Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
Nova Orbis: Anno Domini 1556
Players: Mr Face - England (Crown Colony) - (Red, Northeast North America, Perurvia, Manilla) *
Mountainwatcher – Portugal (Private Colony) – (Green, Greater Brazil, Northern Peru) *
Ruskie – France (Crown Colony) - (Dark blue, Uruguay, Northern Argentina)
Canuhear – Spain (Private Colony) – (Dark Yellow, Cuba, Eastern Mexico, Florida, Jamaica, Bermuda, Western Borneo) *
Dr Insy - Portugal (Private Colony) – (Dark Green, Baja California, Costa Rica, Nicaragua) *
Van Keao – Denmark (Private Colony) – (Dark Orange, Lampung, Sunda Isles)
(Players marked by an * indicates this is a state supported by/helped strongly by slavery)
Players are represented by a variant of the base colour of their motherland. Original base colour means this is the oldest/main colony of their nation.
Portugal (Green) (Catholic)
France (Blue) (Catholic)
England (Red) (Protestant)
Spain (Yellow) (Catholic)
Denmark (Orange) (Protestant)
Trade and some interaction with areas and Kingdoms/nations outside the existing map is permitted.
EVENTS OF 1552-1556
-Shanghai and Beijing have their fortifications updated extensively, with the latter now being a city covering 4662 hectares.
-Michael Servetus publishes Christianismi Restitutio, including an account of the circulation of the blood.
-Giambattista Benedetti publishes Resolutio omnium Euclidis problematum, proposing a new doctrine of the speed of bodies in free fall.
-Charles Estienne publishes a collection of tracts on agriculture, Praedium Rusticum.
-Completion of the Church of Sant'Andrea in Via Flaminia, Rome, the first church to have an elliptical dome.
–The Peace of Augsburg is signed between Charles 5th, Holy Roman Emperor, and the Lutheran Schmalkaldic League establishing the principle Cuius regio, eius religio, that is, rulers within the Empire can choose the religion of their realm. With this, many religious tensions have been temporarily cooled.
-The Holy Roman Empire, a monstrosity of 2200 towns and 150,000 villages slowly lumbers onwards. The kings of Poland, France and Denmark may damage it, or the Sultan bash it, but it does little to halt its slow lumbering progress propelled by millions of peasants driving it towards an uncertain future.
-Charles 5th abdicates from the Holy Roman Empire and Spain, the stress of the Reformation getting to him. The division of both crowns marks a change in the Habsburgs. One branch is concerned with Germany, the other with Spain and her possessions.
-Russia invades Finland, pissing off the Swedish whom had a truce with them for 60 years.
-The word Negro (Referring to a black person) is coined in the Spanish colonies.
-Akbar ascends to the throne of the Mughal Empire at age 13, there will probably be little to emerge of note from this boys.
-Ivan the Terrible conquers Astrakhan, opening the Volga River to Russian traffic and trade.
-The first printing press in India is introduced by Jesuits at Saint Paul's College, Goa.
-Publication of Georgius Agricola's textbook on metal mining and processing, De re metallica.
-Publication in Rome of Juan Valverde de Amusco's Historia de la composicion del cuerpo humano, including Realdo Colombo's discovery of pulmonary circulation.
Kingdom of England and Ireland – Mr Face
-Edward 6th dies, is shortly replaced by Lady Jane Grey, who in turn is kicked out by Mary 1st. She then sets about executing Protestant dissenters, and trying to restore Catholicism.
-These changes are met with approval and dismay by many, and it is hard to restore the damage that her father and brother did to Catholicism.
-She sets about desperately trying to fix problems England is suffering. The rebellion of the colonies does not help. Not one bit.
-Richard Chancellor reaches Arkhangelsk, and opens trade with Russia.
-A rebellion led by Thomas Wyatt is brutally crushed.
-The English crown declares that the rebels of the New World are committing the utmost horror and heresy. Much of the population agrees with only some Protestants disagreeing, citing the removal of Protestantism being the cause.
-The wrecked economy makes England an insufferable place to be at this time.
New England – Mr Face
-The colonies rebel, and break links with the English crown. Immediately a large proportion of the colonists are split on what to do. The colony is justified in doing such to break relations with a Catholic usurper, but some themselves are divided over this being the best action, the main consensus is that once a legitimate Protestant monarch is restored the colonies will return to English control. There barely exists any infrastructure or military capable of even defending the colonies against enemy colonies, let alone the crown.
-The rest of the Peruvian colonies are lost to the Portuguese and French. This, along with the loss of Manilla and New Orleans proves to be a crushing blow to English prestige and economic power.
-Many argue over the best way to implement the old Greek and Roman idea of “Democracy”.
-The rebellion spreads out from Boston, but many are divided over the issue. There is little joining these colonies together, but with the removal of the head of state, dissent is rapidly rising.
-These colonies are litte more than an ad hoc collection of theocratic puritan castaways, exiles, traders, fishermen and some farmers.
Kingdom of Portugal – Mountainwatcher. Dr Insy.
-Explorers from Zanzibar trek again to the East African mainland, and manage to shoot down a strange local beast. They note that the skin can be of good use, along with the meat and bones. -Killing it is hard however, due to the thickness of the skin, the size of the creature, and the fact none of the explorers have seen this terrifying thing, spoken only of in legends before.
-The Portuguese crown, due to spending and inflation, is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Companhia das Quinas Americanas - Mountainwatcher
-The colonial army and navy is extended in size once more, and for some reason, the Portuguese army marches further south into Peru, taking over the former Incan empire. Potosi is captured, giving it control over the silver trade. It kickstarts again, and money begins to flow to Lisbon.
-Exploration proceeds inland slowly, but some explorers are killed by maroons. Others by disease, and some more simply drop down dead for unknown reasons.
-The war with English Peruvia continues, and manages to capture the rest of the land before the native rebellion calms down and establishes a small rump kingdom within itself.
-More colonists and slaves are brought to Peru, and slowly push north to claim more land in the name of profit and the glory of god.
-8 men, marching in a 2x4 formation, arrive in the French capital. There they call the French “Infuriated Idas”. Another festival takes place. The drinking of hot chocolate with milk and sugar mixed in, served in porcelain cups between two cultures in Argentina just goes to show how things have moved.
-A colony is set up in the Northern Philippines, where spice plantations are planted and the Portuguese desire for a curried cabbage is realised.
-An truce is established between the Incans and Portuguese, allowing them to retain a small state within themselves. Some native peoples begin to emigrate to here to free themselves from European rule, but life was still much the same now as it was before, only the rulers have changed.
Cienia of Niesmiertelni - Dr Insy
-As investors seek to invest into this alternate Portuguese colony, the increased number of ships and some colonists coming over results in some push to the north into California.
-Cotton is planted in the colonies, but processing the cotton into a usable format is slow and costly.
-Slaves do help the matter slightly, but it is quite uneconomical. Only the demand for paper and some clothes by numerous persons keeps these plantations on the edge in small numbers.
-There is an exploration attempt to find the mythical island of “Hawaii”, invented by a ship captain most likely. The explorers end up landing in Japan, selling a few guns, and coming back with some silk and tea. The Japanese enjoy these new guns, which are becoming increasing used in warfare there. (Fucking Ashigaru kills Samurai with smoke and fire, this is a SHAMFUR DISPRAY.)
-The company promises neutrality in all conflicts, minus that with the rebellious English colony.
Kingdom of Spain – Canuhearme
-Spain ends the war with England, and allies with it by marrying the monarchs Mary 1st and Phillip the 2nd.
-The truce with France collapses, and they end up going to war.
-The Spanish crown, due to spending and inflation, is on the verge of bankruptcy.
El gremio de comerciantes en el Nuevo Mundo – Canuhearme
-Further deals are offered to the poor and desperate. The colonies are painted as a land of hope and freedom, which many take up the offer of. Voyages and land is given out freely, which results in an population boom. In turn, although being costly for the company, it helps to invigorate trade in their own colonies which is of course, taxable.
-Requests to use Spanish military is denied, due to it being constantly busy. The company must recruit their own.
-Trading posts are set up along the Blåtand Floden, pushing Spanish claims further north. Land is freely given out to colonists along the river too, the settlements being almost anarchist in their running as little influence of the state exists here.
-Food production is heavily focused on, with farmers being taught how to grow the best crops and the methods for doing so. Loans, which are very expensive, also help these farmers get off the ground. Food production noticeably improves, with exports and imports flowing along the river increasingly and turning New Orleans from an English fort into a Spanish shantytown.
-The military in New Orleans pushes out natives, and begin regular river patrols to prevent attacks. -The natives respond by hiding in the forests to make attacks, and staying inland. Few can travel inland.
-Freedom of Speech is subtly decriminalised. Nobody realises this until the most radical views appear. Although there has been an extension of this, individuals can still be harassed and attacked by angry persons or even lynched.
-Manufactories and plantation begin to be extended throughout the colonies, to help make it more self-sufficient.
-Lumbermills, powered by water or wind, are set up and make use of managed forests. Charcoal production likewise begins. Unfortunately metal production is limited by the distance between charcoal and iron production areas, and charcoal proves to be costly in terms of wood consumption.
-Taxes on education and paper/textile production have been removed. Many bookbinders, printers, paper-makers, teachers and the such move to these colonies to work in these fields due to the low costs.
-The naval wharves in New Orleans are extended and built up, to provide access to colonists and the increasing number and sizes of vessels.
-Peace with the English colonies is declared, and the military/navy returns to assuming a defensive position.
Kingdom of France – Ruskie
-The truce with Spain collapses, and they end up going to war.
New France – Ruskie
-The crown colony has bought a fair number of shares in the opposing company. Unfortunately, due to that company still being highly commercially successful, the other shareholders see through this ploy to gain control.
-There is further colonization inland, pushing into Argentina as more land is claimed. The population grows steadily by an extra 3000, most of whom settle in this new land. However, the population is still thinly spread, with a few concentrations in coastal towns. Most people support themselves by livestock and some basic manufacturing of goods. There is a severe lack of iron however due to the geology.
-The Californian colony begins to be supplied extensively, and focused on in terms of colonial matters at the present moment. The good farmland means wine and other crops grow well here, allowing for good population growth.
-The army of Dragoons (Rreerr) are extended massively. The slow introduction of carbines over muskets has resulted in slightly increased mobility, reload time and the such as gun designs improve.
-The slave trade, immensely profitable has resulted in this colony becoming the biggest single buyer of slaves, yet ironically barely uses any themselves.
-The rest of English Peruvia is conquered by the colonial army, and manages to barely take down English and native excursions. It is difficult to hold onto this new land.
-A statue is built to commemorate the men who called the Portuguese governor an “Irate Irene”.
Kingdom of Denmark and Norway – Van Keao
-Arla Culinary is taken over by new management, whom seek to make improvements to the company.
Arla Culinary – Van Kaeo
-Spice exports continue, and begin to be extensively expanded into by the company in order to make peppered potatoes.
-A convoy is sent to the other company’s Greenland colony to resupply in for a short while, before heading down the St Patrick river to an abandoned Irish colony, where it sets up a small colony on top of the ruins of the old. After wintering, it sets about clearing the land and re-establishing farms with new agricultural techniques. Tobacco is still largely unsuitable for growing here unfortuately.
-The existing colonies in the Malays have new agricultural techniques introduced, and have been noted to improve agricultural production.
-More trading posts, forts and some towns are taken over, established or set up throughout the Malays. Mainland colonisation is slightly too risky for the moment, and is slow in its progress.
-Trade begins with the Spanish in Indonesia, and natives in Canada. The Spanish are keen on trading various common goods and essentials. The natives however offer much in the way of animal pelts in return for manufactured goods and weapons.
-The Shaanxi Earthquake, the deadliest earthquake in history, occurs with its epicenter in Shaanxi province, China; 830,000 people may have been killed.
-Spanish population growth is slowing down noticeably, leading to the economy also slowing in growth as most focus is overseas. Growth of the economy is also hampered by a system of cartels, the merchants using silver receipts to fund consumption (Due to increasing food supply problems) and lack of production of useful goods for export.
-Roughly 5000 slaves a year are exported from Africa.
-An increasing disparity is now noted. Plantations, and areas with large numbers of them have little in the way of local infrastructure and development beyond extracting raw materials. Meanwhile areas based off other industries or agriculture, do start to actually develop these as they become required by the local population.
-Ships are becoming bigger and better. Grande Carracks and Galleons are now increasingly common on the seas.
-Native populations through disease and other matters have reached their lowest possible peak. -Likewise the same is true for extension of forest cover and the global temperature. From here on out, due to human activities starting to have an influence, all of them look set to gradually change.
-Four field rotation has spread throughout the Netherlands, and is starting to make an appearance in France and Germany.
-Potatoes, turnips and maize are becoming increasingly common in European agriculture. Tomatoes grow in Italy for the first time. The use of turnips to feed livestock over winter, combined with four field rotation, is a godsend to people. Winter is becoming less of a danger, and diets are improving gradually.
Music of 1552-1556 - Recercadas del Trattado de Glossas – Diego Ortiz
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Playable NPC colonies already existing.
1. New Spain. (Base Yellow)
2. French Company (Base Blue)
3. Danish Company (Base Orange)
4. Portuguese crown colonies. (Light Green)