With the latest invasion attempt by the Pragmatic Coalition having been handily repulsed at Portland <click> in May, the always simmering civil unrest has boiled over again in Rosmark.
The root of the problem lies in the 2nd marriage of the current King's father to the Duchess of St. Lambert, capital of an area commonly called The Maritime Provinces. Upon the death of the old King, the new Crown Prince claimed the provinces, referred to in Rosmark as the Dowry Provinces, as part of the Kingdom of Rosmark by inheritance. The provinces rebelled claiming independence and were initially joined by the Dowager Queen who maintained her right to the title of Duchess. The young King besieged the Queen in St. Lambert, <click> reaching a negotiated truce before leading a Northern Alliance expedition to capture the fortress of Adelheim <click> in retaliation for the previous year's invasion by the Pragmatic Alliance which was repulsed at St. Michel.<click>
After a few clashes <click> the Dowager Queen and the Young King reached an agreement by which she was to retain the title for the rest of her life after which it would fall on King Michael. To everyone's surprise the Maritime Provinces disagreed and the war went on. <click> Two years later the threat of yet another invasion by the Pragmatic Coalition led the rebels to acknowledge the King's right to inherit and a contingent of troops in the pay of the Maritime Provinces contributed to the victory at Portland. Soon after it became clear that the two sides had not understood each other. The king claimed that the Provinces were now part of Rosmark and thus subject to his rule while the Parliament of the provinces declared that they had merely assented to allow him to inherit the honourary position of Duke with purely ceremonial duties and no right to make laws or levy taxes.
Both sides are raising new troops.
EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)
"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."
-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Rebellion Reappears in Rosmark
Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal, 5 years in the Black Watch of Canada Cadets, 5 years at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by 4 in the navy. 25 years with CPC in IT simultaneous with 23 years running a boarding kennel. Inherited my love of toy soldiers from my mother's father. Married with a Whippet, 10 Italian Greyhounds, 4 cats and a bird. Prematurely retired and looking forward to leisure to game, garden and sculpt in our 150 yr old farmhouse.