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The Age of Enlightenment. Game 9.

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Re: The Age of Enlightenment. Game 9.

Post by Goldstar on Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:44 am

My usual round up will follow.
August 1705 Madrid.
The French Ambassador states that under semi Salic law, Dauphin Louis of France is the true heir of Carlos II and the entire Spanish Empire. Infanta Christina is to be placed aside and the Cortez is encouraged to support the French. Why King Louis XIV has suddenly decided to press this claim might have something to do with the terms of his newly signed peace with England. We await European reaction with baited breath.
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Post by Deacon on Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:50 pm


Interesting play, but Queen Isabella would beg to differ on that.

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Post by Kerensky on Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:14 pm

A risky strategy, based on my G10 experience. French player went for broke, which had short term gains followed with a total collapse in honour score (volcano eruption implies 1 or 0). Major overreach seems to play against the big player positions (Im guessing RW would not want a single player knocking out several players from a game, as bad commercially).

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Re: The Age of Enlightenment. Game 9.

Post by Stuart Bailey on Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:14 am

Kerensky wrote:A risky strategy, based on my G10 experience. French player went for broke, which had short term gains followed with a total collapse in honour score (volcano eruption implies 1 or 0). Major overreach seems to play against the big player positions (Im guessing RW would not want a single player knocking out several players from a game, as bad commercially).

I thought that a low honour score was normally indicated by revolts, riots in the Streets, Parliaments always voting against your proposals, ships sailing off to turn pirate and the Janissary Corp turning its cooking pots up side down! Mind you I have had upside down cooking pots when my honour was close to twenty. While volcano's and other natural disasters indicate problems with economic health?

This would certainly seem to be the case in G10 were in the last couple of turns we have had a Vulcano on "Spanish" territory and thousands of Spanish have left for Portugal to get away from dire economic conditions at home. Guess having famines and a government which does nothing about famines, English attacks on Gib and can not even pick a legitimate Catholic heir and crown him tends to dent economic confidence!

Commercial problem for one RW with G10 is that normally Spain is a bit of a money spinner for the GM (He has certainly taken lots of mine in G7) but in G10 its in such a mess......general view is that both its Economic Health and its Honour is rock bottom plus its got the odd small diplomatic problem to sort out....... that no one wants to go near the position.

Mind you I still think if someone was brave enough to pick up Spain in G10 most other players would be fairly kind and Spain can recover.

Ref Spain in G8 - If its been accepted for a number of years that the "miracle baby" is the legitimate daughter of Carlos II the French claim would seem to be rubbish....Anyone recall Queen Isabella of Castille? Except in Flanders were a case can be made that a limited form of Salic Law applies.

Actually was not the point of the Spanish Govt at the time committing high treason and trying to exchange the real baby for a boy to stop Philip of Anjou inheriting Flanders while his young female relation got the rest (Bit like Queen Victoria getting the British Empire but not the Hanover in 1830 due to the law of Hanover being anti female.......mind wonders about German Unification if Victoria had inherited).

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Post by Kerensky on Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:11 pm

I hear you Stuart, not my typical expectation, more a deduction on my part. Sicily has been on my sheet for around 9 months, and is included in my EH & Honour, which are both not in the danger zone. I deduced the flag raising in Palermo was the external factor that triggered the eruption. Never really seen true random, always seems to be a driver. Could be wrong, but the best I can see in the tea leaves!
& on G9, with you & Deacon. Isabella, the Queen of Castile that completed the Reconquista & commenced the discovery & colonisation of Spanish America. A fairly decent example of a Spanish Queen.
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Re: The Age of Enlightenment. Game 9.

Post by Deacon on Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:17 pm

I thought you could have made a case at the time that the baby wasn't real and protest her, claiming carlos was incapable of fathering a child. But I think enough time has passed that this is hard argument to make now.

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Re: The Age of Enlightenment. Game 9.

Post by Goldstar on Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:30 pm

August 1705

1. England and France have agreed peace terms and the Anglo-French war is over. No great battles occurred, some skirmishing in the colonies and heavy losses to the English Merchant Marine, a white peace seems to have been the result. Somewhat confusingly Scotland is still at war with France and England is still at war with Spain and Bavaria.
2. The Spanish diplomatic corps continues to be active in the states of the Reich, but the Archbishop of Cologne demands an apology for past wrongs.
3. The Reicharmee reform committee agrees to put the Emperors proposals before the Imperial Diet. The Emperor wants the army doubled to 80,000 men and 40 ship Reichsnavee formed, Leopold has selflessly agreed to fund this purely defensive forced.
4. Prince Eugene army has arrived at Ulm and a force of Brunswickers in Austrian pay has joined the Reicharmee detachment in Munster after becoming lost.
5. The King of Sweden remains in Rostock, which appears to becoming a home from home for the Swedes. King Charles XII implies that Tsar Peter Talks the Talk, but has falled to Walk the Walk.
6. The Cossack rebels or true Russian patriots revolt has spread to Kharkov.
7. The young Infanta and her Cardinal-General have arrive in Seville, it appears every church in Spain has been renovated by the most Pious Government. The old rogue Cardinal Portocarrero has been pardoned and encouraged to return to Spain. Hopefully the Infantas government will not regret inviting the arch-plotter back home, especially after the French Ambassadors statement.
8. Spain apparently holds a large number of Venetian bounds and they want their dividends paid promptly.
9. A Spanish mission arrives in China seeking an audience with Mighty Lord Fong, only to find he is indisposed in Peking with his Liege Lord the Manchu Emperor.
10. King Louis XIV lauds his loyal ally Bavaria or alternatively butters up his German puppet Elector. Always nice to have an Elector in your pocket in case thing go pair shaped with the Reich.

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Re: The Age of Enlightenment. Game 9.

Post by Nexus06 on Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:57 pm

"purely defensive" 😂😂🤣

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