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« Reply #300 on: September 12, 2017, 09:17:11 pm »
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Venice is grateful to see the powers setting aside their quarrels in the interest of peace.
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« Reply #301 on: September 12, 2017, 09:29:59 pm »

To the people of Austria, the Habsburg lands and the members of the Imperial League:

Sweden has made peace. France and most of its allies have made peace. You stand alone and practically without allies on this bloody struggle, defending the pointless cause of a tyrant who refuses to entertain a reasonable peace and chooses not only to prolong the war, but turn it into a fearsome War of Religion.

Is it worth it to continue this struggle against the odds? Is it worth it for you to kill your brothers for the sake of madness? Should Germany and the Habsburg Lands bleed and tear themselves apart for the sake of this Emperor?

His Majesty the King of Prussia believes this to be wrong, and offers you once again a chance to leave this conflict and spare yourselves from its consecuences. We ask you in sincerity and with concern, abandon this doomed cause, for we do not fight against you, only against Imperial tyranny.
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« Reply #302 on: September 12, 2017, 10:19:55 pm »
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Before Prussia, before Denmark, before the Turks, before England, before Russia, and before France the German people came together in sacred union. For 1000 this Empire has been the greatest force on Earth. We have faced down pagan hordes, papal armies, the French, the Polish, the English, religious schism, and the Muslim Caliph. None managed to destroy the Empire.

You say we stand alone? We stand together. And together the German People will confront your challenge and defeat it. Better men than you have failed to destroy the Empire for 1000 years and failed; we have nothing to fear from you.


And I would pose the same question:

Lords of the German League, who is your enemy? You were formed as "an alliance against the foreign armies moving through your lands." Where is the foreign army? The French have departed. The Russians have departed. Neither, as should now be obvious, acted to massacre Germans or to annex German states, only to defend against the Prussian aggressors who declared war upon them. Is your Emperor the foreign army? Or are you all so in thrall to Frederick that you will follow him to the death, even when he fights only Germans so that he might dominate the German people?

I remind you all now, as I have said before, I do not seek the destruction of you, your people, or even the King in Prussia. There is no shame or punishment awaiting you if you hesitate to fight your Imperial kin.

Princes Oldenburg, Mecklenburg, Bavaria, Hesse-Kassel, Brunswick, Ansbach, and Palatine! Answer the German Princes and People! Why do you continue to fight your brothers? If this League is anything but a means of Prussian domination, we demand answers from YOU, not from Frederick! Speak or show the world the true face of this so-called German League!
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« Reply #303 on: September 13, 2017, 01:23:34 am »
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A Helping Hand: Polish "Volunteers" Hired by Catherine of Russia

Looking to distract his realm from internal differences, and earn some gold along the way, Alexander II of Poland eagerly accepted an offer from Catherine of Russia. In return for Russia ceding the territories of Northern Lithuania and Estonia to Poland, he would be willing to allow Catherine to hire some of his soldiers as mercenaries in order to put down the rebels plaguing her realm. Many were shocked by the agreement, though there are some who see this as key to Catherine's suppressing the two unprecedented rebellions in her realm.

While some in Russia argued the move brought back memories of the Polish invasion during the Time of Troubles, others in St. Petersburg recognized the unique situation Catherine and Paul's government found itself in. Polish troops would undoubtedly be crucial in turning the tide. The Russian people, on the other hand, may not be too pleased should the Poles be ungentle guests, especially given the sacrifice of the vital lands along the Baltic.

In Poland, Reformists within the Third Sejm did not take kindly to Alexander's decision. Viewing Russia as a tyrant-infested den of peasants, they were upset that their constitutional monarch would abuse his new powers and immediately send Poles to fight under the banner of their ideological foe. Their sympathies lay much more with Peter III and his call for serf liberation. Whatever the case, Alexander's actions were technically legal, though they've opened up yet another contentious political issue in Warsaw. The Army backed the King, though the people appear more inclined to support the Reformists.
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« Reply #304 on: September 13, 2017, 08:15:53 am »
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The Treaty of Paris:

An immediate peace is concluded between the signatories and parties to this treaty, citing the need for conciliation and stability across Europe.

The terms of this peace are as follows:

1.   The Kingdom of France hereby cedes the areas of New France corresponding to the British Thirteen Colonies to the Kingdom of Great Britain, minus the region of Lower Louisiana.
2.   The Kingdom of France hereby cedes a portion of French India to the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway-Iceland.
3.   The Ottoman Empire shall annex the region of Azov, and the Crimean Khanate shall annex further territories in Southern Ukraine.
4.   Signatories of this Treaty hereby commit to not intervene militarily on the Russian Civil War.
5.   These terms do not exclude other private agreements between the signatories and parties of this treaty.

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« Reply #305 on: September 13, 2017, 12:33:18 pm »
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His Sacred and Imperial Majesty's Ambassador to the Royal Court in Warsaw is recalled for consultations.
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« Reply #306 on: September 13, 2017, 12:36:24 pm »

The Prussian Ambassador to Warsaw is likewise recalled for consultations. We note that the Kingdom of Prussia and Corsica does not recognize Catherine Alekseyevna's latest agreement with Poland.
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1) We have contacted the Ottoman Empire. We will not launch a direct assault, but further agitation by the Corsairs will result in their raiding parties being met by the full force of the Venetian navy.

2) The member of the League are right. The First Congress shall convene this month in Venice to discuss matters of procedure for the League, as well as electing a Secretary of the League to discuss the way forward as an alliance.

3) The humanitarian mission will go ahead. Thousands have been displaced by the war, and as a neutral power, it is our responsibility to ensure more do not suffer.
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« Reply #308 on: September 13, 2017, 03:18:41 pm »
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1) We have contacted the Ottoman Empire. We will not launch a direct assault, but further agitation by the Corsairs will result in their raiding parties being met by the full force of the Venetian navy.

Distressed with these developments, the Ottoman Empire is intending to work toward resolving the situation in order to avoid an escalation. Naturally, Venetian ships on their territorial, as well as international waters, have every right to defend themselves.
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« Reply #309 on: September 14, 2017, 04:08:26 pm »
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Festivities are ordered to celebrate our decisive victories in the Russian campaign, especially the reconquest of Azov. The stain of Tsar Peter's banditry is now washed away.
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« Reply #310 on: September 14, 2017, 04:45:06 pm »
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The Sublime Porte recognized the Kingdom of Hungary as fully independent realm, soon-to-be free from the Habsburg yoke. His Sacred and Imperial Majesty is looking forward to rectify historical mistakes and establish friendly and respectful relations with Budapest in the near future.
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It may be undiplomatic, but I feel it would not be right as Regent to the King of Hungary to allow the Porte to embarrass itself in front of the world with its ignorance. The Kingdom of Hungary IS a fully independent realm. In fact, it is ruled by a large class of nobles who elect representatives to an institution known as the Hungarian Diet, which represents the Hungarian People. This Diet elects their monarch and has done so since the "exalted ancestors" of the Porte were living in huts in some godforsaken desert.

It is with great pride that I must inform the Porte that the freely elected King of Hungary is Joseph II Hapsburg and that he was elected by the Diet in Pressburg, the Hungarian capital. The Porte would do well to remember that Buda was abandoned as capital after a brutal invasion by the hated enemy of the Hungarian People, an enemy the Porte is, as they have clearly forgotten, one and the same.

It may be a shock to the Porte to learn that nobles and subjects have some purpose other than killing each other or obeying their Sultan and might enjoy some degree of rights and power, but I feel now is as good a time as any for the Sultan to learn. And while the Porte is learning, they should also learn the lesson that "a man in a glass house does not throw stones." What role do the Egyptian people or their nobles play in choosing their king? What of the Greeks? If the Porte wishes to celebrate the freedom of people from a tyrannical yoke, they should look closer to home.
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« Reply #312 on: September 14, 2017, 05:39:47 pm »
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It's clear the deposed Duke of Lorraine's only use of the Hungarian people is to use them as a cannon meat in his insane war, which he is destined to lose. The Ottoman forces will not fire a single shot at Hungarian troops unless deliberately attacked first. Obviously Hungarians have better future to purse than to die and bleed for the losing cause of Austria, which had long abused Hungary's rightful statehood.

The deposed Duke of Lorraine had already plunged Austria, Bohemia, Tuscany and other realms into the abyss with his dastardly stubbornness. His bloodthirst is perplexing. He stands virtually alone, aside of few bought minor German princes. France and Russia already decided wisely not to waste their human potential on propping up the crumbling regime.

Francis' cause is lost and no more people and lands should suffer in his name.
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« Reply #313 on: September 14, 2017, 06:30:21 pm »

Truly, there are few men as unique as Francis of Lorraine. Many things he could be, such as a competent monarch, a caring ruler, a wise emperor, a capable general, a successful diplomat, a firm husband. But he choses to be what he is, an insane tyrant so bent on keeping his Imperial dignity and title, which he did not bother to use for years, that he would continue to plunge us all into war, destruction, famine and death even as his allies abandon him and show how futile, how pointless is his cause.

There you have a man who chose not to use his title of Emperor to allow his wife to do the hard work for him, and who after finally deciding to make use of his title prevented peace from being negotiated and plunged us all into this situation, passing arbritrary sentences, offending entire nations, abusing his supposed powers and claiming to defend institutions and values that benefit only him. Even his so much vaunted title of "Emperor" only came to be through the use of military force and other suspicious methods.

This is a man who freely allowed foreign enemy armies to roam across Germany and the Empire for the sake of his own personal ambition, a man who sends thousands of his subjects into battle only to meet pointless deaths despite bravery, a man who persist on defending what cannot be defended, a man who pits Germans against each other and stokes the flames of religious warfare to suit his own needs. And he calls himself a defender of the defunct Empire? He, a foreigner who has been the cause of wars and who has never truly aided his subjects purports to be the voice of justice? No one could believe such an act.

This tyrant asks who our enemy is? We'll oblige him. Our enemy isn't Austria, or Hungary, or Bohemia, or any German Prince or State. Our enemy is that foreigner sitting atop his throne, deposed Duke of Lorraine and failed last Emperor, Francis of Lorraine. He, enemy of peace, enemy of conciliation and tolerance, enemy of understanding and reason, is nothing but an enemy to Germany and the former members of the Empire, and a danger to peace in Europe. We have fought and bled for Germany and its estates, beaten back the French and Russians, and made peace.

And what has he done? In doing nothing he's done harm. In doing something, he's done harm. Open your eyes, peoples of the defunct Empire, and see your enemy.
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In light of the situation in Poland and the current turbulence within the Empire, I will be considering proposals for reform to submit to the Diet for consideration once the current trouble has concluded. Interested Princes and Imperial Subjects are invited to submit proposals to maintain and strengthen the wellbeing of princes and subjects,plans to rationalize the Imperial government to achieve these goals, or grievances relating to the same.
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« Reply #315 on: September 15, 2017, 02:00:55 pm »
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His Sacred and Imperial Majesty the Sultan believes the another golden age of the Ottoman State is just around the corner. The stain of humiliating defeat dealt to us by Tsar Peter is washed away with the reconquest of Azov. Russia no longer poses a threat to the Ottoman interests and territory and with Ivan IV soon-to-be-secured in the throne, a period of fruitful relationship will undoubtedly commence.

Meanwhile, once mighty Habsburg Empire, which had long distracted us from improving our domestic conditions, is about to collapse and it shall take just one more firm push to finish that monstrosity once and for all. Then, nothing will prevent us from embarking into a peacetime series of reforms in order to achieve modernity and prosperity, with the tax reform being prominently on the agenda.


(On a side note, it is said the Sultan praised King Louis' wisdom of concluding the peace agreement and wished France stability and prosperity).
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The Russian Empire calls on Prussia to abide by the Treaty of Paris. By sheltering the leader of the main rebel movement in the Russian Civil War, Prussia is violating Clause 4 of the Treaty. The Prussian actions clearly represent a lack of interest in the obligations that come with signing a treaty. This transgression can be remedied only if Prussia agrees to hand Ivan over so he can be delivered justice.
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Just to make it clear, pledging not to interfere militarily with the ongoing civil war does not equal recognition of one Sophie Auguste Friederike von Anhalt-Zerbst as a legitimate regent of Russia. For the Sublime Porte she remains an usurper, illegally occupying the place rightfully belonging to Ivan IV. And lands that were seized by the Ottoman-Crimean forces before hostilities ended are being handed over to his troops and his administration, not any of any other pretender.

Urusper Catherine's demands that Prussia hands Ivan to her "so he can be delivered justice" are nothing but proclaiming a desire to committ a deplorable act of regicide upon the rightful Emperor.
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OOC: The turn is over already, I suggest we refrain from further proclaims at least until the end of turn update.
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News: Late 1758

PRUSSIA, DENMARK, AND OTTOMANS VIOLATE TREATY OF PARIS, HIRE MERCENARIES TO ATTACK ESTONIA!
The landing of the "Russian Liberation Army" in Estonia has caused quite an international scandal. Funded by Prussia, Denmark, and the Ottomans, even with the failure of the mission it is clear they intended to break one of the key parts of their peace agreement with France and Catherine in Russia. The move caused Frederick to be branded as an obsessive, evil, traitor in foreign press. People from Warsaw to Mardid are questioning the integrity of the entire Anglo-Prussian Alliance, with some of their allies proving more reluctant to be active partners due to the shame of association.

Some Prussians have argued the invasion was an elaborate plot staged by Catherine and Alexander II in Poland, though few believe them. If there will be any concrete consequences of the move remains to be seen.

SWEDEN BETRAYS FORMER ALLY! CAPS ATTEMPT COUP IN STOCKHOLM!
King Adolf Frederick made a highly controversial move when he withdrew Royalist support for the Cap-led government, announcing his plans to attack Russia. As the Caps held an affinity for Russia, they were outraged and refused to leave government. Leaders of the Caps quickly attempted to form a loose coalition with the Hats, both parties tenatively agreeing to pass a series of laws to greatly reduce the power of Adolf. The Hats were two-faced however, and reached a seperate agreement with the King behind the back of the Caps. In return for supporting Swedish intervention in Russia, with the hopes of rebuilding the once-glorious Swedish Empire, they would have large discresion over domestic matters.

The mood in Stockholm was not well. Most remembered the last time the Hat-led government had invaded Russia little more than a decade ago, and were thus uncertain about the prospect. Seeing the events in Poland, and with the King somewhat overstepping his usual authority, the Swedes took to the streets. Riots in favor of the Caps broke out in Stockholm. They were soon brutally repressed by the military, which forced the groups to scatter and the city to return to semi-normalcy, though tension remains in the air.

With Sweden now back in the war, this side with the Prussians, Louisa Ulrika gladly returned home to her husband and children, demanding any investigation of her behavior to be ended. She is proud her husband seemingly has been able to check the power of the Riksdag, though the mood could shift if the Hats pursue too radical of an agenda.


Radicals Win Sejm Elections!
SERFDOM ABOLISHED, NOBLE TITLES ENDED, CHURCH TAXED, NATIONAL GUARD ESTABLISHED


Alexander II and his select group of elites were quick to reach an agreement following the collapse of the noble-led Sejm in Early 1758. The power of the King was increased in military affairs, as well as the appointment of judges, though they would still be confirmed by the Sejm. The first written constitution, the Compact of 1758, was publicly released to much praise. A historic moment soon followed in Poland-Lithuania, with the first-ever elections being held from June-late July. They resulted in a new, much more radical body, consisting primarily of middle-class Poles and Lithuanians. Representatives were predominantly urban merchants and lawyers, with the occasional election of a "Hero of '58" (some key figures in the uprisings and street-fighting).

The King immeadiately attempted to assert control over the new government, his son Crown Prince Adam Kazmierz being appointed to the new Sejm as the representative of the monarch. Alexander II heavily lobbied for him to be named Prime Minister, facing intense resistance from some of the representatives. Two factions immeadiately were clear, the Radicals and the Royalists. The Radical Party represented the "People" and demanded the process of reform, initiated after the downfall of Augustus III, be continued throughout all of Polish society. They enjoyed a substantial majority. The Royalists, on the other hand, were a loose coalition of nobles, conservatives, and devout Catholics who desired increased power to Alexander II and a tempering of the reform process.

In a sign of things to come, the first act of the new body was to rename itself. While in the Compact of 1758 the group of elected representatives was referred to as a Sejm, the overwhelming majority during the vote decided to re-christen it the "National Assembly" instead (Zgromadzenie Narodowe). The Sejm had come to have a dark connotation and was viewed as an instrument of oppression.

While everyone soon set about to governing, Alexander dropped a bomb in the unstable situation with the announcement of the agreement with Catherine of Russia. The Radicals condemned the agreement, calling Catherine a "German Whore". "We do not care about fighting in Russia, nor fighting in Germany. The only nation we want to help is our own!" declared one member of the Assembly. There were not kind words for the other sovereigns of Europe either. After the assault on Estonia, Frederick II of Prussia was called the "Bloody Tyrant and Murderer" by the outraged representatives who, while they did not approve of aiding Catherine, were happy to accept the territory she offered in return.

The Radicals also used the absence of the largely-Royalist generals to enact some controversial reforms. In a series of rapid-fire moves they imposed taxes on the Church, declared freedom of worship, abolished the titles and priviledges of the nobility, created a new "National Guard" for every male citizen from the ages  17-25, declared education to be a right, and outlawed serfdom. All of these actions were passed by overriding the veto of the King, who the leaders of the Radicals denounced as a "tyrant" or mockingly referred to as "Augustus IV". This radical agenda was dizzying to the Kingdom, with some ultra-Conservatives conducting domestic assaults on government officials in an attempt to intimidate them. These moves have been met with brutal reprisal by the Assembly's loyal National Guard soldiers. Many Royalists have withdrawn from the body after this series of defeats and questioned its legitimacy, calling on Alexander II to take action yet again.

The trickle of nobles, exiles from Poland-Lithuania, became a torrent as each new law was passed. They bring with them horrible stories of properties being seized and serfs attacking their former masters, warning that unless action is taken, Poland's neighbors could be next. The size of the military in that realm has grown, though perhaps quality is not much yet improved. The Army of Poland in Russia, meanwhile, has condemned the moves, but is at the moment powerless so long as rebels are active against Catherine. Chaos continues to be the ruling form of government in Warsaw.

Poland is now a serious representative of what could be on the way for the rest of Europe. Despite the condemnations of the new Pope, the nobility, and many foreign observers, the people of the Kingdom are jubilant. Those freed from serfdom care little that the Church is being taxed, those who are poor are glad to see the nobles punished, and those who own businesses are supportive of deregulation and easier trade within the realm. What will come next? Many across Europe are scared to find out.

Solomon of Imreti Declares “Kingdom of the Georgians”, Denounces Ottoman Rule

A provacative provision in the Treaty of Paris agreed to Ottoman control over the lands east of the Black Sea. The territory, on the maps released, showed the whole of Georgia a part of that Empire, even though the lands had been independant thus far. Naturally, locals were angry, demanding their independence be respected. The King of Imreti, Solomon I, seized the moment and declared he was willing to fight for all of the Georgians against the tyranny of the heathens. “Should the Turks invade, we will resist,” he told a crowd of loyal supporters.

Towns in the entire area either evicted their Ottoman garrisons or just joined the movement, lured by the promise of genuine freedom. With widespread local support, Solomon was crowned “King of the Georgians” by a local orthodox bishop and his first missive sent abroad demanded Constantinople reaffirm the rights of the Georgians to their freedom, threatening to fight to the last building if they are refused. He asserted the natural and historic freedom of Georgia and has openly expressed little desire to compromise. He has also called on other European nations to protect his land’s integrity.


PLAGUE RETURNS TO EUROPE!
It started in Bosnia. Several Ottoman soldiers stationed on the Danube began to show signs of illness, initially believed to be smallpox, before their condition rapidly worsened and Plague began to spread throughout the camp. Within weeks much of the local area was affected, and by the 6th month it had entered Hungary, spreading out through Ottoman and Austrian territory alike. Though the casualty rates are not as high as those of the Medieval period, the rebirth of the Plague in Europe has caused universal horror. Not since 1736, twenty years ago, was it present on the Continent in Marseilles. As it spreads north, inching towards Germany, people are deathly afraid of the consequences of such a war-ravaged area being affected. In the south the Plague has reached as far as Greece. Local dissent was quickly quieted by news of deaths in Thesalonika and Athens from the disease.

Clergy throughout the Continent have alleged it is the hand of God showing itself, upset at the fighting among his children. Austrians have blamed the Ottomans and vice-versa, while some point the finger at Frederick of Prussia, due to his lack of integrity. Whatever the case, thousands are dead as the disease ravages lands it has not touched in decades, if not centuries.
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Crisis in France, LOUIS XV POISONED! King lives, Tensions between nobles and people at breaking point!


Following the end of the war, Louis XV kept his promise to call for a session of the Estates General, eager to avoid the circumstances that were erupting in Poland. The commoners were provided with half of the seats, the nobles and clergy possessing the remainder. This move was notable and widely lauded. The calling of France's legislative body, coupled with the gains in India and the continued French ownership of the Lower Netherlands, saw Louis' popularity rise to levels not seen since his early reign, when he was just a child.

When the Assembly opened, it seemed like the first major dispute was going to be to whether to vote by Estate or vote by Head. This was quickly overshadowed by drama surrounding the King's opening speech.

Louis XV's address initially seemed normal. He welcomed the delegates to Versailles and praised the alliance between their various groups and the Crown. As he was speaking however, it soon became clear he was not well. His skin paled, the King shuddered, and then he collapsed in front of the entire assembly. Panicked guards collected the King and carried him out of the room. Rumors spread Louis had been poisoned, many blaming the Duc de Orleans, the closest kinsman outside of the immeadiate Royal Family. These whispers alleged Orleans was working with Frederick of Prussia to undermine Louis XV and switch the King of France. While the King survived, being bedridden for several weeks, he emerged determined and popular.

This attempted murder caused the nobles and clergy to largely allow the events of the Estates General to procede, even agreeing to vote by head in order to seem agreeable with public sentiment. While this resulted in the first modest tax on the nobles in many years, the national mood seems to be one of unity, especially in light of Prussian violation of several key aspects of the Treaty of Paris. The French economy is already starting to show signs of improvement due to these reforms.

PROSPERO COLONNA DI SCIALARRA ELECTED POPE BENEDICT XV!

An event largely overshadowed by the developments in Poland, Germany, and Russia was the Papal Conclave, though it may prove to be of equal importance. With the influence of the French and Austrian factions, after many rounds of balloting Prospero Colonna di Sciarra was chosen as Pope. He quickly took the name Benedict XV, after his predecessor, who immeadiately decided to emulate. In his opening address, Benedict XV warned Europe about the evils of the "Protestant-Heathen Alliance" and reaffirmed his support of France and Austria. Having been the Cardinal-protector of France, it is no surprise he seems to be partial to that realm.

One peculiar matter he has remained quiet on is the issue of the Jacobite succession in Britain. While Cardinal Henry Stuart has been badgering to reaffirm his commitment to his father, Benedict XV has thus far apparently been undecided on the issue. It remains to be seen what he will do about such a controversial topic.


The Bengal Affair
With the conclusion of the War in India, the British officials in Bengal made immeadiate plans to withdraw from the region. The colony was renounced and surrendered to locals as the garrison and local settlers set off for the distant realm of New Holland to start a new settlement. Most observers were shocked, none more so than the locals, who suddenly found themselves vulnerable to attack by the Maratha. In order to prevent this crisis, they petitioned the French government, offering to become a colonial region if, in return, Louis XV would agree to respect existing property possession and minor local customs. The French eagerly accepted, taking one of the wealthiest colonies in the world.

The British, meanwhile, faced little opposition during the settlement of the eastern coast of New Holland. Though Maria Louisa and the Dutch government expressed shock at the move, they also announced they were willing to negotiate with the British in order to split the continent in half.

In Britain the abandonment of India was seen as a huge scandal. Local press lambasted the move, in a series of scathing editorials which dubbed it the “Bengal Affair". It was very difficult to convince the people that a new settlement in an even further continent (New Holland) was more valuable than India, which had spices, cotton, tea, and other potential profitable resources. The Duke of Newcastle’s government has collapsed out of shame and unpopularity, even with their victories in Ireland and the Americas. The Kingdom now looks to George II, who some personally blame for abandoning Bengal, to name a new prime minister and ease the public opinion.



Ruler of Distant Joseon Outlaws Catholicism, Pope is Outraged!
With events in Europe dominating foreign affairs, many nations still took note of a provacative action in the far away realm of Korea. King Yeongjo of Joseon has outlawed Catholicism as an "evil practice" and expelled the Jesuits from his realm. Those refusing to renounce the faith have been murdered in order, so he alleges, to keep the peace.

These moves earned immeadiate condemnation from the new Pope. Benedict XV has called the King "a savage tool of Satan" and "Lucifer's friend", urging one of the strong Catholic colonial powers to get involved. He argues time in purgatory will be limited for those who work to help invade this "evil and wretched land" and bring to it "the true light of the Savior".
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« Reply #321 on: September 16, 2017, 01:25:53 pm »
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His Sacred and Imperial Majesty is surprised with a strange, belligerent statement made by the Georgians. The Treaty of Paris does not even mention Georgia and there was an error of the map which we haven't noticed until now.

The Ottoman Empire had no intentions to provoke hostilities with Georgian Kingdoms, but let it be clear that trying to take any advantage from our military involvement in Europe will be meet with decisive action. Even with heavy deployment elsewhere, the Sublime Porte had capabilities of dealing with that problem. The choice is yours.
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« Reply #322 on: September 16, 2017, 01:28:20 pm »
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I'm summoning the Prussian, Ottoman and Danish ambassadors for explanation.
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« Reply #323 on: September 16, 2017, 01:29:35 pm »
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His Sacred and Imperial Majesty is shocked and disgusted with a cowardly attempt on King Louis' XV life.
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« Reply #324 on: September 16, 2017, 05:01:24 pm »
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Venice unequivocally condemns the violation on the Treaty of Paris that is the funding of this mercenary corps known as the 'Russian Liberation Army' by Prussia, Denmark and the Ottoman Empire. This was a completely unjustified act, and a violation of the peace agreement. We would ask that King Frederick stop now before all of Europe turns against him.
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