Malta, Duchy of

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Foundation: 1464-1477 (T95-T98)
Capital: ??? in Malta
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Rob Pierce

Description

Rebelled from the Kingdom of England after the death of King Arthur the Stout.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1463-1466 (T95)

Malta: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (3C) Iberia, Berbers, Denmark, Syria, Ottomans, Ethiopia, Russia, Angevin France, Gascony

The Maltese got themselves back together with Sardinia.

1467-1470 (T96)

Malta: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (3C) Iberia, Berbers, Denmark, Syria, Ottomans, Ethiopia, Russia, Angevin France, Gascony

The Maltese reveled in their independence.

1471-1474 (T97)

Malta: Diplomacy: Maltese ambassador thrown out of Lybia.
Trade Partners: (0C) None

A Maltese emissary to the Azores was treated well by the Papal authorities.

Berbers: The army commanded by the Persian general Halif, meanwhile, kept itself aloof from the internal squabbles - except for sacking Cairo and confiscating all the artillery they could find. Now in open rebellion against everyone, and refusing Berber offers of alliance, Halif and his troops marched west, declaring a Shi'ite nation. To this end, the Persians overran Cyrenaicea, Tripolitania, Marzuk, and Lybia.

But wait, there's more! 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)

Malta: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (0C) None

The Maltese found themselves in the midst of politicking of the highest order...

Tezcatlipan: The Tezcatlipani had prepared to do great things this turn, but a failure of initiative in their high command disrupted what would have been great deeds. Troubles began in a small way, with scuffling between the Maltese and the Tezcat in the various bars and dives of the Nameless City, and then accelerated rapidly. Tensions reached the point at which the Tezcat ordered the Maltese out of the city to fend for themselves. But, before this could be effected, it was discovered that a great deal of the Tezcat treasury - formed of loot taken from the ruins of Grasland and Fez - had vanished. A search was instituted and the legendary Jeweled Falcon of Valetia[1] was discovered in the belongings of a Maltese captain. This captain was summarily tried and executed. The next day, Aleichem Topomotac was foully murdered by Maltese sympathisers in his retinue and open fighting broke out between the two groups. This fighting then broke into a three-way conflagration with the declaration of the general of Tezcomal that he and his troops had joined their northern bretheren in allying themselves with the Kingdom of Sweden - whose fleet and army now appeared to seal up the trap. The result of all this was a confused and bloody three way land and sea fight with the Maltese on one side, the Tezcat-Azteca on another, and the Tezcat-Swedes on a third. Meanwhile, the Arawak fleet that had been hanging around watching events decided that it was time to make a break for it and - unfortunately - it ran into some Swedish patrols (who made the simple mistake of confusing them with the Tezcat-Aztec fleet) and a fourth side was suddenly added.

The Battle of Alwa-Zerath (1477AD, October 24th-26th) saw four of the most advanced (technologically and tactically) fleets in the world clash. The TezcatA and the Maltese engaged each other first and they mauled each other badly before the Swedes and their TezcatS allies swept in to attempt to finish off the TezcatA fleet - which they did, destroying all but twenty-five of the TezcatA ships before becoming engaged with the Arawaki trying to slip by their picket ships. Swinging their fleet around to face the Arawaki, the Swedes inadvertantly trapped the Arawak against the wind and, in the ship to ship melee that ensued, destoyed the Arawak. While this was occurring, the Maltese fleet had mopped up the remains of the TezcatA, made an abortive attempt to loot the Nameless City (which had by now fallen into the hands of the Swedish Army and TezcatS troops) and fled to sea. Unfortunately, the Maltese ran into the main body of the Swedish fleet (returning from wrecking the Arawak) and they too were smashed into burning hulks by the Swedes. The end result of the entire affair was the seizure of Morocco and Merrakesh by the Swedish Crown and the destruction or capture of almost one thousand hostile warships by 350 Swedish or TezcatS warships. The Tezcatlipan state was absorbed in Sweden, the Maltese were wiped off the face of the earth and the remaining Mesoamerind fleet in the European shere was destroyed. In all, a victory for Sweden and Europe.

(1) EDITORS NOTE: In the movie "The Maltese Falcon", a sea captain in possession of the Falcon dies in detective Sam Spade's office doorway. The criminal Gutman later describes the exotic history of the artifact. In Lords0, the exotic artifact is actually fiction, but based upon a 1530 agreement between Emperor Charles V and the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem under which as 'rent' for the island of Malta (then under Spanish rule) they order would pay Chales an annual tribute of a single Maltese bird of prey. Is this another of the CCG's "drop of the name" items, or is there something more of significance in game terms to the Falcon other than is mere pricelessness, and the coincidence of a Maltese navy at the site of a lot of loot? Keep in mind that the Lords1 Maltese Falcon clearly exists (1477AD) prior to the Lords0 agreement (1530) as well as the date of manufacture (1539) related in the movie.

The Kings

  • Carloman 1471-1477
  • Leofric 1465-1471

The Players

  • T96-T98 (1467-1477) Matt Thompson
  • T95 (1465-1466) (open)

Last updated: 15 October 2002

© 2002 Robert Pierce

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