THE SEVEN YEARS WAR
An Alternate History Forum RP
The year is 1750, and two years have passed since the end of the War of the Austrian Succession. The Empress of Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Maria Teresa Von Habsburg has secured her rule of Austria and the Hapsburg Dominions despite the powerful coalition that faced her. France, Prussia and many other states, seeking to undermine the power of the Hapsburg dynasty, utilized the Pragmatic Succession as a thinly veiled excuse to attack and weaken Austria. The eight-year conflict ended with the loss of the great resource-rich region of Silesia to Prussia, parts of Italy to Spain and even passed the Netherlands to France for a short while. Yet, Austria has not been made weak by this defeat. Maria Teresa stands in defiance of the stereotype of female rulers, she has been a headstrong and active ruler and has proven herself just as capable as the male sovereigns of Europe. Her overlordship over Hungary and Croatia doubles her manpower and resources, and she remains in control of the Holy Roman Empire through her husband the Emperor. The Austrian Army, though overshadowed heavily by the infamous militarism of the Prussians, remains a feared fighting force not to be underestimated. Maria Teresa faces many challenges as her reign truly begins: firstly to hold her rightful claim as sovereign of Austria, Hungary and Croatia, to refill the drained treasury depleted both by war and her father Charles VI, reassert Habsburg dominance over the Holy Roman Empire and to cut down Prussia to heel as an obedient and loyal member of the Empire.
Prussia under the rule of a new victorious monarch, Frederick II von Hohenzollern, has doubled its size with the annexation of the resource rich province of Silesia from Austria hands. Doubling his population from 2.2 million to nearly 5 million people, the battle-hardened and finest army in Europe has blossomed as Prussia asserts itself as a new, powerful state in the HRE. Prussia is a well-organized country, under the rule of a philosopher-king who has declared himself the first "servant of the state" in the name of justice for the common man, wise rule and the prosperity of the state (unless you're Polish). Yet, the enlightened absolutist faces widespread dissent from Austria who desires her old territories, France who seeks to integrate parts of Germany, Sweden who lusts for her lost provinces in Pomerania and Russia who has laid a hungry eye upon Eastern Prussia. Frederick must keep what he has won, and navigate his way through diplomatic minefields if his country is to survive. Yet, the future is also bright- for Prussia is well organized with a weak and consenting nobility, blessed with rich resources in Silesia and ruled by a great and wise ruler. For Frederick has a new, distinct and revolutionary idea for a unified state in the Holy Roman Empire- a German state. That dream may very well become reality for the thirty-eight-year-old monarch.
France enjoys its victory over Austria, but its troubles are far from over. France is a large and strong nation with a massive and well-maintained military, colonies in the New World and a streamlined Absolutist administration that hands the king the power of a god upon earth. However, its golden age from Louis XIV's decades of rule has waned as France's rivals grow. The British, happy in their unified, prestigious state has seemingly eclipsed the French with their vast world empire. The French East India Company, despite possessing the patronage of the Mughals, struggles to assert its dominance over the British and Dutch trade companies of the region. And the head of state is no help. Louis XV is nothing like his predecessor, the great Sun King. His inconsistent and indecisive attitude has led to mismatched French policy, failing to prioritize either European affairs, the trade conflicts of India, her colonies and her navy. France has not the money to pursue all her many ambitions. Yet, France is no weak power. Her armies are massive, with her navy no laughing matter as a serious rival to British naval superiority. France, cutting Austria down to size, has the diplomatic support of Spain with the door to conquering the Rhineland and parts of Germany swung wide open. France has the resources and the means for great power, yet is in dire need of strong and decisive leadership. France's future is uncertain, yet much potential is there for a new French Golden Age.
Britain’s grand and prestigious empire seems to eclipse the continental disputes of Central Europe. George II von Hanover surrounds his court with music and wealth as the focal point of European power and prestige, and its worldwide empire grows by the year in India, Africa and beyond. Yet, Britain has yet to become the world power of the Victorian Era. Austria seethes from Britain’s slithery withdrawal from the War of the Austrian Succession, in which the British narrowly avoided suffering any major defeat in the field by quickly exiting the war after the Battle of Fontenoy against the French. North America is a hotbed of dispute as the Thirteen Colonies across the Appalachians rub up not only with hostile natives, but sketchy French claims spanning the Midwest, Great Lakes and the Louisiana Territory. The British Navy is strong and well-funded, yet it has yet to become the post-Napoleonic dominant force as a poorer, yet still large and capable French Navy gears up to face off the British. And, most interestingly, a strange ally has presented itself in Europe- for now Frederick in Prussia and George in Great Britain have found common rivals in France and Austria. Though Britain may be a new, prestigious state echoing the glorious era of Good Queen Anne and Blenheim, her trials are far from over.
This is a historical RP roleplay, just like the excellent series “Shame of Versailles” run by Smelly set in the years before the great Seven Years War. It was a decisive conflict, whose outcomes were crucial for the establishment of British and Prussian power on the continent- a war studded with feats of martial arms across Central Europe, of a struggle fought in almost every continent from the woodlands of the Midwest to the distant Indian peninsula.
I would allow anyone to take whatever country they want, but I strongly suggest players try to pick up a nation in the list below. Note that we already have a lot of players who have picked countries, this was first established in TNW though it never began: 1: [Han] Prussia
3: [Joker] France
4: [Smelly] Great Britain
5: [Kez] Russia
6: [Argon] Spain 7: Bavaria
8: Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 9: [Ginty] Sweden 10: Saxony
*Pablo is playing as the Papacy.
You will play as the head of state of each country. Do your best to play in character in how you act and how you play! You do not need to strictly follow history, but keep in mind historical trends. If your head of state dies, you will play as the next in line. If by some reasoning there is a war of succession, you may choose any claimant.
Rolls generally decide the outcome of most actions; however actions will be far more likely to succeed if they’re well planned! If you exceed the boundaries of reality for your country’s disposition economically, socially and politically you will be less likely to succeed. Strategy plays just as much into success as the roll of the twenty-sided die.
Each forum page will signify six months until the "Seven Year's War" begins, or any other major conflict. Whilst a major war takes place, RP will move onto "ROLZ" in which the new SoV system will be utilized to process combat. Combatants must update their status in the war for each six months that processes in the forums.
We operate on skype! Add me at email@example.com, a very damned creative username.
IN REGARDS TO APPLICATIONS:
You can simply claim a nation by stating so as a reply, no complicated application is needed right away. Just say something like:
"I claim the Latin Empire, DEUS VULT!"