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The Revolutions of 7473
04-11-2018, 09:46 AM
Post: #1
The Revolutions of 7473
I have been developing a concept for a while now, which would see the years of 7472-73 become a time of revolution and regime change in Anaria and perhaps beyond. Drawing heavily on the Revolutions of 1848, the most widespread simultaneous revolutionary moment in history, I think a Gothan equivalent could be an interesting addition to the established history – and act as a watershed moment for many players’ nations, should they choose to take part in it.

Hellish Beginnings

The Häverist Revolution engulfed the Empire of Helland in December 7472. Stemming from economic hardships caused by the lengthy Second Tandem War and the Empire’s subsequent defeat, as well as general social and political unrest and dissatisfaction with the Kaiser and his government, the desire for revolution in Helland was deep rooted.

But the call for revolution need not have been an isolated phenomenon. Many nations across Anaria at this time were ruled by absolute monarchs: Amberia was ruled by the powerful Empress Adelædis XI the Great; Anisora under the weak but oppressive Empress Victoria III; Auresia under the supreme ruler and Emperor Dastari III; Helland under the despised Kaiser Frederik Sävert; Becuvitatia under the despotic Domnitor; as well as many other nations that have yet to be defined.

Revolutionary fervour spreads

In a melting pot of political, social and economic woes, the eruption of the Häverist revolution in Helland in late 7472 could have been the spark which set off a chain reaction across Anaria, with people of all classes, religions, ethnicities and ideologies calling for change in a plethora of revolutionary movements. Not just political in nature, the revolutions could be influenced by: recent wars (victories and defeats); failed harvests; economic depressions; population movements/increases or other demographic issues; liberalism; socialism; economic or social repression; religious persecution; nationalism; and many other issues.

While the revolution in Helland was unique to its own situation and context, driven primarily by intellectuals and followers of Peter Häver, the revolutions and movements across Anaria would be disjointed, uncoordinated, chaotic and unique to their respective nation and political/economic/social situation.

Successes and Failures: Revolutions and Counter-revolutions

Uncoordinated, disjointed and at times chaotic, the revolutions that potentially swept Anaria (and beyond) will have yielded different results – some successes, some failures. The counter-revolutionary forces could have successfully outmanoeuvred or crushed the revolutionaries. Governments may have fallen, or come back stronger and more repressive than ever.

Furthermore, the revolutionaries themselves may have fell to fighting amongst themselves. A schism could have formed between liberal intellectuals and radicals, who wanted full blown social change. This rupture may have undermined the unity of a nation’s revolutionary movements, and the fear of anarchy or a total breakdown of the established order may have pushed a number of liberal revolutionaries to abandon their revolutionary beliefs and seek the protection afforded by the conservative establishment (this will have played a role in Anisora, for example).

An anchor event for players

The disparate nature of such a chaotic movement lends itself perfectly, I think, to a collaborate project like ours. It offers players an opportunity to interact with Anarian events however they would like – either creating an intricately unique movement that was utterly crushed by the royal armies, or a copy-cat revolution that ultimately brought regime change. It also establishes an anchor point in (relatively) recent Anarian history – providing an opportunity for a nation’s personality to come out and help establish why the current political system is the way it is (if we ignore the elephant in the room, the Pan-Anarian War).

This is, of course, not to say that every nation would have been affected by these revolutions. Your nation may not have been – but that too is an interesting moment in your nation’s history. Why did the desire for revolution and social change not spread to your country? Was it because it was already a paradise of liberal democracy, or was it as a result of a ruthlessly efficient military machine which utterly destroyed any notion of disobedience? The possibilities are, indeed, endless.

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04-11-2018, 10:15 AM
Post: #2
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
The Case of Anisora

As news of the revolution spread from Helland, Anisoran revolutionaries and oppressed minorities saw this as their chance to express their resentment against the Anisoran regime. Anisoran revolutionaries were amongst the first outside of Helland to hold mass protests and armed insurrection, although the crescendo of violence in early 7473 happened concurrently with violence in a great number of other states. The revolutions in Anisora ultimately brought substantial constitutional change to the Empire, with a major rebalancing of power and added checks on the power of the Emperor.

The reasons for violence were myriad and complex. There was no centralised revolutionary movement, but rather a large number of independent movements demanding often very different concessions. Reasons for the violence and agitation included:
  • Repressive government policies
  • lack of representation in parliament
  • abuses of the empress Victoria III
  • failed harvests
  • religious persecution
  • and repression of minorities.
The most numerous protesters were those commonly known as ‘decretists’ (see Decretism), who were petitioning for true legislative power for the Chamber of Deputies, constitutional representation, the dismissal of the Count of Andagna, the hated Prime Minister, and checks on the power of the Empress. Although the largest movement in Anisora, the vast majority of their protests were fairly peaceful, and their demands were accepted relatively early in 7473 – primarily as a result of the extreme weakness of the imperial government after the death of Empress Victoria III and the subsequent death of her new-born son, Emperor Victor I.

There were, however, a number of other, more violent groups, which actively rose up against the Anisoran crown and mounted prolonged insurrections. These groups included:
  • Lusavanic revolutionaries: the largest armed force that rose up in Anisora during 7473. Led by the Izhaic nationalist Vardan Gevorgyan, the revolutionaries called for a constitution (although Anisora had one, the Grand Principality of Lusava did not), as well as greater autonomy for Lusava within the Empire (although many called for independence), and an end to religious persecution against the Izhaic people of Lusava. The revolt was fuelled by the oppression of the Izhaic religious sects over the last hundred years of Anisoran rule; in particular the recent draconian policies championed by the Count of Andagna.
    • The rising was put down in a brutal fashion. The Prince Regent and then Emperor Titus ordered troops against the revolutionaries, which crushed them in a number of bloody battles. resulting in significant civilian casualties and many arrests/executions.
  • The Anisoran Häverist League: a small but highly organised group of Häverists who sought to bring the Decemberist Revolution to Anisora. They mainly operated out of the industrial heartlands of Tova, primarily Valmoresca and Matrignano, but Häverist inspired violence broke out elsewhere, including in Arrento and Pena.
    • They ultimately failed to gather popular support outside of Valmoresca and Matrignano. The death of the child emperor Victor I was used by the conservative press to great effect, and public opinion quickly turned against the revolutionaries.
The Count of Andagna had been Prime Minister of the Anisoran Empire for the last 13 years and had become the embodiment and personification of reaction and repression. His government had been responsible for some of the most ruthless repression during the decade leading up to 7473 and was often described as the most hated person in Anisora during the Revolutions. A social conservative, he had been committed to the traditional order his entire career and became increasingly paranoid that revolution was right around the corner; and in this regard he was proved correct. However, his paranoia fuelled a policy of repression and his total misunderstanding of the situation led to an increase in unrest and resentment throughout the Anisoran Empire.

Such was the animosity levelled against him from people across the Empire that he was forced to resign as Prime Minister and then flee into exile in Auresia shortly afterwards, with the imperial government unable to ensure his safety. His exit and the appointment of the Count of Lemorella as Prime Minister by the Prince Regent was a key moment in the Revolutions, which heralded in a much more conciliatory government policy which saw the implementation of the decretist demands, along with other concessions to other revolutionary groups, including greater autonomy for Lusava.

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04-11-2018, 03:08 PM
Post: #3
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
I'm not sure that an "1848" type of development fits Gotha and its current mindset. If I understood correctly, the idea was to have the post-war era (Pan Anarian, that is...) become an era of enlightment. We would be pushing it back by 8 decades. And in RW terms to around 1810...

But then again, these concepts are fluid. If this is going to happen, then I am on board. I will at least write it into Halland's history.

Just thinking out loud, would it be possible to move these events up 2 decades and have them as the trigger for the Pan Anarian War instead? With the century long balance between royal houses vanishing and lots of new ideologies fighting for atention, such an event could easily trigger a large and long was. I know, that won't match with the events in Helland or Anisora.

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04-11-2018, 05:02 PM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2018 05:07 PM by August Dux.)
Post: #4
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
Pepijn Wrote:I'm not sure that an "1848" type of development fits Gotha and its current mindset. If I understood correctly, the idea was to have the post-war era (Pan Anarian, that is...) become an era of enlightment.

That's the first I've heard of it, but fair enough - it makes sense. We can easily make the Revolutions of 7473 mostly abject failures.

Pepijn Wrote:We would be pushing it back by 8 decades. And in RW terms to around 1810...

I have to disagree here, however, as the Revolutions of 1848 didn't work in the way you seem to suggest.

The Revolutions of 1848 were objectively an abysmal failure, on the whole. With the exception of Denmark, which abandoned the absolute monarchy, the rest of Europe didn't see all that much 'progress' until decades and decades later. Instead of spreading democracy and liberalism, the Revolutions mostly entrenched absolutist regimes and solidified conservative politics - here I'm thinking Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Russia (indirectly) etc.

With the PAW only 30 years later, the PAW could rather function as the 'enlightening' flashpoint as the relentless conflict put pressure on everybody's political and social establishments. As I hope I made clear in my proposal, and it is very much a proposal (if people don't like it, naturally it won't happen outside of Anisora), the Revolutions of 7473 could be an opportunity to explain how autocratic and absolutist regimes retained power. Just an idea.

Also, considering the current make up of some of the most powerful nations in Anaria, principally Amberia, Auresia and Helreich (and Anisora to some extent), and their sometimes less than 'enlightened' political system, you could argue Anaria has a way to go yet. What I'm trying to say is, the political 'development' of Anaria (if we want to assume development is equal to liberal democracy, which is another argument) does not easily map onto RW history. Authoritarianism, aristocracies and oligarchical government still hold many nations in their grip - even in 7580.

Pepijn Wrote:Just thinking out loud, would it be possible to move these events up 2 decades and have them as the trigger for the Pan Anarian War instead? With the century long balance between royal houses vanishing and lots of new ideologies fighting for atention, such an event could easily trigger a large and long was.

I mean we could. I avoided the PAW as I assumed it would be far too much work to try and rewrite such events into the established narrative (as unfinished as it is). While it would not align with established Hellish and Anisoran history, we could make it work. Although arguably, the Hellish Revolution would have had a big enough impact on the re-balance of power in terms of monarchies on its own. The PAW is such a mess of underdevelopment that from a purely practical point of view I also wanted to avoid that. But if people like that idea, I'd be happy to go along with it.

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04-11-2018, 07:28 PM
Post: #5
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
Well, let's see what the others have to say about it. Like I said, I'm not against the idea. And you're right that rewriting the prelude to the PAW might be a way too big task. This is certainly something that seems to be well thought through.

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04-11-2018, 08:00 PM
Post: #6
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
I generally consider myself somewhat removed from events in Anaria itself and maybe don't know as much as I should beyond what would be relevant to Kamura. I'll leave up to the Anarian players though bare in mind the periods of instability in Anaria may have an impact on the consolidation of Anarian influence in the Shangti. Your resources will be shifted to more pressing defence priorities.

For Kamura's timeline I'm think timing the commencement of Kamura's Industrial Revolution with the Pan-Anarian War of the early 7500's would a sensible idea. Also while your nations are distracted back home that will allow Kamura breathing space to stall further decline and survive it's own turbulent Revolution in 7520.

7473 seems like a good year for such an event to occur, I like the time-frame proposed here. I've mentioned it before but I'd like Auresia to acquire Westhold, a hundred years later in 7455 and Alex and Tom can shift the Anisoran-Auresian War forward. I would like for Anarian involvement in the Shangti to be primarily contained within the last 150 years (prior to 7580) at most ideally.
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04-11-2018, 08:24 PM
Post: #7
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
TeamBattleaxe Wrote:I'll leave up to the Anarian players though bare in mind the periods of instability in Anaria may have an impact on the consolidation of Anarian influence in the Shangti. Your resources will be shifted to more pressing defence priorities.

Naturally! That's imperial over-extension for you. Loads of commitments spreading Anarians thin, but the PAW coinciding with the Kamuran Revolution works really well for Kamura being able to recover herself and, as you say, 'stall further decline.'

TeamBattleaxe Wrote:I've mentioned it before but I'd like Auresia to acquire Westhold, a hundred years later in 7455 and Alex and Tom can shift the Anisoran-Auresian War forward. I would like for Anarian involvement in the Shangti to be primarily contained within the last 150 years (prior to 7580) at most ideally.

This isn't strictly related to the thread in question so should be discussed elsewhere. However, I should make it clear that the Auresio-Anisoran War cannot be moved - it is now canon and too much history now slots in around it for it to be moved.

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04-11-2018, 08:47 PM
Post: #8
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
Quote:This isn't strictly related to the thread in question so should be discussed elsewhere. However, I should make it clear that the Auresio-Anisoran War cannot be moved - it is now canon and too much history now slots in around it for it to be moved.

Well! You made that clear so that line of inquiry is over anyway. The Kamura-Auresian War will have to occur before 7398 in that case.
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04-29-2018, 03:01 PM
Post: #9
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
I'd be interested to hear any other opinions on this proposal.

For example, the revolutions might underline why Auresia's autocratic/oligarchical government still retains power in the midst of rising democracies etc.

I'm not sure when Aedeland assumed its republican form of government, but perhaps there was violence and agitation against the power the Sørtarnland Company exerted over the government? Perhaps the revolutions encouraged the government to close Aedeland off to the world? Again, not sure when this happened. Just a few suggestions.

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05-05-2018, 05:27 AM
Post: #10
RE: The Revolutions of 7473
Aedeland is a republic rather than a democracy. It is not even a democratic republic. The proper label would be something like an aristocratic republican gerontocracy. More of an ancient cultural tradition than an enlightening so not really the same ideological spirit that would have been behind the democratic revolutions you're talking about.

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