The Beginning of the Year of our Lord, 1805.
Donnez-moi des alliés à combattre à chaque fois.
“Give me allies to fight against every time.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
“Joining a coalition with the avowed purpose of resisting Napoleon, even if it was a purely defensive coalition, would have broken that neutrality and invited a French attack, which he feared at least as much as Cobenzl, Francis, and Charles did.”
—Kagan, Frederick. The End of the Old Order: v. 1 (Napoleon And Europe) , (p. 125). Da Capo Press.
L’art du sens politique consiste à prévoir l’inévitable et à en accélérer la réalisation.
“The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence.”
—Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
Là où certains états ont une armée, l’armée prussienne a un état.
“Where some states have an army, the Prussian Army has a state.”
Avez-vous été mordu par une tarentule? Qu’est-ce qui vous menace? Qui vous sentez-vous? Tu veux toujours incendier le monde? Pourquoi?
“Were you bitten by a tarantula? What’s threatening you? Who do you resent? You still want to set fire to the world? Why?”
— L’Empereur to Metternich when presented with notice of the Austrian Declaration of War
We find ourselves at the beginning of the year; France is at War with Great Britain, Austria and Prussia. L’Empereur has massed the bulk of Le Grande Armee in Holland. However the Empire has few forces in Italy. As well, the British and the Spanish, while ostensibly at Peace, seem to be staring at each other across the boundary to the Port of Gibraltar (always a sore spot with the Spanish, this British Occupation of Spanish soil). I’ll leave it to Le général de l’exposition to go over this, and other things in more detail later. L’ambassadeur de l’exposition may have a few things to add as well.
We now begin January 1805.
This Phase proceeds as below:
A. The Diplomacy Step.
B. The Declarations of War Step.
C. The Call to Allies Step. The order of calling is determined by competitive die rolls.
D. The Peace Step. Peace term selection order is determined by the order the major powers went to war.
E. The Creating Alliances Step.
F. The Minor Country Control Step. Setup in the order: France,
Russia, Turkey, Austria, Prussia, Great Britain, Spain.
G. The Breaking Alliances Step.
H. The Free State Declaration Step.
I. The Declaration of Combined Movement Step.
This Diplomacy Step will be short and sweet, as all have had ample time to negotiate and coordinate, given the lengthy time dedicated to Pre-Game Diplomacy.
By 2359 January 21, 2019, EST Declarations of War on Major and Minor Countries are due. These will be resolved simultaneously.
Then, Calls to Allies will be resolved (if needed). After which, the Peace Step will also be resolved with celerity (if any Powers wish to surrender, they may offer to do so at that time).
After that, any countries that wish to Ally may do so. Both countries must announce that they do so.
Then, I will resolve Minor Country control, based on any Declarations of War against minors in Declarations of War Step.
Lastly, we will resolve the last 3 Steps (which should also move quickly, likely).
Et Historicus, Moderator est DIsceptator