MotF 193: To The Strongest

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  1. Kaiphranos Hydraulic Despot Donor

    Oct 9, 2009
    Southern Hos-Harphax
    MotF 193: To The Strongest

    The Challenge

    Make a map showing the aftermath of a disputed succession or succession crisis.

    The Restrictions
    There are no restrictions on when the PoD of your map should be. Fantasy, sci-fi, and future maps are allowed.

    If you're not sure whether your idea meets the criteria of this challenge, please feel free to PM me or comment in the main thread.

    Entries will end for this round when the voting thread is posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2019.
    Any discussion must take place in the main thread.
    If you post anything other than a map entry (or a description accompanying a map entry) in this thread then you will be asked to delete the post.

    Remember to vote on MotF 192!
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2019
  2. Entrerriano Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2018
    Charles the Dumb was one of the most infamous kings of West Francia, having gained his nickname thanks to his incompetency during his reign. Even dumber of him, was his lack of heirs, having only one child with his mistress, making him illegitimate.

    When Charles died, legally the crown should have gone to one of his distant cousins. However, what mattered the most was not the law, but the armies. Two of his closer cousins; Alfred of Normandy, King of England; and Rudolph of Welf, King of Arles; decided to claim the throne for themselves. They didn’t have a legal claim on the throne since West Frankish law prohibited females from being in the line of succession; however the lack of adequate heirs allowed them to strike Francia. The war started in 1185, when Alfred marched his armies from Normandy towards Paris, and ended in 1192, with the signing of the Treaty of Frankfurt, when Alfred, Rudolph and Ludwig II, Holy Emperor, agreed to split the Kingdom. The crown of West Francia, along with the northern territories, went to Albert, giving Flanders, which had been occupied by Ludwig, to the Emperor. In the south, the Kingdom of Aquitaine was created (Not to be confused with the Duchy of Aquitaine, despite having the same name, they were separate entities, the Duke being a feudal subject of the King; later they would be unified) and given to Rudolph of Welf.

    Peace would last for a couple of decades after the treaty, until the Norman Kings of West Francia attempted to reclaim the whole Kingdom.
  3. Mina-van-Mako Marquise of Excess (formerly Mako-Tochan)

    Jan 1, 2018
    My Domain

    After the assassination of Franz-Ferdinand in 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The war was terrible, and many events happened, terrible ones. In 1917, after it became clear that the Mensheviks had no intention to sign a peace with the Central Empires, Czech women went on strikes, and demonstrated against the dual monarchy, demanding a reformation of the Empire. However, after the death of Franz-Ferdinand and his wife, there was no support in the Imperial family to such a project.

    The women of Praha gained public support among Poles, Ruthenians and Slovenes, and the whole industry stopped working for days. The very old and tired Kaiser Franz-Josef, realizing that he couldn’t handle both the war and the reformists, chose to sign a peace with the Entente. The conditions were harsh: free the Serbs, the Romanians, the Italians, the Poles, the Ruthenians, and apologize for starting the Great War. As Germany refused to give up Alsace-Moselle and Poland, the Habsburg monarchy signed a separate truce.

    However, the troubles didn’t end either: the apologies had to be pronounced by a representative of the Austrian government, and no minister or prince accepted such a humiliation. Thus, unfair parts of the treaty couldn’t be questioned until someone presented the official apologies. The demonstrations became so important that independentists tried to use the peace as a coup-de-grace and end the Empire.

    The princess Sophie, granddaughter of Franz-Josef, and daughter of Franz-Ferdinand, accepted to pronounce the apologize speech, in Sarajevo, in front of a Slavic and angry crowd. She was only fifteen, but she became, in the eyes of the anti-dualist demonstrators, the best pretender: she was born from a Slavic mother, and bold enough to carry the weight of the speech.

    She didn’t know any of that, she was unauthorized to inherit because of her mother’s rank, and was too worried about her speech to hear anything of what was happening in Bohemia, while she was in her train to Sarajevo. She trained, demanded to have the whole wagon for herself, to be able to recite her speech alone, correct it a last time, and calm down.

    Thus, when she arrived in Sarajevo, she was surprised to see that, instead of being frowned upon by the people, the few German speakers where just curious and cautious, and received a few encouragements. The “tiny German” climbed on the stairs, and recited her speech with the eloquence and charisma of an opera singer, and was applauded to, under the watch of the astonished Serbian police.

    She arrived in Vienna a few hours before her grandfather died. He told her that he was proud of her, and that she would have been a valuable minister. Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen was in Budapest at this time, greeting the Hungarian soldiers who came back from the front. He was thus crowned King of Hungary the next day. But a palace coup happened in Vienna: the princess was kidnapped, and proclaimed Empress by the Parliament under the pressure of the Slavic crowd all around the building. Nobody asked her about her feelings, and after her very complicated trip to Sarajevo, she was exhausted, and not ready to be crowned.

    This new event split Austria and Hungary, but the demonstrators in Transleithania didn’t plan to let go this easily: the Slovaks and Croats gathered and rose up against the Hungarian government, and the Austrian Parliament offered these rebels sieges in the Parliament, therefore recognizing them as a constituent of the Habsburg Empire, after the Czech and Slovenes were given rights that were reserved to Hungarians. The creation of a State Council, including a member of every constituent state, and managing all the important matters, gave the Empress more and more responsibilities, as she was now in charge of taking the final decision after the debates.

    The country was completely paralyzed until the end of the Great War, and the Entente offered an arbitration : the United Kingdom came up with the Purple plan, turning Austria into a federation similar to the Commonwealth; Italy offered a Green plan, creating a five-region solution, with Czechs, Hungarian, Carinthians, Austrians and Slovaks; France suggested a Blue plan, with autonomous regions, a Parliament for everyday matters and the State Council for more important things. An autonomous panhandle was suggested to link the Székelys to the rest of Hungary.

    A referendum was held in the whole Empire, even in the Hungarian rogue state, and the Blue plan was chosen, and after very long debates in the State Council, ratified. Karl Ist abdicated, but gained the title of Great-Prince of Hungary, making him the representative of the Hungarian people in the State Council. The Parliament was established, voting federal laws, and the Provinces of Transylvania and Szekelys were given an extensive autonomy, costing them their voice to the Parliament.

    Today, the 12th of April 1918, Sophie von Habsburg-Hohenberg is about the be crowned Empress of the Princely States of Habsburg. She carries the hopes and dreams of her peoples, and is a symbol of unity, as the Alte Herr was before her.
  4. JoeyB2198 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2012

    In his time, Emperor Keyser of Arixo rose from nothing to the most powerful ruler in old North America. He unified the tribes of Red Rock country, became master of the Four Corners, and crossed the Colorado in triumph, smashing the forces of the upstart Californian Republic and claiming the gleaming city of Vegas for his capital.

    And then he died, and his empire - that which he hoped would be the seed of a new American civilization - died with him.

    The feared Malpais Legate, leader of the bulk of the imperial armies in California, was lifted onto his troops' shields and named the natural successor. He marched into Vegas in a glorious triumph and by all accounts, appeared to cement his position as Emperor. But he was not to be unopposed.

    Prefect Lucius, one of the old Emperor's most trusted advisers, fled to the old capital of Flagstaff and arrayed many of the Empire's elites behind him, raising an army to rival the Legate's.

    Tribune Gaius Magnus, leader of the Empire's conquest of Baja California and a major rival of the Legate, declared himself Emperor and marched back north, seizing much of Southern California.

    Procurator Aurelius of Phoenix, ruler of the second richest province in the Empire, declared himself for the Legate and led a coalition of southern provinces to oppose the Prefect.

    Prefect Silus of Cibola, an ambitious man, declared his province an independent kingdom and crowned himself Dux of all New Mexico. Moving his capital to the Rio Grande, he foresaw the final end of the empire and planned a new hydraulic empire under his dynasty, stretching all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Praetor Inculta of the Army of the North had been given the unenviable task of guarding the Long 15, the only link between the Imperial core and the rich border provinces of the old Utah and Colorado. As the Empire fell he kept to his duty, using his army to strongarm local governors and tribes to recognize him as the supreme authority in the absence of an uncontested Emperor.

    Vexillarius Tiberius, leader of the military province of Denver, marched west with his legion and seized control of the depot of Circle Junction. Naming himself Magistrate of the Upper Colorado, he declared continued allegiance to the Empire but neutrality among the three claimants.

    Propraetor Ulysses, governor of the isolated province of Chihuahua, was left isolated on the edge of the civilized world with just a handful of units as garrison, as imperial resources were redirected to the civil war. Pulling back to the province center, he prepared as best he could to hold out until the empire reunited and sent reinforcements.

    But the reunification never came. The Legate and the Tribune, both seeing each other as the greatest threat, tore into each others' armies and both died at the brutal battle of Hesperia Pass. California fell into a chaos of squabbling statelets and never recovered.

    The Prefect marched triumphantly into Vegas and claimed the imperial title, and spent the rest of his short life chasing the dream of reconquering the empire, reclaiming almost all of old Arizona and New Mexico before the earth reclaimed him. His heirs ruled in decadent indolence for almost another 500 years, slowly losing territory to younger, more vigorous powers.

    The Procurator of Phoenix was the first victim of the Prefect's reconquest, losing his capital and the northern half of his kingdom. But he and his heirs rebuilt survived in the old border province of Sonora, becoming one of the dominant powers of Northern Mexico.

    The Dux's grand plans never came to fruition. He soon faced the threat of a coup from a group of soldiers who declared their commander Emperor Lanius, throwing the kingdom into civil war. The Dux eventually won, but the war left his state vulnerable to the Prefect's armies, which easily seized the territory.

    The Praetor quickly lost the province of Utah to a Canaanite revolt, and in the absence of this tax base, he proved unable to defend the Long 15 from the raiding tribes of Inner Nevada. His realm fell into dust within a generation, forever severing the tenuous link between East and West which so much blood had been spilt to build.

    As the West fell into anarchy, the Domain of the Upper Colorado slowly turned eastwards and grew in power as the military orders of the Great Plains were slowly replaced by nomadic tribes. As the old Empire of Flagstaff declined, the heirs of the Magistrate claimed the title for themselves, becoming Emperors of Denver and ruling a good portion of North America for nearly a millennium and a half.

    The Propraetor of Chihuahua held on against all odds, repulsing native rebellions as well as invasions from Sonora, Laredo and Texas. His heirs consolidated the realm into a mighty kingdom which survived over 900 years before being politically outmanoeuvred by a power of a new age.
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  5. CourageousLife The Guy Who Did the Thing

    Mar 17, 2013
    North Carolina
    Somewhere back in the annals of history, the Franks migrate to the island of Britain as the Saxons, Angles, and Jutes expand westward on the continent. The result of the alternate migration is a more politically divided west Europe and the powder keg for the Great War.
  6. SpazzReflex Induce vomiting if contacted

    Sep 25, 2010
    The Pit
    ...The Biggest issue facing the Davidians was one of sectarianism, particularly after the death of King David. In a situation many scholars of Abrahamic religions find noteworthy for a strange parallelism (which indeed many Muslim, Jewish, and Davidian scholars have commented on), The Second Kingdom of Israel was split between the supporters of Yonatan Sardoza, a merchant with a penchant for military skills, married to David's daughter Marina, and Adam ben Yisrael, David's nephew and a radical Davidian; one of the first converts. Though initially, violence was avoided by appointing both of them the rank of 'General Commander', a military title for a nation under siege, the tensions remained. These boiled over into the 1st Davidian Civil War, and the Turkish armies swept through the region, stamping out the Davidian cause in Thessalonika. Leaders like Abraham Zevi and Profiat Hassan decided exile would be the best hope for their people. They initially began paying for passage on French and Venetian ships, but as the Ottomans came closer to the city gates, desperation began to take over. In the confusion, Venetian slavers made off with many Davidians and Jews, ransoming them or simply selling them off in Mediterranean ports. Hassan and around ~700 other Davidians were able to reach France, and eventually were granted land in the New World, a buffer between the Dutch and French possessions.

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019