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Mar 26, 2013I know. Maybe by that time I'll actually be worthy of being involved here..Posted in: Forum Roleplaying
Mar 26, 2013I know, I know. Comp gets in the way, yo.Posted in: Forum Roleplaying
Mar 26, 2013I've come to the decision that I'll be ditching Denmark for the time being, I will return as some other country eventually, if that would be acceptable.Posted in: Forum Roleplaying
Mar 25, 2013Maybe. We'll see what happens.Posted in: Forum Roleplaying
Mar 25, 2013Hi. I'll post either today or tomorrow, soooon. Has anything significant passed concerning this time skip?Posted in: Forum Roleplaying
Jan 28, 2013Title: Kingdom of Sicily.Posted in: Forum Roleplaying
Map/Territory: The brownish orange on the map.
Leader: King Alessio II di Hauteville.
History/Bio: The history of the Kingdom of Sicily began around 999-1017 AD, as various Normans arrived in Mezziogiorno, typically working as mercenaries. These various groups swiftly established their own fiefs, and expanded rapidly.
Eventually, these groups unified, and seeking to take the ducal title of Sicily, they were lead by two brothers. Robert Guiscard, and Roger Bosso. (Later King Roger I of Sicily) This conflict began in 1061 with the two and their armies crossing to Sicily from Calabria and immediately began a siege on Messina, with the intention of gaining control of the strait. The brothers pushed inland, easily defeating the Saracens that did not side with them. However, they could not surmount the fortress known as Castrogiovanni, and they, but not before fortifying their holdings in Sicily.
Robert returned in 1064, bypassing the fortress, he went on to besiege the city of Palermo, however his camp was infested by tarantulas, and it had to be called off. He would return in 1071, capturing the city of Palermo, and its citadel would fall just a year later. Robert split up Sicily with his brother, forming the County of Sicily, which was slightly more than half of the island. Just a few years later, Roger continued the war and conquered the rest of Sicily.
Over the next few years, various sees had been set up across the island, specifically in Palermo, Syracuse, and Agrigento.
In 1091, Malta would fall under Sicilian influence, regularly paying tribute to the Sicilians. This was followed by Malta becoming a part of the Sicilian kingdom. Following that, the Sicilians would eventually conquer the Duchy of Naples in 1130. In that same year, the current Antipope Anacletus II crowned Roger II as the king of Sicily.
Constance of Sicily, the daughter of Roger II, and wife of the Holy Roman Emperor, Henry VI, would have several children, though Frederick II of Sicily would never be born, and the Hohenstaufens would not come to power in Sicily, instead the house of Hauteville would remain in power.
The rest of the 1100’s were generally not very major in terms of events for Sicilians, except for the Third Crusade. The Sicilians served as transportation, albeit, not often and only a few minor crusading parties used Sicilian boats to get to the Holy Land.
King Alessio I was crowned in 1180, by the archbishop of Palermo. His reign saw the improvement of roads across the kingdom, as well as other infrastructure. He also had a rather peaceful policy, and generally stayed on amicable terms with the rest of Italy, and on okay terms with the Byzantines out of fear that they might try to retake south Italy. King Alessio I died in the year of 1215, wherein he was buried in Palermo. Just a few days later, February 19th, King Alessio II was proclaimed king of Sicily. Much like his father, he liked to stay on amicable terms with other Italian nations. However, he felt a strong degree of disdain for the Byzantines, and rather disliked the heretical Orthodox faith.
He instituted some religious reforms, specifically the “Reformatio Ecclesiae Siculae.” Or rather, The Reformation of the Sicilian churches as it was known.
Orthodox churches were to convert to Catholicism, and Orthodox citizens had to pay an extra tax every year when taxes were due. As would be expected, this shook up the sense of tolerance on Sicily that had been there since before the Kingdom, as Greeks, Italians, and Saracens had existed in relative peace, and tolerated each other’s faith.
Alessio II was a fervent supporter of the Crusades, and has since had ambition to drive the Saracens from Iberia, as well as to help protect the Holy Land. Now, in 1225, he stands as a respected king with a strong base of support in the homeland, and ready to strike out into the Holy Land, or Iberia.
Jan 27, 2013Copenhagen (Past)Posted in: Forum Roleplaying
To, Anatoli Byotor,
I thank you for taking the time to respond to my letter, and for confirming our fears. My records indicate that no ships that have ever returned to Copenhagen, or any Danish ports in need of repairs after travel recently, which leads me to believe that a foreign power may be behind this.
As your comrade stated, I fear that either the Swedish, Spanish or Southern Finnish are behind this, and it worries me. However, unlike your department, I have the resources to investigate this, I think a collaborative investigation is in order.
I would greatly appreciate it if you and your comrade, the regional defensive officer that you mentioned, could help us in an advisory role, as this concerns you just as much as it does us. I appreciate your time and cooperation.
The smell. It would smell pretty bad to any average person, but this off duty police officer had grown accustomed to the smell of rather strong alcohol and all manner of cigarettes and cigars. This officer, Eric Høg, came to the pub all the time after work, usually a way to deal with his many inconclusive investigations. Turning around, he noticed a friend of his enter the bar, a coworker he was usually assigned to investigations with. "Hey, Eric," the newcomer said. "Hello, Bjørn," he replied. Eric beckoned him over to sit next to him, and enjoy a nice, cold drink.
After ordering his drink, a cold grape and olive schnapp, which smelled strongly of alcohol and grape. His favorite, he savored his first drink, and than spoke. "Eric, I hate to be the one to tell you, but soon we're going to need to devote even more time to our investigation of these stolen cars." "Of course..., but, why?" "The higher ups are becoming rather impatient, and they're giving us only one more week to figure out this case. I don't want to work much, honestly, but we have to," said Bjørn, with a slightly sad expression covering his face. "It's okay, even if it feels like a drag. I feel like going home now, I've sunk plenty of time here. I'll meet you early tomorrow morning, so we can get to work, maybe get somewhere," Eric said, with a slight chuckle. "Alright, I'll see you then. Get some rest, old man," Bjørn said with a small laugh, even though his compatriot was only one year his elder.
Prime Minister Niels sat in a luxurious and comfortable armchair, observing the parliament as they discussed the issues of the day. One of these many issues, which caught the Prime Minister's attention, was that some farmers had used a little too much pesticide, ruined their crops, gone broke, and now food had to be recalled from stores around Aarhus and Viborg. Overall, the situation was a pain.
To make things even better, no one really knew what to do except to restrict produce export from the region, even though Niels thought of it as a sound idea. After a slight cough, Niels began to speak, interrupting the bickering of two parliament members who had gotten rather loud.
"I would like to say, that I agree that restricting produce export in the region where the contaminated food came from is a great idea. Although, I would like to say that I believe we should strip the farmers of their land, considering their irresponsibility. Yay, or nay?" A multitude of parliament members liked the proposition, however, a small multitude did not, and proceeded to argue over it with those that did agree. Niels stood up, "I believe this is the end of the Parliamentary session for today," he said, glancing upon the clock that hung high upon the wall of the room. With that, the members left for the day, and various members continued their quarrel outside. Just another fun day of parliamentary activity.
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