Interesting timeline, I'll be looking foward to more of this.
1. Sweden is not going to be totally destroyed (that would make no sense), but the terms will be nastier than IOTL mainly in terms of territory lost. Not to mention, Stockholm got wrecked when the Russians sacked it, which will really hurt the Swedish.
2. Hmm, I didn’t know August and Peter signed an agreement. I now have a new idea for what the post war map will look like.
3. Russia won’t take all of Finland, but they will take more than IOTL. It’ll help them secure the Gulf of Finland.
4. If Britain was pro-Sweden, why did Hanover IOTL declare war on Sweden?
1. Good point, though remember that the capital of a country being destroyed is never good for the society or economy. Still, you do have a point on that one.#1. Yes, but Russia has almost a decade less for destroying the Swedish economy by raiding the coastal area.
#2. Of course they signed an agreement when they made an alliance: there was a need to define who is going to get what. But in 1700 Saxony/PLC was a leading partner and by the end - junior. Still, Peter and his diplomacy were too inexperienced for a simple “screw you” approach.
#4. Britain was not openly “pro Sweden” except for the last period of war but the economic interests could not be completely ignored. Just as when the British position switched to pro-Sweden, the Russian component of the trade could not be ignored either and the British naval commander in the area remained quite passive. In both cases this was seemingly a “cabinet war” rather then one involving real national interests.
Thanks for the response and thanks for subscribingVery interesting, I don't know enough about the period to comment, but I'm here to give my opinion on the form of the story.
Maybe adding illustrations (tables and maps) could help understanding even if for the moment the story is understandable for those who know the main lines of the period.
Your writing is good even if it is slightly partisan (is it voluntary? will it have an impact for later?). Can't wait for the rest!
If you need help to do cartography I can help you even if I am not a great master in the field.Thanks for the response and thanks for subscribing
I don’t know how to make maps, unfortunately, though I do have an acquaintance who I will soon ask for a map for an upcoming chapter.
Though what exactly do you mean by partisan? Just curious.
Well, actually, his depiction of what was going on on both sides is rather mild. Swedes had been routinely killing the Russian POWs while Russian strategy for forcing Sweden out of war was a deliberate destruction of the territory. This was going on starting from 1701, Sheremetev’s first campaign in Swedish Livonia. “I destroyed everything except for few fortresses and took so many prisoners that my camp is overloaded. Please order to send them to Russia...”. (*) In Sweden the raids had been destroying, among other things, the ironworks, which was a serious hit for the Swedish economy (at that time Sweden was the biggest supplier of iron to Britain).If you need help to do cartography I can help you even if I am not a great master in the field.
What I meant by "partisan" is that the story seems to highlight the martyrdom of Sweden in the face of a very belligerent Russia (at least that's the impression I had while reading). So I was wondering if this form of narration had a purpose that will reveal itself later or just because the narrator you play is pro-Swedish?
Either way, it doesn't bother the narrative in any way.
I am a fan of heading the updates with a picture of the vital actor, place or the like if there is one in the update. Eg Charles, Peter, but eg the Russian/Swedish Army/Flag/Ship of the era, just some flavoring. But I haven’t truly missed it either
It's not a reproach at all, it's more of an observation. In addition, it can also be interesting to make chapters taking the cause of a belligerent, it can open up many possibilities.@dunHozzie & @Comte de Dordogne
I will try to include more pictures in future chapters, it'll depend on the country or event depicted by the chapter.
And @Comte de Dordogne , do not worry I am not Sweden-biased, its just that history shows that Russia is not exactly merciful to those who wrong it, and this timeline is no different. In fact, Russia is the one that's going to be much stronger than IOTL by the early 20th century. Sweden's future is going to be... interesting. It's hard to argue if what I have planned for Sweden ITTL would be better or worse (though this will take at least a century before it truly happens), but I will let you decide that when it comes.
I love the pictures, and the map is accurate except there was no attack on Norway, no Ottoman intervention due to no Pruth War, and Prussia didn’t join the GNW which is why Denmark is (Spoiler) gonna get some sweet Pomeranian land.
The amount of cash is indeed more than what they got IOTL... but the loss of German territories like Bremen means more money in the short run but less in the long run. Besides, a lot of that money is going to be used fixing the sacked capital.Very interesting. The Swedish have a big loss and plenty of cash. Now they have to make a decision: mercenaries or merchants (investments).
Poland - Lithuania is now the next target for the Russians, the Danish might have to deal with some unrest. The balance of power in Europe is very different now...