Netherlands, The Republic of the

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Foundation: 1635-1658 (T154-T165)
Capital: Bruges(?) 1635-1658
Religion:Hussite

Description

One of the two minor states, the other being the future Frankish Commonwealth, that broke away from the Denmark (Danish Empire) following the ascension of Zoe Commena to the Imperial Throne. The Republic was the first victim of the Freikorps when they began their brutal rampage across Europe.

History

To be written.

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1635-1636 (T154)

The Republic of the Netherlands:The Neederlanders control Brabant, Holland, Vermandois, Hainaut, Lorraine, Westphalia and Friesland.


1637-1638 (T155)

The Republic of the Netherlands: The Dutch, as is often their wont, engaged solely in matters of commerce and trade. Gustav ordered the shipwrights to prepare for the construction of a sound fleet of merchant ships; the better to fill his coffers.


1639-1640 (T156)

The Republic of the Netherlands: Borrowing a page from the British book, the Dutch remained at home and minded their own business, toiling in their gardens and raising lilies


1641-1642 (T157)

The Republic of the Netherlands: As is usually their wont the Dutch did nothing, though they did eye the confusion in England with a wary eye.


1643-1644 (T158)

The Republic of the Netherlands: Duke Gustav's Christmas was nearly spoiled by two heavy-set men with small pistols and an attitude who came very close to putting several large bloody holes in his sternum. The assailants, luckily for Gustav, were gunned down by the Ducal guards. Later investigation found that one of the assassins was a known member of the Swedish Imperial Navy's elite SKUBA group. Gustav was even more alarmed when Admiral vonCooperstien failed to escape the same fate and was shot down on the docks at Amsterdam. A stiff note was lodged with the Swedish embassy. Following these incidents, a part of diSfortzan emissaries arrived from embattled London to seek aid and assistance. At first Gustav gave them his full attention, but having lost their ambassador in the flight, the seconds were unable to carry their case convincingly and soon fell to squabbling amongst themselves and drinking to excess. After some weeks of their rude and drunken behavior, Gustav had them expelled and they wandered off south to Paris in search of more cordial climes.


1645-1646 (T159)

The Republic of the Netherlands: The Dutch were pleasantly surprised to recieve a shipload of gold from the Swedish king and a note of apology for the unpleasantness of several years previously. Gustav was gracious in his acceptance and sent back a note indicating that there were no hard feelings.


1647-1648 (T160)

The Republic of the Netherlands: Gustav was very worried by events across the Channel. If England fell, would his own small realm be next? Even sheltered in the mighty bosom of Denmark, he was too weak to withstand such a blow as England had already absorbed...


1649-1650 (T161)

The Republic of the Netherlands: The Dutch watched the fracas in England with some amusement (it seemed unlikely to end soon) and warned the Cromwellian government to leave their shipping alone.


1651-1652 (T162)

The Republic of the Netherlands: The economic well-being of the Dutch was well expressed by the expansion of Aachen and Amsterdam. Their fleet stood a strong watch as well in the Channel to ward off stray arrows of misfortune from the fray in England. Some Ukrainians were turned away from the Brugesbank.


1653-1654 (T163)

The Republic of the Netherlands: There was widespread panic in Bruges and Amsterdam when word came that the Occitanian fleet was sortieing from Brest and heading for Dutch soil. The government, besieged by frantic merchants, was helpless to react as the entire war fleet had been assigned to merchant convoy protection for the trade routes to the Americas. Gustav was, therefore, unabashedly relieved when the troubled English isles proved the target of the might of Occitania and not his small nation. The merchants were quite pleased, on the other hand, that the Papal Interdict did not apply to them!


1655-1656 (T164)

The Republic of the Netherlands: Aachen and Amsterdam were expanded a level each as Gustav prepared to add a few more provinces to his domain! While Lord Brasalt remained behind in Bruges to see to the piddly little detail of ruling the Republic Gustav and his son Fridrik marched south through Danish lands with their army to conquer the doughty and independent realm of Burgundy! In this bold effort they had utmost confidence, little realizing that the Pope was about to slip a dirk up their jerkin...


1657-1658 (T165)

The Republic of the Netherlands: Gustav, who had lately repelled one mercenary invasion, was bemused to learn that another was now attempted from the south and west, rather than from the sea. His army, just from winter quarters, joined him to confront Wallenstein and his force in the rolling hills south of Bruges. The 21,000 Dutch clashed most severely with the 40,000 Companii at Tournai as Wallenstein attempted to ford the Luzen river. Gustav attacked with all arms intending to crush the invaders spirit in a blow and send him in rout back into Occitanian territory. A very fierce struggle ensued on the northern bank of the Luzen and Wallenstein finally managed to smash his way out of the trap by falling back along the bank to expose the flank of the Dutch lines to his artillery on the south bank. Gustav was killed during the fight and Baron Ludwik managed to extract 5,000 men from the debacle (mostly cavalry) and fell back to Bruges where he was joined by Prinz Fridrik. Wallenstein pursued, his men systematically looting the countryside of all wealth and riches.

Off the entrance to the Westerschelde the Free Company fleet (200 ships) under Admiral Ilow engaged the Dutch fleet (120 ships) under Vik Brasalt, Burgher of Aachen, and demolished the Dutch, capturing many ships. With this the Free Company fleet was free to shell Bruges from the estuary and this they did in support of Wallenstein's army, which was even then beginning siege operations against the city. Prinz Fridrik was holed up in the city with 7,400 men against the 32,000 Companii besieging him. Wallenstein set about reducing the city by main force and dispatched General Piccolomini with a strong force of 9,000 cavalry to ravage the countryside and loot everything in sight.

Piccolomini's raid through the Netherlands was vicious and brutal in the extreme; entire villages, towns and cities went to the torch as his brutal soldiers swept through Holland, Friesland and Lorraine before returning to meet Wallenstein. All three of those provinces were left devastated wastelands of burned out buildings, ruined bridges, smouldering grain silos, smashed mills and inns and the only planting that of corpses, horror and despair. Amsterdam and Lifheim were essentially destroyed in two brutal sacks.

Back at Bruges the outcome was not in doubt. The city fell within weeks of the fall of the first mortar shot and was utterly destroyed. Wallenstein's troops rampaged through the streets in an orgy of looting, destruction and rapine. Prinz Fridrik was hoisted upon a hundred lances and paraded through the streets. Baron Ludwik was dragged down and fed to hounds while his family watched, then they two were murdered, save for two daughters who were sold to slavers.

With the fall of Bruges, Wallenstein rounded out his campaigning in 1658 by marching south into Hainaut and capturing the city of Aachen where he wintered, sparing the city for the moment. Behind him Wallenstein left a snow-choked wasteland; Vermandois and Westphalia, spared his annhilating touch, became independent principalities. Brabant, Holland, Lorraine and Friesland were empty hellish wildernesses, inhabited only by wandering bands of refugees scrabbling in the deep snow for pine-nuts, berries and perhaps human flesh...


Grand Dukes of Aachen, Burgher(s) of Bruges

  • Gustav of Lorraine 1635-1658

Players

Robert Kurtz 1647-1658
Jim Sheldon 1635-1646

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