To The Heartland Crowns
Issued Spring 1741 by Godric of Morsgrad on behalf of the Alliance of Independent States
It has been a short war. My armies and the legions of my many allies have run rampant upon your lands. Your mercenaries abandon you. Your once vassals decry your tyranny. Your forces are in desperate need of arms and armour before the siege has even begun. Your men are outnumbered and outmatched by any measure. Among your legions, there are no great heroes of renown as there stood in Helena. None among you who can rival the achievement of the dauntless Donald Dabber. As things stand for you, the question of annihilation is not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Your forebears have stood in this position over my people so many times before. Again and again, ordering the genocide of my people. Fate mocks us all in the end I suppose. Yet in the end, I am not one to condone an entire people to die.
Whilst I have nothing but contempt for you two who bear crowns in the south, I am not the genocidal barbarian you all so desperately wish me to be. I have little quarrel with the common folk who dwell within your domains. I’ve no desire to inflict pain upon your people that war so unfortunately demands. My aims have always laid in the preservation of my people and faith, the maintenance of our oaths and bonds. It is in that spirit that I will extend to you this singular offer of surrender. If these terms are accepted in full then the war shall end, there shall be no more death, no more violence. The roads shall once more be available for travel. Should they be denied, there will be no more quarter. I will burn your city to the ground and put your people to the stake.
In that regard, I implore you to fulfill your obligation as nobles. Do what is best for your people,
The Crown of Helena and Crown of Haense shall
I. Recognize their complete culpability in starting this war, shall accept full wrongdoing for the ambush of the Auvergne in violation of Ruberni sovereignty and their violation of the tenets of the Western Alliance.
II. Dissolve the Ministry of Elven Affairs, acknowledging the permanent and inalienable sovereignty the Elven Tripartite maintains overall Aldari nations.
III. Recognize the independence of the Arch-Duchy of Suffonia and the Kingdom of Curon, or any successor states, as well as their sovereignty over their respective territories
IV. Dissolve the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, the title of Hanseti illegitimately held by Haense. The Kingdom of Hanseti title shall be ceded to Halgrim, Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order. The Kingdom shall be reformed as the Kingdom of Ruska.
V. King Andrik of Ruska will abdicate his throne to Vladrick the Black Prince of Rubern, as well as recognising the independence of the Kingdom of Ruska.
I. Alternatively, the Kingdom of Ruska can vassalize to Rubern with their own elected monarch, remaining with a large portion of their autonomy beneath Rubern. In doing this, the Crown of Helena thereby recognise they have no claim upon the Kingdom of Ruska and recognise them as a rightful vassal of Rubern.
VI. King Peter of Helena will cede his claim to ‘protector of the highlanders’ to Godric of Morsgrad.
VII. King Andrik and his officers will personally reimburse Orphée de Beauvais of Auvergne for the crimes inflicted against his people to the amount of ten thousand minas.
VIII. Formally recognize that all grievances are settled and shall not be pursued in future conflicts.
The Alliance of Independent States shall
I. Cease all martial activities within the territories of the Kingdom of Oren, henceforth recognized as the Kingdom of Helena and the Kingdom of Ruska.
II. Formally recognize that all grievances are settled and shall not be pursued in future conflicts.
Writ and Issued on Behalf of the Alliance of Independent States