Lords 9

Turn One Hundred Thirty Five

Age of Discovery and Exploration

Orders due July 17

1595Anno Domino

Al Hajj 1056

555 Nian Huang


Next turn piracy and banditry rules go into effect (I know I’ve said this for the last three turns, but I had to rewrite the combat program to allow multinational combats and I am rewriting the Intel program. I will apply the pirates/bandits as soon as possible – refer to the trade supplement for details.)

Agrarian Economic Base allows the country to sell

Agro for 1gp or convert 2 Agro into 1 nfp regardless of how much money the country is producing. They go up slowly in tech (but not as slowly as slave.)

To change the equipment class of troops, the cost is full for gold and nothing for nfp. For example, if a renaissance country wishes to convert 40 medium cav into 40 heavy cav, the cost is 40x5=200 gp. This also takes a leader.

When Kings are in their capital, their command radius (1-6, with 3 the mode) adds to their CCR. When ruling, they add 150% of command to CCR and 1 to Infra. When administering, they add 1 to CCR and Command to Infra.

Regents and Heirs are less effective. For primacies, secret empires and combines, ruling helps establish locations. It is possible to be beyond the CCR for these countries, but each link counts as one for control.

Color maps now cost $1.00, as my color cartridges don’t last nearly as long as I thought they did.

Maps are 10¢; Color maps are $1.00.

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A series of naval battles off the coast of Africa led to the destruction of the entire Umman fleet. Meanwhile, the economies of both Africa and Europe have declined as all trade between the Europeans and the Black Muslims has come to an end. Still, the Himrad Sutanette and the Fatimid Caliphette sit on the sidelines.

Unit conversion: 1cav or inf = 500 men ;1 warship or transport = 1 ship with a crew of 500; 1 artillery = 20 field guns with crews of 25; 1 sa = 1 cannon; 1 s = 50 catapults; wallpoints are 7'+3' per point high; a field fort is a castle with 500 men.



Western Europe 56mc 27mi 6mw 2ma 2msa 1mt 2mec 2mea


Christian, King of Denmark

Diplomacy: Micmac(aw)

The real reason Christian had betrayed his Black Muslim friends to join with his ancestral enemies, the Russians and Chinese, became apparent in 1592 when more than 3 million gold coins arrived from China (via the VOC™). Although the Danes spent it all, none of it was invested in improving the standard of living of the average man. A mere 900 gold was invested in the University in the mistaken belief that University level goes up as an AQR.

In the Sea of Dogs, Vater Peiter, along with the Russian and Danish flotillas, was assailed by hostile Black Muslims intelligence agents. 2 elite warships, 3 galleons and 6 transports deserted. The Russians lost 3 ships to terrorist attacks (by the STIS©) while the Dutch lost 4. Once again, inferior Danish sailing technology slowed down the armada as they attempted to escape north and join up with reinforcements. They made it to the Gates of Hercules – where Bron, recently from the Balearics, met them-- but while the Russians were busily unloading troops in Algarve, the Ummans caught up. The Danes had 38 elite warships and 19 galleons, the Russians had 9 galleons and 17 warships, and the Dutch had 16 warships and 9 galleons. The Ummans had 143 brand new galleons. Bron was the best tactician on the European side, so he led the battle, but Vizier Morakanabad was his equal. The Ummans had the numbers and the guns. The Europeans were forced to abandon their men in Spain and flee.

In the Balearics, Vater Paul was left in charge with a host of mercenaries at his command. About a quarter of the mercenaries deserted early in the year along with about an eighth of the Danish forces. When The Ummans arrived in February, he attempted to hold them off with 9 mercenary warships. He died.

The Danes built another 55 warships and sent them south with the second Armada. As the second armada headed south from Holland they passed through the Bay of Biscay where a mad Umman attempted to kidnap Vater Paul. The assassin escaped two attempts by Culdi assassins to kill him. The last of the Umman ships were destroyed and the Danes returned to the Gates of Hercules with 14 warships, 16 elite warships, 5 galleons and 28 transports.

Olaf Gooberson and his sidekick Sven Egar headed to the new world to "map" the Labrador Sea (Actually, it’s been explored already; in fact, a Danish city sits on its waters.) Olaf wanted to take some warships with him, but none were available. Jan Joohson visited the primitive tribesmen of Micmac and convinced them to declare war on the Danish Empire. He managed to escape into the woods. Cornwall has accepted the Culdi religion and become friendly.

Culdi Council

Flewellen, Scion of St. Camber

Consecration: Brittany(ab) Belgium(ab) Brabant(ab) Lorraine(mn) Koln(mn)

Since the Danes refuse to invest in their own country, the priest had to do it for them. Grecotha expanded once more. There were enough Eastern Orthodox protesters in Flanders to prevent the building of an abbey there. Elsewhere in the Dutch Empire, the Culdi priests had no difficulties in establishing themselves. The council is experiencing difficulties collecting tithes; they need a bigger government.

The VOC™ (Hanseatic League)

Hugo Charm II, Governor General of the VOC™

Capitalization: Taminy(bo) Samara(cc) Jelgava(cc) Volknov(mf) Bekdas(mf) Khazar(mf)

Diplomacy: Mohawk(c )

While the STIS© spent its time helping out the failing Umman war effort, the VOC™ concentrated on economic matters. They failed to establish a factor in Carib, since there is no city there, and failed to establish a presence in Afghanistan. Most of their other attempts succeeded. There was a minor setback when the Imam burned down the warehouses in Malta. The traders acted as a conduit to transfer money to the Dutch and Danes. The STIS© made a half-hearted attempt to destroy their government, but distance prevented the damage. Trade wasn’t begun with any additional New World nations due to lack of port space at Taminy and lack of specificity in the orders.

Kroninkrijk der Nederlanden

Francis Vanmollen, Chancellor of Greater Rheinland

Diplomacy: none

Bowing to pressure from the Imam, Himrad and the Fatimids cut trade. STIS© agents managed to steal 97,000 gold from the treasury in spite of all the precautions the Dutch had taken. They missed capturing the large shipment of Russian gold, however, so things we’re so bad. More attacks on the government and intel service followed; mostly ineffectual. The economy has begun to improve as the countryside recovers from the raids and government officials were put to work collecting taxes.

While the first fleet suffered terrorist attacks and mutinies off the coast of distant Africa, a second fleet assembled in Holland. The Dutch built 100 warships (warships cost 4gp for Renaissance nations). 55 Danish warships arrived in June and 20 Russian galleons and 94 warships showed up in July (loaded with 9,500 heavy footmen). They headed south, meeting the remnants of the first Armada in the Bay of Biscay in October. Together, the warfleet entered the Sea of Portugal in November. By March of the following year (slowed by the Danes, of course), the fleet was moving again and entered the Gates of Hercules…

164 Umman Galleons and 88 warships were waiting. The Danes had 55 warships, 27 elite warships, 11 galleons and 36 transports; the Dutch had 108 warships and 5 galleons; the Russians, 103 warships, 26 galleons. In all, it was 252 combat ships for the Africans and 335 for Europe. The Ummans had the scouting advantage, more guns and better leadership; the Europeans had the numbers. 9 leaders were present on the European side with Princess Catherine of Russia and Johane de Groos of Holland in charge of strategy. The Ummans had Vizier Morakanabad and Admirals Nietzche and Vathek. After 3 months, the Ummans were forced to withdraw to the Sea of Dogs, beaten but not badly (in fact, the Ummans actually destroyed more ships than they lost). More ships were destroyed in the pursuit. Admiral Vathek was killed in battle. One Russian leader now left the fleet to search for more ships in the med while the remaining forces headed south to finish the Ummans.

In August, 31 Danish warships, 21 elite warships, 8 galleons and 33 transports along with 61 Russian warships and 20 galleons and 62 Dutch warships and 3 galleons attacked the remaining 101 Umman Galleons and 32 warships. Now, the Europeans’ numbers were overwhelming. Half the Umman navy was destroyed and the Ummans were forced to retreat to the Awlil coast. Admiral Nietzche died in flight while Desiderius Erasmus was captured and Johane de Groos was slain in battle. Princess Catherine was now in charge of the expedition as they continued to hunt down the Ummans.

In April of 1594, 20 Danish Warships, 18 elite warships, 6 galleons and 30 transports with 41 Russian warships and 16 galleons and 40 Dutch warships and 2 galleons entered the Awlil Coast where they met the Umman commander with his 49 galleons and 10 warships. Once again, the numbers gave the advantage to the Europeans. The Umman fleet was shattered and the Vizier was slain as he fled. Only 12 Umman ships escaped. Finally, the Europeans headed back north, arriving at the Gates of Hercules in November. The Dutch have 28 warships and two galleons remaining.

About half the country is Culdi, and the Church’s influence is growing. The Dutch rebuilt part of the home army. Admiral Asmodé died in prison.

Christian Kingdom of Talavera

Joost van den Voondel, King of Talavera

Diplomacy: none

The Black Muslims caused Saragoza to rebel. Joost can no longer pay his troops.



Rokkid Spain

Juan Carlos, Malik al Andalus

Diplomacy: none

The Russians attacked Algarve and stole the province away. Franco, Regent for the missing king, did nothing. The Imam attempted to steal the treasury again. The Ummans continue to convert them. Andalusia, Jaen, Portugal and Galacia have Black Muslim minorities.


People's Democratic Republic of Italy

Shakira, Queen of Sicily and Italy

Diplomacy: none

Shakira continued to stay neutral.

Eastern Europe 12mec 13mei 99mc 11ma 8mi 2msa 1mea

Holy Roman Empire of Russia

Mikhail, Czar of Russia, Empress of the East

Diplomacy: none

Another huge gold shipment arrived from China – almost 9 million gold. Unknown persons almost hijacked it, but the Chinese had been very careful. Part of the government was destroyed by STIS© agents operating openly deep in the heart of Russia, they also looked for gold shipments from Russia to the Dutch, but a clever money laundering operation involving the VOC™ kept the gold from falling into the wrong hands. Russian agents wanted to break Kildansk out of prison, but they have no idea where he’s being held. Every single Russian serf was pulled off his farm and put to work on the Volga. Russians are living off imported wheat from Denmark and imported rice from China. The Volga is now navigable to Suzdal. A planned cathedral had to be postponed when Russian architects pointed out that rice is not a substitute for labor.

In July of 1592, while the Ummans were destroying the first armada, 17,000 heavy footmen landed in Algarve. 3000 cavalry and 9000 infantry opposed the Russians but they were defeated and retreated into their unwalled city. The alcalde lost heart and surrendered without a further struggle. The victorious Russians marched into the city. General Alexandr died, leaving the military conversion of the area undone. The second armada appeared off the coast and defeated the Ummans; they didn’t have time to drop off the promised reinforcements.

94 warships and 20 galleons joined the Dutch armada and helped destroy the Umman fleet. The Russian Navy now sits in the Gates of Hercules with 31 warships and 13 galleons.

In Thrace, an STIS© factor was discovered and destroyed by 2000 Russian soldiers. Much of Greece was canvassed, but this was the only group of Black Marketeers discovered. The Fatimids ended trade. More than half the Jersey Islanders are now Black Muslim. Trade was lost with China when the Kul’sary rebellion occurred.

The Kingdom of Armenia

Acasis II, Boy Shah of Armenia

Diplomacy: none

The Armenians continue to stockpile gold.




West Africa 11mi 20mc 2ma 1msa 1mea

Islam (Yoruba/Umma)

Rucat II, Sword of Islam

Diplomacy: Oujda (ne) Kabilya(ne) Algeria(ne)

"Allah tells us to love our neighbors. We tried to show love to the Spaniards by sharing Allah with them and then these Europeans through fear tried to deny the Spanish the right to worship Allah. We thought perhaps the Danes could see past the sheep in their own fields but it is obvious they ‘bah’ along with the other Europeans. In the end, Europe will show respect for Allah and his sword on Earth.

Sword of Islam"

Rucat commissioned a huge warfleet (143 galleons) off the coast of Senegal and sent Vizier Morakanabad to punish the Europeans. He caught them at the Gates of Hercules in May of 1592 as they were launching a seaborne invasion of Spain. The Europeans had a total of 38 elite warships (all Danish), 37 galleons, and 33 warships. The overwhelming numerical advantage and better spies meant that victory was all but assured. In the first engagement, the Danish general, Bron, was killed. The Europeans had to flee. The Ummans lost 25 galleons while the Europeans lost 43 in battle and more in the pursuit. The Dutch escaped to the Sea of Portugal with 5 galleons and 8 warships, the Danes with 26 elite warships 11 galleons and 36 transports, and the Russians with 9 warships and 6 galleons. Another Umman galleon was sunk in the pursuit. The Russian General, Alexander, was left in Algarve. The remaining Umman Galleons (117) began to patrol the waters.

Meanwhile, Nietzche, left unmolested by the Europeans, visited the Balearics. A Culdi priest with 9 ships put up a brave but futile resistance, destroying 2 Umman warships in the process. By April, most of the Danish shipping had been destroyed or captured. From May through June, the Ummans raided the coast. About half the troops left on the Island were mercenaries. 43,000 cavalry, 240 artillery, 14,500 infantry and 1000 elite mercenary cavalry kept the raids to a minimum. By August, the Umman ships had reached the Gates of Hercules, where they joined up with Vizier Morakanabad and the Galleons.

In March of 1593, a second multinational armada attacked (see Dutch turn). Ultimately, the Ummans were destroyed, all three Umman leaders dying in the process and all but 11 galleons and 1 warship destroyed. Still, it was a Pyrrhic victory for the Europeans and, once again, they lacked the time to raid the coast – which is just as well, since the Umman army roamed the country, searching for wandering bands of Russians to slay.

After watching for raiders for a few months, General Bababalouk took 81,000 cavalry and 480 guns north, into Spain. He entered Murcia early in 1594. Walls around the strategic city of Ghana were built. Desiderius Erasmus, the captured Dutch leader, was taken to Yoruba. The Oujdans no longer despise the Ummans and Khalem is Black Muslim. Diplomacy in the conquered regions was a failure.


Himrad Sultanette

Landeria III, Sultana of Dara, Heart of Islam

Diplomacy: Malta (cf) Ghazal(fa) Sibut(a) Haraze(ne) Radom(ne) Gezira (depopulated)

In Kordofan, the city of Sitona was rebuilt. Walls were built around Valletta in Malta and the streets were cleaned up. Meanwhile, Yxjsh IV, one of the Imam’s agents, hired 5000 mercenaries in Valletta and burned down the VOC™ warehouses there, without the consent of either the local authorities or the Himrad Sultanette. This act of vandalism has depressed the Himrad economy. VOC™ ships had to be relocated. Himrad broke trade with the Dutch; the ships from that route are now sitting idle at their Nile River ports.

There were some diplomatic successes, but, sadly, the mission to depopulated Gezira failed yet again. Missionaries were active, fully converting Meroe and Ghazal and continuing the process in Alwa and Amhara. A big addition to the University (a half million gold) was made. Landeria has been talking about giving up slavery, but, so far, has not taken any concrete steps down this path.


The Imamate

Ayatollah Khomeni XVI, Guardian of the Shining Path Voice of Islam

Consecration: Malta (ab) Valetta (ab)

The Imam pressured the wayward Himrad and Fatimid rulers into breaking trade with the European alliance. Most of the Imam’s agents spent their time engaging in terrorism. Yxjsh IV caused some damage in Malta to the VOC™ then disappeared. She reappeared, briefly, in Burgundy but eluded capture. In Valencia, Imamate agents stirred up the Sunnis against their Talaveran oppressors. This time the revolution was a success. Dostoyevsky tried to stir the Balearics into rebellion, but the Danes had too many troops. He also tried to kidnap the Danish commander, but he really isn’t very good at that sort of thing. He escaped. Another mullah was captured and killed as he tried to sneak through Provence. Princess Shakiri climbed aboard a Danish ship in the Sea of Dogs in an attempt to kill the admiral. She failed, but got away.

Closer to home, The Imam built 43 galleons to join the pitiful remnants of the Holy Fleet. Sagremor took command and patrolled the Bight of Benin.

Missionary activity in Portugal failed (you can’t convert friendly regions separately, only all together). The Imam continued reformation of the faith. The Imam’s 16-year old daughter was inducted into the government and joined Sagremor in defending the coast.

Mbundu, Land of Pagans

Okonkwo III, Last true afro-pagan on earth

Diplomacy: no effect

Kabunga II finally died, leaving behind a son too young to rule. Trouble followed when Nybeki seized Nyasa and the surrounding regions. Buganda, Cape, Swakop, Mitumba and Mombassa also rebelled.

Kakundakari in Matadi is now size ten and Cameia expanded to 2gpv. Terrible storms on the passage to Parana sank 5 ships. Jatukimbo died on the return trip. Massive farm projects were placed in Cape and Cameia.


East Africa 17mi,28mc, 1ma, 2mw

Nyasan Rebels

Nybeki, Warrior King of Nyasa

Diplomacy: Nyasa(hm) Kimbu(p) Kilwa(f) Luangua(f) Mombassa(nt)

After years of loyal service with nothing to show for it, Nybeki decided he had had enough. He grabbed a big chunk of East Africa.


Kalif-Sied, CEO of the STIS©, Arrow of Islam

Capitalization: Gama Gofa(cc) Kilwa(bo) CapeVerdes(cc)

The traders once more devoted themselves to espionage. They did have some success in establishing locations in East Africa. An STIS© leader was spotted in Tabaristan, where he was wounded by local authorities before he escaping. More trade routes closed as the last of the Black Muslims ceased trade with Europe. The Fatimids also took over the Spanish trade route since the traders refused to put more than a single ship on the route (in spite of having large quantities of surplus shipping crowding the Umman and Fatimid docks.)


Fatimid Caliphate

Al Haidi, Lady Caliph, Nation Killer, Shield of Islam

Diplomacy: Raqqah(a) Aswan(ne) Cilicia(ne) Meroe(ne)

The Fatimids sent diplomats to militarily converted and pacified region. Although the diplomacy was ineffective, some of the regions decided to settle down and join the nation anyway. The Fatimids fully converted Raqqah and Cilicia while Himrad missionaries converted Meroe. The Sunnis of Aswan ignored diplomatic efforts. The city in Sennar was rebuilt.

The Fatimids finally began to contribute to the war effort; they broke trade with Russia, Denmark and the Dutch. The ships formerly going to the Dutch were reassigned to Spanish trade, replacing the STIS© ship that had been maintaining this route. More slaves were gathered in the deserts of Al Hasa and Al Flaj. The Fatimids built up their navy. Although it is only a fraction of the size of their old navy, when they challenged the Benghazi for mastery of the seas, it is now the largest navy in Europe and Africa since the Europeans and Ummans have been destroying each other. Trade with the Mbundans was lost due to internal turmoil within that pagan nation.


Southwest Asia 19mi 15mc 5ma 38mw



Turghil III, The Enlightened

Diplomacy: Ushrusana(nt) Makran(ne) Mand(nt) Luristan(ne) Hormuz(nt) Khuttal(nt)

More money was poured into the university system. The Afghans’ university (which includes the old Ghaznavid and Ethiopian universities) is now the largest in the world. Turghil began the arduous process of reforming his society, moving towards more open economies and societies. His clerics began to reform the Sunni religion and the devotion of the people continues to increase. Along the Persian Gulf, some prime real estate was acquired through diplomacy. The Baluchistanis were punished for their insolence; 50,000 afghan troops supported by 600 guns wiped out 8000 barbarians. The Afghan casualties were quite high, considering the advantage in equipment and numbers; 500 horsemen, 1000 footmen and 20 guns. Sukkur is now friendly.


Empire of Hindustan (Alimid)

Medak, Emperor of Hindustan

Diplomacy: Bihar(ea) Dravidia(f) Maldives(fa) Chitor(ea)

Vengi(ne) Andrah(f)

Mowgli came of age in 1593 and was made emperor of Hindustan without any difficulties (Chancellor Kesari is pretty loyal). Princess Shastri married Medak, the ally from Andrah. Young Mowgli traveled to Bihar with 300 chests of gold and a marriage proposal. The Siamese were also there, with piles of treasure. The Sunni Biharians decided that Mowgli’s offer would be more advantageous and agreed to return to the empire. The Maldives were also bribed into returning to fold and Chitor agreed to an economic union – making the road system more complete. The Hindus of Vengi refuse to give up their rights to the hated Sunni government.

The emperor died late in 1594, shortly after his marriage. He had been Al Alim’s only surviving son and had no children of his own. The succession had to pass to his sisters – this means that Shastri’s husband, formerly a barbarian chieftain of a backwoods province, is now the ruler of one of the mightiest empires in the world. No one rebelled during this time of crisis.

The cities of Thanesar and Tughibad expanded. New cities were founded in Konkan (Surat), the Maldives (Dhivehi), Chitor (Ajmer—built around a fortress), Andrah (Nilgiri), As Sanaa (Talikota), Jihoti (Agra), Kosala (Balasore), Malwa (Baroda), and Pawar(Kharda). The wildlands of India, neglected by the old Ghaznavid rulers, have finally begun to be settled. Religious activity failed because most of the Empire’s priests are atheists.


Wen Fu’s Kul’sary Rebellion

Wen Fu, Lord of Kul’sary

Diplomacy: Kul’sary(hm) Bogazgol(p) Cim(p)

Wen Fu has 66,000 men under his command, plus the garrisons in Cim and Bogazgol.

The Enlightened Kingdom of Tibet

= ; & , 11th host of the Buddha

Diplomacy: none

The Tibetans kept to themselves.


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Sian Kambujadesa

Indravarman III, god Emperor of Siam

Diplomacy: no effect

Massive city projects and farm projects were put into effect. The cities of Phayao, Vungta, Bago, Baharu, Omga, Kotabaru, Louangphrabang, Meilu, Nai-lung, Samshui, Konorak, Prasat, Colombo, Hangchow and Monywa expanded. Chiennan, Vanga and Nadavaria are now cultivated. An enormous portion of the populace was drafted into military service. Diplomatic efforts on the Siamese-Hindustani border failed due to better efforts of the Alimids. Some ships were diverted from the Siam-Tibet trade route to the Fatimid route.



Ravi Gizmo, Slayer of Aborigines

Diplomacy: none

The Matarami took a break.


China and Japan 10mei 10mec 3mea 8mw 12mc

Da Huang Chinese Empire

Lao Hao, Ruler of the World

Diplomacy: Kaman(ea) Omskaya(nt)

Wen Fu took 75,000 Chinese horsemen into the rebellious province of Cim and crushed the local Khan. He lost 200 men in the process. A necessary and sufficient garrison was left. He continued on to Kul’sary, where he remained, ironically to guard against rebellion. Jai-qui stayed in Uzbek, to keep this surly province in line, with his 22,500 horsemen. Almost 9 million yuan were sent to the Russians along with an enormous quantity of rice. Someone almost hijacked the gold shipment.

It had to happen eventually. In spite of the annual bribes, Wen Fu decided he wanted to be in charge. He took Kul’sary, Cim and Bogazgol with him, isolating Yayik again. Jai-qui was busy putting down another Uzbeki rebellion (not that he could have done much against an army more than twice as large as his.) He lost 1500 men. Trade with Russia has been lost.

In the north, Rima convinced Omskaya and Taman to join the Chinese nation. He died on the way to Tavda. The road system was extended to Tavda.


Nagatobi Shounate

Ari, 94th Emperor of Nihon

Diplomacy: none

A fleet of Japanese ships sailed to Kodiak Island and founded a Fortress and the city of Bloodberry, both facing the Shelikof Strait. A dozen bemused islanders watched with wonder at all the activity. Taisho Sanyou then set sail again, exploring the Gulf of Alaska and the Alexander Sea. While there, he saw some quaint natives fighting each other on the coast with primitive weapons.

Prince Juno, Ari’s younger brother, joined the government. Ari II, Hanselo and Gregolo were too young. China continues to slowly convert to Shinto, but the priests are having difficulties since the people are not as fanatical as they might be.

Kingdom of Ponape

Iniki IV, first chosen of Nan Matol

The Kingdom was quiet.



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