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The Anglian Machine


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For the first time in many years, the Imperial Palace in Schlammburg was filled with activity again. The Imperial government had been in a state of decay for decades as power had slowly slipped to the various states of Dolchland. It was only a few years ago that the Diet had elected Emperor Heinrich Johannes von Augsburg to the throne. At the time, though, it was considered little more than a titular honor to receive the Emperorship, but Heinrich had much more ambitious plans than that.

In 2017 his uncle, Friedrich Johannes von Ausburg, had simply given up the throne. What made it worse is it didn't even come as a shock to the rest of the country to see an emperor abdicate to head off to retirement. While the rest of the country seemed indifferent, Heinrich was enraged. He had grown tired of seeing the weakness of his family and was disturbed to see that they had let it fall to such a low. Still, he knew the only way to right this wrong was to play the good nephew and endear himself to the leaders of the Diet. It took time, but he was chosen as the next emperor, and took his place on the throne as soon as he could. Immediately, he had begun the political game to gain as many allies as he could. Luckily, his power base in Habstria afforded him more resources than being the Emperor did.

After years and years of politics, finally an opportunity he could never have dreamed of came knocking. In its quest for power, Great Anglia had stepped up its presence across the wurld, and had turned its eyes towards Dolchland. When the first diplomatic meetings occurred, it became clear what they really wanted: a native counterbalance to Seylos in the region. With the North Adlantic Union growing, and deepening ties between Seylos, Delamaria, and Fravina, Anglia needed an ally in the region to give it a way in. Of course, with desperation breeds opportunity, and the Anglians were quick to target the dying empire.

Heinrich was no fool, though, and understood exactly what the Anglians were after. He knew they cared little for helping Dolchland, but he couldn't pass up the opportunity to leverage their enormous resources to rebuild the Empire once again. With this new backing, he stepped up the timeline of his plan and became far more aggressive, as he knew that the Anglians would always be a safety net to make sure their new "puppet" would stay afloat. He was able to secure a much-needed alliance with the Kingdom of Macklenover, and through more dubious means had managed to secure the ascension of his own puppet in the form of Ernest II of Bessen-Katzenelm. It didn't take long though for his rivals in Panedonia to get wind of his plans. They hadn't expected an Ausburg Emperor to pull these types of power moves, and despite their initial shock, they tried to push back against him.

Now the two sides were locked in a struggle, trying to use their influence to gain the allegiance of the myriad of small states that made up Dolchland. It was clear though that Heinrich had the advantage. With Anglian money and arms pouring into Habstria it made keeping up with them that much more difficult. What made matters even worse for the Panedonian side was Heinrich's most recent announcement. In his capacity as Emperor, he had declared the "Great Industrial Revival", opening almost unlimited Imperial funds, thanks to Anglian subsidies, up to facilitate desperately needed industrial modernization across the country. And most horrifically to the Panedonians, even declaring a more open international attitude to finally make trade happen again. It was clear that if the Panedonians and their allies were to be victorious, they would need to make their move quickly before the Emperor could gain any more power.

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