I could actually see this thing surviving by allying with Ottokar. Maybe he agrees to leave them alone in exchange for helping him kick out the Triunes.
That is why any Roman intervention in Germany would inevitably be a failure, regardless of any short-term accomplishments. The Romans could not impose their will by force alone; all conquerors need at least some collaborators. But any prince willing to collaborate with the Romans, by the very act of doing so, would forfeit all legitimacy in the eyes of the German elites and intelligentsia, and the princes would know that. Furthermore a Roman intervention would immediately rally the German princes to the banner of Henri II, as the only sovereign able to defend them against a renewed onslaught of the Butchers of Ulm.
I wonder if Magdeburg was chosen because of the massacre there in the OTL 30 years war?Interesting choice of city Magdeburg, not related to any fiction we know, lol. Seems like no matter what they will not last very long. A far greater threat to the surrounding states by existing than other rivalries, though it might take time for them to realize that.
Something to learn from a jumped up commoner leading a rabble of peasants?! Surely you jest, tis obvious that Pembroke was just a unfit commander leading ill prepared and ill disciplined lowborn soldiers.Your ability to clearly and concisely write battles is top-notch. I could picture exactly what was going on - a testament to your skill with the pen, errr keyboard.
I wonder if many generals/leaders will adopt these Raven tactics. They may just blame the loss on Pembroke instead and learn nothing. Not like that's unprecedented in history either.
the peasant commune... communism in the HREInB4 the formation of the Grand Republican Corvine-East Frisia-Ditmarschen Peasant Empire. All hail our new peasant overlords!
I wonder how religion is going to develop in the Raven State considering they just drove out the largest honcho of the Catholic church in Northern Germany. I imagine Avignon is none too eager on endorsing them too.
At this point i'm expecting also a cameo by the ASB as one of the free citiesAs if the HRE couldn’t be more confusing and weird, now we have a peasant communist state in the area. Absolute bonkers
The only thing I'd say about this (other than what I've said earlier) is that the Romans can see the Ravens as useful if the Ravens develop an essentially isolationist diplomatic policy. The Ravens on the other hand can potentially have the Romans as their ace-in-the-hole against Ottokar if he does move against them.The Romans would be intrigued, but I don't think they're going to intervene in Germany for quite a while, especially after their recent focus towards the East. There's no point in Demetrius or Odysseus to even bother allying when Germany remaining in this chaotic situation is perfectly favorable to them. Not like the Ravens even want or need their help, considering how every peasant has probably suffered under the Romans' wanton raping and pillaging of German lands.
Interesting choice of city Magdeburg, not related to any fiction we know, lol. Seems like no matter what they will not last very long. A far greater threat to the surrounding states by existing than other rivalries, though it might take time for them to realize that.
Perhaps, but I don't think the Ravens can fully rely on the Romans to save them in that kind of situation, since it's probably common knowledge that the Romans are starting to withdraw from Latin affairs after what happened in Italy. Going back on that word so soon is only going to make the Romans even more untrustworthy than they already are.The only thing I'd say about this (other than what I've said earlier) is that the Romans can see the Ravens as useful if the Ravens develop an essentially isolationist diplomatic policy. The Ravens on the other hand can potentially have the Romans as their ace-in-the-hole against Ottokar if he does move against them.
I'm not sure that Ottokar would be enthusiastic to bring in Henri though, because he knows he'll have to cough up his pride, his reputation, and the lands of the Rhine to him just to crush the Ravens, who are basically just peasant rebels. That's seriously not a good look for an Emperor who is pretty shaky in terms of his authority, so he'd have to weigh his options before clicking that "SOS" button to the Triunes.As for alliances, pragmatism for Ottokar means if he was forced to choose between the Ravens and Henri, he will pick Henri. The Ravens are not just some other state, to be used on political grounds. The Ravens are a threat to the social order, while Henri is not. Henri is a fellow monarch, who will respect the way society is ‘supposed’ to be structured. Meanwhile the Ravens want to kill all of the upper class, take all of their stuff (especially land), and redistribute it to the peons. Henri is far more preferable from Ottokar’s, the Bohemian nobility’s, and the German princes’ POV, if they have to choose between the two.