New French Empire

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Foundation: 1623-date (T148-date)
Capital:

  • Varres in Minuane 1764-date
  • Versailles ????-1764

Religion: Roman Catholic

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon & Graham Donald

Description

The empire of New France is all that remains of the once vast Franco-Incan Empire that controlled much of the South American continent. New France's origins date primarily from the 1622 end of Hecure's War. True Inca had successfully captured nearly all Franco-Incan territory, but Aztec forces that had landed in central Inca nearly simltaneously forced a True Incan surrender. The True Incans were forced to relinquish some territory from which New France (a restyled Franco-Inca) was born.

Like Franco-Inca, New France's history is rife with territorial disputes with True Inca. A brief campaign against the Incans in 1627 netted the New French the regions of Calchaqui, Chana, and Huarpe. Further border jockeying occured in 1633. Emperor Maximilian launched a failed 5 year war with True Inca in 1643 (Maximilian's War) that ended in the loss of Calchaqui and Chana. Since then, the border has been quiet though a peace was never signed.

Rebirth
After the True Incan surrender to Aztec forces in 1622, a strip of land running from Minuane, Abipon, Omaguaca, to Quillaca was restored to French imperial rule (1623, T148). Much, but not all, of the rest of the conquered territories were also released and went independent. These included the entire northeast (Cari, Shokleng, Tupinamba, Kaingan, Heta, and Guayaki), Mataco, Charrua, New France, and Pehuenche. True Incan control remained in Guarani, Atuel, Puelche, Huarpe, Chana, Calchaqui, Uyuni, and Chaco.

James Medeville-Gilbert immediately sent diplomats to New France and Pehuenche. New France went tributary, but Pehuenche resisted. James intended to attack Novo Bordeaux in Pehuenche to force them back into the empire anyway, but was killed by a sniper's bullet outside the city. When Crown-Prince Rudolph died later that same summer, Grand-Duke Maximilian became emperor. Varres was declared the new capital two years later, in 1625 (T149).

Successful diplomatic efforts were pursued in Chechete (f), and Mataco & Lille (nt). Diplomatic entreaties to the True Incans regarding the release of more territory fell on deaf ears. Maximilian's patience ran out, and in 1627 (T150) he took to the road and siezed Huarpe, Chana, and Calchaqui. Before True Inca could react in force (1629, T151), Aztec emissaries had stepped in and brokered a peace that calmed the frontier and confirmed the conquests.

The New Mexican War
The level of Aztec influence in the region is well illustrated by the sudden committment of both True Incan and New French troops to the New Mexican War in Africa. Only the New French actually saw action, however, as the True Incan army was somehow left behind at the Aztecan Abyssal fortress in the Amazon (1631, T152). The New French troops returned home a few years later (after New Mexico had collapsed) and were rewarded with Aztec service medals in 1639.

Reconstruction
The next 10 years (1631-1640, T152-T156) were a period of reconstruction and border jockeying between the New French and the True Incans.

True Incan diplomatic efforts in 1631 (T152) along the Cabo Frio coast were quite successful in reestablishing passage rights (nt) in Cari, Shokleng, Cyranoville, and Tupinamba as well as in Charrua and Chamonix. The True Incan troops that had been "abandoned" at Abyssal marched south from that fortress, through Church Militant lands, to subjugate Kaingan, Heta (T152), Guayaki, Toba, Mataco (T153), and Lille (T156). True Incan emperor Xaolaxmc captured Omaguaca in 1639 (T156) successfully linking the eastern and western halves of that empire.

New French additions to the realm proved to be more spotty that their True Incan counterparts. New French diplomats had made some headway in the north in Mataco and Lille in 1631 before those regions were traded away to the True Incans in 1633 (T153). That deal had the True Incans abandon Atuel, Puelche and Charrua in southern New France, and Uyuni on the Andean border, in exchange for New French ignorance of the True Incan army as it crashed its way west from Heta to Mataco. Atuel and Montpelier, which had rebuffed New French diplomats in 1631, and then a New French army in 1633, was successfully brought into the fold (along with Montpelier)in 1639 (both ea). A New French military foray into Uyuni in 1633, and diplomatic efforts in Guarani (solidly True Incan) in 1639 both failed miserably.

Maximilian's War
In 1641 (T157), diplomats from both nations met in Calchaqui to discuss the disposition of that region, which was still claimed by both sides. After much wrangling they agreed to a grand duel - each side would field an army of 10,000 troops, and to the victor would go the region. But, Maximilian had been quietly plotting for some years now, and by the time the duel was to take place, he had decided to play his hand and instead drive the Incans back behind the Andean mountains. Both Incan armies, one in Omaguaca, the other in Mataco, were to be made leaderless by assaination and other treachery, at which point they both would be easily defeated. The Incan presence east of the Andes would then simply be a matter of mopping up. At the launch of the war in 1643 (T158) the treachery and assasination went as planned. Unfortunately, the initial battle of the war (that should have been an easy victory), turned into a rout of New France. The True Incans, after arresting numerous Aztec agents in the military ranks, regrouped their armies and defeated the New French in the field. The war essentially ground to a halt in 1648 (T160) when the True Incans did not press the matter further, and the New French did not contest the True Incan conquests. Rather than drive the True Incans out, Maximilian had lost Calchaqui and Chana to True Incan armies, and Charrua, Chamonix, and New France went independent thanks to Incan diplomats. The only bright spot to the period was the diplomatic improvements in Atuel and Montpelier (a) in 1645. The True Incans later looted the cities of Versailles and Roniah to repay loans taken to finance the war (1651, T162).

The Aztec Civil War of 1649-date
In the decade that followed Maximilian completely disappeared from view. With his death in 1659 (T166) and the accession of his grandson Louis to the throne, life began to appear to return to normal around the palace. Most notably, the Aztec emperor Kulhuz, suffering from a decade of civil war, finally garnered some support for his cause against the rebel Aztec Senate. A New French navy landed troops in the New Granadan region of Paraiba, New Granada being the primary supporter of the Aztec Senate. After driving off a reacting army, the New French marched south into Gueren (abandoning Paraiba) and captured the city of Salamanca.

Diplomats had some success in Charrua & Chamonix (t).

(Unknown after 1659 (T166))

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Regiments of Great France

The following regiments have been named:

  • Grasshopper
  • Jacamars
  • Peppershrike

Emperors of France, Princes of Varres, Lords of the South, Smiters of the Heretic

House of de'Saone

  • Tcholon de'Saone 1765-date
  • Francois de'Saone 1747-1765
  • Louis III de'Saone 1705-1747
  • Jason of Saone 1677-1705?
  • Gorlos de'Saone 1672-1677

House of Medville-Gilbert

  • Louis II Medeville-Gilbert Killed before coming of age 1668-1672
  • Margaret Medeville-Gilbert Regent for Louis II 1668-1672
  • Louis Medeville-Gilbert 1659-1668
  • Maximilian Medeville-Gilbert 1623-1659
  • James Medeville-Gilbert 1623 (d 1623)

Players

  • T213-date Alan David
  • T212 Colin Dunnigan
  • T209-T211 (1747-date) Sara Felix
  • T17?-T208 (167?-1746) Mark Frederick
  • T148-T17? (1623-167?) John McNiece

Last updated: 3 August 2005

© 2005 Robert Pierce & Graham Donald

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