Bremen. Freidrich-Wilhelm and the house of Brandenburg are proclaimed as State protector in perpetuaty however their role is restricted to that of dejure ruler as opposed to de facto ruler with power resting in the Hansa Council. Hamburg in particular comes to benefit greatly from the new centralization of power as the capital much of the financial capital of the other cities comes to it and with it being the largest port in North Germany Prussian trade networks will be geared towards it as the biggest port. Artisan and Merchant guilds grow in power in the city and the Hansa Co. becomes an official backer of Prussian trade and settlement efforts outside of Europe in the hopes of securing greater wealth. local industry begins to grow as well.
  • Kingdom of Burgundy: Guyana expands 50px west, New Netherlands expands 25px. In light of the advances of Bulgaria and involvement of Scandinavia, King John II orders the Army of Flanders and the Army of Holland, both 25,000 strong, to march west, arriving in Prussia before long. The 25,000 man Army of Brabant is kept as a reserve. The Burgundian Navy also head for Scandinavian waters, and its requested the English Navy sends ships to support the offensive. With the Victory over the Scandinavians, a blockade is established, preventing Scandinavia from crossing more troops into mainland Europe via Denmark. Meanwhile, the Burgundian East India Company, unaware of the new war in Europe, launches an offensive to retake Singapore with a veteran 15,000 man army of Colonial Guard. With Singapore retaken, the Rape of Singapore, begins. Over the course of three days, thousands of Singapores rebellious inhabitants and sympathizer will be killed. Much of the atrocities, such as signaling the supporting fleet to fire hot shot into the residential areas, and killing those trying to escape, are blamed on the soldiers of the Emir's Bodyguard. Regardless, by the time the East India Company restore Emir Muzaffar to the throne the Company gave him, roughly a third of Singapores population (4,000 people) is dead. The rebellion also causes the East India Company, and later also by the West India Company, to institute the "One Chance Policy", where the locals and natives will be ruled leniently, their customs and culture will not be interfered with, but if they rebel, such leniency won't be offered a second time.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: With the major defensive positions currently being taken by the Prussians around and near Vienna, the Tsar in a choice move to better equip his forces and have them trained to standards he formally brings the Serbians into the structure of the Army and fully arms them with top of the line Bulgarian equipment, and gives them the full cadre of training (occuring from the past few years). The Serbian force of 15,000 and the Bulgarian force of 18,000 from the homeland (with 1 legion pulled from the Hungarian front) are postured on the Polish Border. A letter is sent to the Polish Tsar asking "With a war looming, the Bulgarian Tsar requests the Polish Tsar respectfully for access through his country to conduct an expedition (mod)" The force of 33,000 led by the Tsars son in law the Polish Kings brother having adopted the Bulgarian name Vlad in tandem with the Tsars personal friend Bogdan Velitchkov of the famed Velitchkov family looks to make a clear cut march across Poland. With the return letter allowing his march, the force of 33,000 marching on Prussia and after several months arrives in East Prussia and immediately begins to seize territory in the area before directly moving on Berlin and posting a Siege preparing to leave at a moment notice should the Prussian forces or its allies decide on a return to Berlin to challenge the Bulgarian expedition. In regards to this however the Bulgarians in Hungary set up a massive defensive line leaving a force of 12,000 to man it with the main army ready to return at a moments notice. This leaves 28,000 troops to go about seizing much of Southern Austria and Venice before returning to the Defensive line in short order. With most of the collective force of the alliance sitting around Vienna the Bulgarian armies have been given the decisive advantage of Initiative and the first moves now holding control of Much of southern austia, parts of Prussia and a siege underway of Berlin.
    • The Polish Tsar agrees (not fully apraised on Poland's situation but I'll OK it until Scraw or another mod says otherwise) -Nate
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Caliph Al-Mahdi II continues to work to restructure the Abbasids for the modern world. Universities in Alexnadria and Baghdad work to advance philosophy such as in the last few decades. The philosopher Abd Al-Rahman publihses a thesis where he exemplifies the role of the Rashidun Caliphate, seeing it as a more elective system than in later Calipahtes. Al-Mahdi continues to work on abolishing slavary, starting with a full ban on importing or exporting slaves for the next 6 months. Poetry in Damascus continues to see the Caliph as the true Mahdi of prophesy. Trade in east Asia continues as Islam is spread in Dai Viet and Majapihut. The Caliph continues to make ovatures to the Roman Pope, asking to start a more enlightened dialogue between the heads of Islam and Christianity. We ask the monarch of Zayiyr (Kongo) to fully accept Islam into the nobility. Full support is given to both Borneo and Sumatra to be independent Muslim states. The local Ayatollahs over the Muslim communities in Bahamani are specially trained to match and rebuff the idolatry of Hinduism there.
  • Scandinavian Empire: Under the rule of Eric II Gyldenløve the kingdom continues to prosper, however tensions run high with Russia due to the kingdom wanting only one form of compensation from the russians as promised the land they were promised willing to help the russian with their shipbuilding and give them a fair amount of money. The modernization of the army continues with purchasing of guns from prussia and replicating the gurkani muskets bought from russia. The building of the winter palace continues turn 6/35. Continued arresting of catholic missonaries continues with peasants attacks on catholics and their missonaries becoming more common with public opinion being against them. This decreases conversion in scandinavia and their colonies to a near zero. An established colony is made in the caribbean at OTL Barbados called Mare Porta (Puerto rico was taken so changing). Olavsdale expands 25px north, Vinland 25px, and New riksdale. In 1569 some Laps decided upon exploring the land to the east of vinland New Brunswick a small outpost is established on the coast. It is known to them as Wodensgard. In other news, Eric Gyldenlove looks for a wife for his son Henrik. He asks the Elector of the Rhine for a betrothal of one of his daughters and Henrik crown prince of Scandinavia Mod Response. Secret Seeing weakness in the Prussian Kingdom we ask the Bulgarian empire if they would like help in the war against prussia.
    • Despite forcing two boyars out of their jobs, we agree
    • Secret Bulgar Dip: We will not confirm nor deny, but if you choose to back Elizabeth Habsburg we will not complain.
    • Scandinavian Secret Dip: We begin to mobilize and start raiding the coast of prussia and hansa as our men begin to march into holstein.
    • One does not simply secretly raid. -scraw
  • Papal States: The Papal missions in Japan, Korea, the New World, and Kongo continue. Missionaries in the New World begin hearing of a large native kingdom far to the South, and make preparations to send a mission there. Domestically, very little happens. 
  • Bohemia: with war might start in Bulgaria, we ask for trade of 5,000 kolar snaplock pistols and kolar snaplocks for 10,000 pounds of Rye which we will make rye whiskey (we start selling Regum Dominos Dominantium in the black markert) we send a letter to the pope saying to place Samuel Toth in college of cardinals,We send 25,000 men to defend berlin,we also ask prussia to send 500 cannons (response on both).
  • Kingdom of England: As King William receives news of the Bulgarian invasion he dies of shock/ heart attack. As his 2nd cousin the Duke of York is the one to present the news to him he is the first to see the King die and he orders a silent palace coup as he has been running the affairs for a while. As Eduard the heir to England is arrested the Duke of York announces a number of days after the King's death that the King has in fact died and he changed his will in his last moments for him Henry, Duke of York to succeed him. This is accepted by many people with the now Henry VII being more liked as he is considered more English by the nobles and his promise to pull back the 15,000 troops in Germany makes him more popular as he promises to look after England first and make the Platengents great again. Eduard is held as a hostage but the King of England remains neutral in the unfolding war of Austrian succession. The new colony on William's Isle comes into contact with Scandinavian settlers and so they halt their expansion. Meanwhile in Avalon, New Gwynedd and Western Arcadia expansion continues with all the 3 colonies expanding 25px along their coasts as more people are convicted of low level crimes and are transported. As enclosures increase the amount of people who are now landless increases leading to people being forced to move by the Crown. The importation of slaves from Africa to Arcadia continues to work in plantations. Most of the farms are large plantations owned by merchants in England with most of the labour carried about by black slaves and convicts who spend their sentence working on farms and after 4 to 7 years normally they are released and can be free like the small population freemen who moved for a better life. Work on the canal from Gloucester to Lechlade on the Thames continues steadily with the canal being 4.7m wide and pound locks being used to get through the Cotswolds. Enclosure continues in England with more land being fenced off. Academic competition between Oxford and Cambridge continues with the new King Henry VII commissioning more grammar schools supported by the State so they are free to enter although due to them being only located in reasonably sized towns means they are still hard to access although this shows an increase in literacy rates.
  • Maiam: Trade experiences a boom as Maian foods and goods begin to reach the wider European market, and demand increases. With Poruguese aid, the nation begins to rebuild and repopulate. A minor population boom begins in the native Mayan and Aztec populations, as well as the Portuguese settlers. In some cases, intermarriage results in what are known as Mextizo children. Expansion continues along the southern border, focusing on the coast. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. There is some internal turmoil as the dominant Mayans impose their laws and culture on the conquered Mexica. Former Mexican royalty is forced to marry into Mayan lines. Small rebellions are put down. (Note: Mayan and Mexican refer to the cultural groups, Maian refers to the nation as a whole and its government.)
  • Japan: Last year while Shogun Oda Nobunaga was away meeting with the Papal Nuncio in Nagasaki discussing Christian theology and how to be a great ruler, Japan fell into internal unrest in resistance against the centralization processes during the transitional. Fortunately for Japan, order and stability was preserved by Hideyoshi and Ieyeasu, Now Shogun Oda Nobunaga has returned to Kyoto, and order and stability is completly restored to his realm. from Nagasaki, to Kyoto, to Edo. While Shogun Oda Nobunaga is the most powerful man in all of Japan, Japan is not completely unifiied under his rule, yes, there still remains daiymos west and north of Edo that have not surrendered to the Shogun. Before launching a major offensive campaign, however, Shogun Oda Nobunaga initiates a series of reforms to make sure the Nobunaga Shogunate will decisively defeat all remaining opposing daiymos. The task of creating and implementing the centralization reforms is assigned to Hideyoshi The first reform is conducting a census of Japan, to quantify the population of Japan by sex, age, and class, with the working population, military population, and potential working and military population. This is made subsequent audit of the nation detailing the income and expenses of the state. The taxation system is reformed and implemented, allowing for increased money for the state. Land reform is initiated, with the most powerful daiymos being based on how much rice production they make which is named "koku". Agritcultural methods to increase rice production. Infrastructure is built to increase internal transportation in Nobunaga's realm. Movement is restricted in Japan in order to curtail the threat of raiding bandits. Slavery is officially abolished The Nobunaga shogunate also seizes and builds manufucaturing plants using the newfound wealth of the reforms, and these manufucaturing plants produce arms and supplies for the military, most notably tanegashims. Coastal manufucaturing centers are also tasked with shipbuilding. The Council of 3 realize that the key to a successful Japan is one where the entire populace is working, and if not working, doing something to a productive end. Thus all citizens are encouraged to work and produce, and those who do are rewarded. Meanwhile, troops are sent to Edo to station the city and fortify it from any invasions of rebel daiymo.
  • GeorgiaWe ask for trade deals and an alliance with Trebizond. Likewise, we send diplomats to Russia and Bulgaria, pinnacles of Orthodoxy, to foster good relationships. We develop the port of Tskhumi to become the main port in Georgia, in order to sell gold, silver and iron. Ottoman goods are shipped through Tskhumi towards Vladimirgrad, Vasiligrad, Trebizond and other western ports. We send the raised troops home except for 500, who are sent to Vasiligrad to aid the Bulgarian troops in their war. King Heracles recalls his son David back from Vasiligrad to Tblisi. 
    • Trebizond accepts. Also a marriage is offered between a young 23 year old Trapezuntine Princess and the Georgian heir. -scraw
  • Russia: We declare out neutrality in the Prussian conflic, however with Polands entry into the war we attack from the north with the army in occupated Livonia pushing for the rest of Lithuania and Byelorussia. The 5,000 men in Georgia are diverted to Poland with a force numbering 105,000.We are disappointed at both sides, focusing on killing each other rather than expanding their populations and territory. We are disappointed at the Scandinavians and Prussians for they are good trading partners and Prince Dimitri once passed through their empire. We continue to expand into Siberia with new towns set up along the new roads starting to go the the aforementioned towns.
  • Poland-Lithuania: We declare war to Bulgaria citing overexpansion and aggression as the reason. Warsaw undertakes an architectural transformation. Old wooden dirty houmes and slumps are brought down by King Stanislas I orders. Seeing the Golden chance we attack Bulgarian troops while on our lands, our 500.000 troops are led under our great general Navitski. Also we ask our ally Russia to back us up here.
  • Kiev takes this opportunity to invade Poland, with the Prince taking the army himself. He also invites his nephew to come home from Georgia so that he may learn the way of ruling and so a trusted person can command Kiev while he is away. Also in Poland people are very wary of going against their principal benefactor, Bulgaria. -scraw
    • Georgian diplomacy to Kiev: The heir, Ivan, is sent back to Kiev to learn ruling via sea. With him are 50 men under his command, to join the war. 
    • Boheminan Dip: we will trade with Poland 15,000 kolar snaplocks rifle and kolar snaplock rifle for 15,000 pounds of rye
  • Kingdom of Sicily: After his election as Prince-General of the Kingdom of Sicily last year, Philip of House Valois, now goes on a tour through the six duchies as well as the baronies of Naples, Bari, Syracuse, and Palermo. He meets all the members of the Noble Council, and discusses matters of the realm with them. After meeting the entire Noble Council, Philip returns to his court in Naples, and starts the management of the kingdom. The Prince-General starts developing relationships with and investing in the businesses of merchants in big cities such as Naples and Syracuse, wanting to increase the economic prosperity of his lands. He also sends an envoy to France to seek an official alliance with his uncle, the King of France.
  • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast, Agadir is made a trading post in the Desert to help rise the pop. The Sultan begins to work on trade with other African states mostly Muslim, We send Mali and Kongo an invite to a trade deal where we will trade and set up an African trade route (MOD MOD). We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 13px. The city Algiers is made as a possible capital of the Sultanate as its population grows. The Sultan sets up his own Council of Imams that will help guide the Sultan.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. Jewish and Muslim scholars debate with each other if the Maghreb is Arab or African,until one day the Sultan speaks on the debate saying "Us Arab and Africans and united so why not keep it", as the idea of Afro-Arab is tossed around after his word on the debate. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zaire (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zairi as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity.The spread of Islam in Zairi is less about shoving it down people belief but more of gaining trust of people by giving out food and things like that.
  • Korea: The monarch Kim Do accepts the title of Emperor to further legitimize his authority. He purges oppositional elements and their proponents within the sarim, while loyalists are rewarded with various titles and silver. In order to keep track of national happenings, annals are written and published yearly, and the hopae system is further enforced. To appease the public and to enforce the meritocracy, class-transfer restrictions, including those for the cheomin and the nobi, are implemented. Buddhism and Nestorianism, with Korean forms officially incorporating Confucian and Muist rites and beliefs, continue to gain followers. The three-hundred page-long Bulgyochaek and its dozen simplified edition, continues to gain appeal, with copies being freely given to commoners. To satisfy growing interests in the outside world, an autonomous branch of the royal navy dedicated to exploration is established, and the ports of Jeju, Mokpo, Ulsan, and Incheon are opened to foreign trade as well. Exploiting preferential trading status with Tondo, mercantile activity within southeast Asia increases. Meanwhile, an economic zenith is experienced, with family-owned firms (known as chaebol) supervising the development of its industrial complexes. With the desire to further augment the burgeoning metallurgical industry, blast-furnaces producing steel are built; used to reinforce the durability of weaponry, firearms, armoury, and tools. With the intent of spurring trans-provincial commerce, canals lining major rivers are built whilst commonly-used roadways are paved. The royal army and navy are both strengthened, with fortifications solidified and weaponry produced.
    • In Nivkhgu, fused Nivkh–Korean culture spreads–especially among the middle class. The ruling House of Ayzik continues to centralize power, purging dissent among the Nivkh court. Pidginized Nivkh is promoted as the lingua franca of the region.
    • In Manchuria, arable land is tilled, planted with wheat and cold-resistant rice cultivars in wetter areas. The grains surplus are sent to Korea for subsidised prices.

1573

The Bishop of Paderborn writes an encyclical on how German Catholics can stand together in the same unity of the Trinity, which doctrine had been challenged by recent heretics.

The Patriarch of Moscow sees the greater power and independence of Russia as an opportunity to assert more autonomy as equal in authority to the Patriarch of Constantinople.

War escalates between the Turkmen Sultanate and the Chagatai Khanate, as the Chagatai Khan controls the slightly larger military but with much more incompenant leadership.

The almost-ATL-Thirty-Years War continues, to no one's suprise (you can finish the algos and apply them retroactively)

In Warsaw, there is a palace coup against the Tsar, who is believed to be mad. He is locked away in his rooms while the city is governed by nobles. Outside the capital, people surrender to the invading armies of Russia and Kiev. General Navitski proclaims himself King of Poland and continues the war on account of his beef with the Tsar's brother, who is married to the heiress of Bulgaria.

France says OK to Sicily.

Mali and Kongo say OK to Maghreb.

In Majapahit, the independence of Borneo spurs the independence of the Sultanate of Malacca, which reaches out to the Burungdy East India Company for protection.

Tondo conquers Mindanao.

Gujarat breaks away from Bahmanid. An independent Gujarat is proclaimed and they reach out to Delhi, Oman, and Persia for good relations and trade.

  • Korea: With the shogun attempting to centralize Japan, Emperor Kim Do and the imperial court are anxious that this may tip the balance of power between the two. In the Korean strait, naval presence on the islands of Dokdo and Jeju are cemented for protective measures. The royal army and navy enlarges with conscripts drawn by incentives such as reduced yearly taxes. With armoury weaponry–specifically firearms such as matchlock rifles, and projectiles–being produced, an additional arsenal is built in Daegu, with the neighbouring Busan arsenal being revamped to lift storage capacity. Industry is augmented with the construction of blast-furnaces, producing steel used to reinforce war items. Within the palace, the Emperor flirts with the prospect of adopting the grid plan system after visiting China. In Suwon, a group of sarim scholars and local administrators are tasked with experimenting with the concept, being granted a small hectare of land simulating a small settlement. With the intent of spurring trans-provincial commerce, canals lining major rivers are built whilst commonly-used roadways are paved. Emperor Kim Do is still intrigued by the lands to his south, and abolishes all maritime restrictions still in-place, opening all ports to all foreign merchants. A new foreign policy emphasizing the three policies of neutrality, defence, and trade, is created. He sends another fleet south to study the its cultures while simultaneously conducting commerce. Envoys are sent to Borneo hoping to establish formal relations, adding that no type of tribute nor renouncement of suzerainty is needed (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). Aided by foreign trade, Christianity, mostly in the form of Nestorianism and Catholicism, becomes increasingly common. Buddhism and the Bulgyochaek continues to spread, with temples being built.
    • In Nivkhgu, the ruling House of Ayzik continues to centralize power, purging dissent among the Nivkh court. Pidginized Nivkh is promoted as the lingua franca of the region.
    • In Manchuria, arable land is tilled, planted with wheat and cold-resistant rice cultivars in wetter areas. The grains surplus are sent to Korea for subsidised prices.
  • Kingdom of Burgundy: Guyana expands 50px west, New Netherlands expands 25px. With the request by the Malacca Sultan for protection, the Burgundian East Indian Company accepts. The Company representatives make clear that local customs and internal administration will not be interfered with, while the Colonial Guard will assume responsibility for general security and defense. With Malacca coming under Burgundian protection, an offer of protection is sent to the Prince of Borneo with similar terms (mod response please). Due to Burgundys extensive trade contacts in the Mediterranean, word reaches Burgundy the Bulgarian fleet has sailed west past Sicily, with only one possible destination for a fleet of that size in that direction, the order is given for the Burgundian fleet to disengage from the Oresund, leaving a token force to continue the blockade. Linking up with Home Fleet under Crown Prince Henri with Graf Bonapaart as his flagship, the 600 strong fleet sails to meet the Bulgarians in the Southern Bight. But on the day of battle, the fleet spots English banners among the enemy. Realizing the betrayal, Prince Henri orders a single black flag hoisted from Graf Bonapaart, the signal to the Burgundian fleet to give no quarter. While the battle is won, the fleet falls back some distance, with schooners to scout the enemy should they advance. And emergency program is initiated, converting many merchant vessels into warships to defend the home waters.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: With the invasion by Poland, the Bulgarian military remobilizes to face this new threat with the 33,000 troops a swath is cut through Poland for the betrayal abandoning the siege of Berlin in short order, The forces in Hungary are fully repositioned as well with the Hungarians asked to take over the defensive line around the Danube as well as the occupation of Southern Austria. (Mod, Please)  With the movement of troops, the Bulgarian army is fully mobilized into Poland with the 33,000 strong force in the north asking for any an all dissenters against the Polish monarchy to join with the Bulgarian Expedition (Mod again plz The Bulgarian force now having marched into Southern Poland into Slovakia spreads out and then invades southern Poland pushing deep in and beginning a massive siege of Warsaw with 40,000 troops doing the same asking for more Polish volunteers (mod) against Stanislaus who is coloquially being known as the mad king of Poland. Tsar Aleksandar publically addresses the people of Vasiligrad in an announcement declaring the end of Poland as it is known. The Tsar himself then leaves, planning to personally lead the mission. The population of Bulgaria is visibly furious, with so much Bulgar blood and treasure having been sunk into Poland, the Bulgars and their component peoples all unite in the face of this threat. Many people are up in arms and agree to serve in the legion as replacements for the losses which will be suffered. With roughly 3000 troops drawn in the north to the Northern Expeditionary force, the Bulgarian army now standing at 35,000 in the north moves on and camps waiting for the 40,000 troops to the south to arrive. They confirm with eachother secretly before surrounding the entirety of the Polish army near the Prussian border and engageing in a massive decisive battle near Poznan. (WRTO confirmed this is where his army is.) In other words the Bulgarian navy is split in half with nearly 50 ships sent to guard the Austrian Littoral and the other ships put on guard in the aegean sea. In a stunning display of ruthlessness the Bulgarian army engages the Polish army near Poznan twice and once again as a hole opened up allowing the polish army a retreat and repreive, However the Bulgarian army Pursues the Polish with 50,000 troops while the other 23,000 secures massive amounts of territory, occupying Slovakia, Krakow, Poznan and the vast majority of Polish territory leading up to the Bulgarian Border. In a secret move the entire Bulgarian navy is shipped out of the area to England. The force of 197 ships takes a few months but with Burgndian naval forces distracted the Navy hopes to dock in london. However with a reprieve the Bulgarian army redeploys once again against Poland looking to crush the Polish once and for all before redeploying to Austria. The Final battle against Poland occurs in Galicia with the Bulgar forces achieving a massive overwhelming victory. The Bulgarian forces leave a grand total of 20,000 troops in Poland manning the Border with Prussia and fortifying Poznan heavily. This brings 53,000 troops down into Austria via Slovaki meeting the Austrian army at the Border alongside the Hungarians which launch an offensive along the Austrian flank hoping to cut them off from Vienna and push them down with their backs to the mountains. Bulgaria begins to formulate a new Polish government looking to choose a new Tsar from the ranks of Orthodox poles as the end of the war in Poland is in sight. A Peace treaty also begins to be drafted. In a final military move the Bulgars keep their defensive line on either side of the Danube essentially locking down entrance into Hungary. The defensive line along the Prussian border around Poznan is formulated around the now fortified Poznan and the Oder River. In an ironic twist the Bulgarian commander in Poland begins to reconstitute a polish army based around Prisoners of war who were considered unwilling participants in the late polish kings vendetta. They are formed alongside the remaining 1000 of the Polish volunteers who survived the conflict which form the Polish guard which is established as a force of roughly 10,000
    • Hungary, ok. Polis people, ok
    • Conceded to nate that me moving back down into Hungary was too much in one turn for movement. -Feud
    • Russian Dip: We propose to end the Polish menace once and for all. By dividing up the country for Prussia, Russia, Kiev, and Bulgaria.
    • Bulgarian Dip: We refuse to allow Prussia and Hungary some of our current enemies to gain territory they did not fight for (I literally just occupied all of Western Poland aside from Warsaw) and in another case would rather include Bohemia into this agreement. Bulgaria, Kiev, Russia, and Bohemia all take part in the partition. Bulgaria puppets Poland including warsaw, Bohemina gains slovakia, Kiev annexes much of the ruthenian territories (excluding Galicia so i have a landlink to Poland) and Russia gains Lithuania and Belarus. 
    • Bohemian Dip: We will get solvakia since we are famliy after (with Bulgaria). 
    • Bulgarian Dip: We're literally at war, no ....
    • Bohemian Dip: I never declared war on you.
    • Bulgarian Dip: Don't you have 5000 troops supporting prussia in the succession war? seems to me like your sort of at war, but anyways Bohemia is not really on my radar for the territory, Hungary is under a direct wartime alliance with me, and is currently in a war with me, it makes more sense.
    • English Dip: We agree to allow the Bulgarian navy to dock in London and our 300 ship fleet links up with the Bulgarians while our 35,000 strong army is moved to London ready to defend against a foreign invasion. The English fleet is mobilised and readied for combat.
  • Bohemia: with war starting in Bulgaria, we ask for trade of 5,000 kolar snaplock pistols and kolar snaplocks for 10,000 pounds of Rye which we will make rye whiskey (we start selling Regum Dominos Dominantium in the black markert) we send a letter to the pope saying to place Samuel Toth in college of cardinals,We send 1,000 men to defend warsaw from looters,we also ask prussia to send 500 cannons (response on both).
  • Kingdom of Sicily: Prince-General Philip I is very pleased to hear his uncle's acceptance of his request for an alliance between Sicily and France. Philip hopes that the alliance between the nations will strengthen the cause of Roman Catholicism in the secular world. He continues to invest in the businesses of Sicilian merchants in the big cities of the realm. Philip becomes the patron of a few Neapolitan artists and writers, hoping to make Naples a cultural centre of the Mediterranean. He also starts looks into finding someone to design a building plan for a grand church to be built in the city of Naples.
  • 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. We request Sofala to become a vassal of the Swahili. (Mod Response Please)
    • Sofala agrees because Swahili is much more mightier than them. ~Wolvesmod
  • Knights Hospitaller- We have a population of around 10,000 and have a navy of 10 ships. We begin furnishing an expedition of 6 ships to explore south into the Caribbean and into the New World (OTL Florida, North America) lead by Admiral Francois Vallette. We have started the expedition with the fleet leaving port. In New Rhodes, we begin building up our industry by offering grants for skilled colonists. We have built the University of New Rhodes in order to encourage scientific advancement. We build up the dockyards in order to have more trade. We also declare ourselves a free port (though no slavers) in order to encourage commerce and we encourage European ships to come to dock and refit. We also build a theological school in order to recruit missionaries and educate them on how to convert the native populace. Also, observing the emerging wars in the New World we offer to take in refugees and offer land in the New World (Mod response on number of colonists).
    • 1000 colonists apply for colonizing to the Knights Hospitalier. ~Wolvesmod
  • Oman: Oman accepts Gujarat's request to improve relations and trade. King Abdulla remarks that "Long ago, before the Bahmanid invasion, Gujarat and Oman were close trade partners. We wish to resume this warm friendship." Meanwhile, Omani merchants begin to gradually disregard the Compact of Kolon-Thota, as the Bahmanids are unable to maintain control over their major coastal provinces. Gujarat sees an influx of Omani trade, as well as the newly-formed Sultanate of Malacca in the east. Abdulla bin Numair sends Ibadi "missionaries" to Sumatra to persuade local rulers and Majapahit vassals to convert to Ibadi Islam, with the promise of wealth and support from the Kingdom of Oman (Mod Response). Oman also annexes the Somali town of Geesaley (known to Omanis as Jasalay) and claims authority over the surrounding villages and towns. The Barijal (Bargal) territory is declared a colony of Oman, with the port of Bargal as its capital. Groups of Omanis arrive from the mainland to settle the colony. In the city, native Somalis become a minority, although they remain a majority in the outskirts. Omani slave traders continue to operate within the Caliphate's borders despite the recent attempts to enforce regulations.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Caliph Al-Mahdi works tirelessly to extend and exemplify the house of Islam in the modern world. The Coptic Church is given more autonomy in East Africa, including the ability to run their own schools. The Caliph opens closer relations with the Catholics in Palestine, particularly the Franciscan Order, in order to put them on equal footing to the Orthodox in the Pentarchy. After suspending the slave trade for 8 months, Al-Mahdi works to begin re-distributing the income of the largest slave-owning Emirtates to other forms of economics, before having the trade suspended for another 7 months. The Ulema approves of new administrations of Ayatollahs and local Kazirs to be apointed in the regions of Mali and Kongo, as they enter into the House of Islam. The Ulema extends open trade and good relations with the Sultanate of Gujarat. The Ulema dispatches 70 galleys and 20 frigates to ensure that the states of Borneo and Malacca remain independent. 
    • Ottoman Empire: The Ottomans raise their military and Jannisaries on high alert, as well as the Black Sea navy near the Dardanelles. The Ottoman Emperor, after the many grievences with the Orthodox League in the past, sees the European war as an opportunity to move on Vasiligrad. The Abbasid Ulema, however, still denies the autonomy of the Ottoman Empire at this time, preferring to stay neutral to the conflict. 
    • Oman Diplomacy: The Omani ambassador to the Caliphate complains about the recent suspension of the slave trade in the Abbasid realm, claiming it is counterproductive to the nature of the Arab-Indian Company. Oman regards this as a serious issue, as the slave trade is important to Oman's economy and the Abbasids are one of its closest trade partners.
    • Abbasid Dip: The Ulema files this complaint, unsure how to accomodate these concerns, but Caliph Al-Mahdi sends a personal letter to the Oman Sultan, assuring him that this suspension is temporary and in the long run new economic ventures in Africa will be able to fund the Arab-India Company without enslavement.
  • Georgia: We develop the port of Tskhumi to become the main port in Georgia, in order to sell gold, silver and iron. Ottoman goods are shipped through Tskhumi towards Vladimirgrad, Vasiligrad, Trebizond and other western ports. We accept Trebizond's offer and the marriage happens in Trebizond. However, Heracles dies mere days after returning to Tblisi due to a heart attack.
  • Scandinavia Empire: With the blockade of the Olesund many traders are forced to past through stockholm, riksdale, and exit through bergen through land. Inadvertently the blockade accidently allows these cities to become more important on the economic scale. However the emperor feels that in order to beat burgundy he needs another naval power on his side one he can bargain with and so (Secret begin) The king offers up to the Kingdom of England,and Ireland the hebrides in exchange for their participation and help against the burgundians. Meanwhile in the new world due to the large absence of the burgundian navy pirate attacks from Olavsdale on burgundian ships passing to new amsterdam in order to weaken moral. Development of the colony on mare porta continues. New rikdale,olavsdale,and vinland expands 25 px inwards and along the coast. Mare Porta expands 10 px. The scandinavian fleet mainly focuses on harrassing the spread out burgundian fleet with hired privateers and such. Scandinavia offers the hand of Henrik Gyldeløve Grand Prince of the Scandinavian Empire to the hand of a french princess Mod Response.
    • Secret English Dip: The English agree to this proposal.
  • Maiam: Trade experiences a boom as Maian foods and goods begin to reach the wider European market, and demand increases. With Poruguese aid, the nation begins to rebuild and repopulate. A minor population boom begins in the native Mayan and Aztec populations, as well as the Portuguese settlers. In some cases, intermarriage results in what are known as Mextizo children. Expansion continues along the southern border, focusing on the coast. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. There is some internal turmoil as the dominant Mayans impose their laws and culture on the conquered Mexica. Former Mexican royalty is forced to marry into Mayan lines. Small rebellions are put down. (Note: Mayan and Mexican refer to the cultural groups, Maian refers to the nation as a whole and its government.)
  • Russia: Polish Lithuania is annexed into our Lithuanian Duchy. Plans are made for the creation of the Duchies of Ruthenia and Byelorussia which will be given to the two Boyars of Estonia and Courland which have been forced out of their jobs. We denounce Bohemia's claim on Slovakia as it will be given to our great friends in Hungary (This is a bit personal for me because I am half Hungarian). Territory in Siberia reaches Krasnoyarsk. With the sparkly populated Polish Ruthenian territories our army quickly occupies at least 100 miles of Polish Eastern lands. (player response) We would like to purchase ship designs from Burgandy for our naval ambitions. Snaplock rifles are starting to be produced in various weaponsmiths across the country.
    • Burgundian Dip: the purchase is accepted.
    • Bulgarian Dip: Here is the Treaty of Poznan
  • Papal States: The Pope heaps praise on the Bishop of Paderborn for his encyclical, and also on the Archbishop-Patriarch of Cologne for his good work in establishing the 'German Paper'. Gregory XII receivs the Caliph's letter, and is initially fairly unsure how to proceed, so taken-aback is he by the Caliph's proposal. However, in consideration of the Caliph's very clear goodwill towards the Franciscans -and Catholics (and other Christians) generally- in the Holy Land, Gregory responds, thanking the Caliph for his overtures, and saying that there are many areas in which the two faiths can surely find common ground: such as ensuring that pilgrims of all creeds can access Jerusalem, and remain safe and well there; and fighting piracy in the Mediterranean Sea. In other news, Gregory raises Samuel Toth of Bohemia to the Cardinalate, and gives him urgent instructions to stop the spread of the anti-Saint heresy in Bohemia. Overseas, the mission in Kongo continues with the help of the Burgundians. Japan is also given whatever aid it requires through the Nuncio there. In the New World, the small mission started last year sets sail in a small ship with the goal of reaching the great Southern Kingdom (Inca) and proseletysing there (Mods delet if unreasonable).  
  • Samuel Toth Dip: i will get on that right away and i give you 3500 in gold  
  • 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. Sancho of House Braganza, the third of his name, has ruled since 1566. In his time as the King of Portugal, he has worked on the 'migration' of Portuguese culture to the rest of Iberia, in addition to building up the infrastructure of Portugal and Her colonies.  His heir Henry 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. While Iberia has suffered calamity due to civil war, hardship generally yields increased reproductive rates. (And it's a figure from another mod, so take it up with him, Feud, not me) 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. However, the Perdão da ignorância act (Forgiveness of ignorance), which was passed in 1551, 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 joins the war against Burgundy, citing their cultural, historical, and legal claims to the Azores. They call allies France and Scotland to their aid.
      • 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.
      • Mêcicipi: The settlement of Porto de Manuel is established this year in honor of the late King Manuel. Relations with the local natives continues to be profitable, trade pouring through the capital of the colony - Nova Galicia. In the meantime, expansion along the coast towards Maiam's northern coast continues, frontiersmen and settlers arriving in droves due to the discounted land prices.
      • 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 as of 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.
      • Hispaniola: The colony of Hispaniola produces much prosperity for Spain and the rest of Iberia. The primary export of Hispaniola is sugarcane. 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.
  • Kingdom of England: Secret: We ask Iberia to send 200 ships to link with the Bulgarian fleet and sail to link with the English fleet. We are secretly plotting a war against Burgundy after being bribed by Scandnavia and planning a colonial war as well as to show the court that the new King Henry VII as he is crowned by Parliament does not favour the Germans. The former King's son is released back to Prussia. Yet while the Bulgarian and Iberian fleet was linking up with the English fleet before they were attacked by the Burgundian fleet without a deceleration of war. After the battle news comes back to the King about the Burgundian attack and uses this to argue Burgundy has declared war on England. We have 300 ships of our navy link up with the allied fleet and fight the Burgundian in the Southern Bight. Another 20 ships are ordered to be built this year at docks across the country.We keep our 30,000 men in London securing King Henry and defending England from foreign invasion. We move 5,000 men into the Hebrides as part of our arrangement. Meanwhile in the colonies a millita is raised in all 3 of the main colonies and it is ordered to hold position until reinforcements from England can arrive although they get ready to defend. Work on the canal is halted due to the war. If we win the battle of the Southern Bight we move our fleet into London along with the rest of the allied fleet.
    • Iberian Diplomacy: We accept
  • Japan: The 1572 Census of Japan is completed and is entered into Kyoto, and it is revealed that the population of Japan stands at 17,000,000 people. The centralization process runs smoothly, and it brings unprecedent wealth to the Nobunaga Shogunate. This wealth allows for the opening of gold, silver, and iron mines across the nation as well as the opening and funding of blast furnaces which produce steel. This steel in turn produces katanas and tanegashimas. The money is also invested in expanding infrastructure throughout the Shogunate and producing ships. Meanwhile, Ieyeasu is put in charge of training the Nobunaga Shogunate Army, supplying them with new weapons and training them in new strategy and tactics, and money is spent here too. This military revamping is made in order to go on a major offensive against the remaining daiymos north of Edo.h Meanwhile, peasants produce rice and agritictulural methods continue to be implemented to increase yield. With Hideyoshi in charge of domestic policy, and Ieyeasu in charge of the military, Oda Nobunaga oversees both, and takes charge of foreign policy. Diplomatically, the Japanese government recognizes the independence of both Borneo and Malacca, and we offer them protection from any hostile powers in return for tribute. (Mod Response Required)
  • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast. We ask the Caliphate if we can make a navval base in Cairo.  Agadir is made a trading post in the Desert to help rise the pop.  We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 15px. The city Algiers is made as a possible capital of the Sultanate as its population grows. The Sultan sets up his own Council of Imams that will help guide the Sultan.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. Jewish and Muslim scholars debate with each other if the Maghreb is Arab or African,until one day the Sultan speaks on the debate saying "Us Arab and Africans and united so why not keep it", as the idea of Afro-Arab is tossed around after his word on the debate. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zaire (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zairi as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity.The spread of Islam in Zairi is less about shoving it down people belief but more of gaining trust of people by giving out food and things like that.

1574

Caliph Al-Mahdi is assassinated by one of his companions who seems to have been insane. Not expecting the Caliph to die so suddenly, the Ulema anoints his 16-year-old cousin as the new Caliph, while the Grand Vizier of the Ulema is made regent. (just doing this to get you started, Scraw)

The Patriach of Moscow pushes for autonomy as equal power to the Patriarch of Constantinople.

The War of Austrian Succession (or ATL Thirty Years War) continues, as battles rage across Eastern Europe and navies clash from the Baltic to the Atlantic. In Poland, the internal chaos caused by the war has sparked porgroms on Jewish communities, and in Hungary brother is turned against brother in suspicion of being spies for the other side. (Note that not all algos have been finished, and some that have finished still has issues to resolve, not to mention any more fronts opened since).

The Bulgarian dude is a great general. The Burgundian dude is a great admiral.

Note: these can only be applied to algos from 1574 and beyond as mod events are required for GG's GL's and GA's

  • Korea: After observing unsettling attempts to subjugate the Malay archipelago and its periphery by foreign powers, the Emperor sends a fleet to Sumatra (particularly the area straddling the straits of Malacca), hoping to secure local rulers or vassals as partners (MOD RESPONSE). In the southern provinces, highly distinguished General Shin-Rib (or known by his courtesy name; Ipji) is placed in-charge of the regional legion. Perturbed by Japanese attempts to centralise and to exert its influence overseas by establishing its own tributary system, more warships monitor maritime boundaries. To the north, a group of particularly influential nobility of Manchu descent known as the Gioro clan advocates for greater provincial autonomy on internal affairs. After hearing of the movement, Emperor Kim Do himself publicly defames the clan and strips them of their aristocratic privileges. Daiyen, the head of the clan, sends his daughter Fusan as a concession. Fusan agrees to become a royal consort in-exchange for the restoration of their aristocratic powers; however, this is just a part of a plot to poison the Emperor. However, on the day of the plot's execution, Fusan makes a fatal mistake. In an ironic twist of fate, she instead poisons herself and other royal consorts (save for the Empress and a couple others). After the discovery of the plot, the Emperor sentences all adult male members of the Gioro clan to execution, while women (who will re-marry with Korean men) and children are demoted to lower sangmin caste. He uses the attempt to justify the forcible expulsion of Manchus still residing within the northern provinces. The Suwon experiment is a success, with the Emperor happily adopting urban planning. The fleet dispatched last year returns, telling of highly cultured peoples. Another fleet is sent westwards, docking in various ports before arriving to the Abbasids. Using Korean transcribers well-versed in Arabic, sarim scholars study Islam. Usual militarisation efforts persist.
    • Nivkhgu: The ruling House of Ayzik continues to centralize power, purging dissent among the Nivkh court. Pidginized Nivkh is promoted as the lingua franca of the region.
    • Manchuria: With Manchu collaborators and the House of Orho knowing that their power rests on Korean support, Gioro sympathizers are purged, along with proponents of "oppositional elements" (a metaphor for anti–Korean sentiment).
  • Kingdom of Burgundy: Colonial expansion is halted while war rages, and the Colonial Guard of the Wst India Company is put on guard. New Amsterdam in New Netherlands, Havanna and Guantanamo in Kuba, and Robertstad in Guyana all receive heavier fortifications. With the victory at Southern Bight, and the arrival of enemy reinforcements from Iberia, Crown Prince Henri launches a bold, early morning surprise attack in the enemy combined fleet the their anchorage on the Medway. Thought outnumbered, Henri leadership results in scores of enemy warships destroyed or captured. When he returns to Burgundy, he learns that his father, John II, has passed away from the stress the war has caused on him. After a hurried coronation as King Henri I, he meets with Admiral Frans Wacht, who proposes a commerce raiding program to force Iberia, England, and Scandinavia to divert naval forces to protect their overseas goods. Intrigued, Henri I approves, and Wacht leaves with a force of 10 frigates and schooners, flying his flag from a captured English frigate named Dreadnought, still painted in English colors. When he arrives to the new world, he brings orders for the West India Company to utilize their ships in a usual way. With the enemy navy defeated not once but twice, the Burgundian Navy falls back to recover losses and support ground forces in northern Germany. Engaging the Scandinavian forces yet another time, Henri I's navy defeats them yet again, strengthening the blockade. With the blockade secure, Henri returns to Burgundian waters. Meanwhile, the Army of Flanders, 30,000 men, is attached to the Prussian army for its assistance in campaigns.
    • Korea: Royal envoys arrive to Ceylon, proposing a treaty that if signed, would implement preferential trading status between the two, with tariffs being lowered.
    • Japan: Envoys are sent to Singapore from Taiwan and we request to establish a trade route from Taipei to Singapore. We propose mutual preferential trading rights between Singapore and Taipei.
    • The Burgundian East India Company accepts both proposals.
  • Abbasid Caliphate: The assassin of Al-Mahdi is quickly found and stoned on the spot. Al-Mahdi is buried outside of Damascus and mourned 90 days. With the new Caliph, taking the name Al-Rahim II, being very young, the Grand Vizier takes a larger roll in running the Caliphate. The economic policies of Al-Mahdi are forgotten, and the slave trade resumes in the Indian Ocean. Additionally, Al-Mahdi's plans regarding the Catholic Church were not passed to his successor, so while the Ulema ensures open pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the Franciscans, not much more communication is given to the Pope in Rome. The Pope of Alexandria, however, begins to set up new schools in Egypt and Ethiopia, to increase education for the Coptic population of Africa. Protection is extended to the new Muslim states in the Indian Ocean, including Gujarat, Malacca, and Borneo, and offers are given to them to join the Arab-Indian Company.
    • Ottoman Empire: The military recently built up is deployed. A large set of barges are constructed in the Caspian Sea, and the Ottoman military including over a hundred Jannissaries are shipped to the Turkoman Sultanate to ensure their independence. 
    • Gurkani Secret Diplomacy: We would like to discuss plans for Jihad against Majahpahit, an unholy target, yet a weak target that already has muslim brothers living in it. 
    • Malacca is already under the protection of Burgundy. -General
    • Gonna nip this in the butt here, yeah no way either of you are launching a giant jihad against Majapahit in Indonesia. This isnt even possible for someone like Burgundy to do with the logisitical constraints and a better navy, dont see how the Abbasids and Gurkani could launch such  a massive expedition. -Feud
    • Bulgarian Dip: With the war exceeding many resources we can draw on from home, the Bulgarian Tsar offers to conclude a series of war time trade deals to purchase munitions and supplies from the Caliphate and also offers a non aggression pact during this time period.
    • Caliphate Dip: The Grand Vizier will be willing to sell the greatest firearms of the western world to Bulgaria, including both muskets and Great Bombards, and enter in the non-aggression pact if Bulgaria cedes the Islands of Milos, Kytheria, and Kos to the Caliphate, open to negotiation
  • Kingdom of Sicily: The Prince-General continues investing in the businesses of merchants in the big cities of the realm. The boons from these investments can already be seen throughout the kingdoom, with cities like Naples and Syracuse growing more than usual and experiencing a small economic boom. Philip finally finds an architect who will design the plans for his vision of a grand church in Naples, built in a style similar to the Baroque architecture of OTL, in order to show the importance of the Catholic Church in his lands. He also continues support a group of Neapolitan artists and writers, creating a flowering cultural scene in the city of Naples. Philip also begins a project with the help of his group of artists and writers, wishing to translate the Bible into the vernacular of Naples and print it at a large scale so that people throughout the Kingdom of Sicily may learn to be more devout Catholics.
  • Kingdom of Oman: Seeing as how Imerina remains completely isolated in the interior of the island, Abdulla bin Numair offers to establish a sort of "protectorate" under Oman. Imerina will have full internal autonomy, the ability to establish its own laws within its borders and may continue to be ruled by a king, as well as receiving military protection from the government. However, it will be represented by Oman in external affairs and will be considered an autonomous territory of Oman. As part of this agreement, Merinas and Omanis alike may freely pass between these borders to conduct trade or other business (Mod Response). In the east, Ibadi missionaries are sent to Sumatra to persuade local rulers and Majapahit vassals to convert to Ibadi Islam, with the promise of wealth and support from the Kingdom of Oman should they accept (Mod Response). Realizing the necessity of a religious leader, King Abdulla sends officials throughout the country to find the man who is most fit to lead the Ibadi world. A man named Omar bin Mohammed is elected and appointed Grand Imam of Oman. In accordance with the laws of Suleiman bin Mudhafar, he holds no political power, but serves to guide the Ibadi faithful as a religious authority. This draws criticism from some in the interior, who deem it unnecessary to have a single Imam of the Ibadi world, but multiple locally elected Imams. It nonetheless pleases the more conservative Omanis, who silently support the return of the old Imamate. A residence is built for the Grand Imam in Nizwa, where he lives. In Somalia, the local ruler of the Bandar Qasim region becomes a vassal of Oman, giving Oman access to frankincense in the interior. Meanwhile, the Barijaal colony expands further south along the coast. A book becomes popular in the Muscat region. Known as the Majzarat Singhafura (Singapore Massacre), it is written by an Arab who witnessed the atrocities committed by Burgundy in Singapore and details the events of the war from his perspective.
    • Dina Morgabin: The island of Dina Morgabin contains few permanent settlers but now accounts for a large percentage of Oman's coffee production, second only to Al-Qamar.
    • Dina Arobi: Slaves are brought from Africa and the Island of the Moon to work on sugarcane plantations (Dina Arobi accounts for nearly all of Oman's sugar production). This leads to the rise of a new settlement, Al-Mu'tasim, as well as the growth of the existing settlement at Jarf 'Ahmad (Ahmad's Cliff).
    • Siqtraa: Frankincense trees are discovered on Siqtraa (Socotra) and are the subject of some further interest in the island. The trees, however, are already quite abundant in mainland Oman, especially on the border with Yemen.
  • Aryavarta: Many Danshalas (Halls of Charity) are opened up in most of the cities personally by the ageing Raja Hemu. Construction of roads continues alongwith the planting of trees along these. The trade routes of Uttarapath and Dakshinapath are rebuilt. A Vedic revivalist movement begins. In the northeast cows begin to be sacrificed. The revivalist movement slowly spreads countering the Vaishnav movements and challenging the Shaivite and Shakt sects. Pork begins being widely consumed. Seeing the rise and spread of Islam and the independence of Gujarat, the council decides to conquer Gujarat to take control of their ports and integrate the Hindu majority area. A force of 100,000 troops were initially sent under the young general Maharana Pratap later supported by another 100,000 troops. The council decides that all medical practitioners need to be certified using a Tamrapatra by the local hospitals. The hospitals are united under the University of Patliputra. The University certifies doctors and hospitals and becomes the apex medical authority. The University begins publishing an annual medical journal for the use of all doctors and other practitioners. The council adopts the policy of promotion of public health based on the Arthashastra. The state advises the people against drinking. The council creates a department for looking after medical affairs, its functions include the supervision of the medical system under the University of Patliputra, state provision for medical treatment during outbreaks as well as the provision of free basic healthcare for the poor. The reconstruction of the city Pushkalavati is started. The city is to be made the headquarter of the army and the center of trade taking place with the Gurkani.
  • Bohmenia: With Samuel Toth being in the college now, we ban Regum Dominos Dominantium, we officially invade Austria with 30,000 men and 5,000 cavalry, and we raise taxes by a little bit, with the news of the slav Monster march to prague we with draw all our troops to the capital and fortified the city.
  • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast.  Crowds of people look at the Sultan at the time of death of the Caliph saying "oh Sultan our leader lead us ", The Sultan sends a letter to the new Caliph and ask if he could make naval bases in Cairo and izhimr. Agadir is made a trading post in the Desert to help rise the pop.  We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 15px. The city Algiers is made as a possible capital of the Sultanate as its population grows. The Sultan sets up his own Council of Imams that will help guide the Sultan.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. Jewish and Muslim scholars debate with each other if the Maghreb is Arab or African,until one day the Sultan speaks on the debate saying "Us Arab and Africans and united so why not keep it", as the idea of Afro-Arab is tossed around after his word on the debate. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zaire (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zairi as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity.The spread of Islam in Zairi is less about shoving it down people belief but more of gaining trust of people by giving out food and things like that after gaining trust of people we begin to spread Islam into Ziyri (Kongo).
  • Russia: We are satisfied with our territory that has been conquered so we continue expansion out east. (secret) in exchange for unlimited access to the North Sea we send 60,000 "volunteers" to Scandinavia. With the new Burgundian designs of we start to construct 4 new heavy warships. We start to research the idea of long range artillery for our army in case of siege warfare along with researching methods to protect soldiers.
  • Prussia: The death of his father and the betrayal of his birth place is a great shock to Wilhelm, who is crowned as King Wilhelm of Prussia and Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Horrified at the betrayal of his homeland Wilhelm declares himself a Prussian through and through and calls for the remaining family in England to return home. The New king takes reign of the government completely while still willing to commit to the Noble council that helped him maintain power during the Regency. Wilhelm calls upon the Electors to finally elect an Emperor voting for himself, as the only force capable of maintaining Imperial unity as the empire is surrounded by the hungry wolves looking to prey on the riches of the empire (mods please respond, this is absurd the empire has been without an emperor for almost 15 years at this point). He also calls on the other German princes to send troops to help defend their homeland against the foreign forces that would otherwise rape and plunder their lands. He himself leads the Prussian forces north noticing the Bulgarian forces moving southward, to deal with the treacherous Scandinavians. WIth the Navy more or less stuck in ports and maintaining a haphazard and inconsistent blockade of the Scandinavians, Wilhelm decides to lead an army of 15,000 troops north to invade Jutland aimed at the cities of Flemberg and Schleswig first to break Scandinavian forces on the continental side of the straight, and calls on Burgundy to help defend Prussian lands and supply troops for the campaign in Jutland. In a secret envoy Wilhelm tells his burgundian allies to keep his navy docked to avoid a major loss of ships. His new wife the daughter of Burgundy also bears a child, the new kid is baptized as Otto. Wilhelm's forces lay siege to Schleswig, with overwhelming firepower, and offers the people of the duchy the chance to avoid widespread destruction if they surrender to Prussian forces. Meanwhile the defenses of Prussia's eastern borders are manned by by the remainder of the Prussian troops (numbered at 40,000) and whatever troops Burgundy sends to assist. A mass is held at the Great Cathedral of St Adelphina where the Patriach of the Northern Rite calls on the Prussians to have faith that god is with them and with the Empire in this time of need. With his election as emperor Wilhelm declares the war one to maintain the unity of the Empire and to oppose foreign aggressors at all costs, He further calls on volunteers to assist the war effort, and to support the Prussian and Burgundian Lions. 
    • Hansa: An army of 5,000 is raised to assist the Prussian campaign in Jutland. meanwhile the navy follows Prussia's example of staying in port until a time that they can be active. 
    • All electors vote for Wilhelm. -scraw
    • Burgundian Dip: the Burgundian armies in Prussia are places at their disposal, to use at their discretion while the Navy blockades the Oresund.
    • Prussian Dip: Wilhelm calls on his burgundian allies to prep for a major campaign south rather then north, only requesting 5000 to march on jutland. 
    • Burgundian Dip: 5,000 are detached to march into Jutland with Prussia, while the Army of Flanders and Army of Holland are prepared to March south.
  • In the Principality of Kiev, Prince Kuznetsov surveys his newly expanded realm after making peace with Poland in the Treaty of Poznan. With the addition of Galicia and its capital of Lviv, the Principality has added to its list of major urban centers (which previously included cities such as Zaporozhye, Zhitomir, and Odessa). He looks to preserve peace in his realm and to improve relations with his fellow Orthodox League nations. Meanwhile, Prince Kuznetsov begins to work with the Cossacks to develop a more centralized system of governance, taking cues from Bulgaria's development.
  • GeorgiaWe develop the port of Tskhumi to become the main port in Georgia, in order to sell gold, silver and iron. Ottoman goods are shipped through Tskhumi towards Vladimirgrad, Vasiligrad, Trebizond and other western ports. A SECRET emissary is sent by David X to the new Caliph of the Abbasids to discuss the fate of the many European states with the new war going on. 
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: As frustrating attacks by the Burundians plague the English. The English resort to privateers and 20 English ships stationed at Medway are ordered to sail around Scotland to go to Arcadia and raid Burgundian shipping there with letters of marque. These 20 ships do not operate as one fleet but smaller groups of 2-3 ships. While another 15 ships are moved under the cover of darkness to Southampton where they are stationed inside the River Itchen and launch periodic quick raids out into the English channel against Burgundian shipping. 15,000 English troops are moved to the Rivet Itchen to fortify the river from a Burgundian assault against Southampton. 20,000 English troops are moved to the Medway to defend it from Burgundian invasion. Booms ,of six inch thick steel with large logs attacked to each of them helping to float, are made at the Medway and Southampton with the towers protected by cannons and troops. Ship building is made the nation's largest priority with all docks being turned over to work around the clock to get 50 small ships completed this year. The colonies are told not to engage against Burgundian troops unless they strike first with milita kept on a state of alert. The King moves to Medway to command the land forces in the event of a Burgundian attack while his daughter and heir Anne is moved to the countryside. With shipping being interrupted the colonies temporarily scale back bulk communication with the colonies and mainly high speed messengers.
  • Papal States: The death of the Caliph, and with him his goals of Islamic-Catholic cooperation, is briefly lamented by Pope Gregory. His Holiness had not placed great hope in the cooperation, but is pleased that the new Caliph will maintain the rights of the Holy Land Franciscans. Pope Gregory, as a Prussian, is of course personally supportive of the Empire in the current war. However the fact that Christendom is divided between both sides, and that many people from opposing sides hold key positions in Rome, means that the Pope cannot declare the States for either side. The University of Bologna sends well-renowned biblical scholars to Sicily to assist with the translation of the Bible into the vernacular, to avoid errors which could confuse the faithful. Overseas, the mission in Kongo  continues with the help of the Burgundians. Japan is also given whatever aid it requires through the Nuncio there. In Laurentia, the Mission begins contact with the Peruvian Empire, giving gifts to its monarch and trying to learn the language.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: With the campaign in Poland now over, the Bulgarian army once again repositions itself leaving 10,000 troops from the Polish forces to maintain the border with Prussia while the other armies are all reconstituted into the Bulgarian Grand Army consisting of two 50,000 man strong armies and the final 10,000 man army concentrated on the defensive line in the north. The First Grand Legion is deployed directly into Hungary under General Bogdan Velitchkov who now at age 26 begins the first Bulgarian offensive of the Year on Austria hoping to drive them back from the border towards Vienna. The other Army navigates around through slovakia and invades Northern Austria advancing down on vienna from the north as the first army engages in the South. The Bulgarian navy remains delegated to the Docks in london not wanting to further engage however the Bulgarian naval losses now heard of begin to be replaced at home. With the invasion of austria now taking place the Bulgarian home economy remains somewhat strong while beleagured as the supporting of such a massive war effort cause definitively drained the nation of wealth. The only solace seems to be some loot which was returned from Poland, and the potential of further loot and monetary compensation to be pulled from the HRE proper. The movement of the Bohemian army however into austria very clearly surrounds the Bohemian and Austrian armies in the vicinity of Vienna. With the initial push against the Austrian army a success it is clear the Austrian army is not broken but very close to disengaging on the field. The Bulgarian and Hungarian armies push moderately into Austria towards Vienna only to rengage immediately to Drive the Austrians toward Vienna Proper. The need for monetary compensation however begins to take hold and some looting occurs on the occupied austrian territory that the Tsar and General Velitchkov begin considering how to aleviate looking towards the minor states of southern Germany. The second army known as the Second Grand legion splits a contingent of 20,000 off which begins to raid and loot Bavaria and the northern portions of austria taking wealth from the area and immediately starting to cart off gold, silver, and other valuables back into the Holy Empire via the supply train. The Bulgarian Sencond Grand legion reconstitutes itself and heads off the Prussian forces establishing a defensive permiter in Bohemia seizing and fortifying Prague extensively spreading out to prevent an encirclement and agreeing to head down south should the untenable concept of an encirclement become a potential reality. For the looting the Hungarians are given clear compensation as the loot is carted through Hungary.
    •  Tsardom of Poland: The Tsardom of Poland following the epic faltering of its previous government is reconstituted rather quickly under Tsar Aleksandar who restores much of the previous status quo should the nobles swear loyalty to him. The reconstituted Poland immediately pulls the remainder of its 10,000 troops which survived contact with Bulgaria, and it is replenish to roughly 30,000 however nearly draining the reserves of Poland. This army is put at the complete disposal of the Bulgarian Tsar however 10,000 troops remain in Poland to man garrisons and defensive lines. Surprisingly though with the quick reconstitution and re-establishent of a favorable nobility, the situation in Poland has calmed down and promises of post war concessions to the Polish nobility force them to concede their remaining levies and invest into the war in Germany.
    • Principality of Serbia: Serbia having also suffered extreme casualties in the war remains loyal to the Bulgarian Tsar having noticed the insane amounts of power and and advances made. The swift destruction of Poland and the establishment of Poland under Tsar Aleksandar has made it extremely clear that no soft line is drawn with traitors and the Serbian prince remains staunchly loyal devoting the nations resources directly to the war.
  • 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 Sofala becoming our vassal, we begin investing in Sofala as well as sending Swahili citizens into Sofala. We begin adopting arquebus and cannons into our army.
  • Japan: Just prior to the launch of the major offensive campaign to unify the rest of Japan north and west of Edo under the Nobunaga Shogunate, the NobunagaArmy completes its training, and numbers 100,000, and a detailed analysis is of the Grand with 70,000 being ashigaru and 25,000 being samurai, and 5,000 being daiymo. The Nobunaga Army is divided into three components, the center lead by Shogun Oda Nobunaga, the left lead by Daijō-daijin (Chancellor of the Realm) Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and General/Daiymo Tokugawa Ieyasu, leading the right. Prior to Hideyoshi's leave with the Grand Nobunaga Army, he taught adminstration, record keeping, and book keeping to his subordinates, and he took notes on the effectiveness of each member and gave them civil service tests. Based on his notes, the results of the examinations, and reports from peers Hideyoshi promoted those who were most proficient at their tasks, thus now internal adminstration is conducted by the Council of Ministers who make detailed analyasis of the Japanese population, births, deaths, sex, age, income and expenses, rice production, etc. Now, with Nobunaga's Army esembled, Shogun Nobunaga adresses his Army "Brothers in arms, today we embark on the great campaign to unify Japan once and for all under our rule! If our enemies surrender, spare them, show them mercy, for they shall join our cause. But if they refuse our surrender, annihilate them, for they only wish for perpetual bloodshed. Only through war can peace be obtained, only through men's blood can we unify Nihon, and unify Nihon we shall! " Thus Nobunaga launches the Unification Campaign, and marches the army into Saitama. Meanwhile, Taiwan and the Ryuku Kingdoms are integrated under the centralization process.

1575

The King of Kongo expels all Christian missionaries from his land.

France begins to employ privateers to attack both Burgundian and English ships but avoids joining either side of the war outright.

Prussia receives a great general.

The Grand Vizier's political rivals poison him and he dies.

The Central Asian war ends with the Turkmens achieving independence.

The government of Majapahit falls when rebel forces from Borneo and Malacca team up to sack the capital. Several new states emerge, including Aceh, Sumatra, and Java.

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  • Korea: Perturbed by Japanese attempts to centralize its powers, while simultaneously exerting its influence overseas by establishing its own tributary system, the Emperor orders that more naval vessels monitor the Korea strait. High-quality warships, mostly of the geobukseon or panokseon-type, are assembled in Busan, additionally armed with naval artillery. The fleet sent to the Abbasids are withdrawn, but a fleet is sent to the newly branched-off polities of the Malay archipelago to attempt to establish formal relations. After being insulted by the Japanese envoys, the Emperor establishes a policy of restricting trans-strait trade to the island of Dokdo. Usual military and economic development persists.
    • Nivkhgu: The ruling House of Ayzik continues to centralize power. Pidginized Nivkh is promoted as the lingua franca of the region.
    • Manchuria: Proponents of "oppositional elements" (a metaphor for anti–Korean sentiment) are purged among the local court, a move for the collaborators and the House of Orho–whose power platform is based on Korean support–to affirm power.
  • Kingdom of Burgundy: Colonial expansion remains halted as the war rages, and fortification of the important colonial cities continues. While the armies of Flanders and Holland are off campaigning under the competent leadership of Emperor Wilhelm, King Henri takes the offensive at sea again, engaging the enemy fleets a second time in the Southern Bight, winning another victory. However, instead of falling back, he takes his surviving ships after the Anglo-Bulgaro-Iberian fleet, catching them in a night engagement. Among Henri's losses include the 140-gun galleon Duke Philip the Bold, but manages to secure the capture of several enemy galleons. As the fleet is resupplied and reinforced, Henri orders his frigates and schooners to maintain their presence near the English coast to maintain the blockade, but also as a reminder, with King Henri saying, "When their coastal folk wake and open their windows, I want their first sight to be Burgundian sails on the horizon. I want them to know this is the path chosen by their lords in London." Meanwhile, Admiral Frans Wachts idea of commerce raiding continues to prove beneficial, with the East India Company now adopting the practice against enemy shipping in the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile, the Prusso-Burgundian fleet in the Baltic link up with a Hansa flotilla and engage the remnants of the Scandinavian navy again in the Oresund.
    • My fleet is in the River Medway defended by a chain boom and 20,000 troops. I am no where near the Southern Bight. I guess you could blockade me but if you want to attack Medway you need to land fight and take out the boom to get to my fleet. -Person
  • Bohemia: with us being in Prague and the Slavic monster towards Us, we call upon all of the HRE and Burgundy to defend us, we give Kolar guns to farmers and peasants to make the Minütigen Männern, a unit to attack form the woods and the towns, our king Kirsitoff II rides out to hide in Pottsdam and will be move to the Berliner Stadtschloss to be with Wilhelm
    • Be gone. -scraw
  • Prussia: With the fall of Prague and the death of his uncle. Wilhelm lays claim to the throne of Bohemia and requests that the nobles of Bohemia back his candidacy for the throne (mod response please). To avoid the Bulgarians settling into it Wilhelm (my Great General) leaves the Army of the North under the command of von Stein and takes command of the Army of Silesia standing at 35,000 along with the armies of Flanders and Holland (25,000 each) and begins his march south accompanied by heavy artillery and by a large amount of light cavalry (though the meat of the forces remain the pike and shot infantry formations with the number of arquebusier making up a fourth of the total number of all formations and employing kneeling and rotation formations) to Liberate the kingdom and to secure it for himself. He leaves a small force of 7,000 to defend the eastern border. His forces move to engage the Bulgarian forces in the Bohemian Mountains with the final goal being the march on Prague. He splits the forces up into the main force with the Prussian army and the Army of Holland marching from Silesia and the Army of Flanders marching from Lusitania to try to catch the Bulgarian forces in a pincer attack. Once more emperor Wilhelm calls upon the other German Princes to assist in the protection of the Empire from foreign powers. Production of firearms and cannons grows alongside the production of standard closecombat arms, and to a much smaller extent crossbows. Wilhelm also orders a large expansion of the fortifications long the coast and along the border with Poland. Food production is also mainly geared toward supplying the war effort. In an effort to secure financing for the war effort, Wilhelm takes out a loan from the Hansa Bankers and begins laying out plans to establish a general war tax within the empire should the other German princes agree to it though he keeps this to himself for now knowing that he needs to get the other german states involved in the war effort first. The Prussian Navy continues to coordinate with the Hansa and Burgundian fleets to maintain the blockade of the straits in place. The Shleswig campaign is temporarily discontinued as 20,000 troops are moved south to help in the engagement against Bulgarian forces, Meanwhile 5,000 Hansa troops are left along with the 7,000 troops in prussia and the Prussian navy to hold the line against any potential scandinavian incursion. (WIlhelm secretly requests a ceasefire with Scandinavia, offering to pay them off for 5 years, with the potential of establishing a permenant peace. Having Secured the Bohemian mountains. Wilhelm leaves 20,000 to secure the frontier while the bulk of the army returns to Silesia which is turned into the major headquaters for the Emperor. 
    • Hansa: The league assists with the campaign in Schleswig.  they lso engage alongside prussian and burgundian ships in the recent engagement with the Scandinavian fleet. 
    • Wilhelm calls on the remnants of the Bohemian forces to join his camp if they want to serve a proper king and not some foreign oppressor. Mod response, please. 
    • 10,000 men of the former Bohemian forces join with Prussia. The remainder become bandits, outlaws, and mercenaries. -scraw
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: With the invasion of austria now taking place the Bulgarian home economy remains somewhat strong while beleagured as the supporting of such a massive war effort cause definitively drained the nation of wealth. The only solace seems to be some loot which was returned from Poland, and the potential of further loot and monetary compensation to be pulled from the HRE proper. The movement of the Bohemian army however into austria very clearly surrounds the Bohemian and Austrian armies in the vicinity of Vienna. With the initial push against the Austrian army a success it is clear the Austrian army is not broken but very close to disengaging on the field. The Bulgarian and Hungarian armies push moderately into Austria towards Vienna only to rengage immediately to Drive the Austrians toward Vienna Proper. The need for monetary compensation however begins to take hold and some looting occurs on the occupied austrian territory that the Tsar and General Velitchkov begin considering how to aleviate looking towards the minor states of southern Germany. The second army known as the Second Grand legion splits a contingent of 20,000 off which begins to raid and loot Bavaria and the northern portions of austria taking wealth from the area and immediately starting to cart off gold, silver, and other valuables back into the Holy Empire via the supply train. The Bulgarian Sencond Grand legion reconstitutes itself and heads off the Prussian forces establishing a defensive paremater in Bohemia seizing and fortifying Prague extensively spreading out to prevent an encirclement and agreeing to head down south should the untenable concept of an encirclement become a potential reality. For the looting the Hungarians are given clear compensation as the loot is carted through Hungary. With the collapse of Austrian resistance in vienna (they have taken 70,000 plus casualties) the Bulgaria army marches through Austria and skirts the mountains to engage in support operations with the Bulgar occupation forces in Prague. Hungary is requested to assist as the Bulgarian Tsar officially opens Vienna to Elizabeth to take command of as well as all of Austria. With some lesser casualties taken this year Reinforcements to the Imperial legion flow much more smoothly allowing for a full reinforce of the Imperial legions. With the war stalemating at the Bohemian borders, the Bulgarian armies start to pillage and loot Bohemia heavily with huge amounts of casualties being dealt out to the local populace. Prague itself sees massive civilian death and flight as they are forced to work on the defenses of the city, while having Bulgarian, Serbian, and Polish troops ransack the city for valuables. The amount of wealth which beging to be carted through the mountains back towards the Empire is enormous. With the english loans in place, the Bulgarian Tsar hires 17,000 Mercenaries and deploys them to Poland near the border with Prussia. The newest agreement with the Abbasid Caliphate ensures the flow of supplies through the Empire back out to the various field armies with many supplies and arms being trafficked straight to Austria to help with the Re-armament of an allied Austrian Army.
    • Tsardom of Poland: The Tsardom of Poland following the epic faltering of its previous government is reconstituted rather quickly under Tsar Aleksandar who restores much of the previous status quo should the nobles swear loyalty to him. The reconstituted Poland immediately pulls the remainder of its 10,000 troops which survived contact with Bulgaria, and it is replenish to roughly 30,000 however nearly draining the reserves of Poland. This army is put at the complete disposal of the Bulgarian Tsar however 10,000 troops remain in Poland to man garrisons and defensive lines. Surprisingly though with the quick reconstitution and re-establishent of a favorable nobility, the situation in Poland has calmed down and promises of post-war concessions to the Polish nobility force them to concede their remaining levies and invest into the war in Germany.
    • Principality of Serbia: Serbia having also suffered extreme casualties in the war remains loyal to the Bulgarian Tsar having noticed the insane amounts of power and and advances made. The swift destruction of Poland and the establishment of Poland under Tsar Aleksandar has made it extremely clear that no soft line is drawn with traitors and the Serbian prince remains staunchly loyal devoting the nations resources directly to the war.
    • English Dip: We offer to pay for Bulgaria to hire 17,000 mercs to join their forces. (RNG for mercenary level)
    • Bulgarian Dip: We much appreciate and take the english loan, officially hiring the mercenaries.
  • Georgia: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxWe develop the port of Tskhumi to become the main port in Georgia, in order to sell gold, silver and iron. Ottoman goods are shipped through Tskhumi towards Vladimirgrad, Vasiligrad, Trebizond and other western ports. The SECRET emissary to David X in the Abbasid court proposes Georgia growing closer trade and relation ties to the Abbasid, in light of Europe destroying itself. (NATE SECRET RESPONSE)
    • Abbasids: The Ulema secretly accepts new closer relations to Georgia, hoping to secure a stronger position in the Caucasus in exchange for expanding Georgian control in the future
  • Abbasid Caliphate: After serving the Caliphate for so long under multiple administrations, Mehmed Hassan was at last laid to rest in a smaller mausoleum adjacent to the mausoleum of Al-Rahim I. Meanwhile, there is some political tension within the Ulema over running the Caliphate. Al-Mahdi's will never perscribed exactly who should be the guardian of the young Caliph, except that it should be the Grand Vizier. However, according to the statutes of Al-Rahim, the Grand Vizier must be appointed by the Caliph. Abdullah Hassan, the brother of Mehmed, supported the position that the guardian should be passed heretitary until the young Caliph can appoint a new Grand Vizier. This was opposed by the political enemies of Hassan, fearing that Abdullah would use the position of guardian to manipulate the Caliph. In the end, the Ulema voted a comprimise, to make the non-partisan scholar Khalid Al-Ubayd the new Grand Vizier, and work jointly with Abduallah Hassan as guardian of the Caliph. Abduallah, however, was very peterbed by this decision for the time being. In other news, the Ulema reaches out to the Bulgarian Empire, now entrenched in their war, and propose to accept a non-agression pact as well as a deal in new armaments and mercenaries in exchange for relinquishing three Aegean Islands to the Emirate of Krete (Player response). The Caliphate sends in 250 ships and several hundred cannon and infantry to Java, offering them protection for their fragile new state (MOD RESPONSE).
    • Holy Bulgarian Dip: Bulgaria counter offers hoping to cede only one island out of the Chios chain since it is relatively rural, and establish it for the non-aggression pact and arms deals.
    • Abbasid Dip: We agree to the counter offer
  • Russia: We expand some 50px in Siberia. Colonization in Siberia starts northward after the discover of large fish supplies and mineral resources. With the near collapse of the Southern Khanate our brightest military commanders begin coming up with plans for an invasion of the Khanate. Other military commanders and the occasional gypsy idiot fortune teller see it as an inevitable possibility for Russia to annex Georgia and Trebizond in the future but any talk of that is quickly hushed down. For the Czar dreams of an empire that stretches from the Baltic to the Pacific. New Duchies are established in Siberia along the Siberian road. Other colonists arrive in Yuzhanaya Litva (South Lithuania), Ruteniya, and Belarus. The Tsar encourages both citizens and boyars to have children to expand Russia's growing population (I'm betting since it was 14 mil by 1600 that I have at least 12 million people). Tsar Vladimir is distraught with the great European war, although publically rooting for Bulgaria, in private he converses saying, "If I had the army I would march into Berlin and Constantinople and hang those carpetbaggers for blowing the greatest continent to hell, for a second I thought our greatest threat was still the Muslim savages who still lay across from the holy city of Orthodoxy." We send General Andrei Scrunov as an envoy from Azov to Almeria to study Iberian tactics and uniforms.
  • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast.  Crowds of people look at the Sultan at the time of death of the Caliph saying "oh Sultan our leader lead us ", The Sultan sends a letter to the new Caliph and ask if he could make naval bases in Cairo and izhimr. Agadir is made a trading post in the Desert to help rise the pop.  We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 15px. The city Algiers is made as a possible capital of the Sultanate as its population grows. The Sultan sets up his own Council of Imams that will help guide the Sultan.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. Jewish and Muslim scholars debate with each other if the Maghreb is Arab or African,until one day the Sultan speaks on the debate saying "Us Arab and Africans and united so why not keep it", as the idea of Afro-Arab is tossed around after his word on the debate. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zaire (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zairi as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity. We send an invite to Kongo if they are willing to allow the Sultanate to set up a naval base in Kongo/Ziyar (MOD MOD)The spread of Islam in Zairi is less about shoving it down people belief but more of gaining trust of people by giving out food and things like that after gaining trust of people we begin to spread Islam into Ziyri (Kongo)..secret dip. We ask burgundy if they are willing to buy pirates in return for ships that could reach the New World
    • Kongo says nah but Maghreb is always welcome in Kongo. -scraw
  • Japan: Trade with Burgundy in Singapore and Taipei and trade with the Papal State in Nagsdaki serves as the impetus of Japanese technological and scientific growth. Their is heavy interest in studying Burgundian and Papal technology and science, and it inspires many in Taiwan and Japan, particularly in and around Taipei, Nagasaki and Kyoto to conduct scientific expirements and research. Universities are founded by the Nobunaga shogunate in Nagasaki and Kyoto, with scientific wings built off the temples though. The Great Nihon Army subjucates Saitama, and Nobunaga's Army advances upon Tochigi, with Hideyoshi's Army advancing upon Gunma, and Ieyeasu's Army advancing upon Ibaraki. With the Shogun, the Chancellor, and the head General out of Kyoto, the Emperor begins to excert his influence and takes control of Kyoto and spreads Shintoism. Christianity, Buddhism, Shintoism, and Confucianism begin to fuse. Diplomatically, our relations with Korea become tense. In response to Korea increasing their navy in the Korea Straight we in turn increase our naval presence in the Korea Straight and ramp up shipbuilding in Nagasaki. A diplomatic mission is sent to Korea in an attempt to ease tensions between Japan and Korea with the secret mission to observe how the Korean government functions and the diplomats arrive in Busan. Diplomatically, we support and recognize the independence of Aceh, Java, and Sumatra and send trade envoys to the newborn states.
    • Korea: Korean authorities accept the envoys, but keep them bound to Busan–not allowing them to visit the capital.
    • Japan: The diplomats thank the Korean authorities for allowing them to stay in Busan. Some diplomats, however, protest being bound to Busan and request an audience with the Emperor Kim Do. When this request is denied the Japanese diplomats enter a discussion with them speculating why they were denied to meet with the Emperor. Some say it's because the Emperor is shy like a turtle, and others say it's because the Emperor likes his peaceful palace like a duck. In the end, it is reasoned and concluded that Emperor Kim Do is really a turtle duck and Korea is a turtle duck land. The diplomats form a mythos about Kim Do's birth as a turtle duck and his ascension to being a human through a series of trials with the final trial resulting in Kim Do ascending to become Emperor. The Japanese diplomats spread the word that Emperor Kim Do is a turtle duck in Busan and share written works of it with the populace. From now on, the Japanese diplomats refer to Emperor Kim Do as Emperor Kame Ahiru in Japanese and Emperor Teoteul Oli in Korean.
    • Korea: Hearing of this, the Emperor kicks them out from Busan, and redirects them to Dokdo. All their published works are burnt.
    • "Japan:" All of their work is destroyed, sans one, which is preserved in secret by a Japanese diplomat. The diplomats apologize for angering the great Emperor Turtle Duck.
  • Aryavarta: The Aryavarta-Gujarat War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Udaipur. Gujarat is annexed to Aryavarata. Aryavarta's population is now 55 million. The state takes control of the Gujarati navy consisting of 20 ships (St3). The ports of Kandla and Surat begin operation. Surat becomes the center of the region alongwith becoming the centre of Gujarati culture. The port of Kandla develops in a planned manner with state funds.
  • Maiam: Trade experiences a boom as Maian foods and goods begin to reach the wider European market, and demand increases. With Poruguese aid, the nation begins to rebuild and repopulate. A minor population boom begins in the native Mayan and Aztec populations, as well as the Portuguese settlers. In some cases, intermarriage results in what are known as Mextizo children. Expansion continues along the southern border, focusing on the coast. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. There is some internal turmoil as the dominant Mayans impose their laws and culture on the conquered Mexica. Former Mexican royalty is forced to marry into Mayan lines. Small rebellions are put down. (Note: Mayan and Mexican refer to the cultural groups, Maian refers to the nation as a whole and its government.)
  • In the expanded Principality of Kiev, Prince Kuznetsov works with his generals to ensure that his army is as efficient as possible. He seeks to utilize the high presence of cossacks to train militia citizens into an effective fighting force. The prince still has his eye on Crimea, and begins entertaining Crimean nobles and diplomats with the intention of building up trust to either buy or, failing that, conquer the peninsula. The port at Odessa sees investment to build a shipyard.
  • Kingdom of Sicily: The Prince-General continues to invest in the businesses of merchants within the big cities of the realm. This continues to help the economy expand and grow, slowly but steadily. The architect that Philip found to make the plans for his grand church has finally finished his designs, and now Philip starts to save up money in the kingdom's treasury, wishing to start construction on his church by the end of the decade. He also sends thanks to the University of Bologna for the aid they gave in the translation of the Bible to the Neapolitan vernacular, which he believes will be finished by the beginning of next year. Prince-General Philip also endorses the position of wise neutrality that his uncle, the King of France, has taken in the war that runs across Europe currently.
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: We keep our fleet at port (I am ignoring Burgundy attacking my imaginary fleet at the Southern Bight) and keep digging in to defend the new chain boom strung across the river's Medway and Itchen. We keep up a heavy shipbuilding program across the country planning to release another 50 this year after heavy work. We assemble 25 newly built ships at Bristol and move 2,500 troops from Southampton and 2,500 troops from London to Bristol and load them on in heavy secrecy, with troops being told they are being moved to garrison Cornwall, before sailing then north through the irish sea and across the Atlantic on the easterlies before they land at Avalon and resupply as well as sending a message to colonists at New Gwynedd to have their militia attack the New Netherlands from the south sailing up the mouth of the Chesapeake bay and then landing north east of a major river at (North East, MA) and then march north east along the Delaware river while Western Arcadia attacks the New Flanders colony north of them to spoil any relief efforts. The militia of Avalon boards ships and with the 5,000 English troops sail south and land in mouth of a river (Newbury port) and march 40 miles south to take Bilzen. Privateer's are halted to support the landings.

1576

Scattered members of the former Bohemian army are gathered by a deserter from the Austrian army, Adolf von Hiedler. They form a Bohemian liberation league called the Black Eagles to free Bohemia of all invaders. Mostly this is an excuse to raid camps of the armies and steal supplies. However, the Black Eagles become popular heroes among Bohemian people and many people join up with them.

Many people decide to flee the shittiness of the war by going to the New World. Thousands reach out to the Knights Hospitaller to carry them across the ocean.

In the Holy Roman Empire, many of the minor principalities, duchies, and other whatnots join forces to combat Scandinavia in the north. Elsewhere, they also join the emperor (king of Prussia).

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: with word of the English transports running the blockade, it's decided that reinforcements are needed for new Netherlands. Four thousand troops leave Amsterdam for the colony, although attrition and privateers mean 800 die en route before the arrive at the colony. For the English forces Meanwhile, the Army of Brabant, 23,000 strong, is placed on the border with the Austrian Rheinish lands and begin digging in.
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: With the rise of the Bohemian Liberation League, the Bulgarian Tsar offers to arm and supply the army if they agree to Join the Bulgarian front and Adolf Van Heidler is offered to be backed as a candidate to the Bohemian throne if they support the Bulgarians and their allies. (mod plz). With the Detente in Bohemia, the Bulgarians open prague up to the Black Eagles having stopped looting just before this and showing the Black Eagles areas specifically devastated by the Prussian forces in northern Bohemia. This allows for a more casual movement of some of the Bulgarian forces from the Bohemian border all the way around to the Silesian border to prevent an advance by the Prussian troops through other parts of Bohemia and into Poland or Slovakia. The Hungarian army is left holding the last line in northern austria north of Vienna around the alps. The Tsar however does detach the Serbian contingent for roughly 3 weeks which undergoes a large raiding campaign into the South German states premptively taking out many before they can either join the war or come under control of the Prussians or others. The loot brought back from these ransacked states goes immediately back to the Homeland with the serbian detachment rejoining the main army near the Silesian border which is now spread out to prevent further invasion. The Polish northern army now backed up by 17,000 mercenaries and numbering 27,000 spreads out along the Prussian Border secretly prodding and conducting reconnaissance. The now known Grand army spread out along Silesia is hoped to hold against the Main bulk of the Prussian army, and is led by Bogdan Velitchkov who contacts the Polish force just to the north and is able to allow mutual cooperation between the two armies. The Other Bulgar army prepares to Evacuate Prague and Bohemia in general hoping to let Van Heidler become a thorn in the side of the Prussians rather than Bulgaria The Force immediately marches south crossing through the mountains uncontested as the Bohemian expedition is renamed to the Second Grand army However the Black Eagles are given plenty of time to move into Bohemia before the Bulgarian legions leave in their entirety. Sadly between Prussian and Bulgarian movements in Bohemia the kingdom has seen widescale devastation. The Georgian expeditionary forces secure the Austrian rhinish territories from occupation preparing the way for the Second Grand Army which makes it way towards the Rhineland shortly after.
    • Tsardom of Poland: The Tsardom of Poland following the epic faltering of its previous government is reconstituted rather quickly under Tsar Aleksandar who restores much of the previous status quo should the nobles swear loyalty to him. The reconstituted Poland immediately pulls the remainder of its 10,000 troops which survived contact with Bulgaria, and it is replenish to roughly 30,000 however nearly draining the reserves of Poland. This army is put at the complete disposal of the Bulgarian Tsar however 10,000 troops remain in Poland to man garrisons and defensive lines which are now reinforced by the Mercenaries hiredby loans from england. Surprisingly though with the quick reconstitution and re-establishent of a favorable nobility, the situation in Poland has calmed down and promises of post war concessions to the Polish nobility force them to concede their remaining levies and invest into the war in Germany.
    • Principality of Serbia: Serbia having also suffered extreme casualties in the war remains loyal to the Bulgarian Tsar having noticed the insane amounts of power and and advances made. The swift destruction of Poland and the establishment of Poland under Tsar Aleksandar has made it extremely clear that no soft line is drawn with traitors and the Serbian prince remains staunchly loyal devoting the nations resources directly to the war.
    • Hitler says no thanks, just get out of the country. -scraw
  • Prussia-Luxembourg: The Prussians releasing that the Bohemian liberation forces are just what might be needed and extend an offer to them to join the side of Prussia, offering a place as the regent of Bohemia, while Wilhelm would be the titular. He also offers Adolf  a position within the imperial administration and as a leading commander of the imperial forces (mod response please). The minor German power's forces amounting to 50,000 (if the mods agree to this number) are split into the Army of the Rhine (30,000 strong) to coordinate with Prussian forces in dealing with bohemia. while the other 20,000 are sent north to assist with sieging Jutland strongholds in Scheslwig. Hearing news of the Bulgarian withdrawal Prussian forces and the Rhine Army march into Bohemia to assert Wilhelm's claim. He requests the Bohemian nobles accept his claim and vote for him in exchnage for financial support to the Bohemian estates to make up for the pillaging and plundering commited by the Bulgarians, and promising to enforce peace and stability in the Kingdom, even going as far as to promise to respect Bohemian internal autonomy aslong as it falls in line with Wilhelm's eocnomic and military perogative and assisting in maintaining Imperial integrity under the Prussian banner. It is implied by the messenger that resistance to Prussian forces will be met with repression rather then kindness which the bohemians will receive if they submit (mod response please). Meanwhile with the Oresund completely under Prusso-Burgundian control, the seige of Schleswig and Flemsburg continue with von Stein promising that if the forces currently in Jutland surrender they will be treated with respect. more to be added later.
    • Hitler says no thanks, just get out of the country. -scraw
    • Bulgarian Dip: With most of our major war goals secured but the appearance of Prussia not backing down, Bulgaria offers ceasefire for an indeterminate amount of time. (nk you know the details).
    • WIlhelm agrees as he believes securing bohemia is of greater priority though this is something he keeps to himself. 
    • Bohemians elect the King of Prussia as their king. -scraw
  • Iberia: We invade the Azores. Will add fluff later.
  • Maiam: Trade experiences a boom as Maian foods and goods begin to reach the wider European market, and demand increases. With Poruguese aid, the nation begins to rebuild and repopulate. A minor population boom begins in the native Mayan and Aztec populations, as well as the Portuguese settlers. In some cases, intermarriage results in what are known as Mextizo children. Expansion continues along the southern border, focusing on the coast. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. There is some internal turmoil as the dominant Mayans impose their laws and culture on the conquered Mexica. Former Mexican royalty is forced to marry into Mayan lines. Small rebellions are put down. (Note: Mayan and Mexican refer to the cultural groups, Maian refers to the nation as a whole and its government.)
  • Kingdom of Oman: Seeing as how Imerina remains completely isolated in the interior of the island, Abdulla bin Numair offers to establish a sort of "protectorate" under Oman. Imerina will have full internal autonomy, the ability to establish its own laws within its borders and may continue to be ruled by a king, as well as receiving military protection from the government. However, it will be represented by Oman in external affairs and will be considered an autonomous territory of Oman. As part of this agreement, Merinas and Omanis alike may freely pass between these borders to conduct trade or other business (Mod Response). In the east, Ibadi missionaries are sent to Sumatra and Java to persuade local rulers and Majapahit vassals to convert to Ibadi Islam, with the promise of wealth and support from the Kingdom of Oman should they accept (Mod Response). The Omani navy is modernized this year, with many older ships being removed from service. The Grand Imam begins taking a larger role in religious affairs, even making a visit to Vohemar. Oman offers to purchase the island of Al-Mawt (Mayotte) from the Swahili Sultanate.
  • Papal States: With the increased horrors in Northern and Central Europe, the Pope, taking pity on the many people forced to flee their homes, writes to the Grand Master of the Hospitallers in New Rhodes,ordering them to assist those requesting assistance. In the letter, he points out the possibility that large free territories of Catholic (Latin or Northern) settlers could be formed, without any allegience to temporal powers in Europe, and united by their common Catholic faith and obedience to the Universal Church. Accompanying the letter, Gregory sends a large amount of gold to assist them in this goal. In other news, the expelled missionaries from Kongo move South to establish a Mission in otl Angola. Immaculata missionaries in Japan publish pamphlets stating that Japanese Catholics can attend Confucian ceremonies, including those in honour of the philosopher Confucius, since Confucianism is a philosophy, and doing so is no different from the great honour given to the old pagan philosophers like Aristotle. 
  • Abbasid Caliphate: Abduallah Hassan works to gather more political support to himself in the Ulema, keeping care of the young Caliph. Late in the year, Al-Rahim II approaches the Ulema and announces that, now he is 18 years old, he should be given the realm to rule as Caliph in his own right, rather than having a guardian. The Ulema agrees to this decision, and Abduallah stepped down as guardian of Al-Rahim. Khalid Ubayd, the Grand Vizier, made sure to inquire that the Caliph re-affirm him as leader of the Ulema, as he was previously elected. The Emirate of Krete annexes Chios in response to the deal with Bulgaria, and the rural area is parceled out to many Turks wanting to settle the region. In Krete itself, the population is found to have somewhat decreased as many Greeks had immigrated to Sicily and Bulgaria after the Siege of Rhodes. In response to this, the Ulema approves of parcels of land doled out to many Arabic immigrants to settle the central region of the island. In return, the Caliphate sends large shipments of Gurkani muskets and Dardanelles cannons to Bulgaria, with a few thousand killigrams of gold. In the eastern trade, the as the Emir of Yemen worked to entertain the Korean dignitaries last year, a fleet of ships from Egypt returns the favor to first resupply at Java, then proceed to land at Busan. These ships include an array of eminent Muslim theologians, Arabic grammarians, and a chest of embroidered jewelry. They not only work to shed light on Middle Eastern culture to the region, but also work to document and comprihend the language and religions of the Joseon. 
  • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast.  Crowds of people look at the Sultan at the time of death of the Caliph saying "oh Sultan our leader lead us ", The Sultan sends a letter to the new Caliph and ask if he could make naval bases in Cairo and izhimr. We send a Muslim missonares to Angola.  Agadir is made a trading post in the Desert to help rise the pop.  We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 15px. The city Algiers is made as a possible capital of the Sultanate as its population grows.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. Jewish and Muslim scholars debate with each other if the Maghreb is Arab or African, until one day the Sultan speaks on the debate saying "Us Arab and Africans and united so why not keep it", as the idea of Afro-Arab is tossed around after his word on the debate. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zaire (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zairi as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity. We send an invite to Kongo to send Missinoares to Angola(MOD MOD)The spread of Islam in Zairi is less about shoving it down people belief but more of gaining trust of people by giving out food and things like that after gaining trust of people we begin to spread Islam into Ziyri (kongo).
    • Abbasid Dip: Request for naval bases in the eastern Mediterranean are courteously denied. The new Caliph invites people of Tunis to come and mourn his departed uncle at the Mausoleum of Damascus. 
  • Korea: The Emperor sends envoys to Nanjing to discuss a sovereignty transfer in which Korea shall regain control over Cheondoryeol islands in exchange for silver and jewelries (MOD RESPONSE). In the meantime, he graciously accepts the unanticipated arrival of the Arab emissaries and their fleet, directing them to the midwest port of Incheon; conveniently placed just sixty-eight li (or twenty-seven kilometres) from Hanseong. Seizing the opportunity to interact with the Arab linguists, sarim scholars compile an Arabic-to-Korean dictionary. Via the "Treaty of Incheon", the establishment of formal diplomatic relations are proposed (PLAYER RESPONSE). However, the terms are told to be only valid under the condition that absolutely no Muslim missionary activity shall occur. Despite the recent downward-spiral in bilateral relations, both Nestorian or Buddhist missionaries arrive in the Giapanese port of Fukuoka, but are told to avoid local authorities by immersing themselves within the local culture (i.e., speaking the dialect in-public along the usage of Giapanese clothing). Militarization, naval development, and economic policies persist.
    • Nivkhgu: The ruling House of Ayzik continues to centralize power. Pidginized Nivkh is promoted as the lingua franca of the region.
    • Manchuria: The House of Orho and Korean collaborators conclude purges within the local imperial court.
  • Aryavarta: Raja Hemchandra Vikramditya dies. The council elects Pratap Singh, grandson of Rana Sanga as the Maharaja. His title is Gopajanasya Maharaja Rana Pratap Singh. He is popularly known as Rana Pratap. The state recognises the newly independent ex-Majhaphit states. Aryavarta extends protection to the Hindu state of Yavadvip consisiting of Java, Sulawesi and Lesser Sunda islands. The council offers the state vassalge under Aryavarta. (MOD RESPONSE). 25,000 troops are dispatched to Yavadvipa from Brahmvarta to protect the Hindus of Majhaphit. Many Vedic revivalist Rishis travel to the new state to spread Vedic Hinduism. The troops help establish the government and end the chaos created by the end of Majhaphit. The ports in Gujarat are now being used to trade west Arabia, the Middle East and Burgundy. The cotton farmers of Gujarat are given funds by the state. The state also funds the merchants. The wages are increased. A road is built connecting Paradvip and Kandla. Serais are built. Pushkala
    • You cannot invent names. There is no such state as Yavadvip. Also, they refuse. -scraw
    • I am not making names. Secondly, there has to be a Hindu state in the ex-Majhaphit states. It takes time to convert Hindus. Secondly Islamization IRL happened slowly and also when there was no state as big as Majhaphit with a greatly centralized form of Hinduism. There has to be a Hindu state comprising of Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores and Timor at least. -Dev
    • First of all, please stick to English terms. No one will know what you are referring to if you start using Hindi/Urdu/Tamil-whatever terms. Also, the establishment of a Hindu Delhi-aligned state is unlikely as the thalassocratic mandelas (which are basically decentralized states emphasizing the relationship between the monarch and proxy feudal lords) had no single faith, with the majority practicing animism. The elite were the only ones that practiced an organized religion, and even them were highly divided on religion. † ⌒⌒⌒\(;ᄋ;\)三(ノ>ᄉ<)ノ ~ ("니가먼저키스해!")
  • GeorgiaWe develop the port of Tskhumi to become the main port in Georgia, in order to sell gold, silver and iron. Ottoman goods are shipped through Tskhumi towards Vladimirgrad, Vasiligrad, Trebizond and other western ports. Trade with Trebizond is increased. 
  • Japan: After a long campaign of battles after battles, Shogun Oda Nobunaga's Grand Army of Japan conquers the entirety of the Kanto region, and with it the fertile Kanto plain. The Grand Army once again reunites in Edo and celebrates in elation because of their major victory. The Grand Army is ordered to stand down for the time being and go on the defensive as they recuperate, recover, and rest from the Kanto campaign. A provisional capital is established in Edo in order to administer the military their and reform the Kanto Region and Edo. Meanwhile, in Kyoto, anti-Imperialists conspire against the Emperor, to counter his growing influence. The Emperor finds out about this, and retreats out of Kyoto into the gardens. "Wherever I go, there is beautiful life surrounding me. The gardens are fertile and full of life, and I am blessed to be in their presence, but surely the plants cannot live in the volcanoes." Thus the Emperor visits the volcanoes, and searches countless hours, until he finds a tiny plant in the volcanic rocks. "Even in the most desolate, remote, and hostile of places, there is life." Meanwhile, we invade the Kurrils with 200 ships and 1,000 soldiers.

1577

The ruler of Java converts to Ibadi Islam because of Oman.

As the Bohemians have rightfully elected a king, Hitler and the Black Eagles decide to leave Bohemia and become a mercenary band. They will work for the highest bidder.

The missionaries expelled from Kongo go to Angola.

The Hospitaller establish a colony in OTL southern Florida and call it Maryland.

France buys the Spice Islands from the Fugger family.

Kenneth IV ascends to the throne of Scotland.

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: with the loss of the mainland Acadian colonies, Burgundy extends an offer of peace between England and Burgundy (Person we discussed the terms). With a cease fire agree to with Bulgaria, and peace with England, King Henri's navy shifts focus to Iberia. The 3200 troops who arrived in the new world last year are divided up and sent on several expeditions: three groups of 500 attack the Scandinavian colonies in the north, and the Iberian Colony of Mississippi, while another group of 1,000 attacks the Iberians in Nova Lusitania. The remaining 700 are kept in Kuba to support the Kuban Colonial Guard. The troops that land in the Scandinavian colonies are warned to not engage any nearby English forces, in light of the peace. Meanwhile, King Henri leads his fleet south from Brest, Brittany to move against Iberia. But before he leaves, Henri recognizes that since he is 40, unmarried, and childless, the odds of him siring a male heir are low. Therefore, he convinces the States-General to allow the inheritance of the Kingdom by women, namely his sister. As the States-General knows as well as Henri the Kingdom can ill afford a succession crisis, they consent to the abolition of Salic Law. While they miss the remnants retreating from England, they engage the Iberian fleet first off Galicia, then at Cadiz, defeating the Iberians both times and establishing a blockade. In the East Indies, where the East India Company has continued on in the absence of enemy forces, an offer is sent to Aceh, offering them protectorate status, where their local customs and faiths will not be interfered with, the sultan will retain his bodyguard, and the Burgundian East India will receive preferential trade agreements in return for the Company assuming responsibility for Aceh's defense (mod response please).
    • Kingdom of England: We agree to peace between our 2 nations.
  • Russia: Czar Vladimir starts feeling his time is up and begins to prepare Prince Dimitri as the new Czar. Expansion in the east continues with another 50px. (Player reponse) We offer to take any Slavic refugees in Bulgaria thanks to the war. We also offer to sell fire arms and cannons to Bulgaria and her allies.
    • Bulgarian Dip: While the first phase of the war is over, Bulgaria requests in the event of this further escalating on the continent the Bulgarians are able to hire out a large force of Russians to fight for us during this campaign when the time comes. As for refugees we really don't have any. Not a single battle has been on Bulgarian soil and the majority of the casualties and destruction have been within the HRE.
    • Russian Reverse Dip: We are meaning by the Slavs in Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. We already have a volunteer corps fighting for Scandinavia.However we are sure many Cossack warriors looking for work would fight for the right price.
  • Papal States: The new Angola Mission gets straight to work. The missionaries, mainly Franciscans but with a few Immaculata priests as well, establish an infirmary and a school. Their mission complex itself has a small farm, and much of the produce of it is given to the local poor. The missionaries spend all their free time preaching, and pointing out the dangers of Mohamedism. In Japan the mission continues to develop, and many believe that the Church has grown to such an extent that a normal diocesan structure can replace the current Mission structure. A good number of local Japanese young men have been ordained to the priesthood or minor orders, and converts continue daily [I assume this is fine to write considering what Japan's player has written]. The small government-accepted mission in Korea continues, under the authority of the Vicar Apostolic of Japan. In Peru the small mission continues to try to gain converts amongst both poor and elites, whilst also spreading Western knowledge (Mod response please as to effectiveness). In other news, Pope Gregory gives the Hospitallers more money to assist their re-settlement of the Catholic refugees in Maryland, and he appoints the Order to be responsible for the spiritual and defensive care of the colony (using the Order's large number of chaplains, and their military strength respectively). Back in Rome the Cardinal Vicar-General of Rome starts a program of improving the city's defences by rebuilding walls and adding small towers around the city limits. Whilst the war raging in the North is still very far away, the Vicar-General figues one cannot be too careful.
    • (The Papal activities in Japan is fine. -Kame) 
  • Abbasid Caliphate: In Damascus, the Grand Vizier Ubayd dies of illness. The Ulema, by a slight majority, votes for Abdullah Hassan to be the next Grand Vizier. However, the Caliph Al-Rahim II denies the election, and instead appoints Yahya Al-Kitta to be Grand Vizier, leader of the opposition. Abdullah himselfis greatly disilusioned by this and the entire Ulema is thrown into a bipartisan split over the issue. In Baghdad, the House of Wisdom begins a new fascination with modern music, carefully constructing violas and cellos to begin recreating secular western music in the Middle East. In Alexandria, a new addition is made to the Great Museum where Alexander the Great is buried: the Prophet Dawud. After the ancient King David's tomb was uncovered in Bethlehem, his body is sent to Alexandria so the two world conquerors can lay side-by-side, along with the great conqueror of Egypt, Thutmosis III. In order to stablize the maritime silk road, the Ulema authorizes to give steady payments of wealth, comparable to salaries, to any of the former Majapihut nations (Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Sunda) in exchange for submitting to the rule of the Caliph (if Java wishes, they can stay Ibadi too). Samples of Ethiopian caffein are also distributed there. In the same naval expedition, the scholar Abd Al-Rahman visits Korea and offers to finalize the Treaty of Inncheon on behalf of the Abbasids.  
    • Sumatra and Sunda agree to the terms of the Caliph. -Scraw
  • Holy Bulgarian Empire: With the ceasefire in place the Bulgarian empire takes special care to establish vacation time for the Legions allowing men to go home and live a little as they are replaced. This is done in a staggered Fashion in a way devised by Marshall Velitchkov and Tsar Aleksandar to rotate the men home while keeping the current battle lines secure. The Truce now in place allows for the Bulgarian troops to begin digging in in and around major natrual barriers. The Danube River is heavily fortified as is the Austrian Capital of Vienna and is to be continually upkept and maintained. The Southern mountains of Bohemia are also heavily Guarded with mountain passes being kept under watch via forts. This also extends into the mountains as the defensive line is established to prevent an offensive into Northern Austria and Bavaria. The Bulgarians also support the Bavarians in developing defensive fortifications in their own country.  Much effort is gone into rebuilding the damage done during the last battle against Otto's Austrian forces to put things right with the Austrians outside of Vienna. Bulgar arms and supplies are used significantly to arm and retrain Austria's military hoping for them to raise a new military force before the ceasefire is broken for whatever reason. The Bulgarian economy having taken less than a predicted hit from the war has run away expanding. While money and capital are massively outflowing, the resulting business as well as respected quality of Bulgarian equipment has seen its use and purchase come in from multiple nations. Hungary, Austria, Serbia, and Poland all are placing orders of Bulgarian weaponry expanding their pre-eminence through much of Southeastern Europe. The various forms of looting specifically in the rich Bohemian kingdom has essentially stalled out the outflow of bullion and capital out of the empire and with the ceasefire in effect the Economy is able to harden and adapt to the wartime conditions. The First Grand legion splits off a contingent of 18,000 from its main force in Austria and moves into the Bavarian circle of the empire subjugating and tying all these states together under an administration headquartered in Vienna under Bulgar administration. The Expedition also invades and secures the Swabian Circle also tying it together this time however in the local territories within the Austrian Swabian circle. Plan to move on the Fraconian circle are also made however the Bulgarians expect to meet resistance next year. The centralization of the Bavarian and Swabian circles bring a new area of trade into the area as the profitability of the war for Bulgar traders has brought them flooding into South Germany it begins hard to meet supply with Demand. while the Bulgars are considered heathens by all purposes the intense respect shown to the existing governmental structures in many of the German princely states as well as the population. Rather than loot the areas the Bulgarian empire brings a lot of trade into the area to keep the local economies running. In other news the Remainder of the Bulgarian navy returns home and begins taking a commanding lead in trade in the Mediterranean.
    • Tsardom of Poland: The Tsardom continues to restructure and rebuild following the losses to Russia and Kiev but is able to recover rather quickly as now without having to invest in the heavily underdeveloped East, the Polish are able to update and truly bring many of their forts and cities into the modern era as a more prominent Renaissance stance is adopted in Poland. The Polish reserves start to replenish a bit. The Polish people seem relatively content that their system was left alone by the Bulgarians and no insane taxations or policies have come from Vasiligrad. While the loss of so much territory is a blow to the Polish psyche, the toll taken by the multitude of civil wars and casualties suffered has brought an attitude to contentness as they are hoping to get a large time period of stability and growth not seen since before the Horde invasion almost a century prior.
    • Principality of Serbia: The Prince of Serbia seeing great success by Bulgarian forces begins considering asking their liege to move into Bosnia hoping to secure more of the Serbs living in the area (which is the majority) This however is somewhat delayed by the manpower losses suffered in the war of Succession. 
  • Knights Hospitaller- We have a population of around 13,000 due to refugees and have a navy of 10 ships. In New Rhodes, we begin building up our industry by offering grants for skilled colonists. We have built the University of New Rhodes in order to encourage scientific advancement. We build up the dockyards in order to have more trade. We also declare ourselves a free port (though no slavers) in order to encourage commerce and we encourage European ships to come to dock and refit. We also build a theological school in order to recruit missionaries and educate them on how to convert the native populace. With the wars in the Old World we agree to take in new colonists and offer to take in as many refugees as we can or 1,000-2000 a year. The colony of Maryland is small with around 500 people settling there though many more are coming. The main exports so far are exotic goods such as cotton, sugar, and tobacco and we use a strategy in which we send goods to Europe and take back poor refugees. We make contact with the natives and offer their chiefs great gifts (relatively) such as iron axe heads, glass beads, and jewellery. We send missionaries to convert the natives. We secretly attempt to ally with one native chief and possibly convert him (though not necessary) and we will use him as a tool to control the natives in the region (Mod response). We also tell the natives that a great evil is coming, a disease which will ravage them (smallpox?) and that the only way that they will be saved is by converting to Christianity and we use this to get tribes and chiefs under our control as we also promise to provide medical assistance to those who convert (Mod response). We send the Fleet to the Bahamas to set up a colony on Andros island called New Crete in order to colonise the archipelago. It has a population of one hundred though we are using it to settle refugees. We begin liquidating our holdings in the region of the war in Europe and sell them in order to solidify our hold on the New World.
    • The native dude refuses. The French also refuse. -Scraw
    • Cancelled the French section. Apologies I thought the Spice Islands was referring to the Caribbean. Will check next time.
  • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast.  Crowds of people look at the Sultan at the time of death of the Caliph saying "oh Sultan our leader lead us ". We send a Muslim missionaries to Angola.  Agadir is made a trading post in the Desert to help rise the pop.  We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 15px. The city Algiers is made the capital of the Sultanate as its population grows.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. Jewish and Muslim scholars debate with each other if the Maghreb is Arab or African,until one day the Sultan speaks on the debate saying "Us Arab and Africans and united so why not keep it", as the idea of Afro-Arab is tossed around after his word on the debate. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zaire (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zairi as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity. We send an invite to Kongo to send Missinoares to Angola(MOD MOD )The spread of Islam in Zairi is less about shoving it down people belief but more of gaining trust of people by giving out food and things like that after gaining trust of people we begin to spread Islam into Ziyri (kongo).
  • Oman: The Grand Imam welcomes the Javans into the Ibadi branch. The government of Oman begins working to improve relations with Java, supporting their independence and making regular diplomatic visits to the island. Trade routes are also strengthened, with Omani exports such as coffee and frankincense being introduced to the island in greater numbers. Ibadi missionary work continues in the east, principally in Aceh, Riau, and the islands off the west coast of Sumatra, with the goal being to facilitate the spread of Ibadi Islam among the populace. The port town of Hafon (Hafun or Xaafun) in Somalia is annexed, an ancient center for the trade of cinnamon, spice, ivory, and incense. The Bandar Qasim and Barijaal colonies expand eastward and southward along the coast respectively, meeting at Bayla to form a narrow strip of Omani territory which encompasses Bandar Qasim, Qandala, Bandar Murcaayo, Geesaley, Abo, Caluula and Bereeda, Barijaal, Hafon and Bayla. Oman again offers protection to Imerina (Mod Response) and offers to purchase the island of Al-Mawt (Mayotte) from the Swahili Sultanate.
  • Korea: The Emperor rebuffs his offer and resends envoys to Nanjing to discuss a sovereignty transfer in which Korea shall regain control over Cheondoryeol islands in exchange for silver and jewelries (MOD RESPONSE). A letter is sent to the Pope offering that the approved quota of active Catholic missionaries in Korea could increase to five hundred should they assist Korean dignitaries to travel into Europe (PLAYER RESPONSE). Meanwhile, the throughly-planned "Treaty of Shinsado" is finalized and ratified by the monarchs of the Ayzik and the Orho dynasties; who see collaboration with the Korean government was beneficial to their own power. Through the mentioned treaty, Nivkhgu and Manchuria are annexed under a three-state dynastic union, with their two respective royal houses merging into the House of Kim as cadet branches. While the three states have separate monarchs, Nivkh and Manchu Kings (who must perform godu or kneeling yearly) are considered subordinate to the Korean Emperor. Under the terms of the treaty, Nivkhgu and Manchuria will continue to have autonomy over their internal affairs, but will be revoked of its suzerainty and right to control their military–both of which will be handled by Korea, the dominant partner in the union. Also, in a case of a crisis the Korean Emperor would have to right to force the monarchs of Nivkhgu and Manchuria to revoke their rights temporarily. Usual militarization, naval development, and economic policies persist.
    • Papal Diplomacy: The Papal Nuncio based in Nagasaki accepts the koran Emperor's gracious offer, and will assist Korean envoys reach European courts. 
    • The Chinese Emperor accepts this offer and gives Cheondoryeol to Korea for the fixed prize. ~Wolvesmod
  • Maiam: Trade experiences a boom as Maian foods and goods begin to reach the wider European market, and demand increases. With Poruguese aid, the nation begins to rebuild and repopulate. A minor population boom begins in the native Mayan and Aztec populations, as well as the Portuguese settlers. In some cases, intermarriage results in what are known as Mextizo children. Expansion continues along the southern border, focusing on the coast. Work continues to renovate and update existing buildings and roads, and to create plans for future upkeep and renovations. There is some internal turmoil as the dominant Mayans impose their laws and culture on the conquered Mexica. Former Mexican royalty is forced to marry into Mayan lines. Small rebellions are put down. (Note: Mayan and Mexican refer to the cultural groups, Maian refers to the nation as a whole and its government.)
  • GeorgiaWe develop the port of Tskhumi to become the main port in Georgia, in order to sell gold, silver and iron. Ottoman goods are shipped through Tskhumi towards Vladimirgrad, Vasiligrad, Trebizond and other western ports. Trade with Trebizond is increased. 
    • Gurkani Dip: In exchange for a fair amount of gold and iron, we offer you 50,000 of the highest quality guns, bombards, and cannon.
    • Georgian dip: We accept. 
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: With peace now in place we stop fighting. We send Bulgarian and Iberian ships back to their home ports and work on rebuilding our fleet over the next 5 years to 350 ships. Now that we control New Flanders and New Netherlands we offer the people an option of remaining in the colony although if they choose to leave for wherever which many do we offer them financial reimbursement. Now that we have control of the colonies we start moving people into them and start a process of mass transportation especially as new enclosure acts are passed leaving more land fenced off to common people and the now unemployed are deported to Arcadia for unemployment. Colonial expansion is limited as we try and move people into the former Burgundian colonies. We resume construction of the Severn to Thames canal which we hope will be completed in a few years. Oxford and Cambridge continue competition over who has more students and better teachers with the universities high pay and low costs as subsided by the Crown. We resume trade with our colonies and Asia as we start trading goods with Asia and moving slaves from Africa to Arcadia and bringing back tobacco largely.
  • Japan: Japanese forces have landed in Cheondoryeol and with virtually no resistance our forces seize Cheondoryeol with ease. The conquest of Cheonoryeol increases diplomatic tension with Korea, and as naval ports are constructed and naval presence is increased in order to counter any Korean counter invasion. Missionaries are sent to convert the Korean populace in Cheonoryeol to Catholicism, and we also spread the story of the Korean Emperor Turtle Duck. In Edo Shogun Oda Nobunaga and his Grand Army have finished their celebrations and new life has entered the Grand Army. The Shogun adresses his soldiers "Brothers in arms, we have successfully secured the Kanto region under the Shogunate, and it has been a glorious victory, but our mission is still yet to be realized, yes, the region of Tohoku stands in our way of completely unifying the island of Honshu under our rule, thus we must conquer it through temporary warfare for everlasting peace! Onward, we march!" With this speech, the Grand Army of the Shogunate advances upon the Tohoku region, beginning the final campaign of the Honshu unification. In Kyoto the Emperor returns from his self imposed exile in nature where he enjoyed Chrysanthemum. In Kyoto, the people celebrate the return of the Emperor as it is a return to law, order, and stability. Still many believe that the Emperor has abbadoned them. It is here that the Emperor explains why he left "I deeply apologize for leaving you all, the people I am commanded by Heaven to protect you from any harm and enforce the law to achieve peace and prosperity. I have failed this mission, however, for I had to flee Kyoto to escape an attempt on my life. Thus I escaped into nature, to save my life amongst the life of the Earth, and it was serene and beautiful, the flowers blossomed and I felt myself in a state of elated peace and enlightenment. All around me I saw life in the fertile fields, but surely there wasn't any life in the violent volcanoes. Surely I was wrong, for upon many hours of searching I found a tiny plant, and I said "Even in the most hostile of places, there is still life." This is my dream for all of Nihon, that there will be life even in the most desolate of places, and in the worst of times, and soon the best of times will be upon us, so all life can flourish. Now I return to you, my people, to reclaim my throne, and resotre peace and prosperity upon my realm" This speech moved the people of Kyoto, and they understood why the Emperor left, and many joined as the Emperor's guard as he entered into the Imperial Palace. Upon entering, he discovers his brother Asuka laying upon the ground with a knife in his back bleeding on the ground. The Emperor reasons that this must have been an attempt on his life. "Whoever did this shall have divine justice thrust upon him. Find the assassin and bring him to me." .:

1578

 Early developments of novels begin to spread in Central Europe and England, based on heroic acts during the War of Austrian Succession.

Imerina accepts protection from Oman, although will refuse any front to their sovereignty in light of earlier wars.

A new Patriarch comes in Moscow, and creates many liturgical reforms to Orthodoxy in Russia separate from the Orthodox liturgy of Greece.

French explorers go to OTL northeastern Brazil.

The Pope will die next year.  Bohemia, Cologne, Prussia, Hospitallers, Papal States, England, Iberia, and Burgundy all have cardinals, so please vote here .

  • Kingdom of Burgundy: occupation of the Scandinavian and Iberian colonies seized last year continues. They receive appointed governors to administer them so long as the war continues, and their positions are fortified. Meanwhile, in the East Indies, having been snubbed by Aceh, the Burgundian East India Company sends another envoy, this time accompanied by five of the Company's 58-gun galleon, and escorted by several frigates. As they near Kutaraja, the ships fire off both broadsides in a European-style salute, but the ships allow time for the echo of the previous salute to die before the next one, with the galleons saluting last. The envoys bring the Sultan gold, and goods from all over the Burgundian empire, from India, Africa, Europe, even from Acadia and Lauwentia, with another offer of protection. It's hoped the show of Burgundian wealth, as well as the Company's strength, will sway them to accepting. (Mod response please)
  • Knights Hospitaller- We have a population of around 15,000 due to refugees and have a navy of 10 ships. In New Rhodes, we begin building up our industry by offering grants for skilled colonists. We have built the University of New Rhodes in order to encourage scientific advancement. We build up the dockyards in order to have more trade. We also declare ourselves a free port (though no slavers) in order to encourage commerce and we encourage European ships to come to dock and refit. We also build a theological school in order to recruit missionaries and educate them on how to convert the native populace. With the wars in the Old World we agree to take in new colonists and offer to take in as many refugees as we can or 2,000-3000 a year. The colony of Maryland is small with around 700 people settling there though many more are coming we expand by 10 px. The main exports so far are exotic goods such as cotton, sugar, and tobacco and we use a strategy in which we send goods to Europe and take back poor refugees. We make contact with the natives and offer their chiefs great gifts (relatively) such as iron axe heads, glass beads, and jewellery. We send missionaries to convert the natives. We send the Fleet to the Bahamas to set up a colony on Andros island called New Crete in order to colonise the archipelago. It has a population of 350 and are using it to settle we expand by 10 px .We begin liquidating our holdings in the region of the war in Europe and sell them in order to solidify our hold on the New World. Using our funds gained from the sale of our estates we set up begin advertising to the poor in Europe as well as skilled workers to come to our colonies (Mod response). We are also using our funds from the sale of our properties, we begin to purchase ships to create a large trading fleet with our aim being to have a monopoly on New World trade. We also offer European countries to settle their poor in our colonies (Player response).
  • Korea: With the Papal States accepting the offer to assist Korean entry to Europe, the quota on active missionaries allowed on Korean soil is increased to five hundred as promised. The ratification of the "Treaty of Incheon" causes an influx of Arab merchants docking on Korean ports as well as the arrival of lucrative highly-prized goods; some of which are never seen before. With the Emperor seeing the advantage of having a parter wielding such naval prowess, another fleet is dispatched hoping to reduce tariffs and trading barriers (especially in transactions pertaining to firearms and gunpowder weapons) between the two (PLAYER RESPONSE). Upon hearing of the Japanese conquest of the Cheondo islands (which at the time was still a Chinese colony), a letter is sent to the Shogun threatening to launch punitive expedition should it not be ceded back. Knowing that these demands would most likely be left not addressed, a naval outpost of three hundred colonists is established on the island of Urup. With the already strained bilateral relationship further exacerbated by puny insults aimed at the Emperor, all affairs with Japan are shut down to deprive the their access to mainland markets. Any Koreans and their properties are hastily withdrawn from Japan. Similarly, all Japanese expatriates are forcibly expelled, while the Japanese embassy in Hanseong, along with a field of chrysanthemum, are burnt to ash. A garden filled with the blossoms of the rose of sharon and the statue of a phoenix is symbolically built. An offer is sent to remaining wokou pirates to purposely raid Japanese settlements under the banner of the House of Kim, and would in-turn be granted special protection (MOD RESPONSE). Despite this, the Emperor knows he cannot rely on proxies to deal with the Japanese alone. Naval presence on the already militarized Korea strait is further consolidated, with sailors being told to be alert of any hostile incursions into Korean territory. More naval vessels and arms are built, with the arsenal in Busan being upsized. Usual militarization, naval development, and economic policies persist.
    • They agree ~Wolvesmod
  • Georgia: We develop the port of Tskhumi to become the main port in Georgia, in order to sell gold, silver and iron. Ottoman goods are shipped through Tskhumi towards Vladimirgrad, Vasiligrad, Trebizond and other western ports. Trade with the Gurkani, Ottomans and the Caliphate is increased. 
  • Abbasid Caliphate: The largest controversy this year arose from the apointment of a new Emir over the Nejd region in Arabia. As the Ulema became completely polarized between the partisans of Hassan and Ubaid, each of them had proposed a candidate, but they continued to argue off an on throughout the year unable to come to a consensus. Finally, the Caliph intervened for the Ubaid faction in November, although this was to the great dissatisfaction of the native people in the region. Abroad, the Arab-India Company centered at Cairo begins making heavier investments into settling East Asia. Some Arab immigrants move to the Korean port at Busan, using the Kitab Al-Intshaan (Book of Incheon) as a bible to guide their translation of language and culture. The majority of settlers, however, go into the new colonies in Sumatra and Sunda, establishing these islands of the East Indies as new sources of wealth and vehicles further east. EDIT: True to our promise, the Caliphate ensures the independence of Sumatra and Sunda from any outside inteference threatening the native Muslim population, by protecting their government under the central Caliph of Islam, while paying the Sultan hanesomely with Ethiopian gold and caffein. The Banten region of south-central Sumatra, however, being majority Ziyadi Islam, is given under de jure control to the Persian Sultan. The mostly-Muslim Kingdom of Tali, of course, is capitalized on to extract many of the secrets of silk and spices long since hidden by China. Having established the treaty with Korea, the Ulema acknowledges their support for both Korea and China, in reaction to the increased Christian pressense in Japan. 
  • Russia: The Expansion in Siberia is halted due to overextension. Several new ships are produced for the Baltic Fleet. Many new settlements in Siberia are set up in Siberia with expansion up north. Some fur traders in the Far North discover a new land. However due to the extreme cold only several summer trading posts are established. Many believe the area will not be colonizable for a long time. Prince Dimitri continues to be trained. The General returns from Iberia with ways to modernize the military. We begin to use these tactics against inferior tribes in Siberia.
  • Kingdom of Sicily: Prince-General Philip continues investing in the businesses of merchants within the big cities of the kingdom. The investments continue to help the economy expand and grow, helping Sicily prosper. With the translation of the Bible into the Neapolitan vernacular, Philip now funds the printing of large quantities of the translated version of the Bible, wishing that every household across the realm have a copy. He also wants to have copies printed for all the churches in the Kingdom of Sicily.
  • Kingdom of England and Ireland: The rate of enclosure continues to remain high leading to people choosing to move abroad to the colonies in Arcadia. With the war over novels start to appear about the naval war. The navy is worked on improving as it failed to meet expectations with it's size increased to 350 ships. Work is made on changing the navy with sailors now trained to acts as better ship to ship fighters. As the speed of the ships is criticised the new ships being built are smaller and more focus on speed and agility. Colonial expansion is limited as we try and move people into the former Burgundian colonies. Oxford and Cambridge continue competition over who has more students and better teachers with the universities high pay and low costs as subsided by the Crown. We maintain trade with our colonies and Asia as we start trading goods with Asia and moving slaves from Africa to Arcadia and bringing back tobacco largely. Avalon keeps working as whaling, fishing and fur trade continue to be the profit of the colony. The colony starts to grow outside of population migration as the number of births in the colony grows with more established farming. The plantation system in New Gwynedd and Western Arcadia is growing very effective. Trade passes through Swahili and Mogadishu on the way to Asia further east and we trial their effective four field crop rotation system. While this is not adopted in England it is acknowledged as a better system. The Parliament of England in it's yearly meetings passes another enclosure act meaning that much formerly common land is enclosed to with hedging upsetting many farmers but on a small scale so not leading to any serious acts of rebellion. The King keeps working upon an ambitious project to construct a canal from Gloucester to Lechlade upon the Thames linking the Thames and the Severn with the canal being 4.7m wide and the locks 2.35m wide only allowing narrow boats through with towpaths constructed next to this new canal. This new canal is hoped to facilitate inland trade and helping develop a national market. With the canal being a bit over 30 miles it should take roughly 5 years to complete as hundreds of now landless peasants due to the Enclosure acts work on the canal. Plantations which grow tobacco and other crops such as cotton which are taken back to England for resale while these colonies are largely populated by a few English townsmen and yeomen farmers ruling over these areas employing Welsh and Irish convicts to run black slaves. Most of the farms are large plantations owned by merchants in England with most of the labour carried about by black slaves and convicts who spend their sentence working on farms and after 4 to 7 years normally they are released and can be free like the small population freemen who moved for a better life. The English colony on William's isle maintain itself as does the fort with the settlers expanding inland to gain land for farming. The Kingdom of England and Ireland has a population of 3.5 million. The road system is maintained by the Crown.
    • Sultanate of the Maghreb: The Sultan Hamid ibn Musa Al-Abbas begins to work on modernizing the army by requesting men from 17-36 to train in the army, as the navy is improved on to reach the new world and to defend trading ships. Urban centers begin to grow as trading centers and means of living begin to spread mostly in cities on the coast.  Crowds of people look at the Sultan at the time of death of the Caliph saying "oh Sultan our leader lead us ". We send a Muslim missionaries to Angola.  Agadir is made a trading post in the Desert to help rise the pop.  We send a trade envoys, along with sending Imams to spread Islam. The Sultanate begin to expand into the Atlantic coast line by 15px. The city Algiers is made the capital of the Sultanate as its population grows.The Sultan begins to works on cities by opening markets and trading centers mostly at Algiers. we begin to shadow the Caliphate trading ships following them to trade with other nations. We send an envoy to the king of Zaire (Kongo) if he would he open up mosques in Muslim areas in Zairi as we send our high Imam to tell him about Islamic Unity. We send an invite to Kongo to send Missinoares to Angola(MOD MOD) We send Missonares to Angola. We ask Oman if we can bulid a naval base in Muscat.The spread of Islam in Zairi is less about shoving it down people belief but more of gaining trust of people by giving out food and things like that, after gaining trust of people we begin to spread Islam into Ziyri (kongo). secert dip: We send pirates to Burgundy and in return they send us shps that can reach the new world.
    • Burgundian (secret) dip: the deal is accepted
    • Oman Diplomacy: The Omanis politely refuse Maghreb's request.
  • Cologne: With Kolsch people having joined Prussia’s side late in the recent War, Archbishop Aldrich wants to make it up to his ally. Cologne consents to a small war tax on trade to give to the Holy Roman Empire, and many theologians from Cologne (who come from other states in the Holy Roman Empire) write in the German Paper about the importance of unity and solidarity under the Holy Roman Emperor in the wake of this war, especially about helping all people in Germany, whether they be refugees or nobility. Archbishop Aldrich also puts the finishing touches and upgrades on a Cologne-wide road network that was initially built long ago, and keeps it modern for the new times to come. He writes to all nations of the North Rhine Imperial Circle (Mod response, please) and proposes a Nordrhein Road system to maximise trade within the area, which Cologne is willing to fund by 33%. Meanwhile, funds continue to come into Cologne from the royalties on the printing press, and trade generally along the Rhine and Ruhr.
    • Essen: Abbess Hadwig in her old age is getting quite slow, and apologises generally to her people for the stagnancy of events in Essen during the last decade. The Adelphinian Canonesses in Tondo, however, have built the relevant church finally (without the help of the King of Tondo) and have continued supporting the Catholics in Tondo. They have also supported other people generally, as is the way of the Lord, but have been generally encouraging people to become evangelised. This year, they believe they have enough people to build another church in a different location in Tondo, as the singular proper church has become quite overcrowded quite quickly. Abbess Hadwig, as the Abbess-General of the Adelphinian Canonesses in Tondo, writes to the King of Tondo (Mod response, please) (btw if it’s a queen or something else, please forgive my presumption) to ask him to either help fund the project or supply manpower, to emphasise his unity with his mostly-Christian population. In other news, several young women in the Essen Abbey and associated daughter abbeys have started work on similar novels to the ones about heroes in the War of Austrian Succession, with a twist – instead, they are about the women who stayed home and became heroes in their own right while the men went off to war. A particular canoness originally hailing from Prussia is quite keen on this project, and is well into her second draft by the end of that year.
  • Oman: Ibadi missionary work continues in Aceh and Sumatra, as well as Java, where the first Ibadi mosques in the region are built. Oman supplies the necessary funding and materials for the construction of these mosques and spread of Ibadism among the populace. Oman also requests to improve trade relations with Malacca. Small groups of Omani settlers arrive in Bandar Qasim, but remain the minority in the rather diverse city.

Japan: Using the testimony of Queen Mother Suiki who witnessed the asassination of the Emperor's brother Asuka, the Empire and the Imperial Court are able to identify the assassin and the Imperial Guard and Legion set out to find him. Fortunately they do, and they bring him to the Imperial Court where he is tried. During the trial, it is discovered that there is sufficient evidence that the assassin has ties to the Korean Court and the Rose Sharon Emperor, aka Emperor Turtle Duck. "This shall be the fate of the Rose Sharon Emperor!" With this, the Chrystanthemum Emperor executes Asuka's assassin, and burns a field of rose sharon in relatiation to Emperor Turtle Duck burning a field of Chrystanthemum. In the aftermath of this, the Emperor declares Korea as the true enemy of Japan and whoever opposes the Emperor or the Shogun is an enemy of Japan and is a Korean collaborator. Nobles with links to the assassination of Asuka are purged out of Kyoto and many dissenting nobles begin to fall in line to the Emperor. Meanwhile in Tohuku, Shogun Oda Nobunaga halts his advance and gives an ultimatium to the remaining daiymo who oppose him. "Dissenting daiymos, I shall give you my ultimatium. Surrender unto me, and I will spare your lives, for I do not wish to spill the blood of my Japanese brethen, no, it is the blood of the Korean government I wish to spill. They are an in eminent threat to our nation, for they have cut off centuries of trade and their is no end to their agression, thus we must unify as one people and one Japan in order to defeat Korea in the coming war. We shall only win if we are one nation under God." In order to counter the Japanese expelling from Korea, we do the exaxt opposite, we hold Koreans under house arrest in Japan, especially Korean diplomats in Nagasaki, Kyoto, and Edo and hold them hostage. Meanwhile, our navy continues to build and they are sent to reinforce the Kurills. Since we helped in the liberation of the Kingdom of Tali, we request trade with them. We also requesr trade with the Gurkani in exchange for Gurkani firearms.

    • Invalid, I already withdrawn all Korean nationals from Japan.

1579

Japanese Wokou pirates, employed by local Damiyos in northern Japan, raid Korean merchants near the Kuril Islands. In one such incident, 58 passangers are captured for ransom by the nortorious pirate, Akuma Hoshiko. (For clarification, the pirates aren't native to Japan but are employed by some feudal Japanese lords)

In Russia, Prince Dimitri goes missing for three weeks after his company was maued by bears in Siberia. He was next seen back in Moscow, shaken but apparently unharmed.

Pope Gregory XII dies when the scientific laboratory he was visiting collapsed on him. A new Pope must be elected now.

  • Knights Hospitaller- We have a population of around 18,000 due to refugees and have a navy of 10 ships. In New Rhodes, we begin building up our industry by offering grants for skilled colonists. We have built the University of New Rhodes in order to encourage scientific advancement. We build up the dockyards in order to have more trade. We also declare ourselves a free port (though no slavers) in order to encourage commerce and we encourage European ships to come to dock and refit. We also build a theological school in order to recruit missionaries and educate them on how to convert the native populace. With the wars and unrest in the Old World we agree to take in new colonists and offer to take in as many refugees as we can or 3,000-4000 a year while the rate of immigration is increasing due to advertising. The colony of Maryland is small with around 1000 people settling there though many more are coming we expand by 15 px (25 px total). We begin building infrastructure in the colonies such as roads and schools while we are also planning to build important industry such as iron, and gun powder. The main exports so far are exotic goods such as cotton, sugar, and tobacco and we use a strategy in which we send goods to Europe and take back poor refugees. We make contact with the natives and offer their chiefs great gifts (relatively) such as iron axe heads, glass beads, and jewellery. We send missionaries to convert the natives. We send the Fleet to the Bahamas to set up a colony on Andros island called New Crete in order to colonise the archipelago. It has a population of 500 and are using it to settle we expand by 15 px (25 px). We begin implementing the plantation system in our colonies for sugar, tobacco, and citrus while we send agents to investigate the four-field rotation system in England. We begin liquidating our holdings in the region of the war in Europe and sell them in order to solidify our hold on the New World.We are also using our funds from the sale of our properties, we begin to purchase ships to create a large trading fleet with our aim being to have a monopoly on New World trade. We also offer European countries to settle their poor in our colonies (Player response).

  • Korea: As he approaches the age of fifty, he picks his eleven-year old son Kim Hoseok to be the heir apparent. However, despite his age Kim Do continues to have a firm rule as his imperial court becomes increasingly more or less uniform ideology-wise, a result of systematic purges of oppositional elements among the literati. In the capital, a statue of him and a phoenix, surrounded by a vast field of mugunghwa hibiscus (also known as the Rose of Sharon) is built symbolically as a metaphor to his power. Laws restricting migration to the newly-established dominions of Manchuria and Nivkhgu are abolished to circumvent secessionism and to establish territorial legitimacy over these areas. While no official assimilationist policy is enacted, the usage of Korean customs and language is promoted, with many of the Manchu and Nivkh nobility pursuing assimilation to gain favour among the government. Prompted by a seemingly forthcoming war as Japanese authorities claim, the Emperor decrees a national-militarisation campaign, with preemptive maritime patrols along the Korea strait being increasingly frequent. With the port of Busan being highly vulnerable to an attack from Giapan, fortifications are consolidated with levies mobilised along the area, whom are placed under the direct authority of the distinguished General Yi Shin-rip. As foreign trade to the city is shut down, merchants and residing expatriates are advised to relocate inland. While claims on the southern Cheondo islands are abandoned, the naval outpost on Urup sees an arrival of an additional colonists and sailors to cement its territorial legitimacy. Meanwhile, an order is established commanding that the rest of Hwataedo are to be incorporated as early as possible, with settlers sent to the island to displace and quell already present peoples. Envoys once again are sent to the Abbasids, seeking to obtain highly prized spices as well as firearms to gain an advantage over Giapan. The construction of a Korean embassy to facilitate ties is offered, the reverse is also offered for the Arabs. (PLAYER RESPONSE)
    • ​Abbasid dip: The Ulema permits the construction of a Korean embassy in Aden, and the reverse is offered in Busan. The Abbasids agree to sell Middle Eastern cannons and muskets to Korea, if they permit the construction of a mosque in Busan.

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