The War of the Swedes (Also known as the Northern Seven Year's War or The Bleeding Dicentenial) was a war that pitched a coalition of Denmark-Norway and the Polish Lithuanian Union against the new Kingdom of Sweden, and eventually Holstein-Gottorp with assistance from England and the French soldier Calude Collart. This article will not only go over the war, but will also serve as a timeline for it.
May 30th, 1563: Danish ships attack the Swedish at Bornholm, they are driven back before any casualties or damage was done.
July 27th, 1563: Denmark sends ambasators from Germany to try to negotiate a deal. King Erik XIV realises that to ignore them would be near suicide, so he sends a few diplomats to try to work out a deal. None is made, with the diplomats decsending into an argument, but it attracts the attention of many neighboring states, especially Holstein-Gottorp.
August 1563: War is declared by Denmark.
Later in August: Denmark closes in Älvsborg. The Swedish, in a sort of gamble, move the Mars, Sweden's foremost battleship, into the battle. Sweden loses the battle, but moves on to Halmstad, with a victory there.
September 11, 1563: The Danish fleet closes in on Öland Island, but instead, at the last minute, use the fleet as a defensive measure, fearing foreign intervention. Öland remains in Swedish hands.
December 1563: Calude Collart, with his efforts hastened by the war, tries to find the Swedish kind a wife. Kristina, the daughter of the bard of Holstein-Gottorp, marries the king on December 15th.
January 31, 1563: The Danish and Poland-Lithuanian forces in Copenhagen are assaulted by a large Swedish attack force there. Norwegan troops build at the Swedish border, but are unwilling to attack.
February 2, 1563: Swedish forces retreat from Copenhagen. They think they are heading back to Sweden, but high command tells them to secretly land in Poland-Lithuania.
February-August, 1564: Fighting settles down. The Swedish in Poland-Lithuania live on an abandoned beach, while Swedish forces line Norway and Älvsborg. Denmark tries to summon up as many troops as it can to guard Copenhagen, while some are diverted to watch the Swedish border.
August 16, 1564: Swedish forces in Poland-Lithuanian forces are told where they are. They were ordered to burn fields, and wreak havok on towns, giving them ultimatums to either owe their allegiance to Sweden or be taken as POW's. Meanwhile, Swedish forces near Norway try to break through Norwegian lines. Some reach Trondheim, where they treat the natives with respect, earning their respect and allegiance.
December 19th, 1564: Swedish forces have burned the farmlands to dust in Poland-Lithuania, killing it's economy. The professional soldiers in Copenhagen leave, since they have no money to pay for their services. The Swedish forces control most of the countryside, though the Polish-Lithuanian army has liberated many cites.
December 31, 1564: The coalition marches on Copenhagen, capturing it, and surrendering it to the Swedes. Poland-Lithuania surrenders soon after, reducing the nation to a small state towards the west. Sweden renames its realm "Kalmar," but with its capital at Stockholm and with equal representation by the many people of the Union.