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A Brave New World, 1800 AD (IC Internal)

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~A rare look into the happenings of neighbor nations~

January 1st, The Year Of Our Lord 1800; La Grand Empire de Francias; Île-de-France
Within the Château de Versailles, the Imperial seat of power
 
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As celebrations go, when the French do host, the guests can always expect it to start off with a bang. And as thousands of firework rockets blasted into the frigid January skies above the Imperial palace, one could see the results from a hundred miles off. Colorful explosions, mixing with the the discharge of pistols from eccentric passersby, and the occasional pop of champagne bottles produced an atmosphere truly Parisian. 
 
With festivites abound, truly what better way for France to celebrate the end of a century and the begnning of a new one. Surely, Napoleon Bonoparte could find no reason why not. Having a front row seat from his balcony atop the Versailles provided an extraordinary vista, matched only by the view of the two beautifully voluptuous women, who did him the pleasure of accompaning him this evening.
 
Returning his view to the Château lawn, where battery upon battery of French cannon rested along their firing line, as they prepared their 250 gun-salute, in honor of Empire, Emperor, and just old human appericiation for massive firepower. The artillary crews, their uniforms a resplendent red, white and blue in the afternoon sunset created a picturesque sight, almost surreal. To the trained eye, the glint of gold epaulette gave away the officer in charge, who was none other than Captain André Masséna, a rising star in the Imperial Army and a favorite of Napoleons. He did not know it, but he would make Marshall one day. Soon enough if the truth was told, on one bloody battlefield in Europe against one of the Empires many foes. But for now, he remained a youthful artillary officer, enjoying the honor of leading the salute in his monarch's name and to his nations glory.
 
And the French monarch, the man whom the world would come to know as the most powerful figure in Europe, smiled. Rising from his chair, glass in hand, he spoke the words which would drive him and his nation in conflicts and triumphs to come, "Viva la France, Viva moi Empire!"
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The Parisian Observer: Information for the Modern Man
 
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Major Actions- 
  • Constitutional Referendum held in Paris, the result has been the choice of the legislature and the Emperor, which ratified a new constitution. This legislation has allowed for a smoother handling of power, by enlarging the executive powers of the Emperor, and making his veto ability absolute in cases of passing/rejecting/adjusting legislation passed in the Parliament.

 

  • Under an Imperial edict, a overhall of Frances already impressive military power is now underway. With a new century come new adversaries, and the Emperor plans to be ready to meet them, any time and anywhere.

Minor Actions-

  • The establishment of a new theory in promoting ideology to masses begins its instiution in the colleges and intellectual centers of France through government sponsered bullitins. They contain in them, an explaination for the commonman, on the state of the Empire, the purpose of Fascio-Imperial Theory, the benfit and application of this Theory and the ways it is superior to all other forms of flawed ideologies. It will come to be known as "propoganda".

 

  • Imperial ships yards are being revamped in order to accompying renewed interest in travels and trade to the new world. Many entrepenurs are investing their fortunes in what they hope will become a powerhouse industry and the expasion of Imperial power in further holdings in the Americas.
 

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"Extra Extra" says the paper boy in Stockholm "Jacobins growing more bold, King plans to industrialize" says the paper boy again as he walked his way in the streets of Stockholm

 

 

"you there young man" says some person of obviously higher class "how much for one paper" "okay here you go" as he handed his money to the paper boy and reads the newspaper

 

 

MAJOR NEWS:

 

King announced for a meeting with the Jacobins in the Kungliga slottet to discuss the future of the nation, hopefully we can put faith in the King's diplomatic skills in order to provide comfort for the Swedish People

 

France welcomes new Emperor with the iconic 250 gun salute, the Emperor shouts "Viva Le France, Viva moi Empire" as the guns fire

 

Tensions rising across Europe as France plans to overhaul it's already impressive military, many even say that this will lead to another European war

 

 

Minor News: 

 

Under Imperial decree, the generals in the Swedish military (particularly Hans Henric von Essen and Gustav Mauritz Armfelt) meet in the Karlberg Military academy to discuss the plans for the expansion and revitalization of the military proposed by the King. It seems that most of the Generals has come to a consensus that this is a good plan and agreed

 

 

Reports show steady growth of urban areas

Edited by Ax3hunter

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Trumpet Blasts and a Parade of the Kings finest come marching down the street, setting up on the pavilion in the local square!

 

"Atencion, Atencion....Your Noble King has a request to make of his people!! Our Empire is at the brink of being lost. Tensions are rising between all colonial powers across Europe. With each nation building up their military it is unclear what their intentions are. It is clear however, no one builds up an army unless preparing for an attack or to attack. The armies of Europe greatly out number our own and if we are to stand a chance in this brave new world we will have to do the same. In this world our far off lands go unsettled, unclaimed. Un-colonized, and undefended. To hold on to our vast overseas wealth of land, he mandates that all males 16 and older come with us and become soldiers to defend the lands we have claimed as our own. However, because of the reforms you forced upon your King our vast wealth of gold and coin have been plundered and lost leaving him with no way of funding the defense of the Empire and the people. Therefore in addition to the conscription of all males, for one full year your tax shall double and half of all your earnings belong to His Majesty. It is necessary if we wish to continue existing as an empire and as a colony of some far off country."

 

Major News:

King announced the forced conscription of all males aged 16 and older to begin building up the Army. In doing so, the King has doubled the tax of his people for one full year as punishment for their traitorous reforms against the Crown. To help pay the cost of this military build up, he decreed the sale of the least profitable portions of his Empire. King further announced the need for militarization.

 

Minor News:

 

King of Spain prohibits the worship of all religion except Christianity and orders the censor ship of all written papers and documents in an attempt to out further enlightenment reforms from taking shape. Also in other news, a shortage of food across the empire has been in effect since the Kings decree of building a larger military. As a result territories from all across the empire have been forced to ship 40% of their livestock, crops, wood and cloth to Spain as the Empire begins preparing for an uncertain conflict. 

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January 1st, 1800

 

"Hear Ye! Hear Ye!"

"News from France is that their new Emperor is increasing the size of the French Army which is causing many other European powers to do the same. Tensions are mounting higher in Europe than ever before, and with most European countries still possessing colonies in North America, should the United States be worried about those tensions arising just outside of our borders?" "Spain is falling behind the other European nations on the road to a military and industry, but with their large empire they might be able to make a swift come back with an army, but without a navy they won't be able to move their soldiers around the empire."

 

Major News:

 

The 1800's Presidential Election is a tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. The Congressional House of Representatives is expected to address the issue. While United States expansion is being halted by Congress at the Mississippi River for fear of encroaching on French mid-west possessions, settlers take advantage of Spain's inability to defend its possessions and begin settling in the territory of Florida. Many southern slaves have been fleeing south from Georgia causing their Masters to pursue them into unsettled territory. With vast amounts of unsettled land many slave owners race to stake large claims of land and build new larger slave plantations in Florida. Spain has demanded that American slave owners not pursue or settle upon Spanish lands.

With tensions rising between the United States and Spain over the settlement of Spanish lands by Americans, Congress plans on sending a representative to the King to work out a solution.

 

Minor News:

 

Northern States beginning to show anti-slavery sentiment. In New York a rising anti-slave movement is forming and gaining support.

 

Reports show US population on the rise and on the move.

Edited by Joediplomat

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January 3rd, 1800

 

Today's News Paper Headline: House of Representatives Breaks Presidential Tie Vote

 

The House of Representatives met yesterday to discuss and break the tie in the race for President. The two Presidential candidates locked in the stalemate was Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. The Presidential stalemate has caused a lot of debate since the deadlock was announced. With each candidate's supporters and party affiliates threatening to duel each other in the streets, the Presidential stalemate would have ended in violence. However, due to the overwhelming number of people in the House of Representatives and a lack of pistols the duel was canceled and vigorous debates ensued in side the House Chambers. After extensive debating the Congress finally announced that Thomas Jefferson has been elected the 3rd President of the United States.

 

As his first act as President, Mr. Jefferson has announced that he intends to relocate the nation's Capital. The new location is set along the mouth of the Potomac River, on the border between Delaware and Maryland. The new Capital City is to be named Washington D.C. in honor of George Washington. The city's foundations have been set and construction is already underway. It is planned that the government will be able to move into their new Congressional Houses early next year.

 

In other news President Jefferson has signed off on sending a foreign diplomat to France and Spain. While the French Territory west of the Mississippi River is vast, the government has put military camps along the river to prevent American settlers from violating French territory. However, the same does not go for the Spanish claims in Florida. As a result of an increasing number of Southern slave owners moving south into the vast Floridian territory Spain and the United States have entered into a heightened state of diplomatic tension. However, it would appear as though Spain is unable to enforce its territory through a military means. While the Spanish Monarchy seems to have lost control over enforcing its overseas claims, it would appear as though in the United States the government has lost its ability to control its southern slave plantations from sparking international debate. If the Southern slave owners do not withdraw from Florida it could spark armed conflict in the American south east.  

 

In other news, New York has passed an Emancipation Act abolishing the owning of slaves throughout the state. Also,

a national census shows that the population is now 5.3 million throughout the country, one million of the people being of African decent.

Edited by Joediplomat

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In the Royal Palace of the King of Spain
 
(Enter the Kings noble) "Your Majesty! People throughout the Kingdom are protesting the forced conscription of their children to serve in your army. They are refusing and threatening to revolt." "I will not tolerate this any longer!" shouted the King, "Drag them by their heels if you have to, and anyone who attempts to stop you is to be hauled to prison."
 
"Si, your Majesty. May I ask, what do you plan to do should we need our army? In our weakened state how can we defend ourselves as well as our territory?", replied the noble.
 
"Do not ask such questions or I shall have your head!", thundered the King. "Are you inferring that I am incapable of defending this noble empire as King?"
"Not at all", replied the noble.
 
"Then leave our army to me, its rightful supreme Commander. If need be we can deploy what forces Spain does have on our fastest Galleons. To support this swift deployment in times of turmoil, I plan on selling off parts of our empire...."
"Your Majesty, you can't be serious!", interrupted his noble "Selling our lands is throwing away our wealth! Surely you must rethink your actions."
 
"Hold your tongue", the King shouted in outrage. "Again you infer that I am incompetent. I do not plan on selling our empire and throwing away our wealth. My goal is to please our colonies overseas and in doing so hopefully our people here will change their minds about the wellbeing of the empire. I plan to sell large amounts of our territory their independence and as a payment for their independence they must subject themselves to the Empire as protectorates to Spain, giving me full control over their armies at my beckon call. Thus we maintain our empire, they gain independence and we gain an army."
 
"That's magnificent my King. Wondrous plan it is. Its a new era for the Empire. Hail King!!"

Edited by Macaroni

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OOC: Since travel from the US to Spain takes 5 weeks. We need to make up events predating the arrival of Mr Smith to the Spanish Court (Which from 2nd of January should be 27th of January). Oh and we're still in january 1800 Joediplomat

 

January 3rd, 1800, Stockholm

 

A young man is reading the daily newspaper bulletin with a big poster in the front page potraying a Swedish soldier valiantly holding the Swedish flag on a hill with the words "Join the army for a more glorious Sweden" in Bold on the bottom

 

MAJOR NEWS: 

 

The King announced the establishment of a constitutional monarchy, spreading discontent on the aristocracy

 

The Svea Livgarde has been actively guarding the palace, vigilantly watching everyone who is foolish enough to defy the king

 

Minor News:

 

Recruitment camps has sprung up all over the Kingdom of Sweden. We are not sure but an army official says that he has never been this busy his whole life

 

Manufactories that are in standby all over Sweden are now producing arms for the new army

 

American settlers has been steadily encroaching over Florida, raising tensions between the United States and Spain, with the United States sending an emissary to Spain to handle negotiations.

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January 3rd, 1800

 

Without any US laws or soldiers to stop them, slave owners are running amok in Florida. Claiming land as their own, running a business without taxes and making one hundred percent profit. Also, there has been increased violence in the Florida territory. Being separate from the United States, slaves are arguing they are free men there and have begun to revolt and take up arms against their owners. The violence is quickly escalating and President Jefferson is going to have to think if it was even worth sending Mr. Smith to Spain this morning. From reports in Florida, the slaves have been receiving some support from the locals in the region who are Spanish citizens. Now turning the tide of the battle for slavery in the territory, slave owners are forming their own militia groups. The slave revolt is expected to trigger the same revolt for freedom throughout the Spanish empire across the Americas. Granted what had started as a "slippery slope" has now grown into a mountain of trouble. With a voyage to Spain taking an average 5 weeks (less if you're lucky) word won't return to President Jefferson until almost March or April about how the negotiations between Mr. Smith and the King of Spain.

 

In other news, northern cities are booming. Factories are running and the clothing and weapons manufacturing has reached new heights. Meanwhile, the US War Department is seeking people to build more ships for the navy arguing that they must be prepared if negotiations fail with Spain. 

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A London News Paper Headline Reads: The United States - A New Nation with Old Problems

 

It is apparent that since the English-American colonies declared their independence and broke away from English authority their new nation has been faced with turmoil and civil unrest. While the United States claims equality for all men, there are literally millions subjected to slavery. This is has become apparent since American slaves have been caught fleeing into Spanish Florida. Since the time these States were only colonies, they have sought reason to rebel and with every rebellion they find ways to expand their land size. We all remember the French and Indian Wars started by the colonies as they sought to expand beyond their eastern mountain ranges. Now they are expanding south into Spanish territory. It seems the United States is doomed to fail as this expansion is likely to lead to Spanish retaliation. Even in its weakened state it is expected that if the Spanish retaliate, they will strike with all their man power.

 

While the English Empire is impartial to the problems facing Spain, the new United States is a former English possession. Just before the new year, King George III stated that it will not be long before the United States is once again a colony of Britain. It would seem however that the America's are not the only ones experiencing revolts demanding freedom. All across Europe people are demanding unification or freedom from their Monarchial powers. While they have yet to revolt, tensions are mounting and the effects are yet to be felt in the British Empire.

 

While our Empire is the most expansive in the world, and we have the means of protecting it all, we cannot allow the enlightened principle of "Democracy" to succeed. Land is power and money. If too many colonies gain independence a nation will lose its power, thus an empire is needed to survive. The King's plans for the American's are unclear, and our politics with Spain impartial. However if tensions continue to rise the English Empire may be faced with a problem of epic proportion and if we do not begin to act now, it may be to late.   

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OOC: I've decided to implement the 1 week=1 month system i suggested in the OOC thread. If anyone has any objections let me know

 

January 10th 1800, Kingdom of Sweden

Royal Academy of Turku, Turku, Finland

 

A scholar is reading a newspaper with a new Poster in front about another Swedish soldier riding a horse slashing down on enemies who are unidentifiable. There are the words "The King needs YOU in the army" on bold on the bottom

 

MAJOR NEWS: 

 

The King announced the hiring of foreign generals to train Swedish Troops

 

Number of recruits are now hitting the 5000 mark ever since the King announced for an expansion of troops.

 

The King alongside the capitalists across the Kingdom announced plans to industrialize the nation

 

Minor News:

 

General Ferdinand de Jesus and General Sir Edward Pakenham is training the Swedish troops under the King's request

 

 

Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm. A day before the newspaper headline

 

The king is walking around in circles at the entrance of the palace, hoping to find the people he requested to come ever since he announced his plans to industrialize the nation.

 

They are not Jacobins, but they are capitalists. The king sees that Sweden needs to industrialize in order to keep up with the rising European powers and still be a credible nation.

 

"Ah there you are" says the king as he welcomed a bunch of capitalists into his palace

 

"While i have no problems with the announcing of the Constitutional monarchy milord. What do you want? profits from our lumberyards are consistent and we still pay our taxes" says a prominent businessman who is a bigshot at the Lumber industry

 

"Yes milord i'm still confused as to why do you want to ask us capitalists to come to your palace. Are our ships underrated Milord?" says another capitalist who makes the Ships for the Swedish Navy

 

"Gentlemen, Gentlemen please calm down. I invited you here not to bicker in my palace, please let me talk" as the king moderated the confused and somewhat agitated capitalist group

 

"Now self made men who produces the necessities of the nation, i have come to you with a request......a request regarding Industrialisation" as the king states.

 

The Capitalists, seeing where the wind is blowing apparently turn their attention into the King

 

"B but milord our Kingdom is not ready for such a change! Our taxes are as high as it is! We are not ready to build" 

 

"Silence capitalist! please listen to me" as the king scolded the capitalist for being somewhat rude. "Now gentlemen, we have seen that throughout the years that the Swedish Empire is in decline yes?" all heads nodded in approval

 

"and we have seen what the Prussians and the Russians can do to our Empire in the 7 years war yes?" all heads nodded in approval.

 

"so now it is time for change gentlemen!! I will plan to lower taxes to you by the end of the month if you can assure me that i can see factories popping up. Not to a level of France or Britain, but to a level that is adequate for the Kingdom to survive. I hereby decree that the first factories in Stockholm will be producing artillery and weapons for the Empire as a whole and expect to have at least 4 factories at every province"

 

the King can clearly see the somewhat happy faces of the capitalist hordes as they are relieved that their King is lowering taxes.

 

"while i will not protest you for lowering our really high taxes. What about the aristocrats? they are always trying to block our advances to industrialise the nation"

 

"don't you worry, by the following months the power of the aristocracy will be in decline and by the end of the year you will have free roam to industrialize the nation"

 

with the faces of the capitalists getting happier, the king sees fit to dismiss them to do their own bussines "Very good gentlemen that concludes our meeting, now leave me and pray to god that your factories will be productive" as the king dismissed the capitalist hordes from his palace

Edited by Ax3hunter

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January 10th

Major News:

President Jefferson, knowing full well Mr. Smith is still 4 weeks voyage away from Spain must now wait  twice as long before finding out if negotiations had been successful or not. In the mean time, the situation is reaching a boiling point. As it turns out, the Spanish settlers in Florida are anti-slavery and are taking in, arming and protecting runaway American slaves. While the United States Congress is decidedly torn on the issue, several American citizens, all of them slave owners have been hurt and some killed by the local Spanish population. Jefferson, to keep anymore Americans (even if they are slave owners) from being killed has authorized the Army to move into Florida and stop the bloodshed.  At the sight of United States soldiers Spanish militia groups assumed that they had been sent in to reinforce the slave owners and opened fire on them.

 

Knowing full well he may have just started a war with Spain, Jefferson orders 15 ships of the US navy to patrol the Floridian coast preventing any Spanish ships from setting sail to Spain with news to send the Spanish army. At the same time, he orders the army to silence the insurrection as quickly as possible. The orders locate and retrieve all American slave owners and slaves, kill or capture anyone trying to escape to Spain with news of the fighting, and for the navy, and Spanish ships they stop must be captured and brought back to the United States to increase the size of the American Navy with proven warships.

 

Minor News:

 

Factories are turning out great quantities of munitions, wood, and cotton materials. Industry in the cities is flourishing continuing to help explode the American population.

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OOC: Let's wrap this up people, Sunday's coming tommorow and Murder's nowhere to be found

 

January 27th, Kingdom of Sweden

Helsinki, Suomenlinna Island Fortress

 

Helsinki is truly a magnificent city of the Kingdom, with it's forests and home of the Royal Finnish Fleet. Truly a sight of Swedish might

 

with the training of the new recruits underway. The fortress has been busier than ever, constructing new Barracks to house the new recruits, building proper transports to ferry them to land in time for training and new schoolrooms for officer teaching. The scale of the recruiting is so massive foundations are now being placed in the nearby Kukisalmi islands to function as an extension of the Island fortress.

 

In this hustle and bustle a Swedish trooper, clearly not a new recruit is currently reading a newspaper. There is still the massive poster potraying the Swedish soldier in the frontpage with patriotic words in front.

 

MAJOR NEWS: 

 

Recruitment has reached new heights, number of recruits in training now at 15.000. If these recruits were to successfully pass they would nearly double the strength of the Swedish military

 

General Sir Edward Pakenham and General Ferdinand de Jesus clearly contesting of who can make the best soldiers out of the Swedish Army.

 

Plans for a new Shipyard in Malmo underway. If the plan goes to construction it will be the largest shipyard in the world

 

New Lumber mill currently in it's planning phase in Norrland. The Boss of the company is now hiring future workers to work at the new mill

 

Minor News:

 

News report shows that the American dignitary has arrived in Spain, negotiations are underway.

 

The Swedish letter for the hiring of foreign generals has reached the United States. We have yet to see a response

 

Increasing amount of agitation among the Swedish Aristocracy as the day nears when the King makes his decree to change the constitution of Sweden

Edited by Ax3hunter

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January 27th, 1800
 
The US soldiers in Florida have been searching for any hiding Spanish locals who had fled the battles in the previous days. So far they have been unsuccessful, and the government is beginning to fear that the word has been sent to Spain about the battle that had taken place. Our scouts in the region are reporting that local farm houses and small settlements have been recently abandoned. It makes sense that any Spanish locals in the area have moved further south, and may be planning to leave the territory for nearby Spanish held islands and Spanish held Mexico.
 
 Knowing full well the United States is alone in the Americas and surrounded by colonies of foreign empires, President Jefferson is forced to seek an alliance with another European nation. Word of the magnificent French Emperor has reached the United States. With the reforms he has overseen he now leads France into an new golden age, and the military he now commands is the largest on the European Continent. With plenty of ships available and men at his disposal, President Jefferson is drawn to make an alliance with the French.

 

President Jefferson has received a letter from the Kingdom of Sweden. The President stated that "the King of Sweden has asked the United States to send one of our best Generals to help train new recruits. I definitely will be sending a General as it will be an excellent learning experience on how European nations conduct war."
 
Minor News: 
 
The captured Spanish Galleons have been refitted as American Ships. The Navy adds these proven warships to the Fleet and President Jefferson has decided to name them: The Andromeda, Wasp, the Falcon, and Hermes (for its speed).
 
Farmers are promising a bountiful harvest this spring. With all the snowfall during these winter months the soil is predicted to be moist and ripe for planting.
 
In most recent news, Indian savages in our western and southern most territories of Mississippi and Alabama have raided a small United States trading outpost. The government plans on sending 400 soldiers to investigate and search the area for any Indians that remain.

Edited by Joediplomat

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January 27th, 1800

 

London News Paper:

 

United States dignitary arrives in Spain today for the first day of negotiations. The day is presumably unsuccessful for the United States as rumor has it the dignitary was imprisoned. In other news King George has decided to make Ireland officially part of the United Kingdom. Accordingly, the English Flag is expected to change. The final changes and official dubbing of Ireland as part of the United Kingdom is set to be completed by early next year.

 

Industry is booming. raw materials and furs from British Canada have been continuously imported to Britain where they have been manufactured and turned into wondrous coats and accessories for the upper classes and royalty.

 

To compete with the growing number of ships in the French Navy, the King has ordered the construction of another 100 ships to the Royal Navy. While England is not known for having the largest ships in the known world, it is renown for having the largest navy, and the fastest ships. Construction of the ships will begin tomorrow, and the deadline the King has set for their completion is December 1801.

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January 28th, 1800

 

Spanish Florida:

With most of the local farmers and militia groups in Florida retreating towards Spanish Mexico and other tropical islands in the region, the United States has been able to flex full control over the Florida territory. With the Spanish Governor of Florida speaking to the Spanish officials in Mexico, many of the people in the region become afraid that the same might happen to them. How could the United States have beaten and take a Spanish colony. The idea struck such fright into their minds that they feared maybe Spain was loosing its military strength. The Spanish-Mexican territories of Central and North America decided to send a letter to the Spanish King. That if he cannot procure a military presence in the Americas in 5 weeks time, the Spanish Empire in the Americas will revolt and declare its independence and raise its own army.

 

Meanwhile in Spain, the Kings reforms have taken a hold. His promise to sell independence to  his empire while maintaining control over them has pacified the Spanish population. As a result production of goods has increased, people are more cooperative, and recruits have joined the Spanish Army. So long as no more major reforms are needed the King should have an easier time managing his empire.

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January 30-31st, 1800

 

A local blacksmith whose son was killed in the Florida territory skirmishes has addressed Congress to take the following into serious consideration.

 

"MY SON HAS DIED BECAUSE A FEW PEOPLE MADE POOR CHOICES ON THE BATTLEFIELD!", he shouted while standing in front of Congress. "Centuries ago, in the middle ages soldiers, or rather knights wore steel or iron armor on their bodies for defense making them impervious to arrows and standard sword thrusts. Now we can shoot these little lead or iron bullets at each other from hundreds of feet away, making swords almost obsolete on the battlefield. However, just because the age of the sword is ending does not mean the age of body armor is ending as well!" The blacksmith continued,

"Our sons in our army would stand better chances of survival if they had protective body armor as well. It does not have to be thick metal armor decreasing their speed or accuracy, but rather thin sheets of metal that could be strapped to the body in the same way we strap shoes to our feet. Our army would suffer less casualties, ensure the survival of more men and make our soldiers seem like gods when they are shot but do not fall before our enemies. I urge Congress and even the President himself to consider this request and military reform. Why other local blacksmiths would jump at the idea of supporting their sons and fathers who fight for our country, and imagine if Congress approves and would hire blacksmiths to produce many of this body armor as possible, you would be providing us with money to buy food, and supplying the economy, encouraging others to possibly do the same." The blacksmith concluded, "Please, no one's sons or fathers have to die needlessly."

 

Intrigued by this poor local man's request they dismiss and discuss the matter. The following day Congress holds a vote on the issue. With an overwhelming majority of votes, the issue is passed and presented to President Jefferson. He reads the bill and signs it making official that all United States soldiers must wear protective body armor under their uniforms while in the field, thus making body armor a permanent and standard addition to ALL United States military units, departments and individual soldiers.

 

This new law now gave the President's Secretary of War, Mr. Calhoun power to negotiate a deal with blacksmiths across the United States, to produce 50 units of body armor a week for 800,000 dollars. The 800,000 dollars is enough money to order the production of 50 units of body armor a week from every blacksmith in the US for the next 15 years.

Edited by Joediplomat

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January 30th-31st, 1800

 

King George III announced to his generals today that he intends to open up the Orient and establish colonies in the far east.

 

"East Asia remains mostly unexplored and unindustrialized. Its colonization will provide the British Empire with resources and strategic naval ports with access to anyplace on the globe" says the King.

 

"Why, not since the great Marco Polo sailed to Asia and back has western civilizations and eastern civilizations met" murmured the King as he takes a big gulp of stiff Wine.

 

Our colony of India is our key to the heart of Asia, but it is not the only heart Asia has. No in fact Asia could have as many as 4 or five strategic hearts only 1 of which is colonized and the 2nd is vast, empty and cold stretching from the American Northwest Arctic region to the Baltic Sea (referring to Russia) the other two hearts retain great potential and have yet to be colonized.

 

Due to the Kings desires to colonize these hearts of Asia, he had sent out couriers to the colony of India weeks ago to find ways to expand east and over the Himalayas. Following the Kings orders, English and Indian army scouts stumbled across an old path belonging to the old "Silk Road". Dubbed the Orient Express, the British and Indian army scouts now geared up some troops and began to move east. Though perilous and filled with danger, the English Expeditionary Force made way, slowly making their way towards Asia's next heart, China. On foot from India over and through the mountains is expected to take 3 weeks, however, the group persisted making camp every night in the cold mountain passes.

 

In other news, English shipyards have laid down and completed the hull-frame of a dozen new Frigates being built in a race to compete with the increasing size of the French navy. These new ships are being outfitted with dual rudder and steering control, giving the helmsman a choice to turn sail to catch wind from different directions or to turn the wheel and turn the entire ship into the wind to gain speed. These new ships also are having added to them iron ramming arms attached to the bow. These rams are meant to break choppy waves and stormy seas, and also add attack value. Should you need to ram another ship, these iron or bronze ramming arms can puncture the wood hulls of most ships with ease causing rapid flooding and sinking of enemy ships. The first one to be completed shall be named after His Majesty King George III and shall become flagship of the Royal Navy for the next decade. 

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February 4th, 1800, Kingdom of Sweden

Riksdag, Parliament of Sweden, Stockholm.

 

 

King gustav IV Adolph walks confidently with a dozen guards protecting him in case the aristocracy decided to kill him. These are tenuous times indeed.

 

As he makes way to the podium the air is as toxic as the anxiety of these aristocrats. For years they have leaded Sweden in times of tribulation and trials. But they have their run and it's time for the people to really show how a constitutional Monarchy works.

 

"People!!! Settle down!!!" as the king shouted to calm all four of the Parliamentary classes.

 

"As you have seen this day coming. I will announce you the new constitution of Sweden!! Once i have fully read this constitution which is assessed by my Jacobin Friends" The crowd immediately Roars after the King spelled the word 'Jacobin'

 

"ARE YOU SERIOUS MILORD?!?!?!?!?" says an aristocrat. "ARE YOU MAD OR HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?!?!?!? THE JACOBINS ARE UNTRUSTWORTHY FIENDS WHO SHOULD BE VANQUISHED!!" as the Aristocrat gains the appause of the upper parliamentary class but booed at the lower parliamentary class.

 

"SILENCE YOU!!!!" says the King with a louder tone, but due to all the Ruckus in the Riksdag caused by that single one aristocrat, the king nodded his head to his Svea Livgarde and one of the Lifeguards fired a Musket shot in the air. After that his Lifeguards spread out to maintain order

 

"I WANT THIS TO BE AN ORDERLY TRANSITION!! I DO NOT WANT THIS RIKSDAG, WHO HAVE BEEN GUIDING THIS KINGDOM SINCE IT'S INCEPTION FALL INTO DEEP CORRUPTION AND NEGLECT" as the king proudly roared.

 

"Now let me finish reading this new constitution in which i haven't read" says the King in a much nicer tone. 

 

"Oh by the way, once i've finished reading this constitution i will declare a new election for the new Riksdag"

 

 

New constitution of the Kingdom of Sweden decreed into effect by His Majesty King Gustav IV Adolph on February 4th 1800

 

Preamble: His Majesty King Gustav IV Adolph, Head of the House of Holstein-Gottorp, King of Sweden and all it's realm, and Son of the Lion of the North Gustavus Adolfus hereby proclaimed that the situation of the Kingdom in the year 1800 is dire and wisely decreed that the Kingdom of Sweden shall be based in this New Constitution

 

Article 1 - The State

The State shall be run ultimately by the King and the people, in the event the King died and the heir is either unfit for duty or no heir is found. An election shall be held under the power of the State to select which one is worthy of the Swedish Throne.

 

Those who receive the Swedish Throne shall inherit the Throne of Sweden and be the new head of the House of Holstein-Gottorp. But in the event that the king is unworthy of the position and the masses shall be dissatisfied. The masses can petition a decree of dethronement to the Senior members of the Swedish Military, once the petition has been confirmed and signed by at least 70% of the population, the Swedish Military MUST conduct it's duty of storming the Kungliga Slottet and dethroning the King.

 

Once the king has been dethroned he shall be trialed for misleading the State into deploration. This petition of dethronement are also allowed on future Kings who are of pure and legitimate Holsteinian blood.

 

 

Article 2 - The Parliament

The Parliament will no longer consist of the 4 class system of old. Instead the new Riksdag shall be of equal position for all the seats positioned there. An election shall be held every 4 years to choose the head of the new Parliament and every Swedish citizen is eligible to vote or be voted. Once a new Riksdag is chosen it must perform the duties of managing the Kingdom of Sweden to it's fullest.

 

The new Riksdag can propose a new law or pass a law made by the king and the Riksdag is one of the only branch of government (Barring the King of Sweden who is the ultimate head of the State) who can declare wars and negotiate it's peace treaties. Every member of the Riksdag has only one vote and one vote only but they're members are allowed the form coalition in order to strengthen it's position. Lobbying in the Riksdag is prohibited under any circumstances, anyone caught in the act of lobbying a member of the Riksdag shall be sentenced to life in prison.

 

The parliament is allowed to:

 

To Borrow money

 

To regulate commerce with foreign nations or tribes

 

To Issue a declaration of war and to resolve the war via peace treaties (This is also allowed for the King himself too)

 

To Mint money, regulate the value of the national currency and fix the standards of weights and measurements

 

To provide punishment (Alongside the court) among those who violated Swedish laws

 

To Establish Post offices and Roads

 

To allow or disallow immigrants into the Kingdom via the Riksdag's department of immigration

 

To Pass, Amend, and do not pass laws proposed by the King, The masses (Via petition), and members of the Military

 

To Provide and Maintain an Army and Navy (Alongside the King)

 

Article 3 - The Monarchy

Although the King is the ultimate head of State. It is the Monarchy who held the duties of taking care of the King's family and raising new inheritance. The Queen's duty is to take care of the future inheritors of the throne and manage the duties of the State along with the King. In the event the King dies it's Queen shall be crowned new leader of the Kingdom of Sweden (it should be noted that if both the King and Queen dies, and the future inheritors are either unfit or nowhere to be found, an election will be held as seen in Article 1).

 

The Prince and Princesses of the Kingdom of Sweden are future heirs to the throne and shall be taken cared of carefully. Anyone caught inflicting any major harm (whether it is intentional or not intentional) to the Prince and Princesses shall be trialed by the court on Crimes against the Monarchy.

 

Article 4 - Royal Decrees

The King or Queen of Sweden is granted Special Powers in the event where the Kingdom is in a dire situation (Examples include: Decline in Prestige, Economy, Military Might, and Industry, Wars, Social Unrest and Instability, Chaos among the Branches of Government). In the event of a dire situation, the Ruling Monarch is allowed to issue in a Royal Decree.

 

Once a Royal decree has been put into effect it has the ability to override any rules established by the Branches of the government and Military. The King has the ability to repeal a royal decree at anytime whatsoever.


OOC: If you found any loopholes, please pm me immediately. I never wrote such an exhausting piece of writing.

 

MAJOR NEWS:

 

King announced the establishment of the Constitutional Monarchy today, we do not know how it went but we heard musket fire and screams of anger inside the Riksdag.

 

Plans for the Malmo Shipyard is approved by the City governor, but the boss of the Shipyard tells that the blueprints are still on the drawing board.

 

Only 1000 recruits entered into the Swedish Military from the 1st of February

 

Minor News:

 

American general arrives in Finland, he talks about something called guerrilla warfare which astounded the commanders there.

 

The king of Britain announced plans to expand it's colonies in British India

 

"Oh yeah i nearly forgot" after the King left the building

 

"What is it? we are currently in election for a new Riksdag and security in the Royal Palace has never been tighter" says one of his advisors

 

"Send the United States, Spain, Britain and France a copy of the New Constitution. I would like to hear what is their opinion" says the King

 

Sent to France, USA, Spain, And the UK

 

A copy of the New Swedish Constitution

Edited by Ax3hunter

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February 4th -18th
 
The first units of body armor has been produced and shipped to United States Army outposts. Soldiers are being outfitted with their appropriate sizes and Congress plans on having the army test them in proven battle. With tensions still high between Spain and the US the best place to test the new armor is in Florida. Immediately the troops who have received their armor are being deployed to the Floridian frontier.
 
The captured Spanish Galleons newly named the Andromeda, Wasp, Falcon and Hermes have been assigned to the United States Navy today. Their new addition to the US navy will be very helpful as they are already the fastest ships in the US Fleet. Also, they are designed (by Spain) to carry more firepower, and so the US shipbuilders outfitted each of the 4 ships with their full array of heavy cannons.
 
By February 15th, reports have been reaching the US mainland of Spanish ships being spotted not far from the US coast. Small naval skirmishes have been reported with few casualties on either side. However, one Spanish ship raised a white flag on an errand of diplomacy. With a courier stating he has a message for the President his ship was escorted into the Chesapeake Bay area and he was given transport to Washington D.C.
 
Since mid January, the reasons for the absence of the French Emperor  remains unclear. While newly appointed as Emperor and mounting tensions, and France tinkering on revolution, the absence and silence of the French Emperor makes others wonder about the seriousness of his previous reforms. In many eyes across Europe and even in the United States a continued absence of this long may only lead to a complete overthrow of French government and possibly ignite international revolution with many other nations stepping in to quiet the revolt and re-establish peace.

Edited by Joediplomat

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February 18th, 1800
 
The British and Indian Expeditionary Force that set off for China on an old path from the days of the Old Silk Road finally reached China's border. At the foot of the mountains the British Expeditionary Force discovers a local rice plantation. Although small the local farmer and his wife notice soldiers headed their way. The soldiers are welcomed into the farmers house and are given food and drink. The British Commander takes not of the local populations hospitality noting that they should be easy to conquer. The Expeditionary Force decides to establish an outpost a mile from the farmers home and at the foot of this mountain range guarding the passage back to India.
 
Meanwhile back in the Royal Halls of the Kings Palace:
The King inquires, "How goes the progress of my new ships in the dockyards? Construction getting along smoothly I trust?"
"Sire, your ships are coming along famously. Why, the first four shall be seaworthy in only a fortnight. Their hulls have been constructed with a heavier wood to make them durable and the blacksmiths across England are brandishing the ramming arms as we speak. These ships will make the Royal Navy the most feared navy to sail the 7 seas."
 
Major News:
The first dozen ships in a new line of British ships are almost completed. These new ships have iron ramming arms attached to the front of the bow which will deal a crippling blow to any enemy ships.  

Spain executed Mr. Smith, the United States dignitary to the Spanish King after the failed negotiations over Florida. Sending a dignitary of his own to the United States, the Spanish messenger delivered the head of Mr. Smith to the desk of US President Jefferson. Both the United States and Spain officially declared war today.
 
The British Empire, while not on diplomatic terms with the United States does not wish to see the Spanish succeed in defeating the US. England is dangerously close to Spain and has had on/off relations with their rival empire. While Spanish colonies in North America are also close to British territory there have been no border skirmishes and territorial disputes. The British fear however, that the opposite will happen if the United States is defeated in war against Spain since Britain still has claims in the American northeast and Caribbean. In essence the King of England wishes to prevent any Spanish armada from reaching the North American continent and Caribbean. However, the King of England will not send aid or reinforcements to the United States as an ally. Rather he will let the US fight its own battles and weaken itself possibly opening the door to an imminent British invasion of the United States.
 
Minor News:
 
Queen Charlotte Mecklenburg-Strelitz, (King George III wife) expected to attend the theater tonight. Security will be high.

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February 20h 1800, Kingdom of Sweden

Kungliga Slottet, Stockholm

 

With the elections underway the king finally get the rest he always wanted.......not

 

"What do you mean that the they are increasing the intensity of the raids?!?!?!" as the king throws down a letter from a swedish merchantman who managed to escaped the clutches of the north african pirates

 

"Yes sir" says the captain of the ship, "Barbary pirates in Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco has increased the intensity of the Pirate Raids in the mediterranean seas, i've seen firsthand when our ship left port in Malta trading with the local merchants there"

 

"They captured any ship, French, British, Spanish, Prussian, Swedish, and American alike" says the captain. 

 

"and what about our monthly ransoms?" says the king

 

"From what i've learned throughout the rumors i've heard in a pub in gibraltar, the Barbary pirates seems to have increased the prices of ransom" says the captain of that lucky ship

 

"Sweet lord of god, we are already paying them a fortune, no this cannot happen. You are dismissed captain" says the king

 

"looks like this will be one of the times where i will see my Kingdom in action again, (sighs) let's write a letter to the Admiralty"

 

MAJOR NEWS:

 

King announced the formation of a task force of 2 ships of the line, 5 frigates, 3 Bomb ketches and over 1000 Swedish soldiers to patrol and subdue the Barbary pirates due to the increasing hostility in the Mediterranean sea. He has asked other european leaders to do the same

 

United States and the Spanish Empire is at war, we haven't seen much progress as of yet

 

Elections for the new Riksdag underway, it seems the hatred of the Swedish aristocracy is apparent since only 5 aristocrats managed to "securely" gain a position in the new Riksdag

 

Minor News:

 

the new Lumber mill in Norrland has been approved for construction, workers are on the site right now

 

A group of capitalists plans to build a combination of a steel mill, an artillery factory, and a small arms factory in the province of Svealand

 

Boss for the Malmo shipyard tells that his designers is finalizing the design for the new Shipyard. He gives us assurance that it will be the largest in the world, rivaling that of the British

 

total number of Swedish recruits has reached 20.000, it seems that the king's goal of a 50.000 man army is feasible after all, the US general is training the recruits in Finland in the unique art of Guerrilla warfare

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February 20th, 1800

 

(President Jefferson) "So at war for 2 days and no casualties as we continue our push south further into Florida...What about the number of Spanish ships off the coast, how many have we intercepted?"

(Mr. Calhoun)

"The number of Spanish ships are minimal Mr. President. word from the Mediterranean is that the Barbary Pirates are seizing ships and holding prisoners for ransom. Since the pirates operate so close to Spain directly interfering with Spanish commerce, Spain has re-rerouted most of their fleet to Africa."

(President Jefferson)

"Have these pirates seized any American ships?"

(Mr. Calhoun) "Only a few merchant vessels sir, nothing that will cripple our navy against the Spanish. Oh, I almost forgot because of the war with Spain the first units of body armor have been distributed to our soldiers in the Florida territory. We will be able to test out their effectiveness in battle."

(President Jefferson) "That's a shame about the seized American merchant ships, however, I do not want to interfere with Mediterranean pirates. They brought us some time with the Spanish, and I am not in a rush to punish them for it. The number of American ships in that region ins minimal anyway, so our trading losses are not great. As for our army, good, I'm confident in our military commanders to lead our troops through Florida successfully. As for our Navy, perhaps while the Spanish eye is turned sail your ships off the Florida coast and into any occupied Spanish ports and seize their ships. Your first targets should be their galleons of course, but try to seize any you come across either in port or at sea....In the mean time send a message to the French. The United States is interested in procuring the Louisiana Territory from them, perhaps such a purchase of vast territory will attract our settlers westward and help mediate a quick relief to the war with Spain. Tell the French Emperor that the United States is willing to offer 20 million dollars a payment for the territory."

(Messenger to France)

"Yes Mr. President. I will sail to France tonight with your message."

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February 18th, 1800
(Spanish Nobleman)
“My King! My King! Another ship has been seized in the Mediterranean!”
(Spanish King)
“Damn these Barbary pirates. Our Empire is vast, we are at war with the United States, and now these pirates are seizing our ships and tying up our troops…..”
(Kings Messenger)
“Sire, a courier from our Mexican American territory just arrived demanding to see the King.”
(Mexican American Messenger)
“I am the representative of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. They have chosen me to deliver this message to the King.”
The King reads the message and is outraged….
(King)
“You cannot!!!!”, shouted the king in rage. “I have not the time I need to send troops to America. Pirates have been seizing Spanish ships and merchants off our own shores. How am I supposed to send troops around the world when Spain herself is threatened with such scum?”
(Mexican American Messenger)
“It’s too late to send troops to our aide. I have been informed that before I left the Mexican peninsular, our Governors sent a diplomat to the United States to work out a solution. Since you cannot protect us we must protect ourselves. By our removing ourselves from your Empire, we are removing ourselves from the War. You were unable to defend Florida against a novice army or navy, so what are we to do except make peace with them?”
(Spanish King)
“You would defy me? The last emissary who entered my court with threats such as yours did not live to see the next morning…is that your plan, to be hanged like the rest of the traitors?”
(Mexican American Messenger)
“I merely delivered the message. This is the sentiment of your American Empire. We feel you are unfit as King and your American Empire vows to change allegiances and gain independence. We can govern ourselves from our own lands better than you can from across the sea. If you protest of our independence, then send troops to stop us.”
Major News:
Spanish American Empire seeks independence from Spain. Claims the King is unable to defend his Empire.
Barbary Pirates bog down the Spanish Armada delivering troops to the Americas. Instead Spanish troops and ships are being deployed to find and prevent pirates from capturing any more ships in the Mediterranean.

Minor News:

King plans on sending an emissary to the United States to end the war on a diplomatic terms in hopes of restoring his Empire and so his troops can be focused elsewhere. Rumors are circulating about the King having to give up some of his territory to the United States.

Edited by Macaroni

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February 18th-19th, 1800

 

"Sire did you hear the news today yet?" "No, why? What has happened?"
"The Barbary Pirates have assaulted another Spanish ship. Sire, I don't think the Spaniards are able to send any ships or troops to the Americas. They are all bogged down in Africa looking for pirates."

"Is that so? Damn, I was hoping to not intervene. Its a shame really. The Spanish were able to win that war if they committed to it. I really wanted them to weaken the American Continental Army this way England could have retaken its colonies without a struggle. I doubt that is possible now. We will have to bide our time for now. We will have to wait for another opportunity to go to war with the United States.

 

 In the mean time in China:

 

"Captain! Look, the lads digging over there came across this greenish rock. it looks like emerald stones but it feels a tad different. What do you make of it?"

"Hm, ah yes I know this stone. I believe the locals call it Jade. They told me this could be found in mountains all across the orient."

"Remarkable it is sir. Do you think this is why the King wanted to expand into china?" "Possibly, however China has untapped trading potential. We must colonize its port cities before anyone else."

 

British Navy (Shanghi Harbor)

"We have secured the harbor. It won't be long before the Chinese army comes trying to push us back out though." "Its ok, let them come. Our Frigates in the harbor can easily defend the port from any attack. Other ports like Shanghi are ours for the taking. Now we have a means of trade and operational ports ranging from Australia to Britain herself. The King would be proud. In the mean time, we shall wait until the Chinese army arrives to force us out."

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March 1st, 1800

A rich man's estate just outside of Stockholm

 

After the ruckus and huckus that is the election for the new Riksdag is over, the Swedish Aristocrats is less than pleased over their position. They only managed to land 10 seats out of 349 seats while the clergy and the capitalists control a whopping majority of 256 seats

 

"This is blasphemy" says one aristocrat in the meeting room

 

"The King does not know the way of managing a State! he must be deposed!!"

 

"But how would you depose the King?!?!? after all the ruckus he caused in the Riksdag the other day he is pretty much the people's king. If you kill him all the blame will be put on us!!" says another aristocrat

 

"Shut your Mouth Bjorn!! we must storm the palace when the security is light and kill the king! that way the Kingdom will destabilize and we will grab all the land"

 

"Gentlemen Gentlemen please calm yourselves" says the owner of the estate

 

"we are here to party and have fun, not assassinating the king"

 

"But Armann, you must understand that we MUST ACT!! the king is taking away our hard earned priviliges"

 

"Calm down gentlemen, all of you has a point, but let us party for a while and then discuss of the Deposement of the leader of the house of Holstein-Gottorp"

 

a mumble of yesses can be heard 

 

"Good! now let us toast for the deposement of the King" as they toasted in celebration of their newfound goal: To dethrone the King of Sweden

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