It was the Coronation that pushed Berlin and Vienna to War, according to Milord Talleyrand. “Vienna and Berlin couldn’t bear to see the Emperor, now enthroned, spreading the Empire to and beyond the Rhine, a prospect they feared with a Parvenu wearing a crown , in their eyes.”
–The Private Dairies of Catherine Grand
Austria and Prussia (@Matt_W and @Cuthbert) begin 1805 at War with France.
The talk here is of mobilizing the Army to take back what was lost at Valmy. An Austrian Captain of Hussars says that Vienna wants what it lost at Marengo. Your Excellency, Hesse will become a battlefield.
Monsignor Father Manfred Kreuger, Letter to the the Bishop of the Palatinate, December 19, 1804
France (@Juan_Raigada) begins 1805 initiating no new conflicts in Europe
L’Empereur was brought he news of the wars by Talleyrand in his study a mere week after his coronation.
Great Britain (@Kolbex) initiates no new aggression as 1805 begins
The Board of Admiralty discusses how to take advantage of this turn of events.
Spain (@Mark_Weston) is quiet as 1805 begins
The Spanish Royal family was surprised at hearing news of a new war far away on the Rhine, but hoped events in Italy wouldn’t impact family interests there.
The balls continue in Madrid, Uncle. This “Prince of Peace” at the center of it all. no one striking a blow or giving a thought to this British stranglehold on the country. Oh, and Merry Christmas.
– Kevin Blake, Merchant and Wine Import/Exporter, Irishman, Letter to General Joaquin Blake in Cadiz from Madrid, December 25, 1804.
Russia (@MiquelRamirez) , as ever, is an Enigma, and makes no moves to disturb her peace among nations
Tradesmen go about their business at the docks of St. Petersburg.
The Sublime Porte (@Panzeh) seems more concerned with Internal matters
Sultan Selim III recieves a report from an official recently returned from a tour of Palestine, who has also visited tumultuous Egypt.
To recap; Austria and Prussia have begun 1805 at War with France. As the Game begins, Austria, Prussia and Great Britain are at War with France.
Russia is currently preparing her Land force Setup. She’ll be followed by Turkey, Austria, Prussia, Great Britain, Spain and finally France. Be prepared gentlemen. Your turn will come soon.
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