Israel, Divine Kingdom of

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  • Augusta in Lorraine 1708-1714
  • Yaqui Zacateca ????-1706

Religion: Roman Catholic

By Martin Helsdon


The Yaqui migrated from North Amerika to aid their Catholic allies in the Holy Cross War, founding the Divine Kingdom of Israel in the low countries. The tides of war destroyed their new realm, and the survivors were relocated in Asia Minor, in the Exarchy of Trebizond.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1705 - 1706 T189
Church Spiritual: By the end of 1706, Clement was quite pleased. The Danes were on the run, reduced to almost nothing. The Yaqui in the New World were smashing Hussites and Heretics with equal fervor. Yes, things were looking up! Various boons were granted to the Yaqui, who needed a little help.

The Northern Citadel: Diplomacy: Culiacan(t), Mazucari(t), Pima/Nanhuac(t)
Juan Najera, realizing that his position was precarious, dispatched one set of armies to the north to secure that frontier, while taking his main force down into the coastal plain of Tamaulipec to deal with these Hussites sitting on his doorstep. Too, his brother Tehac and Fernando Caro took off to the western coast of the Citadel to secure access to the sea there, and found a good welcome amongst the Catholic princes of Pima, Mazucari and Culiacan.

In the east, the Citadel invasion of Tamaulipec caught the king of Itza by surprise - though really he should have realized that as the lone Hussite princedom in an area rife with Catholics he was already in trouble. In any case, Najera's army flattened them and seized Itza. An ugly episode then followed as the provinces was converted to Catholicism once more. The Papal emissaries applauded however. The other aid that the Papacy provided was even more welcome...

In the north, the Coloradans under Morgan Sackett had recaptured Apache and were standing around congratulating themselves on their victory when the Yaqui counter-attacked out of the mountains, having brought up a great host of tribesmen and regulars. Morgan chose to stand at fight at the mission of Domos Tropos with his army of 26,000 men. The Yaqui numbered 22,000 from a dizzying array of tribes, cantons and cities. Here Morgan found his greatest advantage - his force was very well trained, though not as well armed as the Yaquis, and had fought together before. With a great superiority in cavalry he was also able to trap them on the plain south of Morgan City and smash them into splinters. It cost him very dearly, but he was, in the end, victorious.

His victory was shortlived, however, as the main Yaqui army - once Najera had learned of the defeat at Domos Tropos - force-marched up from Itza, overran Coahuila and slammed into his battered army as it regrouped in Morgan. Sackett attempted to break out to the north with his men once it became clear there was no way his force of 10,000 men was going to stand up to Najera's 30,000 veterans. He failed and had to turn and fight on the Rio Grande at Moctezuma. Pinned against the river, the Coloradans fought to their last bullet, and then sabers and bayonets, as the Yaqui riddled their ranks with massed volley fire and artillery. Morgan Sackett was killed, and Duke Grosse captured. The Coloradan army was wiped out and the Yaqui retook Apache.

1707-1708 T190
Yaqui Zacateca: After extensive negotiations between the Aztec Empire, the Papacy and the English crown, an arrangement was made to transport the faithful Yaquis to a land where they could come to grips with the true enemy, the Hussites, rather than the Lencolar Church. Najera, seeing that there was little future for his realm in its present situation (and having the tremendously successful example of the Yaquis who had gone to the Chin lands to guide him) agreed to take himself, his warriors and their families and the families of those that followed him on the great voyage.

The provinces of Apache, Chiricaua, Jumano and Zacatec were all but emptied of people as they thronged in great long lines down to Itza in Tamaulipec. There they boarded a vast fleet of ships assembled by the Aztecs and, at last, sailed away over the eastern horizon to reach … long months later, the cold forests of Germany.

Aztec Empire: Finally, the province of Tamaulipec was seized as the Yaqui left it, and converted, by main force, to Lencolar Christian. The Sisters were getting a lot of blood on their hands.

Divine Kingdom of Judah: News reached the court of Judah of a glorious event in the Amerikas. Soon there would be two Hands of God in the world. Israel was reborne!

The Holy Cross War
June 1708: The Israelites land in Friesland from the Aztec fleet. Juan Najera, their captain, declares the foundation of a new Catholic religious kingdom in North Germany.
July: In the north, the Israelites march south into Lorraine, where they are greeted by cheering Lorrainish crowds. Juan Najera proclaims Augusta his capital and makes common cause with the Council of Ten. Another Israelite army occupies Westphalia.
August: Israelite forces cross the Rhine into Hainaut.
September: Israelite cavalry enters Nivernais and Champagne.
October: Israelite settlers disperse themselves through Westphalia and Hainaut, displacing the Hussite landowners, who flee across the frozen Rhine into Alsace in the grim episode immortalized in Torkmens' epic painting The Flight of the Burghers. Israelite cavalry capture Nivernais and the city of Metz.
Aftermath: The Israelites had overrun Westphalia, Lorraine, Hainaut, Champagne and Nivernais.

1709 - 1710 T191
AEIC: An effort to open trade with the Israelites was refused by the stern clan-lords of that nation.

House of Procurare: The Procurare were quick to establish trade with the Israelite state, particularly since it was so close. Large sums of gold were also sent to their co-religionists to support them in their war against the wretched Danes. Offices were opened in Augusta to provide the House with better access to the new markets in the Israelite area.

Divine Kingdom of Israel: Najera, eager to gain the support of European powers, granted the Procurare a number of concessions and advantages within the territory he controlled. In return, that trading house provided large sums of coin and material to him. Too, he began building a new kind of army, one predicated on swift movement of troops and light equipment. All too soon he would see how they would fare in battle against the Dane

The Holy Cross War: A series of rather fierce attempts were made to assassinate Juan Najera, the war-chief of the Israelites, but they failed – unable to penetrate the obsessive paranoia of his guardsmen.
March 1709: To the west, the Israelite army decamped from Augusta and hurried east to join the Swedes and English at Kassel.
April: The Israelite cavalry force, under the command of Tehac Najera, strikes into Swabia, looting and burning farmsteads and towns.
May: The Israelite army arrives at Kassel to meet the Swedish main army.
Rheshevsky, having completed the conquest of Champagne, learns that the Israelite main army is to the north, and has already joined the Swedes at Kassel. Further, the defection of the Wallachians has left him understrength. He marches back east into Swabia on the heels of Ljublovek’s light horse, which…
The Danish light horse had caught up with the Israelite cavalry under Tehac Najera and was now dogging it. Faster than the Amerikans, and far more familiar with the terrain, Ljublovek’s raiders harried the Israelites northwards into Alsace.
June: The Swedish first army, under Waldstein, and the Israelites now advance south into Alsace – which has now been abandoned by the Wallachians. They encounter Tehac’s battered cavalry force just south of Stuttgart. The Danish light horse is immediately to the south, and beyond them, the main Danish army. A series of cavalry skirmishes ensue.
July: The Swedish second army arrives to reinforce the main Swedish/Israelite force, which has been denying the Danes battle behind a vastly superior cavalry screen. Now the tables are turned and Waldstein goes on the attack!
A minor disaster occurs when heavily overloaded wagons collapse a bridge in the Danish rear area, causing a hold-up in the Danish retreat into Swabia. Rheshevsky is forced to give battle at Möckmül, some sixty miles north of Ulm. Without the cowardly Wallachs, the Danes have 48,000 men on the field, against 77,000 Catholics. The Hussites shake out into their lines of battle amid burned out farmsteads and a gutted chapel. The Catholics advance, their light infantry thrown out ahead as skirmishers, the Israelites on the left, the main block of the Swedes to the right. The Catholic cavalry swings wide, beyond the divider of the Highway. Battle erupts first on the far Catholic right, where the Swedish III Corps leads off against the Gabled House. The first day is tremendously bloody – 33,000 Catholics are killed or wounded, and 37,000 Hussites. Lukachenko is killed on the Catholic side, and both Ljubolvek and Portisch are wounded on the Hussite side.
The next day is just as bad. The Hussite army is still pinned by the Catholic horse, and the Necker river. Disaster overcomes Rheshevsky and his army. The Israelites showed no qualm at taking terrific losses and broke the Danish line in three places. Swedish cavalry poured through and the Hussite lines collapsed. Rheshevsky, with the remains of the light horse, escaped the field, but both Ljubolvek and Portisch were killed.
August: The Catholic army, having garrisoned Alsace with Israelite troops, advances into Swabia.
September: The Catholic army advances into Bavaria and captures Munich. The city fathers, dreading another ‘Swedish winter’ beg that the Israelites rule them. Najera is pleased to do so.
October: Reinforced by the army of Italia, Rheshevsky counter-invades Swabia. The Swedish-Israelite army marches back from Munich to meet the Danes as well. Heavy snows delay the advance of both armies.
April 1710: The pitiful remains of the Swedish army of Germany is camped at Berlin – only two thousand men. Likewise, the Israelites have fallen back to their provinces along the Rhine.
June: Rheshevsky and his men march – now in reasonably good weather – back through Swabia and into Alsace. They find that the Israelites have withdrawn either to the north, or back across the Rhine.
Aftermath: The Israelites have added only Thuringia (and Kassel) by the end of the turn.

Church Spiritual: Clement pursued a dangerous policy - with one hand he arranged for the disengagement of the English from the fighting in Germania, leaving the Swedes and Israelites to stand against Denmark and their loathsome allies by themselves - while with the other he launched an audacious campaign into southern Spain to attack the Hussite stronghold at Gebel-al-Tarik.

High Kingdom of Colorado: Cardinal Huizil tramped south through the empty countryside of Jumano. Coyotes howled at the light of his campfire at night and buzzards circled slowly above him as he traveled by day. At last he came over a ridge and saw, below him, the city of Anhuac. No smokes rose from the chimneys, only a stray wild dog barked at him as he came to the closed gates. Even from without the baked brick wall, he could feel that the city – like the land around it – was empty of man. Lord Whitehouse was making a similar discovery further to the west, in Chiricaua. When the Israelites had left, they had taken everyone with them.

Aztec Empire: Back on the northern frontier, the flight of the Israelites had left a power vacuum on the border.

1711-1712 T192
Divine Kingdom of Israel: Diplomacy Friesland(fa)
The Israelites, though they were loath to do so, abandoned the Hussite province of Thuringia and pulled their small army back to Lorraine to see what would happen next… Some bands of Yaquis and Tarahumara and Maya arrived at Augusta on English ships - more refugees from the Amerikas and the fury of the Aztecs.

The Holy Cross War
March 1711: In Germania, the wily Danish commander Rheshevsky marshalled a new army of twenty-five thousand men for the new campaign. He prepared to take action against the Israelites first…
April: Rheshevsky and his Army of Germania occupy Kassel in Thuringia, as the Israelites have abandoned it. The populace, beaten down by years of war, peer out of the smoke-blackened ruins with dead eyes. There is no parade.
May: Rheshevsky and his army invades Westphalia, seeking to hunt down and destroy the Israelites.
June: The Danish army of Germania attempts to batter its way through the Israelite positions at Bramsche on the Haase river and Rheshevsky finds himself in a pitched battle with Juan Najera and the entire Israelite army. To Rheshevsky's disgust he finds that the Israelites, unlike the Swedes, have rebuilt their army to emulate the Danish model… 25,000 Danes threw themselves across the river in a massive assault along the length of the Israelite positions. The equal number of Israelites poured fire into the ranks of the Danes, filling the river with corpses and blood. The sky clouded with a fog of burned cordite and powder. After the merciless pounding of the first day, Rhesevsky elected to abandon the campaign, but failed to break off from the Israelites and fought a second battle two days later at Orutz. This time the Danes were severely mauled and Rheshevsky sacrificed his light cavalry to break out to the south into Alsace.
July: In Germania, Rheshevsky reaches Stuttgart and learns that the Israelites have not pursued him, leaving things status quo along the Rhine.
May 1712: The Israelites, with their main army screening any possible Danish intervention, overrun the coastal Danish provinces of Holland and Brabant.
Aftermath: Both Israel and Poland establish themselves in the northern Germanian lands.

1713-1714 T193
Divine Kingdom of Israel: The Israelites shuffled garrisons and dug in at Augusta, expecting a fierce Danish counter-attack after the failure of Reshevsky’s campaign the previous year.

The Holy Cross War
March 1713: The English general Pleshy lands in Friesland with his Expeditionary force. The pro-Israelite locals allow them to land, but then undertake harassment raids against their encampments along the North Sea coast.
March 1714: In the west, the Israelites, learning from spies in Poland that the Danish army was engaged in a siege deep in Russia (and that there seemed to be no reserve to prevent them from getting frisky), launched a raid in force into southern Germany.
April: The Israelites destroyed Stuttgart in Alsace, leaving the city a burning pyre, its citizens driven into the fields to fend for themselves in the chill night.
June: The Israelite raid swept into Swabia and destroyed the city of Ulm. In Venice, Princess Oniko disobeyed her father and rode north with her personal guard – a bare thousand men – to defend southern Germania from the Amerikans.
At Riga, Rheshevsky learned of the Israelite incursion and marched his army out of the ruined city to return to Germany.
July: The Israelites march to Munich, where the city fathers beg for the deliverance of their city. Five hundred Taborite monks block the road, but are hewn down by the Israelites, who care not for their piety.
August: Oniko and her guardsmen, after a rough crossing of the Alps, reach the ruins of Ulm. Munich is destroyed by the Israelites.
September: Rheshevsky’s Army of Germany reaches Kassel in Thuringia. The Israelites, flush with victory, march back homeward. In Swabia, princess Oniko can only watch from the shelter of some barren pines as they swing past, heavy with loot.
October: The Israelites return to their dread capital of Augusta. Rheshevsky leads his men through wrecked Alsace to the barren waste that was Ulm, meeting, at last with Oniko amid the disaster of European civilization. Her face is terrible to behold. Israel, she says, shall be destroyed.

Church Spiritual: Innocent himself, showing great personal bravery, visited the Israelite possessions in Holland and accepted alms from the Yaqui settlers among the swampy lowlands.

1715-1716 T194
Polish Free State: Stanislas took some prudent steps - the existence of his nation was precarious - particularly with the withdrawal of most of the Danish army to the west to fight Israel.

Divine Kingdom of Israel: Knowing that the time of the Israelites was close to ending, Tehac gathered the last of his men to him in Augusta, in Lorraine, and they prepared for a final battle against the forces of darkness.

Danish Empire: Secluded in the fortress of the Pearl, Kristatos continued to plot and plan the destruction of his enemies. By gold and cunning words, he drew the Ethiopians into the war, and launched campaigns to destroy Israel and mortally wound Spain.

The Holy Cross War
May 1715: Feldmarshal Rauzer arrives in Swabia with a newly raised Danish army to reinforce Princess Oniko and the wily old veteran Rheshevsky. Oniko reads her sealed orders and tells her commanders that they will destroy the Israelite kingdom.
July: Oniko and her legions enter Lorraine, intending to strike directly at the Israelite capital at Augusta. The Israelites, outnumbered by more than two to one, fall back into the city.
August: Princess Oniko besieges the Israelite citadel of Augusta in Lorraine - defended by the remaining might of Israel. A grim siege, fought in cold and fog, with the men camped in fields still turning up bones strewn by the passage of the Freikorps a generation before.
September: At Augusta, the 32,000 Danes hammer at the stout walls, held by 20,000 fanatical Israelis. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds (Augusta was a strong city) Oniko presses on - counting, as her father and grand-mother had done, on the martial valor and skill of the Danish legionnaire. And she won out. Augusta fell in flame and wailing screams. The populace was slaughtered wholesale by Oniko's troops - mad for revenge - and the atrocities of Ulm and Strasburg and Munich were repaid in blood. The princess was sick at heart to see such slaughter, but such were her orders from her father. The Najera clan was massacred and the priests and bishops that had advised them were hung by the neck until dead. Of all the dead the victory had cost her, none saddened Oniko more than old Rheshevsky - slain at last by an infected foot - he who had sustained the Empire in dark hours with his dogged determination.
November 1715: Oniko and her German legions cross the Rhine into Hainaut and occupy the province. The princess, despite orders to "treat the Israelites as they have treated us", does not slaughter the locals, installing a garrison instead.
Aftermath: Brabant and Holland, abandoned by the Israelites upon the advance of Princess Oniko into Lorraine, restored their barons and dukes, free and independent of any great power.

1717-1718 T195
Danish Empire: Some fighting continued in the north; particularly in Westphalia where a large contingent of Taborite monks was beset by Israelite marauders and massacred. That province remains a hotbed of Catholic villainy.

The Holy Cross War
March 1718: A motley force of Danish regulars and Copenhagen city militia invaded the Catholic barony of Westphalia to find the last remnant of the Israelites well prepared for them. The Danish commander, Kavalek,managed to blunder his men into a poor position and got the Copenhagen militia slaughtered. The Danes fled in disarray and only Kavalek’s light horse kept the Yaquis from murdering the rest of the army. In all, a poor showing for the Empire.

1719 -1720 T196
Danish Empire: In the north, the Imperial army was on the move again, sweeping through the territories once controlled by the Yaquis. At bayonet-point, the Catholic populations of Champagne, Nivernais, Hainaut, Lorraine and Westphalia were driven forth to Augusta (newly rebuilt) and loaded onto a seemingly endless number of Swedish, English and Papal ships. The Amerikans, their faces marked by privation and their own fanatacism, went quietly. The Papist agents that moved among them had promised them Jerusalem and paradise…

Swedish-Russia: The Regent, accompanied by a veritable horde of his lackeys, took the fleet to sea and made passage to Lorraine, where tens of thousands of expatriate Yaquis and Tarahumara were loaded up on to every barque, scow, coaster, troop transport, merchantman and galley that the Empire (with the English and the Pope) could scrape together. The Low Countries, once more, were depopulated and the hapless citizens carted off to a sunnier clime. The Swedes showed tremendous efficiency at this, having honed their skills at moving populations over the past decade.

Exarchate of Trebizond: Despite rumors of dreadful happenings to the south, the Trebzi were quiet and peaceful until about April of 1722. In that blustery month, a huge fleet of Catholic ships (bearing the flags of Sweden, England, the Papacy and the Nörsktrad) arrived at Amisus in Galatia. A great horde of people – strange brown-skinned people that spoke no local tongue, or even the harsh guttural languages of the Westerners – were offloaded, overseen by brigades of Swedish and English marines. These refugees, now twice cast out of their homes, stared around in scornful pride and well-hidden fear. The Tarahumara and the Yaqui had come far to reach this land, but here – in an arid land of plains and mountains far more like their homes in the Amerikas than the thick forests of Germany – they would start again, anew.

Supported by their own Swedish-armed militia (the Mukait) as well as Vladimir and his Exarchate Guards, the Yaquis were settled in Trebizond town, the countryside in Psidia and Vaspurkan and most of the city of Konya. The Moslem inhabitants were driven out and escorted, after a grueling march over poor roads, to the Georgian frontier. There they were left, angry and dispossessed.

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  • Juan Najera ????-1711

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