Turns 23, 24 and 25
I discussed, in the previous instalment, my mistake with handling OOC conversations with King Mus of Britain. My recollection of the conversation is that I sent an email, in character, that the 'court' in Prussia were asking to know what would be done about Brunswick asking for protection. I added no demands but the email was a little accusational.
Mus took it very badly and basically responded that I got what I deserved for attempting a coup. Things deteriated badly from there, to the point that now I feel would would not come to our aid and we would not of them.
This is a great problem, as the players have ruled that insurrections by diplomats will be allowed. There is no one better placed to spam out diplomats, an expensive unit, than the British. There are also few other great powers as vulnerable to their insurrections as the Prussians, especially since about a third of my armed forces are the Bavarians. I would have to keep these forces in Munich constantly in order to stop his diplomats from breaking the Bavarians away. Obviously, if Bavarian army can't manoeuver it is pointless.
Britain offered an enforced peace proposal to last 25 months. At the same time he used his diplomats to malign me in Hesse. Now, this feels like blackmail. Take our offer or we keep getting in the way of your attempts to incorporate the Hessians.
Thinking I better backpedal here I offered to take the peace treaty and what's more, offered to exchange Mecklenberg for Brunswick. This is beneficial for him as it is a glory location (Mecklenberg). It is also a glory location for me, but so is Brunswick so no loss. I made this offer on the condition he stopped maligning me Hesse.
He has refused. Saying he wont stop maligning Prussia until we are more friendly, more friendly - apparently - is the exchange of provinces.
I am at an empasse. I feel I must get back on better terms with the British, but I hate bullying.
While there was accusational words made towards Britain by Prussia, we have not actually attacked them in a physical form. Britain is now doing that to us with the maligning.
Must I eat humble pie?
I am still allied to Austria; the pledge of defence continuing for another year or so. France is heavily influencing the Turks, Spanish and Russians. If the French continue to woo Britain, that is an awful lot against us were they to attack. The Swedes have some other plan, unknown to me at this time. I would figure though that they would be in Britain's back pocket.
It is all very worrying, I don't know whether I can go back on my principles though.
Anyway, on with the rest of the game. Thuringa becomes a protectorate. Just Hesse or Brunswick between greater Prussia and Bavaria now. Thanks to Russian
Guard's advice I have two armies with over 40K sitting on the Hessian border now. I am subsidising Hesse each turn, and have both diplomats attempting to charm them. This is being offset by British maligning while they are also subsidising Hesse. I have about a 400 diplomatic point lead on the British but they've been very successful at having nations ask them for protection.
The two main armies: Prussian and Bavarian, stay in place pressuring the Hessians. The Army of the Rhine, which had moved from the East across to Brandenburg when I thought the Saxons would be at war with us through the Pledge of defence: aside - it appears, when an ally DOWs another nation, or at least a minor, that your the pledge of defence does not count?? I did no expect this.
The Army of the Rhine returns back to the East - Eastern Prussia.
I purchase, after turns of saving, a division of light cavalry. I am short of cavalry. They are so expensive.
I also purchase a militia for Wurttemburg, which has at last come out of unrest and have no defenders.
Speaking of Military escapades, the Austrians seem to be having trouble with the Saxons. They have killed one militia unit in Saxony (they have two though) and have had to retire back to Prague as the Saxon army has managed to cut off their supply source.
I note, during a break in the fog of war, that the British were heavily investing in corps containers. They had about 4. I have two. I think the British plan is to sit on the fence and then crush an empire embroiled in a war.
Trade and Production
No change in trade
I build the light cavalry and one militia.
A bank and a farm have been commissioned in Polish territory.
I am running at a reasonably regular 105-110 money a turn. I spend about 500 of savings this turn getting military units. This reduces my treasury to 143. Not good, but I think I will be needing these forces soon enough.
I am running at fourth with about 200 glory. With the acquisition of Thuringa I get the opportunity to become an empire. I am taking that opportunity. There is certainly danger here as diplomats could easily remove the provinces required for qualification and you take a nasty glory hit losing empire status.
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