It said in the update greek parties used archaic rules to slow down the process did they get rid of those rules or try to reform the legislative process to stop similar stuff in the future?
Archaic was probably a bad choice of words on my part. In Greece, as in most countries with functioning legislatures, laws start out as bills created by individual legislators or a group of legislators in some cases. Once a bill is created it is sent to a committee to be reviewed and amended, and if approved by the committee it is sent to the floor of the Legislature for a final vote before going to another chamber of the legislature or the Executives desk to be signed into law. Sadly, most bills in most legislatures, die in committee which is exactly what is taking place in this last update.It said in the update greek parties used archaic rules to slow down the process did they get rid of those rules or try to reform the legislative process to stop similar stuff in the future?
Part 63: L’Aiglon
The French for their part would initially receive little recompense for their great suffering in the war, aside from some mild reparations and renewed access to Dutch and Prussian markets. However, in the May Referendum on Belgian Independence, four provinces of the much reduced Kingdom of Belgium (Hainut, Namur, Liege, and Arlon) voted to join with France. The vote in Brabant was highly contested however, with rampant reports of wrongdoing on taking place both sides. The worst allegations came from Brussels where many thousands of Flemish refugees who had fled the city during the war, were barred from returning to the city after the conflict, providing the Walloon populace with a slight advantage over their Fleming neighbors. Ultimately, the region was split in two, with the North of the province electing to join the Netherlands and the South choosing to unite with France. The true victor of the Second Belgian War of Independence however, were the liberals of Europe who took advantage of the chaos and carnage of the war to depose the July Monarchy in France, to unite Flanders with the Netherlands and Wallonia with France. They would bring about revolutionary changes to the German Confederacy and the Italian Peninsula, and they would bring about the demise of one of Europe's greatest powers.
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The State of the Low Countries after the Second Belgian War of Independence
The Netherlands - Orange (Dutch gains outlined in dark orange)
France - Blue (French gains outlined in dark blue)
Prussia - Grey (Prussian gains outlined in dark grey)
Hannover - Pink
Part 65: A Shining Star in a Stormy Sky
Ioannis Kolettis and his Nationalists, would deftly take advantage of their rival's weaknesses by stoking the fears of the people. Their anti-Turkic policy positions and support for Greek communities beyond the borders of the Kingdom of Greece also aided his cause to great effect as the Mavrokordatos Government had done little to help the Greeks beyond their borders, while cow-towing to foreign interests. This fear mongering would succeed for when election day finally arrived, the Nationalists won an easy victory, securing 53 seats in the Vouli out of 94, while the remaining 41 were largely divided between the Liberals (18 seats) and the People's Party (23 seats).
That is very interesting, and something I quite honestly overlooked when I originally wrote that update. Prussia already received Neutral Moresnet and the eastern half of Luxembourg (roughly equivalent to the modern Grand Duchy of Luxembourg IOTL), but on further review it probably should get Arlon as well so I'll edit it accordingly.Right, I'm a little bit late to this particular party, so I apologise for bringing up literally months-old affairs, but; you gave Arerlerland (Arlon) to the French, even though Prussia got Luxembourg? As you didn't mention it at all, I'm not sure if you're familiar with Arlon's history or not, but it has traditionally been a part of the German-speaking part of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It was separated from them and given to Belgium instead in 1839 because the French objected to, if I recall correctly, a very important road leading to Brussels that ran/runs through it ending up in the hands of the German Confederation. Granted, the same line of thought could be reserved for ITTL as well, but considering Prussia annexes Luxembourg outright in this timeline, it seems a bit of a strange thing for them to give up on Arelerland, especially considering that the alternative is (arguably obviously) French annexation of the area. Perhaps, if France and Prussia are in the mood to adjust borders, an exchange could be in order? Arlon for the Walloon border town of Malmedy? (Shameless semi-random plug for a great map of the area if needed, here)
Thanks for bringing this to my attention, it has been fixed.P.S. I think you mean "kowtowing", not "cow-towing." I don't think anyone tows cows
I can understand why these two cities were able to resist the Austrians...Only the secluded townships of Este and Monselice would remain under Italian control, thanks to the difficult terrain of the Euganean Hills and the fierce resolve of their people.
The situation in 1848 was actually rather dire for the Austrian Empire as they were embattled on almost every front at one point or another. Here the situation is somewhat better for them as the uprisings in Prague, Vienna, and Hungary haven't occurred yet, but at the same time they are worse as Metternich is still in charge and becoming increasingly detached from the situation on the ground and they suffered heavier losses in the first few days of the War owing to a prolonged stay in Milan and more desertions by the Italian soldiers in the Austrian Army. If the Italians remain united, which there is no guarantee that they will, they have a good chance of beating Austria here and now by themselves.Well, it still went much better for the Northern Italians than expected, so I am still glad for the outcome so far. Maybe there is still hope after all. But Charles Albert was very unlucky.
Victor Emmanuel II's performance really surprised me!
They still belong to the Kingdom of Sardinia ITTL as there has been no secret treaty with France handing them over in return for military aid.sorry to ask mets who has control of the Savoy and Nice?
Thank you very much! I took inspiration from a few different sources in this update, like the Battle of Friedland for the Second Battle of Goito as a whole, but you are right that Haynau's charge is certainly inspired by the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. He was an incredibly aggressive and extremely ruthless commander of unquestioned loyalty and rigidity in OTL. If he received an order, however vague it may have been, he would have attempted to carry it out to the best of his ability. Ficquelmont's detachment from the main battle also muddied the waters a bit as well, resulting in the ensuing debacle.I think Haynau's charge is inspired by the Charge of the Light Brigade in the OTL Crimean War. Also, good job on this update @EarlMarshal, I really like the prose, It feels like it's from a really well written history book.
That was more or less what I was going for, an Italian Federation with the Pope at its head.This is going to have some major impacts upon the Catholic Church and its perception in the United States, Britain and elsewhere. In OTL, the ascension of Pius was actually lauded within liberal circles throughout the Anglophone world - he was viewed as a modernizer, moderate liberal and pro-Italian nationalism. His early years saw a number of important reforms in the Papal States which led some credence to this view. Then came 1848, Pius' perceived betrayal of the cause of Italian unity, the uprising in Rome, Pius' fleeing and being forced to rely upon French and Austrian support to maintain control of the city after the Roman Republic had been put down. The result was that, by the time of the unification wars, Italian liberal nationalists were opposed to the Pope and you saw them seizing the papal states and Rome from him.
Following the fall of Rome to the Liberal Italian state, successive Popes spent the next half century portraying themselves as besieged and under constant threat from an immoral horde. They constantly urged their Catholic followers to undermine the Italian government and this did immeasurable harm for the standing of the Papacy within liberal circles.
In a timeline where Pius - albeit reluctantly - joins the side of the rebels you are unlikely to see the backlash against the papacy to the extent of OTL (there will always be a certain anti-clerical current to some Liberal thought, of course). Also, it puts Pius or his successors in a better position to negotiate with the resulting Italian state as to the Pope's place and relationship with the new state.
On an interesting side note, have you looked into the Neoguelfs? They were a fairly prominent faction which saw the Pope as the natural leader of a united federal Italian state. With the Papal States taking the lead as Commander in Chief, this could certainly lead to the strengthening of this faction. Especially, I would say, in case the Revolution actually fails and Pius is forced to flee Rome to escape Austrian troops.