Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Invasion begins


11-18th July 1713

When the numerous scouting groups sent all around the front lines start delivering their reports, the crude reality seems to widely overcome even the most pessimistic expectations in the Catalan Warboard: three major Castilian armies have started marching from West and South towards the very heart of Catalonia, protected by a huge cavalry and dragoons screen, while at the same time some French columns have also begun their moves to take positions previously held by Imperial forces.

Communications with the towns of Cervera, Tivissa, Puigcerdà, Camprodon, Hostalric and St. Feliu de Guíxols have been cut, and nobody knows what is happening there just now.

Caught in terror, great numbers of civilian population from the most menaced neighbouring villages have started a dramatic exodus towards the apparent safety of the closest walled cities. Due to this, many roads of the Principality are in chaos, for the civilians flood is seriously disturbing traffic of military reinforcements, supplies and messengers all along the Catalan rearguard.

7 comments:

David said...

Ooof - looking grim. Can the Catalans rally in the face of such a massive co-ordinated attack?

We wait to see!

Cheers,

David
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Capt Bill said...

Reich Duke Wilhelm is monitoring the situation and has placed a task force of Infantry, Cavalry, and Artilery on alert in case the Principality requests our assistance....

CWT said...

The 'Electorate of Luftberg' ambassador apologises for the lack of military aid right now, but military commitments at present mean that only best wishes can be sent, rather than military aid.

I'm sure you'll understand. Good luck! :-)

OIIIIIIIO said...

....what magnificent news for the Principality! The perfect opportunity to hone the strategic skills of the general staff and test the 'defiant' principles of the military in live-tactical situations! And all that flotsam of dispossesed and now unemployed citizens - pure raw material for the forces of defiance...

...Der Direktorat salutes the Defiant: "Immer Voran"! (and please, enjoy your war - it wont last forever)...

...we dispatch naval elements and overland available land forces without delay...more weapons will follow....

An officially authorized communication, with Korrekt code ID: OIIIIIIIO

OIIIIIIIO

abdul666 said...

Monte-Cristo is perfecly neutral BUT always tries to act in favour of PEACE; thus...

Regarding diplomatic activities, Monte-Cristo prefers to be ignored, or at most known as 'that Italian Free Town located somewhere between Vintimiglia and Genoa', and thus maintains no official diplomatic exchanges with most countries (e.g. Herrschaden sent a 'representative' of ambiguous status, and Direktorix Lahmia visited 'as a private tourist'). Instead, contacts are made through our merchants -some of our exports are very expensive luxury goods, appreciated in the Highest Circles- and agents of the Presipapal Bank with direct access to Persons of Power and Influence, or even female 'agents' masquerading as tourists, genealogists, natural scientists or folklorists. Such underground diplomacy turns generally out to be even more efficient than overt, official approaches.

Since devout Mme de Maintenon rules on Louis XIV and the Court, official relationships between France and the Presipality are dead cold; but we are sure that with military demonstrations in the Austrian Low Countries, in Savoy and threats of British descents on the shores of Brittany and Normandy, the French High Staff would have no difficulty to convince their Government that it would be unwise to send more than a token observation force south of the Pyrenees. So much the more if Philippe V is whispered to intend to succeed ageing Louis XIV as King of France...

Besides, Monte-Cristo enjoys privileged (for a Western country) relationships with the Ottomans, or at least progressive circles close to the Divan. This, in the general interest of peace in the Mediterranean, but chiefly in the hope to normalize the situation between Turkey, Austria and Russia and allow these two last countries to concentrate their forces against what the Presipality perceives as the major raising threat in Europe, aggressive / expansionist Prussia. As a consequence, the relationships between Monte-Cristo and the Pirates of the Barbary Coast are *almost* cordial (most of the pirates' bounty is fenced, most of the ransoms of the prisoners are negociated, in the Presipality). If, coincidentally, the Deylicate of Bizzerca would lead raids by an large alliance of flotillas on Southern Spain, the Castillians would have to divert a good part of their forces to face this new threat.

In the meantime, could the deep unrest in Aragon and Valencia following the loss of their traditional liberties and the monstruous taxation lead to open guerilla? If not -not yet- mere rumours of such would immobilise significant Castillian forces. A group of Monte-Cristan Holy Sisters of Ste Jezebel just went on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and will travel through Catalonia and the ex-Aragonese Kingdoms, just in case...

Then, maybe a mere rumour (Monte-Cristans are very good to put about the wildest rumours) of the generam mobilization of the coalition between the Bayous Libre Alliance led by the Royaume de Barataria and the Republique des Corsaires centered on the Isle de la Tortue to capture the annual Spanish Convoy from the Americas, could incite the Castillian Government to reduce the cost, and thus the size / scale, of military operations?

Soldadets said...

Let's see what our legacy in Monte cristo is capable to do, with regard to diplomacies! ...They'll be for sure glad to contact any potentially friendly power -if not for material help, for advice and future plans at least!

I had also shortly been thinking about an 'Ottoman connection', although I admit to have discarded it -in fact, I believe that our Principality's sovereign Kaiser und König Karl is currently most worried with an increasing Ottoman aggressivity, so that I suspect an eventual Catalan approach to Istanbul would be extremely disappointing for Him... However, I really did muse a bit on the possibility of exploiting eventual rivalties between Tunis and Algiers, siding with the most profitable one of them... Even another amusing possibility would be contacting Kabylian leaders and establish some Catalan-Amazigh alliance. Besides of re-directing troubles into Barbary itself instead of our shores, this might eventually lead to some advantage of Catalan traders on the Tombouctou Route (if you can't go to the Indies, let's invent your own Indies!). Maybe this leaves some effective room to Bizzerca for a leading role inthis process or a joint venture, who knows!

OIIIIIIIO said...

....hahahaha...it's all business...


...OIIIIIIIO