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« on: June 29, 2020, 07:21:37 pm »
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Age of Steam And Steel
Turn 1: 1835
(Source: Self-Made)

Nations, Leaders, and Players
Kingdom of France: King Louis XVIII Bourbon (Windjammer)
United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland, and the Americas: King Charles III of Hanover (Blair)
Ottoman Empire: Sultan Mustafa IV Osmanoğlu (Kingpoleon)
Kingdom of Scandinavia: King Frederick VI Oldenburg & Queen Catherine of Holstein-Gottorp (Ypestis)
Russian Empire: Czar Peter IV Pavlovich Romanov (HenryWallace)
Kingdom of Prussia: King Frederick III Hohenzollern (jdb)
Habsburg Monarchy: Emperor Francis III Habsburg-Lorraine (Dereich)
Kingdom of Quebec: King Louis Henry Hohenzollern (Lumine)
Republic of Brazil: President Bernardo Pereira de Vasconcelos (Elcaspar)
Kingdom of Louisiana: King Louis-Philippe II Bourbon (DKrol)
Kingdom of Naples: King Francis I Bourbon (GoTfan)
Kingdom of the Netherlands: King William II of Orange-Nassau (JacksonHitchcock)
Tokugawa Shogunate: Shogun Tokugawa Ienari (Donerail)
Qing Dynasty: Yansheng Emperor (S019)
Xing Dynasty: Youfú Emperor (thumb21)
Confederation of New England: Chairman John Quincy Adams (NyIndy)
Eyalet of Egypt: Governor Reşid Mehmed Pasha (PSOL)
Joseon Korea: Queen Regent Sunwon (True Federalist)

Economic Standing:
United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland, and the Americas: Strong
Kingdom of France: Strong
Kingdom of Quebec: Strong

Habsburg Monarchy: Moderate
Ottoman Empire: Moderate
Kingdom of Scandinavia: Moderate
Russian Empire: Moderate
Republic of Brazil: Moderate
Confederation of New England: Moderate
Kingdom of the Netherlands: Moderate
Joseon Korea: Moderate
Kingdom of Naples: Moderate
Kingdom of Louisiana: Moderate

Qing Dynasty: Weak
Xing Dynasty: Weak
Eyalet of Egypt: Weak


Popularity:
Governor Reşid Mehmed Pasha: High
King Frederick VI & Queen Catherine of Scandinavia: High
Emperor Francis III Habsburg: High
King Louis-Philippe II Bourbon: High
Chairman John Quincy Adams: High

King Louis Henry of Quebec: Moderate
King Frederick III of Prussia: Moderate
King Charles III of Britain: Moderate
President Bernardo Pereira de Vasconcelos: Moderate
Czar Peter IV Romanov: Moderate
King Louis XVIII: Moderate
Youfú Emperor: Moderate
Queen Regent Sunwon: Moderate
King William II of Orange: Moderate
King Francis I Bourbon: Moderate

Sultan Mustafa IV Osmanoğlu: Low
Yansheng Emperor: Low

Current Global Conflicts:
Chinese Civil War: Qing Dynasty vs. Xing Dynasty vs. Guang Dynasty vs. Secessionists (1825-)
Persian Civil War: Zinatian Persia vs. Qajar Persia vs. Husaynian Persia vs. Secessionists vs. Durrani Empire, Khanate of Khiva (1833-)
Egyptian Rising: Ottoman Empire, Emirate of Tunis vs. Eyalet of Egypt (1831-)
Mexican War of Independence: Kingdom of Mexico vs. Kingdom of Spain (1828-)
Yucatan War of Independence: Yucatan State vs. Kingdom of Spain (1826-)
Colombian War of Independence: Republic of Colombia vs. Kingdom of Spain (1823-)
La Platan War of Independence: Union of La Plata, Republic of Chile vs. Kingdom of Spain (1827-)
Louisianan Intervention in Mexico: Kingdom of Louisiana vs. Kingdom of Spain (1833-)
Brazilian Intervention in La Plata: Republic of Brazil vs. Kingdom of Spain (1834-)
Haitian Revolution: Republic of Haiti vs. Kingdom of Spain (1831-)
Shan Insurrection: Shan State vs. Kingdom of France (1803-)

(Source: Self-Made)


Kingdom of France:
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-King Louis XVIII, your patrimony has changed much over the past three decades. Increasingly the power of the monarchy is challenged as the various political parties squabble for influence. The Constitutional Charter of the French, implemented by your grandfather, has become part of the political status quo, but already demands have emerged for further changes. In the aftermath of the Silent Revolution the Liberals have become increasingly emboldened, some calling for a reformation of the government, the elimination of the chambers of the clergy and nobility, as well as land reform throughout the realm. The Socialists even go further, demanding the curtailing of your own power and the formation of a Republic. You enjoy the support of a broad base of conservatives and a growing reactionary camp, seeking to undo some of the advances of the Silent Revolution. How will you handle the domestic situation in France? Should the opposition be appeased in the spirit of continuing the reforms or is it time to stand up against impossible-to-please malcontents? The choice is yours.

-France has operated largely independently for decades now, remaining aloof from European conflicts and seeking to revel in its wealth. This Splendid Isolationism was popular at home, with the peace allowing for extended economic growth and innovation, yet, as the century has worn on, it is clear that your realm may soon need allies. The succession of Piedmont is disputed, insurrections smolder in the vast colonial empire, and nationalist winds are blowing. A growing faction in the government is calling for you to formally reject isolationism and find a partner in global affairs. Undoubtedly, France has one of the widest reaches of all the great powers. There are calls for intervention in the Americas, Egypt, China, and Persia from numerous different quarters. As to who a diplomatic partner could be, there is no consensus. Some believe you should aid your Bourbon cousins in Spain by helping them crush revolts in the New World. Others argue that Prussia and France share natural interests, though the Prussian public staunchly opposes calls from Paris to seize the west bank of the Rhine. Quebec and Louisiana too seem like natural allies, though there’s little areas where your alliance could be put into action, save against the British. Perhaps a rapprochement with Austria and Britain could be a possibility as well? King Louis, will you end Splendid Isolationism and forge a new path? If so, what will that be?

-The Shan uprising has been an issue plaguing your colony in Burma for more than thirty years. Although it’s been demonstrated that it’s easy to gain theoretical control over the region, holding it is another matter. Guerilla raids have repeatedly challenged the Armies of the Sacré-Cœur, killing stragglers, hampering supplies, and making life difficult. This has led to a semi-withdrawal, though there are some at Court seeking to launch yet another invasion, this time encouraging the employment of severe punishment for any forms of resistance. Others in France believe the rebellion demonstrates that the conversion of the region has been a failure and France should cease the practice of proselytizing in Burma, even if a portion of the coastal population has been converted.  

United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland, and the Americas:
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-King Charles III, Britain stands as one of the most wealthy and prosperous nations on the planet. The birthplace of industrialization, it is your people who have seen firsthand the economic changes of the last half century. A new “rail-road” is being established between London and Brighton, promising ease of travel and transfer of resources. Coal production in the north explodes, as urban areas grow precipitously. As in France, these changes have caused some turmoil in domestic politics, between liberals and conservatives, with a small socialist population growing in the northern regions. With which party do your sympathies lie? What will be your policy on issues such as tariffs, land enclosure, trade unions, and agriculture vs industry?

-You possess a colonial empire, but one that is scattered and could be exposed to foreign pressure. Australia, in particular, is vulnerable to being cut off from Britain proper or the Americas should conflict arise with Prussia or the Ottomans. For this reason, some have demanded that you intervene to save the Egyptian Rebellion, perhaps taking the Suez as compensation for aid. Others believe and alliance with either Prussia or the Ottomans could head off any supply concerns and allow for the further expansion of British influence in Asia and the Pacific. Even France, a rival for more than a century, could provide the protection necessary to permit greater British expansion. Beyond the issues of supply, there are also calls in some quarters for greater British intervention in the Pacific Northwest, China, and Latin America. What will Britain’s policy towards the rest of the world be?

-A moral issue has been gnawing away at the soul of the British Empire for decades now: slavery. In Britain proper, abolitionist sentiments have long ago become the majority opinion, but the proportional representation of MPs from the southern colonies have prevented any action from being taken, much to the frustration of people in the metropole. The loss of New England to independence not only robbed the Empire of thousands of more abolitionist subjects, but it also supplied an example which could be followed by the slaveholding colonies in North America. The Middle Colonies (New York, Pennsylvania, Transylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey) have expressed ambivalence on the issue, though would likely back any abolition bill if proper incentives were given. At the same time, the numerous movements for independence in Latin America have all abolished slaveholding, so some think it is time to move on. The southern colonies are less populated than either Britain or the north, but some have noted that the population growth in that region is increasing. A wide variety of options have been proposed, though lately it seems many firms In Britain proper are threatening a boycott of southern cotton in favor of imports from French India until the matter is resolved. How will you handle this contentious issue?

Kingdom of Scandinavia:
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-King Frederick and Queen Catherine, your union sealed the ties between Sweden and Denmark, leading to the foundation of the Kingdom of Scandinavia. The Kalmar Union has been reforged and it could not have come at a more perfect time. To the east Russia eyes your territory in Finland and the Baltic states, while Prussia looks greedily towards Schleswig-Holstein. Although recognizing the King of Prussia as the Protector of the Germans in the region bought you some time, the public in Prussia has gotten more bellicose and nationalistic in the interim. With these threats it is time to find allies. While undoubtedly friendship with either Prussia or Russia could delay your issues with them for the time being, some in Stockholm believe a more lasting solution would involve befriending a stronger power to dissuade either of them. There are factions in favor of France, Britain, and the Habsburg Monarchy all operating in the capitol. How will protect the realm that was so painstakingly assembled?

-The past generation saw the establishment of a respectable colonial empire with bases in North America, the Virgin Islands, along the east coast of Africa, and in Gabon. This has opened the Scandinavian market to numerous raw goods and proved thus far to be quite lucrative. Will you actively expand the colonial empire further, perhaps through expeditions in the region, or is it more important to remain focused on defending Europe before further expansion elsewhere can be considered?

-With the union of Sweden Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland a wide variety of government traditions were united in the form of the Kingdom of Scandinavia. The sheer level of political authority this forging required necessarily increased the power of the Crown, which served as the primary means of centralization. Yet, in the interim the domestic political situation has evolved greatly, as a growing portion of the population demands a further democratization of the government, through the creation of an elected assembly, further limitations to royal authority, and a new constitution. Some see this as an opportunity to ensure that the realm is never divided and useful in preempting protests while others closer to the royal family fear a usurpation of the monarch’s power along the lines of the Silent Revolution in France. This domestic situation must be handled with great care. What is to be done?

Russian Empire:
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-Czar Peter IV, the last 50 years have been some of the most important in Russian history. With the Ottoman annexation of the Khanate of Crimea, the elimination of the Polish threat, and greater central control over the Cossacks, the Great Steppe can now be tamed. Czar Paul oversaw the establishment of numerous frontier settlements as immigrants have poured into the region. Russia’s population is exploding, millions of acres of land now cultivatable. Yet, as Russia’s demographic and economic strength rapidly rises, one indicator has lagged behind: industrialization. Opinion in Russia on this issue is mixed. The powerful nobility and Orthodox clergy see industrialization as a threat to the traditional social order, especially when coupled with the explosion of settlement in the south. The growing bourgeois population of St. Petersburg, on the other hand, believes that a forced implementation of practices like those adopted in France and Britain could yield numerous benefits, whatever the social cost. There is also the opinion of millions of serfs and peasants to consider. How will you handle this domestic situation?  

-With domestic prosperity and growth, Russia’s potential reach in foreign affairs has likewise grown. At the Court there are numerous interventionist factions jockeying for influence over policy. They can be divided into four camps, each with its own regional goals. The “Northerners” see the Scandinavian seizure of the Baltic region as well as the expansion of Finland as a grave insult to the memory of your namesake, Czar Peter the Great. They demand military action against the seemingly weaker rivals in that direction. The “Westerners” have focused instead on the problems of integrating the former Republic of Poland. They believe that in order to better shield the realm Russia ought to push west, either against the Prussians, Austrians, or distracted Ottomans. This would create an even larger buffer region should Russia be involved in a major war against other European powers. The “Southerners” desire further expansion into Central Asia, perhaps even direct intervention in the Persian Civil War. They view this as a means of further protecting the booming region in the Steppes. Finally, the “Easterners” see Russia’s future as involving intervention in China. They argue that the chaos in that region leaves Manchuria, Mongolia, and Xinjiang as prime areas for expansion. With your realm firmly established as a defender of autocracy and with vast military resources at your disposal, it is possible to appease multiple factions at once. How will you guide Russian foreign policy, Czar Peter?

-The region may be distant, but the tension in the Pacific Northwest is very real. Czar Paul laid claim to vast tracts of land along the coast, but this has been ignored by numerous other powers in the region. Quebec, Spain, and Britain have all established settlements on land your people see as Russian. This is not to mention Louisiana’s desire to do the same. It has been suggested in some quarters you call a conference to negotiate over the issue, though some see this as a sign of weakness. Others demand that you escalate the tension in the region by stationing more soldiers and forcibly resettling serfs. What will you do about the Pacific Crisis?

Habsburg Monarchy:
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-Emperor Francis III, the diplomacy, marriages, and deal-making of your ancestors has left you with one of the preeminent realms of Europe. Your grandfather’s efforts at establishing ethnic harmony in the Empire has had some success, drawing the ethnic Germans, Croats, Bohemians, and Hungarians into a well-established solidarity, but is has not been perfect. The Venetians remain resentful over the collapse of their republic, while Italy as a whole still remembers the brief ascendancy of Catholic Republicanism. The Poles too, of whom you gained a great deal as subjects during the partition of the Polish Republic, have proven obstinate. On top of this there remains numerous other minorities (the Slovaks, Slovenes, Romanians, and Serbs) that have felt resentment towards foreign domination. Some call for greater autonomy in the regions, though this could dilute your already challenged authority and lead to dissolution. How will you handle the ethnic mixture that is the Habsburg Monarchy?

-The Holy Roman Empire celebrated the millennium since the coronation of Charlemagne in 1800 amid much fanfare. The authority of the Emperor is at its strongest since the Protestant Reformation, due in part to the exit of most of the Protestants to the German League. Many believe that this, coupled with rising nationalism, could be used as a vehicle to push forward with centralization, though the effect this would have on your other territories such as Hungary and Bohemia, would likely be negative. Others believe that you should maintain the status quo, not wanting to alienate Prussia. Still the prospect remains that if you do not unify the Empire, someone else will. What are your broad aims for the direction of the Holy Roman Empire as a new era takes hold?

-Europe is not the same animal it was in the previous century. Demographics and economic power have shifted and many of your advisors believe that the foreign policy of the Habsburg Monarchy should adjust to this new reality. For this first time in almost a century it seems there could be a rapprochement with Prussia, especially if the French prove obstinate on the issue of the Piedmontese Succession. Russia too is far more powerful that is once was. Internal struggles have declined and that Empire looks outwards. Although you have historically been close, there is growing apprehension about the prospect of Russian support for the various Slavs under Habsburg rule. To your south the Ottomans appear distracted, but there is pushback to any idea of adding even more minorities to your realm. You will undoubtedly be a major player in foreign affairs, Emperor Francis, but what will this look like?
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Kingdom of Prussia:
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-King Frederick III, it has been less than a century since your great-uncle Frederick II left the Holy Roman Empire, established the German League, and cemented Prussia’s place as one of the great powers of Europe. Although there were some setbacks in the 1780’s, the centralization of the German League has increased further. You must now decide how this body is to evolve going forward. Most of your fellow nobles seek continued autonomy, believing that allowing for individual princes to retain broad authority will attract some members of the Holy Roman Empire wary of Habsburg power. Nationalists, particularly in Prussia proper and Brandenburg, believe that the body should ultimately centralize and become a formal North German and Protestant unified state. Already, they argue, economic barriers have been eliminated, so why not eliminate political ones as well? With the sheer size of your direct territories dwarfing those of other members, you could likely push through most reforms without the consent of the other members. What will be your approach to the German League?

-Sitting on the great Eurasian plain, Prussia has always been vulnerable to foreign invasion. This has meant that foreign policy has consistently been one of the most important issues to dominate the court in Berlin. While peace has prevailed the last half-century, there are growing concerns. The military titan, France, shows signs of awakening, potentially threatening your fellow Germans in the Rhineland. Russia, to the east, gains more power each passing year. The Habsburg Monarchy meanwhile, Prussia’s enemy for almost a century now, potentially could centralize the rump remainder of the Holy Roman Empire. With your traditional ally, the Ottoman Empire, distracted by events in Egypt and Persia, and growing disputes with your other friends in Scandinavia over the issue of Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia must act to ensure it is not left alone in the sea of diplomacy. Some call for a dramatic diplomatic reorganization, perhaps by allying Austria, with whom you have a common interest in suppressing the Poles, others believe that the issue of the Piedmontese Succession could be used as an excuse to align with France and weaken Habsburg influence on all fronts. Russia too could become a friend, perhaps if you joined them in challenging the Baltic strength of a unified Scandinavia. How will Prussia navigate this contentious period?

-Your colonial empire is vast. Prussian possessions include South Africa, Guyana, the coast of Angola, and numerous trading ports in Zanzibar, Namibia, and Madagascar. It is expected that the colonies will only grow as a source of Prussian wealth over time. With that in mind, will you seek to expand them? How will you approach nearby disputes such as the collapse of Spanish authority in the Americas, the growing controversy of the Prussian-led slave trade, or the potential control you exert over trade between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, more vital than ever given disputes over the Suez Canal in Egypt?

Ottoman Empire:

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-Sultan Mustafa, the wretched Egyptians have risen against your rule, threatened the Suez, and challenged your long-established hegemony over the Near East. Yet, last year your armies were victorious and the potential for the pacification of Egypt is at hand. Only foreign intervention, or perhaps a high degree of Egyptian craftiness, poses a serious threat to your advancing forces. How will you ensure the European powers don’t seize the chance to take the Suez from your grasp? What will be done to ensure the war is won?

-The Persian Civil War is unseemly, and there are some in Istanbul who believe that you should take a more active role in the conflict. Of particular concern is the Kurdish separatists who have taken control over northwestern Persia, with their brethren under your rule undoubtedly taking notice. Another alarming prospect is the anti-Turkish nature of the Zinatian and Qajar factions in the conflict, each vowing in their own way to reverse your successes in the region. Still, some advisors believe that joining a second war while Egypt still is fighting you could result in overextension and disaster, let alone the prospect of Russian intervention to the north. How will you approach the Persian Civil War?

-Your realm is perhaps one of the most diverse in the region. Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Bosnians, Serbians, Assyrians, Arabs, Azerbaijani, and Georgians all call the Ottoman Empire home. Yet, this also means you are one of the powers most vulnerable to the rising tide of nationalism, as the recent events in Egypt demonstrate. Of particular concern is the situation in the Balkans, where a religious divide exists on top of cultural alienation. How will you handle the nationalist situation? Some are calling for a brutal crackdown on the alleged secret societies forming, while others believe that appeasement and compromise is the correct path forward. Many argue that your actions here may drive the fate of the region for the next two decades.

Kingdom of the Netherlands:
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-King William II, it is no secret the past century has not been kind to the Netherlands. The southern provinces were seized by France, South Africa taken by Prussia. While the realm was collapsing, domestic politicians were too busy fighting with one another over monarchism and republicanism to do anything about it. Yet, your people endured. From the ashes, great potential remains. The Netherlands maintains a colonial empire, with the East Indies, Ceylon, and New Holland all remaining firmly in your control. Although with the loss of the Cape Colony, supply has proven to be a difficulty, many believe that action now could resolve the issue. What will your colonial policy be? Will you expand trade in East Asia? How will you ensure that the Netherlands is no longer beholden to Prussia and the Ottomans in order to access its colonies?

-At the end of the last century you saw the writing on the wall and acquiesced to a coup that saw your father removed from the throne. This involved compromise and the establishment of a Constitution. With several decades on the throne, you have gained both experience and extensive political capital. Your consort Queen Karoline Amalie of Hesse-Kassel and son Crown Prince William both have urged you to use this to undermine the constitution, or perhaps abandon it entirely, seeking to restore absolutism in the Netherlands. It is expected that the Army would support such a move. Many of your advisors see this as a mistake, fearing a repeat of events in the last century. Most of the Admiralty seems to caution any moves against the Constitutional monarchy. How shall your government proceed?

-Nationalism is rising in the Netherlands, just as in the rest of Europe. The French seizure of the southern provinces still outrages your populace, who seek redress and want to restore union with not only Limburg and Noord Brabant, but also the entirety of Flanders. There is growing concern about the actions of radicals using the Dutch border to organize terrorism in the southern region, much to the outrage of local French officials. Yet, these terrorists to the French are seen as patriots among the vast majority of Netherlanders. What will your policy be regarding the lost provinces of the Netherlands?

Kingdom of Quebec:
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-King Louis Henry, as the namesake of both your father Prince Henry of Prussia and Grandfather Louis-Philippe de Vaudreuil, you personally symbolize the union of Prussian and French that is the Kingdom of Quebec. Although the role of monarch was initially constitutional, the last few decades have caused the power of the crown to increase rapidly in the realm. Your population booms, settlers from France and Northern Germany generally preferring to migrate westwards towards the vast prairies, some intrepid pioneers even reaching the Pacific Ocean. While among the general population this westward expansion is highly popular, it has led to problems with Russia, Britain, Spain, and Louisiana in the Pacific Northwest, as well as numerous Native Americans in the central portion of the continent. With the British-backed Sioux League serving as an example of a sovereign American Indian nation, tensions are running high on the frontiers of your realm. How will you address this issue?

-Quebec, along with Brazil, is seen as one of the leading powers in the New World. Traditionally you have been identified with moderate, semi-constitutional monarchism, while Brazil is seen as the heartland of republicanism. With the eruption of rebellion in Latin America and Haiti, some rebel factions have looked to you for support. Though it is far, some believe even financial aid or the supply of officers could prove decisive. Others are wary of Britain to the south and believe your efforts should be focused on expanding into British North America instead. Louisiana could prove to be a good friend on that issue. What will be your diplomatic priority?

-Quebec is divided between four distinct political parties: The Conservative Union (conservative, Francophile party founded by your grandfather, anti-immigrant), the Whigs (liberal, generally pacifist and isolationist), the Prussian Alliance (reactionary German migrant party), and the Labor Party (socialist). Currently the Conservative Union and the Prussian Alliance are active in a coalition government, though your influence could likely change the arrangement, with the Prussian Alliance wholly backing your prerogative. In truth, the popularity of the Conservative Union is not what it once was, given a series of scandals involving the leadership. Some advisors to the Crown believe that if you were to align with the Whigs, a potentially embarrassing electoral defeat in the 1838 Parliamentary elections could be avoided. Others argue doing so would endanger the monarchy. How will domestic politics be tackled, King Louis Henry?

Kingdom of Louisiana:
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-King Louis-Philippe II, you find yourself embroiled in a war with Spain, the prospect of adding Texas to your realm too enticing to pass up. Indeed, settlers from Louisiana had already started settling the area before war was declared, so there’s little to no resistance from the inhabitants of the region. Yet, Spain has struck back, recapturing the Rio Grande and establishing a clear line of communication with New Mexico and California. Many advise forming an alliance with the Mexican rebels, perhaps even offering one of your younger sons as a potential King. Others believe that tying yourself to Quebec and Britain will create the necessary pressure to force the Spanish to concede the territory. How will you prosecute the war?

-Louisiana has prided itself as being a moderate, semi-constitutional monarchy. A Bill of Rights and Constitution were propagated in the 1790s, ensuring freedom of speech, among other rights. While this was popular, there have been some ill-effects. Thousands of disgruntled Catholic Republicans, fed up with the triumph of monarchism in Europe, saw Louisiana and Brazil as viable destinations for resettlement. Although initially their numbers were quite small, there has been a growing anti-monarchical movement in some areas of your realm and, in response, growing calls to limit the ability of malcontents to question the power of the Crown. Would you support such measures, even if it means potentially compromising on some of your democratic values? Or should free speech be permitted, even if it means the occasional embarrassing article and anti-monarchical tirade?

-Westward expansion has become a major goal of many Louisianans, eager to gain a port on the Pacific. This is why your father expanded Louisiana’s claims and negotiated with the British. Yet, this goal is under threat. The Pacific Northwest is a highly sought-after region, as is evidenced by the presence of numerous foreign powers in the region. Thus far, all Louisiana has is a small Fort Louis-Philippe at the junction of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Will you expand the influence of Louisiana in the area? Should diplomacy be the solution? There’s also the option of sending settlers in that direction as Quebec has done. The choice is yours…

Kingdom of Naples:
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-King Francis, you rule at a unique point in the history of Naples. Your realm survived the turmoil of the Sardinian Revolution very narrowly, the royal family requiring the aid of Bourbon cousins in Spain and France to end the threat of Italian union under the Holy People’s Republic. Yet, today, you are seen as Italy’s only hope. With the extinguishing of the Revolution and the partition of the north between France and Austria, you are the only truly independent Italian state. At a time when nationalism is on the rise, most of your subjects would have you use your status to unify the peninsula and expel the foreigners. Yet, the revival of the idea of a unified Italy remains unpopular, particularly among the nobility, who have difficulty separating the idea from the radical Catholic Republicanism of half a century ago. How will you approach this sensitive matter in a way that will preserve your crown?

-Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the Kingdom of Naples is in the prime position to expand south as well. With the Ottomans focused on the Egyptian Rebellion and the Persian Civil War, your generals have urged you to strike south and eliminate either Tunis or Algeria. This would have the dual benefit of establishing a Neapolitan colonial empire as well as eliminating the Barbary piracy that has intermittently plagued the waters around your realm for more than three centuries. The counter-argument is that, if North Africa is easy to grab, it will be hard to hold, many pointing to the experience of Austria in Cyrenaica in the last century. Will you strike south?

-Your realm is absolutist, your power over Naples complete. But it is not without its opponents. Increasingly inspired by realms such as France, Britain, and the Netherlands, there are growing calls among some of your subjects for the people of Naples to be given expanded rights, a constitution, and for liberal economic reforms to be implemented. At Court this is highly unpopular, the nobility making it clear they will brook little compromise with the liberals and seeing this as a plot by Catholic Republicans to undermine the government. Others, including career officials, emphasize the growing need for popular approval and argue you should offer some sort of compromise, however cosmetic. Will you challenge the political status quo, even if it means ceding rights, or should Naples remain a strong, absolutist state in the Bourbon tradition?

Republic of Brazil:
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-President Bernardo Pereira de Vasconcelos, as the leader of one of the few surviving republics in the world, you have a unique responsibility among the leaders of the world. Brazil is strong, but it is not without threats. Your nation has intervened in the rebellions against Spain, seeking to expand to the south and supporting the Colombians in the north. Yet, the further south the armies of the Republic have advanced, the more alienated your erstwhile allies, the La Platan rebels, have become. Many citizens, fueled by nationalism, are calling for you to continue to expand, fighting the rebels if it comes to that, as they believe the land in that region ought to belong to Brazil. Others urge you to either reach an understanding with the La Platans or use Spain’s various conflicts to propose a peace deal. How will you approach the immediate issue of the Latin American Wars of Independence?

-Your nation has two conflicting traditions in regards to republicanism. While both express shared antipathy towards monarchism and crowned heads, they diverge in their aims. The liberal, democratic tradition was the initial ethos of the Brazilian state, fostered by your predecessor the late José da Silva Lisboa (1756-1834). This is a secular, bourgeois republicanism aimed at tolerance, moderation, and free expression. While it was unquestioned while da Silva Lisboa, in the year since his death Catholic Republicanism has become evident in the lower classes, who no longer feel bound by their respect for Lisboa. This is a more authoritarian republicanism, seeking to combine the teaching of the Catholic Church with a strong state, militant anti-Monarchism, and social reform. As the first President not to be overshadowed by the founder of the republic, you can set the course Brazil should follow over the next few years. Will you challenge the established liberal republicanism and replace it with Catholic republicanism? Or should the old order in Brazil, one of tolerance and liberty, be preserved, even if it means angering vocal radicals?

-As the 1800’s has progressed, the Brazilian permission of slavery is becoming increasingly odious. Both at home and abroad many have castigated the Republic (founded to defend slavery following Queen Maria’s attempts to outlaw it) for its continued permission of the practice. Yet, it has its supporters, namely the landed elites, for whom the economic situation has worked well in the past few decades. They argue the republic would be unable to staff its extensive sugar and coffee plantations. How will you address this sensitive topic?
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2020, 07:25:30 pm »
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Confederation of New England:
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-Chairman John Quincy Adams, the Confederation of New England is still a young nation. It has not even been a half century since brave men, of which your late father was one, stood up against British tyranny and declared independence with the aid of Quebec. The politics of New England was initially dominated by your northern neighbor, but in the last decade or so true independence has emerged. With that independence has come freedom of action and diplomacy, but also concern over the safety of your nation. It is clear that some sort of foreign ally will be necessary, however unpopular a prospect that is with your proud fellow citizens. Some believe that you ought to reaffirm your ties with Quebec, seeing Britain as too much of a threat. These people would have you seek to liberate your former brethren that still sit under the British yoke. Others would have you change course and seek friendship with Britain against Quebec. Of course, there is also the possibility of finding a distant benefactor to ward off potential threats, such as France, Scandinavia, or far-off Brazil. How will New England face the world?

-New England is young, and domestic politics is still yet to calcify into any secure order. Many in your cabinet argue that the Articles of Union signed during the Second French and Indian War, which bound Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont together were too weak, leaving too much power in the hands of local assemblies and towns. They would have you call a constitutional convention and remake the government in a more sensible fashion. The opposition counters and threatens protest and revolt if their liberty is challenged. Will you organize a constitutional convention? It is clear your party would have the votes to do so should you desire…

-As in Quebec, high rates of immigration from the Old World is leading to some tensions between the established population and newcomers. Unlike Quebec, most of the immigrants to New England come from Scotland or Ireland. Some see the resources of the Confederation as strained, trying to integrate too many newcomers too fast. It’s true that property prices have gone up and local cities have exploded in size, the new dwellings constructed being less than acceptable. Still, with the first factories opening in Boston, others believe that immigration will fuel the future of the region. What will your policy be on immigration?

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-Shogun Tokugawa Ienari, governing Japan for nearly five decades, you are the global leader with the most experience. Your reign has seen a new effort at opening Japan to the world and fostering innovation, at the same time spurring backlash among the conservatives and those who believe the outside world has little to offer. Yet, you have grown old. There is a sneaking suspicion that your foes are waiting for your death to unleash a counter-revolution and restore the old ways to Japan. The opposition is seen as centered around the Emperor and other feudal lords, a group thought chastened forty years ago in the early part of your rule. While your son Ieyoshi seems more than capable, there are those in your inner circle calling for a preemptive strike. How will you handle internal dissent? Crush it or could suppression risk causing the sort of escalation you are seeking to avoid?

-The shogunate currently has a very convoluted, but also traditional administrative system in Japan. In addition to numerous feudal lords and families, your government consists of ōmetsuke, san-bugyō, rōjū, among many others. The most reformist of your advisors would have you dismantle or substantially reform this system along western lines, removing centuries of institutional memory but perhaps cutting back on internal intrigue and creating greater effectiveness. They see centralization and codification as a necessary step forward. Moderates insist that reforms should be limited, perhaps keeping the traditional titles but expanding their roles somewhat, if change is even necessary at all. Of course, conservatives charge that western models of government are fundamentally alien to Japan and the existing system has proven more than adequate for preserving the Tokugawa Shogunate for more than three centuries. Some question why there is even talk of reform, given the peace and gradual growth in the realm over the past few decades. Will you take any action to reform the government?

-As Japan has looked outward, foreign opportunities have become increasingly evident, primarily in China. As the Qing Dynasty has collapsed into civil war and ethnic conflict, there are those in Edo who see a path for Japanese intervention as one of the first major expeditions abroad of your regime. Concessions could probably be taken from any of the Emperors of China, but there are many afraid that operating outside of Japan could lead to backlash and power vacuums at home. This is not to mention the potential threat posed by other powers with interests in the area, such as France and Russia. What will be your main foreign priorities in this time of turmoil abroad?

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-Governor Resid Muhammad Pasha, the situation is grave. The Turks have smashed your armies in the Sinai and in Cyrenaica, leaving them on your doorstep. While neither force disintegrated, and the Ottoman forces are divided, Egypt faces the prospect of having to fend off an invasion of the homeland. What will your military strategy be to hold back the Ottomans? How will your forces be arranged?

-There is a chance for salvation, but it will be difficult. All of Europe has watched the developments in the Egyptian Rebellion thus far, that much is clear. Yet, none of the other powers have involved themselves. It is your job to convince them, perhaps by offering the Suez as a reward. Undoubtedly France, Prussia, Austria, Scandinavia, and Britain would all be willing to give your diplomats a hearing if such a great reward were offered. Their aid could prove crucial in expelling the Turks and restoring order. If not, there’s always the vain hope that the Turks could be dissuaded through the offer of a truce, though this is perhaps less likely. Who will you approach to secure foreign aid in your struggle, be in mere supplies or full-blown military support?

-Thus far the Egyptian Rebellion has been an Arab affair, driven by local Arab leaders and fought almost entirely by Muslims. Still, Egypt has a vast Coptic population that perhaps could be motivated to join the fight if concessions were made to them. Certainly, the sight of Christian Egyptian soldiers holding back the Muslim Ottoman invaders would be a propaganda victory. While devout Muslims in your army have urged you not to compromise, the western-educated reformists see it as too good of an opportunity to pass up. What will you do?

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-Queen Regent Sunwon, much has changed in Korea in the last few years. If has been almost a half century since the westerners began to arrive in the region in full force, seeking to force themselves upon the established order. They were repelled and Joseon has endured, but not without cost. Recently, yet another delegation of Jesuits has arrived at your court, seeking for you to allow them to operate in your realm, much to the outrage of many in Seoul. There has already been some evidence of covert Catholic operations in Joseon. Still this is just one of a long train of trade companies, merchants, missionaries, anthropologists, and many others that have arrived from the west, seeking to infiltrate Korea. Could there be benefits from doing so? Or would this permitting of foreigners in the realm undermine your rule and lead to colonization?

-Your grandson’s realm sits exposed. With Japan having emerged from its sleep, finding some sort of ally is a must. Korea must not end up like Burma, the Philippines, or the East Indies. Some believe you should reverse the course of Korean policy over the last few decades and make an alliance with the Qing Dynasty, perhaps even by sending token aid to destroy the rebels, but their power is not what it once was. There have also been alternative proposals of attacking the Qing now they are distracted and securing the northern border with some sort of buffer zone. Others see your salvation lying with Russia who, though technically nearby, has thus far not shown any intention of aggressive expansion south. Of course, attempting to negotiate with Japan is a possibility as well, however unlikely any sort of lasting settlement is. What will Joseon’s foreign policy be?

-Internally, there is growing tension between your family the Andong Kim clan and the family of your daughter-in-law, the the Pungyang Jo clan. This factionalism seems to extend to all levels of Court, with rumors abounding there are plots against you led by the Jo, some implicating your daughter-in-law as attempting to replace you. Should you respond with plots of your own? Perhaps direct action? Or should an attempt be made to reconcile with Queen Shinjeong?

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-Yansheng Emperor, your realm is in a state of chaos, the proud people of China resenting a push to rapidly westernize along the lines of the Europeans. Two rebel factions are seeking to take the Mandate of Heaven and destroy your family’s centuries-long hold over China, the Xing and the Guang. Although control of the north has been secured, and Manchuria is firmly loyal, your forces in the south have been scattered. Only a lone army mans Hunan Province, while most of the Yangtze River has been lost to the Xing usurpers. This war will require great foresight and strategy. How will you preserve your inheritance?

-Your dynasty’s push to modernize China may have led to backlash and rebellion, but it has also given your officials unique contact with western officials, who may be loathe to see China seal itself off once more should your rivals triumph. The reformists in Beijing are calling on you to use trade ties with France, Britain, Spain, or the Netherlands to gain either direct military aid or at very least modern weaponry and supply. While such a strategy could provide much needed support, it also has the risk of increasing the number of your subjects who resent the breakneck pace of change over the past few decades. What is to be done?

-As soon as the rebellions began in China proper, most of the non-Han subjects seized their chance for independence. Mongolia, the Hui, Yi, Xinjiang, Tibet, and Nepal have all renounced your overlordship. Yet, these regions could prove to be strategically valuable. Some of your generals would have you recognize the independence of these minor states in order to use them against your rivals, though this would be a serious blow to your prestige and could have the converse effect of causing you to lose the Mandate of Heaven in the eyes of even more people. You could also strike at these factions before they are able to consolidate their hold of the regions, even if it means diverting resources from the main conflict. How will you deal with the western separatists?

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- Youfú Emperor, it is time that the Manchus be driven from the realm. Thousands of peasants have swarmed to your banners, seeking to rectify the mistakes of the old government. With their support most of the Yangtze has been secured, but the novelty of your rising has worn off and the Qing are poised to defend the north. China is in a state of disarray, not even factoring all of the various separatist factions that have arisen. How will you secure the Mandate of Heaven and restore order to China?

-The Qing were quick to embrace contact with the West and that has meant there has been an infiltration of missionaries, merchants, and other foreigners into the heart of your lands. With your rebellion, some supporters are calling for the foreigners to be expelled or even executed, yet it is feared that such an act could provoke reprisals from the distant powers. There is also a question about what the fate of Chinese converts to western ways should be? It has been noted how much of a disruption some of these newly Christianized communities have been towards the traditional Chinese way of life. What is to be done?

-The Guang Dynasty in the south has proposed a ceasefire between your two factions in order to defeat the Qing and drive the Manchus from China. While this would secure your south and allow for direct operations in the north, it is also possible this could give them a time to consolidate their hold over the region while your men do all the bleeding, leaving you vulnerable after a victory in the north. How will you respond to the offer from your erstwhile adversaries?
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2020, 07:31:11 pm »
« Edited: July 01, 2020, 07:05:29 pm by Spamage »

Armies and Locations
Russian Empire
100,000 Army of St. Petersburg
55,000 Army of Poland
125,000 Army of Ukraine
25,000 Army of Kazakhstan
70,000 Army of the East
50,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 425,000 more)

Kingdom of France
120,000 Army of Northern France
80,000 Army of Southern France
80,000 Army of Bengal
40,000 Army of Gujarat
29,000 Army of the Sacred Heart (Burma)
40,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 370,000 more)

Habsburg Monarchy
100,000 Army of Austria and Bavaria
90,000 Army of Italy
50,000 Army of Bohemia
50,000 Army of Poland
40,000 Army of Transylvania
36,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 350,000 more)

Kingdom of Prussia
100,000 Army of Brandenburg
80,000 Army of East Prussia
80,000 Army of Poland
30,000 Army of Hanover
10,000 Army of the Cape
5,000 Army of Guyana
5,000 Army of Angola
30,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 210,000 more)

United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ireland, and the Americas
100,000 Army of Britain
60,000 Army of Pennsylvania
30,000 Army of Georgia
20,000 Army of the Mississippi
10,000 Army of Australia
30,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 250,000 more)

Qing Dynasty
100,000 Army of Shangdong
80,000 Army of Shanxi
70,000 Army of Manchuria
70,000 Army of Hunan
30,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 100,000 more)

Ottoman Empire
80,000 Army of the Levant
60,000 Army of the Balkans
50,000 Army of Iraq
45,000 Army of Cyrenaica
30,000 Army of Istanbul
25,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 110,000 more)

Xing Dynasty
100,000 Army of Jiangsu
100,000 Army of Hubei
80,000 Army of Wuhan
20,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 75,000 more)

Kingdom of Spain
80,000 Army of Spain
60,000 Army of Mexico
50,000 Army of Peru
30,000 Army of the Llanos
30,000 Army of Ecuador
20,000 Army of Uruguay
20,000 Army of Cuba
20,000 Army of California
20,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 45,000 more)

Kingdom of Scandinavia
85,000 Army of Stockholm
75,000 Army of Finland
5,000 Army of Liberia
5,000 Army of Eritrea
20,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 170,000 more)

Tokugawa Shogunate
70,000 Army of Edo
50,000 Army of the North
20,000 Army of Kyoto
10,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 150,000 more)

Kingdom of the Netherlands
85,000 Army of Amsterdam
20,000 Army of the East Indies
10,000 Army of New Holland
5,000 Army of Ceylon
15,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 125,000 more)

Republic of Brazil
50,000 Army of the South
40,000 Army of the North
10,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 120,000 more)

Kingdom of Quebec
80,000 Army of Quebec
15,000 Army of the Frontier
10,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 115,000 more)

Kingdom of Naples
70,000 Army of Naples
10,000 Army of Sicily
20,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 100,000 more)

Joseon Korea
50,000 Army of the North
40,000 Army of the South
10,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 65,000 more)

Kingdom of Louisiana
60,000 Army of Texas
30,000 Army of New Orleans
10,000 Army of the North
10,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 40,000 more)

Eyalet of Egypt
75,000 Army of Egypt
5,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 20,000 more)

Confederation of New England
45,000 Army of New England
5,000 men garrisoned
(Can raise 45,000 more)

Navies of the World
United Kingdom of Britain, Ireland, and the Americas (First-Rate, Dominant)
Kingdom of France (First-Rate, Dominant)
Kingdom of Scandinavia (Innovative, Sizable)
Confederation of New England (Innovative, Small)
Kingdom of Prussia (Advanced, Sizable)
Kingdom of the Netherlands (Advanced, Sizable)
Kingdom of Naples (Advanced, Standard)
Kingdom of Spain (Modernized, Massive)
Kingdom of Quebec (Modernized, Limited)
Republic of Brazil (Modernized, Limited)
Habsburg Monarchy (Modernized, Limited)
Kingdom of Louisiana (Modernized, Small)
Russian Empire (Reformed, Standard)
Ottoman Empire (Modified, Standard)
Tokugawa Japan (Modified, Standard)
Qing Dynasty (Traditional, Sizable)
Xing Dynasty (Traditional, Standard)
Joseon Korea (Traditional, Limited)
Eyalet of Egypt (Traditional, Small)

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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2020, 02:16:33 pm »

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The Kingdom of Scandinavia, and the Kingdom of Prussia, hereby referred to as the signatories, agree to the following:

I . A pact of mutual defense is agreed upon, wherein one signatory is bound to come to the aid of the other, in the event of another great power’s commencement of war against the other.

   a . Included in this mutual defense is an automatic embargo against any aggressor power which declares war on the signatories.

II . The signatories agree to a removal of docking fees and a 50% reduction of tariffs in the Prussian ports of Lubeck, Danzig, and Konigsberg, and the Scandinavian ports of Malmo, Turku, and Fredrikstad.

III . The protection of Schleswig-Holstein’s German population will be codified.
 
   a . The Kingdom of Scandinavia’s sovereignty over the Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein is reaffirmed.
 
   b . The Prussian King’s role as protector of Schleswig-Holsteiner Germans is reaffirmed.
      1 . To ensure their protection, the Prussian King, with the approval of the Danish Minister of State, will appoint a liaison to reside in Kiel. This liaison will confirm to the Prussian court the proper treatment of the German population.

X Frederick III Hohenzollern, King of Prussia
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2020, 02:18:47 pm »

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The Kingdom of Scandinavia, and the Kingdom of Prussia, hereby referred to as the signatories, agree to the following:

I . A pact of mutual defense is agreed upon, wherein one signatory is bound to come to the aid of the other, in the event of another great power’s commencement of war against the other.

   a . Included in this mutual defense is an automatic embargo against any aggressor power which declares war on the signatories.

II . The signatories agree to a removal of docking fees and a 50% reduction of tariffs in the Prussian ports of Lubeck, Danzig, and Konigsberg, and the Scandinavian ports of Malmo, Turku, and Fredrikstad.

III . The protection of Schleswig-Holstein’s German population will be codified.
 
   a . The Kingdom of Scandinavia’s sovereignty over the Duchy of Schleswig-Holstein is reaffirmed.
 
   b . The Prussian King’s role as protector of Schleswig-Holsteiner Germans is reaffirmed.
      1 . To ensure their protection, the Prussian King, with the approval of the Danish Minister of State, will appoint a liaison to reside in Kiel. This liaison will confirm to the Prussian court the proper treatment of the German population.

X Frederick III Hohenzollern, King of Prussia

xFrederick IV and Catherine I, King and Queen of Scandinavia
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2020, 02:25:32 pm »

A Declaration Regarding the Egyptian Rebels

Any nation who refuses to sign onto an international embargo of the Egyptian rebels, or who recognizes the legitimacy thereof, will be viewed as hostile to Ottoman interests. Therefore, we reserve the right to expel merchants of that nation, to refuse entry to agents of merchants of that nation or of that nation itself, and to refuse access to the Suez Canal and other Ottoman waterways to any ships of that nation. Befriending rebels is a crime against our nation and comes very close to a declaration of war. We reserve the right to further respond, diplomatically, economically, or militarily, against any nation that decides to commit such crimes.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2020, 03:38:11 pm »

An Invitation for New Relationships

I highly urge all powers to becomes friends with the Eyalet of Egypt. Becoming a newly independent power, we wish to be friends with everyone as we engage in beneficial trade. Do not be afraid of the Ottoman’s threats, for their in the position of immense decline.

Any willing diplomatic or trade partners will get lucrative trade deals on our various goods; gold, Pearls, metals, wheat, and Cotton in particular for very generous prices. We also will become very major diplomatic partners, granting much in the terms of influence in the Mediterranean.

To the Squalid Port and the B@stard of Tunis

Withdraw immediately from the Eastern portion of Egypt and the Sinai peninsula, or be forced out. You Turks cannot hold onto Egypt indefinitely, and we will make sure your forces are crushed in battle. Withdraw or face immediate retribution.
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2020, 07:26:13 pm »

Proclomation from the Kingdom of the Netherlands
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From the court of King William II of the Kingdom of the Netherlands the Prince of Orange. Upon the issuing of this decree, the Sultanate of the Seychelles and the Sultanate of the Maldives is under the personal protection of King William II of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Any trespass against or hostile action taken against these territories will be seen as an affront to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and be responded to as an attack on the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a whole.
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2020, 11:41:24 pm »

New Year Proclamations of the Court of Joseon

Queen Regent Sunwon in accordance with the advice of the advisors of her grandson King Heonjong, announces on this Seollal of the second year of his reign (29 January 1835) the following edicts:

Edict Concerning Propriety
The troubles afflicting China point out the need for a ruler to maintain harmony and order in order to maintain the Mandate of Heaven. To that end, the following is ordered.

1. There shall be established a Ministry of Inspection, whose function shall be to inspect the doings of government officials and determine that they are performing their function in accordance with propriety and justice.

2. They shall have authority to inspect the records and facilities of all government offices.

3. In the event they find that an individual has abused his office to enrich himself, his family, or his friends, they shall report such findings to the appropriate officer of the Ministry of Justice, as well as the immediate superior of that individual.

4. In the event that they find the records kept are insufficient to come to an accurate determination of fiscal impropriety, they will inform that official and his immediate supervisor, and if on a future inspection they find the lack has not been corrected, they discover that the lack has not been corrected, they will report that to the supervisor's supervisor.I



Edict for the Promotion of Learning

1. The Ministry of Eonmun (aka Hangeul), established by King Sejong the Great and disestablished by King Jungjong, is hereby reestablished. Among the ministry's first tasks will be the preparation of an authoritative version of the Thirteen Classics in the vernacular tongue using eonmun for ease of comprehension.

2. As soon as practical, there will be instituted schools in each community of 200 or more to teach the use of eonmun as well as arithmetic, the Thirteen Classics, and other subjects determined to be desirable to impart to our youth.



Edict concerning Certain Foreign Scholars

It has come to our attention that certain foreign scholars who claim to follow the teachings of a certain Jesus of Nazareth have been disturbing our realm.

In the words of this Jesus, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other."

In accordance with the wisdom of the above, all persons within our realm who seek to convey the teachings of this Jesus shall either exit our realm or present themselves to one of our officials that they swear to not follow the direction of any other earthly potentate or the direction of their subordinates, in any matter temporal or spiritual. Such potentates include but are not limited to such potentates as the Bishop of Rome, the King of France, the King of Spain, the King of Portugal, or their subordinates.

Note also the words of a prominent scholar of this Jesus, namely one Paul of Tarsus, "Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God." Hence in accordance with this wisdom, all persons who seek to convey the teachings of this Jesus within our realm shall also swear to follow our dictates in all temporal matters.

Any scholar who conveys the teachings of this Christ without having sworn the above to one of our ministers shall be subject to a fine of thirty ryang (aka tael) of silver (approximately fifty silver dollars) or receive thirty lashes, after which such scholar shall have thirty days in which to absent themselves or make the aforementioned oaths.

Any such scholar who has sworn such oaths and is found to have violated them shall upon the first offense be punished as above, and upon further offense shall be subject to penal servitude or beheading depending upon whether there is need for such services as that scholar might render.

All scholars to whom this edict applies shall have until the end of this year to either exit this realm or to swear the appropriate oaths to our officials. In the meantime, they shall not teach their scholarship to others until and unless they have so sworn.

This edict shall not apply to scholars who limit their teachings to foreigners who may be part of such enclaves and embassies as the King may establish to facilitate intercourse with such foreigners.



Edict on Navigation and Naval Matters

Whereas the protection of our coastlands and fisheries are a significant part of our government mandates, the following is ordered:

1. The development of port facilities at Incheon for purposes of foreign intercourse is hereby ordered. Save for other arrangements that may be made on a bilateral basis, all foreigners in our realms shall be restricted to Yeongjong Island within Incheon harbor.

2. Busan shall be the principal port of the Joseon Navy. The Navy shall have first call on all levies of manpower and taxation in the province of Gyeongsang assigned to military uses.



We expect to issue further edicts once our grandson's advisors have prepared additional documentation concerning our current naval strength.
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2020, 02:24:44 pm »

Declaration from Stockholm

After long deliberations between the French and Austrian delegations, the Crown of Scandinavia is pleased to announce the ratification of the following treaty regarding the Piedmontese Succession. All parties are hopeful that this agreement will cement the long Italian peace.

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1)    Prince Xavier, youngest grandson of Grand-Duchess Marie Joséphine of Savoy shall be designated as the heir to the Grand-Duchy of Piedmont and shall renounce his claim to the French throne.
2)   The Grand Duchy of Piedmont shall remain independent and neutral. It shall never become a protectorate  or be in a personal union with an another realm and shall never participate to any military conflicts except in the case of an invasion of its territories.
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2020, 02:36:36 pm »

A Declaration on the Operation of the Suez Canal

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We, the Undersigned, declare without regard to the current conflict occurring within the Eyalet of Egypt, that the right of travel through the Suez is of paramount interest to the peace and prosperity of the civilized world. As such, the Suez Maritime Canal should always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor
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A Declaration on the Operation of the Suez Canal

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We, the Undersigned, declare without regard to the current conflict occurring within the Eyalet of Egypt, that the right of travel through the Suez is of paramount interest to the peace and prosperity of the civilized world. As such, the Suez Maritime Canal should always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor


X King Louis XVIII, King of France
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2020, 02:39:06 pm »
« Edited: July 01, 2020, 02:42:23 pm by YPestis25 »

A Declaration on the Operation of the Suez Canal

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We, the Undersigned, declare without regard to the current conflict occurring within the Eyalet of Egypt, that the right of travel through the Suez is of paramount interest to the peace and prosperity of the civilized world. As such, the Suez Maritime Canal should always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor


X King Louis XVIII, King of France
xFrederick and Catherine, King and Queen of Scandinavia
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2020, 02:39:31 pm »

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1)    Prince Xavier, youngest grandson of Grand-Duchess Marie Joséphine of Savoy shall be designated as the heir to the Grand-Duchy of Piedmont and shall renounce his claim to the French throne.
2)   The Grand Duchy of Piedmont shall remain independent and neutral. It shall never become a protectorate  or be in a personal union with an another realm and shall never participate to any military conflicts except in the case of an invasion of its territories.

x King Louis XVIII
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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2020, 02:43:35 pm »

Declaration from Stockholm

After long deliberations between the French and Austrian delegations, the Crown of Scandinavia is pleased to announce the ratification of the following treaty regarding the Piedmontese Succession. All parties are hopeful that this agreement will cement the long Italian peace.

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1)    Prince Xavier, youngest grandson of Grand-Duchess Marie Joséphine of Savoy shall be designated as the heir to the Grand-Duchy of Piedmont and shall renounce his claim to the French throne.
2)   The Grand Duchy of Piedmont shall remain independent and neutral. It shall never become a protectorate  or be in a personal union with an another realm and shall never participate to any military conflicts except in the case of an invasion of its territories.

x King Louis XVIII

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor
Technically not sure if I sign this as the involved land is not directly Hapsburg, but it can't hurt
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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2020, 02:58:47 pm »

A Declaration on the Operation of the Suez Canal

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We, the Undersigned, declare without regard to the current conflict occurring within the Eyalet of Egypt, that the right of travel through the Suez is of paramount interest to the peace and prosperity of the civilized world. As such, the Suez Maritime Canal should always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor


X King Louis XVIII, King of France
xFrederick and Catherine, King and Queen of Scandinavia

X Frederick III Hohenzollern, King of Prussia
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« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2020, 03:24:57 pm »

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We, the Undersigned, declare without regard to the current conflict occurring within the Eyalet of Egypt, that the right of travel through the Suez is of paramount interest to the peace and prosperity of the civilized world. As such, the Suez Maritime Canal should always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor


X King Louis XVIII, King of France
xFrederick and Catherine, King and Queen of Scandinavia

X Frederick III Hohenzollern, King of Prussia

X Peter IV Romanov, Emperor of All the Russias
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« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2020, 03:26:08 pm »

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We, the Undersigned, declare without regard to the current conflict occurring within the Eyalet of Egypt, that the right of travel through the Suez is of paramount interest to the peace and prosperity of the civilized world. As such, the Suez Maritime Canal should always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor


X King Louis XVIII, King of France
xFrederick and Catherine, King and Queen of Scandinavia

X Frederick III Hohenzollern, King of Prussia

X Peter IV Romanov, Emperor of All the Russias

X William II King of the Netherlands and Prince of Orange
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« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2020, 03:47:35 pm »

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We, the Undersigned, declare without regard to the current conflict occurring within the Eyalet of Egypt, that the right of travel through the Suez is of paramount interest to the peace and prosperity of the civilized world. As such, the Suez Maritime Canal should always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor


X King Louis XVIII, King of France
xFrederick and Catherine, King and Queen of Scandinavia

X Frederick III Hohenzollern, King of Prussia

X King Charles III
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« Reply #20 on: July 01, 2020, 04:21:27 pm »

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We, the Undersigned, declare without regard to the current conflict occurring within the Eyalet of Egypt, that the right of travel through the Suez is of paramount interest to the peace and prosperity of the civilized world. As such, the Suez Maritime Canal should always be free and open, in time of war as in time of peace, to every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.

X Francis III, Holy Roman Emperor


X King Louis XVIII, King of France
xFrederick and Catherine, King and Queen of Scandinavia

X Frederick III Hohenzollern, King of Prussia

X King Charles III
The Eyalet of Egypt shall respect the flags of all nations not currently aligned with the Ottoman domain.
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« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2020, 08:47:19 pm »

Basic Naval Law of the Court of Joseon

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Queen Regent Sunwon in accordance with the advice of the advisors of her grandson King Heonjong, announces on this fifth day of the month of the Tiger of the second year of his reign (2 February 1835) the following law detailing the basic naval structure of the Royal Joseon Navy.


The principal naval port and naval headquarters of the Royal Joseon Navy shall be established at the port of Busan. The head of the Royal Joseon Navy shall hold the rank of daejang 대장 (literally high flag officer aka admiral or general) and the heads of the principal commands and bureaus shall hold the rank of jungjang 중장 (literally middle flag officer aka vice admiral or lieutenant general)


The following are the principal commands and bureaus:
1. Battle Flotilla (consisting of the capital vessels of the fleet, based in peacetime out of Busan)
2. Eastern Flotilla (consisting principally of hyeopseon 협선, roughly equivalent to green-water frigates, based out of Pohang, and patrolling the East Sea, aka the Sea of Japan)
3. Western Flotilla (based out of Mokpo, and patrolling the West Sea, aka the Yellow Sea, and the Korea Strait)
4. Southern Flotilla (based out of Jeju Island, and patrolling the East China Sea)
5. Royal Joseon Marines
6. Bureau of Yards and Docks
7. Bureau of Supply
8. Bureau of Personnel
9. Bureau of Ships


The banner of the Royal Joseon Navy shall be as follows:


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We expect to issue further edicts once our grandson's advisors have prepared additional documentation concerning our current naval strength.
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2020, 10:00:41 pm »

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The Treaty of Berlin (1835),
A Treaty between the Kingdom of Prussia and the Kingdom of Quebec,

1.) The signatories hereby recognize the historical links between both nations, including the kinship between both houses of Hohenzollern. They also recognize the mutual benefits to be found in a close relationship. Therefore, both signatories hereby commit to the following:

2.) A trade alliance, with a formal commitment to lower current tariffs by 25%, and to embargo nations that attack either of the signatories.

3.) A defensive military alliance, committing each signatory to intervene in case of a war of aggression initiated by another party.

4.) A close military relationship, including the deployment of Prussian military advisors to Quebec.

5.) The recognition of their present borders and areas of influence and/or interest.

x Louis-Henry, King of Quebec
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« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2020, 10:01:35 pm »
« Edited: July 01, 2020, 10:19:00 pm by Lumine »

Kingdom of Quebec
Proclamations from His Majesty


(OOC: Created flag on Paint based on the Carillon moderne minus the fleurs-de-lys.
Liked it better than the Tricolore canadien, and there's no canon flag that I know of.)

Concerning Technology and the Sciences

It is the deeply-held belief of His Majesty that the present times require proper recognition of the role of science in the continued development and the future prosperity of the Kingdom of Quebec. Said recognition must also include proper support to ensure the Kingdom remains an innovative, dynamic and modern nation, and it is for these reasons that we announce the foundation of a new Académie des sciences within the city of Montreal, under which the Crown will be offering patronage and financial support to promising Quebecois scientists and technicians, and will also be partially open to foreign applicants interested in working for Quebec.

We further announce our intention to bring the so-called “rail-road” to the Kingdom in order to ensure better transport and communication across our provinces, to be built, operated and run under control of the Kingdom. Recognizing the new advances made in the realm of communication, the Kingdom of Quebec will be offering substantial rewards and patent opportunities to inventors who can improve existing methods of large-distance communication or create new ones, a service for which they will be greatly rewarded.

Concerning Domestic Security and the Frontier

Recognizing the benefits of military training and instruction and of undertaking efforts to improve the home defence of the Kingdom, we decree the formation of a Garde Nationale, a volunteer force that will serve as an effective reserve, to be deployed in cases of domestic unrest or should the national defence demand it.

Also, recognizing the need to safeguard the lives and well-being of the brave Quebecois colonists in our Western provinces, and the general importance of maintaining law and order in the region to prevent acts of violence and unfairness, we decree the formation of a Pacific Gendarmerie to patrol territories, support colonists and maintain the peace.

Concerning the Western Provinces

The Crown offers its congratulations to the brave pioneers that have reached the Pacific Ocean and settled on territories rightfully claimed by the Kingdom. The Pacific territories under current Quebecois control shall be known as the Vaudreuil Territory.
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« Reply #24 on: July 01, 2020, 10:08:52 pm »

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The Treaty of Berlin (1835),
A Treaty between the Kingdom of Prussia and the Kingdom of Quebec,

1.) The signatories hereby recognize the historical links between both nations, including the kinship between both houses of Hohenzollern. They also recognize the mutual benefits to be found in a close relationship. Therefore, both signatories hereby commit to the following:

2.) A trade alliance, with a formal commitment to lower current tariffs by 25%, and to embargo nations that attack either of the signatories.

3.) A defensive military alliance, committing each signatory to intervene in case of a war of aggression initiated by another party.

4.) A close military relationship, including the deployment of Prussian military advisors to Quebec.

5.) The recognition of their present borders and areas of influence and/or interest.

x Louis-Henry, King of Quebec

X Frederick III Hohenzollern, King of Prussia
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