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Mercantile Combine Notes: I now have automated the Mercantile Combines's NMV to be 5% higher than normal nations. I have fixed a little problem in the MerCom's ITV calculation which will give MerCom's a greater income through trade.
* I have knocked down Religious Empires NMV down 5% to balance things out.
* To accomodate the MerCom's ability to handle trade routes for other nations, I have added three new Trade Route Codes.
Land Trade MerCom (ltm): If you are using a Mercom to handle your land trade, this is the code I will use. If the trade partner does not border your nation, I will count the number of regions away from your border to their border. If this number exceeds your trade range, you 'll get less income. Mercom handled land trade is multiplied by .85, which is slightly better than Land Trade Open Terrain (lto). The Mercom gain as their fee for their troubles, a bonus of 30% of what you are making from this route (This approximates the difference between the MerCom's NMV and your NMV). To open such a route, the Mercom must have at least a branch office in your territory and a branch office in the prospective trade partner's office. This trade can be interdicted by intervening countries or armies.
Land Trade Caravan (ltc): If you are on the recieving end of a Land Trade by MerCom route (ltm) and have not made a contract with a MerCom to handle your route, your route will be considered ltc if you do not border the trade partner nor can trade with them in any other way. This kind of route is multiplied by .5 and will be reduced if the number of regions your partner is exceeds your trade range.
* If you have any region along the Silk Road, you can trade with non-contigious nations also on the Silk Road with ltc.
MerCom Sea Trade (mst): This is a MerCom handled sea route. It is like Normal Sea Trade (nst) in all ways except the Mercantile Combine handles the arrangements. Using Mercantile Combines can allow nations to reach distant overseas trade partners. Like Land Trade MerCom (ltm), the Combine will receive a bonus of 30% of the money you make. MerComs require a branch office or better to base trade from your port.
* If you want to open up a MerCom, this is the time to jump in!
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Eastern Europe Mercs: 40mc, 10mi, 10ma
THE KINGDOM OF HURSZIA
Gaspar II, King of Hurszia, Grand Zhupan of Pethion
King Joszef II and Prince Gaspar gathered up their entire army and beat the snot from the backwards Bulgarians. Bulgaria was left pacified. They crossed over to Macedon where a portion of the 94,000 joined the Anatolians. The rest (some 50,000) returned back to Pethion.
THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE OF THE RUSSIAS
Cinja II, Czarina of Great Russia, Empress of the East
Yerki Anara watched the ARCA army while it disintegrated. They dispersed upon the first threat of the Iguanadon. Other Jurassic wonders appeared. There was a stegosaurus in Murom. Five coelphysi were spotted over Levedia. In the swamps of Turov, truly gigantic beasts thundered. Daugava, Kiev, Smolensk and Veposkava became cultivated. The postal road from Vitebsk to Volkhov through Yaroslav to Suzdal was upgraded to Imperial class. Sonyal Rodoyvin had difficulty in Thrace where the local ruler accepted the bribe and promised tribute but then reneged on his word. 17,500 Siamese troops moved to Daugava being polite and too quiet. They were followed by 100,000 Dawoncs.
ANOTHER REBEL CHINESE ARMY (ARCA)
Wou-Kang was murdered. This army hadn't the heart to raise his banner and abandoned their post.
THE FREE COMPANY OF THE RISING SUN
Tsubigea Jumin, Ronin Captain
DIPLOMACY: Shulan Cossack Horde(a)
The 43,500 samurai needed extra to pay their supports. They raided Donets for the difference. They then ran through Urkel and Yayik to make a living raising goats. Cim had lots of goats. The Shulans were willing to swap a few goats and then allied. The Ronin and the local Cossacks are teaching each other things.
THE TURKIC KHAGANDOM OF KHAZARIA
An Armenian named Soloman suggested that Vhelper had better become tributary to the Armenians. Vhelper didn't like that idea and conspired to kill Soloman. Soloman escaped the palace guards and Ivarak's army. Months later, 16,000 elite knights, 54,000 mountain cavalry, 2000 Arran infantry and 300 guns attacked. The 24,000 Turk horsemen fought for the last Judaic nation. It was a futile effort. Terek and the city of Derbent were pacified. There was nothing left. Vhelper and Ivarak were slain in battle. Suvar and Donets became independent. The Jewish legacy of the Khazar has become a headache for Chrisitan Russians and Armenians.
THE ROMAN KINGDOM OF ANATOLIKON
Herakles, King of Rumania
DIPLOMACY: Macedon(nt), Hellas(nt)
Of the 38,000 troops that the Anatolians got from the Hurszians in Macedon, only 19,000 were willing to switch alliegences. The rest went away. Ajax had a heck of a time shuttling the new troops to Lydia. The Thessalians were willing to sacrifice troops to improve Eusolini to 2 Gpv - but they want new soldiers to replace the ones they lost. The regent vanished in 1529 but came back to light in 1530. In that time the newly free from Shmalid Hellas declared for the Anatolians. Huge amounts of Ghazar (collectors' editions) gold coins poured in from Armenia and Egypt. They were originally sent by the Sultan of Afghania.
THE KINGDOM OF ARMENIA
Elias V, Shah of Armenia
DIPLOMACY: Arran(f), Turkic Khagandom(hs, they paid), Taman(hs), Daylam(f)
For their rude treatment of Solomon, Elias V, Stefan and the Arranec invaded the last homeland of the Turks. The Turks, overwhelmed, were lost . Terek was pacified. Another Jewish region Taman rebuffed Horace. Azerbaijan turned cultivated.
THE SNANID KINGDOM OF FEZ (Replaces SANHAJA)
Maymun as Snan, Lord of Morocco
The Snanids feared the daylight. They also feared the night. They feared wild animals. They feared strangers. They stayed indoors, fearful of the future.
West Africa Mercs: 10mi, 20mc
THE UMMA OF ISLAM (YORUBA)
Asuor, Dread Oba of Yoruba, Lord of the Zombies, Caliph of the Shining Path, Protector of the Holy City of Parqr'h
The Umma put their efforts to internal restructuring. The capital moved to Gao. The Songhay road extended from Kumbi-Selah through Khalem to pacified Dakar. Pombandodo fell dead from an ancient Bokani curse. His skin turned a bright, peacock blue (to resemble the new Philadelphia Eagles jersey, or the Jacksonville Jaguars). A trade fleet connected to Andalus. Marampa and Gagnoa revolted.
THE HIMRAD SULTANAT OF DARA
Azucentia II, Sultana of Ngazargumu, Lady of Dara
The Faras army plus some of the Imam's ships conducted an effective passive siege around Miayar. The Miayar, influcned by STIS merchants (or because of them) surrendered quickly in 985. Imba was 10,000 mercenary cavalry raided Darfur, Gezira and Alwa. They were stopped in Sennar by 110,000 men. Imba returned to Ennedi. When her sister died in prison in 988, she did too. The Imam built Chirop'tera in Kanam. It had docks to T'chad Lake to catch the salt bass and bluegill walleyes.
Ayatollah Khomeni XIV, Protector of the True Children of Islam, Guardian of the Shining Path, Imam
New abbeys were set in Senegal and the new city of Chirop'tera. Uada went on to build a merchant factor for the STIS in the new city of Chirop'tera. Kumbi-Selah and Zungeru have wapf mosques. There were some difficulties in Dakar, the city still had a Sunni Muslim population. Gus slave raided and raided the Etal coast in the far north. His ships were getting clogged with wax-skinned captives. Khomeni XIV died in 988. His surviving son became Khomeni XV at the age of 9. Gagnoa and Marampa were placed under interdict for their political rebellion. Gagnoa responded by gutting both abbeys in their area.
THE OVI PANTRAPY OF MBUNDU
Okonkwo II, Pantrap of Mbundu, Lord of the Fell Gates of Khatovar, The Last True Afro-Pagan on Earth
Around this time, very little was heard about the goings on within the Pantrapy. The Yorubans sent some gold for yams. No yams were being shipped out.
East Africa Mercs: 10mi, 10mc
THE KINGDOM OF ABYSSINIA (ITIOPYA)
Zanditu II, King of Abyssinia, Negus Negesti, Anointed by Jah, Lion of Judah
The Itiopyans had one army to react against four raiding parties. The 60,000 crusaders, 200 artillery and 30,000 infantry responded to Suakin, first to stop one Fatimid fleet of 138 frigates. These were followed in Adulis and Aksum. A second Fatimid fleet was stopped also in Aksum trying to slave raid. The reaction kept pace with them in Adulis but the Himrad mercenaries began to be irritating. These were headed off in Sennar. The 5000 STIS led merc infantry who couldn't raid Nubia properly and were all killed assaulting Dongola didn't even rate. The damage was done by Fatimid fleets who raided and slave raided Berbera, Zeila and Danakil. Suakin was also trespassed. The Himraqat trampled over Darfur, Gezira and Alwa. Berbera, Danakil and Suakin rebelled. Vandals ruined the Darfur-Kordofan road. No one believed in Jah anymore.
THE FATIMID CALIPHAT AL QAHIRA
Al Baram, Malika al-Arabiya, Lady Caliph of the Ba'athist Muslims
The armies of the Ba'ath were busy once more. The vizier Khuki Sumra and the flamboyant Karles Barikli and the navies of 138 warships each terrorized the Ha'beshi coastline alternating slaving and raiding. Part of the time a reaction army dogged them. Other times there was nothing to steal. They ported in Ziba with their wailing human cargo in 987. General Nisal suffered some desertions from the main army in Faras. She moved them to Misr to link the troops with Yasima's engineers in 986. This force of 6500 El Kalutin strike rangers, 12,500 jihadin knights, 110,000 banner mounts, 25,000 engineers and 415 silver trim guns occupied Palmyra by the end of the year. Him surrendered after less than a year's passive siege. Nisal and Yasima were suspicious of that. They sacked and burned the hated capital of the Druze. Palmyra was looted and after a bitter fight (5000 cav were tossed off) was entirely enslaved. It was too easy. Admiral Horri and his 88 warships raided and slave raided Tuscany, Latium, Campania and Calabria. The effort was aborted in Sicily, an army of 79,000 was still there along with the infamous thorn Fasher Hadi. Jijan had plans herself but could not make up her mind on how many mercenaries she needed and at what price. The Mars Canal, having not been repaired fell into ruins.
THE EGYPTIAN SPICE COMPANY (AL SHIRKI AL BAHARAT AL MASR)
Hajji Mohammad al Khalan, Director of the ESC
With all this warfare going on it was hard to get any business done. Still Khalan tried. He set up factors in Siraf and Socttrabad. Mustafa got a branch office opened in Cairo. Yussuf al Khalan set branch offices in Abu Darbah and Alexandria.
THE DURZI DOMINION
Rashad looked out over the gathered multitude...significantly less of a multitude than the last time he orated, to be sure.
"We must smash this bandit Ankabut the Deceiver. He has done NOTHING for the cause of the Druze. Did he take lands of the dungeon dwelling Dragon worshipping scions of the Clan of Earl? Nay! When the control of Lebanon was in his grasp, he instead turned his greedy eyes upon the pearl of our domains, Antioch. Let us be done with him! So we can return to doing Allah's work...ridding this land of the idolitrous slaves and sons of slaves who mock our heritage and flaunt their paganess in our Mosques and Holy Places!"
Raising his arms heavenwards Rashad Abd shouted: "ALLAH-LA-LA-LA!!!" and the crowd responded in kind. When alone he muttered to his young son..."Some jobs you just have to do yourself."
There would be no invasion of Aleppo though. Soon after his rally, Rashid Abd was killed in his office by three different groups of assassins. Some his army deserted him. The rest ran for the hills when the Fatimid storm arrived. Abd as Sub-Tarikh already deserted by escaping to Diyala. No one rallied Hims' defense. The captial fell listening to false promises of amnesty. All who lived in Hims and the country of Palmyra were enslaved by the Black Muslim converts. The Druze movement was lost for lack of leaders. The traitor 'Ankabut bowed before the infernal Imam of Earl. Iraq and Jazirah were occupied by the Basra folk. Raqqah, Karbala, Edessa and Dulaym have become neutral.
THE WILAYI OF LUBNAN
Ivory-Spear (Asulodulakka, El Harbilminaj), Rais al Walad al Ibrahim
DIPLOMACY: Aleppo Druze(f)
Ivory Spear was pleased that the Aleppo Druze ('Ankabut) were on his side. Maybe the Wiyali Chief will come back home now. Half of 'Ankabut's army deserted him when he made his true intentions known. There are Druze partisans out there still.
THE LABANID SULTANATE OF BASRAH
Benusa, Amir as Sideh, Sultan of Basra
DIPLOMACY: Mand(nt), Khuzestan(nt)
Hatred for the Druze drove Benusa mad. He went back to their country and let the east go to pot. He hired 15,000 mercenary riders to supplement his 24,000 cavalry and made his move. Iraq and Jazirah were occupied with no resistance. Meanwhile the Kuwait waited for awhile and then crushed a roving Karbalan army (2500 cavalry). The 10,000 cavalary and 2000 infantry paid a visit to Karbala and raided and slaved this irritating province. Dulaym was likewise pillaged. Benusa raided and slaved Raqqah and then got in a battle with the Diyala. The Diyalans lost and consented to be plundered. El Burz wasn't connected so it revolted.
THE SHAHDOM OF SARKHAGISTAN
Torvik II, Shahanshah of Sarkhagistan
Torvik II was deemed old enough to rule now. Musa Maham apologized for his mistakes.
Hindustan Mercs: 20mi
THE FARUKAS SULTANATE OF GHAZNAVID
The Great and Glorious Wizard of Ghaz, His Most Excellent and Perspiring, Musamasad, Sultan of Avestan, Khan of the Hindus, Chieftain of the Nutter Butters
DIPLOMACY: Dravidia(ea), Najran(a)
The Wizard knew that if he got too strong he would attract the attention of the flying bubbles. He had a better plan. He would dress up in a flower pot and dismiss his vizier, Kunahas.
"You have been a good vizier, but you're getting too old. I have a nice plot of land in Ajmer you can retire too. It's at least one acre."
"No. You insult me. You insult my age. You must give me a billion (Collectors Edition) Ghazar pension and all of Maghada."
"You know I need all the cash for the upcoming war with the hill potatoes."
"Ha! I have resources you cannot imagine."
"Don't threaten me!"
"Don't insult me!"
"I'll polinate your daughter's toes."
"I'll water you with battery acid."
"Leave now, before I germinate."
"I'll see you in court."
The Afghans saw the expansion of Tughribad, Gonbad, Ltif, Srinagar, Nishapur, Kayal, Patna, B abaran and Now. The cities of Balkhgune and Karachi were stuffed with all kinds of courts (tennis, raquetball, basketball, chinese checkers, vollyball, shuffleboard and food courts). The Oudh Avenue was built to Kamarupa connecting ti to the Huang's Empire's Burma Road (and also Kambuja's Highway of Reeds). A lot of rice cakes were sent down the Burma Road to fill up the Wizard's brain silos.
BTW, the Ghaznavids did not convert to Black Muslim as was reported on turn 113. They are still Sunni Muslim. Some evil imp gained control of my fingers.
THE ENLIGHTENED KINGDOM OF TIBET
Sujisain, 10th Host of the Oceanic Buddha, Queen of the Mystic Arts, Incarnation of Pan-Dan Lha-Mo
The Borakzu Kushan trained his fellows to fly temples of rock. Old Leng would be proud. Yaks are being born bald.
Funan Mercs: 10mi, 10mw
THE SIAN KAMBUJADESA
Rama V, God-Emperor of the Sian Kambujadesa, Grand Abbot of Lopan
Eng-Phul the Ungetridable, Chief Monk of the Golden Palace, Premier of the Earth
DIPLOMACY: Kalinga(nt), Seylan(c)
They held another Golden Gathering (989 NH) to oust Eng-Phul, but no one wanted to take his place. Eng-Phul came back to the Golden Palace to exact his revenge. All government workers must wear cloth headdresses with bills like a goose. Regions with hostile religion were not responding well to the ambassadors' requests of getting along.
The road from Kuakil (Samatata) to Pagan (Burma) was completed. The Highway of Reeds now was finished. It goes from Phuket to Gauhati. A new road spur from the Spiders's Nest at Krung Thep to Sukhothai, a new city in Lampang. Pa, Rangon, Angkor and Pagan grew bigger as cities.
THE MATARAM KINGDOM
Baviksangaraguna-varman, King Neptune of the Matay, Lord of Java, Chief of Celebes
The young king had to wait until everyone in the palace leanred how to say his name right. Jambi and Sabah cultivated. This means more fruit baskets for everyone.
China and Japan Mercs: 10mei, 20mec
DA HUANG CHINESE EMPIRE
The All Powerful and Celestial Lord, Huang Lian-Ping, Son of Heaven, Giver of Life, Protector of the Golden Path, Guardian of the Immortal Gate, Father of the Han, First Groundbreaker of the Bountiful Land, Wizard of the Nine Suns, Master of Matter, Agent Double O Soul, Gatherer of Clouds, Earth-Shaker, Sky-Smasher, Power of the Cosmic Mojo, Grand Dragon Extraordinaire, Yellow Emperor of the Middle Kingdom, Ruler of the Entire World
DIPLOMACY: Suachu(c), Kucha(t), Uigur(f), Tarim(c)
The worthless Muslim regions of Suachu, Kucha and Tarim were each promised cities if they would only come back. The bribes kept them interested. Further to the west, Paxiu had no access to a purse and could not make any deals wiht the Ronin at Mordva. Zhiang led the latest expeditionary army of 50,000 elite horsemen and 50,000 elite footmen to Daugava. He left them to visit Lyubbech. The troops then suffered heavy desertions.
All cities in the Empire expanded 1 Gpv. A new city Qonga was built along the Ganges River in Kamarupa. It served as a way station for the newly connected Oudh Avenue and Burma Road built through Kamarupa to Assam. This international co-operation made every one sick of the suger sweetness.
THE NAGATOBI SHOGUNATE
Go-Arikau, 91st Emperor of Nihon, Divine Son of Amaterasu, Tenno of Yamato
Nakatobi no Chibasatsu, Shogun of all Japan
As Kanochiba lay dying, the navy expanded. Magic sells real well here.
THE KINGDOM OF PONAPE
Iniki II, First Chosen of Nan Matol, King of Ponape
There are more inter-island fleets. Also more statues of Motikitik.
THE SOLAR KINGDOM OF PERU
His Solar Highness, Aglaya, King of Peru, Lord of the Earthen Lines
Prince Fydor and some troops attacked the already Christian Cuna swamp dwellers. The hostiles were vicious fighters and defeated Fydor. Perhaps it was for the good that Fydor lost. Trade with Parana was again possible. Arica is cultivated.
THE KINGDOM OF XUXA
Fondo II, Steward for the Lost King
All the tropical storms moved to the north and never slams the Caete coasts.
North America Mercs: 10mc
THE ROANOKE RUSS
Eremenko, Kynaz of the Roanoke Russ, Chief of Jamaica
More Christians in Carib, Konew observed. Florida was only threatened by hurricanes. A vast and ancient water attractor machine lays buried underneath Lake Okeechobee. All the World's moisture comes there. Timuca became cultivated with all the rain it gets.
THE MAORI EMPIRE OF MEXICO
Roturi, Ariki-a-Maaori, Beloved of Tangoroa, Quetzal Emperor of Mexico
The military conversion of Nahuatl failed because too many troops were lost putting down the rebellion. Mo Papapo should have brought reinforcements. Te Nocic died in his loft. Roturi became the great Ariki. Units were demobilized to expand Bilafiza in Totonac. Teja, Te Aroha, Te Bawaki, Motul and Maja also grew.
THE REQUELA KINGDOM
Chitaotin, King of the Requel, Keeper of the Tikal Codex
In Cuyutec, Colima was built, a port facing the Bahia Bandiera. Calichazin died in ZR 144. He left two grandsons but no will. There was a lawsuit. The youngest heir's followers beat the eldest heir's followers in the ball court. There was some fallout because some thought the game was rigged. Tamualipec, Huastec and Zacatec rebelled. Now there was a drought which caused some malnuitrition.
THE EMPIRE OF CAYUGA
Brinsol held it all together. His death meant total collapse of the Empire. All the barbarian regions have become neutral.
THE NAVAJO HORDE
The Chieftain White Thunder cooled the fiery emotions of the warriors. They wanted to loot and pillage the former lands of the Alabama. She had better plans but she needed time to make sure.
THE BENGKH KINGDOM OF SAN FONKISO
Ahilannga, King of Bengkalis, Guardian of the Straits
DIPLOMACY: Chumash(a), Yokuts(n), Patwin(a)
Jaipara wasn't good at diplomacy after all. Yokuts degraded away from the Kingdom. Pomo switched its ground to cultivated.
THE TWILIGHT KWAKIUTL KINGDOM
Maquinna IV, Twilight King of the Kwakiutl
Watispel and Great Lodge grew.
The MSI Rankings List
Brackets around name means you owe me money
Rk Country MSI ITV Player Phone # eMail Address
1 Ghaznavid Sultanat 775 76 Jack Wagner 602-242-4794
2 Huang China 706 118 Jonathan White 602-894-2109 firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Danish Empire 471 40 George Shrake 602-894-1384
5 Great Rheinland 458 48 Logan Vanderlinden 512-479-7692 email@example.com
6 Fatimid Caliphate 450 32 [Nora Grace Calato] 602-820-9969
7 Natatobi Shogunate 437 50 Dave Pettit 602-966-4727
8 Rosska Empire 428 52 Jamie White arizona firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Sian Kambujadesa 426 46 [Scott Hagen] 602-756-0104 email@example.com
10 Umma 308 51 James Kramer III 602-272-8046
11 Judah Lion of Ethiopia 297 26 David Salter 703-912-6076 firstname.lastname@example.org
12 Himrad 260 30 Heidi Zoltz 602-935-7006
13 Imam of Parq'rh 249 5 Earl Solper 602-921-3716
14 Mataram 199 28 [Barnacle Bill] new mexico
15 Al Andalus 174 16 Tim Coffey 602-967-7641 email@example.com
16 Armenia 172 21 Dennis Doubek 602-820-4314 firstname.lastname@example.org
17 Solar Peru 118 12 [Ted Kaminski] 608-253-9231
18 Mbundu 113 18 Lance Solper arizona
19 Maori Arikate 108 18 Tom Jordan washington
20 Shmalid Etal 107 16 Ed Peterman 619-575-5244
21 Dalai Lama in Tibet 102 5 T Limon 602-820-2278
22 Ponape 92 17 Tom Hudspeth saudi arabia
23 Sarkhagistan 88 11 John Ray Napier 502-796-8961 email@example.com
24 Hurszia 85 7 [Brian Smith] 602-246-9645 firstname.lastname@example.org
25 Basra 72 10 John David Smith 602-992-7137
26 Wiyali Lubnan 69 6 John Priehard arizona
27 Culdi Council 64 1 Dave 602-894-1384
28 Parana Stargazers 63 6 Stephen Nobles 602-589-5188 email@example.com
29 Lombard Italy 56 8 --secret arizona
30 Requela 54 8 Dave Welches 602-498-0922pgr firstname.lastname@example.org
31 Anatolikon 54 4 [Mark Newman] 602-878-9359
32 ESC 45 18 Kerry Harrison 512-837-5553 email@example.com
33 Rising Sun Ronin 44 0 open for a player 4.00/turn
34 Twilight Kwakiutl 44 5 Jim Frediani 707-942-5201
35 STIS 41 11 [Craig Bartels] 602-968-6821 firstname.lastname@example.org
36 Xuxa 40 5 open for a player 4.50/turn
37 Roanoke Russ 40 6 Roger Truitt 209-584-3989 email@example.com
38 Snanid Fez 35 3 Don Coffey 602-967-7641
39 Bengkh 31 2 Mike Overstreet 602-969-8840
40 Hanseatic League 28 14 Ryan Kilcline arizona
41 Navajo 26 0 A. Dowd arizona
X Everything Else Thad Plate 602-952-8929 firstname.lastname@example.org
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