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Foundation: 1447-1494 (T91-T102)Dead.gif
Capital: Limoges in Auvergne
Religion: Islam

By Rob Pierce

Description

French colonial ventures eventually spawned Franco-Inca and New France in South America, and the Republic of Sud Afriqa in southern Africa.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1447-1450 (T91)

FIRE: The intervention of the French in the RSA/Ife war swung the rest of the Theocratic party over to the War side and the Ashkenazi government is threatened with an ouster if actions are not taken immediately.

Sweden: In the business news, the Kruppson arms cartel was purchased from its private owners (the venerable Kruppson family) by a consortium of French, Danish, Syrian and Iberian merchant houses.

France: Diplomacy: Flanders(a)
Trade Partners: (13.5C) Sweden, Novgorod, Berbers, Pope, FIRE, Songhai, Iroquois, Franco-Inca, Acroa, England, Denmark, Syria

With the rain patterns shifting southwards, the French colonists in the south found themselves saddled with three successive crop failures and the makings of a serious dust bowl on the Cote d'Azure. On the other hand, another bunch of English spies were picked up by the Suerete.

The Kingdom of France announced the formation of the French Foreign Legion and its availability as a special Mercenary force. Indeed, no sooner had it been established that a portion of it had been hired to fight in the interminable wars in the Mid-East. Anyone who is trading wikth France or who sends a fleet to a French city may hire the FFL. The minimum bid is 0.5gp per unit. The units average AQR 11.

Follet ArmsWorks Bulletin: To the leaders of Europe! We offer you an alternative to the steep Kruppson prices for your much needed artillery prices! Pay only 4gp for an artillery unit and only 6gp per unit for Elite Artillery. You provide the NFP, we provide the guns and training, you get them the same turn. Tired of having no choices but to go to the Swedes? We sell for less and to anyone! Count on Follet for quality!

Follet branches exist in: All French cities, London, Dublin, Koln, Venice, Munchen, Stockholm, Novgorod, Kiev, Cairo, and New Paris. Units may be purchased at any of these cities (depending on the local political climate, of course).

Gascony was finally annexed by the French and converted to Roman Catholic. The French fleet sailed south, heading for the African coasts...

Ife: With the Empire beset by foreign invasion and strained by co-habitation with the Coptics, the more restive tribes of the Empire decided that this was the time to throw off their shackles and run riot in the streets... Kuba, Oyo, Vili, Mbundu, Kano, and Borogu revolted.

On the warfront, an Ifen army made a sortie into Monomatapa, encountered the FSA army and beat feet back to Lenje with the FSA in hot pursuit. Once in Lenje the Ifen and turned and, reinforced, engaged the FSA army. Unfortunately for the Ife, they were still outnumbered four-to-one and got smashed to a pulp. Having destroyed the Ife, the FSA troops returned south to Rozwi.

FSA: The French buit a great fortress complex (Castle de la Rouche) in Dyola in preparation for the ensuing war against the Ife. Opening the war against the Ife, French assassins killed Dorhazai the Sixth - while their agents spread unrest and revolution in the provinces. Two mercenary armies, one under Dray of Rhodes and one under Chief Topoka, issued forth from the Castle de la Rouche and swept the African coast. Dray's army pushed through Dyola, Akan, and into Yoruba before encountering resistance in the form of 30,000 Ifen regulars. Despite the loss of all their horses and many men to the jungle fevers and the insects, Dray's troops beat the Ifen troops and drove them back into Ife itself. When Dray managed to drag his forces out of the jungle and into the Ifen deltalands he faced the remains of the previous army and another 48,000 reinforcements. The battles that resulted, as Dray's army pressed along the coast toward Lagos, climaxed at the Battle of Nuikir (9th of August, 1449) where 21,00 European mercenaries smashed 70,000 Ifen troops once more - a victory that carried them to the walls of Lagos. The ensuing seige was short and bloody, with the city falling after three days of hard fighting. The other army marched north up the coast to Kru - where they found themselves faced by 24,000 Ifen allied troops - whom they crushed with superior firepower and artillery. Temne and Susu fell soon after and Conakry had its wall blown down.

The RSA and France merged into an uneasy alliance.

1451-1454 (T92)

Syria: Continuing its voyage, the Japanese expedition sailed up Necho's Canal and docked at Cairo - where the brightly caprisoned Samurai made a big hit with the local nobles. Orders were placed for a number of cannon at the Follet factory, but the lack of space aboard the fleet again prevented the Japs from making off with the goods.

Sweden: The Swedish Ministry of Trade regretfully announced that a four year moratorium on trade with Iberia, France and Denmark - remarking that it simply was not profitable for Sweden to trade with those worthy nations at the moment. The French protested the "heavy handed treatment of the war-mongering Swedish government!" In other news the Swedes engaged in a new rearmament program, bringing the frontier defence forces up to snuff. Further annoying their neighbors, the Kalmar Senate passed (in a storm of outrage) the Foreign Investor Act of 1449. The bill prohibited any non-Swedish citizen from owning a controlling interest in any Swedish firm. All members of foreign governments and representatives of foreign governments were prohibited from having ANY interest in any Swedish businesses. The English protested the law, as it meant that the chocolate factory owned by the Duchess of Winsor in Malmo was appropriated. The French, Iberian and Syrians protested right and left of course, and the courts were choked with lawyers and shysters of all kinds. Also in the Kruppson news, the firm suffered from an unexplained and damaging exodus of itsalchemists, forgers, smiths, and other trained personnel. By the end of 1453 the trained core of the company had left - leaving only managers, bureaucrats and salesmen. The Swedish government also cancelled all arms procurement contracts with the company. As a result the company collapsed by the end of 1454 and declared bankruptcy. The foreign consortiu took a bath on the stocks when the KS stock dropped sixteen points on the Lubeck exchange and then vanished from the boards.

England: The English protested the protectionist actions of the Swedes and called for "free trade" for all. The English crown (in an interesting display of its 'free trade' policy) announced that "The French have shown deplorable manners in opening Follet ArmsWorks branches within Our domain. In addition, they have violated English law on a number of counts. Steps have been taken for their removal." King Arthur follwed up this pronouncement with the summary arrest and execution of all Follet ArmsWorks employees in England and Ireland, having charged them with "Violation of a Royal Monopoly, mopery and dopery". The Follet factories and warehouses were seized and the weapons found therein given to the Royal Army.

France: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (8.8C) Novgorod, Berbers, Pope, FIRE, Songhai, Iroquois, Franco-Inca, Acroa, Denmark, Syria

Yet more English spies were discovered by the Suerete and thrown out of the country. Some members of the Royal Council became alarmed when the King died, but were mollified when his half-brother assumed the throne. One of Johann's first acts was to shift the official capital of the Kingdom to the Castle de la Rouche on the fetid coast of Dyola - a move met with outraged protest from the Europeans. However, after the revolt of the RSA, the whole point was rendered moot and the capital was officially removed back to Limoges in Auvergne. And, of course, the Death hit the French as well. A vast network of Iberian spies was uncovered and wiped out by the French authorities.

Ife: The Ife massed huge armies and attacked the French mercenaries holding the capital and homeland. There, the formidable Dray of Rhodes was entrenched with a motley collection of French regulars and mercenaries, some 6,000 men in all (not counting maries or seige engineers). The Ifen host numbered over 42,000 men. The resulting battles and seiges were long and bloody, but the French were swept away in the Ifen tide. Dray was captured by Benin tribesmen and brought before Dorhazai, who - after a short conference - released him. Dray then returned to Europe, agreeing to abstain from accepting French contracts against the Ife in the future. Lagos fell soon after to the victorious Ifen legions. The mercenary fleet was captured and swore Oath to Galzar, and made to return north to more hospitable climes, but was destroyed in a storm off the Kruian coast.

RSA: The French caught an amazing number of FIRE spies attempting to infiltrate their armies in Africa. Luckily, no harm was done. The Viceregal army attacked Khosia and easily occupied that region. The Khosians were then converted, forcibly, to Roman Catholicism, an action that brought serious protests from the FIRE ambassador. The death of Topoka from pneumonia cancelled a French attempt to seize Kongo itself.

And while the French offensives in the north stalled, a number of SA officers and nobles were plotting in the south... Finally, on Christmas Day, 1452, the cadre of officers launched a coup that toppled the Viceroyalty and returned South Africa to its own determination. One of the officers, the last scion of a great and noble line, Hotoka assumed the office of the Emperor presiding over the duly constituted Assembly and Populace. All ties to France were repudiated and the French ambassador was sent home in a box.

1455-1458 (T93)

Sweden: Stockholm Post headlines: "Imperialists' Push to invade France Ignored" and "Flat Earthers Push to Kill Trade With France - Chairman Says 'It Cannot Possibly Exist, So Why Trade?'"

England:
Times of London: The last of the spies who entered Ireland in the guise of Follet ArmsWorks Employees has been apprehended. Existence of NorthWest Passage proven by astrology, noted professor reports.

Three apprentice bakers in Dublin were arrested by the English police for peddling secrets to the French. The secrets were hidden inside of cream pies disguised as walnuts. The English fleet prowled the Channel and reinforced Dunkerque with more troops while new defenses were thrown up. The King's Herald announced that the King considered the French embargo to be an act of war and that England would act accordingly.

France: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (11C) Novgorod, Berbers, Pope, FIRE, Songhai, Iroquois, Franco-Inca, Acroa, Denmark, Syria

The French Ambassador to the Court of St. James was forcibly expelled from England after he, in a speech to the Parliament, called the English a "Nation of big nosed panty wipers who cannot find their own bottoms!" (in, of course, an outrageous French accent). He also called Arthur a "poop". Following this the French began interning English citizens in France, mostly from Normandy and Brittany. In Spain, the French sacked Gibraltar and moved the citizens to Provence, where the city of Marseilles was built.

Iberia: A number of Iberian agents left France and Gascony. The Iberians reoccupied Gibraltar.

Ife: The Ife continued to pour troops into Ife itself, preparing for an expected French counter-offensive. A peace was worked out with the RSA. The French, meanwhile, had been busy. A force of mercs under French command attacked Ife itself and was wiped out by the Ifen forces. No Legion or French regulars were in attendance, which may explain it. The French also attempted to remove the population of Yoruba (a clever move) and the natives revolted. Supported by the victorious Ifen army, the combined black armies crushed the French mercenaries and a few regulars. Kru and Temne, left ungarrisoned when the European mercenaries went home, revolted.

1459-1462 (T94)

Ife: Supported by a fleet, the Ifen hosts marched on Castle de la Rouche. First the Akanese garrisons were annihilated by the Ifen, and the bodies of their captives consumed in gruesome rites. Then the Dyolan forts were reduced, each one a pyre of flame in the passage of the Ifen multitudes. Finally, the General commanding Castle de la Rouche looked doen from the high parapets to see a plain filled with the campfires of over three hundred thousand Ifen troops. Against this great host, and its attendant fleet, General Zinder had a bare 16,000 men and 150 seige guns. It was, in truth, an even fight and the seige proved to be long and terrible. In the end, though, General Zinder fell in the fighting on the Mole Forts and his garrison was put to the sword and the Castle occupied by the haeathen black hordes of the Ife. 76,000 Ifen troops had perished in the fight, as did all of the French.

1463-1466 (T95)

Syria: Dray of Rhodes and his cohorts from the Legion waved a temporary farewell to the Shah of Aleppo and the port-girls and sailed west and into legend... [where, in the pay of, and on behalf of, the Syrians they wrested Sicily and Palermo away from the Berbers.]

Papacy: The Pope was not pleased with the successes of the Angevins.

Berbers: The BEOS failed to prevent the Syrian sponsored revolt on Sicily and barely had the main fleet arrived with the army when Dray and the Legion hove into view, eager to liberate the island from the "evil Berbers".

Songhai: The Songhai declared that the Capetian French had ceded them the regions of Susu, Temne, and Kru. The Ife were not pleased by this.

1471-1474 (T97)

Syria: The old Capetian French armaments factory at Cairo was nationalized by the Guild Council, an action that met with much protest and disagreement in the Council. This was exacerbated by rioting in Alexandria and Cairo by the Coptic minorities there. Rioting that presaged larger acts...

Berbers: Hussien and his advisors, tired of the endless machinations regarding the Syrians, decided to go for the throat. To this end, they picked up the Legion's contract after Marseilles had been seized, and dispatched them to the Middle East - along with numerous other armies. [Where they sacked (most of) the Syrian capial of Jerusalem as well as Damascus.]

The Aztec fleet at the sea-side fortress of Tezcomal found itself lacking in funds to pay and supply its 120,000-odd thousand troops. The commander of the Lightning Legion, one Aleichem Topomotac, decided that the only recourse available to him was to forget his distant and obviously uncaring masters and form his own realm. His men were more than amenable to this - for the Moroccan climate was pleasing and the women pretty. The result was the foundation of the mercenary/robber kingdom of Tezcatlipan.

Tezcatlipan: This grand sounding declaration was followed by the march of mailed feet as the Lightning Legion set forth to carve out a realm of its own. The first target was the Berber capital of Fez and thence the Lightning Legion hied itself. They found the road soon vlocked by 12,000 Berber cavalry under the Mayor of Tangiers. The Berbers attempted to pull the bulls horns and were swept from the fields by a storm of Aztec artillery and musket fire. The road to Fez was clear. Upon arrival at the city, the Lightning Legion prepared to storm the city under a barrage of artillery but were interrupted by the arrival of the Berber Home Army under King Hussien. It took the Legion four days to lure the Berbers into a valley, encircle and destroy them. King Hussien barely escaped and the Berber Swedish-built artillery train was captured by the Azteca. Fez was then subjected to a terrific barrage and a bloody assault. The city, haven fallen, was extirpated and the booty hauled back to the foreboding citadel of Tezcomal, now playing host to the Free Maltese fleet. Meanwhile, the Aztec fleet had staged two vicious raids: one on the Angevin city on the Canary Islands; the other on the Swedish trade city of Graasland. Both were turned into burning wrecks littered with the dead and dying, stripped of goods and wealth. With the loot from these raids, the Tezcat built a cty of sin and evil for themselves girdling the citadel of Texcomal. This city has no name and needs none...

1475-1478 (T98)

Berbers: Who can say in what manner works the mind of a monarch? Having wounded the Syrians, the Berbers next turned their attentions to the Danes...

The third fleet, that of the Foreign Legion, sailed blithely up the Adriatic and stormed ashore on the walled approaches of Venice under a sky of Dragons belching flame and shot into the city defenses. The city, though heavily fortified, was ill-commanded and fell rapidly to Dray's veteran legionnaires. After expelling the populace across the Six Bridges to the shores of Verona, the Legion systematically looted and burned the Pearl of the Adriatic, breaking down the dykes and canals. This dirty business finished they withdrew to the island of Korinth to reorganize and await a new contract.

1479-1482 (T99)

Songhai: The old Follet Armsworks factory at Susu was dismantled and moved to Timbuktu.

The Kings

  • Johan III 1451-1454
  • Johan II 1447-1451

The Players

  • T93-T?? (1455-????) A. Fritz
  • T91-T92 (1447-1454) (unknown; no ISI list)

Last updated: 18 August 2006

© 2002 Robert Pierce

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