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BoP: Napoleonic Wars [Game Live]
« on: September 03, 2016, 10:53:31 pm »

Welcome to BoP: Napoleonic Wars

GM List

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Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland + Kingdom of Portugal: Alliance

Second Treaty of San Ildefonso
Kingdom of Spain + French Empire: Alliance against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Treaty of Badajoz
Kingdom of Portugal + Kingdom of Spain: The Kingdom of Portugal closes ports to all British vessels.

Treaty of The Hague
French Empire + Batavian Republic: Defensive Alliance

Franco-Danish Alliance
French Empire + Kingdom of Denmark-Norway: Alliance

Franco-Swedish Alliance
French Empire + Kingdom of Sweden: Alliance

Anglo-Hapsburg Alliance
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland + Austrian Empire: Alliance

Franco-Sardinian Alliance
French Empire + Kingdom of Sardinia: Alliance

Prusso-Saxon Alliance
Kingdom of Prussia + Electorate of Saxony: Alliance

Austro-Prussian Alliance
Austrian Empire + Kingdom of Prussia: Alliance

The Third Coalition
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland + Kingdom of Prussia + Russian Empire + Austrian Empire + Electorate of Saxony: Alliance against France and French Allies

Wars


War of the Third Coalition
French Empire + Kingdom of Spain + Batavian Republic + Kingdom of Italy + Swiss Confederation + Kingdom of Etruria + Kingdom of Sweden + Kingdom of Sardinia + Kingdom of Denmark-Norway + Electorate of Wurrtemberg + Duchies of Bremden and Verden + Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz + Electorate of Salzburg
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland + Russian Empire + Kingdom of Prussia + Austrian Empire + Electorate of Saxony + Electorate of Bavaria + The German States + Duchy of Oldenburg

Austro-Ottoman War
Archduchy of Austria
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Ottoman Empire + Principality of Wallachia + Principality of Moldavia + Principality of Montenegro

Nations

Nations

Austrian Empire - Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor: Cazasar
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland - King George III: The Mighty McLovin
French Empire - Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: Furrnox
Kingdom of Prussia - King Frederick William III: DoctorWarband
Kingdom of Spain - King Charles IV: Theodoor
Ottoman Empire - Sultan Selim III: Emperor Napoleon
Russian Empire - Tsar Alexander I: Raddeo

Kingdom of Denmark-Norway - King Christian VII (Regent due to mental inability under Crown Prince Frederik): Nick Lazanis
Kingdom of Sweden - King Gustav IV Adolf: Baby Jesus

Principality of Moldavia:
Principality of Wallachia:
Principality of Montenegro:


Kingdom of Italy - President Napoleon Bonaparte:
Kingdom of Etruria - King Charles II:
Papal States - Pope Pius VII: Salcos
*Kingdom of Naples - King Ferdinand IV (a.k.a. Ferdinand III): Commander Bondage
*Kingdom of Sicily - King Ferdinand III (a.k.a. Ferdinand IV): Commander Bondage
Kingdom of Sardinia - King Victor Emmanuel I: Lawrence

Kingdom of Portugal - Queen Maria I: Nightdragger

Batavian Republic - State Council:
Duchy of Oldenburg - Duke Peter Friedrich Wilhelm:
Mecklenburg-Sterlitz - Duke Charles II:
Electorate of Saxony - Elector Frederick Augustus I: Frederik
Electorate of Bavaria - Elector Maximilian I Joseph: Ted
Electorate of Wurttemberg - Elector Frederick I: Rhen
Electorate of Baden - Elector Charles Frederick:
Swiss Confederation - State Council: Nativemann

Barbary States - Multiple Kings: Reznov

*Personal Union
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Rules


Time & Seasons

Every turn will be 3 in-game months long, with 4 turns making up 1 in game year. Because of the large amount of time passed in 1 turn, players must take into account the many different possibilities of future events and plan accordingly; this applies to diplomatic, army, and navy actions. The more detailed one is in explaining their overall strategy or actions, as well as giving orders on what to do for multiple scenarios, the better the GM will be able to manage and run the game.

Every turn will be 1 season. The seasons are as follows:

- January, February, March: Winter
-April, May, June: Spring
-July, August, September: Summer
-October, November, December: Autumn

The effects of each season are as follows:

-Winter: Slowed Movement Speed, Increased Attrition, Inability to raise new troops, -1 roll to all Combat.
-Spring: No Effect
-Summer: Slightly Less Attrition
-Autumn: Slightly Slower Movement Speed

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Major Power Modifiers

Austrian Empire: No Bonus/Detriment.
British Empire: +6 to naval actions and +3 to land actions, however the total # of men raised in Europe can never exceed 60 thousand.
French Empire: Less Attrition and faster movement speed when in Western & Middle Europe.
Kingdom of Prussia: Reforms military the slowest of all nations unless (until?) it suffers massive defeat(s).
Kingdom of Spain: Can instigate guerilla war against foreign invader(s) occupying the country.
Russian Empire: -3 to all land combat outside of Russia, but +3 to all combat inside Russia. Less attrition and more movement speed in Russia.
Ottoman Empire: Cannot reform its military.

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Military Leader Modifiers

France

Napoleon Bonaparte: +9 Roll
Michel Ney: +6 Roll
Louis-Nicolas Davout: +3 Roll
Massena: +3 Roll

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Arthur Wellesley: +6 Roll
Horatio Nelson: +6 Roll (Naval)

Austrian Empire

Archduke Charles: +3 Roll
Emperor Francis II: -3 Roll
Karl Mack von Leiberich: -3 Roll

Russian Empire

Mikhail Kutuzov: +6 Roll
Pyotr Bagration: +3 Roll
Tsar Alexander I: -3 Roll

Kingdom of Prussia

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher: +3 Roll

Kingdom of Sweden

Carl Olof Cronstedt: +3 Roll (Naval)



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Military

Players will be allowed to control the overall movement and strategy of their military, but not the detailed tactics their military uses. The more detailed the plan sent to the GM, the better the outcome might be. Orders for what to do in a multitude of situations and contingency plans for possible defeats or disasters will cause the outcome to be different compared to a player who simply sent in non-detailed movement of troops.

At the beginning of the game, the French Empire starts out with a +1 bonus to all Land Combat rolls due to their reformed army and doctrine; Napoleonic Tactics. All other nations start out with the default doctrine of Frederick the Great, with the resulting bonus of +0. Players will be able to reform their military, which may slow down/speed up depending on victories or losses against other nations.

Battles will be resolved through the use of a D30 dice with Leader, Nation, Army Doctrine, and Season modifiers applied afterwards. Damage done to an army is calculated by the Total roll, with the roll being interpreted as the % of men lost as casualties.

Armies can pass through foreign territory without military access, however doing so is almost always considered an act of war. Negotiate safe passage beforehand if you do not wish to anger your neighbors.

Men can be levied/conscripted (depending on military doctrine) with varying effectiveness (depending on military doctrine). Men can also be mustered into militias or national guards, where they will be lightly trained and offer nations a decent source of basically-trained fighting men. National guards and militias cannot fight on their own, however, guerrillas (Spain) can and will fight foreign invaders even if the regular army has been destroyed.

All armies and fleets must have a leader to lead them. Any general/admiral that is not listed in the Military Leader Modifiers section is assumed to have no bonus/detriment on the Combat Roll.
Combat Equation and Modifiers

D30 Roll +/- General +/- Nation Modifier +/- Season +/- Doctrine = Total Roll

Total Roll = % of Damage

Napoleonic Doctrine: +3 Roll
Fredericken Doctrine: No Bonus


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Diplomacy

Please do not make treaties or agreements that you know or are planning to voluntarily break almost immediately.

Treaties and agreements can be annulled, severed, or made void by a plethora of circumstances. The main diplomatic way of allowing treaties to be annulled is by "Opt-Out" Clauses. These allow you to legally leave or sever a treaty or agreement in the eyes of the GM and in the eyes of diplomatic law. Opt Out causes for alliances include: Offensive/Defensive alliances, Alliances against certain nations.

The more detailed and specific a treaty or agreement is, the easier it will be to maintain and enforce. Try to avoid writing generic or vague treaties; these can be easily taken advantage of or serve no purpose.

You can support other nations in a plethora of ways. These include:

- Diplomatic Support
-Monetary Subsidies
-Shipments of goods, both Military and Raw Resources.
-Simply joining their war/struggle.

Wars theoretically start when one nation declares war on another, and end when a peace treaty is settled. However, considering the nature of war in this time period, you do not have to declare war to begin small scale hostilities or war preparations (Though is is extremely recommended that you do; fighting undeclared wars is a clear path towards self-destruction). Wars officially end when a peace treaty has been negotiated and settled publicly upon.

Nearly anything can be negotiated and asked for in a peace treaty. Demanding land concessions, war reparations, embargoes of other countries, breaking of alliances, downgrade of military, royal marriage, joining of war(s), etc is perfectly legal and allowed in this time period.

If a war ends in the change of a country's regime, the regime being deposed is allowed to either allow the regime change or go into exile in a friendly country. Following exile, the player must wait until their country is liberated and either their regime put back into power or another regime taking power, allowing them to play as that regime. (For example, Portugal may go into exile until the UK liberates Portugal, allowing the Queen to return from exile)

Players should try to limit their posts to diplomatic decisions and statements, rather then continuously replying to each other.  Replying to statements is of course okay, but stay IC when doing so.
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Trade, Industry, and Economy

Trade between countries only occurs being countries with trade agreements. To begin trade with another country, a trade agreement must be agreed upon by both countries.

Most countries in the Napoleonic Wars were heavily agrarian. The exceptions to this rule are France and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, being the #2 and #1 produces of military weapons and manufactured goods in the world respectively at this time. Some nations are very resource rich, such as the Kingdom of Sweden and the Russian Empire. If players do not have trade agreements with certain countries, they cannot access the goods said countries produce.

Fleets can privateer trade lanes to disrupt trade, blockade ports to keep trade from flowing in and out of the port, or, if lucky, damage or even destroy a port in order to stop trade from there for a long time.

The more war reparations a country has placed on them, the harder their economy will be hit. Occupation, embargoes, war reparations, war costs, etc all will take a toll on a country's economy, leading to high inflation, difficulty paying for the military, unhappiness, famine, and even bankruptcy.


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Army Sizes By Nation (Historical/Max)

Major Powers

Austrian Empire: 250-425K troops (Over the course of the Napoleonic Wars; real army size may fluctuate greatly due to treaties, wars, events, battles etc)
British Empire: 132-200K troops (132K troops circa May 1803)
French Empire:
Kingdom of Spain:
Kingdom of Prussia: =/<300K troops (Peak circa 1813)
Ottoman Empire:
Russian Empire: =/<600K troops (Peak circa 1812; extreme conscription & militia measures taken, doesn't represent actual number of "real" troops)

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2016, 10:53:37 pm »
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Game Start
1st of January, 1804.

Winter

The year is 1804. Napoleon Bonaparte, an upstart military officer from the French island of Corsica, has just crowned himself "Emperor of France" a month before. The ambitious Corsican looks northward towards his old rival, Great Britain. Following the failure of the Treaty of Amiens, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared war on what was at the time the Republic of France. Shortly thereafter, the Electorate of Hannover was quickly annexed by the French, a move that has stirred caution in both the Kingdom of Prussia and the Austrian Empire.

The Austrian Empire in particular watches with baited breath; the Revolutionary Wars were a series of disasters for Austria, as Austrian hegemony in both the Italian Peninsula and in the Holy Roman Empire has been challenged and thwarted by the upstart Emperor. Years of struggles have been reversed in a matter of months, and French ambition appears to be insatiable. The Austrian Empire and the French Empire appear to be destined to meet each other yet again in the field of battle.

The stage is set for another war with another coalition aimed at bringing down the devilish French and their soldier-emperor, Napoleon. Already, British diplomats and messengers rush around Europe, gathering support for a rumored Third Coalition. Many in Europe remain unconvinced however; surely, Napoleon is just another monarch like in the days of the Bourbon kings. Surely, the French Revolution has died out and the ideals of the Enlightenment with it. After all, how can a country adhere to the ideals of the Enlightenment after a man like Napoleon has seized the crown? Perhaps this man, Napoleon, is just like every other monarch in Europe, and so the fears being stirred by the British are unfounded at best.

Then again, the French Empire is only a single month old. Will this "Napoleon" prove to be just another European monarch, or will he be revealed to be something greater? The drums of war only grow louder with each passing day. The future of Europe hangs in balance, and it will be decided by the ambitions, decisions, and efforts of one powerful man: Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Game Start.
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End of Turn 1, Start of Turn 2, 1804 (Events of January-March 1804)
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January - March 1804.

-The Austrian Empire begins reforming its Army.

-The Russian Empire embargoes the French Empire.
-The Kingdom of Prussia embargoes France.

-The Kingdom of Prussia begins reforming its Army.

-The Kingdom of Portugal begins reforming its Army.

-The Kingdom of Sweden begins reforming its Army.

-Napoleon Bonaparte of the French Empire crowns himself with the Iron Crown of Lombardy. The Kingdom of Italy is formed with Napoleon Bonaparte as King.

-The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland embargoes the Kingdom of Sweden.
-The Kingdom of Prussia embargoes the Kingdom of Sweden.
-The Russian Empire embargoes the Kingdom of Sweden.

-The Kingdom of Denmark-Norway and the French Empire enter into a Non-Aggression pact.
-The Kingdom of Denmark-Norway and the Kingdom of Sweden enter into a Non-Aggression pact.

-The Kingdoms of Sicily and Naples unify into the Kingdom of The Two Sicilies.

-The Kingdom of Sardinia enters into a Military Alliance with the French Empire.

-The Kingdom of Sweden enters into a Military Alliance with the French Empire.
-The Kingdom of Denmark-Norway enters into a Military Alliance with the French Empire.

-The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland enters into a Military Alliance with the Austrian Empire.

-The Kingdom of Prussia enters into a Military Alliance with the Electorate of Saxony.
-The Kingdom of Prussia enters into a Military Alliance with the Austrian Empire.

-The United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland blockades the Skagerrak. Trade vessels of all nations passing through the Skagerrak are harassed, sunk, or forced to turn back by the British Navy, including:
  • The Kingdom of Denmark-Norway
  • The Kingdom of Sweden
  • The Russian Empire
  • The Kingdom of Prussia
  • The Kingdom of Spain
  • The Batavian Republic
  • The Ottoman Empire
  • The Kingdom of Italy
  • The Kingdom of Etruria
  • The Kingdom of Sardinia
  • The Kingdom of Portugal
  • The French Empire
  • The Swiss Confederation
  • The Ligurian Republic
  • The Barbary States

-Hostile Act: The Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has blockaded, harassed, and sunk Swedish and Danish trade passing through the Skagerrak.
-Hostile Act: The Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has blockaded,harassed, and sunk Neutral trade passing through the Skagerrak.
-Hostile Act: The Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has blockaded, harassed, and sunk Allied trade passing through the Skagerrak.

-Hostile Act: A French Spy has been caught, tortured, and executed after trying to infiltrate London!

-Hostile Act: British ships have fired upon Danish-Swedish ships and entered Danish-Swedish territorial waters aggressively.

-The Duke of Enghien has been arrested and sentenced to life in prison for fighting against Revolutionary France.

-The British Navy has begun blockading: Amsterdam.

The 1st and 2nd Battles of the Oresund

1st Battle of the Oresund

Defender = Danish-Swedish Navy: 2 +1 (Carl Olof) + 0 - 1 + 0 = 2
Attacker = British Navy: 2 + 0 + 2 - 1 + 0 = 3
Minor Skirmish; Tactically Inconclusive

The day was January 24th. The icy waters of the Skagerrak were calm as the combined Danish-Swedish navy patrolled quietly, ready for any foreign invaders. Far on the horizon a large ship of war was spotted, sporting the colors of the United Kingdom. As the ships drew closer to one another near the waters of Copenhagen, more and more ships began to appear on the horizon, likewise for the British who were advancing upon the Danish-Swedes. Unsure of either side's intentions, both fleets kept their distance for the remainder of the morning, until the rather small British fleet began advancing upon Copenhagen. Trying to discourage the British ships from any actions, a Danish frigate fired a warning shot over the bow of the leading British ship. Ignoring the warning shot, the British ships refused to yield, and a minor skirmish ensued. It is unclear who fired first to kill. Who fired first matters no longer however, as that morning the seemingly neutral relationship between Denmark-Norway and Sweden with the United Kingdom was all but destroyed. Sporadic and scattered cannon shots filled the air, most missing their mark on both sides. The British ships, landing slightly more shots than their Nordic counterparts, quickly withdrew from the Oresund. Both sides lost no ships, only minor damage and a few men lost on both sides.

2nd Battle of the Oresund
Defender = Danish-Swedish Navy: 10 + 1 (Carl Olof) + 0 -1 + 0 = 10
Attacker = British Navy: 7 + 0 + 2 - 1 + 0 = 8
Minor Danish-Swedish Victory; Tactically Inconclusive

A few days later however, the British returned with a larger fleet than the one previously encountered a week before. The British fleet, which some eyewitnesses estimated to be somewhere below 35 ships of the line, returned to the Oresund, led by one Vice Admiral William Cornwallis, seemingly making a run for the port city of Copenhagen. The Danish Swedish fleet, led by one Carl Olof Cronstedt, by then had readied itself and was prepared in order of battle. The British fleet likewise deployed into order of battle. Both sides viewed each other as hostile and were now fully committed to a direct confrontation. After hours of maneuvering and minor actions by both sides' smaller ships, the Danish-Swedish fleet managed to cross the British' "T" and began major naval actions. The British fleet, hardened and experienced after years at sea, fought gallantly and bravely against the combined Danish-Swedish fleet. Cannonballs ripped through the air, shattering wood and bone alike. The air was heavy with smoke, and grapeshot whistled to and fro as both sides delivered close volleys of the deadly ammunition into each other. Despite the exceptional performance by the British fleet however, the British found themselves being outmaneuvered by the experienced Admiral Carl Olof. Adding to their troubles, Danish-Swedish light ships harassed them exceptionally well, though with limited effectiveness. Realizing that they would not be able to continue a major pitched battle and being incredibly annoyed by the Nordic frigates and light ships, Vice Admiral Cornwallis gave the order for a fighting withdraw in an orderly fashion. The British navy retreated, leaving the waters in the control of the Nordic fleet. The British fleet suffered the loss of 2 ships of the line and a handful of light ships, with many more damaged to varying degrees. The Danes and Swedes suffered the loss of only 1 Danish ship of the line, with fewer light ships lost compared to the British, as well as less severe damages to their fleet. The Oresund remains in the hands of the Nords, with Copenhagen safe... for now.

The British Navy doesn't appear to have given up it's efforts in the Baltic yet however. Despite suffering minor defeats in the Oresund, the British fleet has begun the harassment of all trade flowing through the Skagerrak, no matter if it is flowing into or out of the Baltic. The blockade is unprejudiced; merchant ships of all nations, even allies, are not allowed passage by the British. The Danes and Swedes can only wait anxiously for another incursion by the British.

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Execution of a French Spy

The streets of London were lined with spectators on one cold February morning. It was rumored that a major criminal was caught trying to break into a government building a few days ago. The criminal must've been particularly dastardly, as they were being escorted by the King's Grenadiers.

The curiosity of the spectators soon turned to anger and hatred, as the true identity of the "criminal" was revealed; the man being escorted to the gallows was in fact a filthy French spy! The crowd erupted with boos and absurdities were shouted at the poor Frenchman from all angles. Trash and rubbish were tossed at the filthy spy, and by the end of the long walk to the gallows the man was all but covered in shit, garbage, and God-know's what else.

The man was walked up onto the gallows, and had the noose tied around his neck. Refusing to wear a hood, the Frenchman was asked if he had any last words. The Frenchman, looking defiantly into the crowd, yelled with foolish passion:

"Vive la liberté!
Vive l'empereur!
Vive la France!"

The man's body was buried in an unmarked grave in an undisclosed location. He was granted no honors or rites.


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The Cadoudal Affair

Despite having essentially won the French Revolution, Napoleon's enemies still roam free in both France and abroad. In fact, one such group of dissenters have apparently been revealed to have formulated a plot to assassinate and overthrow the new French Emperor! Already under investigation by the French Police, the conspirators were quickly rounded up and arrested, with many more being found and apprehended as time goes on. Among them are Georges Cadoudal and Jean-Charles Pichegru, 2 infamous Royalist sympathizers and enemies of Napoleon. However, rumors and information from questioned conspirators points to many more possible conspirators, among them the Louis Antoine, the Duke of Enghien. A known Royalist sympathizer and for his involvement in the fighting against Revolutionary France, he is widely vilified by those in the French government. Being suspected of supporting the conspiracy, the Duke was apprehended by French dragoons at his estate in Baden. Quickly brought back to Paris, he was brought before a court to be tried for his (albeit uncertain) part of the Cadoudal Affair. However, the court surprised many in the French government as he was not convicted for supporting the Cadoudal Affair. Napoleon, seemingly preoccupied with other affairs, paid no attention to the trial of 1 nobleman. Instead, the court tried and convicted him for treason for his part in fighting against France with the Royalists. For this he was sentenced to life imprisonment, a fair sentence considering the other possibilities.

With 1 conspirator behind bars and others soon to follow his footsteps, it appears the conspiracy to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte has been dismantled. The Emperor remains safe, for now.

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Battle of the English Channel and the Strait of Dover

Battle of the English Channel

Defender = British Navy: 4 + 0 + 2 - 1 + 0 = 5
Attacker = Franco-Spanish Navy: 4 + 0 + 0 -1 + 1 = 4
Minor British Victory; Tactically Inconclusive

A small fleet of under 10 ships of the line stationed in Gibraltar was forced to retreat into port after spotting "an armada of ships streaming into the Atlantic Ocean." About a month later, on February 7th, those same ships that flew past Gibraltar in January met Britain's "Wooden Walls" in the English Channel. Louis-René Levassor de Latouche Tréville, the sickly Vice Admiral of the French "Fleet of Toulon" which was now a massive armada of Franco-Spanish ships, met the British Admiral George Elphinstone in the waters near his beloved Britain. The two navies clashed in the frigid waters of the English Channel. Cannons and muskets cracked and rippled through the air. The mighty British Navy held firm against the oncoming Franco-Spanish Navy. Britain's entrenched naval tradition carried the day and the battle started to turn in favor of the British. Louis-Rene, seeing that the odds were turning against him, quickly signaled the withdraw and fled West to regroup. The battle, though not particularly pitched, was a great morale boost for the British, having just learned of the repulsion of their comrades by the Nords. The British lost no ships, though many were damaged a moderate amount. The French withdrew having lost no ships of the line, while the rest of the combined fleet was damaged to some extent. Some smaller ships were lost in the fighting by both sides. Though not the major victory both sides were hoping for, both navies are glad this minor engagement didn't spiral into something much more dangerous.

Battle of the Strait of Dover

Defender = British Navy: 5 + 2 (Nelson) + 2 - 1 + 0 = 8
Attacker = Franco-Dutch Navy: 4 + 0 + 0 - 1 + 1 = 4
Minor British Victory; Tactically Inconclusive

Further north, in the Strait of Dover, a small fleet of Franco-Dutch ships met with a significantly larger British Fleet led by one Horatio Nelson. After sallying out to meet Louis-Rene's fleet, the Franco-Dutch fleet was caught by the British shore by Nelson's larger and heavier fleet. Pitched combat ensued, with the French and Dutch desperately trying to find a way out of this grave predicament. Alas, seeing that no opportunity would appear for them to link up with Louis's Rene's fleet, the French and Dutch retired in an orderly fashion as quickly as possible back to port, fighting desperately along the way. The British considered this engagement a victory, though a very minor one at that. The French lost 2 ships of the line, some smaller ships, and sustained significant damages while the British suffered no losses besides a few very light ships & damage from battle. Pursuing the retreating French and Dutch back into Dutch waters, the British began a blockade of Amsterdam's bay area where they currently harass or sink any and all ships attempting to gain access to the Dutch port. The city remains blockaded with no aid in sight... for now.

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1st of April, 1804

Spring

Winter has given way to spring in the year of 1804. Much has occurred in the past 3 months. "The Corsican" Napoleon, after just crowning himself emperor, has taken the Iron Crown of Lombardy as his and has named himself "King of Italy". By proclaiming himself "King of Italy" Napoleon, in one fell swoop, gains claims on all of Austrian North Italy, Naples, Sicily, and even Rome. Frequently trying to distance himself from the monarchs of old, Napoleon proclaims that his is not a king like the Bourbons, but an emperor as in the days of Caesar and Charlemagne. His rhetoric and ambition does not bode well for Europe, especially those monarchs clinging to their power and trying to maintain the status quo. Despite it's short life so far, the French Empire already echoes many of the values and facets of the Great Roman Empire. From the Imperial Eagles to the claiming of Italy, it appears Napoleon wishes to be a Caesar.

Indeed, France may have more opportunities to expand yet. Political turmoil in the Ligurian Republic and in Italy offers France key opportunities for expansion and the creation of their so called "Roman Empire". In Europe, there are those who recognize the power of Napoleon, and there are rumors of many who would bend the knee and join his empire should it come to that. There are those who resist the ambitions of the Corsican, namely "Perfidious Albion" and her growing number of allies including Prussia, Russia, and Austria. Already the armies and navies of the old monarchies make battle against the Imperial forces of Napoleon. However, this "Third Coalition" may be killed before it is even born: diplomatic and logistical missteps have killed grander plans before, as history has shown. What remains true, though, is that the threat of war is real and grows with every passing day. A single spark is all that is needed in order to plunge Europe into a great European war.

That spark may arrive yet.


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End of Turn 2, Start of Turn 3, 1804 (Events of April-June 1804)
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April - June 1804.

- The Ligurian Republic votes to integrate itself into the French Empire; The Ligurian Republic ceases to exist.

- The Russian Empire declares War on the Kingdom of Sweden.
- The French Empire declares War on the Russian Empire.
- The Kingdom of Prussia declares War on the Kingdom of Sweden.

- The Kingdom of Sweden declares War on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
- The Kingdom of Sweden declares War on the Russian Empire.
- The Kingdom of Sweden declares War on the Kingdom of Prussia.

- The Kingdom of Sardinia declares war on the Russian Empire.
- The Kingdom of Sardinia declares war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.


- The Third Coalition has been formed by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Among the allied nations are:
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
  • The Russian Empire
  • The Kingdom of Prussia
  • The Austrian Empire

- The Third Coalition declares War on France and all of her Allies. (All Members)
- The Anglo-French War has transformed into the War of the Third Coalition.
- The Electorate of Saxony has joined the Third Coalition.
- The Electorate of Saxony has joined the War of the Third Coalition on the side of the Third Coalition.

- The Electorate of Bavaria enters into a Defensive Alliance with the Austrian Empire.

- The Electorate of Hesse has received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Electorate of Hesse: The Electorate of Hesse accepts the proposal of friendship and relations are improved, opening the door for future alliance, non-aggression pacts, and other treaties. (66)

- The Duchy of Arenburg has received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Duchy of Arenburg: The Duchy of Arenburg agrees to put itself under the French yoke. (86)

- The Electorate of Baden has received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Electorate of Baden: The Electorate of Baden agrees to put itself under the French yoke. (95)

- The Duchy of Oldenburg has received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Duchy of Oldenburg: The Duchy of Oldenburg refuses the terms outright and views the French Empire as a hostile nation. (6)

- The Duchy of Brunswick has received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Duchy of Brunswick: The Duchy of Brunswick refuses the offer of friendship. (38)

- The German States have received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the German States: The German States refuse the terms outright and view the French Empire as a hostile nation. (5 and 30)

- The Electorate of Salzburg has received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Electorate of Salzburg: The Electorate of Salzburg concludes an alliance with the French Empire and joins the war on the French side. (78)

- The Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz has received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz: The Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz concludes an alliance with the French Empire and joins the war on the French side. (76)

- The Saxon Duchies have received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Saxon Duchies: The Saxon Duchies agree to place themselves under the French Yoke. (98)

- The Duchies and Bremen and Verden have received a letter proposing Friendship between the French Empire and the Duchies of Bremen and Verden: The Duchies of Bremen and Verden conclude an alliance with the French empire and join the war on the French side. (75)

- Hostile Act: The Electorate of Bavaria has invaded neighboring German duchies unprovoked.
- Hostile Act: The French Empire has invaded nearby German States on their Rhineland border.
- Hostile Act: The Austrian Empire has invaded the Electorate of Wurttemberg.
- Hostile Act: The French Empire has invaded the Electorate of Wurttemberg.
- Hostile Act: The Electorate of Wurttemberg has invaded a neighboring German duchy.

Third Battle of the Oresund

Third Battle of the Oresund

Defender = Danish-Swedish Navy (Cronstedt): 30 + 3 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 33
Attacker = British Navy (Nelson): 6 + 6 + 6 + 0 + 0 = 18
Major Danish-Swedish Tactical Victory; Major Danish-Swedish Strategic Victory; Horatio Nelson has died!

Following the 1st and 2nd battles of the Oresund, the mighty British Navy was eager to show the arrogant Scandinavians why they are the true rulers of the sea. The British Fleet of the Baltics, withdrawing to regroup and rearm, returned to Nordic Waters. The great and honorable Vice Admiral of the White, Horatio Nelson, was placed in command of the Baltic Fleet. Refitted, rearmed, repaired and reinforced, the fleet numbered about over 30 Ships of the Line and was accompanied by squadrons of frigates and light ships. The British returned to the Oresund in the early days of May, where they met the combined Danish-Scandinavian fleet led by Admiral Cronstedt.

After 2 days of minor skirmishes by light ships, the 2 fleets met once again in the waters of the Oresund, many miles north of Copenhagen. The two great admirals, Nelson and Cronstedt, probed and waited for the right opportunity. Finally, on May 9th, the hour of battle came. The British arrayed themselves expertly into a line of battle while the Danes and Swedes did likewise. At roughly 12:10 PM, Nelson's Flagship, HMS Victory, sent a flag signal out to all ships: "England expects that every man will do his duty." The battle had begun.

Leading the British line of battle was Nelson aboard his flagship the HMS Victory. Cronstedt also led his line of battle, aboard the HSwMS Wladislaff. The British Fleet, confident in their sea faring abilities, started the battle with a general order to advance in column directly into the Swedish-Danish line of battle. The British sailed hastily, deploying all sails and doing every little thing humanly possible to make their ships sail faster. Admiral Cronstedt, realizing what was afoot, quickly maneuvered his fleet into better positions to meet the British who were now sailing head on directly into the middle of their line! The Nordic cannons were made ready, and as Nelson's leading flagship began to come into range, the Nordic fleet began firing.

The battle raged for 4 hours. The Danish-Swedish fleet, through superior position and the crossing of the British fleet's "T", reigned supreme throughout the battle. Despite superior seamanship, gunnery, morale and experience, the British Fleet simply could not effectively break the Danish-Swedish line of battle. Nelson's flagship, the HMS Victory, received crippling raking fire in the beginning stages of the battle, and although Nelson managed to push through with a small number of ships, the damage had already been done. Nelson himself was killed in the first hour of battle; a raking volley from Swedish ship tore through the HMS Victory. Nelson was hit square in the chest by a Swedish cannonball. He died instantly. The British fleet, ignorant of horrible death of their admiral, continued the fight until the Danes and Swedes closed in as well. Desperate to get into ship-to-ship action, the British Fleet continued to sail as fast as they could into the middle of the Danish-Swedish line. Few ships managed to get into the melee they so desired however, as the raking volleys of the Nords proved to be too much to push through. Many of the British ships were demasted mid melee, while some were boarded and captured by Danes or Swedes until recaptured by other British ships. The battle dragged on for hours, until finally the British began faltering. News of the death of Nelson soon spread throughout the ranks, and the sight of the Danish-Swedish fleet defiantly raking ship after ship with volleys of grape and solid shot was the final nail in the coffin. The British fleet soon began to withdraw, while many of the ships were already routed or in the process of fleeing. The battle was completely and irrevocably lost on all fronts for the British.

The British Fleet, suffering a crippling defeat in the waters of the Oresund once again, fled the area in a disorganized fashion back to the safety of England. The British Fleet suffered the loss of 12 ships of the line, 10 sunk while 2 were captured, and a third of their light ships and frigates. The combined Danish-Swedish fleet on the other hand fought remarkably well, losing only 5 ships of the line, 3 Swedish and 2 Danish, all of which were sunk, and only a small number of light ships being destroyed or scuttled. The British also suffered the unfortunate loss of a great admiral, Horatio Nelson. The Scandinavians rule the Baltic Sea. Whether or not the British will tolerate such arrogance from another country threatening their naval supremacy or return for vengeance in the future is anybody's guess.
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Battle of East Friesland

Battle of East Friesland

Defender = French Army: 27 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 3 = 30
Attacker = British Army (Wellesley): 10 + 6 + 3 + 0 + 0 = 19
Minor British Tactical Victory; French Strategic Victory

While the Third Battle of the Oresund was raging leagues away in the Baltic Sea, in East Friesland the British attempt a courageous invasion of recently-occupied French territories in North Western Germany. A large British army, led by one Arthur Wellesley, accidentally found itself staring down a significant French force en route to an unknown location. A pitched battle ensued on a field in East Friesland.

The British Army, led by General Arthur Wellesley, found itself blocked by a sizable French Army, estimated to be about 20 thousand men strong. The French Army deployed itself parallel to the British, and minor cavalry skirmishes took place between both sides. The next day, on April 27th, both sides clashed in pitched and heavy battle. The British moved first, advancing steadily from the North and North-East in good fashion, the British "Redcoats" steadfast despite accurate artillery fire from the French. The French, in contrast to their stereotypical Elan and fervor, held firm while swarms of voltigeurs harassed the stationary British as they stood firing in thickly packed lines. Combined fire from skirmishers and artillery, as well as slowly advancing French line infantry caused the British left to falter, and the attack from the North East was repelled for about an hour. The British middle and right flanks, seeing their left flank curl and get pushed back, were also forced to give ground to the slowly advancing Frenchmen. A courageous bayonet charge by French infantry on the British center further persuaded the British to fall back and regroup for another attack. The French continued their attack however, and slowly but surely pushed the British back to their own side of the battlefield, until the regrouping and consolidating British posed too much of a threat for the attack to continue. The British counterattack began at roughly 15 past 3, by then both sides were beginning to tire from the heavy fighting. Wellesly, fearing getting caught between this army and another French Army coming to reinforce, however, was unwilling to commit all of his forces to the battle, and kept about 1/5th of his force in reserve. The British counterattack, though garnering significant gains at the start, slowly lost momentum and both sides found themselves locked in a stalemate unwilling to move. By 6:45 PM, the fighting had largely stopped besides a few engagements simmering out on the field. The British Army and the French Army found themselves being forced to call the battle a draw, as there was no clear victor. The British, eager to crush the French Army before another could reinforce it, prepared for another battle the next day.

The following morning however, the British soldiers awoke to find the field devoid of any Frenchmen. The French Army had withdrawn from the battlefield! The British Army declared the battle a resounding victory, as they had driven the army from the field and could now continue to their objective. However, a discovery shortly after crushed the newfound joy in many British officers, especially Wellesley. The French Army was not as big as they had previously estimated. The army they thought to be 20 thousand strong, after receiving reports from all of the men engaged in battle that day, was actually less than 10 thousand men! Joy turned to bitterness as the army realized that they had just let a numerically inferior French Army slip from their grasp. The army could be anywhere by now, and if the direction the French had left in gave any hints, they were already miles ahead of the British nearing the key city of Emden. The British victory was anything but.

The British Army lost 9,000 men, with 8 thousand being killed or wounded, 750 being taken prisoner, and 250 going missing. Furthermore, the high cost of the battle and the inconclusive result of it causes doubt in the minds of some of the army's soldiers and officers. Rumors of another larger French Army being in the region circulate throughout its ranks as they continue on their journey. The French Army lost 1,520 men, with 1,000 being killed or wounded and 520 being taken prisoner. Furthermore, both the withdraw of the French Army and the possibility of another French army in the area giving chase to the British have forced the British to divert from their intended objective. Where the army has gone now, remains unclear.





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Siege of Stralsund

Siege & Storming of Stralsund

Defender = Swedish Army: 10 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 10
Attacker = Prussian Army: 9 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 9
Prussian Minor Tactical Victory; Prussian Major Strategic Victory

Swedish Pomerania poses a great threat to Prussia. The threat of a Swedish or even French invasion through the Swedish foothold in Europe is too great of a threat for Prussia to simply ignore. It appears Prussia, through quick action, has eradicated one threat of many to their borders.

A large Prussian force, estimated to be at least 15,000 strong, fell upon Swedish Pomerania and quickly besieged the Swedish coastal city of Stralsund. The siege continued for 2 and a half months, with the Prussians launching constant but sporadic probing attacks to try to find weaknesses in the city's defenses. The Swedes, cut off from the rest of the region, fortified and readied themselves for a lengthy siege.

Perhaps it was a hope that reinforcements from Sweden were on their way that contributed to the downfall of the besieged. Perhaps it was simply inadequate supplies and manpower to properly defend such a large area from so many attackers. Perhaps it was simply blind stupid hope. Whatever it was, the storming of Stralsund proved to be a resounding defeat for the Swedes. Despite fighting desperately to defend the city, numbers and time were not on the side of the Swedes. After 2 and a half months of siege and constant probing, the Prussians launched their attack. The Prussian troops, well rested and well fed, launched their attack at midnight. Marching silently through the night, they advanced slowly in good order towards the fortifications of the sleeping Swedes. The first wave of Prussians marched up to within 50 metres of the Swedish battlements until they were finally spotted by Swedish sentries. As the alarm was sounded and drums were beat to call the garrison to combat, the Prussians lunged forward. The night was filled with the roars and cries of men. All around the city soldiers charged shouting "Für das Vaterland!". The overwhelmed Swedes fought desperately and fought hard. When the Prussians took the battlements, the fighting moved to the barricades. When the Prussians took the barricades, the Swedes moved to the streets. When the Prussians took the streets, the Swedes moved into the port district. The Swedes kept retreating and kept fighting until their backs were to the waters of the Baltic. The city was falling all around them, with many sections of the Swedish garrison surrendering as the fighting turned against them. By sunrise of the next morning, the entire Swedish garrison had surrendered and the city of Stralsund was firmly in Prussian hands, and with it Sweden's foothold in Europe.

A small handful of Swedes managed to row across to the nearby island and continued to hold out for a few days. However, they too soon surrendered peacefully. Resistance has been squashed and Swedish Pomerania is now in Prussian control. The Prussians lost 2,000 men killed and wounded, while the Swedes lost only 180 killed and wounded in battle. However, the entire remaining garrison, all 1,820 men, surrendered to the Prussian Army, bringing total Swedish casualties up to 2,000 men.

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Battle of Ulm

Battle of Ulm

Defender = French Army (Napoleon): 24 + 9 + 0 + 0 + 3 = 36
Attacker = Austrian Army (Archduke Charles): 13 + 3 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 16
French Tactical Victory; French Strategic Victory

Napoleon Bonaparte is both greatly admired and greatly feared throughout Europe. Accounts of his military prowess are well known. However, there are many who consider themselves worthy challengers or even equals to "The Corsican". Though many claim to be worthy of doing battle against Napoleon, no worthy opponent has dared face Napoleon on the field. Until now.

The Austrian Army under command of Archduke Charles recently entered Bavaria, shocking many aboard and in Austria. What makes this Austrian "intrusion" even more bizarre is the almost synchronized military invasions of nearby German states by the two electorates of Bavaria and Wurttemberg. Whether these events are related is unclear. What is clear however is that the Bavarian army made no efforts to meet the Austrians on the field, and some say they were even welcomed by the local populace. Upon entering Wurttemberg, however, the narrative changes greatly. The Austrian Army lead by Archduke Charles treated the Electorate of Wurttemberg far worse than they did Bavaria. Everywhere the Elector of Wurttemberg had government, the Austrian Army tore away the Wurttemberger government and placed the land under Austrian control. The Austrians were invading Wurttemberg!

The situation continues to grow more confusing as time passes as well. The Austrian Army has made it their mission to annex and occupy Wurttemberg, however even though the Wurttembergers are technically their enemies, they do not attack or even bother units of Wurttemberg. A significant contingent of Wurttembergers has reportedly joined the Bavarians who are annexing smaller German counties and states. Rumors of a possible alliance or friendship or even bribery between Bavaria, Wurttemberg, or Austria circulate throughout the region, with rumors differing depending on who is asked. Even more shocking, rumors of another contingent of Wurttembergers going west in the direction of the French makes the situation in the region all the more confusing. Especially once one thinks about the number of foreign troops "trespassing" on Wurttemberger land...

The rumors of Wurttembergers joining the French has actually turned out to be true! On April 29th. the two massive armies, both around 100,000 strong, met near the city of Stuttgart in Wurttemberg. The Austrians, attempting to avoid a pitched battle away from friendly territory, began a withdraw westwards. However, the almost-lighting speed of the French Army under Napoleon allowed them to catch up to and corner the Austrian Army at Ulm, where a pitched battle took place.

The Austrians held the lands surrounding the city of Ulm. Despite having slightly more men, the Austrians put themselves on the defensive for the battle. Having heard stories of Napoleon's military prowess, Archduke Charles was not about to jeopardize Austria's fighting capabilities due to his incompetence. Napoleon, having less men but arguably better and significantly more guns, put himself on the offensive and began to encircle the city. As the encirclement began to close, the Archduke saw what was coming and committed his men to heated battle. On May 6th at 11 AM, the Battle of Ulm began. French artillery thundered and roared as the Austrians were heavily bombarded by cannonballs and howitzer shells. Large sections of the city were destroyed and much of it set on fire by the artillery barrage. Shortly after noon, following artillery and cavalry skirmishes, came the attacks of the French infantry. With their characteristic voltigeur swarms leading the advance, the French infantry advanced in mixed order ready to push with shot and steel. The French attacks were met by walls of Austrian lead as they fought in the rigid lines characteristic of the time of Frederick the Great. The French in particular were quite stunned with how stagnant the Austrian lines are; despite being peppered by accurate skirmisher fire and decimated by intense artillery barrages the Austrian lines refused to leave their line formation. In contrast, many regiments of French infantry reformed from lines and attack columns to thin lines of 2 ranks or even 1 rank when they were met with Austrian artillery fire. Despite all their effort, the Austrians found themselves being pushed and squeezed on all fronts, and the battle was looking to be more and more unwinnable as the hours passed. Finally, once the outer limits of the city were taken by the French, Archduke Charles gave the order to withdraw eastward. The Austrians executed a fighting retreat, though even then the French continued to push and harass them, particularly with cavalry and light infantry. The French soon took the city, and shortly thereafter the field. The French declared the battle a resounding victory!

The situation that has been created in southern Germany and the battle that was the result of the many actions from key actors in the region are very interesting to say the least. While troops from Baden and Wurttemberg did participate in the battle on the French side, contributing total about 5,000 troops, the nearby Bavarian armies did not join in the battle at all on either side! Despite (albeit conflicting) rumors of alliances. Whatever the case may be, what is true is that the battle was, overall, a French victory. The French Army under Napoleon suffered only 15,200 casualties, 15,00 being killed and wounded while 200 were captured. The Austrian Army under Archduke Charles suffered 36,000 casualties, 26,00 being killed and wounded while 10,000 men were captured. Furthermore, the Austrian Army has retreated somewhere into Bavaria while the French Army has held near the disputed/new border between Wurttemberg and Bavaria at Ulm. What may become of this situation is anybody's guess.
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1st of July, 1804

Summer

The Anglo-French War has spiraled out of control. With the creation of the Third Coalition, 4 of the major powers, Austria, Great Britain, Prussia, and Russia, have all joined forces and taken the fight to the French Empire. Hundreds of thousands of men march on the fields and roads of Europe, all ready to do battle against their sovereign's enemies. The possibility of peace has been all but crushed. The whole European continent is now embroiled in another great European war.

However, times have changed. Though the nations stay the same, the technologies and doctrines of war and society have changed, and continue to change as time passes by. This "War of the Third Coalition" is a far cry from the other great European wars, from the 30 Years War to the War of the League of Cambrai. Even the relatively recent 7 Years War is radically different compared to this new war. Radical changes are in store for Europe. The only question is, will those changes be made by the powers of law and enlightenment or will they be made the push of bayonets?

End of Intro Sequence. Prelude to War over

Good Luck
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End of Turn 3, Start of Turn 4, 1804 (Events of July-September 1804)
Update

July-September 1804

- The Electorate of Wurttemberg has joined the War of the Third Coalition on the side of the French Empire.

- The Ottoman Empire eases trade restrictions with Western Nations in their capital, Constantinople.

- Ex-Prime Minister De Godoy of Spain has died of uncertain circumstances. José Moñino y Redondo, conde de Floridablanca, an old but highly respected reformist statesman of the Royal Court, has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Spain.

- French port cities on the coast of the English Channel suffer minor raids from the British Navy. The raids are repelled with minor damage.

- A British merchant ship and its crew has been taken hostage by Barbary pirates!

- Barbary pirates have been raiding an increased amount. Notable nations being harassed are:

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Archduchy of Austria
  • Russian Empire
  • Kingdom of Twin Sicilies

- Hostile Action: The Ottoman Empire has invaded the Archduchy of Austria!
- Hostile Action: The Ottoman Empire has invaded the Archduchy of Austria!
- The Ottoman Empire declares War on the Archduchy of Austria.
- The Ottoman Empire raises taxes on British, Prussian, Russian, and Saxon shipping by 50%.
- The Ottoman Empire lowers taxes on French, Spanish, Batavian, Italian, Swiss, Etrurian, Swedish, Sardinian, Danish, and Norwegian trade by 20%.
- The Ottoman Empire has taken the fortified city of Agram (Zagreb).

- The Dockyards of Stockholm caught fire, causing moderate damage. Cause appears to have been accidental.
- A minor explosion occurred in the Armory of Stockholm. A few crates of powder spontaneously combusted. Cause appears to be accident. Negligible damages were sustained.
- Rumors of spies attempting to infiltrate the Grain Stores of Stockholm circulate through the city. No suspects have been caught.
- Rumors of spies attempting to infiltrate Christiania circulate through the city. No suspects have been caught.
- Rumors of spies attempting to infiltrate the Château de Malmaison circulate through France. No suspects have been caught.
- Rumors of spies attempting to infiltrate Vienna circulate through the city. No suspects have been caught.

- The Royal Navy has captured the Spanish island of Majorca (Mallorca).
- The Royal Navy has raided ports along the western coast of France. Damages were moderate and the raids were repelled.
- The Royal Navy has raided the city of Bourgogne. Damages were minimal and the raid was repelled.
- The Royal Navy has raided the city of Toulon. Damages were minimal & the raid was repelled.
- The Royal Navy begins blockading Toulon.
- The Royal Navy begins blockading trade to Spain through the Balearic Sea.
- The Royal Navy begins blockading trade to Spain through the Bay of Biscay.
- The Royal Navy has taken the Spanish town of Tarifa.
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has re-taken Gibraltar.
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland has taken the city of Cuxhaven.

- The Royal Navy begins blockading the Oresund to all trade of nations hostile to the Third Coalition.
- The Imperial Russian Navy begins blockading the Oresund to all trade of nation hostile to the Third Coalition.

- Hostile Action: The French Empire has invaded the Electorate of Bavaria.
- Hostile Action: Forces of the French Empire and the Electorate of Bavaria have begun hostilities against each other in battle.

- The Electorate of Salzburg has been occupied by the Archduchy of Austria.

- Strange weather hits Continental Europe. Strong wind and rains occur in France and Middle Europe (Germany and North Italy).

Battle of Emden

Battle of Emden

Defender = French Army (None): 29 - 3 + 0 + 0 + 3 = 29
Attacker = British Army (Townsend Walker): 19 + 0 + 3 + 0 + 0 = 22
Major French Tactical Victory

The previous French victory in East Friesland hadn't discouraged the British as anticipated. In fact, one might say they were emboldened by their defeat, as evidenced by the recent audacious naval assault on the city of Emden in East Friesland.

The garrison of Emden, having just fought Wellington a few miles north. retired to the city to recover its stocks of men and supplies. Due to bigger priorities in other campaigns, in particular Napoleon's campaign through Southern Germany, spare men and supplies were hard to come by, which made their position particularly untenable. These shortcomings were magnified once a fleet of British ships emerged on the horizon. The garrison of Emden prepared themselves for a naval raid, fortifying as much as they possibly could and bring any and all artillery they could find to bear on the city harbor. The ships stayed out of range, for the most part, for about a day. A few scattered cannon balls were shot back and forth both by ships probing for a weak point and anxious gunners scared of the British "Wooden Walls". The next morning the garrison of Emden awoke to a chilling site. Rowboats. Rowboats emerging from many of the fleet's ships, each carrying a handful of men. Scores of boats began assembling in the safety of the waters outside the range of the French cannon. All through the morning the British forces prepared for battle, with the French defenders watching anxiously. Finally at 9 in the morning, the British launched their assault. Scores of boats made their way towards the shores of Emden, the French defenders waiting eagerly for the moment they were within cannon range. Finally, fire erupted from both sides. French artillery wrecked havoc on the British, their slow boats being easy targets for musket and cannon alike. Boat after boat was either sunk or repelled with heavy casualties. Canister shot skipped the bay like pebbles upon water. The attack continued for half a day, each wave getting closer than the last one. At one point small numbers of British troops made it to shore, and began pushing the makeshift French fortifications by way of bayonet. Alas, the staunch defense of the French prevailed over the superior numbers and energy of the British. The naval assault was simply too difficult to continue, as the British had already taken many casualties with virtually no gains. Even with support from the guns of British ships, the defenders of Emden prevailed. The British were beaten.

After all was said and done, by the night of July 18th, the British retreated back to sea, having dealt major damage to the city but failing to capture it. The defenders, just barely, defended the city and kept it in French hands. The battle cost the British 4,350 men, with 4,000 being killed or wounded in battle and 350 being captured by the French. The French lost 1,430 men, 1,000 being killed or wounded while 430 were captured in battle.

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Battle of the Strait of Gibraltar

Battle of the Strait of Gibraltar

Defender = British Fleet (Eliab Harvey): 29 + 0 + 6 + 0 + 0 = 35
Attacker = Spanish Fleet (None): 10 - 3 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 7
Major British Tactical Victory; Major British Strategic Victory

It was a clear July night. A sizable fleet had congregated at the Atlantic side of the Strait of Gibraltar. Their cargo dropped off, the fleet was preparing to disperse off into smaller portions, each mini fleet with their own objective. Suddenly, on the horizon, a flag was spotted through the fog. A Spanish pennant, flapping in the wind, was soon joined by more pennants. A Spanish fleet had arrived.

Such was the situation the evening of July 20th. The day had passed by uneventful up until that point. As both fleets stirred into action, victory was weighed in on by both sides. Could this fleet be a decoy, or could it in fact be the entire Franco-Spanish Armada? Was this lone smattering of ships just another probing force of the British, or something much more significant? Soon the fog cleared, and the setting sun revealed the extent of what was to come. Both fleets, at least 25 ships strong, stared each other down in the waters near the Strait of Gibraltar. Such a point is extremely strategically important, and both sides knew it. Only one nation would be able to claim the waters as theirs this time, and the British made their first move to make it so. Assembling their fleet into 2 lines of battle, the British confidently set sail and readied themselves for battle. The Spanish, seeing themselves to be slightly outnumbered, assembled into a single line of battle, and steeled themselves for action. Solitary cannons fired test shots, all missing by a wide margin as both fleets closed in on each other. After what seemed like an eternity, both sides met in full on battle as the flagships of both fleets clashed. Soon the solitary duel turned into battle, as both fleets finally brought all of their ships to bear. The Spanish, putting faith in their standard single line formation, performed well in the first portion of the action. However, the battle quickly turned against the Spaniards, as the superior seamanship of the British proved to be too much. Cannons roared as grape and solid shot splintered through the hulls of ships. To make matters worse, the Spaniards soon found themselves fighting on both sides, as the double line formation by the British quickly divided and encircled their fleet. The battle soon turned into a rout as one by one the Spanish ships began to flee and withdraw from the field. The withdraw soon turned into chaos, though, as the ferocious British would not allow the Spaniards to leave Strait alive. Spain's crown jewel, the Santísima Trinidad, was sunk following a crippling explosion in the lower levels of the ship. The battle was over, leaving the Royal Navy the clear rulers of the sea.

The battle was a major victory for the British, who suffered the loss of only 3 sunk Ships of the Line. The Spanish meanwhile suffered the loss of a whopping 11 Ships of the Line, 8 being sunk, 2 being scuttled by either the British or the Spaniards themselves, and 1 being captured by the British. A crippling defeat.
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Battle of Gibraltar

Battle of Gibraltar

Defender = Army of Granada (None): 9 - 3 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 6
Attacker = British Army (John Moore): 29 + 0 + 3 + 0 + 0 = 32
Major British Tactical Victory; Major British Strategic Victory

While the Battle for the Strait of Gibraltar was raging nearby, another conflict was brewing between the British and the Spaniards. Landing unopposed in the Spanish port town of Tarifa, a sizable British Army under the command of General John Moore marched east to take back Gibraltar from the Spanish. A day later, the Spanish Army of Granada awoke to a shocking site: British troops and artillery deployed in order of battle against them, occupying the northern side of the area. The Spanish were trapped! To make matters worse, the defeat of the Spanish Navy meant that no relief from the sea would come anytime soon. The Spanish would have to fight their way out.

The Spaniards, taken by surprise and completely unprepared to fight an enemy attacking them by land instead of by sea, hastily organized themselves to attempt to break the 2nd siege of Gibraltar. Making their way from Gibraltar proper and into the adjacent Spanish villages, the Spaniards crept forward. The British, having the superior positioning, held fast. The 1st Spanish attack erupted as Spanish guns blasted specific sections of the British front lines. A huge wave of infantry rushed onto the British right wing, shoulder to shoulder ready to give the British cold steel. The British remained vigilante, however, and answered the Spanish call with an intense volley at point blank range into the ranks of the Spanish. The attack faltered and, despite attempts to rally and continue the charge, British musket fire repelled the Spanish charge. Soon the lines were shifting and musket fire was exchanged all over the front line. Despite all of their courage and energy, the Spanish were outmatched, outgunned, outnumbered, and had no chance. Soon groups of Spaniards surrendered on the spot as the British began pushing back by way of bayonets. The Spanish Army of Granada was to exist no more.

The battle was a major victory for the British, who had only 900 men killed and wounded. For the Spanish, the battle was a total defeat. The Spaniards lost 3,680 killed and wounded, with the remaining 7,820 men being taken prisoner by the British. The 22nd of July will be known as a black day for Spain.

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Battle of Stockholm Waters

Battle of Stockholm Waters

Defender = Russian Navy (Senyavin): 30   + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 30
Attacler = Danish-Swedish Navy (Cronstedt): 30 + 3 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 33
Tactically Inconclusive; Strategic Russian Defeat

It was a sunny July afternoon. A huge armada of Russian ships, transports and Ships of the Line, was just off the coast of Stockholm. Awaiting preparations for a large amphibious invasion of Sweden. The Russian Fleet, lead by one Dmitri Senyavin, patrolled around the stationary fleet of transport ships, holding scores of men. Suddenly, a ship appeared on the horizon. Then 2. Then 3. Soon an entire armada appeared, sailing timidly in their direction. The Danes and the Swedes had arrived.

The Danish-Swedish Fleet had not come to fight originally. In fact, the Scandinavians were caught just as unaware as the Russians were. Nevertheless, the Danes and Swedes, under Admiral Cronstedt, arrayed themselves into 2 lines of battle. Seeing that the Russians were drastically inferior in numbers, Cronstedt confidently divided his forces to crush this Russian fleet. Admiral Senyavin knew how precarious his options were. He could leave now and save his few Ships of the Line, however he would in return leave an entire undefended Russian Army in transport open to capture or even total destruction. Attempting to make his fleet appear bigger, he arranged the transports as close together as possible in what would've been a perfect line of battle, had they been Ships of the Line, while also preparing them for a quick withdrawal. Cronstedt knew what was ahead of him, and could not let this prize slip through his grasp. Senyavin knew what was behind him, and knew what was at stake not just for himself, but for his countrymen. Both men steeled themselves for what needed to be done, and so commenced this heroic battle.

Both admirals lead their respective fleets from the very front of the formation. Cronstedt's parallel lines sailed almost diagonal to Senyavin's single line. Soon both flagships sailed to within firing range of each others' guns, and the firing began. For 2 hours straight, Russian guns answered Swedish and Danish guns. Despite superior numbers, Cronstedt couldn't attain the quick and easy victory as he so hoped for. Instead, the Russian Fleet fought with the strength of an armada 3 times its own size. 30 minutes into the battle, every single Russian ship was engaged in heated exchanges of fire with their Scandinavian counterparts. Grape and solid shot tore gaping holes in ships and men alike. The previously perfect formations of both side soon collapsed. Despite being outnumbered, and now after Cronstedt's second line wheeled around, outflanked, the Russians took the fight to the Swedes and Danes.

The battle devolved, and devolved, and devolved. Soon this set piece engagement on the high seas turned into an all out bare knuckle blood bath. Sailors were turned into paste by walls of canister and grape that tore through ships at point blank range. Ships broke formation and a massive cluster formed in the center of the battle. Swedish Ships collided with Russian Ships as both sides began boarding each other. Solid and Chain-Shot were switched for canister and grape. Men leaped from the decks of their ships or the rigging, clambering onto enemy ships with pistols and sabres hacking and slashing their way into the enemy. The battle turned into a massacre. Sails were unfurled as men from all walks of life and all backgrounds fought for their lives aboard their floating coffins. All sense of order disappeared. Men fought with anything and everything at their disposal. When the swords broke and the ammunition ran out, men used the butts of their muskets and their broken bayonets. Men battered and broke their enemies with anything they could get their hands on, from the broken boards of wood their very ships were made out of to ram rods and tools once used for sailing. Sailors wrestled and fell on the decks of their ships, slippery with blood and sea water. Eyes were gouged out and fingers broken, some men strangling their foes with the rigging of their ships or even their bare hands. Curses, deathly gasps, cries for help, home, and mothers were heard throughout the battle. Dane, Russian, Swede. It did not matter. Everyone was fighting for their lives. Enraged sailors, desperate to win the battle, even blew up their own ships, hoping to kill as many of the enemy as possible while also not letting their beloved boats fall into enemy hands. Even as ships sank violently into the sea, men continued the fighting. Like in the days of Cain and Abel, men beat and brutalized each other with the very hands their Creator had endowed them with. Even as some jumped from their ships to escape their watery death, the fight continued. Swede followed Russian, and Russian followed Swede. Many who did not even know how to swim jumped after their enemies anyway into the waters of the Baltic. Men wrangled with and fought their enemies up until their last moments as the salty water of the Baltic stole away their final breaths.

The story diverges here, with accounts changing depending on who you ask. Some say it was the result of a desperate volley of cannon by the Swedes to take down Senyavin's flagship. Others say it was the result of Russian sailors boldly setting Swedish powder alight on Cronstedt's flagship. Some of the more pious would say that it was neither, and that it was in fact God himself who intervened to end the spilling of blood of his most beloved creation. What is agreed upon is this: as Cronstedt and Senyavin continued in their deathly struggle against each other, an explosion ripped through one of the flagships. Soon another explosion was heard, and a great roar rippled through the battle as both ships exploded adjacent to each other right in the middle of the battle. Pieces of artillery, hull, and men alike rained down upon the battle. Hundreds more nearby were wounded by debris and the explosion.

As their brethren were embraced in a hellish struggle, a portion of Cronstedt's second line of battle rushed towards the undefended Russian transport fleet. Many had already swiftly withdrawn from the waters, however the unlucky few were caught by Danish ships. Despite being almost totally unarmed, a few bold transports, filled to the brim with soldiers, fought back with whatever weapons they had on board. One or two fruitless and inaccurate cannon shots were met by a wall of iron delivered by the Danish ships. The poor transports were battered and destroyed, their living cargo sinking with them. Many who could not get away surrendered to their Danish enemies, knowing that defeat was clear and death was certain should they try to fight. The fighting continued for another hour, but the battle was already over.

The battle was extremely bloody. The Russians lost all 8 of their Ships of their Line, 5 being sunk and 3 being captured, and Admiral Senyavin, along with 2,000 men being transported killed in action and another 8,000 being captured. However, the majority of their transports did manage to flee the battle and return to port safely, all thanks to the bravery and selflessness of Senyavin and his Lion Fleet. The Swedes suffered 7 Ships of the Line sunk, while the Danes lost 1 Ship of the Line also being sunk. The Swedes also lost Admiral Cronstedt. However, the Scandinavians did capture 3 Russian Ships of the Line and 8,000 Russian Soldiers. The Swedes and Danes also returned to Stockholm to repair and more than likely now to find a new admiral to lead them. This bloody and horrific battle on the Baltic Sea will never be forgotten. July 6th: the day the sea turned Red.

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Battle of Viipuri (Author: DoctorWarband)

Battle of Viipuri (Russian province of Finland)

Defender = Danish Army of Norway (Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel): 19 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 19
Attacker = Russian Army (Bagration): 3 + 3 + 3 + 0 + 0 = 9
Russian Tactical Victory; Danish Strategic Victory

The 12th of July was a nice summer day in Viipuri. You don't see many of these, considering it IS the great north. Birds were chirping, the summer wind was blowing. It seemed like a great day for battle! Not too cold, not too warm.  A small Danish force decided to take a stroll through the land, to feel it with their bare (or not so bare) feet. They marched for some time it seems, but the troops seemed content and happy. They were singing Danish folks songs, talking about recent lays they had in their local tavern with the blonde lass from around the block. It felt a bit too good to be true. They did not know that there was a Russia surprise waiting for them, though...

It wasn't an ambush, not at all, but it did seem like the Russian force knew where the Danish were coming from. Bagration, the commander of the Russian army, led his forces to chase the seemingly unprepared Danish army. The battle itself did not occur until a few days of chase, where they stopped and went, stopped and went. On the day of battle, Bagration prepared his vanguard to attack the Danish force, mistakenly thinking it was much small than it really was. The Russian vanguard, eager and ready for battle, all pumped up from the days of the cat and mouse game these two forces played. Without thinking, Bagration orders his vanguard to attack. The Russian lines advanced hastily towards the line of the Danish vanguard. The Danish quickly opened fire. That was devastating result. You could see a line of 100 Russian troops dropping to the floor all together, almost synchronized. It was in that moment where it all went to hell for the Russian force. "CHAAAAAARGE" called Bagration. The Russian vanguard charged the steady Danish forces, which after about 12 hour of continuous face to face fighting were able to repel the Russian forces back slightly! At that point, the Danish lost only 900 men where the Russians lost about 9,000 (dead/wounded) and 500 more were captured. Even after repelling the vanguard of the Russians, there were still quite a lot of troops for the Danish to handle, and they knew that. So they retreated to the nearby forest, there they were safe once again, all shocked from the victory they were able to achieve against the Russians. Slowly, the realization started to creep on them, and throughout the day you could hear loud noises of celebration. 


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Battle of Tornio (Lapland)

Battle of Lapland

Defender = Russian Army (Bennigsen): 28 + 0 - 3 + 0 + 0 = 25
Attacker = Swedish Army (Adlercreutz): 12 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 12
Minor Swedish Tactical Victory; Extreme Russian Strategic Victory

Bennigsen's Army lay in waiting in the province of Lapland. The rich city of Tornio was his base. Covering the main road, Bennigsen both snapped the Swedish supply lines by way of land and was in a position to be able to delay or even halt a reinforcing army coming from Sweden or hold a retreating Swedish Army.

That "retreating" Swedish Army soon came, and on July 18th Bennigsen deployed himself a few miles south of Tornio. The Swedish Army, under command of one Adlercreutz, deployed itself against Bennigsen's position. Seeing that they had the advantage, the Swedes pressed the attack, creeping forward with weight of numbers on their side. However, they were not prepared for such a feisty Russian defense. Despite numerical inferiority, the Russian defenders held firm, giving the Swedes every foot of land for a precious cost. Slowly but surely, the Russians were pushed back, not without inflicting massive casualties on the advancing Swedes and even routing some portions of the Swedish Right Flank. Weight of numbers was a grave danger however, and the Russians were forced to retire. Their withdrawal was superbly executed, with every unit leaving the field in an orderly fashion and managing to retreat to safety with the army still intact.

The battle might be considered a Swedish victory, however the conflict did not end there. Even after being pushed out of Tornio, Bennigsen continued his harassment of the much larger Swedish Army travelling west through Lapland. Despite their best efforts, the Swedish Rearguard failed many times in keeping the Russians at bay. Stragglers were captured by the Russian Army, and the Swedes were forced to leave the province without being able to replenish or even retake control of their own land. So, despite "losing" the battle, the Russians might be considered the victors in this endeavor. The Russians lost 2,000 men killed and wounded, with another 400 taken as captives. The Swedes lost 13,000 killed/wounded, with another 2,000 captured.
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Battle of Augsburg

Battle of Augsburg

Defender = Austrian Army (Archduke Charles): 22 + 3 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 25
Attacker = French Grand Armee (Napoleon Bonaparte): 15 + 9 + 0 + 0 + 3 = 27
Minor French Tactical Victory; Austrian Strategic Victory

Following a peculiar bout of strange weather, Napoleon finally managed to set out against the Austrians in Southern Germany. A month of weird weather delayed communications, supplies, men, roads were blocked, a whole manner of strange events. Finally, on August 1st, all of the consequences of these series of unfortunate events ceased and the war in Germany continued.

Napoleon and his Grand Armee made their way east, following after the Army of Archduke Charles, their opponent in the previous battle. Weird weather had delayed them too, and so both sides found themselves desperate for time. The day of battle soon arrived. The Austrians, knowing that the French were hot on their heels, halted and began entrenching a few miles shy of the small city of Augsburg. The French arrived soon enough. Both sides were ready for yet another pitched battle.

The French began with a ferocious greeting from their massive Grand Battery. Gun after gun fired cannonballs at the entrenched Austrians. The damage was terrible. However, the Austrians were not about to be defeated by a few measly balls of iron. The Austrians stood firm, and so the French attack began. The French line advanced, steadily closing in on the significantly outnumbered Austrians. As the Frenchmen began to close in on the Austrian redoubts, the firing began. Scores of men fell within the first volleys on the French side. The French infantry deployed into lines and began to respond in turn. The Austrians however had the advantage, and soon the first infantry attack was repelled. The battle did not end however, as more infantry attacks were launched by the French. On the Austrian left, an audacious and cunning bayonet charge launched against the Austrian flank began a chain reaction causing the Austrians to begin to give up their fortified positions. Although the bayonet charge was repelled, the Austrian Army had already begun to fall back. Archduke Charles, seeing that weight of numbers was not on his side, fought a stellar fighting retreat against Napoleon's Army. Napoleon gave chase, swiftly harassing any units he could. However, the battle, by then, was already over. The French had taken the field, but at a cost.

The battle, though a minor French tactical victory, was really a major Austrian victory. Future circumstances would make this apparent. From this battle the Austrians lost 10,000 killed and wounded and 7,280 captured, however the army had remained intact and organized, allowing them to retreat further east to link up with reinforcements. The French meanwhile lost 17,000 men killed and wounded with another 5,000 captured. Though this battle was over, another battle would be just beginning a day's march away, in Munich.
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Battle of Munich

Battle of Munich

Defender = Austro-Bavarian Army (Archduke Charles): 20 + 3 + 0 + 0 + 1 = 24
Attacker = French Grand Armee (Napoleon Bonaparte): 26 + 9 + 0 + 0 + 3 = 38
French Tactical Victory; Austrian Strategic Victory

Following the battle of Augsburg, the Army of Archduke Charles retreated east to link up with reinforcements. Napoleon gave chase, hoping to crush the army before it could be reinforced by a sizable force. Napoleon, however, was not fast enough as he soon encountered Archduke Charles's army once again, with a large Bavarian Army backing him! Both armies, the Austrians now reinforced, met a few miles north of Munich. Another battle, this time now with the aid of the Bavarians, a nation that had not declared their hostilities against France, was about to begin.

The Austrians had, once again, fortified their position. Now, with Bavarian reinforcements, they also begain to take the offensive against Napoleon. The Bavarian Army, some 30 something thousand strong, began the battle with a surprise: a Grand Battery! The Bavarian Grand Battery challenged the French Grand Battery, and the French soon responded. An artillery duel began as both sides began their attacks. Austrian infantry, blooded by the previous battle, stood firm against the French attacks. However French Elan and energy proved too much to handle, and despite adequate musket fire the Austrians were pushed back by French bayonets. The Austrians continued their attacks elsewhere, however, and on the Austrian right flank the Bavarians proved to be a match for the French. A fierce French charge was driven back by a Bavarian regiment, charging into the smoke after delivering an impressive volley.

The battle, however, began to turn in Napoleon's favor. The Austrians and Bavarians soon found themselves divided between Napoleon's Grand Army as the Austrian center began to curl. Archduke Charles, fearing total defeat and the reinforcement of possibly another French Army, ordered a tactical withdrawal. The Austrians and Bavarians, in adequate order, disengaged themselves from the battle. This time the outnumbered French prevailed over the larger Austro-Bavarian Army.

The battle was a French tactical victory once again. The French lost 12,000 men killed and wounded, with another 3840 men captured. However, the Wurttembergers who were a part of the Bavarian Army, having not engaged in the battle, defected over to the French side seeing that their countrymen were in French service! A total of 8,000 Wurttembergers had joined the French Grand Armee. Meanwhile, the Austro-Bavarian Army lost 13,000 Austrians killed and wounded, with another 4,754 Austrians being captured. The Bavarians lost 6,000 killed and wounded, with another 5,172 being captured. The Austro-Bavarian Army, due to Archduke Charles's diligence, had managed to retreat towards Vienna mostly intact. Napoleon's Grand Armee once again began to give chase, however the presence of more hostile armies soon changed his plans.
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Battle of Starnberg "Battle of the Two Empires"

Battle of Starnberg
Defender = French Grand Armee (Napoleon Bonaparte): 29 + 9 + 0 + 0 + 3 = 41 (+2)-> 43
Attacker = Austro-Prussian Army (Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Bülow & Emperor Francis II): 1 - 3 + 0 + 0 + 0 = -2 (Minimum of 1, 2 added to opponent's roll)
Major French Tactical Victory; Major French Strategic Victory

Napoleon's plans of chasing after Archduke Charles were soon given up. A sizable Prussian Army under Von Bulow caused him to be on alert. Napoleon would have gone after the Prussians, had he not heard of another army coming after him from the south: a monstrous army, reportedly 100,000 men strong, lead by Holy Roman Emperor Emperor Francis II, was barreling down on Napoleon. Napoleon had to act and act fast. Instead of chasing Archduke Charles, Napoleon fled west. He laid his trap near the small town of Starnberg.

Napoleon found himself caught between a rock and a hard place. Feigning panic, he sent a messenger to the Emperor calling for an armistice and perhaps a meeting to discuss terms. The Emperor, seeing this as a sign of weakness, accepted the armistice and prepared his own plans of crushing Napoleon. The Prussians soon joined the Emperor at the town of Starnberg. Confident that Napoleon would not attack them, they rested their armies in the town of Starnberg waiting for more news from Napoleon and the possibility of favorable peace terms. A day passed and the Emperor received word back. Correspondence continued and the Germans found themselves at ease. Napoleon had surely given up!

September 3rd was a chilly day. As night fell, the moon was out of sight. The night was pitch black, with not even the stars out to give light. The Austro-Prussian camp was silent. At 2 in the morning, almost every man, save for the sleep deprived sentries, were asleep. Suddenly a loud roar shook the ground of the Austro-Prussian camp. Cannonballs rained down on the camp, breaking many fragile tents and buildings. Men died in their sleep, and the unlucky ones awoke to darkness as the screams of men grew louder and louder. Suddenly horses crashed into the camp, cutting down any man who dared stand against them. The camp was in total disarray. The army was in shambles. Many men had not even the time to put on their uniform or pick up a weapon! Suddenly mobs of Frenchmen stormed into the camp, killing any and all that they could find. Napoleon had launched a night attack!

The "battle" that ensued was a complete and total disaster. Many men were cut down where they stood, without even the slightest chance of surviving. Those who were lucky ran and continued running until this hellish scene was out of their sight. Those that managed to become somewhat organized fled into the city where another portion of the army was staying. The Emperor himself and the Von Bulow barely escaped with their lives, themselves dressed in night attire as they rode off into the night. As morning came, those that made it into the city found themselves besieged. With leadership crumbling and no reinforcements in sight, the siege was short lived. Napoleon had just smashed an army over double his size. The Austrian Army crumbled. The battle was totally lost.

The French took this stellar victory with almost negligible losses. 582 men were killed or wounded on the French side. The Austro-Prussian Army, meanwhile, took a total of 53,750 casualties! 12,900 of those were Prussians, as they lost 4,900 men killed or wounded and 8,000 captured. The Austrians lost a total of 40,850 men, 20,000 of those being killed/wounded while another 20,840 were captured. Many of those following the resulting siege of Starnberg and from the hussars pursuing stragglers. Overall, this was perhaps the worst military disaster Austria has had. Whatever remained of the army had fled towards Vienna. Napoleon now appears to have the upper hand in Europe alone. Could this be the end of Austria's war?

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2016, 11:44:32 pm »
1st of January, 1804.

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The year is 1804. Napoleon Bonaparte, an upstart military officer from the French island of Corsica, has just crowned himself "Emperor of France" a month before. The ambitious Corsican looks northward towards his old rival, Great Britain. Following the failure of the Treaty of Amiens, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared war on what was at the time the Republic of France. Shortly thereafter, the Electorate of Hannover was quickly annexed by the French, a move that has stirred caution in both the Kingdom of Prussia and the Austrian Empire.

The Austrian Empire in particular watches with baited breath; the Revolutionary Wars were a series of disasters for Austria, as Austrian hegemony in both the Italian Peninsula and in the Holy Roman Empire has been challenged and thwarted by the upstart Emperor. Years of struggles have been reversed in a matter of months, and French ambition appears to be insatiable. The Austrian Empire and the French Empire appear to be destined to meet each other yet again in the field of battle.

The stage is set for another war with another coalition aimed at bringing down the devilish French and their soldier-emperor, Napoleon. Already, British diplomats and messengers rush around Europe, gathering support for a rumored Third Coalition. Many in Europe remain unconvinced however; surely, Napoleon is just another monarch like in the days of the Bourbon kings. Surely, the French Revolution has died out and the ideals of the Enlightenment with it. After all, how can a country adhere to the ideals of the Enlightenment after a man like Napoleon has seized the crown? Perhaps this man, Napoleon, is just like every other monarch in Europe, and so the fears being stirred by the British are unfounded at best.

Then again, the French Empire is only a single month old. Will this "Napoleon" prove to be just another European monarch, or will he be revealed to be something greater? The drums of war only grow louder with each passing day. The future of Europe hangs in balance, and it will be decided by the ambitions, decisions, and efforts of one powerful man: Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2016, 11:44:07 am »

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

Prime Minister Henry Addington has been forced from his office, resulting in William Pitt the Younger of the Tory party. He has made the following statements:

- The British government welcomes all French royalists into exile on the British Isles for safety from the Napoleonic regime.
- The British government will not accept peace with France until Napoleon abdicates and a Bourbon Restoration occurs.
- The British government also invites any nations opposing the Napoleonic regime to negotiations at London to discuss a possible Third Coalition.

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2016, 12:20:10 pm »


In a recent turn of events his Majesty, King Frederick William III, King of Prussia would like to address the following:

He blatantly says he is suspicious of the new Napoleon. He smells a war looming over Europe and hence he decides to take the following steps:
- He invites the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the Russian Empire and the Austrian Empire to a trade agreement.
- He invites the Duchy of Warsaw to sign an alliance.

Furthermore, the King would like to improve his roads for the better of the nation.
 
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2016, 12:46:43 pm »



In the name of his noble highness Elector Maximilian IV., the high minister Maximilian von Montgelas declares:



The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Electorate of Wurttemberg.
The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Electorate of Baden.
The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Electorate of Saxony.
The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Swiss Confederation.
The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Kingdom of Etruria.
The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Kingdom of Portugal.
The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily.
The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Kingdom of Sardinia.
The Electorate of Bavaria seeks a trade agreement with the Batavian Republic.
The Elctorate of Bavaria requests his holyness the Pope, Pius VII., to agree to a trade agreement.




The Electorate of Bavaria continues to carry out reforms.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2016, 01:02:30 pm »


Kingdom of Portugal

Queen Maria I announces following statements after a meeting with the the royal advisers:


The Kingdom of Portugal will remain neutral in the anglo-french war, because our allies are fighting on both sides

The Kingdom of Portugal is accepting the trade agreement with the The Electorate of Bavaria. May both countrys take an advantage of this agreement

The Kingdom of Portugal is inviting the Kingdom of Etruria to a trade agreement.
The Kingdom of Portugal is inviting the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily to a trade agreement.
The Kingdom of Portugal is inviting the Kingdom of Sardinia to a trade agreement.
The Kingdom of Portugal is inviting the Kingdom of Spain to a trade agreement.
The Kingdom of Portugal is inviting the Austrain Empire to a trade agreement.
The Kingdom of Portugal is inviting the Ottoman Empire to a trade agreement.
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The Austrian Empire would like to accept all Trade Agreements(Portugal, Prussia).

We also begin to reform our military, as it is clear after the defeats in Italy changes have to be made!
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2016, 04:02:41 pm »

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

The British government announces that Russia and Prussia have annulled their trade agreements with the French Empire and instead enter trade with the United Kingdom.

The British government has entered trade with the Kingdom of Sweden and promises to leave Swedish shipping alone for the remainder of the war.
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2016, 04:05:03 pm »

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After the retirement of Alexander Vorontsov, Imperial Chancellor, Emperor Alexander summons his friend of old, Polish noble Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, to advice him in the matters of foreign affairs.
Being concerned about the situation between United Kingdom and French Empire Emperor Alexander sends Nikolay Novosiltsev to London as Ambassador of Russian Empire.

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The king is delighted with the UK's and Russia's trade agreement with his Majesty! He would like to further elaborate in his acts to prepare for the worst to come:

Kingdom of Prussia starts a military reform. 

 
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2016, 04:12:58 pm »


The Kingdom of Sweden offers trade agreements with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
The Kingom of Sweden offers trade agreements with The Kingdom of Prussia
The Kingdom of Sweden offers trade agreements with the Kingdom of Spain
The Kingdom of Sweden offers trade agreements with the Kingdom of Portugal

The Kingdom of Sweden accepts Russia's trade request.

The Kingdom of Sweden will continue our neutrally in all current wars.


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Re: BoP: Napoleonic Wars [Game Live]
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2016, 04:20:17 pm »



The Kingdom of Prussia agrees to Sweden's trade agreement offer.
 
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Re: BoP: Napoleonic Wars [Game Live]
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2016, 05:56:02 pm »
The Elector of Saxony accepts the trade agreement with the Elector of Bavaria.
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